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May 06, 2022

U.S. Pushes Fake Stories To Goad Russia Into Escalation

The geniuses (not) at the National Security Council want to goad Russia into direct attacks on U.S. forces or interests. That would give the U.S. an excuse to further escalate the war in Ukraine into an open confrontation. It would also diverts the attention away from domestic problems.

To achieve this the NSC has pushed a number of stories to the media which claim that alleged Ukrainian successes are based on U.S. intelligence.

U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say, May 4, NYT

WASHINGTON — The United States has provided intelligence about Russian units that has allowed Ukrainians to target and kill many of the Russian generals who have died in action in the Ukraine war, according to senior American officials.

Ukrainian officials said they have killed approximately 12 generals on the front lines, a number that has astonished military analysts.

The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine. That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.

The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently. Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.

The story is obvious bullshit because there are only two Russian generals who have died so far during the Russian campaign in Ukraine.

Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky was killed on February 28 and Major General Vladimir Frolov was killed in early April. Both deaths were immediately officially acknowledged and reported in Russian media. Both men were buried with military honors.

All other 'killed Russian generals' are victims of the 'ghost of Kiev'.  The Ukrainian propaganda apparatus likes such stories because it knows that 'western' media will pick up on them.

Russia does not hide the death of high officers. It is impossible to do so over longer periods as such men are known by many others. It would be bad for any government to get caught in such a scheme. There is also no reason to do so.

Some U.S. sources claim that a general's death will demoralize the troops he led. The opposite is the case. Generals getting killed on or near the frontline demonstrate to frontline soldiers that they are not alone in their fighting and that their officers are doing the job while carrying the same high risk than they do.

The Pentagon denied any involvement:

The Pentagon denied Thursday that the U.S. has shared intelligence with Ukraine with the intent of targeting and killing senior Russian military leaders, stressing that the goal of U.S. intelligence is simply to allow Ukrainian forces to defend themselves against Russia's invasion.

The generals in the Pentagon are keen to not become targets for Russian reprisals.

Here is another such story:

U.S. intel helped Ukraine sink Russian flagship Moskva, officials say, May 5, NBCnews

Intelligence shared by the U.S. helped Ukraine sink the Russian cruiser Moskva, U.S. officials told NBC News, confirming an American role in perhaps the most embarrassing blow to Vladimir Putin’s troubled invasion of Ukraine.

A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles.

It is in fact still not clear what has happened to the Moskva. Russia only said that the ship had an explosion on board that ripped the hull below the waterline and caused a fire. There are other possibilities but hits by two Ukrainian anti-ship missiles seem unlikely.

The Pentagon again denied any direct involvement:

In a statement released after this story was published, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the U.S. did not provide Ukraine with "specific targeting information for the Moskva."

"We were not involved in the Ukrainians’ decision to strike the ship or in the operation they carried out," Kirby added. "We had no prior knowledge of Ukraine’s intent to target the ship. The Ukrainians have their own intelligence capabilities to track and target Russian naval vessels, as they did in this case."

The last sentence is incorrect as Russia destroyed all Ukrainian naval radars that were stupid enough to radiate.

Russia will not react to such stupid stories. It knows that the U.S. is pushing all kinds of battlefield information as well as weapons to the Ukrainians. It is also assumed that foreign generals are 'consulting' the general staff of the Ukrainian forces. Neither will help the Ukraine to win the war.

Over the longer term Russia may well seek revenge for the U.S. proxy war against it. But President Putin is a patient man and revenge is a dish best served cold.

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Comment from the https://t.me/polkovnik_hodarenok Telegram channel on the M777 howitzers...

Having safely barked their weapons, including heavy ones, grateful (no) Ukrainians show firing from ancient American junk - M777 howitzers.

Facts about this weapon.

M777 is a compact howitzer that is more convenient for troops to carry from place to place. She replaced the M198 in the US Army - a weapon that was too clumsy.

The rate of fire is low - 2 shots per minute. Even the old Soviet D-30 can do up to 8.

Such junk is not cheap - 3.5 million dollars apiece, so even a dozen of these will cost the Armed Forces a pretty penny.

“Three axes” can shoot at the maximum range only with “Excalibur” shells, and, as you know, “baboons are not trusted”. In the usual version - 20 kilometers.

There are only a few 155-mm shells in Ukraine - the delivery time to the position after shooting is several hours. This is unacceptable in combat.

Why the Armed Forces of Ukraine and propagandists of Ukraine are so excited at the sight of this halabud is absolutely incomprehensible.

#SupplyArms

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 2:04 utc | 201

@175 "It would be interesting to see how the Ukraine nationalist react if Poland reclaimed Galacia."

I suppose it would depend on what the people of Galicia want. I have no idea what they think. I thought it was the Bandera homeland. Do they want to be part of Poland or would they want some kind of autonomy?

Posted by: dh | May 7 2022 2:09 utc | 202

Today, an anonymous UID brought to my attention this primer on Azovstal construction by Frontier India. It reminded me of a peculiar article (SCMP src) which entered MSM syndication, "Chinese tests show nuclear bunkers are not what they used to be, with earth-penetrating weapons on the rise" 30 days ago.

According to some calculations by Chinese researchers based on underground nuclear testing data and computer simulation, the destruction caused by a nuclear bunker buster using the latest technology could reach three to 10 times deeper underground than previously thought. If carefully planned, a tactical nuclear warhead could trigger seismic activity which would release total energy up to 1,000 times that produced by the weapon itself, causing irreparable damage to infrastructure far from the detonation site, Li and his colleagues said.

As is the custom, this news file corrupted author attribution(s), did not specify the actual title of the research paper, and identified the incorrect publication title, Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering. This title is defunct a/o 2016, as revealed by Elsevier and Oriprobe searches. Presumably, it's successor is simply Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

So here's my query: Vol 14, No.1 (April 2022 issue) presents four (4) topically appropriate candidates; but which basic research paper best conforms with the description of the scale model buried in the popular press file?

Posted by: sln2002 | May 7 2022 2:10 utc | 203

Polish President Declared "Erasure Of Borders" With Ukraine, Preparing For War With Russia

https://southfront.org/polish-president-declared-erasure-of-borders-with-ukraine-preparing-for-war-with-russia/

Posted by: Andrew | May 7 2022 2:10 utc | 204

Another hilariously snarky comment by the https://t.me/polkovnik_hodarenok Telegram channel... I like this channel as they concentrate on debunking Ukrainian propaganda with caustic remarks... This one is about the "territorial defense" units. I like the line "multiply everyone by zero". LOL

Ukrainian propaganda furiously reports that territorial defense has increased by 100 thousand people in a week. It is strange that not a million, but God be with them, with the dreamers. Let's talk about the military side of the issue.

First, terbats are cannon fodder. Preparation is minimal - only safety precautions and holding a finger over the trigger guard are taught.

Secondly, communication via Baofengs from the units that hold the defense is no good. Once the interference is put and you can multiply everyone by zero.

Thirdly, terbats are not being built up for the defense of capitals, this is obvious. And in order to shoot their own when they run after a missile / air strike.

What kind of “great counter-offensive” in such conditions the “commanders” of the Ukrainian army are talking about - this, of course, still needs to be studied.

#Therodefense

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 2:10 utc | 205

o/t, from the "sh#t I'd rather not see here" category.

I'm in NYC for the weekend, and walking this evening, there was a construction site which freshly covered nearby stuff in dust, including storefront windows. Kids (I presume) drew various things in the dust with their fingers. Among them today, a swastika, which is something you would never see before in this neighborhood . . .

Data point for any US dwellers in denial about inevitably importing that which we cheerfully normalize and finance in other countries.

Posted by: ptb | May 7 2022 2:12 utc | 206

If a known serial liar were to be quoted by another known serial liar, saying that he was responsible for burning down my house and killing my dog, would I be motivated into a revenge spree?
Even though my house is not burned and my dog is just fine?
My guess is that the Russians just roll their eyes (or the Russian equivalent) and chalk up the bs to what those crazy lying Americans are known to do.

Posted by: wagelaborer | May 7 2022 2:17 utc | 207

dh | May 7 2022 2:09 utc | 202

I believe the OUN kicked off before 1939. They were fighting against the Poles then - a while now since I read about it but I think assassinations and sabotage type of thing.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 7 2022 2:21 utc | 208


#6, Steve, US wars aren't about "winning," they're about bleeding and enslaving US taxpayers, enriching weapons dealers, destroying the target's economy and infrastructure, and clearing a path for profiteers. US doesn't deserve "credit" for "winning" WWII either. If Harry Truman hadn't had two nuclear bombs at his disposal, his only other choice was accepting help from Allied partner Stalin--who'd already told his US partner that he was ready to help them in Asia. If anyone "won" WWII it was Stalin and 27 million Soviet citizens who died stopping Hitler. The #1 enemy of the US is US citizens. For US Empire to succeed, US citizens must be bound, gagged, and robbed. And its Constitution suspended as it was in March 2020 by Trump.

Posted by: susan mullen | May 7 2022 2:34 utc | 209

Short message to Nemesiscalling - I've read and replied on previous thread. Thank you.

Posted by: juliania | May 7 2022 2:35 utc | 210

Posted by: Jpc | May 6 2022 19:58 utc | 99

A reality that a lot of idiots don't realize/respect that they are up a far more capable opponent than they normally pick on
Who's pissed with the meddling and fuckaboutery on their immediate border.

True. A sane person wouldn't do that, sane people are afraid of dangerous things.
These are insane idiots. And still, after two months, they do not back off, meaning they are super idiots.
And the Finns, who want to join them now in this situation, are hyper-idiots.
So where do you think it's going to stop

You mean the war? Where, geographically?
Russia if fighting for survival, so it will stop when and where its security needs are met. How much Ukrainian land it will need to take over I don't know, and I could be wrong, but I would guess the whole country plus Pridnyestrovlye.

Posted by: hopehely | May 7 2022 2:36 utc | 211

...going too slow?...

Try this Nina Simone "Mississippi Goddam" for a nutshell overview of United States' very own historical, "going too slow"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM

Posted by: chu teh | May 7 2022 2:37 utc | 212

From the Rybar Telegram channel, information on the situation in Transnistria...

The situation in Transnistria - part 1

Chronology of events

The series (https://t.me/rybar/31830) of sabotage and acts of intimidation, which began on April 25 with the shelling (https://t.me/rybar/31767) of the MGB building in Tiraspol, continued.

May 3

At night, in the sky over the territory of the Pridnestrovian TV and Radio Center, a UAV was detected and neutralized, which carried 2 kg of plastid with a radio fuse.

The drone, according to the official statement (https://t.me/mvdpmr/13196) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the PMR, was launched from the Ukrainian side.

The purpose of the failed sabotage was a hangar with mechanisms for cooling the transformers of the television and radio center.

The operation of equipment on the territory of the broadcasting complex directly depends on them, one of the main customers of which is the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network.

May 4th

There were reports (https://t.me/mvdpmr/13206) about the mining of more than 20 objects in the territory of Pridnestrovie. None have been confirmed.

