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It has already been observed that Joe Biden’s incoming cabinet looks a bit like old wine in new bottles, drawing as it does on veterans from the Barack Obama and even the Bill Clinton administrations. That’s the bad news as it very much looks like business as usual as the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Wall Street kleptocracy is reasserting itself and will be in place for the next four years. Which is not to say that the Donald Trump version thereof was a whole lot different, but Trump was erratic enough to make the power brokers in America nervous, which was presumably enough reason to possibly rig the election and get rid of him.

The four key appointees to the new administration in terms of how the United States confronts the world are the Secretaries of State and Defense, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the National Security Advisor. All of Biden’s picks are, if not completely hawkish, at least dedicated to the notion that the U.S. should be actively pre-emptively engaged in democracy promotion and liberal interventionism. If a little regime change is needed here and there, so be it. General Lloyd Austin, who may have trouble in getting confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Defense, Tony Blinken, Secretary of State presumptive, and DNI Avril Haines have all been involved in making money out of the defense/national security establishment since they have been out of office. There is an assumption among ex-officials in the United States government that lobbying one’s former colleagues to buy products or services that are not needed is a perfectly legitimate semi-retirement avocation. Some, however, do not see it that way and General Austin’s service on the board of major defense contractor Raytheon may have crossed the red line, even for those who are accustomed to looking the other way when corruption looms.

It is assumed that the former torture-prison chief and currently Director of CIA Gina Haspel will be fired either by Donald Trump or by Biden, meaning that that position will also be vacant, likely to be filled by another friend of Clinton/Obama. David Cohen, a former analyst has been spoken of as the likely candidate. He previously served as a widely acknowledged utterly incompetent and out of place Director of Operations, appointed by Barack Obama in 2015 even though he had no real experience in intelligence operations, much less in running the Agency’s Clandestine Service. Unfortunately, incompetence and irrelevancy have never stopped anyone from moving onward and upward in the U.S. government. Quite the contrary.

Some see a silver lining in the clouds, namely a “return to diplomacy” after the debacle of the belligerent dispensationalist Mike Pompeo. Alas Pompeo for all his bluster has not actually started any new wars, while Blinken was the main man behind the bid to overthrow the Syrian government even though it posed no threat to the United States. He has never apologized for the wars he was involved in under Obama and has only regretted that they were not more successful, so we can safely assume that he will continue to do what he can in support of the globalist agenda as well as for the country that he loves best, which is Israel.

And there are also the somewhat more elusive aspects of Democratic Party leadership thinking that will shape the course of the new Administration. Still simmering hatred for Russia over the phony narrative that the Kremlin was behind the 2016 defeat of the execrable Hillary Clinton means that relations with that country will if anything get worse, particularly if the Clintons continue to be a major driving force behind the Democratic National Committee. And then there is China. There is every indication that the Democrats have bought into the China-bashing initiated by Donald Trump and sustained by the conspiracy theory that Beijing both weaponized a virus to destroy Western democracy and threatens “freedom.” Pentagon plans to build up the U.S. Navy to confront China in its own coastal waters while also reshaping the Marine Corps to equip it with breakthrough guided battlefield weapons to confront the “Yellow Menace” will not be reversed by Biden and company.

It can be taken as a given that the Biden/Harris regime will continue America’s Israel-centric foreign policy but it will be interesting to see if they persevere in the Trump program of bribing fringe Arab states to “recognize” Israel. Up until now, Washington’s buying of desperate regimes has included F-35s for the UAE’s Mohammed bin Zayed, canceling of the inclusion on the economy-brutalizing “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list for the military junta of starving Sudan, and now, uniquely, endorsing Morocco’s 45-year-old sovereignty claim over the Western Sahara, a region that has its own government and has become a member state of the African Union. It has also been diplomatically recognized by 84 other governments represented at the U.N. The U.S. is in addition the only state to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights while also giving the green light to the Jewish state’s stated intention to declare formal sovereignty claim over most of the occupied State of Palestine. It is unlikely that Biden will seek to reverse those sell-outs and he will not move the U.S. Embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.

