Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
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.
...
“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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@ 93 uncle t... thanks for the overview... we don't have long to wait!

@ 96 pyschohistorian.. that is basically @ 57 kadaths question from earlier as i read it... we have been chiming in! i say more saber rattling, but i haven't signed onto outright war.... saber rattling is easy.. following it up is more scary... biden seems feeble... maybe he isn't but in the footage i have watched he seems feeble... that would make him easily manipulable too...

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2021 22:05 utc | 101

Trump is gone good riddance. Now his white supremacist militias (like Atomwaffen and Oatkeepers) who raided the Capitol can go back under the rock they crawled from. Biden's a center right politician, he will govern from same ideological POV Reaganites did. Material realities will constrain his temptations to launch foreign adventures. Even the brown ''untermensch'' in Venezuela now have the hardware and will to give exceptionals a bloody nose should he attempt an invasion to seize Orinoco fields.

Posted by: Boss Tweet | Jan 20 2021 22:06 utc | 102

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

Its not contrary to my opinion, but you appear to be young and naive person. There is nothing new in that German policy, for example it supported the building of pipelines from the USSR over President Reagan objections. Which does not mean that it wasn't enemy of the USSR - its destruction was the key for taking control of Eastern Europe and turning it into Germany's Latin America.

Someone can hate you and may want to make money at the same time too. But as soon as there is weakness, they will pounce on you and stab you in the back.

As for the pipeline, it will remain under a puppet russian government. No loss there too.

What the EU wants is to subdue Russia and later dismember it, taking hold of the population and natural resources.

In the mean time, there is nothing wrong with making some money too. As the EU worships a good living too.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 22:07 utc | 103

Trump is gone good riddance. Now his white supremacist militias (like Atomwaffen and Oathkeepers) who raided the Capitol can go back under the rock they crawled from. Biden's a center right politician, he will govern from same ideological POV Reaganites did. Objective material realities will constraint his inclinations to launch foreign adventures. Even the brown ''untermensch'' in Venezuela now have the hardware and will to give exceptionals a bloody nose should he attempt an invasion to seize Orinoco fields.

Posted by: Boss Tweet | Jan 20 2021 22:09 utc | 104

"God bless America and God protect our troops". Very telling finish for an inauguration speech.

Posted by: Merca | Jan 20 2021 22:28 utc | 105

@54 Juliania

Juliania, since you are interested in Plato, let me ask what's possibly a really dumb question. Do you think it's possible that when Plato discussed the Noble Lie, he might have been at least partially joking? In a way, the idea that social order could be better maintained if only the masses were taught the "myth" that the Gods added gold to their ruler's souls sounds rather satirical. "Of course we can trust our rulers! After all, they are made of money!" I know that gold doesn't tarnish or rust the way silver and iron do, so the metaphor of different social classes having the characteristics of different metals would have made some sense to the audience Plato was writing for. But even so he must have known it was an idea that the writers of comic plays could make fun of. Even if one ignores the fact that gold was used as money, it's a soft metal that has a lower melting point than iron. One can only imagine the jokes the Republic's lower class would have made out of those facts. "Yes, the elite is really soft compared to those of us made of iron...and what's worse, they can't take the heat!"

Posted by: Fnord13 | Jan 20 2021 22:29 utc | 106

Duh! Only force will stop the Trump doctrine

It's not as if Biden, HRC, Trump, & Pompeo are going to wake up one day and act sensibly on their own.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jan 20 2021 22:38 utc | 107

These policies failed. They are now very far down the drain.

Even with all the malice and idiocy possible (they are abundant among Biden's people) there is only so far down the drain the US can go until the flush is complete.

Reality must intrude at some point, resist as they do.

Posted by: Mark Thomason | Jan 20 2021 22:56 utc | 108

Finally reading Biden's Inauguration Speech transcript where amongst the misleading platitudes and generic lies he says:

"Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some 400 years in the making, moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer."

Biden goes to great lengths about unity but never addresses the actual cause for the disunity, although he invokes all those used by the media to obfuscate the fact that its Elite driven. Biden goes really far and avers that the Outlaw US Empire has "never, ever, ever, ever failed in America when we’ve acted together"; and although Biden lists several events he thinks we acted together, the question is begged when did we ever do that as Biden even admits, "In each of these moments, enough of us have come together to carry all of us forward."

And how is Biden going to fulfill this promise when he's surrounded by manufactured facts, imaginary enemies created via lies, and so much more:

"Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders, leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation, to defend the truth and defeat the lies."

Ha, as I recall, lies got him nominated!! And then Biden lays on a big one:

"And we’ll lead, not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."

A UN Charter torn to shreds just as with the US Constitution. If he meant any of his speech, he'd have denounced the #1 Policy Goal of the Outlaw US Empire which as you all know is to gain Full Spectrum Dominance of the world and its people. Yet in his conclusion, he makes yet another promise he cannot keep:

"I give you my word, I will always level with you. I will defend the Constitution. I’ll defend our democracy. I’ll defend America and I will give all, all of you. Keep everything I do in your service, thinking not of power, but of possibilities, not of personal interest, but the public good. And together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness. May this be the story that guides us. The story that inspires us and the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history. We met the moment. Democracy and hope, truth and justice did not die on our watch, but thrived. That America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world. That is what we owe our forebears, one another and generations to follow."

I'd really not like to be as cynical as I am, but experience has molded me in that manner. Biden sounds a lot like Obama. We shall see just how well he does since Sanders has promised much:

"'This year we must also pass a second reconciliation bill that deals with the major structural changes that our country desperately needs. Ultimately, we must confront the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality and create a country that works for all and not just the few. Americans should no longer be denied basic economic rights that are guaranteed to people in virtually every other major country.'"
[My Emphasis]

Such a confrontation means clashing with D-Party Donors and taking the lash of the law to the fraudulent Neoliberal Parasites and Merchants of Death. It's all so 2008.

