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January 20, 2021

Biden Administration's 'New' Foreign Policy Is The 'More Of The Same' Old One

Today a new U.S. administration will come in. On foreign policy issues it will be just as disappointing as the leaving one. U.S. foreign policy is dictated by ingrained interests. The mechanisms of policy making in Washington DC guarantee that it is always a continuity and that any changes to it are slow and will only be minor.

Donald Trump and his administration were hated by the woke 'libruls' and the media for their style, not for what they were or were not doing. While Joe Biden, who has been warmongering in the Senate for decades, is now being sold as fresh bread, he is bringing no change to the menu. His foreign policy marketing team will only change the package color of the same old product the Trump team has sold.

The confirmation hearing of Biden's incoming Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and of the incoming Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines give some hints towards these 'new' policies.

The Iranian parliament has ordered the government to end some IAEA inspections and to increase the enrichment level of Uranium starting in mid February unless the Biden administration immediately removes the sanctions on Iran and returns to the nuclear deal.

The Biden administration is likely to ignore this opportunity:

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, pledged to consult with Israel, Gulf allies and Congress when seeking "a longer and stronger" agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions. During his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, Blinken said the incoming administration would “engage on the takeoff, not just the landing” with allies and partners before taking steps to rejoin the landmark nuclear agreement.
"President-elect Biden is committed to the proposition that Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Iran with a nuclear weapon or the threshold capacity to build one is an Iran that would act with potentially greater impunity than it already is.”
If Iran returns to strict compliance under the nuclear pact, Biden has said he will reenter the multilateral pact as a starting point for follow-on negotiations to “tighten and lengthen Iran’s nuclear constraints” and address Iran's missile program. Blinken said Tuesday that “we are a long way from there," adding that the administration would need to first ensure Iran is making good on its obligations.

Iran does not want nuclear weapons. It wants its rights and respect. It is the U.S. which has broken the deal. Iran has responded to that by expanding its capabilities beyond some of the limits of the deal. This is reversible but only if the U.S. acts first and at a reasonable speed. Lengthy talks with allies and Congress will prevent that from happening.

The incoming DNI Haines seems to share that analysis:

Republicans questioned Haines on her views about China and Iran, including the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal that Trump pulled back from. Haines said that while the incoming Biden administration has indicated that it would come back to the table with Iran if Tehran came back into compliance, she noted that "frankly, we're a long ways from that."

This summer the people of Iran will elect a new government, likely a conservative one. It will be even less willing to make additional concessions to the U.S. than the current Rouhani government. The conflict will thus fester.

There will also be no policy changes towards Tehran's allies. The Biden administration will not rescind but only 'review' the terrorist designation of the Houthi in Yemen even as it is causing a famine:

Blinken’s testimony came the same day controversial terrorism designations against the Houthi movement in Yemen took effect. The United Nations and humanitarian organizations have warned that the rebels’ blacklisting, which was first announced by outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week, could hamper much-needed aid operations in the war-ravaged country.

Blinken said he is concerned that the labeling won’t bring the Houthis to the negotiating table as intended, adding that the Biden administration will review the terrorism designation “immediately” upon taking office.

While Trump tried but failed to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan the Biden administration is likely to end his peace deal with the Taliban and to reengage in the futile attempt to keep the 'western' aligned proxy government in Kabul in office. This will require more U.S. troops and a further extension of that war.

On Syria, Turkey and Iraq Joe Biden's policy will continue to be regime change and is likely to intensify. Biden has hired Brett McGurk who had left the Trump administration in protest when Trump ordered the withdrawal of troops from Syria:

US President-elect Joe Biden nominated Brett McGurk, an outspoken advocate of American military presence in Syria and staunch detractor of the Turkish government, as Middle East coordinator on the National Security Council.

McGurk, a veteran of the national security establishment who served in various capacities under successive Democratic and Republican administrations, has frequently criticised the Turkish government over its role in Syria and broader regional policies.

McGurk quit his role as the US envoy to the international coalition to combat the Islamic State (IS) group late in 2018 over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria.

There will be absolutely no change in policy towards Israel:

The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, his nominee for secretary of state affirmed at his Senate confirmation hearing.

Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and do you commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem?” asked Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

“Yes and Yes,” said Antony Blinken in testimony on Tuesday.
...
“The only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and to give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution,” Blinken said.

“I think realistically, it’s hard to see near-term prospects for moving forward on that. What would be important is to make sure that neither party takes steps that make the already difficult process even more challenging,” he added.

U.S policy towards Europe will also not change. The Biden administration will press for more weapon sales to NATO members in Europe. While it may return to the NewStart  treaty with Russia it will otherwise uphold the hostility against that country. It will also continue the pressure against German energy policies:

The administration of US President-elect Joe Biden will use every persuasive tool to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and will work to convince European partners not to move forward with it, Secretary of State Nominee Antony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that held a confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

He said Joe Biden’s strong conviction was that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a "bad idea" and that the administration would use "every persuasive tool" to convince partners, including Germany, to discard the project.

Hostility against China will likewise persist:

Mr. Blinken gave the Trump administration credit for several pillars of its foreign policy, including taking a more aggressive approach to China, which he agreed had misled the world on the spread of the coronavirus and committed genocide against Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
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“China is a challenge to our security, to our prosperity, to our values across a range of issues and I do support an aggressive stance,” Ms. Haines said. “That is the place we are now and one that is more assertive than where we had been in the Obama-Biden administration.”

Biden will double down on Trump's failed Venezuela policy:

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will continue to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s president, Anthony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, said on Tuesday.

Blinken told members of the U.S. Senate that Biden would seek to “more effectively target” sanctions on the country, which aim to oust President Nicolas Maduro - who retains control of the country. Blinken said the new administration would look at more humanitarian assistance to the country.

The policies towards other 'bad' states, Cuba, Bolivia and North Korea, will also continue to be hostile.

The anti-Trump media will sell the foreign policies of the Biden administration as outlined above as fresh and rational approaches even when the do not differ at all from the foreign policies the Trump administration has persued.

While Trump had continued the wars the U.S. waged when he came into office he did not start any new ones. Since Joe Biden first entered the Senate 47 years ago he has cheered on every war the U.S. has since waged. It would be astonishing to find four years from now that he did not start any new ones.

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Thanks, B! But do not write only. Act, too.
Do it yourself. And let the others write their endless comments.
People are free to organize, and establish their own government.
If necessary beyond reptiles and demons.
Gerhard

Posted by: Gerhard | Jan 20 2021 12:32 utc | 1

There were several points of difference actually: support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is to be decreased. Relations with Pakistan are to be improved (there is dislike for Modi in the Dem party).

While Biden will keep overall Trump's aggressive imperialist policies and hybrid wars against others, he will, IMO, be less likely to escalate compared to Trump.

That is - you won't see big escalations in the China and Iran fronts. Even on Russia he will be less hostile than Trump - that is - he will extend START. While keeping all the other pressures on.

Also on international issues the US will likely rejoin the WHO and the Paris Climate Agreement.

So i see Biden as something between Obama and Trump, on the aggressiveness scale. I agree that one should watch out for new wars though, here Biden's record is bad.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 12:40 utc | 2

No change == Continued decline.

Blinken & Haines are going to need more than clever phrases.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 20 2021 12:48 utc | 3

Nice, mr Blinken.

The US abhorring , defiant parts of the world are quite different from
what they looked like half a decade ago. China, NK, Iran and Russia.
it s perfectly stupid to think that if Iran didnot surrender years ago , will then raise a white flag five years years and thousands of additional precision, medium range missiles afterwards.
The US for example had 400 k more people alive and well and no economy crippling Virus pandemic.
It s much easier for you to 'blink' before they do.

