Thursday, February 11, 2016

International Syrian Support Group Meets in Munich

International Syrian Support Group Meets in Munich

by Stephen Lendman

Representatives (mostly at the foreign ministerial level) from 17 member countries, the UN, EU and Arab League are meeting in Munich as this is written. 

They’re discussing efforts to resolve Syria’s conflict - Obama’s war, not a civil one as widely misreported, Western propaganda, blaming victims for US-led imperial high crimes.

Chances for progress are virtually nil because Washington wants war, not peace, wanting Western-controlled puppet governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin explained Russia will present ideas toward achieving a ceasefire and addressing humanitarian issues, details to be explained later after discussions take place and Washington responds to Moscow’s proposal.

Russia intervened in Syria after its government requested help. Its operations fully comply with fundamental international law principles.

“We are not going to find excuses for our actions,” Churkin stressed. “We are acting very openly” on solid legal ground. “Our Defense Ministry holds daily briefings” on ongoing operations, explaining them candidly.

On Thursday, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Russia has no intention to change its Syrian strategy. It’s committed to continue real war on terrorism, polar opposite America’s phony one.

“We have lately heard advice from the Pentagon on the necessity to change our strategy in Syria to ‘help’ the United States attain political transition of power there,” Konashenkov noted. 

“We will remind especially for such advisors that the aim of our operation in Syria is to destroy terrorism - a direct and clear threat to security of our country and the world.”

The campaign will continue until mission accomplished. Political issues should be resolved by Syrians alone, “not in tranches, but at the negotiating table,” free from foreign interference, Washington’s longstanding way of operating.

“We never had and never will have any other strategies,” konashenkov stressed.

“We have clearly seen over the last five years the (disastrous) results of Washington’s strategies of ‘political transitions’ in the Middle East near Russian borders.” 

“Instead of ‘triumph of democracy’, there is devastation, blood, refugees everywhere. Is this why foreign strategists are now talking about the necessity of launching ground operations in Syria and Libya? Maybe these advisors should stop making the same mistakes over again.”

America’s regional aim involves smashing all independent countries, establishing dominion over them, leaving a devastating trail of mass slaughter and destruction, civilians harmed most.

Russia is committed to working forthrightly for world peace and stability, resolving conflicts diplomatically, supporting mutual cooperation among all nations, according to principles of international law.

Which agenda do you support? Which one deserves high praise? Which other one utter condemnation?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Well-Documented Close Turkish/ISIS Ties

Well-Documented Close Turkish/ISIS Ties

by Stephen Lendman

Western media scoundrels suppress information on America’s responsibility for creating ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups, using them to further its imperial agenda, involving endless wars of aggression.

Turkey is criminally complicit, Erdogan allied with Washington’s imperial project, giving safe haven status to ISIS and other terrorists on its territory, arming them, letting them pass freely cross-border into Syria and Iraq.

One rogue state supports another, both responsible for high crimes against peace.

On Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov minced no words, saying clear intelligence-gotten evidence shows ISIS terrorists maintain constant contacts with Turkish officials, planning new tactics in waging war on Syria.

Russian airstrikes severely disrupted “traditional smuggling routes,” he explained. Moscow’s control of Syrian airspace prevents Ankara’s earlier aim to establish a no-fly zone.

It maintains the objective of wanting a safe zone created on Syrian territory, aiming to annex it on the phony pretext of having it “ISIS-free,” a thinly veiled scheme fooling no one.

Any attempt to follow-through on its plan “would be a violation of international law and also escalate tensions substantially and fundamentally,” Lavrov stressed.

It’s illegally constructing tent camps and “engineering structures” around 200 meters inside Syrian territory, a deliberate provocation, pursued with US permission or complicity.

Lavrov doesn’t envision anything more than “small provocations,” perhaps intended to goad Russia and/or Syria to respond militarily, risking escalated conflict.

He doesn’t rule out the possibility of regional Gulf States deploying troops to Syria, saying:

If peace talks “bring no fruit or are not allowed to begin, then it is possible that some countries, directed by personal hatred toward Assad, would go for a head-on solution by force,” allying with US-dominated NATO aggression.

