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The Eastern Economic Forum is a unique meeting which will be attended by delegations from Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea and North Korea.

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Hours after the 9th annual BRICS summit wrapped up in Xiaman, China, delegates from East and South East Asia have begun arriving in the Russian city of Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum. 

The Forum is an event designed to enhance economic partnerships and cooperation between multiple Asian nations including Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam and the Korean states.

This year’s summit occurs days after North Korea tested what is thought to be a hydrogen-weapon. Russia and China have both condemned the move and support UN sanctions against Pyongyang, but are equally opposed to further crippling unilateral sanctions from Washington.

With many suspecting that North Korea would boycott the event, Russian officials have confirmed otherwise, stating that the North Korean delegation is already in Vladivostok.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is to arrive shortly along with the South Korean delegation. While the Korean crisis is set to dominate discussions that would otherwise have been reserved for discussing trade and economic matters, it is not yet clear if the North and South Korean delegations will interact at any level.

Many suspect that Russian President Vladimir Putin who hosts the event will attempt to conduct dialogue with the representatives of both Korean states in order to try and de-escalate regional tensions.

The Eastern Economic Forum officially begins on the 6th of September and runs through the 7th.

 

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Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

RT reported yesterday that the US “allowed” the South Korean military to increase the payload capacity of their missiles from 500kg to more. IF that is so, is South Korea ruled by the US? Why does South Korea need permission to increase any thing on their own territory?
https://www.rt.com/news/401982-skorea-us-to-lift-warhead-limit/

Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew the real rules of the game that the countries are required to play with, instead of just watching the shadows on the wall, never allowed entrance or a seat at the table to find out?

seby
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seby

The US doesnt want allies, just vassals.

Patrice de Bergeracpas
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Patrice de Bergeracpas

Fr that to happen the US would have to be a REAL democracy and not the fraud it is, a plutocracy ruled by the filthy rich 0.00001%.

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Northwestern/Princeton study proves it’s an Oligarchic Dictatorship: https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf That’s why I hope beyond hope, when the counter revolution to take back the gov’t occurs by it’s citizens here in the US, some country tries to help the population, instead of watching us die while popping corks of champagne. I don’t hold out much hope for that. The population of the US is as captured as any drone struck wedding party or funeral procession in a desert. We can’t vote anyone out (over 97% of incumbents return to office, about the same as a communist dictatorship), we can’t organize (total surveillance… Read more »

Addison DePitt
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Addison DePitt

Jeffrey, you’re still profoundly confused. The brainwash you deplore and wish to rejects has also infected your mind. For starters, you have no idea what communism is really like, nor the way people lived their lives in the Soviet Union, for example, or China today. You won’t e able to get out of this mess by accusing the capitalists who run this plutocrats fraud of acting or being descendants of communist because that is plain absurd. Wacko. Like the old canard floated or a century now that Lenin was helped by the Rockefellers. Right. And I have a nice bridge… Read more »

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

So true what you said … especially as our lives and futures are in their self serving hands– because it is we, the collective taxpayers, who make the world go round. Wonder if we all refuse simultaneously to continue paying our taxes and keep their kitty full! — Jeez, the consternation as the wheels come off their plans, would be a hoot– our combined laughter would be so loud, it would shake the planet! After all what can they do, when the masses commit as one to ‘civil disobedience’ on a global scale? You want our money– change your global… Read more »

santiago
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santiago

They will find other ways to make you pay taxes, in some countries you do not pay taxes directly the company you work for or does business with you pay directly and they have no choice, or they get hefty fines and lose stock/ownership which gets sold by the government.

So how can you refuse to pay taxes if you are unable to do so?

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Ja– was just ragging of course… but still, one’s constantly thinking of some way one can peacefully send these mindless global warmongers packing!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew the real rules of the game that the countries are required to play with”

Look up the US’s SOFA agreement to give yourself an idea.

