Warning Shots

It is being reported that there have been rocket or missile strikes near but not striking the “Green Zone” in Afghanistan. This is an area encompassing US and other embassies in the country.

These no- and low-casualty strikes are intentional in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. They are meant to be warning shots to send a message to our government that our presence is not welcome.

The warnings are not going to continue for long. It is likely expected by our government and media that there will be a gradual escalation of warnings, followed by increasingly aggressive attacks. That is not what I expect to happen at all.

Our opposition in these countries understand something very clearly. That a gradual increase in aggression gives our military time to build a greater defense, import more weaponry, etc. Our military has been in their countries for many years and they have learned our tactics quite well. In many instances we trained them in our tactics. By the fact that our forces are still there, this indicates we have not learned their tactics nearly as well and even when we do, they adapt far more readily than our military is capable of.

Not only are these warnings but they are tests to see what our response will be. In Iraq, our bases suffered a minor attack. In response, our government is sending 3000 more soldiers into a country which we have been told to leave. Trump stated we have a right to claim their resources after destroying their country. Now they know how we will respond. Increased aggression and denial of sovereignty.

Maybe you still think this is just Trump. I will remind you that GWB ignored the UNSC and invaded Iraq. Obama asked Congress for approval to bomb Libya, was refused and bombed Libya, any way. Now the US is involving itself in talks about the future of Libya. We armed and funded Al Qaeda and ISIS.

I find it far more likely that the opposition in these countries will give little more warning and then strike our forces savagely. Completely overrun the US forces already in the region. They may take our forces prisoner or wipe them out entirely. Taking them hostage would make the most sense and what I would hope for. They may not see it that way in all cases.

In any case, removing those forces from action and seizing any armaments would strike a serious bow to any reinforcements we may attempt to introduce. Seizing the bases and all that is in them or destroying them would require that we send more heavy equipment. Personnel can be sent quickly. Large equipment and supplies takes more time. Days, weeks, even months.

Now consider if they should coordinate attacks across even one country, let alone alone 2, 3 countries or more, an area half the size of the US, what would this scenario look like?

Iraq has already taken their case to remove our forces to the UN General Assembly, knowing that the US controls the UNSC. It is not an appeal to use of force, it is an appeal for their own national sovereignty. Syria has tried the same and was basically denied that right but attempted their appeal through the UNSC. At this point, all nations are watching closely to see what happens. If Iraq is denied their own right to self determination, the answer for all these countries will be clear that they must take their fate into their own hands. Live enslaved or die fighting for their freedom. These warning shots have already told you what their choice will be.

I could be wrong or they could use a combination of approaches. Another choice could be that they could sever supply routes, order our forces to stand down in limited areas and disarm willingly. Still allowed food, water and shelter. Our entire military presence could be held prisoner on our own bases pending a more definitive decision on our part. Make the wrong decision and it would seal the fate of our forces already present. Remove the personnel and equipment already in the region as active components and becoming a hostage liability and the balance of power in our favor capsizes.

I’ve pointed out that the US has nothing to win in the Middle East when confronted with the array of sovereign nations increasingly aligning against us. Throw in the alliances with Russia and China with these nations and we would literally sacrifice all of our military forces along with the collapse of the petrodollar and hence the dollar by continuing to pursue the path of aggression we have been following for 18 years. The impending confrontation would obliterate our military and our economy and would be a useless blood bath, killing millions of human beings.

For what? So a few oil company CEO’s and investors can get richer? To sell more weapons? To avoid the shame of another military loss? We’ve been there before and survived it. Maybe it’s time we learned from the past and stopped substituting testosterone for brain cells. Maybe it’s time to admit this entire country has a case of Tiny Hand Syndrome.

How many lives are you willing to sacrifice? How much blood are you willing to spill? How much economic collapse can you withstand? The time has come to make that decision. Because our choice is now being made for us right now. We cannot chance how many warnings we will be allowed. This is not a Mexican standoff we are facing. This is a firing squad, fully locked and loaded. Should we throw our guns down and walk away? Or lift our weapon and die in a blaze of glory? That sounds a lot more romantic than it is.

This is not a movie and we have no heroic cause.

Asking For Help

Anyone that follows independent media knows it is a challenge for independent content producers to earn a living doing this. The vast majority of content producers have permanent requests at the end of each article or video they release, asking for donations and subscriptions.

This is something I have not been good at for a number of reasons. I work a full time job which has historically allowed me to do much of my writing during slow times at work. Unfortunately, this is completely unreliable. It’s obvious my content production has slowed down a lot for a while. That’s because there has been less time to devote to writing at work. None of this means I resent my regular work in the least. I am happy to have the time to write while at work and many of the circumstances detracting from writing time are unavoidable. I still love nursing and like most of my coworkers.

One advantage to maintaining regular employment is that I always strive to be as objective as possible. By not being chained to the whims of popular opinion, I can much better maintain that objectivity. No, my statements are not always popular but the one thing anyone can count on is that my observations are honest and truthful. It will never be my goal to be an advertising agency, propagandist, cult follower or cult leader.

Still, I find this to be one of the most important things I have ever done. Even more so this year, with the 2020 election coming up quickly.

While my content has slowed down for the past 2 months, prior to that I was releasing 20 or more articles per month. I would like to get back to that pace and also release more videos, which is something I cannot do while at work but videos are time consuming. Eventually, I’d like to include interviews and live chats as well.

If it does not show, there is a lot of research put into many of my articles. However, I am too reliant at times on the research done by other journalists, which is often biased and so means I have to check multiple sources to achieve an objective view. It’s my preference to do my own base research and calculations. Once again, that can be time consuming in itself. It is amusing when I write something and days, weeks or months later some study comes along and verifies my own observations.

