Trump Transforms the Middle East into NATO’s “Area of Responsibility” | New Eastern Outlook

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20-01-20 09:33:00,

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There’s been no shortage of cultural and political figures over the last couple of centuries who would show interest towards the incredibly rich history of the Middle East. Essentially, this region gave birth to economy as we know it, a handful of ancient civilizations on top of three of world’s major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The United States started showing interest towards the Greater Middle East (that includes North Africa, Iran and Afghanistan on top of the Levant) as early as in the 19th century, when 20% of its maritime trade was with the Middle East.

However, a lot has changed since those days, both in Washington’s assessment of the role that the Middle East plays in the global affairs and in the way it approaches individual players of this region.

In the aftermath of WWII, in a bid to win trust of the people of Asia and Africa, Washington opposed attempts made to preserve the British Empire and ousted the UK from the Middle East. This resulted in the Arabs taking Washington’s peaceful intentions at face value, as they assumed that it would try to bring stability to the region. However, it didn’t take long for the United States to start subjugating Israel to its will, and then proceeding with attempts to push the USSR out of the Arab world, in spite of the latter remaining a principal advocate of the socio-economic transformation of a great many of Middle Eastern states.

These days, with a grand total of 52 American bases scattered across the region, there’s no arguing that the United States is hell-bent to dominate the region and its policies, with the local governments being treated as obedient puppets that are only there to wilfully provide a resource base for the sole hegemone. This determination results in Washington finding itself unable to compromise on a number of objectives that can hardly be achieved independently, while one’s desire to secure them all at the same time can only be described as a dangerous delusion. Among those objectives are ensuring America’s control over the entirety of hydrocarbon production of the region, preserving Israel’s primacy in regional affairs, limiting Iran’s role and the influence it enjoys, ensuring that those wealthy regional players carry on buying American weapons in large quantities.

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Mijn verontrusting over Iran en de rol van Trump..!

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14-01-20 08:33:00,


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Mijn verontrusting over Iran en de rol van Trump..!

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Janneke Monshauer

Graag wil ik mijn verontrusting met je delen, naar aanleiding van de ontwikkelingen in Iran. Echt schokkend wat daar aan het gebeuren is. Waarom moest Soleimani met zijn mensen dood? Het lijkt wel weer het oude liedje met een vliegtuig dat is neergehaald, studenten die opgehitst worden (doet me weer denken aan George Soros) en Trump die ze steunt… We hebben nog wel heel veel ‘hobbels’ te gaan. En ik word er eerlijk gezegd, misselijk van..

Het gedonder begon nadat Trump in zijn persconferentie bij 70-jaar NAVO in Londen had gezegd dat hij vrede met Rusland wil en een akkoord met Rusland sluiten over een stop op de nucleaire wapenwedloop. En hij was bezig met een nieuwe deal met China. Een paar dagen daarna staan Trump en Lavrov, de Russische minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, samen lachend op de foto. Dit is de laatste lachende foto van Trump die ik heb gezien… Wat is er sindsdien gebeurd? En dat is nog lang niet alles, wat daarvóór al gebeurde, geheel tegen zijn eerdere uitspraken in..

Trump had beweerd dat hij ISIS had verslagen in Syrië door hun hoofdman, Al Baghdadi, te vermoorden. Maar was dat een toneelstukje? Net als Osama Bin Laden destijds? En Trump had gezegd dat hij de Amerikaanse troepen zou terugtrekken uit Syrië… en hij had eerder al gezegd dat olie uit het Midden Oosten voor de VS niet meer belangrijk was, omdat de VS nu helemaal self-supporting is…, zelfs de grootste olieproducent is geworden… Maar toch pikte hij (of staat toe) de olie met (Westerse) pijpleidingen van Syrië en wees de Syrische Golanhoogten met olie, pijpleidingen en waterbronnen officieel toe aan Israël; evenals de Israëlische nederzettingen in de Westbank. Hoe kan hij dit allemaal doen?

Is Trump nu toch door de knieën gegaan voor de City of Londen?
Is Trump nu toch door de knieën gegaan voor de City of Londen en (hun bezit) de staat Israël & hun vrienden? En werkt hij mee aan een ‘Land for Peace’-deal, wat de elite wil, een ‘groter’ Israël – het Yinon-plan, het hele omringende Arabische gebied opdelen in kleinere landjes: Lybië verdelen in 4 kleine landjes,

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Trump as Cyrus: Has Yahweh Grasped Him By His Right Hand?

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07-01-20 10:26:00,

(Note: this article was originally written before the US assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on January 2nd)

Trump kept the promise he made to AIPAC in March 2016: “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” Its fulfillment gave a timely support to Netanyahu, whose popularity in Israel is entirely based on his capacity to manipulate the United States, of which he brags. Commenting in May 2018 on Trump’s decision, Netanyahu paid him this compliment:

“This will be remembered the way we remember the Cyrus declaration of 2500 years ago, when he told the exiles of Babylon, ‘you can go back and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.’ This is a historical moment and we will always remember.”

Cyrus is that Persian king whose spirit “Yahweh roused … to issue a proclamation” and “build him a temple in Jerusalem,” according to the Book of Ezra (1:1-2) A successor to Cyrus later appointed Ezra to oversee the building. For his decree, Cyrus is bestowed the title of Yahweh’s “Anointed” (Mashiah) by the prophet Isaiah:

“Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus whom, he says, I have grasped by his right hand, to make the nations bow before him and to disarm kings: […] It is for the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen one, that I have called you by your name, have given you a title though you do not know me. […] Though you do not know me, I have armed you.” (Isaiah 45:1-5)[1]

Yahweh, who “roused Cyrus’ spirit” and “grasped him by his right hand,” stands, of course, for “Jewish Power”.

Netanyahu hailed Trump as a modern-day Cyrus on several occasions, and his enthusiasm was echoed on Fox News, when Jeanine Pirro declared: “Donald Trump recognizes history. He, like king Cyrus before him, fulfills the biblical prophecy…”

Trump was like Cyrus again in March 2019, when he signed a decree recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights (top photo). It inspired Miriam Adelson, wife of Trump’s biggest donor, to comment that the President deserves his “Book of Trump” in the Bible.

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Trump’s Mass Deception on Iran – Global Research

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06-01-20 10:51:00,

Virtually all politicians lie, none in memory more repeatedly and egregiously than Trump.

It’s so excessively over the top it begs the question. Is he unable to distinguish between facts and fiction or is he inherently deceptive by nature?

His Big Lies fool no one informed on what’s going on at home and abroad.

The problem is they comprise a minority, not a majority of the public — and serial lying is a moral and ethical issue, not a criminal offense unless under oath.

Make no mistake. DJT’s ordered airstrikes in Iraq, killing around 30 paramilitary fighters connected to its military, followed by the assassinations of Iranian General Soleimani and Iraqi deputy PMU leader Muhandis were US acts of war on both countries.

According to US law, an act of war means any hostile act occurring in the course of:

1. a declared war;

2. an armed conflict, whether or not war has been declared, between two or more nations; or

3. an armed conflict between military forces of any origin.

Under international law it’s much the same, notably a preemptive attack by one nation on the territory of the other.

It’s strictly prohibited by the UN Charter except in self-defense if attacked, clearly not the case in all US wars post-WW II, waged preemptively on nonbelligerent states — unjustifiably justified by Big Lies and deception.

According to UN General Assembly Res. 3314, aggression is defined as “the use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations” — which prohibits a nation attacking another state preemptively.

Included in the UN definition is “(b)ombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State or the use of any weapons by a State against the territory of another State.”

On Friday, Trump tweeted the following:

“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught (sic)!”

“He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people (sic).”

