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Let us consider why the Donald Trump White House is currently considering detonating a nuclear weapon. It would be the first “test” of a nuke since 1992 and is clearly intended to send a message that those weapons sitting around in storage will be available for use. The testing is in response to alleged development of low-yield tactical nuclear devices by Beijing and Moscow, a claim that is unsupported by any evidence and which is likely a contrivance designed to suggest that there is strong leadership coming out of Washington at a time when the Administration has been faulted for its multiple failures in combatting the coronavirus.

The Pentagon and national security agencies directed by the White House have also been discussing the viability of engaging in war with those same two global competitors Russia and China, either individually or even simultaneously. Yes, it is true that many countries wargame certain scenarios that are unlikely ever to occur, but there is nevertheless a certain consistency in the bellicosity that comes like an endless stream out of the Trump White House.

Relations with both Moscow and Beijing are the worst they have been since the end of the Cold War. A recent interview with U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey revealed that American troops are staying in Syria not to confront ISIS but rather in hopes that Russia will be drawn into a “quagmire.” Meanwhile the U.S. government’s repeated attempts to demonize China for the coronavirus suggest that tension with that country will increase considerably as U.S. elections draw nearer. Both China and Russia have already been accused of planning to interfere in November’s presidential polling.

The Administration policy of intimidation and threats directed against foreign nations over their domestic and international policies has borne bitter fruit, but no one seems capable of halting the slide led by Secretary of State Pompeo and the president into an autocracy that depends on expressions and demonstrations of military power for its survival. Washington recently rejected global calls to suspend all sanctions and aggressive actions while the world struggles with coronavirus. It was the only country to do so, leading to derision from friend and foe alike and emphasizing the isolation of the Trump leadership on the world stage.

Recently the United States was threatening to intercept four Iranian flagged oil tankers that were making their way to Venezuela. The U.S., which has waged economic warfare against both countries by sanctioning oil exports and seriously degrading the standards of living of ordinary citizens, is now seeking to use military resources to enforce its completely illegal rules globally. If Trump wants to light a fire, attacking Iranian ships in international waters to enforce U.S. unilaterally imposed sanctions is a sure way to go about it. Starving Iranians and Venezuelans is in no one’s interest, not even the poohbahs who are in charge in Washington, but they seem to be oblivious to the fact that taking “action” has consequences.

The irony is, of course, that Donald Trump was elected president on a “peace candidate” margin of difference after he pledged that he would be ending “stupid” wars in Asia. Unfortunately, his assurances were little more than copies of the similar pledges made by his two predecessors, both of whom embraced business as usual for America the Exceptional early in their terms of office. Electing three faux peace candidates in a row also revealed that while you cannot fool all the people all the time you can fool most of them frequently enough to wind up in Washington.

And there is other cleverness afoot in an effort to make COVID-19 go away. Pompeo has just announced that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the so-called Open Skies Treaty which was signed in 1992. Thirty-two signatories were, by its terms, allowed to conduct unarmed confidence building surveillance flights over each others’ territories to ensure that no one was planning a military offensive.

It is the third international security arrangement that Trump has discarded since he took office and the pretext, as in the previous cases, is that the other side is “cheating,” that Russia in particular has blocked overflights of strategic regions and military exercises while also using its flights to collect sensitive information on the United States to plan potential attacks.

America’s NATO allies, also signatories on the treaty, were not informed in advance regarding the White House’s intentions and are reported to be angry because they have found the Treaty a useful tool in maintaining mutually beneficial relations with Russia. Some Democrats and former intelligence official in the U.S. have declared the decision “insane”, both because it ignores the interests of America’s closest allies and because it further damages the prospect for establishing a reasonable modus vivendi with Moscow.

Previously Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) shortly after taking office in 2018 under pressure from his principal donor Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who is a persistent advocate for Israel. His wife Miriam has declared that there should be a new entry to the Hebrew Bible entitled the “Book of Trump.” Iran was in compliance with the agreement and it was beneficial for the United States as it would have denied Tehran the infrastructure needed to produce a nuclear weapon, but Adelson was in favor of attacking Iran, going so far as to recommend that nuclear weapons be used against it.

