Syrian Kurdish Conflict- A Simplified Sequence Of Events- Past, Present, Future

Many Americans are raging against the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, claiming that the US government is abandoning the Kurds to the Turkish invasion.

The biggest problem with this is that these Americans have not paid any attention to any part of this conflict except what corporate media has fed them. They are completely unaware of the sequence which led to this point.

So, this is a simplified review of events leading up to this point and where it is most likely to lead in the future.

2014- The YPK, PKK (Kurdish militant groups) and Al Qaeda are listed as extremist terrorist groups by the US government.

2015- All three groups engage in attacks against the Syrian government. This leads to the US State Department downgrading the terminology regarding all three groups from “terrorist organizations” to “moderate rebels”. The US military and CIA begin covertly funding and arming all three groups. This includes Al Qaeda, the leading alleged organization responsible for the attacks on the World trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11/01.

Each group maintains the same tactics and ideology which they adhered to before this change occurs with no changes other than to become more violent than ever.

These attacks lead to a massive refugee crisis out of Syria, overwhelming neighboring countries and Europe, with thousands dying in the attempt to reach a safe haven.

In response to the terrorist attacks, the Syrian government requests assistance from Russia to repel the attacks. Russia agrees, having a long history of alliance with Syria. Note that Russia has had a naval base in Syria for over 40 years.

Iran offers assistance to repel the terrorist attacks, an offer which is accepted by the Syrian government.

2016- The Syrian government asks the Kurds to participate in peace talks which include the Kurds, Syria, Russia and Iran. The US government discourages the Kurds from participating and refuses to participate as more than passive observer status.

Multiple meetings between Syria, Russia, Turkey and Iran will take place through 2016 through 2018.

Wikileaks releases Hillary Clinton’s emails documenting US funding and support for terrorist organizations. The media conducts a full court blackout on the documents. The revelation forces the Obama administration to end official arms supplies and funding to NGO (non-governmental organizations) militias.

2017/2018/2019- The Syrian Arab Army (official military of Syria), the Russian military and Hezbollah, backed by Iran, show tremendous success in defeating terrorist organizations in Syria, retaking most of the Syrian territories under control of the Syrian government.

2018- Assad wins democratic election as president of Syria.

The Turkish government still considers the Kurdish militia groups to be terrorist organizations. The Turkish military begins incursions into northern Syria to defeat Kurdish militant groups in addition to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

2019- Trump announces withdrawal of US forces from Syria. US forces have been present in Syrian territory illegally since 2015, according to the UN Security Council and UN Peace Council. US forces were never granted permission to be in Syria by the only entities with the authority to grant legality to their presence- The UN Security Council, the Syrian government or the Russian government.

The media portrays the withdrawal as an abandonment of the Kurds, still considered terrorists by Turkey and Syria. No mention of the illegal status of US forces is reported by corporate media. No mention of the previous designation as terrorist organizations is mentioned. No mention that Syria and Turkey consider them terrorist organizations at this time.

Turkey increases the intensity of the attacks on the Syrian Kurds.

The Kurdish militia requests assistance from the Syrian government and strike a deal with the Assad administration to participate in peace talks. The Syrian military mobilizes to assist the Kurds and drive the Turkish military out of Syria.

This brings us up to the present. So, what can we expect to happen in the future?

Most likely it can be expected that the Turkish government will withdraw from Syria, either before engaging the Syrian military or shortly after beginning to do so. Mention has been made of establishing a no fly zone over northern Syria. However, this would lead to a direct confrontation with Russian air forces, while Russia has not agreed to the no fly zone. Even if the US attempts to force the issue, expect Turkey to retreat from the suggestion, not wanting military confrontation with Russia.

Expect to hear more attempts at peace talks between the Kurds, Syria, Turkey, Russia and Iran. Without US intercession, these peace talks are highly likely to succeed, building a coalition between all countries involved. These peace talks will go unreported by corporate media.

In response, expect the US to intensify sanctions against Turkey, the member of the coalition with the current fewest sanctions imposed upon them.

All or part of the coalition will drive the remainder of terrorist forces from central and northern Syria.

Then expect the coalition governments to offer similar assistance to the Iraqi government, which will be accepted. Then the enlarged and strengthened coalition will set their sights on Yemen, driving out Saudi forces permanently.

By the end of all of this, expect all of the coalition countries to turn to attempts at peace efforts with Saudi Arabia and Israel, by willing invitation or by brute force. The US will likely be unwelcome to participate in these peace efforts.

Failure of US Weapons in Saudi Arabia

The US government is reporting that the recent attack on the Saudi oil refinery was due to a missile launched from inside Iran.

Yemen is claiming that the attack was conducted by them utilizing 10 drones.

Here’s the biggest problem with all the claims. No matter which way you view it, this indicates an absolute failure of US weapons sold to Saudi Arabia.

If the attack was conducted by drone, it’s somewhat more understandable, as drones can fly much lower than missiles. The distance would also be far shorter from Yemen to the refinery. However, there was still quite some distance for them to travel and there were ten of them. For an effective defensive weapons system, they should have been detected at some point and defended against.

