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    March 2018 will go down in history as a truly historical month March 1st, Vladimir Putin makes his historical address to the Russian Federal Assembly. March 4th, Sergei Skripal, a former UK spy, is allegedly poisoned in the UK. March 8th, British officials accuse Russia of using nerve gas to attempt to murder Sergei Skripal....
  • @jilles dykstra
    The part of Syria Assad does not control is desert.
    I went by bus from Damascus to Deir az Zor, then by taxi to Al Hassakeh.
    Just near the rivers is any permanent habitation, completely insignificant.

    Except for the large oil deposits. Since the discovery of light crude petroleum in the Syrian desert it has become a centre for the country’s petroleum extraction industry.

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    My Syria visit was around 1985, did not see any oil pumping, the river dams were under construction.
    If indeed oil was found, this, in combination with irrigation, may well have changed the picture profoundly.
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  • @for-the-record
    The offer of North Koreans to negotiate is a submission, a direct result of the US pressure.

    Sorry, but that is just totally wrong. North Korea has offered for years to negotiate bilaterally with the US, it has always been the US that has refused. Up to now.

    You are mistaken. The US and North Korea negotiated many times. In 1985 the North Koreans acceded to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but did not complete an International Atomic Agency safeguards agreement. In 1993 they gave notice about withdrawing from the treaty but suspended the decision after discussions with the US. In 1994 Jimmy Carter became the first US president to visit North Korea. Later that year the Clinton administration and North Korea signed the Agreed Framework to freeze their nuclear program. In 2000 Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Pyongyang. She met with Kim Jong Il in order to prepare a visit by President Bill Clinton. The talks failed. In 2002 the Agreed Framework broke down. George W. Bush accused North Korea of cheating by secretly pursuing a uranium enrichment program. Following the collapse of the Agreed Framework and North Korea’s withdrawal from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, China hosted talks with North Korea known as the six-party talks. Throughout the talks, Pyongyang insisted it would not give up its nuclear weapons program. In 2006 North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. In 2009 a new round of six party talks collapsed because Nort Korea refused to grant international inspectors the permission to visit. In 2011 Kim Jong Il died and his son Kim Jong Un took over. 2012 is the crucial point. President Obama tried to force North Korea back to the negotiating table by increasing sanctions. Nothing came out of it. The situation started to deteriorate rapidly after the election of President Trump. He threatens North korea with fire and fury unless it desists from its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches and forces China and Russia, North Korea’s main backers to go along with tougher sanctions. Since they do not want a major war on their border they go along. Shortly after Kim Jong Un asks for a meeting which President Trump has accepted. Call it US surrender if you want.

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    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
    Excellent summary!!!!. But to help the understanding, it would be helpful to show how the Korean negotiations inter mesh with US attacking the Levant and Afghanistan and Libya.
    , @Curmudgeon
    Along with other omissions in your original reply, you fail to mention that Clinton's deal with NK was nixed by Congress.
    Aside from that, why would any country take the US for its word on any negotiations?
    - Reagan's deal with Gorbachov for no NATO expansion - broken.
    - Bush I tells Saddam it's OK to take on Kuwait for slant drilling into Iraqi oil fields - reneged.
    - Clinton bombs Serbia to take the heat of Monica Lewinski's dress.
    - Bush II pulls out of ABM Treaty.
    - The 9-11 hoax and subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq based on lies.
    - Obama takes out Gaddafi.
    This is a short list.

    The North Koreans may be many things, but they aren't idiots. The fact that Bonkers Bolton, Nutty Nikki Haley et al care less that NK could wipe out Seoul with conventional weapons speaks volumes. These people are dangerous and need to be declared incompetent before putting them in the looney bin.
    North Korea's position has been clear for decades: the US has to leave the Korean peninsula. When a state of war still exists with the US, why would they give up weapons?
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  • In the discussion of the results of the Presidential elections in Russia, Sen. John McCain claimed the result was an insult to all Russians. Israel Shamir on the pages of The Unz Review claimed they were rigged just a little. Some pro-Western Russian critics argued that that the very fact that Putin received over 75...
  • @Johnny Rico

    I do not understand though how somebody can be...
     
    He doesn't either, but I'm sure he'll explain it to you and call you an idiot for good measure.

    That is what I am hoping for. See, I am looking up to him. A brilliant guy with all that super education, knowledge of warfare, ( I wonder how many wars he has won. He is to modest to say. ), economics, geopolitics, formulas and only God knows what else. I do not mind getting insulted by somebody like him. I realize how inadequate I am compared to him. For me the world is a rather complicated thing while for him it is all simple. It either what he says or BS.

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    I'm more interested in your comments. They are more interesting and informative than anything I've seen him write. You have the gift of concision.

    Humans discovered centuries ago that having served in uniform doesn't make one smarter than someone who has not.

    He is only half-educated. Poorly-to-the point-of-not-read in military history. He is not a historian. He possesses a muddled understanding of 20th century politics, ideology, and international security issues.

    He is a blogger with a decent understanding of Russian weapon systems. Far from unique. He is a Russian propagandist.

    He expends most of his typing trying to convince the world he is the expert on everything that he believes himself to be.

    But mostly it is channeled into attempting to evict Anatomy Karlin from the real-estate Karlin rents in his head.
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  • March 2018 will go down in history as a truly historical month March 1st, Vladimir Putin makes his historical address to the Russian Federal Assembly. March 4th, Sergei Skripal, a former UK spy, is allegedly poisoned in the UK. March 8th, British officials accuse Russia of using nerve gas to attempt to murder Sergei Skripal....
  • The US humiliatingly failed in its attempts to frighten and force the DPRK into submission.

    The offer of North Koreans to negotiate is a submission, a direct result of the US pressure.

    The AngloZionists have lost the civil war in Syria.

    The war is still going on. Assad barely controls half of Syria. As a matter of fact until recently he did not even control the whole of Damascus. The Turks are in Afrin, Americans east of the Euphrates River are building new bases.

    The UK and the rest of the NATO are becoming militarily irrelevant.

    Sure thing. They are so irrelevant that every time they make a move Putin has a major fit.

    The Ukraine has crashed and is burning and a Ukronazi attack on the Donbass is most likely.

    Agree about the possibility of an attack.

    The political forces in Europe who opposed anti-Russian policies are on the ascent.

    Any evidence?

    The Russians are winning many EU countries over by economic means including North Stream whereas sanctions are hurting the EU much more than Russia.

    A pipe dream.

    The anti-Putin campaign has miserably failed and Russia is fully united in her stance against the Empire.

    The anti Putin campaign continues, see your own paragraphs above. Most Russians seem to be behind Putin.

    If it doubles down, something the Neocons always do, then this means war with Russia. This is a stark and very difficult choice (no, not for normal people, but for the psychopaths ruling the West).

    I am sure that deciding to go to war is extremely difficult choice for the psychopaths whilst for the normal people it is a piece of cake.
    The entertainment value of this piece is priceless.

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    • Troll: Twodees Partain
    • Replies: @FB

    '...The entertainment value of this piece is priceless...'
     
    Speaking of 'entertainment value'...Any chance of seeing you take on Peter 'potatohead' Aus in a debate here...?
    , @peterAUS
    Agree on all points.

    Well, perhaps save that "priceless".
    Just the usual Saker, only with one notch up. Increasingly delusional and ratcheting up his wishful thinking.

    Fanbase and grupies here don't mind that. On the contrary, they need it, and increasingly so. Offsets, at least temporarily, the harsh realities around them.

    Starts to feel almost as.....desperation.
    , @Ilyana_Rozumova
    Regnum; are you another Pete Raus?
    , @jilles dykstra
    The part of Syria Assad does not control is desert.
    I went by bus from Damascus to Deir az Zor, then by taxi to Al Hassakeh.
    Just near the rivers is any permanent habitation, completely insignificant.
    , @for-the-record
    The offer of North Koreans to negotiate is a submission, a direct result of the US pressure.

    Sorry, but that is just totally wrong. North Korea has offered for years to negotiate bilaterally with the US, it has always been the US that has refused. Up to now.
    , @Twodees Partain
    RN, I had to give you the 'troll' tag because there's no 'neocon shill' tag in the options. It's OK, though. You qualify for both.
    , @Philip Owen
    So right, the self delusion amongst Saket and his followers is staggering. So is their self hate. Look at what they think others project on Russia and what they project back.
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  • In the discussion of the results of the Presidential elections in Russia, Sen. John McCain claimed the result was an insult to all Russians. Israel Shamir on the pages of The Unz Review claimed they were rigged just a little. Some pro-Western Russian critics argued that that the very fact that Putin received over 75...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    Where do you live? Another ‘Russian patriot’ who lives in the West? :-)
     
    I live in Pacific North West and is madly in love with the area and many folks here. But if you insist, I may apply to Russian Consulate for Russian citizenship (it may take a while, of course), after all what right do I have to call BS out and, what is most startling, justify why what I call out is a BS. ;-)

    I live in Pacific North West and is madly in love with the area and many folks here.

    I will ignore all the grammatical mistakes made by the author who quite often lectures others on the proper use of English language. The Russian heritage can be a nasty thing, particularly the tendency to imbibe. I do not understand though how somebody can be in love with people who he despises, belittles, scorns, disdains, decries and disparages on this forum on a daily basis. I do like the quote at the end of one of his comments. Frankly,I am surprised that he put it there. It contradicts all that he is saying about his beloved Russia.

    A Russian is self-assured just because he knows nothing does not want to know anything, since he does not believe that anything can be known.

    What a fitting description of the self appointed genius, the type that comes around only once every one thousand years.

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    • Replies: @Johnny Rico

    I do not understand though how somebody can be...
     
    He doesn't either, but I'm sure he'll explain it to you and call you an idiot for good measure.
    , @ValmMond
    Love the sinner, hate the sin.
    Your country has become a sin. A Babylon, run by a self-celebrating, satan-worshipping cast.
    It is a moral imperative to despise their crimes against humanity, G_d and Creation.
    American people are kind, honest and credulous to a fault. They are just starting to realize that their country has been hijacked by a vicious and bloodthirsty minority with a supremacy complex.
    That's why you are in such a hurry to take their guns away. When they figure out what actually happened to them on 9-11, it's not going to be pretty. And it may be too late to chose sides.
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  • Assuming mankind finds a way not to destroy itself in the near future and assuming that there will still be historians in the 22nd or 23rd centuries, I bet you that they will look at the AngloZionist Empire and see the four following characteristics as some of its core features: lies, willful ignorance, hypocrisy, and...
  • A boring, predictable article. The author is limited to two subjects. He is either extolling Russia or attacking and ridiculing the Anglo Zionist Empire, his pet project.

    The sad reality is that the vast majority of people around us accept this and see no reason to denounce it, never mind doing something about it.

    I wonder which group does the esteemed author belong to. What has he done about it. If I remeber correctly he used to work for the Empire. I know about people who challenged the system and paid or are still paying the price. Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, just to name a few of the most recognizable names. I know dozens of people who have left the US because of disagreements with its foreign policy. They walk the walk and talk the talk. Sure they are the minority because most people are conforming cowards or unthinking fools who can be pulled on a boiled noodle. I have far more esteem for the members of that minority though than for somebody who figures than spewing forth a couple of thousands words once a week represents some form of serious resistance.

    The French philosopher Alain Soral is quite right when he says that modern “journalists are either unemployed or prostitutes”

    An interesting observation. I will refrain from drawing any conclusions.

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    • Replies: @ploni almoni
    It is boring. There are exciting things going on in the world of fusion cuisine. Check out Foodie today.
    , @ValmMond

    A boring, predictable article.
     
    And here you are - writing snarky, dull, uninteresting comments under Saker's article. It will never be the other way around.
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  • Putin's March 1st presentation of new Russian weapons has been greatly misunderstood as a declaration of strategic parity or triumphalism. There was a much more urgent need, namely, to prevent an imminent strike. This danger is not over yet, for a week later, on March, 7, President Putin emphasised his readiness to employ the nuclear...
  • @peterAUS
    Agree.

    I believe all that boils down to


    He likes to boast and judging from the small sample of Russian contributors that seems to be part of a Russian national character.
     
    and internal politics, elections in particular.

    They are both related. It's expected, actually demanded, from the top man to behave that way.Makes proles happy, more able to grudge through their lives there.

    The US president has just replaced two individuals who in ” the good old times” used to be called doves with two hawks. The implications of that change seem to have escaped the otherwise acute intellect of the most pompous, pontificating products of various top notch educational institutions who flood this forum with their flatulent tirades, graphs and formulas. I often wonder if the get by without a formula in a washroom. I am not surprised because they are not equipped to perceive these subtleties. They never ponder for example why Russia with the greatest number of engineers per square mile is in such a miserable position compared to the rest of the world.

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    • LOL: FB
    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    Fair suck of the sauce bottle sport, Russia has had to deal with countless invasions over time from Turks, Swedes, Germans, French, British and more, some of them more than once, while the US has had an easy time by comparison.
    , @peterAUS
    Well...that would go straight in the face of the prevalent mantra here and they simply can't have it.

    "Putin speech changed the world" is the party line, apparently, around here. Facts don't matter, the party line is the fact. Nothing new there as far as Russians are concerned. They've mastered the method since 1917.
    Seeing part of Western minority here buying it is peculiar, though. I suspect it's a result of gnawing desperation, so sort of understandable. Sort of.

    Well, there are two good things about this site, nevertheless.
    First, mods still allow unpopular opinions posted here; something almost non-existant on the Internet today.
    Second, that "ignore" button. Keeps the most of the obnoxious noise out.

    As for

    They never ponder for example why Russia with the greatest number of engineers per square mile is in such a miserable position compared to the rest of the world.
     
    well, that is the question, isn't it?
    And that's the one they'll never ask. Too painful, I suspect.
    , @Jesse James
    US-advised predatory corporate raiding of the 1990's gutted the manufacturing, financial and social infrastructure of the country. Repairing the massive large-scale economic and cultural arson is not corrected in a TV season but over several decades. Sorry to rain simple reality upon your phony world perceptions and anemic historical capacity.
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  • I know for a fact that the Soviet military has been experimenting with new laws of physics at least since the late 70s. But please feel free to remain in denial.

    Since I have no intention of remaining in denial could you please name some of the new laws of physics. I would hate to find out that the laws of physics I was taught in school are obsolete.

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    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    No idea what you were taught in school.
    But since quantum mechanics causality is out.
    Since entanglement Einstein seems to be out.
    It is asserted that China already built an entanglement computer, circling the earth in a satellite, the signals cannot be deciphered.
    It is asserted that a single Russian unarmed plane disabled all systems on one of the newest USA navy ships in the Black Sea.
    It may be that MH370 was made to crash because two teams of Chinese technicians in making planes invisible for radar were on board.
    The last method I have the idea I maybe understand.
    How an entanglement computer functions, no idea, but at Dutch technical university Delft scientists try to build one.
    , @FB

    '...I would hate to find out that the laws of physics I was taught in school are obsolete...'
     
    Would be interested in hearing what you know about physics...

    Just one example of Newtonian mechanics would be sufficient to gauge the extent of your 'knowledge'...


    https://s20.postimg.org/xogd3zs2l/tumblr_lhvcm3_Xvg71qbdyu5o1_500.gif
    , @ValmMond
    I seriously doubt you are familiar with the known physical laws to begin with. But since you ask, in the 70s the USSR experimented actively with weaponizing principles governing fields and anti-matter, among others.
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  • Why indeed, all of a sudden, did the Russian President decide now, of all times, to tell the world about these new weapons?

    Russians quite regularly boast about their invincible weapons particularly ballistic missiles. Pretty much every time the US builds another radar installation or places anti ballistic missile battery or constructs a military base close to their border. The first announcements of this sort date back to 2004.

    2004 – announcement about a new missile that would preserve nuclear parity with the US and overcome missile defense.

    2005 – announcement about superior Russian weaponry and new strategic missile that had no equal in the world

    2006 – Putin claim that Russia has new weapons which are not afraid of any missile defence.

    At least one such claim every year but I do not want to bore readers of this blog with a 4000 word long essay so I will skip the rest of the years and his latest announcement in 2018 you all know. Each such claim starts a short lived frenzy of media interviews, discussions, analyses, etc., as if a simple pronouncemet equaled hard facts. If he is so confident about the invincibility of his weapons why those constant reminders. I do not believe that it has anything to do with a warning to the West. I am sure the intelligece agencies are keeping a close watch on Russian military technology and do not need Putin to tell them what he is up to. If it is indeed a warning like the previous ones and he is taken seriously than there is no need to repeat them. If he is not taken seriously than he is wasting his time. He likes to boast and judging from the small sample of Russian contributors that seems to be part of a Russian national character. He was also cought lying on more than one occasion so I would not attach too much importance to his latest bravado.

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    In the Mannerheim tape recording, Hitler (unaware that he's being recorded), acknowledged that he seriously underestimated the Soviet military firepower and that he probably would have never invaded the USSR, had he known the real size and potential of the Soviet military machine .

    Putin is sending the delusional and amnesic collective West a gentle reminder of how history goes. See our weapons on pictures, so that you don't have to see them coming at you. That's all he's saying. And he's a master of understatement, as you probably soon will find out.


    the intelligece agencies are keeping a close watch on Russian military technology
     
    Russia has a culture of secrecy, of which neither you nor your "intelligence agencies" have the slightest idea. Not to mention that, lately, those agencies have been too busy staging false-flags operations here and there and serving non-US interests.
    I know for a fact that the Soviet military has been experimenting with new laws of physics at least since the late 70s. But please feel free to remain in denial. It's a protective mechanism, which would allow you to preserve what's left from your sanity.
    , @Jesse James
    Then you will be surprised when the US-UK-FRA bomb the Syrians for the fourth time in 3 years, but this time triggering a violent Russian response that will knock the teeth out of the Zionist US command in the region- hopefully for good.
    , @jilles dykstra
    Because the USA sold anti tank weapons to Ukraine.
    , @peterAUS
    Agree.

    I believe all that boils down to


    He likes to boast and judging from the small sample of Russian contributors that seems to be part of a Russian national character.
     
    and internal politics, elections in particular.

    They are both related. It's expected, actually demanded, from the top man to behave that way.Makes proles happy, more able to grudge through their lives there.

    , @ploni almoni
    Obviously the intelligence services know about the weapons. But they do not care in the least how many people will die. So the announcements have to to with affecting public opinion. Perhaps the public cares. Or not. You don't care, do you?
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  • For those interested in the military implications of the recent revelations by Vladimir Putin about new Russian weapon systems I would recommend the excellent article entitled “The Implications of Russia's New Weapon Systems" by Andrei Martyanov who offers a superb analysis of what these new weapons mean for the US and, especially, the US Navy....
  • @Erebus

    It is hilarious to watch how much time and energy are people prepared to waste in those pointless, heated discussions about whose weapons are better.
     
    Is it also hilarious when wine lovers debate vintages, car fans debate engines, art lovers debate painters, sports fans debate teams/players etc, etc? If so, you must spend most of your days rolling on the floor splitting a gut.
    I'd venture that debating the nature and capabilities of weapons that may go active in a town near you is [a] not hilarious, and [b] may be existentially vastly more important than anything else one could debate.

    Buried in the hilarity, however, you voiced a wonderfully insightful assessment of the situation. To whit:

    ... all the US bases, weaponry,etc., are not there to attack Russia but to prevent it from doing something foolish while it is getting strangled.
     
    If by "something foolish" you mean anything militarily kinetic that would put an immediate stop to the strangulation process, you've hit the nail dead centre. Yes, Russia is being strangled, but what it's saying is that its resistance to that process is has a long way to go before it's exhausted.

    In 2004, Putin told the US that its pullout from the ABM treaty will force Russia to respond asymmetrically. It's been telling the US since at least 2007 that it will not allow itself to be strangled, and that the US will fail. Failing is what it's been doing since then. Finally, on Mar 1, Putin told the US that Russia's asymmetrical response is ready to go live, and that the US will be destroyed if it continues to try.

    In other words, in the course of the last decade the worm turned and now Russia's telling the US "Don't do something foolish". He may be bluffing, or at least partially so, but there are very cogent reasons to think that he's not, and therein lies the reason that the US now finds itself in an Imperial Dilemma.

    Is it also hilarious when wine lovers debate vintages, car fans debate engines, art lovers debate painters, sports fans debate teams/players etc, etc?

    They can discuss art, cars engines, sport and similar subjects because none of them is classified. Nothing hilarious about that unless the debate is between two nincompoops. What is hilarious is when people discuss matters of highly clasified nature of which they do not even have the slightest idea. All they are doing is spinning fantasies. Only people with the highest security clearance know something about these subjects and do not discuss them in the open.

    I’d venture that debating the nature and capabilities of weapons that may go active in a town near you is [a] not hilarious, and [b] may be existentially vastly more important than anything else one could debate.

    The dicsussions would still be hilarious for the same above mentioned reasons. You most likely meant deployment and that of course would be less hilarious. No worry there though. Since fairly early in my age I realized how dangerous humanity is and I have always lived on its fringes just in case it looses its collective mind, something it is never very far off of doing.

    If by “something foolish” you mean anything militarily kinetic that would put an immediate stop to the strangulation process, you’ve hit the nail dead centre. Yes, Russia is being strangled, but what it’s saying is that its resistance to that process is has a long way to go before it’s exhausted.

    Russia’s enemies are not in a hurry. Their main objective is to proceed slowly in order not to provoke any rush reaction that could result in a nuclear exchange.

    In 2004, Putin told the US that its pullout from the ABM treaty will force Russia to respond asymmetrically.

    Not very original. Just another term he borowed from the West which coined the term first.

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    • Replies: @peterAUS
    Agree.
    Especially with

    Russia’s enemies are not in a hurry. Their main objective is to proceed slowly in order not to provoke any rush reaction that could result in a nuclear exchange.
     
    and, on a personal level, if I may say, with

    Since fairly early in my age I realized how dangerous humanity is and I have always lived on its fringes just in case it looses its collective mind, something it is never very far off of doing.
     
    Watching all this "Russia collusion" thing, for me, shows that we are probably getting uncomfortably close to that point.
    , @Beckow

    Russia’s enemies are not in a hurry. Their main objective is to proceed slowly in order not to provoke any rush reaction that could result in a nuclear exchange
     
    They have rushed the Maidan thing, and messed it up. The side that is not in a hurry is the one that has time on its side. Who has time on their side? Who is getting strategically stronger?

    If you plug in resources, demographics, technology and geography, Western Europe will decline and so will Middle East, India and Africa. China, Australia, southern part of South America and parts of East Asia will get stronger.

    Eastern Europe, Canada, US and rest of Latin America are a toss-up - it depends on what they do. They have the resources, but politically they are very weak and they can collapse demographically (Third World migration or simply being already inescapably part of the Third World.)

    Russia is well positioned. It has 1/4 of world's resources - energy, minerals, arable land, water - for a stable, well educated population of 140-160 million people. It can keep up with the technology because of its educated population. It can keep itself from being overrun by migrants from the south. And, it has the f..ing nukes. Russia usually collapses because of internal discord or a collapse of will (something to do with DNA predisposition that tends towards extremes). The current hostilities have stiffened Russia's internal will.

    Who has time on their side? US and its allies are slowly losing grip. The 'soft power' collapse is a subjective event, it might not happen for a while, or it could happen suddenly (Hollywood really sucks today). The problem is that the allies are in deep trouble. Especially the hapless, post-modern Western European societies that march under rainbow flags, demanding open borders and an end to 'hatred'. Good luck with that.

    Russia seems better positioned, their main allies like China are solid for now. They have the geographic and resources upper hand. If they play it cool, time will be on their side. Power always follows material strength. That's why Washington has rushed a few things lately, they know that time is not on their side.
    , @Erebus

    What is hilarious is when people discuss matters of highly clasified nature of which they do not even have the slightest idea.
     