So, I am asking for some help.

While many content providers ask for $5 a month or such, I am not asking for that much. I am asking for donations of only $1 a month. When I am able to produce 20 articles and videos per month, that comes out to only 5¢ per production per audience member.

I have no expectations of soon making enough money to stop nursing and would likely keep nursing at least part time even if I made enough from content. I am only trying to make enough from content to reduce the hours at regular employment and dedicate that time to writing and videos.

Right now I cannot offer any guarantees. I prefer quality over quantity but will say I typically have multiple articles in the works at one time, just lacking the time to complete them. I won’t be offering any subscriber-only content for now. That would be kind of.. capitalist of me, wouldn’t it? Maybe in the future, when I have the time. Of course, to date I have released a total of over 1000 articles and videos since late 2017 alone. I’d call it a safe bet that I will continue producing content.

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The End Of Hegemony

RT reported on 1–14–20 that when General Soleimani was meeting with the Iraqi PM, the Iraqi PM was acting as an intermediary for the Saudi government as well as Iraq itself in peaceful negotiations between the three nations.

A peace agreement between Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia would be entirely logical. They have had past trade agreements which extend long before the founding of America and all three nations were founding members of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), as was Venezuela.

Know who is NOT a member of OPEC, in spite of being the world leading oil exporter? The US. Don’t you find that a bit odd? Of course, if the US became an OPEC member, they would be bound by rules and decisions made by OPEC as a democratic structure. Rules which would include reducing or increasing production to maintain a fair oil market, something the US has no interest in maintaining.

Keep in mind that Russia has held discussions with each of these nations and Syria. With or without Russia, if these four countries achieve peaceful agreements, several things would happen-

Decreased terrorism. The support of terrorist organizations has had a definite economic effect on Saudi Arabia over years. With the US being less able to covertly fund and arm these groups, to keep them going has required more financial support from SA. As financial and weapons support has dwindled, we have seen increasing defeat and collapse of ISIS, Al Qaeda and associated groups across the entire Middle East. Their complete dissolution is within sight at this time.

War or peace? This leaves SA with one of two options- Mobilize their own military openly and actively declare war on multiple sovereign nations or begin seeking peaceful diplomatic agreements with their immediate neighboring nations. Declaring war would justify Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz and all other involved nations to respond militarily. Considering the sprawling nature of their oil industry on which most of the SA economy is based, SA is extremely vulnerable to attacks which would decimate their economy in short order. Militarily, they would be unable to face multiple war fronts against nations with hard-won battle experience far beyond anything the Saudi military has ever faced. These are nations with advanced military technology and no dependence on the US for their weaponry. As their proxies are defeated, SA is being forced to make some efforts at diplomacy.

Expanding coalition. Should any peaceful agreement be reached between Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, that agreement would very quickly include Syria and Afghanistan. Eventually, that agreement would grow to rope in Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. That is the short list. It is entirely possible even more nations would join that coalition out of choice or necessity.

Fall of the petrodollar. I have explained on numerous occasions that the days of the petrodollar are decidedly numbered and shrinking. Already Syria, Iran and Venezuela have ceased using the US dollar. Russia has been calling for the demise of the petrodollar for years due to the unfair influence of the petrodollar on world commerce. Russia, China and India have been rapidly decreasing their holdings of US Treasuries. Goldman Sachs has advised their major investors to divest from US Treasury holdings and instead invest in precious metals (especially gold) and increase holdings in foreign currencies, especially Eastern currencies. The trade war with China has decreased trade in dollars and increased trade in other currencies. At this point, it seems highly likely Iraq will drop use of the dollar. This would be an absolute certainty if the US seizes Iraqi financial resources. Even if not, they will gradually reduce any holdings in US banks to avoid that being used as a threat in the future. China, Russia, India and Europe have drastically increased trade in currencies other than the dollar. It is only a short time until the dollar falls in international dominance.

Other nations are watching. The actions and rhetoric of the US has sent a clear message to every other nation on earth. The threat of the US to impose sanctions on Iraq and seize their resources while maintaining a military presence in the country against the will of the Iraqi parliament is nothing short of a military occupation. Pompeo claims our purpose there now is to train the Iraqi military on how to fight ISIS. Our military cannot train the Iraqi military when their presence is unwanted, forced upon them and their agenda is not trusted. The seizure of financial resources was set in precedent by the seizure of the resources of Venezuela and Libya. Our government was instrumental in the overthrow of Morales in Bolivia, Zelaya in Honduras, Yanukovych in Ukraine, the assassination of Qaddafi in Libya, in addition to the Taliban in Afghanistan, the illegal invasion of Iraq and attempted overthrows of Assad in Syria and Maduro in Venezuela. Those are just mentioning actions in the 21st century. Military, economic and political threats, sanctions and tariffs have shown the US government to have no respect for human rights, justice, fairness, democracy, diplomacy, peace or sovereignty. At this point no other government can justifiably trust the US government.

Who is next? A direct result of all the above is that other governments and populations are asking themselves, “Is our country next?” for very good reason. That includes countries that are our alleged “allies”. It now seems that all it takes for the US to consider another country as adversarial is openly or even covertly stating they do not agree with our actions or policies. Then that country becomes an immediate target for some form of harm by the US government. While Trump is the most aggressive, uncouth and bombastic president we have had, he is merely a continuation of the foreign policies of previous administrations. As such, other nations see our foreign policy as a threat, no matter the administration. This leaves all other nations no choice but to form coalitions and diplomatic relations which completely omit the US and possibly directly oppose the US on all fronts- militarily, economically, politically, diplomatically and socially.

