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Former Ambassador Michael McFaul
Former Ambassador Michael McFaul

Whenever one gets into discussions about the decline of America’s ability to positively influence developments around the world a number of issues tend to surface. First is the hubristic claim by successive presidents that the United States is somehow “exceptional” as a polity while also serving as the world’s only superpower and also the anointed Leader of the Free World, whatever that is supposed to mean. Some critics of the status quo also have been willing to look a bit deeper, recognizing that it is the policies being pursued by the White House and Congress that are out of sync with what is actually happening in Asia, Africa and Latin America, being more driven by establishing acceptable narratives than by genuine interests.

The problem starts at the top. One can hardly have a great deal of respect for presidents who appointed neocon or neoliberal ideologues Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, Mike Pompeo or current incumbent Tony Blinken as Secretaries of State, but when all is said and done the area where the U.S. fails is most egregiously is in the personnel it actually sends overseas. It has far more non-professional ambassadors than any other country in the world. Does the American public know, for example, that fully 44% of American Ambassadors sent overseas under Donald Trump were political appointees, whose sole distinction in many cases is that they contributed large sums of money to the Republican National Committee? Though such individuals can sometimes turn out to be surprisingly effective, many frequently know nothing of the country that they have been assigned to and do not speak the local language. To cite my own experience, in my 21 years as an intelligence officer spent mostly in Europe I did not once work for an ambassador who was a Foreign Service Officer career diplomat and few of the political appointees I knew never bothered to learn the local language.

Part of the problem is that many U.S. ambassadors do not know what their job consists of. Ambassadors have existed since the time of the ancient Greeks. They were from the beginning granted a special immunity which enabled them to talk to enemy spokesmen to attempt to resolve issues without resort to arms. In the modern context, Ambassadors are sent to reside in foreign capitals to provide some measure of protection for traveling citizens and also to defend other perceived national interests. Ambassadors are not soldiers, nor are they necessarily the parties of government that ultimately make decisions on what to do when dealing with a foreign nation. They are there to provide a mechanism for exchanging views to create a dialogue while at the same time working with foreign governments to avoid conflict, whether over trade or politics. They should be bridge-builders who explain how American politics function, how the American government works, and at the same time educate Americans on how the country they are based in sees the United States.

By all these metrics, the U.S. diplomatic effort has been a failure and, at the end of the day, the United States taxpayer spends astonishing sums of money to support its global representational and security structures that provide little in return, rarely experiencing any notable successes and watching the reputation of the U.S. decline due to sheer ineptness. In my experience, the worst U.S. Ambassadors tend to be academics, which brings us to Michael McFaul, who served as Ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama from 2012-2014.

To be sure, viewing Russia as an enemy is a bipartisan impulse among the Washington political class. The neoconservatives and their neoliberal allies have both long been dreaming of regime change for Moscow, either because it is perceived as a threat or as an unacceptable autocracy. Given that, the appointment of Stanford Academic and Russia expert McFaul as Ambassador was intended to “reset” the bilateral relationship while also pushing the democracy promotion agenda and confronting various aspects of the domestic policies of the Vladimir Putin government that were considered unacceptable, to include the treatment of homosexuals. Pursuing that end, McFaul made a point of openly meeting with the political opposition in Russia. He thereby antagonized the officials in the government that he should have been working with to bring about acceptable change to such an extent that his term of office became untenable and he was an embarrassing failure.

But now McFaul has turned the usual Washington trick, converting failure into personal success. He is a regular go-to guy when Democrats either in Congress or in the White House need expert testimony on Russia and he is reliably a passionate supporter of the largely unsustainable Russiagate tale and all that implies. He is again a tenured professor at Stanford, where another top government failure Condi Rice, she of “mushroom cloud” fame, serves as Director of the Hoover Institution.

McFaul was recently bothered by what he described as an anonymous presumed “Russian troll” attack on twitter which had referred to his failure as Ambassador to Russia. This is how he responded: “I have a job for life at the best university in the world. I live in a giant house in paradise. I make close to a million dollars a year. I have adoring fans on tv and half a million followers on twitter 99% who also admire me. I’m doing just fine without a damn visa from Russia. And I am not afraid to tweet under my own name. I feel sorry for people like you who aren’t brave enough to do so.”

Not surprisingly, McFaul’s message, which was replayed in a number of places on the internet, struck many as a bit over the top, dripping with entitlement and self-esteem coming from someone who had been given an important government job and had only succeeded in making matters worse. He responded to the criticism by tweeting an addendum: “I wrote than message in a private channel. I did not expect it to be published. But it was still a mistake, I apologize. It was arrogant and idiotic. A swarm of Russian trolls was accusing me of failure, and I responded in a most unprofessional way. Explanation, not excuse.”

Well, it’s nice to hear an apology for a change from anyone associated with the United States government, but the point is that McFaul is symptomatic of much of what is wrong in terms of how the White House makes policy impulsively and appoints poorly informed ideologues to implement what has been decided. McFaul is not unique. President Donald Trump certainly set a precedent in providing a whole group of incompetents to support the clueless Mike Pompeo at State, to include Nikki Haley at the United Nations, Rick Grenell in Germany, David Friedman in Israel, and the ubiquitous John Bolton at the National Security Council. It is almost as if in the area of foreign policy, the United States government as it is currently configured is designed to fail.

The solution is obvious. The United States desperately needs a foreign policy that is based on genuine national interests. It needs to stop rewarding political donors and needs also to send people as Ambassadors who are sensitive to the culture and red lines existing in the countries where they are posted. That doesn’t mean approving what others do, but it does mean listening to what they have to say. If one wants to restore America’s credibility and its reputation, examining the McFaul experience in Russia should be an excellent learning tool and taking steps so as not to repeat that failure would be a good place to start.

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. If you want to see Uncle Sam acting even more undiplomatically, see my comments about Geoffrey R. Pyatt under Dr. Giraldi’s July 2 column.

    Red+Blue Washington has no concern for the American people, and no respect for anyone else.

    • Agree: Realist, GMC, Brad Anbro
    • Replies: @moi
    , @Fred Not Reed
    , @Anonymous
  2. I don’t understand why any country would allow the USSA or any conquered slave NATO member to have an embassy in their country. The only embassy that matters is that of Israel the capital of the racist supremacist global Jewish slave empire dictatorship which has conquered what use to be the West. This is why the USSA or any NATO member can’t keep any treaty or agreement they sign as they have no authority to do so as they are slave of Jews.

    If you want a deal the other side will stick to you talk to those with real authority not the toilet cleaner Joe Biden or the dishwasher Boris Johnson or the broom pusher Merkel etc.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet, moi
    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
    , @Carlo
  3. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    In my experience, the worst U.S. Ambassadors tend to be academics

    Pretty interesting observation. Academics are the people who are supposed to know things and who are to be looked to for explanations. This could be broadly true in all other areas, not just foreign policy. Americans don’t learn foreign languages and have no feel for foreign cultures. They’ve grown up in a bubble as if they were islanders somewhere. That’s why mediocrities like Albright, Rice, Bolton, etc, are thought to be knowledgeable people, they know two cents more than the average person which is zero. Lots of ambassadors are politically partisan campaign donors, true enough, but that’s due to most people in government being for sale to the highest bidder. Obama’s book deals, Clinton’s speaking fees, all payoffs disguised to appear as legitimate all the way down the line. The fish is rotting from the head down.

  4. Phipps says:

    In other words, advance the intrests of the Jews/Israel, you can count on a comfortable retirement. Satan may be the king of this world, but Jews are his princes.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  5. @mindblower

    You overlooked Trudeau the former drama teacher—was this deliberate??

    • Replies: @CanadianColonizer
  6. El Dato says:

    That guy is what Trump would call “low energy”. He literally is one of the fake “top people” that supposedly can be found in Putin’s Russia he so despises.