The Israelis have already warned Biden not to re-enter any U.N. human rights organizations or fund the agency that provides relief to Palestinian refugees. They have also advised him against trying to cut any kind of deal with the Iranians, sending the signal that when it comes to Iran, including assassinations, Israel is in charge. And also, the Biden “plan,” if one can dignify it by using that word, to reengage with Iran is a non-starter. American and Israeli belligerency over the past four years has soured the Iranian people on any kind of rapprochement, with conservatives now politically dominant. They will likely sweep the elections scheduled to be held next year. Biden’s intention to get the Iranians to abandon their sophisticated missile weapons program and their support for Syria in addition to reopening their nuclear sites to U.S. inspectors will also go nowhere. Iran will continue to be enemy number one for the Democrats just as it has been for Trump and his principal financial backer Israel-firster casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Joe Biden will certainly have to work hard to equal the interventionist policies entertained by his predecessors in office, but he, of course, has had experience both in Congress and as Vice President in shaping those policies and promoting American “exceptionalism” as we have come to know it. And he will be helped along the way by Tony Blinken, Avril Haines, Jake Sullivan and General Lloyd Austin lest he stray from the established path. The fact is that elections change nothing in Washington but the name plates on the doors.

Philip Giraldi, Ph.D. si Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.

(Republished from Strategic Culture Foundation by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “A return to normalcy” What are you smoking?
    We are so far past anything that could be remotely considered normal
    that just the terminology makes me question your concern.
    Huxley’s Brave New World is already ancient, and most of the
    e d jukatid voters in demonocracy haven’t even read it yet.
    One of these days,hopefully,it will at the very least, get real.

  2. A123 says:

    Why is anyone surprised?

    Trump purged the NeoConDemocrats from the GOP. That Führer-Elect Biden has a “War Everywhere, With Everyone” agenda was pre-advertised. He is a loyal servitor to his MIC owner/operators. This was obvious during his SJWastika Presidential Campaign.

    Is there any doubt that Burisma’s investment in Quid Pro Joe will be rewarded? No. Führer Biden will go nuclear head-to-head with Putin to feed his paymasters that want Crimea.

    Those who wanted peace… Should have backed the PEACE candidate TRUMP.

    After enthusiastically backing the global thermonuclear warmonger Führer-Elect Biden. It is too late to whine now.

    Unless there is a last ditch save that prevents Führer Biden from stealing the Oval Office, the TDS world will have to pay the price for:

    — Blocking Trump’s efforts towards Peace.
    — Embracing Führer Biden’s lust for War.

    You were all warned…. And, you picked Führer Biden’s ThermoNuclear Wars.

    There are still a few days left to #StopTheSteal. Use them wisely. It is not too late to make better choices.

    If you let Führer Biden gain control of nuclear weapons, you deserve exactly what you get when Führer Biden uses them to “Recapture Crimea”.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @ariadna
    , @Authenticjazzman
  3. Lot says:

    This time I agreed with a lot of Phil’s article. Way too much pork in the defense budget.

    Sad to see Gina Haspel go, she’s pure awesome, but I like the sound of a Cohen running the CIA!

    I can’t believe Phil attacks Trump for bringing Morocco and Israel to open diplomatic relations. Blessed are the peacemakers.

    Western Sahara has been de facto Morocco for 45 years now. Kinda like the “West Bank” and Golan Heights (53 years).

    Losers need to move on and accept the reality on the ground!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @anon
    , @Colin Wright
  4. anon[785] • Disclaimer says:

    Giraldi as Barber 2.0, another superannuated spook trying very hard to make you give a shit about the puppet rulers CIA install when they steal an election. Phil should write the Vegetabental Character to explain policy as a 2-D matrix of active negative drooling, passive positive fecal incontinence, and active positive expressive aphasia. The vegetable Biden is a perfect CIA puppet ruler, better even than Reagan’s amyloid plaques. This NSC will be a squirming clusterfuck of CIA moles feeding Joe his pap.