Posted by: augusto | Jan 20 2021 12:50 utc | 4

It's always more of the same: Israel First policy from R and D wings of War Party.
To be pre-selected or appointed in administration, one must be Jewish or at least Zionist.
I guess US citizens just don't care for so many wars and deaths and are glad to serve and protect and finance and arm Israel.
Regardless if they are on food stamps, unemployed, in decreasing middle class or in 1% of super-rich.

Posted by: Saraj | Jan 20 2021 12:55 utc | 5

The blatant abuse of democracy c/w bare-faced political oppression will be inaugurated in the US capital today under martial law. This ungodly event is brought to us all by the busiest underhanded false flag creators, media abusers and corrupted liars on the planet. How wonderful is that? Maybe we should ask the cohorts of George Soros and his controllers.

Posted by: Carter | Jan 20 2021 13:01 utc | 6

"Donald Trump and his administration were hated by the woke 'libruls' and the media for their style, not for what they were or were not doing."

My theory is that in the morning of 11/9/2016, when they were informed that Donald J Trump won the election, every American liberal had a spontaneous head explosion.

And that trauma turned them, instantly, into zombies, into extremely primitive creatures with one single notion inside their hopelessly damaged heads: Orange Man Bad.

I strongly feel that this is the best - nay, the only possible! - explanation of their conduct that we've observed in the last 4 years.

I'll admit: it's been fun to watch. And it's not getting any better.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 20 2021 13:03 utc | 7

Some of us cynics have been saying for years that Presidents are merely spokespeople for the USA EMPIRE FIRST Deep State. Maybe more will now see beyond the partisan bickering. I won't be holding my breath.

I predicted some time ago that NordStream II would not be allowed to be completed and a couple of weeks ago I wrote that Biden may have been elected (in part) because European politicians were not comfortable in acceding to Trump's demands to stop it. Yet those politicians will readily bend the knee for the more politically palatable Biden Administration.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 20 2021 13:58 utc | 8

I miss Trump already
I miss America already

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Jan 20 2021 13:59 utc | 9

The USA is now the proverbial Whale in a Swimming Pool: it is big, powerful and impressive - but can't hide its moves anymore and has little to none margin for any maneuver.

The American Center-wing is ossifying, or, in Cold Warrior terminology (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.), is losing its "vitality". It is entering a stage where it must "burn the village in order to save it".

Posted by: vk | Jan 20 2021 14:03 utc | 10

And his European enablers will be scurrying right along behind this decrepit government. Why?

Have been following you since the beginning, Bernhard, and had hoped you would use your acerbic erudition to answer this question. But it seems the answer is that Germany plays the role in Europe that the US plays in the world and both are satisfied with that role even though neo-liberalism, austerity and war-mongering are leading us to inhumanity and disaster.

Posted by: mrm | Jan 20 2021 14:11 utc | 11

@ Carter #6: " This ungodly event is brought to us all by the busiest underhanded false flag creators, media abusers and corrupted liars on the planet"


In releated news, Mt. Etna Erupted today :)

Posted by: scuppers | Jan 20 2021 14:11 utc | 12

Like i said before elsewhere Biden would capitalize on what Trump has put forth and take the infamy and blame for instead of moving in the opposite directions of whatever Trump criticized for in foreign policy. That means be it trade war with China, renege on climate deals, strong arming NATO and EU countries, or giving everything Israel wants nothing stop Biden from maintaining what has been put in place.
At most they'll just make excuse on why they had to maintain the policies they themselves criticized Trump for without changing direction.

Posted by: Lucci | Jan 20 2021 14:18 utc | 13

vk @Jan20 2021 #10

The American Center-wing is ossifying ...

Ossifying? LOL!

The Centrists have neutered opposition on the left and right by sponsoring fake/controlled-oppo leaders for progressives (Bernie)and Tea Party Republicans (Trump). And they have used crazy Trump to mount a massive military build-up (that most Americans took little notice of) and start a Cold War with China.

How exactly are they "ossifying"?

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 20 2021 14:29 utc | 14

There will be absolutely no change in policy towards Israel

That is obviously correct:

Joe Biden: "I Am A Zionist. You Don't Have To A Jew To Be A Zionist"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo-UXZ-1ups

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 14:43 utc | 15

Extreme leftist madness goes on:

Washington Post : Blacklist Fox News ‘as We Do with Foreign Terrorist Groups’
https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2021/01/18/wapo-pushes-to-bar-fox-news-as-we-do-with-foreign-terrorist-groups/

Posted by: Zanon | Jan 20 2021 14:44 utc | 16

He said Joe Biden’s strong conviction was that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a "bad idea" and that the administration would use "every persuasive tool" to convince partners, including Germany, to discard the project.

That is pretty much a declaration of war against countries in Europe. Stay away,

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 14:45 utc | 17

Two related news, expanding on my first comment.

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America’s disarray is its own woes, not other countries’ opportunity

The Financial Times lives in a world where the USA doesn't have more than 2,000 operational nukes, doesn't control the financial system (SWIFT), doesn't issue the universal fiat currency (Dollar Standard), doesn't have a big fucking navy, doesn't enjoy absolute ideological hegemony etc. etc.

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Trump's 4-year effort to contain China was unwise, unrealistic: Global Times editorial

Well, that's what happens when you hire a right-wing ideologue as your main advisor (Steve Bannon): you do policy based on a delirious utopia and get smacked by reality.

Posted by: vk | Jan 20 2021 14:50 utc | 18

It's more than enough to make you depressed... But the endless repetition of the phrase 'will continue...' is striking. In other words. Tronald's foreign policy has been a disaster, even if he has supposedly not sparked a new war. Let's not talk about all the secret operations, multiplied drone attacks, state terrorist assassinations, etc. And the new administration is now continuing this...

But at least it will not embolden fascists around the world. And it will not continue domestically with the Tronaldian deregulatory policies that have only accelerated the ecological disaster.

Posted by: pnyx | Jan 20 2021 15:07 utc | 19

"How exactly are they "ossifying"?" Jackrabbit@14
They've stopped thinking, become utterly predictable.
They just go through the motions. They know that they can't win-achieve their long held objectives-but they can't stop repeating themselves, including their past errors. They are not allowed to. The US ruling caste-servants of the ruling class- are only allowed to operate within very narrow boundaries. They aren't allowed to take radical measures when faced with new crises- they are confined within ever diminishing political circles. The duopoly has become an obvious One Party system. And its politics are those of the Gilded Age-150 years old and still going strong.
The only solution to America's problems is defeat so complete that it cannot be denied even by the least perceptive.
Anyone with money to spare should be buying popcorn futures.

Posted by: bevin | Jan 20 2021 15:07 utc | 20

Take careful note of what Haines said. "Biden says..... but that's not what's going to happen". Biden is an elderly figurehead. Trump's mistake was being openly bullying and vulgar instead of underhanded. Already, the EU ( as cowardly vassals ) are falling into line on Iran and Russia.

Posted by: Eighthman | Jan 20 2021 15:08 utc | 21

This is a new regime and yet we see commentary that treats Biden as if his presidency is normal, as if there was a constitution behind any of these behaviors. Paul Craig Roberts is correct. There has not been a regime change, there has been a revolution and treating policies of this "president" as if he is more than a figurehead being run by oligarchs is foolish in the extreme.
FWIW,
Galearis

Posted by: Larry Paul Johnson | Jan 20 2021 15:11 utc | 22

By "steps that make the already difficult process even more challenging" Blinken means the construction of Isreali settlements in the occupied West Bank. In this respect - wich is considered essential by Israel - the position of the Biden administration is completely different from that of the Trump administration.

