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Thanks to the cowardly failure of the US mainstream media to pay attention to a pro-war putsch occurring in Washington during Obama’s African trip as first reported in this publication on Monday, July 28, the Petraeus-Allen faction was able today to send out one of its acolytes, NATO’s supreme commander, General Philip Breedlove to be interviewed on the PBS News Hour.  Questioned by Gwen Ifill about reports of a US-Turkish agreement to create a safe haven under no-fly protection in northern Syria, Breedlove simply stonewalled, totally denying the existence of any such safe zone. And, thanks to Gwen Ifill’s softball style when dealing with illustrious warmongers, this impudent mendacity was allowed to pass totally unchallenged.  Breedlove, having done his best to hide the reality, then retreated into a cloud of threats and hysteria about Putin’s Russia.

In the meantime, Thierry Meyssan of the Voltaire Network (Réseau Voltaire) is providing new revelations about the role of Turkish President Erdogan as one of the top terrorist controllers running ISIS and parallel groups like al Qaeda. Voltaire writes: “in order to care for the wounded ISIS jihadis, Erdogan has created a secret hospital, outside of the combat zones, in the Turkish town of Sanliurfa, not far north of the Turkish-Syrian border. This town was already the site of a secret Al Qaeda training camp. The wounded ISIS fighters are taken to this hospital in Turkish military vehicles by the MIT (Milli Istihbarat Teskilati or national intelligence organization). This hospital is under the personal supervision of Sümeyye Erdoğan, the daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.  She is also the director of international relations for the Erdogan-Davutoglu AKP Islamist party.

Sümeyye Erdoğan

In addition, according to Gürsel Tekin, the spokesman of the CHP party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi or “Republican People's Party”), the crude oil stolen by ISIS is now being exported by BMZ Ltd., the shipping company controlled by Bilal Erdoğan, the son of President Erdogan, in flagrant violation of Resolution 2170 of the United Nations Security Council. (See « Le rôle de la famille Erdoğan au sein de Daesh, » Réseau Voltaire, 26 juillet 2015)

The immediate roots of the present situation go back to the spring of 2014, when US Secretary of State John “Skull and Bones” Kerry and his humanitarian bomber sidekick Samantha Power, became frustrated at their inability to get Obama to commit to a full scale air war against the Assad government of Syria. At that point, Kerry and power turned to the Petraeus clique of disgruntled, dishonored, and defeated flag officers. As the Wall Street Journal wrote at that time:

“Frustrated by the stalemate in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for the U.S. military to be more aggressive in supporting the country's rebel forces. Opposition has come from the institution that would spearhead any such effort: the Pentagon. Mr. Kerry and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power have advocated options that range from an American military intervention to weaken the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to using U.S. special operations forces to train and equip a large number of rebel fighters. Such moves would go far beyond the U.S.'s current engagement. In recent White House meetings, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have pushed back against military intervention, said senior officials….Searching for new options, Mr. Kerry has been huddling with retired generals David Petraeus and Jack Keane, architects of the 2007 troop surge in Iraq. The two generals have told Mr. Kerry they believe a military program to train and equip the Syrian rebels, and limited strikes to weaken Mr. Assad, could be effective, according to U.S. officials.” (Julian Barnes, “John Kerry, U.S. Military Clash on Approach to Syria's Rebels: Pentagon Opposes Direct Military Intervention Against Assad,” Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2014, at

Gen. Keane is notoriously a satellite of the neocon-warmonger Kagan clan, who featured prominently in the Bush 2007 surge in Iraq, which helped prepare the coming of ISIS. This illegal and seditious activity did not escape the attention of; we discussed this operation at length in a broadcast headlined: “Warmonger Clique Exposed: Kerry, Samantha Power, Gen. Keane, Petraeus Press Obama and Dempsey to Attack Syria for Benefit of Erdogan, Saudis.” (April 12, 2014)

A few months later, just after the November 2014 election, the warmonger network began showing its preference for bureaucratic ends, resulting in a wider war, but conducted while Obama was out of the country.  In this case, the broadcast denouncing and attempted pro-war putsch was headlined: “Post-Election War Coup: GOP Chairman Ed Royce of House Foreign Affairs Committee Touts “Policy Review” on Syria, in Reality a Cover for the Latest Kerry-Allen-McCain Effort to Bomb Assad, Save ISIS and Al Qaeda; Bid Comes with Obama Overseas….” (November 14, 2014)

Mid-November 2014 was also the time of Obama’s celebrated “Brisbane No,” when he repudiated before the world press any intention of launching an attack on the Assad government.  But the secret government intrigue continued. Secretary of Defense Hagel had joined with uniformed flag officers to try to block the putschists from driving this country into a wider war.  ISIS Czar Allen, evidently mobilizing the full power of subversive networks across the US federal government, was able to secure Hagel’s ouster. Petraeus wanted Hagel’s successor to be Michele Flournoy of his favorite think tank, the Center for a New American Security, but here he was unsuccessful. The nod went to Ashton Carter, a Utopian “defense intellectual” of the Strangelove school. As we commented at that time: “ISIS Czar Allen Ousts Hagel from Pentagon; Defense Secretary Had Opposed McCain Demand to Spare ISIS and Al Qaeda, Shift to Bombing Assad Only; Petraeus’ Candidate Michele Flournoy Forced to Drop Out.” (November 29, 2014)

 The Petraeus-Allen faction is consumed by ambition and the lust for power. Never forget that on August 7, 2012, the reactionary Drudge Report asserted that, “Obama has told a top fundraiser he thinks Romney wants to name CIA boss Gen. David Petraeus as his running mate.” Of course, Petraeus is now deeply tarnished by his illicit affair with adoring puff piece biographer Paula Broadwell, and his subsequent felony conviction for mishandling top-secret documents. But, with the backing of Kravis, the General is determined to forge ahead.

