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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thierry Meyssan -- DIVERGENT INTERPRETATIONS IN THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST CAMP – PART 2

DIVERGENT INTERPRETATIONS IN THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST CAMP – PART 2

The US military project for the world

While all experts agree that the events in Venezuela are following the same model as those in Syria, some writers have contested the article by Thierry Meyssan which highlights their differences from the interpretation in the anti-imperialist camp. Here, our author responds. This is not a quarrel between specialists, but an important debate about the historic change we are experiencing since 11 September 2001, and which is influencing all our lives.
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This article is the continuation of
- « The anti-imperialist camp: splintered in thought », by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 15 August 2017.
In the first part of this article, I pointed out the fact that currently, President Bachar el-Assad is the only personality who has adapted to the new « grand US strategy » - all the others continue to think as if the present conflicts were simply a continuation of those we have been experiencing since the end of the Second World War. They persist in interpreting these events as tentatives by the United States to hog natural ressources for themselves by organising the overthrow of the pertinent governments.
As I intend to demonstrate, I believe that they are wrong, and that their error could hasten humanity down the road to hell.

US strategic thought

For the last 70 years, the obsession of US strategists has not been to defend their people, but to maintain their military superiority over the rest of the world. During the decade between the dissolution of the USSR and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, they searched for ways to intimidate those who resisted them.
Harlan K. Ullman developed the idea of terrorising populations by dealing them a horrifying blow to the head (Shock and awe) [1]. This was the idea behind the use of the atomic bomb against the Japanese and the bombing of Baghdad with a storm of cruise missiles.

Manlio Dinucci -- A Arte da Guerra Grandes manobras ao redor da Venezuela

A Arte da Guerra

Grandes manobras ao redor da Venezuela

Manlio Dinucci

U.S. guided-missile destroyer Nitze, third from left, docks with other warships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during a joint military exercise, April 27, 2011. (AP/Victor R. Caivano)


Edição de 22.08.2017
Publicado em 21.8.2017, 23:58


Os reflectores dos meios políticos e da comunicação medática concentrados no que está a acontecer dentro da Venezuela, deixam na sombra o que está a ocorrer à volta desse país.

Na geografia do Pentágono, este quadro associa-se à área do Comando do Sul dos EUA (Southcom), um dos seis “comandos de combate unificados” em que os EUA dividem o mundo. O Southcom, que abrange 31 países e 16 territórios da América Latina e do Caribe,dispõe de forças terrestres, navais, aéreas e de um corpo de ‘marines’, às quais se juntam forças especiais e três task force (forças tarefa) específicas: a Joint Task Force Bravo, localizada na base aérea de Soto Cano, nas  Honduras, que organiza exercícios multilaterais e outras operações; a Joint Task Force Guantanamo, localizada na mesma base naval, em Cuba, que efectua “operações de detenção e interrogatório no âmbito da guerra contra o terrorismo”; a Joint Interagency Task Force South, localizada em Key West, na Flórida, com a tarefa oficial de coordenar “operações antidrogas” em toda a região.

A crescente actividade do Southcom indica que, aquilo que o presidente Trump declarou, no dia 11 de Agosto – “Temos muitas opções para a Venezuela, incluindo uma possível opção militar” - não é apenas uma simples ameaça verbal. Uma força especial de ‘marines’, equipada com helicópteros de guerra, foi implantada em Junho passado, nas Honduras, para operações regionais com uma duração prevista de seis meses. Também na esfera do Southcom, em Trinidad e Tobago, ocorreu em Junho, o exercício Tradewinds com a participação de forças de 20 países das Américas e do Caribe. Em Julho, o Exercício Naval Unitas foi realizado no Peru, com a participação de 18 países e no Paraguai, uma competição/exercício abrangendo forças especiais de 20 países.

De 25 de Julho a 4 de Agosto, centenas de oficiais de 20 países participaram do Panamax, exercício oficialmente destinado a “defender o Canal do Panamá”. De 31 de Julho a 12 de Agosto, decorreu na Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Washington), o Mobility Guardian, que é “o exercício  maior e mais objectivo de mobilidade da aviação” com a participação de 3000 homens e 25 parceiros internacionais, em particular com as Forças Aéreas  da Colômbia e do Brasil, que se exercitaram em missões diurnas e nocturnas juntamente com as Forças Aéreas americanas, francesas e britânicas.

