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March 18, 2021

U.S. Aggressiveness Will Accelerate Its Demise

The foreign policy of the current U.S. administration is exactly the same as the foreign policy of the previous one. In short: disastrous.

There are dozens of examples: The "maximum pressure' campaign against Iran continues, the sanctions on Venezuela will be upheld or even strengthened, the bombing of Syria, no change on Yemen and so on.

The problem is that none of these 'we are tough guys' policies achieves any purpose.

From the outside world the behavior and tough talk of U.S. officials is seen as juvenile. It demonstrates a  lack of knowledge, wisdom and strategy.

Consider these recent headlines about China:

> The United States will take an uncompromising stance in talks with China on Thursday in Alaska, officials have said, in the first face-to-face meetings between senior officials from the two rivals since U.S. President Joe Biden took office.

Beijing has called for a reset to ties, now at their lowest in decades, but Washington has said the Alaska talks will be a one-off, and any future engagement depends on China improving its behavior. <

Then, after days of badmouthing China, it finally dawned on Blinken that he needs China's help.

Why, after so many bad words towards it, would China help the U.S. with solving the North Korea problem? It has zero incentive to do so.

The same aggressive behavior can be seen with regards to Russia. Baseless accusations of Russian election interferences are followed with more sanctions and threats topped off with Biden calling Russia's President Putin a 'killer'. As the Canadian Russia expert Paul Robinson writes:

As for Biden’s comments, well what can one say? Didn’t he just order the bombing of Syria. Doesn’t that make him a ‘killer’ too? Politicians should avoid this sort of language. I suspect, though, that what this and the intelligence report mentioned above indicate is that Russiagate, with its allegations of Trump-Putin collusion to undermine American democracy, has done irreparable damage to US-Russia relations. One gets the impression that there is now a deep, deep hatred of Russia within the US government, a hatred that prevents any sane analysis of Russian intentions and actions, as well as of US national interests. I fear that this will last for quite a long time.

Andrei Martyanov adds:

[The] degradation of the American political institutions, top-bottom, and its speed are mind-boggling. As for the class and culture--US political elite and US media machine don't have any. Biden merely confirmed it today.
...
One Russian saying posits that one can still negotiate with scoundrels, one cannot negotiate with idiots. When the opposite side is both, boy, talk about the United States turning into the third world country.

The hostility the U.S., by its behavior and words, creates against itself is not restricted to Russia and China.

Last week the French "Armed Forces Joint Reflection Circle" CRI, an independent think tank of former generals and high officers of the French forces, issued an open letter to NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg in which it accused him of having acting solely in the interest of the U.S. during the development of his NATO 2030 plan.

The letter details how Stoltenberg, NATO and the U.S. have caused the bad relations with Russia. It says that the U.S. is trying use a fictional 'Russian threat' to pressure NATO countries into morphing into a global force, under U.S. command and independent of the United Nations, to then use it against China. This while the real threat to Europe is Islamic terrorism caused by the U.S. interferences in the Middle East and north Africa. The U.S. led NATO is thereby becoming a danger for Europe.

The accusations the French generals are launching against the U.S. go beyond anything one might hear from Moscow or Beijing.

The next 'allied' nation that will have sound reason to turn hostile towards the U.S. might well be Germany:

The Biden administration Thursday stepped up its rhetoric against a gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, calling on all those involved in the project to “immediately abandon” their work.

“The Department reiterates its warning that any entity involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline risks US sanctions and should immediately abandon work on the pipeline,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

Nord Stream 2 is of vital importance to Germany's energy security. The German public was rather hostile to President Trump and Biden's victory was seen with relief. But when it sees how Biden pursues the same policies, and with a similar tone, it will turn on him. A more general 'anti-Americanism' would then arise.

The uncompromising and ever aggressive behavior the U.S. shows towards competitors as well as friends will not lead to a stronger U.S. position in the world. People and nations will learn to work around it.

These rushed attempts to prevent the ending of its unipolar moment will only accelerate the move towards a new multilateral global system.

Posted by b on March 18, 2021 at 18:48 UTC | Permalink

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typo - it finally ''daunted to'' Blinken - it finally ''dawned on'' blinken..

thanks b! i appreciate and agree with yours and those pundits you quote.. i find it fascinating the accusation against stoltenberg! it seems like some in the eu are realizing what a trojan horse nato is and are prepared to address it and all its implications... this has to happen...

and of course there is no difference between any usa president.. at this point they are all working from the same page and carrying the same agenda.. it can't go on indefinitely... the world wil breathe a sigh of relief when this nightmare called usa hegemony dies... whether this is a creation of the financial pyramid called wall st and the city of london, or whatever, it can't continue...

Posted by: james | Mar 18 2021 18:58 utc | 1

Kinda' confirms the existence, at least where foreign policies are concerned, of the "deep state" theories, and the old saying; "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss".

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 18 2021 19:01 utc | 2

Pepe Escobar also has noted in his Telegram channel the craziness of Dem Dementia admin's work till now aptly:

"DIPLOMACY'S DEAD, BABY. DIPLOMACY'S DEAD.

The Empire of Chaos is in utter desperation, and on a Kill Bill rampage. Without a samurai sword.

Some of us, including Alastair Crooke, Paul Craig Roberts, The Saker, and if we he was still alive, Prof. Stephen Cohen, have been warning everyone for a long time.

It doesn't matter that Russiagate was completely debunked. The Dem Dementia administration is now on Russiagate 2.0 on steroids.

This "intel" report on Russian interference in the - rigged - US elections does not even qualify as a bad joke.

What Crash Test Dummy's handlers told him to say in that interview about Putin being "a killer", "without a soul" who will "pay a price", goes way beyond ANYTHING that happened during the Cold War.

At least there was a measure of diplomatic decency in the superpowers relationship.

What's happening now is totally reckless, totally irrational - not to mention terminally stupid: there is NO American foreign policy left.

The Kremlin - as well as the Ministy of Foreign Affairs - already got the picture: they are dealing with a bunch of lowly gangsters which also happens to be criminally insane.

For the record: Stupidistan is now at war ON THREE FRONTS. Against Russia, against China and against Iran.

Declining empires are ALWAYS strategically stupid."

Posted by: Seej | Mar 18 2021 19:05 utc | 4

Nord Stream 2 is of vital importance to Germany's energy security. The German public was rather hostile to President Trump and Biden's victory was seen with relief. But when it sees how Biden pursues the same policies, and with a similar tone, it will turn on him. <-- b

However "hostile", Germany contributed to uni-lateral Trumpian sanctions, and so far, North Stream 2 is the only beacon of independence. Take Ukraine: Germany and France form half of Normandy Four, and provided name for Steinmeier formula. Ukraine resolutely resists proceeding with any obligations under that formula. Germany is silent on that and support annual extensions of sanctions, not to mention sanctions on Syria, Venezuela and whatever EU sanctions. Syria is an interesting example. It could be actually popular among German voters to facilitate reconstruction in that country and return of the refugees to their homeland. Iran and Russia are potentially good customers for German industry. Independence of German banks and other companies from whimsical sanctions from USA would help too.

