Friday, January 18, 2019

Mueller Special Counsel: BuzzFeed Report On President Trump Telling His Lawyer To Lie Is Not Accurate





Daily Mail: Trump slams bombshell report that claimed he told Cohen to LIE to Congress after Mueller's office issued extraordinary DENIAL saying the story was 'not accurate', sparking the president to call it 'a great day for our country!'

* The special counsel's office issued a public statement disputing the accuracy of a news report saying Trump told his personal attorney Cohen to lie to Congress
* The statement by Robert Mueller's office on Friday night doesn't cite any specific errors
* Shortly after the statement was released Friday evening Trump retweeted a tweet which said: 'Sadly so many will never get the memo that it was fake!'
* Later the president tweeted that it was a 'very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!' while slamming the news outlet
* Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News, issued a statement saying 'We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it'

The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has called the bombshell BuzzFeed report claiming President Donald Trump told his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress false, and Trump has also fired back.

'Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited "Dossier," paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based!' he posted late Friday night.

'A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!'

He then followed that up by tweeting: 'Fake News is truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!'

The President's response comes after the special counsel's office issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of the news report saying that Trump told his personal attorney Cohen to lie to Congress.

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WNU Editor: As this blog predicted earlier today. This BuzzFeed story and the entire main stream media's coverage of it since it was first released yesterday, coupled with many in Congress calling for an investigation and some even for the impeachment of President Trump, is bogus. BuzzFeed's reaction to this statement from the Special Counsel .... which is the first statement that the Special Counsel has ever released on its investigation .... is that they are still standing by their story. Am I surprised by this turn of events .... not really. This is just another example in a long list of Fake News from the main stream media.

More News On The Office Of Special Counsel Robert Mueller Disputing The BuzzFeed Report That President Trump Told His Lawyer To Lie To Congress

Mueller disputes accuracy of BuzzFeed report on Trump, Cohen -- AP
Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie -- FOX News
Mueller breaks silence to dispute parts of bombshell report on Michael Cohen -- The Guardian
Buzzfeed's Trump lawyer report not accurate - Mueller's office -- BBC
BuzzFeed’s Trump Story Latest In Long List Of Russia Bombshells That Weren’t -- Daily Caller

Here Are The Places Where World War III Could Start In 2019


Robert Farley, National Interest: Check Out All of the Places World War III Could Start in 2019

Any guesses?

The flashpoints may change over time, but the fundamental foundations of conflict—the decay of U.S. military hegemony and of the global international order that has accompanied it—mean that the near future will likely become more hazardous than the recent past.

The world has avoided war between major power war since 1945, even if the United States and the Soviet Union came quite close on several occasions during the Cold War. In the first two decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall, great power war seemed virtually unimaginable. Today, with China’s power still increasing and Russia’s rejection of the international order apparently complete , great power conflict is back on the menu.

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WNU Editor: I just do not see World War III breaking out anywhere right now. Even a major war .... on the Korean peninsula, Pakistan-India, etc. .... the odds of that happening in the near future are remote at best. But I also know that one should never say never. There is always the possibility of something unpredictable happening that can change everything.

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Edge Of Darkness' (!943)



From Wikipedia: Edge of Darkness (aka Norway in Revolt) is a 1943 World War II film directed by Lewis Milestone that features Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, and Walter Huston. The feature is based on a script written by Robert Rossen which was adapted from the 1942 novel The Edge of Darkness by William Woods.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 18, 2019


Pavel Felgenhauer, RCD: A Renewed Nuclear Arms Race Between Russia and U.S. Begins to Gather Pace

A last-ditch attempt by Russia and the United States to salvage the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty at a consultation meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 15, ended in mutual acrimony. Washington has accused Moscow of deploying a modified Iskander land-mobile missile launcher fitted with a 9М729 (NATO designation: SSC-8) long-range cruise missile, in blatant violation of the INF. Moscow has adamantly denied any wrongdoing, since the 9М729 allegedly has not been test-fired at ranges longer than 500 kilometers.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 18, 2019

Russia Reacts to U.S. Afghanistan Policy -- Stephen Blank, RCD

After Americans killed in attack, Trump’s Syria plan raises questions -- Lolita Baldor and Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press

