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What happens on November 3rd ? It’s like a larger than life replay of the famous Hollywood adage: “No one knows anything.”

The Dem strategy is crystal clear, spawned by the gaming of election scenarios embedded in the Transition Integrity Project and made even more explicit by one of TIP’s co-founders, a law professor at Georgetown University.

Hillary Clinton, bluntly, has already called it: Dems must re-take the White House by any and all means and under any and all circumstances.

And just in case, with a 5,000-word opus, she already positioned herself for a plum job.

As much as Dems have made it very clear they will never accept a Trump victory, the counterpunch was vintage Trump: he told the Proud Boys to “stand back” – as in no violence, for now – but crucially to “stand by”, as in “get ready”.

The stage is set for Kill Bill mayhem on November 3rd and beyond.

Say it ain’t so, Joe

Taking a cue from TIP, let’s game a Dem return to the White House – with the prospect of a President Kamala taking over sooner rather than later. That means, essentially, The Return of the Blob.

President Trump calls it “the swamp”. Former Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes – a mediocre hack – at least coined the funkier “Blob”, applied to the incestuous Washington, DC foreign policy gang, think tanks, academia, newspapers (from the Washington Post to the New York Times), and that unofficial Bible, Foreign Affairs magazine.

A Dem presidency, right away, will need to confront the implications of two wars: Cold War 2.0 against China, and the interminable, trillion-dollar GWOT (Global War on Terror), renamed OCO (Overseas Contingency Operations) by the Obama-Biden administration.

Biden became the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1997 and was the chair in 2001-2003 and again in 2007-2009. He paraded as total Iraq War cheerleader – necessary, he maintained, as part of GWOT – and even defended a “soft partition” of Iraq, something that fierce nationalists, Sunni and Shi’ite, from Baghdad to Basra will never forget.

Obama-Biden’s geopolitical accomplishments include a drone war, or Hellfire missile diplomacy, complete with “kill lists”; the failed Afghan surge; the “liberation” of Libya from behind, turning it into a militia wasteland; the proxy war in Syria fought with “moderate rebels”; and once again leading from behind, the Saudi-orchestrated destruction of Yemen.

Tens of millions of Brazilians also will never forget that Obama-Biden legitimized the NSA spying and Hybrid War tactics that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff ,the neutralization of former President Lula, and the evisceration of the Brazilian economy by comprador elites.

Among his former, select interlocutors, Biden counts warmonger former NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen – who supervised the destruction of Libya – and John Negroponte, who “organized” the contras in Nicaragua and then “supervised” ISIS/Daesh in Iraq – the crucial element of the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski

strategy of instrumentalizing jihadis to do the empire’s dirty work.

It’s safe to game that a Biden-Harris administration will oversee a de facto NATO expansion encompassing parts of Latin America, Africa and the Pacific, thus pleasing the Atlanticist Blob.

In contrast, two near-certain redeeming features would be the return of the US to the JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal, which was Obama-Biden’s only foreign policy achievement, and re-starting nuclear disarmament negotiations with Russia. That would imply containment of Russia, not a new all-out Cold War, even as Biden has recently stressed, on the record, that Russia is the “biggest threat” to the US.

Woke Kamala in da house

Kamala Harris has been groomed to rise to the top from as early as the summer of 2017. Predictably, she is all for Israel – mirroring Nancy Pelosi (“if this Capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain is our commitment to our aid…and I don’t even call it aid…our cooperation with Israel.”

Kamala is a hawk on Russia and North Korea; and she did not co-sponsor legislation to prevent war against Venezuela and, again, North Korea. Call her a quintessential Dem hawk.

Yet Kamala’s positioning is quite clever, reaching two diverse audiences: she totally fits into The Blob but with an added woke gloss (trendy sneakers, the advertised affection for hip hop). And as an extra bonus, she directly connects with the “Never Trumper” gang.

Never Trumper Republicans – operating especially in Think Tankland – totally infiltrated the Dem matrix. They are prime Blob material. The ultimate neo-con Never Trumper has got to be Robert Kagan, husband of Maidan cookie distributor Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland; thus the running joke in many parts of West Asia, for years, about the “Kaganate of Nulandistan”.

Kagan, self-glorified and idolized as a star conservative intellectual, is of course one of the co-founders of the dreaded neo-con Project for the New American Century (PNAC). That subsequently translated into gleeful Iraq War cheerleading. Obama read his books in awe. Kagan forcefully backed Hillary in 2016. Needless to add, neo-cons of the Kagan variety are all rabidly anti-Iran.

On the money front, there’s the Lincoln Project , set up last year by a gang of current and former Republican strategists very close to, among others, Blob stars such as Daddy Bush and Dick Cheney. A handful of billionaires gleefully donated to this major anti-Trump super-PAC, including J. Paul Getty’s heir Gordon Getty, the heir of the Hyatt hotel empire John Pritzker, and Cargill heiress Gwendolyn Sontheim.

Those Three Harpies

The key Blob character in a putative Biden-Harris White House is Tony Blinken, former deputy national security adviser during Obama-Biden and arguably the next National Security Adviser.

That’s geopolitics – with an important addendum: former national security adviser Susan Rice, who was unceremoniously dropped from the Vice-President shortlist to Kamala’s profit, may become the next Secretary of State.

Rice’s possible contender is Senator Chris Murphy, who in a strategy document titled “Rethinking the Battlefield” predictably goes undiluted Obama-Biden: no “rethinking”, really, just rhetoric on fighting ISIS/Daesh and containing Russia and China.

ORDER IT NOW

Suave Tony Blinken used to work for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 2000s, so no wonder he’s been very close to Biden even before the first Obama-Biden term, when he rose to the top as deputy national security adviser and then, in the second term, as deputy Secretary of State.

Close to Blinken is Jake Sullivan, who under the protective wing of Hillary Clinton replaced Blinken as national security adviser in the second Obama-Biden term. He will have a top place either in the National Security Council or the State Department.

But what about The Three Harpies?

Many of you will remember The Three Harpies, as I coined them before the bombing and destruction of Libya, and again in 2016, when their remixed version’s push for a glorious sequel was rudely interrupted by Trump’s victory. When it comes to Return of the Blob, this is the 5K, 5G, IMAX version.

Of the three original Harpies, two – Hillary and Susan Rice – seem set to snatch a brand new power job. The plot thickens for Samantha Power, former US ambassador to the UN and the author of The Education of an Idealist, where we learn that such “idealist” rips Damascus and Moscow to shreds while totally ignoring the Obama-Biden drone offensive, kill lists, “leading from behind” weaponizing of al-Qaeda in Syria re-baptized as “moderate rebels”, and the relentless Saudi destruction of Yemen.

Samantha seems to be out. There’s a new Harpy in town. Which brings us to the real Queen of the Blob.

The Queen of the Blob

Michele Flournoy may be the epitome of the Return of the Blob: the quintessential, imperial functionary of what former CIA analyst Ray McGovern brilliant christened MICIMATT (the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex).

The ideal imperial functionary thrives on discretion: virtually no one knows Flournoy outside of the Blob, so that means the whole planet.

Flournoy is a former senior adviser to the Boston Consulting Group; the co-founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS); a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center; under secretary of Defense during Obama-Biden; favorite of top Harpy Hillary to be Pentagon chief after 2016; and once again favorite to become Pentagon chief after 2020.

The most delicious item on Flournoy’s CV is that she’s the co-founder of WestExec Advisors with none other than Tony Blinken.

Every Blob insider knows that WestExec happens to be the name of the street alongside the West Wing of the White House. In a Netflix plot, that would be the obvious hint that a short walk of fame straight into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue looms in the horizon for the star protagonists.

Flournoy, more than Blinken, turned WestExec into a certified hit in the Beltway MICIMATT profiting from virtually no P.R. and media blitzes, and talking exclusively to think tanks.

Here’s a crucial glimpse of Flournoy thinking. She clearly states that just a benign American deterrence towards China is a “miscalculation”. And it’s important to keep in mind that Flournoy is in fact the mastermind of the overall, failed Obama-Biden war strategy.

In a nutshell, Biden-Harris would mean The Return of the Blob with a vengeance. Biden-Harris would be Obama-Biden 3.0. Remember those seven wars. Remember the surges. Remember the kill lists. Remember Libya. Remember Syria. Remember “soft coup” Brazil. Remember Maidan. You have all been warned.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. polistra says:

    If you think Trump is not at the deep dark heart of the Blob you are not in reality. Trump was Roy Cohn’s last trainee and protege. If you know anything about Roy Cohn, this tells you everything about Trump. If Trump was opposed to Deepstate in even the slightest degree, he wouldn’t have been hired as President.

  2. You should call it the Biden Puppetry. That’s what US presidents are. Puppets of the Empire of Judea or EOJ.

    Biden is to Jewish Power what Petain was to German occupiers.

    And it’s not the Blob but the Glob.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @JWalters
  3. Politics is like the coin I have in my hand.

    I can buy that ding dong, regardless which side is up.

    Hey, Sheldon, whazzup?

  4. it no longer matters. the absolute decline in american military power, economic power and soft power has been catastrophic since obamas first term.

    no amount of wishing and hoping by the sad retreads biden could conceivably trot out will make a dimes worth of difference.

    neither russia or china have much patience remaining for the trail of tears and destruction washington leaves in its wake.

    should exceptionalism become reborn militarily i would expect serious push back forcing the pentagon to fish or cut bait with its own materiel and personel against near peer let alone peer …foes more than able to inflict unacceptable damage.

    the flip side of americas absolute decline in real power will be israel without an actually formidable scary champion to hide behind. and the world will begin to see what a little pissant country israel actually is.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  5. Wyatt says:
    @polistra

    So what are the dems then, the Deeper State?