    You misunderstand. Nobody's discussing the classified aspects of weapons here. What's being discussed in the comments I've read (E.G.: FB's) is whether what's being claimed is physically possible, and what sorts of engineering problems would have to be overcome to make them possible. How & whether the engineering problems have been overcome is what would be classified, not whether they'd have to be. When the former is discussed, everyone acknowledges that the conversation turns speculative.
    If Putin was claiming physically impossible properties, there wouldn't be much of a discussion, and you wouldn't have Senators writing letters pleading that POTUS open arms control talks with him.

    Russia’s enemies are not in a hurry. Their main objective is to proceed slowly in order not to provoke any rush reaction that could result in a nuclear exchange.
     
    That was true 2 decades ago, and deceptively looked that way up to 2007 when, on the eve of the GFC, Putin made his famous Munich speech.
    Since then, the Empire stumbled while China and Russia have placed so many impediments in their way that the Imperialists are now the ones who are forced to act rashly if they want to maintain the Empire. That is where the danger now lies. It is now Russia (and China) who are forced to go slow.
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  • It is hilarious to watch how much time and energy are people prepared to waste in those pointless, heated discussions about whose weapons are better. The specifics of weapons, particularly the new ones, are confidential. Very few people are familiar with these details and none of the contributors to this forum belong to this group. Putin speech was rich in generalities and short on specifics. He actually boasts quite regularly about his unstoppable ballistic missiles so I am not sure why so much fuss about his latest claim. He usually does it when he feels threatened. Perhaps he does have some miracle weapons , more likely not. I am not sure what gives him his confidence because the US military is surely not sharing the technological details of their weapons with him. The only test of whose weapons are better, and not just weapons because war is more complex than that, is the battlefield. After the battle one can say whose weapons were better but not before. One can judge the quality of weapons based on past encounters between Russian and US technology. The overall record does not speak in favour of Russia, but trying to extrapolate the future conflict based on that evidence can be risky. So whose weapons are better? I do not know and frankly do not want to find out. It is my humble opinion that all the US bases, weaponry,etc., are not there to attack Russia but to prevent it from doing something foolish while it is getting strangled. Of course according to the very well educated pro Russians with poor manners who seem to have flooded this forum I do not understand anything. Only they do, but everything is simple for a simpleton. According to them when I see a car winning a race and say that the manufacturer of that car makes faster cars I am talking nonsense because I do not have a degree in automotive repairs.

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    Agree.

    As for this

    Of course according to the very well educated pro Russians with poor manners who seem to have flooded this forum I do not understand anything. Only they do, but everything is simple for a simpleton. According to them when I see a car winning a race and say that the manufacturer of that car makes faster cars I am talking nonsense because I do not have a degree in automotive repairs.
     
    I'll offer an explanation:
    That's the method Russians, in general, use when discussing/debating. It's a cultural thing, they simply can't help it. Nothing personal there, most of the time (not always), just the way they..ahm...communicate. Poor manners combined with memorized irrelevant data.
    Seldom simple observation and common sense.

    Try discussing some uncomfortable facts from Afghanistan and especially Chechnya with a retired Russian Colonel...hahaha.
    Sometimes it did feel like we, simply, lived in different worlds.

    I, personally, believe it's a proven method to preserve a position of power regardless of facts.
    Actually, similar to what "educated" class uses all the time everywhere.
    Take for example, history.
    How many times you've seen historians dismissing a guy's opinion because he is not a scholar?
    Or anything really.

    The problem with Russians is they do it on turbo-charge and with ...peculiar....manners.

    Just my 2 cents.
    , @Sergey Krieger
    What do you want? The key from apartment with safe full of money? Unlike those shitty cartoons i was watching on Soviet Tv showing Reagan pre Alzheimer dreams of lasers shooting down Soviet ICBM with ease which were just wishful thinking dreams with no technologies in sight to back , Russian videos are of those weapons which are either deployed or are in the last pre deployment stages and are backed by real technology developed just to show you your place near the lavatory. Specifics? If you cannot smell them it is not Russia problem.
    , @Erebus

    It is hilarious to watch how much time and energy are people prepared to waste in those pointless, heated discussions about whose weapons are better.
     
    Is it also hilarious when wine lovers debate vintages, car fans debate engines, art lovers debate painters, sports fans debate teams/players etc, etc? If so, you must spend most of your days rolling on the floor splitting a gut.
    I'd venture that debating the nature and capabilities of weapons that may go active in a town near you is [a] not hilarious, and [b] may be existentially vastly more important than anything else one could debate.

    Buried in the hilarity, however, you voiced a wonderfully insightful assessment of the situation. To whit:

    ... all the US bases, weaponry,etc., are not there to attack Russia but to prevent it from doing something foolish while it is getting strangled.
     
    If by "something foolish" you mean anything militarily kinetic that would put an immediate stop to the strangulation process, you've hit the nail dead centre. Yes, Russia is being strangled, but what it's saying is that its resistance to that process is has a long way to go before it's exhausted.

    In 2004, Putin told the US that its pullout from the ABM treaty will force Russia to respond asymmetrically. It's been telling the US since at least 2007 that it will not allow itself to be strangled, and that the US will fail. Failing is what it's been doing since then. Finally, on Mar 1, Putin told the US that Russia's asymmetrical response is ready to go live, and that the US will be destroyed if it continues to try.

    In other words, in the course of the last decade the worm turned and now Russia's telling the US "Don't do something foolish". He may be bluffing, or at least partially so, but there are very cogent reasons to think that he's not, and therein lies the reason that the US now finds itself in an Imperial Dilemma.
    , @Anonymous
    Agree. Obviously Russia is a serious country that has nukes. But the claim they are "decades" ahead of us seems a wee bit exaggerated. Both the US Establishment and the pro-Russia crowd talk a lot of trash, to be blunt.

    Also, an election is coming up in Russia soon, so it is smart politics for Putin to give Russian men something to beat their chest about.

    Of course, there are those mysterious UFO objects the military reported off the coast .... could it be new technology?

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  • During the August 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the operations of Russia's 58th Army were termed as “coercion into peace”. It is an appropriate term once one recalls what truly was at stake then. Russians did win that war and, indeed, coerced Georgia into a much more peaceful mood. In Clausewitzian terms the Russians achieved the main...
  • @Just Wow
    Юз"Here is a short list of the countries which really disintegrated. USSR, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria,Lybia,Ukraine,"

    Those are the exact countries that the US of Arrogance destroyed! Guess why Syria isn't destroyed yet. Oh that's right, Russia! Hezbolla! Iran! Assad!

    Take your yankme idiotic attitude and go straight to the Anus of history where you belong!

    Thank you for your extremely intelligent reply. I would not expect anything less from a contributor to this blog who are known by their high level of education. Just explain to me what is your definition of destruction if in your highly erudite opinion Syria is not a destroyed country.

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    I'll try to help:

    First and foremost you must accept that The Empire is in death thrones. That's the foundation of all that.
    Then, you must realize that Russia is simply a greatest country today.

    When you have those two sassed out all the rest is easy, like Syria.

    The Empire has been working on destruction of Syria. Russia has been working in the opposite.

    How can the entity in death thrones prevent the greatest country on Earth to achieve its goal?
    Can't....hence...Syria is not a destroyed country.

    Remember: when in doubt what's really going on in the world simply start from the premise 1 and 2 and the truth will be revealed to you.
    And the cult will welcome a new member.
    , @Erebus
    A nation is more than a collection of buildings.

    During the 7 year attack on Syria, the Syrian government functioned, supplying services to its citizens even in "head-chopper" occupied territories, maintaining its diplomatic and international obligations, and the Syrian people, in aggregate, remained loyal to and supportive of their nation and their government.
    Unless their attackers manage a reversal in their fortunes, Syria will come out of this as a legally constituted, socio-politically stable and functioning entity, the same or a reformed version of what it was when it was attacked.
    That is what is meant by "not destroyed".

    I don't know if the above adequately meets your requirements for erudition, but I hope your capacity for comprehension overcomes whatever shortcomings there may be.
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  • @FB
    Your entire tedious post can be summed up in two words...

    Butt-Hurt
     
    Proof is here...

    '...At the beginning of the conflict the Russians were actually quite a bit disorganised, as is the habit of all Slavs...'
     
    I have no idea what your 'Regnum' is about these days... but I suspect this is how your 'kingdom' looks in many neighborhoods...

    Enjoy...


    http://www.bhindibazaar.asia/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/eid-a-9.jpg

    I am not sure why I should be butt hurt but I thank you for the picture of daily prayers in Moscow.

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  • The American global track record of the last few decades does not require any special elaborations—it is a record of military and humanitarian disasters.

    Yet, somehow, the Americans have always managed to benefit from those disasters. On the other hand, the very educated country full of graduates of very famous institutions, particularly the military academies, has disintegrated. In case you are wondering I am talking about USSR.

    The Pre-Shoigu Russian Army, for all its real and perceived shortcomings, disposed of the US-trained and partially equipped Georgian force in a matter of five days—the Russian Army’s technology, personnel and operational art was simply better.

    The mighty Russians defeated a tiny country. What an achievment! At least they had enough sense not to boast about it. At the beginning of the conflict the Russians were actually quite a bit disorganised, as is the habit of all Slavs. They were caught by surprise. That much for their better personnel and operational art.

    American power elites, the majority of whom have never served a day in uniform nor ever attended serious military academic institutions and whose expertise on serious military-technological and geopolitical issues is limited to couple of seminars on nuclear weapons and, in the best case scenario, the efforts of the Congressional Research Service are simply not qualified to grasp the complexity, the nature and application of military force. They simply have no reference points.

    You seem to know so much one is almost tempted to believe you rub shoulders with those elites on a daily basis. We all know by now that the only person in the world who can understand those issues is the greates general of all times, Andrei Martyanov, formerly known as Smoothie ( I wonder what happened ). The power elites do not have to understand those issues. That is not their job. Believe it or not they have plenty of experts, real experts, not bloggers who take care of those issues. Whose expert are better? You can measure that by the position of a country in the world. As far as the pathetic talk about USA collapsing every minute now I have been hearing that for 60 years. Here is a short list of the countries which really disintegrated. USSR, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria,Lybia,Ukraine,etc.

    After that he proceeded with what can only be described as a military-technological Pearl-Harbor meets Stalingrad. The strategic ramifications of the latest weapon systems Putin presented are immense.

    I am sure they are. After the slaughter of several hundred Russian mercenaries in Syria the mighty Russian stand off capabilities, to use your term, showed to the whole world that they can only stand down. The Russians did not do much in a way of response after the killing of their general, attack on their base, attack on their embassy, shooting down of their plane, etc. I know. Their technology is so good they do not have to. It is enough to talk about it.

    In the end, to be attacked from the South Pole, through South America, is not a contingency the US military is capable of facing. Probably not for very many years.

    They do not have to. It is an idiotic proposal.
    In any case if only half of your exagerated claims are true you should leave United States immediately unless of course you are suicidal.

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    Agree.

    To nitpick a bit

    After the slaughter of several hundred Russian mercenaries in Syria
     
    most likely less than 20, but, doesn't affect your point.

    All this "online therapy" about all powerful Russia is just that.
    Good for them. Beats pills and alcohol.

    The war between The Empire and Russia won't be with high tech weaponry.
    It will be by dissent, insurrections and ethic warfare, as in Ukraine.

    We'll see how will all that "high tech" work in next flareup there.
    , @FB
    Your entire tedious post can be summed up in two words...

    Butt-Hurt
     
    Proof is here...

    '...At the beginning of the conflict the Russians were actually quite a bit disorganised, as is the habit of all Slavs...'
     
    I have no idea what your 'Regnum' is about these days... but I suspect this is how your 'kingdom' looks in many neighborhoods...

    Enjoy...


    http://www.bhindibazaar.asia/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/eid-a-9.jpg
    , @josealamia
    I think Americans might be able to get along just fine without the USA?
    If the USA wants to threaten or mute those who offer an opinion?

    As stupid as Americans are said to be,
    they do feel the pains of fake news, loss of freedom of speech,
    spying, corporate dominance, and corrupt in purpose leadership?
    , @Just Wow
    Юз"Here is a short list of the countries which really disintegrated. USSR, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria,Lybia,Ukraine,"

    Those are the exact countries that the US of Arrogance destroyed! Guess why Syria isn't destroyed yet. Oh that's right, Russia! Hezbolla! Iran! Assad!

    Take your yankme idiotic attitude and go straight to the Anus of history where you belong!

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  • In view of the total failure of the US policy to regime-change Syria and overthrow Assad, the time has now come for the United States to make a fundamental choice: to negotiate or double down. Apparently, Kerry and others initially tried to negotiate, but the Pentagon decided otherwise, treacherously broke the terms of the agreement...
  • @Harold Smith
    Why not get off your cowardly Jewish ass, grab your rifle, get over to Syria and show those dastardly Russians who's boss?

    BTW just because your perverse Jewish-supremacist "mind" can't imagine it doesn't mean that Putin doesn't have a plan. How do you know that he doesn't by now understand the demonically evil nature of the "beast" and its agenda - which goes way beyond Syria? How do you know he's not just stalling for time, trying to avoid a direct conflict with the beast - partly to avoid giving the "U.S. government" an excuse to cancel the election - while he continues to field S-500 systems and prepare for a nuclear war? How do you know he won't strike like lightning - with everything he has - when the beast is least expecting it?

    Why not get off your cowardly Jewish ass, grab your rifle, get over to Syria and show those dastardly Russians who’s boss?

    This is really getting tiresome. Every time I raise a point that is not praising Putin, Saker’s b-analysis or Russian cleverness or technological superiority I am challenged to take my rifle and go to war with the Russians. I hate to disappoint everybody but I am not going to go to war with Russia or anybody else for that matter. I am also not planning any space mission even though I am interested in outer space. By the way you have made two false assumptions in that single sentence which demonstrates how poorly you comprehend the world. I am not a coward and I am not a Jew. When I first came to Unz review I bumped into a few interesting and intelligent comments and thought that the site differed from the other blogs infested with all sorts of low life unable to find their own ass without a map. Well I was wrong. In order not to bother intellectual giants on this site who are clearly annoyed by my stupidity I have decided to leave. Enjoy the company of equals.

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    This is really getting tiresome. Every time I raise a point that is not praising Putin, Saker’s b-analysis or Russian cleverness or technological superiority I am challenged to take my rifle and go to war with the Russians. I hate to disappoint everybody but I am not going to go to war with Russia or anybody else for that matter.
     
    Well of course not; that's what the lowly Goyim are for, right?

    I am also not planning any space mission even though I am interested in outer space.
     
    Can you direct me to some of your equally passionate, detailed and long-winded posts about "outer space"?

    By the way you have made two false assumptions in that single sentence which demonstrates how poorly you comprehend the world. I am not a coward and I am not a Jew.
     
    Just because you're not a religious "Jew", doesn't mean you're not a Jew; of course you're a Jew.
    And cowardice is a general Jewish trait. For example, a Jew will have no trouble emptying an M-16 magazine into an unarmed 13 year old schoolgirl, but when facing a capable and determined foe on an approximately level playing field, e.g., Hezbollah, the Jew will apparently run away every time.

    When I first came to Unz review I bumped into a few interesting and intelligent comments and thought that the site differed from the other blogs infested with all sorts of low life unable to find their own ass without a map.
     
    ROTFL! As if you weren't the one who started with the derogatory ad hominem. Yo, Shlomo, you're supposed to be looking at your monitor, not your mirror, as you type your hapless Jewish-supremacist drivel.


    Well I was wrong.
     
    Well you should be used that by now.

    Anyway, I think you're just sour grapes because your Satanic, messianic, Judeo-communist "New World Order" is crumbling before your eyes.

    But rather than take it out on us humans, maybe you can find another hobby? Or maybe to relieve some stress you can torture small animals or paint swastikas on your front door or defraud your insurance company or something like that?

    In order not to bother intellectual giants on this site who are clearly annoyed by my stupidity I have decided to leave. Enjoy the company of equals.
     
    Please do; and don't let the door hit your pompous Jewish ass on the way out.
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  • @Tom Welsh
    "One should leave the stage when one is at the top of his carrier".

    One should also try to post in a language which he can spell. Otherwise readers are liable completely to misunderstand what he is trying to say.

    Another reply full of substance. Are you competing with 5371 in the nitpicking Olympics? If you knew as many languages as I do you would make an occasional mistake. The smart people will get the meaning anyway and the dumb do not count. Not to mention their inability to recognize a spelling mistake. Take it as a subtle praise of your intellect.

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  • The effect of that will be marginal. Russian fixed-wing aircraft fly at over 5,000m where they are out of reach from MANPADs.

    The FIM 92 Stinger has a range of 26,000 feet (7,900 m).
    The usual incoherent fantasies from my favourite b-analyst. In the light of his original b-analysis which claimed as the main purpose for the limited Russian intervention the creation of conditions for a political settlement the Russians have failed. After one year of effort they have achieved exactly zero unless one wants to call the capture of a ruin of Aleppo suburb a resounding success. The inevitable consequences of knee jerk reaction for which Putin has become famous. His actions have nothing to do with shrewdness, cunning, brilliance or chess moves. His actions look more like a reaction of a patient who gets hit under the knee in a psychiatrist office. Georgia, Ukraine, Syria three hits producing three knee jerk reactions. The psychiatrist (US) must be amused.

    I am pretty sure that the Russian military would have preferred to do without that ceasefire, but I am equally sure that they were also okay with trying it out and seeing.

    That statements invalidates the author’s claim that Putin wants a political settlement. Since he likes to adjust his b-analyses according to the the current whim of his fancy this is not really surprising.

    That is why to a western audience the Kremlin under Putin is always “late” or “hesitant” or otherwise frustrating in what appears to be almost a lack of purpose and determination.

    I am glad the author has mentioned those famous Slavic qualities namely lack of purpose and determination. The Slavs resemble a fish that has jumped out of the water, landed on the beach and cannot make up its mind if it wants to get back in the water or just die. I could continue commenting on individual paragraphs except it would be a waste of time. The authors ideas about possible actions of US and Russia and his proposals about the use of military hardware and how it could be or would be used remind me of a ten year old playing with tin soldiers. One should leave the stage when one is at the top of his carrier. In case of our author that top happened a long time ago if there ever was one. He is embarrassing himself and his fans the same way Muhammad Ali did in his last fights. Putin has no plan B, never had one. He can still leave, badly bruised but in one piece and enjoy for a few more years the delusion of Russian greatness which sadly is a thing of the past. He can also stay and perish standing together with a lot of spectators.

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    [I could continue commenting on individual paragraphs except it would be a waste of time.]

    Every word you ever wrote has been a waste of time, and you never let that stop you before!

    , @Tom Welsh
    "I am glad the author has mentioned those famous Slavic qualities namely lack of purpose and determination. The Slavs resemble a fish that has jumped out of the water, landed on the beach and cannot make up its mind if it wants to get back in the water or just die".

    Hello - Alfred? Is that really Alfred Rosenberg, back from the dead, after all these years?
    , @Tom Welsh
    "One should leave the stage when one is at the top of his carrier".

    One should also try to post in a language which he can spell. Otherwise readers are liable completely to misunderstand what he is trying to say.
    , @anon_the_nth

    The FIM 92 Stinger has a range of 26,000 feet (7,900 m).
     
    Range is not the same as altitude. Stinger altitude is less than 4km. While apparently, the ground range can be 8km which is irrelevant in this case.

    Of course theoretically it can fly higher than that but then the range similarly decreases a lot and it becomes less utilizable.

    , @Harold Smith
    Why not get off your cowardly Jewish ass, grab your rifle, get over to Syria and show those dastardly Russians who's boss?

    BTW just because your perverse Jewish-supremacist "mind" can't imagine it doesn't mean that Putin doesn't have a plan. How do you know that he doesn't by now understand the demonically evil nature of the "beast" and its agenda - which goes way beyond Syria? How do you know he's not just stalling for time, trying to avoid a direct conflict with the beast - partly to avoid giving the "U.S. government" an excuse to cancel the election - while he continues to field S-500 systems and prepare for a nuclear war? How do you know he won't strike like lightning - with everything he has - when the beast is least expecting it?
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  • India-Pakistan relations look to be interesting in the next few years, especially if by “interesting” one means “potential for regional conflagration with toasty global elements”. If the PRC continues its rise at its current trajectory and under its current management, chances are that by 2050 the United States will be facing a China that is...
  • @Talha
    Hey iffen,

    Yeah, you'd think someone would have got that memo.

    Furthermore, I wonder what the architects of this strategy in India are smoking - is bordering a failed state with a high degree of militancy and awash with weapons really a good idea for India? Let's ask Turkey and Jordan how that's been working out for them?

    Peace.

    Is bordering a failed state with a high degree of militancy and awash with weapons really a good idea for India?

    What do you propose? Moving India away from Pakistan? I am sure bordering Antarctica would be much better idea.

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    India has paid repeatedly heavy prices for its attempts to impose hegemony on neighboring countries . It failed miserably in Sri Lanka. Its tenuous hold on BanglDesh has come with demographic changes in NE India and the hold can slip away easily once current leader is gone .Punjab can flare up anytime .The country is held together by fear of Muslim and Islam .There is no other unifying forces .The provinces hate each other What it means that peace within and outside the borders will inflame and accelerate the internal destructive process .It is ooverpopulated. Its climate is under threat . Infrastrucre is decayed and the agricultural productions have declined . Education in shambles . It is no different than what Pakistan was undergoing in 1980 .

    Pakistan is throughly nepotistic tribal and corrupt It is one of the most repressive and ethno religiously fanatic where ethnicity trumps the religion.It should never been created but was created for the preservation of the feudal system not for safety of Muslim Unless it changes. India will devour it but with equally bad results for India .
    , @Talha
    Hey RN,

    You missed my point. If one borders a state that is unstable, one should not do anything to cause it to slip into failed state status.

    In other words, is it better for the US to be bordered by a stable government in charge of Mexico (one they can negotiate with or pressure into policies) or should the US actively be undermining their control and seeking to fragment it into unaccountable narco-states and unstable territories?

    Peace.
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  • The China Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC is in my opinion the key tell as to whether the US-led global system is willing to accommodate China’s rise or simply wants to f*ck with it.Current indications are: Let’s F*ck With It.

    I wonder if the first ever Russia-Pakistan joint military drill has something to do with it.

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  • First of, what is meant by "deep state"? According to ex-CIA Philip Giraldi, "Every country has a deep state of some kind even if it goes by another name. 'The Establishment' or 'old boys’ network' was widely recognized in twentieth century Britain. 'Establishment' has often also been used in the United States, describing a community...
  • @anon
    Guess I touched a nerve with the king of quips.



    And this touching concern for faggots
     
    How about a little respect. They are called homosexuals , no need to use slurs . Unless you have some unresolved feelings that you have internalized .

    A quip means clever remark so he definitely cannot be a King of quips. On the other hand he is definitely the King of slurs and insults.

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    Triggered, eh, moron? If you don't want to be treated like a fool - don't behave like one.
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  • The Russian parliamentary elections went smooth as a silk dress under the hand. The ruling party, United Russia, has got a big majority of the seats in the Parliament, while the other three parties, the Communists (CPRF), the Nationalists and the Socialists shared the rest. Pro-Western parties did not cross the threshold and remained outside,...
  • @Kiza
    I would not. But instead I have a question for you: Russia has not invaded (or annexed part of) any other country by force of arms (Anglo-Zionist BS notwithstanding), Russia has practically always been on defensive. Then why does it matter to you if the Russian weapons are the most menacing in the World or if they are the most decrepit in the World? Those weapons are only for the defence of Russia and therefore it is only the concern of the Russians if they are good enough for the purpose. Outside of Russia, it is only those who are interested in attacking Russia who would be interested in the state of Russian weaponry.

    Here is your chance to "elaborate" and explain why the Russian weaponry is of your concern, if your kind is not thinking of attacking Russia, subject to leaving out the Anglo-Zionist bull of annexation (it is a return) as an argument.

    Russia has practically always been on defensive.

    I agree.

    Then why does it matter to you if the Russian weapons are the most menacing in the World or if they are the most decrepit in the World?

