Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis – Global Research

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21-02-19 03:56:00,

Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists – the Middle East’s most dangerous regime after Israel. 

Other than nations already with nukes, it’s likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be nuclearized with a potential military component.

The possibility should terrify everyone, mass destruction regionally and beyond greatly heightened if the Saudis have this capability.

A US House Oversight and Reform Committee report raised the issue, saying the following:

“(M)ultiple whistleblowers came forward to warn about efforts inside the White House to rush the transfer of highly sensitive US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act and without review by Congress as required by law—efforts that may be ongoing to this day,” adding:

Trump regime relations with the Saudis are “shrouded in secrecy,” Jared Kushner involved with crown prince Mohammad bin Salman on what’s going on – MBS once saying he’s got Trump’s son-in-law “in his pocket.”

Saudi Arabla is a highly valued US client state, the most important in the Arab world one because of its huge oil reserves and around $750 billion of its wealth invested in US assets.

Trump has gone all-out to assure nothing interferes with US/Saudi business and political relations. He’s had longstanding business ties to the kingdom, including distress sales to royal family members when needing cash to meet debt obligations.

Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal earlier said he bailed Trump out twice. Businessman Trump created and registered eight companies to do business in Saudi Arabia.

During an August 2015 campaign rally, he said

“Saudi Arabia, I get along great with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”

According to the Wall Street Journal in January 2017, the Washington-based Trump International Hotel was paid about $270,000 by the Saudi lobbying firm Qorvis MSLGroup – for lodging, catering, and related expenses – plus another $200,000 spent at the hotel.

As president, Trump chose Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip, sealing what he called a $110 billion arms deal,

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‘You’ll lose everything!’ Trump issues ultimatum to Venezuelan military, says all options are open

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19-02-19 08:48:00,

US President Donald Trump warned the Venezuelan military that they are risking their lives and future by supporting President Maduro in a heated speech that left “all options” open to bring democracy in the Latin American country.

“We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open,” Trump declared, speaking at Florida International University in Miami on Monday. Directly addressing the Venezuelan soldiers who continue to back President Nicolas Maduro, he gave them the choice of accepting self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido’s “generous offer of amnesty,” or facing “no safe harbor, no easy exit, and no way out.”

“You will lose everything,” he cautioned. “I have a message for every official who is helping to keep Maduro in place. The eyes of the entire world are upon you today, every day and every day in the future.”

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‘They want to enslave us!’ Maduro slams Trump’s ultimatum & ‘Nazi-style’ attack on socialism

Trump proclaimed that “the days of socialism and communism are numbered,” blaming “Maduro dictatorship” for all of Venezuela’s woes. “Peace loving nations are willing to help Venezuela reclaim its democracy, its dignity and its destiny,” he said, to the cheers of the crowd.

Trump boasted that the US had been the first of dozens of nations to recognize Guaido when the National Assembly leader unilaterally declared himself president, glossing over the world’s split reaction to the regime change attempt.

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US military planes with ‘humanitarian aid’ bound for Venezuela after new sanctions

Faced with political uncertainty and dire socio-economic crisis, Venezuela remains under increased pressure from Washington, which has also been urging Caracas to allow international humanitarian aid into the country. Fearing a hidden motive behind the US intentions, Maduro ordered the military to come up with a plan to reinforce security along the border with Colombia.

Maduro has declared he will not bow to US pressure or resign, blaming Washington for deliberately exacerbating the crisis. He has declared the aid sitting at the Colombian border to be little more than “crumbs” and a publicity stunt,

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Trump die Zeitbombe

18-02-19 08:08:00,

Die Konferenz der Willigen in Polen

Autor: U. Gellermann

Datum: 18. Februar 2019

Den einen, zumeist im alten deutsch-atlantischen Milieu angesiedelt, gilt Donald Trump als unberechenbarer Elefant im diplomatischen Porzellan-Laden. Den anderen, in einer sonderbaren Gegend rund um die AfD, erscheint er als neuer Besen, der ähnlich rigoros kehrt wie sie selbst gern Staub aufwirbeln. Und selbst an Rändern der Friedensbewegung wird er als eine Hoffnung vermutet, weil er immerhin nicht zum alten Clinton-Obama-Klüngel gehört und noch selbst keinen Krieg ausgelöst hat. Mein Großvater, ein krumm gearbeiteter Bergmann, wusste in solchen Fällen guten Rat: „Guck se nich aufen Mund, guck se aufe Finger“. Die Finger von Trump waren gerade mal wieder in Polen zu besichtigen. Dort fand in Warschau – garniert mit Vizepräsident Mike Pence und Aussenminister Mike Pompeo – auf Anregung des Godfathers in Washington eine sogenannte Nah-Ost-Konferenz statt, die besser Konferenz der Willigen hätte heißen sollen: Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus 60 Ländern waren offenkundig willig, der Anti-Iran-Politik des Waffen-Dealers Trump zu folgen. Zugleich war das Warschauer Treffen Trumps Vorbereitung und Gegengewicht zur München Sicherheitskonferenz: Da durften die Länder der EU tatsächlich auch ein paar eigene Standpunkte vertreten.

Erfrischend klar beschrieb der Chef des israelischen Gottesstaates, Benjamin Netanjahu, das Ziel der Konferenz in einem Video, das sein Büro vorab verbreitete: Er wollte in Warschau “unser gemeinsames Anliegen eines Krieges mit dem Iran” voranbringen. Der angeblich schwer durchschaubare weil unberechenbare Donald Trump hat diese Konferenz zielstrebig vorbereitet: Eingeladen waren vorrangig Kunden der US-Waffenindustrie. Und eingeläutet wurde die Messe der Willigen schon vorher durch die Liquidation des Iran-Atomabkommens und den Ausstieg aus dem INF-Vertrag. Beides Maßnahmen, die heftigen Beifall des militärisch-industriellen Komplexes in den USA ausgelöst haben. Denn beide Kündigungen internationaler Abkommen zur Friedenssicherung sind Schritte, die zum Krieg führen können. Und nichts ist besser für den Waffenumsatz als als ein schöner blutiger Krieg. Schon die Aussicht darauf lässt Aktienkurse steigen.

Doch schon auf dem Weg zum Krieg achtet Trump auf den Profit seines Klientels: Polen und die USA haben ein weiteres Rüstungsgeschäft besiegelt. Warschau kauft US-Mehrfachraketenwerfer vom Typ “Himars”. Für nur 400 Millionen US-Dollar. Diese prima Gefechtsfeld-Waffe hatte die rumänische Regierung bereits im August 2017 bei der Defense Security Cooperation Agency bestellt und bekommen. Diese Agentur der US-Regierung beschreibt sich selbst so: “Die Aufgabe von DSCA besteht darin,

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Trump’s Warsaw ‘Peace’ Conference an Orwellian Parody

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15-02-19 07:30:00,

Trump’s Warsaw ‘Peace’ Conference an Orwellian Parody

It was billed as a “peace and security” conference on the Middle East, held in the Polish capital Warsaw this week. The much-vaunted US-led summit was anything but about peace and security in the conflict-ridden region. It was intended as a war summit against Iran.

Even the venue, Warsaw, had an unwitting Orwellian twist to its name. Warsaw? More like War Foresaw.

For several months, the Trump administration had been organizing the “ministerial-level” two-day summit held this week. As it turned out, major powers gave the conference a clunking big miss, knowing full well that the event was a thinly veiled attempt by Washington to organize an “Iran-bashing” summit. How stupid do the Americans think the rest of the world is? They are shameless in their arrogance.

Russia, Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon as well as most European leaders decided to stay away from the venue. This was in spite of the White House sending a high-level delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Also in attendance was Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, best buddy of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, and spectacularly unqualified peace tribune for the Mideast.

The de facto boycott by other powers can be seen as a sign of times of Washington’s diminished role, if not its fraudulent claims of being a diplomatic arbiter.

The reason for the absence of Russia and others was because they knew the American agenda was to drum up international support for antagonizing Iran with intensified economic sanctions. Despite its claims of being a “peace and security” conference, few nations believed that it was anything other than a war summit to galvanize international support or acquiescence for Washington’s obsessive aggression towards Iran.

The fact that the US-led conference in Warsaw was avoided by so many international powers, conspicuously the European Union, shows that Washington’s days of self-proclaimed global leadership are numbered. Washington’s credibility is spent. Indeed grossly in arrears.

