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The real Donald Trump has been exposed. The man who promised a sensible and non-interventionist Middle Eastern policy and a reset with Moscow has now reneged on both pledges. His nitwit United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has directly linked Russia and Syria for punishment by the omnipotent Leader of the Free World lest anyone be confused.

The unconscionable attack on Syria based on the usual unsubstantiated allegations has shifted the playing field dramatically, with the “new sheriff in town” apparently intent on proving he is a real man who can play hardball with the rest of them. Last week Syria was blamed by all and sundry in the Establishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack just two days after the White House backed away from the Obama Administration demand that President Bashar al-Assad be removed. Was Syria dumb enough to use chemical weapons in a war that it is winning at a point when the overt hostility from Washington had been ratcheted down? Or was it staged by the so-called rebels?

And who benefits from weakening al-Assad of Syria? ISIS and al-Qaeda. Now that Trump has the bit between his teeth on how abysmal approval ratings can skyrocket if one starts a war, look forward to more of the same with my sources telling me that establishment of a no-fly zone is currently being discussed in the Pentagon. A no-fly zone would be toe-to-toe with the Russkies to see who would blink first.

Meanwhile an aircraft carrier battle group is making its way to confront North Korea, which is being warned with the good old “all options are on the table” rhetoric which will almost certainly produce a schizophrenic result of some kind. If I were a resident of Seoul I would be moving out of the city tout suite as it is within range of Pyongyang’s massed heavy artillery batteries along the DMZ.

Trump, regarded by many including myself as the sensible “peace candidate,” appears to be preparing to engage militarily on multiple fronts worldwide. And things are particularly heating up in the Middle East and South Asia. More U.S. troops are being deployed to Iraq and also to Syria, in that latter case without any invitation from Damascus or legal justification or even a phony United Nations mandate, and thousands more soldiers will be returning to Afghanistan to “stabilize” the situation. Meanwhile Yemen continues to suffer as the U.S. supports Saudi aggression.

And it doesn’t help to look for enlightenment from the cheerleading Fourth Estate, which has been completely coopted by the Establishment point of view. In the eyes of the mainstream media the Syria narrative is all about the evils of its government which Washington is now pledging to remove. Russia meanwhile is indicted without evidence for trying to overthrow our democratic system and the recent terrorist attack in St. Petersburg would have been reported more extensively but for the fact that those Soviet holdovers probably deserved it. No one is asking why the United States should believe itself to be empowered to intervene anywhere unless it is actually being directly and seriously threatened by some other nation.

So it is all a mess, largely of our own creation due to our tendency to get involved in places regarding which we know nothing and could really care less about. And by supplementing all of that with our inclination to believe in the myth of our national Exceptionalism as a genuine force for good, you wind up with a witch’s brew that has fueled anti-Americanism worldwide, led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands and emptied our treasury. Ambassador Chas Freeman has aptly perceived the U.S. government as the “foreign relations equivalent of a sociopath – a country indifferent to the rules, the consequences for others of its ignoring them, and the reliability of its word.”

As bad as that all seems, if I had to pick one place where our inability to discern right from wrong is likely to lead to the next major armed conflict, i.e. a real war, in fairly short order it would have to be Iran. The recent increase in tension between Washington and Tehran combined with the lack of any diplomatic dialogue mean that an actual shooting war might now be a “false flag,” fake intelligence report, or accidental naval encounter away. And once things start to sour, no one would stand up and say “Stop!” as the Trump Administration, Democrats, Republicans and the media all hate Iran.

I have long viewed this visceral hatred of Iran on the part of many Americans as a byproduct of the Iranian revolution and the occupation of the U.S. Embassy. Revolutionary Iran became overnight the dangerous “other,” a source of nightmares for the Washington Establishment. During my time in government, when the hostage taking at the embassy was still fresh, hating Iranians was almost a requirement in the national security community. More recently, Israel and its supporters have used Iran as a punching bag to maintain the myth that the Jewish State is existentially menaced by Tehran and its minions in the region. Being threatened in a serious way insures that the money tap from the U.S. Treasury will continue to be open and it also justifies many of Israel’s other transgressions as it chooses to portray itself as a nation under siege, ever the victim. More recently Saudi Arabia has jumped onto pretty much the same Iran band wagon, blaming Iran for all regional problems and providing justification for the ongoing slaughter in Yemen.

All of that is understandable enough, so far as it goes, but the generation of government officials who were around during the Iran hostage crisis is now retired, while the pleas of Israel and Saudi Arabia are generally best received while holding one’s nose if one has even a basic understanding of what is going on in the Middle East. But that would require some ability to establish a reasonable perspective on what is taking place and what is particularly disturbing is that some people in the government hierarchy who should know better apparently are just as delusional as some junior straight out of college scribbler for The Washington Post.

During his campaign Donald Trump repeatedly denounced the Iran Nuclear Agreement, to my mind one of only two foreign policy accomplishments of the outgoing Obama Administration. Trump said he would tear the agreement up and require Tehran to come up with something better “or else.” He has since backed off the tear-up theme, but has unfortunately appointed to high office a group of former military officers who appear to have swallowed the Iran-as-threat proposition hook-line-and-sinker.

There are some similarities between what is happening with Iran and what has been going on with Russia. Russia, it is being claimed, has been responsible for hundreds military intrusions that required a response from NATO in the Baltic. But Russia borders on the Baltic and it is part of its territorial waters, so what is really being said is that Moscow is operating in and around its own maritime coastal zone and it is NATO that is responded as if it were a threat. Similarly, Iran, which sits on top of the Straits of Hormuz is accused of being aggressive when its small boats patrol in and around its coastal waters. It is the American Fifth Fleet that is the out of region intruder. Both Iran and Russia are being subjected to Washington’s belief that its writ runs worldwide and that it has a right to be the hegemon wherever it seeks to plant the flag.

I first encountered the Iran-as-threat crowd back in December 2015 when I listened in disbelief to a rambling speech by retired General Michael Flynn in Moscow. Ignoring the fact that Iran cannot actually threaten the United States or any genuine vital national interests, Flynn explained his concept of 21st century geo-political-economic strategy. At the time, I knew little about Flynn and his views, but I was particularly taken aback by a random shot he took at the Iranians, stating very clearly that they were responsible for “fueling four proxy wars in the Middle East.” He was presumably referring to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen. The audience, which included a number of international journalists and genuine foreign-policy experts, became somewhat restless and began to mutter. Two minutes later, Flynn returned to the theme, mentioning the “terrible nuclear deal with Iran.”

Later, in December, Donald Trump’s then national-security adviser Michael Flynn, “officially” put Iran “on notice” while declaring that “The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations that threaten our interests. The days of turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over.” He did not elaborate on what those “actions” were.

Trumps’ Pentagon Chief General James Mattis and his new National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster have also taken shots at Iran, making clear their own assessments that Tehran constitutes a major threat both regionally and against the United States. But the most recent diatribe by an American General against Iran is perhaps one of the oddest indictments of that country. It came in a briefing provided by Army General Joseph Votel, Commander of the U.S. Central Command. Votel was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee regarding security issues relating to the greater Middle East. Votel told the congressmen, who were of course delighted to hear bad things about the Mullahs, that Iran is “one of the greatest threats to the U.S. today” and that it has increased its “destabilizing role” in the entire region.

How Iran, with its miniscule defense budget and complete inability to project power greatly threatens the United States has to remain a mystery, though Votel provided some elaboration. He said that Iran operates in “a gray area…just short of open conflict.” Per the general, Iran engages in “lethal aid facilitation,” uses “surrogate forces” and carries out cyber attacks. He also cited Iranian small boats harassing incidents involving U.S. warships, some of which “could be considered ‘unprofessional’ or ‘unsafe.’” Put it all together and Iran is “the greatest long-term threat to stability” for the entire Middle East. Votel then advocated disrupting Iran “through military means or other means.”

One has to ask if Votel or the congressmen cheering him on are mentally defective. I was a bit thrown by the Pentagonese expression “lethal aid facilitation,” but it must mean supplying weapons to Syria and other Iranian allies. Some congressman who had not had his brain phasered should have asked Votel if his indictment of Iran wasn’t for doing precisely what the United States has been doing only orders of magnitude greater. The United States arms the entire region and also provides lethal weapons to so-called rebels in Syria. And those rebels are U.S. surrogates, are they not? And as for cyber attacks, no one is better at it than the United States and its good buddy Israel. Does Stuxnet ring a bell? And what is the Sixth Fleet doing in the Persian Gulf in any event? Send the ships home and there won’t be any “incidents” involving Iranian speedboats.

Iran’s government admittedly is not to everyone’s liking for good reasons, but the country itself is only the enemy because we have been making it happen after empowering it’s government in the first place by bringing down Saddam Hussein. Iran’s own perspective appears to have evaded American critics. It is a country surrounded by enemies, constantly threatened, which views its relations with its few friends in Syria and Lebanon as defensive measures. I am accustomed to seeing and hearing nasty things about the Mullahs, but they usually come from Israeli and Saudi partisans who persist in falsely describing the Iranians as a global threat. It is in their interest to do so, and many pliable American politicians and media talking heads have picked up the refrain, so much so that a U.S. attack on Iran would likely be endorsed overwhelmingly by Congress and applauded in the media. The danger here is that there is a groupthink about Iran and war could happen in a heartbeat if someone does or says something really dumb to trigger it. Votel sounds stupid enough to do just that.

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  1. ypresguy says:

    Mr Giraldi,
    Have just finished reading: A Generation of Sociopaths: How The Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Cannon Gibney. I liked Wylie’s a” Generation of Vipers” better but both hit the target rather well. You local library can probably provide both for free .
    Yours Cordailly

    • Replies: @edNels
    , @Hannah
  2. edNels says:

    did you read ”the Sociopath Next Door”? Real good book in my opinion.

