Friday, October 18, 2019

Is the US Trying to Start a Hot War with Russia?

by Steven MacMillan, New Eastern Outlook:

Another day, another major escalation of tensions caused by US actions. The recent downing of a Syrian jet by a US F-18 Super Hornet, is just the latest instalment in a series of US provocations in Syria since Donald Trump took office in January.

The ‘non-interventionist’ Commander-in-Chief has continued and expanded the wars launched by previous US leaders, as Trump has essentially given the military carte blanche to do whatever it wants. From using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria, to sendingthousands more troops into Afghanistan, the US military machine remains completely out of control.

But why did an American fighter jet shoot down a Syrian warplane? Whilst the US – which is operating illegally in Syria – justified the action by saying that the Syrian jet was targeting US-backed forces on the ground (in the form of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)), the Syrian government said that the jet was on a mission against ISIS militants (who were created thanks to US-backing).

Understandably, Russia responded furiously to the illegal US action. Aleksey Pushkov, the head of Russia’s Communications Policy Committee, described the strike as an “act of war.” The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, said in relation to the incident, that:

“What is it then, if not an act of aggression, an act directly in breach of international law. If you want, it’s actually help for the terrorists the US is fighting, declaring that they are conducting a counterterrorism policy.

As tensions ratchet up to new levels, Russia has warned the US that they are now tracking US-led coalition jets that fly west of the Euphrates river as potential targets.

Baiting Russia into a Military Response?

Although the official US narrative was that they were protecting US-backed forces on the ground, one cannot help but question the justification used by a country that has repeatedly lied and deceived in order to launch imperial wars.

There is a very real danger that the decision to shoot down a Syrian jet was designed to provoke Syria to respond militarily to US forces, therefore providing justification for a full-scale invasion of Syria by the US and her allies.

Moreover, and more dangerously, there is a potential that this incident was designed (by rogue elements with the US) to provoke Russia to respond militarily to the US in Syria, providing justification to start a hot war with Russia, and launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia.

Although this may sound like madness, we should not underestimate how mad the neocons are. The US and Russia have reportedly already come extremely close to a direct confrontation in Syria earlier this year. In April, after the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield, Russia was “an inch from confrontation” with the US, according to the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani.

Any followers of Dr. Paul Craig Roberts work, the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, who also worked at a variety of US think tanks in Washington, will know that he has repeatedly warned that some belligerent and crazed elements within Washington are actually considering launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Russia.

It is not just Dr. Roberts that is warning of this apocalyptic scenario however. At the end April, the Deputy Head of Operations of the Russian General Staff, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, warned of the potential that the US could launch a “sudden nuclear missile strike” against Russia:

“The presence of US missile defense bases in Europe, [and] missile defense vessels in seas and oceans close to Russia, creates a powerful covert strike component for conducting a sudden nuclear missile strike against the Russian Federation.”

US anti-ballistic missile systems in eastern Europe and in other regions cannot only be used to try and intercept any retaliatory Russian nuclear missiles fired toward NATO countries in response to a US pre-emptive nuclear strike, but, as Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned, many of these ‘defensive’ systems can be quickly turned into offensive systems, used to launch nuclear missiles at Russia in a sneak attack. This is part of the reason why Russian officials have repeatedly called the US anti-missile shield a threat, with Romania hosting a $800m section of the shield.

Read More @ Journal-NEO.org

CIA Proposes Regime Change in North Korea, NK Threatens Nuclear Retaliation

from The Anti Media:
North Korea — Less than a week after C.I.A. chief Mike Pompeo suggested that regime change in North Korea would be a good thing for the Trump administration, the East Asian country said Tuesday it was ready and willing to strike the U.S. with a “nuclear hammer” if that proves to be the Trump team’s agenda.

“Should the U.S. dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the U.S. with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time,” writes state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), quoting a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.

Trump Is Being Moved Aside So That Conflict with Russia Can Proceed

by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

What is the Congress up to with their stupid bill that imposes more sanctions and removes the power of President Trump to rescind the sanctions that President Obama imposed?

Congress is doing two things. One is that Congress is serving their campaign contributors in the military/security complex by being tougher with Russia, thus keeping the orchestrated threat alive so that Americans denied health care don’t start looking at the massive military/security budget as a place to find money for health care.

