Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.12.14

4By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

America is at war in the Middle East.  President Obama came on national media this week and said ISIS terrorists in eastern Syria and western Iraq “will find no safe haven,” and he wants to “ultimately destroy ISIL.”  Of course, Secretary of State John Kerry said it really was not a war but a “significant counter-terror operation.”  To that I say horse hooey!  This is war any way you cut it, even if it is supposedly only an air campaign with military “advisors.”  Just think, President Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize at the beginning of his first term.  Will he have to give it back?  There are so many ways this can go wrong it is not even funny.  He said he was going to arm the moderate Syrian rebels.  What happens if these rebels switch sides and start fighting with ISIL?  What happens if the weapons we give them end up in the hands of terrorists–again?  We are going to double down on the strategy that gave U.S. weapons to al-Qaeda and help explode the ISIL terror group that was an offshoot of al-Qaeda.  We have no Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq.  That means our pilots or soldiers have no immunity if someone is killed by accident.   What happens if the fighters we back start losing badly?  Are we just going to let them die?  Here’s where it really gets ugly.  This bombing campaign the President just launched is going to include targets in Syria.  The Russians are worried that these Syrian airstrikes may include targets of the Assad regime and not only ISIL terrorists.  Russia thinks this may be used as a pretext to weaken Assad.  The Russians also charge this is more about getting a pipeline through Syria than it is about fighting terrorism.  The pipeline is natural gas, and Qatar wants to start supplying Europe.  The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, is worried that a bombing campaign could lead to a “huge escalation in the conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.” 

Speaking of natural gas, Europe is about to have theirs cut off.  There are new sanctions coming from the U.S. and the EU over the Ukraine crisis.  It’s going to involve Russia’s biggest energy companies, among other sanctions, but the oil companies are the biggies here.  Russia will respond, and what do you bet it will involve higher gas prices and less of it this winter in Europe?  The European economy is already in a tail spin, and this will surely drive it into a depression.  News flash–even the new President of Ukraine says most, if not all, Russian fighters have left the country.  Russia says they were never there to begin with, but Ukraine says they are “mostly gone.”  So, what gives with the new sanctions?  There is a cease-fire in effect between the pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine army.  This just seems like the West wants an economic implosion, war or both.  Things are getting worse on this front and not better just as I have been forecasting for weeks.  If Europe goes down, you can kiss the global economy goodbye, and that includes the U.S.  This, once again, seems too stupid to be stupid.  That quote, by the way, is from renowned gold expert Jim Sinclair.

Join Greg Hunter as he gives his analysis of these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

Comments
  1. Ugly

    Wasn’t one of the billion or so EOs signed by our PeaceMaker an order to fund a freedom fighter group at the tune of $200 million plus? If so, then I doubt this terrorist group will become the main target. They are the ploy to allow a more sinister and different strategy into Syria….

    • allen ols

      ugly
      u nailed it!!

  2. Dan

    Hi Greg,
    Look forward to your wrap-up every week!
    Thanks,
    Dan

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Dan!
      Greg

  3. Jim H

    Sorry Guys and Gals but I just had to hear what the Commander in Thief had to say about the big ISIS plan. Between his Islam sympathies, Big John McCain’s trying to act as though he wanted only to arm enemies of ISIS rather than ISIS itself and all the other Hollywood wannabes acting like we must help the Sunni’s. Oh wait a minute weren’t Saddam Hussein and his elite government Sunnis? So as with so many times we have come full circle and spent how much. Did everyone forget who we overthrew in Iraq after 9/11? Seems the MSM did. I did not.

    • allen ols

      jim

      “War is madness,” said Pope Francis on Saturday, a madness that he is worried the world is slipping collectively back into.

      According to the BBC, the Argentinian pontiff was speaking from Redipuglia cemetery near Slovenia, where some 100,000 Italian soldiers who perished in World War I are remembered.

      He warned that with the proliferation of conflicts large and small around the globe, that humanity has already begun to fight a “piecemeal World War III.”

      “Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep,” Francis said. “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.”

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/13/pope-francis-warns-that-piecemeal-world-war-iii-is-already-here/

      • Jim H

        Allen. I try to remain level headed and be a critical thinker. Just watched this and watched again. Why would this killer group name themselves something in english? This is just another view with what looks like some facts behind at least part of it. What say you?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLqdpMwulPQ

        • allen ols

          Jim
          I watched it, IF thoes guys are really jewish, and posing as arabs, then it is really quite astounding. As I have said b 4 the cia, nsa, SA secret service, jordanian Secret service or SS, mossad, egypt ss, are all working behind the scenes, doing crazy stuff. I sure dont trust our govmnt, esp. democrats, and crazy repubs. McCain is a joke!!, Kerry, biden are foney. I am pro Israel, but i have seen some stuff the mossad has done covertly, and they are clever.

          thanks jim for the post i will watch it again.

          • allen ols

            …ooops,

            bty, the snow job cheney and rumsfield put on the sheeple, is classic covert oligarch bilderberg, tactics.

            “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete, when everything the american public believes is false” William Casey cia director, 1981

  4. Mason

    Great Weekly News Wrap-Up once again, Greg!
    Interesting that you say that the Russian fighters are mostly gone. That may well be. I just want to point out that Martin Armstrong wrote a very interesting article about the PRIVATIZATION of the Russian army as the new model. They are copying the American model in Iraq. In 2008, the US Department of Defense employed 155,826 private contractors in Iraq – and 152,275 troops. So that was how they took Crimea.
    http://armstrongeconomics.com/2014/09/10/putin-war-return-of-mercenaries-the-masquerade/

  5. Dan

    I don’t think the Saudi’s are funding ISIS. As a matter of fact, ISIS is probably the biggest current threat to Saudi Arabia. Also, although I usually love your “fear not” ending, it sounded misplaced after this wrap-up!

  6. Laura

    If the Europeans really WANT this Syrian pipeline to circumvent being forced to buy gas from Russia, why don’t they sent THEIR troops to Syria to fight ISIS? Why are WE always fighting their battles? The Europeans seem to dislike us intensely. Isn’t it time they stood on their own feet and actled like big boys for once? Or am I missing something?

    • Greg Hunter

      Laura,
      You are not missing a thing. On target!
      Greg

    • woody188

      Part of this is that the US leaders don’t want anyone to have the ability to challenge their hegemony. This makes the USA the de facto military police force of the world. No one is allowed to become powerful enough to challenge the US militarily.

  7. Outlookingin

    Greg, thank you for another excellent wrap.

    Insane indeed! There is and has been no consistency of foreign policy objectives from the present administration. Zero. It seems to be a bunch of bumbling idiots stumbling around in a dark room looking for the light switch!

    I thought I would never say this, but Russia and Putin as you say, seem to be sane ones! On the surface the west comes off as being the warmongers, incessently beating the drums of war. While Russia comes off as being level headed and coolly putting forth common sense, defensive actions and arguments against the war hawks, who are screaming to let loose the dogs of war.

    Too stupid to be stupid indeed! This will not end well for the west.

  8. Nathan

    Hey Greg,

    First off did you happen to notice the estimates for ISIS members got upped by about 20,000 this week ? For the past four months it was said to be around 10,000 members then today the numbers from the CIA estimate 20,000 to 31,200 ? Anyway , I was thinking about how this whole thing will play out . (If we learned anything from Iraq the exact same scenario will unfold ) I believe ISIS will be dealt a crushing blow at first because they can’t win a conventional war (Just like Al Qaeda couldn’t) so they will resort to splinter groups , car bombs , roadside IED’s , and after we regain the oil fields they will try to destabilize the global economy by blowing them up . They will just disappear into the crowd and reappear again after things have calmed . Osama bin Laden tactics . He openly admitted not being able to defeat the West so he decided on a battle of attrition (which is working) …13 years and counting (Worked against the Russians and it’s working against us)

    Great job as usual
    Nathan in AVL

  9. allen ols

    greg, paul,jerry, oracal, colin, and more;

    You said, “Russians are gone, ukraine pres. says russians are gone, un ambass. says russians are gone, so WHY THE NEW SANCTIONS?” And your write, it is about energy, and syria is about Qatar’s LNG piped through syria. I guess this should be the war USA needs.

    Bill Holter;
    Well, well, well, it has finally arrived! The New York Times printed an Op-Ed piece by Jared Bernstein, former economic advisor to Joe Biden and part of the economic team for the White House from 2009-2011. In it Mr. Bernstein floats the trial balloon filled with highly flammable gas which suggests the U.S. should “voluntarily” give up the throne of issuing the world’s reserve currency.

    You had to know sooner or later something like this would come out. Clearly China, followed by the rest of the world and including most all of our allies already know the dollar will be replaced …but, someone had to “warm up” the U.S. population for the inevitable. Before going any further, please understand that the average American has not one clue about currency fluctuations, cross rates, or what a strong or weak currency even means to trade, trade deficits, purchasing power or anything else. The only thing the average American knows is how much more a trip to the store or anywhere else costs now versus last week or last year …but, someone (in this instance Mr. Bernstein) has to put the story out there so no one can say “but they gave us no warning.”

    Bill Holter, yesterday’s post

  10. allen ols

    …..ooops, here is the link for the whole article.

    http://blog.milesfranklin.com/washington-finally-telling-the-truth

  11. allen ols

    greg;

    rt news;

    Alert! Putin orders surprise readiness check of Eastern Military District
    Alert! Putin orders surprise readiness check of Eastern Military DistrictMore than 100000 servicemen will be engaged in an ad hoc inspection of combat readiness of the troops of Russia’s Eastern Military District. The exercises embrace four armie…
    – 1 hour ago, 12 Sep 14, 4:39am –

  12. Oracle 911

    Hi Greg
    About Obama’s “madness”:
    1st arm them then bomb them. It is too stupid to be stupid. So the Obama administration want create even a bigger chaos which will be problem for everybody in that region.
    Another thing is Lavrov’s fears are NOT baseless. Knowing the stupidly subvert ways, well the US may weaken the Assad regime. So I suspect the Arab Syrian army (that one with the regime) will shoot down any US bomber, probably after 1st “miss” on ISIS position and “accidental” bombing of the Syrian Arab Army (of course after warning through radio, which will say: “You are not welcome here”) . It would be a “nice” escalation (knowing the stupidly subvert ways of the current US administration this is one of their goal).

