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.

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.

Democrats Vote To Lose In 2020

Wednesday 18 Dec 2019, the House Democrats voted to lose the White House and the House majority. In other words, they voted almost unanimously to impeach Trump.

Don’t get me wrong. Trump sucks. His policies are damaging to this country at every level, no matter what his supporters want to believe. The damage of his policies may not be immediately evident yet to those not paying attention but the damage is present and easily identifiable. Though I have made clear many times that he is a continuation of previous administrations and policies.

I agree there are many things for which Trump could and should be impeached. However, none of those issues are what is being presently presented as a rationale for impeachment.

Syrian war crimes. He has bombed Syria with no investigation by the OPCW at the time. What investigation occurred subsequently is being revealed as a farce by members of the OPCW itself, with 20 investigators who were directly involved stating the facts do not match the report. The end report which was released was done so under political pressure by the US. Follow Caitlin Johnstone for excellent coverage of the OPCW scandal. He has maintained a military presence in Syria against international law with the literal stated purpose of seizing oil resources, which is also illegal.

Yemen war crimes. Yemen is currently the site of the worst humanitarian crisis since Cambodia. Yet the US continues to supply arms and US military personnel to Saudi Arabia. In addition, the US has bombed Yemen directly.

Palestine war crimes. Palestinians have been subjected to genocide by Israel. Yet no offer of political, economic or military force has been offered to support Palestine. In fact, all support from Palestine for humanitarian efforts has been withdrawn by the Trump administration, weak as it was in the first place. Yet the US sells weapons to Israel and gives nearly $4 billion per year to Israel.

Venezuela war crimes. I have explained numerous times that sanctions are considered acts of war by the UN Peace Council. Sanctions kill. The sanctions against Venezuela have no basis in any form of threat to the US or neighboring countries. There was no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela before the US began imposing sanctions in 2012 under Obama. Yet at this time the US has seized monetary assets of Venezuela, seized shipments of grain paid for by and destined for Venezuela and seized shipments of paid-for medical supplies and equipment, leading to tens of thousands of deaths in that country. Meanwhile the Trump administration backs a pretender to the presidential office who did not even run in the election.

Backing fascist regimes in Brazil, Honduras, Bolivia.

Lethal weapons sales. Banning the sale of non-lethal weapons to the Hong Kong government while still selling lethal weapons to that government for the purpose of crowd control.

Withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.

Withdrawing from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, sparking a multinational nuclear arms race.

Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.

Treatment of asylum seekers at the southern US border. Keeping children in cages, separating them from their parents, in some cases permanently, which is nothing less than kidnapping.

Why none of these reasons? The Democrats are not using any of the above reasons to impeach Trump because each and every one of them are nothing more than continuations of policies of previous administrations. Including the Obama administration. They are also policies which the Democrats have not opposed in any meaningful way. In fact, they have generally fully supported these policies in action, in spite of weak rhetoric claiming opposition. One very big reason they will not use these reasons to impeach is because it would open the door to indict and prosecute Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, GWB, Cheney and many more.

I want you to notice something about all the valid reasons for impeachment listed above. They all have something in common. Human rights. The Democrats have made the conscious choice to NOT impeach for any of these reasons. In fact, they handed him powers of surveillance, Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) and another inflated military budget that threw out ANY protection of asylum seekers at the border. The reason they ARE impeaching has to do with political power of the elite. So you can stop treating Pelosi like a hero, stop acting like the Democrats are on your side. They’re not.

Non-stop witch hunt. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about Trump. That’s not the point. The obstruction charge is not going to stick because he handed over the only evidence in this particular case that matters- the transcript of the phone call. There is no other RELEVANT evidence. Was there a recording? There doesn’t appear to be and no opposing sources claim one exists. (Yes, I agree everything any and all elected officials do regarding official business should be documented. However, if that’s not a requirement it’s too late to change it for this issue.) Yet even the most rabid anti-Trump person has to admit is that there has been a non-stop witch hunt to impeach him since before he won the election. It cannot be denied this is true, not with a clear conscience. IF you have any level of sanity, that is. We have gone through 3 1/2 years of Russiagate. “Just wait for Mueller!” We waited. Nothing. Stormy Daniels. What even happened to that? I don’t even know. It just disappeared. Charity fraud. Tax statements. Business fraud. Every time we heard, “The walls are closing in.” Each time it amounted to nothing which was an impeachable offense.

