10 richest U.S. presidents before Trump takes top spot

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When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office on Jan. 20, he will become the richest president in U.S. history. Forbes estimates Trump’s net worth at around $3.7 billion.

Based on a list compiled by 24/7 Wall St., here are the previous top 10 richest U.S. presidents, adjusted against the dollar’s loss of value over the years.

Coming in at No. 10 is John F. Kennedy, whose net worth was $1 billion. Kennedy ranks at the bottom of the top 10 because while the family fortune tops any other U.S. president’s wealth, he didn’t directly own it since it was shared in a trust with other family members.

No. 9 is Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a net worth of $66 million, and much of his wealth was inherited.

No. 8 is Bill Clinton, whose net worth is around $75 million. However, Clinton made the bulk of his fortune from speeches and book deals after he left office.

No. 7 is Herbert Hoover, with a net worth of $82 million. He made his fortune as a mining company executive and accumulated valuable holdings in several mining companies.

No. 6 is Lyndon B. Johnson, with a net worth of $108 million. Johnson inherited a small piece of land in Texas and built it up into the 1,500-acre ranch that became known as the Texas White House.

No. 5 is James Madison, with a net worth of $112 million. The fourth president’s fortune came from real estate after he inherited land from his father.

No. 4 is Andrew Jackson, with a net worth of $131 million. Jackson became wealthy from land speculation and was one of three investors who founded Memphis.

No. 3 is Theodore Roosevelt, with a net worth of $138 million. The 26th president was born into a wealthy New York City family and made money from valuable real estate.

No. 2 is Thomas Jefferson, with a net worth of $234 million. Like other presidents, he also inherited a real estate fortune.

And the No. 1 spot goes to…

Our nation’s first president, George Washington, with a net worth of $580 million. Washington made most of his fortune as a land speculator.

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Murdering the Innocent in Order to Support the Lie

Paul Craig Roberts – January 5, 2017

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As my readers know, I reported, factually, on the Boston Marathon alleged bombing case. I interviewed carefully the pro bono attorney, John Remington Graham, who intervened in behalf of the Russian aunt, a lawyer in the Russian Federation, in behalf of the falsely convicted younger Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar, the older brother having been murdered by the FBI. Graham conclusively proved that the FBI’s own evidence proved beyond any doubt that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was innocent, which means so was the older brother.

It is clear beyond reasonable doubt that there was no real bombing at the Boston Marathon and that the alleged terrorist event, using crisis actors, was an orchestration designed to convince dimwit Americans that they really were under a “Muslim threat.” The entire foreign policy of the United States in the 21st century is based on an orchestrated “Muslim threat” – i.e., fake news.

[ed.- The whole industry of mainstream news corporations has been “fake news” from its beginning … orchestrated to control public thinking. Even as far back as the time of this nation’s beginning, Thomas Jefferson stated, “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors”].

The orchestrated threat was also used for a practice exercise in closing down one of America’s largest cities in order to manhunt with intent to kill a young man chosen as the villain for the orchestrated event. American citizens were forced at gunpoint out of their homes while Homeland Security disrupted the life of an entire city and its airport service in behalf of this orchestrated event that demonstrated the total loss of American civil liberty. The entire exercise was based on a lie, an event that never happened, like Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and so forth. Just another lie in behalf of the “exceptional people.”

A number of websites have disproved the false case against the Tsarnaev brothers. Attorney John Remington Graham has brought the case to the justice authorities, but the US Department of Justice (sic) has no interest whatsoever in justice.

Now comes forward an attorney, Mary Maxwell with a book. It is available online free. I read the first eight chapters, which was sufficient to confirm me in my independent conclusion that there was no Boston Marathon bombing by terrorists.

I recommend to you Mary Maxwell’s account. However, I will say that I believe that she uses irony excessively and that on occasions her irony gets in the way of the factual message. Knowing this, stick with it, and read her account.

Irony is the style that she has chosen, and we must respect a person prepared to stand up to the murderous American establishment and to challenge one of the founding myths of the American Police State and Washington’s wars against the world.

Read her book here: https://daliamaelachlan.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/boston-ail-book-jan-5-9.pdf

Any US citizen that believes the falsified case of the Boston Marathon bombing is a victim of “fake news” and adds to the threat of the American disconnect from reality.

If Americans do not wake up to the orchestrations to which they are subjected, they will forfeit their futures.

The Russians and the Chinese are individually and together more powerful than Washington, and they are not going to put up with the lies with which insouciant Americans are content.

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OBAMA’S ILK: BIRDS OF A FEATHER PARTY TOGETHER

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For eight years Obama has occupied the White House as President of a noticeably twisted government … and nation, apparently.

Now, in the last days of his occupation he has thrown a huge bash in the White House and invited all his best buddies … thus giving us an inside view of his basic values. You can tell a lot about a man by what sort of people he values and hangs out with.

So what kind of people does the barely-still president pick to party with? Well, obviously others like himself … creeps and degenerate celebrities mostly from the Hollywood scene. Creeps like Magic Johnson, Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry and Jess Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Al Sharpton, Tyler Perry, Chris Rock, David Letterman, Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and a lot more names, mostly Black folks I don’t recognize … like La Anthony, Terrence J, Kelly Rowland, Will Packer and rapper Wale … all prepared to “boogie down” with the President and First Lady. 

It must have been a rollicking event in the White House with the long list of perverts all getting together and partying til 4am in what some consider a prestigious atmosphere of the nations presidential palace. The janitors probably had an interesting cleanup the following morning.

Anyone who isn’t at least put off by this must lack common sense. Is this the kind of thing Americans want to know about the one occupying the office of “Leader Of The Free World” … the guy with access to the “football” briefcase always within his reach with which he can order a nuclear strike at anytime? That doesn’t make me feel good.

The list of attendees at this royal bash read like a Hollywood pervert party, with queers, rappers, porn stars, gender-neutral “he-shes,” and degenerates representing every lost and depraved value that has replaced the morality of a generation of Americans … especially America’s young folks.

And these same perverts are throwing a fit about Donald Trump’s ethics. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Thus we see the caliber of people who “lead” this nation. If this doesn’t worry you, someone needs to wake you up from your stupor.

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ISIS Is Using American Missiles Against Turkey Too

Martin Berger – 1-3-2017

234231231231It came as a big surprise that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently labeled the members of the US-led coalition as promise breakers and supporters of terrorists. According to the Turkish leader, this coalition provides support to various terrorist groups, including ISIS, YPG, PYD … and Ankara has the evidence to back up that claim.

But what exactly offended Ankara so much? Over the past few days, Turkey has been suffering extremely painful attacks from the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Al-Bab. Previously the troops employed in the Euphrates Shield operation successfully took western suburbs of Al-Bab and were planning to occupy the heights overlooking the city. However, ten days ago the “shield” cracked when ISIS units opposed Turkish troops in a frontal assault, inflicting heavy losses upon the Turkish army. Radical militants report that in just one assault Turkey lost up to 70 soldiers and three modern tanks. Immediately after the announcement ISIS started spreading videos showing their destruction of Turkish armored vehicles. The Turkish General Staff announced that it lost 14 servicemen, 10 German-manufactured Leopard tanks, an M-60 main battle tank, personnel carriers, and a Cobra armored vehicle. The pictures that can be found now on the Internet depict Turkish armored vehicles severely damage by TOW missiles that in recent years have “suddenly” started appearing in the hands of ISIS radicals.