    About the EU leaders “madness”:
    Lets see, they will sanction Russia after whoever broke the ceasefire. Indeed a “clever” approach of the situation. Well it seems like the unelected apparatchiks in Brussels are hell bent on collapse of the EU economy. It won’t end well nether for us or them, because we will freeze and became really hungry, but they will lose they nice place and maybe their life too.

    One more thing, please call the Ukrainian separatists anti-Nazi separatist, because they are more anti-Nazi then pro-Russian (although they want Russian money for they goods).

    Just my 2 cents
    Oracle 911

  13. allen ols

    greg;

    In the run-up to World War II, Franklin Roosevelt played the role of the reluctant warmonger. Rather than initiating the action, he took care to be always responding to the war cries of his hopped up left-wing supporters – who were demanding US intervention on behalf of the beleaguered Soviet Union. The American people wanted to stay out of the European war, and the President had to ever-so-cautiously led them down the primrose path, deceiving them every step of the way while he and Winston Churchill plotted behind their backs to get us into the war.

    As the 1940 campaign came down to the wire, Roosevelt intoned: “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”

    A year later, in alliance with “Uncle” Joe Stalin, we were at war on two fronts.

    Back then, it took the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the death of 2,400 service members and civilians to get us into a world war. Today it takes a video of the horrific deaths of two American journalists traveling in a war zone, played over and over in an infinite loop of orchestrated hysteria. If they’d only had YouTube in Roosevelt’s day he would’ve succeeded in lying us into war much sooner.

    In an age where imagery takes the place of text – and of rational thought – the ISIS public relations department certainly knows its business. If the whole point of using social media to transmit horrific images of their deeds is to lure us into re-invading Iraq, then they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. While it seems like only yesterday that the President disdained ISIS as “junior varsity,” today he is mobilizing a mighty worldwide “coalition” to wipe out a group he claims is capable of attacking the United States.

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/09/11/iraq-war-iii-obamas-operation-double-talk/

    IMO, Roosevelt knew the japanese were coming, put the carriers out to sea, left enough battle/crusiers in place for the attack, so as to false flag the us population. The USA needs another false flag event to get the people AGAIN on a full war footing. The dollar needs it.

    • Galaxy 500

      Dude,
      You wrote, ” IMO, Roosevelt knew the japanese were coming, put the carriers out to sea, left enough battle/crusiers in place for the attack, so as to false flag the us population”
      You have never found a conspiracy theory you didnt like.

      • allen ols

        Hitler used false flag to attack poland

        Israel false flag in 1954, The Lavon Affair, and the good ship Liberty, both flopped.

        LBJ used false flag in Gulf of Tonkin

        Bush used 911 false flag to launch this whole middle east debacle to protect the dollar reserve currency

        Obobo tried the shoot down of the malaysian plane and blame Putin

        there will be more, as the USA NEEDS A BIG ONE TO RALLY THE SHEEPLE.

        • allen ols

          ….lets not forget this big joke of a false flag;

          Obama Ousts Top Officers After Nuke Explodes In Ocean …
          http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1714.htm
          Oct 12, 2013 – World’s Largest English Language News Service with Over 500 Articles Updated Daily … detonate a nuclear device “in/near” Charleston , South Carolina this past week … US Marine troops from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to begin the … US Senator Lindsay Graham further warned South Carolinians …

          that ole conspiracy tainted koolaid consumer theorists lindsay graham, ie republican senator, (and stuff) couldnt be lying could he?

          http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1714.htm

      • Mason

        G-500,
        Who cares what you think? You ventilate your opinion a lot without hardly ever substantiating it. Judging by your posts, you have a very poor understanding of history. Other characteristics of your posts in general are that they include a lot of baseless name-calling, and that they include little research and due diligence. Your posts are correct a little less than 50% in my opinion, which is less than random. Finally, when other people seriously respond to your posts, you mostly no not reply to their responses, for example on my responses to your posts on Greg’s Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.22.14. That is just one example, but you do this with most people it seems. And then you just wash-rinse-repeat. And thus you never learn. You have to understand this is very frustrating for people who are actually trying to deal with you.

        What Allen Ols says is part of documented history. For example, the Secretary of War at that time was Henry Stimson, a member of the CFR. In his diaries he said:
        “In spite of the risk involved, however, in letting the Japanese fire the first shot, we realized that, in order to have the full support of the American people, it was desirable to make sure that the Japanese be the ones to do this so that there could be no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who were the aggressors…. The question was, how we should maneuver them into firing the first shot without allowing too much damage to ourselves. It was a difficult proposition.” etc.:
        http://www.freedomforceinternational.org/pdf/futurecalling3.pdf

        Seriously, Galaxy 500, you have to do your own home-work and start doing some research before saying things like you just said to Allen Ols.
        Look, I am really not trying to give you a hard time. You have to believe me on this one. I am trying to show you some tough love and I am trying to educate you. If only to improve your score of correct posts to above 50%. I am sorry if I am too direct for your taste. But that is all this is.
        Just watch the following lecture, and then we can have a real grown-up conversation. If you honestly watch the whole lecture, tell me what you think about it. For me, it blew me away at the time:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynVqPnMQ2sI

        • allen ols

          mason;
          thanks, you’re right, pathetically frustrating!!

          that link to stimson was super! I made my comment based on info from another well informed interviewee,-sp- but could’nt remember who it was. lol

      • wd

        Lighten up DUUUUUDEEEEE, so much of what ols has said was proven as fact. You always jab at him and never back it up.

        And please put your big boy pants on and drop the dude crapt; you sound like some wannabe hipster or trying to be cheech/chong. Grow the f*$%& up!!!

        Prove him wrong 500, and after you post your drivel, go downstairs and fix yourself a bowl of cereal and tell your mommy how tough the other boys think you are.

    • collateral Damage

      Allen,

      Thank you for the awesome link and post! My favorite part of the article that you linked to….??

      “He (Obama) says “it (ISIS/ISIL) is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates,” but none of these factors are relevant in determining what constitutes a state – which is nothing more or less than a monopoly on the use of force in a given territory. The horror that is ISIL is merely the process of state formation looked at up close: the terror they employ is simply an exaggerated rendition of how every state gains its “legitimacy” – by definitively establishing its coercive monopoly. While ISIL is doing so in a particularly graphic manner, in principle it is acting no differently than any other embryonic state in history, benign creation myths to the contrary notwithstanding.”

      Truer words have never been spoken!!!!

  14. Mike Soon Over

    Excellent job Greg as always, trolls. I came across one on a Mike Maloney video/comments. I brought fact after fact with hard numbers, data, on housing, employment, etc. He just couldn’t get past certain talking points. He was pleasant a decent guy but no reaching him this decade. I had seen something earlier in the day from Cognitive of Dissonance a post that read. IF NOTHING ELSE WE HAVE LEARNED IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW OBVIOUS THE LIE IS IF PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH
    A comment or a suggestion if I may. I heard someone recommend bringing on V the Guerrilla or Steve Q. Greg, don’t do it. I heard them both on a recent video and the stuff was off the hook, way out in left field. They both agreed TPTB will eventually bomb every church that doesn’t toe the Govt line. Honestly, they were on the up and up that the DOD or Homeland security will shot missiles at Christian Churches. Right at that time after replaying it and making sure I heard correctly I turned them off. They may have some info worth listing to but their both crazy. I’m sure a few of your listeners know the program I’m referring to and can back up my statement. Thanks again a loyal listener and a donor.

    • Greg Hunter

      Mike Thank you for your comments and support!!!
      Greg

    • Jerry

      Mike
      Just curious. How do you know V and Steven Quail are crazy? People said the same thing during WWII about the death camps in Germany, until they found them. My uncle said people living next to the camps were still in denial until they marched them through to see the piles of dead bodies. When governments become corrupt, its not uncommon for them to turn on their own people. By the sheer fact the NSA is monitoring every key stroke you make, should send chills up your spine. The may not know where ISIS is, but they sure in the hell know where to locate you and I. I mean who do you think sent these trolls to Greg’s site anyway? These people don’t work for free. They’re tools of the state sent to shoot down our post, and discredit Greg and anyone else who disagrees with them. Lets be honest. Anyone who has a difference of opinion from the state line is viewed as a threat. The IRS has made that point very clear with the recent audits of the Tea Party. It should send chills up anyone’s back to think that our government could single you out because of a political view point. Can Churches be that far behind? Mike what do you think happened in Russia when Stalin came to power? The Churches were burned. The Priest were hung. And the world stood by and watched. You can’t have religion in a Marxist centrist state, no matter where it is including here.

      • Mike Soon Over

        Agreed with many of your items, though it will take a lot more for me to believe certain churches will be blown up for sheltering Christians in the great great depression. However, your point is well taken.

        • Mike Soon Over

          Jerry, my knowledge compared to most Americans is likely well above 90 percent in whats to come. However, compered to most of the watchdog audience i’m still a beginner. Yes, if a truly insane element takes aver the US anything is possible . I’m not in the black I understand many of TPTB are santanic believers, however the TPTB are. So Jerry, anything is possible I again understand this. I believe and most point to the UN and SDRs as the next step of their plans. with the North American Union and open borders, I see that coming as well. BUT to open fire on a sect of believers in the Holy Redeemer I just can’t get my head around. Yes, Christianity is under attack. BUT death to those from missiles just for the comfort of food and first aid is way too much. Most Christians will be of no threat, as most have no fire arms and are willing to except whatever faith comes to them. I know because I’m friends with a pastor that refuses to prepare in any way, shape or form. Yes, yes, yes anything could happen and your points on history is a great lesson. So in saying all I did there is a chance though a very small one and something on the line of FEAR Mongering for ratings. (FEAR NOT)

    • woody188

      The only thing that bugs me about your post is that another stated they thought terrorists would target churches during Christmas Eve. Could our government blow up churches and blame ISIS?

