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16.10.2021 - 05:57 [ Westpoint.edu ]

Assassination in the Law of War

In 1977, following revelations of U.S. lethal targeting operations and ensuing Church (Senate) and the Pike (House) Committee hearings, President Gerald Ford issued Executive Order 11,905. The order prohibited Executive Branch personnel from engaging in, or conspiring to engage in, political assassination. Subsequent administrations continued the ban. Four years later, President Regan issued Executive Order 12,333, which, as amended, remains in effect today. It contains the same prohibition, although it limits application to individuals “acting on behalf of” the U.S. government.

14.10.2021 - 01:12 [ Youngkin for Governor ]

Glenn Releases Statement on Northam-McAuliffe Mask Mandate for Kids

August 12, 2021

FALLS CHURCH, VA- Today, political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin issued the following statement on the Virginia Department of Health’s statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools:

„With today’s student mask mandate announcement, Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe and Richmond liberals have made clear that they will stop at nothing to impose their will and take away parents‘ ability to decide what’s best for our kids. Make no mistake about it, this mask mandate is the first step towards returning to a full shutdown of our economy.

„We must respect parents’ right to decide what is best for their own children. If parents, teachers, and children want to wear a mask, they absolutely should do that, but there should not be a statewide school mask mandate.“

In addition to his opposition to statewide school mask mandates, Youngkin has repeatedly expressed his objection to vaccine passports and vaccine mandates

14.10.2021 - 01:05 [ Jackie DeFusco, Virginia Capitol Bureau Reporter ]

@GlennYoungkin says, if elected, he would ask the AG to challenge President Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandates and “defend Virginians.” Asked if there is any scenario where he would support a requirement, he says it’s a matter of personal choice. #VAGov

(08.10.2021)

13.10.2021 - 08:16 [ Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas ]

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates By Any Entity, Adds Issue To Special Session Agenda

October 11, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order stating that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. Governor Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.

13.10.2021 - 08:13 [ ValleyCentral.com ]

‘Must always be voluntary’: Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandates

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or test weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

13.10.2021 - 08:10 [ the Hill ]

Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates

Abbott’s move is an escalation in the Republican battle against vaccine mandates, something that many public health experts view as a key tool in the fight against the pandemic, given that voluntary efforts like incentives have hit their limits. The politicization of vaccine mandates could also undermine vaccination efforts even for other diseases, some experts warn.

13.10.2021 - 07:53 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Vaccine Mandate Madness

Biden’s needless order is hurting workers and feeding polarization.

12.10.2021 - 11:32 [ Fox News ]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans ‚any entity‘ from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate

„The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,“ Abbott said in a press release Monday.

Abbott’s executive order prohibits „any entity“ in the state from compelling an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine „who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience.“

12.10.2021 - 11:30 [ ORF.at ]

Gouverneur von Texas erklärt Impfpflicht für ungültig

Abbotts Regierung erklärte nun, dass „keine Einrichtung in Texas“ eine CoV-Impfung von Angestellten oder Kunden verlangen dürfe, wenn diese eine Impfung aus „persönlichen Gewissensgründen, aufgrund einer religiösen Überzeugung oder aus medizinischen Gründen“ ablehnen.

29.09.2021 - 09:10 [ Mic.com ]

After a drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, Democratic senators want Biden to scrap the practice

It’s hard to know exactly how many civilians have been killed by drones. One analysis by Airwars, a harm monitoring group, estimated that at least 22,000 civilians have been killed based off the U.S. military’s assertion that it has conducted 100,000 airstrikes since 2001. However, the same analysis noted that the number could be as high as 48,000.

28.09.2021 - 13:59 [ Dan Wentzel / Twitter ]

After a bleak decade, the center-left is back. The pandemic has shifted the center ground in politics leftward. I have a feeling Scholz and Biden will get along really well.

25.09.2021 - 08:41 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

India, the Quad and AUKUS

Delhi has deep concerns about Chinese actions and intentions in the region. The ongoing border crisis and fatal military clash last year brought Sino-Indian relations to their worst point in decades. Given these circumstances, Delhi watches the U.S. and other countries’ stance on China very closely. And, notwithstanding the emphasis on competition with China from two consecutive U.S. administrations and the hardening of the U.S.’s attitudes on China, Delhi worries about the possibility of American commitment to the region waning or a reversion to a more accommodating position on China.

25.09.2021 - 08:28 [ NPR.org ]

Quad Countries Have 1st In-Person Summit At The White House

President Biden hosted the first face to face summit with leaders of Japan, Australia and India. The four countries are known as the Quad and see themselves as a democratic bulwark against China.

23.09.2021 - 04:55 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biden kündigt globale Impfkampagne an: „Wir müssen in die Vollen gehen!“

Gleich zum Auftakt war US-Präsident Joe Biden hörbar bemüht, typisch amerikanischen Optimismus zu verbreiten: Die gute Nachricht laute, dass ja bekannt sei, wie diese Pandemie in den Griff zu kriegen ist. Gemeint war: Impfen, impfen, impfen – und zwar als konzertierte, weltweite Aktion.

23.09.2021 - 04:45 [ DenverGazette.com ]

U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a virtual coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Summit as part of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in Washington

(…)

22.09.2021 - 04:29 [ Radio Utopie ]

Joe Biden: „Zum ersten Mal seit 20 Jahren befinden sich die Vereinigten Staaten nicht im Krieg“

Der Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika in seiner Rede gestern Nachmittag (MEZ) auf der Allgemeinen Versammlung (Vollversammlung) der Vereinten Nationen:

22.09.2021 - 02:55 [ Weißes Haus - whitehouse.gov ]

Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Over the last eight months, I have prioritized rebuilding our alliances, revitalizing our partnerships, and recognizing they’re essential and central to America’s enduring security and prosperity.

We have reaffirmed our sacred NATO Alliance to Article 5 commitment. We’re working with our Allies toward a new strategic concept that will help our Alliance better take on evolving threats of today and tomorrow.

(…)

The future will belong to those who embrace human dignity, not trample it.

The future will belong to those who unleash the potential of their people, not those who stifle it.

The future will belong to those who give their people the ability to breathe free, not those who seek to suffocate their people with an iron hand.

Authoritarianism — the authoritarianism of the world may seek to proclaim the end of the age of democracy, but they’re wrong.

(…)

These are the challenges that we — will determine what the world looks like for our children and our grandchildren, and what they’ll inherit. We can only meet them by looking to the future.

I stand here today, for the first time in 20 years, with the United States not at war. We’ve turned the page.

22.09.2021 - 02:45 [ Joe Biden / Twitter ]

For the first time in 20 years, the United States is not at war. We’ve turned the page. All the unmatched strength, energy, commitment, will, and resources of our nation are now fully and squarely focused on what’s ahead of us, not what was behind.

21.09.2021 - 22:18 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden: U.N. address marks ‚the first time in 20 years‘ U.S. is not at war

Biden said his administration will focus on promoting peace through diplomacy and development assistance, announcing that “the U.S. is making a $10 billion commitment to end hunger and invest in food systems at home and abroad.”

“One way we can enhance security and reduce violence is by seeking to improve the lives of people around the world,” he said.

20.09.2021 - 23:27 [ ORF.at ]

U-Boot-Streit: Biden um Beschwichtigung bemüht

EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen hat das Vorgehen der USA, Australiens und Großbritanniens gegenüber Frankreich im Streit um einen geplatzten U-Boot-Deal als „nicht akzeptabel“ bezeichnet. „Es gibt viele offene Fragen, die beantwortet werden müssen“, sagte von der Leyen in einem Interview mit dem US-Sender CNN, von dem heute Ausschnitte beim Onlinedienst Twitter veröffentlicht wurden.

17.09.2021 - 19:07 [ Politfact.com ]

Will Joe Biden’s vaccination requirements hold up in court?

The big policy that Biden has so far declined to impose is a national vaccination mandate. There’s a reason: Legal experts said that doing so would have been pretty clearly unconstitutional.

This is a „bright line,“ said Lawrence O. Gostin, faculty director of Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. „States can mandate vaccines for the general population. The federal government cannot.

11.09.2021 - 18:04 [ Radio Utopie ]

15 JAHRE TERRORKRIEG UND 11. SEPTEMBER: „Stehen die Befehle noch?“

(11.09.2016)

Trotz der laufenden Manöver ist die gesamte reguläre Kommandokette sowohl der militärischen Luftverteidigung, als auch das korrespondierende Protokoll für den Fall von Entführungen ziviler Passagiermaschinen im Inland am Tag der Attentate durch eine Kette äußerst merkwürdiger „Zufälle“ lahmgelegt:

der Leiter der Luftfahrtbehörde ist gerade einen Tag im Amt,
der „hijack coordinator“ des Militärs, Michael Canavan (immerhin ehemaliger Leiter des „Joint Special Operations Command“ (JSOC), ist angeblich in Puerto Rico, ohne eine Vertretung bestellt zu haben,
die Kommandozentrale des Pentagon NMCC ist mit einem Captain besetzt, der leitende General hatte sich am Abend vorher „unabkömmlich“ gemeldet,
NEADS-Kommandeur General Larry Arnold lässt sich, während die Meldungen über Flugzeugentführungen eintreffen, entschuldigen, er sei in einem Meeting,
NORAD Kommandeur General Ralph Eberhart, der am Tag vor den Attentaten die Alarmstufe der informationstechnischen Systeme des Militärs InfoCon auf die niedrigste Stufe hatte setzen lassen, merkt nach eigener Aussage von allem nichts, bis er im Fernsehen nach dem Einschlag des zweiten Flugzeugs die brennenden WTC Türme sieht, telefoniert dann erstmal mit dem amtierenden Generalstabschef Myers, aber dann auch mit keinem anderen mehr, lässt die Militärmanöver weiterlaufen und setzt sich eine halbe Stunde ins Auto um ins NORAD-Operationszentrum zu fahren
und Verteidigungsminister Donald Rumsfeld ist unauffindbar.

Erst nach dem Einschlag der Flugzeuge in die WTC Zwillingstürme, nach dem Einschlag ins Pentagon, nach dem Kollaps beider Türme des World Trade Centers in New York und nachdem der Absturz eines vierten entführten Flugzeugs in Shanksville vermeldet ist, wird der Verteidigungsminister der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika die Kommandozentrale des Pentagon betreten.

Später wird Rumsfeld vor der 9/11-Kommission seiner eigenen Regierung aussagen, er sei sich erst nach einem Telefonat mit Vizepräsident Dick Cheney um 10.39 Uhr Washingtoner Zeit „der Situation bewusst“ geworden („gaining situation awareness“) – also anderthalb Stunden nach dem Einschlag des ersten Flugzeugs ins World Trade Center und nachdem bereits Milliarden von Menschen rund um die Welt die Ereignisse durch Live-Übertragungen verfolgt hatten.

