British military tanks were secretly deployed through the Channel Tunnel this week in preparation for a war between Russia and Europe.
Five tanks were secretly loaded onto trains on Wednesday night to take part in a midnight training operation to prepare mainland Europe for World War 3.
A Warrior armored fighting vehicle, a recovery variant of the Warrior, a Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), a recovery Challenger, and a reconnaissance vehicle were loaded onto a train at the military’s railhead in Wiltshire for the test journey.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) tweeted a picture of a Challenger being strapped down at around midnight on Wednesday.
It is expected that rail will be the primary means that UK armor will be relocated to Germany in the event of NATO’s rapid reaction force being deployed for combat.
Logistics may not be the only issue facing NATO’s UK component if it comes to a war in Europe.
In November, it was reported that glitches with the advanced weaponry on the UK’s forthcoming Ajax tanks could leave the £3.5 billion (US$4.28 billion) project badly delayed, as questions are raised over the utility of the lightly-armored vehicles against Russian artillery.
A former senior defense official told the Times that Ajax “is fine if you are operating against incompetent enemies, but if you are up against a peer enemy this thing is useless, it’s a death trap.”
Britain signed a deal with US arms giant General Dynamics for nearly 600 Ajax mini-tanks in 2014 with the first deliveries expected in 2017 and the full order in the UK by 2024.
Dem Rep: If Russians Helped Trump Come up With Term ‘Crooked Hillary,’ That Could be an Impeachable Offense [VIDEO]
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) actually said that Trump should be impeached if Russia “colluded” with Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton.
But some of the things she mentioned as part of Russia’s supposed “collusion” with Trump were pretty routine political campaign stuff.
“If we discover that Donald Trump or his advocates played a role in helping to devise strategy, if they are the ones who came up with ‘Crooked Hillary,’ if they are the ones who came up with ‘she’s ill,’ ‘something’s wrong with her energy,’ and the way that he basically described her in the campaign,” she said, “I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached.”
There’s no question that Trump ran an unconventional campaign. But his calling his opponents names like “crooked Hillary” was no different that Rubio calling Trump a “scam artist” or Hillary calling Trump’s supporters “deplorables.” This is how political campaigns are run. You throw mud at each other and lie about each other in advertisements until Americans have to choose which one they despise less so that the other one doesn’t win.
Suggesting that Trump’s calling Hillary Clinton “crooked Hillary” was somehow part of a Russian conspiracy that might warrant Trump’s impeachment is incredibly silly. Here’s how Rep. Waters’s discussion went with Chris Matthews:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let’s talk about where that leads to, Congresswoman. You’ve raised a good point here, I guess for you it is important. If we find out that somebody on behalf of Donald Trump was on the phone or in e-mail relations with somebody in Russia or the Ambassador from Russia to America and there was some sort of collusion, then what, does that make Trump subject to impeachment? What do you mean by not legitimate? Just generally, what do you mean by the term? If you find out there’s a connection, collusion, your term?
WATERS: Well, here’s what I’m trying to get to. If we discover that Donald Trump or his advocates played a role in helping to devise strategy, if they are the ones who came up with ‘Crooked Hillary,’ if they are the ones who came up with ‘she’s ill,’ ‘something’s wrong with her energy,’ and the way that he basically described her in the campaign, I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached.
MATTHEWS: So you think you could have an impeachable offense before you take office.
WATERS: Well I think at the point that investigations discover and can confirm and document any of that that they had a role in helping to strategize, they had a role in attempting to determine the outcome that in many ways that they used the information that they got from DNC when they hacked into our e-mails, et cetera, if that was used against Hillary Clinton in some ways, yes, I think that’s impeachable.
An invitation has been extended to the Trump administration to participate in Syrian peace talks later this month, a process from which the Obama administration was deliberately excluded.
President-elect Donald Trump has received invitation by Russia to Syrian peace talks set to commence in late January, reports claim.
An anonymous transition official speaking with the Washington Post outlet, confirmed the invitation was made during a Dec. 28 phone call between Russia’s ambassador in Washington D.C., Sergey Kislyak, and Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s prospective national security adviser.
Turkish and Iranian representatives are expected to attend the talks scheduled to tentatively commence Jan. 23, in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. According to Turkish media on Friday, although the anonymous official stated that “no decision was made” during the call, an official spokesman for President Erdogan confirmed the United States will attend.
“It remains unclear which of the non-terrorist opposition groups, variously backed by the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others in the region, will attend the talks,” the Post writes.
