Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars? — Patrick Buchanan

“Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy,” warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire.”
To make his case against the “Isolationist Temptation,” Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become “a giant gated community.”
Understandably, Haass is upset. For the CFR has lost the country.
Why? It colluded in the blunders that have bled and near bankrupted America and that cost this country its unrivaled global preeminence at the end of the Cold War.

This post was published at Anti War

Turkey: Failed Coup or Paradigm Shift in the Middle East – in the World? :: Peter Koenig

Theories and speculations about the failed military coup in Turkey abound, ranging from a botched CIA coup; to one inspired by Erdogan’s arch-enemy, the self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, now living in Pennsylvania, USA; to a combination of both, CIA-Gulen; to a purposely failed auto-coup by Erdogan and his close military allies – and possibly many more, or combinations of different conspiracies. – The old question Cui Bono is in order.
As of now, Erdogan looks like the big winner. He has regained popular support, was able to accuse his ultra-rich preacher enemy, Gulen, as well as Washington as the coup instigators, and he can pursue his new alliance with Russia and renewed friendship with Bashar al-Assad.
Is it so simple? By looking closer, a failed CIA-Mossad-MI6 coup is perhaps the most realistic scenario.
It appears that Russia played a crucial role in having the audacious and ill-prepared coup fall apart.

This post was published at InformationClearingHouse

Trump Accuses Obama Of Being The “Founder Of ISIS; Crooked Hillary Clinton Is The Co-Founder”

Following yesterday’s comments by Hillary Clinton that Trump is “inciting violence“, we were expecting Trump to promptly ratchet up the war of words, and he did not disappoint when pivoting back to Hillary, and Obama’s, foreign policy, he said that Obama “founded” ISIS, a statement that has already incited angry rebuttals from the media even if it confirms what a secret Pentagon report revealed last May according to which ISIS was created by the US as a “tool to overthrow the Syrian president.”
‘ISIS is honoring President Obama,’ he said during a rally in Fort Lauderdale, adding that ‘He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS.” He did not spare Hillary either: “I would say the co-founder would be ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton,’ Trump added of his Democratic rival.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 11, 2016.

Phase II Of The August Event Has Begun – Episode 1045b

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 10, 2016
The RFID smartgun chip has arrived. South Sudan rejects more peacekeepers from the UN which are really armed military soldiers. Russia stops a terrorist attack in Crimea. War is being pushed in Ukraine, welcome to phase II of the August event. Libya is calling for the coalition forces to help out in the country, here comes Italy, France and all the others. US wants a cease fire in Syria because there terrorist groups are losing the battle. Russia will have a couple of hours each day so humanitarian can be delivered. Russia and Syria block terrorists from taking Aleppo. Obama has made a change to the elections, DHS will oversee the elections and if there is any sign of a cyber attack the elections will be called off.

Pentagon, CIA Form Praetorian Guard For Clinton As Warmonger President

Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael J Morell is the latest in a phalanx of senior US military-intelligence figures who are shedding any pretense of political neutrality and giving their full-throated endorsement to Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In a New York Times opinion piece, Morell starkly backed Clinton as the most highly qualified to be commander-in-chief… keeping our nation safe.
The ex-CIA chief’s op-ed piece also served as a blunt hatchet job on Republican presidential rival Donald J Trump. Morell said the New York billionaire-turned politician is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security.
The hoary, old scare-theme of national security is being rehabilitated as the criterion for electing Clinton. It also has the disturbing connotation of an increasingly militarized totalitarian regime that the United States is becoming.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2016.

Hungry Venezuelans Take Long Haul to Brazil: 18 Hours ‘To Another Country To Buy Food’

Venezuelans are becoming increasingly desperate to obtain enough for to feed their families.
The long lines, state rations and black market are no longer enough.
In recent months, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan people flooded the neighboring border of Colombia in search of affordable food staples (something like 11 hours one-way), but diplomatic friction and worry over the surge of sudden border crossings prompted Colombia to keep the border closed to their neighbors.
Now, hungry Venezuelans are going to extraordinary lengths, with many taking 18 hour one-way trips from Caracas or other nearby population centers to travel by bus across the Brazilian border – just to buy groceries. Overnight bus lines give people working regular jobs just enough time to make the lengthy journey and get back to their day-to-day obligations in the collapsing Venezuela.
In any other circumstance, such a journey just to stock the food pantry would be unthinkable. But for many, it has now become necessary.
As Reuters reported:

This post was published at shtfplan on August 10th, 2016.

