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The latest Democratic Party shill to demonize Russia is, I am ashamed to say, my state of Virginia’s Senator Mark Warner, who, on Thursday said “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a deliberate campaign carefully constructed to undermine our election.” Last Thursday, Warner was the top Democrat on a Senate Intelligence Committee panel investigating Moscow’s alleged interference in last year’s presidential election. The panel inevitably included carefully selected expert witnesses who would agree with the proposition that Russia is and was guilty as charged. There was no one who provided an alternative view even though a little Googling would have surfaced some genuine experts who dispute the prevailing narrative.

Warner joined many of his esteemed colleagues in Congress who have completely accepted the allegations that Russia meddled in the election in spite of the failure of the Obama Administration to provide any indisputable evidence to that effect. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland has called Moscow’s claimed interference an “attack” and labeled it a “political Pearl Harbor.” A number of other congressmen, to include Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Eric Swalwell of California have called it an act of war. And then there are echo chambers Senators John McCain and Mark Rubio on the Republican side of the aisle while former Vice President Dick Cheney was speaking at a business conference in New Delhi saying the same thing. Yes, that Dick Cheney. Why anyone in India would pay to hear him speak on any subject escapes me.

Democrat Adam Schiff of California is leading the charge for his party as he is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He outlined his case against Russia two weeks ago, providing a heap of minimally factual “information”, relying heavily instead on supposition and featuring mostly innuendo. And again, it was largely evidence-free. One assertion is almost comical: “In July 2016, Carter Page, one of Trump’s former national security advisers, traveled to Moscow after being approved to do so by the Trump campaign. While there, Page gave a speech in which he was critical of the U.S. and its efforts to fight corruption and promote democracy.”

Almost everyone I know who follows such matters is also critical of U.S. (hypocritical) efforts to promote democracy, a formulation wildly popular among Hillary Clinton style Democrats to enable attacking Muslim countries that have somehow offended either Israel or the Washington Establishment. But what is particularly disturbing about the constant denigration of Russia and Vladimir Putin in the media and among the political class is the regular invocation of war doctrine, that hacking a server by a foreign power, if it took place, is in the same category as the attack on Pearl Harbor. That World War 3 would be a nuclear holocaust does not seem to have occurred to politicians seeking a punchy line so they can get cited in The Washington Post. It leads one to the inevitable conclusion that war is far too serious a business to be left to politicians.

But what particularly offends me personally about those eager to go toe to toe with the Russians is their complete venality and fundamental cowardice. As a Vietnam era vet, I understand full well how it feels to have your life disrupted to go off and possibly die to fight a war that was totally meaningless. Our crowd of politicians is fond of talking about war as if it were some kind of diversion being featured on a monopoly board and that is precisely because they have no skin in the game. They somehow fancy that a shooting war will somehow not happen, that Russia will back down in a confrontation with force majeur, and they deep down feel completely immune to the consequences that might result from their ill-advised actions. And they are unfortunately in large part correct to feel so, as no one was ever held accountable for Iraq. Consequences that apply to the “little people” in the U.S. do not apply to them.

Under the rule of our bipartisan war-loving elites the United States has evolved from a bumbling giant into something far more threatening. The completely useless wars since 9/11 have killed nearly 10,000 American soldiers and contractors as well as hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of the inhabitants of the countries that we have attacked. I would hold Congress, the White House and the mainstream media as directly responsible for those deaths. As former Ambassador Chas Freeman puts it, “America has now chosen publicly to redefine itself internationally as the foreign relations equivalent of a sociopath – a country indifferent to the rules, the consequences for others of its ignoring them, and the reliability of its word. No nation can now comfortably entrust its prosperity or security to Washington, no matter how militarily powerful it perceives America to be.”

Which inevitably leads to the subject of Dick Cheney. When it comes to hypocrisy over war as a constant state for the American Republic with absolutely no consequences for those who lead, no one takes a back seat to good old Dick. Dick had five deferments during Vietnam and he has explained that he had had “other priorities.” He and his consigliere Scooter Libby, together with Paul Wolfowitz at the Pentagon, might have had more to do with America’s march to war in Iraq than any other individuals in the Bush Administration. And none of them paid any price except Libby who was convicted of having committed perjury connected to his apparent outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame as revenge for her husband’s refutation of claims about Iraq buying uranium from Niger. Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison but had his jail time commuted by President George W. Bush.

One might even suggest that the architects of devastating policies were actually rewarded, most particularly Wolfowitz, who was named president of the World Bank before having to resign over a sex scandal that he initiated. Today Wolfowitz is a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and Libby is a Senior Vice President at the neocon Hudson Institute. Cheney is retired comfortably on the somewhere between \$19 and \$86 million he made, mostly while working for five years at defense contractor Halliburton. His truly frightening daughter Liz is in congress representing Wyoming, continuing the family legacy of bone headed knee jerk reactionaryism combined with egregious self-aggrandizement that Dick is best known for.

Note that neither Cheney, nor Wolfowitz nor Libby ever served in the U.S. military, exhibiting thereby their willingness to let other American die for the dreadful policies that they initiated. That pattern also holds true for the Democrats who seem to have found Russia as a useful scapegoat for their failure to elect Hillary Clinton president. If the Kremlin did it then the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign are off the hook, aren’t they? And even better if one can simultaneously discredit Donald Trump by implying that he or his associates might be subjected to blackmail by Moscow, making them little more than agents of Vladimir Putin and therefore traitors to the United States.

Senator Mark Warner, a lawyer by training, founded a venture capital firm called Columbia Capital before being elected Governor of Virginia and then Senator in 2008. He is reported to be the wealthiest U.S. Senator, worth \$200 million. He has a 15 acre farm in Rappahannock County Virginia where he produces wine as a hobby.

Warner has three daughters who will never serve in the U.S. military, which is precisely the problem. The more our “ruling class” in Washington has little or nothing to do with the average American or, to be more precise, the class of Americans called upon to fight and die in the wars that are constantly being promoted, the more we will engage in senseless wars and sabre rattling. As Warner appears willing to use the threat of war to pillory Trump, he perhaps should step back, take a deep breath, and try to think of the consequences of the politically loaded claims that he is promoting.

Ben Cardin and Adam Schiff are a lot like Warner in that they are reliable partisan Democrats who are seeking to milk as much benefit out of beating on Russia as they can. Both are unimpeachable liberals who wrap their arguments in the good old American flag by claiming that Moscow is seeking to threaten our democracy while completely ignoring the fact that the U.S. intelligence agencies have been regularly overthrowing governments and corrupting elections since the Second World War. They both have children who will never serve in uniform or see the inside of a barracks. War for them is an abstraction which serves as a useful tool, in this case, for bringing down Donald Trump. And they are bringing down with Trump any hope of rapprochement with Russia, a readjustment in policy that is desperately needed.

I am reminded frequently of the ancient Greek way of war. Armor was expensive and only the wealthy and powerful could afford it. And those with the armor stood in the front line as they were most able to engage in the cutting and thrusting and still survive. Armor was also heavy and they could not run away, so wars were only fought when vital interests were at stake and they were fought to the death for most of those on the battlefield. I fancy a phalanx of hoplites with Warner, Cardin, Schiff, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Libby arrayed on the front line in their fine armor manufactured by Halliburton. That way they could have all the war they want and experience it first-hand. I doubt they would last very long as they are both moral and physical cowards, but given that reality, they just might think a bit harder about promoting the type of fearmongering that will only end by sending the children of other Americans off to war.

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  1. JohnnyD says:

    For all of Mr. Giraldi’s readers, I recommend watching Tucker Carlson’s interviews with Prof. Stephen F. Cohen, a scholar of Russian/Soviet history. Carlson and Prof. Cohen are both skeptical of all the anti-Russia/Putin propaganda. For once, FoxNews is worth watching.

    • Replies: @Man on the street
  2. Taras77 says:

    Thanks, Mr Giraldi.

    It is beyond disheartening to see the same stupid chickenhawk mantra-moar war. What really gets me to the bone is there is absolutely no thought or consideration for the consequences for such mindless pursuit of war. It is truly evil after one considers the death, suffering, destruction that is a result for their greed and pursuit of power.

    Ask the libyans how they feel about regime change and “freedom.” The same question to the Syrians, the Iraqis, the population of the Balkans where Albright was so vigorous in promoting “democratic values” as the nato bombs were falling.

    To state the obvious, this constant bashing of russia is incredibly dangerous-does nato actually believe they would win a “limited” nuclear war; do they believe that massing some tanks and troops on the russian border really does anything. For gads sake, responsible leadership would try to calm the baltics and poland down.

    I recently read that Putin has decided to re-constitute the 1st Guards Tank Army which caused the wehrmacht incredible losses in the Great Patriotic War and has huge emotional connotations for the Russians.

    I am reminded amidst all of this chest pounding and calls for more tanks, more troops in europe of a admonition from very wise military authority (paraphrased): History has given us one lesson which should never be forgotten, Do Not March on Moscow.

    The bombast of a breedlove or his replacement does not provide anyone any comfort-it is hysteria which results in confrontation and war. The Russian troops and American troops in one locale in Syria are within grenade throwing distance of one another-what could go wrong.

  3. Trump brought this mess on himself with his incessant “there was, there wasn’t” waffling and wavering. On this and every other issue. Given an opportunity to drain the DC Swamp, he has deepened and putrified it. At this point, the only thing that’s going to redeem Sodom-on-the-Potomac is a major Lost War…possibly including a 20-megaton airburst over the Capitol building. And preferably with Congress in full session. So have at it, Zio-globalist warmongers.

  4. This is an excellent commentary. The bipartisan war party are traitors to humanity, since the logical outcome of their efforts would be a catastrophic nuclear war.

  5. Seraphim says:

    @I fancy a phalanx of hoplites with Warner, Cardin, Schiff, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Libby arrayed on the front line in their fine armor manufactured by Halliburton. That way they could have all the war they want and experience it first-hand.

