Trump Reportedly Undecided Whether to Go Light or Heavy in Syria

Read more on this subject: Syria
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump Reportedly Undecided Whether to Go Light or Heavy in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

His attack on Syria’s Shayrat airbase looked like prelude for escalated aggression.

According to Bloomberg News, administration officials are undecided on what comes next. National Security Advisor McMaster favors deploying tens of thousands of US ground forces to northern Syria’s Euphrates River Valley.

Trump told Fox News “(w)e’re not going into Syria.” He often says one thing, then goes a different way, so it’s unclear what he’ll do so far.

McMaster favors a greatly increased US military presence in Syria. According to Bloomberg, Defense Secretary Mattis, Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford, and CENTCOM commander Votel oppose the idea.

Chief White House strategist Bannon accused McMaster of wanting to start another Iraq war. Pentagon officials favor escalating conflict in Syria short of full-scale war.

Following his meeting with
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

Donald Trump: Just Another Neocon Warmonger

Read more on this subject: Trump Administration
Opinion Column by Chuck Baldwin
“Talk is cheap” is a phrase that politicians teach us constantly. This time the teacher is Donald Trump. Donald Trump campaigned as an outsider, someone that was not owned by the establishment, and someone who would fight the globalists and drain “the swamp.” But “talk is cheap.”

In 2013, AFTER Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using sarin gas against his own countrymen, Trump tweeted, “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.” (August 29) And, “Obama’s war in Syria has the potential to widen into a worldwide conflict.” (September 5) And, “Forget Syria and make America great again.” (September 11) And, again, “We should . . . stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again–USA!” (September 12)

Then, after spending months condemning Hillary Clinton f
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

Millennials, Mortgages and Government Grizzlies

Read more on this subject: Economy – Economics USA
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Millennials, Mortgages and Government Grizzlies – The Libertarian
Institute

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/millennials-mortgages-government-grizzlies/

April 13, 2017 – By Mencken’s Ghost

You may have heard that millennials aren’t buying homes because they are
buried in tuition debt, due to the government driving up the cost of
college.

You also may have heard that Wells Fargo Bank was exposed and fined for
a scam of setting up accounts for customers without their knowledge, in
order to meet corporate goals.  And like other banks, it gave mortgages
to unqualified borrowers during the housing bubble, being encouraged to
do so by the government, resulting in a housing crash and a bailout for
banks.

Hold those facts for a moment as I relate a personal anecdote that, as
you will see, speaks volumes about the nation’s economy and politics.

My 26-year-old son is a millennial but is so qualified to buy a home
that he cou
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

Flashpoint in Syria Risks US War on Russia

Read more on this subject: Syria
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Flashpoint in Syria Risks US War on Russia

by Stephen Lendman

Washington wants confrontation, not constructive dialogue with Russia. It continues adversarial relations over cooperative ones – Trump no different from his predecessors, a warrior, not a peacemaker.

Neocons controlling US geopolitical policies want endless wars, not peace, risking unthinkable nuclear war.

If reckless US policies aren’t curbed, it seems inevitable. Dangerous flashpoints persist in Ukraine, North Korea and Syria – Russia, China and Iran on America’s target list.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Tillerson met with Sergey Lavrov and Vladimir Putin, his demand for Russia to abandon Assad rebuffed.

Deplorable bilateral relations persist, Trump worsening what he promised to improve. Commenting, Lavrov said “the current state in our relations regarding the global agenda is not calm, to say the least.”

“We have numerous problems, including those,
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

All the President’s Liars

Read more on this subject: Syria
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
All the President’s Liars

by Stephen Lendman

Lies, deceptions, distortions and misinformation provide bedrock justification for all wars – naked aggression when preemptively waged against countries threatening no one.

Syria was invaded and attacked. Its war isn’t civil. Its military is combating US-supported terrorists. Its survival as a nation depends on defeating them.

No evidence suggests Syria carried out CW attacks on civilians or militants any time throughout over six years of war – including on April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun, a likely CIA-orchestrated incident, using terrorists to do its dirty work. The attack came from the ground, not the air – likely from rockets filled with toxins. 

Assad was falsely blamed for crimes committed by US-supported terrorists. It’s one of the oldest dirty tricks in the book – a US specialty, blaming victims for its high crimes, along with inventing phony pretexts for wars.

In response to the Kh
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

Irreconcilable East/West Differences

Read more on this subject: Syria
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Irreconcilable East/West Differences

by Stephen Lendman

Russia and America are geopolitical opposites. Irreconcilable differences separate them.

Russia supports diplomatic conflict resolution, stability, security and multi-world polarity. America wages endless wars, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations.

Good faith isn’t a US tradition. Whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge, negotiating with America diplomatically achieves nothing. 

Agreements reached are consistently breached. Washington seeks dominance, not cooperative relations.

Ahead of his arrival in Moscow, Secretary of State Tillerson said Assad’s tenure as Syria’s leader is “coming to an end…(S)teps are underway” to remove him, without further elaboration.

Knowing Syria destroyed its chemical weapons, none remaining, he ludicrously said “(w)e do not want the regime’s uncontrolled stockpile of chemical
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

Level of Trust Between Russia and America Kaput

Read more on this subject: Syria
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Level of Trust Between Russia and America Kaput

by Stephen Lendman

Candidate Trump said “Putin has done a really great job…I think I’d get along very well with” him…

“I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.”

“…(T)here’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now, so that we can go and knock out ISIS with other people.”

These and similar comments gave hope for improved bilateral relations under a Trump administration. Instead, things soured dramatically in short order on his watch.

He destroyed hopes for mutual trust and geopolitical cooperation. Chances for better US/Russia relations are nil.

Adversarial ones hit a new lo
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

Trump Administration Preparing Options to Confront North Korea

Read more on this subject: Korea/North Korea
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump Administration Preparing Options to Confront North Korea

by Stephen Lendman

Instead of engaging North Korea responsibly, ending decades of hostility, Trump intends confrontation – how yet to unfold.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was ordered to position itself off North Korea’s coast, a show of force, a hostile act.

A spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said America’s action “goes to prove (its) reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase.”

Its military “is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US. We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms.”

“We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”

On Sunday, US National Security Advisor McMaster said Korean peninsula denuclearization “must ha
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch: Imperial Tools

Read more on this subject: Syria
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch: Imperial Tools

by Stephen Lendman

AI and HRW disgracefully blamed Syria for what appear to be a CIA-orchestrated April 4 CW false flag, killing dozens, injuring many more.

The attack was carried out as a pretext for Trump’s aggression – planned before the incident occurred, readied to be launched in short order – an act of war against a sovereign state.

AI urged Security Council action to hold Assad responsible for Trump’s high crime, deplorably saying:

“Security Council members, and in particular Russia and China, have displayed callous disregard for human life in Syria by repeatedly failing to pass resolutions that would allow for punitive measures to be taken against those committing war crimes and other serious violations in Syria” – meaning Assad and government officials, even though they had nothing to do with what happened.

“The Security Council must immediately vote to
Read More or Make a Comment Continue reading