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In the Venezuelan crisis, said President Donald Trump in Florida, “All options are on the table.” And if Venezuela’s generals persist in their refusal to break with Nicolas Maduro, they could “lose everything.”

Another example of Yankee bluster and bluff?

Or is Trump prepared to use military force to bring down Maduro and install Juan Guaido, the president of the national assembly who has declared himself president of Venezuela?

We will get an indication this weekend, as a convoy of food and humanitarian aid tries to force its way into Venezuela from Colombia.

Yet, even given the brutality of the regime and the suffering of the people — 1 in 10 have fled — it is hard to see Trump sending the Marines to fight the Venezuelan army in Venezuela.

Where would Trump get the authority for such a war?

Still, the lead role that Trump has assumed in the crisis raises a question. Does the reflexive interventionism — America is “the indispensable nation!” — that propelled us into the forever war of the Middle East, retain its hold on the American mind?

Next week, Trump meets in Hanoi with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

While Kim has not tested his missiles or nuclear warheads in a year, few believe he will ever surrender the weapons that secure his survival and brought the U.S. superpower to the negotiating table.

Is Trump prepared to accept a deal that leaves a nuclear North but brings about a peace treaty, diplomatic relations and a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula? Or are American forces to be in Korea indefinitely?

Nancy Pelosi’s House just voted to cut off U.S. support for the Saudi war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Senate may follow.

Yet Trump is prepared to use his first veto to kill that War Powers Resolution and retain the right to help the Saudi war effort.

What is our vital interest in Yemen’s civil war? Why would Trump not wish to extricate us from that moral and humanitarian disaster?

Answer: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his regime would sustain a strategic defeat should the Houthis, supported by Iran, prevail.

Before the Warsaw conference called by the U.S. to discuss the Middle East, Bibi Netanyahu’s office tweeted: “This is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.”

The “war-with-Iran” tweet was swiftly deleted, replaced with a new tweet that spoke of “the common interest of combating Iran.”

Like many Americans with whom he is close, Bibi has never hidden his belief as to what we Americans must do to Iran.

Early this week came leaks that Trump officials have discovered that Shiite Iran has been secretly collaborating with the Sunni terrorists of al-Qaida. This could, headlined The Washington Times, provide “the legal rationale for U.S. military strikes” on Iran.

At the Munich Security Conference, however, NATO allies Britain, France and Germany recommitted to the Iran nuclear treaty from which Trump withdrew, and to improved economic relations with Tehran.

Trump pledged months ago to bring home the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and half of the 14,000 in Afghanistan. But he is meeting resistance in his own party in Congress and even in his own administration.

Reasons: A U.S. pullout from Syria would abandon our Kurdish allies to the Turks, who see them as terrorists, and would force the Kurds to cut a deal with Syria’s Bashar Assad and Russia for their security and survival.

This week, Britain and France informed us that if we leave Syria, then they leave, too.

ORDER IT NOW

As for pulling out of Afghanistan, the probable result would be the fall of the Kabul government and return of the Taliban, who hold more territory now than they have since being overthrown 18 years ago. For Afghans who cast their lot with the Americans, it would not go well.

U.S. relations with Russia, which Trump promised to improve, have chilled to Cold War status. The U.S. is pulling out of Ronald Reagan’s INF treaty, which bans land-based nuclear missiles of 300 to 3,000 mile range.

Putin has said that any reintroduction of land-based U.S. missiles to Europe would mean a new class of Russian missiles targeted on Europe — and on the United States.

Today, the U.S. maintains a policy of containment of Russia and China, which are more united than they have been since the first days of the Cold War. We are responsible for defending 28 NATO nations in Europe, twice as many as during the Cold War, plus Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

We have troops in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and appear on the cusp of collisions with Venezuela and Iran. Yet we field armed forces a fraction of the size they were in the 1950s and 1960s and the Reagan era.

And the U.S. national debt is now larger than the U.S. economy.

This is imperial overstretch. It is unsustainable.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2019 Creators.com.

 
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  1. MEexpert says:

    Another promise by the wayside. Before election, Trump against the never ending wars. After elections, Trump wants more wars. The American public sits there and cheers. House and senate vote against the Yemen war but don’t have guts enough to override the veto.

    Yet another war is on the horizon in Venzuela . Maduro must go. How dare he defy American power. We must topple duely elected Maduro to install a puppet regime and call it democracy. Ukeraine Redux.

    Early this week came leaks that Trump officials have discovered that Shiite Iran has been secretly collaborating with the Sunni terrorists of al-Qaida. This could, headlined The Washington Times, provide “the legal rationale for U.S. military strikes” on Iran.

    Iraq repeated. Sadaam had nuclear weapons and he was colluding with Al-Qaeda. Result, Iraq attacked, Sadaam killed and country destroyed. Now, Iran is developing nuclear weapons and oh, Iran also has ties with al-Qaeda. We must attack Iran to fight al-Qaeda. Bibi wins again. How amazing that Buchanan quickly moves on to next topic. No comment on fake news of Iran and al-Qaeda collusion.

    Lincoln was right.

    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

    America is being destroyed while we keep electing the same people who are destroying her.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @follyofwar
    , @jbwilson24
  2. swamped says:

    “A U.S. pullout from Syria would abandon our Kurdish allies to the Turks, who see them as terrorists, and would force the Kurds to cut a deal with Syria’s Bashar Assad and Russia for their security and survival”…which is exactly what they should do. The Kurds have never been “our allies”: there was just a momentary overlapping of interests in Syria & now the moment is over. They should have known that from the start. That’s what they get for trusting the U.S., if they ever really did. The Kurds have to live with Assad now & the U.S. can’t change that, so they may as well get on with it.”We are responsible for defending 28 NATO nations in Europe, twice as many as during the Cold War, plus Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand”…not the Kurds, too!
    If congress wants out of Yemen, they should want out of Syria too; unless they’re just doing everything to spite the president for its own sake. We don’t need “imperial overstretch” stretched out over two branches of government. Doubly unsustainable (and undesirable).

