Price of solar energy in the United States has fallen to 5c/kWh on average

The business of photonics site, optics.org, reported on Wednesday that Solar PV (photovoltaic) was responsible for 40 percent of new US electricity generating capacity brought online in the first half of this year. As important, …

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Israel Prepares Ground Invasion of Syria



Israeli Likud Minister Yuval Steinitz will tell the United States, Russia and other world powers Israel will not tolerate Iranian forces near its border, the Jerusalem Times reported on Tuesday.

Steinitz made the remark as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, flew to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

“In all of our discussions, first and foremost with the United States, but also with Russia and the rest of the world powers, we must make sure that the Iranian forces will stay in Iran,” Steinitz told Israel’s Army Radio.

“Nobody wants to see Russian forces in the area of the Golan Heights, but we definitely don’t want to see Iranian forces near Israel,” he added.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six Day War in June, 1967. The territory was officially annexed in 1981.

Israel fired on Syrian forces in the Quneitra region over the weekend when errant mortar fire landed in the captured territory.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Monday Syria had crossed a “red line” in its battle with proxy forces attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

“Israel does not intend to ignore these incidents. We see the Syrian government as responsible for what happens in Syrian territory,” Yaalon said.

Preparations for Ground Invasion of Syria

In August it was reported that Israel is preparing for a possible ground invasion of Syria.

The Israelis began large division-scale training in the occupied Golan Heights in mid-August under the pretext ISIS may invade and also citing the presence of Hezbollah fighters in Syria.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a war in 2006 in Lebanon, northern Israel and the Golan Heights. Some analysts consider the 34-day war as the first Iran-Israel proxy conflict.

“In the scenarios envisioned by the IDF, heavily-armed terrorist cells would infiltrate the Israeli side of the Golan and attack Jewish and Druze villages there, necessitating a strong Israeli response in Syria,” Israel Today reported on August 17.

The announcement of invasion preparations coincide with the possibility Israel may move its borders east “to protect the Druze and other non-hostile populations that are today threatened by the Islamists,” the website reported.

On Tuesday Israel Today reported the country “fears unintentional exchanges of fire between its own forces and the Russian military in Syria. Such a flare-up between Israeli and Iranian forces could give Tehran the excuse it needs to launch a long-range missile assault on the Jewish state.”

The Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai has cited “official sources” as saying Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russia have launched a “joint operations room” to coordinate their campaign to defeat the Islamic State.

The Times of Israel reported on Saturday:

The newspaper quotes official sources as saying that each party will be responsible for particular areas of Syria, with Russia operating in Latakia, Hama and some parts of the Aleppo province, while Iran will be defending the capital Damascus and down to Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. The report also states that some 100 Iranian special forces trained in urban warfare have arrived in Damascus

Israel claims the Syrian Army has received “substantial support” from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and “most notably fellow Iranian client Hezbollah,” the paramilitary group formed after Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982.

The Kuwaiti report also said the Syrian military has given dozens of Soviet-era tanks tanks to Hezbollah.

The Times of Israel reiterated the possibility Israel may conduct ground operations in the Golan and Syria.

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Catalunya Serà lliure!

Secession is a dirty word in the Lincoln-worshipping ultra-nationalistic United States, where both left and right worship at the altar of the centralized state. To support secession in any way, shape, or form is to be labeled “neo-Confederate” by our logic-challenged pundits, who eagerly swoop down on anyone who challenges Washington’s supremacy. These geniuses forget that the American Revolution was an act of secession, in which the colonists separated themselves from a tyrannical monarchy that sought to tax and regulate them without their consent.


In the rest of the world, however, localism is on the rise as people rebel against the edicts of distant bureaucrats and reassert their language, their traditions, and their sense of place. Throughout Europe, especially, these rebellions are gaining strength, from Scotland to Wallonia to eastern Ukraine – and now to Catalonia, which is voting in what has become a referendum on the national question.


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McCain: Russia is a gas station, pretending to be a country

    

McCain called it a disgrace that the United States are not arming Ukraine.