5 May

Local sources reported (https://t.me/rusputnikmd/23272) about the sounds of shooting in the Ukrainian village of Pavlovka, located in close proximity to the international border crossing Pervomaisk.

And all this against the background of the “red level” of the terrorist threat introduced on the territory of the PMR, military exercises (https://t.me/rybar/31879) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and information pumping (https://t.me/rybar/31927) about the likely military operation in Transnistria.

High resolution map (https://i.ibb.co/XJjYCKh/05-05.jpg)

Continuation (https://t.me/rybar/32242)

#Moldova #Transnistria #Russia #Ukraine
@rybar

The situation in Transnistria - part 2

Beginning (https://t.me/rybar/32241)

Who benefits?

The unrecognized republic is a convenient target for both Ukraine and Moldova.

The first hopes to gain leverage over Russia in this way.

Officials in Kyiv speak about this quite openly.

For example, the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Viktor Andrusiv, who regrets (https://t.me/sputniklive/36739) that the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot invade Transnistria without the permission of Moldova.

"It would be a good opportunity to get an exchange fund, in order, among other things, to exchange the situation in Transnistria for Mariupol."

The Moldovan authorities are also interested in an operation on the territory of the PMR, and not only because of the desire to restore territorial integrity.

Critical facilities

There are many critical facilities on the territory of Pridnestrovie, control over which is important for the military-political leadership of Moldova:

Airfield in Tiraspol;
Military warehouse in Kolbasny;
Plant "Tizar";
Plant "Moldavizolit";
Plant "Electromash";
Dniester (Moldavian) GRES;
Dubossary HPP;
Tirotex-Energo;
Pridnestrovian radio and television center.

However, if a full-fledged military operation and its participants are still in doubt, then provocations and sabotage, both from the Ukrainian and Moldovan sides, will definitely continue.

This is also supported by the information (https://t.me/pridnestrovec/19820) about the imminent firing of the Moldovan Armed Forces just 15 kilometers from the border with Transnistria - in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Anenii Noi.

Large resolution map (https://i.ibb.co/8jDRQxC/telegram-cloud-document-2-5451953819648792388.jpg)

#Moldova #Transnistria #Russia #Ukraine
@rybar

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 2:39 utc | 213

Know thine enemy and know their pathological thinking. Here is the flawed opinion of yet another Ziocon in yet another Ziocon warmongering stink tank:

 "...Nothing was more predictable about this most predictable of wars than the certain failure of Putin’s Coup de Main invasion to seize Kyiv and conquer Ukraine in one fell swoop. And yet its success was confidently predicted by Russia’s FSB domestic security service, which, instead of the SVR foreign intelligence, was given the task of sustaining the fiction that Ukraine is Russian.

Perhaps it is not strange that Putin, himself a former FSB officer, did not question this reckless optimism. He knew that the CIA fully agreed with the FSB estimate, as did the German Bundesnachrichtendienst (BDN) and the French Direction du Renseignement Militaire (DRM)...."

https://unherd.com/2022/04/why-putins-invasion-failed/

"...After attending a boarding school in Berkshire, where he joined the British Army cadet corps, Luttwak moved to London at the age of 16 and went to a grammar school (which in England is an academically selective school for students aged from 11 to 18). He then studied analytical economics at the London School of Economics.[2] In 1968, when he was 26 and working in London as a consultant for the oil industry, he published the book Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook, a pastiche of a military manual.

The book explains in detail how to overthrow the government of a state, looking in particular at coups d'état on the African continent and in the Middle East. The spy fiction author John le Carré praised the book and compared Luttwak to Machiavelli.

Luttwak graduated from the London School of Economics in 1969.[1]

Luttwak was a war volunteer in Israel in 1967 and later worked for the Israeli Defence Forces. In 1972 he moved to the United States for graduate studies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He graduated with a PhD in International Relations in 1975. The title of his dissertation was Force and Diplomacy in Roman Strategies of Imperial Security.[3][4] Earlier, during a two-month visit to Washington, D.C. in 1969, Luttwak and Richard Perle, his former roommate in London, joined a thinktank, the Committee to Maintain a Prudent Defence Policy, assembled by Dean Acheson and Paul Nitze to lobby Congress for anti-ballistic missile systems.[1][5]

In late 1974 and into 1975 a series of articles was published by neoconservative intellectuals discussing whether the US military should seize the oilfields in Saudi Arabia.

In March 1975, Harper's Magazine published an article that Luttwak had written under the pseudonym"Miles Ignotus" with the title "Seizing Arab Oil". Luttwak had previously published the gist of his argument on how to break Arab power under the title "Obsolescent Elites", using his real name, in The Times Literary Supplement.

He suggested that U.S. Marines, assisted by the 82nd Airborne Division, should storm the eastern beaches of Saudi Arabia. The article and the author attracted considerable attention, but there is no evidence that the Ford administration ever considered such an intervention. James Atkins, then U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, publicly denounced the "invasion scenario" as a product of "sick minds". In 2004 Luttwak told the Wall Street Journal that he had written the article "after discussion with several like-minded consultants and officials in the Pentagon..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Luttwak  

Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 2:44 utc | 214

My friend says "most of the worlds problems will be in Davos soon".

Posted by: mark | May 7 2022 2:46 utc | 215

Karlof1

Re RT and Simonyan,

in the previous thread, at 197 I v0ice my distrust of RT and Simonyan over perversion of VVP conversation with Bennett.

I trust VVP would never apologize for something Lavrov said. He has that much respect for his Chancellor.

Posted by: CarlD | May 7 2022 2:47 utc | 216

Comment from the Rybar Telegram channel on the situation in Karkhov, where things haven't gone well, apparently, for the Russian forces...

Tonight, several colleagues wrote at once about the situation in the Kharkov region (https://t.me/kramnikcat/1938). Where, allegedly, the Armed Forces of Ukraine went on the offensive. The Ukrainian segment of Telegram at least writes about it. But believing Ukrainian propaganda is so-so business.

However, it is important to understand the realities in which we find ourselves. And they are such that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are really actively attacking in this area. And under the control of the Russian army in some places there remains a not very wide buffer zone (https://t.me/rybar/32276) to our border.

And now about the main thing. Many times my colleagues and I wrote that modern warfare is multidimensional. This is the front, information, ideology, economics. It is only from this position that the current situation should be considered.

How is Ukrainian politics structured? I would venture to guess that I understand it perfectly. And because I read it, it was the case of Kulish, Drahomanov and Dontsov in the original, in Ukrainian, or Grabyanka in the Old Ukrainian type (actually, a dialect of Russian). And because I know the history of Little Russia well, better than sometimes the Ukrainians themselves. And historical experience influences everything.

So Ukrainian politics today is primarily external informational victories. The result doesn't matter. It doesn't even matter the process. It is important how you talk about it, how you present it. The shell is more important than the filling. So the Cossack commanders in the 17th century bought fake family trees for themselves to look like the Polish gentry.

So what am I all for? Despite the fact that the NVO is going hard, that our army is moving with difficulty, that there are losses, the situation in Kyiv is becoming more and more difficult. Mariupol is lost. It is impossible to hold back the slow, but sure, offensive in the LDNR. Kherson, as said today, will now also be Russian. Apparently, and Zaporozhye. At the same time, Ukrainian wives and mothers sit in Russian Telegram channels, looking for their loved ones. Among the dead and prisoners, of course. And there are more than three thousand prisoners in the DPR alone. In other words, we need an urgent and, as it were, impressive victory. This is how Ukrainian politics works.

And in such a situation, the most appropriate thing is not the attack of the Crimean bridge at all, which was announced by some Latvian comrade (https://t.me/epoddubny/10406).
But the strike on the grouping near Kharkov, access to the border of Russia, and - here, in general, a Kyiv dream - capture for half an hour for the sake of a picture of the border crossing and customs, this is quite possible, this is very bright from a media point of view. And we understand how approvingly the Western media will cover this. Especially after German journalists today cleaned up references to the atrocities of the Nazis from "Azov" in their reports, (https://t.me/turan_express/4243) because it does not correspond to the image of a fighter against the Stalinist Judeo-Bolshevism of the Kremlin occupation.

From a military point of view, a breakthrough to the border will have little effect on the outcome of the entire NWO. Kherson and Zaporozhye against the buffer zone. But, locally, and from a military point of view, such a breakthrough to the border is also a so-so story. The shelling of our territory will become much easier for terrorists from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Battalions. And then they will have to be kicked out again. And in general, where Kherson is, there is Kharkov. Well, so as not to get up twice, as they say.

That is, it is easier to supervise this story in the bud, and to strangle an offensive attempt - if it goes on. In order not to leave the slightest chance not only for a breakthrough. But first of all, on an information attack, on an information preremogu.

Here, for a long time, you can go into an info attack yourself. There, three thousand prisoners are sitting idle. They drive the Bald, they eat rations. Create an anti-war call center, let them call under control to all acquaintances, relatives, brothers, former girlfriends, classmates. And they tell how their bosses threw them, and how they feel good in captivity. It will be more powerful than "your bank's security service".

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 2:53 utc | 217

@208 Don't know if this helps. According to Wikipedia the Galicians, whoever they are, have had problems with their neighbours on and off forever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Galicia%E2%80%93Volhynia

Posted by: dh | May 7 2022 2:58 utc | 218

CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 2:53 utc | 217

Looking at this map, it is easy to see what is happening. In the southwest, Russia forces gave up some ground to where they are roughly holding the border of the Kherson region. Also above Kharkiv they have been giving up ground. As the main purpose of this phase is to take Donetsk ad Luhansk up to their administrative borders, the Ukrainians are trying to attack the lighter holding forces at Kherson and Kharkiv
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1V8NzjQkzMOhpuLhkktbiKgodOQ27X6IV&ll=48.52881035312924%2C34.45376193699898&z=7

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 7 2022 3:08 utc | 219

Scott Ritter and Friends talk about US Tax Payer Dollars funding weapons to the Ukraine
Issues that Matter with Cynthi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDIaLNJih7U

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 3:12 utc | 220

Ukraine acknowledges major fuel shortages as a result of Russian strikes on fuel depots... From https://t.me/milinfolive Telegram channel...

As a result of Russian missile strikes, about 15 Ukrainian oil depots were destroyed or damaged.

This was stated at a briefing on May 5 by the head of the Verkhovna Rada committee on energy and housing and communal services Andriy Gerus.
According to him, the destruction of oil depots has become one of the factors of fuel shortage in Ukraine, along with the shutdown due to shelling of the Kremenchug oil refinery. Also, the temporary shortage is associated with the reorientation of the market to fuel supplies from Europe in the absence of such supplies from Russia and Belarus, as well as the enemy blocking fuel supplies by sea. “There are certain logistical difficulties associated with the presence of fuel trucks, tanks, with the logistics and movement of this transport. There is a process of adjustment, the market is being reformatted,” Gerus specified.