O "cenário real" é o de uma grande operação aérea, para transportar rapidamente forças e armamentos para uma zona de intervenção. Por outras palavras, é o teste de intervenção militar na Venezuela, como Trump ameaçou. A base principal seria a vizinha Colômbia, ligada à NATO desde 2013, por um acordo de parceria. “Os militares colombianos - documenta a NATO - frequentaram vários cursos na Academia de Oberammergau (na Alemanha) e no Colégio de Defesa da NATO, em Roma, participando também, em muitas conferências militares de alto nível».

A existência de um plano de intervenção militar na Venezuela está confirmada pelo almirante Kurt Tidd, comandante do Southcom: numa audiência no Senado, em 6 de Abril de 2017, ele declarava que “a crescente crise humanitária na Venezuela poderia exigir uma resposta regional”.

Para realizar a “opção militar”, como Trump ameaçou, poder-se-ia adoptar, embora num contexto diferente, a mesma estratégia implementada na Líbia e na Síria: infiltração de forças especiais e mercenários que jogam benzina em focos de tensão interna, provocando confrontos armados; acusar o governo de massacrar o seu próprio povo e, por conseguinte, a “intervenção humanitária” de uma coaligação liderada pelos EUA.


Il manifesto, 22 de agosto de 2017

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Maria Luísa de Vasconcellos

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Manlio Dinucci -- L’arte della guerra: Grandi manovre attorno al Venezuela

L’arte della guerra 

Grandi manovre attorno al Venezuela


U.S. guided-missile destroyer Nitze, third from left, docks with other warships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during a joint military exercise, April 27, 2011. (AP/Victor R. Caivano)


EDIZIONE DEL22.08.2017
PUBBLICATO21.8.2017, 23:58


I riflettori politico-mediatici, focalizzati su ciò che accade all’interno del Venezuela, lasciano in ombra ciò che accade attorno al Venezuela.

Nella geografia del Pentagono, esso rientra nell’area dello U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), uno dei sei «comandi combattenti unificati» in cui gli Usa dividono il mondo. Il Southcom, che copre 31 paesi e 16 territori dell’America latina e Caraibi, dispone di forze terrestri, navali, aeree e del corpo dei marines, cui si aggiungono forze speciali e tre specifiche task force: la Joint Task Force Bravo, dislocata nella base aerea di Soto Cano in Honduras, che organizza esercitazioni multilaterali ed altre operazioni; la Joint Task Force Guantanamo, dislocata nell’omonima base navale a Cuba, che effettua «operazioni di detenzione e interrogatorio nel quadro della guerra al terrorismo»; la Joint Interagency Task Force South, dislocata a Key West in Florida, con il compito ufficiale di coordinare le «operazioni anti-droga» in tutta la regione.

La crescente attività del Southcom indica che quanto dichiarato dal presidente Trump l’11 agosto – «Abbiamo molte opzioni per il Venezuela, compresa una possibile opzione militare» – non è una semplice minaccia verbale. Una speciale forza dei marines, dotata di elicotteri da guerra, è stata dislocata lo scorso giugno in Honduras per operazioni regionali della durata prevista di sei mesi. Sempre nel quadro del Southcom si è svolta in giugno a Trinidad e Tobago l’esercitazione Tradewinds, con la partecipazione di forze di 20 paesi delle Americhe e dei Caraibi. In luglio si è svolta in Perú l’esercitazione navale Unitas, con la partecipazioni di 18 paesi, e, in Paraguay, la competizione-esercitazione di forze speciali di 20 paesi.

Dal 25 luglio al 4 agosto, centinaia di ufficiali di 20 paesi hanno preso parte alla Panamax, esercitazione ufficialmente destinata alla «difesa del canale di Panamá». Dal 31 luglio al 12 agosto si è svolta alla Joint Base Lewis–McChord (Washington) la Mobility Guardian, «la più grande e realistica esercitazione di mobilità aerea» con la partecipazione di 3000 uomini e 25 partner internazionali, in particolare le forze aeree colombiane e brasiliane che si sono esercitate in missioni diurne e notturne insieme a quelle statunitensi, francesi e britanniche.