    The DNI? One of the four key appointees? How many paramilitary divisions does the DNI have? How many sets of books does DNI have? How many domestic agents provocateur does DNI have? How many get-out-of-jail-free cards does DNI have?

    DNI Avril Haines is a CIA mole shoehorned in there to rubber-stamp CIA crime. When you look up focal point in the dictionary, the picture is her homely horse face. Haines sat on her thumb for the fake investigation of Brennan’s domestic computer intrusions on Congressional “oversight” [sic] of CIA torture. Haines created textook Nazi red tape as legal pretexts for systematic and widespread murder by drone cowards sitting on their doughy contemptible asses in an office. Haines thinks Gina She-wolf of the SIS is just fine, just keep on doin what yer doin with simulated live burial, penis slitting, controlled asphyxiation, and object rape!

    With Haines there to cover up universal-jurisdiction crime, David Cohen is the perfect DCI. He has proven capacity for letting DO criminals do whatever they fuck they want. All CIA’s profit centers will be booming: drug-dealing, gun-running, money-laundering, fraud, transnational asset stripping and bust-outs, child trafficking for sexual exploitation and blackmail, and the crime of aggression.

  5. Notsofast says:

    “general lloyd austin, who may have trouble in getting confirmed by the senate…” but he’s black. ” gina hasple may be fired…” but she’s a woman, maybe even a lesbian dominatrix, well if she’s replaced by sacha cohen at least we’ll still have diversity.

  6. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    > “Losers need to move on and accept the reality on the ground!”

    Tell that to your fellow Big Schnozzers, the ones who haven’t “moved on” monetarily, still grifting for WWII goyim guilt-gelt.

    In Germany 1933-45, gefiltens refused to “move on,” too…so became realities IN the ground.

    Ever it’s been thus: the drunk-with-pride tribe, bounced from 109 bars, never learns.

    Hell, Zionazis piss off their own god, El Yahweho. Not once, but multiple times. Even after being frog-marched 40 years in the desert, experiencing the Holycost, and so on…Matzonians STILL won’t wakeup.

    Antisemitism: the choice of sane people everywhere!

    • LOL: mark green
  7. There is a new gas-lighing psy-op taking place with astronomers and space shuttle owners, and the government, of course, as if anyone can’t see through them! Their obsessions with aliens, and DoD contracts being handed over to retarded Peter Pan complex alien hunting helicopter pilots. 

    Elon Musk is irritated that people do not believe that an alien invasion could take place on earth, despite the inability to travel at speeds fast enough to do that. Now the retards have finally realized that the distances between earth and other planets that have been explored by NASA and other agencies have proven to be uninhabitable for intelligent life as we know it to travel to our already heavily populated planet, they are now focussing on exo-planets, and theoretical exo-planet 9, and exo-planets with a theoretical metalic hydrogen core. Of course nobody on earth could survive on an exo-planet because the graviational pull would crush them, and the theory of metalic hydrogen requires intense pressure which would occur on an exo-planet, planting the mind weed seed that if hydrogen is metalic on an exo-planet, matter may be invisible on a micro-planet or moon and that the psychopaths are not responsible for their actions because they were posessed by invisible aliens that have hijacked their bodies and brains, and we have been hearing a great deal about The Andromaeda Strain too.

    Just not buying that either! You are psychopaths and you have committed mass scale crimes against humanity! Grow up and face reality and wake up and read the constitution! 

    Andrea Iravani

  8. While I agree that the Harris-Biden regime is a return to warmongering normalcy and therefore a threat to world stability, I think that “normalcy” will be the issue that trips up the nouveau ancien regime before it can get the warmongering going. I see the combination of the obvious illegitimacy of the nouveau regime based upon convincing evidence of fraud combined with the rampant authoritarianism of their medico-fascist covid policies combined with the spearheading of those policies by local party satraps will lead to serious unrest which could destabilize the regime and force it to work overtime to maintain basic stability. In addition, these policies will lead to increased economic turbulence and serious decline, limiting the ability of the imperium to continue to project power like before. Another factor suggested in Escobar’s piece is that the takeover will be viewed as hostile by many of the rank and file of the military. This may create other difficulties for return to the old imperial exceptional normalcy.

