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CIA Director Pompeo’s latest conspiracy theory: Venezuela crisis because of RUSSIA!

He also falsely accused Iran, Cuba and the Lebanese party Hezbollah of operating in Venezuela.

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For most people, the Venezuela crisis is about the political tensions between the popularly elected socialist President Nicolas Maduro and the legislature which backs him, the Constituent Assembly. The executive and Constituent Assembly are in conflict with the pro-US National Assembly whose powers have been reduced after Venezuela’s Supreme Court discovered voting irregularities in the 2015 election. Because of this protesters who are strongly backed and funded by the United States and US based NGOs have been engaged in violent protests and even a small terrorist operation against the government.

But CIA Director Mike Pompeo feels otherwise. For him it is because of RUSSIA,  CUBA, IRAN and HEZBOLLAH!

In a recent interview, Pompeo stated,

“Venezuela could very much become a risk for the United States of America. The Cubans are there; the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there. This is something that has a risk of getting to a very very bad place, so America needs to take this very seriously”.

Let’s break down this patent absurdity point by point.

1. Russia 

Russia has healthy, normal relations with Venezuela. In October of 2016, the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro awarded President Putin the first ever Hugo Chavez Peace Prize.

Russia and Venezuela are both energy producers, but unlike Venezuela, Russia is not in OPEC. Apart from that, Russia maintains an embassy in Caracas and normal bilateral relations.

2. Cuba 

Although the Marxist-Leninism of the Castros is not identical to the Bolivarian Socialism of Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, Cuba has tended to give strong political backing to a fellow left-wing country. Cuba no longer has a Russian military base on its soil but it does still have a very controversial US base at Guantanamo Bay.

Cuba maintains good fraternal relations with Venezuela, but Cuba is in no position to assist Venezuela even if it wanted to. Venezuela due to its oil is a far richer country than the small island of Cuba.

3. Iran 

Iran and Venezuela maintain healthy bilateral relations. Both states are members of OPEC and both states have frequently been the target of US military threats.

Iran’s military however limits itself to the Middle East where it is fighting terrorism in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government.

There is no contingent of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Caracas and there probably never will be. The only Iranians in Venezuela are those in the embassy as well as the occasional international businessman.

4. Hezbollah 

The Lebanese political party Hezbollah has literally nothing to do with Venezuela. Hezbollah is not an international organisation but a Lebanese one whose armed resistance wing primarily acts to secure southern Lebanon and has more recently helped Syria in its fight against groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

The only remote connection between Venezuela and Lebanon is the fact that Tareck El Aissami, the current Vice President of Venezuela has a Lebanese mother and a Syrian father.

His Druze father was involved in the secular socialist Ba’ath party in the Middle East but not with the primarily Shi’a group Hezbollah.

Apart from this, Venezuela’s connection to the Middle East is limited to the fact that the Venezuelan left strongly supporters Palestine.

Mike Pompeo has yet again shown his penchant for wild conspiracies.

His previous conspiracy theories include stating that Russia rigged the elections in the US where Barack Obama won, that Julian Assange would have been a Nazi in a past life, RT and Sputnik prevent Russia from going to war and this is bad, RT runs Wikileaks.

READ MORE: 5 weird conspiracy theories from CIA Director Mike Pompeo

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VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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“He also falsely accused Iran, Cuba and the Lebanese party Hezbollah of operating in Venezuela.” Wott!!! Surely, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah should not disappoint the Pompous CIA a….. hole? As a sovereign country, Venezuela has the right to call for support from any allies, especially after Trump threatened them with military intervention. It will be then up to those allies to see if they can come to its aid. How else will the rampant US military threat be countered? Or does Maduro want to share the fate of Saddam, Gaddafi and what they had planned for Assad? What the Pompous… Read more »

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Ah, but we know the “story” behind this moron’s back, don’t we.
What this troublemaker actually means is that it is Venezuela own fault that is in trouble with US because she is not handing over its resources and sovereignty to the private company US Inc.
That is all.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Precisely! It is the God-given right of the US to exploit and have access to all resources in their God’s Earth. Why don’t the rest of the world get that message?
Racism, exceptionalism and imperialism. I hope Venezuela calls on allies before they become another Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq etc…

tom
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tom

Yes, all the people who refuse to do exactly what they are told by Washington, immediately, must hate America. And they are all in league together because they HATE OUR FREEDOMS.

