“The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade,”

“Shadow World” reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.

Source: “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade,”

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What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

As we continue our march towards a nuclear holocaust of North and South Korea to the beat of the ‘coalition-of-the-willing’ drums, maybe we should just consider for a moment that there may just be another narrative to that .  William Polk recently published a brief history of North Korea from circa 1545 until the present and it is well worth a read if you wish to make sense of the North Korean leadership is doing.  I will endeavor to source and reproduce it here later.

The opinion in this article is in line with many other journalists who value their journalistic integrity and write for the independent press corps.

Source: What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

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Is North Korea a Diversion for a US-Jordan Invasion of Syria


“Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said that his country has information that Jordan is planning to send its troops into southern Syria in cooperation with the United States….’Jordan is not an independent country. Whatever the United States wants, it will happen,’ said Assad.”

— Middle East Monitor

“In the event of a de-facto partition of Syria, the US and its allies will get a strategically important region. It is through Deir Ezzor that the proposed gas pipeline from Qatar is supposed to run….The Deir Ezzor province is also home to Syria’s largest oil deposit, the Al-Omar. …the city and the province are of particular value since the deposits there contain the highly valuable light sweet crude usable in the production of gasoline and diesel fuel.”

— South Front, “The Stronghold of Deir Ezzor; What You Need to Know”

The United States is not going to launch a preemptive attack on North Korea.  The risks far outweigh the rewards and, besides, the US has no intention of getting bogged down in a conflict that doesn’t advance its geopolitical objectives. The saber-rattling is just an attempt to divert attention from the Syria-Jordan border where the US and Jordan are massing troops and equipment for an invasion of Syria. That’s what’s really going on. The Korean fiasco is a smokescreen.

True, the Trump administration is milking the situation for all its worth, but that doesn’t mean that they want a war with the North. That’s not it at all.  Washington wants to deploy its controversial THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea, but it needs a pretext to do so. Hence, the ominous threat of an “unstable, nuclear-armed North Korea”, that’s all the justification Washington needed to get its new weapons system deployed. Mission Accomplished.

But the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) isn’t aimed at North Korea, it’s aimed at China, and China knows it which is why it has protested its deployment repeatedly. The US wants to surround China and Russia with military bases and missile systems that are integrated into its broader nuclear weapons system. These lethal systems are a crucial part of Washington’s plan to pivot to Asia and rule the world into the next century. Here’s the rundown from Tass:

“Anti-missile elements that are being deployed around the world are part of a very dangerous global project aimed at securing US’ overall overwhelming superiority to the prejudice of security interests of other states….The US missile defense architecture is tilting the strategic balance of forces in the area of offensive weapons and creates more and more serious risks of global instability.” (“US anti-missile systems in Eastern Europe violate INF Treaty”)

And here’s how Russian President Vladimir Putin summed it up:

“The US is developing an anti-missile defense system which”….when it is operational… “there will be a moment in time when our entire nuclear capability will be neutralized, which means that the entire global balance of power will be overturned.. This means one of the powers will have absolute security and be able to do whatever it likes in regional conflicts. We’re talking about unrivaled power in global conflicts. ..This system forces us to create weapons that can nullify the system asymmetrically.” (Tass)

Is missile defense something the American people should want?

Heck no. Just think of the number of people that Uncle Sam has slaughtered in the last 16 years. Now try to imagine if all the constraints on Washington’s rampaging were removed allowing the US to conduct its bloody war on the world with complete impunity?

No one in their right mind would ever give the Washington crazies that kind of power. It’s a prescription for global annihilation.  Besides, absolute security for one country means no security for everyone else.

But deploying the THAAD anti-missile system is just one part of Washington’s North Korea swindle. The fear-mongering is also being used to grease the wheels of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). Here’s the scoop from The Hill:

“Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) push for a $7.5 billion fund to bulk up the U.S. military’s capabilities in the Asia-Pacific is gaining momentum as tensions with North Korea mount. The commander of U.S. forces in the region threw his support behind the idea this week,  “This kind of money can help us bring together our allies and partners,” said Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. …The … proposal has gained more visibility amid the intensifying concerns over North Korea and its nuclear program.” (“McCain plan gains momentum amid North Korea threats”, The Hill)

So the MIC lackeys in Congress had already been pushing this latest boondoggle, but they needed a trumped up crisis in North Korea to put them over the finish line.  Typically, the process is called “creative advertising”, which means scaring the shit out of the public so you can rip them off. Here’s more from the same article:
“I’d like to thank Chairman McCain and this committee for proposing and supporting the Asia-Pacific Stability Initiative,” Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said at Thursday’s hearing. “This effort will reassure our regional partners and send a strong signal to potential adversaries of our persistent commitment to the region.”

The weapons manufacturers love sugar-daddy McCain who’s always on-hand with gobs of moolah.

Here’s more: “We can thank North Korea for one thing in this,” said Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest”.  “They’re amplifying the imbalance in the Asia-Pacific.” (The Hill)

Good idea, let’s thank North Korea for this latest windfall for the weapons makers. Why not?  Let’s send Kim a nice big valentine from the American taxpayer with John McCain’s name writ large at the bottom.

In any event,  Washington’s policy towards North Korea hasn’t changed. All the chest thumping and fireworks are just part of a circus sideshow designed to justify additional defense splurging and missile deployment. At the same time, the media is trying to divert attention from critical developments in the Middle East, particularly the Syria-Jordan border where Washington has rallied its proxy-fighters into a makeshift army that will (likely) invade southern Syria, charge northward to Deir Ezzor,  establish a no-fly zone over the occupied territory, and partition the area east of the Euphrates preventing loyalist forces from reestablishing Syria’s sovereign borders. That appears to be the basic game-plan. Check this out from the Middle East Monitor:

“The Syrian regime of President Bashar Al-Assad said that his country has information that Jordan is planning to send its troops into southern Syria in cooperation with the United States…

“We have this information, not only from mass media, but from different sources”…
Speaking to The Washington Post, King Abdullah of Jordan  reiterated that a planned joint operation could take place against terrorists. “It is a challenge, but we are ready to face it in cooperation with the US and Britain.” (“Assad accuses Jordan of planning Syria invasion”,  Middle East Monitor)

The pretext for the invasion will be to fight ISIS, but the real goal is to seize the eastern part of the country consistent with a plan that was concocted by the Brookings Institute two years ago. After 6 years of covert support for CIA-backed militants on the ground, the Trump administration appears to be leaning towards a more traditional military approach. Here’s more from the LA Times:

“Reports have also emerged of Jordanian and U.S. troops on the section of the Jordanian border opposite southwest Syria, a possible prelude to a campaign in which rebels, supported by Jordanian and coalition forces on the ground, would overrun Islamic State’s pocket in the Yarmouk basin, near southwestern Syria’s borders with Israel and Jordan.”  (“How long can Jordan keep walking the Middle East tightrope?”,  LA Times)

Naturally, Moscow is concerned about the developments on the Jordanian border. Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a statement saying, “We will pay special attention to the issues most important for us which concern the situation on the Jordan-Syria border.”

