Foreign Policy

With a little help from Azerbaijan

Jason Ditz
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

A Bulgarian reporter has uncovered evidence that the United States and its allies, notably Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have been using Azerbaijan’s Silk War Airlines to ferry entire planeloads of weapons to Syrian militants, some of which ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Some 350 different flights, all labeled “diplomatic” flights to avoid being searched for weapons, were sent into the area, generally carrying arms purchased in Eastern Europe, so as to disguise the country that was actually sending them.

read more at http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/us-used-diplomatic-flights-arm-terrorists-syria/ri20766
and http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/journalist-interrogated-fired-story-linking-cia-and-syria-weapons-flights

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Does any member have the courage and vision to take responsibility?

By ANDREW J. BACEVICHAugust 11, 2017

20th Century “Angel of Mercy.” D. R. Howe (Glencoe, MN) treats the wounds of Private First Class D. A. Crum (New Brighton, PA), “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City, Vietnam, 1968. (Public Domain/USMC)

Just shy of fifty years ago on November 7, 1967, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by J. William Fulbright, Democrat of Arkansas, met in executive session to assess the progress of the ongoing Vietnam War. Secretary of State Dean Rusk was the sole witness invited to testify. Even today, the transcript of Rusk’s remarks and the subsequent exchange with committee members make for depressing reading.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/yes-congress-afghanistan-is-your-vietnam/

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In the Reign of Kaiser Don
FRED REED • AUGUST 3, 2017 • 1,900 WORDS

Why do those inadequate little men in Washington and New York dream of new wars? Because the empire is near a tipping point.

Washington must either either start a war in Korea, or get faced down by the North, its carriers ignored, its bombers “sending signals” and making “shows of force” without result. For the empire this is a loss of face and credibility, and an example to others that America can be challenged.

read more at
http://www.unz.com/freed/milk-bar-clausewitzes-bean-curd-napoleons/

original source: Fred on Everything

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by Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor

The Establishment is setting up Donald Trump.

The mainstream media hates him. Hollywood hates him. The “Intellectual Yet Idiot” academia class hates him.

Most critically, the CIA hates him. So does the rest of the Deep State, or the permanently entrenched “national security” bureaucracy. They did everything possible to stop Trump from taking office. None of it worked.

I think the CIA hates Trump for a very simple reason: he’s threatening to take away their livelihood.

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http://www.internationalman.com/articles/is-george-soros-behind-this-plot-to-topple-trump

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Nikki Haley receives much-needed how-to-bomb-Iran advice from seasoned neocon John Bolton

ducks-250x192.jpg?itok=ztw8G8I9Riley Waggaman

We are all deeply nostalgic for the days of yore—the days before Nikki Haley was muzzled by the State Department—when our favorite South Carolina peach made daily headlines with her barely literate, Facebook-rant diplomacy.

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http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/nikki-haley-seeks-ancient-neocon-wisdom-demonic-walrus-moustache-john-bolton/ri20484

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Mike Pompeo sounds increasingly unhinged when talking about Russia, Wikileaks and the media.

  • In a tirade against Russia based news outlets RT and Sputnik, Donald Trump’s CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted Russia for interfering not only in the 2016 US Presidential election but “the one before that and the one before that”. This would imply that Russia helped install Barack Obama in the White House even after his severely anti-Russian foreign policy became well known.

read more at http://theduran.com/5-weird-conspiracy-theories-from-cia-director-mike-pompeo/

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FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike. A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State © Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

Syria wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for “illegitimately” bombing civilian targets, Damascus has told the UN, demanding that the American-led coalition strikes stop.

read more at https://www.rt.com/news/397159-damascus-un-letters-coalition-pay/

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In a late-June session of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) successfully added an amendment to a Defense Appropriations Bill that would repeal the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).

The passage of this amendment sends a positive signal that America’s war-making capabilities will finally be the subject of a debate, at least on the House floor. On July 12, Lee even met with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the matter. Unfortunately, it appears that Lee’s amendment is being threatened by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who has offered up a replacement bill that, instead of repealing the 2001 AUMF, would ask Congress to clarify war powers and goals.

read more at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/911-doesnt-justify-todays-wars/

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