There is a fevered urgency to current US efforts to sustain the strategic global position of the over-extended military-financial-empire.
The big threat is that the $US gets replaced as global-reserve-currency, and the rest of the world stops giving real-goods-and-services for promissory-notes.
The $US wealth-extraction, which supports the cost of vast global military, and keeps the bread-and-(political)-circuses funded in the "homeland" will abruptly stop, reducing federal government funding by about 50%, in what will clearly be a great-depression. (Imagine yourself getting by on half of everything. It's hard. I'm trying to get there...)
Providing context: George Carlin, "The Real Owners of the Country" (uh, I get a bank of America commercial before this short video...)
Barack Obama, on the congressional override of his veto, which attempted to prevent suits against governments, related to the events of 9/11/01:
(It's NOT about Saudi Arabia.) "The concern that I've had has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia per se or my sympathy for 9/11 families. It has to do with me not wanting a situation where we're suddenly exposed to liabilities for all the work that we're doing all around the world and suddenly finding ourselves subject to private lawsuits." (Are Israeli and US government officials now subject to lawsuit?)
Militarized Police arrest 21 protesters in North Dakota, something Native Americans routinely expect. Native Americans were "trespassing" and "resisting arrest", of course.
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has said he is giving notice to the United States, his country’s long-standing ally, that joint exercises of Filipino and American troops next week will be the last such drills. He told the Filipino community in Hanoi late on Wednesday night that he will maintain the military alliance with the US because of the countries’ 1951 defence treaty. He says next week’s exercises will proceed only because he did not want to embarrass his defence secretary. (Not merely insulting Obama's momma now.) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/29/rodrigo-duterte-to-end-joint-us-and-philippine-military-drills
Thanks to Eleni for the links to these WW-3-in-Syria stories: US Outcry over Syria... Tears Followed By NATO Bombs: "The concerted, emotive appeals over the past week – bordering on hysteria – indicate a propaganda campaign coordinated between Washington and its Western allies, the mass media and the US-led NATO military alliance." Finian Cunningham http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45575.htm
It comes down to a "final" need to show that the empire can deliver, in this case, deliver gas to Europe, via Qatari-pipeline (NOT Iranian pipeline) through Syria. The Russians and Iranians are competing with the Qatari/Saudi/US backed pipeline, and Turkey will presumably accommodate whoever gets a pipeline in place and pays them for transit rights. The energy choke-hold is upon US "allies" in Europe. Without the US controlling energy flow to Europe, why should Europe put up with all the military and economic and refugee crap from the American "unipolar power" neocons? Regime change in Syria did not work out. Plan-B is to carve-up Syria, with a Sunnistan/Pipelineistan carve out for the Qatari/imperial gas-pipe. The US attack on Syrian army at Dier EzZor last Friday, with the position overrun immediately by ISIS, then taken back by governemt forces, completely destroyed the US/Russian secret-cease-fire treaty. That would have required the US military to pre-confirm airstrike targets with the Russians, which would have prevented the US military from their actual purpose of supporting the anti-Assad forces ("terrorists", whatever) to justify enough war to balkanize Syria, into Pipelineistan/Sunnistan, Kurdistan and Israeli-oil/gas-Golan. Ash Carter was NEVER going to follow John Kerry's treaty. Now, Russians and Syrians will take the eastern-Aleppo enclave, where ISIS et.al. hold Syrian civilians as human shilds, though hundreds of thousands may have gotten to western Aleppo already. Civilian deaths from American bombs are "collateral damage", "regrettable-as-always", and so on, while civilian deaths from Russian bunker-busters into military targets are "war crimes" requiring "safe zones" for imperial pipelineistan forces. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45576.htm
Here is a collection of stories detailing false claims in western media regarding Syria, grouped by sub-topic. "Humanitarian War" justifications, mostly. https://counterinformation.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/syria-false-claims-in-western-news/
Third party Presidential Ticket fact-sheet (convenient): http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-30/cheat-sheet-third-party-presidential-candidates
Robots "could" (will?) replace 1.7 million American truck drivers within the next decade. (Hell, they already vote for us...) http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-fi-automated-trucks-labor-20160924/#nt=oft12aH-1la1