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BREAKING: North Korea will not stop nuclear program until achieving parity with US

Similar bellicose statements from the US and South Korea, indicate that we are in the preliminary states of an arms race.

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North Korean media is reporting a statement from the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un which states that Pyongyang will never cease building its nuclear programme until its capabilities and arsenal are equal to that of the United States.

This comes hours after Donald Trump announced plans to end the so-called Defense Spending Sequester which caps the amount of money the US armed forces can be given during any given financial year.

In this sense, both the US and North Korea appear to be in an open arms race. While the US is vastly ahead of North Korea in terms of nuclear firepower, the duel announcements go against the spirit of the Sino-Russian peace plan for Korea which calls for a ‘double-freeze’ on weapons build-ups among both Korean States. This includes a request that the US ceases its deliveries of THAAD missile systems to South Korea.

Earlier, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated that if necessary his country is ready to completely destroy North Korea.

None of these statements bode well in respect of de-escalating the conflict.

 

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More nonsense. North Korea will never have “parity” with the US’ 5-6,000 nuclear warheads. Just more bombast from NK. Kim is an idiot. He doesn’t realize that nukes are only a deterrent if you have enough of them in a deliverable form – to be a credible existential threat. NK doesn’t have that and the more he threatens, the more his REAL conventional deterrent erodes its deterrent value. Countries that think that giving up nukes means they’ll get invaded like Saddam and Gaddafi don’t realize that even with nukes those two countries would have been invaded BEFORE they actually got… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

It’s people without nukes that get invaded and pulverized by the paid thugs of the Washington imperialists.

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Didn’t read a word I said…

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I re-read what you said. It was just as poorly thought out as the first time I read it.

seby
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seby

When DPRK has confirmed the ability to do serious damage to the lickspittles of the south, Japan and US empire bases in the region, a state of MAD and peace will sadly be in place.

Anyway this is all about geopolitical games against China and Russia. This specific subject is moot.

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Hey, not that is an example of excellent reasoning. I hope richardstevenhack can profit from it.

I bet Japan got totally turned off on any more aggression against the DPRK, with the first missile flying over them.

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seby

Apparently both North and South missile tests fly over Japan into the Pacific. It’s a worry, what will happen, if an “accident”/false flag occurs! Like I said before, MAD is a sad state to engage in international relations with.

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Kim Jong-un is not an idiot. He is one of the leaders of a nuclear armed state.

richardstevenhack
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Who will probably shortly be the dead leader of a disarmed nuclear armed state – like Saddam.

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Dream on – US has had its bluff called & can’t do shit !

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Jim Mooney

The main reason he is building them is because he saw what happened to Iraq and Libya. Two states that didn’t even threaten the US, which starts phony wars for phony reasons.

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HI ONLY NEED 1..2..3. OR SO TO DO ENOUGH DAMAGE EXPLODED IN THAT MANY CITIES TO KILL MILLIONS IN USA. MOST LIKELY HE HAS THAT MANY HIDDEN ON THE USA SOIL

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Do you realize that remarks like that label you as someone who can’t ever be taken seriously?

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Yeah – we see your avatar 馃檪

BobValdez
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BobValdez

With an avatar like that, you are obviously 12 years old and have no idea what’s really happening in the world. Why do you think we should take YOU seriously?

Tony
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Tony

Actually it’s you who are straying into delusion teritorry….if an invasion was reasonably feasible, they would’ve done it already years ago….the destrauction would be immense and it would likely involve the PLA

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING – although I have to get Putin out from under my bed 馃槈

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You have TOTALLY misunderstood the point of his comment. He is well aware that DPRK will never have parity with the US in terms of nuclear arsenal. However that means that DPRK will continue down its nuclear path as is its right ….as much right as the US has to maintain such an arsenal considering that its the only country in the world irresponsible enough to have deployed such weapons against civilian targets. There is NO chance of DPRK getting invaded. Both China AND Russia will ensure that does not happen and the US has already been warned . Don’t… Read more »

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Jim Mooney

Even General MacArthur said the destruction and death of the Korean war made him sick, and he fought the Japanese for years. This is Not a war we want or need.

