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Possibly the best news to come out of the past week has been the announcement of a possibly Egyptian mediated cease fire between Israel and Gaza late last Thursday. The fighting killed 243 Palestinians, including 66 children, versus twelve Israelis including two children and also did major damage to schools, medical facilities and other infrastructure in Gaza. It is being widely presumed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled the plug on the “Guardians of the Walls” offensive because of concerns that Israeli Army brutality was inflicting serious damage on the hitherto favorable perception of the Jewish state in the United States. As U.S. support of Israeli initiatives for both the money and political cover that Washington provides is essential to the Netanyahu long term plan to annex nearly all of the West Bank, it would have seemed prudent to take one’s foot off the pedal until the expected next round of fighting.

Though it has not been confirmed, it seems reasonable to assume that President Joe Biden might have offered a considerable sweetener to Netanyahu to nudge the Israeli leader towards the cease fire. It appears to have come in the form of an offer to help pay for and assist the reconstruction of Gaza with one apparent condition, that Hamas effectively completely disarm by getting rid of all its missiles. Presumably U.S. or United Nations inspectors would make sure the job were done right, would share what they learn about Gaza’s tunnel system with Israeli intelligence, and the IDF in turn would find it much easier going the next time it chooses to attack. As usual, the American taxpayer would be victimized to undo the damage in paying for a significant part of the multi-billion dollar reconstruction tab.

But in terms of benefiting actual American interests, there has also been the Biden Administration decision to lift the sanctions imposed by Donald Trump on the contractors who have been working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline which will deliver Russian gas to Germany. The Trump Administration, driven by its gaggle of neocon advisers, had declared that the pipeline was a “national security threat” and initiated sanctions on all parties involved, including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, while also appointing a special envoy to put pressure on the German government to renege on the deal. The pipeline was and is good business for Moscow and also for Berlin since the Russian gas is cheaper than other available supplies. It will cost $11 billion to complete, is over 95% finished and will reportedly create at least 10,000 jobs.

It initially looked as if Biden would continue the Trump policy. As recently as mid-March Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated that it was a bad deal because “this pipeline is a Russian geopolitical project intended to divide Europe and weaken European energy security.” He said he would do “whatever he can to stop [its] completion” and also warned that companies working on the pipeline must cease work immediately or face more “harsh” U.S. sanctions. Most of the companies were and are Western European and nominally NATO allies of the U.S. and Nord Stream 2 and while it appeared likely that the project would be completed for good economic reasons, the German government was reportedly undecided, afraid to confront Biden.

Washington was angered, at least in part, because it wanted to sell more expensive American gas to the Germans. Biden surprisingly has decided to abandon the bad Trump policy, which, inter alia also has given fuel to European anti-U.S. sentiment while serving unnecessarily to increase tension with Russia. The move was welcomed both in Germany and in Russia. The German Foreign Minister noted that it was a sign that Washington is now willing to work with its “partners.” It is an all too rare “win” for American foreign policy.

Now for the bad news. President Joe Biden has recently received an unexpected gift in the form of a letter signed by 126 retired admirals and generals stating that he is not qualified to hold office because of his health and because the 2020 election process was flawed. It also raises a number of specific foreign and national security policy issues, including the threat from China, the border crisis and increased censorship. One might expect that the letter originated in a circle of disgruntled Trump supporters and could therefore be ignored, but many of signatories are not known to be Republican Party supporters. Given that, the agenda just might be more complicated and its timing suggests that it might be linked to the United States proceeding with its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

What might be referred to as the Establishment Foreign Policy as opposed to what sometimes goes on in the State Department and White House has long advocated a policy of staying in Afghanistan until the establishment of a stable and political reliable government in Kabul is completed. And to be sure there are many dissidents in Congress who see leaving Kabul as yet another avoidable defeat for the United States. Given all of that, several previous attempts by Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. troops were successfully undermined by critics and eventually abandoned. Biden, however, appears to be sticking to his pledge to depart fully by September 11th and many tons of military equipment are currently being removed from the country.

This has produced multiple attacks on the intention to leave Afghanistan effectively in the hands of the Taliban. A humanitarian pitch has included stories on how women will suffer, being deprived of schooling and opportunity if and when the Taliban return to power. That claim is unfortunately true but the continued presence of a couple of thousand American soldiers at bases in a country as large and infrastructure deficient as Afghanistan will not reverse attitudes that are as much cultural and religious as political.

And the pressure on Biden to reverse the decision is growing. On May 25th, for example, the Center on National Security at Fordham Law in New York hosted a discussion panel looking into “Departure from Afghanistan: Envisioning a Responsible Withdrawal.” The panel’s conclusions were to say the least mixed and have already been used by critics of the Biden decision.

Pressure is also coming from Congress, even from lawmakers who would normally support the White House. “This has some eerie resemblances” [to Vietnam], Representative Gerald E. Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, said pointedly at a “heated” hearing last week at the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He recalled the unexpectedly rapid collapse of security in Saigon in 1975 as U.S. forces evacuated the last of the personnel from the American embassy, lifting employees from the roof of the building with helicopters. He added that “It seems the American game is to cut its losses and leave and hope for the best — not our problem. The problem is because of this engagement, just like Vietnam, we’re leaving behind hundreds of thousands of Afghans who relied on us, trusted us, for security.”

And if more resistance to the plan were needed, it came last week from George W. Bush, best noted for his disastrous invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq. Bush had no end game to extricate the U.S. from either intervention and the results of the improvised policies that have continued now for nearly twenty years are clearly evident. Bush said in a Fox News interview “I’ve always warned that no U.S. presence in Afghanistan will create a vacuum, and into that vacuum is likely to come people who treat women as second class citizens… One of the great successes of the liberation of Afghanistan and the removal of al-Qaeda’s safe haven was that women and girls began to flourish in the country… We all benefit when women and girls are empowered to realize their full potential and become contributing members of society. And Laura and I will always stand behind them… I’m also deeply concerned about the sacrifices of our soldiers, and our intelligence community, will be forgotten…”

Bush also said that Iran is very dangerous for “world peace” because it is targeting Israel, revealing yet again that he, like the Bourbon kings of France, has not learned anything since leaving office. In any event, the comments by Bush, the pushback in Congress, the holding of academic conferences on leaving Afghanistan as well as the letter from retired senior military officers just might be part of the same plan to force Biden into extending the timetable or even revoking the orders for U.S. departure from Kabul. And it just might succeed. That would be very bad news indeed.

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

(Republished from Strategic Culture Foundation by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. As wacky as Millennials look and act, I think I’m ready for them to take over now and put the Cold War Boomers out to pasture. It’s apparent that the power structures are going to pass my Generation X by.