Posted by: m | Jan 20 2021 15:38 utc | 23

bevin @Jan20 15:07 #20

They've stopped thinking, become utterly predictable.

One could say this about the American people who have been herded into two camps so that the Center can rule.

Here's an example: One of Biden's first executive actions is to include undocumented residents in the Census. This will please the Left immensely and outrage the Right. But the Census is conducted every 10 years and it was completed in 2020. So Biden's action is actually meaningless. How many people will actual notice this? Very few.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 20 2021 15:39 utc | 24

@24 Some people in Central America have noticed.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/honduran-migrants-us-guatemala-crackdown-1.5877244

Posted by: dh | Jan 20 2021 16:04 utc | 25

It is funny/sad to see the Post Trump Stress Disorder victims are already rationalizing and making excuses for the war that the establishment drones they voted for will be starting, and those drones are not even sworn in to office yet. They know that they voted for war yet their plastic, Hollywood "identities" are so intertwined with their assumed self-evident moral superiority that they are compelled to defend the evil they are responsible for even before it is committed. For them, doing nothing crudely is far worse than murdering millions accompanied by lofty and emotive platitudes.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 20 2021 16:16 utc | 26

The Awful Truth(s) About the Incoming Biden Administration
(Despite all the wonderful-sounding promises, if we are to have a prayer of not being sold to the oligarchy, body and soul, we will have to have at least the following arrows of truth in our quiver.)
//
Joe Biden’s Cabinet Is on Loan From Corporate America
An interview with David Dayen 12/8/20
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/12/david-dayen-american-prospect-joe-biden-cabinet

Beware of the Hawk: What to Expect from the Biden Administration on Foreign Policy
https://covertactionmagazine.com/2020/11/08/beware-of-the-hawk-what-to-expect-from-the-biden-administration-on-foreign-policy/

Biden Administration Betrayals of Working Americans
By Leonard C. Goodman
https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/democrats-and-ruling-by-fear/Content?oid=85065430 -

Why They're Denying You Healthcare And Financial Support During A Pandemic
by Caitlin Johnstone
https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2020/12/20/why-theyre-denying-you-healthcare-and-financial-support-during-a-pandemic/

Biden Goes To Bat For BlackRock, Stays Vague On Direct Aid To Struggling Americans
https://www.dailyposter.com/p/biden-goes-to-bat-for-blackrock-stays

Biden and the Democrats Could Change Everything. But They Won’t Try
by Ted Rall | January 7, 2021
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/ted-rall/94642/biden-and-the-democrats-could-change-everything-but-they-won-t-try

The Biden Democrats Already Show They Learned Little from Trump's Loss
by Richard Wolff | December 24, 2020
https://www.alternet.org/2020/12/biden-democrats/

Biden’s Foreign Policy History and What it Portends for his Presidency
By Jeremy Kuzmarov January 11, 2021
https://covertactionmagazine.com/2021/01/11/exclusive-series-bidens-foreign-policy-history-and-what-it-portends-for-his-presidency/

Biden’s Transition Team is Filled With War Profiteers, Beltway Chickenhawks, and Corporate Consultants
by Kevin Gosztola 11/14/20
https://thegrayzone.com/2020/11/14/bidens-transition-team-war-profiteers-chickenhawks-corporate-consultants/

Biden's Pentagon Transition Team Members Funded by the Arms Industry
by Dave DeCamp – 11/11/2020
https://news.antiwar.com/2020/11/11/bidens-pentagon-transition-team-members-funded-by-the-arms-industry/

Biden's Victory Does Not Guarantee a Progressive Agenda. We Must Fight for It.
by Marjorie Cohn 11-23-20
https://truthout.org/articles/bidens-victory-does-not-guarantee-a-progressive-agenda-we-must-fight-for-it/

Meet the Filthy Rich War Hawks That Make up Biden’s New Foreign Policy Team
“I expect the prevailing direction of U.S. foreign policy over these last decades to continue: more lawless bombing and killing multiple countries under the cover of “limited engagement,” – Biden Biographer Branko Marcetic
by Alan Macleod November 13th, 2020
https://www.mintpressnews.com/filthy-rich-war-hawks-make-joe-biden-foreign-policy-team/273039/

More Humane Cages? Prospects for Immigration Justice Under Biden Appear Dim
by Adrienne Pine | November 18, 2020
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/adrienne-pine/93930/more-humane-cages-prospects-for-immigration-justice-under-biden-appear-dim

Neera Tanden – Reduce US Deficits by Raiding the Economies of Countries We Have Destroyed:
Neera Tanden, Biden's Pick for Budget Office: Now Is Not the Time To 'Worry About Raising Deficits and Debt'
by Robby Soave
https://reason.com/2020/11/30/neera-tanden-biden-omb-debt-deficit/
She once suggested that if Americans care about the deficit so much, maybe we should make Libya pay for it.
| 11/30/2020
( Ariana Ruiz/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom )

Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken Personify the 'Moderate' Rot at the Top of the Democratic Party
by Norman Solomon 12/29/20
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/norman-solomon/94514/neera-tanden-and-antony-blinken-personify-the-moderate-rot-at-the-top-of-the-democratic-party

Obama & the Democrats Sending Mixed Messages about the Catfood Commission
By Carl Bloice 10-14-12
https://www.laprogressive.com/catfood-commission/

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by Norman Soloman 11/7/20
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/norman-solomon/93753/progressives-made-trumps-defeat-possible-now-its-time-to-challenge-biden-and-other-corporate-democra

Someone Should Ask Ursula Burns If She Supports Child Labor in Africa
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http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/thomas-neuburger/94527/someone-should-ask-ursula-burns-if-she-supports-child-labor-in-africa

The Dark Past of Biden’s Nominee for National Intelligence Director
by John Kiriakou 12/31/20
https://consortiumnews.com/2020/12/29/john-kiriakou-the-dark-past-of-bidens-nominee-for-national-intelligence-director/

The REAL Joe Biden
"The Chinese Uyghur Dark Legend and Washington’s Campaign to Counter Chinese Economic Rivalry"
by Stephen Gowans 10/25/20
https://gowans.blog/2020/10/25/the-chinese-uyghur-dark-legend-and-washingtons-campaign-to-counter-chinese-economic-rivalry/

Top 10 Reasons to Reject Blinken
by David Swanson
https://davidswanson.org/top-10-reasons-to-reject-blinken/

Who Is Michèle Flournoy, Biden's Rumored Pick for Pentagon Chief
by Thomas Neuberger 11/11/20
https://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2020/11/who-is-michele-flournoy-bidens-rumored.html

Why Biden Will Keep the U.S.-Imposed Cold War Rolling
by Vijay Prashad| 11/19/20
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/vijay-prashad/93949/why-biden-will-keep-the-u-s-imposed-cold-war-rolling

Why Progressives Should Care About Biden's Pick for Commerce Secretary
by Zena Wolf 1/7/21
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/zena-wolf/94644/why-progressives-should-care-about-bidens-pick-for-commerce-secretary

Why Senators Must Reject Avril Haines for Intelligence
by Medea Benjamin | 12/30/20
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/medea-benjamin/94528/why-senators-must-reject-avril-haines-for-intelligence

Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Victoria Nuland?
by Medea Benjamin 1/15/21
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/medea-benjamin/94817/will-the-senate-confirm-coup-plotter-victoria-nuland

No, Joe, Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet for Torture Enablers
by Medea Benjamin and Marcy Winograd 12/22/20
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/medea-benjamin/94425/no-joe-don-t-roll-out-the-red-carpet-for-torture-enablers#comment

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 20 2021 16:49 utc | 27

Zanon @ 16

I’m not surprised. You only have to watch this segment from Tucker Carlson to understand why.

https://youtu.be/M0l7xH5zbIg

Posted by: Down South | Jan 20 2021 17:05 utc | 29

Trump ripped the mask off US foreign policy and exposed it for what it is - ugly zionism and outrageous jewish supremacy. Trump did many foreign policy changes previous incumbents and their handlers wanted to do but were constrained by the optics and international opinion.