The farce is almost beyond words. After decades of illegal warmongering and regime-change machinations in the Middle East, how could Washington expect anyone to take its conference this week on “peace and security” to be taken seriously with a straight face?

Misplaced arrogance or delusion are the only explanations for Washington’s belief that it could organize such a conference – and expect that anyone of significance would attend.

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Deep State coup d’état against Trump confirmed by Andrew McCabe

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15-02-19 07:00:00,

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Saudi Arabia used to be the top foreign source of oil imported into the US, but now it’s only a very weak second-place to Canada.

Eric Zuesse

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Originally posted at strategic-culture.org:

At the present time, the latest month for which the US Department of Energy publishes the number of barrels per day (bpd) of oil that’s exported to the US is November 2018. Here are the rankings:

1. Canada        142,206 bpd

2. Saudi Arabia  30,028

3. Mexico        18,020

4. Venezuela     16,889

5. Iraq          11,767

6. Colombia      7,769

7. Russia        7,611

8. Ecuador       5,866

9. Nigeria       5,392

10. Algeria      4,848

11. UK           4,653

12. Norway       4,073

13. Kuwait       3,027

14. Brazil       2,777

15. Belgium      2,075

16. S. Korea     1,927

17. Netherlands  1,462

18. Egypt        1,405

19. UAE          1,771

20. China        1.268

21. France       1,239

22. Singapore    1,232

23. Indonesia    1,204

24. Argentina    1,101

25. Peru         1,061

26. Denmark      1,000

27. Brunei       961

28. Spain        846

29. Angola       833

Here were the top 10 for the entire year of 2015 as reported by Bloomberg Finance at Forbes. For comparison to today, the country’s sales and rank in November 2018 is also indicated [between brackets]”

1. Canada        3.2 million bpd  [1. Canada 142,206]

2. Saudi Arabia  1,1 [2. Saudi Arabia 30,028]

3. Venezuela     780,000 bpd [4. Venezuela 16,889]

4. Mexico        690,000 [3. Mexico 18,020]

5. Colombia      370,000 [6. Colombia 7,769]

6. Iraq          230,000 [5. Iraq 11,767]

7. Ecuador       225,000 [8. Ecuador 5,866]

8. Kuwait        210,000 [13. Kuwait 3,027]

9. Brazil        190,000 [14. Brazil 2,777]

10. Angola       190,000 [29. Angola, 833]

Clearly, the figures change over time. Whereas Angola was #10 in 2015, it’s #29 now; and whereas Russia,

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Donald Trump und die Künstliche Intelligenz

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12-02-19 09:02:00,

Symbolpolitisch will Trump die Entwicklung der KI fördern, aber seine “KI-Initiative” offenbart, dass er mit dem Rücken zur Zukunft steht

Donald Trump hat gestern eher nebenbei die executive order “Accelerating America’s Leadership in Artificial Intelligence” unterzeichnet, nach der die Behörden und Ministerien angewiesen werden, die Entwicklung von Künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) vorrangig zu behandeln. Damit kommt der Bau-Mogul, der symptomatisch von einer Beton- oder Stahlmauer an der Grenze zu Mexiko träumt, sogar noch später als Deutschland und auch erst nachdem Russland KI-Entwicklung als Topthema gesetzt hat.

Bekanntlich hat die deutsche Bundesregierung Ende des letzten Jahres eine “KI-Strategie” mit großer Geste und wenig Ressourcen beschlossen, um mit ganzen 3 Milliarden Euro bis 2015 zu einem global player in Sachen KI zu werden. Aber nach Medienberichten tut sich bislang nicht viel.

Donald Trump will eine American Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Initiative in Gang setzen, um “den Wohlstand der Nation zu erhöhen, unsere nationale und wirtschaftliche Sicherheit zu stärken und die Lebensqualität der Amerikaner zu verbessern”. Das erinnert an die hilflosen Versuche der deutschen Regierung, eine “deutsche KI” auf die Beine zu stellen, allerdings spielen die USA noch ganz vorne mit. Die Initiative soll dafür sorgen, dass die KI “erfüllt ist vom amerikanischen Geist, die amerikanischen Werte widerspiegelt und zum Vorteil für die amerikanischen Menschen eingesetzt wird”.

Die Initiative soll dafür sorgen, dass die USA bei Entwicklung und Einsatz von KI führend bleiben, das wird schon im Titel als maßgeblich gesetzt. Aber das könnte schwierig werden, weil China massiv in KI investiert und auch den Vorteil hat, die Systeme mit massenhaft Daten zu füttern und Anwendungen auf Massenebene zu testen. Natürlich geht es beim Wettbewerb der Großmächte vornehmlich um den Einsatz von KI in der Kriegstechnik und -führung, auch um autonome Kampfsysteme. Davon wird aber in der Exekutive nicht gesprochen werden, da sollen allgemein Forschung und Entwicklung, KI-Infrastruktur, KI-Verwaltung, Weiterbildung und internationales Engagement gefördert werden.

Mit der Priorisierung sollen Behörden und Ministerien mehr Geld in die Forschung und Entwicklung investieren. Gelder sollen nur umgeschichtet werden, eine zusätzliche Förderung ist nicht vorgesehen. Das verrät viel. Das National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) soll Standards für eine sichere KI entwickeln. Als wichtig wird auch erachtet, die Menschen weiterzubilden, um sie fit zu machen für die Veränderungen,

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What Trump Is Trying To Save Americans From – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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11-02-19 07:14:00,

What Trump Is Trying To Save Americans From

Nurse in Germany Sends Message that Describes The Camp of the Saints as the Present-day Situation in Germany


In Europe truthful information about the Islamic immigrants forced on Europe by the EU, Merkel and George Soros is considered a hate crime and is forbidden. Marine Le Pen, leader of a large political party in France, has been indicted for merely publishing photos of brutal murder victims of Islamicists. Frustrated by the imposed silence, a Czech woman self-described as a nurse in Germany provides this description:

Yesterday, at the hospital, we had a meeting about how the situation here and the other Munich hospitals are unsustainable.  Clinics cannot handle the number of migrant medical emergencies, so they are starting to send everything to the main hospitals.  Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff, and we women are now refusing to go among those migrants.  Relations between the staff and migrants are going from bad to worse.  Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.  Many migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we in Europe do not know how to treat.  If they receive a prescription to the pharmacy; they  learn they have to pay cash, this leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children.  They abandon the children to the pharmacy staff with the words: So, cure them yourselves.  So the police are not only guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also the large pharmacies.

 We ask openly where are all those who welcomed the migrants in front of TV cameras with signs at train stations?  Yes, for now, the border has been closed, but a million of them are already here and we will definitely not be able to get rid of them,

 Until now, the number of unemployed in Germany was 2.2 million.  Now it will be at least 3.5 million.  Most of these people are completely unemployable.  Only a minimum of them have any education.  What is more, their women usually do not work at all.  I estimate that one in ten is pregnant.  Hundreds of thousands of them have brought along infants and little kids under six,

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Trump’s Speech: An Assessment – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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07-02-19 02:10:00,

Trump’s Speech: An Assessment

Paul Craig Roberts

Readers are requesting my take on President Trump’s state of the union speech. Briefly, judging by the polls taken by his hostile critics—CNN and CBS—the speech was very successful with 76% of the public expressing approval. And this despite several years of demonization of Trump by the presstitutes, Democratic Party, former intelligence and FBI officials, and a number of generals.

The speech was successful, because Trump spoke common sense and appealed for unity. He emphasized restoring America’s greatness, a Reagan theme, and he made it clear that the Democrats’ policy of trying to discredit him and get him out of office was preventing the government from moving ahead with issues that need addressing. I believe everyone knows this, including the Democrats and the presstitutes.

When I say the speech was successful, I mean for Americans. Foreigners witnessing the chant—USA-USA-USA—saw the “exceptionalism” that has been Washington’s excuse for doing so much damage to others in the 21st century. It is not clear what viewers made of the congresswomen in white with their hostile demeanor. Were the white clothes meant to signify their purity in contrast to Trump’s corruption or were the white suits a sign of disapproval like the white dress of the KKK meant disapproval of the black politicians put in power by Reconstruction? What did the Democratic Party gain by displaying female members of Congress as Trump foes?

As for Trump’s economic claims, they were largely based in the official data. As I have emphasized for many years, it is the official data that are false.

Let’s move to more important questions about the speech.

