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December 09, 2023

How The Biden Administration Messed Up Its Own Foreign Aid Request

Biden administration has tried to push large foreign aid funds for Ukraine and Israel through Congress. They were held up over immigration issues, a domestic foreign policy issue that has nothing to do with the other funds.

I had wondered how that had happened. I had assumed that the Republicans had inserted the issue into the vote on the funds.

But it now turned out that it was the Biden administration itself which put all three issues into one package. This led to the failure of all three measures.

Biden Tied Ukraine Aid to Border Security, and It Backfired on Him - NY Times - Dec 7, 2023

When President Biden sent his request to Congress last month for aid to Ukraine and Israel, he included a request for more money to help with security at the border with Mexico, a sweetener intended to both address a crisis and win over support of Republicans.

But the move has now left Mr. Biden in a box.

By putting the issue on the table, he ignited demands from the right for broad changes to border policy, leaving his own party divided on a topic that many Democrats see as a political vulnerability heading into 2024 and further complicating prospects for top foreign policy priorities.

The White House had negotiated with itself. It had come up with a 'sweetener' to goad the Republicans into agreeing to the fund measures. But that sweetener was not big enough for the Republicans. It thereby proved to be toxic for the whole deal.

What a huge policy failure.

Why put one issue, immigration, that has for decades been disputed between the two parties, into a package with politically unproblematic funds for Israel and only slightly problematic funds for Ukraine? That did not make sense.

It would be nice to know whoever the genius was who had come up with the scheme.

Is it possible that the White House itself was seeking stricter immigration laws but did not dare to say so openly? To then be able to say 'they made me do it'? The question must be asked because stricter immigration laws is what the U.S. will now get:

The president signaled on Wednesday that he was open to further negotiations with Senate Republicans after they blocked his emergency spending bill.

Mr. Biden now faces a difficult choice about how much to throw himself into talks on an issue that for decades has defied efforts to reach bipartisan compromise. And he will have to decide how far to go in giving in to conservative demands that he substantially choke off the number of migrants admitted to the United States while their asylum claims are considered.

I can not assess if the White House still sees this as sensible strategy or if it somehow misjudged the issue that ended in this huge fuck up.

An alternative question is if this was an attempt by the White House to hold up the Ukraine funds as part of a scheme to push the Ukraine towards negotiations with Russia. I first had favored that view but it now seems to be unlikely.

Anyway, politically this is clearly a loss for the Democrats and a huge win for the Republican side:

The White House has received backlash from both sides, highlighting the challenge of reaching a compromise over one of the most polarizing issues in domestic politics.

Senator Alex Padilla, Democrat of California, said in a statement co-signed by 10 other Senate Democrats that “using a one-time spending package to enact these unrelated permanent policy changes sets a dangerous precedent and risks assistance to our international partners.”

Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, spoke for his G.O.P. colleagues on Thursday when he boasted about pushing immigration to the forefront of the national conversation. “It looks like we’ve got the president’s attention,” he said.

Who in the White House is responsible for this mess?

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It's a well known tactic of the Republicans. Just wait, wait, wait, wait and wait until the Democrats have watered down their own proposal to such an extent that there is no use anymore to continue to with the proposal or that the Republicans have it their way. The most obvious thing to do is just kill the proposal all together.

Posted by: Mr. Market | Dec 9 2023 14:43 utc | 1

Poison pills are another example of why "Democracy" is a sham.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Dec 9 2023 14:45 utc | 2

"The White House had negotiated with itself. It had come up with a 'sweetener' to goad the Republicans into agreeing to the fund measures." - sorry, missing the point.

The funds proposed for the border would NOT be used to help defend it, but to further accelerate the rate at which third-world refugees are imported ("processed") into the country. It's a direct assault on the working class, it will drive wages and living standards down for the many, and rents and profits up for the few. It's what the wealthy patrons of both parties want. The Biden administration was perhaps hoping they could get the Republican leadership to pretend that this was really going to be used to 'strengthen' the border, but at least for now, there do seem to be some shreds of concern amongst the Republicans for the nation as a whole.

