Here it comes again. As the enemies of peace continue to pressure a new US President into deeper war commitments overseas, and as Washington's Deep State works relentlessly opposing Russian moves in Syria at every turn, the war drums have started again - beating harder than ever now, clamouring for a new US-led attack on Syria. This morning we saw the familiar theme emerge, and just in time to provide a convenient backdrop to this week's Brussels' 'Peace Talks' and conference on "Syria's Future". -Patrick Henningsen 21st Century Wire
After campaigning consistently against the endless, neocon wars made possible by the terror attacks of 9-11-2001, President Trump is allowing himself to be railroaded into toeing the neocon agenda of perpetual war "for perpetual peace". What was one of the first things President Trump did in office? His new budget gives the military 54 billion new federal dollars. This is to a military budget that is already insanely over funded.
The U.S. outspends all other nations in military budgets. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total. U.S. military expenditures are approximately the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.
($ Bn.) 1 United States 597.5 2 China 145.8
3 Saudi Arabia 81.9 4 Russia 65.6 5 United Kingdom 56.2 6 India 48.0 7 France 46.8 8 Japan41.0 9 Germany 36.7
This is what it looks like:
So, dear reader, the USA needed even more bombs, nukes, drones and personnel to make sure its Ruling Elite's bidding gets done all over the world. Not only do we have the finest military in the world, purchased on the back of the standard of living of US citizens. (Wonder why we do not have health care for all US citizens, easily achievable with today's resources and technology? Wonder why our infrastructure is falling apart? Wonder why our federal job training is practically non-existent? Wonder why we just cut the EPA?)
We already have the greatest propaganda machine and psyops known to man. Oh Russia, you only wish you were as ruthless as the CIA. Even if you did try and meddle in our elections, it was chicken shit compared to the assassinations, the regime changes, the financial blackmail, the drone killings that our CIA can accomplish.
And with regard to the absurdly bloated coverage of Russian meddling in US elections which still saturates the daily US press, provocateurs such as Congressman Adam Schiff of California seem to be hell bent on diverting attention (with the help of our CIA influenced corporate media) to the so far non-existent evidence of Russia interfering in the 2016 US Presidential election.
Russia did not hack our elections. It would be a more fruitful investigation to seriously probe whether the three billion dollar mega-corporations (ES &S, Hart, Dominion) which "count" over 80% of US elections on their secret software (with the disgraceful permission of 99% of all US election officials) - are in fact fronts for the dark side of the CIA and US Military intelligence with the capability of hacking. (See my earlier article, "Banana Republic Election in the United States?" from November 7, 2016.)
And with regard to the wars so far permeating our new century: I mean, think about it. We went into a country, Iraq, and literally destroyed it, based on the totally fake news of "weapons of mass destruction". Hey, that's how the USA corporate military complex rolls. How about the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Rogue CIA agents kill their own president with the help of the mob and it is sold to the American people as a single lone gunman. Sheeze.
And, bless their hearts, Americans are so gullible. To repeat, just look at how they are eating up the corporate media-driven fake news that Russia has hacked/thrown/meddled in our elections. Like a bone they can't let go of. The world is literally falling down and the NYT/CNN type corporate media are focused on what? Did Russia hack our elections so that poor, defenseless, innocent Hillary lost to big bad xenophobe, racist Donald Trump.
Has the country lost its mind over the "red scare"? You betcha. But now it's the same leftist crowd who scream the loudest about "McCarthyism" who are shamelessly leading the charge, as if one of their dearest hopes is a world-destroying nuclear war between USA/Trump and Russia/Putin!
So, now where are we? Donald Trump has surrounded himself with military insiders. They are itching for a fight. Somewhere. Anywhere.