If the attack was a missile from Iran, then the picture worsens greatly. A missile launched from Iran to the refinery would have had to travel at least 300 miles before reaching the target.

Nowhere have we seen/heard reports that any defense was mounted, let alone successful at bringing down any offensive weaponry. So the attack came as a complete surprise with no prior detection. The US State Dept is now claiming that the missile was detected by US satellite. However, the defensive weapons systems being sold to other countries allegedly link to satellite systems to make them more effective.

Make no mistake about it, the countries to whom the US sells weapons at costs of billions of dollars per year to them are watching this. They do not like what they see. They are now realizing how ineffective US weaponry truly is, leaving them largely defenseless. Offensive weapons are somewhat effective, yet the Patriot missile system and F35 fighter jet are plagued with problems. The Osprey has seen numerous catastrophic failures and requires massive amounts of maintenance, costing far more than it should for repairs.

The only advantage US weapons have in battle conditions is by sheer number. So, if a country is going to rely on number of weapons deployed, wouldn’t they buy less expensive weaponry in an effort to field as many weapons as possible?

Absolute numbers of weapons are a truly poor choice in either offensive or defensive tactics. If one accurate weapon can maneuver past or defeat ten inaccurate weapons, that is far more effective. This can be compared to a boxer throwing wild punches blindly, never landing a blow competing against an opponent who throws one or two targeted punches and knocking the wild boxer unconscious.

If a weapon fails to even detect a threat and respond, you may as well not have any weapons at all. This makes US weapons a bad deal for purchasing countries.

One reason other countries purchase US weapons is because they are subsidized, making them seem like a good deal. The more failures our weapons demonstrate, the worse that deal becomes, even if obtained for “free”. (Just pay shipping and handling!)

I have explained in previous articles that US weapons are sold to other countries at a net loss, even as they are portrayed as profitable. We give tens of billions of dollars a year in “aid” to other countries. Many times, those countries use a portion of that money to purchase weapons from US companies. As an example, we give $3.8 billion per year to Israel. Maybe they buy $2 billion a year in weapons. That’s already a net loss. However, when they receive the money, they receive it from the US government, in other words, the taxpayer. When they purchase the weapons, they purchase from a private US corporation. The country loses money, the corporation profits. Then the corporation is given tax breaks. Then the corporation gets paid for US military contracts. Then the weapons sold are transported by US military transport, with US military security escort. Every step of this process is a subsidy to corporate contractors which we pay for. Not to mention the fact that oil purchases from Saudi Arabia also serves as a war subsidy all by itself.

For weapons that fail.

Yes, we have the largest military budget in the world. Yes, we have forces in more locations than any other country. Yes, we once had the most advanced military technology but that is no longer true. Other countries have developed more effective, more accurate military technologies at lower cost as a direct result of the threat posed to them by the US. Now they are selling their weapons at lower cost to even more countries in competition with the US, while maintaining a faster delivery time. Meanwhile they are not incurring massive debt in the process.

Even less advanced weaponry has proven effective against US weaponry. IED’s and homemade RPG’s have been highly effective against US weapons in the Middle East, drones have been taken down by hand held weapons. While we remain engaged in conflicts we are repeatedly told would last only weeks, still going on 18 years later.

And we have not confronted an adversary with the capabilities and experience that Iran has.

These recent events, combined with the knowledge gained from observation of US conflicts are going to be influencing the future purchase of US weapons by other countries. Even the subsidies may prove to be ineffective in placing any trust in the capabilities of our technology. They are fully aware that our technology is so insufficient that we must also commit human ground forces. Yet our forces are growing weary and thin while our citizens are objecting to our involvement in conflicts that have nothing to do with us. We are objecting to the cost on all levels, especially monetarily and emotionally.

The time for diplomacy is now. Stop the arms sales. Stop the warmonger rhetoric. Stop the subsidies. Sit down and start talking. Openly, publicly. Find solutions that do not include destruction and killing.

Saudi Refining..Recovered? I Call BS!

The announcement came today from Saudi Arabia that they had already recovered their oil refining capacity from the attack a few days ago and would be at full capacity in 2–3 weeks.

Now, there are a number of possibilities here. First, as mentioned in my first article on the subject, they had been running at reduced capacity for some time. So maybe that refinery or another not running at capacity simply increased output.

However, to be back at full capacity in 2–3 weeks would be beyond possibility. That attack reduced refining by 50% with fires so extensive that the smoke was seen in space. So, what? Did they just have enough equipment sitting around unused, enough to basically build half of a refinery? That doesn’t sound likely. Ordering new equipment, shipping from other countries, transporting massive pieces of equipment and installing it doesn’t happen in that time frame.

Then there is another possibility. That the whole thing was a ruse meant to portray Iran badly.

Or there is the possibility that they are lying and have not recovered capacity. They may do that to make it seem to their adversaries that the attack was ineffective, so as to discourage future attacks.

I am guessing the truth is a combination of the latter and having unused refinery capacity which they restarted. This would also discourage trading partners from seeking out other sources for oil products, which they had to already be doing.

