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American government has become a collection of sordid and dangerous clowns. It was not always thus. Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy. Today’s administration would seem unwholesome in a New York bus station at three in the morning. They are not normal American politicians.

In particular they seem to be pushing for war with Iran, China, Russia, and Venezuela. And–this is important–their behavior is not a matter of liberals catfighting with conservatives. All former presidents carefully avoided war with the Soviet Union, which carefully avoided war with America. It was Reagan, a conservative and responsible president, who negotiated the INF treaty, to eliminate short-fuse nuclear weapons from Europe. By contrast, Trump is scrapping it. Pat Buchanan, the most conservative man I have met, strongly opposes aggression against Russia. The problem with the current occupants of the White House is not that they are conservatives, if they are. It is that they are nuts.

Donald the Cockatoo

Start with the head cheese, Donald Trump, profoundly ignorant, narcissistic, a real-estate con man who danced just out of reach of the law. His supporters will explode in fury at this. All politics being herd politics, the population has coalesced into herds fanatically pro-Trump and fanatically anti-Trump. Yet Trump’s past is not a secret. Well-documented biographies describe his behavior in detail, but his supporters don’t read them. The following is a bit long, but worth reading.

From The Making of Donald Trump, Johnston, David Cay. (p. 23). Melville House. Kindle Edition.

“I always get even,” Trump writes in the opening line of that chapter. He then launches into an attack on the same woman he had denounced in Colorado. Trump recruited the unnamed woman “from her government job where she was making peanuts,” her career going nowhere. “I decided to make her somebody. I gave her a great job at the Trump Organization, and over time she became powerful in real estate. She bought a beautiful home.

“When Trump was in financial trouble in the early nineties…..”I asked her to make a phone call to an extremely close friend of hers who held a powerful position at a big bank and would have done what she asked. She said, “Donald, I can’t do that.” Instead of accepting that the woman felt that such a call would be inappropriate, Trump fired her. She started her own business. Trump writes that her business failed. “I was really happy when I found that out,” he says.

“She had turned on me after I did so much to help her. I had asked her to do me a favor in return, and she turned me down flat. She ended up losing her home. Her husband, who was only in it for the money, walked out on her and I was glad. Over the years many people have called me asking for a recommendation for her. I always gave her bad recommendation. I can’t stomach disloyalty. ..and now I go out of my way to make her life miserable.“

All that because (if she exists) she declined to engage in corruption for the Donald. That is your President. A draft dodger, a pampered rich kid, and Ivy brat (Penn, Wharton). This increasingly is a pattern at the top: Ivy, money, no military service.

Pussy John Bolton

A particularly loathsome sort of politician is one who dodges his country’s wars when of military age, and then wants to send others to die in later wars. This is Pussy John, arch hawk, coward, amoral, bully, willing to kill any number while he prances martially in Washington. Speaking as one who carried a rifle in Viet Nam, I would like to confine this fierce darling for life in the bottom of a public latrine in Uganda.

Pussy John, an Ivy flower (Yale) wrote in a reunion books that, during the 1969 Vietnam War draft lottery, “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” In an interview, Bolton explained that he decided to avoid service in Vietnam because “by the time I was about to graduate in 1970, it was clear to me that opponents of the Vietnam War had made it certain we could not prevail, and that I had no great interest in going there to have Teddy Kennedy give it back to the people I might die to take it away from.”

This same Pussy John, unwilling to risk his valuable being in a war he could have attended, now wants war with Iran, Venezuela, Russia, Syria, and Afghanistan. In these wars millions would die while he waggled his silly lip broom in the West Wing. His truculence is pathological and dangerous.

Here is PJ on Iran: which has not harmed and does not threaten America: “We think the government is under real pressure and it’s our intention to squeeze them very hard,” Bolton said Tuesday in Singapore. “As the British say, ‘squeeze them until the pips squeak’.”

How very brave of him. He apparently feels sadistic delight at starving Venezuelans, inciting civil war, and ruining the lives of millions who have done nothing wrong. Whence the weird hostility of this empty jockstrap, the lack of humanity? Forgot his Midiol? Venezuela of course has done nothing to the US and couldn’t if it wanted to. America under the Freak Show is destroying another country simply because it doesn’t meekly obey. While PJ gloats.

Bush II

ORDER IT NOW

Another rich kid and Yalie, none too bright, amoral as the rest, another draft dodger, (he hid in the Air National Guard.) who got to the White House on daddy’s name recognition. Not having the balls to fight in his own war, he presided over the destruction of Iraq and the killing of hundreds of thousands, for no reason. (Except oil, Israel, and Empire. Collectively, these amount to no reason.) He then had the effrontery to pose on the deck of an aircraft carrier and say, “Mission accomplished.” You know, just like Alexander the Great. Amoral. No empathy. What a man.

The striking pattern of the Ivy League avoiding the war confirmed then, as it does now, that our present rulers regard the rest of America as beings of a lower order. These armchair John Waynes might have called them “deplorables,” though Hillary, another Yalie bowwow hawk, had not yet made the contempt explicit. This was the attitude of Pussy John, Bushy-Bushy Two, and Cockatoo Don. Compare this with the Falklands War in which Prince Andrew did what a country’s leadership should do, but ours doesn’t..

Wikipedia: “He (Prince Andrew) holds the rank of commander and the honorary rank of Vice Admiral (as of February 2015) in the Royal Navy, in which he served as an active-duty helicopter pilot and instructor and as the captain of a warship. He saw active service during the Falklands War, flying on multiple missions including anti-surface warfare, Exocet missile decoy, and casualty evacuation”

The Brits still have class. Compare Andrew with the contents of the Great Double-Wide on Pennsylvania Avernus.

Gina

A measure of the moral degradation of America: It is the only country that openly and proudly engages in torture. Many countries do it, of course. We admit it, and maintain torture prisons around the globe. Now we have a major government official, Gina Haspel, head of the CIA, a known sadist. “Bloody Gina.” Is this who represents us? Would any other country in the civilized world put a sadist publicly in office?

Think of Gina waterboarding some guy, or standing around and getting off on it. You don’t torture people unless you like it. The guy is tied down, coughing, choking, screaming, begging, desperate, drowning, and Gina pours…more water. The poor bastard vomits, chokes. Gina adds a little more water….

What kind of woman would do this? Well, Gina’s kind obviously. Does she then run off to her office and lock the door for half an hour? Maybe it starts early. One imagines her as a little girl, playing with her dolls. Cheerleader Barbie, Nurse Barbie, Klaus Barbie….

Michael Pompeo

Another pathologically aggressive chickenhawk. In a piece in Foreign Affairs he describes Iran as a “rogue state that America must eliminate for the sake of all that is good. Note that Pompeo presides over a foreign policy seeking to destroy Venezuela’s economy and threatens military invasion, though Venezuela is no danger to the US and is not America’s business; embargoes Cuba, which in no danger to the US and is not America’s business; seeks to destroy Iran’s economy, though Iran is no danger to the US and none of Americas business; sanctions Europe and meddles in its politics; sanctions Russia, which is not a danger to the United States, in an attempt to destroy its economy, pushes NATO up to Russia’s borders, abandons the INF arms-control treaty and establishes a Space Command which will mean nuclear weapons on hair trigger in orbit, starts another nuclear arms race; wages a trade war against China intended to prevent its economic progress; sanctions North Korea; continues a seventeen-year policy of killing Afghans for no discernible purpose; wages a war against Syria; bombs Somalis; maintains unwanted occupation forces in Iraq; increasingly puts military forces in Africa; supports regimes with ghastly human-rights records such as Saudi Arabia and Israel; and looks for a war with China in the South China Sea, which is no more America’s business than the Gulf of Mexico is China’s.

But Pompeo is not a loon, oh no, and America is not a rogue state. Perish forfend.

Nikki Haley

A negligible twit–I choose my vowel carefully–but characterized, like Trump, PJ, and Pompeo, by loyalty to Israel and wild combativeness. She seemed less dangerous than just embarrassing. Like the rest of this administration, she threatened war and retribution against any countries that did not obey the United States–not that she would put her own rounded pink sit-down ion the line n a war. That is for deplorables.

“Mad Dog” Mattis

“After being promoted to lieutenant general, Mattis took command of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. On February 1, 2005, speaking at a forum in San Diego, he said “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.”

Perhaps in air-to-air combat you want someone who regards killing as fun, or in an amphibious assault. But in a position to make policy? Can you image Dwight Eisenhower talking about the fun of squaring a man’s brains across the ground?

The Upshot

We have until recently never had government as aggressive, reckless, or psychiatrically fascinating as now. Again, it is not a matter of Republicans and Democrats. No administration of any party, stripe, or ideology has ever pushed to aggressively toward war with so many countries. These people are not right in the head.

(Republished from Fred on Everything by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Truth says:

    Start with the head cheese, Donald Trump, profoundly ignorant, narcissistic, a real-estate con man who danced just out of reach of the law. His supporters will explode in fury at this.

    LMAO!

    Buddy, I don’t think you know the half, but you will by this time tomorrow…

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    , @WJ
  2. Gene Su says:

    I remember in high school one of my teachers stating how weird it seems that it would be the leadership of the US military who would call for the American government to intervene less in the affairs of other countries and to not be so quick to use military force. This was, of course, decades ago.

    A few years ago, I had a conversation with one of my colleages. He remarked how scary it was that so many American politicians were calling for war with Russia (with Hillary Clinton leading the pack?). I remarked how it seemed so strange that many of these hawks never fought in a war even when they had ample opportunity in their youth (Vietnam).

    • Agree: Sowhat
    • Replies: @Jimbo
  3. anon1 says:

    There is one difference. In Vietnam there was a draft. Americans now do not have to serve. They can choose not to be cannon fodder for the empire.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @Miro23
  4. My own quibble with Fred’s article is that George W. Bush flew the F-102 Delta Dagger, a first-generation pure delta aircraft that was fairly hazardous to fly. Granted, it wasn’t the most dangerous of the Century Series fighters (that dubious distinction probably goes to the F-104) but it was easy to get behind the power curve in the F-102, and the engine might not have enough thrust to get you out of trouble; pure deltas do not handle well at low speed. The fact that George W. Bush did not see combat does not mean his Air National Guard service was without hazards.

    The characterization of the rest of the actors seems quite accurate.

  5. ‘…Start with the head cheese, Donald Trump, profoundly ignorant, narcissistic, a real-estate con man who danced just out of reach of the law…’

    Yeah, but recall the alternative.

  6. Both Haley and Mattis are no longer serving with the Administration; apparently news of this has not reached Fred’s watering hole in Ajijic, where I hear the Internet is slow and dodgy. And does he really think the Brits have “class?” Harry showed up for a photo op in Helmand province and promptly got two American GIs killed, a result that Reed probably found thrilling. The classy Brits promptly created tall tales of this dimwitted ginger dodging bullets and blasting insurgents to bits, like a modern day Flashman. All this in the run-up to the big wedding. Classy, and not propaganda at all!

    • Replies: @anonymous
  7. turtle says:

    Pvt. Joker: How can you shoot women and children?
    Door Gunner: Easy. Just don’t lead them as much.

    Eric Sevareid (Vietnam era): Old men dream up wars for young men to die in.
    Me (right now): Rich men dream up wars for poor men’s sons to die in.

    I also graduated university in 1970 & was subject to draft lottery.
    U.S. Navy classified me 1-Y, “Qualified to serve in time of national emergency.”
    Evidently the Vietnam War was not a national emergency.
    Friend of mine who was also classified 1-Y inquired of draft board what constituted a national emergency.
    He was told, “When the Red Chinese invade Long Beach harbor, that’s a national emergency.
    His response: “I’ll be there.”

    Question for Fred: Do you regard Selective Service classification 1-Y as “dodging the draft?”
    My understanding is that is exactly what happened to the Orange Apparition.
    Bone spurs, or some such.

    Fact is, U,S, military did not need all that many bodies in Vietnam, and could afford to be somewhat selective. Had it been WWII (our fathers’ war) we would all have been drafted.

  8. llloyd says: • Website

    If you read some of General Patton’s remarks to his enlisted soldiers, they had parallels to General Mattis. The difference is General Patton and his soldiers really were tough men. When they were boys, they enjoyed killing rats. The military generation that refused to fight or lost the war in Vietnam, sound perverse and sadistic homo sexual in the mad Roman Emperors’ mode.

    • Troll: Biff
    • Replies: @Grace Poole
    , @Simply Simon
  9. SafeNow says:

    This calls to mind the movie “Twilight’s Last Gleaming.” Burt Lancaster is trying to expose the real reason why we fought the Vietnam war, which seemed to be an insane war. The reason was so that that our adversaries would conclude that American leaders must be crazy; unpredictable; inept; immoral. It was strategically desirable that they think this of us. There is truth in this concept. Now, add to the mix, we proudly commit not only torture, but also, infanticide. Meanwhile, Mr. Putin, reviled as a crude thug, visits with the Russian national chess team.

    • Replies: @Kermit
  10. Fred is absolutely correct: the current administration is pathological & insane.
    However, it’s worth remembering that their insane behavior is based on the same Imperial goals that have been in play since at least 1945.
    The crazy irresponsibility of Trump’s foreign policy is entirely counter productive & inexcusable, however it’s symptomatic of a slowly swelling sense of unconscious desperation. The reality, the feeling of unconstrained power the US experienced in the 90’s & naughties has gone. The US has slowly woken to the nightmare impossibility of real peer competitors.
    China & Russia are real novelties — & as such, damn scary. Taken together, they are near equal military & economic rivals of the US.
    To US elites this is almost incomprehensible. How ? How did China suddenly become leaders in cutting edge tech? How did Russia suddenly appear with hypersonsic missiles ?
    It’s impossible !
    Given the already existing moral & psychological inadequacies of individual Trump team members, insanity & juvenile behavior are fairly predictable responses….

    • Replies: @Kermit
    , @Wally
    , @Star Hill
  11. Realist says:

    One has to ask what what orange dickhead hired these warmongers???

    • Agree: RVBlake
    • Replies: @James Robinson
    , @Kermit
  12. J says: • Website

    Intimidation is a perfectly rational policy.

    And soldiers speak like Mattis. Another glass and he will describe the pleasure of meeting the enemy’s wives and daughters. Fred used to like these kind of people.

  13. @Truth

    Be fair, Trump supporters had a choice of “We came, we saw, he died. Cackle, cackle, cackle Hillary and a non politician who said, “time to end the stupid foreign wars, bring the troops home and make America great again”.

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that the pedo Prince Andrew had class. Who knew?

    • Replies: @Truth
  14. TheOldOne says:

    Sorry folks, but this is just ‘ol Fred putting in his time at the keyboard…nothing new.

    Mr Reed: Time to go!

    • Troll: follyofwar
  15. buckwheat says:

    Fred’s article is 100% right, but a Clinton administration would have been 1000 times worse. As I remember it we only had 2 choices, and when they are both bad you choose the lesser of the two evils. As a Viet Nam vet (65-66) I have the right to tell my grandchildren the war was a cluster fuck that accomplished not one damn thing except exterminate the lives of over 50000 brave young men and women. So don’t talk like going to war is something to be proud of.

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
    , @Harold Smith
  16. Sean says:

    “You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause. War and courage have accomplished more great things than love of the neighbor. Not your pity but your courage has so far saved the unfortunate.”

    “That is your President. A draft dodger” He ran, and bearing in mind the way Tea Party donors had the IRS set on them, what do you think would have happened to Trump if he had lost as everyone assumed he was going to after becoming a serious contender and clearly saying what needed to be said about murdering and raping immigrants (Andy Ostroy’s views on immigrants were not changed by having his wife “strung up like we do the pigs back home” by an illegal one.
    becauset Ostroy put loyalty to his managerial / ruling class above all else. Trump didn’t.

    Absolutely no one in the business and media elite thought Trump could win. Trump would have been in in jail if they had been right and in my book he has the special kind of couragethat no one can lead others without, as Montrose put it,

    He either fears his fate too much,
    Or his deserts are small,
    That dares not put it to the touch
    To gain or lose it all.

    Eisenhower was catapulted over about a hundred others–after he consulted Bernard Baruch about career advancement. Eisenhower never saw any more action than Trump (sometimes less, Trumps recollection of seeing several supermodels being simultaneously screwed on a bench in Studio 94 would indicate he was in not inconsiderable danger from STDs). Anyway, any war will involve killing an awful lot of non combatants including innocent people not excluding women and little children. The CIA ladies found out where Bin Laden was because so many interrogatees under water torture minimized one person’s importance, and he turned out to be Bin laden’s courier. It required careful analysis of a lot of torture to track down Bin Laden and it was women who did it. Foreign policy is not missionary work.

    … wages a trade war against China intended to prevent its economic progress

    About time too. Nixon deciding the US would getting pally with China was a hostile act as far as Russia was concerned. Russia is quietly loving it that the USA is turning against China.

    • Agree: Simply Simon
  17. @Realist

    In the case of Bolton and Haley the answer is simple…Sheldon Adleson

    • Replies: @Realist
  18. buckwheat says:

    I’ve went back and reread several of Fred’s column and I am now convinced of one thing and I thank Fred for it profusely……
    Avoid Mexican tail at all costs, it’ll rot your brain.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  19. “Exocet missile decoy”

    That’s some heroic shit … closest we came to this in one of our modern leaders was JFK. Our standards were not so high then, but they’re in the toilet now.

  20. @Diversity Heretic

    The Deuce wasn’t so bad in it later years, when Georgi-Porgi would have been flying it. It turned a lot tighter than a lot of its contemporaries.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  21. @The Alarmist

    I’ve heard it was the “schoolmarm” of the Century Series fighters, but it was probably still risky by modern standards.

  22. Patricus says:

    Amusing to read about our thoughtful and patriotic heroes who signed up to “defend democracy” or to make America safe. When I was subjected to the last draft of the Vietnam conflict I wasn’t so spiritually evolved. I thought it was perfectly admirable to slaughter the Asian insects, and body counts impressed me, but at the same time I objected to being drafted. As I saw it one would be required to wake before dawn, run laps, perform constant pushups and have the head shaved. I didn’t ponder war beyond these considerations and just assumed nothing bad could happen to me. I suspect many 18-19 year olds were similarly barbarous and I can’t recall knowing any sensitive contemporaries who wept for humanity. Maybe that is why armies always wanted youths for war.

    • Replies: @Realist
  23. Gregory says:

    A lot of ugly, crude, petty souls waiting to pounce here.

  24. @anon1

    I would not condemn them out of hand. Most enlisted men never went to college. They come from poor rural areas, where they would be lucky to get a part-time job at McDonalds. Their mothers were probably on welfare, drug-addicted with no father in the home. Compared to their options, the military offers fame and fortune, and military recruiters are duplicitous snakes, just out to fill their quotas. Only later do many of them realize they were duped. Hence, their suicide rate of 20 vets per day.

  25. @Albert Mesrine

    I completely agree and don’t understand all the negative comments. There seems to be a lot of irrational Fred haters out there. Is it just because they don’t like Fred’s defense of Mexicans?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  26. Anonymous[121] • Disclaimer says:

    John Bolton’s distinctive visage has always reminded me of the famous ‘Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Face-mask Helmet’, as worn by the ‘Raedewaelde’ and on display at the British Museum, Bloomsbury, London W.C.

    If you are intrigued, and don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it!

    Some kind soul might even post a picture to enlighten and elucidate the great mass of Fred followers.

  27. The fact that you left Bill Clinton off this list (you know, the president that fired Tomahawk missiles into the country of Sudan to take attention away from the Lewinsky hearings, sexually assaulted subordinate women for decades, and spent time banging underage sex slaves via the Lolita Express, pardons a bunch of Puerto Rican terrorists in 2000 to help swing PR votes to his bag of shit wife in the New York Senate race and was, oh yeah, a draft dodger) is pathetic even for you , Kiko. I guess NAFTA makes up for all that rapey shit, huh?

    And when can we expect a detailed critique of the Mexican political climate, Kiko? Is it still never? A little too worried about that knock on the door if you bring up all the inconvenient murder going on down there, and all of the gutless politicians and law enforcement that turn a blind eye to it, you insufferable hypocrite?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  28. Realist says:
    @James Robinson

    My comment should have read: One has to ask why that orange dickhead hired these warmongers???

    I agree with your reply, but I think Trump is a member in good standing with the Deep State. He is a charade.

