If any of my readers can do graphics I have a request — can you create a graphic of an elderly Big Bad Wolf wearing Uncle Sam’s threads? I am a firm believer that a picture is worth a thousand words.
The most recent display of Uncle Sam flexing military muscle by shooting down an unarmed Chinese balloon is an apt metaphor for the actual weakness of the U.S. military. Although America spends almost twice as much on national defense than China, Russia, the U.K., France and Germany combined, the actual military punch of the U.S. armed forces is quite limited. Those limitations will be exposed in full if the United States dares to engage China or Russia in a shooting war. Let me explain.
First, the United States no longer has the industrial base to fight a war against China or Russia. Colonel Vershinin made this point in his RUSI article last year:
The war in Ukraine has proven that the age of industrial warfare is still here. The massive consumption of equipment, vehicles and ammunition requires a large-scale industrial base for resupply – quantity still has a quality of its own.
Not only is the age of industrial warfare still intact, the war in Ukraine has exposed the limitations of the U.S. to produce tanks, combat aircraft, artillery, artillery shells, rockets, armored vehicles and ammunition in the quantities required to keep the U.S. military intact as a viable fighting force if it was fighting a savage conflict like the one underway on Ukraine’s steppes. Making matters worse, America no longer has the trained military personnel required to adequately staff and reinforce a fighting Army. All branches of the U.S. military are failing to meet their recruitment goals and there is no sign this trend will reverse.
Second, the United States’ ability to project force has been weakened dramatically by Russian and Chinese advances in hyper-sonic missiles and superb air defense systems. The Chinese, for example, have a DF-17 missile that can destroy a U.S. air craft carrier that is 1000 miles off the Chinese coast and the U.S. currently has no anti-missile system capable of destroying it in flight.
Third, the United States no longer has the ability to mobilize rapidly and deploy its military ground forces to a conflict zone controlled by Russia or China. The movement of U.S. troops, armor and vehicles to Saudi Arabia took several months starting in 2002. America enjoyed the luxury of having a friendly countries — Saudi Arabia and Qatar — willing to serve as a launch pad and logistics base without having to worry about Iraq launching air strikes or missiles to attack the arriving forces and materiel. Neither Russia nor China are going to be passive observers, do nothing to thwart a build up of U.S. forces on their borders. Both have the intelligence collection capabilities and long range missiles required to attack concentrations of U.S. forces.
Lacking a Star Trek magical personnel transporter, the United States must rely on air lift and sea going vessels to transport troops and equipment to the jumping off point. Both transport systems are aging, limited in quantity and highly vulnerable to attack by Russian or Chinese combat aircraft, missiles and submarines.
I am not suggesting that the U.S. has no ability to inflict horrific casualties on the Russians or Chinese forces. We do. But Russia and China each have robust capabilities to do the same to American forces and transport. In short, the United States no longer has a superior expeditionary force capability that can overwhelm a peer like Russia or China.
In short, the United States is in the same position as the Big Bad Wolf chasing the Three Little Pigs. We are good at taking out straw and wooden houses. But Russia and China respectively occupy the equivalent of a brick house. It did not turn out well for the Wolf and, if America chooses war over diplomacy, it will discover that all the huffing and puffing in our arsenal (short of using nukes) will be for naught.
Speaking of Brick House, I can’t resist:
Joe Dollin says
One only has to look at our culture and know that FUBAR. That’s all that needs to be said!
The primary problem is that the US has come to believe its own marketing hype. That advanced technology can make up for fundamental deficits in resources. The notion of “added values” that you see in everything from smartphones to cars to Windows 11 is that you just add enough techy bling to something it will magically solve all problems. So you get the F35, which will be obsolete before it is ever truly combat ready and costs billions. You get Abrams, big, heavy, too complex to endure real combat situations, expensive, and designed for WWII type tank to tank warfare. Carriers, huge floating targets, again designed for WWII. The Japanese lost the Pacific War because they were fighting the previous one — prioritizing battleships. Now, the US is losing this war. But the Media panders nonsense non-stop. As I write here:
Chicago Bob says
I agree. We are only capable of making things more complex, not more functional or long lasting. Be it cars, software, or microwave ovens. Up until recently, I was using a 20 year old version of Microsoft Word. It more than suited my simple word processing needs, but it had to go because the new complex Microsoft operating system didn’t like it. Now I find it difficult to do simple things with Word as it is too damn complicated. Nothing wrong with complex, if your a gadget freak and love it, but what about us who don’t like it and have to pay for it? Can you even buy a decent car anymore with crank up windows? My over the range microwave has WIFI connectivity. Who needs this? Maybe I am just a simple old fart, but I remember when things were simpler, easier to use, and reliable.
Industrial warfare is not about either complexity or long-lasting.
Explosives – whether bombs, artillery shells, bullet propellant or missiles – is nothing more than converted energy.
The US explosives industry used 198 bcm of natural gas in 1971, hundreds of thousands of tons of coal, hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and hundreds of gigawatt-hours of electricity to produce the above.
To do the same today would require a significant decrease in overall population standard of living and would probably require (or trigger) some type of referendum.
This dynamic is why the US had to go off the gold standard in 1971: LBJ tried to conduct an industrial war in Vietnam without a referendum by federally spending enough subsidies on the domestic economy so as to offset the costs of the Vietnam war.
It didn’t work.
The US is in a far weaker economic position today.
U.N. OUT OF USA, USA OUT OF U.N. says
“Who needs this? Maybe I am just a simple old fart, but I remember when things were simpler, easier to use, and reliable.” And therefore much less expensive too!
Thank you for being one of us normal people who lived in and still wants a functional world with things that don’t need to be overly complicated.
The Abrams is a perfectly fine tank…for the 1980s. It was designed to give a Fulda Gap defense the ability to inflict severe damage on an attacking Soviet army. It is great for that job…
The Japanese had as many carriers at the start of WW2 as the US did. The real reason the Japanese lost is resources – Japan was/is smaller in population, per capita GDP, overall GDP and is extremely commodity poor vs. the US.
This manifested in the Zero: a moderate sized engine on a very light plane. Once the US fielded even bigger engines on armored planes, the number of carriers no longer mattered. Look up the horsepower differences between later stage US warplanes like the F4U or the Thunderbolt vs. the Zero – it is literally 2x. This manifested in weight differences of 30% or more but still superior performance.
The only accurate thing you wrote is that the F35 is overpriced junk.
Spot on. One interesting question to pose to the “leadership” is as follows:
What happens when the next eight or ten balloons head our way?
And if they are at 90KFT and not 60KFT, what does the engagement look like?
Biff McLaurine says
It’s gratifying knowing how much I’ve learned reading Larry’s blog the past year. This article is what I’ve been telling my buddies and no one believes me. Most don’t want a war but most think we would win easily if we fought one. God help us if we choose to fight.