No matter what the truth is, Saudi Arabia seems to be taking a passive role in the warmongering rhetoric coming from Israel and Washington, who were not attacked. Perhaps they think the US will take unilateral action against Iran without Saudis being directly involved. The rhetoric from DC is claiming that “intelligence shows” the attack was by missiles launched from Iran. By inserting the word “intelligence”, what they are truly trying to do is say the information is classified, so you don’t get to see it. None of it. No images, nothing.

Once again our government is trying to push this country into a war based on “information” which we do not get to verify or examine. There is nothing to gain for the people of this country. An actual conflict, as I noted previously, will diminish oil availability globally. The only people who gain would be US oil producers. Your cost on absolutely everything would increase substantially. Iran would actually attack Saudi oil refineries and fields. The environment would suffer horribly. The next “defense” budget would be even higher than it is now. Yet that would not stop other countries from seeking oil from other sources. Like Russia, who would be unaffected by this conflict.

Right now is the time that you need to call or write elected officials and tell them “Hands Off Iran”. That you do not support any form of attack against Iran or any other country. Don’t wait. Do it today.

Tapping Strategic Reserves Is A Ploy

In response to the attack on the Saudi oil refinery, Trump has said he will tap the National Strategic Reserve. This is a ploy. If not for it being a ploy, I would be forced to say, “My, how SOCIALIST of him.”

The strategic reserve is in place to safeguard against a national oil and gas shortage, as happened in the early 70’s. We are not there, nor are we at risk of being there.

Not long ago, Trump was crowing about how the US is now a “net” oil exporter. Meaning we export more oil than we import. We still import oil. Lots of it from Saudi Arabia. So, what’s the problem? Stop exporting, right?

Wrong. There are several issues at play here.

First, ceasing the export of US oil would mean impacting the petrodollar system directly. Which will already see a significant impact because Saudi oil is sold anywhere in the world in dollars, a significant portion of the petrodollar system and the original petrodollar itself. For that to be reduced by half takes a huge bite out of the petrodollar system because a lot fewer dollars are being traded internationally. If we stopped exporting oil, that would result in a drop of roughly 75% of the value of the petrodollar itself. Assume import/export to be equal, so 50/50. Half of the imports gone means a reduction of 25% of the petrodollar. Reduce export by 100% and you cut another 50% of the petrodollar value.

Second, this is a giveaway to the oil companies. There is no federal oil refinery, no federal wells in operation. What comprises the strategic reserve is purchased from oil companies at roughly market price. In other words, it was replenished while the cost of oil was low. Now, if we exhaust some or all the reserves, they will have to be replenished later. At higher cost to us, higher profit to oil companies.

All of this is aside from this action being extremely dangerous. Who is to say that Yemen will not destroy another Saudi refinery? Even if they do not, what happens if we deplete the reserves while we do not need it, then run into the situation that we do need it?

The short answer is, we’d be screwed. The major purpose of the strategic reserve is so that the military and government can keep functioning in an emergency. Not the whole country. Deplete the reserves and then have an emergency, that would mean the government and military would be stopped in their tracks.

In fact, the world is watching. Including Iran. If we attack Iran, they could very well attack the other Saudi oil refinery/ies, reserves and naval ports. That would crush the petrodollar, freeze the country and partially cripple the military.

I see a ration card in your future.

Understand, we do not produce enough oil to be energy independent at current capacity. I don’t know the actual numbers but will give an example. Say we use 120 gals of oil per day. We export 50 barrels per day and use 50. That means 70 barrels of what we use is imported. If we stopped importing, we would still be 20 barrels short.

“We can just buy more oil from other countries.”

Wrong, bucko. The Saudi reduction in oil means less oil sold to all countries that buy from them, not just the US. So there will be fierce competition to buy oil from other sources. We would be one in a crowd, all fighting for the same scraps.

The fact is, a small, war torn country in the Middle East may well have just figured out a way to destroy the United States as we know it. Without ever having to threaten us directly. I don’t know about you but after all the weapons we’ve sold Saudi Arabia, I’d call that karma.

I’d say it’s about time the US stepped up to the bargaining table and stopped being the bully/bully’s friend. No threats are going to help with this. Only a diplomatic solution will do anything worthwhile.

Saudi Oil Refinery On Fire.. Who Benefits?

The tale being told to us is that Iran was somehow behind the drone attack on what is reportedly the world’s largest oil refinery. The result of that attack being a reduction of Saudi oil production by a full 50%.

First, read that last sentence again. Saudi oil production has been reduced by a full 50%.

Now, there is the fact that the Saudis had voluntarily reduced oil production for quite some time to boost oil prices. Because the US has maintained oil production, the Saudi reduction had limited success and oil prices have remained low.

Now consider the fact that this is occurring at the exact same time that several other major oil producing nations are being actively and aggressively sanctioned by the US, driving down the oil available on the world market. Iran, Venezuela and Russia are all being sanctioned at the same time.