Biden's first test of his word will come on his first full day. I'll bet the national debt that he fails to keep his word, but I doubt I'll find many takers.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 20 2021 22:57 utc | 109

@ passer by
You are a bit projecting, aren`t you?

Posted by: m | Jan 20 2021 23:50 utc | 110

Joe has come through for them. He’s picked as his Education Secretary a woman who says White people “spirit murder” little Black boys and Black girls. He’s got a bona fide tranny at a high level. And of course Jews, Jews galore, Jews up the yin yang and out the wazoo. He’s got a Jew in charge of the money, a Jew in charge of foreign policy, a Jew at Homeland Security. Jews, Jews, Jews, as far as the eye can see. Hell, the new Jew at the State Department said he will create an “LGBTQ Envoy,” sort of a roving fag who will roam the world preaching sodomy in our name.

Posted by: Sid | Jan 20 2021 23:55 utc | 111

Posted by: m | Jan 20 2021 23:50 utc | 110

Nope, maybe you see projections everywhere because this is your MO and you expect the same from others too.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 20 2021 23:59 utc | 112

psychohistorian @96: "Where and how?"

Which way the cornered rabid dog will bite is unpredictable almost by definition.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 21 2021 0:03 utc | 113

James @ 36 and onwards:

I would not set too much store by Plato's political philosophy. For Plato, the political ideal was a society of three layers: philosopher kings who rule, guardians (the military), producers / workers.

Ideally philosopher kings would be trained from childhood, adolescence or young adulthood onwards to be rational and to think in terms of what is best for society as a whole. They would be trained to be selfless and to shun the pursuit of material wealth.

There are many criticisms that can be made of Plato's ideal society. One such criticism among others is that philosopher kings / rulers may have a very narrow idea of what is best for society as a whole and may lead their people into trouble with, erm, "noble lies" (in whatever form the propaganda and the cultural conditioning take - and when does a "noble" lie cease to be "noble" and become just plain outright manipulation and falsehood?) if they confuse their own interests with the interests of society, when the reality is that their interests as philosopher kings and the interests of the rest of society are far apart.

The irony I've just uncovered is that the present system of government that exists in the US looks a little too much like Plato's ideal.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 21 2021 0:50 utc | 114

@109 Cont'd--

I discovered Sanders's demanding action plan a portion of which I cited @109 was only published in the UK by The Guardian, so very few US citizens are likely to know of his description of the national condition and his proposals. What Sanders describes is actually worse in reality, particularly the homelessness, unemployment and the hidden crisis that removal of what little provided support will cause. And since his voice was censored within the Outlaw US Empire, you can make an educated guess as to the prospects his proposals have of enactment. For me, that's the biggest telling sign on this Inauguration Day.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 21 2021 0:51 utc | 115

Jen @114--

That's been my critique of Plato's Republic since I read it 50 years ago as there's very little difference between a Philosopher King and a Despot.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 21 2021 0:57 utc | 116

Continuity in Venezuela proves Biden's a liar as predicted.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 21 2021 1:23 utc | 117

Mr. psychohistorian

Most likely location for war would be Taiwan.

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 1:34 utc | 118

karlof1 #117

Xerxes Biden is faithfully implementing the Trump doctrine. Hence forth that is perhaps how we should all refer to everything Xerxes does. I see Jimmy Dore is saying that Biden has reneged on the $2000 stimulus payment and the muttering is $1400 and now the Congress is saying it wont be ready for the President's signature until - MARCH.

Now that is the Trump doctrine in action: lie about what you will do, promise something that sounds good, then renege on the promise. Or is that the Obummer doctrine elaborated by the Trump doctrine implemented by Xerxes.

Xerxes is implementing the Trump doctrine in Venezuela, in occupied Palestine, PLUS I am watching for a Wall Street emergency bail out any day now and Xerxes will call it the 'Trump doctrine' accidentally in one of his rare speeches.

What's the bet Xerxes bails out Wall Street before he signs a stimulus payment?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 21 2021 1:41 utc | 119

Mr. Paul

Mr. Trump exposed the ugly face of European-American Zionist Protestantism.

This is the most significant consequence of Mr. Trump's presidency: the existence, in the United Stats, of a substantial population of warlike ignorant prejudiced WASPs.

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 1:43 utc | 120

Mr. psychohistorian

Mr. B is wrong.

Mr. Trump started an economic war of aggression against Iran. That war is still going on.

He also declared Shia Islam to be the enemy of the United States. That war will not end any time soon either.

Laying siege to walled cities were a form of warfare prior to the invention of cannons.

Significantly, the Mad King utilized his financial nuclear weapon against Iran: exposing its existence, demonstrating its power as well as its limitations and harming his own allies in their pocketbooks.

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 1:51 utc | 121

Mr. Kooshi

I think we will need to wait for many decades before Americans find themselves back on Terra Firms.

The Mad King still rules and the groundswell against imperialism is not there yet and won't be there for many decades.

The rest of the world will need to emulate Iran, Russia, and Cuba: learn to live without USA.


Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 1:57 utc | 122

Mr. FrancisPike

I fully agree.

There is no other way to power Europe.

(Iran could, but EU3 decided against that back in 2003. Now that is an impossibility.)

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 2:01 utc | 123

Mr. passerby

It is not all about money. Many WASPs have a deep need to dominate foreigners. The late Theodore Roosevelt exemplified that. Thus US gained control of Cuba from Spain and then got tired of it and gave it to the mob.