Seemingly, ingrained masochism is hard to overcome.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 18 2021 19:06 utc | 5

Ukrainian government quite recently decided to insult China. Not only Chinese investors who got the majority stake in a major Ukrainian company (major in Ukraine, that is) were prevented from getting their hard paid ownership, but the buyers became targets of sanctions, practically, confiscation of property.

The reaction, other than verbal, was a bit slow.

But last week a large business/tourism delegation from China visited Crimea, officially sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and concluded a number of deals, with promise of more. What happened to Ukrainian purchase of Chinese vaccine is hard to tell.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 18 2021 19:12 utc | 6

For the record: Stupidistan is now at war ON THREE FRONTS. Against Russia, against China and against Iran.

Declining empires are ALWAYS strategically stupid."

Posted by: Seej | Mar 18 2021 19:05 utc | 4

Alas, more than 30 years ago it was observed in USA that it benefits a politician to seem stupid, and being genuinely stupid is even better. Why do you think power to be within Democratic Party decided to maneuver the least intellectually able contender to win in the primaries? That in itself is not necessarily bad, but on the lower levels of government, you must prove stupidity (or at least utter lack of original thinking) to advance. Now we have new generations of opportunists hiding any sign of thinking, apart from passing all the required exams in elite schools etc. Let me think of the greatness and extinction of Irish elk.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 18 2021 19:20 utc | 7

Seej @4--

Thanks for posting Pepe's comments, some of which are in his current article I linked to on the open thread. In my comment related to Pepe's article I noted his excerpt of Chinese academic Jisi and this specific part:

"the Americans are eager to deal with problems before they are ready to improve the relationship."

That observation is consistent with that of an entity that only wants its orders obeyed and seeks no relationship or friendship with any other entity since it sees itself as Top Dog, and #1 in every way. As with the Nord Stream project, we see the Gangster mentality--Do as I say or else!

Not only does the Emperor have no clothes or much of a working memory, he's got erectile disfunction too that's well beyond the ability of Viagra to fix.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 18 2021 19:22 utc | 8

So here we have Blinken, Winken and Nod providing direction for failing empire

Blinken is obvious
Winken is that behind the scenes, wink, wink, nod, nod (there ain't no class structure here) type VP and
Nod is the new normal as US President.

I am sure they will try to take America to new places, yet to be dreamt of....will the brainwashed of the West follow?

About Germany and Nord Stream II.....To a degree that I am not sure of, Germany is like Japan, a fully owned colony of empire....this may be the time that the Germany nut gets cracked wide open....interesting times indeed.

Where are the details of Blinken telling China how to behave? I can hardly wait for the next act of Blinken, Winken and Nod

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 18 2021 19:38 utc | 9

b continues to expound this line "Eventually the Europeans will turn on the Dark Throne", but I wonder how much of that is wishful thinking. Whoever is pulling Merkel's strings, in the end it was her face that was most associated with the Navalny clown show--almost as if she was looking for an excuse to ditch Nord Stream 2. The EU parliament repays China's COVID aid by sanctioning them, and the Dutch parliament had its own anti-Chinese eruption.

Even European dislike of Trump was, in the final analysis, only what the Anglo state media told them to think. From my distance it seems that the project of keeping the post-Brexit EU on its Atlantic course is proceeding just fine. Come to think about it, this project has been going for 75 years now; nobody's left alive who knows anything else. I see Piotr Berman thinking along similar lines.

Before one tosses around the "stupid" labels, one should consider that the Dark Throne skillfully observes what it's getting away with--at least in the short term. European media dutifully stenograph whatever provocations Washington comes up with. The Chinese I think should never agree to sit down with that Blinken trash until he's properly apologized for his reckless and baseless genocide accusation, but it seems they're off to Alaska all the same; likewise, the Russian reaction is predictably feeble. All in all, few signs on the horizon for serious change.

Posted by: Ma Laoshi | Mar 18 2021 19:50 utc | 10

"Why, after so many bad words towards it, would China help the U.S. with solving the North Korea problem? It has zero incentive to do so."

This (as well as the Germany/NS2 thing) sounds like a rather naive view. Western headlines are for western internal consumption. And what's happening behind the scene, what incentives are offered and what threats are made in exchange for what specific actions, we simply don't know.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Mar 18 2021 19:50 utc | 11

Last week the French "Armed Forces Joint Reflection Circle" CRI, an independent think tank of former generals and high officers of the French forces, issued an open letter to NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg in which it accused him of having acting solely in the interest of the U.S. during the development of his NATO 2030 plan.

Well, I'd like to thank the French generals, because Stoltenberg is nothing but a Quisling, who betrays his country and is "acting solely in the interest of the U.S.". Indeed.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 18 2021 20:00 utc | 13

For those who have been waiting for Putin's response to Biden's "killer" slur, we now have it:

https://www.rt.com/russia/518521-putin-biden-live-debate/

The president named the fight against the pandemic, regional conflict resolution, and strategic stability issues as possible topics, noting that he would be ready to talk to Biden on Friday or Monday in an “open” chat.

"I would like to suggest to President Biden that we continue our discussion, but on the condition that we actually do it live, without any delays, directly in an open, live discussion,” Putin told the Russia 24 TV channel on Thursday. “I think it would be interesting for the people of Russia and the people of the United States and many other countries,” he added.

It would be so delicious to actually witness such a debate. By asking for it to be streamed live, Putin is subtly calling out Biden's lie that he "told Putin he had no soul" (whereas it's unlikely that Biden actually had a 1:1 meeting with Putin during the Obama administration) as well as making Biden look weaker when Crash Test Dummy doesn't respond to the invite.

Posted by: worldblee | Mar 18 2021 20:00 utc | 14

Seej | Mar 18 2021 19:05 utc | 4

Four fronts. As was to be expected, the US is desperately trying to hold onto any and all collaborationists it has in Central and South America. As miguelhose pointed out the other day - South America is ablaze. Who is the most notorious arsonist on the planet? The "Biden Plan" for South and Central America is like throwing gasoline on the fire.

It will be the insane attempt of trying to prevent the integration of Eurasia that will collapse the US (and in the process squander whatever real resources and time left to it,) but it will be South and Central America that will bear the rage and sadistic revenge of the defeated and shamed hegemons. The US there might author groundbreaking new chapters in the book of man's inhumanity to man. The School of the Americas wasn't an accident, nor an anomaly.

psychohistorian @9 Winkin' - that's perfect. What a complete tool, winkin' all the way.

Posted by: vinnieoh | Mar 18 2021 20:18 utc | 15

The Biden admin's behavior is purposeful and, frankly, entirely logical if you view it from the American perspective of global production: the US, its ruling class, and its population greatly benefits from the neocolonial expropriation of value from exploited nations, granted largely through unequal exchange.

Trump's ascendancy in the run-up to and aftermath of 2016 can be viewed as a reaction to the collapse of neoliberalism in 08-09, culminating in a policy that looked to partially revert to old-school colonialism of forcing raw material trade to the US rather than exporting the purchase of labor power beginning in the 80s. Of course, that is folly, as it was never possible for Trump to truly return productive jobs back to the US, at least not at the rates expected for global north standards of living or profit expectations. Even the 25% of productive labor in the US averages wages above global wages (i.e. even productive workers in the US are net exploiters of global south labor power). Nevertheless, in the wake of neoliberalism's collapse, standards of living now ebb and flow in the US, which means that Trump and future continuous descent into fascist policy is all but inevitable.