    It does not mater to me at all. The same way it does not matter to me if people believe that the Earth is flat. I just want to point out that things might not be as they believe. I make my point and this is it. Whether people want to continue believing their fallacy does not matter to me because it has no effect on how I live. I have never portrayed Russian weapons as decrepit. On the other hand the glowing accounts of Russian technological superiority are not true.

    Those weapons are only for the defence of Russia and therefore it is only the concern of the Russians if they are good enough for the purpose.

    I agree again but that does not mean that I cannot have an opinion.

    Here is your chance to “elaborate” and explain why the Russian weaponry is of your concern, if your kind is not thinking of attacking Russia.

    So according to you only people who want to attack Russia are interested in their weaponry? That is strange logic. Its like saying that if I am interested in cars I want to steal them.

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  • @5371
    The fourth of the Borei class is named Knyaz Vladimir, idiot.

    Svyatitel Nikolay was the name under which the construction has started. It was later postponed and the name changed to Knyaz Vladimir. Most likely in order to confuse western intelligence otherwise they might get the wrong idea that it takes Russians half a century to build a sub. In your case they succeeded. It is still unfinished. Whatever the name it changes nothing on the not so great shape of Russian military. If you sometimes try to make some meaningful contribution instead of nitpicking about unsubstantial matters it will be appreciated. If you think that by calling me idiot every five minutes you will somehow improve the Russian military or detract from my intellect you are mistaken.

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    If you ever got anything right there is no telling what it might do for your credibility, idiot. The world's most powerful microscopes might actually be able to detect it. A necessary, but very far from sufficient step would be paying some attention to the dates of what you mindlessly gooogle, copy and paste, rather than desperately hiding them. Your intellect would still be nonexistent and the Russian military unaffected by your drivel, but at least you would for the first time be making some attempt at honesty.
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  • The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere. Let me just...
  • @5371
    [I have to cook my own meals.]

    I wouldn't think your diet, which decency forbids me from describing, required much or very elaborate cooking. But it makes sense that no-one else would agree to cook for you on any terms.

    Thank you for another brilliant contribution. I would not expect anything less. Of all the points you have picked the most difficult one and as is your habit reacted with the usual gibberish. A pointless statement. Must you prove with every one line or two line meaningless comment, because it is beyond your ability to produce anything longer or meaningful, what sort of an idiot you are. Even if I had meant the last sentence literally.

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    Don't be too upset when your inept use of language provides your readers with some innocent enjoyment, jackass. We all know you never supply them with any accurate information or a single thought worthy of the name.
    , @voicum
    so you think that your infantile diatribes are meaningful? but , on the other hand it is probably par for your american level of comprehension.
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  • @Regnum Nostrum

    The Soviets never seemed to care, as they kept the secret, along with their “quiet” victory.
     
    Funny. During the Cuban Missile Crisis I was living behind the Iron Curtain and after the crisis ended it was portrayed as a great victory for Soviet diplomacy.

    From my viewpoint as an ordinary person living in the West in 1962, shortly after the Crisis was over, it began to be reported in some news media that the quid pro quo was to remove the missiles in Turkey. There certainly were enough Soviet-sympathetic journalists to plant this story with using the usual methods. Anyway, the stories were initially denied by the US Administration, then later the explanation was that the Turkish missiles were obsolete anyway and were scheduled to be removed, which has become the historical footnote today.
    Although never even remotely a Soviet Russia sympathizer, at the time I thought that if the Soviets wanted the missiles removed from their border, they certainly succeeded, albeit by a hair raising strategy – but often, that’s what diplomacy is all about. And it does have that tit-for-tat ring to it that tends to characterize international relations at the highest level.

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  • @(For)Saker
    Yet another great piece by - in my humble opinion - the premier Russian Foreign Policy analyst, extant.

    RE: "For one thing, the Russians don’t care if they are perceived as “weak” or “naive”. In fact, they would prefer to be perceived as such if that furthers their goals and confuses the opponent about their real intentions and capabilities. "

    Great point. It would explain why Khrushchev/Soviet Union kept quiet all those decades about the concessions Kennedy made on agreeing to remove the Jupiter Missiles from Turkey in exchange for Khrushchev dismantling missiles in Cuba. It was critically important for the USA/Kennedy to trumpet this "Cold War Victory." The Soviets never seemed to care, as they kept the secret, along with their "quiet" victory.

    The Soviets never seemed to care, as they kept the secret, along with their “quiet” victory.

    Funny. During the Cuban Missile Crisis I was living behind the Iron Curtain and after the crisis ended it was portrayed as a great victory for Soviet diplomacy.

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    Interesting, I just assumed that this secret was similarly suppressed behind The Curtain, as well. Of course had someone attempted to tell us self-congratulatory Americans that in fact, The Cuban Missile Crisis was a Soviet diplomatic victory, we would not have believed it. This presupposes that such information would have been able to circumvent our own (communication/media) Iron Curtain, in the first place!
    , @robert
    From my viewpoint as an ordinary person living in the West in 1962, shortly after the Crisis was over, it began to be reported in some news media that the quid pro quo was to remove the missiles in Turkey. There certainly were enough Soviet-sympathetic journalists to plant this story with using the usual methods. Anyway, the stories were initially denied by the US Administration, then later the explanation was that the Turkish missiles were obsolete anyway and were scheduled to be removed, which has become the historical footnote today.
    Although never even remotely a Soviet Russia sympathizer, at the time I thought that if the Soviets wanted the missiles removed from their border, they certainly succeeded, albeit by a hair raising strategy - but often, that's what diplomacy is all about. And it does have that tit-for-tat ring to it that tends to characterize international relations at the highest level.
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  • The Russian parliamentary elections went smooth as a silk dress under the hand. The ruling party, United Russia, has got a big majority of the seats in the Parliament, while the other three parties, the Communists (CPRF), the Nationalists and the Socialists shared the rest. Pro-Western parties did not cross the threshold and remained outside,...
  • @5371
    You couldn't even get the sub's name right, ignorant clown.

    Unlike you I do not pretend to have a monopoly on truth and as a consequence I am always willing to accept new facts. So what is the real name of the submarine Kursk?

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    The fourth of the Borei class is named Knyaz Vladimir, idiot.
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  • @attonn
    Russians still have four early warnings satellites in orbit... which of them stopped functioning?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US-K

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US-KMO

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EKS_(satellite_system)

    As of June 2014, only two of the eight satellites in orbit were still functional, rendering the system inoperable.

    Before you provide links you should read them. The sentence above is at the end of the first paragraph in your first link. The remaining two satellites ceased to function later. The system of early warning satellites, a hopelessly outdated legacy of USSR, is being replaced but it will take till 2020 before the new satellites are in place.

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    That's not what you said, though, in your original post.

    You said that Russians had only two satellites, and both stopped functioning. Meaning they have NONE. Total blindness.

    In fact, Russians still have four working satellites, but they just can't ensure 24-hour coverage. That's what "inoperable" means in this case.

    Having 4 satellites is quite different from having zero, don't you think?
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  • @Kiza
    I am sure that you will be on the front lines during the Anglo-Zionist invasion of Russia since the Russian weapons are too decrepit to present any danger to the avid war advocates such as you.

    Can you provide a single line in which I advocate war. If you bothered reading more than the latest of my comments and even this in a clearly careless and superficial manner you would know that the opposite is the truth. In any case I am not sure how my pointing to the deficiencies in Russian military and particularly my disputing of the often rosy and exaggerated odes on Russian technological superiority makes me a war advocate. Perhaps you would like to elaborate.

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    I would not. But instead I have a question for you: Russia has not invaded (or annexed part of) any other country by force of arms (Anglo-Zionist BS notwithstanding), Russia has practically always been on defensive. Then why does it matter to you if the Russian weapons are the most menacing in the World or if they are the most decrepit in the World? Those weapons are only for the defence of Russia and therefore it is only the concern of the Russians if they are good enough for the purpose. Outside of Russia, it is only those who are interested in attacking Russia who would be interested in the state of Russian weaponry.

    Here is your chance to "elaborate" and explain why the Russian weaponry is of your concern, if your kind is not thinking of attacking Russia, subject to leaving out the Anglo-Zionist bull of annexation (it is a return) as an argument.
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  • The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere. Let me just...
  • First, after days and days of intensive negotiations, Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov finally reached a deal on a cease-fire in Syria which had the potential to at least “freeze” the situation on the ground until the Presidential election in the USA.

    The “deal” had all the potential of a stillborn baby. Anybody who thinks otherwise is clueless.

    The Russians expressed their total disgust and outrage at this attack and openly began saying that the Americans were “недоговороспособны”. What that word means is literally “not-agreement-capable” or unable to make and then abide by an agreement.

    There is a difference between not-agreement capable and not-agreement willing. Only naive Lavrov may imagine that US wants some sort of agreement. The Americans and their allies are simply playing for time while reinventing their strategy. The goal has never changed.

    It basically means that the Americans have gone crazy and lost the very ability to make any kind of deal.

    The only people who have gone crazy are those who believe in any deal, which are of course Russians.

    This is an absolutely devastating diagnostic.

    The author most likely means diagnosis but I am not sure what is so devastating about it. Certain historical character once said that treaties were not worth the paper written on and as the track record of all the broken treaties proves he was correct.

    From a Russian point of view, for one superpower to simply walk out at the very moment the other superpower is making a crucial statement is simply irresponsible and, again, the sign that their American counterparts have totally “lost it”.

    Samantha Powers is not a superpower just a US Ambassador to UN. She was simply demonstrating what she really thought about the presentation of the representative of the other “superpower”. By the way Vitaly Churkin returned the favour.

    What happened in Syria is painfully obvious: the Pentagon sabotaged the deal made between Kerry and Lavrov and when the Pentagon was accused of being responsible.

    Who has accused Pentagon? Some scribblers on some blogs? Was anybody fired for insubordination? Pentagon did exactly what the White House wanted. To ruin a ceasefire which was never meant seriously.

    All this simply goes to show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony.

    I am not sure about Obama but after having read the article I am in quite a bit of agony myself.

    We have already seen Lavrov go back and further negotiate with Kerry.

    Lavrov will of course keep coming back as long as Kerry is willing to listen. See, he has no choice. Russian defeat in Syria would be a more than serious blow to Putin. Yes I know, his party won roughly 50% of the vote of roughly 50% voters who participated. In the opinion of some an overwhelming victory. Right.

    Russians are professionals who know that negotiations and open lines of communications are always, and by definition, preferable to a walk-away.

    As beggars the Russians are truly professionals. Only the strong can afford to walk away, the weak has to keep on begging. Putin with his knee jerk reactions got himself into a pickle in two places. Ukraine and Syria. I am sure he would like to extricate himself first of all from his Syrian trap and that is exactly why the Americans will not let him unless it is with an egg all over his face.

    The Russians don’t care if they are perceived as “weak” or “naive”.

    Oh yes they do. Why else is Putin begging at least once a month to be recognized as an equal. Why else are you and Smoothie always raising your hackles every time somebody says the truth about your beloved Russia which sounds unpleasant to your ears.

    The Russians know that they did not build the biggest country on the planet by being “weak” or “naive”

    How exactly have they built it. The territory was here long before the Russians. The fact that they are in possession of the largest landmass is a historical accident. They basically ended up with frozen landscape which nobody else wanted. That is until now. There are quite a few more points I would like to raise but I am not Lavrov who can engage in endless, mostly fruitless negotiations, who slaps the shoulders and exchanges smiles with his “adversaries” and who in between negotiations can cruise from one expensive restaurant to another, all paid for by Russian serfs. I have to cook my own meals.

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    [I have to cook my own meals.]

    I wouldn't think your diet, which decency forbids me from describing, required much or very elaborate cooking. But it makes sense that no-one else would agree to cook for you on any terms.
    , @Anonimos
    I see why Smoothie is not responding to your BS.
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  • The Russian parliamentary elections went smooth as a silk dress under the hand. The ruling party, United Russia, has got a big majority of the seats in the Parliament, while the other three parties, the Communists (CPRF), the Nationalists and the Socialists shared the rest. Pro-Western parties did not cross the threshold and remained outside,...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    The Ziocons better get your memo on “inevitability” very soon or the World may end. It appears that you truely believe that Washington is scared by the Russian nuclear deterrent!?
     
    When I believe in something--I usually explain that I believe and not know. In this particular case I don't believe, I know and I am pretty damn sure about it. Not only that, I know for a fact that D.C. sure as hell knows that Russia has the most modern and advanced nuclear deterrent in the world. For starters you may compare the age of youngest US Navy's SSBN of Ohio-class with that of the oldest Russian Navy's Project 955 Borei-class SSBN. I may detest neocons and I am keenly aware on utter incompetence of US "academe" and political-class on war, but I am very confident that even war-monger Ash Carter knows for sure that should he overplay his hand he may not live to see what comes out of it. I am also confident that US military people are actually the most competent and knowledgeable about this whole thing among US "power" elites. Yes, ziocons (or whatever is currently popular) are scared and that is why they are hysterical and resort to only one thing they are competent in--BSing people.

    I know for a fact that D.C. sure as hell knows that Russia has the most modern and advanced nuclear deterrent in the world. For starters you may compare the age of youngest US Navy’s SSBN of Ohio-class with that of the oldest Russian Navy’s Project 955 Borei-class SSBN.

    Do you mean superior technology like the leaking torpedo on the submarine Kursk which took the whole thing to the bottom of the sea. What a tragic farce. State of the art submarine destroyed by a leaking torpedo. A nice example of Russian sloppiness, a characteristic shared by most Slavs in equal measure. Perhaps you have on your mind Bulava, the submarine launched ballistic missile and its high rate of failure. Due to the delays in Bulava’s development, the launch of the fourth Borei-class submarine, Svyatitel Nikolay, has been pushed back. Perhaps you think of the modern tank Armata which broke down during a rehearsal for a military parade. Oh yes that famous Admiral Kuznetsov which breaks down with incredible regularity and is followed everywhere by a tugboat just in case it needs to be towed back to harbour. I am sure Shoigu is praying every day for its successful arrival to the Mediterranean. I could go on and on but my time is precious so I will only give couple more examples. The first is about the only two satellites used to monitor missiles from space which have both stopped functioning. Russia currently does not have the capability to observe missile launches from near orbit. The second is about aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov bought by India which had seven out of eight steam boilers of the propulsion machinery out of order during sea trials by Indian navy. That might be the reason why India, a traditional Russian customer when it comes to weaponry, has decided to by its latest batch of fighter planes from France. Let me close with a few quotes.

    The Russian military has started to reform after the Georgia conflict—but only small portions of its forces have transitioned to the “new model.” More than two-thirds of Russia’s armed forces—particularly the ground forces—still follow the old Soviet conscript model and are still armed with increasingly decrepit Soviet-era hardware. Even the majority of Russia’s forces fighting in Syria are using modernized hardware from the 1970s.

    The Russian defense-industrial base has markedly atrophied since the Soviet collapse in 1991. The country fell behind in many crucial technological areas, particularly during the 1990s. For example, the Russians are well behind on key technologies for building precision weapons, targeting pods and active electronically scanned array radars—which are just a few examples. Shipbuilding is yet another weak spot—Russia no longer has the capability to build large warships the size of a carrier and it uses antiquated construction techniques. It might eventually be able to regain those capabilities—but it’ll be a long wait.

    Keep dreaming if you want to but the waking up will be brutal.

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    You couldn't even get the sub's name right, ignorant clown.
    , @attonn
    Russians still have four early warnings satellites in orbit... which of them stopped functioning?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US-K

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US-KMO

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EKS_(satellite_system)
    , @Kiza
    I am sure that you will be on the front lines during the Anglo-Zionist invasion of Russia since the Russian weapons are too decrepit to present any danger to the avid war advocates such as you.
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  • @5371
    [No need for so called military training or “military skills”]

    It seems to me that you overrate the persuasiveness of your own rhetoric in a post-apocalyptic setting. Just a little ))

    Another pearl of wisdom from our under appreciated genius. You should publish your incoherent quotations in a book form. I propose to call it 5371 gems of knowledge by a confused sage. It might become even more popular than Bible, another collection of incoherent babble.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Much of the Bible is quite coherent and contains moral and life lessons that are hard to argue with, from experience. Of course there is a lot of useless genealogy and fantastical made-up nonsense, as well, but that doesn't detract from the moral and practical wisdom to be found in the New Testament and to some extent the OT.
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  • A rift between the Pentagon and the White House turned into open rebellion on Saturday when two US F-16s and two A-10 warplanes bombed Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions at Deir al-Zor killing at least 62 Syrian regulars and wounding 100 others. The US has officially taken responsibility for the incident which it called a...
  • Since Kerry has just asked Russia to ground Syrian jets and create no fly zones (wasn’t that always the goal?) I do not believe in any rift. Pentagon just provides necessary incidents in order to screw the Russians and Syrians in so called “diplomatic negotiatiations”. The alleged rift is a fairy tale. The White House and Pentagon work hand in glove.

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    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
    if true, russia just got fucked over hard by a 12 inch dildo, in girth and length!
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  • The Russian parliamentary elections went smooth as a silk dress under the hand. The ruling party, United Russia, has got a big majority of the seats in the Parliament, while the other three parties, the Communists (CPRF), the Nationalists and the Socialists shared the rest. Pro-Western parties did not cross the threshold and remained outside,...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    The consequences of Clinton’s victory will be as short-lived as we are, for she will deliver us the living hell of a nuclear war, and eternal dictatorship of the Iron Heel.
     
    If we are talking real nuclear war--there will be no Iron Heel. There will be a chaos of a numerous armed groups of survivors fighting for surviving resources in a number of localities not poisoned completely by radiation. Considering the fact that in case of such war first targets will be military targets (Counter-force) it really comes down to the absence of truly large and organized military force which is the only force capable of restoring some kind of order and, with it, bringing a dictatorship. Local dictatorships by local warlords, atrocities etc.? Yes. No Iron Heel, though. Oligarchy's "bodyguards" will be first to finish off their masters. In other words, those who have military training and know how to survive will, eventually, emerge as local feudal class. I simply can not imagine, try as I might, Robert Kagan or Bill Kristol not shitting their pants, thus impeding their escape, when meeting people who don't care about their faux-scholarship and are merely interested in expropriating whatever valuables they accumulated. Surviving gated communities will be number 1 target for the new order of the land and, boy, we all know how fierce all those Wall Street banksters are--true warriors;-)

    In other words, those who have military training and know how to survive will, eventually, emerge as local feudal class.

    Actually those who have military training are unlikely to survive because they represent the least intelligent elements of society. The more intelligent people have identified long time ago the regions on this planet which will remain relatively unscathed by possible nuclear exchanges. They are either living in those regions already or are ready to move there with first sign of trouble. No need for so called military training or “military skills”. You assume, wrongly as usual, that the possible nuclear war will impact all the countries with equal devastation. That of course is nonsense.

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    • Replies: @5371
    [No need for so called military training or “military skills”]

    It seems to me that you overrate the persuasiveness of your own rhetoric in a post-apocalyptic setting. Just a little ))
    , @Ace
    You have a very odd view of military people. It's inaccurate, suffice it to say.
    , @RadicalCenter
    You may be underestimating the average intelligence and capacities of the American soldier. The majority of the armed forces is white and, while often not having much formal education post-HS before the military, has a lot of intellectually average and above-average men. Can't write off that whole bunch, or even the majority of it, as unintelligent.
    , @RadicalCenter
    People in countries not directly hit by nukes will, unfortunately, have a hard time surviving with the radioactive fallout that will make its way around the world by air and by water. Where would the safe drinking and cooking water come from?

    As for moving to a less-affected area "at the first sign of trouble": when things break down, perhaps fairly suddenly, how exactly do these superior people get to the airport and take a flight that will not even be operating?
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  • If you strapped Bill Clinton to a polygraph (or some lie detector that can’t be fooled by the Clintons)—I suspect he, too, might confess to a preference for Vladimir Putin over Barack Obama. Mr. Clinton had been appropriately scathing, in 2008, about Obama’s mythical status in the media. A “fairy tale,” he called the current...
  • While it is true that it takes a village idiot to vote for Hillary, it also takes a village idiot to vote for Trump, even more so. A contest between two camps of idiots deciding who will be the next King. The masses might not be very bright but those who matter, those who rule, are quite smart and in the end it will be them who will decide the outcome. In the end it will be them who will benefit. The masses do not count. They rarely do. As a matter of fact I am surprised that any American still believes in the election process or that it has any meaning. The candidate who is more willing to continue with the project of the world ruling class will get all the support necessary to win. One group of village idiots will be disappointed. It will be the one whose candidate comes to mind when one thinks about village idiots.

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    {A contest between two camps of idiots deciding who will be the next King}
    {As a matter of fact I am surprised that any American still believes in the election process or that it has any meaning. }

    Since both large groups of ‘village idiots’ elect their next King, why would you be surprised?

    Nevertheless, if Trump gets elected and if he keeps his campaign promises*, then I’d rather choose him vs the warmongering, Cackling She-Devil. Yes, we are screwed either way, but there is getting screwed and there is getting SCREWED.

    —-
    * Candidates rarely, if ever, keep their campaign promises.
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  • A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and blames her lack...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    As soon as I had read the line comparing GDP between Russia and Italy
     
    I will respond to this drivel of yours but only to the benefit of others who read this thread. So, you say it is:

    By comparing Russia’s and Italy’s GDP as equal he was trying to be nice because Russia’s GDP is actually smaller and shrinking
     
    So, we will use Western sources and "methods" of assessment and will go to the World Bank:

    http://databank.worldbank.org/data/download/GDP_PPP.pdf

    You may observe where Russia is and where is Italy in terms of GDP. I deliberately omit here forecast figures--they are easily obtained from either IMF or World Bank sites. Now, if we go further, to say June 2016 we may observe this: see Figure 4.

    http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/429531465909999838/Russia-Monthly-Economic-Developments-June-2016-eng.pdf

    Which deals with industrial, that is REAL economy, output--it speaks volumes but since this may not be enough, we may take a look at this. Bloomberg--hardly a Russia's sympathizer.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-17/russia-learns-to-live-after-crash-as-post-oil-path-takes-shape


    The not so very good situation of current Russian economy has been admitted during one of his Q&A sessions by Putin himself
     
    Nobody here states that everything in Russia is peachy what have been pointed out to Israel Shamir is the necessity to sometimes check the facts by such celebrities as Assange. I surrender without a fight to Assange's expertise in computer hacking but his opinions on the ratio of GDPs of Italy and Russia are way off. As for that:

    with the usual fantasy about Russia’s superior, modern weaponry.
     
    Unlike you, who never served a day in your life I have among my friends many American combat veterans and officers--they do have opinions on those issues which differ vastly (rather dramatically) from yours, or, for that matter any other people who think that they can perform open heart surgery after community college vocational certification in plumbing. Yes, Russia leads the world in a number of crucial dual use technologies and the volume of your vitriol is not going to change it in any way. So, get to your parents' basement and register on some uber-patriotic teenage forums and get all those good vibrations by living in the parallel universe. Yes, Russia doesn't produce Ferraris, she produces spaceships, reliable ones, mind you.

    I always pay back in the same currency so get ready to deal with some offensive language. It is not me whose comments are dripping with vitriol. Your reply, as I expected, reflects a primitive, limited mind prone to insults and ceaseless boasting, most likely to compensate for a severe inferiority complex. All your responses are short on original thought and rich on links and dispariging remarks. I have no need to endlessly mention all the “famous” people I have met or the superior education I have received. I have read all of your responses and they boil down to a few lines repeated ad nauseum. “I studied in a military academy, I served in the army and so I am an expert on all things military. I have met some famous people and Russia is number one when it comes to weapon systems”. I am sure the famous person you like most is the one looking at you from the mirror. Your conclusions concerning my age, living quarters, education and anything else have nothing to do with reality and only confirm my previous conclusion about your perfunctory thouht process and proclivity to jump to conclusions, almost always the wrong ones. I am glad for all the Russian conscripts who avoided your command. This brings me to your favorite boast. “I studied in the military academy and I served in the army”. Unlike you I am not proud of serving in the army and unlike you against my will, a fact you do not seem to remember, and I left my country just to avoid a repeat of that experience. We used to call career officers “green brains”, most of them were as stupid as you are and drunk most of the time. When it comes to military I share my opinion with Albert Einstein. Here it is.

