I think the most important understandings of how the US operates in the world are to be gained from the post on Venezuela, published earlier today — and posted here, once again:
Saudi deputy crown prince: No talks with Iran, no halt in Yemen airstrikes MUST READ
Russian troops deploy to Afrin on Syrian border to stop Turkish attacks on Kurds
Uncle Sam has no interest in warding off Erdogan from the Syrian Kurdish Afrin enclave.
Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has claimed responsibility for her failed campaign in the 2016 election, however, blaming the loss on FBI Director James Comey and WikiLeaks.
“I take absolute personal responsibility, I was the candidate, I was the person on the ballot,” Clinton said in a Women for Women International event in New York on Tuesday.
“I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had. It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There is no such thing,” she added.
Clinton said she was close to winning the election until Comey publicly announced he might reopen the investigation into her use of a personal email server when she was secretary of state. She also pointed to the alleged interference of Moscow in the last year’s election.
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Kremlin: Putin to speak by phone with Trump on Tuesday . . . at 12:30, EDT.
“The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday. “Any military provocation against the DPRK will precisely mean a total war which will lead to the final doom of the US.”
US President Donald Trump’s executive order to launch an attack on a Syrian military airfield on April 7 in response to an alleged chemical attack in the town of Khan Shaykhun, which killed around 80 people on April 4, was apparently just “after-dinner entertainment,” according to Ross. The missile volley killed at least 14 people, including nine civilians.
“Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to [China’s President Xi Jinping] he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria,” Ross said. “It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment.”
While the estimated cost of the strike ranged from roughly $60 million to $100 million depending on which Tomahawk missile modification was used, Ross stated that it “didn’t cost the president anything to have that entertainment.”
The comments came just as President Trump described his decision to attack Syria as a “tough” choice, since the “wrong people” could be killed. Trump made the comments during an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation host John Dickerson.
China demands ‘immediate’ halt to THAAD deployment in South Korea . . . I think the use of the word ‘immediate’ might convey something of a misimpression here . . .
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang voiced the government’s position against the move during a briefing on Tuesday.
“We oppose the deployment of the US missile system to South Korea and call on all parties to immediately stop this process. We are ready to take necessary measures to protect our interests,” he said, adding that “China’s position on the THAAD issue has not changed.”
The spokesperson didn’t specify what protective measures China had in mind. However, responding to the THAAD installation, China announced on Thursday that it will stage live-fire exercises and test new weapons to protect its security.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday to discuss key international issues such as the Syrian conflict, the situation in Ukraine and battling terrorism, as well as bilateral ties between Moscow and Berlin.
The pair is scheduled to hold two rounds of talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. They will also discuss economic cooperation and joint projects.
– Two headlines related to the Putin/Merkel talks from co-intel Sorcha Faal – I think there may some truth in them. The first was published yesterday. Today’s post is so crazy (?), I find it difficult to sort out, so be wary if you decide to take a look. At the very least, it provides some new information to consider about more possible ‘warring around’ on the part of the US.
Why did Trump bomb Cheyrat? by Thierry Meyssan
Contrary to appearances, the US administration, far from behaving erratically, is attempting to define the framework for its foreign policy. President Donald Trump is negotiating with a spokesperson for the deep State which has been governing his country since 11 September 2001 – and it would seem that they have found the conditions for an agreement, whose details are still to be specified. Members of the administration will have to clarify the White House’s new foreign policy at the end of May, before a Congressional Committee.
During the bombing of Cheyrat, I observed that it was no more than a show of power, and that the Secretary of State had used the attack to bring pressure to bear on its allies and force the real organizers of this war – the United Kingdom – to reveal themselves. However, we know a little more today.
Twenty truths about Marine Le Pen, by James Petras
Introduction: Every day in unimaginable ways, prominent leaders from the left and the right, from bankers to Parisian intellectuals, are fabricating stories and pushing slogans that denigrate presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
They obfuscate her program, substituting the label ‘extremist’ for her pro-working class and anti-imperialist commitment. Fear and envy over the fact that a new leader heads a popular movement has seeped into Emmanuel “Manny” Macron’s champagne-soaked dinner parties. He has good reason to be afraid: Le Pen addresses the fundamental interests of the vast- majority of French workers, farmers, public employees, unemployed and underemployed youth and older workers approaching retirement.
The mass media, political class and judicial as well as street provocateurs savagely assault Le Pen, distorting her domestic and foreign policies. They are incensed that Le Pen pledges to remove France from NATO’s integrated command – effectively ending its commitment to US directed global wars. Le Pen rejects the oligarch-dominated European Union and its austerity programs, which have enriched bankers and multi-national corporations. Le Pen promises to convoke a national referendum over the EU – to decide French submission. Le Pen promises to end sanctions against Russia and, instead, increase trade. She will end France’s intervention in Syria and establish ties with Iran and Palestine.
Creating a distorted image of the humanitarian crisis is the starting point. Painting a picture of a country on the verge of collapse is the alibi.
The coup plot against Venezuela has already been written and presented. On March 2, 2017, during the first round of OAS talks, Shannon K. O’Neil (Latin America director of the Council on Foreign Relations, CFR) presented the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a portfolio of actions and measures to be taken by the United States if it wanted to remove Chavismo from political power in Venezuela.
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Erdogan says to discuss Syria operations with Russia’s Putin, Trump (Reuters)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would discuss possible operations in Syria’s Manbij and Raqqa with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an official visit to Russia on Wednesday, and with U.S. President Donald Trump later this month.
Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate his return to the membership of the ruling AK Party, Erdogan said he hoped his upcoming discussions with Putin and Trump would start a new era in Syria and Iraq.
He also said Turkey would not allow Kurdish militant groups to achieve their goals in northern Syria. [highlight added]
Turkey views the Kurdish militant group YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state for Kurdish autonomy. Relations between Turkey and the United States have recently been strained over U.S. support for the YPG in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.
Then we have this video, related to the article above:
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US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner did not disclose existing business connections with the investment firm Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and billionaires George Soros and Peter Thiel, media reported on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump’s campaign have spent $1.5 million to air TV advertisements that promote his “successful” first 100 days in office.
Paid for by Donald J.Trump for President, Inc., the ads will run on major networks across the US. They would also be shown to specific voting groups online.
The so-called White House advisors, appointed by Trump to monitor the cabinet secretaries, are “not DC guys,” according to an administration source, and that is why the president is reassigning or dismissing them, Politico reported Monday.
After a recent meeting with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in attendance, infighting has apparently escalated.
“These guys are being set up for failure,” said a source. “They’re not DC guys. They’re campaign people. They have no idea how government works.”
The Trump administration is now showing willingness to allow the high-powered politicians to decide whether or not to keep the minders in their departments.