Seven years ago General David Petraeus and analyst Michael O’Hanlon wrote this paean to the U.S. military:
The United States has the best military in the world today, by far. U.S. forces have few, if any, weaknesses, and in many areas—from naval warfare to precision-strike capabilities, to airpower, to intelligence and reconnaissance, to special operations—they play in a totally different league from the militaries of other countries. Nor is this situation likely to change anytime soon, as U.S. defense spending is three times as large as that of the United States’ closest competitor, China, and accounts for about one-third of all global military expenditures—with another third coming from U.S. allies and partners. Nevertheless, 15 years of war and five years of budget cuts and Washington dysfunction have taken their toll. The military is certainly neither broken nor unready for combat, but its size and resource levels are less than is advisable given the range of contemporary threats and the missions for which it has to prepare. No radical changes or major buildups are needed. But the trend of budget cuts should stop and indeed be modestly reversed, and defense appropriations should be handled more rationally and professionally than has been the case in recent years.
One of the lessons that should be learned from the war in Ukraine on the anniversary of the start of Russia’s Special Military Operation is that the United States has the most expensive military in the world but is totally unprepared to fight a first world power. During the last year we have learned that javelins, stingers and HIMARS are not game changers for Ukraine. The war in Ukraine has exposed the weakness of the U.S. and European military industrial base. NATO has lost its ability to produce essential ammunition required to sustain Ukraine’s needs in the battle and lacks stockpiles of tanks and armored vehicles that Ukraine begs for on a daily basis. The U.S. is no longer the industrial behemoth that churned out tanks, planes, aircraft carriers, destroyers and bombs in the Second World War.
Russia, for its part, continues to steadily advance along the entire 1000 mile front (not as fast as a bunch of arm chair generals want) and is inflicting massive casualties on the Ukrainian forces. At no point since February 2022 has Ukraine been able to mount a counter attack against a numerically equal Russian force. Ukraine’s much ballyhooed offensive from last August/September was against an outnumbered group of military police and Russia managed to effect a professional tactical retreat.
The real game changer is Russia’s industrial base. Russia has the natural resources, the factories and the skilled workers to produce the weapons, vehicles, tanks and planes it needs to sustain its forces in the field. The Biden Administration, the media and the pundits in America fail to grasp this reality. Instead they continue to repeat the lie that Russia’s economy is in tatters and drowning under the weight of U.S. sanctions.
One of the commenters at this blog exemplifies the delusion embraced by most Americans about the prowess of the American military:
The US defeated Iraq decisively in 2003.
Then the US blew the peace.
The US also rolled over the Taliban and Al Qaeda very decisively in 2001 – 2002.
The US military drove the Iraqi military out of Kuwait and then crushed them in 1991, in a few days.
The US military won just about every major engagement again the Vietnamese communists.
The problem is that the US suffers from mission creep imposed by idiot politicians and greedy leach contractors; mission creep like nation building, but the US military is quite effective at destroying the enemy and seizing his territory.
This is pure clown world. It is true that U.S. forces took control in 2003 of sizeable chunks of Iraq and occupied Baghdad. But the Iraqi Army lacked air power and effective artillery. Yee haw!! America beat up the kid in a wheel chair. Let us not forget that the United States’ policies in Iraq also spawned a deadly insurgency and led to the birth of ISIS, which carried out epic terrorist attacks in Europe, the Middle East and America. Iraq displayed the impotence of U.S. military power to create a stable political order.
I really question the intelligence of a person who touts the “U.S. rolling over the Taliban and Al Qaeda in 2001 – 2002” and blithely ignores the U.S. ignominious defeat in Afghanistan in August 2021. The Taliban that we supposedly vanquished took back Kabul and forced the United States into a panicked withdrawal. Oh yeah. The U.S. abandoned thousands of Afghans who we had promised previously to protect.
And then there is the ghost of Vietnam. “We won every major engagement against the Vietnamese communists.” So what! Killing Viet Cong in the jungles and mountains did not prevent the North Vietnamese from sweeping down and vanquishing the South Vietnamese government. Here again, U.S. military power was impotent to create a political outcome that served U.S. national interests.
Most Americans indulge the fantasy that if we just use more military force (i.e., more cowbell). This insanity continues to posses the political class controlling Washington and they show no sign of relenting in their quest to destroy Vladimir Putin and magically transform Russia into a lackey of the West. That is what is at stake in Russia’s war in Ukraine and the majority of the Russian people, not just the political and military leaders, understand this threat.
We are witnessing the end of the era when the strength of the U.S. economy and its control of the world economy via the petro dollar enabled Washington to pursue its reckless, multiple overseas military expeditions. The following charts are warning signs that the U.S. economy faces brewing turmoil that will make it difficult for Washington to continue its extravagant funding of the Ukrainian government and military.
Those charts are bad, and it is worse on Main Street.
Martha and Henry are really struggling to pay their bills.
A truly excellent article — that nails the main issues ever so succinctly. I live in Japan. From a Japanese point of view, the US is Japan, 1941. The Japanese defeated the Russians in the Russo-Japanese War, took Okinawa, colonized Hokkaido; then took Okinawa and Korea and Formosa. They built huge battleships. They had the wonderful Zero-sen. What could go wrong? Attacking a country with a much larger industrial base, for one. That was the US. So, while the Japanese swept through SE Asia, they lucked out Midway. Their battleships didn’t help them. The Zerosen was a dogfighter in an aerial war that favored tactical combat. Carriers are the US’s battleships. The F35 is the US’s Zerosen. Not a dogfighter, however. Just no practical. The failing is called “hubris”.
Putin’s speech to the Assembly focuses on social and industrial infrastructure, reinventing Russia by reinvigorating its roots. It’s a new Russian revolution. What the US needs is a “new American revolution”.
a new us revoloution requires onshoring jobs, training and caring for the populice, giving them good education and health care with secure jobs thats what is needed to build and operate an industrial base..
they are not going to do that, that takes long term planning and actual concern for your people, it also means you cant nickle and dime them to death reducing potential main street profits, and wall street will be pissed because the ROI on industry is capital intensive and has low returns 5-10% ROI, they would rather gamble it daily and make or loose 2-3% before days close.
Alex Thrace says
Well then we just do it without “them”. Screw “them”, the District of Criminals is the big obstacles here but only because we allow it.
All these things you mention can happen organically but we have this gigantic tapeworm in our system eating our our sustenance for its own benefit.
The people still insist on thinking that DC is our shining light when in reality it is a festering boil that needs lancing.
I think that will happen but paradigms are not easy to change, the people have been massively and deliberately enstupidated, but this blog and others proves not everyone has been lobotomized.
Friends ask me when I think it will change. I always say “when we have suffered enough” and that day is coming sooner than we think.
It will be a long, slow climb but once that parasite is finally riding the coriolis down the porcelain bowl, we can get started.
You’ll have to account for the immense moral decline. I don’t mean the LGBT+ kind of moral decline, that the majority world shudders about, or the crime rates, but the criminal behavior in the foreign policy and exploiting the military and financial dominance, while also racking up insane levels of debt. To some extent the whole nation has been riding on these benefits, but a select few have raked in massive wealth. This debt should be paid back, that is the moral imperative facing the US, and I don’t think it has the fortitude to swallow it.
Great comment and I love the word “enstupidated” which fits the USA to a T but also the massively lobotomized “EU” of von der Lying, Jungle Josep and the rest.
Jams O'Donnell says
The ‘tapeworm is not just Washington – its tail extends into Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas, etc. – the whole military-industrial complex which is siphoning US taxpayers money into the pockets of billionaires and producing in exchange turkeys like the F-22, F-35, ‘Zumwatlt’s and ‘Littoral Combat Ships’.
Such revolution will bring obviously a lot of suffering for the people, unfortunately, but what revolution did not bring this characteristic.
One point I would like to mention is the paper of the media. The mainstream is rotten, forget it. They are the capital spokespersons, totally corrupted. No concern with the society.
The web allows all kind of insanity without prosecution. It became an outlaw land. Responsabilization for fakenews and/or violent speeches must be punished.
This. Anything’s possible but few things are more improbable than the current configuration of the US turning the ship of state around in time to stave off disaster.
Elvin Laton says
US culture has been destoyed since end of WWII. And it was a top-down operation, so youknowwho is responsible.
Manuel Verdugo says
Aqui en Mexico hay un pleito. Los mexicanos en su mayoria no queremos que se instale Tesla, Queremos que se quede en USA. Y el esta cabildeando para quedarse en Mexico y que le den enormes beneficios tributarios. Nosotros decimos Tesla go home!!! Cuando van a relocalizar la Industria a USA si los grandes empresarios consentidos del sistema no lo quieren.
Perfect comment: They(Wall Street) would rather gamble. It’s because they are lazy and have no joy in life. I’m an engineer by degree and profession. Lots in the corporate world that I loathe. But I love building things. As I get older and am inching towards retirement I’ve been buying and building towards having a small manufacturing operation in retirement. I can teach kids how to do things there as well as make a few bucks.
Cato the Uncensored says
Not just a difference of industrial bases … Japan was relatively resource poor and relied heavily on imported resource deliveries that were readily interdicted.
While today’s US has good access to a number of militarily valuable resources, Russia has a far better supply closer to their industrial base.
The F-35 is the wet dream of armchair Generals who think it will have a kill ratio of at least 200:1.
Allan Mountain says
F-35 may well have kill ratio of 200:1 – but it is more likely to be 200 F-35 pilots to every one enemy kills. F-35 is a joke that epitomizes everything that is wrong with America and its increasingly dysfunctional military.
America’s adversaries just love the F-35 because it is a pig with wings that is draining hundreds of billions from other much more cost-effective and reliable planes and weapons systems.
In 1963 when the CIA green-lighted the assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam Kissinger stated, “To be an enemy of the US is dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal”.
Finally, at long last, the rest of the world outside the captive Anglo-American-EU crime organization is waking up and are throwing off the shackles of NATO-Genocide Inc.
Throwing off the shackles requires an acceptance of who benefits from the shekels and power.
The EU and many Americans are far too worried about offending those that shall never be offended than facing reality.
Just one correction I’d make. The Japanese were “intentionally” goaded to attack the USA. The USA (International Finance) in the pre-WW2 years intentionally crippled Japan by cutting off it’s access to Natural Resources (i.e. sanctions). Japan had no choice but to go on the offensive. This should ring a bell. think SMO. After Japan’s Meiji Restoration (i.e. modernization via Industrial Capitalism), the West could see Japan would be a major force in Asia (i.e. dominating the region economically). For the USA (International Finance Capital) whose goal is to dominate the World, this was a big no no. Hence the plan in the early 20th Century to destroy Japan. Real history shows a repeated pattern….Germany is another example.
Brian F says
Giant sucking sound is near. Don’t have exact timing because Wall Street full of tricks.
Again derivatives used to manipulate the market in short term in mass. Literally day gambling on mass scale.
old coyote says
This struggle is going to become very very bad. There has been outright war on our food production, our energy production, and our finances once again: the central bank uses cycles of credit to inflate assets and then take away the means to pay for them- and buy them back for pennies on the dollar. this has gone on for ages when the debt usurers enslave governments and nations to their control of money. buckle up, friends.
Lou Brooks says
Agreed. The only reason I am not suffering too badly now is that I saw this coming and the last two years have stocked up on day to day basics such as soaps, papers, medicine, etc. Even canned food, good till 2024/2025 have been stocked. Nonetheless, the daily fresh vegetables, eggs, petrol, and utilities are putting a dent in the wallet.
The US is losing its war on Russia. And losing its war on China — badly. These two wars are really one. WWIII. Each world war is different, depending on technologies and the state of global society, which is like our own diverse. So this new world war is a economic and cultural. And ultimately America is saying “You must die so I can live” . For the US, it’s Win-Lose. But the Russians and Chinese are into Win-Win.
THE FBI stole my house,THEN THEY SOLD IT for a quarter of what it was worth,THEN in court ,they admitted my house wasn’t the one they were after,and IF I sued them, they’d give me back what they sold it, for BUT NOT MY HOUSE,it was gone to one of their friends,SO WHERES MY MONEY..ALL OF IT,THE TRUE VALUE OF MY HOUSE,.I suspect there will be a LOT of blood on the ground over this..AND I CAN see whos side you’ll all be on…TO bad for you blind sheep…
From what we gather is the Russian military industry is state owned&operated, unlike the US MIC. So when it comes to national defence, profit is not a factor of concern. Instead of focussing on profit, they focus on functionality, robustness, quantity required, contingency volumes, and all other practical aspects of feeding a war machine to achieve their national goals.
Once the military industry is private or publically traded, the goals are around quarterly profits… “National interest” becomes a rather rethorical issue for these companies – unfortunately.
That is not to say that the Russian military industry is not profitable… But their profits are from sales to outsiders.
Also, the procurement process for a state run industry can be very efficient during wartime, as the state can reduce the red tape as required by its own interest to achieve results. .
Yes, agreed. In a nutshell, Russia the state owns and runs the military industry complex , where as the US military industrial complex owns and runs the US state.
Agreed; however, the Fed owns and runs the MIC, Congress, the Executive and the Media. US will not cure the internal corruption until the Federal Reserve Act is repealed and replaced with legislation that returns the power of the purse to the people per Constitutional mandates. Further, any legislation should mandate that the cartel of private banks that constitute the Fed disgorge profits from interest paid to the Fed by US taxpayers. Who in their right mind would pay interest on their own money?
old coyote says
The owners of those banks will use the power of the politicos in their pockets to prevent any such actions from occurring; anyone who thinks we have a chance of voting our way out of this is, to be charitable, not yet awake to the realities of our situation. The bankers also have “our” greatest military EVAH to back up their power. Which is, ironically, the best chance dissident America has to create some new areas separate from them.
