Henry Kissinger, a former secretary of state of the United States who often offers voluntary advice on matters of geo-politics, has suggested that the US and Europe should sustain their direct aggressive engagement in parts of the world they do not belong to and work to restrain other countries.
In a recent article written for CapX, which came to attention days later, Kissinger, a nonagenarian, presented a series of questions about “challenges” faced by “the transatlantic world” — the alliance of Western Europe and the US.
According to Kissinger, the challenges, ones that would have “consequences for the future world order,” involved Russia, China, the Middle East, and the evolving relationship between Western Europe and the US.
He said that since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, the world order had been “based on the notion of sovereignty of states secured by a balance of power between a multiplicity of entities.” But he said the world “now confronts concepts of order drawn from different historical and cultural experiences and involving visions of continental or universal religious dimensions.”
On each “challenge,” he thus asked whether “these issues are to be resolved by the maxims of the nation-state or new, more globalised concepts.” And he essentially deferred an answer until the end of his piece.
Russia: Cooperation or coercion?
“The Russian challenge… focuses on Ukraine and Syria,” Kissinger wrote. And his questions were straightforward.
“Is the wisest course to pressure Russia, and if necessary to punish it, until it accepts Western views of its internal and global order? Or is scope left for a political process that overcomes, or at least mitigates, the mutual alienation in pursuit of an agreed concept of world order?”
China’s modern-day Silk Road and implications for the West
On China, Kissinger specifically highlighted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative,” which he said “will in effect shift the world’s centre of gravity from the Atlantic to the Eurasian landmass.”
By fulfilling the initiative, Kissinger said, China would be reshaping the international order to make it “compatible with its historical experience, growing power, and strategic vision.”
He then asked how the US and Europe would have to respond to such a remolding of the world order.
Daesh for the Western world
Kissinger then lumped Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen together in making the bizarre claim that they had all “ceased to function as sovereign.”
The four countries, he said, “have become battlegrounds for factions seeking to impose their rule.”
In Iraq and Syria’s case, he seemed to suggest that sovereign territory from the two countries that is currently occupied by Daesh terrorists would be up for grabs once the group is routed.
“Most non-Isis powers — including Shia Iran and the leading Sunni states — agree on the need to destroy it,” he said of Daesh, using an English acronym for it. “But which entity is supposed to inherit its territory? A coalition of Sunnis? Or a sphere of influence dominated by Iran?”
“The answer,” he said, “is elusive.”
But even as the assertion that Daesh-occupied territory in sovereign Iraq and Syria would be free to be “inherited” by anyone is generally viewed as false, the manner in which Kissinger couched his argument has been taken to mean that the West should keep Daesh at least partially in existence to counter other parties.
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One of the Awan brothers is seen here at a House Committee hearing sitting directly behind Trey Gowdy, seemingly coaching the measured and scripted responses out of Jeh Johnson (who was Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary)
by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
The mainstream media is having an absolute temper tantrum after Attorney General Jeff Sessions reminded them at Friday’s press conference, which he and DNI Dan Coats spoke at, that while they and others investigating the leaks of classified information to the press “respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect,” it is “not unlimited.” Sessions went on to expand on that by stating “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance their role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in our intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law abiding Americans.”
The attorney general said that the DOJ has tripled investigations into these leaks, adding he has “listened to careerinvestigators and prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters.”
“At their suggestion, one of the things we are doing is reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas.”
That ladies and gentlemen was a shot across the bow, letting leakers know that they will be hunted, found and prosecuted to the fullest extent, while also making it clear that the MSM cannot use their “shield laws” and “reporter’s privilege” to protect their sources if those sources are jeopardizing national security.
Predictably, journalists from all across the industry started freaking out with people like NBC News’ Ken Dilanian calling Sessions’ announcement “a significant development for anyone who cares about press freedom.”
Others like New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski described Sessions’ speech as “authoritarian-style threats.” BuzzFeed deputy news director Tom Namako dramatically declared “Sessions threatens the free press — which is protected by the First Amendment.”