“The Turks say openly that Russian air power “bl(ew) their plans (for Syria) wide open…”

Lavrov is a consummate diplomat, working tirelessly, trying to restore peace and stability to a troubled region - maintaining optimism, despite knowing Washington plans endless wars to achieve its imperial objectives.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Is US-Dominated NATO Planning War on Russia?

Is US-Dominated NATO Planning War on Russia?

by Stephen Lendman

Given America’s bipartisan criminal class, the unthinkable is possible - the madness of launching catastrophic nuclear war, a strategy only lunatics would support.

When NATO defense ministers meet, America’s imperial agenda dominates discussions, other alliance members pressured to go along, even when harming their national interests.

After meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, US-appointed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said they “agreed on an enhanced (multinational) forward presence in the eastern part of our alliance…to make clear that an attack against one ally is attack against all allies, and that the alliance as a whole will respond.”

Fact: US and other NATO members face no threats, imminent or otherwise - especially from Russia, Putin the preeminent world peacemaker.

Fact: NATO’s only threat is internal, member states going along with US imperial policy, raping one nonbelligerent country after another, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

NATO forces plan rotational deployments close to Russia’s borders, the same scheme begun months earlier, escalating it to a more provocative level.

Russia protested the move to no avail, blasting what it called “the false pretext of (nonexistent) ‘aggressive behavior’ by our country.” 

Is Washington daring Putin to respond militarily? He’s obliged to protect Russian national security, at the same time intending no foolish actions. 

His longstanding policy pursues peace and stability, going all-out to avoid greater war, wanting ongoing conflicts resolved diplomatically.

Provocative US-led actions based on a nonexistent Russian threat coincide with Pentagon commanders lobbying Congress for increased military spending, along with pressuring other NATO members to increase their own.

All this at a time when invented threats alone exist, when Washington is hellbent for endless war - Russia and China perhaps its ultimate targets.

Imagine if adversarial foreign forces deployed along America’s northern and/or southern borders, if their warships patrolled off its Atlantic and Pacific coasts close to its territorial waters.

Full-scale war might follow, Washington claiming a major threat. Russia shows remarkable restraint in the face of US actions perilously close to naked aggression, posing a real threat to its security.

US-dominated NATO’s increased military buildup along its borders risks becoming prelude to direct confrontation, the unthinkable possibility of catastrophic nuclear war.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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How America Manufactures Phony Evidence to Bash Russia

How America Manufactures Phony Evidence to Bash Russia

by Stephen Lendman

US viciousness is unrestrained, a pure evil force threatening world peace. Its imperial agenda gives rogue state terror new meaning, consistently blaming victims for its high crimes, bashing Russia irresponsibly.

Its unrelenting aerial war on terror continues effectively. Washington invents dirty tricks to subvert it, including by manufacturing war crimes in Aleppo - claiming its warplanes bombed two area hospitals when they were no Russian flights in the vicinity.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said “at 13:55 Moscow time (10:55 GMT), two American A-10 assault aircraft entered Syrian airspace from Turkey, flew right to the city of Aleppo and bombed targets there” - a mission to blame Russia for its war crimes.

“No Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes in the Aleppo city area yesterday. The nearest target engaged was over 20 kilometers away from the city,” Konashenkov explained, adding:

US warplanes and drones were active over Aleppo on Wednesday. “(W)e did not have enough time to clarify what” targets they bombed. “We will look more carefully” to determine them - for sure ones chosen to accuse Russia of war crimes it didn’t commit.

No evidence indicates any Russian airstrikes on hospitals or other civilian sites throughout its entire Syrian campaign. None!! 

America notoriously considers civilians and non-military-related sites legitimate targets in all its wars.

Last October, it deliberately and unaccountably bombed a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Kunduz, Afghanistan hospital on the phony pretext of attacking Taliban fighters - killing dozens of medical staff and patients, injuring many more, destroying the only area facility thousands of Afghans relied on for treatment when ill or injured.

America and its rogue allies “make unfounded accusations against us,” Konashenkov explained, irresponsibly blaming Russia for their high crimes.