MEDIA CLAIMS DONALD TRUMP JUST MADE A VEILED ASSASSINATION THREAT AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON

The media is all over this one. This time the claim isn’t about callously kicking out crying babies or being xenophobic.
This time, the claim is that Donald Trump made a veiled assassination threat against Hillary Clinton.
At a campaign rally in North Carolina yesterday, Trump was talking about the Second Amendment:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on PIPER MCGOWIN/ AUGUST 10, 2016.

The Wealthy Prepare For The Financial Crisis By Constructing Panic Rooms – Episode 1044b

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 9, 2016
Ukraine strengthens military force near Crimea. US Saudi coalition bomb a potato chip factory and kill civilians. Houthi’s move closer the government stronghold. US destroying infrastructure in Libya an other countries with no talks on how to rebuild. Russia and Turkey talk about reestablishing trade. US is trying to redraw the map with the bombing of Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria. US and British forces spotted in Syria. Russia wants a new list of terrorists in the UN since al-Nusra renamed themselves. US gives weapons to the ISIS and other terrorists groups. Intelligence reports that the IS will attack US bases around the world, false flag event being prepared.

PHOTOS CONFIRM U.K. SPECIAL FORCES ARE PROTECTING TERRORISTS IN SYRIA

On August 8, 2016 the BBC published photographs and reported on yet another illegal incursion into Syria by Western NATO forces and yet another violation of Syrian national sovereignty by the United Kingdom. This time, the photographs show British Special Forces operating on the ground inside Syria in al-Tanf, near the Syrian-Iraq border, an area that is also near the Jordanian border.
The pictures themselves date back to June of this year and appear to have been taken shortly after a battle at al-Tanf between the New Syrian Army and ISIS, both Western-backed terrorist organizations. The British soldiers are photographed allegedly setting up a perimeter in order to guard the NSA base from further incursion by ISIS.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 9, 2016.

Former CIA Director And Hillary Supporter: “We Should Kill Russians And Iranians Covertly”

Last Friday, former deputy and acting director of the CIA, Mike Morell became the latest neocon to join the Hillary bandwagon with a NYT Op-Ed titled “I Ran the C. I. A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton” in which he not only praised Hillary but slammed Donald Trump, as follows: “Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president – keeping our nation safe. Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security…. In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
What Morell, who sought to portray himself as bipartisan, did not say, is that he was an active participant in painting the Benghazi attacks as caused by YouTube video. When Hillary Clinton says ‘best information provided by the intelligence community” she is referring to her man in the CIA: Michael Morell was the CIA official who crafted the “talking points” on Benghazi with the Obama White House according to his own testimony in 2014 to Congress. In emails later uncovered by Congress, CIA Director David Petraeus called the resulting talking-point language ‘useless.’


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 9, 2016.

Hillary Sued For Wrongful Death, Defamation By Parents Of Benghazi Victims

Perhaps in indirect response to the Kahn family attacks on Donald Trump, Pat Smith and Charles Woods, parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods who were killed in the Benghazi terrorist attacks on September 11, 2012, have filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton alleging, among other things, that her “negligent and reckless” actions with regard to her private email server resulted in the “wrongful death” of their sons. The lawsuit, filed in the District of Columbia, also accuses Clinton of “defamation” and “intentional infliction of emotional distress” as they claim she has launched a “smear campaign” against the Plaintiffs in an effort to cover up the facts and save her Presidential campaign.
The suit alleges that Clinton’s use of a private email server is what allowed terrorist groups in Libya to obtain the whereabouts of Ambassador Christopher Stevens which ultimately led to the “wrongful death” of their sons:
This information was compromised from the second that it left Defendant Clinton’s private e-mail server and easily found its way to foreign powers including, but not limited to Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea. As a direct result of Defendant Clinton’s reckless handling of this classified, sensitive information, Islamic terrorists were able to obtain the whereabouts of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U. S. State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya and subsequently orchestrate, plan, and execute the now infamous September 11, 2012 attack.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 9, 2016.

Could the Deep State Be Sabotaging Hillary?

Maybe Hillary is the Deep State’s shoo-in for president. But I suspect doubts in the Deep State have advanced to active sabotage for the reasons noted below. Few would dispute that Hillary Clinton is the Establishment’s candidate. It’s widely accepted that the Establishment hews to a neoconservative (neo-con) foreign policy that is fully supported by America’s Deep State, i.e. the centers of state power that don’t change as a result of elections. *** As a result, it’s widely accepted that the Deep State fully supports Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency and will move heaven and earth to get her elected. While this is a logical premise, I suspect it’s overly simplistic. I suspect major power centers in the Deep State are actively sabotaging Hillary because they’ve concluded she is a poisoned chalice who would severely damage the interests of the Deep State and the U. S. A. Poisoned chalice: something that seems very good when it is first received, but in fact does great harm to the person/ institution/ nation that receives it.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on MONDAY, AUGUST 08, 2016.

