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May 27 05:56

China’s new stealth bomber is just the latest proof that 21st century technological revolution will be centered in China, not US

As China prepares to field its new strategic bomber, the age of the US qualitative edge in military equipment comes to an end. China has closed the technological gap with the US and is preparing to bound ahead.

May 26 19:15

What Lies Beneath: President Biden’s Deceptive Acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide

Op-Ed by David Boyajian

President Biden’s April 24 statement acknowledging the Armenian Genocide (1915–1923+) carried out by Turkey was welcome but flawed. Indeed, “Turkey” appears nowhere in the document. Moreover, the State Department swiftly undermined Biden’s virtuous-sounding words.

American acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide isn’t even new. The U.S. House has passed several resolutions on the Genocide. And a nearly unanimous Congress did so in 2019.

Presidents going back to Woodrow Wilson have described the Armenian ordeals with language such as: an effort to exterminate all Armenians; terrible massacres; mass killings; death marches; and an ancient [Armenian] homeland was erased. If these don’t describe genocide, the word is meaningless...

May 26 13:21

Army Mulls Returning to Gendered Fitness Standards over Complaints of 'Lopsided' ACFT

The Army is considering adding gender-specific standards to its new Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, after early data shows nearly half of female soldiers can't pass the test and might face being removed from service once it becomes official next year.

Service officials, including Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston, testified before a House Appropriations Committee subpanel Monday that scores may end up being separated by gender to identify the 1st, 10th, 25th and 50th percentile of soldiers.

In practice, this could mean men and women still would have to meet the same standards but would not be compared to one another. Physical fitness scores are heavily considered in promotions, especially in combat-arms jobs such as infantry and cavalry.

May 26 07:53

Britain’s New Flagship to Lead a Carrier Group Into China’s Missile Kill Zone in First Deployment

The UK is sending its new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, to the Indo-Pacific region this month to send a message to Beijing. On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the deployment will show China that the UK believes in the “international law of the sea.”

The US and its allies have been accusing China of threatening the so-called “rules-based order.” One example the West points to is Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, which the US challenges with dangerous military provocations by frequently sailing warships near Chinese-controlled islands.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to sail through the South China Sea while in the region. The aircraft carrier will be leading a large naval strike group that will be the largest British Navy deployment since the 1982 Falklands War. A US Navy destroyer will also join the British ships.

May 25 05:36

Air Force Could Ditch Oldest F-35 Jets as Part of Fighter Downsizing, General Says

The U.S. Air Force could retire some of its older-model F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which are used for training, over the next decade in favor of acquiring the most advanced variants of the jet, according to a top general.

Older versions of the premier stealth jet may be retired instead of receiving expensive upgrades to keep them viable for a future conflict, said Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration and requirements.

"It's not in our plans right now, but that would be something that we would have to take into consideration," he said in an interview Tuesday. "Because the big question is, 'Are we going to go back and retrofit [them]?'

"Retrofit cost is a key consideration for, 'Do we want to take training jets that are older [software] blocks and upgrade them to new blocks?'" Hinote said. "Are we maybe overinvested in training tails? There are some indications that maybe we are."

May 24 08:09

Congress won't end the wars, so states must

Congress has abandoned our soldiers.

Two years have passed since the release of the Afghanistan Papers, revealing that no one in charge — at any point over the last two decades — has ever held a clear idea as to why our soldiers must die in these aimless, costly wars. Yet Congress, following the lead of the Cheneys and the Clintons, fights to maintain the status quo.

Congress is useless, but the states have proven they are not; in recent years, states have nullified a wide range of unlawful federal policies, from FDA regulations against investigational drugs, to cannabis prohibition, to gun control. There is no reason states cannot also apply Thomas Jefferson’s “rightful remedy” and nullify unconstitutional foreign policy by passing “Defend the Guard” (DTG) legislation. Proposed this year in 31 states, DTG invokes state authority to order home the tens of thousands of National Guardsmen currently deployed in any war that Congress has not formally declared.

May 24 08:03

Senators threaten to cut the Pentagon’s allowance if it can’t pass an audit next year

In an act of bipartisanship that is as rare as a Chief Warrant Officer 5 sighting, a group of senators from both sides of the aisle are proposing a new incentive to get the Pentagon to finally pass an audit: Punishment.

The Audit the Pentagon Act of 2021 would require any Defense Department component that fails an audit next fiscal year to forfeit 1% of its budget, which would be returned to the U.S. Treasury Department.

The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

May 24 08:00

Apparently you can steal $1 million from the Air Force and it takes them 3 years to find out

Crime doesn’t pay, at least not in the long run. That’s what Eddie Ray Johnson Jr., 60, a former civilian Air Force employee, found out last week when he pleaded guilty to the federal charge of theft of government property. The charges were in connection with Johnson using his government-issued travel credit card to steal more than $1.1 million in cash advances, according to the Department of Justice.

“Eddie Johnson betrayed his position of trust for his personal gain,” said Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner in a press release on Wednesday. “Corrupt public employees rip off the taxpayers and undermine everyone’s faith in the government.”

May 24 06:50

Biden: End Your Co-Belligerent Backing of Israeli War Crimes

As Senator, Vice President, and now President, your self-promoted/displayed empathy has a problem. You can’t seem to connect the Israeli military powerhouse’s occupation to the oppression and destruction of innocent Palestinian civilians, illegal seizure of Palestinian land/water, and daily violations of U.S. and international law. Israel’s military is deliberately bombing these families, the offices of American media, international medical facilities, and many local hospitals and water and electricity facilities with fighter jets and missiles made in America.

To know about what is happening daily, you do not need to rely on the evidence compiled by the U.S. mainstream media or foreign reporters on the ground in Gaza or your own intelligence agencies, just take it from the Israeli media and Israelis themselves.

May 24 06:47

‘She Was Too Vocal’: Outrage Grows over AP Journalist Fired for Pro-Palestine Views

The Associated Press news agency has faced fierce criticism from journalists and academics for sacking a newly graduated news associate over her pro-Palestinian activism while at university.

Emily Wilder, a Jewish American who graduated from Stanford University last year, started her position at AP on 3 May. Just 16 days later, she was fired.

Wilder was told that her dismissal, announced in an AP staff memo that has been widely shared online, was over a violation of the company’s social media policy.

Speaking to Middle East Eye, the news agency confirmed that she was dismissed for violations of AP’s social media policy, stating that the violations had occurred “during her time at AP”.

While the agency did not explain which posts in question may have violated the policy – just that she had “showed clear bias” – Wilder has said that she is certain it was the opinions she shared on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory that led to her sacking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, we know now who utterly owns AP's coverage of the Middle East!!

May 24 04:54

US Seeks ‘Equal Security’ for Israelis and Palestinians Amid Gaza's 'Grave' Humanitarian Situation

US President Joe Biden hailed the Egypt-mediated ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas on Thursday after 11 days of violence, underscoring that Palestinians and Israelis “equally deserve" to live safely and securely, enjoying "equal measures of freedom", while assuring Tel Aviv of "full support" to help it "replenish" its Iron Dome system.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken credited the “relentless, determined, but quiet diplomacy” of Joe Biden’s administration with brokering the unconditional ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which came into force on 21 May.

The truce, coming after 11 days that witnessed the most deadly spiral of violence the region had seen in years, was “critical” to allow the US “to make a pivot to building something more positive”, stated Blinken, appearing on ABC News on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at the images accompanying this story; this was a total, deliberate, devastation of Gaza.

Children sleeping on the streets; residences massively turned to rubble. No clean water. No medicine; no food; only chaos and destruction.

And BTW, Secretary Blinken; Egypt facilitied and negotiated the cease-fire, NOT the bloody USA, which, under Biden's watch, has become the United States... of Amnesia!!!!

And Mr. Secretary, my last comment here is, that those who do not understand the lessons of history.... are doomed to repeat them.

May 24 04:35

In pictures: Palestinians return to piles of rubble following Gaza ceasefire

After a ceasefire came into effect in the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians poured onto rubble-filled streets across Gaza as they returned to see what was left of their homes after 11 days of aerial bombardment by Israel (All photos by Mohammed al-Hajjar/MEE).

The Israeli air strikes, which killed at least 243 Palestinians including including 66 children and 39 women, wiped out entire residential buildings.

May 24 04:29

The hardline Israelis stoking violence in East Jerusalem

Sheikh Jarrah, Occupied East Jerusalem – A surreal, and almost bucolic, atmosphere encompassed the occupied East Jerusalem suburb of Sheikh Jarrah on a recent morning as an Israeli settler and a Palestinian sat on armchairs under an old fig tree surrounded by picturesque stone houses, discussing the ongoing violence in the presence of an Israeli TV crew.

