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PBC News & Comment: Ready for an American Military Coup?

Hysterical coverage of Syria retreat continues, and Adm. McRaven pens op-ed in NY Times offering rationales for Trump’s imminent removal…..--you can read the ravings of McRaven here

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--edging closer to challenging Trump, Mitt Romney says Trump was played by Turkey and Russia

--corporate media continue to frame Syria pullout as “cave-in” based on false notions that US must dominate the Mideast

--Turkey refuses to call Pence’s cease-fire a cease-fire, preferring “pause”

--at ConsortiumNews, Pepe Escobar gives a brief history of how Syria won the war, and CIA lost

--and Max Blumenthal reveals that the US has backed 21 of the 28 “crazy militias” now aligned with Turkey

--at Truthdig, Danny Sjursen thinks Trump could stick Democrats with pro-war stances to distract from impeachment and win the election

--NY Times did acknowledge Tulsi Gabbard’s criticism, using it to repeat smears from last week

--Hillary Clinton spins fantasies about Gabbard as Russia’s choice for a third-party run

--in Georgetown speech, Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s speech policies

--Facebook critic Siva Vaidhyanathan pulverizes Zuck’s speech in op-ed

From the impeachment file

--Mulvaney tries to walk back his comments which confirmed Ukraine quid pro quo and advice to “get over it”

--George Kent, who faced investigators this week, says he tried to sound alarm about Hunter Biden’s Burisma gig in 2015

--Democrats’ talking points are revealed

--Rick Perry, implicated in Ukraine schemes, announces resignation to spend more time with his lawyers

In other news…

--a Mexican immigrant died in ICE custody in Illinois

--brother of Honduras president is convicted for taking $1 million from El Chapo, who delivered the cash personally

--a son of El Chapo was arrested by Mexican police, but the cartel launched a war and AMLO ordered him released

--general strike shuts down Barcelona in protest of conviction of separatist leaders

--Jim Fetzer convicted by jury over book co-authored with Mike Palacek called Nobody Died at Sandy Hook