The other is to put President Trump in a box. If Trump vetos this encroachment on presidential power, Congress and the presstitute media will present the veto as absolute proof that Trump is a Russian agent and is protecting Russia with his veto. If Trump does not veto the bill, Trump will have thrown in his hand and accepted that he cannot reduce the dangerous tensions with Russia.

In other words, the bill is a lose-lose for Trump. Yet Republicans are supporting the bill, thus undermining their president.

Yesterday I heard an orchestrated, staged “interview” between two women on NPR’s “All Things Considered” (on NPR all things are never considered). It was a propaganda show focused on Trump’s expression of disappointment in Jeff Sessions, whom Trump mistakenly appointed Attorney General.

When Trump nominated Sessions, the Democrats and the presstitutes went berserk. Sessions was “unqualified,” a “racist,” blah-blah. But now Sessions is the hero of the presstitutes and Democrats. They love him, because he has sold out Trump on the question of the justification for an investigation of Trump as a suspect “Russian agent” by an independent prosecutor who happens to be a member of the anti-Trump ruling establishment.

In other words, Sessions, who has been beat up previously by the establishment, is too afraid to do his job.

In other words, Trump had, as I predicted, no idea what he was doing when he chose his government.

So now he suffers for his ignorance.

What was the point of the staged NPR interview between the two women? The point was that Sessions, unlike Trump, respects the rule of law whereas Trump wants to bend the law in order to cover up for himself. The interview was staged so that without the two women having to say it, Trump’s anger at Session was proof that Trump was guillty of some illigitimate “Russian connection.”

In other words, it was carefully constructed innuendo. Who constructed the innuendo? NPR’s women were just reading from a script.

As far as I can tell, there is no one in Trump’s government who is loyal to Trump or who is willing to back Trump’s effort to stop provoking the Russians and to cease serving as Israel’s military force in the Middle East. As far as I can tell not only the Democratic Party but also the Republican Party supports the left-wing’s view that Trump’s election was illegitimate, because he was elected by the votes of illegitimate people—“the deplorables” to use Hillary’s term.

Who are “the deplorables?” They are the remnants of the American working class. They are the people whose jobs were sent overseas to Asia by the global US corporations in order to enrich their shareholders and executives via higher profits from lower labor costs. They are the people who in order to stay afloat had to rely on debt in place of the missing income and whose debt is now so high that they have no disposable income. A huge proportion of the American population is incapable of raising a measly $400 without having to sell personal possessions.

In other words, they are refugees from a destroyed American middle class.

Trump stood up for them against the rich who ruined them, and now the rich are going to ruin Trump.

It will teach a lesson. Henceforth in the United States no one will dare to stick up for the American people. America is not for Americans any more than the world is for the peoples of the world. America and the world are for the One Percent. No one else. Russia, China, and Iran are in the way, and, thus, they are on Washington’s hit list.

It is heartbreaking to watch the Russians continue to believe, lesson after lesson to the contrary, that they can reach a deal with Washington. This unrealistic hope will destroy Russia. The Russian government will continue to grasp at straws and be put off guard.

Read More @ PaulCraigRoberts.org

DOVISH FED WITH “LACK OF INFLATION” SENDS GOLD AND SILVER SOARING AFTER COMEX CLOSES

NORTH KOREA WILL LAUNCH ANOTHER ICBM MAYBE BY TONIGHT/USA PASSES LEGISLATION ORCHESTRATING MORE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA: THIS TIME SANCTIONING ANYBODY DOING BUSINESS WITH THEIR OIL
from Harvey Organ:

GAS SECTOR/RUSSIA RESPONDS!! EUROPE WILL RESPOND SHORTLY

In silver, the total open interest ROSE BY ONLY 279 contract(s) UP to 206,347 WITH THE RISE IN PRICE THAT SILVER TOOK WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING (UP 10 CENT(S). YESTERDAY THE COMMERCIALS TRIED IN VAIN TO COVER BUT TO NO AVAIL. THE SPEC SHORTS ARE HEARING RUMOURS OF TROUBLE WITH DELIVERIES IN LONDON SO THEY TOO ARE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THEIR SHORTS. THE LONGS CONTINUE TO REMAIN STOIC AND ADD GENTLY TO THEIR LONG SIDE.

