There is no doubt that Washington and Europe are invested heavily in a Ukraine victory over Russia, which helps explain why there is so much euphoria and misinformation about Ukraine’s current offensives around Kherson, in the south, and Kharkov, in the north. The southern offensive is a bust and caused catastrophic casualties. Source? The Washington Post. This article appeared a week ago as the Kherson offensive shriveled and Kharkov was just being launched:
In dimly lit hospital rooms in southern Ukraine, soldiers with severed limbs, shrapnel wounds, mangled hands and shattered joints recounted the lopsided disadvantages their units faced in the early days of a new offensive to expel Russian forces from the strategic city of Kherson.
The soldiers said they lacked the artillery needed to dislodge Russia’s entrenched forces and described a yawning technology gap with their better-equipped adversaries. The interviews provided some of the first direct accounts of a push to retake captured territory that is so sensitive, Ukrainian military commanders have barred reporters from visiting the front lines. . . .
“We lost five people for every one they did,” said Ihor, a 30-year-old platoon commander who injured his back when the tank he was riding in crashed into a ditch.
Ihor had no military experience before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. He made a living selling animal feed to pig and cow farms. His replacement as platoon commander also has no previous military experience, he said.https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/2022-09-07/wounded-ukrainian-soldiers-reveal-toll-kherson-offensive-7244535.html
The Ukrainian commander’s claim that his unit was losing 5 men for every Russia killed or wounded corroborates the information presented in the Russian Ministry of Defense’s daily briefing. To reiterate a point I have made previously–Ukraine lacks the air cover and artillery support needed to give advancing troops a chance at victory while Russia’s capabilities on both counts are fully intact and operational. As a result, Russia relies on medium and long range fires to inflict terrible casualties on Ukrainian forces and limits its own casualties and loss of equipment. That is not my belief. It is confirmed by both Ukrainian and Russian sources.
The Washington Post article provides other troubling insights for western cheerleaders who have convinced themselves that Ukraine is marching towards Moscow and the Russians are fleeing in panic. Pay close attention to what one wounded Ukrainian says:
Oleksandr said the Russian artillery fire was relentless. “They were just hitting us all the time,” he said. “If we fire three mortars, they fire 20 in return.”
The Ukrainian soldiers said they had to carefully ration their use of munitions but even when they did fire, they had trouble hitting targets. “When you give the coordinates, it’s supposed to be accurate but it’s not,” he said, noting that his equipment dated back to 1989.https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/2022-09-07/wounded-ukrainian-soldiers-reveal-toll-kherson-offensive-7244535.html
The Ukrainians soldiers thrown into battle have limited or no training in how to use the weapons provided by the United States and NATO and the Russians have a gigantic advantage in fires and supplies of ammunition.
Russian electronic warfare also posed a constant threat. Soldiers described ending their shifts and turning on their phones to call or text family members – a decision that immediately drew Russian artillery fire.
“When we turn on mobile phones or radio, they can recognize our presence immediately,” said Denys. “And then the shooting starts.”
This is one of the reasons that Russian commanders do not allow their soldiers to deploy with cell phones. It is a further sign of inadequate training for Ukrainians and a failure of command–i.e., it is incumbent on commanders to take the lead in making decisions that minimize the risk of casualties for those in their charge.
Up north in Kharkov, Russia chose to abandon the territory rather than stand and fight. Instead, as was the case in the south, Russia attacked the advancing Ukrainian units with fixed and rotary wing aircraft and with artillery and precision missiles. Yes, Ukraine now holds territory that Russia abandoned but Ukraine is paying a terrible price. And Ukraine shows no ability to target Russian airfields and artillery emplacements. In short, Russia has the capability to continue to strike exposed Ukrainian troops in the field.
So what does this have to do with western support? The news on the economic front is getting worse. Even in the United States. Check out this headline from today’s New York Post:
Heartbreaking reality of Biden inflation: ‘People have told me I lost weight, but I can’t afford groceries’
The Post offers vignettes on four families who recount how they are suffering. Biden’s claim of zero inflation is laughable in the face of this evidence of families pinching pennies and making tough choices whether to buy groceries or pay utility bills.
Things in Germany are even worse and the political leadership is pretending that there is no crisis:
Prices for gas and electricity are exploding, driving companies into bankruptcy. . . .Bread, rolls, cakes and cupcakes — that’s what the Plaz Bakery is famous for. . .
But right now, Plaz no longer knows whether he can stay in business. At the end of August, he received mail from his gas supplier. Instead of the previous €721 ($719) per month, he will now have to pay €2,588 for heating and hot water from October 1, 2022. That doesn’t even include the costs for the baking oven. Plaz has a gas contract that secures delivery at the old price until the end of the year.
But if the gas prices continue to rise, the baker may well be looking at an annual gas bill of €42,000 for the oven alone, up from currently €12,000.https://www.dw.com/en/germany-fears-a-wave-of-insolvencies/a-63059812
The BDI conducted a survey of industrial companies. It shows that 58% of the companies describe the exploding energy costs as “a big challenge,” and 34% said it was threatening their very existence. According to the BDI, almost one in 10 companies in Germany has already cut back or even suspended production.
Russia is in no mood to help mitigate Germany’s pain. Just the opposite. Russia’s Ambassador to Germany said this on Tuesday:
According to Sergei Nechaev, the very fact of supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons, which are manufactured in Germany and “used not only against Russian servicemen, but also against the civilian population of Donbass, is a “red line” that the German authorities should not have crossed.” He believes that in this context it is also necessary to take into account the “moral and historical responsibility” of Germany to the Russian people “for the crimes of Nazism during the Great Patriotic War.”
“Nevertheless, the Rubicon has been crossed. Pumping Kiev with weapons, as required by the Anglo-Saxon NATO allies from Germany, is a path to nowhere, only prolonging the conflict and increasing casualties. Many people in Germany are aware of this,” Nechaev said in an interview with Izvestia.
According to him, the German authorities unilaterally decided to “collapse the mutually beneficial bilateral relations, unique in their scale and intensity,” between Berlin and Moscow, which were built “on a partnership basis in recent decades.”https://vpk.name/en/630770_the-russian-ambassador-to-germany-said-about-the-red-line-that-the-germans-crossed-in-relations-with-moscow.html
Many in the German political class are insane. They are out of touch with reality. With businesses and employers facing an existential threat to their ability to continue to operate, German economists, scientists and environmental campaigners pressing Berlin to take its inflation-driven tax revenues and invest it in the country’s environmentally-friendly future. Madness.
You make a mistake if you focus on limited tactical gains by Ukraine on the ground and ignore the economic peril that threatens to engulf Europe’s largest economy. A collapse of the German economy will have a domino effect on the rest of Europe and will make it politically untenable for NATO to continue to pour money into Ukraine while Germans, French and Brits face hunger and unheated homes. Without western economic aid, enormous amounts of aid, Ukraine will not be able to sustain military operations.
just how much blackmail material the UK and US have on EU leaders ? the excuse of being stupid leaders dont cut it anymore , they are desroying their own people and economy with gusto..
ya, i dont get it. if it is blackmail you would think one even just one of them would stand up and say “hey i am being blackmailed” to destroy my own country and i wont do it anymore…
The screening starts very early in graduate school. Those that don’t play ball are quietly pushed aside. The screening continues thereafter. It’s a slow process of winnowing out anyone who might waver.
That’s why ‘they’ went bonkers over Trump. Ask yourself why would ‘they’ go so incredibly crazy over Trump ? What threat did Trump really pose to the system ?
Their concern with trump is that he would prevent the war with Russia that they wanted.
It’s foreign policy related and US/ Israeli interest related.
Possibly – my view is Trump wasn’t all that radical of a change agent. Trump was more of a Modest reformer.
Yet – the ‘establishment’ went bat sh*t Crazy when he got elected, like full wacko. I’m still struggling to find a good reason.
Destabilizing the ME and Looting countries’ natural assets was never in Israel’s interest. It is strictly the Deep State’s agenda. For example, for many years, pre Arab Spring, the Syrian border was the quietest. Assad’s only concern was the preservation of the Allowite’s power and for the most part he managed to keep Iran out of his country, limited to intervening in Lebanon, through Hetzbolla. Unfortunately, aligning with the US has its cost.
That is a very neat explanation of the causes of TDS.
They have been taken over by Greens who are fanatically insane, more than willing for the people to suffer in order to bring about their aims.
The globalists are implementing the Morgenthau Plan, not just on Germany but on the entire West. Their communist thugs, the junior partner in their unholy alliance, wait in the wings thirsting to go Pol Pot on the West in a misguided attempt to save the planet.
Blue Thunder says
Blackmail is the oldest trick in the book. Extremely effective, and incredibly easy to implement. Just look at the “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”, where Rudy Giuliani is caught on film red handed.
And it’s not just ladies, could be absolutely anything else: money or whatever else floats their boat. Let’s remember these people are not like the rest of us; rather many live a very rarified environment detached from what would be our reality.
Unfortunately it appears that European leadership has been utterly hijacked. Europe is gone; there is no future here.
The calibre of current European leaders is very low.
Look at Norway, UK, etc.
These people are not representative of their populations.
Study each of them and they all have oddness and flaws. They also all have burning ambition and a desire to please America and feel powerful.
In short Europes leaders are narcissists first, patriots second.
If you lie to yourself how do you know you are lying?
In every European capital the daily intelligence briefing will be from UK and US with exception of France.
Most of Europe relies on US UK to intercept intelligence.
Just think how easy that would be to manipulate as your of own intelligence relies on foreigners.
Tell German leader you intercepted Russian plan to poison x and y.
Tell French leader Russia China wants control over their former African colonies.