Couple this with the nefarious bond has been forged with Israel that is more incestuous than ever. The United States has been Israel's personal ATM for decades, and now we may become their military arm to achieve the insane Sharon/Netanyahu/Likud dream of a so-called "Greater Israel". The "Greater Israel" project means expanding Israel's borders significantly into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, -- and -- you guessed it, Syria! Google "Greater Israel" project if this shameless war-mongering expansionism is new to you.
Sound fantastic? According to the founding father of Zionism, Theodore Herzl, in his "Complete Diaries", Volume II, page 711, "the area of the Jewish State stretches: "From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates." And, according to Rabbi Fischmann, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, in his July 9, 1947 testimony to the U.N.'s Special Committee of Enquiry, "The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon." A comprehensive treatment of this subject can be found at informationClearingHouse.info, search for "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East".
"In recent developments, President Donald Trump has confirmed his support of Israel's illegal settlements and his opposition to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which confirms the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, "the area of the Jewish State stretches: "From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates." According to Rabbi Fischmann, "The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon."
When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East.
The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project." Israel Shahak Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Inc. 3 March 2013
Next week was to be the Syrian Peace talks. No more war? A cease fire? Assad stays in power? We can't have that, can we? The US generals want war, Israel wants land, and we can antagonize Russia in the bargain. Stir the pot of the New Cold War. What could be better than the old sarin gas ruse?
Who benefits from the killing of children with nerve gas? Assad was taking control of his country. Peace talks were next week. He and his ally Russia are not fools, and would have zero to gain in gassing children.
"In response to the allegations, the Syrian Arab soldiers in Northern Hama denied the use of chemical weapons today. This is consistent with the Russian Ministry of Defense who denied any involvement in the attack.
The army "has not and does not use them, not in the past and not in the future, because it does not have them in the first place," a military source said."
And this of course begs the question. With the Syrian Army and its allies in a comfortable position in Syria, making advances across the country, and recovering lost points in rural Hama, why would they now resort to using chemical weapons?
It is a very simple question with no clear answer. It defies any logic that on the eve of a Syria conference in Brussels and a week before peace negotiations are to resume, that the Syrian government would blatantly use chemical weapons. All evidence suggests this is another false chemical attack allegation made against the government as seen in the Khan-al-Assal 2013 attack where the terrorist groups hoped that former President Obama's "red-line" would be crossed leading to US-intervention in Syria against the government. - Paul Antonopoulos Al Masdar News
And let's think a bit further on that 2013 incident. A short time after Obama issued his famous "red line" against Assad using gas on his own people -- we are asked to believe that Assad did just that! Assad did the one thing that would guarantee that the infinitely more powerful USA would attack him and overthrow him? Obama appeared to be going to war then until Putin and General Dempsey of the Joint Chiefs of Staff intervened, as reported in the Washington Post at that time.
And don't forget that the the Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, did an exhaustive investigative report on the 2013 sarin gas incident, and concluded that Assad did not do it, but that the nerve gas attack was perpetrated by the rebels trying to overthrow Assad. Hersch's analysis remains unaddressed and not refuted to this day.
Now, on the other hand, Israel and the USA would have everything to gain. The corporate media owned by the the USA elites and Zionist execs were all over this gassing of children by Assad outrage. Nicki Haley at the UN is denouncing Assad and saying the US might take action apart from any UN approval. The game is on....
"Furthermore, at no point in its reporting does the BBC ever express any skepticism that maybe their 'activist' sources could be providing false or misleading information. Ultimately, these reports can be used to trigger renewed calls by Western officials for military strikes against the 'Syrian Regime' - which was exactly what happened today after these news stories were circulated. Within a few hours after these reports circulated, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois) came on CNN with Wolf Blitzer who asked Kinzinger point blank: What can be done to remove this regime? Kinzinger then replied by calling outright for US air strikes to "Take out the Assad Regime in Syria", including "cratering their airstrips so no planes can take off" and creating a "No Fly Zone" over Syria." This from Patrick Henningsen in the 21st Century Wire.
