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United States of America Declared a Bandit State

by Oui Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 10:16:10 AM EST

Europe and nations across the globe should express their disgust with the acts of banditry and bullying of the President . There should be no room for acts of fascism humanity had hoped to have left behind the genocides of the 20th century that tore up society. The lone action of the world's most powerful nation in terms of the economy and military, should be a shining example, not the acts crossing International Law and the Geneva Conventions. Friends of America or no friends of human kind by keeping silent or going through the motions of criticism without sanctioning barbaric acts.

Ever since the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. and allied nations have torn up existing laws in order to get the "bad guys". By doing so, terrorism across the globe has flourished and increased a tenfold with over a million deaths of innocent civilians: fathers, mothers and children. This got to stop NOW before the community of nations are dragged into an all consuming nuclear stand-off or a Third World War.

Planet Earth is in jeopardy, destruction will be complete once the Middle East explodes into a war of aggression. Members of U.S. Congress are a representation of the American people and are in many ways more hawkish on foreign policy than the President himself ... a perpetuum motion of destruction lies ahead of us. Democracy as was intended by the Founding Fathers has floundered for decades ... the Trump campaign won over the Electoral College but the popular vote was for the candidate of the Democrats Hillary Clinton by over three million votes.

More below the fold ...

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger


The American domestic agenda is what the presidential election is about, so is the election of Senators and the House of Representatives. Foreign policy plays an insignificant role in the debate inside America ... the knowledge of International law, diplomacy and other cultures of the other 95% of the global population is just as minute. The man in the White House is disadvantaged to play the role of leader of the "Free World". It is better that other nations read the ominous signs of internal rot that is here to stay for at least another decade. From most polling across the Western World, the conservative agenda is bound by age and so are the political establishment that lacks renewal from young people.

The whole era of a struggle against terror and outside threats to the heart of America, has placed the US military of the Pentagon and the dozens of Intelligence agencies in the forefront to establish foreign policy. Too often through acts of barbarism that has been deemed acceptable by a growing number of countries. The voice of the United Nations has been set aside. The good intentions from the ashes of destruction after WWII have been totally forgotten.

In Europe, the founding of a European Economic Community the EEC of six nations has been transformed into a capitalist oriented oligarch with a goal of expansion. Too often the new goal "to establish democracy" has been uttered. Meanwhile corruption was rampant and spread quicker than the addition of "failed" states of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet satellite states. This introduced internal warfare which replaced the intent of cooperation to establish a peaceful Europe.

The basis of a moral leading organization, the Four Freedoms, has been cast aside a long time ago.

After the fall of Communism in 1989, another strong impulse and emotion of a free people across all of Europe gripped the citizens of those new nations. Unfortunately, the European Union has not met that challenge and failed in its mission. After the 9/11 attacks, the Western world became consumed with hatred of the Muslim world. Not just the 19 Sunni terrorists who were held responsible and the leadership of Al Qaeda in Tora Bora, but all of the Islamic world got the predicate of "terrorists". Islamophobia took hold all over Europe and in America. This has been exploited by politicians who are in it for personal gain and getting a hold of "power". This is the situation in Europe as it is in Washington DC.

That shining light on the hill has long been extinguished. The White House has become part of the dark might that has influence across the globe. The days of Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy have become part of ancient history. Unfortunately, the role of vengeance for deeds many decades ago still play a prominent role in US Foreign Policy s we have seen in the past week versus the Islamic Republic of Iran with 70 million citizens.

A somber analysis from someone who has been an optimist all my life of 75 years. Unfortunately, reality has not often proved me wrong in my lifetime. Weekly I do volunteer work for youth in the age between 11 and 17 years old, this has kept me optimistic ... and I still am for the new generations. There is more convincing evidence the older generation will have destroyed the planet before these boys and girls have a chance to develop their talents and become mature adults to participate in society to contribute in the challenges the world imposes on them.

A unipolar power centered in Washington DC may become a catalyst for the destruction of our planet.

There are some levelheaded analysts who are able to define human values, International Law and how nations should deal with one another in times of peace and war. America has been on a downward sliding scale during the last decades and expedited by the 9/11 attacks and its aftermath.

Suleimani killing the latest in a long, grim line of US assassination efforts

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, denounced the assassination as an "act of international terrorism".

Vipin Narang, a political scientist at MIT, said the killing "wasn't deterrence, it was decapitation".

There has been no shortage of US interventions over the past half century that have attempted - and in some cases succeeded - in removing foreign adversaries through highly dubious legal or ethical means. The country has admitted to making no fewer than eight assassination attempts on Castro, though the real figure was probably much higher.

William Blum, the author of Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, points to a litany of American sins from invasions, bombings, overthrowing of governments, assassinations to torture and death squads. "It's not a pretty picture," is his blunt conclusion.

The CIA was deemed to have run so amok in the 1960s and 70s that in 1975 the Church committee investigated a numerous attempted assassinations on foreign leaders including Patrice Lumumba, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, Vietnam's Ngo Dinh Diem, and of course Castro. In the fallout, President Ford banned US involvement in foreign political assassinations.

Brussels sets straight historical wrong over Patrice Lumumba killing

DR Congo today – Hero Patrice Lumumba remembered | EcoNews |

The ban didn't last long. Since 1976 the US has continued to be engaged in, or accused of, efforts to eradicate foreign leaders.

Ronald Reagan launched bombing raids in 1986 targeting Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. As recently as two years ago North Korea alleged that the CIA tried to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-un.

But most of the interventions in the modern era have been covert and conducted beneath the radar. Where they have been proclaimed publicly, they have tended to target non-state actors operating in militias or militant groups like Islamic State.

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Despite such reticence, Mary Ellen O'Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame, draws a direct line between earlier US administrations and the convention-shredding unpredictability of Trump. She said the advent of the unmanned drone in 2000 put the US on a slippery slope towards the current crisis.

The first deployment of a drone as an assassination tool was ordered by Bill Clinton in an effort to get Bin Laden. The first successful "targeted killing", as it is now called, came soon after, carried out by the Bush administration in Yemen.

Obama inherited Bush's widespread use of drone killings and increased their frequency tenfold, while seeking to give them a veneer of legal respectability with the secret internal "targeted killing memos". Those documents argued that drone assassinations were justified under international law as self-defense against future terrorist attacks - a rationale that has been widely disputed as a misreading of the UN charter.

Mike Pence pushes 9/11 conspiracy theories to justify Soleimani killing  

In defense of his administration's decision to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, Mike Pence has been promoting conspiracy theories that link September 11 terrorists to Iran.

