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The Neocons never cease to amaze me and their latest stunt with Venezuela falls into this bizarre category of events which are both absolutely unthinkable and simultaneously absolutely predictable. This apparent logical contradiction is the direct result of a worldview and mindset which is, I believe, unique to the Neocons: a mix of imperial hubris and infinite arrogance, a complete lack of decency, a total contempt for the rest of mankind, crass ignorance, a narcissist/sociopath’s inability to have any kind of empathy or imagine another guy’s reaction and, finally, last but most certainly not least, crass stupidity. There is so much which can be said about the latest US aggression on Venezuela that entire books could be (and will be) written about this, but I want to begin by look at a few specific but nonetheless very symptomatic aspects:

“In your face” stupidity or bootcamp-like deliberate public humiliation?

Remember the almost universal reaction of horror when Bolton was appointed as National Security Advisor? Well, apparently, either the Neocons completely missed that, which I doubt, or they did what they always do and decided to double-down by retrieving Elliott Abrams from storage and appointing him US Special Envoy to Venezuela. I mean, yes, of course, the Neocons are stupid and sociopathic enough not to ever care about others, but in this case I think that we are dealing with a “Skripal tactic”: do something so ridiculously stupid and offensive that it places all your vassals before a stark choice: either submit and pretend like you did not notice or, alternatively, dare to say something and face with wrath of Uncle Shmuel (the Neocon’s version of Uncle Sam). And it worked, in the name of “solidarity” or whatever else, the most faithful lackeys of the Empire immediate fell in line behind the latest US aggression against a sovereign nation in spite of the self-evident fact that this aggression violates every letter of the most sacred principles of international law. This is exactly the same tactic as when they make you clean toilets with a toothbrush or do push-ups in the mud during basic training: not only to condition you to total obedience, but to make you publicly give up any semblance of dignity.

MAGA? really?
MAGA? really?

This is not just a case of history repeating itself like a farce, however. It is hard to overstate how totally offensive a character like Elliott Abrams is for every Latin American who remembers the bloody US debacle in Nicaragua. US vassals now have to give up any type of pretend-dignity in front of their own people and act as if Abrams was a respectable and sane human being.

I believe that this kind of “obedience conditioning by means of humiliation” is not just a case of the Neocons being idiots, but a deliberate tactic which will, of course, backfire and end up hurting US puppets worldwide (just like the pro-US Russian “liberal” opposition was eviscerated as a result of being associated by the Russian public opinion with the US policies against Russia, especially in the Ukraine).

Finally, these appointments also show that the senior-Neocons are frightened and paranoid as there are still plenty of very sharp junior-Neocon folks to chose from in the US, yet they felt the need to get Abrams from conservation and place him in a key position in spite of the strong smell of naphthalene emanating from him. This reminds me of the gerontocrats of the Soviet Politburo in the worst stagnation years who had to appoint the likes of Chernenko to top positions.

The one thing the Mr MAGA’s administration has in common with the late Brezhevian Politburo is its total inability to get anything done. My wife refers to the folks in the White House (since Dubya came to power) as the “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” and she is right (she always is!): they just can’t really get anything done anymore – all their half-assed pseudo-successes are inevitably followed by embarrassing failures.

As I wrote in my article “The good news about the Trump Presidency: stupid can be good!” these folks will only precipitate the collapse of the AngloZionist Empire, which is a very good thing. The bad thing is, of course, that the Neocons are negating any chance for a gradual, phased, collapse and are, instead, creating a dynamic in which a sudden, catastrophic, collapse becomes much more likely.

Now we have all seen the latest antic from Bolton: showing up with a yellow pad with “5,000 troops to Colombia” written on it. Again, this might be a case of Bolton being senile or not giving a damn, but I doubt it. I think that this is just another oh-so-subtle way to threaten Venezuela with a US-led invasion. And, really, why not?

If the Empire thinks it has the authority and power to decide who the President of Venezuela should be, it has to logically back up this stance with a threat, especially since there is no US authority, moral or otherwise, left.

The obvious question here is how this threat will be received in Venezuela and that largely depends on how credible that threat is. Now, “5,000 troops” could mean anything, ranging from a infantry brigade combat team to the typical US mix of as many putatively “special” forces as possible (to make every service happy and give everybody a piece of the expected (but never achieved) “victory pie” – many careers in the US depend on that kind of stuff). At this point in time, I rather not speculate and get technical about how such a force could be structured. Let’s just assume that it will be an overall credible and well-packaged force and try to speculate how the Venezuelans could react to it.

The state of the Venezuelan military

ORDER IT NOW

Here I am particularly lucky as I have a close and trusted Latin American friend who is now a retired Lt-Colonel who spent many months in Venezuela working with the Venezuelan military in a capacity which I cannot disclose, but which gave him quasi-total access to every unit and military facility in the country and who, just a couple of years ago, shared with me his impression of the Venezuelan military. Here is what he told me:

A military, any military, is always the product of the society which produces it and this is also true of Venezuela. It would be silly to admit that the Venezuelan economy is a total mess while expecting the Venezuelan armed forces to be a shining example of professionalism, honesty and patriotism. The sad reality is very different.

For one thing, much of the Venezuelan military is hopelessly corrupt, as is the rest of society. In a country whose economy is imploding, this is hardly surprising. Furthermore, for years both Chavez and Maduro have fought an uphill battle to remove as many potential traitors and class enemies (in a Marxist sense of the word) from the Venezuelan military and replace them with “socially close” (a Bolshevik concept) elements from the poorer sections of society. Truth be told, this was a partially successful strategy as seen by the fact that during this latest coup attempt the Venezuelan military overwhelmingly supported the Venezuelan Constitution and the legitimacy of Maduro. And yet that kind of loyalty often comes at the costs of professionalism and at the risk of corruption as seen by the case of the Venezuelan military attache to the US who clearly was a US agent. I am afraid that the current situation in Venezuela might be similar to what it was in Syria in the very early stages of the AngloZionist war against this country when scores of top officials of the Syrian government proved to be traitors and/or US agents. In Syria the government eventually re-took control of the situation, but only with a great deal of help from Iran and Russia and after almost being toppled by the US-run Takfiri forces.

The good news here, according to my friend, is that the Venezuelan special forces (army special forces, jungle infantry troops, “Caribe” counter insurgency units, airborne units, etc) are in a much better shape and that they could form the core of a resistance force to the invasion, not unlike what the Republican Guard eventually did in Iraq. But the biggest difference with Iraq is that in Venezuela the majority of the people are still backing Maduro and that any invasion force should expect to meet a lot of resistance of the type which the US encountered in Iraq after the invasion of the country. Also, there was a fragile truce of sorts between Hugo Chavez and various Left-wing guerillas who agreed to stop their military operations, but who also kept all their weapons “just in case”. This “case” has now happened and we can expect that any US invasion will trigger an immediate re-emergence of a Left-wing guerilla force which, combined with popular support and the key role of a core of patriotic Venezuelan special forces could form a very dangerous combination, especially in the mid to long term.

Keep in mind that corrupt officers don’t like combat and that while they might aid a US invasion force, they will only do so as long as things seem to go the easy way, but as soon as things go south (which is what always happens to US invasion forces) they will run as fast as they can. So while the endemic corruption now will be a problem for the Maduro government, it will become a problem for the US as soon the legitimate government is toppled.

Comparisons are necessarily tricky and crude, but with this caveat in mind, don’t think “Syria” but rather think “Iraq” when considering the possible outcomes of a US invasion.

The state of the Venezuelan people

This is really crucial. Hugo Chavez’ reforms alienated a lot of Venezuelans, especially those who made their fortunes by servicing US interests and who became your typical Latin American version of a comprador class. Much of the middle-class also got hurt and are angry. However, these same reforms also empowered huge numbers of destitute and poor Venezuelans who, for the first time, felt that the government stood for their interests and who remember what it was like to live in abject poverty under a US-backed regime. These folks probably have no illusion about what the toppling of this government would mean for them and they are likely to fight hard, if not necessarily competently, to keep the little rights and means they acquired during the Chavez years. There is even what is sometimes referred to “Chavistas without Chavez” which some describe as potential back-stabbing traitors while other see them as more pragmatic, less ideological, faction of Chavez supporters who decry Chavez’ mistakes but don’t want their country to turn into a Colombia-style US colony. Whatever may be the case, Hugo Chavez’ pro-popular policies left a very profound mark on the country and you can expect that a lot of Venezuelans will take up arms and resist any US/Colombian invasion.

Would you trust that face?
Would you trust that face?

Here I think we can all express our heartfelt gratitude to Mr MAGA whose appointment of Elliott “Iran-Contra” Abrams has done more than any government sponsored propaganda to clearly and bluntly explain to the Venezuelan people who is doing what to them and why.

Seriously, Ron Paul or Tulsi Gabbard speaking of democracy is one thing, but having gangsters and psychopathic thugs like Pompeo, Bolton or Abrams in charge really sends a message and that message is that we are dealing with a banal case of highway robbery triggered by two very crude considerations:

  • First, to re-take control of Venezuela’s immense natural resources.
  • Second, to prove to the world that Uncle Shmuel can still, quote, “pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business“, unquote.
President Macrobama?
President Macrobama?

The obvious problem is that 1) nobody takes the US seriously because 2) the US has not been capable of defeating any country capable of resistance since many decades already. The various US special forces, which would typically spearhead any invasion, have an especially appalling record of abject failures every time they stop posing for cameras and have to engage in real combat. I assure you that nobody in the Venezuelan military cares about movies like “Rambo” or “Delta Force” while they carefully studied US FUBARs in Somalia, Grenada, Iran and elsewhere. You can also bet that the Cubans, who have had many years of experience dealing with the (very competent) South African special forces in Angola and elsewhere will share their experience with their Venezuelan colleagues.

Last but not least, there are a lot of weapons in circulation in Venezuela and which the various popular militias and National Guard would be more than happy to further distribute to the local population if any invasion appears to be successful.

The State of the Empire and its puppet-President Macrobama

Well, here the famous “insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again expecting different results” is the best possible description of US actions. Just look at this sequence:

Does all this not look boringly familiar?

Does this bizarre mix of Neocons, gerontocrats and deepstaters really, sincerely, believe that this time around they will “win” (however you define that)?!

More relevantly – has this recipe ever worked in the past? I would say that if we accept, for argument’s sake, that the goal is to “restore democracy” then obviously “no”. But if the goal is to wreck a country, then it has worked, quite a few times indeed.

Next, a few misplaced hopes

I am getting a lot of emails suggesting that Russia might do in Venezuela what she did in Syria. Let me immediately tell you that this is not going to happen. Yes, there are a lot of Russians in Venezuela, but the “Russians are not coming”. For one thing, I will never cease to repeat that the Russian intervention in Syria was a very small one, and that even if this small force proved formidable, it was really acting primarily as a force multiplier for the Iranians, Hezbollah and the Syrian government forces. And yet, even the deployment of this very small force necessitated a huge logistics effort from Russia whose military (being a purely defensive one) is simply not structured for long-distance power projection. Syria is about 1000km from Russia. Venezuela is about 10 times (!) further. Yes, I know,a few Tu-160 visited the country twice now and there are Russian advisors in the country and the Venezuelans have a few pretty good Russian weapons systems. But here, again, this is a game of numbers. Limited numbers of Russian-made combat aircraft (fixed and rotary wing), air defense missiles or even large numbers of advanced MANPADs or assault rifles won’t do the trick against a determined US-Colombian invasion. Finally, there is no Venezuelan equivalent to Iran or Hezbollah (an outside ally and friend) which would be capable and willing to deploy real combat forces for actual, sustained combat against the invader.

Next comes terrain. Yes, much of Venezuela is difficult to access, but not for jungle-experienced forces which both the US military and the Colombians have. Furthermore, there is absolutely no need to invade the entire country to topple the legitimate government. For that all you need is to control is a few key facilities in a few key locations and you are done. For example, I don’t see the USAF or USN wasting any time in air-to-air combat against the (few) Venezuelan Sukhois – they will simply destroy them in their hangars along with their runways and air combat management radars and command posts. So the terrain will not prevent the Empire of suppressing Venezuelan air defenses and as soon as this is done, you can expect the usual mix of bomb and missile strikes which will create chaos, wreck command and control capabilities and, basically, disorganize much of the military. Finally, US forces in Colombia and USN ships off the Venezuelan coast will enjoy a safe harbor from which to launch as many strikes as they want.

Next, hopes that Russia and China will somehow resuscitate the Venezuelan economy are also ill-founded. First, neither country is interested in pouring money into a bottomless pit. It is one thing to sign contracts which are likely to eventually produce a return on investment and quite another to dump money into a bottomless pit (as the US and Europe have found out in the Ukraine). Second, the Venezuelan economy is so deeply enmeshed in the US-UK run international financial system that neither China nor Russia can do anything about it. That is not to say that US sanctions, subversion and sabotage did not play a major role in the collapse of the Venezuelan economy, they sure did, but it is equally true (at least to Russian specialists) that many of the Chavista reforms were botched, a lot of them were a case of too little too late, and that it will take years to refloat the Venezuelan economy.

Finally, we are comparing apples to oranges here: the task of the AngloZionists is to destroy the Venezuelan economy while the Chinese and Russian task would be, at least in theory, to rescue it. Destroying is so much easier than building, that the entire comparison is logically flawed and fundamentally unfair.

I really mean no offense to the supporters of Hugo Chavez and his ideals (I very much include myself in this category) but anybody who has been to, or near, Venezuela will tell you that destitute Venezuelans are not only running out of the country in large numbers, but they also contribute to destabilize the neighboring states. So we should have no Pollyannish notions about all the reports about the economic and social collapse in Venezuela as only “US propaganda”. Sadly, much of it is true even if often exaggerated, lopsided and missing all the very real successes of the Chavez reforms, hence the continuous popular support, in spite of it all, the Maduro government continues to enjoy. Still, the overall picture is very bleak and it will take Venezuela consistent and correct action to recover from the current plight.

So is there still hope? Yes, absolutely!

ORDER IT NOW

I recently replied the following to a friend asking me about a possible Russian intervention in Venezuela “I place my own hopes not in the Venezuelan military, or in Chinese or Russian help, but on the amazing ability of the Americans to f*** up. At the end of the day, that is our biggest ally: the US stupidity, ignorance, arrogance and cowardice“.

Think of what currently passes as a “policy” of the US in Venezuela as a diagnostic tool.

Not just to diagnose the moral degeneracy and mental pathology of the leaders of the AngloZionist Empire, but also to diagnose the very real state of despair and chaos of the Empire itself. Under Obama, for all his faults and weaknesses, the US succeeded in subverting a list of crucial Latin American countries (like Brazil or Argentina) but now, with Mr MAGA, it can’t even do that. The kind of antics we see from the Pompeo, Bolton & Abrams gang is amazing in its crudeness and, frankly, makes a supposed “indispensable nation” look absolutely ridiculous. These losers already had to fold several times, in spite of equally hyperbolic threats delivered with maximal gravitas (think DPRK here), and yet they still think that crude bullying methods can yield success. They can’t. Immense firepower is not a substitute for brains.

In its short and blood-soaked history, the US has pretty much always acted like some criminal enterprise run by brutal gangsters, but in the past some of these gangsters could be extremely well educated and intelligent (think James Baker here). Today, their guns are still lying around (albeit in various states of disrepair), but they are wielded by ignorant retards. Yes, ignorant retards with guns can be very dangerous, but they can never be effective!

Conclusion

Right now the US, backed by its various colonies and vassal states, appears to be ready to deliver a death blow to Venezuela and, truth be told, they might be able to do just that. But, for whatever it is worth, my gut feeling is that they will fail again, even against the weakest countries of the Axis of Resistance. That is not to say that Venezuela is not in a heap of critical problems. But I believe that in spite of being in a critical condition, Venezuela will be able to bounce back, just like Syria did. After all, the Syrian example proves that it *is* possible to resist a superior invading force while at the same time successfully engaging in critically needed reforms. Yes, today’s Caracas is in very bad shape, but the city of Aleppo was in a much worse shape until it was liberated, and now quasi-normal life has returned to it (in sharp contrast to the US liberated devastated city of Raqqa which still lies in ruins). Yankees (to use the usual Latin-American expression) are just like their Israeli overlords: they are capable of devastating violence but they have no staying power: if things don’t go their way fast, really fast, they run and barricade themselves somewhere faraway from danger. In our case, they might even do what they did in Iraq and Afghanistan: build obscenely huge embassies, create a special zone around them, and sit tight while the country is engulfed in a bloody civil war. This way, they can provide CNN & Co. with footage of a “peaceful neighborhood” while still claiming that the Stars and Strips are still proudly flying high over the enemy’s capital and that “these colors don’t run”. This would be a disastrous outcome for the Venezuelan nation and this is why we all have to try to prevent this, by speaking out before the US further wrecks yet another country.

Hopefully the memory of past completely failed, humiliating and bloody invasions will convince the right people at the Pentagon to do whatever it takes to prevent the US from launching yet another stupid and immoral war of choice on behalf of the Neocons.

 
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  1. I am reminded of Pompeo’s Mideast rip recently where he “stood tall” with the bloody Sunni-Salafist dictators in Bahrain who viciously oppress the Shiite majority to the applause of the U.S. government (the US has a military base in the country). There’s no democracy in Bahrain, but like its master and sponsor, Saudi Arabia, the dictators in Bahrain have made a corrupt bargain with the Israelis which guarantees them carte blanche in continuing to tyrannize the Shiite majority. Compare US support for Bahrain with the lofty rhetoric about democracy in Venezuela. The cynicism is palpable and corrosive.

