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Nov 12 06:21

IsraeGaza StripIsraeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and Syria early Tuesday, escalating Israel’s confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants.

In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, setting off a furious barrage of Gaza-fired rockets that reached as far as the Tel Aviv heartland as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge. The military said Abu el-Atta was the mastermind of recent attacks against Israel and the militant group’s top commander in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Syrian officials said an Israeli airstrike in the capital, Damascus, targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has become a regional master at provocation, assassinations, and is obviously readying for a complete, utter, and total war against Gaza.

I would like to strongly, but politely, caution Tel Aviv to be very, very careful about what it wishes for, as the outcome to such a conflict.

Nov 12 05:59

Warns Iraq must also halt violence against protesters

Throughout weeks of recent anti-government protests in Iraq the US wasn’t immediately clear on their position. It was only following weekend reports of Iran trying to save the current government and forestall early elections that the US declared itself firmly on the side of early elections.

The White House demanded that the Iraqi government immediately fulfill talk of reforms and early elections by President Salih, further demanding an immediate halt on violence against Iraqi protesters.

These are somewhat uncharacteristic positions for the US to take on Iraq, as generally they, like Iran, prefer to prolong the survival of governments at any cost, and they’ve rarely presented anything like opposition to crackdowns on public protests before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the delicious smell of irony and hypocrisy in the morning!!

And it is only because Iran is desperately attempting to preserve the Iraqi government, that the US government is backing snap elections here.

Nov 11 10:42

Syrian President gives rare in-depth interview in English: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – In an interview with Russia Today’s UK channel, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad discussed a number of topics regarding his country.

Nov 10 10:55

Iran discovers a massive new oil field with 53BILLION barrels-worth of crude in a find that could boost the country's reserves by a third as it struggles amid US sanctions

In a speech aired on state TV, Rouhani said the country's economy had stabilised despite punishing US measures against its senior leaders, banking and finance sectors.

The vast field in the southwestern province of Khuzestan holds an estimated 53 billion barrels of crude, he said.

Nov 09 06:34

More Iraqi Protesters Killed, Sistani Says Time for Govt to Meet DemandsSistani aide: No longer can government procrastinate

Iraqi security forces continued to crack down on protests Friday, with security forces killing at least 10 people in Basra, where the protesters have been keeping the country’s main Gulf port closed for days.

Live gunfire and killing protesters hasn’t worked in the past, nor is there any sign it’s going to work here. The biggest issue is likely to be Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s sermon, which is now saying the government must immediately meet demands of protesters.

The top religious leader in Iraq, Sistani has long warned against using force against the protesters, and now says it is time to just meet the demands of the protesters immediately. His aide Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalaie, added that their position is that the Iraqi government can not “procrastinate on this issue because of the great risks facing the country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, I have three words for you, and they are BLESS YOU SIR!!

Speaking out against corruption in government is not an easy task (and trust me, sir, as an American, I do know just a tiny bit about this); I understand that this took a lot of moral courage on your part, but you absolutely did the right thing here.

Because if policy makers in Baghdad do not listen to you, we may well be looking at a bloody revolution in Iraq, with a government permanently aligned with other than American interests, and that influence would most likely coming from...Iran.

Unfortunately, the Iranian-born Shiite Cleric, Muktada Al Sadr, whose party created a significant coalition in the last Parliamentary elections, is now seen as part of the problem, because his influence really did nothing to create a cure for Iraq's corruption, even though he has railed against it frequently.

Nov 08 12:39

Iran Reportedly Shoots Down "Foreign Drone" Over Southern Port City Of Mahshahr

Moments ago, local Iranian news outlets confirmed the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have shot down a drone from a "foreign country."

IRANIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS DOWNING OF A DRONE BY ARMY, SAYS IT BELONGS TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY - YOUNG JOURNALISTS CLUB

COMMANDER OF IRAN ARMY AIR DEFENSE SABAHIFARD SAYS THE DRONE WAS SHOT DOWN "BEFORE REACHING SENSITIVE SITES" OF THE COUNTRY - IRAN FRONT PAGE
The unidentified drone was downed near the port of Bandar-e-Mahshahr on the Gulf coast, ISNA and Tasnim, reported.

Iran Front Page's Reza Khaasteh said, "Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located."

Reza Khaasteh
@Khaaasteh
Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this particular time, I would not bet against either Israel, or the US, as being the origin of this drone.

Nov 08 10:51

US Claims Iran Preparing ‘Nuclear Breakout: Pompeo demands world powers act against Iran

Iran restarted enrichment at the underground Fordow site overnight on Wednesday, and on Thursday US officials were accusing Iran of preparing a “nuclear breakout” situation the international community must unite against.

The concept of the “nuclear breakout” has always been ill-defined, but rests on the notion that at some point Iran would have such a substantial civilian nuclear program that it would be tantamount to an irreversible military program. Though it’s not clear that’s even theoretically possible, as nations like Canada and Japan have never been accused of approaching a “breakout” despite huge nuclear programs, attaching the label to Iran has been popular with US hawks and Israel.

The breakout idea is meant to push a narrative in which action, presumably a war, needs to be launched quickly. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the lead in urging other world powers to do something to force Iran back into compliance with the P5+1 deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh)Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike; please who rescinded their agreement to the PO5 +1 agreement, initially?!? Are you having a hard time remembering this, and would you like something approximating rational logic with which you can examine Iran's reasons for doing what it is doing?!?, as you look at this situation?

Well, sir, perhaps not, given your recent penchant for hubristic tirades about everything, but let me brake it down for you, if you are having a problem.

On May 8th, 2018, President Trump rescinded US support for the P5 + 1 agreement, and dropped out of the agreement.

It’s official: President Trump is pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.

This was, of course, premised on statements made by then-Israeli Premier, who , of course, charged, Iran with "having lied" about its nuclear program (as if Netanyahu was not always lying, or, equivocating on Israel's nuclear program; I smell some very choice A, bovine excrement about to hit the ventilation shaft, but let's see what Netanyahu had to say back in April 2018 on this): Netanyahu/Israel says IOran lied on nuclear arms, and pressures the US to scrap the deal

The article goes on to state: " Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled on Monday what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program that could step up pressure on the United States to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran."

"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the information showed that Iran’s leaders lied to their people about a nuclear weapons program known as “Project Amad”. But Pompeo declined to say whether the documents provided evidence of a violation of the nuclear deal."

Intelligence experts and diplomats said Netanyahu’s presentation, in a prime-time television presentation, did not seem to have a “smoking gun” showing a violation by Iran but it could strengthen the hand of advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump who want to scrap the nuclear agreement.

Which was why this j'accuse/dossier was created in the first place.

Most of the purported evidence Netanyahu presented dated to the period before the 2015 accord was signed, although he said Iran had also kept important files on nuclear technology since then, and continued adding to its “nuclear weapons knowledge”.

None of the foregoing was strong enough actually be considered "real evidence"; we are looking at hearsay; half-truths; and material allegedly documenting some of Iran's nuclear programs which were developed way before the 2015 Agreement.

So Secretary of State Pompeo, I have (shudder, sir, here it comes) a logical question; if the US has rescinded its support for the P5 +1 deal, why should Iran abide by it?!? Forgive me, Secretary, but where is the logic, the quid pro quo in this threat against Iran?!?

The short answer, sir, is that there is no logic in the US's position that Iran should observe the treaty, while the US has withdrawn from it; sorry, but it makes absolutely zero sense to thinking people.

And Secretary Pompeo, I would respectfully suggest, that if the US government is thinking about a war against Iran, including a decap-strike against Tehran, that perhaps they should just suck it up, and not do it.

The reason I am making this statement, is the reality that one of Russia's top officials, last June, which made the observation that if Iran is attacked by the US, that Russia would come to its aid.

Iran won't be a lone if the US Attacks, Russian Official Says. This promise was made to Iran by Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

And trust me, Sec Def Pompeo; this man hardly inhales air, before Putin tells him it is OK to exhale.

Nov 08 10:40

Iran shoots down 'foreign' drone conducting surveillance over its southern port city of Mahshahr

Iran's air defense force has shot down a 'foreign' drone in the country's southwest, the official IRNA news agency reported today.

The agency claimed the drone was shot out of the sky early Friday at the port city of Mahshahr, which is in the oil-rich Khuzestan province and lies on the Persian Gulf.

Provincial governor Gholamreza Shariati told IRNA that the drone belonged to a 'foreign' country and that parts of the drone had been recovered in a nearby lagoon.

A US Defense official told the MailOnline: 'There are no reports of a U.S. drone being shot down.'

Nov 07 07:09

IAEA monitor leaves Iran over concerns of carrying suspicious material

"As it is protocol, all of the IAEA inspectors' belongings are closely inspected and scanned before they enter any of the country's nuclear facilities," read the AEOI statement.

"Upon this lady inspector's entry, the security control machines sounded the alarm and denied her entry," it said, adding then that Iran had reported the issue to the IAEA.

Iran also told the international agency in a report that the inspector's previous admissions at various sites were all scrapped and as a result, she decided to abort her mission and go back to the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Nov 07 06:45

TRUMP OKS WIDER SYRIA OIL MISSION, RAISING LEGAL QUESTIONS

Legal questions. That’s hilarious.

