Ok, so this seems like a very big deal and a may represent a serious escalation in the soft conflict happening between the U.S. and Russia. As of today, the U.S. seems to be using financial warfare in its response. Not only does this Executive Order issued today appear to block certain Russian assets, it also imposes travel restrictions. The question on my mind now is, does Russia hold some of its treasuries in the custody of the Federal Reserve? If so, are these now frozen? [Read more...]
The famous Hitler rant is back, as this time Hitler learns that weeks after going live, the Obamacare Exchange website is still a soup sandwich. [Read more...]
It is one thing when a fringe blog or right-wing news organization calls for the impeachment of a liberal President.
It is another thing entirely when Forbes.com prominently publishes a call for the impeachment of a liberal President, claiming his tyrannical disregard for the US Constitution has sent the US to the brink of a Banana Republic:
The shocking fact is that our whole system of representative government depends on it being led by an individual who believes in it; who thinks it is valuable; who believes that a government dedicated to the protection of individual rights is a noble ideal. What if he does not?
Doug Casey on Ron Paul and the Price of Freedom: The US is Looking Like Ancient Rome in its Final Days!
The country may be going in the wrong direction, but born Libertarians Dr. Ron Paul and Doug Casey are enjoying the power of sowing dissension by spreading ideas. In this interview at the Casey Research 2013 Summit in the wake of Ron Paul’s keynote address, Casey tells The Gold Report why he believes the U.S. is looking more like ancient Rome in its final days and how he is planning for the coming crisis—in another country watching on his big-screen television. [Read more...]
What motivated the sudden, overnight change of mind by Obama himself seemingly only hours away from a military strike on al Assad and Syria? It appears to have caught his advisors and the military totally by surprise.
I believe both Russia and China covertly played the Treasury debt card in order to protect their client states, Syria and Iran, from the impending US invasion.
It is likely that financial intermediaries or lower level central banking contacts dropped the hint to their American counterparts that China and Russia were likely to begin liquidating Treasury obligations should Washington go ahead with it’s planned military adventure against Syria.
Putin wins again. He gets the credit for stopping the US; Russia, as usual, never fires a shot and Washington retreats.
A massive shift is brewing. A major percentage of the American people are sick and tired of being fleeced by government gone wild. You can’t see this shift within mainstream media reportage, and certainly there’s a major percentage of the population that has indeed adopted a strategy of tending to day-to-day life in the hopes of not being the nail that sticks out that gets hammered down. But make no mistake, Ron Paul’s “Campaign For Liberty” is a perfect example of a rising tide of millions of Americans that have simply had enough. The movement is demanding a return to the principals that made this nation great; sound economics, sound money, a return to real capitalism and not crony capitalism and the feeding of a parasitic finance oligarchy that has metastasized into a cancer partially responsible for the eventual loss of the U.S. dollar’s exorbitant privilege.
What happened this week is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign America is coming to terms with reality. We have a choice. We can elect to be honest about what we have done to our economy, particularly with debt and insane financialization. We can elect to have a sober relationship with the international community that guards our interests while jettisoning delusions of empire and it’s untenable financial burden. We can elect to do away with the facilitated empowerment of radicalism that feeds the so-called war on terrorism and stop creating terrorists as a byproduct of our foreign policy. We can elect to embrace sane economic liberalization without furthering crony capitalism, and the need for a domestic nascent police state to protect the powers that be. We can elect to restore the rule of law and the Bill of Rights and restore faith in our institutions and society.
Alternatively, we can slide down the path of all empires of old. [Read more...]
Neocons Want To “Go Big” on Syria, Even Without Congressional Approval; Will Obama Rethink Action Given Overwhelming American Public Opposition?
The noises coming out of the Pentagon are getting downright creepy, a flashback to previous off-the-shelf strategy plans from the Iraq war. Originally, it was widely reported that the Obama Administration had in mind a “punishment” strike of 50-some-odd missiles against the Syrian government. But now, Pentagon strategists are considering a much longer, three day attack involving a considerable amount of firepower. This is reminiscent of the “Go Big” strategy war planners debated using in Iraq.
The original attack plan was reported to call for 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Word is now the Pentagon is considering the direct use of Air Force bombers, as well as far more naval-launched missile volleys from as far away as the Red Sea. [Read more...]
In a move that I can only describe as the equivalent of Putin changing Obama’s political diapers for him, the Russian President has persuaded Syria to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international control.