Not only is there no evidence that Iran was involved in this, they would stand nothing to gain from it and it would involve considerable risk. Israel and the US are already standing with their itchy fingers on the triggers, anxious to find an excuse to attack Iran. With a false accusation against Iran, this would drag Saudi Arabia into that mixture. Iran stated that they could and would block the Strait of Hormuz to tanker traffic to and from Saudi Arabia. That action is legal while involving no violence or destruction of infrastructure.

The destruction of the Saudi refinery does not lead to increased oil sales for Iran. It does increase oil sales for the US.

Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the attack and had announced plans for effective attacks weeks prior. All in response to years of the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times imposed on their country by Saudi Arabia.

There can be little question that one expected result of this will be increased use of the petrodollar. However- If the US and OPEC nations are unable to meet the demand for oil on the international market, that could very well backfire. Winter months in the Northern hemisphere are not far off, especially for Northern Europe, where winter begins as early as late Sept or early October. So this could very well result in Europe increasing oil purchasing from Russia, thanks to unpredictable supply and increased pricing regarding the US oil supply. Winter months are the most turbulent for the north Atlantic, the route tankers must traverse between the US and Europe. China may well break with the US and increase oil purchases from Venezuela and Iran.

Should other countries make such trade agreements, there is the very good chance that any oil trade agreements will be gone for years, decades, possibly forever.

One of the biggest tasks for the US administration now will be to convince other nations that Iran is somehow responsible for the attack. This is not likely to happen, as other nations are less likely than the US to run up further debt than they currently have for the purpose of waging what will absolutely be a protracted war with Iran. Other nations have a longer history than the US and have not forgotten the invasion of Iraq or destruction of Syria via US terrorist proxies. Europe is still dealing with the fallout of refugees coming from Middle Eastern countries, placing extreme strain on their economies and safety. Nor have they been convinced that Iran violated the terms of the JCPOA, which has been the ongoing rationale for the increased tensions with Iran. Nor are they blind to the Trump administration attempting to find an excuse to attack Iran.

As of today, oil prices have increased by 20%. In real terms, that is an increase of 40¢ on every $2 gallon of gas. As winter approaches, that cost will increase. The effects on the US and other economies will be immediate, severe and long term. We will soon see increases in the prices of all consumer goods, utility bills and electronic services.

We ALL need to stop this in it’s tracks by calling and writing our elected officials to tell them NO WAR WITH IRAN.

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America Has No Enemies, Meeting With Foreign Leaders Is Not Treason

I see a lot of people sharing articles from clickbait farms and neoliberal propaganda warmonger sites about Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un. In the last few days, the same sites and people were sharing stuff about Trump shaking hands with Vladimir Putin.

In every case, the claim or implication is that Trump is committing treason.

First, consider what the Constitution considers treason. For any person to be guilty of treason means that Congress has formally declared war against another country. The guilty party then must be offering aid in some form to that country. Congress has not declared war against any country as of this time. Treason is not a charge which can be applied retroactively.

What you need to be paying attention to is what the “Resistance” suggests regarding any path to peace or diplomacy with alleged “enemies”. Because when you look at things from that perspective, they have nothing. Not one word about ending a single conflict, reducing tensions with other nations, bringing troops home from conflict zones, cutting military spending or US military presence anywhere in the world.

Does this mean I trust Trump? Absolutely not. North Korea has described Trump and his testosterone-drunken team as “gangsters”. In multiple cases there are convincing cases that he plans to make personal financial gains from any so-called “peace efforts” he has engaged in. Has the “Resistance” stepped in to prevent his profit motive? Have they devised stipulations that include peace but eliminate his opportunity to make a profit? Taken part in the peace process to make it more equitable and convince other countries that we are indeed not a threat to them?

No, they haven’t. Because we are a threat. In some way we are a genuine, very real threat to every nation, every person on earth in numerous ways at all times.

Some people discuss sanctions in ways that illustrate the fact that they have no understanding of how sanctions work. I’ve written about how sanctions work and how damaging they are many times. Sanctions kill human beings in targeted countries. Do you consider it peaceful when a person starves to death or dies from lack of medical treatment, rather than being shot or bombed? Dying slowly and painfully from preventable conditions imposed on your country is peaceful? In addition, sanctions do extensive damage to countries considered our allies. Sanctions reduce sales between countries, meaning allied countries may have to find alternative sources to buy products (like oil or grain) they once bought at more reasonable prices from the now-sanctioned nation. Or they lose sales to the now-sanctioned nation, which can and has destroyed entire industries in allied nations. How is that being helpful or a friend to our own allies?

Russia is no threat to us. I’ve written extensively on that subject. What is a threat to us is our continued threat against Russia, including our sanctions on our own allies.

North Korea is no threat to us. They have never threatened the US and their only threats involving any countries are solely in self defense.

Iran is no threat to us. Nobody claims they have missiles or weaponry of any kind that could reach the continental US. They have not invaded another country for over 200 years. They are not against Jews, they host the second largest Jewish population in the Middle East after Israel. They have synagogues older than the founding of the US and the Jewish population worships their faith openly.

Venezuela is no threat to us. That’s it, they’re no threat to us. Period.