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 2:07 utc | 124

@ Fyi | Jan 21 2021 1:34 utc | 118 who wrote

"
Most likely location for war would be Taiwan.
"

That possibility has been discussed at MoA before by others much more knowledgeable than I about the possibility of war in Taiwan by empire. Most of those commenters described how impossible it would be.

In your comment # 121 you accuse Trump of starting the aggression against Iran but you are mistaken. It has been going on for decades.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 21 2021 2:09 utc | 125

MS. juliania

Very good then, you could then appreciate the Platonic Republic called Iran.

Significantly, Freedom does not exist in Greek philosophical thought.

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 2:15 utc | 126

The strategic problem with war for US is, when violence erupt in on place, the will get under pressure on all over fronts directly after. All know that this is the moment, to find them too weak to respond. It will be the final tick for empire as we know it.

Posted by: rico rose | Jan 21 2021 2:21 utc | 127

Mr. Psychohistorian

The word "aggression" is not synonymous with "siege war".

Mr. Trump initiated a siege war of aggression, Mr. Obama had his Libya & Syria, and Mr. Bush, Iraq.

The Mad King, together with his venal courtiers and vassal, waging a generational war against Islam, fully expecting to prevail.

In the meantime, the Mad King has reminded his understanding s with the Red Emperor in the Far East, as well as having picked up a new senseless war with the Rus.

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 2:22 utc | 128

As long as we're talking about the new Biden/Harris regime and foreign policy here's an discussion topic, what do people think of the nearly 30,000 US troops brought into the Capital for an empty inauguration. it didn't exactly fill me with confidence in the new regime's commitment to the rule of law, civil liberties or even their own stability (CNN even suggested that Biden shouldn't trust white male soldiers with his protection). More than one commenter has compared it to the Iraqi Green Zone come to DC. I'd say it sends a message of a new wave of domestic repression coming to the US as the American decline and breakup accelerates.

Posted by: Kadath | Jan 21 2021 2:23 utc | 129

spot on all the way around, b...
thanks

"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...."

I went to school and worked in Delaware in the late 1970s and early 1980s - hated his politics and policies then, hated them ever since - hardly has there been a bigger war-monger in the US Senate and on the Foreign Relations Committee for decades; I hate the policies now.

I see nothing good for the people of the world in this incoming administration's imperial policies..... Although as pointed out here, the Media Elites and the Political Elites will try to sell the stale milk of the Obama years as the fresh new milk of Old Joe. I won't buy it.

Posted by: michaelj72 | Jan 21 2021 2:28 utc | 130

For barflies quick reference the following is quoted from Bernie Sanders in and interview linked by karlof1 #109. I post it here just in case the #FraudSquad deem it to be violent and aggressive and demand that Common Dreams take it down ;)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
from Common Dreams
'The People Are Demanding Action': Incoming Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders Lays Out Visionary First 100 Days for Biden

"We cannot allow Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership to sabotage legislation that would improve the lives of millions of working Americans and is wildly popular."


With President Joe Biden sworn in and Democrats set to officially take control of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, incoming Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders argued that the majority party must waste no time pushing ahead with an ambitious agenda aimed at confronting the immediate crises of Covid-19, economic calamity, and climate change and setting the U.S. on a more just and equitable path.

"We have got to move forward in an unprecedented way. As the incoming chairman of the budget committee, I'm going to do my best to make that happen."
—Sen. Bernie Sanders

"The people are demanding action," Sanders said in an appearance on CBS News following Biden's inauguration. "The times call out for bold action on the part of the Congress, for a willingness for us to stand up to powerful special interests who want to maintain the status quo. That's what we gotta do, and we gotta do it quickly."

In an op-ed for The Guardian published Wednesday morning, the Vermont senator argued that with unified control of the federal government, Democrats have no excuse not to pass within the first 100 days legislation tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic collapse, guaranteeing healthcare to all, providing universal paid family and medical leave to workers, and securing a $15 federal minimum wage, on top of other key priorities.

100-day agenda:

Boost checks to $2K
$15 minimum wage
Emergency #MedicareForAll
Double community health centers
Lower drug prices
Don't tax emergency unemployment benefits
Paid family leave
Universal childcare
Rebuild America
Combat climate change
Tax the rich
Save USPS & more: https://t.co/gGlesCay5w

— Warren Gunnels (@GunnelsWarren) January 20, 2021

Addressing critics who say such a sprawling legislative agenda is impractical given existing Senate obstacles such as the legislative filibuster, Sanders said Democrats can utilize the budget reconciliation process—which requires a simple majority instead of the usual 60 votes—to "act quickly and pass this emergency legislation."

"But that is not enough," the senator wrote. "This year we must also pass a second reconciliation bill that deals with the major structural changes that our country desperately needs. Ultimately, we must confront the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality and create a country that works for all and not just the few. Americans should no longer be denied basic economic rights that are guaranteed to people in virtually every other major country."

"There is no reason Joe Biden could not sign into law two major bills that will accomplish most of the goals I listed above within the first 100 days of the new Congress," Sanders continued. "We cannot allow Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership to sabotage legislation that would improve the lives of millions of working Americans and is wildly popular."

What legislation is that Bernie?

Do you mean the M4All legislation that Pelosi agreed to put to a floor vote after the #FraudSquad agreed to #ForceTheVote and win Medicare For All in the Congress? Nah, wasn't that as the #FraudSquad surrendered without even a squeak and Bernie said not ONE word in support.

May Bernie means the legislation he has proposed for:

Boost checks to $2K
$15 minimum wage
Emergency #MedicareForAll
Double community health centers
Lower drug prices
Don't tax emergency unemployment benefits
Paid family leave
Universal childcare
Rebuild America
Combat climate change
Tax the rich
Save USPS

I haven't seen that legislation Bernie.