Trump also subsequently left the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019, using the same unsubstantiated argument being put forward by Administration hawks currently that Russia was not fully compliant with its terms.

This latest withdrawal suggests that there will be another departure if Trump is reelected. The New START Treaty, the only remaining nuclear-arms-control agreement between the United States and Russia, is set to expire in February 2021. New START was negotiated by the Obama administration, which would render it a prime target for rejection by Trump. It sets a cap on the number of nuclear missile warheads deployed by the United States and Russia, which is certainly to everyone’s benefit, but apparently the White House does not agree.

The trend is clear. Trump and his advisers, most notably Pompeo, are opposed to any international bodies on principle, most particularly if they are not completely supportive of U.S. policies and positions or are able to limit the White House’s freedom of action, up to an including the use of nuclear weapons. Recently Trump has cut off all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) in spite of the globally significant coronavirus crisis. Last year, Trump cut off funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee program to punish the Palestinians and express his support for the Israelis. Now, the president is clearly opposed to any attempts at arms control and is seeking to dismantle the existing international framework.

“Trump hasn’t started any new wars” say the more cogent of his supporters. That may be true, but he has attacked Syria twice based on phony intelligence and has committed a war crime by assassinating a senior Iranian government official. And he sure has worked hard to elevate constant insults and threats into a major component of U.S. foreign policy while also taking away the international instruments set up to minimize the risks of war. And it will only get worse over the next five months as the White House works desperately to shift the focus away from the fallout from the mishandled coronavirus and towards foreign enemies who will be blamed for everything going wrong in America.

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  1. UK says:

    Giraldi prefers Obama who turned 2 wars into 7 but loved international treaties. I prefer Trump who is gradually turning 7 wars into none but doesn’t much care for endless paperwork.

    Giraldi is the voice of the swamp. Trump, and yes it is bizarre, is the greatest force for world peace in many decades.

    • Thanks: Lot
    • Troll: Harold Smith
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  2. A123 says:

    Bad deals create the conditions for war. President Trump does not like failed deals. This is a good thing.

    Obama’s failed JCPOA unratified, non-treaty had a 10-year expiration date. The nuclear arms race between Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and probably others would have started @ 10yr + 1day. Barack Hussein and his pro-war Globalist buddies intentionally tried to encourage nuclear proliferation to increase the value of their MIC investments. Trump kept the peace by ending the non-treaty.

    Russia was overflying U.S. military installations while refusing to allow the U.S. equivalent access. Perceived weakness is a harbinger of war. Ending the Open Skies Treaty in response to Putin’s flagrant violations shows that the U.S. cannot be rolled while it has a strong President, such as Trump. Again, this is a huge marker towards keeping the peace.

    Trump is making another anti-war run at the pro-war Deep State. He is again trying to fully withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. (1)

    Top military officials this week are reportedly set to present President Trump with several options for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including a plan that would bring forces back stateside before the presidential election in November.

    Objective facts irrefutably prove that Trump is a successful anti-war President. Only those duped by the SJW Globalist DNC believe otherwise.

    If you want peace, prepare for war. — “Epitoma Rei Militaris” by Roman General Vegetius

    If you want to guarantee multiple wars, Biden is your pro-war President. Inauguration Day will have boots on the ground in Ukraine to protect his son’s \$\$\$ from Burisma. And, it will get progressively worse from there.

    PEACE 😷


  3. Trump is still the best Hillary America has ever had.
    And he hasn’t shitted his pants on stream either.
    Sure, a low bar, but that’s the hand dealt.

