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"Catastrophic Incidents" and Military Aid

Global Terror WW3 Strategy of Chaos: Finance Capital’s desperate Trump Card to restructure its defeated post-WW2 world order

US military warships, aircraft to Texas
CNN on search & rescue mission with US Navy 
Updated 4:19 AM ET, Thu August 31, 2017 Washington (CNN) With floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey swallowing entire Texas cities, the US military is mobilizing resources nationwide to help local law enforcement and civilian volunteers...Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard of roughly 12,000 troops On Sunday the US Defense Department and Gov. Abbott agreed to establish a "dual-status command" with a single commander for federal and state forces... "It is imperative we give our military and first responders on the ground the most efficient method of execution when responding to the urgent needs of Texans," Abbott said in a statement...
On Monday Military surgical teams, communications teams, maintenance and other military support elements... were given orders to be prepared to deploy within 24 hours. These military forces are being sent and on standby to assist with rescue efforts: 
Navy and Air Force
Wednesday the Navy announced two US Navy warships, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, are being deployed to Texas,
The Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship, was in the Atlantic Ocean for training, but returned to Norfolk Tuesday to load up with disaster relief supplies like water and food, and a unit of Marines, before departing for Texas on Thursday. .
The Oak Hill, a smaller dock landing ship, will bring supplies and join the Kearsarge supporting "federal, state and local authorities ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey," according to the Navy.

Spoils of War From Ancient Babylon to Iraq Today


Babylonian Spoils of Conquest “Discovered” Today
“Mathematicians have been arguing about the interpretation of the Plimpton 322 tablet most of a century since New York publisher George Plimpton bequeathed it to Columbia University in the 1930s,... part of a major collection he bought from diplomat Edgar Banks... an antiquities dealer and flamboyant amateur archaeologist said to have inspired the Indiana Jones character...(whose) feats included climbing Mount Ararat in an unsuccessful attempt to find Noah’s Ark excavated in southern Iraq....”

Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study
8/24/17 At least 1,000 years before the Greek mathematician Pythagoras looked at a right angled triangle and worked out that the square of the longest side is always equal to the sum of the squares of the other two, an unknown Babylonian genius took a clay tablet -- known as Plimpton 322 --a reed pen and marked out not just the same theorem, but a series of trigonometry tables which scientists claim are more accurate than any available today
The team from the University of New South Wales in Sydney believe that the four columns and 15 rows of cuneiform – wedge shaped indentations made in the wet clay – represent the world’s oldest and most accurate working trigonometric table, a working tool used in surveying and in calculating how to construct temples, palaces and pyramids.

Nuclear State Terror & Smart Power Diplomacy

(Reuters) - United States engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, AP reported Friday, amid rising tensions in the region as President Donald Trump stepped up his warnings to Pyongyang a military option against North Korea was "locked and loaded". The dialogue involved Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the United Nations, the AP reported, citing unidentified U.S. officials and others briefed on the process.
AUGUST 11, 2017 / 7:49 AM /

Smart Power and Military Force
Journal of Strategic Studies, 38:3, published 3/11/15


Appeals court overthrows murder conviction of Blackwater convictions in 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians
U.S. appeals court threw out the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard sentenced to life in prison as lead shooter in the 2007 massacre.. The three-judge panel also ordered new sentences for three other Blackwater guards convicted of manslaughter sentenced to mandatory 30-year prison terms....The four security guards opened fire on the Iraqis, including women and children, at Nisour Square....were among 19 Blackwater security guards for U.S. State Department officials in Iraq....

///Reuters reported in late April...Trump administration weighing sending between 3,000 and 5,000 U.S. and coalition troops to Afghanistan.
NATO already has some 13,450 troops in Afghanistan, which includes about 6,900 U.S. military personnel training Afghan armed forces...
the US also has about 1,500 more troops in a parallel counter-terrorism unit...Almost 16 years since the US tried to topple the Afghan Taliban...
in the past 18 months Taliban have twice succeeded in seizing Kunduz...

Video Trump, Frustrated By Afghan War, Suggests Firing Commander US Army Gen. John Nicholson, Commander NATO forces in Afghanistan

Green on blue' attacks
The Afghan police and army "green on blue" attacks against US and NATO forces  have understandably dominated news coverage from the war.

Green-On-Blue' attacks hit U.S. troops in Afghanistan

July 4 "ISIS Hits Iran":US long War against Iran, p.2 Weaponized Information

US post WW3 New World Order’s world destruction mission
‘the issue is Iran’s ‘normalization and integration into the world community’
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"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
Frederick Douglass, 5 July 1852
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
Your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival...

US zionist imperialism has been waging war against IRAN for decades, most notoriously its 1953 Operation code-name: TP-AJAX


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Statement by the President on Signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Today, I have signed into law S. 2943, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017." This Act authorizes fiscal year 2017 appropriations principally for the Department of Defense and for Department of Energy national security programs...It continues many critical authorizations necessary to ensure we are able to sustain our momentum countering the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to reassure our European allies, as well as many new authorizations that, among other things, provide the Departments of Defense and Energy more flexibility in countering cyber-attacks and our adversaries' use of unmanned aerial vehicles.....
My Administration strongly supports the bill's structural reform of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which streamlines BBG information sources of news and information. Section 1288 would elevate the current Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors to the head of the agency...

