Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Frog-Marching Trump Toward War on Iran

by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:

Hypocrisy seems to have become a defining characteristic of US foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran. After breaking the Iran deal last year and, de facto, forcing the Europeans to violate the deal in May, the US Administration is now complaining that Iran is no longer abiding by its obligations under the deal!

It’s remarkable to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo take to Twitter to complain of Iran enriching uranium to pre-deal levels, as if somehow the US believes it can still dictate the terms of a deal to which it is no longer a party.

Netanyahu Says Israel Preparing Large-Scale Gaza Military Operation

by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:

With his political campaign continuing to be built on him being the farthest right-wing, and most hawkish candidate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed a meeting of the security cabinet in which the army was told to prepare for a wide-scale military campaign inside the Gaza Strip.

It’s unlikely that such an instruction to the Israeli Army has any meaning at all, since Israel is seemingly always on the verge of invading the Gaza Strip for some reason or other, and probably is never not making such preparations.

What Attacked a Russian Submarine On a Retrieval Mission In the Arctic?

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

One of my military sources once told me that Putin intends to occupy the North Pole and is willing to fight for the right to do so. With Goldman Sachs and their interlocking interests at the Federal Reserve buying up a substantial portion of the world’s gold, they need to have hedge against the dropping price of gold and the resource-rich North Pole provides that insurance. However, if one were to just read the headlines of the MSM, one would think that nothing but the wrapping of Christmas presents by Santa Claus is the only activity going on at the North Pole. Yet, both American interests and the Russian military are vying for control of the region and have been for the past 12 years.

Something’s Up: American And Russian Leaders Are Suddenly Pulled Into Emergency Meetings As War Rumors Escalate

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Why are top officials in both the United States and Russia suddenly being pulled into emergency meetings?  At this moment rumors are flying all over the Internet, and we have very little solid information about what is really going on.  In this article I will share what we know so far, but as we learn more the picture will inevitably become a lot clearer.  On Tuesday President Trump didn’t have any public events scheduled, and that was a bit strange, but Vice President Mike Pence was supposed to appear at an event in New Hampshire.  Unfortunately, that trip was suddenly canceled after Pence had already boarded the plane, and Pence was ordered to return to the White House

CDC Admits Flu Vaccine Failed 91% of the Time Against Current Flu Strain

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

The latest numbers from the CDC on the flu vaccine show that this year’s shots were only 9% effective against the current strain that popped up mid-season.

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control releases its data on how effective the flu vaccine has been for the previous season, and nearly every year, the numbers are disappointing. Once again, doctors are now expressing their disappointment over the latest flu vaccine with the release of the CDC’s new data.

Libya’s Civil War, the New Crisis

by Steve Brown, The Duran:

Besides Syria, the US-inspired ‘Arab Spring’ has resulted in ongoing chaos for Libya, with the oil-rich state still in play, contested between Sarraj’s GNA and Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

Only marginally reported in the west, former Gaddafi lieutenant Haftar suffered a major setback on the 27th of June when the pro-GNA Gharyan Protection Force seized Haftar’s HQ in Gharayan, forcing the LNA to a defensive posture, thus a serious setback for the LNA overall.

NATO Tells Russia to Destroy New Missile or Face Consequences

from The Anti Media:

NATO defense ministers will hold talks on Wednesday over their next move if Russia doesn’t destroy a new missile system that could allow for short-notice nuclear attacks throughout Europe, which the United States has said violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters.

“We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so,” said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference, adding “We will need to respond.

2019 Could Be The Year That A War With Iran Changes Everything, And 2 Key Deadlines Loom Within The Next 2 Weeks

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Negotiations with Iran are over before they could even take place.  After President Trump and Iranian leadership exchanged more insults on Tuesday, the Iranians declared that the “channel of diplomacy” is now closed “forever”.  Of course anything is possible in the future, but for now it appears that any possibility of a diplomatic solution is completely dead, and the clock is ticking because two exceedingly important deadlines are coming up within the next two weeks.  President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have both made it incredibly clear that they do not want Iran to possess nuclear weapons, and Iran’s nuclear program is about to pass a critical threshold.  Diplomatic negotiations were the only alternative to military action, and now it seems that military action is the only option left on the table.  That means that we could literally be counting down the days before missiles start flying back and forth, and it will be a war that is far more terrible than we are being told by the mainstream media.

RAND PAUL WARNS ‘MILITARY CONFRONTATION WITH IRAN MORE LIKELY THAN DIPLOMACY’

from InfoWars:

Senator Rand Paul praised President Trump for showing restraint with regards to Iran after the country shot down a US drone, but warned that military confrontation is still likely.

In an interview with Fox News, Paul warned that the sanctions imposed on Iran’s leadership will likely be seen as an act of war.

“I’m really proud of President Trump for showing restraint. It really takes a statesman to show restraint amidst a chorus of voices for war.” the Senator stated.

Are US and Russia Already in a Cyber War?

by Philip Girali, Checkpoint Asia:

Editor’s note: The report that US Cyber Command has been working on infecting computers in Russia with an eye on its electric grid has been met with a collective shrug, including publicly by the Russians, I wonder if that is warranted. A lot of that depends on how plausible it is to disrupt a power grid by hijacking computers, but ultimately that doesn’t even matter. As long as a department of the Pentagon has the authorization to do so they will do it just by bureaucratic inertia and in a fight to justify existence and expand their department.

War-Hungry US Officials Claim: Crafty, Evil Iranians Bullying America Into Unwanted Confrontation

from Russia Insider:

The drama of attacks on oil and tanker assets in the Middle East can’t seem to get any more tense. The danger of war breaking out between the US and Iran is reaching a crescendo. However, if this goes down, it is a war scripted by Washington.

Nearly a week after the Trump administration blamed Iranian forces for bombing two cargo ships in the Gulf of Oman, now the US’ biggest oil company, Exxon, has reportedly come under rocket attack in southern Iraq. That could be easily construed as a major threat to US interests. A “cause” for military “response”.

Pompeo Arrives in Middle East to Build ‘Global Coalition’ Against Iran

by Edwin Mora, Breitbart:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the Middle East this week to build a “global coalition” against Iran amid intensified tensions between Washington and Tehran.

The likelihood of a military confrontation between Iran and the United States has increased in recent days, notably after Iranian troops shot down an American drone last week.

Boxed in by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?

by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:

President Trump did the smart thing last week by calling off a US airstrike on Iran over the downing of an American spy drone near or within Iranian territorial waters. According to press reports, the president over-ruled virtually all his top advisors – Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel – who all wanted another undeclared and unauthorized US war in the Middle East.

Is Iran really the aggressive one? When you unilaterally pull out of an agreement that was reducing tensions and boosting trade; when you begin applying sanctions designed to completely destroy another country’s economy; when you position military assets right offshore of that country; when you threaten to destroy that country on a regular basis, calling it a campaign of “maximum pressure,” to me it seems a stretch to play the victim when that country retaliates by shooting a spy plane that is likely looking for the best way to attack.

As War Drums Beat for Iran, Remember, Lies And Propaganda Started Nearly Every War In US History

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

As the media and government continue to push for an all out war with Iran, remember that these same people have been caught repeatedly lying to start nearly every war in US history.

War is one of the most primitive and senseless manifestations of the human experience, so naturally, most sane people with families, ambitions and kind hearts want nothing to do with such things. Unfortunately, as we are seeing with the Iran escalation, governments thrive on war, as it gives them a pressing excuse to grab more power and take extrajudicial measures—both at home and abroad.