It is a shame that the States do not arm Ukraine, which became a victim of Russian aggression, said Senator John McCain at a briefing after the meeting with the Governor of Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, who arrived in Odessa for an official visit.


Comment: Remember Saakashvili, Georgia’s fugitive ex-president and famous tie-eater?

“For us Americans, it is a shame that we can’t provide modern weapons to Ukrainians who are leading this uneven battle with the Russians” – he said, expressing admiration for the brave people of Ukraine who faced Russian aggression.

McCain also remembered about Maidan, stressing that for him it was an honor to see how Ukrainians rose up against a corrupt and evil government. “Now the task for all of us is that aspirations and goals of Maidan are realized. It is very important that in Ukraine continues the process of reforms and combating corruption,” – he said.

Senator, during his working visit to Odessa, again criticized Russia for aggression and stated that after the fall in oil prices, Moscow will have problems. Answering the question, what would he say if he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, McCain said: “We know Mr. Putin as a man who loves to bully the weak. I’ve often said that Russia is a gas station pretending to be a country.”

“To a large extent their [the Russian – ed.] economy depends on oil. The oil price will keep falling and he will face difficulties in the country. If I saw Putin, who imposed sanctions on me, I’d thank him for it, as I consider these sanctions an honor for the support of Ukraine. I would tell him that he’s on the wrong side of history. Sooner or later his aggression, gambles, corruption and other shenanigans will come to an end”, – concluded the politician.

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Deflation is the worst nightmare for the United States, by Ariel Noyola Rodríguez

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The economy of the United States shows apparent signs of recovery. During the second quarter of 2015 the GDP registered an increase of 3.7% –in annual terms– well above the first estimation of 2.3% that was published two months ago.

This new revision of the growth of the GDP filled the Washington leaders with optimism, since according to them, this would dissolve the lack of confidence that arose during the last quarter of 2014, when economic activity fell by 0.7 percentage points [1].

Washington is very content to see the labour market restore itself at a rapid pace. The private sector generated more than 13 million jobs over five and one-half years [2]. In August, the non-agricultural sector reached 173,000 jobs, which even though it represents a lesser amount compared with the average of 247,000 over the last twelve months; it still was enough to diminish the unemployment rate from 5.3 to 5.1%, the lowest since April of 2008 [3].

The United States is practically at “full employment”, according to Loreta J. Mestter, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Nevertheless, this presumption contrasts the precarity of the majority. The “American way of life” is a fiction that only appears in the cinema and television. The US citizens who live in the poorest suburbs have become the principal victims of an economic policy that favors less than 1% of the population.

The Federal Reserve of the United States has a double mandate, on the one hand, to promote the creation of jobs, and on the other, to guarantee the stability of prices, according to the statutes of the central bank. Nevertheless, these objectives are not filled, they are “a dead letter”.

In the first place, the level business rentability is not high enough to produce an expansive cycle in the long term. In consequence, inflation is too low, even risking a turn to deflation (fall of prices). In the second place, the “dynamism” of the labour market is much overstated by the White House. The rate of unemployment close to 5% hides an underemployment that is still very high [4].

In accord with a much wider definition of unemployment (methodology U-6), that includes part time workers (6.5 millions in the United States) –but who would be disposed to occupy full time jobs– as well as persons who have abandoned the search for work during the past year (1.8 millions) but who would eventually return ad add themselves to the labour force –the unemployment rate is close to 10.3%.

The “secular stagnation”

If the Federal Reserve maintains since December of 2008 the “federal funds rate” between 0 and 0.25%, this has not produced massive investments that would, with this proportion, push the employment creation in the whole country. The same thing happens in the case of “Quantitative Easing”, measures that have contributing little or nothing to lessen the economic deterioration of the ordinary US worker.

Ben S. Bernanke, the last President of the Federal Reserve, announced in December of 2008 the purchase of “asset-backed securities” and in November of 2010 the acquisition of US Treasury bonds, actions that, according to their own logic, should help to increase the release of credit on the part of the banks, and to maintain long term interest rates at minimum levels.

