Let me start by expressing my heartfelt remorse for the suffering of the people of Turkey in the aftermath of the horrific earthquake. Losing homes and loved ones in the midst of winter is a genuine nightmare.
Thanks to former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett we now know that Washington and London sabotaged diplomatic efforts to end the Special Military Operation in Ukraine. The West made the stupid bet that Russia could be defeated through a combination of economic sanctions, propaganda and military aid for Ukraine. The Americans and their NATO partners bet the lives of Ukrainians on their imperialist dream and now are becoming more desperate trying to fend off the looming defeat that confronts Ukraine and, by extension, NATO.
The West has poked the Russian bear and are having great difficulty coming to grips with the reality that Russia is not impotent and Putin is not on his last legs. To the contrary, the failed Western strategy has awakened the Russians and cemented their resolve to defeat the NATO threat. Take a look at Putin’s recent remarks commemorating Russia’s victory at Stalingrad 80 years ago. It remains a fresh memory for the Russian people.
(The relevant Putin clip starts around the 1:05:42 mark.)
If you have not seen Doug MacGregor’s interview with Judge Napolitano I recommend you watch it. Doug’s analysis is first rate and sobering. He has a grasp on reality and provides a stark warning to America about its feckless effort to fuel the war in Ukraine.
Compare Doug’s analysis with the delusions of Matt Van Dyke, an American volunteer mercenary in Ukraine, who has embarked on a suicide mission and does not comprehend the impossible situation he is in. He is hoping for a miracle but reluctantly concedes that things are going badly for Ukraine. What I find amazing is that he genuinely believes things might turn around in the Spring once the German tanks show up. It is pathetic.
Van Dyke is not alone in his disconnect from reality. Victor Davis Hanson, a distinguished political scientist, just published an article that is a study in schizophrenia. Professor Hanson remains convinced that Putin is in trouble:
the war is heading toward a rendezvous with ever-deadlier weapons and staggering fatalities—even as we witness increasing nuclear threats from a weakened and adrift Vladimir Putin. They insist that Putin is merely saber-rattling. And he might be. Supposedly, in his diminished and discredited state, Putin would not dare to set off a tactical nuclear weapon (as if diminished and discredited leaders are not more likely to do so).https://amgreatness.com/2023/02/05/ukrainian-paradoxes/
Davis Hanson clings desperately to the Western meme that Putin is weak and losing political support. That is a lie. The reality is just the opposite. Putin is winning and now realizes that American and NATO are keen on destroying Russia. As you can see for yourself in the video above, Putin’s resolve has grown stronger and the Russian people are behind him.
I suggest you read the Hanson piece in order to appreciate that many of the respected punditry in the United States are convinced that America can do something to thwart China and Russia. It is sheer madness. America perceives itself as a behemoth that can dictate events in the world. The reality is that the foundation of America’s power has eroded dramatically and irreversibly. The era of American dominance is coming to a messy end. Reminds me of the movie, Dead Man Walking — America has a sucking chest wound and does not realize it is dying.
Who can not watch this clip of this Ukrainian soldier and feel what they must be feeling getting mauled by the Russians. This is tragic.
The US is responsible for this.
Russia knows war:
Andrew M says
The video is in Indonesian language.
This is in English.
It lays out the present and the future – in The West.
The Panoptic Society . . . https://les7eb.substack.com/p/washingtons-war-part-viii-narrative
Thanks for the video. Unfortunately there is no translation 😔
Translation is not required. Everything is clear without words: a Ukrainian soldier grieves for his dead friend.
Look into his eyes. How much pain there is in them.
just saying says
Mondo Cane says
I think that last sentence ‘America is dying” is a bit too fatalistic.
I’d like to think of it as: The American Empire is dying and the American Republic reborn, but then I’m a citizen and just hoping for the best.
The Republic cannot be born as long as the empire exists. This war is not about Ukraine it is about empire — so we expect a lot of pain and suffering.
The earthquake savaged Turkey — but not just Turkey, Syria as well – which cannot get aid because of American sanctions. The empire has no moral code- unlike the Republic.
In this mess, the first thing to go is freedom of expression.
No one benefits from this war except for the US “defense” industry. Wrote an article on this which recently was “cancelled” on Medium.com as violating “community” standards. You can find it on Substack.
The problem lies in the “community”. Empires are not “communities” and have no standards other than greed. The American republic which Larry’s forefathers fought for was a community with principles.
Jim B says
God bless you, the revealed word is plain, the Americas are to be cleansed, completely. Make friends with your Heavenly Father h His Son your Saviour Jesus Christ. Do not procrastinate. Study Isaiah & revelations. Again God bless you & yours.
Perhaps the Hopi lands will be spared, as they apparently were last time,
If the Bible predictions do come to pass, it is unlikely only the Americas will be “cleansed”:
Ezekiel 39:6 – I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the Lord …. This suggests Russia is also destroyed.
While Matthew 24 predicts that somewhat later (“though no man knoweth the day or the hour”) earth faces times “As it was in the days of Noah”…ie. solar nova, world tsunami, black sun, pole shift, orbital change, disruption of the asteroid belt etc. etc.
I’m sure* our “owners” know about the cyclical catastrophe, (note the etymology of catastrophe and disaster: astro, aster; disaster being bad star) and have been preparing for decades. So perhaps the long planned world war is intended to cut down on the numbers attempting to breach their bunkers when this happens? If so, the fact that they are escalating this war now, suggests that they think the catastrophe is not too far away.
*For a more scientific look at this one could watch the videos at https://www.youtube.com/@Suspicious0bservers and read the linked papers.
Ghost Buster says
Never look into the eyes of a soldier dying at your own hands. It’ll haunt you for the rest of your life.
F*** that guy Van Dyke. I’ve been watching this war coming for 30 years. The demons that run US foreign policy want Russia destroyed. Russia has declined that offer and entered the Ukraine as a necessary act of self-preservation.
American Gov reminds me of the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” pet shop owner.
Paul Greenwood says
Gorbachev talked of “the Common European Home” and the USA could not accept being consigned to peripheral status. European maps of the world show the Americas off to the far left of the picture with Eurasia and Africa central.
That is what USA cannot allow. Without Germany and the AFB facilities US is no longer a global power.
UK was occupied by USA once Churchill became FDR’s instrument using backchannels as First Lord of Admiralty behind Chamberlain’s back and FDR using Naval communications to by-pass White House………….UK is still occupied – now colonised by USA at every level
Germany. folded into the same structure – and Italy – France resisted….until Sarkozy
“la France a résisté… jusqu’à Sarkozy”
Wrong. Before Sarkozy, Chirac had dropped everything to return in good terms with USA.
Re the US occupation of Britain, there is a long forgotten novel by exWWII spook Constantine Fitzgibbons (US/UK citizen)”When the Kissing had to Stop” (1960) about saving the UK from CND & a Soviet take-over.
How we laughed at the time – could’nae happen…
Сергей Лю-Золин says
Matt van Dyke does not believe in the victory of Ukraine, he simply adheres to military propaganda standards
just saying says
Yep, it’s just business for him. He’s nowhere near the frontline, and will run once the frontline come too close to him.
Lou Brooks says
Yes…they are only ‘toeing the party line’. These ‘mouth pieces’ only regurgitate what they are told to say. Take Austin for example…is he really such a fool that he thinks arming Ukraine is a good idea? Perhaps he is just as evil and corrupt as the rest of them? Perhaps he must say what he must because of who he works for and the fact…he does not want to blow his military pension or lose any civilian / government related employment.
Thinking 100 western tanks and Bradleys are going to turn the tide is more like military-lunatic standards.
14 Leopard II’s and 88 Leopard I’s. Strange coincidence. I suspect someone in the German military was trying to send a silent message.
And of course, it slipped right past Detective Scholz, like the rest of the events in his short political life.
Purging the Inconvenient says
Took some serious effort to dig up this Ukrainian 1488er from 2014 or so. Google’s done one hell of a job purging all the nazi and white power symbolism from Ukraine, galleries that would pop up by the pages full with a simple keyword search 8 years ago. Now all we get are a hundred pics of sunglasses. Big thanks to google (and duckduckgo). You’re fine ‘guardians of the whatever’.
Don't forget the blinders says
Van Dyke’s a primary example of NATO ‘military intelligence’. He’ll probably end up a general someday. Just wind him up and send him on his way.
“ Let me start by expressing my heartfelt remorse for the suffering of the people of Turkey in the aftermath of the horrific earthquake. Losing homes and loved ones in the midst of winter is a genuine nightmare.”
– Larry, I think Syria has many many more death. It is really horrific.
Larry, as always, spot on. Thank you! I hope that your are correct – the first claim is now obvious; the second, I hope for:
“The reality is that the foundation of America’s power has eroded dramatically and irreversibly. The era of American dominance is coming to a messy end.”
An exit strategy of “saving the honor of the West” is being prepared – a demarcation based on the Korean model. However, I am not sure that Putin is ready to accept.
PEPE ESCOBAR: A panicked Empire tries to make Russia an ‘offer it can’t refuse’
The novelty here is that for the first time since the start of Russia’s February 2022 Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine, the Americans are actually proposing a variation of the “offer you can’t refuse” classic, including some concessions which may satisfy Russia’s security imperatives.
Crucially, the US offer totally bypasses Kiev, once again certifying that this is a war against Russia conducted by Empire and its NATO minions – with the Ukrainians as mere expandable proxies.
‘Please don’t go on the offensive’
The Washington Post’s old school Moscow-based correspondent John Helmer has provided an important service, offering the full text of Blinken’s offer, of course extensively edited to include fantasist notions such as “US weapons help pulverize Putin’s invasion force” and a cringe-worthy explanation: “In other words, Russia should not be ready to rest, regroup and attack.”