Tell Poland leaders that those who opposed Russia are being hunted by assassin’s and you are sending a special team to protect them.
When things go wrong people panic.
When the leaders of Europe panic.
US UK feed them more fear.
Once scared enough they outsource their decision making as USUK present a “solution” assure them of support, say we are in it together.
The first level of psyops is on leaders not ordinary people.
Even if leaders have doubts by the time they are further down the road it’s pretty much too late.
All they can do then is pretend to take principled positions to save their torn down reputations.
This American government is formidable and hyper aggressive at pushing other leaders around.
Don’t underestimate what’s going on behind scenes.
Unfortunately these European leaders be Orban are weak flawed and not equipped with cunning, insight or experience.
Not saying there is no blackmail going on, but, from my pov, it is more a case of people believing their own propaganda. If you get along touting the party line without negative consequences for yourself, the contrary actually, it makes sense, in a myopic and self-centered way, to go all in. Après moi, le déluge.
Sgt. Based says
Well they all rape children so its pretty easy to just hold that over their heads
It’s a feature, not a bug.
Their leaders are largely WEF trained / Schwab acolytes. WEF infiltrated all western governments. Germany is WEF’s base & the worst.
Where do you think Sweden & Finlands “leaders” came from. WEF “young leaders”, where else?
And Macron, Trudeau, Arden? WEF
Problem with Germany is that the Green Party has gained way too much influence in recent years and this industrial and economic collapse falls in line with their long term economic and social agenda. Add in the fact that Brussels EU bureaucrats aren’t really accountable to the citizens of any EU country and pressure from the USA and Britain and you get one heck of a cocktail of stupid. Perfect to speed up the implementation of the globalist agenda and a nightmare for people who have to live under it.
Roger Furer says
“Green green, it’s green they say on the far side of the hill…” (The New Christy Minstrels ) What a hill to die on. And they want to do it here as well! Let’s talk about greenhouse gasses; CO2 is nothing compared to water vapor. Let’s ban THAT! That will help the planet!
These governments are environmental bullshiiters. Look up the toxic dumping they do on global south.
Things like baby wipes microplastics etc do more damage than fuel driven cars.
If enough people get electric cars, the government will be able to stop and turn your car around with a “warrant” like the Trumps related warrants, and you can’t go anywhere. Get it?
Car for most teenagers represents what? Freedom. Independence.
Everyone gets electric cars.
Your car is now controlled by software managed by other people with the government having the back door key.
So anywhere you go, anything you want to do, anything you say, who you give a lift to, they don’t just know it. They can stop you.
Your money. They can get it of no cash.
Your car. They control it if electric.
Get the idea.
It’s nothing to do with environment. Electric cars are not environmental they take huge fuel to make and the metals needed are in exploited places like congo and oh yes, Russia.
So eg. Next time known trump supporters get into their all electric cars to protest in Washington or get to a rally,
You, the dissenter. Don’t move. Can’t rally. Can’t leave.
Fairly certain that the option to disable cars already exists in gasoline powered autos…all run on software and all are connected to the net. The Greens are the true believers and the rest of the powerful are perverts who are controlled by their sins. Epstein’s main job was gathering material to blackmail everyone…if you look at the lists published of the people who flew to his island it includes so many movie stars, music stars, politicians, and anyone with power of any kind.
Dalton Greenlee says
I realize that collapsing the European economy’s is the goal of Washington. With businesses closing and people being evicted from their homes, large Wall Street firms, like Blackrock and Vanguard, can swoop in there and buy up everything. It’s genius really, when you think about it. It’s also evil, but I guess the people in D.C. and Wall Street don’t really sweat that kind of thing. I have said it before and I will say it again. No screws up this bad unless it’s on purpose. Your thoughts?
Yes – your premise is likely correct. And…..who is perfectly positioned to deliver ?
Look up the Christian-Democrat leader’s background – Friedrich Merz BlackRock Germany, Chairman of the supervisory board (2016–2020)
Most important legislation – prevent financial institutions owning more than, 30% of residential housing and restrictions in commercial property.
Financial institutions in US thanks to 2008 bailout own over half US properties through various structure like real estate investment funds.
Muralidhar Rao says
Hi Larry, I heard on the redacted website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRpSJCgJaGw&t=533s) about a hurried meeting of gang of eight with Burns (CIA director) in the SCIF envoironment. Do you know what that was all about? Something big in works? Thanks
Muralidhar Rao says
Hi Larry I heard on the Redacted website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRpSJCgJaGw&t=533s) that there was a hurried meeting of the Gang of 8 with CIA director Burns in SCIF. Do you know what that was all about? Thanks
Larry Johnson says
No. Not unusual to hold a meeting that deals with classified information in a SCIF.
10 to 1 says
Lenin must be laughing in his grave at the economic costs the west is paying for its proxy war on Russia.
“The best way to destroy the capitalist system [is] to debauch the currency.”
Unbelievable how this groupuscule of roaming Neocons can have the USA by the short and curlies and by extension NATO and the EU. Frightening!
Brad Patton says
Russia blew up a significant dam today in Kryvyi Ri and knocked out more electricity sources.
Sweden just elected a right government = The Sweden Democrats. This party was ostracized and not allowed in parliament 10 years ago. Italy is almost certainly following suit in 2 weeks. The Brothers of Italy will almost certainly win (run oddly by a female Georgia Meloni) and for the first time since WWII it will likely have so large a win they can change the constitution without a referendum.
Both are good news for Russia — like Orban both tend to be anti EU and anti Nato/US. Not much will change at first but their native sympathies are not with Zelenski.
In the US who is most likely to be sympathetic to Russia? — at least half of Magas the ones who take the time to research the Ukraine topic — You see this in sarcastic comments on Newsmax Breitbart OAN etc… The comments on these sites are almost universally anti Zelenski. Polls show majority of republicans don’t want more arms or money to go to Ukraine. Democrats it is just the opposite.
What is puzzling to me is where the Lindsey Grahams come from (and lots of other republicans Rubio etc…)
If Hungary can cobble together a few like minded countries and create a minority in EU that would be significant.
It’s also why Germany is pushing for voting to be qualitative majority rather than unanimity.
EU votes are weighted by population.
This means Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Spain can pretty much override others in majority voting.
Unanimity was to prevent this on key issues.
German power grab in EU under this government may begin to go wrong as chancellor is too open with his plans, unwise and too greedy.
I would consider Poland, Hungary, MAGA Republicans, etc. to be a third distinct faction which hostile to both US “woke” ideology and extremely weary of Russia. A sandwiched faction.
The central European countries are geographically sandwiched: Fanatical woke/anti-Caucasian ideology to the West and Sino-Russian authoritarianism to the East. The MAGA Americans are politically sandwiched in their own country (racially targeted, leaders raided, framed as “Russian agents”).
As such the rise of “right-wing” (really just less left-wing, but it’s Europe…) governments in Sweden/Italy wouldn’t necessarily strengthen Russia, but would strengthen this third faction, which could grow into a bloc rather than a loose rhetorical alliance of sandwiched nations & persecuted parties.
This is effectively the new “West” as the US/UK collapse into a mirror image of Brazil (pre-Bolsonaro Brazil, at that).
you meen white peopel?
you know that we europeans are white, right?
and how can someone think the russian side has something else then stupid propaganda?
do you also beleave what North Korea, Iran, Venezuela oder China has to say about the war? sorry. The “special operation”
Dmitri Karamazov says
As a native South Carolina resident, and whose Senator is Lindsey Graham, I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who likes him. He is the only “R” on the ballot, so I suppose people vote for that reason. Graham always runs unopposed by other republicans. I’m sure he has supporters somewhere, but the working class (the range of people I know) voters hate him. This state is certainly ready and waiting for a MAGA candidate to replace him.
I too live in SC, in a deep blue area. Graham was primary challenged some years back by Lee Bright, a serious candidate. By primary day six candidates were on ballot, sufficient to dilute opposition to Graham. Rumor was that Nancy Mace was paid by GOPe to run as part of dilution scheme. Graham skated by in the run off.
We now have open primaries, effectively voiding any effort to get rid of him. Over at Gateway Pundit there is a report that the SCGOP has changed its rules in order to keep out unwashed candidates lacking the GOPe seal of approval.
If the SCGOP wants Graham in office forever, that’s their business. I’ll stay home election day. There are no GOP candidates ever for the other elected positions in my county, so I’m not missing much.
At day’s end there is no difference between Graham and whatever the Dems run.
There is no way on this earth that I’d vote for Graham because the other guy is worse.
Blowing up dams is an act of barbarism.
What would happen if Ukraine blew up the Nova Kakhovka dam ?
Better check with Emil Cosman about it, maybe the ukranian did it or something else: https://youtu.be/q_F4wKqGiBU
yes, the Ukrainians blew the damn so they can flood a major city under their control (Zelensky’s hometown btw) and isolate their troops so they can be destroyed.
The Russian bloggers are bragging about it all over the internet, calling for Ukrainians to swim in their own sh*t and calling for additional strikes on civilian and dual use infrastructure.
I used to admire Putin, but he’s gone off the deep end.
you must be aware this is a war.call it SMO ,but war nonetheless.
Yes, you are right, seems like the russians did it, that’s why Putin gave the order early by june-july the right to apply for russian passports for any ukranian citizen that requested it so they move out the war area, to prevent civil casualties.
Aria Yves Poetry says
You’re joking right?
Ukraine has been shelling the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant which could result in a nuclear catastrophe and your objection is how “barbaric” it was for the Russians to blow up a bridge. Talk about having your priorities messed up.
The Ukrainian fighters and the Kiev government are responsible for:
1) Attempting to blow up numerous bridges, even at the expense of civilians.