  3. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    “This is imperial overstretch. It is unsustainable.”

    That last paragraph encapsulates what I’ve been saying here for years: Mr. Buchanan is a right-sized imperialist.

    Note, too, the stock pronoun propaganda (“we” = Uncle Sam) to make readers feel guilty about supporting President Trump’s “pledge” (actually lies) about withdrawing USG armed forces:

    “Trump pledged months ago to bring home the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and half of the 14,000 in Afghanistan. But he is meeting resistance in his own party in Congress and even in his own administration.

    Reasons: A U.S. pullout from Syria would abandon our Kurdish allies to the Turks, who see them as terrorists, and would force the Kurds to cut a deal with Syria’s Bashar Assad and Russia for their security and survival.

    This week, Britain and France informed us that if we leave Syria, then they leave, too.

    As for pulling out of Afghanistan, the probable result would be the fall of the Kabul government and return of the Taliban, who hold more territory now than they have since being overthrown 18 years ago. For Afghans who cast their lot with the Americans, it would not go well.”

    People who at this point let Mr. Buchanan define their dissidence on matters overseas must feel obliged due to his positions on domestic issues.

  4. “… the probable result would be the fall of the Kabul government and return of the Taliban ….”

    Yes, that would be tragic, as they might succeed, as they almost did before the US invasion, in shutting down the cultivation of poppies and trafficking in illegal opiates from that country.

    • Agree: Rurik
    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  5. The only real hope for avoiding war — larger than the ones we’re already fighting , anyway — is that the American people remain obstinately unenthusiastic about the idea.

    Somewhat ominously, at least as far as Iran goes, the obvious remedy for that is an Israeli black flag operation…something like the Liberty or the bombings revealed in the Lavon Affair, only this time properly executed.

  6. KenH says:

    For Afghans who cast their lot with the Americans, it would not go well.

    Which means say hello to thousands, if not tens of thousands of Afghan refugees coming to a neighborhood near you. MAGA!

    It looks like Trump’s legacy won’t be a wall or pro-American immigration reforms, but regime change in Venezuela and probable war with Iran judging by the rhetoric. The only question is will war with Iran commence before or after the 2020 election? If right before then Trump can paint himself as the protector of America and her allies (Israel), but there’s also risk in alienating the growing anti-war segment of the population which could cost him the razor thin margin of victories he enjoyed in Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania and thus re-election.

    Either way he’s going to be walking a tightrope and speaking out of both sides of his mouth, otherwise known as 4D chess, between now and 2020. At the end of the day I think Jared and Ivanka will be making the decision.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @anon
    , @Hail
  7. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    “Which means say hello to thousands, if not tens of thousands of Afghan refugees coming to a neighborhood near you. MAGA!”

    Well, that is how we got Linh Dinh, a true dissident who wields one of the biggest crowbars pulling Americans’ heads out of their a**e*. (But, contra Mrs. Albright, it wasn’t worth it, as I’m sure LD would agree.)

    The skepticism that Beltway cutouts like Buchanan and Napolitano increasingly encounter here gives me hope about “the growing anti-war segment of the population.” That is the key, as is obvious when the Red and Blue puppets are always in lockstep and you can’t even go to a ballgame without seeing flags and camo all over the field.

  8. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @KenH

    Sorry, looks like I poked the wrong REPLY for my previous comment.

  9. TheOldOne says:

    Sadly, it’s become obvious that Pat needs to retire; same old thing every column.

    The comments here are much more interesting than Pat’s writing. His use of “we” is especially off-putting.

    • Disagree: RadicalCenter
  10. DCThrowback says: • Website
    @Colin Wright

    LOL, LBJ put the Israelis up to the Liberty Attack, they “failed” … but in reality, massively succeeded because they have but extorting us for money, power and influence since.

    (This is straight from Peter Hounam’s “Operation: Cyanide” btw – a fantastic look at the Liberty incident.)

  11. anon[676] • Disclaimer says:
    @KenH

    “Since 2000, thirty-nine percent of our Nobel Prize winners have been immigrants. A great many of our technology companies were started by immigrants or are now managed by them. Asian immigrants, mainly from China (including Taiwan), India, and Korea, make up about 17 percent of our current STEM workforce.

    Our [US}students are thirty-eighth in math proficiency and twenty-fourth in science. We rank forty-second in life expectancy, forty-fifth in press freedoms, nineteenth in respect for the rule of law, and seventeenth in quality of life “.— Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense——————————

    Get some education .

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @ThreeCranes
    , @KenH
  12. anon[676] • Disclaimer says:

    “Another example of Yankee bluster and bluff?”

    No. Another example of collective unconsciosunsess ,dazed yawning . But reason for anticipated future personal mea culpa that again would be expressed in numerous forum ” why do they hate us”?

  13. Rurik says:

    Trump pledged months ago to bring home the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and half of the 14,000 in Afghanistan. But he is meeting resistance in his own party in Congress and even in his own administration.

    Reasons: A U.S. pullout from Syria would abandon our Kurdish allies to the Turks, who see them as terrorists, and would force the Kurds to cut a deal with Syria’s Bashar Assad and Russia for their security and survival.

    umm..

    Bullshit.

    But at least Pat was oblique enough to write ‘reasons‘, as opposed to the reason.

    Even if he does go on to give just one (bullshit) reason; the Kurds.