    It was the solution proposed by the ‘anti-Semitic’ French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline, in his [in]famous book “Bagatelles pour un massacre”, 1937 (Trifles for a massacre) to finish once and for all with all wars:

    “If I were dictator … I would pass one more
    law…one more and it’ll be the last… You should have figured that I’d know the proper
    means for pacifying and clarifying, without delay, the international diplomatic atmosphere…
    Here are the terms of my ordinance: in three short simple articles…
    1º. As of the declaration of war, all of the Jews of this territory, between the ages of
    seventeen and sixty years, including all half- and quarter-Jews, mixed-breeds, the husbands of
    Jewesses, and Freemasons, shall be attached, exclusively, to combat infantry units, in the
    front line. No sort of infirmity, or reason for discharge or deferral, shall be deemed valid for a
    Jew or an assimilated immigrant. Soldiers of this sort can never be allowed, under any
    circumstances, to rise above the rank of captain.
    2º. No other assignment can be given to a Jew, neither that of doctor, nor stretcher-
    bearer, nor artillery gunner, nor sapper, nor secretary, nor aviator, nor political commissar,
    nor quartermaster, nor chauffeur, nor camouflage expert, nor orderly, all in adherence to the
    principle that any retreat by even twenty meters from the line of fire will become a convenient
    refuge for the Jew, an open opportunity to work-up his acquaintances, and the first step back
    towards the encampment, the rue de Grenelle, the Lodges, and the airwaves…
    3º. Any infraction of these articles will be punished by death, without discussion, or
    Thus, every Jew to the front line! no foolish ideas, and no foot-dragging! for the entire
    duration of the war! No privileges will be allowed. Jewish wounded will not be evacuated
    from the military zone… The will die if need be in the military zone…
    “One Jew per firing position,” that will be my motto in the next war. First a Jew and
    then a Freemason… In essence the truly interested parties, the pretenders to inheritances, the
    practitioners of power. Above all it will not be difficult to accommodate everyone… it is not
    as though there are not enough firing positions between Dunkirk and the Bay of Biscay. In this respect it would be child’s play! …enough to delight the entire party! …there are enough
    for all the Lodges, and for the most hidden-away synagogues. My modest decree on Jewish mobilization, you see, despite its ever-so-slight facetiousness, is not simply a minor burlesque… Well-understood, well-accepted, and well-assimilated by our Hymies, it could deliver results which would completely surprise you…completely precious and providential, allowing us to avoid, along with all flesh, the most enormous mass-grave of the ages…it needs only to be put into effect…it is already raising a hue and cry outside of our front doors…
    You would see come about as though by magic, a current, what am I saying? some invincible, furious gales, some veritable cyclones of pacifist demonstrations! crossing all
    boundaries! it would rain down as thick as turtledoves!…
    Miraculous rapprochements between enemies since “the depths of time” would be worked-out without delay… They would be sought-out in order to be embraced…from one
    end of the universe to the other… As soon as the cook can be convinced that it is he
    himself, personally, who is going to wind up in his broth, he will no longer be striking any matches…
    “My dear lobster! my dear lobster!” he cries out, he’s become tenderized… He understands… From that moment on, we would certainly be hearing a lot less about the Russians, and the great Judeo-Tatar alliances, so imperative, and absolutely indispensable to our happiness…to the liberation of our spirits. Once the Jews come to realize, and to realize absolutely, that it’s their guts that’ll be used in the fabrication of the blood sausage of battle, they will discover right away that these “Alliances” are most frightful… Once it becomes necessary to pay via the barbecuing of himself, even the most frenetic “Risk-All” will come to question himself… I assure you that they will discover some original compromises for the resolution of the Problem of Social Justice… Going chicken comes easily to the Jews….
    There would no longer be any talk about interventions, or of crusades, or of hard-line attitudes… There would be appeasement all around! All of the fascists would be invited to come over to Garches, to booze it up…to play bagpipes in a circle, and to coronate the “virtuous maidens”… It would come about like that, idyllically…on the day when the Jews, all of the Jews, become personally convinced, absolutely persuaded, that they will all be climbing into the firing line, them above all, and them first from the moment of the very first fire, from the first salvo right down the line ’til the last, clear to the end of the very last Jew, gun included”.

  6. edNels says:

    There’s too many lairs. Too many salesmen/w, too much hucksterism, and the reality of it if there was any, too little reality to it all.

    But in recent decades a few authors pointed out in trying to understand the term sociopathy, that it isn’t really very rare, as was thought, when an example arose, as to how to explain complete lack of empathy. One book ”the Sociopath Next Door”, which posits that the feature of lack of empathy isn’t too rare at all, and is often a richly rewarded phenomena that puts the owner of it in a great advantage in the competition to the spoils in society. That being thus equipped only needs a keen sense of proportion or a good mimicking facility to fake the right emotions on cue and so forth to be mostly invisible as an aberrant personalty.

    But like on TV, there’s more damned advertising than ever and hardly anything worth watching, too much chasing after position, market share, and just ever increasing that huckster effort in a collapsing economy of ersatz goods.

    Too many lairs, and so little time, or place for them all to shine!

    Even a ”Made Man” venerable old F*k congressman with a Sagrela 15 acres has to go on pushing the company line.

    They long since stopped being much concerned about morality or much, just want to keep up keeping up with the other lyin’ devils!

    Hence: they are psychotic in their denial. The numbers of the clueless layers and dissemblers is climbing in the end not just in proportion but probably in a crescendo or to a peak as these pretty good tin ear jack rabbits sense there diminishing value.

  7. Relax: historically, those who most enthusiastically support going to war have generally been the ones least exposed to danger on the battlefield.

    As a matter of fact. the louder a politician, general or thinktank member clamors for war, the more certain you can be that he won’t be in the line of fire. Cowards constitute a far more common species than heroes, certainly among politians. Indeed, most politicians in the US and in the US vassal states in Europe are utterly venal cowards and idiots, merely interested in stuffing their pockets, filling their stomachs, bedding their mistresses (m/f), or worse, raping infants and small children.

    We should consider ourselves lucky that problems aren’t far worse than they actually are.

    • Replies: @chris
  8. I always value Giraldi’s cool analysis. A touch of emotion once in a while also helps remind us how much Washington’s current anti-Putin atmosphere smacks of jingoism with all its potential for devastating consequences.

    My own introduction to international affairs was as an army conscript, a PFC replacement in a First Infantry Division rifle company that was nearly annihilated in a single night 51 years ago this Easter. As with Giraldi, I now try to dispassionately assess whether there is significant substance within the deluge of trivia currently emanating from Washington about who spoke to which Russian when. So far I detect little. Giraldi cites just a few names generating the familiar atmospherics that accompany reckless overseas interventions. Like him, I find it hard not to suppress contempt for the latest band of congressional chicken hawks being goaded on by corporate media confederates.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  9. Tom Welsh says:

    “The completely useless wars since 9/11 have killed nearly 10,000 American soldiers and contractors as well as hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of the inhabitants of the countries that we have attacked”.

    “Millions” is correct. 2.8 million “excess deaths” in Iraq alone, as of a couple of years ago.

    “Genocide in Iraq: The Case Against the UN Security Council and Member States” by Dr. Abdul-Haq al-Ani, Tarik al-Ani and Joshua Castellino.

    “Genocide in Iraq Volume II: The Obliteration of a Modern State” by Dr. Abdul-Haq al-Ani and Tarik al-Ani.

    Some idea of the catastrophic effects on Iraq can be gleaned from (among hundreds of eyewitness accounts)

  10. Z-man says:

    A Neocon’s wet dream is a conflict between Christian Russia and nominally Christian USA. As much as I didn’t like Le Pen before I want her to win in France big and maybe force Merkel a little more to the right also, but we shall see.
    As an aside I saw this Democrat senator, Coons, make some kind of passionate speech about the Supreme Court pick Gorsuch, I caught about a minute of it and it sounded like he was pro the nominee. But in the end party is stronger than principal and Coons fell behind ‘Up-Chuck’ Schumer and the likes of James Brown..err I mean Maxine Waters.
    Putin Trump Axis Da!!!

    • Replies: @mr meener
    , @delmas
  11. I am truly sick of anyone be it a pundit, politician or blogger who talks of a war with Russia as if that possibility existed. Can’t anyone with a readership profile ask these fools a simple question about how exactly would such a war be prosecuted? If by land, how many (millions) of troops would the pentagon deem as necessary to be lined up in the Baltics ? With the troop count exceeding the respective populations of the host countries and everyone having cellphones how would we achieve the surprise element of say June 22 1941? Oh, what is that you say, it won’t be a land war?

    Well then how would we successfully prosecute a nuclear exchange? You are no doubt familiar with nuclear armed submarines (SLBMs) the real and seldom mentioned wild card in any consideration of a war among major players.

    See, in a nuclear exchange neither the chickenhawks nor the .0001% nor their wastrel spawn would be spared. So Mr. Giraldi’s correct assertion that these fake perpetrators would not even risk getting mud on their loafers (let alone blood on their tunics) one must draw the conclusion that any discussion of a military confrontation with Russia is absolute and total bunkum.

    Added to which, if these psychcos were perhaps contemplating a cyber war ( apparently a real and ongoing aspect of real warfare these days) have they acknowledged that fact that their adversaries might have a few surprise in store that they are not aware of? Simple stuff like hacking every nuclear power plant and just wait patiently while they slowly boil over and distribute their radioactive blessings to the population a large.

    The days of glorious set-piece battles ended with WW2. Now they are likely to be species events such as having your very own Fukushima in the town square. Not happening.


  12. Giraldi delivers again. Nobody attracts more comments than he does here at unz.

    I don’t understand why young Americans still enlist or why those already enlisted don’t seek out a psychiatrist who will diagnose them as PTSD and give them a way out. John Lennon asked what if there was a war and nobody showed up? It wouldn’t be cowardice, it would be patriotic. What a wonderful thing that would be.

  13. The completely useless wars since 9/11…

    While that’s true as far as it goes, it’s also true that this country was conceived in the useless and depraved spilling of blood, born of it, developed in it, has spent its entire adult life in it, and is going senile in it.

    All of this was predicted by the anti-Federalists and pretty much everyone else with at least half a brain, and despite the fact that we ‘Merkins pride ourselves on our imagined positive traits, we’ve not come up with a cure yet.

    … the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.

    …[And] I need not refer one so well acquainted as you are with American history, to the State papers of Washington and Jefferson… denouncing consolidation and centralization of power, as tending to the subversion of State Governments, and to despotism.

    ~ R.E. Lee to Acton, 15 Dec. 1866

    I’d think the least we could do would be to get a clue and quit worshiping at The Church of Monopoly Capitalism and Holy Government.

    • Agree: Stonehands
    • Replies: @Agent76
  14. Lit Dog says:

    Among Phil’s many points, the most actionable might be arguing that this current Russiaphobia is driven by a desire to take down Trump. To turn the tide, we need to energize grassroots opposition, and the base of Trump supporters seems to be the only source for that grassroots opposition.

    The “anti-war” liberals who denounced W’s foreign-policy belligerence and then fell silent for Obama’s are now among the raving lunatics echoing every false charge against Russia. On the other hand, true anti-interventionists who fought both W and Obama, and now are fighting against this manic push to war are too few in number, and as the pathetic showing of Ron Paul campaigns attest, too weak politically to accomplish anything.

    We absolutely need to energize Trump’s base to turn the tide before it’s too late. And to do that, we need a little help from Trump himself. As Phil has pointed out in various articles, Trump’s excellent campaign promises regarding realignment with Russia have not been pursued in his Presidency. Indeed, Trump packed his cabinet-level picks with specialists in belligerency, the only contest being between those who favor war with Iran versus those who favor war with Russia.

    President Trump needs to throw off the advice of those who packed his cabinet and recognize that helping America is the only way to save his Presidency. He needs to return to his campaign promise of American First. He needs to realize that opposing the war-mongering of the Establishment is just as politically effective as opposing Open Borders. Both war and immigration are the tools of the globalists. Only if Trump champions this message will he save his Presidency because only then will his base provide him the unwavering popular support to resist the onslaught of the swamp creatures.

  15. The US has has devolved into two race based nations:One nonwhite….the other Native Born White American

    The nonwhite Nation doesn’t want to be governed by the The Historic Native Born White American Nation..

    The Historic Native Born White American Nation does not want to be governed by the post-1965 Immigration Reform Act Nonwhite Nation…

    The post-1965 Immigration Reform Act Nonwhite Nation wants to go to war against Christian Russia…

    The Historic Native Born White American Nation wants to be friends with Christian Russia…

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
  16. iffen says:

    Excellent article!

    Sixteen hundred words and only one neocon, not a nefarious Jew, not to mention cabal, in sight.

    a war that was totally meaningless

    The commies really were trying to take over the world.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  17. Tomster says:

    Oh but they DO have skin in the game – they all profit mightily from perpetual warfare, the proceeds from which go (untaxed, you can bet) straight into offshore tax haven accounts.

  18. @iffen

    The commies really were trying to take over the world.

    And really got going with a little help from their rich buddies in high places.

    I could not at that time know, as I did later, how men of wealth use the communist movement to bend workers to their will. So I quite willingly adopted the clichés about secrecy being necessary because of the brutality and savagery of the working-class enemies. I soon learned that the members exposed to the public were not the important Communists.