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

I’ll look it up now. Ty.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

SK makes some of its own weapons and imports others. Here is the info on where it gets them from.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_equipment_of_the_Republic_of_Korea_Army

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Like an Employer to Employee dictate. YOU do this, you do that, you don’t do this, you don’t do that SK was required by directive of the US to only have less than 500kg payloads on their missiles… That’s what I mean. I didn’t realize SK is not a sovereign country, but another vassal state of the US. Makes sense, given the women of SK know somethings wrong, and have literally closed their wombs for business at least as severely as the Japanese women making death rates exceed birth rates. White women are #1 though, having so few babies the… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

You can take for granted that ANY “nation” with a SOFA with the US is a vassal of the US. They are also used as bait and road kill in the US wars….you know their favourite saying regarding their wars…that they “lead from behind”. In other words, your citizens die in a war WE started, and when they have been wiped out we come in to save the day and “win the war”

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“IF Kim really does have miniaturized nuclear warheads, China will invade NK to preempt the US from taking the mineral resources. I forgot which intelligence source I got that from, but it seems spot on. The guy said, China would move within a week, if they determine Kim has what he says he has. So holy cow, Batman!” Do you have a link for that info?? What is your source for this: “Supposibly, there has already been talks between the US, China and Russia on the partitioning of the Korean peninsula after China invades ongoing for a while now…similar to… Read more »

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Of course Syria refuses any partitioning of it’s country…at the same time the US over decorum, international law, and the universe’s just shaking it’s head, has at least 5 large air bases in Syria, without an invitation, and with a gtfo demand from Syria. But the US has the same gtfo demands in Iraq, and Afghanistan too (who knows about all the African countries, even Japan said gtfo at different times over the years), but they don’t seem to hear that either. I’m uncertain this time if I heard it or read it…I’ll try to find it again, I think… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

No problem. Take care of yourself!

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

There are some indications that even a US President may not be accorded that privilege.

santiago
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santiago

I have a mixed opinion I believe they give the president certain leeway on some non-issues.

Che Serna
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Che Serna

Actually the facts stands on their own merit. The South Korean military takes orders (since the 50’s) from an American 4 star general. South Korea therefore is hardly an independent state!

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Great to know…I learned something today. ffs, this is bad news. The theory proffered is this: The US wants to encircle CHINA with THAAD missile systems. The US military is pretty sure they DON’T work, so they dared not take the shot to down the missiles Kim is shooting over Japan and everywhere else. I think they DID try and failed but kept that secret, but I have no info either way, other than a missile flying over Japan would never be allowed UNLESS they couldn’t stop it. The US military and their arms suppliers THINK they can play like… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

The US has 30,000 troops in SoKo. The US decides everything, don’t you think? Would an independent sovereign country have foreign troops on its soil? Would SoKo play brinkmanship nuclear armageddon off its own bat? It’s too obvious if you ignore the MSM and think.

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The previous (corrupt) SK government agreed to one THAAD installation. The opposition rejected THAAD in favor of negotiations. Before the election result was announced, seven THAAD devices were imported and installed by USA without authorisation from SK. In spite of the new government’s policy they cannot be removed. That tells you everything you need to know about SK independence. After WWII the country was run by army and KCIA under the hideous Singman Rhee. Army law continued for decades. They still had curfews in 1970s. They have since developed their economy using the same trick as Japan so SK is… Read more »

louis robert
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louis robert

South Korea is quite simply an imperial outpost now threatening China at its very borders.

Eddy
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Eddy

Ask yourself Steve, why an ALLEGED Independent country has an America at the helm of their military forces who responds to the Pentagon, NOT the S.K. Government ???

Steve
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Steve

Hi Eddy, That is exactly the point I was trying to make. Look at NATO, which is exactly the same. As soon as a country joins it no longer has control of the troops and armaments on its soil.

dago dingo
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dago dingo

Vladimir Putin, the worlds number one statesman will of course try & create a dialogue between the 2 Korean delegations, that is what a smart politician does. Unlike those ignorant buffoons in Washington, England, Australia & France, who take their orders from their Zionist masters. Once again Mr. Putin, you have proven your status as truly, the planets number 1 strategist & statesman.