Peter Z says
Larry, did any of your ancestors serve in the Continental Line units during the Revolutionary War?
Larry Johnson says
They were all militia. None in the Continental Line.
Alex Thrace says
The problem is that we all know it. The Russians and Chinese all know it. The only ones who do not get it are the ones that the decisions regarding it! Biden, McConnell, Graham, Nuland….are the ones that make or influence the decisions!
How do we let these lunatics wield such power?
Never forget. These people, as dastardly as they are, are firmly controlled by their financial masters. Those should be the real targets of our efforts against national suicide in the West.
Lou Brooks says
Yes, I agree with that. Biden, Nuland, Kerry, Bush, Bush, Cheney, Obama and more are just the puppets of the true power brokers that are behind the scene. The problem is the power brokers have yet to realise the world has changed and countries like India, China, Saudi Arabia and some South American countries are no long on the same game plan as they are. At best, these power brokers have accepted that they will only control a part of the world with their money system. Maybe so…but not for long. As more countries realize there is a “better way” and a more peaceful way they will jump onboard with China, Russia,….well BRICS++++. Getting there though, will be brutal.
For me, the bigger question is why are men so inclined to fight wars instead of negotiating compromise solutions (give and take)? The enormous amount of energy and resources expended could otherwise be used to serve the needs of multitudes that languish in poverty and hunger. It makes no sense.
American wars from WW2 onwards have been wars of choice either for demonstrations of resolve or for shaping foreign nation economies. The cost of these wars is paid for by all US tax payers, the financial benefits are by and large limited to the usual crowd of billionaires. Like stealing the lead off the church roof but on a little bit bigger scale.
The rulers in the US (and elsewhere in the West) have been following a business model.
They are closely and openly associated with a class of people who own the big businesses (corporations).
For them, war is a hugely lucrative business.
So, war is socialism in action. Paid for by all, but benefitting only a few. Just like the Global Financial Collapse.
I wonder if the Congresscowards who do the bidding of the few will now, having condemned socialism in all its forms and firms, de-fund the military industrial media complex.
Like Joe Dollin says above, FUBAR.
Barry Sheridan says
Not just men. Females who attain power are no better in seeking peaceful solutions. Victoria Nuland is an influential voice in this conflict, while Madelaine Albright’s attitudes to the Iraqi casualties was monstrous. There are plenty of other examples like this.
Yep, just take a look at this “Sigmund Freud” in a skirt, a neocon wannabe: https://youtu.be/qEu0oRajJxE. According to her, all Putin’s acts can be explained by his inferiority complex and machismo, not him being a true a statesman doing all he can to protect his country and make his people prosperous.
Lou Brooks says
Yep …. I have heard a number of women say how much more peaceful the world would be if woman ran it. I call bullshit on that for sure. Woman in power are no different than a mother in her home…it is her rules or else. No questioning, no negotiating, no saying no. I have found that in personal and business relationships, women are as ruthless and uncaring as men are.
I used to believe that the survival of life on the planet — avoiding nuclear holocaust — would require the type of leadership mindset that only women could provide.
Jesus was I wrong! The world dodged a bullet in 2016 with Trump derailing the coronation of Hillary Clinton, the Queen of Chaos. Then to watch Nuland and Applebaum and von der Leyen and Baerbock? They all lack not only intelligence but lack anything and everything good that only women can bring.
It’s as if the Harpies have all flown Hell and are about in the World.
Worse, men can hate each other and still “get the job done”, but not the girls…nope.
Wizard Glick says
It’s all about power…..
Simple answer, humans are omnivores.
Less simple answer – overshoot – I suggest the fall of civilizations podcast.
Answer relevant to the current world situation is the logic of empire.
Because early in an empire, wars work and work very well. Look at Rome. Or the Brits. And the flow of wealth that empire engenders allows the non-aristocracy to be bought off with bread and circuses. Growth lifts all ships, albeit the big ones faster.
Late in an empire, wars (typically a series of micro-wars to restore the glory) do not work economically as the tide has stopped rising. An old empire either redistributes from the aristocracy to the public to pay for the bread and circuses or cuts the bread and funds internal security. Then, the public sees a disconnect between wars they fight and the benefit (of which they get none).
Most empires’ oligarchs prefer internal security and a plan to relocate with their wealth before the pitchforks get close (to the heads of the politicos).
According to the belief system of those wielding power, there is even more authority to be gained from divisiveness, even more money to be made from endless war and misery than from the most moral forms of cooperation, mutual benefit and the greater economic good.
When viewed from such a perspective of all-encompassing evil, it all begins to make sense anew. So much so, in fact, that the inner circle of such evil play off one side against the other by purporting to do good deeds while simultaneously conjuring demons: These expert few are then venerated by the dumbed-down masses as “the philanthropists”.
The perps pushing this conflict are aware that the one means of a probable win is to go nuclear, I am sure of that. It ticks their crazy boxes for Global south containment, eradicating large swaths of population for the green agenda and guaranteed hegemony or else annihilation since the very thought of “sharing” is anathema, better to die than comply.
US would not “win” a nuclear exchange, Russia has more bang, by both air and sea, at its disposal than the US and an effective anti ICBM system in place. The US, in my opinion, has a short window of opportunity to save itself and possibly the Dollar by negotiation, unfortunately your powers that be seem disinclined to do so.
Those who the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad!
The hubris and consequent stupidity of your Deep state is astonishing.
Lou Brooks says
Murray…the Deep State is not just the U.S., its roots are European and involve many Euro countries, Australia, New Zealand and of course England. It is a bit of a stretch to consider England to be European at the moment. What with BREXIT and all.
I suspect it is too late to save the U.S. dollar. The DS loves to sanction countries over that same U.S. dollar and as we see, those sanctions have pushed the U.S. dollar and its supporting countries into ruination.
The U.S. dollar is toast. It and its countries that support it can no longer be trusted to not steal the money or property of those that have FOREX in U.S. dollar or properties. It is only a question of how long will it take for the U.S. dollar to collapse around the 30+ trillion U.S. dollars of debt behind it.
k. talaat says
We know that European satanist miscalculated their Reset and Russia’s strength. What if their plan is to gain time to rebuild arsenals for a conventional war, while keeping the demand for revenge by causing a modern blood liable between Russia and Europe that would disqualify any peace deal in the near future and seal the fate of an impeding WW3 at a later date. What if they pull a move similar to the British Expeditionary Force to defend France from Germany? What if they fill a stadium with a joint European Expeditionary Force to be sent into the Ukraine, never to liberate Ukraine but to spill European blood at Russian hands. A sacrificial force to get a WW3 set in concrete at a later date. The satanists love human sacrifice.
At some point, for people, living in a given country becomes a question of calculus – what am I asked to contribute (taxes, costs of living, how much are the middlemen taking etc.) vs what am I getting back? Usually the country starts to have real problems when people are taxed/everything costs a lot/everyone is dipping into their pockets but despite contributing more and more, they get less and less. Where do you think we are in America?
