FAQ   Search   Memberlist   Usergroups   Register   Profile   Log in to check your private messages   Log in 
Military Industrial Complex: Sucking the Life out of Society
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Next Level Forum Index -> General Discussion
  ::  Previous topic :: Next topic  
Author Message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Northrop Runs Super Bowl Ad for Next Generation Bomber Program
Mike Hoffman | January 30, 2015 | Defense Tech


I thought the F-35 was a bomber (among it's vast capabilities on its one engine)? The F-35 can do it all right? Why would Canada even agree to look at the F-35 sales scam before it was tested? Especially in very cold weather? I can see alot of bailouts in Arctic air when that one engine fails. Expensive ditching a $1 000 000 000 aircraft every time you fly it. The aircraft proposed below are only 550$ million each (you know that price will double and perhaps even treble) - what a deal. So the empty heads want 110 of these at say $1 000 000 000 each - that would be $110 000 000 000 for a WWII design. Oh and stealth is a myth, long wave radars built since 1950 can pick these off no problem. It's like buying a new car with fabric treated seats at the factory, then buying the overpriced and useless fabric treatment from the unscrupulous car dealer. It works but it doesn't work; but you can pay for it twice. What a deal! Money well spent ladies and gents! Keep up the good work.

Stealth was just a gimmick to add to costs and steal more money from taxpayers.

Update: Next-Generation Navy Fighter Might Not Need Stealth
“You know that stealth may be over-rated,” Greenert said during a speed at the Office of Naval Research Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, Washington D.C. “I don’t want to necessarily say that it’s over but let’s face it, if something moves fast through the air and disrupts molecules in the air and puts out heat – I don’t care how cool the engine can be – it’s going to be detectable.”
...
The new aircraft will also have the technological capability to be unmanned.


Quote:
Northrop Grumman will place America’s attention on the race to build the next generation bomber in a commercial the defense giant plans to run during the Super Bowl. Below is a sneak peak.

The Air Force wants to build a next generation bomber to replace the B-52 and B-1, and eventually the B-2. Northrop Grumman built the B-2 and highlights it in the commercial before offering a glimpse of the next generation bomber’s outline underneath a sheet.

The 30-second commercial cost the defense giant $4.5 million for the attention of hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide.

Northrop Grumman is competing against a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the rights to build the bomber that the Air Force expects to cost $550 million apiece. Air Force officials hope to introduce the Long Range Strike Bomber to the fleet in the 2020s and build 80–100 of the bombers.

Here’s a link to the video if it doesn’t immediately load.




Photo: Northrop's XB-35 airplane, approved November 22,1941
Credit: http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/Northrop-XB35.html


I think they just swiped the plans for this plane right off the desks of Red Skull and Dr Zola. The MIC is very good at dressing up stolen ideas then twisting and morphing them into original thoughts of their own. All on our dime.


Photo: German Horten Flying wing (H-Vc) in flight over Göttingen, ca.1942. way ahead of their time.

***

This is not a defense project, but the government waste, bribes and kickbacks are a textbook outcome.

Quote:

Photo: Bluenose II at Lunenburg, N.S. in September 2012. The original budget for the project was $14.4-million. The latest estimate stands at $20-million and rising.
Credit: Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press


Nothing sums up the sorry tale of waste and delay that has tarnished the name Bluenose – and kept Nova Scotia’s famed schooner at dockside for two summers – better than the rebuilt vessel’s new rudder.

So it’s only fitting to learn that the provincial government was rudderless as it bungled a restoration project that ran aground years ago and has taken taxpayers for a ride that will cost an extra $10 million. Wrong department put in charge of Bluenose II restoration causing delays and cost overruns of at least $5 million

Nova Scotia Auditor-General Michael Pickup issued a scathing report this week that concluded the over-budget and overdue rebuild of Bluenose II, a replica of a 1920s fishing schooner that has become a Canadian icon, was doomed from the start. The report says that the project was poorly planned and badly executed. The initial cost estimate of $14.4 million was seemingly pulled out of thin air, and could reach $25 million. The restoration was fast-tracked in a scramble to access about $7 million in federal infrastructure funds (delays reduced Ottawa’s contribution to $5 million). And contracts were signed with the designer and builder without inserting the standard penalty clause if deadlines were missed. The Communities, Culture and Heritage department, which was responsible for overseeing the restoration, operates museums and funds cultural activities, but had never managed a capital project of this size and complexity. The choice, Pickup said, was “baffling … to this day, everybody within government is essentially left scratching their heads as to why this department was in charge.”

But it seems as though no one was in charge. The builders, based in the schooner’s historic home port of Lunenburg, squabbled with the designers over the blueprints. The designers insisted their drawings were adequate. Communications broke down. Bureaucrats dithered as the project foundered.


Credit: http://www.canadaphotos.info/picture/photo-town-of-lunenburg-nova-scotia-822.htm

Asked, during a press conference, what the Nova Scotia government had done right, the Auditor-General was at a loss to cite a single example.

Despite all the delays and setbacks, Bluenose II was rebuilt, almost from scratch, with a hull made of dense South American hardwood that should last 50 years. It was relaunched in 2012, but a crucial decision has kept it in port ever since. The government opted to have the schooner redesigned to American Bureau of Shipping standards, even though rival inspection firm Lloyd’s Register has more expertise with large wooden vessels. While the decision saved $35,000, it has cost taxpayers millions. To meet ABS specifications, the vessel’s wooden rudder was replaced with a steel one weighing three tonnes. Not even a burly helmsman could steer the vessel properly. Bluenose II was retrofitted with a hydraulic steering system, adding another $350,000 to the ballooning price tag.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, whose Liberal government inherited the file when it came to power in 2013, long ago described the project as a “boondoggle.” It was a partisan shot at the former NDP government, which launched and oversaw the rebuild, and a nice sound bite. But in light of the Auditor-General’s findings of poor management at every turn, it smacks of an understatement.

McNeil’s government has vowed to learn from the mistakes of the past. It has transferred responsibility for the rebuild to the experienced project managers at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, which should have been the lead agency all along. The next step is getting the rebuilt Bluenose II, heavy rudder and all, back into the business of promoting Nova Scotia. The vessel depicted on the 10-cent coin since the 1930s is a magnet for tourists – visitors flocked to the Lunenburg waterfront to see it even while it was under construction or tied up at the wharf. If the new steering system works and passes sea trials, the schooner should be under sail this summer for the first time in more than five years.

Heading to Nova Scotia on vacation this year, in hopes of seeing Bluenose II as it once again glides through the waves? Make sure there’s a dime in your pocket change, just in case.