      Sure they could!

      Something else odd I’ve noticed, DHS and Obama refer to the group in eastern Syria/western Iraq as ISIL, while most media refer to the as ISIS. I wonder…is ISIL the real group forming the Islamic State while ISIS is the CIA front?

      I know, both have been used interchangably, but DHS Secretary Johnson has been very careful to always use ISIL and it seems the official government papers all use ISIL as well, while popular media use ISIS. Could be nothing, could be a distinction of target.

  15. RGT

    Greg.
    Great wrap-up as usual.
    Around 10 years ago I attended a gold conference in Toronto where Doug Casey spoke and suggested buying physical precious metals as he felt the financial system was broken and would eventually collapse. I remember thinking at the time that the Government, bankers and the people aren’t that stupid to destroy a nation and way of life that was envied around the world. Boy was I WRONG. The entire system is totally corrupt and I can only hope that some how the people responsible for this travesty being the politicians, the Fed, and crooked banksters are made to pay for it. I won’t hold my breath though.

  16. Tommy

    A great wrap up of the lunacy called American foreign policy. It seems it all comes down to energy and the US dollar. You are so correct when you say “it’s too stupid to be stupid”. Thanks.

  17. vincentg

    Greg you are 100% as usual

    I remember some article that claimed the USA has enough Natural Gas to supply all of Europe.

    My guess is there are those that seem to think we can get back on track if we sell our Oil and natural gas to Europe and Asia.

    But you have this upstart ( Russia ) standing in our way.

    As to the Middle East merry go round.
    Not even Rod Sterling could come up with a story more fantastic than this.

    Going back in time we had Ron Paul running for President who had said that we were attacked because we were over there.
    He explained that the CIA called it blowback.

    No one wanted to listen.

    What we have now is far beyond blowback.

    Still no one wants to listen.

    I will bet you that if you take this to the next Presidential debate stating that backing moderate groups is nuts you will still get booed from the audience.

    The people that back the Republican Party are the problem with the Republican Party.
    Soon you will see Romney back in the running and they will back him because he’s the money man.
    He has no clue what is the right thing to do but that doesn’t matter.
    He couldn’t draw more than a few hundred people to his events but that doesn’t matter either.
    Mitt is their man.

    • Chip

      Selling our nat gas to Europe is a pipe dream. Liquification plants and half billion dollar ships are required to keep it cold and in liquid form. Then on the other end in Europe they would have to build gassification plants. These plants are several billion dollars each. The result would be gas double or triple the price they can get it from Russia. The economics are simply not there and even if they were you are talking 3 to 5 years to build the facilities needed on both ends of the transaction…

    • Charles H.

      vincentg,

      Going with Mitt the Loser a second time is nuts. It only shows that the Political Machine is all that matters now, and the people will just have to take what you give them.

      • mark

        Charles,
        This is off-topic, but I posted a response to your comment back on Greg’s interview with Harvey Organ. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be richly with your spirit Charles.

        • Charles H.

          Mark,

          I went back and read your post. It seems to me that even this descent into generalized evil the world over IS a demonstration of God’s mercy and Grace – for the few souls that may come to Him in this time. It seems He has always worked through a remnant. Both Good and Evil are a work in mystery that He holds, in sovereignty, to Himself. Being stayed upon Him works for you as well as me.

          • mark

            Charles,
            I recently purchased a copy of the Common English NT (commonenglishbible.com) and their rendering of Rom.3:22 and also Gal.2:20 is very helpful. (vs.21)”But now God’s righteousness has been revealed apart from the Law, which is confirmed by the Law and the Prophets. (22) God’s righteousness comes through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who have faith in Him.(23) There is no distinction.” Also note their rendering of Gal. 2:20 ” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in my body I live in faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” . These two renderings which expand the definition of the faith by which we believe and by which we are saved shows that the faith by which we are saved and made righteous, if you will, is that which believes in the faithfulness of God’s Son. That is amazing and very liberating. For it puts into proper context the role of Him Who does the saving and we who by faith look away unto Him to complete that good work which He has begun in us and that becomes the basis, when faced with evil in its unmitigated horror evil, that we can then truly have a basis upon which we may genuinely “FEAR NOT”. For He in Whom we have believed has overcome and has the keys of death and of Hades. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be richly with your spirit Charles.

  18. Michael

    IMO,
    This current form of confusion and chaos (ISIS) in the Middle East make sense to me. In order to maintain the Petro-Dollar system they must keep the Middle East from organizing or forming any kind of strong force (think Saddam). As long as the Middle East is destabilized and without any strong government the Petro-Dollar remains king and we keep the oil.

  19. David Brown

    I think a great many scenarios start to unravel, Greg–before the November elections.

  20. Jerry

    Greg, did you notice how Assad in Syria became a target for the U.S. and the western cabal just about the time Russia was finishing their oil deal with Iran? When Russia blocked that little scheme pushing Obama back across his red line talk, then all of a sudden they directed their attention to Ukraine when Russia and China were finishing their gas deal, going as far as blowing up a gas pipeline, and a passenger airliner to generate a war. But guess what? This time Putin was waiting for them and they walked right into a bear trap. Checkmate.

    So how does Houdini get out of this mess? They know there’s a 1000 pound dragon sitting in the room called China, that holds all the gold cards, and they can’t mess with them. So then they tried to undermine the worlds largest gas empire (Gazprom) who just happens to be run by Russia, and that didn’t work. Well you know what they say? Desperate people do desperate things. Walla! ISIS appears out of nowhere. And its back to Syria! I mean really Greg, when did you first hear of ISIS?

    This whole ISIS thing is about keeping the Saudis happy, and having them continue the petrodollar. Two weeks ago the Saudis were getting ready to sign a deal with China in France, when all of a sudden their convoy was attacked and their documents stolen. The Saudis have had their gold stolen as well by the western Cabal, and can see the writing on the wall with the U.S. and they’ve had enough. This is what desperate regimes do just before they collapse. This is not about ISIS, its about the death of the petrodollar. Why do you think Kerry is in Saudi Arabia right now? The Saudi’s want Assad out of Syria, as well as Gazprom, their biggest competitor. That’s is what this is about. Desperation.

    Side note:
    This is my take on the Federal Reserve.
    http://youtu.be/2TJ3Yv_vgUc
    Janet Yellen is playing the joker.

    • allen ols

      Jerry; u NAILED it, and the chemical weapons of mass dest. in syria, ANOTHER false flag, to rally the troll sheeple.

      very GOOD ANALYSIS!!!

      • allen ols

        …..They know there’s a 1000 pound dragon sitting in the room called China,……

        I WILL STEAL THIS PHRASE FAIR AND SQUARE, AND PRETEND IT IS MY OWN, JUST SO U KNOW. AL OLS

    • wd

      Jerry,

      I agree with you, keep your eye on the Ukraine, like I said before I apent mor ethan half my life with a cold war world. And always as the US vs USSR was a lot of posturing. Chest bumping etc; and they would always take a step back. But not this time.

      30 years ago this would have been over already, even the Cuban Missile crisis only lasted a few days. This is different. And yet Putin never blinks, he just keeps completely cool.

      I would like to know what he knows, I cant imagine China will let thier good ally be attacked?

      Jerry, any idea what the next move is. Thanks

      • Charles H.

        wd,

        Butt heads in Washington are going to have to be stood-down. They are spoiled children in adult bodies, who have no idea of life, or principle, or that other people in the world are not like them. For once, this bully will get his butt kicked. (And when he is told to stand in a corner by himself – he will not understand it; nor will he believe himself to be to blame.)

  21. art barnes

    Greg, after you went to post the CIA has announced that ISIS has 3X more fighters than has been estimated; 31,500. This is not going to be a Sunday walk in the park. When the Whitehouse said a week ago that they didn’t have a strategy on ISIS they weren’t kidding. They threw together a quick strategy in about 72 hours or so and went on live TV Wednesday night outlining it. Shallow, ill thought out, no will for it, basically, its just another counter terrorism drone campaign like we have seen in Pakistan and around. But don’t worry, Albania is one of the coalition. Greg, you have summed up a few things that can go wrong, how about a bomb accidently hitting a Russian Naval base in Syria, or ISIS bombing it and the Russians blaming the US whether or not Russia knows the truth. This is going to get ugly & Russia will not allow it to get out of hand, there better be a bunch of nations involved if Obama is serious which I frankly don’t believe. As I said previously, Obama understands news cycles and if he can appease the MSM for a couple of weeks, start a small drown campaign, get a retired general to take over a special position for enforcement (with hands tied from the Whitehouse) it can appear like there is a fight going on but in reality it will be as Kerry recently said a “counter terrorism” campaign and not a war; but in any event the MSM will lose interest and all will be well.
    As to the Ukraine I mentioned last week or so that what’s us with sanctions when there is a cease fire and troops leaving, and we are conducting war games in there in coming weeks, this stinks of something else.

  22. Mitch Bupp

    Either our government has not learned anything or this is a calculated plan to get Assad out of power …… Personally, I think the CFR has been running US foreign relations since the Clintoon administration … Look at the CFRs plan introduced in the late 90s ….. we have been following it step by step …

    Greg, I see a pattern as inflation ramps up. Have you noticed the recent record sales in things that the rich would buy? Recently I have been seeing record prices in parking spaces, estates, apartments and other good that someone with a disposable income would buy. The market targeting the average person is also seeing inflation but it is tempered because of competition with 70% of all US economic activity being consumer sales …… The “WalMart effect” as I call it on the entire economy has pushed “economies of scale” all the way down the small business person who has to deal with super thin profit margins ……

    • Greg Hunter

      Mitch,
      CR = Evil and against America.
      Greg

  23. william L.

    great job Greg… you explain it very well… I agree with you… It is a mess over there . . . the people over there don’t want anyone tresspassing on their land..