    RT.com announces in 2018:

    Your guide to top anti-Russia think tanks in US & who funds them

    After serving on Obama’s team, McFaul has re-invented himself as a network TV personality since 2016 with 280,000 Twitter followers, 106,000 of which are fake, according to Twitter audit.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  7. The people mentioned above in the article seem all of them to be people with a serious personality problem. They don’t seem to be mature and well informed people able to deal with the situations that an ambassator has to deal with. They are easy prey for the prevailing ideologies.

  8. Expectations should be low: the word ‘ass’ is centered in the job title.

    • Replies: @haha
  9. Michael McFaul is the “Russia expert”, who either can’t speak Russian or speak it to a reasonable standard. Here is McFaul’s evasive response to the issue on Twitter.

    This very much makes Giraldi’s point. I’m surprised he didn’t mention it in the article.

  10. The US State department should look at what other countries do, if that means promoting from within or setting up a special school within the diplomatic service, either way, it would be a vast improvement from what you have today.

    • Replies: @Alden
  11. Carlo says:
    @mindblower

    Russia has very good relations with Israel, this country imposes absolutely no sanction on her, has a visa-free regime for tourists, it is the complete opposite of how relations are with the West (US, Canada, EU, Australia). How to explain this incongruity?

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    , @MarkinLA
  12. Anon[372] • Disclaimer says:

    Title is wrong. The title to this article should read, “This is a perfect example of why I, Philip Giraldi, should be President.”

    • Thanks: Redneck farmer
  13. @Carlo

    Putin had excellent relations with Netanyahu. This enabled Russia to tell him precisely what Russia’s red lines were in Syria. Netanyahu never overstepped them. As a result, Assad has won the war and US troops will be leaving shortly, as in Afghanistan.

    Long term, the continuance of the Zionist entity that is Israel is in serious doubt. The vast majority of Russian “Jews ” who emigrated to Israel are either highly secular or of only partial Jewish descent – sometimes a quarter or less. As the situation deteriorates, these groups will increasingly look to move to somewhere safer. The Russians know this, and will take back skilled workers and people with capital, if they agree to conform to Russian standards.

    So Russia’s policy has both short term and long term objectives. It’s called pragmatic diplomacy – it enables you to get what you want. Before WWI all the Great Powers practiced it. Now the West is in thrall to HomoGlobalism. Its diplomacy is completely counterproductive and against its own interests.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Fred Not Reed
  14. MarkinLA says:
    @Carlo

    Mossad gives American secrets to the FSB. Remember Pollard, the Israeli’s gave infomation on CIA assets to get Jews out of the USSR. Israel claimed it was a “mistake”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/jan/12/julianborger1

  15. Notsofast says:

    …. the united states government as it is currently configured is designed to fail… nail on the head, nothing succeeds like failure in washington. don’t forget mcfaul’s role in the failed color revolution in russia in 2012 that brought in navalny and opened putin’s eyes to the fact that the u.s. can never be trusted. the worst part of all failed neocons is seeing them exalted for their failures by the fawning mockingbird media and then being recycled in current and future administrations to continue their failure.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  16. Jim H says:

    ‘The United States desperately needs a foreign policy that is based on genuine national interests.’ — Philip Giraldi

    The neocon New York Slimes weeps for the good old days when ‘we’ ruled the roost:

    ‘Just a few years ago, thousands of American forces were in Afghanistan and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul hosted one of the largest diplomatic staffs in the world.

    ‘Eric Rubin, president of the union that represents career foreign service officers, said about one-quarter of the current U.S. diplomatic corps have been posted to either Afghanistan or Iraq over the last 20 years and remain emotionally invested in the war zones in which they worked.

    “There was a lot of sacrifice,” Mr. Rubin said. “Everyone who served there for the most part served without their families, and under difficult conditions; at times under mortar fire. So it wasn’t easy.”

    Legends in their own mind, in other words, as spear carriers for the US empire took a hardship posting in Kabul for a front-row seat at a glorious imperial occupation … until it all turned pear-shaped, that is.

    Now the ’emotionally invested’ State Department darlings likely are too traumatized by the collapse of empire (slowly at first; then all at once) ever to recover their imperial illusions.

    That is, if they manage to get a seat in the last helicopter out of Kabul. Some may have to hang precariously from the landing skids, if they can hold on all the way to Dubai.

  17. @Jim H

    They have a freaking 1400 (accredited) diplomats in Kabul i.e.
    the special envoys for nonbinary necrophilia rights and their staffs have diplomatic status.

    Why do they hate us? Weeellllllll …

    • LOL: Notsofast
    • Replies: @Alden
  18. If Mr. Giraldi feels that academics make poor ambassadors how about academics as presidents? The Professor, Woodrow Wilson PhD, racially segregated the federal workforce in Washington DC. He signed into law the Federal Reserve Act which gave control of the currency to bankers. Look at how that has worked out. Look at what happened to a president who tried to replace Federal Reserve Notes with U S (Treasury) Notes. And truly worst of all-a blunder of brobdingnagian proportions-he sent US forces to WW1 to ensure the defeat of Germany. How could a learned man be so dim as to not know with what vengeance a victorious Britain and France would treat Germany? It would not be a great exaggeration to say that the academic Wilson caused WW2 in Europe.

    • Agree: BorisMay, Montefrío
    • Thanks: GazaPlanet
  19. Dumbassadors

    • Agree: moi
    • Thanks: annamaria
  20. Jim H says:

    ‘the hubristic claim by successive presidents that the United States is somehow “exceptional” as a polity while also serving as the world’s only superpower and also the anointed Leader of the Free World’ — Philip Giraldi

    That’s the obsolete fantasy. Compare the sordid reality:

    ‘Stephen Biddle, a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, said in an interview the announcement that 3,000 U.S. troops are heading to Kabul to help pull out American diplomats and embassy staff likely made Afghan morale even worse.

    “The message that sent to Afghans is: ‘The city of Kabul is going to fall so fast that we can’t organize an orderly withdrawal from the embassy,’” Biddle said. This suggests to Afghans that the Americans see little future for the government and that “this place could be toast within hours.” — AP

    Americlowns: egos the size of skyscrapers; testicles the diameter of caviar.

    As someone joked on another forum — ‘I’m just glad Joe Biden isn’t alive to see this.’

  21. Athena says:

    What was the role of Ambassador Stevens in LIBYA? Weapons?

    Why was he killed on the night (just after) Schumer went to the White House?

    There were much messages of condolence sent to Stevens relatives via Facebook from friends working in various cultural and Fulbright educational centers all around the world, e.g., the Uruguay Cultural Alliance Center. If Stevens was not exactly an ambassador, but rather a weapons dealer, then the kids in these schools who all sent condolence messages at the instigation of their teachers thus expressed condoleance because a weapons dealers who contributed to AIPAC-NATO’s bestial carnage in Libya just died?

    Please correct me if i’m wrong, and i’m sincerely hope i am.

    • Replies: @Kadath
    , @Carlton Meyer
  22. – It is hard to believe there was a time they sent Jefferson to Paree, but this is comparatively recent.
    Kissinger should have been hanged a long time ago but he knew what he was doing.
    Rewarding campaign donors by letting them play viceroy* was
    (almost: cf. Joe Kennedy) unheard of during the Cold War.
    (It is more visible from Europe – Grenell and Lauder were just the most odious.)

    It would be easy enough to issue them standing orders to at least STFU
    or recall them once they insert foot, so I assume it is deliberate policy;
    this is what happens when you let a certain kind of Jew do the thinking:

    “How can you be sure your friends are your friends
    (and not – gasp! – some kind of antisemite)
    unless you constantly rub their faces in the shit?”