It really does not matter how nationalistic an American is, even the mainstream media can no longer hide the fact that the US no longer holds the hegemony we once had only a few years ago. This country now faces opposition and competition on all fronts from many directions. This is as it should be. It is amusing when a US nationalist lays claim to a “free market” and opposes socialism, yet then supports the idea of imposing rules, sanctions and tariffs on other nations. All while remaining silent on subsidies, tax breaks and even warfare which benefits the corporations. In other words, imposing rules and force on sovereign nations and our own citizens which amount to socialism for the wealthy in the US, oppression for everyone else.

Other nations are well aware of the condition of our economy, our education system, our military technology, our medical care, our social support structure,and our electoral system. They are aware of our violent crime rate and prison population. They are aware of our surveillance which spans the globe, including on our own people. They are aware of the violence and aggression this country uses to impose a superficial belief in our superiority on the rest of the planet. They are aware that our so-called “freedom” means their servitude and that it is absolutely not freedom.

It is only a matter of dwindling time before other nations choose diplomacy over conflict, as their options are depleted, burned and blown up by decades of warfare.

In the end, people tend to fight for one thing. Hope. When wars continue for years, especially over multiple generations, any hope of gain by conflict becomes lost. So what they hope for is peace. Just a normal existence without constant fear of injury and death. Mundane existence becomes a pipe dream.

In the US, we don’t understand this because the wars we have waged have left the general population, our cities and lands unscathed. It’s easy to rage for more warfare when someone else pays the most obvious price. It is those who have paid the highest price for our conflicts who will decide on peace, to stop being used as puppets. It is they who will eject us from their lands and never welcome us in again. Not in this lifetime, any way. It is we who will have to prove we can change our ways. If we refuse to leave, they will join together to remove us by any means necessary. They have begun that process.

Peace Talks Between Iran And Iraq Will Not Be Stopped

When General Soleimani was assassinated by the US, we know now that he was on his way to meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister, carrying a diplomatic message in the effort to further peace efforts between Iran and Iraq.

It would be naive and foolish to think that the public murder of one man, no matter how prestiged that man was, would stop the efforts at peace by two countries. Considering the US also attacked the PMU, a part of the Iraqi military and did all of this on sovereign Iraqi soil, followed by threats against both countries with crushing sanctions, the continuation of those peace efforts has been set, not in concrete but in solid titanium.

Any attempt to oppose the unification of the countries in the Middle East at this point is doomed to failure. At this point, we are facing opposition politically, economically and militarily which our threats have no possibility of overcoming. Take into consideration the following influences-

Ongoing talks. From this point forward I fully expect the government officials of Iran and Iraq to be holding frequent discussions regarding peaceful coordination between them and methods of fending off terrorist groups. The assassination of Soleimani will only serve to drive the level of these talks to higher officials and increase the velocity of those talks to near light speed. Basically, you can consider them finished, with only small details to be worked out.

Trade defiance. We can also expect Iraq to be drawn into the Iran/Russia/China/Syria defense alliance, most likely with China buying most or all of the oil produced by Syria, Iran and Iraq in direct opposition to US sanctions. This would benefit all countries involved financially. I would expect a dramatic increase in the volume of trade in other goods as well.

Military technology. Iran has military technology which rivals or defeats US military technology on many fronts. Note that in their recent missile attack on US bases, we did not hear of any missiles which did not reach the targets. Compare to US Patriot missiles fired on Syria in 2017 and 2018, 70% of which never reached the targets with no air defense raised against them. Iran has also shot down several US drones while flying in stealth mode. If those three countries begin sharing military technological advances, or merely selling military equipment to one another, US military tech will be left far behind.

Military tactics. While the US military likes to claim to have the most advanced tactics of all military organizations, the evidence proves otherwise. Our forces have been in Afghanistan for 18 years and, as we know from the report by the Washington Post, are still being defeated. Afghanistan is roughly the size of Texas and has only 34 million people. Our forces have been in Iraq 16 years, at least half of which has been allegedly fighting terrorists. They were losing to the terrorists until Iran mobilized in Iraq. In Syria we have had active forces and propping up proxies for 6 years and were losing until Iran and Russia stepped in. Iraq is roughly equal in size to Afghanistan while Iran is MUCH larger. If the tactics and capabilities of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia and China are combined in an area about 4 times the size of Texas, our military would stand no chance if we confronted them.

Environment. The countries we are facing have existed as cohesive cultures in some form for thousands of years longer than America has existed. Languages across the region are closely related enough that communication barriers can be resolved easily, where there is a wide gulf of difference between their languages and our own. In addition, the fighters of these countries have lived in the harsh environment since birth. They are accustomed to the heat, the arid climate, the rough terrain, the flora and fauna of the region. US forces imported into the region can take weeks or months to become acclimated, if they ever do. For US service members coming from colder northern states that adjustment can be difficult to impossible.

Logistics. Up to now, our forces have fought in regions where supply lines were fairly simplified affairs. Now consider the challenges and cost of supplying forces across such a vast region as mentioned above. Just supplying food and water across these areas would be formidable and more costly than anything in military history. Supplying weapons and equipment would be far more difficult. Our forces would not have a front line unless they attempted to invade from Saudi Arabia or the Arabian Sea. Their ability to platform from Turkey is now a constant question. However, no matter what direction the US would attempt to approach from would leave them vulnerable to having supply chains cut off once in the country.

Aerial opposition. Opposing all of these nations at once is not something which could be done entirely by air power. The fact is, we have not come up against adversarial air power since the initial Iraq invasion in 2003. Now imagine our air forces encountering hostile aerial opposition from Iraq, Iran, Syria and possibly Russia and China as well. Not only in the air but surface to air defense and electronic warfare from technologically competent enemies.