    • Replies: @Kermit
  29. @Gregory

    You’re just so moral and above it all.

  30. It seems Trump has taken what politicians do to the extreme, and intentionally so, like saying one thing today and then the opposite tomorrow, and not doing today what he’d said he’d do yesterday. It seems like he’s constantly changing his mind and being unpredictable, so getting all excited, or upset, because of something he just twitted, or making in-depth analysis and predictions based on his statements is just pointless. Whether it’s because of some deep state preventing him from fulfilling his promises, or if he’s trying to confuse the deep state and their MSM in some 3d chess game, or just having fun being the President, who knows? Maybe that’s another reason that he’s hated by the MSM as he must be creating turmoil in the editorial rooms with his constant changes. Is there even a “policy”, and does it really matter at the moment? Didn’t he have the navy sailing to North Korea then went and shook hands with Kim? We’ll just have to wait and see. But in the meantime for a perceptive observer there is much to learn from others’ reactions to his caprices.

  31. David says:

    I’d say that Fred and Trump are about on par when it comes to ignorance. And that’s only because I like Fred and want him to feel good about himself.

    But just after casting stones, it’s notable that Fred felt the need to add the caveat “(if she exists)” to the only example of Trump’s “corruption” from the well-documented biographies of him that his supporters don’t read.

    • Replies: @SHAFAR NULLIFIDIAN
  32. No administration of any party, stripe, or ideology has ever pushed to aggressively toward war with so many countries. These people are not right in the head.

    Now there, I will certainly agree with Mr. Reed, but in a qualified way. The Trump administration is somewhat more warlike and interventionist in its talk than previous ones have been. But, so far, all talk (except for its repudiation of the Iran nuclear deal, which is ominous).

    Also, even in terms of the bellicose hot air, the current regime’s increase over its predecessors is a matter of degree, not of kind. Even the increase itself I’d call incremental.

    Also, I wrote, “So far, all talk.” That doesn’t mean I’m not concerned. As the man who jumped off a skyscraper said, when passing the 2nd floor, “All right so far!”

    • Agree: chris
  33. @llloyd

    The difference is General Patton and his soldiers really were tough men. When they were boys, they enjoyed killing rats.

    Historian of WWII Rick Atkinson has a slightly different take on the character of the men who fought WWII — men who included my father.

    Atkinson explains that FDR ordered that the first battles be waged in North Africa, precisely because US conscripts were NOT “tough men” who enjoyed killing anything — my Dad certainly didn’t. Their first adversaries in North Africa were the French.
    The Americans had to be blooded, had to be taught to hate, had to be culled — those who retained some moral awareness were passed over; who had fewer scruples to kill, were more likely to take risks , and those who demonstrated capacity to lead other men to take risks, they worked their way through the filters.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  34. Truth says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    My friend, I understand what you are saying, but at some point the wise man stops playing checkers on the chessboard.

    There is, functionally, no difference between The Donna and Cackles.

  35. So what’s the difference between Trump’s neocons and the neocons who would have run Hillary? Nothing. There is no one more chicken hawkish, and slavish to Israel than Hillary.

    • Agree: anon1
    • Replies: @Realist
  36. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says:

    Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects,

    Obama came AFTER Bush II and continued his Zionist-supremacist policies.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  37. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says:

    Give Trump some credit. He tried to ease ties with Russia and end war in Syria. But look how the Jewish supremacists in media and Deep State goons all jumped on him. And almost no one in the Establishment came to his side.

    Obama and his goons pushed the Russia Collusion Hoax. Obama and Bush II have more in common.

    Trump tried but he’s seen turned pussy.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @Realist
  38. @Priss Factor

    Clinton wasn’t a lunatic? I wonder what Fred thinks about his deranged Jewish Secretary of State Madeline Albright. She famously told Leslie Stahl on “60 Minutes” that the death of 500,000 Iraqi children, due to Clinton’s years of punative sanctions, was “worth it.” Doesn’t seem like those preventable deaths of innocent children bothered Billy Boy too much. With the Clinton’s, we get two lunatics for the price of one.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    , @turtle
  39. anon1 says:
    @follyofwar

    They still have the ability to choose. The Vietnam era guys did not.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  40. Anonymous[403] • Disclaimer says:
    @Grace Poole

    The first battles for Americans were in the Pacific, with quite savage fighting in New Guinea and the Solomons well before North Africa was invaded in November, 1942. My grandfather, a naval aviator, was in three major engagements — in February, May and August, ’42 — wounded twice, had his first ship sunk, was shot down at sea and reported missing in action, rescued after more than a month, hospitalized, and returned to his squadron, all while Operation Torch was still in the planning stages.

    • Replies: @Grace Poole
  41. @Truth

    Yes my china plate, but at the time that the choice was made Trump was saying different things to Hillary and many Americans preferred his stated version of a future America.

    I agree that it hasn’t worked out at all how things were hoped for but I would imagine that anyone who seriously tried to fulfil Trump’s pre-election promises would need cast-iron security and a long established and trusted team to fight back against the traitors within and help him accomplish his agenda.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @anonymous
  42. Ohhh no you don’t.

    This list,

    ” Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy. ”

    is misleading, if not disingenuous. Pres. Bush, Jr. forward include, Pres. Obama who is responsible for: Libya, Ukraine, Syria and Yemen. In other words, the conflicts now in play were inherited by this president not initiated by him. There is a difference.

    And the list of advocates for these needless or over extended conflicts have all been so before he arrived in office. One may mistake for hiring these so called,”crazies” as you put it. But this president entered an arena full of “crazies” (as you put it) because the advocates also include large scores, if not most of Congress and a bevy of think tanks, NATO, the EU and now the OAS. This pres. has pushed two potential interventions: Iran and Venezuela. And I am not convinced that this isn’t more negotiation than intent, but to date has expanded interventions — 0.

    I certainly have my differences with this president, however, foisting weights he is not responsible for is beyond the pale.

    Couple of notes:

    The US did not lose the Vietnam war/conflict — I won’t belabour the matter as my position and why is lengthy and clear.

    I have no idea why in the world we are meeting N. Korea in Vietnam – nuts in my view – but continued meetings are a plus —- no peace prizes be applied — snore. But it is a smart choice to advance continued meetings.

  43. Truth says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
    -Mike Tyson

  44. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    Face it — he neither believed nor understood those Stephen Miller speeches. Coming from the mouth of Donald Trump, they were lies.

    Why do so many of you intelligent people still buy into the political puppet show, expecting BigGov to fix itself? Electoral politics, judicial confirmations, etc, are orchestrated conflict to keep dissidence channeled and harmlessly blown off as the Empire lurches along.

    There are other columnists here at Unz who have been calling the Beltway BS for years. For example:

    “In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.”

    Linh Dinh, June 12, 2016

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @MarkinLA
  45. Break says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    According to the Air National Guard our dear retard son of a Bush was AWOL most of the time during his service.

    • Replies: @MSGT Retired
  46. @follyofwar

    Fred occasionally, as in 2 of his China visits, just reports honestly on what he sees. In his columns of nothing but political opinion, he almost always exaggerates or leaves out things that don’t help his point. It’s the same way with his constant touting of his newfound Mexicanity.

    Fred Reed is not a very fair and honest writer anymore – that’s all there is to it.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  47. I don’t argue with the point that the set of important officials in the US Feral Government is made up of lots of crazies. Again, see, Mr. Reed has a rightful beef with the nutso Trump administration but too short a memory, I guess, to bring up the nuts and the nutty things done in previous ones. In the following list of his:

    Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy.

    Trump himself is not crazy and has a less-crazy personality than Johnson and Clinton did. I would only go back to Ike, Truman, and Kennedy for examples of decent personalities, but that’s probably only because I wasn’t there! We had a huge pool of conservative, decent men to pick from for all the high officials back in the day, as we were not nearing Peak Stupidity, as we are now.

    I do remember President Clinton bombing an aspirin factory somewhere in north Africa to distract from one of his more minor scandals, not to mention getting Americans involved in helping Moslems kill Christians in the Balkans. I remember Janet Reno from the George HW Bush presidency and beyond assasinating 70-odd American men, women and children in Waco, Texas.

    The American warmongering didn’t start with Donald Trump, though we were hopeful he would end it, and are now very disappointed, I might add. No, “pissed” is the right word.

  48. You don’t torture people unless you like it.

    I agree with Mr. Reed about Gina Haskel (well the whole CIA for that matter), but that’s no excuse to put in some bullshit line that you think sounds profound or something. Not many people will admit to being FOR torture. This waterboarding business is one thing. However, in the middle of a battle, if American GI’s found that they had to torture a Japanese soldier to find out where American prisoners were held, they’d be for it NOT because “they liked it”.

    Oh, about Nikki Haley – nothing about her being a traitor to South Carolinians? Keep up, Fred.

    Mr. Reed’s general opinion here is something I agree with. I just wish he’d be more honest and fair. His writing has been a shoddy excuse for journalism, at least over the last 5 years.

  49. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @buckwheat

    50,000? I think it was hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million.

  50. tyrone says:
    @buckwheat

    No ,it’s the tequila …….I just wish everyone would stop giving pussy a bad name !

  51. @Anonymous

    I concede your point; I know next to nothing about US campaign against Japan.

    My reference was to US war in Europe, against Germany.

  52. All of the above, Fred’s missive, would not be necessary were the United States not committed to a world-wide ‘free” trade policy. If autarky were our goal, then we would not be required to constantly meddle about in other people’s affairs. Trade would flow naturally.

    Currently, autarky is not in style. Instead, at the behest of those who confer the award, our Nobel winning economists baffle and enchant America’s politicians with a vision of an idealized, frictionless, synergistic dynamo which, alas, remains tantalizingly out of reach. But this doesn’t discourage them from carrying water in a sieve.

  53. @Sean

    … wages a trade war against China intended to prevent its economic progress

    “About time too. Nixon deciding the US would getting pally with China was a hostile act as far as Russia was concerned.”

    Exactly right. Glad someone else remembers things as they were. Getting pally with China will turn out to be the most disastrous mistake the USA has ever made in foreign policy.

    Arrogantly thinking that we could make them our junior partners we have given or sold them everything which made us great. Our industries, technology, patents, education at premier research institutions etc. Now, utilizing everything we provided them, they will surpass and then suppress us. Meanwhile our ignorant politicians, blinded by traitorous, dual-citizen economists and bankers who promised a new economy based upon finance and “information”, plod along, single file, to oblivion.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @denk
  54. “About time too. Nixon deciding the US would getting pally with China was a hostile act as far as Russia was concerned.”

    Exactly right. Glad someone else remembers things as they were. Getting pally with China will turn out to be the most disastrous mistake the USA has ever made in foreign policy.”

    Exactly wrong.

    I for one applaud Pres Nixon’s choice here. And if one wants to get history accurate as some so claim, then it would inaccurate to lay the careless trade deals at Pres. Nixon’s door. His choice to engage in China made perfect sense in light of the cold war politics. If the US was going to talk with Russia it made perfect sense to engage China and it proved valuable in getting Vietnam to finally give up what they could not achieve, defeating the US, Australia support for South Vietnamese maintaining it’s independent course of choice.

    There may have been some talk of trade, but that would never have been engaged with the careless abandon of the Clinton Admin. — anyone who understands “most favored nation status” as a political partnership misunderstands partnering and categorical distinctions. Pres. Nixon was a devout anti-communist and probably the smartest president of the bunch including smarter than Pres. Reagan or Pres. Bush.

    Since China and Russia had already had a falling out — Pres. Nixon was not thinking along the shallow pools of color politics or even the deeper pools of ethnic politics, but rather strategic politics as what was in the best interests of the US. And if one wanted to contend financial interests my response is simply this — way back when

    in the old days out financial interests actually meant something to the common interests of the US citizen. I have my suspicions whether that is accurate today.

  55. I like Fred, but he doesn’t understand one big thing: Trump has what traditional Chinese (and Confucianists in particular) call T’ien Ming or Mandate of Heaven.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandate_of_Heaven

    Here, most commenters are also myopic.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @Walt
  56. @MikeatMikedotMike

    I mentioned part of this myself, but had not read the comments through yet (I usually try to do the latter first). Thanks for truth regarding the “journalism” of Fred Reed, Mike.

  57. @Bardon Kaldian

    Well, this ain’t China, buddy, and you ain’t no Confusius. All we wanted was to get some kind of wall* built to stop the digging of a deeper hole regarding our immigration-invasion problem. Bringing back Americans that are around the world destroying nations would sure be another good thing, of course.

    Heaven’s got nothing to do with it. The Deplorables had everything to do with putting this guy in, but we got fooled again. “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss!”

    .

    * Any kind of decent border barrier would have been fine – “Wall” to me just a good sound bit.

    • Agree: TheBoom
    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  58. @EliteCommInc.

    Excellent! I wish I could do more AGREEs/hour.

  59. I estimate I read 40 web articles/day, and comment almost never.
    This essay was excellent. So… I threw in my 2 cents. Thanks.

  60. @Diversity Heretic

    The F102 Bush flew was connected with the Air Defense Command which meant it was to protect the air over the USA. He could have checked out in an F-100 which was used extensively for ground support in Vietnam. Many Air National Guard pilots spent time flying the F100 on temporary duty there. He missed his chance to avoid being called a draft dodger, but then again it didn’t seem to hurt Slick Willy. Both the F4 and the F-104 were used for close air support in Vietnam a role these aircraft were not intended for. They were originally designed as interceptors carrying heat-seeking and radar guided missiles. My contention was why use a multi-million dollar aircraft to knock out two dollar ox carts. But even worse why use billion dollar B-52s to turn the jungles into matchsticks.

  61. Rich says:

    I hate to take the side of Bush 2 and John Bolton, but neither were “draft dodgers” as the phrase is understood. Both served in the Reserves, which during the Vietnam War was considered “honorable” by all the vets I knew. “Dodging” the draft meant burning your draft card, leaving the country or staying in college for 7 or 8 years. I volunteered for the Regular Army (after the war) so I’m not writing to justify any “dodging” on my part.

    As to President Trump asking a former employee to make a friendly call to a bank for him, I don’t know where that would be considered illegal. As for taking glee in the fall of his enemies, that seems to be a basic component of most human beings. Mrs Clinton, who I have to suppose Fred would have preferred, actually laughed about the sodomizing and murdering of Qaddafi and dismissed the deaths of the Americans at Benghazi. She would have been much worse.

    • Replies: @The scalpel
  62. @llloyd

    “The military generation that refused to fight or lost the war in Vietnam, sound perverse and sadistic homo sexual(sic) in the mad Roman Emperor’s mode.”
    Sadly, part of what you say is true, a scenario could not be written on how badly that war was mismanaged. But as to the military generation that lost the war you are being totally unfair. The military personnel I knew were profoundly distraught that they were fighting in a losing effort. They could see first hand how badly it was being managed at the highest levels and the corruption which was pervasive throughout the theater of operations.

  63. @follyofwar

    Speaking of a chilling event, Hillary’s laugh about the cruel death of Ghadaffi.

  64. KenH says:

    Start with the head cheese, Donald Trump, profoundly ignorant, narcissistic, a real-estate con man who danced just out of reach of the law. His supporters will explode in fury at this.

    Most of us knew that Trump is a flawed man but were willing to overlook that because he was the only one talking sense on immigration and offering solutions that would benefit white America. Of course, after two years Trump has been all tweet and little action on immigration and appears poised to sell out out to Javanka, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers and the Business Roundtable.

    He’s narcissistic and a bit of a con man but not profoundly ignorant. Profoundly ignorant people don’t become billionaires and will themselves to the presidency.

    Trump has done a 180 on his campaign foreign policy and filled his administration with Israel first neocon retreads from the George W. Bush era instead of America firsters. People like Bolton deserve all the hate and condemnation heaped upon them by Fredrico.

    Fredrico just hates Trump because he doesn’t worship Mexico and Mexicans like Fredrico does and spoke the truth about many Mexican illegals being predisposed to violent crime. Fredrico and his hispandering Bobbsey twin Ron Unz get easily triggered at the slightest criticism of hispanics, even if based in fact, and fly into a foaming at the mouth rage.

  65. The scalpel says: • Website
    @Rich

    “I hate to take the side of Bush 2 and John Bolton, but neither were “draft dodgers” as the phrase is understood”

    Yes, they were worse than “draft dodgers, ” conscientious objectors, who stood in principled opposition to the war. Bush (who deserted his national guard unit) and Bolton were looking out for themselves only while still trying to wrap themselves in the flag to take advantage of those ignorant enough to not see them for what they are – selfish, amoral, anti-social personality disordered, criminals

    • Agree: annamaria
    • Replies: @Rich
    , @Realist
  66. The scalpel says: • Website
    @EliteCommInc.

    “including smarter than Pres. Reagan or Pres. Bush”

    That’s setting the bar pretty low!!

  67. @EliteCommInc.

    I agree with you about Nixon and his motives. Clinton especially gave away the farm.

  68. MarkinLA says:
    @Priss Factor

    He tried but when he realize he would actually have to lead and pull the country with him, he didn’t have the stomach for it. He thought leading was making a speech and having everybody immediately follow right behind you.

    Sometimes to lead you need to kick some people in the ass until they move in the direction you want.

  69. @Achmed E. Newman

    Well, as I wrote at another site….

    This can be argued ad infinitum, but Trump’s behavior during campaign was openly flirting with & tolerating WN main points & behavior. That’s why multicultists & most Jews got so irrational. I don’t buy that he knows about race question, but thinks it is of secondary importance. In my opinion, there are a few options.

    a) he knows its centrality, but cannot do much about it. He’s not a “traitor”, but they- deep state, if you wish- are more powerful

    b) he understands this is a marathon, not a steeplechase. So, he remains strategically sound, but has to make tactical concessions

    c) he knows that US is unsustainable in the long run, so he zig-zags to ensure the best position for hwhites when it comes to Brazil-style near-collapse (complete dissolution is not realistic, I think)

    d) he has no grand vision at all; he just reacts. He probably believes in the traditional US culture (democracy, order, capitalism), but he has achieved so much after the Obama years torture that he knows that despite culture war against him, he did fulfill many of his promises. As for re-vitalization of the rust-belt, he knows it is, considering everything, mission impossible (at least to the degree many voters had expected). It is like going back to stagecoach after railways.

    And, tentatively- maybe, just maybe, he has come to the conclusion that Hispanics are not such a threat for any society where hwhites are the majority, or even a substantial minority.

    Blacks are.

  70. Rich says:
    @The scalpel

    George W didn’t desert his unit, that was all covered during the election. Do you guys ever accept when you’re wrong? If I’m not wrong, Dan Rather lost his job over that false report. I’ve never come across a “conscientious objector” though I have met a lot of a$$hole Vietnam War protesters who were full of crap, I’m not sure ff they’re the same guys you’re referring to. Don’t try to justify your fear of dying, or your cowardice, for dodging the draft, just admit what you did, and move on.

    As for whether George W and Mr Bolton are “selfish, amoral, anti-social personality disordered, criminals” (boy, that’s a mouthful), I don’t know. Never met them, but their families and friends seem to like them, and a lot of filthy, ignorant, commie pieces of crap don’t, so that’s a point in their favor.

  71. fred reed is a doddering old fool, and hasn’t written a good article in years. in fact, his only good columns in the last 10 years are him just repeating the same solid columns that he already wrote 20 years ago.

    shut up fred. now you’re like that old boxer who doesn’t know when to quit and it gets embarrassing.

    what fred cares about is mexico, specifically, mexican women. so fred, go back to mexico, stay in mexico. and stop talking to us about a country you left.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  72. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says:

    Would all these people be acting like this if not for Jewish Power breathing down their necks and/or fisting up their arse?

    Something tells me no.

    • Replies: @Realist
  73. @KenH

    The first priority of any president is staying alive, which probably explains why every US president, including Donald Trump ends up doing the exact opposite of what they promise on the campaign trail. As to Trump’s neocon advisors, I suspect they were appointed by the deep state, with him having no say in the matter.