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Soft coup' in Belgrade? Tony Blair becomes advisor to Serbian government as Wall Street plunders state assets
Ante Sarlija | 01 Mar 2015


War criminal Tony Blair should be in a cramped cell.

Quote:
With most of the Balkans firmly under the grip of of the Atlantic Empire, they now seem to be placing their dirty paws on the only place in the region that is left for them to further pillage, plunder and colonize: Serbia. War criminal Tony Blair is back in town, and so are some of the criminals that were directly involved in bombing Serbia in the 1990s. Once Blair arrives in town, fellow warmongering psychopaths can't be far behind.

In 2014 former CIA Director David Petraeus, now chairman of KKR Global Institute, subsidiary of Wall Street vulture capitalist firm KKR & Co., visited Serbia and met with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who welcomed him and his plans with open arms. The theme of their conversation was about 'attracting foreign investors' - neoliberal economic-speak for plundering Serbian companies, workers and resources. Petraeus emphasized that KKR Global Institute wanted to contribute to the 'economic development' of the country, and that it wanted to turn Belgrade into a 'center for digitalization' in the region. We all know what that really means. It seems that they're following through on such plans: in the last year a significant portion of Serbian media has come under KKR management.

Maybe the U.S. government's grip on Serbian media and government can also explain this shameless video that recently appeared on CNN, where the Serbian government boasts about their 'low-cost, high-skilled workers' (slaves) in an effort to attract foreign investors (slave-masters). This is the modern face of imperialism: government officials of US client nations today are begging - and even paying - for agents of the empire of chaos to come and mistreat and impoverish their workers in return for kickbacks for the local government officials.

The now 'free' Serbian government is not only giving away control of its media to its oppressors; it's bringing in the oppressors to 'advise' the government on policy-making. Tony Blair also made regular visits to Belgrade in recent months, but it seems that he's now staying for good and will be 'offering his expertise'. As Prime Minister, Vucic has performed quite a turnaround since he - as minister in the Yugoslavian government while Blair was bombing his country - was listed as an editor of a book titled 'English Gay Fart Tony Blair'.

Alastair Campbell, Blair's propaganda minister between 1997 and 2003, held a lecture in Belgrade recently for employees in Serbian ministries that are responsible for communication with the media, most likely teaching them how to positively 'spin' closer EU-Serbian integration. Campbell recently released a book Liars Winners and How They Succeed in which he explains that the way to achieve political success is to avoid outright lies but also avoid telling the truth. The Serbian government further stated that several ministries' spokespersons recently attended indoctrination training camps in the United States on the same subject, all paid for with EU funds. I wonder why...

The corrupt faux-Muslim oligarchs in the United Arab Emirates have also been in the news of late; they are apparently not only planning to arm the openly fascist regime in Kiev (which they, of course, deny), they're also financing Blair's 'missionary work' in the Balkans. As a recent article revealed, the U.S. is mostly likely using the UAE as a go-between to supply the Kiev regime with lethal weapons. The same probably holds true for the financing of Blair and his team in Serbia.

In addition, the Serbian Minister of Defense, Bratislav Gašić, was present in Abu Dhabi during the latest International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), while the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, recently paid a visit to Serbia, meeting with the Prime Minister Vucic. Also, in 2013, Serbia and the UAE agreed to jointly develop and equip the ALAS rocket system. Bearing in mind that the UAE is arming the Ukraine junta, could the recent courting of Serbia be aimed at 'persuading' the Serbian government to sell the aforementioned rocket system to Ukraine?

While the media reports that Blair will act as a counselor for the Serbian prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, it seems that Vucic won't be the only one getting 'advised'. During his recent visit to Belgrade, Blair had a meeting with certain Serbian ministers. After the meeting, none of the ministers wanted to disclose what they discussed with Blair, but according to what was originally a Soros Foundation and USAID funded radio and television broadcaster, B92, Blair talked about the "strategy of political action", "public relations" and "the way in which you should communicate with the media", all euphemisms, of course, for manipulating public perception.

All these moves suggest that the U.S. has certain plans for Serbia and the population needs be convinced to go along with them. Might it have something to do with the IMF signing a 'loan' to the Serbian government almost immediately following Blair's visit? The terms of the $1.4 billion loan are that Serbia must sell off or shut down hundreds of its state-owned enterprises. Or perhaps it has something to do with convincing the public as to why they should hate Putin and Russia? John Kerry was recently ranting about Belgrade being one of Putin's targets...

The Atlantic Empire knows that without perception management, people won't accept their ant-Russian propaganda and IMF dictatorship, whose only goal is the manufacturing of poverty and the imposition of long-term debt-slavery. U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby recently openly boasted about how well their plans for Serbia are progressing, and revealed the true goal behind their engineered break-up of Yugoslavia:

"Maybe people do not believe it because we had to send an army here in the 1990s, which was quite controversial, but really we wanted to create a situation that today we are seeing more and more."

Far from serving merely as an 'advisor', Blair could now be basically running the Serbian province government on behalf of the Atlantic Empire. He's already handpicking a team that will be in charge of various sectors such as: infrastructure, privatization of public companies, direct foreign investment, public administration and agriculture. It's all rather reminiscent of IMF/US State Department activities in Ukraine, both before and since the Maidan coup d'etat. The only difference seems to be that there was no need for a violent overthrow of the 'leadership' in Serbia since they practically handed the country over to their colonial masters without a fight.

We can expect Serbia to become a permanent vassal state of the Empire, and further impoverishment of the country, while the propagandists in charge, using all means at their disposal, try to convince the public why selling off their country is the best thing to do, and why their impossible-to-repay loans are actually helping the country, all the while obscuring the role of the real decision-makers in Serbia.

Vucic is already praising the latest IMF 'loan.' A good question to ask is just how many votes does Vucic think he would get in elections if he had clearly stated that he would be cutting pensions and salaries, increasing Serbia's debt to Western bankers, intensifying cooperation with the IMF and hiring war criminal Tony Blair to be his personal 'advisor'?

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
There are many other explanations on offer as well, but none of them explain the fact that the goal of all this militarism seems to be to achieve failure.

Perhaps a simpler explanation would suffice? How about this one:

The US has surrendered its sovereignty to a clique of financial oligarchs. Having nobody at all to answer to, this American (and to some extent international) oligarchy has been ruining the financial condition of the country, running up staggering levels of debt, destroying savings and retirements, debasing the currency and so on. The inevitable end-game is that the Federal Reserve (along with the central banks of other “developed economies”) will end up buying up all the sovereign debt issuance with money they print for that purpose, and in the end this inevitably leads to hyperinflation and national bankruptcy. A very special set of conditions has prevented these two events from taking place thus far, but that doesn't mean that they won't, because that's what always happens, sooner or later.