Also worrisome, is the fact that US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis has been traveling across the Middle East rallying Washington’s allies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel.  Mattis sees the fighting in Syria as a proxy-war between the US and Iran for influence in the region. This same erroneous view is shared by all of the main powerbrokers in the Trump administration.

“Everywhere there’s trouble in the region, you find Iran,” Mr. Mattis said on a stop in Riyadh, adding that nations in the region are working to “checkmate Iran and the amount of disruption, the amount of instability they cause.”

These latest developments take place just days before the resumption of negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan (May 3 and 4). Russia, Turkey, Iran and a number of the leaders from the rebel groups will gather to see if they can agree on the terms of a ceasefire and an eventual settlement to the 6 year-long war. The Trump administration’s cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase in early April has boosted the morale of many of the jihadists militias and is keeping them away from the bargaining table.   In other words,  Trump’s unexpected escalation has sabotaged Putin’s efforts to resolve the crisis and end the hostilities. The last thing Washington wants in Syria is peace.

A number of reports have confirmed that Trump has handed control of his foreign policy to his Generals, Mattis and McMaster. And while Mattis has shown little interest in getting more deeply involved in the Syrian conflict, McMaster sees Russia as a “hostile revisionist power” that “intimidates our allies, develops nuclear weapons, and uses proxies under the cover of modernized conventional militaries.”

McMaster is a hard-boiled militarist with a driving animus towards Russia.  In a speech he delivered at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, McMaster offered this remedy for so called ‘Russian aggression’. He said:  “what is required to deter a strong nation that is waging limited war for limited objectives… is forward deterrence,  …(is) convincing your enemy that (he) is unable to accomplish his objectives at a reasonable cost.”

McMaster can be expected to use his  “forward deterrence” theory in Syria by trying to lure Putin into a confrontation with US forces east of the Euphrates.   But there’s no reason to think that Putin will fall into the trap, in fact, it seems highly unlikely given the potential for a catastrophic face-off between the two nuclear-armed superpowers. Instead, Putin will probably take the high-road, present his case to the UN Security Council, and denounce  the US intervention as another example of Washington’s destabilizing and expansionistic foreign policy.

Putin’s worst mistake would be to base his strategy entirely on the situation on the battlefield. He doesn’t need to liberate every inch of Syrian soil to win the war. Let the US and its proxies seize the territory, establish their military bases and no-fly zones,  throw up a DMZ along the Euphrates, and wade deeper into the Syrian morass.  Putin has other fish to fry. He needs to focus on winning hearts and minds, strengthening alliances and building a broader coalition. He needs to look like the only adult in the room, the rational leader whose sole ambition is to end the dispute and restore security. He needs to establish a contrast between his behavior and that of his recklessly-violent and mentally-unstable rival, Washington, whose flagrant  disregard for international law and civilian lives has plunged the Middle East and Central Asia into chaos and carnage.

If Putin’s ultimate goal is to rebuild the system of global security based on the bedrock principles of national sovereignty and greater representation for all the countries in the world, he must lead by example. Restraint and maturity in Syria will move him closer to that goal.


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Trump’s Fragile Grasp of History

(  This article by Michael WINSHIP appears at http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2017/05/05/trump-fragile-grasp-of-history.html )

As the ‘world‘ is becoming more comfortable with the US President and his buffoonery,  this side of him should be cause for alarm.  A most interesting article giving a more personal side of someone who occupies the chair of the highest office in the world.  That his  name is even mentioned in this article with that of the scholarly Thomas Jefferson is beyond the pale.  Read on

‘Gene Tunney, the champion prizefighter of the 1920s, wanted to promote an image of himself as a great intellectual. Trying to prove it, he always carried in his pocket a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Many members of the press weren’t buying it. When Tunney published a volume titled A Man Must Fight, one sportswriter began his story about it with this immortal line: “Gene Tunney, who has written one book and read several others…”

It’s a line that would work for Donald Trump, too, but only if flipped: “Donald Trump, who has written several books and read one other…”

Of course, his various books have been written with the considerable help of long suffering ghosts. And yes, I know that on several occasions Trump has bragged to reporters about the many books he claims to have read. In 2011, for example, he told the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, “I’ve read hundreds of books about China over the decades.” If you believe that, I’ve got a Great Wall to sell you. A real one. In China, not Mexico.

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, one of Trump’s least appealing of many unappealing traits is his incuriosity, his total lack of interest in history or pretty much anything that somehow doesn’t pump up his ego or profits. It’s deeply dangerous for all of us.

On Monday, here he was again, the man who just claimed an unprecedented first 100 days (must have been a helluva shock to FDR), who may have thought Frederick Douglass was still alive (“somebody who’s done an amazing job”) and who seemed eager to spread the news that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican (“Does anyone know? A lot of people don’t know that!”).

Now he was sharing his thoughts on the Civil War: “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War — if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”

When my eyes uncross and my head stops coming to a point, I’d like to read aloud to him from the Emancipation Proclamation. Trump’s remarks came as he discussed in a radio interview his oft-stated admiration for Andrew Jackson. But as Aaron Blake at The Washington Post notes, Trump pulled yet another groaner when, “Just last week, in an interview with Reuters, Trump suggested there was really no reason for the Israelis and the Palestinians to have been fighting for all these decades.

“‘I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians,’ Trump said. ‘There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians — none whatsoever. So we’re looking at that, and we’re also looking at the potential of going to Saudi Arabia.’”