    The truth is nobody “in his own party in Congress and even in his own administration” gives a rat’s arse about the Kurds. They’re like the Afghans or so many others who allied with the Fiend for their own personal agendas and self-serving gain. And if anything has been true historically about the ZUS fiend, it’s that it abandons its allies of convenience (who should have known better) at the drop of a yarmulke, as soon as they’ve served their zio-purpose.

    The real reason the treasonous scum “in his own party in Congress and even in his own administration” don’t want “us” leaving Syria, is because they’re concerned for Israel. Duh.

    That’s the no-brainer of the century Pat. (I know you know that your most savvy readers all know this, and so you conveniently speak of ‘the emperors flowing robes’, but there are a lot of newbies to geo-realpolitik that could stand to hear the actual truth from time to time. Isn’t that what being a columnist of your stature is supposed to be all about? !

    We are speaking about Bibi’s war with Iran, after all, (fought with American boys and girls), which could easily escalate into nukes.

    So I think your namby-pamby sugar-coating of the genuine motivations for these atrocities and moral enormities- being visited upon the world by a deliberately ill-informed American people.. is tepid, craven and beneath you, Sir.

    We all deserve better.

  14. Stick says:

    Pat, Maduro’s time has come. Everyone knows that. What is afoot is who brokers the deal. Venezuelans do not want to fight U.S. Marines. They know how that would go. The easy answer is Maduro flees and the US brokers the new regime and the ChiComs are left out of the deal.

    • Replies: @Lycanthropos
    , @bluedog
  15. Rurik says:
    @MEexpert

    Trump wants more wars. The American public sits there and cheers.

    I don’t see that. I see these (extremely unpopular) wars being imposed on the American public by a Deepstate under the thrall of the zio-fiend.

    Buchanan quickly moves on to next topic. No comment on fake news of Iran and al-Qaeda collusion.

    You’re right. This ‘collusion’ should be mocked with acid ridicule.

    America is being destroyed while we keep electing the same people who are destroying her.

    No, we keep electing people who say they’re going to end the Eternal Wars (for Israel), and then we always get betrayed (by the zio-fiend working behind the curtain).

    This has been going on since WWI, (the first moral abomination the American people were treacherously lied into on [aspirational at that time] Israel’s behalf, and it’s been almost non-stop since then).

    Time to End the Fed!!!!!!!

    • Replies: @Realist
  16. TheJester says:

    It seems that the United States is racing against time to secure and control the world’s oil supplies before the dollar crashes and the American economy implodes.

    If so, this is a tacit admission that the US government knows an economic implosion is imminent … and that only quick and drastic measures can forestall it.

    The Grand Strategy:

    1. Short-fused wars and/or coups making vassal states out of oil-rich Venezuela and Iran.

    2. With Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Venezuela, and Iran under US control, lower the price to oil to bankrupt Russia (as it did the Soviet Union in the 1980s), breaking the Russia/China nexus. The presumption is that faced with economic ruin, Russia will plea for peace with the United States.

    3. Surrounding a now isolated China with overwhelming military force as a prelude to a naval blockade that cuts off China’s access to oil, natural gas, and world markets.

    Checkmate!

    A risky foreign policy. I don’t think it’s going to work. Time is of the essence … and it is too late for the United States to implement the above plan. This time, the US economy will implode before the United States rolls up Venezuela and Iran, especially since China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba will do their best to turn hostilities in Venezuela into a Vietnam-style quagmire. The quagmire, paired with other world-wide “defense” commitments, will be the “feather that breaks the camel’s back” … the US economy.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  17. Rurik says:
    @Colin Wright

    the obvious remedy for that is an Israeli black flag operation…something like the Liberty or the bombings revealed in the Lavon Affair, only this time properly executed.

    umm.. let’s not forget their magnum opus; 9/11

    What better way to rally the Americanus Bovinus than to detonate a suitcase nuke in Milwaukee or Dallas, and then have an Iranian passport float down on top of the rubble. Perhaps a fragment of the bomb could be ‘discovered’ with the cryptic ساخته شده در ایران (made in Iran) found written on it.

    If the deaths of 500,000 anti-Semitic Iraqi children are “worth it” in bolstering Israel..

    And the death of 3,000 anti-Semitic Americans on 9/11 was obviously ‘worth it’ to bolster Israel- with America’s Eternal Wars (for Israel), then surely a few hundred thousand more anti-Semitic American deaths are worth it too in order to destroy anti-Semitic Iran! (where non-Zionist Jews have lived in peace for thousands of years)

    One has to look at the big picture, after all these days. And Never Again! is plucky little Israel going to coddle its enemies (all of us), as they build their modern day gas chambers = (claiming the Golan Heights as their own), or fire up their ovens = (acting like Iran shouldn’t be bombed into the stone age).

    The time for half-measures are over! Never Again!

  18. @MEexpert

    Pat asks regarding Venezuela: “Where would Trump get the authority for such a war?”
    Are you serious Pat?

    Wars require a Declaration of War by Congress! The US, therefore, hasn’t fought a legal war since WWII.

    Of course, what do you expect when Trump has appointed war criminals Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and now the despicable Eliot Abrams.

  19. @Colin Wright

    Indeed, with the next election 20 months away, the only thing holding Trump back could be his desire to be re-elected (if he chooses to run, that is). OTOH, the media will just present one side to the people as they try to brainwash them to rally ’round the flag.

    Pat says, rightly, that the current size of the Armed Forces is a fraction of what it used to be. I guess that shows how our young don’t want to get their ass shot off for nothing. Half of them can’t pass the physical anyway. So, any US wars of aggression must be fought in the air and with missiles. The US could not long sustain a major land war.

    And Washington cannot bring back the draft without major unrest in the streets and on college campuses. So the Neocon Imperialists are in a bind if they want to go after Iran, especially.

