Monday witnessed a massive Russian attack (reportedly the largest since February 24th) using high-precision long-range air- and sea-based armament on Ukrainian facilities that control communication and energy systems throughout the country, which reportedly disrupted the command control and logistics operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and their logistic networks. You got to ask, “What took them so long?”
The war in Ukraine clearly has entered a new phase, with Ukraine failing to press its offensive and Russia solidifying its lines of defense and launching counter attacks that are pushing Ukraine out of key strategic areas in Donetsk. It appears that the combination of the murder of Darya Dugina, the sabotage of the Nordstream pipelines, the bombing of the Kerch bridge and the spoiled drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastapol convinced the Russians to step up its military strikes to destroy critical electrical and energy infrastructure that they had previously left intact.
Yet, even while achieving success in systematically turning off the lights and heat throughout Ukraine, Russia is focusing on destroying transformers and key transmission installations rather than blow up nuclear, thermal and water power plants. If those sites are still intact, Russia will face an easier reconstruction task once Ukraine is defeated. It is easier to install new transformers and power lines than it is to build a new nuclear reactor. Right?
The Russian strikes reportedly have eliminated 50% of Ukraine’s ability to supply power and heat, which means life in Kiev, Lviv and Kharkiv will become unsustainable. We are not talking about the inconvenience of being unable to charge your cell phone or watch your favorite show on Netflix or keep your computer battery alive. The loss of power cuts off water supply and degrades the sewer system. As I noted in a previous piece, if your live four or more floors above ground level you will either have to carry buckets of water to the toilet or give up flushing. It also means no heat and the temperatures in Ukraine fall to near 0 Celsius at night. That would be tolerable if you have a fireplace (which most of the apartments in the urban areas do not have). With no radiant heat you must layer up just to avoid hypothermia.
Basic task like shopping require you dress as a cave explorer. Check out this photo of grocery shopping in Ukraine.
It looks like there is a split growing between Washington and London on the future of the war in Ukraine. NBC news reported today that President Dementia Joe screamed at Ukraine’s Zelensky during a June phone call:
But a phone call between the two leaders in June played out differently from previous ones, according to four people familiar with the call. Biden had barely finished telling Zelenskyy he’d just greenlighted another $1 billion in U.S. military assistance for Ukraine when Zelenskyy started listing all the additional help he needed and wasn’t getting. Biden lost his temper, the people familiar with the call said. The American people were being quite generous, and his administration and the U.S. military were working hard to help Ukraine, he said, raising his voice, and Zelenskyy could show a little more gratitude.https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/biden-lost-temper-zelenskyy-phone-call-ukraine-aid-rcna54592
Biden yelling at people is not unusual, at least for an old guy with dementia. What is striking is that this “news” was leaked today, one week before the mid-term elections. While the NBC report goes on to insist that things are just swell between Joe and Volodomyr and that they have patched things up, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council, John Kirby, said this:
“The president’s goals were clear from the very beginning. We don’t want conflict with Russia. It’s number one,” Also among the tasks, Kirby listed strengthening the eastern flank of NATO and helping Ukraine to approach the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict in the most advantageous position.https://t.me/infodefENGLAND/593
So, the United States is backing off of its bellicose rhetoric and is now briefing that it does not want “conflict with Russia.” Someone forgot to tell the Brits. I made a point of listening to a raft of British political figures, including Boris Johnson, on Sky News today. They were pushing the meme that Russia is on the ropes and that Ukraine is marching to an inevitable victory. Check out Lord Dannatt–Putin is desperate and gravely ill:
And here is Kiev’s Mayor Klitschko reporting, falsely, that Ukraine stopped most of Russia’s missiles. Yet, he concedes that 80% of Kiev is without water.
I save the best for last. BOJO. This interview, if you have the stomach for it, demonstrates Boris Johnson is a wretched, dishonest, deluded man. He is still all in on Ukraine beating Russia on the battlefield.
Johnson insists it is up to the Ukrainians to decide their own fate. He fails to mention that he pressured Zelensky in May not to negotiate a deal with Russia. In BOJO world, Russia will have to surrender annexed territory. How that will be accomplished is not spelled out. BOJO is delusional. He appears to believe sincerely that Putin is running out of options, while oblivious to the economic horror wrecking England. Prominent, famous pubs are closing their doors. Inflation is surging and the common folk are finding it more difficult to buy food and maintain lifestyles they enjoyed just a year ago.
Here is the bottomline–Ukraine’s military position will continue to erode in the coming weeks while economic conditions in England and the rest of Europe will worsen. The latter will make it impossible to sustain political support to continue sending unlimited financial and military aid to Ukraine.
I found it interesting that RT stopped saying NATO is guilty of terrorist acts (Nordstream etc.).
Instead, they are now pushing the “Britain is guilty of terrorist acts” line.
Is Russia preparing an out for the USA at the expense of Britain ?
that is exactly right. I would expect in coming weeks Britain being degraded by US and Russians just like they did it in the aftermath of the WWII. Brits destroyed the German economy without realizing that they too have a target on their back
It would appear so.
Divide and rule.
Britain has been most bellicoy. This approach leaves open the possibility of rapprochement with the others and puts UK in an uncomfortable spotlight with some of this getting through to citizens. Good PR and strategic move
Perhaps with recently disclosed information, they are simply pointing the finger at the guilty party concerned. Of course, anyone understands that the UK does not act alone, but only on the orders of the hegemon.
Jim S says
It’s regularly noted in comments how stupid Americans are–a sentiment with which I more or less agree. But how can such a stupid people be pulling the strings of cultured, educated, and well-mannered Europe into committing mutual suicide? One of these assumptions must be false. Either:
1. The US is not nearly so stupid as believed; or,
2. Europe and Britain have degenerated so far as to allow themselves to be controlled by a stupid people; or,
3. The US is not controlling Europe and Britain, because Europe and Britain also desire to destroy Russia–willing accomplices rather than puppets.
Are Europeans questioning hard enough as to why European leaders are acting against their interests? And surely Ukraine is not the only matter where this is the case. The last few years have revealed to many Americans just how much our leaders despise us. If you folks from UK/NZ/Aus/Can and Europe do not face to fact that your leaders also despise you–and recognize the depth of their scorn–you will remain forever enslaved.
Option 2 looks like a winner.
BoJo, Borrel, Sholz, Fondoff Lying and the various WEF bimbos – hardly the brightest pennies in the purse. And they come with a carbon bad, no farting cows, you-will-own-nothing and eat ze bugs agenda that is being furthered by their fetish for sanctions.
Add to that fiscal folly and disarmament through giving away the military hardware into the black hole by the Black Sea. Real smart moves.
Alex Thrace says
Sadly Americans are stupid. Look at the Pennsylvania senate race. They are close to electing a walking stalk of broccoli called Fetterman. That he is even in the race as a contender and polling well shows that Americans are dumb as rocks. A Fetterman candidacy should have been laughed off the stage just as the Biden candidacy should have.
People are putting Ukrainian bunting on their mailbox yet cannot even point to the correct hemisphere to find the place.
They line up for booster shots that have significant chance of killing them and don’t ask a single question. They tolerate genital mutilation of children which is evil along with being stupid and I hear it all the time from those who have watched the Top Gun Maverick that all we need to do is send in the F35’s to kick Putin right back to Moscow and he will beg us to take his oil and gas for free. Yes I know people who actually say that.
Meanwhile in what we laughingly refer to as “school” kids don’t who won WW2 or even who fought WW2, and are being told that math is racist.
Don’t even get me started on “Drag Queen Story Hour” for 3rd graders.
One day I am going to write a book about some of my experiences interviewing college graduates for industrial jobs. The only problem is no one would believe half of the stories.
Fetterman’s candidacy mirrors that of Dementia Joe.
“Americans are dumb as rocks. A Fetterman candidacy should have been laughed off the stage just as the Biden candidacy should have”.
There’s a very good reason why a TV set is called a “Boob Tube”.
Don Engelbach says
Started protesting at ferry boat terminal (a captive audience of 100-120 autos every 1 1/2 hour. I got to do something. The lack of understanding or disinterest by 75% is indicative but I do get a few thumbs up and comments that show some of them still have brain activity going on upstairs there). Two stopped on road to tell me why we were shipping $100B+ in weapons to Ukraine. Their responses were “inorder to stop WW3” and “because we`re human.” I have to wonder how this is preventing WW3 or making me more human. I thot I was getting very human by getting out there and finding a way to protest what our MSM and govt won’t do until months later. Others were aware that US was giving away $Bs and not fixing our own problems. Our local problem is that we’re supposed to have 2 ferry boats here. Only got one. That’s an argue that is difficult to maintain, especially with local folks directly impacted. Propaganda is a powerful tool. How scary to later discover you’ve been fooled again.
“Are Europeans questioning hard enough as to why European leaders are acting against their interests? ”
Of course not. Most Europeans support sanctions against Russia and believe the narrative. Look at France re-electing Macron, or the total lack of popular reaction to German policies and the destruction of NordStream
Most Europeans believe they live in a democracy while they beg to be ruled by the Americans. And most of them think it’s better to be ruled by the neo-cons than by the Russians or Chinese or any other nation that goes against the current hegemony. That’s why they accept any BS coming from US. Servant mentality. “Carpet to wipe your feet on” personality.
I would go with 3.
I think.even the US is surprised how far and how easy Europe is falling in line. This is probably worrying at some level as even the US had not banked on this, i.e dog leading the master.
Mike Smith says
I’m an American and as far as Americans being stupid, I can comment on that statement. The great majority of Americans get their messaging (aka “NEWS”) from the mainstream media and they blindly and willingly accept that information as the truth. I can’t tell you how many intelligent and successful people I know who are completely blind to the narratives being hammered into them by the professional sounding pundits in the mainstream media. These people really do believe they are well informed – especially the people who listen to National Propaganda Radio (NPR) I have been getting my news from the independent media for several years now and I can easily see the mind manipulation practiced by the MSM as well as outright lies or the more insidious lies of omission by only telling the facts of a story designed to mold your perception of the events. I am lucky enough to have a small group of people whom I share information with on world events who also get their info from the independent media so I don’t feel so alone. We have to be selective with whom we share information because so many others will simply cast us as conspiracy theorists without even showing a glimmer of interest in why we believe as we do.
1. “It is the economy, stupid!” – It is ALWAYS the economy, i.e. a mighty $. Uncle Sam is holding everybody by their pockets and in their pocket.
2. CIA has a big “black folder” – not just file – on each of these so-called “leaders”. Have you already forgotten E. Snowden, guys?
Everything is VERY simple and always the same.
