[NOTE FROM LARRY — The following was written by Alastair Crooke and I have been given permission to publish here. Enjoy.]
“NATO has never been stronger; Russia is a global Pariah; and the world remains inspired by Ukrainian bravery and resilience; in short, Russia has lost, Russia has lost strategically, operationally and tactically – and they are paying an enormous price on the battlefield”.
He, (General Mark Milley, US Chief of Defence Staff) doesn’t believe a word of that. We know that he doesn’t believe it because, two months ago, he said the exact opposite — until he was chastised by the White House for straying off the Joe Biden message. Now he is back, playing on ‘Team’.
Zelensky likely also doesn’t believe the word of the recent European promise of tanks and aircraft (88 Leopard tanks will winnow down to 14) — and he knows it to be mostly a chimaera. But he plays on Team. A few extra tanks will make no difference on the ground, and his fifth mobilisation is being resisted at home.
The European militaries are waiting-out this episode, their armouries running on ‘reserve tank’.
Zelensky repeatedly says he must have tanks and planes by August to sandbag his haemorrhaging defences. But contradictorily Zelensky is warned, It’s critical; “make significant gains on the battlefield” now – as it is the Administration’s “very strong view” that it will be harder thereafter, to obtain Congressional support (i.e. August is past time; it will be too late).
Clearly the US is preparing the ground for a Spring ‘Victory Announcement’ — as Milley’s delusional comments foreshadow –and a pivot – just a whisker ahead of the US Presidential Election calendar kick-off.
The ‘narrative’ in the MSM has already begun to transition to that of a coming crushing Russian offensive – and of heroic Ukrainian resistance overwhelmed by crushing force.
“The critical nature of the next few months has already been conveyed to Kiev in blunt terms by top Biden officials — including deputy national security adviser Jon Finer, deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman and undersecretary of defence Colin Kahl, all of whom visited Ukraine last month” (Washington Post) — with CIA Director Bill Burns travelling to personally brief Zelensky just a week ahead of those officials’ arrival.
Zelenksky was put on notice. Results now, or else!
But then Seymour Hersh finally says out loud, an unspoken harsh reality — one with hugely complicated political consequences (taken from Hersh’s subsequent interview with Berliner Zeitung, (Google translation)). “No, not the Nordstream sabotage (we knew that), but that of reckless misjudgement and rising anger in Washington — and contempt for Biden and his close team of neocons’ immature political judgements.“
It’s not just that the Biden Team ‘blew up the pipelines’; they’re proud of that! It’s not just that Biden was prepared to eviscerate the competitive ability and employment prospects of Europe for the next decade (some will applaud). The explosive part of the narrative was that “At some point after the Russians invaded, and the sabotage was done … (these are people who work in top positions in the intelligence services, and are well trained): They turned against the project. They thought it crazy”.
“There was a lot of anger among those involved” noted Hersh. Initially, Biden’s Nordstream narrative — ‘it will not happen’ –was understood by the Intel ‘pros’ as simple leverage (linked to a then prospective Russian invasion) — an invasion which Washington knew was coming, because the US was prepping Ukrainians furiously — precisely in order to trigger the Russian invasion.
Yet the Nordstream sabotage was postponed — from June until September 2022 — months after the invasion had happened. So, what then was the point of crippling the European industrial base through imposing sky-high energy costs on it? What was the rationale? And there was more anger at Biden’s Team members ‘shooting their mouths’ about Nordstream, effectively boasting ‘damn right, yes, we ordered it’.
Hersh comments that although the CIA answers to ‘power’ in the broad meaning, rather than to Congress, “even this community is horrified by the fact that Biden decided to attack Europe in its economic underbelly – in order to support a war that he will not win”. Hersh opines that in a White House obsessed with re-election, the Nordstream sabotage was seen as a ‘win’.
Hersh said in his Berliner Zeitung interview:
“What I know is that there is no way this war is going to end the way we [the US] wants it to end … It scares me that the president was ready for such a thing. And the people who carried out this mission believed that the president was well aware of what he was doing to the people of Germany. And in the long run, [they believe] this will not only damage his reputation as president, but also be very harmful politically. It will be a stigma for the US”.
The concern is more than that – it is that Biden’s obsessive zeal is turning the Ukraine from a proxy war into an existential issue for the US (existential in the sense of the humiliation and reputational damage if the war was lost). It is already a Russian existential issue. And two nuclear powers in an existential confrontation is bad news.
Let us be very clear: This was not the first time that Biden did something — regarded by the US intelligence professionals — as wholly reckless: Robert Gates, the former Defense Secretary said on Sunday that Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign and security issue over four decades. In February 2022, he seized Russia’s foreign exchange assets; he expelled its banks from SWIFT (the interbank clearing system) and imposed on her a tsunami of sanctions. The Federal Reserve and the ECB said afterwards they were never consulted, and if they had been – would never have consented to the measures.
Biden claimed his action would ‘reduce the rouble to rubble’; he was grievously mistaken. Rather, Russia’s resilience has brought the US closer to a financial precipice (as dollar demand dries up, and the world shifts eastwards). From the perspective of significant financial actors in New York, Biden and the Fed now must hurry to rescue a systemically fragile US.
Simply said, the import of Hersh’s Berliner Zeitung interview (and his other pieces) is that factions within the US Deep State are furious at the circle of neo-cons (Sullivan, Blinken and Nuland). Trust is ‘done’. They are coming for them; and will keep on coming … Hersh’s piece is but a first taste.
For the moment, the neo-cons’ Ukraine project remains ‘current’, with Team Biden demanding all western allies remain tightly on message, ahead of the 24 February first anniversary of Russia’s Special Operation.
It would appear the critical window for Ukraine somehow to ‘magically win’ however, is being cut from months to a few weeks. ‘Winning’, of course, remains undefined. Yet the reality is that it will be Russia, rather than Ukraine, that will be mounting the Spring offensive — and possibly along the entire length of the Contact Line.
The ‘writing is on the wall’ for Ukraine (albeit with Kamala Harris dispatched to the Munich Security Conference) to plug the Team ‘line’ of an ‘enduring commitment to Ukraine’ by the collective West for the long haul.
Paradoxically, behind the curtain, this ongoing ‘civil war’ in the US Establishment threatens to become ‘the writing on the wall’ for Biden too — as he approaches that 2024 Candidature decision moment. Can Biden be trusted not to be reckless, the US Intelligence Community must be asking itself, as Ukraine grinds into entropy under a Russian surge across all fronts? Will Biden again become desperate?
Can we imagine that the US might just throw-up its hands and concede Russian victory? No — NATO might disintegrate in the face of such spectacular failure. So the political instinct will be a gamble; to double-down: A NATO deployment into western Ukraine as ‘a buffer force’, to ‘protect it from Russian advances’ is under consideration.
It is not hard to see why factions within the Deep State are “appalled”: America’s defence industry products are being consumed in Ukraine faster than they can be manufactured. It is adversely changing the US calculus on China, as the US military inventory burns away in Ukraine. And the Ukraine war easily can spill across eastern Europe …
The bottom line is the unexpected insight (for the élite) that the US itself may be the biggest loser in the war on Russia. (Moscow understood this from the outset).
Team Biden has essentially sparked a concerted push-back from the Establishment versus his decision-making competence. Hersh’s report; the Rand Organisation Report, the Economist interviews with Zelensky and Zaluzhny, the CSIS report, the IMFreport showing Russia growing economically, and the scattered eruptions of hard reality appearing in the MSM — all attest to the circle of dissent at Biden’s handling of the Ukraine war that is gathering steam.
Even the recent Chinese Balloon hysteria, leading to NORAD shooting down every and all unidentified objects in US airspace, smacks of some at the Pentagon poking the Biden team ‘in the eye’: i.e., If you (Team Biden) are stupid enough to insist we ‘uncheck every box’ on the NORAD radars, don’t be surprised at the rubbish you will be shooting down daily.
This speaks firstly of disdain for the White House grasp of the finer details; and secondly of how the Chinese Balloon has performed a symbolic role in re-energising the US China hawks who hold the majority in terms of bi-partisan Congressional support.
Can Biden be removed? Theoretically ‘yes’. Sixty percent of young Democratic Party members do not want Biden to stand again. The difficulty however, lies with Kamala Harris’ deep unpopularity as a possible successor. The latest evidence of Harris’ fading position is a sharply critical article in the New York Times, filled with anonymous disapproval from senior Democrats, many of whom once supported her. Now, they are worried.
Their fear, Charles Lipson writes, is that she’s almost impossible to drop:
“To win, Democrats need enthusiastic support from African Americans, who are likely to be insulted if Harris is dumped. That problem might be averted if she were replaced by another African American. But there are no obvious alternatives. If Harris is replaced, it would likely be by a white or Hispanic candidate …
“Such a change would roil a party deeply invested in the politics of racial and ethnic identity, where losing groups are seen as aggrieved victims, winners as “privileged” oppressors. Those divisions are most virulent when they centre on America’s historic wound of race, and they would be turned inward on the party”.
Why should we not expect an investigation by the Democratic Party hierarchy or from Congress in pursuit Seymour Hersh’s allegations of deliberately by-passing Congress? Well, put simply, it is this: Because it exposes the ‘unsayable’. Yes, Biden did not ‘inform’ Congress, though some of them do seem to have known about the Nordstream sabotage in advance. Technically, he bypassed the system.