MissCostello
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MissCostello

Well said.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Atta Boy! Good things happen where Putin is around!~ Although the world is already at a point, where, when it comes to the NK crisis, it seems every day is more disastrous than the next, as the US remains determined to scupper any sensible suggestions to take the situation out of deadlock– but if one man can move it forward, surely it is the president of Russia. Just the fact that the North Korean Delegation has already arrived in Vladivostok, bodes well.

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Trump could learn a lot from Vladimir Vladimirovich; unfortunately, he is now a prisoner of the White House and its deep state lamias, who only kowtow to Trump’s worse instincts and smack down his better ones.

The New Concert of Nations – under the guidance of leaders like Putin and Xi is simply bypassing the old Evil Empire of USRAEL, NATO and usurious hegemony and creating new models of strategic and economic cooperation which take fully into account concepts like national sovereignty and the general well being of all people, just not a hegemonic elite.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Wouldnt it be something if Putin can pull victory out of the jaws of defeat as he did when the US threatened to bomb Syria over chem weapons and the deal was made via Russia to get them out of Syria, thus avoiding all out WWlll at the time?

Andrew Pate
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Andrew Pate

My thoughts exactly. Russia can talk to both sides US exceptionals cant and only use guns like in the old wild west.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Flashback: In 2013 North Korea made a number of proposals for replacing the 1953 armistice with a peace treaty, but the U.S. refused to discuss it. North Korea (rightly) believed the annual U.S. and South Korean exercises are provocative and threaten North Korea with nuclear weapons. U.S. vessels equipped with nuclear weapons were participating in the exercise, and the Pentagon publicly announced that B-52 bombers flown over South Korea were reaffirming the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” for South Korea. If there is no peace treaty between the North and the South, is only because the US do not want it, as… Read more »

Eddy
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Eddy

Absolutely, spot on, Daisy. In fact a few years back the North and South Koreans actually developed an Industrial Business park near the border, and N.K.’s and S.K.s worked there in harmony until the submarine (ALLEGED ) episode, wherein a S.K.’n fishing boat was allegedly struck by a torpedoe fired by ALLEGEDLY the N.K.’s from a sub. There was a lot of stink, blame was thrown around everywhere, but REAL culprits never found. No one questioned WHO BENEFITED THE MOST FROM THIS EVENT. As a result the Industrial park was closed, the gates across the railway were closed and everything… Read more »

louis robert
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louis robert

That, is political leadership and crisis management, to be compared with permanent hysteria and constant imperial begging for war.

Ian
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Ian

Mad insane men want a war, to thin out the rising population , the only way to reset the economy, all this has come about because of selfish people who breed like rats.

Herbert Dorsey
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Herbert Dorsey

Putin is up to his old tricks. He is trying to build partnerships. How is it possible that Putin can bring North Korea and South Korea together for constructive talks when the U.S. has failed so miserably? It is sad commentary on U.S. foreign policy which wishes to bomb it’s way forward to solve international disputes. I mean what good is it to have a military if you don’t use it?

Angelo Cinarelli
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Angelo Cinarelli

Devono mandare a casa quei guerrafondai di Americani. Voi giornalisti dovete smettere di leccare sempre il culo agli USA. Gli USA vogliono solo guerra per potere vendere e guadagnare dei bei dollaroni. Smettetela di scrivere quello che vi dicono gli americani. Se gli Americani se ne vanno via dal Medio Oriente e Asia sara’ pace per sempre in questo Mondo,

JJ Joseph
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JJ Joseph

Catalps, you’re not making much sense here.

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BuzzFeed pushes fake Michael Cohen news, as real news breaks on HUGE conspiracy against Trump at FBI and DOJ (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 169.

Alex Christoforou

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According to Zerohedge, in an almost unprecedented event – having rarely commented on stories related to the special counsel’s investigation – Robert S. Mueller III’s office put out a statement firmly disputing the reporting of the news site BuzzFeed reported that the president instructed his personal attorney to lie to Congress about his push for a Moscow real estate project

BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” the special counsel’s office said.