  2. G. Poulin says:

    So, according to Mr. Bush we invaded Afghanistan for the sake of girl power. Gee, I could have sworn that the reason given at the time was because the Taliban was supposedly harboring Bin Laden. So which is it, Dubya?

    • Agree: follyofwar
    • Replies: @Garliv
  3. Anon[363] • Disclaimer says:

    And if more resistance to the plan were needed, it came last week from George W. Bush, best noted for his disastrous invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq. Bush had no end game to extricate the U.S. from either intervention and the results of the improvised policies that have continued now for nearly twenty years are clearly evident. Bush said in a Fox News interview “I’ve always warned that no U.S. presence in Afghanistan will create a vacuum, and into that vacuum is likely to come people who treat women as second class citizens… One of the great successes of the liberation of Afghanistan and the removal of al-Qaeda’s safe haven was that women and girls began to flourish in the country… We all benefit when women and girls are empowered to realize their full potential and become contributing members of society. And Laura and I will always stand behind them… I’m also deeply concerned about the sacrifices of our soldiers, and our intelligence community, will be forgotten…”

    Maybe we should spin this and make it proof that liberalism is an ideology that leads to war, in order to counter the critical argument that fascism, nationalism, conservatism, etc. lead to war.

    • Replies: @Badger Down
    , @JonL
  4. Levtraro says:

    Whatever happen to women in Afghanistan is none of our business. Afghans decided to be the way they are or were forced to become what they are long time ago and so are responsible for being such a backward country. The Soviet Union tried to make them commies, then USA+NATO wanted to make them into a liberal democracy. Fools.

    • Agree: meamjojo, Alfred
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @Badger Down
  5. Levtraro says:

    Regarding the good news, it seems to me the waiver of further sanctions regarding NS2, plus the coming meeting in Geneva, plus some noises made by European bigshots, plus the bringing into mainstream the lab-leak theory for the virus, plus some editorials by Chinese organs, mean that we are entering a phase of Eurasia has always been our ally and Estasia has always been our enemy, to drive a wedge between Eurasia and Estasia.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @antibeast
  6. anon[121] • Disclaimer says:

    “And Laura and I will always stand behind them…”

    Ha ha ha! George W. Bush, feminist warrior.

    And that quote should read: “And Laura will always stand behind them, and I, as a hypocritical draft- evading weenie, will stand far behind Laura.”

    • LOL: Marckus
  7. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    assist the reconstruction of Gaza with one apparent condition

    Just another American swindle. The propaganda machine presents Biden as an aspiring humanitarian who only wants to help the poor Gazans even as he rushes three-quarters of a billion dollars worth of weapons into the region for the next go-around. With Afghanistan it’s more of the same swindling propaganda whereby the women there being of great concern to people like Bush, who has caused hundreds of thousands to die, women included. Killing the fathers, brothers and sons of all those Afghan women really helps them a lot. Bombing the occasional wedding party does of course kill some women also but that’s the price of progress. Armed conflict is a barrier to social liberalizing no matter who’s in charge and the US has stoked warfare there since ’79. As if anybody really cares about their welfare anyway.

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  8. SafeNow says:
    @Sir Launcelot Canning

    “As wacky as Millennials look and act, I think I’m ready for them to take over now and put the Cold War Boomers out to pasture.”

    Boomer here, signing-in from the pasture. By all means, new generations; we transfer our flags, as the admirals say. Enjoy. But please don’t make a nuclear ash pile, and don’t make “Idiocracy” a reality (it’s well on its way), and don’t cancel (metaphor alert) my Post-it notes. Thank you.

  9. anon[223] • Disclaimer says:

    Once the 5 Israelis from IDF were allowed to dance on the bodies of 911 victims (figuratively )and then escape ,they have only become more emboldened and entitled . Now they raise money to assault and maim Arab -American in USA

    Joe Biden to Fox to Murdoch’s paper editor to the bought muslim leaders try to ingratiate themselves to the murderer thug Netahayuu .

    1 “Clashes between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators erupted in Times Square Thursday, hours after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was announced.

    The protesters yelled things such as “kill” Jews, said David Rangini, who works in the Diamond District.

    Rangini said he heard some of the pro-Palestinian demonstrators shouting anti-Semitic rhetoric. But he and other witnesses told NY1 the clashes started after several people threw water and juice bottles out of a window at the pro-Palestinian demonstrators. That’s when the two sides starting fighting each other.

    “The guy above me seeing him [throw] like three or four bottles in a row,” said Mohamed Hamdy, who also works in the Diamond District and witnessed some of the violence. “So they started throwing bottles back at them, which is like a normal reaction.”

    Police said video shows a Jewish man being violently assaulted during the demonstration.”BY ELINA TARKAZIKIS AND ROCCO VERTUCCIO MANHATTAN
    UPDATED 2:15 PM ET MAY. 21, 2021 PUBLISHED 10:09 PM ET MAY. 20, 2021
    https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2021/05/21/times-square-incident

    2 “On May 19, a pair of Israeli citizens, Snir Dayan and Amit Skornik, claimed a mob of Palestinian American demonstrators assaulted them in midtown New York City in what they described as an antisemitic attack.According to an article in Fox News which painted the incident as a hate crime.However, video of the incident shows Dayan throwing the first punch with an Israeli flag wrapped around his fist. It is unclear if any blows were exchanged before the recording began. After NYPD officers intervened to separate the dueling groups, they cuffed Dayan and escorted him to a police wagon as he taunted the demonstrators with Israeli nationalist chants. He was then arrested, ostensibly because he appeared to have initiated the violence.

    It turned out that both Dayan and Skornik were Israeli soldiers who had served in the Golani Brigades, a special forces division that participated in Israel’s 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip during which Israeli forces killed 551 children.

    What’s more, Skornik attempted to milk the street fight to raise money for his fellow Golani Brigade soldiers. On his Facebook page, he complained that GoFundMe refused to authorize the fundraiser, which was advertised with images of himself and Dayan proudly punching pro-Palestinian protesters”.
    https://thegrayzone.com/2021/05/24/gaza-slaughter-israel-lobby-antisemitism/

    • Agree: moi
    • Thanks: Alfred
  10. RobinG says:

    Now we should be pressing to
    DEFUND ISRAEL

    Facebook Collaboration with Israeli Military “Beyond Outrageous”
    https://accuracy.org/release/facebook-collaboration-with-israeli-military-beyond-outrageous/

    • Agree: Robin Hood
    • Replies: @moi
  11. meamjojo says:

    In any event, the comments by Bush, the pushback in Congress, the holding of academic conferences on leaving Afghanistan as well as the letter from retired senior military officers just might be part of the same plan to force Biden into extending the timetable or even revoking the orders for U.S. departure from Kabul.