Chances for restoring peace and stability to Syria any time soon are virtually nil. America’s wants endless war.

Russia’s intervention so far foiled its aim to transform the nation into another US vassal state - part of Washington’s grand plan to redraw the Middle East map, carving up countries for easier control and exploitation.

Defeating America’s war on humanity is the free world’s most urgent task. Survival depends on it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Deplorable NYT Anti-Syrian Propaganda

Deplorable NYT Anti-Syrian Propaganda

by Stephen Lendman

The so-called newspaper of record makes garden variety yellow journal look good by comparison.

State-sponsored managed news misinformation and Big Lies substitute for what readers need to know and deserve to get.

Borrowing a line from the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko’s criticism of Rupert Murdoch publications, no respectable fish would want to be wrapped in its pages - containing toxic material unfit to read.

Times management, editors, correspondents and contributors march in lockstep with all US imperial wars, turning a blind eye to their horrors, the highest of high crimes against peace.

The Times continues supporting Obama’s naked aggression on Syria since launched in March 2011, using ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers.

It consistently suppresses hard truths essential to report - relentlessly bashing Assad viciously, an overwhelmingly popular leader, responsibly defending his country from US-supported terrorist invaders.

Calling ongoing conflict “civil” is one of many proliferated Big Lies  - by mainstream and some alternative media sources.

The latest Times propaganda piece complains about how “Russian intervention (its real war on terror unlike America’s phony one it didn’t explain) sharply reduced US options.”

It quoted an unnamed “senior American official,” complaining about things heading for a military solution, “just not our(s),” he said.

Kerry has “very little leverage” in talks with Russia to resolve things, The Times groused - at the same time admitting CIA operatives use supply lines into Syria “to arm (so-called) rebel groups,” failing to identify them as ISIS and other terrorist groups.

No moderate ones exist, another of the many Big Lies during nearly five years of conflict. 

The Times dismissively called Russia’s real war on terror a “military adventure” - often referring to US wars of aggression as liberating ones.

On Tuesday during testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee members, National Intelligence director James Clapper lied - calling Putin “the first leader since Stalin to expand Russia’s territory.”

Hillary Clinton earlier compared him to Hitler, the pejorative used against other leaders not playing by Washington rules, notably Hugo Chavez.

Clapper, other US and Western officials often accuse Russia of nonexistent “aggression,” never offering proof corroborating their baseless charges.

According to The Times, “(t)he Russians, with Iranian help on the ground, appear to be handing Mr. Assad enough key cities (to let) his government…hang on” - ignoring his courageous liberating struggle, contesting US aggression.

Again citing unnamed US officials, The Times claimed Sergey Lavrov’s strategy involves “negotiating cease-fires and slow-progressing political accords, while making inroads on the battlefield” - ignoring years of all-out Russian efforts for peace since leading up to Geneva I in mid-2012.

Times reports consistently fail to explain Obama’s war of aggression on Syria, his full responsibility raping a nonbelligerent country, turning it into a nightmarish wasteland - the strategy in all US imperial wars.

Assad enjoys overwhelming popular support. Syrians want no one else leading him. He’s intelligent, soft spoken, thoughtful, levelheaded and honest, polar opposite duplicitous US and other Western political figures. 

Don’t expect The New York Times to explain, shamelessly misportraying him as Hitlerian.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Endless US War and Occupation of Afghanistan

Endless US War and Occupation of Afghanistan

by Stephen Lendman

Four weeks post 9/11, Washington launched naked aggression on Afghanistan, a country posing it no threat. 

Planners had endless war and permanent occupation in mind - an imperial scheme planned months in advance, the 9/11 mother of all US false flags the phony pretext.

On October 28, 2007, candidate Obama lied, saying “I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do.”

He systematically violated every major promise made, continuing endless war on Afghanistan Bush began, maintaining permanent occupation - both leaders responsible for millions of deaths, vast destruction, unspeakable human misery, and a nation-state ravaged and destroyed, turned into nightmarish harshness for its people.