For several weeks the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood was a pivotal point in an ongoing battle in which dozens of Palestinian families are fighting to remain in the homes they lived in for generations as they face possible forced expulsion by Israeli authorities to make way for Israeli settlers, a move illegal under international law.

There are several Israeli settler movements involved in pushing for Jewish worshippers to be allowed to pray at Al-Aqsa, reinforcing Palestinian fears that Islam’s third-holiest site could follow the route of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Restoring a temple, when it is soaking in the blood of those previously worshipping on the site at a mosque, seems rather.... draconian.

May 24 04:10

Social media campaign counters Israeli war narrative that 'both sides are suffering'

A social media campaign launched by pro-Palestinian activists is seeking to counter Israel’s war narrative that presents the situation within Israel as equally unbearable as violence in Gaza, amid growing attempts to silence Palestinian content on social media.

Videos circulating on Twitter under the hashtag #unmutepalestine have sought to show the stark contrast between the recent bloodshed in Gaza, where an 11-day airstrike campaign killed over 200 people, and living conditions inside the Israeli territories neighbouring the enclave.

Meanwhile, the UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply shocked by the continued air and artillery bombardment by the Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza.”

“If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza today,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go......unmute!!!!!

May 24 04:05

Israel-Palestine: The girl who showed the world the suffering of Gaza's children

The video of 10-year-old Palestinian Nadine Abdullatif, tearful and devastated as she stands in front of the newly obliterated remains of her neighbour's home, has now been viewed more than 13 million times.

"You see all of this?" she asks, eyes red, gesturing at the rubble behind her. "What do you expect me to do? Fix it? I'm only 10."

Her voice breaks with emotion. "I just want to be a doctor or anything to help my people, but I can't. I'm just a kid."

The internet carried images of the recent spate of violence around the world over the past two weeks, as Israel once again dropped bombs on Gaza, a small stretch of land that is home to more than two million people - 40 percent of whom are under 14.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone with a conscience and a heart, cannot help but be moved by these, and other images, coming out of Gaza right now.

May 24 03:59

Poll: Israel failed to win support of US voters during Gaza massacre

Israel failed to win the sympathy of most Americans during its massive attack on Gaza , a new survey finds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD!!!

May 24 03:57

How To Possibly Start A War With Russia: Let Ukraine Join NATO

During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy recently, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. was, “actively looking at” strengthening security cooperation with Ukraine. In Washington, White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre, asked if Ukraine would be invited into NATO, said the U.S. is “committed to ensuring that NATO’s door remains open to aspirants.” Ukraine, however, is not a U.S. ally, is not a member of NATO, and Washington should stop pretending they are.

Being clear on that point could keep us out of an unwanted, unnecessary, and destructive war with Russia.

May 24 03:54

Blinken: No Sign Iran Will Accept Demands for Sanction Relief

Secretary of State Tony Blinken downplayed the chances of nuclear progress with Iran on Sunday, saying the US has seen no sign Iran will comply with the assorted US demands related to sanctions relief.

To be clear, Iran was complying with the terms of the nuclear deal for years, and has said they will do so again if the US meets its sanctions relief obligations. The US has made no effort to do this, and is demanding Iran go first in meeting all US requirements before any of Iran’s needs are discussed.

All of this gives the impression that this is a deal the US doesn’t really intend to make, and is being orchestrated such that they can try to sell the non-deal as purely Iran’s fault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Israel wants, from US foreign policy, Israel gets; please don't forget that, if we start seeing mushroom clouds over Tehran in the not too distant future.

Apparently, no one in the current US or Israeli administration is at all, even noddingly familiar, with Sun Tzu's "Art of War"; should such a US/Israeli war hit Iran, these Iranians will be fighting for the existence of their homeland.

May 24 03:45

NATO to Train Afghan Military Outside Country After Withdrawal

As the US and NATO are withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the Western powers are still hoping to maintain influence in the country. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that the military alliance will train Afghan forces outside of Afghanistan after NATO troops leave.

“We are planning to provide military education and training outside Afghanistan, focusing on Special Operations Forces,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Paris. He said the alliance will provide “advice and capacity-building support” as well as “continued financial support” to the Afghan military.

The US military is currently working out what its post-withdrawal plans in Afghanistan will look like. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has said that training Afghan forces in another country is an option under consideration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an utter pipedream, on the part of NATO, and I use that term advisedly.

Once the occupation is over, the Taliban will reconquer the entire country, and not one self-described "metric of success" from the invasion and occupation of this country will ever be realized, period, end of discussion.
Biden is not "ending" the occupation; he is merely rebranding it, and Americans need to be paying attention to why this is happening.

As reported by globalresearch.ca on 8 May, 2021, and incorporating info from a June 2007, article, we have the following, titled:
The Spoils of War in Afghanistan: Multimillion dollar heroin trade
and this article makes why this is happening crystal clear.

May 24 03:33

Israeli Minister Threatens ‘Preemptive’ Strikes Against Hamas in Gaza

An Israeli minister from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said Israel would start “preemptively” attacking targets in Gaza before Hamas or other groups launch rockets towards Israeli territory.

“We cannot wait for rocket fire [to respond in Gaza],” said Tzachi Hanegbi in an interview with Israel’s Channel 13. He said if Hamas is rearming or preparing rockets that it would be “cause for Israeli strikes” in Gaza. “This is a total change of the equation. We’ve never done this,” he said.

Hanegbi’s comments come after Israel’s 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza, which concluded on Friday after a ceasefire was reached. The Israeli bombardment killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children. In Israel, 12 people were killed by rockets launched from Gaza, including two children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, pre-emptive attacks against Hamas are going to help the cease fire to hold..... how, please?!?

Or is this just another Israeli excuse for genocide against the Palestinians?!?

Just checking, sir!

May 24 03:28

As Seeming Consensus Hardens for Cold – or Even Hot – War Against China: It Becomes Ever More Important to Fight for Peace

What a difference a presidential campaign and deadly pandemic make. Although the U.S. and People’s Republic of China long had been at odds over important issues, the bilateral relationship remained civil if not always friendly. Despite occasional spats, no one imagined a cold war, let alone actual hostilities. But 2020 changed everything. Today the possibility of conflict is on many Americans’ minds.

Scaremongering is pushing Washington toward conflict with Beijing. Observed Luo: "In recent decades, the defense industry has perfected this rhetoric to make the case for war on China. Republicans and Democrats – including both President Biden and even our most progressive members of Congress – amplify the warmongering and push for increased defense spending."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US infrastructure is rotting in place; homeless Vets sleep rough in our streets, and the only way the DC "foggy-bottomites" can think to fix it is.... more war?!?

After the debacles which have been Iraq and Afghanistan?!?

You have GOT to be flipping kidding me!!!

We don't have the weaponry; we don't have the troop strength; we don't have the manufacturing or the money to engage in any more major wars, thank you very much.

This country is broke, and broken, post-Covid, and post the wars that have failed, utterly and miserably, by any possible metric, to have achieved their alledged objectives.

Yet the antidote fo this collective and collossal failure of imagination.... is more wars?!?

Does anyone in DC recognise just how unalterably stupid that sounds, in the face of both the US's (and China's) economic challenges?!?

May 24 03:07

Iran Blocks Inspectors From Accessing Nuclear Site Images As Vienna Deal Looms

It appears that Iran may be applying some last-minute leverage just ahead of the final round of nuclear talks in Vienna, and at a moment it's being widely reported that the main parties, including the US, are on the cusp of agreeing on a deal as final documents are being drafted. Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf on Sunday announced that IAEA inspectors will no longer have access to surveillance images of the country's nuclear sites.

"From May 22 and with the end of the three-month agreement, the agency will have no access to data collected by cameras inside the nuclear facilities agreed under the agreement," Qalibaf said as announced in state television.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question now is, what is Israel prepared to do to prevent the from the renewal of the P5+1 agreement?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer is, anything they think they can get away with, including remote bombing of Iran's nuclear sites.

May 23 07:00

New Concerns Rise Over The Pentagon Being Dominated By 'Wokeism'

The dismissal of a Space Force commander for comments on two podcasts, in which he raised concerns that critical race theory is being promoted in the military, has triggered the outrage of GOP members of Congress.

Critical race theory holds that systemic racism is part of American society and that historical prejudice influences the way minorities are treated today.

In a letter Wednesday to Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond and acting Air Force Secretary John Roth, two dozen members of Congress called for the reinstatement of Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Lohmeier. They wrote that "promoting critical race theory will disrupt the good order and discipline of the Space Force and eviscerate our nation's ability to attract patriotic talent to serve in uniform and fight our wars."

May 22 07:17

Largest US Naval Exercise In A Generation Will Prepare For "Future Conflict With China Or Russia"

The Pentagon has unveiled what's being described as "the biggest US naval exercise in a generation" to be held in late summer and which will simulate readiness for a future "possible conflict with China or Russia," according to a new report in Military.com.