Monetary defiance. Again, look at a map. Iran stopped using the US dollar 2–3 years ago. Because of US offenses against them, Pakistan stopped using the US dollar over one year ago. Syria stopped using the US dollar a number of years ago for obvious reasons. China and Russia are depleting their holdings of US Securities. If things continue the way they are going, Iraq will drop the US dollar in short order. These countries have growing options available to them which bypass the dollar completely. As they do, this causes growing economic and political pressure on other Eastern countries to also ditch the dollar. With each oil producing country that does so, the petrodollar grows weaker.

NATO can only offer limited assistance. Remember what the alleged role of NATO was supposed to be? To defend Europe from invasion. That means if they abandoned their posts to invade the entire ME in a modern Crusade, they would reveal the entire purpose of their existence for the last 29 years to be a hoax. They would leave Europe completely open an an invasion. Once that would likely not happen at all, making them look as foolish as they are. Remember in 2016 there was a NATO-wide military exercise? It was tragically hilarious. Troops not prepared or properly trained, equipment which was non-functional, in many cases, not even mobile, cannons unable to fire. Europeans do not have the appetite for war in general that the US does. They still live with the visible scars of two World Wars across their continent and have no desire to revisit that horror.

What all of this means is that the US has backed ourselves into a corner. There is absolutely no reason for ME countries to trust the US regarding any form of treaty or agreement. They are fully justified in their belief that allowing the US to remain will cause only more war, more bloodshed, more pain, more conflict, more destruction.

Yet be absolutely clear on this point- They are NOT announcing any form of offensive against the US. Yet. That can change, depending on what our government does from this point forward. They are defending their nations, their continent the only way they can. They have lived with the atrocities forced upon them for two decades and want it to end. They want us out, they want terrorist groups defeated, they are reaching across ancient lines and resolving differences.

There are only two countries that oppose withdrawing our forces at this point- the US and Israel. Like it or not, we do not owe Israel anything at all. Unless we offer a stage for genuine peace talks between Israel and their opponents, who have offered many times and been lied to or ignored. Right now there is a bill in CONgress to give Israel another $3.3 BILLION a year in foreign aid. That would bring US aid to Israel to $7.1 BILLION a year, every year. With absolutely no requirement at peace efforts.

These peace talks will continue. These peace talks will advance. These peace talks will expand to country after country after country. At this point, nearly every nation on the planet is calling for peace.. except the US and Israel. It is time for us to stand aside, to allow peace to happen if we will not help it along. Bring our service members home. Stop spending our money on bombs. Stop causing death, start supporting life. Stop destroying, start building.

Because this is absolutely our last chance.

Back From The Brink.. What Next?

So, allegedly Trump has eased tensions with Iran. Allegedly.

Corporate US mainstream media is reporting on the fact that no injuries or fatalities occurred from the Iranian missile strikes. Yet they make it sound like this is because of some form of miracle or because we are such badasses that our military personnel can magically evade getting hit by missile fragments. What our media consistently fails to report is that Iran gave sufficient warning that the strikes were coming. It was their absolute intent to strike equipment, not people. Now that those strikes have occurred, Iran stated they had no intention of engaging in further strikes.

Nothing has changed. None of this changes the fact that a military leader has been assassinated. None of this changes the fact that we attacked the military of a supposed sovereign ally. None of this changes the fact that Iraq wants us gone, Afghanistan wants us gone, Syria wants us gone. None of this changes our illegal actions in numerous countries and still have an illegal presence in Syria. None of this changes the fact that the US is imposing sanctions, tariffs and/or threats of same on nearly every nation on earth.

Isolationism. We can bemoan the fact that trump withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council. From the UN Peace Council. From the International Criminal Court. From the JCPOA. From the INF (Intermediate Nuclear Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty.

No consequences. Then again, what consequences or opposition has he met with for any of this? What consequences has any past administration met with for creating the conditions and power structure which led to all of this? What is the “Resistance” doing to rectify any of these things? What have they suggested? Nothing. They are very much on board with every bit of it.

No punishments. How many people have gone to prison for torture? For invading countries on false “intelligence”? For millions dead in countries that posed no threat? For creating the largest refugee crisis in modern history? For arming and funding terrorist groups? For slave markets in the streets of Libya after we destroyed the country?

Very specific limitations. Right now the only opposition being displayed against Trump are theatrical pieces of legislation to ban funding for a war with Iran. This does not in any way include banning waging war against the 7 other nations we are bombing, to withdraw troops from any of those 7 or the 50 of 54 African nations where we have military forces. There is no legislation to restore funding to Venezuela. No censure on threats or suggestions of peace talks with Russia, China, Venezuela, Iran or North Korea. No withholding of funds to Israel to force them into peace talks entailing actual action with Palestine and Syria. No arms embargo on Saudi Arabia.

Higher chances of confrontation. In other words, we are not any closer to peace than we were last week. We are much closer to a major confrontation with countries that have the ability to fight back. We are closer by the minute to our allies turning our backs on us and our adversaries joining forces against us. Could you blame them?

So, what happens next?

More sanctions. Right now Trump is promising even stronger sanctions against Iran. He is threatening to impose even worse sanctions against Iraq if they practice their right to national sovereignty and force our military occupation to leave.

NATO involvement. Trump has asked for more involvement from NATO, to which the chief of NATO has agreed. However, that request has not yet been placed in front of the people or governments of the NATO member states. Once that happens, I have a feeling the picture will change drastically. The EU relies heavily on oil from ME countries.