  24. M % politcs

    Gregster,

    WHAT’s too stupid to be stupid, is plain insanity, in our, insane, deep do do state, we just might find ourselves the frog in the boiling pot of water, oblivious to the fact, we should be exercising, the better part of valor and jumping this ship of fools!
    John McCain’s, navy day’s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJzYKm1_Bvo
    Our boy’s, supporting and defending, the sacred document, the constitution from enemies foreign and worst of the bunch, domestic and if they hurt just one hair on their head’s, they’ll be sheol to pay!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8pJWfXBVIQ

  25. dave

    levity re: obamacare poll
    whats the difference between ignorance and apathy?
    … I don’t know and I don’t care

    • Galaxy 500

      Tens of thousands illegal alien parasites cross the border illegally and are given money. US citizen crosses border by mistake and is fined 5 grand.

      • collateral Damage

        Unbelievable!

      • art barnes

        500, yea, but you don’t believe in conspiracy? If allowing millions of illegals to come into the southern border, criminals as well, give them money for incentives to come, etc. is not a conspiracy to take away jobs and bankrupt Social Security & the border States than what is it, simply poor poor policies or mistakes?

    • Galaxy 500

      Last.thought.of the day
      Why is Turkey supporting.terrorist organizations and still.in NATO? Why are.they allowing.people to get to to.Syria to.fight? Turkey.has.shifted to.extermist Islam and bears watching.

      • collateral Damage

        500,
        I heard on German News Broadcast that ISIS is holding 40 Turkish citizens hostage. Methinks that may be part of the reason why they don’t want to provoke, and another part of the reason may be the blowback that they would incur if they do take a stand. They are geographically much closer to the fire than we are.

        Coincidentally, England is also NOT participating in the collation and also has had citizens who left England to support ISIS. It is really weird that England opted out. My guess is that they don’t want to do anything stupid to provoke Scotland who is making a very important vote this week.

        Best Regards,

        CD

      • Scotland Forever_1914 no Never!

        G500,

        Why, why, why? This is why;

        Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

        US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 12, 2014. AP Photo: Brendan Smialowski, Pool
        US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 12, 2014.
        AP 4 hr ago By ROBERT BURNS of Associated Press

        WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama’s more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next week, officials say.

        In Syria, U.S. planes and drones will be gathering intelligence on targets and air defense threats in preparation for airstrikes there. At the same time, a wider range of targets — perhaps including Islamic State leaders — are expected to come under attack in Iraq.

        U.S. warplanes have launched 158 strikes in Iraq over the past five weeks while emphasizing a relatively narrow set of targets. The focus has been Obama’s initial goal of defending U.S. personnel, protecting critical infrastructure such as major dams and enabling humanitarian relief operations.

        New strikes Friday destroyed two Islamic State armed vehicles in an effort to support Iraqi troops near the Mosul Dam and in defense of Irbil, the military’s U.S. Central Command said.

        More U.S. troops, along with additional intelligence-gathering aircraft, are expected to arrive in northern Iraq next week. That will enable an expanded surveillance effort over Syria by a range of aircraft, including Predator and Reaper drones as well as Navy EA-18G electronic warfare planes that are capable of jamming air defense radars and striking ground targets.

        Without citing a specific timeline, the Pentagon’s press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the air campaign in Iraq, which began Aug. 8, will enter a new, more aggressive phase designed to exploit the Islamic State group’s vulnerabilities, which include a lack of effective defenses against U.S. warplanes.

        “In coming days we’re going to be more aggressive and shift a focus from what has been to date primarily defensive in nature to more offensive in nature,” he said. He suggested that this will include strikes at Islamic State leaders in Iraq.

        “When you are going after a network like this, one of the things that you also want to go after is their ability to command and control and to lead their forces,” Kirby said.

        The aim is not to destroy the Islamic State forces in Iraq by air power alone, but rather to erode their capabilities and limit their freedom of movement so that Iraqi ground forces can regain control of territory they lost in recent months.

        One of the risks being weighed by Obama and his military commanders as they prepare to extend the airstrikes into Syria is that country’s air defenses, which have been described as formidable. They are less prominent, however, in the more desolate eastern stretches of Syria where U.S. warplanes are likely to fly.

        Kirby declined to discuss the air defense threat in detail.

        “Generally speaking, the eastern part of the country is more desolate, more remote, less critical infrastructure there than in the western part of the country, so, generally speaking, one would assume that most of their air defense systems are based around the west and around major facilities and major cities,” he said.

        But, he said, air defense systems can be moved and thus must be monitored.

        “As we plan and prepare for the possibility of conducting airstrikes across that border, we’re obviously factoring in every possible contingency that we can,” he said.

        The Obama administration has sought to portray the president’s strategy, as outlined in his speech Wednesday, as more than a military campaign. It says regional and international diplomacy are equally important. And it has been careful to distinguish this effort from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

        Pressed on whether the United States was engaging in a new war, White House press secretary Josh Earnest argued that it was the Islamic State group that was waging war on the world and that the U.S. was leading a coalition to ultimately destroy it.

        “What you can conclude from this is the United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaida and its al-Qaida affiliates all around the globe,” Earnest said, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

        G 5 0 o, T he s e _ L a s t _ t w o _ P a r a g r a p h e s _ A r e _ K e y !

        A key element of the Obama strategy is developing a viable opposition force inside Syria that can not only exploit gains created by U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State but also advance the U.S. goal of ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad. A first step in that direction is a Pentagon plan for training and arming Syrian rebels — a project Saudi Arabia has agreed to host on its territory.

        Kirby said the Pentagon foresees training more than 5,000 Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia over the coming year. He said it would be “a number of months” before that effort would start, in part because prospective Syrian rebels must be vetted in advance to ensure their reliability as a U.S. partner in Syria.~

        G500, It’s about pipelines thru Syria, Assad is in the way, oi vay!
        The 64,000 dollar question is, as we clear out IS, ISIL, our former baby and try to undermine Assad, is what will Russia do. Russia has a big problem with Islamic jihadist’s and Assad is the enemy of IS. The powers in Syria are Russian allies, the reason Obama backed off in his war to topple Assad, this time, last year. Assad and Russia do not want Saudi/ Turkish pipelines going thru Syria because they know it will ultimately be used to undermine Russian gas pipelines to west Europe and ultimately part of the plan of the new world disorder group of oligarchies and deep do do state to undermine Russia and the BRICS altogether, as Ukraine exemplifies. Reagan buried the Hachette but the powers that be, want it back and Putin is not a willing partner, to take it back, in the backside, as did Muammar Gaddafi.

        http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/29/world/meast/syria-iran-china-russia-supporters/index.html

        Greg’s Poll: What Do I Think? Do I think WWIII is coming soon?

        Answer No. 3# WWIII is a ways off-but it is coming.

        Another 64,000 dollar question, better we don’t find out Sunni, than later!

        ___

  26. Galaxy 500

    Greg, et al
    Here one more reason to vote Republican.
    http://freebeacon.com/issues/dem-attempt-to-amend-bill-of-rights-dies-in-senate/
    The Bill of Rights doesnt need to be amended. Pelosi and.Reid scare the bejesus out of me.

  27. West Tejas

    @ Greg & Jerry : My source does not give exact timing but says we are getting very close. So close you can almost touch it!! There is a growing concern that a scenario outlined by Harvey Organ is possible. Instead of a lengthy bull market run the metals will continue to trade sideways or a downward pattern then one night it just ramps.
    I’ll keep working on my source and post some updates when available. Until then expect a bottom and upwards trend to start in Oct or Nov.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you WT!
      Greg

      • Justin

        Greg statement of the year 2014 it’s too stupid to be stupid classic, o ps if people want to make a donation to USA watchdog how do I do that ,I love USA watchdog justin .

        • Greg Hunter

          You are very kind and I thank you. By the way, The line is from Jim Sinclair and it is a good one.
          Greg

    • Jerry

      WT
      Watching what’s unfolding in Ukraine right now you could be right. I’m seeing very desperate moves by the western cabal. Almost panic like. So something is afoot. They’ve managed to escape so far, but I think the Russians and Putin have them boxed in . I have heard they are literally begging the Chinese for more financial help behind closed doors. Not good!

  28. Larry

    It makes perfect sense if your reason for living is because you are community organizer
    who spent too many years learning his political trade in Chicago.

  29. Robert

    Hi Greg,
    You are more important than you think.
    If more good journalists had taken your path we would be a lot better as a country.
    I do not believe what is said about our current situation by the many sell outs that infest the airwaves or troll the internet culling favor for their masters.
    Obviously, there is much hidden from even the best eyes among us; so at my level of perception there is little light or truth except what I can find on my own so I thankfully count you as one of those lights of reason and truth.
    One day I will tender more than my supportive words to your effort (when the wife allows that is) for now take my heartfelt admiration and appreciation and “Fear Not” that your light of truth is shining brightly for those wishing to see in this darkest of times.
    Respectfully,
    Robert M.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Robert! By the way Martin Armstrong is on Monday and maybe an early release on Sunday.
      Greg

      • Mason

        Ah, Martin Armstrong is an extremely interesting guest! Kudos for having him on. I have been studying his material for some time now. Still, a few points elude me while studying his work. So if you run out of questions to ask him, feel free to use these 🙂 :

        1) When is gold going to rise, and when is the climax in going to be in the near term? (In the long term it will be in about 2032.95 I believe according to his ECM-model)

        2) He and his ECM-model (Economic Confidence Model) predict that the Sovereign Debt Crisis will be on 2015.75. But what does that mean? Does that mean that the Sovereign Debt Crisis STARTS on 2015.75? In this case, when does it reach its climax? Or does it mean that the HEIGHT of the Sovereign Debt Crisis is on 2015.75? (which implies that the start of the Sovereign Debt Crisis will start earlier. In this case, when does it start?)

        3) Martin Armstrong’s ECM-model predicts that the absolute cataclysmic event will happen on 2032.95. (Again, does it then START in 2032.95? In other words: will the markets RISE until 2032.95?)
        And, more importantly, how does the Sovereign Debt Crisis on 2015.75 relate to the MOTHER OF ALL CRISES on 2032.95 according to him? What is the difference between these two dates according to him?
        You can find better articles on his blog than the link I am posting now, but the graph of the ECM in this link explains what I am talking about.