Psychological projection is being superscaled here.

Constantine
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Constantine

And yet, it was Trump himself who handpicked this moron. The current POTUS should realize that if he wants to show strength then he must go after the powerful vested interests in Washington and within the US in general and not after other countries that have not threatened his. This childish display of international machoism is a failed policy and one that damages his presidency as well.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Trump was ordered to pick Pompeo, because this moron was too stupid to get in the way.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Remember what happened to Kennedy when he wanted to rain in the CIA?

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

to rein in

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Thanks for the edit :-))

Constantine
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Constantine

I assume you refer to Kennedy’s attempt to ‘rein’ in the CIA. Well, he tried to work on that and other endeavours which would divert the US from its imperialist course and he paid the price. But what is your point? That Trump should simply betray his promises and opt for supposedly easy solutions? He’s already down this road and his opponents still want him out. Meanwhile, his policies are a compete mesh.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Thanks for the edit :-))
My point is that he is not in charge…Pretending that he is will result in him being stopped one way or the other. This seems to have been pointed out to him already. Trump is entirely unfamiliar with politics and lacks the curiosity to learn. He behaves like a 9-year old tweeting the greatest nonsense that keeps the whole world entertained, but he does NOTHING for this country. Schultz (Germany) considers Trump a danger to this country and a threat to world peace.He is an embarrassment to the office of President….

Constantine
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Constantine

Well, I’m not going to defend Trumps’ current policies or behaviour. My point is that he should have done his best to fight the good fight and he didn’t. In the case of Pompeo, he picked an idiotic ignoramus. In any case, I agree with much of what you said.

An interesting note: plenty of Trump supporters in Breitbart take Pompeo’s statement as some sort of revelation that validates Trump’s threat to use military options against Venezuela. So much about the clearheaded attitude of American ”conservatives” vs the ”liberals”…

Hamletquest
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Hamletquest

Is there something about the Americancas where there is a idiocy quotient? The more important you are the more stupid things you say and the more you think other people are stupid like you?

cap960
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cap960

But of course… it’s Russia’s fault. American sanctions of Venezuela are just there to help the people.

Andrew Orr
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Andrew Orr

If the Russians hadn’t polluted the precious bodily fluids of American politicians they wouldn’t have placed sanctions on Venezuela.

cap960
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cap960

What you are saying Americans are “pussies” need to go after weaker countries. It’s always about Russia with Americans.

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Have to hurry, sorry. — Just googled “Pompeo Venezuela.” One hit http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/08/13/cia-director-mike-pompeo-iran-hezbollah-venezuela/ containing the full interview with Fox. The Company — a.k.a. “the world’s premier intelligence agency” and a.k.a. with the most “exquisite” intelligence and analysts — is cooking up a case for both humanitarian intervention and self-defense. Review the comments: Mike’s Iran- Hezbollah, Russia BS is serious, i.e., he is serious about spicing his dish with this flimsy connecto stuff. And the arms cashes falling into the “wrong hands”, e.g. FARC and the Venezuelan VP a drug dealer….