  9. LondonBob says:

    Given the way the dollar has plummeted since the election this looks moot. I will enjoy watching a fraudulent President attempt to balance the books, the best most Americans can do is look to preserve their wealth.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  10. ariadna says:
    @A123

    Tiresome tirade. In 10 short paragraphs (some just one liners) you manage to use “Führer” eight times and threw in an oh-so-clever “SJWastik.”
    Ridiculous and preposterous to describe the senile Trojan nag that Biden is as any kind of authoritarian figure, let alone deserving of the trite-to-death hasbara superlative standing for evil power. He is scheduled to tragically pull his dog’s tail one more time or get COVID soon.
    It is correct, however, to assume that a Harris-Blinken administration will resume the endless wars successfully pursued before the Trump interregnum by the Nobel Prize for Peace laureate. Not as “führers”, just as eager servants of the anglo-zionist (lite anglo) globalist NWO.

  11. anonymous[233] • Disclaimer says:

    Secretaries of State and Defense, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the National Security Advisor

    Is the CIA Director less important than before?

  12. Anonymous[206] • Disclaimer says:

    Asian for Asian, African for African, White for Everybody? The real “white privilege” is no borders.

    Anti-whites have endless demands, but there’s one demand they never have: separation. They need us, we don’t need them.

    If white people are so evil and terrible, shouldn’t these UN types be trying to get nonwhites away from us, rather than towards us?

    If diversity is such a strength, why do white people get to hog it all? Shouldn’t these “humanitarians” be sharing this “strength” with the nonwhite world?

    And if immigration is so wonderful, why do any countries have borders at all? Why isn’t Vietnam flooding itself with Pakistanis and Africans? Are we to believe that the nonwhite world is so stupid they can’t see how spectularly successful “diversity” has been in the West? Are they just all selfless martyrs, letting us “enrich” ourselves at their expense?

    It was never “antiracist”, it was always antiwhite. It was never “diversity”, it was always…

    • Agree: mark green, acementhead
  13. @A123

    ” Unless there is a last ditch save that prevents FB from stealing the OO”

    I hope I am reading you wrong again as this comes across as though you yourself have given up on the possibility of DT retaining office.

    AJM

    • Replies: @A123
  14. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Looks like we’re headed for more confrontation with Russia. They’ll probably ratchet things up to destabilize Belarus, renew activity in Ukraine and Syria, continue to surround Russia with hostile states and isolate it. Putin will give in, or give way, to harder line factions within who will be more aggressive in challenging American moves. This policy is reckless and could be very costly to the US which can’t resolve its own issues internally but instead engages in worldwide expansion.

  15. A123 says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Unless there is a last ditch save that prevents FB from stealing the OO

    I hope I am reading you wrong again as this comes across as though you yourself have given up on the possibility of DT retaining office.

    Given up… No…

    However, Führer Biden has massive Deep State backing for his election fraud. The court cases and state actions that should have stopped this weeks ago, did not. The basics of contingency planning state that one has to have disaster plans for negative scenarios.

    In this case one has to look ahead to the contingent possibility that Führer Biden will steal office and abolish the U.S. Constitution. The SJWastika wearing fascists hate Constitutionally guaranteed Individual Rights.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  16. @LondonBob

    Ironic comment coming from the epicentre of epic financial fraud, though I will hand it to Rishi for at least pretending that rational economics still matter.

    Balance the books? We don’t need no steenking books!

    Ctrl-P as the lights go out across the Western World, because digital currency has little tangible value in a world where its supply is endless.

  17. @A123

    I wish you’d quit referring to Führer Biden, as his Reich will only last a thousand hours at best. Führerin Harris is going to be the heavy.

    • LOL: A123
  18. And if the people elect someone who disagrees with any of it, that is grounds for accusations of treason and impeachment.

