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Mutiny in Western Ranks as Top French Commander Slams US' Phoney War Against ISIS

Francois-Regis Legrier
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(L to R) French Major of the Wagram Task Force Francois-Regis Legrier explains military positions on a sand map to French Defence Minister Florence Parly, French General Jean-Marc Vigilant, US Army General Paul Lacamera, and French ambassador to Iraq Bruno Aubert, at a French artillery forward operating base (FOB) near al-Qaim in Iraq's western Anbar province opposite Syria's Deir Ezzor region, a few kilometres away from the last scrap of territory held by Daesh, on 9 February 2019.
A senior French officer faces punishment after publicly condemning the US-led coalition's military tactics against Daesh in the east of Syria, accusing Washington of prolonging the conflict and disregarding a growing civilian death toll, the army said on Saturday.

Colonel Francois-Regis Legrier - who has been in charge of directing French artillery supporting Kurdish-led groups in Syria since October - said the coalition's focus had been on limiting its own risks and this had greatly increased the death toll among civilians, as well as raised the level of destruction.


Comment: Unlike the Russians, who die on the field side-by-side with Syrian forces and thus swiftly liberate Syrian cities with minimal destruction.


"Yes, the Battle of Hajin [near Syria's eastern border with Iraq] was won, at least on the ground, but by refusing ground engagement, we unnecessarily prolonged the conflict and thus contributed to increasing the number of casualties in the population," Legrier wrote in an article in the National Defence Review.

France is one of the main allies in the US-led coalition fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq, with its warplanes used to strike militant targets, its heavy-artillery backing Kurdish-led fighters and its special forces leading the ground assault.

Comment: No, they deliberately target mosques, weddings, funerals and hospitals when they are full of civilians specifically to harvest more terrorists/insurgents from the general population. Without terrorists, there is no 'great game' for control of world energy resources.

That's why 'removing the scourge of terrorism from the Middle East' is totally antithetical to Western interests.

Legrier also wrote:
"The question is whether the liberation of a region can be done only at the cost of the destruction of its infrastructure (hospitals, places of worship, roads, bridges, dwellings, etc.). This is the uncomplicated approach taken yesterday and today by the Americans; it's not ours."
We find it interesting that the French military staff at this publication elected to publish this at all...


Caesar

Essay by Kremlin Advisor Vladislav Surkov: 'Putin's Long-Lasting State'


Comment: The following essay was recently published in Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Russian-American author Dmitry Orlov has translated it, as published here on The Saker.

The essay's author is Vladislav Surkov. If Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin is mischaracterized in the West as "Putin's brain," then Surkov is similarly mischaracterized "Putin's éminence grise." Surkov was Deputy Chief of the Russian Presidential Administration from 1999-2011, during which time he apparently played a role in the transition from Yeltsin to Putin and later developed the concept of sovereign democracy, which is arguably 21st century Russia's 'state ideology'.

Surkov also served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Modernisation from 2011-2013, and has since remained an aide to Putin, apparently with the specific brief of handling Russia's relationships with Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Ukraine. When Western elites went apoplectic because Crimea joined the Russian Federation in 2014, Surkov was one of the first names on Obama's sanctions list. Asked how he felt about no longer being able to travel to the US, Surkov responded:
"The only things that interest me in the US are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don't need a visa to access their work."
As Western actors hurl invective, sanctions, cyberattacks, political subterfuge and proxy wars at Russia - all apparently with a view to 'correcting' its policy decisions in the short-term, and thus its developmental trajectory in the long-term - Surkov ignores the screamers to describe the nature of modern Russian governance, a unique system developed by Vladimir Putin, which, Surkov argues, has become - whether they realize it or not - the new standard-bearer for all countries to follow...

[Hyperlinks to Wikipedia and other sources concerning historical events/actors referenced by the author are ours, as are the endnotes]


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"It only seems that we have a choice." 1 These words are amazing in their depth of meaning and audacity. They were uttered a decade and a half ago, and today they are forgotten and are never cited. But according to the laws of psychology, that which is forgotten affects us much more than that which we remember. And these words - having gone far beyond their original context - have as a result become the first axiom of the new Russian statehood upon which have been built all theories and practices of contemporary politics.

The illusion of choice is the most important illusion, the centerpiece of the Western way of life in general and Western democracy in particular, which has for a long time now adhered more closely to the ideas of P.T. Barnum than to those of Cleisthenes. The rejection of this illusion in favor of the realism of predestination has led our society first to reflect upon its own special, sovereign version of democratic development, and then to completely lose interest in any discussions on the subject of what democracy should be like and whether it should exist even in principle.

Comment: How about that for a Kremlin come-back to the petabytes of lies?!

Not that many in the West will hear it.

They're too busy screaming about how evil Russia is.

But they doth protesteth too much, and signal merely the noisy preamble to the nations of the world embracing Putinism.


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Boot And Kristol: Why Are These Professional War Peddlers Still Around?

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Max Boot • Bill Kristol
Pundits like Max Boot and Bill Kristol got everything after 9/11 wrong but are still considered "experts."