China is no military threat to us. Unless we give them reason to be and even then it will likely only be in that region, where our military has no business in the first place.

Other countries hacking our elections are not a threat. It is a rationale to move to systems which are not online. You know, like paper ballots?

Other countries hacking our electrical grid are not a threat. It is a rationale to move to systems which are not online. You know, like we had for decades? There is literally no reason for our electric plants to be online in the first place. Who the fuck ever thought that was a good idea?!!!

When Trump threatens other countries, the “Resistance” and media have nothing to say in opposition. No more than there was any opposition or objection when Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama expanded bombing from 2 countries to 7 countries, largely with Hillary’s help as SoS. Nobody who supported Hillary said anything when she threatened to use “political, economic and military force” in response to alleged electronic warfare.

I understand you hate Trump. I agree. There is much about him which earns that sentiment. However, international conflict at this point is not about him. This is about you. To oppose Trump does not mean you should support tensions with other countries which may lead to even more wars. You cannot personally object to the ridiculously large military and “defense” budget while endorsing the same sentiments and paranoia which capitalize (literally) on the basis for that budget. You cannot blame Trump for this. If you want to blame someone for the next war, look in the mirror. Yes, he is a threat but so are you. If he leaves office without starting another war, then you will still be here. Your hate and fear will still be here. The defense budget will not decrease as long as you keep cowering in terror based on nothing.

We have many things to fear in this country. Let me repeat that. We have many things to fear IN this country. Not a damn one of those things can be solved with missiles, bombs, invading other countries, arming oligarchs conducting genocide. None of those problems can be solved by spending the entire federal budget on weaponry. None of that makes us safer. None of that improves international relations. None of that improves access to healthcare, improves wages, helps the homeless, improves education, decreases racism/sexism/religious prejudice. None of that does anything about censorship and in fact is the basis for much of our censorship.

Either you are for peace or you are for conflict and war.You are for the US being the good guys or the US being the global bully. There is no middle ground on this. Nobody has threatened us. If we have enemies, we created those enemies and we are creating more daily. No more excuses. What is YOUR choice on this?

I am for peace.

US Militarism And TDS

Some people still have some concept that I am in some way a Trump supporter or apologist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more of my writing and that becomes very evident.

Want to attack him for his economic policies? I’m right there with you. Immigration? Yes, he is monstrous. Sexism? I’ve referred to him having “tiny hand syndrome”. Racism? Absolutely.

Where international relations are concerned I will say he is an idiot with not the faintest clue what he is doing. He is the kind of person that personifies how many people in other countries view the US. Yes, he is what they think of when they think of Americans and how they have viewed us for decades. He is bellicose, arrogant and nothing short of a bully.

In other words, he illustrates what our government really is.

On the other hand, for all his threats and boasting, he is not as militaristic as his predecessors and opponents. Note that this in no way excuses the harm done by US sanctions, which I have explained in detail numerous times.

Consider the claims and criticisms of the corporate media and the “Resistance”.

With North Korea, they described the current administration as “gangsters”, as in mafia, organized crime. Yet still Trump has not used military force against them. When he temporarily suspended war games on the Korean border, instead of being praised, he was attacked. Ask yourself why? How well does intimidation work on other countries? How well does it work on you?

When he bombed Syria, he was praised. Brian Williams talked about the “beauty of our weapons”, citing it as a quote. Ask yourself, who pulls a quote like that out of their ass? I am a veteran and had never heard that quote in my life before that. Had you? I hope to never hear it again.

That attack happened with no investigation on the ground to verify facts and evidence. The following year almost the exact same thing happened, almost to the smallest detail.

In the first case, there was no investigation ever completed on the ground. Numerous sources stated what evidence was available did not fit. In the second case it was proven by the OPCW that no chemical weapon residue was found. The closest thing found were microscopic traces of chlorine in the soil, which was likely from destroyed PVC pipes or household chemicals, considering the concentration. Guess what? If you water your yard with municipally treated water, your soil has chlorine residue.

Yet Trump did warn Syria of the coming attacks and their locations.

When Trump made threats to invade Venezuela, the corporate media and the “Resistance” were largely silent. There was absolutely no sign of opposition. In fact, they almost daily portrayed false images of the conditions in Venezuela. Where hardships and even deaths have been occurring by the thousands, they never mention that this is due to the effects of US sanctions. They do not mention that the US and UK governments have seized assets that belong to the Venezuelan government and hence Venezuelan people. That’s as if I stole everything in your bank account and then portrayed you as a bad parent for not providing for your family. US sanctions have seized shipments already paid for of medications and medical supplies, then blocked further transactions of those items. How would you like it if that happened to your family?

Since Trump has backed away from any military threats against Venezuela, how much have you been hearing of the conditions in that country? Did you think they suddenly got better? Then why aren’t you hearing about it any more?

He has met with Vladimir Putin, talked with Putin on the phone and initially tried making peaceful overtures with Russia. For which he was viciously attacked and accused of treason. BTW, treason according to the US Constitution means giving aid to an enemy, which requires a formal Congressional declaration of war. So no, the claims of treason hold no water.