I just want to remember the good old days, when they felt the need to dazzle us with yellow cake uranium fraud before they stole the oil.

Via: Military Times – AP:

President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria, raising a number of difficult legal questions about whether U.S. troops can launch strikes against Syrian, Russian or other forces if they threaten the oil, U.S. officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know how many international treaties, to which the US is also a signatory, the US government has breached by taking this position, that they have every full, and legal right to control and sell Syria's oil, but I am betting that the number is potentially staggering.

My near-bet would be on Israel staging an horrendous false flag, causing many US service members to be killed or maimed for life, to be blamed on both Russia and Syria.

At that point, Trump will have his alleged "justification" for a war against both Syria and Russia; but Mr. President, if you allow yourself to be cornered into taking this action, it will be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic things you could possibly do at this time.

I would like to suggest a scenario which has probably been war-gamed to death by the IDF, but let us look at the following; if Russia, the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are in hot conflicts around the world, and become broken by the conflicts, militarily and monetarily, who potentially gets control of the Mid-eastern oil, and I mean, all of it, once the dust settles?!?

Israel.

Mr. President, please do not consider Bibi Netanyahu your friend; at best, he, and Tel Aviv, are more like Frenemies.

Nov 05 12:41

Iran Announces It Will Start Enriching Uranium to 5% at Fordow Site on 6 November

According to the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, the country can't enrich Uranium above 3.67%. But Tehran started to roll back its commitments this year due to the US sanctions against its oil and banking spheres.

Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi has announced that the country will start enriching uranium up to 5% at the Fordow nuclear site on 6 November. The official added that the process of injecting gas into the centrifuges, enriching uranium, will be monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Salehi further noted that if necessary, Iran is capable of enriching uranium up to 20% at the Fordow plant. The official added that currently, the country has enough 20% enriched uranium stockpiled.

Nov 05 09:19

The Coming Middle East Conflagration

he senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran’s need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah’s rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

Nov 05 09:16

US Turns Up Heat on Tehran to Starve Iranian People and Incite Revolution

There is a certain irony in President Donald Trump’s frequently expressed desire to withdraw from the endless wars that have characterized the so-called “global war on terror” initiated by George W. Bush in 2001. The problem is that Trump has expressed such sentiments both when he was running for office and also as recently as last week without actually doing anything to bring about change. In fact, the greatly ballyhooed “withdrawal” from Syria turned out to be more like a relocation of existing military assets, with soldiers moving from Syria’s northern border to take up new positions to continue control of the Iraqi oil fields in the country’s southeast. Indeed, the number of American soldiers in Syria may have actually been increased with armor units being transferred from their base in Iraq.

Nov 05 09:12

Israel hails anti-government protesters in Iraq

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz yesterday expressed his support for anti-government protests in Iraq; slammed Iran’s alleged intervention in the crackdown on demonstrators.

On Twitter, Katz wrote: “We sympathise with the Iraqi people’s protest for freedom & dignity. We condemn their repression and murder led by Qassem Suleimani & Iranian Revolutionary Guards.”

“The Iraqi people have a long & glorious history. Many Israelis from Iraq fondly remember years of living together.”

Nov 04 06:06

Rebuilding Syria... Without Syria's Oil?

Compare US pillaging with Russia-Iran-Turkey’s active involvement in a political solution to normalize Syria..

What happened in Geneva this Wednesday, in terms of finally bringing peace to Syria, could not be more significant: the first session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.

The Syrian Constitutional Committee sprang out of a resolution passed in January 2018 in Sochi, Russia, by a body called the Syrian National Dialogue Congress.

The 150-strong committee breaks down as 50 members of the Syrian opposition, 50 representing the government in Damascus and 50 representatives of civil society. Each group named 15 experts for the meetings in Geneva, held behind closed doors.

This development is a direct consequence of the laborious Astana process – articulated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Essential initial input came from former UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Now UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen is working as a sort of mediator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This development has been conveniently left out of nearly all accounts in the West of what is going on in Syria, and yet, is one of the most significant developments of the last year.

Nov 03 12:54

The Real US Mission in Syria

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

US involvement in Syria has nothing to do with regional peace, stability and security, nothing to do with combating ISIS.

It’s all about killing a nation, destroying its sovereignty, partitioning it for easier control, removing its legitimate leadership, installing puppet rule, plundering it, exploiting its people, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran, and enriching the US military, industrial, security complex from endless aggression.

Nov 03 02:21

As protests rock Baghdad and Beirut, Iran digs in

As governments in Iraq and Lebanon stagger and stumble under huge waves of popular protest, powerful factions loyal to Iran are pushing to quash political upheaval which challenges Tehran’s entrenched influence in both countries.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned and the government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has been pushed to the brink of collapse.

Both governments have enjoyed backing from the West. But they have also relied on the support of political parties affiliated with powerful Iran-backed Shi’ite armed groups, keeping allies of Tehran in key posts.

That reflects the relentless rise of Iranian influence among Shi’ite communities across the Middle East, since Tehran formed the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon in 1982 and after Saddam Hussein was toppled in Iraq in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to legitimately ask; to what extent is the US involved with this unrest, leading, it is hoped by the anti-Iran forces, to destabilization in Iraq; Lebanon; and ultimately, Tehran?!?

Nov 01 06:57

Hezbollah Fires Anti-Aircraft Missile At Israeli Drone Over Lebanese Airspace

A major incident has unfolded along Lebanon's southern border with Israel on Thursday involving an Israeli drone. Hours ago Lebanese media reported that Hezbollah operatives shot down an Israeli aircraft, identified as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), likely with an anti aircraft missile, specifically a MANPAD (or man-portable air-defense system).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when I commented last week that nature abhors a vacuum, particularly where geopolitics are involved, and made the observation that with Harriri retiring, Israel might just hawl off and attack Lebanon?!?

This could have been a real incident, but my gut tells me that this stinks of a false flag, to be blamed on Hezbollah, as the "justification" for Israel starting a military attack against Lebanon.

Nov 01 05:23

Baghdadi raid video released as US general warns of Isis reprisal attacks: General Kenneth McKenzie says Isis will remain a threat as he shows footage of raid on leader’s Syria hideout

McKenzie said the US was under no illusions it had destroyed Isis, and warned the group would try to take revenge.

“They will be dangerous. We suspect they will try some form of retribution attack,” he said. “We don’t see a bloodless future because unfortunately this ideology is going to be out there.”

However McKenzie predicted that the campaign against Baghdadi would grind down Isis capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... And if ISIS doesn't provide a "retribution attack", one can be reasonably certain that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has something to cobble together to make it appear that ISIS has done a "retribution attack" against US forces in Syria, causing the US, of course, to have to bring in "yet more "troops and equipment" with which to "guard" (translation: steal) Syria's oil.

And were I a betting woman, I would suggest that such an attack may well happen sooner, rather than later, before the American public, with their intense, collective, and raging case of ADHD, forgets that it was US forces who finally "felled Al-Baghdadi" in Syria.

And would someone, still in their right mind, from this madness, explain to me what the hell we are still doing in Syria?!?

Were we invited by the Syrian Government?!? Uh....no.

Were we invited in by the Russian Government, assisting the Al Assad Presidency in fighting the US trained and equipped jihadis, who were desperately trying to take out his government?!? Uh.....no.

So folks, here is the butt-ugly truth of this situation; the Trump Regime has ordered our military to invade a sovereign country, with which the US government is not at all, technically, in any degree of war against, and it has decided that stealing, and selling, Syrian oil is the highest of all possible actions we can take here, while also protecting Israel's "divine right" to squash any alleged "Iranian forces" it imagines/believes are in the country, as they see fit.

What's wrong with this picture?!? Why, absolutely nothing, if putting US troops into harm's way for no lawful, legal purpose, and wanting to engender unending war in the region are this government's goals, there is absolutely nothing wrong here; nothing to see; just don't pay attention.

But I just have to wonder how long Russia's Putin will allow this nonsense to fester, before making it crystal clear that US troops will have to vacate Syria, and permanently.

And please remember; just because a scenario is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing President Trump could do right now, like ordering our troops to attempt to clobber Russia in Syria for its oil, is utterly no guarantee that he will not do it; God only knows, he needs some distraction from the "Impeachment Frenzy", which culminated yesterday (Halloween) in the passage of the the Dementocrat's ginned-up rules for presenting evidence in this process.

Mr. President, I must strongly caution you; please don't do this, as in sending our troops to fight both Russian and Syrian troops for Syria's oil; this would be a really bad choice, sir, one one that would permanently, even further, stain the reputation of this country as a force for good, and for peace.

Oct 30 10:33

Leader: US, West spy services inciting unrest in regional states

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that the United States and Western spy services, funded by certain reactionary countries of the region, have been fomenting turmoil and insecurity in other regional states, calling for vigilance against such enemy plots.

Ayatollah Khamenei described insecurity as “the biggest damage” a country could suffer, warning against plots being pursued by the enemies to rob regional countries of security.

The elements instigating such “dangerous hostilities” are known, said the Leader, adding that “the US and the Western intelligence services, financed by certain reactionary countries of the region, are behind such incidents.”