Doomed to failure. The vote which occurred in the House really equates to nothing more than a “Survivor” style vote of elimination. They voted him off the island. What follows next in the GOP-majority Senate will be far different. Instead of a politically-biased popularity contest, what will happen in the Senate will be a TRIAL. In a Senate filled with Senators educated in law. A trial in which, rather than grandstanding and opining, hard evidence must be presented. A trial in which Trump and his legal representatives will be permitted to present a defense and their own witnesses, which may well include evidence regarding the subject of the phone call on which all of this is based. Thus far, this case has not relied on evidence. When viewed legally rather than politically, the case against Trump is doomed.

It doesn’t even matter if impeachment is successful. Let’s assume I am completely wrong and impeachment succeeds. I have asked before and repeat myself again: What then? None of that means we get to choose his successor. The replacement is something we have no say in. Chances are the replacement will be Pence, who is a theocrat and literally worse than Trump.

Impeachment will anger more than right-wing voters. There are many Independent, Libertarian and Democratic donors who do not agree with this impeachment for valid reasons. Many who have watched, appalled by Russiagate, Ukrainegate and on and on. Those who see the whole process as damaging to what little democracy we have remaining. Those people will vote in 2020 for anyone that does NOT represent the Deep State machine behind all of this. If impeachment fails, they will vote to reelect Trump. If it succeeds they will vote for Pence or anyone else that opposes the DNC elite. But they will NOT vote Democrat at ANY level of the ballot if they have a choice in the matter. I expect the House to revert to blood red.

And no, they will absolutely not vote for Sanders, who has promoted the DNC and pushed Russiagate. You can forget that idea. Nobody that opposes the DNC elite will vote for Sanders. Even hoping for that is self-defeating.

The one thing I do expect to happen is that this election will be far different from 2016. I expect to see more voters turn out in 2020 by virtue of the fact that they will see an actual choice to make. There was no significant difference between Hillary and Trump. Both elitists, both dishonest, both seen as threats to peace.

It doesn’t matter how much Trump is a slave to the rich. Millions feel resigned to the fact that we cannot escape that from elected officials. What will now drive the 2020 election will be opposing the Deep State, that are seen as negating the choices of Americans without our consent.

This impeachment process has made Trump a martyr for those who see the Deep State as being far too strong, too pervasive.

Pelosi has made the choice to hold back on presenting the impeachment over to the Senate until January. This is another major mistake. The goal from the start of this process has been to keep focus on the impeachment all the way through 2020. Before that, they had hoped to keep focus on Russiagate through 2020, hence 17 investigations announced into the Mueller investigation. Not only did Russiagate collapse but it has turned around to bite the initiators viciously, with an even larger investigation ongoing but not yet completed. Ukraine is going to have the same result. So, by Democrats focusing on Russia and Ukraine, they commit absolute suicide. They could be focusing on issues. They could have brought impeachment charges for valid reasons but refused. The long, slow, overly dramatic implosion of the DNC is all that remains.

It can’t come soon enough.

While You Are Paying Attention To Impeachment..

In recent weeks, while you were paying attention and cheering for impeachment, praising Pelosi and screaming at the top of your mental lungs how great the “Resistance” is..

BOTH parties voted overwhelmingly to renew the Patriot Act, giving Trump AND the “intelligence” agencies the power to monitor every single letter, digit and byte of your communications.

BOTH parties cheered for Trump’s new trade deal, USMCA, which replaces NAFTA. Which contains significant portions lifted directly from the TPP, which Trump vetoed and raged so much against.

BOTH parties approved extension of the AUMF which gives Trump the power to use military force anywhere in the world without Congressional approval and with no time limit. Remember that US forces are still in Afghanistan (18 years) and Iraq (16 years) under AUMF, while bombing a total of at least 7 countries and threatening 5 more with military force. We still have forces in Syria against international law. Plus we have military forces in 50 of 54 African nations.

BOTH parties approved the new $738 BILLION “defense” (sic) budget, which includes funding for a Space Force (which is still against international law), creates a new cabinet position for the commander of said Space Force and increases funding for nuclear weapons . Meanwhile the “compromise” (meaning absolute complicity) bill removes provisions banning military funding being used for a border wall, banning US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in the genocide in Yemen, protecting transgender military members, requiring limitations on PFAS (Forever Chemicals) on and around military bases, which would have required them to be placed on the Superfund list, mandating Congressional approval for military conflict with Iran and withdrawing approval for authorization for the Iraq conflict.