Flying Dutchman says
I see it the other way around: The US is egging on Britain to be the real manager (and where necessary, executant) of escalation and terrorism, in order to maintain a strategic and political space between itself and Britain.
If it really is true that “The president’s goals were clear from the very beginning. We don’t want conflict with Russia. It’s number one,” as Johnson quotes Kirby saying, then the main purpose of having Britain serve as the acting belligerent is so that if the escalation does reach a point where Russia finds it necessary to launch a warning strike against a significant target outside the Ukraine, the US wants that strike to be against a British target, not a de jure US target. In that case the US thinks the escalation still could be contained without escalating further to full-scale war between NATO and Russia.
Whatever the British target is would be another proxy sacrifice the US offers up to its own program of unbridled aggression.
Of course pro-Russian media could be responding in accord with this idea, the way you say RT is subtly changing its line.
Pito from Mescalito says
Another Option. The US is slyly manipulating Russia into physically wiping out the United Kingdom as revenge for the serious irreparable damage and ruin the United Kingdom perpetrated on the United States with their phony Steele Dossier.
Seems unlikely as Democrats still believe Russia interfered in the 2016 election and the Steele dossier is “essentially” true. The same Deep State who engineered the Russian collusion hoax wants revenge for their own hoax??
Agnieszka Gill says
Sadly, they do. Even otherwise “intelligent and educated” ones, probably because they consider themselves infallible, like their infallible country. Also, I find it amusing why people seemingly obsessed with democracy in domestic sphere are perfectly fine with US autocracy in foreign affairs.
Do a little reading about Rhodes and CFR over at Ehret`s exelent site👍
His writing is engaging and you on archive.org most of the books rhodes and other imprialists are free to read and download.
1. Russia is NOT SUBTLY changing the line. It never said that it was the US who blew the pipes but – clearly! – NOTHING in this conflict is happening without the US approval and encouragement. Russia only started pointing the finger to MI6 after it got irrefutable evidence that it was MI6. They were even ready to present this evidence at the security counsel… only the UN – surprise, surprise! – did not want to listen…
2. Britain has always been and always will be acting belligerent towards Russia. Even when Russians saved them from the complete annihilation by Hitler and they pretended to be “allies”, as soon as the WWII has ended, Churchill immediately started planning the war on Russia. And BOJO considers himself the Churchill’s second coming… even as fat and ugly as the original.
3. RE: American stupidity and ignorance. The same happens in Canada where I live. People stupidly repeat the exact lines their gov-ts drill into them via media. Nobody asks questions simply because they are blissfully ignorant and uneducated – even the not-so-stupid ones. But the Europeans have finally started asking. “It’s the economy, stupid” – that is ALL people in North America really care about. And that they are THE best, THE greatest and deserve EVERYTHING while others are just subhumans that nobody cares about. That is the ONLY thing they learn from the age 0 by their parents and society.
Your penname sound west-slavic, maybe Polish.
Well, the blast of Russian pipes coinsided with finishing of Polish gas pipe, designed to make north seas gas (UK, Norway) bypass Germany. Thus mostly disconnecting Berlin from gas sources independent from Warsaw, and London was Warsaw senior patron since 1920-s.
So UK wagging American dog and pinning them into the everescalating fight is plausible.
There was a funny episode somewhere around 2016, when USA, UK and Israel were publicly exchanging hints “someone (else) must step up against Assad’s brutaity” trying to guilt each other under the bus.
It may be more so in that Russia is accelerating the split is Europe. By focusing on Britain it ensures there will never be unity again. The French will never trust the Germans.
They should not trust the Germans.
The Germans are almost as underhanded as the Brits.
Let’s not forget that it was the Germans through the EU that killed the South Stream gas pipeline, only to soon after approach Russia to build Nord Stream 2.
Germans basically screwed either Bulgaria or Romania.
There are a lot of other instances of Merkel making agreements and never fulfilling her end.
Mink Accords is a good example, although French were just as bad on those.
My personal experience with Lufthansa was also extremely negative. They basically charged me $1800 to change my departure flight, while presenting the information as if I was going to get a $3 refund. I could had bought the entire ticket for about $1,000.
Anna Zimmerman says
Yes. It is hard not to think that recent events aren’t karma for the deliberate destruction of Greece and the other PIGS during the debt crisis.
Sgt. Based says
As long as the petro dollar still exists the US is the much more serious threat
The UK isn’t even a regional power anymore but they’re still pretending they’re the British Empire of the 19th century outplaying Russia in the Great Game
Not only are they a much easier target since most of the world hates the UK, historically their belligerence toward Russia also must be punished.
Zelensky’s “demands” are understandable. He’s a clown but not dumb. He and his saner Nazis know they’re mercenaries doing the US’s dirty work because Biden’s afraid to commit US or NATO troops to the slaughter. So he rightly “demands” more and more. He and his pals are also selling off at least half of the equipment for a post-war retirement (if they survive). And as always the Bojos, Bidens, Scholtzs, etc will gasp in disbelief at Zelensky’s “ingratitude” for all their efforts to “save” Ukraine. From a distance it’s all quite amusing. Up close it’s hell.
Fran Macadam says
It was all so unnecessary.
The President of Russia delivered the Address to the Federal Assembly. The ceremony took place at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall.
April 21, 2021
“Members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies,
Citizens of Russia,
We really want to maintain good relations with all those engaged in international communication, including, by the way, those with whom we have not been getting along lately, to put it mildly. We really do not want to burn bridges. But if someone mistakes our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intends to burn or even blow up these bridges, they must know that Russia’s response will be asymmetrical, swift and tough.
Those behind provocations that threaten the core interests of our security will regret what they have done in a way they have not regretted anything for a long time.
That was in April 2021 … and nobody “heard” it …
The message was clear. I always say to my colleagues: if you don’t mess up with the people and territory of russia, you will have a reliable partner. On the contrary, be prepared.
Yes, very well said! It is absolutely, that simple.
So are all wars
Cato the Uncensored says
They’d rather be an abject failure at making a go at being Great Britain rather than minding their own business and being OK England.
BTW, given all the MI6 involvement in dethroning Trump, inter alia, I’m reluctant to declare which side of the UK-US “special ” is the puppet and which is the master.
Mossad, MI6,CIA ,CSIS , They all are the patsy goyim cattle donkeys of the Rothschild City of London Bankers
No they are not. They have agency of their own. Anyone blaming one people for all bad things has no understanding of history. All powerful groups have influence on state structures. Easy to punch others rather than reflect on ones own failings.
Ernest Judd says
What? Afraid to say “Jew” or “Zionist”?
My only disagreement is that they have a huge problem with nepotism. (and a serious problem with victimhood)
In the U$A, with >2% of lawyers, doctors, Ivy League placement, Congress, House?
In Canada it is a criminal offense to criticize a Jew!! One cannot say, “I boycott Israel”, or say, “I stand with Palestine”. There are apparently 30 countries worldwide that have adopted this.
Ever wondered why everywhere they migrated to they were cast off – on 110 different occasions?
That’s nothing. Check out how many UK prime ministers went to Oxford and certain schools. Or how many US politicians to a few schools. Or even how celebrity kids get jobs. Its just the way elite circles work, like old boys networks. Difference being communities are more diverse and you can engage with them or at least part of them to try to open their eyes to behavior that is exclusive. The Jewish community is very varied, its not a monolith. Straussians and Israeli policy on Palestine etc. I am not a fan of, but there are also many wonderful people in that community who try to do good and are good people lets not forget that.
Flying Dutchman says
I don’t know how they figure the way to do that is to serve as the lackey of the US, a sacrificial proxy at best different only in degree but not in kind from the Borderland itself.
Especially since Elizabeth 2 was most of the mastermind for the decades past.
Good point. The level of dirtyness is so high, the quantity of evidences against each other is so huge that we can say there are a threat war between US and UK. There is no more confidence. What exist is a common target, that means, to weak russia and Europe (Germany in the first place).
Jack Gordon says
All this will come as a great shock to Americans who’ve been getting their news from our captured and mendacious media. I have friends who still believe the shyte being spewed by chuckleheads like Dave Patreus. They are soon to learn the tremendous difference between an incompetent television general and the likes of General Soluvikin.
Mike D. says
I have pretty much stopped trying to have a rationale discussion on this. I am tired of getting ” you are a traitor” looks.
Even worse the majority of Americans believe that if US meets Russia on a battlefield it will be lights out easy for Russia. The fact that they might lose power for a long time or worse is like telling them their NFL team sucks when they think they are great.
When it comes to blabbing one’s mouth out, Patreus is chicken feed compared to Ben Hodges, previously commander of United States Army Europe , now Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis, some sort of think tank/NGO. Probably not as well known as Patreaus because he operates in Europe, not the USA.
His latest contribution, hilarious:
Marcos aguilera says
Hello Larry I like your qualifications madness biden hahaha I think the answer to why Russia didn’t act this way before would be because they are playing with time, which I think is on their side. the coming winter, the economic crisis in europe will make it difficult if not impossible to maintain support for ukraine as you predict, i also have the impression that russia did not want to make ukrainian lanppblation suffer, kyiv has wasted the opportunity for peace I think it’s too late for that.
Sucks to be a Ukrainian……
One thing though. Had lights like that gone out in US or EU there would be a looting frenzy. I have to admire the civilised way Ukranian are just getting on with it.
bob sykes says
Only in the black cities. Here in rural Ohio we lost electricity for a week last summer, and there was no looting or violence.
Same here in Maine. I’ve been through a few week-long outages in winter. Never a problem. Of course, most of our population is armed.
A wannabe burglar did try to break into a neighbor’s house in the middle of the night a few years back. Home owner’s lab woke him up, home owner held the wannabe at gunpoint for half an hour til cops arrived.
And BLM did try to get something going down in Portland, early on in their rioting. Police &/or sheriff shut them down in a hurry. Mu guess is they didn’t want a shootout between “visitors” & locals. Locals would’ve won, but bad for tourism & biz.
Mike D. says
Wonder if that can even be discussed by US authorities in the event of a disaster( chemical or dirty bomb in US city).
The MAGA supporters are identified as the lootets-MAGA.
The others are washing cars in Target commercials
wearing pressed khakis and Polo shirts and penny loafers( with no socks of coutse).
chis marley says
Bill Wade says
It’s interesting that the USA is walking things back while the UK is full steam ahead.
Biden has potential conflicts of interest re Ukraine. He knows if GOP take Congress all this is going to be investigated. Plus he has a limited attention span.
How much of the US ‘walking back’ is mid-term optics? I don’t believe that Kagan-Nuland and fellow travelers have walked a single thing back. Choice of tactics may change, but their strategic objective has not. The war will continue until they are frog-marched out of the State Department to an extradition flight heading towards an international war crimes tribunal.