Peter Keefer says
The quality of scientists and engineers working in the U.S. MIC are among the smartest and most talented. That has always been the case and is still the case. And the R & D is along an established protocol so irrespective of cost overruns, delays,wasted money, money-grubbing and corruption, the U.S. MIC product is second to none.
Chicago Bob says
I disagree. One has only to look at the recent Littoral Combat Ships disaster. They simply don’t work and are being scrapped after being in service for only a few years.
John Michael Ennis says
Sorry Peter, but I respectfully disagree. I do agree that products made by the US MIC are the most technologically advanced, and they do utilize “cutting edge” systems and technologies to a greater extent that anyone else.
But the problem with this way of approaching the problem of military technology was outlined over seventy years ago. I think that reading Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “Superiority”. I am afraid that we might just be too far along a path of technology.
While I recognize that I might well be wrong and you may well be right. But as an ex-infantryman, I also realize that weapons at the end of the day are handed to testosterone-fueled young men that have the ability to break anything.
At the end of the day, weapons are a prosthetic. They allow a service member to apply violence in a useful manner. But increasing technological complexity sometimes decreases the ability for testosterone and violence fueled young men to affect an appropriate level of violence.
Technical superiority in combat is a double edged sword. I think that when a country focuses on the level of technical sophistication in a conflict, they are not always addressing the negative aspects of their doctrine and technologies.
It is an interesting way to look at things. I suppose that by comparing a Himars launcher to a simpler Russian equivalent, one can assume that the complexity of the Himars machine requires more technically savvy crewmembers to figure out any inconsistencies in the works, thus reducing any testosterone present, which is less present when compared to that of the grunts, to start with. Am I on the right track? I was in the grunts also, as well as other specialties. I found out that, once you kill someone, you cross a Rubicon, which makes it so much easier to do it again, thereby maintaining your testosterone-fueled aggression at a desired level. Am I on the right track there again?
A pity that, once one leaves the military, the authorities frown on such aggression-fueled
activities in the civilian world of the US of A, what with so many oxygen-thieving criminal scumbags prancing about witlessly causing normal hard-working citizens much grief. This, when all the criminals need is ample ventilation. Am I still on the right track?
BS. You’re so delusional and propagandized that it defies description.
Jams O'Donnell says
That implies that only the US produces smart engineers and technology. If you look at the history of technology you will find that other countries have produced equally smart engineers and scientists, and made most of the important discoveries in science, starting from the first stone-flake tool. I believe that China now registers twice as many patents as the US. (And don’t bother to say they stole them – everyone – including the US – has done that).
Godfree Roberts says
They are as fierce lobbyists for their collective interests as are our capitalist arms merchants.
Until recently, China and Russia used to meet each Spring to settle gripes, including Russian IP complaints filed by its state-owned arms makers.
China paid $14 billion (in today’s money) to Russia one year, but Russian arms makers blamed China when the Government only passed on $10 billion of that!
Alex Thrace says
Yes, in Russia the goal is to protect and defend mother Russia. In the US it is to enhance shareholder value.
Mike D. says
I wonder if Putin has been able to significantly reduce the corruption in Russian society. They were good in the Soviet Union at and historically producing weapons. My business dealings were not extensive but what I saw it was full of shady characters. That is probably Russia and the way it is. No doubt about their technical skills and negotiation effectiveness.
I think they are very very good at not showing their cards.
They have fought big battles in the area of Ukraine forever.
I imagine their mapping of the terrain, elevations is excellent.
I hope NATO does not place troops there; Russia has it all planned to anthill-offensives, counter moves, deception. Jordan Peterson said it well-Russia cannot lose this and be Russia.
It is like a football team playing for their lives. Perspective changes.
Larry Johnson says
One shortcoming on the part of many US commenters is their assumption that other countries are more corrupt than the US. Not true. US is better skilled at hiding its corruption or excusing it.
US is better skilled at hiding its corruption or excusing it.
Or legalizing it.
Mr.Johnson- i regard the below as the biggest threat to american liberty and freedom ever. If this is allowed to occur; kiss it all goodbye.
the bill is a trojan horse in my opinion; if yu read the whole thing
(My words – There is no digital version of a dollar that would uphold any american values. Once cash is gone; that is it- game over)
He continued, “Any digital version of the dollar must uphold our American values of privacy, individual sovereignty, and free market competitiveness. Anything less opens the door to the development of a dangerous surveillance tool.”
Brian O. says
Ralph; The dollars are only worth what they are printed on. The value is based on the price of paper and printing. They are not backed up by anything but the promise of the bankrupt federal reserve and all its sub banks. The US market has put up bets of 1 quadrillion dollars. These bets are based on old interest rates close to 1%. Todays rate is 5% and climbing. The economy can not tolerate low rates or high rates, it is blowing itself up as the billion dollar bets go bad all over the planet on what are called “derivatives” A derivative of a piece of shit is still shit.
The nations of the world used to rely on a form of money that they can not control the value of.
The currency can still be used to purchase some things. You might purchase some real money that has value not because someone says so, but due to the history of modern civilization. All the banks in the world are scrambling to buy as much of it as they can. And they are being very very quiet about it because they don’t want anyone else to know.
Trade your green napkins for some silver or gold and you have something after the dollar continues its slide to……?
Digital Currency is a very useful tool for “sovereign” countries to settle trade outside of the current US dollar system. Understand countries want to be Sovereign (free) from “Western sanctions”. Understand the intent of the evil “Global Banking Cartel” is to try and stop countries from having real freedom (de-dollarisation) because financial freedom destroys Hegemony. Refer to Credit Suisse Zoltan Poszar December 29, 2022 newsletter titled “War and Currency Statecraft”.
Olivier Sauvage says
Great piece and you’re absolutely right, Larry. In fact, as viewed from outside the US, US political practices and the way money matters are handled, the lobbyists et the legalized political kickbacks look utterly corrupt beyond redemption in all perfectly legal forms. The American political system as it stands today is based on legalized corruption. It’s the result of the ultra-liberal capitalistic approach that holds religious status in the US. The only reason things have not come to a head so far is the competitive edge of the economy that generated enough wealth hide the deleterious effects of the endemic graft ( in the MIC for example) that permeates the political life, in addition to the financial empire that the US managed to built post-ww2 at the expense of the rest of the world. Now, all that is coming to an end and the US will have to reform or die because it will not be able to live above its means by continuously exporting its debt.
One of the first acts that made Putin unpopular with the West is that he threw the richest Russian oligarch of the time Michael Kodorkovsky in jail for tax fraud. Xi Jinping in his first term went hard after corruption in China including in the military. No doubt there is corruption still in these countries but it is not the “operating system” that runs the hardware of the government like in the US.
Richard Hansen says
“I wonder if Putin has been able to significantly reduce the corruption in Russian society. ” ~ Mike D.
My business sources electronic parts from China, Russia and Ukraine (pre embargo). China and Russia are top notch professionals at billing, payment and resolution of returns or refunds. Ukraine suppliers won’t talk to you after delivery. Russia is wonderful to do business with (pre embargo), quality, value and transactional ease. China will still try to get away with passing off the worst quality they can get away with. This erodes the value, but transactionally they are good too. But dealing with Ukraine is akin to a shady flea market, fortunately I only use them to source new old stock parts pilfered from the Russian military. Which they have in abundance. I miss being able to freely transact with Russians over the web, have to do it with direct calls and emails now and weird payment systems.
I think that the NDA is real respected document inside the military Industry in Russia.
Bazza McKenzie says
The other part of the sink is the graft and corruption which occurs whenever government is the purchaser from supposed independent corporations (see also big pharma).
Militarily the US has never fought or won a peer to peer war. Korea and Viet Nam were lost and supposedly not even close to “peers.” In other wars the US positioned itself as the third dog in the fight fter others had softened up the enemy. That includes the Revolutionary and 1812-14 wars, where Britain was tied up with France.
Unlike Viet Nam or Korea, Russia is a peer and is demonstrating superiority in defending against US/NATO weapons. I believe the reason they don’t send more of “the good stuff” is because they know it’ll show badly as Russia takes it out.
On the economic side, the US literally lives on borrowed money, and thus time, and used their position as world reserve currency to push their ever increasing debt onto the world. Now the world is signalling it’s had enough. For decades we’ve seen this zombie economy, all smoke and financialized BS, shrinking real production, operate like a Ponzi scheme using negative real interest rates. Now inflation is forcing rates up and we’re going to see validation of the concept “you can’t taper a Ponzi scheme.”
The US, in practical military terms, is sucking the proverbial hind tit, meanwhile, the phony economy is rapidly losing its ability to pay for the bloated system that delivers little bang for the buck. They focused on MIC profits for so long they seem to have forgotten that they might actually need a top-class functioning military some day. I suspect when the economy implodes and the dollar collapses, the last thing anybody will the thinking of is military spending.
The “experts” put this way in the future, or not at all, but once things start slowing, they’ll unravel quickly. Ponzi schemes require growth at ever increasing rates to keep going. You only need to slow things down to collapse the system. We are in the “slowing” phase with government debt being harder to move.
The coyotes will be trafficking people south then, instead of north.
“The coyotes will be trafficking people south then”
LOL, I’d pay to watch that.
Wealthy Mexicans will have sunburned, sweaty, white, obese gardeners and maids.
Pay with what? Your life? Thats the only thing of “value” you trully possess.
News flash Seinfeld, out lives, and those of family members, are all that any of us possess of value.
Maybe with the exception of yours.
Since 2009 net migration of Mexicans to the US has been mostly neutral;
…. Reversal of net migration between Mexico and the U.S. Pew Research Center statistics found approximately equal amounts of migration in both direction for the period 2005-2010, with net migration toward Mexico of about 130,000 people from 2009 to 2014. Pew found this trend reversed again for the period 2013-2018, with net migration of about 160,000 people toward the United States……
Poison Frogs says
// Nor is this situation likely to change anytime soon, as U.S. defense spending is *three times* as large as that of the United States’ closest competitor, China, and accounts for about one-third of all global military expenditures—with another third coming from U.S. allies and partners. //
This is like Starbucks coffee. I drink a lot of coffee because I like it. However, I buy an organic brand from Costco, *only* on sale, about $13 per kg, which lasts me about 3 weeks. I grind it and brew it at home. in the morning. Similar coffee, but with a stale taste, from Starbucks is $11 per cup.
It’s the results which matter
Alex Thrace says
drink the same coffee, its excellent. If you really like coffee, I picked up a Nespresso vertuo from Costco. The capsules are about $1 each damn its so rich and delicious I actually scratch my daily coffee itch with a single cup.
Have you read the Sakers article on whether Russia have a 30 to 90 day window in which they might use a pre emptive strike on US Minuteman sites rather than wait for the inevitable use of nuclear weapons by the crazies of the Biden regime Larry?
It seems a no brainer to anyone outside of NATO. With the use of Kinzhals and Zircons, it can be done, added to the excellent S550, 500, 400 and 300 systems giving Moscow defences a better chance against a possible submarine launched retaliatory strike.
I don’t think that Nuland would think twice about using those weapons if she and the USA had them at this moment in time.
30 to 90 days?
What about the submarines?
640 land missiles, 240 SLBMs, the article suggests that Russian missile defence and anti sub actions could limit the damage. Also the possibility that the US could agree a ceasefire with only limited missiles versus a second Russian mass strike with the US land based silos gone. The Zircons and Kinzhals would be undetected at launch from off the US coastlines, so the time factor would be on Russia’s side.
It’s all in the article, I was just asking Larry if he had read it, and what he thought of it if he has read it.
The 30 to 90 days would be because the Russians reckon the US will instigate a nuclear strike or dirty bomb in that time. So strike now while they have the technical means and the US doesn’t.
Olivier Sauvage says
Anybody who’s got ideas of winning a nuclear war by first strike should have his/her head examined for schizophrenia. Even if you win, you loose, unless you shoot for suicide. Then again, there are better ways to achieve self-termination.
Joe has dementia, his WEF puppetmasters are crazies who want people to eat bugs, own nothing, rent everything and be happy.
It’s just that the people who they want to wipe out have weapons that Joe doesn’t which change the way wars will be fought in the future.
I dont see anything of this nature happening until the satellites come down. Once down, the U.S. of A. invasion and preemptive strikes will begin.
I like reading ancient texts. So allow me to suggest the following from one set of related texts that most are familiar with as a huge possibility, while understanding that my limited understanding of such things could very well be faulty. – (not to mention my poor memory)
It is already written -paraphrasing follows- that it is the beast she wields the “reigns” of from her perch in the saddle (rein mis-spelling intended), who will destroy her with fire.
So basically the ancient texts seem to tell us that it will be the EU or NATO that destroys the woman riding her IIRC. Not Russia. Not China.
Also, That second beast, what is that? IS that BRICS?
If so, I would look for an eventual type of alliance between BRICS and the E.U.
I doubt there will be anything of value to rule in North America once the beast turns and destroys it’s perverted rider if indeed America is that rider (America fits the bill perfectly). So I dont see huge elements of foreign armies attempting to hold a radioactive wasteland for any length of time. Just the initial overwhelming force for battle in non-nuked sectors.
Also, according to many monks, the eventual “leader” coming to rule the beasts, will attack Russia. Even getting as far as taking Moscow, but he gets stopped just beyond that.
Again, my grasp of the many and various ancient texts is no doubt extremely faulty in many areas, so there is that to take into consideration.
I have a hard time making the timeline work with America standing when the final anti-Christ figure comes on the scene. Yet it works perfectly with America destroyed before that wicked one takes power. Indeed, the destruction of America could be the very thing that provides that iniquitous one with the conditions necessary to throw the world into such turmoil and strife so he can come on the scene with a peace plan that works.
LINKS! (They’re not for everybody.)
The referenced article:
The Dire Significance of Putin’s Feb 21 Speech
the last 2 actual wins were vs Grenada and Panama
Grenada was tough, I understand. The US met unexpected resistance from Cuban civil engineers who held them off with small weapons for days. No predator drones and hell-fire missiles fired from a safe distance in Colorado in those days.