The Washington Post published The Afghanistan Papers, which detail how the American people have been misled about the war in Afghanistan for the entire 18 years we have been there. How our forces had no idea who are allies versus enemies. Guess what? If you fire on your allies they do not remain allies. How the Taliban now holds power over MORE of the country today than in 2001. This has remained true and covered up for three administrations, from GWB/Cheney to Obama/Biden to Trump/Pence. It took 3 lawsuits to obtain this information.

The DOJ released the first part of the IG report regarding the FBI investigation into Trump/Russia. The report shows illicit bias, falsified and omitted information in FISA warrant requests so badly that at least one criminal charge may be forthcoming while the FBI has announced over FORTY procedural changes as a result. Let’s not forget that Russiagate already resulted in at least two terminations of top level personnel and one of those was previously fired by Mueller. Let’s not forget that the Mueller investigation did not result in even a single charge against any US person regarding anything to do with Russia. None. Not one.

Julian Assange is still in prison, still being tortured. Chelsea Manning is still in prison for the second time. For charges that have NOTHING to do with Russia or the 2016 election. They revealed the truth. That was their crime.

Ukraine testimony. I have talked with people who claimed to have listened to the testimony in full. Yet somehow completely missed former EU ambassador Sondland stating that he never heard any requirement from any party regarding a quid pro quo and that was his own impression. Sondland was the star witness from which most other testimony originated. Meanwhile, the alleged whistleblower only heard information third hand and will not testify or allow their name to be revealed.

Yay, “Resistance”. These are all events which have taken place in only the past 2–3 weeks. In the past we have seen a drug price reduction bill voted down by 12 Democrats, while 15 Republicans voted in favor of it. We have seen (lame) attempts at peace with Russia, North Korea and Syria raged against by the “resistance”. Meanwhile they have either remained silent or been totally complicit in murderous sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. They have not offered any opposition to Trump’s trade war. They have increased “defense” spending every single year. We have watched them cave on DACA and instead approve border wall funding and tax breaks for the elite.

If this is what you call “resistance” and “ethics”, you really need to take another look at yourself, your priorities and your level of consciousness.

IG Report Contradicts Itself

The Inspector General released a report on the findings of an examination into the FBI investigation into Trump/Russia “collusion”. The report is over 400 pages long and I will admit that in this case I have no plans to read the whole thing. Just what I have seen thus far tells me what I need to know.

This report states that the beginning of this investigation was not biased. This is one key point to pay attention to. The stress is being placed on the beginning of the investigation. It actually does not state that the investigation was not biased, only that the beginning was not biased.

No matter what, this alone contradicts the findings of the report. If only one candidate in an election is being investigated, that is the definition of bias. Throughout Russiagate, I have written many times that what illustrates clear bias is the fact that Clinton was not investigated regarding Russia. Keep in mind that Clinton signed off on Uranium One, where Russia gained processing rights to 20% of uranium mined in the US. In addition, Bill Clinton gave a speech in Russia, promoting investments in Uranium One, for which he was paid $500,000. This occurred while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, yet was never included in the Russia “investigation”. In addition, Robert Mueller signed off on the intelligence regarding Uranium One. Later on, Uranium One resulted in widespread charges of bribery, coercion and corruption, along with unaccounted for uranium shipments. All those charges were for events which took place right here in the US. So, Clinton was never investigated regarding Uranium One and Mueller went on to be named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the election.

Serious performance failures. The report goes on to state that there were “serious performance failures” conducted in the course of the examination. This is basically the same as Comey’s statement where he talked for 14 minutes detailing all the things Hillary Clinton did wrong, even criminally so, with her private email server which placed national security at risk. Then talking for one minute exonerating her by saying he found no intent. Kind of like saying, “She knew she was breaking the law and had the entire State Department to advise her but she didn’t mean to do it.”

Legality versus ethics. What this report attempts to do is state that the FBI did not break the law. It does not actually prove in any way that there was no bias. Even regarding the law, the report details that one FBI lawyer claimed that Carter Page was not a CIA asset, while Page was indeed a CIA asset during the time he was being investigated. That FBI lawyer may well be charged with a federal crime as a result. The US federal attorney in Connecticut is currently looking into that possibility. In addition, relevant information was omitted and some information was not corroborated during the repeated applications for FISA warrants. There was one person who was not being investigated at all, yet was monitored by the FBI during the investigation.