Never in the history of capitalism has there been a plan of monetary stimulus of such magnitude: monthly injections of liquidity equaling 85 billion US dollars. As a consequence of this policy, the multi-million purchases of actions multiplied the size of the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve by five, which went from 870 billion US dollars to more than 4.5 trillion US dollars from August of 2007 to November of 2014.

The great beneficiaries of this were the big investment banks: Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, etc. Instead of supporting the development of productive activity and the generation of quality jobs, the “unconventional” monetary policy implemented by the Federal Reserve promoted the “irrational exuberance” of the interventionists on Wall Street. On the other hand, in the economy as a whole the “process of recovery” continued to be weak and unequal.

Larry Summers, who was in charge of the Treasury Department from 19999 to 2001 under the Presidency of Bill Clinton, at the end of 2013 borrowed the concept of “secular stagnation” to analyze the condition of the North American economy, the same expression that the economist Alvin Hansen (1887-1975) employed in the decade of 1930, in the full “Great Depression” [5].

According to Summers, even if it be certain that the stock markets have reached the levels of capitalization observed before the outbreak of the “subprime” crisis – thanks to the stimulus policies of the central banks – the countries that make up the G-7 (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) continue to register deceptive rates of growth.

In the specific case of the United States, there is no doubt that for several years there exists a “new economic normality”, characterized by high levels of public and private debt, little inversion of capital and little creation of marginal employment. The problem is that the arsenal of the North American State has shown itself incapable of combating the recessive tendencies that creep up on the economy [6].

The Federal Reserve is divided

There is still no consensus among those who make up the Federal Reserve as to increase or not the “federal funds rate” of interest. Before deciding action, the Federal Reserve has a meeting today and tomorrow [7]. The major preoccupation of the monetary authorities of the United States is the rise and fall of prices. And deflation is much more harmful for the economy than is high inflation.

When businesses lower the prices of their merchandise, consumers begin to put off their buying, hoping that prices will continue to fall. The capitalists find themselves with the demand level in free fall, and in consequence, lower the levels of production and lay off workers.

The incomes of consumers fall, contracting even more the level of demand. Then businesses lower even more production and employment, sunk in a depressive spiral that combines deflation and the fall of the GDP. At the same time, the debts of the enterprises become onerous, payments lessen and the solvency of the banks becomes serious.

The great enigma for the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve is that in spite of fiscal and monetary stimuli, the level of prices remains under 2% for the past three years –with the exception of a slight increase in 2014. During July the Consumer Price Index hardly increased 0.2% in the interannual comparison. If we exclude the prices of food and energy, inflation stood at 1.2%

For various members of the Federal Open Market Committee, even though inflation was pressuring towards a lower level, this is but a transitory phenomenon, due to the rise of the dollar and the deflation of commodity prices. “Given the apparent stability in the outlook for inflation, there are good reasons to believe that inflation will increase as the forces that keep it low dissipate even more”, according to Stanley Fischer, Vice–President of the Federal Reserve.

The current president, Janet Yellen, believes that raising interest is decisive to avoid distortions in the economy. If we maintain interest close to zero over a large period, Yellen argues, there is a danger of fomenting financial bubbles, since cheap credit feeds speculative gambling in investment banks.

Nevertheless, if the cost of credit is raised, the possibilities of a recession are increased. Every time wages were stagnant since the decade of the 1970s, their impulse on inflation is marginal. New jobs have been insufficient to increase the general level of prices. Last month wage increases per hour only grew 2.2% in comparison with 2014, while before the crisis they grew by 4%.

And now what happens?

The Federal Reserve is trapped. It is impossible to slow stock market growth without increasing at the same time deflationary risks on the economy. If the federal funds rate remains intact, it will be evident that the United States is much more vulnerable than the world has believed.