    – Another example of that thinking was inviting the Taliban to talks
    then ratcheting up the bombing (to “negotiate from a position of strength”).
    They did it three times! If they have no idea how this comes over in a culture that values honor, they are going to find out soon.

    * In a “civilized” and “allied” country, please; I hear Austria is considered the plum:
    Loads of kulchur, pomp and circumstance, and very servile.

  23. McFaul was a complete failure, just like many of the other ambassadors and diplomats appointed under the delusional and jackass self-masturbating Trump regime.

    I saw a video of that fat, useless jackass Pompeo in Singapore, in a meeting with ASEAN and Chinese diplomats. He said something incredibly ignorant and stupid, and everybody in the meeting just started laughing at him, they couldn’t stop themselves.

    I saw his face change. A really low quality US representative. No wonder he had pinecone stuck up his ass for China so much. He was humiliated so badly in front of them.

    If we want to be China’s enemy, fine. But there’s no need to look like a fool and a jackass when we are doing it.

    • Replies: @Realist
  24. Realist says:
    @GreatSocialist

    What you say about the Trump administration is true, but even more so about the Biden administration.

  25. EdwardM says:

    For all of the legitimate critiques of our foreign policy, I don’t think that having political appointees as ambassadors is one of the major problems. I think it’s quite smart, actually, to have people who are fully accountable to the guy who won the election, people who in theory are accomplished in some non-governmental endeavor to represent the nation.

    Heavens knows that faceless career bureaucrats who disdain America (i.e., officials of the State Department) can just as easily be incompetent or can actively try to undermine the nation’s foreign policy, especially with a Republican in office.

    • Agree: Rich
    • LOL: GMC
  26. You write “Does the American public know, for example, that fully 44% of American Ambassadors sent overseas under Donald Trump were political appointees, whose sole distinction in many cases is that they contributed large sums of money to the Republican National Committee?”

    Since when has the appointment of Ambassadors been done differently? This is the overwhelmingly normal way ambassadors have always been appointed going back as far as Joe Kennedy being appointed by FDR to the Court of St. James purely as a political plum.

    It’s not imperative that ambassadors be fluent in the language of the host country. The pool of candidates for ambassadorships would be exceedingly small, reduced to academics who may speak the language, but academics are not the people who should be representing America since their perception of the world is limited by the needs of the academy.

    Why do you think it’s somehow different under Trump? Unless you don’t like Trump which you’ve made quite clear. Ric Grenell, ambassador to Germany for some time, was and is a valued person for his understanding of Europe. He was appointed by President Trump to head the NSA and did an excellent job as shown by the news media and other sources of information.

    • Agree: Decoy
    • LOL: Greta Handel
  27. If a man is known by the company he keeps, a nation is known by its diplomatic representation. America’s diplomats–its morally obtuse, Israel First, belligerent Secretaries of State, and its inept, shallow ambassadors–combine to give America a piss-poor reputation abroad.

    Giraldi doesn’t think much of academics serving as ambassadors. He’s right. Besides their smug arrogance, academic types lack practical intelligence. They’re drowning in theories and abstractions.

  28. Anonymous[205] • Disclaimer says:

    McFaul sounds like a huge fizzy dewsh but Philip Giralid, Ph.D. should learn to spell his own name.

  29. How do you expect a county whose official policy was accurately summed up as “we are an empire now and we create our own reality ” to have anything but contempt for the rest of the world? And how can you expect a country with such contempt to do anything but expect the world to fall in line with its demands? And how can any country that expects the world to fall in line with its demands do anything but appoint bully boys and similar incompetents to the post of official representative, seeing that they are basically viceroys who transmit orders to the governments of their host countries from the regime they represent?

    • Agree: Carroll Price
  30. Hitmarck says:

    Why bother learning a language? You have ur trustworthy jewish translations.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  31. GMC says:

    You gotta be a pretty sick bastard to spend all that time studying another country , learn the language – then stab them in the back.
    And I totally agree with Greta Handel on Geo PY- Rat , the X ambassador to Kiev, who blew his ” Cookies Nuland” for a taste of the MaiDan limelight. His reward was to be re-assigned to Greece – in order to Fuck that place up – some more.The US Embassies are all CIA/Mossad offices – today. But don’t tell Russia or China – they might figure it out – someday.

  32. Larry says:

    The US has always been awful at politics, at home and abroad.

    We are a mercantilist society at heart and that’s the only reason we have made it this far.

    That’s it.

    • Agree: moi
  33. HCQ says:

    Having worked within the US Foreign Service in an administrative role I can assure you that many of the career Foreign Service ambassadors are not any better than the political appointees. Many do not speak any of the local languages especially in Africa and many parts of Asia.

    • Thanks: RichardDuck
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @Alden
  34. @anonymous

    As a recovered academic my explanation for their uselessness in the real world is the sense of omniscience they enjoy in the academic world, especially within their own universities, judged as they are by colleagues from different disciplines and credulous students. The one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind. Academics are also, despite claiming to be the exact opposite, are the most closed-minded group I have ever met. All in all a bad background for the role of Ambassador.

    • Agree: Decoy
    • Replies: @Mefobills
  35. @Jim H

    Yeah. I heard that occasionally they were forced to have red wine with their grilled salmon. That kind of thing can scar you for life.

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  37. Emslander says:

    So, the answer is to send more bureaucrats, like the lesbian Ambassador to Ukraine who led the impeachment against her appointer?

    No, Trump made the mistake of allowing too many of the old crowd to stay in their exalted positions of luxury. He paid the price. The answer is to reduce by 90% the Ambassadorial positions around the world.

  38. Why hasn’t the Jew.S.A. already outsourced the Foreign Service Officer and ambassadorial duties to private defense contractors/mercenary outfits? It’s not as if anybody will notice the difference in outcomes (disaster and corruption).

    The ‘pay to play’ ambassador positions are much more of an insult to the host nations than they are a disgrace for the American people.

  39. Z-man says:
    @Verymuchalive

    Nah, the Jews own Russia almost as much as they own America.

    • Replies: @WHAT
    , @Verymuchalive
  40. BorisMay says:

    This whole article is so out of touch with the real world one wonders whether the writer is an academic himself.

    You either have an utterly corrupt Foreign Office that serves primarily the intelligence services of their home country, the military industrial complex of the same and lastly deals with problems of or created by the plebs OR you have appointees.

    You end up with the fraudulent White Helmets, the faux opposition politicians like Guido and Navalny and numerous regime change colour revolutions with a professional Foreign Office like the UK’s, or you have half a chance of finding a decent person to deal on your nation’s behalf with whom ever that appointee has to deal with.

    Those are the only options. So I don’t understand what this writer is complaining about…unless he is just another academic.

  41. moi says:
    @Greta Handel

    Sorry, but our diplomats are too pigheaded to do anyone any good. Also, McFaul, regardless of his association with Stanford, is an idiot.

  42. Mylesman says:
    @Jim H

    Looks like the Afghan Potemkin Village has finally dropped its veil. It’s truly amazing it only took a few weeks for 20 years of US involvement and trillions in \$ to go up in smoke. What does that say about the Defense and State departments’ competence?

    Would it be safe to say, not one former military or government official will suffer when the Taliban celebrates their victory? And how will the government media spin this? Remember up is down and down is up.

    In every federal department every agency, it’s painfully obvious corruption and stupidity rule the day. The big question is can we escape the destruction and chaos when America’s Taliban finally takes over?

    Make no mistake the federal government and bureaucracy are destroying this country’s future happiness and prosperity. From the life long crook Biden to the criminals running the FBI, every day they make things worse.