  4. Chris Moore says: • Website

    More information about the Hebrew Syndicate and the Zionist crime gang that has hijacked the U.S. and much of the globe has gone mainstream under Trump in the last three years than in the previous 30 years combined. That’s why the left faction of the Hebrew Syndicate hates him so much. They think they can go back to “the good old days” when the Dems and the neoconned GOP concealed their treachery and evil and wars for Israel and Zionist fascism.

    Senile puppet Joe Biden is the perfect ZOG front man, because they can run the country by proxy, and will probably have demented golem Biden with his finger firmly on the red button, where they can puppeteer his nuking of their enemies in the Mideast. Then they’ll say “Look at those goyim animals, setting off nukes again,” when in reality it was Zionists behind the Manhattan Project and the nuking of Japan to test their ultimate weapon of mass destruction and misanthropy, and it will be Zionists behind Biden (or pushing/extorting Trump) behind the next use of nukes. And as always, they’ll blame it on the “goyim animals.”

    This is the price the world is paying for “tolerance” of the psychotic Hebrew crime gang, and if someone doesn’t act fast, the world will pay the ultimate price.

  5. If the war hawks were saying Russia was not fully compliant with the treaty’s terms, and if they were not just lying (an impossible condition to impose), their first step would be to demand Russia’s compliance on the specific points, not themselves become non-compliant.

    Beastly liars, totally unworthy of making any deal, totally unworthy of trust.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @Curmudgeon
  6. Trinity says:

    IF America were a healthy country, just about every POTUS we have had since Woodrow Wilson would have never been elected and yes, that includes JFK as well. Every single POTUS that we have had in my lifetime has been bad for America to one degree or another. Starting with JFK, the first POTUS in my lifetime, not one single one has done anything to stop the downward spiral of America. The worst of these clowns elected from ’61 to the year 2020 IMO would be a close call between Obama-LBJ and Dubya. Not much separating those 3 goons. We are excluding real POS like FDR, Wilson and Eisenhower because they were in office before 1961, otherwise, these 3 would have definitely made the list.

    1. Obama
    2. LBJ
    3. Dubya
    4. Pappy Bush
    5. Jimmy Carter

    I’m thinking IF Creepy Joe gets in somehow, he could very well challenge for that top spot of all time over his homie, Obama.

  7. @Trinity

    1. Obama
    2. LBJ
    3. Dubya
    4. Pappy Bush
    5. Jimmy Carter

    I’d make two changes to that list:

    – Replace Bush I with Nixon. Nixon’s 1971 wage and price controls were a worse offense against the Constitution than anything Bush ever did.

    – Move Dubya to the top, for creating TSA and starting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama may have started more wars, but those two were–still are–the big ones.

    I’m thinking IF Creepy Joe gets in somehow, he could very well challenge for that top spot of all time over his homie

    I’m thinking he will get in, but he won’t stay long enough to make the list. He’ll be removed courtesy of the 25th Amendment before he’s found his way to the Oval Office.

  8. mr 751 says:

    LBJ is by far the worst president in US history. Obama, George W. Bush and Woodrow Wilson are in a 3 way tie for second worst.

    I cut FDR a bit of slack because I think a lot of his stuff was intended to be temporary Depression measures, and wasn’t intended to be permanent.

    Eisenhower was a meh president-not bad but not particularly good either.

  9. @A123

    Re: Biden — agree. He will be the same as Trump, slightly worse, or (less likely) slightly better.
    Re: Trump. I suspect he does have an anti-war inclination….
    However, what ever the case, he’s been swallowed by the deep state & … that’s all she wrote.
    As for: “The nuclear arms race between Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and probably others would have started @ 10yr + 1day. ” Give us a break. The Iran = nuclear weapons nonsense has gone on long enough. (As for S. Arabia — are you kidding ? Those nitwits couldn’t organise a “piss-up in a brewery”. What a hopeless bunch of nuvo-medieval coat tail hangers. A nuclear program? Yes — maybe if they import a couple thousand Israeli & Pakistani scientists… & don’t they have so MUCH oil wealth these days… LOL.