Da der Präsident bei einer Schulklasse zu Besuch ist und trotz der Attentate immer weiter aus Kinderbüchern vorliest, endet die Kommandokette am Tag der Attentate bei Vizepräsident Dick Cheney in der unterirdischen Einsatzzentrale des Weißen Hauses PEOC („President´s Emergency Operations Center“).

Der Verkehrsminister (wörtlich: Transportminister, „Secretary of Transport“) Norman Mineta sitzt an diesem Morgen des 11. September zusammen mit Vizepräsident Dick Cheney im „Situation Room“, also der Zentrale des PEOC Bunkers. Minetas Aussage vor der 9/11-Kommission zufolge – die untenstehend in der Dokumentation als Aufzeichnung zu sehen ist – betritt mehrfach ein Mann den „Situation Room“ und berichtet Vizepräsident Dick Cheney über die Entfernung eines sich Washington nähernden Flugzeugs.

„Das Flugzeug ist 50 Meilen entfernt“, dann: „Das Flugzeug ist 30 Meilen entfernt.“ Als der Mann schließlich dem Vizepräsidenten meldet: „Das Flugzeug ist 10 Meilen entfernt“ fragt der Mann den zu diesem Zeitpunkt amtierenden Oberkommandierenden der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, Dick Cheney:

„Stehen die Befehle noch?“ („Do the orders still stand?“)

Laut Mineta wendet Cheney dem Mann nun den Kopf zu und sagt:

„Natürlich stehen die Befehle noch! Haben Sie irgendetwas Gegenteiliges gehört?“

Minuten später erfolgt der Einschlag im Pentagon.

Später werden Researcher den Mann als Cheneys Militärberater Douglas Cochrane identifizieren. Auch stellt sich heraus, dass die 9/11-„Untersuchungskommission“ Cochrane vernommen, dies aber verschwiegen hatte. Bis heute wird Cochrans Aussage vor der 9/11-Kommission geheim gehalten.

Die Aussage von Norman Mineta aber, dem am 11. September amtierenden Verkehrsminister, verfälscht die 9/11-„Kommission“ in ihrem Abschlussbericht und verändert die Angaben derart, dass sie zu den Angaben von Dick Cheney und der bis dahin bereits offiziell allgemein akzeptierten Tatversion der Attentate passen.

Mineta bleibt dennoch bei seiner Aussage und bestätigt diese später mehrfach.

11.09.2021 - 18:02 [ SilentRepublicWTC / Youtube ]

11 Commission _ Trans. Sec Norman Mineta Testimony.mov

(02.05.2010)

Mineta’s Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) testimony was also edited out of the 9/11 Commission video archive.
When questioned about this, representatives at the National Archive stated that the video may have been lost because of a ’snafu‘. Following is a brief summary of the scrubbed video along with links to recently obtained C-SPAN video.

Mineta responds to an opening question by Commissioner Hamilton about the events in the PEOC and an alleged shoot down order. He describes a conversation between Cheney and a young man:

Mineta: „During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President…the plane is 50 miles out…the plane is 30 miles out….and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president „do the orders still stand?“ And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said „Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!??“

11.09.2021 - 17:56 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Fmr. Transportation Secretary Recalls 9/11 From The White House | MSNBC

(Sep 11, 2016)

On 9/11, the passengers of Flight 93 fought the hijackers, preventing an attack on what may have been the Capitol or the White House. Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta reflects on his experience inside the White House bunker that day.

11.09.2021 - 16:47 [ alumni.cornell.edu / web.archive.org ]

SPOTLIGHT ON: BARBARA RIGGS

(Frühjahr / spring 2006)

„Once the first plane hit, we implemented emergency evacuation plans for our field office located in World Trade Center #7. All these individuals were in the process of being evacuated when the second plane hit. While the Secret Service law enforcement personnel assisted NYPD and NYFD evacuate the towers, the administrative staff and temporary personnel were escorted to safety. Secret Service Special Officer Craig Miller was killed while assisting in the evacuation of one of the towers. Later that day, the USSS New York Field Office was lost as World Trade Center #7 collapsed.

Thru monitoring radar and activating an open line with the FAA, the Secret Service was able to receive real time information about other hijacked aircraft. We were tracking two hijacked aircraft as they approached Washington, D.C. and our assumption was that the White House was a target. While the White House was evacuated, the Secret Service prepared to defend the facility.“

11.09.2021 - 16:40 [ Michael C. Ruppert / Weebly.com ]

Crossing the Rubicon

(2004)

It has never been disputed that at all times Cheney was able to communicate with the Pentagon. Nor has it ever been disputed that the Secret Service was always in Cheney’s immediate presence. This is where the entire explanation of who knew what and when offered by the Kean Commission irretrievably falls apart. Below Clarke’s description of the unfolding of a key moment on the morning of 9/11 falls between two time-certain events. We can clearly place the time of this moment atapproximately 9:40 a.m., or one minute before the impact on the Pentagon.

„During the pause [as people in the White House Situation Roompaused to watch President Bush’s first televised remarks at 9:30 a.m.], I noticed that Brian Stafford, Director of the Secret Service, was now in the room. He pulled me aside ….

Stafford slipped me a note. “Radar shows aircraft headed this way.” Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA’s radar was seeing. “I’m going to empty out the complex.” He was ordering the evacuation of the White House.
Ralph Seigler stuck his head into the room, “There has been an explosion at the Pentagon parking lot, maybe a car bomb.” “

“Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA’s radar was seeing”?

11.09.2021 - 16:39 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Die Kommandokette

(11.09.2014)

Wie in Teil 3 unserer Artikelreihe umschrieben, waren in den USA, auch nach dem Zusammenbruch des konkurrierenden Ostblocks und seinem sowjetischen Imperium, über Jahrzehnte umfangreichste, weit verzweigte “Sicherheits”-Strukturen aufgebaut worden, in enger Symbiose mit dem “privaten”, also internationalen kommerziellen Sektor. U.a. waren vom damaligen Präsidenten Bill Clinton am 22. Mai 1998 zwei geheime “Presidential Decision Directives” (Executive Orders) unterschrieben worden, PDD 62 und PDD 63, die teilweise direkt Empfehlungen einer vorhergehenden Präsidentenkommission „zum Schutz kritischer Infrastruktur“ umsetzten, deren Mitglieder sich praktisch aus dem gesamten Spektrum des militärischen, industriellen, geheimdienstlichen und technologischen Komplex zusammengesetzt hatten. Diese geheimen PDD 62 und PDD 63 hatten die Institution eines „Nationalen Koordinators“ geschaffen, mit den offiziellen Arbeitsfeldern Sicherheit, Schutz der Infrastruktur und Konterterrorismus („counterterrorism“).

Dieses Amt, was nach 9/11 in aller Stille wieder eingestampft wurde, trat 1998 Richard Clarke an, der bereits seit 1992 im „Nationalen Sicherheitsrat“ gesessen hatte und nun in diesem aufstieg. In 2003 schied Clarke unter nicht vollständig ersichtlichen Umständen und Gründen aus der Bush-Regierung aus. In 2004 veröffentlichte er das Buch „Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror“.

Aus Clarkes Buch fiel Michael C. Ruppert, der als ehemaliger Polizist des LAPD am 15. November 1996 vor laufender Kamera den damaligen CIA Chef John Deutch mit Anwerbeversuchen der CIA und deren Verstrickung in Drogenhandel konfrontiert hatte, folgende Zeile auf:

„Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA’s radar was seeing.“

(…)

Dass der Secret Service in der Tat die Flugbewegungen im Luftraum verfolgte, belegte kein anderer als die damalige Vizedirektorin des USSS selbst, Barbara Riggs, in einem späteren Interview zu den Ereignissen. Zitat:

„Durch Radarbeobachtung und Aktivierung einer offenen Leitung mit der FAA, war es dem Secret Service möglich Information(en) in Echtzeit über ein anderes entführtes Flugzeug zu bekommen. Wir verfolgten zwei entführte Flugzeuge wie sie sich Washington, DC, näherten und unsere Einschätzung war, dass sie das Weiße Haus zum Ziel hatten.“

Dass der älteste reguläre Geheimdienst der Vereinigten Staaten, den wir hier weiter kulant mit USSS abkürzen, exakt sieben Jahre nach dem Crash der Cesna auf dem Rasen des Weißen Hauses, und nach Jahrzehnten der prioritären Sicherung des Präsidenten während des Kalten Krieges, am 11. September 2001 offensichtlich doch über eigene Luftabwehrsysteme verfügte, belegt folgender Mitschnitt (Auszug aus diesem Tondokument im National Archive, 5 DCC 1927 Ops phone 5134 Position 34 1315-1415 UTC, Zeitperiode 08:15-09:15 EDT, im File ab 50.00 min):

11.09.2021 - 15:12 [ Fox News ]

Biden touts ’national unity‘ in prerecorded 9/11 message to America

In a video released Friday, President Biden reflected on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America, insisting that „national unity“ is America’s „greatest strength.“

11.09.2021 - 13:55 [ Zero Hedge ]

Biden Adviser Says President „Will Run Over“ GOP Governors Who Resist Vaccine Mandate

„The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we are always going to put people above politics. And we’re going to fight for those who really need our help,“ Richmond told CNN in response to a question about governors resisting the mandate. „And those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them,“ he added.

„And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people.“

11.09.2021 - 13:40 [ Newsweek ]

The Vaccine Mandate Assault on the Common Good

Progressives, whose various echo chambers have led them to believe COVID is a modern-day apocalypse despite a 98 to 99 percent (at least) survival rate, predictably march in lockstep against bans on vaccine mandates. (It is perhaps the only time progressives defend private enterprise against public regulation, broadly speaking.) But those on the Right have divided over the question of what role, if any, the state should play in regulating private-sector vaccine mandate promulgation and enforcement.

10.09.2021 - 20:30 [ Governor Mark Gordon / Twitter ]

I have asked the Attorney General to stand prepared to take all actions to oppose this administration’s unconstitutional overreach of executive power. It has no place in America. Not now, and not ever.

10.09.2021 - 20:28 [ cybernistas.com ]

‘We Will Fight Biden to the Gates of Hell to Protect Liberty’ – GOP Governors Prepare to Sue Biden Admin Over Unconstitutional Vax Mandate

GOP Governors are already telling their attorneys general to prepare for battle against Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vax mandate.

Joe Biden on Thursday declared war on the unvaccinated and threatened GOP governors when he announced a new federal vaccine mandate.

10.09.2021 - 20:04 [ Dr. Kelli Ward / Twitter ]

Biden declares war on freedom.