Extraditions from corrupt FUSA won’t happen so the war against sovereign Russia will continue indefinitely. Toleration of Trotskyites not only inside one’s country but inside the control nodes of one’s country guarantees permanent war.
When the lights go out at night, and the criminals are armed, the creatures of the night come out with the darkness and go to work taking care of those they disagree with and taking what they want.
good prices for copper cable at the moment, de energized power systems full of easy to take material just up for grabs…
a certain element in society knows that who ever is in charge when the Russians come around will be given the best deal, where about to see Darwinism evolve in the country as war lords start to emerge to secure there own fiefdoms, Its why zelensky is desperate for cash, he has been buying off local elements to maintain control, when those groups stop receiving there stipend, support will be pulled and areas will start to turn hostile. they have a loyalty to money that may override there patriotism.
Why did it take so long?
I work with/use horses on my farm. Rule number 1 when you train a horse: let them commit to a behavior you are trying to fix and only then fix it. For example, you don’t want the horse to enter your space? Let them enter your space and only then make it obvious they should not be there. After a few committed attempts, they will never think about it again.
Russians waited for everything to line up – international support in global south (and hidden but brewing dissent in the West), loss of manpower and equipment on the side of Ukraine, economic issues in the West exacerbated by sanctions, embarrassing illegal seizures of assets/foreign reserves that everyone can see, embarrassing/cowardly acts of terrorism by UK/USA (Nordstream, Sevastopol….) that everyone can see, chip sanctions on China, OPEC+ big “f*ck you” to United States, Taiwan as proof that USA hates China, mobilization in Russia of up to million men, SCO + Iran joining SCO, Lula winning again in Brazil (hello BRICS+), illegal oil/gas price caps going against all principles of free trade and capitalism, list goes on and on.
Now the cherry on the cake comes for the Russians – the total destruction of Ukraine right on the eve of American elections. All of a sudden the whole narrative in the West will collapse and all the spineless scum, pardon, “journalists” and ex-generals on TV, the whole rotten/corrupt house of cards we call “the administration” will be exposed as a bunch of incompetent/corrupt losers who have given away our hard earned tax moneys into a black whole that they also lied about for 9 months. All this on the heels of more and more studies exposing serious issues with the mRNA vaccines, plus coming diesel shortages, prices going to hell and winter coming in EU.
As Vladimir Vladimirovich put it – it will be an interesting decade and I don’t think he meant for Russia/Asia, he meant it more for us living in the crumbling empire(s)….
You correct that they were lying to us, just not for 9 months 🙂
Jim Giles says
If Larry had a forum, I would follow you because of your clear writing skill and your assumed background, i.e., military/intelligence.
“President Kennedy caught on and intended to withdraw, but the CIA killed him before he could.”
Do you think the CIA killed President Kennedy?
“Lula winning again in Brazil (hello BRICS+)”
What do you mean by the above? I assume you are a Trump fan and Trump was supporting Jair Bolsonaro. I don’t understand Trump’s support or the importance of Brazil.
Do you think the election was stolen from Trump?
I think since Lula is the founding member/person of BRICS, he will continue to enhance/uphold cooperation with it. I do not have an opinion on the actual US elections being stolen but then again, what is the meaning of the word “stolen”? If you repress details about a laptop that could (in)directly affect election outcome, do you count that act as “stealing”?
I told a family member who is liberal that once you get the ballots in, there is no tracing them, they are in, and that our 2020 election violated darn near everything that the Carter Center on elections monitoring declares as a fair election for other countries.
I also said this is as old as our republic, but it was only 2020 it became massive.
I can’t say there was an election stolen in 2020, but give any municipal detective with this kind circumstantial and what appears to be in some cases direct evidence of a crime, he would be on it, hard. There’s lots of smoke, the fire? Put out by those who wanted it out.
Oh, that detective who was assembling a team was told by his chief to make it go away.
Jim Giles says
Thank you for your response.
Mrr. Smitthh says
2:36 of Boris bullcrap, that was all I could mentally handle!
Larry Johnson says
You have a strong constitution.
Stefan Cristian Gavrila says
i was able to handle under 48 seconds )))))))…is to much..my mind is not able to understand those mens and my hart is broken after under my own eyes my country is committing Economic Suicide at the order of those buffoons…..
Boris is a fantastic liar. He practised alot when having multiple affairs and kids during his second marriage and then during elections. Then to his cabinet. He is just such a sincere lying whore it’s almost impressive.
He is a fool. He thought he would go down on history for doing what Churchill wanted but failed to do, destroy Russia. Barbarian desperate for fame, power and historical significance.
another steve says
Churchill is far beyond your comprehension.
Boris had more fun than you.
Barbarism is pretentious ignorance.
Keep going to school.
Maybe you it’s you that needs to go back to school (WW2 ended 8th May 1945):
REPORT BY THE JOINT PLANNING STAFF
1. We have examined Operation Unthinkable. As instructed, we have taken the following assumptions on which to base our examination:
1. The undertaking has the full support of public opinion in the British Empire and the United States and consequently, the morale of British and American troops continues high.
2. Great Britain and the United States have full assistance from the Polish armed forces and can count upon the use of German manpower and what remains of German industrial capacity.
3. No credit is taken for assistance from the forces of the other Western Powers, although any bases in their territory, or other facilities which may be required, are made available
4. Russia allies herself with Japan.
5. The date for the opening of hostilities is ****1st July, 1945.****
6. Redeployment and release schemes continue till 1st July and then stop.
Owing to the special need for secrecy, the normal staff in Service Ministries have not been consulted.
1. The overall or political object is to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and British Empire.
How cute! Soggy island rock goblin has thoughts
Geoff Yorke says
Former Master of Balliol College, Sir Anthony Kenny, tutored Boris Johnson in philosophy at Balliol and mentions Boris in his book Brief Encounters: Notes from a Philosopher’s Diary (SPCK Publishing, 2018). It’s clear Kenny and other Oxford dons viewed Boris as an unserious person if not a goof even though they seemed to feel he had potential.
martin mkultra7 says
i did not bother with any of it.like Lavrov i know the west is “non-agreement capable”
Manuel Verdugo says
Pues yo les sugiero a los Ingleses , Alemanes y en general a los Europeos que se tomen vacaciones de todo el invierno, que pidan un prestamo equivalente a lo que gastaran en factura de Electricidad y gas y se vengan a Mexico a disfrutar de las delicias del clima, la gente y la gastronomia. sera mucho mas barato que permanecer en Europa muriendose de frio.
Kevin Watson says
Well reasoned, and no doubt many will accept the offer. I bet the Germans love Mexico.
Sorry, but I dont follow football
Excuse me, it’s soccer
Manuel Verdugo says
Mexico no es el futbol. Mexico es muy grande y ese deporte es insignificante para la cultura mexicana. Recien estuve en la ciudad de Mexico. esta lleno de turistas de todas las naciones y por supuesto de Mexicanos. El desfile de dia de muertos congrego casi un millon de personas. Decenas de Miles de ellos turistas.
Jack Barry says
Credit to Tom Luongo for sorting most of this out in riveting fashion. It would appear the old colonial powers of Europe and the NeoCon Zionists of the UK and the US are all in on bringing in their great reset against the wishes of about 95% of the world.
It seems only woke dumbed down progressives and mainstream media consuming halfwits want this and their spokesgal Greta has now gone rogue and is bloviating about ending capitalism as the solution to climate hoax… And how convenient! Just when China and Russia got better at capitalism than us.
Tom’s thesis is the Fed under Powell is breaking free from the old world colonialists and the UK Neocons and putting America First because that’s Powell’s mandate. Apparently Powell’s family tree goes back to the early settlers and he’s not a fan of UK royalty.
It makes sense when you look at it this way… When all you have to choose from is heart surgery, lung cancer or brain cancer… you go with the one that has the best odds of survival! Heart surgery it is!
Tom and Alex Krainer were the first to identify the UK as the likely culprits of Nordstream. And now rumor has it Liz Truss texted “it’s done” to Blinken within a minute of the explosions.
These are interesting times indeed
1. Truss did not text Blinken with “its done.” The military would not allow her to be in the operational chain of command for something like this.
2. The Russians did not hack an iCloud server to obtain this information.
3. The Brits may have been involved with the Nordstream attack, but they were not the prime mover.
All of this should tell you who the source and what the purpose of the leak is.
Marcos Santos says
1. Why are you so certain of this? This makes no sense.
2. No need to hack an iCloud server; you just need someone close to her with access to her i-Devices, or an aid using social engineering to convince her to activate another MacBook, phone or iPad under her account. Considering how dumb politicians are concerning technology, and taking into account that Liz Truss is not exactly the sharpest tool in the box, this is not an impossible task.
3. On this I agree with you.
1. She is PM so she is the top of command they report to her she issued orders. Plus despite doubts she can spell both those words and Blinken can read most of them.
Here in the US the Fed (a Central Bank) is a private bank owned by the Rothschilds and the Cabal. All the Central Banks are. They are part of the problem.
Research how it was created and what it is. What is the IRS? Where do your taxes go here in the US.
As you read this never forget that none of this would have happened had not the CIA encouraged Victoria Nuland’s coup in 2014 to replace a validly elected President friendly to Russia with a puppet of the Globalist US Hegemon that wants to control the world! From that time the Rot in the morally bankrupt Ukraine leadership had no problem indiscriminately shelling the Russian Speaking People in the Donbass, the consequences of which we’re now living!
Larry Johnson says
Actually, it was the CIA responding to orders/direction from Nuland and Hillary. They were willing collaborators.
Thank you, Larry, for the correction!
Jack Barry says
Wasn’t Herman Munster SecState in 2014?
I would not call Yanukovich “pro-Russian”, not any more than Trump, another Manafort’s creature, was.
If you dismiss western propaganda and try to list what did Ya *do* that benefitted Russia or Russians or even Russian-cultured Ukrainians – there is void.
He was the same kind of willful western puppet as presidents before and after him. For example he was closing regions Russian-language TV ststionz years before Ze.
The only reason for the “pro-Russian” propaganda was to pin EU-induced post-association economic collapse on Moscow not Brussels
just saying says
It all started long before that. CIA was supporting Banderites since the end of WWII (just like they were supporting Ustashe since the end of WWII until their use in destruction of Yugoslavia). In 2014 things just got in higher gear, similar to 1990s in the Western Balkan.
Even before the CIA, FDR called these clowns “royalist”.
The grocery shopping photos say it all.
Cato the Uncensored says
Shelves full in a SHTF situation suggests this might be propaganda.