    • Agree: Z-man, Decoy, annamaria
  43. What exactly would be considered American interests? Not trying to be a smart aleck here, but it is a genuine question. There is a tik tok video of the Taliban entering the opulent headquarters (or residence) of a now former Afghan general. It reeked of tacky opulence, mindless corruption, and old-fashioned narcissism. Not that dissimilar to the values of our congresscritters, General booblings, and Barack Obama’s birthday party. It sounds like most ambassadors do a bang up job in representing Washington DC insider values. American interests no longer exist. One could argue we as a country are under occupation.

    • Agree: annamaria
    • Thanks: CelestiaQuesta
  44. @GomezAdddams

    The reason Trudeau of Canada is not mentioned is because he is a weak,effeminate fop leading a quasi country that has failed to substantially matter on the world stage for many years,

  45. Wow, that’s great, Phil. Exciting stuff. You are analyzing twitter feeds.

    Maybe Ron will create a new UNZ Daily Gossip Briefing here. You can be the first ambassador…I mean editor.

    https://theweek.com/culture/1003724/the-daily-gossip-friday

  46. Mefobills says:
    @Irish Savant

    Academics are also, despite claiming to be the exact opposite, are the most closed-minded group I have ever met. All in all a bad background for the role of Ambassador.

    I was standing in line at a computer repair shop, and I started a discussion with the man in front of me.

    I lamented about how we Americans had a technological infrastructure we invented starting with Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, and in fact – I worked for Robert Noyce for awhile.

    I felt that it was wrong to send our home grown industry over-seas, especially to China so finance could earn wage arbitrage.

    He responded that he was a college professor, who taught that the economics of off-shoring was good, and now realized it was bad.

    My answer was that had we (America) allowed the intelligent machine factor inherent in computerization spend a few industrial cycles improving industry efficiency, we would have been economically unassailable. By offshoring, the damage done to the future was incalculable.

    His answer was that “we were supposed to be the innovation center, and China the workshop.”

    My answer, is that as a professor, you should have more than passing awareness of population statistics, and that most Americans are not capable of being innovators. Only a tiny fraction of the population benefits from your position.

    He hung his head in shame, already having come to the realization that he fell for “group think” and propaganda manure that monied interests had spread. Anybody with half a brain, especially a professor of his stature, should have been able to think through the falsehoods. But, then an entire civilization was told rank lies, and he went along with it. He passed on the lies to his students.

    401K’s increased for awhile, staring in the 90’s, as the arbitrage contributed to 401K retirement funds, via wall-street gains, but the future came anyway. That future is today. Heroes became zeroes as they lost their high paying manufacturing jobs, or never gained the jobs that were their rightful patrimony.

    Young people are now left with a country whose patrimony was sold off for pennies for arbitrage, industry did not become several generations ahead of the world, and instead now low wage third world people are immigrated as coolie labor.

    This sort of manure was spread around the western world, as the finance sector recycled their gains into propaganda through their owned press. Ireland was deleteriously impacted as she descended into PIIG status (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain), all of whom were convinced to follow America’s Finance Capitalism model and start a housing boom with private created bank credit, and import foreign made goods.

  47. Kadath says:
    @Athena

    The leading theory was that Ambassador Stevens was funneling weapons taken from Gadaffi’s captured arm supplies (mostly old Soviet stuff) to multiple, rival terrorist groups in Syria simultaneously a group discovered his duplicity and arranged his assassination. There are other theories though, that the Syrian, Russian or Iranian governments learned of his activities as the leading arms supplier to ISIS and orchestrated his death as a way of disrupting ISIS/Alqueda supply lines. However, we’ll probably never get the full story, maybe in 50-100 years some secret documents will be declassified but by then it will mean very little. How long did it take for the US to admit their role in the coup against Mossadegh in Iran, 60 years and it not like they followed up that admission by doing anything helpful or constructive for Iran, if anything they applied even more sanctions on Iran for having the gall to overthrown the US’s preferred dictator.

  48. Andreas says:

    The solution is obvious. The United States desperately needs a foreign policy that is based on genuine national interests. It needs to stop rewarding political donors and needs also to send people as Ambassadors who are sensitive to the culture and red lines existing in the countries where they are posted.

    How to implement this solution is not obvious.

    But, yes, it is a people problem. The US political class can collectively be characterized as self-serving opportunists. One knows a tree by its fruits. Therefore, concepts such as “genuine national interests” does not factor into their thinking or behavior. By definition, it is simply inconsistent with their core values. Their measuring stick for success is whether they are better off, not you.

    Behaviorally, there is no doubt in my mind that America is ruled by those who would quite literally – in a panic to save themselves – push women, children and the frail aside for a seat on the lifeboat of a sinking ship. I know where I’ll be placing my bets.

    Therefore, until the people of the United States demand quality, character and virtue in the people who make up the political class that ostensibly represents their interests, the problem will continue indefinitely.

    But there is absolutely nothing on the horizon that suggests an awakening of the people to even make such a demand a possibility. And only a Pollyanna or total rube would think that a solution will come from within the political class.

    So it’s on to the bitter end.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @Mylesman
  49. Here is an example that Obama nominated. He had never been to Norway and thought it had a President, rather than a Prime Minister.

    https://www.npr.org/2014/06/17/323032817/the-would-be-ambassador-to-norway-whos-never-been-there-himself

  50. haha says:
    @Sick of Orcs

    LOL! Here comes His Excellency the AmbASSador Mr. Pompous Ass!

  51. HT says:

    Having our foreign policy run by Jews who inherently hate the real USA has been a formula for disaster. Tony Blinken like Madalyn Albright, John Kerry and Henry Kissinger selling out our interests has been a big part of our demise.

  52. Mefobills says:
    @Jim H

    Eric Rubin, president of the union that represents career foreign service officers, said about one-quarter of the current U.S. diplomatic corps have been posted to either Afghanistan or Iraq over the last 20 years and remain emotionally invested in the war zones in which they worked.

    Eric Rubin, my Jew-Dar is pinging loudly.

    https://nationalvanguard.org/2021/08/uk-yet-another-heavily-funded-neocon-network-controls-grooms-political-leaders/

    The Henry Jackson Society, Atlantic Council and tax exempt NGO’S, such as NED (National Endowment for Democracy), are part of think-tank land and special interests that are also part of a well funded finance capital control grid.

    Grooming and controlling for political leaders takes money, a lot of money.

    Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile. William Lyon Mackenzie King.

  53. haha says:
    @mondo cane

    “It’s not imperative that ambassadors be fluent in the language of the host country. The pool of candidates for ambassadorships would be exceedingly small, reduced to academics who may speak the language…”.

    Ah, well, well. So learning a foreign language requires the brains of an academic. No wonder the US is ruled (and dare I say peopled) by fools. In most countries, guest workers – maids, cleaners, gardeners – manage to learn the basics of a new language in no time. But of course, Ambassadors of the mighty US need not bother learning the local language or customs. They go in ignorant and come out ignorant, knowing nothing and learning nothing. GIGO creates foreign policy and humanitarian messes with predictable certainty. Stupidity and ignorance holding on to stupidity and ignorance with arrogance piled upon arrogance.

    • Agree: Arthur MacBride
  54. nsa says:

    Compare how the Talibs are comporting themselves in victory (sane, rational, manly, responsible, polite, and merciful) to the antics of the departing Americans and their pathetic nato satraps (blustering, lying, threatening, dishonorable, avoiding any responsibility i.e. delusional and girly just like their shallow western consumer societies). As the cliche goes: dogs bark but the caravan moves on. ZOG has already embarked on its next disastrous adventure…..the destruction of Persia.

  55. Washington’s Clueless Ambassadors: Damaging American Interests Is Their Legacy

    Indeed, but they are just an extension of their so-called government.
    Which is owned and operates for alien (judeo-zio) interests.
    Which is assisted by American zio/freemasons and corrupt politicians.
    Rivaled also in uselessness by US “military”, just kicked out of yet another 3W country by a relatively poorly-armed resistance.