Yet the “Resistance” found no reason to call it treason when Hillary, with Mueller’s “intelligence” approval, sold 20% of uranium processing to a Russian company, Uranium One. They had no desire to call it treason when Bill made hundreds of thousands giving speeches to sell investments in Uranium One while Hillary was US Secretary of State. They did not choose to hold her to account when Uranium One resulted in lost uranium shipments, bribes, coercion and threats.

The media focuses on the trade war between the US and China, reports on near-confrontations between naval vessels yet conveniently fails to mention the largest buildup in history of US forces along the Russian border, Russian maritime routes and the South China Sea. There has been no military threat against any nation by Russia or China. So, one should be asking what our forces are doing there at all. The average American will not ask that question, even if they are aware of the situation. If the media reports on it, it portrays it as aggression by other countries, yet cannot explain what aggression.

The latest in this chain of events is Iran. Notice that while there were minor grumblings about him withdrawing from the JCPOA, there was no actual outcry. Why? There was no profit to be made. Then he threatened to attack Iran after an attack on ships that did not belong to the US and were not associated to the US in any way. They were both connected to Japan. Did Japan ask for US intervention? No, they did not. On the threats, there was not a single word of dissent spoken. Then he reversed course and chose to not attack. Suddenly, the media and the “Resistance” erupted like a volcano.

This is where I will once again, for the millionth time it seems, point out that the US media is deeply in bed with the Military Industrial Complex. Corporate media hosts advertising by military contractors like Boeing, Raytheon and Northrup. Know who pays for that advertising? You do, through your taxes. They have “experts” who work for military weapons contractors telling you why we need to invade, bomb, sell weapons (at a loss to the US taxpayer) to other countries. Why every country who succeeds at trade is a military threat. Why any country with a different, more Socialist, economic model is monstrous and also a threat to US national security. How we need to engage in “humanitarian intervention”. Because that has worked out so well in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Let’s do more of that, they say.

It does not even stop with overt militarism. When Trump blocked the release of the unredacted Mueller report, he was called a fascist, a tyrant, that he was hiding something. Then he did a complete 180 degree turn and directed Barr to release the entire report and all supporting evidence to the public. What did the media and the “Resistance” have to say? That he was a tyrant, that he was putting national security at risk.

So, the ultimate question here is really, what do YOU want? Do you WANT war with Russia? China? North Korea? Venezuela? Iran? Do you WANT the Mueller findings declassified and published for all to see? Do you WANT to keep increasing military spending? Or do you simply want every single thing that Trump does to be wrong, no matter what the cost?

If you merely want everything he does to be wrong and “Resistance” means risking or the actuality of global warfare, starving and killing people in other countries, all to vindicate your hatred of him, then you must ask yourself one last question.

Who is the REAL monster here?

Attacking Iran Would Not Be A Small Issue

This past week, Trump first called for a bomb strike on Iran. Then, when that strike was allegedly imminent, he called it off.

I am very happy he called it off. That strike would have, as others have stated, unleashed hell on earth. Iran has a large and experienced military and connections to numerous countries. This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan.

I’ve pointed out on too many occasions to count the fact that most Americans are willfully ignorant of. That we are currently bombing 7 countries. This is not a new development, we have been bombing the same 7 countries for years. If you doubt me, do a web search of what countries we are bombing. The difference is that the countries we have been bombing for so long started off with military forces and capabilities far below that of Iran. In fact, in multiple cases, most notably Syria, Iran has been helping to combat the US-backed terrorist factions those countries have been contending with.

Many Americans want to claim that we have allies in the Middle East in the form of Israel and Saudi Arabia. There are a few big, big problems with that. Both of those countries buy their weapons from the US. Our weapons manufacturing capacity is at it’s limit. We have run out of bombs to drop on multiple occasions. Both of them gain the funds necessary to buy their weapons from the US. Saudi Arabia by oil sales, which Iran would block the shipment of if they were attacked. Israel is freely handed nearly $4 billion a year by the US. If we had an actual war with an actual opposing military, the US would have to stop handing out all that money. We are already responsible for over 1/3 of the global national debt and that amount keeps rising. So if they cannot buy weapons and/or we cannot produce enough weapons, any conflict with Iran would be over almost before it began. Iran produces weapons and buys weapons from Russia and China. We cannot stop that from happening. Russian and Chinese weapons manufacturing are nowhere near capacity.

For manpower and alliances in the immediate region, as I stated above, Iran has helped a number of countries in the Middle East. As those countries have been beating back terrorist groups, they have more manpower they could offer to help Iran. This is true even without leaving their own countries because US forces are in their countries or would attempt to occupy those countries in the event of conflict with Iran. All they have to do is evict our forces or turn on US forces in their countries. Not even kill anyone, just destroy our equipment and take our forces hostage. Think that can’t happen? Look at a map. Iraq and Afghanistan have been at war for nearly two decades because of American actions. Both countries have a majority that wants us gone. We have no forces in Pakistan and only a token illegal presence in Syria.

