Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
April 12, 2022

How The U.S. Does 'Diplomacy'

The U.S. doesn't do diplomacy. Every country has its own interests. But the U.S. and its pricks in the State Department insist that its interests must have priority over all others. Any country that disagrees with that will be called out on this or that issue or will even get sanctioned.

March 19 2022: President Xi Jinping Has a Video Call with US President Joe Biden

The two sides exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine.

President Biden expounded on the US position, and expressed readiness for communication with China to prevent the situation from exacerbating.

President Xi pointed out that China does not want to see the situation in Ukraine to come to this. China stands for peace and opposes war. This is embedded in China’s history and culture. China makes a conclusion independently based on the merits of each matter. China advocates upholding international law and universally recognized norms governing international relations. China adheres to the UN Charter and promotes the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. These are the major principles that underpin China’s approach to the Ukraine crisis.

March 21 2022: US announces new sanctions on Chinese officials over ‘repressive acts’

The State Department said it would impose visa restrictions on Chinese officials it said are believed to be responsible for “policies or actions aimed at repressing religious and spiritual practitioners, members of ethnic minority groups, dissidents, human rights defenders, journalists, labor organizers, civil society organizers, and peaceful protestors in China and beyond.”

April 11 2022: Ukraine dominates Modi-Biden talks

Mr. Modi, who spoke via videolink to Mr Biden, described the situation in Ukraine as “very worrying” and said he had spoken, several times, with both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin and had not just urged peace, but also direct talks between them. India’s unwillingness to call out Russia by name for its attack on Ukraine has not gone down well in Washington, but U.S. officials have also said that they hoped countries that have relationships with Moscow might leverage them to bring about a resolution to the situation.

April 12 2022: US Monitoring "Rise In Human Rights Abuses" In India: Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States was monitoring what he described as a rise in "human rights abuses" in India by some officials, in a rare direct rebuke by Washington of New Delhi.

"We regularly engage with our Indian partners on these shared values (of human rights) and to that end, we are monitoring some recent concerning developments in India including a rise in human rights abuses by some government, police and prison officials," Mr Blinken said on Monday in a joint press briefing with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

January 10 2022: Chas Freeman - Diplomacy as an Instrument of Statecraft: A Practicum

What distinguishes diplomats from courtiers, securocrats, and other bureaucrats in a national capital is a reliance on empathy: the ability to see the world through other eyes and to use this insight to induce others to see their interests the way the diplomat wants them to see them. It takes more than a diplomatic passport, position, or title to make someone a “diplomat.” Diplomacy, like other skilled work, requires knowhow gained through training, mentoring, on-the-job experience, and awareness of historical precedents. It is a calling and a role, not a job title.

Yet diplomacy remains at best a proto-profession in the United States, thanks to the uniquely American reliance on the political spoils system to staff even key national security functions. This makes diplomatic appointments to benefit appointees and their political parties rather than the country. It thereby enshrines amateurism and incompetence. As the New York Herald-Tribune put it in 1857, in the United States “diplomacy is the sewer through which flows the scum and refuse of the political puddle. A man not fit to stay at home is just the man to send abroad.” Only one thing has changed about this in the last 165 years. Female campaign donors and celebrities now compete with men for appointments to what they imagine are ambassadorial sinecures in plummy places abroad, leaving seedy and dangerous places to lifers.

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We do appreciate your insights.
You are one of the best posters in MOA

Posted by: Cadence calls | Apr 13 2022 4:34 utc | 301

@dr Seuss 300
I’m no fan of China, so I won’t be going there ever.
But I’m also not a huge fan of the west, even though I live here.
I consider myself more of an apologist for the west, than anything.
We have fucked up everything, and I struggle with that.
We should be doing better, considering the circumstances.
I love my country, but I hate what we do.

Posted by: Cadence Calls | Apr 13 2022 4:39 utc | 302

@ dr seuss 300
There isn't a hate of America, but of the government, as illustrated by the polls which put the President at 41% approval and the Congress at 22%. Apparently citizens aren't pleased by a lack of jobs and medical care, and endless wars, etc. And many of the readers here are not Americans but they see who's causing many problems in the world.
Now if you anything important to say don't be shy.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 13 2022 4:43 utc | 303

@ dr seuss | Apr 13 2022 4:24 utc | 300

Wahhh, wahhh, wahhh!

It's pretty clear you don't know much about history outside what you were taught in...I'm guessing...high school? Yet somehow you've convinced yourself that the US is the "best" or "greatest" or (more likely) "BESTEST EVAH!" place on the planet.

The truth is that the US is a 2nd- or 3rd-world shithole compared to Europe and nearly all of East and South East Asia, these days--but you wouldn't know about that because you've never left, can't speak a foreign language, and are entirely lacking enough curiosity about what you don't actually know to bother with trying to find out such hidden truths-- truths which are quite important for your own as well as your fellow Americans' well-being.

Now, regarding your "dictators" responsible for murdering "millions of their citizens", I do remind you that for 400 years it was perfectly legal for a white man to murder, starve, impoverish, beat, and work-to-death black men and women. Quite literally, white Americans were full dictators each ruling their own little feoff of peasants, most of whom went to early graves because of the violence visited upon them.

Or what about the millions of dead indigenous people the US is responsible for--peoples it continues to slaughter right up to the present day, in places like The Congo, Libya, Syria, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and El Salvador? Do you remember any of that history, by any chance? I mean, heck: in a lot of those places we're actually talking about current events. I suppose that, in your book, the fact that currently the US mostly murders people outside its borders is perfectly fine, since it's not murdering "it's own people."

Also, I noticed you left the British Empire out of that list. You do realize that the British Empire was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of its Indian citizens, over the years? Also, millions of Kenyans and South Africans, as well?

Maybe you should read up on a bit more history before you come onto these boards pretending to possess some kind of self-righteous virtue in comparison to the people who like to chat, here. It would probably make the responses you get to your frankly immature and uninformed hysteria a bit less painful for you.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 5:07 utc | 304

this poster is really doing a disservice to dr. suess!

i offer the words of the real dr. suess! - If you don't like me, remember it's mind over matter. I don't mind, and you don't matter.

more quotes below!

Life's just one great journey. It's a road we travel as we go from point A to point B. What makes that journey worthwhile is the people we choose to travel with, the people we hold close as we take steps into the darkness and blindly make our way through life. They're the people who matter.

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.

Posted by: james | Apr 13 2022 5:17 utc | 305

I'm pretty sure that someone already posted that Ukronazi propaganda video where the "Ukrainian" actress beheads a guy in what is likely some sort of sex-fantasy but which was undeniably inspired by the rather more terrifying ISIS videos.

What I'm not sure about is whether anyone posted next bit, where it has been revealed that the video in question: actually American made - It was created & posted on facebook by Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch #143.

videos like this explain why facebook needed to drop its policy on hatred against Russians.

Rather ugly, unhinged nonsense.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 5:20 utc | 306

Here's a link to a post on IntelSlava 2, showing Ukraininan Azov fighters (identified by the blue stripes and irregular uniforms they're wearing) holed up in a firing position in what is clearly a residential apartment that looks rather high up. Maybe a spotting/sniping position:

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 5:24 utc | 307

#FLASH—#Zelensky proposes exchanging #Ukraine|ian #POW|s for #Ukrainian opposition leader #Medvedchuk, put on display today by #SBU. Suddenly, the circus with him appearing out of nowhere for the 1st time in weeks makes sense. #Zelensky knew about the massive #Mariupol surrender.

Unbelievable: The day that over 1000 Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, he presents the leading opposition politician Medvedchuk in handcuffs and wants to exchange him for his soldiers. If you take your main opposition leader prisoner and hostage, you are nothing more than a despot and a dictator. My guess is that Medvechuk wasnt fleeing as it was reported, but already taken prisoner weeks before to use him in a good moment. Ze is nothing more than a thug.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 5:34 utc | 308

Re: PavewayIV | Apr 12 2022 15:27 utc | 54

Always great to find something here from Paveway.