    Fixing bits here and there is unlikely to work.
    Maybe collapse the whole circus, avoid more (inevitable) humiliations.

    Start again.
    Or move out.

  56. Washington DC is under zionist control and the ZUS has been a zionist corporation since the Act of 1871 which placed America under a foreign zionist control and then in 1913 the zionists finished America off by taking control of the money creation with their privately owned FED and the IRS, which are 2 of the 10 planks of the communist manifesto.

    So wonder not, why America is being destroyed by all the zionist traitors in the government , it has been in the works for over 100 years, the wonder is that we have lasted this long, and now the zionists have come up with the covid-19 scam and psyop to deliver the kill shot, the mRNA injections, genocide on steroids.

  57. WHAT says:
    @Z-man

    Cope, kek.

    • Troll: Z-man
  58. @El Dato

    Apparently he does not know that you can fairly easily translate English text into Russian with Google translate, as long as you know enough Russian to correct egregious errors that may creep into the translation.

    I once managed to send a letter in Czech inquiring about clock parts, and it was good enough to be understood.

    Actually you can conduct conversations in almost any language using Whatsapp simply by dictating in English into Gboard and checking the translation before clicking the Send button. However this only works effectively if you are fairly familiar with the sending language.

    For example, if you say “I am going to Guayaquil tomorrow” this may dictate as “I am going to guy a kill tomorrow” which may then Google translate into Spanish as “I am going to kill a child tomorrow” which is probably not what you want the person on the other end to read.

    But on the whole it works pretty well.

    Still, it does help if your diplomats are fairly fluent in the language of the country where they are representing the US.

  59. @mondo cane

    The pool of candidates for ambassadorships would be exceedingly small, reduced to academics who may speak the language,

    In the case of the US, it would also include many immigrants from that country, or second generation immigrants who still speak the language.

    Anyway, there are plenty of candidates who speak major languages, and for languages only spoken by a very small number of people, the ambassadorships are less significant. There should never be a need to send an ambassador who does not speak major languages like Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, etc.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @Alden
  60. Can we have an article on the way all US allies insta-switched sides in Afghanistan as soon as the US left?

    If there is any point to people like Giraldi, surely this is it?

    US troops held and dominated a country for 20 years with ease, and often with very few troops, but the 350,000 strong Potemkin army of the “Afghan nation” could only hold it as long as it took for the Taliban to road trip around requesting they surrender.

    • Agree: Rich
    • Replies: @haha
  61. @mondo cane

    Ambassadors are political appointees who are meant to have experts working for them. They are supposed to be a function of democratic control over the foreign service. This is good.

    Technocracy appeals to the world’s most comical people. They are those who have decided that they are really smart and assume that there is just one way to intepret the facts, which therefore Technocrats will do in accordance with that arid-brained idiot’s deluded “hard analysis.”

    Get such people to talk to each other and prepare to suffocate in vanity, intellectual hubris and hard strived for soulessness.

  62. @Greta Handel

    Funny how all of these servants of an inbred genocidal tribe are so “clueless” and always “getting it wrong”.

  63. US and US policies will be loosing all credibility in the world.
    The unrest in US will now grow exponentially.
    ………………………………………………………………
    Concerning Ambassadors, US never had professional educated ambassadors
    Ambassadors were political appointments..

  64. Anthony Blinken is a moronic jerk.

  65. End of times of vine and roses is here in America.Democrats completely have destroyed America.

  66. Agent76 says:

    Jul 8, 2021 Return of the Taliban: What next for Afghanistan?

    A question of not if but when? The Taliban continue to gain ground ahead of the final withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan, so much so that former military commanders predict the fall of Kabul within months.

    May 25, 2020 The CIA, Money Laundering, and Organized Crime w/ Economist Michael Hudson

    He was approached by an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency who enlisted him to study the economy of organized crime.

  67. Jim H says:

    This idiotic blather will go down in history with Nixon’s ‘I am not a crook’:

    ‘U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejected comparisons to the U.S. pullout from Vietnam, as many watched in disbelief at the sight of helicopters landing in the embassy compound to take diplomats to a new outpost at Kabul International Airport.

    This is manifestly not Saigon,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” — AP News

    Who you gonna believe: Tony Blinken, or your lyin’ eyes?

    Those are not US diplomats you see hanging from those lampposts in Kabul, either.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  68. Z-man says:
    @Jim H

    Blinken is the sacrificial Jew put up front by his tribesman who actually run things.

  69. @Verymuchalive

    Doesn’t matter what happens to God’s Chosen Litterbox on the Levant when they own the world.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  70. Blissex says:

    «that fully 44% of American Ambassadors sent overseas under Donald Trump were political appointees, whose sole distinction in many cases is that they contributed large sums of money to the Republican National Committee? Though such individuals can sometimes turn out to be surprisingly effective»

    One of the main instruments of USA foreign policy is bribery via large slush funds, used to donate to the campaigns of USA-aligned politicians, buy weapons for USA-aligned “freedom fighters”, buy the services of local militias to support USA black-ops, etc. etc. etc.; USA businessmen who are big political donors are very skilled for that task, many of them also would have run foreign branches where they accumulated experience bribing foreign government officials.

    «They are there to provide a mechanism for exchanging views to create a dialogue while at the same time working with foreign governments to avoid conflict, whether over trade or politics. They should be bridge-builders who explain how American politics function, how the American government works, and at the same time educate Americans on how the country they are based in sees the United States.»

    The author of this piece seems to have never worked in diplomacy, because USA ambassadors leave that to career diplomatic staff, the main role of ambassadors are to be imperial proconsuls, the role that in the English Empire was called “political agent”, that is to ensure that USA-aligned governments stay that way (or else …) that USA military forces and corporations have full freedom of operation, and in not-yet USA-aligned countries that their governments are constantly undermined and USA intelligence works with alacrity.

    If the role of USA diplomats has become a bit softer with time that is because some of their functions as proconsuls have been transferred, especially in “hot” areas, to the Pentagon’s combatant command chiefs and their per-country force chiefs, who have much bigger slush funds and much fewer scruples than even the ambassadors.

  71. Watching Blinken getting angry and trying to blame the Afghan forces for the complete and rapid failure of his establishment’s Afghanistan project, is pathetic and laughable.

    He sounds like a snot-nosed little kid telling his teacher that his dog ate his homework, and pretending to be angry about it.

    Spinning away the blame away so desperately is always the mark of a sad liar and complete loser.

  72. Jim H says:

    A tweet (likely apocryphal, yet strangely believable) reports that US Marines are staffing the Kabul McDonalds, and will continue serving burgers till the last American is evacuated.

    Would you like freedom fries with that?

  73. America’s political and diplomatic missionaries are all friends of a (((corrupt cabal of globalists))) using tax payer funds for their pay to play diplomacy.

    This is the primary reason we have endless wars, mass migration, and attacks against those who expose their bs.

    Whites are now targeted spoils of war. They’re coming for all your possessions.

  74. Blissex says:

    Two classic quotes about the real roles of diplomatic services:

    «Sir Henry Wotton, British ambassador to Venice in the reign of James I, said that an ambassador was an “honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country”.»

    «Diplomacy means saying ‘nice doggy’ while looking for a stick»

  75. @Fred Not Reed

    Yes, everybody knows that the Jews own China, Russia, Iran, Japan, both Koreas, India etc etc. Why are Ziocons getting upset about the Russians in Syria and the Chinese and Indians buying all Iran’s oil?
    Just get Shlomo to phone them to tell them to stop. Oh, he’s phoned already. So how did that work out?

  76. @Z-man

    If they did, there wouldn’t be any Russian troops in Syria, or Russian military exports to Iran.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Druid55
  77. Dan Hayes says:

    Even though he was the quintessential gentleman who rarely had unkind words for anyone, the late Prof Stephen Cohen could not hide his contempt for McFaul and for what he stood for!