Expected to include 25,000 sailors and Marines, it comes amid a broader shift in Pentagon strategy which seeks readiness for 'great power conflict' as opposed the more limited nature of 'war on terror' missions which has defined the last two decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

what about creating a foreign policy which encourages brisk trade, education of its people to be able to compete in the 21st century, and finding areas and energies in which cooperation might be possible, and have a good outcome?!?

These war games..... are a potent signal of an empire in deep decline, not in deep, forward thinking policy toward its perceived rivals.

May 22 06:09

Largest US Naval Exercise In A Generation Will Prepare For "Future Conflict With China Or Russia"

The Pentagon has unveiled what's being described as "the biggest US naval exercise in a generation" to be held in late summer and which will simulate readiness for a future "possible conflict with China or Russia," according to a new report in Military.com.

Expected to include 25,000 sailors and Marines, it comes amid a broader shift in Pentagon strategy which seeks readiness for 'great power conflict' as opposed the more limited nature of 'war on terror' missions which has defined the last two decades.

May 22 05:27

B-52s Simultaneously Operate in Europe, Middle East, and Indo-Pacific Theaters

B-52s deployed to Morón Air Base, Spain, on May 17 for a bomber task force deployment, making Europe the third area of operations where Stratofortresses are operating.

The bomber task force of B-52s from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, will participate in joint and allied training in both Europe and Africa. B-52s are also deployed to the Middle East for combat operations out of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and there also is a task force of B-52s deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

B-52s are picking up the majority of bomber taskings in the Air Force as the B-1 struggles with readiness. Air Force Global Strike Command ordered a fleet-wide safety standdown last month to inspect fuel problems. Some of the Lancers have since returned to flight, but the command has not said how many.

May 21 06:38

Episode 19. Su-30SM. With a stroke of the wing

SU-30 FLANKER BEATS OUT F-22 AND F-15 IN SIMULATED COMBAT! SEE AT 16 MINUTE MARK.

May 21 06:29

Lawmakers Demand Reinstatement of Space Force Officer Who Was Removed for Denouncing Critical Race Theory

A group of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the acting secretary of the U.S. Space Force on May 19, urging him to immediately reinstate a lieutenant colonel who was relieved of his command after publishing a book that warned of the spread of Marxism and critical race theory (CRT) in the military.

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot, was relieved as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron “due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,” a Defense Department official told CNN on May 14.

The decision came after Lohmeier took part in podcasts to discuss his self-published book, titled “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military,” which warns against the spread of Marxism and CRT in the military.

May 21 06:11

Pentagon Aims to Partner With ADL And SPLC, Spy On Military Members For 'Extremism'

The Pentagon under Biden-appointed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is working to partner with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League and spy on members of the military for signs of "extremism," according to documents leaked to The Intercept.

The ADL has been at the forefront of internet censorship and criminalizing speech as "hate" while the disgraced SPLC is best known for aggressive fundraising and compiling a "hate map" of "extremist" Christians and conservatives which left-wing extremists use as a hit list.

"On April 9, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the establishment of the Countering Extremism Working Group, which would 'receive information from both internal and external Subject Matter Experts,' who would serve as consultants," The Intercept reports.

May 21 05:59

U.S. And Its Allies Try to Split the World in Two

America’s response to the increasing economic success of China and other nations that until recent decades were impoverished former colonies is to organize its own allies — especially the English-speaking countries — to become a totally separate global economic trading and military alliance standing against that “third world” — and thereby force all non-aligned nations to have to either choose to be allied with the United States or else become conquered by the U.S. and its allies. It’s “Us,” or “Them,” all the way. The top “enemies” (the “Them”) are the same countries that America and its allies were against during the anti-communist Cold War, Russia and China, even though Russia is no longer communist, and China has become a mixture between communism and capitalism.

America has on its side Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, UAE, and all four of the fascist nations during World War II: Germany, Japan, Italy, and Spain — as well as many other nations.

May 20 13:49

Netanyahu Says "Conquering" Gaza An Option As Touted 'Imminent' Ceasefire In Doubt

On the very day that Biden phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge de-escalation in Gaza, which the US President said would set the stage for a ceasefire with Hamas, the Israeli leader told a group of foreign ambassadors that the only solution might be to "conquer" the Gaza Strip.

"There are only two ways that you can deal with them," he said about Hamas during the Wednesday briefing held in Tel Aviv. "You can either conquer them, and that's always an open possibility, or you can deter them, and we are engaged right now in forceful deterrence, but I have to say we don't rule out anything."

He made the comments Wednesday, while separately he had received the call from President Biden wherein he was told Israel must de-escalate its military campaign "today". By all accounts that did not appear to happen as the death toll into Thursday topped 230, with over 1,700 wounded. On the Israeli side 12 of its civilians have died from rocket fire out of Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, just what Netanyahu means by "conquering Gaza"?!?

Just how many Gazans will need to be assassinated, in order for that to happen, for Netanyahu?!?

May 20 08:44

Inside The Biden Administration’s Devious Plan To Purge Conservatives From The U.S. Military

If you are currently a member of the U.S. military and you would like to keep your job, you may want to delete all of your social media accounts. We have just learned that the Pentagon is going to begin monitoring the social media accounts of the men and women that are serving in the military with the goal of identifying “extremist content”. And as you will see below, those that get labeled as “extremists” are in danger of being permanently relieved from duty. Not only is this fundamentally un-American, this radical new approach also threatens to permanently shift the culture of the U.S. military dramatically to the left. Even if a Republican is elected president in the next election, the U.S. military will never be the same after a relentless political purge that lasts for four long years.

May 20 07:15

Ten Year Old Palestinian Girl Crying in Desperation; A Ten-Year Old Gaza Girl Testifies about Israeli Atrocities; A 14-year-old Boy Commits Suicide after Losing his Entire Family and Dad and Mom by Israeli Murders

I don't know what to do."

A 10-year-old Palestinian girl breaks down while talking to MEE after Israeli air strikes destroyed her neighbour's house, killing 8 children and 2 women.

And this is the story of a 14-year-old Palestinian boy – who has successively lost his entire family, two brothers and dad – and now his mom – to Israeli war criminals. He commits suicide in despair:

Fourteen-year-old Palestinian child in Gaza committed suicide!

Hamza threw himself from the 8th floor last night.

Hamza lost his entire family in the recent wars on Gaza.

In 2009, his little brother was killed by an Israeli missile while playing football.

In the 2012, his older brother was killed.

In 2014, his father was killed.

Due to this severe trauma, Hamza became very close to his mother, his last surviving family member, who was killed in an Israeli bombing this week.

Shortly after, he ended his life.

May 20 06:41

US Army Reveals Range Of New Hypersonic Weapon

The US Army has revealed the official range of its hypersonic boost-glide missile, otherwise known as the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, or LRHW.

"The Long Range Hypersonic Weapon provides a capability at a distance greater than 2,775 km (1,727 miles)," an Army spokesperson said, according to Breaking Defense. This means the hypersonic missile could be stationed in Guam and surgically bombard the Chinese if they invade Taiwan.

May 20 06:23

Tucker: Pentagon isn't doing anything about these threats

May 20 05:12

“Today we are Nazis,” says member of Israeli Jewish extremist group

Israeli Jewish extremists used instant messaging services to organize armed militias to attack Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Voice messages, texts and other communications indicate they coordinated attacks in cities where Palestinians live in close proximity to Jews – including Haifa, Bat Yam and Tiberias in the north, and Ramla and Lydd – Lod in Hebrew – in the center, to Beersheba in southern Israel.

Settlers from Jewish-only colonies in the occupied West Bank also joined the coordinated attacks, with the apparent knowledge and collusion of Israeli officials.

They communicated via WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as Facebook groups.

In many cases, extremist organizers said they relied on either the active or passive support of Israeli authorities.

Israeli research organizations Fake Reporter and HaBloc intercepted messages from some of those groups and reported what they found to Israeli police as a “ticking time-bomb.”

May 20 04:56

Will Biden Stay in Bibi’s Pocket?

How about now? Will he see President Biden as a wimp, with Biden’s mealy-mouthed comment to Netanyahu earlier today that Biden "expects to see a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire" in Gaza.

If past is precedent, Netanyahu’s likely response will be a half-polite, "Joe, please take that and shove it … and oh, by the way, I meant to thank you for your proposed sale of $735 million-worth of smart bombs a couple of weeks ago. It came at just the right time for me."

Here’s Why

Netanyahu thought the camera/sound was off 20 years ago, when he spoke with unspeakable candor to a small private group, explaining, "America is a thing that can be easily moved … moved in the right direction. They [Americans] will not bother us."

Translation (based on the subtitles) follows, with Netanyahu in bold.

"The Arabs now are preparing a campaign [war] of terror, and they think that this will break us.