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K-dub

U.S tucked tail in Syria after Russia entered the fray…and the rank and file of the US military was giving push back about being in Syria (very small invasion) BEFORE Russia
U.S is going to bark, threaten, whine, complain about NK a lot more than they already have and just like in Syria..the outcome has already been decideed.

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The US can have 20,000 nukes all it takes is 1 modern weapon well placed and the US is all over.Nukes are becoming a media weapon to bolster bravado and bank accounts the weapons of today are truly the end,the countries that have them don’t want to have them but have no choice because of the rogue state of America.

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, where Ok, I’ll weigh in on this, just in case it makes sense to keep a bit more of the full landscape in view. First, and not only for entertainment purposes, http://stevepieczenik.com/warning-to-kim-jong-un/ where Pieczenik, old psy-ops regime-changer, US IC and Trumpist says i.a. “Warning to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un: While You Send Nuclear Bombs Overseas your Loyal Military/Intelligence is Preparing for Your Neutralization!” and “The fact remains that North Korean leadership had been infiltrated by both South Korean and Chinese operatives who could have assassinated your family members at a moment鈥檚 notice. Kim Jong-un: nothing has changed since… Read more »

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RUSSIAN MILITARY OBSERVED NO FIGHTING BETWEEN ISIS AND SDF NORTH OF DEIR EZZOR IN LAST DAYS 9-17-17 The Russian military have not observed any fighting between ISIS and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor city over the past few days, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said commenting on the US-led coalition鈥檚 allegations that Russian forces struck SDF units fighting against ISIS on September 16. 鈥淥ver the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists… Read more »

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Is the Violent Dismemberment of Russia Official US Policy?

Neocons make the case that聽the West should not only seek to contain 鈥淢oscow鈥檚 imperial ambitions鈥 but to actively seek the dismemberment of Russia as a whole.

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Authored by Erik D’Amato via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity:


If there鈥檚 one thing everyone in today鈥檚 Washington can agree on, it鈥檚 that聽whenever an official or someone being paid by the government says something truly outrageous or dangerous, there should be consequences, if only a fleeting moment of media fury.

With one notable exception:聽Arguing that the US should be quietly working to promote the violent disintegration and carving up of the largest country on Earth.

Because聽so much of the discussion around US-Russian affairs is marked by hysteria and hyperbole,聽you are forgiven for assuming this is an exaggeration. Unfortunately it isn鈥檛. Published in the Hill under the dispassionate title聽鈥淢anaging Russia鈥檚 dissolution,鈥聽author Janusz Bugajski makes the case that聽the West should not only seek to contain 鈥淢oscow鈥檚 imperial ambitions鈥 but to actively seek the dismemberment of Russia as a whole.

Engagement, criticism and limited sanctions have simply reinforced Kremlin perceptions that the West is weak and predictable. To curtail Moscow鈥檚 neo-imperialism a new strategy is needed, one that nourishes Russia鈥檚 decline and manages the international consequences of its dissolution.

Like many contemporary cold warriors, Bugajski聽toggles back and forth between overhyping Russia鈥檚 might and its weaknesses, notably a lack of economic dynamism and a rise in ethnic and regional fragmentation.But his primary argument is unambiguous: That the West should actively stoke longstanding regional and ethnic tensions with the ultimate aim of a dissolution of the Russian Federation, which Bugajski dismisses as an 鈥渋mperial construct.鈥

The rationale for dissolution should be logically framed: In order to survive, Russia needs a federal democracy and a robust economy; with no democratization on the horizon and economic conditions deteriorating, the federal structure will become increasingly ungovernable…

To manage the process of dissolution and lessen the likelihood of conflict that spills over state borders, the West needs to establish links with Russia鈥檚 diverse regions and promote their peaceful transition toward statehood.

