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Kunuri I was just reading up on The Treaty of Lausanne and the Turkish war of Independence. Very interesting. I had forgotten how aggressively the British (and French) had moved to colonize/neo-colonize the Turks after WW I. It certainly puts contemporary events in a different light for me.
Kunuri A Russian friend explained to me years ago how hard it is to get into the FSB. Only the top students with Masters degrees from the best Universities apply, the must pass very difficult entrance exams, and if they manage to get accepted - they then begin a 4 year advanced University degree at "KGB University". The Russian "chess team" is made up of Russia's best and brightest.
Barbara Ann "... to maintain security along Iraq, Turkey and internal borders". What chutzpah.
Peter Wow. You can see "Flir Systems" on the side of the pod and watermarked into the video ... Zerohedge says this is a US manufacturer. When was the last time someone shot down an F-15 for gosh sakes? It looks like the missile ignored the flares ... I wonder if that speaks to the sophistication of the missile or if the pilot didn't use the tools at his disposal as well as he could have.
Trump will be assassinated.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2017 on Whither 2018? at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Scott Ritter - a thorn in the side of the neocons since 2003.
'Merry Christmas' is a dog whistle for white nationalists, according to Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/how-trump-nazis-stole-christmas-promote-white-nationalism-755991 So all those people I have said "Merry Christmas" to must now believe that I am a neo-nazi. Hmmm.
Colonel RT is reporting that the 16 year old girls Twitter account has been deleted.
Perhaps I should not be quoting Debka, but I find this fascinating and it isn't being reported anywhere else. Debka claims that the White House has decided to quietly withdraw from all its ties with the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas. Furthermore: - US-Palestinian interaction is to be suspended – not just at the senior levels but in day-to-day interchanges. - The US will halt its contributions to the UN Work and Relief Agency (UNWRA), an estimated one billion dollars per annum. - The Trump administration will not make any public announcement of the cutoff of financial aid to the Palestinians. Since the funds are mostly earmarked for specific economic projects, each allocation will simply be held back on the pretext of the need for a “reappraisal.” Since I see US funds for the Palestinian Authority as a way for US taxpayers to subsidize the Israeli occupation, this looks to me like another way for Trump to harm's Israel's interests while pretending to be Israel's best friend. https://www.debka.com/trump-administration-snap-ties-palestinians-no-peace-plan-no-monetary-aid/
Is this why the Borg didn’t want Trump to become president? Because he can release info other presidents would keep secret?
Nuff Sed In addition to the points you raise, it seems to me that a long running low intensity conflict in Syria (between SAA air defence and Israeli aircraft) would give Iran, Russia, and China a good opportunity to test their air defence systems against western military aircraft. I see it as potentially a sort of long term R&D "OODA loop".
If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would in 2017 consider Fox News to be the most reliable MSM news outlet, I would have rolled around on the ground laughing hysterically. Yet it is true. I am not quite sure what I should deduce from this but I think it is something along the lines of "one cannot be too cynical about the news media".
Mr. Solomn My thinking is very much in line with that of Publius Tacitus, but the fact that you have actually met Trump (twice in fact) gives me pause. I think that a lot of the Trump haters overestimate their knowledge of someone they have never met. The fact that you have actually met the man is very salient in my opinion, and I appreciate you sharing your impressions of the man.
Southfront is reporting a Houthi claim that they launched a cruise missile against a nuclear power plant under construction in UAE: https://southfront.org/houthis-launched-cruise-missile-on-nuclear-power-plant-in-uae-photos/ This is the first I have heard of the Houthis launching a cruise missile. Such missiles are of course very difficult to intercept.
Richardstevenhack Do you think that POTUS ordered CENTCOM to cut off arms supplies to the Kurds in order to start a war with nuclear powers? It seems to me this action does the complete opposite of that - it dramatically reduces the chance of war with Russia.
General in charge of US nukes says he can defy an ‘illegal’ strike order from Trump. "Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), said he would not blindly follow whatever order comes from US President Donald Trump, noting that the law of armed conflict that prohibits the use of disproportionate force and inflicting unnecessary suffering would be a higher authority when it comes to decision-making." https://www.rt.com/usa/410307-general-trump-nuke-order/
Anna Russia has its oligarchs that are above the law and so does the US. The craziest thing about Epstein isn't that this guy who prosecutors believe had sex with 35 minors only served a year in country jail. From the page you linked to: "The federal non-prosecution agreement Epstein's legal team negotiated with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida immunized all named and unnamed "potential co-conspirators" in Epstein's child trafficking network, which includes those who allegedly procured minors for Epstein and also any powerbrokers who may have molested them." That gives blanket immunity to a lot of very powerful men.
Corbyn has softened his stance on Israel specifically to make himself more electable. He is a bit far left for me, but I'm ready to back almost anyone who will stand up to The Borg. Anyone who thinks Corbyn is unelectable should remember that we were all told Trump couldn't win. I think Corbyn is going to win the next election in the UK - the question is will he get a majority. It is worth remembering that a Prime Minister with a majority in the British system has far far more power than a US President. I hope he stays off light aircraft.
I can't see Bibi sending IDF troop into Lebanon - but a bombing campaign that draws return fire such that the US can get drawn in to defend their ally? Leaders who start wars and then lose tend to get booted out of office. IMO Bibi is a simpering coward who wants to hold on to power at all costs. So a war waged in partnership with KSA will give Bibi someone to blame if it doesn't go well; "our useless arab allies messed it up" will go down well with the Israeli-Jewish street who still have not come to terms with their 2006 defeat.
Colonel I concur that Egypt will do nothing in the sort term. But in the long term (i) my understanding is Sisi is trying to fashion himself as the new Nasser, and (ii) the Egyptian street will be very unimpressed with any Arab leader who openly alligns himself with Israel. I think that while MbS is very much in control of the short term situation, what he is doing is very risky in the long term. The Izzies remind me of a losing gambler who keeps doubling his bets in an effort to win back his loses.
Sid Finster Professor Jordan Peterson, who teaches psychology at the University of Toronto, agrees with you and has a great story to illustrate the point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V-jF9iurHA
I was reading the Wikipedia page on the "Volcano H-2" missile that was reportedly intercepted over Riyadh, and it states: "Volcano H-2 was first revealed to the international community when it was launched at Saudi Arabia on July 22, 2017, which successfully hit the region of Yanbu and caused a major fire at Aramco oil refineries. Although this is disputed by Saudi Arabia which has said the fire was caused by a malfunctioning generator and the humidity of the air." Wow. So the Houthis are building short range ballistic missiles and managed to set fire to an Aramco refinery with one. I can't believe I did not know about this.
Thirdeye I was in Kenya a few years ago and my guides were telling me that 3 opposition leaders had died in 3 different plane crashes in the last 10 years. Kenyans have much more liberty and ability to protest than the Saudis. The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must - especially in KSA.
kooshy I think the founding fathers did an admirable job of putting free speach guarantees into the US constitution that will protect sites like this one. Facebook and Twitter are however a different matter - those corporations can muzzle free speech as much as they like. It would be interesting if the Russian or Chinese competitors to Facebook took off in the US as a reaction to Silicon Valley censorship. Much of the youtube channels I watch have been "de-monitized".