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June 30, 2022

No, NATO Will Not Get Ready For War

I had a good laugh when I read this nonsense:

NATO to boost troops on high alert to over 300,000 -Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO will boost the number of troops on high alert by more than sevenfold to over 300,000, its secretary-general said on Monday, as allies prepared to adopt a new strategy describing Moscow as a direct threat four months into the Ukraine war.
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Stoltenberg said NATO in future would have "well over 300,000" troops on high alert, compared to 40,000 troops that currently make up the alliance's existing quick reaction force, the NATO Response Force (NRF).

The new force model is meant to replace the NRF and "provide a larger pool of high readiness forces across domains, land, sea, air and cyber, which will be pre-assigned to specific plans for the defence of allies," a NATO official said.

NATO does not have 300,000 troops to put on high alert. The troops are controlled by member states and I see no willingness by any of them to shoulder the costs that a real high alert status would have. Units on high alert means that they fully manned with no one on vacation and with enough supplies ready to sustain weeks of battle. All of that costs money. Member states will instead designate existing units as 'high alert' ones and change nothing else in their usual equipment and training.

The statement is pure NATO public relations fluff. Stoltenberg did not even ask or inform member states before he made that announcement:

Stoltenberg’s announcement caught the top defense officials of many NATO members off guard, leading them to question which of their forces, if any, were being included in the 300,000 figure.

“Maybe it’s number magic?” said one senior European defense official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly about the confusion.

Several senior European security policymakers said they were taken by surprise, with no advance notice of the plan to expand NATO’s quick-response force from its current size of 40,000 in light of the Ukraine war and Russia’s ongoing military threats to NATO territory.

This was one of the ideas that are typical for NATO bureaucrats who live in their own fantasy world. They are the reason why the French president Macron has called NATO 'brain dead'. And no, it is really nothing more than an idea:

A NATO official, speaking on the condition of anonymity per the alliance’s ground rules, said that country-specific numbers still needed pinning down. Even the 300,000 total is theoretical for the moment: “The concept has not been fully worked up yet,” the official said. “We will have to do more to build up the model before we can work out what national commitments can be.”

Even so, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has already said her country will offer up 15,000 troops — a full division.

Lambrecht offered nothing. She will put the fake 'high alert' label on an existing division and change nothing else. That she did this is actually quite revealing. If Germany as one of the bigger NATO countries offers only one division size element where will the other 19 division size elements come from that are needed to make up a 300,000 strong force? Do they even exist?

NATO is just a shadow of its former self. Member states now have only a few troops that can be designated to work under NATO. Even those lack ammunition and depot weapons to make up for eventually losses. Some now even lack the industries to make more systems and grenades. They are also unable to make new ones that are fit for their purposes.

Neither of the big or small 'modern' weapons that were given to Ukraine has made a difference. The Javelins had empty batteries, the British NLAW anti-tank weapons were too weak to defeat Russian armor. Switchblade suicide drones are not controllable under Russian electronic warfare conditions. Stinger missiles have heat sensors that are too slow to acquire a fast moving target. The 'light' howitzer M-777 are too light for real battle conditions and tend to break.

NATO countries have put too much money into their air forces which will be unable to break through Russia's excellent air defenses. NATO's air defense is in contrast too weak. Just ask the Saudis how well their Patriot systems worked against Yemeni drones. Those systems can do nothing against Russia's medium range missiles. System like Iskander and Kalibr, of which Russia has many, are hard to find in NATO armies.

What is the last time NATO units have trained under electronic warfare conditions?

The New York Times interviewed nearly two dozen Ukrainian soldiers over the last several weeks who all pointed to similar problems: Russians jammed their radios constantly; they didn’t have enough communication gear; and they often had difficulty getting through to a commander to call for artillery support. Talking to units stationed nearby was also an issue, they said, which has led to Ukrainian forces occasionally firing on one another.
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The General said that his two off-the-shelf radios were jammed constantly.

“They would use the stronger signal on the same frequency,” he said.

Troops in more specialized units have been issued U.S.-supplied encrypted radios and can speak to one another unhindered, one soldier said, but the radio’s high output means the Russians can find the locations they are broadcasting from.

“This is why we stopped communicating and only communicated the necessary minimum, such as if an evacuation was needed or an urgent help,” the soldier, who goes by the name Raccoon, added.

Materially NATO is not ready to fight. Politically it is also not ready.

John Helmer quotes excerpts from an interview with the former chief of staff of the Polish army, Miecyslaw Gocul:

You complain, and [NATO Secretary-General] Jens Stoltenberg has announced: “The NATO summit in Madrid will be groundbreaking. With a new strategic concept, we will make a fundamental change in NATO’s deterrence and defense.”

Before the NATO summit in Warsaw [in 2016]), at the Pact’s military committee, I asked Stoltenberg: what will be the guarantees for the eastern flank? He replied with a question: what else does Poland expect? I said straight out: security and prosperity, which is what the rest of us sitting at the table want.”

“Just like then, I hear the same slogans today, such as ‘do more with less’. There are also other fine-sounding calls, but these are only political slogans calculated for a positive public reaction and minimizing costs. They do not really bring about any political and military solutions.
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Now the tension between Russia and Lithuania is growing, because the sanctions are blocking the Kaliningrad Oblast more and more. Could this be a hotspot?

If Putin wanted to start the war further and decided to cut a corridor through the Baltics to the Kaliningrad District at the Suwałki Gap, what forces could stop him? Could the forces of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland stop Putin? Not at all. Putin will not be stopped by the Americans, who are present on the eastern flank only in small numbers. I repeat, Russia talks and calculates only with strong countries and organizations. And NATO in our region is weak.

It indeed is. And except for few east European hot heads, everyone hopes that it will stay so. None of the bigger NATO member countries wants a large fight with Russia. That includes the United States. Why then prepare for it? Why buy weapons that will never be used?

On the other side Russia does not want anything from Europe. It does not have an ideology that seeks expansion. It wants to be left alone.

