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Strategic Culture - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on The Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act – the broad sanctions legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The package «punishes» Russia for alleged meddling in the U.S....

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Recently the UK Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence unveiled their brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at a cost of 3 Billion Pounds. This at a time when UK national finances are under heavy pressure and the country has been experiencing seven years of severe austerity. It has recently...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Much like President Obama, President Trump was elected as the relative “peace candidate” but – once in office – has veered into Official Washington’s neocon “logic” of endless war, as Ivan Eland describes.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

...The leaders of the Syrian Kurds must now grapple with the enormous responsibility of making a fateful decision for their people. They can either refrain from throwing obstacles in Damascus’s way, helping to build a new version of the state in which they will have far more rights than they...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The news hits headlines. The Washington Post (WP) reports that President Trump has decided to discontinue the CIA’s covert program to arm and train «moderate» Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, according to US officials...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The ongoing effort of the United States to eradicate the Islamic State by aggressively launching airstrikes against targets that include non-combatants is causing significant harm to civilians in Iraq and Syria.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The US Department of Defense is fond of issuing reports, many of which contain a massive amount of Pentagon jargon and gobbledygook terms. But, one recent report, while not lacking in typical gibberish, contains one clear and unambiguous message. The neo-conservative «New American Century» pet...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The headline of the New York Times piece was breathless: “Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. Handed the Country Over.” The content was only slightly less so: “But after the United States’ abrupt withdrawal of troops in 2011, American constancy is still in question here—a broad failure of American...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Defenseless civilians in Raqqa are being massacred daily by US terror-bombing. According to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria “intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in a staggering loss of civilian li(ves), but has also...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

It is now clear that Donald Trump had never cared about public policy except to the extent it affected his own bottom line as a businessman, and that he’s only now starting, as the U.S. President, to think about ideology, and about public policy, and about what the functions of government are...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Masters of propaganda from its inventor, Jewish public relations expert Edward Louis James Bernays, to the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Paul Joseph Goebbels, agree that a lie can be turned into truth by constant repetition.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

The United States will deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine. There is no question whether the arms will be sent but rather which exactly weapon systems are to be included into the package. The Joint Staff is working with US European Command to determine what lethal defensive aid to Ukraine might...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

What has been an open secret across the Arab world is not a secret anymore even in the US: What happened last month in the deep recesses of the House of Saud with the ascension of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, aka MBS, was in fact a white coup.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken two seemingly incongruous actions with respect to Iran. On the one hand, he has slapped new economic sanctions on that country over its ballistic missile program and Tehran’s alleged «malign activities», including targeting 18 entities and people for...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

Congress, through a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, risks endangering American national security by threatening the integrity of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. The INF Treaty between the United States, Russia and twelve former Soviet republics prohibits the...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

Generally speaking, as the Syrian war is winding up and all its exhausted participants are most in need of additional manpower, the Druze can play an even greater role. They still have about 30,000 fighters of all types who could potentially be mobilized and whom the Druze are prepared to offer...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

In the recent past it hasn’t been too difficult to assess or interpret US foreign policy. By and large the world, in the era of hideous confrontational aggression of George W Bush, was «either with us or against us in the fight against terror» — but now in the Age of Trump the threat of global...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

...The 10 with the lowest approval ratings include 7 Republicans (Chris Christie, Sam Brownback, Mary Fallin, Rick Snyder, Scott Walker, Bruce Rauner, and Paul LePage). Two others are Democrats (Dan Malloy & Gina Raimando). One is independent (Bill Walker). Here they’re ranked, starting with...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

A timely leak from US intelligence appears to have undermined the Saudi-led Arab axis in its damaging spat with Qatar. So damaging was the Gulf crisis to US strategic interests in the oil-rich region that American intelligence was obliged to weigh in and resolve the festering row. That US...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

When historians look back on the European Union’s July 17 move to sanction Syrian scientists and military personnel over alleged use of chemical weapons, it may be remembered as another failed half-measure by the West to pressure Syrian president Bashar al-Assad out of power. That’s because one...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

This news hits the world media headlines. US Navy has started life-tests of the world's first drone-killing laser reported to move at the speed of light and to be 'more precise than a bullet'. Laser weapons project a coherent ray of directed photons (light) that strike their target virtually...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

On July 17, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met with US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon in Washington. It was the highest level meeting since the Russian and American presidents met at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

North Korea’s nuclear deterrent is a logical – not crazy – reaction to U.S. “regime change” wars in Iraq and Libya, two countries attacked after they surrendered their WMD stockpiles, reports retired Col. Ann Wright.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

...Poland’s role in present-day Europe remains that of a spoiler, encouraging anti-Russian animosities and preventing good or constructive relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union and the United States. Falsifying the history of Poland during the interwar years makes it...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

American policymakers and pundits have an unfortunate history of embracing odious foreign political movements that purport to be democratic. During the Cold War, embarrassing episodes included Washington’s support for the Nicaraguan Contras and Jonas Savimbi’s National Union for the Total...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