  19. What will normalcy look like under a Zionist coup?

    Britain, where free speech doesn’t exist, and firearms ownership is burdened with so many restrictions it hardly exists.

    The same people, every time. They are trying to bring the laws of all Western countries into line. In Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Britain and USA, they want zero tolerance of speech and total control of coercive force.

  20. @anonymous

    “Looks like we’re headed for more confrontation with Russia. . . .”

    Shit, we’d better not be. Poke the Russian bear needlessly, and he’ll react. Russia’s got plenty of ICBMs they can toss at us. Then again, Biden and his chickenhawk/neocon/Israel-First/ collection of warmongers–er, uh, “humanitarian interventionists”–will be pushing the envelope. . . .

  21. The one thing that surprises me about Biden’s picks is that, at least so far, he hasn’t put Killery Clinton into a top position. There’s no way she’s ready to retire, and there’s no way Biden won’t do her bidding, given they’ve been in cahoots for decades.

    Makes me wonder if he has special plans for her… Vice president once he steps down and Camel A gets to appoint someone new (in that case, RIP Harris)? Supreme Court Justice Killery Clinton? Director of the CIA or FBI so she can destroy all the evidence of her corruption?

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  22. Jim Yost says:

    I’m kind of surprised that any thinking person would put any stock in anything the Sniffer has to say about anything. I guess this proves that the media is comprised of people who don’t know how to think.

  23. ‘…Biden’s intention to get the Iranians to abandon their sophisticated missile weapons program and their support for Syria in addition to reopening their nuclear sites to U.S. inspectors will also go nowhere…’

    And? You write as if that’s not the intention.

    ‘See? We try to talk. They no want talk. Oh, look at (false flag) attack! We punish them now…’

    What’s the Yiddish version of ‘Glory, glory, hallelujah…’

    Well, regardless. We’ll certainly go marching on. There are some things you can count on.

  24. Jews Joos Jooz.

    It’s all Jews.

    All the Time.

    Wake Up America.

  25. J Obaddon and the K amalakites wish Baal worship to be the new normal

  26. anon[247] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    losers who move on are nazi appeasers . Let address this firtst- lets those anti -American, anti democratuc anti liberty 5 th columnists who cheerlead the peace between Israel and Morocco first get out of the way of America trying to reach the old deal between USA and Iran. Those liars dangerius rootless mafia of certain DNA type should have been dealt long ago for preventing deal between Saddam and Bush sr and Bush jr. There are still times.
    Lets first start by naming shaming banishing then imposing hard labor incarercation who fomented anti Saddam narratuve leading ti current ME situation.

    ‘ Move on ” was the advice by the stagnant cesspool to those who questioned Iraq war . Those in the cessspol who live there so thar they dont have to move after 1933. – stuck and fossilized in the cesspoo of waste .

  27. @Stop Clinton and Bush

    I was surprised that Our Lady of the Pantsuits didn’t land anything at the outset. I thought she’d be offered her old gig as Secretary of State. Certainly, by Biden’s lights, she’d be a perfect fit (neocon, chickenhawk, Israel-Firster).

    Hillary Clinton as FBI Director? A corrupt woman heading a corrupted agency? Sure, why not?!

  28. It is assumed that the former torture-prison chief and currently Director of CIA Gina Haspel will be fired either by Donald Trump or by Biden

    I never watched Trump’s Apprentice programs.

    Did he ever fire a corpse?