    If Maduro possessed nuclear weapons Trump’s regime change would be a non-starter, as it is in China and North Korea which have strict red lines relating to non-interference in their sovereignty. It’s why North Korea acquired nukes and why every little nation in the cross-hairs of the Neocons desires them.

    Maintaining the US garrison state in Afghanistan costs American taxpayers almost $1 billion a week ($45 billion a year). It wasn’t easy to obtain that statistic. The corporate media seldom report the costs of our world policing. The US government is broke and another ruinous adventure in Venezuela, in addition to instigating a horrendously destructive civil war, will raise our national debt to catastrophic proportions very pleasing to the usurers who own the paper on America.

    Trump chatters about “America First” and then is led by the nose, as the Saker observes, by odious Neocons like Abrams, Bolton and Pompeo. Trump’s intentions are good — the road to hell just happens to be paved with good intentions.

    The White House script as it is evolving in Venezuela is tailor-made to fit the worst stereotypes of “Yankee imperialism.” As in Vietnam and in Afghanistan, there is a revolutionary people’s cadre that can’t be defeated short of perpetrating genocide. Guerrilla warfare for generations will be the denouement, and to what end?

    America is broken: schools, hospitals brides and highways. Our national transit system is worthy of a banana republic. We move things on high speed freight trains. Human beings generally must fly, take a bus or drive. The billionaire Koch brothers will not permit a high speed passenger train system. On we march with wars and more wars fueled by the Cryptocracy’s mouthpiece media. Next stop: Satan’s field of blood in Venezuela.

    • Replies: @Dialog
    , @Svigor
    , @Harold Smith
  2. Ypresguy says:

    Sir
    The Gang that couldn’t shoot straight was the title of a book by Jimmy Breslin in 1970’s.
    Its about the mob in NYC. Its hilarious. Your wife will like it.

  3. Alfred says:

    It is a great shame that people from a military background – like Chavez and Maduro – are totally ignorant as to how to run an economy. How small business becomes big and prospers. How smart people get a stake in the success of the country.

    All these cretins – like Nasser, Havez el Assad, Saddam Hussein and many others – get addicted to power and think that they can rob and steal as much as they like and that the middle classes can get stuffed. The result is obvious.

    IMHO, the right to vote in elections should only be given to those with an IQ above 100. Furthermore, there should be direct democracy without all these corrupt middlemen (i.e. politicians).

  4. yurivku says:

    we all have to try to prevent this, by speaking out before the US further wrecks yet another country.

    Prevent this – yes, “Speaking out”/crying/screaming – no, it won’t help. It’s about time to do something. Or just “shut up and go out” (c) Williamson.

  5. @Alfred

    Meanwhile, the bulk of US taxes go to the MIC and the Fed so there’s no robbing and stealing going on there, right? Carry on…

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  6. The Scalpel says: • Website

    Inevitably, perhaps someday soon, a victim of US aggression that is determined to resist by all means possible will exploit the US’s leaky borders and slip significant numbers of armed suicide “martyrs” into the US to kill people at subway stations, athletic events, music venues, etc. over and over bringing social unrest the US has never seen. There is really nothing the US can do to stop this if a determined victim/enemy decides to do it.

  7. @NoseytheDuke

    US Federal tax revenue is approximately $3,400,000,000,000 ($3.4 Trillion). This does not include state and local tax revenue.

    The military has been estimated on the high-side as costing around a trillion dollars.

    So please, explain your comment.

  8. The assessment of the U.S. situation has some accuracy. The situation in Argentina represents a society in severe turmoil with a significant opposition, an easy pushover despite and because of the former. The idea seems to be, “go bigger than Brazil.” That the support from allies is falling into line far faster than the failed ongoing wars outside the hemisphere means aims may be achieved if the hand is not overplayed. As observed, the Russian presence is too far away and there aren’t close territorial and ethnic issues like Ukraine to serve as impetus. The Russians don’t optic as good guys in this even discounting western Russian hyperphobia. Largely, Venezuela looks to be the author of its own disintegration and the current system unsustainable even internally. It’s becoming a problem for its neighbors.

    In general, U.S. leadership is inept and of increasingly poor judgement, a problem that didn’t begin with Trump. Yet Jingoism in the past did give a seeming boost to U.S. fortunes, so this is one might work out if the “Macro-Obama” can restore order and appeal to enough people and if lifting of sanctions provides a boost to the Venezuelan economy.

  9. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Johnny Rico

    “In US American public finance, discretionary spending is government spending implemented through an appropriations bill. This spending is an optional part of fiscal policy, in contrast to entitlement programs for which funding is mandatory and determined by the number of eligible recipients.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discretionary_spending

    “Discretionary spending is the part of the U.S. federal budget that Congress appropriates each year. For Fiscal Year 2019, President Trump requested $1.305 trillion. ”

    https://www.thebalance.com/current-us-discretionary-federal-budget-and-spending-3306308

    Thus after military spending and Federal entitlement programs, there is 300 billion left over for EVERYTHING else. This explains why the infrastructure is crumbling and the national debt is skyrocketing.

    The US is currently surviving fiscally only because of the dollar’s status as the world’s most used reserve currency. When that ends, the fiscal chickens will come home to roost with a vengance

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    , @eah
  10. Erebus says:

    This is exactly the same tactic as when they make you clean toilets with a toothbrush or do push-ups in the mud during basic training: not only to condition you to total obedience, but to make you publicly give up any semblance of dignity.

    “2+2=5” served a similar purpose in Orwell’s 1984.

    Belief, feigned or real, in the official, patently absurd Holocaust/9/11/Skripal/Iraq’s WMDs/ ____ serves the same purpose. “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” Whether Voltaire really said that or not, he was right.

    I found it immediately odd that the Deep Neocons have returned like dogs to their vomit so openly, without even a half-hearted attempt to make it look like plausibly deniable. In fact, it looks like they wanted everyone to know this is an officially, in-your-face speciously contrived regime change operation. That makes my spidey sense tingle. It means they’re hiding something. What?

    One look at a map, and Venezuela’s attraction becomes obvious. Control of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Basin is an attractive consolation prize if you’re being shown the door in Central Asia (AF) the M.E. and the S.C.S. From there, S. America is yours for the taking, at which point “consolation prize” may understate your winnings. IOW, I’m beginning to think that Venezuela is the first step of America’s exit strategy.

    Did Erdogan’s, or Russia’s TU-160 visit, or the various non-commercial flights that have been noted between Moscow, Ankara, Havana and Caracas last month add a sense of urgency to the US’ program? I suspect they did. Russian, Turkish, or Cuban military personnel in Caracas complicates matters. The US has to accelerate the program lest Venezuela becomes another Syria, Iraq or Ukraine. The US can’t afford to lose this one and call itself an empire.

  11. @The Scalpel

    This seems like a strange response to my request.

    What exactly is “everything else” and why does it matter?

    The vagueness and metaphors aren’t doing it for me. Sorry.

    When that ends, the fiscal chickens will come home to roost with a vengance

    How is this breathless prophecy of doom worth anybody’s time?

    You might also notice that one of the links you provided shows the numbers I presented. That’s because it is where I got my numbers. Duh. You’re welcome.

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  12. @Johnny Rico

    I’m pleased to be of help to you. Alfred stated that the leaders of Venezuela, Syria, Iraq and others were clueless about economics and also corrupt to the point that theft was rampant in those economies. His comment implied that the US was somehow different and better. My reply was to suggest that this is not the case and I offer you the following in support of that.

    “So when it comes to the trillions in unaccounted for military spending, it’s not like these are just accounting errors, there are many corresponding instances of outrageous fraud and corruption all over the place that corroborate and substantiate them. We have hundreds of examples that we will go through. It’s hard to know where to begin.”

    “The scale of the corruption is too large for the average person to comprehend.”

    “Our tax dollars have been disappearing by the Trillions, with a “t.” I mean, again, 1$ Trillion is $1000 billion, right, do you get that? Can you comprehend that?”

    “One thing that I’ve realized, beyond a shadow of doubt, when it comes to systemic corruption, both political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats are up to their eyes in systemic corruption, as I will point out throughout this series. When it comes to systemic corruption, it is a bi-partisan affair.”

    “The U.S. Constitution is being destroyed, it’s being torched, the checks and balances, the accountability mechanisms, the chain of accountability has been completely dismantled. And we know exactly how it is being done. We know the weak points. We know the loopholes well. We can describe the process in detail so people can understand it, and at this point, we don’t need any classified info to do it.”

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/overcoming-divide-and-conquer-propaganda-to-unite-the-american-people/5666724

    You’re welcome.

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  13. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Johnny Rico

    troll/fool/not worthy of response

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  14. Dialog says:
    @Michael Hoffman

    Michael,

    Is not the formula simple ?

    If one desires worldly power one must submit to the prince of the world – satan.

    This always involves ritual humiliation, disgrace and blackmail-able behavior .

    You can’t get there – power – from here, without proving your reliability.

    Then you’ll be “responsible”, “reliable”, “a safe pair of hands”

    The servile behavior of “our leaders” take no effort on their part – they enjoy the humiliation, the disgrace. They are shameless.

    How does one defeat the shameless ?

    Or should we let evil destroy itself ?

  15. The US continues to get away with its aggression because they wield the initiative. The Russians and China are congenitally cowed and basically do little to respond. And the US sees how weak they are and it emboldens them. Russia and China can’t break out of their mind set which the Saker is victim of too. They can’t see how utterly fragile the US is, that it could sustain little in the way of shock or blows, that it is pre-fractured for collapse. If only some force would risk stepping up to the plate and giving them a really big whack.

    • Replies: @Bill
  16. I am constantly amazed at writers of these comments who talk about the economic “incompetence” of the leaders of e.g. Cuba, Syria, Venezuela and Iran, when the economies in question are being subjected to US economic “measures” which are openly intended to wreck their economies!
    It seems to me, au contraire that for the Cuban economy to have survived since 1959 without totally colapsing, indicates a really remarkable level of competence.

    • Agree: RobinG, byrresheim
    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  17. JVC says:

    Odd isn’t it–millions of dollars being spent by a “special investigation” tasked with somehow finding evidence of Russian Interference in our “democracy” Yet our government (It has been essentially neocon lead for years) can just come out and say to Venezuela that your election did not count–the wrong person was elected, and this is the guy we decided should be in charge. Not the first time in recent decades the USG has done this very thing, but never before so open and blatant.

    Can it be anymore obvious that the USG no longer gives a damn as to what other people think of it. Have we finally just come out and told the world what we have been doing all along–disregarding any nations right of sovereignty anytime we feel like it? Or is there method to Donald’s madness, and is this action in effect a huge blow to the empire. One can only hope.

    • Replies: @Simply Simone
  18. peterAUS says:

    The usual Saker so skim read through and, in “Conclusion”:

    ….Venezuela will be able to bounce back, just like Syria did…..

    Surreal.

  19. @NoseytheDuke

    Nice dodge. It’s too bad you are unaware that you are spreading gibberish and misinformation. You really think you are doing something positive.

    And also, tax dollars aren’t “disappearing.” But then, you are one who believes the moon landing was faked, so…

    • Replies: @bluedog
  20. “… and yet they still think that crude bullying methods can yield success. They can’t. Immense firepower is not a substitute for brains.”

    Never underestimate the power of the giant foam fingers held aloft by a crowd chanting, “We’re number one! USA, USA!”

    Roman generals enjoying a Triumph nevertheless had someone behind them whispering, “Remember, thou art mortal.” There is no equivalent for either the neocon civilian leadership or their uniformed flag-officer poodles who, oddly enough, have learned to dress themselves much like the Latin American generals they are eager to face off.

    • Agree: Andrei Martyanov
    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Johann
  21. Bill says:
    @Ned Ludlam

    I think China and Russia see that time is on their side, so they wait. I also think you forget how easy it was for US elites to convert the big whack on 9/11 into a period of jingoistic national unity.

  22. bluedog says:
    @Johnny Rico

    Of course tax dollars are disappearing when the pentagon can’t account for TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER MONEY, or do you know where it went…

  23. @Bill

    With respect, those days are over. The US body politic is so bitterly divided they can’t be rallied along the Russiagate line. And the pain of debt bubbles looms. History only grants a few opportunities for the bold to assert themselves and this is one of those times. Ditch the US dollar and the edifice disintegrates. But Russia and China are paralyzed by their earlier experiences and are at risk of allowing the US elites further life to reassemble their position.

  24. peterAUS says:
    @The Alarmist

    ..Roman generals enjoying a Triumph nevertheless had someone behind them whispering, “Remember, thou art mortal.” There is no equivalent for either the neocon civilian leadership or their uniformed flag-officer poodles …

    You could be onto something here.

  25. Erebus says:
    @Bill

    I think China and Russia see that time is on their side, so they wait.

    I thought that too. The danger in that approach lies in the fact that as time advances and the US sees itself slipping further and further it will tend to become increasingly dangerous.

    In other words, time is on their side until it suddenly isn’t. The US is very likely to tip into an unacceptably dangerous stage at some point in its declining trajectory, and the Russians & Chinese will be forced to act. I doubt Venezuela is that point.

    Though I’m sure the Chinese and Russians know this, I have no idea what the Kremlin or Chinese Politburo are using to calculate the nature and timing of the US’ tipping point or of their reactions to it. That calculus is beyond my pay grade.

    Ned’s point that the US is fragile is, I believe correct, but my view is that so is the rest of the world. An “unmanaged” US collapse would lead to a period of chaotic, international re-alignment on just about every plane of international relationships, and on many domestic ones as well.

    It’s not obvious, perhaps, how deeply the US-led world order goes, but the US’ role in all of the world’s international institutions and, ipso facto, their domestic counterparts is foundational. Like a fish who doesn’t know he’s wet, nations and their peoples live in that institutional ecosystem without really noticing it. Fish don’t fair well in suddenly dry lakes.

    How much of that ecosystem collapses along with the US is also beyond my pay grade, but I suspect it’s dangerously large. Large enough, obviously, to stay the Kremlin’s and the Politburo’s hands until now.

  26. Svigor says:

    It’s hard to suss out the actual list of grievances from your piece, what with all the heavy breathing, overwrought language, and general, womanly kvetching about how this reminds you of that irrelevant thing from the past, or that is like this totally unrelated thing, etc. So your writing doesn’t earn close reading, and I TL;DRed as usual when you started your typical fapping over irrelevant stuff like the Venezuelan military and your fantasy football take on geopolitics, but, AFAICT:

    They appointed some Jew you don’t like, and some other guy you don’t like wrote “5,000 troops to Colombia,” and they recognized the Venezuelan who started calling himself president.

    Is that about the extent of the “aggression”? Oh, wait, I’m guessing their going after CITGO got a mention too, and goes into the “aggression” column, with the assumption being that Venezuela has some Divine, God-given, inviolable right to access US markets. Right?

    FFS, why does anyone publish or read you?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Uncommonground
    , @Lot
  27. Svigor says:
    @Michael Hoffman

    I am reminded of

    You’re reminded of your perennial talking points, because Saker’s piece is boring and useless as fuck and isn’t worth talking about.

    Update: I scanned all the comments, and as far as I can tell, NO ONE is discussing US aggression against Venezuela. I’ve given it the most prominent mention so far.

    Fucking hilarious.

    C’mon folks, overcome your indifference to Venezuelan suffering and list the actual US aggressions, please?

  28. Svigor says:

    Lol, I Jewgled “US aggression against Venezuela” and the top two hits were this piece. The hilarity never stops!

    P.S., I was wrong; my mention of CITGO was the first on this page. Lulz.

    • Replies: @Giuseppe
  29. Giuseppe says:
    @Svigor

    LOL That’s because THAT search engine tracks your searches and can read your thoughts. Use duckduckgo, the search engine that won’t track you.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  30. Giuseppe says:

    This is absolutely tip-top Saker, the military analyst telling us like it is in Venezuela. I liked it a lot because for some reason I have felt for some time that the empire’s next move as far as overt intervention would be against Venezuela and not Russia, China, Iran or North Korea. I went back through my comments and found these from last year which I think still apply.

    February 27, 2018

    Netanyahu has been yakking (with the bomb cartoon) like that about Iran for 15 years, but Washington knows that an attack on Iran could ignite WWIII. The same goes for North Korea. It’s more likely Washington will end up picking a fight with Venezuela, a conflict thought not likely to ignite a wider war. Venezuela has no powerful friends and Venezuela is close.

    March 19, 2018:

    The empire is already beaten in Syria and I don’t think that another false flag gas attack there is in the offing. That shtick can only work so many times. And it’s just too late. Furthermore, Russia is getting stronger while the empire is weakening. What the empire needs is a 90 pound weakling in the neighborhood to beat up on, get some imperial mojo back before tackling a formidable adversary like Russia. What the empire needs is Venezuela.

  31. @JVC

    Your comment is much exactly like I think. The absurdity of the U.S. trying to overthrow the government of Venezuela while the Neocon pigs are trying to overthrow our government is right before our eyes! Can’t the public see the hypocrisy?
    Trump is being blackmailed into this action regarding Venezuela no doubt. The fact that he has a young son and grandchildren is the reason he is an easy target. His money saved him from being led by wanting riches for doing what the Neocons desired, but his family is what will keep him in check from refusing the big demands of the sinister element! An easy blackmail target is a threat to the health of his offspring and boom, he caves in like a bad souffle. Don’t doubt that those disgusting and conscienceless pigs do this all the time world wide. They kill and torture people so blackmail is the easy part.

  32. @bluedog

    I feel like the more you guys troll this stuff the the more vague you become. You more times you repeat a total absence of detail or evidence the less convincing you become.

    Didn’t you ever read any of those stories about the CIA and Petreaus’ emissaries giving suitcases of cash to various Iraqi and Afghani chieftains?

    Nobody trusts Washington or Congress or the Government. But what are you suggesting as a viable alternative?