“No reason whatsoever! You know, besides the whole claim-to-the-very-same-holy-land thing. Minor details.”

Don’t Know Much…

It boggles the mind. My former colleague, historian David McCullough, is no stranger to American presidents, having written Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams. He has been making the rounds promoting his new book, a collection of his speeches called The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For.

When he appeared on Leonard Lopate’s talk show on New York public radio a couple of weeks ago, McCullough noted that in Donald Trump we had “put someone in the pilot seat who has never ever flown a plane before; who doesn’t understand how our government works, who has no interest in the history of the country and has said so on more than one occasion, who has never read a book about the presidency or a biography of a president and claims… that he doesn’t need to read books because he knows so much intuitively.”

And yet when Trump declares that health care reform or pretty much anything else — in fact the entire job of being president — is much more complicated than he imagined it would be, it’s precisely because he has no knowledge of history, the kind of knowledge that might at least from time to time buffer for him the shock of reality by offering the golden gift of precedence.

History, McCullough writes, is “an aid to navigation in such troubled uncertain times. … All problems have histories and the wisest route to a successful solution to nearly any problem begins with understanding its history. Indeed, almost any attempt to solve a problem without an understanding of its history is to court failure — an example our tragic plunge into Vietnam with hardly a notion of its past.”

Or our plunge into Iraq. Or Afghanistan. Or Iran. Or North Korea — especially when the sum total of Trump’s knowledge of that country’s fraught history seems to have been a 10-minute tutorial from the president of China.

History is that proverbial butterfly flapping its wings in Mexico and causing a tsunami in Malaysia. Which makes it all the more perilous when you have a president who uses “America First” as a campaign slogan, revealing little knowledge of the isolationist movement before World War II; whose press secretary makes ill-considered statements comparing Nazi Germany, Syria and the use of poison gas to massacre civilians; and who calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” demonstrating a willful, repugnant ignorance of Native American history that goes all the way back to a time some 24 years ago when he claimed owners of tribal casinos “are not Indians” because they didn’t conform to his stereotype of what Native Americans should look like.

‘A Bad Thing’

But even worse than any of these is a lack of knowledge of history and government that puts our very existence as a free and democratic government in peril. Embracing other countries’ dictators is one slippery slope. And then on Sunday there was Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus suggesting to Jonathan Karl of ABC News that his boss is contemplating amending or even eliminating the First Amendment to curb negative coverage of the president. And finally, there was Trump himself, complaining to Fox News about the difficulty of getting his program through Congress: “It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system… It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

In other words, history, the system of checks and balances and the Constitution itself are just getting in Trump’s way, despite his prior claims to regard as inviolate the original language of the founders.

David McCullough has said that our past is an invaluable asset, but “if you’ve inherited some great work of art that is worth a fortune and you don’t know that it’s worth a fortune, you don’t even know that it’s a great work of art and you’re not interested in it — you’re going to lose it.”

Trump and his minions seem determined to send the admittedly flawed masterwork that is our legacy to the trash. One of David’s favorite quotes comes from Thomas Jefferson: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Sadly, those words are probably unfamiliar to Trump precisely because of what Jefferson suggested. Past presidents have embraced our past as prologue, read books, invited eminent historians to the White House for advice and consultation. But Trump takes his history, as little as it is, from the dark spoutings of pseudointellectuals like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, or in tweets and soundbites from Fox & Friends. When he tries to parrot the words back as public statements, they come out even more mangled and malevolent.

While he is so ignorant we cannot be free.’

His intelligence is certainly not in the league of JFK!


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North Korea – another perspective from a far brighter person than those who occupy the seats of Power

No US War on North Korea: an Optimistic Perspective on a Scary Crisis


This article courtesy of Counterpunch.

“North Korea is threatening to destroy the US with its thus far largely undeliverable and sometimes unexplodeable nuclear weapons, while the US, after an embarrassing navigational “mishap” that saw it steaming in the opposite direction, has successfully dispatched the USS Carl Vinson carrier battle group to a position reportedly within “strike range” of North Korea (but actually still in the South China Sea near the Philippines, some 1200 miles distant from North Korea), and now President Trump is threatening a possible attack on that country if it won’t halt its nuclear weapons program.

So is the Korean War, which never really ended, going to be reactivated, as scare stories are now warning?

While I often find myself the pessimist in these kinds of crises, given the penchant for US presidents to turn to war as a default foreign policy option, I’m guessing that won’t happen in this case, and for the same reason I that do not think we will see US troops confronting the determined ethnic Russian secessionists in eastern Ukraine.

It’s clear that for years now, the imperialist policy of the US government, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, has been to create chaos in regions of the world from the Middle East to Africa and Latin America, the better to control uppity countries like Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil, whose leaders try to buck or stand up to US dictates. But it’s one thing to overthrow a government and decapitate its leadership in a place like Libya or Syria, where no powerful state is located nearby to defend that country. It’s altogether another to take on a country that lies right on the border of another nuclear power, as does Ukraine and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.

There was nobody to come to Col. Gaddafi’s aid when US-led NATO forces attacked his government, backing rebels seeking his overthrow, and left the country a chaotic mess, which it has remained now for six years. And until Russia stepped in, the same was true of US backing for Islamic rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Basher Al-Assad. Ukraine was something of an exception, with the US backing a coup in 2014 that ousted the country’s elected pro-Russian president, installing in his place a pro-US regime, despite its bordering Russia. My sense is that US warmongers still thought Russia was a backwards mess in 2014, incapable of standing up and with a dysfunctional military. When Russia acted, though, and made it clear, with the annexation of Crimea and with material support of ethnic Russians in breakaway Lugansk and Donetsk, that it would brook no departure of Ukraine into NATO’s fold, the US backed off, despite plenty of bluster from the Obama White House and its laughably inept Secretary of State John Kerry.

I’m predicting that the same thing will happen in the case of North Korea. The Trump administration may threaten to attack, but the bottom line is that a US attack on North Korea, or even a so-called surgical strike on its nuclear weapons development facility or a special forces attack on its leader, Kim Jong-un, would be viewed by China’s government as a mortal threat to their country’s national security, just as Russia views any effort to turn Ukraine into a US puppet and NATO member as a mortal threat to itself.