The difficulty is that both sides of the House largely APPROVE of such exceptionalism — US exceptionalism provides that the US can do what it likes, whenever it likes, to whomsoever it wants. There are so many instances of this ingrained in practice: Who will dare to cast the first stone at ‘Old Joe’? No, the case against Biden — if it is to be pursued — must be the collective view that Biden is unfit to exercise sound judgement on issues which might risk lurching the US toward all-out war with Russia.
If Biden is forced out, it will be done from ‘smoke filled rooms’ of insiders. Too many have quietly benefited from the Ukraine boondoggle.
Where does Europe go in the wake of the Nordstream allegations? It is hard to see a Germany-dominated Europe diverging far from Washington. The present German leadership is in thrall to Washington and readily has accepted its vassalage. France will — a few hiccoughs aside — stick with Germany. However, as the US observes its dollar sphere contract with the expansion of the BRICS and the East Asian Economic Community, the US will bear down hardest on its captive nearest economies. Europe will likely pay a devastating price.
In any event, the EU does not discuss the really sensitive issues in public — only in meeting rooms where all mobiles have been removed in advance. Transparency or accountability barely figure in such discussions.
Re: START suspension
allegedly something radioactive was delivered to Odessa county
to speculate, it might make sense for US hawks to go Hail Mary in Ukraine. It also might make sense for them to ball up and tremble.
Taras 77 says
Thanks, Larry, for another excellent article!
I’ve said many times, not that it matters, but the US/Ukraine are losing and losing badly but what does that really mean in terms of the next step of the crazies.
Putin will continue, obviously from his speech today, 21 Feb. But the crazies in the basement do not know “backing off.”
Putin demands that NATO return to 1997 borders. Does anyone think that nuland/sullivan will back off? They will continue to double down and Putin’s nuclear forces are on high alert.
The political situation, as highlighted in this article, complicates everything in that morass which passes for a political system. As long as biden is in place, the billion dollar bribes to zelensky for keeping his mouth shut on the biden money laundering and the son’s depravity will continue.
Carlton Meyer says
Putin has only demanded that foreign troops withdraw from NATO states bordering Russia.
And the USA lost Taiwan over this. They saw what happened after the USA sparked a war between Russia and Ukraine. They don’t want to become Ukraine.
“Zelensky repeatedly says he must have tanks and planes by August to sandbag his haemorrhaging defences. But contradictorily Zelensky is warned, It’s critical; “make significant gains on the battlefield” now – as it is the Administration’s “very strong view” that it will be harder thereafter”
The Ukrainians miraculous counter offensives were just traitors on the Russian side ordering withdrawals and the Ukrainians, almost accidently, filling the gap.
Zelensky being warned that such gains will be harder in the future may mean that some of the traitors will be shot.
The withdrawals were not ordered by traitors. They were strategic & organized, to defensible, pre-prepared lines. The Ukes who filled the void were then systematically slaughtered.
That’s a little extreme. I believe you’re confusing tactical retreats with traitorism. But hey, I wasn’t there. What do I know?
Gary Scarrabelotti says
Yes, the USA is a ship tossed in a protracted storm and the Captain has gone raving mad while remaining at the wheel. How long will it take for his ‘lieuts’ to clap him in irons?
They’re trapped. If they did their duty to uphold and defend the Constitution, it would immediately undermine the legitimacy of the government, which claims to obey the Constitution, though we know it does not.
There are way too many who still believe the government is telling them the truth. How would all these low information ‘citizens’ out there react to a coup? Would these NPCs accept it with quiet resignation? Would they explode in an apoplectic fit?
I think this uncertainty is the only thing holding them back.
Fred Crooks says
bob sykes says
Following the well-established pattern that what was deemed impossible actually happens (no HIMARS, ok HIMARS; no tanks, ok tanks…) it seems obvious that Ukraine will get F-16’s . But if they are to fly this year, they will need NATO crews. Will they be based in Poland? Will Russia attack Polish airfields?
On the flip side, Russia has withdrawn from New START. Russia has reserved the right to restart nuclear testing is the US does. There are no nuclear treaties still in force between Russia and the US, except NPT.
“The Limited Nuclear Test Ban treaty was signed in Moscow on August 5, 1963, by US Secretary Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign Secretary Lord Home—one day short of the 18th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.”
So, a bit shy of 60 years after the first treaty, we are back at square one–no treaties. And we are in another nuclear crisis. The LNTB was negotiated in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, because the elites in both the US and USSR had scared themselves silly. The current American elite is too f’ing stupid to realize what the current situation portends.
If, and that’s predicated on the war lasting another 6-12 months, F-16’s fly out of Poland or anywhere else, those airbases will be attacked by Russia in my estimation, and, I also predict there will be no widespread call for general war on NATO’s part as they aren’t in any position to fight even a conventional war – no munition stocks, no manufacturing capability to make them, so they’d be sending in troops not much better armed than the current Ukrainian recruits. They’d run out of ammo in less than a week and be sitting ducks.
As to the F-16’s, I suspect we’d find out that Russia has some pretty advanced air defense systems. Knock a dozen or so of those out of the sky in a day or two and the enthusiasm for using them would wane quickly.
Russia isn’t bluffing, and any attempt to call them would be a bluff. If this were poker, NATO would be broke already.
the us f-16 is not achieving required readiness: airframes old, should be retired but f-35 needs refitted, new central computing and more powerful engines that do not light up the sky….
as a result too many repair requirements, too much technician time, and no spare parts.
f-16 to Ukraine would take too much away from other plans.
flying from Poland would require large number of refueling aircraft….. w/in range of s 400.
and all the logistic manpower etc will usa ‘contractor’
This is many about military industrial and Congressional graft. The Ukraine proxy war is mainly the business opportunity.
‘As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?’
– Alexis de Tocqueville
John Leventis says
Ditto. Also, the challenge with deployment of aircraft reduces to logistics, like everything else sent to them. Interoperability, ordnance, aircraft maintenance and munitions maintenance crews, flight line management, fuel, repair facilities… memo to Washington and Brussels – this is not a video game.
Yeah, Right says
If “Ukrainian” F-16 jets fly sorties from Polish airfields and are flown by Polish pilots then, yes, I do believe that Russia will attack those airfields.
It will actually be quite difficult for the Poles to use Article 5 to drag the rest of NATO into a war on the basis of such an event.
The phrasing of the NATO Charter says that “Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all”
But anyone who is reluctant to enter the fray could – and would – argue that Russian retaliation *against* a Polish bombing raid doesn’t rise to the level of an “armed attack” against Poland but is, instead, a retaliatory raid consistent with Russia’s inherent right to self-defense when attacked.
So long as Russia restricts itself to attacking the airfields that those F-16 operate from then that is an arguable point.
After all, NATO was never intended to act as a shield to protect member states from the consequences of their own military adventurism.
Chris in Ch-Ch says
Yeah Right, you are dead right !! Especially you’re very last sentence . . . . . NATO was NOT designed as a “Get outa jail free card”. Ya do have ta shake ya head at the way the imbeciles at 1600 view the world – the trouble is the majority of the sheep read the same shit, see it on tel-lie-vision & believe the entirety of the propaganda. The shock of a complete Ukrainian collapse is going to blow minds & no amount of US/NATO “We won” headlines are going to fool the majority. No wonder Putin & the STAVKA have taken this so incrementally, not wanting to ‘spook’ Biden & Co & bring the big Red Button into play
Mr. Novice says
Russia doesn’t need to attack Polish airfields. S-400/500 and other AD are more than capable of handling them. If firing anything long range from Polish airspace though, then I suppose the airfields would be fair game.
It’s been made clear by Russia that any NATO forces or facilities in Ukraine are considered fair game. And that would include airbases from which aircraft fly into combat in Ukraine.
you mean jb, blinky,nuland/kagan,sullivan and 535 flower pots in the CONgress…???
I think that the only big loser will be europe and NATO.
US is forcing the europiane members of NATO to go toward a kind of demilitarization, and so they soon will be transformed only as a defensive force, as per the aim they was created.
And economically they will be totally dependent from the US.
They will have to recapitalize the hole industry according to american products and raw materials.
So again as in 1945.
The americans with this war have killed the pride an iniciative of europe and stop tham thinking that they can be power.
Stefan G says
I feel obliged to reply.
The european members of Nato are not fit for a real fight since the middle of the 90’s. I do not see a demilitarization to be necessary after they have send everything working to Ukraine. For example, the German Bundeswehr has great problems with its equipment, at a maneuver in ’22 with 17 tanks, after three (3) days none of the tanks worked any more. So Germany can hold itself for three days?
To the contrary to demilitarization the European military will be stuffed with money and put up to speed. Just two examples: Germany puts a sum of 100 billion in addition to the annual budged into the Bundeswehr. A brand new munitions factory is being build in Eastern Germany. This is hardly demilitarization.
Then the economy of Europe: The Germans learned that they had put to much eggs into one basket by importing ‘too much’ natural gas from Russia. That mistake they will not repeat. The price of 1 KW/h of electrical power for the industry is at 10 to 11 Eurocents and the industry needs a price of 4 to 5 Cents to be able to be competitive on the world markets. BASF one of the largest chemical companie in the world shrinks ist production capacity by at least 17 % and shifts it to China. The only one that is happy about that are green-party idiots, but they do not understand economics anyways.
So diversification on the world marked will be happening to avoid any further large bloodlettings of the producing industry. That needs time and Germany has the funds to achieve that and they have the ‘La Grande Nation’ at their west borders. They are happy to provide the energy from their nuclear power stations until that process is finished.
In that line of thought Europe will surely not make the mistake to make itself dependent on the US. Especially after the attack on Nordstream and the selling of natural gas to Europe for thrice the price it took from US companies sits not well with German companies. That made them angry.