NATO is a cold war relict that was kept alive to give the U.S. some political advantages. Its real purpose has never changed: keep Germany down, Russia out and the U.S. in Europe. That will only change when western Europe starts to rebel against it.

Unfortunately the chances for that are low.

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@David Levin #64
I guess the question is: what would Yamamoto have preferred Japan to do?

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 30 2022 21:14 utc | 86

It's been a long time since I last read the book, but I recall that Yamamoto had profound respect for Britain and the US and was convinced that for Japan to go to war against them would be disastrous. But once it was decided to attack Pearl Harbor, he was more aggressive than anyone even though he had strongly opposed it.

As a veteran of U.S. military signals intelligence (active duty Air Force and then Naval Reserve), I regret the role of U.S. Navy signals intelligence in killing Yamamoto.

Posted by: Lysias | Jun 30 2022 21:22 utc | 89

Before I knew of Agawa's book, I had seen film of Lt. Colonel Besby Holmes, who shot down Yamamoto's plane. I was struck by two things in particular. First, his description made clear that he didn't consider his act to be heroic. If anything, he considered it lucky: he hit the plane when he was test-firing his guns in advance of when he thought it would cross his path. Second, he remarked that although he didn't regret it, the passage of time caused him to focus less on that incident and more on what an interesting man Yamamoto was.

If he had been allowed to live, he might have been able to bring the Pacific War to a swifter conclusion.

Posted by: Lysias | Jun 30 2022 21:22 utc | 89

Perhaps, but Japan's support of the war was feverish. A few years earlier, Yamamoto's superiors were even concerned that his opposition might cause his assassination.

Posted by: David Levin | Jun 30 2022 23:04 utc | 101

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 30 2022 21:14 utc | 86

I guess the question is: what would Yamamoto have preferred Japan to do? .....The oil embargo placed on Japan was literally strangling its economy - as Japan has no energy resources on its own land.

And while the US in 1945 was an industrial power - it is far less clear that the US of 2022 is still an industrial power without Chinese manufacturing inputs.,

Let me shared a true story ... I was in Shanghai early 90s maybe just after the Tiananmen "massacre"... I was one of very few overseas Chinese doing business with China and my host "minder" helped me moves around different provinces... one of my trips was Chongqing where my dad used to lived during WW2 and Kuomintang wartime capital, my brother born there, he now living in Sydney nearly died from Covid-19... I visited INDEX Machine tool sales a well-known Germany machine's tools company. They had a manufacturing base there, I was interested buying many INDEX machine tool... later went Tsingtao and Hangzhou sourcing raw process chemicals... Calcium Chloride... at one point I asked my minder why China buying so much stuff where I knew China had plenty... i.e. marbles... my minder who is a Manchurian look exactly like a Han Chinese...... said China is very smart they try to buy marble from overseas like Italy rather mining theirs in Liaoning or Xingjiang provinces...

I was stunned what he told me... yes China has almost everything ... minerals, gas, oils, rare earths and even gold...... but tries to conserve what has......

Posted by: JC | Jun 30 2022 23:09 utc | 102

Stoltenberg's speech was not directed against Russia, but was intended for the European NATO members: Similar to the demand for 5% of GDP as an armament budget at that time was a pressure on Europe, now again a pressure is to be built up to contribute more, be it through money or units, whereby units always mean profit for the US arms suppliers.
Everything else was show for the media.
Europe should pay and buy in the USA. That is what it is all about.

Posted by: Peter | Jun 30 2022 23:12 utc | 103

Maybe Stoltenberg is trying to convince his owner Lord Rottenchild that he is a Rottweiler and not a toy poodle so he's yapping loudly.

Posted by: Befree | Jun 30 2022 23:14 utc | 104

Another point to make is that there is little point in putting 300,000 troops on "high alert" unless whoever is in command of them can deploy them rapidly.

Otherwise you will have 300,000 highly-alert soldiers standing around twiddling their thumbs while Brussels argues over what to do.

So if this was a "real" thing then member countries will be giving up control over their best troops and placing that control in the hands of.... who, exactly? The US Commander of European Command? Who?

You simply can't have troops ready to deploy at a moment's notice without also giving someone the authority to commit them to battle with only a moment's consideration. Otherwise why bother?

Not sure that's gonna fly with Macron or Scholz.

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Jun 30 2022 23:56 utc | 105

Peter AU1 @53. Here here. I will also add the solar powered tanks pootling around the terrain!! That will show those damned ruskies a thing or two about modern warfare. That'll show them!

Posted by: Jo Dominich | Jul 1 2022 0:01 utc | 106

Great article - it still amazes how completely useless all
of these "wonder weapons" the Ukrainian forces have received are.

Posted by: D G | Jul 1 2022 1:15 utc | 107

Now the billion dollar question: if anybody with eyes can see that, why would you continue to poke the bear? The blockade of kaliningrad alone could have been the point of no return. So why do you poke the bear?

Posted by: Orgel | Jun 30 2022 17:01 utc | 32

Orgel, consider this: RF's part may be willing or unwilling but is going forward regardless - Western criminals launching a multi-stage kinetic action war to conceal the massive jab death wave emerging. Most here, some very informed military, geopolitical analysts of world-renown, don't have the time to link the big pharma mafias of the EU, UK, and even the loons in the health ministry of Moscow, to the idea a multi-faceted great culling is now happening world-wide. My kid was viral shedded on by school kids with pfizer 7 months ago. Now, my wife and I will be lucky to live out this year. When you're dying from a well-proven bioweapon, you tend to dig for all the uncomfortable facts until what remains, no matter how fantastically inconceivable to mankind...must be the truth. All this emerging war of the worlds is one of several aspects of this more likely than not, great culling of the west. b, I served two tours in your fantastic country and encourage you, as you lead all of us researchers to better understanding, to continue your mission to inform as many as possible of the things only you can do!