It is pretty disgusting that the United States is going bankrupt defending the borders of other countries, but apparently is not allowed to defend its own.

"Who in the White House is responsible for this mess?" - Nobody. The decisions are made by the rich and powerful outside the White House, obviously. Biden et al. is just a proxy.

Posted by: TG | Dec 9 2023 14:46 utc | 3

Imo. The only reason blue house opposes immigration seems to be because red house gets so fixated by it. Blue house after all being the house most responsible for the existing wall. Same time the clintons created the super predator as an excuse to fill the slave(prisons)pens. Blue house walled all the easy crossover points forcing people into the deserts. Its all just kayfabe.

Posted by: Tannenhouser | Dec 9 2023 14:49 utc | 4

It's always a bit amusing to watch foreigners try to process how genuinely bad Democrats are at the single thing they care most about: domestic politics. Outside observers always try to concoct all these wild, complicated strategies of "8 dimensional chess" or whatever that the Democrats must be playing. But no, the answer is really simple, they are afraid of the other party being mean to them, and so they make these self-defeating plays all the time.

Biden mentioned "border security" in his great war-for-generations-to-come speech right at the start of this war. It was obvious that the Republicans would use that. They will likely win eventually, and both Israel and Ukraine will get massive infusions of US weapons.

Posted by: Bob | Dec 9 2023 14:50 utc | 5

Well, if you ever needed an excuse to get out of something.....sounds like they found it.

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Dec 9 2023 14:54 utc | 6

The long term implication of tightening up immigration rules on the southern border is the invasion of the United States.
It won't happen soon but it is inevitable- Americans, like Europeans, cannot have it both ways: making the states that border theirs' uninhabitable and then refusing to allow the refugees in.
In Gaza we see an extreme example of this sort of behaviour. And the only solution- a war of the dispossessed against those dispossessing them.
At the same time that Washington is talking about building walls along the border its agencies are working full time to keep out the popular candidate-winner in a landslide- from becoming President in January.
The lesson ought to be clear: install a narco fascist regime and it will drive millions of young people northwards. Its only a matter of time before they come the way that Joe Strummer advised.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcW8VNwYvL0

Posted by: bevin | Dec 9 2023 15:00 utc | 7

It is pretty disgusting that the United States is going bankrupt

Posted by: TG | Dec 9 2023 14:46 utc | 3

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Raise taxes then.

Posted by: too scents | Dec 9 2023 15:04 utc | 8

It wasn't an accident they want to cut off funds to ukraine, good money after bad and all that. It's theater.

Posted by: Neofeudalfuture | Dec 9 2023 15:07 utc | 9

It makes perfect sense. Its a way for the White House and Biden to escape the Ukraine failure. Wash their hands like Pontius Pilates.

They did it on purpose so it fails.

Posted by: Comandante | Dec 9 2023 15:19 utc | 10

B, this bill proposal is about US national security, not just about aid to Ukraine and Israel, so of course border issues are part of it. NY Times headline you quoted is misleading.

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 15:31 utc | 11

Even if the Republicans win, it will be some look-good type of thing that doesn't actually change the mass immigration. But allows them to eff around for the base, on Fox News. (I doubt they even get the fig leaf.)

Posted by: Anonymous | Dec 9 2023 15:46 utc | 12

Excellent! Biden has finally come to his senses and made the right choice for America and the world.

Posted by: CIROC | Dec 9 2023 15:52 utc | 13

There is no reason for the USA to accept asylum claims from anyone other than Mexicans and Canadians, who themselves have no cause to claim asylum.
These border crossers are just invaders who should get nothing.

