Thursday, March 30, 2017

Massive Drills By Russia And NATO Spark Concerns Over Miscalculations

World War 3 in September? Massive Drills By Both Russia and NATO Sparks Concerns Over Miscalculations

Massive drills are set for September by both Russia and Nato which have raised the concern by Western Military commanders that a miscalculation could lead to a crisis, or World War 3.
Recently the US, Japan, and South Korea held annual drills which were met with tension from North Korea; however, during one of North Korea’s missile tests, it exploded on launch. That missile was aimed practically at Japan; a simple miscalculation could have led to war with North Korea and potentially China.
One simple miscalculation could end up causing a catastrophe. Or, one planned miscalculation could be the final straw. After the selection of Donald Trump, ties with Russia are not improving; they are stagnating. Also, a recent addition of Montenegro to the NATO alliance, approved by the US Senate, is guaranteed to raise those tensions even higher.
U.S. And NATO officers have raised concerns over Russia’s annual Zapad exercises, stating that it could create more tensions than they have in years, even recalling those that arose during the Cold War.
NATO and their Russian counterparts will hold a meeting Thursday of the NATO-Russia Council, the alliance announced Tuesday. Even though Zapad isn’t on the agenda, the discussion will go over Russia’s buildup in the region.
However, the US has also been building up its presence in the region as well. In January of this year, the US deployed special forces to the Baltic States because of the fear of Russian aggression. Not to mention the countless years prior where the US stationed military equipment in the region.
For the Russians the Zapad will be the chance they need to practice detecting, jamming and targeting Western forces with drones and advanced artillery. The Zapad exercise is of particular concern according to the Baltic states because it shows that the Russians are gearing up for war with the West.
Several officials are concerned because one soldier misreading a drill as an aggressive act could quickly escalate into a crisis if one side were to respond with force. An incident such as a crashed jet could also raise questions about whether an accident or aggression by the other side occurred.
The question is, could this be how the cabal will spark a world war? Tensions are through the roof, and disinformation is skyrocketing regarding US and Russian relations, all it could theoretically take for the two nations to collide is literally one misreading or one strategically placed ‘misreading.’

Historically, during the Ukraine crisis, a jet was brought down over Eastern Ukraine, MH17 was the jet, and the plane just so happened to look radically close to that of Vladimir Putin’s jet who also happened to be flying at that time, in the same area. While the West claimed Russian rebels brought down the jet evidence showed that it was a Ukrainian fighter who brought down the MH17.
This drill poses as an opportunity for things to rapidly spiral out of control; but, as always, this speculation is being brought on by Western Military Officials. Military drills happen all the time, and there is always a chance of a miscalculation. But, global tensions are rapidly rising, and the alliances are actively shifting. This year the probability for a crisis to strike is radically higher than in previous years, especially with other nations attempting to test the resolve of the new White House administration.

US President Donald Trump’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt told Arab foreign ministers at the Arab Summit in Jordan Wednesday that Trump is committed to reaching a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians and that such an agreement would “reverberate” throughout the Middle East and the world.

Greenblatt, who in a rare move for a US official attended the summit in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh, albeit as an “observer,” met with the foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and Qatar on the sidelines of the conference, as well as with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

During those meetings, Greenblatt “reaffirmed President Trump’s personal interest in achieving a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians” and “highlighted the important role regional partners can play in the pursuit of peace,” according to a statement from the US Embassy in Jordan.

Greenblatt also said that he was “not in the region to impose ideas or peace plans on others” but to hear the ideas of regional stakeholders and the role they “can play in the pursuit of peace,” while also reiterating the US’s belief that a peace deal can only be achieved through direct bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

 Arab leaders on Wednesday relaunched a peace plan that offers Israel full ties in exchange for Palestinian statehood, signaling to President Donald Trump that they are ready to engage if he tries to broker a broader Mideast peace.

Host Jordan said the one-day Arab summit held on the shores of the Dead Sea sent a “message of peace” — though one that could put new pressure on Israel to withdraw from lands it occupied in the 1967 Mideast war.

The gathering came ahead of White House meetings in coming weeks between Trump and three Arab leaders — Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The trio met on the sidelines of the summit to consolidate positions ahead of the White House meetings, officials said.