Diplomacy 2.0: The Future of Social Media in Nation Branding
... "public relations is a strategiccommunication ... of Social Media in Nation Branding Social ...

Brief Survey of “America’s Role in the Technetronic Era”

Digest commentary: A brief survey of recent US history based on “America’s Role in the Technetronic Era”
In stark and shocking detail (reprinted below), describing today’s reality in his 1970 Technetronic Era, Zbigniew Brzezinski reveals the breadth and depth of US imperialist geopolitical strategic analysis, planning and execution. Nothing we are told is true. Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy in the US total information war promotes or masks historically unprecedented crimes.
WW2 objective: destroy the Soviet Union, #1 U.S. enemy and rival, stanch the spread of communist revolutions, and establish the post WW2 US dominated capitalist world order. In the name of the ‘great anti-fascist war”, Roosevelt and Churchill enlisted Stalin, already undermining the revolutionary socialist political struggle for communism with his ‘economics’ in command, joined the enemies imperialist war ‘to defeat Hitler’ -- already supported by major US capitalist forces.

New York Times pseudo revelations: Nazis given safe haven in USA
16 NOVEMBER 2010

"Democracy has justified itself by keeping for the white race the best portion's of the earth's surface."
Theodore Roosevelt

Whether Franklin Roosevelt should or could have done more to rescue European Jews and stop Hitler’s killing machine is a question that will likely be debated by historians for decades.. Some scholars criticized [his] approach to refugee issues prior to and during World War II, and he is even accused... being indifferent to the Holocaust...

Project Paperclip: Post-World War II Recruitment of German Scientists

Trump Card: "Safeguarding American Democracy"

Analysis: Paris Shooting: Champs Elysees Attack Likely to Boost Le Pen...
...The French presidential race that will determine the fate of Europe.. ISIS claims responsibility

Trump May Be Best Thing that’s Happened to US Democracy in Decades
Thoughtful, caring American citizens are now more engaged in the political process than ever... Thanks to Trump..

US-ISIS claims responsibility
TRUMP CARD: safeguarding US fascist finance capitalist ‘liberal world order’ domination

Is America Still Safe for Democracy?
Why the United States Is in Danger of Backsliding
 May/June 2017 Issue <
The election of Donald Trump as president  of the United States—a man who has praised dictators, encouraged violence among supporters, threatened to jail his rival, and labeled the mainstream media as “the enemy”—has raised fears the United States  may be heading toward authoritarianism. While predictions of a descent into fascism  are overblown, the Trump presidency could push the United States into a mild form of what we call “competitive authoritarianism”—a system in which meaningful democratic institutions exist yet the government abuses state power to disadvantage its opponents...
There is little reason to expect Americans’ commitment to democracy to serve as a safeguard against democratic erosion. 

US Plays Deadly North Korea Trump Card

Predictive pretexts for U.S. preventive “defense”:

Analyzing current trends and predicting North Korea’s next provocation
43%chance of North Korean WMD activity in the next 14 days.
62%chance of North Korean WMD activity in the next 30 days.

Lost cause? North Korea nuke threat awaits next president
WASHINGTON (AP) — If North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for Barack Obama’s presidency, it threatens to be a migraine for his successor. The next president will likely contend with an adversary able to strike the continental U.S. with a nuclear weapon....the North will grab more attention of the next president than it did for Obama, who adopted strategic patience: ramping up sanctions in a so-far fruitless effort to force the North to negotiate on denuclearization... National Intelligence director James Clapper said persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons is probably a “lost cause.” That appeared to challenge to a key tenet of U.S. Policy..

MLK "Uncle Tom"

“The only revolution ever based on loving your enemy is the Negro revolution…That’s no revolution”
Malcolm X, 1963 speech, (Message to the Grass Roots, 9).

“We want freedom now, but we're not going to get it saying 'We Shall Overcome.' We've got to fight to overcome"
1965 speech, Malcolm X (Malcolm X Speaks, 38)

Malcolm X with Haley, Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1965.

Malcolm on the difference between the "house Negro" and the "field Negro."
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. 23 January 1963.
Transcribed text from audio excerpt. [read entire speech

So you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called "Uncle Tom." He was the house Negro -- probably in the basement or the attic --but he lived in the master's house.
And during slavery you had two Negroes. You had the house Negro and the field Negro.
The house Negro usually lived close to his master. He dressed like his master. He wore his master's second-hand clothes. He ate the food his master left on the table. And he lived in his master's house--
So whenever that house Negro identified himself, he always identified himself in the same sense that his master identified himself. When his master said, "We have good food," the house Negro would say, "Yes, we have plenty of good food." "We" have plenty of good food. When the master said that "we have a fine home here," the house Negro said, "Yes, we have a fine home here." When the master would be sick, the house Negro identified himself so much with his master he'd say, "What's the matter boss, we sick?" His master's pain was his pain. And it hurt him more for his master to be sick than for him to be sick himself. When the house started burning down, that type of Negro would fight harder to put the master's house out than the master himself would.

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