Military tech was always a pre-cursor to civilian tech. The government used to spend tax payer monies on things like Arpanet and voila – we got (all of us!) the Internet. In this respect, the tax money was spent well. 20+ years ago it was everyone’s dream to work for NASA. Not because we would all fly to the Moon but because NASA did so much cool stuff and tons of what they did ended up in civilian tech, from suits to pillows to insulation for airplanes to… Now NASA has to pay the Ruskies to get flown to the international space station and nobody wants to work there.
Who is leading the world now in military innovation? Who is showing off scary stuff like the “Terminator tank” or the robots that are going to the front line? Seen a video of the “Terminator” lately? You should be in awe. Who is field testing hypersonic Zircons and firing Kinzhals that do not even trigger an air-raid alert (too fast)? Who has advanced air defense systems that layer and layer and layer? Who can deploy 300,000+ troops under the watchful eye of dozens of satellites and information gathering planes flying 24/7 and still keep the rest of the world guessing as to where/when an offensive will take place? Meanwhile, we cannot even obfuscate a balloon story or our sad response to it.
Here is the thing. Under the guise of “improving your daily comforts”, we in the west have become masters of making disposable, useless shit designed to strip whatever is left of the sad and depressed middle class of whatever few dollars they have left in their bank accounts (or worse yet, send them more into debt).
This is NOT innovation. Innovation is making new stuff that matters and changes the playing field. We USED to do that, now someone else is doing it.
At this point we don’t have the people who are even qualified to innovate. Why? The education “system” turned from teaching people the basics of their professions to becoming another woke wealth extraction machine to fill private coffers and offer a worthless piece of paper in return. Harvard has a 30+ billion $$$ foundation for crying out loud. Not only that but in the race to make even more money (foreign students pay much more tuition, did you know?) – we filled up the graduate and undergraduate schools with foreign students and in the process they got exposed to all the advanced knowledge we have. I always wonder how many of them work on advanced research but regularly “phone home” with what they are learning. So, making money (education system lobbyists) vs long term national interests. Hmmm.
This, incidentally, is why you have journalists who can’t do any research anymore and just write what they are told.
Underlying all this is systemic corruption. A lot of people innately sense that this is a sinking ship and they “play the game” of looking out for themselves by trying to accumulate as much money/assets as possible – as soon as they get one job, they have an eye on the next job. This works from corporate to politics to government to whatever jobs – you name it, it happens. No more loyalty, no more feeling of belonging to / working for the greater good. It is one giant graft and everyone is doing it with the knowledge that it will all eventually end.
What do you call this? A stage of collapse. We are in it and if I had to put a number on it – stage 1 to stage 5 being the scale, I would say we are between 3 and 4.
I have said it before but people with possibilities are already moving somewhere else or looking actively into it.
I think the logic goes like this: “If you are going to tax me and give me jack shit in return and force me to watch my tax monies going to some proxy war in some faraway place without my say so or giving a flying f*ck about my hard earned money or needs, I might as well go to some place where I get nothing in return but nobody is taxing me either. Better yet, if the place is small enough or insignificant enough, whatever they are collecting in taxes is probably not being sent to destroy some other country at the same time, so there is that too.”.
*applauding* in the peanut gallery here …
And I agree with your scale placement – between 3 and 4
Agreed ODDO. I lived in a “developing” country for nearly a decade. A country with enormous privately held wealth, but fuck all public (socialised) money.
Health and education are basic, public infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired too. However…the citizens pay bugger all income tax.
Whereas my home country taxes are always increasing, new taxes are always enacted, and public services are degraded or disappear. With sales taxes (on almost everything) and income taxes combined the average person loses 50% of their income.
I will move back there again one day as I’d rather get nothing in the way of social services and pay little to no income tax, than pay massive tax and get next to nothing in ‘return’.
Property taxes – you forgot to mention the difference in property taxes.
In the US, I was paying close to 20 grand annual property taxes for a modest ranch house in a middle middle class area 50 miles north of NYC. Now, I pay a 350 bucks annually for a substantial home in a charming small town.
Where is this lovely place (as best you care to indicate), asking for a friend…
A Boyles says
I agree with you. Canada is a perfect example of this. Taxed to death, run by an idiot leader and a cabinet of unqualified politically correct gender correct morons, running a country that fewer and fewer people trust and has a miserable climate. We are mercilessly taxed in Canada and our health care system is a f>£King disaster, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Wait times for surgeries are 7 -10 years for serious eye problems, 5-7 years for hip or knee, and it’s getting worse. We spend no money on the military yet still waste huge amounts on special interest groups. We have the largest proven resources of fossil fuels and an idiot suicidal government trying to stop using them and make life impossible to afford for many. The West is a corrupt disaster zone.
martin mkultra7 says
There are none so blind as those who will not see.You Oddo are not of that ilk.
Time to vote with our feet, our forefathers did; we can too. Better a couple of years too early than 1 day too late.
It takes a few years of transition to make the change, but it’s definitely worth it.
Chicago Bob says
You nailed it. I recently bought a 1970’s combination thermometer and hygrometer. Both functions operate with coil springs. No batteries or IC’s but it still works 50 years later. See how long your digital model lasts and be sure to have plenty of batteries during its short lifetime.
Odds perfect account of US falling apart!
Oddo spell check gggrrrr
k. talaat says
What you ate describing is the extraction of nations’ resources. That’s why they call us Human Resources.
Here is how it works, a cabal of bankers comes to the leaders of a nation and offer to stabilize the economy. In other words, you give us the proceeds from your nations work product and we loan it back to you for a percentage and that percentage is guaranteed with the labor of your people. We buy up all of one sector in your economy and we “Pump” it while we “Dump” the ownership of the second sector of your economy. We sell high and we buy low. Then we take control of the F.I.R.E. sectors, Finance, Insurance (health and property), Real Estate, we take over all private property ownership and we squeeze those who can’t pay out on the street, does it sound familiar?
If we claw back all the theft of the banking cabal,, then again, continue to allow them to loan back to us our savings, they will take it all back. Usury, is the cancer, usury alone.
Old Toad says
Uncle Sam has morphed into an unrecognizable figure. Senile, Pedo-globalist, MIC, influence peddling whore, ruled by the fallen one embracing the culture of death.
Try putting that in a picture.
All I can picture is the children of the Donbas, shattered.
Bark At The Moon says
Just read that China has purchased and amassed a record amount of gold in the past 100 days and will be starting an exchange with Russia backed by gold.
Is that the reason for the clowny balloon theater?
Tip of the hat to all memelords and web pages having a blast with this loony balloon mania.
It only gets worse in the woke and feckless Brandon Circus as external enemies will be pouncing.