Then there was the try to reduce the economic ties to China, trough limiting imports and ‘regulating’ financial services to companies that are having relations to Chinese companies. That’s were the German companies went from angry to: ‘Not with us, we will not do that!’ They turned to: ‘Widerstand’ (resistance).
The green party, which is on the forefront of changing the world in their image and is behind this, is very, let’s just say: Irritated. Voters will make them accountable for the decline of the economy and in a few years they will be back to a nonconsequential party. The signs are already there.
And after ’45 the German industry was at a capacity of over 90 %, so Germany’s industry never had to recapitalize fully. The boom of the industry was the demand of German products, because ‘Made in Germany’ was, after all, a trademark of longevity and reliability. Every German company’s dream, was and is till today to sell their products in the US and that began even before the war. Also the Korean war had a not so small part in the rise of the German economy.
So the world will see the rise of Europe after this episode. Surely not like an eagle and more so not to the top. But after a decline, which is happening and may last another few years up to a decade, always follows a rise. That is like a natural law.
The long term effects for the US is that the the US Government has shown absolutely clear and for everyone to see, who is opening his or her eyes, that it is not trustworthy. The exeptionalism that is shown by the US leaders has done too much damage. This is creating multiple very dangerous situations and no one knows if and where the giant US will lash out to or how hard the hit might be.
And let me add: The people are noticeing more and more that the media and social media is missleading them. This behavior will not be sustainable. Sooner or later the big companies will need to be broken into pieces.
It should become a statement like the one Cato the Elder in ancient Rome allways said at the end of his speeches: “And by the way I think Cartago should be destroyed”. Today that would look like this: ‘And by the way, I think the social media company’s should be broken down into multiple companies, like we did it with Standart Oil!’
And let’s hope the mentally sleeping people, who think of themself as ‘woke’, will have an awakening.
If it will work out for Europe is not written in stone. We will see if it is not only my imagination running wild.
Stefan G – The problem that Europe faces is very much the same as the US: the people have little say, are ill-informed, fragmented on trivial issues, and cowered by authority and surveillance. Democracy no longer exists. It is more akin to fascism under an oligarchy. For Europe to recover as you describe may well take another liberation by the Russians (or perhaps, the first liberation was not completed and the Nazis got away and have regrouped).
Here is a very disturbing piece on Ursula vd L. While no one should be held accountable for their ancestors, the elephant question is how did she come to hold the position she has? In fact the same question can be asked about many Western leaders including the incompetent Trudeau and his sinister deputy PM Chrystia Freeland. It is a frightening question.
fulvio margoni says
I’m with you 100%
Stefan G says
“The problem that Europe faces is very much the same as the US…”
I also see that the current way democracy is organised and the three powers, juditial, executive and legislation, are no longe parted as they must be.
The institutional imparative has took its toll.
So, principally I am as sceptical and critic as you are, it is just so, that there are other forces at work as well. And I see signs that the shift of awareness towards this problems is beginning. Though I believe to have already admitted, that my words are filled with a lot of positive attitude. I can be very wrong anyways.
And for Ursula von der L., well I looked into the history of her family and can only say that she is a person that is, as sure as the sun gets up every morning, a central person of the deep state, which has put her into that position. Her doings must be examined and then she must be set before a trial. Will that happen? I do not know! But her father was never on trial himself, and he was provable involved in state terrorism in Germany, while working for the German intelligence service. So that is a hint not be not to positive about it. (I recomment the books of the Swiss historian and author Dr. Daniele Ganser)
This is all so obvious to my mind and can no longer be ignored.
There is this German saying: “Es stinkt im Staate Dänemark!” “It stinks in the Danish State!” And it stinks so much that it can be smelled everywhere.
Corona has shown the total missmanagement of the officials and that, in time, will get into the open, as well as the lies about the Ukraine conflict. Change will follow.
Sadly, it will get worse, may be a lot, before the pendulum changes direction.
Josef Schweik says
There are other banzai things in the eurosojuz, such as the green deal and lack of real education – see the must be, 360-degree course change in Putin policy, logical BS told by formally highly educated German she-politician.
Stefan G says
Yeah, the 360 degree speech was an eye opener.
She really said that Germany changed its position in regards of weapons for Ukraine by 180 degrees. So Putin had to changes his positions by 360 degrees, before engaging in diplomacy, again.
Since she establishes feminist foreign politics she must be using feminist math as well. Everything needs to follow the same logic, does it not?
Germany does not spend 100 billion a year. It reserved a fund of 100 billion as extra resources – this is not annual, this is one time. The annual spending is going up, too, but would not reach 100 billion.
France’s nuclear power plants have been incapable of supplying France in the winter for how long now? A decade? France’s major energy provider is three digit billion debt that the state has to take over. In other words, French nuclear power is increasingly expensive, dependent on cheap Russian uranium to a good degree, and there are no significant replacements being built to offload the aging park of power plants. France put plants back into service that didn’t actually pass inspection. Oh, and nuclear power plants have to shut down in the increasingly hot summers because they heat up rivers too much (when dumping water acting as coolant) or they risk just killing the river ecosystem.
It would be economically suicidal and physically impossible for France to supply energy to Germany on practically any day unless they… turn off French consumers. On almost any given day France buys energy from Germany, during the warmer half of the year renewables, in winter mostly from coal power.
Maybe you have a bias towards believing in nuclear power? Facts don’t really bear you out on that one. The sore state of France’s nuclear power plants and their owning company has been documented for years and hundreds of articles.
Stefan G says
Thank’s for your reply. And please continue to do so!
At places like this only discussions can shed light into the grey zones and darkness of the not knowing and not believeing!
I believe you read a little bit too fast, but that happens to me too from time to time. I wrote: ” Germany puts a sum of 100 billion in addition to the annual budged…”.
So no hard feelings.
What you say about the French park of nuclear power plants is largely correct. Only it will not be a problem for Germany to produce enough energy in summer, but in winter times it falls short. And thats were the NPP are most efficient. And last year many power plants were being put off the grid for maintenance and repairs. I think this happend in preperation for the coming years and to force energy prices up, as far as I know at least they made a profit and went to a positive balance for a change. But the announcements are not valid yet, so it could be that they made a deficit after all.
And not to forget, France loves it to hurt the Germans economicly from time to time, makes them feel great, I guess. And it is part of the game, is it not?
And yes, after fighting nuclear power generation in its current form for decades I have become kind of a fan of other ways of nuclear power production. You surely have heard of thorium reactors, they are promising, but years away from use in any industrial capacity. I hope they do in a few years.
The decline of Europe started long before the beginning of the military conflict between NATO and Russia. For German companies like BASF, VW, BMW the share of revenue generated in Europe is in steep decline since about 2015. Of course the increase of energy prices had a part in this and the insane level of regulations didn’t help either. But the main reason for this is the amazing rise of the Asian markets. There lies the future and it’s only natural when companies are increasing their production capacities in this region. At some point in time this will affect white collar jobs as well.
Another problem of Europe is the extremely low efficiency of the economy. Way too much jobs which aren’t generating real value. Nice example is the defence budget of Germany. Amazing what you don’t get from around 30 billion Euros, which was about half of Russia’s budget. No working tanks, no working airforce, no ammunition for only 30 billions/year. It’s a joke and 100 billion wont’t be able to fix this. It’s a proverbial paper-pusher strategy and so the results of the will be underhelming.
Europe will rise again, but it still has to reach the bottom which will look like Sri Lanka in 2022.
Stefan G says
Thank you also for replying.
What you say about the decline of Europe is true, but Germany also reacts to such circumstances. Former Chancellor Schröder made the agenda 2010 happen and took Germany from a loser position to the winner in Europe. Now there is the agenda 2030 or better there are serious discussions. I hope the WEF will not be able to force its views on Europe, sadly it looks that way. But since ill minded German industrialists are largely involved in this, it will not hurt Germany as much as other countries – cause they are nazis and nazis are national socialists, which means: “Germans and Germany first”, you know! (BTW: In Germany I would be largely cencored for saying this – and then the trolls, Uh, nightmarish!) So either way, Germany will not go down to the bottom and surely not to such a level as Sri Lanka did.
And yes, the future is to be found in Asia. Germans are very aware of that. I believe that is a great part of the reason why the German industry is not cutting ties to China. To be in China means to be in the largest marked of the continent. And from there other markets will be much more easy to reach.
I give you an example: My neighboring City Duisburg was the second largest inland harbour in the world (after the harbour at Michigan lake, do not remember the city, could be Detroit). And the Harbour was in an epic decline and generated deficit after deficit every year, since the fall of the iron curtain. Then they became a part of the silk roak trading network, as the most western ‘outpost’. Guess what: Now it is the largest inland harbour in the world. 20.000 schips und 25.000 trains are processed, annualy.
Then there is the defence budget of the Ministry of Defence in Germany. It was 46.93 billion in ’21 .
Citation: “Der Verteidigungsetat liegt im Haushaltsjahr 2021 bei 46,93 Milliarden Euro.”
And I am asking myself the same question as you do. Why are they not able to keep up the needs of the troops? And how does a bonus of 100 billion change the fundamental problems?
Let me tell you this: There are reasons why there is a new defence minister in Germany. For the first time, after more than a decade, there is a man in this office who himself served in the army.
I think that will make a difference! I can be wrong – we will see.
Christian Chuba says
“It’s not just that the Biden Team ‘blew up the pipelines’; they’re proud of that! ”
Even better, we blame Russia for blowing up their own pipeline, a talking point our MSM eagerly repeats.