A country without defended borders is not a country. If a country has no respect for its borders, why does the country need a military to repel invaders? Clearly, for the Democratic Party the United States is some kind of universalistic place where people from other lands come and go at will unimpeded. Having borders is nationalism, and nationalism has been redefined from the patriotism it once was to fascism. For Democrats, as for Macron and Merkel, patriotism is the refusal to defend the country’s borders. In other words, the Democratic Party is now without any doubt the party of The Camp of the Saints.

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Trump verspricht Unterstützung: US-Waffenlieferungen von venezolanischen Behörden beschlagnahmt

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06-02-19 03:43:00,

Donald Trump hat seine volle Unterstützung für die venezolanische Opposition zum Ausdruck gebracht. Während die USA ihren Druck auf Präsident Nicolas Maduro erhöhen, berichten Behörden des Landes, dass eine Waffenlieferung beschlagnahmt wurde, die angeblich aus den USA kam.

Die offenbar in den USA hergestellten Waffen wurden auf einem Lagerplatz des internationalen Flughafens Arturo Michelena in der venezolanischen Stadt Valencia entdeckt, teilte das Innenministerium am Dienstag mit. Im Versteck fanden Sicherheitskräfte mindestens 19 Gewehre und 118 Magazine, hochkalibrige Munition sowie 90 Funkantennen und sechs Mobiltelefone. Die Waffen wurden wahrscheinlich am Sonntag aus der südöstlichen US-amerikanischen Stadt Miami verschickt, vermuten die Behörden. Es wurde eine Untersuchung eingeleitet, um den beabsichtigten Empfänger der Sendung zu ermitteln.

✔19 fusiles
✔118 cargadores de fusil
✔4 porta fusil
✔3 miras para fusil
✔90 antenas de radio
✔6 teléfonos fueron hallados en el patio de almacenamiento del aeropuerto de Valencia los cuales ingresaron al país el #3Feb en el Air Bus N881YV procedente de Miami,EEUU #5Febpic.twitter.com/5wnBFnxaFt

— GD Endes Palencia Ortiz (@PalenciaEndes) 5. Februar 2019

Während die USA nie eine militärische Option zur Unterstützung des Machtanspruchs von Juan Guaidó ausgeschlossen haben, hat Washington offiziell bisher einen friedlichen Machtwechsel im lateinamerikanischen Land gefordert.

“Wir stehen dem venezolanischen Volk in seinem edlen Streben nach Freiheit zur Seite”, bekräftigte Donald Trump am Dienstag in seiner Rede zur Lage der Nation und bot der venezolanischen Opposition und dem Führer der Nationalversammlung volle Unterstützung an.

Venezuelas Präsident Nicolás Maduro (r.), flankiert von seiner Frau Cilia Flores (M.), hält eine venezolanische Flagge, während er von einem Balkon des Präsidentenpalastes Miraflores spricht.

“Wir verurteilen die Brutalität des Maduro-Regimes”, fügte Trump hinzu und beschuldigte Caracas und den Sozialismus im Allgemeinen für den wirtschaftlichen Niedergang des Landes, das andererseits hauptsächlich durch US-Sanktionen stranguliert wird.

Der nicht gewählte Oppositionsführer Guaidó erklärte sich am 23. Januar zum Interimspräsidenten. Innerhalb weniger Tage erhielt Guaidó volle Unterstützung aus Washington sowie aus zahlreichen Ländern der EU und Lateinamerikas. Nach der Ankündigung gab es in Venezuela massive Kundgebungen, sowohl für als auch gegen Maduro.

Die venezolanische Regierung betrachtet die jüngsten Entwicklungen als “Putschversuch”. Sie warnte vor jeder internationalen Einmischung oder möglichen Militäraktionen. Trotz der Opposition und sogar der US-Beamten, die venezolanische Offiziere und Soldaten zum Überlaufen drängen, hat die Armee bisher weitgehend ihre Loyalität gegenüber der gewählten Regierung aufrechterhalten.

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“Fort Trump” in Poland Is a Gold Mine for the US Military-Industrial Complex – Global Research

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05-02-19 01:57:00,

“The Americans need us only for the purpose of manipulation”

The former commander of the Polish Land Forces General Skrzypczak doubted the expediency of creating the American military base Fort Trump in Poland.

The Americans have their own interests – hoping to deter Russia by using Americans – that do not coincide with the expectations of Poland, explained the General.

“If the price [the appearance of a Fort Trump] is the fact that we will become quasi-allies of the Americans and suppliers of financial resources for their businesses, then a Fort Trump should not appear at all”

said the Polish General

The former commander also doubted the ability of Washington to come out as the winner in the conflicts that it provokes:

“Americans understand that beyond Iran there is China, and behind China there is Russia … Here everything is connected … America cannot win such a war”.

The US is trying to not allow the economic strengthening of Beijing in Europe and to disrupt the implementation of the Chinese infrastructure project “One Belt, One Road”. When fulfilling these tasks Washington tries to involve as many allies as possible. For example, suggesting to Poland to hold an anti-Iranian conference, without having invited representatives of Tehran.

“Why do we allow ourselves to be drawn into an anti-Iranian adventure, which is absolutely alien to us? Poland has no place in this. We are needed by the Americans today, but only for the purpose of manipulating us. Our diplomacy is so weak that it does not give an account of what levers the Americans use for the sake of achieving their goals”

noted the General

The “Nasdaq” website previously pointed out the interest of American weapons companies in the appearance of a Fort Trump in Poland. Against the background of negotiations on this topic between Washington and Warsaw, the stocks of weapons giants cooperating with the US State Department sharply increase. The stocks of the “Aero Vironment” company, which manufactures drones, rose in 2018 by 103%, “Engility Holdings” – by 21%, and “Aerojet Roketdyne Holdings” – by 8%. The Polish media says that a Fort Trump would be a pot of gold for the American military-industrial complex.

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Trump Kneels Again Before AIPAC

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05-02-19 09:00:00,

Authored by Tom Luongo,

We know the pull of the Israeli lobby is strong in D.C. We also know that Donald Trump’s foreign policy has centered around Israel’s security.

But what we didn’t know for certain was just how far Trump is led around by the whatever AIPAC wants. Until Sunday morning…

However Trump’s invoking Iranian influence as a rationale for staying further contradicts his prior December statement that the defeat of ISIS was “the only reason” he was in Syria in the first place. 

MARGARET BRENNAN:How many troops are still in Syria? When are they coming home?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: 2,000 troops.

MARGARET BRENNAN: When are they coming home?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They’re starting to, as we gain the remainder, the final remainder of the caliphate of the area, they’ll be going to our base in Iraq, and ultimately some will be coming home. But we’re going to be there and we’re going to be staying—

MARGARET BRENNAN: So that’s a matter of months?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have to protect Israel. We have to protect other things that we have. But we’re- yeah, they’ll be coming back in a matter of time. Look, we’re protecting the world. We’re spending more money than anybody’s ever spent in history, by a lot. We spent, over the last five years, close to 50 billion dollars a year in Afghanistan. That’s more than most countries spend for everything including education, medical, and everything else, other than a few countries. 

CBS “Face the Nation” Feb.3 interview transcript

It seems that the panic in D.C. over Trump’s desire to pull out of Syria got everyone activated. Nothing unites the Beltway cocktail circuit and lobbying myrmidons like the threat of peace in the Middle East.

With $4 billion in aid every year and a few hundred nukes the idea that we have to occupy a border crossing between Iraq, Jordan and Syria to protect Israel against Iranian weapons is frankly, ludicrous.

Iran is a bigger threat to Israel now because after seven years of war in Syria,

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Trump Is Right: The Intelligence Community Needs to ‘Go Back to School’

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03-02-19 10:06:00,

“The current crop of national intelligence chiefs are careerists who have risen to the top through their willingness to conform to a system that is designed not to challenge conventional thinking”

Earlier this week, the collective leadership of the United States intelligence community briefed Congress on the Worldwide Threat Assessment Report. In doing so, they provided testimony that seemed to contradict virtually every aspect of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, including the decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, the threat posed by Iran, North Korean denuclearization, and improving relations with Russia.

The president, in typical fashion, lashed out, criticizing the intelligence community’s collective analysis, which predictably elicited criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. They accused him of undermining public confidence in the pronouncements of the intelligence agencies and damaging national security.

In this case, Trump is right and his detractors are wrong.

