A general view of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, with a picture of Donald Trump inset. Getty Images; AP
New York Post
President Trump is expected to get his imprimatur on the Golan Heights on Sunday, when a new community named Ramat Trump – or “Trump Heights” – will be established in the verdant plateau.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to conduct a special cabinet session in the Golan that day to lay the cornerstone of the new settlement, according to Israel’s i24 News.
“In recognition of the work of the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump, on behalf of the State of Israel in a wide range of fields, and expressing gratitude for the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights led by President Donald Trump, it was decided to initiate establishment of a new residential community on the Golan Heights called Ramat Trump,” the resolution read, the Times of Israel reported.
The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, will vote Sunday to make official the announcement on the new community, which will be located near the existing village of Kela Alon.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also will attend the ceremony at the site.
In March, Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s hold on the Golan when Netanyahu visited the White House — a move considered by some as timed to help the Israeli prime minister in his re-election bid.
The following month, Netanyahu toured the Golan and said a community or neighborhood there should be named after Trump in appreciation for his recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the strategic area.
Netanyahu said there was “a need to express our appreciation by calling a community or neighborhood on the Golan Heights after Donald Trump. I will bring that to the government soon.”
Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights came 52 years after Israel captured the region from Syria during the Six Day War, and 38 years after Israel annexed the region.
First, we here at SOTN have a very serious admission to make.
From the very beginning — going back to June of 2015 on the very day that The Donald declared his candidacy for POTUS — we knew in our bones that Donald J. Trump was not quite right. We even posted 4 or 5 incisive exposés at that time cataloguing all the obvious problems with him.
However, and it’s a HUGE however: we knew that it was absolutely critical for the continuity of the American Republic that Hillary Clinton was defeated. And so she was. And SOTN did its level best to ensure her defeat, especially here in the pivotal swing state of Florida.
Now we see that President Trump has transparently broken every major campaign promise that he made OVER and OVER and OVER again like the “Energizer Bunny” during the 2016 election cycle.
Not only has he broken every single promise, he has actually gone in the opposite direction of the most important ones such as his promise to make peace, not war.
For the diehard Trumpsters, especially, please understand that Trump quite knowingly created a hardcore War Cabinet full of Neocon warmongers. What follows are just a few of the worst of these criminally insane warmongering psychopaths who were personally appointed or approved of by this POTUS.
Mike Pence — Vice President
John Bolton — National Security Advisor (United States)
Mike Pompeo — Secretary of State
Gina Haspel — Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Dan Coats — Director of National Intelligence
Steven Mnuchin — Secretary of the Treasury
Jared Kushner — Senior Advisor to the President
Elliot Abrams — United States Special Representative for Venezuela
Elan Carr — Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
Please take a close look at the extremely important positions that each of these warmongers currently holds in the Trump administration. Hence, there’s no question that Trump was installed by his Neocon Zionist handlers to wage war … against any target Israel chooses (e.g. Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc.).
The bad news is that Donald Trump was specifically chosen to ensure that 5G technology was deployed across America as quickly and efficiently and improperly as possible. Which is why The 5G Roll-out is Trump’s 9/11.
Essentially, The Donald was used as a puppet to corral the entire Right into the pen of compliance with regard to blindly accepting 5G. In other words, if the DON (aka The Donald) says 5G is okay, then it’s okay. Just go along to get along with the rest of your Qtard and Trumptard compatriots while the extremely dangerous radio-frequency levels and microwave radiation necessary for 5G activation fry your brains as they cook your insides.
Now, if you really want to see the GREATEST CON MAN at work, please watch the following video very carefully. What you will hear is our President even singing the praises of the ultra-dangerous 6G technology, while he is surrounded by a perfectly stage-crafted set designed to convince and deceive every American watching this highly deceitful production. Even Ivanka comes on stage to do her own duplicitous dog and pony show.
That the POTUS would take such a dramatic initiative to foist the extremely dangerous 5G paradigm on these United States of America is as treacherous as it is treasonous. His conduct in this matter — both presidential and personal — is way beyond contempt and deeply disturbing.
What Trump has done — through his own words and actions — is profoundly violate the public trust and irreparably break the social contract. By voiding the sacred covenant that exists between the governed and the government, he has made himself totally irrelevant going forward. In other words, his 2020 aspirations are toast.
2017 Inaugural Address
It’s truly inconceivable that President Trump could give the Inaugural Address that he gave on January 20, 2017 with a straight face. This was the moment when he took in so many across the nation into his web of premeditated deception and extraordinary perfidy.
It was also the moment that has proved him to be “By Far The Biggest Con Man in U.S. Presidential History”. It’s why he was installed by his Neocon Zionist masters—he will lie through his teeth about anything, to anyone, at anytime, to further his own political goals. In short, Donald Trump has become dangerous to the extreme to the Republic and to the American people. A second term for him will totally ruin the American Republic just as his approved financial terrorism and economic sabotage against nations large and small have made the USA — BY FAR — the most hated country on Earth.
All the evidence has been stacking up for years that proves circumstantially Trump is being controlled by his Mossad handlers via blackmail and bribery directly related to Pedogate. As follows:
His long association with convicted pedophile and MOSSAD agent Jeffrey Epstein provides the indisputable prima facie evidence that Trump is one of them, not one of us. His name even showed up in Epstein’s little black book along with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz among hundreds other VIPs. See: Why is Donald Trump’s Name in Pedophile Epstein’s Little Black Book?
Now here’s the real kicker: Trump appointed Alex Acosta as his Labor Secretary knowing that he was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida who offered Epstein what was essentially an illegal plea deal which clearly violated the civil rights of the victims. To be clear, Acosta knew that such a deal also violated federal law requiring the underage victims be informed of such an unjust plea bargain in advance of the offer.
Why would Trump ever make such an odious choice for Labor Secretary in view of Acosta’s repugnant behavior and official misconduct?
The historical record found in the public domain paints a picture of Donald Trump that unequivocally indicates he was deeply involved in Pedogate activities, perhaps spanning his entire lifetime. And, that this is the primary means by which he is being secretly controlled and manipulated by Israel. In point of fact, Israel owns and operates the Trump White House as never before in POTUS history. And that’s, Dear Patriots, spells D I S A S T E R for the American people—UTTER DISASTER!.
Israel & the Mossad
This is exactly how the Mossad controls nearly every VIP politician in the U.S. Federal Government, as they control the all heads of state and top officials in the G20 nations and beyond.
There’s now every reason to believe that Donald Trump was literally installed in the White House by the Mossad. Trump and Netanyahu are so close that the treason the Left accuses him of in collaboration with Russia is really true about his collusion with Israel. After all, who doesn’t know that Trump bombed Syria — TWICE — for Israel based on a transparent lie and false flag chemical attack carried by Israel. See Trump Bombed Syria For Israel
Everything points to the great likelihood that Israel has so much dirt on Trump from his many years of dubious dealings in the New York City real estate market, and especially the Atlantic City and Las Vegas gambling casinos that they own him lock, sock and barrel.
The absurd misconception that Trump is his own man because he’s a supposed billionaire is so ridiculous only because he’s so friggin’ exposed legally, financially, and materially through his many buildings, golf courses, resorts and other properties. In other words, they can burn down one of his Trump Towers in a New York minute just as they can destroy his brand anywhere in the world they so choose, as they have successfully done to date.
So, Trump is anything but independent and free from extortion, blackmail or bribery. Because of his past bankruptcies, he’s particularly vulnerable to financial coercion and/or economic graft. As a matter of fact, he is much more controllable than a POTUS who has nothing because Trump has everything — A LOT — to lose. Once he leaves high office, he will be especially susceptible to a whole range of criminal and civil prosecutions due to his deep and diverse business portfolio currently under investigation by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Much more significantly, however, is that Donald Trump is NOT a self made man—he was a made man by the many rich and powerful Jewish power-brokers who completely controlled his destiny during his many years in the cutthroat New York City real estate market. Not only did this tight-knit cabal of Jewish bankers, lawyers, judges, accountants, developers, politicians and builders mentor and protect him, they basically owned him through the borrowed billions of dollars that he needed to fund his many business ventures.
In point of fact, with each billion of indebtedness to those NYC banksters and German banks such as Deutsche Bank, Trump is perhaps one of the most financially exposed and, therefore, highly vulnerable businessmen in the USA. It is always this type of financial exposure that the MOSSAD will always exploit by which to control and coerce elected representatives and government officials. The more their victim owns and owes, the more susceptible they are to multiple versions of blackmail and bribery of every sort and kind. Clearly, this is Trump’s life at this very moment as Israel attempts to coerce him to start an unlawful and unprovoked war of naked aggression against Iran.
If there’s one dead giveaway that proves that Trump is a total fraud, it’s his extraordinary commitment to MIGA. As a matter of historical fact, no other president in U.S. history has gone so far out of their way to “Make Israel Great Again”. There’s not even a close second, even though crypto-Jewish President Lyndon B. Johnson permitted Israel to get away with the deadly and destructive attack on the USS Liberty. Just as Johnson ensured that Israel would be secretly and illegally given America’s nuclear weapon technology.
The critical point here is that Trump’s foreign policy is quite obviously dictated by his masters in Tel Aviv. When they say jump, Trump asks “How high, sir!” Yes, Netanyahu’s total control of him is that bad… and much worse.
The two unlawful missile strikes on Syria, which were obviously based on patently false pretexts, are glaring examples of Trump slavishly carrying water for Israel. Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory are two other egregious cases where Trump has unlawfully acted on behalf of his Zionist masters.
The fact that Trump has flipped yet again by keeping an occupying force in Syria also shows his true intent not to vacate that war-torn nation. No other POTUS has ever gotten away with so much flip-flopping, and yet it’s perfectly tolerated, even by the ever-dissembling Mainstream Media.
This typical Trumpian tactic has kept everyone off-balance and guessing what he will do next when in fact he has known exactly what Israel’s plans for Syria have been and are to this day. The Neocon warmongers now bomb that country at will, using Israel’s US-protected impunity to slowly degrade Syria’s defensive military positions.
Donald Trump made his first major mistake when he completely abandoned MAGA and replaced it with MIGA. The sheer number of Israel Firsters strategically positioned throughout his administration cannot be denied. In addition to those Neocon Zionists listed above, there are many others who have been stealthily placed to carry out Israel’s nefarious agenda against the American people including the military deployment of 5G. This also explains why 5G is not even permitted in Israel. As follows:
While there was evidently no Russiagate conspiracy to collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election outcome, Trump’s ties to the Russian Jewish Mafia go back decades. Brighton Beach operatives such as Felix Sater tell a completely different story about Donald Trump’s real business background. Were the Right to become aware of the business practices that Trump routinely engaged in, they would jump off the Trump train in a heartbeat.
Likewise, Trump’s true relationship with the mob that has run both Las Vegas and Atlantic City for many decades would expose him as a just another gambling casino mobster. Why else would he kneel before the king of Vegas — Sheldon Adelson — prior to his election? In reality, Trump has had to kiss the ring of many unsavory characters within the Casino Industry over the years to accomplish whatever he has done … just as he had to in the cut-throat New York City development arena.
Going back to his years as a NYC developer, it was notorious lawyer Roy Cohn who was one of Trump’s first mentors. Just a photo of Cohn (see the preceding photograph) reveals the badass character that he truly was, particularly wherever he aimed his legal weaponry for the benefit of The Donald.
The sordid back story here is so deep and so broad that folks would refuse to believe it. Nevertheless, Trump’s close relationship with Cohn while the notorious attorney was alive represents the very nexus of the MOSSAD, the Jewish Mafia, the Zionists Neocons and Israel’s influence first in the making of Donald Trump a 2016 POTUS candidate, and then the President.
Jared Kushner & Bibi Netanyahu
The definitive manifestation of Trump’s wholly inappropriate loyalty to Israel can be seen in his relationship with Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu. The bond between these two war criminals is so improper that it’s clear who owns who. However, it’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who really does the dirty work on behalf of both mafia dons—Netanyahu and Trump.