I don’t think Bojo believes Putin is running out of options, any more than the top Nato & EU mouthpieces believe they can survive fine without cheap Russian energy. When you have lied so passionately for so long it becomes impossible to suddenly declare the truth. These politicians are dreading when their deliberate sinister lies will be exposed and the anger that will follow as the resulting catastrophe unfolds.
Most of the public in the UK are not particularly interested in the war and are content to just ‘consume’ the propaganda spoon fed to them via the TV, radio and press. Looking at the media pieces incuded in this article demonstrates the contempt that the media & govt have for the UK public when they engage in such blatent propaganda ! At the start of the conflict, lots of people inclined to sport NHS/Covid flags and ribbons on their front doors or posters in their front windows swapped out for Ukraine flags – I spotted lots upsidedown 🙂 a good portion of these emblems seem to have disapeared over the summer.
Some of my friends are interested in current affairs – I’ve had a number of discussions with them about the conflict and the causes of the conflict. They just can’t see things from a Russian perspective or from the people living in the Donbas or Crimea. When I try to use Scottish independence as an analogy – I get blank stares !! they can’t wean themselves off of the MSM induced anti-Russian hysteria. The USA & UK can do no wrong !!!
The UK’s govt and military establishment’s enthusiam for this conflict is quite bewildering to me. The UK is like a well trained dog which enthusiastically runs and fetches a stick thrown by its master ( the USA) waiting for a pat on the head for job well done. I have a suspicion that the UK authorities harbour deep insecurities about their relationship and perceived usefulness to the USA and feel that they need to continuusly prove their allegiance and demonstrate their military cunning. However the British army’s overall performance in Afghanistan and Iraq was not particularly impressive ( apart from Special forces ops)
I’ve always thought of Blair as being particularly despicable for involving the UK in the Afghanistan & Iraq debacles. However, I now realise that Cameron (Libya) & Johnson (Ukraine) are no better.
How on earth will the UK repair relations with Germany once this conflict is over ? The UK has lots of vulnerable infrastructure including bridges, tunnels, oil/gas pipelines and trans- atlantic fibre cables. I cant’t see how we will escape reprisals from Russia at some pont in the future.
I am English and this comment is very perceptive. Very in line with my views. Unfortunately, as you say, most people are not deeply interested in foreign affairs and do not spend energy questioning the narrative.
The situation in the US feels very similar. As long as the home front does not suffer attributable blowback then the security state literally gets away with murder. Vietnam was also “popular” in the US at the start. It was only later that people woke up. This feels the same.
Liz Truss was pretty stupid but she understood that the public would not accept exorbitant energy costs to “stand for Ukraine” and had to put in place the ultra expensive subsidy scheme. Deep down, the security state realises that public support for this war is only skin deep. Like cheering on one’s favourite sports team. UK or US body bags flowing home would certainly not be tolerated.
Manuel Verdugo says
Jajajajaj yo cuando voy a USA o recibo a algun pariente Estadounidense, al sacar el tema de la Guerra, lo primero que dicen es: Putin!!! es un asesino. Ya mejor les ofresco otra cerveza y dejo el tema. No vale la pena ese tipo de conversacion. Entienden mas mis gatos.
Gloria N says
My gut tells me Putin is trying to orchestrate a scenerio that repeats the Afghan withdrawal, a crisis atmosphere where Biden is forced to go live with his lies only to be contradicted by reality within the same news cycle. The Biden administration never really recovered from that, a second such incident would not be politically survivable and he would be forced to resign. Its likely his resignation is already in the cards, but I suspect Putin would like to have a direct hand in it. I think the Saudi production cut was a preview by MBS of a general unacceptance in the international community of this gang.
just saying says
Putin doesn’t care who USA president is, or which party is “in power”. No one outside USA does.
Agnieszka G. says
ad unguem. Unfortunately. Some treat it like exotic tales from Euroland- a grouping of un-serious countries having a row.
Russia spent too much time preparing for this SMO just to speed through it. You might think that NATO would use wisely this leisurely pace it was given in its planning, but you’d be wrong. Instead, NATO has used the time to do more stupid things, with longer-lasting ill effects, than it could have done in a more compressed time frame.
And Russia shows no sign of cutting to the chase, much less a happy ending, for the impatient, short attention span West, which is largely run by emotional, overgrown children.
“Are we there yet?? “
The launch of the “SMO” in late February, as the days lengthened towards the sunlit uplands of summer, allowed ample opportunity for the shortsightedness of Western policy makers to display itself, culminating in the rejection of terms agreed between Russia and Ukraine, reportedly after “BoJo” read the Riot Act to Zelensky. The attack on the Kerch Bridge merely provided yet another reason to unleash the campaign against the energy infrastructure which would probably have been planned well in advance.
Talking about forward planning, the Guardian reports this morning
Nothing to worry about here, folks. Just HMG showing it’s “on the ball” “thinking the unthinkable”. Carry on with your Christmas shopping.
(Longtime lurker. Many thanks for all your excellent work and great comments space)
The temperature in Kharkiv and Kyiv at night drops much worse than 0 C it can be -5 or -10 C (23 -14 F).
another steve says
Think Larry was thinking of balmy early October nights or was just getting F and C all mixed up.
Americans have done this in kilometers on a mission to Mars.
As an Aussie I have confused 0 C and 0 F.
Gosh I guess Perth , Australia is cold .
Toughen up you Yanks.
Heck , Montana is cold in September.
Fahrenheit, miles, pounds, gallons and such are God’s own units.
The original Celsius scale went from freezing water at 100 degrees to zero degrees at boiling point.
Casting first stones and so on, what is the difference between SI units and metric? Do you know?
Surovikin’s first words in a recent interview I saw were something like Ukrainians and Russians are the same people, and that they should not be fighting. Typical Brit/zionist strategy… divide, subvert, etc. Cause infighting. They did the same in Ireland, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan. Overpromise and underdeliver… until people wake up.
US/NATO knew at the end of the Cold War that Russia allied with Ukraine would be unbeatable for them. Hence, the malevolent deviants on the Potomac and the Thames had to sow discord between the 2 brotherly populations in order to stop their potential military dominance of the continent. We have a saying in Italian, “he who sows wind, will reap a storm.” It’s all going to come back and blow up in their faces.
David Collins says
That saying comes from the Bible: For they sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7
At the end of WW2 NATO was formed to keep the US in Europe, the Soviets out and Germany down. A bigger fear of Euros was an alliance between Germany and Russia after WW2. Looking back to those times and to the present I began to wonder, “What have Russia and China ever done to us?
just saying says
You forgot to mention the live test for this, i.e. Yugoslavia.
another steve says
Many great points.
Kirby has done a complete about face though no doubt he’ll still sleep well at night.
Life for people in the Ukraine must be getting so hard. If you work in a power station – good luck.
Boris (Alexander) always only cared about Boris.
Larry : “We are not talking about the inconvenience of being unable to charge your cell phone or watch your favorite show on Netflix. ” For most of the West this would be enough.
To answer Larry’s question: Understanding that the use of force , justified or not , has many consequences.
Not many here actually bother to answer Larry’s question , as I’ve said before.
I thing it was Jim Carrey who said this once: “I hope you enjoy your victory with a black eye”
That applies to the two first minutes of Boris Johnson interview.
The war will be over only when Zelensky gives up.
As long as he can still access media, the west will still claim to win.
So , what do you think does Russia plan? Just wait? Expect the Ukraine will send him away?
Hellenesky is still alive because neither the Russians nor NATO’s customer want an actual capable man on this chair.
A peace now won’t please anybody and pave the way for yet another conflict later. This conflict goes way beyond Ukrainians borders , wherever it might be (or not) in the end.
Ukraine is a pickle on-top of the world order cake … a sour and spicy one.
If Russia can cut off Kiev completely and turn off their water and electricity, Zelensky will be surrendering fast.
As long as he is well fed, warm and connected to the world, he has no reason to surrender.
He is a narcissistic egomaniac and not a national hero. Conflict will stop when he feels the pain personally.
This is true for most of today’s politicians.
Do you assume that
1. Ze really is in Kiev
2. Ze won’t be able to relocatr from Kiev, would the Light go out
3. Ze won’t have means/money to make his personal villa warm an lit if rest of Kiev goes black
I doubt all those points
You’re giving Zelensky too much credit. Remember he was elected on a strong (70%) mandate to abide by the Minsk II agreement and begin negotiations with Russia. That lasted until his first day “in power”. Zelensky is at best a mascot whose role in government is to give an air of democratic legitimacy to a dictatorship and beg for money from the west. His role in managing Ukraine is the same as Ronald McDonalds role in managing MacDonalds.
The day Zelensky gives up is the same day he slips in the bathroom and lands head first on a bullet.
Brad Patton says
I won’t tell them what to do — but with the West willing to spend any amount of money I’d blow up the boilers — they would be hard to replace. The west can and will send instant replacements for transformers. If you want to see the effect here is a collection of live cameras:
I can see the west sending in truck mounted generators fleets of them. On the cameras at night Odessa is still brightly lit up — the trolleys are running today in the cities. Russia is too worried about civilians. It is a mistake these civilians are brainwashed against them.
Peter Williams says
The West can’t send replacement transformers because Western and Soviet transformer are incompatible.
Russia didn’t do it sooner because Russia was hoping that Ukraine would come to its senses.
To answer the title, I think Putin wanted to attack with his peacetime army and leave his fellow Slav and former countrymen civilians with some quality of life. But the massive infusions of aid and mercs from the West have made it impossible. Russians didn’t realize the levels of threat and hatred they were up against at first. But our leaders and so-called experts clarified it and haven’t stopped.
When the recent 300K Russian deployment starts big arrow maneuvers, I’m mystified how our western pols think they talk their way out of the likely catastrophic reversal. It so tragic DC wished this war into being back in December by refusing to negotiate collective security. They were so supremely confident in the sanctions, we’re clearly led by idiots. Instead of weakening Russia, they’ve weakened NATO by wrecking Europe’s economy and Ukraine’s everything. It’s only now starting to get very bad. But it can get a great deal worse.
Putin didn’t do it earlier because conditions weren’t right and he has multiple goals.
a.) Nation building. Restoring Russia’s faith in itself as a nation.
b.) MultiPolarity based on respect for cultural difference and law
c.) Denazification in Ukraine — and abroad.
This is not just a proxy war against Russia. Now that it has begun, Ukraine is a proxy war against the “West”.
another steve says
so give up your Dacha.
so pro Russia
Thugs that you are.
after this many months of smo, there are about 10 millions ucrainians less that don’t suffer from the above. whas this waiting to hit these objectives planned ?
Ukraine is the chess board, not the game. That’s why Russia waited…and will continue its strategy of measured response/escalation while NATO et al will continue their strategy of posturing/ provocation. Nash’s Equlibrium and Dominance in Game Theory.