        4) He says the Cycles of War are turning up (he predicted this even way before things were relatively peaceful during the Winter Olympics in Sochi). My question would be: which ASSET-CLASSES rise during the rise of the Cycles of War?

        I could go on and on with questions if I had the chance to interview him, but I will be more than content if he even answers one of these questions.

        Finally, my tip to those of you who do not know Martin Armstrong yet, but who would like to know him better, I suggest you do not only check out his ‘Blog’ on his site, but I would propose to check out his ‘Writings’ as well.

        Again, excellent guest to have on!

        • Greg Hunter

          Thank you Mason. I got Armstrong for sure and I will probably release it this Sunday afternoon. Guess who backed men up on Russia being in Ukraine with “Blackwater” type “contractors”? By the way, Armstrong says the dollar is getting stronger because capital is fleeing Europe and the middle East because of Wars and rumors of wars. Very interesting interview.
          Greg

      • wd

        Greg,

        He wrote a brilliant article on a very underestimated Russian military strength and Putin’s shif to a more privatized Russian army.

        Questioning the need to wage war with this country. Good choice!!

  30. Larry

    Just in case you forgot another famous leader IN HISTORY started out as a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER. I think that his name was HITLER. I am sure we should not want to rush to judgement because of this similarity.

  31. brian

    Trolls.
    Trolls?
    Trolls are becoming an urban legend, they are contemporary boogeyman. As with homosexuals, the impression of their ubiquity and proliferance is a gross exaggeration of the reality of their existence or impact. I am “old” enough to remember that there used to be such a thing as stupid people and children with too much time on their hands and having big mouths supplanted with a keyboard, and I am old enough to remember when there was a difference between a so called “troll” and a paid disinfo/disruption campaign and as far as I am aware that difference still stands today…..Just then as the difference that stands between the true sexual anomaly known as homosexuality and a bunch of clueless, decadent fools chasing what Madison avenue lead them to believe is “trendy”.

    I guess in saying all this I am suggesting that perhaps the problem is much worse then the word “troll” implies, perhaps the web is crawling with sponsored and paid disruptors…Maybe it is time for us to stop trying to be moderate, maybe it is time to go out on a limb and call things what they truly appear to be.

    Our government is no longer corrupt, it has been fully co opted by the corrupting forces that used to plague it, in essence we no longer have a government but a hidden and soft tyranny, how else do you describe a situation where you have paid and organized disinfo campaigns across the web while in the meantime the government is trying to enact laws containing language of “an internet kill switch”, all as the traditional bought and paid for media looses eyeballs to the so called “alternative media”.

    • Galaxy 500

      Interesting perspective

    • allen ols

      BRIAN,
      ditto, that includes the corrupt republicans who put forth just enough sugar to sweeten the pot to keep the republican sheeple running to the polls. morons!!

    • woody188

      The removal from the Internet of the American journalist’s beheadings by the “Islamic State” is an indicator that the United States is already filtering Internet access to their citizens.

  32. Don

    Good job Greg, I get this feeling that our leadership doesn’t really want to do away with ISIS. Its a civil war between two idealologies for control of the region. Islam as a whole, seeks to dominate a culture and impose Islamic law on others, as soon as the numbers are there. There is a push by the Pope and there leaders to merge, claiming they both whorship the same God. This is the new formation of the so called new world orders answer to religious division, Chrislam, if you will. The Presidents statement about no religion in the world that justifies killing others, was absolutely ridiculous. The Quran does teach it. Look at Hamas idealogy and Abbas and Palistine, both are the same. Abbas and Hamas were going to form one government, and if you noticed Hamas desired the dominate row. Same organization with two wings, desirous of same thing, to destroy Israel. Americans better wake up.

  33. robert

    I would like to know what will happen to u s. Military, foreign policy, and completely corrupt central government when the dollar falls. Will the country break up or will it be taken over by foreign power.

  34. Chip

    Great wrap up Greg. I’ll leave you and your guests with two thoughts… 1) Know God and Know Hope. 2) Here’s a great four minute video on issues with Social Security that i recommend you and your guests spread around as we need informed voters/citizens.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwPEWiNadhA&feature=em-uploademail-smbtn

    Have a great weekend… Chip

    • Greg Hunter

      Good advice Chip.
      Greg

  35. Chip

    Hey Greg by the way, gold and silver are taking a pounding this week. It would be good to hear what one of your gold experts thinks about this… Also oil has been getting hammered and as i understand the business case fracking and the shale plays need oil to be above $90/bbl for the numbers to work out… I would be interested in any guests you might have that are in the know of the oil biz… Cheers…

    • brian

      Hi Chip,

      A lot of Gregs guests have commented on the downward or “bottom bouncing” gold and silver prices exhibit. Their thoughts are pretty consistent and point to price fixing which is initiated through the paper exchange markets. Large banks, working on behalf of central banks dump huge supplies of “paper” gold and “paper” silver into the market thus driving the price down. The evidence that this happens is becoming irrefutable and includes repeated, consistent, almost scheduled to the point of being predictable surges in sell orders during periods of time where actual “real” trading volume is low, thus making price swings easier to create and after events or disclosures that would generally be considered “gold positive”. Once a downward “trend” is created it is often carried through by many speculators who handle a large amount of the volume of trades but also have weak hands. In other words the “price fixers” are taking advantage of inherent and known instabilities to leverage their actions to affect more or less predictable outcomes.

      There is also a raft of circumstantial evidence pointing to both the need and desire central banks have to control the price if not even the supply of precious metals. Many argue that there are even overt attempts to deflate DEMAND as well, through the media and the very publicly expressed sentiments of well known figures.

  36. steve

    Russia an “Upstart” give me a break it will be ten years before export terminals could be ready for any meaningful export of Nat gas and twenty years before Europe could even agree on who would have the import terminals over there

    the “war against Syria is all about the Qatar pipeline the war against Russia is all about them being a threat to world dominance by USA and the petro dollar I am sure the Russians would have been invaded just like Iraq Libya Egypt etc etc if the assholes in Washington thought they could get away with it ! Russia will not back down and if they are driven into an inescapable corner they will bite back big time, Obama should be stripped of his nobel prize and the next nobel laureate should refuse the award until this happens

  37. Michael

    Greg. It is simply mine-boggling the degree that the US government will go to conceal and confuse the American public of it’s actions in the Middle East. The ISIS mercenary army is a product of CIA/Mossad, nominally headed and financed by our very own Senator John McCain with US taxpayer funds. It’s operational leader is an Israeli, Simon Elliott, who has had several aliases, the latest being Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Here is a photo of McCain meeting with al Baghdadi in Syria last year:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ab6_1407931713

    No doubt everyone has forgotten about the 2001 meeting called by then Vice President, Dick Cheney and attended by US oil executives including Enron’s Ken Lay. The only public information released from that meeting through the Freedom of Information Act was a map of oil exploration blocs in the Western Iraqi desert that was said to contain enough oil to double Iraq’s already massive reserves. This area and some adjoining areas of Syria are now under the control of ISIS and it is no accident that they are.

    http://professorsmartass.blogspot.com/2007/04/iraq-may-have-twice-as-much-oil-and-war.html

    • Galaxy 500

      So again its an evil jew running ISIS under.an alias. What a crock.of warm bull.shiite. Dude, just say, “Heil, Hitler”.and be done with it

      • Thaddeus Thurston Thistlethwaite III

        You never saw a conspiracy that you DID like.

        And you’re not right nearly as often as you think you are.

      • Charles H.

        G5,

        I have to agree with you – there is WAY TOO MUCH enmity and irreconcilable difference between Israel and Arab factions. Any posturing is simply to a ploy to use one side against the other: there is no collusion. All people see is the feint – and miss the knock-out punch.

    • allen ols

      Michael;

      strong point!! tks

  38. Jerry

    Survival Gear – Emergency Dental
    It happens. You’re out in the middle of no where, you bite down on something and crack a filling. Now what? The nearest dentist is 100 miles away. This is you next best solution.
    http://www.campingsurvival.com/deemdekidrst.html
    As much as I hate to beak it to you, most people die in a survival situation due to bad hygiene. If you get infection into your body through a bad tooth you’re not going to be around long. Your choices. An Ice skate like Tom Hanks used on castaway. Super glue like I’ve used before, which I wouldn’t recommend. Or this little baby. I’d go with the later.

  39. For Liberty

    US strategy is too dependent on the neighboring middle east countries coming to the party. The Saudi’s are at the root of the problem. For 50 years they have supported Sunni Salafism around the world. The barbarism of Salafism is not restricted to ISIL. State sponsored beheadings and other barbaric Shariah punishments for non violent crimes occur on a regular basis in Saudi Arabia. The House of Saudi needs to renounce its 270-year-old tribal pact with Wahhabism. Wahhabism is at the root of the barbarism we are witnessing with ISIL and with other Sunni extremist groups. We need to put more pressure of the Saudis and make public the report of their involvement in 9/11. It’s time for the Saudis to reject Wahhabism, otherwse, Salafist terrorism with continue around the globe.

    I do disagree with your conclusions about Russia though. I think Russia will back down becuase its highy dependent on oil and gas revenue. Europe would clearly be inconvienced should Russia renege on its engery contracts, but I don’t see this happening. There is a glut of gas internationally and Europe will work on other lines of supply. Meanwhile Europe have about 4-6 months of energy supplu. It’s in Russia’s greater interest to back off or else they lose the income that fuels their economy and and their geo-political goals. Their economy is tanking fast. Ukraine is also showing signs of backing off, as it has a lot ot lose in the event the Russians turn off the spigot.

    As far as gold is concerned – I’m neither a gold bug nor a gold denier – I think it will trade around the current price for the next year or so, especially if the Russia-Ukraine problem cools down and if the US succeeds in getting the Saudis and other Gulf States to do more to counter the ideology that gives rise to extremism. The keys to a rise in gold rises is oil and inflation. Okay the oil – gas market is also manipulated. but there is a lot of it around.

    Lastly, at a time when many Americans are pushing for military action, I’m reminded by by the following:
    “She goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet on her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world; she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit…. Her glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind.”
    From John Quincy Adams’ address to the House of Representatives, July 4, 1821.