The Ukraine is said to (have) harbored 15 nuclear reactors. But still, using fissionable material to produce a 'practical' nuclear weapon is a very a very tall order indeed. Even if one possesses the necessary materials (which are very hard to obtain), you still require a very elaborate array of technical kit to make a reliable, transportable, and effective bomb. Such weapons could presumably be produced, but certainly not with ease. A very crude yet nasty 'dirty bomb' would be perhaps 1,000 times easier to obtain.

It is not like the Russians have somehow overlooked this potential threat! They probably have at least hundreds of spies closely observing this situation. But there is another giant angle to this.

No matter how the Ukraine eventually becomes divvied up in the end, Russia is going to have to maintaining bases monitoring all of these sites in the future. This will entail the establishment of 'mini 'green zone style bases surrounding these facilities, resembling the ones the U.S. maintains in Iraq. And these would certainly serve various additional purposes. So the region that has been termed the Ukraine will never be the same as it previously has been.

Posted by: blues | Apr 13 2022 5:37 utc | 309

308 - Yes, it was a bandit sort of place even before February 24 but open fighting just rips any remaining mask away. That Azov guy they had talking to the Greek parliament a few days ago practically had bolts in the side of his neck.

Posted by: Waldorf | Apr 13 2022 5:45 utc | 310

i think we've found the grinch.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 13 2022 5:53 utc | 311

Posted by: dr seuss | Apr 13 2022 4:24 utc | 300

... not one American amongst the dictators responsible for the deaths of millions of their citizens.

Just millions on Non-Americans.

Because nobody gives a shit about the lives of non-Americans, right? ... RIGHT? GFY!

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 13 2022 6:24 utc | 312

Pacifica mentions " firing position in what is clearly a residential apartment"
Didn't the Dutch send sniper rifles immediately at the beginning of the conflict?
On another issue, few realize that this is a civilizational war because it touches several aspects of our lives. One field that should not be neglected is the education one: when the EU decided to be entirely vassalized to the US (time of the TTIP) it adapted its university systems, making it a copy of the US one (Bologna Process, started earlier, took a new turn). This resulted in the fact that students are unable to learn additional languages without having to pay some semi-private or fully private structures, within and outside universities (i.e. linguistic resources were outsourced because they were considered as too costly). The next wave came with an increase in 'summer schools' whose actual goal is to offer the students who can afford them with some of the basis they need to actually follow their cursus at the university when the year starts. The result is of course that increasingly, only wealthy students are able to register in arts and humanities (cf. Nato's Cognitive warfare for the emphasis on grooming humanities).
In libraries, the attack was stronger and twofold: computer catalogues (allowing for some purge presented as the result of the poor understanding by programs of anything but English characters) and very expensive online resources (representing nowadays the main share of a library budget).
In the latest decade, all these beacons of modernization were adopted by the Western lackeys, be they the US or the EU ones. This resulted in an extreme gap between the very rich and the (studying) middle class in developing countries, which has now evolved into a cultural/intellectual gap. As a matter of fact, the only way to study for the very rich is to study abroad, because no local structures can afford the costs (adding to that the issue of academic publishing, with companies selling books for 200 dollars a piece). The widespread idea that everything is now digitized is mere propaganda (and even digitized material can be sold at high prices) and the part that is is only in hard sciences, conveniently making it impossible for students of developing countries to access the arts and humanities.

Posted by: Anonymitas | Apr 13 2022 6:38 utc | 313

They go to the heart of Germany’s postwar identity as a peaceful exporting nation — and to the heart of a business model that has enriched Germany and made it Europe’s largest and most powerful economy.

Now Germans are being asked “to rethink everything — our approach to doing business, to energy policy, to defense and to Russia,” said Claudia Major, a defense expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. “We need a mind-set change. We need to recognize that this is about us — that power politics are back and Germany must play a role.”

But she added, “Once again Germany is not leading, it is being dragged.”

Truly reorienting Germans for a new world where security has its real costs — not only in terms potentially of lost lives, but also in lost trade, higher energy prices, slimmer profits and lower economic growth — will be a wrenching endeavor that will take time, even a generation, and more than an afternoon’s policy pronouncement.

A propaganda piece with some hints at what is coming for Germany.

Whenever I hear Germans must be ready for a "new world" or "rethink everything", I know from history what is coming. We now again have preachers and missionars who want to re-create a new human. Communism, Nazism, all ideologies and religions have this in common: They all want a new human. Its not about facts, but about opinion, faith and feelings. This will again fail miserably as all ideologies have failed that didnt take human traits, greed and selfishness, into account.

In the end, Germany has no ressources, that is a fact. We need cheap and accessible ressources to keep the living standard we have. Energy doesnt come out of the socket, it isnt just there. It is produced with ressources Germany needs to import. All German leaders, Bismarck, Ebert, Adenauer, Schmidt etc, had to think about how to secure cheap ressources to keep the ppl they swore and oath to protected. The current leaders, Baerbock, Habeck Scholz - out of ideology, out of the urge for a "new world" - dont do that and in the process will destroy the wellbeing of the ppl they swore an oath to.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 6:47 utc | 314

Posted by: Down South | Apr 12 2022 18:44 utc | 124

elensky is a cannon looser than Donald Trump. There will be much wiping and gnashing of teeth when Europes leaders realize that.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 13 2022 7:10 utc | 315

From Rybar

13.04.2022 (10:00)
Briefing of the Ministry of Defense of Russia

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine.

During the night, high-precision sea and air-based missiles in the areas of the settlements of SADOVOE and CHUDNOV destroyed two large depots of missile and artillery weapons of Ukrainian troops. Also, four Ukrainian helicopters were destroyed at the military airfield MIRGOROD - two Mi-24s and two Mi-8s.

Operational-tactical aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 46 military facilities of Ukraine.

Among them: two command posts and a radar station in the BOROVOE area , two installations of multiple launch rocket systems, as well as 4 areas of concentration of Ukrainian military equipment in the BOROVOE and PESKY-RADKOVSKY areas .

Russian air defense systems shot down two unmanned aerial vehicles in the air over the settlement of AFANASIEVKA .

Rocket troops and artillery hit 693 enemy targets, of which: 676 concentrations of personnel and equipment, 11 command posts, 5 logistics depots.

In total , since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 130 aircraft, 103 helicopters, 244 anti-aircraft missile systems, 447 unmanned aerial vehicles, 2169 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 243 multiple rocket launchers, 931 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2076 units of special military vehicles.

In the city of MARIUPOL , in the area of ​​the metallurgical plant named after Ilyich, as a result of successful offensive operations by the Russian armed forces and police units of the Donetsk People's Republic, 1,026 Ukrainian servicemen of the 36th Marine Brigade voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered .

There are 162 officers and 47 female servicemen among the surrendered servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces .
One hundred and fifty-one wounded Ukrainian servicemen of the 36th Marine Brigade received primary medical care on the spot, after which they were all taken to the MARIUPOL city hospital for treatment.

Posted by: ka | Apr 13 2022 7:34 utc | 316

''The American asked them if the Brit and his pals could get civilian clothes (to sneak out like rat cowards).''

You've obviously never been in the military or actual combat.

Posted by: fnord | Apr 12 2022 22:16 utc | 221

You obviously didn't hear the conversation, but relies on your own imagination. Maybe you have military intelligence?

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 13 2022 7:40 utc | 317

[Forwarded from That Stag🦌]

It is no coincidence that Medvedchuk, allegedly detained in an SBU special operation, was publicly introduced at precisely the moment ( when Azov-gate ( loomed on the horizon. In fact, Medvedchuk was not detained yesterday, but as early as February 24 on the first day of the special operation in Ukraine, when the opposition politician went completely off the radar.

The February 27 version thrown into the Ukrainian media about Medvedchuk's alleged escape from house arrest with the help of Russian special forces is nothing more than a cover story about his kidnapping by SBU officers. Kum Putin has long been held captive in the custody of the "bezpeki service", and all this time he has been interrogated and tortured, and the photo clearly confirms it. Medvedchuk is haggard, out of his clothes, has no haircut, his forehead is bruised, his eyes have burst capillaries from chronic lack of sleep and psychological pressure. He may well have been drugged with psychologically repressive substances. All signs of prolonged torture are clear, but of course the UN Committee against Torture will not be interested in these facts.

