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I have a crazy idea that I can’t get out of my head, that we Americans are heading for something like an Armageddon in the next several months no matter how the currently electoral imbroglio is resolved. My greatest concern is that I fear that Trump is going to attack Iran, either through some kind of false flag contrivance or through direct aggression. The stage has already been set for military action through the unrelenting hostility towards the Islamic Republic over the past four years combined with an economic war waged against the country’s economy and the deliberately provocative assassination of an Iranian leader, General Qassim Soleimani in January. In truth, it would not require much to start a shooting war, just an errant patrol boat creeping into Iranian coastal waters and opening fire when challenged by a Revolutionary Guards speedboat. A couple of Iranians die, maybe also an American or two and you will have a war.

Speculation that something might be coming derives in part from how several top level Pentagon personnel changes have occurred at a time that makes no sense for a lame duck administration or even for an administration that thinks it will reverse the electoral results. The “termination” and replacement of Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense has been explained as being due to his resistance to orders by the president to carry out a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, but as such a withdrawal would hardly even be started by January, it doesn’t seem to make sense to make the change in the command structure right now. Indeed, having new leadership would only slow down the process, even though new acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller has reportedly issued a memo last Friday saying “All wars must end” and there has been an announcement of troop reductions in both Afghanistan and Iraq before January, though we shall see how that actually develops. The arrival of anti-interventionist Colonel Douglas Macgregor at the Pentagon as Senior Advisor to the Acting Secretary of Defense is also supportive of the view that a major withdrawal of U.S. forces is impending.

It is also plausible that Esper was fired due to his resistance to using soldiers to put down rioters in the event of civil unrest between now and January, but that too lacks credibility as such a move would certainly be opposed by entire Joint Chiefs of Staff who would not cooperate. Yet another explanation is that the termination was due to Esper’s reported resistance to releasing classified files relating to Russiagate, which Donald Trump might be seeing as a final exposure of the national security conspiracy that sought to destroy his administration.

Be that as it may, in addition to Esper, the Pentagon’s acting chief of planning James Anderson was also forced to resign. Anderson was replaced by hard-liner Anthony Tata, who is believed to be fiercely loyal to the president and has supported some “deep state” conspiracy theories about the Obamas. The changes at the top in the Defense Department have also triggered resignations of other senior staff including retired Vice Adm. Joseph Kernan, who was undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security. Kernan was replaced by Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a friend of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. There reportedly continues to be some concern among other top managers that a witch hunt is in progress.

The cleaning house at the Pentagon as well as persistent rumors that it will soon be followed by firings at the Attorney General’s office, the FBI and the CIA make little sense at this point in the electoral cycle, whether or not one believes that the election results in the U.S. will be reversed. But taken together, they might give Trump a free hand to do whatever he wants in the next two months, to include possibly using some elements in the national security apparatus to intervene directly in the counting and transition processes. They signal to me that an angry Trump just might be preparing something really vindictive and also incredibly stupid in terms of national interests.

President Donald Trump clearly has a visceral hatred for Iran. It has been reported that as recently as last week he asked senior advisers whether he ought to attack Iran’s main nuclear site at Natanz. The meeting reportedly came shortly after international inspectors observed what appeared to be a significant increase in the Iranian stockpile of nuclear material. The advisers convinced the president that a military strike might quickly escalate and would not be in U.S. interests, however.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also already served notice on the centrality of Iran in White House thinking. A recent New York Times report regarding the assassination of an alleged al-Qaeda leader in Tehran that is sourced to unnamed “intelligence officials” is intended to suggest that the Iranian government is working with the terrorist group, which is not the case. Pompeo’s State Department also has announced that the U.S. is going to continue to increase sanctions on Iran as well as on Syria. Analysts believe the intention is to create such an all-encompassing network of sanctions that they will not easily be undone, so no one in the future can mend fences with Iran by seeking to restore anything like the nuclear program inspections established by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The move is clearly intended to prevent Joe Biden, if he should become president, from trying to reverse Trump administration policies towards the Islamic Republic.

There are other indications that the Trump White House is moving ahead with measures to put even more pressure on Iran. Elliot Abrams, who is in charge of Iran policy as Special Envoy, has just been in Israel on a visit to discuss how the Trump administration, in coordination with Israel and several Gulf states, will impose the new sanctions on Iran in the remaining weeks left before inauguration day, just in case Biden’s election is confirmed. And Mike Pompeo has also stopped in Israel for a visit and talk with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Those trips come oddly at a time when you would think the two administration loyalists would be needed in Washington. Israel is, of course, lurking in the shadows on anything having to do with U.S. policy towards Iran. Israel manages the current White House through multi-billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson and the Israelis, though confident of their ability to direct Joe Biden just as they controlled Barack Obama, are also warning the incoming president that if he seeks to restore the nuclear inspection agreement Israel will have to “take steps” and there will be war with Iran.

In an admittedly more alarming report suggesting that Israel will be able to take control of whoever is in charge in Washington, “Shimrit Meir, an Israeli analyst and commentator, told JI [Jewish Insider] that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would likely ‘save the option’ of having the Republicans in control ‘for a desperate time — a looming agreement with Iran that doesn’t address [Israeli] concerns, for example.’ A Republican Senate will have an ability to ‘apply unique pressure on a Biden administration’s foreign policy,’ suggested Richard Goldberg, senior advisor at the [neocon] Foundation for Defense of Democracies.”

Just exactly who would be doing the fighting and dying in any event is not exactly clear, but as Israel’s government and its U.S. lobby own the Democratic Party, Biden is not likely to be so bold as to bite the hand that feeds him and he will forego taking the risk of initiating any rapprochement with the Iranians.

In addition to doing yet another favor for Israel, a little, hopefully containable, war could also be beneficial in other ways. If it is hyped enough by an acquiescent media, it could possibly generate something like a state of emergency declaration prolonging what we are going through right now and the inauguration of Biden will just have to wait. Are Trump and Pompeo capable of that? Maybe.

Is all of that just too outlandish to consider? And what can be done to stop it? I would observe that I am not the only one whose danger antennae went up when the top Pentagon officials were ousted so soon after the election. Even the Israeli press is speculating that an attack might be coming and Mondoweiss has a compelling piece entitled “An unhinged Trump could still unleash violence against Iran but the U.S. media downplay the danger.” The article cites a New York Times piece discussing the Pentagon firings which includes buried in the text “. . . Defense Department officials have privately expressed worries that the president might initiate operations, whether overt or secret, against Iran or other adversaries in his waning days in office.”

The Times followed up with another article on the Pentagon changes on November 11th, which began with “A purge of the senior civilians at the Pentagon and the ascension of a similar hard-line policy official to a top job at the National Security Agency have prompted concerns that the Trump administration may be planning new punishments for Iran…” Given that the generally tone-deaf newspaper of record just might have a reliable source could suggest that the rest of us should also take note. One would like to know who those unnamed Defense Department officials were and one might ask “What do they know that we the public should know?”

Some might argue that even for the Trump administration an unprovoked attack on a foreign country just days before a transition in government here at home would be a bridge too far. But that assessment is somewhat naïve. United States governments, both Democratic and Republican, have been doing the unspeakable and unjustifiable for some time now. Let’s hope that instead of a new armed conflict Donald Trump has the vision and fortitude to deliver on what he promised to do four years ago. Let’s end the wars and bring the troops home.

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. What Armageddon? The Iranian military may be able to get a few lucky pot shots in at Dubai and Saudi Arabia before they get crushed, but that’s about it. And I say that as someone who believes that there can not be real peace in the world until the US/Israel are destroyed.

    The best we can hope for is that this buys the Chinese a couple more years to get more and better weapons to use against the US.

  2. Wyatt says:

    Man, I didn’t know Sean Connery was so popular in Iran. Why did Trump kill him again?

    • LOL: InnerCynic
    • Replies: @follyofwar
  3. If Trump thinks he’ll eventually get his second term, then swapping out the cretins for a new set makes sense. If he thinks he may not be victorious then starting a new war would be the most callous act imaginable at this time. I don’t think he wants to be remembered for starting a war for Israel’s benefit, especially since they haven’t done anything to improve his chances for that second term.

    Trump should unilaterally declare that all overseas military bases are to be closed at once and all troops and materials returned back to US shores. Let the leaches that have been sponging off the US, as Trump so rightly paints them, figure out their own security arrangements. Just think of the money no longer wasted on useless military bullshit.

    He should also pardon Snowden and Assange to make some heads explode.

  4. @Wyatt

    In my opinion, Trump would not be so dumb as to attack Iran, as he is proud that, unlike Obama/Bush/Clinton, he hasn’t started a new war. So why would he ruin his legacy by starting one now? If Trump had wanted war with Iran, he had his golden opportunity after Iran struck back with a precision missile attack of US troops in Iraq, after Soleimani was stupidly murdered. Instead, he backed down from the precipice.

    My take on why Trump has made so many changes in the Defense Dept. after the election is because he is gearing up to mobilize the military against potential riots. As he hasn’t yet conceded, I’m surprised that Antifa/BLM have been so relatively quiet (unless it’s not being reported). Esper and General Milley gained his wrath when they rebuked him days after the White House was nearly overrun in June. That was an act of sedition, which Trump should have fired them for then. If the military brass had cooperated, Trump could have easily put down the riots. The fact that they went on so long and did so much damage made him look weak for not stopping them, and may have cost him the election.

    With loyalists now in charge, they will follow his orders if called upon. Colonel MacGregor is the perfect man for the job. He wants to bring the troops home, but is a hawk on using the military to defend the country from civil unrest.

    • Agree: Thim
  5. Notsofast says:

    the israelis might pull a flase flag feeling this is the time before biden reups the jpcoa. they do seem hell bent on starting a war with iran, although i dont know why. maybe they’re just whistling past the graveyard, iran’s been piling up missiles for decades and seem more than a match for any missile defense system israeli has on sheer numbers alone. unless israel goes nuclear they seem to be at a disadvantage with irans arsenal as well as hezbollahs aimed directly at them. that could be what the ”welding accident/fireworks mishap” in beirut was about. that incident may have been a demonstration of a mini nuke to show them they can use nukes and no one will say boo because there’s no radiation to prove their use. the whole thing seems quite suicidal but there’s no overestimating israels hubris.

  6. @follyofwar

    I don’t see in your reply an answer to Wyatt’s question.

    Is part of your “take” on Mr. Trump an inability to admit that he was the man who had Soleimani “stupidly murdered”?

    • Replies: @EdNels
    , @Wally
  7. A123 says:

    The Trump changes are about shutting down the Afghanistan deployment.

    Deep State maneuvering left the shadows and became visible. This allowed Trump to can the perpetrators. Even if the Blue Coup succeeds, Trump will bring troops to zero and end the AUMF, leaving Führer Biden looking at a closed door never to be re-opened by the GOP Senate.

    The single anonymous source #NeverTrump hit piece alleging an “averted” strike against Iran was from the NY Times. As the source has 0% credibility, the story is almost surely bogus. A broken clock is right twice a day, which is better odds than a NYT story being accurate.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Jimmydan
    , @Realist
  8. IMO, in a sane world Esper, Haspel, Wray, and their minions would be on trial for sedition for their resistence to the President and his directives. It is one thing to state opposition to a policy, but something quite different to defy a directive. Even Richard Nixon understood his job as VP was to back Eisenhower, even if it were to his own detriment.
    Obama cleared out the Pentagon of people that were viewed as obstructive. If Trump does the same, but ends up out of office, the war hawks are going to have to replace these people with their own.
    As for Israel, I noted a couple of years back that Trump openly questioned whether Nutty-yahoo wanted peace with the Palestinians. None of the ass-kissing has resulted toward peace with them, and now his so-called good buddy Bibi was one of the first out of the gate to congratulate Joe I-am-a-Zionist Biden.
    If a quarter of the stuff about election fraud turns out to be real, and Trump is re-elected, you can bet he will hold a grudge against BFF Bibi. It only took Epstein making a pass at an underage pool attendant that got him going there.

  9. I’d like an Iran war. A devastating war could just crash the US economy and begin the process of America’s imperial collapse. America is the mob enforcer of world Jewry and the weaker it gets, the better.

    Unfortunately, I don’t like Iran’s odds. Air power is everything in modern war, and Iran’s air force is pitiful. No 4.5 generation fighers at all, as well as antiquated air defenses. The USAF would bomb the Mullahs to rubble within days.

    Iranian Subs might mine and blockade Hormuz for a week or more, but US Air and anti-submarine assets in Saudi Arabia will no doubt neutralize them quickly.

    Much hay has been made of Iranian Ballistic missiles, but how many do they actually have? They’ll need thousands of ballistic missiles and thousands of cruise missiles to fully bomb and decimate the Saudi economy. Destroy its oil facilities, pipelines, ports and desalination plants and it will fall to its knees.

    Israel is very densely populated and a few lucky hits on the power grid and desalination plants will have the terrorist state on its knees. However, Iran needs a vast quantity of missiles for this purpose, as both Israel and Saudi Arabia have anti-balistic defense systems, and ballistic missiles can’t carry that heavy of a payload. There’s no convincing data on exact numbers of Iranian missiles. It would be great if someone could show any such data.

    Its a race against time, Iran simply can’t withstand a US bombing campaign for long. In this age of precision guided munitions, the USAF will destroy the Iranian power grid, infrastructure, power plants and agriculture related industries in a short amount of time. Millions will die as a result and the regime will collapse. This isn’t Vietnam era any more, Iran simply can’t outlast the US with attrition.

    The Iranians will have to deal crippling damage to Saudi Arabia/Israel before the USAF can amass its near-invincible might. Only in that case would the US cuck out of a fight.

    The shia militias and terrorists imo would be a much smaller threat. The Israeli army and Air force if fully deployed will easily decimate Hezbollah should they engage in conventional attacks and the same is true for US forces in Iraq. Small terrorist attacks simply can’t force down the US war machine.

    Iran really needs quality aircraft and SAM systems. Its a shame that the deal with the Russians to get the SU-30 SM and S-400 isn’t going ahead. Only a large infusion of Russo-Chinese military hardware can allow her to put up a serious fight against the US, a fight that would at least bloody the American nose.

  10. Hillbob says:

    Let General Bone Spur proceed full steam ahead. Attack Iran? It will be the end of the US in the Middle East and will become easy pickings for Russia and China elsewhere.
    Republicans and Democrats are the same in their blood lust and bullyism

    • Agree: Trickster
    • Replies: @Realist
  11. Thanks again Dr. Giraldi.

    Your analyses are always incisive and ground shattering in unearthing critical information that is directing the American politik in the right or wrong directions. Key information needed by the small thinking public always seems to be deeply buried and obscured by our by controlled MSM whenever it even just remotely touches Zionist or Israeli malfeasance in the USA; This information is not allowed to see the light of day in our print or electronic media.

    You are right, things could go that way with Iran, and who is left in Waddy DC to say NO!! America is becoming more leaderless by the day. Certainly the remaining intelligibles amongst us would not count either the Trumpster or the Bidus as courageous political leaders standing strong for America. Only the politically self-serving Jackyls and Hyenas are accepted in the halls of WDC these days.

    The MAGA people are so enthralled with their beloved American Caesar, that they will just lap up whatever he does in his last days from the safety of his WH bunker.

    Trump is certainly more inclined to please his handlers in Tel aViv than shore up his legacy. In fact a crushing of Iran during this presumed presidential transition might be the cornerstone of his legacy. He might also be positing himself for major post-retirement monetary rewards and special deals for his flagging business empire. Such a farewell last favor would most certainly please his billionaire Zio and Gulf Arab Luv mates in such a spectacular manner. A good gift never goes unanswered.

    Never mind the huge cost in international standing, material and lives to the US, his handlers will be ever the more gleeful. Look Abu Dhabi just wrote a huge check in tens of billions for more weapons when the Pompous made a quick dash visit.

    Netanyahu calls the shots on US foreign policy in Washington right now and that is not debatable. Maybe he perceives that will have less clout, albeit still a lot, when the Bidus takes over , especially on Iran. So may be best to act now and say I do or forever hold your peace.

    The scenario laid out by PG makes sense as a strong possibility during this Merry Covided Holiday Season. Such an attack whether well camouflaged as a retaliation or not may spiral out of control and lead to WW-IV. Hallelujah, maybe the End Times dreamed about by Pompeo and Kushner may be just around the corner!!!

    All hands on deck for more MAGA theatre.

  12. Poor Phil, poor drumpf-tards – the penny simply dropped too late in their heads…


    • Replies: @Ukraine Tiger
  13. He might do both. The big problem with attacking Iran are the thousands of US troops scattered around Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran’s special forces have plans to attack them with help from local militias. This would result in thousands of American dead or POWs.

    So the first step toward war is to withdraw most of these troops and consolidate the rest in large defendable bases.

    • Agree: Biff, Iris
    • Replies: @Rurik
  14. @Tommy Thompson

    I would say your statement is “debatable.” If Netanyahu ran US foreign policy Iran would have been decimated twenty years ago, and Assad would no longer be in power in Syria, which would now be controlled by Israel’s friend, ISIS. Netanyahu has far too much power over the Washington swamp, but he isn’t able to call all the shots.

    • Disagree: Tommy Thompson
    • Replies: @Tommy Thompson
  15. @follyofwar


    Well would the US military be illegally occupying pieces of Syria now, or stationed in Iraq right now if not for Netayahu and his AIPAC henchmen? Would the Iran Nuclear Deal not be squashed by Trump or the most coercive economic and monetary sanctions in US history be placed on Iran and Syria if not for the Israel First Team demanding it from day one. Why would the US even sanction Lebanon?? What conflict does the USA have with Lebanon??

    Did Trump WH not nix the Palestine embassy, overthrow the long held US lip service to international laws for occupied territories of Palestine and Jerusalem, and even ban any aid to the UNRWA, for Palestinian refugees after some 70 years or so??? Who called for that??

    OK, short of nuking these countries to oblivion, the US did not go to the final extreme , but that does not equate to meaning that US foreign policy is not controlled by an outside actor. Things are moved in a step wise progression, not in one Giant Leap.

    The USA has no interest in Iran, Syria, Palestine or even Iraq beyond having good and normal bilateral relations with them that normally includes educational and cultural exchanges, trade and business.