The US government has invaded and occupies Syria, supporting the ‘rebels’ (tens of thousands of imported foreign jihadists there) against the nation’s secular government, and the only two US Senators who are at all disturbed that the US has violated both US law and international law by having...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

The Russian military has deployed BMPT-72 Terminator-2 armored fighting vehicles (AFV) in Syria to test them on the battlefield. BMPT stands for «tank support fighting vehicle» – the weapon that has no analogues in the West. In late June, the vehicle was demonstrated to Syrian President Bashar...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

So what did Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron really talk about throughout their effusive buddy-buddy Parisian act?This being France, let’s start where things matter: gastronomy.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

In a sharp about-turn, US intelligence agencies are now accusing the United Arab Emirates for hacking into Qatar’s official news agency, thereby sparking the Gulf crisis between Washington’s Arab allies. The latest twist amounts to an admission that the US is guilty of previously broadcasting...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

...Russiagate isn’t merely a fraud and a smear by the Democratic Party; it is a fraud and a smear by NATO. NATO represents the entire U.S. aristocracy — not merely that aristocracy’s Democratic Party contingent, but both contingents (and certainly not just one billionaire, such as Soros).

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Even the leaders of America’s surrogate «enforcers» in the Pacific are not immune to dying suddenly after crossing swords with Washington. New Zealand’s Labor Party prime minister Norman Kirk was a vocal critic of the United States for everything from its nuclear armed ships in the Pacific and...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

The «Monthly Harvard-Harris Poll: June 2017» is the latest poll in that series, and it scientifically sampled 2,258 U.S. registered voters, of whom (as shown on page 30) 35% were «Democrat», 29% were «Republican», and 30% were «independent»). It indicates (page 24) that 37% «approve» and 63% «...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

The “one country, two systems” model is not perfect, but it is a pragmatic and realistic approach to reunifying the mainland and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau. It allows the two sides time (50 years or longer) to come up with solutions that could bridge the development gap – economic, political, social...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Without much of a counter, Leonid Bershidsky's Johnson's Russia List-promoted Bloomberg article of July 13, presents the image of Russia as a US adversary, thereby (essentially) excusing Kiev regime-Democratic National Committee (DNC) collusion against Donald Trump during the 2016 US...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

When ten American sailors found themselves captives of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Persian Gulf last year, then-Secretary John Kerry secured their freedom in less than sixteen hours. He used a remarkable instrument to score this stunning victory: A telephone.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

There are signs that a US military operation against Iran is imminent. The administration is pushing Congress for the authority to build new «temporary» facilities in Iraq and Syria. Its policy statement says the armed forces are hamstrung by legal restrictions on the ability to expand military...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire S-400 – the Russia-made most advanced long-range missile defense system in the world. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already said that Moscow is ready to sell it...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

The battle for Mosul is all but completed, and any question about the strategic significance of its conclusion has yet to be answered by military leaders. That being so, it is time to start asking the difficult questions, such as why the current administration—which ran and won on the promise to...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

The meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Hamburg injects new hope into the complicated relationship between the United States and Russia. Only time can confirm whether there is any basis for this hope.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

I was brought up in a world where the “other side” — the Soviet Union mainly — lied through its teeth. When it said “liberation” it meant “oppression.” That its national newspaper was called Pravda (Truth) was seen as a sick joke.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Russian Bastion and Bal-E coastal missile defense systems went through an exercise on July 13 to check their combat readiness. The training event took place against the background of NATO Sea Breeze-2017 naval drills (July 10-23) being held in the Black Sea and the comments by experts expressing...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Bipartisan lunatics infesting Washington want all sovereign independent nations eliminated, replaced by pro-Western puppet regimes. It’s why US imperial wars are waged, not because of national security threats, humanitarian intentions or other fabricated reasons.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

The Chinese President Xi Jinping, one of the greatest Leaders on the planet today, has quite rightly exposed the real agenda of the so-called «Umbrella» pro-Western democracy movement, that is pawns of larger anti-China forces trying to whip up unrest in Hong Kong to undermine the PRC.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

When German chancellor Willy Brandt fell to his knees in front of the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during his 1970 visit to the Polish capital, Władysław Gomułka, the first secretary of Poland’s Communist Party, is said to have hissed, “Wrong monument!” In Gomułka’s view, if Brandt had...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

On July 12, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., introduced an article of impeachment. The representative accused President Trump of obstruction of justice and alleging that he interfered with the ongoing federal investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, also...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Amid the proverbial doom and gloom pervading all things Syria, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune sometimes yield, well, good fortune.

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

It is clear that President Trump is very sincere in trying to work out some kind of a broader arrangement with Moscow, but he faces tremendous opposition here in Washington from people who didn’t want this meeting to take place, or wanted it to be pro forma handshake and exchange of pleasantries...

Strategic Culture - 2017-07-14 - Original post - cached version

During the time that U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster are reviewing the U.S. military policy in Afghanistan, The New York Times ran a story on July 10, 2017 that exposed a threat that will upend U.S. defense strategy and return it to a bitter past...

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