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Taliban blindsides U.S. forces with surprise Afghan offensive

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 14, 2018

The surprise Ghazni offensive has exposed the Pentagon’s misperception of the the wider challenges still at play in Afghanistan, according to Mr. Roggio.

These guys started out 17 years ago using cell phones and VCRs. After 17 years the pentagram still doesn’t have a clue. The Taliban pulled a Tet offensive on US.

Maybe after another 17 years someone will get smart, declare victory and send US troops back where they belong.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/13/taliban-surprise-offensive-afghanistan-catches-us-/

By Carlo Muñoz

The Taliban is on the verge of dramatically expanding its control over southern and eastern Afghanistan in a surprise offensive that has caught Afghan and U.S. forces off guard and thrown a vexing new wrench into the Trump administration’s strategy for ending the nearly 17-year-old war there.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said Monday a Taliban assault on the city of Ghanzi — a key provincial capital linking other areas under the Islamic militant group’s control just 75 miles southeast of Kabul — has killed roughly 100 Afghan security forces and some 20 civilians over the past three days. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Time for NATO to Go the Way of the Warsaw Pact – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 31, 2018

When the NATO document chastises Russia for “provocative” military activities near the NATO border, it is referring to maneuvers within Russia’s own borders, or one of its few allies, Belarus.

https://original.antiwar.com/hallinan/2018/07/30/its-time-for-nato-to-go-the-way-of-the-warsaw-pact/

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…One such detail is NATO’s “Readiness Initiative” that will beef up naval, air, and ground forces in “the eastern portion of the Alliance.” NATO is moving to base troops in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Since Georgia and Ukraine have been invited to join the Alliance, some of those forces could end up deployed on Moscow’s western and southern borders.

And that should give us pause.

A recent European Leadership’s Network’s (ELN) study titled “Envisioning a Russia-NATO Conflict” concludes, “The current Russia-NATO deterrence relationship is unstable and dangerously so.” The ELN is an independent think tank of military, diplomatic, and political leaders that fosters “collaborative” solutions to defense and security issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Everyone Seemed to Ignore in Helsinki | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 27, 2018

Washington wants to keep Russia as an enemy because it’s good for business

Now it appears that Poland and Romania will pay billions to the Raytheon Corporation for the shield to comply with their commitment to increase military spending to 2 percent of gross national product.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-everyone-seemed-to-ignore-in-helsinki/

By JON BASIL UTLEY

1) It’s clear now that Europeans will increase their contributions to NATO. But Big Media totally ignored the trillion dollar gorilla in room: Why does anyone have to spend so much on NATO in the first place?

Are we planning a ground attack on Russia because we really think the former Soviet Empire will invade Poland or the Baltic nations? Are we planning for a land war in Europe to intervene in the Ukraine? What for is the money? The Trump administration and Big Media, for all their noise, mainly argue that more spending is good. There is no debate about the reasons why. Meanwhile Russia is cutting its military spending. Read the rest of this entry »

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Schmucks of the World, Unite – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 9, 2018

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/07/eric-margolis/schmucks-of-the-world-unite/

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`We are the schmucks’ thundered President Donald Trump, using a favorite New York City Yiddish term for penis.   The object of Trump’s wrath at his  Make America Great Again’  rally in Great Falls, Montana was the craven, stingy European members of NATO,  only 16 of 22 members are on budget for their US-commanded military spending.  Trump wants them to spend much more. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Time for America to Cut Loose Our Useless So-Called ‘Allies’

Posted by M. C. Fox on June 18, 2018

…even as his myriad foes prepare their next political, legal, and punditical attacks, Trump is the man astride the world stage, smiling, shaking hands, signing deals – and unmistakably remaking the old order…

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/06/16/its-time-for-america-cut-loose-our-useless-so-called-allies.html

JAMES GEORGE JATRAS

For the moment, let’s put aside Trump’s alleged sympathy for authoritarianism and focus on the accusation that Trump is “insulting, degrading, and destroying our allies and alliances,” a view held across the Establishment spectrum, from neoconservatives like Max Boot to far-Left Democratic California Congresswoman Maxine Waters (famed for her concern about Russian aggression in nonexistent Limpopo). How dare Trump threaten such valuable relationships!