The message from Washington may, at first glance, give the impression that the US would admit Russian control over Crimea, Donbass, Zaporozhye, and Kherson – “the land bridge that connects Crimea and Russia” – as a fait accompli.
Ukraine would have a demilitarized status, and the deployment of HIMARS missiles and Leopard and Abrams tanks would be confined to western Ukraine, kept as a “deterrent against further Russian attacks.”
Arestovich, Zelenskiy’s former adviser, announces the same: Ukraine can be divided according to the Korean scenario and the West is ready for it
“The war may end differently than the Ukrainians expect, and as a result Kiev may not return its territories, the West is ready to follow such a scenario. What will happen to a society that has given itself inflated expectations, will it get a conditional Minsk-3? That the recoil of unfulfilled expectations will hit us so hard – morally and otherwise – that we will simply be stunned.
The way out of this war may not be the same as it seemed to us 3 months ago, after the success of the Kherson operation. And not because the insidious Americans don’t provide weapons or delay, but because success requires 400 thousand perfectly trained soldiers with NATO weapons to grind it all and liberate the territories. Do we have it? Not. Will it be next year? Will not. There won’t be enough space for training… We as a society are not ready for such an outcome. I decided to say that even though it was expected from the Russian side. But the most unpleasant thing is that they think the same in the West, and we are completely dependent on them.
What should the West do? The scenario of two Koreas. Create South Korea with guarantees,” Arestovich said, adding that Ukraine can get a lot of bonuses with this option.”
Paul Greenwood says
So which part would get to play Kim Jong-Un constantly threatened by US military occupation and strategic exercises with B-52s ?
Ah yes, I just answered my own question.
Sounds terribly attractive – move the frontier 200km to start the game anew
Hitler could have offered that one too……..but the Allies rejected it in 1942
I suspect Western Ukraine would look a lot more like North Korea, than South Korea.
I can see massive investment coming to the Russian part from China and elsewhere. Hard to see the increasingly bankrupt EU doing much for the West.
Top Gum says
It would be tempting to stop the hostilities, as Russia is suffering causalities too, that could be avoided entirely. The question is, if that “deal” would really be something that would end the threat and go along with the Russian goals, to demilitarize and denazify what’s left of Ukraine. I think the west can’t and won’t do that. They will still use Ukraine as a proxy and gear them up again.
Throwing the ease of sanctions will not change anything either, as Russia has very well adapted itself to mostly useless western sanction and doesn’t need Europe as much as Europe needs Russian resources. The EU is still heavy relying on Russian resources. They may be delivered from India, but that stuff is still coming from Russia. Europe can’t change reality as it wishes. It will take them forever to get off Russian resources. It will ruin them financially anyway. They had a sweet deal for decades and destroyed everything for basically nothing. Russia will survive all that mess. I won’t be so sure about Europe.
Printing money is not a solution, never was, but that is the only thing the west does to solve all it’s problems. Europe has been doing it for far too long and now they face their financial doomsday. They can’t pretend forever they will pay that money back. Lets face reality. They are bankrupt and the plan to enrich themselves by destroying Russia and looting it’s resources has failed miserably.
martin mkultra7 says
Bily,i agree to a point.However if one seriously considers the total shit show that has been “The Korean cease fire”I don’t see Russia agreeing to perpetual conflict in Ukraine.They will accept nothing less than a permanent solution.Demilitarization,Denazification.P.S. There still exists a state of war between the North and South of Korea.
Carlton Meyer says
Should we call this new deal “Minsk 3”?
Putin has already said he does not trust agreements with the USA.
There will be a smaller nation of Ukraine, but under Russian control.
The dam is crumbling in Donbas. Once it gives way the war will soon be over.
Ricardo Ramirez says
Maybe it’ll be called “Odessa 1”, but it won’t be a deal, it will be a dictate.
Dyke knows he is lying – he is being paid to
He engages in what they call cultural constructing – creating a parallel, fake BS, gaslighting disconnected from reality universe for the sheeple/victims of their comprehensive brain washing to inhibit, lest they wake up and see what is really going on.
Another piece in their puzzle of comprehensive crimes against reality
like leaders of any other cult – the last thing they want is their victims to wake up and start comprehending reality around them.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
I can’t tell about all Americans, not being one, but in my interactions with your compatriots I have found no greater tribalism anywhere on the planet. Except for those who are not affiliated with either the DayMockRatIck or the RipUpThePublican tribe, all Americans are utterly tribalist. Anyone who’s lived among tribal people will immediately understand this behaviour pattern. They will literally in a heartbeat change stances on a matter 180° if that is what the tribal shaman, in the form of whoever their favourite talking head on Faux TV or the Cretinous Nonsense Network, proclaims to be the tribal line. As such, it is immaterial what is actually happening in Ukranazistan; they’ll believe whatever they’re told to believe, and facts will not be permitted to come in the way.
“Cretinous Nonsense Network”
I dont know if CNN is a Cretinously Nonsensical Network
What I do know is that it is “Certainly Not News” …. And I thank you
Wizard Glick says
You have never met the America I know….
martin mkultra7 says
Remove your faux patriot goggles for 5 minutes and you will see the realAMERICA.
Al Nevsky says
He is from a country where you are born into a caste. I don’t think that he is able to understand.
David Collins says
Al, we have a caste system too. Blacks on the bottom, Whites on top, and Model Minorities in the middle. He understands us perfectly well.
Jim S says
“[W]e have a caste system too. Blacks on the bottom…”
This may have been true in 1950 but it is not true in 2023. Furthermore, Critical Race Theory and such is not advocating for equality: it is advocating for the oppressed to become the oppressor and vice versa.
The real caste system is the 0.1% aristocracy vs the 99.9% unwashed masses (future bug-eaters if they have their way), and people all over the political spectrum have said this. More people are recognizing it every day.
You must have missed CRT class. The New Woke Order is Jews on top, blacks in the middle, and whites on the bottom.
Lou Brooks says
Good point there. We have a number of his countrymen in my area that are shop owners. Wonderful and nice people but, you certainly can tell who they look down upon.
Basically the entire world is tribal to some extent. It may be politics or it may be religious tribalism. Sometimes it is tribalism based on the flag or the layer of society one is born into.
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Caste is utterly immaterial these days unless you’re from one of the so called backward ones that get preferential treatment in education and employment.
If you knew anything about India in the 2000s you’d know that.
Please don’t give actual tribals, eg Misos, Andaman or Andhra tribals, or other indigenous people anywhere, a bad name. Actual tribals, so far as I can see, want to live their traditional life styles and be left alone. They tend to be willing to fight and die with simple means to defend that, if possible. That’s a far cry from “tribals” of the US. Here, party adherents are, indeed, inured to spouting the line of “their” imperialist gang, without any real understanding actual impact. These same folks now mostly just expect consumerist lifestyles of one sort or another while people elsewhere fight and die. Note the current recruitment failures in all branches of the US military. And that’s the good news, such as it is: no actually considered support for war! Sadly, that’s not sufficient for coping effectively and rejoining a viable world community, at least so far.
Mike D. says
Hanson is a historian of great knowledge but he was grossly incorrect on midterm elections in US. He predicted a Republican blowout-he does not realize that 40 to plus percent is solidly blue leaning more to Gavin Newsom type ignorance. That same ignorance could well lead the country to direct peer to peer war with Russia. That 40 percent believes Russia is another Iraq and can be put in its place when US military turns up the volume. They are clueless that the streak in the sky could be a Russian missile aiming at the power plant enabling the fat slob to watch the NFL on Sundays.
The anti abortion stance of Republican Party shot itself in the foot. Even those who wouldnt vote for lack of interest went to vote because of the fear of having themselves or their near one going to jail or risking life because of the consequences of risky sex.
Bazza McKenzie says
He certainly fails to understand the strength of Russia and weakness of the West (despite frequently criticizing policies which have progressively weakened the West).
However, re the elections, he simply underestimated the scope of leftist electoral fraud now endemic in the US.
As a corollary, not directed at him, anyone who denies or ignores the electoral fraud is a fraud supporter.
yes. the ONE thing Romney did get right. The Dem base is a rock solid 47%
Has anyone read about the alleged secret talks between Ukranian Commander in Chief, Gen. Zuluzhny and his American interlocutors where he admitted that Ukraine in reality has lost 257,000 men killed to date????????? Interestingly, the Turkish press, the day before the devastating earthquake, had released something to the effect that according to Turkish military intelligence over 250 NATO military trainers had been killed in addition to 2,400 NATO troops. Seeing that the situation in Ukraine has deteriorated to the point that they are now drafting 16 year olds to fight and searching for military age males who are hiding out in EU countries, Zaluzhny’s figures don’t seem so far-fetched.
Top Gum says
No need to read that something like that. People following closely know that the real numbers may be even higher and that Ukraine is really on the ropes here.
Ukraine gets what it deserves, one way or another. Russia is patient but also very determined in their strategy and goals. They know very well how delusional those moron leaders in the west are and how to hurt them really. How Russia did stabilize the Ruble within 4 weeks tells everyone everything. Many people were told Russia is just a puny “gas-station” with no real economy and ready to fall apart at any time. Who needs to invent statements like that is the real one in trouble by my standards. It is always the same. Everyone can tell about the affairs of others just by listening what those others have to say about anything. Self projection it is.
10’th package of sanctions and nothing happened. How many times will those idiots in the EU sanction Russia? They apparently don’t get it at all. If its not working, why even bother and do the other package? Is all a PR stunt and nothing else. What’s real is the inflation of energy prices within EU. Companies are closing or going bankrupt like never before. The funny part about it is, that Russia has nothing to do with that.
martin mkultra7 says
Corporate bankruptcies in January have exceeded those in 2010!