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  6. Wielgus says:
    @polistra

    A good source on Roy Cohn is Citizen Cohn by Nicholas van Hoffman, published 1988. The illustrations include a photo of Cohn with Trump, taken sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. If you haven’t read the book, I strongly recommend it.
    Cohn was a good example of a DINO – Democrat In Name Only.

  7. “redeeming features [of Biden etc] would be the return of the US to the JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal, which was Obama-Biden’s only foreign policy achievement, and re-starting nuclear disarmament negotiations with Russia.”
    I don’t believe it, & neither does the author. The whole article contradicts it.

    • Agree: MarkU
    • Replies: @El Dato
  8. PhilK says:

    How can the Blob return when it never really left?

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
    • LOL: chris
    • Replies: @Tdstype2
  9. I liked the article. I liked even the mentions to Brazil, though non-Brazilians will probably be slightly puzzled or annoyed at their apparently irrelevancy.

    The Left — in Brazil and everywhere else — is furiously anti-Trump. They are probably considering Biden as the lesser evil. Pepe is obviously anti-Bolsonaro, but Bolsonaro is a Trump emulator. Favoring Trump over Biden makes for a complicated set of allegiances, doesn’t it?

    Anyway, Brazil needs a good tugging at the ear — I mean, some kind of sanction which will put some pressure on the Brazilian government — for its assaults on the environment, and I don’t think Trump will do it.

    If Biden makes good on his threats, with sanctions and the like, it will either make Brazil behave or it will make it go full pro-China, as a matter of economic survival. I see that as a win-win scenario for Brazil.

    Biden would probably be better for the U.S. too, in the long run, because Trump is basically an appeaser, without real power — and probably even real desire — for radical change. Biden might accelerate the coming of the ultimate crisis which would bring the U.S. to an untenable situation from which the only way out would be a real revolution.

    So, I favor Biden.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  10. @Wielgus

    DINO? Or RINO? Roy Cohn actually once served as an advisor to Joe McCarthy! Now you know why ‘Tailgunner’ Joe never named the enemy during his ‘red-baiting’ years in the Senate.

    • Replies: @James O'Meara
    , @follyofwar
  11. Realist says:

    Who can argue with this?

  12. El Dato says:
    @animalogic

    Yup, Obama is the source of the trillion-dollar nuclear renewal plan.

    Obama was for nuclear disarmement until he noticed the phallic shape they can be molded into.

    Clearly, Trump is even worse as the US tries to get out of START by hook or by crook (mainly by crook). I don’t know what the Endziel of that is supposed to be (maybe to get China to the table? They couldn’t care less) but I don’t like it.

    Citybusters will be on hairtrigger alert again. And we have survived Cold War 1 technological accidents only by a sheer, unbelievable series of miracles. Will Lady Luck smile twice? I doubt it.

    Also, Hillary today looks like nothing in that photo. She looks like she crawled from some Lovecraftian cemetary vault.

  13. The author mentioned three of the blob’s major war crimes, Libya, Ukraine, and Syria, but overlooked a smaller one that affected Americans directly:

    • Agree: Stonehands
    • Thanks: Agent76
  14. Like many a Washington prostitician Trump is OWNED. Blackmail and Bribery is the name of the game and it’s all coming down via the Deep State minions working through their CIA and most of the rest of the Alphabet Souper Minions running the federal administrative bureaucracy. Ownage on Trump comes down through the same blackmailers and bribers such as the late Meyer Lansky, head of the Mob and Roy Cohn, a most willing agent of those who keep Ko$her-controlled U$ $enators such as Kentucky’s triplechin and the dancemeister from South Carolina.

    And that was just some of the Trump/Republican end.

    As for the Democrats, we have a full on pimp for the WarDefense industry and the City of London banksters, whose son has given up his soul to Xi Jinping’s CCP for a few billions in cash, credit and sweet young thangs. Then we get the Harpies which Escobar cites. In the animal world, particularly among the big cats, the females are the most ferocious and vicious of the species…and we got us some Little Lulus sashaying in armor-plated bras masquerading as brass balls.

    Then we come to the bankster controlled mass media of misinformation, misdirection, manipulation and general mass-mindfuckery. The main-scream media is totally enemy-occupied terrortory. Even the once upon a time alternative media has cast off the Honorable Glenn Greenwald, along with Matt Taibbi, one of the few remaining high-profile journos who haven’t sold their souls for a mess of Shekels–that coinage held in the Rothschild Crime Clan’s little holding firm, the “Federal” Reserve Bank, on behalf of their pet project, the occupiers of Palestine and the oppressors of the REAL Semites and primary descendants of the ancient Hebrews, the Palestinian people.

    How comedy, tragedy and irony can possibly be all wrapped up into one totally corrupted ball of bubbling bullshit is an amazing coda to the American experiment of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” is beyond my understanding. A cooperative effort of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller, working with Central Casting could not have come up with this mess. The ancient Chinese malediction of “may you live in interesting times” does not even pretend to begin to encompass this engineered dystopia.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  15. No doubt excellent article.
    So under Buy-Den salesman Blob will miraculously recreate itself to its former Glory.
    So what?
    The question is through which valley is Blob going to roll? Turkey? Pakistan? Iran?
    Certainly not Russia or China!
    ALL Blob can do now is to tease. There is no other option.
    Trump is at least intelligent enough to realize that.
    Blob is now surrounded by mountains and there is no realistic way to roll!!!!
    So blob will only continue to rot away.
    No Buy-den salesman will stop the rot.

  16. Does that mean that AIPAC, Pentagon/CIA contractors, Wall St. bankers and financiers, etc., have been routed during the Trump tenancy at the White House? Somebody inquire Jared Kushner about that ASAP.

    • Agree: Stonehands
  17. Jiminy says:

    What I find strange is that at the moment, France doesn’t seem to be reading from the same storyboard as the others. Just when you think the WoT is over, the French begin losing their heads. Clearly somebody is not following the story line.

  18. @Brás Cubas

    Biden is a joke, an epic moron and a crook who lined his own pockets while defrauding America.

    You want him as POTUS, while I’d like to see him hanging from a rope. One of us has the right idea.

    (SHE is the candidate anyway. Hello?)

  19. Dr. Charles Fhandrich [AKA "Dr. Charles Fahndrich"] says:

    It does indeed mean the “return of the blob” including all of the fear mongering communist “BROTFRESSERS” teaching their B.S. in our universities. By the way, I’m Dr. Charles Fhandrich and they will not allow me to post under my name. Why this is, I haven’t a clue. Also, the open comments blog, by a certain Anatoly Karlin, says the author won’t allow me to make comments. Wonder what got his goat??

    • Thanks: GMC
  20. roonaldo says:

    This seems more like “The Return of the Body-politic Snatchers” than the amorphous Blob, with a zombified Biden and his Hunchback of Neutered Dames, Kamala. The Dems again opt for a clearly mentally diminished candidate to head the ticket and the press again pretends not to notice. At this rate, we may expect their 2024 ticket to feature a comatose Pelosi.

    The Neocon Undead just keep coming out of the woodwork, and their numbers appear infinite–damn this ammunition shortage! Is there no virus that can eradicate them? Or must we vaporize the lair of their mutant overlords and incubating spawn? Happy Halloween!

  21. Cyrano says:

    This just to show you how far the US politics have come since the 1950’s. Back then they had witch hunts against possible commies – they called it McCarthyism. It was a right wing driven prosecution of mostly innocent people.

    I guess present day equivalent would be the Trump’s supporters. They would be the McCarthyists, or in a much harsher judgement – Nazis. Now the Democrats pretend to be so far left that they are practically commies. Sure, whatever.

    Why don’t we stick with the original naming convention – if Trump supporters are McCarthyists, then let’s call the Biden supporters Lennonists – Leninists would be maybe taking it just a bit too far. (And I know that his name was McCarthy not McCartney, but it doesn’t fit into the story).

    So, maybe at the end of the day, the next US elections should be called the Magical Mystery Tour. Except there is nothing magical, it’s all phony. The so-called democracy.

    This is why democracy doesn’t work: I think that the goal of the democracy should be to produce the best quality leadership, not to fake fairness. That you have a match-up between such intellectual titans like Biden and Trump – proves that the objective of democracy is not to produce the best quality leadership, and that’s why China has critical advantage, because their leaders are elected by their peers – the ones who can make intelligent decision about person’s leadership abilities, not leave the decision of “electing” a president to bunch of brain-washed dummies – who in reality don’t really elect anybody, the power always stays with the deep state – which is always in charge, not some phony public relations figure they call president.

    That’s why the deep state doesn’t like Trump – he believed that the presidency is for real – that he will preside over the deep state. Good luck with that. He managed somehow to outmaneuver them in 2016. I don’t think that they’ll allow it to happen again.

    Which is just as good, Biden will bring them down faster, with the phony “leftism” which is supposed to represent that capitalism is progressing. Sure, capitalism and progress are basically synonyms – but this was way back when capitalism replaced feudalism as favorite system of the day, which was more than 200 years ago, and since then the capitalism hasn’t done much progressing. As a matter of fact it has been fighting progress tooth and nails, and we’ll see how much longer it can keep it up – fighting against progress – a real one.

  22. @Digital Samizdat

    I think a commenter on Dr. Joyce’s latest Unz opus noted that academics driven out of the Ivies by McCarthy went to Brandeis (later featuring Marcuse) because Joe never attacked the judeo-commies at Brandeis lest he be accused of “anti-Semitism.”

    One imagines the Wise Men telling Joe “Be reasonable. Pick your battles. If you’re smeared with “anti-Semitism” you won’t be able to take out the other, non-Jewish commies. Politics is the art of the possible. Don’t die on that hill, etc.”

    No wonder nothing ever gets done.