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 3:18 utc | 221

Anyway FWIW that's my CounterPunch story. It's too bad that St. Clair messed it up...it used to be a solid read.
Posted by: Antiwar Dinosaur | May 7 2022 1:37 utc | 193

Fascinating. Details of the transformation accord with my recollection -- only you got fed up much more quickly than slow-witted, credulous me. In particular: I hadn't realized the pivotal role of that bizarre PropOrNot episode in CP's decline, awhile back. Thanks much for your account.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 7 2022 3:28 utc | 222

Posted by: xototox @150, karlof1 @ 155, James @ 160 & others

This excellent 2004 article by George Monbiot identifies the crazies, sans the Guardian paywall:

https://polizeros.com/2004/04/23/their-beliefs-are-bonkers-but/

Enjoy or cry!

Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 3:41 utc | 223

Comment on Biden from Colonel Cassad Telegram channel, quoting Tucker Carlson... Nice summary of Biden...

Well-known American TV presenter Tucker Carlson called Joe Biden "the greatest disaster in US history"

The host explains that in the 15 months of his "active" presidency, Biden collapsed the stock market, brought the United States closer to a food crisis, opened the border to millions of illegal migrants, raised the rates of murder, inflation and crime to record levels. Carlson also accused the current president of worsening relations with Russia.

"He probably felt that all this was not enough punishment for a country as saturated with racism as ours, and he put the United States in danger of a collision with the greatest nuclear power. And all this for the sake of a corrupt government of a distant state, which once bribed his drug-addicted son" , the journalist said.

It was he who ruined everything for you in 15 months, but what will happen if he lives until the second term, and he is somehow promoted to the presidency?

@Soldierline

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 3:42 utc | 224

From Colonel Cassad Telegram channel... Map of hostilities and the situation on the fronts on the evening of May 6.

Map of hostilities and the situation on the fronts on the evening of May 6

Large-scale maneuvers (https://t.me/readovkaru/458) of NATO countries continue in the immediate vicinity of the borders of Ukraine. The alliance’s invasion of Western Ukraine under a fictitious pretext is becoming more real, and most importantly, it is necessary for Kyiv, because it will free up resources and transfer additional (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/47219) units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the Donetsk front. Yesterday, Polish President Andrzej Duda made a very unambiguous statement about this.

On the fronts along the entire length of the line of contact, today there is a classic general battle. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to counterattack near Kharkov in the direction of the border, we are advancing in the area of ​​Liman, Yampol, Severodonetsk, making our way to Popasna, pressing from Zaporozhye and Donetsk.

The situation near Kharkov is not an easy one. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are trying to counterattack in the direction of the border. After the withdrawal of units of the RF Armed Forces from Stary Saltov, the issue of withdrawing units from the northeastern outskirts of Kharkov was a matter of time. In order to prevent the encirclement of the RF Armed Forces in the boiler, the command made a decision to withdraw Russian units from Tsirkuny, Cherkassky Tishki and Liptsy (settlements between Kharkov and the border of the Russian Federation). It is reported that the VSUshnikov have already been seen in Liptsy. You need to understand that this is not an attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which knocked us out of there, but Ukraine occupied empty villages. Our units retreated to the north. Dear comrades, they report that the RF Armed Forces control a 7-8-kilometer buffer zone north of Kharkov. In general, this is not critical, but creates some tension.

On the Izyum part of the front, the Armed Forces of Ukraine pulled up reserves, reinforced with artillery, hit MLRS and Tochki-U to a great depth. As reported from the field, "Izyum itself and even the territory to the north of it are in the zone of effective fire of enemy cannon and rocket artillery." Allied forces are breaking through enemy defenses to the south. Near the Liman our progress slowed down a bit due to forest fires.

It is interesting in the Luhansk sector (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/47184): our troops have completed the cleansing of the residential areas of Rubizhne, the last enemy units have fortified themselves at the Zarya gunpowder factory. Taken yesterday (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/47160) n.p. Voevodovka (between Rubizhny and Severodonetsk). In the eastern quarters of Severodonetsk and in the forests from Voevodovka, there are battles where the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to counterattack today. The establishment of full control over Severodonetsk is impossible without the occupation of Lisichansk, located on the high western bank of the Donets. Units of the NM LPR are advancing from the south towards Lisichansk. There is little progress, there are fights in Nizhny and Orekhovo. Fighting continues in Popasna, literally for every building. "Music of War" plays to the fullest there, Wagner leads the "orchestra".

In the Donetsk direction, everything is the same, with the exception of a successful offensive in the Gorlovka area. Trinity is occupied, an offensive is developing towards New York.

In Zaporozhye today, Russian troops using aviation and artillery launched an attack on the village of Zaporozhye. Gulyaipole and Orekhov. The Armed Forces of Ukraine suffer losses in manpower and equipment. Ukrainian troops attacked the city of Pologi: there are casualties among civilians.

In Mariupol, the evacuation of civilians continued today, including from Azovstal. During the day, 50 civilians were rescued, including 11 children (https://t.me/readovkanews/33055), the Ministry of Defense reported. There was an incident: militants tried to break out of the plant in a car. The attempt was thwarted by a well-aimed shot from an ATGM. One immediately “went to Bandera”, six more will suffer.

In the south direction from Kherson, on the right bank of the Dnieper, the Russian army seems to want to break through to Krivoy Rog. A large fire of unknown origin near Odessa (https://t.me/voenacher/17561).

In the world. Pridnestrovie is not going to attack Ukraine, it is impossible, said PMR President Krasnoselsky. Escalation between China and Taiwan: 8 Chinese military aircraft entered the air defense zone of Taiwan, which tensed up and came to the maximum combat readiness.

From the interesting: a new batch of prisoners (https://t.me/readovkanews/33004).
The servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine complain (https://t.me/readovkanews/32997) that the command took them to combat positions and left them to fight the advancing tanks, having given only pistols, machine guns and a couple of grenades in their hands.

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 3:49 utc | 225

@ Paul | May 7 2022 3:41 utc | 223

thanks paul.. more insanity.. might be up nemesis callings alley... like i said earlier, these folks have no imagination..

Posted by: james | May 7 2022 3:51 utc | 226

Interesting note from the Donbass Insider Telegram channel, forwarded from Eurasia and Multipolarity...

Odessa and Mariupol play a significant role in the global semiconductor industry. In these cities, two factories - "Cryoin" and "Ingaz" - produce neon, which is used in lithographic equipment for the manufacture of microcircuits.

Ukraine provided about half of all deliveries of neon for the main microchip manufacturers - TSMC and Samsung. The main customer of microchips is the USA.

Industry representatives claim that they have postponed stocks of neon for at least 6 months, but this figure is very arbitrary. The production of microcircuits was already difficult due to covid restrictions, and demand is only growing, and the shortage of neon has automatically raised its prices by 9 times from Chinese manufacturers. Theoretically, China, with its half of the market share, could partially compensate for the drop in volumes, but this is a very slow process. At a minimum, it takes time to scale up production.

The situation is complicated by the uncertain geopolitical situation. At the moment, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are pumping up the southern front with contingent and weapons in order to prevent Russian troops from taking control of seaports and securing a land corridor to Transnistria.

It turns out a vicious circle: the United States, as the main customers of microcircuits, and their satellites deliberately drag out the conflict in Ukraine and supply it with weapons, while Ukraine itself is forced to stop the production and supply of the necessary component for these weapons due to hostilities. As a result, the US runs the risk of a future arms production crisis, both for Ukraine and for itself.

@parbut (https://t.me/parbut/1645)

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 3:54 utc | 227

From Donbass Insider Telegram channel... More evidence that the US is running the show in Ukraine... Albeit it was a fairly obvious ploy...

Pentagon recommends Zelensky administration and APU General Staff to "use Mariupol experience to defend Nikolaev/ Odessa / Dnipropetrovsk / Zaporizhia / Kharkov" - Ukrainian sources

To do this, the Americans advise Zelensky to identify several factories in these cities, and use them as outposts to prevent the Russians from quickly taking the cities.

Zelensky accepted this order.

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 3:56 utc | 228

Posted by: xototox @150, karlof1 @ 155, James @ 160 & others

Here is a better link to the full 2004 Monbiot article.

https://alt.atheism.narkive.com/U0MloGuI/their-beliefs-are-bonkers-but-they-are-at-the-heart-of-power

Some of our christian barflies might care to pour some scorn on these crazies, just so we don't tar and feather ALL christians. Enjoy or cry!

Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 4:12 utc | 229

Latest briefing from Russian MoD Telegram channel...

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry

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

High-precision air-based missiles fired by the Russian Air Force hit 31 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration, as well as 1 ammunition depot near Popasnaya.

Operational-tactical and army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces have hit 27 military assets of Ukraine.

Among them: 3 ammunition depots near Kuzminovka, Zvanovka and Seversk in the Donetsk People's Republic, as well as 7 company strongholds and 16 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration.

The attacks have resulted in the elimination of up to 310 nationalists and 27 units of AFU military equipment, as well as 1 Ukrainian Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile near Seversk, Donetsk People's Republic.

Missile troops and artillery have hit 22 command posts, 207 strongholds, areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, as well as 3 ammunition depots during the day.

Russian air defence means have shot down 1 Su-27 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force near Platonovka, Lugansk People's Republic.

In addition, 7 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down over Liptsy (Kharkov Region), Sladkoe, Zemlyanka (Donetsk People's Republic), Tretyakovka, Varvarovka (Lugansk People's Republic) and near Zmeiniy Island. 2 Ukrainian Smerch multiple-launch rockets have been intercepted over Izyum.

In total, 152 aircraft and 112 helicopters, 749 unmanned aerial vehicles, 291 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,867 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 331 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,345 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,698 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.

#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #Briefing
@mod_russia_en

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 4:19 utc | 230

@ RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 3:49 utc | 225

who quoted about Azovstal
"
There was an incident: militants tried to break out of the plant in a car. The attempt was thwarted by a well-aimed shot from an ATGM. One immediately “went to Bandera”, six more will suffer.
"

For us less connected folks, does "went to Bandera" mean dead? and what does "will suffer" mean?

Thanks for the reporting. I am glad to read that more have been released from Azovstal and hope they get the 4 sharks alive and more before this is over.

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 7 2022 4:21 utc | 231

Briefing from Russian MoD Telegram channel on Ukrainian preparation of fortifications in chemical factories...

It has been reliably established that Ukrainian army units and nationalist battalions are setting up powerful fortifications in large enterprises, including the chemical industry, at the orders of their US and UK handlers.

For example, the militants have placed heavy weapons on the territory of the Azot company in Severodonetsk, Lugansk People's Republic, and are holding more than a 1,000 factory workers and local residents in underground facilities as "human shield".

At the same time, the nationalists have been systematically firing MLRSs in Pervomaisk, Stakhanov and Kalinovo, thus provoking the Russian Armed Forces to retaliate in order to further accuse the Russian military of killing civilians and causing a man-made disaster in the republic.

The neo-Nazis also booby-trapped tanks containing chemicals (ammonia, ammonium nitrate, nitric acid) for immediate detonation in case they were forced to abandon their positions.

The implementation of this cynical crime will lead to the chemical contamination of air, terrain and water sources. At the same time, there is a particular danger of highly toxic substances entering the Seversky Donets River, which is the main waterway and source of drinking water for eastern Ukraine and the Donbass republics.