Major changes. Christopher Wray, FBI Director, has said that the report will result in over 40 changes being made to procedures. I accept the fact that changes in procedure happen all the time for many reasons. However, one has to question why it takes such a public and high level examination to force changes in procedures for one of the largest intelligence agencies in the world, a massive percentage of an organization which is comprised of legal professionals. I have my suspicions that if these changes were applied retroactively, the entire Russia investigation would be declared invalid. I also have to question how many other investigations these processes have affected over how long. Yet in those less visible cases no changes were made because the processes did not gain widespread public attention.

Ultimately, the claims that there was no bias in the entire process fall flat. Anyone who has a sense of justice or respect of legality understands this.

I know some people are going to claim that in some way I support Trump. There is absolutely no truth in this and is highly evidenced in past articles I have written. I have written a multiple part series on why universal healthcare is the best system. I have written articles raging against racism. I detailed how immigrants benefit the economy on more than one occasion, even running numbers on the subject to back up my statements. I am an avid defender of Venezuela. Have demonstrated clearly that the economy is not doing well and a crash is coming soon. Called the claim of low unemployment into question using facts and published numbers which detail just how false those numbers are.

One does not have to support Trump to still support actual justice. One does not have to have TDS to call him out on lies, lies which are too frequently echoed in neoliberal media as fact. One does not have to support Trump to oppose an impeachment process which sets a precedent which is literally more dangerous than Trump himself. One does not have to be a Russian asset to realize that the intelligence agencies have demonstrated an absolute bias and have gone absolutely rogue in their duties, loyal only to their own agenda.

This is not justice. This is not legality. This is not democracy. This is not right. This is not anything close to what this nation is supposed to be about. Right now, what we need to be aware of is not the danger Trump poses but the much greater dangers posed by the “resistance”. We have seen the rise of censorship and return of McCarthyism. We have seen the “resistance” oppose recall of the military while silent on increased militarization. We have seen the military budget explode beyond all belief. We have watched evidence fabricated or told something was evidence as millions claim to see something which is not there in extended mass schizophrenic episodes. We are seeing huge numbers of people denying the risk or even cheering on the risk of war with nuclear powers.

I hate Trump but even more I hate what this country has become and am terrified of what it is becoming.

Gabbard Would Outperform Sanders In Debate With Trump

Tulsi Gabbard would have a considerable edge in debate against Trump which Sanders would not have. The ONLY exception would be voters rabidly pro-Sanders or ANYONE-but-Trump. For all other voters, in debate with Trump, Sanders would struggle with certain topics which most Americans find highly important.

Russiagate and Sanders. The first example of this came this week. Hillary Clinton went on a talk show and tied Sanders to the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, most of us have little interest in what Clinton has to say on any subject, so this should be a non-issue. However, it was picked up by the Russiagate media and talked about widely.

Now the biggest problem with this subject is the fact that Sanders has not opposed Russiagate. He has propagated it. He has stated publicly that Russia helped his campaign in 2016 without his knowledge. He has previously accused his own supporters in 2016 of being influenced by Russian propaganda if they did so much as question Hillary Clinton.

What this means is that Sanders has bound his own hands regarding Russiagate. So far the media on this subject has gone easy on Sanders. You may think not but trust me, it will absolutely get worse. Sanders has not faced any accusations regarding Russiagate in DNC debates. Trump will absolutely bring up the subject, even if only in an attempt to deflect accusations against him by the media. This will place Sanders on the defensive because the questions will come not only from Trump but also neoliberal AND conservative media. Trump has denied any political ties to Russia and can point to how hawkish he has been against Russia. Sanders has no effective defense, since he has promoted the Russiagate narrative and claims that Russia helped him in 2016.

Russiagate and Gabbard. Gabbard would not have this problem. She makes her foreign policy stance very clear. She will work toward diplomacy and easing tensions with other countries, including Russia. The risk of maintaining those tensions is too great to allow them to increase further. Aside from wild-eyed schizophrenic talking heads who see Russians in their closets and refrigerators, there has been no accusation of Gabbard having any ties to Russia and those claims cannot be in any way quantified rationally. I’m sure Rachel Maddow will try, though.