Biden is a reaction to Trump in that his admin represents a desperate attempt to salvage the neoliberal policies of the past 50 years since the 80s. Unfortunately for Biden, and the rest of America, there's only so many populations you can exploit before exploited productive forces become so advanced that they begin to demand higher wages, and thus profits dry up. Global wage differences even out, then import prices go up, and our American standard of living continues to drop until the sweatshops come home to roost. That won't stand and ideology shifts again and again (Biden's response to these shifts is, ironically, censorship and control).

So what does the Biden admin do? They know it will eventually come down to opening up new labor power markets (those sweet, sweet populations and natural resources of Russia are so tempting to Biden's vampiric brood) and taking down competing countries (China's rise as a consumer market is a big problem for the US). This is why Biden's behavior makes sense. If they don't put maximum pressure now, not just on Russia and China, but all potential neocolonial interests, then they won't get the chance in the future. We'll see the internal contradictions in the US give rise to even more blatant fascism (doesn't matter from whom, Trump or Biden).

Posted by: Kapusta | Mar 18 2021 20:19 utc | 16

From the link of Mina titled North Stream alternative

Le port de Vlora, entrée stratégique en Europe

My knowledge of French is less than fragmentary, but if someone thinks that Vlora, a port in a small country surrounded by steep mountains, is a "strategic entrance to Europe", it may be a deeply troubled individual.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 18 2021 20:20 utc | 17

germany breaking rank will be first big turn in nato. nordstream is a non negotiable issue for germany. meanwhile the US is not agreement capable. on anything and the vaccine hoarding is a big F U in EU to so called allies. all the pieces are set. just need time to let it all play out. the global south woke to it before the slower europeans can see the world anew.

as for the US china alaska meeting, it does seem to me that the US administration and deep state or whatever you want to call it are not coordinated or fully aligned with each other. the timing of the US sanctions on hk officials seem designed to thwart any possible dialogue. as if some elements are working to ensure the meeting resolves nothing.

the china global times calls this move the US stick that comes down before any negotiation and says it's a continuation of trump era tactics. maybe. I see it more as designed to make the meeting fail instead of designed to achieve anything such as extracting concessions from china. not being agreement capable because it is sabotaged from within.

but at this pt in the crumbling empire it is perhaps foolish to analyze its tactics in terms of means and ends. its only 'rationale' at this pt is to just keep doing what it's doing. sanctions wars threats coercion and moral grandstanding. it only knows it is right and there is nothing else besides.

Posted by: mastameta | Mar 18 2021 20:22 utc | 18

ppl like blinken aren't cynics just mouth farting about democracy and freedom. the americans drink their own kool aid and take the blue pill. yes, it's about hegemony and full spectrum assholery but can't see beyond their own propaganda. that's why the think tanks don't do much thinking

Posted by: mastameta | Mar 18 2021 20:37 utc | 19

America summarized in one aphorism:

"Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make MAD."

MAD also meaning Mutually Assured Destruction.

Posted by: ak74 | Mar 18 2021 20:44 utc | 20

For the live Putin debate with Biden we will need caviar AND pocorn at the bar. The rules (for those proposing a drinking game based on utterances from either) will need to be definitive and decided in advance.

I nominate Jackrabbit as the arbitrator of any drinking dispute - always unbiased and decisive ;)

I would like to see that debate but I doubt the Biden team would ever agree. Lavrov and Blinken would be a good alternative. There would be much hilarity at such an event.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 18 2021 20:52 utc | 21

"I would like to suggest to President Biden that we continue our discussion, but on the condition that we actually do it live, without any delays, directly in an open, live discussion"

VVP is so naive.
White house will just say that the leader of free world will never lower itself to a debate with 'a tyrant and a killer' and that will be enough to settle the question, for western world at least.

Posted by: Mauro | Mar 18 2021 20:59 utc | 22

Mauro @22--

Ah yes, the Fool Troll. You forgot that Biden already had a conversation with Putin, so your attempt at an excuse is as lame as its master.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 18 2021 21:05 utc | 23

. . . there is now a deep, deep hatred of Russia within the US government, a hatred that prevents any sane analysis of Russian intentions and actions . . .

Exactly as intended by the authors of the Russiagate psy-op.

Posted by: S | Mar 18 2021 21:05 utc | 24

American Empire does do a thing good things like send troops to Africa to prevent countries in the G5 from being overrun by terrorists. That is actual world policeman behavior and should be encouraged.

Posted by: sonaaa | Mar 18 2021 21:15 utc | 25

"VVP is so naive."
Posted by: Mauro | Mar 18 2021 20:59 utc | 22


NO, you are.
Putin is trolling him😉
It is no secret biDen is suffering from severe dementia.

Posted by: Per/Norway | Mar 18 2021 21:15 utc | 26

Biden”s time is limited. Cannot be trusted near a microphone, no matter how well prepared or how thoroughly edted. Has trouble walking, begins to have trouble standing up.

Kamala is still very much a problem. First, no one likes her. Not the public, not her peers. The public is not prepared for her accession. Her competence is possibly even lower than Biden’s. She may be better able to read a TelePrompTer, she still annoys everyone when she speaks. May turn out to have some aptitude for riding herd on the advisors, we shall see. She may be able to function as some sort of ringmaster but will contribute nothing, she knows nothing.

It shall be government by advisors and functionaries and hidden hands. The advisors and functionaries are all steeped in hegemony and exceptionalism. They have no idea of anything else. Anyone who ever had a thought in their head was weeded out of academia and out of public life a long time ago. That leaves the hidden hands. We will never know much about that. It does appear they are perhaps ready to close down the American project and move on.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 18 2021 21:23 utc | 27

S @24--

If those within the US government were so stupid as to swallow Russiagate's bullshit thus resulting in a "deep hatred of Russia," why would Russia want to deal with such obtuse idiots incapable of logic or critical thinking?

IMO, the current goal of Russia/China/Iran is to completely ice-out the Outlaw US Empire from having any practical impact on global affairs. The new initiative to Re-ratify the UN Charter is a case in point for such a policy. The not agreement capable nation now has a figure head that can't be allowed to talk without minders, a fact Putin would like the entire world to observe. The world has no way to deny that it sees a nation talking like a Gangster and acting like a Gangster as its recent behavior's been very explicit and public. IMO, such behavior hasn't been observed since 1938, but there'll be no appeasement or betrayal of another nation this time. China's already invited Lavrov to Beijing once its diplomats return from Alaska. Yet the Empire lies to itself when it says it has more tools to deal with Russia. The reality is it has no more cards to play--not even its nukes.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 18 2021 21:25 utc | 28

I notice a lot of accusations that Washington is "stupid" but that's not true. You have to understand how Washington works before you make such statements. The Deep State knows that it can control the minds of most Americans by inventing "truths" without any need to prove anything. Since Washington is now in conflict with a goodly part of the public it sees that creating foreign policy crises and enemies as an excellent course of action to shore up support. Americans are always ready to react against enemies no matter how slender the proof of the wrongdoing ascribed to the enemy. There is never a penalty to pay for lying in the US if you are in the mainstream media or in the political arena. Since the CIA controls much of the European media and their ruling class it would take quite a lot for Europeans to drop their status as vassal states. Remember, Washington can throw endless amounts of money around and fund everything from terrorism, crime waves, sexual indiscretions a la Epstein (the CIA had it's own whorehouse which my father pointed out to me decades ago--it was in Roslyn Virginia and it used underage girls and boys to improve its soft-power). So far, no one has paid a penalty for lying or corrupt practices in Washington if they were "made" men or women (Trump never got that far).

