In January 1897, Frederic Remington, a 19th-century painter famous for his depictions of the Old West, was on assignment in Havana for William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal to illustrate Spanish atrocities against Cubans. He sent a telegram to Hearst, noting: “Everything is quiet. There is no trouble. There will be no war. I wish to return.” Hearst replied: “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”
One year later, on February 15, 1898, the battleship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in Havana Harbor. Pres. William McKinley ordered the battleship sent to Havana on January 25th to observe the growing tension between the U.S. and Spain. The explosion killed 268 of the crew’s 354 men and shocked the American public.
The U.S. press went wild with headlines proclaiming, “Spanish Treachery!” and “Destruction of the War Ship Maine Was the Work of an Enemy!” Hearst and the Journal offered a $50,000 award for the “detection of the Perpetrator of the Maine Outrage.” “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” became a rallying cry.
To this day, no one knows what caused the explosion. Initial reports claimed the ship was sunk by a naval mine. Later investigations, one in 1911 and another in 1974, hypothesized that it was a coal dust fire. Still others believed it was due to sabotage, some speculating it was a covert Hearst operation to increase his newspaper’s readership.
While McKinley sought to maintain peace with Spain, Theodore Roosevelt, the Sec. of the Navy, led the war faction. He insisted, “Let the fight come if it must. I rather hope that the fight will come soon. The clamor of the peace faction has convinced me that this country needs a war.”
On April 21, 1898, the U.S. declared war on Spain. The sinking of the Maine climaxed pre-war tensions, a provocation that accelerated the breakdown in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Spain. The war last 10 weeks and the U.S. was victorious; it took temporary control of Cuba (although it still controls Guantanamo Bay), control of the Philippines (until 1946) and ongoing control of Puerto Rico and Guam. Provocations can work.
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Thousands of ISIS members were secretly allowed to leave Raqqa with weapons and ammo — and the US knew about it
Alex Lockie14 Nov 2017 111
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A deal between US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces in Syria and ISIS sent thousands of fighters and families belonging to the terror group on a convoy out of harm’s way and deeper into the so-called caliphate where the fighters can regroup or smuggle themselves into other countries.
A group of truckers in Syria reportedly got called out to Raqqa, ISIS’s former Syrian capital, for what they thought would be a small job moving a few hundred people around. But it ended up as ISIS’s mass exodus from its former stronghold, according to a BBC investigation.
The truckers met around 4,000 ISIS fighters and their families armed to the teeth and strapped with explosives. The terrorist group boarded the convoy of trucks, along with their own vehicles, and reportedly beat and threatened the drivers for the duration of the trip. The ISIS fighters brought so many weapons and so much ammunition, the weight broke a trucker’s axel, according to the BBC.
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The US not only knew about the deal – they reportedly kept a close watch on the the convoy as it drove through the desert towards Iraq’s border.
“When the last of the convoy were about to cross, a US jet flew very low and deployed flares to light up the area. IS fighters s— their pants,” one of the drivers told the BBC. » Lees verder
“Steun Oekraïne, stem voor samenwerking”, schrijven Jesse Klaver en Bas Eickhout vandaag in de Volkskrant: http://www.volkskrant.nl/opinie/steun-oekraine-stem-voor-samenwerking~a4250416/