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As a member of the deep state and proponent of the military-industrial complex, Pompeo is anxious to promote conflict anywhere he can find it. He’s a liar, just like most of his associates in the U.S. “intelligence” community. As is the case with Nikki Haley, it is hard to imagine Trump selecting Pompeo without undue influence from somewhere. He’s certainly not someone who would support Trump’s stated mission.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

What is “Trump’s mission”? He failed to keep his word made to his followers “I’ll never betray you”. He promised to be only the president of the USA, not to pretend to be president of the world. He promised to stop “all the stupid wars”, and in one week he threatened three more countries with military interventions, while far from stopping the stupid war in Afghanistan, he’s sending more thousands troops there. Check out his promises and see how many he renounced, and how many he reversed. About NATO, during the campaign “I said it was obsolete” Trump said. After… Read more »

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Daisy, Trump has not committed to sending more troops to Afghanistan. You might want to read this: https://morningconsult.com/2017/08/14/voters-pessimistic-afghanistan-trump-weighs-boosting-troops/

Regarding NATO and his threats of military action, I’m in full agreement with you.

As for his accomplishment of campaign promises, this article outlines many of them:
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/07/president-trumps-first-six-months-are-historical-with-stock-market-on-fire-and-americans-hopeful-that-america-will-be-great-again/

Andrew Orr
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Andrew Orr

A policy of loosing the war in Afghanistan is a bad idea. The US needs to convince the Taliban that they will get bombed until they agree not support terrorists. That deal could have been done in the first month of the war. They don’t enjoy getting bombed and were not interested in attacking us before we attacked them. It might be possible now because the Taliban is fighting ISIS.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Vladimir Putin was right concerning America, when he said presidents and governments change, but US politics remains the same. Bad administration yesterday=Bad administration today.
Republican presidents continued democrat presidents’ wars and vice-versa. The propaganda transmitted from one to another – intact. I guess it’s genetic by now (or contagious?).

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Daisy, IMO it is correct and it is the ‘Deep State running the US Inc.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

‘Democratic election” is the biggest scam of the establishment to enslave the people, by making them believe they have a choice.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Do they have any people with power in the US that aren’t totally NUTS, this idiot tops the whole Washington litter, moron!!!!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Some other idiots preceded him , the Bushes, Clintons and Obama.
As Oscar Wilde said “America is the only country who jumped from barbarism to decadence, without civilization in between”.

Herbert Dorsey
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Herbert Dorsey

And this is what passes for intelligence! I say fire them all!

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

If you like to do this on that bases then the whole lot will be gone.😀

Jeff
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Jeff

Pompeo went on to say Big Foot stole his favorite socks, because of Russia.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

These people are so full of it…I feel like puking every time.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Mike Pompino – Scaramouche’s older and not much wiser Mafia bruddah.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Just another totally out to lunch “nut-bar”, where do they find these idiots???

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“He has just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wants to eat, but certainly no more.”
― P.G. Wodehouse

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“Venezuela could very much become a risk for the United States of America”

I think that the biggest risk for USA come from … Virgin Islands and Micronesia
“Two things are infinite: the Universe and the human stupidity; and I’m not so sure about the Universe.”― Albert Einstein

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Re. Albert E.
IMO it actually was Mrs. Einstein. She was the Brains behind him.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Common. Einstein had an IQ of 160.

opereta
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opereta

Pompeo is just a straw man. Now a days, even the position of CIA Director has to be covered by a false entity, nobody in good mental health would accept the risk of being a fall man. Kim Jong-un has more legitimacy than this specimen

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Pompeo, another schizophrenic…
All he has to do is stop funding the opposition in Venezuela which the CIA has done for the past 19 years. It’s not working.

Boris Kazlov
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Boris Kazlov

CIA = Complete Idiocy Agency

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

hmmm… Is there a Mount Vesuvius in D.C.?

Shahna
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Well, it is – from his pov.
US is trying so hard, so really really HARD, to make another war and it’s failing EVERYWHERE!
But hey – they still had lil Venezuela – “We can go war VENEZUELA!”

Then that spoilsport Sergey (my favourite teddy bear) said ………… NO.
So … no war … not even in Venny!

Andrew Orr
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Andrew Orr

It’s Russia’s fault that Mike Pompeo has piles.