Now, let's suppose a financial oligarchy has seized control of the country, and, since it can't control its own appetites, is running it into the ground. Then it would make sense for it to have some sort of back-up plan for when the whole financial house of cards falls apart. Ideally, this plan would effectively put down any chance of revolt of the downtrodden masses, and allow the oligarchy to maintain security and hold onto its wealth. Peacetime is fine for as long as it can placate the populace with bread and circuses, but when a financial calamity causes the economy to crater and bread and circuses turn scarce, a handy fallback is war.

Any rationale for war will do, be it terrorists foreign and domestic, Big Bad Russia, or hallucinated space aliens. Military success is unimportant, because failure is even better than success for maintaining order because it makes it possible to force through various emergency security measures. Various training runs, such as the military occupation of Boston following the staged bombings at the Boston Marathon, have already taken place. The surveillance infrastructure and the partially privatized prison-industrial complex are already in place for locking up the undesirables. A really huge failure would provide the best rationale for putting the economy on a war footing, imposing martial law, suppressing dissent, outlawing “extremist” political activity and so on.

And so perhaps that is what we should expect. Financial collapse is already baked in, and it's only a matter of time before it happens, and precipitates commercial collapse when global supply chains stop functioning. Political collapse will be resisted, and the way it will be resisted is by starting as many wars as possible, to produce a vast backdrop of failure to serve as a rationale for all sorts of “emergency measures,” all of which will have just one aim: to suppress rebellion and to keep the oligarchy in power. Outside the US, it will look like Americans blowing things up: countries, things, innocent bystanders, even themselves (because, you know, apparently that works too). From the outside looking into America's hall of one-way mirrors, it will look like a country gone mad; but then it already looks that way. And inside the hall of one-way mirrors it will look like valiant defenders of liberty battling implacable foes around the world. Most people will remain docile and just wave their little flags.

But I would venture to guess that at some point failure will translate into meta-failure: America will fail even at failing. I hope that there is something we can do to help this meta-failure of failure happen sooner rather than later.

Read more...


See: A New Kind of Mental Disturbance? Drone Pilots Are Quitting in Droves


Can you hear that? The giant sucking sound...

See:
General: F-35 Will Initially Lag Older Aircraft in Close Air Support It's wings are too small. It has to much bulk in the middle so it always has to travel fast. The A-10 Warthog is better. It will never have the moves to cut it. Cold weather on one engine?? Better bring some rosary beads. As a bomber it can carry 2 bombs??? wow...and stealth? Well stealth is a myth...post WWII era Russian long wave radars can pick up anything so called 'stealth'

See: New Small Diameter Bomb Doesn’t Fit Inside Marine’s F-35B

Watch: Runaway Fighter


_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect Targets in Formation
Kris Osborn | March 24, 2015 | Defense Tech


A WWII era Messerschmitt Bf 109 or Focke-Wulf 190 would be more useful, more reliable and much, much cheaper. At what point do they kick this monetary black hole into the dustbin of history?

Quote:
Engineers are trying to fix the F-35’s software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, F-35, said he didn’t have a date when the correction would be made. However, he said the problem would not delay the declaration of the Marine variant of the aircraft, the F-35B, ready for combat.“When you have two, three or four F-35s looking at the same threat, they don’t all see it exactly the same because of the angles that they are looking at and what their sensors pick up,” Bogdan told reporters Tuesday. “When there is a slight difference in what those four airplanes might be seeing, the fusion model can’t decide if it’s one threat or more than one threat. If two airplanes are looking at the same thing, they see it slightly differently because of the physics of it.” For example, if a group of F-35s detect a single ground threat such as anti-aircraft weaponry, the sensors on the planes may have trouble distinguishing whether it was an isolated threat or several objects, Bogdan explained.As a result, F-35 engineers are working with Navy experts and academics from John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to adjust the sensitivity of the fusion algorithms for the JSF’s 2B software package so that groups of planes can correctly identify or discern threats. “What we want to have happen is no matter which airplane is picking up the threat – whatever the angles or the sensors – they correctly identify a single threat and then pass that information to all four airplanes so that all four airplanes are looking at the same threat at the same place,” Bogdan said.

The F-35 is engineered to fuse relevant information from a variety of sources into one common operating picture for the pilot to view – such as digital maps, radar information and sensor information all combined into a single set of screens, JSF officials said. The F-35’s Electro-Optical Target System, or EOTS, is an infra-red sensor able to assist pilots with air and ground targeting at increased standoff ranges while also performing laser designation, laser range-finding and other tasks. In addition, the plane’s Distributed Aperture System, or DAS, is a series of six electro-optical sensors able to give information to the pilot. The DAS includes precision tracking, fire control capabilities and the ability to warn the pilot of an approaching threat or missile. The F-35s also have an Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar which is able to track a host of electromagnetic signals, including returns from Synthetic Aperture Radar, or SAR. SAR paints a picture of the contours of the ground or surrounding terrain and Ground Moving Target Indicator, or GMTI, locates something on-the-move-on the ground and airborne objects or threats.

Overall, information from all of the JSF sensors is fused through the aircraft’s computer, providing the pilot with clear, integrated view of the battlefield. The aircraft also have a data link enabling them to share information with one another in real time. The F-35 software, which shows images on display screens in the cockpit as well as on a pilot’s helmet-mounted-display, is designed to fuse results from various radar capabilities onto a single screen for the pilot.

The Marine Corps plans to declare their short-take-off-and-landing F-35B variant ready for combat by June of this year by declaring what’s called Initial Operating Capability, or IOC, with the 2B version of the software.

Software Block 2B, while still short of the full final 3F software configuration, can provide data link capabilities and early fused sensor integration, program officials have said.

Block 2B you can provide basic close air support and fire an AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile}, JDAM [Joint Direct Attack Munition] or GBU 12 [laser-guided aerial bomb], JSF program officials said.

“We will declare IOC with an older version of the software that does not have all the fixes in it. They (Marine Corps) have ways of mitigating those problems which they feel are sufficient for them to go to war,” Bogdan said.

Bogdan explained how F-35B pilots will be able to use concepts of operation to work around the sensor fusion problems until the software fixes are in place. Some of these tactics could include turning off certain sensors or flying in groups of two instead of four planes, Bogdan explained.