  40. Jerry

    Greg the U.S. and the EU just threw a jab at Russia 3 hours ago.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0H61O720140912
    Get ready for the haymaker. Russia will no doubt spike the gas prices in Europe by 20%-30% ? People don’t realize how much gas is used in manufacturing. Especially steel production.

    • collateral Damage

      Thanks Jerry for the Post!

      (Reuters) – The United States and European Union imposed new sanctions against Russia on Friday, tightening financial measures against Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine DESPITE A WEEK-OLD CEASEFIRE which has brought calm to the embattled east.

      President Vladimir Putin called the new sanctions “a bit strange” given the truce, part of a peace deal reached last week between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels.

      New sanctions from the European Union would limit access by Russian oil companies to funds. Sanctions from the United States hit Russia’s biggest bank and an arms maker, and bar U.S. firms from helping five big Russian oil companies explore hard to reach deposits.

      My Thought on the Matter?
      Is the fighting (or lack thereof, considering the ceasefire in place) only an excuse to take the action of the economic sanction? Or in other words was the economic action potentially the main objective of the exercise anyway?

      Just wondering…

  41. Ross

    Greg remember this Christine Lagarde’s rendition of the magic number 7 ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYmViPTndxw&feature=youtu.be
    Note two important dates, 9/11/2001 and 7/7/2005. Using Lagarde’s analogy 9+1+1+2+1= 14 or 2×7. London Bombings 7+7+2+5 =21 or 3×7 .

    Now someone on Alex Jone’s show came up with a meaning for ISIS as a code. The letter ” I” is the nineth letter of the alphabet. Then count from “I” calling it one ,to the letter “S”. So “S” is the eleventh number from “I”. ie ISIS =911 twice. Co-incidence ? There are just too many of them.

  42. Jerry

    Greg what’s your take on this information. If its true we are in serious trouble.
    http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/government/war/us_-_russia/news.php?q=1257015541

    • wd

      Jerry,

      It looks like this article says Russia is to help the US and NATO…lost focus at halfway point…dont get this article at all?!?!

  43. Mason

    Greg,
    the most important point of president Obama’s declaration of war against ISIS is currently being ignored, namely: president Obama’s declaration of war against ISIS marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition.
    No one has outlined this point better than Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law and political science at Yale, in yesterday’s New York Times op-ed: Obama’s Betrayal of the Constitution:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/opinion/obamas-betrayal-of-the-constitution.html

    This article is being discussed by Michael Krieger from LibertyBlitzkrieg in:
    http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2014/09/12/obamas-isis-war-is-not-only-illegal-it-makes-george-w-bush-look-like-a-constitutional-scholar/#more-16923

    He highlights a few paragraphs from professor Bruce Ackermans article:

    “Mr. Bush gained explicit congressional consent for his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In contrast, the Obama administration has not even published a legal opinion attempting to justify the president’s assertion of unilateral war-making authority. This is because no serious opinion can be written.

    This became clear when White House officials briefed reporters before Mr. Obama’s speech to the nation on Wednesday evening. They said a war against ISIS was justified by Congress’s authorization of force against Al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that no new approval was needed.

    But the 2001 authorization for the use of military force does not apply here. That resolution — scaled back from what Mr. Bush initially wanted — extended only to nations and organizations that “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the 9/11 attacks.

    Not only was ISIS created long after 2001, but Al Qaeda publicly disavowed it earlier this year. It is Al Qaeda’s competitor, not its affiliate.

    Mr. Obama may rightly be frustrated by gridlock in Washington, but his assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order. His refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.

    Senators and representatives aren’t eager to step up to the plate in October when, however they decide, their votes will alienate some constituents in November’s midterm elections. They would prefer to let the president plunge ahead and blame him later if things go wrong. But this is precisely why the War Powers Resolution sets up its 60-day deadline: It rightly insists that unless Congress is willing to stand up and be counted, the war is not worth fighting in the name of the American people.

    But for now the president seems grimly determined to practice what Mr. Bush’s lawyers only preached. He is acting on the proposition that the president, in his capacity as commander in chief, has unilateral authority to declare war.

    In taking this step, Mr. Obama is not only betraying the electoral majorities who twice voted him into office on his promise to end Bush-era abuses of executive authority. He is also betraying the Constitution he swore to uphold.”

    Michel Krieger then adds his own analysis:

    One of the most terrifying aspects of this whole war push if Obama is able to pull it off, is that the reasoning (or lack thereof) could ultimately be applied to the detention of U.S. citizens indefinitely without a trial.

    Yes, what I am referring to is the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial. I covered this frequently several years ago when Chris Hedges and others were suing the Obama Administration regarding the constitutionality of this law. In fact, one of my most popular posts ever was, NDAA: The Most Important Lawsuit in American History that No One is Talking About.

    One of the ways in which the U.S. government has defended the NDAA is by saying it can only be used against “a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.” Glenn Greenwald noted in Salon in his, Three Myths About the Detention Bill, that:

    Section 1021 of the NDAA governs, as its title says, “Authority of the Armed Forces to Detain Covered Persons Pursuant to the AUMF.” The first provision — section (a) — explicitly “affirms that the authority of the President” under the AUMF ”includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons.” The next section, (b), defines “covered persons” — i.e., those who can be detained by the U.S. military — as “a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.”

    Notice that the above says “pursuant to the AUMF,” which is the exact law the Obama Administration is using to justify his latest war. If he is able to start a war with ISIS based on the AUMF, despite the fact that ISIS and al-Qaeda are not allies at all, he or a future President could similarly use the AUMF and the NDAA to imprison anyone, anywhere for an indefinite amount of time based on the same absurd non-claim.

    Let this all sink in for a second. Do you still support these ISIS strikes?”

    So, THAT is the biggest take-away of president Obama’s declaration of war against ISIS.

    • Greg Hunter

      Mason,
      Excellent point. Thank you for making it here.
      Greg

    • collateral Damage

      This is just another example of the constant and continuing erosion of expectations, and standards of behavior. Not very different than the targeted action taken against the Tea Party by the IRS, do you think that the country would have stood for the tinkering ‘spying’ in everyones e-mail, phone messages, etc, etc. 40 years ago?

      Ever watch your friends and family sink into alcoholism or chemical dependancy.

      A little bit goes (erosion of expectations, and standards of behavior), day by day.

      It takes a major ‘Come to Jesus’ moment before they can go Cold Turkey.

  44. mohammad

    Greg,

    Thank you for the enlightening wrap up, i look forward to it every week.
    Syria is the triggering point for WWIII, I said it before and i will repeat it now.
    ISIS is unleashed to draw a wedge to cut off the support line to Assad from Iran through Iraq.
    Please keep in mind that before the deadly flower bloom of ISIS, 5 top fierce commanders of Al-Qaeda were released in exchange for an American soldier that many navy seals involved in attempts to save him came in the open to say he deserted his post…..!!!!
    Iran and Hizbullah are bleeding in Syria blood and Russia is bleeding blood and money in Ukraine and Syria respectively.
    Syria held together because the support line from Iran through Iraq that is already cutoff now by ISIS, so the beneficiary from ISIS is so obvious and that is US and NATO.
    Israel is securing its west border with some kind of a deal with Hamas. For the first time in the history of conflict between them top Hamas leaders are coming to the open and say it is ok to negotiate with Israel.
    Some reports are popping now about possible annexing part of Egypt’s Sinai (Egyptian leaders denied so far) to make it a new state for Palestinians and forget about the west bank, no wonder why Hamas leaders are opening the door to negotiations, time will tell how serious this is but it makes sense for a mass transfer of Palestinians from west bank since the settlements are blooming like mushrooms, and Jordan is a no no place for them.
    Well … news on the ground that the FSA is closing in from the south in a very methodical systematic way and getting close to Damascus. they merged the Jolan side with Daraa side to open a path to Darraia which is a stronghold that Assad was not able to capture back.
    On the other hand Jobar and Ghota fronts are hot and seems there was a lot of shelling from Assad to stop the advance of FSA there.
    All this will lead me to believe that the new plan for obama is the ANNOUNCEMENT of a NEW phase in this long costly war.
    That also leads me to believe that the Russian will not stay still and they will intervene through their proxy Iran.
    Syria and nothing else is the trigger of WWIII.
    keep your eyes on it like a hawk to know when (not if) WWIII will break out.
    Fasten seat belts we are in for a very rough ride.

    • Greg Hunter

      Mohammad,
      Boom!!! This is why we all missed you man!!! Excellent!
      Greg

    • collateral Damage

      mohammad,

      “Please keep in mind that before the deadly flower bloom of ISIS, 5 top fierce commanders of Al-Qaeda were released in exchange for an American soldier that many navy seals involved in attempts to save him came in the open to say he deserted his post…..!!!!”

      Good point that! Did anyone besides me think that that was a really weird out of the blue action to be taken? I remember being blown away at the time that they made that trade.

      Another case in point, for ‘Too Stupid to Be Stupid’.

      CD

  45. drbuzzsaw

    Just another nail in the coffin no matter what we do, every move seems to be the wrong move. BUT to sit and do NOTHING sends a very dangerous message to our enemies.

  46. Agent P

    In order for Mr. Harvey Organ’s firm prediction/s to materialize within the timeframe of the (next 3 – 5 months…!!), there will have to be an acceleration of events – either hidden, obfuscated, pooh-poohed, or all three, in order to wake up the next morning and find that your currency has just been devalued to $DX .72 or lower. The footsteps will not be able to conceal themselves totally. At the rate which the United States government is purposely accelerating the Ukrainian situation, Mr. Organ may even surprise himself…

    The ‘containment’ of Russia, via the Wolfowitz doctrine is of paramount importance to maintaining $USD hegemony, as Paul Craig Roberts has pointed out many times. I believe we are seeing this madness play out in front of us right now, in real time. Major historical changes in motion as we move from week to week. If we are still around 10 years from now, we will look back on this and shake our collective heads in awe. And we’re just getting started…

  47. Stan

    Greg – I generally like your weekly wrapups more than your interviews with guests, with a few notable exceptions like Paul Craig Roberts and that guy who lives in Central America, Jim Willie. You mentioned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. From the interviews I’ve seen him do, he seems to be a very level headed statesman and he speaks perfect English. Do you think you could persuade him to come appear on one of your videocasts? For balance, perhaps you could separately interview a counterpart from the US Govt – not that I think you would get either party to agree to it but it would make for great viewing.