As long as Europe, Japan and some other countries continue to be vassal states the US can and will get away with anything. Nordstream 2 is the issue that may change all that. Once Germany rebels the rest may follow.

Posted by: Chris Cosmos | Mar 18 2021 21:43 utc | 29

MO, Biden with all his over the years foreign policy stupidity is right about Putin, yes Putin is a killer, but Biden didn’t say what Putin is killing, yes Putin is killing, he and others are killing the American unipolar hegemony moment, which Biden and his class don’t like at all. In this sense, leaders of Iran and China and smaller resistance countries are all killers, participating on killing the American self-declared empire. But the magnitude of real world class killers, are the American presidents starting with genocides of American natives and African slaves, and 3 million in VN, till now killing Iraqis, Yemenis and so on. In my belief no other country in history of mankind has been more responsible for killing innocent civilians that the bloody warmongering American regimes.

Posted by: Kooshy | Mar 18 2021 21:52 utc | 30

The tough talk is all for domestic consumption.

Posted by: ian` | Mar 18 2021 22:13 utc | 31

Another good citation, b. Do you know anything more about the French ex-mil organization? So refreshing to see some reference to the aggressive US response to the SU's breakup.

Posted by: dadooronron | Mar 18 2021 22:22 utc | 32

Kooshy 30
Nation of bloodthirsty sheep.

Posted by: NOBTS | Mar 18 2021 22:23 utc | 33

When will the resource exporting countries of the world start demanding physical gold (five 9s) for their product?
It doesn't need to be a coordinated effort, any reasonably sized exporter could start. All the world would have to respond.
..and then everything changes.

Posted by: HossCara | Mar 18 2021 22:29 utc | 34

HossCara @ 34 -- Gaddafi tried that.

Posted by: norecovery | Mar 18 2021 22:33 utc | 35

@mina
@piotr berman

About Vlora to be an Alternative to NS2. Just a Fake from Radio France International, paid for by french gov. France is now full play in US hand. Macron want NS2 [and soon NS1..] to be shut down.

Nord Stream 1 is 55 Md.M3/y
Nord Stream 2 too.

110Md.m3/year

The biggest ship to deliver US GNL in Europe is 260.000 m3. 1m3 GNL is 600m3 natural gaz.

It's me or my computer? 3 ship per day? How many ship necessary? 60? 80?
Not an economy, a nightmare.
American capitalism was plunder and is now parasitism.


In order to get energy, Germany need Russia. Nord Stream is a direct tie in order to avoid "reliable" intermediate like Ukraine or Poland.
In order to get everything under control US need [reliable intermediate] to cut the tie between [oil/gas fields] from Middleeast or Russia and Germany, the sole country in Europe with Great industrial/technical capacity.

And good economic links to Eurasien.

Pardon my Englisch, I'm french. And tired

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 18 2021 22:41 utc | 36

Well calling someone or something "killer" is a compliment and a sign of admiration.
Killer app, killer whale, killer queen, making a kill are all things associated with power, awe and success.
Putin is a killer? Sure he is: he is one incredibly powerful and successful individual.

Posted by: hopehely | Mar 18 2021 22:54 utc | 37

Absolutely no difference in foreign policy?
B, I think you're pandering to your audience.
I wonder what President Putin would think- or perhaps "feel" about teamBiden versus Trump?.
How would you like to be called a "killer, without a soul"? Not withstanding all the theatrical bellicosity of Pompeo, Putin at least understood that Trump admired him as a person. I contend this is a big difference.
Do you think the Dems want any comparison with the Trump administration? They are after contradistinction.
The Dems, the internationalists and the Blairites imagine themselves to be on a roll. Putin is in their crosshairs.
This time the belligerence is the real thing.

Posted by: Australian lady | Mar 18 2021 23:02 utc | 38

I don't understand why so many otherwise intelligent people are seemingly unable to bring themselves to question the fundamental 'model' that supposedly describes what is going on in the 'West'. If political 'models' were subjected to the same sort of analysis that scientific ones were, then the model used by b and most of the people who comment here would undoubtedly be rejected. There are simply too many elephants in the room.

Why are European countries going along with all the stupidity? Such as America's rampage through the middle east, originating and perpetuated with proven lies, flooding Europe with migrants as a result.

Why are European countries apparently happy to go along with the Russophobia and the Sinophobia. Are their leaders really so lame-brained that they took the ludicrous Skripal poisoning story and the even more ridiculous Navalny yarn at face value?

Why are European countries going along with the stupid and unfair sanctions? sanctions that cost Europe far more than they do America.

Why is Europe going along with the increased militarisation of the of the border with the Russian federation and the open war-mongering? Surely European leaders realise that they are wantonly courting WW3 and risking a nuclear conflagration? Could they really be so stupid as to imagine that lining the border they share with the Russians with ABM's was actually 'defensive' in nature?

Last but certainly not least, why is Israel so important? How come a tiny country in the middle east gets to thumb its nose at international law on a daily basis? Why is it OK for them to have nukes? Why is it OK when they shoot literally thousands of unarmed protesters? killing hundreds. How come they can build walls and that is OK, How come they can run an openly apartheid state but somehow be immune to criticism?

The answer to all these questions is actually quite simple, the US and Europe are pretty much controlled by the same set of oligarchs and the most powerful of the oligarchs are the bankers. Once you realise that it is the bankers driving most of this garbage all of the elephants are explained.

Posted by: MarkU | Mar 18 2021 23:14 utc | 39

MarkU @ 39 -- HossKara struck gold with his suggestion @34, to which I responded @35.

It's all about the Benjamins, particularly the Petrodollar controlled by what Psychohistorian euphemistically calls "Private Finance" and is the world's reserve currency. Any attempt to circumvent the Petrodollar in trade, especially energy resources, brings violent aggression to punish the wayward country and its leaders.

"Private Finance" in this context really means the thug standing behind you with a baseball bat. "You don't know who you're dealing with, punk." Iran trades with other countries in other currencies, so does Venezuela, so does China, so does Russia. Get the picture?

Saddam Hussein announced that he was going to accept other currencies than the dollar for Iraq's oil -- look what happened to him. Same with Gaddafi. They and their countries were made examples of what happens when you deny Uncle Ratschild his pound of flesh.