Panama was also a complete FUBAR , I recall the attack stalled and the Pentagon decided to carpet bomb a entire section of the densely inhabited city killing thousands of innocents.
15,000 to be precise. And they tested new weapons there too. On civilians.
I remember an eye witness report from then where the witness claimed to have seen a bus full of civilians “melt and shrink”.
And all to arrest GB 1’s ex business partner, Pineapple Face.
When all of the USA’s (and the UK too) atrocities from the last century (and beyond) are added up there needs to be a terrible retribution.
Russian tools and American fools says
Our old friend Seymour Hersh again, when the NYT actually did journalism from time to time. The man got around.
In the mid-1980s, relations between Noriega and the U.S. began to deteriorate. In 1986, U.S. President Ronald Reagan opened negotiations with Noriega, requesting that the Panamanian leader step down after his criminal activities were publicly exposed in The New York Times by Seymour Hersh.
Hersh was probably working for the Russians again, trying to besmirch the CIA’s pristine reputation. [sarc off]
old coyote says
May St. Michael the Archangel thrown the demon and his spawn down into the deepest depths of Hell for eternity, amen.
I recall the bus thing, and had forgotten. Is this somewhere in the waybackmachine?
Carlton Meyer says
Here is a short video of the Panama invasion. They could have grabbed Noriega off the streets, but wanted to invade and “look” for him for weeks as an excuse to ransack the nation looking for Bush blackmail evidence that he promised to release if killed or kidnapped.
Charlene Richards says
Watch “The Panama Deception” a documentary by Barbara Trent.
That’s right! USA, USA!
How many people actually know they are in a dream? The awakening in my opinion will be long, painful and to many of the out of touch, actually horrifying. I know, I went through the process and it is a long one. It is hard to stomach the level of unreality many whom are enslaved. But, don´t worry because you will see them scream when it bites without mercy. Right now, my focus is the guy in the mirror. The others, pfffft, good luck to them.
Thank you for the articles Larry.
It is a sort of dream, because there are so many falsehoods around us. We delude ourselves and the world creates illusions around us.
Being committed to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth no matter how uncomfortable is the only way to start waking up.
I fully agree to wake up is an internal process within oneself, questioning everything and sparing no sacred cows.
A lot of them won’t get the chance to wake up. If the US had to go back to living within its means rather than “borrowing” exponentially more every year, I imagine a lot of people wouldn’t survive the transition. Look at how many died following the dissolution of the USSR and the economic troubles which followed that, then consider that the US has further to fall. It really doesn’t bear thinking about.
Alex Thrace says
Many of Russias problems after the dissolution of the Soviet Union were inflicted by western “experts ” whose only goal was to strip mine the countrys assets for pennies on the dollar.
Putin stopped that which is why they hate him so much.
flashbacks to the 90's says
That’s what’s gotten Jeffrey Sach’s dander up and turned him full rogue against the neocon menace. He actually believed in creating a win/win situation for the world at large.
I’ve seen first hand during the 90’s those asset stripping operations cooked up in NYC commodity trading board rooms with rather unpleasant Russians in attendance. Believe me, it was tempting to participate.
BTW: Browder wasn’t an anomaly, by any means.
Alex Thrace says
Yes, when the purple-hairs and gender studies experts discover that they don’t have the skills to feed themselves it will not be pretty.
There also was a very strong functioning social network – the buses, railroads, hospitals, kept running even though the drivers were not paid, everyone was able to live in their “free” soviet housing.
Worryingly, Somalia is a more likely concept of where things are likely to head as it became a mafia or gang (warlord) state.
Note, how when things got bad life expectancy dropped in half!
slight correction says
They didn’t ‘live free’ in their old Soviet housing. They were given it to them, to do with as they wished.
My point was that the population didn’t become homeless with Blackrock using trillions printed by the Fed to own all the homes while most Americans shelter under bridges with the police protecting the empty homes they used to own.
Or, more likely, the police also will be homeless, and the pitchforks will be out.
Camillus O'Byrne says
Thanks for your work Larry, very much appreciated by thinking people everywhere. Also it is important that the rest of the world has the ongoing opportunity to see that not all Americans are either infected with the terminal disease of “exceptionalism” (and it will prove to be terminal if nothing changes) or mental torpor.
I contend that the USA has never been what can justifiably be called a great military power. By and large the population that has inhabited the territory of the US as it expanded did not have the qualities needed as a people to be categorised as a martial nation, one that excels in war as much by its constitution as its quantum of power. Not in the way the Romans did, nor the French up until Napoleon, the Prussians or the British for a good many centuries. These qualities are not so much genetic but cultural, perhaps a bit of both. It is well exemplified by the Romans after the multiple defeats in the field by Hannibal (a military prodigy more than the product of the Carthaginians themselves being a martial people, they were not. Aggressiveness or mere military competence does not suffice to be “great” in this respect.) Anyone of those defeats at Trasimene, Trebbia or Cannae should have finished Rome once and for all. But the Roman people simply refused to acknowledge defeat, redoubled their efforts, made even greater sacrifices and ultimately triumphed against all odds. They had the qualities as a people of fortitude, toughness and indomitability that create the possibility of military greatness.
It is no shame for the US to not have those qualities. It has prospered greatly as a result of the inventiveness, energy and imagination of its people. Environment helps shape character and the waves of immigrants that arrived there found a land of abundance and awesome natural endowments that could be taken with little opposition and requiring only the ability to aspire and work hard. In its history the US never had to fight wars of survival against peer enemies. This includes the War of Independence which never saw the British devote their full energies to winning. This does not diminish the achievement of the colonists (who are perhaps better regarded as proto-Americans, still having much of the character of the Britain they came from) in my mind and the historical significance of the result was out of all proportion to the scale or nature of the conflict.
US power has derived from its wealth, from its economic power, not from the exceptional qualities of its military. And this is indeed a very great power, as we can see looking back over the years.
It will – and has already, though it has not been appreciated by those who most need to do so – prove to be disastrous to confuse the real source of the nation’s power with an illusory one. Flattering oneself is never a good look. It is in the end merely a species of delusion. Neither has the US ever produced a general (or admiral) of genius, no Scipio, no Alexander, no Napoleon, no Nelson. Not even a Caesar or Suvorov or Wellington. It seems the martial character of the nation is the fertile soil required for the germination of such genius. Many competent officers certainly, many with excellent PR machines (Patton and MacArthur immediately spring to mind). In the post WW2 era it is now guaranteed that the US never will produce a commander of true greatness as the primary prerequisite for General Officer rank in the Pentagon system is political savvy and obsequiousness towards political masters. One could add corruptibility. People like Petraeus ( I refuse to refer to a person of his low character as “general” when that term also refers to a von Manstein) are not fit to even be subalterns.
It is this confusion of the source of the nation’s power that has caused the US to now find itself in the position of losing it. It no longer has the economic strength to back up its desire to shape global outcomes. Neither in relative nor absolute terms. Believing one’s own BS is not a winning strategy. The patient and forward-thinking Russian and Chinese leaderships are about to dispense a lesson in reality over the coming years and the US will find that it has no friends when it has no power.
American exceptionalism was in fact real, but marxism and ‘governtalism’ crept in. The view that American exceptionalism never existed is based on a bunch of envious citizens of other nations living under regimes like tthe U.S. has itself now evolved into.
One of the false tenents a view that exceptionalism never existed is dependent upon is that getting another country’s raw resources for free has some sort of giant profit attached to it.
Paulo Tolli says
The US named itself “exceptional” only because “God’s chosen people” was already taken.
Oh my says
“In God’s mandate to rule the world, We Trust.”
Jams O'Donnell says
‘Marxism’ had nothing to do with it – I wish that it did, but there has been no ‘Marxism’ in the US since the ‘Wobblies’ were comprehensively eliminated (and the Wobblies were not purely or exclusively Marxist). People who throw around the term ‘Marxism’ generally have never read a word of Marx, and would not be able to tell if they actually did. They are just victims and dupes of US establishment anti-working class propaganda.
Well said, I agree.
Vietnam. An American general once said to Vo Ngyuen Giap that – You (the Vietnamese) never beat the American forces in battle. Giap’s reply was more or less – your point being. During the war the NVA/VC once an engagement happened generally tried to extricate as many of their troops and equipment as they could. Sometime with success, sometimes not.
Throughout the 60s the US Military and US Government was assuring the citizens of the US and the world that they were winning. Just look at the body count and how many 10s of thousands of them we are killing. Then came two events, or “battles” – Khe Sanh and Tet 1968. Even while US Marines were getting slaughtered in Hue Westmoreland was claiming that they were smashing the North Vietnamese Army at Khe Sanh. Problem – the units he was claiming were getting smashed were the ones inflicting, and receiving, all the damage in Hue. Those two events shook not only the American Nation, but the US military to the core. From there it was a downhill run to retreat. Along the road was an increasing number of body bags coming home, and Armed Forces (all services) that were being torn apart by bad discipline, drug abuse, crime, sabotage of equipment, race “riots”, etc, etc.
It should also be remembered that the US lost close to 4,000 fixed wing aircraft over both the North and South – including 15 B52s in one week alone. Most to ground fire/SAMs. Maybe sections of the US military and US Government should remember that before they decide to take on either Russia or China directly. Same nation/people (USSR/Russia) designed the weapons that did all the damage in the skies over Vietnam and those protecting the Russian airspace today.
The US military was held in very low regard by the Australian Army. Having served in the Australian Army in the closing stages of the Vietnam War I saw the effects on the US military first hand and it was not pretty. I operated with a US Army unit for a brief period – those that weren’t stoned, were pissed, and their discipline – non existent. From my experience post Vietnam the same view was true among America’s allies in Europe.
Speaking of the Australian Army – we had a reputation of being well trained and led. Where we fell down was in logistics and air support and relied on the US for both (at least in Vietnam). We thought we were well trained. Some of us had our doubts, especially towards the end. Since the war, and especially over the last 10 years, I have often thought about how good we actually were. I have had other Veterans I know, officers and senior NCOs, all say we weren’t really that good – just lucky.
In the last 6 to 10 months of Australian operations in Vietnam the NVA/VC in our AO ran rings around us. As one national serviceman (conscript) said – they kicked our arse. This was in relation to a major series of engagements mid 1971 that began in early June and was known as Operation Overlord (how original) – Australian casualties were 13 killed, 21 WIA, 1 Iroquois helicopter shot down, and one M113 destroyed nad two (I think 2) damaged. NVA casualties – all we could claim was 2 KIA as we had the bodies. The NVA fought like tigers and held off an Infantry company (later near on a battalion) supported by a squadron (company) of tanks and a Cavalry troop – who had air and artillery support. The majority of the NVA within the bunker system being assaulted slipped away piecemeal to live and fight again.
Has the US military improved since then – in my opinion yes and no. Some parts are in excellent shape (ie Submarine force) others not so good – especially the US Army. I was talking to a very senior Australian Warrant Officer Class 1 (the highest level an enlisted soldier can reach without take a commission and the backbone of the Army) who had a low opinion of the lower levels of the US Army but believed that the US Army could hold its own against the Russians. More recently he has a totally different opinion.
The US military, along with the Australian and other western militaries, are being torn apart by “wokism” and mollycoddling. I recently had an Australian Staff Officer (Infantry) say to me that the modern Australian Army could not sustain the level of combat operations we faced in Vietnam. Nor would they be able to handle the size of the engagements we faced. The modern Australian soldiers believe that facing off against a band of “goat herders” armed with AKs and RPGs makes them battle hardened. Well those that thought that way and decided to try their luck hunting Russians in Ukraine are now singing a different tune.
Sadly though our stupid politicians (both sides of the “uniparty”) will continue to take us down any road that Uncle Sam tells us to take. Even if that means destruction. I fear that we are following blithely into a conflagration with China – a fight that will burn us, and shatter our national confidence to the core. We will face losses on a level of WW2 – and modern Australia could not sustain that economically, militarily, socially or morally.
Thanks for your comment. Interesting first hand account rarely heard.
Thank you Charlie C.
re this “US lost close to 4,000 fixed wing aircraft over both the North and South – including 15 B52s in one week alone. Most to ground fire/SAMs.”
It wasn’t mostly due to SAMs. The NVA had a multi layered air defense, consisting of many modern (for that era) systems. But they also used old ‘ack ack” systems, and the last and lowest layer were Vietnamese laying on their backs shooting rifles skyward.
And you are correct about the ADF, they are next to useless. Overweight, lacking good leadership, too many bad role models (such as that war criminal piece of shit Roberts-Smith). Oh, and too many females.
I served mostly in the Strategic Air Command (electronic countermeasures main attendance) during that period but for one year I was transferred to SEA for Operation Linebacker. As I recall by the end of the war the US had lost 3600 jets and 5800 helicopters.
The biggest jet killer was the enormous number of radar controlled anti-aircraft guns. We eventually reduced the effectiveness of SAMs with ECM to where less than 2% of the SA-2’s fired did any damage. The concentration of modern chaff and jamming resulted in most of the missiles going harmlessly past without being able to track and home in. The B-52’s lost during the Christmas bombing campaign required the North Vietnamese firing over a thousand SAMs, sometimes in volleys with the warheads detonating at set altitudes like artillery shells.
The customary incompetence of our leadership also didn’t help. Our aircraft were directed to follow the same routes in and out of the target every day. The B-52 has the jamming antennas located along the belly, radiating in a cone downward. When the plane banks in a turn, the cone naturally is rotated away from the inside of the turn. The NV relocated more launchers to a zone inside of the turn point increasing the possibility of getting a successful lock and home. One of the B-52 pilots I spoke with a couple of years later told me about flying into the turn point with another BUF on his wing to the outside of the turn. He lost visual contact with the other plane as they banked into the turn. When he leveled back out again, the other B-52 was gone. They never even heard a call over the radios.