  23. @Realist

    Authentic frontier gibberish!

  24. GMC says:

    The Obama/Biden/ Clinton Trotskyites were in Ukraine – before, during and after the Maidan – their stripes haven’t changed, and they are still basing their front – within the USA. Just like the other Trotsky – did. You see websites backing the Dems – like one Veterans website does – don’t get conned.

  25. Trump was bending over for Russia because Russia probably owns or backstops some of his family company debt.

    He has $400M+ in personal debt and his family company has $1B+ in debt on about $2B in assets, according to FT. Some/most of that debt has been securitized n sold away into the markets, so ANYBODY could be holding the debt of Trump and the Trump family company, not just Deutsche Bank and some US funds.

    It could be held by Erdogan from Turkey, Kim from NorthKorea, Vladimir Putin, the KSA, even George effing Soros. ANYONE could be holding Trump debt.

    I believe the debt is held and backstopped by Russian, Israeli, Arab(KSA) and Turkish investors. So Trump naturally kowtows to those countries. Because if they call in his debt and don’t extend it, he goes bankrupt.

    If Biden comes in, his admin will be hard on Russia and soft on China, because China never tried to interfere in US elections to bring down the Dems.

    Also, most of Trump’s actions to hammer China had the effect of hammering America instead. Biden isn’t stupid enough to worsen the Trade War and put more tariffs on Chinese imports that destroyed US Agriculture and sent US Manufacturing into a recession under Trump.

    It was the American Consumer and American Companies/Importers that ended up paying the Trump Tariffs to the US Govt. China NEVER even paid a CENT.

    Every financial analysis by every US bank says this. Even the Federal Reserve says this. 99% of the Trump Tariffs were paid by the American Consumer and American Companies/Importers.

    China NEVER paid a CENT.

    The Trump Tariffs became a TAX on Americans.

    Also all these poorly thought out bans and sanctions on Huawei, TikTok, Tencent, Alibaba, etc may hurt China a little bit but will inevitably end up hurting American businesses much more.

    Sanctions and Bans on foreign companies don’t make America Great Again. They make America Stupid and Bankrupt.

    Just like how Trump ran his family business into the ground and it only survives because it is mostly owned by foreign investors who bailed it out after he lost everything.

    When u hire a failed, bankrupt businessman like Trump to run your country, you will turn it into disease-ridden, failed and bankrupt country. A literal disease-ridden Shithole, with Trump supplying the Shit.

    On Iran and Venezuela, I’m not so sure. Iran might benefit from a softer approach because Biden doesn’t have to bend over and offer his ass to Israel and the KSA like Trump does.

    I disagree with Mr. Escobar. I think we will see a general decrease in tensions if Biden wins. And Biden is not Hillary, and if u look at his record, he has made some attempts to be less warlike, unlike that warmongering witch Hillary and her gang of howling chickenhawk Neocons.

    Next time anyone who howls for war, we should gear them up and put them in with the first teams to go in, and see whether they still howl so longingly for war. They would advocate for peace and love so fast it would make a Pornstar blush.

    These chickenhawk neocon scum are the filth of the world, ceaselessly advocating for war and making false flags just to profit from the War Industry. We should put a War Tax on all these Thinktanks and weapon companies the moment the US gets involved in any war. An extra 30% tax and everyone will be clamoring for peace.

  26. anonymous[383] • Disclaimer says:
    @paraglider

    decline in american military power

    Can you be specific about this? If there’s any single aspect of American power that is NOT in decline, it’s its military power.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  27. @Realist

    The American people are going to elect an insane demented guy.

  28. I do agree with Pepe Escobar’s analysis of the future of America’s criminal foreign policy. If demented Joe Biden wins, the Obama and Clinton gang will return to power, accompanied by the rat-tail of political gangsters. As dangerous this might be in itself, the internal consequences for the “beacon of democracy” would be even more catastrophic.
    If the Republicans lose the Senate, the Democrats can basically do whatever they want. They will transform the U. S. into a benign totalitarian state, which one has to like. People, who will resist, will be sent into reeducation camps like in China or North Korea. This benign dictatorship will function perfectly well with the help of the so-called liberal media. The best example was the suppression of the New York Post’s article on the criminal machinations of Joe Biden and his family. Not a single major news outlet reported on it, except Tucker Carlson on Fox News. Thugs such as Adam Schiff, the Michael Avenatti of the House, and Joe Biden, the “big guy” of the criminal Biden family enterprise, accused Tony Babulinski of being a Russian asset. The mainstream media ignored this breaking news, but the big tech giants, Google, Facebook, and Twitter, censored the article of the New York Post. Also, Bill Clinton’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein affair is still hung like a sword of Damocles over the Clintons. But with a Biden presidency, all these scandals will be killed. Shortly after the Biden inauguration, senile Joe will be replaced by Kamala Harris

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  29. @Priss Factor

    Biden is to Jewish Power what Petain was to German occupiers.

    Please don’t sully the honour of a great man by comparing him to Biden. Petain was hardly a puppet, and, having made lemonade out of lemons, he did far more to aid the Allied war effort than publicity-hound de Gaulle.

    • Replies: @SteveF
  30. anon[833] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    Well, Joe, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Keep those trunalimunumaprzure skills sharp, just not as president.

  31. @Zarathustra

    The playground is limited more or less to the local dumpster, the US territory and it´s local population. Focus is on proceeding to further turn the surplus population into the industrial agro-gmo model. Globalism for the elites, localism for the surplus populations. Works, alas Yellow Vests, Covid revolts in Spain, BLM in US only. The US “projection” outside it´s borders is a left-over by inertia only. Interesting times, and certainly the election circus is not the nail that closes the coffin.

    Interesting that Trump will gladly sidestep, and this being never mentioned in the article. It would break the “sporting” spell.

    • Agree: Zarathustra
  32. @anonymous

    So, how many wars, police actions, etc, has the US started and won since WW-II?

    The US military only knows how to spend currency and produce death and destruction. The top brass would wet themselves if they came up against a real adversary, not the tiny countries the US usually picks on.

    • Replies: @James Charles
    , @Dave Moore
  33. chris says:

    Obama-Biden’s geopolitical accomplishments include a drone war, or Hellfire missile diplomacy, complete with “kill lists”; the failed Afghan surge; the “liberation” of Libya from behind, turning it into a militia wasteland; the proxy war in Syria fought with “moderate rebels”; and once again leading from behind, the Saudi-orchestrated destruction of Yemen.

    But to complete the list of the Blob’s accomplishments, let’s not forget, besides the also mentioned Ukrainian coup, the Guatemalan coup and the unsuccessful attempted coup of our NATO partner, Turkey. And to those, prone to ask themselves if this last one was indeed made in the USA, one has only to answer the question of who would stage such a coup in the critical NATO country without US approval.

    • Agree: Agent76
    • Replies: @Agent76
  34. @The Real World

    SHE is the candidate anyway. Hello?

    • LOL: Biff
  35. We gave Trump a chance to Drain the Swamp, but it didn’t work out.

    He fought the Swamp and the Swamp won.

  36. @Majority of One

    Sums it up pretty nicely. I would have hit the Thanks, but the system wouldn’t let me.

    So, thanks.

  37. @Ludwig Watzal

    This is what happens when the CIA maintains its iron grip on mind control via the mass media.

    • Agree: Realist
  38. Lee says:
    @GreatSocialist

    Wow, so much hate and BS I wouldn’t know where to start——–so I won’t.

  39. The Sleeper here is Kamala Harris. It looks like they piggy-backed her on to Joe Biden. Uncle Joe can carry her across the finish line then collapse from corona or corruption.

    They will have the first black female President and Vice President. No doubt they will staff up the admin with every minority that will cough up the entrance fee. So, from their perspective, it’s win, win, win.

    Joe, the old cis-white male will have served his purpose.

  40. If Joe doesn’t expire naturally within about 3 months I’m sure Mama Clinton will be happy to speedup the process. The author’s keen insights bring to mind our first truly Socialist President W. Wilson. After we got suckered into WWI Wilson turned the government over to the three musketeers of finance Warburg, Baruch and Meyer. Warburg heading the Fed, Baruch heading the War Industries Board and Meyer put in charge of the War Finance Corp. who better to run a war than bankers and profiteers (three kosher harpies). Let’s not forget Max Warburg (brother of Paul ‘Mr. Fed’ Warburg) was head of the Kaiser’s secret service. Also about this time Jacob Schiff who owned all the railroads in America had two brothers Philip and Ludwig who were major bankers in Germany. Bet on both sides and you can’t lose.

    • Thanks: Ugetit, PetrOldSack
  41. The only certain thing is that no matter who wins the White House, the Jews will be in charge with goyim taking orders… any other questions?

    • Agree: Realist
  42. Miro23 says:
    @paraglider

    Neither Russia or China have much patience remaining for the trail of tears and destruction Washington leaves in its wake.

    OK but the deciding vote probably goes to Germany. Many Germans are fanatically Woke (= Biden supporters), but then others are tired of the US walking over German interests (tapping Merkel’s phone, Nord Stream 2 threats, CIA controlled media, Iran nuclear agreement etc.).

    The picture is German society polarizing into NWO vs. Germany First, with the same thing happening in the UK, although in both places the social elites are woke and NWO.