US forces are stretched to the point where we have had to send Coast Guard forces to other countries. That’s not the CG’s role. Their role is supposed to be guarding US waters. This, while we have yet to meet a maritime threat since WWII.

Trump has promoted the message that the US is a net oil exporter at this time. Note that precise wording. That we are a net oil exporter. That doesn’t mean we produce all the oil we need and more. Oil is one of our top three exports and top three imports. Now, consider that 2/3 of the world’s oil supply for export goes through the Strait of Hormuz, controlled by Iran. If they block oil transport, they bring most of the planet to a standstill. The US does not produce enough oil to meet our needs and that of other countries on a major scale. This would be even more true if major conflict erupted, meaning the military would requisition the remainder of our oil production.

That would open the door for Russia, the world’s third largest oil producer, to step in. It would also be a gain for Venezuela. Both would see massively increased oil and gas sales to other countries currently trading with Saudi Arabia, UAE and US.

Considering just how much the value of the US dollar is dependent on US and Saudi oil sales, military conflict with Iran would result in a massive decline in the value of the dollar in very short order.

Any conflict with Iran would result in the US even further threatening Russia and China, who trade with Iran. Especially China. It would at the very least offend and possibly anger the other nations that signed onto the JCPOA and have defended Iran’s compliance with that treaty, which the US has violated unilaterally. All these countries are not likely to simply accede to further threats and sanctions.

Even without military actions, US sanctions are actively resulting in loss of human lives in Iran (among other countries). Sanctions are acts of war. Sanctions kill. Sanctions also damage Iran’s trading partners economically. If you don’t understand all this and think sanctions are in any way peaceful, or that other countries go along with US sanctions without objection, do more research because it is something you do not understand.

Yes, Trump is extremely unstable. However, in this case the “Resistance” first criticized him for threatening Iran, while now criticizing him for not attacking Iran, no matter what dangers that action would result in.

Protecting “Our Way Of Life”?

In 2017, the Department of Defense released a revised mission statement which basically says the new role of the military is to preserve the American way of life. Not to defend against military threats. They were literally saying that our military is there to preserve the corporate profit system.

Think about this. Our military has not faced a single military threat in my lifetime. Not a single one. In the cases where our military has encountered an opposing military presence, it has been because of our presence in another country.

I’ve said many times that the draft is coming. Only this time, females as well as males can be drafted to combat roles. Consider the fact that we are bombing 7 countries and threatening 5 more militarily. Our direct military encounters with Russia and China become more frequent by the month and could be by the day, only we’re not allowed to hear about most encounters. Plus the fact that we are conducting aggressive cyber warfare against Russia.Though if you think we are not also conducting cyber warfare against China, you’re delusional. Plus we have combat troops in 50 of 54 African states.

Now we have the event regarding Iran, which I already wrote about and which I am guessing over 90% of Americans do not believe Iran is guilty of.

In the meantime, military recruitment has not met quota for years. The military has been involuntarily extending enlistments of more skilled positions such as fighter pilots for longer than you know. Experienced military members are growing older and ready to retire. The military has been ejecting anyone who cannot be deployed, which number in the tens of thousands. Then there is Trump’s war on transgender military members.

So, we have people leaving the military and inadequate new recruits to replace them at a time while we have active aggression against numerous countries, increased international tensions and probable invasions or attacks on multiple opponents. Though this time those countries are not weak, relatively defenseless countries with no allies. Most of the countries we are now threatening have alliances with one another.

When I think of protecting my way of life, the key part of that includes keeping my daughter safe. I really don’t GAF how old my daughter is at any point in my life and hers, she is still my daughter and I will always want her to be safe.

There is absolutely no part of me that understands or can relate to parents who are okay with sending their children to invade foreign countries for their way of life. Especially when what that means right now is preserving low cost gasoline and high profits for corporations.

What “way of life” is being protected for the general public in America today? Lack of affordable medical care, overpriced medications, low wages, struggling to make ends meet, credit card bills, student loan debt, homeless on the streets, systemic racism, being literally terrified of our own police, censorship, mass surveillance, social and political divisiveness, religious prejudice, sexism, increasing age of retirement, reduction in pensions, impending collapse of the dollar? WTF are we “defending”?

Though all the above really means that we have a de facto draft in a form already and have had for many years. Young people see these things and some will join the military to mitigate the fears they have of a future where they face these exact problems. At least in the military they have medical care, an income from which they cannot be laid off, a roof over their heads and tuition assistance. The fact that they are willing to risk PTSD, disability and death tells you exactly how truly afraid they are of the future created for them. This is excruciatingly true for young people from disadvantaged and rural areas.

These are our children, you bastards!!!!

You can talk about preserving your way of life but if that means sacrificing the future for your children and probably risking an actual war with an actual military opponent with the capability to bring that war back to our shores, you have nothing you are preserving.

It’s time to start questioning just what the hell you think we are defending. Define it. Not for me, for yourself. Really think about it.