This takes away any stated motive for Obama and John Kerry to press their dwindling cast of supporters into firing away at Syria. Furthermore, it removes the possibility of the U.S. staging another “false flag” chemical weapons show, which is what most rational-minded observers have concluded occurred in Syria. [Read more...]
When it comes to diplomacy, Russia is playing chess, Syria is playing checkers and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is playing tiddlywinks. On Monday, Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid having his country bombed into oblivion by turning over “every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week.” Of course Kerry just assumed that Assad would never do such a thing, but the Russians immediately pounced on his statement. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov quickly announced that Russia would encourage Syria to turn over their chemical weapons to international control in exchange for a guarantee that the U.S. will not attack, and subsequently Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem stated that his government was prepared for “full cooperation with Russia to remove any pretext for aggression.” Later on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that he is thinking about asking the UN Security Council to support such a deal.
Do you know what they call such a move in chess?
Checkmate. [Read more...]
When it comes to U.S. economic or foreign policy, Dr. Jim Willie, Publisher of the Hat Trick Letter, says, “The U.S. Ship of State is sinking, and it is a derelict vessel.” About President Obama, Dr. Willie contends, “He looks weak. He looks backed into a corner. He looks just like Fed Chief Bernanke who also has no exit strategy. They are all tied together because a lot of the actions out there are directed against the dollar.”
Dr. Willie goes on to say, “The U.S. is in an indefensible position, both with war and monetary policy.” All the QE, or money printing by the Fed, has the world on edge and outraged. Dr. Willie explains, “This is abuse of credit card by the United States. We run deficits and then say screw you all. You can just buy Treasury bonds because you have to.” According to Dr. Willie, the rest of the world is tired of the money printing by the Fed and wants to use a new currency to escape the coming global inflation of a dollar that can quickly lose its buying power. Dr. Willie says, “This is financial survival. Nations need to depart from the dollar, and the first ones that do will be the survivors, and lost ones will enter the third world.” As far as Syria, Dr. Willie says it’s not about chemical weapons, but about pipelines and our adversaries gaining economic advantage. Dr. Willie claims, “The U.S. is obstructing capitalism and commerce. That is the problem.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Jim Willie. [Read more...]
Ladies and Gentlemen of the United States Congress:
I write today to tell you all of the deep concern held by a great many Americans about a possible US military attack on Syria. We are tired of wars, especially in the Middle East, and want our sons and daughters brought home to defend this country and not a large part of the 93% of the world that is not US territory.
We have spent many lives, limbs, and eyes plus a great deal of the US Treasury on wars in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as other places around the globe. Enough is enough and it is more than time to end this spirit of military adventurism. We are causing more problems than we are solving with this. Our intentions may be good but it is not intentions that count in this world; it is results.
What is happening in Syria today is a tragedy and a serious problem for the Syrian people. But it is not our problem. [Read more...]
At the conclusion of this week’s G-20 meeting hosted by Russia, President Valdimir Putin held a press conference. It’s not unusual for minor discrepancies to exist when different translators prepare documents and broadcast audio translations. However, there are significant discrepancies between the official transcript (reproduced below) and a portion of the conference that was broadcast and translated by Euronews.
These obvious discrepancies are not small. We feel it is important to make this discovery more broadly available to the media so that a full review by investigators fluent in both languages might take place.
Click here for more from TND on the significant differences between Putin’s speech and the official transcript: [Read more...]
This past Monday, the POTUS Obama met with ALL top US banking regulators and the chairman of the Rothschild Private Bank (aka the US Federal Reserve). Though the media has sold this meeting as a forum to discuss Dodd-Frank regulations, I am not buying this explanation as the mission for this meeting. The most credible explanation of why Obama met with all the top US banking regulators this past Monday, in my humble opinion based on very detailed research (available to our clients), is because the US banking system is suffering a critical crisis and stresses right now. [Read more...]
In this interview with Finance & Liberty’s Elijah Johnson, Ann Barnhardt, founder of the former Barnhard Capital Management exposes the blatant fraud in US financial markets, the recent IRS scandal, the financial enslavement of the American people, and whether Obama is conspiring to intentionally collapse the US economy!
Barnhardt, who warned SD readers last year to get their funds out of the system (prior to the Cyprus bail-in shot that was heard round the world) stated:
It doesn’t matter how honest your local bankers or wealth managers are, the problem is systemic and it will touch every person on earth!