This is where Trump’s son-in-law — Jared Kushner comes in. Really, what is this kid even doing there. A Chabad-affiliated Zionist and ultra-liberal NYC Jewish Neo-liberal Neocon is jet-setting around the world making deals for the POTUS … … … after taking direction from Netanyahu. This arrangement is so wrong it screams with influence-buying, malfeasance and unseemly collusion whenever it’s necessary for these “Three Amigos” to close an illicit deal.
Whenever it concerns Trump, Netanyahu and Kushner, the only thing that comes to mind is “thicker than thieves”; and it doesn’t get thicker than these 3 amigos. After all, Trump gave his daughter to the Kushner family years ago to cement the alliance with various Israeli crime families, as well as the all-powerful MOSSAD. The Kushner family headed by Charles Kushner was well-known as a Jewish Mafia type.
Dear reader, this is the only way to look at the current predicament: America is totally ruled by crime families, and the Trump-Kushner Crime Syndicate happens to be the one that occupies the White House at this time. As far as Trump’s partner-in-crime Bibi Netanyahu is concerned, have a look below at his secret strategy.
“If we get caught, they will just replace us with persons of the same cloth. So it doesn’t matter what you do. America is a Golden Calf and we will suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left but the World’s biggest welfare state that we will create and control. Why? Because it’s God’s will and America is big enough to take the hit so we can do it again, again and again. This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly and make them suffer for refusing to be our slaves.” — PM Benjamin Netanyahu (Benjamin Netanyahu was in a meeting at Finks bar in Jerusalem, a well-known Mossad watering-hole. Here is what he said as taken directly from the transcript of the recording, which was witnessed and which has been 100% fully authenticated.) (Source: MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL: Established as the Global Headquarters for ‘the World’s Largest Organized Crime Syndicate’)
Javanka, the Fric and Frac of the Trump Administration
There is perhaps no more graphic illustration of Trump’s shocking betrayal of his base than the appointment of his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared to key White House advisory positions. These two ultra-progressive New Yorkers have ripped the guts out of Trump’s MAGA agenda. Both of them have stealthily undermined any attempt by Trump to implement a conservative plan to take back the USA.
First of all, what is Ivanaka doing anywhere near the West Wing?! This girl has only one interest and that is the enrichment of her family and their investment portfolio over any other goal or concern. Her casual yet ardent support of the 5G roll-out clearly showed she’s just another Trump airhead who doesn’t know the difference between 4G and 5G.
These two bad actors — Jared and Ivanka — even weighed in heavily to ensure Trump maintained taxpayer payments for the outrageous transgendering of American servicemen. What else needs to be said about these two covert agents of Cultural Marxism? Javanka represents all that is seriously wrong with America today, as well as what is likely to bring about this nation’s downfall unless they are both frogmarched out of the West Wing post-haste.
By the way, her relationship with her father is quite likely something out of the annals of the CIA’s MK-Ultra Monarch mind-control program. And the many photos of Trump with his daughter tells the story that no one can deny.
What follows is a list of broken promises and failed policies that have occurred on Trump’s watch:
The last Spending Bill was a HUGE political disaster for Trump as it was a catastrophe for the American people. The Military-Industrial Complex as always was the BIG winner.
The National Debt has ballooned under Trump. It’s now well over $21,000,000,000,000! The US Govt borrowed over $1 trillion in 2018 and much more in 2019.
Trillion Dollar Budget Deficits are returning according to the CBO.
Trade Deficits are also hitting a 10-year high.
The so-called ‘successful’ Tax Bill was mainly a giveaway to Corporate America and the super wealthy. The rich and powerful will only get richer from that Democrat-approved legislation. Really, why would the Democrats ever give Trump a legislative win unless their own unconscionable enrichment was guaranteed.
Obamacare was not repealed even with Republican majorities in both chambers. Why not? And now we’re stuck with it forever because of Trump’s willful incompetence.
The Border Wall remains as elusive today as it was when Trump first promised it. He really has no intention of building a wall or a fence or anything…and never did!
The DACA debate remains just that—a debate. There’s been no real movement.
As for federal Immigration Policy, almost every Trump executive order has been thwarted. He floats measures that are destined to fail… … …by purposeful design.
As for Abortion, not only is the criminal Planned Parenthood abortion factory still up and running, Infanticide-permitting laws are now approved in states both large and small.
Next, there is President Trump’s Gun Control, and the right to bear arms. Yes, he’s already foisting his own version of gun control stealthily on the nation. For instance, Trump directed AG Sessions to craft a new federal policy that was quietly restrictive. The right to purchase bump stocks has been revoked. So is the age allowed to buy assault weapons. There are other serious gun control measures in the works that have not yet been put out by the POTUS but we’ve heard his strong support of the state’s Red Flag Laws.
Draining the swamp was the most important promise that Trump made — REPEATEDLY — during the 2016 election cycle. “Lock her up!” was his campaign mantra that compelled many to get on the Trump train that is now a out-an-out train wreck. Not only did he not lock up Hillary, she’s out and about stomping the campaign circuit as though she’s running for POTUS in 2020. Only Trump associates have been arrested, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated for crimes they did not even commit. Meanwhile, the self-incriminated coup plotters and obvious traitors are still on the loose conducted their soft coup. Quite UNBELIEVABLE ! ! !
Contrary to draining the swamp, the Trump administration has aggressively gone after the most courageous whistleblowers of our times such as Julian Assange. Trump’s DoJ has promised to put Assange behind bars for the rest of his natural life. Furthermore, Trump has only tweeted about the countless and profound violation of the Second Amendment where it is exclusively conservatives who are illicitly censored, never liberals. His stunning lack of executive action in this regard is as reprehensible as it is despicable (as long as Trump still has his own Twitter account he cares not a whit about the intensifying censorship of the Right). (Source: TRUMP Reality Check)
This is just a partial list of broken promises and failed policy-making. A comprehensive list would be 10 times as long. Here’s another excellent takes on Trump’s broken promises.
Many on the Right now correctly perceive that Trump’s promises were all fake. Just like “fake news”, Trump promised the world knowing he could not deliver on them but thoroughly understanding they would get him elected. And so they did.
Of course, his hidden sponsors pulling his strings and funding his campaign told him straight up: You can do whatever you want domestically as long as you give Israel free rein in the Middle East. And so he has right up today with this new development about his surreptitiously planned war with Iran.
How’s that for a stunningly treacherous betrayal of the American people? He promised to make peace and yet promotes war whenever it serves Israel of his own selfish business interests. He especially pushes America’s quiet wars on behalf of the all-powerful Military-Industrial Complex…for it is also the MIC that made sure of Trump’s victory so his payback obligation is quite HUGE. And the MIC is getting everything they want like no other administration in U.S history.
Trump’s 9/11 Betrayal
Donald Trump blatantly lied during the 2016 campaign by talking about the “dancing Muslims” who were photographed on September 11, 2001 capturing video of the burning Twin Towers. They were not Muslims; as a matter of the historical record they were Israelis who knew about the terrorist attacks well in advance. They also knew that it was a cruise missile launched by the U.S. military that penetrated the Pentagon, not American Airlines Flight 77.
Trump also went from indicting the Saudis for their integral role in financing the 9/11 black operation to making them his closest friends. His outright (and unlawful) support of the Saudi war on Yemen created the worst humanitarian disaster of the Third Millennium. That shift in policy only occurred with the uncompromising demand (read: coercion) of the Apartheid State of Israel who has since made common cause with the tyrannical KSA monarchy.
The bottom line regarding 9/11 truth is that Trump knows that many of his closest NYC friends were intimately involved in the 9/11 false flag operation. Many of these covert perpetrators were the actual brains and brawn that pulled it off. And, there are photos on the Internet that clearly show just how chummy Trump is with these criminally insane psychopaths.
By the way, does it get any worse than this 9/11 betrayal?! Here Trump is shmoozing with many of the Neocon Zionists who were directly responsible for the greatest terrorist attack on American soil—EVER! How does any real patriot even begin to justify such treasonous and repugnant behavior. That’s right: it can’t be justified, not even with the utterly absurd 5D chess that the Qtards insist is being played. What a total joke … on them and the Trumptards who are following their pied piper right over the cliff of a Zionist-engineered Armageddon.
Trump was not elected President of the United States of America, Jared Kushner was.
Actually, even that’s not entirely true since boy Kushner is totally controlled by Netanyahu and the head honchos at Chabad-Lubavitch International.
Only with this correct understanding is it crystal clear that Trump is a frontman for the highly secret U.S. Government-Corporate Crime Syndicate that is dictated to by the Rothschild-led International Banking Cartel which answers to the Black Nobility which in turn is directed by the highest levels of the World Shadow Government.
Again, Donald Trump is nothing but a high-paid carnival barker and full-time distraction machine put into the Oval Office to MAKE SURE NOTHING EVER GETS DONE. He’s perfect! What could possibly get accomplished under a POTUS who is reviled by the opposition party and totally disrespected by his own party?
Now here’s the kicker: This whole Donald Trump “Con of the Millennium” was fastidiously set up by the New World Order globalist cabal. But what’s the con? Trump was used by the cabal to deliberately hijack the Patriot Movement, the Truth Movement, the Nationalist Movement, etc. so that the Right could be stampeded off the cliff of Trumpian warmongering on behalf of Israel. And so they were!
Lastly, don’t ever forget that it was Israel that made sure Trump was elected. He simply would not have been elected without the agents from Tel Aviv fixing the election in ways that only they could get away with. That’s why Trump spends so much precious time and so many presidential initiatives that MIGA instead of MAGA. Hence, only by proactively responding to this exceedingly grim reality can the Patriot Movement take back the American Republic from those who have stolen it.
Author’s Note: Undoubtedly, many in our regular audience will be horrified by this uniquely candid assessment of the Trump presidency. Some will even send us their fact-free screeds explaining how we have misrepresented Trump and/or his appointees. Please, spare us the juvenile delusion. As the subtitle of this post clearly states:
An image provided by the semiofficial Iranian Students’ News Agency appears to show an oil tanker on fire in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.CreditCreditIranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, via Associated Press
Trump Says Tanker Attack Has “Iran Written All Over It” As Tehran Slams US “False Flag”
Iran has slammed what it’s mission to the United Nations said are “unfounded and reckless” claims put forth yesterday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accusing Iran of conducting the “blatant” attack on two international oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. Meanwhile President Trump on Friday morning told Fox & Friends that the tanker attacks had “Iran written all over it” and dismissed Iran as “a nation of terror.”
Notably, Iranian officials have accused the US or one of its allies of conducing a false flag operation as part of the “disinformation campaign” to continue its “maximum pressure” which aims at bringing Tehran into the cross hairs of a US-led war.
“The US and its regional allies must stop warmongering and put an end to mischievous plots and false flag operations in the region,” Iran’s mission to the United Nations said.
Issued late Thursday, the statement said further: “Warning, once again, about all of the US coercion, intimidation and malign behavior, Iran expresses concern over suspicious incidents for the oil tankers that occurred today.”
“The US economic war and terrorism against the Iranian people as well as the massive military presence in the region have been and continue to be the main sources of insecurity and instability in the wider Persian Gulf region and the most significant threat to its peace and security,” the statement continued.
Iran’s foreign minister also later described the US accusations as “sabotage diplomacy” following his previous comments posted to Twitter saying “Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired” — especially given Iran’s president and the Ayatollah were hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to mediate nuclear deal matters and sanctions relief at the very moment the attack took place.