"The main thing is, first and foremost, to hit them hard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu is playing Biden for a complete fool; any attack against Iran (and I am sure that the IDF and MOSSAD have several competing scenarios for making this happen,) will potentially lead to a broader regional war, which could well translate into a world war right now.

May 20 03:46

What is behind Israel’s targeting of prominent buildings in Gaza?

Israel’s attacks on Gaza’s civilian buildings are an attempt to demoralise Palestinians and weaken their resolve.

Rami Aldraimli watched in disbelief as the building he had worked in for more than 20 years came crashing down.

Following a missile “warning”, Israeli fighter jets late on Tuesday afternoon bombed al-Awqaf building, the latest structure to be targeted by Israel during its relentless 10-day offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The five-storey building in western Gaza City housed a number of offices, including of Mashareq, one of Gaza’s oldest and most prominent media production firms.

“It wasn’t just a company,” Aldraimli, Mashareq’s 43-year-old executive director, said. “It’s a dream I’ve been working on, building it up until we had 60 employees.”

Translation: The bombing of the building that includes the Mashareq Advertising Company and a stationery shop, in a move to destroy the Palestinian economy.

May 20 03:23

Ex-Israeli Pilot: ‘Our Army Is a Terrorist Organisation Run by War Criminals’

A former Israeli Air Force pilot, Yonatan Shapira, has described the Israeli government and army as “terrorist organisations” run by “war criminals.”

Captain Shapira who had resigned from the Israeli army in 2003 at the height of the Palestinian Second Intifada explained in an exclusive interview with Anadolu News Agency why he realized after joining the army that he was “part of a terrorist organisation”.

I realised during the Second Intifada what the Israeli Air Force and Israeli military are doing are war crimes, terrorising a population of millions of Palestinians. When I realised that, I decided to not just leave but to organise other pilots that will publicly refuse to take part in these crimes, he said.

“As a child in Israel, you are being brought up in very strong Zionist militaristic education. You don’t know almost anything about Palestine, you don’t know about the 1948 Nakba, you don’t know about ongoing oppression,” Shapira said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel may well be creating a 3rd intifada, but this time.... it may be a little more difficult to "control", no matter how many women, children, and the fragile medically elderly the IDF assassinates with impunity.

May 20 03:09

Time To End the Silence on Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

On April 28, Israel’s intelligence minister, Eli Cohen, repeated the Israeli threat that should the U.S. re-enter the JCPOA and remove the sanctions on Iran, Israel would hit Iran’s nuclear plants with long range missiles. This threat too was met with silent acquiescence on the part of the US and its Western allies, the same kind of silence that has met Israel’s continued acts of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, house demolitions, settlement building, administrative detention of children, Gaza blockade, use of phosphorous bombs, flooding and contamination of agricultural land, raiding Al-Aqsa Mosque in the holy month of Ramadan, torching trees and agricultural crops and bombarding residential apartment blocks in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the odds are that bookies are placing on this possibility, but I would strongly suggest that Israel is preparing a war against Iran, to attempt to prevent it from offering military help to the Palestinians, in very short order; I think this is a matter of when,not if.

May 20 03:03

US Sends Warship Through Taiwan Strait, Escalating Tensions With Beijing

A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, the fifth such transit of the Biden administration. The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur made the provocative passage.

A spokesman from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) denounced the US provocation on Wednesday. “The US move sends the wrong signals to Taiwanese independence-leaning forces, deliberately disrupting and sabotaging the regional situation and endangering peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” said PLA Eastern Theatre Command spokesman Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, as quoted by The South China Morning Post.

US transits through the sensitive waterway have become common in recent years, raising the risk of conflict with China due to the lack of communication between the US and Chinese military. In 2020, the Trump administration sailed warships through the Taiwan Strait 13 times, the highest number of such passages since at least 2007.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with China (and by extension, war with Russia), would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do right now.

Unfortunately, because something is the most stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

May 20 03:00

Netanyahu Says ‘Conquering’ Gaza Is an Option for Israel

As Israel continued its bombardment of Gaza on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “conquering” the besieged Gaza Strip is a possible option to achieve his goals.

“You can either conquer them — and that’s always an open possibility — or you can deter them,” Netanyahu said of Hamas during a speech at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv. “We are engaged right now in forceful deterrence, but I have to say, we are not ruling out anything.”

A minister in Netanyahu’s Likud party also discussed the idea of Israel conquering Gaza on Wednesday, something he said was an inevitability. “There will be no way to avoid one day temporarily taking over Gaza,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Ynet on Wednesday. “That day has not arrived for all kinds of reasons. I think the day will come, if not now then in the coming year,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At what cost to the Palestinians; total genocide?!?

May 20 02:50

TRAINED BY YEARS OF GUERILLA WAR, YEMEN’S HOUTHIS WANT TO EXPORT THIER REVOLUTION TO PALESTINE

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
Ansar Allah, who has enjoyed staggering success in staving off the wholesale invasion of their country by the U.S.-backed Saudi military, is eager to export its resistance mentality and battlefield knowledge to Palestine.

By Ahmed Abdulkareem

n Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, hundreds of thousands of residents from the suburbs and neighboring towns gathered at Bab al-Yemen, the city’s main square, carrying Palestinian flags and holding banners encouraging Hamas to continue its campaign of pressure against Israel. In Hodeida, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets despite the ever-present threat of incoming artillery shells, snipers’ bullets, and Saudi warplanes hovering above.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only so far one can push people, without those people pushing back; unfortunately, Israeli hubris will prevent this realization from happening until it is acutally too late to change the outcome, and may wind up bringing them to an horrific set of costs at the peace negotiation table.

May 20 02:38

BIDEN CALLS COAST GUARD CADETS 'DULL CLASS' OVER LACK OF APPLAUSE

President Biden - not satisfied indoctrinating the US military with Critical Race Theory and scouring their social media accounts for 'extremist content' - is now directly insulting Americans in uniform with a "please clap" moment.

Not exactly winning hearts and minds, are we...

Joe Biden threatened to drive over journalists, scolded the coast guard for not clapping at his drivel and threatened American citizens with dire consequences if they didn't take the vaccine.Sure glad we got rid of the mean tweeting despot. — Rising serpent ???????? (@rising_serpent) May 19, 2021
We're sure the MSM will cover this as viciously as they did the fabricated Trump WWI 'losers' story.

May 20 02:29

Biden Condemns Erdogan's Gaza Tirade As "Anti-Semitic" & "Reprehensible"

On Monday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a fiery speech to supporters which blasted Biden's "inaction" over the Gaza crisis, addressing Joe Biden to specifically say the US president has "blood on his hands". He was further reacting to the recent reports that Biden approved a $735 million dollar weapons sale from the United States to Israel, essentially accusing the US of supporting genocide against the Palestinians. Erdogan had also lashed out at Europe, accusing Austria in particular trying to make Muslims "pay the price of their own genocide against the Jews" - after an Israeli flag was seen flying over a federal building.

In response the State Department has come out swinging, condemning "Erdogan's recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people" which the US finds "reprehensible," according to State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Biden is most furious against Erdogan, because Biden... is thoroughly impotent to get the killings of Palestinians to stop, as Netnayahu has nixed a cease fire any time soon.

Andven though Netanyahu has knocked out major commuications coming from Gaza or the West Bank, so people cannot see what the IDF is doing here, he cannot control what cell phones are able to see, witness and transmit; the optics here, well, not exactly wonderful for Israel's image.

May 20 02:19

Blinken Accuses Russia Of Making "Unlawful" Claims In The Arctic

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia of making "unlawful" claims in the Arctic, a region that the US military is increasingly focused on. Blinken made the comments from Iceland, where he is set to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later this week for the first high-level in-person meeting between US and Russian officials of the Biden administration.

"We’ve seen Russia advance unlawful maritime claims, particularly its regulation of foreign vessels transiting the Northern Sea Route, which are inconsistent with international law. And that is something that we have and will respond to," Blinken said at a joint press conference with Iceland’s foreign minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT "unlawful maritime claims", please, Secretary Blinken?!? This incoherently vague language sounds like you have nothing substantial about which to gripe, and just want to make Russia look bad on the world stage.

Because unless you can enumerate these articulately to both the American people and the world, YOU, SIR, HAVE NOT ONE LEG UPON WHICH TO STAND.

May 20 02:12

US Army Reveals Range Of New Hypersonic Weapon

The US Army has revealed the official range of its hypersonic boost-glide missile, otherwise known as the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, or LRHW.

The Long Range Hypersonic Weapon provides a capability at a distance greater than 2,775 km (1,727 miles)," an Army spokesperson said, according to Breaking Defense. This means the hypersonic missile could be stationed in Guam and surgically bombard the Chinese if they invade Taiwan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously question that more weapons are going to, in the long run, make the US more safe; what we need is clear, intelligent foreign policy which works consistently to prevent wars from happening in the first place.