Whoever succeeds Obama in January 2017 will continue the same ruthless imperial agenda. America came to Afghanistan to stay, the fundamental rights of its people to live free at peace entirely ignored - longstanding US global policy at home and abroad, running roughshod over rule of law principles and democratic values.

Interviewed by the Washington Post, outgoing US-led NATO Afghan commander General John Campbell indicated escalated Pentagon involvement ahead in the war-torn country after over 14 years of endless US naked aggression, assuring more mass slaughter, destruction and endless misery for its long-suffering people.

US officials in a position to know understand the grand illusion of a long ago lost US war. Another generation or two of fighting won’t change things. Yet conflict continues despite Obama’s to end it throughout his tenure.

His successor and likely others to follow will inherit war without end. How many more millions of Afghan deaths will it take to change things? 

How much more vast destruction and intolerable human misery? Most Americans have no idea what’s ongoing in their name. 

Their ignorance and indifference let endless horrors persist - the nation’s resources squandered on imperial madness, a maniacal quest for unchallenged global dominance, raping one country after another to achieve its objective.

Campbell is a longtime warrior, the only way stars atop shoulders are gotten. “I’m not going to leave (Afghanistan) without making sure my leadership understands that there are things we need to do,” he blustered. He has lots more deaths and destruction in mind.

In December 2014, Obama declared an end to US combat operations in Afghanistan. Calling it “a milestone,” he lied saying “the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.”

It was lawlessly irresponsible from inception, continuing seamlessly from his first day in office to his duplicitous 2014 declaration to today, with no end of US combat operations and occupation planned.

Pentagon commanders urge decades of US occupation and combat ahead, part of America’s long war, former vice president Dick Cheney earlier saying it won’t end in our lifetime.

In congressional testimony, Campbell claimed “Afghanistan has not achieved an enduring level of security and stability that justifies a reduction of our support” - code language for wanting congressional support for endless war and occupation.

In January, Obama authorized expanding America’s military footprint in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Campbell want US commanders given more flexibility in how they conduct operations - empowering the Joint Chiefs and their field subordinates over civilian authorities if approved, putting important foreign policy decisions in their hands, making America more than ever a modern-day Sparta under these conditions.

Ending Washington’s combat role in Afghanistan on the pretext of serving only in an advisory role was always a ruse, a thinly veiled scheme for permanent war - like in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

US civilian and military officials deplore peace and stability. Endless wars take precedence, an agenda perhaps ending in mass-annihilation. Living by the sword assures perishing by it, humanity hugely at risk today.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Netanyahu Calls Arabs Predatory Animals

Netanyahu Calls Arabs Predatory Animals

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu heads a viciously racist state, demeaning Arabs throughout its existence. Democracy is pure fantasy, hypocrisy from inception, tyranny worse than ever now.

The current regime intends creating a greater fortress Israel than already, building more walls, encircling the country to protect it from “Arab predators,” to keep out “the beasts,” according to Netanyahu.

“(W)e will encircle the whole country with fences and barriers,” he bellowed. Maybe he has in mind building a roof over it. 

His lunatic schemes have no limit, including waging endless war on defenseless Palestinian civilians, murdering them in cold blood.

He announced his scheme while touring the Israeli/Jordanian border, along with saying he’s “formulating a plan to seal off the openings in the security fence in the West Bank,”- code language for isolating Palestinians in cantonized communities, cut off from each other, escalating occupation harshness, assuring heightened tensions.

“At the end of the day,” he blustered, “there will be a fence like this one (bordering Jordan under construction) surrounding its entirety…We will surround the entire State of Israel with a fence, a barrier.”

Building it is part of a multi-year project, including a new barrier along the Gaza border, costing billions of dollars overall, US taxpayers picking up part of the cost.

Last month, building the fence bordering Jordan began, about 30 km initially from Eilat to beyond a Timma Valley international airport under construction.

Irresponsible fence-building costing billions instead of fence-mending costing nothing, creating peace and good will, is one of many examples of outrageous Israeli policy.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Landslide New Hampshire Primary Results

Landslide New Hampshire Primary Results

by Stephen Lendman

Iowa caucuses portend little, rarely if ever determining what’s to follow. New Hampshire was the first primary.