Trump hasn’t yet formulated a policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but has said he is eager to broker a deal. His initial comments, including a campaign promise to move the US Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem and suggestions that there are alternatives to a two-state solution, caused alarm among some Arab leaders.
However, an embassy move no longer appears imminent, and some Trump administration officials have since endorsed the two-state solution.
In reaffirming the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, the summit undercut Israel’s proposal of a regional peace in which normalization with some Arab countries would precede a deal with the Palestinians. Abbas has vehemently opposed this idea, fearing it would further weaken Palestinian negotiating positions.

The Palestinians want to set up a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is willing to negotiate the terms of Palestinian statehood, but rejects a partition of Jerusalem and, like his predecessors, has expanded Israeli settlements on occupied lands.

Pentagon Insists More Troops Needed To Counter 'Russian Threat' In Europe, Russia's New Zircon Hypersonic Missile: 'Unstoppable...Unbeatable...Undefendable'

Pentagon Insists More Troops Needed to Counter ‘Russian Threat’ in Europe

Military officials continue to play the spooky Russian card in order to lobby for more political, economic and strategic support from leaders in Washington.

US European Command is in "need" of a "greater force" to deter Russia from invading the rest of Europe, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti testified before the US House Armed Services Committee on March 28.
The additional forces could come in the form of an armored division of ground troops combined with reallocating sea-based assets closer to Russia. 
This isn’t the first time the Pentagon has played on lawmakers’ fears to ask for more money – and is probably not the last, either.
"I am suggesting an additional division because … I need armored and mechanized brigades," Scaparrotti continued. 
"They," Scaparrotti continued, referring to Russia, "are using similar weapon systems that can either be conventional or nuclear … and secondly, within their doctrine, they have made the statement openly again that they see a use for nuclear tactical capabilities within what we would consider a conventional conflict."
The general’s comments come on the heels of massive ground force deploymentsby NATO and the US – the largest since World War II – on January 31, Sputnik reported. 
The US maintains that the troops are there to present a credible deterrence to what US officials allege is a Russian fervor for military aggression – even though US President Donald Trump’s defense budget increase of $54 billion alone makes up 80 percent of what Russia spends on its military annually. 

As President Trump ratchets up the U.S. military in his latest budget proposal, his counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin, has reportedly created a hypersonic missile with such devastating implications for the U.S. Navy, that it is being called “unstoppable.”

Russia claims to have created a devastating hypersonic missile that travels five times faster than the speed of sound and could rip through navy warship defences because it’s too fast to stop.

The Kremlin’s Zircon missile has been called “unstoppable”, “unbeatable” and “undefendable” with a 4,600mph speed that only one defence system in the world can destroy – that system is owned by Russia.

A statement released on Wednesday at the Arab Summit, which convened in Jordan, emphasized the readiness of the Arab world to promote a peace agreement with Israel on the basis of the 2002 Arab peace initiative.

The main points of the statement, which was read by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, are as follows:

  • Continued actions to revive the Israeli-Palestinian Arab peace negotiations in order to set a specific timetable for ending the conflict based on the two-state solution that will ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the June 4, 1967 borders, with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

  • The two-state solution is the only way to achieve security and stability.

  • Total and permanent peace is an Arab strategic choice that was expressed in the 2002 Arab peace initiative.

  • Opposition to all unilateral Israeli measures aimed at changing the reality on the ground, thwarting the two-state solution, and changing the legal and historical status of the holy sites of Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem.

The statement is a summary of a resolution adopted earlier this week by Arab foreign ministers.

By referring to “unilateral measures”, the resolution seemingly refers to the possible move of the American embassy to Jerusalem, a move sharply opposed by Arab leaders.
The Arab peace initiative, unveiled in 2002 and re-endorsed at the 2007 Arab League summit, says that 22 Arab countries will normalize ties with Israel in return for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

Israel to date has rejected the plan due to the fact that it calls for Israel to accept the so-called "right of return" for millions of descendants of Arabs who fled pre-state Israel, effectively bringing an end to the Jewish state.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last year said the initiative is the best solution for the conflict, and rejected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's demand that the initiative be updated.

