Editor’s note: This article is the first part of a four-part series on Truthdig called “Universal Empire”—an examination of the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
“Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate. (Abandon all hope ye who enter here.)”
—Dante, “The Divine Comedy,” Inferno (Part 1), Canto 3, Line 9
Philippine president asks Russian President Putin for an arms loan to fight ISIS
(INTELLIHUB) — The Philippine city of Marawi is currently under siege by Islamic State forces and militants have raised their flag over the city as government soldiers, police, and members of the general public fight to their death.
ISIS militants have abducted a Catholic priest and scores of churchgoers as they swept the city burning and destroying almost everything in their path.
The police chief was beheaded by Islamic extremists after being stopped at a checkpoint.
In response to the siege, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern Mindanao region for the next 60-days as the battle is expected to intensify.
The United States is sending a third aircraft carrier strike force to the western Pacific region in an apparent warning to North Korea to deter its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. It is extremely rare for the U.S. military to deploy three aircraft carriers in close proximity to each other absent current or imminent military action.
Geronimo, OK — After serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristoffer Lewandowski was medically and honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. After fighting the State’s wars for them, however, the State has taken it upon themselves to wage a personal war against him — for naturally treating an illness — he acquired fighting for them.
Lewandowski is now a 100% disabled veteran because of the severity of his PTSD. Since he has gotten out, the VA had him taking up to 18 pills a day to treat his PTSD. This pharmaceutical treatment was literally killing him.
At 180 Percocet per month, for ten consecutive months, along with a prescription for OxyContin, Lewandowski’s liver was failing. Luckily, for this Marine veteran, he found cannabis — and it worked.
The NYT is once again bashing Trump for his “loose lips,” alleging that the president revealed to Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte the location of two U.S. nuclear submarines lurking in the waters off the Korean peninsula…
When one looks beyond the pageantry, pomp and circumstance of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the main purpose behind the president’s visit is precisely that: selling weapons, some $350 billion over the next decade, according to estimates.
I do not believe that Norway’s special forces can be labeled ridiculous by any standard.
Their Norwegian Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK) and Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK) cooperate and cross train with Special Air Services (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS), Delta Force and the Navy SEALs among others.
And although I like your work, Partisangirl, they will kick your ass any time.
The US-led coalition strike on a pro-government convoy in Syria is illegitimate and represents yet another violation of Syria’s sovereignty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
“The American command explained the strike on pro-government Syrian forces, saying that these forces represented a threat to opposition which cooperates with the US-led coalition,” Lavrov said on Friday. “Whatever the reason for the US command to make this decision, this strike is illegitimate and unlawful. It’s yet another harsh violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”
The Syrian army is on the way to liberate the ISIS besieged city of some 100,000 and garrison of Deir Ezzor in the east of the country. The U.S. has trained a few thousand “New Syrian Army” insurgents in Jordan and is reportedly prepared to march these and its own forces from Jordan through the east-Syrian desert all the way up to Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. About a year ago it occupied the al-Tanf (al-Tanaf) border station which consists of only a few buildings in the mid of the desert. The station between Syria and Iraq near the Jordan border triangle was previously held by a small ISIS group.
A U.S. move from the south up towards the Euphrates would cut off the Syrian government from the whole south-east of the country and from its people in Deir Ezzor. While that area is sparsely populated it also has medium size oil and gas fields and is the land connection to the Syrian allies in Iraq.