    • Replies: @Realist
  74. haole says:

    Fred, write more stuff about Mexico. plenty of TDS stuff, dont write more. A couple of subjects for you:

    -How Mexican private secondary education is better than US education. Here is an example near your home.
    http://iiop.edu.mx/

    – What happened to the 78 YO canadian who was gunned down at noon last week kinda near your house? No police news, no report of his name, almost no newspaper articles.

    http://borderland-beat-forum.924382.n3.nabble.com/Canadian-murdered-by-gunshot-in-home-invasion-near-Guadalajara-td4105647.html

    • Replies: @annamaria
  75. @Bardon Kaldian

    Bardon, I agree with some of your assessment of the President, especially (a), (b) and part of (d). However, the immigration invasion, both legal and illegal, is an existential problem. If it doesn’t get fixed, I don’t care about the rest of how America is “run” (into the ground). It won’t matter to me, if we don’t have the same country anymore. You act like you’ve given up on that issue along with Trump, but I don’t agree it’s lost. However, leaving the “wall” aside (BTW, I meant sound “bite”, not “bit”), LEGAL immigration has been overpowering. Donald Trump’s latest mouthing off about that is not what I’d think of as even trying to help.

    No, don’t tell me about 5-D underwater chess, either. When you play a game, you’ve got to start #WINNING at some damn point. Trump has made lots of minor changes behind-the-scenes perhaps, and no doubt beats the hell out of that Hildabeast, but on the big issues, immigraton and US warmongering, he has been #LOSINGHISASS, no matter what the reason is (Deep State threats?)

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  76. @Simply Simon

    I don’t agree the Vietnam-era B-52s cost a billon bucks each, even in 2019 dollars. Have you ever walked around and touched the wings of an F-104? They are tee-tiny, smaller than wings on a 2-seat Cessna 152! They were not built for that ground-support role, as you say.

  77. @Achmed E. Newman

    Both the West German Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force suffered significant losses in using the F-104, even though they used it in its intended interceptor role, not close air support. It was just a design that was too “close to the edge” for widespread use. Both air forces would have been much better off with the Northrup F-5.

  78. @EliteCommInc.

    “I have no idea why in the world we are meeting N. Korea in Vietnam”

    Because North Korea does not possess planes that can make longer journeys without refueling (due to embargo of North Korea). At least that’s what they said.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  79. By-tor says:
    @Rich

    Bush- a Yalie frat party animal- went to rehab. That is why he was absent from the AL Air Guard.

    There are no real communists in the US, because the Ivy League schools and the Hollywood Coast are for rich Jewish kids and Old Money American Catholic elite. Real communists are ones who take up arms and actually fight the capitalist predator class and police. In the US, there never have been any who were up to that task. The last American socialist to pose a real political threat- Eugene Debs- was jailed for being opposed to US involvement in WWI.

    • Replies: @RobRich
  80. Truth says:
    @anonymous

    Big Linjo hit that one over the Green Monster.

    I’ll tell you, i’ve become tolerant of most of man’s maladies, faults, znd afflictions but the one that I still struggle with is the “preening, arrogant, intellectual simpleton” who frequents boards like this; constantly referring to someone else’s “low IQ” whilst in matters that take even a modicum of dialectic thought, he cannot differentiate his elbow from his ass.

    • Agree: Intelligent Dasein
  81. edNels says:

    Good Rant article. After dodging the crazy cackling hag shoe-in expectorant…canditate. What the F! IT’s another bunch of psycho’s repleat with authentic in house Torture experts and Pussy mustache what ever he is… Maybe he is some kind of court jester that gets everybody upset on purpose.

  82. @Achmed E. Newman

    Fred can be a bit eccentric but anyone who has read his stuff on and off for 20 years knows that he is not dishonest. His kind of occasional apparent carelessness with facts isn’t the kind that you find in the words of people with a line to push for gain or for their team or tribe.

    BTW his inaccuracies include, I suggest, his labelling Trump as a rich Ivy boy. Yes he went to Wharton grad school but his undergraduate college was Fordham.

    • Replies: @Truth
  83. Begemot says:
    @Rich

    Hitler’s dog liked him. A point in his favor, according to you. And, it would seem, according to you, only ” filthy, ignorant, commie pieces of crap” would object that that Hitler’s dog’s affection for its master is irrelevant to how Hitler should be judged. Curious.

    • Replies: @Rich
  84. Sean says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    The Korean war was China, and fear of provoking China into a Korean war style intervention was the reason the US did not dare call upon its full strength and fight determined to win in Vietnam. The US’s greatest enemy has been China all along. Despite a well known phrase about a ‘sleeping giant’, Nixon/ Kissinger seems to have had no idea that China would dominate the world as a result of ending China’s isolation. That was not long term strategy in my book. In fact Nixon and America were destablised by China and their North Vietnamese Cats Paw (now they nuke up North Korea for the same purpose–to use as a wedge against the West).

    Immediate consequences were the Chinese did nothing much to help the US in Vietnam. The North Vietnamese were B52ed into accepting Nixon’s concessions. Linebacker II AKA the Christmas Bombing led to condemnation by the Pope, the Swedish PM calling Nixon insane, and a tremendous domestic loss of political capital for Nixon, and the USA internationally.

    Nixon having been forced to restart and use unprecedentedly heavy bombing on North Vietnam, (‘a “maximum effort” .. to “destroy major target complexes in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas’) he also had to order the Air Force and Joint Chiefs to conceal and lie to the country about it in the face of the inevitable leaks, which was the begining of a train of events that ended in Watergate and the election of Jimmy Carter. It was Jimmy Carter who in 1979 gave China most favoured nation status and issued orders for US officials to prioritise facilitating the growth of trade with China.

    Trade Benefits for China Are Approved by Carter – The Washington Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/trade…china…carter/febc46f2-2d39-430b-975f-6c1…
    24 Oct 1979 – President Carter yesterday approved most-favored-nation tariff treatment for the People’s Republic of China

    Bannon mentions the Chinese deindustrialization of heartland America as a cause of the opioid crisis, but there is yet another connection.

    Schumer announces fentanyl sanctions bill before China talks
    https://www.apnews.com/8c7ac1cc38d44ffba654d47e1d2acde3
    1 hour ago – In December, China agreed to label fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid responsible for tens of thousands of American drug deaths annually, …

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @denk
  85. Miro23 says:
    @anon1

    There is one difference. In Vietnam there was a draft. Americans now do not have to serve. They can choose not to be cannon fodder for the empire.

    Even better than the draft, is compulsory military training for all young people at 18 years.

    For example, under the Swiss system, all male citizens on coming of age are conscripted. They join a local unit to which they have a lifetime attachment when they later move to reserve status (with regular training updates/attendance up to 50 years of age).

    The training always takes place in other cantons (provinces) of Switzerland, and includes specialized services like the air force. They each keep a part of their unit’s weapons in their own homes. The building code states that each house or apartment block has to have a nuclear blast proof basement bunker with towns having large underground parking garages that double as community shelters. The result is that Swiss citizens all have fast access to serious shelters that can accommodate 114% of the population.

    The Swiss army is 5% professional and 95% militia with a regular militia soldier expecting to serve 365 days in 30 years. His employer continues to pay his salary while on service, and he has his military rank and service are included in his employment papers.

    The Swiss public correctly see the system as building national unity, and in 2013 voted by 73% to retain the system (in a national referendum – as they decide all national issues).

  86. @Grace Jones

    Nonsense.

    Fuel or no fuel . . . I see no reason to do anything that indulges communists who violated a peace agreement and claim they won a conflict they clearly lost.

  87. Bob73884 says:

    Eisenhower said “God how I hate the Germans” and put millions of them in the Rhine Meadows Death Camps to die in the open air.

    He’s hardly the best example. First 5 star general – with no combat…

  88. @follyofwar

    I was in the ROTC and my own father a Vietnam combat medic (Later a scientist) persuaded me NOT to join the army when I contacted him.

    He told me that “if you join the army you’ll be f***ed for three years and there is no room for promotion”.

    As it happened, he was right. I would have never been able to move to Dubai and thrown off the yoke of America.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  89. @anon1

    My father was drafted as combat medic to Vietnam. He detested it.

    Years later, I tried to get him to visit me in Asia.

    He refused.

    My father was middle-class; his own father owned a lumberyard in Michigan.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  90. Bob73884 says:

    Fred misses the main point. Trump should be saving the white race.

    But Fred doesn’t like anyone saving the white race.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  91. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    The face is the mirror of the soul , they say

    Fatsos , weirdos , guarridos , oldies …….bad times ….

  92. Miro23 says:

    We have until recently never had government as aggressive, reckless, or psychiatrically fascinating as now. Again, it is not a matter of Republicans and Democrats. No administration of any party, stripe, or ideology has ever pushed to aggressively toward war with so many countries. These people are not right in the head.

    And the British are pathetically tagging along as usual.

    Ref. Martin Sieff’s article in Strategic-Culture.org on Britain’s new mini “aircraft carriers” the Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales.

    Even as a floating, mobile accessory to Airstrip One, as Russian and American naval experts recognize (but are usually too polite to say publicly) are ludicrous jokes.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/09/britain-new-aircraft-carriers-the-pride-of-airstrip-one.html

  93. “Start with the head cheese, Donald Trump, profoundly ignorant, narcissistic, a real-estate con man who danced just out of reach of the law. ”

    Agreed, but here’s the worse part of it: in 2016 it was the “dancer” or Our Lady of Chappaqua, junior partner of the biggest crime family in the country who made Leonid Brezhnev look like a model of transparency. With her as POTUS the Supreme Court would become a Marxist mutual admiration society, putting the stamp on “hate speech,” gun confiscation, the Gulag for racists and wars all over the planet. Trump has been a temporary obstacle to all of this.

    See; http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-hillary-clinton-presidency.html

  94. Walt says:

    There are a lot of posters here crying about, “Well, what about muh alternative??” Nice tears.

    Screw that and screw him, too. He has failed his core and abandoned our hopes. Trump too will be going to the guillotine with Hillary, Bolton, Pelosi, Warren, Schumer, AOC and the rest of ZOG.

  95. Walt says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    We may be myopic but you have blind faith.

    He is doing a useless job and was a lucky grifter to win. He has lost his base and the only thing that will save him is a massive Democrat implosion (which WILL happen).

    Besides, the Chinese aren’t voting in our elections – nor their own.

  96. “….Obama … had … [his] defects, [but] wasn’t] crazy.”

    You’re right, Fred, he wasn’t “crazy.” He was a con-man who race-hustled his way up the ladder, defiled the White House with the likes of Al Sharpton, rapper criminals and other assorted riff-raff, leaving a legacy of Black Lives Matter thugs who get to rampage without interference and the country on the verge of a race war.

    http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2019/02/racism-its-time-to-repudiate-guilt.html

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  97. chris says:

    Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy. Today’s administration would seem unwholesome in a New York bus station at three in the morning. They are not normal American politicians.

    I’m sorry but when you describe vindictive, corrupt, psycopaths half the people on the list fit the bill perfectly: Johnson, Nixon, Clinton ? (and I wouldn’t bet my life on wether Truman, Obama or Ike were less vindictive)

    Fred is defining Trump as crazy in order to create a class difference between Trump and the other presidents; but you could easily make the case that Trump is less crazy, corrupt, and psychotic than the others on the short list. If you throw in the fact that Johnson might well have had something to do with Kennedy’s assasination in order to forestall the noose tightening around his own corrupted neck, then Trump is not in that class simply because he never wielded that type of power before.

    Not to say that the description of Trump’s cabinet is not accurate; they really are the dregs of the asylum.

  98. Poor Fred needs the money, please excuse his article.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  99. George says:

    ” real-estate con man ”

    His early works like the original Trump tower were brilliant. Some of that early brilliance can be seen in his later golf courses and casinos. Eventually the casinos were unable to adapt to Indian and local gaming mostly due to the inability of corrupt NJ white ethnic politicians to reduce their take of the casino taxes destroying Atlantic City.

    Later Trump did try to license his name to everything and anything including his most notorious endeavor Trump University, which was a scam.

    “Compare Andrew with …”

    British Royalty are highly paid by the British government to provide cover for all the richies that did not take part in the Falklands. Prince Andrew, like all the Royals, has never been given one iota of political power, and for good reason. I personally think investing more power in the Royals might be a good thing for indigenous British.

    It is not clear who won the Falklands, the Argies came out for the better while the UK has turned into an immigrant globalist nation. Anti immigrant British Nationalist types need to accept that the Falklands war was restart of a process, delayed by Thatcher for a few years, to use all the power of the British state to make the UK a globalist nation. There is a direct link between the Falklands ‘victory’ and the Sex grooming scandals most notably Rotherham.

  100. onebornfree says: • Website

    “We have until recently never had government as aggressive, reckless, or psychiatrically fascinating as now.”

    Sorry Fred, I call “B.S.” on that statement. Like many others you apparently remain deluded about the true nature of all governments, including the US:

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”,”improved”, nor “limited” in scope, simply because of their innate criminal nature.” onebornfree

    Trying to differentiate between the president crooks and accomplices of yesteryear vs. today is another symptom of the same delusion.

    Regards, onebornfree

  101. WJ says:
    @Truth

    We had a choice in the last election? I certainly wish someone would indicate who that person might have been. Fred Reed’s bottom line is that Trump said mean things about Mexicans.

    • Replies: @Truth
  102. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    Why do so many of you intelligent people still buy into the political puppet show,

    Why do you keep posting this asinine shit by Linh as though he was some kind of genius that saw through Trump while everybody else was too stupid? Nobody posting here was confident Trump would actually do what he said, what politician does? There just wasn’t any other choice. Let that sink in. Cruz could not beat Hillary. If Trump didn’t run we would have had Hillary PERIOD.

    Trump was the only guy who took on all the lies and BS from the media without apologizing for representing the Deplorables or groveling to minorities all day long. He projected somebody who would actually fight for a change. Even if everybody knew of his psychotic tendency to do stupid things to make Ivanka happy, what would that change? We only had one real choice.

    The hope always was that Trump could be kept on the straight and narrow and shamed into keeping his promises just enough so he would have had a decent Presidency. He did manage to keep the SCOTUS mildly conservative (no thanks to Roberts).

    Unless you can magically wave your hand and get about 20 million Americans to simultaneously pick up their rifles and march on Washington, there is little the average guy can do. The US government is perfectly willing to make up lies about you and call you a terrorist so they can put you in prison for the rest of your life for trying to upset their applecart legally. Don’t believe me, just look at the Mueller witch hunt.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  103. godhelpus says:

    I would venture to guess that you could find a very similar article written about Reagan when he was President. I remember the name calling; warmonger, idiot, actor, etc etc etc. Liberal nutjobs screaming and crying about how he was going to get us in a war with the ruskies. He turned out to be the best President in my lifetime so far.

    What was the viable option? Hillary? Fred has been living in Mexico to long.

  104. Z-man says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    Yes the F 104 Starfighter, fantastic plane but hazardous to a pilots life, killed many NATO pilots. The ‘Widow Maker’.

  105. MarkinLA says:

    He turned out to be the best President in my lifetime so far.

    I keep wondering how I could boil down how fucked up our country is into one simple, easy to digest statement and here it is. Reagan, the guy most responsible for the countries demographic catastrophy and middle class destruction WAS the best President in our lifetime.

  106. Z-man says:

    I have two words to counter this article. Hillary Clinton. ‘Nuff said’.
    As for Bolton and Pompeo, I still think (hope) Trump is playing chess with the Cabal, but both of these slugs should be ‘drawn and quartered’.

  107. Helliary and Trump are all puppets of the Zionists who control every facet of the U.S. government and these Zionists warmongers are wreckers and destroyers of nations and have been the cause of every war since WWI and right down to the Mideast which was instigated by the Zionist attack on the WTC!

    Bolton and others of his ilk are killers who should be in prison and instead are instigating murder on a mass scale for their Zionist masters and will do anything including war crimes to satisfy their satanic controllers including the attack on the WTC on 911!

    The only enemy America has is Zionism and sadly Zionism is in the saddle on the pale horse of death which is being dealt to America!

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @annamaria
  108. Agent76 says:

    Feb 9, 2019 Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela Stored at Bride Crossing As Military Blocks Passage

    6 Feb, 2019 Venezuela seizes ‘US weapons shipment’ as Trump vows to support ‘noble quest for freedom’

    Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country’s authorities announced they’d seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US.

    https://www.rt.com/news/450751-trump-venezuela-weapons-freedom/

  109. Swan Knight says: • Website

    Well Fred, you alternative wityy, irreverent political thought with articles about the wonders of Mexico. I voted Trump and still have his back. Nevertheless, I am under no delusions about him as a man and don’t regard him as any political savior. You were spot on about Bolton, Haspel, Pompeo, Haley, and Mattis. Nevertheless, why do you give the venality of LBJ, Nixon, and Clinton a pass? Trump at least talks peace. He wanted detente with Russia until the most yellow coward in a crowded room of them, Robert Mueller, started his witchhunt. Next is another piece about Mexico. How about something about Mexican born Playboy Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun?

  110. Past Presidents and cabinet appointees may have not ‘seemed’ nuts in the past, but there are tons of examples, LBJ, J. Edgar Hoover, the Dulles bros. and on and on. Society as a whole may have been less nuts in the past and kept such things out of the public eye.

  111. MEexpert says:

    Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy.

    It is very insincere and dishonest of the author to leave out Clinton and Obama. Clinton started wars in Eastern Europe. Remember Serbia, Bosnia, and kosovo. Bombing the chemical factories in Sudan, starving people in Iraq (Albright-it was worth starving half a million children.)

    The Nobel Peace Prize winner President Obama did his share in starting wars. Afghanistan was good a war and he continued the slaughter. Started his own war in Syria, destroyed Libya (Hillary Clinton – we came, we saw, and he died), and helped Saudis destroy Yemen and starve the population.

    How does this make them different from George W. Bush and Trump?

    • Replies: @KenH
    , @MarkinLA
  112. @Colin Wright

    Had the “alternative” prevailed, Fred would still be writing about a corrupt power-freak president with psychological issues and a warmongering administration. He would only have to change a couple of details.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Ragno
  113. Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics.

    Thank heavens America was earlier blessed with such sane sages as Woodrow Wilson, who promptly capitulated to Jewish coercion for America to enter WWI in spite of his adamant campaign promises to the contrary. And bonus, also instituted the Fed and a Constitutional amendment for income tax, even though it was never effectively ratified by the states.

    Or FDR, who also allowed Moishe to drag America into yet another world war.

    Or Eisenhower, whose German prison camps redefined the horrors of post-war Europe.

    Or LBJ, who told every American who they must associate with at work, in the schools and in their neighborhoods.

    Or even Lincoln, who suspended habeus corpus, shut down disagreeable newspapers and usurped the Tenth Amendment.

    Outside of George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Calvin Coolidge it’s been one long succession of clusterfarks. Reed’s a space-filler.

  114. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA

    I keep posting it because, as stated by Edmund Burke and others: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

    So, will you be voting for Mr. Trump again?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  115. Oh, how witty and edgy. Why don’t you try running the country tough guy ?

    Sorry, didn’t read the rest of your drivel. Just donate another $100 to your candidate and maybe Hillary will win this time. ( unless a house falls on her )

  116. Branko says:

    Weak. Very weak actually.

    He completely lost me when i saw Obama mentioned as a “non lunatic”. I started thinking about Syria, Libya, Yemen and lets not forget Ukraine.

    So far Trump hasn’t started anything. He inherited all the stupidity from the Greatest President ever…

    What a useless article…

  117. Fred, seem’s you are letting Obumbler off the hook. Remember that little occupation and destruction of the country formerly known as Libya? That one was owned by “O” and no one else.

    They are all narcissistic, slimy little chicken hawks. I wouldn’t give you a plug nickle for the lot of them!

  118. RobRich says: • Website
    @By-tor

    The socialist ‘left’ is a re-tread of feudalism and has been the predator class since 1790, targeting the threat of US libertarianizing system of democracy, rights, capitalism, choice of societies. It is the ‘secular’ version of the far-right.

    They never support actual libertarian-like socialism which is legal in the US and we see daily in communes, Hutterite communities, condos, etc.–the user-owners determining what they want and generally prospering peaceably.

    Socialism is the predator class.

  119. @Colin Wright

    Yeah, but recall the alternative.

    This is what made the election of 2016 unique. America went from the “lesser of two evils” to the “lesser of two utter abominations.”

    In a nation with as much talent as America possesses, it was inexcusable to be forced into a choice between Trump and Clinton.

    I ended up voting for a third party candidate but it made no difference at all.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  120. @jeff stryker

    The US got the better part of the deal over Dubai.

  121. @jeff stryker

    Can’t blame him. Any man would be disappointed with you for a son.