    Need more be said, who in Congress or in the business world dare put up any counter arguments when the issue of sanctions against Israel’s self-stated enemies are raised? So I do not believe the question of foreign control of US foreign policy is debatable.

    • Agree: Iris
  16. anonymous[150] • Disclaimer says:

    I get it, yeah, the truth should be attended with a bodyguard of horseshit.

    You fret that feckless puppet ruler Trump, who uniformly, abjectly failed to do anything CIA didn’t want him to do, might do something CIA wants him to do? Well maybe, but what the fuck does that have to do with Trump? Maybe CIA will stuff a war up his wide jiggling ass. Or maybe they’ll wait for the vegetable to dodder in, then start one.

    Presumably this piece is some sort of manipulative appeal to Trump’s ego or childhood traumas, a way of goading him to do the right thing. But Greenwald’s angle is more consistent, coherent, and complete. Greenwal identifies the heirs apparent, the synthetic left or Democrat faction kissing CIA ass to get ahead. You want to stop a war? Instead of messing with Trump’s head, why don’t you mess with the heads of the junior spy cadets sucking Gina’s bunions?

    That Government-Issue 1035-960 “conspiracy” shot at Tata gives off a disingenuous smell. As you know, Obama is son of spooks, grandson of spooks, intern at CIA proprietary BIC, youthful junketeer to Pakistan, and most importantly, an empty suit comically devoid of qualifications. In Presidential Puppetry Andrew Krieg presents compelling evidence that Obama was CIA’s groomed and vetted candidate. Mom had to give her budding spy kid a talk about the birds and the bees when he baked too hard at Occidental (he got to take a mulligan at Columbia and Safari Club stalwart alWaleed bin-Talal greased him into Harvard.) NSA was eavesdropping on pissant State Senator Obama at the ECI level, according to Russ Tice. “Manchurian candidate” is a dishonest strawman: The real fictional Manchurian Candidate had adult responsibilities, he had to shoot people; Obama only has to orate – read his lines, and let the CIA moles run the country.

    And the the most shameful casuistry of all: CIA firings give Trump a free hand? As you know, Gena stuffed the SIS with her most fanatically loyal, Republican Guard grade henchmen. The institution will not be affected.

    • Thanks: GMC
  17. Jiminy says:
    @Caspar von Everec

    You are forgetting the massive amount of ordinance dropped on the v.c. And ultimately what did that achieve? One image burnt into my mind is the u.s. pushing helicopters overboard trying to make room for the mass exodus. Violent rioting on u.s. streets.
    After twenty years of tiring, stagnant waring, who is going to put their hands up to become Iranian cannon fodder once the aerial bombardment ceases. Don’t forget that the Iranians fought in near trench warfare conditions against Iraq and who knows who else for almost a decade.
    I can see Israel being destroyed in retaliation. And while they are down, they will be attacked internally by all the downtrodden, who will have been waiting decades for their chance. Then of course the cost of oil will skyrocket. If you think things are hard now, wait a couple of years and see if the yanks like having a standard of living approaching that of a middle eastern camel jockey.
    I think Trumps sackings are leading up to something closer to home.

    • Replies: @Trickster
    , @Anonymous
  18. For Trump to start a war he would have to ask military, if military is ready for war with Iran.
    Military would say NO.

    • Agree: Thim
  19. Trump should first make Hebrew the official language of the US, while English would be tolerated for a while as a lingua franca. US measures should be made Biblical. The American dollar should be pegged to the shekel. All cities and towns should have their names changes for Biblical Hebrew ones. NYC should be renamed Qart’ Had’sh or Carthage. All statues should be pulled down unless they represent Biblical characters. Everybody should be given a Hebrew name to exert his citizen’s rights. Judaism should be made the state religion, and all other religions that are clearly non-compatible with it should be made illegal.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
    • Replies: @Johnny Smoggins
  20. The Russians and Chinese know that if Iran falls, they are next. Trump going to war on Iran will not mean the end of the Iranian regime, but rather the end of Zionist global power. The whole world has had it with the Jews. When it finally hits them and the slumbering giant awakens, it will be too late to do anything about it.

  21. chris says:

    I don’t think he wants to be remembered for starting a war for Israel’s benefit, …

    I don’t know, he would be instantly transformed from CJ Hopkins’ “Putin-Nazi,” buffoon into statesman! That would be worth something to him, even though, for everyone else he would be even more of a cuck.

  22. The Germans in WWII managed to fire off a fair number of inaccurate rockets with highly complex and revolutionary mechanical systems. Thousands of V2 rockets. Plenty of V1s, which were much cheaper (think DRONES).

    Now Iran has had decades to build rockets, to build cheap and efficient solid fuel rockets, now with advanced guidance system. To build large numbers of drones. There is no reason to doubt the Iranians have thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of highly accurate ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, drones, air defense rockets, advanced electronic warfare.

    Perhaps it would be all for nought in a conflict with Yankee Judah’s wunderwaffen and micronukes.

    I don’t see what the Americans can really do other than attack strategic targets and the population and threaten annihilation. The world is awakening to the Jew, lame-duck Trump carrying out such a deed will infuriate the whole world against the bloodthirsty Jews.

    • Agree: Zarathustra
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  23. The United States currently has no resources to move to staging areas to even threaten Iran with any ground operation. Bombing, that could be another affair but that also means US military bases going in flames in the area. Iran has a good number of intermediate range ballistic and cruise missiles, while the US has no good air-defense in the area. Iran’s terrain is a nightmare and she is certainly no Iraq. Trump may try some salvos of cruise missiles but this may only strengthen Iranian regime and create quite a few problems domestically. But then again, Israel doesn’t care, she certainly can go for false flag.

  24. Another popular opinion on the Secretary of Defence rotation, is because of the recent US Army raid on the Dominion servers, which Mark Esper might have nixed

    The concerns raised in the article concur with my thoughts though, Donald Trump has nothing to lose by shitting on the carpet on his way out and leaving the next administration to clean up the mess.

    The feeling is close to that after Soleimani was assassinated.
    But I doubt an all out boots on the ground war will ensue, it has been wargamed enough to convince the US military that it will sustain unacceptable losses. More discussion on the topic here:

  25. You propose two alternatives: 1) after roughly four years of no new wars and scaling back existing ones, Trump in the last 60 days of his first term is going to start a war against Iran and 2) Trump will bring the troops home.

    May I propose a third alternative? Trump will get nothing done about reducing troop levels between now and Inauguration Day 2021, because of bureaucratic inertia. Should justice be done and Trump be re-elected, then I would expect him to get Middle Eastern troop commitments more or less zeroed out by March 2021.

    But within the first year of the 46th president’s term (regardless of party), the U.S. will be engaged in a massive new war in the Middle East, likely in Syria. The 46th president (Kamala Harris, AOC or Nikki Haley) will be a tool of the Ruling Class, who for some reason love the Shiite death cult almost as much as they love Middle Eastern wars and open borders.

  26. Anonymous[833] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve never understood Israel’s beef with Iran to the point where they actually seem eager to exterminate the Iranian people as a race. Lebanon and Syria the Israelis want for Lebensraum, for the potable water sources and the petroleum deposits, that is quite obvious, but do they have so much hubris to think they can level, occupy and colonize an entire country so much larger and more populous than their own? Iran, left alone in peace, will soon be home to nearly 100 million people, about a third as large as the USA. They have the right to keep breathing without Israel’s boot on their throats.

    Israel acts as if American guarantees are in place and absolute to support whatever crimes against humanity it chooses to perpetrate. Destroying most of Iran’s infrastructure would be difficult but probably doable by the American military machine, but after its piss-poor record in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, the task of occupation and theft of natural resources seems beyond the usual delusions of the blood-thirsty exceptionals. And to whom would Israel and America sell their ill-gotten spoils (probably speciously calling them “war reparations”)?

    Is Europe supposed to happily purchase blatantly stolen gas and oil from the Yanks and the $#@’s so they can tell the Russians to “go stick their fossil fuels up their collective assholes because it pleases the Americans”? Is that the scenario? Is that in keeping with the solemn oaths to “never again” aid and abet genocide? Because that is what seems openly planned by the American-Israeli coalition. At any rate it’s constantly floated as some realistic acceptable possible course of action by half the seemingly liquored up geopolitical punditry rather than the ultimate outrage and crime that it actually would be… or should be to anyone still sane.

    Honestly, it is time for the Europeans to start protesting American occupation of their lands, the hijacking of their foreign policies and strangulation of their economies against the interests of their own people just as they once did against the Soviets. None of the outrages forced upon them by the last four American presidents should ever have been tolerated, NATO should be disbanded, the dozens of American bases in Europe should be shut down, the false flags and contrived “poisonings” should be revealed and punished, the deliberately engineered Muslim migrations into Europe (funded by megalomaniacs like Soros) should be halted and the Middle East and Russia should stop being threatened by American troops and missiles from European soil. Once Europe stops enabling the global war criminals, the American savagery should stop…or would at least become more amenable to contain.

  27. GMC says:

    Sure, I could see a deal between Trump and Biden in order to start a conflict or War. It’s probably already been talked about. Trump is on his way out and needs protection, Biden could blame Trump for starting the war , in which he has to follow through with more war. A win win situation for the NWO, Wall Street, MIC , MSM and a few cut throat alternate media sites etc. Israel may or may not gain in the long run tho. Of course Trump will have to take the heat publicly, but he will have made a sweet deal for himself – and probably a kick back from the MIC. It’s just business – ya know.

    • Thanks: GazaPlanet
  28. EdNels says:
    @Greta Handel

    Good one there. My question is: Was it a sensible thing to kill a general by a drone ambush style attack when he was supposedly on a peace keeping assignment, when he could have been taken alive.
    He could be intensively reindoctrinated and trained to make propaganda movies in place of the late Sean Connery. So they killed the guy with the charisma, how’s that reflect back?

    But seriously,

    • Thanks: Alfred
  29. LondonBob says:

    Sorry Phil this is too orange man bad, more to do with withdrawing troops and battling the election fraud. I don’t for a minute believe Trump has any interest or knowledge of Natanz, I agree with Elijah Magnier analysis here, a NYTimes smear piece.

    • Agree: Rogue
  30. Trump already gave the Jews all they could dream of… why not now the ultimate act to provide him protection from the Tribe in his retirement?

    If he starts a war with Iran (Operation Purim II) the Jews will carve his face in Golan limestone with Bris knives.

  31. chris says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    The option which seems the most plausible is a number of raids on Iranian nuclear and missile facillities, which are defensive weapons and a threat only to those who would be trying to attack Iran.

    With that Trump would think he’s scoring a tripple whammy by giving Bibi a Christmas present, gaining respect from MSM, and poisoning relations of the Biden administration with the Iranians (as Phil points out). To a moron like Trump this would be like ‘the deal of the century’ all over again.

    • Replies: @frankie p
  32. Phil Giraldi should know who runs U. S. Middle Eastern policy. Elliott Abrams and Mike Pompeo just received orders from Benjamin Netanyahu while visiting Israel. The Trump administration has created facts through his visits to the occupied Golan Heights and an illegal settlement. A possible Harris/Biden administration can’t reverse and won’t, because both are ardent Zionists. The most likely scenario will be a war against Iran and the declaration of a state of emergency. A Biden inauguration will be put off indefinitely. Besides this war, Trump will order a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Both occupations are a disaster for the U. S. and the so-called international community. However, remarkably, Trump starts a war for Israel’s rogue state and sacrifices American soldiers for this racist state.

  33. Anonymous[881] • Disclaimer says:

    LMFAO! Yea let’s ignore the hateful, sociopathic Biden regime that’s taking control of the country, and invent some fairy-tale scenarios where Trump is the real threat.

    TDS taken to yet another assinine level of stupidity.

  34. anon[139] • Disclaimer says:

    if there is going to be war with Iran the Israelis are going to nuke Iran immediately, right off and away. what else is face a barrage of Iranian and Hezbollah missiles they cant stop by any other means but nuclear?

    the Israelis are going to attack all Iranian missile capacity by nuclear…and without doubt have something similarly immediate and final for Hezbollah.

    the Israelis are capable of anything, always were but more so at this point of evolution at which capitalism is at an end and thy are trying desperately to make over human society…the great ‘Reset’ In doing so the Israelis apparently prepared to eliminate human reproductive capacity which is what the great vaccination project seems all about.

    Blasting most of the Iranian population to bits seems entirely within such parameters. if they are going to attack Iran what else but nuclear makes sense. it is bound to come to that because if America attacks Iran Iran will attack Israel…and Israel in anticipation would nuke Iran right away.

    Giraldi is focused on Trump as initiatory in the development of the possibility of attack on Iran but it could be Israel pulling one last act out of their best friend ever in the white house’s presidential chair. and who knows what those guys are actually about, what they have had planed and done all along, what thy have in store coming up

    we can know its quality that’s what…whatever they have planned and are doing, and going to do. we know its going to be horrific and totally driven by and focused on their own minority existential protect and extend such interest over the entire globe

    by such interest we know for certain that at this stage of technological advance going forward, the capitalist minority-power must reduce the human population by orders of magnitude, if they are to retain their social power and safety as a ruling class running the global show, and saving their own heads at the same time. they have analyzed all of history, have all the expertise at hand to figure our ways of saving their power, considering all the elites classes that have gone before, failed and are now purely historical. the Zionists have clearly decided that they are going to do all they see as essential in maintaining their social power in perpetuity regardless of what it may be. no horror is too great for them to impose on humanity on their way to forever

    I have never had to be an expert to realize what elitism, systematic exploitation of humanity could lead to. no one needs to be…the evidence is clear by simple focused observation of routine social life itself. we live the routine horrors of such systematic exploitation and the ever increasing dehumanization of humanity to the point at which anyone off the street can carry out atrocities against humanity.

    but such human capacity for atrocity is centered in the elites of course who by vested interest have a lot to lose but have the capacity to kill humanity in the process of defense of their ill gotten social power

    not that I would be here but I would be surprised in humanity lives on in nature for much longer. its any time as far as I see. far from the developed preparedness of Trumpian antipathy towards Iran leading to war, as the only horrific urgent potential for humanity, the whole human species is prepared for its extinction right now, has been prepared by Zionist capitalism and general activity with its ‘holocaustianity’ keeping the world focused on general mass murder and genocide, in constant war and routine relationship hostility from the man on the street right up to among the nations.

    for the past 30 years or so humanity has lived in a constant flow of monumental diseases, plagues and pandemics that supposedly by the related propaganda, threaten human existence. we live in general and total existential fear of existence in routine life. there is always more and more global threatening negatives, all the god damn time. we live in full development and praxis for a hundred and thirty years now, of atrocity period. humanity is ready to die now, has been prepared to die, expects to die, for humanity to blow itself to bits at some point, or whimper away in pandemic.

    we all now understand that that above is our future, and that living is pointless for we all die and in all the horror we live there is really no point to life anyway. we would pull the trigger ourselves if .
    I suspect that most, nearly all hands that come close to the ‘TRIGGER’ would have the devil of a time not pulling it, irrevocably drawn by our long term preparation to die to avoid pulling the ‘TRIGGER’ and killing all life

    • Replies: @frankie p
  35. Jimmydan says:

    Hello KooKoo the trained parrot.

    What happened to your parroting or reciting today? Anti-Semite, Anti-Semite and more anti semite
    PLO/Hamas/Al Fatah Bad and very bad. Islam bad, Saudi Islam good.
    I am waiting to hear from your trainer/s answers on Elie Wiesel and his Nazi Tattoos, Nazi and Zionist Federation of Berlin collaboration in 1933.
    Why dont youReplace this fake “PEACE”word with more appropriate KKK. or We R BIGOTS. As a European you wont know much about KKK (Hint: Judah Benjamin from Richmond, VA).

    Hate against certain group of people would not take you and likes anywhere.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Insouciant
  36. BL says:

    Say what you will about NYT travails, it’s still narrative fabricator central.

    Could it be more obvious that it’s proffering a pre-excuse on behalf of Iran if it can be goaded into acting (again)?

    By the way, while often the party line is difficult to divine, here we have glaringly obvious tell in the form of “vindictiveness.” If you have any respect for yourself you not only notice it’s immediate ‘Word of the day’ adoption, but how much it’s intended to be an insult to the intelligent.

    Though I don’t blame them for reprising what has worked to well for more than four years. The same purveyors, media and otherwise, told us that Trump would drop out before the election because he didn’t really want to be president. Then, after winning, that he would . . . get ready for it, not take the oath because he didn’t really want to be president. I won’t belabor the innumerable of a kind Fake News reports since then.

    Author specific plug-n-play fibbing is most evident here:

    President Donald Trump clearly has a visceral hatred for Iran.

    This NYT Fake News is indeed worrying but not because there’s a shred of truth in it in terms of Trump. As this author knows, or should know, Trump brilliantly pushed authority to self-defensively respond to an attack along the lines he suggest to the command level.

    In other words, if something happens in the coming days, POTUS Trump was not the moving party.

    How can I be the only one to notice the salient replay of what occurred right after the 2016 election. Then the Obama administration engaged in all sorts of exceedingly dangerous maneuvers to keep foreign powers from spilling the beans on its election malefactions.

    I suggest everyone at least try to exercise some common sense. Trump ran BOTH times on ending the “endless wars” and not starting new ones. That’s in stark contrast to figurehead Obama. Why in the world would Trump throw that away, least of all in service of middle-schooler “vindictiveness?”

    They’ve had to amp this up –go public with it, so to speak — because Sleepy Joe’s handlers have been denied transition access. That means they and their National Security State allies have to bear risk of discovery and exposure in conspiring.

  37. Anonymous[301] • Disclaimer says:

    Trump is never going to attack Iran. Give me a break.

    Why write this?

    Trump’s final act! He’s prepared to bring down the whole world with him!

    Sorry, not buying it.

    Print something valuable.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Rogue
  38. Anonymous[636] • Disclaimer says:

    The entire article appears intended as propaganda to weaken support for the President in this time of crisis by treasonously insinuating he’s crazy enough to start a war with Iran out of personal spite or on instructions from his son-in-law and son-in-law’s coterie of Israel-firsters, so it doesn’t matter if Biden “wins.” If the President was relentlessly attacked with manufactured “intel” breathed into public existence by the DNC/CIA’s mainstream and social media, it follows that the President and his tens of millions of armed followers might graciously accept those terms of engagement and ignore protestations that the President didn’t win the election in a landslide, which he obviously did, and put down urban riots by answering BLM and Antifa in kind. The article also insinuates that the Pentagon had up until now provided a buffer between what the author would have us believe is an Israeli footstool in the person of the President, who was restrained by the wise voice of combat-hardened warrior-patriots in uniform.