One thing that every late-stage ruling class has in common is a high tolerance for mediocrity. Standards decline, the edges fray, but nobody in charge seems to notice. They're happy in their sinecures and getting richer. In a culture like this, there's no penalty for being wrong. The talentless prosper, rising inexorably toward positions of greater power, and breaking things along the way. It happened to the Ottomans. Max Boot is living proof that it's happening in America.

Boot is a professional foreign policy expert, a job category that doesn't exist outside of a select number of cities. Boot has degrees from Berkeley and Yale, and is a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written a number of books and countless newspaper columns on foreign affairs and military history. The International Institute for Strategic Studies, an influential British think tank, describes Boot as one of the "world's leading authorities on armed conflict."

None of this, it turns out, means anything. The professional requirements for being one of the world's Leading Authorities on Armed Conflict do not include relevant experience with armed conflict. Leading authorities on the subject don't need a track record of wise assessments or accurate predictions. All that's required are the circular recommendations of fellow credential holders. If other Leading Authorities on Armed Conflict induct you into their ranks, you're in. That's good news for Max Boot.

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The Truth Perspective - Darwinian Delusions: Why Darwin Is More Dangerous Than You Think

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The 19th century saw a wave of theories claiming to provide the answers for everything: Marxism, psychoanalytic theory, utilitarianism, Zionism, Darwinism, and more. But what did all their creators have in common, besides impressive beards? They all seemed to have a hollowed out, psychologically primitive understanding of human nature which denatured their own theories, and which has denatured the thought of all those influenced by their theories in the process.

Today on the Truth Perspective, we look at some of these theories, with an emphasis on Darwin, with reference to excerpts from Andrew Lobaczewski's writing on schizoid personality disorder and the creation and propagation of ideologies.

Running Time: 01:33:11

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - January 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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The solar minimum is taking its toll... and it's just the beginning. Among the worrying phenomena are record low temperatures as well as increased volcanic and seismic activity.

After months of copious precipitation and record breaking floods around the world, water is now falling as snow over the Northern Hemisphere.

Winter storm Gaia slammed 30% of the US, forcing road closures, flight delays, suspension of activities, and crop loses.

But that wasn't all. What was once a rarity, the "polar vortex" has split into 3 fronts plunging temperatures in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia well into sub-zero ranges. The northern US reached a record -48°C, disrupting normal life and all-time record snowfall in Chicago and St. Louise wreak havoc, stretching the cities to their limits. A sign of what is to come?

Central Europe and parts of the west were also blanketed by snow as records kept coming. So much so that it's now becoming the new 'normal.'

About 25 km above the Barents Sea, in the stratosphere above northern Scandinavia, temperatures reached a bone chilling -91°C, while 2 meters of snow buried parts of Italy and Austria. The cold temperatures forced the German government to declare a state of emergency, meanwhile the forests of Romania were also buried under meters of snow.

Asia and the Middle East also received their share of record snow; China reported record crop loses, Jordan, Iran and Lebanon were paralyzed by snow and cold temperatures, and northwestern Tunisia was forced to close 31 roads.

While parts of the Northern Hemisphere were experiencing record cold, Australia went through its hottest month on record - demonstrating the global effects of changes in the jet stream due to the solar minimum.

The accumulation of ice crystals in the upper atmosphere continue to cause 'portents in the sky' and facilitate electrical phenomena...

In addition to the property damage and loss of life, the extreme weather is crippling crop and livestock production. Along with it we will continue to see food prices rise around the world.


Comment:
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Rats, Public Defecation And Open Drug Use: West Coast Cities Becoming Uninhabitable Hellholes

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Almost everyone that goes out to visit one of our major cities on the west coast has a similar reaction. Those that must live among the escalating decay are often numb to it, but most of those that are just in town for a visit are absolutely shocked by all of the trash, human defecation, crime and public drug use that they encounter. Once upon a time, our beautiful western cities were the envy of the rest of the world, but now they serve as shining examples of America's accelerating decline. The worst parts of our major western cities literally look like post-apocalyptic wastelands, and the hordes of zombified homeless people that live in those areas are too drugged-out to care. The ironic thing is that these cities are not poor. In fact, San Francisco and Seattle are among the wealthiest cities in the entire nation. So if things are falling apart this dramatically now, how bad will things get when economic conditions really start to deteriorate?

Let's start our discussion by looking at the rat epidemic in Los Angeles. Thanks to extremely poor public sanitation, rats are breeding like mad, and at this point they have even conquered Los Angeles City Hall, from The Daily Mail:
Officials at Los Angeles' City Hall are considering ripping all of the building's carpets up, as rats and fleas are said to be running riot in its halls.

A motion was filed by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday to enact the much needed makeover amid a typhus outbreak in the downtown area.

Wesson said a city employee had contracted the deadly bacterial disease at work, and now he's urging officials to investigate the 'scope' of the long-running pest problem at the council building.

Comment: Dare we suggest the West Coast's open-door policy has been a factor in generating these dire circumstances? And systemic inequality from not taxing the ultra-wealthy?