West On Edge As Erdogan Meets With Putin: “Turkey’s Relations With The US Are The Worst In 50 Years”

The bad blood between Turkey and Russia over the November downing of a Russian fighter jet over Turkey is all but forgotten as Turkish president Recep Tayip Ergodan is to meet with ‘his friend’ Vladimir Putin in the latter’s home town of St. Petersburg in hopes of turning a fresh page in the two countries’ relations. It will be their first meeting since diplomatic relations between the two nations turned icy cold late last year. In a slap to the face of its Western friends, as the FT puts it, instead of visiting a Nato ally, Erdogan’s first trip abroad since surviving last month’s coup attempt the Turkish president is going to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
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In a dramatic pivot by Turkey, the summit has taken on broader geopolitical significance. ‘The west is criticising Erdogan over his crackdown in the wake of the coup, and Erdogan is denouncing them over that,’ said Alexei Malashenko, an analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Centre. ‘This tension between Turkey and its Nato allies is extremely beneficial to Russia.’ The rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara began in June, before the coup attempt, when the Kremlin accepted Mr Erdogan’s apology for the downing of the aircraft over Turkey’s shared border with Syria. Within days, officials from both countries had begun talks to roll back sanctions Russia imposed on Turkey following the incident the FT adds.
Since then broader issues have pushed Moscow and Ankara closer together, “including the desire to teach the west a lesson and shared interests in dealing with the regional security threat.” Ankara also welcomed the fact that Moscow gave its unequivocal backing to Turkey following the failed coup.
‘We appreciate the fact that the Russian Federation assumed a clear position on this issue,’ Ibrahim Kalin, Mr Erdogan’s spokesman, told Russian news agency Tass last week. This tone contrasts with Ankara’s rhetoric towards its allies. Mr Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at the US for its response to the coup attempt and its failure to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the 75-year-old former imam accused of masterminding the plot from his self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania – a charge he strongly refutes.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 9, 2016.

Why Do Indians Spend So Much on Gold? RBI to Study

The panel will look at various facets of household finance in India and to benchmark India’s position vis-a-vis both peer and advanced countries, the RBI said in a statement on Thursday.
The panel, headed by Tarun Ramadorai, professor of financial economics at the University of Oxford, will have representation from financial sector regulators SEBI, IRDAI, and PFRDA apart from the RBI.

This post was published at India Times

Hundreds More ‘Non-Boots-On-The-Ground’ American Troops Are Being Deployed To Iraq

Adding to the ever-growing number of US ground troops in the ‘no boots on the ground’ war in Iraq, Anti-War.com’s Jason Ditz notes, Army officials announced yet another significant deployment from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, from which some 400 troops will be sent to Qayara, just south of Mosul.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 8, 2016.

Video Captures Moment Of Horrific Suicide Bombing In Pakistan Hospital Which Kills At Least 70

A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least 70 people and wounded at least 112 on Monday in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta, according to Abdul Rehman Miankhel, a senior official at the government-run Civil Hospital, where the explosion occurred. Monday’s attack was the worst in Pakistan since an Easter Day bombing ripped through a Lahore park, killing at least 72 people. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar also claimed responsibility for that atrocity.
The bomber struck as a crowd of mostly lawyers and journalists crammed into the emergency department to accompany the body of a prominent lawyer who had been shot and killed in the city earlier in the day, Faridullah, a reporter who was among the wounded, told Reuters. “There are many wounded, so the death toll could rise,” said Rehmat Saleh Baloch, the provincial health minister.
Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Islamist militant Pakistani Taliban group, claimed responsibility for the attack in an email. Reuters adds that just last week, Jamaat was added to the United States’ list of global terrorists, triggering sanctions.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 8, 2016.

America’s Dangerous Game Of Intrigue Inside International Organizations

From the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Fdration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Washington has been playing a dangerous game of intrigue and deception with regard to steering these organizations in a pro-American direction. The Obama administration has decided that the halls, offices, and conference rooms of international organizations are acceptable battlefields to wage propaganda and sanctions wars.
The first American target of note was the international football association, FIFA. Not content with trying to sully the reputation of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with issues of gay rights and doping of athletes, the US disinformation boiler rooms began a full-scale attack on FIFA. The major reason is Russia’s hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The US Justice Department, in a major move toward the internationalization of domestic US law, beganunsealing indictment after indictment of FIFA officials for financial crimes. The actual target of these indictments was Russia.
The United States, continuing its economic and political pressure on Venezuela, decided to pressure its three right-wing allies in Latin America – Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay – to deny the chair of the Mercosur customs union to Venezuela. After Uruguay, whose term was expiring, the next country in alphabetical order to assume the chair of the Latin American customs union was to be Venezuela. However, two countries where the Central Intelligence Agency arranged for constitutional coups to oust progressive presidents – Brazil and Paraguay – joined Argentina, ruled by a right-wing president narrowly elected in a dubious electoral process, in denying the chair to Venezuela.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 7, 2016.