May 18 06:41

Russian Aerospace Forces get a new radar that could strip US military of its trump card

The Yenisei radar is equipped with remote-control stations, which allows it to effectively deal with jamming. For instance, the US Air Force has been so successful in many local conflicts because in almost every case, the air-defense systems employed by America’s opponents were neutralized by powerful and well-organized jamming systems.

They wouldn’t derail the Yenisei though. That’s because it traces and assigns targets with higher precision when countering powerful jamming. It is safe to assume that by accepting Yenisei into service, the Russian Aerospace Forces have removed the Americans’ tactical advantage.

Another key Yenisei feature is its sector-scanning capabilities (most radars can only do circular scans). This makes it possible for the radar to trace and assign ballistic missiles.

May 18 05:51

The New Pentagon Papers? Bombshell Report Claims DoD Operating 60,000-Troop Strong Secret Army

The force allegedly engages in operations abroad and on US soil, and if its existence is confirmed, would violate numerous US laws, as well as the Geneva Conventions on the rules of armed conflict.

The US military is operating a 60,000-troop strong secret army without any Congressional oversight, spending at least $900 million on the programme annually, a bombshell report by Newsweek alleges, citing the results of a two-year investigation.

The magazine’s report, said to be based on dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests, the analysis of 1,600 resumes and job postings, and interviews with several persons involved, suggests that this secret army carries out operations across the United States and abroad, both online and offline, and that its tasks include defeating increasingly complex technologies.

May 18 05:39

Chinese and Russian Military Leaders Laugh... U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Hosts "Game Changing" Diversity and Inclusion Training

Diversity is just another word for less white people.

Somehow, our military’s devotion to eradicating the number of white males involved in TRADOC will make us safer, more secure, and a greater beacon for democracy. [TRADOC hosts ‘game changing’ diversity and inclusion training, Army.Mil, May 5, 2021]:

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s diversity office provided training necessary to effectively advise commanders in areas of diversity and inclusion, and to make a better, more inclusive workplace for everyone.

The training, called the “Game Changer” training, was hosted April 26-30 here at Jacobs Conference Center for Army equal opportunity advisors.

May 18 01:12

The Pentagon's secret army: Shadowy 60K-strong undercover force is operating across the globe and specializes in cutting-edge 'signature reduction' espionage techniques and has a $900B budget

  • The Pentagon has amassed a secret, 60,000-strong undercover army to carry out domestic and foreign assignments, a new investigation has revealed
  • The force is reportedly more than 10 times the size of the CIA's clandestine operation and includes military and civilian agents 'in real life and online'
  • The agents are 'trained to create secret identities for themselves, make disguises, and can assume fake identities online to pursue high value targets'
  • The digital sleuths can even manipulate biometric databases of foreign Governments so agents can pass fingerprint checks under false identities
  • Newsweek says the force is part of a new front in covert warfare using a little-known espionage known as 'signature reduction'
  • Signature reduction gives the US deniability on sensitive missions and allows soldiers, civilians and contractors to work under false identities

May 17 11:37

Honored at last: Remembering the heroes of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

Six decades after their loved ones vanished into thin air, relatives of the victims of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 — 93 soldiers aboard a secret-mission flight chartered by the US Army in the buildup to the Vietnam War — want answers.

They gathered together Saturday for a ceremony in Columbia Falls, Maine, organized by the non-profit Wreaths Across America at a memorial to honor the fallen.

“The memorial ceremony offers some closure,” Marie Mull, 82, told The Post of her brother, Sgt. Clarence Ganance of Rensselaer, NY. “We’ve always wondered what happened .?.?. probably always will.”

Nobody knows exactly what happened on the morning of March 16, 1962, because no bodies nor debris — not even a single piece — have ever been recovered.

May 17 08:11

America’s Superpower Days Are Lost and Gone Forever

According to the Pentagon, 71% of Americans aged 17 to 24 – roughly 24 million out of 34 million people—are ineligible to join the military because of “obesity, lack of high school diploma, or a criminal record.” —

To fill the ranks, the Pentagon and CIA recruit women with two moms and cisgender millenials of color diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. White males are not shown in the recruitment videos.

This Is the New US Army that Is Up Against the Iranians, Chinese, and Russians

May 17 08:08

Just Whose Coast Is The Coast Guard Guarding?

Most Americans likely assume that the mission of the U.S. Coast Guard is to protect the coasts of the United State from maritime threats. Increasingly, though, that is no longer true, as Coast Guard vessels and personnel now routinely operate thousands of miles from the US homeland. Moreover, they frequently are not engaged in "defensive" missions, but are instead part and parcel of Washington’s arrogant force projection around the world.

May 16 12:37

Israel Airstrikes Flatten 3 Gaza Buildings, Kill 42 As Netanyahu Says "War Will Go On"

The fourth war between Israel and Palestine escalated on Sunday when Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people, Palestinian medics said. Yet despite international efforts to broker a cease-fire and the rising death toll (mostly on the Palestinian side) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers - which was sparked by unrest in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, and has seen the death toll in the densely-populated Gaza Strip rise to 181, and to 10 in Israel - would rage on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As part of that "growing chorus of sceptics", I am more than certain Netanyahu ordered this on-going attack as his "diversion" from his never-ending political scandals and the precarious state of the Knesset, post-election.

Look at the timing; a "hung Knesset", where no faction is able to cobble together a majority, and Netanyahu's legal woes are NOT going away any time soon. What better time to raid Al Aksa mosque, and rough up the worshippers?!? The timing, with an already suppressed, ticked-off (and for many good reasons) Palestinian population, couldn't have possibly been better, in Netanyahu's reasoning.

The timing stinks to high heaven.

In classical Greek mythology, hubris, translated as overweening pride, always triggering the downfall of someone who COULD have been a real hero.

In my world, Netanyahu is no hero for his people; he rules by fear, and loves to induce terror into the hearts of the Israeli people, deflecting any possibility of a morally honorable, or reasonable rapprochement with the Palestinians, and insures that any attempt to achieve this, is DOA.

I want to see a peaceful, thriving Israel, and a peaceful, thriving Palestine; unfortunately current leadership on both sides is preventing that from happening.

Both the Israeli and the Palestinian people, deserve better than this!!

May 16 06:33

Commanding officer dictates 'religious beliefs' to military chaplain

A military officer has decided, for a chaplain under his command, what his "religious beliefs" must be, a decision that is being challenged by First Liberty Institute as "wildly inappropriate and offensive."

The problem developed when a news "report" described how Joe Biden was planning to drop President Trump's "military transgender ban."

May 16 05:43

NATO pontiff cites Scripture for holy war against Russia and China

The North Atlantic prelate alluded to the story of Jesus’ multiplication of the fish and loaves in the four Gospels that is referred to as the Feeding of the 5,000, stating, with a quote from it, “The theme of this year’s conference is ‘schaut hin‘ – go and see….”

NATO didn’t record whether anyone in the audience invited him to go and see select bomb and missile craters in Serbia, Afghanistan and Libya.

He seemed quite pleased with himself in saying, “As the Latin saying goes, if you want peace, prepare for war.” He didn’t cite it in Latin, though, in which case it’s a Roman saying.

May 15 06:11

US could lose next war, said US Air Force Chief of Staff

On 7 May 2021, US Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown was called to testify before the House Defense Appropriations Sub-Committee.

The four-star general has been tapped to succeed General Mark Milley as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Brown made clear that the US Air Force has gradually lost its technological edge, pointing out in particular that the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems have not been modernized for over 20 years.

He observed that China and Russia have studied the US wars since 9/11 and have concluded that the role of citizens is as important as that of the military.

More importantly, he indicated that in the event of a great war today, the United States would not be sure of winning it.

May 15 05:58

Sweden Receives First American Patriot Missiles as Part of Air Defence Upgrade

With a price tag of at least $1.2 billion in the first phase alone, this procurement is seen as being among Sweden's largest arms deals in modern history, if not the single-largest.

The first missiles for Sweden's new Patriot 103 air defence system have been delivered, Joakim Lewin, the responsible officer at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has confirmed.

“We will receive further deliveries in 2021, 2022 and 2023,” Joakim Lewin, who oversees future projects, told national broadcaster SVT.

May 15 05:45

Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

The destruction of two important Gaza buildings housing 20 media outlets was both shocking and predictable. History shows that if the media aren’t around to document Israel’s war crimes, it’s a lot easier for it to commit them.
On Tuesday, Israel bombed the 10-storey Al-Jawhara Tower, causing it to collapse. Before doing so, it had ‘benevolently’ warned that the airstrikes were coming. The following day, it bombed the 14-storey Al-Shorouk Tower, also giving warning it was going to do so.