    “Trillions”? Really? Wow. Thats sounds big.

    It is a VERY round number. Sounds like you either have no idea what you are talking about or are very aware that you are making everything you say up as you go or getting it from sources that are.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  33. Svigor says:
    @Giuseppe

    Incorrect, DDG gives same two hits as first two results. Because keywords.

    LOL.

  34. Svigor says:

    I’ve actually provided the most comprehensive list of US aggression against Venezuela on this page.

    LULZ @ you flatheads. You’re so desperate for a hero, you flock to a zero.

    As for “US aggression against Venezuela,” it amounts to nothing, compared to Venezuelan aggression against Venezuela. Which is no surprise to anyone familiar with the term, La Violencia.

    • Replies: @gepay
  35. Miggle says:
    @Alfred

    The legislators are the decision-makers but need to make their decisions after taking the advice of the top economists, the top experts in all fields. That’s what a Public Service or Civil Service is for. Don’t expect the President to be the top economist.

    It’s a full-time job just taking that advice. And running the economy is only part of it.

    They need to start out knowing only that they know nothing.

  36. bluedog says:
    @Johnny Rico

    A number of sources came out about the missing trillions in the Pentagon,and of course this is not the first time that money has gone down that rat hole,and of course if you can’t,refuse or if you are simply to lazy to look things up then I’m sure your hanging around the wrong place.

    • Replies: @Another Anon
  37. “a number”

    You are too lazy to even mention what the number is.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    , @bluedog
  38. anon[252] • Disclaimer says:

    The first UN rapporteur to visit Venezuela for 21 years has told The Independent the US sanctions on the country are illegal and could amount to “crimes against humanity” under international law.
    Former special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas, who finished his term at the UN in March, has criticized the US for engaging in “economic warfare” against Venezuela which he said is hurting the economy and killing Venezuelans.

    The comments come amid worsening tensions in the country after the US and UK have backed Juan Guaido, who appointed himself “interim president” of Venezuela as hundreds of thousands marched to support him. European leaders are calling for “free and fair” elections. Russia and Turkey remain Nicolas Maduro’s key supporters.
    Mr De Zayas, a former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and an expert in international law, spoke to The Independent following the presentation of his Venezuela report to the HRC in September. He said that since its presentation the report has been ignored by the UN and has not sparked the public debate he believes it deserves.
    “Sanctions kill,” he told The Independent, adding—-

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/venezuela-us-sanctions-united-nations-oil-pdvsa-a8748201.html

    When media fails to quote or deliberate on a person of authority ,knowledge and experiences in the field of enormous significance, media cease to be the 4 th pillar of democracy and the idea of freedom of expression doesn’t apply anymore to their activities. They are thugs and accomplice .

    Before 2015 there was no migration out of Venezuela .That was time when sanction started crippling the country .Sanction ‘s effects was compounded by crony nepotistsic hoarders of food and merchandises known as liberal capitalist and known to be in league with US machinery .

  39. gepay says:
    @Svigor

    La violenca was Columbia reaction to when the US first used the “lone nut assassin” to take out the nationalistic politician Gaitan running for President.

  40. @Johnny Rico

    Johnny must be having a larf, nobody is really that stupid surely?

    The Pentagon itself has admitted that it doesn’t know the number, the treasury doesn’t know the number, nobody really knows the number, not even down to the nearest trillion. That’s the point, but by all means do keep yammering on about corruption and theft in Venezuela, Iraq and Syria. It’s not as if you have any credibility here to undermine if you do.

  41. My God, Trump has no elite dignity.

    He should have appointed Hillary Clinton as Venezuelan President.

    • Replies: @Taras77
  42. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:

    This is pure Pence. He was the one who called Guaido and urged him to take the oath and pronounce himself “interim president”. The Pence administration is now officially running our foreign policy.

    Pence has been planning the soft coup on Trump since Day 1, but his man Mueller is taking too long, his patience is running out, he is no longer waiting for Trump to get out of the way, he’s directly calling all the shots now.

    Get ready for the most meddlesome presidency in history. The Ziocons are now fully in charged at the WH. They are wild and giddy with power, ready to set the whole world on fire.

    • Replies: @renfro
  43. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:

    Invade the world, invite the world.

    How many millions of Venezuelan refugees will we now have to take? Venezuela has 32 million people, with an average IQ of 84.

    • Replies: @Wally
  44. Taras77 says:
    @Backwoods Bob

    Ollie North was not available, he is busy supervising the NRA gun running.

  45. Rumor has it this is really why America seeks to destroy Venezuela and Russia, they make awesome music and wouldn’t let Bolton join the band, said he was too crazy and scared all the groupies off, suck it Hollywood
    Maduro on the board, Putin vocals:

  46. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    Quod Deus vult perdere dementat prius.

    • Replies: @Franklin Ryckaert
  47. @bluedog

    There are thousands of examples, but here is a recent one from my blog:

    Feb 2, 2019 – USAF to Reopen Unneeded Airbase

    A great example of waste and corruption in the US military is the plan to rebuild and reopen Tyndall Air Force base. The number of aircraft in the USAF has fallen nearly in half over the past 20 years, so it has far too many airbases that are expensive to operate. For example, after F-22 bases were selected only half as many F-22s were procured as planned, so all F-22 bases have ample room for more aircraft.

    Last year, Tyndall Air Force F-22 base in Florida was destroyed by a hurricane. Tyndall’s F-22s were quickly relocated to other bases. Some questioned why such expensive aircraft were based in an area with hurricanes since several F-22s undergoing maintenance were destroyed. Nevertheless, the Air Force just announced at least $3 billion will be spent over five years to rebuild and reopen unneeded and poorly located Tyndall!

    Politics are important and the base is a mess, but the Air Force should have proposed spending a couple billion to clean up Tyndall and prepare it for industrial or other productive private sector uses. But our Congress and Pentagon are so selfish and corrupt they don’t give a damn about wasting money. Just bill the taxpayers and always blame poor readiness and accidents on a lack of funding!

    • Replies: @RobinG
  48. renfro says:

    The US is Out of Control and I envision chaos and destruction in both Latin America and the ME.
    We are as much under occupation by the Zionist and Neocons as we were under Bush Jr in the run up to Iraq….even more so.
    There is No One in power that I can see that is trying to put the brakes on any of this.
    We underestimated the Zionist and Neocon’s ability to stovepipe fake intelligence and fool congress into war in 2003.
    Now congress doesn’t even need fooling to launch wars or invasions or ‘liberations’ or ‘install democracy’.
    Its almost pointless to waste energy commenting on it….except maybe for the historical record… since apparently there is no way short of a bloody revolution to end the corruption responsible for this insanity.

    • Agree: densa
    • Replies: @tac
  49. This is why US politicians can’t get anything done, including the main thing we elected Trump and a Republican Congress to do: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-29/main-reason-congress-getting-so-little-done-they-will-have-218-days-2017

    That main thing was not a foreign policy venture. We elected them to stop illegal immigration and to reduce legal immigration to reasonable numbers.

  50. renfro says:
    @Anon

    The Ziocons are now fully in charged at the WH. They are wild and giddy with power, ready to set the whole world on fire.

    Pence has no need to undermine Trump he can just wait. All the militant Zionist Trump brought into the WH have already done that…..and Trump let them.

    Who do you suppose Kushner has shared US secret intelligence with…Israel for sure, probably Saudi in exchange for their allying with Israel. We use to worry about spies and moles in government but now they are the government.

    Trump’s White House Has a Massive Security Problem
    Jared Kushner isn’t the only Trump official who got a special pass after security experts said he shouldn’t be allowed to access national-security secrets.

    by Tina Nguyen
    January 25, 2019 11:44 am
    AFP
    The CIA took one look at Kushner’s SCI application and freaked out, calling over to the White House to find out how he even got the lower level clearance.

    [MORE]

    In May, after months working under an interim clearance, Jared Kushner’s request for a permanent security clearance, which would allow him to see top-secret material, was finally granted. At the time, observers took this as an indication that Donald Trump’s son-in-law, who’d reportedly attracted Robert Mueller’s attention for his ties to various foreign entities, was in the clear.
    On Thursday, however, an NBC News report threw that conclusion into doubt. In fact, two sources familiar with the matter told the outlet, Kushner’s clearance was only approved because Trump’s handpicked director of security personnel overruled two career White House security specialists, who had recommended against Kushner receiving top-secret clearance after seeing the results of his F.B.I. background check.

    Kushner’s case represents a worrisome pattern for the White House. Per NBC, Trump’s director of security, Carl Kline, overruled security experts in at least 30 cases, recommending that Trump officials be granted clearances despite troubling information uncovered in their background checks. That number is indeed extraordinary. Prior to the Trump administration, White House security experts had only been overruled once in the past three years. (The White House told NBC, “We don’t comment on security clearances.” A C.I.A. spokesman said the same, and Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, had “no comment.” Kline, a former Pentagon employee, could not be reached for comment.)

    Denying a security clearance to a White House official, noted Daniel Jacobson, a former lawyer in Barack Obama’s administration, is not something that’s done lightly. “It is not normal for the head of the Personal Security Office to ever overrule the career employees who adjudicate clearances,” he wrote on Twitter. “It takes some pretty bad stuff to be denied a clearance. The fact that there have been thirty denial recommendations of WH staff in the last 1.5 years is itself crazy, before you even get to the overruling part.”
    After he was cleared by the White House, Kushner’s file was reportedly submitted to the C.I.A. to be evaluated for an S.C.I., or “sensitive compartmented information” clearance—an even higher designation. It didn’t go well:
    After reviewing the file, C.I.A. officers who make clearance decisions balked, two of the people familiar with the matter said. One called over to the White House security division, wondering how Kushner got even a top-secret clearance, the sources said.
    Given his various entanglements, the C.I.A.’s alarm makes sense.

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @Carlton Meyer
  51. renfro says:
    @renfro

    A pertinent question in the above would be who around Trump brought Kline into the WH security where he could hand out security clearances.

  52. sixten says:

    I really don’t think they care about winning. They make huge profits even when USA loses.
    In fact, they might rather lose; that way they can start something someplace else.

  53. Wally says:
    @Anon

    My thoughts exactly.

    Why build a wall when millions can claim and get special status & a free ride as war refugees.

    Oh those Jews First “neo-cons”.

    Jews & demand low IQ, 3rd world immigration into the US & Europe while they supports very strict Israeli immigration laws which allow JEWS ONLY.

  54. Sean says:

    ‘The US Aggression Against Venezuela as a Diagnostic Tool’ When one has identified a country as a superpower one knows how in will act. The USA is a superpower and so is Russia. Unless one believes in American exceptionalism, from observing Russian Federation actions in Ukraine one would expect the United States of America to behave like any other superpower would when there was a hostile government in its back yard. It does not matter what kind of political or moral system a country is ostensibly guided by; what matters is whether it has power enough:-

    Athenians. When you speak of the favour of the gods, we may as fairly hope for that as yourselves; neither our pretensions nor our conduct being in any way contrary to what men believe of the gods, or practise among themselves. Of the gods we believe, and of men we know, that by a necessary law of their nature they rule wherever they can. And it is not as if we were the first to make this law, or to act upon it when made: we found it existing before us, and shall leave it to exist for ever after us; all we do is to make use of it, knowing that you and everybody else, having the same power as we have, would do the same as we do.

    https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/students/modules/introhist/usefuldocuments/thucydides_v.84-116.pdf

  55. renfro says:

    But I believe that in spite of being in a critical condition, Venezuela will be able to bounce back, just like Syria did.

    No it wont bounce back without some intervention…..although I am against the US Bolton-Abrams method of intervention.
    Venezuela is dependent on its oil and production has declined to a dribble now ever since it was nationalized due to both incompetence and corruption.
    Sooooo…it has to be turned around somehow.
    The ideal solution would have been to convince them to bring in a large qualified oil production company to at least get production going and stabilize things a bit and avoid starvation and panic until elections could be held.
    I think Venezuela is desperate enough to have accepted that kind of plan and the citizens wouldn’t have objected to that.
    But instead Trump let rabid dogs Bolton and Abrams go after it.
    Both like to imagine themselves ‘masters of the universe’ so we can imagine how they will use their US power to vent their nasty spleens on Venezuela.

  56. eah says:
    @The Scalpel

    entitlement programs for which funding is mandatory and determined by the number of eligible recipients

    Funding of ‘entitlements’ is “mandatory” only in the sense the funding is mandated by existing lawbut Congress can change the law at any time (disregard the political feasibility or consequences of doing so for the moment) — eg SS is just a tax: a person is not ‘entitled’ to a SS benefit payment of any particular amount, or any benefit payments whatsoever, no matter how much SS tax he has paid over his lifetime — the courts have ruled definitively on this several times — this is the ‘dirty little secret’ of all ‘entitlements’.

    • Replies: @Jeff Davis
  57. Miro23 says:

    Think of what currently passes as a “policy” of the US in Venezuela as a diagnostic tool.

    The attack on Venezuela is also a diagnosis of which countries are client states of the Zio-Glob:

    IMPERIAL POSSESSIONS

    – The Anglo world (Britain, Canada, Australia)
    – The European Union (Germany, France etc.)
    – The South American comprador states (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia)

    INDEPENDENT

    – Russia
    – China
    – Iran
    – South American states without comprador elites (Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay)

    Interestingly, the first three, are all currently being threatened by the United States.

  58. eah says:
    @bluedog

    tax dollars are disappearing

    Since both the Fed and your local bank create money from nothing (when you take out a loan they just credit your account with the loan amount), I’m less worried about “disappearing” tax money than I am about misallocated spending and its consequences — eg the ‘black budget’ of the NSA and ‘deep state’ generally.

    • Replies: @cassandra
  59. The elephant in the room is that Putin is bogging himself down in yet another fight. Bogged down in Crimea, bogged down in the Donbas, bogged down in Syria, he’s now bogging himself down in Venezuela. Amusingly, one of the arguments that his American supporters used to justify his invasion of Ukraine was to say “what would the US do if Putin put missiles on America’s doorstep”. Now, he seems to be doing precisely that! Let’s see what the US does!

  60. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    https://russia-insider.com/en/coming-us-china-proxy-war-venezuela/ri26145

    lots of money in the air in Venezuela , things could get very nasty . I just hope that there will not be a civil war .

  61. @bluedog

    As much as I support the notion that the Pentagon is awash in corruption, the media reports about missing trillions are incorrect and the result of either deliberate misrepresentation or (more likely) the lack of competence on the part of those reporting to comprehend complicated material.

    The reports originated from the recent audit work done on the Pentagon. I’m not sure exactly how long a period this covered (and to be honest, can’t be bothered to look it up right now) but it was a 10-20 year period.
    Included in the preliminary reports was the unaccounted for adjustments totaling up to several trillions of dollars. Here’s the thing most people reporting on this fail to grasp, adjustments are not expenditures. There a bookkeeping gimmick to balance the books.
    The debit and credit side need to be balanced out. This is what adjustments do. They balance the books. But as they can appear on either the credit or the debit side and on both sides at the same time, they can be used to artificially inflate the books (to make a company look more valuable than it is) or to hide real expenses. More likely in the case of the Pentagon, due to systemic failures of accurately forecasting (real) expenditures, inability to stick to budgets and ignoring (at least some) of the financial paperwork needed to satisfy the accountant, they had to make numerous adjustments all over the place to balance their books.

    In addition, it is highly likely that these trillions include the same adjustment multiple times, not because ‘it’ (what ever it is) happened multiple times, but because it is included in the books of each level in the Pentagon hierarchy that reports its finances independently.
    For example, a specific ship in the Navy spends more on their operational cruise than it should have. This means adjustments on its financial report. The fleet it belongs to also has to adjust its books. The US Navy also has to include the adjustment and ultimately the overall Pentagon books will include it too. The same adjustment reported multiple times.
    It also works if the ship spends LESS than was budgeted for. A surplus also requires an adjustment in the books with the same result as above.

    Last (purely theoretical) example; let’s say you have 3 companies. You put $ 1 million in company A.
    You transfer this in batches to company B. You put in the books (of company A) as ‘reservations’, ie money to be spend later. When this comes into company B, you put it in the books as ‘investments’ ie implying the money is to used by company B for expenditures. Again you transfer this in batches, this time to company C, again as ‘reservations’. You book them as ‘investments’ in company C and guess what, you then transfer these into company A as ‘reservations’.
    Company A now has an additional $ 1M coming into it which you label ‘investments’. The value of company A now appears to be $ 2M ($ 1M investments from company C and $ 1M in reservations) as it it not evident from the books of ONLY company A that it is the same $ 1M. You need to see all of the books to make sense of what is happening, in this case to distinguish between what are real revenue and expenses and what is just pumping around of the same money.

    Now add numerous different ‘companies’ with their own books and stupendous amounts of transfers between them. That in a nutshell is not just the Pentagon but the whole US financial economy.

    Note for the accountants out there, I know, the last example is extremely simplified. It merely serves to illustrate the subject in an easily understood manner.

  62. The lies from our “leaders” are getting more shameless, blatant and evil. If Maduro’s election “rigging” is the pretext for targeting yet another country for destruction and wanton aggression, an election was indeed held and its results upheld until the US thugs decide otherwise. What of our nomadic allies, head choppers and absolute monarchs — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the seven UAE fiefdoms or “emirs” as they are ostensibly known? Elections are not even allowed, let alone being held. And where some semblance of them does take place as in Bahrain, the Shias who constitute the majority are always sidelined and their leaders incarcerated. Egypt is of course a special case: Al Sisi, Egypt’s murderous thug and our close ally, garners a cool ‘97% of the electoral vote”, 1 million of which (spoiled) went to the popular Premier League footballer, Mohamed Salah. The votes cast for Salah were protest votes for an athlete who was not even a candidate. Many opposition candidates were barred from participating and some jailed. Not a word from our own “freedom” loving thugs leading this country and their servile, despicable “free” press. When, oh when, are we going to rise against the murderous thugs running our government and embezzling trillions of our tax dollars in the service of Anglo-Zionism and the MIC?