    As for the Pentagon, however, let’s cut the crap. If we’re talking “deep state,” the Pentagon is the mother of all deep state bureaucracies. Its uniformed martinets are no less Obama-era bureaucratic hacks than crazed females like Laura Cooper, who, God help us, may forget to take their psychiatric meds on the same day. What the author should be doing is disabusing his followers of any notion that these men who rose to the top by being ass-kissing martinets are, for the uniform, somehow transformed into warrior-patriots who give a shit about America.

    And, not least, these senior officers know or should know by now that overwhelmingly persuasive evidence proves Israel did 9-11 beyond any reasonable doubt. Not one of them could last five minutes in a debate on 9-11 with a professional contributor to Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth, including those of the Air Force with flying experience. The actual 9-11 evidence, in fact, proves the utter absurdity of the official fairytale for children about nineteen Arabs who one day couldn’t manage a 100-hp, single-engine Cessna 150 with a flight instructor by their side magically the next day putting Boeing jetliners through impossible maneuvers to hit bull’s eyes at break-up speed, not to mention the equally magic suspension of the laws of physics, chemistry, metalurgy, seismology, etc at the very same time.

    My point is that the ongoing, elaborate efforts at 9-11 concealment by the Pentagon provides powerful evidence of its senior officers’ guilt and continued usefulness as an exclave of the Israeli military taking orders from its neocon fifth column. As we see, they’re willing to burn out the military, bankrupt this nation, and stand idly by as this nation is thrown into civil war for the purposes of preventing recriminations when Israel and China emerge as the new bipolar NWO.

    • Thanks: Majority of One, FLgeezer
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  39. No offense, but isn’t Trump running out of time to do anything? So far he is losing the election. So what, or who, will give him the corporate payouts for starting a war with Iran? The Evangelicals? My Pillow?

    Then again Trump would be the perfect schmuck to start the great war for greater Israel. Everything with Trump goes back to his debt load. So are the folks like the Rothschild eager for a Persian war? One hand they seemed big on the Kerry deal, and history tells us they like to play both sides. So guess we will find out soon what the answer is on Iran.

    What about a war with Venezuela, who supposedly fiddled with our elections according to Trump’s lawyers? Now there would be some really nice real estate for beach front condos and golf courses, and with a nice side of oil reserves.

    • Replies: @Ralph B. Seymour
  40. If Trump brings the troops home Biden will just send them right back. Trump would be foolish to attack Iran at this point. Biden and KH probably will attack Iran to please their masters who got them elected. After that anything can happen.

  41. geokat62 says:

    Leftists Suggest “Re-Education Camps”, “Firing Squads”, & Banning Talk Radio To “Deprogram” 75 Million Trump Supporters

  42. Realist says:

    He should also pardon Snowden and Assange to make some heads explode.

    He should pardon Snowden and Assange…because it’s the right thing to do.

    • Agree: RoatanBill, annamaria
    • Replies: @Fred777
  43. Realist says:


    .. leaving Führer Biden looking…

    That is an insult to Hitler.

  44. Realist says:

    Republicans and Democrats are the same in their blood lust and bullyism

    Of course they are two sides of the Deep State coin.

  45. Trickster says:

    Here we go with war again yet with snippets of reality in the majority of comments and utter nonsense otherwise. Back in the day the Duke of Bumbleland might get into a row with the Count of Borex. Both might gather a few castle guards with swords and daggers and peasants with axes, shovels etc. After a refreshing breakfast they would form up on a field and fight to exhaustion or a rout and then go home by the end of the day in time for dinner. One or the other might end up with his head on a spike and everything else forfeit.

    Things are a bit different in this day and age. It is always entertaining when video gamers and amateurs talk about this and that weapon and this and that tactic. Sure they play an important role in conflict BUT modern wars depend on LOGISTICS. You can have the finest equipment able to sweep the enemy off the battlefield. However a mechanized division without replacement parts, without fuel tankers, armourers, mechanics and computer technicians, ammunition, communications, trained men and replacements and even a single missing component ON HAND is nothing more than a heap of scrap iron with a bunch of guys sitting around smoking. If one division fields 10,000 men then think about supplying 500,000 men and their equipment thousands of miles from the homeland.

    Hence one would have to figure out how long your campaign would last and start stock piling men, equipment and supplies at the jump off point. In the case of Iran I see just a few of several considerations.
    1.) Where is the initial staging area going to be
    2.) How long will your buildup take
    3.) What will the enemy do while you build up

    Until question 1 is answered and resolved with the country with the start line all you are just fucking around.

    Looking at my trusty school atlas I note that Iran is quite a ways away from the US. Lets assume you can initiate the buildup in Quatar. A shower of missiles on the area will make the task difficult, result in casualties American Moms already the mothers of fruitcakes and pansies may well find unacceptable from the get go. It may even result in the war being still born.

    An American thrust into Iran may well sweep away all opposition but then what ? Iran is many times bigger than Iraq with far more diverse geographical features. We know what happened in Iraq. We know that even with US support for Iraq in its war with Iran the result was far less than satisfactory.

    American air power, dominating and devastating as it may be will not and cannot win a war on its own. One could level every city in Iran but you dont have to graduate from the Point to know that a city reduced to rubble and full of angry, armed, desperate citizens will negate all of America’s technical advantages. History has already proven that fact to every street video vendor with a cell phone and internet connection.

    In combat there is a concept “The wolf is at the door”. A man, even untrained, armed with an AK and some grenades, fighting in his ruined apartment building with his wife and children hiding in the basement, who has lost everything and has nothing more to lose is a different and far more dangerous animal than a highly trained 18 year old Marine (the wolf) with all the super technology and weaponry. Ultimately, and UR readers may say “Come on Trickster, the Marines will blow the building apart”. Quite correct, but then there is the next building and in it is Faisal and Mohammed who just watched you reduce their brother Abdul and his family to dust.

    At one time everyone waxed that the US would invade Venezuela. I have travelled all over Venezuela from the Colombian border to the Guyana and Brazilian border. Venezuela is a land of contrasts, large cities teeming with violent slums, the Andes with some peaks rising to 15ooo feet, jungle with some parts where no foot white or indian has ever trod and in the east vast plains (the llanos) excellent tank country in the dry season and a vast impassable disease ridden swamp in the rainy season, and porous lawless borders teeming with fugitives and recently a population for whom death would be a welcome release from poverty and hardship.

    The Generals in the Pentagon are not fools. If they cannot take on Venezuela in their own sphere will they challenge Iran ? Unlikely. The Iranian military are not idiots either. You can bet your last dollar they have studied very aspect of the US invasion of Iraq and the ultimate humiliation of the Pentagon.

    Finally, what will the Chinese and Russians do ? What will all the other disenfranchised Moslems in the Middle East do ? Flock to Iran just to fight Americans is my predction. And Israel is in no position to go it alone, the logistical challenge is too great. Everyone knows this so all the rhetoric and club shaking is hot air.

    A conflict with Iran is possible. An invasion is possible. Idiots ( and they seem to be drawn to government) do idiotic things. But Iran, like Iraq Afghanistan will be yet another humiliating mortuary, bone depository and graveyard for the US military.

    The cost of such a war is a topic for another discussion.

    • Agree: Alfred, Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Rurik
    , @Iris
  46. Anonymous[411] • Disclaimer says:

    1) Trump orders attack on Iran, military complies.
    2) Iran requests military assistance from Russia/China.
    3) Russia, China and Iran counterattack by various means, leading to,
    4) Total and complete shutdown of Internet, economy stands still, lights go out in US,
    5) Latent hostilities erupt within US population, self-organizing civil war erupts
    7) Coalition of global governments draft peace treaty. US surrenders its nuclear arsenal. Surviving ONE PERCENT go to international courts for war crimes, threatening sovereign nations, illegal embargo and sanctions, financial racketeering and fraud, etc.
    8) US reconstructed and aligned with world nations towards common goals: refactoring of energy systems, agriculture, medicine – all lead by advanced nations with Russia and China at the top.


    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @Iris
  47. @Johnny Smoggins

    Being a traitor to your country is never a good thing unless, of course, you’re from China pretending to be an American… a real American wouldn’t seek destruction!

    • Replies: @Johnny Smoggins
  48. @Francis Miville

    Pretty much all packaged food sold in North America has one of those fucking kosher symbols on it so we’re already half way to being a Jewish colony.

  49. Trickster says:

    AMEN AND VERY WELL SAID,,,,,,,,,,note the capital letters !

  50. bj0311 says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Look at what it took for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm when we still had much of our Cold War Army. We also had relatively significant forces from other nations involved as well. Fast forward thirty years to the feminized military we have today, where we have to contract out so much logistical and security support.

    The proponents of airpower will never come to face the reality that while airpower can destroy much, it cannot take or hold anything. There are simply not enough people in uniform for this size of an operation (depending on the goal) unless a president is willing to call for national conscription. National conscription will never happen for two reasons, one is the caliber of citizens the empire has and the second and most important is if everyone’s son (and now daughter) had to go the people would rise up. We have a hollow military with a relatively sharp spearhead but no shaft with which to propel it. Wait until a carrier is sunk and 5000 Americans go down with it. America will not start a war that will involve high US casualties.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  51. geokat62 says:

    Top Pentagon Adviser Douglas Macgregor Blames ‘Israeli lobby’ [and “neocons” for pushing the United States into wars]

    • Thanks: Rurik, Robjil
    • Replies: @Majority of One
  52. @Anonymous

    I’ve never understood Israel’s beef with Iran to the point where they actually seem eager to exterminate the Iranian people as a race.

    You’d have to ask one of our resident Jews but I think it’s because 3000 years ago the Persians beat the Hebrews in a war or something.

    So for that all modern Iranians, including babies, have to die.

  53. A123 says:

    Added to Blocked Commenter list for being a RACIST

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  54. Alfred says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Before invading Iraq, the USA and its allies spent at least 6 months loading up neighbouring countries with weaponry and supplies – logistics. If the USA tries to do that before invading Iran, the Iranians would readily destroy the ports handling this material.

    On the other hand, if the USA started it off with a bombing campaign, where would these aircraft be based? Diego Garcia is too far for most aircraft. B-52’s are sitting ducks and easy to shoot down. If the USA tried to use the UAE or Saudi Arabia, these airbases would be quickly destroyed by rocketry.

    Iran is easily defensible. Their main cities are far from the coast. Tehran is 1500 kilometers from the UAE. Forget about using Iraq or Afghanistan as a launchpad. Turkey would never allow its territory to be used – unless it wanted Azerbaijan to revert to Iranian ownership a bit later on.

    Both Russia and China would rapidly reinforce Iran. They know that they would be next on the list. Like in Vietnam, the Russians might man their mobile antiaircraft platforms. Russia is nearby and both countries have ports on the Caspian Sea.

    I have flown over Iran in passenger planes numerous times. You cannot imagine how rough the terrain is and how many choke points there are for vehicular traffic.

    Once, on a British Airways 747, an engine blew up on takeoff – Tehran is at altitude. The flight was supposed to go to London. Ironically, I was supposed to attend a BA board meeting. BA gave me a free First Class ticket. However, the plane was diverted to Bahrain. All the way, the pilot was dodging between giant mountains. Houses were like matchboxes for the first 30 minutes until we gained some altitude.

    The list of reasons not to attack Iran is formidable. Trump is a heck of a lot smarter than his top brass. He occasionally leaks out rumours to sustain his image of being a nutter. It is a negotiating ploy. That is all.

  55. You’re off your rocker… Trump isn’t going to attack Iran. In fact, Israel isn’t interested in destroying what remains of Jewry in Iran (there are probably 25,000 Jews remaining). All this is, is to lock up the loyalty of the 40% of America (the deplorables, if you will) for the future for
    Trump and his progeny, which would give him a veto power not only over the Republican party but the political landscape of the nation. Trump, whatever else he may be, is NOT stupid and to a man like that the first question is, what’s in it for me and self destruction isn’t the answer.

  56. Anonymous[267] • Disclaimer says:

    You are forgetting the massive amount of ordinance dropped on the v.c. And ultimately what did that achieve? One image burnt into my mind is the u.s. pushing helicopters overboard trying to make room for the mass exodus. Violent rioting on u.s. streets.
    After twenty years of tiring, stagnant waring, who is going to put their hands up to become Iranian cannon fodder once the aerial bombardment ceases. Don’t forget that the Iranians fought in near trench warfare conditions against Iraq and who knows who else for almost a decade.

    Against war with Iran though I am, let’s look at the facts you have presented.

    i. Vietnam didn’t have enough infrastructure to be worth bombing; not the case with Iran. Compared to today the Vietnam era “rioting” was relatively peaceful, with the exception of the Chicago police. What we did have back then was almost daily bombings. Negroes going crazy like Watts 1965 and DC 1968 were special cases.

    ii. Less than 8 years, not “almost” a decade. How many of those soldiers do you suppose are ready (able) to go back to war after just shy of 40 years (for the guys who were around at the end)?

    iii. It took Iran almost 8 years to achieve a stalemate with Iraq. How long did it take the U.S. to defeat the modern version of Iraq (twice)?

  57. @God's Fool

    From the ashes she will be rebuilt anew. Have confidence friend.

    • Thanks: God's Fool
  58. anon[274] • Disclaimer says:

    If you were pissed off at somebody, because they framed you as a Russian spy, then stole an election to get rid of you, you wouldn’t start a war they waged as undeclared sneak attacks for years. That would be silly. They would like that.

    What you would do is declassify some more of these.

    Gina, She-Wolf of the SIS is implicated in the crime against humanity of systematic and widespread torture. That’s not the worst of her crimes (the worst is her use of banned biological weapons SARS-COV-2) but the universal jurisdiction law is tightest and most inescapable in the case of torture. If Gina refuses to cough up the government records, then solicit international legal assistance and extradite her to the countries of her torture victims.

    A huge constitutional crisis will ensue, because this will show that CIA’s in charge. Then Americans will know that they sent the million maga march to the wrong town. They should have gone to Langley and freed their government records from the CIA criminals’ vaults.

  59. @Notsofast

    Your analysis is supported by the strange fact that neither Iran nor Hizbollah sought to up the ante when most Lebanese were in agreement that what they experienced was a nuclear attack of a sort that does not leave a clear radiation signature. The Israeli act was purposely provocative in the hope that a rash response by Hizbollah would escalate into a war that Trump would have no choice avoiding without jeopardising his chances of re-election. The Iranians are extremely patient people who know how to eat their vengeance plate cold. The tragedy of the Beirut blast is far from over.

    • Agree: Notsofast
    • Replies: @frankie p
  60. @Anonymous

    The greater Israel plan cannot stand a challenge like the Iranian one since an Israeli politician has already admitted ‘ that the problem with the Iranians is that they are like us’. Israel has managed some great technological achievements despite being a country under siege. To have such a competitor does not bode well for Israeli hegemonic aspirations.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  61. I trust Phil Giraldi’s “gut.”

    Trumpstein cares more for fulfilling his mission to attack Iran than his manipulable “legacy.”

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  62. anon[139] • Disclaimer says:

    if there is to be a war with Iran Israel will use nuclear weapons…straight up!

    if the USA/Israel believe they must do something about Iran now is the time. 5 years up the road that indeed would be totally out of the question on any level. so if they are gonna go now is the time…and Israel will nuke Iran right off.

    that to my mind is the logic if USA/Israel is going to war with Iran

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  63. Anon[915] • Disclaimer says:

    Israel has not yet got Pakistan, Bangladesh,Malaysia,Indonesia,and Somalia ,Chad,Gabon, Cameron.
    Once these countries are under the Zionist thumb, the world practically be China vs rest of the world managed by the Jews.

    Soleimani was killed because the [bribed ] senators asked for it if Trump didn’t want to get impeached . That was Trump’s own admission and reported by Wall Street.

    Obama’s book The Promised Land has reported how deep disloyal and destructive is the Jewish lobby

    . The Tuesday Kill list was the brainchild of Rom Emmanuel who called Obama ‘ HAMAS’ because Obama was looking to ease the situation in Gaza. Anti semitism accusation was constantly crafted by the diaspora and Israeli Jews to bury honest US interests and US concerns .

    Biden ,as Iran said could use executive powers to get back to Iran deal.But his legs are shackled .

    Trump’s attack on Iran is not about destroying Iran but creating an Iranian military response which then 24/7 bought paid bribed corrupted media would make sure Americans blame Iran as predator aggressor and rogue . That opinion will prevent any JCOPA type negotiation.

    Remember the Jewish attendees at AIPAC in 2007 collectively swore to ‘ Do an Iraq on Iran’ .
    Iraq was a joint project of native and diaspora Jews . That project now bemoaned as failures and based on lies by the same braved corrupted media who wouldn’t acknowledge the authorship of the Jews and managerial positions of the Jews in the project but would blame visible people of much lesser importance , minimal capacities or of people with no vested tribally predicated interests .

    Usually,once war is in place, America doesn’t relent . It demands total surrender and destruction. That was the lesson from smaller unsuppported or weaker countries attacked by USA . This is not written in the cold stone but in the warm heart of the Jewish controlled media . They sharpen the claws ,cheer leader and indoctrinate the mindset .

    Iraq was always ready . So was Taliban, But wars took place.
    Libya made good faith promises . But the media pushed for war and then blamed US’s leaders not Jewish forces for war.

    North Korea learnt and told them to fuck off.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  64. M59 says:
    @Johnny Smoggins

    Fat chance. The American armed forces can take down China and Iran simultaneously.

    • Replies: @Derer
  65. M59 says:

    You have simply no idea of the capability of the United State’s military. B52s are not required. What separates us from any military power is our ability to see ourselves and our enemy simultaneously. Additionally, even without seeing the enemy in real time we can target, conventionally, targets from thousands of miles away. Arabs and Persians are singularly incapable of understanding or implementing complex strategic or tactical advances in technology. They have some advanced capability but simply don’t employ it sequentially or with the intent to get inside an adversaries decision cycle. Curiously, the Iranians are typical middle easterners that tend to give up once they hit a roadblock or a setback chalking it up to “Allahs Will”.