Posted by: norecovery | Mar 18 2021 23:44 utc | 40

Me, I like North Korea. Apparently the US has tried for the last year to get in touch with them. Nothing, NADA. No response at all.
Next is Iran. Drop the sanctions like you said you would and we will comply with the JCPOA. No talks. Action only.

Posted by: arby | Mar 19 2021 0:02 utc | 41

One more observation from my seat in the gallery: FOSSIL ENERGY is the basis of industrial civilization, and our complete dependence on it portends our extinction as a species. We might as well accept the fact that we are done.

Posted by: norecovery | Mar 19 2021 0:05 utc | 42

Per/Norway@26

It is no secret biDen is suffering from severe dementia.

Well, I thought the theory was that he should have resigned already and given power to somebody else.
Don't worry. He's healthy and will serve his whole term. Conducting policy as HE wishes.

Posted by: Jim-6Pack | Mar 19 2021 0:19 utc | 43

Is not that what we see now was always the true cost of “electing” (via cheating) the greatest crook of them all plus a dementia sufferer? Both POTUS and the vice are completely useless but highly manipulable. This why they were pushed forward and why the presidency was delivered into their lap. But the main problem with manipulable is the inconsistency of the manipulation usually due to the disagreement amongst the manipulators due to their differing interests. Simply, the model of a dummy in the spotlight and the multiple string pullers in the shadow is not a stable model. It is a model on the opposite extreme of the good leadership, which is stable as long as the leader lasts (cough, cough ... Putin).

Regarding all the doomsayers on US who Martyanov joined lately and unoriginally (concept sold long ago and much better by another Russian - Dimitry Orlov), they are not completely wrong but wrongish. Whenever I read of some crap in the US, I think - was this the way it was in the Chinese Empire, the seemingly endless corruption, depravity and complete and constant lying? But look at China now. If US does not manage to destroy the World during its decline, it will come back better and stronger. But one or two generations will suffer and many contemporaries will run away, as they are running away from the cities right now. As things get even worse they will start running away from the country en masse.

Posted by: Kiza | Mar 19 2021 0:23 utc | 44

1. 17 March Russia withdraws it's US Ambassador for consultations:

"Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has been summoned to Moscow for consultations in order to analyse what needs to be done in the context of relations with the United States.

The new US administration took office about two months ago and the symbolic 100-day mark is not too far away, which is a good occasion for trying to appraise what Joe Biden’s team has managed to do and where it was not very successful.

The most important thing for us is to identify ways of rectifying Russia-US relations, which have been going through hard times as Washington has, as a matter of fact, brought them to a blind alley.

We are interested in preventing an irreversible deterioration in relations, if the Americans become aware of the risks associated with this."

2. Pres. Putin invite Pres. Biden for a live on-line public discussion of issues:

"I want to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do this actually live, as they say, online. Without any delay, but directly in an open, direct discussion. It seems to me that it would be interesting for the people of Russia, for the people of the United States, and for many other countries", Putin said on air on the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

3. The talk to be tomorrow (Friday). If not, then Monday, as he is spending free time in the Taiga (oblique reference to North Korea going up the sacred mountain to re-majorly rethink policy). This also places a live face to face in Prime media time, avoiding the dead news weekend.

4. Biden is an intelligent man, but can't appear on an unedited live TV show with Putin - not because of his age-related related memory recall difficulty - this is normal - but because it risks exposing the cartoon-like tropes, lies, racism, & duplicity of the US Govt. approach.

Especially when compared and contrasted with the serious and adult approach of the Russian President.

Nearly 100 days in, USA Govt. has been given the chance, and it is clear USA Govt aggression and attempts to interfere in Russian domestic policy will continue.

Should Russia abandon soft diplomacy and strategic patience with USA?

5. Perhaps it is all theatre, coordinated by the Presidential envoys.

Perhaps a 'crisis' is created, Ukraine creates a threat to Europe, climate must be cooperatively addressed, the Middle East could explode at any moment, a new peace treaty in the Gulf required, blah blah, blah.

A live face to face airs the issues from both sides publicly, done respectfully, sensibly, no political point scoring or spittle-mouthed fabrications from the US Govt side.

The Press filter is sidestepped - a Trump tactic.

It would be intended as a circuit breaker, and the start of a new course for USA Govt.

Russia is ready, has been for years, and repeated it over and over.

If the USA Govt fails to step up it will hardly be the end of the world. But it will show what a lot of short-sighted, self-interested, careerist, and functionally useless time-servers most of the US political class are.

They will identify themselves as impediments to the health and welfare of the American people.

Posted by: powerandpeople | Mar 19 2021 0:33 utc | 45

Just a theory, but maybe all of our newsrags' belligerent headlines aimed at China are a necessary diversion to conjure enough faux-enmity to make it appear that our government is at least making the attempt at stopping China from eating our economic lunch.

I'm sorry, but once again the thought that a dem admin, which is primarily funded by those who prosper from our "relationship" with China (here is an oldie from 1996 re: China covertly funding the Dem Party) would bite the hand that feeds is a little farfetched.

Occam's Razor holds that some type of token effort (lame headlines from lame sources hardly any American reads and military maneuvers in the S. China Sea) is still needed to keep the plebs from realizing how hitched at the hip Chinese and American elites realky are.

Take it from an American, b: it is far more the case for urban libs to froth at the mouth at the mention of Russia then a deplorable to advocate going to war with China. Deplorables are nationalist: revitalizing our domestic manufacturing would more butter our bread while dems are internationalists, chomping at the bit for a round with Russia. We are more Russophobic then than Sinophobic.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Mar 19 2021 0:36 utc | 46

Strategic Culture article by Finian Cunningham

British media reports that Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is being investigating by London’s Metropolitan police for war crimes. Asma (45) was born in London, was educated there and holds British nationality. Although she has Syrian heritage.

Now British authorities are mulling stripping her of nationality and seeking her extradition over charges that she aided and abetted war crimes, including preposterously, the use of chemical weapons against civilians. There is practically no chance of a prosecution, but that’s not the British aim. Rather it is all about smearing the Syrian leadership and distracting the world’s attention from the real issues: which are the criminality of NATO’s war on Syria and the ongoing economic warfare to destroy the nation into submission.

Posted by: ld | Mar 19 2021 0:53 utc | 47

Mr. NemesisCalling

How would you describe the Republican Party?

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:17 utc | 48

Mr. norecovery

Do you have any public evidence?

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:20 utc | 49

Mr. MarkU

And pray, Sir, do tell me why these Oligarchs have such a soft for State of Israel, and indeed Israel?

What percentages are Jews?

And in which countries do they predominate?

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:24 utc | 50

@ fyi

As divided between an increasing number of nationalists and ever-lesser internationalists.

The democratic party is not nationalist-conscious, yet, but will once the bottom falls out of the U.S. economy or war.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Mar 19 2021 1:24 utc | 51

BINGO !!! I have said many times. We in the U.S. are NEVER going to have a road to Damascus moment (referring to Saul of Tarsus, not some bombing campaign).