Explainer: 'Yellow vest' crisis exposes limits of French welfare system -- Leigh Thomas, Reuters

Run Down the Brexit Clock -- Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

It was never about Europe. Brexit is Britain’s reckoning with itself -- Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian

How Kabila's election strategy unraveled in Congo -- Giulia Paravicini, David Lewis, Aaron Ross, Reuters

A China Chip on New Zealand’s Shoulder? -- Robert Ayson, Commentator

China’s Plan to Break Off U.S. Allies -- Tao Peng, The Diplomat

America's Other Endless War: Somalia -- Michael M. Phillips, Wall Street Journal

Why the US won't be prepared for the next natural disaster -- Gabrielle Canon, The Guardian

A Primer on the Geopolitics of Oil -- Anand Toprani, War On The Rocks

Most of the military and vets agree with Trump: It's time to bring the troops home -- Jack Hunter, Washington Examiner

Huawei and Apple smartphones are both made in China, so what is the difference? -- Christina Zhou, ABC News Online

World News Briefs -- January 18, 2019 (Evening Edition)



The Guardian: Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet again at second nuclear summit

* Location of summit between leaders to be announced later
* Decision comes in wake of talks between Trump and envoy

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit near the end of next month, the White House has announced, after the president held an Oval Office meeting with a North Korean emissary.

Kim Yong-chol, North Korea’s top negotiator and a veteran spy chief, met the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, for about an hour in a Washington hotel, and then spent a bit more than an hour and a half with Trump in the Oval Office, before leaving for a lunch with Pompeo, to discuss more details.

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MIDDLE EAST

Airstrike on IS-held area in Eastern Syria kills 20.

Arab economic summit faces defections over concerns for Syria, Iran.

Lebanon urges Arab League to readmit Syria.

Yemen's Houthis finance war with fuel from Iran: UN report.

Israeli fire wounds 14 on Gaza border: Hamas ministry.

Iran’s FM mocks John Bolton with ’10-year challenge’.

U.S.-born Iranian TV anchor's arrest confirmed by U.S. court.

ASIA

Trump-Kim summit: Second meeting by end of February.

UN chief calls for US-N.Korea roadmap to scrap nuclear weapons.

US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul.

Foreign Minister Qureshi: Pakistan, US on 'same page' over Afghanistan.

At least five people killed in Kashmir avalanche.

Cautious consumers feel the pinch as Chinese economy slows .

Exclusive: U.S. demands regular review of China trade reform.

AFRICA

Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram strike near army chief's home.

Sudan police fire live rounds outside home of slain protester.

Zimbabwean activists on run as protests crackdown raises spectre of Mugabe era .

Zimbabwe shuts down Internet access amid growing unrest. Amid protests Zimbabwe orders second internet shutdown.

DR Congo slams African Union's call to suspend election result.

DR Congo: Constitutional Court to rule on electoral challenge.

Bundestag classifies Maghreb states as 'safe' for refugee returns.

Ivory Coast ex-President Gbagbo's release delayed until February.

EUROPE

EU countries could snub US-Poland summit over Iran concerns.

Germany urges Russia to destroy missile to save nuclear treaty.

Russia warns US missile defense plans will fuel arms race.

Germany urges Russia, Ukraine to de-escalate conflict.

Deadlocked Swedish Parliament affirms Lofven as PM 4 months after election.

Russia's Lavrov, Germany's Maas talk gas pipeline, Ukraine, arms control in Moscow.

Erdogan's wrath stretches to Ukraine, leaving Turks in fear Of Kyiv-assisted 'kidnapping'.

Germany 'considers ban on Huawei' amid global backlash.

Former Macron bodyguard in French custody over misuse of diplomatic passports.

France in shock at gang-rape trial of police from famous BRI unit.

AMERICAS

Trump to meet with top North Korean official to discuss 'fully verified' denuclearization.

House Speaker Pelosi accuses Trump of endangering U.S. troops, lawmakers.

Democrats to investigate claims US President Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie.

Pelosi accuses Trump of outing trip to Afghanistan.

Trump calls Cohen a liar after bombshell BuzzFeed report.

Venezuelan opposition readies protests against Maduro.

Colombian authorities say guerrilla ELN behind car bombing that killed 20.