Where is the video of the Iranians PLACING explosives & detonating them? Removal would be prudent by any Navy/CG. Also location of explosives is VERY high off waterline …Weird. It’s not a limpet mine, it’s a demo charge. Had to be put on by fairly high boat w/ a long gaff/pole https://t.co/3qzB7TrrYv
Also late Thursday evening the Pentagon released a video purporting to show ‘smoking gun’ evidence to which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had alluded during his statement from earlier in the day: CENTCOM footage which the Navy said showed Iran’s IRGC ‘caught in the act’ of trying to remove an unexploded mine from the Kokuka Courageous, one of the two tankers damaged in Thursday’s attacks.
However, a further strange and confusing bit of information has entered the mix, given the Japanese owner of the Kokuka Courageous which the US Navy said it filmed IRGC operatives removing an unexploded mine from has issued public statements denying the US version of events. In comments that cast the entire narrative promulgated by the US in doubt, the owner said Friday that he doesn’t completely believe Washington’s version of events.
President of Kokuka Sangyo – the owner and operator of the Kokuka Courageous – Yutaka Katadahe, said he believes the vessel wasn’t damaged by a mine, but by some kind of projectile, like, say, a torpedo. He called reports of a mine attack “false.” One reason is because a mine doesn’t damage a ship above sea level, like what was seen with the Courageous.
“A mine doesn’t damage a ship above sea level,” Katadahe said. “We aren’t sure exactly what hit, but it was something flying towards the ship,” he said.
While the UN and other countries are calling for a multi-national objective investigation, Britain is the latest to join the United States in issuing a hasty accusation that Iran was behind the attacks.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said late in the day Thursday: “This is deeply worrying and comes at a time of already huge tension.
“I have been in contact with Pompeo and, while we will be making our own assessment soberly and carefully, our starting point is obviously to believe our U.S. allies.” He added: “We are taking this extremely seriously and my message to Iran is that if they have been involved it is a deeply unwise escalation which poses a real danger to the prospects of peace and stability in the region.”
Meanwhile President Trump told Fox & Friends during a call-in interview Friday morning that the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks had “Iran written all over it.” He further called Iran “a nation of terror,” and bluntly said “Iran did do it,” citing the US Navy video. “You know they did it because you saw the boat,” Trump said. “I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it.”
“You saw the boat at night, successfully trying to take the mine off — and that was exposed,” the president said. However, Trump stopped short of the more aggressive war rhetoric more characteristic of either Bolton or Pompeo over the past couple months, citing no new potential US responses, only saying the US has been “very tough on sanctions.” But Trump did issue a stern warning on safe oil passage through the vital and strategic Strait of Hormuz.
“They’re not going to be closing it. It’s not going to be closed, it’s not going to be closed for long and they know it. They’ve been told in very strong terms,” Trump said, speaking of Iran and its IRGC which monitors the narrow waterway.
In a column dated August 10, 2017, I wrote a piece entitled The Truth About Donald Trump. In the column I documented the truth about Trump’s lifetime conduct. In short:
*Donald Trump spent his entire adult life scamming people out of billions of dollars.
Trump’s seven bankruptcies (which he brags about) cost investors, employees and consumers multiplied billions of dollars. Doug Heller, the executive director of Consumer Watchdog, said Trump is the “most egregious, almost comical example” of the disparity between what the average American faces when going through bankruptcy and the “ease with which the very rich can move in and out of bankruptcy.”
*Donald Trump spent his entire adult life as a perverse philanderer and miserable misogynist.
I documented what I could on this subject in the column referenced above. The full account of Trump’s lifelong moral debauchery could not even be reported in polite company. In short, Trump is a sick moral reprobate of the lowest order.
*Donald Trump spent his entire business life consorting with international crime syndicates and the Jewish mafia.
In my column, I documented Trump’s crooked, illegal, unethical and immoral penchant for deal-making with some of the most unscrupulous, dishonest and evil mafia figures in the world (I even named a few of them). Donald Trump wouldn’t know what honesty and truth were if they came up and bit him on his dumpy derriere. (Read my column referenced above for documentation and details.)
Remember, the focus of that 2017 column was on Donald Trump’s conduct over his entire lifespan right up to and including when he became President. But what about Trump’s track record since becoming President? With his first administration more than half finished, we now have that track record. Surprise! Surprise! Trump is the same kind of miserable, lying, pretending, duplicitous scoundrel he was before being elected.
Here are a few examples of President Trump’s many lies. (“Thank you” to one of my faithful readers, JT, for helping me with this creepy compilation of Trump’s deceit and deception.)
Trump promised to put Hillary Clinton in jail.
On the campaign trail, Trump talked about putting Hillary in jail in just about every city in which he held a rally. But after becoming President, Trump has gushed all over Bill and Hillary, calling them “good friends” and saying they are “good people.” Of course, what he’s said since becoming President IS true. He and the Clintons are good friends. They have been good friends for almost a lifetime. The “good people” part, of course, is just another lousy lie.
Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.
But after becoming President, Donald Trump’s administration is almost a carbon copy of G.W. Bush’s globalist insiders. Trump’s appointment of CFR and Bilderberg swamp creatures matches those of Bush or Obama. If he gets a second term, his appointment of globalists will surpass his predecessors. And his appointment of Zionists already exceeds those of Bush or Obama.
Trump promised to reduce deficit spending.
What a crock of bull manure that promise was! Trump and his fellow Republicans have exploded federal spending and federal deficitsto records never seen before. Plus, Trump has superintended over another serious stock bubble that most economists predict is nearing another crash.
Trump said that government vaccinations of small children should “stop now,” rightly linking vaccinations to certain diseases such as autism (and even death).
Trump has dropped more bombs and missiles on Middle Eastern countries in a comparable period of time than any modern U.S. President. Presidents Bush, Obama and now  Trump have dropped nearly 200,000 bombs and missiles on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Trump’s rate of bombing eclipses both Bush and Obama; and Trump is on a pace to drop over 100,000 [180,000 to be precise] bombs and missiles on Middle Eastern countries during his first term of office—which would equal the number of bombs and missiles dropped by Obama during his entire eight-year presidency.
The United States Government, under the Trump administration, reportedly drops a bomb every 12 minutes, which means that 121 bombs are dropped in a day, and 44,096 bombs per year. The Pentagon’s data show that during George W. Bush’s eight years he averaged 24 bombs dropped per day, that is, 8,750 per year. Over the course of Obama’s time in office, his military dropped 34 bombs per day, 12,500 per year. This shows that even though American presidents are all war criminals, Trump is the most vicious of them all.
As I said:
Trump is dropping almost FOUR TIMES MORE BOMBS than Barack Obama and over FIVE TIMES MORE BOMBS than G.W. Bush—which included military invasions of two countries.
We also know that Trump expanded America’s wars in Afghanistan and Syria (and, no, he is NOT bringing U.S. troops home from Syria) and is ramping up America’s war machine against Venezuela, Somalia, China and Russia. And this does not even take into account the way Trump has given Benjamin Netanyahu’s raunchy racist regime the green light to expand its wars against the Palestinians, Lebanon, Syria and Iran or the U.S./Israeli proxy war (with Saudi Arabia taking the lead) in Yemen.
Now, Donald Trump is escalating a U.S. war in Iran.
On Tuesday the US military announced that B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers will be deployed to the Middle East in response to what US Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan dubbed “indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces.” (Source)
“Credible threat” to whom? Does anyone actually believe that Iran poses a “credible threat” to the United States? What a farce! The truth is, Israel has been itching for a war with Iran for almost forever. But typical of the bullying apartheid Zionist State, Israel knows it cannot take on Iran unless the U.S. brings in military assistance. Hence, the Zionist toady Donald Trump is ratcheting up a U.S. war with Iran. Yep! This is just another war for Israel, folks.
Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t kidding when he told attendees at the recent AIPAC convention: “Her [Israel’s] fight is OUR fight.” Really, Mike? Tell me, when did the American people get to vote on THAT? And please tell me, Mike, where did you find THAT in the Constitution that you took an oath to preserve, protect and defend?
Donald Trump emphatically promised to build a wall on the U.S./Mexican border, which Mexico would pay for.
This is one promise I am glad he hasn’t kept. I AM ALL FOR STOPPING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. But I do NOT like border walls. I agree with Ron Paul: The same walls that ostensibly are used to keep people out can also be used to keep people IN. Plus, unless the United States is prepared to put military snipers and machine gunners on and around the walls (like Israel does), they do not work.
But Trump’s lie is not simply about the wall; it is about the entire phony façade that he truly wants to stop illegal immigration. It’s all a BIG, FAT LIE, folks.
ALIPAC documents how Trump hasn’t reduced legal immigration levels like he said he would; instead he has raised them. That Trump promised to stop illegal caravans, but instead he has allowed them to enter the U.S.—and has even supplied transportation for many of these illegals, at taxpayer expense, of course. That Trump promised to end Obama’s DACA amnesty, but he has NOT ended DACA. That he promised to oppose amnesty for illegals, but he and son-in-law Jared Kushner have cut a deal with Democrats to actually INCREASE the number of illegals receiving amnesty. That he promised to end birthright citizenship, but hasn’t done it. That he promised to end sanctuary cities, but hasn’t done it. That Trump promised to end the catch-and-release of illegals. But not only has he not ended the practice, he has INCREASED the practice.
ALIPAC President William Gheen notes:
Trump’s border wall promise remains 90% broken because a wall will not work as long as Border Patrol catches and releases illegals and escorts them into the USA.
Gheen goes on to say:
As you can see from these ten painful facts above [read his article], President Donald J. Trump is conducting the largest fraud ever committed upon the American public.
We thought we were electing another President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but we got another GW Bush because Trump’s immigration policies and legislative agenda are very similar to the Bush administration.
We need all Americans to come to terms with these betrayals and begin to organize rapidly to defend against these policies and the new legislative Amnesty push coming from the White House.
With lifelong Democrats like Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump running the show in the White House and espousing plans to run for President as Democrats one day it makes many of us wonder… Was Trump ever really a Republican at all or merely an actor playing the role of a Judas Goat leading conservatives to our doom?
If you listen to Trump carefully or read his numerous Tweets, you will see Trump blaming Mexico, Democrats, judges, anyone and everyone but himself for these outrages at our border. Trump wants us to believe it is everyone else’s fault and responsibility but his own, when in truth the illegal immigration buck stops with Trump!
Trump said he would release documents investigating 9/11.
Since Trump’s emphatic call for law enforcement to “take the guns first and go through due process second,” 15 states and the District of Columbia have passed these communist “red flag” laws, and THOUSANDS of innocent Americans, who did not commit a crime, did not threaten to commit a crime, were not accused of committing a crime—and without a hearing, without a trial and without any constitutional due process—have ALREADY had their guns CONFISCATED by police. And who is the chief promoter of these unconstitutional gun confiscations? President Donald Trump.
2017 will see a tsunami of Zionistic thought and theology immersing the church. Ultra-Zionists in Congress such as John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz are preparing to launch a fresh Israel-First political campaign like this country has never seen. And I predict that Donald Trump will likewise launch his own Israel-First campaign from the White House. (Source)
They did, and he did.
Then again, should we expect anything different? Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo admitted (gleefully) that “we [he and President Trump by the inferred chain of command] lie, cheat and steal.” He went on to say, “We [have] entire training courses [on how to lie, cheat and steal].” Of course, Pompeo claims to be an ardent Christian. BARF!
From what I can tell, an Internet blogger by the name of Fred Reed is a sarcastic skeptic when it comes to religion. And I certainly do NOT share many of his sentiments and statements (and I wouldn’t use his language). However, he wrote a blog entitled Christians Who Hate, specifically pointing to Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo. And I have to tell you, the bulk of what he said in this blog is spot-on. And, truth be told, if I wasn’t already a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ—and I had to judge Christ and Christianity by the likes of Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, GW Bush, Robert Jeffress, John Hagee and Jerry Falwell Jr.—I would probably be a sarcastic skeptic too.
The point of all of this is: Donald Trump is a pathological liar, and anyone who still believes a word he says is gullible beyond belief. The greater problem is, this man’s deceit and duplicity has the potential to plunge America into World War III and the mother of all depressions—not to mention a Police State to rival Mao’s China.
