Call to Duty Goddess!!! Catching the world off guard?
. . . and here’s another somewhat related article on Yemen from Moon of Alabama:
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US deploys troops along contested Syria-Turkey border, Zerohedge, published yesterday.
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Yemen: The new graveyard of empires?by Catherine Shakdam . . . contains some surprising facts along with a deep understanding of the humanity that the Yemenis are showing as they struggle to maintain their sovereignty, so I’m giving it a place of importance at the top of this post. MUST READ
Why the US should accept China’s proposal for direct talks with North Korea MUST READ.T his article provides clarity on what is going on with North Korea in a way no other article that I have read manages to do.
The Nerve Agent Attack that Did Not Occur: MIT professor presents evidence contradicting White House claims of Syria gas attack
Russia has criticized the United States for deploying ballistic missile systems in Romania and plans for placing similar systems in Poland, saying the deployments would violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INFT) signed between the US and the Soviet Union in late 1980s.
‘Race against time!’: New York Times helps establish another ‘WMD justification’ for war – now with North Korea
Buoyed by a total of 18 speculative verb forms—five “mays,” eight “woulds” and five “coulds”—New York Times reporters David E. Sanger and William J. Broad (4/24/17) painted a dire picture of a Trump administration forced to react to the growing and impending doom of North Korea nuclear weapons.
Sott Comment: It’s a testament to just how bought and sold the NY Times is to US establishment war-mongers, security agencies, the military and its aligned think-tanks – that they would have the absolute gall to help bring about yet another destructive war on the grounds of ‘weapons of mass destruction’. We’ve seen it all before, and before the day is done, we may see the relative truth of North Korea’s missile tests as yet another pretense for hurling the world into another senseless and murderous war.
Russia backs China’s call to stop N. Korea nuke tests in exchange for halt in US-S. Korea drills . . . so reasonable! How can we consider asking North Korea to give up its nukes, when Israel is allowed them? These are double standards that we must not forget! I don’t believe for a minute that the US will agree to such a sensible suggestion from Russia and China, because the US’ ultimate goal no matter what they say is to control China and Russia, and to do it through North Korea if they can. Look how many times the US ‘changed its mind’ in Syria? Sorry, but I must call that lying: Their goals have never changed.
In further sign of his chronic amateurism and tendency to brag President Trump trumpets as a ‘foreign policy success’ his getting China to abstain on the Khan Sheikhoun UN Security Council vote, claiming wrongly this ‘isolated’ Russia from China.
The reason why Chinese President Xi Jinping recently felt driven to send a personal message to Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirming China’s friendship and de facto alliance with Russia became all too clear when then Trump administration published on the White House website on Thursday 27th April 2017 a list of its foreign policy achievements in its first 100 days.
By most conventional criteria the list of ‘achievements’ is remarkably thin. That is hardly surprising given that Donald Trump has been President for just 3 months. It is scarcely credible that any US administration would achieve any great breakthrough in foreign policy in the first 3 months of its existence, and I cannot recall a single case in recent history when that has happened. Any other President would not waste his time with such a list at such an early stage in his administration when publishing it can only provoke ridicule. . . .
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Saudi reforms and the future of Mohammed bin Salman . . . Finally, we have an article of analysis about the series of complicated reforms in Saudi Arabia. They are an effort to secure the future of Mohammed bin Salman, which appears at this point in time to be far from secure.
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Meanwhile, here at home — although it no longer sounds like ‘home’ as I remember it:
Portland Rose Parade Cancelled Amid Violent Threats From Anti-Fa: “You’ve Seen How Much Power We Have… Police Can’t Stop Us”
Top 10 broken promises of Trump’s first 100 Days . . . the list of ten made me cringe!
The Rise Of The Generals, by Patrick Buchanan
Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals?
So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS.
He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars into which Presidents Bush II and Obama had plunged the country.
President Trump’s seeming renunciation of an anti-interventionist foreign policy is the great surprise of the first 100 days, and the most ominous. For any new war could vitiate the Trump mandate and consume his presidency.
Trump no longer calls NATO “obsolete,” but moves U.S. troops toward Russia in the Baltic and eastern Balkans. Rex Tillerson, holder of Russia’s Order of Friendship, now warns that the U.S. will not lift sanctions on Russia until she gets out of Ukraine.
If Tillerson is not bluffing, that would rule out any rapprochement in the Trump presidency. For neither Putin, nor any successor, could surrender Crimea and survive.
What happened to the Trump of 2016? . . .
UC Davis Rolls Out “Morning After Pill” Vending Machines – “It Encourages Responsibility” . . . a sad commentary on the values of our country.
President Trump has just signed a new Executive Order, this time specifically on agriculture, directing the Secretary of Agriculture to undertake a 180-day review to “identify and eliminate” what Trump says are “unnecessary regulations”.1 The Presidential Order also creates a new task force to recommend eliminating food and agriculture legislation, policies, and regulations that might hinder the profit-making of “agribusiness.”
What kind of regulations are they looking at? Well, the details are slim, but what is there doesn’t look good. We know that regulations regarding the oversight, production, and export of genetically engineered crops are high on the list.2 The Executive Order also seems to push for faster and/or easier approvals for pesticides and biotech crops, pushing biotech crops abroad to ease export market access, easing the privatization of scarce public water resources for corporate gain, and opening public lands up to mining, farming, ranching and other activities that don’t belong on our public lands.3
US President Donald Trump has pledged to protect the American gun owners’ right to keep and bear arms, assuring them that they now have a “true friend” in the White House.
Speaking at the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Atlanta on Friday, Trump said that his election marked the “crashing end” of an “eight-year assault” on gun ownership by the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama.
“No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans,” Trump told America’s most powerful gun lobby, which supported him during last year’s campaign run.
“You have a true friend and champion in the White House,” he said. “No longer will federal agencies come after law abiding gun owners.”
Trump was the first sitting US president to attend the annual NRA meeting in 34 years, after a similar visit by former President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous decision. Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories – the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
The answer must come within months. And, according to a new timeline offered by the National Archives, it could come within weeks.
Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives.
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The reader who suggested this video told me it is simply sickening. My response was that at least the men in our military know the score.