The commission of similar inhuman provocations by militants of nationalist battalions, according to testimonies of captured AFU soldiers, is also planned at other facilities within the boundaries of the so-called "triangle of chemical industry" (Severodonetsk, Lisichansk and Rubezhnoe; total area - 338 sq km, population - about 300,000 people), where more than 30 chemical companies are concentrated, the largest being Ukrkhimenergo, Severodonetsk-based ORGHIM, Energohimmash, Zarya, LLC, Severodonetsk Chemical and Metallurgical Plant, Severodonetsk Novofert Liquid Chemical Fertiliser Plant, Yuzhny Chemical Plant, and Benzol Chemical Company.

#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #HumanitarianResponse #HumanitarianAid
@mod_russia_en

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 4:22 utc | 232

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 7 2022 4:21 utc | 231

"Went to Bandera" means "as dead as Bandera" and "will suffer" means injured. Which is what one would expect if a car gets hit by an anti-tank missile. :-)

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 4:23 utc | 233

@229 paul... that article is from 18 years ago.. i wonder what the numbers are now... the survey was from 23 years ago!

"That their beliefs are bonkers does not mean they are marginal. American pollsters
believe that 15-18% of US voters belong to churches or movements which
subscribe to these teachings. A survey in 1999 suggested that this
figure included 33% of Republicans. "

Posted by: james | May 7 2022 4:24 utc | 234

@ James and Paul

Re: Christian Zionists

Yes, these are the Christians that I am warning not to cozy up next to the Jews.

They are not our Brothers in Christ, and, furthermore, to utilize them (the "Jews" in Israel) for demonic eschatological aims is thoroughly anti-Christian.

There are many, many Catholics that engage in eschatological thinking and pronouncements that are in terrible error.

For instance, the recent "Consecration to Mary" for Russia by the Pope was completely in error, although many, many Trad Catholics immediately bought the propaganda from the MSM that Putin was some Soviet Revanchist that needed The Pope to intervene and stop him through that Consecration.

IMO, when the Soviet Union fell, that was evidence enough that the Consecration to Mary had already taken place and, as a result, Christianity was free again there...and, strangely enough, we now have Christian Russia taking on the Satanic West.

There are many, many bad faith Christians in my country. To terrible, terrible, Satanic ends they give themselves.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | May 7 2022 4:35 utc | 235

Jacob Dreizin report from yesterday, May 5.

The Script is Flipped!
https://thedreizinreport.com/2022/05/05/the-script-is-flipped/

Not to mention, one of the rail-and-road bridges across the Dniepr (which conceptually separates eastern and western Ukraine, and over which pass fuel and munitions to Ukrainian forces facing off against Russia) had one of its supports damaged by a cruise missile this past Wednesday.

It appears the road (upper) section is now back in service, but I’m not sure if they’ve yet taken the risk of putting the weight of a loaded train on the railroad span.

Russia will probably assess the damage, then launch one or two more cruise missiles to finish off the bridge, as they did with a bridge southwest of Odessa some days ago.

The Odessa bridge was one of only two remaining crude oil arteries into the Ukraine.

Oil is offloaded from ships at the Moldovan terminal near Giurgiulesti near the mouth of the Danube, transferred to railcars (Moldova has Soviet-gauge track) and sent into southwest Ukraine.

With one of the two bridges used by these trains having been fully decommissioned by Russia, the other bridge is just a matter of time.

When that happens, there will be no further “easy” oil for the Ukraine.

Bringing in tanker railcars from Poland is an option, but, the oil would have to be transferred to Soviet-gauge cars at or near the border, which would take quite a bit of time and potentially (if done on the Ukrainian side, I’m not sure) open the stagnant echelon to an easy missile attack.

As of now, refined petroleum prices in the Ukraine are spiking, there are lines at gas stations, and many stations are limiting purchases to 10 liters (about two and a half gallons.)

The Ukraine is simply running out of juice for civilian use. Soon enough, it will run out of diesel for its military as well.


Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 4:43 utc | 236


“There is one thing apocalyptic christian evangelists and jewish ultra-orthodox have in common, even though the outcome for them differs immensely, depending on point of view.

Both think the war to end all wars will play out for them in favour, while each side is sure that of course THEY will be (or already are) the chosen ones. I don't know about the jewish imaginations what happens after death, but at least for the christian side it matters not at all if they survive this war or not - having been on the righteous side will not only save them a spot in their imagined heaven, but a spot closer to god than others will have (having a western mind, they naturally assume there's a hierarchy even in the afterlife). Kinda similar to the islamic wishful thinking of the 72 virgins waiting for each martyr in the afterlife.”
Posted by: xototox | May 6 2022 23:23 utc | 150

Thanks xototox. I always find your posts enlightening.
That bit there reminds of Mark Twain's quote: 'Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die".
I suspect there is always some doubt in 'blessed assurance'.

Posted by: waynorinorway | May 7 2022 4:47 utc | 237

@ Anne B #58

Thank you for the tune. Not really my genera but a powerful message. A good way to end the night...

Posted by: DakotaRog | May 7 2022 4:50 utc | 238

@229 paul... that article is from 18 years ago.. i wonder what the numbers are now... the survey was from 23 years ago!

"That their beliefs are bonkers does not mean they are marginal. American pollsters
believe that 15-18% of US voters belong to churches or movements which
subscribe to these teachings. A survey in 1999 suggested that this
figure included 33% of Republicans. "

Posted by: james | May 7 2022 4:24 utc | 234

Yes and I think you can tell from Reante was it? and Nemesis that these folks are in awe of Hitler too. This is why Jews Jews Jews is such a distraction imo when this kind of co-opted Christian movement never went away since the "Holy" Crusades.

So do we have Hitler idealists, neo Nazis, Israel and Western Fundamentalist Christians all lining up together?
It's starting to read like a bad fantasy novel.

On this topic, I noticed during the anti covid lockdown demonstration here in OZ that there was a well funded group of fundamentalist Christians behind the organising of the big protests. From their social media posts it was clear they were intensely anti China, pro American and pro military, looked to me to be funded from the US. Fortunately most of the protesters weren't that interested so not much came of it far as I can tell, but the front people were all associated with Hillsong Christian Church. the same one the Aus Prime Minister is associated with and whose founder is up on child molestation charges.

Posted by: K | May 7 2022 4:59 utc | 239

Posted by: james | May 7 2022 4:24 utc | 234

"That their beliefs are bonkers does not mean they are marginal. American pollsters believe that 15-18% of US voters belong to churches or movements which subscribe to these teachings. A survey in 1999 suggested that this figure included 33% of Republicans. "

James,

I know it is an old survey. What is important is the crazy shit they believe. The 1999 survey is no surprise. They are plentiful in the UK,Australia and New Zealand. What a pity they get into government and make decisions on behalf of the majority.

Posted by NemesisCalling | May 7 2022 4:35 utc | 236

Nemesis,

I agree with your warnings, given in good faith. Even if the usual suspects misrepresent you for the usual reasons. To shut you up.

There are courageous anti zionist evangelical christians who have my admiration for honesty. I am not one of them. I appreciate their honesty. Keep the spotlight burning. My cousins call night time shooting on their farm "the spotlight spirit". Here is one group, this explains their journey:

https://whtt.org

Posted by: james | May 7 2022 4:24 utc | 234

"That their beliefs are bonkers does not mean they are marginal. American pollsters believe that 15-18% of US voters belong to churches or movements which subscribe to these teachings. A survey in 1999 suggested that this figure included 33% of Republicans. "

James,

I know it is an old survey. What is important is the crazy shit they believe. The 1999 survey is no surprise. They are plentiful in the UK,Australia and New Zealand. What a pity they get into government and make decisions on behalf of the majority.

Posted by NemesisCalling | May 7 2022 4:35 utc | 236

Nemesis,

I agree with your warnings, given in good faith. Even if the usual suspects misrepresent you for the usual reasons. To shut you up.

There are courageous anti zionist evangelical christians who have my admiration for honesty. I am not one of them. I appreciate their honesty. Keep the spotlight burning. My cousins call night time shooting on their farm "the spotlight spirit". Here is one group, this explains their journey:

https://whtt.org

Posted by: james | May 7 2022 4:24 utc | 234

"That their beliefs are bonkers does not mean they are marginal. American pollsters believe that 15-18% of US voters belong to churches or movements which subscribe to these teachings. A survey in 1999 suggested that this figure included 33% of Republicans. "

James,

I know it is an old survey. What is important is the crazy shit they believe. The 1999 survey is no surprise. They are plentiful in the UK,Australia and New Zealand. What a pity they get into government and make decisions on behalf of the majority.

Posted by NemesisCalling | May 7 2022 4:35 utc | 236

Nemesis,

I agree with your warnings, given in good faith. Even if the usual suspects misrepresent you for the usual reasons. To shut you up.

There are courageous anti zionist evangelical christians who have my admiration for honesty. I am not one of them. I appreciate their honesty. Keep the spotlight burning. My cousins call night time shooting on their farm "the spotlight spirit". Here is one group, this explains their journey:

https://whtt.org

Posted by: K | May 7 2022 4:59 utc | 240

The Hillsong fundamentalists are Christian Zionists.

One hand on their perverted Christian Zionist, Schofield Reference Bible, and the other hand on someones dick.

I don't know if they lead any anti vaxx protests. They vote Liberal, love Pastor Morrison and their self serving 'prosperity gospel'.


Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 5:34 utc | 240

I basically agree with you. Russia should absolutely not attack US military assets, unless it can be done in a way that leaves absolutely no trace. But Russia better start showing that they are serious about retaliating if the west sends certain weapons. If 400 modern Leopard 2/M1 Abrams or similar 3rd Gen NATO MBTs is sent in at once with Ukrainean tank crews and maintenance personnel from armor battalions trained for 3-4 months in Poland Russia could get a big problem on their hands du the much better night optics on these tanks that what all but the best, or probably all, Russian tanks are fielding. Also add a panoramic swight for the gunner and a weapon station and problems will be even greater, especially if the US (All else are just vassal states) corrdinate it with about 150 M109xx or preferably As-90 or Pzh 2000 self-propelled Howitzers in one single transport only taking a few days.

Russia at one point or another will need to stop the flow of weapons, or face an overwhelming force since the jewish supremacist neocons who hate Russia with it's relatively widespread christianity and their neurotic memory of the dreamt up jewish tales of persecution in the pale of settlement (And we know all the biggest donors to both R and D politicians are neocon Jews) and their infamous bloodthirst for revenge (Practically every jewish holiday is a celebration of the defeat or genocide of some enemy people contained in their legends) will not let their psyches accept a Russian win here (as their senile puppet Biden has declared) especially since they equate Putin with the Tsar - and the October Revolution was a Jewish revolution against the Tsar and the russian people, as both Solzhenitsyn was very open about and even Putin has been frank about this but not cast it in such a bad light. This is cpmpletely uncontroversial fact in Russia of today. Just google forward - a jewish magazine for jews by jews and you will find articles on this.