Donald Craig says
I must give myself a pat on the back. Yesterday`s heroic balloon destruction had me saying that China & Russia were not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.
‘Project Socrates’ established under Regan highlighted the failure of ‘financial planning’ and value in controlling and manipulating technology strategically and tactically to ensure a healthy industrial base.
Curious that there was a big earthquake in Turkey this morning given the US and other Western embassies were advising their citizens last week to leave Turkey for safety reasons.
This on the Canadian Government website:
“Exercise a high degree of caution in Türkiye due to the threat of terrorist attacks and the possibility of demonstrations throughout the country.”
Pure coincidence or was there some engineered tectonic disturbance? Is it even possible?
Turkey certainly has been very disobedient and insolent lately towards Empire.
A short-careered geologist says
Pure coincidence or was there some engineered tectonic disturbance? Is it even possible?
No, it’s not possible, short of well-placed nukes buried in an overstressed fault-line, itself improbable to the nth degree.
It’s reality. Get ready.
Social tension as precursor of large damaging earthquake: legend or reality?
Institute of the Physics of the Earth, Russian Acad. of Sci.
Old Microbiologist says
Looks pretty real to me. Turkey today.
Is HAARP switched on? https://ds.iris.edu/seismon/eventlist/index.phtml?region=Central_Asia&lon=36.48&lat=37.96
I think a hyena would be a more apt description. Ideally in the image of Obama who is responsible for the current state of our military.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Real hyenas are extremely intelligent and brave animals who are apex predators and not afraid to take on lions, so, no.
Rusty Shackleford says
These things happen when internal quislings want to burn it all down by any means necessary.
Then the lumpen masses will demand the “peaceful” dictatorship of the proletariat.
There is no grand war winning strategy or plan for logistics because victory isn’t an option.
New Jersey Housewife says
US as the big bag wolf?
Jeez, I dunno. I was at the Nail Boutique today listening to CNN and I came away with the distinct impression that Russia was the big bag wolf and that Zelensky guy was poor little Goldilocks.
Having some serious cognitive dissonant (had to look it up) creepies over this. Can someone help please?
another steve says
The Bugs Bunny Show’s Big Bad Wolf takes some beating; a cool, beret wearing jazz trumpeter.
You couldn’t say the US is elderly so much as corrupted and sick. The last 7 years has seen a severe turn for the worse, especially the last two.
Get well soon,
from Down Under.
here you go for the wolf Larry, I made Midjourney generate a few versions 🙂
Larry Johnson says
Thanks. Posted and updated.
Lou Brooks says
Damn….that is nice work! I played with computer generated graphic arts years ago and loved it but was never able to create anything as nice as what you have done.
Midjourney is amazing! You can drop one of your subscriptions to a woke streaming service to pay for it and still have some left over. Well worth it IMO.
This is one of my favorites. “American Patriot Pack (2047 Washington Collection)”: https://twitter.com/qiovan/status/1575543632064819200
Environmental modification warfare was. the focal point of a treaty enacted by the U.S. and U.S.S.R. In 1977.
The HAARP system, reportedly taken offline had the capabilities you reference, according to report.
Seismic warfare was one of the major points of discussion in the treaty referenced above.
Richard Hansen says
NATO is behaving pathetically, they need an enemy to justify their purpose to exist, so they transformed Russia over the past 30 years back into an enemy when 25 years ago Russia was pretty much treated like a fledgling/emerging member of the west. It is funny seeing the EU and the US having troubles scrounging up a handful of totally dissimilar tanks to send to the front, along with a more expensive logistics/support chain to keep those few tanks going. Its also satisfying to think of when Trump was telling NATO they were delinquent and how they giggled at him. Well now their delinquency is proven as NATO finds itself sitting on a “just in time” “just enough” military industry that has no hope of catching up to Russian factories by the time this is all done. NATO, EU and US made their beds now they have to sleep in them.
Paul Greenwood says
The West was saddened when Communism collapsed in USSR because it was what defined Republicans and Conservatives and Christian Democrats in the West.
They had nothing else.
Lou Brooks says
Looks like some bias is showing there, Paul. Communism defined the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and even the Communist party in the U.S. Little did I understand that every time in grade school we had to practice getting under our desks in the event of an atomic (yes atomic) blast, that there were combined powers of the world pushing that communism in order to fight that communism…and make a few bucks at the same time.
Your bias is misplaced, the corruption was at all levels and from multiple countries.
One needs competence in production planning and demand forecasting to have a ‘just in time’ ‘just enough’ supply chain. Wanna see how its done, look at Ford, GM, Toyota, etc.
I think UK/EU/NATO/US/Pentagram skills in this area are optimised for a ‘never in time’ ‘not enough’ supply chain.
Oh, and let’s not forget over-priced, over budget, over engineered, over complex, fully buzzword compliant, produced by workers educated in unequal measure to know how evil is their privilege or what kind of victim they are. Ah, how to produce a happy contented workforce.
Jim Norman says
Someone here put a link to a Russian video and from there I linked to this video of a beautiful young Russian singer. Compare her wholesomeness with the degenerate Hollywood type singers!
You should listen to Alyona Yarushina, she’s russian but she lives in the usa, very good and versatile voice…
Paul Greenwood says
So let’s look at USA. A country originally colonised on the East Coast by Dutch and English Nonconformists/Dissenters from the Established Church who set up an agrarian community.
Today the only semblance of this is the Amish population in PA.
Otherwise the USA has become a Strip Mall populated by the outpourings of every continent bound together by pursuit of money. There is in all likelihood not one Protestant on the Supreme Court and Biden is at least the second Roman Catholic President.
The tech companies are often headed by Indians – which becomes a problem when you think of their roots in “Free Speech” and “Individual Conscience” and John Locke and J S Mill………ie non-existent.
The Hollywood/Burbank Fun Factory creating fictional realities for American Super Heroes to Marvel at their own reflections in Seal Team 6 or Jack Ryan.
USA is the Tower of Babel and it is so unstable domestically it seeks conflict abroad to hold itself together
William WRIGLEY says
I live in the UK and I am probably not well qualified to speak of the state of the US military except to say it is a massive and powerful organisation that has tentacles all over the world. That is not to say it is a good thing, nor an efficient and effective force. No doubt it could be hugely improved, but that would worry me given the awful history of US foreign policy. War seems to follow the US wherever it goes.
My concern is more with the lack of reasonable and reasoning political leadership in the USA.
There needs to be less concern with extending American power abroad and more concern with domestic economics and culture. Poverty, racism and mass shootings is not a good look and a rich country like the US should be actively working to reduce these and other social ills. America may well be great but so are many other countries that dont want or need American “help”. Leave them alone. Concentrate on your own people, many of whom are honest and hard working but poor, hungry and homeless.
There is apparently little internal discussion about policies that would strengthen America at home nowadays. I suggest a policy of state intervention to develop transport, health, the environment etc.. The role of government is surely to control and regulate the rich and powerful on behalf of the whole populace.