    -Bella Dodd, School of Darkness, Ch 6

    Cartoon by Robert Minor in St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1911).

    Karl Marx surrounded by an appreciative audience of Wall Street financiers: John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, John D. Ryan of National City Bank, and Morgan partner George W. Perkins. Immediately behind Karl Marx is Teddy Roosevelt, leader of the Progressive Party.

  19. @War for Blair Mountain

    “The US has has devolved into two race based nations:One nonwhite….the other Native Born White American”

    I’d amend this as follows: “…the other Native Born, Christian, White American” I’d also point out that in this country non-Protestant Christian religious sects have effectively adjusted to and adopted those elements of Protestant Christianity that most effectively characterized the religious sentiments of this nation’s founders. As one example, the Catholicism of most Americans incorporates all the essential elements of Protestant thought.

    Coincidentally, and not off topic, I’m currently reading Russel Kirk’s The Conservative Mind, one of the foundational texts of post-WW-II conservative thought in America. Kirk notes that the bedrock principal for conservative thinking is the existence of a Divine Providence governing the universe, humanity, and human institutions. From the beginning of European history up to present day Europe, Christianity has provided this bedrock principle for Europeans and their descendants in other lands.

    Non-Christian ways of thinking are hostile to European conservatism and ultimately to the basic institutions of European culture. This was brought home to me this morning as I listened to NPR and noted the litany of those being praised for throwing sand in the institutional machinery of our country. For me and I suspect many other readers the chicken-hawk names mentioned in this article further hammer home this point.

  20. It’s a pity to spoil a good case case by letting emotion overtake logic. Just look again at
    “Note that neither Cheney, nor Eolfawitz, nor Libby ever served in the US military, exhibiting thereby their willingness to let other Americans die for the dreadful policies they initiated”

    I won’t insult you by spelling out the total muddle of chronology and causation.

  21. @NoseytheDuke,

    You might consider that an appreciable number of enlisters do so for tangible career considerations, that is to learn electronics or mechanics, get continuing education in several areas and so on.

    I suspect that a new and intended career path is forged by ones who have no intention of learning anything but to get deployment with a view to breaking down, getting diagnosed for PTSD qualifying for a ‘koo-koo’ stipend in addition to regular pensions and possibly salable medications from Uncle Sugar for life.

    Most of the rest may be the ‘three hots and a cot’ crowd who have no employment possibilities in the normal world high unemployment rates notwithstanding.

    I had the misfortune of seeing “The Sniper’ recently so yes, maybe there is a certain cohort of good ole’ boys who are tough, red blooded and perfectly ‘knowledge challenged’ to seek service in today’s military for patriotic reasons. However I get the impression that these boys would seem to have difficulty in accepting women, lesbos, homos and trannies as their ‘band of brothers’.

    They, true fighters, may eventually be rejected due to the mental part of the 4-F classification.

    Ahh, so it seems Rummy was a visionary when he stated ” you fight with the army you have. not the army you might want or the army you wish to have at a later time”. Whether he meant that this is a known known an known unknown or an unknown unknown only a Cray computer might be able to figure out.

    It is time for a remake of ” The Green Berets” starring John Wayne Gacy.


  22. Agent76 says:

    Nov 29, 2016 This Map That Shows Why Russia Fears War With USA

    25.12. 2015 NATO Seeking Russia’s Destruction Since 1949

    In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. president George H. W. Bush through his secretary of state James Baker promised Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev that in exchange for Soviet cooperation on German reunification, the Cold War era NATO alliance would not expand “one inch” eastwards towards Russia. Baker told Gorbachev: “Look, if you remove your [300,000] troops [from east Germany] and allow unification of Germany in NATO, NATO will not expand one inch to the east.”

  23. Agent76 says:
    @jacques sheete

    Stalin knew this as a simple way to power and stay in charge. “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” Joseph Stalin

  24. contractors

    We had a perfectly acceptable term to cover these people, no sense in using the politically correct “contractors”. They are mercenaries, nothing more, nothing less. They are not covered under the protections that enlisted troops have. Summary execution should be their fate.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Incitatus
    , @annamaria
  25. annamaria says:

    Celine had intuited both the growth of the Lobby’s immense power and a solution to this problem

  26. annamaria says:
    @Gene Tuttle

    “…a phalanx of hoplites with Warner, Cardin, Schiff, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Libby arrayed on the front line in their fine armor manufactured by Halliburton.”
    Yes, that would be the only way to save the US and the humanity, a truly perfect solution.
    And yes, it is apparent that the Democratic Party has become a Party of Cheney, by all standards.

    • Agree: anarchyst
  27. Rurik says:

    one of the main reasons the MIC had to give up on Vietnam was due to fragging. It eventually became very popular.

    imagine you’re a dogface grunt in a war, and by now you know it’s a crock to make some men richer while poor men are expected to die killing other poor men (and women and children) on the other side of the planet. So your agenda is to stay alive and try to keep as many of your fellows alive as you can. And then comes in the new lieutenant Marco Rubio, straight out of university and officer’s school. He’s never had so much as a hangnail or fired a weapon in battle, but by golly he’s going to make colonel if it costs the life of every enlisted man he’s got command over. So the first thing he does when he arrives is to order you and your fellow soldiers on a suicide mission (while he stays behind) to prove his mettle.

    Oops, a grenade slipped out of someone’s hand!

    When I think of Dick Cheney or all the rest of these murderous cowards and traitorous chicken-hawks, I think of fragging 😉

    (I’m not a passivist, and I agree with destroying the sub-human head-slicers of ISIS. But if my son or daughter were ordered to kill innocent people for the benefit of Israel or some wealthy scum like Cheney, then I’d rather see the wealthy scum get greased ; )

  28. DanFromCt says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Not that the Pentagon bureaucrats costumed as warriors in military attire saw much combat, either, except for a few months in the field before–one martinet recognizing another–they were transferred to headquarters company to begin back stabbing and ass kissing their way to the top. What’s tragic is that so many brave and patriotic young Americans have lost limbs or their lives in wars by mistaking these bureaucratic, hack martinets for warriors and patriots like themselves.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  29. Incitatus says:

    “Cheney is retired comfortably…”

    Dick, like any good vampire, needs little rest. He’s quite busy advising Genie Energy. And he has lots of help. James Woolsey, Larry Summers, Rupert Murdoch, Bill Richardson, Jacob Rothschild, and Michael Steinhart. What a brain trust!

    Genie’s busy exploring the Golan’s energy reserves:

    No wonder Bashar has to go! Régime change, anyone?

    “…[Cheney’s] truly frightening daughter Liz…”

    No better proof of cloning exists.

  30. RobinG says:

    “and Freemasons,” 😉

  31. anarchyst says:

    War is indeed “big business”, and ” business is good”.
    War profiteers have been around as long as there have been wars, conflicts, skirmishes, what have you…
    That being said, in Vietnam, there was a consortium of civil engineering firms who handled large infrastructure projects, from road building to facilities, etc.
    RMK-BRJ was the major facilitator and money maker for the “powers that be”…
    RMK was known as Robertson, Morrison-Knudsen–Morrison-Knudsen being the prime contractor on construction projects. The “Robertson” part of the equation was none other than Senator Absalom Willis Robertson, the father of televangelist Pat Robertson.
    BRJ was known as Brown-Root Johnson. The Johnson part of the equation was none other than President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
    Who says that “war is hell”? Yep, but not for “the powers that be.”

  32. The chain of command has been altered since 9/11 and the highest rank in any branch now is 5 Star Procurement Officer. This is by far the most important office and casts the longest shadow, even to the most remote congressional district with a fawning supplier of mess wares. Homage is required and dutifully rendered to these exalted specimens.

    Success is measured in tons of ordnance ordered, delivered, then either destroyed or abandoned (Isis thanks you for the largesse) and the cycle begins again; ad infinitum. There in a short passage is described the arcane workings of a Super Power. Let them behold and fear us. see the results here:

  33. I do not care, I will be moving to Edmonton Alberta.
    Eastern parts of the continent will be wasteland.

  34. Art says:

    The Democrats say they want to go to war with Russia because they were hacked.

    Why aren’t the Republicans reminding the Democrats that the DMC was hacked because they did not protect their servers. The Republicans were not hacked because they did the right thing by protecting their servers.

    Surprise surprise – there is hacking going on – this is NOT something new – what is wrong with these Dem people. You would think that after all the trouble that Hillary had with her server, that the Democrats wise up – but NO!

    One wrong produces more wrong. Now the Democrats want to push the world to the brink of war over their incompetence.

    The Democrats want to hurt the lives of 140,000,000 Russians over their incompetence.

    Look at all the trouble they caused! The Democrats need to apologize to America for their incompetence.

    Peace — Art

    p.s. DC is a web of deceit. It is broken – the Jews have killed it. We must return to states rights and local control of our destiny. We must abandon globalization and war.

  35. joe webb says:

    well, Giraldi writes a personalistic column which is ok, but what about Objective Facts?

    He does write about facts most of the time and I don’t blame him for comparing himself to the likes of the Neocons, having not gone off to fight in Vietnam, as apparently Giraldi did, or at least take the risk of being assigned to Vietnam grunts.

    Let me share my personal info with regard to Vietnam. I refused the draft, modestly called Draft Resistance, like the social justice savages are now aping, and lead draft resistance at U.C. Santa Barbara and also went to jail, but not for long..civil disobedience…about 45 days.

    Thus, I pull rank, assuming that I was more right than Girardi, who was certainly right as opposed to the Wrong of the neocons who never saw a war they refused, but made sure they did not have to do the fighting at the personal level.

    OK, so where does that leave us? Girardi deserves praise for keeping at it for sure. And he usually gets around to the jewish angle to some degree.

    But not to Go Too Far. Too Far is stating that Israel is the basis for All the Wars in the ME, as well as the Migrant invasion of Europe.

    The wonderful Cunning of History per Mr. Hegel, is that the wars have sent a wave of true Deplorables streaming to Europe for Free Money and Free Pussy, thus awakening Whites to Reality on the racial front, even if they don’t call it Race, but call it Identity.

    So Thank the Jews, again, for Saving us from ourselves, that is our suicidal and promiscuous Altruism. One thing the jews have never been accused of: Altruism for non-tribe types.

    As it was Kill Them All in the OT, now , more NT and Whiteish, it is Separate Them All, and let them live in Peace, but not with us, and if Peace is elusive, that is not our problem , it is theirs.

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @iffen
  36. @Rurik

    I have an acquaintance who was drafted and sent to Vietnam in a combat specialty – forward artillery spotting – early on in the war. My friend has always been vehemently outspoken that fragging, rampant drug use, and other evidences of demoralization were very rare until McNamara decided it was a good idea to lower draft standards and send low IQ morons to Vietnam. My acquaintance tells me that up to that point almost all US combat troops in Vietnam had the common sense to realize that they were stuck in the Vietnam hellhole together but as long as they could trust each other and watched out for one another they had a pretty good chance of surviving to get home.

    McNamara’s morons changed this. They were a menace to themselves and everyone around them. They could not adjust to military discipline and constantly engaged in behaviors that endangered themselves and others. According to my friend it was mostly McNamara’s morons that fragged others – not just officers by the way – doped themselves up dangerously, and engaged in all the other insanely dangerous behaviors that qualified draftees and other troops avoided.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
    , @Rurik
    , @Gringo
  37. nsa says:

    Complete collapse of the US military in Vietnam, followed by total abject defeat, resulted in its conversion from conscripted citizen manpower to mercenary (all volunteer) manpower supplemented by contractors. This always happens when a republic morphs into a police state. The Roman citizen army that defeated the marauding Hannibal, and later destroyed every vestige of Carthage, over time morphed into a strictly mercenary (all volunteer) army under the dictatorship of the Caesars.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
    , @Rurik
  38. Cheney is in [email protected]?? WTF, India?