    This topic brings me to that worst out-crop of the herd nature, the military system, which I abhor. That a man can take pleasure in marching to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed. This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how I hate them! War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business.

    Are you still proud of having been a part of the herd dressed in camouflage? You were given a brain by mistake even though it is not a very good one.

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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    Putin’s Russia has the GDP of Italy, Julian Assange correctly explained when he was asked why he does not attack Russia. Russia is just not in the same league as the US (or China) – though this thought is very painful for a Russian who remembers the greatness of the Soviet Union.
     
    Julian Assange might be a good coder (and a hacker) and a political activist (evidently not a very smart one, granted his place of residence for the last several years) but he definitely has a weak basic math foundation, which is not that rare among "coders". But Russia's GDP is 1.6 times larger than that of Italy. this is not to mention its structure. And while Russia is definitely not in the same league as China or US in terms of PPP GDP it is not just the size of GDP but its structure which matters. As per geopolitical weight--this is a whole other story since one can not compare financial sector to state-of-the-art weapon systems, but then again, this type of ignorance seems to be a very popular one. So, opinions of a hacker hack on these issues are as valuable as mine opinions on hacking business, that is zero.

    As soon as I had read the line comparing GDP between Russia and Italy I knew that Generalisimo Smoothie would react because he is as predictable as a five year old. He is also impervious to facts but quite good at calling everybody who disagrees with his dogma a hack. Everybody is a hack except him. Even though his intellect has a kevlar like resistance to facts I have to agree with Julian Assange. By comparing Russia’s and Italy’s GDP as equal he was trying to be nice because Russia’s GDP is actually smaller and shrinking. The not so very good situation of current Russian economy has been admitted during one of his Q&A sessions by Putin himself, but hey, he is just another hack. The feeble attempt to save the day by bringing in the structure of Russian economy did not help. We all know what the structure is. Heavily dependent on exports of energy and suffering from low prices. As usual Generalissimo Smoothie closes his rant with the usual fantasy about Russia’s superior, modern weaponry. How can a country with weak economy have a state of the art weaponry only he knows. Unless he means all those foreign made components which upgrade the antiquated Russian hardware but that is an old argument.

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    Italians do indeed make a lot of awesome products, it is fitting that such a beautiful people would create beautiful things. Clothes to die for, the most beautiful and impractical motor vehicles, home furnishings as if from another era and don't get me started on coffee machines. Bravo to them!

    Italy also has some major problems.

    Russians on the other hand don't have those kind of luxuries so they have evolved to be quite practical in many other matters and none more so than in producing tools to protect Russia itself.
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  • Nothing illustrates China's meteoric rise as some well chosen numbers. By the end of the 1990s, China had come to dominate the mainstays of geopolitical power in the 20th century - coal and steel production. As a consequence, it leapt to the top of the Compositive Index of National Capability, which uses military expenditure, military...
  • Nothing illustrates China’s meteoric rise as some well chosen numbers.

    An excellent analogy. Meteors appear out of nowhere, move fast, lighten up the sky with brilliant light and then crash.

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  • About a decade ago I'd gotten a little friendly with the late Alexander Cockburn, one of America's premier radical journalists and the founder of Counterpunch, a leading leftist webzine. With virtually all of America's mainstream media outlets endlessly cheerleading for the total insanity of our Iraq War, Counterpunch was a port in the storm, and...
  • Even if any of this is true, and I expect it is, it was a wasted effort. After we declared war on Japan for their attack on us at Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the US as an ally of Japan. Unless Unz and the book author think the Brits convinced Japan to attack us, their efforts had nothing to do with us entering the war against Germany, Japan, and the German Axis.

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    • Replies: @Jacques Sheete

    Unless Unz and the book author think the Brits convinced Japan to attack us, their efforts had nothing to do with us entering the war against Germany, Japan, and the German Axis.
     
    The Brits apparently did just that but indirectly.

    What happened is that the Brits were a likely factor in convincing FDR to set up conditions (actually a virtually endless set of conditions such as occupying Iceland and Greenland for military purposes, freezing Japanese assets and cutting off their oil and scrap metal supply, closing the Panama canal to Japanese shipping, etc.) whereby either the German or the Japanese militarists or both were goaded to fire the first shot in a futile effort to buy time as opposed to attacking to conquer the US.
    , @Wizard of Oz
    I don't understand the logic of this though the review that someone referred to and Ron acknowledged does make it sound as though the author over-egged his case and left out a good bit of the story of American interventionists.
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  • The “crooked mile” from the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile etc) is Fleet Street, which is well known to London journalists. So I was told when I joined the BBC at Bush House, at the very end of Fleet Street. Not only is the street...
  • Only ten years later, with ascent of Putin, Russia began its long climb back. Just recently she managed to regain her pre-1991 level.

    There has been hardly a regaining. Russia looks like a man who was robbed and broken but suddenly won in a lottery, but instead of investing he lived a luxury and lazy live not thinking about the future, but now the money has ended and he does not know what to do. Of course, it would be wrong to say that Russians have lived bad in 2000-2014, but hardly anything groundbreaking has been done in the country. Russia remains the very same underdeveloped country with a corrupted comprador elite like Latin America. Do you praise Brazil or Argentina? I do not think so. Russia is a northern version of Brazil, but with a lot of its own unresolved problems.

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    I didn't see Brazil stopping the US from bombing Syria, did you?

    [but now the money has ended and he does not know what to do]

    So something bad is going to happen? What are you predicting, then?
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  • It has been a quarter of a century now since the fall of the Soviet Union and yet the memory of the Soviet Armed Forces is still vivid in the minds of many of those who lived through the Cold War or even remember WWII. The NATO-sponsored elites of Eastern Europe still continue to scare...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
     
    Sir, Ruslan Pukhov is your typical humanities-"educated" hack, including one of this "Center" other "employee" (BTW, published in TNI), also known in Moscow Defense Brief as chief editor, and my really "good" acquaintance, Mr. Mikhail Barabanov--a graduate of Institute Of Culture (I believe a faculty of either screenplay writing or some other crap) whom I personally, not for once, caught on his open lying (the guy didn't serve a day in Armed Forces and is known as BSer on US Navy history) . As I said--want to impress me? Try real professionals. You are presenting here people who are as removed from operational issues of Russia's Armed Forces, and from the economic realities of Russia, as could be expected from humanities (especially in the West) "educated" hacks. I read not for once their "reports" --I already stated in in my post above, I am not interested in opinions of amateurs, even if well publicized. My number of "dialogues" with Mr. Barabanov (thankfully) are well archived on one very famous Russian military-historic forum (Novik's). I repeat again, if you want serious discussion on the issues--stop bringing here all kind of pop-"experts".

    Meanwhile, I would suggest you not to read much into Pukhov's (and his cabal) well-documented baloney but concentrate on a superb piece by Mr. Bezemer and Hudson here, on Unz, called "Finance Is Not Economy":

    http://www.unz.com/article/finance-is-not-the-economy/

    These are real experts talking.

    P.S. Do you need me to expand the list of hacks to a huge file with naming all of them, including from Russia? This may take a long time. Meanwhile, while you at it, try such "experts" as Pavel Falgenhauer or Ariel Cohen from Heritage Foundation--hey, you obviously never read Arkady Averchenko's "A Specialist In Military Affairs";-) Masha Lipman and Julia Ioffe are also good.

    Since I am not interested in an endless competition along the lines of my father is stronger than your father I will just quote a few more opinions by hacks like Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and others. Believe what you want to believe. I don’t care. It is obvious that nobody can even try to match your greatness, your education, the quality of your friends, your blog and your formulas. I rest assured in the knowledge that unfolding events will prove beyond any reasonable doubt what a fool you are.

    Andrei Ionin, the chief expert at GLONASS, Russia’s space-based satellite navigation system, argues that import substitution and the pivot to China — two strategies touted by the Kremlin — are hardly likely to be effective, because of Russia’s technological drawbacks and China’s controversial record. In short, China can’t be seen as a reliable partner to make a technological leap forward.

    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin has admitted that Moscow was too slow to find alternative supplies of equipment for offshore oil production and needs cooperation with other countries that have experience in this area, the Interfax news agency has reported. Due to the sanctions imposed to punish Moscow for its role in the Ukraine conflict, Russia’s traditional partners – the U.S. and European companies – are prohibited from providing services to exploration and production on the Russian shelf at a depth of over 150 meters.

    “Offshore drilling equipment has been never produced or even designed in Russia,” says Freedom Finance Investment Company’s head of operations in the Russian stock market Georgy Vashchenko.

    In August, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

    By Dmitry Gorenburg (courtesy of CIMSEC)
    Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns. As a result, some of the most prominent naval procurement projects have been scaled back, while others have been postponed for years at a time.The delays and cost overruns are the result of a long-term decline in naval research and development, an inability to modernize the shipbuilding industry made worse by Western sanctions, and pre-existing budgetary constraints that have been exacerbated in recent years by Russia’s economic downturn.Russia’s current shipbuilding industry was primarily formed in the 1960s and 1970s, and its ship design capabilities have changed little since the early 1980s. As a result, Russian naval R&D has fallen several decades behind both Western and Asian capabilities in this sphere.

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    [I rest assured in the knowledge that unfolding events will prove beyond any reasonable doubt what a fool you are]

    And when will these events start to unfold, drooling moron? Oh, they are already unfolding? So which events would these be?
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  • @Andrei Martyanov
    Oh goodness, you again:

    1. Learn to give references to any quotes you give, especially to "experts".
    2. If those "experts" are from Bloomberg, Forbes, FT or Moscow liberal think-tankdom--sorry, I do not operate with BS. I deal with facts only. I have wherewithal to back it up. In general, I am not interested in opinions of "Western experts" with anything related to actual serious industries ranging from aerospace to, especially, military-industrial complex. Why so--I could make a solid case for that here, but I will not--for that I have my blog which for two years now writes about complete incompetence of Western "expert" community. As an example, this:

    The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.
     
    Obviously for such an "expert" the knowledge of the fact that Russia produces all spectrum of items for aerospace, from alloys and composites to advanced avionics and engines is beyond his grasp. Why Russia allows Western firms to participate? such as SSJ 10o, is very simple--to ease international certification. But sure, how can Russia, which produces state-of-the-art fighter jets and has an immense civil aerospace experience can do that on her own, right? You know the current slogan in Russia--and I am not exaggerating, it is a fact of life--it is "Don't lift sanctions". The same goes to extracting technologies.

    So, if you want a substantive discussion on these issues, be my guest but, please, don't post here a typical MSM BS, especially by the "experts" who don't know sh.t from shinola when speaking about Russia--which is about 99% of Western Russia's so called "expert" community.

    P.S. As per how Russia was dependent, which is reduced today dramatically, on Western expertise--learn real Russia's history of 1990 through circa 2008. The answer is there. I know it first hand, not just academically, it is up to you if you want to, which, I doubt you do. Will be very glad to be wrong.

    You are so easy to trap, like a five year old child. Now that you have gotten off your chest the usual rant about incompetent Western experts I am glad to tell you that the particular quote you copied is from an article written by Alexander Panin for Moscow Times. Not exactly a Western expert by I am sure you will find some way to denigrate him. Just for you here is one more quote from the same article.

    The absence of the required parts means Russia will not be able to produce some newer surveillance satellites that can be applied both for military and civilian purposes. Last year, the Lavochkin engineering firm won a tender to produce five modern radio electronic surveillance satellites to be built with electronic equipment produced either by Airbus Group or Thales Alenia Space — both of which are European firms — or Israel Aerospace Industries. With sanctions in place it is unlikely that the equipment will be supplied, thereby disrupting the whole project.

    Here is a quote from another Western expert.

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
    “Take the KamAZ truck producer, for instance. It was essentially a civil manufacturer but now more than 50 percent of its products are for military use,” Pukhov said Friday. “At the same time, its trucks resemble a Lego construction kit with more than half of the components coming from abroad. Punish KamAZ and the Russian military would be stripped of its new all-terrain vehicle.”

    I am sure if they had been aware of your disapproval they would have revised their findings. Perhaps they do not read your blog because as we all know the blogs are the ultimate source of hard facts and true knowledge. Particularly the one which belongs to you. I will point them in that direction.

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    Moscow Times. Kek.
    , @Andrei Martyanov

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
     
    Sir, Ruslan Pukhov is your typical humanities-"educated" hack, including one of this "Center" other "employee" (BTW, published in TNI), also known in Moscow Defense Brief as chief editor, and my really "good" acquaintance, Mr. Mikhail Barabanov--a graduate of Institute Of Culture (I believe a faculty of either screenplay writing or some other crap) whom I personally, not for once, caught on his open lying (the guy didn't serve a day in Armed Forces and is known as BSer on US Navy history) . As I said--want to impress me? Try real professionals. You are presenting here people who are as removed from operational issues of Russia's Armed Forces, and from the economic realities of Russia, as could be expected from humanities (especially in the West) "educated" hacks. I read not for once their "reports" --I already stated in in my post above, I am not interested in opinions of amateurs, even if well publicized. My number of "dialogues" with Mr. Barabanov (thankfully) are well archived on one very famous Russian military-historic forum (Novik's). I repeat again, if you want serious discussion on the issues--stop bringing here all kind of pop-"experts".

    Meanwhile, I would suggest you not to read much into Pukhov's (and his cabal) well-documented baloney but concentrate on a superb piece by Mr. Bezemer and Hudson here, on Unz, called "Finance Is Not Economy":

    http://www.unz.com/article/finance-is-not-the-economy/

    These are real experts talking.

    P.S. Do you need me to expand the list of hacks to a huge file with naming all of them, including from Russia? This may take a long time. Meanwhile, while you at it, try such "experts" as Pavel Falgenhauer or Ariel Cohen from Heritage Foundation--hey, you obviously never read Arkady Averchenko's "A Specialist In Military Affairs";-) Masha Lipman and Julia Ioffe are also good.
    , @Avery
    {Moscow Times.}

    Despite its name, 'Moscow Times', was owned by Finns until 2015.
    (more than likely the Finns were a front for a US intelligence agency).
    (CIA has a well established track record of buying or having influence on a variety of Western news outlets.)

    It has been sold to a Russian, but who knows who the new owner is.
    Russia and Moscow are infested with SorosaAgents.

    The past few years I have read MT, it has been nothing but a Neocon, anti-Russian, anti-Orthodox Christian propaganda and disinformation outlet.
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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    kinetic energy,
     
    You may not believe it--but young Russians study Kinetic Energy in public schools in the course of 9th Grade Physics (You know, Newtonian Mechanics). The study of liquid vacuum and warp drives, however, is done only in Bauman's Technical University;-) I am off to pour some good bourbon and light a cigar.

    With all the well educated Russians around, studying kinetic energy in public schools and very soon in kindergartens, memorizing all the fancy formulas, solving on the fly math problems that would make MIT graduates heads explode, one has to wonder why are Russians so heavily dependent on imports of Western technology. Their dependence is multifaceted but I will only mention one area and that is energy extraction, because their dependence on Western technology in this particular area can be fatal. One has to wonder how many years of kinetic studies and how many formulas does it take to know that easily extracted deposits of energy are coming to an end and that it would be a good idea to develop technologies for the extraction of the harder to get deposits. Particularly in the light of the fact that energy exports are main source of revenue. Like I said before education is good but cannot beat a good thinking brain. Unless you can explain to me what were all those educated people waiting for. I will close with a few quotes to cheer you up.

    Moreover, because of sanctions, Russia faces severe limits on its residual ability to acquire the technologies that the country needs to develop the promising but nonetheless geologically challenging offshore and onshore sites in the Arctic and Eastern Siberia.

    Rosneft announced that it had been forced to postpone its offshore projects in the Arctic until 2018. Rosneft is acquiring knowledge on horizontal drilling and multi-stage shale fracking to extract difficult-to-access oil.

    The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.

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    Russia's oil production has increased every year from 2009 till now, and all but one year from 1999 till now, and is continuing to increase. So the evidence is that Russia has all the technology it needs, and that you have nothing to contribute to this discussion, you pathetic fraud.
    , @Andrei Martyanov
    Oh goodness, you again:

    1. Learn to give references to any quotes you give, especially to "experts".
    2. If those "experts" are from Bloomberg, Forbes, FT or Moscow liberal think-tankdom--sorry, I do not operate with BS. I deal with facts only. I have wherewithal to back it up. In general, I am not interested in opinions of "Western experts" with anything related to actual serious industries ranging from aerospace to, especially, military-industrial complex. Why so--I could make a solid case for that here, but I will not--for that I have my blog which for two years now writes about complete incompetence of Western "expert" community. As an example, this:

    The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.
     
    Obviously for such an "expert" the knowledge of the fact that Russia produces all spectrum of items for aerospace, from alloys and composites to advanced avionics and engines is beyond his grasp. Why Russia allows Western firms to participate? such as SSJ 10o, is very simple--to ease international certification. But sure, how can Russia, which produces state-of-the-art fighter jets and has an immense civil aerospace experience can do that on her own, right? You know the current slogan in Russia--and I am not exaggerating, it is a fact of life--it is "Don't lift sanctions". The same goes to extracting technologies.

    So, if you want a substantive discussion on these issues, be my guest but, please, don't post here a typical MSM BS, especially by the "experts" who don't know sh.t from shinola when speaking about Russia--which is about 99% of Western Russia's so called "expert" community.

    P.S. As per how Russia was dependent, which is reduced today dramatically, on Western expertise--learn real Russia's history of 1990 through circa 2008. The answer is there. I know it first hand, not just academically, it is up to you if you want to, which, I doubt you do. Will be very glad to be wrong.
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  • @Erik L
    Yes if it was an assassination it was remarkably incompetent.

    '"Taken to a hospital in Heidelberg, Patton was discovered to have a compression fracture and dislocation of the cervical third and fourth vertebrae, resulting in a broken neck and cervical spinal cord injury that rendered him paralyzed from the neck down. He spent most of the next 12 days in spinal traction to decrease spinal pressure. All non-medical visitors, except for Patton's wife, who had flown from the U.S., were forbidden. Patton, who had been told he had no chance to ever again ride a horse or resume normal life, at one point commented, "This is a hell of a way to die."'

    According to Douglas Bazata he was poisoned by NKVD agents. That happened when Patton started to recover. Most likely to make it look less suspicious that he was murdered. Why kill him when he was in bad shape, right? One has to wonder why the OSS, since they were supposed to cooperate so closely with NKVD, did not let them to do the whole job. This strange division of “labor” is just one of the weird aspects of the whole fishy story.

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  • It has been a quarter of a century now since the fall of the Soviet Union and yet the memory of the Soviet Armed Forces is still vivid in the minds of many of those who lived through the Cold War or even remember WWII. The NATO-sponsored elites of Eastern Europe still continue to scare...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    For a while, the accepted image of a Russian soldier in the West was a semi-literate drinking and raping Ivan who would attack in immense hordes with little tactical skills and an officer corps selected for political loyalty and lack of imagination.
     
    Well, this is all because "expert" community didn't learn and when they did, they did it from the "sources" which supported a narrative, which, in its turn was about superiority, both technological and cultural. Reality, however, of the Soviet Armed Forces, including its vast ground component was understood by none other than Hyman Rickover who in his testimony to House Committee on Appropriations in 1960 warned that Soviet public schools were clear and present danger for US. It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time--and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. This situation precipitated a publication of number of books with telling titles such as "What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn't" (I own a copy), with this particular title written by the graduate of the West Point and former cadre officer of US Army, in which he, correctly, described the picture of utter backwardness of US education when compared to Soviet one. Yet, even today I still continue to read from all kinds of "experts" how primitive and illiterate this stupid Ivan was. Sure, how he couldn't be when in USSR this average Ivan was getting 4 times more education in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology than it was stipulated for the entrance in MIT.

    It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today.

    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.

    “What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn’t”

    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.

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    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.
     
    And you certainly love, in the absence of solid arguments on the topic, to simply substitute a thesis. OK. No, the first criteria for me in life is a human decency and not what is being perceived as "intellect". I am surrounded by my American friends some of whom are full blown intellectuals (couple of Ph.Ds, actually) , others are simply wonderful friends, colleagues and people. What I do not like, though, is any Russian, American, European, what have you, stupidity and arrogance. My circle of people doesn't contain those be it in Russia or in USA. Now, what would be highly appreciated if you can express your "expert" opinion on the quality of the personnel of the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces. Granted, this opinion of yours formed not form the same "sources" as that of QM.

    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.
     
    If you talk about me--it is one thing, but if you generalize about most Russians, boy, you are in for a huge surprise. But how do I know that, of course. I just returned from Russia.
    , @Avery
    {Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.}

    I don't know where average Ivan wants to live now, but your juxtaposition is not valid. US is prosperous with abundant opportunity, free enterprise, etc for several reasons that have nothing to do with being educated or uneducated.

    SU had excellent education system, but the command-control economic system was obviously flawed. There is very little correlation between being highly educated and wealth. We have multimillionaire gangbanger athletes here in US on the one hand, and Ph.Ds scratching out a living in some dead-end high school or unemployed, or underemployed.

    As to wanting to live in US: even Western Europeans want to move to US, so.....no surprise if a number of Russians would do so too.

    http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/european-immigrants-united-states
    If you scroll down to [Table 1. Distribution of European Immigrants by Region and Top Country of Origin, 2014], you'll see this, for example.

    From UK: 679,000.
    From Germany: 583,000.
    From Russia: 391,000.

    And Russia has more than 2X the population of UK.

    , @War for Blair Mountain
    Regnum Nostrum


    Your point is irrelevant. I prefer Conservative Orthodox Christian Russians living in the US to Chinese...Hindu...Pakistani...Korean...Hmong...legal immigrants and their US born geneline living in the US.


    The Greedy Cheating White Liberal MEGA-CEOS are in the process of exterminating thousands of years of acquired Native Born White American Scientific,Engineering, and Medical Experience via the H-1-L-1 B Visa program. When the Native Born White American Race Revolt commences we are going to have to figure out how to rebuild Native Born White American Engineering Scientific,Engineering, and Medical Expertise back up. It would be very good idea to import Russian Math and Physics teachers.
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  • @Incitatus
    If Patton was assassinated, did Truman know?

    If so, why didn’t he give Douglas MacArthur the same treatment? MacArthur, after all, loudly wanted to expand war, publicly challenged Truman, and constituted an electoral threat into the bargain.

    If a general becomes a big nuisance like Douglas MacArthur you simply dismiss him. Unless he is much smaller nuisance like Patton. Then he must be assassinated in a very complicated way. At least some people seem to believe that.

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    Ironically, MacArthur was right and Truman was wrong.

    If MacArthuer had his way we would not be worrying about China too much now.
    , @Incitatus
    Apologies. My reference to MacArthur referred only to Korea 1951 (he was still a sizable electoral threat). In 1946 he was a satisfied customer - as viceroy, he never had it better.
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  • I doubt that story very much. Here are the facts.

    The car with three people in it was travelling slow. Patton and his Chief of Staff, Major General Hobart Gay, and a driver Horace Woodring at the wheel. Patton and Gay in the back seat. Somewhere along the road they collide with a truck. It is a minor collision during which only General Patton gets hurt and rather seriously. Two of his vertebrae were broken but he lived for another 12 days. If it had been an assassination it would have been the first one I know of which relied on chance.

    Here are the inconsistencies, speculations, rumours, wild guesses and such.