Eric Zuesse -- Trump’s Fascism versus Obama’s Fascism

Trump’s Fascism versus Obama’s Fascism
August 20, 2017
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by Eric Zuesse
Barack Obama was the only U.S. President who at the United Nations defended nazism — racist fascism — and Holocaust-denial. It received almost no reporting by the press at the time (or subsequently). But his successor President Donald Trump could end up being removed from office because he said that racist fascists are just the same as are people who demonstrate publicly against them. Trump’s politically stupid (not to say callous) remark became viral, and apparently the press (which had ignored Obama’s defense of nazism at the U.N.) just won’t let go of Trump’s statement unless and until he becomes replaced by his even-more-far-right Vice President, Mike Pence.
Why is there this intense press-coverage of Trump’s support of racist fascism, when there wasn’t of Obama’s (which was actually far more meaningful)? The answer comes closer if we ponder first a different question: How could the Republican Party, which is right-wing at its core, condemn a Democratic Party President who goes out of his way at the U.N. to protect today’s nazis? That wouldn’t be politically practical for Republican politicians to complain about (a Democrat’s being too far to the right); so, they didn’t do it. Similarly, no Democrat will criticize a Republican for being too leftist. There may be a few exceptions, but that’s the general rule: Successful politicians don’t offend their base.
But that still doesn’t fully answer why the press ignored it when Obama defended nazism at the U.N. The rest of the answer comes when we recognize that America’s press gets its cues from the two political Parties. If the ‘opposition’ (and not just the President’s own Party) is hiding something egregious that a President is doing or has done (such as happened there with Obama, and with many other conservative policies that Obama executed), then the press will hide it, too. Republicans weren’t calling attention to Obama’s defense of nazism, because they’d then be offending some of their own supporters. (Democrats weren’t calling attention to it, because a Democrat was doing this, which didn’t fit the ‘progressive’ storyline.) And, if the ‘opposition’ isn’t pointing it out, then neither will the press. The matter will then just be ignored — which is what happened. This was thus bipartisan non-reporting, of what Obama did. There was a lot of that while Obama was President.
In other words: America’s press are tools of, and are led by, the same people who actually, deep down, control both of America’s political Parties — the billionaires. They control both politics, and also the press. Numerous social-science studies have shown that the wealthier a person is, the likelier that person is to be politically conservative — at least to the extent that political conservatism doesn’t threaten his or her particular business and financial interests. As America’s billionaires have come to control America’s politics, this country has been moving farther and farther to the right, except on the relatively few issues (such as immigration, gay rights, etc.) where their own economic interests are served better by a progressive position (or, at least, by a position that seems to most people to be progressive).

Russia pays last Soviet debt


Russia pays last Soviet debt

Payment of $152 million to Bosnia clears all outstanding Soviet debt

 



This article was first published by RussiaFeed
An aspect of the events surrounding the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 which rarely gets discussed is that Russia took on itself the entire burden of paying the whole of the foreign debt owed by the USSR at the time of its collapse.
By contrast the other fourteen Soviet republics – now all of them independent states – were not required to pay any of this debt when the USSR collapsed.
The result was that from the moment it came into existence Russia found itself liable for the entire burden of the USSR’s debt – estimated to be around $70 billion – with just a few billion dollars held in the Russian Central Bank’s gold and foreign currency reserves to cover it.
By contrast the other republics of the USSR when they became independent found themselves entirely debt free.
Needless to say any comparison of the relative economic performance of Russia and of the other former Soviet republics since 1991 ought to take this fact into account.  Needless to say it never is.
In the event Russia has successfully discharged the whole of this huge Soviet debt burden it took on itself, steadily paying off all the USSR’s debt ever since Vladimir Putin became Russia’s President in 2000.