    This is just the MI-Complex unleashing their proxies. Fewer USA warring and military engagements cuts into their profits and risks the possibility of finally cutting the so-called “defense” budget by a significant amount.

    Of course they are going to be upset. Ignore them!

  12. Molip says:

    A humanitarian pitch has included stories on how women will suffer, being deprived of schooling and opportunity if and when the Taliban return to power. That claim is unfortunately true …

    I seem to remember that it was the Northern Alliance, the US allies in Afghanistan, who introduced the restrictions on women when they were in power.

    The Taliban’s ‘crime’ was in not changing the status quo once they took over from the Northern Alliance.

  13. Rahan says:

    All this “women’s rights in Afghanistan” stuff could have been solved circa 1979/1980, if the USA had helped the USSR back then, and not the Islamists.

    [MORE]

    Likewise one seems to remember that Iraq and Libya and Syria too were rather secular places, before the West decided to shower them with glorious cosmic justice.

    Iraq during the bad old days before glorious liberation.

    Libya before and after glorious liberation.

    Syria, before cosmic justice

    And in Western China today also there is an aggressive secularization and female emancipation movement directed at the Uighurs, which is being marketed as no less than genocide and holocausts and six million Uighurs masturbated to death and turned into lampshades.

    It’s almost as if every effort of Big Satan makes the situation of Muslim women worse, or tries to make it worse, and they are only suddenly remembered when the Military Industrial Complex doesn’t want to lose a forever war profit generator.

    “Anywhere people had normal secular lives we will destroy this if not through bombs then at the very least by financing Islamist terrorists. But leave Afghanistan?! Think of the girls!!1111!!!!”

    Some societies definitely do need reparations, and it’s not the Baltimore Negroes.

  14. BuelahMan says:
    @Sir Launcelot Canning

    Its not an age thing. Its a jew thing.

    • Replies: @Sir Launcelot Canning
  15. “He added that “It seems the American game is to cut its losses and leave and hope for the best — not our problem. The problem is because of this engagement, just like Vietnam, we’re leaving behind hundreds of thousands of Afghans who relied on us, trusted us, for security.”

    Uhhhh No, It is not. The US military left Vietnam in 1973. Removing embassy personnel was for the safety of the same.

    —-

    whoa nelly. Pres Trump did what he did because the cia, the dia, some republicans and nearly all of the democrats and NATO allies brought a case that Russia under orders from Pres Putin, interfered with the election and engaged in murder and attempted murder.

    in response pres trump increased sanctions and rhetoric.

    —————————————————————————

    “Some societies definitely do need reparations, and it’s not the Baltimore Negroes.”

    I appreciate the contrasting photos. However, your comments prompt the following response. Libya did experience a civil war they could have chosen to forgo. What whites chose to to do to their fellow citizens by discrimination is an in home deal.

    even your turn that blacks do so to their citizens is an in home deal. As is how we a country ought to respond. We take care of our own first, we rebuilt the south in spite of the southerners choice to treason — we can certainly rebuild our own in spite no treason.

    • Replies: @hillaire
    , @tyrone
  16. anon[333] • Disclaimer says:

    Anti-Goyim anyone? Should we not have the right to respond in kind to Anti-Semitic propaganda? Goyim translates to ‘cattle’ and includes everyone who is not of the Jewish faith.

  17. anon[333] • Disclaimer says:

    One other thing: Organized Israeli fronts often set up alt news and even white supremacist sites to try and make us all look stupid. Seen it with my own eyes. Part of their effort to completely control the media.

  18. Anon[299] • Disclaimer says:

    We are in Afghanistan because of this.

    “Someone once said that war is hell, and peace is heaven. But we know that the opposite is true: War is heaven, and peace is hell.”
    ~James Schlesinger

    The Empire Strikes Back
    https://www.villagevoice.com/2003/01/28/the-empire-strikes-back-3/

    From Colony to Superpower

    We question whether we should be because of Vietnam and things like this.

    Netanyahu sent Mossad head, general to Qatar, ‘begged’ it to pay Hamas
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/mossad-chief-top-general-visited-qatar-begged-it-to-pay-hamas-liberman-says/

    Timber Sycamore
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_Sycamore

    Taliban destroy poppy fields in surprise clampdown on Afghan opium growers
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/may/20/taliban-destroy-poppy-afghan-opium

  19. @BuelahMan

    You might be correct. Look at Tom Cotton.

  20. Bush said in a Fox News interview “I’ve always warned that no U.S. presence in Afghanistan will create a vacuum, and into that vacuum is likely to come people who treat women as second class citizens…

    Chief Executive who left office with the entire economy collapsed under systemic financial instrument fraud, with massive unemployment, literally throwing money at speculatory markets to sustain the market maker profiteers while telling the general population to reach for their bootstraps… probably not the guy I want to prognosticate on really any policy issue, at this point.

    “See how great everything worked with all that regime change, guys? Lots of my appointees and cabinet members made a killing off of Halliburton /KBR, you know.. so, umm.. theres that..”

  21. Our Afghan mercenary army will collapse without American air power and direct logistical support just like our mercenary army in South Vietnam. This has already started. I doubt that Biden has the courage of Nixon to let this happen. Recall that we “left” Iraq a few years back, but are still there. But Biden has the ball rolling for a solution to the Afghanistan debacle — let it burn. This will be fun to watch.

    • Replies: @Carlton Meyer
    , @GMC
  22. antibeast says:
    @Levtraro

    If Eastasia is the enemy of the West, then what on Earth are US military bases doing in Japan and South Korea? And if Eurasia is the friend of the West, then what on Earth are US military bases doing in Europe?

  23. @Carlton Meyer

    Even the NY Times reported today that all is lost in Afghanistan. Will we see helicopters evacuating from the US embassy by years’ end? A graveyard of empires.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/wave-afghan-surrenders-taliban-picks-182414782.html

  24. Malla says:

    A humanitarian pitch has included stories on how women will suffer, being deprived of schooling and opportunity if and when the Taliban return to power.