Previously, a meeting between Iran, Russia and Turkey in Moscow on Dec. 20 to discuss the cessation of the Syrian conflict declined to extend the invitation to the Obama administration.
The six-year confrontation in Syria has placed the Assad government – and its allies Iran and Russia – against the Syrian opposition, backed by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, including al-Qaeda-allied fighters. Last year saw a leadership battle between Moscow and Washington, both accusing the other side of sabotaging peace talk efforts for the war-torn nation.
The Post noted how “U.S. participation, especially if an agreement is reached, would be the first indication of the enhanced U.S.-Russia cooperation that President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump have forecast under a Trump administration.”
Contrary to the reports of the Kislyak-Flynn phone call, Flynn downplayed the context as an exchange of “Merry Christmas” texts and a request by Kislak for a phone conversation post Trump’s inauguration to discuss the tabled meeting in Kazakhstan.
“That was it, plain and simple,” Flynn stated.
A self-confessed pragmatist on Russia, Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State nominee said on Wednesday that “Russia, Syria, Turkey and Iran are dictating the terms of how things are going to play out in Syria today, absent our participation.” He further called for the U.S. engagement in the Syrian conflict to be increased and made it known that Russia is not a friend of the U.S. but could be a partner.
Trump during his campaign, repeatedly questioned the rebels’ ideological stance in the Syrian war, and called for an increased United States-Russian cooperation in the fight against ISIS.
Meanwhile, Turkey who has coordinated the Jan. 23 talks with Russia agrees that the United States should be present for the slated discussions.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday “The United States should definitely be invited, and that is what we agreed with Russia … Nobody can ignore the role of the United States.”
MOSCOW — A day after President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Russian government clarified on Wednesday the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the other main source of secrets about United States surveillance in recent years.
Mr. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who was granted asylum in Russia in 2013, will be allowed to remain in the country for “a couple more years,” Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said on Facebook.
Mr. Snowden and his supporters have been campaigning for a pardon from President Obama, but the chances of clemency appear to be vanishingly small given that his name did not appear on a list of pardons on Tuesday.
Ms. Zakharova described her Facebook post as a rejection of an idea presented in a recent article in The Cipher Brief by a former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael J. Morell. He suggested that Russia should extradite Mr. Snowden to the United States as a signal of good will to the incoming Trump administration.
Ms. Zakharova said that Mr. Morell’s suggestion of turning over Mr. Snowden would amount to “a gift” for the new American leader. That is apparently a gesture that Russia is not prepared to make, however, even though President-elect Donald J. Trump has spoken admiringly of Russia and its president, Vladimir V. Putin.
“The funniest thing is that the former deputy director of the C.I.A. !!! does not know that Snowden’s residence permit in Russia was just extended for a couple more years,” Ms. Zakharova wrote.
“And seriously, the essence of what the C.I.A. agent is suggesting is an ideology of betrayal,” she wrote. “You spoke, Mr. Morrell, and now it’s clear to everybody that in your office, it’s normal to bring gifts in the form of people, and to hand over those who seek defense.”
In an interview with The Guardian in September, Mr. Snowden argued that his revelations about government surveillance were not only morally right but that they also led to an overhaul of secrecy laws that benefited Americans.
“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” Mr. Snowden said. “Congress, the courts and the president all changed their policies as a result of these disclosures.”
Mr. Snowden is accused of violating the Espionage Act in the United States and would face at least 30 years in prison if convicted.
Some privacy advocates have lionized Mr. Snowden as a whistle-blower, while his opponents and government officials have cast him as a defector, particularly in light of his flight to Russia.
Mr. Snowden has taken pains to portray his exile as comfortable. He spends time with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, according to posts on social media, and he recently took a break from posting on Twitter for what he described as a vacation, presumably in Russia.
In an interview with the Times of London, Donald Trump said that he would be willing to offer Russia an end to sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea in exchange for a nuclear arms reduction treaty.
Criticizing previous U.S. foreign policy in an interview published on Monday, he described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 as possibly the gravest error in the history of the United States and akin to “throwing rocks into a beehive.”
But Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday as the 45th U.S. president, raised the prospect of the first big nuclear arms control agreement with Moscow since the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.
“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect was quoted as saying by The Times.
“For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”
The United States and Russia are by far the world’s biggest nuclear powers. The United States has 1,367 nuclear warheads on deployed strategic missiles and bombers, and Russia has 1,796 such deployed warheads, according to the latest published assessment by the U.S. State Department.
Under the 2010 New START treaty, Russia and the United States agreed to limit the number of long-range, strategic nuclear weapons they can deploy.
