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The Iran Nuclear Deal: Worse Than We Imagined | commentary

Senior Government Officials of the E3/EU+3 and Iran will make every effort to support the successful implementation of this JCPOA, including in their public statements.

A footnote clarified that this applied to senior U.S. administration officials.

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There were so many flaws with the JCPOA that this one didn’t really receive the attention it should have. In effect, Kerry agreed to spin the JCPOA. In an Orwellian twist, pointing out Iranian violations of the JCPOA becomes a violation itself.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Worse Than We Imagined | commentary

A Navy pilot’s take: The Air Force doesn’t have a pilot crisis, it has a leadership crisis | Foreign Policy

The United States Air Force is facing a crisis, seemingly a recent one, which will define the service for decades to come.

This “Dear Boss” letter is instructive for describing exactly why so many pilots are choosing not to stay in the Air Force, and are instead leaving to go to the airlines. There is a deep lack of faith in leadership at all levels of the Air Force, but especially at the Squadron Commander and above levels, and, from within, it seems that the organization is promoting toxic managers (not leaders) who are not promoted on their merits, but instead on how well they toe the party line.

Complaints range, but highlights are; a lack of accountability, protection of the deficient leaders at all costs, overemphasis on promotion versus performance, and too much “queep” (an Air Force term for paperwork). …

A Navy pilot’s take: The Air Force doesn’t have a pilot crisis, it has a leadership crisis | Foreign Policy

“… it seems that the organization is promoting toxic managers (not leaders) who are not promoted on their merits, but instead on how well they toe the party line.”

This is how you create failed institutions all across America and the World. The best people are not promoted. Mediocre people or worse, who are good at toeing the party line, get the promotion. And the best people just leave. Keep that process up for a long time and bang – crisis. For the US military, that crisis will come in a war with Russia and/or China.

Rest assured that the US military is not really in a position to adequately protect the country from Russia and China. Since the last Cold War ended the US military has mostly ignored the countries who can wipe out the US, and instead focused on terrorism and countries in the Middle East. 

 

British Role Confirmed in Trump Spying Scandal

A Special Report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism; Cliff Kincaid, Director.

The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates, going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. General Michael Flynn took place.

This runs contrary to the blanket nature of the denial insinuated in GCHQ’s carefully-crafted statement of March 17 claiming it was all “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous” that they conducted surveillance of “then president-elect” Donald Trump (emphasis added). The surveillance went back a year before he became “president-elect.”

President Trump’s claim of being “wire tapped” has been vindicated. Indeed, the surveillance is far more extensive than even he suspected at the time.

Based on the new disclosures, we can safely conclude that the world’s most advanced and extensive system of computerized espionage was indeed used against him and people he worked with, for political purposes, with the knowledge and approval of top Obama officials such as CIA Director John Brennan (one major name implicated by the Guardian).

Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, who said GCHQ was involved in wiretapping Trump, has also vindicated. Fox News owes Napolitano an apology for yanking him off the air for a week for making that “controversial” and now-verified assertion.

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There’s a crisis in the air: If a shooting war comes, the Air Force is not ready

American armed forces consistently perform so well that their effectiveness is taken for granted. Complaints about military spending cuts during the Obama years are such a cliche that they have been yawned at by our political leaders and completely ignored by the media.

But those years have taken us from cliche to crisis. Three factors have combined to create an emergency in airpower. First is the wear and tear imposed by nearly 16 years of combat. Second are with the massive, reckless cuts in defense spending imposed by President Obama which, under the Budget Control Act of 2011, are scheduled to continue for at least four years. Third is the near-criminal neglect of our forces by Mr. Obama’s generals and admirals. As a result, so many of our combat aircraft are incapable of flying combat missions that the president is deprived of options that may be critical to any war, large or small.

U.S. airpower not at crisis readiness level – Washington Times

US calls China’s bluff on North Korea – The Straits Times

It is still fashionable to deride the Donald Trump administration as lacking strategic knowledge or vision. But on North Korea, the administration has been neither silly nor devoid of purpose. It has wisely rejected the supposed dichotomy between a total war and no military options whatsoever as false. It has also told China in no uncertain terms that if the Chinese claim that they cannot influence events in North Korea, they should not object if others start exercising influence.

Reckless? No, or at least not yet. For there is no evidence that previous “peaceful” policies have worked, although there is plenty of evidence that the time for diplomacy is quickly running out.

Indeed, an even more persuasive case can be made that the only alternative to current US policies, which is to accept a nuclear North Korea as a permanent reality, remains the truly reckless option.

US calls China’s bluff on North Korea , Opinion News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Retired Pacific Fleet Intelligence Chief Calls for Tougher Military Policy on China

A former Pacific Fleet Intelligence director called on the Trump administration to reassert U.S. military presence in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to deter China from continuing its aggressive campaign of maritime expansion.

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. James Fanell urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to recalibrate U.S. military policy to recognize China as the greatest threat to American national security interests, particularly given Beijing’s territorial claims to Japan’s uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Retired Pacific Fleet Intelligence Chief Calls for Tougher Military Policy on China

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US | The Times of Israel

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, denounced the US missile strikes on Syria as a “flagrant violation” of international law. Additional such actions would entail “grave consequences not only for regional but global security,” Lavrov said.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the meeting sent a “strong message” to Washington. Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants agreed that unilateral actions by the US were unacceptable.

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US | The Times of Israel

Russia, West Moving Towards New Cold War, Gorbachev Warns

“It is not merely imminent. In some places, it is already in full swing. Troops are being moved into Europe, including heavy equipment such as tanks and armored cars. It was not so long ago that NATO troops and Russian troops were stationed quite far away from each other. They now stand nose-to-nose.”

Gorbachev said the new Cold War could turn into a hot one if both sides do nothing to prevent it. “Anything is possible” if the current deterioration of relations continues, he said.

Gorbachev cautioned the West against trying to force change in Russia through economic sanctions, saying the sanctions only galvanize public opinion against the West in Russia and bolster support for the Kremlin.

Russia, West Moving Towards New Cold War, Gorbachev Warns

China says North Korea tension has to be stopped from reaching ‘irreversible’ stage | Reuters

China said on Friday tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an “irreversible and unmanageable stage” as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test.

Concern has grown since the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack, raising questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for North Korea, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. and unilateral sanctions.

The United States has warned that a policy of “strategic patience” is over. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to South Korea on Sunday on a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia.

China says North Korea tension has to be stopped from reaching ‘irreversible’ stage | Reuters