    Finally, we have the ultimate Ace in hole. Nuclear weapons that will go off and do hit their targets. If Iran strikes the United States then Iran becomes a smoking hole. Guaranteed.

    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @anon
    , @a.z
  66. @Andrei Martyanov

    Do US and Israel have electronic technologies that could be used to neutralize Iran and Iranian defenses in advance of a capitulation assault?

    I agree with Alfred @ 55, Iran’s topography is daunting. I have flown across the Great Salt Desert (albeit at night) and driven nearly a thousand miles across desert to caravansaries and in the mountains; I’ve driven past (but not to) Natanz: it is not that far from heavily populated area.

    Iranians have been preparing numerous enclaves for habitation for over 30 years. Tehran is a bowl that traps heat and pollution to an unbearable degree: all but the very poorest city dwellers have a place in rural areas where they can escape the heat, even if in tents. I watched as Bakhtiari shepherds drove their herds across a six-lane highway, bringing traffic to a standstill; though their nomadic and seasonal migration patterns are at odds with the Islamic state, such patterns, and the survival skills they engender, still live among the Iranian people.

    I drove along well-paved roads through desert terrain that were bordered as far as the eye could see with planted shrubs and pine trees, intended to hold back sands from blowing over the roadways and also to Green the Desert (take notes, AOC) to make it habitable 20 years in the future. Beyond those greened hectares one could see veritable farms of wind mills, to power irrigation to sustain the vegetation.
    Persians have been living with and solving the unique problems of their terrain for longer than most Americans can count. They are survivors.

    Even so, it is beyond appalling, even shameful to me to be part of a nation that actively seeks to destroy Iran. Western civilization owes much of what it thinks it knows about sound government and science from the ancient Persian empire and those that followed in its models, the great achievements of the Ottoman Empire among them.

    Silver lining in what seems an inevitable hawk-dominated Biden administration is that Mike Pompeo will be cashiered.

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  67. Psst, Philip – Biden didn’t win!
    How so?
    Read – – it ain’t over ’til it’s over!

  68. anastasia says:

    He’s not vindictive and he will not start a war. Vindictive about what anyway? He did it for Israel, and he has no reason to help them anymore. They are the ones who probably got him in office to begin with. Matter of fact, he’s not too pleased with Netanyahu. Just take a look on Trump’s face when he asks Netanyahu the question.

  69. President Donald Trump clearly has a visceral hatred for Iran. It has been reported that as recently as last week he asked senior advisers whether he ought to attack Iran’s main nuclear site at Natanz. The meeting reportedly came shortly after international inspectors observed what appeared to be a significant increase in the Iranian stockpile of nuclear material. The advisers convinced the president that a military strike might quickly escalate and would not be in U.S. interests, however.

    Unfortunately however, since Trump doesn’t give the slightest damn about “U.S. interests” (or even his own legitimate interests for that matter), the advisers’ arguments likely don’t mean very much to him.

    A proper analysis of the situation should take into account the apparent fact that Trump is a psychotic psychopath who sees himself as some kind of a deity incapable of wrongdoing. Thus consequences don’t matter to Trump; what matters are his psychotic impulses and narcissistic rage. Trump is David Berkowitz or Charles Manson in a suit and tie.

  70. Defcon says:

    If Israel wants a war with Iran, we will fight it for them.

  71. Alfred says:

    Iranians are typical middle easterners that tend to give up once they hit a roadblock or a setback chalking it up to “Allahs Will”.

    Iranians are not “typical middle easterners” 🙂

    That is such a funny thing to say. Iranians think strategically – something the USA is singularly incapable of doing. Despite their weak position, they have thrashed the USA in negotiations and diplomacy. If any strategic thinking is going on, it is by Israel – the tail wagging the dog syndrome.

    our ability to see ourselves and our enemy simultaneously

    The idea that Americans are able to put themselves into the mindset of any other nation is hilarious. How many regular American military speak Persian or Pushtu or Arabic? And how many years have you been in Afghanistan and Iraq?

    we have the ultimate Ace in hole. Nuclear weapons that will go off and do hit their targets.

    I am sure the Russians and Chinese will be mighty impressed – knowing that their turn is next. They could detonate a container with a nuclear bomb in Long Beach and pretend ignorance. What would the USA do about that?

  72. anon[242] • Disclaimer says:

    War is a business . Chaos after the war is in the same business model . I dont know if I believe US can win a war against Russia and China . May be ,may be not. But the direct hit from the war would be this business model that keeps on giving to the interested war hawks . The total war would kill the goose that delivers the golden eggs . Total war will be the result. China is not Iran.

    We discuss and refer the 21 st century’s military gadgets for the commissioning of a war but we use 19th century’s reasons for the wars . This war is no longer for lands water or resources but for effective control and uses for the winners and for the sales of the home products which nowadays are constituted of military implements and defense products . A grab of 19th century type will hurt US’s holier than thou attitude and bring out charges of accusation of colonizations . Total destruction will leave no further opportunities for sales . American chickenhawks want the rest of the world should be like Congo or Niger or Chad .

    “s that tend to give up once they hit a roadblock or a setback chalking it up to “Allahs Will”.” Haven’t seen that but have seen US “Declare war and come home “ and have seen : “ Those Middle eastern are not ready to receive the democracy “

    we have heard it before “ They are not ready form receiving the Gospel of Jesus”.

    ISIS fanatics head choppers fought , Iraq rebels fought Hamas fighting Hizbullah fighting .

    To your nice

    Blah Blah Blah !!! add taliban

  73. Anonymous[543] • Disclaimer says:

    “Thousands of V2 rockets.”

    Yes, in the sense that 1,500 means “thousands”.

    Rolling in a reply to another commenter here, absent a successful legal challenge, Biden becomes President on noon of Inauguration Day whether or not there is an inauguration ceremony.

    • Replies: @GazaPlanet
  74. @Anon

    the world practically be China vs rest of the world managed by the Jews.

    I don’t think so.

    Zionists intend to partner with China.

    I think the destruction of the US economy, culture, traditions and identity is being carried out by zionists with goals similar to crippling sanctions on Iran; and also, inasmuch as Covid propaganda has maintained that “battling Covid 19 is very much like World War II”, the declaration of economic war on Germany, headlined in March, 1933, is a model for what the US is undergoing today. *
    One of the first papers produced by the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, created in 2002 under the charter directorship of Dennis Ross, who had held significant posts in US State Department (he was an advisor to James Baker when the G H W Bush administration decided to attack Iraq in 1993), was China and the Jewish People: Old Civilizations in a New Era by Shalom Solomon Wald, 2004. An underlying rationale for Wald’s study was the expectation that US economic and other dominance in world affairs would end sooner rather than later, and the Jewish people intended to be ready to ally with the next superpower, the Chinese.

    Wald has remained on the Israel-China beat, his most recent publication for JPPPI being China’s Rise, US Opposition, and the Implications for Israel, introduced by Dennis Ross.

    In April 2020 the Jerusalem Post reaffirmed Israeli intentions in the publication of an article by Herb Keinon — An Israel-China policy is needed now more than ever
    The deepening of the US-Sino rivalry will surely be one of the most significant new geopolitical features in a post-corona world
    I believe we are witnessing in real time the critical moment when zionist power makes itself known.

    In my estimation, the present series of calamities in USA are deliberate and bear the whorls and characteristics of zionist fingerprints, together with other collaborators,** to be sure. From their earliest days zionists have enjoyed nothing more than making Italians (Fiorello LaGuardia, even Mussolini was a zionist tool; Pompeo, Fauci, Cuomo) and Catholics (Biden, Newsom, Peter Hayes, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette and Fordham Universities) the front-men and carry-out troops in their agenda of vassalizing the American populace to the zionist-Jewish vision.

    * One signal of the extent to which zionists and the tech/media thereby influenced intend to control information: a Google search for “Judea declares war on Germany”
    displays on the first pages article debunking and labeling as “conspiracy theory” the notion that Judea declared war on Germany, newspaper headlines be damned. The image posted above is from my archives; the Wintersonnende website that had covered the topic extensively, has been severely pruned.

    ** In a series of “Godcasts” on the TruNews network, Oct. 14 to Oct. 30 more or less,
    Rick Wiles and team displayed evidence from Hunter Biden’s laptop that suggested, among other things, that in 2014 Hunter brokered an arrangement whereby the CCP would pay post-president Barack Obama $400,000 annually and provide $1 million a year for five years for office & staff.

    • Replies: @frankie p
    , @chris
  75. DinoN says:
    @Caspar von Everec

    Are you admitting that the USA is a BULLY?

  76. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Article is entirely too speculative. We don’t know why these moves are being made. We do know now that Trump has been mislead and lied to as evidenced by the outgoing envoy to Syria J Jeffrey. We don’t know the extent to which this has been the case. The way everything seems to be a lie these days it wouldn’t be a surprise were the story of the AQ leader being assassinated in Tehran to be a complete fabrication. Why would Trump be in a hurry to attack Iran when Biden is a fully compliant puppet? All that’s needed is a staged false flag event and here we go. Now we’re defending ourselves, you see, and not being the aggressor in initiating any attack. That’s how the US has always operated. We’ll see how things work out but Biden is not a peace candidate.

  77. @RoatanBill

    Agree. Heads would also explode if he pardoned Manning.
    In a sane world, Esper, Wray, Haspel, and their minions would be arrested and tried for sedition.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  78. All such efforts as this prescient and morally responsible Warning
    against this ‘Flight Forward” scenario of pushing Trump to attack Iran
    Warrants Full Thanks!!!!

    Remember ‘The Kennebunkport Warning’ against Cheney’s now admitted attempt to
    attack on Iran was a correct declaration, not only upon a correct intelligence picture
    of Webster Tartly, but the controversy in the left over the Warning and the confirmed
    issue of the “Rogue B-52” concerning the attempted hijacking of nuclear cruise missiles
    and the thwarted sortie by Israel then in the fall of 2007.

    The danger of war against Iran are now perhaps greater than ever.

    Good Job in sounding the clarion!

  79. @Caspar von Everec

    Iran fully understands the US firepower. That is why they have been developing hypersonic anti-ship missiles launched from the back of pickup trucks. At a maximum of 210 miles across, the Gulf becomes a bathtub for hypersonic missiles. They are also said to have developed magnetic pulse technology, similar to what the Russians used to turn the USS Donald (Sitting Duck) Cook into a giant coffin in the Caspian Sea. Target #1 would be an aircraft carrier. Would Trump be willing to risk the lives of 10,000 people on a carrier for Bibi? I don’t think so.

  80. Rurik says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    This would result in thousands of American dead or POWs.

    thousands of dead goyim who wouldn’t be getting pensions or costing shekels in the VA

    and the fallout over their deaths would be as good as 9/11, perhaps even better!

    I don’t think you’ve thought that through. You have to look at things like their from their perspective. They told the people in the second tower to go back to their offices and cubicles, because there was ‘no danger’- knowing they were sending them to their slaughter.

    They even had the WTC security preventing people from leaving, because they wanted maximum casualties. If you’re going for a ‘new Pearl Harbor-like event, you want thousands of dead Americans.

    Were Iran to bomb some American soldiers, for the PTB, I would describe their reaction as orgiastic.

  81. @Caspar von Everec

    Hoorah, hoorah for the Untied $kates Air-Farce. That has been an evil organization since the devastation of Dresden scant weeks before VE=Day. Curtis LeMay and Lyman Lemnitzer were total shitheads with their doctrines of constantly bombing civilian population centers.

    A member of the Tribe, Lemnitzer was, if recall is correct, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in pushing Operation Northwoods, a false-flag attack against American planes and ships as a casus-belli trick to be able to attack Cuba. Lemnitzer was also front and center when the Joint Chiefs joined in the fun during the assassination of JFK—our last truly American president who bucked the Banksters.

    Seems like a few months back Russia began supplying S-400 AA missiles to Iran. If they have been fully integrated into their air defense system, even U$ stealth bombers will be blown out of the skies. Iranian anti-ship missiles, based on Russian and Chinese prototypes, are state of the art. The Persian Gulf is like an oversized bathtub. The straits of Hormuz, the only outlet to the Persian (Iranian) Gulf are very narrow. Likely, Iran has literally thousands of deeply dug-in anti ship missiles at the bottleneck, simply waiting for the country to be attacked by the world’s numero-uno aggressor power.

    Comes a war, the Saudi and Gulf Dictatorships entire oil and communications infrastructure will be smothered. The Bahreini Shia majority will rise up against the Sunni dictator. The pleasure-domes of Dubai will become shattered rubble. Oil shortages will proliferate and prices will skyrocket.

    Surely, Trump has been counseled about all these dire prospects. I do not think he is listening strictly to Kushner and Adelson. Pomposity is CIA and needs to be sacked, like Trump dumped Bolton. The Deep $tate needs to be crushed. They are the enemies of the American people and the remnants of our ruptured Republic.

    I$rael needs to be cast adrift and the new state for those Jews who are incapable of living peacefully with others should be relocated to virtually unpopulated northwestern Australia, where the desert and the beaches should be most appealing. As only a handful of them have any ancestry whatsoever going back to the Ancient Hebrews, the Tribe has NO historical connections and certainly no right to a state in Palestine.

    Will these events take place? Highly unlikely, unless the American people awaken from their mass media hypnotic stupor.

    • Replies: @Insouciant
  82. @bj0311

    Look at what it took for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm when we still had much of our Cold War Army.

    This was precisely my point.

  83. @SolontoCroesus

    Do US and Israel have electronic technologies that could be used to neutralize Iran and Iranian defenses in advance of a capitulation assault?

    US certainly does but only for some (older) segments of Iranian AD. Russian-made AD complexes are usually integrated into serious ECCM which makes the task of electronic suppression of modern AD systems extremely difficult. How many of such systems Iran has I don’t know. I know she has some, but then again, I am sure Russia can provide good situational awareness and even external targeting to Iran if necessary. In other words, Iran generally will know what US or Israeli assets and where are deployed and what they are up to. Plus, Iran currently has a major presence of Chinese, who tied Iran with $400 billion “investment” agreement and that poses a huge other problem for both US and Israel.

    • Thanks: SolontoCroesus
  84. anon[139] • Disclaimer says:

    In this mix the argument of logistics for troops and ground assault, host country from which such an attack is to be mounted makes little sense. I detect no sense of any Israeli/America intent to attack Iran by invading armies. out of the question! that makes no sense!

    there is an impression that suggests that Israel/USA intend to just about destroy Iran to such an extent that it would never rise again as any independent factor of consequence in the world, capable of defending itself and ultimately even to mount attacks of significance against any other nation

    to this effect the Israelis, USA are going to blast Iran from the air and sea period, up to an including their use of nuclear weapons…by Israel for sure

    the logistics argument makes little sense anymore. it cannot be a factor in a war with Iran. Iran as pointed out is large full of people and a nightmare for occupation and control…. so there! if there is going to be such a war the logistics of it makes the way that war will be conducted from the western side rather simple…absolute bombardment from the air and the sea

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @Trickster
  85. No matter who is the potus an attack on Iran is on deck, the only thing that remains is for a false flag to be arranged ie sinking a navy ship and blaming Iran , like Israel and zionist traitors in the ZUS tried to do on June 8, 1967 with the USS Liberty, but the Liberty did not sink and the ZUS and their false flag was exposed, but 34 Americans were killed and 174 were wounded , killed by the Israelies and zionist traitors in the ZUS gov.

    Zionists and Israel are in control of the ZUS government and they proved again on their attack on the WTC on 911 which was blamed on the Arabs and gave the ZUS the excuse to destroy the middle east for Israel, you just can not make this shit up.

  86. @geokat62

    Thanks Geo. This puts a whole lot into a more clear perspective. Great link. The Tribe obviously fears and hates Macgregor. If he is indeed positioned to call shots in the Pentagon, this constitutes a major message from Trump, who could not possibly have not known the depth and breadth of the Colonel’s hostility to the Zionist control mechanism. Word in the corridors is that Pomposity (deep CIA) is no longer in the saddle and that with all the election shenanigans on the part of the Deepest $tate (CIA–FBI–Big Brother and the Holding Company), the Donald is ready for battle—just not against the Iranians.

    It is highly evident that not all the rankers in the Pentagon are Brassnosed shitheads, kissing ass for the owners of the WarDefense industry to receive their platinum parachutes along with the golden ones the American taxpayer gets hit up for as military pensions. So that relative handful of patriotic officers, who take seriously their oath of office to serve and protect the Constitution from all enemies , foreign AND domestic; are now in position to rally around Colonel Macgregor

  87. @A123

    Easy as one-two-three added to the Zioni$t $hithead list for being a racist.

    • Replies: @A123
  88. @Majority of One

    Highly unlikely, unless the American people awaken from their mass media hypnotic stupor.

    A small group of Baby Boomers — middle class, most with college education, mostly women — just finished a Zoom – facilitated 17 weeks long course on The Ottoman Empire. Discussion was based on lectures in a Teaching Company package by Kenneth Harl.

    After having listened to and discussed over 18 hours on the history of the Ottoman Empire, its creation, geography, expansion, culture, contributions to the world, and its eventual demise, at the wrap-up session, one of the participants asked, “What is Palestine?”

  89. @anon

    Counter-logic is the probable Russian/Chinese reaction to the I$rael and it’s puppet U$ nuking of Iran. They are allied, in fact, if not de-jure.

  90. A123 says:

    They are also said to have developed magnetic pulse technology, similar to what the Russians used to turn the USS Donald (Sitting Duck) Cook into a giant coffin in the Caspian Sea.

    You mean the massive Cook fiction that only the immensely gullible believed?

    You made a critical, personal judgement error when you accepted CNN/MSNBC reporting as fact. The Cook myth has been universally debunked by multiple credible information sources. Most notably the Russian Manufacturer who was supposed to be involved. (1)

    At issue in the days after the incident in the Black Sea were unsubstantiated claims in Russia print and social media that a Su-24 aircraft “equipped with the latest electronic warfare complex, Khibiny,” had managed to jam and shut down the Cook’s radars along with other electronic systems. Among other findings, the researchers discovered that the Khibiny is not installed on Russian Su-24 aircraft.

    According to no less than the manufacturer of the Russian EW system, known as the Concern of Radio-Electronic Technology, which is part of state enterprise Rostech, the system is only installed on Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 aircraft.

