Hawaiian Congresswoman and Army National Guard officer, Tulsi Gababrd, who resigned from the DNC over election rigging against Bernie Sanders, and who visited President-Elect Trump to counsel against Neocon influence and aggressive foreign wars, visited Syria last week, along with former Congressman, Dennis Kucinich.
Tulsi met with Syrian widows of both sides, and representatives of all sides, and heads of state of neighboring countries. Syrian President Assad offered a meeting, and Tulsi met with him, too.
The people of Syria and surrounding countries report the horrors of this war, and want the outside funding and supply of the anti-government forces to stop. There are no distinctions, moderate-rape-murderers change names conveniently,
I rarely send money to politicians, but I just sent Tulsi Gabbard a high-five contribution for this. It's a political risk. The Democratic and Republican parties are still largely run by Neocons. Most of the news stories I found were disparaging of Congresswoman Gabbard, with varying degrees of sneer implied. Huffington Post was notably that way. Here is her press release, and local coverage from Hawaii.
news/press-releases/ congresswoman-tulsi-gabbard- returns-syria-renewed-calls- end-regime-change-war
Details are provided here of US military supporting ISIS ground operations for years.
The US military leadership was never on board with the policy of relying on those armed groups to advance US interests in Syria in the first place. It recognised that, despite the serious faults of the Assad regime, the Syrian army was the only Syrian institution committed to resisting both al-Qaeda and Islamic State. It seems likely that the Trump administration will now return to that point as it tries to rebuild a policy from the ashes of the failed policy of the Obama administration. http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/23/us-intervention-in-syria-not-under-trump/
Eleni sends this assessment from Thierry Meyssan. Donald Trump's appointment of Generals Michael Flynn, James Mattis, and John Kelly to key positions implies realignment of military and intelligence services under a more unified and patriotic command structure. These generals have pulled together before, and exercised prudent military judgement, but were overridden by neocon-political-elements. (There is a broad constituency within the military which is deeply disgusted by what has been done to this country from the inside since 9/11/01.) http://www.voltairenet.org/article195017.html
Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller wrote the Trump Inaugural Address (not Trump himself, as stated above). http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315464-bannon-miller-wrote-trumps-inauguration-address-report
"Why the corrupt, worker-hating, New Democrats must be purged", Bill Black http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/01/bill-black-not-4-sale-corrupt-worker-hating-new-democrats-must-purged.html
InfoWars IN. Alex Jones' show is offered White House Press Corps position. (CNN out?) http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-26/alex-jones-infowars-offered-white-house-credentials
"If we bombed you, we ban you" policy to avoid importing radicalized Muslims into the US. "Anti-blowback feature", you could call it. http://www.globalresearch.ca/trumps-muslim-immigration-executive-order-if-we-bombed-you-we-ban-you/5570949
The entire senior management team at the State Department just (unexpectedly) resigned. This is a brain-trust of protocols, procedures and personality-knowledge that can't be readily replaced. It makes the State Department much less effective in performance of any task for the next few years. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-26/entire-senior-management-team-state-department-just-resigned
Secretary of State Tillerson, recently CEO of Exxon, is expected to normalize relations with Russia and get oil flowing from the now-less-frozen Arctic. "In their very first effort on the Russian Arctic shelf, where Exxon is believed to have invested around $1 billion, the companies struck oil in a reserve estimated to hold some 750 million barrels of oil, with a market value of some $40 billion, at today’s oil prices... He also responded that he would not attempt to ease U.S. sanctions against Russia. Yet, observers are also suspicious that he may never have to do so since the sanctions are due to expire in March. There is little expectation of sanctions renewal by the Trump Administration." http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/How-Tillerson-Could-Fuel-A-Russian-Arctic-Drilling-Boom.html
Proposed oil-taxation changes could raise the wellhead price of domestic US oil above global average, from current position below global average, which would increase pumping of oil within the US in the next few years. This would be a tax break for US oil that would be exported. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/25/us-tax-reforms-could-transform-global-oil-market-goldman-sachs.html
Kyle Bass looks at moderate US protectionist policies under Trump administration "throwing gasoline on Chinese fire" of smoldering bad-debt. This is a push toward a huge, inevitable bad-debt-writedown, an unwelcome one. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-25/kyle-bass-calls-trump-gasoline-on-smoldering-fire-in-china
"Trump Loves Debt, but It Won't Love Him Back" (Bloomberg) about spending on American infrastructure. https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-01-25/trump-may-love-debt-but-it-won-t-ever-love-him-back
"Trump and the Debate on America's Infrastructure: How to Cut Infrastructure Costs in Half", Ellen Brown again points out the waste in paying financiers to conjure your money at interest, when the government can do it and all benefits accrue to the public interest, instead. http://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-and-the-debate-on-americas-infrastructure-how-to-cut-infrastructure-costs-in-half/5570974
Revolting Debt Slave