In a series of tweets, the US vice-president called Soleimani "an evil man who was responsible for killing thousands of Americans". Among other things, Pence insisted that the general "assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States", misstating the number of 9/11 hijackers - there were 19 - and insinuating Soleimani's involvement despite a lack of evidence.

Foreign policy experts were quick to point out on social media that Pence's assertions were unsubstantiated.  

Pompeo: We Offer Iran Freedom | Tikun Olam |

Pompeo offered Iran freedom from the barrel of a gun.  And mighty persuasive it was too.

He gave an interview earlier today in which he recounted a fever-dream version of the aftermath of the Soleimani assassination, which bore no resemblance to any reality we know:

    Pompeo: I saw last night there was dancing in the streets in parts of Iraq.  We have every expectation that people, not only in Iraq, but in Iran will view the American action last night as giving them freedom.  Freedom to have the opportunity for success and prosperity for their nations.  And while the political leadership may not want that the people in these nations will demand it.

    Interviewer: We'll see.


These Pakistanis don't appear to be dancing in the streets. (Abdul Majeed/AFP via Getty)

The only dancing in the streets of Iraq was done by the Sunni minority, which ruled the country while Saddam's Baath Party held power.  And lost it once we overthrew him and dissolved the Baath infrastructure.  If there is a last bastion of ISIS remaining on Iraqi territory, they'd indeed be celebrating, since Soleimani was their fiercest enemy (and supposedly ours as well).

Netanyahu, Pompeo See Opportunity for Regime Change in Iran Unrest
Soleimani Assassination: Sowing the Wind, Reaping the Whirlwind

Even in new year's messages, Russia though FM Sergey Lavrov expressed hope for a diplomatic settlement of numerous conflicts in the Middle East. The Trump cowboy diplomacy has crossed all red lines of Human Rights and International Law.

From my diaries many moons ago ...

Obama cruise missiles attacks in Yemen targeted American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and his son Abdulrahman

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USAToday | Pence says Iran's Qasem Soleimani aided 9/11 hijackers. Experts say that's not true
"Pence's press secretary Katie Waldman stood by the assertion, saying '12 of the 19 transited through Afghanistan. 10 of those 12 were assisted by Soleimani.'"


Trump spoke to more than 5,000 Christians, including a large group of Latinos, at a Miami megachurch

APsplainin | Methodist leaders propose plan for amicable separation
At a specially called meeting last Feburary in St. Louis, delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan [!], which affirmed bans on LGBTQ-inclusive practices. A majority of U.S.-based delegates opposed the plan, but they were outvoted by U.S. conservatives teamed [!] with most of the delegates from Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines.
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Boyette stressed that while the churches remaining in the United Methodist Church would keep the denomination's name, both the new church [!] and the post-separation [!] Methodist Church would be different from the current Methodist Church.

archived anomie
Living On FAIL
MARGARET BRENNAN: That's where 9/11 was launched from.

by Cat on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 08:07:24 PM EST

Arf! Arf! grrrr!

by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 12:01:20 AM EST
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The ministers stressed that this US action was a grave violation of the fundamental standards of international law and does not contribute to resolving the complicated issues in the Middle East. Instead, it will trigger a new round of escalation in the region.

Iraqi mourners take to the streets of Baghdad | DW Video |


Iranian religious leaders offer their condolences to family members of killed Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, in the capital Tehran

Religious leader Khamenei of Iran met the daughters of Soleimani. In anguish they asked who will avenge the death of our father? He was the person to avenge our fallen brothers. martyrs of the Revolution.

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by Oui on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 09:07:30 PM EST
This violation of international treaties and conventions constitutes a High Crime, not the garbage in Pelosi's phony indictment that she won't even deliver.
Maybe the senile hag has forgotten where she put it.
I can tell her where to put it!
by StillInTheWilderness on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 03:31:00 AM EST
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Indeed.

Unfortunately I think most democrats in Congress are complicit through the defence of Obama's drones and continued war in Iraq and Syria. Among the presidential candidates it's Sanders and Gabbard that can hit on the issues while what I have seen from the rest is an acceptance as such of the assassination of a foreign emissary and his hosts in a country where the US are supposed to be guests, through complaints about the forms - informing Congress, etc.

But yes, here is a high crime committed in broad daylight  and Trump is bragging about it. Here is what he should be impeached over.

by fjallstrom on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 01:49:00 AM EST
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U.S. Intelligence: Lying Liars and Warmongers

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 09:55:51 PM EST
Non-stop warfare of assassinations, sabotage, terror attacks and Stuxnet cyberwarfare.

Iran-Israel proxy conflict
America's history of covert action in Iran: is Tehran right to be paranoid?

Excellent documentary today about Hezbollah on Deutsche Welle TV ...

Lebanon - A country held hostage | DW |

In Lebanon, no important political decisions are taken any more without Hezbollah, the Shiite "party of God". Since the end of the civil war in 1990, multi-ethnic and multi-religious Lebanon has been exposed to growing political divisions.  

Every battle, every conflict or war strengthens the Shia fighting force across the region from Teheran, Baghdad, Damascus to Beirut. A new cycle of hostilities will not deliver a winner, only losers.

From my diaries ...

GCC States Condemn Obama's Iran Ouvertures (2013)
Jundallah claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Zahedan
After 35 Years, Iran Liquidates MKO Terrorist near Amsterdam

Related reading ...

1983 Beirut barracks bombing: 'The BLT Building is gone!'
Assassinations In Iran and Lebanon | Tikun Olam |
Israeli Source: Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Joint Mossad-MEK Operation

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by Oui on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 09:59:10 PM EST
Doomed to Fail - UNSC Members of JCPOA

Germany seeks talks with Iran to "ease tensions"

Too late, the bully reigns in its ME playground with BIG arsenal of weapons ... European warships best leave the Persian Gulf ... patrolling in a region of a HOT war is not helpful.

Misreading NATO allies in the 21st Century of American exceptionalism ...



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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 04:18:10 AM EST
Boris Johnson Silence on Soleimani Assassination is Deafening | The Guardian |

As UK Foreign Minister ... reading up on the peoples of Iran in the Caribbean?

Dual citizen held hostage in Tehran ...



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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 04:29:13 AM EST


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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 04:32:07 AM EST

BTW the US hostage were held to the day of the Reagan inauguration ... Repug traitors made a back-door deal with the Ayatollahs to send military goods to Tehran via Israel.

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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 04:42:05 AM EST
Trump: "important to Iran &  the Iranian culture"

Trump Threatens To Destroy Iran's Culturally Significant Sites. That's Considered A War Crime.