“We want to fix this so it is inherent in the airplane. We have always said that fusion was going to be tough. We are going to work through this,” Bogdan said.


Now slowly read this link, let it sink in....really think about what is said here...it is a revealing quote of 14 words. It is kind of disturbing and sick. Not unlike the minds that dream up these make believe terror scenarios that are rammed down the public's throat on MSM. The entire smoke and mirrors show is good for business.

More: Major Defense Contractor Tells Investors That 'Threat And Perceived Threat' Are Great for Business

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doctors' group says 1.3 million killed in U.S. 'War on Terror'
Brett Wilkins | Mar 25, 2015 | Digital Journal


We can be assured that it is not only the face covered, paid mercenaries that are outraged; but most people around the world are appalled. The ICC is absent. What do these lollygaggers do each day?

Quote:
A group of international physicians' organizations has published a study concluding US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed more than 1.3 million people. This number is most likely a Conservative estimate; the true number is at least double this.


***

More: Saudi Attack on Yemen - The New Normal?

Quote:
Saudi Arabia has exercised unilateral military force against a neighboring sovereign state without any notable threat being presented to its own national security. This is naked military aggression by every count. And while the US and UK have openly supported Saudi Arabia in its actions, not even the veneer of UN approval has been applied to this act of war.

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

America's Mutant Military
William Astore | May 14, 2015 | Tomdispatch.com


Quote:
In September 2001, the Bush administration launched its “global war on terror,” to which its supporters later tried to attach names like “the long war” or “World War IV.” Their emphasis: that we were now engaged in nothing less than a multi-generational struggle without end. (World War III had theoretically been the Cold War.) In fact, only the “war on terror” would stick and, in 2009, even that would be tossed overboard when the Obama administration opted for a global war with no name at all. Nonetheless, the idea that we were now in an eternal “wartime” became part of the post-9/11 atmosphere. At the same time, George W. Bush famously called on Americans to act as if everything were normal -- to spend, vacation, and visit Disney World.

In other words, the “homeland,” protected in new ways, was to be locked down and at peace, while Washington was to be a war capital into the distant future. In the process, the Bush administration invoked warring powers of every sort -- from torture and offshore imprisonment to assassination and warrantless wiretaps. At the time, all of this seemed like a unique combination, but looking back, the marriage of war and Disney, of military might and consumerism, has a far longer history. Considered a certain way, Washington has been a war capital since December 7, 1941, and certainly the global capital of consumerism since at least 1945.

Unlike after World War I, post-World War II demobilization proved to be anything but complete. The various structures of the relatively new national security state and its intelligence networks, as well as the U.S. military, were left largely in place and soon expanded massively, as were the array of global bases from which the U.S. had fought its world war. From 1945 on, as the Cold War gained strength and staying power, war was distinctly on Washington’s agenda. In a big way in Korea and Vietnam, of course, but also globally in what was then called “the shadows.” And it didn’t end when the Soviet Union began to totter and finally imploded. The 1980s and 1990s saw a range of interventions, invasions, raids, air strikes, and the like in Afghanistan, Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, Panama, Serbia, Somalia, and of course Iraq (again and again). In the twenty-first century, the U.S. military was simply let loose across the Greater Middle East and North Africa and eternal war (as well as military-first policies of all sorts) became the American Way. Meanwhile, in Washington, there arose a war-hawk party in Congress and beyond who never saw a military solution that didn’t appeal to them (no matter how ineffective it had proved in its previous incarnations). All of this, in turn, took place in a country in which corporations were mobilized to go to war while the population itself was demobilized in just about every way imaginable. In other words, Americans became ever more divorced from their military and ever more fawning about it.

...

This persistence of such Cold War structures and the thinking that goes with them is a vivid illustration of military inertia, the plodding last-war conservatism that is a common enough phenomenon in military history. It’s also a reminder that the military-industrial-congressional-complex that President Dwight Eisenhower first warned us about in 1961 remains in expansion mode more than half a century later, with its taste for business as usual (meaning, among other things, wildly expensive weapons systems). Above all, though, it’s an illustration of something far more disturbing: the failure of democratic America to seize the possibility of a less militarized world.

Today, it’s hard to recapture the heady optimism of 1990, the idea that this country, as after any war, might at least begin to take steps to demobilize, however modestly, to become a more peaceable land. That’s why 1990 should be considered the high-water mark of the U.S. military. At that moment, we were poised on the brink of a new normalcy -- and then it all began to go wrong. To understand how, it’s important to see not just what remained the same, but also what began to change and just how we ended up with today’s mutant military.

Paramilitaries Without, Militaries Within, Civilian Torturers, and Assassins Withal

Put me back again in my slimmer, uniformed 1990 body and catapult me for a second time to 2015. What do I see in this military moment that surprises me? Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for sure. Networked computers everywhere and the reality of a military preparing for “cyberwar.” Incessant talk of terrorism as America’s chief threat. A revival, however haltingly, of counterinsurgency operations, or COIN, a phenomenon abandoned in Vietnam with a stake through its heart (or so I thought then). Uncontrolled and largely unaccountable mass surveillance of civilian society that in the Cold War era would have been a hallmark of the “Evil Empire.”

More than anything, however, what would truly have shocked the 1990 version of me is the almost unimaginable way the military has “privatized” in the twenty-first century. The presence of paramilitary forces (mercenary companies like DynCorp, the former Blackwater, and Triple Canopy) and private corporations like KBR doing typical military tasks like cooking and cleaning (what happened to privates doing KP?), delivering the mail, and mounting guard duty on military bases abroad; an American intelligence system that’s filled to the brim with tens of thousands of private contractors; a new Department of Defense called the Department of Homeland Security (“homeland” being a word I would once have associated, to be blunt, with Nazi Germany) that has also embraced paramilitaries and privatizers of every sort; the rapid rise of a special operations community, by the tens of thousands, that has come to constitute a vast, privileged, highly secretive military caste within the larger armed forces; and, most shocking of all, the public embrace of torture and assassination by America’s civilian leaders -- the very kinds of tactics and techniques I associated in 1990 with the evils of communism.

Walking about in such a world in 2015, the 1990-me would truly find himself a stranger in a strange land. This time-traveling Bill Astore’s befuddlement could, I suspect, be summed up in an impolite sentiment expressed in three letters: WTF?

