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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Duterte Welcomed to China, Announces ‘Separation’ from US

It looks like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has had enough of America. The following is from the L.A. Times:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Thursday that he was “separating” from the United States and embracing China as the new best friend of the Philippines.
The 71-year-old president, famous for blunt, often profane rhetoric, announced his country’s realignment in a state visit to Beijing, where he was hailed as China’s new “brother.’’

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The Rigging of the Election Campaign: World Champion Poker Player Accuses Hillary of Cheating

Global Research, October 22, 2016

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UN Human Rights Council Supports America’s Imperial Project in Syria

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“Al-Nusra not priority”, U.S. State Dept. says while terror group shells civilians in Aleppo, Syria

US military efforts in Syria are not directed against Al-Nusra, the State Department said. ~ This week, Russia paused its joint offensive with Syrian government troops on eastern Aleppo, which is held by an assortment of armed groups, including Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda offshoot. The goal is to allow people wishing to leave the city to do so, including both civilians and militants, who were offered separate corridors to leave Aleppo with their arms. ~ On Thursday, however, the militants opened fire on civilian evacuation routes, injuring three Russian officers at the El-Masharka government checkpoint, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said. ~ Asked if Al-Nusra’s presence in East Aleppo was an obstacle to the cessation of hostilities, Kirby once again tried to shift the responsibility on Syria and Russia: “The only thing that stands between where we are now and a permanent and enduring ceasefire in Syria is Bashar al-Assad and his supporters”, Kirby said. ~ You need to figure out more clearly on which side stands the Zionist puppet regime that leads the U.S. policy?

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israel busy destroying Jerusalem's history and replacing it with fake artifacts

A historic photograph shows Jerusalem’s Moroccan Quarter, below the al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Dome of the Rock. Israel demolished the 700-year-old neighborhood, including a 12th century mosque, to create the Western Wall Plaza, after it occupied East Jerusalem in 1967. (via Library of Congress)
Israel is once again trying to remove Jerusalem’s ancient sites from a UN list of endangered world heritage.
The effort to strip the protection comes as groups that call for the destruction of the al-Aqsa mosque and its replacement with a Jewish temple are intensifying their activities, often with Israeli government funding and support. It also follows decades of Israeli destruction of ancient sites in the city.
Less than two weeks after UNESCO adopted a resolution sharply criticizing Israel’s violations at the al-Aqsa mosque/Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem, the UN educational and scientific body’s World Heritage Committee Executive Board will vote on whether to keep the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls on the list of endangered sites, a status they have held since 1982.
Fifty-five other UNESCO World Heritage sites around the globe are considered to be in danger.
Jerusalem’s Old City was placed on the list after delegates found the site’s “historical authenticity” and “cultural significance” were threatened by negligence, rapid urbanization and the destruction of religious properties.
Israel has controlled Jerusalem’s Old City since its army occupied East Jerusalem along with the rest of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to ask the 21 member nations on the World Heritage Committee Executive Board not to support keeping the area on the endangered list.
Israel has opposed the inclusion of the site on the list since it was first proposed byJordan.
“There is a will to stop this chaos [of such resolutions] which harms everyone,” Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen told The Jerusalem Post.
But Shama-Hacohen said winning favor for Israel’s position from from the World Heritage Committee will be tough.
The committee will meet in Paris next week.