  3. edNels says:

    The Sociopath Next Door Paperback – March 14, 2006
    by Martha Stout (Author)

    • Replies: @ypresguy
  4. “And it doesn’t help to look for enlightenment from the cheerleading Fourth Estate, which has been completely coopted by the Establishment point of view.”

    Co-opted by the Establishment? No, educated, trained, and hired by the Establishment from cradle.

    And who owns the media? The Zionist-Homo-Globalists.

    • Replies: @Johann
  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    This is your brains.

    This is your brains on GLOB.

  6. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    The senior official said the U.S. has no proof of Russian involvement in the actual chemical attack in northern Syria.
    But the official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.

  7. RobinG says:

    So Phil, on the SCOTT HORTON SHOW – you said that American intelligence assets in Syria were “considering going public” to say that Trump’s airstrikes were made under false pretenses, and that their evidence showed that the Russian assessment/explanation was correct.

    Will this now be swept under the rug? Will the “brutal Assad did this dastardly thing” meme be left intact, thus paving the way for his removal and Syria’s dismemberment?

    I know whistle-blowing is not a piece of cake, but there must be some way to do this. How about a closed-door hearing? Can you approach Rand Paul or Tulsi?

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  8. I’ve been waiting with bated breath for this column. Only disappointed that the role of the ‘jewish state’ in overthrowing Assad wasn’t more developed. But as long as we’re reading and listening..I’d suggest Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII by William Blum, and this humorous but revealing little faux pas from Sean Spicer:

  9. Junior says:

    And who benefits from weakening al-Assad of Syria? ISIS and al-Qaeda. Now that Trump has the bit between his teeth on how abysmal approval ratings can skyrocket if one starts a war, look forward to more of the same with my sources telling me that establishment a no-fly zone is currently being discussed in the Pentagon.

    Isn’t the Pentagon ALWAYS discussing no-fly zones though? I think I’d be more shocked to hear that they weren’t. 😉

    IMO, it was a false-flag but Trump’s response in no way weakened Assad who was forewarned to clear out and was all for show along with all this shaking of the fist response from Putin and Assad. They were flying planes from that airstrip within hours after the strike. I’m hoping that Trump did it for political capital to use in defense of not acting on future false-flags because without a DOUBT there is a false-flag involving Iran coming.

  10. El Dato says:

    I still believe that 100-th WWI centenary Cruise Missile Swarm Attack was knowingly done on just that day.

    Relations with Russia are in the shitter and going deeper fast, the Tillerson-Putin meeting is off. US now accuses Russia of having known beforehand about the Syrian “chemical attack”. Meanwhile Tillerson takes the mic and tells everyone he wants to combat “crimes against innocents anywhere in the world”. At best, this is an ill-advised “Reagan gambit” performed by village idiots 30 years after it was cool.

    North/South Korea situation? Tillerson says that China agrees that “action must be taken” (which is a warning sign that things are not aligned). There a rumors that China is moving troops to the border to stem a refugee influx.

    Now we have the hard-right polish government constructing bizarre accusations against Russia: “Polish leader’s jet probably exploded just before 2010 crash: commission”

    Coincidence? We will find out very quickly.

    Actually expecting major problems in Ukraine within 24h.

    • Replies: @anon
  11. Mark Green says: • Website

    Excellent analysis. The level of conformity and groupthink among our leaders is appalling. Equally shocking is their collective superficiality and often, dishonesty.

    I blame a lot of this corruption and acquired stupidity on America’s de facto leaders: members/leaders of the Fourth Estate.

    This elite brigade includes many prominent public intellectuals, celebrated pundits, esteemed journalists, successful writers and entertainers, as well as the top media barons themselves. This is where the real power lies.

    These celebrities, institutions and media darlings communicate values, erect taboos and provide daily lessons in political morality. They also set the tone. They focus the attention. Their supreme political morality rains down on everyone else.

    These are the dominant trendsetters and tastemakers in American life. They are also the guardians of political correctness. Free speech has limits. And don’t you forget it!

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  12. This is a depressing read as it leaves only a very faint hope that Trump is smart enough to swerve unexpectedly to a course far from that advocated by the foolish generals or Israelis or Saudis.

    I fear we will receive a disappointing answer within three months. As I am aiming to be in Iran for quite a long visit during that time I hope I won’t be needing to rehearse an anti American speech for Iranian TV as a quid pro quo for a few exits from Iran…..

  13. Ram says:

    The Bolsheviks/NeoCons have bigger things on their minds. Iran is on notice. Syria and Syrians do not matter in the least except for propaganda. A Syria wrecked beyond repair and de-populated would be easy prey to our Middle Eastern controllers. “Lebanon would cease to exist when we are done with it” as Netayawho boasted not so long ago. The US gets it’s military bases in Syria even if the Iraqis manage to throw them out yet again. Kurds themselves are committing slow suicide.

    “Barrel Bombs kill Civilians”, Laughable. China needs to work with Russia to prevent wholesale genocide as predicted by Ambassador Ford.

    US Nationalists are on the way out.

  14. @RobinG

    Thanks Robin. Both Tulsi and Rand have been contacted.

  15. Trump wasn’t a peace candidate, he was a better than Hillary candidate. He still is. He shot up one Syrian base, Hillary wanted to do them all!

    Well, as long as war with Iran doesn’t include nuclear Russia I wouldn’t mind the US be emptied of its treasury while trying for regime change in Tehran if it led to the end of the American Empire. I don’t want it to happen but while facing a nuclear war with Russia, a war with Iran doesn’t seem so bad. In fact, I think it is desired if it would bankrupt the US before our psychopathic leaders get into a war with Russia or China. Its a shame Afghanistan was not the Empire’s grave. It was a perfect spot, nothing there but pedophiles and opium. Neither would be missed. The Shia Crescent may be the real grave of the American Empire. Anyone who values their lives in the Shia Crescent better start making their way to Western Europe now!

    A war with Iran would be a safe way to bleed the US dry. American troops will die but our cities will not be nuked. Since there are no insiders willing to do a coup this is the best outcome.

  16. berserker says:

    An entire article on Iran and no mention of the Shia-Sunni conflict. At least part of the entire puppet show has to do with the Sunnis (Saudi Barbaria/ Qatar) paying us good money to neutralize the Shias.

  17. Iran’s government has a lot more to be aggrieved about…

    From Wikipedia which puts history in the best light for the English speaking world…

    In 1951 Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq received the vote required from the parliament to nationalize the British-owned oil industry, in a situation known as the Abadan Crisis. Despite British pressure, including an economic blockade, the nationalization continued. Mosaddeq was briefly removed from power in 1952 but was quickly re-appointed by the shah, due to a popular uprising in support of the premier and he, in turn, forced the Shah into a brief exile in August 1953 after a failed military coup by Imperial Guard Colonel Nematollah Nassiri.
    1953: U.S. organized coup removes Mosaddeq[edit]
    Main article: 1953 Iranian coup d’état
    Shortly thereafter on August 19 a successful coup was headed by retired army general Fazlollah Zahedi, organized by the United States (CIA)[160] with the active support of the British (MI6) (known as Operation Ajax and Operation Boot to the respective agencies).[161] The coup—with a black propaganda campaign designed to turn the population against Mosaddeq—forced Mosaddeq from office. Mosaddeq was arrested and tried for treason. Found guilty, his sentence reduced to house arrest on his family estate while his foreign minister, Hossein Fatemi, was executed. Zahedi succeeded him as prime minister, and suppressed opposition to the Shah, specifically the National Front and Communist Tudeh Party.

    Iran was ruled as an autocracy under the shah with American support from that time until the revolution. The Iranian government entered into agreement with an international consortium of foreign companies which ran the Iranian oil facilities for the next 25 years splitting profits fifty-fifty with Iran but not allowing Iran to audit their accounts or have members on their board of directors. In 1957 martial law was ended after 16 years.

    There were more than 100,000 Iranian victims[177] of Iraq’s chemical weapons during the eight-year war. The total Iranian casualties of the war were estimated to be between 500,000 and 1,000,000. Almost all relevant international agencies have confirmed that Saddam engaged in chemical warfare to blunt Iranian human wave attacks; these agencies unanimously confirmed that Iran never used chemical weapons during the war.[178][179][180][181]

    Note that even though Iraq was supplied with and used chemical weapons against Iran, Iran did not respond in kind.

    During 2005 and 2006, there were claims that the United States and Israel were planning to attack Iran, with the most cited reason being Iran’s civilian nuclear energy program which the United States and some other states fear could lead to a nuclear weapons program. P.R. China and Russia oppose military action of any sort and oppose economic sanctions.
    Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa forbidding the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons. The fatwa was cited in an official statement by the Iranian government at an August 2005 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.[198][199]

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    , @RobinG
    , @Hunsdon
  18. Avery says:

    {I have long viewed this visceral hatred of Iran on the part of many Americans as a byproduct of the Iranian revolution and the occupation of the U.S. Embassy.}

    Although Anglo-Americans started it all by deposing democratically elected Mosaddegh and training then unleashing the savage SAVAK to terrorize and torture Iranian people, Iranian leaders screwed up big time by invading the US embassy and keeping its employees hostage for more than a year.

    They had the legitimate right to surround the embassy and tell everyone to get out and fly to US. But the leaders let the enraged young mobs run amok.

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
    , @goldhoarder
  19. Tom Welsh says:

    ‘He said that Iran operates in “a gray area…just short of open conflict.”’

    Classic psychological projection; that is a perfect description of what the USA does all over the world, and has done for the past century.

  20. Tom Welsh says:

    Thank goodness the USA would never do anything as rotten, immoral and illegal as invading another nation’s embassy!

  21. Tom Welsh says:

    “There were more than 100,000 Iranian victims[177] of Iraq’s American-supplied chemical weapons during the eight-year war”.


  22. Lit Dog says:

    A long article necessitated by the extensiveness of Trump’s betrayal of his campaign promises. And to think this only covers foreign policy!