10.09.2021 - 19:48 [ uncomanor.com ]

“Dictator Biden”: Social Media ERUPTS Amid Vaccine Mandate

“What would happen if all 2.1 million federal employers refused to play ball with Dictator Biden and did not get the vaccine?” challenged conservative talk show host Candace Owens. “Can our government afford to lose 2.1 million workers in one day? Can our government afford a union strike?”

10.09.2021 - 19:44 [ NBC News ]

‚A heavy price‘: Two decades of war, wariness and the post-9/11 security state

What Biden outlined was pointedly not an end to the post-9/11 era. Rather, it was a much narrower admission that an idea once shared by conservatives, liberals and foreign policy elites, including Biden himself — that the U.S. could use force to destroy other societies and then rebuild them in America’s image — had proved a failure. And it was an acknowledgment that the nature of warfare, not the enemy, has changed for the world’s pre-eminent superpower.

10.09.2021 - 19:39 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden identifies his enemy: America’s unvaccinated

e big picture: The majority of U.S. sentiment may be with him. But Biden’s still taking a major political risk, and he and his team know it. He’s testing business leaders‘ resolve, putting Democrats‘ standing in swing states and districts on the line ahead of 2022’s midterm elections and tempting a tsunami of litigation over new requirements that could touch 100 million Americans.

10.09.2021 - 13:54 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I’m having a hard time believing that the ACLU — just out of the blue — decided to reverse its long-time civil libertarian position *against* vaccine mandates by announcing, just days before Biden imposed them, that they now favor them. Coincidences that extreme are . . . rare.

10.09.2021 - 13:25 [ Bloomberg ]

Biden’s Smart Covid Plan Depends on Enforcement

The late-summer Covid-19 surge shows that simply urging Americans to get their shots wasn’t enough. A more ambitious strategy is necessary — and that includes mandates.

10.09.2021 - 10:34 [ Fox News ]

Republicans explode with fury over Biden vaccine mandate: ‚Absolutely unconstitutional‘

Republican members of Congress and state governors were appalled by news Thursday that President Joe Biden will force employers with more than 100 workers to require coronavirus vaccinations or test employees weekly, vowing to block the new policy and terming it unconstitutional.

The mandate, which is expected to affect as many as 100 million Americans in an array of jobs, including health care, directly impacts the private sector.

10.09.2021 - 10:15 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Plan der Biden-Regierung: Impfpflicht für US-Staatsbedienstete

Zudem sollen künftig alle Mitarbeiter in Krankenhäusern und Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens, die Zahlungen der staatlichen Krankenversicherungen annehmen, gegen Corona geimpft sein müssen. Die Regelung werde für rund 17 Millionen Mitarbeiter gelten, hieß es.

10.09.2021 - 10:05 [ CNN ]

Biden announces new vaccine mandates that could cover 100 million Americans

President Joe Biden on Thursday imposed stringent new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff in a sweeping attempt to contain the latest surge of Covid-19.
The new requirements could apply to as many as 100 million Americans — close to two-thirds of the American workforce — and amount to Biden’s strongest push yet to require vaccines for much of the country.

01.09.2021 - 12:20 [ Antiwar.com ]

87 Retired Admirals and Generals Demand Resignation of SECDEF and CJCS

(30.08.2021)

The letter takes aim at the President and the highest ranks of military leadership, but mostly chastises them for not doing more to convince the Commander-in-Chief to maintain a US troop presence in the country.

Despite reported assurances from the Taliban that the remaining Americans who desire to leave Afghanistan will be afforded the opportunity to do so, the letter claims they are „de facto hostages of the Taliban“.

Strangely, the letter also claims that China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea are the beneficiaries of the withdrawal.

01.09.2021 - 10:00 [ Forbes ]

The War In Afghanistan Cost America $300 Million Per Day For 20 Years, With Big Bills Yet To Come

(16.08.2021)

Naturally, the United States has financed the Afghan war with borrowed money. Brown University researchers estimate that more than $500 billion in interest has already been paid (included in the $2.26 trillion total sum), and they figure that by 2050 the cost of interest alone on our Afghan war debt could reach $6.5 trillion. That amounts to $20,000 for each and every U.S. citizen.

01.09.2021 - 09:43 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan

My fellow Americans, the war in Afghanistan is now over. I’m the fourth President who has faced the issue of whether and when to end this war. When I was running for President, I made a commitment to the American people that I would end this war. And today, I’ve honored that commitment. It was time to be honest with the American people again. We no longer had a clear purpose in an open-ended mission in Afghanistan.

After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, I refused to send another generation of America’s sons and daughters to fight a war that should have ended long ago.

After more than $2 trillion spent in Afghanistan — a cost that researchers at Brown University estimated would be over $300 million a day for 20 years in Afghanistan — for two decades — yes, the American people should hear this: $300 million a day for two decades.

01.09.2021 - 09:34 [ USA Today ]

My fellow Americans, the war is over

After the last flight carrying United States forces departed Afghanistan on Monday, the country entered a new era as the 20-year war with the U.S. came to a close. In an address to the nation on Tuesday, a defiant President Biden defended both his decision to end military operations and his handling of the evacuation that left some Americans behind. „I was not going to extend this forever war and I was not extending a forever exit,“ Biden said. „My fellow Americans, the war in Afghanistan is now over.“

31.08.2021 - 11:04 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Deutschlands Rolle in der Welt: Mehr Anspruch als Wirklichkeit

Der Afghanistan-Einsatz und sein Ende haben erneut die militärische Abhängigkeit Deutschlands und Europas von den USA aufgezeigt. Mit dem selbsterklärten Anspruch hat die Wirklichkeit wenig zu tun.

31.08.2021 - 10:59 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joe Biden

I want to thank our commanders and the men and women serving under them for their execution of the dangerous retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled – in the early morning hours of August 31, Kabul time – with no further loss of American lives. The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history, evacuating over 120,000 US citizens, citizens of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States. They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.

30.08.2021 - 09:45 [ Reuters Pictures ]

Civilian evacuees and military personnel begin the final flights out of Kabul airport, ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. military to leave Afghanistan. More photos:

29.08.2021 - 18:34 [ The Hill ]

Biden to mourn service members killed in Kabul bombing at dignified transfer

The president and the first lady left early Sunday for Dover Air Force Base, where they will meet with the families and participate in a dignified transfer.

27.08.2021 - 17:29 [ The Lead CNN / Twitter ]

Amb. Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Afghanistan: “That’s one way to end a war: surrender. It’s real quick, but the war is yet to come. This whole withdrawal announcement and process has been an enormous morale boost for Islamic radicals everywhere.”

27.08.2021 - 17:04 [ Matt Taibbi / Twitter ]

Chait overlooks that the negative press for Biden this week is passing through the same loophole that allowed Trump to be praised by CNN when he bombed Syria – the overriding constant in American corporate media is fealty to the Pentagon.

27.08.2021 - 15:42 [ Radio Utopie ]

Warum halten sich die Staatsführungen von China und Russland an die U.S.-Sanktionen gegen Iran, Venezuela, Syrien und Kuba?

(07.08.2021)

Weil sie es wollen.

Und nunmehr fast 8 Milliarden Schwachköpfe auf dem Planeten sind zu dumm das zu begreifen, vorneweg der Haufen, der meint andere Politik zu machen als der imperiale Komplex, die Kriegslobby, „politischen Klassen“, Machthaber und ihre Höflinge.

27.08.2021 - 04:24 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the Terror Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport

Q And you said that you still — a few days ago, you said you squarely stand by your decision to pull out.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I do. Because look at it this way, folks — and I’m going to — I have another meeting, for real. But imagine where we’d be if I had indicated, on May the 1st, I was not going to renegotiate an evacuation date; we were going to stay there.

I’d have only one alternative: Pour thousands of more troops back into Afghanistan to fight a war that we had already won, relative — is why the reason we went in the first place.

I have never been of the view that we should be sacrificing American lives to try to establish a democratic government in Afghanistan — a country that has never once in its entire history been a united country, and is made up — and I don’t mean this in a derogatory — made up of different tribes who have never, ever, ever gotten along with one another.

And so, as I said before — and this is the last comment I’ll make, but we’ll have more chance to talk about this, unfortunately, beyond, because we’re not out yet — if Osama bin Laden, as well as al Qaeda, had chosen to launch an attack — when they left Saudi Arabia — out of Yemen, would we have ever gone to Afghanistan? Even though the Taliban completely controlled Afghanistan at the time, would we have ever gone?

I know it’s not fair to ask you questions. It’s rhetorical. But raise your hand if you think we should have gone and given up thousands of lives and tens of thousands of wounded.

Our interest in going was to prevent al Qaeda from reemerging — first to get bin Laden, wipe out al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and prevent that from happening again.

As I’ve said 100 times: Terrorism has metastasized around the world; we have greater threats coming out of other countries a heck of a lot closer to the United States.

We don’t have military encampments there; we don’t keep people there. We have over-the-horizon capability to keep them from going after us.

Ladies and gentlemen, it was time to end a 20-year war.

27.08.2021 - 04:12 [ Fox News ]

Biden warns ISIS-K after Kabul terror attacks, but sticks to Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressuring Biden not to withdraw until evacuations were complete

25.08.2021 - 11:35 [ Tagesschau.de ]

ARD-Korrespondentin: Ende der Evakuierungsflüge möglicherweise schon heute

Nach Informationen der ARD-Korrespondentin Isabel Schayani sollen die Evakuierungsflüge der Bundeswehr auf der Strecke Taschkent-Kabul-Taschkent wohl noch früher als gedacht beendet werden – nämlich möglicherweise schon heute. Zuvor hatte die ARD Informationen erhalten, dass die Mission am Freitag oder Samstag beendet werden sollte.

25.08.2021 - 11:25 [ Matthias Gebauer, Chief Correspondent Der Spiegel / Twitter ]

Update zur EvakOP #Bundeswehr: Nachdem USA die Deadline 31/8 bestätigt hat, wird das Ende der DEU Luftbrücke geplant. Da die Bw vor den USA #Kabul verlassen muss, wird bereits der kommende Freitag für den letzten A400M Flug angepeilt, um einen sicheren Abzug zu garantieren.

24.08.2021 - 18:46 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biden hält an Abzug bis 31. August fest

„Es sind heute keine neuen Daten über das bekannte Datum des 31.8. genannt worden vom Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika“, sagte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel nach einem virtuellen G7-Gipfel zu Afghanistan. Sie betonte, dass auch Deutschland die Evakuierungen ohne die USA nicht fortsetzen könne.

24.08.2021 - 18:32 [ CNN ]

Biden decides to keep August 31 deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan as evacuations accelerate

President Joe Biden has decided, in consultation with his national security team, to stick with the August 31 deadline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official.