When both opponents know the other’s strategy, their best outcome is sticking with their relative strategies.
The titans of Europe always wanted a plundered and divided colony formerly known as Russia. Certain Americans forgot why they left Europe (some never actually left) and slowly embraced the old European titans.
Russia always wanted security and sovereignty and hasn’t had a moment’s peace since Napoleon. She’s too big and juicy a plum to be left uneaten.
What is the only way two such diametrically opposed players conclude this particular game and not loose everything? Equlibrium.
martin mkultra7 says
there are three out comes,checkmate,stalemate,surrender.
Let’s not get carried away with painting Russia as always peaceful.
They did not get to be the biggest country on the planet by handing out cookies.
Josef Schweik says
I worked for some time for Škoda car manufacturer in Kiev. One thingi is not mentioned. Criminal gangs in the city and UA police when you could not tell who is who sometimes. There are, often drugged, small criminals, too. With the city being in the dark it must be interesting times. Unlucky good people of Kiev.
In all this madness, we must not forget Christine Lagarde’s latest statement. She said that “Putin is terrible and to blame for inflation in the EU”. Yes, you read that right. The governor of the European Central Bank, which printed thousands of billions of euros without coverage, accuses Putin of causing inflation in the EU.
She’s is no economist, no background in finance or business either, just another bought and promoted failing lawyer/politician.
What’s the difference between a lawyer (or politician) and a catfish?
One is a slimy, bottom dwelling, scum sucker and the other is a fish. 😉
(I have on occasion found lawyers to be quite useful and even necessary, but never so for politicians.)
You were right, Larry. I could only get 3.5 minutes into it before I had to throw up.
Odessa was founded and built by Russia over two centuries ago. The city is considered a unique and beautiful world-class architectural treasure. Russia doesn’t want to destroy its own historical and cultural treasures, or people.
Generators require massive amounts of gasoline or diesel, which is now in a worldwide supply crunch as winter approaches. In the US, estimates range from 45 to 120 days supply. Russian Urals oil is a major world supplier of diesel stocks. OOPS! Generators also require end-use specific power conditoning, regular intense maintenance, and are prone to leaks, fires, and explosions. Generators of size, power, and quality to operate infrastructure for prolonged periods of time are very expensive. One to run my 1800 sq ft home during emergencies was going to cost me $15,000 USD installed…3 years ago before broken supply chains and high inflation hit.
> you will either have to carry buckets of water to the toilet or give up flushing
I love your optimism here.
Sure, you would flush it to the building basement… And then what?
Every few blocks have sewer pipes coalescing to a pumping hub.
Ancient Rome built elevated waterways spanning for miles while having constant angle.
Today cities are much larger than Rome wad, sewer lines only works by gravity for so long, then there is pumping. Or there isn’t.
((( Also, those pipes were designed for rather liquid wastes. Reportedly once ago Germany pressed citizens to flush less water. The evermore viscous wastes wuicklyy started clogging the pipes, which required regular washing them spending more water than was saved – and collecting extra fees too. Did not look if it was true or an urban legend but seem to sound plsusibly. )))
So, if city backbones degradation goes to “buckets of water” stage – flushing your personal seat becomes only the 1st layer of problem.
Normally citi-zens don’t know nor care where those hubs are. Well after some weeks of unpumped overflowing – they will.
In addition, the Ukrainian citizens are exposed to an increasing risk of legionella …
“…did not look if it was true or an urban legend but seem to sound plausible…”
It’s true. I have a German friend whose brother was an engineer in the Cologne water and sewer works. The brother is a standard Herman leftist, but he used to rail bitterly against the ignorance of the low flush/ no flush water stinginess which caused the exact problems you describe.
It seems that the people who manage urban water and sewer systems in the west, on either side of the Atlantic, are generally the least competent people where the running of public utilities is concerned.
Unlike gas and electricity, water bureaucrats can get away with a lot of system decay, for a longer period, before they are exposed and forced to take action and responsibility. And even then, the problems started so long ago, they can blame their predecessors.
There’s an old joke about human organs arguing which of them is most important to the body, and the anus had the most convincing argument. All gas and light aside, it could be the Ukrainian toilet which brings them to the negotiating table.
We are all going to die, drowning in our own shit.
John Q. Publicke says
My son and I drove from Croatia to spend 9 days traveling through Austria Germany and Northern Italy. We are in Bavaria now (Garmisch), and the price of gas is €1.85, which is approximately $7.50/gal. That’s not much different from Croatia, so I’m not seeing a big issue with gas. We are eating out due to our traveling, and I’m shocked at how expensive it is – but of of course we are in a popular tourist spot. So overall, I don’t see any emergency at this moment. I can’t provide any analysis over whether what I am seeing is out of whack or in line with “normal”. The temperature is also very warm for the time of year, so no concept of heating situation. Heading to Verona, Italy this afternoon. Overall, I’m wondering about The Narrative on our side of The Divide.
The American people need to rally and push the British out. Terminate them at every juncture and that includes Wall Street, the Pentagon, Serco, G4S, the CIA and the US Patent office.
End this dysfunctional and dangerous Anglo-American love affair right now.
you’re insinuating that the UK has some clout in this relationship. Thats simply not the case. In fact the UK has been the junior partner to America since before WWII. I’ve lived in America, I love the people and the country but the US govt is the devil incarnate. I would love to see the UK come to terms with its position and true capabilities in the world. Forget running after America worrying about the so called special relationship ( which only exists in the mind of craven UK politicians), give up its seat on the security council, give up Trident ( hand the leased warheads back to America), size the UK military for the local threats in our grogrphic location – considering we are located off of the North west edge of Europe, our near neighbours pose absolutely no threat to us, we do need to retain an effective Navy and need to establish a new trading relationship with the EU via membership of the EEA. There is absolutely no chance that America will ever agree to a free trade deal with the UK on equitable terms. Time to focus on the old commonwealth, Europe then rest of the world in that order of priorities and stop being the USA’s poodle !!
What are the odds, Larry, that Congress ends its open checkbook policy toward Ukraine, assuming a red wave midterm result?
Scarfell UK says
If the Johnson interview was ‘unavailable’ for some of your readers, I suspect that this was it…
Yea, it was. THANK YOU for the link.
I went to a University in Kiev for a semester in the late 1990s. For 3 weeks in November we did not have electricity or gas while winter storm was ranging outside. People blamed corrupt Ukrainian officials for demanding more bribes for previously agreed contract ( Russia was selling gas to Europe via Ukraine at that time). It was HELL! No shower, pipes are frozen until noon so cannot flush toilet, cannot cook, ate dry ready prepared food, slept with coat and gloves on, and in the morning face was a little frozen and body was stiff. You all have no idea how it is now in Ukraine. Ever since I do not like winter .
the blame-e says
Everybody is committing suicide on this one.
Conventional warfare is just too expensive anymore.
The world population during World War II was 2.3 billion; today it is over 8 billion. “In cities — where 55 percent of the world’s population currently resides — civilians account for 90 percent of the casualties during war. ” That’s a lot of death. That’s a lot of people that are going to die.
No one has ever stated how much of the world’s crude oil supplies were used up fighting World War II. Today, so many more resources are required to run all these developed countries — natural gas, oil, coal, minerals, and rare earths. These are all running out. They are finite resources, much more finite than they were 100 years ago, and they must be imported from countries all over the world, that even now find themselves in the middle of this war.
Even now scarcities exist. If supply lines completely breakdown how will civilian populations feed themselves; how will the military build all the weapons and produce all the munitions they will need to fight a war?
World Wars are characterized by how many people have to die and how many bombs need to be dropped, and how much destruction needs to take place in order to achieve desired results — victory.
This won’t happen with conventional warfare alone. Conventional warfare is no longer sustainable nor feasible. The only way, the most efficient way, to achieve the kind of results World War III needs is with either biological, chemical, or nuclear warfare.
“That would be tolerable if you have a fireplace . . . .” No, it would not. With the current world population at 8 billion, if people were reduced to using wood to cook with, and wood to stay warm with, estimates are that the forests would be gone in a year. One year.
This is the corner that the world will find itself pushed into. There will be nothing existential about it.
“This is it. I’m telling you this is it.”
What planet are you on?
The only part of the world incapable of living in harmony with nature is the west. Africa contribute under 3% to global pollution. US was 75% until recently.
In the South majority still have simple traditional lives or are capable of reverting to them.
Everyone else can cope and get on with things. The drama queens in West are creating crises where there are none.
Humans are declining population wise world over. There really aren’t that many and there is more than enough food and land and trees grow again and lots of people walk or cycle to work.
Human beings live in igloos in lands of ice and in heat of deserts, they live at high and low altitude, in humidity and dry lands, and they are fine because we are as adaptable as shit and not actually the helpless snowflakes we are being brainwashed to be.
In times past in Europe the elites alone ate meats. The poor caught fish and boiled and took oil of fish for fuel and protein. We can easily survive after all we have for a million years. There is zero need for any world war.
the blame-e says
Dear Mr. La-La-Land.
We didn’t need nuclear weapons, but on his planet, here we are.
Only truly mal-informed people determined to spread nonsense like yourself try to convince the rest of us that advanced societies in first world countries are evil while the noble savages argument is wheeled out about savages.
Hate to break it to you but energy is what make advanced societies advanced. Trash is another. But nobody’s perfect. Take the cheap and plentiful energy away and watch what happens.
“Ash” spelled backwards is “Greta?”
The illegal aliens invading the developed countries have suffered from the effects of malnutrition for generations, a complete lack of education, no health care, and have no skills. Then you drop them into an advanced society. You get a lot of stupid savages who will never be contributing members of the society they plan on taking over. Wait until the dole runs out. The free everything always does. Then they can eat their George Soros smart phones.
You and George Soros (the brand name for rogue billionaires at this point), must be bussom buddies. Yes?
“There really aren’t that many and there is more than enough food and land and trees grow again and lots of people walk or cycle to work.”
What are you smoking? Sugar plums and lollypops?
Packaged foods have gone from making up 32-percent of people’s diet in the 1980s to over 70-percent today. Packaged foods are basically inert matter. People are starving to death. As the poor eat a larger percentage of processed foods their obesity rates are higher. The food supply is poisoned.
WEF and DAVOS crowd want us to eat bugs for reason, because there isn’t enough land to supply enough beef and poultry. If the Russians had not agreed to allow the resumption of grain shipments, and the crazed Ukrainian government wasn’t told to sit down and STFU, millions of people would have starved. Drinkable water supplies are threatened, mainly because of over-population.