US President Trump decreases US Debt by more than $100 Billion

US President Trump decreases US Debt by more than $100 Billion


This will not be shared by CNN, the Failing NYT or the Washington Post.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 22: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump discusses the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)


For all the bad press (and fake news) heaped on US President Trump by the liberal left mainstream media, important fiscal discipline is starting to seep through the massive spending made from deep within the DC swamp.
President Trump has cut more US Federal debt for a longer period of time than any US President in history.
When President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 the amount of US Federal Debt owed both externally and internally was over $19 Trillion at $19,947,304,555,212.
As of August 17th the amount of US Debt had decreased by more than $100 Billion to $19,845,188,460,167.
No President in US history has ever cut the amount of US Debt by this amount and no President has resided over a debt cut like this ever. 

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THE SAKER -- The Neocons are pushing the USA and the rest of the world towards a dangerous crisis

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August 18, 2017 

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This analysis was written for the Unz Review.
First, my writing on the wall
In October of last year a wrote an analysis I entitled The USA are about to face the worst crisis of their history and how Putin’s example might inspire Trump and I think that this is a good time to revisit it now.  I began the analysis by looking at the calamities which would befall the United States if Hillary was elected.  Since this did not happen (thank God!), we can safely ignore that part and look at my prediction of what would happen if Trump was elected.  Here is what I wrote:
Trump wins.  Problem: he will be completely alone.  The Neocons have a total, repeat total, control of the Congress, the media, banking and finance, and the courts.  From Clinton to Clinton they have deeply infiltrated the Pentagon, Foggy Bottom, and the three letter agencies.  The Fed is their stronghold.  How in the world will Trump deal with these rabid “crazies in the basement“?  Consider the vicious hate campaign which all these “personalities” (from actors, to politicians to reporters) have unleashed against Trump – they have burned their bridges, they know that they will lose it all if Trump wins (and, if he proves to be an easy pushover his election will make no difference anyway).  The Neocons have nothing to lose and they will fight to the very last one.  What could Trump possibly do to get anything done if he is surrounded by Neocons and their agents of influence?  Bring in an entirely different team?  How is he going to vet them?  His first choice was to take Pence as a VP – a disaster (he is already sabotaging Trump on Syria and the elections outcome).  I *dread* the hear whom Trump will appoint as a White House Chief of Staff as I am afraid that just to appease the Neocons he will appoint some new version of the infamous Rahm Emanuel…  And should Trump prove that he has both principles and courage, the Neocons can always “Dallas” him and replace him with Pence.  Et voilà!
I went on to suggest that Trump’s only option would be to follow Putin’s example and do the the Neocons what Putin did to the oligarchs.  Clearly that did not happen.  In fact, one month after the election of Trump I wrote another analysis entitled “The Neocons and the “deep state” have neutered the Trump Presidency, it’s over folks!“.
Less than a month ago I warned that a ‘color revolution ‘ was taking place in the USA.  My first element of proof was the so-called “investigation” which the CIA, FBI, NSA and others were conducting against President Trump’s candidate to become National Security Advisor, General Flynn.  Tonight, the plot to get rid of Flynn has finally succeeded and General Flynn had to offer his resignation.  Trump accepted it.  Now let’s immediately get one thing out of the way: Flynn was hardly a saint or a perfect wise man who would single handedly saved the world.  That he was not.  However, what Flynn was is the cornerstone of Trump’s national security policy (…)  The Neocon run ‘deep state’ has now forced Flynn to resign under the idiotic pretext that he had a telephone conversation, on an open, insecure and clearly monitored, line with the Russian ambassador.  And Trump accepted this resignation.  Ever since Trump made it to the White House, he has taken blow after blow from the Neocon-run Ziomedia, from Congress, from all the Hollywood doubleplusgoodthinking “stars” and even from European politicians.  And Trump took each blow without ever fighting back.  Nowhere was his famous “you are fired!” to be seen.  But I still had hope.  I wanted to hope.  I felt that it was my duty to hope.  But now Trump has betrayed us all.   Again, Flynn was not my hero.  But he was, by all accounts, Trump’s hero.  And Trump betrayed him.  The consequences of this will be immense.  For one thing, Trump is now clearly broken. It took the ‘deep state’ only weeks to castrate Trump and to make him bow to the powers that be Those who would have stood behind Trump will now feel that he will not stand behind them and they will all move back away from him.  The Neocons will feel elated by the elimination of their worst enemy and emboldened by this victory they will push on, doubling-down over and over and over again.  It’s over, folks, the deep state has won.