Extremist settlers

In April, Jordan submitted its report to the World Heritage Committee outlining why the site should remain on the endangered list.
Israel also submitted a report claiming it has undertaken several projects to protect the Old City “while improving the lives of its inhabitants and its use by tourists.”
The Israeli report claims that the Israel Antiquities Authority conducts or supervises all projects in and around the Old City.
But the report fails to mention that the authority has handed over control of several archaeological projects to the extreme settler organization Elad.
Elad currently manages a tunnel project that connects the Western Wall to the Davidson Center, an Israeli-built exhibition facility, in the Palestinian neighborhood ofSilwan.
Jordan’s report details many of the concerns over the al-Aqsa mosque and the Haram al-Sharif outlined in the UNESCO resolution adopted on 13 October, but also discusses how the surrounding Muslim neighborhoods within the walls of the Old City are threatened.
In recent years, Israeli-government supported private settler groups such as Elad and Ateret Cohanim have forcibly displaced scores of Muslim and Christian families in the Old City to make way for Jewish settlers.
Jordan’s report states that Israel has carried out 20 excavations in the area surrounding the al-Aqsa compound during 2015. It presents evidence that the excavations are discarding historic remains from the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. Jordan asserts that the excavations threaten to breach the walls of the al-Aqsa mosque.
The archaeological projects Israel undertakes in Jerusalem have the narrow agenda of unearthing artifacts that demonstrate an ancient Jewish presence in the land while ignoring or destroying artifacts from other eras.

History of destruction

Immediately following the 1967 war, Israel destroyed the 700-year-old Mughrabi Quarter, also known as the Moroccan Quarter, in the Old City in order to create the Western Wall Plaza adjacent to the al-Aqsa compound.
Today the plaza serves primarily as an open gathering space for tourists and Jewish worshippers.
When Israel occupied the area on 7 June 1967, the entire neighborhood was put under strict curfew and Palestinians were shut in their homes.
On the evening of 10 June 1967, the day the war ended, the 650 residents of the Mughrabi Quarter were given two hours to vacate their homes, according to scholar Tom Abowd.
Those who did not leave voluntarily, were removed by force before the area was flattened by bulldozers. By the next night, more than 130 homes had been destroyed.
One woman was buried beneath the rubble, her body found the next morning in the ruins of her home.
Among the scores of homes and structures reduced to rubble, was one of Jerusalem’s oldest Islamic schools, al-Afdaliya, which later came to be known as Sheikh Eid mosque.
The structure has been dated to Saladin’s reign in the 12th century.
Benjamin Kedar, a retired professor of history at Hebrew University and a former vice president of Israel’s National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, called the destruction an “archaeological crime.”
In the last five years, Israel has allowed the Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a so-called “Museum of Tolerance” on top of the ancient Muslim Mamilla Cemetery. Though in West Jerusalem, and therefore not the subject of the UNESCO resolutions, it is a stark example of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s disregard for Jerusalem’s people and heritage.
Hundreds of skeletons were dug up in the middle of the night. Yehoshua Dorfman, the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority at the time, later admitted, “I should have stopped the excavation and not allowed the destruction of that part of the cemetery.”
Dorfman also admitted to mistreatment of Muslim and Christian graves at excavation sites elsewhere, including the Elad-run “City of David” in occupied East Jerusalem. “The bones were just left lying around outside for months until they were taken away,” Dorfman wrote in a book published after his death in 2014, according to the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz.

Vilifying UNESCO

Since UNESCO passed the resolution condemning the myriad ways Israel violates the rights of Palestinian and Muslim worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque and threatens the architectural integrity of the compound, Israel has gone on the offensive.
This week, Yisrael Hasson, the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority, stepped up the vilification of UNESCO, comparing the UN body to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, that has destroyed ancient sites in Syria.
Claiming falsely that the resolution denies Jewish reverence for the site it calls Temple Mount, Israel has effectively convinced UN leaders to distance themselves from the resolution.
These include Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova and UNESCO executive board chair Michael Worbs.
Mexico and Brazil, two of the 24 countries that voted in favor of the resolution, have since repudiated their support.
Though there will not be a re-vote, the countries say they would not support a similar resolution in the future.
If Israel should now succeed in convincing the World Heritage Committee to remove Jerusalem from the list of endangered sites, the UN would in effect give a blessing to Israel’s ongoing assault on the city’s ancient heritage.
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Western Aleppo Strikes: Casebook for Human Rights Organizations ~ [Graphic]

A compilation of evidence of airstrikes in western Aleppo that are killing and injuring civilians in government-controlled parts of the city on an almost daily basis. These are the facts that receive less attention from human rights organizations than strikes on the eastern part of the city.