    It is not in the interest of the West to care about female power and education in Afghanistan. What will those women do eventually after they get “Western” education? Hate Whitey even more as “racist”, “imperialist” demons. True, under Sharia they Afghan women might hate the West and Whitey too as lowly immoral Kaffirs, but they can do all that they want in Afghanistan.
    The British pushed for female education in India and stopped Sati and female infanticide. What did they British get for all that concern and altruism? For White Man’s burden? More anti British, Whitey hating Indian snob women writing post colonial drivel. Ghastly witches screeching and screaming about “evul British”!!
    From a White Nationalist perspective it has to be realized that the White Man’s burden and Westernisation as well as mass immigration of alien races was a disaster. It created a mass of Whitey hating misfits. What a future White Nationalist Government should promote when it comes to power in the future (along with sending the alien infiltrator darkies back to their lands from Western lands) is to de-westernerise the Third World. Promote Islamic Sharia regimes, Hindutva regimes, “decolonise the mind” bullshit among Africans. More they de-westernise, more the gap in between Whiteys and darkies increase. Which is good.
    Or secretly promote Communism among darky countries. Nothing keeps a nation poor (gets rid of EXTREME poverty but preserves general poverty) as well as reduces fertility rate fast as much as a Marxist Regime. Check out Cuba. The US Govt had already brought Fidel Castro to power as well as supported the creation of other Communist regimes on the sly. But they have also prevent Communism in many darky countries including Latin America. A mistake, a White Nationalist Regime would not repeat. Let the darkies get the Communism they deserve, i.e. preserve general poverty and decrease darky female fertility fast. They will age without becoming rich.
    Western nations have tried to Westernise the non-White World in the past and that has been detrimental to White genetic interests. Let this mistake be never repeated and it is time to correct the wrong. And what is better is that the darkies are asking for it. Great. Eventually let the Indian go back to his bullock cart, the Arab to his camels, the Jew to his yeshiva in the giant ghetto that is Israel , the black African to the bush, the Hispanics will go full Aztec and Whitey (along with the Yellow maybe) goes to space.

    • Replies: @Malla
  25. Malla says:
    @Malla

    The British pushed for female education in India and stopped Sati and female infanticide. What did they British get for all that concern and altruism?

    From The Making Of British India 1756-1858 by Ramsay Muir, published 1917,
    https://archive.org/download/in.ernet.dli.2015.173343/2015.173343.The-Making-Of-British-India-1756-1858.pdf
    “The State [British East India Company Government of India] undertook the organisation of an educational system, and after long discussion decided to use English as the main vehicle of instruction, but only because the Indian vernaculars could not be used to teach modern science. Above all, the doctrine was adopted that the ultimate justification of British supremacy in India would be the training of the Indian peoples to govern themselves.

    ….snip….

    In its general educational projects, the Government [British East India Company Government of India] has not lost sight of a collateral object, full of peculiar interest — namely, the education of the females of India.

    In 1850, at the suggestion of the late Mr Bethune, then the President of the Council of Education, that body was instructed by the Government of Bengal to consider their functions as henceforth extending to the superintendence of native female education ; and that where any disposition was shown by the natives to establish Female Schools, it would be their duty to give them all possible encouragement

    The Court of Directors [of the British East India Compnay], in their despatch already referred to, observed, that the importance of Female Education cannot be overrated ; and they expressed their cordial sympathy with the efforts which had been made for its encouragement and extension.

    It is well known that among the many difficulties which have stood in the way of educating the females of India, none has been more obstructive than the reluctance which has always been shown by the higher classes of natives to consent to permit the attendance of their daughters in schools The late Mr Bethune endeavoured to meet this difficulty at the capital by founding a school for the especial instruction of the female children of natives of wealth and rank. It began with very small beginnings. But the influence, the liberality, and the perseverance of its founder, enabled him to achieve and to witness a certain success in his labours. ”

    More on John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Elliot_Drinkwater_Bethune#:~:text=John%20Elliot%20Drinkwater%20Bethune%20(1801,oldest%20women’s%20college%20in%20Asia.

    John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune Pioneer of female education in India.
    John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune (1801 – 1851) was an educator, mathematician and polyglot who is known for his contributions in promoting women’s education in India.[1] He was the founder of Calcutta Female School (now known as Bethune College) in Calcutta,[2] which is considered the oldest women’s college in Asia.[3] He started his professional life as a lawyer in England and came to India by virtue of his appointment as a law member of the Governor General’s Council of Ministers.

    • Replies: @Malla
  26. Malla says:
    @Malla

    And what did this hard work by noble benevolent Whitey for female Indian education create? A large bunch of Whitey hating harpies harping about “evul Whitey” and corrupt bitches.
    Lets have a look at some of these creations of Whitey benevolence, shall we?

    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. A disgusting Indian female harpy filled with venom and bile for the British for rescuing her female ancestors from the brutality of medieval Indian patriarchy and zenanna and giving them liberation via Western Education and equal rights before law.

    Neera Tanden. Corrupt bitch sucking up to the mafiaso Clinton family, playing her part in the destruction of Murica built by the hard work, sacrifice and ingenuity of Whitey. Western education surely came handy.

    Saira Rao. Ewwwww. Nasty. Ghastly harpy pissed about White female beauty, harps continuously about evul Whitey, loves to denigrate Whitey. One more excellent end result of Whitey altruism, of White Man’s burden, of Western Education.
    Do not forget Dragon woman, corporate interest queen Kamala Harris or nasty super Zionist Preeti Patel.
    So does the West want any such future Afghan harpies? No, right? Sharia and burkha for them.

    • Thanks: geokat62, Z-man
  27. GMC says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Thanks for your Nam videos – I don’t think there is that much in common with the Vietnam withdrawal vs. the Afghanistan withdraw. The Taliban are not the NVA armies and by now , so much money and under the table negotiations have soften the blow. It was all about the dope, the rare earth minerals, globalist companies, more dope and geopolitical localization. It’s more like weaning the US Military and their globalists, off the undeclared cash cow, that probably ended up being trillions of free dollars .
    As with Colombia, there are at least 6 US bases and they still are fighting the Cocaine cartels and imaginary rebel armies. lol. They will never be able to wean themselves off of that cash cow – ever. And if it’s not dope, it’s natural resource theft, the power from owning another country or having the right geography location { land , sea and air } etc. This isn’t the USA anymore, it’s the One World Order Crime Syndicate and the Agenda has it’s own economy, armies, politics, allies and financial capital. They came a long way since Nam days – for sure. My 2 rubles worth. Thanks again.

    • Agree: Alfred
  28. ‘It appears to have come in the form of an offer to help pay for and assist the reconstruction of Gaza with one apparent condition, that Hamas effectively completely disarm by getting rid of all its missiles.’

    What a farcical condition. Is Israel going to reciprocate by giving up its missiles?