    Just think of the words needed to contrast Candidate Trump to President Trump if the Administration’s ongoing support of the refugee racket and its Goldman Sachs members only agenda is added on. The only hope is that if he reversed course this easily, he can do it again—and then stop!

    For those not put off by length, I wrote a 6K story about a red-pilled dog. Titled Proposition Puppy, it plays off the suicidal claim that we’re a proposition nation. My protagonist takes exception to such a civilization-destroying claim, and one might say he devises a Candidate Trump solution to the invasion of his own home.

    • Replies: @Wally
  23. Tom Welsh says:
    @Mark Green

    Every single thing that has gone wrong with the USA was foreseen and warned against by the Founding Fathers before 1800. One of the most succinct warnings was this, by James Madison:

    “Of all enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germs of every other. War is the parent of armies: from these proceed debt and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare”.

    – James Madison (Political Observations, Apr. 20, 1795 in: Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, vol. 4, p. 491 (1865))

    It is worth noting that the USA has been at war for 93% of the years since 1776.

    Madison was absolutely right. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. And the USA hasn’t.

    • Agree: L.K
  24. Tom Welsh says:

    “Isn’t the Pentagon ALWAYS discussing no-fly zones though?”

    If they try to set up a no-fly zone over Syria, the only things that won’t be flying will be US aircraft. The Russians have already painted F-22s with radar, which means they could have shot them down by pressing a button. (So much for “stealth” – or “invisible aircraft”, as Major-General Konashenkov dismissively called them).

  25. Tom Welsh says:

    “Iran’s own perspective appears to have evaded American critics”.

    Foreigners are not allowed to have perspectives. The only permissible view of the world is that of the US establishment. The punishment for heresy is death.

  26. reiner Tor says: • Website

    Assad who was forewarned to clear out

    This meme needs to die.

    The Russians were given 30 minutes advanced warnings. I seriously doubt an airport can be evacuated of personnel (much less equipment) in 30 minutes. Besides, they didn’t even have 30 minutes, because depending on how seamless Russian and Syrian communications channels are, it must have taken at the very least 5 minutes just to get the information to the airport commander, but it’s not impossible the actual personnel at the airport only received the “forewarning” only hours after the fact.

    • Replies: @Randal
    , @Junior
  27. Good read. Iran, Syria, Russia & China, we all know the score: US /Zionist /western imperialism.
    Above countries are strategically important & perceived as “uncooperative” – ie they wish to exercise their sovereignty without 100% conformity to US dictates.
    The US has an unconscious fond wish that it’s really the 19th C — that they can romp around the world, a war here a betrayal there, but it will all “come out in the wash”….
    That their imperialist strategy is mad is not to the point: on a small planet, bloated with over 7 BIL people such an Imperialism is ALWAYS going to be nuts.
    It’s NOT the 19C !

    • Replies: @Hrw-500
  28. @Johnny F. Ive

    Interesting ideas. Other than the fact that the Iranian people are mostly innocent I can see the value: bleed the beast, without the threat of nuclear holocaust.

  29. Randal says:

    Excellent stuff, but in its own way as depressing as Saker’s latest jeremiad (I don’t mean that disrespectfully – the times clearly call for jeremiads as far as the likely trajectory of US foreign policy is concerned, now that Trump has cleared up any lingering doubts abut the possibility of him restoring some sanity to US foreign policy).

    On US attitudes to Iran, some years ago I formulated it thus:

    The US attitude towards Iran has been literally irrational for some decades now, and as far as I can tell there are three basic reasons for that:

    1. Undue political and media influence from Iran’s regional rivals, Israel and Saudi Arabia, whose interests a paranoid US fear of Iran clearly serves;

    2. Lingering soreness about the US getting some much-deserved payback from Iranians at the time of the hostage crisis, for decades of bloody interference in Iranian affairs;

    3. Simple outrage at the sight of a medium sized developing country daring not to breathlessly ask “how high, sir?”, when told to jump by Washington.

    • Agree: Talha
  30. Randal says:
    @reiner Tor

    The Russians were given 30 minutes advanced warnings

    Not sure I’ve seen a definitive statement on this, but Saker says 2 hours in his latest piece here.

    Regardless, your point is well taken – even if one wanted to do so in response to a mere threat from an enemy, one doesn’t evacuate an entire airbase on that kind of timescale. At most, one scrambles the most valuable aircraft, and gets a few other important assets off site.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
  31. After Syria Iran is next. After Iran Russia. After Russia China. The war will be against Iran, Russia and China. Imperial Washington will be crushed. If it goes nuclear everybody will be crushed. For what? Humans are king of the beasts. But beasts they remain.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  32. nsa says:

    You alt righties got jooied extra plus good….but nothing compared to what is coming up: a thinly disguised AMNESTY passed under a suitable euphemism like the DREAMER FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 2018….just in time for the midterms. The great rightie icon Reagan essentially destroyed the country when he signed the Simp-Mazzoily AMNESTY in 1986……at the time the old coot was senile, pissing in his diaper, moving battle ships around his desk…..and signed whatever Nancy put before him. Nancy and her astrologer and the usual suspects ran the white house at the time. Trump shows similar signs of confusion and early alzheimers….think he won’t sign anything the floozy daughter and her nitwit jooie trust fund husband put before him?

  33. RobinG says:

    The accusations against Iran (making nukes) was based on Israeli fake evidence.

    See Gareth Porter’s book, “Manufactured Crisis.”

  34. reiner Tor says: • Website

    That’s what I read a couple days ago, perhaps on Twitter or even here somewhere, and I took it for granted ever since. Now I checked, and of course I stand corrected, there’s no reliable source for this, it could’ve been 2 hours. (Maybe it takes 1.5 hours for the missiles to travel the distance from the vessels to their targets, and that causes the confusion.)

    Even so – it’s quite possible the information never even reached the Syrians. I guess the Russians would need some higher level decision to even notify them – I’m not sure information received from the Americans is automatically passed on to Syrians. As I understand it, there was (until the missile strikes) a regular communications channel between the Russians and the Americans, and the Americans gave the warnings through this channel. I guess it was operated by the respective militaries. Now, perhaps, the Russian officer receiving the information felt the need to get authorization from superiors (politicians?) to pass it on to Syrians. Why are we assuming it even reached the Syrians? Or if it did, maybe only informally from the local Russian commander, and for sure just a very short time before the actual strikes.

    • Replies: @Randal
  35. Agent76 says:

    This will give everyone a clear view who is in charge and running this country.

    Sep 11, 2011 General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

    “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”

  36. Agent76 says:

    Everyone should take a tour of Iran with this Australian before falling for the war propaganda.

    Jul 9, 2016 An Australian in Iran April 2016

    This was my second trip to Iran, my first being in 2011. Both times have been an amazing experience and nothing like the media would have you believe. An extremely friendly and hospitable nation.

    • Replies: @L.K
  37. RobinG says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    Would that Trump fires McMaster and Harvey.

    H. R. McMaster Manipulating Intelligence Reports to Trump, Wants 150,000 Ground Soldiers in Syria

    “Current National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports given to President Donald Trump, Cernovich Media can now report. McMaster is plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of former CIA director and convicted David Petraeus, who mishandled classified information.”

    • Agree: Amanda
    • Replies: @Johnny F. Ive
  38. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Johnny F. Ive

    {a war with Iran doesn’t seem so bad. In fact, I think it is desired if it would bankrupt the US before our psychopathic leaders }

    fuck you Zionist criminal. You like your dumb illiterate pimp at the black house think and act like an evil and a war criminal.

    Shame on you all. You deserve to be purged like YOU have massacred millions of innocent people in indigenous American Indian homeland where now is under the feet of the EVIL. Bomb the mass murderers now. Long live Assad. Assad and Syria must be protected from the evil at ANY COST. we embrace WWIII now if the evil is totally destroyed and buried. Russia and China MUST form a FRONT to do the job. Everyone else will join in.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Johnny F. Ive
  39. Randal says:
    @reiner Tor

    I imagine that kind of notification – a warning of an impending US attack on a Syrian airbase coming through the routine deconfliction channels – would go straight to the top of the Russian military chain of command double quick, and then to the politicals, and only then be authorised for release to the Syrians. As to how much actual warning the Syrians on the base got, I imagine we won’t know for some time, but as you say there’s no particular reason to assume they were told in advance at all, except that it seems likely casualties would have been much higher in that event.

  40. LondonBob says:

    I read west of the Euphrates. Looks like plans were already afoot to annex Raqqa so that would be a necessity. US troops can look forward to being target practice.

  41. @RobinG

    Nice find @RobinG

    The idiocy does seem to point to David Petraeus. Michael Savage pointed to the generals surrounding Trump as well. People are attacking Kushner because he is Jewish and without proof its antisemitism. From the article:

    “McMaster’s friends in the media, as part of a broader strategy to increase McMaster’s power, have claimed Jared Kushner and Bannon had a major falling out. In fact Kushner and Bannon are united in their opposition to McMaster’s plan.”

    • Replies: @Wally
  42. RobinG says:

    Yup. Johnny Fucked-up ((+ animalogic)) = [Why everybody hates Americans.]

  43. “Trump said he would tear the agreement up”

    He didn’t say he would tear up the agreement, he said he would strictly enforce it. This insufficiently hawkish rhetoric is one reason the neocons hated him so much.

  44. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Trump, the victim of hate hoaxes, pulled a hate hoax about a gas attack to shoot missiles at Syria.

  45. Agent76 says:

    Jan 3, 2017 Iranian Food Tour

    If Iranians are known for their special and unique hospitality, then we shouldn’t forget that food is always part of that experience!

  46. @Philip Giraldi

    God I hope.
    With no love for the Iranian Mullahs, I feel that the Saudi Mullahs are 10,000x worse.
    The Iranians took 100s of hostages.
    The Saudis killed 4000 in an ambush attack.