Even more alarming is Bugajski鈥檚 argument that the goal should not be self-determination for breakaway Russian territories, but the聽annexing of these lands to other countries.聽鈥淪ome regions could join countries such as Finland, Ukraine, China and Japan, from whom Moscow has forcefully appropriated territories in the past.鈥

It is, needless to say, impossible to imagine anything like this happening without sparking a series of conflicts that could mirror the Yugoslav Wars. Except in this version the US would directly culpable in the ignition of the hostilities, and in range of 6,800 Serbian nuclear warheads.

So who is Janusz Bugajski, and who is he speaking for?

The author bio on the Hill鈥檚 piece identifies him as a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington, D.C. think-tank. But CEPA is no ordinary talk shop: Instead of the usual foundations and well-heeled individuals,聽its financial backers聽seem to be mostly arms of the US government, including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the US Mission to NATO, the US-government-sponsored National Endowment for Democracy, as well as as veritable who’s who of defense contractors, including Raytheon, Bell Helicopter, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Textron. Meanwhile, Bugajski chairs the South-Central Europe area studies program at the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State.

To put it in perspective, it is akin to a Russian with deep ties to the Kremlin and arms-makers arguing that the Kremlin needed to find ways to break up the United States and, if possible, have these breakaway regions absorbed by Mexico and Canada.聽(A scenario which alas is not as far-fetched as it might have been a few years ago; many thousands in California now openly talk of a 鈥淐alexit,鈥 and many more in Mexico of a聽reconquista.)

Meanwhile, it鈥檚 hard to imagine a quasi-official voice like Bugajski鈥檚 coming out in favor of a similar policy聽vis-a-vis聽China, which has its own restive regions, and which in geopolitical terms is no more or less of a threat to the US than Russia. One reason may be that China would consider an American call for secession by the Tibetans or Uyghurs to be a serious intrusion into their internal affairs, unlike Russia, which doesn鈥檛 appear to have noticed or been ruffled by Bugajski鈥檚 immodest proposal.

Indeed, just as the real scandal in Washington is what’s legal rather than illegal, the real outrage in this case is that few or none in DC finds Bugajski鈥檚 virtual declaration of war notable.

But it is.聽It is the sort of provocation that international incidents are made of,聽and if you are a US taxpayer, it is聽being made in your name,聽and it should be among your outrages of the month.

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Vladimir Putin visits Serbia, as NATO encircles the country it attacked in 1999 (Video)

The Duran 鈥 News in Review 鈥 Episode 171.

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The Duran鈥檚 Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss聽Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Serbia.

Putin met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to further develop bilateral trade and economic relations, as well as discuss pressing regional issues including the possibility of extending the Turkish Stream gas pipeline into Serbia, and the dangerous situation around Kosovo.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin got a hero鈥檚 welcome in Belgrade. The one-day visit to the last holdout against NATO鈥檚 ambitions in the Balkans may have been somewhat short on substance, but was certainly loaded with symbolism.

Even before he landed, the Russian leader was given an honor guard by Serbian air force MiGs, a聽2017 gift from Moscow to replace those destroyed by NATO during the 1999 air campaign that ended with the occupation of Serbia鈥檚 province of Kosovo. Russia has refused to recognize Kosovo鈥檚 US-backed declaration of independence, while the US and EU have insisted on it.

Upon landing, Putin began his first official trip of 2019 by paying respects to the Soviet soldiers who died liberating Belgrade from Nazi occupation in 1944. While most Serbians haven鈥檛 forgotten their historical brotherhood in arms with Russia, it did not hurt to聽remind the West聽just who did the bulk of the fighting against Nazi Germany back in World War II.

After official talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Putin visited the Church of St. Sava, the grand Orthodox basilica set on the spot where the Ottoman Turks torched the remains of the first Serbian archbishop back in 1594, in an effort to maintain power.