    • Replies: @A123
  10. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    Good on you ANM.
    “Beastly liars, totally unworthy of making any deal, totally unworthy of trust.”
    What does the Saker about the US (in the eyes of Russia) that they are “deal incapable” ? Something like that.

  11. @Trinity

    Interesting list Trinity.
    Only thing I’d change is I’d put Reagan in there somewhere. He’s the father of US neoliberalism — & that’s the foundation of all present evils.

  12. The purpose of arms limitation agreements in countries like the United States is to bind your successors in office to a policy which was “rational” when one President was in office. Arms control works quite well without paper agreements if the conduct described (e.g. no nuclear tests) genuinely reflects the interests of the parties. You don’t need a written treaty to engage in good conduct. What the treaty means when written, however, is that a President in 2002 must follow the same policy the President in 1992 thought was good policy. Over those 10 years the facts may have changed.

    Open skies is a great example. Ike was the first President to propose Open Skies. The Russians said no. The US flew U-2 aircraft over Russia anyway. One got shot down. Then the US moved to use satellites and we had a tacit “open skies” agreement that worked for years “at altitude.” Russia and the US can easily shoot down satellites, but no one does that. The limit on satellites is that they are expensive and do not always provide 24/7 coverage. An Open Skies treaty lets you send spy planes at almost any time (with some limits). Thus, the virtues of the treaty are time and money.

    We can agree not to shoot each others planes down without a treaty. Recall, we allow commercial aircraft to fly over each country all the time.

    Dumping Open Skies is simply about the optics of walking away from a paper agreement.

  13. Trump didn’t run as a “peace” candidate! Backing out of bogus treaties is not a declaration of war! By the authors standards Brexit would be a declaration of war against the EU! Trump didn’t even retaliate against Iran, or interfere in Venezuala’s tanker convoy… Ther’es PEACE for ya!

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  14. A123 says:

    Biden — agree. He will be the same as Trump, slightly worse, or (less likely) slightly better.

    You believe that Biden putting boots on the ground in Ukraine is only ‘slightly worse’ than Trump?

    Intentionally starting a new front adjacent to a Russian strategic asset is vastly worse. As a signal to restart UN/NWO and NGO Color Revolutions, it is a leading indicator for many new Orange/Maidan wars.

    Trump. I suspect he does have an anti-war inclination….
    However, what ever the case, he’s been swallowed by the deep state & … that’s all she wrote.

    Following the worst President in U.S. History, Barack Hussein, means that Trump inherited disasters of huge scope. Obama emboldened the violent Ayatollah Khameni.

    Trump prevented the Deep State from starting new wars. Even the author has been forced to grudgingly admit this.

    In Syria the Deep State did manage to block the withdrawal. However, Trump still had a huge victory there. He pulled the troops South to remove them from the kill sack between Turkish and Syrian/Russian lines. The story about “protecting oil” was exceedingly week cover. Globalist Erdogan’s attempt to trick the U.S. into war failed.

    These are huge anti-war victories.

    In his 2nd Term Trump will have a good chance to further weaken the Deep State and close out U.S. involvement in both Syria and Afghanistan.

    PEACE 😷

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  15. President Trump “hasn’t started any new wars”. The evidence also suggests he wants to avoid war with Russia and China. Nonetheless, the evidence, and the pattern of history, shows he is on the path to yet another world war.

  16. “Trump.” Who resisted his daily CIA re-education briefings until the spooks directed an impeachment campaign. “…and his advisors.” The advisors Trump got stuffed up his ass after CIA focal points in DoJ framed his first choice, Flynn. “…most notably Pompeo.” Who got rotated through his DCI internship just long enough to get his marching orders: wreck the rule of law. The same marching orders, incidentally, that John Bolton carried out for unelected dynastic spy brat G.W. Bush. The same John Bolton that CIA stuffed up Trump’s ass.