    • Replies: @Z-man
  39. chris says:

    The supreme irony in the whole Russia-gate affair (as has been pointed out before) is that the virulen hatered directed at them is not due to lies or extorsion but to the fact that they gave us a glimpse into the TRUTH and collusions going on behind the scene; that’s all!

  40. El Dato says:

    Lots of people to air out on carefully erected rafters made of high-quality Douglas fir.

    Many congresscritters, thinktankers, taling heads, court intellectuals, rotating door upwardly mobile elements, members of the executive, lobbyists and entire management boards of big-item warcrap providers would not be very sorely missed,

    But when, by God, will the groundswell be massive enough.

    Likely never.

  41. Incitatus says:
    @Chris Mallory

    “They [‘contractors’] are mercenaries, nothing more, nothing less.”

    They’re much more: a shockingly good revenue source. KBR, Cheney’s old firm, walked away from Iraq with \$39 billion. It’s not just “security.” It’s everything. Intelligence, construction, transport, meals, internet, recreation, laundry services – you name it. A genuinely growing death industry.

    The best part? Lacking the draft, politicians can privately contract war and attract little public concern. Even better? They can borrow the money to do it! Everybody wins!

    “In World War II, one contractor was deployed for every seven soldiers. During the 2003 invasion, that number had increased to one for every 2.4. By 2006, contractors outnumbered soldiers in Iraq.”
    -’Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience’ Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction 2009

    Proud parent of modern privatized war? Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney! Déjà vu!

    Dick helped craft LOGCAP (Logistics Civil Augmentation Program) to outsource military logistics. The \$8.9 million study was completed in ‘92 by Brown & Root, which then – surprise, surprise – won the first LOGCAP contract (Sept ‘92). That was only the beginning. Cheney was hired as Halliburton/KBR CEO in ‘95. Dick’s prior experience outside government? Stringing wire as a lineman in Wyoming.

    Halliburton rose from 73rd to 18th on the Pentagon’s contractor list by 2000 when Cheney resigned. Dick didn’t forget them. Their business got even better with ‘Shock and Awe’ three years later. The rest is kismet.

  42. @nsa

    The process of the Roman army turning professional was not as sudden as you depict and it was finalized right around when Caesar was born, not when he won civil war. Reforms that turned Roman army into professional force are credited to Caesar’s aunt husband Gaius Marius around 100 B.C.

  43. @Jus' Sayin'...

    Probably those with high IQ figured it out and refused to come forward, hence the only way to continue was to draft morons 😉

  44. El Dato says:

    And yet the great massacres of WWI, 1920’s Soviet excursions into Europe and the even larger conflagration still lying in the future had not much to do with Jews. Indeed, Jews got it from all sides in particularly beastly ways, while craven, sociopathic or frankly rabid power mongers moved depletable “resources” on large maps. Yes, Jews were always a welcome resource to cunningly focus envy and deflect unrest from the real centers of power. Doesn’t mean one should follow in that well-trodden groove.

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  45. Z-man says:

    My guess is that the rich Hindus are virulently anti Muslim which makes the Anglo spokesman for the tribe (Neokhans) a big draw there. If you’ve noticed India and The Zionist State get along quite well.
    BTW, Cheney can’t croak soon enough!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  46. Rurik says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    that they were stuck in the Vietnam hellhole together but as long as they could trust each other

    I was too young for the war, and remember watching scenes of it on TV as a child. My dad hated that there was talk of drug use among the troops, as he was WWII old school.

    I would never think of disparaging the men who fought in that atrocity, except for the scum of the scum who it seems end up sending other men into harm’s way for the worst possible reasons. Like that most execrable of all traitorous scum, John McCain.

    They could not adjust to military discipline and constantly engaged in behaviors that endangered themselves and others.

    odd thing to say about a war that slaughtered so many people on both sides

    I personally don’t believe in things like ‘military discipline’ as a virtue. I always sort of figured it meant shutting down your brain and volition and human agency and acting as a drone/zombie who kills other people he doesn’t know for no other reason than because he’s ordered to. I don’t condemn the men who engage in it, and I suppose under some circumstances, (like a conflict fought for genuine reasons of survival or some other good reason) there are sound reasons to behave in such ways, but that kind of mentality simply isn’t for me. If a man tells me that my role in life is to kill other people who he tells me to kill, because he has an extra patch on his arm, and therefor I’m to do as he says, even to kill or die, then good luck with that.

    But I honor all the vet’s sacrifices and would not presume to judge any of them, except as I say, the scum like McCain.

    But my main point is that rather than all of those men like your friend, and others dying in wars like Vietnam- which seems to have been waged for lied-about reasons, and were really all about war-pig-profiteers, or even more to the point, today’s wars that are all based on lies to benefit Israel, our main enemy, I’d rather see the war criminals marched up to the gallows to get theirs, rather than see one hair on one innocent person’s head harmed.

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    , @Avery
  47. Rurik says:

    conscripted citizen manpower to mercenary (all volunteer)

    I know a lot of young people who join simply because they’re poor and have no prospects. Hardly what I’d consider Blackwater type mercs. The mercs deserve what they get, but I hold no animosity towards the poor youths from America’s heartland or urban ghettos who join as perhaps their only hope for an opportunity. They don’t join to kill people or to get rich, like Blackwater types, but rather just hope to act as support staff until their time is up and they can finally afford college. Not cowards, but nothing like mercenaries either.

    At least those are the types I’m familiar with.

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  48. lucidian says:

    Wow. Beautiful. Thank you Mr. Giraldi for this piece.

    That is the military version of the dichotomy: the Elites vs. Average Joe. Whether it’s war, or the border, or trade agreements, many of America’s deals have been crafted by people who will be unaffected by the results. That moral disconnect is the context in which so many appalling decisions, with such devastating consequences, have been made.

    Another way to express the dichotomy is Idealistic vs. Practical. Idealists get us into all sorts of trouble. Practical people deal with actual problems on the ground.

    Trump has been accused of elitism. But I don’t see it. I see a practical man. Today he talked to an audience of builders, and pointed out that he knows how much concrete and rebar you can lay down in a single day:

    That’s an unusual character. That’s an accountable man.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  49. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “Yes, that Dick Cheney. Why anyone in India would pay to hear him speak on any subject escapes me.”

    Don’t you know those saffronites are just as crazed as the Darth himself.

  50. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website

    Excellent piece with the right tone and approach. I was calling for this approach for a long time–to expose every warmonger’s “background” in military or, rather, lack thereof and raise the hell in regards to “strategies” they peddle, pointing out that their lack of any, even remote acquaintance, with war and warfare is to a huge degree responsible for the situation we all are in today. It is not a good situation. This, plus, of course, an incredible propensity of current US power “elites” to buy own, most of the time false, narrative.

  51. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @joe webb

    “that is our suicidal and promiscuous Altruism”

    Altruism? LOL!

    Perhaps your dementia will keep you cool while you burn?

    Well, may be not.

  52. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website

    And then comes in the new lieutenant Marco Rubio, straight out of university and officer’s school.

    You know, I simply cannot conceive any character who would merit to be collectively called Marco Rubio lasting through a first half of a plebe year in any officer school. Give those people who went through military academies (granted, not all those people are competent and courageous) at least some credit–at least they ended up in operations or combat zone. Marco Runbio is a mama’s boy who would have a panic attack just imagining himself with a rifle in his hands. It is my personal opinion and, of course, I could be wrong.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  53. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “rich Hindus are virulently anti-…”

    And thus they will be richly “rewarded.” 😉

  54. @Rurik

    I can’t disagree with what you just wrote.

  55. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    But who would man the central banks, like the FED?

    And who would be in charge of those Wall Street Casinos, who go bust every 8 years or so and WE pick up the tab?

    And who would spin the MSM lies that get us involved in endless wars?

    And who would bribe the politicians to shower free money and weapons on Israel, while the American infrastructure goes to Hell?

    And who would make all that Hollywood porn?

    Gosh, what a mess we’d be in!

    • Replies: @iffen
  56. Rurik says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Give those people who went through military academies (granted, not all those people are competent and courageous) at least some credit–at least they ended up in operations or combat zone.

    there are of course honorable officers in our military, just like the police for instance

    but then I offer these exhibits:

    or more recently just consider the lies that general Colon Powell told and how many people (including his fellow soldiers) have lost their lives because of those lies. Or the lies that Petraeus tells us all about Putin’s Russia.

    I’d rather have a pasty, namby pamby guy in my foxhole who I could trust rather than a war-hardened liar who’d betray me to the enemy for a promotion. No?

    but yea, I do sympathize with not wanting any association with little Marco whatsoever

    I think most Cubans and even the homos wish they could distance themselves

  57. Avery says:

    It is a matter of public record – White House tape recordings – that Johnson and McNamara knew, years before the ignominious end in 1975, that the Viet Nam war was lost. Yet they continued feeding young American men into the meat-grinder, because they did not want to be the ones who, quote, ‘lost South East Asia to Communists’.

    The filthy war-pigs sat in their safe and comfortable offices, while young men from the American heartland were drafted to go 1,000s of miles from USA to kill and or be killed in a senseless war.

    And millions of Vietnamese were killed, wounded, maimed for the vanity of these filthy scum.

    May they rot in Hell.

    {But my main point is…. rather than see one hair on one innocent person’s head harmed.}

    • Replies: @Rurik
  58. bluedog says:

    I don’t think I would quite say that for what difference does it make how much rebar you can lay in a day, while perpetuating ever more small wars while beating the drums for a big one with Russia China and Iran, hoping to carry our dead ass out of a financial mess of our own creation, until then I’ll wait and see after all we waited for 8 years for change we can believe in and all I see is more of the same..

  59. annamaria says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Draft must be reinstated. Otherwise, the war profiteers and the “chosen” will continue their “democracy on the march” and other “humanitarian interventions”for the greater good (corporations’ profit and Eretz Israel). The US army today is not much different from a mercenary army. The obvious slaughterous aggressions in the faraway lands have been easily presented as “defense of the fatherland” because of the mercenary character of the US army.

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @L.K
  60. Rurik says:

    Yet they continued feeding young American men into the meat-grinder, because they did not want to be the ones who, quote, ‘lost South East Asia to Communists’.

    I used to believe that there was some form of noble or honorable reason for fighting in Vietnam, like opposing communism or something. But I’ve since become convinced that is was simply an imperial war to take over the colony from France, who had lost the will to keep it from the locals who wanted them out. And then it simply turned into a lucrative cash cow for the war pig, MIC scum and their assorted whores in government. Like Johnson and McNamara, as you mention. (The two boyz from the USS Liberty affair)

    {May they rot in Hell.}


    • Replies: @Avery
    , @Stonehands
  61. iffen says:

    Draft must be reinstated.

    I agree.

    (with annamaria, yes, that annamaria)

    The end is very near. 🙂

  62. iffen says:
    @Greg Bacon

    But who would man the central banks, like the FED?

    Gypsies. Yes, Gypsies.

    All positions in finance and banking currently held by Jews, even the ones with only one great grandmother with a funny sounding name, should be given to a Gypsy.

    • Troll: L.K
  63. iffen says:
    @joe webb

    And he usually gets around to the jewish angle to some degree.

    Well, he didn’t in this article and I complimented him for it. Of course we can always count on many commenters to take up the slack.