But nobody should be really surprised at this point, as Turkish media were reporting in late December that Washington was stepping up its weapons supply efforts to radicals in Syria. It’s been noted that as the US Ambassador to Ankara, John Bass, kept persuading Turkish reporters that Washington was not supporting militants directly, the airfield in the Syrian city of Rumeylan saw an ever increasing number of US transport planes landing. The payload that they were carrying would soon be transported by US helicopters to different parts of the country. According to Turkish journalists, the last large delivery of weapons occurred on the evening of 27 December. It is also been noted that weapons are being delivered to Syria via hundreds of trucks, carrying their deadly cargo from the Iraqi city of Erbil to the areas controlled by the Syrian Kurds. Obama is obviously continuing to terrorize Syria till his last day in office.

We have seen various commentators noting that under the guise of military assistance to the Kurdish Peshmerga, the Obama administration is actively assisting various extremist groups in Syria by secretly supplying them with all sorts of weapons, along with the so-called “advisers” in a bid to topple the legitimate Syrian government.

It’s no coincidence that after the liberation of Aleppo, Syrian troops found stockpiles of weapons and explosives manufactured in the US, Germany, and Bulgaria, including a large amount of anti-tank missiles.

While the Aleppo operation has been a turning point in the Syrian armed conflict, the White House is still in a hurry to provide maximum support to the so-called “moderate opposition” in Syria, but now it’s clear for pretty much everyone that Washington is assisting ISIS. Last December alone Turkish bloggers spotted the passage of three large cargo ships through Turkey’s Bosporus Strait [connecting the Aegean Sea to the Black Sea], presumably carrying arms for the insurgents. In particular, in mid-December a freighter, Karina Danica, left Bulgaria heading to Saudi Jeddah with weapons on board, as reported by the Bosphorus Observer on Twitter. This data is confirmed by a specialized tracking site known as MarineTraffic. It is a well known fact that the freighter Karina Danica is a Danish vessel, chartered by the American company Cherming, which is the official supplier of non-standard NATO weapons for the US “allies” in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. It’s curious that the Bulgarian Vazovski Machine-Building Plant that sells weapons to Cherming, increased its sales 12 fold in 2016, making a profit of 170 million dollars.

What makes this whole arms supplies story awkward is the scandal that broke out in 2015, when the Chairman of the Iraqi Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security, Hakim Zamili, asked PM Haider al-Abadi to intervene immediately to stop the $300-million ammunition deal with Romanian weapons being delivered to ISIS directly, while financed by one of the neighboring countries. In 2016, the director of the Conflict Armament Research, James Bevan, stated that the weapons from Eastern Europe that were officially designated for the so-called “moderate opposition” are falling in extremist hands.

The decision to supply anti-government troops in Syria with all sorts of weapons, including MANPADS, that was signed by President Barack Obama on December 23, may lead to a renewed escalation of the Syrian conflict and new victims.

So there’s more than enough reasons for Ankara’s resentment of the Obama administration since it is directly responsible for every single Turkish soldier murdered by radical militants.

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Obama’s Parting Shot: Gun-Ban For Social Security Beneficiaries

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The White House released a fact-sheet Jan. 4 which previews the executive gun control Obama will unveil Tuesday and one aspect of the new controls is the inclusion of “information from the Social Security Administration in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

On July 18 Breitbart News reported on Obama’s push to ban gun-possession for Social Security beneficiaries who are believed incapable of handling their own finances.

At that same time, the Los Angeles Times reported that a ban was being put together “outside of public view,” so all the details were not known. But the Times did  know that the ban would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons–from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease.”

The ban pertaining to Social Security beneficiaries is now tucked into the “mental health” aspects of Obama’s executive gun control.

According to the White House executive order preview:

Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to ensure that appropriate information in its records is reported to NICS. The reporting that SSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice, is expected to require will cover appropriate records of the approximately 75,000 people each year who have a documented mental health issue, receive disability benefits, and are unable to manage those benefits because of their mental impairment, or who have been found by a state or federal court to be legally incompetent. The rulemaking will also provide a mechanism for people to seek relief from the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health.

Again, the push for a ban on gun possession for certain Social Security beneficiaries was already in the works during the summer, but it is also incorporated into the “mental health” aspect of Obama’s executive gun control.

And this means that information on beneficiaries who meet the criteria of mental impairment–demonstrated in part by an inability to manage their own benefits–will be added to the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) so that the beneficiaries cannot buy a gun.

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2016: How Truth Was Destroyed So You’d Buy The Government’s Propaganda

“We’re an empire now,” Karl Rove nefariously asserted in 2004, “and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality —  judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Rove might have said that 12 years ago, but the words hauntingly describe our situation in 2016 — Oxford Dictionaries, incidentally, named “post-truth” the international word of the year — with facts seemingly relative, truth debatable, and a falsely-premised war on fake news, Orwell must be rolling in his grave.

[“POST TRUTH“:(Oxford Dictionary) — “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”]

In fact, given these telling circumstances, perhaps Oxford Dictionaries didn’t go far enough — this year epitomizes a new era of post-coherence.

[“POST-COHERENCE“: — “relating to the shaping of public opinion through propaganda that is beyond logical or natural connection or consistency; disconnected from logic and reality” … causing cognitive dissonance]

Rove and his ilk — the dynasties Bush and Clinton, reigning powers for nearly 30 years — must chuckle behind closed doors as Americans quarrel savagely over the authenticity of falsehoods and facts, alike.

With ostensibly everything now up in the air, the U.S. power apparatus has unarguably ‘created a new reality’ — one in which the dissemination of accurate, factual information is such an arduous task that most people don’t even bother.

This purposeful manipulation of perception, in other words, does exactly what Rove and the aptly-termed “history’s actors” intend — it keeps the rest of us confused — and bitterly arguing over what’s actually going on.

Online communication facilitated this madness exponentially — it’s doubtful such disorientation would have occurred decades ago when social media didn’t have critical influence.

Of course, this tumult and turbulence isn’t manufactured without reason — it allows the surreptitious and sometimes flagrant distribution of propaganda favorable to the American political establishment to circulate largely unhindered.

But those aspects of post-coherence unintentionally also gave rise to a furious backlash — the Internet might facilitate confusion and propaganda, but it is, after all, a global library of information — and wary independent and alternative media outlets can tear apart false information published by collusive corporate media presstitutes.

With all of this in mind, the following are just a smattering of many outrageous examples of how the Fake News narrative brought us in this post-truth era, intentionally shaping the events of 2016 — and promises to continue the inanity far into the future.

Perhaps the most laughable Fake News came to us courtesy of CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who warned the planet amid ongoing publication by WikiLeaks of documents deleterious to the credibility of the Democratic establishment to “remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents. It’s different for the media. So everything you learn about this, you’re learning from us.”

Cuomo’s conspicuous ploy to limit the spread of the actual documents — and win CNN additional reader- and viewership — constituted a reckless foray into censorship of information.

Of course, CNN didn’t proclaim the leaked emails verboten for nothing — the outlet bears the snarky moniker, Clinton News Network, as its parent company, Time Warner, donated over $400,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign — and was exposed by alternative media countless times for cutting off reporters who dared criticize its darling candidate or report on revealed corruption.

[ed – the public is programmed to believe that the real crime is not the crime itself, but the possession of “classified” documentation about the crime.]

Further, CNN’s pernicious claim came as the documents revealed the outlet and others colluding with the Clinton campaign to report news portraying Democrats in a favorable manner — of course, those who took Cuomo’s warning to heart and relied solely on the Clinton News Network would never know that pertinent detail.