    Trump, like all presidents, is a CIA puppet ruler. Why is that so hard to acknowledge? You acknowledge they are criminals – you catalog their crimes at length. You acknowledge they have impunity – you show us how they always get away with it. Crime with impunity is the atavistic absolute sovereignty of a premodern tyrant. What residual indoctrination stops you from following your logical nose to the inescapable conclusion that CIA’s in charge here?

    It’s so simple. Your government is CIA and it’s a criminal enterprise and we all worked for it. All us apostates have to bust out out of the brainwashing. It takes years. But this is so bizarre. It’s like when Robocop tries to shoot his asshole boss and his firmware paralyzes him.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  17. Truth3 says:

    Trump is a complete puppet of the Jews.

    If you can’t see the strings, you’re either blind or looking at his Shoes.

    Just thinking about it gives real Americans the Blues.

    Not like you’d ever hear about it on the Evening News.

    Of course, you could decide to escape and take a life long Cruise.

    But, in any case, the longer he is in power, the more likely the Middle Class will Lose.

    Just remember the real fault is with the Jooz.

  18. @Trinity

    How does Clinton get a pass? Am undeclared war on Yugoslavia, which included bombing the Chinese Embassy to distract from the sayan’s blowjobs. Even more egregious was promoting Greenspan’s advice over his own appointee, Brooksley Born – chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal agency which oversees the futures and commodity options markets – on removing the “shackles” (regulations) from the markets. The reason the entire world’s economy has been monetized. Despite the 2008 meltdown, Greenspan’s “complicated investment vehicles” -derivatives – are still in place and creating havoc.
    What Carter did pales in comparison to Clinton.

    • Thanks: Ann Nonny Mouse
  19. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    You are being too kind. The only two countries that have consistently ignored International Court and tribunal rulings are the US and Israel, which are, in effect, like Siamese twins.
    Have the other signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty been demanding sanctions on the US for non-compliance, over their “lost” nukes?

    • Replies: @Ann Nonny Mouse
  20. Truth3 says:

    Phil Giraldi is a Truth Master without Peer.

    Way to go Mr. Giraldi.

  21. @VinnyVette

    “Trump didn’t run as a ‘peace’ candidate!”

    With regard to Trump’s many public statements as exemplified below, what exactly do you mean by that statement?


    “We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests, and the shared interests of our allies.

    We are getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world.

    Our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water’s edge.”


    “Our foreign policy goals must be based on America’s core national security interests, and the following will be my priorities.

    In the Middle East, our goals must be to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability, not radical change. We need to be clear-sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies.”


    “We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes. But we are not bound to be adversaries.”


    “Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction.”


    “Backing out of bogus treaties is not a declaration of war!”

    Trump’s exiting the INF treaty while refusing to negotitate and publicly stating an intent to achieve nuclear primacy is a threat not only to Russia and China but to all life on this planet. It is tantamount to a “declaration of war” on the whole world.

    Contrary to his statements about “living peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China” and “creating stability,” and considering the relevant historical and political context, his single-handed trashing of nuclear weapons control treaties is perhaps the most destabilizing thing a “president” has ever done.

  22. @Impure Thoughts

    So what’s your point, Trump isn’t responsible for any of his crimes, foolish actions and statements, failures to act, etc.?

  23. anon[112] • Disclaimer says:

    At least you didn’t tell us vote for Biden instead. Biden’s CIA ventriloquist has already got his hand up Joe’s shirt.

    Blinken went to Dalton under Daddy Barr, then off to Europe, then interned at Mockingbird media apparat New Republic, then became a lawyah and worked for Rogers and Wells, counsel for an Arab Harken Energy angel. Then took the classic domestic NOC job as committee staffer. Now he’s here to tell you his helpless dotard will keep the cannon fodder in Syria. He’s conveniently Jewish so we can blame his years of CIA grooming on the torah or something.