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If Hillary Clinton seizes the White House, it will be an illegitimate, null and void THEFT of power

Mike Adams — Natural News Oct 21, 2016
In a little over two weeks, we’re going to find out whether we have a country anymore. If Hillary Clinton seizes the White House, she will preside over an illegitimate, illegal dictatorship that was seized through massive fraud, collusion and corruption at every level.
Without all the fraud, collusion and corruption, Hillary Clinton would have been indicted for criminal violations of national security. She would be down 20 points in the polls, and the media wouldn’t be covering up all her crimes and failures. Without the collusion, Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have known all the TV debate questions ahead of time. The voter “panels” wouldn’t have been coached by Clinton operatives to regurgitate rehearsed comments, and the official media polls wouldn’t have been rigged to construct the appearance of widespread Clinton support.
Every element of this election is so rigged, so illegal and so fraudulent that if Hillary Clinton “wins” this vote, the Presidency of the United States will be null and void.
As Wikileaks accurately states in this tweet, “There is no US election. There is power consolidation. Rigged primary, rigged media and rigged ‘pied piper’ candidate drive consolidation.”

“Sadly, it is difficult to disagree with the assessment,” adds Zero Hedge. “That an establishment democratic candidate could endure an extended FBI investigation, in which multiple federal laws were clearly and intentionally broken, and clear evidence of corruption and collusion between the FBI and State Department is mind boggling. Throw in evidence from WikiLeaks clearly linking the DNC to criminal efforts to incite violence at rallies, numerous examples of pay-to-play activities at the ClintonFoundation, blatant media collusion, etc, etc, and it actually becomes quite frightening.”

Donald Trump should REJECT the results of a fraudulent, stolen election

All this explains why Donald Trump should openly and firmly reject the results of a fraudulent election. It is not anti-democratic to do so, by the way, when your opponent despises democracy and has rigged the entire election from the start to obliterate democratic principles.
What’s clear right now is that democrats hate democracy. They despise a free and fair election because they don’t trust the voters to elect democrats unless massive fraud is involved. This demonstrates, by the way, just how much the democrats know their own leaders are hated by the voters. (It’s also why democrats can never run for office by telling the truth of what they plan to do. Case in point: Hillary’s ridiculous claim that she “will not add a penny” to the national debt.)
To seize the White House and put Hillary Clinton in power, democrats haveabandoned every principle of fair elections, invoking a “win at all costs” strategy that thrusts their party leaders and operatives into the category of lawless tyrants and Third World dictators running a criminal regime. To democrats, laws don’t matter. Fairness doesn’t matter. Even democracy doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is seizing power by any means, even if it involves hiring people to violently assault Trump supporters at rallies (see for the video footage) or colluding with the head of the FBI to avoid the criminal prosecution of their nominee.
As Selwyn Duke writes in The New American, “No, Trump Should Not Accept the Results of a Possibly Stolen Election.”
Reality No. 1: There is vote fraud.
Reality No. 2: Since there’s vote fraud, it’s possible an election — especially a close one — could be stolen.
Yet the three-little-monkey coward-cons think that, somehow, it’s noble and healthy to view a possibly stolen election and say “Nothing to see here; move along.” Maybe if we pretend hard enough, everything will be okay.

Until Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton and other corrupt democrat operatives are behind bars, America does not have a legitimate federal government

One of the very best reasons to vote for Donald Trump — and perhaps the most important reason of all — is because he promises to seek criminal investigations of the most lawless operatives in the Obama / Clinton regime.
Until America “drains the swamp” and wrests the criminal slag out of the halls of power in Washington D.C., we cannot move forward as a nation that claims to respect law. The outrageous lawlessness of the Clintons and the entire democrat establishmentmust be brought to an end by We the People. If it cannot be brought to an end at the ballot box, I have no doubt that concerned citizens will find other ways to take back their country from the criminals in Washington.
Right now, voting for Donald Trump is the last (and best) hope to prevent America from being seized by a criminal cabal of deep corruption and runaway lawlessness that hasinfected every institution in our nation, across every branch of government. Should this effort be thwarted by the criminal conspiracy of the Clintons, the media, the FBI, the DOJ and all the other co-conspirators involved in all this, America ceases to become a nation of law and plunges into Third World dictatorship status (with all the obvious ramifications that follow such political corruption).