    If you believe that ludicrous story I have brand new Kerch Strait bridge to sell you. Jump on the opportunity while you can. Cash Only.

    You do accidentally stumble into one salient point. The Persian Gulf is far too small for a Supercarrier Task Force to operate effectively. It is so confined that it is sub-optimal for even an Amphibious Task Force.

    Almost all military analysts agree that a leading indicator of any serious potential engagement with Iran would be a sharp *decrease* in the number of U.S. Naval vessels in the Persian Gulf. The vast majority of U.S. Navy vessels engaged in combat operations against Iran would be in the Arabian Sea, South of Pakistan.

    There was no such force shift, which further proves that the fake NYT story about an “averted strike” was a 100% bogus #NeverTrump hit piece.

    The NYT Cannot Cope with Biden’s Defeat. They have gone beyond trying to twist stories,and moved into outright lying. Expect to see fired NYT propagandists weeping in the gutters when Trump is inaugurated for his 2nd Term.

    PEACE 😇


    • Replies: @Grahamsno(G64)
  91. Rogue says:

    Yep, probably the worst Giraldi article I’ve ever read.

  92. A123 says:
    @Majority of One

    Minority of Zero,

    I am surprised that you took my advice and blocked JimmyDan The Racist.

    However, please do not misidentify him as a Zionist. JD is:
    — An anti-Semitic Racist.
    — Not a non-racist Zionist.

    PEACE 😇

  93. Fred777 says:

    It’s the right thing to do and it would make some heads explode, what’s not to like?

  94. Wally says:

    – Giraldi forgets that Trump is still the President.

    – Remember when Giraldi claimed that Trump said CV19 a “hoax”, which Trump never said?
    See Giraldi taken to task on that here:

    • Replies: @Meena
  95. Anonymous[543] • Disclaimer says:

    “Once, on a British Airways 747, an engine blew up on takeoff – Tehran is at altitude.”

    Oh, calm the heck down. You got a defective plane. Teheran is no higher than Mexico City or Denver. Don’t be an idiot. Sorry your pilot sucked. Try flying into Hong Kong someday.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  96. @Tommy Thompson

    All hands on deck for more MAGA theatre.

    All hands on Tommy’s dick for Biden’s big adventure

    The Honeymooners.
    Starring …

  97. Rurik says:

    Finally, what will the Chinese and Russians do ? What will all the other disenfranchised Moslems in the Middle East do ? Flock to Iran just to fight Americans is my predction.

    not just the Chinese and Russians and assorted Muslims and others in the region and beyond, but many, many Americans will consider any war on Iran as an illegal and unjust war contrived by treasonous elements within our own government- to be thwarted and opposed using all legal means available.

    I’ve always liked the idea of fragging. If you’re an honorable soldier, and a war criminal officer orders you to commit atrocities against civilians, then the solution to that is obvious.

    One dead war criminal vs. scores of dead innocents.

    • Agree: Trickster
    • Thanks: Joe Levantine
  98. @Jimmydan

    Just visited Gamble Mansion on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
    It was a slave-owning plantation and still celebrated as a center of the Confederacy. The mansion fell to ruin but Daughters of Confederacy iirc raised funds to buy it by selling lemonade!! They then got State of Florida to take over, and Florida restored and furnished the building in period style.

    Even tho dreaded “Confederate,” it remains owned by State of Florida and viable, so far, because Judah Benjamin hid out there. Benjamin and Jefferson Davis were on the run; Davis was captured in Richmond and spent 7 years in prison. Benjamin escaped, was sheltered at Gamble mansion and eventually made his way to the land where he conveniently held second citizenship, England, where he again prospered.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  99. @Johnny Smoggins

    It’s not that simple though. Russia is not going to tolerate another US invasion in that region. That said – bombing countries is easier than winning a war. Iraq and Afghanistan are still unstable. So they weren’t really “won”. Not to mention – Iran is stronger than Iraq under Saddam. No cake walk.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  100. @follyofwar

    “If Trump had wanted war with Iran, he had his golden opportunity after Iran struck back with a precision missile attack of US troops in Iraq, after Soleimani was stupidly murdered”

    The issue at the time was that they were surprised Iran’s missiles could be precise from that distance. But they should have known. Didn’t they see what the Houthis did to Saudi oil fields? But predicting what Trump will and won’t do is too difficult.

  101. MarkinLA says:

    Trump kissed every Jewish ass he could find and they still turned on him during the election. I can’t believe Trump is that stupid to reward them with a war for Israel now. However, Trump doesn’t seem to be as smart as people thought. It really was Bannon who was his brain in 2016.

    • Replies: @Art
    , @Ugetit
  102. MarkinLA says:

    Russia won’t do anything. They realize that the US is just weakening itself in the ME. Russia is more worried about juggling India and China, especially now that China has made noises about Vladivostok really belonging to China.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  103. MarkinLA says:

    Hell no. You really think Russia or China want to get in a possible nuclear war with the US over Iran? Your silly fantasy of the whole economy shutting down because of the internet is so dumb I am surprised you wrote it down. The internet can be shut down and restarted and blocked at any time just like China is capable of doing to it’s own country. The military operates on its own secure networks.

    China and Russia will just watch the US waste shitloads of resources for nothing of value and dig itself into another quagmire while the country at home tears itself apart due to the stupidity of starting the war.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  104. Art says:

    The person to worry about starting a war for political purposes – is Netanyahu. He has a history.

    Two days after Christmas in 2008, Netanyahu attacked Gaza (Cast Lead). The reason for the attack was to put pressure on the America’s new fledgling President – Obama. The pressure on Obama to do something to stop the egregious bombing and killing – was intense. On 18 January 2009 a few days before Obama’s inauguration – Netanyahu stopped the massacre of 1,400 Palestinians. He did Obama a big favor – letting him know who was the boss man. Obama was now in his debt.

    We should fear that Netanyahu will do something like that to Biden.

    • Agree: antitermite
    • Replies: @annamaria
  105. What happened to MAGA? This is all for israel and its American friends. Trump should be doing something for the USA on the way out the door, not working to benefit a foreign country. I didn’t vote for Make Israel Great Again.

    • Replies: @HallParvey
  106. Art says:

    However, Trump doesn’t seem to be as smart as people thought. It really was Bannon who was his brain in 2016

    How true — Trump dumped Bannon’s Western wisdom for Kushner’s Jew think – a major mistake. (He also deserted Christi.)

  107. Art says:

    Trump fired Mark Esper because he would have been the lead voice in a 25th Amendment coup.

    If the courts give the election to Trump – there will be a major upheaval in America. Trump will need all the US special forces under his direct command – avoiding the general’s Pentagon command structure (they hate him).

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  108. Notsofast says:

    Honestly, it is time for the Europeans to start protesting American occupation of their lands…
    Macron is taking some timid steps to encourage europe to start dialog with the russians on “security”
    matters. word has it he is wanting to get out from under the thumb of american hegemony. im sure if this continues someone in france will be poisoned with novichok.

  109. Metropole says:

    I think that an attack on Iran will happen sooner or later, not for Trump’s benefit but because the US needs a war to unite its people.

    The US has been fighting wars around the world almost continuously for the last 100 years or so, mostly out of choice, but now it actually needs a war out of necessity. The country is falling apart from all this political confrontation, and the talk of civil war is getting too loud. What better than to arrange some dastardly enemy to attack the country and unite it?

    If the choice is between a civil war and a foreign war it’s better to choose a foreign war. It will unite the country. Even those who realize that the enemy attack that starts the war is a false flag will be gung ho to fight it. All those millions who realize that 9/11 was a false flag have done nothing to punish any culprit or to prevent a repeat. In fact, 9/11 suspected perpetrators are still heroes as long as they support one’s preferred political party.

    So, yes, sooner or later, something will happen to trigger the next war.

    • Replies: @John Nada
  110. @Art

    There will be a major upheaval either way and the political/societal one resulting from the election of JB will be the death knell for the US from which it will never recover, so the only chance to avoid this is to confront and deal with the one resulting from a DT win, period.


  111. @Anonymous

    You’re probably mistaking the approximate number of ME-262s produced for the number of A-4 rockets.

    “The V-2 ballistic missile (known to its designers as the A4) was the world’s first operational liquid fuel rocket. It represented an enormous quantum leap in technology, financed by Nazi Germany in a huge development program that cost at least $ 2 billion in 1944 dollars. 6,084 V-2 missiles were built, 95% of them by 20,000 slave laborers in the last seven months of World War II at a unit price of $ 17,877. As many as 3,225 were launched in combat, primarily against Antwerp and London, and a further 1,000 to 1,750 were fired in tests and training.”

    The Iranian solid-rockets would be far, far cheaper and easier to produce. I’m not saying I believe they have hundreds of thousands of them, but it would be feasible if they really thought it was necessary.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  112. @MarkinLA

    1) Russia got involved in Syria for a reason…. They co-founded the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) for a reason…. So no Russia won’t just allow it.

    2) a few internet quacks in China remembering – and upset that – the Chinese government gave up Vladivostok to Russia does not indicate a new government policy. in fact if you post things like that on Chinese internet it eventually gets removed.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  113. Alfred says:

    Total garbage.

    • Agree: Iris
    • Replies: @Wally
  114. TamJam says:

    I think the planned covert operations that required immediate changes are domestic in nature, not international.

  115. anonymous[343] • Disclaimer says:

    figure out their own security arrangements

    If it wasn’t for the ex-Great Satan, fomenting evil everywhere, there wouldn’t be any need for those “security arrangements.”

    As another fellow mentioned above;

    And I say that as someone who believes that there can not be real peace in the world until the US/Israel are destroyed.

    Amen to that!

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  116. Alfred says:

    Oh, calm the heck down. You got a defective plane. Tehran is no higher than Mexico City or Denver. Don’t be an idiot. Sorry your pilot sucked. Try flying into Hong Kong someday.

    There was a huge bang. Like an explosion. The engine was Pratt & Whitney JT9D. There were many problems with this engine.

    After a few minutes, the pilot told us in a very calm public school accent that we were having problems and heading back to Tehran airport. A little later, the told us that the Pan Am 747 that took off ahead of us had a similar problem. The Pan Am pilot reserved the only spare engine at the airport. In consequence, we had to fly to Bahrain. At Bahrain, they determined that the problem was more serious and we were put up in hotels. It took three days before they could find space for me on a flight to London.

    My dear friend, these pilots of BA (ex-BOAC) and Pan Am were far more skilled than the computer geeks who currently fly planes. Pan Am would regularly fly across the Pacific with known faults in the plane. The pilots knew that they could handle it. The mentality was very different in 1977.

    BTW, I have flown many times into Hong Kong’s old airport – Kai Tak. The one with the hair-raising landings. I worked for Cathay Pacific at one time. 🙂

    • Replies: @Bolteric
  117. anon[927] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t believe that Trump has any kind of personal animus against Iran. How could he? The only people who hate Iran are Jews. Most Americans couldn’t give a flying eff about Iran. I think all his invective against Iran is just bluster, aimed to appease the Ziocons, who probably hold some serious dirt on him because he has been in business with Jews his whole life. Remember, they seized his accountant a year ago and nothing came out of it.

    If Trump does launch an attack on Iran before he leaves office, it’s most likely because he is being coerced, because Ziocons convinced him (through their boy wormtongue) that it’s the only way to avoid jail for tax fraud, or he’d be allowed to or get help to start TrumpTV, or run again in 2024.

    Ziocons long for war with Syria and Iran, but their left wing arm don’t want to hang it on Biden due to his progressive base, so they want Trump to start it on his way out, be the fall guy, leaving Biden with “no choice” but to finish it.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  118. The greed and inefficiency of the military industrial complex mafia will ultimately spell their ruin. (just as it ruined America’s civilian industries!) The immense cost of US armaments is unsustainable. Iran’s youthful population with its strong domestic arms industry has perhaps already negated America’s conventional advantages.

  119. A123 says:


    An excellent collection of articles about the despised Solemani.

    Everyone needs to understand that this butcher was hated by almost everyone, including the Iranian people that he brutalized.

    Keep up the Great Work!

    PEACE 😇

    • Thanks: Wally
  120. @Andrei Martyanov

    ‘The United States currently has no resources to move to staging areas to even threaten Iran with any ground operation. Bombing, that could be another affair but that also means US military bases going in flames in the area. Iran has a good number of intermediate range ballistic and cruise missiles, while the US has no good air-defense in the area. Iran’s terrain is a nightmare and she is certainly no Iraq. Trump may try some salvos of cruise missiles but this may only strengthen Iranian regime and create quite a few problems domestically…’

    Then too, Iran rather pointedly and effectively struck a Saudi oil production facility a year or so back.

    We attack Iran, there goes Gulf oil output for six months or so. That won’t make us very popular with anyone. At a minimum, we’re going to have to keep baiting Iran until she strikes first or get Israel to stage one hell of a false flag.

    I wouldn’t put it past Israel to torpedo one of our carriers. That’d provide the false flag.

    • Replies: @Herald
  121. @anonymous

    My comment about security arrangements was predicated on every country’s desire for a military to protect their political class and abuse their own citizens on occasion.

    I agree that without the US instigating violence and political problems the world over, the real need to fend off foreign attackers almost disappears.

  122. John Nada says:

    To anyone who pays at least marginal attention, it becomes obvious that the Israeli propaganda machine waits for lulls in news cycles before they attempt to terrify the west about supposedly rogue nations like Iran. Predictably, we’re now getting bombarded with existential concerns about Iran failing to honor their nuclear technology restrictions and so forth. I would applaud any American president, even a buffoon like Trump or a vegetable puppet like Biden, if just once they told Israel that they had our implicit blessings to engage in whatever war they wanted, except they’d do it completely alone and with zero US support (beyond those…uhh…loan guarantees we give them).

  123. Looks like Phil had a little too much Famous Grouse when he wrote this one.

    If Trump wanted to start a war with Iran, he would have done it long ago. Right before the fake impeachment shit started would have been very opportune. But he didn’t.

    I hate to say it, but if this senile old corrupt cocksucker and the half nigger Hindu slut manage to get control, it would be so sweet to watch the crazed Neocon/Globalist FREAKSHOW initiate the end of the world, a la’ Global Thermonuclear War…lol

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  124. @anon

    ‘…The only people who hate Iran are Jews. Most Americans couldn’t give a flying eff about Iran…’

    I’m afraid you’re wrong. A lot of gentile Americans developed an attitude about Iran at the time of the hostage crisis — and still have it. Plus, they’ve lapped up all that propaganda about Iran being ‘a sponsor of terrorism’ that Hitler’s little helpers keep pumping out.

    I don’t agree with them — but it’s always foolish to pretend reality is other than what it is. The US-Iran Friendship League won’t attract all that many members.

    What is true that gives reason for hope is that dislike Iran or no, few Americans actually want to go fight a war there.

    • Replies: @anon
  125. John Nada says:

    “What better than to arrange some dastardly enemy to attack the country and unite it?”

    I think that old unification-of-the-masses logic only applies to a country that is at or above some critical level of cultural and ethnic homogeneity. The USA no longer qualifies. A war against Iran is more likely to amplify political and racial frictions. Do you really think that a war would unite in any way the BLM/Antifa crowd with white people in Idaho who are concerned about future of the second amendment?

    • Agree: annamaria
  126. Question. Does anyone remember how Trumpstein’s preZidential opponents avoided addressing AIPAC, 2019?

    Zenator Kamala Harris did, 2016. See video, below. “Hee-hee,” then applause.

    Am wondering what Anita Friedman & her Jewish hubby thinks about Kushner’s Abraham Accords.

  127. Hillbob says:

    Iran is not a leech on anyone’s back. Certainly not the US. Unlike others. Why the venom, why the vitriol? Whose venom , whose vitriol?

    • Agree: GazaPlanet
    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  128. Anonymous[543] • Disclaimer says:

    On the count of V-2s: I accept your correction. I was thinking of the count of rockets that fell in the UK. Nothing to do with Messerschmidts, that would just be silly.

  129. Miro23 says:

    Let’s hope that instead of a new armed conflict Donald Trump has the vision and fortitude to deliver on what he promised to do four years ago. Let’s end the wars and bring the troops home.

    He seems to be doing that, while at the same time ramping up the pressure on Iran. The fabricated message seems to be “I’m a man of peace but Iran wants war” – which is in fact an ideal set up for a False Flag operation to enable Israel’s long sought after Iran/US conflict.

    The changes at the top in the Defense Department have also triggered resignations of other senior staff including retired Vice Adm. Joseph Kernan, who was undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security. Kernan was replaced by Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a friend of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. There reportedly continues to be some concern among other top managers that a witch hunt is in progress.

    These are the Israel First guys gaining power to shield the operation.

    Elliot Abrams, who is in charge of Iran policy as Special Envoy, has just been in Israel on a visit to discuss how the Trump administration, in coordination with Israel and several Gulf states, will impose the new sanctions on Iran in the remaining weeks left before inauguration day, just in case Biden’s election is confirmed. And Mike Pompeo has also stopped in Israel for a visit and talk with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Probably the final conversations to set the thing up. These are hard core Israel firsters.

    An interesting question is what will China and Russia do when it happens. My guess is that they’ll stand aside as the US wastes more resources and takes more economic damage. Iran isn’t a vital interest for them the same as Taiwan or the Crimea, but they may give some assistance. Trump isn’t quite crazy enough to attack China or Russia.

  130. Ugetit says:

    …Trump doesn’t seem to be as smart as people thought.

    Are you kidding? Who else could play 666-D chess? 😉

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  131. Iris says:

    But Iran, like Iraq Afghanistan will be yet another humiliating mortuary, bone depository and graveyard for the US military.

    Israel does not care about American losses. Or chaos in Iran. Or even the US’ inability to occupy the ground in Iran.

    What Israelis want is to destroy key Iranian military capabilities and facilities, so they get a “freer” hand against their closer neighbours Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq too. President Trump may be able to deliver such result, using new weapons of mass destruction such as that used to bomb the Beirut harbour.

    • Agree: annamaria
    • Replies: @Trickster
  132. @Hillbob

    Iran is not a leech on anyone’s back. Certainly not the US. Unlike others. Why the venom, why the vitriol? Whose venom , whose vitriol?

    First off, research Oded Yinon Plan/Securing the Realm.

