Saturday, September 26, 2020

Trump Must Back Iraq Withdrawal Promise With Action

by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:

Earlier this month, while meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister, President Trump reaffirmed his intent to remove all US troops from Iraq. “We were there and now we’re getting out. We’ll be leaving shortly,” the president told reporters at the time.

Although President Obama should never have sent US troops back into Iraq in 2016, it is definitely well past time to remove them as quickly as possible.

Over the weekend, the Administration announced it would be drawing down troops currently in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,500. That’s a good start.

You Can Have Peace Or The US Empire. You Can’t Have Both.

by Caitlin Johnstone, Caitlin Johnstone:

Just in the last few days Israel has reportedly dropped cluster munitions and white phosphorus on southern Lebanon, bombed Gaza, and fired missiles on Damascus, because Israel is a nation whose existence depends on unceasing military violence.

In order for Israel to continue existing as the imperialist apartheid state that it is, it needs to wage war in all directions at all times, both against its neighbors and against the increasingly brutalized Palestinian population. If the bombings end, so too does Israel as we know it, because the regional population will never stand for its oppression, tyranny, and multiple illegal occupations.

Creeping Thucydides Trap: Esper Vows “Won’t Cede An Inch” In South China Sea After 4 PLA ‘Warning’ Missiles

from ZeroHedge:

The Pentagon revealed Thursday that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “warning” to the US on Wednesday involved the firing of “four medium-range missiles into [an] area between Hainan and the Paracel Islands,” a defense official was quoted in FT.

Among them included nuclear-capable DF-26 missile and the anti-ship DF-21D ballistic missile. Beijing said they demonstrated the PLA’s ability to deny outside military access to the South China Sea.

The missiles were fired in response to the major incident from Tuesday, wherein China’s PLA military angrily charged that a US U-2 spy plane entered a ‘no-fly zone’ off China’s coast while the PLA conducted live-fire military drills.

RUSSIA DECLASSIFIES FOOTAGE OF BIGGEST NUKE EVER TESTED: “MUSHROOM CLOUD 7 TIMES HIGHER THAN EVEREST”

from The Waking Times:

Russia has for the first time released full declassified footage of the Soviet Union’s monster nuclear bomb known as the ‘Tsar Bomba’ hydrogen bomb (codenamed “Ivan”).

Widely considered to be the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created and tested, it was detonated 4,000 meters above a sparsely populated archipelago in the Barents Sea on Oct. 30, 1961 as part of a secretive test nevertheless detected by US intelligence.

A.I. Evolving: Beats F-16 Fighter Jet Pilot; Military Wants Self-healing Terminator Robots

by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

If that title didn’t capture your attention, I don’t know what will. No that isn’t clickbait, the military has been working on developing artificial intelligence for some time. But now the machines have surpassed humans, again winning a dogfight – a term used to describe an air battle between jets. And if that’s not enough, the military wants self-healing robots straight out of The Terminator, which by the way was the villain.

According to Defense One, artificial intelligence (A.I.) beat a fighter jet pilot for the second time. The military held a simulation between A.I. pilots and a human pilot, and found that one specific A.I. beat others and the human in five rounds.

US Attempts to Disrupt Iran Nuclear Deal Firmly Rebuffed

by James ONeill, New Eastern Outlook:

On 14 August 2020 the United Nations Security Council voted overwhelmingly to reject a United States attempt to extend the UN sanctions upon Iran that were imposed as part of the nuclear deal negotiated between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran in 2015.

The United States, which had been one of the original signatories to the Iran nuclear deal was one of only two members of the United Nations Security Council (the other being non-permanent member the Dominican Republic) to vote in favour of its own motion to extend sanctions on Iran.

University of California being sued over its mandatory flu vaccine policy

by Isabelle Z., Natural News:

University of California President Janet Napolitano recently issued an executive order requiring every student, faculty and staff member across the university system to get a flu shot, and now Children’s Health Defense is taking action and suing the university for its ill-advised move in light of scientific evidence that flu shots aggravate coronavirus.