  29. @Anon

    Or just let the fat lie stand as testament to US perfidy.
    The first five minutes of this vid show Kabul in the 1960s and 1970s. Then it jumps to 1979 and the “invasion” by the USSR. Unfortunately the vid misses out the bit where the US decided to change the Afghan government and caused so much trouble that the government INVITED the soviets in to quell the US-backed “hard men”.
    The beginning of the vid shows that the US bleating about women’s rights in Afghanistan is LIES.

    • Agree: michael888
    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @michael888
    , @Malla
  30. this article was republished from Strategic Culture Foundation,which is basically a pro Kremlin propaganda outfit!

    Wakey,wakey folks

  31. @Levtraro

    Well the Chinese decided to discriminate against traditional Uighurs and Tibetans (and modern Taiwanese) so that’s OK too?

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  32. @Levtraro

    No. The US tried to change the Afghan government, which invited the soviets in to help put down the insurrection. It is another of those US attempts to rewrite history.

    <<< in 1978, a year when our country's foreign policy was operating under the assumptions that the Soviet Union sought to subvert the world, the possible repercussions of allying ourselves with militant Islam's was the last thing on our mind. For, what we saw in these Afghan Islams, and in the religion of Islam itself, was a common ally in our cause against the Soviet "Reds".

    Early in the year 1979, Brezinski managed to push a decision through the Special Coordination Council (SCC) of the National Security Council (NSC) to be "more sympathetic to those Afghanistan's who were determined to preserve the country's independence." CIA and state department records from that time also reveal that immediately following Brezinski’s SCC decision, the United States had begun quietly meeting with rebel representatives.

    […] eight months before the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad had asked Pakistani military officials to “to recommend a rebel organization that would make the best use of U.S. "aid".

    Recently declassified Intelligence reports also reveal that the “official history record is false”. Contrary to the “official record“- – that the United States involvement in the Afghan civil war began following, and as a response to, the Soviet Union’s invasion of the country- in truth, United States involvement in the Afghanistan Civil War began a full six months before the Soviet Union ever invaded Afghanistan. In an interview given to a French reporter in 1988, Brezinski confirmed this “little known fact” of history, admitting that the CIA had begun providing covert aid to Afghan resistance fighters fully six months before the Soviet invasion.
    […] Brezinski’s reply was: “Regret what? The secret operation was an excellent idea… The day the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War.”

    Afghanistan, then, in a sense, became the United States’ pawn. The country became the means by which we could demoralize, and attempt to destabilize, our long-standing Cold War opponent >>>

    Full story here:
    https://web.stanford.edu/class/e297a/Afghanistan,%20the%20United%20States.htm

    • Agree: utu
    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Levtraro
  33. @anonymous

    Yes. And it’s easy to remember that Soviet troops entered Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 1979.

  34. chris says:

    …. Blinken stated that it was a bad deal because “this pipeline is a Russian geopolitical project intended to divide Europe and weaken European energy security.”

    How hypocritical is that when the US debt is owned by China ? Feel how you will about that, but the dependence of the US on China is of orders of magnitude greater than that which Germany would be on Russia because of the pipeline. Also, what happened to the principle of free trade? On the basis of these warped principles, they could justify completely blockading all Russian exports, as they already do with Iran and Syria.

    And regarding our possible departure from Afghanistan, and the justification for not doing so,

    A humanitarian pitch has included stories on how women will suffer, being deprived of schooling and opportunity if and when the Taliban return to power.

    Let’s also not forget the suffering which boy sex slave holders and heroin manufacturers are likely to suffer as a result of our purported “sudden” departure! Maybe we’ll just have to air lift all the women and sex slave holders to the US, assuming we don’t manage to reform their culture the way we’re doing to our own right now.

  35. BorisMay says:

    What right does any country have to decide who does what in any country? Most certainly not the war criminals of those ‘chosen people’ and their arse licking goy scum like Biden.

    China will rebuild Gaza and all the Arab nations the US/Zionist mafia out of Jerusalem have destroyed. Russia will provide logistical assistance. And Muslim countries may supply some extra labour if needed.

    Afghanistan used to be Buddhist and then converted to Shia Islam in the north and Sunni Islam in the central and south of the country. Absolutely no American has any right to interfere in that nation. The US and the Zionist terrorists illegally living in Palestine should get out of Afghanistan and crawl back in to the disease infested holes they crawled out of.

    Everyone hates the US presence in East Asia and in Europe. One day the US/Zionist occupiers will be gone and the neurotic corrupt US administration might well find its country is surrounded by 1000 military bases of the free world, containing the evil that is the US/Zionist entity to make certain it can never again destroy the world for the sake of its spurious and false reasons based upon the eternal lie that is the mental illness most commonly referred to as Judaism.

    • Agree: Badger Down
  36. moi says:
    @RobinG

    There is no Israel–that land is Palestine.

  37. moi says:
    @Rahan

    “Islamist” is nothing but a made up word by Americans (most likely Jewish Americans). There is Islam and there are Muslims, and the latter can be peaceful/orthodox or whatever, just like any other human beings. As for the former (manifested by the Quran), people can read into what they want.

  38. BL says:

    It initially looked as if Biden would continue the Trump policy.

    Nonsense. As some of us commenting here predcited, giving Russia and Germany Nord Stream 2 would be a mere downpayment as recompense for staying on team in getting rid of Trump.

    I don’t think it’s a mere oversight that “the Trump policy” is never explained even though it’s rather straightforward — geopolitical horse-trading in the American national interest. Germany is delinquent in even in the paltry amount it agreed to pay in NATO dues. Why is the USG treaty-bound, let alone bearing the cost of, protecting Germany from Russia, as Germany makes itself dependent on Russian energy.

    The pipeline was and is good business for Moscow and also for Berlin . . .

    Sure, and that isn’t the half of it. Nord Stream 1 and 2 are long-term geopolitical/geo-economic wins for both Russia and Germany. Proponents of this “sucker” US foreign policy never even begin to explain how it’s in our national interest because, with a rocky four year Trump pause, we’ve evolved beyond such horse-trading.

    Obama gifted Russia and Germany Nord Stream 1 in 2014. All “we” got was failed state Ukraine as (another) dangerous money sinkhole. And, of course, $100s of millions of dollars into the Clinton and other foundations.

    The Trump Administration, driven by its gaggle of neocon advisers . . .

    Uh huh. I won’t rehearse why Trump kept this enemy filth close, or whether that was a mistake on his part. But where are these nefarious neocons now? They all moved from trying to destroy Trump through subterfuge to loud and proud support for Obama’s third term.

    The “Biden” administration has moved fast to destroy American energy independence, which Trump brilliantly translated into our dominance of global oil and gas markets as the largest producer and second largest consumer.