Most reports have the buildings as evacuated before being levelled. But without these media offices, reporting on Israel’s other war crimes will be left largely to what little media remain and citizen journalists.

May 15 05:36

Hamas Fires Iranian-Made Cruise Missiles for First Time, Five Israelis Killed

This places the latest escalation in violence in an entirely different context. No longer are we “merely” talking about Israel incitement against Israeli Palestinians over restrictions on access to their holy site, Haram al Sharif. Instead, Hamas has taken up the cause, broadening the conflict, possibly at the behest of Iran. The latter has many scores to settle with the Israelis: this includes key Israeli communication intercepts which permitted the US to locate and murder Qassem Soleimani; and even the assassination of the founder of the Iranian nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Iran has been itching for a fight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or, is it possible that members of Mossad, posing as Hamas, are using Israeli reverse-engineered missiles which look, and behave indentically to their Iranian counterparts, to be able to make the claim that they were Iranian, giving Israel the "alleged justification" for opening a war on a second front?

Is it Iran who really wants a war with Israel?!? Israeli government officials have been screaming forever, that the current form of the Iranian government needs to be taken out, and that Iran is an "existential threat" to Israel.

This article came out last Thursday; one wonders if internal/external Israeli poling have given Netanyahu's government the "traction", both domestically and internationally, it feels it needs to open a second front on this war agaisnt Gaza, this time against Iran.

May 15 05:20

Butting Heads with China and Russia: American Diplomats Are Outclassed

The recent exchanges between Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a meeting in Alaska demonstrate how Beijing has a clear view of its interests which Washington seems to lack. Blinken initiated the acrimonious exchange when he cited “deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion toward our allies. Each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability. That’s why they’re not merely internal matters, and why we feel an obligation to raise these issues here today.” He then threatened

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very sad, but quite true!!!!!

And for me, one of the most terrifying things about this is, that the war hawks appear to be firmly dictating US foreign policy right now.

War with China and or Russia should be seen as absolute non-starter for the US government; we don't have the troop strength; we don't have the manufacturing; we don't have competitive weapons, and we sure as HELL do not have the money to be pursuing Big Mistake Number 3.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid the US government could possibly do, is absolutely no guarantee that the US will not do it.

May 14 11:19

The Air Force Wants to Give the F-22 Raptor an Early Retirement

The U.S. Air Force plans to consolidate its fighter force from seven current airframes to just four. The effort will include retiring the F-22 Raptor relatively early, but the good news is the Raptor will be replaced by the Air Force’s secret new fighter jet.

Today’s Air Force is made up of seven fighter types: the F-22 Raptor, F-15C/D Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-15EX Super Eagle, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and A-10 Thunderbolt. It’s a diverse menagerie of aircraft, from high-end air superiority fighters to close air support planes, some of which overlap in purpose.

Now, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown wants to shrink the number of fighter fleets from seven to just four, according to DefenseOne. Under the plan, the F-15C/D, F-15E, A-10, and F-22 would take one-way flights to the Boneyard. The F-15EX, F-35, and F-16 would all fly on, joined by a new air superiority fighter: Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD).

May 14 06:44

Rockets Fired At Israel From South Lebanon As Fears Grow Hezbollah To Enter Conflict

A big lingering unknown is whether Israel's powerful archenemy Hezbollah will open up a northern front to bog down Israel's military as it continues striking Gaza, and as preparations are underway for a potential Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground invasion into the Hamas-controlled strip.

Late Thursday at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel, which the IDF military spokesman confirmed...

Given the rockets fired into northern Israel, the immediate question remains whether Hezbollah was responsible, and if the Shia paramilitary organization supported closely by Iran will initiate its own aggression. This would constitute a monumental escalation for Israel, assuring major regional war.

So far international reports are saying it's "unclear" who was responsible for the attack from Lebanon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or... could it have been Israeli military elements in Lebanon, attempting a "false flag" in order to justify an invasion of Lebanon?!?

If this is happening, expect it to get far worse, to justify the invasion; Israel desperately wants the Litani river, and will do nearly anything to be able to access that water....

May 14 06:27

Escobar: An Insider's View Of The Tragedy Of The US Deep State

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Henry Kissinger, 97, Henry the K. for those he keeps close, is either a Delphic oracle-style strategic thinker or a certified war criminal for those kept not so close...

At a recent forum in Arizona, referring to the festering, larger than life Sino-American clash, Henry the K. said,

“It’s the biggest problem for America; it’s the biggest problem for the world. Because if we can’t solve that, then the risk is that all over the world a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States.”

In realpolitik terms, this “kind of Cold War” is already on; across the Beltway, China is unanimously regarded as the premier U.S. national security threat.

Kissinger added U.S. policy toward China must be a mix of stressing U.S. “principles” to demand China’s respect and dialogue to find areas of cooperation:

May 14 05:20

Army Chief Of Staff Calls On French Military Who Warned Of "Civil War" To Resign

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit news,

The Armed Forces chief of staff in France has called on soldiers who wrote a letter warning President Macron of a brewing “civil war” to resign.

The letter, which was published last weekend, warned of the “disintegration” of France due to authorities having made “concessions” to Islamism and the far left’s war on the nation state.

It followed another letter that was signed by 20 former French generals which struck a similar tone, cautioning that the “anti-racism” movement is seeking to create a “racial war” by attacking symbols of French cultural cohesion and identity, including statues.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Francois Lecointre has responded to the second letter by asserting that its authors should leave the military.

“The most reasonable thing is certainly to leave [the army] in order to be able to make one’s ideas and convictions public in a perfectly free [way],” the general said in a letter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reminded of Theodore Roosevelt's reflections on immigration, and have posted it here: "“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

So the question I have for these guys is, what if the military who wrote this, are correct in their assessment?!? That is the question Lecointre dares not ask.

May 14 05:05

Israel's Military Begins Ground Offensive In Gaza

update(7:37pm): Israel's military is attempting to walk back some initial statements, claiming they were mistranslated to the AFP - confirming that "ground troops" are now involved in operations at the border but that the "invasion" has yet to begin inside the Gaza Strip...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bull biscuits; I would suggest that the invasion has well and truly begun, and that I would not be surprised at a Palestinian death toll in the thousands, when all is said and done.

Oh, and remember the tshirt members of the IDF sniper units were proudly wearing a number of years ago, until their PR department yanked it, because the "optics" were "not good" for the IDF?!?

That tshirt showed a pregnant Palestinian woman, and the phrase in Hebrew appearing on it translated into English as "One shot... two kills!"

Please don't be terribly surprised if we see a lot of that going on during the ground invasion as well.

May 13 05:59

Chicago Gun Network Traced To Enlisted Soldiers At Ford Campbell 

Chicago is a dangerous liberal-run city with recent crime statistics that show gun violence is out of control. One unlikely source of gun violence is three enlisted soldiers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, who operated a gun smuggling operation into the metro area.

Demarcus Adams, 21; Jarius Brunson, 22; and Brandon Miller, 22, were arrested Tuesday by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command agents for pedaling dozens of firearms onto the streets of Chicago, including pistols recovered at a mass shooting, according to NBC Chicago.

The enlisted soldiers were charged with making false statements while purchasing dozens of firearms, transferring firearms to an out-of-state resident, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and selling guns without a license.

May 13 05:42

Yasen-M: Destroyer of the Depths. Potent electronic weapons & supersonic missiles

May 13 04:23

Gaza death toll jumps to 83 as Israeli air raids intensify: Live

By Virginia Pietromarchi
13 May 2021
Israeli fighter jets have attacked high-rise buildings and other targets in the Gaza Strip as Palestinians in the besieged enclave woke up on Thursday to mark the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday under relentless aerial bombardment.

Since the Israeli offensive began late on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 83 people, including 17 children, have been killed. More than 480 others have been wounded.

At least six Israelis have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.

There have also been more violent confrontations between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian citizens of Israel in several cities inside Israel.

May 13 04:14

Op-ed:"Netanyahu allying himself with far-right settler extremists has sparked violence in Jerusalem and risks all-out chaos

The Israeli prime minister’s decision to side with extremist settlers for political gain, along with attacks on Palestinian worshippers, have led to possible war with Gaza and “civil war” inside Israel itself.
The events that transpired at Al-Aqsa mosque (Temple Mount) compound last Friday, when hundreds of armed Israeli police attacked Palestinian worshippers, injuring 200, triggered an explosion of violence that had been close to boiling point since the beginning of Ramadan.

Why has Netanyahu allowed for a Palestinian uprising?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one critical question it appears that Netanyahu; the Mossad the Knesset; and the IDF seem to not want to address; what happens if the planned "air/ground assault" against Gaza cannot put the "genie of suppressed Palestinian rage" back into the proverbial bottle?!?

What then?!?

The unintended consequences of not having thought this all the way through, may well come back to create an horrific outcome for the state of Israel, through these planned and announced actions against Gaza.