Destroying a country's sites of cultural significance is classified as a war crime by not only the United Nations and the Geneva Convention, but also by Trump's own Department of Defense per section 5.18 in its Law of War Manual.
by Bernard on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 06:04:45 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 05:08:33 AM EST
NATO suspends training mission in Iraq
The suspension of NATO's training mission, where 253 Canadians are involved, does not affect the U.S.-led Operation Impact where Canada has approximately 600 soldiers servicing in Iraq, Kuwait, and Jordan and Lebanon as trainers and advisers, according to the report.

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Friday called on all sides to exercise restraint and pursue de-escalation after a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Force.

US-led coalition, Iraqi military deny airstrike north of Baghdad
"However, an Iraqi Interior Ministry source told Xinhua that an attack against the Hashd Shaabi convoy did come before dawn in Taji area, leaving two killed and four others wounded, but the culprit of the attack was unknown."
Rockets fall near US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi air base housing US troops also attacked
by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 06:08:31 AM EST
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Blasts hit militia group position at Iraq's Balad air base: security sources, 20 Aug
"It was one of a series of explosions in recent weeks at weapons depots, bases or positions belonging to factions within the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), Iraq's umbrella of mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups."
Rocket Attacks Hit Baghdad's Green Zone, Balad Base Hosting US Troops, 4 Jan 2020
"Two Katyusha rockets have hit the country's Balad Air Base north of Baghdad hosting US forces, Reuters reported citing security sources. There are no immediate reports of casualties. ...Meanwhile, five people were injured in a mortar attack in the Jadiriya district of the capital hosting ministerial buildings, Al Arabiya broadcaster reported."
Killing of Iranian commander violates int'l law: Russian, Iranian FMs
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US-UK don't do international law, m'k?
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Britain's navy to escort UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz
Britain was forced to defend its ships through the world's most important shipping route last year after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait.

British forces had previously captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar that was accused of violating sanctions on Syria. The killing of Soleimani has raised fears that tankers could be targeted again.

by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 06:30:12 AM EST
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A very powerful force in persuasion from the time of the Romans ... Caesar wasn't aware I'm sure.

Damnatio ad bestias

Related reading ...

Martyr Cults In Nineteenth-Century Italy

The Trump White House stepped into a trap set by Solameini to achieve what he longed for: a united front against America from Tehran through Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut. Both Russia and China will remain a common foe of the US, backing the Islamic State of Iran.

The Baghdad Pact (1955) and the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO)

Related reading ...

Dilemma of 1989 - NATO and Warsaw Pact
Intrusion Soviet Space and CW Arms Race
Saudi Bandar bin Sultan, the Butcher of Christians and Shiites in the Levant

Cross-posted in ARGeezer's diary - Revered Martyrs? Holy Hell!

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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 10:48:11 AM EST

Peace Factory: Israel loves Iran

Outraged Americans condemn US actions in Iraq and Iran: 'Enough with this nonsense' | USA Today |

Demonstrators took to the streets across the U.S. on Saturday to protest the Trump administration's killing of a top Iranian general and decision to send about 3,000 more soldiers to the Middle East.

"No justice, no peace. U.S. out of the Middle East," about 200 protesters chanted near the Trump Tower in Chicago. Protesters held signs that read "Stop bombing Iraq" and "U.S. troops out of Iraq."

More than 70 planned protests were being spearheaded by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, a U.S.-based anti-war coalition, in conjunction with other organizations. They seek withdrawal of U.S.troops from Iraq and end to what it says is a war on Iran, according to spokesperson Walter Smolarek.

In Philadelphia, he said about 500 protesters took part. Demonstrations also took place outside the White House and in New York City's Times Square.

Cincinnati protesters chanted, "Trump says more war. We say no war," and "No more U.S. attacks. Iraq, we got your back."  

Related reading ...

Israel celebrates but is war with Iran looming? | The Guardian - 2018 |

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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 11:03:10 AM EST

by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 08:52:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 03:48:14 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 05:31:31 AM EST
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Especially in Little Persia near Los Angeles and the American MEK allies ...

Pompeo: We Offer Iran Freedom | Tikun Olam |

Another segment of Pompeo's fever-dream involved this:

    The Iranian people understand that the United States is a force for good in the region.  I'm convinced that the support that we have provided to the people of Iran and that we will continue to provide to the people in Iraq will work to protect American lives and make lives better.

Related reading, the oppression of a Shia majority in Bahrain, a very important source for oil and gas and ally of the Saudi Kingdom ...

Saudi troops entering Bahrain quash hopes for reform | France24 - March 2011 |
Bahrain's Al Khalifa Hardliners Consolidate   by maracatu @EuroTrib on Feb 23rd, 2013
Bahrain, Saddam's Guards and Saudi Military a Sunni Front

NEO-COLONIALISM and OVERTHROW of FOREIGN LEADERS by ILLEGAL ACTS OF WAR,

NEEDS TO STOP NOW - SAVE THE PLANET YOU IDIOTS!

Progressives censoring dissent on White House foreign policy - We Don't Need Happy Talk About Iran.

Later more about Oil & Gas - Shah of Persia - British Petroleum - Seven Sisters - SAVAK - CIA role '53 Coup - Proxy battles

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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 12:08:12 PM EST


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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 01:45:55 PM EST
Pompeo: European response to Suleimani killing 'not helpful enough'
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NOTE TO SELF, 'round 03:00, 3 Jan 2020, excerpt:
...Magnier highlighted trilateral alliance between Russia, Iran, and China in the ruins of the JCPOA. "Hot war" retaliation, however belligerent and wishful rhetoric gets, would be counterproductive, and none of them are so stupid as to play to Pompeo. Besides, "NSC" maniacs instantly jeopardized tariff rapprochement with China, and repercussions will extend to all US trade "partners" whipped around by US, EU, UN-SC sanctions against Iran in the past ten years: Strike on Iran immediately hits rupee. And will not recover absent significant commitment to BRI within the year. Modi will move to safety--ie. not USA. EU council could weight non-violent deterrence of aggression but won't. They won't respond to Iran or US with a measurable "counter-terrorism" mandate until NATO-insured rigs in Iraq are allegedly sabotaged by Iranian "proxies" or CPI inflationary pressure disturbs reconciliation of 2020 "stimulus" framework, say, Q3.

The Crusade ...

by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 10:21:26 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 02:25:17 PM EST
Not shedding a tear for their departure ...



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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 02:35:19 PM EST
Trade war: Chinese put back visit to sign truce after Donald Trump took to twitter to announce own plans for White House ceremonie | SCMP |.