  63. onebornfree says: • Website

    “….In its short and blood-soaked history, the US has pretty much always acted like some criminal enterprise run by brutal gangsters,…”

    Well, that’s because that is exactly what it is, which makes it no different from any other government, past, present, or future, including the Venezuelan government.

    As I’ve said here and elsewhere:

    “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.”

    Until people come to understand the true fundamental nature of all governments, humanity will be lost.

    Without an understanding of that true, fundamental nature, any/all solutions to the problems they see will ultimately fail, no matter who is in charge and no matter what grand new scheme to save us they propose to coerce everyone into going along with, because, ultimately, there are, and can be, NO government solutions outside of either a dramatic reduction in their size and power, or their complete elimination.

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
  64. Z-man says:

    The CIA should have assassinated Chavez when they had the chance. Now Venezuela is a basket case that the middle class of the rest of the Americas is going to have to pay for, for years to come.

    • Troll: Herald
  65. @Johnny Rico

    Quoting David Cole eh??? Of course, he was quoting the guy in The Wire, right?

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  66. onebornfree says: • Website

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: eah
    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  67. Moi says:

    The Saker: “The Neocons never cease to amaze me…”

    Wrong. You should have said, “The Americans never cease to amaze me…” because America’s penchant for violence is unmatched in modern times.

  68. Amon says:
    @Johnny Rico

    I believe they are referring to the practice of diverting funds that would otherwise go to maintain vital infrastructure, health care services and sanitation to over purchase military equipment by the billions in order to maintain a high level of income for the armaments industry.

    It also smacks of distorted priorities when the US military can fund and construct a small town sized base with a private 18 hole golf course, a multi room cinema, a McDonalds and a Burger King in faraway Iraq while the US government can’t find enough funds to re pave a major road just outside of Washington DC.

    They could also be talking about the weird practice of US tax money getting flushed down the toilet by funding one army project after another that always, always goes over budget, under delivers on promises, breaks down too easy and can’t fight off decade old tech if they don’t cancel it after a billion or so is lost.

    As for me, when I look at the US, I shake my head when I notice that the military industrial complex and the Government have become one and the same thanks to the revolving door between private companies and US Gov offices.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  69. Johann says:
    @The Alarmist

    The exact words spoken behind the conquering general’s ear was “ sic transit gloria mundi”. Latin for the glory of the world is a passing thing.

  70. This guy made a hilarious satirical video showing what media coverage of the US would look like if it was covered the absurdly biased way CNN covers Venezuela…

  71. An image which syas it all about why Venezuela is being attacked…..

    #Graphic of the day: The world’s largest #oil reserves by country. Still surprised why #Venezuela is so important?

    • Replies: @Fatima Manoubia
  72. Abby Martin asked yesterday:

    How many western news outlets showed the massive marches in Venezuela protesting the US-backed coup today? #HandsOffVenezuela

    • Replies: @RobinG
  73. @Michael Hoffman

    “Trump’s intentions are good…”

    Seriously? If I ever get caught red-handed robbing a bank, I want you on the jury.

    “…the road to hell just happens to be paved with good intentions.”

    The problem with that cliche is its failure to note that the crew doing the “paving” are liars.

  74. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    Certainly I would not trust anyone with Abrams face , not with Maduro face , not with Bolton face ( is he ok ? is he organic , like Pelosi ? ) , not with Pompeo face and ass ( what an italianamerican fatso ) , In fact I don`t even completely trust myself ……

    By the way , I was told that the US marines are now so feminist that their wear rose underwear , and not only the women marines , anyone knows about it ?

  75. I’m with Florida Maquis on this one. An invasion of Venezuela will be no cake walk and will also be one of the greatest miscalculations America will ever make.

    • Replies: @Pindos
  76. @Fatima Manoubia

    See which of those countries have already fallen into US “sphere of influence” ( read crude vasallage, i .e, voluntary concession of main part of oil exploitation/revenues, or unvoluntary, through destruction of state and conversion into failed state…), and you will find the origins of so much, Venezuelaphobia, Russophobia, Iranophobia…..

    • Replies: @RobinG
  77. What we have here is the Zionist controlled U.S. government at work again on behalf of the Zionist NWO in invading and destroying nations at the behest of the Zionist overlords which has been in place in the U.S. since the 1913 installation of the unconstitutional FED and IRS! First came the Zionist banking Kabal forcing America into WWI and then on down to the Mideast and now the latest Venezuela.

    With all the warmongering members of congress led by the Satanists Bolton and Abrams baying for another war to destroy yet another country for their masters in New York and Tel Aviv and London and again their lie of democracy for the victim , which we here have never had since 1913.

    This policy is nothing new , see War is a Racket by General Smedly Butler and The Secret Team by Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty and Clinton, Bush and the CIA by Terry Reed and see Reeds videos on you tube, the books can be had on Amazon.

    The zionist hounds from hell are driving America to destruction.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
  78. @onebornfree

    Great video explaining the insanity of the Neocons and the fact that they own Trump.

  79. Pindos says:
    @Alfred

    “All these cretins – like Nasser, Havez el Assad, Saddam Hussein”. All very smart men sitting atop volcanic populations while the CIA sought to destroy them.

  80. wayfarer says:

    Socialism in Marxist theory is a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.

    source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism

    Slow Collapse of Venezuela as Air Force General Defects

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @cassandra
  81. Pindos says:
    @Johnny Walker Read

    “…the greatest miscalculations America will ever make.” Wow! How can this possibly top what’s gone on before.

  82. Every time it seems possible that The Saker has written something reliably informative one comes across the clues which counsel scepticism. Here we find a link to the word “cowardice” applied to Americans but it shows only the award of rather a lot of medals for nothing very belligerent. That seems dishonest but it is more likely carelessness that associates Bolton, Pompeo and Abrams with Trump’s dealings with North Korea.

  83. @renfro

    I don’t trust Kushner, but denying clearances is the main weapon used by the Deep State to retain control, and Trump was right to place his own man in charge. Note the media sources mentioned are Deep State media, who quote “the CIA” as though that is a person to be trusted. I’m sure people like Ron Unz and the Saker would be denied clearances if appointed to a position in Washington if Deep Staters were gatekeepers. The “CIA” prefer narcissistic retired military officers who lack a soul and wave the flag.

    • Replies: @DESERT FOX
    , @renfro
  84. Mike P says:

    I love the photographs of Abrams and Guaido – they both look like caricatures of themselves.

  85. @Carlton Meyer

    In my opinion Kushner is Mossad.

  86. mike k says:
    @Alfred

    You are blaming the victim here.

  87. @eah

    “…disregard the political feasibility or consequences of doing so for the moment…”

    And while you’re at it, disregard the fact that water runs down hill… Which is to say you are disconnected from reality.

    Yes, “…Congress can change the law at any time“. But any Congressperson who wants to can also buy a gun and blow his/her brains out. What are the chances of that, do you think? Any attempt by any group of Congresscritters to take away the retirement income from seniors would be political suicide. Water does not run uphill.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @eah
  88. “This apparent logical contradiction is the direct result of a worldview and mindset which is, I believe, unique to the Neocons: a mix of imperial hubris and infinite arrogance, a complete lack of decency, a total contempt for the rest of mankind, crass ignorance, a narcissist/sociopath’s inability to have any kind of empathy or imagine another guy’s reaction and, finally, last but most certainly not least, crass stupidity.”

    They do what they do because they’re “evil.” At first glance this statement seems trite if not completely meaningless; yet it’s actually the simplest and most profoundly informative explanation. Trying to understand these “people” without resort to, ultimately, Biblical concepts of “good” and “evil,” is like trying to understand the photoelectric effect without resort to quantum theory.

    In analyzing various physical phenomena, for example, classical physics only gets you so far. At some point – generally when dealing with physical extremes such as very small size or very high velocity – it breaks down.

    Almost everyone can “understand” a case where a druggie knocks off a convenient store to get some money to buy drugs, but analogous to the failure of classical physics in an extreme physical situation, worldly explanations generally fail to explain the extreme human behavior that these “people” demonstrate.

  89. @Alfred

    Maduro has no military background. He rose through the ranks in the trade unions. However, he is just as clueless about running the economy as most people with military background. Or, for that mater, most people without military background, like Clinton, both Bushes, Obama, or Trump, not to mention minor puppets like Merkel, Macron, May, Trudeau, etc.

  90. @Johnny Rico

    Wow! So, where does 600 billion and rising annual deficit come from?
    Not to mention that only a madman (or a MIC puppet) would spend one out of 3.4 trillion on military.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  91. Well?
    My view is different.
    This appears as killing two birds with one stone.
    US gets control of Venezuelan oil, and Trump now can say to Netanyahu: We cannot attack Iran because we are too busy in Venezuela.
    But it could have a little snag there. It is a jungle there. Small military groups of resistance could move around indefinitely killing American interests. US does not have a shining reputation fighting in the jungle. Could be a tremendous boost for companies manufacturing agent Orange????

  92. Bolton, Pompeo, and Abrams aren’t Trump. Bolton can show his yellow pad — the 5,000 troops bluff — all he wants, but Trump will ***NEVER*** commit the US military to action against Venezuela. Bolton’s threat is a bluff, in itself a sign of weakness.

    This “Maduro must go” business is the same as “Assad must go”. Except that in the case of Syria, there were well-funded and armed Jihadis with which to attack Assad/Syria (which compelled the Russians to intervene). In Venezuela there are no such boots on the ground, so the Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams “axis” will be restricted to economic warfare. I predict that they will fail and be humiliated, at which point Trump will place the blame entirely on them and fire them, just before 2020.

    Meanwhile, Venezuela will suffer, but endure. Nicaragua and Cuba (and to a lesser extent Mexico under AMLO) will have no illusions about the Bolton et al “plan to remake Latin America”, and will stand by Venezuela. Guido and his party leaders, as with previous opposition elements who pursued the violent overthrow of the Chavez/Maduro movement, will be arrested. Russia, China, and the majority of the world community will call for mediation. Negotiations will commence, and drag on until Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams, and Trump are all gone from the scene. Guaido and his accomplices, having been neutered politically, will eventually be released.

    • Agree: Robjil
  93. @Jeff Davis

    He’s not “disconnected from reality”; he’s merely trying to explain the underlying “legal reality” of a situation that many people don’t understand.

    In fact congress is already screwing lots of people over with the so-called “Windfall Elimination Provision,” which perfectly exemplifies his point.

  94. Elliot Abrams is straight out of a propaganda poster from Germany in the 30’s.

    • Replies: @Grace Poole
  95. eah says:
    @Jeff Davis

    What are the chances of that, do you think?

    I can’t say; but more likely than you imagine, since going by current revenue/budget/’entitlement’ spending projections, re that there is a 100% chance of a crisis — this will only be exacerbated by the (another projection) fact a majority non-white America will be on the hook for the enormous cost of ‘entitlements’ due to an aging (and much better off, on average) majority white population — so yes, I do think there will be, at the least, means-tested benefit cuts — as well as massive money printing (QE), which will impact the status of the USD (how much is the question).

    • Replies: @nsa
  96. @Jeff Davis

    Trump does what he is told by the Zionists who control the U.S. government and in the case of Venezuela Trump will do whatever the Zionists want , which another unending war.

    • Replies: @anon
  97. @The Scalpel

    I would read Goddard’s top 1980 thriller, “Balefire”, to understand what one very highly trained terrorist can do to a country like the United States.

    You don’t need suicidal personnel, just a single person who knows what he or she is doing…

  98. @wayfarer

    Remember all those Syrian generals who defected? Ever wondered where they are now, when Assad is winning the war?

    • Replies: @wayfarer
  99. nsa says:
    @eah

    “massive money printing which will impact the status of the USD (how much is the question)”.
    No mystery at all. In the whole history of the human race, no paper currency (chits, really) has done anything other than become worthless…..i.e. maybe useful as toilet paper. The only question is how long it takes. For example, it would take $1 now to buy what 3 cents fetched in 1913.

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @MEFOBILLS
  100. @The Scalpel

    agree

    Color Revolution on full display in Venezuela.

    Coming soon to the USA.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  101. anon[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @DESERT FOX

    Jews are working their way up the South American continent.

    Israhell in Patagonia
    https://new.euro-med.dk/20180104-das-2-israel-in-patagonien-argentina-zufluchtsort-fur-israelische-elite-nach-gog-magog-angriff.php

    also: recall that George Bush delegated his daughter/s to buy up huge territory in Paraguay

    https://agorafinancial.com/2015/04/24/why-did-george-bush-buy-nearly-300000-acres-in-paraguay/

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @MEFOBILLS
  102. El Dato says:
    @Svigor

    Is that about the extent of the “aggression”? Oh, wait, I’m guessing their going after CITGO got a mention too, and goes into the “aggression” column, with the assumption being that Venezuela has some Divine, God-given, inviolable right to access US markets. Right?

    “Muh markets! They are being accessed!! Help me, Neocons, you are the only hope!!”

    No rule but US rule and let’s make it up as we go along like true robber barons. Let’s implement Droit du Seigneur, too while we are it.

    Dead skeletons of empires past give a small wink, then cackle disconcertingly.

  103. @Beefcake the Mighty

    US aggression against Venezuela is straight out of the Jewish – Zionist – Anglo propaganda campaign against Germany starting in WWI, Versailles, Weimar, WWII, and psychological warfare carried out against (primarily/initially) Germany by primarily Jewish elements acting in CIA and US occupation forces in Germany.

    Where did all those Jews go, after German brains were sufficiently jellied?

    USA
    USA
    USA

    Ritchie Boys — German Jews who started migrating to USA in ~1932, ‘enlisting’ in US spy and spy ops training at Fort Ritchie, MD in large numbers by 1936, deployed to Germany, France, Italy to subvert, steal documents, spy, and stayed on as prosecutors or their assistants at Nuremberg; stayed on with occupying forces to scrub “Nazism” from the German psyche.

    Where did they go after that Mission Acoomplished?

  104. Anglo Zionists have been working this scheme to take Venezuela for many years —

    The Chávez Plan to Steal Venezuela’s Presidential Election: What Obama Should Do
    September 19, 2012
    Ray Walser

    Former Senior Policy Analyst
    Ray is the former Senior Policy Analyst

    Abstract: On October 7, 2012, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez will stand for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The Venezuelan presidential election matters to the U.S.: Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the U.S.; Chávez’s anti-American worldview has led to alliances with Iran, Syria, and Cuba; and Chávez offers safe havens to FARC and Hezbollah. Chávez also works to weaken democratic governance throughout the Americas. Under the Obama Administration, the U.S. has offered no comprehensive strategy or policy for dealing with the man who continuously demonstrates his ruthlessness in implementing an anti-American, socialist, Bolivarian Revolution across the Americas, but there is still time for the U.S. to support democratic freedoms before the election. [becuz zio-bolshies luvs them their “democratic freedoms,” and if that doesn’t work, bump off Chavez. Cancer. Poor guy. Prolly caught it from Arafat.]. https://www.heritage.org/americas/report/the-chavez-plan-steal-venezuelas-presidential-election-what-obama-should-do

    Start Up Nation, Meet Start Up Retaliation
    https://www.unz.com/external/11-killed-in-pittsburgh-massacre-suspect-charged-with-29-counts/#comment-2599670

  105. @foolisholdman

    ” Subjected to US economic measures”

    And precisely just what do these terrible “economic measures” consist of?

    Answer : They consist amongst other items, of the blockade of US consumer products being shipped to said contries, however the big question is : Just why should the supposedly superior communist system be dependent upon the import of dearly needed consumer products from the enemy.
    Why are the superior communists unable to supply their gleeful citizens with the things like shit-paper and canned-goods.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and püro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  106. Agent76 says:

    Feb 2, 2019 The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

    The U.S. and its allies have decided to throw their weight behind yet another coup attempt in Venezuela. As usual, they claim that their objectives are democracy and freedom. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Feb 3, 2019 Venezuela’s Oil Enough for World’s 30 Year Energy Needs

    The long bankrupt fiat financial system is pushing the Deep State to target Venezuela for the latter’s natural resources that dwarfs that of its satellite province Saudi Arabia.

    https://geopolitics.co/2019/02/03/venezuelas-oil-enough-for-worlds-30-year-energy-needs/

  107. joe webb says:

    Venezuela is only about one-third White, and the Whiter one is, the more resources one has with which to flee.

    Venezuela , like Injun and Black Latin America, will always be relatively hopeless. Its Whites could flock maybe to Brazil and build up the White Ethno State there in the south, and cut loose the north to return to Africa, etc.

    And many could come to the US if we had a racialist immigration policy. Good Luck.

    So yeah, send in the Marines, etc. How about an Israeli invasion force?

    Joe Webb

  108. @Grace Poole

    Reminds me of a joke:
    – Why color revolutions do not happen in the US?
    – Because there is no American Embassy there.

  109. @Authenticjazzman

    Just imagine for a second that everything “Made in China” disappears from the US stores. Then ask: why is the superior indispensable democratic country cannot supply its citizens with all this crap? Why does it have to rely on communist dictatorship to produce so much, from nails, electric bulbs, and appliances to clothes?

    • Replies: @MEFOBILLS
  110. MEFOBILLS says:
    @nsa

    Sorry, not true.

    The original bronze disks of Rome circulated as currency. The metal money of U.S. Confederacy circulated… that is until the Confederacy became no more.

    The point? Money’s true nature is law. When a country collapses, then its money collapses.