Other mainstream media outlets who coordinated with the Clinton camp struggled with the contents of the WikiLeaks documents — when they bothered covering the revelations. Corporate propaganda’s spin machine seemed to be on overdrive for the duration of the election cycle — and has reached the level of absurdity following Donald Trump’s win.

Because, according to corporate media — who ignored the depth of corruption exposed by WikiLeaks — the election of Trump was so anomalous, there had to be an explanation beyond the fact the American people didn’t find Hillary qualified for the job.

Enter The Russians.

Taking cues from the era of McCarthyism and leading the new Red Scare with a bullhorn is the once-illustrious Washington Post, who first posited, without any evidence sans statements from unnamed CIA officials, that the Intelligence Community had reached a consensus — Russian hackers had interfered in the election to install Trump.

Famously in lockstep, the New York Times quickly parroted the same assertion as if it were steel truth — neither outlet, however, bothered consulting officials from the 16 other agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community.

In actuality, no such consensus had been reached — not even inside the CIA. Shortly after the Post’s shameful scare piece was published, the FBI came forward to denounce the Russian hacking theory as “fuzzy” and “ambiguous” — showing the lack of cohesion among intelligence officials, as well as the rush to shirk blame for the lost election.

Wikileaks, itself — the one organization with insider information — has vociferously and repeatedly denied their source hacked anything, is not Russian, and that the documents were leaked by an insider.

Nonetheless, news of the report went viral and furthered current administration’s agenda to both paint Russia as a villain and Trump as having somehow stolen the election.

Indeed, the utterly unproven Russian Hackers theory [“post-truth”] provided the impetus for President Obama to an embarrassing diplomatic meltdown this week, announcing the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, sanctions, and the shuttering of two compounds owned by Russia.

While that move could have easily brought the two superpower nations yet closer to military conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin allowed cooler heads to prevail, went against the fury of other officials, and announced there would be no diplomatic tit-for-tat — no United States diplomats would be expelled from Russia.

Incidentally, the mainstream press jumped the gun again, publishing the statements of Russian officials claiming the country would be mirroring moves by the U.S. — before Putin announced Russia would not be stooping to such diplomatic pettiness.

While these points show the unseemly power of misinformation and make the corporate media a soft target for ridicule, it’s imperative to understand these false and misleading news items amount to government propaganda (the real “fake news”) — the more the public buys the preferred narrative, the easier it will be to shove unsavory actions, including war, down our throats.

Labeling some 200 independent and alternative outlets as Russian propagandists and Fake News was another feat the Post underhandedly managed in 2016 — and, thanks to its efforts, Obama officially wrote into law, in essence, a Ministry of Propaganda to putatively combat foreign State disinformation. Of course, considering the Post’s owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has received $600 million in CIA funds, albeit ostensibly for a stand-alone project, this hardly comes as a shock.

With truth in the balance, 2016 seemed to be a year plucked straight from the pages of George Orwell’s 1984 — perhaps lightly edited by Aldous Huxley.

We don’t need censorship from Facebook’s neoliberal Fake News slayers or the U.S. Ministry of Truth — but in this new era of post-coherence, the masses fell for the trick, and now believe themselves incapable of discerning fact from fiction despite the still-accessible, voluminous information available on the Internet.

If the somnambulant masses were coherent enough to see through the ploy, freedom of speech and the press wouldn’t currently hang in the balance. The public’s idiotic need to be spoon fed information enables the institutions at the heart of our “post-coherence” society.

However, until the government acts more drastically, we still have independent media — whose integrity has a phenomenal track record of refusing to publish bogus information, or retracting any items later found to be mistaken.

In the very near future — if the establishment’s trend continues — dissenting opinion and reports exposing corruption endemic in government may become illegal and a thing purely of the past.

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The Biggest Killer Of US Troops In The Middle East Is Not ISIS — It’s Suicide

soldier-suicideBy Matt Agorist

Confirming once again that war, to those who are sent to fight them, is absolute hell, newly released Pentagon statistics show that suicide — not combat — is the leading killer of US troops deployed to the Middle East.

According to a report in USA Today this week, of the 31 troops who have died as of Dec. 27 in Operation Inherent Resolve, 11 have taken their own lives. Eight died in combat, seven in accidents and four succumbed to illness or injury.

These new numbers confirm a trend that’s been in place since the beginning of the prolonged occupation of the Middle East.

Earlier this year, the DoD released a similar report from 2014 that revealed some startling numbers. In all of 2014, a total of 55 US troops, in both hostile and non-hostile situations, lost their lives in foreign occupations. The number of soldiers who killed themselves was nearly 5 times that amount.

According to the DoD report, in 2014, there were 269 deaths by suicide among active component service members (compared to 259 deaths by suicide in 2013).

As bureaucratic fatcats sit back from their lush taxpayer-funded offices in giant marble buildings debating on whether or not to send more troops to the Middle East, this crisis is being ignored. Partly due to the fact that they can’t seem to figure out why troops are killing themselves, the military ‘experts’ are unable to reverse it.

“I don’t think there’s one single cause for it,” said Rajeev Ramchand, a senior behavioral scientist at the Rand Corp. who has studied military suicide. “There are a multitude of factors. They are also picking up on a trend toward more suicide in the U.S. population as a whole. Maybe there’s a universal stress on everyone in the military that affects them in profound ways.”

However, many experts have come forward and noted that the increased prevalence in the prescription of antidepressants to active duty troops could play a large role. In 2010, Peter Breggin MD testified before the Veterans’ Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The newer antidepressants frequently cause suicide, violence, and manic-like symptoms of activation or overstimulation, presenting serious hazards to active-duty soldiers who carry weapons under stressful conditions.  Antidepressants should not be prescribed to soldiers during or after deployment,” said Breggin.

“In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee, I have pointed to a probable causal relationship between increasing rates of antidepressant prescription and increasing rates of suicide in the military,” he explained in his 2010 publication on SSRI Suicide in the Military (Antidepressant-induced suicide).

Couple the dehumanizing nature of treating human beings as fodder for wars of aggression with the known side effects of antidepressants, and you have a recipe for disaster.

In war, human lives become units to be traded as a commodity to aid in the expansion of the State. When they are no longer deemed useful, these human lives are then tossed out like yesterday’s garbage.

Treating human beings in such a brutal and inhumane manner is not without consequence.

Not only are active duty soldiers tragically ending their own lives at an increasing rate, but once they finish their service, these numbers skyrocket.

In a 2012 report put out by the Veterans Administration, it was estimated that up to 22 veterans a day kill themselves. That is 8,000 lives a year — almost one per hour.

If we look at attempted suicides, that number skyrockets to 19,000 attempts, of which 8,000 result in ending their own lives.

War is the plight of mankind that is perpetually waged by cowards too afraid to send themselves or their own children into harm’s way, but who do not hesitate to send the poor or ‘patriotic.’

When the State is done with its pawns of empire, it disposes of them like spent military gear. They then become unable to get the proper care they need for illness and injury related to their service. If they try to self-medicate to cope with the subsequent PTSD from being forced to brutally occupy a foreign country, these veterans have their children taken, face life in prison, or worse.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Another 140,000 are currently in jail, many of them for victimless crimes like drug possession.

As if the numbers aren’t bad enough, veterans are often the target of unjust attention from law enforcement. On multiple occasions, the Department of Homeland Security has referred to veterans as potential terrorists and noted that they pose a threat to national security.