The West, after many failed attempts by all sorts of "doves of peace" to negotiate the evacuation of their agents from the territory of Azov-Stal, is turning to crude blackmail, and through their Ukrainian proxies are presenting Putin with a "joker" from the sleeve, offering to exchange Medvedchuk for a humanitarian corridor in Mariupol for NATO generals. Zelensky's mocking signature "Happy Cosmonautics Day" is a direct message to Putin, who at a press conference at the Vostochny cosmodrome made a series of harsh statements towards the West that de facto zeroed in on Istanbul and closed the window of negotiations.

The hastily invented version by the storyteller Arestovich that Medvedchuk was kidnapped in a neighbouring country is useless - if Medvedchuk were at large and under the protection of the special services, it would not have been possible to kidnap him, and Medvedchuk would not have kept quiet either. On the other hand, Avakov spoke in full compliance with the principles of "new sincerity" and did not hesitate to state directly the need to exchange "the scum of Medvedchuk for the people of Mariupol". By "Mariupol people" British agent Avakov means NATO generals. Zelensky, after getting the temnik, in his night-time address confirmed his desire to exchange Medvedchuk (note the whole text, except this sentence was written before Zelensky's night-time address)

Somewhere we have seen this historical plot before. On the known legend Hitler suggested Stalin to exchange his captured son Jacob for Field Marshal Paulus, caught in the Stalingrad cauldron, on what he has received from Stalin the categorical answer, that "I don't trade a Field Marshal for a soldier". It is as if NATO got hold of Hitler's secret archives and Third Reich method books somewhere. A monstrous historical cosplay. Translated with (free version)

Posted by: Barofsky | Apr 13 2022 7:52 utc | 318

More on the shenanigans of the West:

[Forwarded from That Deer🦌]

The last 'dove' of peace. From the blabbermouth Macron no longer picks up the phone in the Kremlin, let him get elected first. Erdogan's friend turned out "suddenly", agents Abramovich and Chubais after Istanbul under obvious suspicion of collaborationism, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, grandson of his grandfather the SS Gruppenführer, lost his chance of rehabilitation in the eyes of the Kremlin after supplying 50 Leopard-1 tanks to Ukraine. Rescuing the "Istanbul Povar" ( and NATO generals from the blockade in the secret bunkers of Azovstal was called for by the still unfledged "dove" Chancellor Nehammer of Austria, who took office in late 2021 after a series of anti-Russian state coups launched after the "Ibiza-gate".

However, the "dove of last hope" failed in his mission and flew out of Moscow with nothing - Putin did not even dignify him with an hour and a half audience, which speaks most eloquently about the outcome of the negotiations. It is whispered that Nehammer decided to negotiate from a position of strength and had the courage to give Putin an ultimatum from the collective West, but out of inexperience he did not calculate his junker's energy, so the conversation with Putin did not work out and was short. The Austrian dove was quickly escorted out the door and driven out of Novo-Ogaryovo. By the way, whoever wrote here about Austria's pro-Russian vector is a bit behind the times - this is not the case in Austria anymore, and since 2019 the globalists have been ruling the "Vienna ball", who have displaced the nationally-oriented forces and finally strangled the conditionally pro-Russian Kurz. It is no coincidence that Austria has had the toughest covid policy and a complete lockdown. Nehammer is a no-nonsense globalist protege and his moderate rhetoric towards Moscow is little more than rhetoric.
The collective West is now greatly concerned about the fate of the NATO generals blocked by Russian troops at Azovstal and the biological weapons being manufactured at the facility in secret NATO laboratories supervised by the same scandal-plagued Metabiota company linked to Hunter Biden. This was the focus of Nehammer's mission. There is information that there are several hundred foreigners inside the underground tunnels and bunkers of the biolaboratory staff and NATO generals, who are guarded by the Azov national battalion and Rinat Akhmetov's security service.
NATO has never been so close to failure. Imagine what will happen when Russia provides the world at the UN with irrefutable evidence of the development of biological weapons, confirmed by their developers and the secrecy agents caught in Russian captivity. A new Nuremberg looms on the horizon. That is why there is such fierce fighting over Mariupol and all the doves of the world have been hovering around the idea of reanimating the Istanbul peace and demanding humanitarian corridors in Mariupol for a fortnight now - poor Macron, saving the French legion from impending disgrace and his second term, has already drained his phone battery with calls to Putin.

The despair is understandable - the evacuation of NATO generals and secret carriers from Mariupol failed, the last air corridor was sealed by Russian artillery. Macron's second term literally depends on the outcome of Azovgate, while Biden and the Democrats depend on the outcome of the congressional elections. The countdown to the grand scandal has started. The West is cornered, but it is the cornered rat that is most dangerous - to distract attention from Azov-gate, the West is preparing large-scale provocations designed to obscure the scandal of the biological weapons production discovered in the secret bunkers of Azov-Stal. Translated with (free version)

Posted by: Barofsky | Apr 13 2022 7:57 utc | 319

By exchanging Medvechuk, Ze does not only get soldiers back he needs to die in Donbass, but he kills off Medvechuk as the main political opponent. If Russia trades him in, it is acknowledged that he is a Russian asset. Thus his political future in Ukraine is over.

It is unbelievable that Western MSM dont utter a word on this event: Taking your main political opponant hostage, is the work of a despot. The West is sanctioning all enemy govts left and right who dare to do that. Western MSM got all worked up, when Lukachenko had his opponents jailed after the failed coup. But in this clear cut case of a despot its all silence!

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 8:38 utc | 320

Posted by: dr seuss | Apr 13 2022 7:20 utc | 317

Are you really that dense? You have a problem with dictators killing their own citizens in the past, but you have no problem with Americans killing millions of citizens of other countries. And then you you say that you don’t like looking in the rear view mirror. Xenophobic and illogical to boot.

Posted by: RJB | Apr 13 2022 8:43 utc | 321

Posted by: RJB | Apr 13 2022 8:43 utc | 324

Dr. Seuss is heavily propaganized. For him, the US is the shiny city on the hill, the exceptional country. If you have listened to propaganda all your life, you are blind to reality: The shiny city on the hill is built on the corpses of millions of humans who were unfortunate to be born in countries that sat on key ressources or held strategic territory to keep the "American Dream" alive.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 8:55 utc | 322

Dr. Seuss is a troll. Ignore him.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 9:02 utc | 323

Finally got around to listening to Gonzalo Lira's interview with Scott Ritter. And just now Scott is saying what "phase 3" might - I emphasize might - be.

And it's exactly what I previously said it would be: a huge armored fist through the center of Ukraine with branches to threaten Odessa and Kiev and also to advance on Lvov. He says Russia activated 60,000 reserves and that he expects they will be used to secure the rear while the battle-hardened front line troops will push across Ukraine heading toward Lvov to establish, as he puts it, "a new political reality for the Ukrainian leadership". And then he expects Zelenskyy to surrender.

He thinks "phase 2" will not last as long as "phase 1", although he acknowledges how long it took just to take Mariupol. He thinks phase 2 will be over in a couple weeks, because it won't be like phase 1, it will be genuine Russian military doctrine brought to bear, i.e., massive firepower brought down on one objective at a time until it is destroyed, then moving to the next.

I personally am not so confident. Things always take longer than you think they should. There was a rule I read once that went: To plan how long something will take, double the estimated time - then move it to the next higher unit of time. In other words, for a one hour task, assume two days. At least, this seems to be how it works for me! :-)

He did say reducing Donbass could take as long as a month, which I think is a more realistic estimate. Even if you kill a 2,000 Ukies a day, and that's quite possible, with 60-100,000 to kill, do the math - it has to take a month at least.

Continuing to listen.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 9:02 utc | 324

These things matter. Why we have spent years discussing them.

ASEAN surpasses EU to become China's largest trading partner.

China's imports and exports with ASEAN jumped 8.4% yoy to 1.35tn yuan in Q1 accounting for 14.4% of the country's foreign trade volume.