Yeah, Right says
Once Sy Hersh’s article gains traction – and I for one would not be surprised if it is a slow-burner – then any attempt by the Biden Administration to keep insisting that Russia did it to themselves will just sound….. weak.
Biden will become the anti-George Washington, denying against all logic that someone else cut down that cherry tree.
Linda T says
Well… Biden blew that into smithereens:
“Visiting Warsaw today, White House Resident Joe Biden once again acknowledged his regime is behind the attack on the Nord Stream pipeline Sept. 26, 2022.
“Putin thought he could use energy as a weapon. But no. We mobilized and reduced our dependence on Russian energy resources,” Biden said in Warsaw.
Since the publication of Seymour Hersh’s bombshell report on the puported US attack on the Nord Stream pipeline, the White House has been busy calling the report “totally false” and downplaying previous statements by top Biden officials saying the USA would “end” the Nord Stream pipeline.
Apparently, Slow Joe didn’t get the memo. Or he forgot again…”
John Thurloe says
Well, isn’t this cheery news! Faction fighting in the U.S. establishment. Lay in a supply of Popcorn. As the Russian military grinds up what the west has on offer, expect the in-fighting to increase. And then there’s all those many other major matters looming which bring more cleavage lines to the US polity. More, more. Many more.
Total reset of foreign politics….
Today’s western diplomats have been cultivated in a corporate cut throat culture of hostile take over and take no prisoners. Win-lose. No other viable options. As a result, no one in power in the west knows how to do diplomacy. So, for now, we are screwed. Until adults come back into the room. But who will they be? and where will they come from? the dominant culture only supports the corporate cut throat culture while castigating all the alternatives. so diplomats aren’t being cultivated in the west. not anytime soon anyway.
What you describe amounts to a zero-sum mentality, and you’re right, that’s how the ruling elite views the world.
It is more than zero-sum! it is “highlander” game. There is no any lesser punishment than death.
The European wars, if we talk about military, developed rituals of honorable surrender. Honorable! Limited defeat.
WW1 went with “unlimited plundering after unconditional capitulation”. The looser would be unly a tiny bit bbetter than dead.
…when i look from far away at American culture i think i see one where there is no concept of “admitting wrongdoing”, getting proportional penalty, and going further.
It seemes people are panicking at the idea dmitting “weakness” – not the wongdoing, not the guilt, weakness. There seems to be no right or wrong in America, only stomp or be stomped. Admit jaywalking – and be occused with all the crimes of the place too, as there is a need for a weak victim who would not resist being blamed and thus strong=innocent people would breath easy.
Denial of any wrongdoing seems literally becoming a last stand, becomes surrendering yourself into being others obedient property for endless scapegoating and redressing.
This extends from “white trash” to Congress and POTUS it seems.
Libya accepted blame for the planes blown by MI-6 – Libya now should be raped forever and should only ever obey any accusation and demand, moral or material.
Yanukovich submiutted into letting proven nazi terorrists out of jail – the US+EU sharks felkt the blood and they never stopped tearing his flesh until he run for his life into Russia.
USSR got tired of cold war – and you rememeber mrs. Smith in UN shrieking like “you lost the war – you now must obey, ever”.
Zero sum game does not preclude “fixing losses” and taking exit with worse but still acceptable state. You still have other options than falling dead of exhaustion in an endless dancing contest.
USA game is different, it postulates “fail to double down – and you are falling into a bottomless merciless hell”. Accepting small blame or small defeat is not possible as every negative nummber is always infinity there. Any however small conflict is just a delayed last stand.
I read that article yesterday on Strategic Culture and appreciated the different nuances than most of us have been discussing here. It goes to the idea that the elites in charge, whether WEF or others, are not a unified bunch with common interests and objectives. Therein lies the danger as we seem to have a whole flock of black swans out there. I believe the only thing saving Biden right now is Harris – she is perceived as worse, but if sleepy Joe gets any worse, she may start looking better as she most certainly doesn’t have the baggage (she’s not compromised by the countries in conflict with us) so isn’t conflicted into working against the deep state (whoever they are) interests.
It is turning into an existential crisis for the US and NATO, but that empire is in the palliative care ward with dementia waiting for the end anyway, and it’s already been determined. What will they do when it’s obvious to them the gig is up? Those used to power don’t give it up without a fight, and it remains to be seen what they’ll do.
They are a bunch of armchair generals who live vicariously so are likely scared shitless of having any personal exposure, so maybe it’ll be a lot of CYA leaving Joe and Kamal-toe fighting for the last chair when the music stops. Joe’s already in Depends and familiar with filling his pants, so he seems the best candidate for the shit to stick to. We’ll see.
Socratic Dog says
I have a feeling we’ll see Biden rolled, Harris installed, makes Newsom her VP, then Harris steps down.
Very good analysis.
The EU is doomed.
Award ceremony for Wagner lads who served their motherland for the allotted time, and now have their freedom .. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UrfA05c7lSU
Alex Thrace says
That lunatic Nuland is blathering about how the US supports attacks on Crimea!
She spends other peoples live very easily. Total psychopath that does not belong in society.
She belongs in a hospital for the criminally insane.
Jack Gordon says
I hope they put her in a ward where she gets dietary training. Otherwise, the food bill for housing this blob will be astronomical and I imagine taxpayers will have to fund it through her government insurance plan.
Happy Days says
Trump, in his usual blustering ways, branded Nuland public enemy no. one, so I’d guess that pretty soon, up to half the country might be gunning for her, metaphorically speaking.
It is not just Nuland, the whole Biden administration is intentionally damaging the country. Why can’t it be realized that neocon equals Zionists? Zionists care about Israel and a one world government, they don’t care about the constitution and the bill of rights. They also don’t care about European people who are “white”. Biden is not making any decisions as he is mentally challenged. His administration is driving this country off a cliff. Thanks to mail in ballots, nothing is going to change during the next election cycle.
Putin is ascending and so is China and Iran. Ordinary Americans will continue to suffer.
So I guess the main questions I have about this whole thing revolve around Biden. Is he a reckless idiot who has a really low IQ? Probably, yes…not very hard to believe. He has always been a dim bulb. But, even so is he merely, or at least more of a scale goat for an establishment run amok that sees things starting to go badly? I mean, are the real culprits hoping to blame it all on the husk of a man who was once Joe Biden and get away scot free?
When I watch short video clips of Biden in his earlier years (time in congress) I see a man with incredible arrogance. He’s always looked like a slippery/slimey customer and not someone you can trust. I wonder how he has managed to be re-elected to congress so many times ?
The NS debacle is bigger than Joe Biden. Its a deep state plan combined wit lobbying from American energy interests. Just my opinion FWIW.
Wake up, smell the coffee says
He’s always looked like a slippery/slimy customer. I wonder how he has managed to be re-elected to congress so many times ?
Because that is Congress’ preferred candidate, don’t you know.
I don’t really buy into this idea of a petty squabble by a dementia patient and his neo-con advisors. This is about 500 years of Western capitals Global Domination and colonization. The “iron bank” the whole nine yards. Russia and CHina are threatening that and like Germany 1.0, Imperial Japan, Germany 2.0 and USSR all the stops will be pulled out to defeat these upstarts.
you do know that the country known as the USA did not exist 500 years ago
He did say western capitals, I believe.
The Rev. David R. Graham says
CIA worked overtime to install Biden. Now they want to CYA? I think they should be stood to a charge of incompetence.
All this discussion of powers and interests and fights, monies, reputations. We’re talking about people, human beings, dying and in misery on account of private desires cultivated in New York, London, Washington, etc.
“American exceptionalism” is indeed the poison. It is force without morality, punishment without justice. What staying power has that constellation in this breathing world? I think the nations are resolved now to eliminate it, I think they will succeed, and I think I must suffer through purification because The USA are my Motherland.
All this article is really saying is:
1) USA is a corrupt onion with layer after layer peeled away & at the core is still corruption.
2) SH article will not save us, as the Elites will pick a new bobble head to sit at WH desk.
3) The “appalled” spooks thought this “isolated” rogue incident made the “US look bad”… as if decades of their covert terror & regime change operations, global AND Domestic, were ones that were somehow ok b4 this one. The “others” didn’t make us “look bad” … just Joe’s did.
All that’s going on, is a few folks aren’t getting their paydays if Joe keeps going. A “nuclear war” is hardly a money maker… need to keep the status quo so spooks get their grift. All these “appalled spook people” don’t give a crack about America. Just plotting…to stay alive & grifting, it’s all they know.
Cato the Uncensored says
Giant Meteor 2024.
Seriously, considering swamp-rat McCarthy is second in line, Patty Murray is third, and Tony Blinken is fourth, there is little hope for the US if something big happens before January 2025, so Pray for Biden’s health and ability to read the prompter or repeat the IFB.
Mark j says
Regarding Germany’s future:
big pic [remember in ’29… it was the bonds]
GR shut down all industry but…LNG alternative mix +131% NG costs. GR has always been the bank for the poor EU countries..no? Now rich uncle GR is broke. No factories.
GR gas balance think tank study:
Calories are wealth. GR going to eventually get married to RU again?
Ricardo's tales of the economy says
Not much choice, unless they want Frankfurt to look like Baltimore.
On the current trajectory, the NATO/US/EU machine is trapped in quicksand.
Ukraine has revealed three facts that must be panicking the DC neocon rats:
– Russia does not need the West. It can prosper without it.
– short of using nukes, the West cannot inflict significant harm on Russia. It lacks the military, economic or geopolitical strength to do so.