2) Using civilian infrastructure (Kindergartens, hospitals, shopping malls, residential buildings, train station, schools, etc, etc) as military bases putting civilians in danger. Evidence gathered by Amnesty International.
3) Torturing and mutilating (even castrating) POWs — a war crime according to the Geneva convention.
4) Torturing and shooting civilians for accepting water, food or medical assistance from the Russians or their allies.
5) Looting civilian homes.
6) Selling weapons on the black market and stealing humanitarian aid (including medicines)
7) Acts of terrorism
8) Manipulating the civilians worldwide by using mainstream media to “promote lies and propaganda” — by doing so, civilians become complicit in war crimes because they are being sold lies and are non the wiser.
9) Promoting themselves as a democracy when in fact the Kiev government has implemented many practises confirming that they are anything but a democracy!
10) Encouraging and inciting hatred and collective punishment across the international stage.
11) Censoring free speech.
12) Genocide of the Ukrainian people by using them as cannon-fodder, and by abandoning peace talks.
the list goes on…
Mainstream media doesn’t tell you any of this. Personally, I don’t appreciate being lied too or duped.
This can all be corroborated by accounts from INDEPENDENT journalists on the ground in Ukraine, videos, captured or surrendered POWs, and civilians in the fighting hotspots.
just saying says
They have been trying to blow up Nova Kakhovka dam for a while. I guess it’s not an easy thing to do from a far.
They have also tried to blow up the dam near Svetlodarsk before retreating, and failed in that (there is even a video of an attempt).
They did manage to blow at least one dam up (it was few months ago in Kharkhov oblast, if i recall correctly), and it did cause floding that supposedly slowed down advance of enemy troops.
I don’t get the purpose of your question, and the whole barbarism comment. Everything that US and it’s allies do is democratic by default. Everything that others do is barbaric, i guess.
re your remarks about Lindsey Graham….do you not remember the photos of him and McStain inter-reacting with the Azov brigade several years ago…ditto the visit to the “friendly” terrorists in Syria….a segment of the Republican party is doing the USA no favors…..
Sodomists and Pedophiles absolutely hate Putin so Lindsey Graham position is understandable
The Sweden democrats got 20 %.
It is not enough to rule; they have to colaborate with rabid NATO-puppets and russophobes. That right-wing bloc could easily split on many issues and one party leader has allready resigned.
Remember that the outgoing “social-democratic” minority goverment ruled on a right-wing budget precisely because the legacy right did not want to sit in a cabinet together with Sd.
Lots of them are russophobes anyway (the Swedish empire was deafeted by imperial Russia in what is nowadays Ukraine).
Kd (christian-democrats) and Sd are pretty much att odds with all other parties on lots of topics, Kd’s boss being the most rightish in a number of cases, as well
as att odds with the party’s historical roots (KDS was strongly anti-nuclear, whereas Kd is fiercely pro, for exemple).
@Brad Patton writes
“…for the first time since WWII it will likely have so large a win they can change the constitution without a referendum.”
You think that is a good thing? Why?
Lindsey Graham is mortally compromised and a warmonger to boot…there are videos of him and McCain promising to bring pain to Russia till the last Ukrainian.
I can’t speak for other conservative-leaning libertarians, but this whole thing stinks to high heaven. Not a fan of Putin, but I do understand him somewhat. Just imagine yourself in his shoes when it comes to the US/NATO policies. Then there is Ukraine and its anti-Russian laws and attitudes. Zelensky won on the promise to negotiate with the rebels in Donbas, but hardliners put a stop to that. Not that I think Zelensky is a good guy either, just there are behind-the-scenes things happening that brought this whole mess on.
Do I think they are screwing with Russia and Putin? Yes, absolutely. Are they using Ukrainians as cannon fodder? Same answer, yes. Does Ukraine have a right to defend itself? Yes again. This is a gordian knot of contradictions and there are no clear black and white answers here. Too many people think in black and white, right and wrong, but this situation is none of that.
The bottom line with all of the lies and deceptions is that eventually, we will have a clearer view of what has happened. I’m not disputing the notion that Russia abandoned territory, but it doesn’t really matter to me, because I’m safe and sound at home and can afford to wait until it’s over to see what the truth is. (Of course, if nukes start flying, this would change, and I will deal with that then.)
Kerry Pay says
Was a Democrat but left after the primary in California where my sample ballot had the wrong party registration that was changed without my consent. The Clinton campaign’s in 2016 cheated because I notified our county registrar to launch an investigation as I also notified the Secretary of State but no investigation happened. Bernie Sanders won the DNC primary but Clinton took the delegates. Biden’s C P wasn’t able to get the endorsement for her Senate re election at the state convention because she was a horrible Attny General for California by not following up with people harmed by the fraudulent Mortgages and Reverse Mortgages sold in California.
The corruption of the DNC began before Bill Clinton won the nomination because better candidates always get beat by the Super Delegates that were created after my first election I could participate in 1972 for McGovern. I was raised in a Conservative RNC family kept my mouth shut but listened to every meeting I was required to attend from my 8th year. I know how and why the Maga crowd has evolved along with the DNC thus left both because neither believe in democracy. History was my education to teach along with economics but was born in the wrong family genetics disability thus expanded my brain for the last 55 years.
Larry Johnson says
Thanks Kerry. Personal stories like yours are poignant and informative. Keep it coming.
Chris from Switzerland says
Hallo Larry, zunächst einmal vielen Dank für Ihre vielen ausgezeichneten Analysen, die ich jeden Tag mit dem größten Interesse als erstes lese.
Ja, in Europa ist die Situation schrecklich, in der Schweiz noch ein wenig besser als in der EU. Aber der Winter sollte extrem hart sein. Im demokratischen Land Schweiz sind wir jetzt so weit, dass wir in einem Energienotstand nur auf 19 Grad erhitzt werden können. Wer höher wird, bekommt eine extrem hohe Geldstrafe oder im Falle einer Absicht bis zu 3 Jahre Gefängnis. Kontrollen wären da, würden bereits alles angekündigt. Unglaublich.
Für Deutschland, ja, es war eindeutig der Plan des RAND. Dies wurde seit langem berichtet, aber jetzt sind die Dokumente aufgetaucht. Es sieht so aus, als ob Deutschland absichtlich in die Falle gelockt wurde. Hier sagen wir, wer solche Freunde hat, braucht keine Feinde mehr.
Ich freue mich auf viele weitere spannende Analysen von Ihnen. Grüße Chris aus der Schweiz.
The Swiss says
Woher haben Sie diese Info (3 Jahre Gefängnis fürs Heizen)? Welche Zeitung?
Sorry, ich lebe in der Schweiz – und solche Diskussionen sind nie geführt worden.
Hier in der Schweiz kann man eine Frau vergewaltigen – und man wird nicht 2 Jahre im Gefängnis verbringen… falls die Nachricht von “20 Minuten” stammt, ist sie eh’ Müll.
Ich wäre froh um einen Schweizer Link zur betreffenden Nachricht.
bitte lassen sie die Leute in ihren Blasen. Wenn die gute Frau glauben will, dass man in der Schweiz fürs heizen in Gefängnis kommt oder das die Deutschen ein Problem haben trotzt Vollbeschäftigung, steigenden Löhnen und einem tollen Sommer wo alle in Spanien oder Nord/Ostsee das Meer genossen haben…
ja. Es gibt auch arme Leute in Deutschland. Aber denen ging es schon immer schlecht, da ist Putin egal. Für die Armen wird die Heizung eh vom Staat bezahlt.
man kann es wirklich nicht verstehen, warum manche Deutsche ( 5-6% ) lieber eine neue DDR hätten, als einfach mal den Putin in der Ukraine zu bekämpfen. Wir müssen ja nicht mal Soldaten stellen sondern nur alte Militärtechnik, die wir sonst verschrottet hätten.
Chris from Switzerland says
Hi Larry, first of all, thank you for your many excellent analyses, which I read first thing every day with the greatest interest.
Yes in Europe the situation is terrible, in Switzerland still a little better as in the EU. But the winter should be extremely hard. In the democratic country of Switzerland we are now so far that in an energy emergency may only be heated to 19 degrees. Who turns higher, gets extremely high fine or in case of intention up to 3 years in prison. Controls would be there, would be already announced everything so. Unbelievable.
To Germany, yes it was clearly the plan of the RAND. This has been reported for a long time, but now the documents have surfaced. It looks like Germany was deliberately lured into the trap.
Here we say, who has such friends, needs no more enemies.
Looking forward to many more exciting analyses from you. Greetings Chris from Switzerland.
Larry Johnson says
Thank you Chris. I’m humbled to have smart folks like you find value here.
Blue Thunder says
Many thanks for sharing the document. Quite an eye opener: another piece of the puzzle!
Kissinger, former US gov- ” to be an enemy of the united states’is dangerous, to be a friend is lethal”
Kerry Pay says
Since I was ill the semester that Watergate hearings were live never missed one minute. The moment I heard the news of the breakin having been raised with Republican parents who received invitation to the inauguration ball in 1969 knew immediately “Nixon is the One”! The hearings were extremely entertaining since I remember as if yesterday the moment John Dean testified along with Butterfield. Margaret Mitchell was always talking to the press with my habit since I was 13 reading the entire Los Angeles Times from page one to end except the sports. My parents turned me into a political historian for all parties always correct for every election including 2016. Knowledgeable is power thus I appreciate and support competent independent journalists as my father became from 1941-1946 with 101st Airborne since no journalist would accompany a unit that had 50% casualties thus he picked up a camera along with a typewriter with pictures of the drops over the Rhine. Thank you for your critical analysis sadly leadership not the caliber my dad had during WWII. The worst part of being an officer was the letters home that my father had to write when he lost one of his paratroopers.