I think an attack on a UK or Swedish or Finnish naval vessel that does not leave any evidence to analyze (A MCM vessel in deep waters is the only possible target then - a 47,5 to 60 meter vessel w at max 400-500 ton displacement will go down fast with almost certainly no or very few survivors if any modern missile w a 250 kg warhead hits it between the stern and bow and more importantly almost no MCM vessels - Swedish MCM Vessels are an exception though as they had a pretty old Saab (When manufactured Ericsson or Celsiustech) surplus Naval Gunfire radar w air search mode and a Bofors 40 Mk1 mounted during a refit in the 2010s - probably because the Swedish navy is the smallest it has been since the 16th century, when Sweden was founded) doesn't have any anti-air sensors so they will not detect the missile.

If the Russians choose to use a sea skimming terminally hypersonic missile fired from a Kilo the crew will have basically no chance to spot the missile either as it approaches the vessel at approx 1 km/sec.

A ship will just suddenly be lost and any survivor will not have seen anything.

If the Russians choose this path they'll have to draw the target out to Skagerrack - the sea between Denmark and Norway where the depth is approx 3000-3500 ft to make the search for wreckage as hard as possible unless the do it in the mediterranean).

They must do something, othersie, in half a year, Ukraine will have 500 modern MBT, two regimetns of modern SP Howitzers and at least two Patriot batteries and probably for instance several SPADA 2000 or NASAMS medium high level short medium range SAM system batteries as well, w modern target acquisition radars.

What I outlines above - a extrmely small part of NATOs cababilities - will do a very big difference if former ukrainean operators of similar types of systems can be trained on them for three to six months (Depending on system) in P
Poland.

Putin must understand that the neuroticism typical for the jewish people - and extremely common among neocons, there mixed with very high positive and negative ethnocentrism - will drive them to nuclear war rather than see Putin win this war. Ukraine is basically a jewish kleptocratic state by now - as Russia had become by approx 1995 and which Putin to a large extent put a stop to when elected (Unfortunately he seems clueless about jewish strategies for subverting and outmaneuvering for exploitation other peoples - if there is one person in the world that should read Culture of Critique by evo psych Professor Kevin MacDonald it's Putin) - so the ethnocentrism of the american jewish diaspora, which is the current ruling class in the US by now without question, will play a large role here as well (About 80 % of US diaspora jews say they feel for Israeli jews "as for their close relatives" and that almost certainly goes, certainly to a somewhat smaller extent though, for the jewish elite in the kleptosemitic state Ukraine is right now as well).

Posted by: Amadeus | May 7 2022 5:53 utc | 241

Karloft @ 186

No,I don't think I am wrong, and the essay you point to goes down the same trail - the US is the evil empire. If that were the case, the US wouldn't have turned its population into illiterate fools, cringing in the corner when someone walks by without a mask on.

The entire western civilization, from OZ/NZ to Canada/US to Europe, have worked overtime to destroy their one viability. These sanction regimens only work against a nation that is reliant on outside sources for what they need. The damage they do to Russia will be they will cause some unemployment because they can produce more then they can use. Those people can be utilized on state projects if need be. But Russia doesn't require going to the west for their basic needs.

Europe can't exist without outside supplies of raw materials and energy - all delivered cheaply by Russia overland or through pipelines. With the collapse of the western economies, China will be affected worse since their economy is very export oriented and they do have needs from the outside. The WEF may only be an instrument of those that would rule the world, but the point still is the same - these would be rulers are preparing the world that WEF is talking about, and they are using Russia's, to me, legitimate concern and reasoning for this war to their advantage.

Posted by: Tom O | May 7 2022 6:09 utc | 242

Posted by: Amadeus | May 7 2022 5:53 utc | 242

" If 400 modern Leopard 2/M1 Abrams or similar 3rd Gen NATO MBTs is sent in at once with Ukrainean tank crews and maintenance personnel from armor battalions trained for 3-4 months in Poland Russia could get a big problem on their hands du the much better night optics on these tanks that what all but the best, or probably all, Russian tanks are fielding. Also add a panoramic swight for the gunner and a weapon station and problems will be even greater, especially if the US (All else are just vassal states) corrdinate it with about 150 M109xx or preferably As-90 or Pzh 2000 self-propelled Howitzers in one single transport only taking a few days.


Can't be done. There is allegedly only one major railroad from Poland into Ukraine at the moment, which is going through a tunnel in the Carpathian Mountains. That tunnel has not yet been collapsed by the Russians, and indeed, collapsing it might be a problem in that one or two missiles might not be enough to close it long term. But it can be done - and it will be done if Russia thinks any such effort as you imagine is in the cards.

First of all, there is the logistics problem. You can't ship in hundreds of tanks and artillery without AMMO for them, which is another huge rail load or rather perhaps dozens of rail loads.

Second, there is the maintenance issue. You have to ship in rail loads of spare parts. As Ritter pointed with the M777 howitzers, they are going to break in a few days of battle, and without maintenance crews trained and equipped with the necessary parts, and the ability to rotate out a given military unit and replace it with another, pretty soon the guns are going to stop being effective.

Third, you don't just roll these things in through the tunnel and then drive them across hundreds of miles on roads to the battlefield. They have to be carried buy rail to the battlefield. What do you think Russia has been doing this past week or two? That's right - destroying Ukraine's railroad network.

Fourth, do you imagine all this equipment transport happens in a day? At night? Invisibly to Russia's satellites, drones and surveillance aircraft? No - it would take a week, it would be seen, and it would be destroyed.

Fifth, "in half a year" the Ukraine military will have ceased to exist. It already has to a large part, or have you missed all the reports about most of the reserves being delivered to the Donbass area are middle-aged men with next to no training?

In other words, imagining an effort of this sort is easy - for you. Actually doing it is next to impossible.

Which applies to all these imaginary successes from sending all sorts of pointless weapons to an army that can't use them because they don't have the training, don't have the manpower, and can't evade Russian interdiction.

In short, your entire scenario is nonsense and isn't going to happen, no matter how much money the US and NATO pour into Ukraine. Get it through your head - the US and NATO can not defeat Russia in a conventional war in Ukraine. The second largest army in Europe has just been defeated by Russia using less than ten percent of its military power.

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 6:15 utc | 243

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 6:15 utc | 244

That was excellent. Thank you.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | May 7 2022 6:19 utc | 244

Posted by: karlof1 | May 7 2022 0:30 utc | 179

Yes Karlof, Slobodan Vladušić is a deep thinker, highly influenced by another Serbian deep thinker Miloš Crnjanski. I only read Omama but now you just inspired me to get the new book on Megalopolis. Here is a link in Serbain that I hope it can be machine translated.
https://standard.rs/2021/06/09/crnjanski-i-berlin-1928-godine/

Posted by: Milos | May 7 2022 6:22 utc | 245

Retired military friend doesn't believe Russians have extinguished all Ukrainian radars. He says "we didn't do that in Vietnam." I don't know if that's relevant. I also notice that b doesn't exactly say that they did, only the ones that were stupid enough to radiate. But when?

I feel b isn't doing Putin any favors talking about retaliation at all. In any case, there's certainly a cost to US already in inflation which will likely get worse, and more so in Europe.

Posted by: Charles Peterson | May 7 2022 6:22 utc | 246

I don't know if they lead any anti vaxx protests. They vote Liberal, love Pastor Morrison and their self serving 'prosperity gospel'.
Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 5:34 utc | 241

No, Hillsong itself didn't lead any protests, not what I said.

People affiliated with Hillsong and who knows who else, were orgnizing the really large Melbourne protests that were getting hundreds of thousands of protesters. Not so much anti Vaxx but anti lockdown measures although in the very large crowds were plenty of people protesting about the vaxx as well. I was interested in the protests because the left was entirely absent from any debate about the whole thing. So I watched it all very closely as it was all live streamed nad followed up on You tube and other social media.

When i researched who the people behind it were, they all have ties to Hillsong and to each other going back some years. Included is a guy who runs the a Tube Channel called something like "Discernable" also a Hillsong member.

When the protests were winding own they tried to funnel the protesters into a group of supposedly independent political candidates for the upcoming elections. All very right wing, family first type candidates but who all made it very clear they had an anti China agenda.

I don't normally pay much attention to local stuff as nothing much ever happens here, but a series of very large protests is definitely something happening.
it struck me that the fundamentalist religious right is definitely flexing its political muscles here. They managed to organise the largest crowds to a protest since we marched against the Vietnam war in the 70's. Totally played down by corporate media of course.

Posted by: K | May 7 2022 6:26 utc | 247

@ 246 & 179

Jah, Milos and Karlof,

Goods reads, thanks.

Posted by: Forest | May 7 2022 6:27 utc | 248

@ 245 Arch

;)

Posted by: Forest | May 7 2022 6:31 utc | 249

@ Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 7 2022 0:35 utc | 184

A most interesting net TV show....... The trailer shows some "Brit Style sarcasm :)

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 7 2022 7:06 utc | 250

@215

“ My friend says "most of the worlds problems will be in Davos soon".
Posted by: mark | May 7 2022 2:46 utc | 215”

Your friend could not have summed up our “problems” more succinctly.
A well placed hypersonic Khinzal into the meeting building in that Alpine town when Gates, Soros, Schwab etc are all gathered & presto - most of the world’s problems gone to hell.

We could have peace, free speech, exposure of 9/11, regime change wars real reasons, drug trafficking, and start work on environmental restoration & eliminating the IMF debt enslavement system without constant wars & artificial strife over exaggerated identity politics & mandates experimental gene therapies, Transhumanist agendas & digital ID social credit score technocratic totalitarianism.

I’m not advocating Russia does it, just imagining. We need to continue to awaken the masses that they is a NWO Corporatocracy that doesn’t have 99.9% of the people’s best interests at heart. In fact they have much the opposite.

Posted by: PJB | May 7 2022 7:18 utc | 251

@248 Posted by: K | May 7 2022 6:26 utc | 248

That’s news to me that fundamentalist Pentecostal church organised the freedom rallies. I attended several big rallies and while there was a religious presence the majority was very much mixture of average apolitical & not religious people & New Age types. The organisers in Brisbane included new health professions unions & The People’s Revolution which seems secular & centre left.

Two Brisbane rallies were probably over 100,000. The media have minimal coverage & reduced crowd estimate by factor of 10.

Posted by: PJB | May 7 2022 7:27 utc | 252

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 6:15 utc | 244

excellent refutation to some of the nonsense in the post you replied to.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 7 2022 7:41 utc | 253

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 7 2022 7:41 utc | 253
Posted by: Arch Bungle | May 7 2022 6:19 utc | 245

You know, in my more paranoid moments - which is to say, all the time - I begin to suspect the motives of people who post calls for Russia to do something that is likely guaranteed to start WWIII. I don't know whether they presume that Russia would "win" WWIII - depending on what the term "win" means - or whether they would like Russia to be annihilated by the US, consciously or subconsciously, but don't have the nerve to admit it.

Not that I'm against operating outside the conventional military paradigm. But deliberately escalating to the point of WWIII is just dumb if one doesn't know how one is going to survive the resulting consequences. Do people actually think that Putin believes that there shouldn't be a "world without Russia" or that he believes in some sort of "Masada solution"?