MSM employees took to social media to decry Sessions threats of forcing them to reveal sources that leaked classified information that damages the governments ability to protect Americans, but case law and Supreme Court rulings back Sessions up on the assertion that their First Amendment protections are indeed limited when it comes to protecting deep state sources within the intelligence community that are revealing classified information to members of the press.
In Branzburg v. Hayes, 1972, the Supreme Court found that a journalist does not have the constitutional right to refuse to reveal sources if the the government can “convincingly show a substantial relation between the information sought and a subject of overriding and compelling state interest.”
We have heard from current intelligence leaders, former intelligence leaders and politicians from both sides of the aisle, and even Trump critics, as to the dangers posed by the recent leaks from deep state members in the intelligence community to national security, which negates the the claims by the MSM that taking measures to stop those illegal leaks, which violate federal laws, is a matter of “free press,” or falls under the First Amendment.
“This is beyond the pale and will have a chilling effect going forward on the ability of the commander in chief to have candid discussions with his counterparts,” Ned Price, a former National Security Council official under President Barack Obama, told The Hill.
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by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:
Question: Why was there a Vietnam War?
Answer: Because JFK was assassinated.
Question: Why did America fall in 2018?
Answer: Because somebody very important had to die. The fundamental question is, who is going to die?
This article takes a long look at the current state of affairs with regard to the agenda of the Deep state and the fate of Donald Trump and possibly even Hillary Clinton.
This logic cuts to the heart of what is likely coming Trump’s way. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that for the Deep State to fulfill their goals of the fall of the United States, the subsequent installation of globalism and raping the American people of every last dime, someone has to die.
Without the Independent Media there is no Donald Trump Presidency. During the primary election, the Independent Media (IM) provided the only positive coverage enjoyed by Donald Trump. The IM was the only source of scorn and legitimate ridicule of Hillary Clinton.
The Deep State is being exposed for all of its Satanic evil thanks to the IM. Certainly, CNN is not going to expose itself.
In military strategy, the first objective of an invasion is to eliminate as much of the command and control of the enemy. In actual combat that entails taking out radar and other surveillance. In politics and in a coup attempt, eliminating command and control means to obliterate the portion of the media that would expose the coming coup and subsequent take down of America. This is precisely why Google, Youtube and Facebook are rearing their ugly heads and imposing communist Chinese media censorship policies against ALL of the IM.
The attacks upon the IM by social media should serve as the chest pains before the heart attack warning. America, here me clearly. You are witnessing the Deep State trying the severely eliminate the reach of the IM in educating the American people about what is truly going on, which is a coup against the Republic. Hagmann, Quayle, Adams and yours truly will not be around at the end of this fight. By the time America’s fate is sealed we will all have but disappeared from the eye of the public.
When we look at the ramifications of these Deep State actions, we must conclude that something very big is coming. The Deep State must eliminate the Independent Media in order to make sure we are not around to report on the Deep State coup against our country and our way of life.
There is a lesson to be learned from the fact that when the Viet Cong would take over a village, they would kill the teachers and the politicians. They had to kill the teachers because they needed to rewrite history to fit their own narrative. Donald Trump must be removed from office at all costs for exactly the same reason. He has provided America hope that we can roll back globalism to an extent that the middle class can be revived and the American people can preserve their liberties. Donald Trump is not just dangerous to the Deep State because of his policies, he is most dangerous because he has changed the psychology of the nation.
President Trump is an immediate threat to the Deep State because he threatens to eliminate open borders which would preserve our national identity. He is threatening to roll back the free trade agreements which have earned the globalists hundreds of billions of dollars from the acquisition of cheap overseas labor which has cost America millions of jobs and has divested our wage structure. The President is also attacking Deep State profiteering based on child-sex-trafficking, gun running, drug dealing and organ trafficking. Through his actions, Trump is dangerously close to fully exposing the Deep State and all of their evil to the mainstream of America. He must be stopped and he must be stopped at all costs.