After all those years in the Senate and all those staff hours and all those campaign contributions to your TWO Presidential campaigns any reasonable person would think you have the legislation prepared and can let us all see it. Like Ralph Nader did.

Put it up Bernie or people might think bad of you.

They might even accuse you of not supporting your President let alone the millions of people that gave you $25. Maybe if you published some draft Bills people would have something to compare. Maybe the #FraudSquad could ask Pelosi, politely and in a non demanding manner, to let the Congress have a floor vote even?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 21 2021 2:30 utc | 131

along the same lines. same old same Old Joe


https://news.antiwar.com/2021/01/19/biden-taps-china-hawk-to-advise-secdef-on-beijing/

Biden Taps China Hawk to Advise SecDef on Beijing

"Politico reported on Tuesday that Joe Biden selected China hawk Ely Ratner to advise the incoming administration’s Pentagon chief on matters related to Beijing.

Ratner works for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an interventionist think tank that receives hefty contributions from US weapons makers and various governments, including the UAE and Taiwan.....Ratner’s appointment is likely an effort to please China hawks in Congress who are not happy with Retired Gen. Army Lloyd Austin, Biden’s pick for secretary of defense...."

Posted by: michaelj72 | Jan 21 2021 2:32 utc | 132

Fy1 #124

It is not all about money. Many WASPs have a deep need to dominate foreigners. The late Theodore Roosevelt exemplified that. Thus US gained control of Cuba from Spain and then got tired of it and gave it to the mob.

To complete the history of Cuba: then the Cuban people took control of their nation from the mob. They threw the mob out and as they were sick of being bullied by the owner of the mob, they threw the USA out as well.

They are doing much better than if they were still a brothel and drug den for the mob AND the USA. They would do even better if they were not economically attacked every hour of every day by the mob and its stooge - the USA.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 21 2021 2:42 utc | 133

@ Jen | Jan 21 2021 0:50 utc | 114... thanks jen... i was waiting to find out from juliania, but i appreciate your take on this which seems fairly informed... i know nothing about all of it, but it was an interesting idea cross purposing bidens inaugurations speech with platos idea of a or the noble lie... the problem with ideals, is they are hard to live in reality, thus they remain ideals only.. it sems philosopher kings and political leaders rely heavily on ideals to make a pitch to the public.. not everyone is receptive to them though... thanks for your input!

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Blinken’s diplomatic cart will have a bumpy ride

"Blinken acknowledged that the US must set an example at home on what it preaches abroad. He also stressed the need for “humility”. But he insisted nonetheless that the US’ global leadership “still matters” since the world is incapable of organising itself “when we’re not leading,” as some other country may usurp America’s lead role impacting “our interests and values”, or, simply, chaos may follow!

Now, that’s an extraordinary boast so soon after the Capitol Riots whose leitmotif was Chaos in capital “C”. Blinken made a laughable claim. But it also betrays delusional thinking. At any rate, Blinken has pledged to “revitalise American diplomacy” and address the challenges of “rising nationalism, reseeding democracy, growing rivalry from China, and Russia and other authoritarian states, mounting threats to a stable and open international system and a technological revolution that is reshaping every aspect of our lives, especially in cyberspace.”

Posted by: james | Jan 21 2021 3:42 utc | 134

To all those who think they know what Plato was saying in 'The Republic', bravo to you! I first read the dialogue sixty years ago, have been studying it off and on since then, so I think I'm more ancient than most. I still don't have a clue about most of it, but I've had the benefit of not being led by the nose by those who thought they knew what Plato was saying. Some will remember I have often referred to Bernard Suzanne - he's a french amateur philosopher who like me sees more than the surface reading given by others.
For crying out loud, people, Plato is much more subtle than you give him credit for! And he's definitely not a right wing conservative with Israeli or Persian tendencies! Subtle is what he is, and yes, Fnord13, he's joking a whole lot all the way through the dialogue. I said he wasn't good at convincing leadership to become virtuous, but he did have a lot of success founding a school in Athens that lasted quite a while. You can look that one up.

A good lecture I once attended was given by a Bosnian professor, soon after all the dismantling of those countries after the Olympics in Sarajevo, he a recent immigrant to the US. What he emphasized was the juxtaposition in Greece between philosophy and its proponents and war, the great plays and epics and war- well, you get that right away with the Homeric works. Socrates was in the military - he saw what he's asking about in the dialogue when he supposedly advocates for kids to be taken to the front lines to learn about war --- seriously? There's more going on here than meets the eye.

Socrates attended Aristophanes plays, and I'm betting he enjoyed his own caricature enormously. All while knowing he was in the eye of the dragon. And I think he, like Dostoievski if in a different style completely, was searching all the while for ways to teach virtue in a rapidly declining and corrupted democracy. If that's not pertinent, I don't know what is!

You have to take into account in these dialogues who are the characters within them, not only what is being argued - they are Plato's brothers (not ever himself as a character) and their friends, some of whom go to the dark side, some of whom are killed by the dark side tyrannical regime which always lurks in the background. The dialogue is seeing these elements of coming tragedy as its participants are young, using arguments to shock them out of their complacency. It's drama! It's not 'this is what he means' - he's dodging back and forth all the time, one young person after another, and that noble lie? Well, I've only just dealt with Thrasymachus in Book 1. And I'll note that in Book One, all the coming books, elements of them, are surfacing right there, even that lie.

We have a way to go.

karlof1 @109: "...I'll bet the national debt that he[Biden] fails to keep his word..." The question is, though, for me --"Will he try?" I'm thinking he will.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 21 2021 3:53 utc | 135

@AntiSpin #27

Holy shit! Did you really have to spam this thread with shit we already know?