Oct 30 10:22

Trump’s Syria Trifecta?

According to Friedman, “(t)he job of the (US) president is to…oppose any foe to ensure the survival of freedom with the fact that US interests and values still require us to remain engaged around the world in a sustainable way.”

Translation: Preemptive wars on targeted nations threatening no one are OK as long as waged by Pentagon and allied forces, the rule of law a nonissue.Fact: The so-called global war on terrorism is a colossal hoax. It’s war OF terrorism on humanity at home and abroad, not on it.

Fact: ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups are used as US imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and virtually anywhere else where the Pentagon and CIA want them deployed.

The notion of involvement by US forces in combatting ISIS is one of the biggest Big Lies about US wars of aggression.

Oct 29 14:35

Lebanese PM Hariri submits his resignation amid ongoing anti-govt. protests

Embattled Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has submitted his resignation as people remain on the streets across Lebanon for the thirteenth day of anti-government demonstrations against the country’s economic crisis.

“I have reached a dead end today. I will head to the Baabda Palace to submit the government's resignation to President Michel Aoun,” Hariri said as he addressed the Lebanese nation in a televised speech on Tuesday evening.

“Posts are not important; what’s important is the country's dignity and safety,” he added, calling upon people from all strata of the Lebanese society to preserve the stability and security of the country.

Hariri highlighted that he wants to make a “positive shock,” saying, “No one is bigger than his country.”

He also told Lebanese political parties that “It is our responsibility to protect Lebanon.

Under the constitution, Hariri’s cabinet would stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the timing of this resignation, I would not bet against Israel using this Lebanese crisis as "the moment" for an attempted decap strike against Beirut, claiming that Hezbollah has triumphed in this resignation, and must now be put down.

Oct 29 11:38

Steven Mnuchin: U.S. Will ‘Ramp up More’ Sanctions on Iran

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Monday new sanctions to continue punishing Iran for its nuclear program.

Speaking in Jerusalem next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mnuchin said U.S. sanctions have put maximum pressure on Iran’s economy, basically cutting off their oil revenue.

“We will continue to ramp up more, more, more … I just came from a very productive working lunch with your team,” Mnuchin told Netanyahu. “They gave us a bunch of very specific ideas that we will be following up.”

Netanyahu praised the United States for killing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi but also warned that “the struggle continues, even against Shiites in Iran.”

Oct 28 03:08

IRAQ DEPLOYS ELITE COUNTER-TERRORISM UNIT TO PROTECT STATE BUILDINGS AS CHAOTIC PROTESTS ROCK BAGHDAD

SOURCE: RT
As anti-government unrest in Iraq continues, authorities have ordered a counter-terrorism force to help restore security in Baghdad. The turmoil is the latest political crisis to hit Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003.
"Counter-Terrorism Service forces have been deployed in some areas of Baghdad to protect state buildings from undisciplined elements taking advantage of security forces being busy with protecting protests and protesters," the unit said in a statement.

Two sources who spoke to Reuters said the elite troops had been instructed to "use all necessary measures" to end ongoing protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government.

As many as 67 Iraqis have been killed in two days of protests, according to reports. The anti-government demonstrations, which began in early October, are believed to have already killed more than 100 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cui Bono?!?

Who benefits from this unrest?!?

As these demonstrations attest, someone is hell-bent to remove any last facade as to how non brilliantly the US "Pacification" of Iraq has gone, with the country's people experiencing daily slides into more poverty, corruption, and more skirmishes with government officials.

But even these alleged "Elite Units" of the Iraqi Military security forces, are having trouble, holding their own, as witnessed by this article, published barely 24 hours ago:

Anti-Government Protestors Defy Bloody Crackdown in Iraq

And what if these Iraqi forces are unable to put down the unrest, what does the US government's military say to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government?!?

It will most probably say, that in light of the fact that Iraq still cannot protect itself from protestors, US troops will remain in Iraq on a (semi) permanent basis.

Oct 26 21:02

FLASHBACK:Newly-Declassified U.S. Government Documents: The West Supported the Creation of ISIS

Judicial Watch has – for many years – obtained sensitive U.S. government documents through freedom of information requests and lawsuits.

The government just produced documents to Judicial Watch in response to a freedom of information suit which show that the West has long supported ISIS. The documents were written by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency on August 12, 2012 … years before ISIS burst onto the world stage.

Here are screenshots from the documents. We have highlighted the relevant parts in yellow:

Oct 26 12:29

Russia in Middle East: The Unputdownable Putin

A cursory look at Putin’s Middle East maneuvers shows up the man as the cleverest player among the big powers competing for influence in the region.

While Russia’s direct military intervention in Syria and its success in providing a lifeline to the crumbling Assad regime is much talked about, because of the loss of face it incurred for the US, its other moves are equally interesting, particularly its ability to win the trust of both Iran and its arch rivals in the region.

Oct 26 08:00

40 Killed, 1,000 Wounded In One Day As Violent Protests Sweep Across Iraq

A surge in violent clashes with police marked another deadly week of protests in Iraq, after two weeks ago over 150 were killed and over 6,000 wounded nationwide when the large-scale demonstrations began.

On Friday over 40 protesters were killed in clashes with police, and according to security sources cited in Reuters, an "Iranian-backed militia opened fire to try to quell renewed demonstrations."

Baghdad's central diplomatic compound area which hosts the heavily fortified American Embassy among others has remained on security lock-down throughout much of the month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the world would Reuters know that the killings were done by "an Iranian-backed militia"?!?

The short answer is, they don't; Iran was simply a convenient country to blame for this escalation in violence.

Were I a betting woman, I would almost be willing to bet that those militia members doing the shooting and killing, were either American or Israeli military; this would be "the justification" for stopping the American withdrawal from the country, as its leadership is currently demanding.

Could it have been some of Muktada Al Sadr's people, former members of his Mahdi Army, which gave the US and Debathified Sunni militias such grief after the fall of Saddam Hussein?!? Possibly.

But again, why would Al Sadr's people give the US its excuse for staying in-country?!?

The guy may be many things, but stupid is absolutely not one of them; the fact that he is still breathing air, readily testifies to his mental acuity.

Oct 24 09:57

IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER GIVES US TROOPS 4 WEEKS TO LEAVE IRAQ

SOURCE: NY POST
US troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are “transiting” and will leave the country within four weeks, Iraq’s defense minister said Wednesday.

Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to the Associated Press following a meeting in Baghdad with visiting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived as Iraqi leaders chafed over reports the US may want to increase the number of troops based in Iraq, at least temporarily.

Iraq’s military said Tuesday that American troops leaving northeastern Syria don’t have permission to stay in Iraq in a statement that appeared to contradict Esper, who has said all US troops leaving Syria would continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group from Iraq to prevent its resurgence in the region.

He later added that the troops would be there temporarily until they are able to go home, but no time period has been set.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a word, please; the gentleman with whom you should be negotiating, and right the heck now, is Muktada Al Sadr, the Iranian cleric who gave the US the ultimatum that they had to leave the moment the Original SOFA with Iraq said they should, otherwise, they would all be "fair targets" for his Mahdi Army.

Without his word on any kind of promise regarding how long US service members can actually stay in Iraq, you are just ...wasting time, and the US taxpayer's money.

I would politely like to remind you that Al Sadr is one of the most powerful men in Iraq with utterly no title or governmental job whatsoever, but it is his coalition which rules Iraq at this time.

Please remember that, in your coming negotiations, this is the only guy whose opinion really counts in Iraq.

Oct 23 09:13

Trump to lift Turkey sanctions as he claims ALL credit for Syria border de-escalation

The Border crossing between Iraq and Syria is now open. In due time the US base at Al Tanf will be closed and evacuated and we will be out of Syria.
Russia,Iraq and Iran will have access to the Med. China will build railroad and highway links and pipelines through Syria to the Med and another part of the Silk Road will be completed.

US President Donald Trump says he’ll lift sanctions on Turkey, unless he’s “not happy” with its actions in northern Syria, as he took complete credit for “saving” of Kurds, claiming the outcome was created by “no other nation."

Trump said Turkey had confirmed that it would make an earlier five-day ceasefire permanent and that it was holding "very well" so far.

He said the US would welcome the help of other countries in dealing with the conflict, adding that a "small number" of US troops would remain in the area "where they have the oil."

Oct 22 13:12

Trump: US May Have to Go to War With Iran Soon

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, President Trump bragged about his efforts to try to get the US “out of wars,” then warned that “we may have to get in wars, too. OK?“

Trump continued on talking about how ready the US is for a war with Iran, and how Iran will get hit “like they’ve never been hit before.” The implication is clear that Trump is nominally ending wars, but that America’s hawks will get fresh, new wars to replace them.

That’s likely a rather cynical political ploy, given how much political heat the administration is under for appearing to almost end the Syrian War. That war may not be ending, but offering to trade it for a much bigger Iran War would probably placate many critics.