Trump has said he will seek to improve relations with Moscow despite criticism that he is too eager to make an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The United States and other Western powers imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014 over its annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine and its support for pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Asked whether he would trust German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Putin more, Trump said: “Well, I start off trusting both –but let’s see how long that lasts. It may not last long at all.”
This is one of Donald Trump’s more interesting ideas. But the question is, will Putin bite?
The sanctions placed on Russia following the illegal seizure of Crimea have been crippling:
On March 6, 17 and 20 and then on Dec. 19 of 2014, President Obama issued sanctions via four separate executive orders targeting Russian individuals and entities in direct response to the military actions in Ukraine.
“We have designated a number of Russian and Ukrainian entities, including 14 defense companies and individuals in Putin’s inner circle, as well as imposed targeted sanctions limiting certain financing to six of Russia’s largest banks and four energy companies,” the U.S. State Department said of these sanctions.
“We have also suspended credit finance that encourages exports to Russia and financing for economic development projects in Russia, and are now prohibiting the provision, exportation, or re-exportation of goods, services (not including financial services), or technology in support of exploration or production for deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects that have the potential to produce oil in the Russian Federation, or in maritime area claimed by the Russian Federation and extending from its territory, and that involve five major Russian energy companies,” the State Department added.
In other words, the sanctions have blocked major U.S. financial institutions from doing business with Russia and prevents U.S. oil companies from making new deals with Russia.
These moves have brought significant pain to Russia, exacerbating a severe recession prompted by low oil prices that has seen the average Russian’s income lose almost half its value. Blocked from U.S. and European financial markets, Russia’s state-run financial firms have struggled to refinance themselves, leaving some vulnerable to defaulting on their debts.
The sanctions have also been accompanied by a de facto freeze on foreign investment in Russia, with investors spooked by the measures and fears of further Kremlin adventures. Even companies not targeted by the sanctions have effectively paused many investments, unwilling to take the risk.
Likewise, the U.S. sanctions have played a key role in buttressing the European Union’s own sanctions regime, which inflict more direct punishment on Russia.
The obvious problem is that even if the U.S. ends the sanctions regime, the EU is under no obligation to do so. Putin could insist on the Europeans ending sanctions at the same time. But the prospect of a reduction in nuclear weapons might be enough of an incentive for the EU to get on board.
Russia is in the process of a nuclear modernization program, so Putin may be reluctant to go as far in reducing arms as Trump would like. And there’s no guarantee that Putin will see ending sanctions as a sweet enough offer to come to the negotiating table.
But if Trump is serious, this is the first concrete proposal of his that might actually bear fruit.
The U.K. newspaper said Trump and his team told British officials that their first foreign trip would be a summit in Iceland with Putin within weeks of his inauguration.
The plan is likely a nod to Ronald Reagan’s Cold War visit in Reykjavik with Mikhail Gorbachev, the newspaper noted.
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the report “100 percent false” on Twitter.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 15, 2017
The Times has reported that Trump wants to discuss nuclear disarmament with Putin, citing sources who said Trump wants to meet Putin outside of Russia and that Reykjavik was a strong contender.
The meeting had not been announced by Trump team officials or Russian officials, and reports say Iceland has not been formally contacted about such an event…
Russia Had No Reason to Hack the U.S. Elections. “When Intelligence Dossiers Resemble a Hollywood Script”
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) unclassified report is more like a bad Hollywood script. The idea that the Russian government hacked the U.S. elections to get Donald Trump elected over Hillary Clinton is a ridiculous accusation by the intelligence community. During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia last June, as reported by The Associated Press Putin said that “We will judge by the deeds, not words of the new United States president and will seek ways to normalize ties and advance our cooperation in economy and international security.” Of course, Putin does not like Hillary Clinton especially when she compared his actions against the Ukraine to “what Hitler did back in the ’30s.” But many people in the U.S. and throughout the world also do not like or trust Hillary Clinton.