  24. Paul says:

    Donald “Bone Spurs” Trump as a peaceful man (except when his own neck is on the line) was never realistic. That would be incongruent with his belligerent personality. And he is like a sulking child when he does not get his way. It can be both fasinating and appalling to observe.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  25. Good question, Harold Smith, in 22! My point is, when your MacDonald’s burger is disgusting, do you blame the cashier? When you get bankrupped on Wheel of Fortune, do you blame Vanna?

    It’s simple. Trump is a puppet ruler. If he got in CIA’s way he would get shot like JFK or Reagan. In anything that matters for CIA, he has less discretion than that telemarketer reading a script in bizarre idiomatic Hinglish.

    He signed up to be the patsy for CIA crimes as titular head of state, so of course if push comes to shove he’s going to hold the bag. And he gets to decide which industries get to loot the fisc and screw you. But he does not decide which crimes to commit. CIA determines that.

    The term “______ administration” is another ingenious CIA mindfuck. This is the Haspel administration.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  26. @Impure Thoughts

    “My point is, when your MacDonald’s burger is disgusting, do you blame the cashier? When you get bankrupped on Wheel of Fortune, do you blame Vanna?”

    So according to your “reasoning” the “Manson family” was wrongly imprisoned, for example?

    “It’s simple. Trump is a puppet ruler.”

    Well of course he is, but for some reason you fail to note that that was by his choice. Nobody put a gun to his head forcing him to run for president in the first place. Nobody forced him to take Adelson’s money, etc. (BTW he seems to be immensely enjoying his role as puppet ruler, doesn’t he? He even seems to want to be reelected very badly).

    “If he got in CIA’s way he would get shot like JFK or Reagan. In anything that matters for CIA, he has less discretion than that telemarketer reading a script in bizarre idiomatic Hinglish.”

    Oh dear, how awful. So why didn’t they deploy a lone nut against Obama for his failure to move the embassy to Jerusalem, or to renege on the JCPOA agreemwnt with Iran, or overthrow Bolivia, or start a trade war with China, or seize Syrian oilfields, or starve Venezuela into submission, or withdraw from the INF treaty etc.?

  27. @Paul

    “Donald ‘Bone Spurs’ Trump as a peaceful man (except when his own neck is on the line) was never realistic.”

    Sure it was realistic. He didn’t have to attack the Shayrat airbase in Syria; he didn’t have to seize Syrian oilfields; he didn’t have to send antitank missiles to Ukraine; he didn’t have to withdraw from the INF treaty; he doesn’t need to starve Venezuela into submission, etc.

    “That would be incongruent with his belligerent personality.”

    No it wouldn’t; his “belligerence” could’ve been directed at America’s real enemies: the “deep state” scum that seek to destroy us.

    • Replies: @Paul
  28. @A123

    Bad deals do make the parties itch for parity, but Trump is not a successful antiwar president. He could withdraw all military instillations not authorised by an act of Congress at the stroke of a pen (most of them), but he doesn’t.

    He abandons treaties because they are not now beneficial to the US, because the US falls behind on tech and know how.

    But this shows a bad actor – one who agrees to play by the rules, until the rules fail them – ‘no fair, decider!!’.

    Like Kennedy with the ‘space race’.

    * Note – USSR got to ‘space’ in 1957, and 1961. US got to a ‘satellite’, in 1969.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @A123
  29. @Curmudgeon

    Iran is a signatory. Why hasn’t Iran demanded such sanctions? Or has she?

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  30. @Ilya G Poimandres

    “He abandons treaties because they are not now beneficial to the US, because the US falls behind on tech and know how.”

    So according to you it’s more beneficial to the U.S. to quit the INF treaty and push Russia into a launch on warning posture? It’s better to start a new nuclear arms race and go back to the worst days of the cold war with both Russia and China?

  31. A123 says:
    @Ilya G Poimandres

    He abandons treaties because they are not now beneficial to the US, because the US falls behind on tech and know how.

    Obviously incorrect. This has nothing to do with U.S. technical capabilies.

    Trump is discontinuing deals that no longer have (or never had) world relevance.