I then concluded that the consequences of this victory would catastrophic for the United States:
In their hate-filled rage against Trump and the American people (aka “the basket of deplorables”) the Neocons have had to show their true face. By their rejection of the outcome of the elections, by their riots, their demonization of Trump, the Neocons have shown two crucial things: first, that the US democracy is a sad joke and that they, the Neocons, are an occupation regime which rules against the will of the American people. In other words, just like Israel, the USA has no legitimacy left. And since, just like Israel, the USA are unable to frighten their enemies, they are basically left with nothing, no legitimacy, no ability to coerce. So yes, the Neocons have won. But their victory is removes the last chance for the US to avoid a collapse.
I think that what we are seeing today are the first signs of the impending collapse.
The symptoms of the agony
  • Externally, the US foreign policy is basically “frozen” and in lieu of a foreign policy we now only have a long series of empty threats hurled at a list of demonized countries which are now promised “fire and brimstone” should they dare to disobey Uncle Sam.  While this makes for good headlines, this does not qualify as a “policy” of any kind (I discussed this issue at length during my recent interview with SouthFront).  And then there is Congress which has basically stripped Trump from his powers to conduct foreign policy.  This bizarre, and illegal, form of a “vote of no-confidence” further hammers in the message that Trump is either a madman, a traitor, or both.
  • Internally, the latest riots in Charlottesville now being blamed on Trump who, after being a Putin agent is now further demonized as some kind of Nazi (see Paul Craig Roberts’ first and secondwarnings  about this dynamic)
  • Organizationally, it is clear that Trump is surrounded by enemies as illustrated by the absolutely outrageous fact that he can’t even talk to a foreign head of state without having the transcript of his conversation leaked to the Ziomedia.
I believe that these all are preparatory steps to trigger a major crisis and use it to remove Trump, either by a process of impeachment, or by force under the pretext of some crisis.  Just look at the message which the Ziomedia has been hammering into the brains of the US population.
The psychological preparation for the forthcoming coup: scaring them all to death
Here are three very telling examples taken from Newsweek’s front page:
Ask yourself, what is the message here?
Trump is a traitor, he works for Putin, Putin wants to destroy democracy in the United States and these two men together are the most dangerous men on the planet.  This is a “plot against America, no less!
Not bad, right?
“They” are clearly out there go get “us” and “we” are all in terrible danger: Kim Jong-un is about to declare nuclear war on the USA, Xi and Putin are threatening the world with their armies, and “our” own President came to power courtesy of the “Russian KGB” and “Putin’s hackers”, he now works for the Russians, he is also clearly a Nazi, a White supremacist, a racist and, possibly, a “new Hitler” (as is Putin, of course!).
And then, there are those truly scary Mooslims and Aye-rabs who apparently want only two things in life: destroy “our way of life” and kill all the “infidels”.  This is why we need the TSA, 16 intelligence agencies and militarized police SWAT teams everywhere: in case the terrorists come to get us where we live.
Dangerous international consequences
This would all be rather funny if it was not also extremely dangerous.  For one thing, the US is really poking at a dangerous foe when it constantly tries to scare Kim Jong-un and the DPRK leadership.  No, not because of the North Korean nukes (which are probably not real nuclear capable ICBMs but a not necessarily compatible combination of nuclear ‘devices’ and intermediate range ballistic missiles) but because of the huge and hard to destroy conventional North Korean military.  The real threat are not missiles, but a deadly combination of conventional artillery and special forces which present very little danger to the USA or the US military, but which present a huge threat for the population of Seoul and the northern section of South Korea.  Nukes, in whatever form, are really only an added problem, a toxic “icing” on an already very dangerous ‘conventional cake’.