    • Replies: @Z-man
  78. Z-man says:
    @Verymuchalive

    Like I said ‘Almost as much as they own the Americans.’. But when it comes to the things that really count to the Tribe they’re in lock step.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  79. Z-man says:
    @Dan Hayes

    One of the few good Jews, RIP.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  80. @Z-man

    But when it comes to the things that really count to the Tribe they’re in lock step.

    Like What ? As if Syria and Iran don’t matter to the Ziocons. They’ve only been trying to break up Syria for as long as I can remember, and trying to get the US to invade Iran, unsuccessfully so far.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  81. @Athena

    If Stevens was not exactly an ambassador, but rather a weapons dealer, then the kids in these schools who all sent condolence messages at the instigation of their teachers thus expressed condoleance because a weapons dealers who contributed to AIPAC-NATO’s bestial carnage in Libya just died?

    Please correct me if i’m wrong, and i’m sincerely hope i am

    He was both the American ambassador and a weapons dealer. Watch this for facts:

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  82. @Carlton Meyer

    In your video, behind the text in memory of those sacrificed, there is a military cemetery ( WWII, I take it). Right at the front there is a prominent Jewish Star of David tombstone, and another one a little bit behind.
    Jews were proportionately less likely to be conscripted, and less likely to be put in combat roles. For the last 30 years or more, America has been engaged in making the Middle East safe for Israel, without, of course, Israel taking any actual military role. How do you justify this gross misrepresentation of reality? It’s an insult to White Christian Americans, especially Southerners, who died and die disproportionately for their country.

    • Agree: Druid55
  83. Z-man says:
    @Verymuchalive

    What really counts to them? Money. 💰💰💰
    To them money isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

  84. annamaria says:
    @Notsofast

    Was not Navalny trained at Stanford University before getting an idea of becoming a Russian prez? What idiots at Stanford have selected this loser? He was spectacularly effective in discrediting any opposition to Putin.

    The death of meritocracy in the US government is a tragedy for the country. The US used to have enormous potential. This potential has been squandered by greedy opportunists, mostly at the highest levels, from Truman to Cheney and Obama. Who needs external enemies when the “internal” Banksters, the MIC, and mega-corporations want to profit by any means? Smedley Butler’s “War is a racket” must be learned by heart by all civil/military servants before they are allowed to take positions of any significance in the government and military.

    • Agree: Zarathustra
  85. @Z-man

    Money matters to them because they use money as a form of control.

    So, everywhere you look there is a misallocation of funds (and effort) because most funding and effort go to support what is good for the jews and israel.

    The idea that our people and our nation have interests is a foreign concept to the neocon shitheads that rule over us. Taxpayer money is used to fund and defend Israel. Our boys are cannon fodder for proxy wars for Israel

    Meanwhile, our borders are open, blacks are free to run wild burning and looting and raping, and whites sit at home with their masks on shivering in fear.

    What a fucked up time in American history.

    • Agree: Druid55
  86. annamaria says:
    @Andreas

    ‘until the people of the United States demand quality, character and virtue in the people who make up the political class that ostensibly represents their interests, the problem will continue indefinitely.”
    — The mechanisms of feedback and accountability have been broken to accommodate the “haves.”

    • Agree: Zarathustra
  87. Rich says:
    @mondo cane

    Grenell was chosen so Trump could show he loved the homosexuals, he was an affirmative action pick. But I’m sure he had a great understanding of the public men’s rooms of Europe.

  88. haha says:
    @Triteleia Laxa

    Good God, you won’t ever learn, will you? “US troops held and dominated Afghanistan for 20 years”. Sure they did. From inside heavily fortified stations. If they ventured out at all, it was basically to shoot down women and kids. And the domination was effected mostly by drones, which for some mysterious reason made a habit of bombing wedding parties, schools, and funerals.

    Are you really surprised that the puppet they put in place ran away the moment the Master bolted?

    • Replies: @Triteleia Laxa
  89. Astonishingly, the author neglected to point out the one thing these ambassadors have in common. They are all members of the Council on Foreign Relations. The only exception is Hillary Clinton. However, her husband and daughter are members.

    So, my question is was this an oversight, omission, or commission?

    I’ve done a little sleuthing of my own. Kristen Welker’s husband (nbc), Savanna Guthrie’s husband and George Stephanopoulos are members too.

    Of course, this is only a few examples of the MSM’S representation in the roster.

    https://www.cfr.org/membership/roster

  90. Alden says:
    @anonymous

    Rice did know some tourist level Russian language. She also had an affirmative action PHD in foreign relations and Russian studies something like that.
    And was appointed affirmative action provost of Stanford University at age 27 shortly after being given her affirmative action PHD. Stanford!!!! not a historically black or ghetto community college but Stanford.

    The real rot in the foreign service isn’t the ambassadors. It’s the fact that the service is run by pro Israel Jewish Whites who strangely manage to be hired despite the extreme official affirmative action restrictions that prevent the hiring of the White goyim.

    There are 180 countries in the world. Spanish English and Arabic are world languages. It’s ridiculous to expect ambassadors to speak Farsi Japanese Polish Nigerian Armenian Korean and Tagalog, let alone more very very very obscure languages.

    Lots of boomers Rice’s age learned Russian and took Russian studies planning to work for the federal government in state department military or intelligence and found their degrees useless when the Cold War with Russia ended. And of course affirmative action mandates that a black woman barely able to speak intelligible English took precedence over a White man with excellent levels of a foreign language in hiring.

    I remember the 1980s when the idiot intelligentsia produced numerous books every year claiming Japan would take over the world. Numerous college students and adults began learning Japanese hoping it would help their careers . Soon China overwhelmed Japanese manufacturing. Japanese language ability became a useless skill. And now China rules as well as looming over East Asia the way Russia once loomed over east Europe and Central Asia

    Farsi is only spoken in Persia, parts of Afghanistan and senior citizen centers in Beverly Hills and west Los Angeles. Why should someone study Farsi in hopes of becoming ambassador to Persia I mean Iran. ? Of course maybe a future dam fool idiot president might start another war in Afghanistan. Then Farsi might be useful. If Farsi speakers rule Afghanistan at the time of our next invasion.

    America is the vicious enemy of American Whites. And has been since 1951 Brown vs Topeka and Eisenhower sending the army to Arkansas and Tennessee. America wants Whites exterminates except for a Jewish ruling class. Why should any White care what the anti White foreign service does? Or any other branch of the anti White federal, state, county, or city government.

    I’ve been to DC several times. Noticed the hordes of blacks no Whites streaming out of those big government buildings at 5PM. Blacks rule the American Capitol and have for 70 or more years. Not my country not my Capitol not my foreign or any other government service.

    Ain’t my government it’s my enemy. Don’t care if the ambassador to Korea Thailand Mali or Oogabooga speaks the language.

  91. @haha

    Everything you wrote is a fantasy and it doesn’t even disagree with what I wrote.

    Do you like being an unpleasant person? Does it work for you?

  92. Mylesman says:
    @Andreas

    Not just opportunists but a self serving political class that is terminally corrupt. Sibel Edmonds lost her job and risked prosecution for even suggesting our crooked politicians were on the take.

    In her case the bureaucracy united with the Turkish officials to try and destroy her life. Why is there so much venom in these DC paper pushers? Has their greed and narcissm turned them into psychopaths?

    We see it time and time again, bureaucrats and their mostly democrat overlords are willing to destroy their fellow Americans if it keeps the gravy train rolling.

    Nikolai Chernyshevsky’s “What is to be Done” inspired Russian revolutionaries. But that was back in 1863. Can anything shake up America’s Romanovs?