It ain’t going to happen though because there are too many US politicians, business men and senior administrators have their noses in the trough as they worship the god of Mammon. Money has taken over.
You need to take back control of your government and economy. I dont know how, but that is for you Americans to decide, not me. I wish you well in this endeavor.
Paul Greenwood says
When you spent your time on a US base and see the bizarre assortment of people – some so grossly overweight as to be obscene…….and the notion that there is an effective combat force competent to endure what the Ukrainian forces have endured for the past year – is simply incredible.
Admittedly I speak of US bases in Germany – no doubt they are all in splendid shape in Fort Bragg
For sure the American military planners i.e. those actually working in the military field understand very well there’s not much they can do against major adversaries like China – Russia. I would also add Iran to the list. The other major issue besides corruption with the neocon-run US/NATO military is a lack of morality /spirits. The vast majority of the world population is no longer pursuing the American Dream like they did before following the last two world wars. In fact today they are getting truly sick and tired of the Hollywood special effects. Nor is the current Homo-Globo, gay/lesbian democracy, own nothing but be happy BS narrative being advertised by the petrodollar system in the West going to help the bulk of ordinary citizens from US-EU- Canada-Australia-NZ… to structure a coherent ground military force for such a scenarios. The best the Neocons can do is hire a small percentage of confused population like they now do in Ukraine and send them to the battle field as cannon fodders. On the other hand Russia and her allies are able to form a true moral force, separately or also joined together when needed.
Most of the money being siphoned off in a “parallel system of finance” by the United States of Lockheed Martin is likely going into constructing deep underground concrete reinforced caverns and tunnels where ongoing industrial scale stockpiling is going on.
The United States military wasn’t designed to fight industrial warfare after 1945 on the scale we see Russia fighting this war in Ukraine. Its mission has been sort of like raiding parties to steal resources like all the tin excavated out of Vietnam glamorized by Hollywood to put “warriors” and “operators” on the hero circuit for movies and television. More recently opium out of Afghanistan. Oil out of Syria. Drugs out of the Golden Triangle. Gold out of Yamashita’s Gold.
All the loot being pillaged out of the financial system is not going to be used to build hypersonic weapons. It is going to be used to bore underground bases and facilities. All the while people are looking up at “Chinese spy balloons,” UFOs and aliens, we should be looking down deep under our feet. What the hell is going on down there and why?
If something is inbound and it has “Earth” stenciled on the leading edge the biggest benefit for US war contractors would be to sell weapons for Ukraine then take that laundered money underground to expand current facilities and infrastructure.
If my supposition is correct and I have every reason to think it is, it would mean the US doesn’t need a military and the SES and CoG are taking resources underground. Whoever remains on the surface whatever the elite are planning to avoid by going underground, are going to get creamed on the surface.
Instead of my words, I would rather „promote” a blog that you might find interesting.
The official stance of my country (Romania) is known but there are voices here that are arguing …
The site is in Romanian but Google translate works fine (right click on page => translate into English):
The site is not pro-russian, I would rather call it pro-rational.
*Ion Cristoiu is not some obscure journalist.
**On the blog there are articles wrote by Adrian Severin. You may find those interesting too.
Lou Brooks says
Thanks! Looks interesting and will give him a read.
Uncle Sam is transitioning to Auntie Samantha, a witch who poisons with toxins via aerosols & contaminated pharma products designed in bio labs in Ukraine , Georgia and other NATO funded places. Uncle Samantha starting with Obummer regime planned for a winnable WW3 with only human losses not collateral property damage. China with SARS 1 , Swine Flu, Bird Flu and Sars 2 has been primary target of these earliest used NATO bio weapons and could face worse than covid from USA before 2025.
The total lack of an integrated air defense like Russia has evidences to me that no NATO country except Turkey with its S400 systems ever anticipated significant incoming waves of guided missiles not even relatively slow Cruise varieties like Syria received and mostly shot down from Trump . The Armenia -Azerbajan conflict has shown that future low budget mass drone attacks require networks of Pantsair and TOR type systems to stop them of which NATO again has nothing. Easy RF shoot downs of Turkish drones used in the SMO but NATO failures to shoot down the licensed copies of Iranian drones hitting Ukranian assets should worry Israel if they ever provoke Iran enough to launch a swarm.
Now that USA has shot down the Chinese balloon creating precedent China can shoot down anything USA puts up high above China
Yeah, it is getting close to time when the US cry’s “wolf” and nobody listens. It is like that balloon, just a bunch of hot air from a media circus no one listens to any more.
k. talaat says
Could you mean cry “Democracy” and no one listens?
“Democracy®” package don’t sell lot of this days , so 90’s … you might wanna try our new “Freedom®” offer ? Delivered with a pack of 6 GBU38 :).
k. talaat says
Works for me!
Yesterday I read in VK.com the sad words of a Russian from Rostov.
After Western fascism sent its Nazi killers to Donbass in 2014 and started murdering Russians, his mother, himself and friends brought relief supplies to the people there. They very often went to villages and towns that were still being fought over. They often handed over much needed supplies to the residents during artillery shelling. Although his mother was seriously ill, she went along every time. Although everyone told her to take it easy at home. Now she was dying of terminal cancer. These are the superheroes in real life. But their names remain unknown a million times over.
In literature and the film industry, it is always US superheroes who save humanity. In my car radio in Germany you only hear the English language. Please do not misunderstand, I am not an enemy of the us people. But I wish that all US military in the world would go home and rebuild their country instead of causing suffering and destruction. But before that they would have to free their spirit and mind.
There is a solution for your radio channel
Lou Brooks says
Heikom … believe me, many of us in the U.S. wish our military would come home too. We are just as tired of these endless, senseless wars and conflicts as anyone else. This Russian woman who is dying, she is a true hero, a good soul and there is a God that has a place for her in His heart.
Old Microbiologist says
Part of the serious existential problem for the US is they believe in their own propaganda. It is pathetic to watch and the recent Baloongate incident just shows how bizarre we have gotten.
The US enjoys geographic isolation which makes it perfectly safe from any regular threat of invasion. So, given that we have weak neighbors to the north and south we are in no danger from anyone. The Soviets (or Russia today) never had any aspirations to attack the US. They always considered themselves under threat of invasion. The evidence is all the weapons in their arsenal up until 8 years ago were all defensive. The US ha spent the past 80 years conducting one invasion after another and in between never-ending aerial bombardments all coupled with uncounted regime change efforts. So, the aggressor is clearly the US and it is now shown to be extremely weak.