[Sidebar – a real life nightmare: Now, if you *really* want to terrify yourself and stay awake all night then consider the following.  While I personally believe that Kim Jong-un is not insane and that the main objective of the North Korean leadership is to avoid a war at all costs, what if I am wrong?  What if those who say that the North Korean leaders are totally insane are right? Or, which I think is much more likely, what if Kim Jong-un and the North Korean leaders came to the conclusion that they have nothing to lose, that the Americans are going to kill them all, along with their families and friends?  What could they, in theory, do if truly desperate?  Well, let me tell you: forget about Guam; think Tokyo!  Indeed, while the DPRK could devastate Seoul with old fashioned artillery systems, DPRK missiles are probably capable of striking Tokyo or the Keihanshin region encompassing Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe including the key industries of the Hanshin Industrial Region.  The Greater Tokyo area (Kanto region) and the Keihanshin region are very densely populated (37 and 20 million people respectively) and contain an immense number of industries, many of which would produce an ecological disaster of immense proportions if hit by missiles.  Not only that, but a strike on the key economic and financial nodes of Japan would probably result in a 9-11 kind of international economic collapse.  So if the North Koreans wanted to really, really hurt the Americans what they could do is strike Seoul, and key cities in Japan resulting in a huge political crisis for the entire planet.  During the Cold War we used to study the consequences of a Soviet strike against Japan and the conclusion was always the same: Japan cannot afford a war of any kind.  The Japanese landmass is too small, too densely populated, to rich in lucrative targets and a war lay waste to the entire country. This is still true today, only more so.  And just imagine the reaction in South Korea and Japan if some crazy US strike on the DPRK results in Seoul and Tokyo being hit by missiles!  The South Koreans have already made their position unambiguously clear, by the way. As for the Japanese, they are officially placing their hopes in missiles (as if technology could mitigate the consequences of insanity!).  So yeah, the DPRK is plenty dangerous and pushing them into their last resort is totally irresponsible indeed, nukes or no nukes]
What we are observing now is positive feedback loop in which each move by the Neocons results in a deeper and deeper destabilization of the entire system.  Needless to say, this is extremely dangerous and can only result in an eventual catastrophe/collapse.  In fact, the signs that the USA are totally loosing control are already all over the place, here are just a few headlines to illustrate this:
A French expression goes “when the cat is gone, the mice dance“, and this is exactly what is happening now: the USA is both very weak and basically absent.  As for the Armenians, they say “The mouse dreams dreams that would terrify the cat”.  Well, the “mice” of the world are dancing and dreaming and simply ignoring the “cat”.  Every move the cat makes only makes things worse for him.  The world is moving on, while the cat is busy destroying himself.
Dangerous domestic consequences
First on my list would be race riots.  In fact, they are already happening all over the United States, but they are rarely presented as such.  And I am not talking about the “official” riots of Black Lives Matter, which are bad enough, I am talking about the many mini-riots which the official media is systematically trying to obfuscate.  Those interested in this topic should read the book Don’t Make the Black Kids Angryby Colin Flaherty which shows that racist attack on Whites by Blacks (aka “polar bear hunting”) are on the rise pretty much all over the county.  Likewise, to anybody who stubbornly persists in ignoring the strong correlation between race and crime ought to read Ron Unz’s seminal analysis Race and Crime in America.  Now, before some self-appointed thought police volunteer accuses me a racism, I am not saying anything at all about the causes of the racial problems in the United States.  I am only saying that racial violence in the USA is severe and rapidly getting much worse.
The second problem which I see threatening the US society is an extremely rapid delegitimization of the entire US political system and, especially, of the Federal government.  For decades now Americans have been voting for ‘A’ and each time what they ended up with is ‘non-A’.  Examples of that include the famous “read my lips, no new taxes”, of course, but also Obama promises to stop stupid wars and now Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp”.  Americans have been lied to for decades and they know it.  There is a widening chasm between the so-called “American values” taught in schools and the reality of power.  While officially the USA are supposed to stand for democracy, freedom and all the other good things advocated by the Founding Fathers, the disgusting reality is that the USA are in bed with Wahabis, Nazis and Zionists.  The all-prevailing hypocrisy of it all now threatens to bring down the entire US political system just as the no less prevailing hypocrisy of the Soviet system brought down the USSR (if interested, you can read more about this topic here).  The simple truth is that no regime can survive for too long when it proactively supports the exact opposite of what it officially is supposed to stand for.  The result?  I have yet to meet an adult American who would sincerely believe that he/she lives in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”.  Maybe infants still buy this stuff, but even teenagers know that this is a load of bull.