– each move taken by the West against Russia, strengthens opposition against the West. India, China, Saudis, Iran, BRICS, OPEC etc. know that they could be next in line. They know what’s at stake.
Like I said, the West is trapped in quicksand. Short of a major pivot (doing a deal with Putin and Xi), the West cannot move against Russia, without damaging itself more. However, led by fools, the West keeps escalating. And so it slowly sinks.
I guess anything can happen. The US may have a secret wonder weapon. It may develop hypersonic weapons. China may abandon Russia. The entire Deep State in the US may be exposed and hounded out of power. Europe’s economies may miraculously reverse course and start getting stronger.
Yeah. Unicorns may exist, too.
As things stand now, the West is already defeated. Moscow and Beijing know it, as does India, as does OPEC, as do most Asian nations, as do most African nations, as do most nations save the EU, US, and vassal states such as Canada and Australia.
My personal theory is that the rigged election on Nov 3/4, 2020 was a death blow to American geopolitical power and legitimacy. Nations that once followed America (eg Saudis) are openly taking actions against Washington, something once inconceivable. My conclusion is that these nations know full well what went down, and do not regard Biden and his clowns as legitimate.
There’s also the possibility that Biden was legitimately elected. If that’s the case, it’s arguably even worse for America. Any population that would vote for such a despicable individual, does not deserve to be taken seriously.
This is a debacle that the West has brought upon itself. Almost all the blame lies in Washington DC. The longer the current approach continues, the worse it gets for the West.
Please forgive long post, but I find the current situation fascinating.
Thanks for your post. Not long nor verbose. Keep up the input!
Great summary of where we are, unfortunately
A fall from pole position can be immensely humiliating. It’s not that former vassals Or those who bowed down to you will take revenge. It’s way way worse. They will simply stop caring and get on with life.
Requests will be delayed, appeals will be considered slowly with indifference. Eventually turned away with pity. People will make nice talk just like people treat panhandlers.
A View from the Ledge says
I find the current situation fascinating.
Indeed, so do I. I just wish I could be viewing it from another planet.
I think it’s the highest time for Russia to unleash its superior military power to do the talking, the only “talking” that still makes sense.
There is no point any more in maintaining diplomatic relations with either American or European, much less Ukrainian, politicians. They are mostly incurable, vile, pathological russophobes who couldn’t care less about the wellbeing of ordinary Europeans, including, of course, ordinary Ukrainians. (Has there ever been a politician more vile, more hideous morally than Nuland or van der Leyen?)
Joe Biden is–in addition to being a vicious anti-Russian Cold War dinosaur–a dilapidated old coot who, however, will not be held responsible for his actions anymore because he may be legally insane. Only a demented fool would have ordered the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines, a terrorist act of unprecedented stupidity and economic horror. For this action alone, he should be tried for one of the worst terrorist attacks in history. But if he is–and he never will be–his lawyers will immediately use the insanity plea.
No interviews, no diplomatic efforts, no bullshit of any kind any more. No speeches. Only silence in preparation for the imminent spring offensive. If the US and NATO want war so much, let them confront the Russians and fight it out.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
I’ve been saying since at least 2019 that Putin’s failure to destroy the new nazi regime in Ukraine in 2014 meant that at some point Russia would have to fight a major war in Ukraine against a NATO army in Ukranazistani uniform. Russia is already doing that; not only was the 2022 Ukrainian army NATO in all but name, even the Faker, who had ordered me off his Junkyard in 2021 for stating this, said a few months ago that 70% of “Ukrainian” frontline troops are NATO “mercenaries”/”volunteers”, which means, as the Austrian officer said the other day, officially sent regular forces in Ukrainian uniform. Months ago I also predicted the next step: NATO will send in regular forces in NATO uniform. This idea is routinely derided by such luminaries as Bernhard of Moon Of Alabama since those forces will be unable to defeat Russia and NATO knows it. So what? Those forces won’t be meant to defeat Russia; their purpose will be to serve as a human shield for the nazis exactly as the Amerikastani occupation of Al Tanf in Syria is meant to act as human shields for al Qaeda and ISIS. And the nazis – let me predict the next thing that will happen – will fire their newly provided long range missiles from among those NATO forces and any counterstrike by Russia will be cited as a raison d’etre for WWIII.
This is one major reason why I dismiss the idea that “time is on Rusia’s side”. Russia also has time constraints, if it means to settle this war once and for all instead of letting it become a permanent bleeding wound.
Wait, by not intervening to eliminate the nazis in 2014, Putin already did that, didn’t he?
Biswapriya Purkayastha: The idea that … “NATO will send in regular forces in NATO uniform” … “is routinely derided by such luminaries as Bernhard of Moon Of Alabama since those forces will be unable to defeat Russia and NATO knows it. So what? ”
Indeed. So what. Nato forces operating without a no-fly zone overhead is like a colony of blind praire dogs foraging in the Land of Eagles and Foxes.
The human shield thing ain’t working so good any more for the UkoNazis, is it? This SMO has lasted soooo long that the best of their local human shields up and left. 2 million are in Russia now and another 8 to 10 million are over in Western Europe somewhere.
As a result, the Russians no longer are as apprehensive as they used to be, when it comes time in the course of military affairs, to reduce villages, towns, and even small cities to ashes and dust (as long as its on their own property of course).
So, if you are the Ukraine General Staff, and you find youself running low on human shields, and you need to bring in replacements, you might as well bring in the best.
And that means Nato troops.
I can envision a brigade or two of elite American paratroopers standing out the middle of a cow pastuer somewhere, say midway between Nikolayev and Odessa, all holding up a sign that reads, “Hello Mr. Putin, we are the WWIII tripwires, obliterate us if you dare!”
Cato the Uncensored says
The C4ISR on both sides ensure there will be no Blitzkrieg by either side. It would be WW1 all over again, especially since NATO is training up an insurgency for the otherwise inevitable defeat of Banderastan.
The strength of blogs such as the Saker of the Vineyard and the Moon of Alabama is the clarity in which they present the current situation and events leading up to it (I would add sonar21 to this list, because Larry often ends his piece with the question, “what do you think?”).
I particularly like the fact that they avoid making predictions of the future, which at best is folly and chance, and at worst ignorance and ego.
Who will win this conflict is a complex questions because what indeed is a “win” and what timeframe are we referring to in which to call it a win: a month, a year, ten years, fifty years, 100 years?
What will “Putin” do next? Does even President Putin know? Will Russia directly engage NATO? Will there be some sort of nuclear brinkmanship? Will I be alive tomorrow to see anymore of it unfold?
As much as these are dire times which could lead to further disaster, there is also beauty in seeing history unfold and golden nuggets of truth slowly burrowing their way out from the Mountain of Lies, which has been the legacy of Empire and much of Western civilisation for at least the past 400 years (need one quote Gandhi when he was asked on his view on Western Civilization?).
I am grateful for all the new knowledge and insights I gather each morning. We do indeed live in interesting times. Sadly, there is much folly, hate and ignorance and not enough wisdom and kindness in the world. We forget how short a time we are all here for. Where is the wisdom of zero-sum games when we are all destined to return to dust.
Only problem with the logic is WWIII is not some wonder weapon to be removed from the cupboard in case of emergency.
WWIII us nothing but the same. Will Turkey take on Russia? I highly doubt it. In world wars of yore the European powers fought each other and included Japan and China in the fight.
Rest of the world was mostly occupied by the belligerents.
Today that is not the case. There are other powers of significant size who have no bone in the fight.
Even some of the allies like Japan South Korea will know which di de of their bread is buttered.
Instead of selling stuff to a bankrupt and destroyed west and also taking a hit it’s better to preserve oneself and do business with those not involved in the war.
Rest of the world will sit back and place themselves to profit from the aftermath.
The start of the war will also lead to a sharp reorientation of long considered Allies. Who knows even Japan might take an assessment that there is nothing to be gained by being an ally of an consumed power.
There won’t be a WWIII there might be a large European war involving US and Canada, maybe even China but rest of the world will sit it out.
“I’ve been saying since at least 2019”
Of course you have. Endlessly, on every Blog, in every comment thread, the same old same old.
I find your “logic” totally flawed, and your arguments unpersuasive, and the fact that you have to keep repeating them, over and over says more about you that it does about Putin or this war – you are obsessed with “Putin”, and need to get a new hobby horse to ride.
Time to move on to a new meme, this one is worn out.
Conflict Resolution 101 says
“A NATO deployment into western Ukraine as ‘a buffer force’, to ‘protect it from Russian advances’ is under consideration.”
That actually might not be a bad move. The next step would then be the negotiating table and a very reluctant western acquiescence to a formal partition, and Zelensky with a pacifier in his mouth, or a strait jacket.
Larry Johnson says
Any such movement would force the Russians to take out that force. If Putin allowed that to go unchallenged he would face serious problems at home.
STOP Spamming this nonsense all over the internet , anyone here who regularly visit MoA , Vineyard and Smoothie’s blogs will recognize this troll who always push this ‘putin is weak for not attacking in 2014’ nonsense..
people in other blogs already blocked you and ignore you and you now come to SONAR 21 to peddle this nonsense again..
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Tell me again when this wonder pincer counterattack on Kharkov Martyanov was claiming was imminent last September (and blocked me for saying won’t happen) is going to take place.
If I may, it is a good article but…. quite a few people recognize that what USA is doing is wrong. The abandonment of law by seizing assets, SWIFT disconnect, foreign reserves seizures, fueling 404 with weapons, strikes on infrastructure like Nord Stream – all are embarrassing. Foreign governments outside of the West know what is going on, if they don’t, I am pretty sure Russia’s foreign ministry is working overtime to paint the picture of a corrupt western regimes trying to oppress yet another country (but this time they broke their teeth on Russia).