    Concerning today’s wrapup about ISIS, don’t you think that like Al Qaeda, ISIS is merely an invention of the US war machine power brokers? I mean, the whole thing was funded by the US. They have US weapons, US training and are being assisted by mercenaries from all the Western nations. Their promotional videos look staged and designed to provoke the unsuspecting MSM brainwashed masses into supporting another Middle Eastern war, with your point about the proposed Qatar (anti-Russian) pipeline being the primary objective. The idea of an Radical Islamic military force with a substantial airforce and navy springing up out of nowhere seems to be the stuff of fantasy, unless you’re a fast food munching devotee of Fox News and CNN.

    • Greg Hunter

      Stan,
      I have said repeatedly that ISIS and al-Qaeda were armed in part by the U.S. I have been on record for months saying this. Is this totally controlled by the U.S.? Maybe, but I try to report what I can backup and source. Clearly al-Qaeda and ISIS were armed by the U.S. Is this a plan or a plan that has badly back-fired? We are going to find out in the not too distant future.
      Greg

      • Charles H.

        Greg,

        I think it is part of the deal – as long as Obama protects the Petro-Dollar empire: they let him arm the Middle-East. I think the delusional Banksters believe it is only sauce for the goose, to let them slip their plans in place: but I bet it will backfire.

    • allen ols

      stan;

      Concerning today’s wrapup about ISIS, don’t you think that like Al Qaeda, ISIS is merely an invention of the US war machine power brokers? I mean, the whole thing was funded by the US. They have US weapons, US training and are being assisted by mercenaries from all the Western nations.

      I have thought this often, but who knows, they are tricky.

    • woody188

      Yes, I believe ISIS is trained and funded by covert agencies. I believe ISIL is scratching their collective heads in a “WTF?” type of moment. I watched as the grassroots Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party was co-opted by the Koch funded circus Freedom Works bus tours. Their bus with bobble head Palin would just show up to grassroots organized events and act like they were in charge. Before long, they were in charge, and the movement joined the “Big Tent” Republicans instead of replacing them.

      The same thing is happening in western Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) set up shop and has been taking territory “under the radar” from Iraq and Syria for over a year. Next thing you know, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shows up beheading Americans and coming within 40 miles of Baghdad, drawing the “Eye of Sam” (Tolkien fan) back to Iraq and Syria. I bet somewhere in the western deserts of Iraq there is a group of ISIL looking at each other wondering where the heck ISIS came from and how they lost their movement to them.

      • Greg Hunter

        188,
        I don’t thin Palin is as stupid as you say. She said there were death panels (And was chided) now we find out and there certainly are death panels.
        Greg

        • woody188

          She has said some pretty mindless things over the years. I perceive her as just above Dan Quayle in intelligence. Which is funny because Dan seems pretty smart in person, but put a spotlight on him and his brain seems to shut off. Maybe Palin is the same way?

          My point was that darn bus took over a real grassroots movement. They took focus off that single issue, and worked to move the TEA Party into the Republican camp. Before that, the TEA Party was a threat the the existence of the Republican party. It was all about co-opting a movement that was a threat to the established parties.

  48. collateral Damage

    Paul from CA,

    Go pound rocks please.

    ‘The Weekly Update’ is just that, a WEEKLY UPDATE OF THE NEWS each week. It, by its very name, is not advertised as (or pretending to be) a foreign policy think tank.

    Would you be criticizing Mainstream News Agencies, or Walter Cronkite for not offering foreign policy advice to Eisenhower?

  49. Gene

    Dear Greg,
    You raise the interesting question what Russia will do in response to the latest sanctions. In his latest interview on King World News, Paul Craig Roberts pointed out they have several options: (1) cut off all gas deliveries to Europe, (2) cut off deliveries only to European members of NATO, (3) require payment for their gas in rubles, and not dollars. No. 3 seems to make the most sense for Russia, because it strikes yet another blow to the dollar by decreasing demand for dollar denominated assets, such as US treasuries, thus weakening the dollar further, and it is an incremental reply (leaving open the possibility of additional measures in response to further sanctions that may be imposed in the future). Unlike the childish fools in Washington, the grown-ups in Moscow are much more likely to adopt the smart alternative.

    • Greg Hunter

      Gene,
      I am not sure Wall Street understands how dire the financial or geopolitical this situation really is. This is a very big [problem and I think global war is already baked into the cake. Thank you for your comment.
      Greg

  50. West Tejas

    Game Changer Alert :: pricing of gold contracts in Yuan! Gotta read this one:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/china-forming-plans-to-take-away-gold-market-and-price-discovery-power-from-u-s

    • Jerry

      West Tejas
      You were right. This is the big one!

    • woody188

      If gold is priced in Yuan, doesn’t China lose the ability to devalue their own currency?

      Wouldn’t a strong Yuan destroy the Chinese export market and thrust China into a prolonged deflationary depression?

      Would Russia accept fewer Yuan for their natural resources?

  51. Aziz JAAFAR

    Hi,Greg
    In my opinion,Obama is just a spokesman of powerful groups that have nothing to do with democracy (unfortunately).
    Talking about powerful groups,I have a suggestion: what about interviewing Mr Benjamin Fulford,this canadian journalist settled for a long time in Japan ?
    He is the Forbes former correspondent.He talks japanese fluently and he seemed to be very very well-informed about financial and geopolitical issues.

  52. Dr.J

    Hey Greg, I love your work. I just want to know if just maybe the entire war complex has been about the dollar. Supposedly Saddam was trading oil in euros. No wmds found, hmmm. Gadhafi, trading oil for gold and whamo! Now the dollar is about to collapse and we have false flags flying everywhere. Just my theory. God bless and keep it coming pard.

  53. RTW

    Greg:
    Great job,as usual, but can we stop saying that Barry “won” the Nobel Prize. It was given to him as a door prize for being able to read a telepromter better than anyone else. It’s the only thing that makes sense. He had never done ANYTHING!

  54. William Betts

    Greg:
    I just want to throw this out there so that whoever reads this will get a flavor of what is going on with our military…. About two weeks ago a survey was conducted by a military news organization of 5,250 service members. About half enlisted about half officer. 80% indicated that they were totally fed up with the way the military organization was being handled. Only 15% indicated that they were working on advancing in pay grade. 90% were not satisfied with their pay and benefits. I am doing this from memory and those items just hit me right between the eyes. There was much more to this survey than I have given, but those numbers are a wake up call….. Betts

    • wd

      WILLIAM Good point I was wondering this as well. Being a veteran myself, I remember going in proud and leaving disgusted, I was an E-4, my motivational level was near zero.

      I was threatened with a court martial if I did not speak with a recruiter for re-enlisting; even after I told them I did not want to re-enlist. So I did as I was told, I delayed the meetings and strungthem along and then just ETS out.

      About 7-10 years ago there was a great article about a voluminous amount of mid-level officers 1st Lieutenants to Lt Colonels that had left the military like a mass exodus, thousands said they were fed up and did not re-up. Good angle I was wondering about our troops motivational level!

  55. Scotland Forever_1914 no Never!

    Today on the Larry Kudlow Show, Larry talks with General Jack Keane, retired Four-Star General and Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Also on the show is Dr. Mark Sklar, Endocrinologist. Michael Farr, Author of: “Restoring Our American Dream: The Best Investment” and Lee Munson, Author of: “Rigged Money: Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game.” John Kilduff, founding partner of Again Capital. Also on the show is Amity Shlaes, NY Times Bestselling Author of: “Coolidge. As always, the Money/Politics Panel with James Pethokoukis, John McIntyre, and Steve Moore! All this and much more on The Larry Kudlow Show!

    http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=1251&c=6381&f=3332333

    Greg, even if you don’t post and I know you don’t like the idea of posting K.D., but I think you should take a listen to this one, yourself This guy is bigger than all the talking heads, he’s sums it all up, what and where the PTB are coming from. During war they say it is very important to know the enemy. If you have to spend time with the enemy, the MSM and we all must sometime, to trust but verify, this is the place to save that time and avoid all those talking heads and get to where the rubber hit’s the road and this episode is a biggie, please take a peak, just my humble opinion. Stay brave Greg and fear not and I still love ya, G500, Charles and emeth not as much!

  56. Scotland Forever_1914 no Never!

    ‘ISIS are afraid to see women with guns’ – BBC News
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGVbpsGmLVo

  57. Derrick Michael Reid

    Commander in Thief

    Are not all totalitarian socialistic fascists?

  58. Mason

    Paul,
    What about just stop creating breeding grounds for terrorists? Because, that is in effect what we have been doing and what we are doing. Everyone in the world sees that except for U.S. citizens and also a reasonable large number of European citizens. Also, just stop supplying the Middle East with American weapons. The Kurds are formidable fighters, but we haven’t done them any favors by supplying ISIS with American weapons.
    Essentially, that is what Ron Paul has to say on this issue. See:
    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2014/june/15/haven%E2%80%99t-we-already-done-enough-damage-in-iraq.aspx
    or:
    http://rt.com/usa/179876-ron-paul-iraq-david/

    Finally, this has another extremely nasty side-effect. Don’t forget the devastating implications the war on ISIS has on the domestic ‘homeland’ of the United States. The declaration of the war on ISIS is one more development that is killing the constitution and thus turning the United States into a bonafide fascistic nation:
    http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2014/09/12/obamas-isis-war-is-not-only-illegal-it-makes-george-w-bush-look-like-a-constitutional-scholar/

    BTW, do you know which other country used the term ‘homeland’ or ‘heimat’ in German for the land within their borders? Yes, that is correct: Nazi-Germany used that term for their country. We must not let what happened there, happen to the United States, and we have to do everything we can in our power to reverse this ominous trend.