Nothing to lose. With multiple ME countries wanting our forces out of the region and ISIS basically reduced to a large street gang with guns, these countries now have the chance to turn their attention toward invasive and belligerent occupying forces from the US and NATO. These countries have been at war for years. They have seen their families depart or die, their homes destroyed. Most of them see little left to lose which they have not already lost. Yet they can see clearly that western intent is to seize their resources for generations, meaning they never actually regain their countries. This means they have no reason to not turn on the western invaders who caused these conditions for them.

The coming response. It is imminent that at some point the countries being occupied against the will of the residents will choose to regain their true sovereignty, their resources, their freedom to choose their own destinies rather than have those destinies dictated, subjugated, darkened by debt they did not rightfully incur. They will, as Iraq is doing, try and peacefully instruct our forces to leave. If that fails, we can absolutely expect that a gradual increase in force will take place. Iraq has taken their plea in front of the UN General Assembly. Note: They intentionally took this before the General Assembly, NOT the Security Council, which the US controls too harshly. If that fails, expect other responses. Cutting off supply sources. Complete separation of their forces from ours. If all that fails, then expect military assaults on a small scale. If we respond militarily, they will respond with devastating force. If that happens, many thousands of US service members will perish very quickly.

Turning east. For some time, Russia and China have been making diplomatic efforts with ME governments. These efforts have seen gradually increasing success in spite of western opposition and threats. What you can rely on is that Russia and China have offered to supply and possibly assist these countries, meaning the ME countries do not have to be dependent on the US/UK for weapons and supplies. Between Russia and China, there is absolutely nothing we can offer which they cannot, without making imperialist claims on resources. Often what they offer also comes with higher efficiency, lower cost and less bureaucracy, making trade on all fronts more attractive when discounting or ignoring threats.

The imperialistic threats continuously escalating from the US have reached maximum density for most countries across the globe. Like any abusive relationship, that abuse can only continue and escalate so far before the victims fight back. At this point, every nation on the planet feels victimized by the US to varying degrees. It is no longer debatable that all will gradually respond in their own manner. Some will decrease trade and diplomatic efforts. Some will cut ties entirely. Others will form alliances and fight back. Those alliances will be highly successful because our military and weapons capability is stretched far too thin.

On multiple occasions we have run out of bombs to drop, meaning production is at capacity. That also means if more capacity is needed, we cannot supply other countries. That poses a problem in itself, as countries we have contracted with to supply weapons, if forced to defend themselves (like Saudi Arabia) and we cannot honor weapons contracts, will turn elsewhere. Chinese drone sales have increased significantly. The Russian S400 and other systems are being sold to many countries, including NATO members.

Sanctions and tariffs have done more damage to US consumers and businesses than the countries they are directed at. The responses have gradually been countries forming new trade deals which bypass the US or develop entirely new industries of their own. It was US sanctions which caused Russia to expand oil/gas production and become the world leading grain exporter. Our threats mean less and less and will continue meaning less as time goes on. The literal truth is that the entire world could probably survive extremely well if all other nations suspended trade with the US at this point. The dollar would plummet in value if that happened and it is happening gradually.

Now, I will say that there is always the possibility that my assessment is wrong. That depends on what happens next. There could be decisions made or circumstances which change which could cause a radical shift in direction. Considering US history of always increasing aggression, CIA manipulation and illegal intervention, I do not see such changes or circumstances happening without major consequences before we are absolutely forced to engage in peace efforts.

There Is Absolutely NOTHING To Win In A War With Iran

Yesterday Iran launched missile strikes against US military installations in Iraq. This was in response to the US assassination of their most revered general, who was in Iraq to meet the Iraqi PM in peace talks, by all accounts.

The missile strike now divides the US populace, with some calling for retaliation against Iran and others opposing further military action.

The assassination was not the only attack by the US in Iraq. The US also struck the Iraqi PMU, which is labeled a terrorist organization by the US government. The PMU is a part of the Iraqi military which fights against ISIS very effectively. Which means our government directly attacked the military of a sovereign government while claiming we are there to help them fight ISIS.

There are claims that General Soleimani is responsible for US deaths. Funny how we are just now hearing this and the claims are extremely vague. The actual reason for these claims is because Iran, under Soleimani, trained Iraqi military. They used that training when Iraq was invaded by US forces under knowingly false pretenses in 2003. Where are those WMD’s again?

This also comes while Iran has been struggling for years under US trade sanctions which have severely damaged their economy. For claims that they have violated the JCPOA nuclear agreement. Never mind that there has been no evidence presented of any violation. Never mind that the IAEA stated clearly Iran was in compliance. Never mind that all other nations signed onto the agreement have remained dedicated to the JCPOA. Never mind that Iran invited US inspectors into the country to confirm their compliance. Never mind that the US government refused to conduct those inspections.

This also comes after the Iraqi Prime Minister told the US to remove our military forces from the country. Since the missile attacks, the Iraqi parliament voted unanimously for the US forces to leave the country. Some will point out that not all the parliament was present for that vote. Yet it has been several days since the vote and the groups who were absent have not issued an opposing statement in any form. In response to parliament telling us to leave, Trump has threatened to impose crippling sanctions against Iraq. That’s funny, I thought we were supposed to be there to HELP them? How do sanctions achieve that?

Let’s make this clear. Every Middle East country in which the US is conducting combat operations wants our forces gone. No, we are NOT doing combat inside Saudi Arabia, Israel or Turkey. We are in Syria illegally and they want us out. We invaded Iraq illegally and they want us gone. We overthrew the Taliban in Afghanistan and have been there for 18 years. Today the Taliban has more public support in Afghanistan than they have had at any point since 2001 and they control more of the country than ever. The people want us gone. Only the US puppet PM claims to want us there.