    If you’re still confused as to why Trump had to go for anyone who was anybody, foreign and domestic, just listen to his immediate figurehead predecessors or, worse, the “Yeltsin” installed as his successor. It’s the very definition of insult added to catastrophic national injury. Obama goes on late night TV jibber jabbering about aliens, ghosts and goblins. “W,” when he isn’t professing his love and admiration for Big Mike, frets over what is to come over ladies issues in Afghanistan.

    • Replies: @alwayswrite
  39. bob7757 says:

    As soon as the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan we are going to get hundreds of thousands perhaps millions of Afghan refugees enter the country. These will be the U.S. collaborators and their families. The ones the generals have such warm feelings for. Frankly, if maintaining a precence in Afghanistan until the end of time keeps the Afghans out of our country then so be it. Any idiot who joins the U.S. military deserves what they get anyway.

  40. @BL

    Russian gas pipeline NS2 ain’t good business for Russia,far from it

    It’s terrible as the EU have pulled a regulatory ninja move on Gazprom, forcing the Russians to now fully comply with EU gas directives,which incidentally won’t favour Russia

    Biden knows this and thats why he’s not bothered too much about the completion of this pipeline

    Plus the Baltic pipeline will be completed next,it terminate in Poland thus eliminating Poland from needing to buy gas from Russia,maybe if Putin hadn’t play the gas weapon against Ukraine things might be different,anyway Putin knows he can’t pull a stunt like that against the EU as it’d be economic suicide,like plying Russian roulette with a fully loaded AK 47!

    Further bad news for Russian gas exports are the fact the EU is planning to go ‘green’ with renewables like locally generated hydrogen,France expect to be using up to 10% hydrogen in their pipe infrastructure by the end of this decade, the EU target is 70% reduction of natural gas by 2050!

    basically that means less profits for Russia which is still heavily depends upon hydrocarbons to earn money,oh dear,but thats what happens when you’ve got an economy built on oil and gas

    But it gets even worse for Russia,as most of its hydrocarbons industry infrastructure is built upon permafrost which is melting,thus incapable of support,unless billions are spent to stabilise it,why do that when the world is in an energy transition?

    So with all these problems i don’t understand how within the next decades Russia will be able to boast about being a super power,it simply cant,it’s economic base is literally sinking and its major export market will shrink

    Basically Russia is just a vast legacy system,thankfully it’ll be soon made redundant

    • LOL: GMC, Levtraro
    • Replies: @Gordo
    , @Alfred
  41. “As usual, the American taxpayer would be victimized to undo the damage in paying for a significant part of the multi-billion dollar reconstruction tab.”

    Let the Jews in America and around the world pay for it!

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  42. “A humanitarian pitch has included stories on how women will suffer, being deprived of schooling and opportunity if and when the Taliban return to power.”

    With all due respect, if those towel-heads wannabes want to keep themselves and their women in the dark ages then so be it. Just erect a high, electrified fence around the country so nothing goes in and nothing goes out. Let them wallow in their own religious stew!

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  43. Marckus says:

    The denizens of UR fail to appreciate the purpose of the war in Afghanistan. The goals and results were are follows:

    1. Bring democracy to the country::::::::::::: failed
    2. Fight for Afghan womens; rights :::::::::::::::::::::;;;who gives a shit
    3. Get these people, still living in 500 BC to enter the modern world::::::::::::::failed

    4. Upon leaving immigrate thousands of illiterate Afghan farmers, shepherds, donkey cart drivers and DVD street merchants to the US::::::::::::::: in the works ! Diversity and Multiculturalism is our strength.

    5. Rip off the US taxpayer by inflating the cost of the war :::::::::::::::::ongoing ! With new scams in the works. Reconstruction ? Foreign aid ?

    Now, IF and note I said IF, we withdraw from the Afghan where do we head next. Prediction ? AFRICA !

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  44. @Badger Down

    Afghanistan was a secularized, Soviet-style state with similar women’s rights to other Soviet states until Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski, under Carter, decided to give the Soviet Union “their Vietnam”. The CIA, with support from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, brought in and funded extreme religious fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden, and al Qaeda, leading to the home-grown Taliban. They set women’s rights back 500 years or more in Afghanistan. To argue this was unintentional is absurd; the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Israel also created and funded ISIS for the same purpose, to keep the region unstable and backwards.
    The world would have been better off to allow the neighboring Soviet Union to develop Afghanistan. The US could always bring about a Color Revolution later to steal their resources and control heroin production.

    • Replies: @Malla
  45. AH88 says:

    Looks like Giraldi has drunk the coolaid about Russia. Russia actually is a national security threat to the west. Putin is Jewish and Russia is ran by Jews who want to destroy Europe and America. Putin is a KGB agent and the KGB is responsible for the current mess in the west. See Yuri Bezmenov. Anyone claiming otherwise is either a hasbara or uninformed about how controlled opposition and subversion work.

    • LOL: Levtraro
    • Replies: @Malla
  46. I can’t help but wonder if Hunter Biden will soon get a board of director’s gig on anything involving Nordstream 2. I am also jealous Russia, our arch enemy of only a few month ago, gets to have functioning pipelines while we cannot. Seems the most ever voted for man ever is being a bit punitive to his loving Americans for some reason. Yippee to building Gaza. Will we be also placing the implosion explosives in buildings for future destruction? Or will we leave that up to our Israeli overlords?

  47. Leo Den says:
    @Sir Launcelot Canning

    Russia is an IMPEDIMENT to Apartheid Israhell’s design for the MidEast.

    Without Russia, ASSAD would be long gone and IRAN would have been bombed to oblivion, and Greater Isra-h-e-l-l would have been fulfilled and ruling over the MidEast.

    In other words, Russophobia by Jewish-controlled politicians and in Jewish-controlled Western media is simply PAYBACK.

    It’s all JEWISH NEOCONS driving this.

    http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-truth-about-the-conflict-with-russia/

  48. Malla says:
    @michael888

    They set women’s rights back 500 years or more in Afghanistan. To argue this was unintentional is absurd; the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Israel also created and funded ISIS for the same purpose, to keep the region unstable and backwards.

    The Western elites did the same thing to the Shah of Iran. However in Afghanistan, the truth is that the Communists were never very popular in the vast countryside where the majority of Afghans lived.

    Iran was on its way to become a South Korea of the Middle East, too strong, so they got rid of the Shah. The only problem is Khomeini after making deals with the Americans, British and Soviets, went rogue and independent on all three.

    how khomeini came to power
    Carter funded Khomeini in Paris


    The West Started the Iranian “Revolution”


    The Truth About the Shah of Iran

    • Agree: utu
  49. The U.S. is about to get inundated with Afghan refugees; former interpreters, women fleeing domestic violence, homosexuals, persecuted minorities. Meanwhile Afghanistan itself will go back to the tenth century.