It’s likely also related to Trump’s interest in portraying himself as generally tough and the best at war. That, and his fondness for threatening Iran with unprecedented horrors seem destined to keep threatening an Iran War forever a possibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(sigh) Mr. President, a word, please; you appear to be ready to bring this war-weary, and war-skeptical country into yet more and more geopolitical confrontations, for which you have absolutely zero actionable evidence .

The issue of Iran is, indeed, a very complicated issue; but attempting to "just do it", i.e., go to war against it, to appease your biggest supporters, the Israeli Government; Bibi Netanyahu; the US Deep State, and Sheldon Adelson,many well have far more, potentially devastating consequences for this country than you can possibly imagine at this point in time.

I see you surrounding yourself with "yes people", when what you need is a dedicated Department of Peace, to give you alternative possible actions from which you can choose to get what the the US government wants to see happen.

As Putin did with Syria, should the US government attack Iran, you may well see Russian Troops and equipment, available to Iranian troops, as a supplement; Iran and Russia conscript, and lately, Russian defensive systems have been proven to very possibly eclipse whatever the US, at this point in its weaponry development, can do (if not light-years ahead of us, but I digress).

Mr. President, I would like to politely but firmly suggest that you pay maximum attention to the following, and because this is serious business, and affects everyone who lives here.

New Flood Dangers in South/
central US Face Slow Grind of Recovery

2019:
Midwestern US Floods

Grain Supplies Likely hit if Farmers Turn to Payouts

The Hidden Catastrophe of the Midwest's Floods

Persistent Wet Weather interferes with Midwest Farmers' Planting

Bad Weather and Trade Wars Complicate Planting for Midwest Farmers

The Bottom Line here, Mr. President; we may have problems with food insecurity right here in this country, and the prices are going to rise substantially because of this, for whatever food is available.

This will not interfere with the lifestyles of your very rich friends; but we have a huge number of people who are already marginalized, and this is going to be one lousy winter.

So the question is, rather than try to kill off a governmental system in the Middle East, perhaps now is the time to mobilize the USDA, social media, and teach people with very small resources how to slow cook, and make the best of their resources by teaching them how to preserve food.

Please remember; a population which is having difficulty feeding their families, are not going to vote for the people who were in charge of that economy which failed them with a basic human need, that... of sustenance.

Oct 22 07:48

Iran Prepares For War With Israel

Iran Prepares For War With Israel
By Yossef Bodansky - Oct 21, 2019, 1:00 PM CDT
Iran Prepares For War With Israel

Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on October 10, 2019, at the memorial for the fatalities of the October 1973 War, and focused on the rising Iranian threats to Israel.
He strongly hinted at the possibility of both an Israeli preemptive military strike against Iran and the specter of a major protracted regional war.

Iran Prepares For War With Israel (Part 2)
All of the recent geopolitical developments in the Middle East have not been lost in Jerusalem.
Even as Israel remained immersed in a major political crisis in the aftermath of two inconclusive parliamentary elections, the security cabinet and the defense establishment are focused on the looming Iranian threat and the specter of a major war.
https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Iran-Prepares-For-War-With-...

Oct 22 07:16

Iran FM: I’m ready to visit Saudi Arabia to settle differences

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he is ready to visit Saudi Arabia to help reduce tensions between Riyadh and Tehran if suitable conditions existed.

Iran's top diplomat made the remarks while answering a question posed by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news agency on the sidelines of a conference held in Tehran on Monday themed “Unilateralism and International Law.”

“If suitable conditions are provided, I would be ready to travel to Riyadh to settle differences” between the two countries, Zarif was quoted by ISNA as saying.

"Tehran welcomes any initiative that aims to ease tensions in the region and will cooperate [with other parties] to end Yemen’s war," he added.

Oct 22 07:11

Trump warns U.S. 'may have to get in wars'

OH! Please Donald! STFU while you are still ahead! ZIP IT!!!

President Donald Trump on Monday offered a confusing description of his foreign policy priorities as commander in chief — insisting that he is working to bring home American soldiers, while warning the U.S. may soon enter into new military conflicts.

“I'm trying to get out of wars. We may have to get in wars, too. OK? We may have to get in wars,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“We're better prepared than we've ever been,” he continued. “If Iran does something, they'll be hit like they've never been hit before!

Oct 21 13:17

The Turkish invasion of Rojava

Very interesting article. Maybe Trump and Putin should share The Nobel Peace Prize.
by Thierry Meyssan

While the international community publicly fears the brutality of the Turkish intervention in northern Syria, it unofficially welcomes this intervention as the one and only solution to bring peace to the region. The war against Syria ends with one more crime. The fate of Idleb’s foreign mercenaries, the rabid jihadists during eight years of a particularly savage and cruel war, has yet to be determined.

The international press, which has not followed the events on the ground and has been satisfied with the contradictory official statements of recent months, is astounded. All states in unison denounce the Turkish operation, including the United States, Russia, Israel, Iran and Syria, although they have all negotiated and validated it.

Oct 21 05:57

Winners and Losers in the Turkish attack on the Kurds in Syria (part 3 of 3)

In the Levant, the US has dramatically failed to reach its objectives, but it has succeeded in waking Russia from its long hibernation, to challenge the US unilateral hegemony of the world and to develop new forms of alliance. Iran has also challenged the US hegemony incrementally since the 1979 “Islamic Revolution”. Iran has planned meticulously, and patiently built a chain of allies connecting different parts of the Middle East. Now, after 37 years, Iran can boast a necklace of robust allies in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan- who are all ready, if necessary, to take up arms to defend Iran. Iran, in fact, has greatly benefited from US mistakes.

Oct 20 13:43

A New Middle East Thanks to Putin

If The Nobel Peace Prize Committee wants to restore it's credibility,The Nobel Peace Prize should go to President Vladimir Putin of The Russian Federation!

Peace in the Middle East is coming at us fast and we’re going to have Russian President Vladimir Putin to thank for it.

From the moment Putin began his intervention into Syria the U.S.’s punditocracy said he would get bogged down in a quagmire. That he couldn’t afford the coming war with entrenched ISIS fighters.

Within days of Russian air operations beginning the Syrian Arab Army began taking large chunks of territory from U.S. and Turkish-backed rebels and from ISIS.

The efficiency of the Russian air crews was off the charts and the results on the ground spoke for themselves........

Oct 19 05:21

Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player

Russia imposed the Astana process instead of Geneva for peace talks, it offered countries to use their local currencies for commerce rather than the dollar, and it is dealing pragmatically with Iran and Saudi Arabia, and with Assad and Erdogan. The Americans, by their recklessness, showed themselves incapable of diplomacy.

Moscow mediated between the Syrian Kurds and the central government in Damascus even when these had been under US control for years. Putin behaved wisely with Israel even when he accused Tel Aviv of provoking the killing of his officers, and stayed relatively neutral in relation to the Iran-Israel struggle.

On the other hand, Tel Aviv never thought Syria would be reunited. Today Damascus has armed drones, precision and cruise missiles from Iran, supersonic anti-ship Russian missiles- and has survived the destruction of its infrastructure and so many years of war.

Oct 19 05:10

US Military Unlikely To Withdraw From Syria's Key Oil Fields: Report

Via AlmasdarNews.com,

The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won’t withdraw from these areas because of Iran’s presence in eastern Syria and the reality that Damascus would again have access to Deir Ezzor’s vital oil fields.

He would add the United States' two largest military bases in Syria are in the east near some of the country’s largest oil fields like Al-Omar.

Damascus has wanted the Al-Omar and Conoco oil fields to be returned to their government; however, with the U.S.’ large military presence in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, they have found themselves blocked from these critical petrol supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US government and military believes they are going to occupy Syria's oil fields forever?!?

How many have actually been withdrawn, or will withdraw from Syria, ahead of a major Turkish onslaught ?!? Were I a betting person, I would say, darned few.

Oct 19 02:41

Japan To Send Its Own Military Force To Strait Of Hormuz

Ever since the new round of 'tanker wars' began in Strait of Hormuz in mid-June with a mysterious mine attack on multiple tankers, one involving a Japanese-owned ship, Tokyo has reportedly mulled sending a Japanese defense force to the area to help protect vital shipping lanes.

In a rare move, the pacifist nation appears ready to pull the trigger, as FT reports, citing chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, who indicated that "the government was planning to deploy forces in a region where a Japanese tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, was recently attacked with a limpet mine."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Japanese government does move forward with this action, that moment in time may, most probably, just barely be in front of "excrement hitting the ventilator" at warp speed, in terms of some kind of hot altercation between the US government; Israel; and Iran.

Oct 18 15:41

Has Iran Won The War For The Middle East?

The most important historic milestone was not the heavy damage to the Saudi oil installations during the attacks on them on September 14, 2019.

Rather, it was a quiet Ashura ceremony held in the Imam Khomenei Hussainia in Tehran on September 11, 2019. Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamene‘i led the mourning ceremony for the Martyrs of the Tragedy of Karbala on the Day of Ashura1. To Khamene‘i’s left, sitting on cushions on the ground, were, in order of proximity to Khamene‘i, Hojjat al-Islam Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shi’ite-Iraqi leader known as “nationalist” and far from being Tehran’s protégé, and then, Qods Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami.