    I can remember that the U.S. was seen in the world as the leader of the ‘Free West’. Not anymore.

    Just stop meddling in foreign affairs. That is the solution. Foreigners are not stupid. They will not forgive, and they will not forget. They will see right through the scams of the U.S. U.S. citizens will not understand the language of foreign media, so the discontent of foreigners will go unnoticed by U.S. citizens. One of the many many examples is what happened to the attitude of Iranians after the US staged a coup there. We are still paying for it. It is unbelievable what kind of short-term memory people have for history.

    Just stop meddling in foreign affairs. That would be my solution. Meddling in foreign affairs will weaken the U.S. and strengthen the NWO.

    Take care,
    Mason

  59. Scotland Forever_1914 no Never!

    Pope says world’s many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

    Pope Francis walks inside the Austro-Hungarian cemetery at Fogliano in Redipuglia, September 13, 2014. Reuters: Stefano Rellandini

    REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a “piecemeal” Third World War, condemning the arms trade and “plotters of terrorism” sowing death and destruction.

    “Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep,” Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy’s largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.

    The pope began his brief visit to northern Italy by first praying in a nearby, separate cemetery for some 15,000 soldiers from five nations of the Austro-Hungarian empire which were on the losing side of the Great War that broke out 100 years ago.

    “War is madness,” he said in his homily before the massive, sloping granite memorial, made of 22 steps on the side of hill with three crosses at the top.

    “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” he said.

    In the past few months, Francis has made repeated appeals for an end to conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and parts of Africa.

    “War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying,” he said. “Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology …,” he said.

    Last month the pope, who has often condemned the concept of war in God’s name, said it would be legitimate for the international community to use force to stop “unjust aggression” by Islamic State militants who have killed or displaced thousands of people in Iraq and Syria, many of them Christians.

    In his homily, read at a somber service to thousands of people braving the rain and which included the hauntingly funereal sound of a solitary bugle, Francis condemned “plotters of terrorism” but did not elaborate.

    (Writing by Philip Pullella; Editing by Mark Potter)

    http://news.msn.com/world/pope-says-worlds-many-conflicts-amount-to-piecemeal-world-war-three

  60. art barnes

    Well Greg, Obama’s & Bush’s religion of peace executed another good person today (British this time), but were not at war with them right? Probably, but they certainly are at war with us. I suspect the Attorney General will issue another arrest warrant for the savages once again. From the western front, ab

    • woody188

      Amazing how ISIS executes people from the western nations that don’t want to intervene!

  61. Jeff

    Mason Thanks for the rebuttal to Galaxy500 and Paul/Ca. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to respond to clueless posters. If that is all Greg wants fine. I come here less often now because of these posters…..I was real close to challenging Galaxy 500 about his 9-11 comments…..Please give me a break. Skyscrapers don’t fall down because of jet fuel. Period. Don’t even discuss the 3rd tower not hit. The 1st and 2nd should never have fallen. 2000+ engineers from around the world have stated thus. I’m a chemistry/ physics major and don’t need them to tell me that. But then I can’t convince my wife or dad……Amazing how they all fell in perfect harmony. Like all the planned demolitions you see on TV. Of course, that’s exactly what the firemen and policeman stated. They ALL heard explosions from the basement. But don’t let that deter you from your beliefs. Nor put it in the 9-11 report…..Anyone here tell me how molten steel can be present days after. Only possible from explosives. You don’t get molten steel from jet fuel….Galaxy500 you have an explanation for that ? Please tell me (anyone) when a skyscraper fell from a fire. The fact that it has never happened matters not to the sheeple of US. Also, whenever there has been a structural failure engineers come in for months to examine the problem (like an airplane failure). In this case, they promptly shipped the “evidence” (steel) to China. In a real big hurry I might add…..Anyone who has watched the fall can see it imploded from below and started in the center. Basic planned implosion…… The drop was precisely at the speed of gravity. So it started at the bottom and NOT from the weight of upper floors (give me a break)….. If any of you want more physics proof, please ask. Until then please spend your time looking for the truth.

    • allen ols

      Jeff, have u noticed in all the fotos of the planes hitting, 80 % of the jet fuel exploded outside the building?

    • Charles H.

      Jeff,

      “But don’t let that deter you from your beliefs.” I say – “To err is to be human.” Some people have NO sense of incredulity; others are way too hightened. Some grapes are sweet; some are really tart. In some things – having others believe what we do is not so important.

    • Agent P

      While I respect the opinions of others’, I am in complete agreement with your position Jeff. Allow me to offer this: (Real) Freedom and Liberty are scary prospects for most people. It is easy to talk ‘Liberty’, but much less easy to free oneself from the chains of officialdom. Doing so means taking a step outside and standing naked in front of the hordes. In short, towards your comments: Truth is rarely ever popular, but it nonetheless remains the Truth.

    • woody188

      Building 7 is the key. That’s why it’s always forgotten in the official ceremonies. They can’t explain away Building 7 because it was not hit by a jet and it was built like every other standard steel frame building in the world. Most Americans don’t even know 3 buildings fell that day.

      • RTW

        Woody,
        You are correct, that nobody knows about building 7 except the first responders who were there that day. More importantly though, everyone has forgotten about the Pentagon. If there was ever more of an example of a bald faced lie, I haven’t heard it. They want us to believe that a plane with a 121 foot wing span and a tail section that was 43 feet high made that teeny weeny hole in the building. When people asked about the lack of debris, they pointed to an engine that experts say strongly resembled that found in a cruise missile. That was it, no victims, no seats, no landing gear, no nothing. It all just vaporized. That doesn’t happen in real life. This was evident in the crash of the Malaysian jet that was recently shot down from 35,000 feet. Look at what was left. This is what happens when a plane actually crashes. There is debris left behind and lots of it. The engines do not disappear nor does the landing gear or other metallic parts. To further perpetuate the lie, there are representatives now going around the country showing pictures of the tail section sticking out of the building. Does anyone remember seeing that on 9/11? They are getting desperate to the point of being ridiculous. But hey, people are buying it.

  62. Ken

    Greg,
    There are so many potential catalysts that could trigger the flare up of our continuing depression. The crisis in the U.K. is major. Even if Scotland votes to remain in the U.K. the U.K. is seeing major divestment by investors. That will have an impact, and can lead to crisis, even if Scotland votes to stay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11093587/Investors-pull-17bn-from-UK-as-banks-ratchet-up-Scottish-independence-pressure.html

  63. KENNETH RUSSELL LAW

    Hello Greg,

    If you wish to develop credibility in analyzing the news to present a clear picture; you will
    have to get rid of the self-serving, twenty first century, Carpetbaggers that you present as
    guest speakers. Americans, are the most ignorant citizen taxpayers/voters in the world,
    as concerns U.S.Foreign Policy and their role in it.Recent polls have indicated that over
    70% of Americans favor going to war with ISIS. All Americans live in fear because of
    ignorance, which this poll reflects.ISIS is the indirect creation of the U.S.Government
    war machine,along with other terrorist groups evolving from the fall of the U.S.puppet
    government of the Shah of Iran in 1979.
    As you well know and should know, after working 9 years with the Corporatocracy,that
    U.S.Government propaganda permeates all forms of media and communication outlets.
    Consequently,why nobody knows what 9/11 was really all about,except those individuals
    who have been able to put it together for themselves.Which are relatively few

    Americans are hated throughout many parts of the world because they finance the U.S.
    War Machine and do nothing about it.Americans are victimized by their own Government
    Rule of Law vis a vis the I.R.S. and it’s withholding laws,begun in 1942.Americans talk and intellectualize a lot but are polarized and paralyzed to take any kind of definitive
    action to change their position.So,they continue to be obsessively consumed by Greed
    and Escapism.

    The present problem with all U.S.citizen taxpayers/voters is CREDIBILITY.There is
    none.It turns out that everything is a LIE,no matter where you turn in search of an
    answer or solution one realizes that this nations has been built on a foundation of
    deception and duplicity as regards Domestic and Foreign Policy.To be continued.
    Ken Law

  64. Larry Galearis

    Greg,
    A very nice job in your commentary summary for the week.
    I really liked the way you can ferret out the right questions to ask about current events!

    Note that notwithstanding the Wolfowitz Doctrine as a basis for Washington foreign policy (that of controlling the rise of Russia) we could look at the continuing sanctions against Russia as a background to more than one goal for Washington. My turn for a question? If we discount the apparent provocative efforts of Washington against Russia as a war aim, what else do these efforts of continuing sanctions at the end of hostilities accomplish that favours Washington interests?

    I think there are at least three:
    1. Create conditions that would result in a positioning of the NATO military presence in the Baltic States, Poland and possibly Ukraine along with a strengthening of its military response strength. This is a work in progress and will take years….
    2. Weaken Europe and euro (part of the currency war) by having Russia react to the sanctions against Europe. The main hope is for Russia to play the energy card (reduce gas or oil flows to Europe) which would decimate the European economy, hurt Russia, and bolster the strength of the dollar at the expense of the euro. I think Putin knows this and will not play that card unless at a last resort.
    3. What is not discussed at all as a motive for Washington if Putin DOES play the energy sanction card is that this act would likely be seen as an act of war by the E.U. and it would give Washington a retaliatory excuse to more provocations against Russia. We might recall why Japan attacked the United States in WW2.

    And all of us should be aware that if Washington uses any excuse to send a military NATO presence into the Ukraine that it will mean war with Russia.

    I would recommend that every reader attempt to hear what Stephan Cohen has to say about this crisis – past AND present (on Youtube). He is after all the premiere American Russian expert in the United States today and one guest that I think would throw immense light on this whole geo-political process. Better still, have him on your show!
    I hope you find my comments of interest. Keep up this dialogue, please, and best regards.
    G.

  65. From Australia

    Good stuff Greg! Actually I read somewhere that the IMF is really giving the neo-cons in Kiev a hard time, and told them to step up a couple of notches or eles! After all, it was a pre-condition for an initial loan, that they push further East and take control RIGHT to the border! So they are angry because they are nearly broke and are requiring more money, yet they have not completed the initial requirement made by the IMF.

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