I agree the Biden administration will continue the same tired old foreign policy, only with the mask back on. Of course the media won't notice the similarities, but the public will. No matter how fervently the managers tinker with the edges it is events that drive changes and change people.

Posted by: Paul | Jan 20 2021 17:06 utc | 30

Blue is the new red! All hail the Bidet administration! Dermocracy (депмократия) dies in the dark!

Posted by: lex talionis | Jan 20 2021 17:08 utc | 31

I just listened to President Biden's speech. It was a good one, even a great one. Thinking about what Plato means by the 'noble lie' it was a noble speech, and there wasn't much of a lie about it.

I just wish he were a younger man.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 20 2021 17:32 utc | 32

b finished the posting with
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While Trump had continued the wars the U.S. waged when he came into office he did not start any new ones. Since Joe Biden first entered the Senate 47 years ago he has cheered on every war the U.S. has since waged. It would be astonishing to find four years from now that he did not start any new ones.
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Prepare to be astonished. Biden isn't going to start any new wars for the same reason that Trump didn't......MAD

Humanity has been in the MAD phase of the civilization war we are in since the Obama era push back in Syria.

Biden's chest beating will not be as "impressive" as Trump's but the trajectory is the same.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 20 2021 17:33 utc | 33

The new chief says to tighten the circle of wagons, but those accused of besieging the Outlaw US Empire's wagon train stopped attacking and moved on long ago. Meanwhile, supplying the wagon train continues to take resources away from dealing with very real domestic problems. The upshot is China will continue to pull away and increase its lead geoeconomically, and together with Russia will continue to solidify and strengthen the Eurasian Bloc. Very soon, the EU is going to be faced with a very stark choice--to join the Eurasian Bloc and thus stave-off economic atrophy or continue to allow its brand of Neoliberal Parasites to eat and risk rupture, perhaps not in 2021 but before 2030.

The key is that the false narrative that was initiated in 1945 and bolstered in 1979 continues to be treated as gospel despite its path to certain ruin. I noted there were no questions asked about the international call for a Bretton Woods 2.0 that would end dollar hegemony and Petrodollar recycling, while removing the one source of coercion behind its illegal sanctions.

The only possible target of opportunity I see is Venezuela as the frack-patch is about to fold-up shop and fuel prices cause domestic inflation to soar--Here in Oregon, gas prices have gone up 50cents/gal since the first of the year--25%. The oil being the obvious target now the the lower-48 has definitely peaked.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 20 2021 17:34 utc | 34

@Jackrabit 24
|One could say this about the American people who have been herded into two camps so that the Center can rule.|


There's no center or centrist in USA there's only elite capitalist oligarchs who is neocons through and through at the core.

Posted by: Lucci | Jan 20 2021 17:38 utc | 35

@ 32 juliania... you are the eternal optimist! there is something admirable about that!.. however you have to contend with a lot of cynical people who think like it's business as well, as b's post notes..... you might not like to hear this, but nothing is going to change under biden... big wheels set in motion and biden is not interested in the least in changing any of it... neither was trump as some of his fanbots are coming to see too... political speeches are just so much b.s... juliania - as the saying goes, talk is cheap, it is actions that count.... watch peoples actions, not their talk... biden can talk a good line, but that has nothing to do with his actions... top of the day to you!

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 17:40 utc | 36

@34 Invading Venezuela and 'taking the oil' won't be easy though there is a possibility Colombia will help out. Which means the total disruption of South America. More economical to just buy the stuff.

Posted by: dh | Jan 20 2021 17:42 utc | 37

"It is funny/sad to see the Post Trump Stress Disorder victims are already rationalizing and making excuses for the war that the establishment drones they voted for will be starting, and those drones are not even sworn in to office yet. They know that they voted for war yet their plastic, Hollywood "identities" are so intertwined with their assumed self-evident moral superiority that they are compelled to defend the evil they are responsible for even before it is committed. For them, doing nothing crudely is far worse than murdering millions accompanied by lofty and emotive platitudes."

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 20 2021 16:16 utc | 26

Tnx for expressing this in a much nicer and polite way then i would have written.
And yes, yes it is sad/amusing to watch NPC`s turn into pretzels to explain away their cognitive dissonans ,utter foolishness and stupidity.

Posted by: Per/Norway | Jan 20 2021 18:00 utc | 38

@37 On the subject of gas prices perhaps it might be a bad time to cut off Canadian supply?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/keystone-xl-may-sold-scrap-203840567.html

Posted by: dh | Jan 20 2021 18:03 utc | 39

@ Posted by: juliania | Jan 20 2021 17:32 utc | 32

The problem with Plato's concept of "noble lie" is that we're not in 400 BCE anymore. As the head of State of a nuclear power, Biden will have much more responsibilities and much more dangerous toys than any Greek king of Plato's time.

Posted by: vk | Jan 20 2021 18:04 utc | 40

james @ 32, you perhaps misunderstand my comment. I am very much taken aback by the emphasis the tv commentary is giving to Kamala Harris.(I've shut them off now, by the way, as all should. They are not our friends.) We ought to remember Dan Quale as VP - and the comment made to him, "I knew Jack Kennedy and you,sir, are NOT Jack Kennedy!" That's just my remembrance of the remark and I even can't remember who made it, his name that is. I'm elderly and these things escape me, but I remember his face, the setting and that is putting that office in its place, which the media is trying desperately not to do. The speaker was a senator and the moment ought to be remembered as what the current adulation of Kamala indicates. She ought not to be so prominent in people's minds as the next available leader.

I wish Joe Biden good health. The sun did come out and a lovely young lady gave a poem. But the pundits are out there like harpies. So, well done, Joe Biden. You spoke well.

Just remember, james, that speech is much more powerful than power itself. Your opinions would serve for Plato and Socrates as well, and yet here they still are. And for me, I heark back in spirit to the word becoming flesh. Logos, thatis; logos. Yesterday was Theophany which is the blessing of the waters worldwide. I want to discuss what the noble lie means for Plato - as opposed to what propaganda means. It's when, I think, a lie becomes not a lie.

We'll get there!

Posted by: juliania | Jan 20 2021 18:07 utc | 41

dh @37--

Yes, it would be easier to purchase, but if your money's no good, then you have only one choice.

////

Speaking of money, Yellen in her confirmation hearing is terrified of competition by Bitcoin after an earlier statement saying markets should determine a currency's proper valuation. I'll be interested to hear what Max Keiser has to say about Yellen's remarks. Yellen's use of the terrorist canard to denigrate Bitcoin is absurd given the fact that the Outlaw US Empire is in charge of most international terrorists and pays them in dollars. I wonder if Yellen understands that misstating the rate of inflation manipulates markets via malinformation such that true currency valuation can't be arrived at and is thus a method of currency manipulation. Just as with QE artificially pumping up stocks is essentially a fraudulent Ponzi Scheme and a further method of currency manipulation.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 20 2021 18:17 utc | 42

Biden: "hold still while I punch you some more".

"Biden calls for an end to 'uncivil war'"
according to a headline about his so-called inauguration speech.

Biden's calls for unity and ending 'uncivil war' are
akin to saying:

"hold still while I punch you some more".