Russia has developed in areas we have ignored, weapons specifically designed to counter US aggression. The US backing out of all but one treaty with Russia that is expiring soon, coupled with proof we cannot maintain any semblance of honesty makes diplomatic negotiation impossible. They have now in their arsenal hypersonic missiles (multiple versions each with specific targets), EMP weapons, jamming systems that actually work including disabling US GPS systems, ABM systems that actually work with the latest ability to also take out satellites, plus a few we haven’t seen yet. They are re-equipping submarines to fire hypersonic cruise missiles out to torpedo tubes, making SLBM a thing of the past. They redesigned the ICBMs to have multiple MIRV hypersonic re-entry vehicles but also the missile itself turns mid-flight making a firing solution based on launch trajectory useless. They have anti-aircraft systems in a layered fashion that is effective with a combat-proven range of 400km. At this point, Russia has a first-use nuclear weapons capability that cannot be countered by the US at all. It is only because Russia is led by grownups who really are nice people (counter to US propaganda) and don’t want war. However, should the USD much a bit too hard which looks inevitable to me, then we may see Russia actually deciding to decapitate the US and eliminate the threat of the US permanently.
I argue this could be done using non-nuclear weapons which would be just as effective although the nuclear-powered hypersonic cruise missile would have resultant nuclear contamination from its engine but not its warhead (unless it is in fact nuclear).
The US has written checks it cannot cash and has a poor record of success in war. Even remotely thinking they can take on a peer or near-peer military is insanity. They couldn’t beat goat herders in the mountains of Afghanistan but they think they can take on Iran? What are these people smoking?
I envision an alternate scenario though. If Russia continues to succeed in Ukraine I can easily see the US committing more and more forces to Europe. The US military is actually very small with an enormous support-to-gunfighter ratio of 20:1. This means that all Reserve and National Guard Brigades will have to be mobilized and transported with all their equipment to Europe which will take months. Should they decide to go all in most will get wiped out early at the rally points and assembly areas and if not then while being transported. Imagine that at the same time, Iran begins to threaten Israel (or the US) in a real way and the US must commit more forces there. You could add North Korea as yet another threat forcing a lockdown of the US military stationed in South Korea and will suck up whatever forces are distributed all around Asia. However, I believe the trap is Europe, and should there be a combined effort to get the US to commit forces for a 3 front war then it leaves the continental US more or less undefended. China is the only other military that has the resources to actually invade the US. Will they is the big question? Maybe just the threat would be enough for the US citizens to stop pretending the US is managed by sane people. Of course, the US being led by narcissistic ideologues who are “true believers” could decide to go nuclear and then it would be all over for the US and Europe.
The fact is the rabid dog must be put down and it is going to take all the efforts of most countries of the RoW working in concert to get this accomplished. Can this happen? Beats me. Must it happen, yes if we want the world to survive? The US is the largest threat to the human species and must be re-programmed or destroyed. No one really hates Americans though. They all hate the US government and the Deep State apparatchiks. Even the US population hates its government so not a stretch to imagine a regime change in the US. The trick is doing that and not getting something worse in exchange. Hence, why temporary rule by China would actually be beneficial as they seem to understand how to re-educate large populations for their own good. Personally, I wouldn’t move into the US but I would provoke a civil war or political movement to pursue meaningful change. No matter what happens we badly need a new Constitution and a new leadership class and an end to American Oligarchs (and plutocracy). Many things need to change badly but the US has effectively mounted an attack on its own people and has planted agents in every corner of the US population. The FBI is building a building twice as large as the Pentagon and has become a defacto Gestapo organization. So, hoping for internal change is probably in vain. Take out the military though by tying it up elsewhere and it stands a chance.
A Boyles says
Your comments are extremely accurate and reflect my own understanding of the situation. We cross paths again old microbiologist from an old engineer in Canada.
Mat Heller says
The good news is CONUS is behind two oceans and therefore is easy to defend against invasion. And Canada and Mexico are no match. I think the US can defend herself with 10% of the current budget.
In September 1, 1939, the U.S. Army ranked seventeenth among armies of the world in size and combat power, just behind Romania.
It numbered 190,000 soldiers.
It would grow to 8.3 million in 1945, a 44-fold increase.
Similarly the navy grew incredibly during WW2.
At its peak, the U.S. Navy was operating 7,601 ships
on V-J Day in August 1945, including 28 aircraft carriers,
23 battleships, 71 escort carriers, 72 cruisers,
over 232 submarines, 377 destroyers,
and thousands of amphibious, supply and auxiliary ships.
A total of 3,273 M1 Abrams tanks were produced during 1979–1985.
About 5,000 M1A1 Abrams tanks were produced from 1986 to 1992.
How many T-14 Armata tanks has Russia produced since 2015 ? A dozen, maybe ?
How many 5th gen fighters ?
Good point and the WWII re-armament model is what I guess the War Party is following. That’s why I predict a massive NATOland Counter Offensive in 2025.
The preparations for D-Day took 2 years.
You forgot to mention GDP.
At what cost of production, though? United States and the combined west may have had the economy to sustain massive military development “back then”. Now they don’t anymore. They are all caught between a rock and a hard place – more debt, infrastructure falling apart, dwindling education/competences, factories mostly outsourced to someone else. Also, the military build-up in the USA was done with an eye towards global dominance (which is super costly to implement but much more to keep going). Russia doesn’t have that desire – all of its military is defensive in nature with an offensive component to counter the nuclear threat but no more. In that scenario building layered air defense systems makes much more sense (and it is cheaper/easier) than building multi-trillion dollar failed jets like the F-35 or an overweight tank with a gas turbine that requires support logistics equal to a large city… Furthermore, being drunk on imagined dominance – USA started specializing its weapons systems to the point that munitions for these systems cost an arm and a leg and cannot be built in quantities large enough to sustain a prolonged major war effort with an adversary the size of China or Russia. That kind of build-up effort is all but guaranteed to send USA back to the stone age in terms of finances.
Wow, what a powerful, angry and old wolf!
Whoever is stronger is right. Isn’t that right, wiz?
We, in Russia, say: Whoever is right is stronger.
Eric Newhill says
You make a good point. I’ve tried to point out that US industrial might is not yet dead. It might kind of smell that way these days, but it could be revived and ramped-up, like it was for WW2.
IMO, setting nuclear escalation aside for a moment, the true challenge to the US fighting a peer to peer war – like against Russia – is morale. Combat arms tends to draw its personnel from “fly-over America”. These are conservative, Christian people that do not like the pedophilic, woke, weirdos in Washington, DC, New York, San Fransisco and other centers of elitism. They are already drifting away from military service and would absolutely elect to sit out a tour to the the meat grinder of some place like Ukraine. The wokies and minorities aren’t going to volunteer for combat arms in any meaningful numbers either. Blacks, especially, tend to sign-up and train for a rear echelon MOS.
So , while agree that the US could ramp up production, I don’t know where the personnel come from. A draft? I can’t see Americans being ok with being drafted to fight a war – unless there is some huge and horrible event that stimulates a desire to go fight.