The above remarks apply to decades of US aggression — raping and destroying one country after another,

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Trump will Krieg

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03-01-20 03:30:00,

Wer gehofft hat, dass 2020 ein friedliches Jahr werden würde, muss diese Hoffnung leider bereits kurz nach Jahresbeginn beerdigen. Mit dem von Präsident Trump befohlenen Attentat auf den berühmtesten iranischen General und mehrere ranghohe irakische Militärs nahe dem Flughafen der irakischen Hauptstadt Bagdad haben die USA eine rote Linie überschritten. Beobachter werten den Anschlag als Kriegserklärung gegen Iran. Was muss noch passieren, bis Europa aufwacht und sich von der kriegerischen US-Politik distanziert? Von Jens Berger

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Stellen Sie sich einmal folgendes Szenario vor: Der Chef des US-Generalstabs Mike Milley trifft zu einem informellen Besuch in Kiew ein und Wladimir Putin befiehlt den russischen Streitkräften, die Wagenkolonne, in der Milley von ranghohen ukrainischen Militärs vom Flughafen der Stadt abgeholt wird, mit einem Luftangriff zu vernichten. Wenige Minuten später postet Putin dann auf Twitter die russische Flagge … ohne weiteren Kommentar. Was würde in einem solchen Fall passieren? Im Morgenmagazin würden sich deutsche Sicherheitspolitiker gegenseitig mit Anschuldigungen an die russische Seite übertreffen und diesen offenen Bruch des Völkerrechts vollkommen zu Recht verurteilen. Wie die USA diese „Kriegserklärung“ aufnehmen würden, ist der Phantasie der Leser überlassen. Zum Glück handelt es sich hierbei ja nur um ein hypothetisches Szenario.

Der Raketenanschlag, mit dem die US-Streitkräfte auf Befehl ihres obersten Befehlshabers heute Nacht den iranischen General Ghassem Soleimani zusammen mit hochrangigen irakischen Befehlshabern in einer Fahrzeugkolonne in Bagdad töteten, ist hingegen leider sehr real. Um die Bedeutung dieses Angriffs zu verstehen, lohnt es, sich zu vergegenwärtigen, wer dieser General Soleimani eigentlich war.

Ein Engel war der General mit Sicherheit nicht. Formell betrachtet war Soleimani der oberste Befehlshaber der „Quds-Brigaden“, einer von den Medien meist als „Elite“ der iranischen Revolutionsgarden bezeichneten Einheit. Präziser sind die „Quds-Brigaden“ eine sehr umstrittene Auslandseinheit des iranischen Militärs, die unter anderem in den Kriegen im Libanon, in Syrien und zuletzt auch im Irak aktiv war – in den beiden letzten Konflikten kämpften sie hauptsächlich gegen die radikalen sunnitischen Streitkräfte des IS.

Ein Portrait der Asia Times beschreibt Soleimani als einen Mann, der von seinen Anhängern dafür gefeiert wurde, den (sunnitischen) Islamisten im Irak und Syrien die Stirn zu bieten und Irans Einfluss als Hegemonialmacht in der Region zu verteidigen.

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USA, Irak, Iran: Trump dreht weiter an der Eskalations-Spirale

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03-01-20 03:30:00,

Erich Gysling / 03. Jan 2020 –

Die Ermordung des iranischen Generals Soleimani ist eine beispiellose Eskalation im unerklärten Krieg zwischen den USA und Iran.

Qassem Soleimani hatte innerhalb der Hierarchie faktisch die Rolle eines Verteidigungsministers. Er unterstand direkt dem obersten geistlichen Führer Irans und kommandierte die Auslandoperationen der so genannten al-Quds-Brigaden in Irak und Syrien mit einer geschätzten Stärke von 15’000 Mann. Weil er entscheidend an der Zerschlagung der Terror-Organisation des Islamischen Staats IS beteiligt war, erhielt er einst auch Lob aus den USA. Er brachte es dafür einmal sogar auf die Titelseite von «Newsweek». Aus den positiven Schlagzeilen fiel er allerdings bald wieder heraus, weil seine Truppen – das ist Teil der widersprüchlichen Strategie Irans in der Region – auch für den Sieg des syrischen Machthabers al-Assad über die Oppositionskräfte mit verantwortlich war.

Irak in der Zwickmühle zwischen den USA und Iran

Der Anschlag auf den Iraner Soleimani ereignete sich der Nähe von Iraks Hauptstadt Bagdad – ein verhängnisvolles Zeichen dafür, wie sehr Irak in den Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen den USA und Iran hineingezogen wird.

Iraks Regierung versucht seit Jahren in einem eigentlich unmöglichen Balance-Akt, gute Beziehungen sowohl zu Washington als auch zu Teheran zu unterhalten. Mit den USA schloss sie Abkommen, welche u.a. die Stationierung von 5200 US-Soldaten betreffen. Dass die US-Streitkräfte dies als Freibrief für Luftangriffe gegen irgendwelche Milizen nutzen könnten, gehörte allerdings nicht ins Verständigungs-«Paket».

Als die Amerikaner vor wenigen Tagen, als Vergeltung für die Attacke durch eine schiitische Miliz, aus der Luft 25 Iraker umbrachten und 50 weitere verletzten, schien für die provisorische Regierung in Bagdad eine «rote Linie» in Greifnähe: der Übergangs-Premier äusserte, er werde das Stationierungs-Abkommen mit den USA «überdenken». Dazu gedrängt wurde er auch von einem Teil des Parlaments, in dem verschiedene Milizen stark vertreten sind.

Von Iran unterstützte Milizen sind Teil der irakischen Armee

Die irakische Realität ist, das zeigen schon diese Ereignisse, hoch komplex. Es ist ja nicht so, dass von Iran geförderte Milizen im Irak ein isoliertes Eigenleben führen würden– nein, die meisten von ihnen, die sich unter dem Namen „hashd ash-Sha’bi“, „Volksmobilisations-Einheiten“ mehr oder weniger vereinigt haben, sind, wieder mehr oder weniger, in die normalen irakischen Streitkräfte integriert. Wie das? Nun, ungeachtet einer von den USA (16 Jahre lang!) mit hunderten Milliarden finanzierten Aufbauhilfe für die Armee Iraks sind die regulären Truppen nicht in der Lage,

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Trump steekt de lont aan | Uitpers

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03-01-20 03:04:00,

Aan de Iraaks-Syrische grens (tehrantimes)

Een aanslag met voorbedachten rade op de architect van Irans tussenkomsten in de regio en op een chef van de pro-Iraanse milities in Irak. Teheran kan de dood van Qassem Soleimani gewoon niet onbeantwoord laten, met hem treft VS-president Donald Trump het hart van het Iraanse regime, tevens iemand die in eigen land populairder is dan de meeste leiders van de Islamitische Republiek. En ook Bagdad kan niet anders dan hierop reageren; plots maakt het voorstel dat de VS-troepen het land moeten verlaten, kans in de Majlis, het Iraanse parlement.

Bagdad

Heeft Trump een domme zet gedaan om de dood van een VS-werknemer op een VS-basis in Irak zo te wreken? Het is onvoorstelbaar dat de weerslag van die aanslag niet zou berekend zijn. Trump heeft de lont aangestoken van een escalatie waarvan het verder verloop onvoorspelbaar is. De escalatie van het of zelfs een oorlog om en in Irak? Of in de ganse regio?

Irak is als sinds de invasie van 2003 en de val van Saddam Hoessein inzet van rivaliteit tussen Washington en Teheran. VS-president Bush wou van het land een democratisch model voor de regio maken, en het minste wat hij daarbij kon doen was de sjiïtische meerderheid, die het niet goed had onder Saddam, aan de macht brengen.

Maar sommige van die sjiïeten hebben nu eenmaal nauwe banden met de geloofsgenoten in de Islamitische Republiek Iran, Washington zat van in het begin met hen opgescheept. En dat die Iraakse leiders de soennitische Arabische minderheid discrimineerden, droeg bij tot het succes van Daesh (IS) in het westen en noorden van het land.

De VS hadden daarop Iran en de Irangezinde Iraakse milities meer dan nodig om het kalifaat van Daesh te liquideren. En daarbij speelde generaal Soleimani een zeer grote rol. Het is een van de redenen voor de grote populariteit van de generaal in eigen land, al bleek bij de sociale onrust de voorbije twee jaar dat die interventies in Iran niet zo populair zijn.

Goed gemikt

Dat enkele van die milities in de soennitische gebieden na het verdrijven van Daesh de plak blijven zwaaien, ondermijnt Irak als ‘eenheidsstaat’. Veel soennieten en Koerden hebben liever dat de VS-troepen, ca 5200 manschappen plus “hulppersoneel” in de buurt blijven als tegengewicht.

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Trump Wants to Keep the Oil: Syria Mulls Suing US in International Court over ‘Stealing’ Country’s Oil – Global Research

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30-12-19 09:29:00,

The US recently announced its intent to stay in the Arab Republic in order to “keep the oil” and channel revenues from it to the local Kurdish militia, despite protests from Damascus.

