A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials is warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon.
ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
SUBJECT: PREVENTING STILL WORSE IN SYRIA
We write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush, six weeks before the attack on Iraq, that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small, relatively inexperienced coterie with a dubious record for wisdom can prove disastrous.* Our concern this time regards Syria.
We are hoping that your President’s Daily Brief tomorrow will give appropriate attention to Saturday’s warning by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova: “If the US launches a direct aggression against Damascus and the Syrian Army, it would cause a terrible, tectonic shift not only in the country, but in the entire region.” Continue reading »
I’ve reported about this already yesterday…
From the article:
“Right now, Senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia. That is a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make,” said the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggesting the policy was too hawkish even for military leaders.
As relations between Russia and the US disintegrate as a result of the escalating proxy war in Syria, which today culminated with Putin halting a Plutonium cleanup effort with the US, shortly before the US State Department announced it would end negotiations with Russia over Syria, tomorrow an unprecedented 40 million Russian citizens, as well as 200,000 specialists from “emergency rescue divisions” and 50,000 units of equipment are set to take part in a four day-long civil defense, emergency evacuation and disaster preparedness drill, the Russian Ministry for Civil Defense reported on its website.
According to the ministry, an all-Russian civil defense drill involving federal and regional executive authorities and local governments dubbed “Organization of civil defense during large natural and man-caused disasters in the Russian Federation” will start tomorrow morning in all constituent territories of Russia and last until October 7. While the ministry does not specify what kind of “man-caused disaster” it envisions, it would have to be a substantial one for 40 million Russians to take part in the emergency preparedness drill. Furthermore, be reading the guidelines of the drill, we can get a rather good idea of just what it is that Russia is “preparing” for. Continue reading »
Now that the gloves have come off in the faux diplomacy between Russia and the US, which yesterday culminated with Putin halting a Plutonium cleanup effort with the US, shortly before the US State Department announced it would end negotiations with Russia over Syria, the next step may be one which John Kerry warned last week is “back on the table“, namely the launch of military strikes on the Assad regime.
As WaPo reports, meetings have been going on within US national security agencies for weeks to consider new options to recommend to the president to address the ongoing crisis in Aleppo. A meeting of the Principals Committee, which includes Cabinet-level officials, is scheduled for Wednesday while a meeting of the National Security Council, which could include the president, could come as early as this weekend. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“We mustn’t forget this is more involved than we are led to believe.
1) The PTB don’t want Russia to get their pipeline through to Europe, that is why this issue started.
2) It also fits the Zionist aims for destruction of the Levant for the greater israel expansion in order for the Rothschilds to act revenge on Russia for the expulsion.
3) Turkey wanted to wipe out all Kurds. Yet Kurdistan is a sovereign nation already destroyed by Turkey and Iraq under Saddam Hussein who was an asset of the West, as was Ghaddafi, until the Rothschilds/Rockefellers decided to use/kill them to exploit the fact both wanted to exit the petrodollar in favour of gold, which was unacceptable to the Zionist control of world financial transactions through the petrodollar medium.
4) The Rothschilds NEED a war to smokescreen the collapse of their FIAT paper based financial structure on which we all rely, but is always based on indebtedness which we don’t want, or need, especially if we worked hard to sell our skills.
5) The Rothschilds tentacles of world control are total, and they ONLY work in their interests, and the sooner this gets through to the populace in favour of barter and co-operative co-ordinated currency the better.
Let’s do it.”
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H/t reader squody:
“Vlad screwed up big time by trusting the US…..or did he?????
As you say…it’s all part of the plan.”
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The crescendo of US-led condemnations against Syria and Russia over alleged humanitarian crimes in Syria grows louder by the day. The eerie sense is that this «outcry» is being orchestrated as a prelude to a NATO-style intervention in Syria.
Such a NATO maneuver would follow the template for former Yugoslavia and Libya, leading to greater civilian deaths, territorial disintegration, a surge in regional terrorism and more international lawlessness by Western states. Continue reading »
In the most dramatic diplomatic escalation involving the Syrian conflict in the past years, yesterday John Kerry issued an ultimatum to Russia, in which he warned his colleague Lavrov to stop bombing Aleppo or else the US would suspend all cooperation and diplomacy with Russia.
24 hours later, this appears to be precisely what is about to take place, leading to an even greater geopolitical shock in Syria. According to Retuers, the United States is expected to tell Russia on Thursday it is suspending their diplomatic engagement on Syria following the Russian-backed Syrian government’s intense attacks on Aleppo, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity. Continue reading »
Russia is fully ready to continue the dialogue with the US regarding joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense has said. It stressed, however, that this is only possible if Washington abstains from “any hints of threats to Russia’s military and citizens.”