Bazza McKenzie says
Disagree that “Ukraine gets what it deserves”. This is inflicted on the people of Ukraine by the controllers of the West who also provided the corrupt oligarchs and government of Ukraine (same tribal group).
Zelensky was elected with a large majority based on a commitment to stop the war with the Donbass. So the people of Ukraine did their job and voted for a candidate who promised peaceful reconciliation with the Donbass. They did not “deserve” a war.
That candidate then totally repudiated his campaign commitment. Almost certainly he did so under threat from the Trotskyites (aka neocons) running US foreign policy and using the wealth and power of the US to pursue their aims.
Paul Greenwood says
I tend to agree with you………..
What number of steps are required to reverse Naftali Bennett’s statement, kill Zelensky and blame Putin? Double cross of IHOR Kolomoisky( remember on- shoring of steel under Bush Jr, Kolomoisky did AK Steel-Cleveland real estate too). David Victor like Donald Kagan like Benzion Netanyahu like Bernard Lewis tend to DOCUMENT(FANTASIZE) about men and their weapons. note 4 smoothiex12* SAID JOHN NAGL(Desert Storm Armor) co authored US ARMY COIN DOCTRINE w/ Petraeus:)Music- Return to Forever Romantic Warrior
Bill Tooley says
Also, let me express my heartfelt remorse for the suffering of the people of Syria in the aftermath of the horrific earthquake.
Oblomovka daydream says
Czech Microbiologist Soňa Peková (who from the very beginning has been pointing at the biolab origin of the Covid virus) has said on Czech FB that there will be no new wave of a mutated Covid, because president Vladimir Putin orderd the biolabs in Ukraine, where these manipulations to make a more dangerous strain had been planned, to be bombarded.
just saying says
Those biolabs are much worse than that. Few years ago I’ve read about US collecting genetic material of Slavs, allegedly in order to create targeted biological weapon. It turns out that it’s true. This makes original Nazis look like amateurs.
Jim S says
I tend to believe the substance of this as well. It’s good this is being discussed again.
However, something new appears to be rampaging through China.
Fulano de Tal says
I do believe everything you say here.
Seeing your faces and real names here -and degrees, etc. etc.-, how could I not trust you?
(Sorry, just joking. If you were showing your faces, it wouldn’t make any difference).
Here are some random names and faces.
Company in question still has a website with names and faces of employees, alhough they have changed the “location” a week ago. At the time the video was published the map on their site showed the location where the video was filmed. Old address is available on archive.org (but the map doesn’t work).
P.S. There are no websites for unvoluntary organ donation, yet.
Prof. Spudd says
I do wonder if the Ukrainian biolabs were also cooking up the bird flu killing off a bunch of our chickens. IIRC it was blamed on an outbreak in “Russia”.
Oblomovka daydream says
Komsomolskaya Pravda has just published an article in which the Russian minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu reports on the UAF losses, but also on gigantic infrastructure projects that are being undertaken by military engineers.
The advance of Russian troops, the loss of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the deplorable fate of NATO weapons: Shoigu made important statements on the special operation
Shoigu: 6,500 Ukrainian nationalists were killed in the NVO zone in a month
Today, at the National Defense Control Center of Russia, under the leadership of the head of the military department, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, a thematic conference call was held with the leadership of the Armed Forces.
Starting work, the head of the military department congratulated all the participants on the liberation by our troops from the mercenaries of the Kyiv regime Solidar, Kleshcheevka, Podgornoe, Krasnopolye, Blagodatnoe, Lobkove and Nikolaevka.
“Currently, military operations are successfully developing in the areas of Vugledar and Artemovsk,” Shoigu said.
Further, the head of the military department pointed out that the United States and its allies “are trying to drag out the conflict in the NVO zone as much as possible.”
“To do this, they began to supply heavy offensive weapons, openly urge Ukraine to seize our territories. In fact, such steps draw NATO countries into the conflict and can lead to an unpredictable level of escalation,” the minister warned.
At the same time, he noted that the groupings of our troops continue to “successfully grind” all the weapons and equipment supplied to Kyiv, both on the routes of their delivery and in combat positions.
“Despite the unprecedented military assistance from Western countries, the enemy is suffering significant losses. In the first month of this year alone, they amounted to more than 6,500 military personnel, 26 aircraft, 7 helicopters, 208 unmanned aerial vehicles, 341 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 40 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, ”Shoigu listed, while noting that the Ukrainian leadership, realizing that it will not be possible to defeat Russia by military means, continues to resort to criminal actions: they fire at civilians, commit terrorist attacks. Shoigu called all these crimes “the genocide of the Ukrainian population by the Kyiv regime.”
The minister recalled the “barbaric nature of the Ukrainian leadership”, which refused to cease fire even during Orthodox Christmas. On the contrary, Ukrainian nationalists fired more than 550 mortar and artillery shellings that day. At the same time, Ukrainian artillery was suppressed by the return fire of Russian troops.
In the thematic part, the minister proposed to discuss the issue of re-equipping the orbital constellation of military spacecraft.
“As part of solving this problem in the Scientific and Production Association named after. S. A. Lavochkin” is developing and creating a satellite system for all-weather remote sensing of the Earth. The data obtained will help to increase the effectiveness of the use of troops. Today we will consider the progress of development work and determine the main deadlines for its implementation,” Shoigu suggested.
The minister also planned to sum up interim results on the reconstruction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline, where, on behalf of the President of Russia, more than 1,000 military railway workers have been working on the Ulak-Feralsk section since April 2021, and about 900 units of automotive and special equipment are being used.
“To date, the main and most labor-intensive types of earthworks have been completed at ten facilities of the reconstructed railway. A good pace has been set, which will allow us to fulfill the state task on time,” the minister stressed.
Van Dyke: Ukraine is functioning. (the lights go out, lol :p), this interview was a great comedy sketch. Between him and other former military drinking the bandera acidic kool-aid like the twisted genius at pat lang, the whole Ukraine fiasco is reallly turning into a sh*tshow. At least, he wasn’t parroting the 404 line that a million waves of orcs have died in combat…
At this point, any talk that Russia didn’t have a confident, professional military is bunk, as Sen. Lindsey Graham stated, “Ukraine will die to the last man”, so seems like a planned out wealth transfer, that is set to actually defund Social Security as well as make renters, instead of owners of homes of the American people.
Perhaps the US government is waiting for Russia to accidentally let loose Victoria Nuland’s bio-lab cultures which would effect the entire EU, not just Russia.
Americans are simple waiting for the hammer to fall. Simply watching the US government out and out lie about any justification for this proxy war in Ukrainian.
All the death going on in Ukraine is entirely the fault of US citizens, whom completely, complacently don’t care that their taxpayer money is being looted with an in our face complete and utter lie about war.
Bill Wade says
Don’t blame the 70 million plus voters who went for Trump. And, you can’t blame a lot of those who voted for Biden either – they are essentially mentally ill.
A major move is coming very soon in Ukraine and the EU.
Hopefully this totally unnecessary war caused by US beginning under Clinton, can come to an end without 100M Americans being incinerated or thousands of American lives lost in Europe.
Trump was right. The American tax payer should not be paying for the defense and security of Europe.
Europe has the 3rd largest economy on earth and 600M people.
Let them fend for themselves.
The Coming Russian Offensive 2023 – Part 1
Calm Before The Storm
Bill Wade says
Thanks for the link JGALT, interesting stuff!
Mondo Cane says
First rate analysis. I’d always considered him mostly a war junky, uploading videos to Bitchute at “december1991” (with quotes) but this is serious stuff. Kudos, simplicius.
I am so surprised and disappointed that even VDH, who showed such strong critical thinking skills during the Trump years, has fallen for the evil Putin koolaid.
It’s a measure of how we have all been lied to over the decades, by our own governments. What an absolute disgrace.
One thing I’ve noticed is that people who have not travelled and seen the world – who have backpacked or lived in countries different to their own – seem more easily trapped by the narratives spread by their governments. Perhaps VDH falls into this group. He is an expert on American domestic politics and history, but maybe not so knowledgeable about things outside America.
I have travelled and worked extensively in eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Whenever you see a new country first hand, all preconceptions and assumptions fall away.
I also thought Putin was a corrupt, evil dictator when I was younger, and that Russians were tragic, drunken peasants. Then I travelled to Russia. My experience in Russia was amazing, a revelation. I wouldn’t call them a gushy emotional people, but I was so impressed by them. They were unfailingly sincere, highly intelligent, curious, serious and resilient. They have a tragic history but they love their country. Not a people to be messed around with.
And they held Putin in very high regard even then (this was 2000-2008).
Perhaps VDH should go there to learn for himself. He is a smart guy. I am sure he would enjoy the experience.
I have read VDH for years and feel sad for him. We are the same age and saw our country through the same eyes. It is very hard to realize that what you loved was an illusion. It may be harder on a man. I think good men are often more romantic than women are. Being weaker makes us more practical. For him maybe America was a beautiful and cherished woman, and he cannot bear to see the blackness in her heart.
I’ve read and liked him too. But there are no excuses for a foreign policy mindset that is derived 100% from domestic propaganda – – – propaganda that any adult his age should see through. He’s also pontificates.
Eric Newhill says
I think VDH is just roped in by the people who pay him. He’s part of a Ronald Reagan mentality movement; not a bad thing entirely especially with regards to domestic politics, but, unfortunately, part of the group think is “Russia bad”.
One of my pet peeves with my species is that humans have a terrible tendency to all or nothing, black/white thinking. You either buy the party line 100% or you’re out. It’s everywhere and, even if you know better, you have to repeat the party line or be out on the street, jobless and hated. I suppose if you are smart and want to see yourself as possessed of integrity, you convince yourself, somehow, that the catechism you must repeat is somehow true.
If you become rich and powerful you loose the ability and opportunity to interact with common people in your own country and more so in other countries. If you go abroad you are given curated safe experiences suitable for a foreigner and if you go in an official capacity you mainly meet people who themselves are removed from the reality of their own countries.