Election integrity. Another issue on which Gabbard has the upper hand is her defense of election integrity. It has been absolutely proven that the DNC committed election fraud in 2016, with Hillary Clinton at the helm. Trump will absolutely bring that subject up. Sanders will have no defense on the subject at all. Not only did he campaign for Clinton in 2016 but he has been completely silent regarding election fraud in the primary up to this very day.

Gabbard, on the other hand, stepped down from the DNC vice chair position to protest election fraud, did NOT campaign for Clinton, has been publicly critical regarding the DNC and openly opposed Clinton only weeks ago. She also has announced that she will not be running for her Congressional seat again, so the DNC holds absolutely no power over her political future, as far as we know at this time.

Foreign policy. On foreign policy, Trump would likely not even challenge Gabbard. While he has failed at his campaign promises of ending wars and easing tensions with allegedly hostile leaders, he can point to efforts he has made. Gabbard also shows she will meet with those leaders and states the absolute goal of ending wars. Trump can absolutely challenge Sanders on foreign policy because Sanders has only offered platitudes on foreign policy. He has not offered any specific policies, goals or methods for his foreign policies.

Healthcare. Trump’s healthcare policies have been an absolute tragedy, leaving millions without medical insurance coverage of any kind while insurance and medical costs have continued to rise drastically. The one thing he can point to is that he eliminated mandatory private coverage and the penalty for not being insured. He will use the last part as a weapon against both Sanders and Gabbard, who both support universal healthcare.

With Gabbard, she openly states she supports universal healthcare with no private insurance involved for basic care. She does support the availability of supplemental care through private insurance, which is consistent with most countries that have universal healthcare. Much of her proposed healthcare plan would be paid for by reducing military spending. That reduction would be constant, not affected by stock market performance.

With Sanders, his plan also has the same components. However, he has been less prone to discuss the supplemental insurance aspect, which can be construed as an attempt to hide that fact. His plan is largely financed through a tax on stock market trades. Problem is, the amount available would decline if and when the stock market declines. Which the stock market is poised to do precipitously. He states he would decrease defense spending but without a plan in place for reducing conflicts, that would be difficult to justify and accomplish.

Debate style. One has to look at debate styles and behavior. On his own, Trump goes on tangents, we all know this. However, if you recall the RNC debates in 2016, he tends to remain rather composed and on the offensive at all times.

Sanders can be put on the defensive easily. He does try and keep a strong focus on the issues but can become visibly shaken. Trump has the tendency to change subjects and use more personal attacks, which tends to put Sanders on the defensive and he is rather consistent about it. When faced with subjects for which he actually has to defend himself, he stutters a lot.

Gabbard is a lot harder to shake. She can go on the offensive very easily. She goes into debate well prepared regarding her opponent. That is, in addition to being well versed on the issues. On top of that, she thinks on her feet and can transition without blinking an eye. She can face an aggressive opponent down with a smile on her face, never show fear and not stutter a single time.

Between Sanders and Gabbard in debate against Trump or any aggressive opponent, I would definitely say Gabbard would fare much better. Sanders fosters the image of the grandfather figure focused on domestic policy. Gabbard projects the image of a warrior, ready to fight the Establishment while working to ease international tensions. In a world currently at war, with raging international tensions, highly aggressive characters and forces in our political parties and a blatantly dishonest, adversarial corporate media, at this time the warrior/diplomat is what this country sorely needs and the one who will fare far better in debate in this environment.

US Mercenary Forces

The following was reported on Yahoo News on 20/22/19-

“This withdrawal will take weeks, not days. Until that time our forces will remain in the towns that are located near the oil fields.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Kabul on Monday told reporters he’s considering keeping some U.S. troops in northeast Syria to protect oilfields from falling into the hands of Islamic State.

Trump: “I don’t want to leave troops there. It’s very dangerous… I don’t think it’s necessary other than that we secure the oil. It’s in a little different section, but we secure the oil.”

Esper, speaking in front of a Patriot missile battery where he was meeting U.S. troops, said Saudi Arabia had agreed to help underwrite the deployment to the kingdom. He did not provide details on what specifically Saudi Arabia had agreed to pay for.

Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, MARK ESPER, SAYING: “This withdrawal will take weeks, not days. Until…www.yahoo.com

This is not the first time that the Saudis have offered to pay the US for military servitude. We heard this before under Obama, through John Kerry. At that time the media reported on it as a positive. Remember that?