It's certainly possible to "win" a nuclear war - but that's entirely dependent on how that war unfolds and the actions of the various parties, none of whom control the actions of the other parties. It should be painfully obvious that regardless of one's plans to "win", things clearly could go horribly wrong. Which is something the neocons seem congenitally incapable of comprehending. And I think these people who recommend Russian unilateral military action against the West don't comprehend it, either.

Or are they just trolling? Or are the just trying to express themselves without having thought through anything they're saying, which a lot of people do?

I don't know. So I get suspicious.

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 7:57 utc | 254

@247 Charles Peterson

Yeah, extinguishing all the radar units is pretty much impossible. Ukraine had a ton of S-300 and BUK stuff including a couple hundred portable radar units that are easy to hide. Most of these have fairly short range, but when configured and networked properly can cover a lot of area. The longer range radar units that these systems use, like BIG BIRD are harder to hide and probably destroyed.

Posted by: Haassaan | May 7 2022 8:01 utc | 255

If 400 modern Leopard 2/M1 Abrams or similar 3rd Gen NATO MBTs is sent in

I thought Poland had 107 Leo II and Austria 114 and Germany 328 mainly stored in Thuringia. Quite how Ukraine would acquire 400 is not clear - it would deplete Western Europe completely.

I thought NATO's problem was that bridges and roads in Central Europe could not handle 60 tonne tanks and Russia had lighter lower profile tanks. I also thought Rheinmetall had only proposed SELLING Leo I tanks which they could refurbish but which still have light armour around the turret.

Also Turkey operates Leo II 2A4 and I thought they were getting devastated bu Kornet-E in Syriawhere they lost 10 units

Saudia Arabia lost 20 Abrams M1 tanks in Yemen.

So I doubt these weapons untested against a peer counterpart in the absence of air superiority have much to offer other than cremation

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 7 2022 8:13 utc | 256

Posted by: Charles Peterson | May 7 2022 6:22 utc | 247

US and NATO AWACs planes flying over Black Sea and Poland monitor all air movement and sync it back to groundlink for Ukrainian planes to fly from Romania

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 7 2022 8:15 utc | 257

The only battle the Collective Waste can win is the self delusional propaganda one.

They have no alternative lexicon for defeat. A quick ramble :

Why would anyone want to believe a western oligarchs super hero individual Exceptionalist be the answer to the woes of the world is beyond me. A view which can at best be held by 14% of humanity?

Musk means the World is delivered free speech?
My considered opinion is NO.
An experiment in real time, real world conditions to prove the theory. Einstein would be proud.

https://twitter.com/PaddyPutin/status/1522252955734495233?s=20&t=PKXUezDUe4qQn0h5weB-Lg

It seems there is no change in the censorship.
‘He isn’t the saviour. He’s a very naughty boy’.
———
How many wasterners have heard or read any of Putin or Lavrov’s words or any other senior of these peoples speeches?
I don’t mean since the special op, (it isn’t declared a ‘War’ yet) but well before.
The MSM has never given a unbiased reportage. Just opinion. By paid journos. Some having well identified connections with the state apparatus. Others with better cover, unleash their reactionary bomb deep inside the captured sycophant audiences they gather with their dishonest posturing - Paul Mason spectacularly calling for state censorship!

‘No more heroes anymore.’

These Russians and Chinese are actually quite droll compared to communist stereotypes we are still hard sold. Look at some of the photos on wiki with Lavrov, Kerry, Nuland in negotiations over the last decade on Wikis Maria’s page.
The Fabulous
Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova who towers over Psaki in every way including morally, intellectually and humorously.
I dare say she is in line to takeover from Putin.

They have giants - we have minions - seek out what they say and not what we are told they say.

Posted by: DunGroanin | May 7 2022 8:16 utc | 258

Amadeus [242]

the ethnocentrism of the american jewish diaspora, which is the current ruling class in the US by now without question

Putin to a large extent put a stop to when elected (Unfortunately he seems clueless about jewish strategies for subverting and outmaneuvering for exploitation other peoples

So Putin is "clueless" but US voters are so wide awake they have "jewish diaspora, which is the current ruling class in the US"

This is simply bizarre. Americans are such goofballs - 320 million of them that they have been taken hostage by 7 million Jews in USA - and Putin is completely befuddled and ignorant of such facts.........and has no real awareness......or maybe "false consciousness" ????

Yet USA thinks Putin is the master puppeteer controlling politics, food prices and global media.........or says that is the case.

I know this site is therapeutic for many, but inchoate ramblings are not intellectually rigorous or evidentially-based. I suspect Russia has an Intelligence network and far more information available than concocted in Western media labs and recounted on blogs

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 7 2022 8:23 utc | 259

A very short bit of footage of Russia's initial first move into Ukraine. Watch on the left as well. The BTR simply bypasses a towed gun. Three major objectives to go in that fast I think. nuclear, biological and trap Nato in Mariupol.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/tpKUMGQh9HJc/

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 7 2022 8:33 utc | 260

@Paul | May 7 2022 3:41 utc | 223

I would not touch George Monbiot with a long rake...

Posted by: Norwegian | May 7 2022 8:37 utc | 261

Posted by: karlof1 | May 7 2022 0:30 utc | 179

Lewis Mumford's work The Myth of the Machine is an excellent read. Through it one can understand how trans-humanism was a logical progression of "The Machine" (Mumford in no way advocated for such).

Mumford did well in his argument against aiming for any "utopia."

IMO we need to come to grips over why it is that humanity is finding itself disgusting. Seems like a locked-in trajectory toward the suicide of humanity: either through some religious end-times or through a technological departure from earth, it's a "flight" mentality, escapism). I suppose underneath it all there's a sense that the world of plenty is finite and that the instructions to go-forth-and-multiply presents the existential conundrum for long-term human survival.

Wrapping this back into the "war," as I have and will keep saying: ALL WARS ARE ABOUT RESOURCES (follow the resources!).

Posted by: Seer | May 7 2022 8:41 utc | 262

That’s news to me that fundamentalist Pentecostal church organised the freedom rallies. I attended several big rallies and while there was a religious presence the majority was very much mixture of average apolitical & not religious people & New Age types. The organisers in Brisbane included new health professions unions & The People’s Revolution which seems secular & centre left.
Two Brisbane rallies were probably over 100,000. The media have minimal coverage & reduced crowd estimate by factor of 10.
Posted by: PJB | May 7 2022 7:27 utc | 252

PJB Yes that's how I experienced the rallies but its not the point of what I'm saying.
I did NOT say a pentecostal church organised the rallies, read my post again.

First of all I am not saying anything negative about anyone attending the rallies, I was really supportive of them and glad they happened.

I'm saying that most people have no idea who was organising them. and who organises them happens to be important in my opinion. I only became aware because i was interested enough to look into the people who were the main speakers at the rallies and the you tube channels of the most visible supporters.

There were two main groups behind the organising the People's Revolution did organise most of the QLD rallies, and The Worldwide Freedom Rally group based in Germany but with local chapters all over the world. This is the local chapter:

https://australiafreedomrally.com/about/
They are quite upfront about being Libertarian and Populist. (Which of course are American Right wing descriptives)

The other group, People's revolution has a few lefty buzz words eg: "The People's Revolution is the result of years of the oppression of the people".
Oh really? That doesn't even make any grammatical sense.
Try searching for who is behind the local or worldwide group ?
Nada.

Rallies for huge crowds do not happen organically, they require a lot of organisation, police and government permits, stages, equipment etc etc. As it turns out the group of people organising the Melbourne Rallies happen to all be connected via Hillsong. I did NOT say Hillsong organised them but I don't think its a co-incidence either.

As for the People's Revolution I could not find who was behind them, but their logo is weird and the website tells you nothing. As I said the rallies themselves were good at the time but where did all that momentum go?

Anyway its off topic but kind of on the topic for Right wing religious messing in politics. I don't care if anyone believes this or not. I only mentioned it since its local to us and I think its fishy and very politically motivated.

Posted by: K | May 7 2022 8:48 utc | 263

Like several other posters, I too have noticed the decline of Counterpunch over the last few years. Far too much content about identity politics and sometimes, reactionary writing that would be more at home in Newsweek, Time and The Economist.

I subscribed for a number of years (including currently) but will not renew. I see that CP is now in one of their periodic fund-raising phases and I’ll suggest to them, to avoid falling foul of the Trades Description Act, in the UK, at least, that they change the title to Counter Tickle.

Posted by: Vragtes | May 7 2022 8:50 utc | 264

Aleksandr Rozembaum, bard from Leningrad as he keeps naming his home town. Too bad there is no translation or subtitles, I very much hope it will be translated but this is the most realistic and touching evaluation of the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine. Bravo Rozembaum, the bard of Odessa style music, suffering the tragic destiny bestowed to Ukraine by the empire of lies.

Interview in Russian, long, daring, realistic and touching:

https://youtu.be/7rMUXTG19AU


A song celebrating the bad weather of his home town Leningrad:

https://youtu.be/GGq_AJl71Wk

Posted by: Paco | May 7 2022 9:01 utc | 265

Posted by: NemesisCalling | May 7 2022 4:35 utc | 236

We are living under the coup of the Holy Roman Catholic. In not more than 600 years has there been an antipope; but here under the stage name of Francis do we have one in Jorge Bergoglio. It is quite simple, Pope Benedict XVI, still gloriously reigning, sold the cardinals a pup, in his Declaratio February 11th 2013. Undoubtedly there his life was in danger. The code of canon law 332,2 says should the Roman Pontiff renounce his munus (in Latin), it should be freely given and made manifest. Well if you study the declaratio Benedict uses both words ministerio and munus, but at the crucial moment when he « resigned » he used the word ministerio. This automatically invalidated his resignation and he knew, but the cardinals failed to do due diligence, and called a conclave that elected the antipope. The cardinals stabbed their pope in the back; there is a place in hell waiting for them. The trad priestly orders have all followed the antipope, even though Benedict at great risk to his life freed the usus antiquor, the traditional Latin Mass. Shame on them. It is incumbent on them to know the truth. Cowardice and sloth for a cleric will not sit well with them. We are living in extraordinary times. A Mass which mentions Francis as pope in the canon of the Mass is sacrilegious and all those who partake in it, knowing that Francis is invalid, sin grievously. Transsubstantiation is confected but no merits can accrue. As 99.9% of all Masses are said this way, then it is far better to stay at home on Sundays and pray the Rosary where merits can accrue

We don’t know how this will end but in the providence of God all things are permitted. I am a Catholic but I cannot attend a Mass where the priest is in union with an antipope and heretic. This is why the consecration carried out on the 25th March - the great feast day of the Annunciation - was an insult to the Mother of God. The act of the consecration as requested by Our Lady was to be done by the pope. Bergoglio is not the pope by canon law, ergo he is not the pope - and he knows it. We are living through the Apocalypse.