    Paper money that was good? Lincoln’s greenbacks circulated at par. Massachusetts Bills circulated as money and prevented Oligarchs from England and their attempted takeover. The colony used the money to make iron goods (like Cannons) and do commerce.

    The real statement is this: Money when it becomes unlawful, always collapses.

    Massive money printing can happen when too many loans are made, as in the case today as all private bank credit notes come into being with loan activity – a little more that 98%.

    Driving a currency down with shorts causes new money to be loaned into existence, which in turn is the underlying cause of hyperinflations. The new credit creation covers the short. This mechanism always goes along with exchange rate pressures, where your country has to pay a debt in a foreign currency.

    If you had an internal gold currency, which is recognized internationally, then your debts would be paid in gold, which would collapse your country into depression instead of inflation.

    Bottom line is that money’s true nature is law, and making claims about “paper” or “metal” obscures this fact.

    • Replies: @cassandra
  111. MEFOBILLS says:
    @anon

    Israhell in Patagonia

    When Herzyl created Zionism, several outlets for the International Jew were bandied about.

    Uganda was offered up, and Ugandans were willing to allow Jews to come to their country.

    Patagonia was called “the practical country.” This means that international zionist banksters recognized this area as good for the Jewish international diaspora. They still do. Always keep your jaundiced eye on Jewish activity in Argentina.

    The ideal country was Palestine of course. Our over-reaching friends went for Palestine and maneuvered behinds the scenes for it, including the march toward war.

    Personally, I would like to see a reverse Havarra plan, where a new Jewish homeland is created in Uganda, or some black African country (not south africa). Jewish reverse Havarra movement is funded, so they cannot Kvetch for 6 million years into the future.

    The natural parasitism of the Negro will then dissipate the natural parasitism of the Jew. In other words, being surrounded by the Negro should be the natural condition for the Jew. Nothing good can come for Zionist Jewry being located in the Middle East.

  112. @AnonFromTN

    Your comment is unintelligible.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  113. abcd says:

    I can write the same about Russia and China, hypocrite

  114. @NoseytheDuke

    Pure ad hominem. It is not my credibility that is in question. You provide no detail and no evidence. Just more hand-waving and no credible approach to any problems that exist. Grow up.

  115. cassandra says:
    @eah

    Since both the Fed and your local bank create money from nothing …

    They also impose some obligations: repayment of principle and interest. Since we can’t create money from nothing, this payback has to come from money somehow created by the banks as well.

    I’m less worried about “disappearing” tax money than I am about misallocated spending and its consequences — eg the ‘black budget’ of the NSA and ‘deep state’ generally.

    Can’t we worry about everything?

    Good point about the ‘black budget’. But the last time some sort of DOD audit was attempted the Pentagon accountants’ offices got hit by a missile, I mean airliner, on 911.

  116. Venezuela, unlike Iraq, is a legitimate threat to the US and it’s collapse could bring waves of refugees to our border. They have the worlds largest oil reserves and some of the worlds most beautiful women. This is a coup I could actually get behind.

    -Keep out of our hemisphere, slav.

    -Russia is just as controlled by “Zionist” interests as the US is.

    -The alternative to American hegemony would be global chaos.

    • Disagree: JamesinNM
    • Replies: @JamesinNM
    , @Harold Smith
  117. @Dr. Krieger

    Yes. The line should link to the article.

  118. @Jeff Davis

    I don’t think it will fail at all. The middle class in Venezuela hates the government and many people in the underclass are near starvation. Would you rather receive medical treatment and food under American protection or starve under a neo-Soviet junta? Personally I would prefer the former.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  119. JamesinNM says:

    Should a sovereign nation be justified in using any weapon obtainable against a foreign invader?

  120. @Johnny Rico

    Take heart. I know people for whom 2×2 is unintelligible.

    • LOL: Vidi
  121. JamesinNM says:
    @Albionrevisited

    Stay out of Russian hemisphere honky.

    • Replies: @Albionrevisited
  122. MEFOBILLS says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Just imagine for a second that everything “Made in China” disappears from the US stores. Then ask: why is the superior indispensable democratic country cannot supply its citizens with all this crap? Why does it have to rely on communist dictatorship to produce so much, from nails, electric bulbs, and appliances to clothes?

    I can answer this, and it wasn’t always that way. Listen to Linda Ronstadt’s lyrics.

    The superior indispensable country became a liberal democracy in 1912 with the advent of Wilson’s progressive era reforms. The 16’th amendment is used to back up the instability of banks – remember TARP? 17’th is used to make Senators into populists and hence break state power. Senators then become easy to bribe and maneuver as they cannot be recalled by their state Legislature, and no longer do the bidding of their voters. Federal Reserve Act, IRS, March to War, and so on. Women’s suffrage made easy to maneuver and emotionally driven women prey for the tribe.

    It takes awhile for some things to manifest. The U.S. export of Jobs and American Patrimony began under Clinton. The idea was for Wall Street to make some wage arbitrage. The Wall Street China/China gambit then began, and transplanted companies exported from China at just under the American price. The Patrimony of America was gifted to China, all of the knowledge from the past was monetized for today, so the future was screwed.

    This is yet another reason (how many do you need) for our hand rubbing friends to be disallowed from ever being near money or finance.

    Justinian of Byzantium prevented Jews from being in government, teaching in schools, or in counting houses – what goes for banking today.

    This still didn’t work for us, because their descendants from Pale of Settlement, immigrated to U.S. to become today’s Neo-Cons.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  123. wayfarer says:
    @AnonFromTN

    You tell me, then we’ll both know.

    Just kidding.

    I have no idea, geopolitics is not my department.

    My only geopolitical mission, is to simply lay minefields sowed with anti-deceit mines.

    “Why We Fight: Deception, Theater and Lies.”

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  124. @MEFOBILLS

    I know that it wasn’t always like that. Even 15 years ago when I searched in stores for something not made in China, I used to succeed most of the time, finding things made in the US, Japan, Germany, etc. Now I gave up: even if you find something not made in China, it is made in Vietnam or in the Philippines. I know the reason for that, too: blinding greed of our elites, the same reason they want to bring “democracy” to Iraq or Venezuela.

    • Replies: @MEFOBILLS
  125. @Albionrevisited

    You mean, get food and treatment like Iraqis, Afghanis, and Ukrainians? If Venezuelans buy this fairy tale, they deserve everything that’s coming to them.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  126. @Svigor

    Let’s see. The threat of use of violence as done by Pence and Pompeo is illegal according to international law. The confiscation of Venezuelan money is illegal. For years the US has been crying very loud like a child about a very doubtful Russian interference in their elections. Now the US is interfering openly and heavily in Venezuela but demands that everybody accepts that. The US supports a violent opposition gang in Venezuela. You only have to read Blumenthsl and Cohen to be aware of that. Lastly, economic sanctions may be illegal according to international commerce rules. Is this violence enough for you?

  127. @AnonFromTN

    I do not think they know what Ukraine is and with what it is being eaten. Same goes for Iraq and Afghanistan. This makes me think what about Ukraine. Do they read new from around the world to step into such pile of crap again.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  128. RobinG says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Even if you hate Samantha Bee, this takedown of the F-35 is right on target. Includes a swipe at “some state will get the contract anyway” Bernie Sanders.

    Military Spending | January 30, 2019 Act 2 | Full Frontal on TBS

  129. AndrewR says:
    @The Scalpel

    Lol Venezuela isn’t going to be producing a lot of suicide bombers

  130. RobinG says:
    @Fatima Manoubia

    Tweet from @kgosztola

    With announcement from John Bolton that US military will help deliver humanitarian aid to Guaido & Venezuela opposition, worth recalling this history: in 1980s, CIA arranged to deliver military equipment to Contra rebels in Nicaragua on planes designated for “humanitarian aid.”

  131. Good article in my opinion. I only wonder why sacker constantly tries to compare Soviet Brezhev period leadership to this criminal and utterly moronic cabal running show in the west. For all senility brezhnev was a good man and Soviet regime und et him was providing people with all of the most important things in life of which confidence in tomorrow would not be the least important. Anybody here is confident in what tomorrow is bringing now? Senility is not a sin. USSR under those people did a lot of good things for many people even outside USSR. Hence comparison is incorrect. Considering sacker himself was working for anglozionists, as he calls them , against USSR I wonder why he brings USSR in negative terms almost in every article while stating he is sort of supporter of what Chavez was doing in his pathetic way, while USSR represented the only successful case of socialist society which worked. I see no logic here at all.
    Otherwise, let USA unmask itself, bankrupt itself and die. Without destruction of the whole system nothing new and better cannot appear. What worry me is that I see no forces or people of Lenin stalin scale anywhere hence situation is not a pleasant one. Where is alternative?

  132. AndrewR says:

    My hatred of leftism prevents me from getting too upset at whatever actions the US takes to remove Maduro and his cronies from power.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @Lot
  133. @Sergey Krieger

    CNN journos placed Ukraine somewhere in Pakistan on live TV. That reflects geographical knowledge of a typical American, who sincerely believes that the world consists of three roughly equal parts: Main Street, out-of-town, and overseas. The less the population knows, the easier it is to lie to it.

    • Replies: @yurivku
  134. @wayfarer

    Well, that’s very much geopolitical. If you debunk all lies, that would be the end of American hegemony. If the word gets rid of American hegemony, the number of wars would decrease by ~90%.

  135. @AndrewR

    You are a living proof how powerful brainwashing is as a tool to control the populace. Big Brother is proud of you!

    • Agree: tac
    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  136. @Albionrevisited

    “Venezuela, unlike Iraq, is a legitimate threat to the US and it’s collapse could bring waves of refugees to our border.”

    What’s stopping you from buying a gun tomorrow and trying to shoot your neighbors with it? Apparently nothing; thus by your “reasoning” you are a legitimate threat to your neighbors and they would therefore be justified to shoot you on sight, right?

    • Replies: @Albionrevisited
  137. renfro says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    is the main weapon used by the Deep State

    LOL…Deep State is a term used by the simple minded.
    There is no ‘deep state’…there is however a shadow government and it is made up of various groups all jockeying for their own interest.

    We have the ‘Establishment..i.e. the two parties who want to maintain their political power.
    We have the Corporate Elites and Globalist ‘ who want to control the world’s commerce and economies.
    We have Wall Street who doesnt want any restrictions on their financial crimes.
    We have Domestic Business Interest who want laws and policies favorable to them.
    We have Foreign Interest who want to use the US for their country.
    Sometimes they join forces when their interest coincide, sometimes they don’t.

    Outside of this shadow government we have Ideological Activist of various kinds that can be useful or not to the Establishment, the Globalist, Wall Street, Domestic Business Interest and Foreign Interest.

    All of the above are why we cant and don’t have coherent policies on anything foreign or domestic.

    People like you who want to ascribe everything to some giant conspiracy in the CIA help to dumb people down , its easier for the lazy to have one or two big scary entities to blame. You cant even explain what the CIA conspiracy is can you? Tell us how the CIA maintains their conspiracy against the US and what their goal is. How does the CIA maintain their secret agenda when the CIA is subject to new CIA directors with every change of presidents and parties?

    Come on tell us all how it is done.

  138. Jitters says:

    I read an interesting hypothesis, years ago, that a population cannot form a Democracy nor Republic when the mean national IQ is below 95. A population with a mean IQ of < 95 provides a labor force capable of doing only simple repetitive work or manual labor — it will barely provide enough office workers and engineers to support a modern economy. Quite simply, the Central American population cannot take care of itself and will migrate to North America, because we provide those service, oddly for free, that they need. So, we can either accept hundreds of millions of poor uneducated workers, or colonize them. Colonization is a better option, because our economy cannot even support our present underclass.

  139. @JamesinNM

    I agree, you can have the Ukraine, but stay out of our hemisphere, drunk.

    • Replies: @WHAT
  140. Lot says:
    @AndrewR

    That’s the spirit!

    If we’re lucky the new government will stiff China and Russia on Maduro’s loans.

  141. Lot says:
    @Svigor

    “FFS, why does anyone publish or read you?”

    Israel isn’t the only country with a hasbara budget.

    • Replies: @L.K
  142. RobinG says:
    @Fatima Manoubia

    The Trump/Bolton/Abrams Axis of Evil wants to use “aid” delivery as a pretext for invasion and/or smuggling a Contra force into Venezula. The Red Cross politely tries to talk them out of it.

    Red Cross talks to US about risks of sending Venezuela aid
    https://apnews.com/55b00d320d744b49856614c432c0d686

  143. @Michael Kenny

    You think about Putin even more than he thinks about himself. Do you even dream about him every night?

  144. @Harold Smith

    This is true, in fact, I might stage a preemptive strike. My neighbors wife is hotter than mine and he has a better mower…To war and booty!

    You should check out some Venezuelan women, Harold. Did I mention the oil reserves?

    I actually hope the US doesn’t strike Venezuela, but I don’t like these Russians’ meddling in our affairs, just as I don’t think we should meddle in theirs.

  145. HiHo says:

    Wonderful wishful dreaming article that so completely misses the point. Again a lack of history I think.
    You have to look at people like Churchill, revered by the termites for doing their duty and refusing more than a dozen attempts by Mister H to make peace. Mr C murdered one and a half million Indians in India through his incompetence and then washed his hands of his crime by claiming Indians breed too fast.
    The Empire won’t collapse any time soon. The profit comes from the chaos, the fear, the arrogance. While Venezeulans make up a significant proportion of the Spsnish Legion, quite simply because Latins make the best infantry, their civilian brothers will fight the Empire tooth and nail.
    Most Venezuelans aren’t going anywhere except back home and any US goon who thinks it will be a walk in the park is going to have a rude awakening.
    You see Churchill was an alcoholic gambler who helped his termite friends relieve Britian of its gold in exchange for fifty pieces of floating scrap. You see the Empire’s servants are pure dross. While others, like Churchill are scum.
    So dream on…the end is not nigh.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  146. bluedog says:
    @Johnny Rico

    Lol as ignorant as you are it would be a waste of time,go troll some other place where you haven’t worn out your welcome….

    • Replies: @Another Anon
    , @Johnny Rico
  147. tac says:
    @renfro

    renfro:

    I keep pointing out to what is happening in front of the world’s eyes (eyes wide shut and fed distortions by TPTB, to be more realistic) in France with our own democratic cousins, although far from a real revolution and for many differing reasons, who, week-after-week, continue to mobilize and choose to make their voices heard. [I must admit, despite my attempts to awaken people, few seem to care or pay attention to what I post…at least that is what I believe]

    This is a real-life example of an organic uprising–grievances aside–of what could gain traction–in large numbers if people kept an eye on it, but will the average distracted person even dare to challenge his/her place in the rapidly changing world? Doubtful, to say the least, but it is a real-life avenue of what resistance really looks like–no matter their abuse by the security services!!!

    Most people are simply not sufficiently ‘moved’ to imagine their future subservience or utter destruction from the gene pool. The future prospects for people’s progeny is unfathomable to contemplate; it is likely more profound than anyone of can dare to imagine.

    So it comes to this: either you stand up and fight, no matter the outcome, or you are resigned to the will of the powers who scheme endlessly in opposition to your will, desires, and way of life–NO MATTER YOU LEANINGS! They control BOTH SIDES for a reason….and that reason is simple: their will, their desire, their ability to make a difference!

    Now, comes the difficult question: when will WE (as a whole, even if in the minority) dare to stand-up, not to be raped anymore, guided by principle, morality, self-confidence, and a greater-than-me willingness to finally challenge authority, what is spoken, what is happening to our own citizenry beyond the keyboard?

    One only has a single life; what one chooses to do with it is entirely up to each individual, but having done NOTHING (or the minimum) is but a recipe for what will be done when left for others, more powerful, economically and politically more advantaged to do as they wish.

    So, is it too late? Are we too distracted with our everyday lives to see what awaits us and our children….?

    What it boils down ultimately is this: WHO is to be sacrificed, you or your progeny? tic-toc, tic-toc, tick-toc….

    • Replies: @renfro
  148. renfro says:
    @tac

    when will WE (as a whole, even if in the minority) dare to stand-up, not to be raped anymore, guided by principle, morality, self-confidence, and a greater-than-me willingness to finally challenge authority, what is spoken, what is happening to our own citizenry beyond the keyboard?

    I think there have been and are a few, very few, people who have and do stand up.
    But they need followers and although most people are followers, not leaders, they don’t even stand up until they reach the proverbial….. ‘Nothing left to lose

    By then of course the damage is already done.

    • Replies: @tac
  149. tac says:
    @Michael Kenny

    If you truly fail to notice who and what is the real elephant in the room than you are either: (a) in on it and serve to further its goals and ambitions, or (b) an imbecile who deserves everything coming his/her way–including your offspring!!!

    Which is it: (a) or (b)?

  150. tac says:
    @renfro

    Nothing left to lose–yes….that is the real issue at hand, sadly, regretfully and ashamedly, but in the end deservingly!

    BTW, aside from your perspective on the matter, do you follow my posts on the Gilets Jaunes?

    These are but ordinary people for whom the very existence of the ‘government’ is meant to serve–not that doing nothing should be rewarded, quite the opposite: gov’t, if it exists, should encourage work, creativity, and contribution–then, and only then, should it take the collective work and distribute it among its citizenry (to those who contribute along with a small minority who cannot for some reason) and those who contribute less-to-nothing get a lower hand-out (to discourage these behaviors, to the ability they are in control of their work-ethic or lack thereof), not just the leeches at the top–who lie, cheat, and live on the back of the innovators, thinkers and otherwise people who contribute to the ‘system’.

    We are, in the end, who we are defined by our contributions–aside from the leeches (poor or rich) who simply have found a convenient way to profit from such lazy scheming! These, especially ones that make a fortune from other’s work should NOT be rewarded from their theft, but they are, nonetheless, in our societies! Imagine if they–on their very own ingenuity–had to produce for a living: much like the bloviated gov’t!!!