The world is getting back to where it used to be, before the European countries extracted all the wealth of the subdued nations during colonialism, beginning in the 18th century, but keeping it alive as neo-Colonialism after WW2 by economic and military force if needed. Before that, China and India were the wealthiest states for centuries by a huge margin. China wont need the West to sell goods. The pendulum is swinging back. Another name for China is the Middle Kingdom. It got the name, because the world before Colonialism was centered around it, China was inward looking and my guess is that it is going back to be that way. Europe sits on the margin of that inward looking center.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 9:09 utc | 325

I get home from work again and... hol-ee sheet! 328 comments! Can someone provide a 4-5 bullet point summary and current sitrep?

Posted by: Patroklos | Apr 13 2022 9:11 utc | 326

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 5:20 utc | 306

Values of the UNWLA
We are guided by principles of Christian ethics, religious tolerance, political non-partisanship and universal respect for human rights.

Well now we know !!!!!!! The same kind of "Christian ethics" embodied in Reichskirche. or as Ukraine has now OCU under Dumenko

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 9:13 utc | 327

Russian hypersonic missile used to destroy a very fortified underground command center of the AFU south of Kramatorsk.

"And as some have already reported in here, At least ten fire engines to be either on the road or already at the factory to start pumping water from the river or sea and pumping water to above-ground ventilation shafts that carry fresh air to the cavernous network of tunnels below the Azovstal metallurgical complex..

If Azov close the ventilation shafts, they will drown within a few days. If they do not close the ventilation shafts, they will drown in a few days. In any case, the siege of the factory will be terminated in such a way that the factory itself can remain intact..”

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 9:18 utc | 328

Posted by: RJB | Apr 13 2022 8:43 utc | 324

US President IS a "Dictator". He can rule with Executive Order and he can go to War without declaration any by-pass War Powers Act 1973 which was simply a law to restate the US Constitution Art 1 (8) which was simply tossed aside by the Dictator.

US Presidents behave just like Charles I in his "Eleven Years Tyranny" using the Fed and US Treasury to deficit fund the War Machine and stop Congress controlling the Executive through control of Spending and Taxes.

The US is a Uniparty State run as a Dictatorship

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 9:20 utc | 329

Interesting info on the Black sea and Turkey via the Saker.

“Turkey will not let NATO warships into the Black Sea,” said Minister of Defense of this country Hulusi Akar. At the same time, he referred to the Montreux Convention and said that the passage would be closed to warships of countries that do not have access to the Black Sea, A Haber TV channel reports.

Akar also admitted that the presence of mines in the sea could be deliberate: they could have been fired as part of a plan to pressure Ankara to let NATO minesweepers into the Black Sea, which is contrary to the Montreux Convention.

“We have a suspicion that the mines were deliberately introduced. Perhaps they were fired as part of some plan to put pressure on us in order to let NATO minesweepers [through the straits] into the Black Sea. But we are committed to the rules of the Montreux [Convention] and do not Let warships enter the Black Sea,” the minister said."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 9:20 utc | 330

@malenkov | Apr 13 2022 2:23 utc | 286

Myself, I couldn't get over the fact that 404 is so hard up for actresses that they had to settle for one with multiple herpes sores on her lips.
Indeed, and one of those enlarged coronavirus hats.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 13 2022 9:23 utc | 331

Poland has reportedly begun its shipment of (supposedly) 100 T-72 tanks and Bmp-1s to Ukraine. While Australia ships Bushmasters to Ukraine.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 9:25 utc | 332

@dr seuss | Apr 13 2022 7:34 utc | 318

Most people are reasonable enough to realize a nation's citizens are not responsible for the actions their elected officials take.

So you are saying you don't have a working democracy because the 'elected officals' are not representing the views of the citizens. Well then, YOU are responsible for fixing your country by removing those 'elected officals' before they destroy the rest of the world. For sure WE did NOT elect your 'officials' and they are waging war on us.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 13 2022 9:32 utc | 333

"Gold or lead" diplomacy. Take the gold or get the lead.

Posted by: Jimbobla | Apr 13 2022 9:43 utc | 334

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 9:09 utc | 328

Living in China, the Middle Kingdom, as I do, sometimes I see world maps displayed.
These show the world as others see it. Distinctly allegorical.
China, of course, is central, Europe almost out of sight on the left flank.
Sometimes, beyond there, the British Isles are not shown at all!

Posted by: Walt | Apr 13 2022 9:53 utc | 335

The world is getting back to where it used to be, before the European countries extracted all the wealth of the subdued nations...
Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 9:09 utc | 328
Living in China, the Middle Kingdom, as I do, sometimes I see world maps displayed.
Posted by: Walt | Apr 13 2022 9:53 utc | 338

"For most of recorded history China has been the centre or the fulcrum of world population and society. One would not know that from any history classes or books and other media in the West. In fact, one only has to look at the standard Mercator projection to see the way in which China has been presented to the West — despite the fact that Europe was an insignificant population of nut and berry eaters on the Eurasian peninsula until about 1600." - Rob Urie

Posted by: waynorinorway | Apr 13 2022 10:30 utc | 336

> People from all over the world don't risk their lives to get to the US because of its history.

People "risk their lives to get to the US" for precisely two reasons:

A) Because they're fleeing the wars the US started in their country, or
B) Because they have a lot of money and are fleeing a new government like rats fleeing a sinking ship.

Neither case reflects well on the US and you prove yourself truly out of touch and immoral by suggesting either one might.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 10:37 utc | 337

Arne #328:
Der Weltgeist als Lachs?
Surrounding the globe and finally returning to its spawning grounds:

Posted by: njet | Apr 13 2022 10:39 utc | 338

Stop posting that bullshit of Scholz , Lindner or Lauterbach all being descendeds of SS-Obergruppenführer. There are 10.000s of Scholzs and Lindners in Germany, and the Austrian SS-guy LauterbachER is not Lauterbach.
I could not find evidence for this rumours spread everywhere.
If you know better, please come over with it.

Posted by: njet | Apr 13 2022 10:49 utc | 339

Found this, and thought some here might appreciate it:

🇷🇺🇺🇦⚡️The Russian military found a UAV with liquid containers and sprayers on the territory of one of the military units abandoned by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Video at the link shows multiple models, which rather strongly suggest the Ukronazis are prepping for either a chemical or biological attack, or a false flag event involving chemical or biological agents of some kind.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 10:53 utc | 340

@ Richard Steven Hack | 326

> Dr. Seuss is a troll. Ignore him.

Agreed. Such ignorant, uninformed drivel just needs to be slapped down with common sense responses once or twice and after that it can be safely ignored.

Job's done, here.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 10:56 utc | 341

Posted by: njet | Apr 13 2022 10:39 utc | 341

Thx for the hint, it seems like an interesting book, especially as an answer to Fukuyama's end of history, because that end is euro-centric and doesnt take into account the world before Colonialism. The allegorical picture in the title of the homecoming salmon, that lays its eggs in the place of its birth, is an intelligent summary as well.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 11:02 utc | 342

The new troll raises an interesting point. If the US is a democracy, how can the people of the US be not responsible for the actions of its leaders? There’s no defense by “I didn’t vote for the guy,” since the whole point is to accept the results of a vote and at most be “loyal opposition”. The sitting president cast votes as an elected representative for multiple violations of international law. He continued to be elected to multiple offices after voting (democracy!) to break international law where the follow-on events produced crimes against humanity. He’s quite proud of this history.

He was elected to the highest office in US democracy with this history. How, exactly, can the people who voted for him knowing all this not be responsible for his behavior? What is this, a limited liability democracy? No, dr. Seuss, you and I as American citizens are fully responsible for the actions of our leaders, even the ones we didn’t vote for. Without that responsibility there is no democracy. We have democratic means to remove these leaders from power and influence; that we consistently do not do so indicates that we do, in fact, democratically support their behavior. Consequently it is our behavior too.

And as someone who’s worked with immigrants and refugees, STFU. We treat those people so badly as a society that it’s not even funny. What they come here for and what they find are two very different things.

Posted by: Lex | Apr 13 2022 11:06 utc | 343

This is interesting.

About U.S. Department of Defense awarding a contract for ‘COVID-19 Research’ in Ukraine 3 months before Covid was known to even exist. Contractor associated with Peter Daszak Eco-Health Alliance which is tied up with the Wuhan biolab and Fauci.

Would love to see if the Russians can connect the dots here.