Posted by: Paul Dale | May 7 2022 9:11 utc | 266

DunGroanin | May 7 2022 8:16 utc | 258

Russia has leadership. Us dumb fuckers in the so called west have politicians.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 7 2022 9:12 utc | 267

Anyway FWIW that's my CounterPunch story. It's too bad that St. Clair messed it up...it used to be a solid read.

Posted by: Antiwar Dinosaur | May 7 2022 1:37 utc | 193

Good synopsis.
Went down very quickly when Coughburn died.
Didn't know all the details that you filled in.
Thanks for that!

Posted by: Jpc | May 7 2022 9:13 utc | 268

People whinging about Russian ships being attacked:
Ever notice how there aren’t any Uke ships being hit?
No?
That’s because there isn’t a Uke navy.
If there was they’d all be on the bottom of the sea.

Russian ships get hit because there actually is a Russian navy
patrolling a war zone.

Posted by: Cadence calls | May 7 2022 9:16 utc | 269

K | May 7 2022 8:48 utc | 263

Thanks for your posts on the rallies and Hillsong stuff.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 7 2022 9:22 utc | 270

A song celebrating the bad weather of his home town Leningrad:
https://youtu.be/GGq_AJl71Wk
Posted by: Paco | May 7 2022 9:01 utc | 265

Thank you so much, what a wonderful man and artist.
So far I'm only able to use auto translate but I get the gist.

Posted by: K | May 7 2022 9:35 utc | 271

Croatian mercenary caught by RF in Ukraine, Russian journalist has bomb defused at his home in Berlin, German newspaper removes video evidence from its website of Ukrainian forces stopping civilians from reaching evacuation corridors.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 7 2022 9:49 utc | 272

The US president by funding Ukraine with staggering amounts of cash/weapons/aid is in dereliction of his domestic duties to the people of America. The same can be said of certain EU countries and the UK which are also sending millions of Euros/Pounds worth of equipment and aid to Ukraine when their own countries citizens and infrastructure need it just as much.

European/ Nato citizens will suffer economically due to the USA's war with Russia via Ukraine.

"American journalist and political commentator Don DeBar denounced Biden’s request, saying that it shows what the priorities of the Biden administration are.

“To get an understanding of what $33 billion represents in the federal budget, consider that the entire annual budget for the fiscal year 2020 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including all the payouts for Section 8 and other rental assistance and all other federal housing assistance programs in the United States - all of them - came to $44 billion,” DeBar said.

“Biden, Pelosi and Schumer are giving Ukraine 3/4 of that annual budget for only 5 months of military aid, meaning that the annualized budget would be somewhere on the order of $70 billion dollars, almost twice the budget of HUD,” he noted."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 7 2022 10:03 utc | 273

@oldhippie and Paul,
I saw Jean-Luc Ponty in concert, France.
It was late 70's.
Amazing musician.
He also played with Mahavishnu.
Zappa remains my favorite.

Posted by: FromFrance | May 7 2022 10:04 utc | 274

German authorities kick-out Afghan refugees and replace them with Ukrainian ones.


https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/05/07/681649/Institutional-racism,-discrimination-seen-as-serious-issue-in-Germany--Survey

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 7 2022 10:15 utc | 275

Posted by: james | May 6 2022 21:45 utc | 125

I guess you it was you at the other end of the Commodore's bar getting a beer, I saw Ponty there too.

I really like Ponty's take of Round Midnight, and the whole record with that trio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LHlkAKIuRE

Posted by: Paco | May 7 2022 10:20 utc | 276

From my youth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9EbR0ckb40

In my latter days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E9ydw_aDMg

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 7 2022 10:24 utc | 277

Now I live in Sweden or Denmark, but for now Sweden. I have dual citizenship, so no problems (in fact the convention of 1954) made it possible for Scandinavian citizens born in Scandinavia to freely decide where in Scandinavia they wanted to live, social security and all included.
All cool right? No, it is not. Not at all.
Telia, which a huge telephone and IT provider, is now actively blocking access to some Russian sites. As Sputnik and others.I know a vpn solves this, and can fix it, but many people dont. But these swine do not block hate crime videos from Azov, al-Qaida and other extremists.
I am really, really angry.

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | May 7 2022 10:29 utc | 278

@ Posted by: Amadeus | May 7 2022 5:53 utc | 242

Sadly , M1 Abrams is an over rated MBT tank!

In Iraq , from 2003 to 2006. The rebel forces were very fast learners. Over 530 M1 ABRAMS tank units needed to be shipped home for assorted repairs and armor upgrades .

The engine deck hood was poorly designed in generation one units. As parachute mines dropped from above. As used in urban warfare could easily penetrate the relatively thin engine deck to disable the engine. No power equals no electrics. No electrics is one very dead tank.

Air/oil/fuel filters required constant maintenance. Track pins proved to be remarkably frail, under desert sand conditions.

The standard RPG's, short range "laws" could damage a tanks track ,wheels and suspension units. Have you ever tried to fix/replaced damaged or destroyed broken track links. With air temperatures in the shade exceeding 38C(100F).. ?

You will note there exists a very nasty shot trap between the main hull and gun turret.

The principal disadvantage was the use of the radio active "DU" rounds. Meaning , the tankers and Warthog Pilots equipped with this round. Will suffer from above population normal mean average terminal illnesses. Along with natives also exposed to such rounds.

The Iraq war proved that buried IED's based on the standard Russian two piece 122/152mm shells. Equipped with these shells, plus simple to make contact fuses. Became a basic nightmare in Iraq. Who needs a standard Anti-tank mine. Only capable of blowing a tank track. When you have plenty of ready to use HE artillery 122/152 rounds. The airburst shrapnel ones were very effective on soft vehicles.

Another minus in Iraq was that all the US Tankers had to retrained to use the mil spec onboard GPS unit.

Russian attack helicopters come with smart A-T missiles capable of destroying any tank at 7K.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 7 2022 10:33 utc | 279

Posted by: FromFrance | May 7 2022 10:04 utc | 274

I can imagine the energy and the joy. i wonder if there are videos of Jean Luc Ponty on electric violin? I'll have a look.

Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 10:37 utc | 280

On another subject.
The media here (Scandinavia) is over the top anti-Russian, but many ordinary people do not buy it all. Which is very cool. And the young ones (OK below 35)do not buy it at all. Sure we have a few Nazis here, violent too, and they tend to get too much attention and I think they are watched closely by Säkerhetspolisen (Security police). All fine and good, eh?
No not really, some journalists here, have over the years exposed much of Sweden's police and military top to have links to Nazi or neo-Nazi organizations. Close links, mind you.
Now Sweden (Whole Scandinavia) is completely unlike, much of the rest of the world. Every subject living there is categorized and filed. It is 95 % impossible to go under earth here, if you pay with cash, you are viewed with suspicion almost everywhere.
If you have more than $ 100000 on your bank account, be prepared to explain for it. You know, selling a house, car, whatever.
Sweden is not Paradise, it is a very comfortable, cosy prison, and dont even try to rock the boat.

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | May 7 2022 10:54 utc | 281

From Donbass Insider Telegram channel...Forwarded from A View From Russia. Video is in English.

Here is the link to our Arria-Formula meeting on Ukrainian crimes and breaches of intl humanitarian law today:
https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1p/k1pvngjn8e

Thanks for all who watched it - the audience was very impressive!

Many UN colleagues informally conceded that it was kind of an “icebreaker” event bringing the voices of witnesses and victims from the spot to the Security Council. Western mantras on “Russian propaganda” looked bleak and absolutely irrelevant in the light of the evidence presented.

Thank you all for your support!
UN Web TV (https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1p/k1pvngjn8e)

The situation in Ukraine - UN Security Council Arria-formula meeting organized by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation
The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation will hold an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on "Systematic and mass grave violations of the international humanitarian law as well as other war crimes committed by the Ukrainian military personnel and militia and discovered in the course of ongoing special military operation of the Russian armed forces".

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 11:18 utc | 282

From https://t.me/polkovnik_hodarenok Telegram Channel... They provide a picture.
https://t.me/polkovnik_hodarenok/2445

For those who are worried.
"Admiral Makarov" in Sevastopol.
Photo checked in TinEye - fresh.

The Pentagon said yesterday that it had no information about the defeat of a Russian ship in the Black Sea. In Ukraine, by the evening they also began to win back with statements about "overcoming in the Black Sea."

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 11:25 utc | 283

... German newspaper removes video evidence from its website of Ukrainian forces stopping civilians from reaching evacuation corridors.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 7 2022 9:49 utc | 272

Making themselves party to a war crime, leaving war criminals free to reoffend, contributing to an almost airtight infowar lockdown a EUronazia’s ubiquitous human shield strategy - lending decisive support to that strategy, concealing the absolutely pervasive war criminality of the Zelensky regime.

If they’ll go that far, how much further will they go?

Posted by: anon2020 | May 7 2022 11:25 utc | 284

From Rybar Telegram channel... Another 25 thousand artillery shells ought to last a day or so... Must have run out of the first 144,000 :-)

US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby announced (https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2022/05/06/biden-announces-military-aid-package-to-ukraine.html) about the next delivery of military aid to amount of 150 million dollars. The new package will include:

▪️ 155-mm artillery shells in the amount of 25 thousand units.
▪️ 3 AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder mobile counter-battery radars.
▪️ Electronic warfare and jamming equipment.

#USA #Ukraine
@rybar

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 11:27 utc | 285

Posted by: FromFrance | May 7 2022 10:04 utc | 274

OT but we sometimes need a diversion. 

Jean Luc Ponty, live solo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_orXjCH3FM

Imagine when he played with a band like Roxy Music:

Roxy Music and Brian Ferry "Les Vieilles Charrues" 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KPKpxO0nUc

10 years earlier Brian Ferry was singing in the language of love, "On the Road Live" 1979:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZQu8q8xnfE

Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 11:30 utc | 286

From Rybar Telegram channel... Seems Ukraine is having problems replacing their losses and desertions...

We have repeatedly spoken about the significant losses of the personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the front line, because of which the 101st, 102nd and 103rd territorial defense brigades were sent to the front (https://t.me/rybar/31760).

Teroboronists are already arriving (https://t.me/rybar/32047) to the east, but the problem of lack of people has not gone anywhere. Daily losses and desertion do not allow (https://t.me/rybar/31933) rotation.

As a result, it was decided to tighten the mobilization nuts (https://t.me/rybar/32143) and use additional resources. In the near future, the following will be sent to the east:

105 br TerO (Ternopil)
106 br TerO (Khmelnitsky)
107 br TerO (Chernivtsi)
125 br TerO (Lviv)

The involvement of the Teroboronists on such a scale confirms the acute shortage of manpower. However, forced mobilization can become a problem due to the unwillingness (https://t.me/rybar/32054) of the inhabitants of Western Ukraine to die for "strangers from the east".

And we must not forget about the bare border against the backdrop of the intention of the Poles to “save and protect” Ukrainian sovereignty by sending their troops to Ukraine.
#Lviv #Ternopil #Ukraine #Khmelnitsky #Chernivtsi
@rybar

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 11:32 utc | 287

Why the hell are not the germans kicking this ungrateful fcker out?

