Ron Paul Institute Statement On Trump’s Afghanistan Speech

Ron Paul Institute Statement On Trump’s Afghanistan Speech:

Authored by Daniel McAdams via The Mises Institute,

Like me, many of you watched President Trump’s train wreck of a speech on Afghanistan earlier tonight. It’s nearly midnight and I am still reeling.

I guess it was too much to ask to hear him admit the obvious and draw the obvious conclusions:

After 16 years – the longest war in US history – no one even remembers what we are fighting for in Afghanistan.

The war is over.

Not another American (or innocent Afghan) life for one of the most convoluted and idiotic wars in history!

Trump of 2012 and 2013 said just that. Candidate Trump said just that. 

Then tonight he told us that once you sit in that chair in the Oval Office you see things differently.

What does that mean?

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Afghanistan: Trump To Announce Four More One-Year Wars

“Change you can believe in!” …

“I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.”
-Barack Obama

And now: “Make America great again!”

Afghanistan – Trump To Announce Four More One-Year Wars:

Updated below

This evening Trump will announce a new “path forward” in the occupation of Afghanistan. According to the usual leaks it will be very same path the U.S. has taken for 16 years.

Several thousands soldiers from the U.S. and various NATO countries will (in vane) train the Afghan army. Special Forces and CIA goons will raid this or that family compound on someone’s say-so. Bombs will be dropped on whatever is considered a target.

Trump will announce that 1,000 or so troops will be added to the current contingent. About 15,000 foreign troops will be in Afghanistan. About three contractors per each soldier will be additionally deployed.

Trump knows that this “path forward” is nonsense that leads nowhere, that the best option for all foreign troops in Afghanistan is to simply leave:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump – 21 Nov 2013We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!

But neither the military nor the CIA nor the local Afghan government will let the U.S. leave. Fear mongering is abound: “What happens if Afghanistan becomes a hotbed for international terrorists?” But few if any international terrorist incident in the “west” were ever organized in Afghanistan. In all recent incidents the culprits were locals.

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US Navy Halts Pacific Fleet Operations As Historical Path Of Collided Warship Emerges

US Navy Halts Pacific Fleet Operations As Historical Path Of Collided Warship Emerges:

“I have directed fleet commanders to immediately conduct an operational pause with commands and leaders across the fleet, to ensure we are taking all appropriate immediate measures to enhance the Navy’s safe and effective operation around the world.” – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

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NATO drills: Bulgarian soldiers refused to shoot targets with Russian signs

NATO drills: Bulgarian soldiers refused to shoot targets with Russian signs:

How fragile the NATO ranks are is illustrated by the following incident that happened at the Noble Jump exercise (NOJP 17) held in June in Romania. Military units from 11 NATO countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Poland, Romania and the USA took part in the drills. During the shooting at the training grounds, the Bulgarian soldiers flatly refused to shoot as “Russian identification marks have been placed on the targets, and they won’t shoot at Russians!”

It turned out that the Romanians responsible for the equipment of the landfill saved by using for the targets canvasses taken from billboards located near shopping malls, with images that strongly resemble the identification signs of the Russian Armed Forces.

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First Images, Videos Show Extensive Damage To USS John McCain

First Images, Videos Show Extensive Damage To USS John McCain:

Photos and videos have emerged from the early Monday collision involving the guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain and an oil/chemical tanker called the Alnic MC. As reported late on Sunday, five sailors were injured in the collision, which occurred east of the Strait of Malacca, and a search is underway for 10 more who remain missing.

The collision is an unsettling repeat of the June collision between the USS Fitzgerald and container ship the ACX Crystal, the worst naval accident in decades. Ultimately, the crash left seven sailors dead and resulted in career-ending penalties against the ship’s captain and other top officials.

The following YouTube videos show the gaping hole on the side of the ship where the collision occurred.

According to the 7th Fleet Commander, the collision was reported at 6:24 Japan Time. The crash occurred while the USS John McCain was on its way to a routine port call in Singapore. Photographic evidence confirms that the warship sustained damage to its port side aft. Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said, although there is still no word on any casualties. The ship arrived safely in Singapore according to the 7th Fleet, which has released more photos of the USS John McCain on its twitter feed:

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Video Emerges Showing Clashes Between Indian, Chinese Soldiers

Video Emerges Showing Clashes Between Indian, Chinese Soldiers: 

Late last week, we reported that in the first documented clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers who have been piling up across the border between the two nations over the latest territorial dispute, “Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation” in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, “further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border.” A Reuters source in New Delhi who was briefed on the military situation on the border, said Indian soldiers “foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.” He added that some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides.

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Missile Destroyer USS John McCain Collides With Oil Tanker Near Straits Of Malacca

Missile Destroyer USS John McCain Collides With Oil Tanker Near Straits Of Malacca:

Two months after seven US sailors died after the US Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan, moments ago the US Navy said that in an near replica of that incident, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on August 21.

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‘Political correctness gone mad’: Australian Army told not to recruit MEN as part of a gender war push to have more women soldiers

‘Political correctness gone mad’: Australian Army told not to recruit MEN as part of a gender war push to have more women soldiers

H/t reader kevin a.