The Free Thought Project has reported on case after case of veterans returning home only to be beaten and locked up for speaking out, or killed by police during a PTSD-triggered episode.

Merely ‘supporting the troops’ is proving to be the worst possible thing for them.

If you really want to “support the troops” you’ll stop supporting wars of aggression in distant lands in which Americans are forced to kill people who pose no threat to the US.

If you really “support the troops” you’ll stop blindly standing up for your government whose proven track record shows that they do everything but support the troops.

If you really support the troops, you’ll educate yourself on who is behind these wars, why they are waged, and how US foreign policy actually creates enemies. ISIS would not exist had the US not remained hell bent on overthrowing the Assad regime for the benefit of special interests in DC.

Pledging blind obedience and unquestioning support for wars that one’s government illegally wages at the expense of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and mothers and fathers, is the antithesis of what a free person should do — and anything but “supporting the troops.”

So what is the solution? How can the US rein in this epidemic of suicide among active duty troops and vets?

The answer to this question, while it may seem complex, is actually quite simple — Stop creating them.

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Al-Nusra fighters leave arsenal of US weapons

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In Aleppo fighters have left stores with great quantity of weapons, significant part of which was made in the US. Weapons could have been supplied under the guise of humanitarian aid as well.
As a high-level source in the Syrian security bodies revealed, ‘stores with weapons worth millions of dollars were detected. The majority is made in the US. However, it was no surprise, as Damascus has pointed several times at supplies for terrorists in Aleppo named as moderate opposition from the Turkish territory, which were funded by a range of Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf. Beside that, some weapons were stolen from stores of the Syrian army’.
Before that, it became known that fighters of the Jabhat al-Nusra group obtained anti-tank TOW missiles directly from the US, as one of the commanders of the terror group told the German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer.
The British BBC Channel also reported, that the IS group in Iraq had intercepted weapons the Western countries supplied to ‘moderate opposition’ in Syria many times.
According to serial numbers, significant part of the detected weapons was legally purchased by the US and Saudi Arabian governments from East European plants.

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Trump’s strategy will be to set Russia against China

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The current state of affairs in Ukraine, Iraq and Libya suggests that the United States runs silly and inconsistent foreign politics. Yet, a more global approach shows that chaos and mess in these countries appear as petty sacrifices on the way to a strategic goal, to which the States may purposefully go for decades. One of those goals for the United States was the destruction of the USSR. That mission was accomplished. What about now? Pravda.Ru conducted an interview on the subject with Anatoly Salutsky, a political commentator, writer, publicist and global expert at the Alliance of Civilizations at the UN.

“How is the policy of the United States going to change in relation to Russia, Ukraine and China after Donald Trump takes office as President?”

“I know what America is like, especially on the level of common people, with whom I have to communicate a lot. No one can answer the question of what is going to happen in the United States in the near future. There are many speculations on the subject and many hopes, but no one wants to make any serious predictions.

“One may hear many experts saying that USA’s foreign policy is impulsive, that the Americans get involved in a fight to see what is going to happen afterwards. This point of view is wrong. In fact, the US-led foreign policy is more targeted, and their ruling class is much more rational. They know what they want. They can make a lot of mistakes along the way, and they do make them, and we do point that out. At the same time, the US always follows global goals.

“In the past, the Americans had a global goal to achieve – to destroy their main rival, the Soviet Union. It took them several decades to make it happen. The United States has very long-term goals.

“What long-term and global goals does the United States have now? We can already see them. Today, America’s geopolitical rival No. 1 is China. The biggest problem that the United States has to deal with now is the absence of ways to besiege China. The Americans may crop China’s feathers a little, but they can not remove China as a competitor. There is only one “clever way” for the USA to go at this point.

“It is an open secret that Ukraine does not pose any interest for the United States. Ukraine is not a part of America’s geopolitical interests. Why did the Americans pay so much attention to Ukraine, including financially? Why did they achieve so much influence there?

Brzezinski used to say that one needs to set Slavic nations against each other. They set Ukraine against Russia. Now they need Ukraine to put external pressure on Moscow. Today, the Americans need Russia the way Russia exists today.

Previously, they wanted to dismember Russia. Now they do not want to do it, because in this case, the Far East and Siberia will go to China, and China will become stronger than ever before. Brzezinski’s chessboard is now history.

“To put pressure on China, the Americans can block China’s main sea routes and oil transportation routes, but this is not important. The biggest danger for the USA is China’s intention to build the new Silk Road. China wants to replace its economic cooperation with America. China needs Europe instead. China will be able to reach Europe via the new Silk Road. Therefore, the overland route to the continent is a threat to the States.

To curb China’s development, the USA will need to make Russia and China enemies. They have done this with Ukraine, and now they want to do the same with China. They need today’s Russia with its strong arms and everything. The only change the Americans need is a new leader in the Kremlin. They need to change Russia’s president, while everything else will remain the same.”

“Do they want the new leader to be more compliant?”

“Of course, they do. They want to plant “their own” president in Russia, like they did in Ukraine. They control the Kiev authorities from outside. If they succeed in setting Russia against China, the Americans will be on top of the world again.

“Trump has already made it clear: America’s prime enemy is China, but not Russia. Trump may try to convince Russia to twist China’s arms.”

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What is Henry Kissinger Up To?

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Kissinger and Trump appear to be forming a friendship. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has described the election of Trump as an opportunity to redefine US foreign policy. What does Kissinger have up his sleeve?
Paul Craig Roberts

The English language Russian news agency, Sputnik, reports that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is advising US president-elect Donald Trump how to “bring the United States and Russia closer together to offset China’s military buildup.” https://sputniknews.com/politics/201612271049024500-kissinger-trump-russia/

If we take this report at face value, it tells us that Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Kissinger, who was my colleague at the Center for Strategic and International studies for a dozen years, is aware of the pro-American elites inside Russia, and he is at work creating for them a “China threat” that they can use in their effort to lead Russia into the arms of the West. If this effort is successful, Russia’s sovereignty will be eroded exactly as has the sovereignty of every other country allied with the US.

At President Putin’s last press conference ( http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46100.htm ), journalist Marat Sagadatov asked if Russia wasn’t already subject to forms of foreign semi-domination: “Our economy, industry, ministries and agencies often follow the rules laid down by international organizations and are managed by consulting companies. Even our defense enterprises have foreign consulting firms auditing them.” The journalist asked, “if it is not time to do some import substitution in this area too?”

Every Russian needs to understand that being part of the West means living by Washington’s rules. The only country in the Western Alliance that has an independent foreign and economic policy is the US.

All of us need to understand that although Trump has been elected president, the neoconservatives remain dominant in US foreign policy, and their commitment to the hegemony of the US as the uni-power remains as strong as ever. The neoconservative ideology has been institutionalized in parts of the CIA, State Department and Pentagon. The neoconservatives retain their influence in media, think tanks, university faculties, foundations, and in the Council on Foreign Relations.

We also need to understand that Trump revels in the role of tough guy and will say things that can be misinterpreted as my friend, Finian Cunningham, whose columns I read, usually with appreciation, might have done ( http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46103.htm ).

I do not know that Trump will prevail over the vast neoconservative conspiracy. However, it seems clear enough that he is serious about reducing the tensions with Russia that have been building since President Clinton violated the George H. W. Bush administration’s promise that NATO would not expand one inch to the East. Unless Trump were serious, there is no reason for him to announce Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as his choice for Secretary of State. In 2013 Mr. Tillerson was awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship.

