British Army chief complains politicians ‘spawned fallacies’ about war to justify military spending cuts

    

The head of the British Army has accused British politicians of creating an illusion of war and misleading the public with unrealistic ideals, accusing them of having “spawned a number of fallacies.”

In their desperate bid to slash funding for the UK’s military services, politicians have pushed the idea that wars can be won through airstrikes, drone warfare, technology and minimal troops, General Sir Nick Carter said.

Speaking ahead of this autumn’s national security review, as the army tries to save an estimated £29.5billion ($39 billion) in ten years, the Chief of the General Staff said the public is being given the wrong impression.

Military services have been forced to fight one another over shrinking resources.

Army commanders believe their vehicle programs will be sacrificed for the Royal Air Force (RAF)’s new fleets of stealth jets and patrol planes, or for Royal Navy shipbuilding.

Speaking at the Richard Holmes Memorial Lecture on Monday, Carter warned that misleading rhetoric over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had led to the conflicts being misunderstood by the public, adding war is not always a “choice.”

“We have not been helped by the unpopular campaigns of the last decade or so,” he said.

The Army chief said future wars will not be won with drones and reliance upon proxy forces. He said he wants to see an end to pumping money into battle tech, and a focus on boosting the Army.

“Wars are won by land forces,” he said.

He fears it has become so unpopular to deploy men and women into the field that money is being diverted elsewhere. That message is being spread by those in Parliament who have a “desire” to minimise risk in conflict, without real understanding.

Those ignoring war, he said, are “ignoring Trotsky’s observation that ‘you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.'”

Naval experts have also blasted the Government for the cuts, as the austerity axe has fallen hard on shipbuilding programs.

Hunter-killer submarines are late in delivery, with three being brought into service out of a proposed twelve.

“Our Armed Services have been run down and underfunded by successive governments over the last 20 years,” former Royal Navy serviceman and UKIP leadership candidate Ben Walker said.

“This is no accident.

“It’s been done to reduce the UK’s ability to defend itself creating a reliance on an EU military. The government use the ‘Strategic Review’ process to legitimately cull the services and its equipment whilst manoeuvring them into a position where they play a small part in an ever growing EU military project, thus reducing the positioning and capabilities of the UK on the world stage.”

“The UK currently spends 2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on its military budget. We need to be spending a minimum of 3 percent just to stand still.”

Carder also claimed high profile military charities could be preventing recruitment, while the Army struggles to attract new troops.

He said there is also a warped impression that specialist forces are “global ‘Robocops’ to target bad guys” and that soldiers deserve sympathy over hero worship.

“While we welcome the vital support of military charities, it’s a challenging recruiting message when they and their events have such a high profile,” he said.

He added fears of “a real risk that soldiers are now seen as victims not as heroes; the focus of public sympathy rather than empathy.”

The Army is 4,000 soldiers below its target strength of 82,000.

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Ex-Trooper, Fire Chief Charged With Starting Second Wildfire


SALT LAKE CITY — A former Utah Highway Patrol trooper and fire chief already accused of purposely starting a forest fire has been indicted on a new charge of intentionally sparking a separate blaze on federal land.

A grand jury Wednesday decided there was enough evidence to charge Rex Richard Olsen, 37, with setting brush or grass on fire “willfully and without authority” on Bureau of Land Management land.

The charge stems from a May 30 blaze that torched 900 acres and briefly closed a stretch of state Route 40 in eastern Utah.

State prosecutors say Olsen, previously the fire chief of Neola in Duchesne County, also is responsible for sparking a fire nearby June 9. The Utah Attorney General’s Office charged him Aug. 8 with arson, a second-degree felony, and violating wildfire prevention restrictions, a misdemeanor.

Olsen told investigators “he did so because he wanted to feel the excitement of it,” according to a probable cause statement. The case is pending.

UHP fired Olsen on July 1 after conducting its own investigation.

On June 9, the 1,000-acre fire forced temporary evacuations of 150 homes and briefly shut down state Route 121 in Uintah County.

If convicted in federal court, Olsen could receive a sentence of up to five years in prison.