  122. Rich says:
    @Begemot

    Yes, Hitler’s dog loved him, so did Eva Braun, his mother and a whole host of Germans and others. Strange, isn’t it? Perhaps, in judging that man, then, we should look a little deeper than what Hollywood writers and Allied propagandists have written about him. Is it possible he was actually a nuanced character with more to him than just a demonic monster out to destroy the world? Cartoon caricatures of individuals probably aren’t the best way to make a judgement.

    You have to admit, though, that a lot of filthy, ignorant, commie pieces of crap do dislike both Bush and Bolton and did protest the Vietnam War, don’t you? Look it up if your unfamiliar with some of the characters in that old opera. Think “Antifa” of today.

  123. @buckwheat

    “Fred’s article is 100% right, but a Clinton administration would have been 1000 times worse.”

    Bullshit. If Clinton would’ve been “worse” in some meaningful sense, she’d be president, not orange clown.

    • Replies: @nsa
  124. Kermit says:
    @SafeNow

    This is exactly right. I wondered why Bolton was appointed. I cringed when Pompeo replaced Tillerson. But, this was all by plan, just as “SafeNow” says. We don’t live in a world where nice guys get anything accomplished. Appointments of Pompeo and Bolton were meant to send messages to specific people. I’ve watched President Trump prepare the stage for difficult negotiations that were well into the future. Do I like Donald Trump, the man? Not really. Does that blind me to his abilities? Not at all.

    Fred, while much of what you say is plainly true, it seems also plainly true that you have not worked in jobs where the job had to get done – one way or the other.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  125. Kermit says:
    @animalogic

    How did China suddenly become leaders in cutting edge tech?

    This is such a simple question that it should be embarrassing to have asked it.

    We gave it to them.

    The Eagle and the Arrow – An Aesop’s Fable

    An eagle was soaring through the air. Suddenly it heard the whizz of an arrow, and felt the dart pierce its breast. Slowly it fluttered down to earth, its lifeblood pouring out. Looking at the arrow with which it had been shot, the eagle realized that the deadly shaft had been feathered with one of its own plumes.

    Moral: We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  126. The more the media, of either political persuasion, say about Gina Haspel, the more that reminds me of Rozalia Salkind (party pseudonym Rozalia Zemlyachka), a personage of the CheKa in Odessa during the Red Terror. She, too, was a torturer. One trhing she supposedly particularly liked to do, was to feed captured Cossack officers alive into furnaces. BTW, she was also Bela Kun’s lover.

  127. It all makes sense when you realize our leaders are sociopathic gangsters trying to control commerce and trade. That’s how you get wealth and power, if that is what you worship. Use violence to destroy your competitors, just like Al Capone, Sam Giancana, the Mexican drug cartels. So our Federal Government is a bunch of gangsters. What are we going to do?

    • Replies: @Kermit
  128. Rags says:

    Kinda hard to “drain the swamp” when your cabinet smells like moss and fish. Remember Trump clearly stated Hilary would be in jail if he were president.

  129. Kermit says:
    @Albert Mesrine

    Great piece!!!

    How can it be a “Great piece” when it only tells a part of the story?

    Who, other than Donald Trump, could ever have challenged China’s aggression in trade and in stealing intellectual property? Any – thinking – person knows where the road leads that we have currently been on with this. I happen to be a farmer, and it is painfully obvious that we have been sending massive quantities of money to China, and that they have used our own money to invest in South America and now Africa to compete with us. Again, who, other than our president would even think about challenging this disastrous path we’ve been on??

    Who, other than Donald Trump, could reverse the money flow from exiting this country to returning and actually creating jobs again? If we don’t make more of what we consume in this country, there is no hope. We cannot continue to send dollars to China and pay people here to do nothing.

    Who, other than Donald Trump, would have the balls to challenge both the Left AND much of his own party to try to control our border? Remember, NO ONE is talking about no immigration! Now when AI and robotics threaten to destroy more and more jobs, isn’t it a good idea to at least try to halt the flow of illegals – a flow that seems to have an unlimited source? It is a proven fact that this destroys the bargaining power of US workers – who are citizens of this country.

    I could go on for some time, but it is unnecessary. I won’t change any minds, even with good logic. As for one of the above items – without jobs here in the US – good jobs – we don’t have a clue how to fix problems like social security, medicare and medicaid, pensions, welfare, and a whole lot of other things. Without jobs, it is hopeless, and if anyone thinks we see discord now, wait until TSHTF on these things! Obama said that he didn’t have a magic wand. In two years, President Trump has created an economic boom that was considered impossible. Hopefully, this will give a bit of breathing room to fix a few of the things that otherwise will sink us.

    But, again, WHO, besides Donald Trump, had the ability to do any of this – or even the desire to do any of this??

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @denk
    , @denk
  130. Kermit says:
    @Realist

    One has to ask what what orange dickhead hired these warmongers???

    Memories are so short . . .

    This is a great example of simplistic linear thinking. China was using money (and intellectual property) that we gave them to rival, and soon overtake, us. North Korea was setting off nuclear bombs and firing missiles over Japan. China was claiming the South China Sea.

    People like “Realist” make the erroneous assumption that other than us, everyone else in the world is a good guy in a white hat. I have no illusions about us, but this is the way the rules seem to be written for the world we live in.

    Even prior to his inauguration, it was plain that Donald Trump was setting the tables for the difficult negotiations he knew needed to be done. If someone cannot see that, I guess all I can say is – you haven’t worked the jobs I have.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @annamaria
    , @denk
  131. sabasarge says:

    So Iran has never harmed America? I guess those 241 American Marines killed in the barracks bombing in Beirut don’t constiture “America” for this writer. That was undeniably the handy work of Iran, and it’s not the only example.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @annamaria
  132. Kermit says:
    @Realist

    I agree with your reply, but I think Trump is a member in good standing with the Deep State. He is a charade.

    OK, that explains a lot! It explains why so many members of his own party want him out. It explains why the DOJ and the FBI ran an operation to first make sure he didn’t win, and when he did, had an “insurance policy” to make sure he wouldn’t last in office. And, of course, this is why the Koch brothers hate him so much. And the US Chamber of Commerce.

    Your comment just made everything SO CLEAR!

    • Replies: @Realist
  133. Fred appears to be a little bit critical this time. I wonder what’s bothering him?

    Counterinsurgency

  134. Kermit says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Good thoughtful post.

    Nixon did what was the right thing – at the time. It is unfair to judge today, based on what we are currently facing, what he did over four decades ago.

  135. “The problem with the current occupants of the White House is not that they are conservatives, if they are. It is that they are nuts.”

    Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a disproportionate amount of such “nuts” in high places these days (both in government and the private sector), both in the U.S. and Europe (and elsewhere)? Has anyone else noticed that all of these “nuts” seem to be coordinating their efforts? Has anyone else noticed that the “nuts” seem to be generally fairly well organized?

    So what are we dealing with here, a case of mass insanity that for some reason seems to disproportionately affect anyone in a position of power and/or influence anywhere in the “West”? Did they all just coincidentally get bit by a tick infected with a virus that causes not just criminal insanity but well-coordinated criminal insanity?

    I think this is unlikely; thus I suggest that “nuts” is not the proper word here. Words like “nuts,” “insane,” “crazy,” etc., are often used in an attempt to describe in worldly terms, what is actually a “spiritual sickness.” I believe it would be more meaningful and accurate to say that they do what they do because they’re *EVIL*; not because they’re “nuts.” Apparently we have a situation where calculating (satanic) evil has brought inherent (demonic) evil to power, all across the land; and that is the fundamental problem here.

  136. @Mike from Jersey

    ‘…In a nation with as much talent as America possesses, it was inexcusable to be forced into a choice between Trump and Clinton…’

    In general, the worst thing about Trump isn’t Trump himself so much as what he implies.

    He does seem to be the best we can do. Awful as he is, in the primaries, his only serious contenders were worse still; the obviously inadequate ‘little Marco’ and the apparently clinically disturbed and certainly seriously mentally deficient Ben Carson.

    In the general election, it was a choice between Trump and the Clintoness; again, a no-brainer, really. I’d rather find myself in Trump’s dungeon than in hers.

    It would appear that a modestly successful real estate huckster and borderline con artist really is all we’ve got. Can a people be judged by the leaders it produces?

  137. Kermit says:
    @flashlight joe

    So our Federal Government is a bunch of gangsters. What are we going to do?

    You, like Fred, only look at half of the problem. Back out and look at the whole world. Make the unilateral decision to not participate in the “game”? Isn’t there a perfect example right now in Nicaragua? We seem to be dirty as hell – at least if the recent interview with Michael Hudson is accurate. But, he only tells half of the story too, doesn’t he? Aren’t Russia and China involved too? What should we think are their goals? Peace and good-will for the people there?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  138. @Kevin Barrett

    ‘Had the “alternative” prevailed, Fred would still be writing about a corrupt power-freak president with psychological issues and a warmongering administration. He would only have to change a couple of details.’

    Had the alternative prevailed, we’d have been seeing mass swear-ins of new citizens in football stadiums, and we’d already been deep in the war in Iran I’d sure Hillary agreed to provide in exchange for her campaign funds. After all, Haim Saban was her leading contributor, and in his own words, ‘he’s a one issue guy, and that issue is Israel.’ He wasn’t buying good will.

    Trump at least isn’t deliberately accelerating the intake of foreigners, and even if he supports Israel, the hatred borne him by the left begins to make that support a partisan issue rather than some sort of perverted equivalent of mom and apple pie. Besides, I suspect he genuinely doesn’t want to get the US into a war with Iran. Hillary Clinton would have enjoyed it.

    It’s all a bit like comparing the guy who keeps stealing your paper to the Green River Killer. Of course both are unfortunate; but one is definitely worse than the other. Trump should prove more survivable than Clinton.

  139. Sowhat says:

    Mr. Reed! My! My!
    It is so difficult to “step aside and watch oneself walk by”, isn’t it?

    First, you define your list of “normal” and then psychopath-type leaders. I could have stopped reading at that point but, forged on. Whew!

    After berating a number of individuals, most of whom I would agree are far below the ” has integrity” line, You state,”I would like to confine this fierce darling for life in the bottom of a public latrine in Uganda”. oooh! So, you have the same vindictive attitude toward those that fail your measure of “decent” and wish them “NOT-SO-WELL.”
    Isn’t that human nature? Come now. Can’t we just all get along and ask that others to forgive our own transgressions as we forgive their’s? “Well, But, I don’t have any transgressions,”one might retort…sarcasm intended.

    I would have chosen a different subject that couldn’t have been shot full of holes.

    There are some pretty nasty members of Trump’s “new” team of Hawks and Raiders. (I found it humorous when like a magician’s trick, that tricky evil man from the past, Elliot Abrams, showed up behind Pompeo.) I, for one, do not believe they were Trump’ choices. You know that these decisions are difficult for a Business Man, much less a politican, to make. After all, if you are Trump, who can you trust to ask for advise? You know as well as I that this country’s government is an oligarchy and that, even Trump promised to give the Government BACK to The People, he has enemies all around him. Was he blowing Campaign Smoke? I think not. There is, you know, a government behind the Government…one that holds the strings. (I’ll never forget that dumb-arse-look that Bush, Jr. had one his face the morning that the towers got hit by those remote-controlled planes.)

    This Presidency isn’t over yet, even though many wish it was and many others, with their hands on the controls of the MSM, feed the Citizens there daily porridge of “Hate-That-Man! Hate-That-Man!” I’ve never seen anything like it in my 60 years of adulthood. It is, after all, the era of the Internet…some info for good…some info for bad.

    I actually do not agree with your analysis of the “chosen few”. I could have written the same article and inserted my “chosen few” from a list of Globalists and Ruskie-Haters.

    Mr. Carrot-top received my vote because of a hope that he gave me that American might be able to take back their government. I know…a “pie-in-the-sky.” None-the-less, a hope.

    The jury is still out. It’s difficult to trust anyone at that level in politics…we’ve been shat on by so many from BOTH SIDES of the proverbial fence. I have to hand it to him…Trump…he’s a fighter and he really does seem to be one step ahead of his adversaries, as behemoth as they are.
    He could and is perceived as a con-artist and the big list of negatives that so many seem to pull out of their back pockets and recite, again and again. But, I have to have faith…it’s the substance of what things are made of. I’ll chose to hope, with faith, that he’ll deliver. It will be looked back upon as one of the greatest Presidencies of this country’s history…or, a failure, against the Establishment. We’ll both be able to “grab some pop-corn, sit back and enjoy the show”…words from his New Years Speech to the Nation. The ending should be really exciting…much more so than this article.

  140. Realist says:
    @Kermit

    You’re an easy mark.

    • Agree: Truth
    • Replies: @Wally
  141. @sabasarge

    Let’s see your compelling evidence showing that Iran was “undeniably” responsible for the suicide truck bombings in Beirut. You don’t have any? Then your statement is just self-serving speculation.

    But for the sake of argument, let’s say Iran was responsible. Are you implying that this is why “America” is out to “get” Iran? If so then why isn’t “America” out to get Israel for the attack on the USS Liberty, for example?

  142. KenH says:
    @MEexpert

    That and Obama launched many more drone strikes than George W. Bush resulting in a significantly higher number of non-combatant deaths by drone under his presidency.

  143. I don’t understand. Bolton is very conservative. He should be your pal.

    • Replies: @By-tor
  144. Realist says:
    @Kermit

    This is a great example of simplistic linear thinking. China was using money (and intellectual property) that we gave them to rival, and soon overtake, us.

    The Chinese are so stupid that they need to steal our intellectual property, yet they can control our elections, break our computer codes and out smart us in every dealing we have with them. What money did we give the Chinese???

    • Replies: @Kermit
  145. nsa says:
    @Harold Smith

    Plato observed the same phenomena…..in a democracy, the masses of asses opt for the worst possible offering. It’s the well known LCD principle. In the former USA, the PTBs don’t take any chances and offer up only degenerate frauds…….making the contest a degrading meaningless coin flip.

  146. Realist says:
    @Patricus

    Maybe that is why armies always wanted youths for war.

    No maybe about it.

  147. Realist says:
    @riversedge

    So what’s the difference between Trump’s neocons and the neocons who would have run Hillary? Nothing. There is no one more chicken hawkish, and slavish to Israel than Hillary.

    So what’s the point of voting? Time for a revolt.

    • Replies: @Sowhat
  148. Realist says:
    @Priss Factor

    Give Trump some credit. He tried to ease ties with Russia and end war in Syria. But look how the Jewish supremacists in media and Deep State goons all jumped on him. And almost no one in the Establishment came to his side.

    Is that why he loaded his administration with war mongers???

    • Replies: @Kermit
    , @Wally
  149. Realist says:
    @The scalpel

    The Vietnam war was never about protecting the US. It was a war that should never have happened, it cost many billions of dollar and worst of all, killed people that should not have died.. Those that avoided dying in the fucking atrocity were smart.

    • Agree: The scalpel
  150. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    No I am going to vote for Kamala Harris, unless I decide to stick my thumb up my ass on election day and tell myself how I smart I am.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @Kermit
  151. Realist says:
    @Priss Factor

    Would all these people be acting like this if not for Jewish Power breathing down their necks and/or fisting up their arse?

    That is amazing blaming White chicken shits on Jewish power. Who the hell allowed Jews to gain so much power???

    • LOL: Sowhat
  152. MarkinLA says:
    @MEexpert

    Clinton wrote the script for Kosovo independence that Putin followed to a T for Crimea. Now the US cries that Putin violated “international law” in Crimea.

    • Agree: bluedog
  153. Realist says:
    @Carroll Price

    As to Trump’s neocon advisors, I suspect they were appointed by the deep state, with him having no say in the matter.

    Trump is a member in good standing of the Deep State, otherwise he would never have been elected. This whole thing is a charade. The Deep State has complete and total control….if not what’s the point?

  154. Kermit says:
    @Realist

    What money did we give the Chinese???

    OK, now I know that you are a troll. No actual person would ask that question!

    • Replies: @Realist
  155. bluedog says:
    @Colin Wright

    And that’s always been the problem with America and its voters, for they always used that old old line which was that I voted for the lessor of the two evils,as if in some far off dream that it excuse’s them for their actions of the one put into office…

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  156. turtle says:
    @follyofwar

    And we know what Madame Not-so-Bright would have called the death of 500 (not 500,000) Jewish children.
    Yes, that’s right, “The start of another Holocaust ™.”

  157. MarkinLA says:
    @Rich

    You have to admit, though, that a lot of filthy, ignorant, commie pieces of crap do dislike both Bush and Bolton and did protest the Vietnam War, don’t you? Look it up if your unfamiliar with some of the characters in that old opera. Think “Antifa” of today.

    Yes, and a lot of patriotic Americans who are sick of our Israel first foreign policy, our open borders immigration policy, and our economic policies designed to destroy the middle class hate Bush and Bolton. I am one of them. I didn’t protest the Vietnam War (too young) but want us to stay away from such stupidity in the future.

  158. Wally says:
    @animalogic

    The alternative was Hillary.

  159. Kermit says:
    @Realist

    Is that why he loaded his administration with war mongers???

    Once again, simplistic thinking.

    Ever wonder why Carter was so incompetent in foreign affairs, but Nixon wasn’t?

    If not, you’ll never understand why Obama was so incompetent, but Trump has the potential to make significant – and badly needed – changes.

    Too soon to write history, of course, but China is talking, North Korea is talking, Europe is talking, and, if reports are right, Trump is fighting his own party to exit parts of the ME. This would not be possible if he appointed people like Carter and Obama appointed.

    The most dangerous thing we can do is to have weak leadership. The world is not a friendly place.

    And wishing won’t make it so.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @Realist
  160. MarkinLA says:
    @Kermit

    Fred, while much of what you say is plainly true, it seems also plainly true that you have not worked in jobs where the job had to get done – one way or the other.

    Well Trump doesn’t seem to be applying that to his wall.

    • Replies: @Kermit
  161. Wally says:
    @Realist

    Yet he just proved that it is YOU who is the easy mark.

    • Replies: @Realist
  162. Wally says:
    @Realist

    Is that why we are NOT in Iran and drawing down in Syria?

    • Replies: @Realist
  163. bluedog says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    And that’s always been the problem with America and its voters, for they always used that old old line which was that I voted for the lessor of the two evils,as if in some far off dream that it excuse’s them for their actions of the one put into office…

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  164. Well written. I only disagree about comparison to Alexander the great. He was exceptionally bold commander who always led the charge, committed lots of heroic acts and suffered numerous injuries, some life threatening. Regarding compassion. Those were different times and fighting in close quarters was very personal. Otherwise agree on all points.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  165. Willem says:
    @Colin Wright

    Yes, he was the lesser evil vote.
    Although in reality there is not much of a difference

    Remember George Carlin, who said:

    ‘….I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain.

    Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain.’

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  166. @ThreeCranes

    Curious how all of the patents stolen from Germany never come up when talking about “American” technology.

    • Agree: Ilyana_Rozumova
  167. MarkinLA says:
    @Kermit

    How has meddling in a shithole made things one bit better for the US? When I worked at Hughes a lot of those guys who were brainwashed in the 50s and 60s would argue that what would happen if the Ruskies were there and not us. Well for one thing we wouldn’t have had all those “refugees” and their chain migration and MS-13. Nothing good came of it. Well we probably would have we were just as stupid with Cuban refugees.

    They would then bray on about the “missiles” that the USSR would put in Nicaragua. My answer was that the missiles were alreadyreand a hell of a lot closer in Soviet ballistic missile submarines. Then I would ask why the USSR would put in the hands of possibly unbalanced true believer communists the ability to drag the USSR into a nuclear war with the US and the USSR having no control over it. Nothing they said really made any sense.

    Everything is really all centered around election politics. The ridiculous cry of “who lost Nicaragua” during an election and nothing more.

    • Replies: @Kermit
  168. turtle says:
    @Simply Simon

    He could have checked out in an F-100

    Here is one who did:
    https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2014/05/052114-corps-lane.html

    at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif…he participated in the initial tests of all century-series supersonic fighter aircraft.
    Republic of Vietnam in April 1969. He completed 256 combat mission in the F-100 Super Sabre.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  169. Kermit says:
    @MarkinLA

    No I am going to vote for Kamala Harris, unless I decide to stick my thumb up my ass on election day and tell myself how I smart I am.

    Thanks. I just had to blockquote that and re-post it.