The statement came in response to comments made by US State Department spokesperson John Kirby at a press briefing on Wednesday. Kirby said that if the war in Syria continues, “more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down” as “extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.” Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Following the treachery by Obama, Kerry and gopher Ash Carter regarding the cease fire agreement when US murdered 62 Syrian Soldiers, Vlad has suddenly but belatedly accepted the US have proved indisputably to be dishonest and untrustworthy at the very least.
The Russian response is already taking place and all Al Nusra & ISIS units are being corralled for public humiliation and destruction.
Unfortunately the US will be flushed out also as suppliers, funders and trainers of this terrorist army whilst claiming to be wanting to destroy it. Such is American & British hypocrisy, disinformation, deception and propaganda.
All bets are off now.”
By Mike Whitney
“Syria is the summation of all the errors of a dysfunctional empire collapsing upon itself. History forgotten. Science ignored. Facts denied. Propaganda cannot hide that West is supporting and killing Islamists at the same time in a World War that risks escalating into a nuclear holocaust.” Vietnam Vet, comments-line, Sic Semper Tyrannis
September 29, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – “Counterpunch” – The attack on Deir Ezzor was a flagrant act of betrayal. For the first time in the five year-long war, US warplanes targeted an SAA military outpost killing 62 Syrian regulars. The surprise attacks — which lasted for the better part of an hour and were followed by a coordinated ground assault by members of ISIS– were intended to torpedo the fragile ceasefire agreement and send a message to Moscow that the US was prepared to achieve its strategic objectives in Syria whether it had to launch direct attacks on defenders of the regime or not. Continue reading »
In the latest, and most dramatic – if perhaps entertaining – escalation of diplomacy between the US and Russian, earlier today Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. Kerry issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kerry told Lavrov the U.S. was preparing to “suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria,” including on a proposed counterterrorism partnership, “unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo” and restore a cease-fire. Continue reading »
Watch the video here:
Today’s UK Column News with Brian Gerrish, Mike Robinson & David Ellis, including:
START Merrill Lynch &… : a Twelve point-Five Million dollar Fine.
02:48 Fast-paced Algorithmic Trading & the Race for Milliseconds
03:57 Deutsche Bank & the Clinton Effect : Shares continue to Fall
05:24 RBS & an Ulster Bank Whistleblower to speak at Winchester
09:15 ‘Open Government’ & the Great Façade of… ‘Transparency’
12:38 Parliamentarians… the Esteemed Newmark & Gary Streeter
17:49 Assert the Rule of Law in Glastonbury, & Winchester Tickets
19:25 Mogherini & Stoltenberg to Merge E.U. Defence with NATO
22:57 Systemic Plan : Union of Currency, Military, Treasury, Polity
29:24 ‘Operation Northmoor’ & the lawless National Crime Agency
31:47 The systematic annihilation of Her Majesty’s Armed Services
32:52 RAF St Mawgan : An EU Base for its Anti-British Operations
35:25 Engine Fires & the F-35 Debacle | Prince Charles & the UAE
42:14 Jabhat Al-Nusra Commander al-Ezz, ‘Our Israeli & US Allies’
H/t reader I.G.
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H/t reader squodgy:
“Sadly the bullshit TV soap like “debate” over-rides everything in Joe BigMac’s head today, so posting this little snippet pointing the finger of suspicion once again at the whiter than white U.S. Military, will fall on deaf ears.
But at least we tried….The Rothschild owned US is playing games with us all.”
“Everything calls peace, Schalom! Then it will occur – a new Middle East war suddenly flames up, big naval forces are facing hostiley in the Mediterranean – the situation is strained. But the actual firing spark is set on fire in the Balkan: I see a “large one” falling, a bloody dagger lies beside him – then impact is on impact. …”
The Syrian intelligence possesses an audio recording of conversation between Daesh terrorists and US military prior to the Washington-led coalition’s airstrikes on the government troops near Deir ez-Zor on September 17, the speaker of the People’s Council of Syria said Monday.
“The Syrian Army intercepted a conversation between the Americans and Daesh before the air raid on Deir ez-Zor”, Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said as quoted by the Al Mayadeen broadcaster.
US warplanes hit Syrian government troops near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zoron September 17, leaving 62 military personnel killed and a hundred wounded. The Pentagon said initially that the airstrike was a mistake and targeted Daesh militants. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Fascinating, classic case of the entire US population in the Matrix of disinfo while US Military carry out blatent murderous attacks on civilians just like those they programme.”