Third, for all the encouraging statistics about the Dow Jones, unemployment and growth, the reality is that the US society is rapidly transforming itself in a three-tired one: on top, a small number of obscenely rich people, under them, a certain amount of qualified professionals who service the filthy rich and who struggle to maintain a lifestyle which in the past was associated with the middle-class.  And then the vast majority of Americans who basically are looking at making “minimal wage plus a little something” and who basically survive by not paying for health insurance, by typically working two jobs, by eating cheap and unhealthy “prolefeed” and by giving up on that which every American worker could enjoy in the 1950s and 1960s (have one parent at home, have paid holidays, a second vacation home, etc.).  Americans are mostly hard workers and, so far, most of them are surviving, but they are mostly one paycheck away from seriously bad poverty.  A lot of them only make ends meet because they get help from their parents and grand-parents (the same is true of southern Europe, by the way).  A large segment of the US population now survives only because of Walmart and the Dollar Store.  Once that fails, food stamps are the last option.  That, or jail, of course.
Combine all this and you get a potentially extremely explosive situation.  No wonder that when so many Americans heard Hillary’s comment about the “basket of deplorables” they took that as declaration of war.
And how do the Neocons plan to deal with all this?
By cracking down on free speech and dissent, of course!  What else?
Their only response – repression of course!
YouTube, Google, Facebook, Twitter – they are all cracking down on “bad” speech which includes pretty much any topic a garden variety self-described ‘liberal’ frowns upon. GoDaddy and Google are even going after domain names.  Oh sure, nobody gets thrown in jail for, say, defending the 2nd Amendment, but they get “demonetized” and their accounts simply closed.  It’s not the cops cracking down on free speech, it’s “Corporate America”, but the effect is the same.  Apparently, the Neocons do not realize that censorship is not a viable strategy in the age of the Internet.  Or maybe they do, and they are deliberately trying to trigger a backlash?
Then there is the vilification campaign in the media: unless you are some kind of ‘minority’ you are assumed to be nefarious by birth and guilty of all the evils on the planet.  And your leader is Trump, of course, or maybe even Putin himself, vide supra.  Christian heterosexual White males better run for cover…
Whatever may be the case, by their manic insistence, on one hand, to humiliate and crush Trump and, on the other, to repress millions of Americans the Neocons are committing a double mistake.  First, they are showing their true face and, second, they are subverting the very institutions they are using to control and run this country.  That, of course, only further weaken the Neocons and the United States themselves and that further accelerates the positive feedback loop mentioned above which now threatens the entire international system.
Us and them
What makes the gradual collapse of the AngloZionist Empire so uniquely dangerous is that it is by far the biggest and most powerful empire in world history.  No empire has ever had the quasi monopoly on power the USA enjoyed since WWII.  By any measure, military, economic, political, social, the USA came out of WWII as a giant and while there were ups and downs during the subsequent decades, the collapse of the USSR only reaffirmed what appeared to be the total victory of the United States.  In my admittedly subjective opinion, the last competent (no, I did not say ‘good’, I said ‘competent’) US President was George Herbert Walker Bush who, unlike his successors, at least new how to run an Empire.  After that, it is all downhill, faster and faster.  And if Obama was probably the most incompetent President in US history, Trump will be the first one to be openly lynched while in office.  As a result, the AngloZionist Empire is now like a huge freight train which lost its locomotive but which still have an immense momentum pushing it forward even though there is nobody in control any more.  The rest of the planet, with the irrelevant exception of the East Europeans, is now scrambling in horror to get out of the path of this out of control train.  So far, the tracks (minimal common sense, political realities) are more or less holding, but a crash (political, economic or military) could happen at any moment.  And that is very, very scary.