Posted by: Truthsayer | Dec 9 2023 16:12 utc | 14

Liberal commentator Ruy Texeira recently wrote about how the Biden administration’s unwillingness to tolerate the border reforms that a majority of Americans consider common sense was just another aspect of the Democratic Party having been taken over by its most “progressive” actors. https://www.liberalpatriot.com/p/the-democratic-coalition-is-falling?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2
This unwillingness to compromise not only threatens their goal of “supporting” Ukraine (until midnight on Election Day 2024j, but it also weakens their chances of retaining the presidency - something they don’t comprehend. Biden’s half-hearted attempt to throw the Republicans a bone only spotlights how out of touch the democrats are with majority opinion on border security. Even Lindsay Graham realizes that border security trumps his project of fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian.

Posted by: Sentient | Dec 9 2023 16:20 utc | 15

It's always a bit amusing to watch foreigners try to process how genuinely bad Democrats are at the single thing they pretend to care most about: domestic politics.

Fixed it for you, Bob.

Posted by: malenkov | Dec 9 2023 16:39 utc | 16

The reason seems pretty straightforward.

The War to the last Ukranian is done. They’ve even dumped their Nazi loving women and kids in trenches to die and rot. The last physical fit older specimens are being herded like cattle from Health Sanatoriums and sent to be culled leaving a Ghost Town for some ancient khazar ghouls to come and takeover as a consolation prize for the failure to grab back Crimea and Azov sea.
The illegal apartheid entity was never going to be without its daily alms in any circumstance. They own the US and they want the extra tens of millions because the AfroAmericans don’t make good slaves any more except as physical supreme sportsmen and women. The rest are left in their slave ghettoes and brutalised to never rise out of financial, educational, vocational , food and housing poverty of slaves.

PS @ Posted by: bevin | Dec 9 2023 15:00 utc | 7
I’ll see your Clash and raise with Specials 😉
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2oXzrnti4

Posted by: DunGroanin | Dec 9 2023 16:41 utc | 17

B, this bill proposal is about US national security, not just about aid to Ukraine and Israel, so of course border issues are part of it. NY Times headline you quoted is misleading.

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 15:31 utc | 11
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Please explain how a proxy war against Russia, played out in Ukraine, or the US support for the Genocide of the Palestinian People in Gaza is a national security issue for the United States? I am not saying that it is not, but I am just asking you to explain it.

I think Joe (Genocide) Biden is a national security threat to all Americans, but so was Trump in different ways.

Posted by: Ed | Dec 9 2023 16:48 utc | 18

The United States is where Latin America's wealth ended up, so why shouldn't Latin Americans go to where their homelands' wealth is?

That said, it really should be less of a pain in the ass for legal American residents to cross the border than it is for the illegal types. Just sayin' some priorities are messed up.

Posted by: William Gruff | Dec 9 2023 16:48 utc | 19

DunGroanin | Dec 9 2023 16:41 utc | 17
And now the National Front is to the left of the government... And the opposition.
Great performance though.

Posted by: bevin | Dec 9 2023 16:53 utc | 20

Excellent! Biden has finally come to his senses and made the right choice for America and the world.

Posted by: CIROC | Dec 9 2023 15:52 utc | 13
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Who's World?

Posted by: Ed | Dec 9 2023 16:54 utc | 21

"I can not assess if the White House still sees this as sensible strategy or if it somehow misjudged the issue that ended in this huge fuck up."

I would suggest that these omnibus like bills have sailed through Congress for decades. Everybody gets their pork inserted, doesn't matter what party, the balance are bribed or blackmailed so what is different now?

Both in the Senate and Congress there are only slight majorities such that a handful of votes can mess up the massive money grab.

And those handful, like Rand Paul, are the true patriots.

That's my 10 cents

Posted by: canuck | Dec 9 2023 16:59 utc | 22

Assuming the Biden administration or any Democratic one has any liberal or progressive values is a mistake. Biden and Democrats want to use immigration and war as demagogic ploys just like Republicans.

Posted by: Wilikins | Dec 9 2023 17:00 utc | 23

Those aren’t the only issues in the proposal. Read the news reports.