Posted by: ERing46Z | Jul 1 2022 1:59 utc | 108

Posted by: ERing46Z | Jul 1 2022 1:59 utc | 108

I'm sorry to hear what you and your wife are experiencing. In case you hadn't looked into them but might be inclined to, some (perhaps many) organizations of physicians and other healthcare providers have devised what they claim to be COVID vaccine recovery protocols.

Posted by: David Levin | Jul 1 2022 2:12 utc | 109

Posted by: ERing46Z | Jul 1 2022 1:59 utc | 108

"My kid was viral shedded on by school kids with pfizer 7 months ago. Now, my wife and I will be lucky to live out this year. When you're dying from a well-proven bioweapon, you tend to dig for all the uncomfortable facts until what remains, no matter how fantastically inconceivable to mankind...must be the truth. All this emerging war of the worlds is one of several aspects of this more likely than not, great culling of the west."

Sorry to hear of your travails. During the 'vaccine' year I spent quite a bit of time trying to find out if the 'vaccinated' could infect the unvaccinated. I couldn't get an answer and followed quite a few of the leading dissenters. At some point a few articles came out strongly arguing that yes, spike protein shedding happens after the shot and yes it can spread - or something like that (no longer recall the details). Now am fairly certain this is most likely the case and suspect lots of us are walking around at 75% strength so when a second thing is pushed through....

In short: we are fu*ked! I hate thinking this way and most of the time manage to just push it away but really the whole 'vaccine' campaign was a truly terrible affair and it's only because most people are decent and well-meaning that they managed to prevail despite not having testing, despite batches being all different, despite the ingredients being secret, despite thousands of young people dying and women missing periods having miscarriages, despite corpses in mortuaries showing up with unprecedented congealed blood conditions, despite actuarian increase in all-cause death rates at two standard deviations above the norm and so on. And people STILL defend them when clearly at the very best they were inadequately tested and subject to strict quality control regulation and monitoring. And despite the biggest mass injection campaign in world history they didn't put in thorough, verifiable post-injection reporting system. They didn't even use reliable testing throughout the pandemic rather something they knew to give false positive at an elevated rate. And on and on. And people still defend them! Because most people are decent and well-meaning.

This is how the Big Lie works in other areas too. Decent people cannot imagine such evil intent and so prefer not to consider it.

There are some doctors out there who have developed protocols for this I believe - or rather illnesses developed from the 'vaccines' at least - though it appears I neither bookmarked nor saved them. Probably Mercola has reported on this.

Best wishes...

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 1 2022 2:25 utc | 110

How many troops can Russia conscript for a war? Millions.
Hoe many are there in this limited operation? Just a bit more than 100 thousand.

What would the best military strategy be? Full force, quick results.
What strategy is Russia using? Very limited force, one village a day on average, sometimes a road, or a city bloc.

Have the sanctions worked? No.
Has Russia prepared for sanctions? Yes.

Has any NON-Western nation applied sanctions? No.
Is Russia keeping good relations (diplomatic and economi) with NON-Western nations? Yes.

Approval rate of western leaders? Historical minimums.
Approval rate of Putin? Around an incredible 80%.

Has the cutting of oil/gas from Russia forced it to bankrupt? No, it sells to other countries, and has record profits.
Was Europe ready to cut the oil/gas from Russia? No, not even during a small period during the Summer.

Has Russia ran out of missiles and tanks? No, it has a huge stock and an efficient military industry.
Has NATO made Ukraine a "defeater of Russia". No way. It has run out of artillery rockets, run out of tanks, has no navy, and the "air force" is the occasional Su or Mi or drones getting shot down. NATO' military industry is privatized, expensive (profits over everything else), and can't even give Ukraine replacements for what it loses every day.

Have you guys understood the pictire as well as I did? I think so. Russia's plan is to make this operation last for at least one Winter, and just sit back side by side with China, as the West shoots itself on both feet.

People hungry, cold, unemployed. Inflation, austerity, isolation from NON-Western countries. And then more escalation and higher budgets for NATO. And enough time for the FakeNews narrative to crumble. And in Europe another €uroZone debt crisis, that will be even worse this time.

It seems the BBC (Brussels Bilderberg Club) hasn't realized yet that Russia (and China and others) are making a judo move here. Using all the power/attack from the West against itself.
The end result will be regime change, not in the Kremlin, but in Berlin, Paris, Rome, and others. Followed by an increased isolation of Anglo-Saxon imperialism.

And the fact that Russia has a moderate approach (unlike what some belicist lunatic russian nationalists wanted), that responded with ZERO military threat to the Finland and Lithuanian problems, will be a key for the success of this plan.

The other key is Russia keeping its word of liberating Donbass and going just enough further (Kherson, Zaporijia) to guaranteed its safety, is the other key. Because it shows Russia does not want to conquer NON-Russian speaking land.
As to Mikolaev, Odessa, Kharkiv, it depends on the date of the surrender of Kiev's regime signed by Zelensky, and depends also on the possibility of a serious peace agreement with Zelensky's successor, wich will obviously be a Lukashenko type of guy that will put the Banderists where they deserve: in prison, or under a repression that makes them run away to the equaly lunatic/fascist Poland.

And that's the 2nd reason why this operation is so limited: the fewer civilian cadualties, the easier will be to implement that political solution: the anti-Maidan revolution of true dignity.
And this way (lots of military/nazi killed in a limited area), there's also an increased possibility that Zelensky/Kiev's surrender happens before there's any need of destruction in Odessa.

To end, my country: Portugal. I'm at the same time sad that the leaders are such proud vassals of Brussels/Washington, but on the other hand, I see some interesring signs: A.Costa agreed with Macron that Ukraine's EU entry will takes years or DECADES; the weapons sent to Ukraine included garbage like 80 years's old towed howitzers (from WW2 period, lol); and Prime Minister A.Costa recently said he had no defined calendar to increase Defense budget beyond current 1.6% GDP.
Aka, three indirect slaps in the face of Zelensky and Biden/Stoltenberg, by at the same time keeping a low profile of the "minimum possible kind of ally" in the safest corner of Europe right now.