  20. I saw a report on RT last night from Rick Sanchez (he has a great REAL NEWS show). He says that Iran has shot down some unmanned US drones flying over Syria. Apparently Iran is well advanced in weapons technology, and knows how to reverse engineer them. At least one that had been shot down was deliberately blown up by a US bomber before the Iranians could get to it.

    Apparently this is not a false flag as Iranian generals have taken credit for it. I have yet to find this story in any US news source. Who knows where this may lead?

  21. Art says:

    Before the Warsaw conference called by the U.S. to discuss the Middle East, Bibi Netanyahu’s office tweeted: “This is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.”

    In Israel there is no credible political peace party. In America there is no credible political peace party.

    Hmm — where Jew money dominates – war is unenviable. Look at the Euro history of war and banking.

    Jew money and peaceful democracy cannot co-exist.

    Think Peace — Art

    • Replies: @Art
  22. @Rurik

    The real reason the treasonous scum “in his own party in Congress and even in his own administration” don’t want “us” leaving Syria, is because they’re concerned for Israel. Duh.

    A qualified yes. Qualified because they are not really concerned for Israel or the U.S. for that matter. They only want to feather their own nest.

    • Agree: Rurik
  23. @MEexpert

    Joe sixpack is not cheering this war. If anything, the working class has zero interest in more foreign adventures.

    The Zionists are cheering the prospect of war. The reason is simple: Iran and Hezbollah are deeply tied to Venezuela, deriving untold gobs of money from drug smuggling in the region. The VP of Venezuela is a Muslim Arab.

    https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obama-hezbollah-drug-trafficking-investigation/

    Take out Venezuela, you take out Hezbollah’s sources of income. Weaken them, and in a few years stage another invasion.

    • Troll: L.K
  24. One, two, three, four.
    Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
    Uncle Sam needs your help again.
    Yeah, he’s got himself in a terrible jam
    Way down yonder in Vietnam
    So put down your books and pick up a gun,
    Gonna have a whole lotta fun.
    And it’s one, two, three,
    What are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam;
    And it’s five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
    Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

    [MORE]

    Yeah, come on Wall Street, don’t be slow,
    Why man, this is war au-go-go
    There’s plenty good money to be made
    By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
    Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
    They drop it on the Viet Cong.
    And it’s one, two, three,
    What are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam.
    And it’s five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
    Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.
    Well, come on generals, let’s move fast;
    Your big chance has come at last.
    Now you can go out and get those reds
    ‘Cause the only good commie is the one that’s dead
    And you know that peace can only be won
    When we’ve blown ’em all to kingdom come.
    And it’s one, two, three,
    What are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam;
    And it’s five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
    Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.
    Come on mothers throughout the land,
    Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
    Come on fathers, and don’t hesitate
    To send your sons off before it’s too late.
    You can be the first ones in your block
    To have your boy come home in a box.
    And it’s one, two, three
    What are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam.
    And it’s five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
    Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

    – Country Joe and the Fish

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
    , @gsjackson
  25. Art says:
    @Art

    Jew money and peaceful democracy cannot co-exis

    Here is the US democracy under Jew control.

    Disenfranchising millions of Palestinians. How rotten – how disgusting – how Jewish!

    Trump State Dep’t describes Palestine as part of Israel

    Yesterday, Trump’s State Department characterized Palestine as part of Israel, seeming to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire West Bank.

    Said Arikat, a reporter for the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, asked State spokesperson Robert Palladino about US service to Palestinians once the U.S. consulate is merged with the embassy in South Jerusalem, reportedly next month.

    Palladino assured Arikat that the U.S. will still be involved with “all of Israel.”

    Yada …. yada …. yada

    “Finalizing the merger before rolling out the peace plan is an indicator that Trump is not pursuing a two-state solution. That’s a mistake. It accelerates the slide toward a binational state.”

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/describes-palestine-israel/

    “binational state” — what the hell is that? Sure thing – Jews are going share the country.

    Think Peace — Do NO Harm — Art

  26. MarkinLA says:
    @anon

    In that same timeframe, how many Nobel Prize winners came from Afghanistan. How many do you expect to come from Afghani immigrants?

  27. MarkinLA says:
    @TheJester

    Russia can supply China with all the oil and foodstuffs it needs while China can supply Russia with consumer goods. I don’t see this at all.

    • Replies: @TheJester
  28. tac says:

    A good video that ties recent events:

    • Replies: @Wally
  29. Asagirian says: • Website

    It’s the same old song.

    Welcome to the Ziogarchy. So much about Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign. He’s been tamed.

  30. @anon

    “Since 2000, thirty-nine percent of our Nobel Prize winners have been immigrants. A great many of our technology companies were started by immigrants or are now managed by them. Asian immigrants, mainly from China (including Taiwan), India, and Korea, make up about 17 percent of our current STEM workforce.

    Our [US}students are thirty-eighth in math proficiency and twenty-fourth in science. We rank forty-second in life expectancy, forty-fifth in press freedoms, nineteenth in respect for the rule of law, and seventeenth in quality of life “.

    Funny. Before we threw open our elite research universities and our borders to aliens, when we drew our scientists from our own native-born talent pool, we Americans led the world in every category of your list.

    America didn’t then and doesn’t now need to allow any foreign student to occupy a single seat at an American University. We are giving them access to our best facilities and, more importantly, to our tradition of excellence. Of course they will excel. They’re standing on our shoulders.

    • Agree: densa, Hail
  31. @jbwilson24

    Are you saying that Hezbollah has displaced the CIA in drug trafficking?

  32. Hail says: • Website
    @KenH

    probable war with Iran

    We’ve been hearing that since 2005. Has not happened; cannot be called probable.

    • Replies: @KenH
  33. TheJester says:
    @MarkinLA

    Russia can supply China with all the oil and foodstuffs it needs while China can supply Russia with consumer goods. I don’t see this at all.