As Professor Michel Chossudovsky has pointed out, a global corporation such as Exxon has interests different from those of the US military/security complex. The military/security complex needs a powerful threat, such as the former “Soviet threat” which has been transformed into the “Russian threat,” in order to justify its hold on an annual budget of approximately one trillion dollars. In contrast, Exxon wants to be part of the Russian energy business. Therefore, as Secretary of State, Tillerson is motivated to achieve good relations between the US and Russia, whereas for the military/security complex good relations undermine the orchestrated fear on which the military/security budget rests.

Clearly, the military/security complex and the neoconservatives see Trump and Tillerson as threats, which is why the neoconservatives and the armaments tycoons so strongly opposed Trump and why CIA Director John Brennan made wild and unsupported accusations of Russian interference in the US presidential election.

The lines are drawn. The next test will be whether Trump can obtain Senate confirmation of his choice of Tillerson as Secretary of State.

The myth is widespread that President Reagan won the cold war by breaking the Soviet Union financially with an arms race. As one who was involved in Reagan’s effort to end the cold war, I find myself yet again correcting the record.

Reagan never spoke of winning the cold war. He spoke of ending it. Other officials in his government have said the same thing, and Pat Buchanan can verify it.

Reagan wanted to end the Cold War, not win it. He spoke of those “godawful” nuclear weapons. He thought the Soviet economy was in too much difficulty to compete in an arms race. He thought that if he could first cure the stagflation that afflicted the US economy, he could force the Soviets to the negotiating table by going through the motion of launching an arms race. “Star wars” was mainly hype. (Whether or nor the Soviets believed the arms race threat, the American left wing clearly did and has never got over it.)

Reagan had no intention of dominating the Soviet Union or collapsing it. Unlike Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama, he was not controlled by neoconservatives. Reagan fired and prosecuted the neoconservatives in his administration when they operated behind his back and broke the law.

The Soviet Union did not collapse because of Reagan’s determination to end the Cold War. The Soviet collapse was the work of hard line communists, who believed that Gorbachev was loosening the Communist Party’s hold so quickly that Gorbachev was a threat to the existence of the Soviet Union and placed him under house arrest. It was the hardline communist coup against Gorbachev that led to the rise of Yeltsin. No one expected the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The US military/security complex did not want Reagan to end the Cold War, as the Cold War was the foundation of profit and power for the complex. The CIA told Reagan that if he renewed the arms race, the Soviets would win, because the Soviets controlled investment and could allocate a larger share of the economy to the military than Reagan could.

Reagan did not believe the CIA’s claim that the Soviet Union could prevail in an arms race. He formed a secret committee and gave the committee the power to investigate the CIA’s claim that the US would lose an arms race with the Soviet Union. The committee concluded that the CIA was protecting its prerogatives. I know this because I was a member of the committee.

American capitalism and the social safety net would function much better without the drain on the budget of the military/security complex. It is more correct to say that the military/security complex wants a major threat, not an actual arms race. Stateless Muslim terrorists are not a sufficient threat for such a massive US military, and the trouble with an actual arms race as opposed to a threat is that the US armaments corporations would have to produce weapons that work instead of cost overruns that boost profits.

The latest US missile ship has twice broken down and had to be towed into port. The F-35 has cost endless money, has a variety of problems ( http://www.stopthef35.com/pentagon-f-35-wont-have-a-chance-in-real-combat/ ) and is already outclassed. The Russian missiles are hypersonic. The Russian tanks are superior. The explosive power of the Russian Satan II ICBM is terrifying. The morale of the Russian forces is high. They have not been exhausted from 15 years of fighting without much success pointless wars against women and children.

Washington, given the corrupt nature of the US military/security complex, can arms race all it wants without being a danger to Russia or China, much less to the strategic alliance between the two powers.

The neoconservatives are discredited, but they are still a powerful influence on US foreign policy. Until Trump relegates them to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

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Erdogan Says He Has “Confirmed Evidence” The US Supports ISIS

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Dec 28, 2016 – by Tyler Durden

One year after this website demonstrated that Turkey was cooperating with the Islamic State, in the very least trading cash in exchange for crude oil sold to various Turkish outposts (a trade which was subsequently ended by the Russian air force), Turkey has flipped the tables and on Tuesday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has uncovered evidence that US-led coalition forces have helped support terrorists in Syria – including Isis.

“They give support to terrorist groups including ISIS” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Tuesday, adding that US coalition forces “give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos.

Which, incidentally, should also not come a surprise in light of the May 2015 declassified Pentagon report, which claimed that ISIS was created as a Pentagon tool to overthrow Syria’s president Assad.

Nevertheless, the “pot calling the kettle black” comes at a sensitive time for both the US and Turkey, which are both pivoting aggressively, one internally from Obama to Trump, while the other is shifting its foreign geopolitical allegiance from the US to Russia, which may also explain today’s outburst by Erdogan.

Saying that the US have accused Turkey of supporting IS, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday the Turkish leader blamed the US-led coalition for assisting terrorists themselves. Apart from IS, he also mentioned Kurdish People’s Protection Units in northern Syria (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD) as groups supported by the coalition.

Earlier on Tuesday, Moscow accused Washington of “sponsoring terrorism” in Syria. Commenting on the latest National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Barack Obama, the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the new bill “openly stipulates the possibility” of delivering more weapons to Syria, and added that those arms “will soon find their way to the jihadists,” which Russia would view as a “hostile act.”

Erdogan’s comments echoed those from the Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who told RT that Washington appears unready to play a serious role in fighting Islamic State, as it has fostered terrorists itself and now wants them to remain in the Middle East.

“The Western coalition is of a formal nature, they have no real intention to fight neither in Syria nor in Iraq. We don’t see any readiness on their part to play a truly useful and meaningful role in fighting IS, because it’s them who have raised terrorists and they are interested in keeping them there,” Dehghan said.

According to the Iranian defense minister, Tehran has never coordinated its operations with the Americans and “will never collaborate with them.”

He then slammed the US’ motives behind the “war on ISIS’ saying that “maybe the coalition forces would like to see terrorists weakened, but certainly not destroyed, because those terrorists are their tool for destabilizing this region and some other parts of the world.”

One wonders how long before Putin is blamed for this latest political scandal, because if indeed Erdogan does provide proof of US support for the Islamic State, then the Pentagon will need a back story very fast, and what better scapegoat than the Russian president.

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Journalist Eva Bartlett DESTROYS Mainstream Journalist Over Syria, Aleppo

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Having spent a number of months on the ground in Syria, traveling all across the country and, specifically, Aleppo, journalist Eva Bartlett has finally returned to the Western world with yet another round of firsthand knowledge of the Syrian Crisis. Bartlett has traveled to Syria a number of times, each time carrying back a story widely different from that peddled on the mainstream corporate press of NATO countries.

Bartlett has been regularly posting articles and videos regarding the truth in Syria on her own personal website, In Gaza, and through publications on other websites like The Duran, Global Research, Mint Press, and through her interviews with channels like RT and other alternative media outlets. I encourage every reader to access and read her article, “Aleppo: How US & Saudi-Backed Rebels Target ‘Every Syrian’: War Diary By Western Journalist Eva Bartlett On The Truth About Aleppo” as well as the other excellent reporting on her website.

After having left Syria, Bartlett took part in a press conference organized by the Syrian mission to the United Nations. After giving a brief statement about what she has observed in Syria and how she is aware firsthand of the Western media’s deception in terms of coverage of the crisis, she was questioned by a Norwegian journalist, Christopher Rothenberg, who challenged her claims that the Western media was lying.