    I think this article must be the one that was supposed to go to TAC. I don’t know if he writes the Unz one and then takes out the Jew stuff and sends it to TAC, or writes the TAC one and then puts in the Jew stuff for Unz.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @nsa
  64. @Haxo Angmark

    ” . . . At this point, the only thing that’s going to redeem Sodom-on-the-Potomac is a major Lost War . . . possibly including a 20-megaton airburst over the Capitol building. And preferably with Congress in full session. So have at it, Zio-globalist warmongers.”

    One must admit that a 20-megaton airburst on Washington, District of Corruption would cure a lot of the world’s ills. . . .

  65. @Beefcake the Mighty

    But, isn’t it a shame when somone as good as PG lowers his standards even half way down to those of the Warners, Cardins et al. that he excoriates? Really tight argument in writing, when he has no “I misspoke” excuse, should be part of what distinguishes him.

  66. @iffen

    Search for “Israel” and you will find PG has left his card. Actually I don’t remember him using the word Jew and its cognates very often.

  67. If these chickenhawks refuse to put some skin in the game, I say we rescind their Congressional health coverage and put them into Tricare. That’s the least they can do if they spend all their time beating the drums for war.

  68. @DanFromCt

    Isn’t it also sad that the US is able to /has to rely on poverty to recruit its army at the bottom level?

    • Replies: @iffen
  69. nsa says:

    The American Cuckservative censors all jooie baiting….many lively posters have been permanently banned by a certain religious fraud residing in a mosquito infested swamp somewhere in Louisiana. He is the editor and better than you…… as he ladles out slop to 300 pounders at his local food bank while contemplating something deep called the “benedict option”. TAC puts up with some mild critique of the vile Saud goat herders, as long as enough long words are used to pass for intellectual stuff. No Izzy baiting allowed though. The irony is the TAC was started by Pat Buchanan…a favorite amongst jooies as he lost his uncle Fritz at Auschwitz…Fritz was drunk and fell out of the guard tower.

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @Verymuchalive
  70. Cortes says:

    A fine article.
    Thank you.

    Perhaps the best reason why there’s no conscription nowadays is the lesson learnt by the powerful from the 1945 General Election in the UK: that conscripts who’d actually had contact with their “betters” in positions of command recognised them for the arseholes they all too often were. Exceptions there were, of course. Didn’t stop the landslide ousting Churchill and the other “saviours of the nation “.

    On the fragging issue, my understanding is that prior to WWII it was normal for the casualty rate of junior officers to be sky high in combat since the ethos was “to lead from the front “; maybe the managerial concept of being an officer needs to be reviewed.

    Thanks again.

  71. epnngg says:

    Excellent commentary. I have often imagined what it would be like to airlift all these cowardly chicken hawks in their smoking jackets and pink slippers and drop them off on the Siberian front for some hand to hand combat with the Russkies! What a wonderful sight that would be.

  72. iffen says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    I’ve tangled with you before.

    I don’t like your characterization of the recruits into the US military as the “bottom level.”

    Some of us think that individuals who see opportunity for themselves in the service of their country as being in the “top level.”

    I don’t know what you do over there in Australia, but I think that whatever it is, the country could get by just fine without you.

  73. iffen says:

    a favorite amongst jooies as he lost his uncle Fritz at Auschwitz…Fritz was drunk and fell out of the guard tower.

    I have said before that I like a little humor along with the D&F, but this seems a bit too far.

  74. Seraphim says:
    @El Dato

    Jews have their part of responsibility in the massacres of WWI. Since 1901 through to 1914 German Zionists actively militated for the creation of a:
    “League of East European States or Federation of East European States (German: osteuropäischer Staatenbund) … a buffer state (Pufferstaat) within the Jewish Pale of Settlement of Russia, , which would be a de facto protectorate of the German Empire in Mitteleuropa”. It is hard to believe that the Russians would have graciously handed it to the Jews. But with the help of the mighty German Reich which had some views of its own on the Russian territories it could have been possible.
    For that:
    “The German Committee for the Freeing of Russian Jews (German, ‘Deutsches Komitee zur Befreiung der russischen Juden’) was created in August 1914 by Max Bodenheimer with Franz Oppenheimer, Adolf Friedman and Leo Motzkin to lobby for the socio-political liberation of Jewish people living in the Russian Empire and ensure their protection from pogroms. In November 1914 it was renamed the Committee for the East.
    The Committee was initially supported by the German Empire but as no Jewish insurrection arose against the Russians the Germans soon lost interest” (Wikipedia).
    It is a surprising admission by Wikipedia. The Jews were prepared for insurrection behind the Russian lines. Then, the accusations that the Jews were aiding and abetting the enemy – reason for which have been evacuated from the war zone- were not just putting the blame on the poor innocent Jews to hide the endemic Russian ‘incompetence’.
    No need, I suppose, to remind the appeals of American Jewry for war against Hitler.

  75. Sam McGowan says: • Website

    As a Vietnam combat veteran, I agree 100%. I’m just glad my son spent his six years in the Navy doing dirty deeds then got the hell out.

  76. Avery says:

    {I used to believe that there was some form of noble or honorable reason for fighting in Vietnam, like opposing communism or something.}

    Not widely publicized here in US, but Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese nationalist/patriot, before he was a Communist. After WW2, he approached Americans _first_ and requested help in ousting the hated French overlords.

    His thinking was that since Americans themselves had thrown out their English overlords, and since America was the “land of the free……” and all that, Americans would embrace his liberation cause readily. He was wrong: he was turned down. (I think it was Eisenhower, but could be wrong). Americans were more interested in imperial conquest after WW2 and war profiteering, as you noted. In desperation HCM turned to USSR and China.

    The whole ‘domino’ theory propounded by the war criminal Kissinger – the doyen and granddaddy of war-criminal Neocons of today – was bogus from the get-go. Vietnam and US have a thriving trade relationship today, despite Vietnam officially being a Communist state.

    All those ~55K American (mostly) young men KIA and 10s of 1,000s of them WIA/maimed, living on streets, etc and about 3 million Vietnamese killed – for what?

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @Hibernian
  77. @Wizard of Oz

    He’s making a generic observation that those with no skin in the game have fewer qualms about taking risks with other people’s lives. You can’t possibly be so intent on concern-trolling as to pick a bone over this?

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  78. L.K says:

    I agree. Although in the past conscription did not prevent ZUSA’s warmongering and aggression, I mean, we are speaking of a country that has been at war for over 90% of its existence, I think that in the present day the draft would have a huge impact on making zamericans pay a lot more attention to the wars that their regimes foist upon the world. Already the war in Vietnam proves this point. It’s not that ZUSA’s formerly largely conscript military was inferior to today’s volunteer contract forces. In fact, possibly the opposite may be true. No, it was the resistence of the people Stateside against having their sons sent to die in needless wars for Empire, that marked a prelude of things to come.
    How to keep all those dirty imperialistic wars going? With a volunteer contract military, that is how. In the current scenario, wars affect directly only the military servicemen and their families, but that is a relatively small subset of zamerican society. The reality is that our human nature makes most of us care only about things which affect us directly.
    So yes, reinstating the draft could certainly be part of a strategy to restrain the warmongering chickenhawks… and that is why it ain’t gonna happen.

  79. @iffen

    If they really are top-level as you say, then why on earth would you endorse the careless squandering of their young and precious lives on foolish, trumped up wars that are destroying America? Pat Tillman springs to mind just as one example.

    A wise leader conserves his military strength said Sun Tzu.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @Incitatus
  80. @Beefcake the Mighty

    No but decades of professional and avocational interest in what constitutes good argument and how to put a case means that I really would like to steer those for whom I have goodwill towards less selfdefeating utterance.

  81. @iffen

    I don’t actually recall that tangle. Are you sure you do?

    Why so prickly? If there is a top level in the army which might include all generals, staff colonels and a few others but “top level” adequately indicates the genus why shouldn’t “bottom level” be taken to indicate the merely fuzzily defined level of private soldiers and some others who will never rise far iñ rank or specialisation or qualify for the Rangers? Have you a better term? Of course prickliness, perhaps patriotic, could be the answer because some sort of mist before hour eyes seems to have prevented you construing what I actually said correctly. After all I can’t believe you don’t know how badly your country treats the people who would defend you and, per a common UR meme furthers the globalist interests of the 0.1 per cent. What becomes of them and their health when they ate discharged with or without immediately obvious health problems? And what are/have been the proportions of servicemen’s families receiving foodstamps? If you don’t know enough to be ashamed of your country’s treatment of them aren’t you ashamed of your ignorance and indifference.

    If that sounds a bit aggressive perhaps it will give you pause before gratuitously saying something as rude but also as fatuous as you do in your last sentence. Do you think thete are more than about half a dozen people whose words you have read on UR whose countries couldn’t – at best – do very well without them?

  82. @NoseytheDuke

    Credit where due. Seeing your moniker appended to his post I felt a disobliging addendum to my reply to him rising close to execution. But your brief point is spot on.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  83. @nsa

    You made me laugh out loud, sir. What you wrote is a perfect summation of the situation at American Cuckservative. First, Taki got driven out and then Mr Unz ( he will surely write more on this sometime in the future.). No doubt, Pat Buchanan will be terminated when he crosses some cordon political shortly. And, of course, Neocons and Conservatism Inc members often mention Mr Buchanan’s ( remote ) German ancestry, as if it’s evidence of a crime.
    I stopped reading it when Mr Unz went and Dreher was installed as website editor. He must be the most absurd cuck not only in America but the Universe. He’s like some smug do-gooder from a Dickens novel.

    • Replies: @utu
  84. The good news is that if we really do go to war with Russia. EVERYONE will be involved.

  85. mr meener says:

    this guy henry ford and lindburg would have made a great team

    • Agree: anarchyst
  86. mr meener says:

    neo cons= white Christian hating jews. they tried to get rid of the white Christians with the 2 world wars but the people bounce back now their final solution is breeding out whites forever thru mass non white invasions and the white women will do their duty and bed down with the non whites

  87. delmas says:

    Merkel? To the right? Yes maybe, hanging from that lamp post just to the right over there.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  88. Considering the fact that wars produce far more deaths and physical destruction than the most violent riot, why is inciting to riot, a punishable crime, while inciting to war, a patriotic American pastime?

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  89. Agent76 says:

    “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell

    Jun 7, 2013 George Orwell 1984 Newspeak, “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words…”

  90. “Russiagate” certainly seems to scare some people! Not a single day now passes without an article appearing somewhere on the US internet trying to sweep it under the carpet! “No evidence” is an argument for a court of law, and even there, lack of evidence is not proof of innocence. In the court of public opinion, both Trump and Putin must prove their innocence and no evidence simply suggests that the evidence has been successfully covered up.
    Mr Giraldi proceeds to make a series of assertions for which he, well … produces no evidence! Why would a conflict between Russia and NATO over Ukraine be WWIII? Why would it be a “nuclear holocaust”? Why would such a conflict involve American soldiers foot-slogging, Vietnam-style? Why does he believe that Trump ever intended to have a “rapprochement with Russia”? So far, he has done nothing that’s favourable to Putin and quite a few things that are unfavourable to him. Actions speak louder than words!

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  91. Rurik says:

    All those ~55K American (mostly) young men KIA and 10s of 1,000s of them WIA/maimed, living on streets, etc and about 3 million Vietnamese killed – for what?

    for war profit\$

    I can’t argue with anything you wrote

    the last war(s) that America fought that I agree with would be wars against Rothschild; the Revolutionary War and the war of 1812.