    The Race is On …

    Oil, natural gas, natural resources, and consumer goods are of no use in the absence of lines of communication — highways, rail, rivers, oceans — to get products to consumers.

    The Chinese and Russian are aware of this. They are racing to get the oil pipelines from Russia to China and highway/rail bridges over the Siberian rivers completed as quickly as possible to ship Russian oil and natural resources to China and Chinese consumer goods to Russia. Recall the geographic point of contact between China and Russia borders the Siberian wastes. This has to be conquered.

    When completed, the pipelines and highways/rail lines will provide China and Russia internal lines of communication to bypass/check US naval power in the Pacific.

    The United States is aware of this, which is why it is racing to destroy Russia economically with sanctions before the new internal lines of communication between Russia and China check its naval power … and the Russian/Chinese-led worldwide retreat from dollar-based international trade destroys the value of the dollar.

  34. Wally says:
    @tac

    Hispanic Celebrities Trash Maduro at Richard Branson Concert: ‘Enough of Left-Wing Dictatorships’: https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/02/22/hispanic-celebrities-trash-maduro-concert-venezuela/

  35. SafeNow says:

    Commander In Chief thought: Amy Klobuchar throws things; has a temper. Not just a staffing issue. Disqualifying trait for a President. We expect police and Catholic School kids to be cool cucucumbers. We should expect no less of a President.

  36. @Stick

    The Bolivarian allegiance is far bigger than Maduro, you need to at least understand the depth of that. The Vietcong did not want to fight U.S. Marines either, but when a war lands on your home turf, you dig in…

  37. Did you forget about Nicaragua and Cuba Pat? Soon, there won’t be anywhere left for Trump, Bolton and Pompeo to plant an Israeli flag.

    “Domino effect: Pompeo vows US will help uproot ‘authoritarianism’ in Nicaragua & Cuba”

    “First Venezuela, now Nicaragua? Bolton says Ortega’s days ‘numbered’ & people ‘will soon be free’ “

  38. Realist says:
    @Rurik

    I don’t see that. I see these (extremely unpopular) wars being imposed on the American public by a Deepstate under the thrall of the zio-fiend.

    Trump is part of the Deep State.

  39. @Rosamond Vincy

    Some inspired stuff on that album, despite knowing how the name of the band came to be:
    — ( https://www.classicrockforums.com/threads/country-joe-the-fish-official-thread.13319/ )

  40. bluedog says:
    @Stick

    Depend on many things, you know we have never been very good at jungle fighting Nam showed us that,and when the body bags come winging in at mid-night Trump can kiss good-bye to any chance of a second term,which would be a very good thing.!!

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  41. Patrick Buchanan is right to warn that the US is ‘on the cusp of collisions with Venezuela and Iran.’ Against Caracas it runs the risk of unleashing a Latin American Spring. The Arab one was a disaster for the Middle East – and Europe. The United States does not need such upheaval on its own borders. It has enough problems globally. If regime change in Tehran is critical to Washington’s vital interests then saving it is of equal importance – if not more – to Russia. This is what could bring the two nuclear powers into conflict.
    As the planet hurtles towards nuclear war it is essential that everyone defines what their core interests are. Survival is the most important: existential threat is the main reason a nation will go to war, with nuclear powers that is the fall-back position of Deterrence doctrine. It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the scenarios where Mutual Assured Destruction will be resorted to, when vital interest (ie survival) is at risk. If one side is not able to back down, as in the Cuban Missile Crisis or the Euro Missile Crisis, the result will be war – nuclear annihilation. The warnings from history are there, the pattern clear.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  42. @The Alarmist

    Mr. Buchanan observes, “For Afghans who cast their lot with the Americans, it would not go well.”

    This demonstrates the brilliance of the Bolton/Pompeo/Abrams/Boot and Kristol strategy in Central America. Trump can now shut down our Afghanistan quagmire by using our Pashtun friends to deliver crates of peanut butter and Pampers across the borders of Colombia and Brazil into Venezuela. Heck, get some Iranians involved in the relief effort, too. Then they can stay there, while Trump allocates Pentagon funds to build the Wall, insuring that all these tawny recipients of American benevolence don’t migrate north into MAGA Country.

  43. KenH says:
    @Hail

    We’ve been hearing that since 2005. Has not happened; cannot be called probable.

    That doesn’t mean that it won’t. Only Obama’s eight year presidency interrupted and stymied those efforts at Iranian regime change and it’s no cohencidence that threats and economic sanctions against Iran have intensified since shabbos goy Trump was elected since he’s much more amenable to Israel’s region foreign policy objectives.

    A false flag terrorist attack or cherry picked intelligence about a secret Iranian nuclear weapons and you’ll find this nation at war.

  44. KenH says:
    @anon

    I see MarkinLA and ThreeCranes put you in your place.

    Our [US}students are thirty-eighth in math proficiency and twenty-fourth in science. We rank forty-second in life expectancy, forty-fifth in press freedoms, nineteenth in respect for the rule of law, and seventeenth in quality of life “.— Ambassador Chas W. Freeman,

    So where does Afghanistan rank? They don’t even crack the top 100 in any category, yet you think they all possess the genetic potential to become nobel prize winners if we just let them in. How come they can never achieve anything of significance in their native lands?

    The decline in our education and quality of life metrics corresponds to the increase of our third world population. You can thank Jewish power for the decline in press freedom. The U.S. is descending into the shitholes whence most of these people came. A few high achievers in the small Asian Indian and Oriental communities (most of whom attended supermajority white private or public schools) doesn’t change that.