Of course, the thing which should be most obvious is that Trump and the US Secretary of Defense (sic) both literally admitted that US forces are in Syria not for the sake of the Kurds or any human beings at all. Our forces are there for oil. This is also not a new development. Since US forces entered Syria (and virtually any other Middle Eastern nation), our forces have done far more to defend oil fields than human beings. The administration doesn’t matter.

Of course, admitting this openly is why the media really hates Trump. He reveals the game. He also said very clearly that our government intends to keep Syria’s oil and hand it over to US oil companies. The fact that our government is doing this is no change from the Obama administration, it is only a change in that Trump openly admits to it.

If you were not aware of what was happening before Trump, that’s YOUR fault for not paying attention.

Whether taking money from Saudis for US military service or defending oil fields for the sake of oil corporation profits, the role of the US military should be obvious to any observer at this point. The US military are nothing more than paid mercenaries for hire.

As of 02 Jan 2018, the mission statement for the Department of Defense changed. Where the mission previously stated the mission was to deter war, the new mission statement reads, “The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide a lethal Joint Force to defend the security of our country and sustain American influence abroad.” However, there is no longer any mission statement at all listed on the official DoD website. This wording was the last publicly available version. With no mission statement now publicly available, we have no idea what the mission statement of our military is.

“Sustain American influence abroad.” These are disturbing words. It literally implies no limit to what powers our military can use or respond to and no limit to the excuses our government will claim to wield our military force against any nation that disagrees.

Of course, these words came just before the Nuclear Posture Review was changed to openly state that the US is willing to use nuclear weapons in response to conventional warfare. That’s not a change in practice, just a change in public admission. The truth is the US has never had a “no first strike” policy and we are the only nation to have ever used a nuclear weapon. That one instance was in response to conventional warfare.

Several pundits have stated that Trump is the most honest president we have ever had and I agree. Yes, he lies numerous times a day but he displays the agenda for all to see. Of course, he does this mindlessly, where previous administrations hid our machinations very purposefully. The only difference is whether YOU want the truth or the illusion.

The US has absolutely become a rogue state. Our military presence and actions in the Middle East have nothing to do with the security of the US. Our government supplies or sells weapons to aggressive actors, governmental or NGO. Our military states a mission to sustain American influence, which clearly means maintaining corporate economic dominance because we do not face any military threats from any other nation. We impose murderous sanctions on other nations and, when they violate those sanctions for nothing less than their own mere survival, we use that as an excuse for military aggression including mass murder. Then include the threat of using the most devastating form of weapon ever conceived.

No other nation in the history of mankind has ever waged war on as much of the planet, murdered as many people in cold blood as the US has.

If you read back through history, empire after empire has followed the same trajectory as we are near the end of right this moment. They pillaged, waged war against other nations, seizing resources as though it were a right, enslaving populations, decimating competing economies. That process continued until maintaining the empire became too costly. Lives lost was no problem. The process ended when there were no more resources to seize, no more riches to claim. The peoples of the empire would suffer as taxes increased, resources grew thin and the elitists , unhappy with not having more to grab greedily, took from the non-elite classes. The people were content to close their eyes to corruption as long as they profited. Once they no longer profited from the corruption, it became an issue to address. When profits collapsed, what has brought down nearly every empire in history was not external force, it was internal civil unrest. The citizens of Empire rising up and tearing down the ruling class.

We have the advantage. We have knowledge of history and can learn from it. We have communications which can allow us to form coalitions in short time frames. IF we turn off the propaganda machines. If you refuse, you’re useless. Just another puppet of one Royal House warring against another. We can, at this time, wage a peaceful revolution. Rebuild a nation based on peace, diplomacy, equality and prosperity.

Honestly, I don’t expect it to happen yet. Not until the economy collapses. As Caity Johnstone has pointed out, the largest part of social evolution must be an internal personal evolution. Greed must be silenced, which will only come from too few resources to fuel that greed. The American people have grown arrogant, soft, bloated, obese, privileged, apathetic, selfish, petty and superficial. As a people, we must be reminded of the things that matter as human beings. Call it Fate, Karma, The Hand of God or whatever you wish. I expect that the time of our economic collapse is very, very near.

Now the question becomes: What happens to mercenaries when there is nobody to pay them? Mercenaries know only two currencies- Money and blood.

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.