Ukraine envoy to Germany: We are shocked that Berlin bans Ukrainian flags on May 8-9
https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ukraine-envoy-to-germany-we-are-shocked-that-berlin-bans-ukrainian-flags-on-may-8-9.html

How many times have he insulted Germany by now? He just keep on going!

Posted by: Zanon | May 7 2022 11:35 utc | 288


@ Posted by: Antiwar Dinosaur | May 7 2022 1:37 utc | 193

Thanks for the great summary of CP post Cockburn.

Proyett used to pop up on Off-G as a willing punchbag when they were still developing their Red/Brown agenda and readership.
He would make a ‘objectionable’ statement and garner the opprobrium of the dumb suckers there. I didn’t believe him or the ‘editors’ and proved it by easily garnering more down votes than him.
Didn’t know he had passed - the lying turd - if you can’t speak ill of the dead when they deserve it, what’s the point of truth?

Vltchek’s early death was a shock, he was in the process of publishing a book after his latest travels - I read a few articles at OG when he was allowed but they seemed to have got rid of him - their crocodile tears at his demise were a final redline for that shite for me and their make believe editors and pair of mods - a happy parting of the ways, as I got my life back from its vortex of Narrative control. Having clearly identified and revealed their role in the Red/Brown action plans along with a few other sacred cows and fellow travellers - I was encouraged to leave by their callow censorship by delayed postings of my comments and my success at taking down their talking bots in debate - proving them liars.

I’ll pop in every now and then when I need a toilet stop in their hood .
Controlled Social Media and web portals - CP - OGee - niche cable shows - real Graun/NYT - mainstream MSM - overt State control ... is the framework of the war of propaganda which will claim victory in history even as the rubble and dumb death proved otherwise.

The Ancient Power has failed once again to get their Greatest Target this century as well as previous centuries all they have to do is to set the folk memories of their slaves for the future generations that Russia and its many peoples are in some way a single non-human monsters to be hated from cradle to grave. This is the only way to raise another army in a few generations who will carry on with such dumb racist self engrandisementality. While their forever Owners watch from their palaces in the clouds pretending their are gods.

Posted by: DunGroanin | May 7 2022 11:37 utc | 289

Analysis by Rybar Telegram channel on the situation around Snake Island... More fighting going on there than we've been told as Ukraine tries to retake it.

Zmeiny Island and the Keys to the North-West of the Black Sea

The events on Snake Island off the coast of Odessa are shrouded in the fog of war: in the meager reports of the Ministry of Defense, there are only reports of destroyed UAVs, not a single military correspondent is on site, and the Ukrainians constantly report wrecked ships and post videos of the hit Raptors or Chamois.

Now Bayraktar TB2 UAVs are working almost daily on the positions of the Russian Armed Forces on the island. The ultimate goal is the landing of Ukrainian troops on the island: Mi-8 helicopters have been deployed to the Chervonoglinsky airfield in Odessa, ready to transfer personnel on command.

American M777 howitzers with 155-mm M982 Excalibur guided missiles have been deployed to the Zatoka area. They will have to work at almost the maximum range - 60 km. But howitzers can also work on Russian positions on the island itself, and on the grouping of ships around it.

Target designation and reconnaissance are provided by American reconnaissance aircraft, which practically do not leave the area of ​​the mission.

Yesterday, through the collective efforts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and NATO allies, the Tor air defense system on the island was partially disabled. After that, the Ukrainian Air Force tried to make a massive raid on the island: in addition to unmanned aircraft, they attracted at least two pairs of Su-24 and Su-27 tactical aircraft.

The ship's air defense systems and fighters worked out in air: two Bayraktar TB2 UAVs and one aircraft were shot down. The rest got away.

Why Serpentine?

The island is strategically important not only because of its location near the southern borders of Odessa. Without control over Serpentine, it will be much more difficult to conduct a potentially naval amphibious operation on the Ukrainian coast.

And for Ukraine and the allies, the restoration of control over the island is an opportunity to deploy stationary radar stations, control the air and sea space around Odessa and begin an operation to unblock it. This is important for the supply of weapons and military equipment from the West by sea.

No matter how much we make fun of the "mosquito fleet", but it exists. And it is foolish to underestimate it - especially when all target designation and intelligence are provided by allies from the NATO bloc.

And also Serpentine is a symbol. Remember about the “dead defenders” of the island, who later turned out to be alive? Now imagine that the Ukrainians will recapture the island and begin to inflate the story of a heroic deed, recaptured lines and revenge for the fallen and prisoners?

Therefore, one should not assume that the grouping of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea "does nothing" near Odessa. This is a very important sector of the front. And the intensity of the fighting there will only increase.
#Snake #Odessa #Russia #Ukraine
@rybar

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 11:38 utc | 290

Huge column of smoke rising over Odessa from missile strikes on targets including an aircraft factory... Various Telegram channels...including:
https://t.me/milinfolive/82831
https://t.me/milinfolive/82830
https://t.me/rybar/32303
https://t.me/rybar/32301


Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 11:43 utc | 291

Report from hottie Maryanna Naumova that DPR mobile operator Phoenix has switched to Russian telephone code. More proof DPR is fully integrating with Russia.
https://t.me/Army_Russia/24284

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 11:47 utc | 292

Posted by: FromFrance | May 7 2022 10:04 utc | 274
OT but we sometimes need a diversion.

Yeah and since the threads gone to some Jean Luc Ponty I'll just say I like
Mystical Adventures.
I bought it on vinyl when it came out in '82 and wore it out. Love his version of Stevie Wonder's As.

Then there's Grappelli and Ponty.

Posted by: waynorinorway | May 7 2022 11:57 utc | 293

More hallucinations from the US on how Ukraine can "win" against Russia... LOL From Colonel Cassad Telegram channel referencing a CNN report...

Former head of the US Special Operations Command in Europe, retired Major General Mike Repass: NATO should create special units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Ukraine to conduct offensive operations

His assessment (https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/04/opinions/bergen-repass-ukraine-interview/index.html) of how Ukraine can allegedly win the conflict:
1. The United States and allies (France, Poland, Great Britain, Germany) should assist in the formation of strategic forces within the Armed Forces of Ukraine from five brigades with a total number of 40 thousand fighters and their training on their territory.
2. It will take 6-8 months to implement the plans.
3. Equip the brigades with Western weapons and equipment.
4. Ukraine is able to find the specified number of military, given the current situation in the country.

The United States plans to use the prepared Ukrainian reserves once again as cannon fodder to contain Russia and prolong the conflict. Washington openly speaks, not embarrassed by his statements, what goals he pursues:
1. It is necessary to weaken Russia by strengthening the capabilities of Ukraine.
2. It is necessary to continue to contain Russia, building up our own capabilities and NATO.
3. "Degradation" of the armed forces and potential of Russia.
4. It is necessary to ensure the defeat of Russia in Ukraine by creating a strategic and operational reserve for Ukraine, which supposedly will be able to conduct offensive operations.

This is the sort of things that generates the idiot comments we see here... No one thinks this stuff through.

"2. It will take 6-8 months to implement the plans."

And what makes them think Ukraine's military will exist in 6-8 months? People like this are why the US has never won a war in the last fifty years.

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 12:00 utc | 294

Latest Russian MoD briefing from their Telegram channel...

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry

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

High-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Air Force have hit 5 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, as well as 1 ammunition depot near Bakhmut, Donetsk People's Republic.

Operational-tactical and army aviation have hit 18 military assets of Ukraine.

Among them: 2 command posts near Skovorodnikovo in Kharkov Region, 5 areas of concentration of personnel and military equipment, 3 ammunition and fuel depots near Dachnoe in Odessa Region.

A large concentration of military equipment from the USA and European countries has been destroyed near the Bogodukhov railway station in Kharkov Region.

The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 280 nationalists and up to 48 armoured and motor vehicles.

Missile troops and artillery have hit 44 command posts and 196 strongholds of Ukrainian troops, areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration during the night.

Russian air defence means overnight have shot down 13 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Berezovka in Nikolaev Region, Signalnoe, Luganskoe, Krasnogorovka, Yasinovatoe and Zugres in Donetsk People's Republic, Olgino in Kherson Region, Cherneshchina in Kharkov Region.

3 Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missiles and 9 Smerch multiple-launch rockets nave been also intercepted over Izyum city, Kharkov Region.

In total, 152 aircraft and 112 helicopters, 762 unmanned aerial vehicles, 295 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,895 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 333 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,364 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,716 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.

#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #Briefing
@mod_russia_en

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 7 2022 12:07 utc | 295

You mean the war? Where, geographically?
Russia if fighting for survival, so it will stop when and where its security needs are met. How much Ukrainian land it will need to take over I don't know, and I could be wrong, but I would guess the whole country plus Pridnyestrovlye.
Posted by: hopehely | May 7 2022 2:36 utc | 211


I'm thinking about it's escalation beyond the Ukrainian border.
Be that attacks deep into Russian territory.
Or an incident that happens on inside the Polish border.
It's inevitable given everything we have discussed and you expanded in above.
And the Finn's.
What the fuck are they going to achieve realistically?
Hyper idiots as you observe.

Posted by: Jpc | May 7 2022 12:07 utc | 296

Posted by: Zanon | May 7 2022 11:35 utc | 288

"How many times have he insulted Germany by now? He just keep on going!"

Germans are used to being insulted and invaded. That's why Prussia invented the general staff system, now adopted by every serious army in the world.

Posted by: Paul | May 7 2022 12:33 utc | 297

Oops!
https://globalvoices.org/2016/10/28/yet-another-scandal-for-russias-orthodox-church-as-clergyman-is-spotted-wearing-40k-rolex/

Or is this more of b's misinfo stuff?

Posted by: Scorpion | May 6 2022 23:56 utc | 166

From Buddhists to Christians, such stuff is not very surprising. The bad apples are everywhere. They pretend to represent the Spiritual World while enjoying the best of the Material World.

The current Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill of Moscow swims in the same swamp of expensive material world as the best in Davos. When I visited the Valaam Monastery, the local boatman who took us there pointed far off from Valaam Island another small island. He told us that Patriarch Kirill was building there a place for himself to have more privacy. Why so far from Valaam I asked. So that when he brought women along not many of his underlings would be able to see this happening. People are not stupid and don't fall for these BS explanations :-)

https://en.public-welfare.com/4090725-yacht-patriarch-cyril-where-did-patriarch-kirill-have-a-yacht-what-does-the-russian-orthodox-church-say-about-the-personal-yacht-of-patriarch-cyril

Posted by: Tom_12 | May 7 2022 12:38 utc | 298

Jpc @ #34
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I was unnerved when I saw the emotion coming from Col. Doug Macgregor talking to Hinckle, April 6 (easily found on YT)
When he talked about what these dangerous loons could do, he looked almost a bit spooked. If he's spooked, I'm terrified.

Posted by: PaulH | May 7 2022 12:53 utc | 299

Yes all lies. The military would never reveal such information in an ongoing conflict. Not policy.

Posted by: Wiseeyes | May 7 2022 13:05 utc | 300

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