Hmmm…All your syntax is past-tense.
I tend to agree with you (and I type this as an American living in Russia and am sympathetic to the Russian side in this conflict).
This blog and some other related ones tend to underestimate American’s potential under existential circumstances. While state side recently I couldn’t help but notice the enormous new factories alongside the interstate between Georgia and South Carolina.
While the political situation is all kinds of screwed up and half the population are useless eaters, there’s companies (and all the talent that involves) which make rockets that land themselves after delivering payloads to space. And others which design the most adjacent microprocessors on the planet. Imagine all that talent and resources redirected on a war effort…
Larry Johnson says
But it is not. Just look at the problem they are having producing artillery shells.
I agree, it’s a pretty pathetic shell (pun intended) of what the US used to be. But in a truly existential crisis I think Americans would rally and these big factories could re-tool. For example, one brand new factory that I noticed made complex electric vehicle batteries. Another made electrical tools (drills, etc). There were others (many vehicle related). I imagine at least the tool factory could switch over to making some type of war gear pretty quickly. The auto factories tanks, drones, etc. And they’re disbursed enough along US interstates in the south that they’d be a bit of a pain to take out. As for building big toys like we used to (ships, etc), I think that would be more difficult as their docks would be easily hit.
But maybe I’m underestimating the leadership and social cohesion something like that would require.
Well … RUSI … Even a blind hen finds a grain of corn …
But when I look at, what they for example here babble:
“The Zircon: How Much of a Threat Does Russia’s Hypersonic Missile Pose?”
… Not that I know anything about it, but I ask myself: What would Martyanov say about it?
Excellent article. Thanks for it.
There is reason why boost glide and scramjet technologies were abandonded by both sides in the 1950s, they would always be too f+cking slow to add any value to a nuclear exchange. When you have 10s of thousands of ballistic missiles reaching speeds of Mach 18 two minutes after launch, who’s released warheads will then hit Mach 24 in their terminal phase, who needs extra fast – but relatively slow – cruise missiles?
” … kinetic energy is the single best predictor of lethality against large surface targets … ”
Hypersonics armed with conventional warheads should make superb carrier killers (and bunker busters), but if they’re carrying a nuclear payload, so much the better, as they can eliminate the entire carrier group (minus its subs) with one shot.
And I think that is the point. American carriers, for instance, aren’t just obsolete, since roughly August 29th of 1949 (Semipalatinsk), they have been beyond insignificant as far any REAL WAR is concerned. In the thousands of hours I have spent reading about the global thermonuclear exchange, I don’t I believe I ever once encountered the words “aircraft carrier. ”
The Rooskies may now have the capabilities to hit the Tower of London with a hypersonic cruise missile, but for at least the last 60 years, they’ve could’ve taken out the Tower of London any time they wanted with a ballistic missile.
Which would get there first? Well that depends. If an old timey ballistic missile is launched from a Russian boomer off the coast of Great Britian, it will stike any London target 7 or 8 minutes later, whereas a hypersonic launched from let’s say, the Black Sea, will take roughly 12 to 14 minutes to reach famous old Tower – and no doubt make a royal mess of the incalculaby invaluable Crown Jewels.
So there you go.
Joseph Adam-Smith says
I remember when, in the UK, the MOD was replacing the SLR (UK version of FAL) with the SA80. For cleaning purposes, there are 4 x working parts to clean. All, bar the gas plug, large (ish) The SA80 has 10 (?) many of which are fiddly. Where-ever possible, military equipment should be simple. Unfortunately, western equipment is complex.
Back in WW II, when the British captured their first Tiger tank, the armoured corps laughed at it because of its complexity. The Ukraine conflict has shown the limitations of western euqipment which breaks down easily and, in effect, not “squaddie-proof!”
Lou Brooks says
In the second world war, the U.S. were capable of the amazing quantities of planes because they were simple and quick to build. Riveted metal with guns, seats and some hydraulics added. Of course a bit more went into the planes but the point is they did not require advanced electronics, mach speeds, and air to air rockets so you could shoot and kill your opponent from 12 miles away.
In WWII, the fighting was up close, personal and costly in that personal touch of killing someone. Now, our pilots kill from miles away and go home, never giving a thought to the lives they ended. Similar to what they experienced with their Playstation and other computer games.
Point being, when we have leaders that suffered war, they are less likely to promote war. Well, that is my theory anyway.
Here are a few articles showing how the big bad wolf starts wars.
Kenan Meyer says
Larry, you can create images to your liking with an AI tool (those above are probably AI generated). For instance you could upload one of the images on top an create variations
For instance with https://playgroundai.com
its still free
Alex Thrace says
Fair point, but do we really know who actually pulls the strings? The usual suspects seem too public to be the real masters, Soros, Gates, Schwab etc.
My guilty pleasure is thebTV show The Walking Dead. Its not really a show about zombies per season, the zombies in my opinion are a metaphor, easy to figure out for what.
In the show you can kill a zombie by going for the head. Take out the head and the zombie dies. However in the show they can actually neutralize or tame them by cutting off its arms and lower jaw. The head is intact but it cannot hurt you anymore. This is another metaphor.
Remove their ability to do damage by removing their means.
Mark j says
All wars are banker wars.
Many get tangled in the “Jewish conspiracy”…as many old european Jewish families are involved in banking control. Ignore all that …and just follow the money. Look at who controls the London Gold Exchange…. look at who controls the US “Crime -ex”…the COMEX exchange.
There are secondary players .. of course. You also have the political idealists wove in… WEF, all that. Look at the EU…run by non elected in Brussels….. and who controls that administration?
World ain’t what it seems…is it gunny?
Rothschild Banks of London and Berlin
Lazard Brothers Banks of Paris
Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy
Warburg Bank of Hamburg and Amsterdam
Lehman Brothers of New York
Kuhn, Loeb Bank of New York
Chase Manhatten Bank, and
Goldman, Sachs of New York
“World ain’t what it seems…is it gunny? The moment you think you got it figured, you got it wrong.”
A classic scene from an underappreciated movie.
As far as banking goes, I don’t think the Bank of International Settlements in Basel gets enough pub. I also believe this is by design.
If central banks control nation-states, which they do, then it stands to reason that whomever or whatever coodinates central bank activity, controls the world.
All the world except China of course. China alone amongst the nation-states has their own banks, which answer only to them, and that is why China is … THE PRIMARY TARGET.
Max424 Power stays out of the light. There are the dark pools of money controlled by govt actors….who even have their own investment corps… well documented.
There all the secondary bankers … be it the Rockerfellers, Pritzgers…remember when the Hunt’s attempted to corner silver?….. power but less money.. Bush, Kennedy… same in every country. Launder the money in Panama… change it in Paraguy.. Crete…. Amsterdam… the loose gold goes to Dubia…..the Royal Canadian Mint has it’s gold deals with the despots in South America…. a few factories in India make most the precursers for METH…while the fentynal mostly all comes from China….