Larry Johnson says
Which Company? EASY?
It will be hard to tell exactly.
Is it a candle of solidarity and support in a time of grief after a battlefield set back?
Or just another rolling blackout in a European Capital?
If I had to put money on it, I would say mid Nov…
Been several days now and i will admit i am still trying to sort out why the Kharkov incident is so often described as a tactical gain for the ukr side?
im taking tactical gain to mean some sort of (desirable)tactical advantage was achieved.
the only gain (stockpile reduction)i can think of is that they made the russ side spend some of their stand off weapons ammo to kill them and blow up their replacement gear.
Did this put UKR forces in a better position somehow ??
one advantage that i do understand is that now Ukr forces are walled in and out in the open but this advantage points the wrong way, that is to the RUS side…
Next up UKR retakes Snake island. RUS is doomed.
Jonas BKK says
It’s a 100% PR tactical gain. After months of nothing but news and videos of Ukies being shot to pieces from all possible angles, suddenly Zel gets his long awaited photo op and globalist media has a feast.
Albeit Russia never intended to really fight for that territory and left basically an Omon force behind. But let’s forget abt that and bring Zel back to the spotlight (for a while).
Territorial gain, useful provided they can push on with a combined offensive and link forces in due course.
Upside. Good position.
Downside. Don’t act fast now lose the advantage in this area. Ie. Russian surround and hammer blow up access bridge, oddly not done yet, and seal pocket and supply chains.
So they need to implement the rest of their plan quite fast.
Simple. It keeps the western $$ flowing. Big advantage (for those stealing the $$ and reselling the weapons).
And without the $$ the UKR economy collapses (hyperinflation), and the war ends.
In fact one of the early bad signs for a bad economy is the stock market, sp500, nasdaq and dji charts look really bad and the worst month (deadliest drops) is… yes October, just like 1929, 1987, 2008.
Charles E. Fromage says
Does Russia not have an equivalent aircraft to the US A-10?
All those columns of Ukraine tanks and trucks on narrow roads heading into position should be sitting ducks.
Peter from Aus says
The A-10 is a great ground attack aircraft but is vulnerable to both fighters and SAMs. It’s really only suitable in an environment of both air supremacy and no SAMs except MANPADs. In other words, not Ukraine.
Peter from Aus says
Sorry, didn’t read the comment properly, my comment about the A-10 is irrelevant.
bob sykes says
The short answer is, No. Russia (nor any other country) does not have something like the A-10.
Matvey Ivanov says
The SU-25 is what we have for close air support in the Ukraine operation. Also, we use our rotary wing aircraft to engage armour and land targets. Ukraine has in fact lost many many armored vehicles and tanks in the Kharkov and Kherson offensive by these 2 methods.
just saying says
Su-25 is an equivalent A-10, and they are both vulnerable to any competent air defense. Su-25 is used by both sides, and there have been attacks on colums at the begining of the conflict. Now they are mostly used for standoff attacks because of large number of MANPADS present.
Here is a rare case of non standoff attack that i saw today:
Yes, the SU-25 Frogfoot.
Propaganda: reminds me of a domestic argument. The subject changes instantly yet the screaming don’t.
Old English butlers saying ,
“ The more they complain the faster we count the silver!” Or words to that effect.
The Ukies and Western media are screaming hysterically as the new Royal King has his Butler counting the silver AND bar staff patting down his family members. (and guests of course.) The truth always wins in the end. I find the emotional hysteria comforting, it means the war may be over soon hopefully. I get no pleasure what so ever of seeing the vids of the Ukrainian slaughter and total disgust at the beastly treatment of Russian POW and Russian civilians trapped in the combat.
Me thinks Admiral Kirby as been told something rather awful from the Wise Bear. (Sergey Lavrov)
Seriously doubt the German public will change their support for the Kiev. Most regular Germans believe the cost of living is ALL PUTINS FAULT. They also think the evil Putin ( not Exxon, Shell, ENI, or Chevron ) is charging them triple for natural gas.
My guess is the weakest links in Europe will be in places with already skeptical populations.
However – it’s the United States that is most likely to experience dramatic change catalyzed by plummeting living standards. 40% of Americans recently polled believe a civil war is likely or inevitable. Fourty percent !
The actual reasons for the increase in enery costs is suggested here https://www.globalresearch.ca/europe-energy-armageddon-from-berlin-brussels-not-moscow/5792005
Cris from Caracas says
If I remember correctly, it was Napoleon that said: before you assign malice, chuck it up to incompetence.
In this case it’s totally the opposite.
Leaders of the Western powers are doing exactly what they planned, and achieving the results they wanted. They hide behind seemingly idiotic statements and reckless moves…lie in such dramatic obvious ways, that it’s almost like a B movie.
But, don’t for a second think they’re incompetent …..they are not only extremely smart but cunning and tenacious.
They have stolen every election since who knows when…they control the political process, the financial system, the money printing presses, pretty much all social media, popular culture, television, cable, streaming services, educational systems and universities….you name it, they control it.
So to think for a second that they’re not aware of what’s coming, or the harm they’re doing….if you do, you’re drinking laced kool aid.
They had figured to control pretty much the whole world, and thought China was in on it with them….as if China was not counting the decades to exact revenge for all the humiliations suffered by the western powers since the 1800s.
Then Putin came along and turned them down also, that’s when the hate and everything bad in the world is Russia’s fault started.
They continue unabated towards destroying their industrial base, their economies, their middle classes, in fact it almost seems like their accelerating their timetable.
So, you gotta ask yourself, what do they picture their world like when they reach their goals?
A totalitarian green Utopia with way fewer citizens…half the world against you, and just happens that they’re more powerful than you, in every way….they will surely make them eat crow, for all the decades they pushed around the rest of the world.
Whom do they think makes Ferraris, Dom Perignon, Courvoisier, Parmigiano Reggiano, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, etc, etc….all the perks of their power….who makes those? Free people, people with passion…..how are they going to produce such works of art under a totalitarian Utopia?
Maybe they’re planning on becoming Buddhist monks….
On the surface it surely looks like a mass murder with a planned suicide at the end…that’s what’s crazy about it…..would love to get them drunk enough to hear their dreams….
With regard hearing their dreams not so sure. When dealing with insanity never assume anything is my MO.
Jim S says
I endorse your viewpoint as well.
For myself, I don’t believe the European technocrats are dupes in this; willing accomplices, at minimum. Mass illegal immigration, Agenda 21, and the Great Reset all appear to be driven by Europeans. “Keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down” is a British truism, and the Great Game is a British pastime. but these elitists don’t profess allegiance to any nation or peoples, as their own literature plainly states.
This is less about blame shifting than about accurately assessing the players involved. Certainly America is the heavy right now, but it would be an error to let the silent partners off the hook. In the film “The Usual Suspects”, the dupe turned out to have been Keyser Soze all along.
I do quibble over China. Communist China primarily uses history for internal propaganda–cartoon history, just like what we Americans are fed–but otherwise the CCP doesn’t want a populace literate in history and tradition any more than the US establishment wants Americans to be. Chairman Mao killed off more Chinese in a single decade than Europeans and Japan did over two centuries, combined. Communist China is a different flavor of totalitarian insanity, but still totalitarian insanity when you peel back the flashy packaging. In practical effect, however, China is still outside Western hegemony, and our elitists therefore think it must be brought to heel.
(Also, permission to come aboard, Cap’n Johnson?)
So the west out of thin air had defined that SMO had set timelines, set in stone. And from this lie, all manner of BS spewed and spewed and spewed. News Flash 1: think in decades, instead of days and weeks and months. NF 2: This SMO is by definition anti-insurgent and anti-terrorist project. Among other things.
And so the west also also out of thin air defined SMO as securing land. Where exactly? Didn’t matter, just accept this western ‘fact’ and STFU. And from this lie, all manner of BS spewed and spewed and spewed, most recently on parade.
When there’s a battle out at sea, what defines victory, how much ocean one may be in ‘control’ of?. . . or ability of enemy to fight?
I can’t help the fact VSU and their lords and masters are now running towards Russian Forces to get slaughtered more efficiently, now, by their enemy; instead of trying to defend themselves and make the RF come to them. Good Grief!
While on topic of applying simple logic to form coherent conclusions based on the best known facts available at this time. . . what happens when USA as erstwhile principal Hegemon is no longer seen and felt to be what this Hegemon believe it is, i.e., invincible?
As far as Europe goes, take a quick peak at Ukraine, right now. “Border Disputes” and “boundary disputes” are all right back in play, a la the 19th century, for instance.
Why? Obviously RF called Uncle Sam’s bluff.
The longer these border corrections and disputes go on, and just stick with Ukraine for the moment: the more the USA and EU/NATO bleed, bleed money, prestige, legitimacy, and raw power, and economic power, among other things.
USA/NATO it appear: see the tip of this iceberg as the only reality — this tip being the total.
Welp, as USA/NATO continue bleeding in years and decades ahead, it is practically a given that other areas of Europe will be “plagued” by border disputes.
Will Gdansk stay Gdansk, or become Danzig again? And this would not involve RF at all. This is just what Europe does. . . and with no “strongman” in form of USA to “keep the peace”. . . what is to stop this from becoming the 19th century all over again?
How about Alsace and Lorraine?
And farther east, Greece and Turkey?
And going south-east, what about Israel?
And keep going in this general direction — the House of Saud? How did that family become rulers of land that had been Hashemite?