The current crop of national intelligence chiefs are cut from the same cloth as their predecessors. They are careerists who have risen to the top not through their analytical or operational talents, but through their willingness to conform to a system that is designed not to challenge conventional thinking—especially when such thinking sustains policies that have been given the imprimatur of the entrenched establishment.

Rare is the politician who is well enough versed in the minutia of history and foreign affairs to generate original thinking—or bold enough to challenge the status quo on the grounds that it isn’t working. Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush were among the original thinkers, leaders who opened relations with communist China and oversaw the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union, respectively. Among those who challenge the status quo is Donald Trump, a political maverick who, rightly or wrongly, has sought to challenge the conventional dogma in ways no previous politician ever has.

There is no better illustration of the intellectual corruption of the intelligence community than its performance in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The current dean of the intelligence establishment, the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, illustrates perfectly the slavish impulse to conform. In his book Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence,

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Trump Won’t Accept Trade Deal Unless China Opens Market To Manufacturers, Bankers And Farmers

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31-01-19 04:52:00,

President Trump is on another tweeting tear Thursday morning, alternating between comments about the ongoing US-China trade talks and his push to convince a bipartisan group of lawmakers to strike a border security deal that includes funding for his promised border wall.

After affirming earlier that a trade deal won’t be struck this week because there won’t be a “final deal” until Trump and President Xi can meet face to face (the WSJ reported that Trump will travel to China next month for the meeting), Trump followed up by insisting that a final deal will require China to open up its markets not only to US financial services firms, but to US “manufacturing, farmers and other US businesses and industries.”

Looking for China to open their Markets not only to Financial Services, which they are now doing, but also to our Manufacturing, Farmers and other U.S. businesses and industries. Without this a deal would be unacceptable!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019

He followed that up with a tweet affirming that the Pentagon will be sending more troops to the US border (something the Pentagon announced earlier this week).

More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country. We have stopped the previous Caravans, and we will stop these also. With a Wall it would be soooo much easier and less expensive. Being Built!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019

On Wednesday, Trump shared a quote from a Fox & Friends story about the three migrant caravans that are currently headed for the US border, an angle that Trump is seeking to play up as Democrats dig in their heels and Trump threatens to finally call the national emergency that would (in theory, at least) allow him to circumvent Congress and order the military to build the wall (which, as Trump has repeatedly claimed, has already been started). The tweets on trade come ahead of a reported meeting between Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House on Thursday.

However, despite Trump’s emphasis on farming and manufacturing, the president’s tweet notably follows a story published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal which explained why the US is in a better position to expand services like banking,

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Ist Donald Trump gezwungen worden aufzugeben?, von Thierry Meyssan

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31-01-19 09:44:00,

Hat Präsident Donald Trump aufgegeben, die amerikanische Politik zu ändern? Hat er sich der ehemaligen herrschenden Klasse seines Landes unterworfen? In den letzten zwei Monaten scheint seine Regierung das AfriCom, CentCom und das SouthCom neu gestaltet zu haben. Dem ersten militärischen Befehl des Pentagons wäre erlaubt worden, gegen die chinesischen Projekte in Afrika zu kämpfen; Das CentCom wäre für die Spaltung des Erweiterten Nahen Osten zwischen Arabern und Persern engagiert worden und das SouthCom für die Vernichtung der staatlichen Strukturen des Karibik-Beckens. Daher sind diese neuen Missionen von einer Rückkehr der Neokonservativen begleitet.

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Seit den Zwischenwahlen vom 6. November 2018 steht Präsident Trump unter extrem hohem Druck. Die US-Bundesbehörden sind am 22. Dezember wegen der parlamentarischen Opposition zum Haushaltsentwurf, der die Finanzierung einer Mauer an der mexikanischen Grenze beinhaltete, geschlossen worden (shutdown). Die Krise hat erst 35 Tage später, am 25. Januar 2019, ihr Ende genommen. Präsident Trump hat vor den Forderungen der Demokratischen Partei vorübergehend klein beigegeben. Laut S&P Global Ratings hätte der shutdown mehr als $ 6 Milliarden gekostet, d.h. mehr als die Kosten der Mauer, die er angeblich hätte einsparen sollen [1].

Während dieser Zeit hat die Trump-Administration Zeichen der Aufgabe ihrer Außenpolitik und Verteidigung und der Rückkehr zum amerikanischen Imperialismus vervielfacht. Im Hinblick auf die Regierungsart des Immobilien-Entwicklers, ist es möglich, dass diese Wende nur Schein sei und am 15. Februar, dem Enddatum des Abkommens über den US-Haushalt, in Frage gestellt werden soll. Wie auch immer, legen derzeit viele Elemente nahe, dass Donald Trump auf die Änderungen verzichtet hätte, die er versprochen hatte.

- Am 13. Dezember 2018, auf der Heritage Foundation, skizzierte der nationale Sicherheitsberater John Bolton die neue US-Strategie in Afrika [2]:
• (1) den Handel entwickeln,
• (2) gegen den islamistischen Terrorismus kämpfen,
• (3) die Verwendung der US-Hilfe überprüfen.

Nichts wirklich neues, außer dass die Geschäftsziele nicht mehr als eine Rivalität gegen die ehemaligen Kolonialmächte (Frankreich und das Vereinigte Königreich) ausführlich erklärt wurden, sondern als ein heftiger Kampf gegen China und Russland.

- Am 20. Dezember schickte der US-Verteidigungsminister, General James Mattis, Präsident Trump einen offenen Kündigungsbrief [3]. Im Gegensatz zu dem, was die Presse dazu sagte,

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Trump Scores Major Victory As “Delinquent” NATO Members Boost Contributions By $100 Billion

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29-01-19 03:27:00,

NATO states have agreed to increase their defense spending by $100 billion over two years after President Trump went on a fiery tirade last July – calling on “delinquent” countries to boost their contributions by 2% to 4% of GDP. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance heard Trump’s call “loud and clear” and that member nations are “stepping up,” according to the Telegraph

In conciliatory comments apparently designed to smooth over repeated public criticism of other alliance members by the US leader, Mr Stoltenberg said member states had agreed to add $100 billion to defence budgets over the next two years.

Mr Trump has repeatedly complained that other members of Nato do not meet their spending commitments, including  a  blistering tirade at the NATO summit in Brussels  in July in which called other member governments “delinquent.” –Telegraph

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“President Trump has been very clear. He is committed to NATO… but at the same time he has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more,” said Stoltenberg. “So we see some real money and real results, and we see that a clear message from President Trump is having an impact. NATO allies have heard the president loud and clear. NATO allies are stepping up.”

“What he’s doing is to help us adapt the alliance, which we need,” he added. “This is a clear message to Russia and I think they see that.”

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On Sunday, President Trump celebrated the announcement, tweeting: “Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, just stated that because of me NATO has been able to raise far more money than ever before from its members after many years of decline.”

Trump sent NATO members scrambling last year when he openly questioned the value of remaining in the alliance, while the New York Times reported last week that he had multiple discussions in 2018 with top security advisers about withdrawing. Trump’s ire was on public display during a bilateral breakfast with Stoltenberg and others last July, in which Trump blasted Germany for their reliance on Russian energy while the US is expected to pay for their defense. 

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Trump’s move on Venezuela is ‘setting off possible civil war’ in oil-rich country, WikiLeaks warns

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23-01-19 09:22:00,

The US President’s decision to recognize Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido as the county’s “interim president” may set off a “possible civil war” in the oil-rich nation, WikiLeaks has warned.

Donald Trump’s move on recognizing Guaido as the “interim president” of Venezuela might prove disastrous for the country, which has endured years of instability, and spark an open full-blown conflict, the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks tweeted.

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It could lead to a “possible civil war in the country with the largest proven oil reserves,” it said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump made a statement berating Nicolas Maduro’s government as an “illegitimate regime.”

“Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela,” he said.

Top US officials have thrown their weight behind Guaido over the past few weeks, openly expressing support to him and urging President Maduro to step down, while calling upon the Venezuelan military to support the efforts to restore “democracy” in the country.

The US-backed Guaido, who leads the anti-Maduro protests, has declared himself interim president.