    What an absolute waste.

  50. Malla says:
    @Badger Down


    Welcome to Baghdad: How Iraq Used to Be in the 1950s | British Pathé
    Hard to believe now. Crazy how advanced and modern Iraq looked in the 1950’s compared to what it looks like today. This was during the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq, during the reign of King Faisal II.

    • Thanks: Badger Down
  51. Z-man says:

    Bad news that 150 former generals wrote that letter?? The man is a puppet of the left and has early stage dementia, he should be put to sleep. The fact that ‘Bidet’ is the personification of ‘swamp creature’ goes without saying.
    George Bush is an embarrassment even to the owned political class. Now he’s become a social justice warrior, lol & pathetic. His fat daughter who’s got a job on Hymie TV (a reward to the Bush family from their masters, the Jews) should be… removed. Stupid man who should be tried for war crimes against his own country. If it’s one thing that Donny did right it was the destruction of the Bush political dynasty. May they rot in eternity.
    …and I voted for ‘Dumbo Dubbya’ at least once when he was apposed by crazy Al (Gore) and/or Lurch face Kerry. Geesh!

  52. JonL says:
    @Anon

    Maybe we should spin this and make it proof that liberalism is an ideology that leads to war, in order to counter the critical argument that fascism, nationalism, conservatism, etc. lead to war.

    Liberalism and conservatism (and all other ism’s) can each lead to fanaticism. And fanaticism leads to fascism. As soon as one side decides that it holds the only correct position, then all actions in support of that position must be justified. War is then only a slippery slope away.

  53. Gordo says:
    @alwayswrite

    Basically Russia is just a vast legacy system,thankfully it’ll be soon made redundant

    “we have but to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will collapse”

    said a certain German Chancellor

    • Replies: @alwayswrite
  54. hillaire says:
    @Sir Launcelot Canning

    The financial and ruling classes don’t adhere to your quaint prole, pop culture induced myopia, after all they are the ‘inter-generational’ yardstick by which..

    ‘all syndicated inter-familial global crime is judged and honoured’..

    the apparatchiks merely ‘window dressing’…

  55. Malla says:
    @AH88

    Jewish groups on both sides (West and Russia) are encouraging both sides to go at each other? Like during WW1?

  56. @Gordo

    Putins doing far more damage though,we’re basically looking at another collapse once Putin is gone

    He’s done nothing for the economy in terms of developing a truly world class system,and like I’ve pointed out he can’t battle mother nature and deal with mitigation with such an economy and win an arms race,impossible!

  57. hillaire says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    What a confused and ignorant response, I can only presume you are a baltimore ‘black’..

    particularly the ‘appraisal’ of libya and the war they could ‘fore-go’, presumably you would feel the same about syria…

    one can only hope you get to ‘experience’ those type of choices first hand… as the asylum north of mexico degenerates ever further into chaos…

  58. Jiminy says:

    Surely now that we have all bared witness to Israel’s vengeful affront to the people’s of Palestine survival, we won’t have to endure listening to the two-faced lying politicians crying crocodile tears for the poor, down trodden wegers anymore.
    Draconian Chinese authorities cannot possibly be any worse than the Israelites, even taking into account that they have been given the right to protect themselves by god himself.
    Certainly the Taliban must now be viewed in a new light as well.

  59. Nation building in Afghanistan, the place where empires go to die, was never a winning proposition. Maybe we should turn the country over to the Devil Mouse… Disneyworld Kabul has a nice ring to it.

  60. tyrone says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Sometimes it’s best to reread our comments and if they seem stupid and confused it’s best to delete …… maybe go watch some nice kitten videos.

  61. @Rahan

    It is precisely these inconvenient recollections of yours that earn you the right to be cancelled.

    Stop it.

  62. Alfred says:

    It seems to me that following repeated failures to start a war in Ukraine and repeated failures to subvert Belarus, the Neocons who promoted these anti-Russian policies have revealed themselves to be idiots.

    The other faction in the Deep State is in the ascendant. They are determined to cripple China.

    The Neocons used Ukraine as a battering ram against Russia – and destroyed the Ukrainian economy.

    The other faction is currently using Australia as a battering ram against China – and that will ruin Australia’s economy.

    Sadly, the Australian people are too stupid to understand all of that. A more brainwashed bunch of morons it is hard to find.

    I remark here that Melbourne has shut down because of a handful of alleged “cases”.

    ‘Some feel a sense of hope, some are overwhelmed’: Moods swing in lockdown

    Meanwhile, in Russia and Ukraine, young people are partying. 🙂

  63. Art says:

    It appears to have come in the form of an offer to help pay for and assist the reconstruction of Gaza with one apparent condition, that Hamas effectively completely disarm by getting rid of all its missiles.

    That is crazy – why would the Palestinians give up their right to defend themselves. They won this war – they prevailed. The world is on their side.

    Israel should give up the right to attack Gaza private property. Israeli collective punishment is a war crime.

  64. @Wizard of Oz

    Please check your sources and post them here. I think you’ll find the UTT stories to be baseless (((US))) propaganda. They have been thoroughly debunked, on youtube even.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  65. Bye-Bye for Bibi?

    Nothing Wrong with your Set: Bennett Could Become Prime Minister Next Week

    Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid met on Thursday with Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett to discuss with him the formation of a new coalition government. Just about two weeks ago, in the midst of operation Guardians of the Wall and the riots in the mixed cities, Israeli media reported that Bennett had said behind closed talks that he was dropping the idea of joining a “change” government. The term is a recent euphemism meaning no Netanyahu.

    Commentator Ben Caspit wrote in Maariv on Friday that Bennett is using the sprinkler strategy: watering everyone at once. But, according to Caspit, “Bennett knows that Netanyahu has no government, with or without him. In choosing between a fifth election and a unity government, Bennett wants to form a unity government. He entered politics to become prime minister.”

    Yossi Verter wrote in Haaretz that Bennett is “super-sophisticated.” According to him, Bennett did not abandon for a minute his desire to be the prime minister of Lapid’s coalition. He facilitated awarding the president’s mandate to Netanyahu so that the latter would fail and the road would be paved for him and Lapid.

    source: https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/nothing-wrong-with-your-set-bennett-could-become-prime-minister-next-week/2021/05/28/

  66. @A Half Naked Fakir

    LET them do it? It sounds so easy.
    Surely you mean MAKE them do it.
    Good luck with that!

  67. @A Half Naked Fakir

    “themselves and their women”
    Language! It’s almost as if you think Afghans are all male.