I’m not faulting anyone who voted for Donald Trump. You couldn’t stomach Hillary Clinton (neither can I). He told you what you wanted to hear. And you believed him. What else could you do? But there is absolutely no excuse—NONE—for continuing to believe this total phony after over two years of his myriad and continual lies and deceptions.
Sooner or later, conservatives and Christians are going to wake up to the fact that Donald Trump is the consummate corrupt CON MAN. My fear is that they will not wake up in time for America to be spared from what this fraud is about to rain down upon the world.
Two oil tankers have been damaged in a suspected attack in the waters between the United Arab Emirates and Iran as they were leaving the Persian Gulf. This is the second incident in four weeks, and raises the question of who gains what from them.
Fingers will certainly be pointed at Iran as the mastermind behind these events. But the potential benefits to the Persian Gulf nation are outweighed by the risks. And even if Tehran isn’t responsible, it will still suffer the consequences.
The first tanker to report a problem was the Front Altair. It was reported to be carrying 75,000 tons of naphtha, loaded in Abu Dhabi, to Japan, although it was signaling a destination of Kaosiung in Taiwan when it was damaged. The second vessel was the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, which was sailing from Saudi Arabia to Singapore with a cargo of methanol.
A person who’s heard local radio transmissions between ships in the region told Bloomberg that a torpedo attack is suspected to have caused an explosion and fire on the Front Altair. The managers of the Kokuka Courageous said in a statement that “the 21 crew of the vessel abandoned ship after the incident on board which resulted in damage to the ship’s hull starboard side.”
The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil choke point, with about 40% of seaborne trade passing through it.
Source: bne IntelliNews
Who gains from these attacks?
The obvious answer is Iran. If Tehran is attacking tankers leaving the Persian Gulf – either directly, or through proxies – it sends a message that transit through the world’s most important choke point for global oil flows is not safe without its consent. If Iran is pushed to the brink economically by sanctions, it will not go quietly. Other nations in the region will bear the cost of disruptions to their own oil exports, while America and its allies will have to cope with higher crude prices and disruptions to supplies.
Not since 2005 have the world’s insurers considered shipping in the Persian Gulf so dangerous for oil tankers. Nevertheless, we are still far from the level of tension that existed during the so-called Tanker War of the 1980s, when 451 vessels (259 of them oil or refined petroleum product tankers) suffered some sort of attack in the region, according to a report from the U.S. Naval Institute. The incidents took place during the Iran-Iraq war, and the culprits were forces from both countries.
Then, the U.S. navy resorted to escorting vessels through the Persian Gulf. That would be an expensive operation to repeat and would tie up a large part of the U.S. and allied fleets in the region. It would also raise the cost of the U.S. drive against Iran, which began with President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.
Brent prices spiked after reports of attacks on tankers leaving the Persian Gulf
Brent crude was up by as much as 4.45% on Thursday, shortly after news of the attacks broke, although it has since lost some of those gains. The nation’s oil exports have been seriously curtailed by U.S. sanctions, and higher prices are its only route to increasing revenues. But the benefits are likely to be relatively small, given the dwindling volumes and steep discounts that the country probably has to offer to shift its oil.
There is another group that will benefit from the incident – the people who want to see the U.S. step up its campaign against Iran and move from an economic war to a military one. There are plenty of those, both in the U.S. and among its allies in the Persian Gulf and wider Middle East regions.
The timing of the attacks also raises questions.
They come as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting Tehran, with the blessing of President Trump. On Wednesday Abe urged Tehran to avoid conflict at all costs and pledged to do his utmost to ease tensions. The tankers damaged on Thursday were carrying cargoes related to Japan, Hiroshige Seko, minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, said on the ministry’s Twitter feed.
A day earlier, Iran freed a U.S. resident imprisoned on espionage charges.
This would seem very clumsy timing from a country seeing the first tangible signs of any easing of the crippling sanctions imposed by the Americans. But it is absolutely understandable if you’re someone whose ultimate goal is to derail any easing of tensions between the two nations, and to effect regime change in Tehran.
Whoever is behind the attacks is no friend of Iran.
For the past 18 years, the United States has been battling to establish global hegemony. The project’s failings, some ignominious, expose its brittle foundations and flawed design. Yet, there is an odd silence as the audacious enterprise risks coming to grief on nearly every front. Americans who, for the most part, had no idea what they were getting into remain oblivious both to what has befallen the country and the consequences. The two phenomena are intimately related.
The British Empire, it is said – albeit incorrectly, was built in a fit of absentmindedness. America’s bid for world mastery has been marked by self-delusion and willful ignorance. How this misadventure came to pass needs to be delineated before memory dissolves in the mists of history – especially since the past has become so unpredictable. A preliminary effort to do so was made in an earlier commentary on the NEO-CONS & friends. Let us continue by enumerating what is distinctive about this singular affair of historic consequence.
First, there is the sheer magnitude. American military forces are now engaging ‘the enemy’ from the jungles of interior Honduras to the barren plains of Somalia, from the sands of Mali’s Saharan frontier to the Hindu Kush, from remote ‘black sites’ where the baddest bad guys remain incarcerated to CIA operations in Iran’s Baluchistan, from bases in Britain to bases in Patagonia (yes), from the hovels of the Congo to the dusty hamlets of Helmand province; from Kiev to Rio to Caracas to Tripoli. The scope of the battlefield equals that of World War II.
Second, ‘the enemy’ bears many names – the list grows almost weekly. It began with al-Qaeda holding pride of place in the immediate wake of 9/11. Soon, Afghanistan and other violent jihadist groups were added. With the Iraq invasion and occupation, accompanied by designation of the ‘Axis of Evil,” the genie’s lamp was lit. For the first years of the Global War on Terror, many of the threatening agents were mysterious and identification elusive. We heard of ‘international criminal organizations, Islamo-fascism, narco-states, rogue states, WMD precursor proliferation, transnational terrorism – of course; and then the more academic euphemisms: cyber-terrorism, the new world disorder, etc. As the list grew, the ‘enemy’ started to show the symptoms of multiple personality disorder. In the Middle East, where so many of these ‘enemies’ reside and whose perceived menace grows as we deploy troops in every accessible backyard, their personalities merge, separate, wax and wane. (Iraq: enemy/ depenable stooge, suspect, dependent, ally, suspect). With an enemy at once elusive and omni-present, danger is eternal and victory indefinable. Only total control of the external environment could kill the former and secure the latter. That means America must mobilize all its powers and deploy them globally, i. e. hegemony.
Third, over time, the sense of danger becomes generalized and systemic. Fear turns to dread – it becomes free floating. That means it is fungible, easily shifted from one reference point to another. We now ally with al-Qaeda in Syria, ship it arms and threaten anyone who dares to uproot it; yet, the dread holds constant as it is displaced onto Russia, China, North Korea, Iran as well as the Islamic State. In this convoluted psychological process, the objective truth of the real world is overwhelmed by the subjective virtual truths that shape our perception of reality.
(This loss of contact with reality is characteristic of delusional disorder in individuals. Often it is associated with the individual’s isolation – from other persons and from the external environment. Just the opposite, though, is the case with the collective psychosis we are examining. For delusions are reinforced through regular contact with other members of society. Here is a clue to one reason for the perpetuation of the delusional state of mind. There is massive reinforcement among persons sharing the same emotional experience, reacting to it the same way, attaching the same meanings, and coping with the same fears. Collective hysteria is a fairly common societal phenomenon. It has been much studied. Witch hunts fall into this category. On a larger scale, chiliastic movements in the past exhibited similar characteristics….
….. The tension normally associated with the psychotic individual’s encounter with objective reality does not tighten if the dominant element of that reality is the attitudes and expressed opinions of others who share the underlying delusions. Their subjective state is a crucial part of the external environment. Reality testing, in these circumstances, leads to conformity in viewing the world through the delusional prism – rather than it being a potential corrective).
Psychological entrenchment is matched by institutional entrenchment. Whole industries have been created de novo to serve the cause: purveyors of anti-terrorist nostrums, nation building projects galore, democracy promotion consultants, private militaries for hire, escort services offering gun-toting anthropologists and psychologists, and the inescapable market makers for derivatives of the Great Threat(s). This reinforces the inertia – in intellectual and policy terms.
Fourth, the goal and the strategy for achieving total security have not been clearly enunciated by persons who animated them. That has been true under three successive presidents. There is more proclivity than there is strategy; more least common denominator convergence than coherently crafted, unitary plan. The confluence takes the shape of a self-conscious devotion to ensconcing the United States’ dominance by Americanizing the world. The currents that form it are these: Some prefer to achieve that end by merchandizing knock-off versions of the American Dream. Some blandish the lure of Freedom and liberation from whatever irks peoples. Some advocate ‘pro-active’ approaches that stress the stick rather than the carrot – applied “for their own good.” Those aim to exploit American muscle. Some promote the “good deed’ strategy of sheltering the oppressed – when they happen to be endangered by governments who coincidentally are not obedient to Washington. The current Trump bunch are enamored of insult, intimidation, and coercion by various means. They all encourage unilateralism, whether masked behind the façade of American controlled organizations or by freelancing (the Trump preference).
Unilateralismin its present form features actions that aim at once to establish dominance and to demonstrate it. Hence, the emphasis on doing unparalleled things that advertise American control and the weakness of Washington’s subordinates. The United States, in effect, declares all disobedience to American dictate as illegitimate. Insurrectionists against our occupation of Iraq are denounced as “anti-Iraq forces”. Similarly, the Taliban and Haqqanis are anti-Afghanistan forces, Assad ‘s army is an anti-Syria force, the Houthi-led coalition is an anti-Yemen force, the al-Shabab are an anti-Somali force, the sovereign Maduro government an anti-Venezuelan force because it resists the pretension of the GQ pretty boy we arbitrarily promote as President. Anyone who comes to their aid is denounced as an outlaw.
Think of recent steps in Trump’s trade war on China. The United States has broken all precedent by strong-arming the feeble Justin Trudeau to arrest Huawei’s CFO on spurious charges of the company’s violating an American law that unilaterally claims extraterritorial jurisdiction over third part commercial dealings. We then follow-up by denying Huawei the right to do business in the United State while squeezing other countries to join the boycott. Trump admits that if China caves in to his trade demands both actions will be reversed. Justification for the latter action rests on the unsubstantiated claim that Huawei products containing hidden surveillance cum hacking devices. Yet, the one outstanding case of cyber warfare was the attack carried out by Washington, in cahoots with Israel, to irreparably render inoperative critical Iranian computers via the notorious STUNEX Worm. Likewise, the one country that has hacked into the private communications of leaders in other governments, and international organizations, is the United States. I am not aware of any major publication, politico or think tank luminary who has made these elementary points.
Still another example, drawn from dozens, is the continuing effort to block Nordstream, the extensive project to bring Russian natural gas to Germany and other European countries via pipelines under the Baltic. Washington has made all manner of threats towards achieving this end. Quailed leadership in Europe, and the silence of media lambs in the United States, are making that campaign look likely to succeed. It already has led to Germany’s purchase of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the U.S. which is markedly more expensive.
Finally, there is the Sweden-Assange affair. The allegations against Assange for rape à la Suedoise (a busted condom) was investigated and dismissed three times. Three times they have been placed back on the docket. In the first instance, 7 years ago, Barack Obama threatened the Swedes that unless they pursued the matter Washington would terminate all Intelligence sharing – even including warnings of terrorist attacks. Stockholm caved in to the plea from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Three weeks ago, it was Donald Trump’s turn. The motivation was to extract Assange from the British judicial system where there is some slight risk that due process and/or a pang of conscience by a maverick judge might result in denying the Americans the opportunity to wreak revenge for the embarrassment that he caused them – and to deter others from emulating him. In Sweden, the charges quickly would be dismissed for the fourth time, and the nail-biting Swedes would extradite Assange to the U.S. The American threat? Probably, involving Intelligence again – or, maybe, Washington has hinted broadly that it has embarrassing fresh evidence that further inculpates Swedbank AB for its alleged criminal activities involving the laundering of $100 billion in the Baltic region (including Russia). Stockholm authorities are busy sweeping the affair of Sweden’s oldest bank going rogue under the rug while concentrating on devising ways to get Assange into American hands.