Trump will host signing ceremony with Xi Jinping 'at the right time'



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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 03:09:23 PM EST
Iraqi parliament votes to expel US troops -- awaits government approval



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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 03:43:52 PM EST
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Hassan Rouhani: America's evil hand will be severed from the region (MEMRI)

The remnants of ISIS across the Middle East are jumping of joy ...

Another election promise by Trump: "I'll bring our troops back home." One way or another ... US Special Forces never leave a buddy behind. 😎

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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 04:37:44 PM EST
I sincerely doubt that.

Idlib province is still being pummeled by Turkey, Russia, and Syrian army --which don't exist according to Anglo-merican reportage on USA VICTORY over ISIS/ISIL/DAESH/al-Qaida-in-the-* and ahh betrayal of Kurdish "allies".

by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 09:01:05 PM EST
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At least 17 killed in Syrian army bombing of [HTS]-held Idlib: witnesses
"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia[, Turkey,] and Iran, has vowed to recapture Idlib, the last rebel-held swathe of territory in the country. The strikes came the day before a ceasefire was due to come into force."

archived 2018
Syrian Civil War - Endgame In Idlib? [Update]

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 08:17:15 PM EST
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Message from Special Ops Joint Task Force - OIR to fight ISIS ...

Anti-ISIS coalition suspends operations as Iraqi MPs vote to expel US troops | The Guardian |

  • ... so coalition forces can concentrate on protecting US, UK and other troops at the bases in Iraq
  • A statement from Operations Inherent Resolve a few minutes ahead of Iraq parliament vote to oust foreign troops in aftermath of war crime, overstepping boundary of Iraq's sovereignty and International Law.

    New slogan? Operation Have My Back ...

    A few days ago before New Year:

    A joke but no laughing matter ...



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    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 06:28:17 PM EST
    Wake me up when one of those asshats "urges" repeal of the AUMF. Which would "restrain" all presidents.

    In theory.

    by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 09:04:54 PM EST
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    Pelosi vows vote to end 2002 [AUMF]
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House will soon vote to repeal a 2002 resolution that empowered the Pentagon to conduct military operations in Iraq.
    [...]
    "We will have that resolution coming up SOON under the leadership of congresswoman Barbara Lee," Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol.

    The comments came just hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a separate resolution designed to limit President Trump's unilateral military confrontations with Iran. That measure, sponsored by CIA Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), is a response to Trump's decision last week to launch a drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian security commander.


    awaiting "the arena" and "terms of the engagement" in the SENATE
    by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 10:43:58 PM EST
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    Impeachment: Warren accuses Trump of 'wag the dog' strike on Soleimani

    Trump using the Netanyahu playbook to stay in power at all cost, keeping immunity from prosecution for financial crimes, money laundering en ties to Russian mob. NY District South is after his a$$ ... no four more years as escape artist, endangering National Security and American lives. An impeachable offence worse than blocking arms shipment to an ally Ukraine.

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    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 06:47:19 PM EST
    Warren is a tool.
    She was a card carrying Republican until '91. Y'all could have seen that when she ran around playing Campaign '08, '16 "surrogate" for the hag HRC.
    There is no opposition party in the USA. Count the votes, buddy. Start from 1832.
    by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 07:16:05 PM EST
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    [some links added are mine - Oui]

    U.S. Congress: Assassination splits Israel supporters on party lines | Mondoweiss |

    The neoconservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies sees a tremendous upside in the attack. One of its fellows, Reuel Marc Gerecht, says, "This ends any possibility of nuclear negotiations."

      Clinton's recent foreign policy Trump-bashing speech was designed in part to appeal to globalist "neocons" like Stephens, Max Boot, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and Robert Kagan, who have all said they will support her over Trump. And Dov Zakheim writes that Clinton has now become "the darling of the neocons." [Source: New Jacksonian Blog - June 2016]

    But Democratic supporters of Israel have voiced mild to harsh criticisms. Even the hawkish Eliot Engel says the assassination will have "unpredictable" consequences and endanger the lives of Americans around the world. Speaking on the Senate floor, Chuck Schumer criticized the decision as thoughtless and possibly illegal, leading to a "potentially endless conflagration in the Middle East."

    Schumer went on, "The risk of a much longer military engagement in the Middle East is acute and immediate. This action may well have brought our nation closer to another endless war."

    Another Israel supporter was even more scathing. Sen. Chris van Hollen of Maryland says the attack could close "the door on the Iran deal." In a speech on the Senate floor, he also said the attack makes Americans less safe and blames "warmongering ideologues."

    Schumer and Van Hollen have J Street at their back.

    JCPOA deal: Iran steps away from nuclear deal in wake of Soleimani killing | Times of Israel |
    Trigger mechanism, coup de grâce to JCPOA: Iran nuclear chief | PressTV Iran |
    Iraq lodges complaint to UN chief, UNSC over US assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani, Muhandis

    Related reading ...

    Netanyahu: President Trump deserves all the credit for acting swiftly, forcefully and decisively.

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    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 07:35:33 PM EST
    Pubic intellectuals have spoken through a free press.

    The mass of ignorant, illiterate, and litigious peoples in the first world are meant to debate procedure rather than the principle (WHATDAT?) of bombing "the region" of "mostly muslim" people "back to the Stone Age".

    Duly noted: unprecedented.

    by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 08:14:25 PM EST
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    somewhat affectionately once known in MoCo, MD-13, as Chris van Ho.
    by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 08:20:06 PM EST
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    NATO To Hold Urgent Meeting

    * NATO to hold urgent meeting over Iraq-Iran [?] crisis | Reuters |

    Perhaps have a psychiater analyse the "brain-dead" leadership of NATO 😡

    Britain's key ally is accused of war crimes on foreign soil in a fight with Iran and its regional proxies

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    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 09:10:59 PM EST
    The apple does not fall far from the tree.

    To reiterate.

    by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 09:15:15 PM EST
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    It may take decades, but evidence of internment camps during World Wars will turn up ...



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    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 09:50:29 PM EST
    Could have been much worse! Did Netanyahu want a ride on Trump's coat tails for a major attack on Iranian forces in Syria?

    A-G Mandelbilt prevents large scale operation in Syria | JPost |



    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 10:29:49 PM EST


    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 10:40:25 PM EST
    Errybuddy understands the meanings of genocide and war are different and "nuanced".
    by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 10:42:45 PM EST
    [ Parent ]



    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 10:58:20 PM EST



    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 11:19:16 PM EST
    Joshua Landis hasn't updated his website since October. Speed of news to Oklahoma from ROW, relayed through Pentagon, must be pretty slow.
    by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 02:31:07 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Joshua Landis and "Christina Lin": social media influencers, but whose blue check payroll?