Look at a map. If the US declares war against Iran, This will require using all of our forces and resources from other ME countries and redirecting them toward Iran. Which means we would no longer be fighting ISIS at all. Now, look at the countries which would be to our rear and flanks. Those would be the same countries that have told us to get out. The same countries whose governments we have tried to overthrow, with varied levels of success but mostly failed.

Yes, Israel and Saudi Arabia would also be there. Yet those two countries have not seen combat the way our opponents have. They have funded and armed proxy terrorists to fight for them. In other words, mercenaries. Israel and Saudi Arabia are also HIGHLY dependent on the US for their arms and economies. If all of our resources are mandated to fight Iran, primarily our weapons production capabilities, the US will no longer be able to supply weapons to Israel and SA. So, IF they defended our rear, their weapons supplies would be exhausted within days. Tactically, all their enemies have to do is destroy the shipping ports and possibly airports of those two countries and they will be economically crippled. No need to confront their military forces. That would also strangle their supply lines. Iran would close the Strait of Hormuz and that would stop multiple countries in their tracks.

Russia and China. Only a few weeks ago, Iran held joint military drills with Russia and China. In other words, two major military forces of countries we have directly threatened and opposed militarily and economically. Countries with advanced weapons capabilities. Should they step into the battle, there is no effective way we could fight back. If they stepped in early enough, even if the US enacted a draft, the war would be over before new recruits could be trained here. In addition, the US relies heavily on rare earth minerals from China, which they could easily embargo. That would strangle our ability to build many electronics and military equipment. China could cease trade with the US, leaving store shelves completely empty, so our general economy would largely collapse.

Don’t count on NATO. Allegedly, NATO forces have already begun pulling out of Iraq. Europe relies heavily on trade with ME countries and China. In addition to the fact that assassinating a military leader and directly attacking a sovereign military force was a step too far for Europe. Yes, the UK may assist us but that would be a difficult sell to the UK public. Especially when they are still debating Brexit. If NATO opposes action, they would have to divest themselves of NATO, which would be largely irreversible. Political sentiment across Europe would affect their trade. On their own, with limited trade and lessened military capability, they would not be much help and would face the same conditions the US would face.

Nothing to gain. There is literally nothing to gain in any of this. We have turned allies across the ME into enemies. We are facing opposition across the globe on this, including a massive percentage of the US public. Our government can try to claim we are being attacked but have refused the option to simply leave countries where we are not wanted. More people are aware of this than at any point in past history. We have no right to be there. We cannot claim we are fighting terrorists when we turn our backs against ISIS to fight multiple sovereign nations inside their own countries. This would be a war which would either end quickly with our absolute defeat or would continue indefinitely for generations. Diplomatic relations would NEVER be repaired.

So, if you support some military action against Iran, you also support actions against Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and possibly Russia and China. You mindlessly, emotionally support a war which we cannot win and in which there is no such thing as winning. I expect other nations to realize this immediately.

Impending War With Iran- Where Is The “Resistance” Now?

With the attack this week on Iranian and Iraqi forces in Iraq, Trump authorized the assassination of Iran’s most elite general. Iran has stated they will retaliate, as has Iraq.

This is not merely a matter of Iraq ejecting US forces from the country any more. This was an attack on a sovereign nation and their allies.

The general in question was the leader of the Quds, a highly specialized faction of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. In turn, the Revolutionary Guard is a specialized faction of the Iranian military. So this general was the most elite of the most elite portion of the most elite force Iran has to offer. You can think of them as an equal to US Marine Special Forces, the SEALS or Green Berets. The Quds are credited with turning the tide against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.

Yet the Revolutionary Guard (IRG) is even more than that. They are not merely a military force. They are a political and social force as well. They hold immense political sway in Iran. Plus when not in combat, the IRG performs social services, delivering food and doing service within their communities.

The military in Middle Eastern countries is a very different phenomenon from the US. They are not treated and considered separate from their communities. Hezbollah and the IRG keep a much shorter combat rotation than US forces do. 6–8 weeks on average, with three rotations. Thus, a combat soldier will enter combat for 6–8 weeks, then go home to their communities and families for 12–16 weeks. This keeps them mentally sharp, physically fit and emotionally healthy because they are constantly reminded exactly what they are fighting for. They are not on the other side of the planet fighting for the profits of oil and drug companies. Their marriages and families do not disintegrate because of long absences. They do not miss every single milestone of watching their children grow up. This makes them formidable forces to encounter.

Now, add to this the fact that Iran just held joint military drills with Russia and China less than two weeks ago. Should the US go to war with Iran alone, it would be unlike any war we have ever fought. They have the capability to strangle the Strait of Hormuz, stopping oil tankers and supply ships from entering and leaving to Saudi Arabia. They have the ability to destroy the oil fields in Saudi Arabia. They would have assistance from the countries they have been lending assistance to for several years now- Iraq and Syria chief among them. Some experts believe a war with Iran alone would require at least 1 MILLION ground troops by an invading military. If they have further assistance from Russia and/or China, this would definitely be a war the US could never win.

So, while the “Resistance” has claimed fear that Trump would start new wars, they then handed him the AUMF powers to do exactly that, along with the largest military and military budget in world history. One has to ask why the “Resistance” is so silent now? Why they are still pursuing impeachment based on claims that will be long, drawn out and almost certainly fail? Why are they not holding emergency meetings all night long to avert absolute disaster?

Of course, those meetings should have happened long ago. AUMF powers should never have been created or granted. They should have been rescinded during the GWB or Obama administrations, especially as our conflicts spread from 1 to 2 to 5 to 7 nations, causing the worst refugee crisis in modern history. Now it is far too late in the game.