On these latter episodes, silence reigned among all but a handful of our politicos, our media, and the folks along Mass Ave who are paid to do nothing but think. (30 minutes ago, some in the press have awakened to the threat to the First Amendment the Assange persecution represents – after 6 years as accessories in the campaign of character assassination. In the forefront was Bill Keller, then Executive Editor of the Times).
Today’s journalistic reality is that truth is negotiated. The old motto: “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” is just a quaint throwback to an age of idealism. Of course, practice never matched ideal. The differences between now and then are the pretense, the widening gap, and the increased urgency of getting facts – so labelled – into public discourse. In current practice, journalists and public figures are collaborators rather than writers and subjects. The former get a story; the latter get a say on how reality is presented – and occasional privileges to have their ‘line’ transmitted via the media directly to the reader/listener. Stenographic reporting along with refrain from raising awkward questions serves the latter purposes.
‘Negotiated truth’ has become the standard currency in and around public institutions. Robert Mueller’s manner of handling his relations with the Department of Justice fits the pattern. In declaring that William Barr’s gross misrepresentations of his report’s conclusion were ‘well intentioned,’ while making it obvious that Trump had obstructed justice, is a prime example. In this instance, Mueller negotiated the truth among his sense of professional duty, his conscience and his keen desire to maintain a certain standing among his fellow Republicans. In the end, he tilted toward the last while hiding behind the first. Par for the course.
‘Negotiated truth’ has been institutionalized on the ubiquitous talk shows. Questions are agreed in advance, talking points treated as pearls of wisdom, and hosts bargain away their right to ask probing questions in exchange for the guest’s (and their colleagues’) willingness to appear on the show.
What would a more fruitful media discussion of these matters look like? Leaving aside for a moment the obvious value of informed, non-slanted reporting – create a space for Lawrence Wilkerson, Andrew Bacevich, Charles Freeman and a few more people of that quality. At present, they are non-persons – and that is not a coincidence. Similarly, why are Sy Hersh, Chris Hedges and Stephen Cohen banned from the op ed page of papers like the NYT? (And even the high-brow, enlightened New York Review of Books which, for the past 5 years, has subjected readers to a steady stream of articles decrying Putin and Russia in tones suggesting revelation of happenings in Hitler’s Reich in the late 1930s). After all, the editors show no compunction in opening their space to the likes of Erik Prince of Blackwater notoriety or Karl Rove. Or, is it that showcasing persons who know how to think and write would cast shade on the effusions from their more dubious guest contributors?
The hegemonic Trumpites are promiscuous in choosing ‘enemies.’ Everyone is a potential candidate for bullying – except Israel. The enemies list covers a large portion of the U.N. membership. Nikki Haley introduced herself to the U.N. Security Council with the mafia style warning that “For those who don’t have our backs, we’re taking names, and we will make points to respond to that accordingly.” 1Pompeo, Bolton, the President mimic the bullies whoprowl the schoolyard casting an eye for susceptible targets. Recent additions to the preferred category are Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, Japan, Canada and Turkey (on odd numbered days of the month – and for the wrong reasons). There are hardy perennials like Cuba, North Korea and Iran viewed through the sights of a rifle scope. And then there are the perceived rivals for ‘king of the hill’ – China and Russia. The uneasy co-existence with Beijing and Moscow that prevailed for a while has now been replaced by outright hostility and verbal assault backed by economic sanctions. This way, Trump and his Vulcans can indulge their impulse to threaten without paying attention to the exact direction given how rich the target environment is. Their tantrums abroad now bear close resemblance to the cavalier imprecations in irate attacks on Nancy Pelosi or Rex Tillerson or Robert Mueller at home.
A number of core premises underlie this aggressive way of handling foreign relations. They are shared by many non-Trumpites:
It is legitimate, even imperative, for America to use its power to forestall dangers of any kind to its interests – whether striking preemptively against extant threats or preventively where the lethal combination of anti-Americanism, WMD, and/or terrorism may coalesce.
Traditional concepts of state sovereignty do not constitute an acceptable legal or political barrier to efforts at imposing that solution.
The United States is uniquely endowed to lead such an enterprise. In addition to its material strength, it has the capacity to inspire – it remains the beacon of idealism for those yearning to be free of repression.
American efforts to impress its vision on other governments are not tainted by imperial ambition. America’s rectitude and civic virtue validate its role as guide and prophet.
The United States, therefore, is not a ‘global Leviathan’ that advances its selfish interests at the expense of others. It is, rather, the benign producer of public goods.
The privilege exemption from the international norms, including the right to act unilaterally, is earned by an historical record of selfless performance.
‘Unilateralism’ is the key term for understanding this mode of non-thinking. Washington demands complete freedom of action without regard to other states – be they friends, rivals or interested bystanders. That implies breaking the bonds of mutual obligation incorporated into international organizations – any international organization whatever its membership. Hence, Trump et al rail against NATO allies, against the World Bank, against the WTO, against arms control treaties, and the Paris Treaty on global warming, etc., etc. An ancillary proposition is that it will undercut any cooperative organization that strengths the influence of its members since such a formation might countervail America’s power to dictate to the weaker: the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Chinese ‘Silk Road’ project.
Trump’s narcissism is perfectly suited to unilateralism since narcissists’ obsession is to have complete freedom to act unconstrained as the impulse moves them.2 The malignant narcissist in particular craves that freedom so as to impose himself on others at will and to hurt them as he wishes.
This is a Hobbesian world. An all-against-all environment where the strongest will rule – and has a right to rule. Threat and coercion are the standard instruments used to get one’s way. In practice, there is some inhibition about direct use of military force where and when it can lead to all-out war. Why? Big wars are not predictable; they can lose you votes; and – in this case – they demand the intestinal fortitude that Trump totally lacks. After all, his experience of combat is limited to the grey-zone real estate market and municipal corruption in NYC. The disposition arising from the last two often is mistaken for ‘isolationism.’
An essential feature of this behavior pattern is that it is not formed or guided in accordance with some carefully conceived, thought-through strategic design. There is none. The closest approximation is the Wolfowitz Plan whose ideas gained remarkable currency by seeping into the minds of the policy community by osmosis rather than by deliberation. There, it has filled an intellectual void. If there were such a comprehensive strategy – clearly articulated, Trump himself would be incapable of understanding it or following the script. The same can be said for Kushner, for Pompeo, for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Joseph Dunford, and their senior associates. The uniformed military do not yearn for wars. What they want are three things: expanding bureaucratic empires and budgets; getting as close as they can to the mirage of “full spectrum military dominance’ in every region of the globe; and avoiding embarrassing failures. This last is accomplished by throwing dollars and lives into lost causes like Afghanistan along with a sophisticated propaganda apparatus that uses the managed media and pliable politicos to pass on fictional versions of what is happening in Yemen, in Saudi Arabia, in Syria, in Iraq, and in the Russian borderlands.
Hence, the coverage and analysis of Trump’s doings internationally are distorted by the erroneous assumption that his acts form a rational pattern. That they are the resultant of some logical thought process. That is false. Trump is mentally deranged. We discuss that fact of life all the time – except when it comes to foreign policy. So, analysis of his meeting last week with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is treated like that of any other American president with the head of a major government. Trump’s counterparts do not; they are acutely aware that they are dealing with somebody who is unhinged– somebody who could have a temper tantrum that seriously harms them, himself and bystanders. Abe prepared for his first encounter with Trump by forming a panel of six psychiatrists whose insight and advice he sought on how to deal with this madman. Likely, so have Xi and Putin. This aspect of Trump’s tête-à-têteswith foreign leaders should figure in every report of these meetings.
Indeed, the most significant theme of journalistic coverage should be how a given foreign leader is using what psychological strategy to bring Trump more or less into line with what he wants to get across – even if it be just warding off some disaster or other. Otherwise, they fall into the trap that has ensnared American commentators/analysts: trying to figure out what Trump’s scattershot ejaculations – verbal and electronic – are meant to convey. That futile exercise is like seeking the recondite theological message hidden in ‘scat’ singing. Also, they might employ their talents to illuminate the psychological stratagems used by Bibi Netanyahu, Mohammed bin-Zayed of the UAE, and Mohammed bin-Salman to put a ring through the loudmouth bully’s nose to turn him into a docile water buffalo.3
The same line of analysis should be applied to the administration’s internecine games-playing. People like Bolton, Pompeo and Kushner plot their own psychological strategies to exploit Trump’s mental inadequacies and defects so as to promote their favored schemes – and themselves. These should be the object of personality focused investigative reporting. For these men, too, are queer characters. Bolton is a fanatic driven by a compulsion to subordinate the entire world to the will of America or to destroy those who object. He sees the world as presented by distorted images in a Coney Island chamber of mirrors. Pompeo, the clueless blowhard ever ready to sound off like the drunk at the end of the bar, has only one objective – to make sure that he is allowed to rumble around the world on the ultimate celebrity tour as long as possible. To that end, he bellows like his boss – throwing out insults that endear him to the Orangutan. Kushner is an ignorant novice as a foreign policy-maker whose lifetime experience consists of belonging to one criminal family, marrying into another, palling with a disgraced Israeli diamond operator and close friend of Bibi Netanyahu, Lev Leviev, who was identified as the owner of an Angolan mine that used slave labor, and skirting the law in a series of shady NYC real estate schemes.4
But instead, The New York Times features bewildering headlines like “Trump Undercuts Bolton on North Korea and Iran” with no acknowledgement of its weirdness or import. Imagine: “Roosevelt Undercuts Hopkins on Second Front in Europe.” Mental derangement has become a contagious disease.
Obviously, it is discomforting to write of the President’s abnormal mental state as a central factor in the doings of his administration abroad. Yet that is the obligation imposed on journalists and commentators by objective circumstance. It is the height of irresponsibility to do otherwise. The macro story is that the American people have selected as their leader, and continue to accept as the custodian of the nation’s welfare, a certifiable malignant narcissistic. It may well be that nothing can be done about that unfortunate reality. However, to appraise what he does as if he were normal, is to create a make-believe world as disengaged from reality as is Trump’s own mind.5
Our ever deferential European friends do not take the precaution that Abe and others do. They cannot face up to the fact that their leader is psychologically off the rails. They treat him as a ‘normal’ statesman. (Jan Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, goes so far as to pronounce him a godsend to the Alliance – for whose power of imagination and unabashed loyalty, he is invited to repeat this revelation before a joint session of Congress).6 The reason? Doing so would carry the obligation to set their own course and to risk crossing the United States. That is impossible given the parties’ deeply entrenched dominant/subordinate relationship. It is a harsh truth evinced by their abject reneging on a pledge to salvage the Iran nuclear accord by protecting commerce and financial transactions from Washington’s predation. Having followed Washington over the cliff in the earlier years of the GWOT (initial French and German opposition to Iraq aside), they suffered enormously from the blowback: terrorist attacks, refugee waves, the jeopardizing of the EU’s very unity. That has altered attitudes not one iota. If anything, their uniform obedience to Washington is stronger than ever; witness Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Russia and even Venezuela which few Europeans could find on a map.
Americans, and their European allies are equal in one respect: their deformed perspective on the world is largely shared. Even on the JCPOA agreement with Iran, assessments of the Tehran regime and its role in the world are near identical.
Let’s run through a number of awkward facts that help explain this phenomenon.