To the average person, the easiest thing the Deep State could do would be to assassinate the President. However, as they discovered with JFK, there are negative implications that can last generations when this course of action is pursued. And it can be said with certainty, that America is done buying the worn out narrative of a single assassin with a narrative, who is a lone nut and who also has a diary stating what he is going to do. That fiction has been put to bed by the assassinations of RFK, MLK and JFK.
For the moment, the Deep State is pursuing administrative action against Trump. Yesterday, I exposed how the DNC’s Crowdsource webserver and top DNC personnel created the Russian narrative just in case Clinton was to lose. This is the basis for the possible upcoming impeachment proceedings. However, if they are not able to remove Trump from office quickly and through the indictment/impeachment process, they will take it to the next level as the same kind of power structure did with JFK.
Let me say it bluntly and boldly, many of us in the IM, believe that Trump will be assassinated if impeachment fails. I have often said that David Rockefeller would never have gotten away with the assassination of JFK if there was an Independent Media. And with the purge by social media of the IM, the stage is being set for an assassination and a subsequent coup.
When Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury to consider the affairs of Donald Trump, that told me that the Deep State is going for broke. If this grand jury does not produce the intended result of indictment/impeachment, the Deep State will take this to the next level because they will have exhausted all of their administrative/legal options.
What Would Follow an Assassination?
After John Kennedy was murdered, the phone system was taken down in Washington DC for over an hour. That was to prevent an anticipated counter-revolution to the coup that had just taken place. Again, this is why the IM is being taken down because the Deep State fears our influence. The nation went on alert and was on the verge of martial law. There is one big difference between 1963 and 2017. Namely, in 1963, the people trusted their government. That is no longer true. Martial law will be imposed for this reason. Yes, that means FEMA camps, NDAA detentions and the likely use of death squads against anticipated agitators as that is what Jade Helm was primarily concerned with. I will explore these possibilities as long as I am allowed to publish and to broadcast.
When a ship or plane is about to be attacked by a heat-seeking missile, the intended target employs counter measures. Typically, a “hot” debris field is distributed to take the missile off course and explode it as it contacts the countermeasure releases. The American people could employ the same tactic.
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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
President Trump has been defeated by the military/security complex and forced into continuing the orchestrated and dangerous tensions with Russia. Trump’s defeat has taught the Russians the lesson I have been trying to teach them for years, and that is that Russia is much more valuable to Washington as an enemy than as a friend.
Do we now conclude with Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that Trump is washed up and “utterly powerless?” I think not. Trump is by nature a leader. He wants to be out front, and that is where his personality will compel him to be. Having been prevented by the military/security complex, both US political parties, the presstitute media, the liberal-progressive-left, and Washington’s European vassals from being out front as a leader for peace, Trump will now be the leader for war. This is the only permissible role that the CIA and armaments industry will permit him to have.
Losing the chance for peace might cost all of us our lives. Now that Russia and China see that Washington is unwilling to share the world stage with them, Russia and China will have to become more confrontational with Washington in order to prevent Washington from marginalizing them. Preparations for war will become central in order to protect the interests of the two countries. The situation is far more dangerous than at any time of the Cold War.
The foolish American liberal-progressive-left, wrapped up as they are in Identity Politics and hatred of “the Trump deplorables,” joined the military/security complex’s attack on Trump. So did the whores, who pretend to be a Western media, and Washington’s European vassals, not one of whom had enough intelligence to see that the outcome of the attack on Trump would be an escalation of conflict with Russia, conflict that is not in Europe’s business and security interests.
Washington is already raising the violence threshold. The same lies that Washington told about Saddam Hussein, Gadaffi, Assad, Iran, Serbia and Russia are now being told about Venezuela. The American presstitutes duly report the lies handed to them by the CIA just as Udo Ulfkotte and Seymour Hersh report. These lies comprise the propaganda that conditions Western peoples to accept the coming US coup against the democratic government in Venezuela and its replacement with a Washington-compliant government that will permit the renewal of US corporate exploitation of Venezuela.