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Fake news media FREAK OUT over Trump and NATO (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 172.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the media meltdown over remarks that U.S. President Trump may have made with regard to NATO, and how neo-liberal war hawks championing the alliance as some sort of foreign policy projection of peace and democracy, are really just supporting aggression, war, and the eventual weakening of the United States.

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO, Authored by David Swanson:


The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?

Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places like Afghanistan (for Democrats) or Libya (for Republicans), to believing NATO to be a tremendous force for good in the world.

I believe this notion to be propped up by a series of misconceptions that stand in dire need of correction.

1. NATO is not a war-legalizing body, quite the opposite. NATO, like the United Nations, is an international institution that has something or other to do with war, but transferring the UN’s claimed authority to legalize a war to NATO has no support whatsoever in reality. The crime of attacking another nation maintains an absolutely unaltered legal status whether or not NATO is involved. Yet NATO is used within the U.S. and by other NATO members as cover to wage wars under the pretense that they are somehow more legal or acceptable. This misconception is not the only way in which NATO works against the rule of law. Placing a primarily-U.S. war under the banner of NATO also helps to prevent Congressional oversight of that war. Placing nuclear weapons in “non-nuclear” nations, in violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty, is also excused with the claim that the nations are NATO members (so what?). And NATO, of course, assigns nations the responsibility to go to war if other nations go to war — a responsibility that requires them to be prepared for war, with all the damage such preparation does.

2. NATO is not a defensive institution. According to the New York Times, NATO has “deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.” This is an article of faith, based on the unsubstantiated belief that Soviet and Russian aggression toward NATO members has existed for 70 years and that NATO has deterred it rather than provoked it. In violation of a promise made, NATO has expanded eastward, right up to the border of Russia, and installed missiles there. Russia has not done the reverse. The Soviet Union has, of course, ended. NATO has waged aggressive wars far from the North Atlantic, bombing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya. NATO has added a partnership with Colombia, abandoning all pretense of its purpose being in the North Atlantic. No NATO member has been attacked or credibly threatened with attack, apart from small-scale non-state blowback from NATO’s wars of aggression.

3. Trump is not trying to destroy NATO. Donald Trump, as a candidate and as U.S. President, has wondered aloud and even promised all kinds of things and, in many cases, the exact opposite as well. When it comes to actions, Trump has not taken any actions to limit or end or withdraw from NATO. He has demanded that NATO members buy more weapons, which is of course a horrible idea. Even in the realm of rhetoric, when European officials have discussed creating a European military, independent of the United States, Trump has replied by demanding that they instead support NATO.

4. If Trump were trying to destroy NATO, that would tell us nothing about NATO. Trump has claimed to want to destroy lots of things, good and bad. Should I support NAFTA or corporate media or the Cold War or the F35 or anything at all, simply because some negative comment about it escapes Trump’s mouth? Should I cheer for every abuse ever committed by the CIA or the FBI because they investigate Trump? Should I long for hostility between nuclear-armed governments because Democrats claim Trump is a Russian agent? When Trump defies Russia to expand NATO, or to withdraw from a disarmament treaty or from an agreement with Iran, or to ship weapons to Ukraine, or to try to block Russian energy deals in Europe, or to oppose Russian initiatives on banning cyber-war or weapons in space, should I cheer for such consistent defiance of Trump’s Russian master, and do so simply because Russia is, so implausibly, his so-inept master? Or should I form my own opinion of things, including of NATO?