Syria is considering filing an international suit against the American government over its actions in the eastern part of the country, Syrian presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen TV.

“Syria is looking into the possibility of filing an international lawsuit against the United States, due to the fact that they steal Syrian oil”, she said.

Previously, Syrian Ambassador to UN Bashar al-Ja’afari accused the US of stealing the country’s national resources during one of the international body’s meetings, also slamming the UN’s lack of action on the matter.

“The US occupies Syrian oil wells and plunders the Syrians’ revenues in the shadow of the UN Security Council’s silence”, the ambassador said.

US President Donald Trump announced in October 2019 that the US will be withdrawing its forces from the Arab Republic, but eventually backtracked. He stated that a “small” US contingency would stay behind to “keep the oil”. POTUS also claimed that the revenues from the oil would go to fund the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces and their militia.

The decision was harshly condemned by Damascus and Moscow, who accused Washington of illegally seizing the oil fields and stealing the country’s natural resources.

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Pipeline No, NATO No. Trump bittet zum Austritt aus der NATO | KenFM.de

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27-12-19 07:20:00,

Von Uli Gellermann.

Mit gewohnter Brutalität macht Donald Trump in diesen Tagen die Interessen der USA klar: Deutschland solle gefälligst das Nord Stream 2-Projekt stoppen und lässt ein US-Gesetz vom Stapel, dass er „Zum Schutz von Europas Energiesicherheit“ nennt. Auch politisch wenig Gebildete wissen, dass es um den Absatz der US-Fracking-Industrie geht und um die Konkurrenz der USA zu Russland und gegen die nationale Souveränität der Deutschen. Vor allem aber geht es um den dicken NATO-Knüppel: Denn es werden Schiffe des NATO-Partners USA sein, die im Zweifelsfall die maritime Verlegung der Pipeline verhindern. Spätestens jetzt wäre der NATO-Vertrag von den Deutschen zu kündigen, zumindestens wäre dieser Schritt in die nächsten Verhandlungen einzubringen.

Immerhin tapfer äußert sich Dietmar Bartsch, Fraktionschef der Linken, und fordert Gegenmaßnahmen. Der Schritt der USA sei ein „völlig inakzeptabler Vorgang und ein Tiefpunkt in den transatlantischen Beziehungen“. Er erwarte, dass die Bundesregierung „diesen Wirtschaftskrieg“ nicht unbeantwortet lasse und Gegensanktionen auf den Weg bringe. Das Wort NATO kommt bei Bartsch nicht vor. Und so bleibt sein Protest eher eine Geste.

Sogar die SPD in Auflösung findet ziemlich klare Worte: Der SPD-Fraktionschef Rolf Mützenich bezeichnet die Sanktionen als Eingriff in die energiepolitische Souveränität der Europäischen Union. Sie belasteten das transatlantische Verhältnis. „Die EU und Deutschland sind für Trump offenbar keine verbündeten Partner, sondern tributpflichtige Vasallen“, sagt er und bereitet den Weihnachtsurlaub vor. Von der NATO ist nicht die Rede.

Den GRÜNEN fällt mit ihrem außenpolitischen Sprecher, Omid Nouripour, ein einerseits andererseits ein: „Genauso, wie ich Nord Stream falsch finde, finde ich die Freiheit Deutschlands, seine Geschäfte frei wählen zu dürfen, nicht verhandelbar.“ Nach dem grünen Einmarsch an der Seite der NATO in die Republik Jugoslawien war vom Fischer-Clan nun wirklich kein Ton zur NATO zu erwarten. Tatsächlich aber findet die Freiheit des deutschen Geschäfts seine Grenzen in den Geschäften der USA.

Aber, so könnte man denken, die sich national und oppositionell gebärdende AfD, die könnte doch jetzt den Kampf um die nationale Souveränität aufnehmen. Doch die AfD bietet in diesen Tagen nationaler Not auf ihrer aktuellen Website nur Schlapphüte an: „Donald Trumps Politik ist berechenbar – Trumps Zugehen auf Russland ist aus deutscher Sicht zu begrüßen“,

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Trump als gasverkoper | Uitpers

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24-12-19 09:54:00,

VS-president Donald Trump legt dus sancties op aan ondernemingen die meewerken aan Nordstream2. Want die aardgasleiding van Rusland naar Duitsland via de Baltische Zee, zou “Europa” teveel afhankelijk maken van Rusland”. Trump treedt hier vooral op als promotor van het VS-schaliegas dat dringend nieuwe markten moet aanboren.

Nordstream2 is president-zakenman Trump een zware doorn in het oog. De energiesector heeft aan hem een goede beschermer en dat geldt zeker voor de grote en kleine ondernemingen in de ontginning van schaliegas, de ‘frackers’. Enkele jaren geleden leken ze wel goud aan te boren, de VS werden dank zij hem weer de grootste olie- en gasproducent van de wereld.

Schalieboeren

Er is wel, naast de grote milieuschade, nog een groot probleem. Dat “fracken’ is niet echt rendabel. Wanneer de olieprijzen op de wereldmarkt te fel zakken, is de ontginning verlieslatend. Experts uit de VS schatten dat de verliezen van de voorbije tien jaar al zijn opgelopen tot 300 miljard dollar. De nood om markten te veroveren is dus zeer groot. Deze olieboeren hopen vanaf volgend jaar op grote schaal aan Europa te verkopen; Uiteraard is voor hen die Nordstream2 zware concurrentie.

Vandaar die sancties “om Europa tegen Russische beïnvloeding te beschermen”. Trump had een jaar eerder de Duitse kanselier Angela Merkel al bedreigd met sancties, onder meer in de vorm van hoge douanerechten op Duitse auto’s, iets waar Merkel en haar regering zeer gevoelig voor zijn. Begin dit jaar dreigde de VS-ambassadeur in Berlijn met sancties tegen bedrijven die aan het project meewerken. Berlijn zwichtte niet en dus komt Trump nu met sancties.

Oekraïne

Misschien wil hij na zijn Oekraïnegate ook iets goedmaken tegenover Oekraïne dat in die pijpleiding ook zware concurrentie ziet voor de leiding die vanuit Rusland via Oekraïne naar West-Europa gaan. Over de prijs daarvoor hebben Moskou en Kiev net een akkoord gesloten.

Trump kan rekenen op volle Poolse steun, het vloeibaar gas uit de VS zou o.m. via ene Poolse terminal worden ingevoerd. Ook andere EU-landen, waaronder Frankrijk, zien Noordstream2 niet zitten. Niet uit bezorgdheid om afhankelijkheid van Rusland, maar omdat dit de invloed van Duitsland weer een beetje groter kan maken.

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Trump Protesting Syrian – Russian Oil Agreements by Terrorist Attacks on Syrian Oil Facilities

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21-12-19 08:01:00,

Three main oil and gas facilities in the central province of Homs were targeted by terrorist attacks earlier this morning.

The Syrian Ministry of Oil reported the incident on its social media pages and relayed by SANA. These attacks are occurring a couple of days after the Syrian Parliament approved 2 oil exploration contracts with Russian companies.

Trump’s declaration of his interest in controlling the Syrian oil is translated by his forces occupying some of the main Syrian oil fields northeast of the country, and with his terrorists now bombing other oil facilities.

Syrian oil facilities have been the main target of the US-sponsored terrorists dubbed ‘Peaceful Protesters’ since the early days of the US-led World War of Terror against Syria. Oil exploration and refinery machinery were stolen in broad daylight by al-Qaeda terrorists moving into Turkey with the help of Turkish forces.

Systematic bombing of Syrian oil and gas pipelines was a main objective to harm the Syrian people, especially in winter seasons, and even a crew of the Pentagon’s propaganda news channel, the CNN, blew an oil pipeline themselves and filmed it on cameras and then blamed the Syrian army of it…!

This latest attack targeted the main Syrian oil refinery in Homs, Central Syria, along with the South-Central Gas Plant, and Al-Rayyan Gas Plant, all in Homs province.

The Syrian Ministry of Oil reported that the targeted plants and refinery sustained damage in some of its production facilities.

Specialized technical workshops have been dispatched instantly to the site and are working on extinguishing the fires and repairing the damages, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, Trump with the help of his joker Erdogan and ‘experts’ from the Al-Saud regime continue stealing Syrian oil from the fields occupied by terrorists loyal to the junta ruling the White House. The stolen Syrian oil is smuggled into Turkey then sold to Israel.