It represents state or perhaps New England sentiment, not indicative of upcoming primary results.

Yet it’s significant enough to show Trump and Sanders’ candidacies are real, not flashes in the pan - duopoly power brokers no doubt plotting ways to turn things around for their favorites.

A long, seemingly endless, primary season remains, including so-called super-Tuesday on March 1, concluding in mid-June ahead of summer party conventions.

Republicans hold theirs from July 18 - 21, Democrats from July 25 - 28, each funded by deep-pocketed corporate interests and billionaires.

Sanders and Trump triumphed overwhelmingly in New Hampshire, swamping their rivals - Sanders over Clinton by a 60 - 38.4% margin, Trump besting 2nd place finisher John Kasich  by 35.1% to 15.9%.

Iowa winner Ted Cruz slumped to 11.5%. Jeb Bush stayed alive with 11.1%. Marco Rubio registered 10.6%. Results for all other Republican candidates showed too little support to sustain their campaigns much longer.

Next up - the Republican South Carolina primary on February 20. Democrats hold theirs separately on February 27.

Recent polls showed Trump way ahead by a nearly two-to-one margin over Ted Cruz, Clinton swamping Sanders overwhelmingly, the margin varying by individual survey.

Whether New Hampshire results change things remains to be seen. Does it matter? America’s sham money-controlled political process lacks legitimacy, a democracy in name only, too corrupted to fix.

Duopoly power brokers decide things. Proportionally representative (PR) governance is absent. America’s rigged winner-take-all system lacks credibility.

PR represents all voters from all political parties (including independents) proportionally to their electoral strength. If candidates from one party win 30% of the votes, they get 30% of legislative seats. Not in America. Here, 50.1% takes all.

The Electoral College constitutes another systemic flaw. It's fundamentally undemocratic. Bush v. Gore stands out. 

Winning a popular mandate doesn't matter - especially when five Supreme Court justices have final say, their choice overriding the electorate.

Sixteen times under Electoral College rules, winning presidential candidates got a minority of votes. Winner take all rules exclude runoffs. Popular favorites lose more times than people realize.

Most often, half the electorate opts out, wanting no part of a system not representing them. Presidents can be elected with as little as one-fourth of the popular vote or less.

Throughout US history, electoral legitimacy was sorely lacking. Today’s sophisticated technology facilitates election-rigging with electronic ease.

Corporate programmed and controlled electronic voting machines decide things, not enfranchised citizens.

Many legitimate voters are stripped from rolls, Blacks and Latinos most affected. Undercounts and overcounts are common.

Media scoundrels report none of this, suppressing what’s most important, perpetuating the fantasy of US democratic elections.

So-called super delegates are another issue, one getting no mainstream coverage. Republican and Democrat power brokers choose them separately from voter preferences.

Out of 2,380 Republican delegates, 153 (6.5) are chosen by party brokers, powerful insiders. Democrats are far worse with 795 (19.6%, including 308 elected officials) out of 4,048 delegates.

Super-delegates are free to support preferred establishment candidates, regardless of popular favorites. Democrats especially can swing things for Clinton if Sanders surprises by getting most primary delegates.

Scores of Republican super delegates could defeat Trump if his current huge lead narrows enough by convention time.

Big money-controlled politics assures corrupted results every time, voters having no say whatever. America’s political system is too dysfunctional to fix, democracy pure fantasy.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Trump to Promote Improved US/Russian Relations if Elected President?

Trump to Promote Improved US/Russian Relations if Elected President?

by Stephen Lendman

Hold the cheers. Trump didn’t get super-rich by being a good guy. Billionaires make money the old-fashioned way, devious methods unavailable to ordinary people, including small businesses, operating by the rules, honestly and fairly.

His views on most issues are extremist, way over-the-top - like wanting a wall built on the US/Mexican border and having its government pay for it, along with TRUMPeting against Muslim immigrants.

He’s bad for America, real bad, maybe not all bad. Unlike most, perhaps all other presidential aspirants, favoring virtually unlimited military spending at a time America’s enemies are only ones it invents, Trump criticized wasteful war-profiteering, saying:

“I hear stories, like they’re ordering missiles they don’t want because of politics, because of special interests…because” defense contractors are big campaign “contributor(s).”