Actually, there are a number of good reasons to doubt that the US will attack North Korea, nuke test or no nuke test. The first is that China, which is reportedly already moving crack Peoples Liberation Army troops and equipment up to the North Korean border, will not allow the US to conquer and occupy North Korea, the first being that such a move would put US military forces right up on China’s border. The second is that US policymakers, even those neo-conservatives who might like the idea of challenging China in principle, know they really have no idea how the North Korean people would react to a US occupation, following an air attack. It’s not common knowledge in the US, but the reality is that during the Korean War, US bombers dropped, over a period of a couple of years, a tonnage of bombs on North Korea equal to all the bombs dropped in the Pacific Theater during WWII, killing a third of the country’s population. Virtually every North Korean has at least one family member who was killed by American bombers during the brutal onslaught, which was so intense that towards the end US pilots were reportedly dumping their bombs in the ocean before returning to base so they could land safely, because they could find no more targets to hit in the North.

Given that history, and the generations of anti-US propaganda since then in the country, no one could say for certain that American soldiers fighting their way into North Korea today would be viewed purely, or even by some people, as “liberators.” (In that sense, the experience in both Afghanistan and Iraq is probably still in the minds of the actual Pentagon brass, if not in the minds of the armchair generals at the White House.)

Even South Korea, effectively a US colony since the end of World War II, has to be taken into consideration. Most South Koreans are aghast that the US would consider attacking the north. For one thing, the capital of South Korea, Seoul, is so close to North Korea that it is in range of thousands of large cannons, many of them well hidden and protected in tunnels in the north, which could rain down powerful shells on the city as devastating as any aerial bombardment campaign, and the people of Seoul still recall how their city was destroyed during the back-and-forth battling of the Korean War in the 1950s. For another, many South Koreans have relatives in the north, and don’t want to see them killed or injured in another round or war on the peninsula. Finally, South Korea itself has a long history of popular resistance to both the country’s corrupt and often autocratic compradore government and to the US military’s occupation of the country and its dominance over South Korea’s sown military. How such a populace would react to a new war on the Korean people of the north would be hard to predict in advance.

Any way you look at it, a US-launched war against North Korea would be a very messy and probably long-running affair whose consequences could quickly include an armed conflict between US and Chinese troops, as happened the first time around with dreadful consequences, and that was before China had nuclear weapons and had far fewer ICBMs capable of putting them down on US cities from New York to Los Angeles.

So for all these reasons, I’m betting that what we’re hearing and seeing from the Trump White House is only bluster. Perhaps President Trump will find some face-saving way to cut a deal with China in which he’ll target some missile launching site in North Korea, which would be warned in advance of an attack so most people could clear out of the area, and then it would be hit by a barrage of Tomahawk missiles launched by the Carl Vinson battle group, should his naval “armada” ever reach its destination in the Yellow Sea or Sea of Japan. Those missiles that manage to reach their targets would wreak some photogenic damage he could distribute to the domestic media and his remaining supporters, much as he did with his pre-approved airport raid in Syria.

I hope I’m right on this. If I’m wrong, it won’t much matter though.”

I’m not as charitable as the author in assuming that the US will not attack first.   I’m fearful of a pre-emptive nuclear strike by the US after a false flag incident.  But we the people, the harvest for the March of War will never know.  Better have the number of your pet government ministry set in your speed dial!

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What Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea

This is an interesting article to ponder before our lot here in Canberra commits us to yet another useless conflict that will cost Australia its youth.  Wait until the government ministers and diplomats offer their lives in the fighting before the troops.  That may wake parliamentary members up!

Read more articles about just why North Korea despises the USA ?  The general citizens there have been kept in the dark! As has the citizens here.  But I suspect that ignorance of the facts won’t prevent most having an opinion!

An excelent book to read is ‘War is a racket ‘ by General Smedley Butler.  ‘Though he died in 1940, the highly decorated General Smedley Butler (two Congressional Medals of Honor) deserves to be heralded for his timeless message. This riveting book merits inclusion as required reading for every high school student, and for every member of our armed forces today.

For a fascinating History Channel video on how Gen. Butler stopped a plot to overthrow FDR, click here

What Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea

By Joe Clifford

April 30, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – There is a great deal of propaganda and deliberate misinformation about North Korea, which the public should know. While neocons, a cheering corporate media, and Deep State, rush to war with North Korea, information is the ultimate weapon. For example, did you know that North Korea, China, and India, are the only three nations who have committed to a “no nuclear first” policy. They have pledged never to use nuclear weapons “first”, but of course reserve the right to use them if attacked.

How many times has the US threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea?

Do you know that North Korea has repeatedly asked the US to engage in bi-lateral talks, to cool off the ever-escalating tension? The offer was flatly rejected by both Obama and Trump. Can you resolve differences within your family without dialog? No dialogue, no peace. Why won’t the US talk to North Korea?? The neocons, Deep State, and media argument, insist Kim Jung-ur is irrational, and therefore you cannot negotiate with him. A look back at recent history illustrates the US and its complicit media demonize anyone we do not like, and the demonizing usually ends up with a war.

Manuel Noriega in Panama, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Libya’s Quaddaffi, and Syria’s Assad, serve as recent examples. But the demonizing of Kim Jung -ur continues as we move towards another war, and once again the public buys into the myth. There are no western reporters allowed in North Korea, and since North Korea is a virtual closed society, one must wonder who knows what Kim Jung- ur really is like? On the other hand, some might suggest we have a very irrational leader in this country. This attitude of demonizing is akin to the Taliban’s offer to turn over Osama Bin Laden so many years ago, and the US, then under Bush, flatly rejected the Taliban offer saying we don’t talk to such people. Sixteen years later we are still at war in Afghanistan. War is the result of failed diplomacy, or the absence of diplomacy. Perhaps we did not want diplomacy, perhaps we don’t want diplomacy now.

Do you know North Korea has agreed to suspend its nuclear testing if the US agreed to end the annual war games along the border of North Korea? You may not know the US conducts war games that simulate the overthrow of the North Korean government, and this year there were almost 400,000 soldiers participating.? Did you know that??

Did you know, this year the games were given the name “Operation Decapitation” and were directed against North Korea, and were designed to simulate the attack and overthrow of North Korea.