The USA has anywhere between 700 to 1000 military bases worldwide, the entire international financial system is deeply enmeshed with the US economy, the US Dollar is still the only real reserve currency, United States Treasury securities are held by all the key international players (including Russia and China), SWIFT is politically controlled by the USA, the US is the only country in the world that can print as much money as it wants and, last but not least, the US has a huge nuclear arsenal.  As a result, a US collapse would threaten everybody and that means that nobody would want to trigger one.  The collapse of the Soviet Union threatened the rest of mankind only in one way: by its nuclear arsenal.  In contrast, any collapse of the United States would threaten everybody in many different ways.
So the real question now is this: can the rest of the planet prevent a catastrophic collapse of the AngloZionist Empire?
This is the irony of our situation: even though the entire planet is sick and tried of the incompetent arrogance of the AngloZionists, nobody out there wants their Empire to catastrophically collapse.  And yet, with the Neocons in power, such a collapse appears inevitable with potentially devastating consequences for everybody.
This is really amazing, think of it: everybody hates the Neocons, not only a majority of the American people, but truly the entire planet.  And yet that numerically small group of people has somehow managed to put everybody in danger, including themselves, due to their ugly vindictiveness, infinite arrogance and ideology-induced short-sightedness.  That this could ever have happened, and at a planetary scale, is a dramatic testimony to the moral and spiritual decay of our civilization: how did we ever let things get that far?!
And the next obvious question: can we still stop them?
I honestly don’t know.  I hope so, but I am not sure.  My biggest hope with Trump was that he would be willing to sacrifice the Empire for the sake of the USA (the opposite of what the Neocons are doing: they are willing to sacrifice the USA for the sake of their Empire) and that he would manage a relatively safe and hopefully non-violent transition from Empire to “normal country” for the USA.  Clearly, this is ain’t happening.  Instead, the Neocons are threatening everybody: the Chinese, the Russians, the North Koreans and the Venezuelans of course, but also the Europeans (economically), the entire Middle-East (via the “only democracy in the Middle-East”), all the developing countries and even the American people.  Heck, they are even threatening the US President himself, and in not-so-subtle ways!
So what’s next?
Truly, I don’t know.  But my overwhelming sense is that Trump will be removed from office, either for “high crimes and misdemeanors” or for “medical reasons” (they will simply declare him insane and unfit to be the President).   Seeing how weak and spineless Trump is, he might even be “convinced” to resign.  I don’t see them simply murdering him simply because he is no Kennedy either.  After that, Pence comes to power and it will all be presented like a wonderful event, a group-hug of the elites followed by an immediate and merciless crackdown on any form of political opposition or dissent which will immediately be labeled as racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, terrorist, etc.  The evil hand of the “Russian KGB” (yes, I know, the KGB was dissolved in 1991) will be found everywhere, especially amongst US libertarians (who will probably the only ones with enough brains to understand what is taking place).  The (pseudo-) “Left” will rejoice.  Should this course of action result in an unexpected level or resistance, either regional or social, a 9-11 false flag followed by a war will the most likely scenario (why stray away from something which worked so well the first time around?!).  Unless the USA decides to re-invade Grenada or give Nauru a much deserved thrashing, any more or less real war will result in a catastrophic failure for the USA at which point the use of nukes by the Neocon crazies might become a very real risk, especially if symbolic US targets such as aircraft carriers are hit (in 1991 when the US sent the 82nd AB to Iraq there was nothing standing between this light infantry force and the Iraqi armored divisions.  Had the Iraqis attacked the plan was to use tactical nuclear weapons.  Then this was all quickly forgotten).
There is a reason why the Neocons thrive in times of crisis: it allows them to hide behind the mayhem, especially when they are the ones who triggered the mayhem in the first place.  This means that as long as the Neocons are anywhere near in power they will never, ever, allow peace to suddenly break out, lest the spotlight be suddenly shined directly upon them.  Chaos, wars, crises – this is their natural habitat.  Think of it as the by-product of their existence.  Eventually, of course, they will be stopped and they will be defeated, like all their predecessors in history.  But I shudder when I think of the price mankind will have to pay this time around.
The Saker

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