We will only change when we are forced to change. In the meantime, grin and bear it and hope that we don't burn the place down on our way out the door. The only good news is that much like Russia after the 90's, we will be better off after going through our near death experience.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Mar 19 2021 1:26 utc | 52

And...18th March..

in a circuitous way, Pres. Putin calls Pres. Biden the real killer:

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/65172

International Music Festival volunteer coordinator and representative of Crimea Federal University Polina Bolbochan: Mr President, I have a somewhat personal question for you. Yesterday, President Biden got quite tough in his interview, including with regard to you. What would you say to him?

Vladimir Putin: With regard to my US colleague’s remark, we have, indeed, as he said, met in person. What would I tell him? I would say “stay healthy.” I wish him good health. I am saying this without irony or tongue in cheek. This is my first point.

Secondly, taking a broader approach to this matter, I would like to say that difficult, dramatic, and bloody events abound in the history of every nation and every state.

But when we evaluate other people, or even other states and nations, we are always facing a mirror, we always see ourselves in the reflection, because we project our inner selves onto the other person.

You know, I remember when we were children and played in the yard, we had arguments occasionally and we used to say: whatever you call me is what you are called yourself. This is no coincidence or just a kids’ saying or joke. It has a very deep psychological undercurrent.

We always see ourselves in another person and think that he or she is just like us, and evaluate the other person’s actions based on our own outlook on life.

With regard to the US establishment, the ruling class – not the American people who are mostly honest, decent and sincere people who want to live in peace and friendship with us, something we are aware of and appreciate, and we will rely on them in the future – their mindset was formed in rather challenging circumstances which we are all aware of.

After all, the colonisation of the American continent by the Europeans went hand-in-hand with the extermination of the local people, the genocide, as they say today, outright genocide of the Indian tribes followed by a very tough, long and difficult period of slavery, a very cruel period.

All of that has been part of life in America throughout the history of the United States to this day. Otherwise, where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from? To this day, African Americans face injustice and even extermination.

The ruling class of the United States tends to address domestic and foreign policy issues based on these assumptions. After all, the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons, mind you, against a non-nuclear state – Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WW II. There was absolutely no military need for the bombing. It was nothing but the extermination of civilians.

I am bringing this up, because I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms.

Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code.

But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us.

They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults.

They will have to reckon with this.

My bolds, to bring out the essence.

Essentially, he is saying 'We reject your posturing and rudeness,do what you want. We are ready, and will go our own way. You are not worthy of our cooperation. It' over'.

So, the ball, once again, is in the USA Govt court.

Posted by: powerandpeople | Mar 19 2021 1:27 utc | 53

Mr. Bernard F.

I agree.

Decades ago Europe invested in buying gas from the Russian Federation, then a part of USSR. The gas deliveries have been steady over the decades. Only a war launched from Europe will cut them off.

On the other, Germany will be on a suicide path without the Russian gas. Austria too.

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:29 utc | 54

Mr. NOBITS

Yes. What is that these North American Judeo-Christians want from the World?

Do you know?

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:32 utc | 55

Mr. NemesisCalling

Thank you.

I consider that party to be a fascist party.

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:36 utc | 56

@56 fyi

Is the term "fascist" something you conveniently use anytime you want to set something aside by labeling it and never have to think about it again?

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Mar 19 2021 1:44 utc | 57

Mr. Piotr Berman

Every war changes the physical, legal, technological, and emotional human landscapes irrevocably. Europe, and I include Russia, has not yet recovered or recaptured their world in 1910.

The combined economic war against Iran over the last 3 years, now extended to include Syria and Lebanon, has destroyed a 200-year long relationship with Europe. We will not see its restoration in our lifetimes to anything like it was in 1999.

Like wise for the Russian Federation. Both these two-civilizational states' supply chain would redirected towards China.

China has a credibly positive vision of the future. The combined West, none.

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:45 utc | 58

Mr. Nemesiscalling

No.

They are a party of bigoted Judeo-Christians which upholds the collective worship of the powers of their own racialist religion and culture.

And they are most certainly not nationalists.

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:48 utc | 59

Mr. Ma Laoshi

I agree. Europeans have been in awe of Judeo-Christians for decades. They have no anchor but the United States. It is sad to observe such historically great people such as Italians abase themselves to them.

No, Europe will go down with the United States, they do not have the necessary madness in themselves to break free.

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:54 utc | 60

US made plea to Yemen to release Al-Awlaki

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210318-houthi-official-cia-asked-yemens-saleh-to-release-al-qaeda-member/

They couldn't bring him to trial so they had him released to be hunted down.

Posted by: Les | Mar 19 2021 1:57 utc | 61

Speaking of decline, here's one of the most degenerate and unknown aspects of the USG, of which even the average American is not aware of:

Stop Letting Rich People Buy Ambassadorships

There's no division between public and private sectors in capitalism, only a revolving door.

Posted by: vk | Mar 19 2021 2:07 utc | 62

https://www.rt.com/usa/518538-rand-paul-fauci-mask-theatre/

Holy hell, they really do wear double masks in America, no wonder why the whites feel the mask are phony, this is ridiculously funny.

Posted by: Smith | Mar 19 2021 2:10 utc | 63

Mr. Vk

That has been going on for more than a century.

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 19 2021 2:27 utc | 64

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218831.shtml

Global Times hyping up the talk in Alaska.

I always feel this is a weird meeting anyhow. Why Alaska? Why America at all? Didn't America start the trade war in the first place? So why does the chinese come to Alaska to negotiate with the americans now?

I hope this is not yet another kabuki theater.

Posted by: Smith | Mar 19 2021 2:36 utc | 65

Excellent analysis.

Only when the US gets spanked and spanked hard by one of several foreign powers will this lunacy end.

May that day come soon.

Posted by: restless94110 | Mar 19 2021 2:44 utc | 66

Posted by: Smith | Mar 19 2021 2:36 utc | 65

RE: Alaska meeting

I've been reading about it a little bit. It seems to have gone very badly. Blinken acts like a frightened bureaucrat, very strange stuff. My first impression is Blinken & Jake are way over their heads. Apparently the idea was to make them come to him so he could lecture them. They chose to lecture back. If it is drama, it's not good acting.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 19 2021 2:45 utc | 67

@ Bemildred

I guess it's good PR for both sides, thinking they are all the "bigger guys" for sitting down on a table.

I hope the chinese envoys enjoy some Alaskan king crabs LOL

Posted by: Smith | Mar 19 2021 2:51 utc | 68

Jewish Supremacists run America, so America is a dog-slave. Dogs and slaves do as the master orders them.

That's about it.

Posted by: Andrea Ostrov Letani | Mar 19 2021 3:16 utc | 69

@ Smith | Mar 19 2021 2:51 utc | 68 who wrote
"
I hope the chinese envoys enjoy some Alaskan king crabs LOL
"

It was decided because of Covid that there would be no joint meal....If the Chinese have crab then, thankfully, it was within an atmosphere to enjoy them...grin

Blinken, Winkin and Nod are the A team
Blinken = the new pompeous ass
Winkin = what class system? VP
Nod = Sleepy Joe

Looking back at the Trump days, you have to give him credit for fronting the circus mostly on his own excepting Pompeo and a few others

The Blinken, Winkin and Nod shit show doesn't look real stable to me. I can't see them continuing the Wag the Dog production of global narrative to keep the music playing. What is the next tune they will go flat on?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 19 2021 3:26 utc | 70

On the heels of - and maybe a response to - last week's statement from the “Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations”, Blinken's remarks in Alaska focussed on the "rules based international order" as the operative world system. Blinken insisted the RBIO was the key to "global stability", without which the world would descend to chaos and barbarism.

