Yet another US President is lying to us about yet another Middle Eastern country, by Caitlin Johnstone
Do you know who the single biggest donor was to any candidate in the 2016 presidential race?
Hillary Clinton’s massive $1.2 billion losing campaign budget might make you think that it was one of the many, many powerful influencers who were looking to get on her good side prior to her anticipated coronation, but it wasn’t. The largest donor to any campaign was oligarch Sheldon Adelson, who gave $25 million to the Trump campaign, and who in 2013 said that the US should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran.
After his election win, Adelson gave another $5 million to Trump’s inauguration, the largest single presidential inaugural donation ever made. Newt Gingrich, another of the billionaire’s hired politicians, has said that Adelson’s “central value” is Israel.
Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, another Adelson lackey, made an absurd and dishonest presentation arguing in favor of the termination of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Today, Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal and announced aggressive new sanctions against Iran, like a good little boy. Lobelog‘s Eli Clifton has published an article on how two other pro-Israel, anti-Iran oligarchs, Bernard Marcus and Paul Singer, helped pave the way for this decision along with Adelson.
If you want to know what policies a politician will take seriously, ignore his campaign rhetoric and look at his largest sponsors. . . . Click article title to continue reading.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the Israeli strikes were a clear message to Bashar Assad that if Syrian Army acts against the country, Israel will act against it.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
According to the German cabinet, Merkel told Rouhani that Germany, France, and the UK would remain parties to the JCPOA as long as Tehran fulfills its obligations.
Meeting with Donald Trump would be pointless because the deep state – not the president – controls the US, Bashar Assad said in an interview. He noted that the agenda of the deep state is to create conflict aimed against Russia.
In an exclusive interview with Athens daily Kathimerini, Assad said there was no reason to meet face-to-face with Trump, since the US president “says something today, and does the opposite tomorrow,” and is likely not even being in control of policy decisions.
“[W]e don’t think the president of that regime is in control,” Assad told the paper, referring to Trump. “We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every president, and that is nothing new. It has always been so in the United States, at least during the last 40 years, at least since Nixon, maybe before, but it’s becoming starker and starker, and the starkest case is Trump.”
Assad also dismissed the possibility of a third world war breaking out in Syria, telling the Greek newspaper that Moscow’s levelheadedness has so far prevented a catastrophic escalation – even as the US aims to expand the conflict. Asked directly if he was concerned about the possibility of a third world war, Assad replied:”No, for one reason: Because fortunately, you have a wise leadership in Russia, and they know that the agenda of the deep state in the United States is to create a conflict. Since Trump’s campaign, the main agenda was against Russia, create a conflict with Russia, humiliate Russia, undermine Russia, and so on,” the Syrian president said.
Assad ended the interview by vowing to reunify Syria and restore its sovereignty, adding that the US, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are ultimately responsible for the seven-year war and must be held accountable for supporting “terrorists” fighting in Syria. . . .Click article title to continue reading.
Related: READ the entire interview HERE. (A couple excerpts are below):
In a tweet, US President Donald Trump described you as “animal Assad.” What is your response?
Actually, when you are president of a country, you have first of all to represent the morals of your people before representing your own morals. You are representing your country. Does this language represent the American culture? That is the question. This is very bad, and I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s a community in the world that has such language. Second, the good thing about Trump is that he expresses himself in a very transparent way, which is very good in that regard. Personally, I don’t care, because I deal with the situation as a politician, as a president. It doesn’t matter for me personally; what matters is whether something would affect me, would affect my country, our war, the terrorists, and the atmosphere that we are living in.
He said “mission accomplished in Syria.” How do you feel about that?