War Whore

How US Hardliners Ensured Soviet Withdrawal Did Not Lead to Peace in Afghanistan

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© Sputnik / V. Kiselev
Thirty years after the withdrawal of the last Soviet forces from Afghanistan, the US is still fighting the monster they helped create in their anti-Soviet crusade.

February 15, 1989. The date when the Soviet Army left Afghanistan for the last time. Trying to defend the left-wing government in Kabul from US-backed mujahideen had cost the Soviet Union countless millions of rubles and the lives of over 15,000 soldiers. So you can understand why Mikhail Gorbachev wanted out. He actually wanted to withdraw earlier. But the Kremlin's proposals for a negotiated settlement were blocked by neocons in the Reagan administration, who met attempts at compromise from Kabul and Moscow with intransigence and increased support for the most militant factions.

Gorbachev warned of the global consequences of an extremist takeover in Afghanistan, but his words went unheeded. The US, in their determination to give the Soviet Union its own Vietnam, helped create a Frankenstein monster which they are still fighting, or pretending to fight, today.

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US-led Anti-Iran Circus in Warsaw Unravels as Farce

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to Polish president Andrzej Duda: "So you're gonna own the Holocaust, right?"
A conference in Warsaw this week was billed as reinstating the US' lead role in diplomacy for the Mideast. The absence of Russia and other European leaders only served to expose the ill-conceived summit and Washington's isolation.

When the forum was initially planned last year by the Trump administration, the purpose was to bring Washington back in from the diplomatic cold which it had opted for by abandoning the international nuclear accord with Iran.

Trump's tearing up of the Iran deal in May 2018 had isolated the US from other signatories: Russia, China and the Europeans. By holding a high-level conference on Iran, the idea was to burnish Washington's diplomatic standing in the Middle East.

The trouble was that from the outset most would-be participants saw the real agenda of the meeting as an attempt by Washington to drum up international support for further antagonizing Iran with economic sanctions.


Comment: Or, if you're Netanyahu, declaring "a common interest of war with Iran."

Where does that - to quote a former French foreign minister "shitty little country" get off??


Comment: Meanwhile, US Vice Pence - that beady-eyed quisling - took the opportunity to don a kippah and warn Europeans that Iranians are literally Hitler.

The best part of the conference came when Netanyahu's plane was about to take off:

Israeli PM Netanyahu's plane gets damaged before take-off in Warsaw

Perhaps a local worker didn't take too kindly to Netanyahu lecturing Poland - in Warsaw! - about its supposed perfidy in the Holocaust.

The hosts meanwhile used the occasion to bash Germany's idea of a pan-European army (i.e., something to replace US-controlled NATO). While that may or may not be a good idea, the obsequiousness of Poland to the Anglo-Zionist-American order is stomach-churning.

As Putin said of the circus in Warsaw, specifically regarding the vassals' acquiescence to US unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty, and thus the likely return of American missile silos in European countries, "Where is their sovereignty?"

One can only hope that US irrelevance and bluster will become more obvious with each new pantomime, and that countries will continue to 'grow a pair' by becoming sovereign and thus free of the malignant meddling of despotic regimes like the US, UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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Health

Objective: Health - Law or Flaw? Let's Talk About Abortion

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When is abortion okay and when is it just killing babies? What are the limits? Is it really a women's rights issue, or is there more to it?

The so-called Reproductive Health Act states that "every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion." This erases the state's recognition of preborn babies older than 24 weeks as potential homicide victims, removes abortion from the penal code entirely, and allows licensed health practitioners other than medical doctors to perform abortion procedures.

This has many people up in arms as it essentially removes the limits on abortion. The Left frames it as a victory for women's rights while the Right are calling those who promote the new mandate participants in a culture of death who authorize infanticide.

Join us on this week's episode of Objective: Health as we get down to the nitty gritty on abortion.

Below are some of the links discussed on the show:
https://www.coreysdigs.com/laws/the-a...
https://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261.... https://www.abort73.com/abortion/abor...

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Media Applauds as Trump Makes Globalism Great Again

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© Tom Pennington
Maybe Donald Trump isn't as stupid as I thought. I'd hate to have to admit that publicly, but it does kind of seem like he has put one over on the liberal corporate media this time. Scanning the recent Trump-related news, I couldn't help but notice a significant decline in the number of references to Weimar, Germany, Adolf Hitler, and "the brink of fascism" that America has supposedly been teetering on since Hillary Clinton lost the election. I googled around pretty well, I think, but I couldn't find a single editorial warning that Trump is about to summarily cancel the U.S. Constitution, dissolve Congress, and proclaim himself Führer. Nor did I see any mention of Auschwitz, or any other Nazi stuff ... which is weird, considering that the Hitler hysteria has been a standard feature of the official narrative we've been subjected to for the last two years.

So how did Trump finally get the liberal corporate media to stop calling him a fascist? He did that by acting like a fascist (i.e., like a "normal" president). Which is to say he did the bidding of the deep state goons and corporate mandarins that manage the global capitalist empire ... the smiley, happy, democracy-spreading, post-fascist version of fascism we live under.