Thus your reach and understanding is not just limited but more likely it’s manipulated.
Art Thomas says
Nothing like first hand experience to bring your mind back to reality.
VDH seems to think in black and white when it comes to the US vs Russia/Putin: all good is on one side, the US, all evil on the other, the Russians and Putin. Inconvenient facts he ignores or denies: America does not invade other countries it goes to liberate them from their evil dictators or to stymie invasion by the Russians or the Chinese; we’ll ignore Russia’s concern that NATO/US for 24 years has been threatening Russia with missiles on its borders; those are defensive to protect Europe; and we’ll just ignore or deny that Russia has legitimate existential concerns because Russia is evil and has no right to exist in its present federation. Does VDH support the breakup of the Russian Federation? I wonder.
Wonderful point about how living and traveling in a country gives you a whole in perspective. I was in Russia in the early 1990s and agree, wonderful people. At the time the economy and government were in such deep trouble that I couldn’t see how Russia would ever make the transition to rule of law, a modern economy, and a decent standard of living for its people. And yet they have done it, in a little over 20 years. An incredible story that has yet to be properly told in the West.
By the way, I recommend a 2021 documentary recently released in you tube with English subtitles called Ghosts Soldiers of a Forgotten War. It shows men of Donetsk militia unit, all volunteers, who have been manning the trenches fir 7 years, defending their people from Ukrainian attack. Another look at who the Russian people really are.
Jack Gordon says
VD Hanson, if memory serves me faithfully, was also dead wrong about the war Little Bush waged on Iraq in 2003; bought the lies hook, line, and sinker. After that, I stopped paying attention to him. As Andrei Martyanov points out frequently, a PhD is no guarantee of mental acuity any longer.
I’ve read a few pieces by VDH over the past year and his perspective revealed is that history for Ukraine started after the 2014 coup. No prior history, or what led to the coup is relevant, apparently. For a historian, that is certainly the avoidance of nuance and complexity–black and white, as others have noted.
It’s the same blather as from neocons and Democrats, Putin is a thug, and Russia was unprovoked and invaded Ukraine unnecessarily.
Oblomovka daydream says
In English RT an investigation article appeared about the battle of Ugledar/Vugledar
Fascinating is the fact that the journalist openly is able to write about the mistakes made by the RF: “This attack was not fully thought through. Although the battlefield eventually fell to the Russians, launching an offensive in muddy conditions was not a good idea. The attack on Pavlovka resulted in losses of armored vehicles and was accompanied by difficulties in evacuating the wounded and bringing in reinforcements. As a result, after about ten days of fighting, Pavlovka, below Ugledar, was under the Russian flag, but it wasn’t possible to continue the offensive further north. This experience was widely discussed in the military section of the Russian media, and the generals in charge were heavily criticized.”
Where in the West you can read about battles that are still going on in such a way that journalists are allowed to analyze things that have gone wrong?
What ever baffles me with the diverse US administrations is the pathological incapacity to stop doubling on stupid until it’s much too late.
Now the “moderates” are talking about a “Korean style” peace plan… c’mon it’s nearly insulting for the Russians. You don’t cross the Rubicon to stay General or Senator.
Russians are gonna retake the whole country , the longer it takes the better for them. They might be a Novorossia and a Galicia afterward , but inside Russian Federation or very close to it.
Galicia will be such a Pole’s bait … Divinely devilish :).
just saying says
Nothing new there. Some time ago, US politicians suggested North Korea to solve nuke “problem” using Libyan model (Libya gave up nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees of The West).
Hiro Masamune says
C’mon , the banderists are constantly backing up on the nuke thing one way or another… what could possibly goes wrong ?
There was an Ukraine, now it’s Puke-rain, let’s hope it never became again a Nuke-Rain …
Somewhat off topic:
De-dollarization and the Federal Budget:
Interest on Federal was $300 billion in 2021. In 2023, Interest payments will approach $1,000 billion. This jaw dropping increase is mostly due to increase in interest rates.
Federal Revenues are projected to be $4,700 billion. So……interest payments will be 20% of Federal Revenue. TWENTY PERCENT
Now – Consider the slow grinding impact of de-dollarization on interest rates. Fewer foreigners willing to lend the Fed money equals even higher interest rates needed to be paid.
Even higher than 20% of federal revenues ? Yessiree
Too terrifying to contemplate.
just saying says
Who could have guessed that excessive debt might lead to bankrupcy.
I have been hearing imminent doom for the U.S. from deficits and interest costs since 2010. It never happens, so I will believe it when it does. Europe and European banks are in far worse shape than the U.S. When/If the EU falls, there will be a flight to safety to the U.S., so your narrative is years away at best.
You will be surprised, but 90% of the capital fleeing from the EU goes to China. Some Experts say that even more than 98%
Not surprised about Hanson. Conservatives like to think that is they who are realists and that “leftists” are the delusional utopian. Couldn’t be further from the truth. The great Michael Lind nails it:
Chicago Bob says
I was in Moscow in 2017 visiting the tomb of the unknown soldier. While there, I saw a young couple come and lay flowers at the memorial. Not so special an event except the fact that it was their wedding day. The bride had a white wedding dress on and the groom a suit. As it was explained to me, they had left the church and came to the memorial to lay flowers and honor those who fought and died so they could have a life free of war, happiness, and a good future. Apparently, this is not an unusual event. The horrors of World War II are ingrained in the psyche of these people. They not only will never forget it, they won’t let it happen again. When you consider the character of the Russians in an act such as this, you have to come to the conclusion the west will never defeat the Russians. Putin warned them. We will see if they listen.
Rule No. 1: Never march on Moscow says
Have known this for decades. What the West consistently fails to understand: “You can make peace with Russia but only madmen seek to make war with it.”
We should be talking more about the failure of various intelligence services to gather information that would have shaped the proper picture of the West of where Russia actually is politically, militarily, econ omically and diplomatically before the SMO started. Seems to me that they all failed to notice major things about the Russian state, the amount of friends they had gathered, the huge advances in the military, economy….
I think part of the reason is that Putin is an ex-KGB man so he innately understands how to protect secrets and how to run a country that protects its secrets. But the other part is this: we are spending billions upon billions on dollars on Soviet-style bureaucratic structures like CIA, DoD, NSA etc. etc. who seem to be more and more interested in spying on/controlling their own citizens and this is where their resources are mainly going. Why do you think this is? (hint: “shaping the field” in preparation for collapse)
Eric Newhill says
It seems to me that the mid-wits in DC are just digging deep into an old playbook and attempting to rehash a formula that they believe worked once upon a time, but not realizing, because they’re mid-wits, that even back in the day there were caveats and nuances they overlooked that impacted the game above and beyond their moves and, more importantly, that times have changed.
Specifically, they believe the west defeated the Soviets on the economic and ideology front. Also, that by arming the jihadists in Afghanistan they were able to defeat the Russians and send them home, tail between legs. I’m convinced that they believe all of that will be repeated now, globally and in Ukraine – I mean, it did the trick before, right? Even the current propaganda contains buzzwords and threads that harken back to the glory days of the late 1980s.
Of course, the Russians are no longer thoroughly corrupt, broke, poorly led, demoralized Soviets – and that makes a huge difference. More critical is that the Russians are apparently seeing the Ukraine situation as existential. Even the Soviets were not to be trifled with when faced with an existential threat. It goes without saying that the western leadership cannot recognize that they are inferior to their predecessors and to their current Russian counterparts.
James K says
Not quite — the Western leadership actually “pulling the strings” does recognize Russia’s power/ability, but pretty much everyone “below” them and/or “with a public face” has to promote the general media propaganda.
Mark Marksson says
What a great account of “mission creep” at work!
At the beginning it was: “we *must* help the Ukraine to defend itself, it’s not a war against Russia but for the Ukraine and the rules based global order”.
Remember when pointng out that this was a proxy war against Russia was “Putin propaganda”?
Now, it’s “we *must* help the Ukraine *because* it’s a proxy war against Russia and “we can’t afford to lose”.
Note that this has been argued by numerous senior US sphere political and media figures recently.
Important to understand though that this is not just an innocent error. Those driving the policy knew full well that by pushing ever further assistance to the Kiev regime they were creating a situation where the US sphere “cannot afford” to lose.
They were counting on it.
The problem for those of us who let them get away with it is that “we” *are* going to lose. What then?
Pull the neocons and like-minded morons off of their perches and …………….?
In reading the following article, I was amazed at the parallels between FDR’s efforts to start WW2 and Biden’s effort to start WW3. They use the same rhetoric about standing up for freedom and against totalitarianism, combined with a campaign of lies and deceit.
Olivier Sauvage says
The stupid Neo-cons are so stuck up in their ideological dogma and blinded by their imperialistic fanaticism that they can’t see a Russian army that could march over all obstacles all the way to the Atlantic via Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and London were it not for the nuclear deterrent. Who’s to stand in its way and stop it? Today, there’s no army that can without using nukes.
Then again, are we sure the US is ready to accept the incineration NYC, DC or Chicago to save Warsaw or Berlin? Frankly, I doubt it.
Eric Newhill says
The worm may be turning. IMO “Yahoo News” is a CIA front. It has been an outlet for the most outrageous anti-Russia propaganda released, daily, since last February, but now they are reporting a grim situation in Ukraine. The public is being prepared for a collapse of the narrative.
Simply Curious says
Yahoo News hired Michael Medved as their chief propagandist. Jewish/Ukrainian/German background with father a US defense contractor. Extrapolate from there. It’s a short walk.
Eric Newhill says
My concern is that phase 2 of Operation Ukraine is the messaging that the Ukrainian military has collapsed and that’s why the US and NATO must go in to save the day. I don’t for a second believe the west is simply going to admit defeat and move onto China or whatever other crisis they can create.