As for the Winter, Portuguese and Spanish people will have the usual sunshine and positive temperatures, and cheaper fully available gas from Algeria. And enough cornfields to make our own popcorn, sit, and watch the circus-on-ice beyond the Pyrenees... The prince in Monte Carlo will have a lot of Golden Clow Awards to distribute in this year's edition. Eheheh

Posted by: Carlos Marques | Jul 1 2022 3:21 utc | 111

Good article. NATO itself must know they can't fight a war with Russia by conventional means, so it's all BS talk for political consumption. And nuclear war means those in charge dying with the rest of us. All vacuous noise and posturing. Would assume the Russians have also figured this out.

Posted by: Organic | Jul 1 2022 3:31 utc | 112

im expecting economic refugees from northern hemisphere to be heading south come mid winter. maybe in usa they can high five each other in the two way lines of those still sleep walking to the american dream.

Posted by: hankster | Jul 1 2022 3:36 utc | 113

..Out of space invaders.. '' Nah.. you disinform.. millions know they are peaceful, heck, one human et race
has been here for thousands of years on a now completed Mission. theyfly.com

Posted by: Thomas Turk | Jul 1 2022 3:55 utc | 114

@111 Carlos Marques - Hopefully, in the future, one will derisively laugh when one looks back on the time when it was said that Europe stops at the Pyrenees. Either that they were so correct, or that by choosing to look down on the inhabitants of the Iberian peninsula, they exposed their true racist nature.

Posted by: lex talionis | Jul 1 2022 4:34 utc | 115

..Perhaps the reason USDOD cannot make it's recruiting quota(s) is to be found in the above... I note that all the NATO/G-7 countries fully embraced the mRNA "vaccines". INDY. Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Jun 30 2022 19:47 utc | 67

M of A readers should by now know this..

Video: Graphene Oxide: A Toxic Substance in the Vial of the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine? By Ricardo Delgado and Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, January 19, 2022.

University of Almeria. Spain. Nov 2021. Detection of graphene in COVID vaccines using Micro-Raman spectroscopy... Prof Pablo Campra.

Austrian graphene Research Scientist/Med. Dr. Andreas Noack was MURDERED after he released his evidence of graphene in the 4 mRNA injections, and describing it as ''razor blades in the blood that will kill all who get it''.

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko. The mRNA injections HAVE AIDS!

Swedish study 2.28.22 demonstrated and confirmed that the mRNA in the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid injections infiltrate cells and transcribes its message onto human DNA within 6 hours, altering our own DNA

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Autopsies Prove Vax BioWeapon Caused Autoimmune Attacks And Death. (Based on 70 autopsies done by Germany's top pathologist, Prof. Dr. Arne Burkhardt).

Prof Igor Chudov Pfizer vaccine, taken once, permanently changes the DNA of affected cells…DNA transcribed from Pfizer mRNA Vaccine contains mutant gp130 Cancer Cells. 28,2,22

Journal of Hepatology. Immune-mediated hepatitis with the Moderna vaccine.. confirmed.

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Posted by: Thomas Turk | Jul 1 2022 4:34 utc | 116

...and even the loons in the health ministry of Moscow, to the idea a multi-faceted great culling is now happening world-wide.

Really? SputnikV, the Russian VAX is based on dead virus/virus particles.. same with Chinese Sinovac/Sinopharm. Here in Siam, I took 2X Sinovac for travel.. NO mRNA booster, natch.

Posted by: Thomas Turk | Jul 1 2022 4:42 utc | 117

Carlos Marques | Jul 1 2022 3:21 utc | 111
Winter, =
Portugal + and Spain / sunshine and positive temperatures,
+ cheaper fully available gas from Algeria.
cornfields = popcorn,
+ free entertainment in the schadenfreude genre
My fellow barfly, I do wish you the best.
I would just caution you about factoring “cheap, available Algerian gas”.
A coupla reasons.
1/ The gas market is global. Supply is short.
Gas will be delivered to who can pay above contract. This has already happened since December.
I can’t recall exactly which country.. I think Pakistan, …had its supply diverted elsewhere, even though this triggered a 30% penalty clause.
Locked in, iron clad contracts are just pretty paper until the gas is actually delivered….

2/ Abraham Accords. A lot of the tension between Spain, Morocco and Algeria is connected to the Abraham Accords.
Trump [Kushner] negotiated a deal where the US would recognise Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara if Morocco normalised relations with Israel.
Western Sahara is a resource-rich territory, about the size of Colorado, with about 73 percent of global phosphate reserves.

3/ Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline
The Maghreb–Europe Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline, which links the Hassi R'Mel gas field in Algeria through Morocco with Cordoba in Andalusia, Spain, where it is connected with the Spanish and Portuguese gas grids. Before the operation of the pipeline ceased in October 2021, it used to supply mainly Spain and Portugal, as well as Morocco with natural gas. [Wikipedia]

I sincerely hope you do continue to have gas and popcorn… no one (yet?) is able to control the sunshine..

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jul 1 2022 5:02 utc | 118

I wonder if the NRF also use NeRF guns?

Posted by: Joe | Jul 1 2022 5:56 utc | 119

@ Thomas Turk | Jul 1 2022 4:42 utc | 117 Re:

" SputnikV, the Russian VAX is based on dead virus/virus particles"

Not actually true, the Sputnik V and the AstraZenecca both use viruses to get the Mrna into the cells.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputnik_V_COVID-19_vaccine

"Pharmacology
Gam-COVID-Vac is a viral vector vaccine based on two recombinant replication-defective human adenoviruses: Ad26 (serotype 26) and Ad5 (serotype 5) replicated in HEK 293 cells. The viruses contain the gene that encodes the full-length spike protein (S) of SARS-CoV-2 to stimulate an immune response.[6][18][38] It is similar to the approach used by the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine[39][40] that also employ HEK 293 cell line for the vector replication during the manufacturing process.[41]2

Posted by: MarkU | Jul 1 2022 8:24 utc | 120

Lying short circuits connection between head and heart diminishing expressive powers and functional IQ. Witness current Western leadership in Intelligence, Media and representative Leadership.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

That's why I always say: if in doubt.... You know the thing! Joe Tzu.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 30 2022 21:35 utc | 92

And George Robertson. Even now it’s something of a rarity to use the word imbecile literally!