Do yourself and the rest of us favor — educate yourself. Read. “The Long Emergency,” by James Howard Kunstler. “Re-inventing Collapse,” by Dmitry Orlov. “The Collapse of Complex Societies, by Tainter. “The Crash Course,” by Chris Martenson.
“Ash” can read, can’t he?
Other people on this site have called you “naive.” Stupid and willfully ignorant apply equally as well.
Go back to drinking the Kool Aid and leave the rest of us alone.
When people can’t reason they abuse. When they are weak and insecure they pretend to be part of a ‘we’ to big themselves up. Fortunately majority of the people here are of a higher level with less fragile egos.
My point is you clearly don’t have much knowledge of “the world” and what the poor eat in most of the world or how people live outside your trailer park.
You made this statement:-
“Conventional warfare is no longer sustainable nor feasible. The only way, the most efficient way, to achieve the kind of results World War III needs is with either biological, chemical, or nuclear warfare.”
I made the point that this is not what the world needs in any way shape or form however desirable it may be for a minority of people, who yes, are all in the West. Thought obviously not all people think that way in the West.
the blame-e says
The bull crap that Biden was yelling at Zelensky was just more propaganda. A distraction.
Biden “yelling” at Zelensky happened back in June. And the news is only coming out now? Why? Qui Bono? To mask the fact that even more arms are going to the Ukraine. That the 101ST Airborne is now positioned along the Ukraine’s border ready to invade. And, as it was just announced yesterday, the 82ND Airborne has just arrived in Kiev. That’s boots on the ground folks, where Biden promised there would be no American boots on the ground in the Ukraine, because American boots on the ground would escalate the conflict, the conflict become between the United States and Russia. That is World War III.
Guess what. Sanctions were an act of war. Confiscation of Russian assets was an Act of War. “[T]he murder of Darya Dugina, the sabotage of the Nord Stream [sic] pipelines, the bombing of the Kerch bridge and the spoiled drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol [sic]” were all acts of war. World War III began about three (3) months ago. And, actually, truthfully, World War III began in 1945, when the United States picked up where Germany left off — treating Russia and the Russian people as sub-humans, beneath the world’s dignity and contempt. Why?
Because the United States knew one day soon it would need the natural gas, oil, coal, minerals, and rare earths Russia possesses in “shameful” abundance.
Where is the 82nd Airborne Division now?
the blame-e says
The transformers being destroyed are 300KV and only made in Russia, so the west won’t be proving replacements any time soon…
Jame VanWinkle says
As I understand it, Xi told Bxden to his face that he was lying, an extreme act for a Chinese leader to another leader. What is new is telling the Steward in Office to his face; as voting citizens we have trouble being so direct, not having a direct phone line.
The number of facets to the Geopolitical / Economic cluster of trouble is mind boggling. I think an epidemic brain fungus is part of the issue, or lead poisoning of the wine. I have more guesses, but at this point cause is overloading the ability to easily fixit.
Yet, it is IMO useful to get some perspective. Bankster Grift is out of control, a character flaw with the criminal class no matter how high brow they are. I’ll lay out some of it (not uncommon to understand this, BTW):
Fxderal Rxserve (private bank) creates magic money with paper & ink (or high tech with 1’s & 0’s). It ‘loans’ this to sovereign states such as the US to fund the MIC, Green New Grift, etc. In return the Banksters are paid ‘interest’ on this escalating debt (acumulating for nearly 100 years). Sweet Grift. Loan fake money, get paid money in return. (is the interest up to $1 trillion/year?)
So, it is in the interest of the FR for the DC political class to run up the ‘deficit’ as high as it can go. Wars are a sure thing. Green Grift is a new angle. EU countries sovereign debt is being run up fast with the Ukraine war & industry killing energy prices. What fun & what historic Grift!
Here is the ointment fly, Russia. V Putin has called the Grift out & is working on setting the world trade up free from this Grift Machine. VP must go.
Follow the Grift money is the way to cut this Gordian Knot to get to understanding what is driving the epic, massive nuttiness. Banksters are panicking that VP might break the Grift machine with a Brick.
BoJo only reads the Torygraph.
According to it, the Ukies are standing in front of Moscow since 2 months.
Only spoilsport Vladimir isn’t opening the gates and rolling out the red carpet (kept for special occasions since Soviet times)
k. talaat says
Putin had multiple issues to consider:
1. He had to move quickly into Donbass in February, to stop Ukraine’s army from conducting genocide in Donbas, come March. He didn’t have the troops for a mass mobilization. He hoped the Ukrainians would welcome him and go along with enforcement of Minsk. Didn’t happen.
2. The Russian people still heeded what Europeans thought of them, not anymore.
3. World leaders, with Intel agencies and knowledge of the history, didn’t like Putin’s move, fearing its impact on World supply chains, but understood the reasons and knew the satanic forces behind it.
4. Putin needed time to confer with the Global South’s country leaders, large and small, which indicated a willingness on Putin’s part to confer, assuage concerns and provide solutions for supply chain disruptions; in contrast to dictation and sanctions.
5. Putin under estimated, and let us be truthful, the childish and illogical behavior of Western officials.
6. The constant Western provocation with propaganda and physical aggression, showed an unreasonable disrespect towards Russia. Putin and the Russian people understood something had to change. Putin needed such an understanding from his people to receive their mandate. Putin knows the West will never respect Russia or her abilities. So to change this mistaken belief system a significant event is needed. Nations keep two major things secret. The “What” of weapons and the “How Many.” Because of the relative small size of the conflict in Ukraine (the army is almost destroyed), Putin has a chance to put on, for the West, a canine and equestrian show of the “What” without uncovering the “How Much”.
Logically, the Russian attack will have to frustrate any movement from Western officials. Remember, Putin plays Go not Chess. The deployments will be fast and furious and with a theatrical display of capabilities frustrating any Western counter move.
With these two goals speed and strength, the following can be predicted. To the West a massive airborne and armor drive towards the Polish border. Forcing the Polish to wonder if Putin is calling them out? They will fold. Next, and not least, Putin has to take Odessa, the cork to the Ukraine conflict. This is the opportunity to show and tell the amphibious capabilities of Russian Marines and precision rocketry to keep from destroying Odessa’s architectural heritage. Then the question will come up, what about the 101? Crickets.
The third major display, will be the massive artillery and armor assault only to finish any fighting ability of the Ukrainiane forces.
To land lock Kiev and block any infiltration from the West, I think this is Putin about to put his shoe on the table.
Additionally, with Bulgaria and Romania left to show difference to Russia, and with Turkey becoming Russia’s main energy distributor to Europe and what that means to Turkey’s economy, Western influence in the Black sea will become minimal.
I’m afraid your scenario is largely wishful thinking. The Russian offensive will peter out at the gates of Odessa, and then there will be another mobilization which will sound as promising as this one, which will accomplish little else. In any case the West will literally go up in flames before they allow the Russians to get as far as Kiev, never mind the Polish border, and I do not believe that Putin has got that kind of resolve. If he does, then a false flag attack (a “dirty bomb” on Kiev, for instance) will bring the West directly into this conflict and from then on all bets are off.
Russians had actually surrounded Kiev early in SMO without being allowed to and with no evidence of spontaneous combustion of the West.
Secondly, Odessa is Russian and separatist. Once Russia is close those intending to join amongst the natives will also join the fight. No doubt the groups are waiting. At that stage keeping them in Ukraine will become an insurgency for the West. Odessa will fight with and for Russia.
Russia therefore does not have to ‘take’ Odessa, it has to liberate it. Not an easy task and not a quick one 4sure.
As for kiev. Do not forget Mariupol. If need be Russia will level the entire city with warning to civilians to get the West out of it’s sphere. Infact everything now is a warning. But no one is listening.
k. talaat says
It is not wishful thinking on my part, but wishful denial on your part.
Transformers have a very long life. No wearing or moving parts needing replacement. Filtering the insulating oil keeps them going indefinitely. The larger ones are often purpose built for their application. Replacing a lot of them all at once will be a nightmare and take a long time. Industry is geared up for meeting the demand of new infrastructure. Usually planned years in advance.
Transformers are probably easy to target as they’d be warmer than the surroundings. Especially in winter. I’ve been wondered for a while if the Russians were on to this.
When the people get cold and hungry they tend to turn nasty.
And my UK compatriot is worried about the colour of Putins hands?
Henry Neild says
I understand that the Ukraine exported 50% of the power it generated. So, the Russians needed to eliminate 80% of Ukraine’s power infrastructure to actually effect the Ukrainians themselves. The result has been Poland and wherever else that got their electricity suffering too. Which will exert pressure on Zalensky and co to negotiate.
BOJO interview was removed from youtube for some reason ….
Bill Wade says
As someone in SW Florida in an area without power for 2 weeks, I can confidently say that 1000 generators for a city of just under 3 million people (Keeeev) is going to be a drop in the bucket of what they’ll really need.
Oh wait – found a different link to BOJO interview thanks to a reader’s comment,
Scarfell UK says
2 November 2022 at 06:23
If the Johnson interview was ‘unavailable’ for some of your readers, I suspect that this was it…
Zelensky reminds me of a gambling addict who doesn’t know when to quit and so continues to gamble until all is lost.
I feel sorry for the Ulrainian people who have to suffer because of this fool.
Just one more in a string of dumbass neocon wars spreading bloodshed and human misery around the globe.
Russia is exceedingly methodical. It has been noted often, time is on Russia’s side.
It is obvious Russia is giving the sanctions plenty of plenty good room to work its intended purpose but not on Russia.
Russia is gonna make mistakes sure enough but it won’t be because they were rash, foolhardy nor reckless.
Larry, wrt why not earlier. I would argue, General winter and the conditions you describe will unleash a new large flood of Ukrainian refugees into Europe which is very poorly positioned (economically, food-wise, etc.) to handle them. This might not have been the case in warmer weather when internally displaced camps can be set up in the (not frozen) countryside.
This will turn up the pain dial on Europe, which is critical to getting Europe to pull NATO out of eastern Europe. Russia does not have the forces to evict NATO from eastern Europe, and other than blackmail (we will continue to bomb your capitals until you capitulate) the best weapon to achieve these goals is economic. and hunger. and internal strife.
Larry, Interestingly, today Alexander Mercouris (The Duran) talks about detonating a migrant crisis on Europe and how that will likely push far right parties to the front – parties that are more nationalist and thus likely to look for a diplomatic way out of the EU’s suicide strategy.
The Bojo video says its private, so i cant see it.
Anyone got a alternative url?
Western media think this war will be isolated to Eastern Europe. This wildfire will spread and rapidly in the coming year as the psychopaths in Western governments continue to throw fuel on the fire. I’m expecting a long protracted war, maybe decades…There is nowhere to hide in the age of the ballistic missile. We have considered ourselves safe here in the US surrounded by the oceans on both our shores, but it is a false sense of security. London, and New York, I think is going to end up an ash pile.