Back off? Probably not but next step is a no fly zone before serious boots on the ground and that’ll come to a quick halt once a dozen NATO planes or less are lost out of the gate. (this ain’t Yugoslavia). Then they’ll start thinking again about that Obama era ‘escalation dominance’ advantage Ru has always had and why they didn’t pay it the attention it deserved.
Honestly, I think the West has no choice but to find a rear exit, with a manufactured grace or otherwise.
James K says
Nah, the West is able to take defeat but it’s simply “too early” for it to do so. It hasn’t expended all its tricks and abilities in the Ukraine theater at the moment…
Eric Newhill says
Maybe. These things can take on a life of their own, though
Grimly reaping what was sown says
Indeed they can. The Grim Reaper does seem to have a lively walk about him these days.
Наталья Волкова says
Anyone westerner that wants to destroy us, can’t. We are the grandchildren of the Red Army. End of discussion.
Fulano de Tal says
“We are the grandchildren of the Red Army.”
Exactly. One must be really crazy to mess with you …
(We should be friends, not enemies).
It’s not like the Russians didn’t try for decades.
Curt Nichols says
VDH has written some good articles. But, he has always been flawed. He bemoans his beloved California being destroyed due to illegal immigration. But who allowed that? His beloved Republicans. When Trump had the House and the Senate? Did the Republicans do anything? Nothing. Democrats wanted brown voters that they believed would vote Dim. Which is untrue. Hard to find a critter more conservative than a Catholic Hispanic working 3 jobs. And the Republicans wanted cheap slave labor for their Chamber of Commerce masters. AS many here pointed out, VDH is a smart man trapped by his narrative. Which is the story of America. On the Ukraine issue, I am actually getting worried. There was some part of me that thought there was some rationality left in Washington, DC. I have a sinking feeling that those US troops in Romania are going to be inserted in Odessa. And used as a throw away tripwire. And that could lead to the big and final show. Any sane man would realize that Russia could not allow US troops to be parading around the historical city of Catherine the Great. But then we have the narrative strapped people like VDH with their blinders on walking us into a total and probably nuclear conflict. “Smart” men will be the death of us all.
Bazza McKenzie says
“When Trump had the House and the Senate?”
Trump never had the House and the Senate. Sure, Ryan and McConnell did, but they were doing everything in their power, facilitating the Russiagate hoax, to block him and, if possible, get rid of him.
Trump was one man fighting, as best he could, the deep state which controlled not just both houses of congress, but the entire intelligence and military establishment and the DOJ, which throughout most of his tenure was investigating him on what they knew were fraudulent charges.
McConnell would not allow Trump to sack Sessions, who had stood aside as AG and passed all control to Rod Ratenstein to investigate Trump on charges he knew were fraudulently concocted by the deep state. McConnell had refused to consider for confirmation anyone Trump might propose for AG if he sacked Sessions.
By all means rail against the RINO establishment but Trump was their victim along with the American people.
Curt Nichols says
I apologize for the wording. I agree with you. But make no mistake. The Republicans are as much of a problem as the Dims are. They are not our salvation.
Wishful thought says
At least only half of Republicans are bonkers, opposed to 90% of the Democrats.
I have Russian Neighbors. They are lovely people, very God and Family oriented. When they see me walking by their house with my little dog, they always say hello, and God bless you! On Sunday after their Church Service, they have many visitors, and as I walk by their house, I can hear the Sound of beautiful music coming from a piano. God bless these dear souls! I love them! – From Central Pennsylvania
Once Upon a Film says
Dear Hunter Redux
Lou Brooks says
I have the utmost respect for Putin, this is a man whose word is solid and he backs up his word. I have watched a number of his speeches and he is always, as the saying goes…”cool, calm and collected”. When you do see emotions from him, the shifting of feet, his facial features becoming tense, the movement of his eye and hands…he is invariably speaking about Russia and protecting Russia. Putin is deadly serious about protecting Russia and Russians, and he will never let Russia fall. Russians know that Putin does not mince words. Something the U.S. and the west have failed to realize.
Where have all the skinheads gone? Boneface knows... says
Had the ‘privilege’ of rereading some of the commentary from ‘Boneface’, the Florida neo-nazi white supremacist that’s been fighting with Azov, Tornado et. al. in Ukraine sine 2014.
It’s been pretty obvious why the US has tolerated, even chosen to work with the ultranationalists, banderites, neonazis, whatever you’d like to call them, in Ukraine but Boneface talks openly of it, and beyond.
There are two opposing anti-Russian forces within Ukraine, the way I see it.
1) US/UK/CA/EU that think they can openly support these most militant of forces, ignoring their ideology and blatant war crimes along the way, apparently even now chemical weapons dropped from drones (does anyone really doubt?), in the belief that these militant forces can be sidelined, neutralized, reformed whatever, once victory is achieved.
2) Then, there are Ukraine’s neonazis (how many, 10% of the population, you say? Irrelevant? That’s millions by my count), who – according to the bonefaces of the conflict, are willing to tolerate US/UK/CA/EU intervention to achieve victory, then sidelined, extinguished, evicted whatever, a new Maidan or whatever else necessary to achieve their ultimate goal of all, wrapped up in their favorite numerology of 1488.
Each seeking to exploit the other to achieve victory, yet ultimately to vanquish the other.
I guess we shall see how this insanity ends, one way or the other.
Red Zeppelin says
RF just got some free intel from CCP regarding US MIL bases.
At least the tweets aren’t mean and all the pronouns are fabulous.
Lou Brooks says
This comment: ‘ Shoigu called all these crimes “the genocide of the Ukrainian population by the Kyiv regime.” ‘ is why Zelensky will ‘die in office’ or become the ward of the United States. The Kyiv Nazi regime have committed so many war crimes against Russia, and Russian and Ukrainian citizens that Russia will not let those crimes go unpunished. The latest posturings by Zelensky shows his concern for his fate. He knows his days are numbered but does not know if they will end in the U.S. or in his bunker. History repeats itself we can only hope.
Those crimes are a strong reason for Russia to march to the western border and seize all of Ukraine. At this point, with Poland being such an antagonist I do not believe that Russia will leave any of Ukraine in the hands of the Polish. The Polish government is no more trustworthy than the Zelensky regime.
Much rumors about the HAARP technique for so long that it could be used to control hurricanes,
manipulate weather and trigger volcanic eruptions or earthquakes.
Is that possible?
Reading a lot of discussions online on HAARP as cause of 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey
Because Turkey that was blocking NATO aggressive expansion into Sweden?
Or is it because of Turkey’s peace plan with Syria. (No peace plan goes unpunished by us)
or that they said to US keep your dirty hands of us?
Eric Newhill says
Nah….They just tend to have big earthquakes in that region. My paternal grandfather used to like telling about an earthquake that hit his town, near the Syrian border with what is today called “Turkey”. He said that a huge crevasse opened across the town and a donkey went crazy and ran into it, taking the cart it was pulling, and the man in the cart, down with it. Then the earth shook some more and the crevasse closed up again forever.
Mark j says
Where does the Kaszahstan/Altay pipe line end? Is that Taiwan?
There is no need for military action to keep the One China policy… just turn a valve…
The big bad wolf above is not elderly enough. Droop the eyes, remove the teeth or at least most of them. Add some slobbers. Remove the red tie or have it dangling with an open shirt to reveal a sucking chest wound. Put a CIA pin on the jacket. America used to be the big bad wolf but no longer is.
America is now a rich weak nasty warrior. The world has already had to get rid of three fascist states, Germany, Italy and Japan and now must get rid of another fascist state, America. Not all of America, just the fascist globalist oligarchs along with their stolen dollar fortunes. Collapse of the dollar will take care of this. This is what happens when you let oligarchs get control of your foreign policy to use for their own greedy ends, the very definition of fascism. I hope somehow the lesson is learned.
All of western Ukraine needs to become a depopulated buffer zone. Deport all the Ukraine Nazis to Poland, Poland deserves it. Ukraine ceased to exist in 2014 thanks to America.
Excellent article….I read Hanson’s article this morning and continue to be astonished at his disconnect. Reminds me of an article that I read from him some time ago when he started out saying that he had just led a group of more than 100 people on a tour of Israel! That just shows what a moron he really is. I stop reading the article at that point.
Americans in general are just to fat and distracted. The poor do not get the information and even if they did it would make no difference.
I have given up on USA, the only solution is that it goes down. There is no way that it can be rectified in the state that it has become. It must go through a process much like Russia did after the Bolshevik revolution, the Soviet Union dysfunction and after 70 or more years, if lucky, get a man like Putin to put it back together again. I see no other recourse. A soft landing? Doubtful. Too many lunatics out there getting more nuts by the day.
I must, and will, fall. Ch and Rx know it and are doing their best to hold on long enough for the money to dry up that greases the wheels. Can happen any day really.
“The era of American dominance is coming to a messy end.”
Yeah it is. Speaking of messy ends, here are some thoughts from Big Serge on the Bakhmut situation:
“Bakhmut is functionally encircled. Russian forces have now physically cut all the highway links to the city, only a few rural roads now remain unblocked.
Options for Ukrainian forces in Bakhmut at this point are pretty simple:
1) Attempt a withdrawal across open ground and rural roads to the west.
2) Counterattack to unblock the highways.
3) Sit in the pocket and fight a reenactment of Cannae.”
There is always a fourth option, which Big Serge left out, and one that wasn’t available to the Romans at Cannae, and that is, to surrender.
So the recent “Mossad Leak” (which may or not be real, who can say) regarding casualities in the Ukraine war, are for the Ukranian side as follows:
17,230 taken prisoner
Sounds reasonable. In a war where any random person can pick a number out of a hat and have an equal shot at the prize, why not?