The Chinese delegation indeed flipped the human rights narrative back on the Americans, to which Blinken replied with prepared remarks admitting to "mistakes" but claiming that the US always engages its mistakes in a prompt and "open" manner. Which isn't exactly true.

So "xinjiang genocide" will be met with "Native American reservation system", Hong Kong will be met with Black Lives Matter - which will effectively stalemate the "gross human rights violator" tag the Americans would hope to apply to their rivals. We will see if the Chinese delegation widens this discussion into topics such as the brutal economic blockades on Venezuela and Iran.

Posted by: jayc | Mar 19 2021 3:27 utc | 71

@ jayc | Mar 19 2021 3:27 utc | 71 who wrote
"
We will see if the Chinese delegation widens this discussion into topics such as the brutal economic blockades on Venezuela and Iran.
"

Nice comment summary of the exchange and question of what is next. I predict a Western economic crash that is already happening but just not admitted to. The yield on Treasuries is going up significantly in a time when the US needs to borrow more just to the wheel spinning. I doubt any can guess the straw that brings this house of cards down but that stray is approaching its landing, IMO.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 19 2021 3:35 utc | 72

It's the what, not the who.
If the what is yet another example of criminal activity, in a long standing litany of criminal activities,
Then, it simply does not matter whatsoever who the particular who that is trying to sell it to the press happens to be.

Posted by: Josh | Mar 19 2021 3:35 utc | 73

All indications communicated by the media, both domestically and internationally, suggest to me that the same criminals are committing the same crimes.
However, the have selected a holographic phantom image to sell it to the press for them, or they have literally selected a brain dead sociopath who can't keep from dribbling on his shirt to sell it to the press for them.

Posted by: Josh | Mar 19 2021 3:39 utc | 74

Either way,
We still essentially have the same criminal elements trying to commit the same crimes against, well to be frank, the human species on our planet.
It is in no way less unacceptable simply because they are selling a different face to everyone on tv and in mass media.

Posted by: Josh | Mar 19 2021 3:43 utc | 75

msm quote from the opening meeting on thursday in alaska - "Blinken had initially said the US intends to defend the "rules-based order" without which there would be a "much more violent world" .... yeah, like going to war in iraq was via this ''rules-based order" and of course there has been a lot less violence in iraq.... what kind of jokers say this shit??

@ 65 smith... thanks for the link.... it will be interesting to see the fall out from this meeting... maybe there are a few asian massage parlors that the usa diplomats can visit while in alaska... it would make for an interesting headline...

Posted by: james | Mar 19 2021 4:29 utc | 76

Breaking911 @Breaking911

Biden refers to Kamala Harris as "President Harris"

[VIDEO]

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1372635148043321347

Posted by: Mao | Mar 19 2021 4:49 utc | 77

@ 77 mao - thanks... 18 seconds in... president harris... oh well... just as long as he doesn't say president trump, i think the usa people will continue to roll with it!

Posted by: james | Mar 19 2021 4:59 utc | 78

Breaking911 @Breaking911

CCP Foreign Affairs Chief Yang Jiechi to U.S. Sec. of State Antony Blinken:

"The United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength"

[VIDEO]

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1372775860986552323

Posted by: Mao | Mar 19 2021 5:37 utc | 79

The sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un warned the Biden administration on Monday that military actions near the country’s border could make Americans “lose sleep,” state media reported Tuesday.

The statement was delivered Tuesday by Kim Yo-jong in Pyongyang’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper — and comes after the US last week began joint military exercises with South Korea.

In the statement, Jong offered “a word of advice to the new administration of the United States that is struggling to spread the smell of gunpowder on our land.

“If you wish to sleep well for the next four years, it would be better not to create work from the start that will make you lose sleep,” she said.

The comments were North Korea’s first reference to Biden since his election, but did not name him.

https://nypost.com/2021/03/16/kim-jong-uns-sister-offers-word-of-advice-to-us/

Posted by: Mao | Mar 19 2021 5:43 utc | 80

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday warned North Korea that U.S. forces are ready to “fight tonight” after North Korea condemned military drills currently taking place in South Korea.

U.S. and South Korean forces recently resumed military drills in South Korea after temporarily halting them last February due to the coronavirus.

While speaking at a press conference today, Sec. Austin stated that “[The alliance] is critical not only to the security of the Republic of Korea and the United States, but also to the peace and stability of Northeast Asia and a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

He also said that the U.S. and South Korea “remain committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

In addition, Sec. Austin emphasized the importance of military readiness: “Our force remains ready to ‘fight tonight,’ and we continue to make progress toward the eventual transition of wartime operational control to a [Republic of Korea]-commanded, future Combined Forces Command.”

https://breaking911.com/u-s-defense-secretary-lloyd-austin-warns-north-korea-u-s-forces-are-ready-to-fight-tonight/

Posted by: Mao | Mar 19 2021 5:45 utc | 81

Breaking911 @Breaking911

BREAKING: Russian President Vladimir Putin has challenged President Biden to a live debate -ABC

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1372630376653414405

Breaking911 @Breaking911

PUTIN: “I want to propose to President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it basically live, as it’s called. Without any delays and directly in an open, direct discussion”

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1372631922476732416

Breaking911 @Breaking911

BREAKING UPDATE: White House shuts down Putin's debate challenge, says Biden is "quite busy" -NYP

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1372701065884409856

Posted by: Mao | Mar 19 2021 5:50 utc | 82

Thank you b, for putting it all together in one place.

Posted by: ایک شخص | Mar 19 2021 5:58 utc | 83

Posted by: Mao | Mar 19 2021 5:37 utc | 79

Oh snap! That statement is epic!

Posted by: One Too Many | Mar 19 2021 6:08 utc | 84

From todays Australian Review:

While Mr Morrison rejected China’s concerns about the Quad ahead of the meeting, the leaders’ communique said they “strive for a region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion”.
“Together, we commit to promoting a free, open rules-based order, rooted in international law to advance security and prosperity and counter threats to both in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. We support the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values, and territorial integrity,” the communique said.

Pastor Morrison and his new friends have obviously never give a thought or reflected on the legitimacy of serial wars for the bandit state in the middle east for the the bandit state's grotesque and criminal treatment of the Palestinians.

Surely the contradiction between words and deeds is a case of cognitive dissonance. Now Japan and India have caught the disease. The Quad's 'leaders' cant really believe their own propaganda or expect the gullible public to believe it

Conveniently, New Zealand has its two sub-standard Australian made frigates in Canada for a 'refit' and unavailable for troublemaking 'exercises.'

I find it Interesting that following Australia's disastrous experience in WW1 where the British Empire's generals took command of the Australian army and detached formations piecemeal. The Australian government went into WW11 with the 'Charter of the AIF' Australian Imperial Forces.