5. Trump is not working for, and was not elected by, Russia.According to the New York Times, “Russia’s meddling in American elections and its efforts to prevent former satellite states from joining the alliance have aimed to weaken what it views as an enemy next door, the American officials said.” But are anonymous “American officials” really needed to acquire Russia’s openly expressed opinion that NATO is a threatening military alliance that has moved weapons and troops to states on Russia’s border? And has anyone produced the slightest documentation of the Russian government’s aims in an activity it has never admitted to, namely “meddling in American elections,” — an activity the United States has of course openly admitted to in regard to Russian elections? We have yet to see any evidence that Russia stole or otherwise acquired any of the Democratic Party emails that documented that party’s rigging of its primary elections in favor of Clinton over Sanders, or even any claim that the tiny amount of weird Facebook ads purchased by Russians could possibly have influenced the outcome of anything. Supposedly Trump is even serving Russia by demanding that Turkey not attack Kurds. But is using non-military means to discourage Turkish war-making necessarily the worst thing? Would it be if your favorite party or politician did it? If Trump encouraged a Turkish war, would that also be a bad thing because Trump did it, or would it be a bad thing for substantive reasons?

6. If Trump were elected by and working for Russia, that would tell us nothing about NATO. Imagine if Boris Yeltsin were indebted to the United States and ended the Soviet Union. Would that tell us whether ending the Soviet Union was a good thing, or whether the Soviet Union was obsolete for serious reasons? If Trump were a Russian pawn and began reversing all of his policies on Russia to match that status, including restoring his support for the INF Treaty and engaging in major disarmament negotiations, and we ended up with a world of dramatically reduced military spending and nuclear armaments, with the possibility of all dying in a nuclear apocalypse significantly lowered, would that too simply be a bad thing because Trump?

7. Russia is not a military threat to the world. That Russia would cheer NATO’s demise tells us nothing about whether we should cheer too. Numerous individuals and entities who indisputably helped to put Trump in the White House would dramatically oppose and others support NATO’s demise. We can’t go by their opinions either, since they don’t all agree. We really are obliged to think for ourselves. Russia is a heavily armed militarized nation that commits the crime of war not infrequently. Russia is a top weapons supplier to the world. All of that should be denounced for what it is, not because of who Russia is or who Trump is. But Russia spends a tiny fraction of what the United States does on militarism. Russia has been reducing its military spending each year, while the United States has been increasing its military spending. U.S. annual increases have sometimes exceeded Russia’s entire military budget. The United States has bombed nine nations in the past year, Russia one. The United States has troops in 175 nations, Russia in 3. Gallup and Pew find populations around the world viewing the United States, not Russia, as the top threat to peace in the world. Russia has asked to join NATO and the EU and been rejected, NATO members placing more value on Russia as an enemy. Anonymous U.S. military officials describe the current cold war as driven by weapons profits. Those profits are massive, and NATO now accounts for about three-quarters of military spending and weapons dealing on the globe.

8. Crimea has not been seized. According to the New York Times, “American national security officials believe that Russia has largely focused on undermining solidarity between the United States and Europe after it annexed Crimea in 2014. Its goal was to upend NATO, which Moscow views as a threat.” Again we have an anonymous claim as to a goal of a government in committing an action that never occurred. We can be fairly certain such things are simply made up. The vote by the people of Crimea to re-join Russia is commonly called the Seizure of Crimea. This infamous seizure is hard to grasp. It involved a grand total of zero casualties. The vote itself has never been re-done. In fact, to my knowledge, not a single believer in the Seizure of Crimea has ever advocated for re-doing the vote. Coincidentally, polling has repeatedly found the people of Crimea to be happy with their vote. I’ve not seen any written or oral statement from Russia threatening war or violence in Crimea. If the threat was implicit, there remains the problem of being unable to find Crimeans who say they felt threatened. (Although I have seen reports of discrimination against Tartars during the past 4 years.) If the vote was influenced by the implicit threat, there remains the problem that polls consistently get the same result. Of course, a U.S.-backed coup had just occurred in Kiev, meaning that Crimea — just like a Honduran immigrant — was voting to secede from a coup government, by no means an action consistently frowned upon by the United States.