The GCC states are ruled by absolutist family dynasties — Al-Khalifa in Bahrain, Al-Sabah in Kuwait, Al-Said in Oman, Al-Thani in Qatar, and Al-Nahyan in the United Arab Emirates.
Kuwait, lines in the sand drawn by Imperial Britain. What legitimacy does Al-Sabah have at all? Kuwait borders would not be at all, were it not for US imperialism and Desert Storm, etc.
It is not just in Europe all manner of ‘scores’ are awaiting potential ‘reckoning.’ [Also, See: Balkans –and US/NATO destruction of Yugoslavia.]
Given the above, what on earth was Nancy Pelosi doing trespassing in Taiwan this summer?
The party’s over for the west; and Pelosi epitomize they are too drunk and strung out to see straight — or to see at all!
Well said. Omnipotence and one country controlling all has resulted historically in the destruction of that empire and it’s down grading. It’s somehow always a move to far. Earth is blessed that way.
Russia launched an invasion planning to have it last decades? That’s funny. As to when battles happen at sea the Russians lose their flagship. They also lose pierside when they proclaim on social media where they are, and don’t bother to begin unloading for almost a full day.
Some time ago I figured out the pattern, starting with the ME. UK/US created artificial countries out of warring tribes, lured in with goodies, then keep the hostilities simmering while they steal, steal, steal the resources.
Now Putin is playing the game back at’em with this SMO. Keep the fight in a strong simmer, without letting it boil over to nukes.
Jerome Powell on the Fed front. He had to keep his head down until his job in enemy administration was secure, & now raise interest rates to “rein in inflation,” but that’s actually cover for taking down WEF/Davos financing by killing the ECB/euro before the USD goes down.
Who originally ordered the Rand report? What do you think the purpose releasing the report now?
I follow Tom Luongo and he predicted these things also.
The RAND document is labeled an “Executive Summary”. What document is it summarizing?
Carl Schurz says
EU/Germany 2023: the hunger games will have started ?
Carl Schurz says
My subjective assessment and assessment, taking into account the usual information asymmetry of a normal mortal. When assessing the political assessment of many German voters, one must not forget the effect of more than 70 years of Western propaganda. In West Germany in particular, many Germans have very high levels of trust in the USA. It affects those born after 1945. Their grandparents did not see the Western Allies as liberators because many of them had known the history of World War II since the turn of the century and had to experience the war crimes of the Allies. Passing on this knowledge officially was forbidden by the West Allies of the FRG and was a punishable offence. Since then, the history of the winners has been valid. The Federal Republic of Germany was obliged to prosecute publicly presented revisionist statements. Germany is not sovereign as of today. The German Greens have no interest in it either. Since the 1990s, “they can’t do anything with Germany.” (Habeck). The former Vice-President of the German Bundestag (Claudia Roth, Die Grünen, college dropout, no professional training) was photographed leading a left-wing demo in the 1990s in front of a large banner. This banner read: “Germany you lousy piece of shit.” This is the spirit of the Greens. These Greens are back in government for the second time today. Why? Because unfortunately most German voters find it very difficult to see a connection between their voting behavior and the subsequent government policy. The largest “German party” is that of non-voters. Indeed, these voters consider not voting to be resistance.
And one more thing: the spirit of the Greens can be found in almost all German media and in German schools, as well as in many authorities. My adult children regularly tell me about how green ideology poisoned their generation in the brain.
It is therefore difficult for many Germans to adopt a very critical attitude towards the USA. This shakes decades of certainties and foundations.
The truth about Europe, the world wars and Germany in particular is much more complex and not without contradictions.
I often think about the statements made by my long-dead grandmother, who lived through the imperial period, and her statements, which didn’t really fit my school knowledge at the time. This also applies to statements by Poles that I got to know in the 1980s, when the communists still ruled Poland. These seemingly mismatched pieces of the puzzle are now fitting into a larger and changing picture of my worldview. Old certainties are currently falling, new considerations are emerging, the perspective is changing and I still don’t know where this will lead. Everything is in motion, nothing like it used to be. Consider that this is happening to a great many in Europe. The most important thing I accuse my German compatriots of is their widespread belief in propaganda and their laziness in defending themselves against excessive or even anti-constitutional violence by the state. They exist, but far too few. Germans are easy to intimidate. Since 1945 they have learned to feel more guilty than proud. This is especially true for the post-baby boomers.
In the many decades of my life I’ve gotten around Europe a bit. Contact with European citizens has shown me that the majority of Europeans are content to feed their families, take care of them, love and take care of their homeland. In all those years I’ve never experienced hatred for a German. It was interesting to experience how quickly one could share almost identical, also Christian ideals with these people. It is incomprehensible to me that it should always have been possible to agitate these people against each other. In my view, anyone who initiates this must at least suffer from a psychapathy that is not recognized by those around them or is recognized too late. I am convinced that if the majority of us little people decide to stop following these leaders with dubious intentions, these groups will fail. What makes these groups exist is money, or power over money. Abolishing central banks would be a step in the right direction, but a very big step.
My comment is likely to be somewhat garbled by machine translation. I apologize for that.
Many Germans, especially the urban green educated crowd, despises the Americans as a people and has a very arrogant attitude towards them. They think they are morally superior and also better educated. This attitude is especially true towards rural and conservative Americans. Their morale sense is the lever that is used by the Americans to control them. But they do not even understand that they fulfill an American agenda. They really believe they are on the good side and help poor victim Ukrainians. They have no idea about geopolitics, they do not even know that this is a thing. thy think the world has moved past geopolitics and they are the vanguard of the future.
What on must not forget in this context is, that western Germans, with a few small pauses, have been exposed almost constantly to anti Russian propaganda since 1914. This makes it easy to push them towards anything as long russia is the bad guy. When you trigger those deeply rooted anti Russian reflexes, even educated and smart people stop thinking. Russia=evil is a sufficient explanation for anything. They do not even ask the question what may have triggered the SMO, or what points of view or concerns russia has, because russia bad. A telltale with sinister russian goals is sufficient to explain everything. Contradictory data? Just russian lies. Why should russia lie about something? Cause russia bad.
This is very different in east Germany. The eastern germans have due to their history a much higher intercultural competence towards russia. They can clearly distinguish between the Russian regime and its people, many of them learned Russian at school and can read Russian newspapers. For them russia is not the empire of evil but just another European nation like France or Britain. Of course the arrogant west German discards this objectivity eastern Germans have as pro-putinism (is that a word?), because everybody who does not hate russia must be a Russian agent. And for the western germans, the eastern germans are at least as stupid as Americans.
Those first sentences rang so true. There is so much arrogance. My down-to-earth daughter spent two years online getting her Masters and at the end of that brief period had become unrecognisable in many ways. Her expression of dismissal is to refer to people as “hicks”, no further discussion necessary. Her hick husband is well aware of where this came from, to no avail. Hell, I’m a hick and a half and she speaks to me as if imparting the wisdom of the ages while yet so wet behind the ears and now delusional as well. But the worst of the changes is that now she is right about everything, all of the time. That has even spilled over into the little things. It is absurdity. Free intellectual conversation is gone, replaced with learned platitudes and when pressed, the silence of a superior intelligence being bothered by an ignorant peasant or when that fails, to walk away like a child with its fingers in its ears. These qualities manifest too in a significant chunk of the population, either educated so or led to there by the manipulatory agendas. There are many where you cannot even scratch the surface, so hard is the resistance. Their reward, as we are seeing already, is that they will be the first to die.
Twain had that one for you:
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
Kerry Pay says
Yes most of the Germans do not vote because daily would watch DW news for years to understand this nation having studied European History as my major in college to present. My ancestors arrived from Germany before the American War of Independence on my mother’s side. They seem to have hidden their Jewish ancestry when they emigrated including stories of discrimination during WWI even in Montana as ranchers. My father traced his French ancestry when he was in Paris on leave but was required to participate in the sudden “Battle of the Budge”. Sadly he told us his stories but died before the “Band of Brothers” was produced. He wrote “Thunder Over Heaven” after his commander gave him permission. Dad seldom discussed WWII but was why he disliked “camping” with his children too many memories with Spring uniforms when deployed to that action including his favorite picture he took of Patton outside of the briefing he just participated.
I live in Germany. People are now starting to wake up to the new reality. Many hoped until recently that the crisis – as promised by politicians – will be managed and that somehow after some temporary friction things will turn to normal. But more and more people realize now that our government will not solve the problem. Traditionally people in Germany have a high trust in government institutions who for many decades ran the country quite well and created a wealthy economy. For many Germans the idea, that our government will run the country full speed into the abyss was and still is inconceivable.
Two recent events who where widely discussed in public were eye openers for many people to the new political realities. The first ist our foreign minister Baerbock (Green Party) saying that she will support Ukraine no matter what her voters think. The second is that our economic minister Habeck (Green Party) stated that companies won’t go bankrupt just because they stop producing and selling.
In recent parliamentary debates the political pariahs made statements that stroke a chord. The leading politician from the left party Wagenknecht called our government in parliament the most stupid government in Europe, which was widely cited and discussed, and even a leading politician from the right wing AfD Party, Weidel, held a parliamentary speech blaming our government for the crisis to which many people secretly agreed (agreeing to this party is a social taboo in most circles).
I think our political class is unable to wrap its head around the concept that every action has real consequences. My neighbor is a consultant for political parties, he told me basically that the political class believes, it is their duty to shape reality in accordance to their ideological believes. A political class that always got their will and could solve every problem with lying, ignoring or throwing money at it has never learned to analyze and accept the conditions of reality to then act accordingly to it. They do not understand that harsh realities will shape political actions, they think it is always the other way around.