  43. In these articles which alert us to the policies and practices of evil men, there is one factor that is overlooked. That is, there is one person that is left out conspicuously: The Creator of heaven and earth.
    Think about it! Would he be powerless to do something about these matters?
    This would be a natural question. Thus the biblical person, Gideon, posed it, enquiring, “If the Lord would be with us, then why has all this happened to us?”
    The obvious answer will be: The Almighty is not with us. He is using evil men to punish us and other countries. In fact, this is his biblical modus operandi whenever a people would refuse to turn from their lawless ways, would reject his gospel pardon of them from their sentencing of damnation on Judgment Day, and, in short, would oppose him.
    This is why he is now doing these things in politics, in society, in economics, etc.
    Indeed, this is what the Lord would call “a sign of the times,” that is, an indicator of our rank moral condition, and of his response to it.
    Just the same, what would be the greater wonder: that Heaven still appeals to you and to our people to search his biblical pages for the “eye salve” to be able to see this whole matter clearly, and to act morally, or that smug men to this day stubbornly oppose the transformation of their hearts by God’s grace?
    Wake up America, spiritually!
    Gene Urtel – The Rivertown Press

    • Replies: @Ugetit
    , @The Soft Parade
  44. @GreatSocialist

    Biden doesn’t have to bend over and offer his ass to Israel and the KSA like Trump does.

    And Biden is not Hillary, and if u look at his record, he has made some attempts to be less warlike, unlike that warmongering witch Hillary and her gang of howling chickenhawk Neocons.

    These chickenhawk neocon scum are the filth of the world, ceaselessly advocating for war and making false flags just to profit from the War Industry.

    Biden was a lead promoter of pretty much every aggressive war the U.S. has engaged in over the 47 years of his political life. As Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he pushed for the Iraq invasion in 2003, a war overtly undertaken to please Israel. He apparently set up his own brother to make many millions of dollars from that war and its aftermath. As Vice-President he colluded in the KSA’s invasion of Yemen. He was the point man in the Obama/Hillary Maidan coup in Ukraine of 2014. It now appears he went into that country after the coup and looted or helped loot it of several billions of dollars. Syria? Just another example of cow-towing to its southern neighbor.

    Your attempt to distinguish Biden from his neocon colleagues falls flat on its face. He is and was a neocon through and through. The only thing you got right was them being the “filth of the world.”

  45. MLK says:

    Sleepy Joe won’t win. Nor do I expect him to lose within a margin they will be able to steal. Not for a lack of monumental voter fraud effort and expense on their part.

    Though if he were to take the oath it would be akin to Yeltsin 1996-99.

  46. @Ludwig Watzal

    They will transform the U. S. into a benign totalitarian state, which one has to like.

    I’m with you all the way except for this. WTF is a “benign totalitarian state?” Is that like the Reign of Terror in France of 1793, with its Vendée genocide? Like the Russian bolshevik revolution in 1917, with its Cheka running mass human abattoirs in basements? Like Paul Kagame’s Uganda and Congo genocides?

    You are being far too kind. Saul Alinsky types have no qualms whatsoever. They just need to grab the power before they get into the serious stuff.

    • Agree: follyofwar
  47. @The Real World

    (SHE is the candidate anyway. Hello?)

    Is it just a coincidence that the Jussie Smollett hate-crime hoax involved the alleged perps putting a noose around his neck at the same time Candidate Kamala Harris was co-sponsoring a federal anti-lynching bill in the senate? The bill was up for consideration in the senate in just a couple of weeks and was introduced seven months before the so-called hate attack on someone she deemed her friend:

    Kamala Harris
    @KamalaHarris
    [email protected] is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.

    This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.

    Is it just another coincidence that Harris was also thick with the prosecutor, Kim Foxx, whose office dismissed the charges against Smollett for faking the crime in the least transparent recusal ever?

    Kim Foxx
    @KimFoxxforSA
    I’m so excited that @KamalaHarris has decided to run for president. I would not be where I am today without her guidance during my first run for political office, and she has continued to mentor me as I work to reform the criminal justice system in Cook County. —KF

    https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/kamala-harris-and-the-jussie-smollett-hate-crime-hoax/news-story/fee69fc5b217f31eac7e037cd836aa33
    https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/11/kamala-harris-called-jussie-smolletts-hate-crime-hoax-a-modern-day-lynching/

    Some might well conclude that the relationship between Harris and the Smollett hoax was a bit deeper than belief. Vice-President Harris — the point person in charge of psy-ops and propaganda.

  48. Moi says:
    @polistra

    Don’t look for a silver lining in country that no longer has any idea of what morality is.

    • Agree: GMC
  49. @RoatanBill

    “By the time you got to the first Bush administration, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, they came out with a national defense policy and strategic policy. What they basically said is that we’re going to have wars against what they called much weaker enemies and these have to be carried out quickly and decisively or else there will be embarrassment—a way of saying that popular reaction is going to set in. And that’s the way it’s been. It’s not pretty, but it’s some kind of constraint.”
    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/03/noam-chomsky-populist-groundswell-u-s-elections-future-humanity.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

  50. I don’t know if Mr. Escobar reads these comments. The blob never leaves. The best you can get with your vote is gridlock. Trump is the gridlock candidate, except for Israel. They get everything they want. So there is a big element of blob with Trump as well.

  51. onebornfree says: • Website

    The US now resembles the climactic end of the movie “Thelma and Louise” , when they drive off the cliff together in their car.

    Choice: Do you want to drive off the cliff at 75 mph with Biden, or do you want to drive off the cliff at 70 mph, with Trump. It really makes very little difference, you’re still going over the cliff, no matter how much you/we might fantasize that Trump will make everything right in his second term [ despite his glaring first term failures, eg : legitimizing the individual state covid shutdowns by giving Fauci and Birx etc. free reign to unceasingly spout their totalitarian crap, and thereby devastating the economy and many lives].

    This just in: “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”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.” onebornfree

    “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”H. L. Mencken

    “The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.”
    H. L. Mencken

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Thanks: GMC
    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  52. @Peripatetic Itch

    I do not think Greatsocialist is stupid. No he is not. He is crook and impostor.

    • Agree: Poco
  53. Rocha says:

    The ignorance of this Escobar about Brazilian politics is disgusting.
    Lula, Dilma and the PT gutted the Brazilian economy.
    Bolsonaro, was the most loyal supporter of the PT outside the party. He always voted with the PT from the plano Real onwards.
    The election of Bolsonaro was a case of being too clever for your own good.
    Through opinion polls it was realized that the only candidate that the PT had a chance of beating was Bolsonaro.
    So Globo and the mídia manipulated the election so that the second round would be between the PT and Bolsonaro but forgot to take into account the number of people who refused to vote for either of the two candidates in a system where voting is compulsory. The result was the election of the most stupid and corrupt candidate of all the candidates to the Presidency.

  54. @GreatSocialist

    “they call in his debt and don’t extend it, he [Trump] goes bankrupt”?

    How do they do this if its a fixed term bond?

    And if he’s that strapped for cash, wouldn’t he just issue new bonds to sell to other buyers to cover existing bonds as they mature?

    Why would the bond holders wish to see the issuer go bankrupt?

    • Replies: @GreatSocialist
  55. @Digital Samizdat

    I can’t believe so many commenters here are actually making fixer Roy Cohn, who died 34 years ago, into a campaign issue to batter the president. It’s doubtful if even 3 percent of voters have any idea who he was.

    • Agree: GMC
    • Replies: @Majority of One
  56. Agent76 says:

    Feb 19, 2020 Hillary’s War: Nine Years Later Libya Still A Living Hell

    Nine years after a US-led attack on Libya and murder of its leader, the democracy and liberation promised by Hillary Clinton and her band of “humanitarian interventionists” has never arrived.

    Oct 30, 2020 Deep Dive: Who is Joe Biden?

    A career Democrat and former vice president to the first Black president of the US. Who is Joe Biden?

    Oct 30, 2020 Joe Biden Says He’s Coming for Your AR-15s (What Do You Hear?)

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sits down with Beto O’Rourke and says “we’re coming for them,” referring to semi-automatic firearms.

  57. Emslander says:
    @polistra

    To believe that Trump could even be judged as human by those members of the Deep State/Blob ignores everything that’s happened in the last five years. He was impeached, for God’s sake, for having the audacity to speak in opposition to the lowest level of the swamp lizards, US Ambassadress to Ukraine and Light Colonel Fatso. They said he should be removed form office for trying to manage the foreign policy of the country without consulting any one of the LGBTQ experts.

    Homosexual-lesbian-transgender nincompoops must be at the heart of every Swamp decision or you can’t be re-elected. I don’t know what agenda you have, polistra, but it ain’t truth.

    • Agree: Getaclue
  58. Pepe Escobar has no idea what he is talking about. Trying to link the Clinton/Obama/Biden gang to support for the anti-Communist Contra movement in Nicaragua is absurd. Ronald Reagan risked his presidency to confront the Sandinistas and the rest of the Reds who sought to establish yet another foothold in the Americas, with the help of the Soviets and Cuba. The only problem with helping the Contras is that we did not do enough. Trump would have simply invaded and turned the Sandinista leaders over to the people to be hanged, after he stomped good and hard on Cuba. As for Dilma Rousseff and Lula, both were typical Latin American Communists: incompetent, corrupt, and profoundly anti-democratic. Rousseff was directly involved in terrorist activities, including the murder of a U.S. official. As for the “tens of millions” of Brazilians who allegedly resent their ousting, tough. We should care no more for their mistaken ideas than we do for the opinions of the people in Antifa or BLM.

    • Disagree: GMC
    • Replies: @Majority of One
  59. @Peripatetic Itch

    You got it.

    None of that (incl the anti-lynching bill) is coincidence. More like pure, engineered conspiracy. Too bad not enough Americans are awake enough to connect the dots and then admit what the dotted picture reveals.

  60. @polistra

    Please explain why the “blob” hates Trump so virulently.

  61. The project for a new American century were part of the kabal behind the attack on the WTC which was blamed on the Arabs and gave the ZUS the excuse to destroy the middle east for Israel and the millions of civilian lives lost to ZUS bombs were just part of the cost of doing business for the zionist .

