Conservatives In The US Can Hope The Shock That Just Rattled The UK Points To What’s Ahead Here

For the first time since Margaret Thatcher won re-election in 1983, a Conservative Prime Minister has been returned to the top leadership post in Great Britain in what analysts are calling a shocking landslide victory. British PM David Cameron and his Tory Party have scored a resounding victory that left Conservatives with an outright majority in the House of Commons, meaning there’s no need for Cameron to form a coalition government.

Fox News reports that “Cameron and the Tories left opponents on the right and left in tatters,” with the Labour Party losing some two dozen seats in Parliament. Liberal Democrats were stunned by a loss of 49 seats, leaving them with only 8 seats in Great Britain’s governing body. With their clear victory and dominant position in Parliament, the Conservatives, as Fox News notes, now have “a mandate to implement the party’s full agenda of cutting government, entitlements and taxes.”

Cameron’s solid victory has implications for the future of both the NATO alliance and the European Union. It will also likely impact thorny issues concerning a move toward nationalism in the United Kingdom, as The Daily Mail observes:

“Mr Cameron made clear he was determined not to allow the rising tide of nationalism to lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom, saying: ‘I want to bring our country together, our United Kingdom together, not least by implementing as fast as we can the devolution that we rightly promised and came together with other parties to agree both for Wales and for Scotland.”

In its coverage of the stunning victory for the Conservatives, The New York Times reports on the failure of pre-election polling to predict the extent of the victory for Prime Minister David Cameron.

“The result was something of a shock to a nation that had been conditioned by months of polls suggesting a near tie between the Conservatives and Labour to expect days or weeks of negotiations following Election Day, in which the two parties would have to cobble together a viable coalition.”

Cameron went to Buckingham Palace on Friday to inform Queen Elizabeth II that the elections had given him enough support to form a government.

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US Ally Gave 10,000 Passports To ISIS!

Why would any NATO member nation in their right mind issue 10,000 passports to ISIS?

Of course, the question presupposes that the leadership of NATO member Turkey are in their right minds.

WND.com reported that an Egyptian intelligence official says he delivered this report to the Obama Administration, saying: “Turkey continues to allow free passage to Iraq and Syria to Islamic State fighters.”

Clearly, if this claim is even half true and 5000 passports were issued, we are talking about a worldwide ISIS travel threat!

And we’ll spare you the answer to the joke of how many ISIS fighters it takes to change the ignition bulb on a thermonuclear backpack bomb. (Hint: Less than 5000.)

And where does Obama stand on this? ‘Bring ‘em in–the more the merrier!’ Obama keeps bringing in hordes of Muslims to American cities faster than you can say “New Mecca.”

What’s more insane is that the United States is sworn to defend any NATO member ally of ours. But with allies like Turkey, who needs enemies?

So what is Congress waiting for? When are they going to insist on ejecting Turkey from NATO–or having the U.S. withdraw from NATO? Because if one of those two things are not done, the United States of America is honor-bound to march straight into World War III for our alleged ally.

Can anyone say “regime change”?

Please send a link to this video to your elected representative and anyone you know who still gives a rip about keeping the United States an intact nation. Thank you.

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Irish Fishermen Nearly Dragged To The Depths By What They Believe Was A Russian Submarine

On Wednesday afternoon, while trawling at a point known as the Calf Man near the Isle of Man in the Irish sea, the fishing vessel Karen was suddenly dragged violently backward through the water, nearly knocking her crew off their feet. The four men on board believe their nets may have caught a submarine passing below them.

“Without warning, we were stopped and pulled backwards very violently at around 10 knots which is the top speed of the vessel. I really thought that was it. It was fortunate that one of the steel ropes holding the net snapped or we would have been pulled under very quickly,” skipper Paul Murphy recalled.

The crew was unharmed, but shaken. “I actually had to sit down for ten minutes afterwards,” Murphy said while being interviewed on The Anton Savage Show. “My hands were shaking so much I couldn’t lift the radio to call the coastguard.”

The entire incident lasted only about five seconds, but it left the Karen with upwards of £10,000 in damages and her crew with lots of questions.

Dick James, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producers’ Organisation, said the cause of the disruption “was a submarine, it had to be, it could not have been anything else.”

But whose submarine was it?

A NATO exercise involving 55 warships, 13,000 sailors, and 70 aircraft is currently taking place north of the Irish Sea close to the Scottish coast. However, Royal Navy protocol says that, in an incident like the one experienced by the crew of the Karen, a submarine should immediately surface to identify itself and check on the health and welfare of those involved.

No submarine ever surfaced, leading many to believe the culprit was not involved in the military exercises–and could possibly be from Russia.

“There has been Russian activity,” James commented. “There have been allied exercises going on, the Russians have been taking an interest in it.” Russian submarines have been suspected of operating close to the UK and Irish shorelines.

“My concern is that protocols aren’t being followed,” he continued, “because the Cold War is hotting up, and it might have been a Russian submarine.”

The Ministry of Defense has refused to comment on whether there was any submarine activity in the area — about 18 miles from Ardglass in County Down — but Sky News’ defense correspondent, Alistair Bunkall, said he has been “reliably told that no British or Russian submarines were in those waters at the time.”