False Flag Attack To Incite War With Iran

This week, two oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. Within seeming minutes, US SoS Mike Pompeo was issuing a statement which blamed Iran for the attacks. No investigation, no evidence, no statements from any country or group that we know of. If any statements were made by another entity other than Iran, chances are we will never be allowed to know about it.

The Iranian government has denied any responsibility for the attack and there is no reason to doubt their innocence. There is every reason to disbelieve Pompeo.

Pompeo’s statement was, “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high-degree of sophistication.

The United States will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability. And we call upon all nations threatened by Iran’s provocative acts to join us in that endeavor.”

First thing to note is how precise his wording is. “no proxy group operating in the area” is far too specific. Perhaps there are no proxy groups with the capabilities to carry out such an attack in the area. However, there are several nations with the capabilities to carry out such an attack directly. Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US immediately come to mind.

He refers to recent Iranian attacks on shipping. That’s interesting because I don’t recall any attacks by Iran on any ships in decades, perhaps even in my lifetime. Do you?

Something else interesting is that he refers to “safeguard(ing) global commerce” and defending US forces and interests. That’s nice because nothing belonging to the US has been attacked.

There are a number of signs that this attack was a false flag operation. A video surfaced showing an Iranian vessel next to the ship after the attack. The US claims that the Iranian vessel was removing a mine from the ship which had not detonated. Thing to keep in mind about mines is that they will detonate against any ship that comes in contact with them. Besides, how would Iranians know there was a mine attached to the ship which had not detonated before they even got to the ship to see it?

The ship owners have objected to this claim for a number of reasons. First, the damage to the ships was above the water line, which completely negates the damage being done by a mine or torpedo. Then the crew on the ships saw something flying at the ship. Mines and torpedoes do not fly.

One of the ships attacked was a Japanese ship and the other was bound for Japan. Considering this, the timing of this attack makes absolutely no sense for Iran to have conducted the attack. At the exact moment of the attack, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was in Iran, conducting diplomatic talks to try and reduce tensions. So, even if Iran attacked any ship at all, ships connected to Japan would make the least sense of all.

What has been well documented is that Iran sent ships to rescue the crew members of both vessels. Saudi Arabia didn’t send rescue ships. The US didn’t send rescue ships. Israel didn’t send rescue ships. Only Iran did.

Iran would have nothing to gain by such an attack and much to potentially lose. While Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US would have much to “gain” (sic) by conducting an attack and blaming Iran.

Consider the history of each country named here:

Iran has not invaded another country since 1798. They openly give support to rebels in Yemen who are fighting against Saudi Arabia. They have supported Hezbollah for many years while Hezbollah has defended against Israeli invasions and terrorist groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Palestine. Iran has forces in Syria helping to fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. In each of these cases, Iran has openly stated their support for proxy groups and are quite openly fighting in Syria.

Saudi Arabia is conducting what is globally recognized as genocide in Yemen, while they have funded and armed Al Qaeda and ISIS. They are opposed to any country in the Middle East which is Shia Muslim, especially Iran and Syria.

Israel has been illegally occupying Palestine and part of Syria for over 50 years while trying to completely eliminate the Palestinian people. They vehemently oppose Iranian military in Syria and have directly attacked Iranian military forces in Syria, which should be considered acts of direct aggression which would justify a declaration of war by both Syria and Iran against Israel. Israel has been proven and eventually admitted to giving aid and support to Al Qaeda attacking Syria. Israel has at some time claimed that every single country bordering them has attacked them, each time with no evidence, yet used the claim to attack each country. Plus countries that do not directly border Israel. Israel has been attempting to drag the US into a war with Iran for many years.

The US is documented to have manufactured events which have led to conflicts around the globe for over a century, from the Spanish-American War to the invasion of Iraq and the bombing of Syria. Bolton has been trying to manufacture an excuse to attack and invade Iran for decades. Pompeo seems to want war with any country not under our thumb.

Each of these countries governments would love nothing better than to invade Iran and remove the government. They believe this would also weaken Syria, which would come next, as Iran has been a major force strengthening the Syrian defense against terrorist proxy groups which have been backed by all three governments. Then cause both countries to fall, carve them up and commandeer the resources of both countries between them while making riches for the US military contractors who would supply the weapons for this endeavor.

One thing to keep in mind is that Russia, China, India and Europe conduct trade with Iran. None are going to sit idly by while all of this happens. For one thing, they are not going to sit on their hands as the US Empire stretches and tightens its iron fist over more of the planet, while they know full well that they will be next. US sanctions, tariffs and militaristic threats make it clear that they are on the list for future invasions.

So, if other countries are not going to simply allow this to happen, Iran could very well be what incites WWIII if the manufactured excuses for war continue. Americans cannot sit by blindly while this happens. It will be Americans paying for this war while corporations profit. It will be American citizens fighting, most likely drafted to fight this war. This would be a war like none we have fought before. We have seen that more countries are becoming more opposed to us on a daily basis. This could well be the last straw which turns most of the world against the US while mobilizing a large segment of the US population to finally stand up against our warmongering corporate government.

Who knows? Maybe even the media may finally say that enough is enough. Though I won’t be holding my breath.