Sava, whose brother Stefan became the聽鈥渇irst-crowned鈥聽king of medieval Serbia, was responsible for setting up the autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church exactly eight centuries ago this year. For all its own troubles, the Serbian Church has sided with Moscow in the current聽Orthodox schism聽over Ukraine.

Russian artisans have been working on the grand mosaic inside the basilica, and asked Putin to complete the design by placing the last three pieces, in the colors of the Russian flag.

Whether by sheer coincidence or by design, Putin also weighed in on Serbia鈥檚 culture war, giving interviews ahead of his visit to two daily newspapers that still publish in Serbian Cyrillic 鈥 while the majority of the press, whether controlled by the West or by Vucic, prefers the Latin variant imported from Croatia.

Western media usually refer to Serbia as a聽鈥淩ussian ally.鈥聽While this is true in a historical and cultural sense, there is no formal military alliance between Moscow and Belgrade. Serbia officially follows the policy of military neutrality, with its armed forces taking part in exercises alongside both Russian and NATO troops.

This is a major source of irritation for NATO, which seeks dominion over the entire Balkans region. Most recently, the alliance extended聽membership to Montenegro聽in 2017 without putting the question to a referendum. It is widely expected that聽鈥淣orthern Macedonia鈥聽would get an invitation to NATO as soon as its name change process is complete 鈥 and that was arranged by a deal both Macedonia and Greece seem to have been聽pressured into by Washington.

That would leave only Serbia outside the alliance 鈥 partly, anyway, since NATO has a massive military base in the disputed province of Kosovo, and basically enjoys special status in that quasi-state. Yet despite Belgrade鈥檚 repeated declarations of Serbia wanting to join the EU, Brussels and Washington have set recognition of Kosovo as the key precondition 鈥 and no Serbian leader has been able to deliver on that just yet, though Vucic聽has certainly tried.

Putin鈥檚 repeated condemnations of NATO鈥檚 1999 attack, and Russian support for Serbia鈥檚 territorial integrity guaranteed by the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, have made him genuinely popular among the Serbs, more so than Vucic himself. Tens of thousands of people showed up in Belgrade to greet the Russian president.

While Vucic鈥檚 critics have alleged that many of them were bused in by the government 鈥 which may well be true, complete with signs showing both Vucic and Putin 鈥 there is no denying the strong pro-Russian sentiment in Serbia, no matter how hard聽Integrity Initiative operatives聽have tried.

One of the signs spotted in Belgrade reportedly said聽鈥渙ne of 300 million,鈥聽referring to the old Serbian joke about there being聽鈥300 million of us 鈥 and Russians.鈥聽However, it is also a send-up of the slogan used by current street protesters against Vucic. For the past six weeks, every Saturday, thousands of people have marched through Belgrade, declaring themselves聽鈥1 of 5 million鈥聽after Vucic said he wouldn鈥檛 give in to their demands even if聽鈥渇ive million showed up.鈥

The opposition Democrats accuse him of corruption, nepotism, mismanagement, cronyism 鈥 all the sins they themselves have plenty of experience with during their 12-year reign following Serbia鈥檚聽color revolution. Yet they鈥檝e had to struggle for control of the marches with the nationalists, who accuse Vucic of preparing to betray Kosovo and want聽鈥渉im to go away, but [Democrats] not come back.鈥

There is plenty of genuine discontent in Serbia with Vucic, who first came to power in 2012 on a nationalist-populist platform but quickly began to rule as a pro-NATO liberal. It later emerged that western PR firms had a key role in his party鈥檚聽鈥渕akeover鈥聽from Radicals to Progressives. Yet his subsequent balancing act between NATO and Russia has infuriated both the NGOs and politicians in Serbia beholden to Western interests,聽and US diplomats聽charged with keeping the Balkans聽conquered.