    We were glad when Eliot Cohen and John Bolton were nixed to get into the Admin. Who woulda thunk that the neocons would worm their way in via Jared?

    Hopefully Kushner is too incompetent to survive.

    • Replies: @Realist
  47. The only nitwit here is you, Philip Giraldi not Nikki Haley (the former South Carolina governor was at least sober enough to reject the great leader in the local primary), for it was you and your ilk that led the children astray with your tune of the Donald the Great song and are having buyer’s remorse. If any Americans are to die in renewed call to dislodge the Syrian leader, you can take refuge in fire water to drown your sorrow while ruminating a character flaw within you that prompted approval of Trump before the election. Did you really think a hedonist, lodged in Manhattan ivory tower was a convert to whatever the hell you were prescribing? Maybe the next four years will give you time to reflect on your own folly!

    • Replies: @Randal
    , @RobinG
    , @Bill
  48. Wally says:
    @Lit Dog

    Not even.

    U.S. Illegal Immigration Plunges on Trump Crackdown

    Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies

    2010 Dems lost the House
    2012 Dems lost the Senate
    2016 Dems lost the White House

    The Democrats lost more than 1,000 seats at the federal and state level during Obama’s presidency, including 9 Senate seats, 62 House seats, 12 governorships, and a startling 958 state legislative seats.

  49. Wally says:
    @Johnny F. Ive

    Hello, hasbarist.

    The proof is in Trump’s / Kushner actions.

    Who benefited?

    any thought or person that a Jew doesn’t like

    • Replies: @Johnny F. Ive
    , @mr meener
  50. Randal says:
    @Pachyderm Pachyderma

    The only nitwit here is you, Philip Giraldi not Nikki Haley (the former South Carolina governor was at least sober enough to reject the great leader in the local primary),

    You should be careful slinging terms like “nitwit” around when your criticism of Giraldi amounts to basically accusing him of having been mistaken in supporting Trump over Clinton because Trump has now done a little bit of what Clinton was openly planning to do much more of.

    As for Haley, Trump’s first mistake (or the first clear sign of the idiocy now emerging full fledged in Syria) was to employ poisonous people like her, whether in order to ingratiate himself with the interventionist buffoons who have made US foreign policy so counterproductively irrational for the past 20 years or because he agreed with them.

    • Replies: @Pachyderm Pachyderma
  51. RobinG says:
    @Pachyderm Pachyderma


    Watch Larry Wilkerson rip Nikki Haley –

    Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics

    • Replies: @Pachyderm Pachyderma
  52. Amanda says:

    For what it’s worth, I recently stumbled on to this:

    After learning all about those Soros color revolutions, I started wondering whether there was some sort of hidden hand involved with the Iranian Revolution.

    Also found this:
    Khomeini Was An American Stooge – Sibel Edmonds on The Corbett Report

    And in another youtube on the Balkans, Sibel (who grew up in Iran) said there was an inside joke/rumor in Iran that if you shave off the Mullah’s beards, you’ll find “Made in the UK”, so I guess some were at least suspicious.

    Anyway, I honestly have no idea what the truth is, but I just thought I’d post this stuff b/c it’s at least interesting. I know that the Banking Oligarchy that rules over us wants perpetual war, and for that, you need enemies.

    • Replies: @utu
  53. @Wally

    Well the article that I commented about said that it wasn’t Kushner but McMasters. It does benefit Israel. The problem is that I haven’t seen anything about Kushner’s positions. I’ve just seen stuff about his fighting with Bannon without any specifics. If this article is true he is being wrongly scapegoated.

    I view antisemitism as blaming someone because of their religion rather than their positions. I’ve looked for Kushner’s position on the Syrian strike. Where is it? Also there appears to be an element in Israel that isn’t crazy like Diskin and Dagan. If only they’d arrange a coup in Israel.

  54. wayfarer says:

    Question: Who benefits the most from wars of holocaust, in the Middle East?

    Answer: Israel, the spoiled Rothschild.

    “Operation Reinhard – Kushner Rising”

    “Pieczenik Explodes: Issues Warning To Trump, Mattis and McMaster About Going To War In Syria”

  55. utu says:

    Shah regime was very friendly with Israel and USA, however that was not good enough because Iran under Shah was going through fast modernization and industrial development that included strengthening of its military. While US would be satisfied with friendly regimes in the Middle East for Israel it is not enough. Israel wants only weak countries or no countries at all, that’s why recent color revolution were based on religious fanatic subcontractors to destroy secular or semi secular states like Iraq, Libya and Syria and replace them with fragmented parts that will fight each other forever.

    No Israel, no problems in the Middle East!

    • Replies: @mcohen
  56. Johann says:
    @Priss Factor

    Where will the American war mongers get their cannon fodder? Most young Americans are described as weakened snowflakes. Most Americans I know who were in the American military either willingly or unwillingly have expressed the wish that not one of their grandchildren should serve the monstrous American department of war. Please send the old geezers like McCain and the Pentagon generals to do their own dirty work.

    • Replies: @Talha
  57. Bill says:
    @Pachyderm Pachyderma

    Which candidate would have been better? Hillary? Herbert Spinecki?

    • Replies: @Pachyderm Pachyderma
  58. @Randal

    Had you perused the first two lines of the opening para, you might have noticed Signore Giraldi’s confessional…

  59. L.K says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Replies: @Agent76
  60. @Philip Giraldi

    Philip and RobinG, I want to thank both of you.

    Other good options include Rep. Justin Amash and Rep. Steven Smith (GA).

    I am trying to think of good journalists who have some reach as well: Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel?

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Realist
  61. @RobinG

    Nikki Haley plays in the Trump orchestra thus, if out of tune, she would be corrected or dismissed; Wilkerson opinion on the subject matter is peripheral!

  62. @Bill

    A non-Democrat, REPUBLICAN…

    • Replies: @Bill
    , @Chris Mallory
  63. bjondo says:

    Everybody get a grip
    Trump is in the most difficult position of anybody ever
    He is pretty much by himself
    He has not bowed to the jewcons/jewpets
    Before this deadly game is over
    all the DC vermin will be occupying guantanamo
    eating guano
    Wanna help save the Republic?
    Be ready to do something other than watch sports
    and move lower jaw
    Trump is the president of America and needs help not complaining

  64. Agent76 says:

    You are very welcome L.K.!

  65. Talha says:

    Hey Johann,

    Most Americans I know who were in the American military either willingly or unwillingly have expressed the wish that not one of their grandchildren should serve the monstrous American department of war.

    If this is true, this is one of the most hopeful things I have heard in days – thanks for posting this.


  66. Art says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    Thanks Robin. Both Tulsi and Rand have been contacted.

    Prominent Democrats Call For Anti-War Congresswoman To Be Ousted From Office
    Photo of Alex Pfeiffer


    Top Democrats are not pleased that Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard pushed the U.S. to collect and release evidence from the scene of the chemical attack in Syria.

    … … …

    Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress, and former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean both responded to Gabbard’s comments with outrage.

    “This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress,” Dean tweeted Saturday.

    Her sin is that she actually called for a real honest to god investigation – can’t have that – a lot of official Stockholm DC would be very embarrassed (about 99+%).

    Peace — Art

    p.s. Thank you DailyCaller.

  67. Anonymous [AKA "TheOtherPseudonymicHandle"] says:
    @Philip Giraldi

    And I forgot Rep. Thomas Massie (KY).

    • Replies: @RobinG
  68. RobinG says:

    PH, good journalists and journalists who have reach are almost mutually exclusive categories. 😉 Trouble is, all of them want to know sources, and I doubt if Phil (or Pat Lang, or Larry Wilkerson, et al) want to provide that. Better that names are kept close.

    If the info is provided confidentially, Tulsi can duke it out with Wolf Blitzer, and has good vibe with Tucker Carlson. It would be great to get her or Rand on Meet The Press, etc. Now that would be explosive!

    • Replies: @Z-man
  69. Agent76 says:

    Feb 28, 2017 Chess in Iran

    Chess is one of humanities popular pastimes and has been described not only as a game, but also as an art, a science and a sport! It is even sometimes seen as an abstract war-game and a mental martial art.

  70. RobinG says:

    Massie is one of the cosponsors of Tulsi’s bill, the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. Look up H.R.608 at and you’ll see all 10.

    Too bad the Senate is so pathetic, and that festering old prick Bernie Sanders is one of the worst.

  71. Caterina says: • Website

    Trump needs to form a coalition of the sunni Saudis, Egyptians, Kurds, etc. to oppose the boost Obama gave to his buddies in Iran.

    • Troll: L.K, Emblematic
  72. @Anon

    “I have long viewed this visceral hatred of Iran on the part of many Americans as a byproduct of the Iranian revolution and the occupation of the U.S. Embassy. Revolutionary Iran became overnight the dangerous “other,” a source of nightmares for the Washington Establishment. During my time in government, when the hostage taking at the embassy was still fresh, hating Iranians was almost a requirement in the national security community.”

    I know an Iranian women who was a young girl when the US Embassy in Tehran was occupied. She has informed me that this was a spontaneous action by ordinary Iranians. They were concerned that the US Embassy was a hotbed of CIA agents who were planning on destroying the Revolutionary government and restoring the extremely unpopular Shah to power. This was hardly an unreasonable view since barely a quarter of a century before Kermit Roosevelt had unilaterally stage-managed a coup against the popular government of Mosadeg and placed the Shah’s father – an American puppet with rather louche antecedents – on the Peacock Throne. The reason for this bit of thuggery was Mosadeg’s demand that BP pay Iran the going market price for Iranian crude.

  73. bluedog says:

    Lets wait until the mid-term election for that will be the measure of what people think of Trump, and my guess is since he threw his supporters under the bus that it won’t bode well for Trump or even perhaps for the neo-cons..