As The Hill reports, BuzzFeed had released a statement earlier Friday defending the reporters behind the story and saying that it “stands by this story 100%,” and for his part, Cohen adviser Lanny Davis refused to confirm or deny the report during an interview with MSNBC on Friday afternoon.

President Trump retweeted a few social media reactions…

And then made his own views clear:

Meanwhile the real election collusion bombshell had nothing to do with Russia, Moscow hotels, or Michael Cohen, and everything to do with bullet proof evidence that DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, warned all the higher-ups at the FBI and DOJ (Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe, etc…) that the Steele dossier was connected to Hillary Clinton, and was extremely biased against Donald Trump.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how BuzzFeed pushed out a clear, fake propaganda story on Trump, Cohen, and more stupidity about Moscow hotel deals, as real reporter, John Solomon broke a massive story, with solid evidence and facts, that show the FBI and DOJ knew that the Steele dossier was a complete work of fiction, and knowingly hide that fact from FISA courts.

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Authored by John Solomon, via The Hill

When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI’s Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.

The then-senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and might be biased.

Ohr’s briefings, in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.

At the time, Ohr was the associate deputy attorney general. Yet his warnings about political bias were pointedly omitted weeks later from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtainedfrom a federal court, granting it permission to spy on whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election.

Ohr’s activities, chronicled in handwritten notes and congressional testimony I gleaned from sources, provide the most damning evidence to date that FBI and DOJ officials may have misled federal judges in October 2016 in their zeal to obtain the warrant targeting Trump adviser Carter Page just weeks before Election Day.

They also contradict a key argument that House Democrats have made in their formal intelligence conclusions about the Russia case.

Since it was disclosed last year that Steele’s dossier formed a central piece of evidence supporting the FISA warrant, Justice and FBI officials have been vague about exactly when they learned that Steele’s work was paid for by the law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

A redacted version of the FISA application released last year shows the FBI did not mention any connection to the DNC or Clinton. Rather, it referred to Steele as a reliable source in past criminal investigations who was hired by a person working for a U.S. law firm to conduct research on Trump and Russia.

The FBI claimed it was “unaware of any derogatory information” about Steele, that Steele was “never advised … as to the motivation behind the research” but that the FBI  “speculates” that those who hired Steele were “likely looking for information to discredit” Trump’s campaign.

Yet, in testimony last summer to congressional investigators, Ohr revealed the FBI and Justice lawyers had no need to speculate: He explicitly warned them in a series of contacts, beginning July 31, 2016, that Steele expressed biased against Trump and was working on a project connected to the Clinton campaign.

Ohr had firsthand knowledge about the motive and the client: He had just met with Steele on July 30, 2016, and Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, the same firm employing Steele.

“I certainly told the FBI that Fusion GPS was working with, doing opposition research on Donald Trump,” Ohr told congressional investigators, adding that he warned the FBI that Steele expressed bias during their conversations.

“I provided information to the FBI when I thought Christopher Steele was, as I said, desperate that Trump not be elected,” he added. “So, yes, of course I provided that to the FBI.”

When pressed why he would offer that information to the FBI, Ohr answered: “In case there might be any kind of bias or anything like that.” He added later, “So when I provided it to the FBI, I tried to be clear that this is source information, I don’t know how reliable it is. You’re going to have to check it out and be aware.”

Ohr went further, saying he disclosed to FBI agents that his wife and Steele were working for the same firm and that it was conducting the Trump-Russia research project at the behest of Trump’s Democratic rival, the Clinton campaign.

“These guys were hired by somebody relating to, who’s related to the Clinton campaign and be aware,” Ohr told Congress, explaining what he warned the bureau.

Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented both the DNC and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 election, belatedly admitted it paid Fusion GPS for Steele’s work on behalf of the candidate and party and disguised the payments as legal bills when, in fact, it was opposition research.

When asked if he knew of any connection between the Steele dossier and the DNC, Ohr responded that he believed the project was really connected to the Clinton campaign.