Scott Bennett, formerly of the U.S. Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion, told RT the dumpster bombing in New York, a pipe bomb explosion prior to a charity race in New Jersey for Marines and Navy sailors, and a potential bomb threat resulting in the closing of 60 schools in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island were part of a psychological operation to draw attention away from an effort by the US to step up the war in Syria.
Scrub to 12 minutes, 34 seconds on the video below to view Bennett’s claim.
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TPTB have WW3 planned for us (another staged event, just like WW2).
The Al-Nusra Front in Aleppo keeps receiving tanks and heavy weapons shipped by their Western backers as the US turns a blind eye, Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council. He added that securing peace “is almost an impossible task now.”
Al-Nusra Front is currently the most powerful group fighting against the government in Aleppo, with 2,000 out of 3,500 militants in the city the group’s members. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“I think this is the only site feeding fact about who is doing what.
They have everything to gain by telling the truth about American lies.
There has been a total silence over the cruise missile hit on the israeli/US/MI6 cave dwelling control centre east of Aleppo, which stinks of reality. They NEVER admit mistakes.
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H/t reader squodgy:
“Has anybody else noticed how ALL the media, both the Mainstream and the Alternative have been duped into reporting crap…Charlotte, Brad & Angelina, stupid immigration rants, Election nonsense lies and so on, whilst this….
are totally ignored.
The smokescreening and deliberate downplaying of the lead in to both the WWlll & Global Economic & monetary collapse should be ringing bells everywhere but it bullshit as usual.
So, what is the panel’s opinion on Brad’s alleged cruelty?”
The US and its allies had established a Field Operations Room in the Aleppo region integrated by intelligence personnel. Until it was targeted by a Russian missile attack on September 20, this “semi-secret” facility was operated by US, British, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi and Qatari intelligence personnel.
According to Fars News, this intelligence facility was attacked by Russia in the immediate wake of the US Air Strikes against Syrian SAA forces at Deir Ezzor in support of the ISIS-Daesh terrorists.“The Russian warships stationed in Syria’s coastal waters targeted and destroyed a foreign military operations room, killing over two dozen Israeli and western intelligence officers”
“The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers’ coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam’an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers,”
The operations room was located in the Western part of Aleppo province in the middle of sky-high Sam’an mountain and old caves. The region is deep into a chain of mountains.
The Fars report conveys the impression that the Operations Room was largely integrated by Israelis. In all likelihood, the US was “calling the shots” and the facility was coordinated by Washington’s regional allies, in close liaison with (and on behalf) of the US military and intelligence apparatus.
With the exception of the Fars report and Sputnik Arabic, this Russian attack directed against a US-led coalition intelligence facility has not made the headlines. In fact there has been a total news blackout. The accuracy of the Fars report is yet to be fully ascertained. Continue reading »
Footage of the nighttime attack on the Syrian aid convoy in Aleppo has surfaced. But there’s something curious about how the footage has been appearing on Western news reports. A commenter on the Moon of Alabama blog, PavewayIV, made the following observations about what appears in the video, and what it suggests. First, however, here’s an unedited version of the blast, courtesy of ABC:
In the screen cap above, you can see what looks to be a cloud of sparks following an initial explosion. According to PavewayIV, this is a signature of the Metal-Augmented Charge (MAC) Hellfire AGM-114N, the Predator drone’s typical payload.
The fiery cloud is produced by the residue of the fine-mesh fluorinated aluminum particles (the “metal augmentation”). Aside from the ABC footage, most other networks have shown edited versions that make this signature difficult to detect.
For example, here’s AP’s version: Continue reading »
Syrian Social Nationalist Party representative Tarek Ahmad says that the war in Syria has reached a dead end, with the intervention of foreign powers turning the situation into a chaotic mess. Moreover, the politician says that Syria is just one front in a Third World War being waged by Washington and its allies.
The Social Nationalist Party is one of Syria’s oldest and largest parties. Up to 8,000 members of its armed branch, known as ‘the Eagles of the Whirlwind’, have successfully fought alongside the Syrian Army against Islamist militants, including Daesh. At the same time, the party has remained a key member of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, a bloc of opposition parties in the country’s parliament. Continue reading »
The next two Fridays, Sep. 23 and especially Sept. 30, have a huge potential for a crash.
I would say it is a good idea to always go shopping and stocking up on everything on Thursdays.
The Jewish New Year starts on Oct. 3 and this is the beginning of the Hebrew Year 5777, the year of “Armageddon”.