    Helliary was one of the zionist puppets behind the destruction of Libya and the murder of Gaddfi and the millions killed in Libya again mostly by the US bombing campaign and then there was the Benghazi murder of the Americans and the ambassador that had requested help and none came while the aircraft carrier Stennis was just off the coast.

    Then there was the color revolution in the Ukraine ,where Neocon Vic Nuland handed out cookies as snipers picked off and shot people in the crowd and the ZUS destroyed another country as the Ukraine entered into a civil war which is still on going, which is just the cost of doing bushiness for the zionist neocons.

    Since the zionists control the ZUS here is a prediction, which ever one wins , Trump or Biden, the ZUS will attack Iran for Israel and this will bring in Russia on the side of Iran and Israel will have the armaggedon that they have been looking for, by the way this attack will follow a false flag as usual.

    • Replies: @Agent76
    , @Zarathustra
  62. vot tak says:

    “In a nutshell, Biden-Harris would mean The Return of the Blob with a vengeance. Biden-Harris would be Obama-Biden 3.0. Remember those seven wars. Remember the surges. Remember the kill lists. Remember Libya. Remember Syria. Remember “soft coup” Brazil. Remember Maidan.”

    In a nutshell, escobar joins the likudite trump campaign train now. Surprised he’s being this brazen about it, rather than his usual circumspect tactics of pretending neutrality. What he is doing here is playing up dem compliance with zpc/nwo geopolitics while neglecting the reps are doing the same things, actually expanding on dem aggression during the trump regime.

    The likudite trump quislings have expanded essentially all the international aggression of the previous israeli obama quislings and begun new aggressions. They have also taken this aggression to the next level by expanding the economic (illegal sanctions, overt military threatening and actual piracy) to new levels way beyond what the obama quislings dared practice. For example, look how the trump neocons greatly increased american aggression against Yemen:

    US War in Yemen Worse Under Trump Than Bush, Obama Combined – Report

    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202010281080904638-us-war-in-yemen-worse-under-trump-than-bush-obama-combined—report/

    “A new report by a British nongovernmental organization (NGO) has found that in Yemen, the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency were by far the most violent of the past three US administrations, and might have totaled more operations than his two predecessors combined.”

    That is just one example of how the reality of the trump regime belies the myth propagated by the psywar machine promoting this regime. The myths are as dishonest as the zionazi-gay psywar about Iraqi WMDs, and essentially engineered by the same corruptions.

    The obama regime used a false antiwar rhetoric of reducing american foreign aggression to expand upon the aggressions of the previous bush jr. regime. The trump regime is doing the exact same thing. The aggressions of the obama regime, the trump neocons have expanded and added more of them. The zionazi-gay claims of trump reducing american foreign aggression is just another psywar campaign to bamboozle people into thinking what they see in reality isn’t happening and what the guy behind the curtains telling them happened, did.

    How many Iranian generals were murdered by the obama regime? How many oil tankers were pirated by the obama regime?

    In every serious aspect the trump regime is worse than the previous obama regime. Escobar talks of neocons joining a biden regime, but neglects to mention neocons compose almost the entirety of the trump regime.

    This article is partisan journalism, a political campaign advert. IE: garbage. Thought escobar a fairly reliable analyst till I read his initial coverage of the nato/terrorist merc aggression against Libya. Not really considered his work very reliable since then, and wary about what may be interjected disinfo wrapped up within an ostensibly factual analysis, not paid that much attention to him. Now I have written him off completely as providing any useful information.

    • Agree: Agent76, GreatSocialist
  63. Understanding the tangle of Washington politics is impossible but every so often, something appears which is clear and unambiguous. Trump is a hairball that the establishment (a.k.a. the MICIMATT complex) has been choking on for the past four years. Trump isn’t part of “the Blob”. They hate him even while he often does their bidding.
    The Blob is struggling to purge itself of said hairball, thrashing around violently, convulsing to vomit him out. It’s good to see “the Blob” suffering and in such pain. Let’s pray for four more years of it.

  64. Realist says:
    @Ludwig Watzal

    The American people are going to elect an insane demented guy.

    I don’t think they will. But the fact that many millions will vote the Biden show this country is on the shit slide to hell.

  65. Ugetit says:
    @Gene Urtel

    Think about it! Would [the creator] be powerless to do something about these matters?

    By the evidence, I’d have to answer, “yes” for the creator seems equally balanced by the destroyer, and the latter shitbag seems currently in the ascendant.

    Would a “loving” creator create something like the blobs? If I were the creator, I’d kick myself for creating Hillary, for instance.

  66. Agent76 says:
    @Desert Fox

    A well informed post and I share these with folks who are not aware of this deep state actors and accomplices.

    May 6, 2003 “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” – A Summary Blueprint of the PNAC Plan for U.S. Global Hegemony

    Some people have compared it to Hitler’s publication of Mein Kampf, which was ignored until after the war was over.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3249.htm

    May 17, 2009 The New American Century. Part 1/10

    This film goes in detail through the untold history of The Project for the New American Century with tons of archival footage and connects it right into the present.

  67. nsa says:

    Thought Experiment re “Voting for the Lesser Evil”.
    Imagine a prez election in which the masses of asses are offered the choice of a : a) cannibal, b) pedophile c) atheist, d) antisemite. After the yid media goes to work shaping public opinion: a) “at least cannibals are doing something about overpopulation”, b) “who are we to pass judgment on the sexual proclivities of others”, c) “no need to punish as protected by first amendment and besides will fry in hell for an eternity”, d) “absolutely beyond all decency”…..”no place in our diverse society”……”ban from public life so as not to infect others”…….”obviously unfit for any public office”……”congress needs to pass a law”……”worse than other forms of hate speech”……………….

  68. @Gene Urtel

    They don’t get what you are saying, they don’t want to understand it.
    All of us ARE the “deep state” —we are Picasso’s Guernica.

    Like a dog returning to its vomit, we proselytize and fight over who should teach the commandments of men and what those commandments should be.

    For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and God should heal them. Matthew 13:15

    UNZmen claim to have seen the enemy and now tell us “We have to get rid of the deep state ’cause the deep state’s evil.” A tree is known by its fruit —–NOT by its disclaimers. They are what they hate.

    Lucky for you they merely ignore you.

  69. roonaldo says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    Aha! And as a protege of the psyops and propaganda branch, she was cheerleader for the Blasey Ford fabrications and had a slew of gotcha questions at the Kavanaugh hearings, which, clumsy as they were, served publicity purposes. And Harris’ office forwarded the anonymous accuser’s letter saying Kavanaugh raped her in a car. She seamlessly morphed from believing women who claimed Biden pawed, sniffed, or assaulted them into a Biden believer.

    In only her first term as Senator, she now looks to be installed as de-facto President. Unlike fake-Black Obama, she was unelectable, so they’ll sneak her in the side door.

    • Thanks: Peripatetic Itch
  70. @Zarathustra

    The question is through which valley is Blob going to roll? Turkey? Pakistan? Iran?

    Watch this old presentation by Joe Biden where he says the USA will interfere in Turkey’s election process to support someone else than their current president. True hypocrisy about the dangers of foreign interference in elections.

    • Thanks: Agent76
  71. @onebornfree

    Agreed.

    The covid shit is intolerable.

    You don’t wreck the world’s economy for a virus with a .2% death rate.

    Obviously the virus is a political tool and Trump should never have cooperated with the NWO scumbags.

  72. anon[317] • Disclaimer says:

    Vote Trump unless you want to look at Hillary’s for 4 years. Even her husband Bill doesn’t want that and visited Epstein’s island more than anyone to get away from her.

  73. anastasia says:
    @Ludwig Watzal

    If Biden wins, it will because Americans want the peace of the graveyard.

    They actually blame Trump for the burning, looting, rioting, and for the media, globalist, Democratic, Deep State hatred of him. They blame Trump for the virus because Biden and the media has told t hem so.

    With the media saying nothing about Biden’s overwhelming corruption, stupidity, lying, and immorality, they will believe his will be a more peaceful, as well as more successful administration.

    In other words, as President, Biden will lie and the media will swear to it, and to the American mind, that is a successful administration and the kind of peace they crave.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  74. Hillaire says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    How can any sentient human being not see through the abject nonsense, and self promotion that is an ‘anti-lynching bill’, replete with red neck references and kkk imagery this piece of mental cancer should have been resoundingly mocked.

    It is akin to the italians legislating against crucifixion.

    absolute guff.

  75. @Desert Fox

    I do not like to contradict you but there was very strong cooperation of France and Italy.
    Obama was actually hesitant, But disgusting animal whore Hillary with deep state eventually prevailed over Obama.
    Your prediction about Iran will not be Fulfilled. If deep state will attack Iran, Russia through Caspian see with supply Iran with whatever weapons Iran will need probably even Nuclear weapon.
    If nuke falls on Washington it will come from Iranian territory so nobody can blame Russia.
    Russia will claim that it has nothing to do with it and there cannot be any proof.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  76. @paraglider

    You really think the decline started under Obama??? In most of the world – the loss of US soft power and ability to frighten people with it’s military began with the invasion of Iraq and the invasion of Afghanistan respectively. Both helped lead to a lost of US economic power. Those happened under the second Bush.

  77. @The Real World

    Yeah I’m not into conspiracy theories – but this is undoubtedly a way to get a woman into the White House… Regardless of the garbage policies of the Obama/Biden era…. He obviously is not physically up for 4 years in the Oval Office.

  78. Hillaire says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    How can any sentient human being not see through the abject nonsense, and self promotion that is an ‘anti-lynching bill’, replete with red neck references and kkk imagery this piece of mental cancer should have been resoundingly mocked.

    It is akin to the italians legislating against crucifixion.

    absolute guff.