Do you know the Korean War has never officially ended because there was no formal truce signed?  This is one of North Korea demands.  A final treaty to end the Korean War was never signed, because if there was a treaty, the US would have no legal basis for the occupation of South Korea with our many military bases.

Do you know that in 1993 the US announced it was targeting hydrogen bombs from the old USSR to North Korea?

Do you know that George Bush called the leader of North Korea a “pygmy “, and said he wanted to “topple his regime”?

Do you know Bush also prepared a policy of “preemptive” attack, and referred to North Korea as a member of the “axis of evil”? It was shortly thereafter that North Korea left the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and threw out of the country all inspectors.

Neocons, Deep State, and the corporate media, argue North Korea is a threat to the US, and just days ago Trump said they were a “threat to the world”? That is asinine, as Trump’s increase of $54 billion, is 11 times greater than the entire North Korean military budget. To suggest North Korea is a “threat to the US” or the “world” is either stupidity, or an outright lie, and yet a CNN poll shows 37% of the US public believes North Korea is a threat to the US. Who says propaganda isn’t effective?

Do you know the recent leader of South Korea was impeached for corruption, and there is a pending election to decide on new leadership? The opposition party wants the US out of South Korea, and wants the THAD missile system just installed by the US, out.

Theresa May, in Great Britain, shocked many recently, when she announced she would be willing to use nuclear weapons in a “first strike”? Why have we not declared war on Britain, as Theresa May is apparently a bit “irrational”? Experts suggest North Korea has perhaps 8 nuclear weapons, but has no effective delivery system. The US has 7,000, of which, many are on North Korea’s border. North Korea has not invaded or attacked any nation since the end of the Korean War, while the US has bombed over 30 countries. How many countries is the US currently bombing?? Can’t answer? Who is the aggressor here? Who has refused to “talk” to North Korea? Who has threatened to use nuclear weapons repeatedly against North Korea?

Why can’t the US simply sit down and agree to bi-lateral talks? Is there a logical reason why this cannot be done? What is there to lose by such talks? This whole policy of antagonizing, instead of talking, is insane! We know its insanity; we don’t know if it is intentional rejection of diplomacy.

Joe Clifford lives in Rhode Isalnd


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Famous medical-journal editor torpedoes medical journal

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Famous medical-journal editor torpedoes medical journal

by Jon Rappoport

May 1, 2017

“There is a system designed to affect every human on the planet, from cradle to grave. For each person, I’m talking about 30 or 40 diagnoses of physical and mental conditions, many of which are false; and treatment with toxic chemicals that progressively debilitate, confuse, weaken, and destroy health and life. What would you call this system? Who would you blame?” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Her name is Dr. Marcia Angell.

During her 20 years of work, she looked at, perused, and analyzed more medical studies than all mainstream science bloggers in the world put together.

You want to listen to an actual pro? Listen to her:

Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, in the NY Review of Books, January 15, 2009, “Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption”:

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“Five enemies of peace inhabit with us–avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.” — Petrarch

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WMD Iraq…….ooops! I mean Syria

An interesting development post President Trump inauguration has played out on the world stage with the attack on Syria.  Is this what Trump meant when he talked about ‘making  America great again’?  The airstrike against a sovereign state again without the UN sanction is curious to those of us who do not subscribe to the White House narrative and by association the Australian proxy view.  We all should by now wonder whether Australian foreign policy is an appendix to the US foreign policy.  To get the answer to that don’t question our Foreign Minister as CNN may have the answer; this is obviously where she takes her brief to involve our military as an occupying force.

I plagiarised part of an article from the pages of

‘The Saker’:http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46820.htm

“US Attack On Syria Was  Symbolic

By The Saker

April 07, 2017 “Information Clearing House” –  “The Saker” – I have an important update: based on Russian sources, including video footage and the reports of one Russian journalist on the ground, Evgenii Poddubnyi, it has become clear that the US strike was largely symbolic.  Here is the evidence:

  1. The Russians were given a warning which they, of course, passed on to the Syrians.  The Americans must have assumed that this would happen.
  2. The Syrian airbase was lightly damaged: a few number of aircraft were damaged or destroyed, but many of these were in repairs and could not fly.  Fuel storage tanks were destroyed.  A number of aircraft bunkers were damage or destroyed.  A few barracks were also destroyed.
  3. There were 6 or 7 casualties, which is very little.
  4. Crucially, the runways did not suffer.

Now here is the really intriguing thing: it appears that only 23 out of a total of 59 US cruise missiles hit the base.  The rest are unaccounted for.  This could be due to all sorts of reasons, including Syrian and Russian air defenses or Russian electronic warfare.  I tend to believe that the latter is the cause.  But then, this begs another question: why did the Russians let 23 of the cruise missiles through?  Possibly to appease Trump and not force him to re-strike.  Other possibility, to make sure that the political fallout from this stupid and reckless attack still come back to hurt the United States (had they destroyed all the cruise missiles this would not happen).

As for the Russian political reaction, I find it rather flaccid: Russia has condemned the attack and suspended the Memorandum of Understanding on Prevention of Flight Safety Incidents in the course of operations in Syria signed with the US.”

Clear your mind and mentally digest this. Go to the link. There’s more.

Needless to say, no chemical weapons or chemical weapon storage facilities were damaged: we know that since NOBODY, including the Russian reporters, were even carrying, nevermind wearing, any gas masks or, even less so, full chemical protection suits.  This is hardly surprising since, of course, they never existed in the first place.

Just for the record, this attack was a direct and clear violation of

  1. US national law (Trump never got Congress to authorize this attack)
  2. International law (Trump is now a criminal guilty of the crime of ‘aggression’)
  3. The UN Charter

In other words, Trump is now a war criminal and the USA a rogue state (again).”

So my question now is: Are we being led to believe that all we have heard about Syria is ‘kosher’?  There may be a story here!  Read ‘Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War’.  The origins of the Syrian conflict that we now see is there.  We are simply the stage hands!

“When people who are honestly mistaken learn the truth, they will either cease being mistaken, or cease being honest!”  : Anonymous

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Please go to the Counterpunch website to see more of Jeffrey St Clair articles.  Link can be found below.

This article gives very clear insight to accusations made regarding HRC loss at the November elections.   Australian comment is clear evidence that our commentators haven’t the capacity for clear thought and mimic the establishment wishes to blindly ‘follow the leader’ along government lines.