  93. Alden says:
    @Joe Paluka

    The Foreign Service has been strongly committed to affirmative action for non Whites since the Griggs and Kaiser rulings in the 1970s.

    Somehow, White jews manage to slither in to take care of Israel. At one time there was a written test. Top score 100 points. Blacks and Hispanics failed. So the computer just subtracted 25 points from the original scores of Whites. And added however many points needed to raise the scores of blacks to passing 70 or competitive 80. As many as 40 points were added to the scores of blacks and 25 points subtracted from the scores of Whites thus a White original score of 100 was reduced to 75. Original White score of 90 reduced to 65 failure.

    I don’t know if FS still has the written exam. But that’s how they s ores it after Griggs 50 years ago.

    The day long assessment was ludicrous. Whites especially men failed no matter how well they performed . Blacks passed and were hired no matter how badly they performed

    Giraldi should know this.

  94. Druid55 says:
    @Verymuchalive

    They always play multiple sides. Not thyi know who owns who or what!

  95. Coulter is essentially right.

    And US will be back!

    • Replies: @Alden
  96. annamaria says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Mr. Douglas Feith, the under secretary of Defense for Policy for Bush the lesser, ‘took care’ of Arabic speakers and specialists in Arabic culture to prevent ‘unnecessary problems’ for ziocons’ plan in the Middle East: https://archive.thinkprogress.org/doug-feiths-arabic-problem-64ac58079514/

    Career U.S. intelligence officer Patrick Lang recounted a job interview he had with neocon war architect Douglas Feith.

    “He was sitting there munching a sandwich while he was talking to me,” Lang recalled, “which I thought was remarkable in itself, but he also had these briefing papers — they always had briefing papers, you know — about me.

    “He’s looking at this stuff, and he says, ‘I’ve heard of you. I heard of you. …‘Is it really true that you really know the Arabs this well, and that you speak Arabic this well? Is that really true? Is that really true?’
    “And I said, ‘Yeah, that’s really true.’
    “That’s too bad,” Feith said.
    “That was the end of the interview,” Lang said. “I’m not quite sure what he meant, but you can work it out.”

    Feith, of course, like the administration’s other Israel-connected hawks, didn’t want “Arabists” like Lang muddying the road to Baghdad…

    Instead of sitting in a prison for his warmongering that led to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of human beings, the Israel-firster Douglas Feith was busy preparing his son to continue the dual-loyalty activism: https://www.emptywheel.net/2012/05/12/son-of-dumbest-fucking-guy-on-the-planet-shills-for-more-war-in-afghanistan-and-elsewhere/

    Son of the “Dumbest fuking guy on the planet’ shills for more war in Afghanistan and elsewhere: Old craven chickenhawks don’t die, they just breed chickenshit progeny. And so it is with Douglas Feith, famously, and arguably correctly at the time, labeled “the dumbest fucking guy on the planet” by no less than real military man General Tommy Franks.

    A dilettante son of a “Revisionist Zionist”, Doug Feith went to Harvard and Georgetown Law instead of war when his country actually was at war. …

    Which brings us to the chickenhawk’s chickenshit progeny. That would be David Feith, the “assistant editorial features editor” at the Wall Street Journal. Feith the younger took today to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to shill for once and future hawkish US warmaking and the proposition that “victory” can be had in Afghanistan if we just keep on killing and dying.

    They know no shame, and they care not about the US future. They (including the zionist nest the Wall Street Journal) only care about “what is good for Israel.”

    • Thanks: Druid55
  97. Alden says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Of the languages you mentioned Spanish is the only global language. German was common in Central Europe at one time no more. It’s only
    spoken in Germany.

    English has replaced French as a global language. The only civilized majority White French speaking nations any more are France and Canada. Diplomats avoid learning French now days because they don’t want to be sent to the French speaking hell hole African nations.

    Japan is an important nation but Japanese is only spoken in Japan. Russia is dwindling in population economy and power. The former Soviet territories are nationalistic and emphasizing their own languages and English not Russian as a useful foreign language. Used to be a saying in Poland E Germany all the soviet occupied territories. “ I speak Russian but it hurts my mouth”

    Most of the Chinese immigrants to America including the garment factory restaurant and brothel slaves have been studying English since childhood. The students and professionals learn it in school. I used to work at UCLA surrounded by Chinese nationals who spoke excellent English even though they were newly arrived.

    Chinese are not just racist about hiring non Chinese. They want to hire only from their own specific ethnic geographic group.

    Plus, they are many Chinese languages that are intelligible to speakers of other Chinese languages. They are not dialects but completely separate languages. There is no Chinese language. The official language of China is Mandarin, not. Chinese. The Chinese government believes that it might take a few hundred years, as it did in Europe to achieve a universal national language Mandarin. In the meantime, Mandarin is taught everywhere and encouraged but there’s no attempt to eliminate the other languages.

    The common language of the overseas Chinese communities is usually Fukienese or Guandongese also known as Cantonese. Because those were the people who’ve been leaving. China for centuries. Hong Kong is no longer important but was a Cantonese not Mandarin speaking area because that’s the location.

    Spanish English and Arabic are the only world wide languages and English is king. Virtually all the official and un official persons an ambassador will deal with even in Ooogabooga will speak English.

    And why not? Latin in medieval and early modern Europe, German in medieval and early modern Central Europe, Spanish and English from southern Argentina and Chile to the Canadian arctic, Cantonese connecting Chinese communities from Europe to Indonesia.

    Latin later French were once the universal
    languages of European diplomacy. 19th early 20th century English colleges taught Arabic Turkish Farsi Pushtun to prepare the empire builders to rule the Middle East and Central Asia That’s gone

    Now the universal global language is English and it’s taught every where from Oogabooga to mighty China.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  98. Alden says:
    @Priss Factor

    That’s just the black version of the Leda and the Swan Ancient Greek legend. And inspiration for pornographic art through the ages.

    Thanks for the video. At least she was clothed and her partner wasn’t another chigger.

  99. anon[397] • Disclaimer says:

    Phil Giraldi, you never mention Israel’s commitment to democratic values. This accounts for most US support for the Jewish state. Quite frankly, your conspiratorial ant-Israel rants are just anti-Semitic, pure and simple.

    • LOL: Druid55
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @annamaria
  100. MarkinLA says:
    @Alden

    I saw a video where the people in Inner Mongolia were protesting because the CCP wants to remove the Mongolian language from schools and only teach Mandarin.

  101. @Z-man

    They don’t control the Russian economy, the Ruble or the Russian State. In fact, quite the reverse.They have no effect on Russian Government policy. Any influence they had in the 1990s has been eradicated by Putin and his team.

  102. @Anita Patel

    You should look for the Margaret McMillan lectures (e.g. on YouTube) if you van stand a bit of nuaance and want to know a bit about Versailles etc. You don’t sound so much simple minded as tending to oversimplify and ignore facts.

  103. @HCQ

    That sounds like a pretty low level point of view. Are you seriously suggesting that a competent professional diplomat should not be appointed ambassador to Kenya because he/she doesn’t speak Swahili or to Nigeria without Hassan, or what…?

  104. Anon[534] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    apartheid israel is not democratic

  105. Has anyone noticed that the ambassadors mentioned are all members of the council on foreign relations?
    The exception is Hillary Clinton. However, her husband and daughter are members.

    https://www.cfr.org/membership/roster

  106. @Anita Patel

    The single most important thing that caused WWII was the Bolshevik Revolution. The German Reich was the main backer of the Bolsheviks. The deal was that the Bolsheviks would take Russia out of the War and capitulate to Germany. This they did at Brest-Litovsk. Poland and large parts of European Russia were ceded to Germany as a result.