The financial bubble continues to creep up and sooner rather than later it will explode [8]. During the month of August there was major turbulence in the global economy: a fall in the Dow Jones index of more than 1000 points; successive falls in the Shanghai market, a new recession in Japan, stagnancy in France and the United Kingdom, an increase in deflation in Greece, and drastic deceleration in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, etc.

Now, if the Federal Reserve gambles on raising interest rates, the “transitory” elements that may undermine inflation – in the opinion of Stanley Fischer – will gather greater force. That is to say, the rise of the dollar will be more pronounced in the face of massive outpouring of capital from emerging markets. The same thing will happen with the fall of prices of commodities, investors will detach themselves immediately from financial instruments related to energy, with which the United States will register a rate of inflation that is very low, ready to sink into deflation.

The fragility of the world economy has to date sabotaged the pretensions of central banks to tighten monetary policy in recent years [9]. The European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of Japan and the Riksbank (the central bank of Sweden) took a step backward little after raising the reference interest rates. As inflation commenced to fall, the economy again entered into recession and the debt level grew, so that the central banks of industrialized countries had no alternative but to return to interest rates close to zero.

The Federal Reserve for their part, as made it clear that an increase in types of interest will be very slow. That is to say, after the first increase –which if it doesn’t happen in September, could take place in October and December of this year, or as suggested by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) [10] and the World Bank [11], until 2016 – will wait a long time before another increase.

Nevertheless, if the measure precipitated by the drop in the GDP consolidates deflation, the Federal reserve will not only be buried in absolute discredit, but after returning to lower interest rates, would be obliged to put into place a fourth stage in their programme of “Quantitative Easing” [12], as was previously done in November of 2014.

To sum things up, at 7 years from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers the US economy is up in the air. The thousands of millions of US dollars spent to save the New York bankers put public finances in bankruptcy and sunk hundreds of families into misery. The curse of a new crisis has still not disappeared. If the Federal Reserve makes a mistake, the nightmare of deflation may become a sad reality for the United States.

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China will work with U.S. on hacking, defend its interests: official

By Michael Martina

BEIJING (Reuters) – China opposes Internet attacks and wants to work with the United States in cyberspace but will defend its interests, a senior Chinese official said on Thursday after U.S. President Barack Obama warned of a forceful response to Beijing over hacking.

Tensions over cyber security will take center stage during a trip by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Washington next week, Xi’s first state visit to the United States.

Obama told executives on Wednesday the United States has emphasized to China that industrial espionage in cyberspace would be considered an “act of aggression”, and called for an international framework to prevent the Internet from being “weaponized”.

Beijing and Washington face “common challenges” on Internet security, making it “especially important for the two sides to increase mutual trust and cooperation in cyberspace”, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang said.

“At the same time, the Chinese government firmly safeguards its own interests in cyberspace and is resolutely opposed to any statements or actions that harm China’s interests,” Zheng told reporters at a briefing on Xi’s state visit.

Zheng said “we can cooperate and we should cooperate”, including on setting international Internet standards.

Last week, U.S. officials said Washington was considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets.

However, a person briefed on the White House’s thinking said on Tuesday the United States does not plan to impose sanctions on Chinese entities for economic cyber attacks ahead of Xi’s visit to avoid what would be seen as a diplomatic disaster.

The New York Times, citing unidentified sources, reported that Beijing had sent a letter to some U.S. firms earlier this summer asking them to promise they would not harm China’s national security and would store Chinese user data within the country.

Law enforcement cooperation is also likely to be on the agenda during Xi’s visit, with Beijing pushing Washington for help in tracking down and repatriating dozens of alleged Chinese fugitives living in the United States who are wanted in China as part of a widespread crackdown on corruption.

U.S. officials say they are not averse to such cooperation but that, despite requests, Beijing has failed to produce the kind of evidence of criminality needed under American law to support deportation.

Zheng said Beijing had provided “ample” evidence.

“The name list for recovering dirty officials and dirty assets overseas that China has provided was made after a process of strict verification,” Zheng said.