Oct 17 07:35

US Special Envoy: Syria Pullout Doesn’t Effect Iran Strategy

US special envoy on Iran Brian Hook told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that the administration does not consider the withdrawal from Syria to in any way impact US hostility toward Iran.

Hook said the administration remains “very comfortable” with its Iran strategy, and that the “maximum pressure” campaign will continue. He added troops in northern Syria never had an Iran mission set.

Some Senators were eager to make Syria all about Iran, however, with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) claiming Iran was “smiling from ear to ear as Turkey rushed into Syria.” Romney also claimed Turkey’s invasion made Assad stronger.

Oct 17 07:34

US Officials Confirm Secret Cyber Attack on Iran After Saudi Oil Refineries Hit

US officials have told Reuters that in response to the attacks on a pair of Saudi oil refineries in mid-September, the US carried out a cyber attack against Iran, damaging physical hardware in the process.

Such an attack has been alleged before, and these officials are only confirming on condition of anonymity, and even then are refusing to provide any details on what was actually attacked.

The Pentagon said they don’t discuss any of their cyber attacks, and so they are neither going to confirm or deny if they did it. Iran denied that they were attacked, suggesting the officials “must have dreamt it.”

Oct 16 14:42

US ‘deeply worried’ as China continues to buy Iran oil

Chinese companies continuing oil purchases from Iran despite US sanctions are seriously worrying the White House which is warning them to stop the trade, senior administration officials say.

Last month, the US announced sanctions on five Chinese nationals and six entities, including two Cosco Shipping Corporation subsidiaries, saying they had shipped Iranian crude oil in violation of the sanctions.

The coercive measures were similar to US sanctions imposed in July on energy company Zhuhai Zhenrong, one of China’s largest state-backed oil companies for transporting Iranian crude oil.

China has dismissed the sanctions, saying they amount to “bullying” and has defended its trade with Iran as legitimate and legal.

To ramp up pressure on Beijing, the US administration is now accusing Chinese shipping companies of turning off their transponders to conceal the location of their cargoes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what is the US government actually order their military to do in this situation?!?

Are they going to be setting up "interdictions" of Chinese ships, to check for Iranian oil, in acts which are tantamount of a declaration of war against China?!?

I would strongly and politely suggest to this government to cool its jets regarding Iran; there is no public sentiment or support for an attack against it, and thinking Americans have had enough of the obviously false flags which brought us to war in Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

What should President Trump do?!? He should support a US return to the P5+1 Agreement with Iran, and robustly insure that our "great good friend" in the Middle East, Israel, just keeps is military hands in its pockets for the rest of President Trump's first term in Office.

That would be one hell of a decent start toward insuring a racheting down of tensions in the middle east and elsewhere.

Oct 16 14:10

Israeli Defence Engineer Reveals Why Saudi Defences Failed to Repel Aramco Attacks

Previously, a source in the Russian Defence Ministry expressed an opinion that American Patriot systems, which were protecting the oil refineries, failed to do their job due to their low efficiency against drone swarm attacks.

Former Director of the Israel Missile Defence Organisation Uzi Rubin has revealed in an interview with the Defence News media outlet that Saudi air defences, namely Patriot systems, failed to repel the combined drone and missile attack on the country’s oil facilities in September due to the aerial assailants flying below the horizon. According to him, the defences were not prepared to detect such targets.

"When it comes to missiles, missile defence sensors will aim above the horizon because the missile is above it and you don’t want clutter. So when it comes to guarding, the issue is things that can sneak in near the ground", he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) And this... is the best American weaponry designers can come up with?!?!? Why did they never consider the possibility that they may need to hit targets below the horizon?!?

Oct 14 22:30

Rouhani: Video shows Iranian tanker in Red Sea struck by rockets

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said there is video footage of an Iranian tanker being hit by at least two rockets in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

"It wasn't an act by terrorists, by an individual, a group. It was done by a government," Rouhani said. "It was a hostile and treacherous act."

Oct 14 15:43

Iranian President Announces Intention to Use IR-9 Centrifuges Not Mentioned in JCPOA

Relations between Iran and the US have hit bottom after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, slapping Tehran with a series of tough banking and energy sanctions.

Tehran will soon use new-generation IR-9 gas centrifuges in its nuclear activity, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday.

"IR-9 centrifuges will soon be introduced and used," Rouhani said during a press conference broadcast by Iranian television.

Oct 14 11:59

Iranian oil tanker hit off Saudi coast, may have been missiles: Iranian media reports

An Iranian-owned oil tanker was struck, probably by missiles, in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia’s coast on Friday, Iranian media said, an incident that if confirmed will stoke tension in a region rattled by attacks on tankers and oil sites since May.

Oct 13 14:17

Iran vs Saudi Arabia: Pakistan Prime Minister to mediate talks amid India Kashmir conflict

IRAN’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Tehran were ready for talks with Saudi Arabia after the Saudi oil attack in September saw the two come to blows and tensions in the Middle East fizzle out of control.

Now, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is in Tehran having offered to mediate between the two countries to help bring about peace talks, despite the fact Islamabad has its own conflict with India over the Kashmir region. Pakistan will do its utmost to enable talks between arch regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, Khan said on Sunday, adding he will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Oct 13 10:40

Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally

The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to the reality of the catastrophe being committed in their names.

The Western War Of Terror, to which our governments remain committed, loots public treasuries to commit and sustain an overseas holocaust, wherein the West and its agencies support, command and control the very same terrorism that they proclaim to be fighting.

Oct 13 09:53

Iran: Looking Towards a Bright Future

Iran is a modern society with an ancient history. Together with China it is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations. For centuries it was the center of an ancient and vibrant culture, that can trace its origins back at least 7000 years before the Christian era.

A knowledge of and understanding of this proud and lengthy history is central to an appreciation of the stance taken by modern Iranian leaders to the imperialist ambitions of the United States whose post World War II presence in the West Asian region (the ‘middle east’ is an entirely European construct and his little geographical significance or meaning).

Oct 13 09:00

U.S. HAS SPENT SIX TRILLION DOLLARS ON WARS THAT KILLED HALF A MILLION PEOPLE SINCE 9/11, REPORT SAYS

The United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars that directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 peoplesince the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs published its annual "Costs of War" report Wednesday.

The final count revealed, "The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post 9/11 war veterans."

http://facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10215372801052747&set=p.10215372801...

http://facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217119002277390&set=a.11167488091...

Oct 13 08:53

The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence

It’s difficult to determine with precision how many Kurds are in Syria, but it’s clear that the ethnic group comprises only a small percentage of the Syrian population (less than 10 percent according to the CIA, and 8.5 percent according to an estimate cited by Nikolaos Van Dam in his book The Struggle for Power in Syria.

While the estimates are rough, it’s clear that Kurds make up a fairly small proportion of the Syrian population and that the number of the group’s members living in Syria as a proportion of the Kurd community as a whole is very small.

Oct 11 22:26

Pompeo Can’t Blame Iran For Attacking Itself

This frantic coup to impeach Trump on phony nebulous charges didn't materialize until after Trump refused to attack Iran over the drone shootdown. This is payback from the same people who gave us 911....Israel!!!

The people squawking the loudest about the President’s recent policy decisions in the Middle East are the ones most likely behind this.

The most likely candidate is the one actor who has consistently overstepped its bounds in attacking neighbors it considers hostile for any reason. Israel.

If the neocons and Israeli Firsters in Congress (and formerly in his cabinet) have turned on Trump to the point of starting impeachment proceedings against him for not going to war with Iran, then Trump is free to finally just blow it all wide open.

Which is exactly what he is doing. The Kurds were simply mercenaries to help us defeat ISIS. Job’s done, your beef with Turkey is your problem.

Oct 11 07:04

Tehran confirms Iranian tanker hit by 2 projectiles, says attack resulted in oil spill

Tehran has confirmed that an Iranian-owned oil tanker, the Sinopa, was attacked in the Red Sea, and that the mysterious strike caused an oil spill. The vessel was reportedly hit by two missiles.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said that the tanker was “struck twice in half an hour from the eastern side of the Red Sea,” but did not elaborate on the type of missile or munition used in the attack. The incident reportedly occurred 60 miles from the Saudi port of Jeddah.

Oct 11 06:38

IRANIAN OIL TANKER REPORTEDLY STRUCK BY TWO MISSILES OFF SAUDI COAST

"All the responsibility for the act, including the extensive environmental pollution in the region, fall on those behind the dangerous adventure," said a spokesman for Iran's foreign minister.

Oct 11 05:45

Waging War on Iran Would Be Madness

All nations the US doesn’t control are on its target list for regime change, especially challengers to its hegemonic aims like China and Russia, along with oil rich ones like Iran and Venezuela.

That’s what US hostility toward these countries is all about, not because of a national security threat they pose — other than supporting multi-world polarity, conflicting with US hegemonic unipolar aims, a notion whose time has passed.

Iran can’t match US military power, but its capabilities can hit back hard against aggressors anywhere in the region.

Oct 10 18:26

Iran to Sue U.S. Over Breach of Nuclear Deal

Iran is readying to sue the United States in the International Court of Justice over President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the landmark nuclear deal and reapply tough new sanctions on Tehran, according to officials in Iran’s judiciary.