    Show Us Gina Haspel

    Reuters says scuttlebutt that Haspel is dead are “False.”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-cia-director-gina-haspel-ar/fact-checkcia-director-gina-haspel-was-not-arrested-injured-or-found-dead-idUSKBN28E215
    So that’s that. Take it to the bank (your money’s worthless anyhow)

  29. In November 2020, 413 Palestinians, were abducted and detained by Israeli occupation forces, as documented in a monthly report issued by Palestinian prisoners’ organizations and human rights institutions. The report was issued by the Prisoners’ and Former Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, and is translated here by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

    During November 2020, occupation forces seized 157 Palestinians from Jerusalem, 40 from Ramallah and Al-Bireh, 74 from al-Khalil, 31 from Jenin, 33 from Bethlehem, 30 from Nablus, 18 from Tulkarem, 18 from Qalqilya, 3 from Jericho, 7 from Tubas, one from Salfit and one from Gaza. The total number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in occupation prisons was approximately 4,400 prisoners, including 41 women prisoners, 170 child prisoners and 380 administrative detainees jailed without charge or trial. 102 administrative detention orders were issued in November, including 47 new orders and 55 renewed/extended orders (administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable.)

    Some of the key aspects of Israeli occupation repression of prisoners and their families during November 2020 included the policy of collective punishment, the use of the coronavirus pandemic as a tool of suppression and abuse of prisoners, deliberate medical neglect (the policy of slow death), and the intensification of arrests and oppression in Jerusalem, which faces the highest number of arrests per month, including systematic harassment and and targeted attacks by occupation forces.

    Sadly, the American Congress supports the occupation of Palestine and Israel’s war crimes.

  30. @Lot

    ‘…I can’t believe Phil attacks Trump for bringing Morocco and Israel to open diplomatic relations. Blessed are the peacemakers…’

    The last figures I saw showed that 4% of Moroccans approve of normalizing relations with Israel. 88% disapprove.

    What happens to rulers who ignore the wishes of 88% of their subjects? As a rule, that is?

    This is really going to last a long time. Why don’t you buy some stock in a Morocco-Israel joint venture?

    • Replies: @A123
  31. @anonymous

    Russia needs to bring Belarus into the union-state already.

    • Replies: @A123
  32. A123 says:
    @Colin Wright

    What happens to rulers who ignore the wishes of 88% of their subjects? As a rule, that is?

    What has happened to the hated Abu Abbas? He is in the 15th year of his 4-Year term of office ignoring the wishes of 90%+ of his subjects.

    What has happened to the despised sociopath Khameni who ignores the wishes of 90%+ of his victim subjects? So far, not much.

    Forcing prole Muslims into submission is proven & highly successful technique. The reason why Israel is less than successful is that Netanyahu is far to gentle. He needs to up his aggressiveness to Abbas/Khameni levels and force submission.

    PEACE 😇
    ________

    If you want Peace, Prepare for War
    Epitoma Rei Militaris, by the Roman general Vegetius

    https://www.thoughtco.com/if-you-want-peace-prepare-for-war-121446

  33. A123 says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Russia needs to bring Belarus into the union-state already.

    Belarus is much poorer than Belarus, so there is a very expensive price tag for making Belarus part of Russia. It is in Putin’s Playbook, if required to block NATO expansion. Trump would not endorse adding Belarus, but a Führer Biden administration probably would.

    Yet another reason to #StopTheSteal.

    PEACE 😇

  34. anon[685] • Disclaimer says:

    First rule of modern life: nothing matters if it happens inside the US iron curtain. The outside world has the initiative. The CIA regime is mired in drift and chaotic adaptation.

    So forget what Joe Biden’s ventriloquists envision. The First Vegetable’s going into the Vegematic right away. The EU is pinching off CIA’s lifeblood, money-laundering. This plus CTOC means CIA will be reeling, and with it the puppet ruler they installed. To watch the fun you just have to know where to look.

    https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/2016/05/tax-evasion-nation-will-the-us-be-branded-a-tax-haven/

  35. i just came here to say FUCK JOE BIden. i WILL be going galt if they install him. Not going to pay taxes to an illegitimate government

  36. I’m always reminded of Sarah Palin’s destruction by the worthless U.S. propaganda media, which pounded on this woman mercilessly and jumped on every single thing she said that the traitorous media found “oblique”.etc. I’m reminded of her because what kind of politician does the media think is smarter than her, Joe Biden!! ?? LOL I mean the hundreds of idiotic gaffes and examples of Biden’s plagiarism, doesn’t exactly label him as the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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