May 13 04:03

Operation Anime: Uncle Sam works to enlist Gen Z-ers, while snubbing white soldiers and whitewashing war crimes

The spectacle of Uncle Sam turning up slim pickings in the search for fresh cannon fodder is certainly not the worst crisis to befall the planet. But it is bad news for the US war machine, lean and mean after four long years of peace.

According to the Pentagon, a shocking 71% of Americans aged 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve in the military due to a number of critical factors, including obesity, lack of high-school diploma, and a criminal record. This has placed significance on the remaining 29% of Generation Z, forcing recruiters to find increasingly creative ways of luring this demographic into its ranks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of if, but when, the US returns to the draft; there is no other practical way of feeding the US war machine without it.

May 13 04:00

IDF ‘approves’ plan for possible ground invasion into Gaza as Netanyahu reportedly rejects Hamas truce offer

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have drawn up plans to invade Gaza from the ground in response to the rocket barrage by Hamas. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly dismissed an offer to end hostilities “on a mutual basis.”
Additional troops have been moved to the Gazan border, including soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade, the Golani Infantry Brigade, and the 7th Armored Brigade, IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Hidai Zilberman told reporters on Thursday.

May 13 02:36

Pictures of a Ukrainian Dream

The great Andrei Martyanov has remarked that Blinken “told Kiev behind the scenes to ‘dial it down’, amidst the fluffy tropes about US concern for Ukraine’s ‘sovereignty’ and ‘security’”.

Well, looks like there was way more than fluffy tropes.

Leaked info on the closed-door meeting between Blinken and Comedian-in-Charge Zelensky is no less than incandescent. Blinken seemed to have read a no holds barred riot act.

Here are the guidelines. All Ukrainian state corporations must be controlled by the proverbial “foreign interests”. So board majorities must be either foreign or 5th columnists. The entire anti-corruption vertical drive must also be foreign-controlled. Same for the judicial system.

Andriy Kobolyev – an American asset – must be reinstated as head of Naftogaz. Zelensky moved mountains to get rid of Kobolyev.

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Everything we understand, scientifically, has a life cycle; galaxies; stars; planets.... and governmental systems.

Looks like the Ukrainian government, absolutely mired in gross, historic, and horrific corruption, is perhaps coming to the end of its current geopolitical history, and a new government may well take its place.

I would like to hope that whatever replaces it, will truly represent the needs, concerns, and hopes of the Ukrainian people far better than does its current collection of saptraps, scraping and bowing to the "foreign interests" which control it, until the moment it implodes.

May 13 02:02

Israel-Palestine: US sends diplomat to push for 'de-escalation'

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he is sending undersecretary Hady Amr to the region, while reiterating support for Israel.

The US has announced that senior diplomat Hady Amr will be sent to the Middle East with the aim of de-escalating the violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also reiterated on Wednesday Washington's support for what he called "Israel's legitimate right to defend itself".

"We're deeply concerned about what we're seeing there. Images that came out overnight are harrowing, and the loss of any civilian life is a tragedy," Blinken said.

"I've asked Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr to go to the region immediately to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He will bring to bear his decades of experience, and in particular, he will urge on my behalf and on behalf of President Biden de-escalation of violence."

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Antony Blinken, can you possibly please stop lying about what is going on, for one brief, shining moment, sir!?

Do you appreciate, for one millisecond, the deep, non-biodegradable pond scum in which Netanyahu finds himself, at this moment in Israel's history?!? Enmeshed with corruption scandals that will not go away?!?

Are you so geopolitically tone deaf and blind, that you not consider the possibility that the eviction of Palestinian families from homes in which they have lived in generations, coupled with the Israeli outrages at the Al Aqsa Mosque, were timed specifically to provoke a Palestinian reaction that would create this situation, which would make the removal of Netanyahu from office, a practical impossibility?!?

The indesputable fact here is, Netanyahu is desperate to hang on to power, no matter how many Palestinians and Israelis get hurt or killed; that, sir, is the reality here.

May 13 01:55

In Pictures: Global protests in solidarity with Palestinians

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Israel's difficulty right now, is that it is singularly incapable of controlling the narrative, because of the presence of cell cameras, the net, and tweets to document what is happening.

My deep concern right now, is that Israel will pull a "false flag", to be blamed on Iran, and off we go.... to a new world war.

May 13 01:17

16 hours ago - WorldNegotiations to oust Netanyahu stall amid Jerusalem crisis

Efforts to form a new Israeli government and oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have come to an almost complete halt amid the escalation with Hamas.

Why it matters: Opposition leader Yair Lapid is six days into a 28-day mandate, and seemed on track to strike a coalition deal with Naftali Bennett, a right-wing kingmaker. But the latest crisis could make those efforts nearly impossible.

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HOW CONVENIENT FOR NETANYAHU!!

May 13 01:15

What led to the most recent Israel-Palestine escalation?

Protests over the expulsion of Palestinian families and Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound preceded Israel’s heavy bombardment of Gaza.

Days of heavy bombardment on the Gaza Strip intensified on Wednesday, with Israeli fighter jets bombing sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, as well as police buildings and apartment blocks.

Since the offensive began late on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 53 people have been killed, including 14 children. More than 300 others have been wounded.

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Newton made the observation: "To every action, there is an equal, and opposite, reaction."

The eviction of Palestinian families, coupled with the massive repressions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, were engineered to create precisely the situation in which the state of Israel finds itself, and now, it is playing "the victim"?!?

Please; thoughtful, peaceful people around the world have had a bellyfull of this, and want it stopped!! These actions were created to provoke precisely the response they have provoked; I am praying that there are some "adults in the room" on both sides who are working frantically to contain this, because the possibility of a regional war, followed by a world war, is a real and present danger to this world right now.

I do not want one more Israeli, or one more Palestinian to be hurt or killed;there must be a point where the madness stops, and all of our common humanity, as brothers and sisters on this planet, must be remembered, and invoked, as though it was a sacred kinship, which in my world, it is.

As history has proven, time and again, it becomes very easy to kill, under some circumstances; the hard part, is doing the hard work which allows us to live together without killing each other.

I would pray that Hamas, Fatah, and the Israeli Knesset are thinking about this, right now.

May 13 01:03

Israel posts fake videos to justify Gaza slaughter

The Israeli government posted a two-and-a-half-year-old video from Syria, claiming it was from Gaza, in order to justify its ongoing bombing campaign that has killed dozens of Palestinians since Monday.

But there is one problem: The video is old and does not appear to originate from the Gaza Strip.
The exact same video, just two seconds longer, had been posted on YouTube on 22 December 2019 by a user who indicated that it was filmed in Maarrat al-Numan, a city in northeastern Syria.

The original video contains no watermark or text suggesting any connection with Gaza.

This is a familiar propaganda tactic.

During Israel’s massive bombing campaign in Gaza in July 2014, Israel supporters widely shared a video claiming to show “Hamas using children as human shields.”

The video showed a man firing a mortar. Behind him was a group of small children huddled with an older man.

But this too was a video from the civil war in Syria, with no connection to Gaza

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Tragically, but perfectly predictable, on the part of the Israeli government and media.

May 13 00:56

Antiwar.com Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsPeace in Palestine? Not if American Politicians Can Help It

On April 22, more than 300 American lawmakers publicly pledged their unconditional loyalty to a foreign power.

In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, the members of Congress cautioned against “reducing funding or adding conditions on” US welfare checks (totaling $3.8 billion annually) to Israel.

The letter name-checks US President Joe Biden, who, nearly a year ago tried to have it both ways — decrying Israeli annexation of Palestinian land and the eviction of Palestinian residents to make room for Israeli squatters (“settlers”), while likewise volubly assuring Jewish campaign donors, “I’m not going to place conditions on security assistance.”

Now Biden and members of Congress from both sides of the partisan aisle feign surprise and dismay as the Israeli regime once again makes war on the populations of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

What the heck did they expect?

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Does it ever bother you, the degree to which a foreign country dictates US foreign policy?!?

Please pay attention here; this is profoundly significant!!

May 13 00:53

Plan for Preemptive Strike? Ukraine Says It Could Be Attacked From Belarus.

Speaking to a security forum in Kiev yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said of a potential armed conflict with neighboring Russia, “I think it could be a world war.”

He was responding to a question by a reporter who had asked whether a Russian attack against Ukraine – he specified in September – could be launched not only from the pro-Russian Donetsk and Lugansk republics in the Donbass but also from Crimea and Belarus. Russia and Belarus are scheduled to hold this year’s ZAPAD joint military exercise in September. (The last was conducted in 2017. Western officials and analysts beforehand warned of the participation of over 100,000 troops; in fact the number was closer to 12,000. We can expect to hear inflated figures again ahead of this year’s event.)