Posted by: librul | Jan 20 2021 18:19 utc | 43

@ 41 juliania... i probably did misunderstand you! and you lost me on platos talk of what the noble lie is... that is over my head! please elaborate if inclined..

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 18:25 utc | 44

@42 I'm sure Maduro would take dollars.....or gold. Of course buying Venezuelan oil from an evil brutal socialist dictator would be a major climb down.

Posted by: dh | Jan 20 2021 18:25 utc | 45

I watched a recent video by Alexander Mercuoris ( apologies to Alexander if I’ve spelt his name incorrectly )of the Duran about Digital currencies and how far advanced both Russia and China are in implementing them completely into their societies.
Once up and running, these cryptocurrencies will completely negate the Swift banking transfer systems. They are reckoned to be operational in 5 to 7 years. Thus the sanctions weapon of the U.S.A. is rendered utterly impotent.
Also the U.S. $ has followed the path of all currencies of the last 2.500 years and is almost worthless, down 98% in value compared to a century ago. Govts never seem to learn that ‘ bad ‘ money pushes out good money and that a collapse of the currency is inevitable.
N.Korea very recently displayed it’s latest military technologies. They now have an ICBM that can, with their evolved nuclear warheads, strike the mainland of the U.S.A. and these missiles are mobile, moved on the largest mobile launchers anywhere in the world. Kim Jonh Un has declared the U.S. as the republic’s main adversary and reconfirmed both China and Russia as allies.
The times, they are a changing and whilst various smart minds in the U.S. political and defense sectors might realize this, they don’t seem to perceive how fast and how soon these technologies and geopolitical events will completely castrate them.
Any attempt to stop a politically hot potato like Nordsrteam 2 will more than likely result in the desertion of Europe by Russia and Europe will be dragged further down by it having to wait 3rd of 4th in line whilst Russia re-orientates itself to the east.
I wonder if Germany will get it’s Russian gas via China rather than direct? Sounds far fetched? Just fall inline behind Biden and see what transpires.

Posted by: Beibdnn | Jan 20 2021 18:38 utc | 46

Anyone see any significance to Israel being moved from US European Command to Southern Command?

Posted by: Kevin | Jan 20 2021 18:55 utc | 47

Re: Beibdnn | Jan 20 2021 18:38 utc | 46

My understanding from the informative (to me) Duran (Merouris/Christoforou) video, below, from last week, featuring Crypto Rich, was that there are significant differences between sovereign state central bank issued digital currencies, and crypto currencies like bitcoin and etherium.

Bitcoin surges. Governments prepare digital currencies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUG9JZS9k10

Also this from a month earlier:

Bitcoin, The Fed and The Great Reset https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGELvfuYfo

Posted by: gm | Jan 20 2021 18:56 utc | 48

@2 "While Biden will keep overall Trump's aggressive imperialist policies and hybrid wars against others, he will, IMO, be less likely to escalate compared to Trump."

"So i see Biden as something between Obama and Trump, on the aggressiveness scale."

Are you actually implying Trump was more aggressive than Obama?

Posted by: Hippo | Jan 20 2021 19:03 utc | 49

Well, james, 'the noble lie' is central to Plato's dialogue "The Republic" (or as I prefer, "Politeia", from 'polis' meaning 'people'. It is how Socrates in the dialogue describes what the best ruler will use as a means of governing, through a 'noble lie. We've been having discussions here about Caesar taking power, history being written by elites, etc., so my interest goes in that direction, the difference between what is historically said of that phrase - specifically Leo Strauss and right wing folk thinking in terms of the basic meaning of lying to the people in order to govern -- which I don't think is what Plato means at all. He means having idealistic folk governing and lifting the lower instincts of people in general into a better mode of being and thinking. It will never be perfect but just better. And obviously right now, we need better!

I'm just starting to reread the dialogue.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 20 2021 19:05 utc | 50

@ 48 gm.

Thankyou for that. I hadn’t seen that vlog. I only saw the video posted solely by Alexander Merouris on these digital currencies in which he suggested that these govt. issued digital currencies will allow the traditional banking systems to be bypassed.
I will follow your links closely.

Posted by: Beibdnn | Jan 20 2021 19:06 utc | 51

Posted by: Hippo | Jan 20 2021 19:03 utc | 49

Yes, Trump was much more aggressive than Obama. Including on Russia, not to mention on China, Iran and others.

And he bragged about that too.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 19:08 utc | 52

juliania@41 It was Lloyd Bentsen Texas Senator who said that to Dan Quayle in the Vice-Presidential Debate (as the joint press conferences are called.) Bentsen was not as notoriously corrupt as John Connally but was otherwise much more like Connally than Lyndon Johnson.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 20 2021 19:25 utc | 53

Thanks, vk @ 40, your point is a good one -- but then, Plato himself didn't succeed in Syracuse, and that's the beauty of his dialogue. It begins and ends with virtue on the personal level, and that is what all the dialogues are about -- it's why they are dialogues, not dissertations. Plato is consistent in always including the 'dark side' -- which he knows full well with the death of his mentor Socrates. You have to have virtuous leadership - which is what we have been talking about on the 'morality' issue in our own times. That never changes. And in fact, the dialogue is extremely difficult to follow -- up hill and down dale until the ideal state actually becomes an impossibility - even for Greeks back in the day.

I think this is a dialogue that relates to what happens in Homer's Odyssey - it is the task of Odysseus to bring home his companion soldiers who have been fighting many years at Troy, and he fails. That's the Odyssey in a nutshell. He fails; they perish. But he does come home. So for the Greeks it is always about a personal odyssey, what that means, an ongoing task. But for the Romans -- 'res publica' means 'public things'. They kind of lost that personal message, methinks.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 20 2021 19:35 utc | 54

The hawkish statements by the Biden nominees were part of Congressional sessions to approve their appointments. So there is some degree of pandering to the expectations of a political body often at remove from reality, and firm statements of intent were largely absent (i.e. "we will consult" etc).

In contrast, others attached to the administration have spoke of the need to recalibrate and adjust to a multi-lateral world. CIA designate Burns: "The overarching challenge for U.S. foreign policy today, it seems to me, is to adapt to an international landscape in which American dominance is fading." Also, on Iran: "It was an historic mistake to abandon the JCPOA..."
http://www.afsa.org/diplomacy-imperative-qa-william-j-burns

Biden has proposed a large-scale response (almost New Deal like in its size) to the pandemic and the related stress which is seriously challenging America's domestic peace. These concerns will likely be the administration's initial priority, not foreign policy adventures. Therefore it might be expected that the tendency to add more fuel to the fires will be rejected in favour of stabilizing measures such as START and JCPOA. It depends on whose advice carries at the Cabinet meetings.

Posted by: jayc | Jan 20 2021 19:51 utc | 55

Are you actually implying Trump was more aggressive than Obama?

Posted by: Hippo | Jan 20 2021 19:03 utc | 49

Absolutely, no question. Trump was much more the provocateur. He was also a lousy negotiatior, he thinks mafia tactics are the way to go in international affairs with the likes of Russia & China. You can't get dumber and more aggressive than that. Obama had one virtue to speak of, he was cautious. Trump is not cautious.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 20 2021 19:51 utc | 56

So are we taking bets yet on where the 1st war of the Biden/Harris Regime will be? My money is on escalations in Syria by May and then Ukraine in early 2022

Posted by: Kadath | Jan 20 2021 20:00 utc | 57

I should think a period of calm will ensue. Biden is old and a diplomatic man.