    US controls most of oil-rich Persian Gulf via proxies
    Landis is hooked into anti-Trump-KSA-911 agita seeping out of de basement of WH intrigues, devoid of OPEC geopolitical consequences. Meanwhile, Russian corps ("oligarchs") control oil and gas "assets" across the Levant. (I've posted recent trade data this weekend, to emphasize.) This is the principle rationale--besides ghosted ideological enmity to ahh CAPITALISTs--behind ahh actual Kremlin military and diplomatic intervention in "US-backed" hostilities toward Syria, Iran, Koreas--indeed EU, S. American and African continents--devoid of BRIC geopolitical consequences.
    "China might take Iran's side in a war with US"
    Not going to happen. If I were a betting sumbitch, I'd bet "Christina Lin" is a US citizen who remembers the PLA's last totalitarian adventure as sweeping detritus in Hong Kong and wishes the CCP will reveal its INSCRUTABLE, ANTI-CHRISTIAN IMPERIAL ambition per Hoover analytics. Forgeting that PRC published a position paper --in ENGLISH--opposed to US unilateral politics for like the nth time, is like forgetting that Barnier has a job to ensure the "orderly exit" of Brown's "North Korea". Also, forget that China conceded to US sanctions against Iran, when US sanction "waivers" were turning fast and furious. The CCP is not now going to choose "sides" with US wtf, but it certainly will trade ahh tech for in-kind consideration from all other comers.

    by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 03:18:58 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Christina Lin biographies ...

    A quite experienced analyst, earning her paycheck!

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 07:25:00 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    My associate is considering that student debt trap.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 02:55:27 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    the United States of America a Bandit State?

    Index of Frank's Diaries
    by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 12:08:37 AM EST
    This is Oui's turn of phrase, non?
    "Rogue state" however enjoys a greater and longer period of ahh exposure in the liberal liberals' apostate presses.
    by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 12:24:46 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Editorially speaking, the title demands a clear answer in the text, and while the overall sense of the article justifies the title, I'm not sure I found a specific quote to answer my question.

    Index of Frank's Diaries
    by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 12:38:37 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    I'd have enjoyed "highway robber".
    by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 03:21:21 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    in the world today: my own government
    is a little raggedy by now, it is true.
    by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 04:46:21 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    A Bandit State

    As you rightly judged, it's my own conclusion based on 15 years blogging on FP issues. Having lived 10 yrs in the states during the 1960s, I have had a close interest in US society and politics. Have resided in Europe for the 50 years, I've have witnessed and experienced the downfall of global symbol of Freedom. I happened to be on an extended holiday in the US, watching for many hours U.S. Congressional Watergate hearings with a great Democrat Sam Ervin. The downfall of "Tricky" Dick Nixon, his lies and deceit made a deep impression on me. "I'm NOT a crook" was a sign of infamy for the Office of the US President. A hard Civics lesson for me and at the time a greater disillusion than the Vietnam War!

    At the time, there were many unknowns about deceit and corruption in US politics. We were spoonfed the allegiance to the flag every morning at school and the evil of Communism as the Red Creeping Monster.

    Witnessed the Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960, felt the emotions and fear of the Cuba crisis, the B-52s stationed at Lambert Field in St. Louis, readied for take-off to destroy the Soviet Republic of Communism. We had the hope of the Kennedy afministration, Peace Corps, Berlin speech, mayor Willy Brandt ... destroyed by an assassin's bullet in a hostile Dallas, TX, home-state of VP Johnson. In 1968, the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy sealed my decision to emigrate to Europe.

    We had no idea what held up the Paris Peace Talks - the Kisdinger notes - and got a Republican Nixon elected. The brutal Vietnam War escalated with the disastrous Christmas carpet bombing of Hanoi in 1972.

    The hearings of the Church Commission I have missed and the fact the one-man assassin theory of 11-22-1963 was rejected by U.S. Congress.

    Ever since the fall of Communism, the United States has failed as leader of the "Free World" on numerous occasions. The bullying and harsh economic sanctions on "rogue states" by its own definition, is mostly contrary to International Law, Geneva or The Hague Conventions.

    The Bush-Obama-Trump administrations have by-passed the United Nations and have often put their peacekeepers in harm's way by hostile, military acts. The US has no regard for human life, except of the unborn. 😥

    A "bandit state" designation is mostly reserved for a kleptocracy ... one can readily find many sources describing American exceptionalism and inequality as a robbery of the less fortunate.

    Searching for a "bandit state" in a political sense, I came across the Nuremberg and Tokio trials of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the last two decades, the US alone, or in a coalition, have been responsible for major conflicts of choice causing countless civilian deaths. The robbery of Human life is sufficient for me to designate the US a bandit state.

    .... and I haven't mentioned the many interventions in the Americas, death squads, El Salvador, Chile with Allende and the Kissinger doctrine, dictatorships, training SOA, CIA assassinations and the drone as weapon of choice.

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 08:43:25 AM EST
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    I was writing as an editor front paging a story, not as a blogger questioning the designation. Normally, in an article entitled "US declared..." you would expect to learn in the first paragraph or two who had so declared the USA. If it is the author making the declaration, I would expect the title to be something like "The USA is now acting as a Bandit State." It matters who is making the declaration: The UN, EU, Iran, Iraq, Biden, some academic authority or the author? Just looking for clarity.

    Index of Frank's Diaries
    by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 05:18:57 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    I'm aware of that Frank ... it took some time to write this essay about my reasoning. 😊

    -- _ -- _ -- _ -- _ -- _ -- _ -- _ -- _

    Impunity

    No institution of the United Nations will or could make such an declaration. The United States of America as self-appointed global sheriff has made sure there is no other national jurisdiction or International Court permitted to try a US military for misdeeds attributed during his service.

    Why did Obama pull out the US Forces out of Iraq?

    President Obama: U.S. commitment in Iraq, a status of forces agreement (SOFA)

    How do the Japanese like the US sailors living in the Okinawa bases?

    Okinawa US Military Base: Structural Violence against Women

    Even the mercenaries hired for by the Pentagon or CIA for security at al. in Iraq or Afghanistan are freed from any liability. No one is left behind in a foreign country ...

    Pakistan -- Did Ray Davis Shoot Two Pakistani Agents?

    Iraq - Blackwater mercenaries and Nissour Square massacre

    Even a US citizen as civilian residing in England was sped out of the country to avoid being held responsible for a traffic accident causing a death.