  74. Not a thorough article. Atomic weapons can be sneaked into a country like the USA, with its long borders, and two neighbors, one antagonistic and incompetent, the other incompetent, dreamy, and stupidly delusional. Once nukes are detonated inside of cities, even with spent uranium or other radioactive fuels, e.g., fuel rods, the cities will not be inhabitable for decades and trillions needed to clean up.

    Drive around and notice all the transformer power stations in town, outside of town and all over the country?? Yes, all it takes to disable them is a high powered rifle with a hardened tip. Easy. These transformers, by and large are MADE TO ORDER, meaning it will be months before they are restored. Meanwhile “The Homies of the Brave and Free” will huddle bewildered and cowering at the great power that has brought Amurka to its knees and prostrate. Or, have a suicide jihadi drive a loaded truck full of explosives or gasoline into a transformer farm. How about high tension lines crisscrossing the Country, i.e., 400,000 volts up to millions of volts. So easy to bring one of them down, and black out a large area.

    Like the train bombing in Madrid, the Conservative Party candidate who was in the lead, dropped like a rock and up zoomed the Socialist/Marxist/Communist lawyer, Zapatero, who proceeded to destroy the culture and economy of Espana.

    Iran can fire a battery of missiles off the coast of Washington from an innocent appearing merchant ship in international waters. A disaster that will kill everything in Washington, which in some ways could be construed as a blessing, like radiation therapy against a cancerous tumor.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  75. Dear Mr. Giraldi, I am not aware of Iranian subterfuge terrorism now or recently. On a related subject, do you have any thoughts you would care to share on what the Iranians were up to in bombing Jewish facilities in Argentina to considerable loss of life? This was way back in 1983 I believe.

    My question has nothing to do with your essay above. I’m just asking because of your professional knowledge/insight into that area. As the mullahs were running things then and now, it seems anomalous.

  76. LondonBob says:

    We could well get rolled into something we don’t want. I have already noticed several fakenews stories that are clearly aimed at heightening tensions, often misquotes or anonymous sources, that are then formally denied (supposed Pentagon source claiming Russia knew of CW attack, Iran-Syria-Russia doc claiming US has crossed red lines etc.).

    The most alarming scenario is that Trump was deliberately presented with false intelligence. I still have my best hopes placed in Trump and Tillerson, I am certainly not sure at all about McMaster, Mattis, Pompeo, Coats etc. Guilty until proven innocent given their past positions and statements.

    Whatever happened to the hotline to Moscow that was setup after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

  77. Anon-og [AKA "Mike Johnson"] says:

    How fucking pathetic, Mr. Great White Hope is much weaker than even Obama, and now with Bannon gone, he is totally compromised. The chutzpah of these Jews amaze me.

    ‘He’s not a good influence on the president’
    Elliott Abrams sounds off on Steve Bannon, Trump’s about-face on Syria and the boss he almost had

    “Step one, says Elliott Abrams: Get rid of Steve Bannon.
    “He’s not a good influence on the president,” Abrams, no man to mince words, tells me. Having the White House’s chief political strategist on the National Security Council “was a terrible mistake,” and booting him was a good start to what needs to happen. A giant smile spreads across his face at the thought of Bannon being forced out of the White House completely.

    Step two: Get your Syria strategy straight.
    Abrams, one of the most experienced Republican hands on Middle East affairs, says that for President Donald Trump to figure what his Syria strategy is supposed to be, he needs to finally staff the positions of the people who are supposed to be developing it, and learn a little bit of the realities of navigating Washington politics and Washington press.

  78. @Philip Giraldi

    Phil I hope you don’t mind that I’ve been posting this Scott Horton paraphrase of your comment on every Syria thread I can find. With all the lemmings, disinformation and hysterical misinformation flooding cyberspace and the JMSM, I think it’s crucial to get rational insight from an intelligence professional into the mix: Philip Giraldi, former CIA and DIA officer, says that “military and intelligence personnel,” “intimately familiar” with the intelligence, say that the narrative that Assad or Russia did it is a “sham,” instead endorsing the Russian narrative that Assad’s forces had bombed a storage facility. Giraldi’s intelligence sources are “astonished” about the government and media narrative and are considering going public out of concern over the danger of worse war there. Giraldi also observes that the Assad regime had no motive to do such a thing at this time.

  79. Bill says:
    @Pachyderm Pachyderma

    I see. Yes, Ted Cruz would have been much better. Marco Rubio would have been a dream. No insane missile attacks from those two freaks, for sure. They both seem so principled and psychologically normal.

    Trump was by far the best choice.

  80. utu says:

    Saker makes a very interesting point:

    Maybe an impeachment of Trump could prove to be a blessing in disguise. If Mike Pence becomes President, he and his Neocons will have total power again and they won’t have to prove that they are tough by doing stupid and dangerous things? Could President Pence be better than President Trump? I am afraid that it might. Especially if that triggers a deep internal crisis inside the USA.

  81. Realist says:

    “The Iranians took 100s of hostages.”

    In 1953 the CIA overthrew the elected government of Iran and installed their puppet the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  82. bjondo says:

    Maybe an impeachment of Trump could prove to be a blessing in disguise. If Mike Pence becomes President, he and his Neocons will have total power again and they won’t have to prove that they are tough by doing stupid and dangerous things? Could President Pence be better than President Trump? I am afraid that it might. Especially if that triggers a deep internal crisis inside the USA.

    These vampire criminals never wanted to prove they were tough. their goal was to destroy arab countries for israel. All countries attacked are Arab except Afgan. Afgan was an excuse to get started with bin Laden vacationing there and unaware of the neocon attacks on 9-11.

    This comment, if by Saker is … mistaken.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  83. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Johnny F. Ive

    The US treasury is bottomless until foreigners stop accepting money printed out of thin air

  84. Hrw-500 says:

    The first part reminded me of a text written by a conspiracy theorist named Benjamin Fulford that makes Alex Jones more credible. I link to one of his texts posted on

  85. Junior says:
    @reiner Tor

    I would say though that the extremely low casualty amount from a relatively large number of missiles would seem to point more towards there having been ample time given to clear out.

  86. @Poupon Marx

    If all your fears are real, Poopon, then why didn’t Nikki Haley heartily endorse, rather than derail, the effort of several dozen nations to convene a conference to discuss a Nuclear Free world?
    Nikki Haley Leads Walkout On UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Meeting

    Haley pointed to Iran and N Korea as participants in the conference and decried, “Of course they would! They wouldn’t abide by it anyway! (or words to that effect).

    Put aside N Korea.

    Iran has been a signatory to Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty for many years. In 1995, when the NPT was up for a vote on its extension, Iran was among the MENA states to whom chief negotiator Richard Butler promised, in the name of the organizations he represented, that in exchange for those states’ agreement to the extension of NPT, a conference would take place at which all — all meaning including nuclear weaponized Israel — would seriously consider making the MENA a nuclear-free zone.
    To date, that conference has not been held.

    In 2013, according to nonproliferation treaty expert Dr. Dan Joyner @ ArmsControlLaw, “Egyptian Delegation Walks Out of NPT PrepCom Meeting Over Failure to Convene Middle East WMD Summit”

    Once again — or still — Israel, with the full support of the USA, refuses to act in good faith or to abide by international treaties.

  87. @Realist

    The USA was complicit in Saddam’s use of chemical weapons against Iranian civilians (and military) in the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s.

    Tens of thousands of Iranians were killed with chemical weapons and a hundred thousand or more permanently and painfully injured/disabled. When I traveled to Iran in 2008, on the flight on IranAir from Frankfurt to Tehran I sat next to an Iranian woman who had just visited her brother who was in a German hospital. Every so often, she took a folder out of her bag and looked at the X-rays inside — her brother’s lungs, destroyed by gas used as a weapon against Iranian civilians. She said he will never leave his hospital bed; he will die in a German hospital.

    Iran lodged several protests at the UN against the use of chemical weapons against their citizens, but led by the USA, their protests were ignored.

    Iranian military leaders sought Khomeini’s permission to use chem weapons in retaliation, but as (former UN negotiator from the Bush administration) Hillary Mann Leverett has repeated numerous times, Iran’s leadership refused permission to use weapons that had been proscribed — and not used — since World War I (Woodrow Wilson’s war).

    • Replies: @Realist
  88. @Pachyderm Pachyderma

    The Republicans started as a warmongering, progressive, Marxist party under Lincoln. At least the Democrats didn’t turn evil until they elected Wilson. Now both parties are both warmongering, progressive, Marxist parties. They just use different buzz words.

  89. Z-man says:

    In a similar vein I keep seeing the same Neocon/conned criminals interviewed on the Sunday morning shows and even on the weekday morning shows. McNuts and Lavender Lindsey are always on and even some from the deep dark past like ‘Dan’ Senor. You guys with any influence should push to get the likes of Gabbard and Paul out there on the boob tube. I’d like to see someone who has no fear of political retribution from the ‘Cabal’ on those shows , but yes I know, fat chance!

  90. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato

    On Mar 26, 1917, the British launched an attack on Gaza. The attack was unsuccessful.

    A second attack succeeded in dislodging Turks from the region, to “make the world Palestine safe” for Jewish settlers and enable the British, and W Wilson, able to fulfill the Balfour promises made to Baron Rothschild.

  91. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    {The most alarming scenario is that Trump was deliberately presented with false intelligence. }

    I can’t believe there are still dumb people in America to say such a stupid statement.
    The illiterate pimp knows exactly what is doing the same as savage Bush and Obama. The one who is fooled with lies is YOU.

    Bush regime fabricated the false information with the help of the criminal Zionist jews, the neocons. Later, the stupid Powell, in order to sell its garbage book, said that he didn’t know Bush gave false intelligence. Are you going to believe this war criminal and baby killer? If he was that dumb to believe fabricated intelligence, meaning he has very little brain cells, then how come these dumb people get an important job like ‘secretary of state’?