What does stand out though, is the ratio, and I’m not talking about dead to wouned, but total casualties vs taken prisoner.
Those are Iwo Jima type ratios. In February of 1945, roughly 22,000 Japanese soldies attempted to defend the tiny island of Iwo Jima from a US attack, and a few weeks later, at battle’s end, US Marines had taken less than 1,000 Japanese prisoner. The rest of their enemy lay dead.
Now the Empire of Japan had a code, which required the sacrifice of its citizens no matter how senseless, so I don’t hold the Japan’s officer corp responsible for the gratuitous expenditure of Japanese lives that took place at Iwo (and many, many other places), but as far as I know, the The Ukriane People’s Republic does not have such a code, and therefore, I do hold the Urkaine officer corps responsible for the extermination of the troops under their command that is currently taking place.
And yes, I am on record as of May of last year, that what I’m looking at in Ukraine can no longer be labeled a “wholesale slaughter” or an “annihilation,” but bears all the hallmarks an extermination, and thusly, we should call it such.
Eric Newhill says
Ironically, Zelensky + US is de-Nazifying Ukraine.
Got to look on the bright side sometimes 🙂
And I will be contending to the end of this war it seems, that the Russians, who’s SMO was designed to bring no harm to even a kitten, and clearly are still doing their damndest to adhere to this standard, are in the unfortunate position they must kill the entirety of the Ukrainian army thrice over, for the simple reason, that this UkoNazi regime is leaving them no other choice.
Now imagine if the Rooskies decided to use their 21st century firepower! Oh Lord, it really would be an extermination, and a lightening fast one.
Here’s the latest Tos1 thermobaric strike – and by strike, I mean just that, no plural, no salvo, no barrage, just one rocket being fired off into the great beyond. Lmao …
Notice the blotting out of the pod. Apparently, the Russians don’t want people to know they didn’t bring any rockets to this 19th century gun fight.
Here is the map of the current situation around Bakhmut, courtesy of Big Serge.
I don’t even know what to make of this, I truly don’t. Do I reside in the 21st century?
Two thousand years ago, the Romans would’ve interdicted the supply lines of this enemy with their trebuchets months ago, but some reason, the Rooskies need to actually occupy the road before they can “interdict” it, because apparently, their long range weapon systems don’t reach as far as the ancients did.
Eric Newhill says
I know, I know……The Romans would have gone all Roman on the Ukros, because that is how you win campaigns. Yes, there is something wrong with our understanding of the conflict. Yes, why aren’t the Ukro supply lines smashed?Smashing them is military science 101. I’m sure even Clausewitz would agree. The Romans sure would.
This is simple. So simple a Jarhead can understand it.
I propose the evidence that is before everyone’s eyes, if they would use them strongly suggests that either a) the Russians aren’t nearly as good as some think they are, b) the Ukros are much better than some think they are + are not suffering nearly as much attrition as some think, or a and b (my idea) and/or something else.
And no, I still am not buying that Russia wants men and supplies to arrive at the front so they can destroy them. It would be much easier and less costly to destroy everything en route to the front; before it got into fortified Ukro positions – let the hate responses begin (OMG! He is questioning sainted Russia! Saviors of the world! The damn thick skulled, meth’ed up, bourbon swilling, tobacco chomping, toothless, card carrying KKK member, psycho, war criminal, trailer trash, deep state troll! lol. They’ll probably come up with some new ones over this comment).
The Russians have been running out of missiles and artillery rounds since last April and have lost a couple hundred thousand troops – say the western sources. They’ll be finished any day now! They’ve reached their culminating point! Aaaaaaaany day now. Yes sireeeee.
The Ukrainians have lost a couple hundred thousand troops (at least!) and all of their heavy weapons are destroyed and the west can’t even supply them any more ammo. Their cities are dark and cold and starving – report the pro-Russians. They will collapse any day now! we’ve been hearing for months….and a massive offense is coming when the ground freezes (as we drift towards Spring). They’ll be wiped out to the man aaaaaaaaaany day now. Yes sireeeeeeee.
It sure looks to me like a wee bit o hyperbole on both sides. The war drags on. Sure the Russians are on the attack now and gaining a little, but they are struggling for every bit of ground. Look at the little cities being fought over – towns really – that take them weeks to capture. The US Army took bigger objectives, much faster, in Normandy, against very well armed top notch German troops. What are the Ukros fighting back with? I thought they were down to untrained kids and old men with a half a mag of ammo for their rifles. The Russians can’t roll over that in a couple of days? The pro-Russian narrative becomes ludicrous when you observe a few simple facts. It cannot be true.
Here’s another fact – the lights and heat are back on in Kiev. The trains are still running.
Another annoying fact – the supplies and fresh troops keep coming up to the line from Poland and other entry ports in western Ukraine. Yes, those untouched supply lines have stuck out of the pro-Russian narrative like a sore thumb, to my mind. Something is not right with the analysis that has Ukraine collapsing any day now. Something is not right with the analysis that has Russia falling apart any day now.
The problem here is that Ukros apparently have made a good accounting of themselves and continue to do so. So it really is possible that if NATO sent in a bunch of troops and heavy weapons that the tide would turn against Russia. That can’t be ruled out given the facts on the ground – Again, Russia struggles to take small towns defended by Ukros. It’s even worse for Russia if those Ukros really are old men and boys grabbed off the streets and poorly armed. I don’t want US/NATO troops sent in, but I’m starting to see how the idea, from a neocon perspective, isn’t as bat shit crazy as it may sound to those who are religious adherents of the pro-Russian narrative, which cannot be 100% true.
Well, one thing I know for sure (at least I think I know for sure :–), the Russians have not yet committed their army to this theater of conflict. I can find no sign of them, and I look for them on average, 24 hours per day!
Lmao … It really does seem that way sometimes, because let’s face it, who among us is willing to accept that the best way to win an existential proxie war to the death of the petro-dollar, is not use one’s army?
Certainly not me.
You know, the pro-Russian narrative, despite its faults, is the fascinating one. Yes, it’s contradictory, it backtracks, its filled with excuses and holes miles deep, and it makes no pretense that it knows what’s going on because the fog created by a mutli-polar war to the geo-political pain is by way of its sheer humungous-ness, too thick for anyone to see through, but it sure is interesting.
Whereas, on the other hand, the pro-Western narrative is a f+cking snoozefest – simply too boring in my opinion to even bother with. Its the same repetitive nonsense day after day. A monotonous and extremely irritating white noise produced by the transparently insane.
So, I’m going to remain a Puttin Puppet, for as long as I’m allowed, because at least the pro-Russian side does allow for some charged discourse, and I welcome any and all opportunities for such lively banter, even if that makes me on occassion, an anti-Russian bot.
Note: I will say this too Eric, as a student of war, if we are to lend any credence whatsoever to the pro-Russian narrative, then no army in history has been in a better position to launch multiple, rapid and overwhelming offensives while suffering nary a scratch.
At the moment the Russian army may indeed be doing nothing more than roasting weenies and toasting marshmellows in places like Kursk, Belgorod, and Rostov-on-the-Don, but I truly believe they’re out there, on the perimeter, and they’re loaded for bear.
Now whether they’ll ever be used or not, is of course, a whole ‘nother story.
Eric Newhill says
“This is weirdly, I think, a stunning achievement of one kind or another.”
Great observation. Yeah, it really is amazing.
Russia jumps off an invasion, but plays with kid gloves. NATO joins the fight. Russia draws redlines. NATO crosses red lines. Russia makes a weak gesture in response and states that next time red line is crossed they really for real will make good on a big retaliation. NATO crosses more lines, blows up Nordstream, etc. Russia does a little damage – but reparable damage – to some Ukro-infrastructure and states that next time they will really really double super get serious. NATO crosses more red lines……
Meanwhile, Russia annexes referenda territories, which it can’t – or won’t – protect. “Welcome to the Russian Federation, people of Kherson. Now you must give up your homes and businesses and flee!” Also, the pro-Russian narrative says that Ukraine is still shelling civilian areas in the Donbas/New Russian Federation. Russia can’t turn that off? It’s certainly a cost of slow progress.
Eric Newhill says
and another point – the recent revelations via the former Mossad guy about the scuttled peace deal. Russia was ready to give up on the effort and leave Zelensky at his word that Ukraine wouldn’t pursue NATO membership. That sure isn’t a deal that someone with a decisive military upper hand would do (assuming the story is true and complete in its description).
And, while I’m back at it….what happened to Russian air superiority? Anyone seen Russian aircraft wasting Ukro positions? How about attacking supply trains? No? Neither have I.
Nope, the pro-Russia narrative has a lot of holes in it. As many as the pro-Ukro narrative? Maybe not, but the gulf may not be as wide as I once thought it to be.
“Anyone seen Russian aircraft wasting Ukro positions?”
Back in November I saw a video of two Russian Su-27s dropping glide bombs on a forested area, so the answer is, an enthusiastic – if qualified – yes!
I can accept the possibility we will never see the Russian Air Force, the environment is too dangerous for them, but what I cannot accept, is the best way to advance through thinly held trenchlines is to shell them for 11 months.
Give me 10 Tos 1As, and enough ammo to last 10 days, and I’ll be in Lvov before my ammo runs out. If I’m not, court-martial my ass for imcompetence and send me to the remotest region in Siberia,
Eric Newhill says
With you. Still on the pro-Russia side – as in if I had to bet, my money is on Russia – but yeah, as you say, the Russian approach is, let’ say, “mystifying”, and certainly no snappy one liner retort can really clear the fog.
Here’s how good old fashioned proven wisdom handled the problem of enemy supply trains – with machine guns! But 5D high tech Russians can’t stop supply trains? I guess first you have to understand the importance of cutting off enemy supply.