Much of the total failure of the political class is at least partially compensated by people on the local level, who work hard to prepare for winter. In my city the central plant that provides heat for the entire city switched back from gas to coal, luckily the old coal furnaces are still operable. People who have fireplaces in their house (initially for the cozy atmosphere) stocked up on firewood and even dirty lignite briquets, because lignite is the only fuel Germany has in abundance. Some early bird still managed to change their heating systems to heat pumps this year, but orders are going through the roof and if you order now you have to wait for next year or even the year after.
Protests will come. For the last decade the political strategy was to frame every protest as a right wing position to make people uncomfortable with siding with the protests. That worked. But we never had problems on the scale we are seeing now. So I have no idea how this will work out. I do not think anyone can make a meaningful prognosis about further developments here. Germans are not a people of rioters and protesters, but Germans also have very high requirements for the quality of government work. Until now this deal worked. Germans by large lived peaceful and wealthy and therefore did not protest to much.
We will see. Winter is coming.
Larry Johnson says
thanks so much for your report. Always good to hear from someone with first hand experience.
Curt Nichols says
One of my favorite books is “The Man Who Never Missed”. It is military Sci-Fi by Steve Perry. It is about one man’s crusade to overturn a huge oppressive military Empire. (Sound familiar)? I can’t remember the exact quote, but there is a line. “The dinosaur’s brain is dead, but the body doesn’t have the message yet. So, it will lumber forward for a while. Killing and crushing more before it collapses.” And that is the US death machine. I am an Army veteran and I watch with horror the continuing rise in military suicides. A friend asked me why it was happening. And I told him, you can kill when you think you are right and sleep. When you wake up one day, and realize those dead women and children were for nothing? Sleep goes away. And one day, you just want to sleep.
Mike M says
Curt, brilliant insight into military suicides! There is real ongoing pain and regret from families that initially supported our empire through encouragement for our children, family and friends to join the military. Only to regret years later once recognizing the futility and true cost to our loved ones. Please hold them tight so you are aware when help is needed, also never forget the malevolence in leadership that got us here.
Insanity is Biden saying that there will be abundant charging stations for electric vehicles.
News broadcasts and government propaganda in the US are pure bs. The US is headed for chaos and collapse. Ukraine is headed for the same.
Give them credit.
They are going all out here and the US has the massive advantage of being far from theatre of war and relatively safe.
Those illegal immigrants will be useful conscripts for the war when boots on the ground are needed.
Young male fresh blood, jobless, need path to citizenship, sign here, go to that war zone die or live who cares.
another steve says
The Russian Ambassador, and others, is wrong to call the US an Anglo-Saxon nation. It isn’t demographically and hasn’t been for some time.
Anglo-Saxon culture had a centuries old tradition of rule of law and individual rights.
This is a thing of the past in the US also.
The only constant is change as the Buddhists say.
Keep up the great work Larry.
just saying says
“Anglo-Saxon culture had a centuries old tradition of rule of law and individual rights.”
All the native Americans, Africans, Asians, Australians, and Eastern Europeans can not take this claim seriously.
It seems that there is usually a lag of several decades between major changes in other countries and other peoples perceptions of them. White Anglo-Saxon Protestants have not been the power behind authority in the US in my lifetime. They increasingly don’t even provide the bulk of the visible employees in the institutions of authority (ex. Congress) who dance on puppet strings made of fiat money printed by those who have that ultimate power.
Those of us descended from the generation of the founding fathers are now ruled by aliens. I mean this in the old sense of the word: there are no space aliens. Our insatiable greed was our undoing. Even now, with everything falling apart, the overwhelming instinct of the political class both Republican-flavored and Democrat-flavored, is not to fix or repair but to loot everything in sight before the other looters beat them to it.
Hal Turner writes on how Georgia and Azerbaijan are being pushed to open old conflicts (South Ossietta and Armenia, Ngoro Khabarak) and create second and third front on Russia.
He says Turkey and Israel as well as West arming and pushing for those wars to start.
Georgia is having a referendum about whether to fight Russia for border territories.
Which may also explain why Russia is waiting to see how theatre for WW3 is set.
The chess player and Judo master waits for his opponent to move before moving themselves. When the board is open one does not commit it’s attack. Only when the opponent is limited in options should you go for the kill.
Second front opens on Russia.
“Wednesday morning, the country of Armenia invoked Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSO) which calls for all member countries to come to the military defense of Armenia as neighboring Azerbaijan commences military attacks against Armenia. The world now has a SECOND war front, after the ongoing Ukraine front.”
This obliges Russia to act
Very clever move from UKUS as Russia probably won’t target them directly until it’s too late.
Death by 1000 cuts.
Now for Georgia to potentially open a 3rd.
Kazakhstan a 4th.
Taiwan gives US carriers excuse to get close to conflict zone.
The USUK is trying to secure the perimeter, hem Russia in and make them stretch their troops on multiple fronts.
The only way out I can see is if China has enough leverage over Azerbaijan and Turkey and Iran step in.
To me this explains why Russia has been waiting and not going full out on SMO.
USUK is clever to light fires all-around Russia and throw into doubt the Russua- Azerbaijan – Iran trade route agreement.
I see the Brits hard at work. They do this devil work well. Probably still better than anyone else because their actors look good and cultured but they are emotionless when doing the most evil acts. And US will follow eagerly.
In your opinion, does this significantly increase the likelihood of nuclear war?
Not significantly yet but an increase yes.
Another comment from Germany. There’s a German saying: Sand in das Getriebe werfen. To throw sand into the gearbox.
As long as you have no idea about a gearbox, you will not understand what will happen to the machine. Causing a gas shortage is sand in the gearbox. Germans are still to optimistic…
I second Chris from Switzerland’s thoughts. I found this site (and several others like The Duran, Moon of Alabama, The Saker, and Andrei Martanyov) after the great Austrian blogger Robert Wenzel, who ran economicpolicyjournal.com and targetliberty.com, passed away unexpectedly in May 2021.
I agree that it will be interesting to see how U.S. support for Ukraine evolves as the economic pain worsens. The inflation we are experiencing stateside is a direct consequence of the activities of the Federal Reserve, which went into overdrive in March 2020 and dramatically increased the money supply while also lowering interest rates. Inflation is not rising prices, it is an increase in the money supply disproportionate to the increase in goods and services that are available to exchange for that money.
Over the long term, the (truly) free market will drive down prices. We never see that because the Fed’s supply of inflationary credit drives prices for goods and services, the stock market, and housing up over the long term. As a result, the middle class gets screwed, and the working poor become poorer. The rich are usually fine because they have enough margin in their budgets that inflation of goods and services is noise level for them, and they have enough sophistication to usually profit from the inflationary credit environment the Fed oversees. As I told a friend recently, for us in the middle class, it seems like we have to spend all our energy treading water to try and stay afloat financially while battling the inflationary credit current that threatens to kill our purchasing power and drag us down.
Wenzel used to track money supply growth and was able to make very good predictions based in Austrian economic theory as to what was going to happen to the capital structure (stock market and housing market) based on the Fed’s actions. This is because the stock market, for example, requires an ever-expanding money supply at increasing rates to sustain its price levels. Wenzel totally called the 2008-2009 market crash after seeing the Fed ramp money supply up in early 2008 and then rapidly take it down to a negative growth rate in the June timeframe. And the rebound in stock market levels was easy to predict when the data showed the money supply growth rebounded as Bernanke fired up the printing presses, so to speak.
Using Wenzel’s method, myself and several others (i.e., David B. at LiveBetterNow and Alan Baerlocher at Baerlocher Bearing, both on Substack) continue to track money supply growth. It has continually dropped since January and starting in July it has been NEGATIVE on an annualized basis. In fact, it has been more negative than it has ever been. This matches with what the Fed has been doing to address inflation: raising prices and reducing its purchases of Treasuries and Mortgage-backed Securities, which have the effect of growing the money supply. (Mike Shedlock over at mishtalk.com does a good job of tracking Fed asset purchases.)
Translation: there are very tough times likely ahead for the stock market, and housing will not fare well, either. Since we are at noseblood stock market levels, there is a long ways to drop even with the market off the highs we saw in late 2021/early 2022. The Monday drop is a harbinger of things to come. While the narrative seems to be that it was driven by the market’s reaction to the inflation report, the fact is that the supply of money needed to sustain stock market levels isn’t there.
Mike Shedlock makes a good case that we may not see significant job losses for two reasons: (1) there are about 1.6M more jobs available than there are unemployed looking for jobs. As the economic environment worsens, businesses will decide not to expand and these jobs will go away. (2) we are still in the middle of the Baby Boomer demographic retiring.
Aside from the more immediate economic storm that is headed this way, there is a longer-term trend of de-dollarization that concerns me, but this post is already long enough.
To all my fellow truth seekers, happy hunting!
To Larry, I appreciate you!
They will turn working class into warriors to fight Russia. What do think the whole Russians are bumbling idiots and Russia is using energy as a weapon is all about? Priming it’s citizens for war. In fact more pain their citizens experience the better because we need to take out Russia for pain to end they’ll say. This war is far from over. Just getting started in fact. It’s a fight for 500 years of western elites domination over the world. Don’t think they will go out easily if at all. USA is undefeated in wars of global domination. 4 and 0. Ask imperial Germany, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan or USSR. Russia first then China are on their hit list.
Out of the ashes of political suicide will come “right wing” politicians. In other words, politicians that will want to make things right. The elites are either ignoring or planning to suppress the political uprisings coming in the months ahead and they do so at their own suicidal peril. This is just not in Europe either, it’s coming to America. All I got to say if you are here illegally, look out and the answer is very simple.
Baerbock and Habeck have been in the cadre forge of the “young leaders” program of the “atlantic bridge organization”. They look like CIA assets to me.