In the United States, the invasion of Iraq, followed by the dire consequences attendant upon it, was supported by nearly all of the country’s political class. They were willing dupes. Hence, a line of blood was drawn that separates them from underlying truths. If the American political class remains blinkered, ipso facto so too does most of the European political class. That certainly is true in the U.K., France and at both ends of Brussels.
There never has been a reckoning. The architects of that disaster never owned up to their misjudgments and sins. In the U.S., Barack Obama never held them to account in his trademark “let’s avoid unpleasantness’ manner. Nearly all Democrats were complicit. The cheerleaders and enablers among the pundits and the media similarly never acknowledged the multiple errors of their ways. Several of those in the first category are in charge of American foreign policy once again: Bolton, Abrams, et al – and their protégés.
America, as a polity, learned nothing of enduring importance. The road to possible war with Iran is fueled by the same combustible ingredients that permitted the Iraq fiasco to unfold. Admittedly, the political class is divided this time around about the idea of an actual military assault. Nonetheless, the demonization of Iran, the ascription of evil designs, the exaggeration of threat, the aversion to engagement are near universally held.
The recent falsifications about Iranian actions – real or imagined, the gross misrepresentations, are taken as Gospel. I know of no mainstream think tank or university institute where this is not the case. (Of course, my knowledge is not omniscient). As for Congress, as for the media – forgedaboutit.
There are a handful of exceptions: Paul Pillar at Georgetown and Val Nasr, Dean of SAIS-Johns Hopkins – both are former high government officials. As for the major think tanks – the Council on Foreign Relations, Rand, Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Atlantic Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the International Institute for Strategic Studies – London, their uniform, repetitive product on these matters is not worth the time of day. That is understandable for their funding comes mainly from foreign governments, the U.S. government agencies, corporations, NATO, and billionaires like the Koch brothers and Haim Saban the Israeli who underwrote Brooking’s Center for Middle East Policy which never strays far from the Netanyahu line.
You get what you pay for. Do the rest of us get what we need?
The same obedience to false narratives is, if anything, more complete in regard to Russia. Our image of an aggressive, hostile Russia – led by the megalomaniacal Putin – on the march everywhere to subvert America’s well-intentioned foreign policies is so deeply rooted in the national mind that anyone, no matter how credentialed, who questions it immediately is dubbed an apologist of dubious motivation. Over the past four years or so, I do not recall anyone among the legion of those denouncing Russia’s action in Ukraine bothering to mention the American orchestration of the violent coup against a democratically elected president in March 2014 led, in situ, by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. This is an extraordinary exercise in studied forgetfulness.
In Europe, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande at first shied away from taking a confrontational stance vis à vis Russia post-Kiev coup/Crimea annexation. They feared a new Cold War for both economic and political reasons. Together, they brokered the Minsk II agreement with Russian and Ukraine. Its main provisions were never implemented, mainly due to reneging by the Ukraine side under considerable pressure from Washington to stand firm. From that point on, policy in Berlin and Paris has shifted close to the American hard-line toward Moscow – including washing their hands off the Ukraine problem. As for Britain it has been happy to serve as America’s obedient auxiliary – as on all other international matters. London parleys the GCHQ’s surveillance/spying capabilities to enhance its valuation as an asset to America’s global machinations. That, and the English language, pretty much guarantee London the rank of First Lieutenant.
This is tragic – for Europe especially. Putin is unique among statesman, past and present, in laying out a comprehensive design for his conception of a viable international system. It includes a detailed guide to prospective ‘rules of the road.” He has done so in a series of lengthy, dispassionate speeches beginning with an address to the Dumas in March 2004. There is absolutely no resemblance between the thoughts presented there and the reckless ambitions attributed to him in the West.7 Frankly, I am doubtful that any senior American policy-maker has read them. Indeed, few if any in the foreign policy community have ever referenced them – even critically. That goes, too, for the self-declared Russia ‘experts’ who drown the airways and print media in pronouncements and denunciations. If they decline to make the effort of actually reading Putin’s thoughts, the Russo-phobes might at least listen to him singing Fats Domino’s classicBlueberry Hill on YouTube – although they doubtless would prefer a plaintive version of “Blue Monday.”
As for the national myth that the Kremlin has undertaken a massive campaign of disinformation and trolling to undermine American democracy, it suffers from the liability of being unsubstantiated – as well as illogical from a Moscow standpoint. No number of ad hominin judgments by Robert Mueller or James Clapper taken out of thin air can change that. They have no probative value whatsoever. (Any more than do the four Gospels’ affirmation of Jesus’ Resurrection). What is put forward as evidence could not stand up in any fair-minded court of law. But evidence is immaterial in circumstances that approximate those depicted in The Devils of Loudon or the Salem witch trials. Hysteria. Beyond political science or international relations, psychopathology is the place to look for insight into the phenomenon.
The same dynamic is unfolding – against a somewhat different historical backdrop – in regard to China. See Ambassador Charles Freeman‘s extensive interpretative discussion distributed last week.
The extremity of this powerful tide running to uniformity and obedience to the official line is manifest in the Venezuela affair. As pointed out in an earlier commentary, none of the excuses and rationales for interference deployed in regard to the Middle East or to Russia are applicable. By any sane standards, whatever happens in Venezuela is of no measurable consequence for the United States. And what is happening in political terms pales in comparison to the evil acts of rulers we coddle and embrace from Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia to Bibi Netanyahu to the Emir of Qatar to General Sisi to Erdogan to Duterte to Ukraine’s neo-Nazis to Bolsonaro to the thugs in Honduras and Guatemala to Sheik al-Maktoum of the UAE, and so on.
Yet, here again, we see near universal propagation of a fictive tale, of passive acceptance of outright lies, of issuing calls for the overthrow of Maduro as litmus test of political maturity. This holds for conservatives and liberals, for the Vulcans and the R2P crowd (silent about the American participation in the slaughter of Houthis until the dismemberment of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul by MBS got their attention), for NPR, for the Rubios and for Harvard professors. The sole point of disagreement is over the conjectured use of direct military force – as opposed to our deployment and involvement on Venezuela’s borders which already have occurred – surprise?
Our ever loyal European allies have joined in, marching hand-in-hand with Trump and Bolton. What interest of theirs is at stake? See above.Chacun àsa psychose.
UNCLE SAM’S LAMENT
Indeed the Idols I have loved so long
Have done my Credit in Men’s Eye much wrong:
Have drown’d my Honour in a shallow Cup,
And sold my Reputation for a Song.
Haley’s evocative phrasing is drawn from the old Gospel Spiritual; “There Is A Man Going ‘Round Taking Names” Her remarks and subsequent behavior prompted Colonel W. Pat Lang to write:
“It appears that Israel is wasting money by maintaining its own ambassador at the UN since they already have Nikki Haley. They should make her status official and save money. Yesterday she vetoed Kuwait’s draft resolution on Gaza and was joined by no other country on that. Then she offered a US resolution condemning Hamas for the Palestinian deaths on the Gaza border and was joined by none. Not even the usual European toadies would sign up to support that….I doubt if Trump really understands anything about the Middle East. His “thinking” appears to be a melange of the murmurings of his family members, the flickering images on the Fox channels, (Hannity the Wise, Jack Keane and Stewart Varney) and his own lack of a reflective mind. “
Lang was the Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for the Middle East, South Asia and counter-terrorism, and later, the first Director of the Defense Humint Service.He also was the head of all the Middle East and South Asia analysis in DIA for counter-terrorism for seven years.
3. Trump’s impulsive, disjointed speech matches the absence of any continuity of thought or coherent conduct. Extreme narcissists have no sense of time progression – or ‘history;’ that is, yesterday quickly disappears, there is no settled plan for tomorrow and neither is connected to what he is doing today. A conjectural Kim – Trump exchange is remindful of the scene from CASABLANCA where Rick approaches party girl Yvonne at the bar and peevishly asks:
‘I missed you last night – where were you?
‘That’s a long time ago, I don’t remember”
“Will I see you tonite?”
“I never make plans that far in advance!”
Michael Wolf’s graphic depiction of life in and around the Trump White House highlights the inchoate and random goings-on that pass for executive management of the nation’s affairs. (THE SIEGE 2019)
The book has been widely disparaged by ‘right-thinking’ members of our political class who slander it as nothing more that a scabrous collection of salacious gossip. That is a mistake – a big mistake. There is no way of knowing, of course, which anecdotes are valid – any more than we know the veracity of government pronouncements/leaks that are duly reported with a straight face by the MSM. Still, there is no ignoring the overall picture that conforms closely to every account – in print or otherwise – that has exposed the extreme pathologies of Trump world. It is too easy, and convenient for many to dismiss out-of-hand this appalling reality. That is so not just for Republicans who have tied their fate to his. Many of the holier-than-thou crowd (like The New York Times) may demand that only the Gospel truth be credited – even though the Gospels themselves were split 2 to 2 on the not insignificant question of Mary’s virgin birth. Let’s recall that the Times’ editors were among those leading the lynch mob on the Clinton/Lewinski affair (blue dress and all) until it dawned on them in the last moments that impeachment could damage the sturdy oak of a Republic on which he was slated to be hung.
In truth, they – like almost all the Washington-New York establishment – will pour over the book, eager at least to find out exactly who was screwing whom in the White House snake pit. So, too, will it receive close attention in foreign chancelleries where there is keen interest in the behavioral patterns of America’s demented leaders – however unpalatable that embarrassing reality is to so many faithful patriots over here. In addition, the bases for several important actions abroad become clearer thanks to this account.
Is it really immaterial to learn that Trump and Bannon have been in regular communication through the agency of a Washington Post reporter who conveys Brannon’s ideas in stories that attribute them to an ‘anonymous’ former high official? Trump awaits them eagerly without ever acknowledging the source. This is consequential since Bannon is the only one in Trump’s circle with pronounced views that encompass American security interests, trade, and the promotion of neo-Fascism globally – all in a doctrinaire package. Bolton, by contrast, is obsessed by only one thing – establishing total American dominance by intimidation and coercion.
The picture of the White House that emerges resembles Hellzapoppin’ superimposed on Marat/Sade. By the time Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson shows up (the alcoholic who declared Trump was made of Krypton fortified by heavy infusions of 3 Musketeer bars), we’re not at all surprised that he ran a for-free drug 7/11 in the White House basement. It’s less the drugs the residents take that worry us than the needed meds they don’t take.
4.Kushner’s greatest accomplishment was to fool a 94 year old Henry Kissinger that to certify and guide Kushner as a foreign affairs sage could be a capstone to the Kissinger’s historic career. The son-in-law systematically exploited the link to ‘uncle Henry’ to hoist himself to the top of the White House policy pyramid. To Kissinger’s credit, he did encourage the initiative leading Trump to meet Kim Jong Un of North Korea, and on similar realpolitik grounds advised that Trump establish a dialogue with Vladimir Putin. The latter was a complete flop; the former was undermined by the uber-hawks in Trump’s entourage. The President himself never placed either in any strategic framework – instead, he winged it.
5.The constant experience of dissonance between a lifetime of taking as given that there is some form of logic at the heart of diplomatic doings and the manifest conduct of a President unmoored from reality does generate a great amount of inner tension for journalists and editors. Yet, such is their place in the nation’s public life that an inability to handle it suggests that you look for another line of work. That unfortunate situation is roughly analogous to that of a policeman who lacks the temperament to cope with the tension between an obligation to observe restraint in the use of firearms, on the one hand, and his ingrained fears or impulse to physically hurt (certain types of) criminals, on the other.
Trump’s associates – in and outside the White House – are near unanimous that”the closer they are to him, the more alarmed they have found themselves….about his mental state….unlike the reporters and writers who regularly cover Washington and who are primarily interested in the pursuit of success and power.” (WOLF X11)”I have never known anyone crazier than Donald Trump” is the commn refrain.