    U.S. quality of life is currently #8 according to U.S. News and World Report. Mexico is sitting at #35. How will our quality of life improve as the Mexican segment of the population increases and the white segment declines? Six of the seven nations ranked higher than the U.S. are European nations with two of those nations (UK & Germany) providing much of the founding racial stock of America. There was also a small Swedish presence in early America and they clock in at #6.

    Race and genes matter.

  45. Greed knows no bounds. The darkened soul cut off
    From God knows but the counsels of Endor,
    Feasting on feces fed by Prince Dummkopf,
    Captain in drag of Jezebel’s splendor.

  46. L.K says:

    The corporate media claimed Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal investigated—at a giant supermarket in Caracas.

  47. Asagirian says: • Website

    I wonder how Buchanan feels about Trump and his globohomo initiative against nations that criminalize homosexuality. LOL. Total Clown World. A world of Suprehomocists.

    Of course, the truth is the globohomo agenda isn’t really about the decriminalization of homosexuality. Most people wouldn’t mind if every nation de-criminalized homosexuality because, after all, some people are born that way.

    What the Jewish-Supremacist US is trying to do is to spread globo-homo as the new religion, the new faith. After all, if the ‘gay agenda’ is supposed to be secular and modern, why are homos and Jews pushing it even into churches? Why are they trying to associate globohomo with God and Jesus? This is about Gay Rites than ‘gay rights’, It’s a celebration and consecration of holy homo as new angels. On the one hand, Jews and homos target Christian bakers for not making ‘gay wedding cakes’ on the basis of secular rights trumping religious rights, but these same people promote globohomo as something sacred, something that cannot be questioned, something that must be accepted on faith. NO MORE DISCUSSION, NO MORE DEBATE. Holy Homo is now canonical. We must agree with homocentric ass-tromy. And the inquisitors target opponents of globohomo as heretics and blasphemers. The opponents are called ‘homophobes’, implying they are clinically mad or spiritually diseased. And globohomo doesn’t rely on reason and logic. Notice how the agenda/propaganda tricks us by associating homosexuality with ‘rainbow’ colors. They do this because anyone who REALLY thinks honestly about homosexuality realizes how gross it is. It’s about sodomy, and trannies are about penis-cutting. So, globohomo had to associate homosexuality with terms like ‘gay’, ‘rainbow’ colors, and weepy ‘victim’ narratives to distract people from the TRUTH about homosexuality.
    It’s like how they marketed smoking to women. Smoking is unhealthy, dangerous, and leads to disease. It’s bad for the skin and makes women age faster and look ugly. But advertising associated smoking with gorgeous women, with style, glamour, and class. Thus, the mass impression became ‘smoking = beauty’ when, in fact, smoking = bad skin and ugliness and disease. Now, what iare homosexuality and tranny-business really about? They’re about homo fecal penetration and penis-and-balls cutting. So, globohomo masked the ugly fact by associating homosexuality with ‘rainbow’ colors.

    Furthermore, globohomo is not about more freedom for all the world. After all, the very people who decry the criminalization of homosexuality in other nations fully support the criminalization of speech that is critical of homo-supremacism in the West and supposedly ‘misgenders’ trannies. (In the inverted world of the Current Year, a man with a wig calling himself a ‘woman’ is proper-gendering, and a guy who corrects him and says he is still a man is ‘misgendering’.) NY has laws fining people for insisting that a man with a wig is still a man. Women who say trannies are NOT real women are denounced and blacklisted. So much for freedom and ‘liberal democratic’ values. What we have is Jewish-Homo autocracy in actual practice.

    We need to call it by what it is: Rank hypocrisy. US is not a liberal democracy. It is a supremacist state that favors Jews over Palestinians and favors vanity over sanity. Most people don’t mind tolerating homos; the real problem is we are being FORCED to praise, honor,and celebrate homos. It’s obligatory, like everyone under communism had to clap for the Big Boss and the Party. Jewish supremacists are behind this as homo-supremacists are their main allies.

    Jewish globalists claim to be liberal democrats, but that’s a pile of dung. If so, why are they pushing for censorship all around the West? Why are they forcing US government and taxpayers to support Zionist supremacist tyranny over Palestinians? Israel has 300 nukes, so why is it above the law whereas Iran, which has no nukes, is sanctioned?

    Jews are using globohomo partly against Iran, but they will conveniently overlook that homosexuals are treated far worse in Saudi Arabia, a compliant dog of the Jewish-American empire. Also, the US will conveniently overlook its role in having aided extreme Jihadis who literally threw homos off roofs in Syria and elsewhere. And of course, Jews and Trump say NOTHING about West Bank continuing to be stolen by Jewish settlers.

    The globohomo way isn’t only to decriminalize homosexuality around the world but to promote it as the new compulsory religion. It has already come to fruition in the US and EU. If anyone is critical about filthy homo ‘sex’ or tranny penis-cutting, he is deplatformed — effectively thrown off the internet roof –, fired from jobs, and even denied banking service. What a liberal democracy!
    For similar reasons, BDS has been criminalized so that people for justice for Palestinians are fired from government jobs. Jewish Power is turning out to be 1000x worse than Joe McCarthy. Jewish globalists posturing as liberal democrats is a smokescreen, a canard. They are tribal supremacists working with World Gayry to gain hegemony around the world. And look at all those cuck whites. Trump acts so tough, and Mike Pence is supposed to be such a good Christian, but they both silently bend over to take it up the arse from globohomo power. Worthless cucks. Trump is scump.

    This picture says it all. From ‘Onward Christian soldiers’ to ‘Forward globo-homo imperialists’. Yes, we have arrived at THAT moment in history.

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  48. As with 99% of the rest of America’s politicians, Trump is under the sway of Israeli Hitler.