    All of them are liars, terrorists, and mass murderers. They know they are fabricating false intelligence for dumb people. God protect us, there are a lot of dummies in the US.

    Down with Zionism and imperialism. Why don’t you ask the war criminals what they are doing in Syria. They must fuck off from the region NOW. They have no right to occupy other countries. The entity that should be bombed is US and Israel.

  92. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website

    These vampire criminals never wanted to prove they were tough.

    Not true, their obsession with military power is the first sign of that. They are driven to a large extent by desperate necessity to prove themselves in what they are not– such as being real military strategists and military professionals.They do not understand the nature and application of military power and most of them are cowardly office plankton who never served in uniform a single day. This element of their insane aggressiveness is not just present, it is omnipresent and is easily identifiable.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  93. Anonymous [AKA "Da Mith"] says:

    Trump was a classic Bait and Switch. America and its little bitches (Australia Canada… Coalition of the Willing..etc etc) are going to war. Pussies like us will whinge and moan but like the general population… we will effectively do nothing. Bring on The Armageddon. There is no real effective opposition. We are no longer act as men. The Evil Ones telegraph their plans before well before the implementation of said plans…. and we bend over and take it up the clacker. Do a gutless and flaccid people deserve redemption?

  94. MarkinPNW says:
    @Johnny F. Ive

    “…nothing there but pedophiles and opium.” And it’s my understanding that it is the Taliban that is opposed to both pedophilia and opium, which is why the pedophiles and opium peddlers in the West are in turn so opposed to the Taliban.

  95. QQQ says:

    The usual engrossing analysis, many thanks. But I was thrown off throughout by the early statement that Trump could ever have been seen by you or anyone as a “peace candidate”. It’s not enough for him to have talked soft about Russia or contrasted so much with warmonger Hillary. He never gave the slightest indication of knowing what he was talking about. A rampant ignoramus who doesn’t understand international law, security or trade can’t be said to be clearly for or against any foreign policy because he doesn’t know how all this works. And a man who makes up facts as he goes along to rouse an under-educated crowd, which understands none of these things either, as he did throughout the campaign, is just a demagogue and a loose cannon. Trump has always been more frightening for making no consistent sense, and being clearly at the mercy of any Fox farce or a passing taunt or a Bannon, as for anything he’s said he would do. I doubt he knows what “peace” is. There’s ego, and strutting, and making money, and some fifth grade notion of unilateral American power and greatness, and that’s it. Why anyone ever credited him with actually having something called a platform is beyond me. And now this loon is sending out a battle group to wave the flag at Kim Jong-un, of all people. But again thanks for the rest of this.

  96. Poor deranged little American Humans, they can’t decide if they’re White Supremacists or Zionists. To me it seems as if a meteorite landed and released a bunch of alien bugs that ate into people’s brains and made them irrational extremists of whatever their persuasion.

  97. John Kennedy begged the media to support his efforts to “drain the swamp” and he was assassinated instead. Today we have seen a ZioCON/Communist media take Trump down and, like Germany under Hitler, the USA is heading to a place the whole world will turn on us.

  98. ypresguy says:

    Thanks for the book tip

  99. Mr Giraldi, don’t you think that the best option for the US is perhaps to start a conventional war against all countries, again against all at the same time, and get it over with! Just imagine the earth with the 2 remaining states the US and the tiny Zionist one!

  100. Realist says:

    Yes, the US is a nasty son-of-a-bitch.

    • Replies: @iffen
  101. Leave us not all forget that foreign wars which are assumed will never cause any serious blowback other than imposition of a national security state in The Homeland are calculated to be enormously profitable for the outsized corporate war economy, which employs millions.

    Trump’s campaign promises, which spoke to the real difficulties experienced by a huge swathe of ordinary folks, simply are practically impossible to fulfill, not because they can’t inherently be achieved, but because of the intractability of the status quo. All that is really left is that old standby, foreign war. Note well how easily the general desperation also fixes on this as the last, worst hope.

    In history, when institutional credibility seriously fumbles, war is always around the corner.

  102. When everyone in the establishment starts singing the same song, we should all be VERY afraid.

  103. @Reality Check

    Another good book on the history of the CIA (and its myriad failures): Tim Weiner’s “Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA.”

    It seems the one and only thing the CIA is/has been good at is sending far too much money and weapons to very bad people to overthrow duly elected governments our leaders/spooks do not like; the very thing the establishment accuses other governments of doing (Russia?). These people are/were not heroes, nor are they public servants. They are thugs and criminals in expensive suits.

    These so-called policies our deep state pushes will eventually lead us into a military conflagration we will find no way out of; unless we can somehow put a stop to this madness. Trump was making the right noises throughout the campaign; but I now have serious doubts that anyone can tame the warmongers. We are just way too far gone and in too deep. The insatiable greed and collective madness of the military-industrial complex will be the death of us all.

  104. Hunsdon says:

    Any time you mention the fatwa against the use of nuclear weapons, they come back with the unanswerable rebuke: taqiya! I swear, some people . . . .

  105. @WorkingClass

    My thoughts exactly. The grand plan centers around backing Putin down in Syria, followed by re-igniting the civil war in Ukraine (accompanied by similar false-flag events like that in Syria) requiring US retaliatory missile strikes, leading to Putin again backing down. Resulting in his defeat in Russia’s next presidential election (due to a loss of confidence) followed by the long-sought regime change in Russia. Repeat for N. Korea, Iran, and China, and you have a one-world government under Zionist rule.

  106. iffen says:

    Yes, the US is a nasty son-of-a-bitch.

    Yes, but when the choices are all sons-of-a-bitches, what do you do?

    My country, right or wrong.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @Realist
  107. @Reality Check

    Steven Kinzer provides an excellent summation of the 1953 CIA sponsored coup in All the Shah’s Men.

  108. Rurik says:

    My country, right or wrong.

    he was talking about the US, not that ‘shitty little country’

    Yes, but when the choices are all sons-of-a-bitches, what do you do?

    they aren’t all son’s of bitches. Most countries are not murderous and criminal, like the US/Israel

    the US is my country, and I don’t back it right or wrong

    only an asshole would do that

    • Replies: @iffen
  109. “His nitwit United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley”

    I agree.

    More troubling, she is the voice of the Trump Admin that is most liked by our media and Democrats. The more irresponsible and warlike she is, the better they like her.

    Bad as Trump is, we dodged a bullet keeping Team Hillary out of power.

    • Replies: @Realist
  110. bjondo says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    The way I see it their obsession with military power, a mighty US, means they, the neocons/jewcons/Israelis with Old Glory lapel pins, control the world. Not so much chest thumping as Arab/Muslim killing and world domination for Jewry.

    Neocons: Perle, Wolfowitz, Ledeen, all the Kagans, ilk, have been planning for a mighty military and for wars for Israel to be fought by the West, primarily the US, for many years.

    Other than that, I agree with your assessment.

  111. Anonymous [AKA "frrapper"] says:

    Sad to realize I voted for Benedict Arnold!

  112. “His nitwit United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has directly linked Russia and Syria for punishment by the omnipotent Leader of the Free World lest anyone be confused.”

    Well said indeed.

    It’s all been turned into a comic opera, except for the new killing and threat of more.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  113. iffen says:

    the US is my country

    Mine too. One of the reasons that I back it whether right or wrong is because in spite of all its faults it has many virtues.

    For example, people like you are allowed to continue breathing.

    • Replies: @bluedog
    , @Rurik
  114. bluedog says:

    Hmm strange then you must of backed the slaughter in Asia known as Vietnam backed the lies of Bush the Stupid and the slaughter in the Mid-East, which of course makes you no better than what they are, and that’s the problem with the country in a nuts shell, the only thing you left out was that old worn out cry “love it or leave it”..

    • Replies: @iffen
  115. Does this really surprise anyone? It certainly doesn’t surprise me! Trump wants to “make America great again”. A big part of that “again” is that, by his actions in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin publicly humiliated the US in front of the whole world and, just to rub it in, then strutted up and down smirking at his own cleverness and was wildly cheered by his American supporters. Trump’s supporters tend to be super-patriotic. They are the children and grandchildren of Nixon’s silent majority. The people who didn’t oppose the Vietnam War. They rally around the flag, tie yellow ribbons around old oak trees and “support the boys”, no matter what. The only way Trump can restore American pride (and credibility) is to get Putin out of Ukraine, one way or the other. Since Putin has been foolish enough to blunder into the Syrian civil war and has now irreversibly bogged himself down there, attacking Assad is a very useful way of forcing Putin to make concessions in Ukraine. Of course, Putin has so thoroughly painted himself into a corner in both Ukraine and Syria that he cannot now make concessions in either place, but that just makes Assad an even more inviting target. North Korea is another means of pressuring Putin. It is claimed, whether true or not, that Putin is North Korea’s “ally”. Thus, if Putin sides with NK, he blows any chance of a settlement with Trump out of the water. If he sides with Trump, he knifes his “ally” in the back! Win-win all the way for Trump!

    • Replies: @bluedog
  116. Z-man says:
    @John Chuckman

    I can’t figure out how Trump could have picked ‘Hindu Haley’ as his UN mouthpiece especially since she was one of his biggest detractors during the campaign. Who got to him or is he playing some Machiavellian game (keep your friends close and your enemies closer), I donno? But I would exile her to Mongolia. Better yet send her to Pakistan. Yeah I am sadistic.