S. Clark says
I’m reminded of WWI. Up to the end, the German people were told by their government that victory was coming soon, that the allies would be beaten…then Ludendorff finally said the war couldn’t be won, and sought an armistice. Forget the Kaiser. He hadn’t mattered for years. The Germans were stunned. Revolution started, and everything just fell apart.
Many Germans, Hitler among them…blamed a ‘stab in the back’ by the politicians at home, the socialists and jews. Paul Johnson, in his Modern Times, agreed…but it wasn’t the jews, etc., it was the German government, esp. the military dictatorship, who then scrambled to avoid blame and turned the government over to civilians,
Sorry for the history lesson, but I wonder what will be the reaction in the west when it all falls apart. Maybe nothing. Here in the US, no one cares. Really. I sense more europeans are aware things are screwy, but the ruling class there (and here) is so firmly in control how do you get rid of them?
I’m inclined to believe that the west does and will do these proxy wars and draining resources because the ruling class doesn’t know what else to do. There is a clear pattern here dating from post WWII (maybe even the Indian wars…for the US), and
it recalls my alcoholic mother. She kept up her destructive behavior until it just couldn’t be sustained and she had to be taken away for treatment. To me, the west is an alcoholic, and Putin and the Russian leadership seems to be quite sober. He recalls Bismarck, carefully plotting, advancing, setting up the political ninepins to make the move most suited to Russia’s interests and build a willing status quo to cohabit that new alignment.
Miles Mathis, on his website, argues the war is just a diversion. The ruling class throughout the west is scared, they’re losing control, and are thrashing out trying to regain status, but they’re losing their own competency to maintain power.
Again, the lies and distortions the MSM crank out recall my mother’s alcoholic ramblings…Biden seems to be their perfect choice…for the last caesar?
si vis pacem, para bellum says
As someone who knows pretty well the Russophone world, has lived and worked in Belarus and Russia, has married a woman from the Donbas and knows all there is to know about the conflict in Ukraine, photos like the one from the supermarket in Kiev really warm my hearth…
Pito from Mescalito says
“Why didn’t they do it earlier?”
Good question. I think in addition to the events you mention for why they finally DID strike hard there are these two that you didn’t see fit to mention.
1- The killing of 156 civilians, mostly South Koreans in Seoul. due to a supposed panic during a Halloween celebration. It carried the obvious message: we (the US power) no longer are intimidated by Kim’s threats to wipe out Seoul’s people with his artillery and missiles, nuclear or otherwise, in case we (the US power) blast the North to smithereens. We demonstrated this fact by arranging somehow for 156 South Koreans to be murdered and printing silly explanations like “Halloween night” or “trick or treat” in the international press. By the way – we think it’s pretty funny.
2- Then. The very next day, 132 people in India died due to: “Crossing a bridge.”
If you need # 2 explained to you, contact me at the Howard Hughes & Richard M Nixon Charitable Home for High Cholesterol Medicine Side Effect Survivors, Monday through Friday only, 10 AM to 2 PM. One hint though. The bridge in India had been closed for extensive repairs for over a month and the tragic deaths occurred right after it was reopened for pedestrian travel.
It is our belief that the Kremlin is capable of reading these signals without the assistance of contacts made via the Howard Hughes & Richard M Nixon Charitable Home for High Cholesterol Medicine Side Effect Survivors.
Russia is not run by totalitarian dictators, that is why they didn’t do it sooner.
Natostan is projecting 100% now.
Russia has shaped the grid so it is down to one route from point to point. So just a few missies and the grid goes down permanently. Good bargaining position.
Michael Droy says
“Biden yelling at people is not unusual, at least for an old guy with dementia. What is striking is that this “news” was leaked today, one week before the mid-term elections. ”
Exactly – this is a story brought about simply because Biden’s puppeteers have finally found out that US aggression in Ukraine doesn’t play well with the focus group studies of potential voters. That after all is what most of US politics are all about.
Here in London things are not as bad as you seem to assume. Lots of Ukrainians willing to work for low pay.
I was amused recently when an American friend showed me a NYT piece which talked about the mess our Railway system is in (strikes) and the Health Service (recovering from the effects of the covid obsession).
Surely a piece of irony – the NYT doesn’t know about the US rail and US health system???
Alex Thrace says
Not that I am falling on the Ukraine side of this, but Zelensky has good reason to be frustrated. Except for the “west” read Bojo and Brandon there would be no war in it’s current form. Bojo and Brandon pushed Zelensky into refusing to negotiate and to abrogate all the agreements already made.
Now it looks like that are starting to pull the plug, throw Zelensky to the wolves and shrug shoulders saying “Who? Not us” pretending to be innocent bystanders.
The mess these three idiots left behind will not be cleaned up quickly and there will be a lot of suffering to come.
I understand Putin’s patience thinking that they could not all be quite THAT stupid.
Surprise, surprise, surprise with a Gomer Pyle grin.
It’s still his own damn fault. If he had only read more books he would know this is our MO.
He’s free to restart negotiations anytime he wants.
Alex Thrace says
I’m not so sure about that. He is too far too deep, has a few hundred million stashed which I’ll bet the CIA can erase with a few mouse clicks
His real estate in thenUS and the UK would be useless to him.
At this point if he tried to negotiate any sort of peace either The Azov Nazis would start removing body parts one at a time, or his CIA handler would put a bullet through his head. He is stuck but yes the western MO is consistent here. But no one ever said he was smart, a cocaine using high-heeled dancer?
Never credit him for any ability for deep thought. He was hypnotized by the money.
That a months-old Biden/Zelenskyy phone call transcript during which the POTUS supposedly called out the Ukrainian leader for ingratitude is surely a 2022 US midterm elections ploy, as the war just *barely* squeaks into the Top Ten issues likely voters care about. If recent US escalation/troop movements were truthfully covered more by our MSM instead of being obscured and/or swept under the rug, I suspect the war would move up in voters’ ranking, and NOT to the benefit of the Biden administration.
Boris is sure generous with American blood and treasure. How much of his personal fortune has he pledged to give to be “with Ukraine”? Oh, and the Russians may have hacked his foreign secretary’s phone. Let’s of course not talk about that, or ask if that provides evidence that the UK was behind blowing up the pipelines.
Boris was born in America. He could be president of the USA, maybe…
Salim Mansur says
I think I have previously said here what I might say again that Larry, I love your blog. I also love reading the comments, which makes your blog even more rich given how most of your readers bring their own insights that add so much to what you write and report.
There is so much that I would like to share from my perspective, but I do not wish to bore you and others. If, however, you indulge me.
Larry, you and I are contemporaries. And like you I came of age in the heat of the Vietnam war. You in the US and I in distant India, in Bengal. But the Vietnam war for our generation was a defining event, as was WW2 for our parents’ generation. For me, despite the intensity of anti-Americanism, as support for Vietnam war and against America fused with the politics of cultural revolution and Maoism in China that spread across the Indian subcontinent in terms of anti-imperialism anti-colonialism, I discovered America in school through the poetry of Whitman and Eliot and Frost, and writings of Hemingway and Pearl Buck, Steinbeck and Melville and Mark Twain, and the ideals of 1776.
Next year will be the beginning of my fiftieth year in North America. I spent a few years in California before I moved to Canada. I have family and friends in the US, and I remain deeply connected with developments of the country I came to respect and admire in my youth. And as I reflect on these five decades, I find the great irony that my generation is witnessing the passing of an epoch in history and in the life of a unique culture of freedom, as my parents’ generations did with the end of WW2 and the immensity of conflict that accompanied the independence of India with its partition in 1947.
The war in Ukraine, I believe, ends the Eurocentric Age that opened with Columbus in 1492. Between Columbus and Newton’s publication of Principia in 1687, Europe as a distinct civilization (Christendom) leaped ahead of other civilizations in the Near and Far East. North America (the US and Canada taken together) as a branch of Europe overtook Europe at the turn of the last century. These historic movements set in motion what some historians have called the advantage of backwardness that cumulatively would bring about the emergence again of those civilizations that Europe had superseded.
The ideas that made Europe leapfrog China and India, for instance, were borrowed and imitated in EurAsia. Europeans in time became over-confident, self-destructed through wars and loss in faith over its own founding culture (Christianity), and by 1945 were depleted by their own collective imbecility to fall behind the US as the 20th century hegemon. The Cold War enforced a pause for America as the hegemon, and Vietnam war tested America’s capacity to impose its will upon another despite its overwhelming power capabilities in contest with a poor third world colony of a decadent and dying French empire.
In retrospect, the Ukraine war was a necessity for the curtain to come down on the Eurocentric Age. Could this war have been avoided will be for historians to debate in the years to come if we collectively survive it. But speaking, as someone of Indian origin, this war was also “karmic”, the cause and effect of the collective West’s degeneracy through hubris, culture of excessive permissiveness, insufficient introspection or “to take the beam out of one’s own eye”, disregards of its own rich tradition, and wilful blindness about the other’s ability to imitate, learn and excel.
A multipolar post-Eurocentric Age will set forth its own challenges. America, unlike Europe, will make a come back provided it does its own house cleaning and return to its founding values, jettison the progressiveness/totalitarianism of the Democrats and the left in American politics and culture, get rid of the neocons and their inherently un-American design for empire-building and unipolar hegemony.
The rest of the non-European world, I believe, has the capacity to be more forgiving and more accepting of the other. The Chinese culture of Taoism is essentially one of seeking harmony with others; the Indian culture of Hinduism refined by Buddhism is one of “karmic” self-awareness; the Arabo-Islamic culture is one of the “middle way” through submission to the ideals of monotheism to which it needs to return; and the thriving attractiveness and spread of Christianity beyond Europe where its growth lies in this millennium is in its message of redemption through love and charity. This is the promise of the multipolar world, but we humans have that unforgiving capacity to betray the promise by indulging in our own narrow egotistic imaginings that the politics of neocons signify.
The Ukraine war paradoxically is both an end of an Age and a beginning of another. It is, therefore, also providential.
“Biden” lost his temper. A week before midterms. Just like the letter that got rescinded the next day last week. Sowing the seed of doubt. For them that have that problem. And then to make the question into one of money. Filthy murdering bastards. But neither can speak out loud of results. Been a lot of surrendering on the front line again lately. Not the mercs, they’re caught. It’s over but for the Hail Mary and that’s why everybody has got the jitters.
All this stuff from.June July coming out now, it makes me wonder if the Brits told America all about all their spec ops and if the US wasn’t to pleased about to the recent black sea op. Maybe UK going off leash too much.