24.08.2021 - 05:45 [ CNN ]

US military gives Biden a deadline to decide on extending Afghanistan evacuations

Military advisers have told the White House that the decision must be made by Tuesday in order to have enough time to withdraw the 5,800 troops currently on the ground, as well as their equipment and weapons. If the President agrees, the military anticipates „a few more days“ of trying to evacuate as many people as possible before the drawdown of US forces begins, possibly at the end of this week.

23.08.2021 - 13:45 [ Barbara Lee, represents CA's new 13th Congressional District / Twitter ]

I’ve never regretted my NO vote, even with all the death threats. I knew it would be used to establish the framework for forever wars, and that’s not something members of Congress should ever tolerate.

23.08.2021 - 13:11 [ francesca fiorentini / Twitter ]

So revealing that all it takes for the entire media establishment to turn against an otherwise safe centrist Washington insider President is for him to end war. Truly a tail that wags the dog situation, or the corporations & weapons manufacturers that sign the checks

23.08.2021 - 13:08 [ southpaw, writer, lawyer / Twitter ]

It took me while to understand that part of the press corps is grieving, not for the dead, but for the war.

23.08.2021 - 12:57 [ Judd Legum / Twitter ]

1. I took at look at the media coverage of Afghanistan. Lots of experts criticizing Biden’s decision to withdraw. But they are the SAME PEOPLE who responsible for two decades of failure in Afghanistan. Supporters of withdrawal almost entirely absent.

23.08.2021 - 12:43 [ Mehdi Hasan, @mehdihasanshow on @MSNBC and NBC's @peacockTV / Twitter ]

61% of Americans think the war in Afghanistan was not worth it. Forget Trump voters in diners, I think it’s pretty clear that U.S. politicians and pundits are out of touch with the American electorate as a whole.

23.08.2021 - 12:19 [ Jamaal Bowman Congressman for #NY16 / Twitter ]

President Biden made the tough and right decision to end the military occupation in Afghanistan. Blair’s language invokes tropes against Muslims, disrespects @POTUS and pretends to care about Afghans when this is really about Western Imperialism for him.

23.08.2021 - 11:55 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will push Joe Biden to delay US withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Telegraph understands that unless Mr Biden relents, UK troops are due to start to withdraw from Kabul airport towards the end of the week as they are expected to step up efforts to evacuate as many as 6,000 people.

23.08.2021 - 09:50 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Tropical Storm Henri and the Evacuation Operation in Afghanistan

Our first priority in Kabul is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible. At my direction, the State Department continues to reach out to the remaining Americans we have identified by phone, e-mail, and other means to ascertain their whereabouts and their plans.

We’re executing a plan to move groups of these Americans to safety and to safely and effectively move them to the airport compound.

For security reasons, I’m not going to go into the detail of what these plans entail, but I will say again today that I have said before: Any American who wants to get home will get home.

We’ve also been evacuating the citizens of our NATO Allies and our partners, including their diplomats, their embassy staff who remain in Afghanistan and to get them back to their homes as well.

And as we do this, we’re also working to move our Afghan allies, who stood with us side by side, and other vulnerable Afghans such as women leaders and journalists, out of the country.

21.08.2021 - 15:53 [ theAtlantic.com ]

This War Needed to End

The attacks of 9/11 were an enormous crime; they caused enormous human suffering. But they did not change the world. Bush’s words later that evening changed the world—when he said that he would answer this crime with a determination to “win the war against terrorism,” taking the world to war. Lee understood that danger, and her moral conscience, backed by the moral movement against war that took shape within hours of the attacks themselves, led her to stand up and reject war as an answer.

21.08.2021 - 15:36 [ Barack Obama / Twitter ]

VP Biden on Afghanistan: „We are leaving in 2014. Period.“

(Oct 12, 2012)

21.08.2021 - 15:35 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is the most brave thing any US President has done in my lifetime

change my mind

21.08.2021 - 13:42 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald talks to Tucker Carlson about the way the media and others have turned on Biden following the Afghanistan withdrawal

21.08.2021 - 13:35 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

(25.08.2020)

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

21.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Amee Vanderpool / Twitter ]

Here is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghanu Baradar – the co-founder of the Taliban who has taken over Kabul – on November 21, 2020, after the Trump administration helped to secure his release from prison.

21.08.2021 - 13:05 [ Fox News ]

Pompeo: Biden ‚has refused‘ to show leadership during Afghanistan ‚debacle‘

„I didn’t hear a single thing that would give comfort to the very allies you spoke about. I’ve heard from people in the region. They are frightened by the American collapse—the American collapse of temerity and strength and power that we demonstrated for four years that had frankly kept the Taliban at bay and prevented precisely what you’re precisely seeing happen today, and I didn’t hear a single thing that would frighten a single Taliban who thinks there’s any risk that this administration would impose any cost on them for their activities, for what they are doing to Americans today and holding them hostage—not permitting them to get into the airport in Kabul so that we can get them home to their families. „

21.08.2021 - 12:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

21.08.2021 - 12:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

David Petraeus‘ bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

(2.9.2015)

Former CIA director David Petraeus is advocating giving arms to members of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida off-shoot, to beat Isis. That is madness

21.08.2021 - 11:56 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Petraeus zu afghanischer Armee: „Sie hatten plötzlich keine Rückendeckung mehr“

US-Präsident Biden und die Bundesregierung werfen der afghanischen Armee fehlenden Kampfwillen vor. Dem widerspricht im Interview mit STRG_F der ehemalige General und Ex-CIA-Chef Petraeus. Er verteidigt die afghanischen Soldaten.

21.08.2021 - 11:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

General David Petraeus tells Biden it was premature to leave Afghanistan because Al Qaeda was always ‚going to come back‘ and the Afghan forces were ’not sustainable‘

– Petraeus commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and helped formulate ‚counterinsurgency‘ strategies
– He criticized Biden’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan in a New Yorker interview
– Disagreed with decision to pull out liaison, special forces trainers, contractors
– Said it began an epidemic of ’surrender‘ for the Afghans
– Called departure ‚premature‘ but didn’t say how much more time was needed
– Warned Al Qaeda could reemerge
– Acknowledged ‚overbuilt‘ nation-building aspects, but said it was necessary for a hand-off
– Biden said the U.S. could not fight when Afghans were unwilling to do so
– ‚To say that the Afghans won’t fight for their country needs an asterisk‘

21.08.2021 - 11:28 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

Now, Justin Sink of Bloomberg.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. You just said that you would keep a laser-focus on counterterrorism efforts and that you don’t see as great of a threat of terrorism from Afghanistan as other parts of the world. But if you and your administration so badly misassessed how quickly the Taliban would sweep through Afghanistan and we no longer have an embassy there from which to run intelligence operations, how can you at all be confident of your assessment of the risk of terrorism and the ability of the U.S. to conduct over-the-horizon missions to keep it in check? Can you tell Americans that they’re safe and will remain safe from terror attacks in Afghanistan?

THE PRESIDENT: I think you’re comparing apples and oranges. One question was whether or not the Afghan forces we trained up would stay and fight in their own civil war they had going on.

No one — I shouldn’t say “no one” — the consensus was that it was highly unlikely that in 11 days they’d collapse and fall, and the leader of Afghanistan would flee the country.

20.08.2021 - 10:27 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Joe Biden: UK and allies had choice to remain in Afghanistan

The Prime Minister, speaking in the Commons on Wednesday, said: „The West could not continue this US-led mission – a mission conceived and executed in support and defence of America – without American logistics, without US air power and without American might.“

Challenged on whether Nato could have continued to provide support, he said: „I really think that it is an illusion to believe that there is appetite among any of our partners for a continued military presence.“

Mr Biden’s comments came in an interview with Good Morning America, in a section about US relations with its allies which was not ultimately broadcast.

19.08.2021 - 18:50 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

19.08.2021 - 18:45 [ RollCall.com ]

Taliban takeover seen narrowing prospects for 2001 AUMF update

And Biden’s Monday characterization of the terrorist threat has some analysts like Anderson wondering just how narrow an AUMF the administration would support, particularly if it’s one that that includes geographic limitations.

“Their logic, now the way they are describing counterterrorism operations, sounds like the last three presidential administrations who have said, ‘This is why we can’t take away the 2001 AUMF,’” said Anderson, a former attorney-adviser at the State Department.

18.08.2021 - 14:16 [ Alexander McCoy / Twitter ]

A great way for Senate Democrats who are very mad about Afghanistan to stick it to Joe Biden would be for them to repeal the 2001 AUMF!

18.08.2021 - 14:14 [ RollCall.com ]

Senators worry time running out on updating 2001 military authorization

(03.08.2021)

Should lawmakers try to force the issue of updating the 2001 AUMF by establishing an expiration date, one of their best chances would be via an amendment to the must-pass fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that both chambers will take up this fall.

18.08.2021 - 13:56 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

18.08.2021 - 13:15 [ The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) faced death threats, insults and hate mail after she voted against a broad authorization used to carry out the war in Afghanistan. The House vote was 240 to 1. The Senate vote was 98 to 0.

18.08.2021 - 11:40 [ Veterans for Peace ]

VFP Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Veterans For Peace has previously condemned the U.S. „forever wars“ against „terror“ and called for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and other places in the world. We unequivocally believe that war is not the answer to any problem and that there is no military solution in Afghanistan.

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was shameful and poorly executed. We have left too many behind. It was only after veteran and media outcry over leaving dedicated translators and their families, people who risked their lives for us that the U.S. decided, too late, to include them in our withdrawal. Many Afghans have been blocked by callus immigration policy and „Muslim Bans“ from seeking safety in the United States, from the destabilization in Afghanistan that the U.S. created. Caring for refugees and civilians fleeing from conflict is basic decency, and the United States fails to act with the urgency required to protect people. Casual disregard for Afghan lives continues on all levels.

18.08.2021 - 11:29 [ Council on Foreign Relations - cfr.org ]

Biden Was Right

The ineffectiveness and collapse of Afghanistan’s military and governing institutions largely substantiates Biden’s skepticism that US-led efforts to prop up the government in Kabul would ever enable it to stand on its own feet. The international community has spent nearly 20 years, many thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars to do good by Afghanistan – taking down al-Qaeda; beating back the Taliban; supporting, advising, training, and equipping the Afghan military; bolstering governing institutions; and investing in the country’s civil society.

18.08.2021 - 11:25 [ Ambassador David Robinson (Ret.) / the Hill ]

Humiliating as it may be, leaving Afghanistan is still the right decision

Biden deserves credit for facing the facts and doing the right thing. His recent predecessors either were dissuaded from taking the same step by egregiously wrong military and foreign policy advice or else blanched at being labeled the president who lost a war. Biden will take the hit, but the simple truth is that we have not so much abandoned Afghanistan as Afghanistan has abandoned us, or more precisely, never joined us in the first place.