Venezuela has been hit by economic and social crises over the past few years, worsened by a decline in oil prices and pressure from the US. While the Maduro’s opponents blame the situation on the allegedly incompetent actions of the socialist government, it claims that the discontent has been deliberately stirred up by the US and other foreign powers.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro joins several S. American states in recognizing Guaido as Venezuela’s acting head

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Trump Says Time to Stop ‘ENDLESS WARS’: So Why Does Sabre-Rattling Against Russia and China Continue?

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19-01-19 02:48:00,

Donald Trump has shown an apparent willingness to put the brakes on US military aggression abroad, notably in the Middle East and Central Asia. Yet the announcement coincided with more military moves against Russia and China.

One thing is obvious with regards to the ongoing US government shutdown – it has not affected the daily operations of the US military at all. While some 800,000 federal employees are enjoying a long unpaid vacation, members of the Armed Forces appear to be working overtime. And how could they not with the latest seasonal outbreak of Russo and Sino Phobia?

While there has been an outpouring of publicity over Donald Trump’s shock announcement that he would be withdrawing US troops from Syria, and possibly in other hotspots around the war-weary world, the US military remains on the prowl.

At the weekend, the Pentagon deployed three B-2 Stealth bombers and 200 airmen to Hawaii with the stated purpose of demonstrating America’s ability to “project power from anywhere in the world.” The site of the US deployment was no accident. China has been on the receiving end of these cute Hallmark greetings ever since Barack Obama announced his ill-fated ‘Asia Pivot’.

This realignment of military forces was articulated by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an article in Foreign Policy entitled, ‘America’s Pacific Century’, which called for “forging a broad-based military presence” in China’s zone of influence. Needless to say, that pronouncement made Beijing sit up and take notice.

Today, Beijing continues to bolster its defenses as the US makes regular forays in the hotly contested South China Sea region, where China has laid claim to the majority of inlets and islands. It has even taken the ambitious step of turning rocky outcrops into ‘permanent aircraft carriers’ complete with airstrips, missiles and radar. The militarization of these waters makes it almost inevitable that some mishap – accidental or otherwise – will eventually occur. Just this past September, for example, a Chinese destroyer traveled within 45 yards (41 meters) of a US warship in a part of the Pacific Ocean that China considers its territory.

Also on rt.com ‘Global strike capability’: US deploys B-2 strategic bombers to Pearl Harbor for ‘24/7 watch’

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Trump’s wish to take the US out of NATO leaves NeoCons seething

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16-01-19 06:01:00,

Authored by Dmitry Babich via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

During the recent years of the confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, there has been one issue where the Western mainstream press simply cannot fully ignore or reject the Russian arguments. This issue concerns the life and actions of Stepan Bandera (1909-1959) and his followers from what is known as the “Banderite” faction of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, a far-right organization that took terrorist actions against Polish and Soviet officials from the 1920s to the 1950s and which is now legally protected from any criticism in Ukraine).

THE “WRONG” AND “RIGHT” VICTIMS

Because Bandera was born on January 1, 1909, celebrations of his birthday have become disgusting New Year’s rituals in Ukraine in recent years, with thousands participating in Nazi-style torch-lit marches that include shouted protests against “Putin’s Russia” and rants such as, “Jews out!” which are heard by everyone except the police. This New Year was no exception, since the current Ukrainian government under President Petro Poroshenko (who publicly identified himself as a Banderite after taking office in 2014) officially added Bandera’s 110th birthday to the list of Ukraine’s most important anniversaries. This time, there were several quiet voices of condemnation heard in Poland, Israel, and even the US. Why? In truth, torches, masks, political murders, and mob attacks against “pro-Russian” public figures are nothing new in post-Maidan Ukraine. And these things usually pose no problem for the mainstream press of the US and its allies. So, why is Bandera an exception?

The answer is ethnic, as awful as that may sound. Unlike Poroshenko with his aerial bombings of the Russian-speaking Donbass in 2014 and 2015, Bandera killed the “wrong” victims, the representatives of those nations that are valued even by the modern Western media, with its double and triple standards. In the 1930s Bandera killed Polish officials, in the 1940s his people killed civilian Jews and Polish peasants, and these are groups whose plight even the New York Times cannot ignore today. If Bandera’s infamous slogan “Death to enemies!” had been directed only against “disloyal” Russians and anti-Banderite Ukrainians (the groups currently persecuted by Poroshenko), Bandera would have been no different from his modern admirers in the Ukrainian government. But Bandera’s followers from the OUN decimated the Jewish population of Lvov and Kiev in 1941,

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Report: Trump Military Adviser Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran

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14-01-19 09:04:00,

Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, “a reckless advocate of military force,” the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton “asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department.”

“It definitely rattled people,” a former U.S. official said of the request, which Bolton supposedly made after militants aligned with Iran fired mortars into the diplomatic quarter of Baghdad, Iraq, that contains the U.S. Embassy in early September. “People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.”

“The Pentagon complied with the National Security Council’s request to develop options for striking Iran,” the Journal reported, citing unnamed officials. “But it isn’t clear if the proposals were provided to the White House, whether Mr. Trump knew of the request, or whether serious plans for a U.S. strike against Iran took shape at that time.”

The Journal‘s report, which comes just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an “arrogant tirade” of a speech vilifying Iran, sparked immediate alarm among critics of the Trump administration’s biggest warmongers—who, over the past several months, have been accused of fomenting unrest in Iran and laying the groundwork for war.

Daniel W. Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, called the news “a reminder that when it comes to Iran, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are batshit insane.”

In which the @WSJ provides your occasional reminder that when it comes to Iran, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are batshit insane. https://t.co/YVIojDpgl1

— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 13, 2019

Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), tweeted, “Make no mistake: Bolton is the greatest threat to the security of the United States!” Parsi, an expert on U.S.-Iranian relations and longtime critic of Bolton, called for his immediate ouster over the request detailed in Journal‘s report.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Bolton is the greatest threat to the security of the United States!

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Trump’s Hail Mary Becomes Bolton’s Nightmare

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11-01-19 08:11:00,

Trump’s Hail Mary Becomes Bolton’s Nightmare

National Security Advisor John Bolton is making the rounds in the Middle East to try and salvage what’s left of the long-standing plan to balkanize Syria and overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of President Trump’s announced troop withdrawal.

What began as a political Hail Mary for Trump has morphed into a foreign policy quagmire for Bolton and the bloody-minded neoconservatives he is the tip of the spear for.

Bolton first met fellow war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu to announce their conditions under which US troops would leave Syria. The big sticking point was getting the Turks to guarantee the safety of the Kurdish militia, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that have been the US proxy forces in securing that part of Syria east of the Euphrates river for future plans vis-à-vis Iraq and Iran.

His condition for the US’s withdrawal from Syria is just another impossible demand placed on Turkey, who can no more guarantee the Kurds’ survival than Russia could implement the Minsk II agreement in Ukraine.

This is yet another big lie neocons like Bolton have been parroting since Trump’s announcement. They are desperate to convince us their mission in Syria is a humanitarian one. The Kurds are their casus belli of the day, dressed up for the liberal interventionist left to rally around.

Since Trump’s announcement we have been saturated with the idea that the Turks will come in and slaughter every Kurd in Syria if the US pulls out. This is something Pompeo was taken to task for by Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy who said Pompeo exhibited a “worrying lack of knowledge” about the situation in Syria, since Turkey houses currently over 300,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees from the fighting the US fomented.

It is a continuation of the thoroughly debunked and false narrative that Assad is a butcher, Putin is only there for the gas pipelines and America is actually fighting ISIS.

ISIS, the very terrorists we armed to overthrow Assad in the first place.

We’re there for humanitarian reasons, the same way we’re supporting the Saudi war in Yemen, maintaining a no-fly zone over the border crossing at Al-Tanf while the people who live there starve.

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Trump’s Neocons Reverse His Syria Withdrawal Plan

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10-01-19 10:29:00,

Trump’s Neocons Reverse His Syria Withdrawal Plan

Ron PAUL

I’m starting to wonder whether President Trump has any power over US foreign policy at all. Many people believe that the US president is just a figurehead, with actual foreign policy firmly in the hands of the deep state. Trump’s latest dramatic U-turn on pulling troops from Syria certainly feeds such theories.

When President Trump announced just a couple of weeks ago that the US was removing its troops from Syria and possibly reducing troops from Afghanistan, the neocons, the media, the military-industrial complex, and the left-wing “never-Trump” people were livid. They were silent when President Obama made the horrible decision to overthrow Assad in Syria and sent weapons to jihadists to do so. They never said a word when billions of dollars were committed to this immoral and dangerous “regime change” policy. They weren’t interested in the rule of law when President Obama thumbed his nose at Congress and sent troops into Syria.