    • Replies: @anon
  49. @Asagirian

    I used to consider myself an LGBT “ally.” The movement’s fanaticism has caused me to re-think that allegiance. A case in point: There’s a transsexual in my workplace and though I have no problem with that, I try to speak to her as little as possible. I have nothing against this person, she’s probably OK. But I’m terrified of accidentally making an “offensive” remark and being thrown under the rainbow bus.

  50. anon[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    “This downplaying of neoconservative influence in “what happened after the downfall of the regime in Baghdad” is curious, and Perle is not the only person to have tried it. Max Boot, writing in the same 2004 collection as Kristol, does the same thing when, after naming Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby, Elliott Abrams, and Perle as neoconservatives who served Bush, he argues:

    Each of these policy-makers has been an outspoken advocate for aggressive and, if necessary, unilateral action by the United States to promote democracy, human rights, and free markets, and to maintain U.S. primacy around the world. While this list seems impressive, it also reveals that the neocons have no representatives in the administration’s top tier.

    But apparently it didn’t matter that there were no neoconservatives in top positions—not when one considers the knowledge and prior government experience of Vice President Cheney, the neoconservatives’ sponsor. In A World Transformed, George H.W. Bush writes of Cheney that he “knew how policy was made.” Barton Gellman observes in Angler, his book about Cheney: “Most of the government’s work, Cheney knew, never reached the altitude of Senate-confirmed appointees. Reliable people in mid-level posts would have the last word on numberless decisions about where to spend or not spend money, whom to regulate, how to enforce.” In the end avoiding the highest positions in the administration makes it all the more easy to dodge blame.

    ♦♦♦

    Americans are painfully familiar with stories like this one, in which a coterie of advisors takes policy in a dangerous direction with little or no knowledge on the part of the president. But the case of the Iraq War and the decisions that followed the toppling of Saddam Hussein has a unique importance—because we are still living with the consequences, and others are dying for them.

    Democrats may be tempted to dismiss all that happened in the Bush years as simply the other party’s fault. Republicans have a comforting myth of their own in the belief that President Bush’s 2007 “surge” of U.S. forces into Iraq ended the country’s instability, which only returned after President Obama fully withdrew troops from Iraq in 2011. But as the role of Walter Slocombe—the Democratic counterpart to Doug Feith in more ways than one—illustrates, Clintons no less than Bushes are susceptible to this personnel problem.

    Republicans, meanwhile, should consider retired Lt. Col. Gian Gentile’s verdict that “the reduction in violence” in Iraq in 2007 “had more to do with the Iraqis than the Americans,” specifically with the Sunni tribesmen’s newfound willingness to fight (for a price) alongside Americans against al-Qaeda and with Moqtada al-Sadr’s de-escalation of Shi’ite activity. But regardless of what the surge did or did not contribute to quelling the bloodshed in Iraq, the intensity of the civil war that raged there in the first place was in considerable part a product of misguided de-Baathification and disbanding policies—and the Islamic State today depends on the military and intelligence forces that Bremer, Feith, and Slocombe casually dismissed.

    When you have the wrong diagnosis, you risk coming to the wrong solution, no matter how clever you think you are. As the GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential election have made their campaigns official, they have been pummeled with hindsight questions about the Iraq War and ISIS, and no one has a harder time facing this than Jeb Bush. In order to correctly address what to do about the Islamic State, it is important to acknowledge what specifically went wrong with decision-making in the Iraq War.

    This episode highlights a weakness in the executive branch that is ripe for exploitation under any administration. When the neoconservative Frank Gaffney, speaking about George W. Bush, told Vanity Fair, “This president has tolerated, and the people around him have tolerated, active, ongoing, palpable insubordination and skullduggery that translates into subversion of his policies,” it seems incredible to think that he failed to see the irony of his assertion. But for those who have a deep understanding of how the government works, it is quite possible to undermine a president, then step back and pretend to have had minimal involvement, and finally stand in judgment. But now that the story is known, the American people can be the judges.” The American Conservative .

    John Hay is a former executive branch official under Republican administrations.

  51. L.K says:

    Buchanan:

    Yet, even given the brutality of the (Venezuelan)regime and the suffering of the people

    Meh. Interesting how Buchanan always manages to slip in some BS propaganda in nearly every article he writes. Like with the above quote or the utter BS about Iranian ties to Al-CIAda…

    Trump Regime Launches Coup in Venezuela: Here’s What You Need to Know

    Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Liberty Report and RonPaulInstitute.org joins us today to discuss the turmoil taking place in Venezuela, where a US-backed coup is once again taking place. We discuss the roots of the current crisis, how and why Trump and the neocons are involving themselves, and what anti-war activists need to do to confront this latest round of propaganda for imperial interventionism.

  52. @bluedog

    Vietnam: The Australian War by Paul Hamm shows that the the Aussies used much more effective jungle fighting tactics (learned in WWII) but were used instead by the US to draw the enemy into battle allowing for US heavy firepower to be used resulting in so many casualties due to “friendly fire” incidents.

  53. gsjackson says:
    @Rosamond Vincy

    In 1971, when I was on active duty with the Marine Reserves (to keep my young butt out of the draft and Vietnam), on weekends I would sometimes take a bus from Camp Lejeune headed toward the D.C. area. It was full of regular Marines who had served in Vietnam. They always broke into a full-throated version of this song.

  54. @jbwilson24

    Just because Hezbollah kicked the daylights out of you Israelis doesn’t mean they have anything to do with drug smuggling. Indeed drug smuggling has always had a lot of chosenites involved in it.

    • Replies: @MEexpert
  55. The problem with Venezuela is that most people (idiots) believe the lies of the media:

    For exemaple: ”For the BBC, Venezuela’s democratic record, human rights legislation, food programmes, healthcare initiatives and poverty reduction did not happen. The greatest literacy programme in human history did not happen, just as the millions who march in support of Maduro and in memory of Chavez, do not exist.