Think about it. In 2015, so many of America's "trigger-pullers" overseas are no longer, strictly speaking, professional military. They’re mercenaries, guns for hire, or CIA drone pilots (some on loan from the Air Force), or warrior corporations and intelligence contractors looking to get in on a piece of the action in a war on terror where progress is defined -- official denials to the contrary -- by body count, by the number of "enemy combatants" killed in drone or other strikes.

Indeed, the very persistence of traditional Cold War structures and postures within the “big” military has helped hide the full-scale emergence of a new and dangerous mutant version of our armed forces. A bewildering mish-mash of special ops, civilian contractors (both armed and unarmed), and CIA and other intelligence operatives, all plunged into a penumbra of secrecy, all largely hidden from view (even as they’re openly celebrated in various Hollywood action movies), this mutant military is forever clamoring for a greater piece of the action.

While the old-fashioned, uniformed military guards its Cold War turf, preserved like some set of monstrous museum exhibits, the mutant military strives with great success to expand its power across the globe. Since 9/11, it's the mutant military that has gotten the lion’s share of the action and much of the adulation -- here’s looking at you, SEAL Team 6 -- along with its ultimate enabler, the civilian commander-in-chief, now acting in essence as America’s assassin-in-chief.

Think of it this way: a quarter-century after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military is completely uncontained. Washington’s foreign policies are strikingly military-first ones, and nothing seems to be out of bounds. Its two major parts, the Cold War-era “big” military, still very much alive and kicking, and the new-era military of special ops, contractors, and paramilitaries seek to dominate everything. Nuclear, conventional, unconventional, land, sea, air, space, cyber, you name it: all realms must be mastered.

Except it can’t master the one realm that matters most: itself. And it can’t find the one thing that such an uncontained military was supposed to guarantee: victory (not in a single place anywhere on Earth).

Loaded with loot and praised to the rafters, America’s unconstrained military has no discipline and no direction. It never has to make truly tough choices, like getting rid of ICBMs or shedding its obscenely bloated top ranks of officers or cancelling redundant weapon systems like the F-35. It just aims to do it all, just about everywhere. As Nick Turse reported recently, U.S. special ops touched down in 150 countries between 2011 and 2014. And the results of all this activity have been remarkably repetitive and should by now be tragically predictable: lots of chaos spread, lots of casualties inflicted, and in every case, mission unaccomplished.

The Future Isn't What It Used to Be

Say what you will of the Cold War, at least it had an end. The overriding danger of the current American military moment is that it may lack one.

Once upon a time, the U.S. military was more or less tied to continental defense and limited by strong rivals in its hegemonic designs. No longer. Today, it has uncontained ambitions across the globe and even as it continually stumbles in achieving them, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, or elsewhere, its growth is assured, as our leaders trip over one another in continuing to shower it with staggering sums of money and unconditional love.

No military should ever be trusted and no military should ever be left uncontained. Our nation’s founders knew this lesson. Five-star general Dwight D. Eisenhower took pains in his farewell address in 1961 to remind us of it again. How did we as a people come to forget it? WTF, America?

What I do know is this: Take an unconstrained, mutating military, sprinkle it with unconditional love and plenty of dough, and you have a recipe for disaster. So excuse me for being more than a little nervous about what we’ll all find when America flips the calendar by another quarter-century to the year 2040.

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe these groups are just stay behind armies. Complete with weapon cache's and $'s left in key locations for future use. Where did all that cash go during the illegal invasion of Iraq? Guess.

Only instead of using European recruits (like with Operation Gladio and others), this time they have recruited and trained a group that is harder to control, has a different ideology and it is more difficult to predict their behaviour. The psychotic scum pulling the strings are not very creative. Their lack of creativity leads them utilise methods used in the past.

Report Reveals West Forged ISIS To Attack Syria

How easy would it be to pull the wool over the public's eyes? Not hard. Many are ill informed, dumbed down if you will.

It was here that reporters learned of how many young Americans may actually think Canada has more in common with North Korea, politically, than with our neighbours to the South.

“What do the current governments of Canada, France, and Australia have in common?” reads the multiple choice question.

Of the four potential answers, “They have leaders with absolute power” was selected by 23 per cent of respondents.

Another 10 per cent of students said that “They are controlled by the military,” while 12 per cent chose “They discourage participation by citizens in public affairs.”

One-Third of American 8th Graders Think Canada is a Dictatorship (Actually, maybe these kids are on to something?)

It is not all that hard to whip up a boogeyman to focus all your fear, hate and military power on. Think about it. A simpleton, W Bush (with a murder of Judas's whispering in his ear), is responsible for all of this. His country followed him no questions asked. Now you may vote in another member of the twisted brood? Three Bush's in 25 years???????? That is some Democracy you got their Lee Harvey. How stupid/naiive/insular can you be! It is easy to point fingers and say - 'there's the bad guy!' - but Canada is no better. Voter turn out is at an all time low, we have Bill C51, and here in NS Bill 100....no new ideas....more of the same with legislative clampdown.

***

More diversion of resources from the uplift of society:

America's Mutant Military

Air Force Wants to Fire Lasers from Aircraft by 2023

Army Tests New Acoustic Threat Detection System

Air Force’s New Unmanned Strategy Has F-35 Pilots Flying Drones

Air Force Getting Closer to Testing Hypersonic Weapon, Engineers Say

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no end to their foolish games!

Why did the US Army ship live anthrax?
Patrick Martin | 29 May 2015 | WSW

Quote:
US military officials revealed Wednesday that the Army bioweapons laboratory at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah shipped live anthrax samples to 18 facilities in nine US states, as well as to a US military base in South Korea.

A Pentagon spokesman said the anthrax spores were supposed to have been killed by gamma radiation, with dead samples shipped to commercial laboratories and the US military base as part of a program that began last year to test methods for recognizing anthrax in the field.

Workers at a Maryland lab that received an anthrax shipment in March 2014 noticed on May 22, 2015 that the spores appeared to be growing, and the lab reported this to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. A CDC spokesman said, “The lab was working as part of a DOD [Department of Defense] effort to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats. … Although an inactivated agent was expected, the lab reported they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).” The CDC has taken over investigation of the shipments, collecting samples from the various labs and testing them to confirm the anthrax is live. Dugway Proving Grounds tested the remainder of the batch from which the samples were extracted, labeled “AG1,” and found it was live, officials said, indicating that the entire batch had not been properly irradiated.

If the official accounts are to be believed, the shipments of live anthrax represent an almost unfathomable degree of negligence and recklessness. Live samples of one of the deadliest biological warfare agents were sent in FedEx packages all over the United States. The labs receiving shipments have not been identified by name, but they are located in California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as Maryland.