  117. @Anonymous

    Syria is a playground for proxies in the region. The US is Israel and the Gulf State’s psychopathic hit man. Anyone who wants to live should head to Western Europe if they haven’t already. If war with Russia occurs I hope the Gulf States and Israel are bombarded with Russian nukes. I would consider it a grave injustice if there was life still in those states. It looks like “Zionism” is strong with me. Russia and China would be destroyed too in WWIII. Then there is the nuclear winter the rest of the world would suffer. A higher cost will be paid if the US goes out in a nuclear war than bankruptcy. Maybe Osama Bin Laden’s plan of bankrupting the US wasn’t such a bad idea after all (who knew the whole entire American Establishment was that psychopathic and sought thrills through war with Russia?) if it did lead the US into having a more humble foreign policy. The question is can the US be bankrupted and what does it do afterwards? Was Osama Bin Laden correct in his analysis that it would turn tail and run home and become isolationist while tending to its economic wounds? The Shia Crescent would make a fine quagmire and is preferable to nuclear war. Nuclear war would start in the Shia Crescent if it was to occur at the moment (besides one in North Korea). Iran is probably a goner either way but nuclear war would be far more destructive. The end result in a bankruptcy would be the Salafi Jihadist backed by the Gulf States would run around in the Shia Crescent with death squads taking territory for their caliphate while fighting the survivors. That appears to be the plan anyway. Its what is going on wherever the Salafi Jihadist take camp.

    I guess a counter argument could be that we cay pray, protest and maybe these soulless monsters will stop being soulless monsters. A problem with these soulless monsters is that their brain does not register fear correctly:

    Trump is the peace candidate. We were lucky to have him instead of Hillary. EXTREMELY LUCKY! Now Trump might be smart enough to not go after Iran. He seems to understand fear. He is not a psychopath like Hillary Clinton is. How about the rest of them? The Democrats are trying to get rid of one of their good representatives because she wants an investigation regarding the Syrian chemical attacks. They have this deep interest in provoking nuclear countries, pivoting into nuclear countries, getting in their business. Russia thinks the US is irrational and can’t be dealt with. There is no democratic solution to this and whoever thinks so is dreaming. Either way with democracy we have a choice between psychopath A or psychopath B. Who will win the election, a psychopath! Its not just the officials its the think tanks, its the media. The whole damn thing is one big psychopathic orgy of violence. They frame everything in such a way. I watched Dennis Kucinich talk reason while the interviewer kept on trying to frame the conversation around regime change. I don’t know why they chose to interview Kucinich when they really wanted someone on the left to come on and agree with them that the prospect of a lot of dead bodies is thrilling.

    I’d like there be an alternative to war. Perhaps those senior officers Chalmers Johnson talked about are still around to stage a coup. Perhaps the Chinese can safely cash in their chips. Nuclear war is an unacceptable outcome. The American Establishment is now talking about small nuclear wars like there is such a thing. They completely left the reservation last year.

    If people don’t like what I say then give me an alternative that doesn’t revolve around a nuclear holocaust, or failed appeals to humanity because the American Establishment no longer has the cognitive capacity to register anything that is recognizably human. Its unable to. They are physically unable to. Their brains are physically unable to register anything except blood lust. Anyone who believes otherwise is a fool.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  118. MEexpert says:

    Trump to drain the swamp. Sorry, Trump drowned in the swamp.

  119. chris says:

    McCain and his cohorts should be on “Face the Firing Squad!”

  120. iffen says:

    “love it or leave it”..

    Get people to leave? You can’t be serious, we can’t even get people to stop coming here.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  121. Rurik says:

    in spite of all its faults it has many virtues.

    yes it does indeed

    we still have our guns 😉

    that is the main virtue that protects the remaining ones. But when our fecal government behaves like a depraved, murderous stooge of Zion, then it’s time to call a spade a spade.

    For example, people like you are allowed to continue breathing.

    now, now


    • Replies: @bluedog
  122. Anonymous [AKA "Bill in Montgomery"] says:

    The “co-opting” of the Fourth Estate is the most disturbing development of recent years. Look at the “coverage” of the Syrian chemical attack. It’s all the same among all the major news organizations. Not ONE skeptic of the U.S. government’s narrative. I think most of these “news” organizations quickly dropped, or never used the phrase “a chemical attack ALLEGEDLY ordered by the president of Syria.” When the “liberal” press is gung-ho for wars and unconstitutional military strikes you know your nation is probably too far gone.

  123. bluedog says:
    @Michael Kenny

    Damn son you must be one of the retards out of the Ukraine for its the dumest post that’s ever been on here…

    • LOL: Z-man, Junior
  124. Iran has long been the ultimate target of the US policy to destroy most of the mideast, to the benefit of the repressive governments of Israel & Saudi Arabia.

  125. bluedog says:

    Of course not and as long as the poor dumb taxpayer keep’s footing the bill they will continue to come, and as long as we keep bombing countries back to the stone age that is,and will as long as the freebies hold out that is and that’s on the horizon…

  126. mr meener says:

    the left has been in power since Woodrow Wilson. gop lying traitors making like they are against the left while aiding them to destroy the US. all you need is one democrat senator and one democrat in the house and the gop will bow to them

  127. bluedog says:

    Do you really think our guns are going to protect us against the weapons of the military,lol you must be insane…

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
    , @Rurik
  128. mr meener says:

    the airfield in Syria was bombed because that was where the missile was launched that shot down the pissraeli jet. US ordered to avenge israel

  129. Anonymous [AKA "Tired"] says:

    This pink tumor again…

  130. @bluedog

    Tank drivers, drone operators, and pilots all have to eat and crap sometime.

  131. @Wally

    Smoke and mirrors. There is not a meaningful difference between the two “mainstream” parties. No matter which one wins, the American people lose.

  132. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Johnny F. Ive

    {Trump is the peace candidate. We were lucky to have him instead of Hillary. EXTREMELY LUCKY! Now Trump might be smart enough to not go after Iran. He seems to understand fear. He is not a psychopath like Hillary Clinton is. How about the rest of them?}

    This ignorant statement shows very well how illiterate you are. There is NO difference between the Zionist baby killer Hillary and Trump when it comes to implementing the policy. This was Hillary’s plan. The one difference is that trump is totally illiterate about history and politics, He himself said: that I DON’T READ anything including reports, I rely on my ‘guts’. Now the media told the world that he used his guts meaning relying on his daughter’s advice to conduct ‘foreign policy’ to bomb Syria.

    His illiterate daughter has not been elected and has NO knowledge of plicy, then she SHOULD NOT BE THERE. She tries to ‘attract’ people by changing outfits and putting on different high high shoes that are made using CHEAP LABOR.
    She is under her Zionist Jew husband’ influence, like her father trump, who is in the business of illegal and criminal SETTLEMENT building and he is coming from a corrupt Zionist family whose father thrown in jail due to TAXIVATION, meaning stealing from the tax payers. What Kushner and his daughter are doing there to influence foreign policy and bombing Muslim for dick of Zionists.

    The Zionist Jew Kushner is using American tax payer to expand and erect ‘greater Israel’ using American treasure since the American educational system breeds nothing but dumb and coward ‘citizens’.

    Every person with little knowledge of the region and US foreign policy knows that all these wars are waged to destroy the regional countries for the interest of the criminal Zionist tribe to erect ‘greater Israel’. Just watch the video of YOUR OWN General Clark who said: the reason behind these wars is to bring down 7 countries in 5 years.
    Are you that dumb?

    {If people don’t like what I say then give me an alternative that doesn’t revolve…}

    The Zionist criminals and their servants STAGED 9/11 to fool illiterate American people to implement their vicious plan.
    The alternative is that US must fuck off from the region and other countries NOW. What is US doing in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, and many other countries. Russia and China must form a front where many countries will join in to purge the evil.

    The world embraces the WWIII, if the EVIL is completely destroyed. There is no other way. The world is fed up with your crimes against humanity, framing Muslim for your OWN crimes against humanity and constructing false intelligence to FRAM MUSLIMS. The terrorist, war criminal and baby killers are YOU. Al Qaeda, ISIS, Kurdish terrorists and other terrorist organization are your own terrorists paid by the Saudi Arabia and Qatar and logistic by the Trojan DOG, Erdugan and Turkey.

    Every one with little knowledge knows these facts, except the dummies who never understand that they are the true evil.

    • Replies: @Johnny F. Ive
  133. Rurik says:

    Do you really think our guns are going to protect us against the weapons of the military

    yes, up to a point

    if the American people were disarmed, they wouldn’t even need to use the military, they could just unleash their hoards of orcs, like what happed during Katrina. Had those citizens not been armed, it would have been bloodbath.

    one day they’ll have their terror drones patrolling our skies, and implementing the kind of fear/terror from the heavens that they’re doing in places like Pakistan or Yemen. But until that day, it is the guns that are keeping Americans safe from its fecal government.

    just imagine if the Palestinians were as armed as the American people. Do you suppose it’d be so easy to traumatize them daily in their streets?

    why do you think Afghanistan has been able to thwart the US military for so long? The AK, baby. That’s why.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  134. Hannah says:

    “No one is asking why the United States should believe itself to be empowered to intervene anywhere unless it is actually being directly and seriously threatened by some other nation.”

    I”M asking. and have been for over 40 years.

  135. Anonymous [AKA "yankeehtr18"] says:

    Phil, FYSA it’s Fifth Fleet. Sixth Fleet operates in the Med.

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  136. bluedog says:

    The people in Afghanistan could because they were like the people of Vietnam and the same reason we lost in Vietnam for during the day they were like the rest of the population but at night they became the V.C. and we headed for our bunkers,now if that would work here remains to be seen..

  137. IvyMike says:

    Israel and the Saudis want war with Iran because a successful country with a diversified technologically oriented economy in the region is a nightmare to them.
    The Saudis, U.S., and possibly Russia would welcome war with Iran as an effective way to cut oil production, Iran out of the picture completely and the Emirates certainly crippled for at least a year. American oil production is poised to flood the world if the price keeps going north of 50.00/bbl, the shale producers here in Texas in particular.
    Damn near everybody in the U.S. Government wants war with Iran. The amazing thing is they want it so badly.
    We don’t have a big enough Army to invade them, it’s an awful part of the world to invade. I guess we’ll just bomb them, some days we’ll bomb them a little, some days a lot. I’m sure it will all come to a good end.