In ounces, the OI is still represented by just OVER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 1.03 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 148{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 21 NOTICE(S) FOR 105,000 OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the total comex gold SURPRISINGLY ROSE BY 4859 CONTRACTS DESPITE THE FALL IN THE PRICE OF GOLD ($2.10 with YESTERDAY’S TRADING). The total gold OI stands at 463,827 contracts. Surprisingly the liquidation in the front month has stopped as spec longs decided to foolishly take on the bankers on comex expiration week. The bankers mercilessly supplied all the necessary paper. The spec shorts continued to pile into the short side and thus the OI rise.

we had 14 notice(s) filed upon for 1400 oz of gold.

Read More @ Harveyorganblog.com

Wall of Optimism Cracking? IMF Lowers US Economic Growth Forecast

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by Peter Schiff, Schiff Gold:
Over the last several years, mainstream analysts have built a wall of optimism about the US economy. “Everything looks great,” they say. “Look at the jobs numbers!” “Look at the stock market!”

A number of contrarians have said things aren’t so great and a massive crash is on the horizon. The mainstream has pretty much ignored the naysayers. But a recent report by the International Monetary Fund shows some cracks in the wall of mainstream optimism. And in the current political climate, it may not take much to cause the wall to crumble down.

BREAKING: Mr. President, Investigate this Immediately, It Blows Up the Entire Coup Against You!

from LaRouche PAC:
We seldom interrupt our regular intelligence flow on this website. We are doing this now because the extraordinary memorandum produced by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) yesterday conclusively demonstrates that the so-called Russian hacks of the Democratic National Committee were not hacks at all, but leaks by someone with physical access to DNC computers. The data was then doctored to incriminate Russia. You can read the entire explosive VIPS Memorandum here.

The VIPS, who include former NSA Technical Director William Binney, back the independent forensic analysis performed by a group including Skip Folden, retired IBM Program Manager for Information Technology U.S. No such forensic analysis was performed in any of the Obama intelligence community’s so-called “assessments.” The VIPS state that there were two inside leaks from the DNC. The first was in June of 2016, sometime before Julian Assange’s June 12th announcement that he had DNC documents and planned to publish them. The second leak was on July 5, 2016 to pre-emptively taint anything Wikileaks might publish by “showing it came from a Russian hack.” As is well-known, Wikileaks did publish its DNC trove showing that Hillary Clinton and the DNC conspired to rig the Democratic Presidential primary process against Bernie Sanders.

GET READY FOR THE FREEFALL COLLAPSE — Mitch Feierstein

by SGT, SGT Report:
Mitch Feierstein returns to SGT report with an urgent warning, get ready for the free fall collapse. “We are in a euphoric bubble blow off top.”

Mitch explains, “I’ve been talking about the Swiss national bank intervening in the equities markets along with the European central bank buying corporate bonds, which allows companies to buy their stocks back, which pushes the markets even higher, inflating the bubbles. It’s a bubble machine. How could anything go wrong in an environment like this when you have unlimited money printing going on? Bad things happen when you print money..”

Measles Outbreak in Europe: Convenient Lies

by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:
There is an invariable first rule of propaganda: know exactly what your agenda is, and then design every statement to forward that agenda.

The World Health Organization is now touting a measles epidemic in Europe. And of course, they’re explaining it with propaganda—it’s the fault of people who refuse to allow their children to take the measles vaccination.

The focus is on Italy, where, “coincidently,” protesters are outraged at a new law mandating vaccination for children. Perfect. “You see? Don’t take the shot and this is what you get. A massive outbreak.”

Well, here is an official report. In Italy, there are 3300 case of measles and two deaths.

Keiser Report: Making Politics Great Again? (E1101)

from RT:

In the second half they talk to John Titus about how to make the financial system great again and whether or not there is a way for the ordinary citizen to force the laws to be applied against banking crimes.

Try Not to Laugh – CNN: “AK-47s Suggest Russia May Be Arming Taliban”

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from Russia Insider:
CNN has “exclusive images” which “bolster” the claim that Russia is now arming the Afghan Taliban against the US occupation of that country. What do these explosive images show? They show [start dramatic music]: Russian guns.

That’s right. CNN has obtained images of a Soviet-made Dragunov sharpshooting rifle, a RPK light machine gun, and an assortment of Kalashnikov variants. Most suspiciously the weapons have had their serial numbers scratched off meaning they could have come from anywhere—and anywhere includes Russia! Coincidence? We think not.