The small arms fire from infantry was deadly for the low and slow aircraft like helicopters and scout planes. Despite talk about getting hit by the “magic bullet” it really doesn’t work against high speed jets. In that year I spent in SEA, none of our F-4’s suffered even a single small arms bullet hole.
And re China, someone posted this about their naval and air assets.
Australia based US assets will be obliterated (IMO a very good thing to happen).
Godfree Roberts on John Menadues’s blog.
Srbenda Legenda says
Thanks for sharing this as I agree 100% that the politicians are willfully following Uncle Sam in a confrontation with China that we have already lost and all the talk of AUKUS is laughable as our military is a laughing stock as evident when we sent our largest warship the HMAS Adelaide to Tonga Jan 2022 for a disaster relief mission only to see the vessel experience power outages then a few months later we saw more mechanical problems but nothing new as propulsion problems were also noted way back in 2017!
Poison Frogs says
// Ultimately, it’s hard to imagine how, with a straight face, some Westerners can accuse Russia of being incapable of proper supply/logistics operations, yet in the same breath bemoan that it expends more shells per day than the entire Western military bloc is able to produce in a *month*.
Do you know what level of sheer organizational prowess lies behind the ability to efficiently resupply 60,000+ shells per day, day in and day out? The operation is incalculably massive; and since we still hear the daily screechings from the West about Russia’s shell overmatch, it can only mean they’re competently fulfilling all logistical demands, with or without the fancy *Heavy-High-Mobility-Advanced-Mine-Resistant-Palletized-Auto-Crane-2000* :] Lockheed money-sink boondoggle robotic jib arm.
In fact, few are aware that Russian, for instance, has launched more cruise missiles in the first year of the Ukraine conflict than U.S. has launched of its famed ‘Tomahawks’ in the entirety of the Tomahawk’s *four decades’ lifespan*. Back in August, Zelensky admitted Russia has launched over *3,500 missiles- thus far, and since then Russia has only upped the intensity, which means by this point the count is likely *over 5,000*. Meanwhile, the U.S. has launched a total of *802 Tomahawks during the entirety of the 2003+ Iraq War*, and around *2,300 total since the Tomahawk’s inception in the early 80’s*. //
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The hubris about USA military strength won’t end till the USA suffers a decisive and bloody defeat. Even then some argument will linger how the other side “cheated” at war. Having been told our expensive military is the best and unbeatable has people convinced. My fear is what comes after, people will want answers and since the current thing to do is double down, that probably means throwing nukes instead of owning up to the failure.
I doubt it. Hollywood and fake media will keep the myth going forever.
Outside of the United States few people or countries believe the US military is anything even closely resembling the “top gun” type movie hyped up fighting force. By now everyone knows it’s a colossus ($$$-money-wise, for sure!) with feet of clay.
1) Because Vietnam, Korea, Iraq 1 and 2, Afghanistan showed the rest of the world what the true capabilities are,
2) The fact that “holy” javelins, M777, and other “wunder waffles” in Ukraine failed to impress anyone is well known everywhere but in the US,
3) The fact that other failed “money pits” like F35, zumwalt etc. are a laughing stock around the world, but in Pentagon folks are still getting bonuses for the “job well done”
4) The fact that other wunder-waffles like “Patriot” completely failed in Saudi Arabia (hushed hushed by the US media, of course), the fact that 80% of the lauded “Tomahawks” meant to destroy some Syrian air fields during the failed “Trump” admin got neutralized and deactivate by the Russian EW systems are also well known around the world, but silenced in the “free” US media,
5) The fact that US failed to keep up with Russia and China on hypersonic missile systems and that 80% of the US “global military force projection”, its “air carrier groups” are now simply gigantic sitting ducks (or as some more cynical folks refer to them as huge metal coffins) for Russian Tsirkons and Kinzhals and Chinese DF-26 systems has also not been lost on 75% of the critically thinking world…
Did all these failures make a dent in the never-ending myth about the US military superiority inside the US of A (and amongst its most devoted lap dogs like Poland, 3balts, Germans, Brits, French, etc.)?! Nah, they believe Hollywood. And will continue to do so even when half of the US military comes back in body bags either from the Ukraine or from Taiwan, if the US is dumb enough to send its troops there…
The West is now completely a “virtual world”, one gigantic Metaverse, where plebes / sheeple can be made believe anything their Masters want them to believe:
“freedom of speech”,
“no recessions ever”,
“debts don’t matter”,
“printing gobs of money doesn’t matter”,
“get a 7th / nth boost or you’ll die”,
“masks protect against… well… everything”,
“inflation is 2%”,
“GDP is growing”, you name it…
Small groups of independently and critically thinking people like most commenters on this blog non-withstanding.
Several generations in the wealthy West have been and are being actively (dis)educated along the lines of a fictional world.
Reality is a hard thing they cannot stomach any more, they prefer fantasy and Santa Claus all the year round and so they are fed a diet of laughable stuff and few seem to notice anything. Great.
And so we end up feeling at times like we are strolling among decerebrated and intoxicated zombies.
The most outrageous propaganda does not hurt them, I guess it is kind of comfortable. Do not question anything and you will be happy.
the confused, ineffective US Military Weapon is entirely appropriate for the child-like Political Regime wielding it.
You mean that $15,000 coffee machines and $5,000 toilet seats don‘t make us safer ?
Too many people are waking up to the money funneling loops. I dont see how you could possibly get anyone with an ounce of honor to fight in the U.S. armed forces today.
And I make that statement based solely on the obvious use of our tax dollars to enrich a shady few.
I’m not even taking into account the atrocities perpetuated not only on the rest of the world, but U.S. citizens too. I dont think even Jim Jones held his victims in as much zombie like states of mind as the U.S. Government does to so many of it’s own.
To be fair though, no-one with real honor or integrity would join any force that espouced it’s intention to spread homo trans perversion around the globe in the first place. Indeed, you would only find the honorable forces in any who opposed such society killing practices.
Olivier Sauvage says
I concur. I used to love the USA. Not anymore ever since they started peddling to the world their “democratic values” of man-marrying-man and trans-gender and multi-gender and such horror stories that radiate from America. It’s an absolute abomination. America has lost its honor with these ideas and deserves to be humbled and cut down to size so that it doesn’t forcibly spread the homo poison to the rest of the world under the label “human rights” backed by guns and military coups. That’s why I root for Russia and China to stop the spread of this great evil championed by NATO.
“That’s why I root for Russia and China to stop the spread of this great evil championed by NATO.”
What saddens me (besides how long I was blinded to it) is how many have their eyes closed to their own support of such practices, who would never do such themselves (such as cutting their children’s sexual organs off and replacing them with wounds and lab grown/cadaver scavenged horrors) yet insist on having their hard work, sweat, tears and money used to pay for all of it.
I dont understand how anyone who works in the west does not understand that it is their tax dollars that fund it all? Do they somehow believe that when the rescue comes from on high and everything is prepared to be made new, that they will be among those rescued?
Do they somehow believe that they will be walking among those rescued, whom they themselves had tortured and murdered with their full approval and monetary support with a paper trail of proof to boot? I mean, people literally sign their name, agreeing with blatant evil a minimum of once per year, and often quarterly.
I did not wake up till 2011 and quit funding the evil, even though as a small child I had figured out that our entire congress, judicial, and executive people in Government (Local and State Government people too by the way) had our boys killed and maimed in Vietnam for the sake of their own personal profits.
so I am as guilty as the rest too.
Yet I did the 180 once I realized, in yet another layer of a seemingly never ending onion peel, how wicked I am naturally.
And brother let me tell you, that 180 degrees is merely the start of a long narrow confusing path. Kudos too those who navigate it skillfully. My walk is more of a bumbling stumbling struggle than a skillful navigation. Yet I would be pleased to see millions stumble along with me once they awaken to their own wicked part in this play.
The simplest definition of repentance seems to me to be turning from your present course in life and going the other way.
If by the grace of God and his mighty hand a retarded one such as myself can do it, then how much more so those who deem themselves intelligent?
Yet they dont turn from insanity.
Therefore one answer (out of many) to the “Why is this happening” of the current insanity is this –
Worship of Mammon – Worship of the Transgender BAAL – Worship of the human sacrifice demanding Moloch – Etc etc etc. ( Isis Ishtar Astarte Sin etc etc etc )
None of the above critters, including the original one that fell, whom we call the devil, care not one iota if you do not know it is them, yet believe they are God when you worship them. As a matter of fact, thats there whole shtick. Thats exactly what they do. This is what all the ancient writings tell us they do.
I hold the probability that the Nazi Engineers and Scientists they brought to their respective nations after world war 2 corrupting many in Western Governments with occultist belief systems to be an extremely high probability. Especially when coupled with the fact that occultish circles were on the rise in western nations dramatically since the late 1800’s. So a basis for highly educated German engineers and scientists to pass off society killing occultist ideologies and ideas was ripe.
And since we just destroyed their nation, plans, and dreams, can anyone suggest one reason why they would not seal our doom by pushing this stuff on peers who agree ideologically on many matters?
Seems pretty simple and obvious questions need to be asked to me.
We may want to ask ourselves exactly when did the Germans quit fighting? 1945?
Or did the war continue with the west handed to brilliant Germans on a silver platter of “You are welcome to come live and work with us and have high stations in our society”. (Much harder to subvert the rigid soviet machine with the occult, yet doable and probably happened on a much smaller scale than in the west)
Think about it. Who is facing the absolute most pain here at this point in time. (besides Ukrainian Citizens) It’s the money men who fund both sides in wars.
The very families of generational money men who destroyed the world with wars multiple times are now facing destruction of the wealth they accumulated over the eons. Not to mention they will be facing billions of pissed off humans around the world who have slowly come to understand their generational murderous schemes.
Jams O'Donnell says
So then we can presume that you think it was ‘honourable’ for the US to sign treaties with the Indian Nations and then to tear them up and commit genocide at the first sign of gold or profitable land sales on treaty territories?
Poison Frogs says
The idea of spending something close to what you make went through the window long tome ago. Now, the western countries are spending like a drunk sailor, because some messiah will come soon to fix all the mistakes.
Who gets in $1 Trillion in one year, in the hole, during peace? (after being in hole of $32 Trillions, and with the interest rates climbing)
Personally, I still like to pay all my debts, but what the government does is poisonous.
(btw how do I get my Poison Frogs avatar from Telegram to this blog?)
Go gravatar dot com for your frogs 🙂
The comment you quote reflects the cultural confusion in the US. War and sports metaphors are used interchangeably and this thinking and language also creeps into business and every day life.
The comment about “rolling over” the Taliban and “crushing” the Iraqis assumes that these are fixed, time-limited encounters like hockey or football games with three periods or two halves or nine innings, etc. in these one can say, “we won”, or “we crushed them.”
The geopolitical reality works on a different timescale. Countries that take a more fluid, long view of history like Russia and China see and behave very differently. That’s why China has been turning the other cheek and slow to react to the U.S. provocations starting with Obama’s “tilt to Asia”. This is also why Russia has avoided the “shock and awe” approach to warfare in Ukraine, both of which the US mistakenly sees as fear, incapability or weakness.
Though there are doubts about the accuracy of translation of the following account, the point still stands: Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, when asked during Kissinger’s visit to China in 1971 what he thought of the French Revolution which was reported as saying “it’s still to early to tell.”
Likewise, the timeline China is looking at for peaceful reunification with Taiwan is 2049. This is why I also think it will not be easy for the US to provoke China to act rashly, nor why Russia will end the war in its own time. Neither works on quick wins, nor on ‘forever wars’ without strategy or clear political objectives.
I also think the current agitation in Washington about Chinese support for Russia has some justification. Consider:
1. The US wants to provoke China into a hot war by 2025, otherwise the window of opportunity to derail China will forever close and China will eclipse the US as #1
2. RAND recently advised against a prolonged proxy war against Russia as it will weaken the US
3. Ergo, it is in China’s interest to keep the US and NATO fighting longer and harder in the Ukraine. It also puts longer nails faster in the coffin of US hegemony.
All in all, an expanded conflict in Europe might save the world from a more disastrous one in the Pacific.
fulvio margoni says
I agree with everything,
except for the last consideration:
an extended war to the €U also involves the atomic bases U$ in €U:;
In practice, atomic war…
I think the US is more likely to use nuclear weapons against China than Russia. There is the element of racism which makes it easier to do this for them, imo. Therefore I think a Pacific war would be more dangerous.
A. Dane says
Seen from Europe, 60 years ago, the USA was the land of opportunity and freedom. It is No more.
The US has turned into a corrupt Fascist behemoth, so delusional that it believes its own lies.
The US may expend a large amount on its military, but not enough to conquer the whole world.
By now the US have pissed off the populations in South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Russia, Europe and even the Nordic Nations, either by Wars of aggression, Invasions, Regime Change, Color Revolutions, Economic Sanctions, Political infiltration, and latest via sabotage against your Allies.
Who the Fuck do you think will support you in a battle?
Don’t you realize that Billions of people will rather fight you?
The only friends the US has left is its bought and paid for Swamp creatures infesting the US, UK, EU, MIC, NATO, IMF, BIS, and the UN, everybody ells would rather drive you to ruin.
And that is what is happening.
Today, there is an alternative to the US Dollar regime in Global trade, and scores of Nations have already taken refuge form US exploitation, by joining the BRICS trade alliance lead by China and Russia.
This change will soon include European Nations, and thus all the Dollars printed for the Globe since 1971 will only be able to buy stuff in America. This means that a gigantic amount of dollars will begin competing in buying up every asset in America, thereby creating Hyperinflation in America.
The chickens are coming home to Roost, thereby sending every American into poverty, without a single shot being fired. If the US bans Dollar influx, the dollar will crash on the international marked.
Where did you go wrong?
You took in the Zionists and NAZI´s fleeing Europe during and after WWII, and placed them in Federal agencies, the US Military and in Office in Washington.