    • Replies: @renfro
  151. MEFOBILLS says:
    @AnonFromTN

    I know the reason for that, too: blinding greed of our elites, the same reason they want to bring “democracy” to Iraq or Venezuela.

    The point I’m trying to make is that the “elites” are animated by an ideology. This ideology is Talmudic/Zionist Christian – as we can see their situational ethics.

    In terms of economy, it is one of rents and usury. Finance Capitalism is state sponsored usury, and throughout economic history our ((friends)) have always been bad actors. I can make the previous statement with studied authority.

    Even the fall of Venice can be traced to greedy Venetian’s who imported Jews, which then led to a downward cycle.

    This greed is in all men, and the line of good and evil runs right down the middle of us. However, if a group adheres to a doctrine, a narrative, and a religion that promotes deception, then the weak among them will find it easy to cross that line.

    Democracy of the type they promote is easy to maneuver with narrative, and paying off or bribing sycophants. Also getting compromat (compromising material) is a method of control. Winding up emotionally driven women and minorities is child’s play, to then keep society divided and not looking at the real enemies.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  152. renfro says:
    @tac

    BTW, aside from your perspective on the matter, do you follow my posts on the Gilets Jaunes?

    I cant recall right now…my multitasking is messing with my memory today…lol
    But from your comment I think we are in agreement about the working class and producers in society being given the short end of the stick by their governments…..squeezed by the government who takes care of the government itself, the very rich, the poor….but cares nothing for the people who actually keep it all going.

  153. @MEFOBILLS

    Don’t you think that blaming Jews for everything is just another version of distracting tactics, like blaming Russians, or Chinese, or Muslims, of Latinos, or blacks, or women, or whoever else? That distracts from the real enemies: greedy fat cats that have no morals and no allegiance to anything except their money.

  154. L.K says:
    @Lot

    lot ( of BS)

    Israel isn’t the only country with a hasbara budget

    Says the well known Hasbara operative ‘Lot’ to the Troll ‘Svigor’.

    There is an electronic record of ‘lot’s pro-Israel BS.

  155. L.K says:

    A list of U.S. Interventions in Latin America from 1846 to 1996. Since then there has been a lot more.

    Included are military ops, covert or indirect operations(coups), etc

    https://www.zompist.com/latam.html

  156. And after that Hitler did order all radio stations to play Beethoven symphony Of Faith.
    And after that Trump will order to play: By by Miss American pie. Drove my Chevy to the Levi, Levi was dry, Good all boys were drinking Whisky and Rye……………….

  157. L.K says:

    Venezuela crisis: Former UN rapporteur says US sanctions are killing citizens
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/venezuela-us-sanctions-united-nations-oil-pdvsa-a8748201.html

    The first UN rapporteur to visit Venezuela for 21 years has told The Independent the US sanctions on the country are illegal and could amount to “crimes against humanity” under international law.

    Former special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas, who finished his term at the UN in March, has criticized the US for engaging in “economic warfare” against Venezuela which he said is hurting the economy and killing Venezuelans. …

    Mr De Zayas, a former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and an expert in international law, spoke to The Independent following the presentation of his Venezuela report to the HRC in September. He said that since its presentation the report has been ignored by the UN and has not sparked the public debate he believes it deserves.

    “Sanctions kill,” he told The Independent, adding that they fall most heavily on the poorest people in society, demonstrably cause death through food and medicine shortages, lead to violations of human rights and are aimed at coercing economic change in a “sister democracy”.


    In the report, Mr de Zayas recommended, among other actions, that the International Criminal Court investigate economic sanctions against Venezuela as possible crimes against humanity under Article 7 of the Rome Statute.

    The US sanctions are illegal under international law because they were not endorsed by the UN Security Council, Mr de Zayas, an expert on international law and a former senior lawyer with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said. …

    “When I come and I say the emigration is partly attributable to the economic war waged against Venezuela and is partly attributable to the sanctions, people don’t like to hear that. They just want the simple narrative that socialism failed and it failed the Venezuelan people,” Mr de Zayas told The Independent.

    Alfred de Zayas is the author of “A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans, 1944 – 1950” und “The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945”.

  158. L.K says:

    Venezuela – Coup Attempt Part Of A Larger Project
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/01/venezuela-coup-attempt-part-of-a-larger-project-military-intervention-likely-to-fail.html

    The Trump administration has launched a large political project to remake several states in Latin America. The Wall Street Journal headlines:

    “U.S. Push to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro Marks First Shot in Plan to Reshape Latin America
    The Trump administration’s broader aim is to gain leverage over Cuba and curb recent inroads in the region by Russia, Iran and China”

    The plan includes regime change in Venezuela, Nicaragua and eventually Cuba. The removal of any Russian or Chinese interest is another point. It is a multiyear project that has bipartisan support. It will likely require military force.

    The project seems to echo the “New Middle East” plan then Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice launched in 2006. …

    That the U.S. is going for such a wide ranging plan in the western hemisphere might explain why Trump is pressing to end the other military projects in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

  159. Art says:

    Hope you have a good stomach — Gina Haspel, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Elliott Abram, John Bolton, and Jarrad Kushner.

    Barf, vomit, puke, retch, hurl, and gag – that spew is America’s representatives to the world.

    Clearly Trump’s choices have America in a bad place.

    Hmm — what role have Jew bankers played in Venezuela’s money troubles.

    Hmm — Venezuela once sided with Saddam over Israel. Revenge maybe? No – not the Jews. Would they really starve a whole nation of millions in revenge?

    Hmm — is this one more Daddy Trump favor for JAVANKA?

  160. @AnonFromTN

    Don’t you think that blaming “fat cats” and “money” for everything is just another version of distracting tactics?

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the imperial madness leading the world to WW3 has nothing to do with “fat cats” and/or “money” per se.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  161. @AnonFromTN

    So, if I understand your comment correctly, there no are no common threads or patterns to any of the seemingly similar or connected historical events involving lies, fraud and theft, often leading to wars, but just a series of random happenings largely initiated by individuals who share the similar traits of excessive greed. Is that about it?

    I wonder if you also know if coincidence theorists possess advanced mathematical sensitivities that enable them to determine likely probabilities within astronomical numerical possibilities? Thanks.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  162. @Amon

    Very well put. Thank you. As far back as the Reagan years there were reports of $5000 toilet seats and $1200 hammers. The number of different scams must truly be phenomenal, from overpriced services and equipment to unneeded projects and the big one, unnecessary wars.

    One more instance is valuable aircraft sold off as scrap, to Israel of course, and I’m certain that I have barely touched on anywhere near the true scale of it.

    Even Donald Rumsfeld reported missing squillions on 9/10/2001.

  163. yurivku says:
    @AnonFromTN

    *** typical American, who sincerely believes that the world consists of three roughly equal parts: Main Street, out-of-town, and overseas. ***

    Funny, but this is not preventing you to state that US citizens are not hostile and are good persons basically.
    Those “good people” with their level of intelligence could be persuaded in anything.
    And we know what are they being persuaded in.
    So they are just dangerous to the whole world.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  164. @bluedog

    But you ignore my reply to you where I explain why those ‘missing Pentagon trillions’ are b***s***. (post #65)
    So who’s the troll here?

  165. @L.K

    Most signified comment on this thread. (My tip of hat.)

  166. @bluedog

    You don’t even seem interested in whatever point you are trying to make. I’ve already forgotten what we were talking about. Did it have something to do with Venezuela?

    Venezuela as a topic itself is only in the news because Iran and North Korea aren’t. It’s just its turn. It will be gone soon.

  167. wraith67 says:

    5000 troops isn’t 5000 fighters, that would seem like an extremely light package to me*, so I’m inclined to believe that isn’t what anybody’s preparing for (and our side doctrinally prefers and overwhelming advantage, preferably 3 to 1 odds). On our side, there’s nobody mobilizing heavy equipment (pictures of vehicles on rail heads or convoys would already be circulating). SOF is already in country with agencies; you could RDF a light force into country fairly quickly (out of the 82nd, 101st, 10th mt., etc), but it wouldn’t be a long term occupation force (which goes back to the first couple lines above).

    As to how we’d do there, hard to say. If the military sheds their uniforms and dissolves into the population, insurgency style, that’s one thing (Middle Eastern counter-insurgency is a nut the Pentagon deliberately declined to crack, as it would have required addressing Islam). If the Venezuelan military decides to fight in uniform, nobody on our side has any compunctions about killing them and it would go badly for the host nation forces.

    My guess would be if there’s anything being done, it’s probably somebody instigating a coup as opposed to a direct military intervention.

    *caveat – you could have 5000 trigger pullers deploy, but you’re talking a maximum of 72 hours before they’re out of food, bullets, etc. 5000 trigger pullers requires at least another 10,000 people in a logistics and support tail… and those people aren’t as rapidly deployable.

  168. @yurivku

    You are making a pretty common mistake: confusing intelligence with education. These are two different things, and neither correlates with other aspects of character, including moral fiber. American school and college system is specifically designed to keep people uneducated beyond their narrow professional area. Maybe 2% of colleges teach students anything beyond their profession (they call it distribution requirements). That’s what the elites do, and it is more effective than censorship Soviet system used, after actually educating people.

    There were two Americans among my top three graduate students. Both were woefully undereducated in everything outside of their major. But both were smart, hardworking, and nice people to have in the lab. Both were receptive to info, too, except in their case myself (and with one of them – her husband) were the sources of info they’ve encountered for the first time in their lives.

    So, there is no contradiction between being naturally smart and grossly uneducated, or between being anywhere on the intelligence scale and being nice or nasty. To give you an example from Russia, colonel Kvachkov is likely not as smart and educated as Chubais, but he is a good person, whereas Chubais is scum.

  169. @NoseytheDuke

    There is a common thread/pattern: greedy fat cats. While each one of them would readily slash the throat of another for money, they have better class solidarity than deliberately confused “deplorables”. Besides, they know that monopoly give the best opportunity to rob “deplorables” blind, so they do not undermine each other’s monopoly. Another tool they use is the Empire. Unlike Ukrainian morons, they know that you need the protection of a strong state, otherwise competing thieves would gladly steal your loot. Collectively they control the government of the Empire, and through it, the governments of all its vassals.

    So, there are no coincidences: globalist mega-thief class is well organized, controls through direct ownership all MSM that spew the lies they are told to disseminate, and control through their venality the politicians, who via government agencies generate the lies for MSM to spread and conduct imperial [policies that benefit those fat cats.

    While some Russian and Chinese mega-thieves are compardores, others support their countries in the stand-off with the Empire. However, they do it out of their personal pecuniary interests, not because of the goodness of their hearts.

  170. @Harold Smith

    You are making the mistake of Lenin (Marx made the same one in his later years), considering ideology as something separate. Ideology, like religion, is a tool fat cats use to fool the “deplorables” and manipulate them. Their only sincere feeling is greed, and their true ideology boils down to “I have the right to steal this, not the other guy”.

    Imperial madness is not so mad, after all: greedy mega-thieves made the US overextend itself, spending way more than it has on military adventures benefiting those mega-thieves. Now they want to keep the value of the US dollar, which is not backed by anything the US government has or is likely to have, because their loot is mostly denominated in the US dollars. They know deep down that when this house of cards folds, competing mega-thieves supporting Chinese and Russian governments would have the upper hand.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  171. Agent76 says:

    Jan 31, 2019 Trump and the MAGA Crowd Embrace the Neocon Plan for Venezuela

    Is it fair to call MAGA neocon lite, or possibly MAGAcons?

    https://kurtnimmo.blog/2019/01/31/trump-and-the-maga-crowd-embrace-the-neocon-plan-for-venezuela/

  172. Now then. Squirted out of Syria and Afghanistan like shit through a goose, CIA tries to look tough someplace else, someplace where they might not get their ass kicked this time – Venezuela! That’ll do the trick!

    …So how’s that workin’ out for ya?

    Despite sitting in Daddy’s chair at the OAS, talking big, Pompeo couldn’t pass his bullshit resolution to knock over Venezuela. Even at the OAS. Luis Almagro, Pompeo’s ventriloquist dummy at the OAS pep rallies, got himself kicked out of his party at home for blowing Pompeo too much.

    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/OAS-Head-Almagro-Expelled-From-His-Party-Due-to-Interventionism-20181215-0014.html

    CIA stuffed DO with dumbshit jarheads, because nobody else was stupid enough to do universal-jurisdiction crimes for Lloyd Blankfein, and now the whole agency is mongoloid, totally inept. A laughingstock.

  173. @L.K

    The project for the “New American Way”

    was not cooked up or launched by Sec/NSA Rice. She’s intelligent and smart, fortuitous and intense, – loyal —

    But the project regarding US primacy is advancing capitalism and democracy by force of neccessary was developed and launched prior to the Bush Admin. The public got its first real taste after 9/11.

  174. @HiHo

    ” Quite simply because Latins make the best infantry”

    Okay so is this a natural, genetic law, sort of like blacks are the best dancers, Germans build the best cars, and British cooking is the worst on earth.

    You are uttering total bullshit and have no clue, period.

    AJM

    • Replies: @anon
  175. @AnonFromTN

    So what you are saying is that anyone who “hates” leftism (including myself) is in reality a brainwashed
    fool, and anyone who loves leftism such as yourself, is an enlightened guru.

    Yeah sure.

    AJM

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  176. @Authenticjazzman

    What I am saying is that anyone who either hates or loves leftism or rightism as such is a brainwashed moron. People capable of thinking do not succumb to knee-jerk reactions.

    Those who swallowed hook, line, and sinker previous lie of the Deep State that communism is bad, period, should be happy swallowing its current lie that homos and open borders are normal. Poetic justice, that.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    , @Herald
  177. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    ” US does not have a shining reputation fighting in the jungle”

    Pure nonsense, as those young American kids most certainly gave the Japanese a great lesson in courage and perservance, in the jungles of the pacific islands, and the same in Viet Nam : 55000 American casualities, and 2.5 NV losses.

    AJM

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  178. @AnonFromTN

    “You are making the mistake of Lenin (Marx made the same one in his later years), considering ideology as something separate.”

    Huh? Please elaborate.

    “Ideology, like religion, is a tool fat cats use to fool the “deplorables” and manipulate them.”

    You’re heading in the right direction, but the trees seem to be blocking your view of the forest.

    “Their only sincere feeling is greed, and their true ideology boils down to ‘I have the right to steal this, not the other guy.’”

    You keep trying to explain “evil” in worldly terms and it falls flat every time; sorry but it won’t work. Think about what you’re saying for a minute. In essence you’re saying that people who are already wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of the average person (we’re talking about a coterie of mostly billionaires here) are willing to risk planetary extinction for a little more money.

    Take Trump for example. Trump is a billionaire, right? In a few months Trump is going to be 73 years old. Trump could probably literally spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per day for the rest of his life and still not deplete his resources. Yet you would have me believe that he’s willing to risk it all, i.e., his life, his family’s lives, his assets, his country, the planet he has to inhabit, etc., for another measly billion dollars or whatever?

    Does this make sense to you?

    “Imperial madness is not so mad, after all: greedy mega-thieves made the US overextend itself, spending way more than it has on military adventures benefiting those mega-thieves.”

    Once again, they do what they do because they’re “evil”; try as you might you cannot rationalize it. Period. The end.

    You studiously deny the concept of “evil.” Okay, please explain why five people decided to go up on an overpass over I-75 in Michigan and randomly injure and kill people by throwing rocks at the windshields of cars randomly passing by underneath. What is it that made these five people do this?

    https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/michigan-teens-charged-in-deadly-i-75-rock-throwing-case-have-probable-cause-hearing

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  179. @Authenticjazzman

    Correction : 55000 American casualities, and 2.5 million NV losses.

    AJM

    • Replies: @L.K
  180. @AnonFromTN

    So you are saying that the idea of Communism being bad is a “Lie”.

    I’m not sure that the hundred million humans who were liquidated during it’s failed implementation would agree with you.

    I had visitied several east-block countries before the wall came down, and I will never forget the morgue-like atmosphere of the cities and the dead eyes of the hopeless citizens.

    AJM

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  181. cassandra says:
    @wayfarer

    Odd, that: if Venezuelans are truly starving, do the opposition protesters look so well-fed because the US is providing secret aid?

    Styx’ video has a very myopic view of the situation. He totally neglects the economic sabotage being practiced by internal and international financial parties. Opposition parties have been boycotting elections so they can declare them illegitimate, and generally sticking spokes in the wheels of the state by inaction within the government, violent protests in the streets, and a general refusal to engage in constructive dialog with Maduro. The US is applying sanctions of all sorts, both to Venezuela and international trading partners, an is diverting Cisco revenue to Guaido; the Bank of England tells Maduro he can’t have his gold. The endgame of the neoliberal elites behind the opposition, likely including Guaido’s prof at Georgetown, are working for social austerity and privatization of national resources. (As Bolton and Pompeo have proudly asserted.)

    The problems of the Chavista government are due to a hopelessly-tangled combination of elite international economic (and possibly covert military) warfare, Maduro’s mismanagement, and maybe even the structure of socialism itself as libertarian free-marketers will assert. However, socialist governments encounter so much economic hostility from international capitalism that it’s surprising that any exist at all.

    Try this video, for a more nuanced, and much better informed, view of the situation.

    In contrast to guessing the size of demonstrations from youtube videos as Styx does, Piva reports on street conditions from direct experience. By comparison, I’m afraid Styx’s report comes across as an uninformed rant. But it’s not surprising since that’s how our MSM is portraying the situation.

    Missing from all this are any reports of possible activities of China and Russia.