For the state felony charge, he faces 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Source: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865690449/Ex-trooper-fire-chief-charged-with-starting-second-wildfire.html

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Revolutionary Guard chief says Iran may equate US forces to ISIS if tough new sanctions confirmed

    

Tehran has warned it may begin to equate US forces to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) if a report is true that Washington will include the elite wing of the Iranian Army in the list of terrorist organizations.

The possible designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group, among other measures against Tehran, was reported by the Financial Times, citing a source “briefed on the matter.”

US President Donald Trump also accused Iran of supporting terrorism and vowed to “put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.”

Revolutionary Guard chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said that if these reports of the United States’ “stupidity” are true, it will equate US troops, especially in the Middle East, to IS terrorists.

“If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East,” Jafari said on Sunday, according to a Revolutionary Guard statement.

Jafari also said that Washington is on “the wrong route” in attempting to pressure Iran into negotiations on regional issues, and said that new sanctions would only “eliminate the chance” for talks.

“As we’ve announced in the past, if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles,” the Revolutionary Guard chief warned.

On Thursday, Trump accused Tehran of violating the “spirit” of the landmark nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), limiting Iran’s nuclear program for fifteen years in exchange for easing pre-existing sanctions. He also included the Islamic Republic in a list of “challenges we should’ve taken care of a long time ago,” which features North Korea, Afghanistan, and IS.

Trump has until October 15 to recertify the deal. If he chooses not to, it will go to Congress, which will have to decide whether to re-impose sanctions on Tehran, thus effectively putting an end to the agreement. Trump has called the agreement the “worst deal ever negotiated,” and pledged to “dismantle” it.

Iran has repeatedly warned against violating and pulling out of the deal, as it would be harmful primarily to Washington’s own interests and jeopardize the security of the whole region.

The EU has also voiced concerns over removing the nuclear agreement, which “serves the interests of all parties,” according to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. She also stressed that the achievement in striking the long-negotiated agreement belongs to the international community, not just the US.

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Eliminated by Russia: Al-Qaeda’s Chief of Staff in Syria

The Russian Defense Minister has confirmed it bombed a meeting of Al-Qaeda’s the chief of staff in Syria. 60 members (12 of which hold key positions) of the organization were killed and its commander-in-chief, Abu Mohammed al-Joulani (see photo) seriously injured.

Al-Joulani is an Al-Qaeda combatant who was a US prisoner in Camp Bucca (Iraq). Upon his release, he joined the Islamic State in Iraq, organized by the American, John Negroponte. Then he follows the organization when it relocated to Syria (his country of origin). However he does not follow the Caliph when the later breaks away from al Qaeda. The US offered 10 million dollars for his capture.

Currently there are three main jihadist coalitions in Syria:

- the pro-Turks (Free Syrian Army);

- the pro-Qatari (Hayat Tahrir al-Cham / Al-Qaeda); and

- the pro-Deep State (Daesh).

Hayat Tahrir al-Cham has denied that Abu Mohammed al-Joulani was wounded and mutilated, just like Daesh had denied the death of its caliph, Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi. The latter died on 28 May 2017, also during a Russian bombing before his voice was resuscitated in the pro-US media.

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[WATCH] Dash Cam Video Shows Arkansas Police Chief Speeding and Not Given Ticket


BRINKLEY, Ark. – The chief of the Brinkley Police Department is defending himself and his record after THV11 reviewed dash cam video that appears to show him being given preferential treatment during a traffic stop.

A viewer first alerted THV11 to the fact that Chief Edward Randle was pulled over while driving in Clarendon on Friday, October 21.

Video of the traffic stop, obtained from the Arkansas State Police, shows a state trooper pulling over a red pickup truck. Randle told THV11 that it is his personal vehicle, and that he was driving. The state trooper was asked to assist a Brinkley police officer with stopping Randle.

When the trooper approached Randle’s truck, he can be heard in the video laughing as he apparently recognizes who Randle is. The trooper does not ask for any identification. His first question was “Where are you going so fast?” Randle responded that he was headed to the game. He clarified to THV11 that he was scheduled to referee the Clarendon-Marvell football game that evening.

The Brinkley police officer then entered the video to approach Randle’s truck. The trooper says the officer had been following Randle for miles and called the ASP for help. As the officer walked up, Randle can be heard giving him a hard time.

“I know you didn’t call the State Police!” he says.