Bert Huber says
a book recommendation for all who speak french.
Jacques Baud´s book “Operation Z”.
I´m currently reading it.
Very good book. has many details about the Ukraine war and all the background.
Gives me a much better understanding of all the situation.
Condoleeza Rice at start of SMO, never rated her before but listening to her, even though biased she still outclasses and thinks the Biden admin by miles. Pointing out danger of widening war and that a no fly zone would be unrealistic.
RICE:” It’s disastrous for the liberal world order. It’s disastrous for Europe. It’s disastrous for all the values that we hold dear. And that’s why we can’t let Ukraine lose. Ukraine is the last defensible territory between the Russian military and our Article 5 commitments to the Baltic states and Poland and Romania, and so I think we have to throw everything at it that we can that the administration believes will not widen the war, do it as quickly as we can.”
In this regard I think Russia now has the measure of what the United States is willing to throw at it. It knows the US does not want a wider war but short of that will do all it can. Obviously it’s a fine line to tread but the Biden admin seems to be following much of her thinking.
Her view was also that short of internal insurrection in Russia there wasn’t alot the West could do other than pressure Russia as much as possible to thr point they take their gains and call it quits. Ie, damage limitation.
Previously she also said having 2% world population with all resources of Russia was untenable.
Her comments are not coherent ( assuming she really did make these comments).
Has the USA tried constructive engagement with Russia since the end of the Soviet Union ? It doesn’t apperar so from my perspective. Consider Nato expansion eastwards in contravention to agreements made with Gobachev. Scrapping nuclear arms treaties with Russia. Colour revolutions in the Ukraine and ex soviet republics. Maidan square coup. Undermining the Minsk accords. Ignoring Russia’s security proposals published last December. Who poses a bigger threat ?
Im not a Russiaphile. A country as large and powerful and with the destructive potential of Russia’s nuclear arsenal needs to be constrained. But surely why not achieve this via arms control and new security treaties ? Commercial engagement with Europe and the USA is better than confrontation.
Your last quote from her lets the cat out of the bag….. Its about control of resources. The unfettered looting of Russian wealth in the Yeltsin years is unfinished business for the Neocons and friends. Putin is standing in their way.
“You forgot to mention the live test for this, i.e. Yugoslavia”
And precisely the 1995 ethnic epuration of Krajina aka “Operacija Oluja”.
200K Serbs expelled from their land in a matter of 4 days… under the close scrutiny of US military contractors… Sounds familiar?
A blueprint for what was to happen in Donbass in March or April 2022?
The SMO was not an aggression, it was an act of self-defense.
William B Lake says
Please, please, my friends, the country is known as Lesser Shitstain. Forever now into the future, it shall always be known as Lesser Shitstain. The empire lies with cecil rhodes’ ass, in the grave (er, fenestrated and penetrated). No more monarch, no more ingenuity, no more class or even decorum. No, the place is an utter shitstain. And don’t get me started about why it ain’t “great”!
I wrote an ode, say, maybe a reminiscence, of the ways of yesterday and tomorrow:
The Ballad of Lesser Shitstain
Once the idol of the world
Jack of union’s flight unfurled
Crowns anointed and set-pearled
Circling the bowl you swirled
Empire finds the drain
Eton snobs without a brain
Stupid slobs bring but pain
Welcome to lesser shitstain
A Boyles says
I like it 🙂 Cheers from Canada.
If kiev power grid stay offline for extended periods , what will give power to the US and UK embassies and ukrop’s military buildings ? for extended time it is incredibly wasteful of fuel powering the generators especially since fuel also rationed in ukraine
A Boyles says
Larry this was another insightful article. What is weird is it elicited the most vitriolic response I have ever received on LinkedIn merely by forwarding it. All the kooks and clowns came out of the woodwork accusing me of everything you get accused of and I’ll spare you the details. What I feel is driving the rabid emotion is their reptilian brains are starting to sense that Ukriane is actually in serious trouble now. They have truly believed all the MSM hype that Russia is going to lose any minute, Putin has 40 different deathly illnesses, Zelensky’s the second coming or Christ (he must be going to convert soon). You’ve hit a nerve with this story. Keep them coming as you, Colonel Douglas MacGregor, Alex Christoforou, Alex Mercouris, Eva Bartlett, Andrey Martyanov, Graham Phillips, Catullus Johnstone, Chris Hedges, Patrick Lancaster and I’m sure a few dozen others are all that stand between complete and utter ignorance of the North Ameican continental and perhaps Europe as well. Much respect for your work – best wishes from Canada 🇨🇦
The idea that Americans are stupid is a recurrent même placed out there by Europeans for the las 150 years in order to highlight their own fairly imaginary enlightenment. The truth is America has been running circles around the educated European élites for most of the XX playing both ends of European tribalism against the middle, selling them machine guns to ensure they nullify each other. This is the 3rd round of the Maxim scheme and FR, UK, GE just don’t catch up with it. We all over the world are suffering fñbc of it, but at least most of us cannot call it self inflicted.
While 16-year-old Russian youngsters learn how to disassemble and reassemble kalashnikovs the Westerners receive lessons from the drags queens of how to fuck. All is said and done.
Goose stepping leftoxenomorphs of the bullshitsectional ant-hill who march to the rhythm of the big kettle drum of the leftoxenomorph hive mind WANT TO BURN WESTERN CIVILIZATION DOWN because they gather they’ll be able to better rule as feudal lords over its ashes than otherwise, and ruling like feudal lords is all they want.
The power of brute force.
The power of Attila and the witch-“doctor”
It is not any more complicated than that.
Let me give you a glimpse, just a sample of their evil, of the hell we are being pushed into by gleichschaltungian, schwabenklausian goose stepping leftoxenomorphs of the bullshitsectional ant-hill who march to the rhythm of the leftoxenomorph hive mind:
They want to take your children from you.
They want to turn your children into degenerate little trolls of the leftoxenomorph persuasion.
They want to trans your children.
They want to rape you children.
The want to torture your children.
They want to murder you children.
They want to burn your children’s corpses.
They want to make a stew out of your children’s ashes.
They want you to witness it all and drink the stew (yes, Soylent Green style) while you dance naked around a fire shouting “HAPPY!!! . . . HAPPY!!! . . . HAPPY!!! . . . I’M SO HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!” like the lowest form of imbecile ever known.
Because they are evil.
Because it amuses them.
Because they can.
Because you’ll let them.
Do you think I’m exaggerating?
Well . . . I’m not sure I can help you . . .
You see, leftoxenomorphs are not humans.
They have degenerated OUT of humanity.
They have left their humanity behind them due to their extreme level of lefto-puke evil degeneracy.
So they suffer from a basic, fundamental, existential dread that pushes them to extremes of degeneracy as a drug that makes them, albeit for a little while, to forget their dread that they are not adequate to live on this planet.
Leftoxenomorphs KNOW they are not adequate and that they are undeserving of breathing.
And they are right. They are not adequate to live on this planet. And they ARE undeserving of breathing.
But as long as they can torture you around like an imbecile retard because you let them, they can escape, a little bit, their fundamental, existential dread.
Because they see you as a human and quite adequate to live on this planet and because of that they hate that you exist.
So, torturing you gives them a lefto-gasm that provides a few seconds of thinking that they ARE in charge.
If they were not in charge why are they torturing you and why is it you that is squirming and screaming and not them? Why, uh?!!
They are lefto-raping Western civilization to death and Westerners are letting them get away with it.
Once you understand the fundamental notions involved it’s really quite simple.
They are an evil species of degenerate lefto-pukes that escaped from unhygienic quarters where things that ought to have never been born, were born, and things that ought to die keep on breathing and prance around and strut their evil and dictate to humans and torture us for sport.
And I don’t you how many will understand this but Picasso used to be a passable artist BEFORE he understood that whatever he gave others they would clap like seals and praise him because they had lost the capacity to see art for what it is and so he begun to amuse himself by creating unmitigated filth and watching humans being utterly incapable of differentiating filth from art.
And that relates to what leftoxenomorphs are and to what they are doing to humanity.
Leftoxenomorphs have killed the human mind and are in the process of replacing civilization with filth so they can rule over the filth.
It’s a little bit like those spiders that tie a living victim up, inject digestive juices into it and wait for the digestive juices to torturously kill and turn the insides of their victim into a soup they can then drink and feed on.
Leftoxenomorphs have injected leftoxenomorphism into human culture and leftoxenomorphism has dissolved Western civilization guts and its culture and now leftoxenomorphs are drinking and feeding on the remains.
BloJo needs to take a cold shower. In Kiev perhaps.
Paulo Guerra says
Hearing so much real-world denial and so much insanity – does Boris have asperger’s? – at this stage I start to think that England is really capable of any madness in Ukraine! As much as we have all followed the massive disinformation campaign, it is no longer normal at this stage to hear adults on television telling us to look at Putin’s hands! These people have lied so much in the last few months that they have completely detached themselves from reality.
They themselves seem to believe what they say?! As Hitler, with Germany all in ruins, was also going to win the war. And clowns like Bojo have even fallen. A PM who didn’t even know how much England depended on Russian gas! How did the West get here? Liz couldn’t tell the Baltic from the Black Sea. But Boris must still think he’s back in the PM in England. 6 months of conflict 3 PMs! Everything is possible in England today!
“What took them so long?”
Easy, they were playing rope-a-dope!!! Let them deplete their military ability first and then start fighting.
Radish Wrangler says
Why didn’t Russia do this before?
Because Ukraine is a battlefield, not the war.
Russia is “not losing” the military aspect long enough for the economic and political defeat of their enemy – us, the combined” West”. The longer the conflict in Ukraine goes on, the more assets NATO sacrifices, and the more the tensions between NATO allies grow.
That’s my theory, anyway.
Zero Coverage People You didn’t get the memo; Not having been briefed or informed about a situation, especially one that most or many other people are already aware of.
———-The war with Ukraine is over……———-
“It is a war against NATO, a war for the survival of our country,” Solovyov said on Russian state television.
The Russians, as a nation, know much more than any individual could comprehend.
Could you update on the state of the NATO war…
Juan Menendez says
Finland and Sweden may be about to admit US nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. Could Russia accept that or would it be another red line crossed?
More broadly, is the West doing everything it can to provoke Russia in a way that can be used to justify attacking Russia directly instead of via proxy?
Last I checked, the Russians were clear that they had no ill will towards either Finland or Sweden. That being said it all comes down to what nuclear weapons are stationed there (gravity bombs, ballistic missiles) and how good the air defense is. For the former the Russians will simply mirror what NATO does. For the latter… well if I was a betting man I’d bet on the Russians coming out on top.
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
– Sun Tzu