6. Stoltenberg succeeded the equally malleable Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark. Rasmussen now runs a lucrative consulting business in Washington where he has been a personal advisor to PresidentPoroshenko of Ukraine – the man humiliated by the comedian who carictatured him on TV and then trounced him in the April election.(Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky) A professional comic in the presidential seat in Kiev is fitting since the recurrent American escapades of regime change have had something of a slapstick appearance to them – even when initially successfu
7. Stephen F. Cohen offers an explanation for the Washington elite’s hostility toward Putin – and that of America’s political class as a whole. See his new book WAR WITH RUSSIA?FROM PUTIN & UKRAINE TO TRUMP & RUSSIAGATE.
At the time of Putin’s succession, they expected and wanted a sober Yeltsin. That is to say someone content to be subservient to the United States, marginalized in Europe and a non-factor elsewhere in the world. In addition, lucrative investment opportunities were foreseen in the usual neo-liberal fashion. It soon became apparent, though, that Putin was a formidable leader bent on applying his singular talents to restoring the Russian state and the country’s legitimate place in global affairs. That made him, and the renewed Russia that he was fashioning, unpalatable. Hence, the accelerated expansion of NATO to Russia’s western and southern borders in direct violation of solemn pledges made by Bush the Elder at the time of German unification, rushing ahead with a potentially destabilizing missile defense system coupled with withdrawal from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and instigation of the Georgian attack on Southern Ossetia in 2008. Barack Obama had a personal aversion to Putin. He could not stand the man. That was due to the latter’s failure to provide the celebratory embrace he was accustomed to, as well as the disconcerting discovery that Putin was at least as smart as Obama and, in political cum diplomatic skill, outclassed him by orders of magnitude. After all, Putin had revivified a broken and amputated Russia inside of a decade while it took Obama four years to get his healthcare website up and running.
It is against this background that we should place the panic in American security and Intelligence circles when Trump began making his off-the-cuff remarks about seeing no reason why he couldn’t treat with Putin.
Since Climate Change (CC) has been a constant of life on Gaia with the evolution of photosynthesis 3.2 billion years ago and has more complexities than this one essay can address; ergo, this article will explore co2’s historic contribution to global warming (GW) as well as explore the relationship of Solar Minimum (SM) to Earth’s climate.
Even before the UN-initiated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) formed in 1988, the common assumption was that carbon dioxide was the key greenhouse gas and that its increases were the driving force solely responsible for rising climate temperatures. At that time, anthropogenic (human caused) GW was declared to be the existential crisis of our time, that the science was settled and that we, as a civilization, were running out of time.
And yet, in the intervening years, uncertainty remained about GW’s real time impacts which may be rooted in the fact that many of IPCC’sessential climate forecasts of consequence have not materialized as predicted. Even as the staid Economist magazine recently noted “Over the past fifteen years, air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse gas emissions have continued to soar.”
Before the IPCC formed, NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii registered co2 levels at under 350 ppm (parts per million) with the explicit warning that if co2 exceeded that number, Mother Earth was in Big Trouble – and there would be no turning back for humanity. Those alarm bells continue today as co2 levels have risen to 414 ppmas temperatures peaked in 1998.
“to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.”
In other words, before any of the science had been done, the IPCC’s assumption was that man-made activity was responsible and that Nature was not an active participant in a process within its own sphere of interest. As an interdisciplinary topic of multiple diversity, the IPCC is not an authority on all the disciplines of science within the CC domain.
While there is no dispute among scientists that the Sun and its cyclical output is the true external force driving Earth’s energy and climate system as part of a Sun-centered Universe, the IPCC’s exclusion of the Sun from its consideration can only be seen as a deliberate thwarting of a basic fundamental law of science, a process which assures a free inquiry based on reason and evidence. It is the Sun which all planets of the solar system orbit around, that has the strongest gravitational pull in the solar system, is the heaviest of all celestial bodies and its sunspots in relation to Earth’s temperatures has been known since Galileo began drawing sunspots in 1613. Yet the IPCC which touts a ‘scientific view of climate change’ would have us believe the Sun is irrelevant and immaterial to the IPCC’s world view and Earth’s climate; hardly a blip on their radar.
In the GW debate, co2 is dismissed as a colorless, odorless pollutant that gets little credit as a critical component for its contribution to life on the planet as photosynthesis does not happen without co2. A constant presence in Earth’s atmosphere since the production of oxygen, all living organisms depend on co2 for its existence. As a net contributor to agriculture, plants absorb co2 as they release oxygen into the atmosphere that we two- and four-leggeds depend on for sustenance and oxygen as necessities for survival on Earth. There are scientists who believe that Earth has been in a co2 ‘famine’ while others applaud Earth’s higher co2 levels in the last three decades as a regreening of the planet.
While “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006) and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (2016) stage managed the climate question as a thoroughly politicized ‘settled science’ with former veep Al Gore declaring the drama a ‘moral’ issue, there is no room for any preference that does not depend on a rigorous, skeptical, independent investigation based on evidentiary facts rather than the partisan politics of emotion and subjective opinion. Given the prevalence of weather in our daily lives, it would seem elementary for engaged citizens and budding paleoclimatologists to understand Earth’s ancient climate history and atmosphere in order to gain an informed perspective on Earth’s current and future climate.
As a complicated non-linear system, climate is a variable compositionof rhythmic spontaneity with erratic and even chaotic fluctuations making weather predictions near-impossible. Climate is an average of weather systems over an established long term period while individual weather events indicative of a short term trend are not accurate forecasts of CC. While ice core readings provide information, they do not show causation of GW but only measure the ratio between co2 and rising temperatures. It is up to scientists to interpret the results. And that’s where this narrative takes, like ancient weather and climate patterns, an unpredictable turn.
It might be called an inconvenient truth that ‘skeptic’ scientists have known for the last twenty years that the Vostok ice core samples refute co2’s role as a negative and even question its contribution as themajor greenhouse gas. It is no secret to many climate professionals that 95% of the greenhouse effect is due solely to natural water vapor with co2 at 3.6%.
Located at the center of the Antarctica ice sheet, the Vostok Research Center is a collaborative effort where Russian and French scientists collected undisturbed ice core data in the 1990’s to measure the historic presence of carbon dioxide levels. The Vostok samples provided the first irrefutable evidence of Earth’s climate history for 420,000 year including the existence of four previous glacial and interglacial periods. Those samples ultimately challenged the earlier premise of co2’s predominant role and that carbon dioxide was not the climate culprit once thought. It is fair to add that IPCC related scientists believe Vostok to be ‘outliers’ in the GW debate.
The single most significant revelation of the ice core studies has been that GW could not be solely attributed to co2 since carbon dioxide increases occurred after temperature increases and that an extensive ‘lag’ time exists between the two. Logic and clear thinking demands that cause (co2) precedes the effect (increased temps) is in direct contradiction to the assertion that carbon dioxide has been responsible for pushing higher global temperatures. Just as today’s 414 ppm precedes current temps which remain within the range of normal variability.
Numerouspeer-reviewedstudies confirmed that CO2 lags behind temperature increases, originally by as much as 800 years. That figure was later increased to 8,000 years and by 2017 the lag time between co2 and temperature had been identified as 14,000 years. As if a puzzlement from the Quantum world, it is accepted that CO2 and temperatures are correlated as they rise and fall together, yet are separated by a lag time of thousands of year.
What is obscure from public awareness in the GW shuffle is that geologic records have identified CC as a naturally occurring cycle with glacial periods of 100,000 year intervals that are interrupted by brief, warming interglacial periods lasting 15,000-20,000 years. Those interglacial periods act as a temperate respite from what is the world’s natural normal Ice Age environment. Within those glacial and interglacial periods are cyclical subsets of global cooling and warming just as today’s interglacial warm period began at the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age about 12,000 years ago. Since climate is not a constant, check these recent examples of Earth’s climate subsets:
In addition, climate records have shown that peak co2 temperatures from the past are relative to today’s co2 level without the addition of a fossil fuelcontribution. For instance, just as today’s measurement at 414 ppm contains a ‘base’ co2 level of approximately 300 ppm as recorded in the 19th century, any co2 accumulation over 300 ppm would be considered anthropogenic (man-made) and be portrayed as “historic” or ‘alarmingly high’ and yet remain statisticallyinsignificant compared to historic co2 norms.
During the last 600 million years, only the Carboniferous period and today’s Holocene Epoch each witnessed co2 levels at less than 400 ppm. During the Early Carboniferous Period, co2 was at 1500 ppm with average temperatures comparable to 20 C; 68 F before diving to 350 ppm during the Mid Carboniferous period with a reduced temperature of 12 C;54F. In other words, current man-made contributions to co2 are less than what has been determined to be significant.
Contrary to the IPCC’s stated goal, NASA recognizes that “All weather on Earth, from the surface of the planet into space, begins with the Sun” and that weather experienced on Earth’s surface is “influenced by the small changes the Sun undergoes during its solar cycle.”
A Solar Minimum (SM) is a periodic 11 year solar cycle normally manifesting a weak magnetic field with increased radiation and cosmic rays while exhibiting decreased sunspot activity that, in turn, decreases planetary temperatures. Today’s solar cycle is referred to as the Grand Minimum which, according to NOAA, predicts reductionsfrom the typical 140 – 220 sunspots per solar cycle to 95 – 130 sunspots.
As of this writing, with the Sun noticeably intense, Earth has experienced 23 consecutive days without sunspots for a 2019 total of 97 spotless days at 60%. In 2018, 221 days were spotless at 61%. Spaceweather.com monitors sunspot (in)activity.
With the usual IPCC and Non-IPCC split, the SM is expected to be at its lowest by 2020 with a peak between 2023 and 2026 as it exhibits counterintuitive erratic weather anomalies including cooler temps due to increased cloud cover, higher temps due to solar sunspot-free brilliance, potential electrical events, heavy rain and flooding and drought, a shorter growing season, impacts on agriculture and food production systems or it may all be a walk in the park with shirt sleeves in January.
While there is clearly an important climate shift occurring even as the role of co2 and human activity as responsible entities remains problematic, the elimination of co2 and its methane sidekick would be exceedingly beneficial for a healthy planet. It is time to allow scientists to be scientists without political agendas or bureaucratic interference as the Sun and Mother Earth continue in their orbit as they have for eons of millennia.
As Earth’s evolutionary climate cycles observe the Universal law of the natural world, the Zero Point Field, which produces an inexhaustible source of ‘free’ energy that Nikola Tesla spoke of, is the means by which inter stellar vehicles travel through time/space. The challenge for ingenious, motivated Earthlings is to harness and extract the ZPF proclaiming a new planetary age of technological innovation with no rapacious industry, no pollution, no shortages, no gas guzzlers and no war.
5G Danger: 13 Reasons New Millimeter Wave Tech Will Be a Catastrophe for Humanity
5G (5th Generation) is now being actively rolled out in many cities around the world. Simultaneously, as awareness over its horrific health and privacy impacts is rising, many places are issuing moratoriums on it or banning it, such as the entire nation of Belgium, the city of Vaud (Switzerland) and San Francisco (USA). Radiofrequency radiation (RF or RFR) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) are being increasingly recognized as new types of pollution – environmental pollution. Here are 13 reasons exposing the 5G danger, which could turn into an unmitigated health and privacy catastrophe if enough people don’t rise up to stop it.