She said in the statement that the move was part of a proactive strategy to reduce the burden caused by the flu season on the healthcare system, which is already under pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WARGAMING REGIME CHANGE (VIDEO)

by James F. Tracy, Ph.D., Memory Hole Blog:

MHB Report

With the 2020 presidential election fast approaching Democratic Party operatives are planning for US regime change by “war gaming” what happens in the midst of a disputed election and ensuing chaos. MHB examines the powerful and influential figures behind the shadowy “Transition Integrity Project.”

Is This a Remake of the 1941 Hitler Stalin Great War?

by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:

If we step back from the details of daily headlines around the world and try to make sense of larger patterns, the dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics in the past three years or more is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the two most formidable powers on the planet—The Peoples’ Republic of China and the United States of America. Increasingly it’s beginning to look as if some very dark global networks are orchestrating what looks to be an updated rerun of their 1939-1945 World War. Only this time the stakes are total, and aim at creation a universal global totalitarian system, what David Rockefeller once called a “one world government.” The powers that be periodically use war to gain major policy shifts.

Who profits from the Beirut blast?

by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times:

Making the case that the explosion resulted from an attack

The narrative that the Beirut explosion was an exclusive consequence of negligence and corruption by the current Lebanese government is now set in stone, at least in the Atlanticist sphere.

And yet, digging deeper, we find that negligence and corruption may have been fully exploited, via sabotage, to engineer it.

The Heart of the Matter in the South China Sea

by Pepe Escober, The Unz Review:

When the Ronald Reagan and Nimitz carrier strike groups recently engaged in “operations” in the South China Sea, it did not escape to many a cynic that the US Pacific Fleet was doing its best to turn the infantile Thucydides Trap theory into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The pro forma official spin, via Rear Adm. Jim Kirk, commander of the Nimitz, is that the ops were conducted to “reinforce our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, a rules-based international order, and to our allies and partners”.

Nobody pays attention to these clichés, because the real message was delivered by a CIA operative posing as diplomat, Secretary of State Mike “We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal” Pompeo: “The PRC has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region”, in a reference to the Nine-Dash Line. For the State Dept., Beijing deploys nothing but “gangster tactics” in the South China Sea.

3 OTHER MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS THAT LEFT US WONDERING WHEN TACTICAL NUKES WILL MAKE THEIR DEBUT

from The Waking Times:

The world has been watching footage of the massive explosion in Beirut’s main city port yesterday, causing widespread speculation as to whether or not this was a covert military operation employing some new generation of tactical small-yield nuclear weapons.

So far, all indications seem to be that this blast was the result of fatal mishandling of hazardous materials, and no faction has stepped up to take responsibility for this as an attack.

The videos are down right terrifying.

Trump’s Secret War Plan for the South China Sea

by Gordon Duff, New Eastern Outlook:

Talk of war with war between the US and China is the only real news, but is it? With the planet paralyzed from COVID 19, military operations are largely curtailed. COVID 19 has secretly swept through America’s military, particularly the US Navy, crippling its capability.

Trump is planning a war with China to save his regime from disgrace and himself from prison but the Pentagon may well not be onboard. The generals refused Trump’s demand for troops against Wall of Moms and Wall of Veterans.

This is the same American military that was humiliated by Iran in June 2020, one that is hiding COVID 19 outbreaks that have gutted America’s offensive capability and, of course, that of any potential allies as well.

Did The “Mushroom Cloud” Explosion In Beirut Just Push The Middle East Closer To A Major War?

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

2020 just keeps getting weirder.  On Tuesday, an absolutely massive explosion caused a red mushroom cloud to rise high over the city of Beirut, Lebanon.  It is being called “Beirut’s Hiroshima”, and the blast was heard as far away as Cyprus.  You can watch a two minute compilation that contains video clips of the explosion from several different angles right here.  It appears that the shockwave did even more damage than the initial explosion did, and at this hour a large portion of the city of Beirut lies in ruins.  Dozens are dead, thousands are injured, and the entire city is now in a state of complete chaos