    • Replies: @vot tak
  79. @Zarathustra

    As always the main perpetrators behind 911 and the middle east destruction and the destruction of Libya was and is the zionists and among the reasons is to force Arab migration into Europe and dilute the white race, just as is being done here in the ZUS, and of course all of the chaos benefits Israel and the zionists as the control of these countries will be made easier via the dilution.

    I stand by what I said about the ZUS attacking Iran, which will be preceded by a false flag as is the usual method of crime preferred by the ZUS, and Russia will respond and the zionists will have their amageddon which will destroy most of the world, which will benefit the instigators ie the zionists.

    The zionists and their chosen puppets will survive in their DUMBs ie deep underground military bases which they have throughout the ZUS and ZEU, and the rest of us will be toast, which will fulfill their plant to depopulate the world and they won’t have to resort to the covid-19 ie certificate of vaccination-19 scam and psyop to scare the hell out of the world into committing sucide.

    These are some evil sons-of-bitches and of course satanists.

    • Agree: Ugetit
    • Replies: @FLgeezer
  80. @Wielgus

    There is a photograph of me with Bill Clinton. Am I a Clinton protegé? Actually, I despise the man and his harpy of a wife.

  81. FLgeezer says:
    @Desert Fox

    Thanks Desert Fox. You have nailed it I am sad to say.

  82. vot tak says:

    Another view, less partisan.

    Slavoj Zizek: Biden’s just Trump with a human face, and the two of them share the same enemy

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/504705-slavoj-zizek-biden-trump/

    [MORE]

    “In the run up to the US presidential elections, different forms of populist resistance are gradually forming a unified field: “Armed militia groups are forging alliances in the final stages of the US presidential election with conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers who claim the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, intensifying concerns that trouble could be brewing ahead of the election day. Leading advocates of anti-government and anti-science propaganda came together at the weekend, joined by the founder of one of the largest militia groups.”

    Three dimensions are at work here: conspiracy-theories (like QAnon), Covid-deniers, and violent militias. These are often inconsistent and relatively independent: there are conspiracy theorists who don’t deny the reality of the epidemic, but see in it a (Chinese) plot to destroy the US; there can be Covid-deniers who don’t see a conspiracy behind the epidemic, but just deny the seriousness of the threat (such as the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben), etc.

    Trump plays an ambiguous game here – when he is asked about radical rightist groups which propagate violence or conspiracy theories, he seeks to formally distantiate himself from these problematic aspects while praising the group’s general patriotic attitude. This distancing is empty, of course, a purely rhetorical device: the group is silently expected to act upon the implicit calls to violence Trump’s speeches are full of. When Trump attacks alleged leftist violence, he does it in terms that are divisive and a call to violence. Exemplary is Trump’s answer when he was asked about the violence propagated and practiced by the Proud Boys group:

    “Within minutes after US President Donald Trump told the Proud Boys, a far-right group with members who espouse white supremacism, to ‘stand back and stand by’, on national television on Sept. 29, 2020, members of the men-only group took to fringe social media sites to celebrate what they considered a ‘historic’ moment for their ideological push against leftists.”

    This is (if I can be pardoned for using this problematic expression) Trump at his best: he does tell them to stand back, i.e., to restrain from violence, but he adds “and stand by,” i.e., get ready – to do what? The implication is clear and unambiguous: be ready to practice violence if Trump loses the election. Even if the danger of an actual civil war exploding in the US is probably vacuous, the very fact that this possibility is widely talked about is significant.

    Direct violence is as a rule not revolutionary, but conservative, a reaction to the threat of a more basic change: when a system is in a crisis, it begins to break its own rules.”

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  83. Anonymous[833] • Disclaimer says:
    @anastasia

    “As President, Biden will lie and the media will swear to it, and to the American mind, that is a successful administration…”

    It’s “funny” that the daily lip flappers inhabiting that segment of the media that poses as populist, democratic and progressive were the first to note and warn about the corporate takeover of the entire media by essentially 5 or 6 megacorporations soon after Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Well before Rachel Madcow, Joy Reid and Chris Hayes were spewing toxic misinformation in generous daily doses and embracing whatever policies the MIC, the intel agencies and the neocon warmongers wanted rammed into place as federal diktat, the purported “left” had personalities like Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller and Al Franken shrieking about how the news had become increasingly propagandized to support whatever the clique of oligarchs behind America’s political facade wanted.

    They were, in essence, warning vociferously about the intrusion of “fake news” (though that term was not yet used) and the creation of a totally artificial “matrix” of public disinformation cocooning the entire American populace to effect national policies that otherwise would not have stood a chance of becoming reality. It is so ironic that it has basically been Donald Trump and a small handful of free-thinking perspicacious pundits, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Caitlin Johnstone, Matt Taibi and Glenn Greenwald (there are some others), who have taken up the cause for truth and free speech in the ever expanding, ever differentiating, and ever deceiving world of American media. There are now more op-ed writers working for RT, like Finian Cunningham and Helen Buyniski (just off the top of my head), who fit this mold as truthtellers rather than amongst the plethora of mercenary propagandists in all of the American media.

    Jimmy Dore (an outspoken comedian, like Lee Camp, with more integrity than 95% of the entire American pundit brigade) has a simple explanation for Madcow’s sudden transmogrification from a seemingly honest liberal news anchor and interviewer to a hardcore propagandist for the cryptofascist MSNBC “news” network: the $7 million per year she is now paid to bag Trump and Russia every evening as you eat dinner. Never a more clear case demonstrating the simple but elegant application of Occam’s Razor. No doubt the motivation of obtaining, retaining and being lavishly compensated for such high profile lucrative positions has warped the rationality and ethics of much, if not most, of the broadcast industry.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
  84. Lee says:

    TC said:

    How do they do this if its a fixed term bond?

    And if he’s that strapped for cash, wouldn’t he just issue new bonds to sell to other buyers to cover existing bonds as they mature?

    Why would the bond holders wish to see the issuer go bankrupt?

    Your comment just touches the outer edge of the stupidity often posted here by posters who portend to have some kind of insight into Trumps financial situation. They don’t—few people have any experience with finance/taxation at this level and probably should be silent on the subject. JMO.

  85. vot tak says:

    Another view without escobar’s partisanship.

    The end of American power: Don’t blame Trump, and don’t expect Biden to save it either

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/504941-american-power-biden-trump-blame/

    [MORE]

    “The Foreign Affairs article doesn’t actually endorse Biden for the presidency, but the implication is that all of America’s current woes, nationally and internationally, will be dispelled by ousting the brash, uncouth Trump from the White House.

    If only it were that simple. What needs to be realized is that US global power is failing and that is an empirical process over several years regardless of which one of the two main parties own the White House – or the Congress for that matter.

    The decline is chronic, systematic and structural. The body politic of the US is moribund, no longer able to reinvigorate by satisfying the demands and needs of its population. That impotence is a dysfunction of its so-called liberal political system dominated as it is by powerful corporations which control the politicians for elite interests, not those of the majority working population. That atrophy is in turn a dysfunction of American capitalism. Neither of the two parties are able or willing to fix it because they are endemic to the system.

    Economically and culturally, the US has seen its pillars of supposed power erode. But that decay has been underway for years if not decades before the arrival of Trump in the White House. In that way, Trump is more symptom than cause. And the election of Biden is not going to change the downward dynamic because he and his Democrat party are part of the same bipartisan duopoly that serves the plutocracy of the United States.

    America’s declining power is a thoroughly bipartisan affair. Both parties are prostitutes for big business, Wall Street, the military-industrial complex and lawless warmongering. All of that has led to the collapse of America as a global power from its ruinous corporate capitalism and imperialism.”

    This article and the one I posted just prior are more balanced analysis that escobar’s “blame the dems only” approach. This is the difference between analysis and campaign adverts covertly dressed up as analysis.

  86. @Wyatt

    One Deep State with two public faces.
    The Owners/Ruling Families never lose.
    Their spooks control both sides of the fake divisions.
    Anti-fa, Proud Boys
    BLM, White Nationalists
    MAGA/QAnon, Resist45/NeverTrumpers
    Koch Bros/Soros
    MGTOW/#MeToo

  87. @Majority of One

    Dear Majority of One; I love your writing style and insight. You are on it. You write “beyond my understanding.” Cleanly put. I would argue that is precisely why American civilization gave us the first movie Star Wars. What you describe calls for a mythic dimension of understanding. Hence the vital role of the movie. Star Wars had what Joseph Campbell called “a valid mythological perspective.” And relevant to contemporary America as well. We now know that the evil empire is building a “Death Star” and to counter it and survive we must find and call upon what we all know now as “the Force.” I find strategic import in the immortal words of Lord Darth Vader; “The ability to destroy a planet is nothing compared to the Force.” Now we all know how to destroy the real evil death star. May “The Force” be with us.
    So the monster that you describe so well is dialectically forcing us deep underground – where we may encounter this “Force.” So goes the myth, right?

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  88. JWalters says:
    @Priss Factor

    For interested readers, here’s a history of the financial taproot of the Deep State, and its tentacles into both Repub and Dem parties, including Roy Cohn and Donald Trump. It includes some key steps to break the financial octopus.
    “War Profiteers and Israel’s Bank”
    https://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com/p/war-profiteers-and-israels-bank.html

    • Thanks: Ugetit
  89. vot tak says:
    @Hillaire

    That is a duplicate comment. When ever I accidentally post one (the dubiously software on this site makes this a common occurrence), it is flagged as such and doesn’t progress. Further, when I try to post a comment saying the same thing under a different article, it doesn’t get posted. And even further, if I post the same article in more than one place, noting the article’s relevance to the subject at hand, it fails to show up, as well. Yet here we are with this duplicate comment by hillaire that slid right on through.

    Gee…..