Laya Joneidi, Iran’s vice president for legal affairs, announced on Monday that Iran will bring charges against the United States and seek an undisclosed amount of monetary damages as a result of America’s "breach of the nuclear deal," according to the country’s state-controlled press.

With Iran’s economy on the ropes as a result of the Trump administration’s sanctions, Tehran is seeking multiple avenues to recoup lost revenue.

Oct 09 09:22

Using nuclear weapons absolutely forbidden – Iran’s supreme leader

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the country is capable of developing and building nuclear weapons, but will never do so because using such a weapon is absolutely contrary to the teachings of Islam.

“Though we were able to take such a step, based on the decree of the dear Islam we declared it completely haram (religiously banned), therefore there is no reason to incur cost for production and stockpiling of a weapon that its use is absolutely haram,” Khamenei said at a meeting with young scientists on Wednesday, according to Iranian media.

Oct 09 06:14

Beetle-like Iranian robots can roll under tanks

In a video demonstration, the rovers are either single-use mines or armed with machine guns. They are shown being used as combined arms with flying multirotor scouts. Whatever the guts of the new rolling rovers, the ability to guide them remotely to targets spotted by drone adds to the range of threats small robots can pose to armored vehicles.

Oct 09 04:52

The U.S. Navy Isn’t Ready to Take On Iran

Whatever lay behind the indecisive Trump administration response to the alleged Sept. 14 Iranian missile and drone strike on Saudi oil facilities, one thing is clear. The United States’ ability to project power into the Persian Gulf region via carrier strike groups, the go-to U.S. option in such situations for decades, is not what it used to be, nor what it might have been.

Oct 09 04:47

Iran, Israel and Destiny

Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a new government and tries valiantly to stay out of jail but he has managed to find the time to pledge to spend many more shekels. Finally, it dawned on Netanyahu that Israel lags Iran in an arms race.

Israel has seriously mismanaged its conflict with Iran. For over a decade, Israel has relentlessly threatened and sought to intimidate Iran. Iran’s response has been effective: slowly but surely Iran encircled the Jewish state. Israel doesn’t share a border with Iran but Iran is present on so many of Israel’s borders.

A conflict with Iran could have lethal consequences for Israel. Israeli military experts expect that such a conflict would subject Israel’s cities to attack by thousands of well-aimed missiles and result in total devastation.

Oct 08 09:17

The Truth About This "Independent Kurdistan": Criminal Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman States That Independent Kurdistan Will Be A "SECOND ISRAEL" Where Israel Can Weaken Russia And Iran!

Yes, today is the day when the formal announcement of an "Independent Kurdistan" is made and that bogus nation takes form in northern Iraq and very soon northern Syria as well.... I have said for the longest time that this is a HUGE mistake by the Kurds as they will foolishly play right into the sick and twisted game of the US-Israel criminal cabal.... It will only lead to more bloodshed in the entire region (which is exactly what the psychos in Israel want) and could lead to a mass genocide of the Kurdish people....

Oct 07 10:02

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Vision Revealed

The Xinhua series promises the clearest look so far at China’s vision for its Silk Road Economic Belt as well as the Maritime Silk Road. One of the most intriguing pieces released Thursday was a map showing China’s ambitious visions for the “New Silk Road” and “New Maritime Silk Road.” It’s the clearest vision to date of the scope of China’s Silk Road plan.

According to the map, the land-based “New Silk Road” will begin in Xi’an in central China before stretching west through Lanzhou (Gansu province), Urumqi (Xinjiang), and Khorgas (Xinjiang), which is near the border with Kazakhstan.

Oct 07 09:10

China’s New Silk Road through Syria provokes the US: The Sanctions only help China’s power to grow

A map of the likely final routes of the land and sea trade corridors which China is working to build in cooperation with local nations along the route goes a long way in explaining why the United States is conducting troop exercises, engaging in military conflicts and threatening new military conflicts in key spots along the New Silk Road.

The following map shows the routes of China’s New Silk Road. Each number corresponds to an area where US troops or their allies are either active in a conflict zone or have recently engaged in military exercises.

Oct 07 09:00

A Turning Point for America and The World?

11 days ago the Russian Combat Engineers completed a bridge across the Euphrates, under fire,connecting Western Syria with Eastern Syria,capable of handling 8,000 vehicles a day.
https://theduran.com/syrian-war-update-russia-builds-bridge-across-eup...
https://tass.com/defense/967468

Neither Syria,Russia or Iran are protesting the Turkish invasion as of yet.

Today President Trump announced a pullout of US troops from Northeast Syria in anticipation of a major Turkish incursion into Northeastern Syria.
https://www.rt.com/news/470361-us-syria-tribal-wars/
https://news.antiwar.com/2019/10/06/us-troops-will-withdraw-from-north...
Russia demanded all uninvited foreign troops leave Syria.
https://sana.sy/en/?p=175065

Oct 06 21:18

THE US-IRAN SILENT WAR IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN “IRAQ UPRISING”

By Elijah J. Magnier:

The last four days have shown that the ongoing US-Iran war is acutely affecting the whole region. This is now evident in Iraq where more than 105 people have been killed and thousands wounded in the course of demonstrations that engulfed the capital Baghdad and southern Shia cities including Amara, Nasririyeh, Basrah, Najaf and Karbalaa. Similar demonstrations could erupt in Beirut and other Lebanese cities due to the similarity of economic conditions in the two countries. The critical economic situation in the Middle East offers fertile ground for uprisings that lead to general chaos.

Oct 06 07:29

BEXALERT!!!:People In Iran Rioting And Attacking Government Buildings After Claims Gov’t Used Contaminated Needles And Gave People AIDS

The source for this BULLSHIT article is Radio Farda. There is no disinfo.coverups/deceptions/propaganda tag on this story.
Government Slaves and disinfoguy your government slip is showing. It is disgusting that this has been posted here as news. It is Faux news and propaganda.
Nice try Disinfo Guy.

Radio Farda (Persian: ????? ????) is the Iranian branch of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) external broadcast service. It broadcasts 24 hours a day in the Persian language from its headquarters in the district Hagibor of Prague, Czech Republic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Farda

Oct 06 04:56

Trump Cannot Be Anti-Globalist While Working With Global Elites

Early on I posted stories about Trump's bailout by the Rothschilds and Wilbur Ross. I posted stories about his profitable business dealings with George Soros. His connections to Israel and Jeffrey Epstein.
I decried him stuffing his cabinet with Globalist Swamp Critters. He has broken his promise on pulling back from all these wars. He has broken his promises on immigration. Hillary and Bill are still free and not indicted. I could go on and on. Sometimes it doesn't feel good to be right.

During the election it was unclear to me if Donald Trump was a puppet of the elites. He could have simply been a convenient scapegoat for the coming crash. Today, it is obvious that he is indeed controlled opposition.

Oct 05 07:23

Lebanese Paper Reveals US Plots for Hot Summer in Iraq, Baghdad's Measures to Counter

Just as I suspected. The US is not happy with Iraq over their friendship with Iran.

Security sources told the Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper that most people in the recent unrests in Iraq were peacefully shouting their demands while a number of others were after sabotage acts and suspicious plans to turn the scene into violence and chaos.

They added that the US plot to foment chaos in Iraq was disclosed to the intelligence bodies since three months ago, noting that Washington and its allies were due to organize protest rallies under the cover of popular demands and lead it towards unrests and then introduce a popular military commander to lead the so-called salvation government so that the US can strengthen its hegemony over Iraq.

Oct 05 07:18

US Stops U-2 Spy Planes' Flights after Iran's Missile Shield Starts Operation

"The US moves in the region are monitored every hour and for instance, the flights of the US U-2 planes which took off from Cyprus and flew twice over the region stopped after Iran made and operated Bavar 373 air defense system and after they found out that the system can trace and destroy them (the U-2 planes)," General Taqizadeh said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday.

He added that Bavar 373 can intercept and destroy the most advanced US planes at the altitude of 27km and the range of 200km.

"Most US interests are within a distance of 220km from Iran and if they hit a blow to us, their interests will be attacked," General Taqizadeh said.

Oct 04 20:44

Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status

There is a strong current of change affecting the international political arena. It is the beginning of a revolution brought on by the transition from a unipolar to multipolar world order. In practice, we are faced with the combination of several factors, including the application of US tariffs on Chinese exports, Washington’s sanctions on Iran, US energy self-sufficiency, the vulnerability of Saudi industrial facilities, and Iranian capabilities for resisting US attacks, as well as its exportation of large quantities of gas and oil to China. Everything converges on one factor, namely, the looming decline of the US dollar as the global reserve currency.

Beijing’s recent decision to grant a credit line of between 280 and 400 billion US dollars to the Islamic Republic of Iran is part of a broad-spectrum strategy that looks to the distant and not just immediate future.

Oct 04 20:18

Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally

The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to the reality of the catastrophe being committed in their names.

The Western War Of Terror, to which our governments remain committed, loots public treasuries to commit and sustain an overseas holocaust, wherein the West and its agencies support, command and control the very same terrorism that they proclaim to be fighting.