    • Replies: @utu
  138. Anonymous [AKA "WM"] says:

    Oh please at this point all we see is a one off event.

    We have too little information to conclude just exactly the actual intent was.

    Russia was informed therefore Assaud was informed. Never seen an Airbase wth but a half dozen or so people in the vicinity so obviously the got out on advance.

    That makes the event a Political Kabuki Dance for the benefit/enlightment of an audience of the uninformed. Likely N Korea and more importantly China.

    If this sort of stuff continues at great pace then the argument of Globalist Cabal involvement may be justified.

    However for now it is just too early to say.

    • Replies: @joe webb
  139. @anonymous

    Trump understands the concept of a “nuclear holocaust” and the rest of the American Establishment does not. I consider that huge considering.

    Trump advocated for Netanyahu. Of course he was on Israel side all along. Only the dimmest white nationalist thought otherwise. Israel does benefit but that doesn’t mean that the Sunni Arabs aren’t out to kill the Shia. Its not Israelis Assad is fighting on the ground in large numbers. Those are Muslims. Israel treats Al Qaeda’s boo boo’s when they get hurt while letting a Palestinian child die that doesn’t agree to be a snitch for medical treatment of a congenital birth defect.

    You didn’t give an alternative. You are crazy but a nobody so there is no use to drag out your crazy like I’ve done in the past for public documentation purposes.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  140. joe webb says:

    good point. From Girard’s article: “…but the generation of government officials who were around during the Iran hostage crisis is now retired, while the pleas of Israel and Saudi Arabia are generally best received while holding one’s nose if one has even a basic understanding of what is going on in the Middle East.”

    What does this mean? Sounds to me like Mr. Girardi is arguing that the ME equation has moved on from a dozen plus years ago and that the Israel factor is much reduced. Thus the Russia Factor is now in center stage.

    What conceivable Goal in terms of foreign policy of the US in the ME makes any difference in any way to the US national interest? Only the jewish factor.

    Peak Oil peaked several years ago as the leftie economistic thesis faded away, and since the world is flooded in oil, that thesis is not even advanced by the Left anymore.

    What is left? Again, Israel.

    If the Russia haters, namely the Jews who hate Russia , from the bad Tsars who always protected them against the Russian peasants, to the Trots who were defeated by Stalin, to the samizdat jews who were complaining about anti-semitism and getting out of Russia, to the castration of the jewish oligarchs by Putin….Jews hate the Russians. Jews hate Russia as Whiter than even US Whites…the only people that can actually harm jews, Protestant OT lovers notwithstanding.

    Am I missing something here?

    What else is left is using Ukraine and Crimea as the main event, with Iran-Syria-Hisbollah, Hamas, as back-up for Get Russia!

    One might reasonably ask What For? as Tucker Carlson asks…last night he used the word “alleged” with regard to the Syrian gas-chem-sarin affair. (I see O’Reilly has taken some time off due to the sex story attacks against him. Also Hannity is jumping up and down cheerleader-like for Trump.)

    Carlson has bent the apparent rules at Fox by expressing his agnosticism. Of course, the J word cannot be aired. And what is the bete noire of Tucker anyway…from someone a couple days ago?

    So as WM says we need to wait to see if the neocons have captured Trump. It could be, yet the main event , never mind a big war, is saving the White Race, and if Muzzies must die for the Jews, the first thing is still White Survival. Muzzies do not care for us one damned bit. Why should we care for them, except in the context of war that is not Good for Whites and as we like to say from time to time, Western Civilization? Trump is anti-muzzie
    , anti-black, anti-mexer. You want him to be squeaky clean…the rough character from the American Outback?

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @Z-man
  141. Realist says:

    “My country, right or wrong.”

    Never my country, right or wrong. That is giving in, make your country change…do what ever is necessary.

  142. Realist says:
    @Mark Thomason

    “Bad as Trump is, we dodged a bullet keeping Team Hillary out of power”

    In many ways Trump is no different.

  143. utu says:

    Israel and the Saudis want war with Iran because a successful country with a diversified technologically oriented economy in the region is a nightmare to them.

    Iran under Shah was successful on the trajectory to greatness. Iran tried to be the greatest friend of USA and Israel. Still it did not help. It had to be destroyed by starting Islamic revolution and bringing Khomeini from France because it was too successful.

  144. Z-man says:
    @joe webb

    It’s always about Izruel and the Jooz. Like I’ve said a thousand times ‘the Neocons wet dream is war between Christian Russia and ‘nominally’ Christian USA.
    But Trump has some big issues besides the fact that he’s stark raving mad, lol. His orthodox Joo son in law aint going no where. Also it seems that he want’s to please everybody in his tent, not good.
    I. I’d get rid of Hindu Haley.
    II. Talk to Buchanan, Giraldi and R. Paul as much as possible.
    …oh yeah BTW Tucker Carlson has been very good,

  145. mcohen says:

    no utu no problem

    i noted your reply to my post in the israel sham essay on trumps prescience

    will be reminding you as each point eventuates

  146. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Johnny F. Ive

    {You didn’t give an alternative.}

    You are dumber than I thought. The alterative is to fuck off from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and elsewhere that you have invaded with your mass murderers and rapist you call soldiers. If not, you should be forced out by ANY MEANS. Stop staging mass murderer, like 9/11 and chemical attack, to frame Muslims. YOU ARE the biggest terrorist entity in the history of the plant dummy.

    I am not going to argue with a Zionist fool. However, you should educate yourself fast otherwise you never understand the hate t that people of the world have for YOU. To start with the following:

    {In a system thusly conceived, the hating of Islam paradigm is a rehash of previously tested rationalizations to elicit acceptance. Repeatedly, when the drive for intervention is underway (e.g., the invasions of Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq), the phase that comes after is already set to begin. In the current phase of U.S. hyper-imperialism, it is impossible to conceal the aim of the Hate Islam policy. Taking notice of U.S. announcements and active interventions, this cannot be but the complete fracturing of all the Arab States to control their strategic and geopolitical assets, as well as to crown Israel as the master of the region.}

    Criminal trump regime and its pimps -White House spokesman Sean Spicer – told the truth about the REAL POLICY OF Trump REGIME in Washington and Israel – Britain criminal entities:

    Spicer told the world: { President Trump is trying to destabilize the Middle East.}

    The alternative is that you must fuck off from the middle east now, otherwise face the consequence which is demise of the evil by any means.

    • Replies: @Johnny F. Ive
  147. @anonymous

    My apologies to the moderator! This is my last post on this I promise!

    anonymous, go to the White House, ring the door bell, tell them what you told me and see how your alternative works out for you! Maybe you will wow them with your rhetorical skills and they all will say, “you know what this guy has a point!” Godspeed!

  148. Cortes says:

    A fine essay. Thank you.

    The news media in the West appear to be channeling their inner Randy Newman

    with their parroting of the approved message to the masses by the elites that “everything is under control.”

    The Russian government could do us all a favour by publishing a list of its prime population targets in the event of escalation to deployment of nuclear weapons. Maybe that would lead to calls for politicians who like to play the armchair general to take their heads out of their arses.

  149. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    MR. Giraldi, tried leaving this comment at your ‘American Conservative’ article about the true cost of Israel to the USA, but it got deleted, so I’ll try leaving it here:

    Why are U.S. armed forces in the Persian Gulf anyway? Princeton University’s Roger Stern calculates that between 1976 and 2010, Washington has spent an eye-popping $8 trillion protecting the oil flow in the Persian Gulf. As of 2010, the U.S. only received 10 percent of those oil shipments. The largest recipients were Japan (20 percent), followed by China, India, and South Korea.

    • Replies: @Mark Green
  150. Mark Green says: • Website
    @Greg Bacon

    Like Noam Chomsky, Roger Stern is planting false assumptions to explain America’s trillion-dollar commitment to “protecting the oil flow in the Persian gulf”. This explanation is a ruse.

    From whom exactly does the flow of oil need to be protected?

    All the oil-producing gulf states, as well as all the oil-importing world, want the flow of oil to be uninterrupted. Oil keeps the world economy humming.

    The first time the flow of Mideast oil was interrupted by a state outside of Washington was after the Yom Kippur war in 1973. And why did this happen?

    During that historic war, Nixon/Kissinger secretly flew tons of military armaments into Israel-occupied Egypt, tipping the struggle in favor of Israel. After that, the first ‘oil embargo’ hit, decimating the American economy. But make no mistake about it: that Arab oil embargo of 1973 was a retaliatory move for America’s massive military intervention on behalf of Israel.

    Incredibly, Washington sacrificed the US economy to protect Israel. ‘Israel First’. It’s been this way ever since.

    This enduring value remains embedded in Washington. And this is why the US continues to squander lives and treasure in the Middle East. In official Washington, oil can wait. Israel comes first.

    Crypto-Israelis like Chomsky and Stern don’t want the average American to come to terms with this extraordinary distortion. Thus, the ‘no blood for oil’ meme is still being circulated by Zionized leftists such as Chomsky.

    Sadly, Washington has launched aggressive wars against various oil-producing states whenever their rising power starts to pose a threat to Israel. Thus the destruction of Libya and Iraq.

    Iran’s ability to export oil has also be sabotaged by Washington. Why? Israel. Iran poses no military threat to the US.

    Assad’s Syria–though not an oil-exporter–is similarly seen as a long-term threat to greater Israel. And Syria is slowly being destroyed by Zio-Washington.

    Embedded Zionists in Washington and beyond are the reason why America is constantly at war in the Middle East. It’s not about oil. It’s geopolitical. And the key factor is Israel. America is a Zionist-occupied superpower.

    • Agree: Miro23, Z-man
  151. @Avery

    I disagree. They did the smart thing. No embassy means no spies and a more difficult time organizing color code revolutions or another coup. The best thing any country can do for its well being is kick the Americans out and keep them out.

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