America has become the Whore of Babylon controlling the Beast (NATO).
But as written in the Bible, all Nations will turn against the Whore, burn her with fire, and destroy the beast.
Yankee Go home and clean house before it´s too late.
It’s already too late. Knives are being sharpened to extract for each person that USA has wronged, a pound of living bleeding flesh. Billions have suffered because of USA. Billions l, from the parents of children bombed by airstrikes, brothers of men killed on their weddings, to the relatives of victims wounded in funerals, all demand their dues.
Al Nevsky says
Don’t kid yourself. Those responsible will never suffer. Who is going to make this happen, you?
Alex Thrace says
You are 100% right, but amazingly the “licensed financial advisors” are STILL telling clients that US Treasuries are the safest asset!
I recall that someone predicted a fire sale on US assets. It’s still a beautiful land, and just wait until the Chinese start buying out American mortgages at pennies on the dollar and start calling them in. You might have some Chinese guy knocking on your door telling you to get because he now owns your house.
He suggested to have gold coins available to pay it off and be done.
The better defense is to be out of debt, avoid the worst of the financial blood bath.
Karl Schmid says
…..and Alaska ist applying for incorporation into the Russian Federation.
Poison Frogs says
One of the issue the western planners did NOT count is that the *Russians don’t actually like to fight*. Sure, there are the Rambo types, but they end up in prison, in the military, or dead. However, the majority of Russian men don’t care about fighting. They would rather have beer or vodka drinking contest.
That sleeping bear attitude changes very fast when you enter their territories. And shelling a Russian territory fits the bill. The longer this war goes, the more Russian military will be trained by real fire. My guesstimate is that 200,000-300,000 soldiers already seen the fire, and another 200,000-300,000 soldiers are ready to see it.
Now the 500,000 trained soldiers, under the fire, will NOT go home to plant tomatoes and beets. And there is nothing to oppose them. Trained, fed, provided with unlimited ammunition, and with the idea that the whole EU hates them.
Where would they stop? That’s the real issue.
( the whole idea was NOT to start this transformation process )
“Russians don’t like to fight”.
I’m not sure Americans like to fight unless the enemy is a midget in a wheel chair with its hands tied behind its back.
“( the whole idea was NOT to start this transformation process )”
That was never an option since lateral change is a constant whose variables include but are not limited to, trajectories and velocities.
Heinrich Hecht says
Trouble about south russian provinces is always solved in Berlin.
I didn’t find the original cow bell sketch very funny. Your use of it as an analogy has really grown on me, I find it hilarious. A keeper.
Brian O. says
the cowbell is one of the hardest instruments to record or mix. It is a percussion instrument that is easy to make sound out of tune and loud enough to make a microphone recording it sound like it is broken. It is a piercing sound that hurts your ears if you are too close, in a very short amount of time. Much less time than a 3 and a half minute song. If you touch it, it may go out of the key it is made in. The only way you can mute it is to touch it or stuff something in it that dampens the sound. Then you have the stick you are going to attack it with. If it is big, the sound is deafening. If it’s out of tune you all but have to take it out of the song. What is the stick made of? The harder, the louder and more devastating. The short answer, “nobody wants more cowbell”
I guess that’s why I didn’t like the sketch, much as I love Christopher Walken, I don’t care how many movies he’s in, it’s not enough. The sound of the cowbell was awful: )
(yes I know that was the point)
Never Forgive, Never Forget says
Was reminded of some bitter 8 year old memories today, of how Ukraine chose to conduct its war against the Donbass beginning in 2014.
One of the first war crimes Kiev ordered, followed by 7 long years of indiscriminate bombing and shelling of the civilian population.
And here in the video is one of the first of thousands of civilian victims: Her name was Inna Kukuruza.
So, the next time someone has the audacity to speak of an ‘unprovoked’ invasion, you take them hard by the scruff of the neck, bury their face in this video and then send them home, maybe in one piece and maybe not.
This country is now dead to me.
Alex Thrace says
Oliver Stone has a very good documentary called Ukraine on Fire.
It is exceptionally well done.
Its changed the minds of 8/10 friends whom I loaned it to.
History rhymes in troubled times says
Spanish/German/Italian shelling of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War was the precursor to WWII.
Ukrainian shelling of the Donbass cities of Donetsk and Lugansk I hope to God will not be the precursor to WWIII.
Billy Bunt says
I’m not sure you being very kind to that anonymous commentator Larry. The might of the US military machine decisively kicked the ass of Grenada back in the day. Lets not forget that!!!
Alex Thrace says
That and the US manages to win every computer simulation war game.
There is an old movie, The Final Countdown where USS Nimitz c1980 is transported back to Dec 6 1941 and decides to open up a can of whup-ass on the Japanese fleet.
Of course they were zapped back right before the fun started.
I wonder if that would have turned out as they implied.
For Grins and Giggles, let’s just say the ROW won”t stop until they meet up in St. Louis. Can you imagine the comic element of xenophobic Americans HAVING TO learn Cyrillic alphabet and Chinese ideograms? Makes learning Spanish seem trivial. Buckle -Up Boys!, the shit storm is about to begin.
But being an optimist, Maybe we can just send Brandon & crew to Moscow for war crimes trial, be rid of the demons, start over…. Like the song says, “Dream On, Dream On…”. I’m reaching for my bourbon!
Alex Thrace says
I didn’t find spoken Russian to be terribly difficult. Written is another matter, but 2 weeks touring Russia a few years ago has me able to almost carry on a light conversation.
I brush up by watching Russia movies in the original language.
I think a good skill to have coming up.
I am writing a short story about the US “selling” California to China to clear the debt. Fully supported by most of the citizens there – of course finally we get the progressive communist leadership who will take care of us, while China expected Hollywood and Silicon Valley they got instead 40 million welfare queens.
Krzysztof Mróź says
Co za bzdury tłumaczące klęskę Rosji wxsierpniu i wrześniu 2022. Niemcy też tłumaczyły swoje klęski taktycznym sprawnym odwrotem
Alex Thrace says
Krzysztalnacht’s post in English:
What nonsense to explain the defeat of Russia in August and September 2022. The Germans also explained their defeats by efficient tactical retreats.
Now I understand why it took the Germans only 3 days to defeat Poland and how the Poles and Ukrainians, despite their ‘little semantic differences on the meaning of genocide’ at Volhynia are deep down, such birds of a feather.
Whatever happens in life, convince yourselves that the opposite is actually happening.
“AMERICA’S DELUSIONAL MILITARY FANTASY”
The prime delusional fantasy of “America” has always been that they are “America”, thereby requiring the “military fantasy” and the requirement of the “military fantasy’s” obfuscation through attempted disconnect/differentiation by way the obfuscation of “representative democracy/faux divisions to facilitate balance”, rendering “America” a land of opportunities of transcendence for others through multiple vectors afforded/facilitated by the dis-united States of America mesmerised by symptoms.
Painful, but it had to be said. Thanks, Larry.
how many Zelenskis are there in the wild?
Western MSM started flushing Zelensky down the toilet?
BBC reports how Ukrainian avoids journalists questions and promices that “after the victory” Zelensky would no more be able to evade them.
Australian ABC – the most insane propaganda in all 5 eyes – reports Bakhmut as 4 hours meat grinder, and Newsweek reposts.
KYIV — The average lifespan on the frontline of the fierce fighting in the city of Bakhmut is “four hours,” according to an American fighting side by side with the Ukrainian army against Russian forces in the Donbas.
Former U.S. Marine Troy Offenbecker, of Michigan, told ABC News that the situation in the city, which has seen some of the deadliest fighting since Russia’s full-scale invasion, is “chaotic” and has been dubbed “the meat grinder.”
Who could've known? says
They only publish those stories thinking it will stiffen American resolve to supply more money and weapons for ‘as long as it takes’.
But just like sanctions, it’s backfiring on them.
After some thought.... says
Enough that somebody should call out the hounds.
One of the key outcomes of this war has been the fact that the rest of the world which always looked at America as a wonderful nation has woken up to the fact that it’s really an ugly and uneducated warmongering nation and also a third rate bully – American power really is soft power but that’s now completely tattered which means other than the really poor and useless third world immigrants who can’t make any positive contribution to the US other than mow lawns and fix toilets, the educated middle and upper middle class from the rest of the world will and have already started shunning the US – This will hurt in more ways than currently understood or imagined as both brain power and money power that was flowing to the US gets diverted away to new destinations – This is non reversible unless a new leadership arises which is willing to radically change and reimagine what the US should be in future
Alex Thrace says
At least they can mow lawns and fix toilets. Americans can’t figure out how to put air in the tires of their cars!
Stand with Ukraine! says
There’s air in tires?
Roses have Thorns says
Watch what the neocons unleashed in Ukraine:
17 part series: Roses have Thorns. The events of 2014
I saw men stopping tanks in tiananmen square many times over there.
I saw mass protests demanding the return of their voices there.
I saw real democracy in action in the Donbass there.
I saw unarmed civilians shot in the streets of Mariupol there.
I saw a glimmer of hope in the Rada, and quickly extinguished there.
I saw Western journalists, ever so short-lived – acting like journalists there.
I saw ………. the death of the soul of many nations there and wept.
I wonder if/when/how Russia responds to the terror attack on their critical undersea infrastructure?
This is state terror on an unprecedented scale and cannot go unanswered.
The greed and chicanery of the Norwegians beggars belief.
No doubt revenge is a dish best served cold.
eh? Norway? What uS State is Noway in? Texas or Florida? Or was it annexed by uSA and I missed it?
Retaliation on pipeline infrastructure in the ‘Gulf of Mexico’ of ‘Norway, uSA’ would be interesting. There are literally thousands of targets. And, disused pipelines can pollute just the same.
Cant happen? Look at WEF destroying multiple food processing plants in the last year or two. And that was in plain sight.
I suggest you read the Sy Hersh piece implicating the US and Norway.
Hozai Hehmenez says
“This is state terror on an unprecedented scale and cannot go unanswered.”
9/11 is still unanswered.
Oblomovka daydream says
Important info from an article in Komsomolskaya Pravda about the tensions around Transnistria https://www.kp.ru/daily/27470.5/4725645/
“Kyiv does not hide its goals, which it wants to achieve during the provocation. The first task is to get ammunition from the gigantic warehouses in the village of Kolbasna, which have been stored there since Soviet times. Although some experts are sure that all storage periods have already ended there, and the ammunition there is unsuitable for use for the same tube artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ukrainian army is now in a wild hunger in terms of shells and mines, moreover, it is for Soviet calibers of 122 and 152 mm . (for artillery) and 82 and 120 mm. (for mortars). Even if 10-15 percent is still in a usable condition, this can provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine for six months, or even a year.”
just saying says
Anyone trying to take that ammo storage will only end up as a part of a very large fireworks display.
US Embassy is committed to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
US Embassy in Kosovo.
Kenan Meyer says
Look at this tweet by economist Luke Gromen
just saying says
That Petraeus guy is completely right about US forces playing in a totally different league from the militaries of other countries. They are exclusively fighting teams from lower leagues, and still can’t score a win.
Curt Nichols says
Excellent article. MONEY! And it is not just about Biden getting 10%.
Ukraine is a rich country in natural resources. It would fund our Ponzi for another decade or so. BUT Russia. Ah. The good old days of drunken Yeltsin handing the keys to the kingdom over. That would keep us going for 20 or 30 years if we could rape Russia.
US government debt goes up $5.2 billion every single day, or $218 million every single hour, Bank of America’s Michael Hartnett said. That is exclusive of the $10 Billion we send Ukraine every other day.
They have no choice. 50% of Americans pay no tax. The rich, with the assistance of the 50,000-page tax code, pay no tax. Corporations pay no tax. If it evens looks imminent? All hands training in Bali. They have to go steal the money somewhere, or this House of Cards comes down.
The Boomers are retiring and taking Social Security. The illegal aliens work, but they take their cash paycheck and Western Fargo it home to Honduras. Tech has always been a fantasy. The “Green” investments will never pay off. That whole thermodynamics thing.
Money. If you don’t think they will burn the entire world over it? You don’t understand the vile human race.
As to the capabilities of the military? I am an ex E-5. We have good soldiers. But we have no good leaders. And this pains me. My family had no lifers. We just all did a hitch. It did not come up with me since I had two daughters. But if I had a son? And he wanted to join? I would bitch slap him. I would literally take out a son’s knee out with a baseball bat before I let him have my nightmares. We have not fought a “good”war since World War 2.
Alex Thrace says
I strongly advised all my nephews and grandchildren to avoid the military at all costs.
Another paraphrastic moment says
Well, you know what MacGregor said about Petreaus. He kissed ass all the way to the top.
just saying says
I guess I’ve missed that. What I did not miss, is what McGregor said about Zelensky. His goose is cooked. 🙂
Tu es Petr(ae)us (revisited):
Michael Droy says
Will the last person to abandon the United States (and Europe) please turn off the light
Nowhere to run to, baby. Nowhere to hide. says
Am looking at Argentina now. How they’ve managed to cope with 100% inflation this past year is beyond me. Somehow though, it intrigues me.
Besides, my financial war chest is in fine shape and they’re already a battle hardened people, which probably gave them the ability to give the middle finger to the US/EU sanctions-mania.
I also think that the nominal US support for Argentina’s fascist government crimes against humanity of the 70’s and their visceral understanding of what post Maidan Ukraine became because of that experience, has helped them along. It’s a shame Spain hasn’t followed their example. Captive nation and all that, I guess.
Thio N says
With regard to Larry’s comment on the Vietnam War that:
Here again, U.S. military power was impotent to create a political outcome that
served U.S. national interests.
Agreed with caveats. Agreed because your definition of national interests assumes that whatever we do OCONUS benefits the nation.