But when President Trump declared the obvious – that ISIS was effectively defeated and that we had no business being in Syria – these above groups in unison declared that actually bringing US troops home was a “gift to Russia.” They said bringing US troops home would create instability in the regions they left. Well, is there any proof that occupation by US troops actually brings stability?

No sooner did President Trump announce our departure than his neocon advisors began walking his words back. First he had to endure a lunch with Sen. Lindsey Graham reading him the riot act, where, according to the Senator, Trump agreed to no timetables for departure. Then his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, began to tell the world that President Trump’s statements on troop pullout were just empty words, not US policy.

While Syrian Christians newly liberated from the rule of US-backed extremists celebrated Christmas for the first time in years, John Bolton dusted off the old warning to Assad that the US would attack if he “again” gassed his people. With the Syrian president personally taking part in some of the Christmas celebrations, does anybody really believe he’d go back to his office and order a gas attack?

Bolton then claimed that the US would shift troops from Syria to Iraq to continue fighting ISIS and that the US fully backs Israeli airstrikes on Syrian territory.

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Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal?

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07-01-19 11:03:00,

Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal?

Senator Dick BLACK

The mainstream media refuses to acknowledge that the hardest fighting against ISIS and al Qaeda has been done by Syria and its allies.  Indeed, we label Iran’s fight against Syrian terrorists as “malign activity,” ignoring the fact that al Qaeda in Syria [al Nusra] is the progeny of the al Qaeda force that highjacked jets and flew them into the Twin Towers and Pentagon, killing 3,000 Americans on 9-11.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Seymour Hersh, wrote that a Defense Intelligence Agency review of Syrian policy in 2013 revealed that clandestine CIA Program Timber Sycamore, had degenerated into a program that armed all terrorists indiscriminately, specifically including ISIS and al Qaeda.  I seriously doubt that this was merely a program failure.  There is strong evidence that the U.S. planned to overthrow Syria in 2001; the U.S. Embassy in Damascus issued a detailed strategy to destabilize Syria in 2006–long before the so-called “Arab Spring;” and that our focus has consistently been on toppling the duly elected, constitutional and UN-recognized government of Syria.

It’s sickening to hear these clowns repeatedly claim that “Assad murdered 500,000 of his people,” as though the U.S.-backed terrorists have played no role in the killings.  I’ve viewed hundreds of beheadings and crucifixions online but none committed by Syria troops–all were proudly posted by the hellish filth that we’ve recruited, armed and trained for the past eight years.  Major war crimes, like beheading 250 Syrian soldiers after running them across the desert in their underpants, were scarcely mentioned by the MSM.

During a five-hour drive across liberated Syria this September, I spoke with many people, from desert shepherds, to nuns and Muslim religious.  There were palpable expressions of joy that the Syrian armed forces had liberated them from the terrorists.  That was coupled with broad-based, unequivocal support for President Bashar al Assad and the Syrian Armed Forces.

This disastrous war would never have occurred without American planning and execution.  And it would have ended years and hundreds of thousands of casualties ago had we closed our training and logistics bases in Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  The Syrian War had little to do with the “Arab Spring” and much to do with clandestine actions of CIA, MI-6,

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Trump & His Wall | Armstrong Economics

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07-01-19 09:44:00,

QUESTION: Do you support Trump’s Wall? They say Trump’s wall is a waste of money and won’t work. Do you disagree?

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ANSWER: To me, it is really irrelevant. It is far more important to the people living there on the border who are tired of all the crime and nonsense lacking security. There are also many hard-working people trying to get in for a better life. While the press and Democrats bash Trump and call him a racist over this issue even when Mexican is no more a race than being an American, Obama deported more people than any other President. Nobody called Obama a racist.

As an employer, you are REQUIRED to ensure the person you hire is LEGAL. Verification of employment (VOE) requests on current or former employees can come to an employer from government agencies. The employers cannot lie on such a request from the government or suffer up to even imprisonment for false answers. The law requiring employers to identify an employee is not something Trump created. They were passed back in 1986.

I understand all the yelling about trying to prevent illegal aliens as being racist is political labeling for surely anyone who believes that is really stupid for Mexican is not a race. Nevertheless, there are a host of laws that are impacted by the attempt to work illegally. Even to get a decent apartment, they run a background check on you and may deny you for any criminal violations or lacking legal status and a job. Illegal aliens are not able to rent such places leaving them at the highly questionable level of living typically in very poor areas that operate in cash. The call to eliminate cash is also a covert backdoor way to get rid of illegal aliens nobody will say publicly. Eliminate cash and you eliminate their ability to work under the table.

Indeed, there are a host of laws in conflict over this very issue of illegal aliens. It is even a crime under 8 U.S. Code § 1324  to bring in and harbor certain aliens. Employers can go to jail for hiring an illegal alien and you can go to jail for helping them to get into the country.

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Trump To Europe: You’re Vassals And I Don’t Care

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07-01-19 08:56:00,

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

“I don’t care about Europe,” declared US President Donald Trump this week during his White House cabinet’s first meeting of the new year.

The American president probably revealed more about the true nature of US-European relations than he intended.

Trump was speaking in the context of American military involvement with Europe, as well as trade and other issues. He was reiterating the tedious mantra that the US is allegedly being “taken advantage of” by European allies by not spending more on their military budgets.

It was the usual rambling, barely articulate fallacy from Trump who portrays the inherent military profligacy of American corporate capitalism not as a destructive vice, but as a supposed virtuous cause of “protection” for allies and the rest of the world. In short, delusional American exceptionalism.

But it was Trump’s bluntly stated contempt for European allies that was notable. In a quip to a question about his reported unpopularity in Europe, the president said he didn’t care what Europeans think. A few seconds later, in a betrayal of his arrant egotistical state of mind, Trump turned around and claimed that he would be popular if he stood in an election in Europe!

Ironically, though, perhaps we should be grateful to Trump for his brash outspokenness. By dissing Europe with such contemptuous disregard, he lays bare the true face of Washington’s relations with the old continent.

Past American presidents have been adept at presenting the transatlantic connection as a putative “strategic partnership” – as most clearly manifested by the US-led NATO military alliance. Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in protest over policies, was of this conventional transatlantic mould. Mattis repeatedly talked up the importance of maintaining strong bonds with allies.

However, decades of transatlantic rhetoric has often served to conceal the real relationship between Washington and Europe. The reality is the Europeans are not partners. They are vassals.

Successive European governments and the European Union have continually permitted their countries to serve as bases for American military forces, including in the past, nuclear weapons pointed at Russia. Those missiles may return to European soil,

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Finanzsystem: Trump als Rattenfänger für die Neue Weltordnung | www.konjunktion.info

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04-01-19 01:08:00,

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Am 27. Dezember verfasste ich den Artikel Finanzsystem: Die Fed verfolgt eine viel tiefer gehende Agenda, in dem ich die aktuell stattfindende “mediale Aufbereitung” der Straffungspolitik der Federal Reserve beleuchtete. Inklusive der Propaganda, dass der Fed-Vorsitzende Jerome Powell ein “gerissener Zentralbanker” sei, der im Sinne der Menschen versucht das System wieder in Balance zu bringen. Da der heutige Artikel eine Art Fortsetzung dieses Dezember-Artikels darstellt, möchte ich zuvor noch einmal eine kurz Zusammenfassung desselben geben:

Die Fed hat vorsätzlich die derzeitige “Blase aller Blasen” erschaffen, damit sie sie zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt gezielt implodieren lassen kann. Oder in anderen Worten: der Einbruch, der im letzten Quartal 2018 stattfand und der sich bis ins 1. Quartal 2019 fortsetzen wird, ist die gezielte Demontage der (US-)Wirtschaft. Jerome Powell erfüllt genau jene Rolle, für die er vorgesehen ist. Ben Bernankes und Janet Yellens, die Vorgänger Powells, Aufgabe bestand darin die Blase aufzupumpen. Jerome Powells Aufgabe ist es diese Blase zum Platzen zu bringen.