Beware of the intense, destructive evil that will fester out of a powerful, centralized political establishment which realizes it is ABOVE THE LAW

As Hillary Clinton seizes the White House, the message to all the elite leftist power brokers will be obvious: We can get away with anything! They will realize they can commit any crime they want… and the media will cover up their crimes while the FBI excuses their actions with contorted legal immunities and whitewashed explanations. They will be above the law, and they will know that they control every institution in government, effectively granting themselves absolute power and absolute immunity.
When, in the history of the world, has the concentration of absolute power into the hands of the few ever turned out well for the populace?
It is a vast understatement to remind you that this is the most dangerous time in the entire history of our nation since the American Revolution. Once the democrats realize they have absolute power with zero accountability, there will be death squadsto seek out and murder their political opponents. Websites critical of the Clinton regime will be seized and silenced. People who speak out against the regime will find themselves indicted by the IRS, or investigated by the FTC, or arrested by the DEA after drugs are planted in their homes. What the Obama regime has already done to Julian Assange, the Clinton regime will do to Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Alex Jones and Sean Hannity.
The prisons will be filled with the political enemies of the regime in power… and then to clear out the prisons, the mass murders will begin. Piece by piece, the corrupt democrats will become the Fourth Reich, murdering their political enemies, demanding absolute obedience (P.C. thought control), raising their rhetoric to levels of psychological insanity that haven’t been witnessed since the days of Adolf Hitler.
And sometime during all this, the armed American people will realize they have nothing more to lose, and they will almost certainly pick up their rifles, march on Washington and lay it all on the line to either take back their country or die trying. Because in a society where the Second Amendment still lives, it only takes about 1% of the population to take their country back from a corrupt, criminal regime.
The only good news in all this is that democrats hate firearms, which means they won’t be able to put up much of a fight if all this plunges into kinetic action. In other words, if America devolves into a shooting war — open revolution or armed revolt — there’s no question that the gun owners win.
Why do you think Obama and the Clintons have been desperately trying to take away guns from all the citizens? And why do you think that all the talk about gun control never suggests the government itself should be disarmed? No, “gun control” isn’t about reducing gun violence… it’s about monopolizing the power of gun violence into the hands of the corrupt government regime so that the citizens are defenseless (and so much easier to round up, imprison, or execute).
Read your history, folks. If you don’t learn from it, you’re doomed to repeat it. Every time corrupt regimes concentrate power into the hands of the (criminal) few, it ends in genocide or bloodshed. Hillary Clinton is thrusting America into a future of intense pain, suffering and death. Remember all this as you cast your vote on November 8th.

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Geagea backs Hariri for Lebanese Prime Minister

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – With Saad Hariri and his Future Movement accepting General Michel ‘Aoun for the Lebanese Presidency, the need for political rapprochement with the leader of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, was a top priority for the former Prime Minister.
On Friday evening, Samir Geagea met with Saad Hariri at Beit Al-Wassat in Beirut to mend relations between their respective political parties.
During the meeting, Geagea told Hariri he was pleased with his recent acceptance of General Michel Aoun as Lebanese President, despite his long-standing feud with the latter’s Free Patriotic Movement.
“I had hoped an agreement would be reached over MP Michel Aoun before October 31; otherwise, everybody must remember that these are polls and this how we must handle the presidency,” Geagea stated after his meeting.
Geagea also confirmed that ties with Future Movement had returned to their former terms.
“Everything we have done is continue the project of Wissam Hasssan and March 14. Do not be deceived by appearances, because all what matters to us is the March 14th project.”
Samir Geagea also pledged his support for Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s next Prime Minister.
The meeting was attended by former lawmaker Ghattas Khoury, and Head of LF Media and Communication Department Melhem Riachi.
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Tail wagging dog: Top Clinton Donors Condition Their Support on israel's Security