Washington is busy with its own troubles these days, so there was no official comment to Putin鈥檚 visit from the State Department 鈥 only a somewhat pitiful and聽tone-deaf tweet聽by Ambassador Kyle Scott, bemoaning the lack of punishment for $1 million in damages to the US Embassy during a 2008 protest against Kosovo聽鈥渋ndependence.鈥聽Yet as far as Western media outlets are concerned, why Moscow seems to be vastly more popular than Washington on the streets of Belgrade nonetheless remains a mystery.

By Nebojsa Malic

 

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Curious Bedfellows: The Neocon And Progressive Alliance To Destroy Donald Trump

The neocon metamorphosis is nearly complete as many of the neocons, who started out as Democrats, have returned home, where they are being welcomed for their hardline foreign policy viewpoint.

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The Roman poet Ovid鈥檚 masterful epic聽The Metamorphoses聽includes the memorable opening line regarding the poem鈥檚 central theme of transformation. He wrote聽In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora,聽which has been translated as聽鈥淥f shapes transformed to bodies strange, I purpose to entreat鈥︹

Ovid framed his narrative around gods, heroes and quasi-historical events but if he were around today, he would no doubt be聽fascinated by the many transformations of the group that has defined itself as neoconservative.The movement began in a cafeteria in City College of New York in the 1930s, where a group of radical Jewish students would meet to discuss politics and developments in Europe. Many of the founders were from the far left, communists of the Trotskyite persuasion, which meant that they believed in permanent global revolution led by a vanguard party.聽The transformation into conservatives of a neo-persuasion took place when they were reportedly 鈥渕ugged by reality鈥 into accepting that the standard leftist formulae were not working to transform the world rapidly enough.聽As liberal hawks, they then hitched their wagon to the power of the United States to bring about transformation by force if necessary and began to infiltrate institutions like the Pentagon to give themselves the tools to achieve their objectives, which included promotion of regime change wars, full spectrum global dominance and unconditional support for Israel.

The neocons initially found a home with Democratic Senator Henry 鈥淪coop鈥 Jackson, but they moved on in the 1970s and 1980s to prosper under Ronald Reagan as well as under Democrat Bill Clinton.聽Their ability to shape policy peaked under George W. Bush, when they virtually ran the Pentagon and were heavily represented in both the national security apparatus and in the White House. They became adept at selling their mantra of 鈥渟trong national defense鈥 to whomever was buying, including to President Obama, even while simultaneously complaining about his administration鈥檚 鈥渨eakness.鈥

The neoconservatives lined up behind Hillary Clinton in 2016, appalled by Donald Trump鈥檚 condemnation of their centerpiece war聽in Iraq and even more so by his pledge to end the wars in Asia and nation-building projects while also improving relations with the Russians. They worked actively against the Republican candidate both before he was nominated and elected and did everything they could to stop him, including libeling him as a Russian agent.

When Trump was elected, it, therefore, seemed that the reign of the neocons had ended, but聽chameleonlike, they have changed shape and are now ensconced both in some conservative as well as in an increasing number of progressive circles in Washington and in the media.聽Against all odds, they have even captured key posts in the White House itself with the naming of聽John Bolton as National Security Adviser聽and Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Bolton鈥檚 Chief of Staff is聽Fred Fleitz, a leading neocon and Islamophobe while last week Trump聽added Iran hawk聽Richard Goldberg to the National Security Council as director for countering Iranian weapons of mass destruction. Goldberg is an alumnus of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is the leading neocon think tank calling incessantly for war with Iran.

Meanwhile, the neocon metamorphosis is nearly complete as many of the neocons, who started out as Democrats, have returned home, where they are being welcomed for their hardline foreign policy viewpoint.聽Glenn Greenwald聽reports that, based on polling of party supporters, the Democrats have gone full-Hillary and are now by far more hawkish than the Republicans, unwilling to leave either Syria or Afghanistan.