If this does not result in a true world war, it will only be because some other nations step in to prevent it. It will not be because our government chose to back away from the brink of global decimation.

True Progressive writers, pundits and content providers have been warning of this for years. We have tried incessantly to mobilize an anti-war movement, to awaken Americans to the very real dangers. Instead we have met with diva drama regarding Russiagate, Mueller, crude tweets and idiots obsessed with tax returns.

Make no mistake about it. This would not be happening now if not for GWB’s invasion of Iraq. If not for Obama’s expansion of warfare and failure to end any conflicts. In short, it would not have happened if we were not in Iraq and the Middle East to begin with.

Did I mention that this is all over the alleged death of a US oil company contractor in a war zone?!!! Funny thing about war zones- People DIE in war zones!!!

Are YOU ready to become a TRUE peace activist yet? Or are you still concerned with tax returns? Are YOU ready to call your elected officials and tell them to GTFO of the Middle East? Are YOU ready to resist ALL the warmongers of BOTH major parties? You better get busy. Right now. “But Trump” is not going to save any of us.

Why Do You Support Israel, Again?

This article is aimed at the religious fanatics who support Israel against Palestine. Yes, they are fanatics and there is no other description for it. Yes, you can be offended but not for long.

The reason so many people in the US claim to support Israel is because they believe in a quote from the Bible stating that whomever turns against Israel will be then ignored by God. The claims are fairly vague and there is no direct specific quote to offer.

Even if there were a direct quote, this is where the claims run into very big problems.

Let’s assume that their beliefs are true. What, exactly, does it mean to turn against “Israel”? While the Bible speaks to specific events in geographic areas, the term “Israel” is more problematic for the modern interpretation. In biblical terms, “Israel” is not a geographic location but a people. The blood descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel originating with King David.

Now, modern Christians in the US define this as meaning Jewish people. However, Judaism is a religion which has spanned the globe over centuries. Yet when one studies the Quran, they find that Islam has many of the same legend as Judaism, with the same characters and lineage. In fact, today’s Muslims in Palestine and (at least western) Syria, Jordan and other Middle Eastern nations share the same historical heritage as those in Israel. The Quran even mentions Jesus a total of 25 times. While they do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the Quran states Jesus will return and battle what we interpret as the “Antichrist” and save the Muslims, not just the Christians.

Then we run into other problems. For one, Israel did not exist as a nation with geographic boundary until 1948. It is a political construct created not by the Middle Eastern culture but by western governments, mostly UK and US. Many of the current residents of Israel were European Jews who migrated to the area after WWII. While they descended from bloodlines originating in the Middle East, while in Europe for centuries, the bloodlines became mixed with other bloodlines.

During the same centuries, the Palestinians and others in that region remained in that immediate area, generation after generation without significant external DNA being introduced.

Today, we often hear the term “semitic” as pertaining to the believers in the Jewish religion. This is a distorted definition. The actual definition, according to Merriam-Webster is: “of, relating to, or constituting a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language family that includes Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and Amharic”. They have added the definition of “Jewish” but that is the last meaning, not the primary and many scholars do not recognize it. So, what it truly pertains to is a bloodline, a race of people. The exact same people that descended from the original 12 Davidic tribes.

In addition to common sense, DNA blood tests have shown clearly that Palestinians, Syrians, Jordanians and some Arab tribes have DNA far closer to the original semitic blood line than many modern Israelis do.

Let me repeat that. The Palestinians are closer by blood to the Davidic bloodline than modern Israelis are on average.

So, while the residents of the modern political construct of Israel attempt to portray themselves as being the true Davidic peoples, this is the opposite of the truth.

What this means is that the modern state of Israel, while conducting genocide and war against the people of Palestine and Syria, among other states in the region, they are literally waging war AGAINST the TRUE Israelis as defined in biblical terms.

I have pointed out in the past that Israel has at some point attacked every single neighbor in the immediate area to them. While they claim other nations had plans (no actions, just alleged plans) to invade them, no proof was ever offered. In recent years declassified documents have revealed clearly that no such plans ever existed. Yet Israel has invaded Egypt, Syria (still illegally occupying the Golan Heights), Cyprus, Jordan and Lebanon, not to mention to the illegal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, violating treaty lines with their housing colonies.

In addition, they once attacked a US ship, the USS Liberty. Declassified documents have proven that Israel was fully aware that this was a US vessel before the attack ever occurred.

Israel has not been invaded by the forces of any other nation since 1949. No effort has been made to invade Israel since that time. Thus their claims of self defense make no sense at all.

Have you noticed that terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS have NEVER attacked Israel?

At this moment, Israel is making serious attempts to start a US coalition war with Iran, who has not invaded another country since 1798. Keep in mind that Iran has had a large Jewish population for thousands of years. Today Iran houses the second largest Jewish population in the Middle East, second only to Israel. The majority of that Jewish population have never left the continent and so likely have a much more direct Davidian bloodline and tradition than the Israeli population.

Every government in the UN has formally or informally recognized Palestine as a nation. Except two governments- Israel and the US.

What does all this mean to the religious fanatics, especially alleged Christians? It means that every aspect of their support for Israel goes directly against their claimed belief systems. What they support is the systematic torture and genocide of innocent civilians with little ability to defend themselves. These fanatics support theft, illegal occupation, denial of clean water, inadequate access to food and medicine or medical care, theft of resources and the outright murder of children. All being waged against the actual blood descendants of the original Davidian tribes. Keep in mind that the Temple is supposed to be shared occupancy between Israel and Palestine. Yet Israel is denying Palestinian access to the Temple.