So many of them appear to exist in a kind of waking coma, an atavistic, near-infantile stupor of “networking” and “messaging”.

We could be forgiven for concluding that taboo sex has rotted their brains down to the size of a peanut =)

Posted by: anon2020 | Jul 1 2022 8:26 utc | 121

I believe they { Nato} had a 300,000 man army in Ukraine - it is on the verge of collapsing. Next up !

Posted by: GMC | Jul 1 2022 8:29 utc | 122

... Lookout! Maybe NATO plans a sneak attack while Russia rolls on the floor laughing.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 30 2022 21:51 utc | 94

A ROFL pounce? Love it!

Posted by: anon2020 | Jul 1 2022 8:29 utc | 123

As for the Winter, Portuguese and Spanish people will have the usual sunshine and positive temperatures, and cheaper fully available gas from Algeria. And enough cornfields to make our own popcorn, sit, and watch the circus-on-ice beyond the Pyrenees.... Eheheh

Posted by: Carlos Marques | Jul 1 2022 3:21 utc | 111

Melaleuca's wise caveat notwithstanding, here's hoping that the prospects there this winter are as sunny as the Savant from Portugal's analysis was penetrating!

A thought popped up whilst reading your post:

Both Europe and Ukraine share the same predicament as a hard winter looms: do the people in theoretically sovereign and democratic countries which are in fact oligarchies have the means and will to insist upon charting a different course, to 'take their countries back?'

Interesting times...

As disaster looms across the land, it is gratifying to soberly contemplate how my note cards mirror the degree to which I am responsible for how we got here and where we are headed. My family and I pray every day for an Intervention for the People by the People .

Brandon's Diary.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 1 2022 8:48 utc | 124

We could be forgiven for concluding that taboo sex has rotted their brains down to the size of a peanut =)

Posted by: anon2020 | Jul 1 2022 8:26 utc | 121

Take it from me, your favorite hairy legs President: Quid pro quo, quid pro Joe, woe is me. And THAT, my friend, you can take to Hunter's Bank!

Joe's Book of Beloved Presidential Aphorisms

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 1 2022 9:01 utc | 125

... I remember reading a long time ago that the Russia-China alliance has been deliberately structured as symbiotic in that neither can either survive or thrive without the other. Maybe it was Pepe Escobar writing at Asia Times in the early Noughties...

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 30 2022 21:59 utc | 95

100% agreement here. Western / MSM suggestions of friction between RF/CN are laughable. They’re playing for most, perhaps all, of the marbles. They can win together but they are virtually guaranteed to lose apart. This was blatantly obvious from the outset.

Part of it is a need to manage the conflict for the greatest MIC profit, to keep it going by talking up UA prospects, RF losses and imagined RF/CN friction.

Another part appears to be a genuine difficulty in comprehending the RF/CN alliance because there are no analogous western alliances on the same scale. The US dominates its ‘partners’, and the western view of geopolitical alliance forming, as a kind of one-horse race.

For all their differences, RF and CN are equals, their alliance reflects that equality and the formative moment in geopolitical history that we are witness to.

I hope we don’t get to see just how strong the RF/CN alliance is because that’d mean the shit has really hit the fan.

Western MSM are trashy fools, miserable rent-a-word assclowns.

Posted by: anon2020 | Jul 1 2022 9:02 utc | 126

Posted by David Levin @ 64 & others Re Admiral Yamamoto

I have found this biography very well written, entertaining and informative:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57716896-admiral-of-the-pacific

Highly recommended.

Yes, Japan was pushed into war and Yamamoto knew the likely outcome. He studied at Harvard and hitch hiked to Mexico in the holidays to study oil production.

Posted by: Paul | Jul 1 2022 9:03 utc | 127

I hope we don’t get to see just how strong the RF/CN alliance is because that’d mean the shit has really hit the fan.

Western MSM are trashy fools, miserable rent-a-word assclowns.

Posted by: anon2020 | Jul 1 2022 9:02 utc | 126

Let's see... And let's hope that a possible beneficial legacy of their mutual experience with communist vision and practice is a deep commitment to promulgating polities that put benefiting the people - all people - first. As this their first victory in their first overt challenge to the Empire of Lies unfolds, let us pray they reveal a new type of strength, one not based on deception, manipulation and domination.

Stranger things have happened. We stand on the cusp of a new Golden Age or a technocratic dystopia.

I consulted the Yijing on the lunar new year day, after an earthquake in Mexico early that morning and threw (1,4 > 9) the changing line's commentary of which in one text reads:

Wavering flight over the depths. No blame. (Wilhelm)

The image of powerful #1 Heaven The Creative is 6 dragons circling above a vortex, or abyss. Things can go both ways in this time of epochal change. My commentary was:

"Hold true to the creative power of Heaven and a Golden Age with a new world wide civilisation may dawn; hold to deception greed and cruelty and a Dark Age of tyranny enslavement and degradation will surely ensue. Such is the timeless Dharma of Heaven the Creative."

I might add: deception is the mother of all demons.