  170. Kermit says:
    @MarkinLA

    Fred, while much of what you say is plainly true, it seems also plainly true that you have not worked in jobs where the job had to get done – one way or the other.

    Well Trump doesn’t seem to be applying that to his wall.

    Too soon to tell. Think about what he has at least gotten started in his first two years – all the time fighting with both the Left and much of his own party. Remember, the Left desperately does not want the wall built, because that gives a win to Trump and it lessens the Left’s plan for control of the country in the coming years. The members of Trump’s own party who do not want the wall to be built want Trump’s failure for a very different reason, but they want his failure just as much.

    Let’s be patient for a bit here. It’s too soon to count Trump out.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  171. @Kermit

    ROTFL!

    I think it’s time for you to run along now and get back to your Talmudic studies, before your mommy finds out you’re at the computer again.

    • Replies: @Kermit
  172. Realist says:
    @Wally

    You didn’t answer my question.

  173. Begemot says:
    @Rich

    It’s a strange form of patriotism that applauds people who advocate for policies that will result in the death of many of their fellow countrymen and the impoverishment of most of their countrymen through the debt and taxes to pay for their “patriotic” wars. I consider Bolton and Pompeo as that sort of “patriot”, which is no patriot at all.

  174. Realist says:
    @Wally

    Yet he just proved that it is YOU who is the easy mark.

    Proved??? Proved?? You live in a dream world Waldo.

  175. Realist says:
    @Kermit

    Who the hell let a frog puppet post here?

  176. Art says:

    Pompeo is a bad guy – he has blood on his hands – how is it that he runs the vaunted almighty righteous US State Department? He does not work for peace. He works for war.

    In congress he headed the CIA oversite committee – while he was chairman, the CIA killed thousands of people in many different ME nations – men, women, and children with drones. While he was chairman torture was common.

    When he headed the CIA this killing and torture continued – now this killer, heads the State Department.

    Hmm — is the State Department running our foreign policy – or is the CIA by proxy?

    Clearly Iran is in this killers’ sights.

    It is time for the American people to pitch a giant bitch before it is too late.

    Think Peace — Art

  177. Realist says:
    @Kermit

    OK, now I know that you are a troll. No actual person would ask that question!

    That is a dipshit reply even for a frog.

  178. @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks but Kiko makes it easy. I usually prefer to comment first before reading others so my thoughts aren’t influenced by those.

    If we share similar reactions – well, it’s good to have company.

  179. Kermit says:
    @MarkinLA

    Isn’t there a perfect example right now in Nicaragua? We seem to be dirty as hell – at least if the recent interview with Michael Hudson is accurate. But, he only tells half of the story too, doesn’t he? Aren’t Russia and China involved too?

    Above is a quote I wrote. Below is your response.

    How has meddling in a shithole made things one bit better for the US?

    This isn’t unlike a game of Monopoly – with armies. Leave a void and someone comes in and fills it. In this case, China and Russia seem to be trying to control one of the largest oil deposits in the world. Like playing Monopoly, risk nothing – and lose. In the real world, unlike playing a game of Monopoly, losing does have consequences. It’s too bad the game isn’t played such that the people of Nicaragua can simply control and sell their oil to the highest bidder. Hence, my comment that “we seem to be dirty as hell.”

    I watched a good show the other night about wolves in the arctic. They would go to great lengths to protect their area. They were ruthless. If they weren’t, and another breeding pair were successful in producing even just one more wolf than the resident pack, they would lose access to the resources. Like it or not, we live under the same “rules” in this game. Denying it does not make it not so.

    So, what makes things “one bit better for the US”? I grant you that is debatable. But there have always been fights over resources, and I suspect there always will be. And, Nicaragua has very large deposits of oil.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  180. Kermit says:
    @Harold Smith

    ROTFL!

    I think it’s time for you to run along now and get back to your Talmudic studies, before your mommy finds out you’re at the computer again.

    Oh, how original! How long did you have that stored on your computer ready to cut and paste??

    I have to admit that it is impossible to argue against logic like that!

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  181. By-tor says:
    @obwandiyag

    Bolton is a neo-conservative of the ideological Ivy League doctrine that produced the Clintons, Kerry, the Bushes and is part of the deconstructive, interventionist and inhumane 1960’s liberal US ruling and corporate class.

  182. Claymore says:

    You got one “bat turn” and then you were out of energy for a good while. All of the century series would actively try to kill you.

  183. Pretty bogus article… doesn’t identify the true power and the enemy of the people but instead picks on actors who are just carrying out orders. Pathetic!

  184. @Bardon Kaldian

    “This can be argued ad infinitum, but Trump’s behavior during campaign was openly flirting with & tolerating WN main points & behavior. ”

    This is a misrepresentation. Trump’s campaign was designed to appeal to white voters, and it was successful. Your comment glibly supports the notion that whites working in their own interests is not only waycis, but is like, literally Hilter.

    And where do you live again? Euroland? You might come to appreciate “WN main points” if you had to live and work among the US negro for a few years.

  185. @Rich

    I’m only saying this because I appreciate your contributions here Rich, but you’re arguing with an individual who is equating the love of a human family member with that of an animal. Might I suggest you spend your time doing something more useful, like watching paint dry? 🙂

  186. @Achmed E. Newman

    Well, I don’t have time for long historical analyses. So:

    * politicians talk. It matters what do they do. Trump has changed economic/cultural/media landscape in ways unimaginable just 1-2-3…decades ago. It is not necessary to enumerate things he’s accomplished. You can get lucky, say, 3-5 times. But he got lucky 50-80 times. That’s not a coincidence. Don’t underestimate him.

    * he is POTUS. That means he’s got to deal with China, Russia, climate, mid East, EU, North Korea…everything. The wall has become a symbol, but border control can be very efficient without it. The wall is, I’d say, utterly over-rated. This can be done efficiently with other means & he has not given up on this, any way possible. But:

    * US is a country of law. It has so many laws & some of them are such that prevent POTUS from doing parts of what he’d promised. It would take us too long to go into pluses & minuses of the entire system, but the point is: you want him to break, in a still legalistic& functioning county, almost religious taboos that have been inculcated in past few decades. Sorry- this is impossible. You need a revolutionary leader for that & the country in turmoil, basically collapse.

    * you expect him to exact such monumental changes when his basis, white/heritage Americans, essentially sleeps & are not organized. Or even if they are-they are against him. So, he’s a general without an army (at least in some respects). What do you think, he’s a god?

    * the basic thing is: you cannot keep a country that has not got dominant national core & is tsill a democracy. Going from 80% to 60%, plus ambitious expansionist plans, will sink any empire. US is an empire which has ceased to be a nation-state, too. To stop massive immigration, Trump would, when pressed, have to admit that white Americans need to stay on the top & remain a majority. His (not anything peculiar) version of “economic nationalism” cannot work. He should spell it out & he would have been ostracized.

    So, there is, I think, only one real option: Brazilification. Another is not real civil war, but something chaotic no one can say what will could come out of it.

    As long as most Americans are more or less satisfied, fed, dumbed down…there is not much he can do within limits of free market capitalism & liberal democracy. Actually- he has done very much. BLM are virtually non-existent; MSM is exposed in ways that must have been unthinkable just a 2-3 years ago; and the rest & the rest…

    But, I must repeat: a) you work with a situation you have found yourself in, b) you work within limits, c) you, if you are serious politician, say one thing, think another & do something completely different. It it leads to the goal you’ve established.

  187. @turtle

    General Lane had a very distinguished career.

  188. @Kermit

    “Oh, how original!”

    I’m glad you like it.

    “How long did you have that stored on your computer ready to cut and paste??”

    Actually it’s not stored anywhere.

    “I have to admit that it is impossible to argue against logic like that!”

    Well I appreciate your unexpected candor.

  189. renfro says:
    @KenH

    Most of us knew that Trump is a flawed man but were willing to overlook that because he was the only one talking sense on immigration and offering solutions that would benefit white America.

    LOL…its amazing how people are such fools…..they will overlook all manner of sleazy things a man has done in his business and personal life showing his lack of character and principles…… and then be sooooooooo disappointed !!!….. when he does the same thing to them .

    • Replies: @KenH
  190. @Z-man

    The Fio4 used by NATO was the “G”model, a two place aircraft that was sold to these nations as part of the Military Assistance Program. Its mission was tactical nuclear weapons delivery which called for very low-level flight to the target area. It was not used for aerial superiority although I suspect more than a few NATO pilots used the aircraft in mock “dog fights.” The practice for low-level delivery could be very hazardous especially in poor weather conditions.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  191. MarkinLA says:
    @Kermit

    We don’t need their oil and neither does the USSR. That whole nonsense about wolves is simplistic nonsense. We aren’t fighting over extremely limited resources that determine life or death. Vietnam was not about resources any more than Nicaragua was. It is always about electoral politics and nobody having the guts to stand up and say this isn’t worth fighting for and all the people who have been saying it is are lying to you and everybody who died fighting the “commies” died for nothing.

    Both sides went out of their way to avid a serious confrontation that could lead to war.

    What is more important is what Napoleon said. Unfortunately we never listened:

    https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/napoleon_bonaparte_10358

    • Replies: @Kermit
  192. MarkinLA says:
    @Kermit

    Trump NEVER made Ryan do what he wanted. How is going to get Pelosi to do so?

    • Replies: @Kermit
  193. renfro says:

    Some of you here are idiots……the Protocol’s strategies can be used by more than just Jews.
    {Warning: reading this can cause your brain to activate.}

    ”In Order To Put Public Opinion into our hands we must bring it into a state of bewilderment by giving expression from all sides to so many contradictory opinions and for such length of time as will suffice to make them lose their heads in the labyrinth and come to see that the best thing is to have no opinion of any kind in matter political, which it is not given to the public to understand, because they are understood only by him who guides the public. This is the first secret.

    11. The second secret requisite for the success of our government is comprised in the following: To multiply to such an extent national failings, habits, passions, conditions of civil life that it will be impossible for anyone to know where he is in the resulting chaos, so that the people in consequence will fail to understand one another. This measure will also serve us in another way, namely, to sow discord in all parties, to dislocate all collective forces which are still unwilling to submit to us,

  194. @Diversity Heretic

    Sorry DH, you’re wrong that the F104 flown by the GAF and IAF was used in the interceptor role. It was the “G” model a two-place version with a pilot in front and a radar operator in the rear. The mission was low-level tactical nuke delivery and I suspect many of the losses took place during low level practice especially under hazardous weather conditions. Incidentally Canada also had F104Gs based in Germany.

  195. @Achmed E. Newman

    I admit the $1 billion figure was a stretch but over the long life of the aircraft with all the mod changes, inspections and overhauls the one billion per is not far off. As to the F104 I not only “walked around and touched the wings,” I flew the aircraft.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  196. JamesinNM says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    Read John Perkins’ books Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Secret History of the American Empire, particularly the information on Noriega and the pictures he had on elites.

  197. pyrrhus says:
    @Colin Wright

    Indeed, Hillary wanted war with Russia and the end of elections…

  198. @Truth

    Yep. Got me. Minimalist Ivy! Now we can theorise about all he’s done to display plumage he wasn’t quite endowed with by IQ or well placed donation!

    PS As I have a young relation at a French grande école as part of the undergraduate degree course which finishes with two years at a leading Ivy I wonder whether there was a regular Fordham – Wharton connection.

  199. @Willem

    ‘…If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians…’

    You could also say that if you don’t vote, you’re effectively giving each candidate half a vote.

    The other noticeable effect of not voting is that you’re effectively empowering those single-interest constituencies that always vote. The fewer general-interest voters show up, the more AIPAC, the NRA, anti-abortionists, abortionists, et al control the outcome of elections.

    • Replies: @Willem
  200. @David

    I would intuit that a goodly number of Trump supporters “don’t read” very “bigly” because they lack the comprehensibly of reading anything beyond a grammar school 4th grade level!

    • Replies: @Sowhat
  201. The scalpel says: • Website
    @Rich

    George W DID desert his unit. As for the rest, you are a fool. There is no point in debating you.

  202. @Break

    Not true. He met the minimum requirements, but he was not AWOL and he did fulfil his military obligation, if his training record was truthful.

  203. Kermit says:
    @MarkinLA

    We don’t need their oil and neither does the USSR.

    I’m not sure how much, if anything, “need” has to do with the “rules” of the game.

    That whole nonsense about wolves is simplistic nonsense. We aren’t fighting over extremely limited resources that determine life or death.

    Oh, how the wolves behaved has everything to do with how we behave. A country in our own backyard? A country that we have been exploiting? Why, you might even consider it an entitlement after this many years!

    Vietnam was not about resources any more than Nicaragua was.

    There may not have been specific resources in Vietnam one can point to, but it was, like almost every war in history, an economic war. Just like the pack of wolves, war is about protecting resources you feel belong to you, and for some time now, the US has felt like the world belongs to the US.

    Your link didn’t work for me.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  204. Kermit says:
    @MarkinLA

    Trump NEVER made Ryan do what he wanted.

    This is what I’ve said. Perhaps the only people who hate Donald Trump more than the Democrats are the establishment Republicans. Trump has to walk a fine line at times, as members of his own party would like nothing better than to impeach him and drive him out of Washington. Look at what the US Chamber of Commerce and the politicians are trying to do right now.

  205. annamaria says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “journalism”
    — Guess Fred’s attitude towards Israel-firsters touched your bare nerve.
    Yes, Bolton and Haley live and breathe for Israel. They are obvious traitors.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  206. Kermit says:

    On a lighter note, this was a sign put up in a family-owned Christian grocery store over the weekend.

    Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/heaven-gate-wall-strict-immigration-policy-grocery-store-riles-shoppers-ad-220825421.html

  207. annamaria says:
    @Rich

    “As for whether George W and Mr Bolton are “selfish, amoral, anti-social personality disordered, criminals” (boy, that’s a mouthful), I don’t know.”

    — Of course, you would not know even if the multitude of honest research on the alternative media has documented the bloody immorality of both Bush the lesser and the zionized Bolton. For Israel-firsters, these two profiteers are the paragons of virtue because of their eagerness to kill millions of human beings of all ages in the Middle East for oil & Eretz Israel.

    And don’t even try to mascarade yourself as some enemy of “commies.” The Methodist Church has shown decency by denouncing the bloody, traitorous, immoral Bush the lesser. But Israel-firsters adore him.

    • Replies: @Rich
  208. @Sean

    It was China that turned against us. (And by the way, it’s Nietszche, not Nietzche.)

    • Replies: @Vidi
    , @denk
  209. annamaria says:
    @prime noticer

    Another sensitive Israel-firster shows his dislike of Fred’s style.

    Unlike casino-king Adelson who hates that he served in the US military (the ugly bag of fat loyalty is to Israel), Fred is not shy to say that he “had carried a rifle in Viet Nam.” Have you?

    For whom have you been offended by Fred’s words — for Haley? Bolton? Bush the lesser? These traitors to the US interests.

  210. annamaria says:
    @haole

    haole, what is wrong about the writing on the problems of the US governance suffering from the diktat of the Jewish Power?

  211. (And by the way, it’s Nietszche, not Nietzche.)

    Hoist on me own petard. It’s Nietzsche, not Nietszche.

  212. annamaria says:
    @Bob73884

    May I point to the obvious fact that Trump has no power; he is under the Jewish thumb.
    If you want to talk about “saving the white race” look what powers have been working against western civilization.

  213. annamaria says:
    @Josephtheone

    Josephtheone, why are you so obviously pro-Israel? Only a person loyal to Israel would hate any discussion of the US foreign policies.

  214. @bluedog

    Well,

    that’s how we make a lot of choices. Cost benefit or Comparative advantage. Frankly, having chosen the current executive remains a better choice. I made my choice based on how they addressed the issues. And despite my disappointments, this executive has at the very least forced some issues to the main and has slowed the rate of intervention.

    I am not as enthusiastic about the economy as others are — the health is not very deep. It’s all top heavy and looks nice on digital decoder ring toting numbers, but I am very suspicious about its underbelly.

    And exports deficits are telling.

    I have no doubts where we’d be in the opposing candidate had gotten elected.

  215. Sowhat says:
    @Realist

    I agree. Trump has made too many moves that don’t mesh with his campaign promises, particularly with regard to foreign policy. After all he had to sign a contract with The Corporation, otherwise, he would not have been installed. I watched a video on a channel on You Tube called News with a Voice. It won’t manefest unless you search for it using that exact spelling. One of their 4-7 minute videos stated the the Dems had plans to suspend Presidential elections in 2002. I didnt search to verify. I’ve witnessed too many elections to be convinced that they are anything more than a charade.
    We’re screwed. It’s either insurrection or being content with living under a increasingly Militarized Police State at home, while enjoying our disappearing Constitutional Rights and an Interventionist Warmongering State, abroad. I’m too old to give a crap.

  216. annamaria says:
    @DESERT FOX

    “The only enemy America has is Zionism and sadly Zionism is in the saddle on the pale horse of death which is being dealt to America!”
    Agree.
    These high-placed puppets of zionists are very active traitors to the US interests. The patriotism is dead in the highest echelons of the US government.
    Another disgusting sign is the insistence of Obama, Pompeo, Bush, and other prominent satanists on their allegiance to Christianity.

    • Replies: @DESERT FOX
  217. Sowhat says:
    @SHAFAR NULLIFIDIAN

    What an condescending comment! Rudeness becomes people lacking common sense. I see this commonly among the “more enlightened.” pity

  218. annamaria says:
    @Kermit

    “China was using money (and intellectual property) that we gave them to rival, and soon overtake, us. … China was claiming the South China Sea.”

    1. Who are those “we” that “gave money” to China? Are you going to tell us that Chinese lack both work ethics and brains? What American idiotic government has allowed the US corporations to relocate American industries to China?

    2. Why cannot China claim that the South China Sea is China’s area of interest?

    • Replies: @Kermit
  219. Rich says:
    @annamaria

    Actually, I’ve never been a big supporter of the Bush family, father or sons. But if the Bolshevik, homosexual loving, fake Christian Methodists are against him, that’s a point in his favor.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  220. KenH says:
    @renfro

    Sure, you progs are so smart and just knew from the start that Trump was conning everyone on the wall. If that’s the case then why did you people make such complete jackasses of yourself opposing his candidacy and now presidency instead of calmly sitting back and watching him break his promises so you can chortle about it?

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @Ed Grimley
  221. annamaria says:
    @sabasarge

    “So Iran has never harmed America?”

    Has the US been giving billions of dollars to Iran, year after year? No. It is Israel that has been milking the US, despite this:

    On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died. … another 174 were wounded. The ship, a $40-million dollar state-of-the-art signals intelligence platform, was later declared unsalvageable and sold for scrap.

    Despite a near-universal consensus that the Israeli attack was made with full knowledge that USS Liberty was a US Navy ship, the Johnson administration began an immediate cover-up of this fact.

    http://www.gtr5.com

    Johson’s mother was not Iranian, by the way: https://www.johndenugent.com/the-jewish-war-on-the-kennedys/lyndon-johnsons-jewish-mother-and-the-1967-israeli-attack-on-the-uss-liberty/

  222. Z-man says:
    @Simply Simon

    Actually the ‘G’ was a multi role single seat variant with the TF 104-G the two seat trainer version. The ‘S’ was the last, most advanced version used as an interceptor, ‘S’ standing for the Sparrow air to air missile the ‘S’ version was modified to carry. The Italian Air Force kept that version until 2003 when they were finally replaced by F 16’s and then Eurofighters. Even the S’s crashed quite often but the Italians rebuilt many of them to try to make the jet less susceptible to accidents.

    Bolton should be strapped to a Sparrow missile and lit up. Ghoulishly fun!

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  223. @annamaria

    Recommend these books or just read the customer comments on Amazon.com, Clinton, Bush and the CIA by Terry Reed and The Secret Team by Col. L. Fletcher Prouty and Dark Alliance by Gary Webb and The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred McCoy and The Committee of 300 by ex MI6 officer Dr. John Coleman.

    The U.S. is under satanic zionist rule!

    • Replies: @annamaria
  224. TKK says:

    This article should be mandatory reading before any voting takes place in 2020.

    Wonderfully written and insightful.

    Trump voters hoped he would take a sledgehammer to PC censorship and stop tax payer rape from smirking immigrant free loaders and generations of blacks who refuse to stop breeding but will not work.