Terrorists of ISIS, Nusra Front, FSA, and the separatist Kurdish SDF militia participated and continue to participate in this ugly theft, while humanitarian bastards at the United Nations Security Council try to pass a resolution to extend illegal across the borders supply routes for the terrorists from Turkey into northern Syria for an additional year and open the 5th crossing.

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Trump Creates a New Nation – Global Research

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18-12-19 04:23:00,

The pandering by Donald Trump and those around him to Israel and to some conservative American Jews is apparently endless. Last Wednesday the president signed an executive order that is intended to address alleged anti-Semitism on college campuses by cutting off funds to those universities that do not prevent criticism of Israel. To provide a legal basis to defund, the administration is relying on title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits any discrimination based on race, color or national origin. Since the Act does not include religion, Trump’s order is declaring ipso facto that henceforth “Jewishness” is a nationality.

The executive order does not mention Israel by name, but it does state that its assumptions are based on “the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism adopted on May 26, 2016, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which states, ‘Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities’; and (ii) the ‘Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism’ identified by the IHRA, to the extent that any examples might be useful as evidence of discriminatory intent.”

The IHRA “contemporary examples” supplementing the basic description are important. They considerably broaden the definition of anti-Semitism, to include “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” and “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.” The examples also included holding Israel to a higher standard than other nations when criticizing it, and IHRA offers no possible mitigation even if the accusations are, in the case of the behavior of some Jews and of Israel, accurate.

Those who are confused because in the past expressions like “Italian” or “Irish” or “British” meant actual countries should recognize that Trump-speak never respects any connection with reality when there is political advantage just sitting out there waiting to be snatched and exploited. And that imperative is considerably multiplied when one is referring to either the state of Israel or of Jews in general, particularly as seen by the Trump White House,

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Trump Has Given Israel Immunity To International Law – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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18-12-19 01:49:00,

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Trump Has Given Israel Immunity To International Law

Paul Craig Roberts

In Israel’s treatment of Occupied Palestine, Israel has been violating international law for decades. Under international law, an occupying power is not permitted to incorporate the occupied land into its own domain. However, Israel has persistently done so, evicting Palestinians from their homes, villages, and farm lands in order to build apartments for Jewish immigrants.

As people learned of the fate suffered by Palestinians at Israel’s hands, criticism of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians by human rights activists grew, and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movements arose.

These developments are inconvenient for Israel. Israeli media have indicated that the Israeli government is ready to complete the annexation of Palestine by evicting the remaining Palestinians and incorporating the remaining Palestinian land into Israel. Prior to taking this step, Israel wants to silence critics and prevent BDS action.

In the US the Israel Lobby has attempted to have the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act passed. However these acts clearly violate Constitutionally-protected free speech and protest, and Congress, although happy to please the Israel Lobby, doesn’t want to pass acts that the Supreme Court will obviously overturn. The ACLU opposes these acts on First Amendment grounds.

So the Israel Lobby has turned to Donald Trump to achieve by executive order what they have not achieved by legislation.

As the Israel Lobby has succeeded in equating criticism of Israeli government policies with anti-semitism or hatred of Jews, Trump’s executive order against anti-semitism permits the US government to cut off money to universities and organizations in which criticism of Israel is expressed in lectures, colloquiums, or debates.

Trump’s executive order has initiated a debate whether Trump has in effect declared Jews to be a nationality. See, for example, https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/trump-creates-a-new-nation/ and
https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!msg/newsfromunderground/IuhQIQZgu_w/3M3-kW-1BwAJ .

This is the wrong debate. The issue is why should Israel be the only country among the approximately 200 on earth whose policies cannot be criticized? Why should Israel be the only country that cannot be sanctioned and boycotted?

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Donald Trump und Wladimir Putin – einerlei Maß?

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17-12-19 07:53:00,

Donald Trump und Wladimir Putin – einerlei Maß?

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Eine Frage trieb die westliche Propagandamaschine in den letzten Tagen wieder einmal auf Hochtouren: Hat Putin auf deutschem Boden einen georgischen Staatsbürger von seinen Geheimdiensten auf offener Straße ermorden lassen?

Die diplomatischen und medialen Wellen, die aus dieser Frage hervorgingen, schäumten hoch und es drohten daraus neue Energien für die Bestärkung des Feindbildes Russland hervorzugehen, vor dessen Killern die Welt sich in Acht nehmen müsse. So etwa die Mehrheit der herrschenden Kommentare.  

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• der Ermordete eine terroristische Vergangenheit als Islamist gehabt habe,

• er in blutige Anschläge verstrickt gewesen sei,

• er danach in kriminelle Milieus eingebunden gewesen sei,

• er ein Bandit, ein blutrünstiger Charakter gewesen sei,

war kein Eingeständnis. Es war schon gar kein Beweis irgendeiner wie auch entfernten Moskauer Mittäterschaft oder Urheberschaft an diesem Mord. Genauso wenig wie die Tatsache, dass der Mörder Sorokow alias Krassikow mit falschen Papieren reiste.

Das Aufschaukeln der politischen und juristischen Spekulationen um diesen Fall und die sich daran hochrankenden diplomatischen Spielchen durfte man deshalb schon sehr schnell getrost in den Hyperraum der Spekulationen verweisen.

Inzwischen hat „Moskau“ sich bereiterklärt, der Bundesanwaltschaft weitere Details zu liefern, die zur Aufklärung des Falles beitragen könnten. Damit ist der Fall schon wenige Tage nach der ersten Aufregung auf Spaltennotizen im Mediengeschehen abgesunken.

► Ein Zeichen für das geistige Klima

Alles gut also? Russland einmal nicht am Pranger? Putin als Saubermann aus dieser Affäre unbeschadet hervorgegangen? Nein, leider nicht.

Trotz der schnellen medialen Entsorgung der Aufregung bleibt eine ungute Botschaft aus dieser Affäre zurück, die über das diesmal schnell abgeklungene Putin-Bashing und seine notwendige Zurückweisung hinausgeht. Die Botschaft beunruhigt auch Menschen, die Putin nicht per se für einen Verbrecher und Russland nicht für eine prinzipielle Bedrohung Europas oder generell der westlichen Kultur halten.

Zu sprechen ist von der Tatsache, dass Putin den Mord im Tiergarten nicht verurteilte, sondern ihn mit seinen Informationen, dass es sich bei dem Opfer um einen langesuchten Terroristen  gehandelt habe,

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Trump Regime Breaching Mandated Judicial Procedures Against Assange – Global Research

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16-12-19 08:09:00,

According to the London Daily Mail, the Trump regime intends to use secret evidence against Assange — undisclosed to him and his legal team, wanting them prevented from preparing a proper defense.

He faces 18 spurious charges under the long ago outdated 1917 Espionage Act, a WW I relic, pertaining solely to the war, used to persecute state victims for exposing dirty imperial secrets.

Assange is a journalist, WikiLeaks a publisher, phony charges against him all about wanting truth-telling that conflicts with the official narrative silenced — the hallmark of totalitarian rule.

According to a member of his defense team Gareth Peirce:

“The summary case which we have prepared is a dense document.”

“Mr. Assange has not been given what he must be given, and we are keen to go through this to the best of our abilities to keep with the requests of the court.”

“It is predicated on the underlying evidence that Mr. Assange has not reviewed.”

Britain in cahoots with the Trump regime wants Assange pronounced guilty by accusation.

A rigged process wants him imprisoned longterm, likely never to be free again for publishing uncomfortable hard truths.

What’s going on is a message to other investigative journalists that they risk a similar fate if reveal information the US wants suppressed.

In the US and elsewhere, pre-trial judicial proceedings afford all parties the right to as much information as possible – nothing kept secret except for constitutional protection from self-incrimination.

Defendants and their lawyers have the right to all relevant documents, witness depositions, questions and answers from interrogations, crime scene and other forensic evidence including toxicology results, police reports, “raw evidence,” arrest and search warrants, grand jury testimony, and other relevant data.

The purpose of what’s called “discovery” is to assure judicial fairness.

Prosecutors are prohibited from withholding relevant evidence and related materials from the defendant and counsel.

Unlike film-portrayed crime dramas, actual ones rarely include surprise evidence by any party during proceedings, especially anything introduced near their conclusion.