  90. Dr. Charles Fhandrich [AKA "Anonymous"] says:

    So let me get this straight. We are now at the point in this country, where a man implicated in taking bribes from foreign governments, not just any foreign governments but totalitarian ones like China, can continue to run for president. No problemo. Can anyone imagine the fury of the fake news media and the democrats they serve, if Trump and his family— sons, daughter, wife,etc. ,were implicated in this kind of criminal activity?? All hell would break loose. The media would have stories around the clock with Pelosi, Schumer, Warren, Clinton, appearing on every phony talk show to “warn” the citizens of the kind of danger they are in and immediately pressure Trump to step down while trying to prosecute him and his family for treason. Old Time swamp criminal, Joe Biden and family however, get a pass by the fake news media. Aren’t even brought up but protected by the media’s silence.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
  91. Agent76 says:
    @chris

    Here is more insights on Joe.

    Oct 24, 2020 Serbia & Iraq: Joe Biden’s history of regime change wars

    The Bidens “Did” Ukraine, There Was Iraq… And Serbia.

  92. @ThreeCranes

    We’re assuming that maybe if Trump loses, the present holders of his debt may not extend his debt one more round and tell him, please return the loan.

    If he can get another “sucker” to take his debt again, and pay back the first lender, fine. If he can’t, then the present holder will get control of the collateral(his property and buildings) the debt was based on.

    In the end, the debt still has to be paid back, even if it is with money that is raised from issuing new debt.

    In this case the assumption is that Russia, Israel, Turkey and KSA only keep extending the debt of Trump because he is useful to them as POTUS. If he is no longer POTUS, why shd they keep on lending money to him? They’ll take it back if he loses.

    Trump has done real well by gaming the debt and tax system. He borrows 500M from Deutsche Bank, gets Putin, Turkey, KSA or Israel to backstop the loan, buys some property, then under the corrupt US tax laws, is able to claim 100s of M in tax exemption over the years under this and that, imaginary losses, inflated expenses, depreciation etc.

    So he can keep whatever income he gets from his property that he bought with Deutsche Bank’s loan then gets so many deductions on his tax that he only pays $750. That’s how he makes his money.

    Not by legitimate business, providing a good service to customers, or using skill to invest or speculate or inventing new tech or creating a new business model.

    He makes his money by cheating on his taxes and getting foreign powers to give him loans for political favors as POTUS.

    He should be in jail. First class corruption in a “legal way”. Best corruption ever! Corruption so great it can’t be any GREATER!

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  93. anon[303] • Disclaimer says:

    Warren Zevon wrote and performed a song that now could be the Biden family theme song:
    Lawyers, Guns and Money.
    Enjoy!

  94. @Peripatetic Itch

    The commie brigade here on Unz are a laughable lot. They don’t engage in rational debate, they just “like” each other’s shit, like dogs sniffing each other’s asses. Unless they’re paid actors, they’re probably frustrated Chomsky readers, who can no longer stand the mainstream media.

    When neocons emerged on the scene, nobody normal knew who Leo Strauss was. It was a bit weird that 9 out of 10 were Jews, but hey. The left could not report on that inconvenient fact, so they just focused on how nasty neocons were. The right mainly supported neocon policies, except for paleos and libertarians, i.e. tiny constituencies. For the Greater Purpose of Empire.

    When Bush neocons faded into Obama globo imperialists, it became obvious that – except for the personnel – neoconservatism was in fact the lifeblood of “American” Empire. Now neocon policies were pushed by an increasingly feminized staff: the ‘harpies’ Hilary, Rice, Powers,… (Behind the scenes, still plenty of Jews: Nuland/Kagan, sure, but the lower ranks even more so.)

    Bottom line: “Neoconservatism” was a red herring. It was the brief departure from the “talk softly” part of the “and carry a big stick” maxim. The stick is the problem. The rhetoric changes, mostly to confuse stupid goyim.

  95. @Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard: Thank you for your gracious response to my perspectives.

    We enter the realm of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner. For proper licensing add a dose of William Butler Yeats’ “Second Coming” and Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row”. Poets are the licensing agency. The fat is in the fire and the pulchritudinousl lady on the stage is warming up her pipes. Yes, beyond micro politics and Tuesday’s selection; beyond the schemes and dreams of macro politics and those who play that game; beyond even mega politics and the Minions of highest finance whom they lucratively serve… even transitioning beyond meta politics where the battles are being joined on an international stage; we arrive in the realm of metaphysical cosmography which engenders all of human geography.

    With the detonation of the first nuclear device of the Age of Pisces section of that which the Hopi Nation describes as the Fourth World, a signal was transmitted throughout the cosmos. In the Chinese philosophical system of the Tao, this material message may be seen as the Yang principle. In Hegelian dialectics it represents the thesis. Balance is the elemental principle connecting all that is as in the diastolic and systolic principles in breathing. Classical physics posits that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. Los Alamos in August of 1945, one month short of my own first birthday anniversary, was a day that mattered and still matters. The equal but opposite reaction to the elevation of the material principle by means of its dissolution, profusion and pollution is the prime balancing principle—the antidote.

    Nuclear Metaphysics is the response. We return to Carl Jung and reference “Morning of the Magicians” by Jacques Pauwels and Louis Bergier and also consult with Bucke and his 1906 “Cosmic Consciousness” along with Dane Rudhyar’s “The Astrology of Personality”. Seers and visionaries abound…even Simon and Garfunkel’s line “the words of the prophets are written on subway walls, tenement halls” speak to the metaphysical message. We are at the termination of the Modern Age and tiptoe on a tightrope between a catastrophic turning of the Fourth Age into a planetary cataclysm…..or its counterpoint, the most magnificent renaissance within the known history of the human race.

    Know that the awakening proportion of humanity is not alone. This node of transition is cosmological in its purport. The majority of the human race is confused, abused and bemused. Yet those awakening dreamers have the capacity of heeding the muses. Words shared are like little birds which flit and flutter and then form into a flock which flies with consumate coordination and grace, each in its own place as the whole is equal to, yet greater than the sum of its parts.

    Such is the cosmographic lesson for this day: Know that all is One and that One is All.

    • Replies: @Zarathustra
  96. @David Rodriguez

    David: Has anyone ever called you a “gusano”—or you part of the Somoza gang which worked with Ollie North and the CIA in officially “smuggling” TONS of white powder into South LA where it was transformed into crack and quickly distributed through ghettos all across the fruited plain in order to further transform an already messed up younger black community into an inchoate force of total chaos?

  97. @follyofwar

    Cohn was a very well connected member of the Tribe and was even one of those who was blackmailing the self-hating drag-queen, that arch-blackmailer in her own right, J. Edna Hoover.

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  98. @vot tak

    Exemplary is Trump’s answer when he was asked about the violence propagated and practiced by the Proud Boys group

    Just a few odd questions. Is this the same group Joe Biden, in the second debate, referred to as “The Poor Boys”? After damning them as the “Proud Boys” in the first debate? Which is it: proud or poor? Or proud and poor? Asking for a friend.

    Is this the same group whose leaders were interviewed after the first debate, an interview that showed a rather diverse racial mix, not all white at all?

    Just what acts of violence have they been proven to have committed? Or were they just present at a place where acts of violence were committed? And do explain how exactly violence is “propagated”? And “practiced”?

    • Troll: vot tak
    • Replies: @vot tak
  99. @GreatSocialist

    In the end, [Trump’s] debt still has to be paid back, even if it is with money that is raised from issuing new debt.

    Can’t help but compare that to the several millions in “forgivable” loans Hunter Biden apparently got from a Chinese businessman — the one Hunter, I think, himself referred to as a CCP spy chief. So what is a forgivable loan? Is it a gift or a bribe? Getting pretty close to treason perhaps.

    • Troll: vot tak
    • Replies: @GreatSocialist
  100. vot tak says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    Typical totally irrelevant, bitchy queen guardianista troll.

    • Thanks: Peripatetic Itch
    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  101. @Majority of One

    Please elaborate on J. E. Hoover, and Cohn, sounds very promising in hinting to the stepping stone moving over time of administrative culture. What backed Hoover? What had him cemented for so long up to his death into power?

    Long time memory is of great value. Most goys do not know what their grandparents stood for. Most goy parents cannot explain the immediate past to their children. They go back and forth from lunch to dinner pepped with “hard work”, “individual prowess will get you anywhere” memes. Including the present day politicians. That makes for another factor of politicians being ignorant of their own status of domestics. Take Hillary, whatever others speculate on, she is most probably dead meat as a political useful tool. No substance might be a quality in the immediate, but the lack of collective organization and rational thinking of the political class makes individual politicians “use once” then discard conZumer items. Trump will fade happily from the limelight, or start a no sweat, on autopilot and remoted second term. The real of elections is attention grabbing, emotional discharge, for the surplus populations. Rouse and rabble, an exhibitionistic theatre. Trump or Biden is only important to part of the middle class that do the data entree and cleaning, the cooking and wash-ups within the public (abundant) administrations and the party apparatuses.

  102. When J. Edna became the official FBI’s kommandant,early in the 20’s, American culture was homophobic to an extreme, as the Judie-Christie Magick-mindfuck had yet to run its course in much of the country. Thus, as an individual with a samesex eroticism and being of a somewhat effeminate nature, Hoover was anxious to protect the self by using his position to keep potential enemies in line…personal enemies, that is…enemies as he perceived them. So the list-making and the card-filing began. His agents were tasked with digging up dirt on politicians, prominent individuals and citizens in general There was a particular interest in matters of a potentially compromising sexual nature.

    Another development during that era of alcohol prohibition was the development of the Mob. In time Jewish gangs and Italian gangs managed to mostly erase the Irish ones—as in the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Over time, being far better connected to financial power and to the sources of booze, the Purple Gang in Detroit quickly took over the importation of liquor from Windsor, Ontario, Just across Lake St. Clair from that city. Soon, the Italian Mafiosi elements in Motor City came to the realization that the better connected Jews would become a worthwhile ally. The notorious Bronfman family, with their Seagram’s brand, became a ready source for high-grade hooch.