“I didn’t know they were employed by the DNC but I certainly said yes that they were working for, you know, they were somehow working, associated with the Clinton campaign,” he answered.

“I also told the FBI that my wife worked for Fusion GPS or was a contractor for GPS, Fusion GPS.”

Ohr divulged his first contact with the FBI was on July 31, 2016, when he reached out to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page. He then was referred to the agents working Russia counterintelligence, including Peter Strzok, the now-fired agent who played a central role in starting the Trump collusion probe.

But Ohr’s contacts about the Steele dossier weren’t limited to the FBI. He said in August 2016 — nearly two months before the FISA warrant was issued — that he was asked to conduct a briefing for senior Justice officials.

Those he briefed included Andrew Weissmann, then the head of DOJ’s fraud section; Bruce Swartz, longtime head of DOJ’s international operations, and Zainab Ahmad, an accomplished terrorism prosecutor who, at the time, was assigned to work with Lynch as a senior counselor.

Ahmad and Weissmann would go on to work for Mueller, the special prosecutor overseeing the Russia probe.

Ohr’s extensive testimony also undercuts one argument that House Democrats sought to make last year.

When Republicans, in early 2018, first questioned Ohr’s connections to Steele, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee sought to minimize the connection, insisting he only worked as an informer for the FBI after Steele was fired by the FBI in November 2016.

The memo from Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) team claimed that Ohr’s contacts with the FBI only began “weeks after the election and more than a month after the Court approved the initial FISA application.”

But Ohr’s testimony now debunks that claim, making clear he started talking to FBI and DOJ officials well before the FISA warrant or election had occurred.

And his detailed answers provide a damning rebuttal to the FBI’s portrayal of the Steele material.

In fact, the FBI did have derogatory information on Steele: Ohr explicitly told the FBI that Steele was desperate to defeat the man he was investigating and was biased.

And the FBI knew the motive of the client and did not have to speculate: Ohr told agents the Democratic nominee’s campaign was connected to the research designed to harm Trump’s election chances.

Such omissions are, by definition, an abuse of the FISA system.

Don’t take my word for it. Fired FBI Director James Comey acknowledged it himself when he testified last month that the FISA court relies on an honor system, in which the FBI is expected to divulge exculpatory evidence to the judges.

“We certainly consider it our obligation, because of our trust relationship with federal judges, to present evidence that would paint a materially different picture of what we’re presenting,” Comey testified on Dec. 7, 2018. “You want to present to the judge reviewing your application a complete picture of the evidence, both its flaws and its strengths.”

Comey claims he didn’t know about Ohr’s contacts with Steele, even though his top deputy, McCabe, got the first contact.

But none of that absolves his FBI, or the DOJ for that matter, from failing to divulge essential and exculpatory information from Ohr to the FISA court.

John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.

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At Age 70, Time To Rethink NATO

The architect of Cold War containment, Dr. George Kennan, warned that moving NATO into Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics would prove a “fateful error.”

Patrick J. Buchanan

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“Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.”

So said President Charles De Gaulle, who in 1966 ordered NATO to vacate its Paris headquarters and get out of France.

NATO this year celebrates a major birthday. The young girl of 1966 is no longer young. The alliance is 70 years old.

And under this aging NATO today, the U.S. is committed to treat an attack on any one of 28 nations from Estonia to Montenegro to Romania to Albania as an attack on the United States.

The time is ripe for a strategic review of these war guarantees to fight a nuclear-armed Russia in defense of countries across the length of Europe that few could find on a map.

Apparently, President Donald Trump, on trips to Europe, raised questions as to whether these war guarantees comport with vital U.S. interests and whether they could pass a rigorous cost-benefit analysis.

The shock of our establishment that Trump even raised this issue in front of Europeans suggests that the establishment, frozen in the realities of yesterday, ought to be made to justify these sweeping war guarantees.

Celebrated as “the most successful alliance in history,” NATO has had two histories. Some of us can yet recall its beginnings.

In 1948, Soviet troops, occupying eastern Germany all the way to the Elbe and surrounding Berlin, imposed a blockade on the city.