Venezuela’s military could turn on Nicolás Maduro, according to officials in exile.

Canada counters China threat of 'repercussions' if Huawei banned.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Libyan forces say Al-Qaeda commander killed in southern op.

After years fighting terrorism, the SEALs turn their eyes toward fighting big wars.

Belgium can't keep 'Islamic State' fighters' families out.

It’s not just ISIS. Many terrorist groups have been declared dead — only to rise again.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street extends rally on U.S.-China trade optimism.

Report: Facebook’s privacy lapses may result in record fine.

Canada pours cold water on free trade with China.

Tesla announces it will lay off 7 percent of its workforce.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 18, 2019

Jonathan Farmer, Shannon Kent and Scott Wirtz -- three US military members killed in Syria.

CNN: These are the Americans killed in Syria

(CNN)Four Americans -- an Army chief warrant officer, a Navy chief cryptologic technician, a Defense Department civilian, and a contractor -- died in the suicide bombing in Syria this week.

The blast, believed to have been carried out by ISIS, occurred in the northern city of Manbij on Wednesday and left a total of 14 people dead.

Service members were "conducting a routine patrol" at the time of the explosion, the US-led coaltion Operation Inherent Resolve said.

The Pentagon identified three of those killed. It did not release the name of the contractor because he was not in the military.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 18, 2019

A favorite restaurant in Syria led ISIS to Americans -- NYT

US soldier dies from wounds suffered in Afghanistan -- The Hill

Trump still poised for a drawdown in Afghanistan after the deadliest year for US troops since 2014 -- Military Times

After years fighting terrorism, the SEALs turn their eyes toward fighting big wars -- Defense News

F-22 Raptor receives 3D-printed metallic part for the first time -- UPI

Air Force Adjusts Attack Strategies to Prep for Fighter Jet-Fired Laser Weapons -- Warrior Maven

US Air Force’s plan to launch light-attack aircraft competition is now deferred indefinitely -- Defense News

Mechanical problems force three fighter jets to land in Japan -- Air Force Times

SECNAV to the Navy: You got the money so fix yourselves. Fast. -- Navy Times

Marines Want Missiles To Sink Ships From Shores, And They Want Them Fast -- Breaking Defense

Trump Prepares Case for Funding New Missile Defense Plan -- Bloomberg

The Missile Defense Review is out. Will Congress fund it? -- Defense News

Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO -- The Hill

Because of the shutdown, members of the US military are working without pay for the first time in history -- CNBC

The US military is racing to develop missiles that can sink ships at long distance as China's naval power grows -- Business Insider

Why The Pentagon's Missile Defense Plan Leaves The U.S. Unprotected From Russian Nuclear Attack -- Loren Thompson, Forbes

Navy Secretary Says Change Needed in Wake of Audit -- National Defense

Meet All the Sig Sauer Guns, Rocker Launchers and Sniper Rifles the U.S. Military Will Get in 2019 -- National Interest

The Marines Want a Bullet That Zaps You Like a Taser -- National Interest

Pentagon warns of threat to bases from climate change -- The Hill

The Military Has Started Issuing New Sneakers To Recruits At Boot Camp -- Task & Purpose

With little oversight, the Pentagon uses role players for military training exercises -- NBC

US, S. Korean military cost-sharing dispute raises fears of troop withdrawal -- Stars and Stripes

Pentagon warns Middle East turning to China for drone needs -- Al-Monitor

Japan Intercepts 2 Russian Nuclear-Capable Fighter-Bombers -- F. Gady, Diplomat

Taiwan holds military drills to halt invasion amid rising China tensions -- CNN

Thales to develop Rafale F4 sensors for French military -- UPI

Egypt abuses put French military deals in spotlight as Macron heads to Cairo -- France 24

Are The French Fed Up With Macron?



France 24: Same old elite? Macron's 'revolution' fails with fed up French

Jean-Baptiste Moreau, a farmer who splits his time between parliament and his cow sheds, thought he would be part of the solution to France's political problems when he was elected.

The 41-year-old won a seat in parliament in June 2017 in what some commentators termed a "velvet revolution" led by President Emmanuel Macron, which saw grumpy voters turf out a whole generation of MPs from the country's main political parties.