“I didn’t have your plate, so it didn’t go over,” the officer responds, which could indicate that, since the officer did not announce the truck’s license plate number into his radio, nobody else would know the chief had been pulled over.

After the trooper made a quick joke about getting a call because the truck was going so fast, the officer can be heard saying, “I had you locked in at 107.” Randle responded, “It won’t do 107. It’ll only do 95.”

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Miami Police Union Chief Uses Vegas Mass Shooting to Slam NFL Protests

Javier Ortiz during an arrest in Coconut Grove in 2010.

America is reeling this morning from the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history. At least 400 people were wounded and 50 killed in Las Vegas when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire with at least ten rifles from the 32nd floor of a hotel onto a concert crowd below.

Paddock’s motives are still a mystery — but that didn’t stop Miami’s police union chief from hopping online as the tragedy was unfolding to somehow try to tie the horrific mass killing to the ongoing, peaceful National Anthem protests by NFL players.

Lt. Javier Ortiz, the head of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police, took to Twitter at 6:30 a.m. to bang out a post linking images of Vegas cops responding to the shooting to NFL players taking a knee during the anthem at a recent game:

New Times asked Ortiz to be more specific about how he saw a connection between a maniac gunning down hundreds of concertgoers in Las Vegas and NFL players taking a peaceful stand against racial injustice.

“While NFL players express a false perception of police officers by inciting hate and division by disrespecting the U.S. flag, the reality is law enforcement risks their lives every day for America,” Ortiz said in a text message.

It seems clear Ortiz hasn’t bothered to read up on what the football protests are actually about. And lest Fox News or Breitbart convinced him the players are “disrespecting” the flag and anthem out of some vague hatred for cops, the players have explicitly stated what their protest stands for in a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month.

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A Congressman, a Former DHS Chief and a Major Wall Street Figure Have All Predicted an EMP Attack

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Is an EMP in America's future? A growing number of prominent Americans say it is is.

Is an EMP in America’s future? A growing number of prominent Americans say it is is.

In my years of covering the plots and conspiracies of the New World Order and their continual assault upon Americans and Christians, I have never seen such a bizarre and numerous set of events which threaten to take down the country and eventually world. This is Part Three of an open-ended series about thse events. I have had numerous discussions with colleagues about these events and to a person we have all expressed the same level of confusion. However, amongst the noise, there now appears to be a discernable pattern which is very disturbing.

It appears that North Korea is preparing to launch an EMP attack upon the United States. As an aside, this goes against everything I had come to believe about this possibility. North Korea is a puppet state of China. China owns the debt of the United States. Therefore, it would be preferrable for the Chinese to take over an America in which the infrastructure would be functional. Therefore, I have previously rejected the notion of a pending EMP attack upon the United States. Yet, the evidence coming out of these events stronly  suggests otherwise and when we follow the emerging data, we can conclude the following:

  1. North Korea will launch an EMP attack against the United States that will be sanctioned by China.
  2. There are numerous 5th column forces inside the United States ready to act after the EMP has been delivered.
  3. There will be roundups of American dissidents as rehearsed in Jade Helm 15.
  4. It is my firm belief that the United States will be attacked, Red-Dawn style, follwing completion of items #1-3 on this list.

Part 4 will deal with items  # 2 and 3 on this list and Part 5 will address item #4

The pied piper for the need for an all-encompassing nation defense strategy to defend against an EMP attack.

The pied piper for the need for an all-encompassing nation defense strategy to defend against an EMP attack.

As a backdrop to this very serious situation, I take you to the September 27, 2017 archives of Darin Damme’s show, Reality Check, in which he interviewed Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) regarding the possibillity of a North Korean EMP attack upon the United States.

Congressman Franks is quite clear in his admonition  of the Obama administration that refused to spend one dime to harden America’s infrastructure. Trents has repeatedly expressed the belief that America is ill-prepared for what the North Koreans could bring to the table. The interview that Franks had with Damme, on Arizona’s largest new/talk state station, was simultaneously stunning and frightening at the same time.

The interview between Damme and Franks can be accessed at this link. Franks pretty much repeated what I heard him say at my former church back in 2008. In the interview, Franks identified a number of  concerns with regard to the United States being hit by an EMP.