As the productive elements of American capitalism fall away, the exploitative elements become its essence. After Venezuela, there will be more South American victims. As reduced tensions with Russia are no longer in prospect, there is no reason for the US to abandon its and Israel’s determination to overthrow the Syrian government and then the Iranian government.
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by Janet Phelan, Activist Post:
The founders of the United Nations would be heaving convulsively in their graves. A vision, forged out of the carnage of WWII for a world at peace, a world where disputes could be solved by dialogue and diplomacy rather than by bombs, has apparently succumbed to the duplicity of its moving party.
When US President Franklin Roosevelt drafted the initial Declaration of the United Nations in 1941, he penned a document that was a rallying cry for the Allies, in the face of what he termed “savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world.” The document boldly stated that “complete victory over their enemies is essential to defend life, liberty, independence and religious freedom, and to preserve human rights and justice in their own lands as well as in other lands…”
In the intervening seventy plus years, the UN has grown in scope and in reach, with divisions and treaty bodies to address trade, commerce, health, communications, human rights, disarmament, food security, refugees, education and more. It now employs over 44,000 people in offices and satellites across the globe.
However, the primary vision of the UN has been subverted by the actions of the leader of the free world. For the US is now actively misleading the UN as to the true nature of her activities.
In an earlier article, the attempts by the US to create a false perception to the world human rights community were discussed relevant to specific official statements made by US authorities during the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Record (UPR) of the United States, a cyclical review process held at the UN in Geneva. At the convening of the most recent review in 2015, US officials were found to repeatedly and substantially tweak pivotal statistics and reports in order to cast a false (and benevolent) light upon activities which were uncomfortably redolent of human rights deprivations rather than successes.
Now, we come to assess the truthfulness of the US’s reports to the pivotally important UN 1540 Committee. As in reports on her human rights activities, the US has omitted or falsified critical information in her multiple reports to this body.
The 1540 Committee was established as part of the UN Security Council’s 1540 Resolution, which attempts to address proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The 1540 Resolution, which was unanimously adopted on April 28, 2004, calls upon state parties to take several levels of action in order to halt proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. In this article, we will primarily be looking at the US’s compliance with non-proliferation of chemical and biological weapons.
Much has already been written about the efforts by the US State Department to lead the Biological Weapons Convention around by its nose. In 2001, just months before the anthrax attacks of September, the US delegation boycotted the efforts by an ad hoc committee to develop a verification protocol for the BWC. Due to this, the BWC remains with no way to verify compliance by its member parties and no real way to assure that violations can be reported and dealt with.
In other words, the BWC is a whole lot of words, blowin’ in the wind.
Rather than any externally verifiable reporting mechanisms, the BWC now relies on “Confidence Building Measures,” wherein each state must faithfully self-report to the Convention at large its activities surrounding bioweapons, including any changes in legislation or any stockpiles. It was confirmed by US Department of State delegate Chris Park in 2011 that the US simply “forgot” to inform the Convention that the Expansion of the Biological Weapons Statute, passed into law as part of the USA PATRIOT Act, gave the US government immunity from violating its own bioweapons laws.
Of equal concern is that the US has actively lied to the BWC. In addition, top UN Disarmament Affairs officials have refused to accept documentation that the US has launched a covert delivery system.
In looking at the US’s reports to the 1540 Committee, we find a similar pattern of omissions and outright falsehoods. Nowhere in the US’s 1540 National Reports is any mention of the aforementioned legislation, passed in the wake of September 11, giving the US government immunity from violation its own bioweapons laws. Rather, the US’s initial 1540 Report, filed in 2004, claims:
In accordance with its obligations under several international agreements, the United States has enacted national implementing statutes, which prohibit the illegal possession or transfer of such weapons. In addition,conspiracies, attempts, or threats to use such weapons are also proscribed.
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