We shall see how the prospective new world leaders pass their first great test fairly soon, I suspect.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 1 2022 9:34 utc | 128

At: Lysias | Jun 30 2022 21:38 utc | 93

Small nit to pick. First a disclaimer, I'm not: user of twitter, facebook and rarely expose myself to YT; I do read. I was born the same month the siege of Stalingrad was broken so have no direct memories of WW II but grew up with those who had direct memories. I do find the current revisions of history troubling, not because they are necessarily wrong but because they appear long after the actors involved in WW II have departed and can no longer respond to error. What the current legion of historians seem to overlook was the fact Japan joined the Axis powers (Italy, Germany) late 1939, early 1940 IIRC, displacing Franco's Spain from consideration (Franco's Spain was by then an economic basket case that would require more support than it could provide). Of course the U.S. being a military neutral but cultural/lingual partisan would not give aid to Japan that had declared war on the U.K. This would have the same appearance as you state: 'provoking war'. That debate will be interminable as well as misleading and fertiliser for all manner of conspiracy theories, many not yet born. It looks my 'milage' varies considerably and would advise great care be taken with the history of that era least future historians become mislead. (/nit pickin')

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jul 1 2022 9:45 utc | 129

PS. For any who enjoy such arcana the full reading is at:

https://baronbrasdor.art/2022/03/04/yi-jing-year-of-the-water-tiger-2022/

The Earthquake reading at:

https://baronbrasdor.art/2022/03/04/yi-earthquake-on-new-years-day/

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 1 2022 9:46 utc | 130

Ministry of Justice: No new extradition requests from Turkey ==> https://yle.fi/news/3-12518775

...

Ministry of Justice: No change in how extraditions are handled

According to the Ministry of Justice, the signing the memorandum on Tuesday by Finland, Sweden and Turkey will not change how extradition requests are handled in Finland.

Justice Minister Anna-Maija Henrikson (SPP) said on Wednesday that Finland will continue to follow the same international agreements regarding extraditions as previously.

Over the last decade, Turkey has requested that Finland extradite about 16 people. Of those, only two extradition requests have been carried out, according to Finnish authorities.

The ministry told Yle that reasons for the refusal have included Finnish citizenship and lack of dual criminality. Dual criminality means that the criminal act is punishable in both countries.

...

Posted by: too scents | Jul 1 2022 9:48 utc | 131

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jul 1 2022 5:02 utc | 118

Spain has shot itself in the foot regarding gas, too.

Relinquished all ties to the Sahara by recognizing the Moor's claim to it, which Argelia is not too happy about it.

Mind you, Saharaui people used to have spanish ID cards issued to them :_)

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jul 1 2022 9:59 utc | 132

I've also thought that investing in buying enough anti-materiel rifles for a ratio of 1:30 soldiers was the way to cheaply fight modern wars. Particularly if you are a small country with a larger country you're essentially defending against or will lose a pitched battle with.

When you lose the opening pitched battle you melt away enough men to carry each rifle and put them everywhere. Now you have a cheap anti-air system that can disable helicopters and take out artillery pieces by breaching their barrels.

This would have, for instance, have been very useful for Armenia faces so much Azeri artillery on mountain ranges. Ukraine is steppeland so not much use since the artillery will almost always be concealed from view. But certainly the flat terrain means helicopters would have been very vulnerable.

And if there is one place modern armies skimp on, it's helicopter inventory. Take a look, the numbers are shocking, (The US might have enough but only because it just spends so much on everything, proportionally it's still too small though, European countries have woeful numbers, even combined) then think about how many might actually be operational at any given time and think about how many crashes the US and UK had when they pushed their choppers to do heavy combat routines.

Posted by: Altai | Jul 1 2022 10:25 utc | 133

Posted by: Carlos Marques | Jul 1 2022 3:21 utc | 111

In what universe is cheap Algerian gas "fully available" to Spain and Portugal? Algeria ended trade relations, including all gas deliveries, to Spain in June. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/06/algeria-cuts-commercial-ties-with-spain-over-madrids-endorsement-of-moroccan-sovereignty-over-western-sahara.html

Posted by: Unnamed | Jul 1 2022 10:30 utc | 134

helicopter inventory.
Posted by: Altai | Jul 1 2022 10:25 utc | 133

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mm-wave radar is a commodity.

Pretty soon nothing bigger than a basketball will be flying, and it will have to be autonomous.

Posted by: too scents | Jul 1 2022 10:31 utc | 135

Watch out Russia! I hear that US/NATO are building an elite 666th brigade of transgender shock troops. Their motto: throw your purse into it! Somewhere over the rainbow, click your heels three times, Dorothy...
I had the covid in January 2020. Basically, I ignored everything the govt said. No nanotech death jab for this guy. I used a certain unmentionable drug that I have been using for years on my animals. Everytime I feel a little funky, just take a dose. Worked for me.

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Jul 1 2022 10:34 utc | 136

As an aside, one of the writers in the new Star Trek series was able to slip in something a bit genuinely subversive.

Is he talking about the Federation or NATO here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX9RSqdvsVk

I wonder how long it will take before whoever wrote this gets fired?

Posted by: Altai | Jul 1 2022 10:40 utc | 137

what type of shit filled site is this?? Holy shit this is laughable.

Posted by: LM AO | Jul 1 2022 10:49 utc | 138

@43

The Japanese military in 1941 was not full of “woke” troops.

Posted by: RTD | Jul 1 2022 11:41 utc | 139

Not actually true, the Sputnik V and the AstraZenecca both use viruses to get the Mrna into the cells.
MarkU | Jul 1 2022 8:24 utc | 120

Err, query "get the Mrna into" ...

[Disclosure: Me = not a virologist, but...]

I understand that yes, the virus itself is mRNA, but the spike protein is present on the surface of the virus to interact with the target cell; the gene which produces the spike will be stored as part of the virus 'payload' which commands reproduction in infected cells.

The wiki links to the Russian docu, where it also says "containing the S protein gene of the SARS-CoV-2 virus" but to me, calling it a gene is *not* correct. Electron microscopy shows the spike sticking out of the roughly spherical virus 'body,' the spike attaches typically to some ACE2 on the surface of the target cell, the spike is then 'cleaved' typically by furin present in the victim, then the 2nd half of the spike penetrates the target cell using its RBM [receptor binding motif], bringing the rest of the virus in with it. The virus then replicates, producing copies of itself, then killing the target cell as the new multiples burst out to 'escape' to cause increased infection.

Sooo, it's the 'naked' spike protein which requires an immune response, and not the gene which encodes the spike. I see no discussion of Sputnik V or AZ causing spike ‘multiplication.’