Diese Taktik der Fed wird seit über 100 Jahren von den Internationalisten/Globalisten/Eliten (IGE) und deren Helfershelfer in den Zentralbanken eingesetzt – sie schaffen zuerst eine Kreditblase; stechen diese dann an; verursachen damit eine Krise; eignen sich werthaltige Realwerte für Centbeträge an; nutzen die entstandene Panik in den Bevölkerungen, um noch mehr Macht und Zentralisierung zu erhalten; führen neue Kontroll- und Überwachungsmaßnahmen ein, während die Menschen abgelenkt sind; lassen alles sich eine zeitlang setzen und wiederholen dann das ganze Spiel von vorne.

Dieser Prozess der kontrollierten Demontage benötigt jedoch eine größere Ablenkung, damit die Zentralbanker und die IGE jedwede Schuld für die Gründe und die folgenden Konsequenzen aufgrund der Krise
von sich weisen können. Und hier kommt Donald Trump und das falsche Trump-IGE-Paradigma, der angebliche Kampf Trumps gegen das Establishment, ins Spiel. Wie ich im eingangs erwähnten Artikel Ende letzten Jahres geschrieben habe, ist die Fed nur eine Seite der gleichen Medaille des Zusammenbruchs, während Trump die andere Seite darstellt.

Ein solches “Betrugs- und Täuschungssystem” kennt jedoch viele unterschiedliche Zustände. Von ganz einfach und für alle offensichtlich bzw.

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Trump Walks Back Syria Pullout As Noose Tightens

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04-01-19 01:03:00,

Authored by Tom Luongo,

If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump has some master plan to kill off his Deep State adversaries they should check themselves into therapy. I know withdrawal is hard, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing it.

He doesn’t have a plan. He may fight them but it won’t be with any kind of master plan to trap them in some beautiful bit of political judo.

Frankly, Vladimir Putin he is not.

No, Trump is winging things at this point. While he still has the office he’s trying to do some of the things he promised. Doing that may keep him in power for a few more months.

But with his walking back the timetable for pulling troops out of Syria after a visit from Lindsay Graham (R-MIC/AIPAC) should tell you all you need to know about Trump’s willingness to stand up to the pressure he’s under.

Add to that the opening salvo from Mitt Romney (R-Wall St.) and it becomes pretty clear that Trump was told what the score really is. When, not if, the Democrats push for impeachment or a 25th Amendment proceeding against him Graham and Romney will lead a GOP revolt against him, siding with Senate Democrats to get rid of him.

That’s been the point of this from the beginning. Pat Buchanan and I both talked about this from the moment he was elected. Pat reminding us of what happened to Nixon who was hounded out of office because he did the unthinkable — ending the Vietnam War.

I’ve been simply looking at this from the standard libertarian perspective that “War is the health of the state” and Trump’s opposition to our Middle East follies would net him nothing but contempt.

The Makinder “Heartland” view of Geopolitics holds complete sway in Washington, Downing St. and the Pentagon. And as such, the Middle East is the access point to the Heartland and that means destroying both Russia and Iran to ensure that Germany never joins them.

This is why The Swamp will not let Trump make nice with Putin.

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Trump geht, Erdogan kommt

31-12-18 08:55:00,

Mit Russen-Waffen Frieden schaffen?

Autor: U. Gellermann

Datum: 31. Dezember 2018

Die atlantischen Medien-Redaktionen in Deutschland schnappen nach Luft, dem wenig begabten deutschen Außenminister fallen nur Floskeln ein, die NATO stammelt nicht mal: Donald Trump will die US-Truppen aus Syrien abziehen und die restliche westliche Welt, seit Jahr und Tag militärisch von diversen US-Regierungen in die Scheiße geritten, sucht eine Exit-Strategie.

Seit Längerem versuchen sich allerlei westlich orientierte Staaten – von den USA über die Franzosen bis hin zu den Deutschen und den Israelis – an einem Regime-Change in Syrien. Zu selbstbewußt war ihnen die Assad-Regierung, zu beharrlich hielt sie am Vertrag über den russischen Militärstützpunkt in Syrien fest. Da war die Gelegenheit eines innersyrischen Konfliktes viel zu günstig, als dass man sich nicht zugunsten der Opposition einmischen wollte, selbst wenn die sich auf finstere Islamisten aller Art stützte. Also sandte man Geld, Waffen, „Spezialkräfte“ und Söldner aller Art in das geschundene Land und maskierte diese mörderische Intervention auch noch als „Hilfe für die syrischen Demokraten“.

Seit die Israelis – die zu gern ihre widerrechtliche Besetzung der syrischen Golan-Höhen zum international geduldeten Gewohnheitsrecht betonieren wollen und deshalb wiederholt mal diese oder jene Ecke des syrischen Staates bombardierten – im September durch einen miesen Trick eine russische Ilyushin-20 vom syrischen Himmel holten, begann der Anfang vom Ende des blutigen Spiels. Die israelische Zeitung „Israel Heute“ hatte davon eine Ahnung und schrieb im September diesen Jahres: „Es wird erwartet, dass die Krise (der Abschuss) Auswirkungen auf Israels Fähigkeit haben wird, Luftangriffe gegen iranische Ziele in Syrien durchzuführen. Bis jetzt haben die Russen die IAF-Angriffe gegen diese Ziele ignoriert und sie nur verurteilt.“

Unmittelbar nach diesem Coup des Netanyahu-Regimes stationierten die Russen in Syrien das Flugabwehr-Raketensystem des Komplexes S-300W. Das neue System kann ein 2.500 Quadratkilometer großes Gebiet vor Luftangriffen schützen. Seit dieser Zeit haben die Russen die Lufthoheit über Syrien. Und Bodentruppen ohne Luftunterstützung haben ziemlich schlechte Karten. Selbst in den aggressivsten US-Militär-Kreisen begriff man langsam, dass der Krieg in Syrien nicht mehr zu gewinnen war. Und was Trump zur Zeit als generöse Geste verkauft, ist nichts anders als ein eingezogener Schwanz.

Der türkische Diktator Erdogan, der zu gern noch ein paar Kurden in Syrien umbringen möchte, kann das nicht einsehen. Er droht mit einer Offensive auf syrischem Gebiet.

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Trump Scores, Breaks Generals’ 50-Year War Record – Global Research

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29-12-18 04:34:00,

The mainstream media has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as impulsive, blindsiding his own national security team. But detailed, published accounts of the policy process over the course of the year tell a very different story. They show that senior national security officials and self-interested institutions have been playing a complicated political game for months aimed at keeping Trump from wavering on our indefinite presence on the ground in Syria.

The entire episode thus represents a new variant of a familiar pattern dating back to Vietnam in which national security advisors put pressure on reluctant presidents to go along with existing or proposed military deployments in a war zone. The difference here is that Trump, by publicly choosing a different policy, has blown up their transparent schemes and offered the country a new course, one that does not involve a permanent war state.

The relationship between Trump and his national security team has been tense since the beginning of his administration. By mid-summer 2017, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford had become so alarmed at Trump’s negative responses to their briefings justifying global U.S. military deployments that they decided to do a formal briefing in “the tank,” used by the Joint Chiefs for meetings at the Pentagon.

But when Mattis and Dunford sang the praises of the “rules-based, international democratic order” that has “kept the peace for 70 years,” Trump simply shook his head in disbelief.

By the end of that year, however, Mattis, Dunford, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believed they’d succeeded in getting Trump to use U.S. troops not only to defeat Islamic State but to “stabilize” the entire northeast sector of Syria and balance Russian and Iranian-sponsored forces. Yet they ignored warning signs of Trump’s continuing displeasure with their vision of a more or less permanent American military presence in Syria.

In a March rally in Ohio ostensibly about health care reform, Trump suddenly blurted out, “We’re coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon—very soon we’re coming out.”

Then in early April 2018,

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Trump Pulling Out of Syria and Afghanistan? What is the Hidden Agenda? – Global Research

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26-12-18 10:24:00,

War on Syria

It is significant that US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw his troops from Syria. The 14th December decision was followed immediately by another announcement by the President to pull out a sizable number of soldiers from Afghanistan where the US has been involved in a war for the last 17 years — the longest war in its history.

Both the decisions, especially the one on Syria, have been condemned by a lot of US Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. They feel that the decisions undermine the US’s role as a global power. US allies such as Britain and France have also criticised the pull-outs. By getting out of Syria in particular, the US has made it easier for certain powers from within and without the region to exert even more influence over the politics of that country and that of its neighbours to the detriment of the West. Most of the international media argue that US success in fighting the terrorists in Syria which Trump cited as the reason for the withdrawal will be rendered meaningless in no time since terrorist cells are still alive and capable of striking at civilians. In the case of Afghanistan, the US cut-back, the media contends, will expedite the Taliban’s goal of gaining total control over the country.