    Secondly, asking those kind of questions is obviously anti-semitic and probably racist as well.

    Be a good Goy, and send your kids over there to get his limbs blown off.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet
  133. Iris says:

    Why would that be possible at the present time? For the time being, Russia and China’s opposition manifest itself overtly only at the UNSC.

    Russia does not reciprocate against Israel’s multiple bombings of Syria, where Russia has troops on the ground.

    She did not even reciprocate when Israel and Turkey both deliberately caused or had Russian military planes being shot down over Syria.

    Israelis know that time is against them; this is why Dr Giraldi’s hypothesis is unfortunately very plausible

  134. frankie p says:

    When will people understand that Iran has clearly stated upon a great number of occasions that ANY attack on Iranian soil will result in a huge response across the entire region? Keep in mind that Iran is not like Trump and the US, making threats (remember the 52 sites, including cultural sites, that Trump promised to attack if there was a military strike after the killing of Suleimani?) that they don’t follow through on.

    So, your statement, “option which seems the most plausible is a number of raids on Iranian nuclear and missile facillities” seems completely ridiculous to me, as it will result in a regional fire that would likely destroy the world economy. Iran would first missile attack US military bases in the region, resulting in numerous US casualties. Second, they would attack Saudi oil infrastructure and even oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The price of oil would skyrocket. Third, Hezbollah would unleash an attack on Israel that would make 2006 look like a little league game. Are you starting to see the picture?

    • Agree: annamaria
    • Thanks: GazaPlanet
    • Replies: @chris
  135. MarkinLA says:

    The Russians are not going to risk US versus Russian front line troops facing each other over Iran. If the SCO was so important why hasn’t Russia tried to push us out of Syria?

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  136. anon[927] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    I think few alive today remember the Iran hostage crisis, and of those, still fewer hold a grudge, it’s been almost 5 decades. We fought a war in Vietnam in the 60’s, few Americans today harbor hate for Vietnam. The current hate for Iran, Venezuela and China is mainly riled up by Ziocon rags like Breitbart, Zerohedge, National Review, and Fox News. There are some pretty dumb hicks on the right who would hate whoever they’re told to hate, and Breitbart is taking full advantage of that to lead them down the abyss. But for the most part, when Breitbart does their daily trashing of these 3 countries, they get few comments relative to their articles on immigration or domestic policies. And when they write about the CCP’s supposed oppression of Uighurs, the comments are often complimentary, along the lines of “they’ve got guts, unlike governments in the West”, or “they are doing the right thing”.

    • Agree: Robjil
  137. frankie p says:

    “the Israelis are going to attack all Iranian missile capacity by nuclear…and without doubt have something similarly immediate and final for Hezbollah.”

    Read your comment here and then think, my friend. Do you think that all Iranian missile capacity is concentrated in one area that a nuke or two will take out? Do you realize that a large amount of Iranian missile capacity is located in other countries, including Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon? Do you think that the Israelis would nuke the Persian Gulf? Do you think that the Israelis would nuke Lebanon and then wait for a friendly breeze to waft the radiation over Israel? Do you realize that any attack on Iran would result in an immediate regional fire, with Hezbollah unleashing 100,000 guided missiles on Israel?

    The difference between Iran/Hezbollah and the US/Israel is that only one side follows through on its promises. I will leave you to decide which one.

    • Replies: @A123
  138. frankie p says:
    @Joe Levantine

    The tragedy of the Beirut blast is far from over.

    Yes, Joe! I wish people would try to put themselves in the mind of Nasrallah and the Iranian leaders.

    The tragedy of the despicable assassination of the martyr Suleimani is also far from over.

    Iranian thinking: Suleimani is happy that he was able to give his life for the Resistance and die with total honor. We will respond to his death according to our own schedule in a way that will give his death even more meaning in order to honor him sufficiently.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
  139. @Ugetit

    Ugetit inquired: “Who else could play 666-D chess? 😉”

    Is an interesting concept. In my semi-humble opinion, Trumpstein is qualified, and I think I get it. Thanks!

    Article (linked below) came as a surprise to me, but it appears a good man has the President’s ear, as “666-D chess” continues.

  140. annamaria says:
    @Caspar von Everec

    Such a war will be the end of the Jewish State, and deservedly so.

    Iran — the great ancient civilization — does not deserve to be crushed.

  141. annamaria says:

    “…they actually seem eager to exterminate the Iranian people as a race.”

    — You might want to substitute “Iranian people” with Spaniards, Germans, and Russians.
    The seekers of Amalek cannot help but feel hatred towards people in whose countries the tribe tried to triumph and dominate. The US is next.

  142. profnasty says:

    If Trump attacks Iran, I will never vote again.
    -Old White Man

  143. Z-man says:

    Colonel Mcgregor is Da Man.
    Yeah I’m surprised meat head Milley hasn’t been axed yet.

    • Replies: @36 ulster
  144. Notsofast says:

    i agree with your take on this, especially on the emp weapons. notice that tiawan just lost a second f16 in two weeks time, both just disappeared from radar no distress signal, exactly like japans brand new f35 a few months back (which was never recovered by us anyway). tiawan grounded all f16s after this and it looks to me to be china both sending a message (for the u.s. selling upgraded f16s to them) as well as testing new emp weapons. we are in a new day and age in terms of weaponry. i would not want to be on an aircraft carrier if a real war breaks out. carriers have been out of date since ww2 when japan lost all their carriers and the u.s. lost half of theirs. they are only good for gunboat diplomacy in beating up some small country that cant defend itself. those that think our fancy $100,000,000 supposedly 5th gen planes are untouchable are in for a rude surprise when these start falling out of the sky.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  145. JWalters says:

    Those would all be good steps. There is an additional possibility, though admittedly slim. It could be, as a New York insider, Trump figured out the Israelis did 9/11, thus amping up their so-called “War on Terror”, with its multiple “regime change” wars, which Trump says he wants to end. Trump did opine on 9/11 itself that planes could not have brought down the towers, and that explosives must have been involved. He recently said we should never have gotten involved the Middle East, and also said the only reason we are there is to protect Israel. All this points to the possibility that he is planning to spill the beans on Israel. That would explain why the Israeli-controlled “American” press has been thrashing his tail. All his giveaways to Israel could have been to “keep his enemies closer”, and they knew that. So they took all his gifts, but still saw him as a loose cannon who needed to be ousted. Finally, if he truly intended to take down the oligarchy, that would have necessarily included taking down the Israelis, the financial puppet-masters of both corrupt parties.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  146. @GeneralRipper

    ‘…I hate to say it, but if this senile old corrupt cocksucker and the half nigger Hindu slut manage to get control, it would be so sweet to watch the crazed Neocon/Globalist FREAKSHOW initiate the end of the world, a la’ Global Thermonuclear War…lol’

    More realistically, what you’ll see will be:

    (1) a great deal of pointless death and suffering.

    (2) the effective end of the US as global hegemon.

    (3) as a consequence, the end of Israel.

    (3) is good — but there would definitely be more humane, efficient, and ethical paths to that end.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  147. frankie p says:


    Zionists may plan to partner with China, but I don’t see China chomping at the bit to partner with the Zionists. China has analyzed the situation in the west, and I think that they’ve come to the rational conclusion that usurious banking has allowed rich Jews to control and manipulate western democracies. Therefore, usurious banking will not be allowed into China. One of the major points of Trump’s “trade war” negotiations with China was the desire to wrench open the financial services sector in China. Of course we don’t see this widely reported in the media, because… Fill in the blanks, you know the reason. The Chinese are experts at bending and showing willingness to acquiesce to demands, and perhaps if the pressure becomes strong enough, one day they will do so, giving the usurious extractors of wealth (Jew bankers) hope that they will get access to Chinese banking at a level that will allow them to manipulate and control the nation a la Rothschild. Then, when the implementation of these plans gets started, they will find that things aren’t going smoothly, that the Chinese are not allowing exactly what they said that would allow, that there are obstacles, barriers, misunderstandings that preclude their taking control. “Oh, so sorry. That is not what we meant at all.” A long international judicial process will begin, and drag out, and drag on, and the Chinese will be well prepared, and in the end the bankers will NOT get what they wanted. They will be allowed to open consumer banking outlets, but not get near the top levels of banking, kept firmly in control of the Communist Party and used for industrial and infrastructural investment that benefits Chinese citizens and the Chinese nation.

    We used to have leaders like this a long time ago, and they warned us. One guy even said:

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around(these banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

    • Thanks: JWalters, SolontoCroesus
    • Replies: @annamaria
  148. A123 says:
    @frankie p

    regional fire, with Hezbollah unleashing 100,000 guided missiles on Israel?

    Except that Iranian al’Hezbollah has ~100,000 unguided Katyusha pattern rockets.

    It has a few thousand GPS Guided missiles. In June 2019, GPS in the area became so degraded by competing electronic warfare signals that civilian airline pilots in the area griped about runways slewing around @ 100kph+ on instruments. The GPS missiles may actually be less accurate than the Katyusha’s.

    How many 3-Axis Ring Laser initially guided missiles does Iranian al’Hezbollah have? Not many at over $200,000 each. Certainly enough to cause civilian casualties, but not enough to degrade Israel’s military. As these supplied exclusively by Iran, Israel will strike the Ayatollah’s strong points in Tehran and Qom if they are used.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  149. JWalters says:

    Your point about “global war criminals” gets to the answer, it seems to me. Israel was established by a war profiteering bank. War itself is the goal because of the immense profits generated. Israel was never intended to be a “safe haven” for anybody. It was intended to provoke war, which it has done continually. For interested readers, some relevant historical background is in
    “War Profiteers and the Roots of the ‘War on Terror’”

  150. Anonymous[160] • Disclaimer says:

    If Majority of One and FLgeezer come back to this thread, I’d very much appreciate hearing their views on the complicity of metro police in the lockdowns, allowing the riots, and so on. I want you to know that not only do I come from a long line of NYC law enforcement, from family in NYPD to the DA’s office, but that I served in combat before working in federal LE myself and am as patriotic as you are.

    The thing is, the more I see these disgusting metro cops coddling Antifa and BLM dousing these feckless cops with shit and piss balloons, who then viciously crush patriotic nationalists, the more I’ve come to believe in the criticism of people like John Whitehead and other constitutional scholars that today’s metro (but not rural) cops not only are not servants of the people, but are the most disgusting flunkies you’ll ever encounter. Pumped up cowards who’d sell out to anyone who provides them with a free membership at the gym and steroids. Were it not for the complicity or cowardice of Minneapolis’ or, say, Portland’s cops, none of this could have gotten to first base. Not any of it would be happening, not even with the orchestration by the MSM/DNC/CIA, but for the slobs on the ground in blue. Shame on such disgusting cowards hiding their cowardice behind principle.

    I’m also finally realizing that the likes of Dan Bongino are shills for Israel’s clowns in the CIA, pretending that cops are innocent victims of “just following orders,” who’d put down riots, looting, arson, and insurrection, if only some adult gave them permission. Sure they will, right? There’s also the matter of Christians and other American patriots being totally bamboozled by the likes of Tucker Carlson, who I’ve just heard has been a regular at Comet Pizza with Hunter Biden. Enough said about faux news. I’ve always known Fox News was a fraud from the moment Sean Hannity, who’s paid $160,000 a show to shill for Israel, waxed enthusiastic with Ann Coulter over the thought of Benyamin Netanyahu simultaneously serving as president of the United States.

  151. Iris says:

    This is one of the last “Crosstalk” shows on RT.

    The Russian analyst, Dmitri Babich, unambiguously defends President Trump, stating that the neo-con hawks within the US military have been plotting against him throughout his Presidency.

    He adds that former general John Stavridis has been spinning propaganda about President Trump to “Der Spiegel” in Europe, accusing him of being “mad and unpredictable“, and alleging that he is ready to attack both Iran and China. From 6:40:

  152. @MarkinLA

    You really think Russia or China want to get in a possible nuclear war with the US over Iran?

    Of course they don’t want to but they most likely realize that it’s going to happen sooner or later anyway, so there’s a chance they might decide to confront the evil empire now, before it deploys the intermediate range nuke missiles and the SM-3 block IIa air defense missiles near their borders.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  153. geokat62 says:

    A123: Keep up the Great Work!

    Hey, Wally. How does it feel receiving plaudits from one of Unz’s resident hasbarats?

    Does it make you feel good? You must be doing something right, right?

    • LOL: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @A123
    , @ChuckOrloski
  154. @Notsofast

    Nosofast, Iran has noted the CIA’s recent interest in surveying the Golan Heights for oil deposits. There’s a lot of oil there and it still belongs to Syria despite occupation by Israel. This rivalry with western powers began with the Iran, Iraq and Syria pipeline deal, singed in 2010. It will bring a 3,400 mile natural gas pipeline connecting from Iran’s South Pars field to the EU via a northern Syrian port, thus precipitating what became known as the Syrian conflict. A conflict artificially created for the purposes of controlling or shelving that 2010 deal. Similarly, the Iraq War began when a planned construction of the Haifa Pipeline by Bechtel met with Saddam’s opposition. That decision cost the lives of almost one million Iraqis. So it goes, and when there are new tensions in the middle east, keep your eye on oil and gas distribution networks. Those who are permitted to extract it, sell it, who gets to distribute it and most importantly, when the global markets tell them to do so. I suppose that whoever ends up sitting in the Oval Office has little to do with deciding war or peace. The banks, City of London and Wall Street control the switching station. In any case, a regional conflict was sure to surface sooner or later. It’s soooo sad that the successful demonstration of sustained fusion energy (China) as a source for commercial electrical power couldn’t have come much earlier.

    • Thanks: JWalters
  155. @Wally

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice (comment) to deceive.”

    Wally Scott, “Marmion, A Tale of Flodden Field.”

    • Agree: Iris
    • Replies: @Wally
  156. Derer says:

    Think, before you write stupidity. US is scared of N.Korea because of China.

  157. A123 says:

    Geo buddy,

    I hate to break it to you…. But… You are no longer in the top 3 for genocidal maniacs on UR.

    Ta卍i The Troll displaced you with a bevy of:

    — Incoherent ranting
    — Parroting Nasrallah
    — Speaking in tongues
    — Making personal threats
    — Receiving the personal endorsement of Colin The Flood Posting Troll

    You need to up your hate game if you want claim the Crown — Most Degenerate Shia on UR.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @geokat62
  158. anon[403] • Disclaimer says:

    War wouldn’t remain limited to Iran . Syria,Iraq and Yemen would get involved creating problems for US allies .Refugee crisis will resurface . Immigrants will pour into Italy and Germany .
    Refugee from Iran might move north destabilizing Caucasus .

    Iran would not allow the conflicts stay confined within the bounds of the legal practices of war . Neither the war would show sign of any abatement once the shooting starts .
    China may or may not intervene but it would definitely use the chaos to further its interest and extract more from Iran and possibly Russia . Pakistan and Iran border might become Indian target for terrorism starting another front . The US preoccupation in Iran would deliver Afghanistan to Taliban who will definitely target India to release the Kashmiri from Indian oppressive measures . China might also use US’s preoccupation to confront India in the east and in Ladakh .

    America may not face any terrorism from Iranian in Europe or Asia but Israelis would try to target American interests and blame it on Iran.

    These are additional headaches for USA who will have to worry about the gulf ,Saudi,and Israel.

  159. @geokat62

    Love a la mode. A123 and Wally. XXXOO.

    • LOL: geokat62
  160. @Insouciant

    Benjamin prospered in England, all right. As a long-time agent of the Rothschild crime clan, Benjamin was feted, wined and dined when he returned to the sceptered isle. In some quarters it is believed that Benjamin was instrumental in (1) creating the Confederacy (2) helping set off the hotheads in Charleston to fire on Fort Sumter and (3) instrumental in the assassination of Abe Lincoln for the crime of creating government-backed greenbacks instead of continuing to pay usurious 30%+ interest rates on Rothschild loans to finance the war.

  161. @JWalters

    You raise an interesting scenario.

    I think anyone that’s looked into 9/11 knows it was an inside job and the Israelis had at least fore knowledge to have the dancing Israelis on the scene to take video. The fact that Israeli art students had a space in one of the towers and that pictures of them show cases of blasting caps behind them can’t be ignored.

    I’ve got a picture of one of the main girders at ground level cleanly cut off at an angle that is the mark of a shape charge shearing off the column, not some fire damage. 9/11 wasn’t done by pilots that couldn’t fly a Cessna armed with box cutters.

    I doubt Trump has or had access to any of the deep state’s information on that operation. He’s just the president, not someone in charge, after all. All he has access to is what he’s been involved with directly and there he’s shown no sign of blowing the whistle on anything.

    He’s brought in the A list of neocons into his administration. We’re all still waiting for Barr and Durham to announce the thousands of indictments that have been rumored to occur any minute now. US troops are still all over the globe. Guantanamo is still open. Military spending has been increased at his behest. He’s cancelled long term agreements with Russia. He’s been a cowboy with respect to Iran. etc, etc, etc.

    I don’t see where he’s ready to reveal his 4D chess strategy because I don’t think he’s capable of even checkers.

  162. @A123

    The Zioni$t $tate’s Yidocracy, which lords it over the Semitic Mizrahim Jews and even the Sephardim from their native Berber North Africa (and inculuding some genomes from the Ancient Hebrews) are scared Scheissless of Hezbollah, the Shia Lebanese freedom fighters who blew the crap out of the Zionist $tate’s most modern tanks last time the land-thieves attempted to seize the Litani river valley.

    What do your Mo$$ad employers actually know about the Hebollah’s missiles? The world knows that all I$raelis fear them and have a tough time sleeping at night lest their Shekel shacks are demolished like the Irgun terrorists demolished Palestinian homes during the 1948 Nakba.

  163. geokat62 says:

    Ah. come on A123. No need to get miffed. I was simply trying to get Wally to break out of his cognitive dissonance… and you were the best vehicle available for doing so.

    Now, to make amends, you can rest assured I’ll be sure to tip you next time a take you for a ride, lol!

    • LOL: ChuckOrloski, A123
    • Replies: @A123
  164. @Alfred

    You make excellent points. I would add one more deterrent: isn’t it likely that the Iranians have sleeper cells already in position in major urban centers in the United States, with instructions to unleash maximum mayhem if there is any American strike on Iran?