  182. @Harold Smith

    I think your folly is that you are trying to rationalize greed. Greed is irrational, we inherited it from our irrational aggressively territorial cousins, monkeys. Remember Soros: he looks like he died a couple of weeks ago (I wish he did), but still grabs for more loot and resents those who get in his way, including Trump. When greed is powerless, it is simply ridiculous. When greed has power, it becomes evil.

    That’s the downside of so-called market economy: the driving force is greed (apologists like to call it profit, bit semantics don’t change the matter). Unregulated greed, like unregulated power of wind (hurricanes) and water (floods), is destructive, whereas properly regulated it can produce some good.

    You also ignore the fact that all those MIC profiteers don’t really want WWIII. They want to keep stealing huge amounts of taxpayers’ money on military contracts. For that they scare the common folk with dangers that do not exist and regale them with “patriotic” BS they don’t believe in. Deep down they know that to enjoy their loot they must stay alive: unlike pathetic politicians, the gods do not take bribes.

    As to those people throwing rocks from the overpass of I-75, I think “Beavis and Butt-Head” answers your question. Hopeless stupidity of people totally lacking imagination, when it becomes active, is evil. But the people themselves are just unimaginative morons.

    So, my point is there is no such thing as evil per se, there is greed and stupidity (often the combination of the two) that leads to evil actions.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  183. @Bill

    Instead of looking at this issue using a microscope, reading history about how Empires fall lends wisdom and insight. Arrighi’s book, (I believe) is called “The Long Twentieth Century.” He details how empires and huge trading giants rise and fall.

    He details the rise of Italy’s banking system during the Middle Ages as well as Spain’s Empire, the Dutch trading hegemonies and most enlightening how the British Empire rose and fell.

    We are seeing tell-tale symptoms of a US that’s in trouble with a slow erosion of the US $$ hegemony. The financial growth of China has begun degrading the US market with hi-tech and other products. Thusly, you see Tim Cook of Apple apoplectic over China’s Huwaii (sp?) flooding the European market with less expensive computers, cellulars, notebooks, etc.

    We see the practical nature of Exxon Mobile that views the short geographic distance between the US (its military) to Venezuela’s oil and mineral-rich soil. An easy pick, rather than becoming further embroiled in the Middle East.

    Targeting Venezuela suggests a geopolitical shift away from the Middle East (and Israel) to countries that are less expensive to plunder yet with vast resources to be stolen.

    A telling sign in the slow deteriorating US Hegemony.

  184. @Authenticjazzman

    Here you go: “hundred million victims” is a lie, which you apparently bought. Just count the humans murdered in different ways for the glory of capitalism, starting with millions of Indians starved to death by the Brits, countless American Indians murdered by the settlers, or Africans murdered by the colonial powers, proceeding to Japanese fried alive in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and in fires in several other cities bombed by conventional munitions, to more than a million Indonesians murdered as “communists” by US-backed Suharto regime, or millions of Koreans murdered by the US army, and 2.5 million Vietnamese you like to boast about, etc. The sum total would stun you, and it would be much greater than imaginary 100 million killed by the communists (the true number is likely ~10 million, most of them killed by Mao regime in China).

    Now, tell your stories about dead eyes to someone who does not know the truth. They might believe it. I lived in the USSR for 33 years, and the eyes of the people there were certainly no deader than the eyes of Americans I see for the last 28 years.

    But you are welcome to cling to your beliefs: most people believe all sorts of untrue ridiculous things, and just live with it, many of them happily.

    • Replies: @James Forrestal
  185. cassandra says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova

    …Trump now can say to Netanyahu: We cannot attack Iran because we are too busy in Venezuela.

    Given Kuchner’s influence, I’d be much surprised if Trump were trying to evade rather than accomodate Israel’s wishes. Several decades past, Mossad agent Mike Harari’s name kept popping up in Central America, in connection with Iran-Contra and Noriega, and now there are vague reports that Israeli “advisors” have been sent to Brazil. So Mazeltov to the Venezuelan op!

    I myself haven’t given much thought to what stake Israel might have in Central America, but it might be time to take a closer look at the details.

    Small military groups of resistance could move around indefinitely killing American interests.

    Perhaps making common cause with the FARC in Columbia? Wouldn’t that be a welcome development!

  186. cassandra says:
    @MEFOBILLS

    +++++

    I’d extend your comment a bit.

    Internally, a national currency has a value corresponding to demand placed by the government, such as money for the taxes the state requires of its people. The ups and downs of Lincoln’s Greenback fiat currency, especially its interaction with the value of gold, demonstrates how currency is tied to confidence in the government, as you suggest.

    Externally, a nation’s currency usually has value to the extent that a nation has something to offer others, which makes the currency useful for making a desired purchase. Today, the “desired purchase” is oil. The dollar is valued because you need dollars to buy oil, as formerly enforced by diplomatic pressure. Because of US sanctions, trade in oil is now beginning using rubles, yuan, and most unforgivably, Venezuelan currency! (Like Iraq, Libya and Syria). If this keeps up, countries will no longer need dollars for their oil, and $ will have to compete internationally based on other considerations. That won’t be pretty. IMHO, US leaders have dangerously eroding the dollar’s pre-eminence by profligate use of sanctions.

    I need to remedy my own deficiencies in this area, but advocates of Modern Monetary Theory, like Michael Hudson, Steve Keene, and like-minded economists who often post at nakedcapitalism, make a strong case for a fiat money system, issued and controlled by state banks, in contrast to the private banks as now. But objecting to the fact that private bankers charge us interest, and act above the law and democratic accountability, is such a quaint complaint.

  187. anon[250] • Disclaimer says:

    174 wraith67 says:
    February 4, 2019

    . If the military sheds their uniforms and dissolves into the population, insurgency style, that’s one thing (Middle Eastern counter-insurgency is a nut the Pentagon deliberately declined to crack, as it would have required addressing Islam). If the Venezuelan military decides to fight in uniform, nobody on our side has any compunctions about killing them and it would go badly for the host nation forces.”

    It has addressed Islam. You must be sleeping throughout the times . It has been addressed in most horrible blinkered tainted prism provided by the neocons and the evangelicals to the media ,pentagon,police,and the grass root organizations that mushroomed after 911. Islam just showed them the responses it deserved.

    And f the military sheds their uniforms and dissolves into the population, insurgency style, that’s one thing” – Fight the war the way enemies ask you not the way the book say or decorum or “manhood /civilty or the stupidest concept like illegal combatant ” insinuates or demands.

  188. anon[250] • Disclaimer says:

    193Johnny Rico says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:41 pm GMT
    https://www.metabunk.org/debunked-missing-21-trillion-6-5-trillion-2-3-trillion-journal-vouchers.t9718/

    That took 4 seconds on google.

    Yes It took me 2 sends after reading why the money diverted to do something illegal could easily be called “missing” then later retracted as an accounting error .

  189. Herald says:

    Nobody will take any notice of Metabunk whether it’s right or wrong. You wasted 4 seconds.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  190. @AnonFromTN

    “I think your folly is that you are trying to rationalize greed. Greed is irrational, we inherited it from our irrational aggressively territorial cousins, monkeys.”

    I think your folly is rooted in your complete rejection of the concept that people have a spiritual nature (and because of that spiritual nature, people are susceptible to the spiritual force of “good” and/or “evil”).

    That said, you claim that our rulers are driven by “greed,” but they’re also liars and mass murderers, right? Apparently they also take pleasure in causing other people to suffer and die. Thus it’s clear that what you call “greed”, is not actually greed at all but a case of “demon-possession”; an extreme form of inherent evil.

    All you can say about them is that they’re “evil” and they do what they do because they’re evil, not because they’re “greedy.”

    “As to those people throwing rocks from the overpass of I-75, I think “Beavis and Butt-Head” answers your question. Hopeless stupidity of people totally lacking imagination, when it becomes active, is evil. But the people themselves are just unimaginative morons.

    So, my point is there is no such thing as evil per se, there is greed and stupidity (often the combination of the two) that leads to evil actions.”

    LOL! That’s about what I thought you’d say. But lots of people in this world could be deemed “stupid” “unimaginative morons” yet they aren’t willing to go to jail and trash their lives just for the pleasure of hurting and/or killing a complete stranger, right? Stupidity does not imply self-destructive sadism.

    So what motivated the “Unabomber” (Ted Kaczynski); stupidity? he supposedly had an IQ of 167. What motivated Edmund Kemper and Jeffrey Dahmer? They had IQs of 145 and 144 respectively. And there are many more examples of fiendishly evil serial killers who were apparently neither stupid nor unimaginative; what they were instead was “evil.”

    And how do you explain the case of someone who risks everything (i.e. his or her own life) to save a stranger, for example? Such a person is acting equally irrationally but in this case the objective is to do “good” rather than evil. Is such a person also a “stupid unimaginative moron”?

    Both types of cases are examples of human behavior motivated by spiritual forces of good and evil. Accept it.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  191. anon[100] • Disclaimer says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    may be true that bs is being spewed, but that does not mean British cooking is not the worst on earth.

    And Germans do make superb cars.

  192. “they do what they do because they’re evil”

    No, human beings are usually better than their gods or demons:
    the ideas in the head, the mixture of ignorance, symbols and fanaticism

    “is not actually greed at all but a case of “demon-possession””

    Yes, ideological possession, that blinds them,
    and inability to see the other and put yourself in the other’s shoes

  193. @Harold Smith

    Greedy elites are liars and mass murderers because they have no moral scruples: they would think nothing of lying or murdering people just to get more money. If they can enrich themselves by doing something good, they won’t pass up that opportunity, either.

    You can call them evil, if you wish, but that worldview is the dead end: if there are inherently good and inherently evil people, you simply cannot do anything about that. You can promise rewards or punishments in the afterlife, but that would not prevent any crimes or get murdered people back to life here on Earth.

    If you look for causes of evil behavior instead, you have a chance to minimize or eliminate those causes, thereby minimizing evil behavior. That does not negate the spiritual nature of humans, unless by “spiritual” you mean supernatural.

    So, from my perspective, the views you propound are essentially defeatist. Personally, I do not think anyone is inherently predisposed to good or evil, you have to look for motives. Then you have a chance to motivate good behavior and demotivate evil one.

    However, let me tell you what I tell my students: if you are conventionally religious, you don’t want to discuss religion with me.

  194. @Johnny Rico

    Thanks for that Johnny. I’m sure that you also know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, Gadaffi is killing his own people, there is a civil war underway in Syria, Russia has invaded Ukraine and Israel is the only democracy in the ME.

    Oh, and there are no potholes in the roads of America, it being the worlds number one economy.

    Carry on…

  195. @AnonFromTN

    Here you go: “hundred million victims” is a lie…
    imaginary 100 million killed by the communists (the true number is likely ~10 million, most of them killed by Mao regime in China).

    Fact check:

    FALSE

    This statement is even more random and incoherent than your usual meaningless blabbering — if that’s possible.

    Educate yourself.

    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Book-Communism-Crimes-Repression/dp/0674076087

    Let go of your mindless hatred, and learn to be more tolerant.

    For your own sake.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  196. “Greedy elites are liars and mass murderers because they have no moral scruples: they would think nothing of lying or murdering people just to get more money.”

    If the elite have power to pull off 9/11 and prevent an investigation; if they have power to commit all manner of war crimes anywhere and everywhere and never be held accountable; if they have power to squander trillions and trillions of dollars on pointless, hopeless wars and flawed overpriced weapon systems anything and everything under the sun; then what will overthrowing the government of Venezuela possibly do for them financially? All the money in the treasury and all the money they can print is essentially already theirs for the taking. It makes no sense whatsoever that they would risk nuclear war with Russia and China for a few hundred billion more that they might get out of Venezuela. They’re probably spending more money on the hopeless, pointless war in Afghanistan than they could squeeze out of Venezuela.

    I’m sorry but your “greed” argument really doesn’t stand the slightest logical scrutiny.

    “If they can enrich themselves by doing something good, they won’t pass up that opportunity, either.”

    What have they done that’s “good”? Anyway, when a serial killer rapes and murders a woman, he also takes the $75 cash that she had in her purse; so according to you, such a crime is really all about “money”?

    “You can call them evil, if you wish, but that worldview is the dead end: if there are inherently good and inherently evil people, you simply cannot do anything about that.”

    LOL! But you can do something about what you claim is their “[insatiable] greed”?

    “You can promise rewards or punishments in the afterlife, but that would not prevent any crimes or get murdered people back to life here on Earth.”

    You’re changing the subject. All I’m doing is a process of observation and reasoning which leads me to a logical conclusion regarding extreme human behavior. And you reject that conclusion simply because it doesn’t sit well with your biases/presuppositions.

    “If you look for causes of evil behavior instead, you have a chance to minimize or eliminate those causes, thereby minimizing evil behavior.”

    I thought you said there’s no such thing as evil? Now you’re saying there is?

    “That does not negate the spiritual nature of humans, unless by ‘spiritual’ you mean supernatural.”

    su·per·nat·u·ral
    /ˌso͞opərˈnaCH(ə)rəl/
    adjective
    1.
    (of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature:
    “a supernatural being”
    synonyms:
    paranormal, psychic, magic, magical, occult, … moreantonyms:
    natural, normal

    noun
    1.
    manifestations or events considered to be of supernatural origin, such as ghosts.

    When someone decides to go up on an overpass over a busy highway and throw rocks at cars so as to randomly injure and kill people – at the risk of going to prison for a long time, what is it exactly that causes this behavior? Is it “instinctive” behavior? No, apparently not. Is it something “physiological”? No, apparently not. Is it a pathological “brain chemical imbalance”? No, apparently not.

    Since whatever it is that causes these people to do these horrific acts is “beyond scientific understanding,” it is not incorrect to say that their behavior was caused by a “supernatural” force; a force I call the “spiritual” force of evil.

    “So, from my perspective, the views you propound are essentially defeatist.”

    LOL! So do you curse Isaac Newton when you slip and fall on the ice in your driveway? No? Then don’t blame me either. I didn’t create this universe; all I’m doing is sharing a conclusion based on observation and reasoning, just like Isaac Newton did. I’m sorry that you don’t like my conclusion but it is what it is.

    BTW speaking of “defeatist”: Here we are, dying creatures on a doomed planet, hurling aimlessly through space, with nuclear armed madmen in positions of power in the corrupt “West” threatening to unleash a nuclear holocaust on the planet as I type this, and you call my views “defeatist” for merely pointing out that there is such a thing as “evil”?

    “Personally, I do not think anyone is inherently predisposed to good or evil, you have to look for motives. Then you have a chance to motivate good behavior and demotivate evil one.”

    Seriously? What do you suggest it was that motivated Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy or the Green River killer? No amount of hand-waving can change the fact that there’s no satisfactory “worldly” explanation for this kind of evil. Of course you’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to be taken seriously, and I’m sorry to say I can’t take you seriously, on this topic at least.

    “However, let me tell you what I tell my students: if you are conventionally religious, you don’t want to discuss religion with me.”

    I can see that you’re a “religious” person, as you put a lot of “faith” in your greed theory of the universe, for example.

    I believe my views are somewhat more flexible than yours as I’m open to other points of view, but it’ll take more than hand-waving; you’ll have to proffer some kind of cogent argument.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  197. @James Forrestal

    FYI, there books saying anything you want, and a lot of things you don’t want. There are books on Amazon saying that the Earth is flat. Sorry to disappoint, their existence does not make it flat. Same with this: what does this piece of propaganda prove? Talk is cheap, as you should know. Printed talk is even cheaper. Amazon is heavily censored, so the truth that Deep State dislikes is not sold there, whereas the lies it approves of are. You can find books on Amazon saying that homos are normal, but biology has a different opinion.

    BTW, if you do not like my posts, don’t read them, unless you re a masochist. That would be logical, no?

    Also, is your moniker “James Forrestal” commemorating a famous fire on the aircraft carrier of that name in 1967, started by a well-known “patriot”? He was not blamed for anything: his father and grandfather weren’t admirals for nothing. So, the name “James Forrestal” stands for lies and cover-ups. Most appropriate for your comment.

    • Agree: Sergey Krieger
    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  198. anon[250] • Disclaimer says:

    205 James Forrestal says:

    Since you have read the book ,could you please enlighten us with the Soviet documents on this claims .
    Soviet opened their voluminous archives after 1990.

    BTW when will US declassify the pre 1980 documents . Don’t we need to know what exactly Uncle Shumel was doing all these times ?

  199. @Harold Smith

    It’s becoming repetitious. Last try. I am not going to explain every nutcase, like Dahmer, even psychiatrists cannot do that. That does not mean that every whacko is proof positive that something supernatural exists.

    As to money being spent on worthless weapons and clueless wars, it is YOUR money. Fat cats get a big cut out of it. Halliburton got $10 billion no-bid contract out of Iraq war, whereas you and I wasted more than a trillion. Would have been cheaper just to give them those $10 billion, but that won’t be “patriotic”. Key point is, fat cats are not spending their money, they are making more. In contrast, if they get a chance to rob Venezuela, or Russia, or Iran, they are going to make more money for themselves, which they won’t share with you.

    As to nukes and WWIII, we are supposed to be on the brink of a nuclear war ever since early 1960s. Doesn’t the fact that it did not happen in all these years tell you something?

    I rest my case, your honor.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  200. L.K says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Correction : 55000 American casualities, and 2.5 million NV losses.

    Hey, numbnuts,

    You corrected a BS post with the exact same BS. That’s pretty pathetic, ya know, even for you!

    For someone who claims to have been in the US military & to be so damn smart, you don’t seem to be able to even get the basics right.

    Casualties( not casualities) refer to

    In military usage, a casualty is a person in service killed in action, killed by disease, disabled by injuries, disabled by psychological trauma, captured, deserted, or missing, but not someone who sustains injuries which do not prevent them from fighting.