    ‘It is too difficult to report the collapse of oil prices since 2014 as largely the result of criminal machinations by Wall Street. It is too difficult to report the blocking of Venezuela’s access to the US-dominated international financial system as sabotage. It is too difficult to report Washington’s “sanctions” against Venezuela, which have caused the loss of at least $6billion in Venezuela’s revenue since 2017, including $2billion worth of imported medicines, as illegal, or the Bank of England’s refusal to return Venezuela’s gold reserves as an act of piracy.”

    The US and European Campaign to Overthrow Nicolas Maduro Is A ‘Coup by Media’

    https://ahtribune.com/world/americas/venezuela/2908-nicolas-maduro-coup-by-media.html

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  56. At the Munich Security Conference, however, NATO allies Britain, France and Germany recommitted to the Iran nuclear treaty from which Trump withdrew, and to improved economic relations with Tehran.

    Excellent complement:

    ”Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is even a long-term lobbyist for the hyper-violent Marxist Iranian extremist group, the MEK which was even branded a ‘terrorist group’ by the US government.”

    The Warsaw jamboree was also supposed to set the stage for Trump’s much ballyhooed Mideast ‘peace’ plan. Run by son-in-law Jared Kushner, the full plan is expected to be released in April, right after Israeli elections. It will likely consist of trying to buy off Palestinian land claims with US taxpayer money and some cash from the Saudis. America’s Arab client states in the region will all provide polite applause.

    The Warsaw jamboree produced no evident results and left the US even more isolated than before. Europe is moving ahead with a financial mechanism to permit trade with Iran that circumvents US sanctions. US intelligence itself reports that Iran is not working in nuclear weapons. Europe wants to trade with Iran.

    From:

    Hate-Fest in Warsaw

    (emphasis added)

    https://ahtribune.com/world/europe/2894-hate-fest-in-warsaw.html

  57. Anon[253] • Disclaimer says:

    <

    Or is Trump prepared to use military force to bring down Maduro and install Juan Guaido, the president of the national assembly who has declared himself president of Venezuela?

    Question: Why is the role played by Canada, its state-owned obsessive compulsive CBC disorder, as well as its Liberals corporation such as SNC Lavalin NEVER MENTIONED anywhere?

    Hands Off Venezuela, Canada and US Go Home

    British colony Kanada in Venezuela: ”Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be fooling some of the people, some of the time. But he is now under attack at home for corruption . His accusers say that he has obstructed justice in the world-wide corruption scandal involving the powerful international Canadian conglomerate SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin is a mining, energy and engineering company that is typical of the corrupt face of Canadian imperialism .”

    Trudeau’s conspiracy with Trump to overthrow the internationally recognized government of Venezuela has unmasked Canada as a second-rate imperial power. Upon closer look, Canada has been protecting its oil and mining companies that have been raping Latin American countries”

    British colony Canada in Honduras: ”Honduras is just one example of what happens when a democratically elected leader is overthrown by a US and Canadian-backed coup; Canadian mining companies move in. It is all exposed in the book “Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras”, by Tyler Shipley.”

    ”The current Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland recently referred to Venezuela as being in “Canada’s backyard”. As the SNC-Lavalin case illustrates, the Canadian “backyard” of imperialism also extends to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and former Soviet Union republics, such as Ukraine.”

    https://ahtribune.com/world/americas/venezuela/2884-canada-usa-go-home.html

    • Replies: @APilgrim
    , @APilgrim
  58. anon1 says:

    “Us”, “our”, “we”. Quit with the pronouns. The empire and ordinary Americans are not one and the same.

  59. MEexpert says:
    @2stateshmustate

    Just because Hezbollah kicked the daylights out of you Israelis doesn’t mean they have anything to do with drug smuggling.

    It is a fashion now to blame everything on Iran and Hezbollah. No one talks about Israel trafficking in human body parts.

  60. APilgrim says:
    @J. A- Rochel.

    This month, Yahoo shared on its front page content from yet another anti-Jewish, 9/11 conspiracy site and with it, predictably, glaring falsehoods. As was the case last year when it promoted the hate site Veterans News Now, Yahoo seems to have been drawn in by the fringe site’s anti-Israel calumny. “Israel Tortures Palestinian Children; Keeps Them In Outdoor Cages in Winter: Rights Group,” claims a headline by a new website calling itself American Herald Tribune, cross-posted by the “murky” and “obscure” Mint Press, and given entry into the mainstream by the gatekeepers at Yahoo.

  61. APilgrim says:
    @Anon

    ‘YAHOO PROMOTES (ANOTHER) FRINGE HATE SITE’, BY: GILEAD INI JANUARY 22, 2016, https://www.camera.org/article/yahoo-promotes-another-fringe-hate-site/

    Two fringe websites that had previously been featured on Yahoo’s front page are now blocked from the internet giant’s news feed, a Yahoo spokesperson informed CAMERA today. Readers raised concerns after extreme and inaccurate anti-Israel articles by Veterans News Now and American Herald Tribune, the latter cross-posted by another fringe site called MintPress News, appeared on Yahoo’s front-page feed. The sites often publish anti-Israel, anti-Jewish, and anti-gay bigotry, along with Holocaust denial and September 11 conspiracy theories.

    After CAMERA yesterday questioned Yahoo about its promotion of a distorted MintPress piece originally authored by American Herald Tribune, a spokesperson replied that “MintPressNews does not uphold the editorial standards of Yahoo and was immediately blocked on January 21.” The spokesperson also noted that Veterans News Now was blocked in December 2014. This was shortly after CAMERA informed Yahoo of VNN’s virulent anti-Jewish bigotry.

  62. The mighty Empire stretches across disparate continents and cultures, and yet, more and more of its citizens cannot afford to keep a roof over their heads.

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