Caveats: But we are no longer a nation, at least in language uses and practice. Plus, our MO is to invade the “third world”, to break their countries/nations via an age old strategy of divide and conquer, then to invite the world. All because we need more people to move to the new world and sustain our economy. And new immigrants are then used to divide and conquer America herself.
This MO is quite unique even for an empire.
Looking at current trends, I am not sure whether we can wrestle back the essence of and build the nation.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
It was August 2021.
Larry Johnson says
Thanks. When I wrote it I was thinking 2021 and wrote 2019. Brain dead.
just saying says
“America beat up the kid in a wheel chair.”
Few weeks ago I saw footage of US police killing a man in a wheelchair. To be more accurate, he had jumped off the wheelchair and was trying to run away on his stumps (he had no legs). He also had knife in his hand, and was screaming something, and obviosly had some mental health problems. Police officers just filled him with lead.
FYI, before the police shot him, that guy in the wheelchair had just rolled up and stabbed an innocent pedestrian in the back who was simply walking nearby.
just saying says
the psychiatrist's couch says
And, that’d suggest (not prove, suggest) justification for the police action.
You don’t understand. The runaway mental health problems in this country are akin to an unorganized terrorist movement. That compounded with the runaway militarization of police forces is just asking for a societal meltdown sometime, somewhere and somehow.
just saying says
The point of my post was that Larry’s metaphor, although sounding extreme at first, is way too close to reality.
Specific details of the case are not relevant for that. It doesn’t matter much if the guy “didn’t do nothing”, or the cops shot him “because he’s black”. Here’s another video of the police snuffing a guy in a wheelchair. I don’t know the details (maybe he “deserved” instant death sentence for “bringing a knife to a gunfight”).
US police is unloading magazines into weak people all the time, just like the World Police (aka US MIlitary) is doing it with the weak countries. And they get medals for it, too.
The things you mention (militarization of police force, runaway mental health problems, etc.) are just symptoms of systemic problems. One does not need to be Hamlet in order to see that there is something rotten in the state of Denmark.
That was just straight out and out murder by cop.
I just want to set the record straight on the Vietnam war myth that the US forces never lost on the battlefield: here is a list of over 100 battles the US lost in that conflict. As it notes, this is an incomplete list of defeats.
bob sykes says
In the very first air assault by helicopter, in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, the US deployed two battalions (900 men) against an NVA brigade. This assault was the subject of a book and movie. One US battalion (the movie one) lost 40% casualties, half dead. The other battalion suffered 80% casualties, again half dead. That’s 540 casualties with 270 dead. The remnants walked out because they could not secure landing zones.
So much for no battles lost.
At its peak, we had 550,000 troops in country, and ARVN put 1.5 million in the field. We always had two or three carriers off shore, plus other naval units, and we committed hundreds of fixed wing aircraft and thousand of helicopters. Several thousand helicopters got shot down, but many were salvaged.
We suffered 80,000 dead (including noncombat deaths). We also suffered 153,000 hospitalized due to combat injuries, and another 150,000 walking wounded. There were probably 1.4 million South Vietnamese civilian casualties.
So much for no losses.
Eric Newhill says
The US killed well over 4,000 of the enemy at Ia Drang. Funny that when Russians have a 10 to 1 kill ration everyone here calls that winning. When the US has a 10 to 1 kill ratio, they call that losing.
Even the communist CO said that Ia Drang was a US victory. That is even noted in the movie and the book.
Proof’s always in the pudding.
Carlton Meyer says
Enemy killed was a wild guess. No bodies were counted as the US Army quickly fled the area after a worse loss nearby. American airpower saved the day and inflicted lots of losses on the enemy, but it was a Pyrrhic victory.
As we sit here throwing stones at the US, I think it only worthwhile to point out that US innovation and achievement has contributed mightily to mankind. Unfortunately US foriegn policy has been dictated by a small group who has besmirched our good name. If only we would have better leaders. Instead we get clowns and grifters.
Jams O'Donnell says
Gee! China has contributed even more, and well before the 20th century – basic and world changing technology like: paper, printing, gunpowder(!) canals, opening canal locks, door locks, kites, boats with watertight compartments, beautiful poetry, paintings, the first pottery etc. etc. Joseph Needham has printed a 27 volume history of Chinese inventions. Do you think the US would take up 27 volumes? Dream on. World wide bullying doesn’t count as a US invention – even the Greeks had a go at it, even though their world was much smaller
There are many who think they’re been patriotic by parroting the same ole America is the greatest nation because for some reason we’re God blessed forever.
Furthermore, they will not relent for fear of blasphemy against those who’ve died in countless wars and incidents in the name of Democracy and freedom.
However, the real issue is our form of government a Constitutional Republic. It was a great idea almost too idealistic for the human race who are utterly selfless, self centered and can be absolutely wicked.
Our Constitutional experiment was high jacked right off the bat by wealthy international family bankers in London of all places. Indicating there really never was any separation between the fledgling America and the bank of London, The City of London.
These International Bankers e.g. Rothschild’s, Medici’s, Morgan’s and the Baring families have used the size and power of the United States for two centuries as a battering ram to loot and pillage and start wars all over the planet.
Who is the person that legitimately disagree with this assessment/assertion below:
“The history of the United States is characterized by violence and expansion”, the Chinese Foreign Ministry wrote, explaining:
Since it gained independence in 1776, the United States has constantly sought expansion by force: it slaughtered Indians, invaded Canada, waged a war against Mexico, instigated the American-Spanish War, and annexed Hawaii.
After World War II, the wars either provoked or launched by the United States included the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the War in Afghanistan, the Iraq War, the Libyan War and the Syrian War, abusing its military hegemony to pave the way for expansionist objectives.
In recent years, the U.S. average annual military budget has exceeded 700 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for 40 percent of the world’s total, more than the 15 countries behind it combined.
The United States has about 800 overseas military bases, with 173,000 troops deployed in 159 countries.
The death of the Empire of lies could be best thing for the entire planet.
However, I’m afraid the United States will be one responsible for bringing the world to conclusion.
Just look in entire Western Alliance there is not one credible statesman in the entire lot. Both Western Europe and the United States are being directed by those who most dangerous. They are the very worst of humanity in every possible way.
The US has been “king of the hill” since WW2, perhaps even post WW1. If you look at history, it is littered with hegemons, war and conquest. The US is no different.
One would hope that civilization would mature and people could live in peace. But, the human psyche and the character of people seeking government office and power have a deep need to dominate other. Perhaps democracies are to blame because the biggest and best liars are the ones that rise to the top, plus the rubes are easily influenced through mass media.
Jams O'Donnell says
Never mind the evil geniuses in London (evil though they provably are) – the US constitution was written specifically to enfranchise the landowning/ruling classes, to the detriment of all other US citizens. So born with the mark of Cain, already, even.
DALE FERGUSON says
America has friends and Allies built on fear. Not the kind of friends and Allies that I want to have in my foxhole.
Jams O'Donnell says
Absolutely true. The scum ruling the EU and UK are even more despicable than those in the US. They are bought and sold for corrupt gold (to paraphrase an old Scottish lament) without even the excuse of patriotism. They are the lowest of the low.
The US trade deficit is a win.
Every single cheap Walmart item that is sold for a piece of American paper is a win.
Net investor purchases of homes: percentage changes are incredibly misleading. Investors own a huge percentage of all homes in the US due to frantic buying – first post 2008 and then post COVID. Of course the volume falls – at some point, there aren’t enough homes to buy.
As for the Philly manufacturing index – I would not be surprised to see it pick up as massive US spending on defense starts kicking in. Which goes to show how useless US manufacturing indexes are.
S. Clark says
Elial: Grenada was also complicated because every US military agency sent its own forces in instead of just letting the marines handle it. All the spec. forces, ranger, air commandos, etc., had their own set-up, and a lot of miscommunication ensued. Then, in Jonathan Kwitney’s Endless Enemies, he asserts the battle was over before they even landed, as Bishop, the president, was probably killed by a CIA backed leader, and the people revolted. “No Bish’, no revo” they chanted.
Reagan needed a victory, any victory, ergo…
When I was in the National Guard, we always had a Soviet Threat lecture, and the NCO in charge gravely asserted that “a division of Russian paratroops were ready to seize the island and turn it into a missile base aimed at us, and US troops got there ‘just in time’ to save us from a missile strike. Again, in Lebanon, the Russians were ready to seize the country and use a ‘huge, underwater submarine base’ there to attack, but ‘the Israelis invaded DAYS before Russian forces would have struck, “SAVING THE FREE WORLD.” All of this said while the half-awake audience slurped coffee and gobbled doughnuts.
Camilius 0’Byrne: I agree with what you say, although I would regard Grant and Lee as first-rate commanders. Grant won because he kept up a war of attrition, and, where other union commanders took a licking and retreated to regroup, Grant stayed in the field. Lee’s biggest problem was logistics, and not being able to enforce his tactics on subordinates.
In 1812, Scott was a good commander, and when US troops were well led and trained, they could hold their own. Problem is, too many were militia, and led by mediocrities. The British and Canadian militia fought very well, and the Indians were an excellent light infantry.
When Britain sent troops from Spain to aid the war, Washington was burned.
In Mexico in 1847, Scott conducted a brilliant thrust into Mexican territory. Wellington said it wouldn’t succeed, but Scott did it. He also, after we won, urged the US to sign a treaty and get the hell out before a guerrilla war started.
I agree America, in WWI/WWII was able to come in by the eighth inning and turn the tide.
Charlie Canberra: Lt. Col. Anthony Herbert, in SOLDIER, asserted America could have won Vietnam just by using an increased counterinsurgency/infantry force. He believed the war became an excuse for the brass to build careers…with tanks, air strikes, large units that did no good. Herbert took over the Americal division when it was plagued with drug/morale/racial problems. He didn’t play the game and cracked down on these matters, and was considered not to be ‘a game player’ and forced into retirement.
Australia always had a good rep. in the field. Now? I’m sure if your military would be used, it would simply be to put down any Australian uprising, which is the purpose of most world militaries at this point.
During WWII, Roosevelt envisioned the UN abolishing all military forces except: America, Britain, Russia and China. The rest would be under a UN constabulary. This is kind of what happened, eh? Roosevelt kept seeing China as a US partner. He never imagined Mao and the revolution, nor China getting economic ideas of its own. As for besting America, it’s simple: destroy the money. No money, no battle.
I fear we can keep any war going on for a long time. I’m sure in DC and New York, they believe in the end, they’ll just outspend the Russians. Sort of a fabian strategy with a printing press and MSM.
Dr. George W. Oprisko says
Mike Sheldon, an oil producer has charts in his “OilyStuff” blog that show
US oil production declining 4 – 5 million BOPD between now and next year.
Exactly what energy source will NATO use to fight it’s war against Russia???
The Cornucopia of Willful Blindness says
Shale decline curves are always the worst. Whether it’s that drastic can’t say but to ignore it with blinders on and act, like Washington does that the well will never run dry, can eventually be fatal.
The EU above all, will one day rue their shortsightedness.
Jams O'Donnel says
Black Cloud says
Give that PoS Petraeus an M4 and send him to Bakhumt.
Vallhalla Rising says
Some days I don’t even know where to begin–I think this is one of them. Here goes anyway…
The US military has some really bad ass weapon systems and forces–they can inflict pain and a lot of it. However they have been poorly led at the civilian political and senior officer levels for decades. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assert that Eisenhower was one of the few senior officers and presidents that actually “got it”–feel free to flame me for voicing that opinion lol.
Russia and China have peer military capabilities–they just don’t spend as much as the US does. If the US is dumb enough to get into a direct military confrontation with either (and I believe Biden is) casualties and losses will be high on both sides–such is the nature of “total war”. And therein lies the doctrinal and societal difference between the US and Russia/China–Russia/China are prepared (as a society) for total war–the US society is not.
Our friend Simplicius76 does another great job of touching the point with a needle:
…worth the read.
Side note: I don’t know who Simplicius76 is or what his background is but I definitely want to have some drinks with him.
Not a fan of Eisenhower, especially his treatment of post war Germany. He was also oversaw the birth of the military industrial complex and then criticized it in a parting shot…
I would argue that nukes are total war in a missile.
Vallhalla Rising says
Yeah he was not ideal…I’d certainly take him over all others who followed.
Nukes are indeed the ultimate “total war” and I don’t trust Joe with a potato gun let alone nukes.
Dangerous decade ahead…
I disagree. A nuke is the end of war and everything else.
It is the global equivalent of putting a bullet in one’s own family and in one’s own head following a mass shooting spree. It has nothing to do with fighting a
War which is “continuing politics by other means”.
Vallhalla Rising says
Hmmmm interesting thought Elial…here’s my rebuttal…the US used 2 nukes in WWII and it wasn’t the end of the world–not even for the Japanese who were the targets.
I agree that if RUS-US unleashed every nuke they had a each other it would be an apocalypse.
Let’s pray that doesn’t happen.
Every adult in Russia over 30 had a Grandfather who fought at the front in WW2 . And they know that, if he was able to come home in one piece to dote on his grandchildren, it was because of the tens of millions of artillery shells and rockets that obliterated “Fascistiy” defenses.
I read an interesting comment on the Simplicius The Thinker blog about watching middle aged Russian women assembling complex fuses for hours on end as a labor of love. Of course it is: That shell she’s finishing saved the life of “Dyedooska” and now it will save the life of her children. The factory (“Zavod”) is a sacred place to Russians
The Commies “gifted” Russia with an enormous industrial plant. Sure, it came at the expense of the civilian sector and this huge misallocation of resources bankrupted the USSR in the end, but no matter. It still exists
If you’ve ever seen a video of a Russian Victory Day parade, you’ll see all manner of marching formation, including the “Nasha Dyevotchki” (Our Girls) formation. And then there’s a pause .. and then a single T-34 tank rolls into Red Square and everyone goes wild. Because this thing SAVED the Rodina!!*
Meanwhile, America looks down its nose at the American industrial worker, and spits on places like East Palestine, which was once part of the industrial complex. And thats why we’ll never out produce the Russians
*(Seriously, a direct connection can be made between the first appearance of the T-34 in August of 1941, which momentarily stopped the blitzkrieg dead in its tracks, and the failure to take Moscow before the rainy season .. which was then backed up by the winter)
just saying says
“I read an interesting comment on the Simplicius The Thinker blog about watching middle aged Russian women assembling complex fuses for hours on end as a labor of love. Of course it is: That shell she’s finishing saved the life of “Dyedooska” and now it will save the life of her children.”