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“Armageddon Risk” Returns: North Korea Predicts “Catastrophe” As Massive U.S. War Games Begin Monday During The Solar Eclipse

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“Armageddon Risk” Returns: North Korea Predicts “Catastrophe” As Massive U.S. War Games Begin Monday:

Traders barely had time to enjoy the lull from the “Armageddon trade” – the rising possibility of a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea, which peaked over the weekend when various US officials said a nuclear war is not imminent, echoed by a statement by N. Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA, before a new set of worries promptly took over, chief among them the ongoing slow motion train wreck in Donald Trump’s administration coupled with yesterday’s double terrorist attacks in Spain. Alas, “nuclear war” risk is about to come back with a vengeance because on Monday US and South Korea are scheduled to begin joint military exercises, a massive show of force which every time in the past has infuriated North Korea, sometimes triggering a show of force.

Held every fall in South Korea, the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian war games are the world’s largest computerized command and control exercise. Some 30,000 U.S. soldiers and more than 50,000 South Korean troops usually take part, along with hundreds of thousands of first responders and civilians, some practicing for a potential chemical weapons attack.

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The U.S. Military Will Be Conducting ‘A Major Military Exercise’ On The Korean Peninsula During The Solar Eclipse

The U.S. Military Will Be Conducting ‘A Major Military Exercise’ On The Korean Peninsula During The Solar Eclipse:

On August 21st, approximately 25,000 U.S. troops will join “tens of thousands” from the South Korean military to conduct a “major military exercise” that is already triggering threats from North Korea.  Considering the fact that any sort of provocation could cause a nuclear war to erupt on the Korean peninsula, is this really a wise thing to do?  The more research that I do on this upcoming solar eclipse, the stranger things become.  When I first started hearing about this eclipse many months ago, I didn’t pay too much attention, but now after looking into it extensively I do believe that it is going to be quite significant.

And I didn’t even know about this major military exercise that will happen during the eclipse until today.  The following comes from MSN

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Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”

Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”:

According to local media reports, “Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation” in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, further raising tensions between the two countries. “There was an altercation near the Pangong lake,” said a police officer in Srinagar, following what he called a Chinese army “incursion in Pangong lake area”.

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Ukraine Hosts US Military To Be Permanently Stationed On Its Soil

If what is happening in Venezuela is already posing a ‘security risk’ to the US, …

CIA head says ‘Iran, Hezbollah & Russians’ involved in Venezuela, pose ‘risk’ to US

Trump: “We Have A Military Option For Venezuela”

… which by the way is complete BS,…

Ron Paul: “Attack Venezuela? Trump Can’t be Serious!”

… then how should Russia react to all of this complete madness and provocation?

Moldova To Become Foothold For US Military

But as I’ve told you many times before,…

… financial/economic collapse, civil war & revolution, directly followed by WW3 is the plan, …

…. and then it all does suddenly make sense.

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“Russia has to react in view of massive militarization of the region against the background of high tensions. An accident may spark a big fire. The US military presence in Ukraine is a highly provocative step, which will very negatively affect the situation. Nothing justifies the whipping up of tensions in the Black Sea region, but the United States keeps on doing it with great vigor.”

Ukraine Hosts US Military To Be Permanently Stationed On Its Soil:

United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the Seabees (C.B. – construction battalion), of the Naval Construction Force held a groundbreaking ceremony for a maritime operations center on Ochakov Naval Base, Ukraine, July 25. According to the Navy.mil, the official website of the US Navy, the maritime operations center is one of three projects that are currently planned to be executed by the Seabees in Ochakov and will serve as a major planning and operational hub during future military exercises hosted by Ukraine. The Seabees arrived in Ochakov in April to establish contracts, obtain construction permits and perform other logistical tasks for the maritime operations center project.

Maritime operations centers are the operational-level warfare command and control organizations designed to deliver flexible maritime capabilities throughout the full range of military operations. The future Seabee projects in Ochakov include a boat maintenance facility and entry control points with perimeter fencing.

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Ron Paul: “Attack Venezuela? Trump Can’t be Serious!”

Attack Venezuela? Trump Can’t be Serious!

There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat.

President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela.

He told reporters on Friday that,

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Defense Secretary Mattis Warns North Korea Standoff “Could Escalate Into War Very Quickly”

Mattis Warns North Korea Standoff “Could Escalate Into War Very Quickly”:

Less than a day after Joseph Dunford, the commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the US is ready to use “the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the U.S. homeland,” Defense Secretary and retired Gen. James Mattis told reporters that the situation with North Korea “could escalate into war” if the isolated country fires a missile at the US.

“If they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly,” Mattis said, according to Reuters.

Mattis also assured reporters that the US would destroy any missiles fired at the US by the North Korean regime, saying the US would know the trajectory of the missile “within moments.”

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NYT Shocking Report: US “Ally” Ukraine Is Source Of North Korean Missile Engines

Imagine my total absence of shock …

Flashback:

Nuclear War Between Koreas: Brought To You By The US Government:

Just as with Saddam Hussein’s chemical and biological weapons program, it was Donald Rumsfeld who played a key role in arming Kim-Jong-Il.

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NYT Shocking Report: US “Ally” Ukraine Is Source Of North Korean Missile Engines:

The NYT reports that a Ukraine factory it is the most likely source of the engines that in July powered the two ICBM tests, which were the first to suggest that North Korea has the range, if not necessarily the accuracy or warhead technology, to threaten American cities with nuclear destruction.

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Joseph Dunford: “Full Range Of Military Capabilities” For North Korea Ready If Sanctions Fail

If sanctions fail …

… and fail they will.

Dunford: “Full Range Of Military Capabilities” For North Korea Ready If Sanctions Fail

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Moldova To Become Foothold For US Military

Moldova To Become Foothold For US Military:

“The US military presence is expanding everywhere, including areas in the proximity of Russia’s borders, such as Transnistria. This is a very dangerous development to make US forces and Russian peacekeepers watch each other through gun sights.

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