    Wife of American Diplomat Claims "Diplomatic Immunity", Flees U.K. After Fatal Crash From Driving on Wrong Side of Road

    Nicest symbol I am proud to refer to, is of course, the The Hague Invasion Act, passed by U.S. Congress.

    The Hague On the Roll - ICJ Ruling

      After the threat to the ICC located in the city of The Hague by John Bolton recently, another top court has ruled against the United States of America. No "Invasion Act" yet conceived to kidnap the judges of the International Court of Justice located in the Peace Palace funded by Andrew Carnegie over 100 years ago.

    [Enforcement can only be made possible through the UN Security Council ... veto will keep the Powers getting away scot free - Oui]

    In Hindsight: The Security Council and the International Court of Justice

    The US Armed Forces and US leaders got off without sanctions for years of torture, detention in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also the drone killings on such a scale with deaths of countless civilians are against human right and constitute war crimes.

    In the end, when someone is court-martialed, a president like idiot Trump grants a pardon and fires the commander responsible for a courageous act of justice. In all these cases, it's an International Court of Law which should step in ... the US chickened out and live their military and political lives with impunity.



    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 06:44:09 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Empires cannot and will not hold the enforcers of their rule liable for the action(s) needed to enforce their rule.

    Unless there's a damn good reason!  See: Scapegoats of the Empire by Edward Witton.

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ATinNM on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 07:06:56 PM EST
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    When asked if he had dealt with the Boer prisoners according to international law, Morant replied, "No. We got them and we shot them under the rule of the .303 rifle." He added: "Take us out and crucify us at once. This is what comes of being an empire builder."

    Morant was sentenced to be shot, and he died with a defiant smile on his lips. As he stood before the firing squad in Pretoria, South Africa, on the morning of February 25, 1902, he refused the offer of a bandage for his eyes and said, "Shoot straight! Don't make a mess of it."

    [Source:  Breaker Morant - Wikipedia ]

    Bennet Burleigh

      He was a Scottish-born pirate, Confederate spy and journalist. Later in life, he changed his surname to Burleigh and became a celebrated war correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph. Covered the Boer War at the time of Morant and the Bushveldt Carbineers.

    Key Words: | Baden-Powell | Winston Churchill | concentration camps | Kitchener's HQ | Captain Hunt | German missionary Heese |

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 08:59:27 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Boris Johnson: Qassem Suleimani was threat to all our interests | The Guardian |

    Boris Johnson has said that assassinated Iranian general Qassem Suleimani was "a threat to all our interests", and that while "we will not lament his death" he called for de-escalation from all sides.

    The prime minister spoke to the US president, Donald Trump, on Sunday after the US drone strike on Iran's top military leader on Friday.

    Johnson said he would be speaking to Iraq "to support peace and stability" after its parliament called for the expulsion of foreign troops, including British soldiers working against Islamic State (Isis).

    "General Qassem Suleimani posed a threat to all our interests and was responsible for a pattern of disruptive, destabilising behaviour in the region," Johnson said.

    "Given the leading role he has played in actions that have led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and western personnel, we will not lament his death.

    "It is clear however that all calls for retaliation or reprisals will simply lead to more violence in the region and they are in no one's interest."

    No Sir! Bush and Blair are responsible for one million deaths by the invasion and occupation of Iraq, framed through lies and propaganda about WMDs. The Iraq population resisted your soldiers, American troops, torture and detention.

    Iran summons German diplomat over 'destructive remarks' | DW |

      Iran summoned Germany's charge d'affaires to Iran on Sunday. The summons was made to protest "destructive" comments made by German officials supporting the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a US air strike on Friday.

      "Iran strongly criticizes inappropriate, insubstantial and destructive remarks of some German officials," the Iranian government said, according to Iranian state TV.

    Iran condemns Germany stance on US assassination of Gen. Soleimani | PressTV |

    Related reading ...

    America has no idea how many innocent people it's killing in the Middle East | The Independent |
    The war in Iraq was not a blunder or a mistake. It was a crime | The Guardian |
    Dutch Investigation: Iraq Mission Ruled Illegal by Oui @EuroTrib on Jan. 12, 2010

    Indeed, one can conclude flaunting International Law, Geneva Conventions, causing hundred of thousands civilian deaths, America has become a bandit state.

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 12:41:47 AM EST
    War Crimes In Vietnam: Bombardments, Agent Orange and Napalm ... Kissinger Notes and the Paris Peace Talks of 1968.

    Kim Phuc, napalm victim and peace activist, wins Dresden prize | DW - Jan. 4, 2020 |

    It was an image seen around the world: People running to flee a sea of flames, a village reduced to rubble and ash. At the center of the image, a naked girl, her clothes burned off, screaming in agony.

    Photographer Nick Ut, who captured the image that would become an icon of the Vietnam War, brought the injured children in the photo to a hospital in Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. The girl, Kim Phuc, survived but with serious burns that required multiple operations. She was later sought out and used as state propaganda by the the Communist regime in Vietnam.

    In 1992, on a flight from Cuba to Russia, Kim Phuc and her husband exited the plane while stopping over in Canada and requested political asylum. In 1997 she became a Canadian citizen and founded the Kim Foundation International, which offers medical and psychological assistance to children traumatized by war.

     
    Destruction during the Vietnam War and the use of Agent Orange - a war crime

      About three million people, including 150,000 children, suffered from defects caused by Agent Orange.


    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 01:06:51 AM EST


    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 01:30:17 AM EST
    Trump warns he may hit Iraq with sanctions for ousting US troops | Axios |

    "If they do ask us to leave, if we don't do it in a very friendly basis. We will charge them sanctions like they've never seen before ever. It'll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame."

    Scoop: Trump officials tried to stop Iraqi expulsion vote -- they failed! LOSER

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 01:49:29 AM EST
    NATO loves them some sanctions. Bring it.
    by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 02:37:28 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    FARS | Families of Saudi Princes Fleeing to Europe for Fear of Iran's Retaliation
    "The Arabic-language Yemeni Press reported on Tuesday that the family members of the Saudi princes have secretly left the Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca airports for the European countries."
    PRESSTV | Saudi Arabia establishes military base on Yemeni island near Bab el-Mandeb: Report , 15 Dec
    "A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language Arabi 21 online newspaper that Saudis are setting up military installations on Zuqar Island near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, after dispatching dozens of military personnel to the area."
    by Cat on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 04:35:51 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    2003 "test"

    14 April 2017 "tactical execution"

    US 'mother of all bombs' killed 92 Isis militants, say Afghan officials

    Warren demands explanation after MOAB strike

    "As is the case with every part of Trump's foreign policy, we are all trying to understand: What is the strategy?" Warren told reporters Thursday night after a town hall event with constituents in Massachusetts. "If we can't figure out what it means, it's sort of hard to make that a message."
    [...]
    A White House official criticized Warren's comments in a statement to The Hill.