The Establishment is setting up Donald Trump.
The mainstream media hates him. Hollywood hates him. The “Intellectual Yet Idiot” academia class hates him.
Most critically, the CIA hates him. So does the rest of the Deep State, or the permanently entrenched “national security” bureaucracy. They did everything possible to stop Trump from taking office. None of it worked.
I think the CIA hates Trump for a very simple reason: he’s threatening to take away their livelihood.
Trump wants to make nice with Putin and the Russians. But countering the so-called “Russian threat” is how many thousands of Deep State bureaucrats make a living.
These people feed off the trough of the $1 trillion-plus military/security budget. Playing nice with the Russians would kill their jobs—and end their way of life.

Trump has said:
We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments.

Toppling regimes is the CIA’s bread and butter. No wonder they hate him.

Of course, the feeling is mutual. Trump has used plenty of sharp words to describe the “intelligence community.” He’s reportedly aiming to fundamentally restructure the CIA.

John F. Kennedy’s Battle with the CIA
Donald Trump is the first president since John F. Kennedy to openly take on the CIA.
After being suckered into the Bay of Pigs disaster in Cuba, JFK said he wanted "to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds."
Kennedy fired CIA Director Allen Dulles. But that was about as far as he got.
JFK, of course, failed to break the Deep State’s grasp on power. In an ironic twist, Allen Dulles would later be appointed to the Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy’s assassination.

The CIA is the undisputed all-time world champion of orchestrating coups. And right now, Trump is squarely on its radar…

How the Deep State Will Take Down Trump

The way I see it, the Deep State has three main cards to play against Trump. If one doesn’t work, they’ll move on to the next one.
  1. The Delegitimization Card
  2. The Herbert Hoover Card
  3. The John F. Kennedy Card

    A federal complaint was unsealed today charging Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, of Washington, D.C., and an employee of the U.S. Department of State, with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents.

    The charges were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord for National Security, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

    “Candace Marie Claiborne is a U.S. State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. “Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit. Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority of the National Security Division.”

    “Candace Claiborne is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided,” said U.S. Attorney Phillips. “As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency. This case demonstrates that U.S. government employees will be held accountable for failing to honor the trust placed in them when they take on such sensitive assignments”

    The FBI arrested Claiborne on March 28. She made her first appearance this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Israel To Slash Payments To UN, Nikki Haley Also Calls For Cuts To The U.N. While Vowing To Defend Israel Against BDS

Israel to slash payments to UN, give money instead to supportive countries

Israel will cut $2 million from money it has allocated to the UN and give it instead to programs in developing nations that support it in international organizations, the Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The ministry issued a statement saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed it to slash the $2m. to the United Nations as a result of the anti-Israel resolutions passed last week in the UN Human Rights Council.

This cut is in addition to the $6m. that Jerusalem slashed in January in the aftermath of the passage of anti-settlement Resolution 2334 in the UN Security Council. Following these cuts, Israel will contribute only $3.7m. this year to the UN, instead of the $10.7m that was originally earmarked.

The ministry said that this decision is part of an Israeli campaign – along with its friends, first and foremost the US – to change the “obsessive bias against Israel at the UN and in its agencies.”

In January, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon announced the cutting of $6m. by saying, “It is unreasonable for Israel to fund bodies that operate against us at the UN.”

The UN, he said, “must end the absurd reality in which it supports bodies whose sole intent is to spread incitement and anti-Israel propaganda.”

"Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, set out her agenda for the U.N. during a speech Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, confirming that the U.S. budget for the U.N. is likely to be decreased.

'I believe you will see cuts to the U.N.,' said Haley, adding, 'We don't want to just cut for the sake of cutting. There are places we can cut. Everybody knows there's fat at the U.N. Everybody knows there's fat in the peacekeeping missions. So that's why we're taking each one.'...

During her remarks Wednesday morning, Haley said she intends to focus on two areas when the U.S. assumes the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council next month: the role of human rights in national security and reforming the U.N.'s peacekeeping operations, including 'winding down' the missions in Haiti-'It's not needed anymore'-Liberia and Ivory Coast. 