Eric Newhill says
Some final Jarhead simple observations – if it’s too dangerous in Ukraine for the Russian air force to fly, then aircraft are pretty much obsolete is modern peer to peer combat. Same for hypersonics versus aircraft carriers and Navies in general. Navy becomes obsolete, except submarines. It’s almost as if modern peer to peer warfare has gone back to the future. We’re down to artillery duels and infantry slugging it out up close and personal.
I thought super excellent Russian precision guided missiles had targeted and taken out Ukro-air defenses? Guess not. And those AD systems must be damn effective to ground the Russian air force.
Agree that if any army was poised for a massive blitzkrieg offense, it would be the Russian forces in and around Ukraine. I suppose that is why people like MacGregor, Ritter and Berletic say such an offense is coming. It has to, right? It’s the only logical conclusion. And yet……muddy Spring is will be here soon.
The idea can’t be that the Russians don’t want to destroy Ukraine infrastructure or kill civilians because when I look at towns, like Soledar, they are left flattened by the combat. Flatten the town in a blitz or flatten it via months of shelling and street fighting, the end result is the same; except the slow approach creates more Russian casualties and more expenditures of ordnance and domestic political issues and gives the enemy time to learn, react and counter – it also may be giving the US/NATO the impression that Russia can be defeated with just a little more aid to Ukraine and maybe NATO troops. Pretty sure the Russians do not want a direct conflict against US or NATO troops.
The idea that Russians don’t care about territory is an excuse. They draw red lines based on geography – that’s all about territory. They’re taking and holding towns, not just roaming the country shooting Ukrainians like a pheasant hunt. They had referenda that are all about territory.
Strangest war in the annals of war. Yes, the pro-Russian outlook is far more interesting than the one dimensional pro-west narrative.
Erich Newhill: ” … the Russian approach is, let’s say, ‘mystifying’ …”
Lmao …. it is indeed. As for the Normandy gun cam footage, I was thinking of linking some myself at various points in this war, but I didn’t want to be labeled a dirty, filthy – and stinking! – anti-Russian troll bot.
If your planes can’t fly, for whatever reason, destroy the enemy’s supply chains with your missiles. This isn’t, and don’t I mean to be flip, “rocket” science.
And if you want to win the war quickly and without casualties on your side, take out the grid. A modern nation cannot prosecute a war without electricity. Ask the Iraqi’s. In 1991 we shut off their power in the first three weeks, and the next six months was spent pounding a blind and immobile enemy with our B-52s – and other lesser weapon systems.
Helpless rabbits in a giant kill box, that’s what Gulf War I was all about.
Taking out the Ukraine grid would require one dedicated salvo from the Black Sea fleet. But instead, this regime in the Kremlin prefers to issue an endless series of warnings. More than one thousand (and possibly as many as two thousand) missiles and drones have been launched with the express purpose of NOT taking out the Ukraine grid.
This is weirdly, I think, a stunning achievement of one kind or another.
Curt Nichols says
What is odd is that it is a self-induced extermination. The Russians give them every chance to surrender or quit. The Ukrainians allow themselves to be herded into the meatgrinder by the Nazi “No-surrender” squads hiding in the rear areas. But when I look at the sheep of the USA middle class allowing their economic and societal destruction at the hands of the over class? Is it surprising? Man’s natural state is slavery and submission. He will subject himself to a “God”, or a system, or a woman, or money. Anything to reduce responsibility for his own actions, and to not “think”. As it always was, as it always will be, sheep to the slaughter. For every flock of sheep is born a wolf. And he will feed.
If Russia brings Ukraine to its stumps essentially before western tanks are deployed ( and I believe they will), would the invading of Ukraine with an army of tanks be like starting a new war? Plus, would there be no way to move those tanks from west to east? I see disaster.
Some quotes from an old movie:
Fuck you. Fuck them.
I told you not to stop. Now let’s go.
It was a way we had over here of living with ourselves.
We’d cut them in half with a machine gun
and give them a Band-Aid.
It was a lie.
And the more I saw of them,
the more I hated lies.
Those boys would never look at me the same way again,
but I felt like I knew a few things about Kurtz
that weren’t in the dossier.
No wonder Kurtz put a weed up command’s ass.
The war was being run|by a bunch of four-star clowns
who’d end up giving|the whole circus away.
Francisco Viñuela says
“TUESDAY, FEB 07, 2023 – 04:15 AM
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday in a speech delivered before the 193-member UN General Assembly that the world is headed toward a “wider war” in Ukraine due to the ever-increasing risk of escalation.
“The prospects for peace keep diminishing,” Guterres said. “The chances of further escalation and bloodshed keep growing.” He then sounded the alarm that “I fear the world is not sleepwalking into a wider war. I fear it is doing so with its eyes wide open.”
The reading behind this statement should be…
In reality the ‘war’ between (Ukraine) (NATO) and RUSSIA is largely over or on the eve of being completed by the Russians.
Mr Gutierres is an observer and referee, pointing out the facts and possible penalties, after verifying the results with a ‘photo result’…
His Global point of view is not addressed to ‘ordinary citizens’, nor is it addressed to political leaders, much less military. This notice is addressed to the ‘Corporate world’, to the ‘trade brokers’ who currently manage the ‘road-and-belt’ of this planet. And, it does not enunciate the “tragedy” of a war or its human drama, it enunciates the cataclysm that a ‘planetary’ war would mean. The complete destruction of supply routes, energy supplies, collective destruction of food, the total chaos from itinerant human masses…
That is the true purpose of today declaration of the
Secretary General of the United Nations.
War has always been and will always be the result of a political and doctrinal decision.
The weapons used are nothing but mechanical instruments.
Political strategies win the wars, not mechanical instruments.
The doctrines cause them to be lost, despite mechanical instruments.
The key now is neither the ‘west nor a east’ territory thing. That is over.
Now the epicenter is Odessa. what to do with Odessa. How to save Odessa and at the same time save what will remain of the territory of Ukraine ?
Honorable Secretary Gutierres: You should invite to a UN round table, urgent, members of Nato, Russia, Turkey, Usa, China, India…and just as a proxy war was made in Ukraine,
now make a Proxy Peace in Ukraine…
I was under the impression of the interview with Van Dyke all day. (my time is now 21:37).
I was so outraged by his position that there were no words to comment. The only thing I would like to say could qualify as extremism, because I don’t want this guy to die in battle. I want him to be caught and executed demonstratively, as the Nazi criminals were executed in Nuremberg.
This bastard is not lying, but he is mistaken, he knows what he is doing and thinks he has the right.
Why didn’t they ask this guy what they were going to do with the residents of Crimea, which they want to “return” to US control (not Kiev, which itself is under American control).
I have heard many times from Ukrainians that peaceful Crimeans should be partially executed together with their children, partially forcibly deported. In another way, the residents of Crimea will not accept Kiev’s power over them.
This is a typical expansionist war of the West, accompanied by genocide, the total extermination of the Slavs.
Our cause is right. The victory will be ours.
Juan Valdez says
“…many of the respected punditry in the United States are convinced that America can do something to thwart China and Russia”
The American ruling class (and the punditry that sucks up to it) does not live in the same reality as the rest of us. They are all wealthy – many fabulously so – and have grown up surrounded only by their own inbred circle. They all go to the same schools. They own the mass media, which only repeats their opinions. Everything they say and do is constantly reinforced and applauded by the very power structure they own and control.
These are people who have never suffered any consequences for their actions. They lie, cheat, steal, and commit mass murder globally with impunity. They spend untold billions of $ trying to figure out ways to control the American people, from back door censorship of social media to scare mongering with crap like Covid to even more sinister acts like MK-Ultra or spreading drugs in our cities (a real twofer – they make money selling the drugs and their pals in the prison-industrial complex get rich).
Meanwhile, they rake in even more trillions of $ through weapons manufacturing and endless war or fear manufacturing and worthless “vaccines” for which their Big Pharma pals have zero legal liability.
Gore Vidal once said that the American people have no idea the contempt that they are held in by the ruling class. The simple fact is, “we the people” don’t matter to those in power, in spite of their lip service to the contrary. As Noam Chomsky said, governments consider their own populations to be the enemy. They classify everything as “secret” not to keep it from some foreign power, but to keep what they are doing secret from us.
Perhaps this is the way it has always been. Power corrupts. Greed corrupts. The difference now is the greedy corrupt psychopathic inbred morons who rule us have at their disposal thousands of nuclear weapons. They’re not about to give up their world of privilege, power and unspeakable wealth. They’ll kill us all first.
I wish I could be more optimistic.
Bill Wade says
Zelensky should unconditionally surrender to Russia today, ask for mercy, and hope for the best.
lil abner says
I think VDH has changed. His articles are just listing of the greivances with citations. No vision, no ideas, just dispair. Given that he is supposed to be a WAR historian, his mindless repetition of the regime narrative has been eye opening. Another example of ‘experts’ not even knowing their supposed subject matter, much less being one of the best in the field. To the victor goes the spoils – should Big Serge be who teaches war history at Standford ? He obviously understands the conflict and VDH obviously doesn’t (or chooses to not for some unknown reason).
Slovan Rudolf Maister says
Because there is a tendency to forget the order of events, by estern MSM I repeat:
After the collapse of the USSR, despite all the publicly given promises (these had their own weight in international law) that NATO would not expand to the east (more to Yeltsin than to Gorbachev), international agreements were also signed. One of the documents, which is essentially an upgrade of the Budapest Memorandum, is the Friendship Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation from 1997, where the signatories undertake not to allow their territory to be used to the detriment of the other’s security (Article 6, in wikipedia does not). Even earlier in the same year, the NATO-RF Basic Act was signed, where NATO undertakes not to set up, among other things, anything that smells like nuclear weapons (all kinds of warehouses, ramps, weapons, etc.) on the territory of the new members.
