23 June 2017

Taking ass kissing and lying to new heights.

Deutsche Welle Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl keepin' it real on Muslim immigration and Dear Leader, Angela Merkel: "Opinion: Angela Merkel, a chancellor for everyone."

A sample:

Potatoes, church towers, products labeled "Made in Germany" and Muslims also all belong to life in the country, according to her [Merkel's] ABCs of Germany.

22 June 2017

The Democrat zoo.

While it’s a bit unfair to personalize the Democratic Party’s problems, Hillary and Bill Clinton have come to represent how the party is viewed by many Americans. Instead of the FDR Democrats, we have the Davos Democrats, the Wall Street Democrats, the Hollywood Democrats, the Silicon Valley Democrats, and now increasingly the Military-Industrial Complex Democrats.

To many Americans struggling to make ends meet, the national Democrats seem committed to the interests of the worldwide elites: global trade, financialization of the economy, robotization of the workplace, and endless war against endless enemies.

And the Snowflake Democrats.

Who can turn this around? Tulsi Gabbard.

Notes
[1]  "Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket." By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews.com, 6/21/17.

Anything but a look in the mirror.

Robert Parry has an excellent article on the dark night of the soul of the Democrats:
By insisting that Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee – after leftist populist Bernie Sanders was pushed aside – the party also ignored the fact that many Americans, including many Democrats, viewed Clinton as the perfectly imperfect candidate for an anti-Establishment year with many Americans still fuming over the Wall Street bailouts and amid the growing sense that the system was rigged for the well-connected and against the average guy or gal.

In the face of those sentiments, the Democrats nominated a candidate who personified how a relatively small number of lucky Americans can play the system and make tons of money while the masses have seen their dreams crushed and their bank accounts drained. And Clinton apparently still hasn’t learned that lesson.[1]

Highly recommended.

Notes
[1]  "Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket." By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews.com, 6/21/17.

Something rotten.

Deir ez-Zor, Syria, was the site of a (anti-Assad) Coalition air strike on a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) position. Some eight minutes later ISIS troops attacked the SAA position. A coincidence it wasn't.

The U.S. maintained that the attack was a "mistake" but it defies logic. The government troops had been there for some time and minimal radio traffic analysis would have clearly shown that those troops were communicating on SAA tactical frequencies, not to mention multiple opportunities to visually inspect the positions by satellite or photo.

More to my point here, the Russian liaison officer attempted to contact his U.S. counterpart over some sort of hotline to call off the strike on the government troops but the latter officer had mysteriously gone "walkabout" and was unavailable. The Coalition strike lasted for, or continued for, about an hour with multiple SAA deaths and injuries. The American position that an officer standing watch at one end of a hot line could wander off for a coffee break with no one to cover for him in his absence is absurd.

Having established itself as an entity given to lies, the U.S. took the position that its attack on a Syrian air force fighter-bomber was necessary because it was attacking Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) troops, or too close too them, is worthless.

In the case of the attack on the Syrian jet, it isn't that a watch officer was absent from his post but that the U.S. did not make any attempt even to use the available coordination channel to avoid tragic errors.

The [Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation] explained the reasons for suspending the memorandum [for preventing incidents in Syria's skies]. According to the ministry, at the moment the Syrian warplane was hit by the US fighter, Russia’s Aerospace Forces were carrying out missions in Syria’s airspace; [sic]

"However, the coalition command did not use the existing communication line between the air commands of Al Udeid Air Base (Qatar) and Khmeimim Air Base to prevent incidents in Syria’s airspace."

"We consider the actions of the US command as a deliberate default on their obligations under the memorandum on on [sic] preventing incidents and providing for safe flights during operations in Syria signed on October 20, 2015," the Defense Ministry stressed.[1]

Apparently, no warning was given by the U.S. plane to the Syrian pilot either. He was just blown out of the sky. Other commentary on the web has also made the point that Turkey has attacked SDF troops with no retaliation or defensive response by the U.S.

As with the attack on Deir ez-Zor, this June 19, 2017 attack on a Syrian war plane smells.

Notes
[1] "Russia cuts deconfliction channel with Washington after US downs Syrian jet." By TASS, 6/19/17 (emphasis added).

H/t: Pundita.

21 June 2017

Reverse Donald Trump.

". . . Paris [Macron] will no longer insist Assad leaving is a pre-condition for peace talks."

* * * *

Between introducing a measure of sanity on Syria in Paris, and attempting a Russia reset it looks like President Macron might turn out to be substantially better than candidate Macron. A kind of reverse Donald Trump if you will.[1]

Notes
[1]  "Macron Has Just Taken France out of the 'Assad Must Go' Camp." By RI Staff, Russia Insider, 6/21/17 (emphasis in original).

More fun.

Fun.

H/t: Russia Insider.

And your first clue was . . . what?

“I think we’re in a time when we can’t ignore the extremism from the Left,” said Oren Segal, the director of the Center on Extremism, an arm of the Anti-Defamation League.[1]
Those guys don't miss a trick.

Notes
[1] "The 'Extremism Experts' Who Used To Fear The Right, Are Now Worried About The Left." By Daniel Lang, SHTFplan.com, 6/20/17.

H/t: Zero Hedge.

The Heritage Foundation signs on to aggressive war.

Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, doubted Moscow would follow through on its threat. Russia, for instance, did not retaliate militarily after Turkey shot down its jet in 2015, he noted.

He called the U.S. military’s decision to shoot down a Syrian jet a “welcome development.”

“Washington has sent a clear message to Moscow that it’s no longer business as usual,” he said. “For too long, the Russians have treated Syria as their own backyard.”[1]

Somebody please just shoot me. Last anyone heard, the Russians are in Syria with the permission of the Syrian government. If anyone is treating Syria as its own back yard it is the U.S. and its "coalition partners." They have no rights under international law to be in or over Syria without Syrian government permission, let alone to put troops on the ground and conduct military operations there.

Notes
[1] "US signals involvement in Syria could escalate." By Rebecca Kheel, The Hill, 6/20/17.

Great headlines.

The Russians Do It Again: Democrats Get Crushed In Georgia Election Despite 7x Spending Advantage.
By Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 6/21/17.