Roaming Charges: the Russian Game

Petrov’s Defense, as the Russian Game is also known, is a devious scheme of counterpunching, where the movements of your opposition are mirrored, creating the illusion that your opponent’s pieces are fighting themselves, until a line of counter-attack opens with devastating consequences. When played by a master, the Russian Game is meant to confuse, disorient and induce a feeling of paranoia in the invading force of pawns, rooks and knights

Has Vladimir Putin deployed a Petrov Defense operation against the American electoral system? Has he mirrored decades of CIA and State Department-sponsored meddling in elections in eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by unleashing a cyber-hack on the Democratic National Committee? Did the Russians hack the voting machines themselves, the way American operations once stuffed ballot boxes?  Or is it all one big psy-op, an elaborate con out of a LeCarré novel, meant to make the American political and intelligence establishment re-enact the self-consumming witch-hunts of the McCarthy era?

In other words, what if the real Russian plot was to plant the idea that Russia had hacked the vote? Thereby sending panic through the nation, launching investigations that devolve into wild goose chases, pitting intelligence agencies against each other.

Frankly, I have no idea whether Russia influenced the US elections, though both nations have been meddling in each other’s business since at least the Russian Revolution. But it’s quite clear that both the CIA are FBI are meddling in the election, which should be a much more troubling reality for Americans. The CIA, in particular, is prohibited by statute from any kind of domestic operations, a ban which Obama’s executive order seems to violate.

+Isn’t it in the financial and budgetary interest of “cyber-security firms” and intelligence agencies to allege massive hacking, when many cyber experts without a financial or political stake in the game say that “leaking” of DNC emails is much more likely scenario?

+ Did the alleged Russian hacks of DNC emails really sway the election? Very doubtful, since the Wikileaked e-mails were largely, to use Joan Didion’s phrase “inside baseball,” and the content only confirmed what most thought of HRC to begin with: she was a duplicitous politician who was willing to carry water for Wall Street. How many “undecided voters” actually read Hillary’s tedious Goldman Sachs speeches? Most knew that she gave them and got richly rewarded for them, which is enough to draw the right conclusions. 

But consider the case of Kurt Eichenwald, a “senior reporter” for Newsweek who clearly wanted Hilary to win and for his exposés to take down Trump. Several of Eichenwald’s big pieces for Newsweek quoted–anonymously in many cases–foreign officials and business executives about Trump’s financial dealings and entanglements overseas. These foreign officials clearly spoke to Eichenwald because they wanted Trump to lose. Couldn’t it be argued that Eichenwald himself, then, serve as a conduit for foreign meddling in US elections?

When it comes to assessing the true extent of Russian “influence” in Trump’s win wouldn’t you first have to subtract the Israeli influence exerted by Sheldon Adelson ($25 million), Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government? Will there be hearings?

After revelations that the DNC sabotaged Bernie Sanders, Democrats, who now quaver about the integrity of the democratic process, didn’t call fora  “recount,” “revote” or for convention delegates to be freed to vote their conscience–those who had a conscience.

+ Just as the steam was beginning to run out of the 9/11 “Truth” movement–the totalizing theory to justify the impotence of the Left during Bush time–the Russian Truther movement is born to explain HRC’s loss and every horrible thing that will happen for the next 4 to 8 years. The big difference: this one has gone mainstream faster than the CIA killed JFK conspiracy.

Paul Krugman delivers right on cue….

Paul Krugman @paulkrugman
Thought: There was (rightly) a cloud of illegitimacy over Bush, dispelled (wrongly) by 9/11. Creates some interesting incentives for Trump
5:47 PM – 16 Dec 2016

+ Looks like Trump just claimed another head for his wall in the Map Room of the White House to go along with the Bushes and Clintons: Bill Kristol, the man who was never right about anything, is stepping down as editor of the Weekly Standard.

+ Glenn Thrush, one of the “journalists” who submitted drafts of his stories to Clinton campaign to preview and approve, will now enter New York Times stable, grazing along side Maggie Haberman, one of the stenographers for Clinton campaign who was notorious for “teeing-up” stories for HRC.

+ Meanwhile, back in the Asylum of Big Time Journalism, Newsweek’s  Kurt Eichenwald, who claims someone induced him into an epileptic seizure by sendingbernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550-e1477943826411him a strobing light message, claimed this morning on “Good Morning America” that his previous tweets about Trump being confined to a mental hospital were “part of series of jokes & intended to be ‘signal to a source ‘s talk w/him.”  What’s the frequency, Kenneth, I mean, Kurt?

+ Civil libertarian John Whitehead has written an evocative piece on how the goody-two-shoes Jesus would have fared under the current American police state, though I much prefer the petulant, moody, needy and greedy, ego-maniacal and deeply-flawed god of the Old Testament, who might have wiped them all out had they pulled a no-knock raid on one of his love shacks….

+ Joe Biden sought to reassure anxious Sierra Club types this week by saying that “Trump will not be able to undo too much of Obama’s environmental legacy.” True enough, mainly because there’s not that much of substance to undo.

+ Amid the justified outrage over Trump’s EPA pick, the oil hack Scott Pruitt, just remember that the toxic drinking water pouring out of the faucets of Flint, Michigan and Corpus Christi, Texas happened under Obama’s watch…

+ In a moment of pious reflection, Obama said earlier this week that throughout his presidency he has considered the effects each of his actions has on children. Is that before or after he drones their parents and siblings?

+ Amid his unwavering devotion to bettering the lives of children, it may be churlish to ask how many nights the President lay awake thinking of those kids sleeping on the sidewalk under a pile of dirty blankets a few blocks away from the White House trying to stay dry in a cold autumn rain. The homeless crisis, a crisis he never mentions, has only gotten worse during his presidency. According to Richard Schweid’s important new book, Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America, in 2002 there were 1 million homeless children in America. By 2006 there were 1.6 million homeless children and by 2014 the number had risen to 2.5 million children.

+ Exxon’s Rex Tillerson was no stranger to the Clintons. They wanted his money…for the Foundation, naturally. According to the leaked DNC emails, they also considered Tillerson an enlightened CEO, a man you could do business with. In fact, Tillerson spoke at a Clinton Global Initiative forum on the education of women. Here’s a photo of Bill standing side-by-side wit the notorious Russian agent. Who will break the news to Rachel Maddow?