    I’m not an expert, and there may have been some other skirmishes or wars that were fought for honorable or at least understandable reasons, but I can’t think of any right now. Certainly not the world warsⓊ (And the “Civil” war was unnecessary, imho. Slavery was dying its ignoble death without the necessity of a war. Which didn’t even end slavery. What ended slavery was the moral outrage of the people for that evil institution. Not the war).

    perhaps we’ve finally managed to get a president who will finally govern according to the will of the American people. I just wrote a post where I pointed out that the American people always vote for the anti-war president, and then always get betrayedⓊ.

  92. utu says:

    Rod Dreher: Raised a Methodist, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993. He wrote widely in the Catholic press, but covering the Roman Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal, starting in 2002, led him to question his Catholicism, and on October 12, 2006, he announced his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.

  93. Z-man says:

    Your right of course, lol. She is nominally the head of the ‘Christian Democrats’ so I figured she could respect herself and her country and it’s borders a little more if she has a neighbor with some more backbone (Le Pen) than the shill that’s there now, ‘Hollandaise sauce’.

  94. Z-man says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    I think PG was trying to be funny but I see your point from this angle. I am a Buchanan devotee. Pat has been painted by some in the ‘controlled’ MSM as a Nazi, the butt of many ‘main stream’ comedians jokes. I don’t want to go into the history of PJB but suffice it to say he survived and flourished but he paid a price and some of the ‘comedians’ to this day still make snide jokes & snarky remarks aimed at him. Now PG doesn’t have the fame of PJB but/and if he wants to be a ‘serious’ voice in these serious maters he can’t scream Joo all the time, he has to ‘be careful’ just as someone like PJB unfortunately had to be.
    Leave it to us commenters to scream out the word, J*w!

    • Replies: @iffen
  95. iffen says:

    Leave it to us commenters to scream out the word, J*w!

    Will it be permissible for some commenters to scream out the word, J*w-hater?

    • Replies: @mr meener
  96. RobinG says:

    “…a president who will finally govern according to the will of the American people.”

    And just what is that? Do they have any clue what they might think, if they hadn’t been saturated with New Speak , Fake News, etc.? Why do most Americans think that Russia hacked the election? (You may think they’re catching on, but face it, it’s only fringe types, and we’re in bubbles. I’ve been personally dismayed that supposedly bright, educated people, including some who, I thought, were somewhat ‘woke’ have totally bought into the Russia scare.) As we circle the drain, what will surface from the intellectual chaos?

    If you like long, rambling discussions and are near New York, this might be your thing:

    The Post Political Condition – Trump, Brexit, the Middle East… What Next?

    5 pm an extended panel discussion, then a jazz concert from 9 pm
    5pm Sunday, 30 April
    “In the post-political universe much of humanity has been reduced to serve the interests of big money and oligarchy. Left and Right have become indistinguishable and meaningless. The freedom to think openlyis now within the domain of nostalgia. Our Western Liberal ‘utopia’ has turned into an Orwellian catastrophe , and we the people, have been reduced into mere consumers. We are left bewildered and impoverished.”

    • Replies: @mr meener
    , @iffen
  97. mr meener says:

    a jew hater according to jews is anyone who is not a jew

  98. mr meener says:

    trump has been taken over by the neo cons or he was just a liar. we will have a continuation of our 1000 year wars for Israel and it sounds like trump will take action against Syria. jews always win even Jesus Christ did not beat them

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Wizard of Oz
  99. utu says:

    Bannon is on his way out. The Trump “revolution” is over.

  100. chris says:
    @Hans Vogel

    “… lucky that problems aren’t far worse than they are.”

    Err, … easy for you to say bud, tell that to the hundreds of thousand dead and millions on the run!

  101. RobinG says:
    @mr meener



    We voted TRUMP for Peace, Justice, and Truth.
    Trump is getting bad advice. Or did he plan to attack Syria all along???

    Testimony (and NOT by the Russians) at UN today:

    “Delivery method of chemical weapons has NOT BEEN DETERMINED”

    • Replies: @L.K
    , @Incitatus
    , @NoseytheDuke
  102. FLgeezer says:

    It’s logical to think that the Israelis are the perps.The chemical weapons attack will cause America to depose Assad and to tangle with Iran and Russia. These eventualities are the wet dreams of neocons. More American kids killed on behalf of eretz Israel and the Israeli populace skates. Could anything be more evil?

    • Replies: @annamaria
  103. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The illiterate racist Zionist ‘president’ with his racist Indian escort at the UN are tearing their fucking throats apart to frame Assad for the chemical attack that has been by the CIA trained terrorists with cooperation of US Trojan dog, Erdogan, in Syria to justify US illegal occupation of Syria and war crimes against humanity.

    The last chemical attacked was the work of CIA trained terrorists with the help of Turkey, US Trojan dog. Turkey like Saudi Arabia would not provide chemical weapon to CIA terrorists without CIA permission and knowledge.
    How many times do these illiterate war criminals want to use FALSE FLAG to frame victims? Russia and China should apply a piece of the war criminals’ own medicine, meaning to bomb them NOW. These criminals have bombed many countries and have killed millions of people. It is the time themselves receive a piece of their own work.

    The world cannot tolerate any longer. These terrorists in US – Israel- Britain have killed millions of people and there is NO end to it soon. The world is fed up. Pimps in the business of brothel house, escort, and Hotel are ignorant to suffering of their victims. They are not even interested in reading about it. They are illiterate salesmen.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  104. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    [Reviving the ‘Chemical Weapons’ Lie: New US-UK Calls for Regime Change, Military Attack Against Syria]

    Here it comes again. As the enemies of peace continue to pressure a new US President into deeper war commitments overseas, and as Washington’s Deep State works relentlessly opposing Russian moves in Syria at every turn, the war drums have started again – beating harder than ever now, clamouring for a new US-led attack on Syria. This morning we saw the familiar theme emerge, and just in time to provide a convenient backdrop to this week’s Brussels’ ‘Peace Talks’ and conference on “Syria’s Future”.

    The US-led ‘Coalition’ prepares to make its end-run into Syria to ‘Retake Raqqa,’ and impose its Safe Zones in order to partition Syria, more media demonization of the Syrian government appears to be needed by the West.

  105. iffen says:

    (You may think they’re catching on, but face it, it’s only fringe types, and we’re in bubbles.

    Yes, I think that you are correct. It is even more discouraging because we fringe types are frequently in different bubbles and the distance between those bubbles is greater that the distance between your bubble or my bubble and the “average” American.

  106. @mr meener

    Do you allow for the value of time in your assessment that Jews always win?

    If your family is X per cent of a given population in Year 1 and X/2 per cent in yeat 50 that perhaps doesn’t count as a win. My understanding is that 1000 years after Jesus lived there were one million fewer Jews. How does that rate?

  107. @Anonymous

    Are you part of the Rehmat team?

  108. annamaria says:

    “It’s logical to think that the Israelis are the perps.”
    Agree. They or their loyalists in the US government. The battle for Eretz Israel is approaching; the “chosen” cannot wait to bestow the planet upon cockroaches and bacteria:

  109. The more our “ruling class” in Washington has little or nothing to do with the average American or, to be more precise, the class of Americans called upon to fight and die in the wars that are constantly being promoted

    It has always been thus.

    The Constitution created a ruling class. It serves the aristocracy, not the people. It was never put before the people for ratification.

    Patrick Henry left the Convention because he said, ” I smell a rat”. He also said the Constitution would create another empire…

    The Federalists were rich Masons who wanted to perpetuate their power.

    The Revolutionary War was won under the Articles of Confederation.

    The Treaty of Paris was signed under the A. of C.

    The putative defect of the Articles was that Congress depended on the goodwill of the States. Gee, how awful…

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @Hibernian
  110. Incitatus says:

    “…why on earth…endorse the careless squandering of their young and precious lives on foolish, trumped up wars that are destroying America”

    An excellent question, NtD. No reasonable answer (excuse) comes to mind. Wisdom here seems in very short supply.

  111. Good comment and I’d like to add that Ho Chi Minh tried to approach Woodrow Wilson in Paris in 1919 or 20 for assistance in independence but was snubbed.

    Uncle Ho fought on the side of the Allies during WW2 thinking that FDR would help his country, but that swine betrayed him too.

    He also tried to appeal for help from Truman via letters and at least one telegram but as far as I can tell, the obnoxiously pompous dimwit also snubbed him . Apparently didn’t even bother to respond. Truman did yield to requests for support from the Zionist contingent however….

    As for Eisenhower, he wrote,

    I have never talked or corresponded with a person knowledgeable in Indochinese affairs, who did not agree that had an election been held as of the time of the fighting, possibly 80 percent of the population would have voted for the Communist Ho Chi Minh as their leader rather than [the French- appointed ex-emperor] Chief of State Bao Dai.

    Eisenhower, as you seem already aware, bears a lot of responsibility for the extremely useless carnage in that unfortunate country. Those folks never were a threat to the USA in any shape or form whatever.

  112. L.K says:

    Well, Robing,
    What I can say with 100% certainty is that the Syrian military and government did NOT use chemical weapons against ZUSA’s Wahhabi mercs in Syria, now or ever. This is just garbage in , garbage out. As moa, a retired German army officer says:

    Al-Qaeda in Syria and its subordinate “moderate rebels” are being defeated in their last big attack on Hama governate. The Russian defense ministry said that more than 2,000 Jihadis had been killed during the failed attack. Another attack on Latakia was stopped cold by massive Russian air strikes on the staging areas. Al-Qaeda’s back yard in Idleb is under constant air interdiction.
    The usual response when under such pressure are incidents of “chemical attacks” “on civilians”. Such is claimed today in Khan Sheikhoun. The video footage, taken (when?) in a White Helmets base, shows “rescuers” spraying water on people who are claimed to have been effected by Sarin. If this were a real chemical incident involving Sarin or similar stuff these unprotected, unprofessional “rescuers” would be heavily effected if not dead.
    Conveniently this incident also happens just two days before another international conference on Syria. The heavy media attention is likely the starting shot of a new campaign of CIA support for al-Qaeda in Idleb and a second leg of Turkey’s invasion of Syria.

  113. Incitatus says:

    “Delivery method of chemical weapons has NOT BEEN DETERMINED”


    Have we learned nothing? WMD 2002-03? “Slam dunk”? “Smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud”? “Intelligence failure (sorry about the tens of thousands killed, the trillions spent).

    Condi Rice was asked if, knowing the absence of WMD and what would happen post invasion, whether she would still have invaded Iraq. Her response? Yes. Saddam was brutal and look on the bright side – Iraq will buy billions in US weapons.

    Only Dante knows what circle of Hell she’ll land in.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  114. I don’t think I want to go to your website.

  115. L.K says:

    Trump, the dangerous clown:

    “It( the fake chemical attack) crossed a lot of lines with me. When you kill innocent children – innocent babies – with chemical gas… that goes beyond red lines,”

    Trump told reporters on Wednesday.
    Trump said the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria “cannot be tolerated,” but he did not say what the US might do in response. He blamed the incident on the government in Damascus.

    “These heinous acts by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated,” added Trump. “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much. What happened yesterday is unacceptable to me.”
    Russia vetoes US co-authored resolution against Syria

    Russia has just vetoed a resolution proposed jointly by the US, UK and France. The resolution would have condemned Syria for a chemical weapons attack near Idlib.
    The US, UK and France have been exposed as relying on fake news sources, including the al-Qaeda affiliated White Helmets, as a basis for their condemnation, in spite of the fact that the clear evidence indicates that the chemical weapons in question belonged to a terrorist group and not the Syrian government which forfeited its chemical weapons stock in 2013.