    Detroit was just one example. Similar developments were occurring across the country. Soon, the Mafiosi were mostly employed in doing some of the dirty work by the likes of major mobster Meyer Lansky, who soon became more powerful than the most puissant of the Dons. Here comes Hoover. Plenty of dirt was accumulated on J. Edna and her transvestite habit. A modus vivendi was made. Into the mix arrived a number of “freelance” blackmailers, who happily worked with the FBI honcho. Among these creatures was Roy Cohn, who was soon running the newly elected “Tailgunner-Joe”, a newly elected U$ Senator from Wisconsin. The pre-Epstein phenomenon was soon making great progress in the Di$trict of Corruption. Hoover received names, dates, photographs and other usable data. The Mobsters got protection. Such a deal.

    Hoover had the dirt on essentially everyone, due to the diligence of his agents and to his deal with the Mob. Occasionally, the Feebees would bust a relative non-entity or a guy who had become useless or worse in the eyes of Lansky and his minions. The real untouchables were not Elliot Ness of TV fame, but the biggest bosses of Crime Incorporated. This arrangement went on through the Fifties and into 11-22-63 when both J. Edna and the Mob played major roles for the CIA as part of the welcoming committee for dealing with the Man who thought he was the most powerful individual in the world.

    Crime does pay. That’s why the Di$trict of Corruption is becoming the new monicker for Urination’s Capital.

  103. denk says:
    @Majority of One

    whose son has given up his soul to Xi Jinping’s CCP

    Im surprised that even you seem to have subscribed to the meme that ‘The CCP owns BIden’ !

    I’ve seen nothing to back up that insinuation so far, …all remains allegations from the Usual Suspects.

    May be Im missing something ???

  104. @Peripatetic Itch

    I read somewhere that in the past Deutsche Bank had forgiven $270M of Trump’s previous debt. I also read an article, I think in Reuters?, that Deutsche Bank will no longer loan money to Trump after the election and they want somebody else to lend him that $400M they have loaned to him.

    More importantly, I read that Trump only pays back INTEREST on his Deutsche Bank loan, he doesn’t pay back any of the capital. So effectively DB owns Trump’s buildings and properties secured on the loan.

    With a very low interest rate and paying no taxes(due to tax cheating), any income from those properties is freed up for Trump to blow on his lavish lifestyle. In other words, Trump is living lavishly on the courtesy of the American Taxpayer and Deutsche Bank’s money.

    I predict that when Trump loses this election, within 3 years, the Trump family company will be in financial trouble n will have to see assets forcesold or get split up under new ownership.

    Trump himself may go to jail because of his tax cheating and financial crimes. If he were not POTUS, he would be in jail already. Probably Hillary also. They can both be cellmates and share sandwiches.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  105. I don’t really know anything about Hunter Biden’s loans. I am assuming that he is a troubled kid who has used his dad’s name to do business. Lots of kids do that, but it should not be the case.

    In this case, I haven’t seen anything to say that his dad went along with Hunter’s deals, besides the normal unsupported stories and accusations. Most probably it was all Hunter by himself. Every family has these members who do stuff that is controversial. In the Trump family, it is Donald, I guess in the Biden family it is Hunter.

    Hunter lost his mum and his sister in that crash, and they probably died in front of him. Then he lost his brother also. I would cut him some slack for his drug use, controversial behavior and business dealings. As long as his dad is not involved, I don’t think this reflects badly on Joe Biden as a presidential candidate.

    In any case nobody cares about Hunter except for Trump’s base. The Hunter issue won’t get Trump anymore votes than he already has, IMO.

    • LOL: roonaldo
    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  106. @GreatSocialist

    I read somewhere…

    That’s rich. You really could have googled your assertion to verify it or tell us where it came from, but then you would have had to admit it came from the same dubious NYT “October-surprise” story that informed us so recently that Mr. Trump only paid $750 in taxes. You might also have admitted that the settlement came after the 2008 crash in the real-estate markets and that there was nothing illegal going on. The only thing illegal was the NYT report itself and the leaking — most likely from the never-Trumper prosecutors in the office of the SDNY:

    US leader, Donald Trump has had more than $270 million in debt forgiven since 2010 after he failed to repay his lenders for a Chicago skyscraper building development, a new report by the New York Times alleges.

    Need I really note that a debt forgiven as it is being lent is clearly a bribe of some sorts, while a debt forgiven in the course of a lawsuit is just normal business.

    Now I also remember watching a lengthy Rachel Maddow segment two or three years ago, in which she read details from a leaked Trump tax return and spent a inordinate amount of time bashing Trump for his “tax-evading” tendencies. Only in her concluding sentence did she allow that Trump had paid taxes that year of $33 million on an income of $100 million.

    How is it you abject victims of the Trump-Derangement-Syndrome never mention that he has never taken his presidential salary? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  107. @GreatSocialist

    I am assuming that [Hunter Biden] is a troubled kid who has used his dad’s name to do business. Lots of kids do that

    Right… Actually, now a fifty-year old crack addict who parades nude in front of his recently bereaved 14 year-old niece and makes sex movies with very young Chinese children and Russian/Ukrainian prostitutes. Who flies to China with his Vice-President father on Air Force 2 and makes multi-million dollar deals with a Chinese spy-master. Sure, I know lots of kids who do that./s

    I haven’t seen anything to say that his dad went along with Hunter’s deals, besides the normal unsupported stories and accusations.

    Exactly. Just Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter, who alleges he met with Joe over dinner to discuss the deals and was told to put nothing in writing about Joe, to maintain “plausible deniability.” Just Bevan Cooney, another of Hunter’s business associates, who has apparently presented incriminating information. And don’t forget that email from a senior Burisma executive, thanking Hunter for the meeting he set up with Joe in the White House that week. And a lot of tantalizing things, like banking records and a link to Hunter’s cloud storage from that infamous laptop.

    But, of course, it all comes down to how you define words like “unsupported” and “haven’t seen.” And if that doesn’t work, there’s always Russia, Russia, Russia.

    • Agree: acementhead
    • Replies: @GreatSocialist
  108. @Peripatetic Itch

    Forgot to emphasize after noting that since Trump lives a lavish life courtesy of the American Taxpayer and Deutsche Bank, it simply means he is a higher class version of the typical “Welfare Queen” so hated by Republicans.

    First of all, it’s actually DB that owns his buildings, he’s got a loan from them on his buildings, backstopped by foreign leaders, n he only pays interest on the loan and now DB is sick n tired of working with him n wants to pull the loan. It’s in all the media today, from Reuters. Anyone can look it up, if they aren’t too lazy to do it.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-deutsche-bank-exclusive/exclusive-tired-of-trump-deutsche-bank-games-ways-to-sever-ties-with-the-president-sources-idUSKBN27J0G0

    So just like a WELFARE QUEEN, Trump games the system, using DB’s money to buy properties, only paying interest on the loan, no repayment of the capital, then he CHEATS on his taxes so that he pays basically nothing in taxes for decades, allowing him to live a LAVISH lifestyle from the income on those properties. All done on the dime of the American Taxpayer. What a PARASITE.

    That’s the same as a WELFARE QUEEN.

    So Trump is basically nothing better than Latisha the Octomom or Aaliyah the Welfare Queen.

    To all those afflicted with TAS(Trump Assloving Syndrome), happy elections!

  109. @Majority of One

    Truth is only in Solomon. Everything is vanity. Universe is infinite in space and time.
    There were infinite number of civilizations before us, and there will be infinite number of civilizations after us.
    No civilization was able and will be able to transmit their knowledge to the next civilization.
    So there never will be breakthrough.

  110. @paraglider

    That’s the good part of the End of Empire that began, I suppose, in 1898….it’s depressing being ruled by people who make their money from usury, the slave trade/auctions, porn AND kill unarmed protesters that THEY dispossessed & ethnically cleansed/slaughtered to boot.

  111. SteveF says:
    @The Alarmist

    After WWII Petain was sentenced to death for treason, however due to his age and World War I service his sentence was commuted to life in prison. He died in 1951.
    If Petain is your idea of a great man you need to revisit the idea of great.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  112. Ron Unz says:

    After WWII Petain was sentenced to death for treason, however due to his age and World War I service his sentence was commuted to life in prison. He died in 1951.
    If Petain is your idea of a great man you need to revisit the idea of great.

    Actually, I think you might want to take a look at an article I wrote a couple of years ago somewhat related to that topic:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-post-war-france-and-post-war-germany/

  113. @SteveF

    Petain literally kept Hitler, who had an admiration for him as a WW1 hero, at bay, which kept half of France and its navy out of Axis hands and essentially formed a roadblock between Axis powers taking a drive through Spain to take Gibraltar. One might argue that Petain had little influence over the French overseas possessions, but his armistice with the Germans certainly kept them out of play. The Brits knew Petain was operating secretly to the Allied advantage, but as they did with so many other Frenchmen, they left him to twist in the wind while advancing the interests of the man they thought would be easier to control.

  114. The most depressing part of this election is that the Democrats have won the popular vote yet again. This means that America as a whole is becoming a more economically unequal country in which the increasingly numerous poor and indebted think their best option is to vote for the party that provides the most government handouts. Hence, Democrat success is a pretty good indicator of increasing poverty.

    Perhaps the election should be decided on a points system where the Republicans get extra points for winning low income blue state voters and the Democrats get extra points for winning middle income red state voters. That way both parties would have an incentive to reduce poverty and make America a more prosperous country.

  115. @RoatanBill

    True. The US has lost war games against Russia, China and Iran.

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