Roger Morley says
Living in the UK, I have to say yes, prices have gone up. My energy costs have risen, but this is due to the fact that OFGEM increased the price cap that energy suppliers can charge customers. This was supposed to go up again in October by a significant amount, but intervention by the new PM LIz Truss, prices will be fixed for the next two years. Energy will still be expensive, but nowhere near as bad as what it was going to be.
Petrol prices (gasoline) have dropped quite a bit. I was paying £1.89 a litre, now it is £1.61 a litre.
Grocery prices have increased to, but not all of them, and the ones that have increased in price has been in line with the inflation rate.
Whether there is some lag in the grocery prices rising due to availability that we have not yet experienced, I do not know, but my experience is that things are not that bad over here. There is no shortage of anything yet, prices have gone up for food but only by 10%, Petrol has gone down and energy prices are now fixed for two years.
This all makes me feel that there maybe some level of scaremongering going on in the media, hyping up how bad it is. I am sure there are some low income families that are struggling, but it could be a whole lot worse.
Maybe there is worse to come, maybe the lag in supply and demand is yet to hit.
I just thought I would had my 10 pence worth, it used to be a penny, but that is inflation for you 😉
Larry Johnson says
Thank you. Appreciate your report from the ground.
I don’t know where you get your figures for, but I also live in the UK and things are far worse than you describe. Food inflation is way above 10% with reports of food banks being overwhelmed. Most people are on fixed energy contracts and as these expire will see their costs at least double – and that’s with the government subsidy. I know my stepdaughter, who lives in rented shared apartment, was scared stiff by her latest electricty bill. As someone involved in property development in a modest way, my costs were well over 50% more than budget BEFORE the present crisis. There is no way I’d embark on anything new. People are really worried and there’s evidence everywhere of a serious drop in all but essential spending. The knock on effects of this alone will be massive in a few months. The amount of money literally thrown away during the “scamdemic” was beyond belief – £40 billion on “Track and Trace” alone – and even without Ukraine meant that serious inflation was inevitable, even if a chosen few have been made seriously wealthy thanks to government largesse. As for Ukraine, apart from flags flying from some woke churches, who don’t see the irony of supporting real fascists while screaming “racist” against anyone opposing open borders or perverts lecturing children, I haven’t heard anyone say anything about the war.
Eric Newhill says
I get “everything is ok” and “the situation isn’t too bad, we’ve been in worse shape and we always come through” outlooks from some people I know in the US. Invariably, these are either independently wealthy or very high paid executive class/doctor/lawyer individuals. They don’t seem to understand what the median US household income is and how most families live pay check to pay check and the impact of inflation on already stretched thin resources. Even if I explain it to them, they just brush it off, like it doesn’t compute. Then they accuse me of being a dooms day downer and a victim of Russian propaganda. So self-absorbed. So not wanting to be knocked out of their blissful little worlds.
If I suggest to them that they too will will be negatively impacted, perhaps in big ways, they don’t believe it. I get further labeled as crazy. The biggest mistake some people make in a crisis, whether it’s in combat, victim of street crime, oncoming accident or some major social upheaval is that they psychologically block and are unable to accept that, yes, this terrible and serious event Really IS happening to me and happening right now.
Eric Newhill says
I’m curious – if energy is in short supply and price is capped, how do suppliers reconcile supply, demand and price? Is the government going to take over the energy suppliers? How do suppliers stay in business if their costs have gone up, but they can’t price accordingly higher? Will there be laws concerning how much energy can be consumed by citizens and businesses? Basically, how does this work given micro and macro economic forces? It’s interesting, but not at all clear to me at least.
The current Truss plan is, that the gov’t will pay the difference between the cap and a market inspired price with borrowed money. This won’t work for long.
Enoch Cade says
Saw a series of GOP-sponsored Burma Shave-like signs along a highway access road in my Deep South state. One read, “RUSSIAN OIL=UKRAINIAN BLOOD.” There’s a reason the GOP is called the “stupid party.” Thanks for all you do, Larry, like a modern Diogenes in the anti-truth murk of the failing, flailing empire.
Michael Droy says
3k dead in Kherson, 3k in Kharkov region, times both by 3 for wounded makes 24k casualities.
That is 5% of a 480k army (which is the most Ukraine has left).
5% loss of men for 5% return of Russian held territory.
We all know where this ends – fighting to the very last Ukrainian.
Eric Newhill says
There cannot be any western economic aid. The US has created too much money as it is. Excess monetary supply is a – probably *the* – major factor in the crushing inflation that we are facing. The US would put the final death touch on its economy if it tries to bail out Europe.
This is checkmate, Russia. My concern remains what it has been since day 1. Will a frustrated US/NATO resort to nuclear war? I agree with a comment above that US/NATO is now fomenting wars around Russia’s borders to draw off Russian assets. I’m sure Russia planned for that and that these wars are too small to have the intended effect. I just cannot believe that after all of the sunk costs and angst and hype that the US/NATO just quietly admits defeat and goes home to lick its sore butt and rebuild its economies *as the leadership sits today*. I can see populations being far smarter than their leaders and revolting sometime around Feb 2023 when they’re good and cold and hungry. Right wing strong men would most likely be installed with mission number 1 being a purge of the Greens and assorted others from the “let them eat cake” gang. Right wing strongmen always seem to rise to power in times of great domestic turmoil. The civil strife and destruction would be so extensive that US/NATO would be out of the empire game for a long time. Checkmate Russia + China.
Jack Anderson says
This war is not about green energy. It is all about overthrowing the existing political and economic system. It will not matter to the perps that people will go hungry, cold, and die. Look no further than all of the revolutions since the Bolsheviks came to power. This war is being run by the ‘usual suspects’ for their own benefit. Let the damn populace “eat cake” if there is any left to eat.
The US population is too ignorant to ever understand that this war is being financed on their backs and their children’s future. Their liberties are going to be lost.
The Germans are just too stupid-PERIOD!
Many commentors are asking why EU, and specifically German, politicians are sacrificing their nation’s economic wellbeing which leads to the suffering of their people. Well, it isn’t just the EU politicians, as the same is happening here in the states. To the untrained eye it may seem that suicide is the order of the day. But why is this happening? I believe the coming collapse of the West fits neatly into the WEF and UN agenda for ‘the great reset’. Why did Biden ignore Russia’s demand letter in December 2021? Biden’s handlers knew the consequences and they welcomed this war. Why? Read the tea leaves.
The countrys in the top 3 in Eu you find beer drinking germans and middle east sweden just remove the outlayers then you have us the most productive taxpaying indebth people in the world. Soo Larry wy should the controlling elit care with a starvation ? There have been sign before ukraine war, retaired people can’t efford the heating.
No the only way is to take the bull in the horn.
From Monday’s EO. Can’t remember the first source, which was actually better because there was analysis. This is the second and I have found no others. All of the alternative sources are strangely silent. https://www.technocracy.news/executive-order-biden-unleashes-transhuman-genetic-modification-firestorm-on-america/ There is room in this dictatorial order for secrecy, bioweapons, and the application thereof onto an unsuspecting populace. Recently Spain admitted to secret aerial spraying of “biocides” during covid because of covid. Lotta silence about that too. Global Research covered that one and seemingly nobody else.
What the ursurpers of power have embraced is biowarfare. This is their weapon of choice and this EO is the codifying of its use in America on Americans. How far along it is we don’t know. The EO references other aspects but it is the military one which always is developed first and assuredly they have something to use already. You won’t even know it’s happening. Ask the Spanish.
Now, with the legal system taken care of, it is wide open to use biowarfare under another name as was done with covid. There is no bigger story today and crickets. As the vaccine targeted specific areas, so will the new thing, whatever it turns out to be. In practical terms, if there is opposition in some place then you spray that place like for termites. Or spray everybody to enhance docility. The transhuman agenda is cover.
This should be headline news.
Why do you all think it’s blackmail?
Sure is simpler to just bribe ’em.
Once in a great while the truth about all these whores slips through the cracks:
Forever? They stopped caring about us long ago. Flooding our schools with illegals. Turning inner cities to war and no go zones. Did we rise up? Nope, sat and took it. Put it to you this way – when I went to college was $3 a unit now, 34 yrs later each quarter at same school costs about $9000. FBI arrests deep state opposition and tries a coup against a presidency.
Germans can freeze to death for all those elites care so long as they maintain dominion over the world.
Carlton Meyer says
The German “Battle of the Bulge” offensive in 1944 surprised the Allies and made good progress, but it was a desperate effort that was sure to fail.
Here is my take:
The Russians are massing forces to push westward to Moldova to cut off access to the sea and eventually take Odessa. They saw Ukraine massing forces in the north to retake farmland. Go ahead, it’s easier to blast forces there than in the big city of Kharkiv, which they may choose to capture one day. So they pulled the militias back behind rivers to easily defend the area allowing Ukraine to recapture 2% of its territory with nothing of value. Then they cut power to the region so their trains can’t run to resupply them.
just sayin says
Push towards Odesss won’t happen until Donbass is fully liberated.
Glen Velasquez says
Stalin would have had all those Russian generals in charge of Russia’s Kharkiv front executed by now. Russia’s Special Military Retreat was carried out with the same degree of panic, chaos, and lack of discipline that one often sees army soldiers of a Third World African nation display.
Larry Johnson says
Please provide some evidence for your statement.
It remains to be seen how much pain Europeans will be willing to bear. Remember, the anti-Russia indoctrination level has been dialed up to 11. When the war effort is presented as being against pure evil and Putin is Satan personified, people may be willing to sacrifice a great deal indeed. The near total blackout of contrary information makes understanding a different version of reality difficult. How to break through?