    • Replies: @A Half Naked Fakir
    , @Malla
  68. @Marckus

    BURMA! Arm those poor, downtrodden Muslim Bengalis, sorry: “Rohingya”, and attack the evil SLORC regime. Melt down the temples for gold, and cut China off from the Indian Ocean — OUR ocean! The Brits tried it, but the Japs queered their pitch. Now it’s our turn to Rule the World.

  69. Funny, is it not, how the ruling psychopaths in Thanatopia decry ‘ ..the threat from China’, when the threatening, as ever, goes all the other way. This is the way the world ends-destroyed by monsters who think themselves ‘Gods Upon the Earth’ and cannot bear being outdone by ‘mere Asiatics’.

  70. @Badger Down

    Pisshead believes NOTHING that does not appear in his beloved Murdoch media. He is, therefore, a rather vulgar Sinophobic, racist, dullard, the coming type in Austfailia,

  71. RobinG says:

    Ann Arbor City Council resolution against military aid to Israel.

    https://www.change.org/p/ann-arbor-michigan-city-council-ann-arbor-city-council-resolution-against-military-aid-to-israel

    We have the duty to speak against racist state violence. That means we say “no” to military aid to Israel.

    We hope that our resolution will spread to other City Councils

    • Thanks: geokat62
  72. Alfred says:
    @alwayswrite

    EU is planning to go ‘green’ with renewables like locally generated hydrogen

    What utter nonsense. Guess where the cheapest hydrogen comes from? Yes. Natural gas. 🙂
    Obviously, it is much more economic to use natural gas rather than hydrogen. Hydrogen is almost impossible to store for starters. Try storing hydrogen on a car and you will see. Many countries have cars that run on natural gas – in the Netherlands that has been going on for 40+ years.

    It’s terrible as the EU have pulled a regulatory ninja move on Gazprom, forcing the Russians to now fully comply with EU gas directives,which incidentally won’t favour Russia.

    You are correct in the sense that Russia is doing the EU a favour by exporting gas to it. The markets in Asia for natural gas are booming – not only China. The idea that Brussels will dictate anything to Russia is a total joke. The Germans pay their salaries and pensions. 🙂

    • Replies: @alwayswrite
  73. Levtraro says:
    @Badger Down

    That’s totally credible but it doesn’t change the fact that the Soviet Union supported the Afghan communist government for nearly 15 years. This communist government changed Afghan laws (including the constitution) regarding women, education, land, etc, trying to establish a communist system. So in addition to acknowledging the role of the USA in subversive activities with agitated moslems, it can also be easily recognized that the Soviet Union tried to turn Afghans into commies.

  74. Garliv says:
    @G. Poulin

    Bush II never seemed to understand the reason(s) for anything he did or didn’t do. Dick Cheney maybe knows the real reason.
    And am absorbing that Bush Family could be Jewish according to Texe Marrs writing which i can across few days ago. Add Clinton and Hillary to that and the picture gets really interesting how 2% of population have managed to be so dominant.

    NB: I don’t believe US will voluntarily leave Afghanistan. Any reason will do to make sure US and allies troops remain.

  75. @Alfred

    So your go to man is a disgraced lawyer,Alexander Mercouris,a barrister who was struck off for fraud and now parades himself about like some sort of geo strategic affairs genius,especially on Kremlin propaganda channel RT international,he’s basically a mentally ill criminal

    What sad foolish man Mercouris is, as for Lavrov,well he’s supposed to be a professional diplomat,if this is how he behaves it shows just how low and desperate the Russians have become

    Oh and the latest figures for the cost of climate change to Russia’s oil and gas infrastructure is in the trillions of rubles! And thats a figure the Russians themselves have come up with

    Basically the future doesn’t belong to Russia whatever you or idiots like Mercouris think

    • Replies: @Alfred
  76. @Badger Down

    Taliban is what is meant by “themselves” and they’re all males.

  77. Alfred says:
    @alwayswrite

    What sad foolish man Mercouris is

    Attacking the presenter shows that you cannot criticise the content of his presentation. The reality is that the European Union is being constantly ignored by serious people.

    When the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, thought that he would give a lecture to Putin, he was diplomatically told by Putin to “get stuffed”. As a result Brussels had a tantrum. I mean, just look at that guy’s title. Pure hubris.

    Even Erdogan insulted the EU when there were not enough seats for the German cunt to sit down on. She is supposedly the Chief of the EU Commission. The dictatorial outfit that nominally control the EU.

    The EU is rapidly becoming a farce. It has been a disgrace for many years and that is why the people of the UK chose to leave. 🙂

    ‘Dangerous neighbor’ Russia is becoming ‘more and more authoritarian’ & NATO should ‘push back’, says EU Foreign Minister Borrell

  78. Malla says:
    @Badger Down

    In many traditional Asian cultures, females mattered for shit. In many traditional backward Indian villages, when you ask them villagers how many kids they have, they only answer the number of sons they have. So you can imagine the task the British Empire had at that time, two centuries ago, in trying to modernize the vast Indian subcontinent.

    Of course there are matriarchal Asian societies too like the Mosuo/Na in China, officially counted by the PRC as Nakhi (Naxi) but they are actually distinct from the Naxi. Many south Indians like the Malayali from Kerala have some matriarchal elements too. But matriarchal societies have always been rare in this world, irrespective of what feminists tell you. Most other Indian subcontinental cultures are very patriarchal, but society have changed a lot, especially in cities. There are female pilots in the Indian Air Force now. Pre PRC, traditional Han culture was very patriarchal too.

  79. Alfred,Hahaha,thats priceless!

    I did actually find the ‘ C’ word funny,but lets get real

    Mercouris is just a,sad angry loser,thats why he trots off to RT international,oh and the Russian oligarchs who have helped him create the Duran,which is Basically more anti western blather to help convince simpletons that Russia is some sort of global power,it’s not incidentally

    As for the EU well they do have a certain degree of strategic patience,so they’ll take the so called humiliation,then use their soft power to screw you over,the EU will certainly see off Putin and Erdogn,i do love it when people back up their arguments by sending me over to RT international,it basically confirms how good their propaganda is at convincing those of a certain lack of critical thinking,need i say more!

  80. RobinG says:

    Manufacturing Consent for War: 70 Years of CIA Coups, Assassinations, False Flag Operations and Mass Murder
    This is a review of Vijay Prashad’s book, “Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations,” with foreword by Evo Morales

    Worth a look for the plethora of photos alone.
    https://covertactionmagazine.com/2021/05/21/manufacturing-consent-for-war-70-years-of-cia-coups-assassinations-false-flag-operations-and-mass-murder/

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