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Strategic Culture - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

The president Trump’s flip flops and zig zags on foreign policy issues make believe the US has no coherent strategy. There is each and every reason to say so. Many world leaders and experts seem to be perplexed at least. But a deeper look into the events shows quite a different picture. It’s...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. “war on terror” has always been a bait-and-switch scam on the American people, with Washington putting the desires of its Mideast allies ahead of defeating Al Qaeda and ISIS, Gareth Porter reports for Middle East Eye.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Serbia’s new president, Aleksandar Vučić, is clearly trying to maintain a balance between the West and the East when it comes to military matters. How else to view his recent statements concerning Belgrade’s ambition to acquire S-300 surface-to-air missile systems from either Russia or Belarus...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

The 2017 French Presidential election marks a profound change in European political alignments. There is an ongoing shift from the traditional left-right rivalry to opposition between globalization, in the form of the European Union (EU), and national sovereignty.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

International policy statements sometimes attract attention because they deal with serious matters, such as human rights, concerning which an important speech was made to the UN Security Council on April 18 by US Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-23 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s policy on Iran is still to be shaped. The signals sent are more than contradictory. During the election campaign, the president used to say that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was a bad deal which he would rip up when in power.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-23 - Original post - cached version

Moving from Tweets to Tomahawk missiles, President Trump enjoys sending messages with exclamation points, but those messages often are muddled and thus dangerous, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-23 - Original post - cached version

The Indian government has divulged very little information – hardly any – regarding the visit by the United States National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster to New Delhi an April 18. The reticence is extraordinary, since Indian elites are usually exuberant when American dignitaries...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-23 - Original post - cached version

There is a paranoid, hysterical quality to the public discourse on Russia and all things Russian in today’s America.  The corporate media machine and its Deep State handlers have abdicated reason and common decency in favor of raw hate and fear-mongering.  We have not seen anything like it...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

NATO has made a request to set up a counter-intelligence unit in Bucharest to protect the two military commands established there two years ago. The new unit is to function within the South-East Multinational Division also based in Romania’s capital. The mission is to prevent information leaks...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

Long before the Trump administration launched missiles at an Assad regime air base in Syria and dropped the world’s most lethal nonnuclear bomb in Afghanistan, it undertook its first military offensive in Yemen. In late January, just two weeks into his term, President Trump ordered a military...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

April 19, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - Daily, all across America, individuals who dare to resist—or even question—a police order are being subjected to all sorts of government-sanctioned abuse ranging from forced catheterization, forced blood draws, roadside strip searches and cavity...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Formally known as Mara Salvatrucha (the gang of Salvadoran guys), the criminal group is made up of immigrants, mostly young teenagers from Salvador. According to the FBI estimates, the group’s strength is 6,000 in the US and 30,000 internationally. At least 46 states and Washington, D.C., have...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Turkish voters had a clear-cut choice when they cast ballots on Easter Sunday in a referendum on 18 constitutional amendments already approved by the National Assembly.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

A series of moves by NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) partner, the United Arab Emirates, has many observers in the Indian Ocean littoral nations wondering out loud whether the «North Atlantic» military pact is moving into the Indian Ocean and Arabian Peninsula, courtesy of an «...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Jean-Luc Melenchon, with backing from the French Communist Party, is the candidate forging into the first round of the nation’s presidential election with critical momentum. In recent days, the veteran left-winger has surged in pre-election polls ahead of the official ballot taking place this...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Turkish President Erdogan has won the referendum giving him wide-ranging powers to rule the country. The event will change many things. Some of them can be predicted...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Some of those watching the Tomahawk missiles lift off from the USS Porter on April 7, 2017, to strike Syria might have been reminded of similar scenes in January 1991, when the Tomahawk was chosen to open the battle against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

I hope however that between the two rounds of the election (April 23 and May 7) there will still be an opportunity to address some of the more substantive aspects of the platforms of the first pair of candidates, without being distracted by the ones who are being sifted out. There’s a reason...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times and other major media have ruled out any further skepticism toward the U.S. government’s claim that Syrian President Assad dropped a sarin bomb on a town in Idlib province, reports Robert Parry.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

On April 15th, Zero Hedge bannered «Doomsday Bunker Sales Soar After Trump's Military Strikes», but this growth in the market for nuclear-proof bunkers is hardly new; it started during the Obama Administration, in Obama’s second term, specifically after the Russia-friendly government of Ukraine...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Lauren Windsor's April 15 Huffington Post article «Maxine Waters: Tension In Syria 'Phony', A Ruse To Lift Oil Sanctions On Russia», gives a misleading impression on what constitutes the political left and right. Especially in this day and age, these categories alone don't tell the whole story....