According to the law dictionary: “The theory of broad rights of discovery is that all parties will go to trial with as much knowledge as possible and that neither party should be able to keep secrets from the other” — to give one side an unfair advantage over the other.

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Trump Wants Criticism of Israel Equated with Anti-Semitism – Global Research

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13-12-19 02:29:00,

Trump wants anti-Semitism redefined. An executive order perhaps already signed is all about stifling legitimate criticism of Israel.

It’s about wanting the Jewish state absolved of occupation, colonialism, and apartheid crimes against humanity.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed self-determination as an essential principle of international law.

Colonial occupation is in clear violation. UN General Assembly Res. 151, the Declaration on Colonialism, condemns the practice “in all its forms and manifestations,” including illegal settlements.

According to the Apartheid Convention (1973), the practice is  state-sponsored “inhuman” racism “committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.”

That’s what Israeli repression of the Palestinian people is all about — Gazans harmed most of all by suffocating siege, cross-border incursions, frequent terror-bombing incidents, and naked aggression at Israel’s discretion.

Ignored by the Jewish state, the US and other Western countries is that self-determination is a universal right, affirmed by the UN Charter and other international law.

The West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza are illegally occupied territories, Palestinians ruthlessly persecuted by Israel.

Land seizures and dispossessing Palestinians are flagrant international law violations. So are breaches of Security Council resolutions, Israel guilty time and again, accountability never forthcoming.

All of the above are relevant to Trump’s expected executive order. It’s notably all about wanting legitimate criticism of Israeli high crimes silenced, notably on college campuses by student activists for equity and justice — targeting them and others a flagrant First Amendment violation.

According to the Constitution Center, presidential executive orders (EOs) have “much of the same power as federal law.”

Congress can pass legislation to override an EO, a super-majority needed in case of a presidential veto.

The Congressional Research Service explained that there is no direct “definition of executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations in the US Constitution. There is, likewise, no specific provision authorizing their issuance.”

Every US president since George Washington issued EOs. During WW II, Franklin Roosevelt authorized internment camps for Japanese Americans.

In 1861 during the Civl War, Lincoln suspended habeas rights by this way.

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Donald Trump and Israel: When Does a ‘Passionate Attachment’ Threaten National Security?

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12-12-19 02:37:00,

In his Farewell Address, of 1796 America’s first president George Washington famously warned his fellow citizens that “…a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.”

In today’s United States, there is no more “passionate attachment” than that which exists with Israel. The tie that binds is assiduously cultivated by the media and the politically ambitious, so much so that the Jewish state is frequently referred to hyperbolically as America’s best friend and closest ally. But Israel, with its own regional interests driving its policies, is in reality neither a friend nor an ally.

Politicians mired in the past like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer can see no light between Israel and the United States. Pelosi has declared astonishingly that “I have said to people when they ask me if this Capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain is our commitment to our aid…and I don’t even call it aid…our cooperation with Israel. That’s fundamental to who we are.” Biden has repeatedly denounced any reduction in the ridiculously high level of military assistance given to Israel to convince it to modify its behavior as “bizarre,” while Schumer has identified himself as the Jewish state’s “shomer” or guardian in the US Senate.

Many members of the Democratic Party base are no longer enchanted by Israel and one would like to know what politicians like Biden and Pelosi really think about the Jewish state, but it is unlikely that that will ever be revealed. It is nevertheless clear that the adhesion to Israel by Democrats has been far overshadowed by the constant pandering to the Jewish state that has been the hallmark of the current administration of Donald J. Trump. To be sure, the musical chairs line-up of neo-conservatives that has included John Bolton, Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo has been unstinting in its praise of the malignant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it is the president himself who has raised the level of adoration to heights previously not observed coming out of the White House.

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Trump Designating Drug Cartels as Terrorist Organizations Is Aimed Against Mexican President – Global Research

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01-12-19 07:24:00,

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a patriotic socialist, in his first year of government rejected a war against the powerful narcotic cartels. However, he now faces a dilemma in the face of Washington’s intentions to label the cartels as “terrorist” organizations. Obrador instead of taking the fight to the cartels, had chosen to focus his efforts on implementing his strategy, based on persuasion rather than confrontation, despite the high political cost.

On November 26, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he intends to designate international drug cartels as terrorist organizations. This is highly problematic as the decision could give Trump, at least within the U.S. political structure, the legal tools to fight the narcotic cartels within Mexican territory without the Latin American country’s permission. Obrador must now consider the cost of his relations with the U.S., a policy that has been based on mutual respect, despite some differences and México’s increasing relations with China and Russia.

The Mexican president said that he is open to seek concerted action, but stressed that he accepts “cooperation yes, intervention no.” For his part, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard proposed a “national unity diplomacy to defend sovereignty.”

Trump’s announcement was forced by a request from the Mexican-American family LeBarón, the victims of the dreadful slaughter of nine of its family members, three women and six children, on November 4 by a narcotic cartel. The incident occurred after an ambush in a remote mountainous region of the Mexican state of Sonora on the U.S. border where the family had been living for several decades. The leaders of the Mormon fundamentalist family demanded Washington to fight against the narcotic cartels with the same mechanisms used to “justify” the illegal invasions and interventions in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, as these groups kill thousands every year through murder, assassinations and drug deaths.

But the murder of the LeBarón family members is just one of the multiple cases of killings in México during the first year of Obrador’s government, who is attempting to resolve the issue with the cartels through peaceful means. According to official figures, Obrador inherited a country where more than 32,000 were killed or missing.

The cost of this security strategy has been to generate a citizen perception of radicalization of violence that puts it at stake.

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Donald Trump unterzeichnet den HKHRDA

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01-12-19 09:50:00,

Donald Trump unterzeichnet den HKHRDA

Ein Rechtsakt zu Destabilisierung der Regierung Chinas

von Nick Beams

Der US-Kongress hat ein Gesetz namens „Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act“ (HKHRDA, vollständiger Text) verabschiedet, das ungeachtet seines Titels weder mit Menschenrechten noch mit Demokratie etwas zu tun hat. Da es nur eine Gegenstimme im Repräsentantenhaus gab, ist die Möglichkeit eines Vetos des Präsidenten ausgeschlossen.

Der von US-Präsident Donald Trump nach anfänglichem Zögern unterzeichnete Rechtsakt (dt: „Gesetz zur Stärkung der Menschenrechte und Demokratie in Hongkong“) dient ausschließlich dazu, die demokratischen Proteste gegen die von Peking gestützte Regierung in Hongkong auszunutzen, um China weiter zu bedrängen. Washington vertieft auf diesem Weg seinen wirtschaftlichen und politischen Krieg gegen die zweitgrößte Volkswirtschaft der Welt.

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Das Gesetz basiert auf Bemühungen des US-Militärs und des Geheimdienstes, den Druck auf Peking weiter zu verstärken. Es soll ein ideologisches und politisches Klima für härtere Maßnahmen der amerikanischen Regierung geschaffen werden. Das Vorgehen wird vom US-Kongress parteiübergreifend unterstützt.

Vorangepeitscht wurde das Gesetz im Senat von dem Republikaner Marco Rubio aus Florida, einem der lautstärksten Kriegshetzer gegen China im US-Kongress. Rubio verurteilte seinerzeit den Vorstoß Chinas, seine technologische Entwicklung voranzutreiben, als existenzielle Bedrohung für die USA.

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Dem US-Außenministerium obliegt nun aufgrund des verabschiedeten Gesetzes die jährliche Pflicht zu prüfen, ob das Rechtssystem in Hongkong, das auf der Formel „ein Land, zwei Systeme“ basiert, weiterhin funktionstüchtig ist. Sollte dies nicht der Fall sein, könnten die USA ihre wirtschaftlichen und handelspolitischen Zugeständnisse an Hongkong widerrufen. Vorgesehen sind auch Sanktionen und Reisebeschränkungen gegen Personen, die in Verdacht stehen, Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Hongkong begangen zu haben.

Das Gesetz wird allerdings keine unmittelbare praktische Wirkung haben, da es sich weitgehend um eine Rückkehr zu der Praxis handelt, die zwischen 1992 und 2007 betrieben wurde: In dieser Zeit erfolgte eine jährliche Überprüfung der Sonderstatus Hongkongs.

demopublican_republicrat_usa_split_divided_nation_failing_state_kritisches_netzwerk_republican_democratic_party_republicans_republikaner_demokraten_democrats_america_first_trump.png Die eigentliche Intention des Gesetzes ist die Schaffung eines politischen Klimas, das, unter dem Vorwand von „Menschenrechten“ und „Demokratie“, weitere wirtschaftliche Maßnahmen der USA gegen China zulässt. Auch zukünftige militärische Aktionen sind nicht auszuschließen.