The fundamental question is – so what? As we used to say in Yugoslavia – “sila Boga ne moli” – or in English, force does not ask permission from God. In other words, the ones who can – will do whatever they want while they can. When they no longer can – well, the position of the West is such that USA has two choices: tuck its tail and run or escalate. Which one do you think will happen?
In case anyone is hoping that a few good men will prevail and steer us out of this nonsense – well, who are these men and where are they? In Europe we have weaklings the likes of Scholz or Sunak dominated by a gynecologist with two years of work experience and a gardener Borrell. In USA we have a 80 year old wax figure surrounded by Kamala who cannot connect more than three words without producing a word salad, backed by the likes of Blinken, Nuland, Sullivan, Kirby, Milley and Austin. If you have ever seen a sadder bunch, well, please write it down here – I am all ears.
I think Putin’s warnings are falling on deaf ears. USA is in its own movie. He can send “signals” or draw “red lines” but here in Washington DC it’s “la la la la talk to hand, can’t hear ya!”. The people in power have lost all touch with reality – physical limitations don’t exist (just like genders) – money is virtual, everything is PR.
I mean, look at the maturity of these people – Biden landed in Kiev and that’s some kind of a triumph. Apparently it was a game of chicken and Russians lost and that is supposed to embarrass them. But who in their right mind plays chicken between nuclear powers? That right there tells you that Kiev may as well be on Mars and Biden may as well be the president of the intergalactic society of geriatrics flying on an imaginary broom.
Trump Confirms that the US State Department was behind the Ukrainian Maidan Coup de etat.
Shifting Winds says
Of course it was. Trump is just waking up to the reality of it all, or he knew all along, just finding the right moment to bring it to the masses for maximum effect. Besides, he has twitter at his disposal again.
Successful real estate investors are lots of things we won’t mention but one thing I will is that they’re 1st class hound dogs, sniffing the scent of opportunity with a vengeance.
> “To win, Democrats need enthusiastic support from African Americans, who are likely to be insulted if Harris is dumped. That problem might be averted if she were replaced by another African American. But there are no obvious alternatives. If Harris is replaced, it would likely be by a white or Hispanic candidate …
Uh, what? Black support for Harris is a mile wide and an inch deep. We know she isn’t really one of us. She’s full of shit.
I’m willing to bet that no matter what, the number of eligible black men who don’t vote at all will be greater than those who vote demonrat in 2024. One look at Lipson’s twitter tells me he is delusional and probably suffers from a form of autism: https://twitter.com/Charles_Lipson/status/1627836233496813569
Jim S says
I would like to assume everybody knows the Veep is of Indian descent (red dot, not teepee) and not African descent, but I know better. Perhaps LJ will appraise the estimable Mr Crooke of this.
That bottle of hot sauce in her purse isn’t fooling anybody 🤣
How many blacks did she jail for minor offenses? I think she’s easy prey.
Infighting factions everywhere. Expect a few more patsies to go off halfcocked!
Moldova’s Sandu currently is making silly noises about Transnistria and Poland is itching to move into Galicia.
NATO is finished.
Rehashing the obvious says
I assume those very attractive, well stocked soviet era armories that Ukraine so covets are wired to blow sky high if Transnistria came under successful attack.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Also let me predict the next thing: Ukranazistan, with or without Moldovan participation, will attack Transnistria. The small Russian garrison can’t hold out for long. Ukranazistan gets the contents of the largest ammunition dump in Europe, Moldova occupies Transnistria, immediately demands NATO membership, or failing that, NATO forces stationed in the country.
Again, anyone thinking NATO will just give up is as delusional as the blowhard armchair generals (Bernhard of Moon Of Alabama is a prime instance) who claimed back in March last year that the Ukranazis in Donbass were already in a cauldron.
So far, it seems to me, it is almost always the people who have pessimistic views on the course of events who have been proved right; and of course for their pains they’re called “idiots” or “trolls”, and blocked by these self styled oracles, for example Martyanov.
Being proved right is an unforgivable thing.
Al Nevsky says
If you are proven right about anything, it will be the first time. Why don’t you go drill and fill some teeth? This reminds me of an even older joke than you. Q. What do you call someone who failed out of medical school? A. A dentist. That’s right, I am an antidentite.
Q. What do you call the lowest ranking medical school graduate?
I like my dentist and my dentist likes me. BTW: He’s an actual khazarian. 😉
This guy is a known troll who was notorious in Moa , Vineyard and Smoothie’s
he kept repeating this nonsense ‘russia must attack , putin is weak’ spam and while people tried to discuss in rational way he constantly deride them typical of ‘concern troll’
notice he insulted bernard and matraynov in his posts ? it is because both of them exposed this troll. It wont be long for tis parasite to move on to other site and berate ‘sonar21’ for being an idiot
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
“Anyone who disagrees with me is a troll”:
The typical reply of people with nothing factual to provide as a counter.
If you were ever right about anything in your life, it was undoubtedly by accident.
Just go away. Troll.
Your obsession with Putin and Martyanov is just pathetic. Being proved stupid and obsessive is an unforgivable thing.
The Blogs you infilict this crap on would be better off if you spent your time moving holes around in your yard.
The USA has faced an enormous humiliation with the debacle of Afghanistan. Openly they seem to ignore that it ever happened. Inside they eat their heart and look for a spectacular and easy victory to protect the idealistic image of the victorious USA it used to be.
Unfortunately they chose the wrong target: Russia. They had a low opinion of Russia abilities and for them Putin is a hated dictator who like Saddam Hussein or Qaddafi will break into pieces . They are so blinded by their superiority complex that they thought it was a piece of cake to humiliate Putin.
Now they are in total confusion , not knowing what to do except doubling down to have more people killed and trying to convince themselves using their powerful MSM to project another reality.
The defeat of Ukraine would the spectacular defeat for the USA, NATO and the EU . Much beyond Afghanistan or even Vietnam. It is a political earthquake and there will be lots of entities that will collapse. The USA and the EU are in the middle of torment on what to do to stop the earthquake from devasting them. Will the USA accept another humiliation and watch the collapse of its arm NATO? Will they point at their darling Zelinski as the scapegoat? Lots of difficult questions.
Philip Garber says
I can’t help thinking of the maxim “never reinforce failure “.
The point of failure for the US was when it became clear that the sanctions had not only failed to reduce the rubble to rubble, but that the Russian economy was actually able to thrive in spite of them. The sanctions were the great American weapon and their failure undercut its whole strategy to use the Ukraine conflict to bring Russia down.
The big play had failed, and at that point a rational actor would have backed away and permitted a settlement that would have minimized its loss of face, preserved the remains of Ukraine’s strength and territory and kept the country under its thumb. The failure to do that, as we have seen, has dramatically increased the consequences of defeat to the point where it is existential, not in terms of America’s existence as a nation but in terms of its global leadership.
Seems the US was expecting a quick capitulation after the sanctions attack, seeing that fail they then assumed they did have the forces in Ukraine to at least give Russia a bloody nose. Reading some people that actually understand war it was suggested NATO was expecting a mobile war that they thought they could win. But as is so often the case their opponent, despite some missteps, are running a war better suited to them. Even the neocons must have some people telling them this cannot be won, as to what their off ramp is we don’t know, though seems that if Ukraine can mount some big offense then after that might seem an opportune time.
This assumes of course that the entire thing isn’t part of the “great reset” and our corrupt bankers and corporations simply don’t nimbly relocate into the next promising economic zone, and leave the western quagmire to sink. But perhaps I’m a little paranoid.
> 88 Leopard tanks will winnow down to 14
BTW, AFAIR the promise was not “reduced” – it is just the different tanks were promived: 14 Leo-2 plus 88 Leo-1 which together constituted 14/88
Joe Katzman says
For the uninitiated:
* Hitler’s famous 14 Points.
* The 8th letter of the alphabet is “H.”
* 88 = HH
* 14/88 = Heil Hitler.
If 14 Leopard 2s and 88 Leopard 1A5s isn’t a “these people are crazy” hostage morse code signal from the German Bundeswehr, I don’t know what is.
NOW… Consider that Germany AND America’s political “elite” decision-makers let that go through without batting an eyelash in recognition. And have not changed it since.
Consider, also, the implied message of our British friend’s article. There is no force within the system of free government with real influence on policy. Not even when the stakes are the destruction of advanced civilization in North America.
It’s all within the National Security State Intelligence junta and infrastructure. They are the SELECTORATE, the only ones whose decisions actually matter. They exercise that mostly through a veil of corporate actors (Twitter, etc.), while pursuing a policy of permanent war.
If only we had a name for such a system… I’m sure it will come to me.
Its name is 4th Reich, aka dark fleet, aka cia, aka omega.
In other words, satan.
Your surface world is ruled by these secret societies, not by the visible governments.
Bazza McKenzie says
Seriously, this is not about Biden but the globalists who control not only the Biden administration but the US and most of the West.
The globalists, who have a long, long history, have murdered the West and, in doing so, turned their own victory into ashes.
They are unable to infiltrate China and India in the way they did Western countries and have lost control of Russia which they dominated in the 20th century, both during the early Soviet era and in the rape of Russia and its satellites after the fall of the USSR.
So growth, wealth and power is shifting to localities they cannot control, while their own actions have destroyed much of the real power of the countries they control and put those countries on a path of permanent decline. Note, loss of power by the US also means ultimate loss for the globalists of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and most of SE Asia.