I think maybe the only mission accomplished was when they helped ISIS escape from Raqqa, when they helped them, and it was proven by video, and under their cover. The leaders of ISIS escaped Raqqa, going toward Deir ez-Zor just to fight the Syrian Army. The other mission accomplished was when they attacked the Syrian Army at the end of 2016 in the area of Deir ez-Zor when ISIS was surrounding Deir ez-Zor, and the only force was the Syrian Army. The only force to defend that city from ISIS was the Syrian Army, and because of the Americans’ – and of course their allies’ – attack, Deir ez-Zor was on the brink of falling into the hands of ISIS. So, this is the only mission that was accomplished. If he’s talking about destroying Syria, of course that’s another mission accomplished. While if you talk about fighting terrorism, we all know very clearly that the only mission the United States has been carrying out in Syria is supporting the terrorists, regardless of their names, or the names of their factions.
He also used such language with the North Korean leader, and now they’re going to meet. Could you potentially see yourself meeting with Trump? What would you tell him if you saw him face to face?
The first question you should ask is: What can you achieve? The other: What can we achieve with someone who says something before the campaign, and does the opposite after the campaign, who says something today, and does the opposite tomorrow, or maybe in the same day? So, it’s about consistency. Do they have the same frequency every day, or the same algorithm? So, I don’t think that in the meantime we can achieve anything with such an administration. A further reason is that we don’t think the president of that regime is in control. We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every president, and that is nothing new. It has always been so in the United States, at least during the last 40 years, at least since Nixon, maybe before, but it’s becoming starker and starker, and the starkest case is Trump.
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – The Israeli army on Thursday blamed Tehran for provoking an overnight raid on Iranian positions in Syria with a salvo at the Golan Heights under Israeli control, but said it did not want an escalation.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel’s forces struck “nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria” and said that no objects were hit on the territories of Israel. He went on to warn Iran against launching attacks on Israel.
“They need to remember the saying that if it rains on us, it’ll storm on them. I hope we’ve finished this episode and everyone understood,” Lieberman added, stressing that Israel doesn’t want an escalation, but “won’t let anyone attack us or build an infrastructure to attack us in the future.”
Israeli warplanes raided Iranian positions in Syria overnight, firing dozens of rockets into the Syrian territory in response to a barrage of Iranian rockets, the Israeli army said Thursday.
“The Israeli Defense Forces attacked tens of military targets belonging to Iran’s al-Quds militia in the Syrian territory,” the military said in a statement.
The Israeli army said all jets that took part in the raids had returned to their bases. The Iranian salvo that prompted Israeli retaliation did not cause any casualties, it added.
The attack destroyed an Iranian military camp north of the Syrian capital, arms depots at the Damascus airport, and a car-mounted mobile launcher that was used to strike at Israeli positions near the border with Syria, the army said.
Moreover, Israeli planes targeted Syrian anti-aircraft batteries that fired at them during the overnight raid on Iranian positions in Syria, the Israeli army said.
“Planes encountered intense artillery fire. They were targeted with tens of rockets that fell short of their target,” Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters.
The Israeli Defense Forces said they had informed Russia of the planned airstrikes on Syria.
“The Russians were informed prior to the attack through the existing mechanism,” Israel’s Jonathan Conricus told reporters at a briefing.. . . Click article title to continue reading.
US President Donald Trump has defended Gina Haspel, his pick to run the CIA intelligence agency after she was grilled Wednesday by a Senate panel about her role in torture at a secret . . .
* * *
What is missing (now) from this story [below] are Trump’s responses as tweets: Basically, Trump said ‘then she’s the one for me.’ This scares me, really scares me! ~J
New from David . . . I haven’t listened yet. . . ~J
UPDATE: Well, I have listened now, and if you want to feel calm, have your world begin to make some sense, begin to believe that an education with lots of degrees and letters after your name is far from being the be-all and end-all, understand the chaos-anti- being upped, listen to David.
Is George changing his mind? (He has two more videos so far today that are related.)
* * *
David Icke talks about cass Sustein and so does George, so I’m publishing this second video:
* * *
Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergey Nechayev said in an interview that the EU’s decision impose the norms of the Third Energy Package on Nord Stream 2 cannot be understood with logic.