Trump is no peacenik, far from it. He supports unchallenged US military strength, saying he wants wasteful, fraudulent spending curbed.

He’s part of America’s money-controlled system - at the same time duplicitously railing against it, calling corporate giants “bloodsuckers,” controlling government through campaign contributions.

“Whether it’s the insurance companies or the drug companies or the oil companies, it’s all the same thing,” he said. They, Wall Street and war-profiteers decide everything.

Trump is part of the dirty system he criticizes. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be presidential material. 

At the same time, his leadership as president, if elected, would likely differ greatly in style from any previous administration in memory - for better or worse.

He claims to want improved US/Russian relations. Whether he means it is another issue altogether. Campaign pledges are one thing, realpolitik another.

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

Putin praised Trump during his annual yearend tour de force Q & A press conference, calling him the “absolute front-runner in the presidential race…very talented, no doubt about that.”

“He says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper level of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that. Of course, we welcome it.”

Trump called Putin’s praise a “great honor” from a “highly respected” leader. 

Will his leadership if elected US president change longstanding anti-Russian hostility - ongoing for nearly a century, more strained now than during the height of the Cold War?

Campaign promises are made to be broken. Don’t expect Trump to break tradition if empowered.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Russia Proposes New Syria Peace Plan

Russia Proposes New Syria Peace Plan

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s best efforts for peace throughout nearly five years of war in Syria failed because Washington wants war.

Nothing suggests US policy changed. Syria is Obama’s war, naked aggression against a nonbelligerent country, using ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers. 

There’s nothing civil about ongoing conflict. Syria was invaded. Claims otherwise are Western propaganda, maliciously blaming Assad for US-led high crimes.

Geneva I, II and III peace talks failed. Sergey Lavrov prepared an alternative approach, saying “(d)uring our contacts with Washington, we have proposed an absolutely concrete plan which they are now studying…I hope the simple proposals the plan contains will not take too much time for Washington to consider.”

He left details unexplained until a diplomatically appropriate time to reveal them - at the same time noting longstanding anti-Russian “information war” waged by the West, a tension-heightening agenda, risking direct confrontation.

Moscow is irresponsibly blamed for Geneva III’s collapse - truth turned on its head claiming worse conditions now on the ground than earlier. 

Its anti-terrorist campaign is the most positive development in the conflict so far - greatly disrupting Washington’s regional imperial objectives, a key reason why Russia bashing continues so intensely, malicious Western propaganda, hard truths suppressed.

Moscow’s patience, resilience, fortitude and tireless world-class diplomatic efforts in the face of endless US-led Western hostility are truly remarkable, outclassing and outwitting rival nations, showing Putin is a master chess player committed to world peace and stability.

Endless fighting rages. Increasing numbers of US combat troops are planned for northern Syria. How many remains to be seen and how they’ll be used. Pentagon bombing of infrastructure and government sites continues.

At the same time, Russia’s effective aerial campaign let Syrian ground forces retake previous areas lost to ISIS and other terrorist groups.

On Wednesday, the strategic Menagh air base north of Aleppo was recaptured. Efforts to encircle the city and cut off supplies reaching terrorists continue.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia threatened to intervene militarily. Whether they’re bluffing remains to be seen. The reliable Saker web site noted signs of Erdogan’s “grand plan” entirely “collaps(ing) with “no more options left.”

He won’t move belligerently against Syria or any other country without US approval or complicity. He’s free to saber-rattle all he wishes and remain a major regional irritant - so long as his actions don’t conflict with Washington’s.

Whatever happens going forward, Russia’s response will strictly observe international law principles - how it operates in all geopolitical relations.

The Saker explained if its forces are attacked, they’ll “hit back” in response. International law supports the right of self-defense. At the same time, Russia’s overall response “will depend on what the Turks really try to achieve.” 

They violate Syrian and Iraqi borders frequently. Its troops operate in northern Iraq despite Baghdad demanding they leave.