Posted by: Cyberhorse | Apr 13 2022 11:35 utc | 344

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 9:18 utc | 331

They can only exit in the direction they have not mined - which means they must hope the water is not entering in that direction.

At least explosions under water are not as bad since there is less oxygen for combustion.

Since it will be saline - assuming saltwater - it will also be conductive which could be very interesting.

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 11:57 utc | 345

Posted by: Lex | Apr 13 2022 11:06 utc | 346
"There’s no defense by “I didn’t vote for the guy,” since the whole point is to accept the results of a vote and at most be “loyal opposition”."

For those people who voted for the other side (or a side) that applies. For people who reject voting, that doesn't apply. As I like to say, "People say you can't complain if you didn't vote. I say, au contraire mon frere (hat tip to George Carlin); as an anarchist I'm the only one who can complain." Everyone voted for the System except me. The problem is the rest of you fools believe in the System. You just want to change it to a System that you like. Good luck with that.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 12:07 utc | 346

Posted by: Lex | Apr 13 2022 11:06 utc | 346

One third of Germans believe they live in a sham democracy

Allensbach survey shows: Many Germans are not only dissatisfied with democracy, they also demand a different political system. Left-wing politician blames Corona policy.

Many Germans no longer believe in the democratic system in Germany. A recent survey by the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research, commissioned by SWR radio, found that one-third of Germans believe they live in a sham democracy "in which citizens have no say."

Full article (german)

Well, yes, you are right. At least one third in Germany seems to agree. Not sure how I could exactly live up to my responsibilities. RSH would probably recommend not so democratic means. Overcoming the great Wurlitzer would be a start, but I have no good ideas where and how to start.

Posted by: TomD | Apr 13 2022 12:10 utc | 347

@ Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 11:57 utc | 348 Re: "At least explosions under water are not as bad since there is less oxygen for combustion."

Wrong for two reasons.

1) Explosives (as in weapons) do not rely on the oxygen present in the air for the chemical reaction that causes the explosion. Think about it, does a hand grenade or an artillery shell or mine need suck in oxygen from the air in order to explode? No.
2) Shock waves actually carry better in water because, unlike air, water is incompressible, that is why depth charges are so dangerous to submarines.

If you are not actually in the water then the water will have a dampening effect so you are right to that extent.

Sorry to quibble but science is science.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 13 2022 12:17 utc | 348

Posted by: TomD | Apr 13 2022 12:10 utc | 350

That's always my point. There is no "start". You can't "start" something that's not doable - unless your goal is to fail.

As for the Germans going against "democracy", I have to laugh. Scott Ritter in his interviews, when the subject of Germany spending $100 billion to re-militarize comes up, he says, "Haven't we learned the lesson of two World Wars? Letting Germany rearm is stupid." The alleged point of NATO was "keep the Russians out, Germany down, and the US in Europe." So now they're going to let a heavily nationalist nation, with a significant National Socialist demographic still existing, rearm, while the Russians are trying to De-Nazify Ukraine - and the Germans are using that as the excuse.

You can't make this stuff up, folks.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 12:20 utc | 349

@Dr Seuss, 318

OK, let's look out the windshield, as you suggest. What lies ahead? What should we Americans do now, in order to actuate the very helpful ethos which you stated above, copied here:

our government should put its citizens first. The actions they take or don't take should be with the nation's citizens' best interest at the forefront. I also believe that other nations should do the same. My ancestors didn't own slaves, nor did they have any part in harming, oppressing, or disenfranchising other humans anywhere around the globe

In your forward-looking action-plan, please address the recent allocation all those young, patriotic service-people, and the enormous amount of treasure and international standing lavished on punishing, coercing or otherwise hampering the actions of the nations of Iraq, Viet Nam, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela .... etc.

Do you feel that American national actions w/r/t to those countries put our nation's citizens interest foremost?

In my case, I am a once-much-more-proud American that believes that our nation's former-great-character has been systematically and cynically besmirched, subverted, and co-opted.

I no longer wear a flag on my lapel. The very symbol of our flag - even that! - has been hijacked.

Here's the opening you've been waiting for, big enough to drive a fire-truck through:

"What is your action-plan, implemented by we-Americans, to achieve the spirit and the letter of your ethic set out above?".

Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Apr 13 2022 12:30 utc | 350

Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 12:20 utc | 352

No offense, but calling Germany "a heavily nationalist nation, with a significant National Socialist demographic still existing" is pretty ignorant. Germans are anything but nationalist today, in fact most are constantly afraid of being seen as nationalist. Only 18% are willing to fight for their country in the event of a war. Not sure where you get "significant National Socialist demographic" from, either. Hollywood is not a good source of information.

Posted by: WhyCantWeJusGetAlong | Apr 13 2022 12:32 utc | 351

Stepping Up Rhetoric, Biden Accuses Putin of ‘Genocide’ in Ukraine
A DIA official told Newsweek that the number of civilian deaths in Ukraine is typical of modern warfare and 'hardly' amounts to genocide

The takeaway from this is that a DIA officer deliberately undercut Biden's statement! That's actually extraordinary. It follows a long line of Pentagon statements walking back attempts to expand the war with no-fly zones and the like. Clearly the Pentagon is fighting the neocons and other factions in Washington who want to expand the war, because the Pentagon knows it is in no position to prosecute a war with Russia at this time.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 12:54 utc | 352

BREAKING❗🇦🇺🇸🇧 Australia sends minister to Solomon Islands over China defense pact

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja arrived in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday to ask the country not to sign a proposed security agreement between the archipelago nation and China.

Aren’t countries free to choose their alliances?

Gonzalo's rethorical question perfectly encapsulates Western hyporisy on Ukraine and the repeated argument that all states can freely chose their alliances.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 12:55 utc | 353

Shame about destroying that facilty with salt water.
I would have thought just introduce smoke or some such thing into vents.

Barovskys narative of azov militants are holding NATO people hostage seems plausible.

It seems that Russia will proceed with what needs to be done for the sake of his own military - bring the matter to rapid conclusion.

Posted by: jared | Apr 13 2022 13:05 utc | 354

WhyCantWeJusGetAlong | Apr 13 2022 12:32 utc | 354

German nationalism today is european suprematism, and von der Leyen is its ugly face.

Neo-Nazism is not the point, even if there are Nazi networks in police, Bundeswehr and jurisdiction. Today "Am deutschen Wesen wird die Welt genesen" is translated into 24 languages. As long as the bribed EU member states follow, it will work.

When will the EU break up? When will the French go Frexit?
I suppose sooner as the Germans will oppose against being the Empires Schlachtfeld. They never will. They are doomed.

Honest, I am thinking about leaving this country. If it develops as I am afraid it will, I cannot stay.

Posted by: njet | Apr 13 2022 13:06 utc | 355

Posted by: WhyCantWeJusGetAlong | Apr 13 2022 12:32 utc | 354

Well, let's try some Google searches...

Germany’s Nazi Past Is Still Present

Far-right politics in Germany (1945–present)

On the Path to Day X: The Return of Germany’s Far Right

Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger
Thirty years after Germany came back together, the former East has become the stronghold of a once-marginalized movement that now sits in Parliament.

FRONTLINE: Germany's Neo-Nazis & The Far Right

There's more.

No one is saying that old-school Nazis are going to take over Germany tomorrow. What is being suggested by people like Ritter is that Germany has a strong nationalist history and the industrial base (at least until the sanctions cause it to collapse) and a vulnerability to this sort of thinking that could, in a few decades turn it into a more aggressively nationalist country, and that therefore it's not a good idea to encourage its re-militarization.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 13:09 utc | 356

There have apparently been comments circulating that Putin had not ben seen for some days. Seems a bit over done, but reminds me of my thought that those kamikazi drones seem like essentially a weapon of assasination - seems hard to combat. Additionaly I think that these high tech weapons are going to get into hands of various groups or individuals.

What was that snappy tune? "If I had a rocket launcher..."

Posted by: jared | Apr 13 2022 13:36 utc | 357

To everyone.

Please stop feeding obvious trolls.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 13 2022 13:36 utc | 358

To everyone.