1. 5G Danger: Hijacking Your Sweat Duct Antennae
The 5G network uses and broadcasts frequencies which affect our sweat ducts, which act as antennae. In other words, our largest organ, the skin, can be influenced and manipulated by 5G. As I reported in this the article 5G and IoT: Total Technological Control Grid Being Rolled Out Fast, scientist Dr. Ben-Ishai exposed the connection between 5G and our body’s sweat ducts in this video:
“[The 5G frequencies] will zap [us] with wavelengths that will interact with the geometrical structure of our skin … We found that sweat ducts work like helical antennas … the sweat duct was an integral part of the mechanism for the absorption of energy, electromagnetic, between 75-100 GHz, and that if you changed the character of the sweat duct, i.e. made it work, you could actually change that absorption at some point, and if you could do that you could trace how a person is under stress.“
2. 5G Danger: 5G Amplifies EMF Damage via VGCCs
Wireless radiation and EMF scientist Dr. Martin Pall has done groundbreaking research in explaining exactly how EMFs cause premature aging and injury to the human body, including damage to fertility, brains, hearts and even DNA! He pioneered research showing how EMFs activate the body’s VGCCs (Voltage-gated calcium channels) which causes them to release excess calcium ions into the cell. This then leads to nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide which react nearly instantaneously to form peroxynitrite and free radicals. Many studies like thisshow peroxynitrite damages DNA. Dr. Pall has stated unequivocallythat the“5G rollout is absolutely insane.”
3. 5G Danger: Pulsed Wave Far More Damaging than Continuous Wave Radiation
A significant and unique feature of Smart Meters is that they emit pulsed wave radiation not continuous wave radiation. In other words, they run in start-stop cycles of emitting a burst of EMF then going temporarily inactive. This happens an incredibly high amount of times per day; court documents with testimony from utility companies (like Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California) reveal that smart meters send pulsed waves between 9,600 and 190,000 times per day!
In this 2018 video, Dr. Pall states there are 13 studies which show that pulsed wave EMFs are more active (and dangerous) than continuous wave EMFs. You can read the evidence here.
4. 5G Danger: 5G Promotes Deep EMF Penetration
The main reason why cell or mobile phones are more dangerous for children than adults (apart from the fact that radiation absorption is cumulative over a lifetime) is due to EMF penetration.
“The industry has also made claims that more conventional microwave frequency EMFs are limited in effect to the outer 1 cm of the body. We know that is not true, however because of the effects deep in the human brain, on the heart and on hormone systems. Perhaps the most important two studies demonstrating effects deep within the body are the studies of Professor Hässig and his colleagues in Switzerland on cataract formation in newborn calves. These two studies clearly show that when pregnant cows are grazing near mobile phone base stations (also called cell phone towers), the calves are born with very greatly increased incidences of cataracts.”
“Of 253 calves, 79 (32%) had various degrees of nuclear cataract, but only 9 (3.6%) calves had severe nuclear cataract. Results demonstrate a relation between the location of veals calves with nuclear cataracts in the first trimester of gestation and the strength of antennas. The number of antennas within 100 to 199 meters was associated with oxidative stress and there was an association between oxidative stress and the distance to the nearest MPBS (Mobile Phone Base Station).”
5. 5G Danger: 5G is a Weapons System Disguised as a Consumer Convenience
Mark Steele has been very outspoken against 5G and has now been widely interviewed, including by Project Camelot and also by Sacha Stone in his documentary 5G Apocalypse: The Extinction Event. Steele claims that although widespread reports state that 5G is operating in the 24-100 GHz range, it is actually sub-gigahertz (meaning under the GHz threshold, so still measured in MHz). He says 5G is a weapons system like long-range radar, phased array radar and directed energy (DEW was used in 9/11 and various fires like the Paradise fires). He claims that when you examine 5G hardware, it has a dielectric lens which is proof it is a weapons system. Autonomous vehicles can use 5G to shine in mirrors of other drivers (which is so strong and damaging it is equivalent to assault). Mark talks about how 5G is powerful enough to kill babies in wombs. He states:
“5G is a weapons system, nothing more, nothing less. It’s got nothing to do with telecommunications for humans. 5G is a machine to machine connection for autonomous vehicles.”
6. 5G Danger: LA Firefighters Develop Ailments After Being Too Close to Towers
In this videoa 25 year veteran firefighter from Los Angeles compares cell towers to cigarettes. He calls for a stop to the cell/mobile phone base stations being built on or near fire stations. Firefighters are not the only ones suffering the effects; it was reported that hundreds of birds fell from the sky in the Netherlands during a 5G test.
7. 5G Danger: Same Frequencies as used for Crowd Dispersal
5G purportedly uses millimeter wave (MMW) frequencies, so called because the frequencies are so high (in the 24-100 GHz range). Since 1 GHz = 1 billion GHz, we are talking about frequencies with very very short wavelength (the distance between the peak of one wave and the next). The distances are so tiny they are measured in millimeters, hence the term millimeter wave. These are the exact same frequencies used by the military for their non-lethal weapons such as Active Denial Systems for crowd dispersal. These weapons have the capacity to cause tremendous injury. Dr. Paul Ben-Ishai said, “If you are unlucky enough to be standing there when it hits you, you will feel like your body is on fire.”
8. 5G Danger: Mutagenic (Causing DNA Damage) and Carcinogenic (Causing Cancer)?
The MMW frequencies of 5G cause mitochondrial DNA damage – which is then passed down generations. 5G is mutagenic. These mutations are inherited by the next generation! This has grave implications for genetic purity. How many people are thinking about this when they can’t stop looking at their screens? This website lists many studies showing the mitochondrial damagethat occurs after exposure to EMF radiation.
With mutagenesis usually comes carcinogenesis. In other words, once something is powerful and dangerous enough to cause DNA damage, chances are high it will lead to cancer. Mark Steele says 5G is a class 1 carcinogen, although the WHO (World Health Organization) very conservatively classifies cell phone towers as a class 2b possible carcinogen. It’s important to note, however, that the WHO is an agency of the UN which was set up by the Rockefellers, an illustrious NWO Illuminati family who plan to use the UN as a vehicle to usher in a One World Government.
5G is being rushed out without the proper safety testing done, so we don’t have much data on how 5G specifically causes cancer, but there is an abundance of evidence showing how 2G, 3G and 4G EMFs are implicated in many kinds of cancer, including brain cancer. This website has a good collection of the many studies done.
9. 5G Danger: Phased Array Densification
5G requires significantly more transmitters or broadcasters than earlier generations. It is a plan of massive infrastructure creation, with stations, towers and bases planned to be put almost everywhere, including in the heart of residential neighborhoods. The effects of this kind of densification could be disastrous.
5G is powerful enough to 3D map the inside of your home and other buildings. Mark Steele specifically highlights the 868 MHz frequency, previously used for battlefield interrogations and which can travel with ease through bricks and concrete. He claims this frequency can single out specific people … interesting given all the electronic harassment and gang stalking which occurs against TIs (Targeted Individuals).
5G infrastructure will consist of small phased array antennas shooting out radiation at their targets like a bullet. The rays of microwaves they produce will be strong enough to pass through walls and human bodies. We will be blanketed with this 24/7/365, and what’s worse, the coverage area is slated to be broader than the current 4G, eventually encompassing every square inch of Earth.
10. 5G Danger: Killing All the Insects?
Insects, birds and children are the most vulnerable to 5G due to their body size. Claire Edwards is a former UN staff editor who brought the EMF/5G issue to their attention of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. She stated in an anti-5G rally speech in Stockholm:
“It’s interesting to note that in the last 20 years we have lost 80% of our insects. And if we get 5G, we’re going to lose 100% of our insects. When the insects go, we go too.”
Both insects and 5G need antennas: insects use them, among other things, in their sense of smell, while 5G uses them to propagate waves. Not surprisingly, insects are sensitive to 5G EMF waves; this recent study showed that insects exposed to 5G radiation experienced an increase in their body temperature.
“Studies have shown that the frequencies used by 5G increase the body temperature of insects. This phenomenon was not observed with 4G or WiFi.”
“Future wavelengths of the electromagnetic fields used for the wireless telecommunication systems will decrease and become comparable to the body size of insects and therefore, the absorption of RF-EMFs in insects is expected to increase.”
“At least five companies are proposing to provide 5G from space from a combined 20,000 satellites in low- and medium-Earth orbit that will blanket the Earth with powerful, focused, steerable beams. Each satellite will emit millimetre waves with an effective radiated power of up to 5 million watts from thousands of antennas arranged in a phased array.”
It is vital to understand the bigger picture of the grand conspiracy here. All these disruptive and hazardous technologies – 5G, wi-fi, wireless radiation, HAARP, ionospheric heating, geoengineering, GMOs, etc. – are going to be woven into one giant integrated system of surveillance, command and control. Just as one small example, geoengineering involves the spraying of chemtrails loaded with metal particulates – which 5G can use.
12. 5G Danger: Re-Radiation Inside the Body
Way back in 2002, RF researcher Arthur Firstenberg published an analysis of 5G long before the technology was approved. He explained how, due to 5G EM pulses being extremely short and delivered in bursts, they actually replicateinside the body – and end up creating tiny new 5G antennas internally. Firstenberg wrote:
“… when extremely short electromagnetic pulses enter the body, something else happens: the moving charges themselves become little antennas that re-radiate the electromagnetic field and send it deeper into the body …”
“These re-radiated waves are called Brillouin precursors … They become significant when either the power or the phase of the wave changes rapidly enough … This means that the reassurance we are being given – that these millimeter waves are too short to penetrate far into the body – is not true.”
This echoes a previous point made – that 5G penetration is a serious danger.
13. 5G Danger: Insurance Companies Refuse to Underwrite Big Wireless. What Do They Know?
Insurance companies (the most famous of which is Lloyds of London) have made headlines by refusing to insure Big Wireless (the telecommunication corporate conglomerate) against wi-fi and 5G-related illnesses and claims:
“Well, Lloyd’s November 2010 Risk Assessment Team’s Report gives us a solid clue:the report compares these wireless technologies with asbestos, in that the early research on asbestos was “inconclusive” and only later did it become obvious to anyone paying attention that asbestos causes cancer. Keep in mind that Lloyd’s Risk Assessment study of wi-fi was published over 8 [now 9 – Ed.] years ago. Even back then, however, their Risk Assessment Team was smart enough to realize that new evidence just might emerge showing that the various wi-fi frequencies do cause illness.”
Conclusion: 5G Grid Part of Larger Command, Control, Surveillance and AI Agenda
5G is qualitatively and quantitatively different to 4G. It is much more than just the next step up from 4G. 5G will not only beam tens to hundreds times more radiation than 4G, but the introduction of MMW technology means a whole new host of hazards. History repeats itself. Just like it took some time for real science to catch up with tobacco/cigarettes, and just like it took some time for real science to catch up with the monstrosity that are GMOs (now rebranded as BioEngineered Foods), so too will real science catch up with 5G. In the meantime, you can expect all sorts of junk science to be put forth to justify it, including misdirections and distractions like only focusing on the thermal effects of wireless (and ignoring the evidence of dangerous non-thermal effects).
Ultimately, 5G is part of the NWO agenda to set up a giant, inescapable command and control grid that eliminates all privacy and allows the manipulators to surveil every single person on the planet all the time. If there was ever a time for activists to step up in the name of freedom, truth, health, privacy and sovereignty, now is the time.
Want insight, commentary and analysis on Conspiracy, Geopolitics, Natural Health, Sovereignty, Consciousness and more? Sign up for free blog updates!
Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative media / independent news site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance. Makia is on Steemit and FB.
Wu I-fang, a spokesman for Taiwan’s state oil refiner CPC Corp, which chartered the Front Altair, said it was carrying 75,000 tonnes of naphtha and was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo”, although this has not been confirmed.
He said all the crew had been rescued from the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel. The ship’s owner, Norwegian firm Frontline, said the vessel was on fire.
The operator of the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous, BSM Ship Management, said its crew abandoned ship and were rescued by a passing vessel.
The tanker was carrying methanol and was not in danger of sinking, a spokesman said. It is currently located about 80 miles from Fujairah in the UAE and 16 miles from Iran.
Iran state media said the rescued crew members had been taken to the port of Jask.
The US under President Donald Trump has taken a hard line towards Iran, accusing it of being a destabilising force in the Middle East.
The US sent an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region at the start of May in response to what it said was an unspecified plan by Iran-backed forces to attack US forces in the area.
Iran has rejected the claims and has accused the US of aggressive behaviour.