    ZUSA, ZUK and France have been supporting Wahhabi nutjobs in Syria since 2011.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @KenH
  116. annamaria says:

    The Lobby should be proud with this fruit of its many efforts:
    “Ukraine’s parliament votes to pay Nazi collaborators “bonus pensions,”
    Beautiful. Should we expect the words of delight from the Jewish Community of the US and from the US veterans and taxpayers, whose contribution have been supporting the Ukrainian pro-nazi government.

    • Replies: @Gringo
  117. utu says:

    Bannon is out. War on Assad is in. Susan Rice is fading from the news cycle. Bombing in St. Petersburg is already forgotten.

  118. KenH says:

    Our crowd of politicians is fond of talking about war as if it were some kind of diversion being featured on a monopoly board and that is precisely because they have no skin in the game.

    Even Stalin had a son (Yakov) who fought on the front lines until being captured by the Germans. Stalin even rebuffed German attempts to trade him for a German field marshal saying that his son was no different than the millions of other Russian sons that were captured.

    War is indeed an easy decision for the American ruling class since they personally don’t fight in them or have any loved ones that do. And Jews and Jewish neocons might fight, but only for Israel.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  119. KenH says:

    Trump, the dangerous clown:

    That looks like the case. RT has a good article that shows Trump’s tweets in 2013 admonishing Obama not to go to war over the then chemical attacks since it wasn’t worth it. When confronted about that tweet and his recent pronouncements he said he’s “changed and is flexible on the issue”. If he’s flexible on Syria then he’s flexible on controlling our borders and building a wall and the rest of his signature issues that got him elected.

    Trump went from brash outsider to business as usual “invade the world” insider in less than 100 days.

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  120. utu says:

    2014 BBC News Caught Staging FAKE Chemical Attack In Syria

    See straight from Walking Dead acting of “gassing victims” at 2:37

  121. RobinG says:

    Here’s the official UN press release.

    Chemical-Weapons Attack…..
    Syria’s Representative Says His Country Faces Twin-Aggression by Permanent Members, Terrorists Enjoying Their Support

    Part of Statement by LIU JIYEI (China):
    “….comments by the United Kingdom’s representative were not to be tolerated, adding that his statement did not “hold water”. China hoped that delegate would stop abusing the Council because such actions were not in the interest of Syrians.”

    • Replies: @Incitatus
  122. @Wizard of Oz

    Why thank you dear Mr Wiz. A compliment is all the more treasured when from one such as yourself.

  123. @Carroll Price

    Now that is the best question I’ve come across in a long time. I look forward to hearing suggestions on how to address this. I have suggested that the death penalty, by firing squad, for public officials who betray the public trust and commit treason should be written into law and carried out.

  124. Seraphim says:

    F. William Engdahl, “The Dangerous Deception Called The Trump Presidency”

    I rest my case.

  125. @Michael Kenny

    There can be little doubt that Russia would roll over NATO forces in Europe without too much fuss or delay. The ego-driven US Generals who see NATO troops the way that the Romans viewed their auxiliaries would talk loud and tough and very likely escalate. Russians having suffered over 25 million casualties within living memory in The Great Patriotic War are unlikely to backdown so Giraldi as usual, is not far off the mark, if at all.

  126. @RobinG

    RT News has far better coverage of this than any other “news” outlets that I checked on. The Anglosphere is surely being led by the nose to more war, greater austerity and authoritarianism.

  127. @Rurik

    but rather just hope to act as support staff until their time is up and they can finally afford college.

    By and large, going to college is as stupid as joining the military.

  128. @Rurik

    There are no “Honorable” men in the military. Deceived, yes. Ignorant, yes…but not honorable. They are there to collect a paycheck and wait for their pensions to kick in, just like the rest of the leeches in government. The US is completely lawless now. The military exists to enforce the political will of their puppet masters; that’s not honorable.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  129. @iffen

    “…Some of us think that individuals who see opportunity for themselves in the service of their country as being in the “top level.”

    Aww…what cockamamie patriotic tripe.

  130. Miro23 says:

    War is indeed an easy decision for the American ruling class since they personally don’t fight in them or have any loved ones that do. And Jews and Jewish neocons might fight, but only for Israel.

    That’s an interesting point. Up to WWI the ruling classes across the world (i.e. the Aristocracy) had strong military traditions and provided the officer corps who led from the front and often had disproportionate casualties.

    In fact, many of Britain’s great estates were founded on land awarded by the Crown to successful military leaders e.g. the Dukedom of Marlborough – 1st Duke of Marlborough: John Churchill – Winston Churchill’s forbearer. It was understood that Aristocracy = Military leadership and they accepted that as their traditional responsibility.

    The new and unusual situation in the US, is that an Anglo military, rooted in the traditional Anglo power structure (that no longer exists), is taking its orders from America’s newly installed commercial/Zionist Plutocracy (the 0,01%) that has a completely different world view.

  131. Trutherator says: • Website
    @Haxo Angmark

    Trump was elected promising to seek more peace. But it is Americans (aka gringos or yankees) who brought this on themselves, by accepting the rule of money changing thieves and plutocrat monsters. They (me too) accepted government “schooling” for their children even after they expelled prayer, the Bible, and the 10 commandments and began teaching that Genesis One was wrong, that God did not create the world.

    So naturally the next generation got a reprobate mind and was powerless against such logical inanities as pretending the sex chromosomes are meaningless for deciding sex, while other chromosomes deserve special treatment, and “democracy” means fines and prison for exercising your religion.

  132. Incitatus says:

    Thanks Robin.

    It’s sad our politicians and media persist in being the least believable on the planet. Rather like a flock of parrots in an echo chamber.

    Wish there were more like Robert Fisk and Sy Hersh.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  133. Z-man says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    No no, do as the Zionists do in Gaza, targeted assassinations in DC and NY. This would include only about 150-200 Neocon/Cabalist/ZOG-ed goons and keep beautiful Washington in tact.

  134. Anonymous [AKA "wallman"] says:

    Valarie Flame was “outed” to warn a cabal in the Dept. of State that their illegal trading of nuclear material to Turkey was being followed by the CIA front, Brewster Jennings, with likely protection to follow. To think it had anything to do with a trip to Niger by her husband is absurd.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  135. @JohnnyD

    The allegation by Rubio that they discovered an IP address from Russia can only make sense if we did not discover the week before that the CIA uses spy techniques that leaves a fingerprint of foreign nations. The exposure of Hillary’s gang emails that shows racist and anti Semitic comments could have made the young PC nazis avoid voting for her. If that is true, why don’t we compare that defamation of Hillary through her own email with the defamation of Trump by NBC pu-ssy grabbing story, the Trump university, the Trump steaks, and the 24×7 lies from the New York Times, Washington Post, and all the mainstream press. There was nonstop hate campaign against Trump not only in the US, but around the world. At the end of the day it was obvious that there were two messages 1- We want to make America great again by bring more jobs and having better trades and less wars. 2- It is about time that a woman be president, and especially this one who spent her life agitating for socialist liberal issues like gender identities and race bating. The American people chose to have a better economic future than having a woman as president. End of story. Get use to it. Hillary’s loss against the inarticulate businessman is similar to McCaign loss to a socialist community activist with a Muslim name. Both Hillary and McCain are more of empty suits than they portrayed.

  136. We chose between making America great again, or a woman turn to be president. Most of us men and women rather have a better economic future than having a woman President because of her gender not because of her agenda.

  137. Rurik says:

    There are no “Honorable” men in the military.

    there are two people I bring up occasionally because they both are what I consider American heroes and both of them served honorably and then were cynically lied about by the Deepstate/CIA/Zio-Fiend in an attempt to further exploit them for perfidious reasons.

    Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch. You know their stories, and you know that these two simple Americans are as honorable as they get. One of them is dead because he was honorable. And I suspect that there are very many more like them, who quietly serve honorably. But perhaps once you get to a certain level, you must sacrifice your honor to advance. IDK, because I don’t run in those circles. But I do know men who’ve served and are honest men, deep down.

    What I’m thinking about right now are the generals who Lindsey Graham was grilling in a Senate hearing awhile back and demanding to know why these generals haven’t shot down Russian jets in Syria. And the generals were replying that they were not authorized to start a war with Russia. And Graham was clearly vexed by their obstinate instance on respecting the chain of command. I don’t know if those generals were honorable or not, but compared to Lindsey Graham, they looked positively Cincinnatus

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  138. Anonymous [AKA "Logical"] says:

    All prior and subsequent commenters please google “the Wolfowitz Doctrine”. There is where you will find answers to why we are making Russia an enemy.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  139. @Rurik

    Rurik, what is a woman [ Lynch] doing in the proximity of a war zone other than being a liability? This is part of the smashing of the pillars of society- this cancerous political correctness.

    Ok, so Tillmman became “aware” after his enlistment- and in his demise became honorable- but was young and ignorant/deceived [as I stated] to think serving the Fiend was acceptable behavior.

  140. Rurik says:

    but was young and ignorant/deceived

    is that the same as being dishonorable?

    do you realize how many people in the world are ignorant and deceived?

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  141. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Is the sudden tsunami against O Reily is a crude message to FOX to ditch Trump’s Russophilia

    • Replies: @FLgeezer
  142. @Anonymous

    All prior and subsequent commenters please (use an alternative search engine like DuckDuckGo — not as robust but less Borgist than google) to learn about Jacob Schiff, who financed the Japanese to wage war against the Russian monarchy, among the first of a series of nefarious activities that caused death and ruin to millions over the past 100 + years.

    Here’s one for starters:

    Is Jacob Schiff related to US Congressman Adam Schiff, who is leading the charge to hang Putin around Trump’s neck and sink them both?

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  143. annamaria says:

    “our politicians and media” are the result of careful selection, when the principled and independent-minded have been carefully weeded out. The “cultivators” forgot that their own well-being depends on the latter kind. It seems that unless the “cultivators” kids start dying out of the US-provoked wars and their unintended consequences, the stupid order (of ambitious opportunists) will continue to persist. If the CIA suddenly has a choice of competent and honest personnel, the organization would reject the choice in horror because that would mean the end of free lunch for the “deciders” and their operatives down the ladder. They thrive on thievery and lies.

  144. Lost in all this yowling by the Democrats is why old Vlad would prefer the Donald to the ghastly Hillary, who at least can be bought and bought cheaply. I suppose one could make a plausible case that Hillary is dangerously erratic and rather dull-witted, as evidenced by her two “terms” as Wily Willie’s “co-president,” during which the old harridan effed up everything she touched, from letting our embassy staff get slaughtered while desperately calling for help, to her utterly idiotic attempt to remake our entire healthcare system, unquestionably the best in the world.

    This vicious, none-too-bright, and neurotic old harridan is a 0ne-woman train wreck.

  145. Bogart says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    So this is Trump’s fault? What isn’t Trump’s faul?

  146. Gringo says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Why dance around the subject of race? Why not just say black morons? My brother did everything he could to stay out of Vietnam. But when he had to join he joined up with some elite force of Marines, not the black moron army.

    He knew the survival rates of Marines was much higher.

  147. Stonehands
    You display profound ignorance and arrogance writing about military men. People from military families and with military friends will tell you that they are honorable and they serve their country. Perhaps you are just a troll?

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  148. Philip Giraldi
    Thank you for writing about the important Syria war topic.
    There are many unstable people to influence lives as Dick Cheney does. How does he have any audience? Does he blackmail politicians?

  149. Gringo says:

    Are these Nazi collaborators 95 yr olds dragged from their nursing homes or the present day Ukranians Saker claims are Nazis?

    So many Nazis and neo Nazis lurking about the world. I’m confused.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  150. annamaria says:

    To ameliorate your confusion:
    On April 4th,”the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law “On Rehabilitating Victims of Political Repression,” which provides for pension payments for veterans of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Before and during the Great Patriotic War, these organizations closely coordinated their operations with Nazi Germany’s special forces…”
    As the Lobby (and Mr. Groysman & Mrs. Nuland-Kagan) would say, “never again.”