9. NATO is not an engaged alternative to isolationism. The notion that supporting NATO is a way to cooperate with the world ignores superior non-deadly ways to cooperate with the world. A nonviolent, cooperative, treaty-joining, law-enforcing alternative to the imperialism-or-isolationism trap is no more difficult to think of or to act on than treating drug addiction or crime or poverty as reason to help people rather than to punish them. The opposite of bombing people is not ignoring them. The opposite of bombing people is embracing them. By the standards of the U.S. communications corporations Switzerland must be the most isolationist land because it doesn’t join in bombing anyone. The fact that it supports the rule of law and global cooperation, and hosts gatherings of nations seeking to work together is simply not relevant.

10. April 4 belongs to Martin Luther King, Jr., not militarism. War is a leading contributor to the growing global refugee and climate crises, the basis for the militarization of the police, a top cause of the erosion of civil liberties, and a catalyst for racism and bigotry. A growing coalition is calling for the abolition of NATO, the promotion of peace, the redirection of resources to human and environmental needs, and the demilitarization of our cultures. Instead of celebrating NATO’s 70thanniversary, we’re celebrating peace on April 4, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech against war on April 4, 1967, as well as his assassination on April 4, 1968.

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Turkey prepared to take Syria’s Manbij, won’t let it turn into ‘swamp’ like N. Iraq

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well.

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Ankara has “almost completed” preparations for another military operation in Syria and will launch it if “promises” made by other parties about the protection of its borders are not kept, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Turkey still hopes that talks with the US, Russia and “other parties” will allow it to ensure its security without resorting to force but it is still ready to proceed with a military option and will not “wait forever,” Erdogan said. He was referring to Ankara’s plans for the northern Syrian territories east of the Euphrates River, which it seeks to turn into a “security zone”free of any Kurdish militias.

“We are on our border with our forces and following developments closely. If promises made to us are kept and the process goes on, that’s fine. Otherwise, we inform that we have almost completed our preparations and will take steps in line with our own strategy,” the president said, addressing a group of businessmen in Ankara on Monday.

He did not elaborate on the promises made. However, they are apparently linked to the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from the Manbij area and the regions along the border with Turkey. “We will never allow a safe zone to turn into a new swamp,” Erdogan said, referring to the northern Syrian territories and comparing them to the northern Iraq, where the militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – an organization that Ankara considers a terrorist group – have been entrenched for decades.

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias, which form the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well. “Our proposal for a security zone under Turkey’s control aims to keep terror organizations away from our borders,” the Turkish president said.

He went on to explain that Ankara does not seek any territorial gains in its military campaigns in Syria but merely seeks to restore order in the war-ravaged country. “We will provide security for Manbij and then we will hand over the city to its real owners,” Erdogan said. “Syria belongs to Syrians.”

Turkey also seeks to establish a “security zone 20 miles [32 kilometers] deep” into Syria, Erdogan said, adding that he already discussed this issue with the US President Donald Trump. “Those who insistently want to keep us away from these regions are seeking to strengthen terror organizations,” he added.

Ankara has been long planning to push YPG units out of the area east of the Euphrates River. Its operation was delayed by the US withdrawal from Syria. However, Erdogan repeatedly hinted that his patience is wearing thin and he is not ready to wait much longer. He warned Trump against backtracking on his pledge to withdraw some 2,000 US forces out of Syria following a suicide attack in Manbij that killed four Americans. If the US president halted the withdrawal, it would mean that Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) had won, Erdogan argued.

He has also reiterated that Turkey is ready to take over Manbij “without delay.” The US military is currently working on security arrangements with the Turkish forces to create a buffer zone between Turkey and the Kurdish fighters. The Kurds, meanwhile, invited the Syrian government to take over the city and have reportedly begun to leave the area. Turkey has dismissed the reports saying its a “psyop”.

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Political Knives Dull Themselves on the Rock of Brexit Article 50

The invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

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Theresa “The Gypsum Lady” May went through an extraordinary twenty-four hours. First, seeing her truly horrific Brexit deal go down in historic defeat and then, somehow, surviving a ‘No-Confidence’ vote which left her in a stronger position than before it.