TPTB have until October 12 (Yom Kippur 2016, which begins in the evening of Tuesday, October 11 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, October 12.) to make “something” happen.
Expect a market crash. (They could even come up with something extreme like nuking Manhattan.)
FBI searching for two other individuals that might have seen the FBI plant the explosives. US Government pushing race wars in Charlotte NC.US and South Korea are practicing on how to attack a nuclear facility. Russia contacted the US twice about the attack on Syrian forces. Russia shows a terrorist vehicle riding along side the humanitarian aid convoy. Russia also reports the US had a drone in the air. Russia wants an impartial investigation into what happened. Turkey will extend the war in Syria. Russia has changed the rules of engagement, any plane that approaches and attacks Syria is fair game. John Kerry pushes the agenda of a no fly zone in Syria.
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H/t reader squodgy:
“One doesn’t normally use the word “DESPICABLE’ casually.”
She’s Obama’s neocon UN envoy, a despicable character, complicit in his high crimes by outrageously supporting them.
Edward Herman once called her a member of “the cruise missile left.” She glorifies US-sponsored genocides outrageously called humanitarian interventions, ignoring or shamelessly justifying Washington’s sordid record of repeated supreme crimes against peace.
She disgraces the office she holds, part of Obama’s permanent war criminal cabal. Her notion of responsibility to protect is mass slaughter and destruction to advance America’s imperium. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“This can only be starvation and genocide by stealth.
They cover up their callousness with deception, disinformation and propaganda, but it seems we are an ever growing number of doubters.
American international military politics is becoming laughable, if it weren’t so sa for those massacred.”
The Aleppo power plant is a 1,000 megawatt thermal plant in five units build by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry in 1995-1998. It is situated some 25 kilometers east of Aleppo city center. During the fighting around Aleppo various electricity distribution stations were damaged and electricity in parts of the city has become scarce and unpredictable. But the main power station had so far not been hit.
The plant is in the hands of the Islamic State but there is an informal agreement between the government, which controls the distribution network, and those who hold the power generating station: Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Smokescreen & cover up.
If this is true they must have some sort of reserve damage limitation event preparedness for when the U.S. military screw up or deliberately massacre or provoke for war so Joe BigMac turns his attention away.
The Matrix again.”
Before today’s explosion in Manhattan, the news for the day was of the United States airforce conducting four separate airstrikes on the Syrian army in Syria killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more.
The soldiers, representing the elected Syrian government, where in battle against ISIS when the US war planes came and were essentially acting as air support for ISIS by bombing the Syrian soldiers near the city of Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
Russia called for an immediate UN meeting to find out why the US had once again acted on behalf of ISIS in Syria. Continue reading »
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Back in the summer of 2013, just around the peak of the first major escalation involving Syria and the US attempt to remove its president al-Assad, the Mediterranean briefly looked like a parking lot, with US and Russian ships on anchor just off the Syrian coast prepared for any eventuality.
Then, last year, around the time Russia announced it would deploy its air force to Syria for the first time, we predicted that sooner or later, the naval phase of the Syrian conflict would ratner and lead to a repeat of the events from the summer of 2013. So, one year later, precisely this sequence of events now appears to be in place: earlier today, Russia’s defence minister said Wednesday that Moscow was dispatching its flagship aircraft carrier to bolster its forces in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria. Continue reading »
What do you think how many people understand how close we are to WW3 right now?
Moscow has provided all the data it has on the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting. Lavrov also called for a full and impartial investigation into the incident.
“There was another unacceptable provocation on September 19 – the shelling of a humanitarian convoy near Aleppo,” Lavrov said.
He also noted that at the same time militants had advanced in the 1070 district of Aleppo.
“I am confident that such coincidences require serious analysis and an investigation.” Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“The UN/USA breaks its agreement & goes back on its word more times than you can count to ten.
The distrust all countries have for Americans & American involvement economically and militarily is universal.
It has outlived its usefulness and is an embarrassment.
But the Rothschilds do still need it to create conflict.”
The Zio-Anglo-American Axis was compelled to change
the conversation from their previous war crime of killing
over 60 Syrian soldiers on their base. Their handiwork
is shown here: First daylight pics of UN aid convoy that
was destroyed last night by American/Israeli airstrikes.
The USA has been operating under fierce criticism ever since their Air Force committed the most egregious war crime since the recent agreement with Russia and Syria was signed.
Not even a week went by and the American military went rogue by attacking a Syrian government base killing 62 soldiers and injuring more than 100 with surgically precise airstrikes.
Not only was this atrocity not an accident, it was perfectly coordinated with two critical military initiatives. As follows: Continue reading »