Sowohl die Republikaner als auch die Demokraten begrüßten die Unterzeichnung des Gesetzes parteiübergreifend.

Die Sprecherin des Repräsentantenhauses,

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Trump adviser who wanted to NUKE Afghanistan now works on arms control at State Department

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28-11-19 09:23:00,

A senior Trump administration official who once called for a “tactical” nuclear strike on Afghanistan now helps to oversee arms control at the State Department, where he will manage Washington’s weapons treaties.

Frank Wuco, formerly of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was recently made a senior adviser at the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control – which is tasked to address the “threat posed by weapons of mass destruction” – according to a report in the Washington Post.

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Wuco’s idea of “arms control” may not be quite what the bureau has in mind, however, apparently preferring to “control” arms straight to their target. In a 2016 radio appearance, when asked why Washington hadn’t simply turned Syria and Iran into “glass,” Wuco casually suggested how he would send a “message” to America’s adversaries given the chance.

I think if we were going to have done that, my preference would have been to have dropped a couple of low-yield tactical nuclear weapons over Afghanistan the day after 9/11 to send a definite message to the world that they had screwed up in a big way.

President Donald Trump himself has previously mused about “using nuclear” in Afghanistan, but later dismissed the idea, arguing that he would prefer not to “kill 10 million people.”

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It’s unclear exactly when Wuco was transferred from the DHS to his current role at the ACB, but an anonymous State Department official said he had been there at least since August.

Before his time in government, Wuco made his name peddling unorthodox theories in conservative media – once claiming that former CIA director John Brennan had converted to Islam while serving in Saudi Arabia – and is known for other quirks as well. As a private security consultant, he created an alter ego he named “Fuad Wasul,” delivering presentations in character to provide a “first-hand account of what inspires and motivates the jihadist.”

While the State Department’s conception of “arms control” has seldom meant more than ensuring Washington’s nuclear superiority over much of the planet,

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Trump Vs. Warren, & The Fake Battle Against The Elites

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22-11-19 09:06:00,

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com,

It seems like a simple and easy to identify pattern, but for some reason the public keeps falling for the same old globalist tricks. A well-worn tactic the money elites use to endear certain puppet political candidates to Americans is to encourage those candidates to use anti-elitist rhetoric, only to then flood their cabinets with those same elites once they get into office. The rule of politics seems to be, “Say whatever you want to get the people on your side, but once you’re in office, you do as we tell you…”

These candidates will aggressively attack the banks, corporations and wall street, lamenting the rapid decline of the middle class or “working class”. They will point out that a mere handful of ultra-rich, the top 1%, control more wealth than nearly half of the population combined. They will seize upon the travesties of the poor and argue for “change” to bring balance back to the system. They will pretend to expose the crimes of the banking cabal and the upper echelons of Wall Street. They will put on a grand show; and then, they will do the bidding of their masters and play the role they were groomed for…

Americans are suckers for fake “people’s candidates” and always have been.

But perhaps I should expand on this with some real world examples. How about Jimmy Carter, who started out his presidential campaign with a dismal 4% in the Democratic polls. Carter would go on to explode in popularity after attacking what he referred to as the “Washington insiders”, the elites that ran the show from behind the curtain. A widely distributed paperback book that promoted Carter during his campaign called “I’ll Never Lie To You: Jimmy Carter In His Own Words” quoted the candidate as saying at a Boston rally:

“The people of this country know from bitter experience that we are not going to get … changes merely by shifting around the same group of insiders.”

His own top aide, Hamilton Jordan, promised:

“If, after the inauguration, you find a Cy Vance as Secretary of State and Zbigniew Brzezinski as head of National Security,

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25 Times Trump Has Been Dangerously Hawkish On Russia

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18-11-19 04:07:00,

CNN has published a fascinatingly manipulative and falsehood-laden article titled “25 times Trump was soft on Russia“, in which a lot of strained effort is poured into building the case that the US president is suspiciously loyal to the nation against which he has spent his administration escalating dangerous new cold war aggressions.

The items within the CNN article consist mostly of times in which Trump said some words or failed to say other words; “Trump has repeatedly praised Putin”, “Trump refused to say Putin is a killer”, “Trump denied that Russia interfered in 2016”, “Trump made light of Russian hacking”, etc. It also includes the completely false but oft-repeated narrative that “Trump’s team softened the GOP platform on Ukraine”, as well as the utterly ridiculous and thoroughly invalidated claim that “Since intervening in Syria in 2015, the Russian military has focused its airstrikes on anti-government rebels, not ISIS.”

NEW ANALYSIS: We tallied 25 times Trump was SOFT ON RUSSIA. Examples: He praised Putin. Denied Russian meddling. Said Russia can keep Crimea. Reluctant to impose new sanctions. Attacked NATO. Congratulated Putin’s election. Withdrew from Syria. (1/4) https://t.co/3gWqYMjHwS

— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) November 17, 2019

CNN’s 25 items are made up almost entirely of narrative and words; Trump said a nice thing about Putin, Trump said offending things to NATO allies, Trump thought about visiting Putin in Russia, etc. In contrast, the 25 items which I am about to list do not consist of narrative at all, but rather the actual movement of actual concrete objects which can easily lead to an altercation from which there may be no re-emerging. These items show that when you ignore the words and narrative spin and look at what this administration has actually been doing, it’s clear to anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty that, far from being “soft” on Russia, Trump has actually been consistently reckless in the one area where a US president must absolutely always maintain a steady hand. And he’s been doing so with zero resistance from either party.

It would be understandable if you were unaware that Trump has been escalating tensions with Moscow more than any other president since the fall of the Berlin Wall;

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Handelskrieg: Trump spielt die Chancen für eine “Mini-Einigung” mit China nach unten | www.konjunktion.info

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13-11-19 05:22:00,

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Und ewig grüßt das Murmeltier…

Während wir uns dem Ende des Jahres nähern, brechen Fundamentaldaten wie Frachtaufkommen und Produktion weltweit weiter ein. Bis zum Frühjahr hin steigt die Gefahr, dass es zum ökonomischen Absturz kommt, weil parallel dazu – aus meiner Sicht – das Potenzial steigt, dass die Fed ihre Zinssenkungen und ihre Repo-Ankäufe einfrieren wird.

Wer sich an den Dezember letzten Jahres erinnert fühlt, als die Fundamentaldaten endlich ihren Ausfluss in den (Aktien-)Marktpreisen fanden und die Indices massiv gen Süden drehten, darf sich hier gerne einreihen. Wurde der letzte Absturz noch durch billiges Geld aus China und einer Rhetorikblase der Fed gerettet, stellt sich diesmal die Frage, wer kann die Märkte bei einem neuen Einbruch retten?

Es wird sicherlich keine Erholung bei den Fundamentaldaten stattfinden, wie die aktuellen Zahlen zeigen bzw. wie man daraus ableiten kann. Und auch der aktuelle Optimismus über eine “erste Einigungsphase im Handelskrieg mit China” wird wirkungslos verpuffen. Neueste Bemerkungen von Trump und Chinas Führung lassen nämlich den Schluss zu, dass dieser Optimismus nichts weiter wie eine inszenierte Aufführung für die Massen ist.

Die einzige Frage die bleibt, ist: benötigen die Internationalisten/Globalisten/Eliten (IGE) Trump noch für eine zweite Amtszeit im Oval Office? Oder hat er seiner Rolle als Sündenbock Genüge getan? Ich denke, dass er sich selbst so sehr mit der “Blase aller Blasen verhaftet” hat, dass er noch eine Zeit lang ein nützliches Werkzeug für die IGE sein kann. Im Frühling wird es leichter sein, eine entsprechende Prognose abzugeben…

Laut Präsident Trump stehen die USA und China kurz vor dem Abschluss eines Mini-Handelsabkommens. Aber er bot keine Garantien dafür an.

In einer Rede vor dem Economic Club of New York am Dienstag hat Trump die Kosten seines Handelskrieges heruntergespielt, was die Exporte von landwirtschaftlichen Erzeugnissen beeinträchtigt und zu einer Verlangsamung des US-amerikanischen verarbeitenden Gewerbes beigetragen hat.