It looks like May rightly calculated that the twenty or so Tory Remainers would put party before the European Union as their personal political positions would be terminally weakened if they voted her out of office.

While there is little stomach in the British Parliament for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, there is less for allowing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister. And that is the crux of why the incessant calls to delay Brexit, call for a ‘people’s vote’ or, in Corbyn’s case, “take a no-deal Brexit off the table,’ ultimately lead to a whole lot of political knife-fighting and very little substantive action.

The day-to-day headline spam is designed to wear down people’s resistance and make it feel like Brexit getting betrayed is inevitable. That has been the British Deep State’s and EU’s game plan all along and they hoped they could arm-twist enough people in parliament to succeed.

But the problem for them now, since the clock has nearly run out, is the invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

And I don’t see anyone on the Remainer side working towards that end. That should be your clue as to what happens next.

Why? Because they know they don’t have the time to get that act past Parliament. So, the rest of this is simply a PR campaign to push public opinion far enough to allow for an illegal canceling or postponing of Brexit.

But it’s not working.

According to the latest polls, Brits overwhelmingly want the original Brexit vote respectedLeave even has a 5-6 point lead over Remain.

And, I think Theresa May now realizes this. It is why she invited the no-confidence vote against her. She knew she had the votes and it would give her the ammunition to ignore Corbyn’s hysterical ranting about taking a no-deal Brexit off the table.

Whether she realizes that the only negotiating tool she has with the EU is the threat of a No-Deal Brexit, exactly like Nigel Farage and those committed to Brexit have been telling her for two years is still, however, up in the air.

It looks like she’s finally starting to get it.

The net result is we are seeing a similar outing of the nefarious, behind-the-scenes, power brokers in the public eye similar to what’s been happening in the US with Donald Trump and Russiagate.

May has been singularly unimpressive in her handling of Brexit. I’ve been convinced from the beginning that betraying Brexit was always her goal. Negotiating a deal unacceptable to anyone was meant to exhaust everyone into the position to just throwing up their hands and canceling the whole thing.

The EU has been in the driver’s seat the entire time because most of the British establishment has been on their side and it was only the people who needed to be disrespected.

So, after all of these shananigans we are back to where we were last week. May has cut off all avenues of discussion. She won’t commit to taking ‘no-deal’ off the table to tweak Corbyn. She won’t substantively move on any other issue. This is likely to push her deal through as a last-minute panic move.

Corbyn is still hoping to get new elections to take power, and the majority of MP’s who don’t want to leave the EU keep fighting among themselves to cock up the entire works.

All they are doing is expending pound after pound of political capital beating themselves against their own act of Parliament which goes into effect on March 29th.

By the time that date comes around the frustration, shame and humiliation of how Parliament has mishandled Brexit will make it difficult for a lot of Remainers to hold together their majority as public opinion has decidedly turned against them.

In the past the EU has had that façade of democratic support undermining any change at the political level. With Brexit (and with budget talks in Italy) that is not the case. The people are angry.

The peak moment for Remainers to stage a bipartisan political coup against May should have been the most recent no-confidence vote.

With May surviving that it implies that Remainers are not willing to die politically for their cause.

This should begin to see defectors over the next couple of weeks as they realize they don’t have a hand to play either.

And by May refusing to rule out a ‘no-deal’ Brexit it has finally brought the EU around to throw a bone towards the British. Their admitting they would extend Article 50 is just that. But they know that’s a non-starter as that is the one thing May has been steadfast in holding to.

On March 29th with or without a deal the U.K. is out of the EU. Because despite the European Court of Justice’s decision, Britain’s parliament can only cancel Article 50 at this point by acting illegally.

Not that I would put that past these people, but then that opens up a can of worms that most British MP’s will not go along with. The personal stakes are simply too high.

When dealing with politicians, never bet against their vanity or their pocketbook. In May’s case she may finally have realized she could have the legacy of getting Britain out of the EU just before it collapses.

And all she has to do between now and the end of March is, precisely, nothing.

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