+ Condi Rice also says Exxon’s Rex Tillerson is “great choice” for Sec. of State. Of course, this praise comes from a woman who had an oil tanker named after her.

+ Rick Perry has been nominated by Trump to run the agency whose troubling name he forgot during the 2012 debates, even though it was one of the three agencies he desperately wanted to eliminate from the government: the Energy Department. Perry, whose CV lists his most recent job as professional soft-shoe man on “Dancing with the Stars,” is often described, accurately so, as a climate change denier. He is less often described as an unrepentant racist, whose hunting lodge in West Texas was named “Niggerhead Ranch.

+  Two weeks ago word leaked out of Trump Tower that Donald was set to tap Rep. Kathy McMorris Rodgers, the congresswoman from eastern Washington, as his pick for Interior Secretary. But Rodgers’ nomination was scuttled a few days later, apparently through the intervention of Trump’s son Mini-Donald, in favor of the bombastic Montana congressman Ryan Zinke, a former member of Navy SEAL Team 6.

There’s a backstory to this that involves two outfits that represent the interests of big time hunters, many of them corporate executives and Wall Street hotshots: the Montana Elk Foundation and Back Country Hunters and Anglers. The heads of both of these organizations have recently bragged to the Montana press of having pressed Trump to name Zinke over Rodgers. But why would either of these groups from the distant interior west have any influence over Trump? That’s where Mini-Donald steps into the equation. It turns out that Mini-Donald, often referred to in the mainstream press as an “avid outdoorsman,” is a lifetime member of Back Country Hunters and Anglers and hunting pal of its director Land Tawney, a man who felt that it was his duty to shoot a sage grouse soon after the Interior Department buckled to pressure from ranchers, oil companies and hunters and decided not to list this imperiled birds as an endangered species.

“Tawney literally can’t say anything bad about Zinke,” longtime Montana environmentalist Matthew Koehler told me. “He doesn’t even mention of the fact that in March Zinke voted for the “Sportsmen’s Bill’ that would have allowed temporary road construction, dam construction and even commercial timber sales in designated Wilderness! How does Land Tawney get from Missoula and just so happen to be in New York and then Washington D.C. as the Trump Interior pick goes public…without a bunch of coordination between Trump, Zinke and Tawney?”

As for Zinke, his Christmas card from a few years ago gives much insight into his character and psyche. It depicts him dressed in a Captain America jumpsuit, holding an M-16 rifle, riding in a jet-powered sleigh with fighter plane wings featuring a decal of Osama bin Laden’s x-ed out face. The bag of presents is stuffed with an oil derrick, chainsaw, and miner’s pick axe. The front of the sleigh is draped with the carcass of a dead grizzly.


Let’s dispense with the “avid outdoorsman” nonsense and call Mini-Donald what he is: a depraved trophy hunter. So one depraved hunter picks another depraved hunter to head the Interior Dept.

As for Zinke, he is now being haunted by allegations of corruption and fraud during his time as a Navy Seal. According to a report in The Intercept, Zinke was investigated by the Navy for submitting false travel reimbursement reports in 1998 and 1999 for numerous trips back to Montana. Zinke claimed the visits to his hometown of Whitefish were for “training” and other official duties, when he fact he returned home to work on a house and visit his mother. Zinke was confronted and warmed about the travel fraud by Navy investigators, but, according to The Intercept, continued to submit false reports. Zinke was not sanctioned for the fraud because “the lack of formal punishment was part of a tradition at SEAL Team 6 of avoiding scandal and failing to adequately hold its officers accountable for criminal behavior and other misconduct.”

This is the kind of experience that will prove invaluable for Zinke in his new gig overseeing oil and coal leases. A plump resumé of fraud is a prerequisite to lead the Interior Department.

+ Obama: still 252 pardons behind his hero Reagan. Leonard Peltier, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Oscar López Rivera wait and wait and wait.

+ Apparently, Trump’s team is so desperate to find homegrown talent to perform at his inauguration that he has offered ambassadorships to agents and producers who are willing to sign up their clients to sing at the inaugural galas. Perhaps Mel Brooks could be bribed into slapping together an inaugural production of “The Producers” in exchange for the ambassadorship to Austria…?

+ Instead of the reading of a poem, the Trump inauguration team is leaning toward a performance by Andrew Dice Clay.

+ Allen West will never get that Undersecretary of Defense slot he craved now that he has deleted and denied responsibility for a Facebook posting calling for the “extermination of Muslims.” Trump needs a few good men with real backbone, who won’t retreat from their positions when the going gets a little rough.

+ Trump’s cabinet must come as quite the blow to K Street. Who needs to go to the expense of hiring a lobbyist anymore?

+ South Carolina Lindsay Graham, one of the most petulant and paranoid members of congress, announced to little fanfare that his fly-by-night campaign emails had also been hacked by “the Russians.” No doubt this was when Graham’s poll numbers had briefly doubled, from 0.25 to 0.50%, and Putin needed to act swiftly to snuff out the Graham surge!

+ Retail pot sales are doubling every six months in Oregon, Washington and California. Marijuana sales during Trump time will soar higher than AK-47 sales under Obama.

+ In 2001 Portugal became the first European nation to decriminalize drugs. Portugal now has 4.5 drug deaths per million residents, while Europe at large sees 19.2 drug deaths per million people.

+ Michelle Obama told Oprah that the portrayal of her as an “angry black woman” hurt her feelings. I would have thought that Michelle’s problem was not being angry enough…

+ If a combination of Russian hacking and homegrown misogyny defeated HRC, what defeated Russ Feingold and Katie McGinty?

+ Remember when being a billionaire was something to write home about? Now, all you get for a measly $1.8 billion is a sub-cabinet post like Secretary of the Army….

+ Temperatures at the North Pole this Christmas week may well reach 55 degrees higher than normal. On this chart, the green line represents the average Arctic temperature from 1958 to 2002, while the red line represents this year’s temperatures in the nearly ice-free Arctic.


Over to you, Rex Tillerson.