“Die tatsächlichen Kosten wären die, wenn wir nichts tun würden”, sagte er.

Trump gab nur wenige Hinweise auf den Stand der Handelsgespräche, außer dass er sagte: “Wir sind nah dran.”

“Ein bedeutender Phase-1-Deal mit China könnte eintreten – könnte bald passieren”,

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Trump alone at home, pursued by the Deep State | KenFM.de

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13-11-19 09:36:00,

For almost 3 years, US President Trump has been thwarted in his peace policy initiatives, often by opponents within his own ranks in the White House. At the same time, unimaginably dirty campaigns are systematically undermining both his reputation as a person and his political authority as US President.

A comment by Rainer Rupp.

Willy Wimmer, CDU Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Defense towards the end of the Cold War and whose commentaries are well-known and appreciated by RT Deutsch, has raised the fascinating question in his new book as to whether the current US President Donald Trump will mark the beginning of the end of the global US war drive in the foreseeable future. Trump’s peace negotiations and mediations between South and North Korea or his officially announced political goals of „putting an end to senseless and endless (US) wars“ and „bringing US soldiers home“ raise hopes for a more peaceful future with the

United States in a multipolar world.

The current withdrawal of US troops from the Syrian-Turkish border could be a further indication in this direction, says Wimmer. However, Trump’s path in this direction is filled with many seemingly insurmountable obstacles. And every time it looks as if he has made progress across party lines, the so-called „security establishment“ of the globalised US corporation puts up new barriers. Because Trump apparently wants to free his country from the many international military entanglements and instead focus on the reorganization of his own country. This is probably what his „America First“ means – a term that dates back to the time before the Second World War, when a powerful anti-war movement in the USA wanted to mobilize against President Roosevelt’s plans to enter the war, albeit in vain.

Trump’s „America First“ policy, which is also expressed in the protective tariffs for the domestic US economy, is diametrically opposed to the business model of the neo-liberal elites, which is why Trump is condemned in the strongest terms not only in the USA, but also in the entire West by elitist globalisation winners in business and politics, along with their „press-ituiates „.

Even after Trump had managed – contrary to all expectations – to emerge as the Republican Party’s top candidate from the primary elections for the presidential candidate,

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Trump allein zu Haus, belauert vom Tiefen Staat | KenFM.de

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12-11-19 01:16:00,

Seit fast 3 Jahren wird US-Präsident Trump bei seinen friedenspolitischen Initiativen ausgebremst, nicht selten von Gegnern in den eigenen Reihen im Weißen Haus. Zugleich werden mit unvorstellbaren Schmutzkampagnen sowohl sein Ansehen als Person als auch seine politische Autorität als US-Präsident systematisch untergraben.

Von Rainer Rupp.

Willy Wimmer, der gegen Ende des Kalten Krieges CDU-Staatssekretär im Bundesverteidigungsministerium gewesen war und dessen Kommentare bei RT Deutsch bekannt und geschätzt werden, hat in seinem neuen Buch die spannende Frage aufgeworfen, ob mit dem derzeitigen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump in absehbarer Zukunft das Ende der globalen US-Kriegstreiberei eingeläutet ist. Trumps Friedensverhandlungen und Vermittlungen zwischen Süd- und Nordkorea oder seine offiziell verkündeten politischen Ziele, „den sinnlosen und endlosen (US-)Kriegen ein Ende zu machen“ und die US-Soldaten „nach Hause zu holen“, erwecken Hoffnung auf eine friedlichere Zukunft mit den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika in einer multipolaren Welt.

Der aktuelle US-Truppenabzug aus dem syrisch-türkischen Grenzgebiet könnte ein weiterer Hinweis in diese Richtung sein, meint auch Wimmer. Allerdings ist Trumps Weg in diese Richtung mit vielen, schier unüberwindbar scheinenden Hindernissen übersät. Und jedes Mal, wenn es so aussieht, als wäre er weiter gekommen, verstellt ihm – und zwar parteiübergreifend – das so genannte „sicherheitspolitische Establishment“ der globalisierten USA-AG mit neuen Hindernissen sein Vorpreschen. Denn Trump will offenbar sein Land aus den vielen internationalen, militärischen Verstrickungen herauszulösen und sich stattdessen wesentlich stärker um die Sanierung des eigenen Landes kümmern. Nur das bedeutet wohl sein „America First“ – ein Begriff, der aus der Zeit vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg stammt, als in den USA eine mächtige Antikriegsbewegung gegen die Kriegseintrittspläne von Präsident Roosevelt, wenn auch vergeblich, mobilisieren wollte.

Trumps „America First“-Politik, die sich auch in den Schutzzöllen für die heimische US-Wirtschaft ausdrückt, steht dem Geschäftsmodell der neo-liberalen Eliten diametral entgegen, weshalb Trump nicht nur in den USA, sondern auch im gesamten Westen von elitären Globalisierungsgewinnern in Wirtschaft und Politik, samt deren „Press-Situierten“, auf das Schärfste verurteilt wird.

Bereits als es Trump – entgegen allen Erwartungen – geschafft hatte, aus den Vorwahlen zum Präsidentschaftskandidaten als Topkandidat der Republikanischen Partei hervorzugehen, hatte das sicherheitspolitische Establishment in den USA parteiübergreifend versucht, den republikanischen und damit Trumps Wahlsieg zu verhindern. Es lag zu einer gehörigen Portion an der arroganten Inkompetenz und der Korruptheit von Hillary Clinton, die zu offensichtlich von der Wall Street gekauft und bezahlt war,

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Only Donald Trump Can Save American Democracy and Only with Our Support – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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09-11-19 10:12:00,

Only Donald Trump Can Save American Democracy and Only with Our Support

Paul Craig Roberts

Now that the “quid pro quo gate” hoax has collapsed, like the Russiagate hoax, the presstitutes are inventing a new quid pro quo hoax. It wasn’t money that Trump dangled before the Ukrainian president in exchange for an investigation of Ukraine’s contribution to the Russiagate hoax. It was a presidential visit to Ukraine. I listened to the latest CIA-directed presstitute plot unfold today on NPR. Three semi-males devoid of integrity did their best to substitute a visit to Ukraine by Trump for the unsubstantiated promise of money. The visit is all third hand as there is no mention of such a visit in the telephone conversation between Trump and Zelensky. The impeachment hoax now rests on unverifiable alleged conversations between Trump aides and Zelensky aides that Trump will honor Ukraine with a visit if Ukraine reopens the investigation. Whether this is the investigation of the Urainian company closed down by Joe Biden or the investigation of Ukraine’s contribution to the “Russiagate” hoax has yet to be made clear by the presstitutes.

This is how hopeless the coup against Trump is.

Nevertheless, it might succeed anyhow.

It is a known fact that the CIA director John Brennan orchestrated the Russiagate hoax, an act of sedition, and it is a known fact that FBI director Comey committed a felony by misleading the FISA Court, and it is a known fact that FBI official Peter Strzok and his FBI mistress were involved in a plot to prevent Trump’s election, and so on and on. Yet despite the publicly known information of their crimes, no indictments have come forth from the Justice Department.

Is Bill Barr sitting on the evidence and indictments until Trump is driven from office? We have to understand that the Republicans are as corrupt as the Democrats. Just as Democrats do, Republicans want the money and careers that service to the ruling interest groups provide. Draining the swamp means cutting interest group politics and money from the process that governs politics. As a number of scholars have researched and concluded, the American people have zero input. Both political parties want to keep it that way.

The test before us has nothing whatsoever to do with Trump’s guilt of any of the hoax charges.

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The Surge: U.S. DOJ And Trump To Further Militarize Police — $600 Billion In Equipment

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02-11-19 09:25:00,

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. President Donald Trump is using his executive order signed in 2017 to expand the militarized police forces across the nation in preparation to launch a sweeping crackdown on crime that Trump referenced was “the surge” according to a press event at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition.

“In the coming weeks, Attorney General Barr will announce a new crackdown on violent crime — which I think is so important — targeting gangs and drug traffickers in high crime cities and dangerous rural areas,” Trump said during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. “Let’s call it the surge,” the White House press release reads.

The President didn’t provide any details on the plan but he stated that the actions would be “very dramatic.”

Trump further expressed his administration’s “achievements” like putting military equipment into the hands of U.S. police officers, as Activist Post reported.