18.08.2021 - 10:45 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan

That is particularly true given how heavily the U.S. had Afghanistan under every conceivable kind of electronic surveillance for more than a decade. A significant portion of the archive provided to me by Edward Snowden detailed the extensive surveillance the NSA had imposed on all of Afghanistan. In accordance with the guidelines he required, we never published most of those documents about U.S. surveillance in Afghanistan on the ground that it could endanger people without adding to the public interest, but some of the reporting gave a glimpse into just how comprehensively monitored the country was by U.S. security services.

17.08.2021 - 15:13 [ MSNBC / Twitter ]

„How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghanistan’s civil war when Afghan troops will not?“ President Biden says. „I’m clear on my answer. I will not repeat the mistakes we’ve made in the past.“

17.08.2021 - 14:43 [ Washington Post ]

U.S. failed to keep proper track of more than $1 billion in weapons and equipment in Iraq

(May 24, 2017)

The arms and equipment transfers were apart of the Iraq Train and Equip Fund, a program that initially appropriated $1.6 billion under the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act to help Iraqi forces combat the rise of the Islamic State.

17.08.2021 - 13:28 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

(March 17, 2015)

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

(…)

In recent weeks, members of Congress have held closed-door meetings with U.S. military officials to press for an accounting of the arms and equipment. Pentagon officials have said that they have little information to go on and that there is little they can do at this point to prevent the weapons and gear from falling into the wrong hands.

17.08.2021 - 13:16 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

17.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

(June 22, 2010)

To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 12:28 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

(…)

Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

17.08.2021 - 07:32 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan

So I’m left again to ask of those who argue that we should stay: How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghans — Afghanistan’s civil war when Afghan troops will not? How many more lives — American lives — is it worth? How many endless rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery?

I’m clear on my answer: I will not repeat the mistakes we’ve made in the past — the mistake of staying and fighting indefinitely in a conflict that is not in the national interest of the United States, of doubling down on a civil war in a foreign country, of attempting to remake a country through the endless military deployments of U.S. forces.

Those are the mistakes we cannot continue to repeat, because we have significant vital interests in the world that we cannot afford to ignore.

17.08.2021 - 07:23 [ Yahoo.news ]

Biden Defends Afghanistan Exit

Natalie Brand explains why President Joe Biden stands squarely behind his decision to leave Afghanistan after 20 years

15.08.2021 - 15:31 [ YouGov.co.uk ]

Looking back over the 20 years since US, UK and other Western troops were deployed to Afghanistan, do you think this did or did not achieve anything?

(13.08.2021)

Did achieve something: 23%

Did not achieve anything: 53%

Don’t know: 24%

15.08.2021 - 14:20 [ thechicagocouncil.org ]

US Public Supports Withdrawal From Afghanistan

(09.08.2021)

This support spans partisan affiliations, though larger majorities of Democrats (77%) and Independents (73%) than Republicans (56%) agree.

These results corroborate the findings of other polls conducted over the past several months.

15.08.2021 - 14:11 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 73 percent support US withdrawal from Afghanistan

(09.07.2021)

By contrast, 27 percent of respondents said they oppose the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including 7 percent who strongly oppose and 20 percent who somewhat oppose.

12.08.2021 - 08:27 [ theHill.com ]

Pressure builds for full FDA approval of vaccines

(11.08.2021)

The latest mandate came Monday, when Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced he would move to make the vaccine mandatory for troops by mid-September but would act “immediately” if it received full approval before then.

Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, added to the chorus on Sunday, when he expressed hope that the approval would move quickly.

12.08.2021 - 08:06 [ Yahoo.com ]

Pentagon will seek to mandate Covid vaccine for 1.4 million troops

(09.08.2021)

DoD officials have made several calls to key lawmakers in recent days to gauge support for the mandate, according to a congressional source and a senior administration official familiar with the talks.

12.08.2021 - 08:01 [ Yahoo.com ]

Pentagon to seek approval to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory

(09.08.2021)

The Pentagon on Monday said that it will seek U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval by mid-September to require 1.3 million military members to get vaccinated against COVID-19, anticipating full regulatory clearance for a vaccine by then.

08.08.2021 - 19:33 [ .953mnc.com ]

Senator Todd Young urging Congress to repeal Authorizations for Use of Military Force

An example is President Trump’s citing of the 2002 AUMF, as a “secondary authority” according to Young, in order to carry out an attack in Iraq that resulted in the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani in January of 2020.

Young believes these military attacks, though warranted, show that the 2002 AUMF is being abused in order to carry out acts of war without the consent of Congress.

07.08.2021 - 11:14 [ Radio Utopie ]

Iran und Atomabkommen J.C.P.O.A.: Wieder einmal spielen alle, außer uns, auf Krieg

Iran. Washington. Atomabkommen. Libanon. Gaza. Israel. Hamas. Hisbollah.

Es herrscht derzeit mal wieder Verwirrung im Feld. Dabei würde in der Region weder geschossen, noch gestorben, wenn die Weltöffentlichkeit begreifen würde, was für heuchlerische Schurken da auf allen Seiten ihr Spielchen spielen.

07.08.2021 - 06:38 [ Radio Utopie ]

Why are the state leaders of China and Russia complying with U.S. sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and Cuba?

Because they want to.

07.08.2021 - 06:01 [ Radio Utopie ]

Warum halten sich die Staatsführungen von China und Russland an die U.S.-Sanktionen gegen Iran, Venezuela, Syrien und Kuba?

Weil sie es wollen.

06.08.2021 - 08:29 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats call on Biden to close Guantánamo ‚once and for all‘

The letter was organized by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn). Among the co-signers are several committee chairmen, including Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meek (D-N.Y.), Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)

05.08.2021 - 07:18 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

05.08.2021 - 07:09 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(May 23, 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

05.08.2021 - 07:02 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

05.08.2021 - 06:30 [ RollCall.com ]

Senators worry time running out on updating 2001 military authorization

Should lawmakers try to force the issue of updating the 2001 AUMF by establishing an expiration date, one of their best chances would be via an amendment to the must-pass fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that both chambers will take up this fall.

05.08.2021 - 06:24 [ wric.com ]

Virginia Sen. Kaine’s proposal to repeal decades-old war authorization advances to the Senate floor

In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) advanced a proposal to repeal two Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) issued in 1991 and 2002.

The legislation, which has already been passed by the House, will now go to a full vote on the Senate floor.

05.08.2021 - 06:06 [ ABC News ]

Senate panel votes to scrap both Iraq war authorizations

Three Republicans — Todd Young of Indiana, Ohio’s Rob Portman, and Rand Paul of Kentucky — voted with all the panel’s Democrats for repeal, with some Republicans who opposed the move Wednesday arguing that though they support scrapping both AUMFs, the time is not right amid rising tensions with neighboring Iran.

05.08.2021 - 06:01 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US lawmakers approach crunch vote to restrain presidents from launching never-ending wars

(04.07.2021)

A near two-decade old act authorising US military intervention across the Middle East and beyond will appear before the Senate for a critical vote today, which could have a huge bearing on America’s capacity to launch wars in the future.

05.08.2021 - 05:56 [ New York Times ]

Biden Officials Open to Tightening Law Authorizing War on Terrorist Groups

Published Aug. 3, 2021 Updated Aug. 4, 2021, 8:46 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is open to several potential ways to tighten a much-stretched 2001 law that serves as the domestic legal basis for the open-ended “forever war” against terrorists around the world, a senior State Department official told Congress on Tuesday.

05.08.2021 - 05:50 [ ORF.at ]

Bericht: Biden will neue Regeln für Rüstungsexporte

Ein Kongressmitarbeiter, der bereits an den Beratungen beteiligt war, sagte, mögliche Einschränkungen würden sich vor allem auf kleinere Waffen wie Sturmgewehre und Überwachungsgeräte auswirken.

04.08.2021 - 12:48 [ Krystal Ball ]

Thank you @ninaturner for your fearlessness and your unrelenting commitment to truth telling. These are the qualities that make you powerful and there is no super pac that can change that.

04.08.2021 - 12:18 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Nina lost for a very simple reason. In the closing stretch THIS happened: „Democratic Majority for Israel, a hybrid PAC/super PAC that has spent $1.2 million on ads supporting Brown and opposing Turner“ – & the ads viciously lied about her. The lies stuck

04.08.2021 - 12:13 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Turner Vs. Brown: A Showdown Between Progressive And Establishment Dems

The special election in Ohio featuring candidates Nina Turner and Shontel Brown has become a reportedly „acrimonious and bitter“ battle between the progressive and establishment wings of the Democratic party, as these factions go all out to support their preferred candidate. Journalists Eugene Robinson and Jeremy W. Peters join The ReidOut with their analysis.

04.08.2021 - 12:10 [ CNN ]

There’s a fight for the future of the Democratic Party happening in Ohio

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN recently that Biden needed all the allies he could get in the House, a clear shot at Turner’s past negative comments about the 46th President.

Third Way, a centrist Democratic group, is spending $500,000 on a series of ads driving that same message.

04.08.2021 - 08:50 [ White House ]

Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Incoming Israeli National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata

(02.08.2021)

Mr. Sullivan congratulated Dr. Hulata on his new role and emphasized that he looks forward to working together to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership. Mr. Sullivan and Dr. Hulata discussed the strategic challenges in the region, including the threat posed by Iran, and agreed to consult closely on these issues.

03.08.2021 - 08:17 [ Radio Utopie ]

Sie wissen von der Bundeswehr-Beteiligung an der Kriegsflotte im Persischen Golf, oder?

20. Januar 2020: Monate vor der Ausrufung des bis heute andauernden Ausnahmezustands und bereits im Windschatten von SARS II („Coronavirus“), beschließen die Staatsführungen von Frankreich, Deutschland, Griechenland, Italien, der Niederlande, Belgien, Dänemark und Portugal in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung die „European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz“ (EMASOH), von der Sie und 80 Millionen Andere bis heute nie gehört haben.

03.08.2021 - 01:11 [ ORF.at ]

Nach Angriff auf Tanker: USA wollen internationale Allianz

Der tödliche mutmaßliche Drohnenangriff auf einen Öltanker vor der Küste Omans sorgt weiterhin für erhebliche internationale Spannungen. Die USA kündigten gestern ein gemeinsames Vorgehen mit Großbritannien, Israel, Rumänien und weiteren Staaten gegen den Iran an, den sie für den Angriff auf den von der Firma eines israelischen Unternehmers betriebenen Tanker verantwortlich machen.