+ Here’s the latest swill of condescension from Lena Dunham:

“One day, when I was visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas a few years ago, a young girl walked up to me and asked me if I’d like to be a part of her project in which women share their stories of abortions. I sort of jumped. “I haven’t had an abortion,” I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion. And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department…. Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

Oh, poor, poor, Lena, she couldn’t have her own abortion, sniff, sniff, but she tried desperately to get Hillary elected so that she could perform retroactive abortions in her name via drone on Iraqi, Pakistani, Afghan, Syrian and Libyan kids. Then she’d have really had something to brag about…Alas.

+ There’s an intriguing new site on the web called MormonWikiLeaks, where people can anonymously upload documents regarding the inner-workings of the Church of Latter Day Saints. It’s not yet  clear  whether MormonWikileaks is a Subsidiary of Vlad the Nosy Bear Enterprises.

+ For four decades, the federal government has concealed shocking data on birth defects in children whose parents were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. This research was finally exposed this week in important stories by Pro Publica and the Virginia Pilot. The data found that the odds of having a child born with birth defects during or after the war were three-times higher for veteran who were exposed to Agent Orange than those who hadn’t been.

+ So much for the vaunted Obama recovery. A report by economists Lawrence Katz of Harvard University and Alan Krueger at Princeton University shows that nearly 95% of all new jobs created during the Obama era were either part-time or contract labor, largely in the low-paid service sector. Indeed, the number of people toiling in these thankless temporary jobs swelled under Obama from 10.7% of the US population to 15.8%. You want some fries with that?

+ I’ve spent the last couple of weeks collating and organizing the first half of Native activist and poet John Trudell’s FBI file: 6,320 documents, 22,137 pages, dating only until 1980. Top that, if you dare!

+ Here’s a story my friend Michael Donnelly told me about the FBI’s harassment of a the editors of an underground hippy newspaper in Utah in the 1960s:

A guy told the tale of how he was an editor for an underground High School paper in Utah in 1969. And one day, the FBI came knocking.

They had put out an issue with Rocky and Bullwinkle on the cover and they added the Zig-Zag Man into the background to, as he put it, “Show the hippies we might be from Utah, but we were hip.”

The FBI had a line-up of agents across the table and they started in on “Who funds you?”

The guy took it seriously and answered, “Well, we raised $22 from a donut sale, I put in $2 and so did some others,. And, once we had $42 we had enough to print up 1000 copies.”

The FBI guy slammed down his notebook and screamed, “Enough of that. Who funds you?”

Confused, the guy answered again, We self fund.”

The FBI guy got furious and thrust the paper in the guy’s and there he sat looking at Moose and Squirrel.

“See. Right here. Fidel!,” he screamed, pointing to the Zig Zag man.

Come to find out, they had two agents assigned full-time to ferreting out Castro’s funding of student underground papers!

+ The search for a scapegoat goes on in Clintonworld. This week Bill blamed Hillary’s defeat on Trump’s ability to “get angry white men to vote for him.” Not so fast, Bubba. Trump won 63% of the white male vote, almost exactly the same percentage as Reagan (63%) and Romney (62%). And white males comprise a smaller share of the electorate than they did in Reagan time. Trump held the line with the Republican base, Hillary failed to get hers to turnout–mainly by turning them off.

+ The point is that Bill might not be all that convinced that Putin is the architect of Hillary’s ruin. After all, they were buddies, as made clear in this email from Hillary to William Burns, one of her chief deputies at the State Department:

From: H [mailto:HDR22@clintonemail.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2010 9:19 PM
To: Burns, William J; ‘wburns66 Cc: Sullivan, Jacob J

Subject: Putin trip

Bill–My husband cannot go w PM Putin in mid-April because of his schedule, but he would be very interested in doing such events w the PM in the future. Will you pls pass on to the Russians? Thx. HRC

+ After attacking the escalating costs of the new Air Force One designed by Boeing, Trump has now turned his ire on the scandal-ridden F-35, the world’s most useless and expensive airplane. If the CIA doesn’t take him down, Lockheed just might…

+ Trump’s plan to fight global warming: nuclear winter.

+ John “I am the Walrus” Bolton, still in the running for some kind of gig in Trumpland, said this week that the DNC email hacks might not have been instigated by Putin after all, but could have been a false-flag operation directed by…yes…Obama. Why? Because that’s just the kind of devious thing the America-hating Kenyan imposter might do. Goo goo ga joob.

+ NPR’s talk show host Diane Rehm is finally unplugging her microphone. Her retirement has, naturally, elicited torrents of babble about the “end of civil discourse” in American politics. Nonsense. Why should political discourse be “civil”? It was far from civil in the origins of the Republic. I used to call her show Radio Narcolepsy. Rehm tried to make tedium a virtue.

+ Many of Clinton’s most ardent supporters now seem convinced based statistical analysis by the fully (but not fully enough, apparently) discredited stat-boy Nate Silver that FBI director James Comey’s letter to Congress announcing the re-opening of the investigation into her email server cost HRC the election. Was it a Russian forgery?

+ Eight years ago, Democrats like Donna Brazile ridiculed Sarah Palin for her ability to “see Russia from her house.” Now these same people see Russia in their emails, their i-Phones, their voting machines under their beds, between their sheets, behind every tree…

+ If the Russians did hack the election for Trump, the Democrats should respond by putting a new spin on the Asian Pivot and begin cozying up to the Chinese to hack it back for them in 2020.

+ How rotted out is the Democratic Party at an institutional level? In California, Clinton won 6 congressional districts held by Republican members of Congress–the Democrats took back NONE of those seats. There were no coatstails to those pantsuits.

+ Americans have been rightly conditioned to disbelieve almost everything politicians tell them, so it sticks like Velcro when they hear a candidate speak candidly. Who really bought anything Trump was selling? Hillary, however, was undone by two occasions when she was caught telling the truth, or if not the “truth,” at least what she truly believes: first, when she called half of Trump’s supporters a “basket full of deplorables” and second, and more fatally, I think, when she was outed telling her friends on Wall Street that she has a “public” and a “private” position.

+ The Democrats are convinced that the exposure of what their leaders really think cost them the election. So what changes are they likely to make? a) change their leaders; b) change what their leaders think; c) lie better; d) hire a new cybersecurity firm.

+ Obama’s Political Epitaph: the Peace Prize President, who was at war every day of his presidency

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