In late August, The Washington Post-ABC News own opinion polls found that more than 56% had an unfavorable view of Clinton although Trump was also seen as an unfavorable choice. The American public did not buy into the mainstream-media’s (MSM) bias reporting against Trump in favor of Clinton. Sputnik News commissioned a survey by the U.K. based research firm TNS that “showed that 80 percent of Americans considered domestic media coverage of the 2016 campaign was biased toward one or the other of the major-party nominees.” This was absolutely true because when you tuned in to any of U.S. television networks whether it was the MSM, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Seth Meyers or The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, all were filled with pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Donald Trump propaganda. According to Sputnik’s article ‘US Media’s Anti-Trump Bias Backfired, Propelling Upstart to the White House’ interviewed Jeff Steinberg of the Executive Intelligence Review:
“Media bias went for Hillary [Clinton] against Trump, but it had a backfire effect because the media moguls are too self-absorbed to realize how much they are hated,” Executive Intelligence Review senior editor Jeff Steinberg told Sputnik. “Media elites thought they were shaping public opinion, and they were, but in favor of Trump because anyone who the mainstream media hates is just fine with them, regardless of flaws and legitimate concerns,” Steinberg averred
Last December, a Gallup Poll revealed that trust in MSM fell to a record low 32%. The interesting part of the Gallup Poll is that trust in the MSM has been declining since 1972. The MSM and Hillary Clinton’s lies and numerous scandals cost them the elections, not the Russians. However, anti-Russia forces including Washington’s political establishment and the CIA continue to propagandize the public with no substantial proof in the ODNI report that Russia hacked the U.S. elections. Zero Hedge reported a story titled ‘Russians Mock, Ridicule Charge They Helped Trump Win’ said that Russian politicians and commentators were mocking the accusations made by Washington and their intelligence apparatus:
Some examples: Alexey Pushkov, a member of the defense and security committee of the Russian Parliament’s upper house, ridiculed the American report as comparable to C.I.A. assertions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction: “Mountain gave birth to a mouse: all accusations against Russia are based on ‘confidence’ and assumptions. US was sure about Hussein possessing WMD in the same way.” He continued his criticism on Twitter, adding that “the U.S. democratic process was undermined not by Russia, but by the Obama administration and mass media, which supported [Hillary] Clinton over [President-elect Donald] Trump”
One question that lingers in my mind, does Putin actually trust President-elect Donald Trump that much that he would actually jeopardize Russia‘s standing on the international stage by hacking the U.S. elections just to get Trump elected? It is an absurd accusation. Even the MSM’s main propaganda mouthpiece, The New York Times admitted that there was no evidence that the ODNI’s unclassified report which stated with “high confidence” that Putin had “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.” The New York Times stated the following:
The report provides no new evidence to support assertions that Moscow meddled covertly through hacking and other actions to boost the electoral chances of Donald J. Trump and undermine his rival, Hillary Clinton, but rests instead on what it describes as Moscow’s long record of trying to influence America’s political system
Russia will deal with any incoming U.S. President. Putin did say that they will judge by the “deeds, not words” of the next incoming U.S. president. US-Russia relations could turn out for the better or for worst with a Trump administration. We just don’t know.
The Democratic Party blames Russia for their loss but one major factor is the release of the Wikileaks emails that showed how the Democratic National Convention (DNC) favored Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. The DNC rigged the primaries in favor of Clinton which angered Bernie Sanders supporters who went on to either vote for a third party candidate or even Donald Trump in retaliation. Hillary Clinton is also a pathological liar which the public took notice over the years. Remember when Clinton was “under sniper fire in Bosnia in the 1990’s?”
Here is a video on Hillary’s lies about her trip to Bosnia:
How can anyone trust a pathological liar like Hillary Clinton? The public’s distrust of Hillary Clinton is the main reason why she lost the elections not because of alleged Russian hacking scam which could have been done by anyone. Julian Assange also made it clear on The Sean Hannity Show on Fox News on the leaked emails from the DNC’s computer servers and from Clinton’s Campaign Chairman John Podesta when he said that “our sources [in this] are not a state party [such as Russia or any other government].”
The Democratic Party along with a number of anti-Russia Republicans including Senator John McCain want to escalate tensions with Russia. Why? Washington’s establishment and the intelligence community are trying to link Trump with the Russian government in an effort to remove him from power through an impeachment process. There is also the Military-Industrial Complex who needs enemies to stay in business which many in the Washington establishment have vested interests in since Russia is a perfect excuse to produce more weapons for profits. Whatever the case is, Russia hacking the U.S. elections to get Trump elected is a fabricated lie. Besides who believes the intelligence community with their “Weapons of Mass Destruction” lies in Iraq or ‘Operation Mockingbird’, a CIA operation to influence the MSM to report fabricated stories for Washington’s Imperial agenda.
Blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump serves a purpose and that is an attempt to overthrow Trump by linking him to Russia one way or another.
The DNC, certain members of the Republican Party, Hillary Clinton and the intelligence community’s fabricated report on the Russians hacking the U.S. elections has failed just like a bad Hollywood movie flopping at the box office.