By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! Well, the fireworks went off all over the place, and I am talking about real war. The al-Qaeda linked terror army operating in Syria and Iraq, called ISIS or ISIL, has declared a new Islamic State. It covers land taken by them in recent fighting and is comprised of parts of Eastern Syria and Western Iraq. Now, the Russians are sending fighter jets to Iraq and are teaming up with Iran to protect what’s left of Iraq. The U.S. has also sent several hundred troops to protect our embassy and help the Iraqi government. So, let’s get this straight, the U.S is going to fight side by side with the Iranians and Russians while we are arming the so-called rebels in Syria who are fighting the Russians and the Iranians who are helping the Assad government. Are you getting how totally screwed up the Middle East has become? Wait, it gets better. There are also concerns that Jordan may be the next target of the ISIS terror army. Saudi Arabia is very concerned about this because it is on its Western border. The Middle East is a conflicting mess.
Let’s not forget the U.S. is opposed to what Russia is doing in the ongoing Ukraine crisis. I characterize it as an on and off cease-fire between the newly installed Ukraine government and the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. As a reminder of the financial war that is going on, the U.S. pressured France not to deliver two large military ships France is building for the Russian Navy. It is reported that Russian President Putin said the U.S. offered to cut the nearly $9 billion fine of French bank PNB Paribas for laundering money for Iran and Sudan. Putin called that “black mail.” The Ukraine crisis is far from over, and a financial war is going full force behind the scenes.
Things have gotten much more heated between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found, and Israel bombed Hamas in Gaza. Hamas extremists are alleged to have done the crime. Not to be outdone, Israeli extremists kidnapped a Palestinian teen, and he was murdered in retaliation. There are crazy, evil people on both sides of this ongoing conflict, but good people too. Both the leadership in Israel and the Palestinian Authority have condemned the kidnappings. Still, tensions are very high in Israel, and I hope this does not lead to more violence.
Closer to home, the illegal immigration crisis on the U.S. southern border is getting worse. There are charges by U.S. Congressmen of military bases turning into refugee camps for underage illegal immigrants. There are reports of sick, unvaccinated children that may cause outbreaks and disease. Many border towns are facing huge increased costs, and some may go bankrupt because of the flood of Hispanic people. If this is how the President is going to fix the immigration problem, then it is backfiring.
Finally, the stock market hit record highs again and broke the 17,000 mark on the Dow. Part of the reason is the unemployment report where a surprising number of new jobs were added to the economy. Unemployment is now down to near 6%, according to the government. Here’s what the mainstream media won’t tell you. The surges in new jobs were mostly part-time jobs, and full-time jobs plummeted. Work force participation is the same as it was in 1978. 92 million people are no longer counted in the workforce; and, please keep in mind, record numbers of people are on food stamps (nearly 48 million), and record numbers are on government disability (more than 11 million).
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