They have many factions, including finance, MIC, media, sociopolitical activists, pharma, “green energy”, big tech, and much of the rest of business in the US and other western countries. While the factions are aligned and inclined to support one another against outsiders and all benefit from globalist control of finance, they are not unitary and pursuit of factional interest has worked to undermine their collective interests, — and pursuit of immediate globalist interests has undermined those interests in the longer term.
The finance faction drove the export of industry and jobs from the US and other Western countries to China and other Asian countries. That transferred enormous wealth to the globalists BUT it made the US and Europe a weak tool both for further wealth creation and as a military arm to dominate those parts of the globe the globalists don’t control.
The MIC set up US military expenditure for plunder, not for effective military action against a peer. It extracted a lot of wealth in the process but destroyed the US military which has been an essential part of its mechanism for global control.
The sociopolitical faction pursued multiple divisive policies as a tool to gain and retain political power and in particular to take that power away from the people who actually created the US as a great country but in the process have destroyed the country’s cohesion, deprived the US military of the very people who have provided its warriors. and deprived its industry and society of the educated people who built and operated it in the past.
The “green power” trip, which only applies where globalists have control, has extracted huge sums for the globalist economic interests from the populations of the countries under that control but massively eroded economic strength in those countries, which destroys future wealth creation and military power.
The penny is dropping that the collective power train they were on, and over which they had usurped power, is failing. So finger-pointing is developing among the globalists but that will not alter the dynamic underway and the parasitical globalists, as a totality, can neither abandon the policies that are destroying their hosts, nor unwind the effect of the policies pursued over many decades.
The Hersh articles and other complaints with ties to government or other arms of the globalists are part of this finger-pointing due to concerns about the loss of the globalists overall power and recognition of the path it is now on.
Sadly, the people of the US and the West (and Ukraine) are just collateral damage to these failing globalist ambitions and none of the finger-pointing involves contrition for the effect on those people, only the effect on the globalists.
To add to your valid points, the key to the globalist system is off-shoring for two purposes, one, to control the supply chain via designed in bottlenecks, and the other to avoid any taxation.
Move raw materials and goods all over the planet and control the pinch points and you can, in theory, control everything as you can choke off anyone who doesn’t toe the line.
On the tax side, they use transfer pricing so they never have any profits in high-tax jurisdictions. Companies like Apple can make hundreds of billions in the US, but pay no tax there because supposedly they have no margins there, yet, despite doing next to no business in Ireland, somehow make their profits there and pay a minuscule tax. Meanwhile in the developed world multinational corporations pay no taxes and the burden was shifted to the middle class, and taxation is the main vehicle used to rub out the middle class. Move the good jobs away, and tax the crap out of everybody so two incomes barely get by where 50 years ago one would comfortably support a family.
Their system only works if people can borrow more to buy stuff, an unsustainable proposition. At some point (like now) it all comes unglued and to no surprise, the eugenics guys have a solution. We see the first signs now, where the elderly are the targets to cut the social security costs, and in Canada, they’re encouraging euthanasia for anybody and everybody. A glaring example there was a veteran who needed a wheelchair ramp and they tried to talk him into assisted suicide.
It’s all getting crazy, and as you point out, it’s not a single, united group but a loose cadre of different elites with different interests, and they’re starting to fragment with disagreements among themselves. The tech guys think they can control everything, but my money’s on the guys with the guns.
Meanwhile Walmart of all corporations is suggesting re-industrializing the US and on-shoring manufacturing. Making stuff locally eliminates the possibility of globalist control as there is no integrated supply chain in that case.
Jim S says
Well said, both of you.
I remember the discussion few weeks back of Tom Luongo’s claim that the US establishment is breaking with the UK establishment over Ukraine.
Dr. Spock says
Impossible. The UK will always have its head buried so far up the US’ arse that it’d be easier to separate siamese twins sharing one brain than those two.
A fall from pole position can be immensely humiliating. It’s not that former vassals Or those who bowed down to you will take revenge. It’s way way worse. They will simply stop caring and get on with life.
Requests will be delayed, appeals will be considered slowly with indifference. Eventually turned away with pity. People will make nice talk just like people treat panhandlers.
you can physically build factories,automate manufacturing, automate delivery, automate sales. Yes all that can be done and wallmart can theoretically be in control and solve it’s problems.
What wallmart can’t do is pay a living wage and put money in the pockets of the consumers/citizens.
That is the core dilemma of the West and US in particular. I had read about a factory in Germany nearly a decade back. It manufactures the high quality glossy news print the kind used in magazines. It’s output from the single factory was 1/3 of the global consumption of the product. Yesterday I saw a video of a new farm UAE which was 400 hectar big would grow 1400 tonnes of wheat but had only 3 people managing it and 10 labor.
This there is the problem with the world. If your citizens can’t earn they can’t buy.
The automation is ok for countries with low population but not for high population countries. It also has a side effect of having low number of industrial talent should weapons need to be manufactured as weapons can’t be a mass manufacturing sector
Mark J says
I am not a race, creed or genetics basher…first off. I judge as little as I can..and only on people’s actions and decisions.
Here is two from “Jewish Bashers”… the Brother was Jewish went Russian Orthadox…lives in ID…. UNZ review is right leaning … Germany experience.
Nuland’s Ukraine mess…anyway…I offer the views to discern….
PS.. Trump confirms the Maiden CiA coup in UKR
Brian F says
Since the government and intelligence agencies don’t respect the people and their vote I would say pay back in kind. I would actually vote for the least qualified candidate. I would vote for Joe Biden and burn DC to the ground. Whole system has to go. Including CIA FBI and MIC. No accountability for the past 60 years and an entire nations fortune destroyed. There are no “ white hats” just a sewer with a spritz of perfume. It’s all about their money, their pensions aka “ME”. It’s well overdue for a federal government depression. I guarantee nothing happens just talk. Most of congress should be removed too for crimes they have committed. CIA should have been shut down after they blew Kennedys head off. If the intelligence service is not currently the enemy of the people then prove it. Oh I can’t it’s classified. Hence the whole problem. If Joe is guilty remove him now. Can’t do that either. What is purpose? You think your upset but yet clueless to how Americans like me feel. We are beyond pissed off.
ann watson says
Hey Larry – can you write something about the fact that the Russian Military has stopped providing PMC Wagner Group with ammunition and tools ?
I heard about it yesterday and was horrified – and now today the leader of the PMC Wagner Group is announcing it bitterly
I think it’s just Prigozhin playing cat and mouse. He enjoys that.
There is quite a bit of discussion about this on TG and Simplicius’ substack.
It appears to be not exactly true, may be misdirection to confuse the enemy, or was initially done to slow down Wagner to allow RF to catch up.
But there are reports that they are very well stocked now.
This is pretty good, Col. Douglas Magregor being interviewed by the radical leftist/right winger stooge Aaron Mate on The Jimmy Dore Show. It seems to be dawning on the good Colonel, that the situation may be utterly f+cking hopeless, that the present insanity is likely to ratchet up no matter what administration takes the helm next.
“And I put it to you (Aaron), when it comes to the American field of candidates for President, that want to lead this country, who are they? What are they going to do? Are they more cardboard cutouts? Are they going to be somebody’s puppet? The way Biden has turned out to be?”
“What oligarchs are behind them?”
Cheap shot. You wish you could have deconstructed the Syria saga the way the Grayzone has.
Cheap shot? It was highest compliment I can give.
And Aaron knows it. After all, not a day goes by where the neo-liberal corporate party of war, the GOP, doesn’t call him a radical leftist, and the other neo-liberal corporate party of war, the Democratic Party, doesn’t label him as a right wing stooge.
Basically, it was just one radical leftist/ right wing stooge tippin’ his cap to another.
Well, that makes more sense then.
Larry, an interesting article, on how NATO expansion has created great risk for the US.
Ze, Poland and the rabid Russophobic Baltic states aligned with the crazy neocons and corrupt neoliberals are driving the Collective West off a cliff.
‘Ukraine, along with its closest partners in Poland and the Baltic nations, became the classic “trojan ally” — smaller countries whose desire for regional clout against the extant middle power (Russia) is predicated on their ability to persuade an external great power and its global military network (here, the US and, by extension, Nato) to step in militarily on their behalf.’
Michael Creighton says
Russia is following Sun Tzu’s advice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnk41BXuXF0
I have the feeling that this war, in addition to being against Germany, is also against the United States, against its people. The group that controls the USA does not care about the people; they only use the administrative, economic and military apparatus for their own purposes. Once they managed to zombify the population, their hands were free… not only to “fuck” the European Union but also the North American people because, as someone said a while ago, the biggest stumbling block for a world government is the North American people, because of the sense of freedom it has (or what it had?) …
Thanks for these insights.
Both sides of the US Congress approve of the US imperium (aka exceptionalism).
This includes people like B. Sanders, the so-called squad and other vocal opponents, with the exception of few individuals on both sides.
This obvious fact, sadly, hollows the claim that the next US administration could put things more or less right on the international stage.
Is the US deep state still able to bow to reality ? Hopefully yes, to an extent, but so far they have been pushing very hard to shape reality along the lines of a delusional group thinking formed back in the nineties and worryingly unable to update.
This group thinking (also prevalent in Western Europe, btw) is not limited to the so-called neoconservatives. The Democrats (in Europe: left, labor, greens, social-democrats) are just as involved in it as the Republicans (and conservative parties in Europe) and are even greater fanatics.
Trump might retain some common sense, I credit him with as much as that, but not much more. And in some situations he could be bypassed by his own hawkish administration.