“There is no doubt that Washington and Europe are invested heavily in a Ukraine victory over Russia.”
Some are of the mistaken view that in 1949 “The United States of America” lost China because they could not find it, since everywhere was “The United States of America”.
Ergo some suggest they could not find it because their immersion in “paradigms” facilitated their myopia.
“Paradigms” are facilitated by certainties and often introduced into company in derivatives of “Certainly blah, blah, blah ……” in attempts to facilitate the company’s immersion in the “paradigm” through attempts to impose register – Mr. Rove’s We are an empire illusion being one example of many.
To render “Paradigms” easier to swallow they tend to be predicated on the misguided binaries of
precedent/non-precedent, non-precendent being in hope of obfuscation through continued immersion in linear logic, wherein all aspects to some degree are based on precedent in linear extrapolation, the obfuscation of such sometimes facilitated by not defing terms of reference – for example “victory” or “Ukraine”, or “Ukraine Victory”- encouraging the company to speculate and deriving their “own” definitions of “victory” or “Ukraine”, or “Ukraine Victory”, hopefully using efforts based upon “We the people hold these truths to be self-evident” which simultaneously integrates the target audience in diffuse definitions thereby undermining definition and comparison through lack of “common denominator”.
A further catalyst of this process is the tendency of the company to conflate an answer with the answer, thereby obfuscating/precluding analyses/testing other hypotheses.
Strategies tend to be functions of purposes whether these purposes are frustrated or not through implementation in specific context.
Given all of the above, an initial hypothesis of purpose can be explored through analysis including “
What are the United States of America, and how are they facilitated “ ?
Analyses of “How are they facilitated ?” over time give an indication of their reliance on precedent – including Mr. Einstein’s observation on madness – as the chosen modes of implementation.
As to precedents I would suggest that a reasonable time frame to consider would be from the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 to “The war in Ukraine” which allegedly commenced in 2014, not 1919 in a different form, which of course are undermined by design as observed by Mr. Chou en Lai.
The chosen modes of implementation throughout the period have consistently been informed by precedents of previous and current colonial practices of divide and rule to facilitate purposes.
Hence given present datastreams, I suggest it would be reasonable to test and addition hypotheses which may be the fall back, primary or among acceptable outcomes of “investments” made by Washington and Europe – aparently forgetting the “investments of “Ukraine” and others – which could include the creation of a buffer zone of unreconcilable resentment through encouraging the greatest number of “Ukrainian” killed in action at the hands of “Russian evil doers”, facilitated by the naivete of others in dulce et decorum est pro “patria” mori in some derivative.
Hence the “victory” of “Ukraine” is hoped to lie in them “suffering” the greatest casualties.
Marielle Redclaw says
It will end when those in charge feel pain from their decisions.
So, like, never.
Carlton Meyer says
Television pundits act like Europe has nothing to worry about this winter because the natgas storage facilities are almost full. These were built by Russia’s Gazprom to deal with pipeline problems due to leaks and turbine breakdowns. The pipelines should all be running during winter when demand is highest. But if a problem develops and a pipeline must be shut down for a couple weeks, gas can be released from storage to meet demand.
The storage system is limited and not designed to provide Europe with gas for several months, just a few weeks. Also note that despite sanctions and the shipping of weaponry to kill Russians in Ukraine, it was Europe that cut off its own gas supplies by refusing to pay for it. Importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) is not the solution. It costs 5-10 times more since it must be condensed by chilling it well below freezing and transporting it aboard expensive ships that keep it cold. And there is little excess LNG available on the world’s markets.
Natural gas prices are rising for Americans because prices rose as demand for LNG gas rose. The US government could limit LNG exports and cause American energy prices to plummet. There is no solution to Europe’s coming winter disaster, except to cut a deal with Russia to end the war in Ukraine.
“There is no solution to Europe’s coming winter disaster, except to cut a deal with Russia to end the war in Ukraine.”
You are mistaken, but your speculation has continuing utility.
Another German here. The traffic-lights coalition cleverly just passed another Covid measures bill which no other country in Europe has. This will make it easy to nip all protests in the bud, be they about economic devastation, lack of heating or food. If Germans are good at one thing it is at following the rules without asking about the sense of it, this hasn´t changed . So protests will be shut down quickly in the name of holy St. Corona and published opinion will approve and applaud. The rest is silence. Ukraine will get from Germany”whatever it takes”…which fortunately is not that much any more.
The Greens see their wildest dreams come true- Fuel prices nearing their famous 5 DM per litre target, industry shutting down, a desperate rush for alternative energy generation – it is a Green´s land of milk and honey amd they are almost there. That is why they are not going to stop anything. If they can sanctimoniously blame Putin – all the better. Scholz is too weak and too compromised to set a counter point.
Manuel V says
AQui cerquita en California, los verdes progresistas no quieren que se instalen plantas generadoras de electricidad con gas. pero no tienen ningun punto en contra de que se instalen en mexicali Bc a solo 3 km de la frontera con Ca. y desde ahi se suministra la electricidad. Que no entienden que la contaminacion casi todo el año fluye hacia california y que al fin de cuentas es un solo planeta. deberian de consumir menos electricidad para resolver sus problemas.
all these weatern narrative pedding , meida lies , shaping the narrative , information ops , control of information flow , using veterans in soc med to lie openly…
what the purpose ? i find it is useless in the battlefield.
is all these lies and propaganda purpose to deceive the west own population ? i dont know any benefit of these constans lies and propaganda from the west other than to mollify the weatern sheeps.
the non western nations know the reality and they take notes on how the west gang up on russia even a tthe expense of their own economy. Especially iran and china will underatand it is useless to turn EU from US orbit as EU is nothing but vassal nations..
“what the purpose ? ”
Mostly tradition and testing the plausibility of “plausible beliefs”.
just saying says
It influences the morale of the population. High morale makes soldiers charge into their death. It also makes others willing to
suffer for “the greater good”. Low morale in the EU may cause massive protests and who knows what else.
This should be headline news.
This is a voice from Russia from a person who lived thru the breakup of the USSR.
The current situation in the West is very different from the one we faced back there in the eighties. However, there is a very eerie feeling of similarity.
The whole thing is internally (not externally) quite similar to the way USSR went before it broke up. This is very hard to put in words, that strange feeling of a paradigmatic collapse that has already happened on a mental/ ideological level but will take many years to fully materialize in economy.
The West is going the USSR way and will collapse within 10 years though the time frames are always tricky. Similarly to the USSR, very few people will see it coming because it is difficult to see the system’s demise from within the system. The current EU government are puppets led by a corrupt, self-serving woman. What kind of leadership is that? I do not understand the level of double-thinking that allows to keep a men with a quickly progressing dementia as a statesperson in the USSR . This is deeply symbolic of the level US statemanship is detached from reality.
Western elites seem to be deeply entrenched in a mindset of financial magic in the midst of an unsustainable financial system. They are detached from cold, hard economic reality of non-financial stocks and flows. The system’s resilience is finite. I hope to live to the day when this crisis is analyzed and described in history textbooks and sure it will because it has only started.
“The West is going the USSR way”
Detente during the 1970’s was based upon misguided notions of convergence interpreted from not fully similar datastreams by various people including Mr. Cohen and Mr. Mearsheimer, which some interpreted differently.
From inception both “The Soviet Union” and “The United States of America” were based on coercion in different forms and to facilitate mutual sustainabiliy deemed one another to be the “other” posing an “existential threat”.
Within such contexts, from at least 1969 onwards, some in “The Soviet Union” and elsewhere understood that “The Soviet Union” was not sustainable for various reasons, and that was an outcome to be welcomed if certain types of blowback could be minimised given blowback can never be avoided, since “The United States of America” would seek advantage from these opportunities, thereby facilitating the unsustainability of “The United States of America” over time through their efforts to continue their sustainability.
Such interactions would afford lateral opportunities of transcending social relations based upon coercion by social relations based on co-operation, not restricted to the former “Soviet Union” and “The United States of America”.
The “wars” – wars not being restricted to things that go bang – presently ongoing throughout the world, which are attempted to be limited/misrepresented as “The war in Ukraine”, are moments in these lateral processes.
In certain respects “The Soviet Union” and “The United States of America” were approximate analogues since 1922 with different velocities and trajectories of half-lives.
The Russian Federation was never fully an analogue of “The Soviet Union”, although some aspects of “The Soviet Union” still have diminishing half-lives within The Russian Federation, which to underpin their sustainability some interpret as evidence of the continuing existence of “The Soviet Union”, “governments” in the former near abroad – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland – being particularly prone to this practice partly in obfuscation that components which coalesced into components of The Russian Federation “lubricated” their independence.
Attempts at obfuscation of this “lubrication” can be found in – The Lithuanian Conspiracy and the Soviet Collapse author Galina Sapozhnikova, Published by Clarity Press in 2018, ISBN 978-0-9986947-2-6 and elsewhere – the author and the book being “sanctioned” by the “Lithuanian authorities”.
Gabe Swan says
I wish people would stop acting so pleased with the destruction of Europe. It’s a result of constant interference by US interests in especially German politics in order to sabotage the ties between Russia and Germany. Nord Stream 2s completion is one very important reason this conflict in Ukraine was engineered to happen now. Journalist Thomas Roper points out that Germany’s political elite all have to pass through NATO NGOs to even make it in the door to political power. The German Green Party is funded by the American/CIA National Endowment for Democracy and has been warped and coopted for years by these interests. The European politicians serve American interests not European ones, and when I say American interests, I mean American financialists and the military industrial complex, American Imperialism – which has little to do with the will or safety of American people.