Trump then claimed “Afghanistan is a safe place” compared to Chicago and these actions would help to “keep you safe, I’ve made $600 million-worth of surplus military equipment available to local law enforcement,” Trump told the audience of police chiefs. “If you remember, the previous administration didn’t want to do that… They didn’t want to make you look so tough. They didn’t want to make you look like you’re a threat.”

Speaking of Afghanistan, here’s U.S. Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas (who served in the war on terror) voicing himself during Occupy in 2011 reminding you that the streets aren’t a war zone and to lay down your weapons.

Here’s another powerful video where a veteran destroys a New Hampshire town hall for getting armored vehicles from the feds:

In 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump repealed a ban set in place by the Obama administration barring law enforcement from being able to purchase military equipment.

That executive order by Obama effectively banned armored vehicles and large-caliber weapons from being acquired by local police departments across the nation, which effectively declares war on America’s streets, NY Post reported.

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Trump, der Tyrann | KenFM.de

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31-10-19 02:08:00,

Ein Beitrag von Willy Wimmer.

Am 30. Oktober 2019, 19:00 Uhr MEZ, ließ der ehemalige amerikanische Verteidigungsminister, Herr William Cohen, auf CNN in einem Gespräch mit der begnadeten „Trommlerin“ für amerikanische Kriege seit dem völkerrechtswidrigen Krieg gegen Jugoslawien, Frau Christiane Amanpour, den Dämon aus dem Sack.

Herr Cohen ist von Haus aus Republikaner und ging dem Amt als Verteidigungsminister unter dem demokratischen Präsidenten Barak Obama in der demokratisch-republikanischen Washingtoner Kriegskoalition nach. In dem ausführlichen Gespräch zwischen Frau Amanpour und Herrn Cohen ging es um den Stand der Beratungen zu einer möglichen Amtsenthebung für den amerikanischen Präsidenten Trump. Aus dem Munde von Herrn Cohen kam es dann gegen Präsident Trump knüppeldick und in einer Schärfe, die normalerweise einer amerikanischen Kriegsvorbereitung gegen ein anderes Land vorbehalten ist.

Es ging schon stimmungsvoll los, als Herr Cohen Präsident Trump neben seine bevorzugten Buddies von Präsident Putin bis zum nordkoreanischen Machthaber stellte. Die Beziehungen zu diesen Herren sei Präsident Trump wichtiger als die zu seinen Verbündeten. Dann wurde Präsident Trump im Ansatz in die Kategorie: „Tyrann im Werden“ gestellt.

In Zusammenhang mit der verhängnisvollen amerikanischen Gewohnheit, aus derartigen Formulierungen auch Handlungsanweisungen zu ziehen, kann der Rest der Welt nur noch in Deckung gehen. Seit der Antike wissen alle, welche Legitimation daraus abgeleitet wird. Die Anklage von Herrn Cohen gegen Präsident Trump: dieser stelle sich über das Gesetz und lasse für eine weitere Amtsperiode eine „Ein-Personen-Herrschaft“ an den anderen Institutionen vorbei erwarten.

Man hat als ausländischer Betrachter die Bilder von Präsident Milosevic bis Präsident Saddam Hussein vor Augen, von anderen ganz zu schweigen.

Aber Ex-Minister William Cohen meinte seinen eigenen und vom amerikanischen Bürger gewählten Präsidenten. Was auf dem Spiel steht, hatte Tage zuvor in der New York Times Herr George Soros avisiert, als er für das nächste Jahr die Fortsetzung der Globalisierung gegen die Nationalstaaten in Aussicht stellte. Keine der wichtigen Reden des amerikanischen Präsidenten Trump ist in das europäische und deutsche Bewusstsein gedrungen. Warum soll darüber auch berichtet werden, da Präsident Trump mehr mit dem „Europa der Vaterländer“ im Sinne von Präsident de Gaulle als mit Herrn George Soros gemein hat.

Im deutschen Politsprech fehlt nicht viel und der amerikanische Präsident Trump wird zum amerikanischen Verwandten von Herrn Höcke,

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‘All we have are Trump’s words’: UN isn’t confirming elimination of IS chief al-Baghdadi

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28-10-19 09:04:00,

The US President’s statement on the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sounded confident, but the United Nations is still unable to confirm the death of the Islamic State leader for lack of proof, a high-ranking UN official has said.

The UN Monitoring Team on terrorist groups is going to put questions to the US and other involved parties to clarify the fate of al-Baghdadi, Edmund Fitton-Brown, a British diplomat who coordinates the team, told RIA Novosti news agency.

“All we have so far is the public announcement from the Americans, but it does seem like a very confident announcement. They seem very sure of themselves. They claim that they have verified it… So, I think that should be taken very seriously.”

However, Fitton-Brown pointed out that Washington “would be setting themselves up to a considerable embarrassment” if the report on the death of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) chief turns out to be false.

Also on rt.com
Where is the proof? We’ve been here before, Al Baghdadi’s been reported dead or fatally injured many times

On Sunday, Trump went on air to announce that the US forces have eliminated al-Baghdadi in “a daring night-time raid” in northwest Syria, involving special forces and aviation assets. He said the terrorist’s body was mutilated and buried underground as he’d blown himself up in a tunnel leading from his hideout, insisting that a DNA test still verified that it was him.

Trump initially promised to release a video of the raid, but the Pentagon later said that it had disposed of al-Baghdadi’s remains at sea and have no plans to share any videos or photos.

Shortly after the address, Russia’s Defense Ministry doubted Trump’s words, saying that it didn’t record any US coalition airstrikes in the area when the raid was said to have been carried out. It also poured cold water on Trump’s claims that Russian forces had opened up the airspace under its control in Syria to American warplanes, so that they could reach al-Baghdadi’s compound.

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Russian MoD doubts Trump’s announcement of killing ISIS chief al-Baghdadi, rejects claims it assisted US forces in op

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Trump Wants Deal With Exxon Or Other Company To Take Syrian Oil

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28-10-19 05:34:00,

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

Having sent growing numbers of troops into eastern Syria explicitly to control the oil, President Trump now says he is seeking a deal with Exxon Mobil or “one of our great companies” to go into occupied Syria and take the oil.

“What I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly…and spread out the wealth,” the president said on Sunday.

Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli, via the AFP

Trump has long suggested that in his view, the US should be able to just take oil from countries it is involved in militarily, as a way to recover some of the costs of his various wars. Trump said on Sunday that the oil is valuable and “we should be able to take some also.”

That Trump is sold on this idea is one thing, but convincing a US Oil and Gas Major to go along with the operation is another thing. The legal basis, particularly internationally, of taking Syrian oil without Syrian permission, and keeping US military forces there to keep Syria from stopping them, is going to be complicated, to say the least.

Trump’s conviction that legally it’s probably fine, after all, doesn’t mean the US company, whichever it turns out to be, wouldn’t get sued in the US or internationally for looting Syria’s oil.

How Much Oil Is At Stake In Syria? https://t.co/m78224k2hW

— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 23, 2019

These huge multinational companies are notoriously risk-averse about conflict, and would likely be so about joining the president in an oil-taking scheme of this sort.

That means while Trump continues to war to keep the oil, he’s going to face a big job selling the idea to any company.

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Donald Trump on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, by Donald Trump

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28-10-19 11:38:00,

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Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World. The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my Administration. U.S. Special Operations forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid into Northwestern Syria to accomplish this mission.

No U.S. personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him. He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming. The compound had been cleared by this time, with people either surrendering or being shot and killed. Eleven young children were moved out of the house un-injured. The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel, who had dragged three children with him to certain death. He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast, but test results gave certain and positive identification.

The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, panic and dread – terrified of the American Forces bearing down. We were in the compound for approximately 2 hours, and after the mission was accomplished we took highly sensitive material and information from the raid. Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders, and our commitment to the enduring and total defeat of ISIS! The reach of America is long. As you know, last month we announced that we recently killed Hamza Bin Laden, the very violent son of Osama Bin Laden, who was saying very bad things.

He was the heir apparent to Al Qaeda. Terrorists who oppress and murder innocent people should never sleep soundly, knowing that we will completely destroy them. These savage monsters will not escape their fate – and they will not escape the final judgement of God.

Baghdadi has been on the run for many years, long before I took office. At my direction, as Commander-in-Chief, the United States obliterated his ‘caliphate’ in March of this year.

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