    The agent, Douglas Bazata, keeps changing his story. In one version he claims to organize the colision and shooting Patton in the neck with low velocity projectile the result of which were two broken vertebrae. Well when did he shoot? He could not have done it before the collision and he could not have done it after the collision. To hit the neck right at the moment of the collision is very unlikely because the back window is quite small. It gets better. In another version he says that he shot Patten from the side. Then he announced in front of 450 invited guests, nearly all high-ranking ex-members of the OSS at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC the 25th of September, 1979. that he was not the actual killer but knew who killed him and that he was poisoned in the hospital in which he was recuperating. He claims that the poisoners were agents of NKVD. In another version he even told Wilcox that he was finally able to get a message to the general that he was the target of an assassination plot, but a short time before Patton was set to leave Germany for the United States, the road crash took place on Dec. 21, 1945. Nothing of this makes sense. Why arrange an accident so that we can brake someone’s neck with a low velocity projectile? There are simpler ways to get rid of somebody.

    The Russians had absolutely no reason to assassinate him. Patton was about to retire and his animosity towards Russians at this stage could not do any harm. I also believe that the US government had no reason to assassinate him just because he had some disagreements concerning policy.

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    "I also believe that the US government had no reason to assassinate him just because he had some disagreements concerning policy."
     
    Unless, of course, they were trying to send a strong message to the entire General staff. We had a lot of larger-than-life types walking around those days who could have completely unsettled the control of the show if they had wanted to.
    , @dfordoom

    The Russians had absolutely no reason to assassinate him.
     
    Considering that they intended to hold on to enormous chunks of territory in eastern Europe, and to foment revolutions in other European countries (like Greece) and that Patton was likely to make a big noise about it and possibly sway American public opinion enough to force the US government to actively oppose it I'd say there was ample motive.

    I actually think it's unlikely he was assassinated but I agree with Ron that there were plenty of people with plausible motives.
    , @Erik L
    Yes if it was an assassination it was remarkably incompetent.

    '"Taken to a hospital in Heidelberg, Patton was discovered to have a compression fracture and dislocation of the cervical third and fourth vertebrae, resulting in a broken neck and cervical spinal cord injury that rendered him paralyzed from the neck down. He spent most of the next 12 days in spinal traction to decrease spinal pressure. All non-medical visitors, except for Patton's wife, who had flown from the U.S., were forbidden. Patton, who had been told he had no chance to ever again ride a horse or resume normal life, at one point commented, "This is a hell of a way to die."'
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  • In terms of content, the Weisses of this world are a dime a dozen. So why "expose" yet another neocon propagandist? Because he is also very nasty, and very dangerous - as Richard Silverstein's comprehensive profile of Michael D. Weiss, just published at The Unz Review, convincingly argues. So far as (functional) psychopathy goes, he...
  • @iffen
    Well tell us all about it Lyle, no famine in the Ukraine?

    A few quotes from various publications on that subject.

    “The year of the two Russian revolutions, 1917, saw a serious crop failure leading to urban famine in 1917-18. In the 1920s the USSR had a series of famines: in 1920-23 in the Volga and Ukraine plus one in western Siberia in 1923; in the Volga and Ukraine again in 1924-25, and a serious and little-studied famine in Ukraine in 1928,” Professor Grover Carr Furr of Montclair State University wrote in his book “Blood Lies: The Evidence that Every Accusation Against Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union in Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands Is False,” quoting research works by Prof. Mark B. Tauger, a renowned expert on famine.

    In the 1920s, Russia, including the territory of modern Ukraine, was struck by a series of famines, occurring every two to four years. The proponents of the so-called “Holodomor” concept (an idea that the Soviet government deliberately organized the devastating famine of 1932-33) usually ignore the fact that the Soviet Union had gone through severe famines in 1920-21, 1924, 1927 and 1928.

    “This cycle of famines is crucial because it allows us to see that collectivization did NOT “cause” the famine of ’32-’33. Famines occurred regularly. As Tauger proves, and as I mention in “Blood Lies,” the famine of ’32-’33 had environmental causes, just like all the others for 1,000 years,” the professor stressed.”The only way to stop this thousand-year cycle of famines was to modernize agriculture. This was the great triumph of collectivization – that it put an end to this cycle of famines,” he underscored.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

    But I, as a politician, can’t classify the Holodomor as an act of genocide based on insufficient and controversial information. I will never forget the visits I made to Ukraine, the Caucasus, to Belarus and Kazakhstan during my work on the report (for the Council of Europe ). During a visit to Ukraine, before meeting with President Yushchenko, I talked to a group of scholars. When I asked them if they thought that Holodomor was an act of genocide, 40 percent said it was, 30 percent said it wasn’t and the rest were undecided. After that I told Yushchenko: “You want me to classify those events as genocide, but your own scholars remain divided on the issue. Then how can I singlehandedly decide on this?” As a result, after they read my report, even the Ukrainian delegation thanked me for the work I had done.

    The proponents of the genocide will of course produce an equal or greater volume of quotes in support of their claim. At this point one has to use his reasoning abilities and decide what are hard facts and what is fiction.

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  • According to various reports, the Russian government is reconsidering the neoliberal policy that has served Russia so badly since the collapse of the Soviet Union. If Russia had adopted an intelligent economic policy, its economy would be far ahead of where it stands today. It would have avoided most of the capital flight to the...
  • @Philip Owen
    Absolute rubbish. Ordinary people around the world are far richer than they were 20 or 50 years ago. Billions have been lifted out of poverty by free trade. And for those who were already well off, a washing machine no longer costs two months wages. The lower your skill level in a tradeable industry, the less secure you are. That is true. But what is the point of digging coal? It's dangerous, dirty, damaging to the local environment (I live in South Wales) and damaging to the global environment. As for coal so for much else. I'm a design engineer. I started work in 1970. Every factory I worked in has closed. I've dodged and dived from electrical engineering to nuclear power to disk & tape drives to fine chemicals to space craft and finally trade consulting. It's been terrible for my professional life and finances but for the poor of the world as a whole the last 70 years has been a miraculous leap forward. Even in the UK, even in Merthyr Tydfil people have more material possessions and educational opportunities (excluding those who got to Grammar school) than they have ever had. Not everyone is equipped to cope with such freedom.

    The lower your skill level in a tradeable industry, the less secure you are.

    I’m a design engineer. I started work in 1970. Every factory I worked in has closed. I’ve dodged and dived from electrical engineering to nuclear power to disk & tape drives to fine chemicals to space craft and finally trade consulting. It’s been terrible for my professional life and finances.

    I see a bit of a contradiction in your two paragraphs. Unless you are trying to say that a design engieer belongs amongst the lower skill levels.

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  • At stake in 2016 is the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate and, possibly, control of the House of Representatives. Hence, Republicans have a decision to make. Will they set aside political and personal feuds and come together to win in November, after which they can fight over the future of the party, and...
  • @Marcus
    It's not my "claim," again I'm not a fan of the CIA at all, but facts don't jive with commondreams or thinkprogress here

    CIA actively supported the military Junta after the overthrow of Allende but did not assist Pinochet to assume the Presidency. In fact, many CIA officers shared broader US reservations about Pinochet’s single-minded pursuit of power.
     
    note that the US had an arms embargo against Chile after 1976.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/chile/index.html#5
    More facts: KGB helped orchestrate Allende's narrow "victory"
    http://www.coldwar.org/text_files/coldwartimesmay2007.pdf p 18

    Thus the KGB, understandably disquieted by the prospect of a fragmented UP voting bloc, tendered a bribery payment of $18,000 to dissuade a Left wing senator from deserting the UP coalition and running for president.
     
    The resolution may have been vague, but it did provide basis for direct action, and Allende was trying to reshuffle military leadership, so it's understandable that they wanted to act soon.

    Since you like facts I have provided some. The internet is of course full of “facts” so one has to be able to discriminate which ones are close to the truth and which ones are not. How do you decide? I am afraid I cannot help you there.

    According to the 1975 Church Commission Report, covert United States involvement in Chile in the decade between 1963 and 1973 was extensive and continuous. The CIA spent $8 million in the three years between 1970 and the military coup in September 1973,with over $3 million in 1972 alone. Covert American activity was present in almost every major election in Chile in the decade between 1963 and 1973.

    The U.S. government had two approaches to fighting Marxism as represented by Allende. “Track I” was a State Department initiative designed to thwart Allende by subverting Chilean elected officials within the bounds of the Chilean constitution and excluded the CIA. Track I expanded to encompass a number of policies whose ultimate goal was to create the conditions that would encourage a coup.”Track II” was a CIA operation overseen by Henry Kissinger and CIA’s director of covert operations, Thomas Karamessine. “Track II” excluded the State Department and Department of Defence. The goal of Track II was to find and support Chilean military officers that would support a coup.

    The following information comes directly from CIA web site.

    In the run up to the 1970 Presidential elections, the 40 Committee directed CIA to carry out “spoiling operations” to prevent an Allende victory.
    As part of a “Track I” strategy to block Allende from taking office after the 4September election, CIA sought to influence a Congressional run-off vote required by the Constitution because Allende did not win an absolute majority.
    As part of a “Track II” strategy, CIA was directed to seek to instigate a coup to prevent Allende from taking office (see discussion below).
    While Allende was in office, the 40 Committee approved the redirection of “Track I” operations that—combined with a renewed effort to support the PDC in 1971 and a project to provide support to the National Party and Democratic Radical Party in 1972—funnelled millions of dollars to strengthen opposition political parties.  CIA also provided assistance to militant right-wing groups to undermine the President and create a tense environment.
     CIA was working with three different groups of plotters.  All three groups made it clear that any coup would require the kidnapping of Army Commander Rene Schneider, who felt deeply that the Constitution required that the Army allow Allende to assume power.

    Rene Schneider was killed during a kidnapping attempt by one of the groups armed and supported by CIA. Have you ever wondered why would US and its instrument, CIA, worry about the economic misery of Chilean people? Do not try to tell me that the coup was organized in order to improve the economic conditions of Chilean people.This is also my last comment on this subject.

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  • @Marcus
    Put down the communist kool-aid, inflation was reaching Weimar levels late in Allende's term, the US sanctions were not significant to the economic debacle and the CIA did not orchestrate the coup (though they did aid Pinochet afterward) it is true US-Chile relations weren't very friendly after Allende invited Castro to denounce the opposition and began expropriating US companies' property. BTW Pinochet dismissed the "Chicago Boys" when neoliberal policies didn't produce, I completely agree that the US shift to neoliberalism beginning under Carter has been disastrous, but that's a story for another time.

    I take account of the role of the CIA and U.S. policy, but I do not believe it made a decisive difference. I am now convinced —with the benefit of hindsight— that even if the CIA had not been giving substantial financial support to the opposition, Allende would not have lasted a full six-year term unless he had drastically altered his policies, so long as the armed forces retained the autonomy and independence which they were guaranteed from the outset of his administration.
     
    https://books.google.com/books?id=S5jQCM4AndYC
    https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/chile/index.html#5
    So to reiterate one last time: the would-be communist dictator and KGB asset Allende was overthrown at the request of the Chilean chamber of deputies for attempting to set up a Cuban style dictatorship. Thanks to this action Chile is doing well right now in comparison to former Marxist dictatorships, but you're free to fulminate with your fellow cafe communists on commondreams or alternet about this "missed chance" to impose your utopian vision.

    The history of CIA involvement in overthrowing governments not towing the US line is well known and documented so your claim that it was not involved in this particular case sounds rather hollow.

    So to reiterate one last time: the would-be communist dictator and KGB asset Allende was overthrown at the request of the Chilean chamber of deputies for attempting to set up a Cuban style dictatorship.

    The Chilean Chamber of Deputies has never made such a request. It passed a resolution condemning Allende and his alleged breaches of constitution. The resolution by the way was invalid because it did not have the required number of votes. Nevertheless the resolution resulted in a constitutional crisis which Allende was trying to solve by a plebiscite.

    In early September 1973, Allende floated the idea of resolving the constitutional crisis with a plebiscite. His speech outlining such a solution was scheduled for September 11, but he was never able to deliver it. On September 11, 1973, the Chilean military, aided by the United States and its Central Intelligence Agency CIA, staged a coup against Allende.

    One has to wonder, another concept strange to you, why that haste. If people had wanted to get rid of him and could not wait till election time, the plebiscite would have decided whether he should stay or go. Judging from the preemptive coup one can guess with a reasonable accuracy which way would the vote have gone. As far as my fulminating is concerned I have no need for it. Your conclusion that I am a communist is of course false and was most likely done in the same rush manner as all your other false conclusions. Your claim that the overthrow of Allende was a missed chance to impose my utopian vision is pure idiocy both from factual and linguistic point of view.

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    It's not my "claim," again I'm not a fan of the CIA at all, but facts don't jive with commondreams or thinkprogress here

    CIA actively supported the military Junta after the overthrow of Allende but did not assist Pinochet to assume the Presidency. In fact, many CIA officers shared broader US reservations about Pinochet’s single-minded pursuit of power.
     
    note that the US had an arms embargo against Chile after 1976.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/chile/index.html#5
    More facts: KGB helped orchestrate Allende's narrow "victory"
    http://www.coldwar.org/text_files/coldwartimesmay2007.pdf p 18

    Thus the KGB, understandably disquieted by the prospect of a fragmented UP voting bloc, tendered a bribery payment of $18,000 to dissuade a Left wing senator from deserting the UP coalition and running for president.
     
    The resolution may have been vague, but it did provide basis for direct action, and Allende was trying to reshuffle military leadership, so it's understandable that they wanted to act soon.
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  • @Marcus
    I already said he was quite repressive, but that's the only language communists understand; and the economy collapsed under Allende

    The Allende government’s economic policies were an almost unmitigated disaster. With the exception of an interesting and positive experiment made during the first year of the administration, these policies were negative and generated Chile’s worst economic crisis in its entire history as an independent country. The economic disaster was multidimensional. Before the end of the regime, production was declining precipitously, investments were severely curtailed, savings were all but nonexistent, levels of living of the masses were as low or lower than they had been when Allende took office, shortages were all but universal. Most striking of all, inflation had become completely uncontrollable, running at more than 300 percent a year, with the prices increasing more and more each day.
     
    By contrast Chile was on the road to recovery when Pinochet stepped down. If it had not been for him, Chile could have ended up a South American Cuba; of course, I'm sure your exiles would not have minded since they would have been in the Party elite.

    I already said he was quite repressive, but that’s the only language communists understand; and the economy collapsed under Allende.

    The communists understand many languages because they are by nature internationalists. The economy did not collapse under Allende but under the economic guidance of “Chicago Boys”. Guided by the same principles which today are ruining the economy worldwide. Under Allende the economy was in bad shape and as is usually the case in similar scenarios mostly thanks to economic sanctions imposed by US and its lackeys and also thanks to numerous saboteurs in the pay of CIA. In all fairness, a concept that might be totally strange to you, Allende spent only three years in power before being removed in a murderous coup supported and most likely organized by that humane and altruistic organization known as CIA. That much for Western style democracy. The comparisons in performance of economies between capitalist and socialist sustems are meanigless because these two systems operate in different ways. While socialist economy is concerned with fair distribution, the capitalist economy is concerned with profit. While socialist economy concentrates on things which are important for the majority, the capitalist economy concentrates mostly and lately only on things from which a profit can be realized. Because of that the socialist economy will always underperform when compared to a capitalist one. It all boils down to what is more important. A place to live in, food on the table, healthcare, education for all or flashy cars, big screen TVs, two story high fridges and all the other symbols of material affluence and spiritual poverty. I will take Allende before Pinochet anytime, all the time.

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    Put down the communist kool-aid, inflation was reaching Weimar levels late in Allende's term, the US sanctions were not significant to the economic debacle and the CIA did not orchestrate the coup (though they did aid Pinochet afterward) it is true US-Chile relations weren't very friendly after Allende invited Castro to denounce the opposition and began expropriating US companies' property. BTW Pinochet dismissed the "Chicago Boys" when neoliberal policies didn't produce, I completely agree that the US shift to neoliberalism beginning under Carter has been disastrous, but that's a story for another time.

    I take account of the role of the CIA and U.S. policy, but I do not believe it made a decisive difference. I am now convinced —with the benefit of hindsight— that even if the CIA had not been giving substantial financial support to the opposition, Allende would not have lasted a full six-year term unless he had drastically altered his policies, so long as the armed forces retained the autonomy and independence which they were guaranteed from the outset of his administration.
     
    https://books.google.com/books?id=S5jQCM4AndYC
    https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/chile/index.html#5
    So to reiterate one last time: the would-be communist dictator and KGB asset Allende was overthrown at the request of the Chilean chamber of deputies for attempting to set up a Cuban style dictatorship. Thanks to this action Chile is doing well right now in comparison to former Marxist dictatorships, but you're free to fulminate with your fellow cafe communists on commondreams or alternet about this "missed chance" to impose your utopian vision.
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  • @Marcus
    At least Pinochet stepped down peaceably and solved the economic mess the communists and socialists had left. The Castros (who were allied with Allende) will not step down and have transformed Cuba from the richest Latin American country to one of the poorest. Chile is doing very well by S American standards. On the other hand, I have little to no sympathy for the anti-communist Argentine junta, which was indiscriminate in its repression, did nothing to improve the economy, and led the country into a silly war: as a result Argentina is still a basket case with strong Marxist politics.

    To say that Pinochet solved economic problems shows high degree of ignorance. Pinochet was a brutal dictator who knew as much about economy as my neighbour’s goat. After he came to power the economy was in the hands of ” Chicago Boys” , a group of US educated, neo liberal, free market advocates, whose reforms resulted in 20% unemployment and the Chilean economy under their guidance collapsed in 1982. The economic policies also included drastic cuts to social services which resulted in rise of typhoid and other diseases. At this time 44% of families in Chile were living below poverty line. The economy was fixed by Hernán Büchi who was appointed a Finance Minister after the collapse. Having introduced new reforms and not privatized some industries, copper mining being one of them, the economy improved. Chile is doing fine compared to others, but murderer Pinochet had nothing to do with it. The legacy of your darling Pinochet is not improved Chilean economy but three thousands dead, thousands more tortured, two hundred thousands exiles, some of whom I met in Canada. All of them would dispute your rosy portrayal of the savior Pinochet.

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    I already said he was quite repressive, but that's the only language communists understand; and the economy collapsed under Allende

    The Allende government’s economic policies were an almost unmitigated disaster. With the exception of an interesting and positive experiment made during the first year of the administration, these policies were negative and generated Chile’s worst economic crisis in its entire history as an independent country. The economic disaster was multidimensional. Before the end of the regime, production was declining precipitously, investments were severely curtailed, savings were all but nonexistent, levels of living of the masses were as low or lower than they had been when Allende took office, shortages were all but universal. Most striking of all, inflation had become completely uncontrollable, running at more than 300 percent a year, with the prices increasing more and more each day.
     
    By contrast Chile was on the road to recovery when Pinochet stepped down. If it had not been for him, Chile could have ended up a South American Cuba; of course, I'm sure your exiles would not have minded since they would have been in the Party elite.
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  • It’s worth repeating what Cockburn said in the excerpt above. He said: “it is difficult to find anybody on the left or right who does not suspect that at some level the US was complicit in the coup attempt.”

    It may be difficult but not impossible. I remember an article published not so long ago by Philip Giraldi in which he was trying to absolve the US from any involvement. In his opinion to suggest that CIA had a hand in the coup is absurd.

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  • Tens of millions of Africans were carried away—north through the Sahara, and from East Africa, by Arab and Muslim slave traders, well before Europeans took up the trade from West Africa.

    The author has politely ommitted to mention a Jewish ivolvement in slave trade.

    Children ( in Haiti ) are kept in grinding poverty and worked to the bone. In the Anglo-American and European worlds this would be considered perverse in the extreme.

    Really? I am amazed that an author so “knowledgeable” has never heard about the sweatshops of firms like Adidas or Nike employing child labor in countries like Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.

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  • @Priss Factor
    There was Slansky in Czech.

    A Polish friend tells me Poland was heavily loaded with Jewish leaders after WWII.

    See the movie SUNSHINE by Istvan Szabo. It shows Jewish communists in charge of Hungary after WWII. But they are eventually purged for ties to Zionism.

    Romania had Pauker.

    The positions of Jews in many post war governments of Central Europe were less the result of some Stalin’s order but more the consequence of their political activities before, during and after WW2. Slánský was General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. The man in charge though was Klement Gotwald and he was not a Jew. In November 1952 Slánský and 13 other high-ranking Communist bureaucrats (10 of whom were Jews) were arrested. Ten of those arested were sentenced to death. Klement Gotwald was followed by Antonin Novotny, another non Jew. The leader of post war Poland was Boleslaw Bierut together with Wladyslaw Gomulka. As far as I am aware none of them was a Jew. Mátyás Rákosi and Ernő Gerő the first two leaders of post war Hungary were Jewish but by 1956 they were replaced by János Kádár who was not a Jew. Pauker in Romania was removed in 1956. Taking into account the numbers executed and the ease with which many of them were removed from power one must question the claim that they were in charge except perhaps temporarily.

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  • @Priss Factor
    What a historical irony.

    In the first third of the 20th century, Jews were making great strides in US, UK, Germany, and Russia.

    But US was dominated by Wasps well into the 70s.
    Brits didn't fall into Jewish hands until the fall of empire and British finance as the last horse standing with the loss of manufacturing and all else.
    Germany turned increasingly anti-Jewish after WWI. Then Nazis came to power.

    Jews came to great power in Russia with the Bolshevik Revolution. Even after Stalin's purges, there were many important Jews in the Soviet Union.
    Also, many US Jews were radicals and sympathized with communism. It wasn't only ideological but ethnic.
    Jewish panic about McCarthyism wasn't primarily intellectual, constitutional, or about civil liberties. After all, most Jews hardly made a peep about FDR's decision to round up over 100,000 'Japs' into internment camps.

    Many Jews still saw the USSR as the main center of Jewish power. Even though they increasingly became distrustful of Stalin, it was the USSR that defeated Nazi Germany.
    Also, Jews felt that FDR didn't do enough and fast enough to deal with the Nazis. FDR dragged his feat and US forces landed in Normandy only in 1944.
    And Soviets were the early backers of the Zionist project. US, being allied with UK that held Palestine, wasn't sure what to do. It was Truman who made the fateful decision later.

    So, Jews saw anti-communism as either masked 'antisemitism', an attack on Jewish power in the USSR and Jewish influence around the world. And recall that soon after WWII, Stalin placed Jewish communists in charge of many Eastern European nations. Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, and etc had Jewish rulers. What seemed like communist tyranny to HUAC anti-communists seemed like Jewish Rule for many American Jews.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_Pauker

    Back in those days, American Jews could see that Jews had real power under Stalin. Jews could see that Stalin trusted Jewish communists enough to put them in charge in Eastern European nations.
    While Jews amassed great power in the US as well, they weren't sure they could replace Wasps as top dogs. Wasps seemed too talented, too well-organized. In contrast, Russians were slow, lazy, and dumb. Jews felt that after Stalin the crafty Georgian died, Jews could come out on top over the dumb lazy boorish potato-munching Russians.

    But things didn't turn out that way. To be sure, Jews had a chance at total-takeover of Russia in the 90s, and they came so close. But they fell into the parasitic paradox. The parasite loves to suck on the blood of the host. That's what it does. And it grows fat from the blood. Stronger the parasite becomes, weaker the host becomes. But as the host dies, so does the parasite. Jews sucked on Russia so much in the 90s that it grew anemic(like Tsar Nico's son) and keeled over. Jews panicked over the dying host, and Putin stepped in to do things his way. Since then, Russia has been a moderate nationalist nation. But Jews don't see it that way. They feel that Putin took from them what is rightfully theirs. Putin the nationalist pimp took back the Russian bitchass ho from the globalist Jewish pimps. Jews feel that they should own the souls and bodies of gentiles. It's like Jews tell white guys that they don't deserve to own white women. Instead, white women should come under Jewish Hollywood influence and go for jungalo fever and use white wombs to produce mulatto obama babies for black men.
    This is Junglobalism. Jews tell European men to turn into cucks and tell European women to have babies with Muslim and African men. So, white men don't have special claim on white women, and white race has no special claim on white lands. Without white race-ism and white nationalism, Jews can exploit and manipulate white folks any way they choose. Of course, we are talking of bad Jews like Soros and Ruth Baird Ginsburg. There are some good Jews.