Stay Out of Libya

We’re back in Libya, with US warplanes bombing targets in the city of Sirte, on a mission that, according to the Pentagon, has ‘no endpoint at this particular moment.’ And that statement sums up perfectly theSisyphean task that presented itself to US policymakers when the Terrible Triumvirate – Hillary Clinton, national security honchette Susan Rice, and UN ambassadress Samantha Power – prevailed on President Obama to overthrow the regime of Libyan despot Moammar Ghaddafi.
Take a look at what we’re getting ourselves into: with no less than three governments, lawless Libya is a perfect example of Ronald Reagan’s famous dictum that ‘government is the problem, not the solution.’ Yes, that’s right, the former domain of Ghaddafi has three rival ‘governments.’ Go ahead and count ‘em:
The General National Congress (GNC), headquartered in Tripoli, is controlled by Islamist militias and backed by Turkey, Qatar, and Sudan. The Council of Deputies, located in Tobruk, is basically the instrument of Gen. Khalifa Hiftar, a known CIA asset who used to live a few miles from the Agency’s headquarters. The UN-appointed ‘government of national unity,’ which was never elected by anyone and had to be shipped into the country by boat because the Tripoli authorities wouldn’t let their plane land. While the ostensible reason for the US air strikes is the elimination of ISIS from the country, there is no escaping the ‘nation-building’ aspect of Washington’s mission. For the logic of the mission means ISIS must be replaced with something, and that something is bound to be the UN-approved ‘government.’ Yet this is likely to provoke further conflict, as the Islamists in Tripoli and the followers of Gen. Hiftar in the east are not likely to be pushed aside so easily.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on August 6, 2016.

German, Austrian Politicians Compare Erdogan To Hitler

Last week we noted that the fallout from Erdogan’s political purge led to the first diplomatic scandal when in response to calls from Austrian chancellor Christian Kern to half Turkey’s European accession talks “which are nothing but diplomatic fiction“, Turkey shot back by accusing Austria of being the “capital of radical racism.” Today, Germany joined the fray when the leader of Germany’s liberal Free Democrats, Christian Lindner, compared Erdogan’s purge of state institutions to the actions of the Nazi party in the 1930s in comments published on Sunday in Germany’s Bild.
Lindner, like this website on July 16, said he saw parallels between Erdogan’s behavior and the aftermath of the Reichstag fire in 1933 portrayed by the Nazis as a Communist plot against the government and used by Adolf Hitler to justify massively curtailing civil liberties.
“We are experiencing a coup d’etat from above like in 1933 after the Reichstag fire. He is building an authoritarian regime tailored solely to himself,” Lindner told the Bild am Sonntag.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 7, 2016.

Japan Protests After Discovering Chinese Military Radar In Disputed Waters, Fleet Of 300 Chinese Vessels

It’s not just the ongoing tension over contested territories in the South China Sea that is causing headaches for China’s political opponents. On Sunday, Japan said it issued multiple protests to China over actions in the East China Sea, including what Tokyo described as the installation of radar on a Chinese offshore gas platform. Japan also said that two Chinese vessels entered Japanese territorial waters near the disputed ‘Senkaku’ or ‘Diaoyu’ islands in the East China Sea on Sunday morning in an escalation of tensions between the two nations, and complained that as many as 300 Chinese fishing vessels were spotted in the vicinity of the disputed islands.
Japan is concerned that the radar, reportedly like those used on patrol vessels and not on drilling rigs, could be a sign of China’s intentions to use its gas platforms in the East China Sea as military objects, the Japanese media report as cited by Reuters. As a reminder, China and Japan sparred in an aggressive, escalating tit-for-tat over territorial claims involving the Senkaku Island chain in the East China Sea back in 2013.
The installation of radar on a gas platform, if confirmed, would recall China’s actions in the South China Sea, where it has added military facilities on artificial islands according to the WSJ. Additionally, in 2013, China established an air-defense zone in the East China Sea, raising tensions with the U. S. and Japan.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 7, 2016.