    We held our nose to his obvious narcissism and PT Barnum vibe. Crazy knows crazy. We thought he was a megalomanic who would stand up to the entire establishment. The most troubling aspect of Trump’s character is that he does not read and has no intellectual curiosity.

    The author wrote:

    Would any other country in the civilized world put a sadist publicly in office?

    Erdogan of Turkey would. He would just proclaim Inshallah! after each atrocity. (If God wills it)

    A friend of mine in the Turkish military (mandatory if one wants a passport) fell asleep on watch and had a boiled egg in his pocket for a snack. He was beaten so badly by his commanding officer his jaw was broken.

  225. onebornfree says: • Website

    “American government has become a collection of sordid and dangerous clowns. It was not always thus.”

    No, sorry Fred, it was “always thus”:

    “Dreams [Matrix Blues]”:

    “Dreams, you’ve been hanging on
    To dreams when all your dreaming should be done
    Dreams, about the way the world could be
    You keep dreaming , despite reality

    “Dreams, that governments will keep you free,
    Dreams, that they ain’t just war and slavery…”

    “Dreams, that Donald Trump is not a fraud,
    Dreams, that Obama was not a fraud,
    Dreams, that Reagan was not a fraud,
    Dreams, that all the rest were not frauds,
    Dreams, that the Constitution is not a scam,

    Dreams, that the Supreme Court is not a scam,
    Dreams, that the Federal Reserve is not a scam,
    Dreams, that the C.I.A. is not a scam,
    Dreams, that the F.B.I. is not a scam,
    Dreams, that the cops and the courts are not a scam…..”:

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @Willem
  226. Erebus says:
    @Truth

    I have spoken with three presidents. They come and go, but politics stay the same… When a person is elected, they may have some ideas. Then people with briefcases arrive, well dressed, wearing dark suits… These people start explaining how things are done. And instantly, everything changes…

    In the video linked by Truth @ #36 above, Putin puts it in a nutshell. All the sturm und drang surrounding Trump’s presidency was and remains all about neutering the ideas he brought to the office. Those ideas were and remain anathema to the “powerful bureaucracy” that Putin mentions. The sturm und drang was also all about neutering his base – the people who voted him into power because they liked those ideas.

    All the talk about whether he is a charlatan or the real thing, or a real thing that morphed into a charlatan, or whether he was the lesser of two, three, or twenty-odd evils, is prima facie evidence that the neutering was successful.

    Put in corporate terms, the shareholders demanded and got a new CEO, but they forgot, or failed to understand that it is the Board that rules. It rules by virtue of its control of the countless top and middle managers that perform the day-to-day management of the Empire.

    During the campaign, Trump pulled massive rallies everywhere he went, and the shareholders loved it. The shareholders voted, and then went home to sit on their hands. Occasionally, they take the time to bicker amongst themselves on who/what/why they voted about as the ideas and program they voted for slid sideways.

    Likewise, the CEO sat himself at his desk in the Oval Office, thinking he’d made it, and that everything would change on his word.

    Both were wrong. Both exhibited a naivete that condemns the Trump presidency to being little more than a ripple in the force that drives the Empire and nothing besides. The only correction the shareholders could conceivably make at this point is to take the enthusiasm they exhibited in the campaign rallies to the next level. It’s serious now.

    A million pickup trucks with loaded gun racks converging on DC would go far to supporting the change they believed in. If they ain’t prepared to do that, not much will come of the Trump presidency.

    • Replies: @Truth
  227. @bluedog

    ‘And that’s always been the problem with America and its voters, for they always used that old old line which was that I voted for the lessor of the two evils,as if in some far off dream that it excuse’s them for their actions of the one put into office…’

    Well (ironically, as with Trump himself), what’s the alternative?

    After all, to not vote in 2016 would have been essentially to increase the chances of a win by the Clintoness. That would have been a catastrophe.

    Your argument is something like saying that if your house caught fire during last week’s freeze, you should have stayed inside and burned to death because it was seriously cold outside. I’d argue that the course of wisdom would be to grab what clothes you could , run outside, and hope your neighbors let you in before you froze to death — however uncomfortable and unsatisfactory the resulting situation.

    Of course one should frigging vote. There’s no useful alternative. Write in your dog, if you must. Deface the ballot. But to not vote merely signifies that you acquiesce in others deciding your fate for you.

    • Replies: @Kermit
    , @Harold Smith
  228. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    China fought a war with Vietnam in ’79:

  229. roonaldo says:

    Our friend Fred and we are but guessers–
    Which criminal is the more or the lesser?
    Killed thousands or millions?
    Wasted billions or trillions?
    Or had murdered his predecessor?

  230. Truth says:
    @WJ

    My Fried, if you put on makeup, floppy shoes and a red, latex nose, and climb into a VW with 13 of your friends, you are a clown.

    It does not matter where you entered amongst the roster of 13, nor that you and your friends chose to climb into a Passat rather than a Beetle.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  231. @Colin Wright

    There was more than one alternative. US voters constantly say they want more than two choices, but consistently refuse to vote for a Green or Libertarian. Both Jill Stein and Gary Johnson were better than either Clinton or Trump, but insouciant Amricans refused to vote for them.

    • Agree: bluedog
    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @By-tor
  232. My first thought is this writer is a total moron speaking in such a tone from the get go of some very fine, outstanding Americans! I completely wasted my time reading this goofy, bs diatribe!
    If you have not read yet, DON”T, wasting your valuable time!
    I am so very disappointed with Western Rifle for even mentioning this…… PERIOD!!!

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @annamaria
  233. Truth says:
    @Erebus

    Yes,

    And as white men the Elites have given you the so-called President of the United States, A couple of black men getting gloriously gunned down in televised spectacles, The New England Patriots, and, if you dig deeply enough, a couple of boxers from the Ukraine.

    I’d say it’s been a pretty good last couple of years, all considered.

    Strangely enough it sort of reminds me of everyone here’s favorite movie scene; The “Sicilian” scene in True Romance (I say this because I would gander that it is without a doubt, the most linked scene on this board).

    I am not referring to Dennis Hopper’s line though, I am thinking about what Walken said to him to let him know he was going to die.

    Coccotti: You see that? [Holding a clenched fist, then striking Clifford] That smarts, doesn’t it? Getting slammed in the nose. ****s you all up. You get that pain shootin’ through your brain, your eyes fill up with water. That ain’t any kind of fun, but what I have to offer you, that’s as good as it’s gonna get. And it won’t ever get that good again.

    (*I’ll give The Donna one thing though; somehow, miraculously, he ended white police officer shootings of blacks! I mean think about it, when Barry was president, there was a shooting, a bloody chalk outline and ABC after-school special background, and a bottle-throwing near riot, if not an actual riot, like once a week. Since Donna, simply has not happened, Fucking miraculous if you think about it. It’s almost like it was all staged, and they simply hired new scriptwriters!…but we all know, that would be impossible).

  234. Vidi says:

    The Brits still have class. Compare Andrew with the contents of the Great Double-Wide on Pennsylvania Avernus.

    Avernus (inferno) is the entrance to Hell.

  235. Truth says:
    @HOWARD ALEXANDER STAFFORD

    Now tell me I didn’t call it in comment #1.

  236. renfro says:
    @KenH

    ….then why did you people make such complete jackasses of yourself opposing his candidacy

    I didn’t oppose or support Trump or Hillary or anyone else in the election. I did what I usually do when there is no one worth voting for, I wrote in a name.

    See the problem you have? …in assuming’? No. you probably don’t.
    I’m not going to waste time now explaining it…doubt you would ‘get it’ anyway.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  237. MarkinLA says:
    @anti_republocrat

    Gary Johnson was a clueless twit who knew even less about the world outside than Trump.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  238. Vidi says:
    @The Plutonium Kid

    It was China that turned against us.

    The wretched slaves were so ungrateful!

  239. Ragno says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    And General Morgan Freeman would be leading the assault on the once-and-forever USSR.

    Cantina professors like Fred cannot even remotely wrap their minds around the far-out, too-crazy-to-contemplate notion that there are those of us who are under no illusions about what kind of man Trump was and maybe still is……but we supported him anyway for the same reason lots of unlikely candidates achieve elected office: the alternative was far worse. If Prof Reed would stagger into the loo to splash his face with cold water now and then, he might recognize a cause and effect between the fast-devolving Democrats and that domestic unrest & stupidity he usually mumbles 1500 words worth of his utter disdain of ; and do I need to remind him of who it is propping up and (cough) whitewashing the ineducable, savage, treasury-draining Mau-Mau that he devotes every fourth column to reminding us cannot coexist with us civilized Anglos & Mexicans?

    No problem, however. This is the kind of column you get when the hangover beating a tom-tom in your skull is (cough) enhanced by a blue streak of machine-gun Spanish shrilly demanding the Columbian-necktie’d head of puto Trump. As Fred’s moaned more than once during the past two years-and-change: “Basta already, willya? Jesus Christ! – I’m writing it, I’m writing it!!” We’ve all been there, Fred. (Or at least Derbyshire has, in a different but no less irritating language.)

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Kermit
    , @annamaria
  240. On Excellence. Very important book to study. Author Fritz Kraemer, Heinz Kissinger’s Mentor AND Fritz ran the Pentagon for forty-forty-five years. Third generation Metzitzah B’peh criminally insane MUST be taught how to keep their goyim in the stock market. Vassal Slave Plantation USA must obey Master Israel, House of Rothchild, Et Al. Et Cetera. Planet Earth is preparing the cosmic reality enema.

  241. Willem says:
    @Colin Wright

    ‘You could also say that if you don’t vote, you’re effectively giving each candidate half a vote.’

    Depends in which country you live. If you don’t vote by voting ‘blanco’, you effectively vote for no-one in my country and other countries. Read José Saramago’s novel ‘city of those who can see’ (rough translation, don’t know the name of the English translation), and you can see how this could pan out.

    If Fred’s piece tells me anything, it tells me that politicians are actors: they can make you feel good or bad, but they certainly will not make things good or bad for you. If you’re not aware of that you end up blaming politicians for not changing the system. But since politicians are actors, you make the wrong conclusion. It is not the actors who are to blame, it is the voters who voted them in who are to blame.

    Politicians can’t do anything for the voters, but the voters can as long as their demands are organized and well heared (forget the corporate media, try the grapevine).

    US voters should stop pretending that the US is the indispensable Nation, stop pretending that wars are made in US citizens ‘ interest, stop pretending that socialism is the worst kind of government one can have, stop pretending that care for only yourself and (maybe) your family will give you the best government ever, and then you will get rid of the pathological Trumps, Clintons, Boltons, etc. who precisely act as if the US is the indispensable nation, that socialism is the worst kind of government, etc.

    What comes in place depends on the demands of organized citizens.

    • Replies: @Willem
  242. Willem says:
    @Willem

    Found the title, and a short plot

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeing_(novel)

    Long story short, blank voting is just one way of being civil disobedient. Maybe not the best way, but if you vote for the lesser evil, you will always end up with some sort of evil.

  243. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @renfro

    There’s an orthodoxy among some of the commenters here who were and remain supporters of Mr. Trump. Question his sincerity, and you’re accused of being in league with their Devil. Since 2015, when I have urged people not to vote — or, if they do, to register their dissent with your approach — I have been accused of being a “shill” for Jeb and then for Hillary, a “prog,” and a “leftist.”

    This tendency reinforces my view of the Red/Blue puppet show. Once someone identifies with either, it becomes difficult to see a person who challenges his thinking as any but the other color. And divided, he remains conquered.

    • Agree: renfro
    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  244. anonymous[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bragadocious

    Oh yeah, the whitey and his penchant for fabricating fairytales, and other tweaking of histories, to appear the hero… or as another “inspiring” tale goes… mangods. 😀

  245. anonymous[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kermit

    We gave it to them.

    You of course imply “stealing,” because apparently the Chinese are too dumb otherwise.

    Anyway, so what? Most of what you whitey degenerates gloat about was built on research, for which humongous wealth was plundered from around the world.

    The latest essay to highlight it;

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/08/the-wests-colonial-mindset-lives-on-a-short-history-of-western-imperial-arrogance/

    Go China!… you may be godless heathens, but you have my wishes phucking up the whitey degenerates, in any way possible. Good luck!

    • Replies: @Kermit
    , @Avis McAdoo
  246. anonymous[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Gregory

    Are you a whitey, sir? Nothing more ugly and rotten as the whitey supremacist soul, sir.

    • Replies: @Avis McAdoo
  247. Logan says:

    Can you image Dwight Eisenhower talking about the fun of squaring a man’s brains across the ground?

    Patton?

  248. @Simply Simon

    Wow! Impressive. What speed did you come over the fence at? (I’d have to guess 180 kt.)

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  249. @annamaria

    It’d behoove you, Miss Maria to read the comments before you make silly replies. You have no idea what I was even referring to. At least read my few comments above – I already gave my thoughts on Nikky Haley. My nerves will be OK – my problem with Mr. Reed is just his lying via exaggerations and the leaving out of history that doesn’t match his theme for the article.

    I’d link to my comments above, if it’s too hard for you to find them, but unz has a bug right now where internal links (least the ones I’ve made) get turned back into regular text upon PUBLISH.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  250. @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    Excellent points. Although I’m not a big fan of Stefan Molyneux, I must admit his “Truth About George Washington” video forced me to add old George to the list of douche bag presidents.

  251. Kermit says:
    @annamaria

    Who are those “we” that “gave money” to China? Are you going to tell us that Chinese lack both work ethics and brains? What American idiotic government has allowed the US corporations to relocate American industries to China?

    What American idiotic government? The one owned by the globalists. The same one that is still fighting Donald Trump about this. Start with the US Chamber of Commerce and Tom Donohue and all the Senators and Representatives they own. When Nixon opened up China, it was a good move for the US – IMHO. Unfortunately, there in something called unintended consequences after almost five decades. The last president put this trend on steroids – again, IMHO. After much thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that Obama hated the working middle class and wanted much of it destroyed. I feel he saw it as a bastion of racism and privilege.

    President Trump had the balls to actually take on this massive power. As I said, there is some truth in what Fred wrote, but can anyone here tell me who there was running for office in 2016 that would have had a snowballs chance in hell of doing what Donald Trump has done??

    2. Why cannot China claim that the South China Sea is China’s area of interest

    Of course they can. Just like Russia can claim that Crimea is their area of interest. Isn’t this similar to the US claiming all of the Western Hemisphere? This is how the Monopoly game is played. These are the rules of the game we are in. This is what is built into human nature. China can claim the area, and the US can – and will – dispute that claim.

  252. Kermit says:
    @Colin Wright

    Yes.

    If you look up “corruption” in the dictionary, I think there is a picture of Hillary.

    Given what Donald Trump has had to overcome, I think it is amazing what he has done – and put into motion. To deny that is willful ignorance.

    One thing has disappointed me – that the obvious corrupt Hillary and her husband have not been held accountable. Also a corrupt DOJ and FBI. If they do go to open warfare in Washington, at least we might just get to see that before it’s all over.

    • Replies: @denk
  253. @Colin Wright

    “But to not vote merely signifies that you acquiesce in others deciding your fate for you.”

    Not necessarily; it can also mean you realize that the whole system is rigged, and you choose to deny the scam your moral imprimatur by not participating in it.

    I voted for Trump because I gave him the benefit of the doubt. (This was the first presidential election I participated in since 1992 when Ross Perot ran for president).

    I didn’t implicitly trust Trump, but I gambled that he was not “demon-possessed” (or to put it in worldly terms, I gambled that he was not criminally insane) as his democratic opponent appeared to be. So I gambled and I lost. Trump defrauded me and millions of others; he stole our votes. But he only fooled me ONCE, so shame on him (yet he amazingly continues to fool millions of others, so shame on them).

  254. Kermit says:
    @Ragno

    If Prof Reed would stagger into the loo to splash his face with cold water now and then, he might recognize a cause and effect between the fast-devolving Democrats and that domestic unrest & stupidity he usually mumbles 1500 words worth of his utter disdain of

    Perfectly said!

    Nothing happens in a vacuum. My fear is that The Donald is only a bump in the road to the globalists and the batshit crazy Left, however.

    And General Morgan Freeman would be leading the assault on the once-and-forever USSR.

    Your first sentence is a gem.

  255. Kermit says:
    @anonymous

    You of course imply “stealing,” because apparently the Chinese are too dumb otherwise.

    The Chinese are too dumb??? I have to say – that is a dumb conclusion to make!

    Anyway, so what? Most of what you whitey degenerates gloat about was built on research, for which humongous wealth was plundered from around the world.

    Remember you said that when we get to where Venezuela has been.

    Go China!… you may be godless heathens, but you have my wishes phucking up the whitey degenerates, in any way possible. Good luck!

    Maybe, after writing that, you might contemplate why there are some of us who still support Donald Trump.

  256. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    Not voting would only make sense in a system where NONE OF THE ABOVE was a selection and if it received the majority of votes, those running could never run again for office. Since we don’t have that system, your advice is useless.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  257. MarkinLA says:
    @Kermit

    Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake

  258. annamaria says:
    @Rich

    Since when the principled Christian Methodists have become “fake?” The zionized Evangelical have been profiteering nicely from their loyalty to Israel. Guess, you really like Bush policies in the Middle East.

  259. annamaria says:
    @Truth

    The pain of Israel-firsters upon reading Fred’ Reed’s article is palpable.

  260. denk says:
    @The Plutonium Kid

    It was China that turned against us

    Really ?

    The Kissinger doctrine
    To be murikka’s enemy is dangerous,
    To be murikka’s ‘friend’ is fatal.

    It was during the sino/US ‘detente’ when
    murikkans and jp collected samples of Chinese DNA, for the launch of SARS, an ethnic specific bio weapon on the Chinese.

    Bush senior was regarded as friend by the Chinese, he repaid their kindness by engineering the TAM unrest, killing hundreds of civilians and soldiers.
    Even tho plan A failed to unseat the CCP, they immediately sprung plan B , viciously maligning CCP’s crackdown on violent rioters as ‘massacre of thousands of unarmed protestors’.
    A stigma that stick until this very day.
    sobs !

  261. annamaria says:
    @HOWARD ALEXANDER STAFFORD

    Fred Reed’ article is characteristic for this forum: Fred does not follow the ziocons’ prescribed thinking that is the thinking of MSM presstitutes.
    You have wronged yourself by reading an honest article. Save your valuable time for the zionized MSM.

  262. denk says:
    @Sean

    Sean the broken record,

    The US’s greatest enemy has been China all along.

    That’s fucking rich coming from those who have been trying to strangle PRC since its birth.

    Yeah imagine that, those sneaky chicoms even chose to build their gawd damned country smack dab in your backyard of all places …
    Some cheek !

  263. annamaria says:
    @Ragno

    Ragno, would it make you happier if Fred (and the majority of commenters on Unz forum) just make happy faces and issue a very loud and enthusiastic cry “live long our beloved leader Trump!” instead of analyzing and criticizing the current state of the US? There is a word for what you are preaching — conformism.

    • Replies: @Ragno
  264. annamaria says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “…his lying via exaggerations”

    Then refute the “lying exaggerations” point by point. Otherwise, your “journalism” sounds like a smear.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  265. denk says:
    @ThreeCranes

    *Now, utilizing everything we provided them, *

    ‘we provided them,’ ‘we gifted them’ blah blah blah….as if you get nuthin in return eh ?

    *they’ll surpass us’

    Dont you worry, uncle has everything nicely sewn up.

    https://cn.nytimes.com/opinion/20190211/huawei-meng-wanzhou-canada/

    *and suppress us*

    projecting, always projecting your mindset onto others ?

    Robber crying robbery ?

    GUilty conscious ?
    cuz you’ve been trying to strangle the PRC since its birth !

    All of the above ?

  266. “We have until recently never had government as aggressive, reckless, or psychiatrically fascinating as now. Again, it is not a matter of Republicans and Democrats. No administration of any party, stripe, or ideology has ever pushed to aggressively toward war with so many countries. These people are not right in the head.”

    As I’ve said here many times, the calculated political ascendancy of teflon don trump is apparently a reflection of the elders’ desperation.

    I can appreciate their predicament: All the low-hanging imperial fruit has already been picked, thus any further aggression will come only at great cost (potentially world-as-we-know-it-ending cost). And this happens at a time when the U.S. “government” has apparently lost any military edge it may have had over Russia and China. Finally, the elders’ evil machinations are exposed like never before; their flimsy pretexts fooling only those people who need and want to be fooled.