NZ didn't have a similar charter and paid the price under British command.

Perhaps Australia and NATO wouldn't have the same self respect and insist on their own national command and force integrity today

Stoltenberg has demonstrated he is a toady to his Anglo-Zionist masters. Europeans and five eyes beware.

The clique running the US has Russia-phobia in their generational memory since the time of the Tsars.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 19 2021 6:23 utc | 85

Posted by: Paul | Mar 19 2021 6:23 utc | 8

Any mention of Australia's geopolitical position needs to include this simple explanation of reality. This also applies to all US satraps trapped in the Indo Pacific Strategic Interests" claptrap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCqXlDjx18

Posted by: Tom | Mar 19 2021 8:36 utc | 86

Posted by: Tom | Mar 19 2021 8:36 utc | 86

thanks Tom, I got a laugh out of this one and emailed it to some friends.

One would imagine that a nation so concerned with the rules based international order and freedom of navigation would at least sign and ratify the International Law of the Sea Convention.

Don't hold your breath waiting for the abides Harris administration to do it. First they need permission from the deep state. The US has threatened to halt legitimate Iranian oil shipments. Karlof1 is right, the US IS an outlaw empire. Look at their threats and look at their behaviour, not their words.

With 'friends' like this who needs enemies?

C'mon patriotic Americans throw out the compradore rulers and take back your country.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 19 2021 9:48 utc | 87

" and Biden's victory was seen with relief. "
Absurdly.

Posted by: Johny Conspiranoid | Mar 19 2021 9:57 utc | 88

@Fyi | Mar 19 2021 1:29 utc | 54

I think b. could explain better but access to unlimited gas is vital for energy, chemie and hydrogène.
Germany lost two World War on coal and oil. Maritime blocus from both England and US is so easy. Stalingrad was on the road to Bakou oil field.

A think, for Germany [and Europe], it's NS2 or death. Or slavery.
France is already US's "house Negro" .


MalcomX, 1963 speech "house Negro vs. fied Negro"

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 19 2021 10:04 utc | 89

Here is another of the neologisms I coin for odd things: 'churning'. Let's just accept it -- I have been off the reservation for many a year now. I sometimes see it all in my own different way. You know all that drama about pipelines, and low-intensity wars, and Biden flagrantly insulting Putin, and all that? You know why I think that all is -- all that churning? Maybe it's something that's just too damn simple.

Just imagine. Just imagine if all this insane churning were to suddenly cease. Everything suddenly gets very quiet.

And then -- and then we all start to notice. The relentless sinking -- the steady continuous sinking of the Western Empire. Nothing exciting to take our minds off it now. We just sit here and watch it all slowly sink into the mud...

Posted by: blues | Mar 19 2021 10:44 utc | 90

Posted by: Mao | Mar 19 2021 5:37 utc | 79

It is also very interesting that Blinken has to read everything he says and his Chinese counterpart does not need to read anything.

I guess it is difficult to remember all the lies at once.

Posted by: arby | Mar 19 2021 12:33 utc | 91

Interesting also that the US side arrived late making the Chinese side wait: I saw Wang Yi look repeatedly at his watch. Should one assume that this was a matter of deliberate rudeness?

Posted by: md | Mar 19 2021 12:49 utc | 92

And I notice that no-one has commented on the invitation to Lavrov (accepted) to come to Beijing next week.

Posted by: md | Mar 19 2021 12:57 utc | 93

FOX vs CNN coverage on Blinken's meeting w/China was a pathetic (but funny) Rorschach test.

What the Chinese official actually said

" Yang Jiechi for a whole 15 minutes called the US racists at home and warmongers abroad. He said in front of the Chinese side, the US side is not qualified to speak to China from a position of strength. He told in no uncertain terms that the US actions harm the interests of the peoples of the two countries as well as world stability and development and “should not be continued.” "

How CNN covered it ...

'China and Russia are hearing something they have not heard from the U.S. in years, an Administration calling them out on their evil'

How FOX covered it (even funnier)

'China tells the U.S. that they no longer have a position of strength'

[Can you say criminal misrepresentation?
In context Yang was clearly saying that the U.S. was in no moral position to lecture China but FOX made it look like Blinken was surrendering to China on the USS Missouri because the Biden Administration squandered the strength the Trump Admin gave to the U.S. This is Iran coverage level of distortion

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Mar 19 2021 13:08 utc | 94

This administration is a joke

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Mar 19 2021 14:41 utc | 95

Watching Blinken vs. Yang is something like watching a high school basketball squad take on the NBA. If the kids play nice the pros will make them look good and teach them a few things. If the kids continually foul and count on their previous side deal with the referee then the pros will squash them.

Blinken & Sullivan behave like this is an exhibition game. An exhibition with a pre-agreed outcome. It has all gone south and there is no reserve, no bench. And no Plan B.

Only worse outcome is an outright military defeat. If Team USA cannot be slapped to their senses that could be arranged.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 19 2021 14:51 utc | 96

Funny how Putin always respond completely different than the neocons want him to respond, live debate with Biden lol.

We are in for a worse period, Trump era got the tension down, now the neocons doing everything to get US pitted against Russia.
Not to mention european nations as Baltics, Poland, Sweden seems to the most eager for this new cold war.

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 19 2021 15:26 utc | 97

@96 oldhippie - Only worse outcome is an outright military defeat. If Team USA cannot be slapped to their senses that could be arranged.

Great point - we are getting very close to that point now aren't we?

We were saying for a time that a slap was coming, and then Iran delivered it a year ago. We then said the next thing must be a real and actual military defeat. Doesn't have to be big, doesn't have to be bloody. But it has to force the US to retreat from a position that it took with an intention to advance.

It could be as simple as a Russian convoy forcing a US convoy off the road in Syria. Or it could scale up to any size.

And perhaps the first one can be somewhat private, known only to military and commentators, or perhaps the Russian/Chinese planners calculate that even the first one should be very public and impossible to hide from the US population.

But something will come.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 19 2021 15:36 utc | 98

Here they are talking tough guy to North Korea

"Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin has threatened North Korea with a war after Pyongyang denounced the resumption of drills between the US and South Korea.

“Our force remains ready to ‘fight tonight,"

Posted by: arby | Mar 19 2021 16:15 utc | 99

I have the impression that the bureaucracy functions with something of a mob mentality - power goes to the most extreeme, each trying to prove that he is more rabidly faithful to the cause.

The executive would be expected to show more restraint. Except perhaps this executive is not capable to holding a thought or is overly compliant with the mob. I feel like the words were literally planted in Biden's mouth.

Interesting that Trump was a loose cannon, yet possibly less dangerous than Biden.

So it is insanity unchecked. The good aspect would be that perhaps this will accelerate us to a resolution. The unfortunate aspect is that we may not be pleased with the resolution. As far as I can discern, the probability is that this ends only one way. Failing states are said to be dangerous - to all. It will be tedious getting there - very slowly and then all at once.

The hope would be that responsible players will step-up.
It seems all modern wars start "accidentally". Oops.

Posted by: jared | Mar 19 2021 16:22 utc | 100

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