The ABMT agreement has in its preamble the thesis that the possibility of a second/retaliatory strike is the basis of the system of deterring the use of nuclear weapons. On December 13, 2001, GW Bush announced that the US was withdrawing from the agreement. I didn’t see why anywhere. Hand to heart, the reaction of the Russian Federation was milder, China’s was more violent. On November 21, 2002, NATO decided in Prague for an “anti-Iranian” missile shield, which in its final form has two launch sites (Poland and Romania) and a radar station (Czech Republic). The bisector between the two launch sites is almost exactly Moscow and not Tehran. This is the first step towards strategic RF defense systems. This is already a direct aggression against the RF. The second step would be bases in Ukraine (so far they have not had bases, but “missions”). Approaching the silos means a huge weakening of the possibility of a blowback, that is, of the RF defense system as a whole. Missiles that are in RF silos are only interceptable if they are intercepted immediately after launch. So, in order for “anti-missiles” to intercept them, they must be fired close enough to the launch sites. Eastern Ukraine is significantly closer than Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania or Poland.
The last ode to the most recent thresholds before a military reaction by the RF would be the autonomy of the eastern RF-friendly regions within Ukraine. This would be a “like” guarantee that Ukraine would not join NATO. According to the claims of Merkel and Holland, this was never their intimate desire.
And we are where we are.
I`m from Slovenia where our gov.does not represent majority of us.
Bert Huber says
Wasn´t there kind of a similar situation in Syria in 2013 ?
Finlands prime minister Athesari had made quite a good suggestion to end the war diplomatically.
Obama didn´t take care and blocked the initiative, because he expected that Assad
would collapse soon.
Steve Edwards says
The US/NATO haven’t poked a bear. They have steadily refused and blocked Russian efforts to be included in a European security order since the fall of the Soviet Union thirty years ago. They have left the Russians with no other options than to engage in a preemptive strike.
The reasons why the US and NATO have chosen this course should be stated honestly. I don’t think it’s a matter of a “war party” holding the reins of government. That would imply it is a matter of political motivation and would risk leaving out of consideration economic motives. The idea that the US is an imperial power was briefly floated during the intoxicated years following 9/11, but that was defined in terms of predominance and extension. It was cautiously descriptive, and avoided the plain, material truth, free of nonsense about neocons whose residual Trotskyism has gotten us into this mess. It seems to me essential to talk honestly about imperialism, i.e. what “system planners” believe is necessary to maintain this social order, however you choose to define it, if we’re going to talk about an international order that can be maintained without regressing into military competition. Otherwise, to paraphrase someone, it’s barbarism for us all.
Keith Harbaugh says
In the Napolitano/MacGregor video, Judge Napolitano makes prominent mention of Jack Devine, a CIA figure from the late 1960s to early 1990s.
Do you, Mr. Johnson, have any opinions on, or significant information about, Devine?
Vallhalla Rising says
Think of military “Task Organization ” as a fancy way to say “chain of command”….basically a hierarchical depiction of headquarters and subordinate units and the command and support relationship between them. Task Org is really really important on the battlefield…for example, if you are a combat engineer company, the task org tells you what maneuver element(s) you will support in a combined arms breach and who (which) supply unit) you draw your explosive charges from.
I am not super familiar with the Russian Army task org but I am pretty damn sure Russian units all report up and down to another Russian unit…everybody speaks the same language, wears pretty much the same uniform and uses the same equipment. Simple and efficient right.
Well a “simple” task org is just not how NATO rolls…maybe simple is not inclusive enough I don’t know. I do know that a typical NATO task org is a recipe for disaster on the battlefield…take the NATO Allied Forces North Battalion (AFNORTH) as a shining example of what not to do when task organizing military units. AFNORTH is manned and equipped by no less than 13 different European military units. Those units all speak different languages, they wear different uniforms, they use different equipment and they all ultimately answer to different Commanders in Chief. Here is a link for the AFNORTH task org:
What are the chances of let’s say a Polish Infantry Company understanding and executing an order that has to be planned and supported by military units from 12 other countries…I can tell you “zero chance”.
That is NATO my friends…
the blame-e says
About the whole Turkey earthquake thing. Remember this 1962 quote by former President Johnson? “He who controls the weather controls the world.” Now add the whole desperate and dying hegemon thing to the current NATO Turkey thing. Just saying.
Political Tectonics says
Yeah, Bolton sent a team of commandos to drill a 5 km deep well and drop a 10 megaton nuke down it, while the Turks were asleep.
The active strike-slip fault between the Arabian and Anatolian plates that Turkey sits on had absolutely nothing to do with it.
just saying says
Earthquakes are not weather. If USA could cause earthquakes, Russia would be completly flattened by now, and Iran too, not to mention Northern Korea. Now that I think of it, I don’t think Turkey would be anywhere on the Top 10 to Hit by Earthquake list.
yes. the ONE thing Romney did get right. The Dem base is a rock solid 47%
Paulo Guerra says
We are all moved by the devastating power of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria that have already devastated thousands of human lives. With Syria as Libya already half-destroyed and under World Order sanctions based on Washington rules! To pass a pipeline! But the truth is that the proxy war in Ukraine continues to kill many more people every day. With the Kiev comedian now sending children to the front! And the world remains silent!!! Looks like there will be a US peace rally in 10 days! When a few thousand more have died! They should take advantage the rally to set the date for the comedian’s hanging in DC.
Meanwhile, another clown joined the party. The former PM of Israel who says he went to Moscow to discuss Zelensky’s death?! And I’ve read some curious reviews that say it’s to pull the rug out from Kiev clown?! But does any normal person believe that a head of state argues with a clown whether is going to kill another head of state? For me this “story” by the former PM of Israel was only intended to give some credibility to the complaints of another insignificant clown, BoJo! Yes, because the evil Putin kills heads of state every day. As political opponents with less than 1% in the polls. Which tells us that the CIA still hasn’t given up on the idea of regime change in Moscow. Unfortunately for Ukraine!
Joseph B. says
Van Dyke is a young and very naive man who lives in a delusion as young people often do.
Victor Davis Hanson has lost his mind or sold his soul to the globalists.
This is war is over and it is most deplorable that nobody in the West wants to acknowledge it.
As we speak, NATO is depleted in equipment and ammo. No NATO EU member can field, let alone manage, a competent combined arms operations. Accordingly, even if NATO could field 300,000 troops and 300 tanks with adequate artillery and air support, they would be obliterated. NATO cannot deliver, supply, support, or manage anything that complex against an adversary like Russia.
The tank issue illustrates how ridiculous NATO is. For instance, Russian tanks don’t exceed 55 tons for good reasons, two of which are bridges and soil. Should the Challenger 2, Leopards 1&2, or Abrams make it to the Ukraine, they won’t make it to the frontline. They are too heavy for Ukrainian bridges and soil… hence they will be limited in their movements and destroyed well before they have the opportunity to make any combat contribution.
NATO’s efforts in Ukraine have nothing to do with military actions. NATO in Ukraine is simply engaged in human sacrifices on an industrial scale. Feeding Baal constitutes NATO’s current purpose.
Southern Bird says
I live in the west, on a far flung island in the pacific, they want war with china on top of russia, but the US does not produce anything I purchase, Excel is not a unique product anymore, likewise with computers and vehicles. we buy alot of these things from Americas competitors.
the people who we do buy from, well they buy from us, china is our number one market for our products, we do not have and are not denied market access to china like we are to the US market. the US market is not able to absorb our production, let alone all of europes too.
this leads us to the conclusion the us is vastly over extended and yes they can print all they want but there is no capacity left in the US to consume global production like it once did.
On the cultural front, I have not seen a worthwhile movie worth watching at the theater in more than 10 years, reports are western production have to change productions to suit the china market, all because not enough Americans consume holly woods productions to keep them afloat.
This reminds me of a great line in Star Wars, altered here:
“The more you tighten your grip, Uncle Sam, the more countries will slip through your fingers.”
I just noticed that Jewlensky is in London with our PM Roland Rat. It’s been mentioned in other online forums that we are expecting a big moment soon. Perhaps he’s out of the country while something big happens in the 404. Just a thought
I have no idea why you’re gloating about a has been Israeli President exposing what’s already been exposed many fold by other more prestigious Westerners. Bennet was simply trying to make front page news, grandstand and somehow make Israel relevant & seem important. He’s a parasitic tic, looking for a host.
Looks like he got you to spotlight him as well. As for the rest, and Russia’s SMO, looks like Russia has joined the West in creating its own MIC with money grubbing weapons manufacturers while death abounds. So glad Russia finally got on the same page as NATO\US in its “war of attrition “ so that lots of folks can make lots of money! Lord knows Wagners raking it in, cm. By cm. Leaving swathes of empty rubble cities that an air campaign for a couple of days would have accomplished just as well. Oh well, money to be made!! That’s the United goal! Russia hasn’t counter sanctioned crap, it hasn’t sanctioned a thing that could actually hurt the EU /US economy, not uranium or neon or aluminum or spent fuel used for nuclear power… NADA… nothing! Heck, not even diamonds… a few hundred people they didn’t like were sanctioned… boo who…and what have sanctions done to Russia?? NADA, zilch, zero…Good grief people, wake the heck up!! All that’s happened in Russia has allowed the US to rape and control EU while they pivot East, and you thought McKinder plan dead… lol… poor China… until I actually witness “ashes to ashes… we all fall down” this is a global reset joke on all of us.
Victor Davis Hanson is a Neocon and therefore should be discounted.
I never liked VDH’s articles and analysis. There is always something ‘off’ about them.
BTW, all Pooty has to do is ‘turn off’ the remaining European pipelines. Game, set, match.
Re: Taiwan. According to Doug MacGregor the US military war games the defense of Taiwan and the US has never won.