I have watched how, during his term in office, he has surrounded himself badly with notorious characters (such as Bolton, Pompeo, Kushner and the like) giving them his blessing to promote whatever policies.
As I see it, his only positive achievement in the international field, although nobody credits him for that, was to initiate the Doha talks with the Taliban and thus clear the way for the US retreat from Afghanistan.
In my view, the only political figures at this stage in the US who would press/be motivated to put things right were they elected POTUS, (Rand Paul and Tulsi Gabbard, mostly) don’t stand a chance in the primaries contests. Foreign policy is decided among insiders all the time and kept widely out of the sight and reach of the common citizens, these are fed shameless propaganda. We now know/understand, for instance, why it was so crucial to the British political class (Blairite Labour and Johnson Tories alike) that Jeremy Corbyn be barred from ever becoming PM. He was outright adverse to first strike.
May God help us – and the facts on the field.
“The USA has faced an enormous humiliation with the debacle of Afghanistan. Openly they seem to ignore that it ever happened. Inside they eat their heart and look for a spectacular and easy victory to protect the idealistic image of the victorious USA it used to be.
Unfortunately they chose the wrong target : Russia”.
Then after making the fundamental mitake of underestimating Russia they piled mistakes on top of another mistake (like blowing up the Nord-stream pipes).
The DC cabal (Blinken and Nuland) have their hand caught in the vise : it won’t end well for them (cue sound of little bones being crushed one by one).
When using a vise is not a vice says
May I suggest a vise with a maximum thread count, so we bystanders can enjoy the show longer.
Josef Schweik says
There are other banzai things in the eurosojuz, such as the green deal and lack of real education – see the must be, 360-degree course change in Putin policy, logical BS told by formally highly educated German she-politician.
Maybe Biden is bought and paid for by the Chinese and wants this wreck to happen. Well we know he is bought and paid for, as was Clinton selling MIRV capability to them.
Hubert A. Monteiro says
It is tragic so see how the vast majority of Americans do not have the slightest clue how the real world out there works. They think, for starters, that everyone in the world speaks English and that any govt. system that doesn’t allow its citizens the freedom to do anything they want, no matter how grotesque and immoral, is a dictatorship.
America is a country in love with social experiments, especially those who puts us way, way out of the norms usually followed by the rest of humanity.
From taking God out of the public arena, to having the hippies, the filthiest kind of human excrement protest wars (in exchange for what?) to endorsing the murder of 60 million babies, to allowing women afraid of a cockroach and terrified of a broken nail, to be in charge of military affairs and our nuclear stockpile.
From the 30 million dead and counting, dying from AIDS, which the US CDC itself has labeled ” a homosexual disease” and never learning a damn thing from it, to allowing a certain group o lunatics to erase our history, in the name of equity.
Now we have a wave of experiments, from no-cash-bail, to allowing thugs to wipe a 7/11 clean, without anyone lifting a finger to stop, to citizens protecting their homes being charged with murder for killing an intruder, to allowing illegals to invade our country.
Americans are unable to realize how hard it is for a person to become a legal resident or how would they feel, if after spending tens of thousands of $ for a diploma, they saw the president of their school handing out diplomas to a line of people who never spent a minute in a classroom. That’s what allowing illegals to enter and participate in everything America is. Oh, but they will call me a racist for saying that.
Then we have a General in charge of the US Armed Forces, stating that it is “imperative for the security of our country, that every US citizen, starting at kindergarten, be taught the dangers of racism and white supremacy.
Then we have the “save the planet” social experiments, singing the praises of everything electric, not realizing that to have a viable fleet of electric vehicles in America, over 370 environmentally “unfriendly” mines will have to be sprung up all over the country, just for starters. It is like making one pound of gold out of two pounds of platinum…ha!
The result of this uncontrollable passion for everything “lunatic” is manifesting itself in the most graphic way ever.
Olivier Sauvage says
I agree that a very significant telling sign of an ongoing battle within the power elite is the IMF reporting that Russia’s economy will be growing in the near future! A very damaging report not only to the official narrative but to the entire Ukraine War foreign policy that would never have come out were it not backed by some very influential circle within the Deep State apparatus. The main danger of the current situation is that of an insane President Biden, a true extremist, a mediocre ideologue doubled by a bad politician who does not know his limitations. Frankly, the man is certifiably semi-crazy and he scares the hell out of me. I wouldn’t be surprised that he and his Neo-con gang lead us to a nuke exchange with Russia. It’s time that reasonable people in the US power structure step in and take a stand if they want a future for their children.
We learned sanctions can blow back with this conflict. We’re seeing now “regime change” can also backfire (Bojo the clown , the dumbest blonde in the world , the horse , the non-gendered sturgeon , Little Miss Enclave .. all gone).
Who’s next ? the blackface Werhmacht cosplayer ? Liver Sausage Man ? The Contest Poodle ? The oldest man on Earth ? Place your bets ladies and gentlemen, everything’s possible in the Ukraine Circus Fun Fair !
Fred Crooks says
Another excellent piece!!!
However, as I read it, it dawned on me that perhaps the Russian strategy is now to extend out the slow grind through the Ukrainian military (consistent with their previously stated goal to de-militarize and de-nazify).
And extend it well into the US election cycle AND (along with China’s position paper) and create a truly global dialog where the world shines a brilliant light on the West.
And the West’s response – “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain……”.
Hubert A. Monteiro says
Allow me to “try” and school people, like our beloved AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Presley, and America-loving Ilhan Omar, who was snatched out of a refugee camp in Somalia, brought and schooled by loving parents and now never misses an opportunity to bash and spew her anti-American venom.
In order to come (legally) one must apply for a visa, be thoroughly interviewed by Consular officials in their country, by the way, it costs US taxpayers billions of $$ to operate these consulates. But according to JB’s immigration policies, they probably should shut them all down.
It took me 10 years, from the time I arrived (legally) in the US, to the time I became an a US citizen and after multiple trips to the INS office, lots of cash in fees, dozens of pages of forms filled, multiple interviews to determine if I was a terrorist or not, an extensive background check, an interview with an INS judge, asking me multiple questions about our system of government, etc and my memorable cerimony and pledge of allegiance to the US flag.
Not anymore, according to Democraps, just open the floodgates and let anyone in, drug dealers, murderers, rapists, etc. It would be racist to stop them and ask questions, then give them free everything and the sacred right to vote in a system they know absolutely nothing about, after all “We are a country of immigrants”.
Back then, when America began to become a functional society and a nascent economy, our forefathers knew we needed an indispensable ingredient…: People. So, they advertised in newspapers around the world to come to America, but… from time to time, they wisely shut down immigration, sometimes for 20 years, for one simple reason, i.e., to allow assimilation of foreigners into American society.
Today, if you go to any country in Europe, you will find 20 different countries within the same country, all speaking their own language and none getting along with other groups. They cannot bother to allow for assimilation.
So, next time you hear the bull crap about being a country of immigrants, remember these conveniently omitted details by your politicians, ha!
A A Ron says
Four short comments:
1 – it was obvious to me from the beginning of the Biden admin’s public intervention against Russia leasing up to the “SMO” that the best possible outcome would be zero benefit accruing to the American people (which is pretty low bar for a best possible outcome), with the worst possible outcome being nuclear war.
2 – competence matters. Biden is incompetent – at his best he can only remember what is on the last piece of paper handed to him by his handlers. He simply cannot think through complex nuanced problems. Furthermore he has surrounded himself with incompetent people who give him terrible advice, including a lot of people picked for “equity” instead of excellence.
3 – honesty matters. The US government has lied to us so much that a lot of us reflexively doubt anything they say (Iraqi WMD; Trump/Russia collusion; Hunter Biden’s laptop being “Russian disinformation” etc. etc. ad infinitum). Biden’s outrageous compulsive lying has exacerbated this distrust of the government and the “deep state”, and other countries don’t believe either.
4 – Biden is very divisive; he claims his own citizens want to put black people back in chains and lynch them. Yet after trashing his own citizens as moral reprobates he lectures other countries on their moral failures! It’s absurd!
Our government is in a nadir of competence and trust, and they don’t even seem to recognize it and they keep doubling down on terrible, divisive, America-last policies. I am concerned this this country is in its most fractured state since the civil war; we have far more to “fear” from our own insanity, balkanization, inveterate dishonesty, and incompetence than we have to fear from any foreign nation!
LaidBack Guy says
“However, as the US observes its dollar sphere contract with the expansion of the BRICS and the East Asian Economic Community, the US will bear down hardest on its captive nearest economies. Europe and U.S. citizens will likely pay a devastating price.”
They’re also likely to hear down on us citizens. As Ron Paul has said, those walls we want built to keep illegal aliens out can also be used to keep us citizens from escaping.
Oh, how ironic it would be to see US citizens trying to jump the wall and escape to relatively more freedom gunned down like Europeans were when they tried to jump over the Berlin wall.
» But there are no obvious alternatives. If Harris is replaced «
Brother Ma says
I agree with much of the post but not with the terms ,”Biden says” or “Biden plans” etc. I can’t see the man having any agency at all. He has demonstrated dementia and legally should already have been removed as POTUS.
No ,all these machinations may have been what he wanted , or even what he would want now if he had half a brain left. However, it is almost certain these plans and decisions are all done by his handlers , which by most accounts are the Neocon Straussians and /or other Deep State actors. He is the ultimate Fall Guy.
It is really bad that we could all be dead in days and yet no American makes a stand. Are they all scared of being called “traitor” or “Putin -lover”? Where are all these far-seeing steely American Patriots , to mount a putsh and see off these vile moronic Neocons?