“You talk the corporate media, the Western media, the lies, and all of this. Could you explain what might be the agenda from us in the Western media and why we should lie,” Rothenberg asked. “Why the international organizations on the ground should lie? Why we shouldn’t believe all these absolutely documentable facts that we see from the ground? These hospitals being bombed. These civilians that are talking about the atrocities that they have been experiencing. How can you justify calling all of us liars?”

She begins by admitting that there are “certainly honest journalists among the very compromised establishment media.” Bartlett then addresses Rothenberg’s second question first, by asking him to name one international organization on the ground in Eastern Aleppo. Rothenberg, of course, could not answer the question; so, after a long pause of silence, Bartlett proceeded to point out that there are none. She then dismantled the reliability of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (staffed by one man in Coventry, UK on the Internet) and the notorious terrorist support group known as the White Helmets.

Bartlett replied,

These organizations are relying on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR], which is based in Coventry, UK, which is one man. They’re relying on compromised groups like the White Helmets. Let’s talk about the White Helmets: They were founded in 2013 by a British ex-military officer, they have been funded to the tune of $100 million by the US, UK, Europe and other states.

She pointed out that the White Helmets “purport to be rescuing civilians in eastern Aleppo and Idlib…no one in eastern Aleppo has heard of them; and I say ‘no one’ bearing in mind that now 95% of these areas of eastern Aleppo are liberated.” At the same time, “The White Helmets purport to be neutral, and yet they can be found carrying guns and standing on the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers.”

She added, “their video footage actually contains children that have been ‘recycled’ in different reports; so you can find a girl named Aya who turns up in a report in say August, and she turns up in the next month in two different locations.”

Bartlett then addressed Rothenberg’s second question.

“As for…the agenda of some corporate media: it is the agenda of regime change,” she said. “How can the New York Times…[or] Democracy Now…maintain until this day that this is a civil war in Syria? How can they maintain until this day that the protests were unarmed and non-violent until say 2012? That is absolutely not true. How can they maintain that the Syrian government is attacking civilians in Aleppo, when every person that’s coming out of these areas occupied by terrorists is saying the opposite?”

Bartlett also fielded questions from another journalist who asked about the differences between Western and Russian/Syrian media reporting of the situation in Aleppo, including the fact that terrorists have repeatedly mined areas once they have retreated as well as the Russian-Syrian cooperative effort to evacuate civilians from “rebel”-held territory.

Sputnik covered the interaction in this way:

“You ask why we aren’t seeing this,” Bartlett chimed in. “This relates to the other gentleman’s question about why most of the corporate media are telling lies about Syria. It’s because this is the agenda; if they had told the truth about Syria from the beginning, we wouldn’t be here now. We wouldn’t have seen so many people killed.”

“In fact,” she noted, “what the Russian media…is [showing] is exactly what the Syrian media is saying, and it shows what independent people in Syria are saying.” With regard to other flaws in mainstream media coverage, including the sensitive topic of alleged Syrian and Russian air force attacks on hospitals, Bartlett offered another example of media manipulation. “They have manufactured stories, and I can give you a precise account,” she said. “In April this year,” there was a story about “a hospital called the Al-Quds Hospital – which in a concerted effort all media said was attacked, targeted and badly damaged by either the Syrians or the Russians. In fact the Russians had satellite imagery showing that this hospital was in the shame shape that it was in in October 2015. No difference; it was not attacked.”

Continuing, Bartlett recalled that “months later, the Guardian, a prominent British newspaper, actually said that the Al-Quds hospital, that it had alleged months prior to be attacked and destroyed, was treating victims of so-called chemical weapons attacks. So even the media that is lying is inconsistent in their lies.” In the meantime, she added, unfortunately, Western governments and the media have ignored real attacks on hospitals throughout Syria by anti-government rebels and terrorists.

The entire press conference can be viewed here:

 

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Is US Military the Best, or just the biggest?

12-25-2016 –  Jean Perier

342323123123During a daily press-briefing the spokesperson for the Department of State Rear Admiral John Kirby would announce that the professionalism and the skill and the capabilities that are resident in the United States military are beyond debate and dispute. He would go even further by stating in all of human history there has ever been a military as capable and as intelligent, as strong, as well-led, as well-resourced, as the United States military is today.

Well, that’s a rather modest approach to PR, but Kirby must have felt bad that there’s been no good publicity about the Pentagon recently.

As it has already been mentioned by NEO in a number of articles, the US troops are known today for bringing their allies under friendly fire and numerous cases of indiscriminate bombings of residential areas. It would be too naive for anyone to expect any praise from non-corporate media sources across the globe after such events to appear.

Such major international players have been repeatedly complaining about the behavior of American soldiers on the bases that those states host, since there’s a long track record of drunk driving, fistfights and cruel violence against local residents. In fact, those bases provoked a number of massive anti-American protests, since those living in the vicinity of these installations didn’t feel protected at all.

Instead of serving as a symbol of goodwill, partnership and order, American soldiers that are stationed abroad have become an embodiment of lawlessness, carelessness and brutality. One can recall the massive public outrage in South Korea that was provoked by two Americans soldiers that would rape local schoolgirls.

As for the actual combat capabilities of the US troops, even the Wall Street Journal announced that the Assad regimes recapture of Aleppo shows Washingtons pullback in the Middle East. Alternative media sources are convinced that Moscow and its allies have derailed Washington’s attempts to redraw the political map of the Middle East in Syria. The potent power of Russian weapons has become so obvious that the CCN would inform its readers that sales of arms by American defense companies have declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2015.

In one of his articles a retired United States Army major general openly declares that:

After 13 years of war, young leaders are voting with their feet again. As sergeants and young officers depart, the institution is breaking for a third time in my lifetime. The personal tragedies that attended the collapse of a soldier’s spirit in past wars are with us again. Suicide, family abuse, alcohol and drug abuse are becoming increasingly more common.

The quality of American weapons cannot make anyone proud as well, as the both USS Zumwalt, USS Coronado, USS Milwaukee that are supposed to be “cutting edge” military vessels have been riddled with engine failures and other major setbacks. As for the the warplanes that the US Marine Corps flies, it’s been reported by the Foxnews that most of its aircraft are in an inoperable state. Even the poor and hungry Ukrainian servicemen are convinced that US drones were made back in “stone age“.

So the assessment made by John Kirby of the current state of the US Army is clearly false and misleading, but the Obama administration is known for such, since it’s been trying hard to conceal the extent of the true scale of the decomposition the US government. The only positive thing is that when the Obama administration leaves, they’re going to take John Kirby along with them.

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The West has lost the war in Syria, USA stubbornly says the opposite

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State Department spokesman John Kirby said during a regular press briefing in Washington that the United States was not losing its leadership in the regulation of the Syrian crisis at the time when Moscow, Tehran and Ankara were making the same steps in this direction.

“We would obviously refute any notion that … the fact that we weren’t at this one meeting is somehow a harbinger or a litmus test for U.S. influence and leadership there or anywhere else around the world,” Kirby said. “We are not excluded, we are not being sidelined,” he added.

According to him, the United States supports any attempts aimed at a peaceful settlement of the crisis. But obviously the evidence points to the opposite. According to Kirby, the parties should not point fingers at each other trying to establish who has not observed their obligations, because it is Russia that has not been able to abide by its obligations, the US official stated bluntly. US officials are schooled in how to lie convincingly.

On December 20 in Moscow, foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran – Sergei Lavrov, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Mohammad Javad Zarif – prepared a joint statement on the political regulation of the conflict in Syria.

