King Salman's long time bodyguard, the man who protected him 24:7 for decades has been murdered 3 days after somebody fired him. The murderer is dead too. Faithful bodyguard knew too much and was too faithful?
JFKs Marine security detail got sent to new Zealand when JFK went to Dallas.
MBS might need to be king sooner than planned, after massive embarrassment by the Yemeni army, killing or capturing half the Saudi army, without having any air-support, and inside Saudi Arabia.
MBS is Defense Minister. It's his war. Moon of Alabama has the story.
Saudi rout update:On Saturday 29 the Houthis and the Yemeni army conducted an incredible conventional attack lasting three days that began from within Yemen’s borders. The operation would have involved months of intelligence gathering and operational planning. It was a far more complex attack than that conducted against Aramco’s oil facilities. Initial reports indicate that the forces of the Saudi-led coalition were lured into vulnerable positions and then, through a pincer movement conducted quickly within Saudi territory, the Houthis surrounded the town of Najran and its outskirts and got the better of three Saudi brigades numbering in the thousands and including dozens of senior officers as well as numerous combat vehicles. This event is a game changer, leaving the US, Mike Pompeo and the Israelis and Saudis unable to lay the blame on Iran as all this took place a long way from Iran.
The large-scale operation was preceded by Yemeni rocket artillery targeting Jizan airport, with 10 missiles paralyzing any movements to and from the airport, including denying the possibility of air support for the encircled troops. The Houthis also hit the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh in a key operation that targeted Apache helicopters, forcing them to leave the area. Nearby military bases were also targeted so as to cut off any reinforcements and disrupt the chain of command. This led to the Saudi forces fleeing in disorganization.
CCTV video of missiles/drone blowing up Saudi Aramco facility. (Great Balls of Fire!) MbS during the 60 Minutes interview also named Iran as the culprit, which the show host seemed willing to accept without much scrutiny, despite elsewhere essentially charging the crown prince with personally overseeing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
Meanwhile, Yemen's Houthis have promised to unleash more such attacks crippling the kingdom's oil infrastructure should the Saudi-led war on Yemen continue.
Ron Paul:You don’t need to be a supporter of President Trump to be concerned about the efforts to remove him from office. Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced impeachment proceedings against the President over a phone call made to the President of Ukraine. According to the White House record of the call, the President asked his Ukrainian counterpart to look into whether there is any evidence of Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election and then mentioned that a lot of people were talking about how former US Vice President Joe Biden stopped the prosecution of his son who was under investigation for corruption in Ukraine...
It may appear that the Democratic Party, furious over Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss, is the driving force behind this ongoing attempt to remove Donald Trump from office, but at every turn we see the fingerprints of the CIA and its allies in the US deep state.
The EU might be afraid to keep bluffing and might be offering Boris Johnson a fig leaf of negotiation on the Irish Backstop, roadblock to Brexit. The Eurocrats have not been prevented from doing what they want by "rules" before.
This analysis says that China is going on the offensive in the trade war, because it does not have time to be patient, that the target is the US economy, and that the near term objective is to get somebody other than Donald Trump in the position to negotiate a deal favorable to China. (China liked the Clintons, and often sent them little gifts to their foundation.)
Chinese President Xi says "no force can shake us" as he reviews passing jumbo-size hypersonic nuclear intercontinental missiles on parade. 30 minutes to the US, they say. "Unstoppable".
Moon of Alabama has a more extensive look at Chinese forces on parade, and concludes that the US really can't effectively project force against these missiles and other systems, which have longer range than US attack aircraft, and can take out aircraft carriers and Guam, for instance. The US is a paper tiger, relying upon not actually going to war with Russia or China, or even Iran, it appears. The House of Saud is beginning to act accordingly.
The US and North Korea will meet again this Saturday to resume nuclear talks.
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