Macron's victorious centrist movement filled half its parliamentary seats with people who had never held political office before, including Moreau, who posted a picture on Twitter of himself delivering a calf on Christmas Day.

But less than two years after the biggest turnover in political personnel in 60 years, France has faced another anti-elite revolt led by "yellow vest" protesters commanding widespread public support.

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WNU Editor: A little back grounded here. I live in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), and I can speak and read French. I have many friends in France, and I have been there so many times over the years that I have lost count. That is why when I read the above analysis from France 24 I am just shaking my head on how wrong they are. To begin .... French President Emmanuel Macron's movement is not centrist .... not even close (though they like to say that they are). The French President was a member of the Socialist Party for years, and was appointed by Socialist French President to be Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs. He was always a statist, and nothing he has done as President has convinced me otherwise. And as for his "revolution" .... what a laugh .... it is more of an attempt to maintain the status quo. So what is my take on the unrest. The revolt is not about elites .... it is more about the working poor, middle class, small entrepreneurs, and those who want a better life who are revolting against a system and ideology that they feel is targeting them. What is also making them even more angrier is how they have been labelled by the French President .... Seeking to quell Yellow Vest anger, Macron says some of the poor are just 'screwing around' (France 24), and how the police has been used stop them .... Gilets Jaunes: French 'flash-ball' row over riot-gun injuries (BBC). What is worse is that French President Macron is not going to deviate from his policies. He believes he has a mandate to impose them, and he will. The end result is to expect more protests as the weather gets better, and definitely a very "hot" summer.

How Would The U.S. Respond If Russia Or China Shot Down A Manned American Spy Plane ?

An MC-12W intelligence and reconnaissance aircraft returns from a mission over Afghanistan in 2014. (Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Air Force)

Air Force Times: War game: If China or Russia downed an ISR aircraft, how would the US really respond?

Will the rise of drone warfare unintentionally drag the world into more conflicts?

That’s what some pundits and policymakers have cautioned in the past, arguing that the absence of human pilots will allow military leaders to take on riskier missions without suffering political blow-back from losing crewmembers if a mission goes awry.

A war game held at MIT Lincoln Labs and Harvard University in September 2017, however, challenges that assumption.

The study makes the case that drone warfare could decrease the likelihood of conflict between states, as military planners will avoid the trap of escalating military options if an aircraft is lost.

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WNU Editor: There are cases in the recent past that give an insight on how the U.S., Russia, and China will respond today if a plane is shot down. When a Russian fighter was shot down by Turkey in 2015 (2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-24 shootdown), threats and an increase in military deployments was the Russian response. In the case of China and the U.S. .... the Chinese lost a fighter jet when it bumped a U.S. intelligence plane over the South China Sea in 2001 (Hainan Island incident). The U.S. and Chinese response was political and diplomatic .... a military response was not used. My guess is that if Russia or China deliberately shot down a U.S. plane today, and there were casualties, the pressure to retaliate will be there. But U.S. military force will not be used. But if it should happen again .... the U.S. will retaliate very quickly.

China Is Developing Two Stealth Bombers

The cover of the May 2018 edition of Chinese magazine Aviation Knowledge featuring some of the most recent unofficial concept art of the JH-XX. Aviation Knowledge is the country's oldest aviation-specific publication, publishing its first issue in 1958. Chinese Internet

Warzone/The Drive: Intel Report Confirms China Developing Stealthy Tactical Bomber In Addition To Strategic Bomber

News of China's development of a long-range stealth fighter bomber is a punch to the gut to those who long championed a similar concept for the USAF.

An arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community has publicly confirmed the existence of not one, but two Chinese stealth bomber development programs for the first time in a new report. In addition to the much-reported H-20 stealth heavy bomber program, China is also working on a smaller, regionally-focused stealthy bomber, commonly referred to as JH-XX.

This new information was contained in the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) latest China Military Power report, which the Agency released on Jan. 15, 2019. DIA restarted issuing its "Military Power" unclassified public reviews, which trace their origins to the Cold War-era Soviet Military Power reports, in 2017. This new examination of China's capabilities says the information it contains is up to date as of November 2018.