    The US suffered 58,220 KIA + 153,303 WIA + 1,590 MIA. Those were the US casualties in the Vietnam war. To those must be added the US allies, particularly the South Vietnamese military, who were quite a bit more numerous than the Americans and who suffered, KIA alone, between 250,000 to 313,000.

    As for the North Vietnamese regulars plus VCs, you have hugely inflated their military deaths.
    There appears to be new official data coming out of Vietnam, unfortunately they cover a longer period of warfare than what is generally considered to be the Vietnam war.

    According to the Vietnamese government’s national survey and assessment of war casualties (2017), there were 849,018 PAVN/VC military personnel dead or missing, including combat death and non-combat death, from the period between 1955 and 1975.[65] Based on unit surveys, a rough estimate of 30–40% of dead and missing were non-combat deaths.[65]

    “The official US Department of Defense figure was 950,765 communist forces killed in Vietnam from 1965 to 1974.
    Defense Department officials believed that these body count figures need to be deflated by 30 percent. For this figure, Guenter Lewy assumes that one-third of the reported enemy killed may have been civilians, concluding that the actual number of deaths of the VC and PAVN military forces was probably closer to 444,000.[11]”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_casualties

    So obviously the PAVN/VC forces did quite well, considering the overwhelming firepower superiority on the US side, which also enjoyed numerical superiority.

  201. L.K says:

    Trump’s Sanctions Make Economic Recovery in Venezuela Nearly Impossible
    The new financial embargo will worsen shortages, inflict suffering, and restrict Venezuela’s policy options.

    By Mark Weisbrot
    https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-sanctions-make-economic-recovery-in-venezuela-nearly-impossible/

    Good stuff from Petras as well:
    Peculiarities of US Imperialism in Latin America
    by James Petras
    http://www.unz.com/jpetras/peculiarities-of-us-imperialism-in-latin-america/

    http://www.unz.com/jpetras/us-regime-changes-the-historical-record/

  202. The matter of Vietmnam hasn’t any relevance to regime and even less to Venezuela.

    good greif.

  203. WHAT says:
    @Albionrevisited

    >jewcraine

    Dream on, Russia is taking everything on the continent lol. You can have your syphilitic progenitors in Airstrip one.

  204. @EliteComminc.

    Jungle my man Jungle. Open spaces of Levant are quite another thing. (easy)

  205. @EliteComminc.

    Laughing.

    well of course if I dwell in a landscape in which all of the topography is considered the same: the mountains are as deserts, the deserts are as lush grasslands, the lush grasslands are as swamps, the swamps are as oceans and the oceans are as lakes — it’s all just one big — sameness.

    But for people seeking to navigate in reality, the contours, elements, conditions, of even one landscape makes a world of difference in navigating it’s myriad differences and contradictions. It aids in decision making. For example, pick axe is unlikely to have any value in navigating a lake and a life vest won’t be much but a burden in the desert (even against the rare flood).

    But I certainly comprehend why making these trouble some distinctions might be annoying and therefore shunned.

    Japan is to China as China is to Cambodia is to Loas . . . a close makes the case that none are the same . . . and a Japanese dictionary won’t do me much good in China . . .

  206. Let me explain something to you. Most of the people here are people who know each other they are dueling or forming combat crews combating each other. These groups do not like to accept foreigners like you and me. So we have one thing common we are the lonely ones. But besides that we have nothing in common. I am straight shooter to the point crude and ruthless.
    You know of course who you are. I certainly do not mind any comment addressed to me even if somebody calls me a arsehole. But on some other websites used to call me a lesbian bitch.

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  207. @AnonFromTN

    Amazing. You are actually completely unaware of who Robert Conquest was.

    This is all anybody needs to know about you when you are discussing Russia.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  208. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Excuse me for misplacing the response. I assume this is for me.

    I was hoping you would actually indicate whether I understood you, concerning your comment.

    As general rule, (and more I hope) I don’t make personal attacks. I may go after a position, (argument), some area of analysis, but your person is not part of the exchange. I do work hard at keeping things to the issues, regardless how disturbing or personal an exchange may become — even personal.

    If as it appears I have made a strictly personal attack, excuse me. If you note a specific example, I will address it.

    The point of my initial comment is just its relevance and nothing more.
    The point to my second is the reasons why said comparison is irrelevant.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  209. @Johnny Rico

    I am well aware who Robert Conquest was, as well as who he pretended to be, and whose money paid for this pretense (as well as for brainwashing people like you or that other commenter). That’s all I need to know about you and others who think they know something, but in reality only spit back the BS fed them by the Deep State.

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  210. @EliteCommInc.

    You are such a nice person, so I must be nice to you. So here it goes. It was my comment (to the point of the article) that it started it all. #95, Casandra responded with relative approval. From there it developed into two branches. No disrespect intended but your comment did came relatively at the end showing certain annoyance.
    So maybe if you will go through all related comments you will understand,

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  211. @NoseytheDuke

    I think that it became US law in 1990 that the Pentagon had to adopt normal accounting rules like any US firm can manage. It took 28 years for them to openly fail. Trillions that can’t be accounted for just means that they are incapable of bookkeeping; it doesn’t prove corruption. If there was no corruption, they would still be incapable of bookkeeping.

    Do not despair. The recently announced changes to US Government accounting rules specifically allow lying about what taxes were spent on and which Department spent them. That makes Congressional oversight impossible and that is any US politician’s dream. They can’t be blamed if there is no way for them to know so none of them are complaining. Actually how could any US citizen complain about federal expenditure when they would merely prove that they were as ignorant as a Member of Congress or a Senator including all committee members?
    [email protected]

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  212. @Donald A Thomson

    Should one infer from your comment that there has been no fraud or corruption going on at the Pentagon? With the quite evident revolving doors between people working in the government, the Pentagon and the MIC along with the exponential growth in funding, the reports of vast sums of money missing and the very convenient revelations of many extremely dubious accounting practices, I would say that a person would have to be remarkably naive to draw such a conclusion.

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  213. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Laughing.

    You don’t need to be nice. But your admonition sounds fair enough.

  214. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Ah, got it.

    Despite not quite accurate with the casualty numbers, it is a myth that the US service men were befuddled by dense foliage, such as jungle warfare. While they did lose several engagements, their overall ability and determination in those environments proved very effective. And they did so with considerable smaller numbers.

    The real problem unlike that in Vietnam is that there is virtually no lines of demarkation. Vietnam did have some boundary designations, despite Vietcong incursions. And while that might be an issue initially, at the end of the day, it’s the power centers that matter and they are not located in remote jungle regions.

    In my view, Venezuela is none of our business. Regardless of the combat environments.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  215. despite the comments in the cited reference — I tend to lean on the record of events and conclude the US won that conflict, but these references make clear that while jungle training is tough as in fighting period — but that environment did not prevent the US from winning.

    https://www.quora.com/Are-American-soldiers-trained-in-jungle-warfare-to-so-avoid-catastrophes-like-Vietnam

    it never fails that someone must do the add on that the US lost a Vietnam (nonsense) but it’s just the politically correct thing to say – despite being completely wrong.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  216. @EliteCommInc.

    Rooftop evacuation is a sure sign of victory. I guess Germany won WWII, but very few people know it.

    • Agree: bluedog
  217. @EliteCommInc.

    You are torturing me. Naturally you are correct. But concerning the business, it is influenced by long term projection of yields from fracking in US. As for now we do not know what will be political outcome in Venezuela. And of course we do not know if eventually armed resistance will erupt against political outcome. I do have no doubt that five thousand US soldiers can take over the oilfields.
    But what would follow, we simply cannot know what would happen after.

  218. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    I must lean on my standard position . . .

    Venezuelans and its polity is the business of Venezuelans. I am not a socialist. I do not support communist or socialist fancies, especially those espoused by academics and their student acolytes.

    But my opposition to socialism, marxism and an asundary of “isms” need not lead me to support the sovereignty of other countries, no threat to the US.

  219. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    correction: But my opposition to socialism, marxism and an asundary of “isms” need not lead me to support violating the sovereignty of other countries, no threat to the US.

  220. Vojkan says:

    The whole mental setup and behaviour of the neocons can be summed up in just four words: bullies in the schoolyard. They are certainly far less inteligent but they also have far more physical power at their disposal than the rest of the bunch.
    Everything from the “we create new realities and leave you to study them afterwards” to the recent regime-change endeavour in Venezuela confirms that definition. I don’t know if they behave like they behave because they have themselves been bullied in their childhood but the fact is they are retards with a lot of destructive power. The paucity of their dissertations leaves any educated reader in incredulity, their intellectual and moral bankruptcy becomes evident at once, and yet, disaster after disaster, they remain comfortably seated and continue lecturing, and it is quite astounding.
    The only way to stop a bully is to give him a bloody nose. So far, not a single neocon has had to suffer even a scratch for the millions of victims his actions have caused. As long as they don’t feel the hurt, they won’t feel compelled to change their behaviour. That simple.

    • Agree: NoseytheDuke
    • Replies: @Parbes
    , @Grace Poole
  221. @AnonFromTN

    “I am not going to explain every nutcase, like Dahmer, even psychiatrists cannot do that. That does not mean that every whacko is proof positive that something supernatural exists.”

    You say you can’t explain Dahmer’s behavior, and you acknowledge that psychiatrists can’t explain Dahmer’s behavior (or the behavior of millions of other Dahmers that walk the earth), so you resort to the vague catch-all term “nutcase”; yet by definition Dahmer’s behavior is a manifestation of something “supernatural.”

    When people do something it is generally in response to some kind of motivating “force”, right? For example, you took a drink of water because you were thirsty; so in a sense the physiological force of “thirst” motivated you to take a drink of water. Or perhaps you heard a loud, unexpected noise, and you turned around to see what made the noise, so in a sense the force of “instinct” motivated you to look to see what made the noise. But what about the case where you decided to drug your neighbor, and while he was sedated, you decided to drill a hole in his head and pour hydrochloric acid into the hole, with the hope of turning him into a “zombie.” That’s quite an imaginative act; what could motivate you to do that? Well since I’m sure you wouldn’t like it if your neighbor did that to you, and I wouldn’t like it done to me, it seems reasonable to think of it as an act of “evil”. So by way of simple logical reasoning, I have to conclude that your actions in that case were motivated by the “supernatural” (spiritual) force of “evil”.

    And you’re basically saying the same thing; you impliedly claim that Dahmer was motivated by the supernatural force of “nutcase,” whereas I claim he was motivated by the supernatural force of evil. Small world; you agree with me in principle, you just don’t like my choice of words.

    “As to money being spent on worthless weapons and clueless wars, it is YOUR money. Fat cats get a big cut out of it. Halliburton got $10 billion no-bid contract out of Iraq war, whereas you and I wasted more than a trillion.”

    First, of course it’s my money and yours; isn’t it always? So what? Second, Halliburton isn’t making policy; billionaires like “Trump” are making policy.

    “Would have been cheaper just to give them those $10 billion, but that won’t be ‘patriotic’.”

    Sure it would; they make the rules, so why not? Why, nowadays, giving $10 billion to Israel for example, is the most patriotic thing you could do.

    “Key point is, fat cats are not spending their money, they are making more. In contrast, if they get a chance to rob Venezuela, or Russia, or Iran, they are going to make more money for themselves, which they won’t share with you.”

    As I endeavored to point out (and as you seem to be ignoring), we are at the point where “government” i.e., the people who are making policy, can basically do whatever they want without fear of any meaningful political or legal opposition. They don’t need flimsy excuses. Why would people who are filthy rich beyond the dreams of the average person risk nuclear war with Russia and/or China, for a few hundred billion of play money that they may or may not be able to squeeze out of Venezuela? I’m sorry but it makes no sense whatsoever.

    “As to nukes and WWIII, we are supposed to be on the brink of a nuclear war ever since early 1960s. Doesn’t the fact that it did not happen in all these years tell you something?”

    It tells me two things: (1) There’s a first time for everything; and (2) You’re apparently not very attentive to details.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  222. Parbes says:
    @Vojkan

    Exactly right! SERIOUS, PERSONAL CONSEQUENCES must be suffered by these scumbags. So far, the only Americans who have paid any sort of price for their actions have been some of the idiot cannon fodder sent to fight and kill at their behest; plus of course the hapless voting sheeple masses whose treasure pays for their global bullying and crimes.

  223. @Vojkan

    The only way to stop a bully is to give him a bloody nose. So far, not a single neocon has had to suffer even a scratch for the millions of victims his actions have caused. As long as they don’t feel the hurt, they won’t feel compelled to change their behaviour. That simple.

    Astonishing.
    Rabbi David Bar-Hayim and Catholic Rabble Rouser E Michael Jones AGREE:
    Pittsburgh Massacre is an expression of anger directed toward Jewish policies that they cannot control

    Bar-Hayim: “They believe that their identity as people of European culture . . . is in peril. The reason they feel this way is a direct result of the mass and irresponsible immigration policies of many European countries . . . and Jews are playing a substantial role in these policies.”

    Jones:
    “If it’s legitimate for Jews to have snipers kill 93 children for “invading their country,” then why is it NOT legitimate for Jews to be killed for promoting invasion?”

  224. @Harold Smith

    You are right that every action has a motive. Nutcases see and hear things that don’t exist, and those hallucinations and voices motivate them just like the real things motivate normal people. If you want to call insanity supernatural, that’s your choice. I am a biologist, so I won’t.

    Halliburton is making policy (Dick Cheney, anyone?), and so do all big corporations, by contributing to PACs and helping their puppets advance in politics. They are so successful that at the moment you can count honest people in Congress on the fingers of one hand.

    We are not at the point where the government can safely do what it wants without “explanations” (we are moving in the direction of “1984”, but we are not there yet). So, they invent “explanations”, push false narratives directly and via MSM, etc. The fact that they actually lie profusely (which you can hardly deny) shows that they need to. They can’t just steal your tax money openly, they have to launder their loot through “patriotic” “defense” spending, etc. So, they couldn’t just give money to Halliburton, Blackwater, and others of their ilk, they had to stage that whole charade with WMDs, “war on terror”, and other BS to fool the populace, bring out “patriotic” fervor in the stupidest, just to let that scum steal our money, while committing numerous war crimes (which they won’t admit, but just in case the US does not recognize the authority of the UN war crimes tribunal).

    For those thieves the oil riches of Iraq, Venezuela, or even Syria are coveted loot, but they maneuver to reduce the chances that the countries that can bloody the imperial nose (like Russia or China) will interfere. So, they invent false claims of WMDs, “bringing democracy”, “use of chemical weapons”, and other lies in the hopes that nobody interferes with their robbery and the morons at home “patriotically” support their actions. We are not all dead yet due to that maneuvering. But I agree that in their blinding greed they skate on thinner and thinner ice.

  225. “If you want to call insanity supernatural, that’s your choice. I am a biologist, so I won’t.”

    I want to call evil, evil, and you want to call it anything else but what it is. You’re being dishonest to the point of absurdity, and that’s your choice. And I choose to not waste any more time arguing absurdities with you.

    • Replies: @Erebus
  226. @NoseytheDuke

    There is more than enough to be suspicious as hell. A cynic like me thinks that when there is an opportunity for corruption, it will exist. I am even so cynical that I believe that when opportunities for corruption are created that is often on purpose. Just don’t accept my bias as proof. Sometimes things happen because of stupidity or laziness. [email protected]

  227. @AnonFromTN

    ER MER GERD. You are such a kook.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  228. @Johnny Rico

    Very substantive answer. To be expected. Deep State did a thorough job.

  229. Erebus says:
    @Harold Smith

    I want to call evil, evil, and you want to call it anything else but what it is.

    You won’t understand, but AnonfTN may get a chuckle out of an old linguistic philosophy saw proving that English is superior to all other languages…
    “Consider something as simple as water. The French call it l’eau. As usual, the French aren’t even close. The Romans got closer with aqua. The German wasser almost captures it, but only the English correctly call it water. Just look at it, it’s obviously water!”

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @Hibernian
  230. Miro23 says:

    Here’s the official UK take on Venezuela from William Hague, ex Leader of the Conservative Party, and ex UK First Secretary of State and Foreign Minister:

    It should be enough to know that Corbyn (Labour leader), were he to be prime minister, would be aligned with Putin rather than Merkel and Macron. But even more telling is the justification he uses for his position – hostility to “outside interference”. This is the language of authoritarian rulers the world over, the constant refrain of those who fear a compassionate and responsible world coming to the aid of people they have impoverished and oppressed.

    Daily Telegraph

    This is Britain’s “compassionate and responsible” elite speaking about supposedly defending the “impoverished and oppressed”.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  231. @Miro23

    Classical 100% pure hypocrisy. What else is new?

  232. Mike P says:
    @Erebus

    “The thing that’s wrong with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur!”

    • LOL: Erebus
  233. Hibernian says:
    @Erebus

    Everyone here speaks, reads, and writes English. Your remark is pointless.

    • Replies: @Erebus
  234. Erebus says:
    @Hibernian

    Indeed they do, and one hopes at least some will get both the irony and the point.

  235. Robjil says:

    Watch for March 21 2019. It is Purim. 2003 Purim March 17, Iraq invaded. 2011 Purim March 20, Libya invaded. The timing is getting close. Will the US and friends attempt something in Iran or Venezuela around Purim time this year?

  236. BTTerry says:

    Bolton’s unintentional intentional leak was his quantified estimate of the influence-capital he has with Trump in terms of killed U.S. soldiers in Venezuela, such estimate being mass communicated to other power-crazed, geostrategically-befuddled, and mentally-depleted Zionist criminals to gain control of Venezuelan oil without re-activating the Vietnam syndrome in equally sated-, geostrategically-befuddled, and mentally-depleted co-Zionists in Congress.

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