Xi has launched a sweeping campaign against graft after assuming power three years ago, but has been hampered to an extent by difficulty in getting back individuals deemed corrupt who have fled abroad.

(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard and Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Paul Tait)

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U.S., China exchange new investment treaty offers ahead of Xi visit

By Krista Hughes and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China have exchanged revised offers for a proposed investment treaty, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative said, in the lead-up to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the White House next week.

China, which has more restrictions on foreign investment than the United States, is in talks with Washington to reduce the scope of so-called negative lists of sectors closed to the other side’s investors.

The USTR spokeswoman said revised negative list offers were exchanged at talks in Washington last week.

Business groups are hoping for news on the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) during Xi’s visit to the United States, which is expected to start on the West Coast next Monday and include talks with President Barack Obama later in the week.

“The United States continues to review China’s revised negative list and assess next steps in the negotiations,” the USTR spokeswoman said in an emailed statement late on Monday. 

“In order to conclude the BIT negotiations successfully, the two sides will need to reach agreement on a high standard treaty text and a Chinese negative list that is limited, narrow, and represents a substantial liberalization of the Chinese investment market.”

China on its part complains that the United States has singled out Chinese investors for national security reviews.

The sides exchanged initial lists in June.

On Tuesday, a group of 94 CEO’s of some of America’s biggest firms signed a letter to Xi and Obama calling for the rapid conclusion of “a meaningful and high-standard” bilateral investment treaty, saying they hoped “significant” progress could be made during Xi’s visit.

“A high-standard BIT – with clear provisions providing equal treatment to each country’s investors and a short list of exceptions – is one of the key items that could make an immediate and tangible impact for both of our economies,” they said.

The CEOs included Tim Cook of Apple, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Rex Tillerson of ExxonMobil, Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, Muhtar Kent of Coca Cola, Mark Fields of Ford, Doug McMillon of Walmart and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

U.S. investors hope that a treaty will give them increased access to China’s many state-dominated industries, from financial services to telecommunications.

Last month, the American Chamber of Commerce in China said turmoil in China’s stock markets should encourage Beijing to open the economy more quickly to foreign services companies, including banks, and that it hoped to see progress during Xi’s visit.

Foreign business leaders have said Chinese regulations intended to bolster national security have called into question China’s commitments to market reforms and could further restrict foreign access to sensitive sectors.

Nonetheless, some experts say factions in China would like to use the external pressure of the BIT to hasten reforms.

(Reporting by Krista Hughes anbd David Brunnstrom; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Andrew Hay)

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Pentagon now Targeting Chinese Navy in Asia-Pacific






What if the United States lost a potential naval war to China, US analyst Harry J. Kazianis suggested, adding that there are certain grounds for such an alarmist stance.

According to Senior Fellow at the China Policy Institute Harry J. Kazianis, the United States’ capability of projecting power in the Asia-Pacific is waning.

“America now faces a very real threat to its ability to project power in the Asia-Pacific; and it’s a problem — considering how fast Beijing’s missile technology is progressing — that will likely only get worse as the years go by,” Kazianis wrote in his article for the National Interest.

Kazianis referred to the 2010 prognosis by James Kraska, a professor and research director in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, who pointed to the fact the US’ declining naval force was concentrated around ten aircraft carriers “spread thinly throughout the globe.” In contrast, China was bolstering its military capabilities in order to ensure its positions in the East China Sea.

In accordance with Kraska’s imaginary scenario, in the event of a US-China military standoff in the Asia-Pacific “US allies or partners… would have a hard time coming to Washington’s aid” and a US aircraft carrier would have a near zero chance of surviving a Chinese attack.

Furthermore, earlier this year members of the Air-Sea Battle Office and Joint Staff admitted that current doctrinal command-and-control methodologies will most likely fail to address modern anti-access/area-denial environments.