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Update #1: The Pentagon Believes China Is Likely Developing A Long-Range Nuclear Bomber (Task and Purpose/Bloomberg)
Update #2: China Is Developing Two Stealth Bombers: Report (National Interest)

WNU Editor:  The U.S. currently has only one stealth bomber in service .... twenty B-2s, and a plan to develop/manufacture/deploy 100 Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range stealth bombers in the future.

Problems Continue With The USMC's Huge New CH-53K King Stallion Helicopter



Warzone/The Drive: USMC's Huge New CH-53K King Stallion Helicopter Has Not So Tiny Problems, Faces More Delays

Persistent technical issues continue to hound the program as the Corps' aging Super Stallions are in ever more dire need of replacement.

The U.S. Navy says it's not sure when the U.S. Marine Corps will be able to declare initial operational capability with their new Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopters due to technical issues. The CH-53K program already has a long history of delays and these new developments threaten to again push back the Marines’ plans to replace their increasingly old and troublesome CH-53E Super Stallion fleet.

Vertical Magazine got the latest status update on the CH-53K program as of January 2019. Bloomberg was the first to report that new problems had emerged in the helicopter’s development in December 2018. The Marine Corps had taken delivery of its first King Stallion in May 2018.

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Update: The Marine Corps' Most Expensive Helicopter Ever Is Still Riddled With Problems (Task & Purpose)

WNU Editor: It is hard to believe that a helicopter can be more expensive than a F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter, but the US Marines' CH-53K helicopter program at $144 million per helicopter has achieved that goal.

This Leaked Video Shows The F-35 Launching 5 Air-to-Surface Missiles Against 5 Test Targets



National Interest: A Must See: This Leaked Video Shows the F-35 in "Beast Mode"

A recently leaked video sheds light on one of the F-35’s possible weapons configurations, previously dubbed as “beast mode” in a Lockheed Martin infographic.

The video, dating back to November of 2018, depicts an F-35 simultaneously firing five air-to-surface missiles against five test targets. At least one of the targets-- a light vehicle-- can be seen moving.

Though it is presently unconfirmed where the trial took place and what kind of guided bomb was used, defense expert Ian D’Costa offered some clarifying insight to The Aviationist : “It’s an F-35 at NTTR (Nellis Test and Training Range), I could be wrong, but it [seems to be] dropping five Paveway IVs and hitting all five targets with GEOT (Good Effect On Target).”

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WNU Editor:As I mentioned in a prior post. It is good to see that they are progressing on making the F-35 into the platform that they had originally promised.

Should An ICBM-Killing Missile Be Developed For The F-35?

An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft conducts the first separation of a Joint Standoff Weapon C from an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. (U.S. Navy via Raytheon)

Defense News: Pentagon considers an ICBM-killing weapon for the F-35, but is it affordable?

WASHINGTON — Over the next six months, the Defense Department will weigh whether to develop a new weapon for the F-35 fighter jet that will enable it to strike down an intercontinental ballistic missile in the early stages of flight.

And it’s the Pentagon’s lead official for developmental technologies who is bullish on the prospect, telling reporters Jan. 17 that a new weapon could be both operationally effective and low cost.

"For certain regional geographies — North Korea comes to mind — we actually think it’s entirely possible and cost-effective to deploy what I will loosely call air-to-air interceptors, although possibly of new design, on advanced aircraft [and] using the aircraft as either sensor or weapons platforms to affect a missile intercept,” said Mike Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.

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WNU Editor: They are saying that such a missile would not be too costly to develop or deploy. Considering the history of the F-35, I am skeptical that it will be cheap or easy to deploy.

Report: President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project

Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

BuzzFeed: President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project

Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.

And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.
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WNU Editor: The problem with this story are many. One .... we should not forget that it is Buzzfeed that pushed the Steele Dossier story (that has since been discredited by Steele himself who also condemned BuzzFeed for publishing it), but a document that helped pushed the establishment of the Mueller investigation .... Ex-British Spy Admits That His 'Dirty' Dossier On Trump Was Not Verified (April 26, 2017). And now .... two years later .... the same website is publishing another unverified story, which is now being used by Congressional Democrats to push for another full investigation.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Second point .... the former White House counsel says he had "no involvement with or knowledge of Michael Cohen’s testimony. Nor was he aware of anyone in the White House Counsel’s Office who did.". So who are the lawyers that prepared Michael Cohen's testimony? Third. The Trump Tower Project was not a secret. Even President Trump mentioned that this was one of many projects that he wanted to pursue in the event that he had lost the election. So why should he tell his lawyer to lie about it, that many already knew about it? Fourth .... Buzzfeed says that this info is coming from two anonymous sources. Sadly .... I have learned in the past two years that these anonymous sources are usually proven to be wrong. But the impact of this story is already being used politically. As predicted. The Democrats are using this unverified and unsubstantiated story to launch a full investigation.