The regime in Prague was overthrown in a Communist coup. Foreign minister Jan Masaryk fell, or was thrown, from a third-story window to his death. In 1949, Stalin exploded an atomic bomb.

As the U.S. Army had gone home after V-E Day, the U.S. formed a new alliance to protect the crucial European powers — West Germany, France, Britain, Italy. Twelve nations agreed that an attack on one would be treated as an attack on them all.

Cross the Elbe and you are at war with us, including the U.S. with its nuclear arsenal, Stalin was, in effect, told. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops returned to Europe to send the message that America was serious.

Crucial to the alliance was the Yalta line dividing Europe agreed to by Stalin, FDR and Churchill at the 1945 Crimean summit on the Black Sea.

U.S. presidents, even when monstrous outrages were committed in Soviet-occupied Europe, did not cross this line into the Soviet sphere.

Truman did not send armored units up the highway to Berlin. He launched an airlift to break the Berlin blockade. Ike did not intervene to save the Hungarian rebels in 1956. JFK confined his rage at the building of the Berlin Wall to the rhetorical: “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

LBJ did nothing to help the Czechs when, before the Democratic convention in 1968, Leonid Brezhnev sent Warsaw Pact tank armies to crush the Prague Spring.

When the Solidarity movement of Lech Walesa was crushed in Gdansk, Reagan sent copy and printing machines. At the Berlin Wall in 1988, he called on Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

Reagan never threatened to tear it down himself.

But beginning in 1989, the Wall was torn down, Germany was united, the Red Army went home, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, the USSR broke apart into 15 nations, and Leninism expired in its birthplace.

As the threat that had led to NATO disappeared, many argued that the alliance created to deal with that threat should be allowed to fade away, and a free and prosperous Europe should now provide for its own defense.

It was not to be. The architect of Cold War containment, Dr. George Kennan, warned that moving NATO into Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics would prove a “fateful error.”

This, said Kennan, would “inflame the nationalistic and militaristic tendencies in Russian opinion” and “restore the atmosphere of the cold war in East-West relations.” Kennan was proven right.

America is now burdened with the duty to defend Europe from the Atlantic to the Baltic, even as we face a far greater threat in China, with an economy and population 10 times that of Russia.

And we must do this with a defense budget that is not half the share of the federal budget or the GDP that Eisenhower and Kennedy had.

Trump is president today because the American people concluded that our foreign policy elite, with their endless interventions where no vital U.S. interest was imperiled, had bled and virtually bankrupted us, while kicking away all of the fruits of our Cold War victory.

Halfway into Trump’s term, the question is whether he is going to just talk about halting Cold War II with Russia, about demanding that Europe pay for its own defense, and about bringing the troops home — or whether he is going to act upon his convictions.

Our foreign policy establishment is determined to prevent Trump from carrying out his mandate. And if he means to carry out his agenda, he had best get on with it.

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The ISIS attack in Syria appears to have failed in its real mission

ISIS probably tried to get Mr. Trump to keep troops in Syria, but in reality this attack shows no compelling reason to remain there.

Seraphim Hanisch

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ISIS is one of the bloodiest, most brutal organizations to ever exist in modern history. During its meteoric rise, the “Caliphate” struck with death and fear across the deserts of Iraq and the wastes of Syria, seducing a seemingly increasing number of recruits from the West, developing its own currency and financing abilities, all the while remaining a death cult, in the conviction that their eventual destruction would trigger a far greater Islamic uprising.

But something changed for them starting in about 2013. While ISIS got quietly aided and abetted by President Obama’s (perhaps not unwitting) support through neglect and then even quieter collaboration (Obama thought ISIS could be “managed” in the effort to oust Bashar Al-Assad from Syria), its power and reach extended through much of Syria.