    Thus reasonable people need not apply at this now or never moment, as only an administration full of madmen will suffice to present the elders’ ultimata to the independent world: Surrender or face the wrath of nuclear-armed madmen who have nothing to lose.

  267. denk says:
    @Kermit

    China’s aggression in trade

    This is doubly fucking rich, coming from those who have been stalking Chinese foreign investments and sabotaging it with terrorism, regime change…

    ‘If conflict with China is inevitable, it makes sense to have U.S. bases in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and maybe Iran and Syria. If China is dependent on Middle East oil, it makes sense for the U.S. to be able to control how and where it flows from the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf oil fields. It makes sense to cultivate an alliance with India, risking the accusation of nuclear hypocrisy in doing so. It makes sense to ratchet up tensions on the Korean Peninsula, by linking North Korea to Iran and Iraq, calling it “evil,” dismissing South Korea’s “sunshine diplomacy” efforts and encouraging Japan to take a hard line towards Pyongyang. It makes sense to get Tokyo to declare, for the first time, that the security of the Taiwan Straights is of common concern to it and Washington. It makes sense to regain a strategic toehold in the Philippines, in the name of the War on Terror, and to vilify the growing Filipino Maoist movement. It makes sense for a man like Cheney, who decided on Bush’s staff in late 2000, to seed the cabinet with strategically placed neocons who have a vision of a new Middle East. Because (1) that vision fits in perfectly with the broader New World Order and U.S. plans to contain China,’

    http://dissidentvoice.org/Apr06/Leupp20.htm

    Even At this moment, an all out economic warfare is going on feverishly trying to smother Chinese economy and destroy its high tech industry.

  268. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA

    I thought I had given you the last word earlier. But now that you’re not so angry, which of the following on its face makes more sense?

    1. Not voting would only make sense in a system where NONE OF THE ABOVE was a selection and if it received the majority of votes, those running could never run again for office. [what you just wrote]

    or

    2. Voting would only make sense in a system where NONE OF THE ABOVE was a selection and if it received the majority of votes, those running could never run again for office.

    Seriously, please think about this.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @MarkinLA
  269. denk says:
    @Kermit

    China was using money (and intellectual property) that we gave them

    You gave China money ?

    LOL
    Do you know how much you owe China in those treasury crap bonds ?

    P.S.
    YOU Dont give China nuthin, not money, not IP. iTS deal agreed by both sides,
    Chinese blood sweat and tears, Chinese market in exchange for IP [very lowtech] transfer.

    YOu always make it sounds as if you gave everything to China out of charity !

    • Replies: @Kermit
  270. By-tor says:
    @anti_republocrat

    Gary Johnson and Wm. Weld ( an Ivy League Coast fluff from Leftist Massachusetts ) were Establishment open borders phonies. The Libertarian Party-Tea Party movement was bought out by two billionaires and silenced. The US has an entrenched One Party System with two predatory factions, and that is not going to be changed by voting in a system of their own design.

  271. Z-man says:
    @MarkinLA

    Gary Johnson was a clueless twit

    LOL and Jill Stein was cute but a Jewess so they were both automatically off my list!
    Trump is still the best even though he’s buckled to the pressure of the Zio/1%/Republitard/Neochoen Beast/Cabal whatever description you want to use.

  272. @annamaria

    IT’S! UP! TOP! I’m not gonna repeat my comments just for you.

  273. Right on. We are both Vietnam Veterans and despise pussies like Bolton. I didn’t get elected to Congress last election, but I actually made a video promise to punch Bolton in the face first chance if elected. My video was even forwarded to him by somebody else, but he never responded. I go through every reason why he deserves it.

    • Agree: By-tor, Z-man
    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @MarkinLA
  274. Hunsdon says:

    I supported Trump for what he promised: immigration control, an end to stupid aggressive foreign policy, and an economic policy that at least pretended to care about American workers.

    Yeah, sometimes I feel like Charlie Brown falling for the “Lucy and the football” trick, yet again.

    I’m often put in mind of the famous old Claire Wolfe saying. “America is at that awkward stage where it’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.” Of course, she wrote that, what? twenty years ago?

  275. MacNucc11 says:

    Bolton may be a sick freak but I do agree with his reasons for not running off to Viet Nam. Why in the hell would anyone who had the choice not to? Everything he said about it makes perfect sense.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  276. Kermit says:
    @denk

    You gave China money ?

    LOL
    Do you know how much you owe China in those treasury crap bonds ?

    P.S.
    YOU Dont give China nuthin, not money, not IP. iTS deal agreed by both sides,
    Chinese blood sweat and tears, Chinese market in exchange for IP [very lowtech] transfer.

    YOu always make it sounds as if you gave everything to China out of charity !

    Yes, we did – but not out of charity, of course. Corruption and incompetence combined to supply China with almost unlimited quantities of money. Money that they are using to go into competition with us. “Give” is a word that has more than one meaning, unlike your simplistic interpretation.

    In the markets, it is always wise to look for what is driving the players. What is the incentive for producers? In this case, contrary to your rants, the simple question seems to be – how eager are the Chinese to repair trade with us? Are they complacent about the situation, or do they seem to be increasingly desperate? Who is the “indispensable country” today – when it comes to economics? Why don’t they simply turn away from us and go their own way?

    • Replies: @denk
  277. @Z-man

    Thanks for the update Z, I should have done more research before posting. My comments were based on 1963-67 data, not realizing that Lockheed would ever produce later versions!

    • Replies: @Z-man
  278. @Achmed E. Newman

    For a guess that was very close Achmed. The over the fence speed of 18okts was average with slightly higher or lower speed depending on gross weight. The bird was also equipped with a drogue(we called it drag) chute that was always used even on long runways to save brakes and tires. If the chute failed most AF runways had a barrier installed at the end .

  279. Anonymous[403] • Disclaimer says:

    The Brits still have class.

    Fred, the Falklands War was almost 40 years ago. It’s ancient history. I, for one, wasn’t even born then. Maybe British royalty were great back then.
    But I was aboard Leatherneck in 2012 when the Taliban attacked and although I wasn’t involved in that fight, I do know how pathetic the Brits were, scrambling to save “Captain Wales’” sorry ass and leaving it up to us to deal with the enemy.
    A couple of years later at 29 Palms I ran into some Brits from 40co who were training with Marines there and chatted with them about our mutual experiences in Afghanistan as well as other things. They were to a man contemptuous of the propaganda surrounding the royals’ military service as well as the incompetence, venality and corruption of the entire British ruling or upper classes…whatever you call them. They felt the country needed a complete cleaning out — and they were just about ready to do it, too.
    We ordinary people are all in the same boat, Fred, whatever our nationality.

  280. @Diversity Heretic

    The Z-man posted that Lockheed indeed build a later version of the Fio4 that was used as an interceptor. I stand corrected.

  281. Ragno says:
    @annamaria

    There is a word for what you are preaching — conformism.

    And here I thought it was “reality”.

    Let me phrase this in such a way that you cannot mistake my meaning: if all that Trump’s two terms accomplish is to weaken the Left’s death-grip on my country and her culture & institutions, I will forever be grateful that he put his time, effort, fortune & reputation at the service of America.

    And because the Western world can no longer afford to betray its benefactors with the Tribal ethical formula of “but what have ya done for me lately?” I will resist, with all my might, throwing him to the wolves the first/next time a Trumpian faux pas or peccadillo makes shivving him in the back for convenience’s sake “the smart play.”

    Now you can laff it up at my doubtless-moronic expense for stating that that Trump’s first post-election press conference (the famous/infamous “you’re fake news, next” one), and his speech to the people of Poland, to be the two most heroic and Presidential acts any Chief Executive has accomplished in this century…..but I’m not walking either claim back.

    Since memes speak louder than words, allow me again to remind the assembled to Consider the Alternatives the next time you want to keep your options open re our perpetually-besieged President with an image suitable for framing:

  282. @Diversity Heretic

    Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat/

  283. @KenH

    So you decided to stick you head in the sand. Hows that working for you?

  284. Joe Wong says:
    @Simply Simon

    why use billion dollar B-52s to turn the jungles into matchsticks.

    The American was waging a war against the population in Vietnam, just like the Allies did in the WWII against the German. The indiscriminating bombing was invented by Churchill, its purpose was for vengeance and to wreck the nation the will to resist, it is pure insidious, wicked and criminal, it cannot be more war criminal than what the American bombed in Vietnam and Germany.

  285. Z-man says:
    @Simply Simon

    No problem. The Starfighter is one of the few things I know a lot about, lol. There are 4 or 5 in flying condition in the world. At Cape Kennedy they have one or two ‘two seaters’ that you can actually take a flight in for about $17,000. You have to be a licensed pilot just to be a passenger in it though. Still dangerous even as an amusement ride.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  286. Z-man says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    Yeah an advanced version of the F 5 would have been a good choice.
    The Germans ditched their Starfighters for the F 4 Phantoms (2 engines instead of one) after 20+ years of service but the Italians kept their revised ‘S’ versions until 2003.
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi98cOX5bTgAhXGmeAKHVhMBpkQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F491947959268189127%2F&psig=AOvVaw3kj8LMmpzD2hjfxo15AzIX&ust=1550012456757995

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  287. Z-man says:
    @David Moore

    Dave, I think I can count on you to vote to put walrus face Bolton on my ‘draw and quarter’ list.

    • Replies: @David Moore
  288. Star Hill says:
    @animalogic

    Communist operatives have been inside the us federal government for 80 years or more. All Americas enemies had an open door to all our top classified info during the barry soetoro years the klintons have been working against our country as well as countless others for decades. Sen. Joseph McCarthy was on to them 70 years ago. Trevor Louden has it right with his Enemies Within. Fineswine has a Chinese spy on her staff for quite some time. When a guy from New Zealand knows more about what is going then than most Americans you know something is seriously wrong.

    As long as Americans are more focused the big game, smoking dope getting brainwashed in the cabal controlled public schools nothing is likely to change.

  289. @Z-man

    There was an F-20 that Northrop was working on in the mid-1980’s but it didn’t sell. I don’t know all the politics of that, but it looked like a bigger F-5.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  290. @Z-man

    I flew the F-104 out of George AFB near Apple Valley in the 1960s. Also was a F104G project officer for a short time at TAC Headquarters. Pretty much lost contact with any thing Air Force after 1974.
    While I have your attention do you recall the apparently wealthy guy who owned a private F-104 and tried to salvage a B-29 in Greenland? There was a documentary about it in which the B-29 caught on fire from gasoline that escaped from an APU while he was giving the plane a taxi test. All the hard work by his chief mechanic gone up in flames, not to mention the big bucks involved.
    I can’t imagine paying $17,000 to take a ride–imagine they want a licensed pilot with knowledge about using the ejection seat if necessary. But then if money is no object the Russians will give you a lift to the space station.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  291. Thim says:
    @Rich

    Draft dodgers, whatever. In the late 1960’s a congressman from Wisconsin made headlines by revealing that he had analyzed the boys from his district that had been drafted, and NONE, zero, came from households with more than $5,000 yearly income. All poor. Draftees nationally were poor black, poor white, and a lot of Indians wanting to get off the reservation. There were many ways to avoid the draft. 99% of the boys from families with money did. I would say their actions were morally neutral.

  292. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    I am never “angry” when posting on here. You repeatedly post the same stupid stuff and I pointed it out.

  293. @Z-man

    I used to live near Kelly AFB. A 104 crashed on approach from the south end and made it over the fence, but crashed and burned, killing the pilot. The remains of the bird stayed where it crashed for several months while the AF looked into the accident.

    My brother had been hurt when we were in Germany and my parents took him the ER at Landstuhl. The Army medic gave him a pain killing shot and told him he would have to wait as a 104 pilot had crashed near Ramstein and was on the way in.

    The Germans called the bird the “Flying Coffin.” It was a dangerous bird. One almost killed Yeager, but he punched out in time.

    • Agree: Z-man
  294. MarkinLA says:
    @David Moore

    Bolton is a POS who would call the police on you and have you convicted of some kind of crime that given his exalted status would put you in a federal prison for 10 years. If he was a man he would settle it like men, but we know the neocon pussies aren’t capable of that.

    • Replies: @David Moore
  295. @Diversity Heretic

    The 102 and 106 were both dangerous aircraft. They weren’t built as dogfighters, but as interceptors. USAF pilots being what they were at the time, that didn’t matter, and a number of them killed themselves. The “coffin corner” was relatively large compared to real fighters

    Having said that, those that diss Dubya for not going to ‘nam don’t realize that the National Guard was not protection for pilots. There were a large number of Air Guard pilots that had as much combat time as active duty pilots. Air Guardsmen were rotated in and out to be able to keep the head count below congressional mandates. Dubya also put in for ‘nam. Earlier in the war, ADC kept a number of interceptors in ‘nam that stood ramp alerts in case there were air attacked form the north. Dubya was turned down as they were ending those alerts at the time as the north never attacked south.

    Those that complain that Dubya was a chickenhawk, don’t know what they are talking about.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  296. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    In a system where there is NONE OF THE ABOVE a vote for that is an acknowledgement that you are not satisfied and are refusing to endorse the process. With our present system, not voting means absolutely nothing because NOBODY knows you didn’t vote and the people in charge don’t care.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  297. MarkinLA says:
    @MacNucc11

    I don’t hate Bolton because of Vietnam and his draft dodging. I hate him because he wants to send thousands of mostly poor American young men off to fight for some shitty little country that means nothing to us.

  298. annamaria says:

    Israel-firsters of US & UK, rejoice!
    “16 civilians, including 7 children, killed in US-led coalition air raid in Syria” https://www.rt.com/news/451226-syria-strike-us-coalition/

  299. @anonymous

    Ha! What a joke of an article. Not only does the author have a second grade understanding of WW2 (and has obviously never done any study on how or why it was fought), but it provides absolutely nothing to bolster your ridiculous claim that “degenerate whitey” plundered “humongous wealth” from third world inferiors who never had any and wouldn’t have known what to do with it if it was under their bare brown feet. Have fun with your little fantasies of your betters finally getting theirs.

  300. @anonymous

    Except the soul of an envious inferior.

  301. @MarkinLA

    I would only do it as a Congressman, since it would be protected speech. You are right, tho, pussies only throw shoes at, and threaten, women.

  302. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA

    But you’ve not answered my question. Which of statements 1 and 2 on its face makes more sense?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  303. Rich says:
    @Thim

    88.4% of the men who served in Vietnam were Caucasian, 10.6% were black and 1% belonged to other races. only 42,000 American Indians and Eskimos served during the Vietnam War compared to 2.4 million Whites who served. Only 25% of total troops in Vietnam were draftees. Three fourths of those who served had family income above the poverty level, 50% were from middle income backgrounds.79% had high school diplomas, only 45% did in WW2.

    Of course many of the rich avoided the War, so did many poor and middle class folks. Bruce Springsteen dodged the draft by claiming to be a homosexual, for instance, but it wasn’t really a poor man’s war as most wars in history were. After ’69, with the lottery, it got a little harder to duck, though men like Bill Clinton just stayed in college in order to dodge it.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @Biff
    , @Truth
  304. @Thim

    If a Native American wanted to leave a reservation why wouldn’t they simply walk off of it?

  305. Z-man says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yes the F 20, unfortunately for Northrop it came too late as the Germans & Italians, with the Brits, were already building the Tornado and were looking ahead to the Eurofighter.

  306. Z-man says:
    @Simply Simon

    No I don’t recall that story.
    Yeah $17,000, not cheap. They offered to let me go all the way up to take off position on the runway without taking off, for $3,500. I said no thanks.

  307. TheBoom says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    I certainly have my differences with this president, however, foisting weights he is not responsible for is beyond the pale.

    Fred is both being lazy and trying to get back at Trump for not expressing love for Mexican invaders.

    I don’t like all the bellicose rantings of team Trump but so far he hasn’t started a major war unlike the two Bush and Obama. Clinton was open about egging on war with Russia.

    Fred is also leaving out how the democratic leadership and all the media have been pushing for hostilities with Russia. Unfortunately, Trump is caving to that pressure, something Fred would acknowledge if he was honest, which he isn’t.

    Trump’s actions and his administration’s war cries are just a version of what the Jewish elite wants. At least Trump is admitting that we are only in these wars for Israel. Fred isn’t that honest or concerned.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  308. As usual, Fred fearlessly bad-mouths everything about Jew-instigated wars except Jews.

    His one-word citation (“Israel”) is all he dares to say about The Chosen.

  309. Jimbo says:
    @Gene Su

    Kennedy was going to do it. He was murdered for it and all Presidents after him, except Reagan and Trump have bended to the globalist CIA and their European masters.

    • Replies: @bomag
  310. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    You are defending your stupid nonsense about not voting by crying that I didn’t proof read what I wrote enough to make sure it had perfect grammar? I usually avoid crying about other peoples spelling and grammar and stick with what the main issue is.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  311. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA

    Straightforward question, asked twice, and still no answer.

    Ever run for office yourself?

  312. denk says:
    @Kermit

    * how eager are the Chinese to repair trade with us? Are they complacent about the situation, or do they seem to be increasingly desperate?*

    Who’r those desperados , so petrified of losing their predominance that, they resort to kidnapping the competitor’s CFO as hostage ?

    • Agree: By-tor
  313. denk says:
    @Kermit

    *One thing has disappointed me – that the obvious corrupt Hillary and her husband have not been held accountable.

    But you’r AOK with Trump’s gangster tactic in the kidnap of Huawei CFO, the umpteenth regime change attempt in Venezuela,, the genocidal war in Yemen, shenanigans in Nicaragua, /ww3 brinkmanship with Russia. , China…………???

  314. denk says:
    @Kermit

    * it is painfully obvious that we have been sending massive quantities of money to China, and that they have used our own money [sic] to invest in South America and now Africa to compete with us.*

    Free trade is fine with murikkans…..as long as they are on a wining streak !

    But they dont like it one bit when china is wining contracts in Africa, South Africa,

    If you cant beat them….send in the jackals !
    The murikkan way.

    Sudan was balkanised , Chinese operated oil fields ended up in the US friendly Southern Sudan.
    When the indomitable Chinese continued bussiness with the South, Washington fomented a civil war to destablise, disrupt Chinese operations.
    Sound familiar ?

    In Libya, regime change caper in which Gadafi was brutally ass violated and killed , sent tens of thousands Chinese workers packing.
    Financial loss was astronomical.

    Chinese operations have been haemorrhaging RMB worldwide, courtesy of CIA, JSOP.

    Venezuela was supposed to be one of the main source of Chinese oil, part of China’s strategy to circumvent the Malacca straits choke point.

    No way is uncle sham gonna sit on his ass and allow China to wriggle out of the tightening noose around its neck !

    So now we’r witnessing the third attempt of regime change in Venezuela, intended to choke off another energy supply for the Chinese.

    Another gang bang in broad daylight is unfolding right before our eyes and China cant do shit about it.

    How would China keep up with this kind of competition ?

  315. liljoe says:

    Wow 300+ comments. Say what you want about Alfredo ai yai yai Reed’s columns, he does get response from the peanut gallery.

    So Trump is ” profoundly ignorant, narcissistic con man” because he was mean to a lady once, based on a book by an author w a severe axe to grind against his subject. Sorry Alreeeedo, I’ll need a but more evidence than that. I agree w the rest of the cabinet, it is a horror show.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  316. “So Trump is ‘profoundly ignorant, narcissistic con man’ because he was mean to a lady once, based on a book by an author w a severe axe to grind against his subject.”

    No; orange clown is a “profoundly ignorant, narcissistic con man” because orange clown is a “profoundly ignorant, narcissistic con man.” Fred Reed was apparently just giving another example in a futile attempt to convince the willfully blind and/or morally bankrupt orange clown supporters that orange clown is a profoundly ignorant narcissistic con man.

    “Sorry Alreeeedo, I’ll need a but more evidence than that.”

    Well of course you will; you’ll need to see something a little more substantial, like a selfie of orange clown throwing babies out of air force one, or something like that, right?

    “I agree w the rest of the cabinet, it is a horror show.”

    LOL! As if they appointed themselves.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @liljoe
  317. @Simply Simon

    I saw that show, Simon. That was just tragic, after all that work put into restoring it to flyable shape. After that taxiing, it was set to fly out of Greenland soon after, as I recall, maybe that day(?)