Please stop feeding obvious trolls.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 13 2022 13:36 utc | 361

I agree with you about the trolls. I wonder what is the purpose of the trolls trolling this little blog when their side has 99% dominance in the western media? Why is this blog such a threat? Is a few people having opinions contrary to the mainstream media that much of a threat?

Posted by: Quiet Rebel | Apr 13 2022 13:47 utc | 359

@ Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 12:54 utc | 355

I think it is a case of
- headlines on the front page,
- retractions toward the back

The public only heard/saw their beloved leader with the headline/sound bite.

Posted by: jared | Apr 13 2022 13:48 utc | 360

OMG, does the kerfuffle mean the Trans Siberian Rally is off?

Posted by: Paul | Apr 13 2022 13:48 utc | 361

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 13 2022 12:17 utc | 351

Fair enough. Point well made !

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 13:51 utc | 362

Posted by: dr seuss | Apr 13 2022 7:20 utc | 317

You must have overlooked the dictators on my list, who killed millions of NON-Americans,

Your logic is scrambled. Read what you wrote:

... not one American amongst the dictators responsible for the deaths of millions of their citizens.

So, according to you, American leaders are pure as the driven snow, simply because they didn't kill millions of Americans (you seem to exclude Native Americans from this list for some reason!) and instead butchered millions of NON-Americans?

Hence my recommendation to you to GFY, because your attempt to single out American leaders as having some kind of moral high ground is in no way true no matter which angle you look at it from.

Gotta GFM now.

Get it right, it's "GFY". Boomer.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 13 2022 13:53 utc | 363

@ Posted by: MarkU | Apr 13 2022 13:36 utc | 361
@ Posted by: Quiet Rebel | Apr 13 2022 13:47 utc | 362

Have we established that they are in fact "trolls"?
I have seen what I thought were "trolls" posting enormously long, off topic, offensive, disturbing, polarizing (racist, stupid, insulting, unecesary) or repeated posts that disrupt the thread. If they are simple posting opnions that differ from you and your chums, that would not qualify and in fact presents you with an opportunity to slay them with your over whelming reason and grasp of the subject.

I wish B might post a fixed definition of "troll" and what he views as unacceptable behavior - without going all Zuckerberg on us. Then there should be a signal to alert to what might be unacceptable posts. I am glad to see that B is taking a more libertarian approach to his site - has made it a better, bigger more interesting thread. I see a lot of "get off my lawn" wanna bes out there but they will get used to it I think - will make them more accepting of other perspectives.

Posted by: jared | Apr 13 2022 14:04 utc | 364

Comedian Zelinsky wants a real German. . .
from Kyiv Post
Kyiv wants Scholz visit and arms, not president

A top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, April 13, said Kyiv wanted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to visit and pledge more arms deliveries, explaining a snub to Berlin’s head of state.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier admitted on Tuesday he had offered to visit Ukraine with other EU leaders, but Kyiv had told him he was not welcome right now.
The move against Steinmeier, a former foreign minister who recently apologized for a too conciliatory stance toward Moscow in the past, was widely seen as a diplomatic affront in Germany. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 13 2022 14:05 utc | 365

Many Germans no longer believe in the democratic system in Germany. A recent survey by the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research, commissioned by SWR radio, found that one-third of Germans believe they live in a sham democracy "in which citizens have no say."

It is a widespread and very valid perception which Anglo-Americans do not comprehend because they have no knowledge of Gerhard Leibholz.

Germany is a Parteistaat. If Lenin posited the Bolshevik Party as the Vanguard of The Proletariat which had to create a Party-State Fusion - Germany is simply the same postwar with several parties fused into The State at every level whether inside broadcasters or agencies. It is corporatist with allocated seats on boards. There are S&Ls owned by the towns and politicians sit on the boards all underwritten by taxpayers.

50% MPs are Civil Servants on leave from their jobs with automatic promotions in their absence.

As a teacher say you get extra points for "extracurricular" so you join Social Democrat Party and get advancement.

The Churches are funded by a tax collected by the IRS. The Bishops are paid by The State on a Civil Service pay grade like a judge.

There is no dynamic - everything is "organised"

In Eastern Germany there is no connection between political elites and street level - only volunteer fire brigade - otherwise nothing

The Parties get elected by List so it is not as if you have a direct link to your representative and he is a Party animal first. Even groups like AntiFa are funded by public funds - anyone surprised they are really quiet about Azov ?

Germans are not daft. they know they live in a Party Dictatorship which abuses the Constitution. Merkel put her MP as Head of the Supreme Court and then invited all the judges to dinner at the Chancellery before they were due to rule on a case about her abusing the Infection Law to impose a national lockdown when Health is the sole responsibility of each Federal Land - just as is Education.

The Power Grab from Berlin shows how sham the federal system really is........imagine if Biden had power to override the States and impose his rule from DC

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 14:10 utc | 366

This is a sure fire sign that the Nazi's are losing, and on the verge of collapse the same mantra was adopted in Syria when the mad dogs were routed by Russian and Syrian forces.

"French President Emmanuel Macron declined to join his US counterpart Joe Biden in describing the actions of the Russian military in Ukraine as “genocide.” Verbal attacks would not help further peace in Ukraine, he said, in an interview with France 2 television on Wednesday.

Biden appeared on Tuesday to endorse Kiev’s claims that the goal of the Russian attack was to exterminate the Ukrainian people."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 14:11 utc | 367

Some very brilliant comments here and thank you b. to pick up on this diplomatic sit rep. Blinken is even an elder stateman compared to that little noodle, Analena from the "Greenlings" in Germany. No foreign ministry can really sink lower than the one in Germany.

This just arrived in the inbox.
108 pages.
But at least this is something like official for these gentlemen and these crybabies in the mainstream media have to stick to standards and not emotions.

Posted by: Ted | Apr 13 2022 14:13 utc | 368

In response to Quiet Rebel@362,

I believe it's a threat to their wavering conviction in the dogma that they align or identify themselves with. The mere hint of heretical thought opens up the possibility of one's core beliefs being wrong or outright fabrications, which in turn is a serious threat to one's ego. One could say that the mind defends the well-being of the ego in much the same vein as the immune system defends the physical body. Subsequently, the weaker or less resistant the mind, the greater the estimate of the threat of dangerous information, the stronger the response by the immune system. And, naturally, with the msm and educational institutions in the role of arbiters of truth and gate-keepers against contrarian views, a mind strictly attuned to this flow of information is bound to atrophy and weaken to a point where critical thinking becomes impossible.

Posted by: Skiffer | Apr 13 2022 14:13 utc | 369

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 13:09 utc | 359

Ritter has no idea. Germany puts together €100 bn off-sheet fund which the US thinks is for it to scam. I doubt it will ever happen.

German military is dire. It lacks ammo and working helos, tanks, aircraft, and manpower. The demographics are against Germany. Some units of Bundeswehr - Paras and real soldiers - are 40% Russlanddeutsche who speak Russian at unit level.

Americans and the British know zilch about Germany. They have no idea at all. UK is a Co-Belligerent in Ukraine.........Germany never will be.

Germany is a country without a General Staff - it is forbidden. Germany exists only within NATO and EU - it has no sovereign military force at all - it is an incomplete military lacking key capabilities. UK is nearly in the same boat and totally unable to operate other than as Foreign Legion for US which is why British units are interoperable with US across the board.

Europe will fight no-one. US wants to go to war with Russia - time to draft Americans to fight

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 14:16 utc | 370

Its all part of boxing in China to weaken its economy, in my eyes a war between Nato and China and Russia is inevitable.

"Japan has received unofficial offers to become part of the AUKUS military bloc, which was formed last year by Australia, the UK and the US, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Several unnamed Japanese government officials told the paper that Tokyo has been informally approached on such a possibility by each of the three members of the alliance.

Two years ago, Japan announced plans to create two types of hypersonic weapons - hypersonic cruise missiles (HCMs) and hyper-velocity gliding projectiles (HVGPs) – saying that they could be fielded sometime between 2024 and 2028.