But then came Russia. Russia didn’t think ISIS should be managed. Russia determined that ISIS should be destroyed. And in 2015, invited by Syria, the Russians came and went to work. They did most of the heavy lifting in terms of driving ISIS back, while (inconveniently for the US and West) also carefully taking back Syrian territory from antigovernment groups that were supported by the US and its coalition of forces operating in the country, including Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, and all the names it took on afterwards. This was quietly carried out because the Americans also had face to save, owing to Obama’s clumsy decision to send American forces into the country, which gradually grew and metastasized into a significantly sized fighting force.

With an extremely complicated group of alliances and enemies, the American forces were forced to quietly abandon their mission of removing Bashar al-Assad from power and to pivot to actually destroying ISIS. President Trump does deserve some credit for his part in helping this to happen. He also deserves a lot of credit for his recent decision to pull American troops out of Syria.

This move was severely condemned by the US hawks, resulting in the resignation / firing / retirement of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and, in an amusing show of hypocrisy, the pundits from the Anti-Trump crowd at CNN and other news outlets characterized this decision as the US President proving once and for all that he is a Putin operative, a real-life Manchurian President.

ISIS evidently wanted the US not to leave either, so it conducted an attack on Wednesday, January 16th, tragically killing 19 people, with four Americans among the dead. The New York Times was lightning-fast to jump into the fray to carry out what was probably ISIS’ real mission with this attack: to sow seeds of doubt among the US authorities, and to keep American forces in the region (emphasis added).

Four Americans were among 19 people killed in Syria on Wednesday in a suicide bombing that was claimed by the Islamic State, just weeks after President Trump ordered the withdrawal of United States forces and declared that the extremist group had been defeated.

The attack targeted an American military convoy in the northern city of Manbij while troops were inside the Palace of the Princes, a restaurant where they often stopped to eat during patrols, residents said. While the Americans were inside, a nearby suicide attacker wearing an explosive vest blew himself up.

The bombing raised new questions about Mr. Trump’s surprise decision last month to end the American ground war in Syria. Critics of the president’s plans, including members of his own party, said Mr. Trump’s claim of victory over the Islamic State may have emboldened its fighters and encouraged Wednesday’s strike… Mr. Trump’s withdrawal announcement, made over the objections of his top national security officials, “set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we’re fighting,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a prominent Trump ally who has nonetheless criticized the military drawdown.

“I saw this in Iraq. And I’m now seeing it in Syria,” Mr. Graham said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

The rest of the article, of course, had the Trump Administration defending itself, with Vice President Mike Pence as the spokesman of that defense.

However, already only two days later, the noise about this seems to have faded. There is no ongoing media fury about the President’s decision to remove troops. In fact, aside from the ongoing investigation to confirm that ISIS indeed did carry out this attack, there is no indication of a change in the troop withdrawal process.

If this situation remains as it is, it is a very good sign for these reasons:

  1. President Trump is showing his resolve and confidence in a decision he knows to be right (to withdraw) and not to accede to the War Party wishes.
  2. ISIS is losing its reputation as a significant fighting force as far as the US population is concerned, as it probably should. With the US gone, Russia can prosecute this war full force without risk of creating more serious incidents with the Americans.
  3. The possibility exists that this attack, already heinous in what we know, could have been a false flag, designed specifically to provoke the US troop withdrawal to stop and be reversed.

This last scenario has oddly not been visibly mentioned, but it should be, because it probably happened in April 2018 and earlier. The Duran covered this quite extensively, and while the “official” (Western) investigation has come up curiously silent on the alleged chemical weapons attack last April in Ghouta, the overwhelming body of reports from the region suggested that the “gas” attack was nothing at all but drama to keep the US ensnared in the region. Remember, President Trump at that time also expressed the intention of withdrawing US troops from the area, and this event caused a reversal for a time.

ISIS tried to become a nation. It operates on terror and theater, but it considers itself free to kill people along the way as it creates its pageantry. For the souls of all those innocent people who perished in this attack, we must pray and not forget.

But ISIS is substantially done, and what is left will be dealt with by Russian and Syrian forces.

For once, the definition of “American courage” might be not to fight. President Trump’s decision to remove the troops remains one of the most significant achievements of his presidency, and one of the most important in terms of restoring balance to the United States that it deserves to have.

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