Posted by: anonymous | Jan 21 2021 3:55 utc | 136

@ anonymous .. i thought that was over the top too...

Posted by: james | Jan 21 2021 3:56 utc | 137

@ juliania... i am in line with socrates a whole lot more... wasn't he one of the original cynics? lol... thanks for the additional notes!

Posted by: james | Jan 21 2021 3:59 utc | 138

@juliania #41

You wish Biden well? Why? He's a piece of shit. Just like everyone else in Washington. No one in DC deserves our well wishes. In fact, they all deserve our condemnation. Oh how the world would be better off if a meteor struck the capital during a joint session of congress.

Posted by: fnord | Jan 21 2021 4:09 utc | 139

Biden, Harris, we'll see. My $ is on more "Up the empire BS"

Posted by: vetinLA | Jan 21 2021 4:21 utc | 140

By the way, karlof1, I see you didn't like Biden's speech, thought of it as Obama-like (or light). I don't think that is correct. Compare the speech to Obama's inaugural address. That was when I got a very sinking feeling that I and many others had been had. I didn't vote this time around. So I think maybe I'm a bit more objective, and I hasten to say I don't have any false hopes. The odds against positive change are enormous, but so will be the backlash if it doesn't happen, I do think.

I still think it was a mighty fine speech. I'd not have used the word 'sacred' for the building in which he was standing, but maybe he's allowed that after accepting what cannot be an easy role. I guess some of them felt it to be the only way to go. Take care, US people. The buck maybe stops with you now.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 21 2021 4:27 utc | 141

b said;"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."

That's rubbish b.. Fuck the "Wokes" & the media, It's rank and file workers, plus the 1%ers who Finally decided DJT was a stone ass-hole, and had to go.

Posted by: VetinLA | Jan 21 2021 4:36 utc | 142

You are welcome, james! The text I am using is a paperback translation by Allan Bloom. He has an interpretive essay at the back which I totally do not understand, but his explanation of how he has done the translation is excellent - he believes in translating literally from the Greek,not as many others have done, rephrasing to suit their own 'understanding'or make the text easier for modern readers. He's quite humble about trying his best to stay outside a reader's own possible interpretation. He tries to use the same word for the Greek word, even if it sounds somewhat awkward, so that repetitions give one the chance to follow key words in different contexts and has very good notes as well.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 21 2021 4:41 utc | 143

Here's a strange nugget of info; As Biden was being sworn in, the Justice didn't include the words; "against all enemies, foreign and domestic".

Usually, you swear to protect the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The words were in the Harris swearing in, but not Biden's. STRANGE...

Posted by: VetinLA | Jan 21 2021 5:03 utc | 144

@ 136 & 137

My purpose was to provide anyone interested, who did not "already know," with a miniature, pre-constructed "library" of carefully chosen articles with which to help build up such persons' knowledge and understanding of the topics and the individuals under examination. Know-it-alls, of course, have no need for more information, they already know everything there is to know.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 21 2021 5:07 utc | 145

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?

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

With Biden cancelling the Keystone pipeline, will Warren Buffett benefit by the oil moving by rail? I believe Warren Buffett invested in areas of moving oil by rail tanker. Was this Biden "ticking a box" for the environment as well as ticking a box for a certain financial supporter or fundraiser. I haven't found out if Buffett donated to Biden's campaign but he did some fund raising. I mean, we're talking about a man who knows a few things about corruption. See Ukraine. Or not, because Biden's dealings with the Ukraine will remain hidden unless he f**ks up then it wont be hidden.

Posted by: Tom | Jan 21 2021 5:10 utc | 146

"The inauguration crowd is mostly empty because:"

I would add: 3) Because this is Joe Biden we are talking about. Take away the people who voted simply to get rid of Trump, how many were actually excited by the prospect of a Biden presidency?

Posted by: ian | Jan 21 2021 5:53 utc | 147

Fyi @ 122 said;"The rest of the world will need to emulate Iran, Russia, and Cuba: learn to live without USA."

yep, good advice.....

Posted by: VetinLA | Jan 21 2021 5:53 utc | 148

James @ 134:

I remember going to a class in political philosophy years ago. The room was packed with about 30, maybe even 40 students. The lecturer went through Plato's ideal society and then asked us all if we saw any weaknesses in it.

Amazingly for a long time, no-one put their hand up and then I had an idea. So I put my hand up and the lecturer asked me what I thought. I said something to the effect that it was inflexible ant that it wouldn't be able to adapt to or accommodate sudden changes in its environment that might threaten its existence. The lecturer considered my reply, with an expression that was clearly one of wonder, and said it was very original.

It was then that others in the room piped up and said Plato's society was highly specialised with a fixed hierarchy. There's no room for people to change careers or for late bloomers. It is meant to be a perfect and well-functioning technocratic society. If you dig into the details of what is required of philosopher kings, you realise they come off looking little better than AI algorithms.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 21 2021 6:00 utc | 149

A Russian view of the USA. Unplugged. Nazism plain and simple. George Rockwell is not weeping. It was 81 years ago that Madison Square Gardens in NYC was filled with 20,000 souls at a "Nazi" rally. Do not rejoice in his defeat you men. For though the bastard is dead, the bitch that bore him is again in heat". Brecht

https://www.stalkerzone.org/carbon-copy-nazi-germany-and-todays-usa/

Posted by: Tom | Jan 21 2021 6:22 utc | 150

MS. juliania

Very good then, you could then appreciate the Platonic Republic called Iran.

Significantly, Freedom does not exist in Greek philosophical thought.

Posted by: Fyi | Jan 21 2021 2:15 utc | 126

Does freedom exist in Islamic thought? The freedom to submit...

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 21 2021 6:30 utc | 151

In other news, water is wet.