Oct 04 20:10

David Icke: Who Did 9/11 and Why? Part One of a Two-Part Interview

David Icke’s new book The Trigger really triggers some people…like The Washington Post‘s passive-aggressive book reviewer Ron Charles, who brags, shedding crocodile tears all the while: “I banned a book. Or at least I helped get it banned, which makes Banned Books Week a little awkward for me this year.”

If Icke is such a nut, and The Trigger is just “harebrained word vomit,” why would anyone—least of all a Washington Post book reviewer who pretends to hate censorship—feel the need to have it banned? The likely answer, of course, is that Charles knows or suspects, consciously or unconsciously, that Israel was behind 9/11.(1)

And why wouldn’t he? Even the most naive and cursory observer of 21st century geopolitics can see that Israel was the biggest beneficiary of 9/11, which brainwashed the whole world to hate Israel’s Muslim enemies, and hijacked the American military to attack and/or destroy nations that Israel considered a threat.

Oct 04 15:03

US-Saudi-Israeli alliance against Iran floundering in crisis: Haaretz

An anti-Iran alliance forged between the leaders of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia is faltering as each have become overwhelmed by their own dilemmas, Israel's leading daily Haaretz reports.

“The three leaders who have led the anti-Iran line in recent years were each absorbed in his own domestic crisis this week,” Haaretz wrote on Thursday.

The Israeli paper pointed to the recently intensified impeachment inquiry surrounding US President Donald Trump and pre-indictment hearings threatening the tenure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the past week as signs that the two leaders were mired in crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more the internal bickering continues in the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, the less energy can be expended toward any kind of an alliance between the three countries and Israel against Iran.

Oct 04 10:54

Scott Adams AOC Eating Babies, Impeachment Theatre

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1180120490234372098?s=20

AOC and the crowd…couldn’t tell if the “eat babies” lady was real
30% of people, have no sense of humor, can’t recognize it
The greatest pranks, are invisible to the pranks target
The “Parity Inversion Point”
50 year LOW unemployment rate announced
Punchy De Niro is being sued for sexual harassment, discrimination
President Trump’s communication style is now weapons grade
Impeachment won’t hurt him…the Dems however
IDF’s “Mean Girls” meme, mocks Khamenei, Suleimani, Nasrallah
Samsung is PULLING OUT of China (decoupling)
Kamala’s Jake Tapper interview about kicking POTUS off Twitter
“Uptalk” Harris was painful to watch
Kamala asks audience if the world is ready for her to be President

Oct 04 07:29

IRGC Chief Commander Warns Israel to Be Wiped Off Political Maps If It Wages New War

A senior Iranian military commander hailed the country’s deterrence system as one that has helped keep enemies at bay and offset economic pressures exerted on the Islamic Republic by the US and its allies over the past year.

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has cautioned Israel against waging a new war, saying any such “mistake” would lead to annihilation.

To prove the point, Major General Hossein Salami, when taking the floor at a meeting of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei with senior commanders of the IRGC on Wednesday, stressed that Tel Aviv is no longer viewed as a threat due to an upgrade in his country’s deterrence capacity.

“Any new war will lead to the total disappearance of this regime from the world’s political geography”, he uttered, adding that Israel is well aware any small mistake “will be its last”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Salami, a word, please: this rhetoric is absolutely not helping with any ratcheting down of tensions, which should be your and your Israeli counterpart's most vital mission right now.

I would like to hope that the above-made speech was engineered far more for domestic consumption rather than international consumption.

Yes, the world understands that Iran, like Israel, has some very intense, complex, and highly effective weaons.

But General, you and I both understand that all it is going to take, may well be just one stupid miscalculation, or one small screw-up by the chain of command on either side, to send this world down a path to World War III.

I have seen images of you on-line, and would possibly imagine that you have a grand-child, or grand-children by this time in your life; perhaps, so does your Israeli counterpart.

Peace is a hard choice, when so many batty people in power, are screaming for war; but I am asking both you, and your Israeli counterpart, to make that hard choice, to insure a peaceful future not only for your families' children; but also, for all children on this earth.

Oct 04 06:36

Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status

In geographical terms, this implies a future shift of military forces away from the Persian Gulf, Middle East and North Africa to the Far East. This is for the purposes of containing and surrounding (militarily, economically and technologically) Washington’s primary peer competitor, namely China.

Beijing, in response to this encirclement, has a card up its sleeve. It can seek to replace the reserve-currency status of the US dollar by not only coming to Iran’s aid, which is fundamental to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but also, at a later stage, seeking to woo Saudi Arabia (and OPEC) away from selling oil exclusively in US dollars. Moscow, with the development of OPEC+, can help its Chinese ally, shaping the LNG market with prices quoted in currencies other than the US dollar. Currently, Beijing and Moscow are trading in hydrocarbons by completely bypassing both the SWIFT payment system as well as the US dollar.

Oct 04 05:08

Martial Law Unfolding In Iraq: 30 Protesters Shot, Internet Blackout, 24-Hour Curfews

Now in their third day, mass anti-government protests across Iraq have resulted in 30 dead and over 1000 wounded, amid a brutal police crackdown which has involved unprepared security forces firing live rounds on demonstrators.

Several major cities are now under curfew and the government has cut internet access for much of the country. In a signal of just how dire and growing the mayhem is, Iran has now sealed key border crossings with Iraq just ahead of an annual Shia pilgrimage this month, where crucial Iran-Iraq border crossings swell with pilgrims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

folks, Iraq was allegedly "conquered", and given a (US-Centric) government; what has happened since then, has been one of the greatest transfers of wealth away from the Iraqi people, and toward the monied who are in favored positions to profit handsomely from Iraq's current corrupt leadership.

And my big question, having seen that Moqtada Al Sadr was in Iran this week, ( ON 9/11) and allowed himself to be photo-blogged with Supreme Leader Rouhani, and the leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, just what the heck he might be up to, right now?

Please remember; this guy is like a "father figure" to many young Shia Iraqi men, and his "Mahdi Army" fought both the Sunni militias, and occasionally US forces as well, and with some very intensely-won results.

Reports indicate that he is constantly in touch with the former "high commanders" of this group,so I am asking myself; how long would it take Al Sadr to "get the band back together" to fight this corrupt government at every turn?!?

What if he has discovered that his " political clout" in the last election, seeing that his party now has a plurality from the last Iraqi elections, was not enough to rid Iraq of the intense corruption which has plagued it, ever since the US invasion/occupation?!?

I would like to hope that this is keeping SOME FOLKS in the Pentagon and State Department up at nights; it sure the heck does for me!!

Oct 03 08:57

Iran ready to end nuclear standoff with United States once sanctions are lifted

Last week’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, presented the perfect opportunity for dialogue and diplomacy between the United States and Iran, in what would have been a historical meeting, the first of its kind between American and Iranian leadership, since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. World leaders from France, Germany, Britain, among others attempted to bring the two world leaders together, to no avail.

President Rouhani has said that he is ready to end a nuclear standoff with the United States, if they follow through with lifting sanctions. Last year, President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a multilateral nuclear deal and imposed harsh sanctions on Iran under its “maximum pressure” campaign.

Oct 03 06:31

Saudi Elites Question MbS' Ability To Lead World's Largest Oil Exporter After Aramco Attack

Sources told Reuters that members within Saudi Arabia's ruling family and business elites are increasingly becoming frustrated with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) after the largest-ever attack on Saudi oil facilities on September 14, reported Reuters.

Distinguished members within the ruling Al Saud family have expressed deep concern about MbS' ability to defend and lead the world's largest oil exporter, according to a senior foreign diplomat and five sources with ties to the Al Saud family, all spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

Some of the sources said the September 14 attacks fueled unwanted tensions in the Middle East, especially the threat of imminent war with Iran.

"There is a lot of resentment" about the crown prince's ability to lead, said one of the sources, a member of the Saudi elite with royal connections. "How were they not able to detect the attack?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, can you blame the Royal House of Saud. that they are absolutely gobsmacked by this guy's inability to put down "primitive hostiles", the Houthis in Yemen, who have managed to embarrass Saudi Arabia's military with both some incredible hits on Saudi oil refinery structure, and the capture of Saudi forces inside Saudi Arabia, plus that nasty little carving up of Adnan Kashoggi, shrieking his lungs out while getting dismembered, about which the whole damn world knows?!?

Timing... is everything.

And over this last weekend, PBS aired a documentary indicating that Prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted to recognize Israel, in return for the US' assistance in getting rid of the Iranian oligarchy running the country.

MbS ‘Ready to Recognize Israel in Return for US Help’

But remember: this documentary was shot in 2017; not this last weekend.

So the timing of its release was intended to create a very different mindset of the Saudi Royal Family than that upon which many Americans had based their understanding of this country and its leadership.

We notice the following, printed last year, regarding the personal wealth of this family:

Saudi Family's Walth Could be more than $ 1 trillion

Were I Prince Salman, I would immediately request a peace deal with the Houthis, creating as favorable a set of circumstances for Saudi Arabia as was humanly possible.

I would then formally reach out to Israel for a trade deal which not only benefits Israel, but the entire Middle East, including Gaza and the West Bank (for which the current Kusher proposal has absolutely nothing, except exile, extinction and despair).