01.08.2021 - 10:15 [ JustSecurity.org ]

Questions for Senators to Ask the Biden Administration at AUMF Hearing

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) is scheduled to hold a public hearing entitled, “Authorizations of Use of Force: Administration Perspectives.” The SFRC is the committee responsible for drafting and ostensibly also repealing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Tuesday’s hearing comes the day before a markup by the SFRC of legislation to repeal the outdated 1991 and 2002 AUMFs.

01.08.2021 - 10:12 [ Brian Finucane / Twitter ]

The SFRC holds a hearing on 8/3 on „Authorizations of Use of Force.“ After 20 years of post-9/11 war, there’s a lot to talk about. In a new piece in @just_security , I lay out questions that Senators should ask the administration witnesses.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) is scheduled to hold a public hearing entitled, “Authorizations of Use of Force: Administration Perspectives.” The SFRC is the committee responsible for drafting and ostensibly also repealing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Tuesday’s hearing comes the day before a markup by the SFRC of legislation to repeal the outdated 1991 and 2002 AUMFs.

01.08.2021 - 09:46 [ Politico.com ]

‘A very dangerous precedent’: Democrats take aim at Biden’s Somalia airstrikes

(27.07.2021)

“I think President [Joe] Biden should submit a new authorization for the use of military force and should recognize that the 2001 AUMF should be terminated,” Cardin added.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has been working with the White House on a replacement for the 2001 AUMF that better aligns with the current terror threats, called on the Biden administration to brief Congress “expeditiously” on its “counterterrorism goals and the current threats.”

01.08.2021 - 09:19 [ jordan / Twitter ]

Moderate Dems are calling for a reevaluation of the 2001 AUMF after the Biden admin invoked it this month to justify multiple bombings in Somalia

(29.07.2021)

01.08.2021 - 08:26 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999

(04.03.2015)

The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

01.08.2021 - 07:45 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Military Assists Israeli-managed Tanker Attacked Off Oman, Says Likely Hit by Drone

U.S. and European sources familiar with intelligence reporting said on Friday Iran was their leading suspect for the incident, which a U.S. defense official said appeared to have been carried out by a drone, but stressed their governments were seeking conclusive evidence.

01.08.2021 - 07:41 [ Gregory Brew / Twitter ]

Khamenei striking a defiant, pessimistic tone in his final address to the outgoing Rouhani admin. Says that #JCPOA talks are not close to concluding, lashes out at US for not dropping sanctions, and notes US wants to commit #Iran to a new, broader deal.

(28.07.2021)

01.08.2021 - 07:31 [ theHill.com0 ]

Biden ramps up pressure on Iran as it grapples with protests

The options on the table for the U.S., which are said to include tighter restrictions on Iran’s oil exports as well as new sanctions on its missile and drone programs, are likely to further strain tensions amid the months-long efforts to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the formal name for the Obama-era nuclear deal that the U.S. exited in 2018 under then-President Trump.

28.07.2021 - 11:28 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Report: Whistleblower Daniel Hale, responsible for revealing massive civilian cost of US Drone Program, receives 45 month sentence „It was necessary to dispel the lie that drone warfare keeps us safe, that our lives are worth more than theirs“ #DanielHale

28.07.2021 - 11:23 [ CourageFound.org ]

Daniel Hale sentenced to 45 months in prison

Before he was sentenced, Hale read a powerful and intensely emotional speech to the court, condemning the horrors of war, particularly the post-9/11 U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and drew attention to Iraqi and Afghan victims of the U.S. drone assassination program. He said he opposes war for the same reasons he opposes the death penalty, saying it’s wrong to kill and especially wrong to kill the defenseless. The U.S. often posthumously labels those it kills as “combatants,” and Hale said that sometimes up to 90% of victims in a given airstrike are unidentifiable.

28.07.2021 - 08:17 [ ORF.at ]

WTO weiter uneins über Aussetzung der Impfstoffpatente

Pharmakonzerne und die Länder, in denen sie angesiedelt sind, argumentieren, Patente seien nicht das Haupthindernis bei der Erhöhung der Produktion. Zugleich warnen sie, dadurch würden Innovationen ausgebremst. Die 164 WTO-Staaten müssen alle Entscheidungen im Konsens treffen.

28.07.2021 - 08:12 [ UrduPoint.com ]

WTO Members Fail To Agree On Patent Waiver For COVID-19 Vaccines

The World Trade Organization member countries have failed to reach a consensus on a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said on Tuesday following the General Council session. According to Okonjo-Iweala, the WTO member countries will make a decision by the 12th WTO ministerial conference, which will take place in late November-early December.

28.07.2021 - 06:57 [ CNN ]

Biden will announce vaccination requirement across federal government on Thursday

President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday a requirement that all federal employees and contractors be vaccinated against Covid-19, or be required to submit to regular testing and mitigation requirements, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

27.07.2021 - 06:24 [ CNN ]

Biden announces end of combat mission in Iraq as he shifts US foreign policy focus

„I think things are going well. Our role in Iraq will be … to be available to continue to train, to assist, to help, and to deal with ISIS — as it arrives. But we’re not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission,“ the President later said.

27.07.2021 - 06:05 [ ORF.at ]

Biden kündigt Ende von Kampfhandlungen im Irak an

Die USA würden sich Ende des Jahres nicht mehr in Kampfeinsätzen im Irak befinden.

„Unsere Zusammenarbeit gegen den Terrorismus wird auch in dieser neuen Phase weitergehen.“ Die Rolle der USA bestehe weiterhin in der Unterstützung des Irak im Umgang mit der Dschihadistenmiliz Islamischer Staat (IS), sagte Biden weiter.

22.07.2021 - 06:25 [ Politico.com ]

GOP senators fight to preserve Biden’s war powers amid tensions with Iran

(13.07.2021)

It’s a strange dynamic for members of Congress, who have long seen presidents of both parties expand and sometimes abuse their war powers even after campaigning on ending conflicts in the Middle East. Nearly 20 years after the horrors of Sept. 11, GOP lawmakers are now in the awkward position of fighting to maintain a Democratic president’s authority to conduct military operations without congressional approval.

19.07.2021 - 16:56 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Netanyahu urged lame-duck Trump to strike Iran

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, emerges in the report as a figure committed to procedural order and concerned by the possibility of erratic decisions by the firebrand lame-duck president; referring to the proposed strike against Iran’s nuclear sites, he told Trump that “if you do this, you’re gonna have a f*cking war.“

He was eventually successful in blocking the plans of Pense, Pompeo and Netanyahu.

19.07.2021 - 16:55 [ Washington Post ]

Joint Chiefs chairman feared potential ‘Reichstag moment’ aimed at keeping Trump in power

(14.07.2021)

Portions of the book related to Milley — first reported Wednesday night by CNN ahead of the book’s July 20 release — offer a remarkable window into the thinking of America’s highest-ranking military officer, who saw himself as one of the last empowered defenders of democracy during some of the darkest days in the country’s recent history.

The episodes in the book are based on interviews with more than 140 people, including senior Trump administration officials, friends and advisers, Leonnig and Rucker write in an author’s note.

19.07.2021 - 16:49 [ New Yorker ]

“You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War”: Mark Milley’s Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran

(15.07.2021)

It was not public at the time, but Milley believed that the nation had come close—“very close”—to conflict with the Islamic Republic. This dangerous post-election period, Milley said, was all because of Trump’s “Hitler”-like embrace of the “Big Lie” that the election had been stolen from him; Milley feared it was Trump’s “Reichstag moment,” in which, like Adolf Hitler in 1933, he would manufacture a crisis in order to swoop in and rescue the nation from it.

16.07.2021 - 21:55 [ ORF.at ]

NATO hat Militäreinsatz in Afghanistan beendet

Die NATO hat ihren Militäreinsatz in Afghanistan nach knapp zwei Jahrzehnten beendet. Wie der dpa in Brüssel von mehreren Diplomaten und Militärs bestätigt wurde, stehen die derzeit noch im Land stationierten Soldaten aus Staaten wie den USA und der Türkei mittlerweile vollständig unter der Führung der nationalen Kommandoketten.

Der bisher blutigste Militäreinsatz des Bündnisses sei damit de facto Geschichte, hieß es.

15.07.2021 - 07:41 [ CNN ]

‚They’re not going to f**king succeed‘: Top generals feared Trump would attempt a coup after election, according to new book

The authors explain Milley’s growing concerns that personnel moves that put Trump acolytes in positions of power at the Pentagon after the November 2020 election, including the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the resignation of Attorney General William Barr, were the sign of something sinister to come.

Milley spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup, and the Joint Chiefs chairman felt he had to be „on guard“ for what might come.

„They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,“ Milley told his deputies, according to the authors. „You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.“

15.07.2021 - 05:23 [ ORF.at ]

Merkel zu Besuch in Washington eingetroffen

Außerdem wird Merkel die Ehrendoktorwürde der renommierten Johns-Hopkins-Universität verliehen.

Merkels Besuch symbolisiert die Wiederbelebung der deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen, die in der Amtszeit von Bidens Vorgänger Donald Trump stark gelitten hatten.

12.07.2021 - 16:32 [ Saeed Ghasseminejad / Twitter ]

Zarif reports to Majlis that the Biden administration so far has agreed to lift almost all sanctions including all sectoral sanctions, IRGC FTO, supreme leader’s office … According to Zarif all banks, including CBI, will be removed from the sanction list except one.

According to Zarif Biden has agreed to annul these executive order:
13781, 13902, 13876 (Khamenei and his office), 13846 (partially), 13754, 13590, 13622, 13645, 13628

According to Zarif the Biden administration has agreed to suspend these laws:
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012
Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (TRA)
Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act, (IFCA)
Iran Sanctions Act (ISA)

12.07.2021 - 16:29 [ Sina Azodi / Twitter ]

Iran’s FM @JZarif has submitted his 22nd report on the implementation of JCPOA to Majlis. Thread on the details of negotiations.

09.07.2021 - 07:36 [ Fox News ]

Biden changes end of US combat mission in Afghanistan from Sept. 11 to Aug. 31

But Biden doubled down on his decision not to leave a standing military force and posed the question, „How many thousands more of America’s daughters and sons are you willing to risk?“

„How long would you have them stay?“ he continued. „I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan.“

„Staying would have meant U.S. troops taking causalities,“ Biden adde

09.07.2021 - 07:28 [ New York Times ]

In Forceful Defense of Afghan Withdrawal, Biden Says U.S. Achieved Its Objectives

“Let me ask those who want us to stay: How many more?” Mr. Biden said in remarks in the East Room of the White House. “How many thousands more American daughters and sons are you willing to risk? And how long would you have them stay?”

Mr. Biden said he was not declaring “mission accomplished,” but he made clear that the future of the country — including the fate of the current government and concerns about the rights of women and girls — was no longer in the hands of the American military.