    Let us take the Intermediate Forces [INF] Treaty as an example:

    — Parties — Only the U.S. and Russia — When the other players were limited to NATO members France & UK, it sort of worked. China disrupted that duopoly, and the limited treaty signatories no longer make sense.

    — Delivery Systems — The INF assumed that ballistic missiles would be the delivery method. Both Russia and the U.S. have cruise & drone systems that effectively put them in violation of the INF.

    The INF has been functionally dead, with all parties in breech, for a decade or more. It made sense for its time, but no longer does. Getting rid of the obsolete deal is the first step to obtaining one that matches current weapons and players.

    PEACE 😷

    • Replies: @Ilya G Poimandres
  32. Harold Smith, cool your jets. You’re arguing furiously against all sorts of things I did not say.

    1. You seem to think I give a rat’s ass about this Trump. I am not sitting in the stands with you, waving my electoral pom-poms, blue or red, at your infantilizing fake electoral ritual. I do not give a shit about your CIA-induced personal animus against Goldstein 18.0 a.k.a. Trump.

    2. Incidentally, when you use Manson as a straw man, it sounds like you are unaware that CIA ARTICHOKE vets, all the way up to Gottlieb himself, swarmed around Charlie and his girls. Manson and his family were subjects of CIA mind control experiments. Reasonable people can differ on the extent to which that was exculpatory but there’s a book by Tom O”Neill (Chaos) you need to read so you don’t sound like you just fell off the turnip truck.

    3. Your Obama whataboutery is confused. Obama was an extraordinarily compliant puppet ruler, after his initial misstep of promising torture investigations (he reversed himself quickly and abjectly, if you recall, Do you?) But still, he was warned when he was mildly insubordinate with respect to CIA profit centers:

    Really, Harold, what is it with this spittle-spraying fury? Sounds like you’ve been cooped up listening to too much adenoidal Rachel Maddow squawking. Calm the fuck down. When Trump is finished fucking you over, then Biden or Pence or Pompeo will fuck you over. You must outgrow your partisan brainwashing.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  33. @Trinity

    If creepy, senile Joe manages to win (he will if the country switches to vote by mail) he won’t be able to find the bathroom without Jill’s help. Biden, during his likely short stint as potus, will do whatever his neoliberal handlers tell him to do – that means more demonization of Russia. Those high ranking dems, (Schiff in particular), who made the country go thru three years of Russiagate hoax hell, preventing Trump from carrying out his stated pro-Russia agenda, are guilty of treason, IMO. Trump deserved to be given that chance.

    Giraldi, who borders on TDS, only focuses on Trump’s failures without mentioning what might happen if Biden wins. We’ll wind up with Stacey Abrams or Kamala in our future – a most chilling scenario for white America. The trio of Hillary, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power will surely be appointed as high level advisors. Maybe another disastrous stint as SOS for Hillary?

    The repubs are stupid, but the dems are EVIL. So, pick your poison. Regardless of who wins, as GWB said before the 2008 Wall St meltdown, “this sucker is going down.”

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  34. Paul says:
    @Harold Smith

    He didn’t have to attack, but he was going to given his belligerent personality (and especially given the people he chose to staff his administration).

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  35. @Paul

    Apparently my point went over your head? He could’ve directed his “belligerence” to America’s real enemy, the so-called “deep state.”

    • Replies: @Paul
  36. @Impure Thoughts

    “You seem to think I give a rat’s ass about this Trump.”

    I seem to think you’re a troll.

    “I am not sitting in the stands with you, waving my electoral pom-poms, blue or red, at your infantilizing fake electoral ritual. I do not give a shit about your CIA-induced personal animus against Goldstein 18.0 a.k.a. Trump.”

    You don’t give a rat’s ass…you don’t give a shit…you don’t give a rat’s ass…you don’t give a shit…but yet here you are again, wasting time and bandwidth with your infantile orange clown apologia.
    In fact you seem rather excited. Please calm down. Maybe you should take another hit of xanax or better yet, go paint some nice swastikas on your front door.