“The advancement and proliferation of disruptive technologies designed to counter power projection are undermining traditional US military advantages. The worldwide growth of anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities, the changing US overseas defense posture, and the emergence of space and cyberspace as contested war-fighting domains enable potential adversaries, both state and non-state, to counter qualitatively superior US and allied forces,” the military analysts stated.

“How should America respond to the growing anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) challenge presented by China, Iran and now Russia?” Kazianis asked.

According to Kazianis, America’s armed forces are aware of the problem and “working to ensure various types of anti-access technologies won’t limit or altogether negate American power-projection capabilities across all domains of possible conflict.”

The Pentagon’s new operation concept dubbed JAM-GC aims to deal with a wide range of challenges, including the capability to “effectively command and control Joint Forces in a heavily disrupted electromagnetic-spectrum environment”; “deter an adversary from proscribed action through demonstration of capability, presence and will”; “project power as needed to achieve objectives; and sustain and supply operations in the face of determined opposition.”

While the Pentagon is boosting the US’ Grand Military Strategy in Asia, the question remains open whether the US plans to use its military force to coerce Beijing into submission.

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Japanese firms in US are ‘hostages’ of anti-Russia sanctions – bank official

“Many Japanese banks maintain extensive business operations in the United States. In the context of sanctions (against Russia) Washington can impose restrictions on any transactions by these banks,” JBIC Senior Managing Director Tadashi Maeda said in an interview to TASS on Thurday at the first Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

“For instance, the sanction list includes Rosneft. If you do business with Rosneft in the United States, this may be a reason for sanctions on Japanese businesses,” he said. “One can say that Japanese companies in the United States are hostages of US sanctions,” Maeda added.

READ MORE: Sanctions could lead to Russia-Japan currency swaps

“The newly-emerged threat is the negative effect of sanctions, in particular, those by the United States,” said Maeda, “we are unable to use the dollar in granting credit lines. We can use only the yen, and this entails technical problems.”

In another interview to the Sputnik news agency at the forum, Maeda said his country is seeking direct ruble-yen currency swaps, explaining that sanctions against Russia make it difficult to conduct business using US dollar transactions.

READ MORE: New sanctions: US targets scores of Russian, Chinese, Syrian firms over Iran

MiG-35 jet © Vladimir Astapkovich

This week the US expanded its sanctions’ list, which now includes the Russian aircraft maker MIG, state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Instrument Design Bureau (KBP).

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Confirmed: US to “Use” Al Qaeda to Take Syria

The Daily Beast’s article, “Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS,” reveals the final piece to the “safe haven” or “buffer zone” puzzle, providing the world a complete picture of how the United States and its regional allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, and others, plan to finally overthrow the government in Damascus, and eliminate Syria as a functioning nation state through the use of listed terrorist organizations responsible for over a decade of devastating global war.

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Top Image: September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people would die in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and a downed plane over Pennsylvania. The attack was attributed to Al Qaeda by the United States government tipping off over a decade of global war against “terrorism” that would leave entire nations destroyed and millions of lives ruined.

The Daily Beast reports:

Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus.

The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast.

In addition to Petraeus’ alleged plans, the Daily Beast reports former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford also advocated supporting terrorists linked directly to Al Qaeda, including the Ahrar al Sham faction. However this “proposed” advocacy is an afterthought – a matter of public perception management – as terrorist organizations like Ahrar al Sham and the Al Nusra Front already are receiving significant US backing either directly or laundered through one of America’s many regional collaborators. Ahrar al Sham’s extensive video documentation online shows the group even employing US anti-tank TOW missiles.

Furthermore, US corporate-financier funded policy think tanks like the Brookings Institution have already enumerated precisely this plan. In a recent publication on Brookings’ “Order From Chaos” blog titled, “Should the United States negotiate with terrorists?,” it is stated:

Ultimately, negotiation and amnesty programs with extremist groups must enter the U.S. counterterrorism repertoire if reluctance to military deployment continues.

Brookings describes almost verbatim the proposal put forth by Petraeus and Ford, indicating this plan is more deeply rooted as a matter of policy than indicated by the Daily Beast.