Whereas, I understand that the so-called mRNA ‘vaccinations’ cause [possibly unlimited!] reproduction of the spike in injected persons’ cells.

Just saying. rgds

Posted by: skrik | Jul 1 2022 13:15 utc | 140

@ Immaculate deception | Jul 1 2022 10:34 utc | 136
I once got bounced from FB for saying that females shouldn't be in the infantry. I "failed to meet community standards." I've been in the infantry, I doubt that my FB critic was.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jul 1 2022 13:36 utc | 141

@JC #102
China is a geographically large area with a lot of mountains.
So yes, there is "some" of everything in China - but there isn't enough of many things for its 1.4 billion people.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 1 2022 13:41 utc | 142

@Lysias #93
I think it is delusional to think that Yamamoto would have been able to drive "a compromise peace six months after Pearl Harbor, I'm not sure such an effort would have been wasted."

Why exactly would Yamamoto have been able to politically prevail by June 1942 when he couldn't stop the original attack in December 1941?

You are clearly thinking post Battle of Midway - but the problem is that the Battle of Midway was Yamamoto's plan.
How does the losing commander of a major battle, prevail politically?

Then there's the American side.

I can totally see FDR and the agitprop fired up American people saying: no problem, all is forgiven for the 2300+ American soldiers and sailors killed in Pearl Harbor. /sarc

This is even disregarding FDR's well documented anti-Japanese prejudice.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 1 2022 13:47 utc | 143

@Carlos Marques #111
I wouldn't be too reliant on Algerian natural gas continuing to be cheap/available in Portugal.
Algeria has already cut off one pipeline's worth of gas to Spain (out of 2); between that escalating diplomatic faceoff and the enormous price of natural gas in the rest of the EU...

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 1 2022 13:50 utc | 144

The USA, UK and Europe are pretty woke. Where will they get al the soy boys to fight. The white alpha males are constantly attacked by the left wing media in USA, UK and Europe as being too masculine. How many alpha males will want to go fight and die for Soros, Rothschilds, Nuland, Bojo, Stoltenberg and the House of Windsor? About zero.

The Russians do not do woke. Men are men and women are women in Russia. Europe never learns - don't poke the bear.

Posted by: Tomo | Jul 1 2022 14:08 utc | 145

@ skrik | Jul 1 2022 13:15 utc | 140

No I was right the first time (though I absently wrote Mrna rather than mRNA)

Try this source, it makes it a bit clearer.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/different-types-of-covid-19-vaccines/art-20506465

"Vector vaccine. In this type of vaccine, genetic material from the COVID-19 virus is placed in a modified version of a different virus (viral vector). When the viral vector gets into your cells, it delivers genetic material from the COVID-19 virus that gives your cells instructions to make copies of the S protein. Once your cells display the S proteins on their surfaces, your immune system responds by creating antibodies and defensive white blood cells. If you later become infected with the COVID-19 virus, the antibodies will fight the virus.

Viral vector vaccines can't cause you to become infected with the COVID-19 virus or the viral vector virus. Also, the genetic material that's delivered doesn't become part of your DNA. The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a vector vaccine. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford also have a vector COVID-19 vaccine."

Posted by: MarkU | Jul 1 2022 14:35 utc | 146

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 1 2022 9:34 utc | 128

I’ve always greatly admired PKD’s novel The Man in the High Castle for its references to Asian mysticism, many thanks.

Posted by: anon2020 | Jul 1 2022 15:00 utc | 147

@ ahole | Jul 1 2022 15:40 utc | 148

lol... i think you are on the wrong website...on the other hand, if you actually read what gets discussed here, you might learn something.. cheers..

Posted by: james | Jul 1 2022 15:47 utc | 148

@Melaleuca

We’ve been predicting the Great Kissinger Gas Crisis of 2022 for six years now with Kolomoisky, Braverman, with all the spy minions of Manafort, Page, and Popodopoulos putting together the East Med Pipeline. All the predictions came true in Madrid at NATO yesterday. pic.twitter.com/u01vBWcmxh

— George Webb - Investigative Journalist (@RealGeorgeWebb1) July 1, 2022

https://caucus99percent.com/content/evening-blues-6-30-22#new

Posted by: Gazza | Jul 1 2022 16:37 utc | 149

Alina Lipp has been charged with the crime of being a journalist.


The war party is frightened of a frail but brave young woman interviewing little old ladies.

Posted by: Exile | Jul 1 2022 16:37 utc | 150

@unnamed#134

Please read this link re Algeria Spain gas flows

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/06/algeria-maintain-gas-supplies-spain-despite-dispute

Posted by: Gerrard White | Jul 1 2022 17:41 utc | 151

Posted by: ahole | Jul 1 2022 15:40 utc | 148

Username checks out.

What's this dirty orifice raving about?

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jul 1 2022 17:54 utc | 152

Regarding @Chrisinte's comment number 28: no, La Jornada is not the newspaper of UNAM, the main public university in Mexico. They use UNAM's server for their web page, which is a different thing. But yes, their article on NATO against China and Russia is a good compilation of previously published notes.

Posted by: Art Guy | Jul 1 2022 17:55 utc | 153

MarkU | Jul 1 2022 14:35 utc | 146

Thanks. What 'tricked' me was this: "The viruses contain the gene that encodes the full-length spike protein" - when I think that what the viral vector vaccines contain is [all or part of] the spike itself - which is, of course, genetic material. Wiki says it well:

A viral vector vaccine is a vaccine that uses a viral vector to deliver genetic material coding for a desired antigen into the recipient's host cells
rgds

Posted by: skrik | Jul 1 2022 18:03 utc | 154

@141 Hey Don, thanks for the response. Fred Reed has numerous old articles about the role of women in combat units. Basically, they degrade the effectiveness by a high degree. But... Equality! I never served, but have many friends and family that did. Most have no trust in our wonderful govt.

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Jul 1 2022 18:48 utc | 155

Meanwhile the Pentagon's latest hypersonic missile test fails again.

https://www.jpost.com/international/article-710889

Does Ukraine count any rocket scientists among its Nazis? If so, Uncle Skam can use your services!