If Erdogan launches a limited Syrian incursion, Russia will likely “pressure” him “non-militar(ily),” the Saker explained. If greater escalation is planned, Moscow will respond appropriately, going all-out to avoid full-scale war with a NATO member or any other nation.

If Erdogan wants one, supported by Washington, Russia will do whatever it takes to defend its interests and security.

Will Saudi troops invade Syria? The Saker calls Riyadh’s military “a joke, a degenerate…force barely capable of engaging” Yemeni Houthis effectively - after nearly a year of conflict, unable to change the dynamic on the ground.

Saudi forces will be decisively defeated if they dare invade Syria. The Saker explained, mincing no words, saying “Syrians, Russians, Iranians and Hezbollah will all try to race each other to be the first one to finally get a hold of these SOBs and teach them a lesson they shall not forget in a long time.”

At the same time, he doesn’t believe Erdogan, his advisors and military commanders “are crazy enough to (risk) war with Russia or even invade Syria.”

He calls Erdogan “a maniac…his entire staff…composed of (likeminded) lunatics.” How long EU nations intend putting up with his antics remains to be seen.

A likely red line is opposing full-scale invasion of Syria, risking war with Russia. Lavrov said he doesn’t think US-led Western nations will tolerate “such crazy plans.” Hopefully he’s right.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

US Establishment Preferred Presidential Aspirants on Shaky Ground

US Establishment Preferred Presidential Aspirants on Shaky Ground

by Stephen Lendman

Months earlier, before campaign season got in full swing, odds favored a Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush November contest.

Things changed dramatically. After topping Sanders by more than two-to-one in earlier polls, both candidates are now virtually tied, momentum in his favor, notably as more disturbing facts about Hillary’s dark side become public knowledge.

An accompanying article said forget about gender and calls for finally electing a woman president. 

She’s no populist savior, notoriously against peace, equity and justice, as mean-spirited as a sadistic street thug. Her public record as first lady, US senator and secretary of state prove it.

Sanders is more opportunist than populist, a shameless character in his own right. His deplorable voting record shows his call for revolutionary change is a complete hoax, one of his many Big Lies, his credibility sorely lacking.

He’s like all the rest, promising one thing, delivering another, his consistent record throughout years of public service, from local politics to Congress.

He’s part of America’s dirty system like all other political aspirants for top posts - a man of the people in name only, consistently betraying them.

Last year, his campaign was going nowhere, looking certain to be steamrolled by Clinton’s heavily financed, seemingly unstoppable juggernaut.

Campaign momentum often shifts back and forth during America’s endless political season.

Given Wall Street-led monied interests strongly for Clinton and notorious US election-rigging, Sanders remains an underdog, a long shot, enjoying his extended 15-minutes of fame - no matter what polls show.

Last June when Jeb Bush announced his candidacy, smart money had him easily becoming the Republican nominee - November’s contest looking like a deplorable choice between a Bush and Clinton dynasty, assuring dirty business as usual on steroids no matter the winner.

Clinton is still highly favored to represent Democrats this fall. Bush’s candidacy is fading, unable to gain traction, hanging on as long as possible before heading toward dropping out - given his 3% or less support in national polls.

His announcement message about wanting “the decades ahead (to be) the greatest time ever to be alive in this world” is a hollow forgotten echo, meaningless rubbish when stated.

His campaign is fast losing oxygen. He’s no longer a credible contender, perhaps one or two major primary defeats away from dooming his presidential run altogether.

Trump remains way out in front in national polls, maintaining momentum, his campaign looking unstoppable. A previous article said he masterfully outwitted, outmaneuvered and outfoxed seasoned politicians like Bush, beating them at their own dirty game.

Ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, Bush tried putting a brave face on his dismal prospects, saying “I feel (Tuesday) is going to give us an upset.”

Only if electoral rigging creates one. Iowa caucuses showed something distinctly rotten, Hillary likely stealing victory from the jaws of defeat.

Will things be rigged for Bush or another aspirant to defeat Trump the same way? Given his huge lead in New Hampshire and national polls, finishing second or worse would suggest unmistakable fraud.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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