Haley added that she's 'working to change the culture' at the Security Council, which she compared to South Carolina's Legislature: Both, she said, are clubs and have rules and cultures that need to change. (Haley is the former governor of South Carolina.)

'There is a constant pressure to comply with its culture, and soon enough, members are doing things a certain way because that's the way they've always done them,' she said, without specifically naming countries. She went on to call the U.S. the 'moral conscience of the world' and said the U.S. 'will insist that our participation in the U.N. honor and reflect this role.' The U.N., she noted, will be 'an effective tool on behalf of our values.'..."

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley received a standing ovation at the General Assembly Hall on Wednesday as she vowed to fight alongside Israel against the BDS movement.

The Israeli Mission hosted its second annual summit against the boycott movement at the UN headquarters on Wednesday, titled “Ambassadors against BDS.” The first such event was held in May last year with some 1,500 people in attendance, making it the largest anti-BDS gathering to date.

“Know that the United States has Israel’s back, and know that you now have a fighter and a friend in the UN to help you,” Haley told the audience of more than 2,000 pro-Israel activists, students and representatives of Jewish organizations.

“We should boycott North Korea, we should sanction Iran, we should divest from Syria, not Israel,” she said. “It makes absolutely no sense and it has no connection to any reasonable definition of justice.”

Haley, who in her former position as governor of South Carolina was the first in the US to sign anti-BDS legislation, said she felt “privileged” to do so in 2015.

“In our state we said we will not use taxpayers’ funds to do business with any company that discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion, gender or national origin,” said Haley, who was introduced to the podium as “a born leader.” “And make no mistake, that is exactly what the BDS movement does.”

“What a tragic irony that today I am once again engaged in a fight against those who seek to harm Israel, but this time as the US ambassador to the United Nations,” she said.

Israel’s permanent representative to the international body, Danny Danon, thanked Haley for recognizing the dangers of BDS and also being the first US governor to sign legislation against the movement.

He added that while some try to label BDS activists’ actions as political debate, the movement is “pure antisemitism.”

Israeli Minister Hanegbi: 'The Bible - Not Google - Gives Israel Right To The Land

Israel’s moral claim to land comes from the Bible, not Google, Communications Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said in Washington on Tuesday at an event held in support of placing West Bank settlements within final borders of the Jewish state.

“Defense is important and security is important, but the most important thing is the moral claim of Israel. We are committed to go forward with living in our ancient land, land that was given us not by Google and Wikipedia, but by the Bible,” he said.

The event Hanegbi spoke at was hosted by the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, titled “Celebrate 50 Years of Rejuvenation in Judea and Samaria.” It was purposely held near the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference to attract those in attendance there.

This was the first time the council held an event in Washington concurrent with the AIPAC conference to specifically target those attendees, as part of its growing focus on soliciting support abroad for the settlements, both in the United States and the European Union.

Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) said, “For us, Judea and Samaria is Israel,” adding that continued control of Area C of the West Bank was existentially necessary for Israel.

“There is no way that Israel can exist” without the Jordan Valley and the mountaintops of Samaria, he said. “Of course, it is difficult to have a strong Jerusalem without [the settlements of] Givat Ze’ev, Ma’aleh Adumim and Gush Etzion and all these places.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said there were three quick arguments for placing Area C of the West Bank within Israel’s borders, all of which centered around the word “just,” and then mentioned Israel’s victory in the Six Day War.

“It was a just war. It is a just defense. But the most important one, it was based on a just claim.

A just claim of the Jewish people on [the Biblical areas of] Beit El, Shechem, Jerusalem and Hebron,” she said.

“Let me tell you something, if those places are not Jewish, who can tell me that [the modern cities of] Herzliya, Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv are Jewish,” Hotovely said. “I always say that the occupation is a myth, because we never occupied other people’s land. This is Jewish land [Judea and Samaria]. This should forever be a Jewish land under Israeli law.”

Area C of the West Bank is outside the boundaries of sovereign Israel, but is under IDF military and civilian rule. The Palestinians believe it will part of their future state.

The event came as the Trump Administration is in the midst of attempting to break the three-year deadlock on the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.