It is less than 14 years since the mailing of anthrax spores through the mail infected 22 people, including 12 US Postal Service employees. Five people died, three of them postal workers. This was an act of domestic terrorism, allegedly carried out by a disgruntled scientist at the US Army’s germ warfare laboratory in Frederick, Maryland. The accused scientist, Bruce Ivins, committed suicide and the case against him was never proven in court.

There are conflicting reports about how many people have been directly endangered by the shipments within the United States. Pentagon officials claim that there was no danger to FedEx workers or the public from the shipping of the packages. Eighteen labs received and opened shipments over the course of 14 months, but only four lab workers so far have been put in post-exposure treatment. These were described as “Defense Department workers,” suggesting that government personnel were working inside the commercial labs. While only one sample was sent to Osan Air Base in South Korea, at least 22 people in a laboratory there were exposed to the live anthrax bacteria, including five Air Force personnel, ten Army personnel, three civilian officials and four contractors. All are now receiving precautionary medical treatment, although none have shown any symptoms of exposure, according to the Pentagon. While further details are lacking, the disproportion between the number of samples and the number of those treated suggests that what took place at Osan Air Base was by far the most serious breach of safety. This is particularly ominous, since the base is located in Pyongtaek, on the edge of the Seoul metropolitan area, the world’s second-largest, home to 25 million people. And it raises other questions, given the massive and intensifying campaign of political provocations directed against North Korea and China. Only five months ago, the US government publicly denounced North Korea for an alleged act of cyberwarfare in the hacking attack on Sony Pictures, provoked by the studio’s production of a film, The Interview, which revolved around a CIA plan to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The White House promised retaliation, but refused to spell out what form that might take.

It is entirely conceivable that anthrax bacteria were sent to South Korea for some other purpose than field-testing diagnostic tests.

Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno discussed the handling of the anthrax bacteria samples during a breakfast meeting with reporters Thursday. He said the military personnel at Dugway had followed correct procedures to make the anthrax inactive before shipping it out. “The best I can tell, there was not human error,” he said. This is certainly a peculiar assertion, since it suggests that the dispatch of potentially lethal bacteria to 19 locations was deliberate and not a mistake. Odierno was responding to questions about two breakdowns in safety procedures for handling deadly germs and viruses at the CDC last year. In one case, researchers at a lab equipped to handle live pathogens sent what they thought were killed samples of anthrax to another, less well-equipped lab. The samples turned out to be live. In the other case, CDC scientists shipped out what they thought was a relatively harmless strain of bird flu, but it turned out to be extremely virulent.

The live anthrax samples from Dugway were sent out during this same period, beginning in March 2014, and continuing until last month.


***

The good ol' US of A is at it again. Fighting injustice, dispensing truth, kickin' corrupt corporate butt and taking names. No evil-doers are safe, not even outfits that most people in the US Justice Dept. have probably never heard of, like FIFA, the International Federation of Association Football.

FIFA 'scandal' = US attempts to impose sports sanctions against Russia

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kissinger should be rotting in a jail cell.

Project MKNAOMI

Quote:
In 1948, Henry Kissinger, a 23-year-old American intelligence officer, recruited Nazi expatriates to serve in top positions in American military, aerospace, and biological science and medicine. Twenty years later, he left Harvard’s esteemed faculty and resigned a lucrative position as Nelson Rockefeller’s foreign policy attache’ to become President Nixon’s closest advisor and director of the National Security Council. Seeking alternatives to tactical nuclear weapons to bolster America’s “diplomacy” abroad, the paranoid and egomaniacal Kissinger quickly ordered the Army’s Chief of Staff to requisition $10 million from Congress for the development and testing of EBOLA & AIDS-like viruses. Within ten years, the AIDS and Ebola epidemics erupted coincidentally in the regions of Africa ravaged by CIA military covert operations also ordered by Kissinger.

In 1984, Dr. Robert Gallo, of the National Cancer Institute, claimed credit for discovering the AIDS virus. He announced it most likely originated from a monkey virus which spontaneously mutated and naturally jumped species. Dr. Gallo was a biological weapons contractor for the CIA’s top secret “Project: MKNAOMI,” and was paid to produce and test EBOLA, AIDS-like viruses as early as 1970.

Dr. Leonard Horowitz in his book titled Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola – Nature, Accident or Intentional followed an incriminating paper trail leading from Dr. Kissinger to Dr. Gallo and a network of scientists, to Merck, Sharp and Dohme, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company to the CIA, NATO and OTRAG – a West German Nazi-linked company in Zaire – with ties to Litton Industries, a leading American military contractor, to Black African and homosexual American genocide.

House of Representatives, Department Of Defense Appropriations 1970

December 3, 1969

Here’s some evidence which dates back to 1969. Dr. Robert MacMahan of the Department of Defense requests from congress $10 million to develop, within 5 to 10 years, a synthetic biological agent to which no natural immunity exists.

1970: Funding for the synthetic biological agent was obtained under H.B. 15090. The project, under the supervision of the CIA, was carried out by the Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, the army’s top secret biological weapons facility.




There are 7 pdf files and about 5000 pages.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

MKNAOMI was the code name for a joint Department of Defense/CIA research program lasting from the 1950s through the 1970s. Unclassified information about the MKNAOMI program and the related Special Operations Division is scarce. It is generally reported to be a successor to the MKDELTA project and to have focused on biological projects including biological warfare agents—specifically, to store materials that could either incapacitate or kill a test subject and to develop devices for the diffusion of such materials.

This 17-page document, “Experimentation Programs conducted by the Department of Defense That Had CIA Sponsorship or Participation and That Involved the Administration to Human Subjects of Drugs Intended for Mind-Control or Behavior-Modification Purposes,” was prepared in 1977 by the General Counsel of the Department of Defense and released after a Freedom of Information Act request.

During the first twenty years of its establishment, the CIA engaged in various projects designed to increase U.S. biological and chemical warfare capabilities. Project MKNAOMI was initiated to provide the CIA with a covert support base to meet its top-secret operational requirements. The purpose was to establish a robust arsenal within the CIA’s Technical Services Division (TSD) and of which was to consist of various lethal and incapacitating materials. This would enable the TSD to serve as a highly maintained center for the circulation of biological and chemical materials.