Update: This is the best analysis on what I have read so far on why the Michael Cohen allegation is going to go nowhere, and why his testimony will not be trusted .... Can you trust Michael Cohen? (Spectator). But in my opinion the damage has already been done. The story is all over the news, these allegations are being treated as real, and the Democrats are calling for the President's impeachment .... Lawmakers Urged to 'Start the Impeachment Proceedings' After Report Trump Ordered Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress (Common Dreams).

Editor's Note

Giving a presentation this morning. Blogging will return in the next few hours.

Tweets For Today






Picture Of The Day

A man covers his face as the sandstorm hits near the River Nile in Cairo

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... In pictures: Cairo turns orange as sandstorm sweeps Egypt (BBC).

It Seems The F-35 Can Now Out Manoeuvre Older Jets

An F-35 Lightning II flies over as part of the Heritage Flight, also comprising of the P-51 Mustang, A-10 Thunderbolt, and F-22 Raptor, during Luke Days at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 18, 2018. US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken

Business Insider: The F-35 was once trounced by F-16s in dogfights, but it just proved it can out-turn older jets

* In 2015 the F-35 lost repeatedly in mock dogfights with F-16s because it couldn't turn well enough, a test pilot wrote in an official report.
* But new videos leaked from the US Air Force's F-35 demo or stunt flying team show the jet making head-spinning turns that older jets could never hit.
* A former F-35 squadron commander told Business Insider that the jet has become an excellent dogfighter, and the new moves show it.

Early in its combat testing, a test pilot's damning report leaked to the press and exposed the world's most expensive weapons system, the F-35, as a bad dogfighter that the F-16 routinely trounced in mock battles.

But new videos leaked from the US Air Force's F-35 demo or stunt flying team show the jet making head-spinning turns that older jets could never hit.

In 2015, the test pilot's write up of the jet's combat performance obliterated the idea of F-35 as a capable dogfighter due to a glaring flaw: Weak maneuverability.

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WNU Editor: It is about time.

Commentaries And Analysis On The Pentagon's Missile Defense Review



Aaron Mehta , Joe Gould , and Tara Copp, Defense News: The Missile Defense Review is out. Will Congress fund it?

WASHINGTON — The Missile Defense Review, formally unveiled Jan. 17 at the Pentagon by President Donald Trump, calls for major investments from both new technologies and existing systems.

“I will accept nothing less for our nation than the most effective, cutting-edge missile defense systems,” Trump said. “We have the best anywhere in the world. It's not even close.”

But unless Congress approves the major funding increase that will be required to make it all a reality, many of those programs may fall by the wayside — and questions are emerging over whether these systems will be funded by a Democratic House of Representatives that is looking to cut defense spending.

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Commentaries And Analysis On The Pentagon's Missile Defense Review

Here's All You Need To Know About The New Missile Defense Review That Was Just Released -- Warzone/The Drive
5 Key Missile Defense Technologies, Tactics The Pentagon Wants -- Investors Business Daily
Weaponizing space & dreams of new tech: US missile defense review in a nutshell -- RT
US will 'quit all treaties' & 'make militarization of space inevitable' with new Trump doctrine -- RT
Trump just reimagined how the US will fight nuclear wars — but it's a losing battle with Russia -- Alex Lockie, Business Insider
“Star Wars” Light? We Explain Trump's Missile Defense Strategy -- Popular Mechanics
Missile Defense Review a Multi-Billion IOU to White House -- Paul McLeary, Breaking Defense
Don't Expect (American) Lasers In Space Anytime Soon -- Task & Purpose
Donald Trump's Mission Impossible: Making His Unrealistic Missile Plan Work -- Joseph Cirincione, National Interest