Earlier, former US Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith told CNN that the only thing that the United States could still do in Syria was to negotiate with Moscow and Damascus the terms of surrender. According to him, the insurgents have lost the war against Syria and it made no sense to continue supporting it.

The West has lost the war on Syria and should acknowledge the defeat, Lord David Richards, the former chief of defense staff of the UK said. According to him, now is the time to focus on humanitarian issues.

“I am afraid we have lost the war, but that does not mean, if we get the right strategy, that we need to lose the peace. I think that’s what Western politicians and statesmen must now focus on,” said Richards.

John McCain, Republican Party Senator from Arizona, also believes that the United States has lost its leadership in the world. “We’re starting to see the strains and the unraveling of [the world order], and that is because an absolute failure of American leadership,” McCain told CNN.

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has previously made controversial statements about US exceptionalism, the right of the United States to twist other countries’ arms just because only the USA has the right to dominate the world in the 21st century. In addition, Obama said once that Russia was only a regional power, but it was Russia’s weakness, not strength, that made the country a threat to several of her neighbors.

“Russia, in fact, has achieved immense progress in the fight against terrorism in 2016. At the same time, we see the Americans sending weapons, including lethal weapons, to the Middle East under the guise of humanitarian aid, often via Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Turkey also exports terrorists there.

Russia, on the contrary, ships food, clothes and blankets to Syria. Russia has shipped hundreds of thousands of tons of humanitarian cargo to Syria.

Can anyone indicate what the US-led coalition has done to fight against the Islamic State? What have they done in five years? They have been pumping oil, gas from the region, while funding militants at the same time. US aircraft have not been the least threat to ISIL.

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Putin, Trump – Emerging Dynamic Duo?

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12 – 24 – 2016

Donald J. Trump has been confirmed as the President of the United States by the Electoral College.  After weeks of the American media doing all kinds of sensational piffle that electors may bolt from Mr. Trump, or that the FBI needs to brief electors on the horrors of Mr. Trump before they vote; Donald Trump soundly routed Hillary Clinton and will become the forty-fifth President of the United States.

He becomes president in an intricate web of intrigue with American intelligence agencies, and the globalist cabal.  The CIA wants to play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Russia.  The American media, their mouthpiece, ratcheted up the anti-Russian rhetoric with their reporting of the insipid whining of the Clinton crybabies that big bad Russia rained on Hillary’s parade and cost them the election.

Does anyone really believe this tripe?  Apparently the robotic America media who love to dine on the morsels of Hillary-love do.  To their way of thinking Hillary’s losing the election had nothing to do with her being universally disliked. Or her “Mother Superior” way of scolding everyone who did not fawn over her, or her play for pay schemes run through her foundation. 

The basket of deplorables, right?

Her loss had nothing to do with her courting of fat cats on Wall Street and celebs like Gaga and Madonna, when she should have been out with the everyday folks.

But, oh yes, she hates the common man in flyover country.  This is what she said of Donald Trump’s supporters,
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that…. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

Excuse me?  Half of Trump’s supporters are irredeemable and not America?  Really?

The Podesta emails on April 19, at 4:20 pm state, “I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans …”  Dear Reader, this is news.  This should have been headline news. However, because it was so damning to Hillary, it was non-news, which is different than fake news.

Fake news is what the Russians used to take down Hillary.  Don’t you love it?  The big, bad, powerful Russians manipulated the sheep-ish Americans into voting for the candidate that Comrade Vladimir Putin wanted to win.  Now that is clout.

And, they did this by allegedly releasing some TRUE emails written by her disgusting, arrogant, spirit-cooking campaign manager, John Podesta. 

Putin power!

The Russians took down this incredible woman who everyone adored. Hillary was denied what was rightfully hers.  What Putin power!

In reality, it was not the Russians who took down Hillary, it was the woman herself.  Hillary was a war-monger.  She was a neo-con American “exceptionalist” who delighted in regime change, and who laughed at the death of one of her downed regime heads, namely, Muammar Gaddafi.

She was a flawed candidate who lost the election on her own lack of merit, grotesque insincerity, and mind-boggling duplicity, to say nothing of outright lying. She was the worst US major party Presidential candidate since the dawn of the television age some 60+ years ago.  And, let us never forget, she hated the everyday American.  Many of whom she found utterly “irredeemable” and not part of America.  

Let’s look at the emails. By all non-US intelligence agency accounts the emails were hacked and/or leaked by someone inside the DNC who was disillusioned by the unscrupulous and distasteful policies and intrigues of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee under Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Ivory towers lost, neo-con cabal is canned!

In her failed attempt at the presidency, keep in mind, it was not simply Hillary who lost.  It was the entire globalist cabal, the corporate elite, the intellectual ideologues in their ivory towers, NATO, CNN/NYT, all the mainstream media, both establishment Democrats and Republicans, America interventionists who love to manipulate and bomb other countries, and the regime changers. They all hit a brick wall with the election of one Donald J. Trump.

The panic caused by his election was so great because the globalist cabal had all its ducks in a row when this Donald Trump wrecking ball, together with his band of Deplorables, accomplished the unthinkable by defeating their candidate.  An energetic wave continuing from Brexit was threatening their game plan.  It must be dealt with….

The Middle East was a vital part of their game plan.  It was being systematically destroyed by the globalist cabal and rebuilt into a vision of loveliness for Saudi Arabia, Israel and Neocons in the USA.  An admirable game plan, don’t you think?

Not only are the globalist plans in the Middle East in jeopardy with the Trump win, but the Cold War that they were in the process of renewing with Russia has just began to thaw.

Donald Trump’s bromance with Vladimir Putin, they fear, could threaten the powerful NATO buildup on Russia’s western borders.  As long as Russia is seen as evil, then anything the US does is deemed necessary.  Any friendship with Russia will have grave consequences for NATO’s aggression in the Russian border debate.

The globalists were not the only ones crying over this possible warming of relations with Russia.  The US arms industry was salivating over its potential sales. Billions of dollars worth of arms to NATO allies, on the back of this new Cold War, all because the threat of evil Russians was looming.  Now, the US arms dealers would possibly be left out in the cold.

Currently, the two things standing in the way of the globalists are Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin.  They would be standing in the way of endless Middle East wars, American exceptionalism and regime change.  And, standing in the way of massive military building up Russia’s borders.

Since the election of Trump, the globalists/neocon mouthpieces in the US media have been working feverishly to up the ante. They need to demonize both men to regain their footing.  They do this through the intense mockery of Donald Trump at every turn, and the vilifying of Vladimir Putin as a devil incarnate.

Enter the CIA and the New York Times to keep the rekindling of the Cold War going. They will not let go of this bone.  Russia threw the election.  Russia is a threat to American democracy.  They hacked into the emails!

Never mind there is no evidence.  Never mind that Assange of Wikileaks said it was not Russia.  Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity published a  letter on Monday in Consortium News.  The letter stated, “all points point to leaking, not hacking… leaking requires physically removing data – on a thumb drive, for example; – the only way such data can be copied and removed, with no electronic trace of what has left the server, is via a physical storage device.”  

Former technical  director for the National Security Agency and whistleblower, William Binney, states,

“If [the intelligence agencies] are going to allege something like that they should show the trace route, and the path it went and how, and through which path those packets went from the DNC to the Russians to WikiLeaks. They failed to do that . . .”