The neocon survival and rejuvenation is particularly聽astonishing in that they have been wrong about virtually everything,聽most notably the catastrophic Iraq War. They have never been held accountable for anything, though one should note that accountability is not a prominent American trait, at least since Vietnam. What is important is that neocon views have been perceived by the media and punditry as being part of the Establishment consensus, which provides them with access to programming all across the political spectrum.聽That is why neocon standard-bearers like Bill Kristol and Max Boot have been able to move effortlessly from Fox News to MSNBC where they are f锚ted by the likes of Rachel Maddow.聽They applauded the Iraq War when the Establishment was firmly behind it and are now trying to destroy Donald Trump鈥檚 presidency because America鈥檚 elite is behind that effort.

Indeed, the largely successful swing by the neocons from right to left has in some ways become more surreal, as an increasing number of progressive spokesmen and institutions have lined up behind their perpetual warfare banner.聽The ease with which the transformation took place reveals, interestingly, that the neocons have no real political constituency apart from voters who feel threatened and respond by supporting perpetual war, but they do share many common interests with the so-called liberal interventionists.聽Neocons see a global crisis for the United States defined in terms of power while the liberals see the struggle as a moral imperative, but the end result is the same: intervention by the United States.聽This fusion is clearly visible in Washington, where the Clintons鈥 Center for American Progress (CAP) is now聽working on position papers聽with the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

One of the most active groups attacking President Trump is 鈥淩epublicans for the Rule of Law,鈥 founded by Bill Kristol in January 2018, as a component of聽Defending Democracy Together(DDT),聽a 501(c)4 lobbying group that also incorporates projects called聽The Russia Tweets聽and聽Republicans Against Putin.聽Republicans Against Putin聽promotes the view that President Trump is not 鈥渟tand[ing] up to [Vladimir] Putin鈥 and calls for more aggressive investigation of the Russian role in the聽2016 election.

DDT is a prime example of how the neoconservatives and traditional liberal interventionists have come together as it is in part funded by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire co-founder of eBay聽who has provided聽DDT with $600,000 in two grants through his聽Democracy Fund Voice, also a 501(c)4. Omidyar is a political liberal who has given millions of dollars to progressive organizations and individuals since 1999.聽Indeed, he is regarded as聽a top funder of liberal causesin the United States and even globally together with Michael Bloomberg and George Soros.聽His Democracy Fund awarded $9 million in grants in 2015 alone.

Last week, the Omidyar-Kristol connection may have deepened with an announcement regarding the launch of聽the launch of聽a new webzine聽The Bulwark,聽which would clearly be at least somewhat intended to take the place of the recently deceased聽Weekly Standard. It is聽promoting itself聽as the center of the 鈥淣ever Trump Resistance鈥 and it is being assumed that at least some of the聽Omidyar money is behind it.

Iranian-born Omidyar鈥檚 relationship with Kristol is clearly based on the hatred that the two share regarding Donald Trump.

Omidyar聽has stated聽that聽Trump is a 鈥渄angerous authoritarian demagogue… endorsing Donald Trump immediately disqualifies you from any position of public trust.鈥

He has tweeted that聽Trump suffers from 鈥渇ailing mental capacity鈥 and is both 鈥渃orrupt and incapacitated.鈥

Omidyar is what he is 鈥 a hardcore social justice warrior who supports traditional big government and globalist liberal causes, most of which are antithetical to genuine conservatives.聽But what is interesting about the relationship with Kristol is that it also reveals what the neoconservatives are all about.聽Kristol and company have never been actual conservatives on social issues, a topic that they studiously avoid, and their foreign policy is based on two principles: creating a state of perpetual war based on fearmongering about foreign enemies while also providing unlimited support for Israel.聽Kristol hates Trump because he threatens the war agenda while Omidyar despises the president for traditional progressive reasons.聽That hatred is the tie that binds and it is why Bill Kristol, a man possessing no character and values whatsoever, is willing to take Pierre Omidyar鈥檚 money while Pierre is quite happy to provide it to destroy a common enemy, the President of the United States of America.

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