This Was the Plan All Along

Indeed, the Daily Beast’s shocking admission is not the entire truth. In reality, the United States had already conspired since as early as 2007 to use the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other hard-line sectarian militant groups to violently overthrow Syria in a bid to wage proxy, then eventually, direct war on Iran.

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Terrorists fighting under the banners of Al Qaeda and Ahrar al Sham whom former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford seeks to arm and back in America’s bid to overthrow the sovereign government of Syria. . In Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” it is explicitly stated (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Additionally, Judicial Watch, a US-based foundation seeking “transparency” in government, released a 7-page document dated 2012, detailing the background and status of the Syrian conflict. It admits that the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda form the basis of the “opposition.” It then admits that (emphasis added):

Development of the current events into proxy war: with support from Russia, China, and Iran, the regime is controlling the areas of influence along coastal territories (Tartus and Latakia), and is fiercely defending Homs, which is considered the primary transportation route in Syria. On the other hand, opposition forces are trying to control the eastern areas (Hasaka and Der Zor), adjacent to the western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar), in addition to neighboring Turkish borders. Western countries, the Gulf States and Turkey are supporting these efforts.

It also admits that terrorists are entering Syria from Iraq, hardly what one could call a “civil war,” and clearly instead an invasion.

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More importantly, the document also admits that (emphasis added):

The opposition forces will try to use the Iraqi territory as a safe haven for its forces taking advantage of the sympathy of the Iraqi border population, meanwhile trying to recruit fighters and train them on the Iraqi side, in addition to harboring refugees (Syria).

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered t he strategic depth of the Shia Expansion (Iraq and Iran).

This reveals that not only did the US and its allies seek to use Al Qaeda as a proxy in fighting Syria and Iran, it also sought the creation of a “Salafist principality,” and specifically in eastern Syria – precisely where the “Islamic State” exists today.

With the Daily Beast’s article serving as the most recent affirmation of this documented conspiracy, there should be little doubt remaining that the creation and use of Al Qaeda and the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) was a premeditated strategy to overthrow the Syrian state with irregular asymmetrical warfare where direct Western military intervention could not succeed.

Giving ISIS an Air Force

Readers of the Daily Beast might be tempted to believe that the US plans to either begin arming these extremists groups – ignorant of the fact that they have already been armed by the West and its allies for years – or will increase existing support. However both assumptions would be wrong. Every dollar, every weapon, and every foreign fighter on Earth the US and its collaborators could find and feed into the Syrian conflict has already been sourced and sent to Syria. It simply has not been enough.

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US Senator John McCain posing with Al Qaeda’s LIFG leader Hakimabdullah Belhaj, now head of ISIS’ Libya franchise. The US along with other NATO and Persian Gulf states, provided Belhaj’s terrorists air cover, weapons, cash, and special forces in their bid to overthrow the government of Libya in 2011. And like in Libya where NATO’s ground forces – essentially the US listed foreign terrorist group the “Libyan Islamic Fighting Group” (LIFG) – failed to take the country on their own with covert support alone, the only other option when proxy ground forces fail to produce results is to provide them with direct military support including air cover, special forces operations, naval support, and signal and intelligence assets.

In Libya, the use of NATO airpower tipped the balance in the conflict decidedly in favor of Al Qaeda’s LIFG faction, eventually overturning the government in Tripoli, and leaving the North African nation in the hands of these extremists ever since.

Libya would serve as a springboard for US-NATO aggression elsewhere throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including Syria itself.

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Northern Syria. Syrian forces and Kurdish militias have all but sealed off Syria’s border with NATO-member Turkey. What is left the US and Turkey have attempted to turn into a “safe haven” protected by Western military forces. In reality, this aims at keeping Al Qaeda and ISIS supply lines open and provides a springboard toward establishing “no-fly-zones” across wider swaths of Syrian territory.