Surveillance, testing, upgrading, and the evaluation of special materials and items were also provided by MKNAOMI so as to ensure that no defects and unwanted contingencies emerged during operational conditions. For these purposes the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command (SOC) was assigned to assist the CIA in the development, testing, and maintenance procedures for the biological agents and delivery systems (1952). Both the CIA and SOC also modified guns that fired special darts coated with biological agents and various poisonous pills. The darts would serve to incapacitate guard dogs, infiltrate the area that the dogs were guarding, and then awaken the dogs upon exiting the facility. In addition, the SOC was also designated to research the potentials for using biological agents against other animals and crops.

A 1967 CIA memo which was uncovered by the Church Committee was confirmed to give evidence of at least three covert techniques for attacking and poisoning crops that have been examined under field conditions. On November 25, 1969, President Richard Nixon abolished any military practice involving biological weapons and Project MKNAOMI was dissolved. On February 14, 1970, a presidential order was given to outlaw all stockpiles of bacteriological weapons and nonliving toxins. However, despite this presidential order, a CIA scientist was able to acquire an estimated 11 grams of deadly shellfish toxin from SOC personnel at Fort Detrick. The toxin was then stored in a CIA laboratory where it remained undetected for over five years.

This silent, lethal dart gun causes what looks like a natural heart attack. If this sophisticated assassination technology was available back in 1975, what kind of secret weapons do you think they have now?

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

US To Begin the Invasion of Syria. Washington Policymakers Call for the Division, Destruction and Military Occupation of Syria



Deconstructing Syria: Towards a regionalized strategy for a confederal country (PDF 383KB)

Everything the US/Israel/Saudi Arabia touch withers and dies:

"The strategy would begin by establishing one or two zones in relatively promising locations, such as the Kurdish northeast and perhaps in the country’s south near Jordan, to see how well the concept could work and how fast momentum could be built up. Over time, more might be created, if possible. Ultimately, and ideally, some of the safe zones might merge together as key elements in a future confederal arrangement for the Syrian state. Assad, ISIL, and al-Nusra could have no role in such a future state, but for now, American policymakers could otherwise remain agnostic about the future character and governing structures of such an entity."

***

While the Western mainstream media and even independent gatekeepers like Noam Chomsky for years spread the lie that any suggestion that the United States and NATO were supporting ISIS was a “conspiracy theory,” recently uncovered and declassified documents from the Defense Intelligence Agency have proven the Western press and the likes of Chomsky wrong and, yet again, the so-called “conspiracy theorists” right.

According to the Pentagon, Syrian "rebels" being trained and "vetted" by the United States are receiving "compensation" to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America's proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these "new" terrorists are receiving a stipend.

Reuters also reported on alleged obstacles the Pentagon claims it is facing regarding the ability to train the death squad volunteers due to a lack of ability to "vet" them appropriately as well as a bizarre incident where fighters abandon the mission after having received training from the US military. The reason provided by the Pentagon was that the fighters did not want to sign a contract to avoid fighting Assad. But, in the same report, the Pentagon states that there was no such contract - only one requiring them to "respect human rights" and "the rule of law," so the reason provided for the disappearance of these fighters lacks legitimacy. One can only speculate as to where these "trainees" disappeared to.

Of course, "human rights" and the "rule of law" have never been concerns before, even as the United States has funded, armed, trained, and directed jihadists on the ground from the very beginning of the Syrian crisis. Neither has there been any concern over the presence of "moderate" rebels that have never actually existed in Syria. After all, it should be remembered that the United States' own Defense Intelligence Agency was recently forced to release and declassify documents which admitted that not only did the US know that the "rebellion" was made up of al-Qaeda and Nusra forces but that these organizations and similar groups were attempting to create a "Salafist principality" in the east of Syria and West of Iraq. The DIA docs also show that the US was supporting all of these efforts. In reality, of course, the US was directing these efforts.

Make no mistake, the United States is not funding "moderate vetted rebels" to fight ISIS or al-Qaeda. The US is funding jihadist terrorists and mercenaries to work alongside ISIS and al-Qaeda (if they are not members of these organizations already) to overthrow the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. Virtually every person of a moderate persuasion in Syria has long come over to the side of the Syrian government. Indeed, there was never such a thing as a moderate rebel in Syria to begin with and the reality on the ground has not changed since.

Thus, revelations that the United States is funding a mercenary army to overthrow Assad is nothing new. The only revelation contained in these recent reports are the chicken feed denominations of money that the terrorist savages are accepting for their services in barbarity and treason on behalf of the agenda of the Anglo-American world order.

***

Kind of puts damper on the new proposed pipeline originating in Iran and ending in Syria and Lebanon.



A $10 billion Pipelineistan deal was clinched between Iran, Iraq and Syria for a natural gas pipeline to be built by 2016 from Iran's giant South Pars field, traversing Iraq and Syria, with a possible extension to Lebanon. Key export target market: Europe.

For 12 months, with Syria plunged into civil war, there was no pipeline talk. Up until now. The European Union's supreme paranoia is to become a hostage of Russia's Gazprom. The Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline would be essential to diversify Europe's energy supplies away from Russia.

It gets more complicated. Turkey happens to be Gazprom's second-largest customer. The whole Turkish energy security architecture depends on gas from Russia - and Iran. Turkey dreams of becoming the new China, configuring Anatolia as the ultimate Pipelineistan strategic crossroads for the export of Russian, Caspian-Central Asian, Iraqi and Iranian oil and gas to Europe.

Try to bypass Ankara in this game, and you're in trouble. Until virtually yesterday, Ankara was advising Damascus to reform - and fast. Turkey did not want chaos in Syria. Now Turkey is feeding chaos in Syria. Let's examine one of the key possible reasons.

Syria is not a major oil producer; its reserves are dwindling. Yet until the outbreak of civil war, Damascus was making a hardly negligible $4 billion a year in oil sales - a third of the government budget.

Syria is way more important as an energy crossroads, much like Turkey - but on a smaller scale. The key point is that Turkey needs Syria to fulfill its energy strategy.

Syria's play in Pipelineistan includes the Arab Gas Pipeline (AGP) from Egypt to Tripoli (in Lebanon) and the IPC from Kirkuk, in Iraq, to Banyas - idle since the 2003 US invasion.

The centrepiece of Syria's energy strategy is the "Four Seas Policy" - a concept introduced by Bashar al-Assad in early 2011, two months before the start of the uprising. It's like a mini-Turkish power play - an energy network linking the Mediterranean, the Caspian, the Black Sea and the Gulf.