He may have important links with warmongers, but he doesnt have the enthusiasm for making war. Trump's presidency may have been a turning point. American lives are no longer to be risked in Iraq-like actions. It will be drones, as recently in Nagorno-Karabakh. Only drones dont resolve wars, in most cases.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 20:04 utc | 58

It's an Empire with a revolving-door Emperor called a President or Prime Minister. The facts are fixed around the policy. We're obviously headed back toward a more 'can't we all get along' empire, after four years of a guy who thought he was an actual emperor, instead of a bobble-head. The differences between the two monopoly parties in the USA are entirely domestic and are nothing but the size of the crumbs given to the people who think they are free.

Posted by: gottlieb | Jan 20 2021 20:09 utc | 59

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 20:04 utc | 58

There will be no calm on the russian front, rather a joint EU/US hybrid war on that country.

On Iran and China, there will be more calm.

But Biden's view is to try to save the US Empire by creating joint coalitions between the US and the EU against US enemies. Supporting NATO, "coalition of democracies", etc.

So they (US, EU) will try to jointly crack down on China, Iran, etc. To get better deals basically.

Whether it will work? Up to 2030 yes, somewhat. After that the West will be too weak to stop the development of the rest of the world.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 20:13 utc | 60

Posted by: Kadath | Jan 20 2021 20:00 utc | 57

It's too late for Syria, apart from the dregs. A US investment in the war would lead to - nothing.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 20:15 utc | 61

One area Biden's team will be challenged is in defending the use of Depleted Uranium munitions as the Serbian legal assault vs NATO begins and as Outlaw US Empire Stormtroopers try to get their own compensation for exposure to various toxins. Both efforts will hopefully aid other nations in their quest to hold the Outlaw US Empire accountable for the crimes it committed against many millions of innocents. One outcome is already certain: Opposition to those millions seeking justice will serve to further degrade the international standing of the Outlaw US Empire and make it harder for vassals to justify their adherence to such a monster.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 20 2021 20:20 utc | 62

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 20:13 utc | 60

"There will be no calm on the russian front, rather a joint EU/US hybrid war on that country."

I doubt it. You forget Brexit - The russophobe ally has departed.

Trump made the mistake of revealing the real American interests. In which the EU is viewed as a competitor, not an ally. Hoping for EU alliance for US interests is pie in the sky.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 20:32 utc | 63

@ juliania... okay... i have a feeling this 'noble lie' has been modernized into ''soft propaganda for the masses'.. if so, yes - biden has done something like this... at this point in the curve though, i would say there is no more time for 'noble lies'... but maybe i have the concept wrong... keep me posted on what you find...

@ kadath... my money is a continuation of the saber ratting towards iran.. it could be syria, but for biden-harris as humble servants of israel, they have to keep on the same axis of evil bullshit and not let up... it will shock me if there is any change in that approach for the usa and as b points out in the post above - " Antony Blinken, pledged to consult with Israel, Gulf allies and Congress when seeking "a longer and stronger" agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions. " or "Blinken told members of the U.S. Senate that Biden would seek to “more effectively target” sanctions on the country, which aim to oust President Nicolas Maduro - who retains control of the country." or, "Blinken said he is concerned that the labeling won’t bring the Houthis to the negotiating table as intended, adding that the Biden administration will review the terrorism designation “immediately” upon taking office." so who the fuck is blinken?? here is a quick overview from wikipedia - "Blinken was born on April 16, 1962, in Yonkers, New York, to Jewish parents, Judith (Frehm) and Donald M. Blinken, the former United States Ambassador to Hungary.[1][2][3] His maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jews.[4] Blinken's uncle, Alan Blinken, served as the American ambassador to Belgium.[5][6]"

bottom line kadath.. the usa will be an ongoing slavish servant to israel.. that much is clear as day... which way it goes - syria or iran - none of the saber rattling will stop.. israel doesn't want it to stop! neither does the american duopoly! the people might, but they don't get a say and generally are not interested in foreign policy..

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 20:44 utc | 64

It was not a cheerful ceremony.

Jay Lo did not sing the stanza about private property in Guthrie’s song.

I had the impression at the end of the ceremony that the new president went to ask for approval from the previous two democratic presidents, which is even more sad than the ceremony itself.

The presence of religion was bigger than the voluminous Bible dutifully and piously presented to the new president by his son. That is pre-French revolution.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 20 2021 20:49 utc | 65

Hi b, Jim Kunstler has an interesting piece this week on the impact of EROI on the US recovery or lack thereof in the US shake sector. Just not enough cheap energy to get their economy going. Will Germany hold up against Trumps last minute sanctions against Nordstream if Biden maintains them? If Germany doesn’t won’t that put Germany in the same over expensive boat as US and lead to economic stagnation? Especially if all Russia’s cheap energy ends up in China, which it almost certainly will.

Posted by: Phil Espin | Jan 20 2021 20:51 utc | 66

That was shale gas sector!

Posted by: Phil Espin | Jan 20 2021 20:52 utc | 67

@ paco... that is interesting.. she sang 'this land is your land' and skipped out this stanza?

As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said "No trespassin'"
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

not a class act...

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 20:53 utc | 68

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 20 2021 17:33 utc | 33

Indeed. I was with b up until that point. He knows as well as anyone that it was only Iranian restraint that prevented Trump from starting a new war.

It was discussed here at MoA quite a bit at the time, too, so I'm not sure why Trump gets credit when 1)There wasn't much left to do after Obama and Bush and 2) he DID try to start a new war.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 20:56 utc | 69

dh #45

@42 I'm sure Maduro would take dollars.....or gold. Of course buying Venezuelan oil from an evil brutal socialist dictator would be a major climb down.

The USA doesn't pay for oil or gas. It takes over the mining company, demands the project be funded by local or national borrowing from USA banks with sovereign guarantees, sells the product to a separate US company that pays peanuts to the miner and then onsells for a major markup (transfer pricing). Its called modern day stealing of other countries resources.

Look at the report on keystone that you cited at #39 where

The Canadian province that invested $1.1 billion of taxpayers’ money in the controversial Keystone XL project is now considering the sale of pipe and materials to try to recoup some funds.

“If the project ends, there would be assets that could be sold, such as enormous quantities of pipe,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in a press conference Monday.

Meanwhile the directors and shareholders got their fat checks and dividends from the municipal loan funds ;)

The USA will not pay in gold until it is on its knees - it simply will not pay. See how the USA 'bought' Tik Tok: blatant extortion/theft. The same as was done to Japan's high tech in the 60's 70's or whenever. Thieves.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 20 2021 21:02 utc | 70

In the end, it's all about money. And the US has an army that costs more than can be plundered from the countries it occupies.
The US military costs about a trillion every year. There are no countries left to be conquered by the US where that kind of treasure can be looted.

Posted by: passerby | Jan 20 2021 21:03 utc | 71

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 16:55 utc | 28

Oh come now. Are we really still pretending we don't know WHY there isn't anyone at the inauguration?

Whether or not the riot/looting by Trump supporters was just harmless LARPing/Cosplay, didn't they have the brains to consider that the security state would use it as another "justification" to crack down on civil liberties and demonstrations? What were they thinking? All of the initial lies have been proven to be untrue. There was only ONE whacko self-anointed Antifa member of the crowd and they were virtually all white Trump and Q supporters. Why play into the establishment's hand so willingly if not because they are either stupid or actually WANT a more draconian government that is usually deployed to crush the left on behalf of the right and the corporations/banks they tend to align with?

Posted by: _K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:03 utc | 72

Enjoy:

Biden’s four years - an economic analysis, by Michael Roberts

Posted by: vk | Jan 20 2021 21:03 utc | 73

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 20:53 utc | 68

She only sang the first one about the highway and skyway, by the way, love that song because makes me see the positive side of the USA.