With the West’s ground proxies in Syria at the limit of their operational capacity and still unable to achieve the ultimate objective of overthrowing the Syrian government, it is apparent that the West is now preparing to intervene more directly. Already a so-called “safe haven” or “buffer zone” has been designated in northern Syria in the last remaining logistical corridor feeding ISIS and Al Qaeda forces fighting inside Syria. While the West claims this zone will be used to provide sanctuary for refugees and “moderate” fighters, it is clear by the Daily Beast and Brookings report that no such “moderates” exist. Instead, the “safe havens” will be used as the final refuge of Al Qaeda/ISIS, protected by US, NATO, and Persian Gulf airpower and special forces.

From there, what would be essentially a no-fly-zone would be extended southward providing these terrorist forces protection as they operated more effectively and deeper into Syrian territory with the ultimate goal being a Libyan-style finale to the now years long conflict.

In essence, the United States and their allies are preparing to provide Al Qaeda/ISIS an air force to tip the balance of the conflict in their favor.

ISIS Propaganda Aims to Endear World to Al Qaeda

While Al Qaeda was initially conceived by the US and its Saudi allies in the 1980s to fight the West’s proxy wars for them, first in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, the last decade of using this terrorist organization as a pretext for global military conflict instead of as a direct proxy has taken its toll on the public’s perception. To recast Al Qaeda as once again “freedom fighters,” ISIS appears to have intentionally waged a propaganda campaign designed to portray itself as the most extreme, barbaric terror organization to ever walk the Earth.

This included well-funded, professionally executed productions showing ever more creative yet horrifying atrocities committed against ISIS’ captives. This also included the systematic and tragic destruction of Syria’s historical sites, including Roman temples as well as the execution of respected historians charged with their study and care.

ISIS has gone out of its way to intentionally provoke the world against it, and in the process, help recast Al Qaeda as relative “moderates” in comparison. In tandem with ISIS’ obvious propaganda campaign, the Western media has attempted to help to. The above mentioned Brookings report would go as far as claiming:

At the strategic level, the United States remains staunchly in the macho mantra of “We’ll never negotiate with terrorists!” During the heyday of the Global War on Terrorism, ripe with venom after the fall of the twin towers on 9/11, this position seemed noble and just. But 14 years later, the al-Qaida that perpetrated the atrocities of September 11 hardly exists aside from Ayman al-Zawahiri and a few remaining disciples. The dwindling number of al-Qaida affiliates show fewer ties back to the original perpetrators of these attacks.

Nearly 3,000 were killed on September 11, 2001 on US soil. In the wars that would later be predicated on this attack and the “threat” of Al Qaeda, some 1 million Iraqis would die, tens of thousands of Afghans perished, as would over 4,000 US and other coalition soldiers in over a decade of global war. The creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its increasingly pervasive/invasive security measures imposed upon the American public are likewise predicated on the threat of Al Qaeda.

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Across America, the fruits of this global war is endemic paranoia, the broken bodies and minds of neglected war veterans, and a nation whose people and resources have been pillaged to fight what is apparently a non-existent threat so benign, the US is now prepared to build it up into a functioning, standing army and assist it in seizing one nation after another across the MENA region.

Over a decade of global atrocities committed against both nations abroad and against the American people themselves has finally come full circle. A conspiracy to create a regional front from the very enemies the US was at the time citing as justification for the “War on Terror” is now being implemented in full. It is a conspiracy that has transcended two presidential administrations – evidence that US foreign policy is driven not by the aspirations of the American people through their elected representatives, but by unelected special interests who pen policy papers that are simply spun around whichever political narrative is prevailing at any given time.

During the Bush administration, that narrative was the “War on Terror.” During the Obama administration that narrative was the “Humanitarian War.” In reality, it was a singular, continuous agenda that has seamlessly moved forward to where it stands at present, with the US media attempting to convince the American public and the world’s population in general on the eve of yet another 9/11 anniversary, that Al Qaeda are the “good guys” and now is the time to hand them the nation of Syria.

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