  165. @Old and Grumpy


    Everything with Trump goes back to his debt load.

  166. annamaria says:

    Eretz Izrael (and affiliates) is blinded by hatred. Reason and dignity died for the chosen a long time ago. What civilized people have this as a guiding light? Psalm 137:9:

    Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks!

    Or that:

    Haman’s ears are a delicious Purim treat.

  167. sterplaz says:

    Where Trump should have been vindictive is the pardon of Jonathan Pollard. His parole, and denial of travel out of the country to ((( other nations ))), should have been extended.

    Our US military should be back here in the US on the southern border.

    Trump actually did very little of what he blathered about in his first election.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  168. A123 says:

    I am hardly miffed. I was just pointing out that you have been even-handed and inoffensive of late.

    I may actually *agree with you* on certain points.

    I do not want to damage your mojo though….

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @geokat62
  169. sterplaz says:
    @Caspar von Everec

    “Mob enforcer of world jewry”. That is a good description. I have always called the USA ( I am American) the Golem of world jewry/Israel/international banking.

    The Golem of course was the mythical mud monster fashioned into human form and brought to life or animated by ritual black magic of the rabbi. To attack and demolish whoever the rabbi/jew didn’t aprrove of. And one did not have to be an existential threat to jewry to receive a visit from the Golem. Just don’t let the jew prey parasitically upon you, financially speaking, and very soon a Golem will find you. That’s the folklore, of course.

    We/America go around and demolish whoever the jew doesn’t like.

    • Agree: Iris
  170. @Curmudgeon

    Indeed. Like the extremely fast and deadly SS-N-22 Sunburn missiles. Iran can launch them, as you said, from many mobile platforms, so they are very difficult to detect. It was probably these missiles that once discouraged American hotheads from attacking Iran.

  171. annamaria says:

    Cast Lead = Menora.

    Casualties of the Israeli Operation Cast Lead in Gaza:

    1,268 people were killed, among them 288 children and 103 women, and 85% of those killed were not combatants.

    Nothing brings more joy to the Jewish State than crippled and dead Palestinian children.

    Add to that the multitude of dead children due to ziocons’ Middle Eastern policies as formulated in the Yinon Plan for Eretz Israel. So much for holobiz.

    • Agree: Iris
    • Replies: @Art
  172. Tdstype2 says:

    No idea why there are still idiots thinking Trump is really “ for the people” …

  173. GuestAug says:

    Hmm … some people think the bases that the U.S. has around the world have allowed the U.S. to maintain its hegemony over the world (to run an empire), which until recently has been an extremely profitable enterprise. Just imagine how much a gallon of gas would cost if it was not for the subsidy in the form of a 1 trillion dollars/year military budget whose main purpose is to ensure plentiful supply of very cheap natural resources (including oil) to the homeland.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  174. Z-man says:

    The Power of the CABAL is immense.*
    I recall both the Russians and the Trump Administration deferring to the interests of The Zionist Entity over the last four years.
    Once, a few years back, I saw Putin sheepishly welcome ‘Bobo’Yahu as the Zionist PM strutted into the Kremlin.
    Trump embarrassed himself, again, recently by deferring to his Zionist and very vermin looking ambassador to Israel on US policy on the occupation of Palestine. That was sickening to watch.

    *Even AOC, Somali Omar and the rest of the ‘progressives’ were quiet as mice over the campaign when it came to criticize Israel and Zionists. They were taken aside and given a good talking to and reminded about who had the power of the purse.

    It’s demoralizing but one must persevere and ultimately defeat Satan.

  175. This was the plan all along. This is how he intended to pay off his Jewish backers. This would have wrecked his first administration. He was waiting until his second term when he had nothing to lose. Tax cuts, social welfare cuts, war with Iran. That is the “populist” Donald Trump. Jersey real estate con man.

  176. annamaria says:
    @Colin Wright

    “as a consequence, the end of Israel.”

    Another consequence will be a widespread, perennial, and strong suspicion towards Jews. Too much warmongering in the name of Eretz Israel, too much holobix profiteering, too much disloyalty to a country of residence, too many vicious attacks on the freedom of speech, et cetera. The list is long.

  177. @Alfred

    Thanks, Alfred. You make some good points. Reassuring.

    This is democracy. A mad, bankrupt country with voting machines, thinking only about naked aggression against far distant, harmless countries. That’s all it’s for. That’s all it does.

  178. annamaria says:
    @frankie p

    A ‘Chinese holocaust’ inflicted by the Jewish family of Sassoons.

    According to the 1944 Jewish Encyclopedia: “He [Sassoon] employed only Jews in his business, and wherever he sent them he built synagogues and schools for them. He imported whole families of fellow Jews. . . and put them to work.” … drug addiction in coastal cities became endemic. …

    When Britain gave the Jewish Sassoon family the exclusive franchise to distribute opium in China, the family needed a base of operations for the importing, processing, packaging and distribution. Hong Kong was forcibly “leased” solely for the Sassoon family’s opium business. This was the bloody origin of Hong Kong’s 155 years as a British colony. …

    The British-protected Sassoon opium trade brought death and destruction to millions and still plagues Asia to this day. … Nothing else in China’s history has had such an impact on what and where China is today. …

    Countless tens of millions of families were destroyed; fortunes lost, daughters prostituted, production collapsed, the economy crashed. The treasures and heritage of 5,000 years of a peaceful society ravaged by madness and destruction … The toll was unimaginable.

    It is long overdue to demand the reparations. Holobiz style.
    Here are the Jewish Sassoon thieves of today:

    • Agree: frankie p
    • Thanks: Iris, Robjil
  179. Wally says:


    But you can’t refute it.

  180. Wally says:

    How juvenile.

    That’s your best shot?


  181. Art says:

    1,268 people were killed, among them 288 children and 103 women, and 85% of those killed were not combatants.

    The bastard Netanyahu killed all those people, with the intent of getting a political advantage over Obama and America.

    America looked real bad, as the enabler of the gross killing of Palestinians.

    Then days before Obama’s inauguration – Netanyahu gave Obama a gift – he stopped the killing.

    Netanyahu showed the new president that he had the ability to make life politically difficult for him.

  182. @A123

    The NYT Cannot Cope with Biden’s Defeat. They have gone beyond trying to twist stories,and moved into outright lying. Expect to see fired NYT propagandists weeping in the gutters when Trump is inaugurated for his 2nd Term.

    What a delusional idiot its over for your Clown. He’s FIRED

    President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the election results is about to smash into reality: a gauntlet of battleground state deadlines that are poised to extinguish his increasingly desperate attempts to hold onto the presidency.

    Michigan is due to certify its state results Monday. Arizona and Pennsylvania counties must also finalize their results the same day. On the heels of Georgia’s certification of Joe Biden’s victory on Friday, the series of administrative deadlines stands to all but formalize Biden’s win by officially affirming the results in enough contested states to put him over the 270-electoral-vote threshold.

    Monday boy stock up on your anti-depressants

  183. @Johnny Smoggins

    Your kidding yourself. Iran is no push over and in a conventional conflict would easily account for Israel, although that said, I am sure Israel would not settle for a conventional war if on the end of a significant beating. Don’t worry about the Chinese needing to catch up, Russia is already clearly superior to any other country in military tech and would stand shoulder to shoulder with Iran.

  184. @Caspar von Everec

    And while all that is going on, the Russians and Chinese are sitting on their hands. Blinkered.

  185. @predictable

    Ok, you seem to know what is happening. Instead of dumping on Giraldi, a man with infinitely more access to the goings on than just about anybody, give us your take. Your comment is a mindless, empty ridicule with no qualitive substance.

  186. chris says:
    @frankie p

    I’m, of course, not saying that I approve of such an option or that this option would not be a moral and possibly strategic abomination (as you’re pointing out), only that this is what these nitwit lackeys are probably thinking.

    Besides, it seems Phil is on to something, here. This article appeared After I made my comment!

  187. @Caspar von Everec

    Didn’t the Iranians get some of those hypersonic missiles from the Russians? All it would take is for a few well placed hits and a bubbling wreck of a carrier sent to the bottom. Its not like the Americans don’t deserve it… they do. Perhaps it’ll wake them up but I suspect that the military mandarins will only screech for more lucre

  188. chris says:

    Very good point, Solon!

    On a smaller time-scale than your point, I too see current events in a similar manner.

    If you start with the immutable axiom that the US gov is wholly owned by the AIPAC-set and that this system has been perfected to filter all aspirants to power and to ensure the unperturbed payout of massive dividends for its owners, then it may not be clear why they (and their surrogates) would currently work so hard to try to destroy the very system of graft they’ve worked so hard to establish.

    Looking back at historical precedents, the Great Depression, was another time when there seems to have been a coordinated effort reshape a society by destroying the economy.

    After Hoover’s busybody attempts to fix everything, came professionals from Roosevelt’s Communist cabinet working together with the other Communist “Brain Trust” at Columbia University and the Communist media plants. By making everyone poorer, the population at large became that much more willing to accept a massive consolidation of power.

    In a first order approximation, the closest explanation for the current developments, is that, as a result of the endless money printing over the last decades, they decided to take the whole US society down in a “controlled detonation,” as it were (seeing how well that had worked out the last time).

    The endless money printing, of course has lead to unpayable debts, and thus, similar to the absurd economy-destroying corona lockdowns of today, the Great Depression saw the most absurd policies being implemented, which no one could possibly have advocated if their goals were not, precisely to destroy the US economy; which was the admitted goal which the Communists’ 5th column were actually advocating. Killing farm animals and destroying crops in order to maintain high prices can in no way be attributed to errors by people whose very goals were to achieve regime changes.

    The system take-down allows the control to remain in their own hands when the new, lower equilibrium is reached, unlike (they might) say, in Germany in the 1930s. The reason this seems at least plausible to me is the fact that they are actively leading this revolt, and they would at least be nervous about jeopardizing the racket they’ve perfected over the last half a century. Whatever better theory one might come up with, regarding current events, it would have to be able to explain this seeming paradox; that on one hand they’ve fattened and domesticated this pig, and on the other hand they’re risking its life with the revolution they’re promoting.

    But in terms of priorities, from their ethnocentric perspective, the main problem which weighs heavily into all their plans is the fact their country contains about 7 million Palestinians which they are desperate to get rid of in order to consolidate their own burgeoning empire (which they currently only own de facto but not de jure). This phase can only happen if (when) everyone else is very busy with their own, artificially induced problems.

    Also, their plans are in no way limited to the Palestinians, Wesley Clark’s 7 countries in 5 years is still very much on the agenda. That telling episode he recounts in that viral video is also very notable for the fact that neither Clark nor his source of that information (nor any other US military brass for that matter) seemed to know much about those plans! It’s like they were given the sealed marching orders. Well, those plans were clearly not drawn up by the US gov; how could they if they’re not intimately familiar with the local sensitivities of our chief planners?

    And those plans are still, very much on the drawing board, and as soon as the world is busy, minding to their newly induced problems, those plans will be rolled out and concluded. As Phil’s and Pat Buchanan’s articles this week seem to indicate.

    I believe that the analogies between then and now are much more than coincidental. And it’s useful to consider that when the entire economic nightmare of the 1930s slowly lifted, the US was at war.

  189. @GuestAug

    Hmm … some people think the bases that the U.S. has around the world have allowed the U.S. to maintain its hegemony over the world (to run an empire), which until recently has been an extremely profitable enterprise.

    Those people would be correct.

    The military’s budget is there to provide welfare for murders. It is also there to keep the dollar as the reserve currency since without that status the US economy would crumble to dust overnight. Oil is just the medium chosen to facilitate the scheme.

    DOD, along with HUD can’t account for $21 Trillion dollars. The military has absconded with roughly $20 Trillion since Rumsfeld announced they couldn’t account for a missing $2 Trillion 9/10/2001. We all know what happened the day after.

    We also know that a missile hit the pentagon to take out the Navy team investigating the missing funds. We further know that building 7 was taken out because it was the only backup site that contained the records the Navy team was researching.

    9/11 was an inside job to cover up the largest robbery in history.

    • Replies: @Bolteric
  190. Herald says:
    @Colin Wright

    I wouldn’t put it past Israel to torpedo one of our carriers. That’d provide the false flag.

    That’s what friends are for. Of course, there might well be some in the US government and some of its agencies, who would be happy to see that happen, giving it a helping hand along the way.

  191. geokat62 says:

    I may actually *agree with you* on certain points.

    I initially got a little worried when I read this sentence, but thankfully you followed up with this one:

    I do not want to damage your mojo though….

    I appreciate it, A123. What’s a man without his mojo?

  192. Phipps says:

    After this country becomes fractured by civil war and its economy ruined by Wall Street, history will show that the biggest mistake this country ever made was to bring in blacks with the slave trade and allow Jews to come here by the millions. Jews are natural schemers, connivers, manipulators and deceivers who always take over the centers of money and politics. As a race, Jews have no regard for non-Jews. Their two gods are money and Israel. If Jews are high-level demons, then blacks are low-level demons. Their job is to make everywhere they go become ungovernable with crime, promiscuity, corruption and bad schools. Jews are simply parasites who move on after they have used up their host.

  193. Bolteric says:

    Nice retort.

    Flying planes and aerospace engineering are two developing interests of mine. Can you recommend a few good introductory sources?

    Did you read @runz article on TWA 800 he published several years ago? Passenger airlines seem like an easy target especially since one can always claim mechanical failure or pilots ineptitude.

  194. Jiminy says:

    When I said how I thought Israel would be targeted by the Iranians in the advent of war, I forgot that the Jews would probably be playing both sides to protect their own skin. I remember reading how Israel supplied weapons to Iran during their war with Iraq, so why would they let a good opportunity to make big money go astray.
    There is a good story about the us aircraft carrier, America, that was bombed to help with future designs, to find weak points and to work around them. After four weeks it was eventually scuttled in very deep water in the hope of never being seen by prying eyes. One photograph was released that shows water lapping the flight deck.

  195. @ChuckOrloski

    Hi Chuck,

    With all due respect to Philip Geraldi, a man of great knowledge and integrity, I tend to think that Trump’s reshuffle is meant for internal ends. If the Supreme Court confirms the fraudulent electoral practices of the deep state and Trump ends up winning a second term, then we can expect an American colour revolution to go in full swing. In such an outcome, Trump can ill afford a recalcitrant bureaucracy that showed its true metal during the recent riots of BLM and Antifa.

    Trumpstein or Bidenstein is unfortunately the sine qua non of any aspiring American to the presidency of the US. The reach of the Zionists is far too entrenched for any politician to challenge. Trump is firmly in the nationalist camp along with China’s Xi and Russia’s Putin against the globalist camp that includes every president or prime minister who rushed to congratulate Biden before the issue of voting irregularities is settled by the courts. God save America and and the world from a Biden administration which will go full throttle on the COVID restrictions and the Great Reset.
    Trump, love him or hate him, is still the best hope for a world built on the principle of international cooperation among sovereign states as opposed to the globalist tyranny of the One World Government under the aegis of the World Economic Forum and its Frankenstein leader Claus Schwab.

    • Agree: Iris
  196. a.z says:

    uh guys beaten by taliban r gonna take out china and iran at the same time and win ofc it will yeahhhhhh just believe and it will be so

  197. Broken Scranton Greetings, Joe, where a street is named “Biden’s Way.”😂

    Zionist Media overload, and I cannot determine who’s either Nationalist or Globalist.

    I see neither Trumpstein nor Bidenstein prepped to endeavor for “international cooperation” unless Jews outline their Rules of Engagement 🤑 and permit sanity.

    Thanks for thinking about me, Joe Levantine.👍

    • Thanks: Iris, Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @frankie p
  198. MarkinLA says:
    @Harold Smith

    Yeah, a nuclear war is going to happen sooner or later. Get real. The Russians and Chinese know the best thing for them is for the US to start another stupid war in the ME that it cannot possibly win without killing millions of people and watching the US tear itself apart. You know what would bring the country back together – a foreign army attacking US troops.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  199. Meena says:

    Orange clown dressed in MAGA cap with nothing below has done worse than lying . I can’t say if you can round the number s to the 6 millions.

  200. frankie p says:

    “Broken Scranton Greetings, Joe, where a street is named “Biden’s Way.””

    Hey, Chuck.

    Does that particular thoroughfare lead to the garbage dump or the sewage treatment plant?

    Asking for a friend.

    Frankie P

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  201. @frankie p

    Am your friend, frankie p, 👍and am glad I don’t live on “Biden’s Way.” Nonetheless, and despite excessive Scranton school & property taxes, it’s a nice neighborhood,

    Fyi, he never came to Scranton but for looking for votes & money. Thanks for the laugh, “…outlet to sewage treatment plant.”

    • Replies: @frankie p
  202. geokat62 says:

    Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  203. frankie p says:


    Yes, I guess I could live in the US again, and if I did, maybe I would live in Pa., my home state. It would have to be among the deplorables though; you’d not find me in Philly, Pittsburgh, or Harrisburg. I prefer the ones clinging to God and guns. They can be trusted. I’d love to come up and visit you the next time I am in Pa., but who the hell knows when that will be? My parents are both in their 80s, and I can’t get home to visit them. If I go, I face a 14-day quarantine upon my return, and it would severely impact my ability to keep earning.

    Tough times.

    Frankie P

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  204. @frankie p

    You’re welcome to visit at anytime, just give me a heads up. Am sorry for octegenarian parents,♥️ Frankie P., but they know you must earn money to survive.

    Today is another anniversary of JFK’s murder,💥 which I will never forget. In November 2016, I wrote the article below.

    Am alone, yea “tough times,” and thanks for thinking about me, Frankie.

    • Replies: @geokat62
    , @Iris
    , @Iris
  205. Trickster says:

    Imagine on a minor scale that you weigh 110 pounds and I weigh 240 pounds. Since the kids at your school annoy you I come along and knock them about. The problem is though, that I am not as tough as I think I am and while you continue to use me to intimidate and thump your opponents it also becomes apparent to you as well.

    The problem for both us is the universal law that (a) no matter how bad we think we are there is always someone else tougher and (b) that person who is going to do us is one we think is small fry and has the stature of small fry.

    Now I am the one getting knocked around and soon EVERYONE I beat up and intimidated start to think “Hey, little Billie weighing 120 pounds split his head open. I can do the same”. Then, as I still continue to be the bully, more and more people, who were quite willing to ignore me and leave me alone gang up to fuck me up after which they turn on you.