We should also recall that many top generals and admirals regard ISIS Czar Allen with loathing and resentment. As Mark Perry wrote soon after Allen was named to the State Department by Kerry:

“…not everyone was pleased, especially at the Pentagon, where top generals had deep misgivings….
Among the dissenters was the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Lloyd Austin…. Austin complained to aides that Allen would report directly to the president — bypassing both himself and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Austin believed that Allen’s appointment would lead to confusion about who was really leading the effort, a senior U.S. officer who serves with Austin told me several days after the appointment. "Why the hell do we need a special envoy — isn’t that what [Secretary of State] John Kerry’s for?" this senior officer asked.

Austin’s private doubts echoed the deep skepticism among a host of serving and retired officers…Included in this group was former U.S. Central Command (Centcom) chief Anthony Zinni, who issued a harsh public condemnation of the appointment….  "John Allen is a great guy," Zinni told a reporter on Sept. 12, "but does it take a retired general to coordinate a coalition? What is Centcom, chopped liver? … Who is really leading here — that is my question…”
The Allen appointment also sparked grumbling among a cadre of Marine Corps officers who had served in Iraq’s restive western province of Anbar during the Sunni Awakening of 2006 and 2007. In that period, the Marines serving under Gen. James Conway and Gen. James Mattis successfully kick-started the Anbar Awakening during a series of meetings with Sunni tribal heads in Amman, Jordan. While Allen served as deputy commanding general of the international forces in Anbar from 2006 to 2008, several senior officers and Defense Department officials involved in the Awakening say that Allen did not play a lead role in their effort….
“John Allen is taking a lot of credit for the work done by others," said one of the officers who served in a senior position under Conway. "I was in those meetings, and I don’t remember seeing him." (See Mark Perry, “Is Gen. John Allen in Over His Head? --President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy,” Foreign Policy, October 30, 2014, at

If this account is correct, Alan must be seen as something less than the consummate counterinsurgency and countergang expert he pretends to be. Maybe his lack of expertise will end up damaging the entire ISIS project.  And maybe some of his many enemies, including those officers who perhaps do not share Allen’s determination to make Turkish-Saudi controlled ISIS the centerpiece of US Middle East policy, will help him down the road to failure and oblivion.



The fascist Ukrainian government under Petro Poroshenko has been frantically seeking the aid of numerous countries to avoid collapse under its $70 billion debt. Kiev and the international community of Anglo-America financiers are keen to cover-up the fact that Ukraine is completely bankrupt, but their actions prove they are treading water to stay afloat economically. As in any fascist state, the actions of the government are prompted by the demands of wealthy oligarchs, in this case it is George Soros who has written directly to Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk as well as prepared his own rehabilitation strategy for Ukraine. Soros’ plan calls for Ukraine to construct a façade of economic transparency and anti-corruption to ensure new investment. Ukraine passed legislation in mid-July doing that did this very thing as well as opening the country to loans from foreign investors.

Kiev’s contrived solvency appears to be working on investors. The IMF committed to a $17.5 billion bailout in March and has already thrown away $5 billion of that to Ukraine. In May, Ukraine hired the jackals at CitiGroup, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley to get the assistance of $1 billion in 5-year securities from the United States. The European Union gave a $600 million dollar loan to Ukraine, amidst dictating austerity demands to member-nation Greece and showing a blatant bias towards the Kiev fascists. Germany has given a $200 million dollar loan; this past Monday, Japan followed suit with a $300 million dollar loan. On Friday, Ukraine will go into more conferences with the IMF to get another tranche of $1.7 billion and is hoping that a sale of $1 billion U.S.-backed bonds will come in November.

The key finding in the scurrying of Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk to get loans illuminates the cover-up of insolvency within Ukraine. Their free trade deals with countries like Canada will likely bring only small increases to their already paltry trading with the West. Their bartering with Belarus for industrial agricultural equipment relies on holding the fertile areas of the “Black Earth” in the south held by the DPR, as does any hopes of fracking or mining investment. The Kiev fascists have sunken millions into fighting the Donetsk People’s Republic and have nothing to show for it but their own atrocities. The bankruptcy of Ukraine would mean another nation could rock the barely afloat ship of the world financial system. All people interested in preventing another dip into a worldwide depression would do well to intercede in the affair by removing the Western hand from meddling in the affairs of Eastern Europe.
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