Biden will be somewhat worse than oblamblam eg he won't even send a parting shot demonstrating what he really felt about the apartheid state as oblamblam did when he organised the security council vote remonstrating the zionists for their continued theft of Palestinian land.
Of course that vote achieved SFA apart from mild embarrassment for the occupiers of Occupied Palestine - if Biden refrained for those reasons yeah maybe, but he won't do anything to criticise much less disrupt amerikan foreign policy no matter what. Because Biden has always worked hand in glove with the imperialist arseholes who are the architects of amerika's cruelty.

It would be great if Sanders' domestic policy agenda which uncle tungsten reproduced at #131 got up, but none of it will simply because Biden's masters firmly believe that even a small 'something for nothing' directed towards the 99% would be the thin end of the wedge which once allowed would seriously eat into the annexation of all taxation revenue which everyone knows is the god given right of the elite.

From what I have been told amerika's domestic infrastructure (roads, bridges, public schools) is in a woeful state requiring much investment. Trump campaigned on fixing that mess but since his interest didn't extend beyond ensuring Jared the bagman grabbed a slice, once the MIC mob talked to orangeutan + bagman offering a decent slice on weapons & military deals, orangeidiot left the "Infrastructure Maintenance & Repair" file in his pending tray for the duration of his term.

Biden won't even try that on, it sounds too complicated and it would take forever to retrain Hunter, who let's face it is better off exploring foreign 'opportunities' where his ability to screw up a simple deal by including an eightball plus a bevy of hookers in all negotiations is difficult to conceal in actual amerika.

A sick fucker such as myself is sorely tempted to run a sweep on which nation will Biden bomb first? but I admit to not having the stomach for such an easy earn.

Gerhard @# 1 had the best response - the time for amerikans to sit around talking/posting is over, now is the time to quit talking & begin acting! I shan't hold my breath.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jan 21 2021 6:38 utc | 152

@Karlof1

"And we’ll lead, not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."

That is precisely what I meant by lack of spontaneity. A catchy sound byte that harkens back to "what you can do for your country" but completly devoid of any meaning, for, who the hell is going to follow your "powerful example"? There is nothing today to be exemplary about the USA, nothing, not your food, your music, your culture, your healthcare, not even your much mentioned freedom, the president of the USA was censored, where is your freedom?

I can't recall now who said it, maybe Limonov, but the only contribution to humanity's culture by the US empire will be advertising, a turd nicely packed and advertised the US will sell as a heavenly delicacy.

@Tungsten

Cuba today would be like Honduras or Guatemala, destroyed countries that do not export physicians and health care specialists but desperate people to get a master in how to joing gangs, let us not forget that the "maras" were born in LA.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 21 2021 7:08 utc | 153

Biden is already going back a lot of his promises, I think he will be different than Trump, and his decisions will be more supported by the US government and less "criticized" by the American MSM.

Posted by: Smith | Jan 21 2021 7:27 utc | 154

Most regulars should rejoice that Biden on day one brought the Paris Climate pact back; little will weaken the US more than that. EU ditto.
Opposite for PR China: little legal restrictions to increase their world no.1 coal consumption. Moral or public restrictions are fully out of the picture there already.

Posted by: Antonym | Jan 21 2021 7:53 utc | 155

@Antonym
Except the fact that climate change is not even real.

Posted by: BAnon | Jan 21 2021 8:00 utc | 156

@ BAnon

Well climate change is real - remember the Ice Ages - but it is 95% natural longterm variations dominated by the oceans.

All the human CO2 / CH4 etc limitations imposed by "Paris" are real though and will wreak havoc on the heads of the sheep that have voted for these, plus on the others too.

Posted by: Antonym | Jan 21 2021 8:08 utc | 157

Trump didn't pardon Julian Assange nor general Flynn, so he was a dud after all.

Posted by: Antonym | Jan 21 2021 8:09 utc | 158

@41 Juliania and @139 fnord

I hope everyone reading this thread will note that I, Fnord13, am not the same person who is using the name "fnord" in 139. I would appreciate it if fnord would stop using a user name that is so similar to the one I've been using on this site for years. However, if he is unwilling to stop using the name "fnord", I guess I may have to change my user name to make it clear that we are not the same person. So please, fnord, will you at least have the courtesy to reply on this thread, and tell me if you are willing to change your user name?

Posted by: Fnord13 | Jan 21 2021 8:18 utc | 159

@karlof1 | Jan 20 2021 22:57 utc | 109

"Such a confrontation means clashing with D-Party Donors and taking the lash of the law to the fraudulent Neoliberal Parasites and Merchants of Death. It's all so 2008."

Clearly the case. Wake me up in 2024.

Now back to the future...(2020 minus 10) ... after a word from our owners.

""So Long To Ya, 2010" | The JibJab 2010 Year in Review!"

https://youtu.be/CCuoLd0K4lY

Posted by: imo | Jan 21 2021 9:25 utc | 160

psychohistorian @125

I fully agree that it would be impossible for the American empire to achieve any stated objectives when instigating a war between Taiwan and the mainland, but that doesn't mean it will not go forward with instigating that conflict. While the cost would be high in regional influence (the US would lose Taiwan as a vassal), the domestic political costs would be very low. Perhaps the empire could even profit from such a conflict where internal politics is concerned due to the distraction it would cause, though with few to no US troops involved that would be dubious.

Guaranteed the heat will be turned up in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, bringing them back to a full boil by shipping in weapons and recruiting more head choppers. Will those count as new wars? No, as they will just be returned to the conflict levels they had under Obama. Likewise the period of quiet in Xinjiang will come to an end with more terrorist attacks. We will also see renewed efforts to generate rioting in Hong Kong, though how successful the empire will be with this depends upon how lulled in complacence the Chinese are by Biden's well-scripted speechifying. If they buy into the narrative being pushed by the agents of empire that things in the world will now become quiet then the Chinese will get burned again.