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 17:01 utc | 24

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 17:01 utc | 24

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Feel free to add something substantive along with your critiques.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Dec 9 2023 17:04 utc | 25

Please explain how a proxy war against Russia, played out in Ukraine, or the US support for the Genocide of the Palestinian People in Gaza is a national security issue for the United States?
Posted by: Ed | Dec 9 2023 16:48 utc | 18


Most likely the national security threat results from the fact that MIC accounts for large proportion of economic growth, and Putin publicly proclaiming the US financial systems stranglehold of the world won't be long for this world.

Expecting things going even more bananas next year.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 9 2023 17:07 utc | 26

"You have to remember Joe's ability to screw thing up."

He reminds me of some of my uncles. They were wrong about everything and all the more obstinate because of that.

Washington DC is a disfunctional hothouse, unable to take any effective action for any meaningful purpose, except to waste money and time.

Posted by: Bemildred | Dec 9 2023 17:07 utc | 27

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 17:01 utc | 24

Is there an archive?

Posted by: Forest | Dec 9 2023 17:09 utc | 28

You are framing this issue incorrectly. The Republicans have been threatening repeatedly to attach immigration legislation to Ukraine funding, which is high priority to the Biden Administration. Biden tried to preempt them with a minor concession, probably expecting in to be rejected. Now the real bargaining begins.

Posted by: BuffaloBob | Dec 9 2023 17:09 utc | 29

There is no reason for the USA to accept asylum claims from anyone other than Mexicans and Canadians, who themselves have no cause to claim asylum.
These border crossers are just invaders who should get nothing.

Posted by: Truthsayer | Dec 9 2023 16:12 utc | 14
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I might agree with you "Truthsayer" if the US/NATO and the EU (the new axis of evil) would stay out of other people's countries; stop fomenting [political color coups; stop bombing other Nations to the stone age for resisting the Western corporate takeover of their countries; stop stealing their oil and other resources to be export by Western Capitalist Corportation's that leave the majority of the country in severe poverty.

If the US would do that, then the problem would resolve itself: Though you might have to pay a little more for cornflakes.

Posted by: Ed | Dec 9 2023 17:13 utc | 30

Washington DC is a disfunctional hothouse, unable to take any effective action for any meaningful purpose, except to waste money and time.

Posted by: Bemildred | Dec 9 2023 17:07 utc | 27

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Once one accepts that the actual purpose of Washington is to waste money and time while not taking any effective action, it all makes sense.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Dec 9 2023 17:15 utc | 31

Well. Politics in the USA mystifies me. But “the border” involves an actual nation on the other side who may have some say in these matters.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words? “President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) described the meeting he had with the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, as 'productive and pleasant.' “

https://x.com/telesurenglish/status/1733159500897513473

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Dec 9 2023 17:22 utc | 32

PS my reply at 24 was addressed to Ed at 18. Re his request that I explain — For years I got foreign/war policy opinion via an Ouija board from what I thought was a Prussian general but who turned out to be a cook in Napoleon’s army. Now is he sure he wants my explanation?

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 17:22 utc | 33

Posted by: Truthsayer | Dec 9 2023 16:12 utc | 14

Sorry but by behavior of the US Navy every state with a sea border may claim asylum is United States

Posted by: Macpott | Dec 9 2023 17:25 utc | 34

We don't need new immigration laws, we need hard-nosed enforcement of the laws on the books. Stat!

Posted by: Morongobill | Dec 9 2023 17:28 utc | 35

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 17:22 utc | 33
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Ouija board, damn, give it a shot, it has to be better than what Biden's neo-cons are coming up with. (LOL)

Posted by: Ed | Dec 9 2023 17:33 utc | 36

EU leaders panicking over potential Trump return – NYT — RT World News
https://www.rt.com/news/588800-trump-eu-nato-withdraw/ here is another Biden did it problem/
Issue is why should Americans allow their government to be a part of NATO? why should Americans allow their government to give money to any foreign government..