Conventional wisdom suggests that whether or not the US is around the Taliban will emerge victorious sooner than later. If anything, the US military presence — a foreign power on Afghan soil — has enhanced the Taliban’s reputation as a resistance force among the ordinary people. The eventual total withdrawal of the 16,000 US soldiers will allow the Afghan people themselves to determine their future which will be influenced to some extent at least by Afghanistan’s important neighbours, Pakistan, Iran, China, India and Russia.

If we now turn to the situation in Syria, we would realise that the US role in combating terrorism was limited. The Syrian Army, with the backing of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Iranian militias and the Russian military were primarily responsible for the defeat of the multitude of terrorist outfits in the country between 2012 and 2017. Indeed, there is more than enough evidence to show that some of the more prominent terrorist outfits were in different times and in different circumstances aided and abetted by institutions and organisations associated with the US,

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Sorry, Trump: Most ISIS Recruits in America Aren’t Immigrants, a New Study Suggests

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24-12-18 03:27:00,

Ask someone to close their eyes and picture a typical homegrown, American recruit for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Chances are the image that springs to mind is of a brown-skinned person with an immigrant background, likely with ties to the Middle East, South Asia, or North Africa. That image of the average accused terrorist might be out of date, a new study published by the Rand Corporation suggests. In the study, “Trends in the Draw of Americans to Foreign Terrorist Organizations from 9/11 to Today,” which sought to explore why ISIS has relative successes recruiting in the U.S., researchers found that in recent years the most common demographic profile for an accused terrorist motivated by “radical Islam” has been a native-born American, either white or African-American.

As the nature of terrorism changes, the average “jihadi” in the United States is starting to look less like the type of person President Donald Trump wants to ban from the country.

As the nature of terrorism changes — both ideologically and under the influence of new technologies like social media — the average “jihadi” in the United States is starting to look less like the type of person President Donald Trump wants to ban from the country. The finding has serious implications for immigration policies like the so-called Muslim ban, which posit terrorism as something naturally emanating from immigrant communities, particularly of Middle Eastern extraction.

The Rand study identified 476 individuals implicated in cases of “jihadist terrorism” in the United States in the 16 years following the September 11 attacks. (The Intercept also maintains a running database of terrorism cases called “Trial and Terror,” which includes a broader scope of offenses.) Of the individuals in the Rand study, 206 were of Middle Eastern, North African, and/or South-Central Asian background, accounting for about 43 percent of the cases. The study, however, notes that this number is “somewhat surprisingly” trending downward over time, stating that “in percentage terms the number of individuals of Middle Eastern, North African, and/or South Central Asian descent has declined in recent years relative to other demographics.”

The main driver of this phenomenon appears to have been the rise of ISIS. In the years 2014 to 2016 — the peak years of ISIS recruitment in the U.S.

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Trump geeft ‘groen licht’ voor Turkse invasie in Noord-Syrië | Uitpers

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24-12-18 11:50:00,

Een simpel telefoontje lijkt te volstaan om over het lot van de bevolking in Noord-Syrië te beslissen… In een Tweet (24/12) schrijft VS-president Trump dat Erdogan “mij zeer duidelijk heeft laten weten dat hij alles wat er nog over is van ISIS in Syrië zal uitroeien” en, zo vervolgt hij “hij is een man die het kan doen plus, Turkije ligt bij de deur. Onze troepen komen terug naar huis!” Turkije heeft al twee militaire invallen in Noord-Syrië uitgevoerd. De eerste, in de zomer van 2016, gaf voedsel aan speculaties dat Turkije eerder samenwerkt met de Islamitische Staat, dan ze te bestrijden. De Turkse inname van Jarablus (augustus 2016) – in samenwerking met islamisten van het Sham Legioen en met politieke en luchtsteun van de VS-coalitie – verliep erg makkelijk zonder veel tegenstand. “IS heeft nooit de stad verlaten, ze schoren gewoon hun baard af”, aldus een bron (IS-strijder) in de Britse krant The Independent.

Trump maakt een eind aan de Amerikaanse spreidstand tussen Turkije en de Koerdische PYD. Hij kiest voor het strategisch veel te belangrijk NAVO-bondgenootschap met Turkije en ook voor het miljardencontract voor luchtdoelraketten dat onderdeel is van de deal tussen beide presidenten.

Inmiddels zijn de militaire voorbereidingen volop aan de gang. Gisteren trokken grote Turkse militaire konvooien richting Manbij (onder controle van de Democratische Federatie in Noordelijk Syrië) en naar de grensstreek ten zuiden van Sanli Urfa. De salafistische bondgenoten van Turkije (het ‘Nationale Leger’) concentreren hun milities aan de frontlijn ten oosten van Jarablus.

Binnen de NAVO is er evenwel onenigheid. Afgelopen week trok een delegatie van het SDF (de Syrische Democratische Krachten van de Democratische Federatie) naar Parijs dat zijn steun heeft toegezegd. Sindsdien zijn er patrouilles met Franse troepen waargenomen in de Manbij-regio. Alle ingrediënten zijn aanwezig voor een grote clash.

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Reactions To Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Plan Say More Than The Plan Itself

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22-12-18 01:12:00,

President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, which is reportedly expected to take 60-100 days or 30 days depending on who you ask. According to Kurdish forces in eastern Syria the withdrawal of American as well as French troops is already underway, though France is saying it’s staying. The number of troops to be withdrawn which keeps getting repeated in the news is 2,000, but there’ve been reports that the actual number of US ground troops in Syria is closer to 4,000. The US-led airstrike campaign against Islamic State will reportedly continue.

Trump says the withdrawal is because ISIS has been defeated in Syria, but others are pointing to the conspicuous timing of his recent chat with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan, who has announced a coming military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria east of the Euphrates in the near future, as the more likely reason. An anonymous senior US official has told Reuters that the two leaders didn’t discuss a US withdrawal from Syria, but the timing of the conversation as well as a recent $3.5 billion arms deal with Turkey indicates the the US withdrawal and Erdoğan’s planned military assault could very well be related. The Kurds put all their eggs in the basket of US support out of a desire to create their own nation, and a US withdrawal means they’ll be forced to either court an alliance with Damascus, as some analysts believe will happen, or risk being trapped between hostile Turkish forces and hostile Syrian coalition forces as the Assad government races to reclaim Syrian territory.

Beyond that, it’s hard to tell what’s actually happening. I’ll be astonished if there is an actual US withdrawal from Syria without any residual or proxy forces left behind, and it remains extremely possible that US troops won’t leave at all, especially if another conveniently timed “chemical weapons attack” gets attributed to Damascus. This administration has been going back and forth and back and forth about what its Syria policy actually is ever since Trump took office, and it won’t be the least bit surprising if we end up seeing very little change in US military presence.

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Trump’s bold geopolitical pivot, will the Deep State retaliate?

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21-12-18 03:20:00,

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and former U.S. Army Special Operations Officer and global psychological warfare counter-terrorism analyst Scott Bennett take a quick look at US President Donald Trump decision to disengage from Syria and bring American troops home. Does this mark a major turning point and pivot away from years of a failed and disastrous US foreign policy dogma in the Middle East that has left the region in ruins.

How will the Deep State and neocon warmongers react and retaliate to US President Trump’s decision to deliver what he promised during his presidential campaign…an end to the military industrial complex wars.

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Meanwhile, Trump continues a bold US military disengagement in never ending, bullshit wars started by Bush and Obama. Zerohedge that US President Trump has ordered a major Afghan drawdown with 7,000 troops set to return to the US in the coming weeks…

CNN warns “officials brace for Trump announcement on Afghanistan” after Trump’s Wednesday bombshell Syria troop pullout announcement. He’s now initiated “a major drawdown” of forces in Afghanistan too, and while inside the beltway neocon heads might continue to explode, the broader public for which the seventeen year long Afghan war is deeply unpopular will no doubt cheer the move. And already NBC reports Thursday evening based on defense sources the White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans presenting “multiple options” including a “complete withdrawal”. Following the “options” order it now appears Trump has pulled the trigger and “ordered the start of a reduction of American forces in Afghanistan” according to a breaking WSJ report:

More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said. The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war that officials say could take at least many months.

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