…yet for some reason…”the line”… it’s always open. The evil always is moved and shipped…
…just a mild beaver tranquilizer…. from China…
It’s the way of the world.
Thanks for the Commodores clip. I always liked that song. Every time I light up a Brick House cigar I sing that song to it.
Your post is excellent as usual. Weren’t nuclear weapons supposed to end the threat of industrial warfare? Hmmm, “Industrial Warfare”, is this the latest buzzword? We have the industry but it’s misused. We don’t need $7000 rifles for example. We can build Diesel/AIP Submarines to protect our coasts and walls along our borders.
We need to close half our overseas bases, end F-35, Ford and Zumwalt. We need to assume a defensive posture. We need to assume a defensive posture like Russia and China. I repeat for a reason.
My Coach preached, “Defence Wins! All Offence needs to do is gain 4 yards per play.” And we were #1 ever year.
Home ground advantage wins. Ask the Patriots, Vietcong and Taliban.
I think this is why we are here at this point with Russia etc.
Another important resource in fighting a major war is public unity and patriotism; which we no longer have in the US. The country is now severely bifurcated politically and I don’t think that schism can be healed easily. A large cohort of Americans support Russia in its mission to end USA hegemony, foreign aggression, and exploitation by corrupt politicians. No sane young man wants to fight and die for Biden’s grift in Ukraine or elsewhere. And no one trusts the MSM anymore, so good luck manufacturing renewed patriotism in today’s video gaming youth; most of which are borderline obese. How far we have fallen.
Pym of Nantucket says
Ritchie on sax. I had forgotten that. Nice post.
Vallhalla Rising says
The US military is still very powerful and very capable…they are however poorly led at both the civilian (political elite) and senior officer level (general or flag officers) who are in truth un-elected politicians. I could write volumes….
Once the “arsenal of democracy”, the US has placed the bulk of its hegemony strategy in dollar diplomacy rather than its industrial capacity. A great strategic failure I think…I mean US war strategy still requires vast sums of material, manpower and equipment. As we have seen in the SMO, the US and NATO are struggling to replace battlefield losses. Hence US strategy means do not support its ends.
Imagine if you will the sinking and loss of just one US aircraft carrier…roughly 5000 personnel and billions of dollars of equipment….the public outcry I think would be deafening. Let’s dumb it down several levels and visualize hundreds of photos on social media platforms of destroyed, captured or burning M1, Leopard and Challenger MBTs…that’s coming to a theater near you the day after those MBTs are delivered to the UKR.
Shooting down a Chinese intel gathering balloon is laughable but it did give the US a teeny tiny victory of sorts e.g. our F22 stealth fighters can shoot down Chinese spy balloons see how formidable we are…lmao.
As mentioned in my comments to yesterday’s Sonar21 post, the US needs and will seek more and more “victories” to fuel its hegemony–no matter how irrational.
I’m kinda booked currently but if I have the time later, I could do it. I think you want it now. ( like all the marketing people I have worked for over the years LOL) How would you like it. Realistic style or simplified graphic style?
I had a plan in mind to make a big fat bloated Uncle Sam over a globe holding a list of countries to destry next, as a parody of a Norman Rockwell Santa Clause painting but never had the free time to do it.
You have permission to contact me at the email I supplied to post here. I’ll bet there’s someone here you can respond faster though.
Oops! I hadn’t read down to all the posts after I saw your request Larry. I see someone delivered already. Oh, well if you ever need something like that, feel free to contact me.
Al Terrier Motif says
It would have been a good opportunity to showcase.
They used F-22 Raptor instead of F-35 Flying Brick.
Also says a lot.
Fat Amy has a max service ceiling of 15km, this balloon was at 20km.
Meanwhile this ‘combat’ mission certainly stressed out this F-22’s airframe. All the Chinese have to do is send a massive amount of balloons our way and we’ll run out of spare parts.
Happy New Year! https://youtu.be/XnXzQ-p-DpY?t=39
Taras 77 says
This prob belongs in the category of “can’t make this stuff up.”:
General, polishing his MIC resume, sending his troops to the firing range in prep for war w/china in two years (sic).
bob sykes says
Our military capability is about to be seriously damaged by the coming bankruptcy of both Social Security and Medicare, not to mention all the other entitlements. The shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare revenues will have to be made up from general revenues. Some of us will remember that for decades the surpluses in Social Security and Medicare taxes were transferred to general revenues and spent. Pay back will be a b*tch.
Definitively an old man , yelling “get out of my lawn” and shooting the neighbor’s kid balloon when it bounces on his lawn…
You shouldn’t let that man his shotgun, someone gonna be hurt one day 😐
Worse, men can hate each other and still “get the job done”, but not the girls…nope.
The worst part of it is that our dummies (the best and brightest) are the ones who built up the Chinese and gave them all our know-how. Anything to turn a buck.
Who couldn’t see this coming?
We did it to ourselves all of it.
“Made your bed, now lie in it”
Through the ages Americans have had plenty of watchers crying out warnings but we did not listen.
So here we are ripe for a well deserved judgement.
What a pathetic place we are now.
And what a bountiful and truly spacious land but we’ve allow others to come turn into a human garbage pile.
It’s remarkable a child nation dictating to a world where many ancient cultures have been around for millennia’s.
We have destroyed that glue that adhesiveness which holds and binds families and societies together.
Divide and conquer is certainly a truism.
Hi larry, I’m graphic desiner
I made a mean wolf with the American flag.
But how can I put the graphic here?
M. Strenk says
Another great article, Mr. Johnson but, in the Commodores clip I think that we are confusing our brick houses with our brick shit-houses, as in built like a…(thinking Jane Mansfield or Sofia Loren here).
As to big bad wolves, how about this excellent Soviet cartoon series featuring one personifying the stereotypical Western hooligan. Propaganda? Yes. Entertaining with an element of truth? Equally yes.
Cato the Uncensored says
So, we don’t get the readiness for a two-ocean war for our annual $850 billion?
Where do we go for a refund?
What intrigues me is to understand what is the real plan of those who really control the USA. Will they be victims or perpetrators of the fall of the Anglo-USA empire?… and in exchange for what?
Because I believe that the plan to destroy the USA does not come from outside forces: the beast lives within. Now a decades-long plan to subdue morality, the economy, society, art… and, finally, strength and security is clearly visible.
Someone said a few years ago that the main obstacle to globalization or world government was the American people, because of their sense of freedom.
I would like to admire the USA, and I would like a decent place for them, without belittling anyone. Paraphrasing John F. Kennedy, he would say: “do not expect what Russia will do for you, but what you will do for your country”…
The success of Russia, in every sense and expected by many of us, will not make the pestilence that invades the swamp of the empire disappear, and that is what true patriots must concentrate on, disinfecting the nation.