Except these so-called ‘allies and alliances’ aren’t valuable to the United States. They’re a positive danger and a detriment.

Let’s get one thing straight: the United States has no real allies. There are countries we dominate and control, more properly termed client states or even satellites. (True, given Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s lock-stock-and-barrel ownership of the American political class, it seems rather that we are their clients, not the other way around…) Conversely, on an almost one-to-one correspondence, countries that are not satellites are our enemies, either currently (Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria) or prospectively (China).

But do we have any actual allies – that is, countries that provide mutual security for the United States, and whose contributions actually make us Americans safer and more secure in our own country?

Try to name one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Merkel Backs Macron’s European Army Initiative | Zero Hedge

Posted by M. C. Fox on June 7, 2018

Europe protecting itself, what a novel idea. That is the way it should be.  NATO is a US entity, also paid for by US.

Europe couldn’t/wouldn’t pay their fair share of NATO expenses. How do they expect to pay for their own army? I say this is a bluff to squeeze more out of US taxpayers.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-05/merkel-backs-macrons-european-army-initiative

by Tyler Durden

German Chancellor Angela Merkel removed one of the biggest barriers to the creation of a European Army on Tuesday when she told a German newspaper that she supported the idea “in principle,” according to RT.

“I am in favor of President Macron’s proposal for an intervention initiative,” the German chancellor told Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Sunday.

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What Can Be Done? — Paul Craig Roberts – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. Fox on May 2, 2018

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/04/30/can-done-paul-craig-roberts/

Paul Craig Roberts

It is up to Europe whether or not the Earth dies in nuclear Armageddon.

European governments do not realize their potential to save the world from Washington’s aggression, because the western Europeans are accustomed to being Washington’s vassal states since the end of World War 2, and the eastern and central Europeans have accepted Washington’s vassalage since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Vassalage pays well if all the costs are not counted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Armenia Heats Up as the Proxy War Continues | Gold Goats ‘n Guns

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 26, 2018

I’ll bet you never realized your peace and freedom rested on creating turmoil and revolution in Armenia.

Of course NATO is involved as it is a CIA tool. The other plus is when a country joins NATO they have to get their military up to snuff. That means spending their money as well as US taxpayer funded “foreign aid” to line MIC pockets.

https://tomluongo.me/2018/04/23/armenia-heats-up-as-the-proxy-war-continues/

TOM LUONGO

Armenia is an important part Russia’s long-term plans.  A member of the Eurasian Economic Union Armenia is key to protecting Russia’s southern flank.

So, I was not shocked back in 2016 when the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was activated by the U.S. after a brief visit by then Secretary of State John Kerry as punishment for Russia’s intervention into Syria.

Nagorno-Karabakh had been peaceful for more than twenty years before Kerry’s visit.  And within days, fighting broke out on the Azeri side of the region which lies between the two countries.

So, color me not shocked that as the Neoconservatives take control of the Trump White House that they activate a color revolution in Armenia while simultaneously pushing Russia in Ukraine, Syria, the U.K., the financial markets and seemingly everywhere else at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Too Many Wars. Too Many Enemies.

Posted by M. C. Fox on January 30, 2018

In 500 years when the printing press has been recovered from the ashes there will be a new book-The Fall of the American Empire.

I also predict it will be quite similar to a book today’s generals never read in their government school.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/01/patrick-j-buchanan/too-many-wars-too-many-enemies/

If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week’s end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history.

Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded.

Erdogan’s foreign minister demanded concrete steps by the U.S. to end its support of the Kurds, who control the Syrian border with Turkey east of the Euphrates, all the way to Iraq.

If the Turks attack Manbij, the U.S. will face a choice: Stand by our Kurdish allies and resist the Turks, or abandon the Kurds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kick Turkey Out of NATO – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. Fox on January 29, 2018

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/28/kick-turkey-nato/

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949, over theobjections of conservatives like Sen. Robert A. Taft, as a supposed bulwark of “democracy” against the allegedly rising tide of totalitarianism, which the American people were told was about ready to cross the stormy Atlantic and land on our shores. Bolsheviks in Brooklyn! Well, we have them there today, but they’re the homegrown variety: the old-fashioned Soviet types are long gone: another fake “threat” that enriched the panic-mongers and robbed the rest of us… Read the rest of this entry »

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