Damascus and Ankara soon got down to business - integrating their gas grids, linking them with the AGP and, crucially, planning the AGP's extension from Aleppo to Kilis in Turkey; this could later link to the perennial Pipelineistan opera, the Nabucco, assuming this fat lady ever sings (and that's far from given). Damascus was also getting ready to go one up on the IPC; in late 2010 it signed a memorandum of understanding with Baghdad to build one gas and two oil pipelines. Target market, once again: Europe. Then all hell broke loose. But even while the uprising was underway, the $10 billion Iran-Iraq-Syria Pipelineistan deal was clinched. If finished, it will carry at least 30 per cent more gas than the bound-to-be-scrapped Nabucco.

Aye, there's the rub. What is sometimes referred to as the Islamic Gas Pipeline bypasses Turkey.

The Alawite mountains command the Syrian Pipelineistan routes towards the Eastern Mediterranean ports of Banyas, Latakia and Tartus. There's also much gas to be discovered - following the recent exploits in Cyprus and Israel. Assuming the Assad regime is toppled but beats a strategic retreat towards the mountains, the possibilities for guerrilla sabotage of pipelines multiply.

In Ankara's worldview, nothing can stand in the way of its dream of becoming the ultimate energy bridge between East and West. That implies an extremely complex relationship with no fewer than nine countries; Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

And who would want to ruin all of these plans? The US/Israel/Saudi Arabia; everything they touch withers and dies.

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:

Photo: Hillary Hawk
Credit: © philosophers-stone.co.uk


Recently, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an "existential threat to Israel... I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program."

Even if we do get such a deal, we will still have major problems from Iran. They are the world's chief sponsor of terrorism (Actually your country the USA is).

They use proxies like Hezbollah to sow discord and create insurgencies to destabilize governments. They are taking more and more control of a number of nations in the region and they pose an existential threat to Israel.

We...have turn our attention to working with our partners to try to reign in and prevent this continuing Iranian aggressiveness.


Fact: US and Israeli intelligence both say Iran's nuclear program has no military component. No evidence whatever suggests Tehran wants one. Plenty indicates otherwise.

As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she addressed AIPAC's annual convention saying:

The United States stands with Israel now and forever. We have shared interests....shared ideals....common values. I have a bedrock commitment to Israel's security.

(O)ur two nations are fighting a shared threat" against Islamic extremism. I strongly support Israel's right to self-defense (and) believe America should aid in that defense.

I am committed to making sure that Israel maintains a military edge to meet increasing threats. I am deeply concerned about the growing threat in Gaza (and) Hamas' campaign of terror.


No such campaign exists. The only threats Israel faces are ones it invents.

Clinton repeated tired old lies saying Hamas' charter "calls for the destruction of Israel. Iran threatens to destroy Israel."

"I support calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard what it is: a terrorist organization. It is imperative that we get both tough and smart about dealing with Iran before it is too late."

She backs "massive retaliation" if Iran attacks Israel, saying at the time:

"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

She endorses using cluster bombs, toxic agents and nuclear weapons in US war theaters. She calls them deterrents that "keep the peace." She was one of only six Democrat senators opposed to blocking deployment of untested missile defense systems - first-strike weapons entirely for offense.


A complete farce since it's common knowledge around the globe that the Shah of Iran had fission weapons - that do not work.

Nothing to say about Saudi Arabia (and the other Gulf sates rarely mentioned - ever) Hillary?

Why the loyalty to a racist war criminal? I have never understood this??

Did you clarify that fission weapons don't actually work? That this is a hoax perpetuated for 60 yrs?

***

Quote:
Iran has announced the deployment of its second long-range Ghadir radar, which is part of an integrated air defense system the country is creating. An even longer-range system is currently partially operational.


Photo: Iran's unveiled its long-range Ghadir radar near Garmsar in early June 2014
Credit: Fars News Agency


The new over-the-horizon radar system, which is said to be able to track ballistic missiles at 1,100km and fighter aircraft at 600km, was finalized in Ahwaz city in southwestern Khuzestan province near the Iraq border, the state-run FARS news agency reported July 4th.

It's the second system of its kind in Iran. The first Ghadir was unveiled in June last year at the Garmsar site in Semnan province in the north of the country. The Iranian military said that the system had been tested since 2011 and that it would be mass-produced.

Last year, Jane's reported that Iran appeared to be constructing at least two other long-range radar systems, one between the towns of Andisheh and Qods just west of Tehran and another north of the city of Bijar in a mountainous part of the Kordestan province in western Iran. The report was based on satellite images of the sites and speculated that the latter system was the larger variant dubbed Sepehr.

The early warning Garmsar system has four horizontal phased arrays placed along a square and a central vertical array. The design is similar to the Russian Rezonans-NE system, but the Iranian domestically-produced radar has a longer range.

And let's not forget about those Sunburn S-300's that would sink any navy in an afternoon. I think Israel is all alone on this one. Go get 'em tiger!

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Southpark Fan



Joined: 24 Nov 2011
Posts: 1434
Location: The Caribbean of Canada

PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read this:

The National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015 (NMS)

The authors (General Martin Dempsey, outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - and his brood of wankers) of this are crazy; they should not be anywhere near a lever of power. The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to "state actors" that "are challenging international norms." It is important to understand what these words mean. Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington's policies.

These "revisionist states" are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent. In other words, the norm is dependence on Washington.

***

'Better ways to spend the money'

Australian Navy Cancels Order for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter
Jul 7 2015 | AFR Weekend


Quote:
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposal to put F-35 fighter jets on the Navy's two 27,000-tonne troop transport assault ships has been quietly dropped ahead of the government's defense white paper after it was found the ships would require extensive reworking and the project was too costly.

Mr Abbott asked defense planners in May last year to examine the possibility of putting up to 12 of the short-take-off and vertical-landing F-35 Bs on to the two ships – the largest in the Navy – which carry helicopters and are likely to be primarily used to transport troops and equipment to war or disaster zones.

The first of the assault ships was completed last year and commissioned into the Navy in November as HMAS Canberra.

But defense officials conceded to a Senate estimates committee late last year that the jump-jet proposal would involve extensive modifications to the ships, including new radar systems, instrument landing systems, heat-resistant decking, restructuring of fuel storage and fuel lines, and storage hangars.

Defense sources have told The Australian Financial Review that the proposal was "still in the white paper mix" up until some weeks ago.

But one source close to the white paper was emphatic on Tuesday that "it will now not make the cut".

"There were just too many technical difficulties involved in modifying a ship which takes helicopters to take fighter jets and it is also very expensive," the source said. "You can safely say it has been dropped."

_________________
"Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Next Level Forum Index -> General Discussion All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10  Next
Page 6 of 10

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

Theme xand created by spleen.