And the recurring question in MbS's head should be the following; "I have about 2,000 relatives, out of the 12,000 in the family who actually hold the purse strings here.

Now, which of those 2,000 relatives have both assassins on speed dial, and a very single-minded desire to have me "neutralized", in the worst possible way for a human to die?!?!?

Oct 02 07:44

Bin Salman ready to recognize Israel if US helps him defeat Iran: Documentary

A new documentary has revealed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — also known as MbS — had promised US President Donald Trump to recognize Israel and normalize ties with the regime if the United States helped him “defeat Iran and take control of the Middle East.”

According to PBS documentary 'The Crown Prince,' which was broadcast on Saturday, the kingdom’s de facto ruler made the pledge in a meeting with President Trump during his visit to Riyadh in May 2017.

Oct 02 05:31

Russia, Syria, Iran hold military drills near US forces in Deir Ezzor

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Russian, Syrian, and Iranian armed forces in the Deir Ezzor Governorate of eastern Syria held military drills along the western bank of the Euphrates River Valley region, the Syria-based publication Al-Watan reported, citing opposition activists and media

Oct 01 08:22

Eight More Countries Decide to Join INSTEX Mechanism for Trade with Iran – Mogherini Aide

The INSTEX trade mechanism was set up by France, Germany and the UK in January to continue trade with Iran, bypassing US sanctions. It became operational and available to all EU member states in June.

Eight more countries have decided to join the Instex mechanism for trade with Iran, in addition to the states that have been part of the mechanism, said Nathalie Tocci, an aide to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

"Apart from the three countries that initiated the creation of the mechanism - France, Germany and Great Britain - eight more EU member states have decided to join. Two more countries are expected to follow in their footsteps", Tocci said on the sidelines of the XVI annual Valdai club meeting.

Oct 01 01:31

Saudi leaders sent messages to Iran's president: Spokesman

The spokesman for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's administration has confirmed that Saudi leaders have been sending messages to Iran's president through a head of state, though refraining to give any details on the nature of those messages.

Ali Rabiei made the remarks during his weekly press briefing in Tehran on Monday, when he was asked about reports denoting that the Saudi leadership has been sending messages to Iran's chief executive.

“Yes, this is true that they have sent messages to Mr. Rouhani through a head of state,” Rabiei noted, adding, “We must see signs of it [Saudi’s goodwill] without any ambiguity, and the first sign of it is to stop the aggression against Yemen and put an end to the massacre of Yemenis.”

in his interview with 60 Minutes, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tried to do some damage control on the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and the ongoing war in Yemen. The focus ultimately was brought back to the Saudis’ favorite topic, Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The above bit comes from the Iranian blog, Presstv.com, making it appear that the Houth military triumphs in Saudi Arabia, are giving that country a reason to begin to attempt to open some kind of dialogue their Iranian counterparts in Tehran, something which would hardly been imaginable, as a possible step, even a month ago.

Unfortunately, the piece in antiwar.com, would have the world think the opposite, and is titled: Saudi Prince Warns of Escalation With Iran, Higher Oil Prices<

The problem for this battered, recycled threat to become resurgent, is that Iran hasn't really done anything wrong, other that refuse to sell their oil in US dollars.

And it did, until very recently honor the P5+1 deal, until, of course, the US government reneged on it earlier this year, as a personal favor from President Trump to Israel's Prime Minister, Netanyahu, and to his most prolific US suporter, Sheldon Adelson.

The Houthi timing on this attack, was nothing less than brilliant, even if that brilliance might well be chalked up to " amazing unexpectedly good timing" on the Houthi's part, relative to what is happening in the US geopolitical-grinder: because here you have Saudi Arabia's BFF in the Middle East, the ruler of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, chokingly caught up in the throes of yet another impeachment "wang-dangorama", this time concerning Ukraine, and American Pols on both sides of the isle, terrified that they will lose their "seat at the public trough.

I have not yet heard one note from those alleged "Congressional Representatives on this issue, as they are so completely focused on not getting impeached, or charged, that suddenly, it appears that Iran and Saudi Arabia are suddenly, and absolutely, on their own here.

Unless President Trump is thoroughly ready to create some very bold actions
to prevent this from escalating into a fell-scale war (unless that is the absolute goal of bringing Iran down,, that will be precisely what he will be getting; and with the added caveat, that Russia will not allow Iran to go down in flames, if there is something they can do to prevent it.

Mr. President, please; War with Iran, over Yemen?!?

And just one final question, sir; when will the US government be ready to declare a draft, which will be horrifically necessary, if we declare war against Iran?!? The above bit comes from the Iranian blog, Presstv.com, making it appear that the Houth military triumphs in Saudi Arabia, are giving that country a reason to begin to attempt to open some kind of dialogue their Iranian counterparts in Tehran, something which would hardly been imaginable, as a possible step, even a month ago.

Unless President Trump is thoroughly ready to create some very bold actions
to prevent this from escalating into a full-scale war, that will be precisely what he will be getting; and with the added caveat, that Russia will not allow Iran to go down in flames, if there is something they can do to prevent it.

With Biden and Trump in the political fight for their lives, I would like both of them to remember a phrase from both physics and politics; "nature abhors a vacuum"; so what happens now if the Saudis are militarily defeated by those Houthi forces, who were " held in so low in esteem" they weren't worthy of any consideration whatsoever, just a couple of months ago, but have become really formidable and capable fighters as well as diplomats?!?

Perhaps now, might be a time for intelligent, fresh thinking on this issue, that does not get the US military dragged down into another sucking, sinkhole of another protracted war.

Sep 30 11:07

Saudi Crown Prince says he 'takes full responsibility' for the death of Jamal Khashoggi during interview with 60 Minutes but denies ordering journalist's murder, before laying into 'stupid' Iran for drone attack on his country's oil facilities

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said he takes full responsibility for the grisly murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but denies that he ordered the slaying.

The 34-year-old Crown Prince gave an interview to 60 Minutes on Sunday a year after Khashoggi, who had criticized him in columns for The Washington Post, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

'This was a heinous crime,' he said. 'But I take full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia, especially since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government.'

Asked if he ordered the murder of Khashoggi, the Crown Prince replied: 'Absolutely not.'

The Crown Prince's interview came as it was revealed that Khashoggi's killers were heard laughing and discussing his murder just moments before it happened.

Sep 30 05:08

Trump, FDR, and War

President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran reminds me of President Franklin Roosevelt’s similar campaign against Japan prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Trump’s brutal economic embargo on Iran brings to mind what FDR did to Japan. The difference, however, is that Trump’s objective seems different from that of Roosevelt.

When Trump withdrew the United States from the accord that it had entered into with Iran under the Obama administration, it was with the aim of arriving at a new accord. Trump figured that by squeezing the economic life out of the Iranian citizenry with his embargo, he could induce Iran’s rulers to return to the bargaining table and enter into a new agreement, one that would be satisfactory to Trump, which he could then trumpet in his campaign for reelection.

Sep 29 10:18

First Flight of Iran's Qaher F-313 Imminent? Capabilities of Iranian Military Aviation Indicate a Basic Stealth Jet is Possible

The Iranian armed forces have recently announced the imminent first public flight of a new indigenous fighter jet of unknown designation, leading to much speculation as to the platform set to be unveiled and whether the Qaher F-313 stealth fighter was the aircraft referred to.

While it cannot be verified at this point whether the Qaher F-313 is or is not a genuine stealth fighter, the prospect for such a program may not be as impossible as Western and Israeli sources have claimed. Firstly one must consider Iran's substantial military industrial capabilities, which supply the vast majority of the country's defence needs independently, effectively and an extremely low cost.

Sep 29 10:14

Iran Put a New Warhead On Its Powerful North Korean Missiles: Khorramshahr Threatens Adversaries Across the Middle East

Iran’s armed forces have displayed a new version of on of their most powerful ballistic missiles, the Khorramshahr, equipped with a new type of warhead.

While the variants of the Musudan in Iranian service are unknown, the most advanced are though to have a range of over 4000km.

This would provide Iran with a significantly more powerful means of striking targets further afield such as U.S. military bases in Eastern Europe and Africa, with attacks from multiple warheads notably considerably more difficult to intercept than those by a single warhead.

Sep 29 07:44

America’s Banality of Evil

Many Americans don’t think of sanctions as weaponry of war. That’s because they seem so benign. After all, they are just rules and regulations. What’s the big deal, right? No bombs are dropping. No troops are invading and occupying Iran. No shootings. No torture.

In fact, sanctions aren’t really so much a weapon of war as they are a weapon akin to terrorism. That’s because they don’t target enemy troops, as is done in war, but instead target the civilian population of a nation as a way to achieve a political goal.

That’s what terrorists do too. They also kill innocent civilians as a way to achieve a political goal. Terrorism and sanctions are the weapons of the coward because the civilians they target have no real way to defend themselves against a suicide bomb or economic sanctions.

Sep 28 06:08

Russia is ready to deliver S-400s to Iran if requested: report

Russia does not rule out discussing with Iran deliveries of air defence assets and radio-electronic equipment to the country, as well as the creation of an integrated system of Persian Gulf security, Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation Director Dmitry Shugayev said.

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