By Gen Chuck Wald – Re-Blogged From Prager University
By Michael Snyder – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost
Israel and Hamas are already essentially in a state of war, and yet the mainstream media in the United States has been virtually silent about this conflict. For the past 6 months, Hamas has been conducting violent demonstrations along the border with Israel, and last Friday 130 protesters got shot as the violence escalated wildly out of control. Over the past several weeks, Israel has been enduring an endless barrage of incendiary devices and rockets, and the Israelis appear to be out of patience at this point. On Wednesday night, the Israeli military hit eight different Hamas targets in the Gaza strip. The following comes from Haaretz…
The Israeli military struck eight Hamas targets in three different military compounds in the Gaza Strip late Wednesday night following the firing of a rocket into southern Israel.
These strikes were in response to a rocket that had been fired into Israel earlier in the day…
Re-Blogged From Stratfor
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China Remains in the U.S. Crosshairs. The United States will impose tariffs, sanctions and blocks on investment and research in a bid to frustrate China’s development of strategic technologies. China not only has the tools to manage the economic blow, but will also accelerate efforts to lessen its reliance on foreign-sourced technological components.
Trade Battles Fall Short of a Full-Fledged War. Trade frictions will remain high this quarter as the White House continues on an economic warpath in the name of national security. U.S. tariffs will invite countermeasures from trading partners targeting U.S. agricultural and industrial goods. As Congress attempts to reclaim trade authority, the White House will refrain from escalating these trade battles into an all-out trade war.
- The United States is restructuring its global military footprint, reallocating its resources and shifting its strategic focus to better compete against China and Russia.
- To achieve this, the United States will be compelled to prioritize its commitments in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
- However, enduring U.S. commitments elsewhere and emerging global flashpoints will sidetrack Washington’s attention and resources.
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By AFP – Re-Blogged From Newsmax
China has for the first time landed several bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea, a move that could provoke renewed tensions between countries bordering the strategically vital maritime region.
Several bombers of various types — including the long-range, nuclear strike capable H-6K — carried out landing and take off drills at an unidentified island airfield after carrying out simulated strike training on targets at sea, the Chinese airforce said in a statement Friday.
Re-Blogged From Stratfor
Since China began its extensive land reclamation program in the South China Sea in 2013, Beijing has focused on improving its presence and infrastructure at seven locations in the Spratly Island chain: Cuarteron Reef, Fiery Cross, Gaven, Hughes, Johnson, Mischief and Subi reefs.