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  1. Gezza

     /  October 9, 2018

    Why do countries want to buy the Russian S-400?
    The system is an upgrade to the S-300, which Syria recently purchased, with potential clients such as India and Turkey.

    The Vostok-2018 war games in eastern Siberia last month marked Russia’s biggest military exercise in more than 30 years, with about 300,000 Russian, Chinese and Mongolian troops taking part. More than just an exercise, the war games were a public relations opportunity to showcase military hardware, Russia’s second-biggest source of income after oil.

    During Vostok-2018, Russia showed off the S-400 surface-to-air missile, one of the country’s most advanced and marketable weapons systems in recent years. The S-400 is a massive upgrade to the S-300, its predecessor which was recently sent to Syria. Because of its capabilities, several countries including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India and Qatar have said they are willing to buy the S-400.

    Almost every government that announced it was planning to buy the system was threatened with some kind of diplomatic retaliation from the US, NATO or adversaries.

    The reason for this blowback, according to several experts Al Jazeera interviewed, is not only because the S-400 is technologically advanced, it also poses a potential risk for long-standing alliances. “The S-400 is among the most advanced air defence systems available, on par with the best the West has to offer,” said Siemon Wezeman, senior researcher with Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) arms transfers and military expenditure programme.

    “Its radars and other sensors, as well as its missiles, cover an extensive area – the radar has a range of at least 600km for surveillance, and its missiles have ranges of up to 400km,” Wezeman told Al Jazeera. “It’s precise and it manages to track a very large number of potential targets, including stealth targets.” Other advantages are its modular setup and high mobility, meaning it can be set up, fired and moved within minutes.
    More …
    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/countries-buy-controversial-russian-400-181007205808578.html

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  2. Gezza

     /  October 9, 2018

    A deafening silence from Western European countries and the US over the apparent murder of Saudi Arabian critic & journalist Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Ankara.

    A reminder to other Middle Eastern countries of the West’s hypocrisy when it comes to countries they want to sell arms to and buy oil from.

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  3. Time will tell whether Trump is suddenly able to make the ‘war on drugs’ work after decades of failure.

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    • Blazer

       /  October 9, 2018

      this Colin Powell with Presidential aspirations…

      ‘. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell told Army Times in April 1991: “Think hard about it, I’m running out of demons. I’m running out of villains. . . I’m down to Castro and Kim Il Sung.”[4]’

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      • Corky

         /  October 9, 2018

        I’m a firm believer in the ‘Powell Doctrine’ of military engagement. I suggested that yesterday with regards to Afghanistan.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 9, 2018

          Powell Doctrine. … It is based in large part on the Weinberger Doctrine, devised by Caspar Weinberger, former Secretary of Defense and Powell’s former boss. The doctrine emphasizes U.S. national security interests, overwhelming strike capabilities with an emphasis on ground forces, and widespread public support.

          Yes. This was employed in Iraq and Afghanistan already but widespread public support disappeared.

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          • Corky

             /  October 9, 2018

            No, not a full scale deployment.

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            • Gezza

               /  October 9, 2018

              That’s as full scale a deployment as the US is ever going to do Corky. Their people will never allow them to uselessly sacrifice the lives of their boys in a far-off foreign country that is no direct threat to them – like they did in Vietnam – ever again. They’d rather attack their enemy from hundreds of kilometres away with missiles and drones.

        • Blazer

           /  October 9, 2018

          you miss Powells point …he takes orders from the corporatocracy,munitions manufactures lobby,military/industrial complex.

          To galvanise public opinion and justify expenditures you must have a demon…when Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe it created a vacuum that had to be filled.

          The War of Terror is the replacement …and fear and loathing has to be indoctrinated in the hearts and minds of the average..stiff.

          Thats how you get ‘growth’ and make$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

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  5. duperez

     /  October 9, 2018

    Anyone been past the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Wellington this morning? Any Health and safety warnings outside? Of the “Enter at Own Risk” or “Dangerous Building but not because of Earthquake Risk” type. Maybe entering with confidence might require a McCully Shield.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jamal-khashoggi-killed-inside-saudi-arabia-consulate-turkey-instanbul-a8572326.html

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    • Gezza

       /  October 9, 2018

      Possibly Golriz is there? I haven’t checked her twitter feed for today. Jacinda indicated she was concerned yesterday. I think she was waiting to see how concerned other Western countries are. I think the Saudis buy a lot of meat from us.

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  6. sorethumb

     /  October 9, 2018

    Antifa thugs attack Tommy Robinson- Police: “what can we do. They were wearing masks”?

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    • sorethumb

       /  October 9, 2018

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    • Corky

       /  October 9, 2018

      Time for coordinated vigilantly action. Fucking filthy Left thugs. Tommy took his lumps like a man.
      This is how things go from bad to worse.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 9, 2018

        It’s interesting that you think that he was given the punishment that he and his actions deserved and that it was time for this coordinated vigilante action !. That’s very strange indeed.

        He isn’t Left, by the way. And he doesn’t seem to be accepting that he was given what he deserved and had coming to him, if his complaints are anything to go by.

        Nor does he agree that it was time for this action.

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  8. duperez

     /  October 9, 2018

    I think I just heard President Trump speaking on the occasion of Kavanaugh signing in, that he, (the esteemed Supreme Court Judge) had been “proven innocent.”

    I bet $413 million that some American judges shook their heads at hearing that.

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    • Corky

       /  October 9, 2018

      I didn’t once I heard Ford. He hasn’t officially been proven innocent..how could he
      given it wasn’t a court. But anyone with a rational mind knows even if Kavanaugh was guilty he would be found not guilty by dint of very poor evidence against him.

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