First, please allow me to state that any EMP launched against the United States will be sanctioned not only by China by the American Deep State as well. This explains why Obama never moved to protect the grid, despite Trent Franks calls to do so.  It is looking more and more as if the establishment, as some call them, have had enough of the rising tide of American populism and the time for the takedown of America and the archaic notions of liberty have their course. It is time for the global elite to put the hammer down.

Is Trent Franks alone in his assertion that an EMP attack is a matter of when and not if?

Warnings From On High From the Former “Big Sis”

Some top officials in government and in business have taken notice of the threat posed to America by an EMP attack. In January of 2013, and again in her August 2013  farewell address as the outgoing  Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano made it clear that it was a matter of when, not if the grid was taken down by a “cyber 911”.

 

 

It is not a matter of "if" but "when".

It is not a matter of “if” but “when”.

Joining the former DHS director in her concerns about an impending EMP attack is billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer who has issued a very dire warning for investors in which he calls the threat of a widespread blackout from an electromagnetic surge the “most significant danger ”in the world.” Singer wrote to clients of his $24.8 billion Elliott Management on  in a standard investment update letter stated“Even horrendous nuclear war, except in its most extreme form, can [be] a relatively localized issue, and the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated.”
Why isn’t something, along the lines of the Paul Singer proclamation of the need to do something to harden the grid against an EMP attack, being done right now? After all, Singer doesn’t pull any punches when he says that an EMP attack upon our grid would likely be worse than an asteroid strike upon the earth or all-out nuclear war. Are Paul Singer and Janet Napolitano simply lone voices in the wilderness whose dire warnings have no basis in fact? Or, is there is something much more dire going on?

Conclusion

Although we have the technology needed to harden and protect our grid from an EMP event, whether natural or man-made, we have failed to do so. The cost for protecting the entire grid is placed at about the cost for one B-1 Stealth Bomber. Yet, as a nation, we have done nothing. This is inexplicable and inexcusable and any aware American would be within their rights to question the motives of the people who are running NERC. In this case, the buck stops with President Obama as the executive head of this agency.

Our collective inaction against protecting the grid prompted Congressman Franks to write a scathing letter to the top officials of NERC. The Franks’ letter can be accessed at this link. However, the good Congressman failed to mention the most important aspect of this problem. The problem is entirely fixable and NERC and the U.S. government are leaving the American people and its infrastructure totally unprotected from a total meltdown of nuclear power plants as a result of a prolonged power failure. I can draw no other conclusion than this is a Deep State conspiracy to destroy America.

The stage has been set for Part 4 as I will reveal, in full , what Paul Martin’s and my sources are saying about the impending EMP threat and it serves to support the Franks view of what is coming.

 

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Jeff Sessions' New Chief Of Staff: Mueller's Russia Probe Could Be A 'Witch Hunt'

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed as his chief of staff a former federal prosecutor who has written that the special counsel investigation into the Trump administration could be turning into a “witch hunt.”

Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa during the George W. Bush administration, has been appointed as Sessions’ chief of staff, a Justice Department spokesman said Friday. 

Whitaker, a CNN legal commentator, wrote last month that President Donald Trump was “absolutely correct” when he said it was a “violation” for special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the Trump family’s finances. 

“Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whitaker wrote. “If he were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt.”

Whitaker wrote that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, with whom he’ll now be working closely with as Sessions’ chief of staff, should “act to ensure the investigation is within its jurisdiction and within the authority of the original directive.” 

“It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel,” Whitaker wrote.

Whitaker replaces Jody Hunt, who was nominated to become assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s Civil Division. Hunt was apparently the third person present at a key meeting between former FBI director James Comey, Sessions and Trump.

Most recently, Whitaker was executive director of the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative group that targets Democrats over ethics issues. He said in May that he believed there was a “strong case” against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and that she should be “extremely grateful” she wasn’t prosecuted. 

In 2014, Whitaker, a former college football player, ran for Senate in Iowa, losing in the Republican primary to now-Sen. Joni Ernst. Ernst issued a statement praising Whitaker’s appointment, saying he is a strong leader, a patriot, and a “tireless advocate for the rule of law and the enforcement of our nation’s laws.”

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[WATCH] Texas Assistant Police Chief Clocked at 92 MPH Gets Warning, Receives Ticket After Local Newspaper Obtains Dash Cam Footage

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