Indeed, any who believe that Harris/Biden's installation as imperial figureheads signals a period of peace in the world will be very badly burned.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 21 2021 11:52 utc | 161

James I just wanted to thank you for all of your posts. Your insight, follow-ups to links-- (you do your homework!)and respect and appreciation you show to fellow barflies really contribute to a good atmosphere here. Keep it up.

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 21 2021 13:22 utc | 162

Biden just destroyed 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers pockets. This is not what Americans need or want right now.

Bye keystone Pipeline.
He is anti American and pro idiocy

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Jan 21 2021 14:17 utc | 163

The Boot is Coming Down Hard and Fast

Domestic Terrorism Law, here it comes.

Biden's 100 days of masking ("symbolic submission and silencing", ht:Norwegian)
is designed to facilitate the introduction of new Fear Laws. 100-days of masking is just the lead-in
to gain acceptance of a
Domestic Terrorism Law.

As was predicted by many
(see for example:
www.moonofalabama.org/2021/01/by-calling-trump-supporter-terrorists-joe-biden-will-likely-create-some/comments/page/3/#comments
)

the testing procedures for Covid-19 will be altered in order to **statistically** prove
the efficacy of Biden's 100-days initiative.

Headline: Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives
www.zerohedge.com/economics/right-cue-biden-who-admits-high-cycle-pcr-tests-produce-massive-covid-false-positives

There will be those that refuse to be led by Fraudulent Prez Biden in any form.

Once the "symbolic submission and silencing" (100-days) has been proven important for Public Safety
to even speak out against submission makes one a Domestic Terrorist.
A website hosting discussion of the statistical manipulation will be a supporter of Domestic Terrorism.

We have all witnessed how easily and opportunistically accusative words are hurled about by politicians and the MSM
("Conspiracy Theorist", "anti-semite", "Terrorist").

Before Biden's term is done, you too will be labeled a "Domestic Terrorist", and not just pertaining to Covid-19, for hecks sake.
The scope of what constitutes a Domestic Terrorist will be highly malleable in the hands of politicians and the MSM.

Submit and be Silent: Hail!

Posted by: librul | Jan 21 2021 14:22 utc | 164

Mr. Dogon Priest

Not completely true.

The American Establishment has been anti-American for a very very long time as both parties presided over the transfer of jobs to Japan, Korea, Mexico, and China.

It started under the late John F Kennedy's administration, when John Deere Company started laying off its workers - it never had done it before.

The late Ronald Reagan - one of the most popular American presidents since World War II - amplified that; "Re-engineering Corporations" etc.

The Financial Crisis of 2008 eviscerated the US financial position but, significantly, neither political party nor the American people have sought to change their ways.

Posted by: fyi | Jan 21 2021 14:52 utc | 165

Except the fact that climate change is not even real.

Correct, in the sense that climate has always changed, and the variations we see today is nothing compared to say 1000 years ago when Bjarne Herjolfsson saw America and Leiv Eiriksson created settlements there. It was much warmer than today, hence the Medieval Warm Period, not to mention the Younger Dryas when it was much, much colder. The extremists longing for a society ala the Khmer Rouge have tried to present climate as a crisis and used it as a way to funnel money into the pockets of the insanely rich and generally take control over ordinary people's lives. Although it has been successful, it was starting to be less effective, hence the next level even more extreme scare with precisely the same objective: A virus that only exists in media and on TV, used to take away the last remains of small company jobs, civil liberties and private property. So the puppet masters behind Biden will now double down on both scares, the imaginary climate crisis and the imaginary virus.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken

Posted by: BAnon | Jan 21 2021 8:00 utc | 156

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 21 2021 15:54 utc | 166

Thanks for pointing out the difference, Fnord13 - I hope you saw my reference in post # 135, first paragraph. It's a bit hidden there, sorry.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 21 2021 17:13 utc | 167

@ juliania | Jan 21 2021 4:41 utc | 143.. thanks juliania! hopefully you are taking notes off jens comments too!

@ jen.. thanks jen... that is fascinating... you remind me of myself asking questions like that.. i took a philosophy course a long time ago and remember being the only one in the class who asked questions.. most seem to be going for the semester points as opposed to challenging themselves or the prof by asking questions.. on the other hand, i am fairly challenging as a person in real life in this same way, and i know many people prefer to remain aloof, especially in most social situations with their peers and etc.. perhaps we have a similar bent! the obvious ongoing question for me is 'what am i missing here?' lol... i have a bad habit of never accepting anything at face value... thanks again for the additional perspective platos ideology.. i have never read him, but heralitus mentions him quite a bit in mostly a derogatory manner!

@ 162 migueljose.. that is very kind of you.. thank you.... right back at you too! thanks for your many insights..

Posted by: james | Jan 21 2021 17:26 utc | 168

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Jan 21 2021 14:17 utc | 163



Biden just destroyed 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers pockets. This is not what Americans need or want right now.

Bye keystone Pipeline.


I'm sure the Nordstream 2 project would accept them with open arms.