  151. @Rurik

    If somebody tells me a lie that you rape and kill children and I stab you in the chest, however honourably I may consider the deed it would be me who acted dishonourably by killing an innocent, correct?

    Sadly, Tillman had the very best of intentions but he was willfully deceived so his actions were wrong and not honourable. He might have used the experiences of previous conflicts prosecuted on lies, such as Vietnam, as a warning against being lied to.

    The saddest part, in addition to the loss of a seemingly very good young man (and many thousands more), the deceivers went unpunished and continue with their retinue of deceptions to this very day.

    It’s very rare that I disagree with you Rurik, you write some tremendous comments, but I’m inclined to agree with Stonehands on this one. Cheers

    • Replies: @Rurik
  152. The demented old war monger (McCain), the comfort woman for the IDF (Graham), and the neocon cabana boy (Rubio) are doubtless jumping for joy right now. America fires missiles like so much candy, this might not mean much, but so far Trump is proving to be a major disappointment.

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  153. Seraphim says:

    Very acute observation! There is plenty about Jacob “The Most Influential Man in U.S. History “, even on Google. No secret at all, much praise all over. There are not many data about Adam’s genealogy (born into a Jewish family), but his career is a clear indication he is related closely to the clan.

    Schiff’s granddaughter, Dorothy Schiff, was the owner and Publisher of the New York Post for over 40 years. She once claimed to have “had a relationship” with Franklin D Roosevelt.
    Kareena Gore-Schiff, the daughter of former Senator, almost US President, and Global Warming con man Al Gore, is married to Andrew Schiff, the great great grandson of Jacob.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  154. Anonymous [AKA "John Jacob Jingleheimer"] says:

    where did you pick up that nonsense?

    At Bill Kristol’s shore house?

  155. Z-man says:
    @Beefcake the Mighty

    The demented old war monger (McCain), the comfort woman for the IDF (Graham), and the neocon cabana boy (Rubio) are doubtless jumping for joy right now.

    Funny. I hate those three whores.

  156. Z-man says:

    All prior and subsequent commenters please (use an alternative search engine like DuckDuckGo — not as robust but less Borgist than google) to learn about Jacob Schiff, who financed the Japanese to wage war against the Russian monarchy, among the first of a series of nefarious activities that caused death and ruin to millions over the past 100 + years.

    Is Jacob Schiff related to US Congressman Adam Schiff, who is leading the charge to hang Putin around Trump’s neck and sink them both?

    “Very acute observation! There is plenty about Jacob “The Most Influential Man in U.S. History “,”

    Thanks for the edification guys.

  157. Rurik says:

    Hey Duke,

    If somebody tells me a lie that you rape and kill children and I stab you in the chest, however honourably I may consider the deed it would be me who acted dishonourably by killing an innocent, correct?

    No, the act, as long as you were convinced you were killing a child molester, would have been honorable, noble even. The dishonorable act would have been the lie. And if you were to kill the liar, once you’d discovered you had been deceived, then that too would be honorable and noble.

    It all boils down to what’s in our hearts, and minds. When Pat Tillman suited up to go kill the bastards who did 9/11, he was acting honorably and nobly because of what was in his heart.

    consider, six months after 9/11, how many men on the planet would have relished the opportunity to put a bullet between Osama Bin Laden’s eyes? A billion? Two? More perhaps?

    Even I was once confused about who did that heinous and unspeakable crime, perhaps you were too. If all those men had been deceived (and they were ; ), were they all dishonorable at the time for harboring murderous intentions against an innocent (of that crime anyways) man?
    Or were they perfectly honorable men who desired to kill a monster?

    It’s what’s in our hearts that count.

    here’s a scene from the movie Joyeux Noel

    as these boys grow up, they’ll be relentlessly barraged with the necessity of killing the evil people who threaten their nations with harm. When they arrive at military age, they’re chastened by their whole nation and families and communities to go kill the evil Germans/British/French, (whatever). Are these boys dishonorable when they kill other young men based on the lies and treachery of their leaders? Would you condemn every man ever engaged in a war? Because he may have been lied to?

    It’s very rare that I disagree with you Rurik, you write some tremendous comments, but I’m inclined to agree with Stonehands on this one.

    I also enjoy your contributions and insights very much Duke, and Stonehands too. I just can’t agree with you guys on this one. 😉

    Cheers to you too sir!

    BTW, now that Trump has proven to be a neocon war criminal pig, I sure do hope more young American men and women will refuse to fight and die for Israel, but if they’re hopelessly duped, and do go toss their young lives away to serve the Fiend, then I won’t condemn them for it, I’ll condemn Trump.

  158. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    It may not matter as much as one thinks whether a politician has served in the military in terms of their view of American intervention.

    Look at nutcase Sen. John McCain who wants America to be engaged in every war on Earth.

    Look at the nutcase generals around Trump.

    Also, America went to war in Vietnam even though there was a draft at the time.

  159. @Emmenthaler

    The military is the bloody tip of the spear for the jews. Your hologram of democracy is merely ceremonial- you are inherited property and are RULED by the likes of AIPAC, the Atlantic Council, CFR ,CIA, NATO.
    People like you are naval gazers.

    Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

    You should hurry down to the recruitment center and enlist in the globohomo juggernaut.

  160. RobinG says:


    ON THE SCOTT HORTON SHOW – you said that American intelligence assets in Syria were “considering going public” to say that Trump’s airstrikes were made under false pretenses, and that their evidence showed that the Russian assessment/explanation was correct.

    So now, with it looking like a one-off symbolic gesture, this will be swept under the rug? The “Assad committed this horrendous act” meme will be left intact, thus paving the way for his removal and Syria’s dismemberment?

    I know these guys/gals have families to feed and other considerations, and whistleblowing is not a piece of cake, but there must be some way to do this. How about a closed-door hearing? Can you approach Ron Paul and Tulsi?

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  161. Hibernian says:

    “passivist” is a real word, and not a synonym for pacifist. I think passivists might tend towards pacifism, though.

  162. Hibernian says:

    I think Ho Chi Minh was left leaning from the beginning.

    • Replies: @Avery
  163. Hibernian says:

    “The Revolutionary War was won under the Articles of Confederation.

    The Treaty of Paris was signed under the A. of C.”

    I don’t believe your first sentence is true, since the A of C were promulgated around the same time as our victory at Yorktown. The government that conducted the war was more loosely organized than that under the A of C; the A of C was a small step towards centralization, that presaged the Constitution.

    I’m 90% sure that your second sentence is correct.

  164. Avery says:

    Only Ho Chi Minh knew what was in his mind and whether he was ‘left’ or not. Perhaps he was both: a blend of nationalism and communism/socialism. The following tells me he was a nationalist first.

    {In 1945 and 1946, Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh wrote at least eight letters to US President Harry Truman and the State Department asking for America’s help in winning Vietnamese independence from the French. He wrote that world peace was being endangered by French efforts to reconquer Indochina and he requested that “the four powers” (US, Soviet Union, China, and Great Britain) intervene in order to mediate a fair settlement and bring the Indochinese issue before the United Nations. This was a remarkable repeat of history. In 1919, at the Versailles Peace Conference following the First World War, Ho Chi Minh had appealed to US Secretary of State Robert Lansing (uncle of Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles, whom Lansing appointed to the US delegation) for America’s help in achieving basic civil liberties and an improvement in the living conditions for the colonial subjects of French Indochina. His plea was ignored. His pleas following the Second World War were likewise ignored, with consequences for Vietnam, the rest of Indochina, and the United States we all know only too well. Ho Chi Minh’s pleas were ignored because he was, after all, some sort of communist; yet he and his Vietminh followers had in fact been long-time admirers of the United States. Ho trusted the United States more than he did the Soviet Union and reportedly had a picture of George Washington and a copy of the American Declaration of Independence on his desk. According to a former American intelligence officer, Ho sought his advice on framing the Vietminh’s own declaration of independence. The actual declaration of 1945 begins: “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.}

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  165. annamaria says:

    Considering the amount of money involved – both from weapon-dealers and oilmen in US/EU/Israel – the whistleblowers could be dealt in a most decisive matter by the war profiteers.
    I wonder, would these whistle-blowers be branded “anti-semitic?”

    “At the time of his death, Hastings had been working on a story about CIA Director John Brennan.”
    Brennan was of course present in Kiev when the StateDept.-created Junta had decided to initiate a civil war in Ukraine. The same Brennan that is “largely responsible for chaos” in Syria:
    “CIA-backed FSA elements will openly become al-Nusra; while Special Forces-backed FSA elements like the New Syrian Army will fight alongside the Assad regime. Then the CIA’s militia and the Special Forces’ militia will kill each other.” Well, that says it all: the U.S. has created a ‘monster’ which it cannot control if it wanted to (and Ashton Carter and John Brennan have no interest to “control it” — they still seek to use it).
    “By way of deception, thou shalt do war,” Mossad/CIA

  166. Anonymous [AKA "SnowieGeorgie"] says: • Website

    Speaking of ChickenHawks, let us reflect upon Mitt Romney.


    . . . . supported Nixon’s ongoing Cambodian Incursion as a sincere attempt to bring the war to a conclusion.[48] During the U.S. military draft for the Vietnam War, Romney sought and received two 2-S student deferments, then a 4-D ministerial deferment while living in France as a Mormon missionary. He later sought and received two additional student deferments.[27][49] When those ran out, the result of the December 1969 draft lottery ensured he would not be selected.[27][49][50].

    Mitt has five sons, and based on prior reading I am confident in stating that his strong and successful five sons have not served their country in any military capacity — unless, perhaps, they have profited financially from “America’s Forever War” .

    In my next comment, I will examine the ChickenHawk Donald Trump from the same perspective.



  167. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    HCM was a communist long before the war. So there are two options: one, he changed ideologies like he changed hats, or two, he was always a communist and tried to make nice with America the way Tito made nice with the British.

    • Replies: @Avery
  168. Avery says:

    How do you know he was a communist long before the war?

    • Replies: @Anon
  169. Avery says:

    If the information and characterization in Wiki is correct, then you are right, he was.

  170. Though I agree with everything Phil wrote, there is one exception; his theory on Hoplite Warfare.

    I am not sure what histories he is referencing but the ones I have read suggest an opposite form of thinking on the part of Greek Hoplites.

    One, the veterans always were to the rear of a phalanx so that they could ensure that new recruits would not retreat.

    Two, most Hoplites were merely simply farmers or tradesmen who often did not have the monies to purchase extravagant protective armor so those that did have armor would have been few within a Hoplite phalanx.

    Three, ancient Hoplite warfare was often quite quick as wielding heavy swords and shields was quite exhausting. Most engagements lasted no longer than 10 to 30 minutes after which an opponent would retreat yielding the battlefield. As a result, the danger of death and wounding was actually for only a short period of time.

    Four, when an opponent did resign from the battlefield, Hoplite honor on the battlefield prohibited the winner of the engagement to pursue their defeated opponent.

    This is a description of the original Hoplite technique on the battlefield. As both Sparta and Athens rose in prominence over the years, both City States engaged in far more serious warfare both between themselves and the Persians, lending itself to much bloodier conflicts than that of the original Hoplite warfare. However, by this time ancient Hoplite warfare had evolved into a more deadly form of conflict.

    And surely, Alexander the Great and his Macedonians were quite adept at inflicting quite a bit of pain on their enemies. However, the Macedonians also made greater use of cavalry since they actually developed the techniques of successful, combined-arms combat.

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