The country is also working on a special railgun that it believes could be able to shoot down incoming hypersonic missiles by firing shells at extremely high speeds using electromagnetic force."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 14:17 utc | 371

Macron doesn't recognize a Ukie unproven claim. Why not?
from Interfax-Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is disappointed with the unwillingness of French President Emmanuel Macron to recognize the genocide of Ukrainians by the Russian Federation, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said.
"The reluctance of French President Emmanuel Macron to recognize the genocide of Ukrainians after all the frank statements of the Russian leadership and the criminal actions of the Russian military is disappointing. Ukraine and Russia are historically close for objective reasons, but the myth of two brotherly peoples of Russia and Ukraine began to collapse after the occupation of Crimea and aggression in Donbas in 2014. Then the Russian 'brothers' allegedly came to defend the Russian-speaking population. But in eight years they killed 14,000 Ukrainians," Nikolenko told the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Wednesday. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 13 2022 14:25 utc | 372

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 8:38 utc | 323

By exchanging Medvechuk, Ze does not only get soldiers back he needs to die in Donbass, but he kills off Medvechuk as the main political opponent. If Russia trades him in, it is acknowledged that he is a Russian asset. Thus his political future in Ukraine is over.

I don't think it makes a difference. It's common knowledge Putin is the godfather of Medvedchuk's youngest daughter - yet he's had support in Ukraine for some time now.

If Putin plays his cards right he could turn this into a PR/Propaganda opportunity for the ages:

"The 'tyrant' who let a thousand soldiers live to save the life of the father of his god-daughter!"

Of course, Putin would get the captured soldiers sign a public declaration aired to western audiences not to re-enter the war but to take the position of conscientious objectors. Let Elensky deal with PR nightmare that will generate - assuming those soldiers have even a meagre sense of honour at all ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 13 2022 14:28 utc | 373

The media in the UK has been giving it big licks about Sweden and Finland joining Nato, well Finland has been complying with Nato on matters since 2008, so it will be no surprise to anyone if they go the whole way an join, as for Sweden, I had respect for the country until it did its best to fit up Julian Assange on false charges of rape at the behest of the USA.

You would've thought that the Swedes would've learned their lesson about US interests after the assassination of Olaf Palme.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 14:29 utc | 374

Don Bacon (375).

No doubt after a wee bit of gentle persuasion Macron will come around to Biden's way of thinking, I guess Macron has to make it look to the French public that he's his own man and that he doesn't just jump when the US comes a calling, especially moreso with the French elections in full swing.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 14:33 utc | 375

Right now the Ukrainian authorities are lashing out and blaming everyone else for their current predicament, when they should be looking at their own actions which have led to this point, so this comes as no surprise.

"German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier confirmed on Tuesday that he was not welcome in Kiev, where he’d intended to travel alongside four other EU presidents as a show of solidarity.

Ukrainian officials have accused Steinmeier of being close to Russia, while according to German media, his name is still associated in Kiev with the 2016 attempt to implement the Minsk agreements in the Donbass, known as the "Steinmeier formula."

The president planned to visit Kiev on Wednesday alongside his counterparts from Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as “a strong signal of joint European solidarity with Ukraine,” but “that apparently wasn't wanted in Kiev,” he told German media while visiting Warsaw on Tuesday."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 13 2022 14:37 utc | 376

Reports are in regarding the recent US-India 2+2 (Defense & State) meetings in Washington. . .The only result:

Austin announced that the U.S. and India will launch new defense space exchanges this year between U.S. Space Command and India's Defense Space Agency. "And I'm pleased to announce that just a few moments ago, we signed a bilateral space situational awareness arrangement," he said. "This will support greater information sharing and cooperation in space." . .here

Defense Intelligence Agency cites 70% growth in Russia and China’s combined space assets since 2019
The unclassified “Challenges to Security in Space” report follows a 2019 DIA report that surveyed space and counterspace programs being pursued by adversary nations, including Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. The 2022 report highlights growth in Russian and Chinese on-orbit systems as well as efforts to better organize their military space capabilities.. .here,

BTW Russia and China were not mentioned.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 13 2022 14:41 utc | 377

@ 380
Russia & China were not mentioned in the 2+2 reports.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 13 2022 14:44 utc | 378

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 14:16 utc | 373

Correct. The figure €100 billion alone is a joke. Also forgotten is that imo the main root of the German evil in the first half of the 20th century, the Prussian militarism, is dead in Germany and will not come back (~25% of the German population has a migration background - tendency increasing).

Posted by: Timur Garajew | Apr 13 2022 14:51 utc | 379

As for the Germans going against "democracy", I have to laugh. Scott Ritter in his interviews, when the subject of Germany spending $100 billion to re-militarize comes up, he says, "Haven't we learned the lesson of two World Wars? Letting Germany rearm is stupid."

The Bundeswehr will never be the Wehrmacht. The German military has been permanently severed from the traditions that made it once so effective. (50 per cent more effective than the Americans in WWII, according to Martin van Creveld, and that was a depleted Wehrmacht fighting without air cover.)

The Germans were once great at war, but that has been stomped out of them and isn't coming back.

Posted by: Herr Ringbone | Apr 13 2022 14:54 utc | 380

@ jared | Apr 13 2022 14:04 utc | 367

I think we can agree that posts composed entirely of ad-hominem attacks fall under the definition of trolling. People with actual arguments and/or information cannot be dismissed in the same way, we do not want to live in a group-think bubble.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 13 2022 15:03 utc | 381

. . . diplomacy in action (not). . .forever war
US lawmakers call for deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine as war pivots east

WASHINGTON — Some Capitol Hill lawmakers say they want to see the U.S. supply a steady stream of heavy weapons to Ukraine to help its forces go on the offensive against advancing Russian troops as the battlefield shifts to the country’s more rural east.
The White House is reportedly planning to begin such deliveries soon with a pending announcement of $750 million in new military aid. The additional security assistance could include sophisticated equipment such as howitzer cannons and armored Humvees, according to a report by The Washington Post.
“It’s very important that the American people understand that we want the Ukrainians to win, and we will support them with appropriate intelligence information and weapons so they can regain the territory that has been lost to Russia, and that includes the area in the Donbas,” Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said last week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. . .here

. . democracy in action. . ."“It’s very important that the American people understand what we want". . .is more contributions to our re-election campaigns from war profits

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 13 2022 15:09 utc | 382

, I had respect for the country until it did its best to fit up Julian Assange

You are of course joking ! Sweden was a covert ally of The Third Reich and allowed German troops across its territory to enter supplied iron ore and the Swedish social Democrats had many aspects of Nazism such as forced sterilisation.

You have been duped by Sweden.

It has really exposed itself to Russia. Unfortunately Russians and Chinese and Indians and Iranians have a much better sense of HISTORY than do west Europeans or Americans who live only in the present

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 15:18 utc | 383

Renewable Energy Prices Soar 30% - in the US -- . .here . .
How about in Germany? . . .The German government has increased renewables targets again - solar PV capacity is to grow by 22 GW annually as of 2026. . .includes solar panels from. . .China

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 13 2022 15:19 utc | 384

i recall hitch hiking around europe in 1975... the absolute worst place to hitch hike was in sweden.... i formed a very poor subjective view on sweden as a result!

Posted by: james | Apr 13 2022 15:57 utc | 385

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 13 2022 6:47 utc | 314

“A propaganda piece with some hints at what is coming for Germany.”
Anne Hartman commentary Quoting NYT piece behind paywall

“They go to the heart of Germany’s postwar identity as a peaceful exporting nation — and to the heart of a business model that has enriched Germany and made it Europe’s largest and most powerful economy. “

The paradigm shift that no one mentions is that NAZIsm has revived in the European continent and that it has in Zionism, it’s most active sidekick. These two fascist European world views have incorporated Globohomo and other depopulation agendas such as mRNA vaccine mandates and WEF’s socialist power mongering agendas. Russia’s Putin has denounced and rejected the Gender fluid Globohomo agenda and the Empire of lies machinations, but Russia doesn’t reject the vaccine mandates. This is causing a glitch in the Matrix. So, Ukraine was setup as the battering ram to weaken / isolate Russia if not militarily then by waging atrocity propaganda psy ops. I have no doubts the Russian Special Military Operation will succeed although the political aftermath might still be a challenge. Meanwhile the Europeans populace will find out in due time that their elites can’t sustain their lifestyle without access to Russian vast resources. The resulting implosion of the European economies will boomerang back to America and will no doubt result in a much greater war.