    Meanwhile, Jews gained total power in the US. They got so much power in Wall Street, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Silicon Valley, law firms, the courts, in Congress(all whores of AIPAC), military-industrial complex, espionage and intelligence, academia, media, and etc. Even though there are many powerful and rich Jews in Russia, they don't occupy the top position. They don't have the power to force 'gay crap' on Russia and make Russians feel endless historical guilt for past sins.

    So, now Jews, the very people who feared McCarthyism most and mocked US militarism in films like FAIL SAFE, DOCTOR STRANGELOVE, SEVEN GAYS IN MAY, and etc. --- BRIDGE OF SPIES, even as it shows Russia in a negative light, sympathizes with the Russian spy over the American prosecutors --- are now in ultra-McCarthowicz mode and being more over-the-top and shrill about how Putin is new hitler and Russia is a bigger threat now than during the Cold War when it occupied all of Eastern Europe and was spreading communist revolution all over.

    And Trump who calls for peace and cooperation with Russia is made out to be worse than Rosenbergs who actually gave Stalin the bomb secrets.

    The New Cold War should just be called The Cold SchWARz.

    Stalin placed Jewish communists in charge of many Eastern European nations. Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, etc had Jewish rulers.

    Can you name some?

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    There was Slansky in Czech.

    A Polish friend tells me Poland was heavily loaded with Jewish leaders after WWII.

    See the movie SUNSHINE by Istvan Szabo. It shows Jewish communists in charge of Hungary after WWII. But they are eventually purged for ties to Zionism.

    Romania had Pauker.
    , @R
    Erich Honecker in East Germany
    R
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  • @Talha
    About Chechens? Sure!

    "In "The Gulag Archipelago," Alexander Solzhenitsyn notes that in the camps everyone was afraid of the guards, but the guards were only afraid of the Chechens."
    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/the-lessons-of-boston-23671

    Your turn. I suggest asking any surviving Spetsnaz veterans about the assault on Grozny.

    Peace.

    I suggest asking any surviving Spetsnaz veterans about the assault on Grozny.

    It is interesting that somebody who has become famous on this forum for his cloying politeness and the portrayal of Muslims as a bunch of kind hearted scholars is suddenly promoting violent Chechens.

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    Hey RN,

    You have NOT been paying attention to my posts. I have never promoted a 'fruity' version of Islam.

    The issue at hand was about the fighting spirit of the backbone of Daesh who are primarily Chechen and Uzbek - not about their tactics or ideology. One can both denounce the Mongol hordes and the Nazis while recognizing their military prowess brilliance at tactical maneuvering. Just recently I stated on another post:
    "So sad that many Chechens have become extremists – they are such solid fighters."
    http://www.unz.com/tsaker/major-syria-developments-soon/#comment-1490339

    Even UR's very own Fred Reed could give accolades to the fighting spirit of the Taliban while thoroughly denouncing their philosophy:
    "I cannot endorse the politics of the Taliban. If one of them told me that my daughter couldn’t go to school, one of us would leave the room on a stretcher. Yet as fighting men, are they not magnificent? They have only rifles, explosives, RPGs, and balls. Their enemies have unlimited air support, helicopters, armor, artillery, sophisticated communications, night-vision gear, good food and excellent medical care. The Taliban take heavy casualties, their enemies almost none. The ragheads do not even have PX privileges. Yet they have not been defeated. A fight on even terms would last perhaps five minutes."
    http://www.fredoneverything.net/Baez.shtml

    And as far as invading Russians into Chechnya, Muslims sending them back in body bags is a time-honored tradition, one for which we owe no apology:
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Shamil

    If one cannot see the difference between noble use of arms as in this case (http://www.abdelkaderproject.org/about-emir-abdelkader/) versus the nonsense that Daesh practices - that is their problem, not ours.

    The warrior saint is solid part of our tradition (the fourth caliph, Ali ibn Abi Talib [ra], was known for his asceticism, piety, generosity, nightly prayer vigils, aphorisms, being the link between the Prophet [pbuh] and all the Sufi orders [save one]...and the ability to nearly cleave a man in half on the battlefield) - the suicide bomber of cafes and killers of children are not.

    Peace.

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  • @Talha
    And this is a good thing too, because any hand-to-hand against a Chechen probably means him beating you to death with your own hand.

    "The ones that were left — I read this in a Chechen guy’s account of growing up on in the steppes — the kids that survived used to pass the time by fighting. That’s all they did. All day, every day. One kid would go to another kid’s tent and call his name. The kid would come out swinging and they’d fight till it was time to go in and have their gruel or whatever. Broken bones, damaged organs — all part of the fun. You weren’t even supposed to mention them or you weren’t a real man."
    http://exiledonline.com/war-nerd-whats-a-chechen/

    Peace.

    Nice fairy tale but a bit short. Do you have another one?

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    About Chechens? Sure!

    "In "The Gulag Archipelago," Alexander Solzhenitsyn notes that in the camps everyone was afraid of the guards, but the guards were only afraid of the Chechens."
    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/the-lessons-of-boston-23671

    Your turn. I suggest asking any surviving Spetsnaz veterans about the assault on Grozny.

    Peace.
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  • @Eric Novak
    Studies about what women like claim they like brainy men? Did you read that in a Cosmo article at checkout? That they like nerds is contrary to common sense and the experiences of all men.

    Firstly, I was not talking about nerds. Secondly, here is just a couple of quotes from scientific publications.

    The Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior recently published a new study from four researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. The study finds that women, both in short- and long-term relationship situations find the brainy guy more attractive than the dumb jock.

    German geneticists say by favouring intelligence over strength and looks, our female ancestors set in motion a process that, over thousands of years, has developed the modern human brain.

    The second one proves the point. If females went for the dumb muscle man the world today would have been populated by morons with physique of a bodybuilder.

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  • @Rurik

    The west has been butchering the middle east for two hundred years.
    ...

    It is with damn near ridicule I note that Israel dominates the neighbors in military and economic terms despite being outnumbered 100-1.
     
    this is not about how well the West's technology, handed to or stolen by Israel, can splatter villagers. A twenty something girl in Langley is perfectly capable of sitting in an air conditioned room and pressing some buttons and firing a drone-launched Hellfire missile and killing some mujahedeen (and a few old women and children too) That doesn't make America manly or virile.

    How well do you suppose our feminized, gay-loving, transgendered, high-heel wearing sensitive army would fair hand to hand, 'mano a mano' against the highly motivated and willing to die fighters of ISIS?

    we do have our janissaries in the SEALs and special forces, but they're using their prodigious talents fighting someone else's enemies. Hardly very virtuous or vigorous, acting as Israel's dog on a leash.

    that westerners are soft, uh we just killed how many in Iraq?

    A million? A million in Afpak at least- and we are still not done.

     

    see above

    Europe is slowly beginning to bury the liberal consensus,
     
    not from where I'm siting. It's just more of the same liberal, suicidal, castrated march over the cliff.

    Trump thinking he can bridle our military so casually and get elected.
     
    Trump is hugely popular with the military. The only one who doesn't like him is the traitorous, sniveling coward McCain. And m0cking that particular POS will only win Trump thunderous cheers, from the military, and every other red-blooded, patriotic American.

    We incarcerate more men than anyone in the world, and you think we are peaceful?
     
    not peaceful, but cowardly and stupid. Slaughtering and maiming and displacing millions upon millions of people in the service of our worst enemy. That's hardly anything to beat your chest over. The emasculated part comes when we send our young men to die in wars for Israel and then our Zio-fecal government invites the survivors of our wars to come to Idaho and the Dakotas to comfort the war widows.

    invade and invite

    the actions of a castrated society hell-bent on filling the wombs of its women with the seeds of its enemies.

    You should be Cranky, but rather it sounds like you consider this all quite invigorating.

    How well do you suppose our feminized, gay-loving, transgendered, high-heel wearing sensitive army would fair hand to hand, ‘mano a mano’ against the highly motivated and willing to die fighters of ISIS?

    Irrelevant question. We do not fight with swords anymore. No amount of masculinity will help you to fight a missile.

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    {Irrelevant question. We do not fight with swords anymore. No amount of masculinity will help you to fight a missile}

    Well, not so irrelevant.

    No number of missiles or bombs has conquered a country.
    (except a nuke bomb: but then there is nothing left to conquer.)
    You have to take and hold ground to conquer a country.
    And that means the proverbial "boots on the ground".

    If missiles won wars, US would not have lost in Afghanistan (USSR also).
    US would not have lost in Viet Nam.
    Men don't fight hand-to-hand with swords: its AK-47 vs AK-47 or M-16.
    But still takes a lot of guts, stamina, skill,.....

    Having said that, I do not share the opinion that "our feminized, gay-loving, transgendered, high-heel wearing sensitive army".
    Individual American warriors fought very well in Afghanistan.
    There are countless examples. I don't think the warrior core has been affected by the social engineering. But maybe members of military have a better idea.

    One thing that was very disturbing was seeing some marines crying when Iranians took them in. I always thought marines were made of better material. But maybe the standards have been watered down.
    , @Talha
    And this is a good thing too, because any hand-to-hand against a Chechen probably means him beating you to death with your own hand.

    "The ones that were left — I read this in a Chechen guy’s account of growing up on in the steppes — the kids that survived used to pass the time by fighting. That’s all they did. All day, every day. One kid would go to another kid’s tent and call his name. The kid would come out swinging and they’d fight till it was time to go in and have their gruel or whatever. Broken bones, damaged organs — all part of the fun. You weren’t even supposed to mention them or you weren’t a real man."
    http://exiledonline.com/war-nerd-whats-a-chechen/

    Peace.

    , @SteveRogers42
    Don't believe the hype.

    Close-quarter combat is exceptionally relevant in the era of 4GW. In active-shooter terrorist attacks (Bataclan, Pulse nightclub, etc.) the action can be very up-close and personal, and strength, skill, and fighting spirit are the decisive factors. Remember the Americans who stopped the terrorist on the French train? Or the takedown of the shoe bomber?

    In recognized battle zones, CQB is equally important, as this article demonstrates:

    http://www.gq.com/story/battle-of-bastion-taliban-afghanistan-air-base

    Fifteen attackers who were neither deterred nor defeated by "missiles", but by a high "amount of masculinity" on the ground.
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  • So the muscular Muslims will take over emasculated West. How exactly will they do that? With knives, slingshots, guns and dynamite? I doubt that very much. Perhaps they will take over by luring away the fairer sex with their unabashed masculinity and leave emasculated males of the West to their own devices or to each other. Except that most studies point to the fact that the majority of females prefer brainy guys. The Muslims do not stand a chance of taking over the West by violent means except in some fantasy of a sexually confused female. If there is going to be any takeover it will be done without any need for masculinity or violence and only in places where Muslims outnumber the rest of the population. It will be done through a ballot box. A good example is London with its first Muslim mayor. The Muslims took over London without any need for masculinity whatsoever. Even if all the remaining non Muslim males in London had been extremely muscular the result would be the same. Of course none of that would have happened if it had not been enabled by policies of the ruling elites.

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    Studies about what women like claim they like brainy men? Did you read that in a Cosmo article at checkout? That they like nerds is contrary to common sense and the experiences of all men.
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  • There has been some utter nonsense coming out about the Turkish coup of last weekend. Some absurdly see the hand of the CIA working together with Pennsylvania exile Fethullah Gulen to bring down the Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a hypothesis that greatly exaggerates the capabilities and intentions of both the Agency and...
  • @Philip Giraldi
    Seamus - Check out my articles on CIA both here and at The American Conservative. I have been highly critical of them, so much so that I have received a number of threats to cease and desist. CIA certainly is capable of staging a coup but not in Turkey. I lived there, worked there, speak Turkish, still have high level friends there and was a senior officer in the Agency's Turkish station. Even though we worked closely with Turkish intelligence MIT we were followed constantly, our phones were tapped and were treated like enemies. We had no contact with anyone who might have been regarded as political and certainly with no military officers because the Turks would have gotten very, very upset and would retaliate. The very thought of getting engaged enough to set up a coup is laughable. It is my understanding that the current CIA-Turkish relationship is even worse now then it was back in my time.

    CIA certainly is capable of staging a coup but not in Turkey.

    Using Fethullah Gülen’s contacts the CIA was quite capable of staging a coup in Turkey. Actually it was capable of doing much more than that. Do not try to paint that organization as a bunch of innocent, bumbling choir boys in this particular instance. I was suspicious after the shooting down of the Russian jet fighter which conveniently happened at the time when Russia and Turkey were getting quite close together. That event destroyed good relations between Turkey and Russia. I proposed in my comment to withhold judgement of the whole affair until we know who ordered the shooting. Well now we know. After some time the relationship between Erdogan and Putin starts to improve again and suddenly we have an attempted coup. Strange indeed. Ask yourself who would be against good relations between Russia and Turkey. Actually ask yourself who has been trying so hard to turn every Russian neighbour into the enemy of the Russian people.

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    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    CIA might have been pro-coup, but that doesn't mean it had a hand in it.

    The question is... which side is the military on and what does it stand for?

    Even opponents of Erdogan don't know.

    Also, linking nationalism with militarism gives the impression that nationalism has to be forced on Turkey thru force of arms.
    So, Erdogan wins even with the nationalist card since he has the support of masses in the street.

    , @bunga
    Thanks for the Interesting and pertinent observations.

    Before Erdogan turned into a rogue interventionist , he was doing something that the Master did not like- working with Brazil for a negotiated settlement of Iran affairs that was scuttled after full support were received and identical demands from US were met
    Then there was Maariv - Gaza flotilla where an American lost his life

    In addition there was some tentative efforts to bring Kurds and Iraq together on Erdogan's part

    He then faced a big proto color revolution - Gezi ( I think that was the name ) in his own turfs

    He has not forgot those events and he knows what rules bind the world together .

    I am sure if he were responsible for the shooting of the Russian pilot then he was also certain that help would be on its way from the west .

    West has financed and manufactured the worst crisis after second Iraq war intentionally by upping ante, supporting rogues criminal fanatics, and marginalizing any meaningful efforts for negotiated outcome and then blaming Turkey Jordan and S Arab for mayhem and for fanaticism .
    Question is what would have happened to them if they did nit follow the script?
    Ask Zia Ul Haque of Pakistan and ask Mushrafo and check with US /west's behaviors in other parts of the worlds
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  • Erdogan has been jailing journalists for the past three years on charges of treason and has made it a crime to criticize himself.

    He did not make it a crime to criticize himself. The law is in effect since 1980′s, do your research.

    And most recently he has rounded up and arrested 20,000 Turks who have the misfortunate of appearing on his “enemies” list, which clearly was prepared and ready before the coup.

    There was an ongoing investigation about Gulen followers, and arrest warrants had been made just before the coup attempt. This is the clearest sign that the coup is real, the officers, knowing that they would lose their positions, tried to grab power.

    And i really do not understand the people saying this coup is staged. The ruling party and the president enjoyed a solid support, polls suggested the ruling party had 51-52 percent support before the coup, and the parliamentary elections are nearly 4 years ahead. There is no need for a “staged coup”, because they are not in danger of losing majority in parliament.

    That 20.000 number includes a lot of people that have been released or will be released shortly. For example, 1200 conscripts that have been arrested after the coup, have been released since because they had no connection to the attempt.

    But you only see number of arrested, because it fits a certain narrative. Released soldiers, not.

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    Remember Sibel Edmonds? "The recent failed military coup was a desperate NATO attempt to stifle the emerging Turkey/Russia bond, NATO wants to see more war in Syria. now Sibel Edmond provides the details" Gilad Atzmon

    Newsbud Breaking News: Turkey’s Coup Plotters are Members of NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps

    Turkish Government Issues an Official Request to NBC News Demanding Immediate Public Apology

    US General Campbell: The ‘Likely’ NBC News Source in its Scandalous False Reporting on the Turkey Coup Attempt
     
    http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/
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  • I have read the article three times looking for some evidence or at least some assumptions supporting the claim of a faked coup but I have not found any. What I did find was a lot of ridiculous claims like the one that CIA is incapable of organizing an overthrow of a government. Really? Another one says there was no heroic resistance on the part of the people. I suppose in the eyes of the author the death of more than two hundred civilians is a clear sign of cowardice.

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    I don't know that Giraldi ever claimed with certainty that the coup was faked--though he did kind of imply it. I think he was just trying to exonerate the CIA (his ex-employer) of any responsibility.
    , @KA
    "t is possible that the false flag operation produced no information of value and the CIA lost interest in it. "
    ".........................

    "Also, nothing in those reports provides any reason to disbelieve the possibility that the CIA, the CTC and the agency’s top management hid a false flag operation that went wrong. Anyone involved in such a false flag operation would have good reason to hide it"






    Richard Clarke

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/28-pages-questions-alleged-saudi-spy-cia/story?id=40697425




    If Richard Clarke could openly write about possibility of failed false flag operations by CIA and CTC, then it can be assumed these events are not aberration but par for the course .
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  • Turkey has a proud and rich history of military coups. As analysts tirelessly point out, they are even sanctioned by the Constitution as a means of preserving secularism. However, those days have come to an end. The abortive coup of the past few days was in all likelihood the dying gasp of 20th century Turkey....
  • The coup initiated by a small section of the army was stopped because most of the army units, police force and intelligence services remained loyal to president Erdogan. Incompetence on the part of the putchists only made the supression of the coup easier. The role of the people on the street was more of a nuisance than a decisive factor.

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  • September 1961. Geneva, Switzerland. A Turkish classmate of mine named Turgut burst into my room, crying, ‘those bastards just hanged my father!’ The ‘bastards’ in question were Turkey’s generals. They had overthrown the civilian government of Adnan Menderes and hanged my friend’s father. Since, then, the mighty Turkish armed forces has tried to overthrow the...
  • @Anonymous
    The author is essentially saying the US neocons, with close links with Israel and the internationalist marketist cult, were behind the coup and failed.

    In this year's presidential election campaign "Make America Great Again" is the slogan of a candidate supporting less interventionism, more neutrality in international conflicts, and a reduction of the military budget.
    For the first time America's "Greatness" is being associated to the converse of bullying other countries and removing/killing their leaders.

    We are talking of reshaping the concept of American Greatness, into something that doesn't actually mean American infamy.
    This is why you see the murderers of Libya's and Iraq's Presidents (directly) and of more than a million Arab people in 15 years (directly, and indirectly) so concerned: they can't conceive that one of the two candidates to President winning could mean a non-victory to them. In other words, both candidates are from their party, and they have gotten used to win anyway.

    They can't conceive the prospect that their unilateral wars to Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and the constant threatening of the two other world's biggest powers, China and Russia, came to a stop.
    Keep Ourselves as Great as We Have Been Lately, and fuck American(s) is their real slogan, though their "papers", as Margolis names them, fail to report it.

    They can’t conceive the prospect that their unilateral wars to Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and the constant threatening of the two other world’s biggest powers, China and Russia, came to a stop.

    Wishful thinking at its best.

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  • Even though I agree with his conclusion, the author should check his facts before publishing an article like this one…

    A lots of what he is saying is totally wrong, and I’m not talking about opinions or ideas he has but simple historical facts. Drawing conclusions when the premises are false is a risky business…

    “So it seemed until last Friday when tanks seized the two Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul…”
    There where no tanks on the bridges but just a couple of army trucks

    “…two rebel F-16 jets were hunting his black-outed aircraft”
    Yeah sure, with its transponder wide open and the coordinates of the plane even published on twitter, the “rebel” F-16 missed it, especially with US satellites info….

    “There’s a whole other aspect to the coup: the hard right, Europeanized secularists who regard 1930’s Islam-hating military dictator, Kemal Ataturk, as a demi-god and state religion. They joined the army generals in over throwing Turkey’s past governments, keeping the nation unstable, chaotic and afflicted by financial crises.”

    You are disgusting or VERY missinformed. Atatürk has been a role model not only in Turkey but in many countries for the past decades. Especially in Muslim countries. He was not an “Islam-hating military dictator” but simply a leader with a clear understanding of the place of the religion. NOT in state business. Most European countries are run exactly that same way, so their leader are Christian-hating fanatics ???

    “Last weekend’s coup was a joint effort by the secular old guard and the Gulenists to reverse history. Unable to defeat the wildly popular Erdogan at the polls, they keep resorting to violence.”

    Both the secular party leader and the Kurd party leader have blamed the coup attempt and no one thinks they had anything to do with it. It was an Islamist faction (the Gülenists, probably baked by the CIA) against another Islamist faction, the followers of RT Erdogan.

    And BTW, Erdogan is not “widely popular”, he uses the state medias as his own, has forced most of the private medias into bankruptcy then sold them to his most trust-wordy friends. So with the power of pretty much all of the media and certainly much more fraudulent activities than anyone could imagine, he got 51% of the votes…. A monkey could’ve gotten a better result !

    “Two previous plots to overthrow Erdogan, known as Ergonikon and then Sledgehammer, nearly succeeded.”

    You really don’t know anything about Turkish history and politics :((((((
    Ergenekon & Balyoz where two judiciary plots organized against the Turkish army by Erdogan and the Gülenists to undermine its authority. It succeeded and dozens of high ranked generals where jailed for many years. Then later on, it was “discovered” that the proofs were false and they were released. It was an Islamists against secularists thing not the other way around !

    “Turkey’s judiciary, academia, media were riddled with Gulenists and rightist secularists.”

    The only secularist political party in Turkey is the CHP (Republican Party).
    It used to be Atatütk’s political party and is and always has been social democrat and LEFTIST….

    “The government ended up in a 40-year ongoing civil war within its own ranks.”
    Ergenekon & Balyoz date back to 2006, so 10 years ago. Don’t know where those “40 years” come from, but certainly not from Turkish history…

    You really really shouldn’t be writing about a country you know so little about…

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    • Replies: @Marcus
    Margolis is consistently idiotic, he thinks his bold statements and flowery historical references make up or a lack substance.
    , @El Dato
    Full ack!

    This article was like seeing someone driving off a cliff.

    Not a single word that the hailed "democracy" is now being flushed down the shitter. (And Madame Clinton's "Hitler detector" hasn't even been triggered once. She must have taken her political sleepypills. I would call that "support" indeed.)

    Those F-16s were Erdogan-friendly, as the blew putschist helicopters out of the sky.

    I suppose Margolis has had a brain aneurism.


    Time for Washington to come clean on its murky links to Gulen.
     
    Actually that sounds like a commandeered article...
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  • The most striking feature of the failed Turkish coup has been the people’s response. The plotters did their routine right: they seized the broadcasting station, they sent a sortie to kill the president, they stationed troops in the vital points, they rolled out the tanks. They calculated everything but the people’s response. As the president...
  • @5371
    So your parents named you Regnum Nostrum? I think I am starting to understand you better.

    I doubt it. By naming you 5371 your parents have shown a serious lack of judgement and poor taste. Two qualities that you seem to have inherited in ample measure.

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  • @Talha
    I don't know - it is an anonymous forum, but his website certainly points in that direction. I take people at face value on their claims and certainly will not be found having to answer, in the next life, for doing takfir on a Muslim; as Imam Abu Hanifah (ra) stated; "To deem a thousand disbelievers as Muslim is safer with God than to deem one Muslim a disbeliever."

    I assume he is using Moshe in the generic sense of an obvious Jewish name; I have a Jewish neighbor named Moshe, nice guy, cute kids.

    Peace.

    I assume he is using Moshe in the generic sense of an obvious Jewish name; I have a Jewish neighbor named Moshe, nice guy, cute kids.

    You assume correctly but do not expect this guy to understand even a simple thing like this one.

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    thnk the gods your here to give the joint some class, Rectum Nostrum.

    Thank you for corroborating my claim nameless coward.

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    So your parents named you Regnum Nostrum? I think I am starting to understand you better.
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  • @Israel Shamir
    This is a bit disappointing that the commentators overlooked the second part of my article. The Turkish events, dramatic as they were, served just an example for the Americans to prepare for the need to defend democracy. It will be difficult enough to bring Trump to the White House even if people will vote for him in droves.