Not much have changed. Now they assemble guided munitions to destroy all that western wunderwaffe.
JIM Croft says
I have looked at pics on google maps of Ukraine. T 34 monuments are everywhere. They still remember. Who in the US knows anything about history. I have a daughter with a history degree. i asked her about when we fought in various wars civil, WWI, WWII she had no clue when they occured. She works in oil business.
Americans have no sense of how we got where we are and why.
I imagine the Russians are pretty clear on what it will take to “de-nazify” Ukraine-NATO. I paged over from “Awful Avalanche” (yalensis) this morning to this post, and it finally registered how pernicious the disease actually is. https://awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/
Right now, Russia is killing lots of mope Ukrainians, who are to varying degrees, or not ant all, imbued with the Bandera world view. But it seems that the really bad apples that carry the disease have ready rat lines to escape the d-n sweep, and are in any event not taking part in the current active combat, so their numbers are hardly affected.
The illustration in yalensis’ article of the tattooed muscle thugs empowered by Nuland’s cookies, and his recitation of how the de-Russification horror was carried out by these thugs wearing a shield of impunity and absence of conscience, gives me the shivers: there are plenty of testosterone-poisoned thugs elsewhere in Europe, and even the US (and Canada, and patently in Mexico,) who would be happy to play that game.
One hesitates to use the roach comparison, but I’ve lived in several apartments over the years that had pest problems. The landlord pays some guy to spray liquid death in my living space, and the bugs move next door while the strongest of them just adapt to the toxins. I recall many stints of KP in the Army (I had a problem with “authority”) where the pest control folks tented the old wooden mess halls and fumigated the place. Once the tent was down and we went back to peeling potatoes, the roaches and silverfish would come out of the baseboards and run around in circles like they were drunk. What actually finished them off was sweeping them up into bags and then burning the bags.
One of my friends from grade and high school was the son of an Austrian Nazi. His dad owned a Bavarian-themed restaurant, where dozens of fellow expatriates would gather weekly in the closed restaurant. His basement was filled with Nazi “memorabilia,” flags and weapons and lots of disturbing photos. “It can’t happen here,” right?
Uk got Banderized over a decade and a half of brainwashing by US-assisted thugs, but the sure seems to have been a predisposition to the Bandera world view in play, for the Nulands to play on.
Not sure what kind of strategic bug spray can be developed to address the Bandera and other nationalism predilections that persist all over. Here’s hoping the Russians have something effective in mind.
Oblomovka daydream says
Russia halts pipeline oil supplies to Poland, PKN Orlen says
WARSAW, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Russia has halted supplies of oil to Poland via the Druzhba pipeline, the chief executive of Polish refiner PKN Orlen (PKN.WA) said on Saturday, adding that the company would tap alternative sources to plug the gap.
The halt in supplies via the pipeline – which has been exempted from EU sanctions imposed on Russia following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine – came a day after Poland delivered its first Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Eric Newhill says
You are misunderstanding me and quoting out of context and assigning all kinds of meaning that I most certainly did not even wish to imply.
My point is simply that, undeniably, the US military is absolutely capable of killing the enemy, seizing his territory and accomplishing immediate military objectives.
The alleged “losses” in Iraq, Afghanistan and even Vietnam were not due to military failures. They were due to mission creep and impossible objectives coupled with ROEs, etc that tied the military’s hands.
The military is not designed to secure a lasting peace in far away lands with different cultures. If the people of those far away lands choose to resist the occupation on a large scale via guerrilla warfare and other form of subversion and sabotage, then there is nothing the military can do short of killing everyone – and we don’t do that. Putting the military in that situation is not the military’s fault. Rather it is decision making that occurs within the CIA and other three letter agencies, think tanks and among politicians, most of whom are complete idiots. That is where the fantasy that the military can accomplish missions it was never designed to comes from.
The Russians were also drive from Afghanistan, as were the Brits before that. Yes, subduing the country was a fool’s mission. However, the US did roll over the Ts very quickly. The mission should have been punitive. Kill as many Ts as possible, including Bin Laden and his crew – and then leave. In Iraq, the US should have not disbanded the remaining Iraqi military. That was civilian directed blunder that led to the insurgency. Otherwise, the US military performs remarkably well. Beating up on people in wheelchairs? Sure, whatever. If you want to go there, the Russians are trying to beat up on untrained, cold, shellshocked, poorly armed old men and teenagers, aren’t they? And failing at this point.
I have consistently stated that due to certain realities, one being a big ocean, another being hypersonics (there’s more) the US Navy would be destroyed quickly in a war with China. I have consistently stated that I see no true US interests in Ukraine and that we should be staying out of it. I have stated that the US should leave China/Taiwan alone and bring manufacturing back home.
My point is simply that the Russians are performing badly in Ukraine. They lost ground over last Summer. They are now losing hundreds of men every day (that is per Wagner’s leadership, not CNN) and are bogged down fighting teenagers and old men (I don’t know if the Russians are really fighting teenagers and old men. That is Russophile gospel though). The big offensive that Macgregor and similar minds (Including my own) anticipated has not occurred and I begin to seriously doubt that there ever will be such a thing – AND, ALL OF THAT, IF I WERE A NEOCON (which I am not), WOULD BE HIGHLY ENCOURAGING that all is going to plan and that replacing Ukrainian losses with US trained troops and even US troops themselves (+ Polish) would bring about a Russian defeat. IMO, the neocons would probably be right about that b/c that kind of conflict is what the US military is very good at. It’s a straight forward mission and, in the aftermath, The US (+ Polish) would be working with a high enough percent of population that are friendly that the peace keeping mission would be far more easy to manage than among hostile and foreign cultures, like in VN, Iraq, Afghanistan.
I get that most everyone here deeply hates America and wants it destroyed. Once you demonize the next step is to disparage. It is easy to nit pick and build a negative profile build of nits. You disparage the US military’s capabilities at your own risk. There are the who see it differently and not without justification. That’s all I’m saying. The withdrawal from Afghanistan was a minor debacle that in no way reflects on the professionalism and skill of the troops that would be fighting in Ukraine. Rather it reflects on the politicians who ordered the withdrawal and top brass ass kissers that agreed to unrealistic timelines and other logistical issues. Analysis is not advocacy.
American here. US military veteran. I dont hate the US but I detest our foreign policy as promulgated by the neocons. Vietnam war and all wars since including PG 1 and especially PG 2 were immoral debacles. The people that pushed these wars should be in prison.
As a vet I would say that you put way too much faith in our armed forces. What the US military lacks in competence they make up for with quantity
Eric Newhill says
You’re a vet. Well that’s wonderfully special. I’m toward the end of a long line of vets – towards because both my son and daughter are vets. How people here pissing on America and its military are veterans of any country’s military? How would they know what end is up concerning any of the military criticisms they like to constantly level at the US or their assessments of how things are going in Ukraine? Everyone in my family – including my son who was an 02, WIA in Afghanistan, and my daughter who was assigned to the DIA during the “war on terrorism” (and her husband also DIA) will tell you that the American military, unfettered by idiot politicians and given a clear mission, will achieve that mission. Yeah there are screw-ups, etc, those happen in any military or big organization.
For the umpteenth time, I do not believe in imperial wars. It is possible for a person – me for example – to hold nuanced views, like imperial war is bad and, at the same time, the US military can destroy any military that faces it on the field of battle (if its hands aren’t tied behind its back and the mission is clear). I can also see that Russia was provoked into attacking Ukraine by evil neocons, but that the damn neocons just might have correct about how it will play out.
Most people here have no idea what they are talking about they could not are they interested in thinking objectively. This has primarily become a cult; a cult of Russophilia and, more so, a cult of hatred of America. This is a meeting grounds for the jealous, disenfranchised and disgruntled to rabidly spew their bile at the US – just like Moon of Alabama and a few other places that once offered decent analysis. Sadly, Larry has gone the way of Pat Lang, just as far out and blindly biased, only the other side of the coin. The truth is usually in the middle, but in these info ops, there is no middle, only extremism. Extremism never solved anything. Adios.
Agree-this guy attracts the most negative crowd of cry babies masquerading as strategists and realists on ant site I have read. It’s laughable how serious they take themselves and their “hard bitten”analysis.
Jams O'Donnell says
You have to consider – why is there a “a cult of hatred of America”?
Could it be that the USA (not ‘America’) throws its weight around in the world without much consideration for anyone else’s interests, and in fact to the detriment of everyone else’s interests, and only in its own interests. If that is the case, then why would a”a cult of hatred of America” be unsurprising?
A Canadian here. I absolutely do not hate the US. I had tears in my eyes hearing Ray McGovern sing at the UNSC meeting. People like him, Sachs, Sy Hersh are the ones who uphold and live the values of the self-declared “light on the hill”. I absolutely love them.
Open your eyes and look at the reality of the United States and what it has made itself into. Read and weep over the recent report by China on U.S. Hegemony. Every word is true. One has to love truth and God more than tribe and flag.
k. talaat says
Why do we keep referring to it as a delusion, a failure, bad management, bad government, bad military? Stop it, please! This is a premeditated, deliberate, planned demolition of our country. For Goodness’ sake, can’t you see it. Ask yourself, if I wanted to destroy the US what more could I do? Everything is being done, except involving us in a nuclear war and they are working hard at bringing it about. Who is the common denominator behind all this destruction with their system of monitizing corruption in every venue, food, water, medicine, transportation, education, social unity, the family unit, etc.? The first step towards a solution is to accurately define the problem. Who is the elephant in the room? Who’s behind Usury, Wars, Arms, Drugs, Booze, Pornography, Prostitution, etc. Are there any historical examples of who was behind it all? Yes, and it isn’t hard to comprehend, folks.
Larry Johnson says
The reason to refer to it as delusion is because the folks saying these things are ignoring objective facts.
Zelensky and his posse are doing the same to 404, and much of Europe as a side effect. One might posit, as I do, that given the destruction of Ukraine that Z’s “policies” and doubling down are effecting, one might be forgiven for starting to think that this low rent comic actor is pulling off the performance gig of two centuries, maybe as a deep plant of some Russian alphabet agency. Stranger things, all wrapped in many layers of foil, have proven to be true.
Mike D. says
Who is behind it and why don’t you state it?
k. talaat says
Educate yourself on history and geopolitics.
Elvin Laton says
You outlined “it” to tee, just like “those” you described do, along with their minions, who in baiting, draw out sympathisers.
You know know them too well.
People that compare UKR and IRAQ have to realize following huge differences:
1 / IRAQ had no quality air force or anti-air defense, of which UKR had both in abundance (just 300 S300 systems left from Soviet Union and modernized/maintained by West’s money means that UKR was probably the country with second best or at least, the third best air defense in the world). Just this point means that West airforce could completely dominate IRAQ totally unmolested
2 / IRAQ is in desert, which makes hiding and fortifying units much harder (almost impossible) – just try to make trench inside desert and see how much time it needs to get filled with sand, or to hide tank from infrared in the desert
3/ UKR had towns, industry, shelters, etc. built by Soviet Union which made many of those buildings really really strong (lots of reinforced concrete), and much easier to fortify. On the other hand, there was nothing like this in IRAQ
4 / UKR was fortifying for 8 years – payed by West, which IRAQ could not do properly due to terrain even if they had resources to do it (since none other then them would pay for it anyway)
5 / IRAQ had way less artillery ammunition and launchers – soviet stocks were big already, but also all available factories worked 24/7 during full 8 years (for example in Bulgaria) and likely 100% payed by West
6/ IRAQ had way less and way worse ballistic missiles and launchers, as UKR again had great soviet stocks of both
7 / Whole IRAQ weaponry was in way worse condition since it was not being repaired/modernized/prepared by West for 8 years, as was the case with UKR
8 / IRAQ had no one to provide it with food, fuel, ammunition, equipment, money, etc, UKR is helped in every way possible by the biggest alliance in the world
9 / IRAQ had no intelligence help from anyone – i.e. no country was overtly sending them target coordinates from satellites, drones, awacs, etc, provide them with hard to break communications (like Starlink)
10 / IRAQ did not have the most powerful PR machinery of the world on its side
11 / Many people in IRAQ firmly believed that once they are occupied by US they would be modernized/reorganized to be as good as country as most of the West were at that time, so most people did not even have will to fight.
Also, regime was not very popular and sheer name of the opposition was destroying morale of their forces even before the fight. On the other side, UKR was in every way prepared for conflict like this, officers and troops were trained really well, and thanks to great PR help and very fanatical leaders, they are bitterly fighting for every village, every forest, every high ground, etc…
12 / IRAQ was attacked by force numerically greater then their own, which was not the case with UKR, and probably still not the case even tho numbers are much more even now
I probably missed some points, but it doesn’t matter, simply comparing these two conflicts just makes no sense at all…
The Sins of Empire eventually come home to roost.
Nelson Betancourt says
“…the United States has the most expensive military in the world but is totally unprepared to fight a first world power.”
The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world and manages to keep most of its population in bad health and unable to afford care.
It’s not “left” vs “right”, nor democrats vs republicans; it’s humanism vs corporatism. And so it goes for aspects of our economy and institutions.
Drop a Wylie Coyote chimney bomb into the Menorah Center in Dnipro and we’ll reveal the invisible hand. Too bad Tony Po is dead that guy had some stories:)
Joseph B. says
The US population doesn’t even agree to enforce borders…!