08.07.2021 - 20:45 [ Newsbreak.com ]

Biden says U.S. war in Afghanistan will end August 31

“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build,” Biden said in a speech to update his administration’s ongoing efforts to wind down the U.S. war in Afghanistan. “Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future.”

08.07.2021 - 20:39 [ CBS News / Twitter ]

BREAKING: President Biden announces that U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31 „There was never any doubt that our military performed this task efficiently and with the highest level of professionalism,“ he says

08.07.2021 - 07:41 [ Politico.com ]

Sources: U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan complete ‚for all intents and purposes‘

The U.S. currently has roughly 600 troops in Afghanistan, most of whom are Marine Corps and Army personnel providing security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the person said. The rest of the 600 will be based at the Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, said another U.S. official with direct knowledge of the discussions. All of those troops are expected to remain after the pullout is officially complete,

05.07.2021 - 17:07 [ theHill.com ]

Marianne Williamson calls on Biden to drop efforts to extradite Assange

Former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson told Hill.TV that the Biden administration should drop its efforts to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom.

Williamson said Assange should not be punished for releasing information on WikiLeaks that provided details on „the U.S. war machine.“

01.07.2021 - 19:10 [ Andrew P. Napolitano / antikrieg.com ]

Darf der Präsident töten?

Moralisch dürfen die USA nur defensiv oder zur Abwehr eines drohenden Angriffs Gewalt anwenden. Auf die Frage nach der rechtlichen Befugnis für einen offensiven Angriff erklärte ein Pentagon-Sprecher, dass sie in Artikel 2 der US-Verfassung zu finden sei. Doch dort steht sie nicht.

01.07.2021 - 17:39 [ Consortium News ]

Australian MPs To Biden: Free Julian Assange

The MPs and Senators have urged President Biden to take the “opportunity for urgent reconsideration,” following a U.K. court’s decision to deny the U.S. extradition request, rendered earlier this year.

01.07.2021 - 16:55 [ Stella Moris #DropTheCharges / Twitter ]

We are on the #FreeAssangeBoat! We just passed Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, we are now headed to the US embassy to demand #JoeBiden’s administration #DropTheCharges #NoExtradition #FreeAssangeNOW

30.06.2021 - 07:58 [ Tagesschau.de ]

20 Jahre Bundeswehr in Afghanistan: War es das wert?

Allenfalls gemischt fällt auch die Bilanz der Wehrbeauftragten Eva Högl aus, wie sie dem ARD-Hauptstadtstudio sagte. „Das Ziel war, dass internationaler islamistischer Terrorismus nicht mehr von Afghanistan ausgeht, da kann man möglicherweise einen Haken dranmachen“, so die SPD-Politikerin, die aber gleichzeitig zu bedenken gibt: …

29.06.2021 - 11:44 [ AFSC / Twitter ]

Yesterday @POTUS launched airstrikes in #Iraq & #Syria. We are devastated that the U.S. continues to use militarized approaches that will further destabilize the region. The Senate must vote to repeal the 2002 #AUMF. Call your reps via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

29.06.2021 - 11:30 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

The House just voted to repeal the AUMF in Iraq and then we get this from Biden. It’s time to bring our troops home from Iraq.

29.06.2021 - 11:20 [ Aaron Mate / Twitter ]

The fact that the US just bombed Syria & US troops are occupying it (along with imposing murderous sanctions) should underscore that it’s derelict for left media to avoid it — & avoid speaking out when those who do cover it are slandered for challenging the establishment line.

29.06.2021 - 11:01 [ Manu Raju / Twitter ]

Dems seem to be OK with the airstrikes Biden ordered over the weekend.

Pelosi says they appear „targeted and proportional“
Schiff says he believes they are „appropriate and reasonable“
Kaine said today it appears to be „classic“ self-defense

29.06.2021 - 10:47 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

America is terrorizing & bombing the middle east again. We’re the terrorists. We’re the Imperialists. We’re the blood thirsty murdering psychopaths. We’re the Bad guys. This is without Trump. Congrats!

29.06.2021 - 09:38 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Terrorbekämpfung: Anti-IS-Koalition nimmt Afrika in den Blick

Seit 2014 gibt es diese Koalition gegen die Terrormiliz „Islamischer Staat“ (IS). Deren Vertreter verwiesen bei ihrem Treffen in Rom zunächst einmal auf die Erfolge. Der IS beherrscht keine Territorien mehr, keine Städte, weder im Irak noch in Syrien. Acht Millionen Menschen wurden von dem Terrorregime der Milizen befreit.

28.06.2021 - 21:29 [ miragenews.com ]

Joint Communiqué by Ministers of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Daesh/ISIS no longer controls territory and nearly eight million people have been freed from its control in Iraq and Syria, but the threat remains. The resumption in Daesh/ISIS activities and its ability to rebuild its networks and capabilities to target security forces and civilians in areas in Iraq and Syria where the Coalition is not active, requires strong vigilance and coordinated action. This includes allocating adequate resources to sustain Coalition and legitimate partner forces’ efforts against Daesh/ISIS, and significant stabilization support, both to address the drivers that make communities vulnerable to recruitment by Daesh/ISIS and related violent ideological groups, as well as to provide support to liberated areas to safeguard our collective security interests. In this regard, the Ministers noted the 2021 Pledge Drive for Stabilization as an important means to help sustain the recovery of areas liberated from Daesh/ISIS and prevent its resurgence. The Ministers reaffirm that Daesh/ISIS will continue to be pressured by curbing its ability to raise revenue, enhancing information sharing on terrorists through bilateral and/or multilateral channels like INTERPOL, and fighting against Daesh/ISIS’ toxic propaganda and denying the group space to exploit social media online.

28.06.2021 - 12:36 [ Radio Utopie ]

U.S.-Imperium will „globale Koalition“ für Terrorkrieg 2.0 und bastelt an „Nachrüstung“ der Kriegsvollmacht aus 2001

(2. September 2014)

Auf dem Gipfel des Nordatlantikpakts in Wales wird es weniger um Russland als um die Frage gehen, mit welcher schwachsinnigen Ausrede nun die N.A.T.O. den am 4. Oktober 2001 ausgerufenen „kollektiven Verteidigungsfall“ aufrechterhalten will.

Eine Option: Noch mehr Eroberungen islamischer Staaten, wegen dem „Islamischen Staat“.

Am 26. August berichtete Radio Utopie, wie die Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika in der laufenden Farce um angeblich ohne Zutun oder Kenntnis eigener oder alliierter Kräfte unter den Labeln „Islamischer Staat“, „Isis“ und „Isil“ aus dem Nichts aufgetauchten Schattenarmeen in Syrien und Irak die Bereitschaft der Weltöffentlichkeit testete eine offene Invasion Syriens zu akzeptieren. Das Weiße Haus hatte ohne offizielles Statement einen drittrangigen Sprecher erklären lassen, die U.S.A. hätten „zum Schutze ihrer Bürger“
das Recht auf Kriegführung “ohne Rücksicht auf internationale Grenzen”. Wir verwiesen in diesem Zusammenhang auf die vom U.S.-Kongress am 14. September 2001 für den (jeweiligen) Präsidenten ausgestellte, uneingeschränkte, weltweite und zeitlich unbegrenzte Kriegsvollmacht „Authorization for Use of Military Force“ (A.U.M.F.).

Zwei Tage nach unserem Artikel wurde am 28. August dieser Zusammenhang über die „New York Times“ quasi offiziell gemacht…

28.06.2021 - 12:28 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Treffen der Anti-IS-Koalition: Wie weiter gegen den IS?

83 Staaten bilden eine Koalition gegen die Terrormiliz IS. Heute treffen sich deren Vertreter in Rom – zum ersten Mal seit Beginn der Pandemie wieder persönlich. Auch Bundesaußenminister Maas und sein US-Kollege Blinken sind dabei.

28.06.2021 - 12:19 [ Mateen Adel, Diplomat of Afghanistan in Rome- Italy / Twitter ]

Honored to participate in “Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ ISIS”, June 28, 2021, Rome.

28.06.2021 - 12:10 [ DefenseNews.com ]

Iraq AUMF repeal vote delayed until mid-July

(25.06.2021)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to take up a bipartisan measure to repeal the 2002 and 1991 war authorizations for Iraq in mid-July, the panel’s chairman confirmed Thursday.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said he is working with the Biden administration to schedule a classified briefing…

28.06.2021 - 12:01 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

This constant cycle of violence and retribution is a failed policy and will not make any of us safer. Congress has authority over War Powers and should be consulted before any escalation.

28.06.2021 - 12:00 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Irakisch-syrisches Grenzgebiet: USA fliegen Luftangriff auf Milizen

Mit einem weiteren Militärschlag unter dem Befehl von Präsidenten Joe Biden haben die USA den Druck auf den Iran und dessen Verbündete erhöht. Das US-Militär flog in der irakisch-syrischen Grenzregion Luftangriffe auf mehrere Ziele, die von pro-iranischen Milizen genutzt worden seien, teilte ein Pentagon-Sprecher mit.

28.06.2021 - 11:36 [ Haaretz ]

Four Iranian-backed Fighters Killed in U.S. Strikes in Iraq, Syria

The United States said on Sunday it carried out another round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, which killed four people according to Iran-backed militia groups.

The strikes, the U.S. said, were in response to drone attacks by the militia against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.

26.06.2021 - 12:50 [ justsecurity.org ]

Five Senators Threaten to Derail Repeal of 2002 AUMF: Why Their Timing and Claims Are So Wrong

Following the House’s passage – on a broadly bipartisan basis – of legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 AUMF), five members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (a minority of the minority) are seeking to delay its companion bill’s movement out of committee and onto the Senate floor.

24.06.2021 - 02:35 [ tagesschau / Youtube ]

Berlin: Zweite Konferenz zum Konflikt in Libyen

Anders als im vergangenen Jahr findet diese Libyen-Konferenz nicht im Bundeskanzleramt statt, sondern im Auswärtigen Amt. Geblieben ist die Hoffnung, die Lage in Libyen gemeinsam zu beruhigen – nach vielen Jahren Krieg, Chaos und Zerstörung. Mit dabei ist auch US-Außenminister Antony Blinken, der Berlin auf seiner europäischen Antrittsreise besucht.

24.06.2021 - 02:32 [ ZDF ]

US-Außenminister in Berlin – Blinken und Merkel wollen Libyen helfen

„Bei allen Kontroversen in der Welt, müssen wir immer wieder Gesprächskanäle offenhalten.“ So hat Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel den US-Außenminister Anthony Blinken zu seinem ersten Amtsbesuch in Berlin begrüßt. Man freue sich, das die Vereinigten Staaten zurück sind auf der multilateralen Bühne, sagte Merkel weiter in Anlehnung an US-Präsident Joe Biden. „Deutschland und Amerika sind in diesem Zusammenhang Partner. Und wir wissen um unsere Verantwortung.“

22.06.2021 - 14:57 [ theHill.com ]

Senate panel delays war authorization repeal after GOP push

The delay comes after five GOP senators asked for a public hearing with the secretaries of Defense and State as well as a classified briefing with those departments and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence before the panel votes on repealing 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF).