    In the meantime, I start to think “Shit, I am the one getting beat up while Iris hangs at the Food Court in the Mall’. I may decide to continue being your bitch but as time goes by I get the message. It might take several more humiliations but sooner or later it will dawn on me that you care not a whit and I am being bloodied (and have to pick up the bill) while you go your merry way.

    It usually comes down to every time I beat someone on your behalf, friends of that fellow beat one of your relatives.

    That is the scenario of the US/ Israeli partnership. What you say is quite right but all good things come to an end. The US might continue being Israel’s bitch for a few more unpleasant encounters but an individual and a State can only go to the hospital so many times for stitches before they get the message.

    In the meantime I hear that the war against stupid little Afghanistan is approaching $1 trillion. The farmers, shepherds, opium growers and street video disk vendors dressed in shirts, sandals and riding motor bikes outfought us with AK’s and rocket propelled grenades on a diet of rough bread, goat meat and tea. I dont know whether to laugh or cry !

    All out war against Iran ?? Anything is possible but I very much doubt it. Unlike Afghanistan there are 1 million Iranians in the US and 3.5M moslems in total living here. Another war in the Middle East may not please them very much. We will take another thrashing, lose our credibility or what is left of it, be more broke if that is possible and arrive at the point where even if we wanted to we are too tired and too bankrupt to be Israel’s flunkie. Then what ?

    Like the micro scenario above they may act in a way to convince the bully and its controller that enough is enough. The bigger picture is that Russia and China are happy to see us bleed here, there and everywhere. While we are getting weak and our attention is diverted at point A, they are getting stronger and exploiting point B and C,

    Like competing drug dealers, once one goes to jail his reputation, employees and territory is forfeit. Only time will tell WHAT will happen and WHAT will be the consequences. None of us know until we know.

  206. geokat62 says:

    Today is another anniversary of JFK’s murder…

    Thanks for the reminder, Chuck.

    Your exchange with the lawyer, Vincent Salandria, reminded me of another exchange I stumbled upon in doing a little digging on the ethnic origins of John Wilkes Booth…

    Re: John Wilkes Booth — Jewish?

    Originally Posted by Nick Smith:

    I once had a book “who’s Who in American Theatre” and in the book it stated that the Booth family was of English jewish descent. But his jewishness had nothing to do with the fact that he assasinated Lincoln.

    Response from a poster with the handle, “Bernie”:

    Wrong! If you look through History you’ll find more Jews assasinating heads of state than anyone. Jews knocked off nearly every Russian Czar for hundreds of years including the last one and his entire family. You’ll find most assinations of American political figures are Jew inspired. Think Oswald knocked of JFK? You’re in the minority. JFK did two things to Jews. Tell them to NOT make Nukes in Israel, AND Issue silver backed Dollars which would have put the Jews ‘Federal’ Reserve outa business. He had to die. Jews are the Olympic World Champions of assasinations. 90 years ago this month, Alabama citizens lynched a Jew name Leo Franks for raping and killing a 12 year old girl and trying to blame a negroid. What did the jews do? They made FILMS about ‘poor Leo’, they wrote books blaming racist wites. They even wrote MUSICALS about the ‘injustice’ of his hanging. The only certainty is Jews lie and kill and steal. They aren’t your friends.

    btw – I very much enjoyed reading your Magic Bullet poem.

    Stay well, Chuck.

    • Thanks: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @Iris
  207. Trickster says:

    An aircraft carrier has a complement of over 6000 men. The ship, the planes and the men MUST have logistical support. After a week of 24 hour hour operations when all the missiles have been fired and ammunition expended then what ? When high octane fuel runs out then what ? If an electrical part in a lift elevator malfunctions then what? Without command and control an aircraft carrier is a floating hunk of metal. Oh, ah the radar malfunctioned and that $100 chip is not in stock ? No logistical resupply = uselessness.

    You are also assuming the Iranians are just going to sit around drinking tea and snacking on biscuits ?

    As to “blasting them from air and sea” you do not seem to understand. This NEVER won a war ! In such actions the attacker compiles a list of targets. Lets assume they are all destroyed. Then what ? You are going to blast them again ? And again ? The defender on the other side would have figured out what YOU are most likely to attack……….and bury it deep…..and defend it. In the meantime all the recipients of your explosive personality would have scattered. What are you going to bomb now ? Empty desert ? Mountain valleys that have already been fortified ? Mobile missile launchers that have been scattered all over the place and cannot be found BUT are firing back at you?

    I watched the coverage of the MOAB bomb dropping in Afghanistan with a bunch of guys. The USAF came out with all the usual nonsense and jargon ….a game changer, change the course of the war, sending the Taliban a message blah blah. They dropped the monstrosity in Valley X killing some goats probably but fighting continued in Valley Y. We all looked at each other and laughed.

    Air and sea bombardment never won a war yet in history. Just grab your nearest General and ask him, you dont have to take my word.

    As for using nuclear weapons the consequences of doing so are unknown and far outweigh the benefits. Think of it ! The US and Israel would lose public support, arms proliferation would explode with everyone acquiring the bomb, world condemnation and who knows what retaliation right here in the US. If it were that easy the US would have done so in Cuba, Venezuela and against Iraq and North Korea. They would have done Iran already. Nukes? That ain’t going to happen.

    Look at your map and note just some of the following:
    1. The two biggest mountain ranges are located around Tehran and at the top of the straight of Hormuz. At Abu Dhabi there is a thumb sticking into the strait. Block that and you cannot get in or if you are in cannot get out.
    2. The only “Stan” not surrounding Iran is Bananastan, Bantustan, the Cornstan and the Fruitstan.
    3. Pakistan is nearby with its own BOMB
    4. There is a supply route from China (think MArco Polo)
    5. Behind Tehran is the Caspian Sea and Russia. A very short and unassailable supply route right to and from Russia;s industrial area. and an unassailable supplier. Chechnya with all its Moslem malcontents lurks nearby.
    6. Finally, a few oil tankers sunk in the strait and we all go back to riding horses and bicycles and burning our fences and furniture to stay warm.

    I can just see Putin, he takes a deep breath, smiles, takes a break from his Judo and says “Russia has adhered to international rules. The contract to send our high tech air defence missile system to Iran was signed in 2019. we are only honouring our contract plus providing Russian technicians to train Iranian crews”

    And President Xi with the typical Asian blank face will finish chewing his sweet and sour dumplings, put down his chop sticks and say ” China has adhered to international rules. The contract to send our latest surface to air and surface to ship missiles was signed in 2019. We are only honouring our contract plus providing Chinese technicians to train Iranian crews”

    Finally, Putin and Xi call each other and comment this is a perfect opportunity to use our technology against the US equipment PLUS bleed our opponent. They both have a good chuckle before hanging up.

    Kim Il Jong will fly some more DONG missiles over Japan just for shit and giggles.

    Every Moslem in the West will be pissed including those in the US. Macron, Merkel, Boris and the President of Haiti will be on the phone to the US President.

    In any fight we always think when we do this, the opponent will do that and then we can do this. It NEVER works out that way

    War with Iran ? Nukes ? Shelling from Air and Sea ? I dont think so !

    • Replies: @antibeast
  208. antibeast says:

    War with Iran ? Nukes ? Shelling from Air and Sea ? I don’t think so !

    The idea that the USA can start a war against Iran under the pretext of stopping Iran from acquiring WMDs is so preposterous that no US ally would support such a war considering that Iran abided by the Nuclear Deal which was abandoned by Trump. Besides, what would the USA do if Russia and/or China decide to support Iran? If the USA couldn’t take out Assad after Russia intervened militarily in Syria, what more against Iran with a much more sophisticated military and a much larger and capable population?

    Iran has powerful nuclear-armed allies — Russia, China, Pakistan — that would come to its defense if attacked by the USA. Arab countries are not going to side with the USA against Iran because 1). they would become targets of Iranian missiles; and 2). they would have to deal with local Shiite Muslims loyal to Iran. Ironically, the US wars against Iraq and Syria have only strengthened Iran which has become a regional power in the Middle East.

    A war against Iran by the Biden Administration would propel Trumpism — a populist movement that is virulently hostile to the US Deep State — to become the dominant force in US politics, thus dooming the fate of the US Empire.

    War with Iran? Make my day!

    • Replies: @antibeast
  209. Iris says:

    Hi Geo;

    It is most likely that President Lincoln’s assassin was of Spanish Jewish ancestry. From the book, “Lincoln and the Jews,” by historians Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell:

    Asia Booth Clarke, the sister of acclaimed actor John Wilkes Booth who shot Lincoln, stated in her 1882 memoir that their father, Junius Brutus Booth, attended synagogues along with other houses of worship: “In the synagogue, he was known as a Jew, because he conversed with rabbis and learned doctors, and joined their worship in the Hebraic tongue. He read the Talmud, also, and strictly adhered to many of its laws.”


    It is also known that John Wilkes Booth was commissioned by patrons linked to the banking industry in London, where his father was born and had strong connections. (Lincoln had a unfavourable view of private central banking). This is stated in the book “Currency Wars” by Hong Song Bing.

    Finally, Booth was well rewarded by his patrons. His tracks were covered up by a staged shooting where he allegedly was killed. But in fact, new facial recognition techniques proved that he was protected and lived another 38 years under a new identity:

    “The government told us that Booth was caught and killed, and traditional historians went along with it,” said Maryland educator and historian Nate Orlowek, who has investigated the assassination since he was 15 years old and worked with a group of other like-minded historians. “They fell down on the job and ridiculed those of us who toiled for decades to disprove the hoax. We were right. John Wilkes Booth got away.”

    Rinse. Wash. Repeat and kill another US President. Such is the power of the Tribe because the American people are blind to it.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
    • Thanks: geokat62
  210. Iris says:

    Today is another anniversary of JFK’s murder

    Thanks for reminding us, dear Mr O.

    I liked your “Magic Bullet” poem; art is the vivid and imperishable way by which, us the people, can remember our fallen heroes to eternity.

    The brave Mr Salandria is wrong and you are right. It is certain that the person most knowledgeable ever about the circumstances of President Kennedy’s foul murder was Attorney Jim Garrison. Garrison is known to have stated in private that Israel organised the assassination.

    With love and fond regards from another part of the world.

    • Thanks: ChuckOrloski
  211. geokat62 says:

    Oh, how sweet! The ADL paying homage to JFK for his stance on immigration…

    Now, that’s what I call a domestic terrorist organization with heart!

    • Agree: Iris, ChuckOrloski
  212. geokat62 says:

    Excerpt from, US Trump Administration’s Last Move In Office Is To Destroy The Palestinian Cause:

    To rub salt into the wounds of the Palestinian people, the Trump administrations Secretary of State just visited Illegal West Bank and Golan Heights Settlements. Pompeo endorsed a winery in an illegal settlement and declared that not only were settlement products to be labelled as products of Israel proper, but that the US was declaring the BDS Movement as anti-Semitic and coming after those who support it as if they were members of the KKK.

    • Thanks: Iris, ChuckOrloski
  213. @MarkinLA

    Yeah, a nuclear war is going to happen sooner or later.

    It sure is (and we’re lucky it hasn’t happened yet).

    Get real.

    There’s nothing more real than madmen destroying themselves…and everyone and everything they can take with them.

    The Russians and Chinese know the best thing for them is for the US to start another stupid war in the ME that it cannot possibly win without killing millions of people and watching the US tear itself apart.

    Not quite; the Russians and the Chinese will see a U.S. attack on Iran not as a matter of “stupidity” per se but criminal insanity. They will then realize (if they don’t already) that nuclear war with the U.S. is inevitable, and they will probably strike first.

    You know what would bring the country back together – a foreign army attacking US troops.


  214. Iris says:

    President Kennedy is not forgotten.

    New documentary translated to English and published today on French website “Egalite et Reconciliation” on the assassination of the Kennedy Brothers and Israel’s involvement:

    • Thanks: ChuckOrloski, Robjil, Art
    • Replies: @Art
  215. @MarkinLA

    But the fact is that Russia IS in Syria and did what it wanted to do – which is keep Assad in power. And what do you mean “if the SCO was so important”???? You don’t follow the news of what goes on in the “stans” – huh? Russia and China are working with all of those countries to make sure jihadists don’t spill into the rest of the region – or another repeat of US trained jihadists don’t filter through Central Asia.

  216. @Notsofast

    Interesting idea… Was there ever an “official” reason given for that F35 that Japan lost?

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  217. @geokat62

    Yes they would have us believe that Sunni extremist groups who gladly would kill a Shia are suddenly friends with Iran. That’s not so say Al Qaeda don’t go through Iran… They had to once the bombs started dropping in Afghanistan…. But to say they are supported by Iran is more than just a stretch.

  218. antibeast says:

    War with Iran? Make my day!

    Oh, lest I forget: Iran sits astride the Persian Gulf which it can close to tanker traffic when the shooting starts. Across the Persian Gulf from Iran are the GCC countries which host the vast majority of US military bases in the Middle East. Those GCC countries will become targets of Iranian missile attacks which will likely damage those US military bases as well as set ablaze their oil fields.

    How would such a war with Iran affect the global economy? Just like the Iraq War, oil prices would skyrocket while financial markets would react instantly. But Iran is not Iraq. And the Persian Gulf was never closed to tanker traffic nor were the oil fields in the GCC countries set ablaze during the Iraq War. So a war with Iran will be far more devastating to the global economy which could collapse leading to an economic depression worldwide.

    War with Iran? No way, Jose!

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  219. 36 ulster says:

    That makes at least two of us–in both instances.

  220. Trumps instincts seem to be sound; Anti-war, non-interventionist. The issue, as always is his (((owners))).

  221. geokat62 says:

    Breaking: Biden’s Secretary of State nominee has deep Jewish roots

    Excerpt from, What Antony Blinken’s band says about how he’ll lead as Secretary of State:

    It is all but certain that Antony Blinken, former U.S. deputy secretary of state under Barack Obama, will be the nation’s top diplomat in the Biden administration. If nominated, he will be the third Jew to hold the post after Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright. He will — we think — be the first to have a Spotify account with a diptych of mediocre rock songs…

    But we do know he has one likely weapon in his arsenal: An EP he might deliver at any moment to America’s enemies.

    I think there may have been a typo in the final sentence. It shouldn’t been:

    But we do know he has one likely weapon in his arsenal: An EP he might deliver at any moment to (((America’s))) enemies.

    • Thanks: Iris, Robjil
    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  222. @geokat62

    Yellen to replace Mnuchin? 😟

    • Replies: @geokat62
  223. Art says:

    Iris & Chuck —- Thanks for the Kennedy comments. It seems that those assassinations are growing in the American conscience.

    I watched the video. Nukes are everything to the Israeli Jews. The bold treachery of the Big Jews is stunning. Little Jew benevolent mindsets are lost by the age of five. They live with hate and fear the rest of their lives.

    Clearly Israel benefits. The fact that all the media points the conspiracy finger at the CIA and not Israel – is telling beyond words.

    The Kennedy assassinations mark the beginning of America’s slide into disfunction, loss of ideals, and loss of identity as a single nation of one people. Today “nationalism” is a bad word.

    I believe that we should never miss a public opportunity to question the Kennedy assassinations and 9/11.


    • Thanks: ChuckOrloski, Iris
    • Replies: @geokat62
  224. geokat62 says:

    The art of the deal?

  225. geokat62 says:

    Yellen to replace Mnuchin?

    The individuals may change, but the team to which they belong remains the same.

    Team Zion is currently having their matzo balls and eating them too!

    • Replies: @geokat62
  226. geokat62 says:

    I believe that we should never miss a public opportunity to question the Kennedy assassinations and 9/11.

    Adam Green agrees…

    • Thanks: Iris, Art, ChuckOrloski
  227. geokat62 says:

    Team Zion is currently having their matzo balls and eating them too!

  228. @JoaoAlfaiate

    Trump should be doing something for the USA on the way out the door, not working to benefit a foreign country

    He can’t. His lack of accomplishment shows just how much actual power the president has. Not much. The government of the United States is run by a vast interconnected “swamp” of bureaucrats, generals, admirals, and various secret and not so secret organizations. Almost all are lawyers.

    Trump tried. But the swamp won. All they had to do was to keep him mired down with accusations of Russian collusion for 2 years, followed by the Covid shutdown which crippled the economy. Now it’s too late. Even if he is somehow able to prove voter fraud, the powers that run things will not allow enough of a change to permit his re-election.

    I suspect that Trump was too much of a threat, however small, to the swamp to allow him to continue as president. Biden, to be replaced at the first opportunity by Harris, will be much less of a problem. Money will continue to flow to those who control things. Always follow the money.

    • Agree: Iris
  229. @antibeast

    Yes when the Houthis – with Iranian tech were able to blow up Saudi oil fields it changed the calculus. When Iran showed it’s missiles were more accurate than Iraqi Scuds and were able to hit two US bases in Iraq that changed the calculus as well.
    Solemaini being killed seems to be more because he was going to calm down the issues with the Saudis. We know some don’t want that – they want to keep Iran isolated. The idea he was planning attacks was a nonsense reason. Fact is he was targeting ISIS in Iraq. Or maybe that’s another reason to get rid of him….??

    • Replies: @antibeast
  230. antibeast says:

    The Trump Administration expects another war under the incoming Biden administration and has taken steps to forestall it by withdrawing US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. But Iran is way too powerful — politically, militarily, strategically — so the Biden Administration could try to take out Syria instead of Iran. The USA would need a casus belli, possibly a false flag chemical attack to be blamed on Assad. To neutralize the presence of the Russian military, the USA would need to dismember Syria with US allies such as Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia invited to participate in the military occupation of a balkanized Syria. Both Russia and Iran are expected to defend the Assad regime against any such military attack by the USA.

    You know a war is coming because Biden has appointed a number of Obama war hawks to his Cabinet.

  231. Notsofast says:

    “Official” reason: pilot disorientation, last radio communication “knock it off” . Most of the wreckage never recovered(by us). Pilots body recovered two months later with no details of recovery revealed.

  232. Anon[107] • Disclaimer says:

    I can’t get over how weird it is that as a last hurrah, an American President might either start a war, or scale back our global military’s overreach. It could even be both.

    What a truly, truly, strange time to be alive.

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