What else is there to say?
AND I’m not mentioning the drugs epidemic, the utter unfitness of the pools of military recruits (only 25% are fit), the gross obesity that affects most adult, the lack of nutrients in American food, the fast food poisoning industry, etc.
Culturally, the decadence equals Rome’s in its dying days…
America is on its deathbed… the agony is far along…
Washington talks about quality outcomes but doesn’t care. It just wants chaos and uncertainty so it can asset strip the planet. How many other problems will it create to destroy Russia at the same time as the Ukraine.
Winston McCuen says
PRIDE GOETH BEFORE THE FALL.
YANKEE HUBRIS MAY WELL GET US ALL NUKED.
THE SOUTH WAS RIGHT.
Carlton Meyer says
Everyone dumps on the Russians for not blitzing through Ukraine. They don’t understand the size of that nation, or history.
It took the mighty Germans eight months just to capture Crimea during World War II.
No US Imperial war was in the interests of Americans–none–not even the Mexican war which led to the Civil War. The Coup initiated by Wilson in 1913 that few noticed ushered in Financialism that took control of the nation and is now known as Neoliberalism. Wilson knowingly lied about not entering WW1 during the 1916 POTUS campaign when he knew that would be impossible thanks to the banks and their war loans. And now Hersh points out the Biden certainly lied to the nation about his act-of-war attack on the Nord Stream pipelines. That act for many nations was the last straw that has them moving to China’s GSI and the institutions of the emerging Multipolar World.
As someone who was born a military brat and had family members in subs during WW2 to nuclear tipped AA missiles in the 60’s and finally left the US forever, the
Americans on one of their “netflick and chill nights,” may want to look at two of the highest grossing films in modern Chinese history. Directed by Academy awarding producers (none of the usual suspects here) who don’t shy away from the terrors of war, they are preparing their people for Total WAR with America (and their obsequious sycophants). You can go to youtube and view “The Battle at Lake Chongjin I & II,” where the PLA came to the defense of North Korea.
Very well done from a cinematic perspective, great actors, and money were poured into these movies to show that American military forces were defeated in Korea and will be defeated in the South China Sea (funny name that, since it has been recognized by that name for hundreds of years) in the next war.
Many people are naïve to think that China will bow and break to the hegemony of the anglo-zionist and they will be in for a very rude awakening justly deserved. The next 100 years will be the Chinese century and one can hope that the west will simply go in peace and let the world move on with the madness of the last 600 years.
There may be better version and Startpage is your better search engine to find the other film. Best of luck and enjoy!!
Tnx for the movie tip Tony. Will watch tonight.
And you’re correct that China won’t back down. They will never kowtow again.
Their century of humiliation is in their collective memory.
China is a strong, unified country now with their citizens mostly all on the same page, when the West (and Japan) attacked and humiliated them in the past they were not.
They were weak due to many factors; war lords controlling their own little fiefdoms to the detriment of the rest, internal strife and intrigues, and many other reasons.
America has thee best military in the world. Just lacks confidence. Hollywood needs another remake of Top Gun and Aliens to restore that confidence. In the new Top Gun an all female jet fighter squad takes off from an all female air craft carrier whose Captain is a lesbian from two gay fathers, and duels over the skies of Ukraine bringing down Russian pilots all who look like Ivan Vasilyevich Drago. And for Aliens, Special Forces take out the Alien in NYC who strangely looks like Putin.
“…all female air craft carrier whose Captain is a lesbian from two gay fathers…”
How was she conceived? Asking for a friend.
…… Captain is a lesbian from two gay fathers…”
How was she conceived? Asking for a friend.|
As has been explained. Men can get pregnant.
Mike Stanford says
“How was she conceived?” What an absolutely awful rassist way of thinking!
“She” was manufactured in APPLE Fetus Lab. , grown at BASF Human Farm INC. and delivered by AMAZON PrimeBaby. That’s how it’s done in modern times like these.
Get lost, oldfashioned blockhead! 😉
just saying says
Both fathers used to be female (someting like reverse sisters Wachowski). They conceived using Ukrainian sperm bank with racial purity certificated stuff, taken directly from Azov members (a thing that actually exist).
Hi Larry. Thanks for the article.Can I just point out something glaringly obvious that most Americans prefer to ignore. All those ‘victories’ that Us citizens love to attribute solely to the US armed forces, were actually ‘achieved’ as part of a coalition, usually including many other major and middle ranking western powers – the US did not do it alone, but Americans prefer to ignore this. Think ‘çoalition of the willing’, Canada, Australia, France, The UK, NATO, all ganging up to beat up smaller states. So your analysis of ‘US’ failures frankly fails to portray how sad the situation really is. How much worse would it have been if were just the US involved in these appalling colonial expeditions?
Larry Johnson says
Thanks for pointing that out. A very fair point.
Keith Harbaugh says
It looks to me like Russia’s Achilles heel may be microchips.
They are needed both for space travel and hightech weapons.
To design and produce them economically requires economies of scale.
Also specialized design skills.
It may be all but impossible for Russia to get those on its own.
Of course, this also suggests that all of us are now dependent on skills and facilities in East Asia.
Jams O'Donnell says
If you think Russia can’t make its own microchips I suggest a closer look at the whole subject. They may not be making the absolutely smallest chips, but they can make ones which do the job, and a few millimetres here or there doesn’t make much difference on a large and very effective missile.
just saying says
Less nanometers can also make a difference in a negative way, because it increases sensitivity to radiation. In addition to that, more complex chips (and other things) are more likely to have some kind of fault in them. I remember days when Pentium processors came with an in-built bug that resulted in inaccurate calculations. Russian made chips with less complexity and more nanometers are a better fit for nuclear missiles than those used in iPhone.
That being said, cheap stuff like Geran drones intentionally use off-the-shelf components (that Chinese and others make and sell in spades). Wikipedia says that in some drones they found Texas Instruments TMS320 processors. On the Wikipedia page for that processor, it even says that Russian are producing them too (in multiple factories, including radiation hardened version).
“The real game changer is Russia’s industrial base.”
That was a symptom and a consequence, but “the real game changer” was no longer playing games – transcending linear paradigms – by an increasing sum of some from 1968 onwards.
Keith Harbaugh says
While I most certainly do not agree with TTG’s support for Ukraine in the current Russo-Ukraine war,
he does publish some interesting articles.
“Russia has just one tank factory churning out 20 tanks a month”
If the assertion of TTG’s article is true, it contradicts Larry’s claim above.
the pair says
every US “victory” is carthaginian. that includes the objectively unnecessary bombing of japan with nuclear weapons and the razing of dresden. afghanistan was “bombing rocks into smaller rocks” as someone once put it. vietnam was a bunch of underfed third world farmers handing out PTSD and lost limbs like flyers for a hanoi whore house. as for iraq, i guess turning a third world country into a charnel house while your soldiers come home to sleep in their cars and OD on pain pills is a “victory”…if you had haliburton stock. should i bring up syria and/or the whining bunch of pricks known as “israelis”?
anyone who spews this delusional crap “knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.
The second most prevalent myth of “America” is that “victory” can exist outwith the imaginations of Mad Hatters – the first myth of “America” being that they/it are “America” leading some bubblehead known as Monroe to espouse his “doctrine” predicated on self-delusions of “Manifest Destiny”, and subsequently some other clowns to “lose” China – and the third myth of “America” is that “victory” is a constant event not a constant lateral process facilitating constant “war” sometimes with different “dancing partners” in endeavours of here-we-go-round-the-mulberry-bushness, known to some as full spectrum dominance and/or the end of history/revolutions around fixed points.
However this is not a complaint but a recognition of their relatively constant useful foolery with which an increasing sum of the world recognise as amusing whilst facilitating “America’s” transcendence with their (plural beware of binaries) complicity as “force multiplier”.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Análisis del primer año de la operación militar especial rusa en Ucrania por Alexander Duguin…
Con esta, es la segunda vez hoy que oigo o leo que EEUU actualmente está gobernado por una élite transnacional liberal globalista, algunos de cuyos miembros no son ni siquiera estadounidenses….
Here, we have the following picture. The Joe Biden administration, exactly like Bill Clinton, neocon George Bush Jr. and Barak Obama, is rigidly on the side of liberalism in International Relations. They see the world as global and governed by the World Government above the heads of all nation-states. Even the US itself is in their eyes nothing more than a temporary tool in the hands of a cosmopolitan world elite. Hence, the dislike and even hatred of democrats and globalists for any form of American patriotism and for the very traditional identity of Americans.
For the supporters of liberalism in international relations, any National State is an obstacle to World Government, and a strong sovereign National State that openly challenges the liberal elite is the real enemy that must be destroyed.
After the fall of the USSR, the world ceased to be bipolar and became unipolar, and the globalist elite, the adherents of liberalism in IR, seized the main levers of the management of mankind.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Oh, wait, I left it go in Spanish….
Analysis of the first year of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine by Alexander Dugin…
With this, it is the second time today that I have heard or read that the US is currently ruled by a globalist liberal transnational elite, some of whose members are not even Americans….
“Análisis del primer año de la operación militar especial rusa en Ucrania por Alexander Duguin”
Mr. Duguin’s ruminations and the ruminations of some others can be encapsulated in Mr. Marx’s Thesis on Mr. Ludwig Feurebach, not the owner of Feuerbach fire places on tel +7-(926) 868 60 14, website Info@feuerbach.ru experienced in matters thermo-dynamic, namely Philosophers here to fore have merely described the world – however the purpose is to change it, which tends to reflect the “understanding of The United States of America” in matters strategic as a function of their purpose.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Well, I do not agree with Mr. Duguin in everything he says, and I am aware about his limitations in military matters.
But, I think the description of waht would entail a little, a moderate and a great vicotry for all the actors implied has a take.
On the other hand, what about the actors in Europe, does not seem there afre people completely out of control there?
Just watched a video where some young people and a mideel aged German man y military fatigues were shouting to some elder Germa women who were demsotrating with Russiam flags….the conversation turned quite agressive, on the part of the “supporters of Ukraine”, calling the elder women “” and pushing them…
One cycle-tourist entered the discussion alleging that supoorting Russia againbst nazi Ukraine was “an ideology of the day after yesterday, a sofa ideology of the 80s”….After freeing his excrement, then leaves alleging he is a communist…( must be an eurocommunist…or highly likely a green…..)
Related to this, have you read the analysis by Wolfgang Screeck from the Max Planck Institute?
It seems to me that a Pandora box has been opened in Germany and it is not the Ukrainian nazis in the basement the only ones who were freed through this…There are other ambitious actors, like those dizzing with circumference degrees who seem to be willing to go to any extent so that to remain in power….Then, there is the Baltics, where nazi policies have been in effect for long time before the Russiam SMO….
P.S: I considered migrating somewhere during the pandemic dictatorship, but the conditions impossed by Murashko, made me forget about Russia as a possibility…Who would want to leave a crazy concentration camp to get into another…?
I am aware this is the time, you always warned will arive, when “seat belts may prove uneffective”…
Enjoy your journey….
“It seems” is an exercise in self-deception which encourages some to open “Pandora’s boxes” without realising that they are doing so.
As Ms. Warwick and Mr. Wonder observed – that’s what friends (partners) are for.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Well, yes, you have a point, even comparing concentration camps, one should admit there is some concentration camps, even under Murashko´s mandatory health rule, that could be more interesting thna others….
In fact, cultural life here is dead, there is nowhere to go, conversation is not worth, except when meeting a few likeminded friends ( although not completely likeminded…) neither the cinema, nor an exposition ( arts already coopted by the propaganda machine…) may be still a concert…I stopped travelling during the “pandemic”, by fascist mandate, and I have not reinstated that yearly custom….. one recalls the Russian-Basque journalist jailed in harsh isolation for almost year now in Poland without trial, under the astonishing accusation of “being semi-Russian” ( there is no more charges against him and his “sentence” keeps prolonging without end out of the “new rules”…like US wars…) and one gets without any desire to leave controled territory and inmerse himself in the dephts of Europe….
The cultural panorama in Spain, and Europe, reminds me of that described by Stefan Zweig in the verge of the Third Reich, who, despairing on the belief of the impossibility of European culture ( as he knew it, flourshing )returning anytime during his life span, decided to terminate himself along his wife in their exile in Brazil….
The lie brazenly spreads its wings and the truth has been outlawed; the sewers are open and men breathe their pestilence like a perfume.
I leave you a semblance and raccount of Annalena´s bloopers reel….I did not even know there were so many….
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
So sorry for the multiple typos, I was writting in a hurry…..
Paulo Guerra says
Massive U.S. dollar dump? BRICS to launch new currency causing tsunami of inflation – Andy Schectman
Any rational and serious Finance Minister and/or President, looking to these charts, immediately would order to sell all North American treasury bonds to avoid damages to their countries and people. The bankruptcy of US is already visible and demands since now urgent actions.
The US and the Collective West must acknowledge that the world has changed. America’s economic, technological, and military superiority is over. Stupid Liberals and Neoliberal made China and Russia work together to destroy the American Unipolar Order. Also, the non-Western states started to realize the declining power of the West, and they began to keep their distance from the West. We have to face manage control of the declining power of the American Empire and prepare for the coming multipolar world.
harrison burnell says
in 1975, usa had been out of vietnam for 2 years. the south vietnam army was trained by the us forces and was the best in asia. why did the democrats lead by joe biden defund the south for arms that would allow them to defend themselves and push back the north vietnamese that had broken the paris accords and crossed the dmz heading south. we spend 20 yrs in vietnam. and for what. once secured the senators like joe biden and other democrats decided we won and left, so no more aarms for the south vietham army and without bullets and arms, the north got the cue from the democrats straight way. it’s yours charlie. americans that fought in vietnam and followed in iraq, syria, and so many other places are always undermined by our politicians. period.
flying murderbots are coming, this was the last ooh-rah for the human military.