    By October 1917, the war on the Eastern Front was static. The Russians were not losing any more ground. If there had been no Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian state would have seen the War out, and would have been at Versailles as one of the victors. The terms imposed on Germany would have been very much harsher than any actually imposed by the UK, the US or France.

    A truncated Germany would have been faced by a united front of Britain, France and Russia. With the dismemberment of Austria-Hungary , it would have no allies left. Its wriggle room would be very limited. As a result, there would be no WWII.

  107. Anon[993] • Disclaimer says:

    The problem starts at the top.

    it is the policies being pursued by the White House and Congress that are out of sync with what is actually happening in Asia, Africa and Latin America, being more driven by establishing acceptable narratives than by genuine interests.

    I think the Russian-Israeli mob really hijacked the US constitution, as was presumed in the article below.

    For example, a bill has now been introduced in congress that would ”ban tens of millions of unvaccinated Americans from flying”.

    Who Can Control Israel’s Arms Dealers?

    Who Can Control Israel’s Arms Dealers?
    Turkey too resells American weapons and military secrets for a profit—and that’s a loss to our security.
    PHILIP GIRALDI • AUGUST 1, 2013

    ”Israeli arms dealers, security services, and consultants span the globe. They dominate the airport security industry and have also been linked to training, equipping, and intelligence-gathering for corrupt and dictatorial regimes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Security companies sometimes work as stringers for Israeli intelligence and may have ties to criminal groups including burgeoning Russian-Israeli organized crime in the United States.”

    https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/who-will-control-israels-arms-dealers

    • Replies: @annamaria
  108. annamaria says:
    @anon

    “Israel’s commitment to democratic values”
    — No, it is not. Israel is a theocratic supremacist state.
    “Who Would You Be Allowed to Marry in Israel Today?” https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-could-you-marry-in-israel-1.5250455

    There is no civil marriage. Jews can only be married in a religious ceremony, by an Orthodox rabbi under the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, the top religious authority for Jews in Israel. This means there is also no interfaith marriage between Jews and non-Jews, since Orthodox Judaism does not allow mixed unions. Israelis who belong to other streams of Judaism, such as Reform or Conservative, must still tie the knot in front of an Orthodox rabbi in a traditional ceremony if they want their marriage to be recognized by the state.

    You are not able to honest even in the minor matters of marriage. How about the tortures of Palestinian minors in Israeli prisons? How about the intentional murdering of Palestinian children and teenagers? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/nov/16/israel2

    An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges

    Quite frankly, you do not have the moral fiber to recognize Israeli crimes against humanity committed on Israel-occupied territories.

    On the matters of ‘antisemitism:’
    The Jewish State has been willingly arming Ukrainian neonazis: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/rights-groups-demand-israel-stop-arming-neo-nazis-in-the-ukraine-1.6248727

    The Azov militia was established in Ukraine in 2014. The militia’s emblems are well-known national socialist ones. Its members use the Nazi salute and carry swastikas and SS insignias.

    Do you recognize the Israeli rifle and the swastika behind the Banderite? The 2014 coup in Kev was the result of cordial collaboration between zionists and neonazis. https://img.haarets.co.il/img/1.6248760/3204362304.png?precrop=1067,622,x68,y52&height=826&width=1420

    • Thanks: Orville H. Larson
  109. annamaria says:
    @Anon

    ” the Russian-Israeli mob really hijacked the US constitution”

    — What goes around comes around. It was Jewish-American banker Jakob Shiff (connected to the Rothchilds) and his Jewish compatriots-bankers who had arranged the Russo-Japanese War, paid for the “revolutionary” education of Russian POWs, and financed Trotsky (and other Jewish revolutionaries) to come to Russia to do the Bolshevik revolution. The first Soviet government was predominantly Jewish in ethnic composition; the same was true for the bosses of sadistic secret services and the administration of concentration camps (GULAG).
    The Bolshevik revolution targeted Russian civilization first and foremost, including traditional family values and the rules of decency. The educated class, merchants, officer corps, and Russian Orthodox clergy were the preferable targets for the Bolsheviks.
    Currently, it is the US turn to enjoy the ideology and rule of modern-day Trotskyists.

    • Replies: @Alden
  110. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Greta Handel

    What would had been the outcome had these Neocons been in power during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1960s…Nuclear War???? The American Dept of State represented and was LOYAL to our National INTERESTS , abroad in many countries/continents, its diplomats spoke hundreds of languages, they were culturally savvy inn the local traditions, music, literature, HISTORY…etc. all that before it became a Neocon Zio/talmudic/ israeli knesset asylum a dent of self/centerd gold diggers burocrats …

    • Replies: @Alden
  111. Alden says:
    @nokangaroos

    Altogether, there’s about 9 or 10 thousand American civilians working in Afghanistan, everything from Merchants Of Death armament sellers , military contractors , Drs and other medics to non profits teachers and other Buttinsky missionaries. Boo boo between over seas pay dangerous country hardship pay and no US taxes up to \$70k I believe. They make out very well when overseas.

    It’s when they get home to the ultra expensive Maryland and Virginia suburbs that foreign service people encounter hardship. There’s black thug kids in the public schools, transit and everywhere and the cost of housing is one of the highest in the nation.

  112. Alden says:
    @annamaria

    It took the Ellis Island Jewish Bolsheviks about 80 years, 1890 to 1970 to lay the foundation to destroy America. The project is almost finished.

  113. Alden says:
    @Anonymous

    American Jews in government, media, academia, small , medium and large business would never have started a war with Cuba. Like with the N. Vietnamese and S American communists . American Jews always sided with communists. And were against American intervention in any communist countries revolutions or movements.

    As I remember, Jews and the Jew media thought Castro was the best thing ever happened to Cuba. Despite the rather large and prosperous Cuban Jewish community that fled to Florida in the early days.

  114. Alden says:
    @HCQ

    English is the official language of Nigeria. Just as it is the official language of all former English colonies and French the official language of the former French colonies. Like many countries there’s an official language and numerous other local languages. It’s the only way to run a country. They’re bilingual, the official language and the most common local tribal language in the district. I believe there’s 4 official languages in Kenya. English for the entire country and 3 official languages in 3 different tribal districts.

    Official national languages are good. Hodge podge of different languages is inefficient and problematic. Especially when the languages are unwritten.

    English Spanish and Arabic are global languages. French used to , be no more. German used to be common in the Slavic Nations. No more. Why do you think India, a sub continent with hundreds of local languages uses English as a national language. ?

    Lots of Philippinos in California. They all learn English in school and even just arrived Philippinos speak excellent American English as well as Tagalog or Lugano. Because they learned English in school

    Knew a Senegalese immigrant; ordinary working class guy. Wheeled a supply cart around a big hospital. Spoke good English and French, not tribal was his first language. Didn’t know any tribal languages because his family relatives neighbors spoke French and his school taught in French. I’ve met immigrants from Cameroon Cote d’ Ivoire other former French colonies all spoke French as their first language.

    The old French African colonies are a little different from the old English colonies. Because both the French government and language chauvinists and the people and governments of the old French colonies are really committed to the French language. French is dead in Algeria Syria and Morocco because those former colonies already had a written language, Arabic, and went right back to Arabic and Berber as an official language after independence .

    Without a written national local language, the former French African colonies kept French Citizens of those countries now speak French not local African as a first language. They pride themselves on it and think it’s cool. Plus the French government pours lots of money and effort into preserving French in Africa.

    National languages are good. A hodgepodge of local languages is bad. The owner of this website, Ron UNZ spent much money and effort in making English the universal language of California public schools instead of bi lingual Spanish English and sometimes quad lingual in various Mexican Indian languages. As a result the kids do better and everybody speaks enough English to get by. Even if it’s hard to understand each other sometimes.
    Ambassadors operate on a whole other level than immigrant maids and farm workers. Who only learn just enough to get by.

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