But she could not have done otherwise, she was flashing this humongous ring with a stone on it that must be worth a couple of years work for most people, how is she going to talk about private property which in one of the versions sung by Guthrie himself appears instead of the road sign line, that version is the one sung by Neil Young in Americana, love that album too.

Then the oath was in Spanish so as to message the Latinos, but as far as I know Spanish is not an official language in any State. I guess it is not easy to be more spontaneous in an event like that one, but overall it was not inspiring.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 20 2021 21:09 utc | 74

Sadly, I have family members back home as well as social media contacts who are behaving exactly like this in reaction to Trump's loss.

Every American or anyone seeking to understand the American psyche and not-so-distant future should watch THIS FILM at once!

Posted by: _K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:09 utc | 75

Paco #65

The presence of religion was bigger than the voluminous Bible dutifully and piously presented to the new president by his son. That is pre-French revolution.

Generously funded by Ukraine $ that the 'big man' guaranteed as a loan from the IMF. Still being repaid for decades by those Ukrainian taxpayers ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 20 2021 21:09 utc | 76

Too many people letting their wishful thinking override their wisdom, just like when Obama was enthroned. I will admit that I was fooled back in 2008 as well, thinking "This time things are finally different!", though in my defense I will say that the "Reality Distortion Field" built around BHO by the mass media was far more believable than the one they have scraped together for Biden.

Biden being installed will thus buy the empire a "grace period" in which other countries (EU mostly) will happily buy into America's next war effort. As with the post-Bushlette era decorated with the Obama figurehead, the empire will take advantage of this "grace period" to escalate its violence. After all, that is why they want someone like Biden in the White House in the first place. If the imperial establishment were at all interested in global deescalation then they would have gone forward with it when Trump demanded troops out instead of playing shell games to keep the empire's wars on a low boil. Trump's belligerent noise-making made it impossible for the empire to escalate its wars. The empire needs someone who is willing to put a nice "progressive" spin on mass murder in order to get buy-in for a renewed round of slaughter.

The empire will not waste this opportunity. They have been waiting four years for it. There will be more war.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 20 2021 21:14 utc | 77

@Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 16:55 utc | 28

I don't know what you are pretending, I am pointing to pictures showing there are no people attending the inauguration. Should be simple enough. If you want to extract implications from that, it means this new regime has no legitimacy. Biden has to deal with that without pointing to anyone but himself.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 21:15 utc | 78

The inauguration crowd is mostly empty because:

1) COVID-19

and

2) The predictable response to the Trump-incited riot on January 6th as well as some credible (and surely some not-so-credible) intelligence regarding planned armed insurrection on inauguration day.

There is no pretending necessary.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:18 utc | 79

My mistake.

78 was to : _K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:03 utc | 72

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 21:19 utc | 80

As I said, period of calm.

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 20:44 utc | 64

"my money is a continuation of the saber ratting towards iran.. it could be syria, but for biden-harris as humble servants of israel, they have to keep on the same axis of evil bullshit and not let up."

I doubt it. Even Netahyahu was not that keen on what Trump was doing.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 21:20 utc | 81

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 20:32 utc | 63

Not at all, the center of russophobia will now be Germany. In is not a surprise that Russia recently declared that the center of russophobia in the EU are now France and Germany. The EU is culturally incompatible with Russia. Thus, Russia will be part of Asia.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 21:22 utc | 82

@_K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:18 utc | 79

1) Nonsense

There inauguration was empty because 20 000 soldiers pretended no-one was allowed.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 21:24 utc | 83

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 20 2021 21:14 utc | 77

Agree with most of this as well as your other post earlier in the thread.

Biden is an attempt to put the mask back on the monster so that the woke, "resistance" crowd will continue to not care about the unabated slaughter abroad. I mean, when you really look at it, they (and the corporate mainstream "liberal" media) rarely criticized Trump's foreign policy and often cheered it, albeit without ever openly praising him, per se. We saw the occasional article about the ethnic cleansing in Yemen that Trump greatly aided and abetted, but everyone including the NYT was completely behind his war on Venezuela and attempt to create war with Iran. The media got a bit up in arms when Kashoggi was murdered - because of course he was then a journalist - but even that died down quite quickly while Trump continued feting the Israelis and Saudis.

The coming hot wars will be fought with all of the record breaking arms that Trump sold in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

All of that having been said, I'll repeat a point I've made since we started talking about the election: Trump didn't "start any new wars" because there wasn't much left to do after Obama and Bush set the world on fire and the Iranians (and Venezuelans) showed restraint when attacked - both physically and economically. Trump and his Zionist handlers would have loved it if the USA had ended up in a war with either of those countries and I have no doubt that if he was elected to a 2nd term, we'd have seen one or both transpire. With Biden, same thing as the first thing about Trump - There isn't much left to destroy that the USA could actually get away with and I suspect he will continue the existing wars for however long he (or Kopmala) is in office.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:26 utc | 84

@Passer by | Jan 20 2021 21:22 utc | 82

Well since the qualifier was "In the EU" it can no longer be the UK, even if that is where russophobia has its home.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 21:27 utc | 85

_K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:09 utc | 75

Shaking my head in bewilderment. Why exactly is she so sad? What does she really fear? She talks about not seeing flags and fearing the devil.

That is some powerful psychosis. Therein lies the problem in my opinion. whoever is able to elicit such a response in people is truly to be feared. When we watch all those old clips from the 30s and see people like Mussolini and Hitler talking to huge and very enthusiastic crowds we always said to ourselves - that can never happen in the USA. But it has happened.

I blame corporate media and specifically people like Rush Limbaugh who could have done some good instead of driving this wedge between the two parties. I am convinced that most people want the same thing and will work toward it if they don't know they belong to different political parties.

anyway, I watched most of Biden's speech today and later there was a documentary about him. I have a bit of hope now, more than I did before but am still quite aware that the borg has never gone to sleep and will very soon make their moves.

regardless, Biden has a huge task in front of him. who knows if he has the energy to take it on. one sees how the presidency aged fairly young men as Bush the lesser and Obama who got a lot of grey hair in 8 years. Biden already has grey hair and is older than both of those guys are now.

and no, I have no confidence whatsoever in Harris.

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 20 2021 21:31 utc | 86

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 21:24 utc | 83

Pure fantasy. Just like the great reset or whatever it was that was supposed to transpire today. Granted, Biden isn't someone who has EVER drawn very large crowds and is rather a bore/stooge, but the prevailing conditions as well as the previous riot are the main reasons for the lack of a crowd. As I said earlier, I'm not sure if I believe that the Trump supporters who stormed the capitol building didn't secretly or subconsciously WANT for this show of martial law to happen on inauguration day. It certainly plays into their fevered dreams of the arrest and immediate execution of evil, child sex trafficking, cannibalist Satanic Democrats on this day. Guess the only reason it DIDN'T happen is that D.C. was effectively locked down (and COVID).

Posted by: _K_C_ | Jan 20 2021 21:31 utc | 87

@70 "The USA doesn't pay for oil or gas."

It certainly does. The whole point of Trump refusing to renew Chevron's license in Venezuela was to choke of revenue to Maduro's government. That revenue came from oil sales to the US.

Likewise Suncor earns a lot from US sales....or they did until last quarter which was a loser because of low oil prices. Why would they want to build the Keystone pipeline except for US sales?

You can say that US oil companies are the main beneficiaries of the oil industry but lots of people benefit indirectly from the US demand for oil. They don't work for nothing.

Posted by: dh | Jan 20 2021 21:32 utc | 88

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 20 2021 21:27 utc | 85

It is a thousand years old affair.