    Most commentators on this forum read just the first few sentences because it is so tiresome to read the whole thing. Besides there is no need to. They have an instant and in their fast food mentality absolutely correct opinion on everything no matter how complicated the subject. Most commentators here are as bright as a burnt out light bulb. No matter what the subject of the article they always end up discussing Hitler or Stalin, promoting their pet projects, their personal hates and such. Do not expect these clowns to defend democracy or anything else beside their smart phones. Without them they would be lost even more than they are now.

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    thnk the gods your here to give the joint some class, Rectum Nostrum.
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  • Being as I am a curmudgeon, and delight in human folly and thoughts of huge asteroids, tsunamis, incurable plagues, continent-shattering volcanoes, and the Hillary administration, I follow the advance of robots with hope. They may finally end civilization as we know it. Currently they spread like kudzu. Herewith a few notes from my favorite technical...
  • Stark contrast to Engels, co-founder of Marxism, a factory owner, I have never read that he had any interest in treating his proles well, so must assume that, while spouting off on various lines, he treated his workers like dirt.

    Engels was never a factory owner. He worked in a factory owned by his father and eventually became a partner. Engels retired his position five years later. Since you have never read about his mistreating the employees how did you conclude he treated them like dirt. Turning assumptions into facts can distort your perception of the world and in this particular case made your whole claim invalid.

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  • A number of events have happened recently which point to the possibility that something might be brewing in the Syrian conflict. First and foremost, there was Erdogan's apology to Russia which was really much more than just an apology. The Turks have really extended a hand to Russia and their offer officially includes not only...
  • @Andrei Martyanov
    I am not at home to translate for you some excerpts from Sergievsky's article re: 1973. They are key in understanding of narrative. Israeli victories were achieved against supremely incompetent adversary whose problem was and remains systemic. While totally deserved by IDF, its victories were blown out of proportion, especially in USA for obvious reasons. As per that:

    Abrash was a rarity among Syrian generals, trained at the US Army’s Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and showing much more individual initiative than his Soviet-trained colleagues.
     
    This is a complete baloney tailored to narrative, especially against the background of recent events when IS' command corps comprised largely of former Saddam's officers (overwhelming majority of whom were trained by Soviet/Russian advisers and some graduated Russian military academies) literally wiped the floor with US-trained forces. I may address this issue in my blog at some point of time--it is too complex to describe it in short discussion board post.

    The opinion of professionals on say Arab officer corps was never very high for a reason, among many, of low retention which becomes a major impediment when making complex tactical and operational decisions, and operating complex technology.

    Arabs cannot fight.

    This is a complete baloney tailored to narrative, especially against the background of recent events when IS’ command corps comprised largely of former Saddam’s officers (overwhelming majority of whom were trained by Soviet/Russian advisers and some graduated Russian military academies) literally wiped the floor with US-trained forces.

    Arabs can fight if trained by the Russians.

    Israeli victories were achieved against supremely incompetent adversary whose problem was and remains systemic.

    Weren’t Syrian and Egyptian officers trained by the Russians? The greatest military leader of all times, the man who would make Themistocles, Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Caesar blush with envy, the man whose very name strikes fear in the hearts of adversaries sounds a bit inconsistent. Could it be a problem with retention?

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  • Being as I am a curmudgeon, and delight in human folly and thoughts of huge asteroids, tsunamis, incurable plagues, continent-shattering volcanoes, and the Hillary administration, I follow the advance of robots with hope. They may finally end civilization as we know it. Currently they spread like kudzu. Herewith a few notes from my favorite technical...
  • @animalogic
    There is, of course, no arguing with the contention that population is becoming a significant problem. However, it's as much a problem of distribution as of finite resources. There is no doubt that a fairer distribution would go a some way to settling down social instabilities.

    Fair distribution of resources has been tried in all the former socialist countries and not many of them are still in existence today. Even if we somehow managed to implement fair distribution in all the countries of the world it would not solve the problem of ever increasing population vis-a-vis finite natural resources. Most of the people in Third World countries seem to be completely oblivious to the fact.

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  • Give the guy credit. Donald Trump makes perspective -- on him at least -- almost inconceivable, and that’s no small accomplishment. Is he heading up or down? Polling well or poorly? Going to win or lose? Who knows? Take Nate Silver whose FiveThirtyEight website recently launched its poll of polls with The Donald having only...
  • I doubt it that Trump will win. The fact that Hillary has not been indicted shows what sort of powerful forces are behind her. She is protected and promoted even though judging by her pronouncements and behavior she is a clear and present danger. The same forces that prevented her indictment will do their best to thwart Trump and send Hillary to the White House.

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  • A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials.http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-nato-summit-idUKKCN0ZN2NN First we will examine the dishonesty or incompetence of the reporters and then that of Western government officials. Emmott and Siebold describe NATO as a “Western...
  • A Reuters news report under the names of presstitutes Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold shows how devoid the West is of honest, intelligent and responsible journalists and government officials.

    It is not the job of a politician to be honest and that includes Putin. In his very own words there are no friendships in politics just temporary relationships.

    These destroyed countries posed no threat whatsoever to the countries of the NATO alliance and undertook no aggressive actions against NATO members. How is it possible that Reuters’ reporters and editors are not aware of this? Why do they call an instrument of Washington’s aggression a “defense alliance”?

    I am sure most of them are aware of this fact but they are simply not prepared to loose their job by reporting the truth.

    What then is the purpose of the 3,000 or 4,000 NATO troops?

    The purpose is to create uncertainty, to poke a finger in Putin’s eye, to keep the Kremlin guessing, to make them nervous.

    The trip-point of World War III will be the installation of Washington’s missiles in Poland and Romania.

    The land based missile defence station in Romania which will form part of a larger and controversial European shield has been activated. The Polish segment will come into service in 2018.

    The ignorance and stupidity of the American people will destroy the world.

    This statement can be applied to the majority of humanity not just the Americans. I think the world will survive minus humanity.

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    It is not the job of a politician to be honest and that includes Putin. In his very own words there are no friendships in politics just temporary relationships.
     
    You can say that if you take "honest" as "sincere to the governed people."
    Honesty is a category of politics. Honest leaders don't go on the TV and tell truth to their governed people; the deception they play and untruths they say are, nevertheless, said for the good of their country; and the good of a country will always be the good of the country's wide population.

    Craig Roberts is very spot-on on the state of journalism in the West: it's certainly at its lowest in the last 2 centuries. It no longer seems to have a sense of shame; or, for that matter, a limit in its despisal of the very readers who entrust it.

    This statement can be applied to the majority of humanity not just the Americans. I think the world will survive minus humanity.
     
    It certainly can.
    The problem is the different approach dishonest or honest officials and "informers" will have to it; the different use they'll put the rich resources of human simple-mindedness to.
    Craig Roberts may have meant that the "ignorance and stupidity" of the American elite may disrupt or destroy the world.
    If you look at the activity of Washington "think tanks", and the boldness of the hawks (who are only waiting Obama's term's end to show their true colours) that fear is justified, probably.
    , @Drapetomaniac
    "It is not the job of a politician to be honest and that includes Putin. In his very own words there are no friendships in politics just temporary relationships."

    That's being honest.
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  • A number of events have happened recently which point to the possibility that something might be brewing in the Syrian conflict. First and foremost, there was Erdogan's apology to Russia which was really much more than just an apology. The Turks have really extended a hand to Russia and their offer officially includes not only...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    Is that all you could come up with?
     
    Since I don't have time to argue with all kinds of hacks constantly, here is a small test for you from basic course of Theory of Operations and Tactics taught in any serious military academy. I graduated one with advanced degree in naval engineering and served about 11 years in Soviet Armed Forces on officer positions, including operational staff level. I am also published in US and have a book in works precisely on military power. If you will tell me what is the difference between two and what they describe we may continue to communicate, if not--then, yes, this is what I could come up with only.

    https://s32.postimg.org/xd27qlxfp/formula1.jpg

    or this:

    https://s32.postimg.org/lqvr75sxh/form1.jpg

    I'll give you a hint--it is all war related., but I am sure they told you this during your two years service as enlisted.

    I graduated from military academy with advanced degree in naval engineering and served about 11 years in Soviet Armed Forces.

    Is that why Russian navy is inferior to the US navy? You desperate attempts to impress me are ridiculous. Since I have not studied the military pseudo science I cannot answer but my lifelong experience and the ability to observe and reason brought me to the following conclusion. The whole of so called military pseudo science boils down to this. A general sends in a thousand troops and once they are all killed sends in another thousand. The general who loses all of his troops first concedes defeat and writes a memoir. I have a better proposal for you. Hang on here for another two years and than we can compare notes who was closer to the truth. You with all that education and books published in US or me the uneducated amateur.

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    It's obvious you're seriously hurt, "Regnum". Why don't you just shut up? We all saw you've lost.
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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    Study is poor replacement for the ability to think.
     
    Tell this to your surgeon or dentist when they will perform on you. Good luck with your demagoguery.

    Is that all you could come up with? Well at least you are not repeating yourself. Your view though is simplistic. Study is poor replacement for the ability to think does not mean that study is not necessary. But we can only study subjects that others have discovered through thinking. Where do you figure all that knowledge we can study today came from. Somebody outside of the educational system had to discover new things. Did Newton learn all the things he passed down to us in school? Did Archimedes learn the Archimedes principle in school. Did your favorite Clausewitz learn his stuff in school? Do you think that all the accumulated knowledge we have was always in schools? You can study what is already known after that you have to think.

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    Is that all you could come up with?
     
    Since I don't have time to argue with all kinds of hacks constantly, here is a small test for you from basic course of Theory of Operations and Tactics taught in any serious military academy. I graduated one with advanced degree in naval engineering and served about 11 years in Soviet Armed Forces on officer positions, including operational staff level. I am also published in US and have a book in works precisely on military power. If you will tell me what is the difference between two and what they describe we may continue to communicate, if not--then, yes, this is what I could come up with only.

    https://s32.postimg.org/xd27qlxfp/formula1.jpg

    or this:

    https://s32.postimg.org/lqvr75sxh/form1.jpg

    I'll give you a hint--it is all war related., but I am sure they told you this during your two years service as enlisted.
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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    I doubt it. You may not be aware of the fact that before the sanctions a lot of components in Russian military hardware came from the West . Even Putin has complained recently that the sanctions hindered his fight against terrorism. Today one of the Russian superior helicopters was shot down by low tech Daesh fighters. I also wonder what happened to the vaunted Russian electronic warfare during the shoot down of the Russian jet over Turkey.
     
    I never saw a plumber perform an open heart surgery, yet I encounter ignorant hacks spreading their "opinions" on issues which require long years of study and training all the time. Sir, I am aware of many things in Russian military on the order (if not two) or magnitude more than any of sources you can possibly employ. It shines through in your rant together with utter ignorance. I do maintain the blog precisely on these issues, so, in order for me not to write a very voluminous response to BS you wrote, my suggestion to you is to go to the blog and read up a little on some of the issues. Obviously you live in La-La Land when speaking on Russian military (or anything power related) but that is expected from people who didn't spend a single day in armed forces, let alone serious ones and have no background.

    I do not read much of mainstream media except BBC, RT, Corriere della Serra, L’Unita and PressTV.
     
    I would suggest you start with study of Clausewitz and on to Operational Research issues and everything in between, how about some introductory course in Fourier Transformations which are in the foundation of EC(C)M--maybe it will help you to understand why turned off ECM suite on SU-24 in what then was considered low air-to-air threat environment couldn't help. Obviously you missed on how most of Turkish Air Force after that somehow was pretty much grounded and how it had everything to do with signal processing which in USSR/Russia was always world-class, to put it mildly, but it is beyond the scope of this discussion here. My advice to you do not try to offer opinion on something you have no clue about--makes one look... well like a person who reads BBC, RT or L'Unita--in other words, run of the mill internet arm chair strategist who is missing on everything what constitutes new global power balance paradigm, but I repeat myself.

    Obviously you live in La-La Land when speaking on Russian military.

    Facts on the ground prove that it is you who lives in La La Land. The length of your studies does not impress me. Study is poor replacement for the ability to think. The fact that you keep a blog impresses me even less. Everybody who got past second grade has a blog nowadays. These facts have nothing to do with the issue at hand.

    That is expected from people who didn’t spend a single day in armed forces.

    For a self appointed expert on all things military you should have known that as a citizen of a member state of former Warsaw Pact I had to serve for two years. If you did not know that you did a sloppy research of my posts before responding. Are you equally sloppy in other respects? That two year service does not make me an expert but it shows how hasty and wrong you are in your conclusions.

    I would suggest you start with study of Clausewitz

    I am not going to study Clausewitz because I cannot see how it is relevant to current situation. By the way the best generals never studied anything. Themistocles and Hannibal for example. Do you think you could have beaten them in a battle just because you studied Clausewitz?

    Well like a person who reads BBC, RT or L’Unita–in other words, run of the mill internet arm chair strategist who is missing on everything what constitutes new global power balance paradigm, but I repeat myself.

    Yes you do repeat yourself because you do not have much new to say. You also once again manifest sloppy and careless approach. I wrote as well that I also follow quite a few other sources from around the world. Did you sharp mind miss that sentence? BBC ,RT and L’Unita are run of the mill but it does not hurt to read them and compare with other news outlets. Finally just for your benefit I will recopy the quote from Sputnik.

    In August, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

    You do trust Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Dmitry Rogozin, don’t you. Or do you know more than he does. I wonder if he studied Clausewitz?

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  • This is a quote from Sputnik, July 10, 2016.

    In August, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

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  • @5371
    Learn the meaning of the word "retaliation". It is not synonymous with "escalation".

    [You may not be aware of the fact that before the sanctions a lot of components in Russian military hardware came from the West ]

    I doubt he is, since it isn't a fact.

    I know the difference. Tell it to Putin who threatens retaliation, not escalation, every time NATO makes a move. The purchase and smuggling of mainly electronic and optical components is a fact. Not only that but Russians were about to buy Mistral helicopter carriers from France. Remember? The delivery was cancelled because of the sanctions. Russia completely relies on imports when it comes to gas turbine units for its frigates, corvettes and other warships. It is now establishing the production of its own gas turbine units at the Saturn research and production association, and of gears at the Zvezda plant. Russia also imported Sagem Matiz thermal imagers, which are used to make targeting equipment for Russian armored vehicles. Add to that loss of Ukraine which manufactured large amounts of Russian military hardware. According to Russians it will take three years to replace the lost manufacturing facilities.

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    So what? Once the Western gear is replaced successfully, Russia is likely to come out onto the world's military market as a competitor for selling the same gear. As the man (Putin) said - sanctions are an opportunity if the sanctioned has any capability. The longer the sanctions are on, the more self-reliant Russia becomes, in many, many fields, all thanks to the European puppets of the US.

    If Trump does not win, a time may come for some more aggressive Russian actions, not just eternally late defense. How about Russia and China starting to destabilize the West which is on the verge of the financial collapse already: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-25/555-trillion-derivatives-debt-implosion-about-begin. Offense is the best defense.

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  • @Jacques Sheete

    He died poor.
     
    Well he was bankrupt spiritually when he lived, so I guess the codger's cadging was as deficient as his philosophizing.

    BTW, can you tell me whether he was a Jew, a Christian, an atheist, a garden variety con man or what?

    Was he even a Marxist, if ya know what I mean? :)

    It all depends on how you define Jewishness. Is it ethnicity or religious practice? His parents were Jewish but his father converted to Lutheran faith. Since he was the author together with his friend Friedrich Engels of the Communist Manifesto and most communist were atheists I doubt it that he practised any religion. But it is more complicated than that. According to Orthodox Judaism if your mother was Jewish you remain a Jew no matter what. According to Reform Judaism if you convert or are raised in another religion you are no longer a Jew. So was he a Jew or no? Since his parents were both Jewish I guess it is safe to say that he was in spite of his atheism. Here are some quotes by Marx on religion.

    The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.

    Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

    I am not sure about your last question. Marxism are the economic and social principles advocated by Marx and the followers are called Marxists.

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    Ah - good old Marx; religion is the opium of the people. The longer I live and the more I observe, it seems opium may be the religion of the people before long.

    Peace.
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  • A number of events have happened recently which point to the possibility that something might be brewing in the Syrian conflict. First and foremost, there was Erdogan's apology to Russia which was really much more than just an apology. The Turks have really extended a hand to Russia and their offer officially includes not only...
  • @Andrei Martyanov

    Putin is a touchy, inferiority complex ridden character whose main aspiration in life is to be recognized by Americans as an equal. This will never happen. He should either get serious or get out. His empty posturing will not help anybody.
     
    Forensic mental experiment. If you pull your gun on me and I will pull my 12-gauge Mossberg on you--guess what, we are going to be talking as equals. If you have some major character flaws you will become hysterical, delusional, bad-mouthed but that in no way will change the fact that we will be equal and I will have as much chance to blow your brains out as you will have to do the same to me. Russia is the only nation in the world which can wipe out US from the face of the Earth, moreover, Russia is the only nation on the Earth which can conventionally defeat US (NATO) in her immediate geographic vicinity. Moreover, Russia is the only other nation in the world which can conventionally, that is without resorting to the use of nuclear weapons, strike US proper and create a whole number of 911 "equivalents" in many US urban centers and military installations. The reason for that is because Russia's real economic, industrial, scientific, military and other capacities make her the only nation on Earth capable to produce not only equal but sometimes vastly superior to US weapons. Hence the hysteria, lies, BS in Western MSM and "elites" because no matter what they say they either know or sense that this "unequal" to them (in their incompetent opinion) Russia can very effectively and very equally make them think otherwise. This explanation is on fingers, so to speak--the level reserved for people brainwashed with propaganda and having very limited knowledge of issues which are crucial for the new emerging power balance. I will omit here the issue of war records comparison since, indeed, Russia here is not "equal", she is in the league of her own and that too adds to Western distress. Did I explain it well or should I go deeper into the issue of "equality"?;-)

    You can rant as much as you want because it changes nothing.

    Forensic mental experiment. If you pull your gun on me and I will pull my 12-gauge Mossberg on you–guess what, we are going to be talking as equals.

    If that is the case why is Putin begging at least once a month that the West should recognize Russian interests. His grovelling is sometimes embarrassing.

    Russia is the only nation on the Earth which can conventionally defeat US (NATO) in her immediate geographic vicinity.

    I can see the evidence of that almost every day. Each time NATO strengthens its position on the border of Russia, builds a new military installation or sends more troops and equipment all Putin does is threaten with retaliation. Except he only retaliates with more talk of retaliation.

    The reason for that is because Russia’s real economic, industrial, scientific, military and other capacities make her the only nation on Earth capable to produce not only equal but sometimes vastly superior to US weapons.

    I doubt it. You may not be aware of the fact that before the sanctions a lot of components in Russian military hardware came from the West . Even Putin has complained recently that the sanctions hindered his fight against terrorism. Today one of the Russian superior helicopters was shot down by low tech Daesh fighters. I also wonder what happened to the vaunted Russian electronic warfare during the shoot down of the Russian jet over Turkey.

    Hence the hysteria, lies, BS in Western MSM and “elites” because no matter what they say they either know or sense that this “unequal” to them (in their incompetent opinion) Russia can very effectively and very equally make them think otherwise.

    I am sorry but NATO is not behaving as somebody who is afraid. Let me close by saying that I cannot be brainwashed or blinded by hatred or admiration. I do not read much of mainstream media except BBC, RT, Corriere della Serra, L’Unita and PressTV. I also follow quite a few other sources from around the world but in the end I always form my own conclusions and this is what they are. Nothing more, nothing less. I do not support one side or the other because both sides represent the same economic system which I despise.

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    Learn the meaning of the word "retaliation". It is not synonymous with "escalation".

    [You may not be aware of the fact that before the sanctions a lot of components in Russian military hardware came from the West ]

    I doubt he is, since it isn't a fact.
    , @Andrei Martyanov

    I doubt it. You may not be aware of the fact that before the sanctions a lot of components in Russian military hardware came from the West . Even Putin has complained recently that the sanctions hindered his fight against terrorism. Today one of the Russian superior helicopters was shot down by low tech Daesh fighters. I also wonder what happened to the vaunted Russian electronic warfare during the shoot down of the Russian jet over Turkey.
     
    I never saw a plumber perform an open heart surgery, yet I encounter ignorant hacks spreading their "opinions" on issues which require long years of study and training all the time. Sir, I am aware of many things in Russian military on the order (if not two) or magnitude more than any of sources you can possibly employ. It shines through in your rant together with utter ignorance. I do maintain the blog precisely on these issues, so, in order for me not to write a very voluminous response to BS you wrote, my suggestion to you is to go to the blog and read up a little on some of the issues. Obviously you live in La-La Land when speaking on Russian military (or anything power related) but that is expected from people who didn't spend a single day in armed forces, let alone serious ones and have no background.

    I do not read much of mainstream media except BBC, RT, Corriere della Serra, L’Unita and PressTV.
     
    I would suggest you start with study of Clausewitz and on to Operational Research issues and everything in between, how about some introductory course in Fourier Transformations which are in the foundation of EC(C)M--maybe it will help you to understand why turned off ECM suite on SU-24 in what then was considered low air-to-air threat environment couldn't help. Obviously you missed on how most of Turkish Air Force after that somehow was pretty much grounded and how it had everything to do with signal processing which in USSR/Russia was always world-class, to put it mildly, but it is beyond the scope of this discussion here. My advice to you do not try to offer opinion on something you have no clue about--makes one look... well like a person who reads BBC, RT or L'Unita--in other words, run of the mill internet arm chair strategist who is missing on everything what constitutes new global power balance paradigm, but I repeat myself.
    , @NoseytheDuke
    A wise leader conserves his military strength. Sun Tzu.
    , @Ben_C

    Each time NATO strengthens its position on the border of Russia, builds a new military installation or sends more troops and equipment all Putin does is threaten with retaliation. Except he only retaliates with more talk of retaliation.
     
    Regnum...

    Not that I'm necessarily taking "sides" in this matter per se; however, based on the context of your post(s), I assume you are one who also believes Crimea is still part of the Ukraine at present--even though it is not in what is considered "reality"?

    Ah, I see...

    Regnum, as a somewhat unrelated question, what exactly are your thoughts on waxy buildup and tinfoil hats?

    Just curious...

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  • @El Dato
    You could enlist in Russian ground forces and demand to be dropped behing ISIS lines for some Rambo-level aggro that you so clearly crave.

    Putin is a touchy, inferiority complex ridden character whose main aspiration in life is to be recognized by Americans as an equal.
     
    Well MSMed, friend.

    I don't think that Putin aspires to be a clown. It's just that Russians would not stand for anti-ISIS ground operations. They are not there to clean up Washington's messes.

    I cannot enlist for two reasons. I was born when Stalin was still alive which means that I am too old for military service and I am not a Russian. I would like to know how you concluded that I crave Rambo-level aggro. It would help me to better understand mental processes or lack of them in people like you. If Russians are not interested in anti ISIS operations why are they in Syria. Would you mind to elaborate.

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  • @Jacques Sheete
    Anyway, was Karl Marx a Jew? If so, was it something permanent or just a passing phase, or what?


    "Let us consider the actual, worldly Jew -- not the Sabbath Jew, as Bauer does, but the everyday Jew. ... What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.. Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man -- and turns them into commodities. The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general."


    - Karl Marx, "On the Jewish Question", 1844.

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/jewish-question


    PS: Despite his money-bashing, the cat couldn't get enough of it and was nearly always whining for handouts. Now ain't dat special?

    PS: Despite his money-bashing, the cat couldn’t get enough of it and was nearly always whining for handouts. Now ain’t dat special?

    Actually Marx was having frequent financial difficulties because of his political convictions and often depended on support of his friend Friedrich Engels. He died poor.

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    He died poor.
     
    Well he was bankrupt spiritually when he lived, so I guess the codger's cadging was as deficient as his philosophizing.

    BTW, can you tell me whether he was a Jew, a Christian, an atheist, a garden variety con man or what?