He is anti American and pro idiocy

Being anti American has nothing to do with being pro idiocy.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jan 21 2021 18:24 utc | 169

@ William Gruff | Jan 21 2021 11:52 utc | 161 who wrote
"
Indeed, any who believe that Harris/Biden's installation as imperial figureheads signals a period of peace in the world will be very badly burned.
"

I agree. My point is only that "conventional war" is being stymied by MAD contingencies and other types of rabid dog war attempts are afoot....I believe that a financial crash is coming because that is one of the only arrows in the quiver the elite still have mastery over and the sooner they execute the Reset the better their chances are of maintaining some control over global finance.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 21 2021 18:56 utc | 170

Somehow OK when Democrats follow Trump's foreign policy, here is another example:

US to keep embassy in Jerusalem: Biden’s top diplomat
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/20/us-secretary-of-state-blinken-us-embassy-to-remain-in-jerusalem

Posted by: Zanon | Jan 21 2021 20:57 utc | 171

psychohistorian @170: "My point is only that "conventional war" is being stymied..."

True, there won't be another like America's war on Iraq in the near future, but we could certainly see another Libya-style imperial adventure.

"...the sooner they execute the Reset the better their chances are of maintaining some control over global finance."

Hah! That is certainly what they, or at least a large number of them, seem to think. Their awakening and shedding of delusions will be a rude disappointment, I'm afraid.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 21 2021 21:02 utc | 172

@ William Gruff | Jan 21 2021 21:02 utc | 172 who ended with
"
Their awakening and shedding of delusions will be a rude disappointment, I'm afraid.
"

Yes, and it can't come soon enough, IMO

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 21 2021 21:28 utc | 173

James @ 168: I still like going to seminars and talks but in the current pandemic environment this has been difficult. I don't really like having to use Zoom to attend online talks but so many places use it now, it is unavoidable in spite of its security issues.

I wouldn't say that not accepting things at face value is a "bad habit" though this has caused me problems in the past and still does. Being sceptical and open-minded should be healthy attitudes. Of course having such attitudes does come with its own pitfalls, but this is how we have evolved as humans so they have some survival value.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 21 2021 23:08 utc | 174

@ anonymous .. i thought that was over the top too...

Posted by: james | Jan 21 2021 3:56 utc | 137

----

It's his attempt to distance himself now from that which he has been previoisly advocated for.

To avoid future blame/responsibility for the consequences of what he has been rabidly supporting these past few months.

He's trying to now portray him self as anti-Biden, despite having attacked anyone that actually was Anti-Boden, now that Biden is about to prove his fascist credentials.

Posted by: Triden | Jan 21 2021 23:26 utc | 175

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

..shocker!

Posted by: nwwoods | Jan 21 2021 23:38 utc | 176

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 21 2021 5:07 utc | 145v

Thanks for the reading list. I have found it immensely helpful to have all that gathered together in one document.

Posted by: RJPJR | Jan 21 2021 23:48 utc | 177

Thanks b, well said. Presidency of US is aiken to a locomotive conductor. The conductor operates on a set of rails (policy set for him). It’s NOT like driving a car where one can make sharp turns, or stop on a dime. This conductor can only make the train go faster of slower. The rails are set elsewhere.
Captains of ocean-liner or aircraft carrier would be a good stand in for the conductor.
To echo the band Talking Heads: Same as it ever was.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Jan 22 2021 0:20 utc | 178

Posted by: Triden | Jan 21 2021 23:26 utc | 175

"He's trying to now portray him self as anti-Biden, despite having attacked anyone that actually was Anti-Boden, now that Biden is about to prove his fascist credentials."

Show me.

//

@ AntiSpin | Jan 21 2021 5:07 utc | 145v
"Thanks for the reading list. I have found it immensely helpful to have all that gathered together in one document."
Posted by: RJPJR | Jan 21 2021 23:48 utc | 177

You're welcome. Pleased that you found it useful.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 22 2021 1:24 utc | 179

@ 174 jen.. the only seminars i am going to are the ones here at moa, lol... they aren't too demanding.. often times there are interesting links and news items.. i guess this isn't much of a seminar, so much as a beggars banquet, lol.. there are pros and cons to everything for sure..

@ 175 triden... well, lets give antispin the benefit of the doubt in that he has good intentions... i am sure we would wish the same from others...

Posted by: james | Jan 22 2021 3:25 utc | 180

@james:

well, lets give antispin the benefit of the doubt in that he has good intentions

We definitely should not, so let’s not.

When b has pointed out the obvious—that clueless protesters without a plan are not “terrorists”—AntiSpin has posted the following comment directed at b:


I'm utterly gobsmacked to see you joining their ranks, and attempting to whitewash that bloodthirsty rabble. If there's ever another Nuremberg court, you may find yourself in the dock -- after all, as you well know, Germans were jailed and hanged in 1946 just for propagandizing in support of Nazi crimes.

Please, come to your senses and return to the human race.

So just because b refused to join the hysterical propaganda and call protesters “terrorists”—and everybody knows what happens to people who are labeled “terrorists”—the resident “anti-fascist” compared our host to Nazi propagandists, implicitly threatened him with hanging and described him as subhuman (“Please … return to the human race”). Which is exactly what fascists do: support the overwhelming power when it lies, oppresses dissent and demonizes dissenters.

Posted by: S | Jan 22 2021 6:49 utc | 181

@ 181 S... okay.... i personally think the same as b - clueless protesters are not terrorists.. i am not sure what antispin is thinking here... antispin??

neither did a care for this dismissive comment earlier - "Know-it-alls, of course, have no need for more information, they already know everything there is to know.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 21 2021 5:07 utc | 145" that sounds like a classic example of projection..

Posted by: james | Jan 22 2021 18:08 utc | 182

@jayc @55 "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."

And I suppose that continuing to support Juan Guaido is just a stabilizing measure?

Posted by: Gene Poole | Jan 28 2021 20:00 utc | 184

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 21 2021 5:07 utc | 145

I for one appreciate the effort and urge you to continue.

Posted by: Gene Poole | Feb 1 2021 16:36 utc | 185

https://www.stopworldcontrol.com/

Posted by: Haloo | Feb 3 2021 16:15 utc | 186

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