    "Senator Warren is either displaying a tremendous lack of understanding of how the U.S. military operates or that she intends to inject partisan grandstanding into our fight against ISIS. Both would be unfortunate, but not the least bit surprising," the official said.

    Dem wants Afghan war authorization repealed after massive bombing
    "The lone member of Congress to vote against the Afghanistan War in 2001 is calling for Congress to come back in session and repeal that war authorization after the military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in the country."
    Ohio sheriff suggests using 'Mother Of All Bombs' on Mexican cartels


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 02:20:59 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Nangarhar province

    Obama's troop surge ...
    Trump's escalation of US longesr war ...

    Bombing Afghanistan: Surge In Civilian Deaths

    Nangarhar's poppy cultivation ... girls pay the price ... Herat has close ties with Iran.

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 02:37:36 PM EST
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    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 06:38:30 AM EST
    Their dismay turned to anger after they realized that no troops had been assigned to protect their ministries, and that there were no immediate plans to commit forces to guard "static sites." At the time, the only governemtn building protected by American troops, other than the Republican Palace, was the Ministry of Oil. Two weeks earlier, ORHA ministers had worked up a list of sites in Baghdad that needed security. Atop the list was the Central Bank. Then came the National Museum. The Oil Ministry was at the bottom. Weeks later, OHRA personnel discovered that the military had failed to transmit the list to ground commanders in Baghdad.

    Even as the impact of the looting was becoming clear, ORHA could not prod the military into action. When Barbara Bodine, a veteran diplomat and Arabic speaker who was to become the interim mayor of Baghdad, got word from and Iraqi contact that looters were perilously close to breaking into a vault under the Central Bank that housed a priceless collection of Assyrian gold, she fired off an e-mail to the U.S. Central Command. The exchange, as she and a State Department official in Washington who was copied on the messages remember ti went something like this:

    BODINE: The Assyrian vault under the Central Bank is in immediate danger of being looted. We need to get on this.
    CENTCOM: What's in the Assyrian vault?
    BODINE: Assyrian treasure.
    CENTCOM: What's an Assyrian treasure?
    BODINE: Go read the early chapters of your Bible. It's old stuff. It's realy, really valuable. We need to save it.
    CENTCOM: Okay. We'll see ehat we can do.

    There were no apologies from the military. Rumsfeld's war plan did not include enough troops to guard government installations in Baghdad and other major cities. Asked about the looting, he brushed it off with the now-famous phrase "Freedom's untidy." [Chandrasekaran: 41]

    Life imitating art (1999)
    by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 05:09:09 PM EST
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    by Oui on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 10:26:35 AM EST
    Craig Murray's recollection is dim.
    I am not inventing the Bethlehem Doctrine. It has been the formal legal justification for drone strikes and targeted assassinations by the Israeli, US and UK governments for a decade [?]. Here it is in academic paper form, published by Bethlehem after he left government service (the form in which it is adopted by the US, UK and Israeli Governments is classified information).

    I don't doubt that fellow was a significant contributor from 10 Downing to the Bush Doctrine, fulminated by vanguard of The Project for a New American Century (PNAC, 1998). The WH published this novelty of "legal" warfare departing christ Grotius, Sep 2002, as US "THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY, of which "V. Prevent Our Enemies from Threatening Us, Our Allies, and Our Friends with Weapons of Mass Destruction".

    For centuries, international law recognized that nations need not suffer an attack before they can lawfully take action to defend themselves against forces that present an imminent danger of attack.
    [...]
    We must adapt the concept of imminent threat to the capabilities and objectives of today's adversaries. Rogue states and terrorists do not seek to attack us using conventional means. They know such attacks would fail. Instead, they rely on acts of terror and, potentially, the use of weapons of mass destruction--weapons that can be easily concealed, delivered covertly, and used without warning.
    [...]
    The United States has long maintained the option of preemptive actions to counter a sufficient threat to our national security. The greater the threat, the greater is the risk of inaction-- and the more compelling the case for taking anticipatory action to defend ourselves, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack. To forestall or prevent such hostile acts by our adversaries, the United States will, if necessary, act preemptively.

    The United States will not use force in all cases to preempt emerging threats, nor should nations use preemption as a pretext for aggression. Yet in an age where the enemies of civilization openly and actively seek the world's most destructive technologies, the United States cannot remain idle while dangers gather. We will always proceed deliberately, weighing the consequences of our actions....

    See Jay Bybee (now of the 9th Circ.), memorandum opinion for details: "AUTHORITY OF THE PRESIDENT UNDER DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LAW TO USE MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ", 23 Oct 2002 and Yoo, "The President's Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations Against Terrorists and Nations Supporting Them", 25 Sep 2002; the cretins Delahunty and Yoo's exegesis, "The 'Bush Doctrine': Can preventative war be justified?" (Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2009); and their collection of Torture Memos--1 Aug 2002, Bybee and Yoo.
    by Cat on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 01:20:07 AM EST
    In the past hours I read the assassination of Qassem Soleimani has been ab objective for some time. Especially former CIA chief Pompeo wanted it and he had Trump's ear.  

    There was no scrutiny of the consequences as would be with such an major decision, but Trump kept the final decision within a small circle of his close advisors (Netanyahu had been notified and he was for). Only recent calculus and the events after the attack killing one US contractor, the choice was put forward. With the US Embassy under threat after the US military retaliation killing 25 Iraq's, the final decision got all votes to GO. It was a punishment and the execution of choice, not an imminent threat.

    Doesn't meet UN convention or International Law? No one involved cared about that. Typical reactie as given by Dominic Raab yesterday, I'm not in a position to question the tactical or strategic decision of the US president. Would the US have bombed targets inside Iran if the Iran retaliation would have killed one US soldier? HELL YES! We've got a BIGGER stick than them.

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 04:00:30 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Would anything would be different if the impeachment would be already going on?
    by das monde on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 08:26:46 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Iran stem cell scientist Dr Masoud Soleimani released from American jail | PressTV - Dec. 13, 2019 |

    Masoud Soleimani, a Biology Professor at Tabiat Modares University has been detained in the United States by the FBI, since October 7, 2018, and has not been charged. He was invites by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to lead a research program.

    Atlanta prosecutors accuse Iranian scientist of violating US sanctions

    .... to get recombinent proteins used in his research fir a fraction of the price he would pay at home.