22.06.2021 - 14:55 [ 953mnc.com ]

Reaction after U.S. House votes to terminate 2002 Authorization For Use Of Military Force

(21.06.2021)

Now, Sen. Todd Young of Indiana is one of 11 GOP senators on Capitol Hill who support ending the 2002 AUMF.

“We let our warfighters in the future know that the American people are with them every time there is a military engagement,” Young told MSNBC. “As opposed to leaving, as one of my colleagues characterized as, a zombie authorization on the book that may be used to engage in a war that was never authorized or intended by Congress.”

21.06.2021 - 05:11 [ ORF.at ]

EU-US Ministertreffen zur Überwachungskooperation

Diese geplanten, umfassenden Filterpflichten für Facebook, Youtube oder WhatsApp dienem einem übergeordneten Ziel, nämlich die Plattformen zu zwingen, sichere Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung für alle User durch Nach- oder Generalschlüssel der Plattformen zu kompromіttieren. Damit können dann alle Kommunikationen auf Antrag der Strafverfolger von den Plattformen selbst entschlüsselt und geliefert werden. Was Johansson dabei bewusst verschweigt ist eine damit verbundene Pflicht zur Vorratspeicherung dieser Kommunikationen durch die Plattformen, da verschlüsselte Chats bis jetzt nirgendwo gespeichert werden.

17.06.2021 - 18:11 [ Rep. Barbara Lee / Twitter ]

BREAKING: My bill to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF passed the House. After nearly 20 years of fighting for this, we’re finally one step closer to ending forever wars.

17.06.2021 - 18:01 [ NPR.org ]

In Historic, Bipartisan Move, House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Powers Resolution

„It’s been such a long time coming,“ Lee said ahead of Thursday’s vote. „It’s Congress‘ responsibility to authorize the use of force, and that authorization cannot be blank checks that stay as authorizations for any administration to use the way they see fit.“

Lee’s legislation has drawn growing bipartisan support. Her repeal of the 2002 authority, which was issued Oct. 16 of that year, has more than 130 cosponsors now.

16.06.2021 - 14:30 [ .srf.ch ]

Biden und Putin in Genf – Putin und Biden reichen sich die Hand – der Gipfel beginnt

Russlands Staatschef Putin ist in Genf gelandet: Um 13:30 Uhr kommt er mit US-Präsident Joe Biden zum ersten Gipfeltreffen zusammen.
Das weltweit mit Spannung erwartete Treffen soll rund vier bis fünf Stunden dauern. Gemäss Kreml-Angaben könnte es aber auch länger gehen.

16.06.2021 - 09:33 [ i24news.tv ]

IDF chief Kohavi to make postponed Washington trip; discuss Gaza, Iran

Kohavi was initially set to meet with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, head of the US Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and head of the US Special Operations Command Gen. Richard D. Clark, according to The Jerusalem Post.

15.06.2021 - 12:44 [ Radio Utopie ]

NATO gegen SCO: die gewollte, neue Block-Konfrontation

(7. August 2007)

Was die Absichten der Neocons im Weissen Haus sind, haben sie immer deutlich gemacht: Krieg, Krieg, Krieg. Etwas Anderes interessiert sie nicht, etwas Anderes wollen sie nicht, etwas Anderes können sie nicht.
Die deutschen Neocons – gut verteilt über alle Parteien – versuchen ihr bestes den Anweisungen Folge zu leisten und die Deutschen in jeden Abgrund mit hinein zu quatschen, so sinnlos und absurd er auch ist.

Wir sind de facto Kolonialmacht am Hindukusch. Was hätten Sie jemandem an den Kopf geworfen, der Ihnen das vor 8 Jahren prophezeit hätte?

Diese militärische Endkonfrontation mit der uneinholbar aufstrebenden Wirtschaftsmacht China, dieser „Weltkrieg um Wohlstand“, wie es das NATO-Blatt Nr.1, der „Spiegel“ genannt hat, ist das Ziel der Kriegspolitik die uns seit dem 11.September 2001 aufgedrückt werden soll.
Die quasi automatische Verknüpfung von innerer und äusserer Kriegführung, die Transformation der westlichen Republiken und Demokratien in faschistische Polizeistaaten, ist dabei unabdingbarer Begleiteffekt, um kommende Armutsrevolten, Bürgerrechtsbewegungen, demokratische, legislative Kontrolle und vor allem die Verfassungen loszuwerden oder uneingeschränkt „neutralisieren“ zu können.

15.06.2021 - 12:11 [ ORF.at ]

China wirft NATO Denken wie im Kalten Krieg vor

Die NATO liege falsch mit ihrer Behauptung, dass China eine systemische Herausforderung darstelle, teilte die chinesische Mission bei der EU heute in Brüssel mit. Das sei eine Fortsetzung „der Blockpolitik“, hieß es.

China bekenne sich zu einer defensiven Verteidigungspolitik.

15.06.2021 - 12:00 [ NATO.int ]

NATO leaders agree NATO 2030 reform agenda, discuss Russia, China

NATO Heads of State and Government on Monday (14 June) agreed a set of proposals under the NATO 2030 banner, covering a range of issues, including the protection of critical infrastructure, promoting innovation, boosting partnerships, and making the fight against climate change an important task for NATO for the first time.

15.06.2021 - 11:48 [ Junge Welt ]

Reibereien im Kriegsrat – NATO-Gipfel in Brüssel

Das Militärbündnis steckt mitten in seiner zweiten großen Umorientierungsphase seit dem Ende des Kalten Kriegs. Die erste war diejenige nach dem 11. September 2001, den die westlichen Mächte zum Anlass nahmen, sich als Interventionsbündnis für Kriege und andere Operationen in fernen Ländern zu formieren, zunächst in Afghanistan, dann auch andernorts.

13.06.2021 - 20:35 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the New Government of the State of Israel

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.

13.06.2021 - 06:13 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Ursprung von Sars-CoV-2: Nach 18 Monaten immer noch im Dunkeln

Auch bei dem in der kommenden Woche in Brüssel anstehenden EU-USA-Gipfel wird eine entsprechende Erklärung dieses Inhalts erwartet. Im Entwurf der Erklärung heißt es, eine „transparente, faktengestützte und von Experten geleitete“ Untersuchung unter Leitung der WHO sei notwendig. Diese müsse „frei von Beeinflussungen“ stattfinden.

09.06.2021 - 10:15 [ Achse des Guten ]

Wuhan-Affäre: “Die Weltbevölkerung in die Irre geführt”

Nun aber ist auch in der Presse und dem Rundfunk ein starker Stimmungsumschwung wahrnehmbar. Wodurch wurde der ausgelöst?

Es gab zunächst einmal einen großen Stimmungsumschwung in den USA, das war das Wesentliche. Ich war selbst in viele Gespräche mit amerikanischen Kollegen involviert. In den USA einen Stimmungsumschwung zu erreichen, war sehr wichtig, gerade wegen der besonderen Situation dort. Wir wissen, dass eine Unterabteilung der National Institutes of Health (NIH), die von [dem medizinischen Chefberater des Weißen Hauses; S.F.] Anthony Fauci geleitet wird, mehrere hochriskante Gain-of-function-Forschungsprojekte mit Coronaviren [Experimente, die darauf abzielen, die Übertragbarkeit und/oder Virulenz von Krankheitserregern zu erhöhen; S.F.] in Wuhan jahrelang gefördert hat.

08.06.2021 - 10:18 [ NATO.int ]

NATO Secretary General meets with President Biden at the White House

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday (7 June 2021), to discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit on 14 June. The Secretary General thanked President Biden for his leadership and the “powerful commitment” of the United States to NATO, saying that he welcomed the President’s “strong message on the importance of alliances.”

01.06.2021 - 10:39 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden at the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance

Today, as we remember their sacrifice, we remind ourselves of our duty to their memory, to the future they fought for. We owe the honored dead a debt we can never fully repay. We owe them our whole souls. We owe them our full best efforts to perfect the Union for which they died.

We owe them the work of our hands and our hearts, to make real the promise of a nation founded on the proposition that all of us — all of us — all of us are created equal and deserve to be treated that way throughout our lives.

Democracy is more than a form of government. It’s a way of being; it’s a way of seeing the world. Democracy means the rule of the people — the rule of the people. Not the rule of monarchs, not the rule of the moneyed, not the rule of the mighty — literally, the rule of the people.

The lives of billions, from antiquity to our own hour, have been shaped by the battle between aspirations of the many and the greed of the few. Between people’s right to self-determination and the self-seeking of the dictator. Between dreams of democracy and appetites for autocracy, which we’re seeing around the world.

Our troops have fought this battle on fields around the world, but also the battle of our time. And the mission falls to each of us, each and every day. Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world.

01.06.2021 - 10:21 [ Forbes ]

Biden Warns Democracy ‘In Peril’ During Memorial Day

Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden said “democracy itself” is in “peril” in the U.S. and around the world.

“What we do now” and “how we honor the memory of the fallen,” Biden said, will determine whether democracy can endure.

Repeating one of his go-to campaign lines, Biden claimed the battle for the “soul of America” is “animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts—which we’ve seen of late—and our better angels.”

01.06.2021 - 09:41 [ Fox News ]

UK intelligence reassesses COVID lab leak theory, now says its ‘feasible’

British intelligence services are now reportedly reassessing their position on the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

A Sunday report from the Sunday Times of London quotes British spies who initially dismissed the lab leak theory, but now say it is „feasible.“

29.05.2021 - 10:43 [ Washington Post ]

Coronavirus ‘lab leak’ theory jumps from mocked to maybe as Biden orders intelligence review

Far from dismissing the lab-leak theory, however, President Biden has told his spies to see if the previous administration’s officials, whose work some of his own skeptical aides have called tendentious and overreaching, may have been right to question the lab and conduct a thorough investigation. The White House recently was told that a large amount of information remained to be examined that could shed light on the question, according to a senior administration official who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

29.05.2021 - 09:06 [ Haaretz ]

Biden, Khamenei Hope to Sign Nuclear Deal Before Iran’s June 18 Presidential Election

“It’s one of the fastest negotiations ever between Iran and the Western states,” a European diplomat familiar with the talks told Haaretz.

“If in the past the Iranians submitted each interim agreement for the leadership’s approval in Tehran, a process that sometimes took several days, this time things are being done swiftly. Apparently the Iranian delegation has received wider latitude, but the American flexibility has undoubtedly also contributed a great deal.”