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 1 2022 19:31 utc | 156

None of the bigger NATO member countries wants a large fight with Russia. That includes the United States. Why then prepare for it? Why buy weapons that will never be used?
Cui bono? Just follow the money b.

———

Posted by: james | Jun 30 2022 15:57 utc | 5

the wizard of oz where alice meets the jerk behind the curtain

I think this falls under the umbrella of mixed-metaphors, since it was Dorothy that met the wiz. Alice went down the hole. Nicely done james.

——
In memoriam

The letter Z has been killed. Well, it has been dead for awhile. Many, just didn’t know it. Zeds Dead, that is. — Long live the rest of the alphabet ~sb.
As such, I thought I’d give them a shout out, as my favorite Dubstep/EDM music duo from Canada.
Zeds Dead name comes from the utterance of the Bruce Willis’ character Butch, in the movie Pulp Fiction(1994): “Zeds dead baby, Zeds dead.” The duo also have a music label and a radio show named Deadbeats radio.
For all interested, here is a sampling to get to know them (all available online):

BBC Radio 1: Zeds Dead, Essential Mix — two hours of fun.
Deadbeats Radio: Shows #131, and #132. — End of the decade collections.

I wonder if our north of the border barflies are familiar with the duo.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Jul 2 2022 1:07 utc | 157

The Germans have already invaded Russia once. Now they are threatening the Russian border together with the USA. The megalomania of a New World Order again bears fascist features. And Germany is once again the conqueror.
Yet the Germans have absolutely no military strength. They have too few soldiers, they have very few weapons and their weapons are old junk.
But they again demand the final victory in order to realize their fascist dream of the Great Reset.
Here is the ridiculous armament of the Germans listed.
Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundeswehr


Fighting force: 106.000 soldiers + 19.732 medical soldiers

Army
see also Army equipment
* 328 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (in variants 2 A6, 2 A6M, 2 A7 and 2 A7V)
* 738 infantry fighting vehicles (388 Marder, which will be retired in the medium term; 350 Puma, of which a total of 150 are operational as of April 2022[128])
* 121 self-propelled howitzers 2000
* 59 MARS rocket launchers
* 907 Fuchs armored transport vehicles
* 403 GTK Boxer armored transport vehicle
* 220 Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicles (planned increase to 248)
* 125 helicopters (58 NH90 TTH out of 82 in service, 52 Eurocopter UHT "Tiger" plus 9 in service (of Tiger a total of 9 are operational as of April 2022[128]), 14 Eurocopter EC135 for pilot training and 7 Airbus H145 LUH SAR)
* 24 mine-clearing tanks Keiler
* 83 Dachs armored engineer vehicles
* 75 Büffel armored recovery vehicles
* 40 Biber armored bridge laying vehicles

Air Force
* 225 combat aircraft (140 Eurofighter Typhoon[129] and 85 Panavia Tornado[130])
* 41 trainer aircraft (Northrop T-38)[131]
* Approximately 65 transport aircraft (< 15 Transall C-160s,[132] in retirement by 2021; 32 Airbus A400Ms[133] out of 53 in service; 5 Airbus A310s; 2 Airbus A340s being retired and replaced by A350s; 1 Airbus A350 2 in service; 1 Airbus A321; 3 Airbus A319s; 3 Bombardier Global 5000s; 3 Bombardier Global 6000s)
* 94 helicopters (66 CH-53G and 15 H145M LUH SOF and 3 AS532 Cougar (FlBschftBMVg))
* 14 anti-aircraft missile systems (Patriot)
* 2 close air defense systems (Mantis)
* 3 Light Air Defense Systems (Ozelot)

Navy


Frigate Hesse (F 221)
see also Naval Equipment
* 11 frigates
* 3 task group supply ships
* 2 operational fuel transporters
* 5 corvettes
* 12 mine countermeasures vessels
* 6 submarines
* 6 tenders
* 4 maritime reconnaissance aircraft
* 2 oil reconnaissance aircraft Do 228 LM
* 52 naval helicopters
* 1 research vessel


Equipment problems

Following the many years of downsizing and restructuring of the Bundeswehr that followed the end of the Cold War and reunification, while at the same time being burdened by foreign deployments to be completed, the Ministry of Defense under Ursula von der Leyen produced its first annual report on the Bundeswehr's materiel situation in 2014, which was initially available only to members of the Bundestag as "Classified Information - For Official Use Only (VS-NfD)," but for 2016 and 2017 was also made available to the public. The reports revealed the low operational readiness of both old and newly procured weapons systems, which was alarming from the perspective of parliamentarians and was widely scandalized in the media. The 2018 report was classified as "VS secret," which again led to criticism. According to the Bundeswehr, the operational readiness of the nearly 10,000 individual systems averaged around 70 percent in 2018. At the same time, operational readiness was extremely variable, with no German submarine operational in the interim, only 105 of 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks, and 34 of 128 Eurofighters.[134][135]

German Armed Forces.
Currently operational weapons and forces:
Operational: 105 of 244 Leopard tanks.
No UBoot
34 of 128 Eurofighters. 130 Tornado, built in 1974 or later . Operational unknown.

106,000 troops. Fighting force

All NATO countries together have just as many active soldiers as Russia. However, Russia has 2 million additional well-trained reservists on alert and can mobilize up to 46 million soldiers.

Military Strength
Active soldiers: 1,014,000[1]
Reservists: 2,000,000[1]
Conscription: yes
Draft-eligible population: 46,681,219[2]

Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streitkräfte_Russlands

Posted by: Einstein | Jul 2 2022 21:54 utc | 158

NATO is like the UN, expensive but gutless and useless.

Posted by: KaZowie | Jul 3 2022 8:42 utc | 159

Let's get out of NATO while there is still time. It costs us a fortune and they are dragging us into a conflict we have no real interest in.

Posted by: Derek | Jul 3 2022 16:10 utc | 160

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