    .... accusation of conspiring and attempting to export biological materials ... in violations of US sanctions. The two counts each Carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

    US using imprisonment of top stem cell scientist as yet another anti-Iran pressure tool

    Soleimani returned home on December 7 following a prisoner swap with the US, which saw American citizen  
    Xiyeu Wang released by Iran.

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 08:43:23 AM EST

    So this PR from central casting is a refreshing, simply ridiculous proof of the axiom. You know which one I mean.

    At the end of a day online, a long list of "US-led coalition forces" euphemisms opposed to the Assad regime or IS/ISIL/DAESH/al-Qaida-in-* still does not include any Iraqi group--regular or irregular, Shi'ite or Sunni. That's a magnificent tell on the true state of US occupation skillz.

    ## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

    by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 12:33:51 AM EST
    Trump ups Iran accusations: Four US embassies targeted
    Screen cap to memorialize the latest string of non sequiturs emanating to the keyboards of a free press. And beat the next scheduled "update."

    IS/ISIL/DAESH/al-Qaida-in-* unexpectedly makes an entrance with a previously unreported "barrage of missiles" against WHICH US-Iraq military or air base?  

    by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 01:28:03 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Unidentified planes hit Iraqi militiamen in Syria, killing 8, 10 Jan
    An Iraqi security official and another official, who was from the Iran-backed Iraqi militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, said warplanes targeted two vehicles carrying missiles on the Syrian side of the border. The strike was most likely carried out by Israeli warplanes, they said, but offered no evidence.

    The Israeli military had no immediate comment. The Pentagon did not respond to a request for comment on the Syria bombing, which comes at a time of high tension between Iran and the U.S.
    [...]
    The U.S. carried out military strikes in the area on Dec. 29, killing 25 members of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, in retaliation to a rocket attack on a military base in Iraq that killed a U.S. contractor. The U.S. blamed that attack on a Iranian-backed Iraqi militia.



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 05:44:07 AM EST
    [ Parent ]


    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 07:09:49 AM EST
    France24 Interview King Abdullah II of Jordan

    King Abdullah: Annexation talk, absence of gov't harm Israel - Jordan ties | JPost |



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    by Oui on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 10:00:51 PM EST
    Publication Tehran Times -- Jan. 2, 2020

    U.S. taking revenge on Hashd al-Shaabi for Daesh

    NOT an imminent threat ...



    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 10:23:39 PM EST
    "Islamic Republic" of WHAT NOW??
    by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 12:56:29 AM EST
    [ Parent ]

    Former Trump aide and renegate deputy director DIA withdraws guilty plea ...

    Michael Flynn seeking to withdraw guilty plea

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 06:05:37 PM EST


    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
    by Oui on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 12:36:45 PM EST
    David Rockefeller & October Surprise Case

    From the Archive: David Rockefeller's death at age 101 brought effusive eulogies, but no recollection of his mysterious role in the Iran hostage crisis of 1980, which helped sink President Carter's reelection, writes Robert Parry.

    By Robert Parry (Originally published April 15, 2005)

    On March 23, 1979, late on a Friday afternoon, Chase Manhattan Bank Chairman David Rockefeller and his longtime aide Joseph Verner Reed arrived at a town house in the exclusive Beekman Place neighborhood on New York's East Side. They were met inside by a small, intense and deeply worried woman who had seen her life turned upside down in the last two months.

    Iran's Princess Ashraf, the strong-willed twin sister of the Iran's long-time ruler, had gone from wielding immense behind-the-scenes clout in the ancient nation of Persia to living in exile - albeit a luxurious one. With hostile Islamic fundamentalists running her homeland, Ashraf also was troubled by the plight of her ailing brother, the ousted Shah of Iran, who had fled into exile, first to Egypt and then Morocco.

    Now, she was turning for help to the man who ran one of the leading U.S. banks, one which had made a fortune serving as the Shah's banker for a quarter century and handling billions of dollars in Iran's assets. Ashraf's message was straightforward. She wanted Rockefeller to intercede with Jimmy Carter and ask the President to relent on his decision against granting the Shah refuge in the United States.

    A distressed Ashraf said her brother had been given a one-week deadline to leave his current place of refuge, Morocco. "My brother has nowhere to go," Ashraf pleaded, "and no one else to turn to." [See David Rockefeller, Memoirs]

    Spurned Appeals

    Carter had been resisting appeals to let the Shah enter the United States, fearing that admitting him would endanger the personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Teheran and other U.S. interests. In mid-February 1979, Iranian radicals had overrun the embassy and briefly held the staff hostage before the Iranian government intervened to secure release of the Americans.

    Islamic Republic of Iran: Role Giuliani and the MEK Terrorists

    After 35 Years, Iran Liquidates MKO Terrorist near Amsterdam

    The White House Once Labeled Them Terrorists. Now They're Being Called Iran's Next Government | Haaretz |

    National Archive: U.S. Policy toward Iran: From the Revolution to the JCPOA, 1978-2015

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 04:29:49 AM EST
    CIA partner in rendition, torture, imprisonment of battle field fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Albania and the Kosovo Liberation Army
    The Rendition Project: Khaled el-Masri

    A leading bootcamp for jihadist fighters for the Syrian proxy war against president Bashar al Assad

    Camp Bondsteel, Secret Prisons in Kosovo
    Camp Bondsteel and an Independent Kosovo

    Clintons' Support for Muslims In Bosnia and Kosovo

      The U.S. under President Bill Clinton allowed clandestine arms transport into Bosnia in contravention of U.N. Resolution of an Imposed Arms Embargo. The U.S. State Department accepted funds, arms and support from Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Result was a first Al Qaeda presence inside Europe.

    Iran lashes out against Albania after Soleimani killing | DW |

    Albania has become caught up in the escalating conflict between the US and Iran. Indeed, leaders in the capital, Tirana, welcomed Soleimani's assassination; they immediately expelled two Iranian diplomats, reportedly for engaging in activities deemed unacceptable for diplomats.

    The US and Albania reached a humanitarian agreement and in 2013, thousands of MEK members were resettled to the Balkan country. Indeed, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said following Khamenei's threats the resettlement resulted from his country's "unwavering alliance" with the US.

    Rama concedes that taking in the MEK members poses a risk for Albania. Yet he said it was a risk that "also honors and keeps alive the Albanian tradition" -- by which he means the country's previous role in protecting Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Albania deported not one single Jew to Nazi Germany.

    How Kosovo Was Turned Into Fertile Ground for ISIS | NY Times - May 2016 |
    12,000 Iranians have fallen victim to MKO's acts of terror

    Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

    by Oui on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 09:19:03 AM EST


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