In a hacked email released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, answered an innocent question from his daughter with a revealing answer about what motivates two of Clinton’s biggest supporters to stand by her candidacy: Israel.
On May 12, 2015, Podesta’s daughter, Megan Rouse, wrote:
I’ve heard a concern from some folks who care deeply about Israel that Hillary will be the president “most unfriendly to Israel in our history, worse than Obama.” Thoughts on how I might respond in conversation?
Opponents of Hillary Clinton and groups supported by Republican megadonor and Trump supporter Sheldon Adelson have consistently attempted to paint Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as unfriendly to Israel due to their opposition to settlement expansion in the West Bank and their support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a 2015 diplomatic agreement which constrains Iran’s nuclear program.
Podesta wrote back:
That’s a bit crazy. Obama developed a real feud with Bibi, but she has been a staunch defender of Israel since her Senate days. Probably her very best supporters are Haim Saban, and Danny Abraham who would not be with her if she wasn’t totally committed to Israeli security.
Podesta’s acknowledgement that two of Hillary Clinton’s key donors condition their support on her support of Israel’s security is a striking moment of candor from Podesta, but a statement which is consistent with her previous actions to placate the concerns of her biggest financial backers.
Previously leaked emails showed Clinton’s team coordinating with Saban, Clinton’s top donor, to leak a letter expressing her opposition to Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a campaign to apply economic and political pressure on Israel to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
In July, 2015, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook wrote to senior campaign aides about the BDS letter:
I see zero downside to a story. Then we can circulate around right away (hopefully) in advance of Iran.
(Presumably, Mook’s reference to “in advance of Iran” regarded the upcoming finalization of the JCPOA on July 14, 2015, and/or Clinton’s support of the agreement.)
Christina Reynolds, another Clinton staffer, wrote back:
If Haim’s going to give it to the Jewish media, I think that solves our problem. Once they write, we can make sure it gets picked up by some of our beat guys.
Saban released Clinton’s BDS letter three days later.
Clinton and Saban haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. Last December, Clinton defended the Iran nuclear deal at an event moderated by the billionaire at a Saban Forum event at Brookings.
Saban initially opposed the agreement but later shifted his position, accepting the JCPOA as a “fait accompli” and “a done deal” in an August, 2015 email to The New York Times’ Julie Hirschfield Davis.
But the close coordination with Saban on matters related to Israel, his key concern according to Podesta, appears to have paid off handily for the Clinton campaign.
In August, Saban hosted a $5 million fundraiser for Clinton, one of the biggest fundraising hauls of her campaign. And Saban, alongside his wife, are the biggest donors to the pro-Clinton Priorities USA super-PAC, having contributed at least $10 million to date.
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Why Hillary Clinton Is a Bigger Concern for China Than Donald Trump

Why Hillary Clinton Is a Bigger Concern for China Than Donald Trump
EDITOR’S CHOICE | 20.10.2016