Posted by: Sun Tzu | Apr 13 2022 16:21 utc | 386

RSH and others,
I don’t think the US is a democracy at all. It’s a facade. My philosophical exercise was directed at believers like today’s troll. If the US (or any other nation) is an actual democracy, then the people must have responsibility for the actions of their leaders. That responsibility doesn’t require being proactive. For example, in a democracy it’s hard to imagine how any politician who voted for the Iraq invasion contra international law would ever hold public office again.

The US doesn’t have democracy. We’re shareholders in a limited liability corporation.

Posted by: Lex | Apr 13 2022 17:22 utc | 387

The US is NOT a democracy.

America was founded as a REPUBLIC, with its citizens participating in the
DEMOCRATIC PROCESS of voting for its leaders.

Surprising to me that more than a few fellow Americans on this board are not aware of this ;-)

Posted by: crone | Apr 13 2022 17:50 utc | 388

@ 388

Lex is correct. Since 1871 we have been a corporation.

Our elections have been rigged for a very long time.

Many Americans have only recently become aware that our "leaders" were selected, not elected.

It is my belief from my own research that The Cabal runs my country... yours too. I have stated my belief, and since it is a "belief" I will not engage in a debate about it. You may attack, smear whatever you like... I will not argue with anyone about it. Namaste

Posted by: crone | Apr 13 2022 17:59 utc | 389

About 'far right':

All my life I voted for 'far left' (actually what would be called left wing of social democracy 40 years ago).

But this time I voted right wing, although I abhor their Ayn Rand libertarian economic views. But the party is anti-woke, anti-EU, anti Covid repression with its censorship and against more power for the EU.

I would not want them too powerful, and rather would the left become more aware of geopolitics. Our Dutch SP is a quite good party, but this time, I wanted the strongest voice concerning geopolitics..

Posted by: Rootman | Apr 13 2022 18:04 utc | 390

The US is NOT a democracy.

America was founded as a REPUBLIC, with its citizens participating in the
DEMOCRATIC PROCESS of voting for its leaders.

Surprising to me that more than a few fellow Americans on this board are not aware of this ;-)

Posted by: crone | Apr 13 2022 17:50 utc | 389

This meaningless sophistry drives me nuts. The US indeed is not a democracy because the elected representatives don’t enact laws that represent opinions and interests of the electorate as established by the scientists from Princeton (the reference escapes me now).

Posted by: RJB | Apr 13 2022 18:36 utc | 391

The Express has got information inside from the Swedish government, that Finland has not been able to obtain any security guarantees from the United States or NATO in the event of a possible membership application in the Defense Alliance. This is stated by Swedish government sources for Expressen.
According to information from the government there are no security guarantees, despite Finland's efforts to do so - including during President Sauli Niinistö's visit to Washington in early March, where he held talks with US President Joe Biden.

Posted by: Mikkael | Apr 13 2022 19:11 utc | 392

The US is NOT a democracy.

America was founded as a REPUBLIC, with its citizens participating in the
DEMOCRATIC PROCESS of voting for its leaders.

Surprising to me that more than a few fellow Americans on this board are not aware of this ;-)

Posted by: crone | Apr 13 2022 17:50 utc | 389

This meaningless sophistry drives me nuts. The US indeed is not a democracy because the elected representatives don’t enact laws that represent opinions and interests of the electorate as established by the scientists from Princeton (the reference escapes me now).

Posted by: RJB | Apr 13 2022 18:36 utc | 392

. . . which is to say that the USA isn't much of a republic either, as I'm sure you'd agree. It's a corporatist oligarchy with increasingly fascistic tendencies that offers its subjects the pretense of representation/participation.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 13 2022 19:24 utc | 393

Paveway IV post 54

I kind of disagree with you, I'm no doubt that if an existential threat to Russia emerges, they will slay it with no qualms or debilitation." Do not on Moskau" is a meme circulating for a time. NATO forces in Europe have proved themselves incapable and pathetic. They will be completely overrun by a Russian Army of maybe 300 000 - 500 000 men, where at least 150 000 has combat experience.
And we are not even talking mobilization, where the figures will at least double.
How many in the West can handle a letter of conscription? Few is my guess. Nobody wants to die needlessly.
So that will not happen, well the Russian army is the Russian army, and the pityfull resemblance of once was migthy NATO is what we rely on.

If anyone thinks that NATO can be resupplied from the US, let me wake them of their dreams, the Russian submarin service is one of its biggest assets today and mind you most if not all are nuclear armed.
Read on the net "the black hole sub" or something like that.

I am not pro Russian or pro anything, but when articles like this one, it makes me fearful, Russia is not a walkover, it is Libya or Syria or one of the other places hammered by the Evil Empire, they can and will strike back forcefully, plenty of targets to choose from, 20 RS-28 Sarmat will sort that out. Good luck of intercepting.

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Apr 13 2022 19:45 utc | 394

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 14:10 utc | 367
Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 14:16 utc | 371

Amazing stuff. Thanks.

Posted by: Herr Ringbone | Apr 13 2022 14:54 utc | 381

Yes, I was aware of the superiority of the average German soldier over the average American soldier in WWII. I can accept that Germany isn't going to be the Wehrmacht ever again - but I still think - if they manage to pay for it - they can still be a *problem*. After all, NATO has convinced itself it's a threat to Russia, why not a future German leader puffed up like Borrell? I think this is what Ritter believes.

Posted by: Lex | Apr 13 2022 17:22 utc | 388

Agree. And the share value sucks. You may have "voting rights" but your votes don't count compared to the oligarchs.

,B>Posted by: malenkov | Apr 13 2022 19:24 utc | 394


Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 13 2022 20:26 utc | 395

@ 394 Malenkov

I do agree... with your succinct description.

It is difficult for an unknown, unread poster... one the "group" is not familiar with, to come onto the board with a statement such as yours (which one shares) without anticipating some sort of assault ;-)

I tried the "one simple statement at the time" approach... and still got branded a sophist ;-)

As I stated a few days ago... I used to post and read here, and even before when it was the Whiskey Bar and Billmon was tending bar... but life and caregiving became the order of the day... for a couple of years. (yes, I'm old... as dirt actually)

I have been reading daily now for about two weeks, trying to get a feel for the group. Will continue lurking for a bit.

Posted by: crone | Apr 13 2022 20:30 utc | 396

@Paul Greenwood (371)
Not long ago someone here posted a link to a YouTube livestream where Scott Ritter discusses the situation in Ukraine. What gave me pause was his notion that Germany was kept divided in order to prevent it from remilitarizing and becoming a threat again. If it were true, then it would be hypocritical considering that the same Anglo 'allies' supported Hitler from the get-go and gave him inspiration for his racial ideologies. (Contrasted with Stalin's attitude, which is another story.)
All I know is, the US and Britain's intention for NATO to 'keep the Germans down' was to prevent them from forging an alliance with Russia, henceforth to 'keep the Russians out' as well.
I could've sworn something was fishy, seeing how much praise Ritter's analyses and views get otherwise.

Posted by: joey_n | Apr 13 2022 20:55 utc | 397

@ 398

Yes Joey... I believe that one of Europe's greatest fears has been that Russia and Germany would become "friendly".

Could it possibly be that the demented pretender imposed all those recent sanctions with the intent of destroying not only Russia but Germany? [Of course sanctions/destruction are not Biden's idea but stem from the Khazarians (or Neocons as some label them) ]...

Posted by: crone | Apr 13 2022 21:08 utc | 398

Quiet Rebel | Apr 13 2022 13:47 utc | 360


Posted by: vinnieoh | Apr 13 2022 21:32 utc | 399

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 13 2022 5:24 utc | 308

As I understand it, it is an ISIS practice to commandeer an apartment-building, place spotters and snipers on the top floor, heavier weapons on the ground-floor, and hold the residents in the floors between, so that any heavy return-fire will cause civilian casualties, which practice the Ukrainian Army's NATO instructors and advisers have apparently adopted and trained them in.

Posted by: John Kennard | Apr 14 2022 3:15 utc | 400

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