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So, this "telegraphing" in the part of Ukraine tells the world precisely where the next false flag regarding a potential attack against Ukraine is supposed to come from, in September?!?

High school, guys; HIGH SCHOOL!!

May 13 00:49

Antiwar.com Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsAmid Gaza Onslaught, Pentagon Reaffirms ‘Ironclad’ Commitment to Israel

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Israeli counterpart on Wednesday amid Israel’s new bombing campaign in Gaza and reaffirmed the US’s “ironclad commitment” to Israel.

“Secretary Austin conveyed the Department’s ironclad support for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, and he strongly condemned the launching of rockets by Hamas and other terrorists groups that targeted Israeli civilians,” the Pentagon said in a readout of the call.

The US has failed to condemn or even really address the Palestinian children that have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Austin also “reiterated the importance of all involved parties to take steps to restore calm.” But Israel appears to be set on escalating the situation and has rejected a truce offer from Hamas.

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So, how soon will the US be bombing Gaza, killing women, children, the medically fragile elderly, and bombing hospitals and schools?!?

And if you do not think this is a real possibility, you have not been paying attention: the US military is still doing this in Yemen as I type this.

HEY, WAR CRIMES ARE US!!!!

May 13 00:45

Live: More children killed in Gaza, Palestinians in Israel face escalating crackdown

Follow MEE's updates as Israeli strikes continue to pound Gaza, Hamas rockets hit Israel and protesting Palestinians risk assault and arrest.

May 13 00:43

Israel Rejects Hamas Truce Offer, Says Gaza Campaign ‘Far From Over’

The Israeli security cabinet voted to intensify airstrikes, Defense Minister Gantz said the operation has 'no end date'
by Dave DeCamp Posted onMay 12, 2021CategoriesNewsTagsGaza, Israel, Palestine
On Wednesday night, Israel rejected a ceasefire offer from Hamas and approved a plan to intensify airstrikes in Gaza.

The truce offer from Hamas was made through the Russian foreign ministry. A Hamas official was quoted as saying that the group would halt attacks on a “mutual basis” with Israel.

According to Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ministers in the Israeli security cabinet agreed unanimously to reject the ceasefire and continue bombing Gaza. The cabinet then voted to escalate the attacks indefinitely

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This very much reminds me of the Catholic response to the Siege at Montsegur against the Cathars, when the Catholic prelate leading the army, was told that there were women and children among the besieged Albigensian men, and "St. Dominic's" response was; "Kill them all: God will find his own."

May 13 00:29

'MAY THEIR PROGENY BE ERASED!' ISRAELIS CELEBRATE AS FIRE RAGES NEAR AL-AQSA MOSQUE ON JERUSALEM DAY

SOURCE: CHRIS MENAHAN, INFORMATION LIBERATION

Israelis were filmed celebrating Monday night on Jerusalem Day at the Western Wall by singing for God to "take vengeance on the Palestinians" and "erase" them and their "progeny" from all of history.

"Today's Jerusalem Day march ends in an orgy of hate at the Western Wall," Elizabeth Tsurkov reported. "They sing: 'Remember me! Strengthen me! Just this once, God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Palestinians (may their progeny be erased!) for my two eyes!' (altering Judges 16:28)."

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So, celebrating genocide in this context, is perfectly OK?!?

Seriously?!?

May 13 00:15

HOW ‘WOKE’ MAY BE LEADING US TO CIVIL WAR

SOURCE: ROGER SIMON VIA THE EPOCH TIMES
The other day, I wrote that “woke” was the new conformism.

It is, of course, but I undersold it. It’s much more than that and more dangerous.

As Tal Bachman notes at Steynonline, it’s now our state religion, a state religion in a country that - constitutionally and for good reason - isn’t supposed to have one.

But “Wokism” is yet more than that, too. It’s a mass psychosis similar to many that have arisen throughout history when the masses followed leaders who, in their zeal or self-interest, took them to disastrous ends.

A good example was when the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola - in a 1497 version of “cancel culture” - swept up everything secular in Florence from some of the most extraordinary paintings and sculpture of all time to the works of Boccaccio and burned them in the so-called Bonfire of the Vanities.

May 13 00:03

Divided We Stand: Why We Must Resist Political 'Unity'

Authored by Bruce Frohnen via RealClearPolicy.com,

We hear a lot about “unity” these days. The Biden administration promises and even demands it. Meanwhile, Republicans (and some Democrats) charge the administration with hypocrisy because its radical programs can’t garner a legislative majority — let alone the consensus support the word “unity” implies. But the charge of hypocrisy misses the point: The demand for unity is dangerous because it aims to undermine the genuine diversity that is essential to a free people.

May 12 07:49

US lust for war mostly based on profit margins

A good deal of the earnings accrued from US wars goes straight into election campaigns, which in other countries would be considered bribery, but in the United States is relabeled as campaign donations.

The US is well known for inciting war, invading various countries with facile justifications, usually in the name of Democracy and human rights, framing itself as liberators rather that resource grabbing invaders.

Washington not only spends more than everybody else on its own military, but it exports weapons to the rest of the world beyond what anybody else does. In actuality the arms 96% of the nations that it itself calls the most oppressive, most brutal dictatorships and governments on the planet.

One would be hard put to find a war without US made weapons on both sides.

May 12 07:49

US submarine docks in Norway, protesters fear becoming ‘bomb target’

A nuclear-powered American submarine has docked at a civilian port in northern Norway, sparking concerns among protesters, who say the deployment would turn the city into a bomb target in the event of a war.

The USS New Mexico submarine arrived in Tønsnes municipal harbor, in Tromsø city, on Monday.

The Norwegian government imposed a no-fly zone over the port, strictly guarding access to the harbor area under tight security.

The military guarding of the port will only last for as long as the submarine stays, said the army.

People gathered at the port to protest the submarine's arrival and the government's failure to "take adequate preventive measures to avert a possible nuclear catastrophe.”

They held banners that read, “US Army out of Norway” and “No nukes in Tromsø.”

May 12 07:36

Head of US 'SWAT Team of Nerds' Steps Down After Mysterious IP Address Decision

The head of the Defence Digital Service (dubbed "SWAT Team of Nerds" by its own members) has succeeded in expanding the scope of his department's operations beyond simply solving IT problems for the Pentagon. However, this required him to cut through a tangle of red tape put in place by the department's bureaucracy.

The chief of the Pentagon's Defence Digital Service (DDS), Brett Goldstein, said in an interview with Politico that he will be stepping down in July 2021 after two years in the post.

Goldstein's term expires this year, but it is not unheard-of for the DDS chief's contract to be extended. However, for reasons unknown, Goldstein's contract has not been prolonged despite his achievements in the post. His replacement has also not been announced so far, but his deputy, Katie Olson, who focused on counter-drone operations and assembling the Department of Defence's collection of pathology specimens, will serve as acting chief.

May 12 06:53

Keep Weapons Out of Space — ‘The New War-Fighting Domain’

Washington has re-established the “space race” by creation of the Space Force intended to “control the ultimate high ground,” Brian Cloughley writes.

In January it was noted by a New York Times’ columnist that the nominated Secretary of the U.S. Defence Department, General Lloyd Austin, had “told the Senate he would keep a ‘laserlike focus’ on sharpening the country’s ‘competitive edge’ against China’s increasingly powerful military. Among other things, he called for new American strides in building ‘space-based platforms’ and repeatedly referred to space as a war-fighting domain.” This was not a surprising commitment by the about-to-be confirmed head of the Pentagon, which had already added the ominously named Space Force to its war-fighting assets.

May 12 06:45

Massive British, NATO War Games Prepare Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group To Confront Russia and China

This year’s iteration of Britain’s biannual Joint Warrior exercise in the Irish Sea is subsumed under another exercise, Strike Warrior 21, being used to prepare the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the flagship of the Royal Navy, and its carrier strike group for deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific region.

Exercise Joint Warrior, held in the spring and autumn every year, is described by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as the largest military exercise in Europe and is organized jointly by the British army, navy and air force. It occurs off the northern and western coasts of Scotland in the Irish Sea. It is one of 95 NATO exercises scheduled for 2021 (113 were scheduled for last year), with 220 other national and multinational exercises conducted in conjunction with them.

May 12 06:34

How AI Will Soon Change Special Operations

When Gen. Richard D. Clarke was leading special operations forces in Afghanistan years ago, he spent 90 percent of his time thinking about moving and shooting — “the raid, the mission, the kill-capture mission, the destruction of enemy forces,” Clarke said last week at the annual SOFIC conference. But when he returned to Afghanistan last year as the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, he found that U.S. leaders were focusing most of their mental energy on information.

Commanders now spend about 60 percent of their time mulling what the Taliban and the Afghan population are thinking, and how U.S. actions might influence that, Clarke said. “As we look at the info space and in our fight for competition...working in the information space can have the greatest impact in the coming years.”

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