Why Hillary Clinton Is a Bigger Concern for China Than Donald Trump

So you think Donald Trump is the biggest threat to world peace? And Barack Obama engineered America’s “pivot to Asia”?
It was actually Hillary Clinton, emphasising the necessity of a “strategic turn” for the United States, who launched the pivot to Asia in an October 2011 article titled “America’s Pacific Century”. The tone was martial: “Our military is by far the strongest and our economy is by far the largest.” The South China Sea duly featured: “Half the world’s merchant tonnage flows through this water”. Informed observers didn’t need a manual to spot Clinton’s subtle cue alerting them to the danger of China’s “nine-dashed line”.
Clinton’s essay preceded Obama’s November 2011 speech to the Australian Parliament in which he officially announced the pivot. The key theme was the US as a “Pacific nation”. The tone was mostly combative. Only after 10 long confrontational paragraphs did a meek “effort to build a cooperative relationship with China” appear.
As a presidential candidate in 2008, Clinton’s tone was way more composed. She admitted that the US budget deficit was largely funded by Chinese purchases of US Treasury bills. She then seemed to be subscribing to the widely held notion in the Beltway that the root of US global hegemony is economic.
Five years later, Clinton had substantially changed her mind to write her pivot essay. The source was none other than the intellectual/conceptual author of the pivot: Kurt Campbell, then US assistant secretary of state for Asia.
Campbell is classic revolving door material – Marshall scholar at Oxford, active duty in the navy, a job at the Pentagon under Bill Clinton, and at the State Department in the first Obama term under Hillary. It took him a full two years to “win” the bureaucracy/intellectual battle inside Foggy Bottom that resulted in Hillary Clinton’s essay and Obama’s speech.
From the beginning, the pivot’s focus was of course China – an attempt to reach a delicate balance between economic partners/strategic rivals. Obama may have been progressively swinging towards “rival”. But, already in mid-2010, the decision had actually been Clinton’s. In a conference in Hanoi, she announced that the US had a “national interest” in “respect for international law in the South China Sea”.
That was the crucial moment when the evolving US-China showdown in the South China Sea actually began – framing the whole subsequent pivot as a provocative, over-militarised gambit liable to spin out of control.
Kurt Campbell is now the CEO of an Asia-centred advisory group. He’s also associated with the Washington think tank Centre for a New American Security (CNAS), a neocon-neoliberalcon mix. It’s CNAS that came up with the geopolitical road map to be adopted by a future President Clinton. Key signatories include Campbell, the godfather of the neocons Robert Kagan, and Michele Flournoy, formerly with the Pentagon and a co-founder of CNAS.
“Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand US Engagement in a Competitive World Order”, as the report is titled, predictably peddles Exceptionalism. It extols “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea – which is code for the US navy forever controlling the sea lanes straddling China’s supply chain. It calls for a no-fly zone in Syria – which would pit the US air force against the Russian air force. And it’s a sucker for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – the China-excluding, Nato-on-trade-style arm of the pivot.
Clinton, the real pivot champion, was of course a huge supporter of the TPP from the start. But during the presidential campaign, she flip-flopped. If elected, there’s no question the TPP will be promoted no holds barred.
Clinton’s CNAS road map made a surreptitious appearance during the first, contentious presidential debate, when she aligned no less than three of the Pentagon/US Strategic Command’s five existential “threats” to the US in the same breath.
While discussing cyberattacks on the US, Clinton managed to expand in one sweep from cyberspace to Full Spectrum Dominance – the official Pentagon doctrine since 2002.
“Whether it’s Russia, China, Iran, or anybody else, the United States has much greater capacity. And we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private sector information or our public sector information,” she said.
The message was clear; the Pentagon is closely watching – in every domain – these three “existential threats” who happen to be the key powers closely involved in Eurasian integration: Russia, China and Iran.
The “Full Spectrum Dominance” doctrine also implies nuclear pre-eminence. The guarantee of a US first nuclear strike – arguably against one of those top Pentagon existential “threats” – is a crucial vector of this doctrine, to which the pivot to Asia is subordinated. No wonder pivot champion Clinton, during the first debate, could not reject the doctrine.
And yet Trump, in one short sentence, actually may have ruled out World War III if he becomes president. He said: “I would certainly not do first-strike”.
The CNAS report is essentially a diluted version of the Pentagon’s Full Spectrum Dominance. China, as well as Russia and Iran, are essentially seen as hostile powers bent on Eurasian integration – standing between America’s “Pacific Century” and an irreversible, tumultuous decline. This is a bipartisan, neocon/neoliberalcon feeling in Washington. And pivoting, nuclear first-strike Clinton is their Great White Hope.

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