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Give President Donald Trump credit: he put North Korea front and center in talks with China. In doing so, he’s created an opportunity for the two nations to cooperate to more effectively press the North to freeze, if not end, its nuclear program.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

In the past three months, the lines of contact between Ukraine and the forces in Donbass have seen an escalation of considerable tension. Both the republics of Lugansk and Donetsk have suffered violent attacks at the hands of Kiev’s military forces. Of course all these violations are in stark...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Do they feel no sense of shame? What callousness. What disgrace. How outrageous that our compassion should dry up the moment we realised that this latest massacre of the innocents wasn’t quite worth the same amount of tears and fury that the early massacre had produced...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

A new non-Arab important actor may soon appear on the Middle East map after the Islamic State (IS) group is driven out of the Iraqi city of Mosul. The separation of the Kurdish Autonomous Region from Iraq increasingly appears to be a matter of when, not if. A move known to be coming for such a...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

The Provisional Government backed down against the Petrograd Soviet, and Milyukov resigned in mid-May. Six SRs and Mensheviks entered the cabinet to try to give the Provisional Government a legitimacy it had heretofore lacked.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump has signed off on Montenegro's upcoming accession into NATO, helping pave the way for the military alliance's expansion in the Balkans. The Senate ratified the entry last month. All 28 NATO members have already ratified the Montenegro's accession. The US was among the last...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

North Korea had a pretty good week. True, a missile test Sunday failed seconds after launch. But Pyongyang’s ostentatious parade the day before — held to celebrate the 105th birthday of Kim Il-Sung, founder of North Korea — was a missile-laden triumph.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

The pattern of the Trump presidency can be reasonably described as alarmingly erratic, but the one loosely consistent thread appears to be his belief that in some fashion there will be benefits from prolonged warfare. He will learn that the beneficiaries will be few but there will be countless...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

President Erdoğan has achieved his long-cherished ambition to be acknowledged as the uncrowned sultan of Turkey. However, his goal has been attained at great cost to the country. Turkey is divided down the middle regarding the wisdom of this course. A referendum, changing the constitution to a...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Moscow has good working relations with the United States’ closest ally, which views as enemies Russia’s friends in Syria. The divisions are deep, but the relations are close. It can be achieved. Israel has done what the US has so far failed to do despite the fact that America is led by a...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

The U.S.-Turkey alliance, originally forged because of a common external threat, has become exceedingly fragile since the fall of the Soviet Union. Both states criticize each other rather than sweep aside their differences. More troublingly, they harbor mutual mistrust, which colors their...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has emerged as a significant influence within the policy-making apparatus of the White House. After a rather public imbroglio with Trump’s strategic policy adviser Stephen Bannon over the U.S. cruise missile attack on the Shayrat airbase in Syria, Kushner...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

In another affront to Russia, President Trump has signed onto Montenegro’s entrance into NATO, as the neocon/liberal-hawk strategy of encircling Russia resumes, writes Ted Snider.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Government and ‘news’media lied us into invading Iraq in 2003, and hid their coup that overthrew the democratically elected progressive government in Iran in 1953, and lied to say that the CIA wasn’t behind the overthrow and ’suicide' of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973 — and now they’...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

The refusal of the United Nations to qualify the recent US airstrike against Syria as an act of aggression makes the Organization irrelevant – something Russia has been trying to prevent. It has become vulnerable to scathing criticism after demonstrating its impotence and inability to act...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

In an interview with the Financial Times this month, US President Donald Trump offered up a headline-grabbing response when asked what kind of bargain his country could strike with China to resolve the North Korea crisis: “Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.”

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

The last three years of the Obama presidency highlighted two very different strategies being advanced simultaneously by the US and the nations opposing its imperialistic overreach, principally Russia, China and Iran. The latter have been seeking cooperation, while the US, with its big hammer,...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Despite evidence that Al Qaeda and its allies have staged fake chemical attacks in Syria before, Official Washington asserts with “high confidence” that it’s not being fooled again, reports Robert Parry.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-15 - Original post - cached version

President Trump says he has no plans to enter Syria, despite ordering airstrikes on a Syrian military base last week. «We’re not going into Syria», Trump told Maria Bartiromo during an exclusive interview on FOX Business. «But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons… and see...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-15 - Original post - cached version

The label of the North Korean state as a Marxist-Leninist regime, even of the particularly repressive Maoist Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution variety, is a misnomer. North Korea is a dynastic autocracy, ruled by a semidivine Kim family with absolute power over both the inner court and the...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-15 - Original post - cached version

German democracy ended up being taken over by Germany’s aristocracy, and now American democracy has been taken over by America’s aristocracy, but in neither case is it the fault of the public, in either country.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Ivanka, our Park Avenue Electra, did it. She’s the one who softened her daddy’s leathery heart by forcing him to watch those dreadful pictures of dead and dying babies, eyes fixed on the carnage scrolling across the screen like Alex in A Clockwork Orange. The obscene photos made Donald squirm....

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

East Libyan forces led by General Khalifa Haftar are about to take control of the Tamanhent air base near the city of Sabha, which is located on the frontline between rival forces based in eastern and western Libya. The leadership of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. establishment is so disturbed by the erosion of its “uni-polar world” domination that it is pushing compliant allies like Australia into potentially devastating conflicts, writes John Pilger.

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

If anyone is worried whether the prospect of a major war, which many of us considered almost inevitable if Hillary Clinton had attained the White House, is back on track, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow was cold comfort. From his remarks together with his counterpart Sergey...

Strategic Culture - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Would a Chinese leader barely in control of his own country after a long civil war dare attack a superpower that had crushed Japan to end World War II five years earlier by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?..

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