    Was he even a Marxist, if ya know what I mean? :)
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  • @Jacques Sheete

    Marx...is the author of Das Kapital,
     
    Duh.

    Have you ever tried to read that load of rubbish? It's nothing more than a hideously degenerate crackpot's raving form of pop philosophy and that's partly what makes it "undeniably influential." It's analogous to Sigmund Fraud's sappy sophomoric psychoanalysis theories.

    No one, in his right mind, can attempt to plow through that sottish gibberish and claim with a straight face that it makes any sense at all. The ONLY reason that effluence has any influence, is the result of clever marketing and goy gullibility. Some folks are adept at selling essentially worthless pieces of carbon as something of great worth (get the hint?)

    Face it. Marx's so called philosophy is just another fraud. 2500 years ago Mennipus saw through the same sort of bogus garbage when he made fun of the type by essentially telling them to take their "gnothi sautons" and take a hike. If such sewage is "influential," big deal. It's still laughable and worthless.


    ...whose influence on world affairs is undeniable, blah blah blah...
     
    Yeah, so what? Attila the Hun and Vlad the Impaler both had undeniable influences on the world as well. That doesn't make them saints or even candidates for sainthood. The same can be said for Lenin, Stalin, FDR, and Churchill, etc., etc.

    The only thing your statement means is that your appeal to authority is evidence that you're one of the Apes of a cold G-d that Marx mentioned.

    Of course neither Marx nor Freud can compete with a genius like you. One only has to look at the sample of that genius that you have graciously provided. People of lesser intellect than yours would probably call it a rather confused rant but what do they know. You belong to the breed of over confident morons who have never achieved anything but have a definite opinion on everything.

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  • @Jacques Sheete
    Note to all: Set your brickbats aside. I'm impervious to 'em. ;)

    Marx wasn’t Jewish.
     
    Actually with that statement, Corvinus, besides opening a can of worms, may have a point. Marx pretty certainly came from a "Jewish" background, but who knows what he was but a worthless irresponsible blowhard with an attitude to match his unlimited narcissism. He himself probably didn't know what he was and left enough open so he could have it both ways at his convenience. This quote is typical.:

    "It’s possible that I shall make an ass of myself. But in that case one can always get out of it with a little dialectic. I have, of course, so worded my proposition as to be right either way.”

    Karl Marx, Letter to Friedrich Engels, dated 15 August 1857

    Anyway, on to the bigger point which is what the (bleep) is a "Jew" anyway? A lot of self appointed "Jews" can't seem to agree amongst themselves, so who's to say? Below is a quote and a link to a charming and insightful piece by a woman who chose to convert to Judaism which highlights the controversy.

    “Last week ‘Sammy’ on Jswipe asked for my phone number. I was delighted but as his profile mentioned having Jewish parents I decided to tell him upfront that my parents were not. ‘Who and where did you convert through?’ I knew where this conversation was going. I told him that I wasn’t Orthodox but I am Jewish. ‘I question your intentions when you go through conversion and don’t one hundred percent the life of a Jew with our culture. You are not a Jew.’”
     
    http://jewcy.com/jewish-sex-and-love/chriss-jew-dating-reform-convert

    Marx pretty certainly came from a “Jewish” background, but who knows what he was but a worthless irresponsible blowhard with an attitude to match his unlimited narcissism.

    Right. Marx who finished his law studies, wrote a doctoral thesis on The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature for which he received a PhD, is the author of Das Kapital, whose influence on world affairs is undeniable, Marx who is still studied and talked about was worthless blowhard but Jacues Shit whose verbal vomit is forgotten five minutes after reading is a world famous personality.

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    Marx...is the author of Das Kapital,
     
    Duh.

    Have you ever tried to read that load of rubbish? It's nothing more than a hideously degenerate crackpot's raving form of pop philosophy and that's partly what makes it "undeniably influential." It's analogous to Sigmund Fraud's sappy sophomoric psychoanalysis theories.

    No one, in his right mind, can attempt to plow through that sottish gibberish and claim with a straight face that it makes any sense at all. The ONLY reason that effluence has any influence, is the result of clever marketing and goy gullibility. Some folks are adept at selling essentially worthless pieces of carbon as something of great worth (get the hint?)

    Face it. Marx's so called philosophy is just another fraud. 2500 years ago Mennipus saw through the same sort of bogus garbage when he made fun of the type by essentially telling them to take their "gnothi sautons" and take a hike. If such sewage is "influential," big deal. It's still laughable and worthless.


    ...whose influence on world affairs is undeniable, blah blah blah...
     
    Yeah, so what? Attila the Hun and Vlad the Impaler both had undeniable influences on the world as well. That doesn't make them saints or even candidates for sainthood. The same can be said for Lenin, Stalin, FDR, and Churchill, etc., etc.

    The only thing your statement means is that your appeal to authority is evidence that you're one of the Apes of a cold G-d that Marx mentioned.

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  • A number of events have happened recently which point to the possibility that something might be brewing in the Syrian conflict. First and foremost, there was Erdogan's apology to Russia which was really much more than just an apology. The Turks have really extended a hand to Russia and their offer officially includes not only...
  • Admiral Kuznetsov is on the way. Major developments in the works? Wow. It is probably transporting Russian National Orchestra to perform another concert this time in the suburbs of Aleppo. I propose to surround Aleppo with orchestras and play Gotterdammerung. The resulting noise might drive away the terrorists. One must admire Saker’s persistence and faith in Russia’s capabilities. I am disappointed that he discontinued his series titled “Week xx of the Russian Military Intervention”. What week is it now? Close to half a year of utterly inefficient show. Assad is still fighting terrorists in the suburb of Damascus. He does not have the manpower to take on Aleppo. Even if he does take the city the terrorists will simply slip away and fight somewhere else. To defeat them one needs massive military intervention on the ground so that they have nowhere to go. Anything else is just prolonging the agony of the Syrian people. Russia unfortunately is not USSR and puny Putin is no Stalin or even Brezhnev. Putin is a touchy, inferiority complex ridden character whose main aspiration in life is to be recognized by Americans as an equal. This will never happen. He should either get serious or get out. His empty posturing will not help anybody.

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    You could enlist in Russian ground forces and demand to be dropped behing ISIS lines for some Rambo-level aggro that you so clearly crave.

    Putin is a touchy, inferiority complex ridden character whose main aspiration in life is to be recognized by Americans as an equal.
     
    Well MSMed, friend.

    I don't think that Putin aspires to be a clown. It's just that Russians would not stand for anti-ISIS ground operations. They are not there to clean up Washington's messes.
    , @Andrei Martyanov

    Putin is a touchy, inferiority complex ridden character whose main aspiration in life is to be recognized by Americans as an equal. This will never happen. He should either get serious or get out. His empty posturing will not help anybody.
     
    Forensic mental experiment. If you pull your gun on me and I will pull my 12-gauge Mossberg on you--guess what, we are going to be talking as equals. If you have some major character flaws you will become hysterical, delusional, bad-mouthed but that in no way will change the fact that we will be equal and I will have as much chance to blow your brains out as you will have to do the same to me. Russia is the only nation in the world which can wipe out US from the face of the Earth, moreover, Russia is the only nation on the Earth which can conventionally defeat US (NATO) in her immediate geographic vicinity. Moreover, Russia is the only other nation in the world which can conventionally, that is without resorting to the use of nuclear weapons, strike US proper and create a whole number of 911 "equivalents" in many US urban centers and military installations. The reason for that is because Russia's real economic, industrial, scientific, military and other capacities make her the only nation on Earth capable to produce not only equal but sometimes vastly superior to US weapons. Hence the hysteria, lies, BS in Western MSM and "elites" because no matter what they say they either know or sense that this "unequal" to them (in their incompetent opinion) Russia can very effectively and very equally make them think otherwise. This explanation is on fingers, so to speak--the level reserved for people brainwashed with propaganda and having very limited knowledge of issues which are crucial for the new emerging power balance. I will omit here the issue of war records comparison since, indeed, Russia here is not "equal", she is in the league of her own and that too adds to Western distress. Did I explain it well or should I go deeper into the issue of "equality"?;-)
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  • Vladimir Putin recently manned up and admitted it. The United States remains the planet’s sole superpower, as it has been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. “America,” the Russian president said, “is a great power. Today, probably, the only superpower. We accept that.” Think of us, in fact, as the default superpower in an...
  • Judging by the evidence this century belongs without any question to morons. It must be the result of my preservation of intelligence theory. There is a given amount of intelligence available in the Universe and the more people share it the less there is for each one of them. With the ever growing population we can look forward to a future in which the intelligence of a wild boar will surpass ours.

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  • Last week, I noted that Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London—which is not, by the way, the same thing as Lord Mayor of London, for reasons it would take much too long to explain—was being spoken of as the likely next Prime Minister over there, David Cameron having said he will step down after...
  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel H
    BTW, when did Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians (and Poles) become so cool? I can remember the narrative from about 30 years ago or so about how the Baltic peoples (and Poles) worked hand in glove with the Nazis to murder the Jews and Gypsies of said lands. It was often claimed that these peoples were even more enthusiastic than their German overlords in doing the dirty work. Oh, expediency.

    Meanwhile, Serbs and Russians, who fought the Nazis and Germans tooth and nail in both world wars - and the Russians actually won the second war - can't catch a break. They are the two most maligned peoples of Europe by the powers that be.

    I know that Cohen would have very different opinion on the migration of peoples into Britain if it were 2 million Russians, say, rather than Pakis, Moroccans, Syrians, Afghanis and Nigerians.

    Daniel H,

    Claimed by whom?

    If your mental chip allows for reading Derbyshire, you should have enough cognitive discrimination not to repeat wholesale ethnic slanders of peoples that the Progressive Left, particularly its Jewish component, has invented and disseminated. You are 100% wrong about “peoples” and “Poles.”

    You are actually doing the Poles a grave injustice, a vicious slander in return for all the work they did not only to defeat the Nazis, including 200,000+ Poles fighting in British uniforms and distinguishing themselves in the Battle of Britain, in Narvik, Monte Cassino and other battles, but their efforts to save Jewish lives too, often at a cost of their own.

    As to “peoples,” it’s true that all the Baltics had volunteer SS or other Nazi-allied military units, and hundreds, maybe a couple thousand of Lithuanians and Latvians were involved in direct “‘wet” work of the Holocaust, either in Einsatzgruppen or in concentration camp guard uniforms. But even that does not make for “peoples.”

    If you wrote that kind of mostly baseless slander about Jews or Blacks, you’d have to face some very angry people. The Poles and the Balts are not here to defend themselves, but you should still feel a need to apologize.

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  • "Nativism ... xenophobia or worse" is behind the triumph of Brexit and the support for Donald Trump, railed President Barack Obama in Ottawa. Obama believes that resistance to transformational change in the character and identity of countries of the West, from immigration, can only be the product of sick minds or sick hearts. According to...
  • @Jacques Sheete

    ...only to make you understand the meaning of the word accessible.

     

    Gawd yer comments are a riot! ROFL. Anyway, FYI, in this context, there is no "the" meaning of the word, "accessible;" there are several meanings, and while I was using it to mean "understandable," or "comprehensible," as in the story of Little Red Riding Hood is surely more understandable to you than Dodd's book, you took it to mean that they are nearby, or near at hand, or in close geographical vicinity, hence my reference to geography.

    If you were even minimally facile in the use of Google, you could have easily found something like this and could've had someone 'splain it to ya.:

    ac·ces·si·ble
    əkˈsesəb(ə)l/
    adjective
    adjective: accessible
    1.
    (of a place) able to be reached or entered.
    "the town is accessible by bus"
    synonyms: reachable, attainable, approachable; More
    (of an object, service, or facility) able to be easily obtained or used.
    "making learning opportunities more accessible to adults"
    easily understood.
    "his Latin grammar is lucid and accessible"
    synonyms: understandable, comprehensible, easy to understand, intelligible; formal exoteric
    "his accessible style of writing"
    ...

    (of a person, typically one in a position of authority or importance) friendly and easy to talk to; ...

    Capisce?

    Si, capisco molto bene. First of all I do not use Google as a replacement for my brain. That is your handicap. Secondly I feel sorry for you having to spend all night googling in order to put together this elaborate answer. As you correctly state quite a few words have more than one meaning. Their order in a dictionary is based on frequency of use and in this respect accessible most frequent use is “able to be reached or entered” as you yourself correctly copied from Google instead of searching the remote corners of your gray matter. Your predilection to use the most obscure meaning of words as in “accessible book” or “bedroom geography” or “facile in the use of Google” for example is your problem not mine. This predilection makes your already convoluted conclusions even less understandable. Add to that the spreading plague of acronyms like ROFL, FYI, LOL, and the result is an ugly mess or as you would have said “bordel”. Adjusting to your use of units of language I will extinguish my puny discourse with a full stop. By the way how do you get by when Google is not available?

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  • @CanSpeccy

    The various mental diseases that have infected the EU elites are vigorously resisted by Russian leaders and its people.
     
    The mental disease of the EU elites is obsessive greed.

    They will do anything for money, like the Blair's.

    There is a system in place which allows the plutocracy to dictate policy. The system was described by Thomas Macaulay, more than 150 years ago in his History of England Since the Accession of James II.

    Politicians serve the money power in return for financial and other rewards after office. There is nothing illegal about this. And as a mechanism of plutocratic control it is highly reliable.

    The politician in power can be sure that the payoff will be made, not because the interest he serves is honest, but because the interest he serves must convince whoever succeeds the politician currently in power, that it is trustworthy.

    In the West, the goal of the money power is genocide as a means to destroy the power and independence of the sovereign nation state, thereby making way for the money power to achieve global control, aka global governance through money-power-directed global institutions, such as the EU, WTO, World Bank, etc.

    Russia's elite see things differently to Western elites. For them, the issue is control of Russia's vast resources, which means gearing up to defend Russia in a new global war for which the US is organizing the West. To survive the onslaught, Russia desperately needs more people, and needs a loyal citizenry that will bear up under the hardships of a new war. Hence the Russian elite supports the nationalist cause and the rebuilding of Russia's population.

    The only difference between Western elites and Russian elites is the language they speak.

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  • @Jacques Sheete

    What makes you think that Bella Dud and her Pool of Crap is less accessible to me?
     
    I meant accessible as in "comprehensible." It had nothing to do with your bedroom geography, and your dissertation on such proves my suspicion correct.

    If you cannot express yourself correctly in a single sentence on a simple subject what makes you think you are qualified to discuss more complicated matters. By the way I was not describing my bedroom geography but my bedroom layout and only to make you understand the meaning of the word accessible. To call my response a dissertation makes me blush with pride but buttering me up will get you nowhere. I am not sure how my description of bedroom layout proves my inability to comprehend a simple book but to discover the origin of Universe is probably simpler than to discover the inner workings of your mind.

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    ...only to make you understand the meaning of the word accessible.

     

    Gawd yer comments are a riot! ROFL. Anyway, FYI, in this context, there is no "the" meaning of the word, "accessible;" there are several meanings, and while I was using it to mean "understandable," or "comprehensible," as in the story of Little Red Riding Hood is surely more understandable to you than Dodd's book, you took it to mean that they are nearby, or near at hand, or in close geographical vicinity, hence my reference to geography.

    If you were even minimally facile in the use of Google, you could have easily found something like this and could've had someone 'splain it to ya.:

    ac·ces·si·ble
    əkˈsesəb(ə)l/
    adjective
    adjective: accessible
    1.
    (of a place) able to be reached or entered.
    "the town is accessible by bus"
    synonyms: reachable, attainable, approachable; More
    (of an object, service, or facility) able to be easily obtained or used.
    "making learning opportunities more accessible to adults"
    easily understood.
    "his Latin grammar is lucid and accessible"
    synonyms: understandable, comprehensible, easy to understand, intelligible; formal exoteric
    "his accessible style of writing"
    ...

    (of a person, typically one in a position of authority or importance) friendly and easy to talk to; ...

    Capisce?

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  • @Jacques Sheete

    Personally I find Little Red Riding Hood more factual.
     
    No doubt much more accessible to you as well.

    What makes you think that Bella Dud and her Pool of Crap is less accessible to me? Both books are on my night table, right next to my bed and equally accessible. Little Red Riding Hood is my favorite fairy tale but after reading some of your comments I am beginning to wonder if the Big Bad Wolf does not have Jewish handlers. Bella Dud is my favorite piece as far as comedy literature is concerned. It always takes me out of a depression which I frequently suffer after reading comments like yours and other related nonsense.

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    What makes you think that Bella Dud and her Pool of Crap is less accessible to me?
     
    I meant accessible as in "comprehensible." It had nothing to do with your bedroom geography, and your dissertation on such proves my suspicion correct.
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  • @Jacques Sheete

    Stalin had no Jewish “handlers”. He didn’t have any handlers: he was his own handler. He wiped out most of his Bolshevik colleagues, including lots of Jewish ones.
     
    Please prove that he didn't have any handlers.

    I, on the other hand, would argue that his financiers and his buddies, such as Churchill and FDR, were at least to some extent his handlers as well. They even supported Stalin when he and Hitler were allies!

    Do you have any idea of the extent of Stalin's Wall Street support? Are you aware that they would not have financed him if they couldn't handle him to some degree? If not, Google is your friend.


    And you can start with these concepts.

    “…that some of the same forces which gave Hitler his start had also started Lenin and his staff of revolutionists from Switzerland to St. Petersburg to begin the revolution which was to result in the Soviet totalitarian state.

    -Bella Dodd, School of Darkness, Chap 7


    Famous names, Vanderbilt, Lamont, Whitney, Morgan, mingled with those of communist leaders. The Russian Institute was so respectable that it was allowed to give in-service courses to New York City schoolteachers for credit.

    -Bella Dodd, School of Darkness, Chap 11

    Du you mean Bella Dud and her Pool of Crap? Personally I find Little Red Riding Hood more factual.

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    Personally I find Little Red Riding Hood more factual.
     
    No doubt much more accessible to you as well.
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  • This has been an amazing week which saw the first clear sign of the collapse of the EU and Turkish President Erdogan presenting his excuses to Russia for the downing of a Russian SU-24 over Syria 7 month ago. While the latter event was largely eclipsed by the former, it might be the sign of...
  • @Anonymous
    "Because of the fragmentation of Syria, Israel will move inexorably to annex the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Russia and Turkey will likely acquiesce. Russia will do so because it needs Israeli support on a host of issues. Turkey’s major geopolitical concern is not Gaza, the West Bank, or the Golan Heights but its dealings with Israel over oil, gas, avionics, missiles, nuclear programs, trade, and tourism. Israel can supply a host of weapon systems, research, and intelligence to Turkey in its fight against Kurdish nationalist movements that the U.S. might not want to supply. And Israel will accept Turkey’s emerging position in northern Syria and its war against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) along with its armed force, the People’s Protective Units (YPG).

    For Turkey and Israel to achieve their geopolitical goals, however, they need to work with Russia. Israel and Russia have already agreed on some of the larger parameters of the war in Syria. So have Turkey and Israel. And now Turkey and Russia are about to agree. By the time Erdogan and Putin meet in September most of the remaining salient issues should be addressed satisfactorily, if not resolved.

    The emerging trilateral relationship among Turkey, Israel, and Russia cannot be consummated fully until the complete military defeat of IS and the further fragmentation of Syria. This should take place some time in 2017. By that time Erdogan and his party should have achieved their referendum on the presidential system, disenfranchised the MPs from the Peoples’ Democratic Party, and started a campaign for a new election. As a result of these developments, Turkey will likely be ready to assume an even large role in northern Syria."

    http://lobelog.com/turkey-and-russia-soon-to-renew-relations/


    Robert Olson of University of Kentucky

    Saker may want to revisit his article in 2017 or by Nov 2016

    The emerging trilateral relationship among Turkey, Israel, and Russia cannot be consummated fully until the complete military defeat of IS and the further fragmentation of Syria.

    What about Assad? He will never agree to fragmentation of Syria. I also do not see how Russia or Turkey would benefit from such development. The only beneficiary would be Israel. In my opinion the rapprochement between Russia and Turkey is the equivalent of shotgun marriage. Both countries have painted themselves into a corner and were looking for ways to escape. Will it last? I don’t know. Based on historical record probably not. I cannot see how they can reconcile their diverging interests in a long run. Like I said before in one of the comments on this subject, the players are many, each pursuing his own interests and to predict the end result is next to impossible. The only thing one can be reasonably sure with in the short term is the continuation of mayhem in that part of the world with a real possibility of it spreading into an even wider and wider area. It is easy to start a fire but not as easy to extinguish it.

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  • War with Russia appears increasingly likely as the US and its NATO satraps continue their military provocations of Moscow. As dangers mount, our foolish politicians should all be forced to read, and then re-read, Prof. Christopher Clark’s magisterial book, ‘The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914.’ What is past increasingly appears prologue. Prof....
  • @Erelis

    Nuclear weapon systems are so tightly controlled that an error or failure are not possible
     
    The incidents are well known and documented. The systems tied into the launching of
    nuclear weapons did not function properly. Luckily, human intervention prevented
    the launching of the weapons. There is no such thing as a fail safe system.

    Belief is one think and reality another. Nuclear war is not winnable.
     
    Get no argument from me. The point I am making is that the people making America's policies
    on war and foreign affairs have begun to entertain the idea that nuclear wars can be won.


    Well the lunatics failed, didn’t they? All those operations are intended to harass Russia.
    They are not meant to start nuclear war. Both US and Russia know that.
     
    The lunatics and even those proposing aggressive policies are setting up trip wires
    that have the potential to turn into full blown shooting wars, and once that happens
    nuclear exchanges become possible. As Steven Cohen has noted, at least during the Cold
    War there were rules and open lines of communication to prevent a war from happening.
    Those do not exist anymore. What is frightening is that the lunatics do not see
    the possibility of uncontrolled escalation.

    Is Hillary suicidal. Probably not. But she has shown extremely poor judgement, and she
    has surrounding herself with people with the same lack of judgement. She has shown a singular
    lack of empathy or understanding of the effects of war on people. Hopefully Bill of
    all people might be the moderating influence on her (all the money, and all the women).

    The systems tied into the launching of nuclear weapons did not function properly.

    All the system are useless and cannot launch a ping pong ball unless provided with a code. The code is provided after the top political and military brass decides to initiate hostilities. As I said before all the “well documented incidents” are just sensational articles written by publicity seeking scribblers.

    There is no such thing as a fail safe system.

    Absence of nuclear war in the last 71 years proves the opposite.

    The point I am making is that the people making America’s policies
    on war and foreign affairs have begun to entertain the idea that nuclear wars can be won.

    I doubt it very much. All we know is what the media presents to us. What the media presents to us may not be what was actually said. Just because somebody says something or is reported to have said something does not translate into foreign policy. By the way your claim about the non existence of direct communications is not true. There is a thing called “The Moscow–Washington hotline” formally known in the United States as the Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link. It is a system that allows direct communication between the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation. Personally I am more worried about overpopulation, diminishing resources and pollution.

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    All the system are useless and cannot launch a ping pong ball unless provided with a code. The code is provided after the top political and military brass decides to initiate hostilities. As I said before all the “well documented incidents” are just sensational articles written by publicity seeking scribblers.
     
    It has been well-documented that the code for American warheads was set to all-zeroes. The military resented being forced to put a code on the warheads..

    The code is no longer all zeroes, but what about the other fail-safe systems that have never been examined?

    Absence of nuclear war in the last 71 years proves the opposite.
     
    That's just the anthropic principle. If you lived in one of those other universes where we blew ourselves up, then you wouldn't be alive to talk about it.
    , @El Dato

    "Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link"
     
    But if a post-PUTIN nationalist is convinced that it better lob a few nukes in the next 5 minutes in the general direction of NATO or otherwise risk destruction of good percentage of its military capabilities west of the Urals (because with all the stealth crap and reprogrammable "anti-missile defense", who knows what's already in the air, right) how does it help?

    "Absence of nuclear war in the last 71 years proves the opposite."
     
    I hope you are not doing statistics professionally. People might die.
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