“Submarines give off a signature that can be tracked by magnetic anomaly detectors, essentially a network of sonar buoys, aircraft or undersea cables that pick up the boats movements,” Bunkall said. “Submarines also give off wake turbulence which is another way of tracking them. And never underestimate US intelligence capabilities – they are able to detect when a Russian sub leaves its base and let allies know so it can be tracked.”

James also conceded that “Our defence forces are not up to much if a rogue submarine of unidentified nationality is tearing around the Irish Sea.”

The incident remains shrouded in mystery, but fishermen in the port of Ardglass want answers. Sinn Féin Northern Ireland Assembly member Chris Hazzard said the community is angry:

The fact that this submarine didn’t even surface to make sure the fishermen were safe has caused considerable resentment in the area. It is totally unacceptable that a submarine would show such contempt for maritime workers.

The skipper and his crew on the Karen, and indeed all of the local fleet, deserve to know the truth about what happened. Whether this is a British vessel attached to the hugely controversial Trident system or a Nato submarine in training, our local fishermen deserve justice.

h/t: Business Insider

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Who Really Profits From The West’s Warmongering?

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Militarism and military spending are everywhere and on the rise, as the new Cold War propaganda seems to be paying off. The new “threats” that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda.

Here are just a few examples:

The German government announced last week that it would purchase 100 more “Leopard” tanks — a 45 percent increase in the country’s inventory. Germany had greatly reduced its inventory of tanks, as the end of the Cold War meant the end of any threat of a Soviet ground invasion of Europe. The German government now claims that these 100 new tanks, which may cost nearly half a billion dollars, are necessary to respond to the new Russian ‘assertiveness’ in the region. Never mind that Russia has neither invaded nor threatened any country in the region, much less a NATO member country.

The U.S. Cold War-era nuclear bunker under Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, which was all but shut down in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, is being brought back to life. The Pentagon has committed nearly a billion dollars to upgrading the facility to its previous Cold War-level of operations. U.S. defense contractor Raytheon will be the prime beneficiary of this contract. Raytheon is a major financial sponsor of think tanks like the Institute for the Study of War, which continuously churn out pro-war propaganda. I am sure these big contracts are a good return on that investment.

NATO, which I believe should have been shut down after the Cold War ended, is also getting its own massively expensive upgrade. The Alliance commissioned a new headquarters building in Brussels, Belgium, in 2010, which is supposed to be completed in 2016. The building looks like a hideous claw, and the final cost — if it is ever finished — will be well over $1 billion. That is more than twice what was originally budgeted. What a boondoggle! Is it any surprise that NATO bureaucrats and generals continuously try to terrify us with tales of the new Russian threat? They need to justify their expansion plans!

So who is the real enemy? The Russians?

No, the real enemy is the taxpayer. The real enemy is the middle class and the productive sectors of the economy. We are the victims of this new runaway military spending. Every dollar or euro spent on a contrived threat is a dollar or euro taken out of the real economy and wasted on military Keynesianism. It is a dollar stolen from a small business owner that will not be invested in innovation, spent on research to combat disease, or even donated to charities that help the needy.

One of the most pervasive and dangerous myths of our time is that military spending benefits an economy. This could not be further from the truth. Such spending benefits a thin layer of well-connected and well-paid elites. It diverts scarce resources from meeting the needs and desires of a population and channels them into manufacturing tools of destruction. The costs may be hidden by the money-printing of the central banks, but they are eventually realized in the steady destruction of a currency.

The elites are terrified that peace may finally break out, which will be bad for their profits. That is why they are trying to scuttle the Iran deal, nix the Cuba thaw, and drum up a new “Red Scare” coming from Moscow. We must not be fooled into believing their lies.

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Norway Spends One Billion Dollars On Secret Mountain Sub Base, Gives It To The Russians

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Talk about secret Arctic lairs! Norway, a NATO member, spent approximately one billion dollars to develop a secret underground submarine base in the Arctic mountains near the massive Russian fleet located on the Kola Peninsula. Late in the last decade, a leftist Norwegian government (read communist at heart) decided to close the structure and sell it to the highest bidder.

A Norwegian businessman bought the base for $5 million and promptly leased it to the Russians. Talk about a strategic blunder! Now Russian warplanes are showing their thanks by consistently violating Norwegian airspace and causing near mid-air collisions.

Yahoo News reports:

Russian ships docked at what was once a secret Norwegian naval base in the Arctic have prompted concern from the NATO country’s former top military leaders, anxious about its resurgent eastern neighbour roaming nearby.

Norway’s jagged Arctic coastline has regained its strategic importance since tensions between Russia and NATO members have spiked to levels not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The rocky relations have led some to criticise the shutting down of Olavsvern Naval Base, a massive complex burrowed into a mountain near the northern town of Tromsoe, that has been closed since 2009.

“We sold the only base worthy of the name that we had up there. It’s pure madness,” former vice admiral Einar Skorgen, who commanded Norway’s northern forces, told AFP.

“If the ships aren’t there where they are needed, they might as well be scrapped altogether.”

“With 7,000 billion kroner in the bank,” he wrote, “you would have thought that the Norwegian nation had the means and savvy to retain ownership of Olavsvern base.”

With our NATO allies reducing defense spending as Russia runs rampant through Ukraine and threatens the Baltics and other NATO allies, one could be forgiven for feeling like this is the period before World War II.

Too many stupid decisions are being made while politicians have their heads in the sand.

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