The Christian Bible states that Armageddon will be initiated by a false prophet who leads a coalition of nations against Israel. However, that means the biblical Israel, not the political construct Israel. The political construct of modern Israel is building a coalition and taking steps which will certainly result in a backlash which will lead to the fall of both the biblical and modern Israel, which will likely include the destruction of the Temple.

Jewish people do not believe Jesus was the Messiah. Muslims, who share many of the same belief systems, do not believe Jesus was the Messiah. Yet Muslims also share some beliefs with Christianity, including that Jesus will fight against the Antichrist on the SAME side as Muslims. So, NO, Islam and Christianity are NOT opposing religions.

Ultimately, by supporting the modern political construct being called Israel, the western religious fanatics have turned their backs on the true biblical Israel and support a murderous, despotic, invasive, ungodly, warmongering regime. They have turned their backs on the teachings of their religion regarding peace, humility, selflessness, forgiveness and truth. They have closed their eyes to the suffering, death and atrocities they support. By their own belief system, they have turned their backs on their own God and consciously, intentionally chosen to follow false prophets. Which means their God will turn his back on them. For good reason.

“Good Guy” or “Bad Guy”, The Operative Is “With A Gun”

After the latest mass shooting, the Gun Nuts have been all over screaming how a “Good Guy With A Gun” killed a “Bad Guy With A Gun”.

Great. That happened in one shooting out of over 400 mass shootings in this country in a single year. Yet the Gun Nuts are going to scream how this means we need more guns in a nation where guns outnumber human beings.

First, let me as the same questions I have asked countless times: HOW MANY more guns will it take for us to be safer? HOW MANY guns will it take before mass shootings number fewer than the days of the year? How many until we have fewer than one mass shooting in a month?

I’m not expecting an answer. I expect diversion from that subject. I expect the same ad hominem regurgitated, memorized, mindless responses that always follow like a recording set on “repeat”.

More than that. I expect threats. Because nothing says gun rights like death threats. Way to change my mind.

Obviously, the responses are what are truly disturbing. Even online, the tone of the responses are explicitly intended to be aggressive and intimidating. You can picture the Gun Nuts being in a room when the discussion comes up, screaming, waving firearms in the air and under your nose while claiming they need their guns in “self defense”. They are the exact people you would be most fearful of to initiate a mass shooting of unarmed civilians.

Meanwhile, they are the ones who want to claim their government-given right to own a firearm for the purpose of defending themselves against the same government that gave them that right.

I’ve made it clear many times. I am in favor of gun ownership. However, not unrestricted gun ownership. Name another country that has stricter laws than our own on gun ownership yet has had over 400 mass shootings in one year. Isn’t it interesting that the argument that, “criminals will always have guns” does not seem to apply in those other countries?

The gun rights activists will use this singular event to say, “See?!! See what happens when there are more guns around?!! The good guy saved all the other good guys!!”

My response is no. That is not what I see. What I see is that many mass shootings have had “good guys with guns” who hid, afraid to place themselves in danger. I see 400 other shootings that may have never happened if we had stricter laws on gun ownership, on safe storage of weapons. I see so many people who have died and should never have been in danger.

I see elected officials in the pockets of the weapons industry, refusing to take action for fear not of public outcry but fear of losing “donations” from corporations.

I see a nation indoctrinated and desensitized to violence, bloodlust, murder, family violence and suicide. A nation indoctrinated to cheer for warfare, war movies, militarized police and violent media. Just don’t show the human body because that’s unacceptable and obscene. Don’t show the actual bodies of shooting victims and what happens at the other end when our bombs land because that’s disgusting. Don’t show the families of murdered children close up or for too long, even if they want to speak to the public. Respect their privacy which they are willing to sacrifice.

I see fanatics claiming that long-range, military configuration, high velocity weapons with high capacity magazines are for hunting and “self defense”. While attempting to use the argument that there is no such thing as an “assault weapon”, even when we once had a nationwide ban on the same weapons and those bans still exist in some locations.

I see people on anti-depressants and with various illicit or prescription dependencies by the millions. Let’s focus on the medications and blame the medications, not ask why they had to take the medications to begin with. Let’s blame mental illness but not expand access to mental healthcare.

Keep sending victims and families thoughts and prayers. Don’t focus on the fact that the majority of shooters claim to belong to the exact same religion, that many shootings have been done in the name of that religion. Just don’t talk about it. Claim that if a young person goes to another country and kills brown-skinned people they are defending their country, their religion. If the same person picks up a gun and starts shooting people here without being paid for it, their belief was distorted.

Along the way, let’s increase surveillance of US citizens. Don’t take any steps to lower the risks for which they are being surveiled. Pony up another $100 billion to surrender your right to privacy but hold onto your guns.

Oh, did I mention the shooters are only called “terrorists” if they have brown skin? If they are white, we’ll call them “troubled”.

So, go ahead. Cheer for the “good guy with a gun” in one single shooting. Cheer for your loss of privacy. Cheer for living in so much terror that you feel the need to own or carry a gun in the first place. Cheer for the guy strapping an AR-15 in Walmart and not knowing his intention until he starts shooting or doesn’t. Cheer for dead children. Cheer for sanitized media coverage. Cheer for thoughts and prayers. Cheer for corporate bribes to elected officials. Cheer for police suited up like storm troopers. Cheer for money spent on government programs which do absolutely nothing to decrease the social conditions leading to violence. Cheer for subsidized surveillance drones, grenade launchers and armored vehicles responding to peaceful protests. Cheer for telling our children this is all normal, that live shooter drills are just a fact of life. Cheer for being hypervigilant when going to the theater, the mall and at every loud noise you hear in a public space.

Just keep cheering. Then take your medication and tell me again how great this all is.