Thursday on the "Ron Paul Liberty Report," former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said that there was zero chance Assad gassed the children and that left the door open for a false flag:
"I looked at The New York Times to get the explanation, and they said 'Worst Chemical Attack In Years In Syria, U.S. Blames Assad,'" Paul said. "So it is all over and done with? But it is not quite so easy, is it? What happened four years ago in 2013? You know, this whole thing about crossing the Red Line. And ever since then the neo-cons have been yelling and screaming - even part of the administration has been yelling and screaming about Assad using poison gasses on his people four years ago. Not quite true. It was never proven."
"[I]t doesn't make any sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gasses," he continued. "I think there is a zero chance he would have done, you know, this deliberately."
Author, Catherine Shakdam, believes the gas came from a Syrian army airstrike on Daesh warehouse that the rebels were keeping toxic chemical agents in. She intimated that the idea of rebel terrorists having a warehouse of such powerful toxic chemicals is more horrific than "having Washington stage a boo-hoo moment trying to use the death of civilians, which is of course tragic in and of itself, to argue yet again for military intervention in a sovereign country."
The stage is set. So here we go, one way or another, the US military industrial complex, the cabal of those in power are itching for conflict with Russia. We already have a war of words, slurs, innuendos, and frantic battle-cries in full swing. Now, we are upping the ante to a proxy war via Syria,
Israel is a step closer to easier access to possessing more land, in her "Greater Israel" quest.
More destabilization justifies ever greater expenditures for more weapons in the USA and more weapon sales abroad. Ah, profits are indeed a wondrous thing, even if they come from the killing fields red with the blood of the terrorists we have armed, and all the innocent civilians caught helplessly in the crossfire. Americans seldom think about the real people that are being slaughtered by our bombs and drones all over the world. It has been so sanitized by the media as to be ho hum.
Dear reader, there is no honor in slaughter and war. No honor in creating straw monsters (Putin and Russia) that can be used to escalate war drums. There is no honor in stockpiling ever greater numbers of nuclear weapons, drones and warships. There is no honor in human carnage. No honor in a military budget that dwarfs all other expenditures.
When did we stop wanting to do good? When did dialogue give way to false flags and aggression? When did war, might, and weapons take over our budget and our souls? When did we give up on loving the world and instead want to bomb and drone-strike the world into compliance with our interests? Last year alone, in the last year of Obama's Presidency, the USA dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries. We had officially declared war on none of them.
James A Lucas writes in, Popular Resistance, November, 2015:
"This study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars. The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos.
The American public probably is not aware of these numbers and knows even less about the proxy wars for which the United States is also responsible. In the latter wars there were between nine and 14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan.
But the victims are not just from big nations or one part of the world. The remaining deaths were in smaller ones which constitute over half the total number of nations. Virtually all parts of the world have been the target of U.S. intervention."
The United States needs to stop the killing. There has been too much. Gone are the days under Kennedy and Reagan when other countries were glad to see the US coming. Americans are under a form of politically correct mind control that has allowed a corporate cabal and their intelligence agencies to grasp control of the levers of power in the USA, from media to money to military. This greed and need to control other countries by the USA's military might is beyond heinous: our military budget and buildup, our current military regime, our penchant for warring thwart peace at every turn.
The sad reality is that we don't know who killed those children with the sarin gas, and in truth, it could have been the CIA via their proxy rebel terror groups, it could have been MOSSAD operatives, it could have been any of the players in Syria. Assad seems the least likely bet.
In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States "is the greatest threat to peace in the world today." Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the United States on the poll, with 8 and 6 percent, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4 percent. -IBT (note Russia did not even make the top tier)
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind
Dear Readers as I end this article the bombs are falling in Syria from the American warships. On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched between 50-60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase tonight.
Nancy O'Brien Simpson
Ms. Simpson was a radio personality in New York. She was a staff writer for The Liberty Report. A PBS documentary was done on her activism for human rights. She is a psychotherapist and political commentator.