  37. Paul says:
    @Harold Smith

    Obviously, you do not understand English. And from the looks of your first sentence, you could use a grammar class.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  38. Ah, I see. Harold, you’re a helpless dupe. You think that if I don’t expend enormous emotional energy hating Trump, I must be on his side. I must be on one side or the other… Right? I’m with you or against you – as your old enemy, Bush, said.

    Now think and think and think till you’re puffing and grunting with the sheer effort of it, and try to imagine a person who is not caught up in your state-imposed divide et impera fake dichotomy.

    You hate this state. I hate this state. Yet you expend all your homeopathic brain farts on arguing with me, and not the state headed, for the nonce, by your designated Republican enemies.

    Harold, you have a lot of work to do before you can escape your state-imposed us-and-them reflex. This is not a fucking football game with two sides that your government defines. Grow the fuck up.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  39. @Paul

    Obviously, given your breathtaking ignorance and stupidity, you’re in no position to decide whether or not I understand English.

    • Replies: @Paul
  40. @Impure Thoughts

    I’m sorry, but your verbose, obscurantist, ultimately meaningless comments are just getting too burdensome to bother with.

  41. @A123

    I’m agreeing with you (mostly) again, A123? What’s the world coming to?

  42. @follyofwar

    Agreed. The only reason the Dems are supporting Alzheimers Joe is so they can get a black lesbian Marxist in there.

  43. Paul says:
    @Harold Smith

    Harold, I am just helping you with your swinish illiteracy. You are an ingrate!

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  44. @Paul

    Okay goofball, please point out my grammatical error, and please point out where you believe I misunderstood some of your drivel.

  45. In the upper echelons of the political hierarchy, America is nothing more than a lame bird whose wings have been clipped by Israel.

    Any who perceive otherwise are simply naive, delusional, or deceptive.

  46. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    I’m not aware of Iran making a request. I suspect that, like most things involving the US and Israel in international issues, Iran would view that as the equivalent of pissing into the wind.

  47. Lot says:

    Exactly. Trump gets peace through strength. The Iranian terrorist he killed was tasked with spreading war and chaos, specifically drumming up Arab civil wars to increase Iran’s power through Shiite militias in failed states.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  48. Anon[392] • Disclaimer says:

    Rioters outside the White House Phil. The (((Media))) is letting Trump know who runs the country arent they? Take on China? Russia too? That mob outside the White House, if given pistols and grenades and a do it order, could make it very interesting tonight, couldn’t they?
    Rome had to move to Constantinople. Pehaps our capital needs to move to……….oh yeah, there isn’t anywhere really safe is there?

    • Replies: @Zumbuddi
  49. @Trinity

    Since Wilson?

    Wilson is tied with Lincoln for the title of most destructive and dishonest .

  50. @A123

    Fair – but if the US had the better modern delivery systems than Russia, it would keep the treaty and, just violate its terms.

    He burns down the house when a redecoration is in order. In this sense he is a risk to world order, because eccentric actions can lead to eccentric results.

  51. Zumbuddi says:

    Sounds like the topic for a solid article from the Unz writers stable.

    Or a contest.

    Where should a new capital of USA be located?

    (Rule 1. Must be in North America. Tel Aviv not an option.)

    Center of the nation? That appears to be Lebanon, KS, 350 mi N of Oklahoma City.

    Maybe that rectangle of Oklahoma that borders Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas? How robust is the Cimaron River?

    Imagine the excitement, the energy of building a new city to represent a revitalized America.

  52. anonymous[361] • Disclaimer says:

    Don’t you ever get as bored with writing your cant as do the few who bother reading it?

    • Replies: @Peter Gent
  53. @UK

    He also knows that most of the ones from the recent past have not been in America’s interest and every one with any country governed by Islam is only for the convenience of that country while it tries to buy time.

  54. @anonymous

    You must be talking to the mirror.

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