    What it reminds me of is about 15 years back, when a whole bunch of skilled volunteers restored an old Boeing Stratocruiser airliner out at Paine Field – Everett, Washington. (That’s where the Boeing wide-bodies have been built, the huge plant having been built for the 747s.) Well, the plane was not fueled with the proper amount of fuel to make it the 30 nm or so down to Boeing Field – King County airport 3 miles S. of downtown Seattle.

    The beautifully-restored silver Stratocruiser had to ditch in Elliot Bay, on the West Seattle side. The 3 or 4 man crew didn’t even get wet, but I don’t think the plane ever flew since, after the salt-water damage, even though it was pulled right out of the water a day later. What was tragic was that the plane was about 1 or 2 miles from Boeing Field in the water – it would have needed maybe 5 more miles (2 minutes) worth of fuel to come around in the pattern, depending which way they were landing that day.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  318. Deschutes says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this piece, and he’s spot on about Bolton (especially!) and Pompeo (he should have mentioned Pompeo’s nonstop brown nosing and defending MbS after Kashoggi was butchered alive by MbS’s security detail).

    The author is also spot on about the current Venezuela debacle. It’s criminal, and not unlike the many regime changes that came before it. Speaking of the impending Venezuela meltdown, here is what I think is the very best article that really goes into great depth regarding the attempted coup, and the economics behind it: Michael Hudson interviewed by the Saker-

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/08/an-interview-the-saker-on-venezuela/

    Highly recommended reading, Hudson is the best!

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  319. @TheBoom

    Laughing . . .

    and not at you or your comments.

  320. @Achmed E. Newman

    I had not read about the Stratocruiser ditching on Elliot Bay. What a shame, all that wasted effort just like the B-29 in Greenland. BTW, wasn’t that a Stratocruiser in a movie starring John Wayne as pilot? I believe the Stratocruiser had many features of the Boeing B-50 such as engines and air foil. Also the Air Force used the same configuration for its KC-97 air refueler but added two outboard jets to give it enough speed to refuel jet fighters.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  321. @Quartermaster

    My experience was that if any Air Force, Navy or Msrine pilot wanted to fly a combat tour in either Korea or Vietnam there was no trouble finding a way to do so. Having said that some pilots were better off not flying combat, more of a danger to their compatriots than the enemy.

  322. @Harold Smith

    I don’t necessarily agree completely, but I’ll give you this, Harold:

    LOL! As if they appointed themselves.

    Exactly. Assuming Trump wasn’t coerced into a lot of what he’s been doing, the selecting of neocons and other beltway insiders for high positions has been his biggest stupidity. I think it’s that he’s used to, like lots of good executives, having people smarter or more informed than him around to advise him.

    Trump knew what the American people wanted and must not have the confidence to follow through, so he picked these “experts” steeped in Washington bullshit to listen to. They are out to screw the American people as always but the President doesn’t trust his instincts. If he had Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson as his trusted advisors, things would be a whole lot better.

  323. Anonymous[403] • Disclaimer says:
    @Simply Simon

    Hello, Simply,
    It wasn’t a Stratocruiser (Boeing 377) that ditched in Elliot Bay but a Stratoliner (Boeing 307).
    The movie you are referring to, The High and the Mighty, was based on the novel by Ernest K. Gann. He based his novel on a series of incidents involving Pan American Airways Stratocruisers (377s), including ditchings between Hawaii and California.
    The movie uses a surplus Army Air Force Douglas C-54A converted to DC-4 specs for civilian use by a nonsked.

  324. @follyofwar

    There are a bunch of Catholic high schools in Philly, Boston, and New York that have roll calls of the dead from the Vietnam war that would be surprised to find they came from a rural area.

  325. @Deschutes

    Same interview, right here with the Unz commentariat…

    “Saker Interview with Michael Hudson on Venezuela”:
    — (http://www.unz.com/tsaker/saker-interview-with-michael-hudson-on-venezuela/ ]

  326. @Z-man

    Yes. He’s first if I ever make it to Congress. (Which I doubt, but maybe we can inspire somebody to follow my lead.)

  327. @Thim

    As a Viet vet, who cares about draft dodgers as an issue. Three out of four who served during the period were volunteers. Compare that to 3 out of 4 who had to be drafted during WWII. There was a strong political movement prior to WWII of isolationism. Even after Pearl Harbor, most had to be compelled to serve. A number of recent books have shown where 100,000 Americans were AWOL in Europe, living off pilfering supplies. This is no small thing, as Patton actually ran out of gas due to theft. There are also a number of books showing hundreds of thousands of French and German women were raped by GIs. Over 600 GIs were executed by the military for such crimes and buried outside the walls of military cemeteries. I admit I am biased as an historian. I was a volunteer, as was my father, all uncles and even aunts, grandfather WWI, granduncle in Philippines, and all volunteers going back to the Revolution. I think it is a fascinating topic, though.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  328. bomag says:
    @Jimbo

    That Kennedy was going to end such foreign involvement is a bit apocryphal.

  329. @Anonymous

    Oops, sorry, my bad then, #403.

  330. Delmas says:

    Pushing for war with…Russia? Well, I would bet certain of the powers at be in the American militaro-industrial establishment would only be too happy to broker some sort of deal with Putin, to bomb certain lefty jurisdictions off the map, thus settling the problem of the presence of creeps like Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-cortez, Kamala Harris, et al ad nauseum in the Federal Congress.

  331. @Anonymous

    Thanks for the info. I will now havesomething to Google,,i.e., Stratocruiser (Boeing 377), Stratoliner (Boeing 307) and the movie.
    s

  332. @liljoe

    You know we all have highs and lows when we watch the presidency in progress, but when Trump appointed Bolton I had a very low reaction. I think he’s zany.

  333. Fbc3 says:

    One disagreement: it’s not a “lip broom”, it’s a “dick tickler.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  334. @Fbc3

    One disagreement: it’s not a “lip broom”, it’s a “dick tickler.”

    … and that’s related to the topic of century-series fighters and the Golden Age of the piston-prop pressurized super-/turbo-charged airliners how exactly? Please try to stay on topic!

    ;-}

  335. anarchyst says:
    @Rich

    Present-day “uber-patriot” and rocker Ted Nugent p!ssed and sh!t on himself and didn’t wash for a month before reporting for induction. He was sent home. When asked about his cowardice, he stated that “Vietnam was not his war”…

  336. anarchyst says:
    @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    Not only that, Lyndon Johnson’s cover up of the deliberate “act of war” with the attack of the USS Liberty (GTR-5) by “our friend and ally”, Israel. Johnson covered it up (with the assistance of John McCain’s “daddy” admiral). Johnson “did not want to embarrass an ally”.

    • Replies: @ploni almoni
  337. bluedog says:
    @David Moore

    As one who’s ancestors go back to the French&Indian Wars I would have thought that you would have got sick of the endless blood and killing, but I suppose it like the party thing, as long as great grandpappy voted for this one or that one you should vote for it to.!!!!

  338. Your commentary Mr. Reed makes the leadership of the many seditious U.S. intelligence agencies and Congress look non-partisan, even patriotic by comparison. Does that make you, by definition, more or less of a ‘hack’ than Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Feinstein, Harris, Waters and AOC? I’ll also include Romney so as not to appear one-sided in my question.

  339. Biff says:
    @Rich

    Bruce Springsteen dodged the draft by claiming to be a homosexual,

    I saw that in the National Inquirer right next to space aliens knocked up his mama.

    • Replies: @Rich
  340. Anonymous[925] • Disclaimer says:

    Reed’s assertion that waterboarding is torture seems to be at variance with English.

  341. Rich says:
    @Biff

    Obviously, you have access to the internet, look it up. He used to openly admit it in interviews, though fear of the lavender mob may have forced him to stop talking about it nowadays.

  342. Truth says:
    @Rich

    Dude, did you just insult, The Boss?!?!?

    From Bensonhurst and you insulted The Boss?!?!

    Man, there is nothing sacred anymore.

  343. Steve P says:

    Same people who founded the usa and who descend from the sussex-wessex-essex invasion of Britain. Nothing new. Ad for their children if they had any conscience it would have neen seen allready and the likes of these barbarians would not ne threatening anyone.
    Germanicus was RIGHT.
    The emporer and priests were WRONG.
    The extermination of this “race” is the only way to end the wars and preserve Humanity.
    Amen.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  344. annamaria says:

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Seth Rich, and High Treason in the US Congress:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-15/disappearing-democratic-scandal-part-1

    Luke Rosiak:
    Imran Awan was an IT guy for Congress for many years. He was working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other members of Congress. In the heat of the 2016 election, actually the same week that the DNC was hacked, Congress’ own internal police caught him hacking Congress. So although he was the IT guy, he was taking much more data than he should have had access to, impersonating members of Congress, and logging into their accounts and so on, and shuttling data off the House network and taking steps to hide what he was doing. …

    This guy was taking money from an Iranian government minister and laundering it through a front company called CIA LLC. After he was banned from Congress, he had a back door into the House network, because he was impersonating an intelligence staffer. The list goes on and on.

    They [Democrats] let him continue to log in to Congress this whole time while they’re building this Russian narrative. After the election, they still don’t want this to really go public.

    Seth Rich story and the dead silence of MSM: https://www.intellihub.com/d-c-surgeon-who-operated-on-seth-rich-the-dnc-staffer-was-alive-and-well-after-surgery-before-a-group-of-leos-showed-up-to-the-icu/

    Seth Rich was shot twice, with 3 total gunshot wounds (entry and exit, and entry). He was taken to the OR emergently where we performed an exlap and found a small injury to segment 3 of the liver which was packed and several small bowel injuries (pretty common for gunshots to the back exiting the abdomen) which we resected ~12cm of bowel and left him in discontinuity (didn’t hook everything back up) with the intent of performing a washout in the morning. He did not have any major vascular injuries otherwise.

  345. @Steve P

    Angles and Saxons were from Jutland in what is now Denmark.

    And the English yeoman farmers and minor aristocrats who founded the US are nobody. Irish, Jews, Italians, Asians took over the US anyhow.

    Now the Asians and Hispanics are taking it from the Jews and Irish-Americans.

    Hindus and Hispanics who are taking over the US don’t care about Venezuela or ME. They are only interested in pilfering the US economy. It is good for the rest of the world.

  346. liljoe says:
    @Harold Smith

    Yet, unlike your hero Obummer no major wars have been started uner Trump administration, with all its neoconservatives. So you have a cabinet full of bloodthirsty neoconservatives and Trump, and they’re pulling troops OUT of Syria and Afghanistan. Pull the cnn/NPR/NY times from your ears for a moment and think for yourself

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  347. @liljoe

    “Yet, unlike your hero Obummer no major wars have been started uner Trump administration, with all its neoconservatives.”

    First, unlike you junior, neither Obama nor any of the other “deep state” agents are my “heroes.”

    Second, the only reason no new wars have been started *yet* is apparently because of the restraint of the opposing sides, e.g. Russia and China, not because your hero orange clown hasn’t been trying.

    “So you have a cabinet full of bloodthirsty neoconservatives and Trump, and they’re pulling troops OUT of Syria and Afghanistan.”

    Not this sorry bullshit again. Okay, for the Nth time: Nobody but orange clown and his handlers knows if or when “the troops” or some fraction of “the troops” will be leaving Syria and/or Afghanistan and if so under what circumstances. To the extent “the troops” leave Syria perhaps they’ll just be replaced by other foreign troops, still under de facto U.S. command; and/or perhaps they’ll just move them into Iraq and still continue to intervene in Syria and serve as a tripwire for war; or perhaps they’ll stage some incident as an excuse to bring them back, etc. Unless orange clown starts demonstrating a good faith commitment to the principle of non-interventionism, tactical retreats, re-positionings, replacements with foreign troops, etc., are just a rearrangement of the deck chairs on the Titanic, and this bullshit about orange clown pulling some troops out of somewhere is nothing more than the meaningless bullshit that it is.

    “Pull the cnn/NPR/NY times from your ears for a moment and think for yourself”

    ROTFLMAO! Well look who’s talkin’…

    • Replies: @liljoe
  348. liljoe says:
    @Harold Smith

    So basically, ” Orange man baaaaad unless he single handedly reverses 20 years of neocon American imperialism”. Trump seems to be non interventionist at heart,hence the bizarre attempts to delegitimize and remove from office which you are apparently in favor of. When Trump is removed you’ll get your war don’t worry

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  349. @liljoe

    “So basically, ‘ Orange man baaaaad unless he single handedly reverses 20 years of neocon American imperialism.”

    No; basically, orange clown baaaaad because he’s a liar, con man, traitorous, mass-murdering, warmongering jew puppet ruler who has no intention of reversing or attempting to reverse anything. I hope that clears things up.

    “Trump seems to be non interventionist at heart…”

    LOL!

    “In a meeting last August to discuss sanctions on Venezuela in the Oval Office, Mr Trump asked why he could not just invade the country.

    Months later, Mr Trump was briefed not to mention the topic at a private dinner with leaders from four Latin American allies, but the first thing the president said was “my staff told me not to say this” – stunning his advisers at the time.”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-venezuela-invasion-crisis-rex-tillerson-advisers-meeting-a8430571.html

    • Replies: @Rich
    , @liljoe
  350. Rich says:
    @Harold Smith

    When you find a politician who isn’t a liar or a con man, let me know. Are you a Bernie guy? Nothing like a multi-millionaire socialist to show the way, right? Hilary? She was a self-made millionaire while living off government salaries her whole life. Come on, grow up.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @Truth
    , @Truth
  351. liljoe says:
    @Harold Smith

    “reports say” yeah it’s gotta be true then…

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  352. @Rich

    “When you find a politician who isn’t a liar or a con man, let me know.”

    Why; am I supposed to be looking for one?

    “Are you a Bernie guy?”

    No; why do you ask?

    “Nothing like a multi-millionaire socialist to show the way, right?”

    Well it’s your strawman so you might as well have your way with it; knock your socks off, junior.

    “She was a self-made millionaire while living off government salaries her whole life.

    So that’s why you like her?

    “Come on, grow up.”

    You’re supposed to be looking at your monitor, not your mirror, as you type your infantile jew drivel.

    • Replies: @Rich
  353. @liljoe

    So is that how your belief system works? Anything less than flattering – regarding the evil orange clown – must not be true? ROTFLMAO! Well at least you’re entertaining if nothing else.

  354. Truth says:
    @Rich

    When you find a politician who isn’t a liar or a con man, let me know.

    OK, Sport. Now… you are starting… to GET it.

  355. Truth says:
    @Rich

    She was a self-made millionaire while living off government salaries her whole life.

    LOL, hey you’re from Brooklyn Big Sexi, fill in the quote below:

    Don’t hate the playa… hate the _ _ _ _.

  356. Rich says:
    @Harold Smith

    “Jew drivel”? Really? That’s the best you can do? Look, Harold, we live in an imperfect world, you’re pretending to stay above it, okay, if that makes you feel good about yourself, go with it. But “Jew drivel”? Come on, I didn’t mention the Torah or the Federal Reserve once.

  357. “‘Jew drivel’? Really? That’s the best you can do?”

    Not necessarily.

    “Look, Harold, we live in an imperfect world, you’re pretending to stay above it, okay, if that makes you feel good about yourself, go with it.”

    I bet if orange clown casually mass-murdered your family the way he casually mass-murders other peoples’ families, you’d see this “imperfect world” a little differently.

    In any case, being that I don’t go around calculatingly deceiving people, mass-murdering people, betraying people who supported me, making terroristic threats, ignoring laws and the constitution, setting things up for a nuclear war, etc., I’m on a higher moral plane than orange clown and I accordingly not only have standing to criticize him for his evil, but a moral and patriotic duty to do so.

    “But ‘Jew drivel’? Come on, I didn’t mention the Torah or the Federal Reserve once.”

    You don’t have to; your implicit defense of the morally indefensible monster in the white house says it all.

    • Replies: @Rich
    , @liljoe
  358. Rich says:
    @Harold Smith

    Wait a minute, are you saying Donald Trump, the President of the United States, mass murdered your family? Guess what? Even that doesn’t put you on a “higher moral plane”. You just another schmoe with nothing better to do than argue politics on the internet. Sorry, pal, you’re right here in the muck with everyone else.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Harold Smith
  359. annamaria says:

    “Trump To Europe: Take Back 800 ISIS Foreign Fighters Or We’ll Be Forced To Release Them:” https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-17/trump-europe-take-back-800-isis-foreign-fighters-or-well-be-forced-release-them

    Where is the pussy Bolton to solve his boss’ problem? Actually, the 800 ISIS fighters should be sent to the main cheerleaders of the Libyan and Syrian intervention, namely, the gargoyle Sarkozy and old playboy Bernard-Henri Levy. https://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/bernard-henri-levy-turning-to-syria/

    Influential French Zionist Bernard-Henri Levy, who bragged in his last book about the strong influence he has over French President Nicolas Sarkozy, confessed that the two conspired together to marginalize the French foreign ministry so that it would not impede NATO’s intervention in Libya.

    He argues that NATO intervention to overthrow the Libyan dictator has set a “precedent” in the 21st century for developing a new doctrine for toppling authoritarian regimes that shoot at their own people.

    Levy goes on to affirm that the Syrian regime will be toppled along the lines of the Libyan scenario, adding that all that is left in Syria is “the final scene which has not been completely written yet.”

    Levy is also known for his enthusiastic attitude towards unlimited immigration to Europe; at the same time, he is adamant that the Jewish State should fend-off any immigration to protect its ethnic purity. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/201247123549827572.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/25/fight-europe-wreckers-patriots-nationalist The recent manifesto of the aged playboy Bernard-Henri Levi has been signed by other well-to-do opportunists in the service of Zionists.

  360. Truth says:
    @Rich

    You just another schmoe

    An Eye-talian using “Schmoe???”

    I don’t know Hym…I mean, Richie, you’d better switch to “jaggoff”, not “schmoe”, “schmuck” or “schlemeil” or I’m going to start wondering…

  361. liljoe says:
    @Harold Smith

    You don’t have to; your implicit defense of the morally indefensible monster in the white house says it all.

    Joy Reid is that you? Someone is watching too much pmsnbc

  362. @Rich

    Alas we’ve apparently uncovered the horrific root of your problem: There’s no such thing as right or wrong, only “politics” in an “imperfect world”; sad, but not unexpected.

  363. @Rich

    Rather lost his job over a true report. You are the false report.

  364. @anarchyst

    Deliberate act of war? What nonsense. An agreed upon false flag attack that was spoiled by the appearance of a Soviet fishing trawler that was curious about the shooting.

  365. bowman says:

    MikeatMike.com You have written the best post on this thread. Fred lives in Mexico and has a Mexican wife so of course he has to defend Mexico. I defended Honduras when I lived there. Well, kind of, even after we were there long enough to see the underbelly.

    I take issue with the characterization of why someone enlists. Also you military morons should know that there are hundreds of jobs in the military that don’t expose you to death. So unless you were just cowards you could have gone into the air force or the coast guard or a safe job in the Army or Marines. Or if you had any honor you would have refused as a matter of principle.

    I did Marine infantry because I wanted too. Later on I did something on a little higher level that still involved being on the sharp end with a rifle. I did that because I wanted too. NONE of the reasons involved the below paragraph.

    “I would not condemn them out of hand. Most enlisted men never went to college. They come from poor rural areas, where they would be lucky to get a part-time job at McDonalds. Their mothers were probably on welfare, drug-addicted with no father in the home. Compared to their options, the military offers fame and fortune, and recruiters are duplicitous snakes, just out to fill their quotas. Only later do many of them realize they were duped. Hence, their suicide rate of 20 vets per day.”

    There are many arrogant stupid assumptions in this paragraph. There are enough partial truths to make the writer feel good in his ignorance, I suppose.

    But I think it’s more likely a case of –

    “Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.” – and being an arrogant insulting puke is how they feel good about themselves.

  366. Avalanche says:
    @follyofwar

    If you would hear a truly excellently done piece on WHY their suicide rate is horrific in one man’s experience:

    22 minutes, but WELL worth your time! See what “we” have done to our young men! (Bit of swearing but safe for work. Have tissues when you watch. Great comments too.)

  367. BJM says:

    This guy is an anti-semite and hates Jews. Israel does not have “a ghastly human rights record”. Look at your own house Mr. Reed. You evidently don’t read – you are a reed with no spine. You probably cannot read Hebrew so you cannot read the Old Testament in the original.

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