"Why do the USA, UK and Europe so hate Russia? How it is that Western antipathy, once thought due to anti-Communism, could be so easily revived over a crisis in distant Ukraine, against a Russia no longer communist? Why does the West accuse Russia of empire-building, when 15 states once part of the defunct Warsaw Pact are now part of NATO, and NATO troops now flank the Russian border? These are only some of the questions Creating Russophobia iinvestigates. Mettan begins by showing the strength of the prejudice against Russia through the Western response to a series of events: the Uberlingen mid-air collision, the Beslan hostage- taking, the Ossetia War, the Sochi Olympics and the crisis in Ukraine. He then delves into the historical, religious, ideological and geopolitical roots of the detestation of Russia in various European nations over thirteen centuries since Charlemagne competed with Byzantium for the title of heir to the Roman Empire. Mettan examines the geopolitical machinations expressed in those times through the medium of religion, leading to the great Christian schism between Germanic Rome and Byzantium and the European Crusades against Russian Orthodoxy. This history of taboos, prejudices and propaganda directed against the Orthodox Church provides the mythic foundations that shaped Western disdain for contemporary Russia. From the religious and imperial rivalry created by Charlemagne and the papacy to the genesis of French, English, German and then American Russophobia, the West has been engaged in more or less violent hostilities against Russia for a thousand years. Contemporary Russophobia is manufactured through the construction of an anti-Russian discourse in the media and the diplomatic world, and the fabrication and demonization of The Bad Guy, now personified by Vladimir Putin. Both feature in the meta-narrative, the mythical framework of the ferocious Russian bear ruled with a rod of iron by a vicious president. A synthetic reading of all these elements is presented in the light of recent events and in particular of the Ukrainian crisis and the recent American elections, showing how all the resources of the West's soft power have been mobilized to impose the tale of bad Russia dreaming of global conquest. "By hating Russia, one hurts oneself. Swiss journalist Guy Mettan pieces together the reasons of detestation of the Kremlin and of a rhetoric that goes back to Napoleonic times despite the long list of aggressions perpetrated in the meantime by the West. And he explains why pushing Moscow toward Asia is a very serious error." -Panorama, Italy "Like Saddam Hussein's mythical weapons of massive destruction in 2003, Peter the Great's fake will has been used to justify the aggressions and invasions that the Europeans, and now the Americans, still carry out against Russia." -Liberation, France

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34237648-creating-russophobia

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 21:32 utc | 89

IMO the most major difference will come in form of more security and paranoid state both internally and externally this while Md because US establishment is much weaker both internally with his own population and externally due to multiple failures on foreign policy issues and goals. I will be long time if ever that US can again dictate her will on world, no matter who’s in charge and what regime is ruling in DC. World has simply passed the US century moment. I argue this even better and more prosperous for real Americans, they are also becoming awaken with the real purpose of American foreign policy conducts.


Posted by: Kooshy | Jan 20 2021 21:34 utc | 90

Belligerent talk torpedoes war efforts.

Noble-sounding nice talk makes war palatable.

This shouldn't be so difficult to understand.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 20 2021 21:36 utc | 91

@ 74 paco... i wonder what woodie would've thought if he was around today?? i figure he wouldn't be very impressed... he probably would've preferred brownie mcghee and sonny terry sing then jay lo! woodie used to work with them.. i read joe kleins book - woodie guthrie, a life and learned a lot about the man..

@ 81 laguerre.. i admire your optimism, but don't share it! we can watch and see what happens.. cheers..

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 21:38 utc | 92

james #64

bottom line kadath.. the usa will be an ongoing slavish servant to israel.. that much is clear as day... which way it goes - syria or iran - none of the saber rattling will stop.. israel doesn't want it to stop! neither does the american duopoly! the people might, but they don't get a say and generally are not interested in foreign policy..

IMO Biden will do as he is told. His white house chief of staff is a powerful and skilled player and is quite experienced in working with Biden. Joe could well be diverted to give solid focus on the home front while the rats he has appointed continue their global piracy and belligerence. I figure that is why they ran the old fool.

Four days ago Ron Klain released his memo explaining immediate actions.

On January 21, the president-elect will sign a number of executive actions to move aggressively to change the course of the COVID-19 crisis and safely re-open schools and businesses, including by taking action to mitigate spread through expanding testing, protecting workers, and establishing clear public health standards.

On January 22, the president-elect will direct his Cabinet agencies to take immediate action to deliver economic relief to working families bearing the brunt of this crisis.

Between January 25 and February 1, the president-elect will sign additional executive actions, memoranda and Cabinet directives. The president-elect will fulfill his promises to strengthen Buy American provisions so the future of America is made in America. He will take significant early actions to advance equity and support communities of color and other underserved communities. He will take action to begin fulfilling campaign promises related to reforming our criminal justice system. The president-elect will sign additional executive actions to address the climate crisis with the urgency the science demands and ensure that science guides the administration’s decision making. President-elect Biden will take first steps to expand access to health care – including for low-income women and women of color. He will fulfill his promises to restore dignity to our immigration system and our border policies, and start the difficult but critical work of reuniting families separated at the border. And, President-elect Biden will demonstrate that America is back and take action to restore America’s place in the world.

As noted above, this list is not comprehensive. More items and more details will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

Time will tell how the other appointees in the administration align with Klain and the extent of the savage power struggle that is soon to manifest.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 20 2021 21:39 utc | 93

@William Gruff 77

Grimly, I am in aggreement with the views expressed in your comment. I have been saying similar things in recent discussions with work colleages and friends (some of which think that I have lost my marbles). I fully expect the Biden regime to unleash all manner of nastiness over the coming years.

The progressive spin will be vomit inducing.

Posted by: Glossopteris | Jan 20 2021 21:39 utc | 94

"Not at all, the center of russophobia will now be Germany. In is not a surprise that Russia recently declared that the center of russophobia in the EU are now France and Germany."

Hmm, perhaps.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 21:47 utc | 95

I want to challenge those that think that we are not in a MAD phase in the world and war of declining empire is possible somewhere.

Where is this war going to happen?
Venezuela..No
Iran....No
Ukraine....No
Belarus...No
Taiwan...No
NK....No

Where and how?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 20 2021 21:53 utc | 96

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 20 2021 21:47 utc | 95

The recent ban of the Hockey Tournament in Belarus, as well as the whole Belarus Maidan thing was driven mainly from Europe.

European institutions are russophobic too, with the EU Parliament being the most.

The new green parties in Europe are more russophobic than even some of the old parties.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 21:57 utc | 97

Nord Stream 2 will be completed contrary to the opinions of four to five commenters on here. This is Germany & Russia that you are talking about. Sanctions did not stop the Crimean bridge. It makes no economic sense to deny European/West Asian (Russian produced) Liquid natural gas in order to subsidise 'transit fees' to Ukraine. The U.S.Congress' sanctions here are untenible, but don't expect Germany & Russia to publish how they will do it until completion.

Posted by: FrancisPike | Jan 20 2021 21:58 utc | 98

_K_C_ @Jan20 21:18 #79

Trump-incited riot

That's the Party line. But isn't it more likely to be Trump-assisted discrediting of the Tea Party?

Sanders and Trump have each failed to deliver the change desired by their ever-hopeful flock of sheeple. IMO that's a feature, not a bug.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 20 2021 22:03 utc | 99

Reuters gleeful that Gazprom announced the possibility Nord Stream 2 won't be completed due to "political pressure." But such a warning is part of all standard potential risks announcements accompanying any prospectus--a fact Reuters ignored--which in this case is for the issuance of Eurobonds, although I question the judgement in making them dollar denominated.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 20 2021 22:03 utc | 100

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