On December 21st, American Journalist Tucker Carlson interviewed long-time, renowned expert on Russia studies, Professor Stephen Cohen, who teaches at both New York University and Princeton.

Carlson asked, “… You follow this as closely as anybody, is there evidence, real evidence, that the Putin government stole the election for Trump?”

Professor Cohen’s answer: “Well, you’ve interrogated several people in pursuit of facts for that, and you haven’t found any. I haven’t found any. And until they produce some, the answer is no.”

This confirmed exactly the conclusion expressed by American journalist Glenn Greenwald of “The Guardian”, to Tucker in another gripping interview one day earlier. (These two interviews and several others on the subjects covered in this column can be found by Googling, “Tucker Carlson Tonight Fox Cable News”.)

Unfortunately, these interviews stand almost alone on US mainstream television, where for the last several weeks talking heads speak as if “Russian Hacking” is a proven fact and proceed from that false premise, apparently in a coordinated effort to spread actual fake news to the American public.

The globalists in Washington DC and New York City desperately want to ramp up a Cold War with Russia, and think they can use their propaganda arm, again the US big media, to do just that.  If anyone challenges their tortured twists and contrived claims-de-jour, such doubters are themselves accused of  concocting “fake news”. 

But such attempts to mock their opponents are failing miserably. Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, lamented on Fox Cable’s ‘Outnumbered’ talk show the other day that more Americans were believing Putin than the CIA. Do you think that might be happening, Meghan, due to 12 years of bald-faced lying by the pre-Trump Ruling Elite?  Don’t you think the American people are weary of these endless neo con wars of no merit?

Most Americans are now fully aware, thanks primarily to Trump, that the US has spent upwards of six trillion dollars in the Mideast since 2003, resulting in more chaos, destruction and death in that region then could be imagined.

Add to that, the USA counts 5,000 dead, more than 40,000 maimed for life, and dozens of soldiers committing suicide everyday. What’s not to like, Meghan?  Oh, how about 45 million displaced refugees?  Millions of humans dead, maimed or orphaned?  What’s not to like?

The prescience of George Orwell is chilling. In his book 1984, he says “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”  Written 68 years ago this is coming to pass today in the United States.

To express thoughts that do not match the official line promoted by the CIA, Obama, CNN, the New York Times et al is to be deemed a practitioner of thought-crime, or fake news.  These organizations have done everything in their power to make Donald Trump appear the fool, the essence of all things fake and corrupt.  And, now he enters their world as the President of the USA.

He enters the world stage in the midst of intense challenges: the chaos in the Middle East, the NATO military buildup on Russia’s western front, and our failed backing the ISIS-related rebels in Syria. A positive relationship with Mr. Putin can help to ameliorate world tensions in these areas and others.

Our CIA-spearheaded Russia bashing has painted us into a corner with news reports that Syria, Russia and Turkey met a few days ago without the USA, to the consternation of Secretary of State John Kerry.  Again, Mr. Trump could bring dialogue where there is none.  Healing where there is fracture.

Here’s  a fascinating take from Russia-expert Professor Stephen Cohen, from the same Tucker Carlson interview referenced above:

(Begin excerpt from Carlson interview)

Professor Cohen: ” . . . Let me tell you where I think we are with Russia now. In my lifetime, it’s the worst and most dangerous moment since the Cuban missile Crisis in 1962. Our relations with Russia are fraught with the possibility of war from the Baltics in Ukraine to Syria. 

“Meanwhile, we’re making these accusations against Russia, and I think part of the accusations, — I can’t be sure about this — but many of the people who are pursuing them — are actually trying to stop President-elect Trump’s vow to establish a new cooperative relationship with Russia, which I think is essential for American national security. 

“I’m not pro-Kremlin, I’m pro-American national security. But if you can discredit Putin as a war criminal, as a guy who despoiled our democracy, then how will Trump get the traction to go ahead and begin what we used to call detente? . . . ”

Tucker Carlson then said he would take it one step farther, and noted that some on both sides, Neocons on the Republican side, such as Senators McCain and Lindsey Graham, and some from the institutional Democratic side, such as the Clintons and Barack Obama, seem to be seeking conflict with Russia, — “. . . not just prevent detente — but engage in some hostile way with Russia.”

Professor Cohen responded:

” . . . it may be, I mean, who can be sure, — but it may be that they are absolutely determined to prevent the kind of cooperation with Russia that will make it safer. I’ll go one step farther and say, maybe to the horror or shock of some of your viewers, that Vladimir Putin is potentially America’s most essential – valuable – national security partner.”

And then as the interview ended, Cohen concluded:

“. . . And, as we talk, NATO is undergoing a major military build up on Russia’s western borders. And let me leave you with an antidote, or at least something I hear in Russia. Russians say that never has western power been amassed on Russia’s western borders, as it is today, since June 1941, the German invasion. So Russians are in high anxiety. Their nuclear weapons are on high alert. . . .  and it is really dangerous.”

Then Carlson: “I agree with that. It seems lunatic, actually, to me.”

(End of Excerpt from Carlson interview) 

“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad” is uttered by Prometheus in Henry Wadworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Masque of Pandora”(1875). 

It’s almost like the McCain-Brzezinski-Wolfowitz  globalists have gone insane in their efforts to demonize Russia at any cost.  Do they really want to risk provoking World War III?

Again, Putin stands in their way.  Russia must be brought to heel.  Their military buildup on the borders of Ukraine must continue.  The US war machine must be fed.  The policy of US “exceptionalism” and regime change must march on.  

The fact that an alliance between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump would make the world a safer place is a joke to the globalists.  “Safer” does not factor into the equation when profit and world dominance are in the mix.  Peace in the Middle East does not factor into the equation when there is profit from arms deals, dominance, oil, and chaos to be milked.  I do not believe Mr. Trump or Mr. Putin has the evil that is inherent in the globalist/neocon agendas.

In so many ways Americans and Russians share common interests and could be natural allies, working together to build up the world, instead of destroying the world. With the election of Donald Trump there may be an end to this insanity.  With his willingness to explore a positive relationship with Mr. Putin a major shift may occur in the madness that has dominated the world scene.  Mr. Trump’s selection of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is a further step in the right direction. Mr. Tillerson became director of Exxon Neftegas, the energy company’s Russian subsidiary, in 1998, and is a friend of Russia.
Keep in mind, Russia, unlike the United States, does not have over 700 military bases around the globe in more than 100 countries.  Under Putin, it professes it wants to move to a renewed understanding of international law based on rational, national sovereignty.  Trump has said repeatedly in his mass rallies that he agrees with this and does not want a continuation of the endless wars with the resulting destabilizing regime changes.

There are powerful forces against a Trump/Russia rapprochement: forces that killed John F. Kennedy when he did not toe the line.  These are the same forces that control the US mainstream media and the of the issue of money in the USA.  Against this backdrop, former Reagan Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts, warns in a new article, “As the Coup against Trump fails, the threat against his life rises.” But, if there is an attempt on Trump’s life during his Presidency, NOBODY’s going to believe it was a “lone nut” this time.

The forces that would be set in motion to stop an alignment of Russia and the United States for peace in the Middle East and the globe are fierce.  How this will play out in the near future is unknown.  What is known is that the forces that have ruled the world for profit, war, and dominance will not go away without a concerted effort to thwart a Trump/Putin alliance.

So much horror has been set in motion by the globalists it would take a miracle to begin to undo the damage.  One huge step in the right direction would be for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to join forces and work for peace.  Two incredibly powerful men joining forces for sanity on the world stage would be a gift of epic proportion.

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