Posted by: snake | Dec 9 2023 17:34 utc | 37

Aiding my professed mystification @32, satirical Canadian news site, The Beaverton, fortunately has an article from Los Angeles:

Hallmark announces holiday movie about woman who realizes her hometown is an irredeemably racist shithole

https://x.com/TheBeaverton/status/1732874431234470375

Excerpt:
“Every time I come home I start fantasizing about meeting a local man and living in a place where people know their neighbours and where I can finally afford an apartment that doesn’t have a bare toilet next to the oven,” she said. “But then a guy who once went down on me behind a dumpster in high school stops me in the grocery store to give me his opinion of Jews, and I remember that my hometown is a festering open wound of racial intolerance that neither time nor unproductive Facebook debates can heal.”

(Maybe equating this with the houses of US politics and/or political elites and/or Washington itself is a misread on my part??)

Fortunately, the director of Canada’s spy agency is giving a speech on Monday on “how a collaborative and human rights-centred approach is key to counter today’s complex threats to #NationalSecurity.” The continent is saved. (sarc)

https://x.com/csiscanada/status/1733230662423818722

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Dec 9 2023 17:41 utc | 38

Tail wags dog.

NYTs publishes another biased elitist story to set the "faux narrative" in concrete.

Knee jerk reactions and responses ensue.

Millions of column inches and Youtube "expert" commentary floods online media.

"Who in the White House is responsible for this mess?"

Wrong question. Wrong focus. Wrong issue.

Just what "they" wanted to influence and control.

On what and where people put their attention upon.

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Dec 9 2023 17:47 utc | 39

Send the U.S. Army to the border, build bases there, keep troops there and stop the infection. Seems the least we could ask for the trillions given.
Where there's a will there's a way.

Posted by: Dogtired | Dec 9 2023 17:52 utc | 40

"...why should Americans allow their government to be a part of NATO? why should Americans allow their government to give money to any foreign government."

Posted by: snake | Dec 9 2023 17:34 utc | 37
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Generally, the US politician's give US taxpayer's money to foreign countries so that they can buy weapons produced by US MIC's. The whole US foreign policy apparatus as established after WW2 was designed to be one big money laundering system, and if not arms, the other goods and services provided by large corporations.

Really! Americans are such suckers, but try to get Universal Health Care, or any such thing; forget it.

Posted by: Ed | Dec 9 2023 17:55 utc | 41

You know this issue is just a charade to score political points. If either party were actually serious about curbing illegal immigration, they would make E - Verify mandatory for all employers and institute large fines (say $10,000) for each illegal worker employers are found engage. That would dry up the demand for illegal immigrants and curb illegal immigration. However, it would reduce the power companies now have over labor and increase labor costs. The Camber of Commerce would never let their bought and paid for Congress to pass such a law.

Posted by: BuffaloBob | Dec 9 2023 18:01 utc | 42

Ed @ 36 I agree with you but I refuse to divulge battlefield recipes for coq au vin

Posted by: Pundita | Dec 9 2023 18:01 utc | 43

Meanwhile US Vetoes UNSC resolution on Israel-Gaza ceasefire brought on by Article 99, US Ambassador to UN distorts reality and lies through his teeth, but not a peep.

Priorities? Sure, one can't cover every 'US / global security' issue.

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Dec 9 2023 18:02 utc | 44

Immigration is another false issue as the donors of the Duopoly want more people to drive down wages and to vacuum earnings from. As such, it's a political football. The real issue underlying this is spending/debt and proper funding of the agencies that enforce immigration--and--staffing the courts that make the decisions on asylum.

Who fucked up? Biden's Chief-of-Staff, an entity rarely seen in the news.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 9 2023 18:13 utc | 45

It's pretty straightforward- the Deep State recognizes the war in Ukraine has been lost, and are looking for an off-ramp. They present a package for funding it that also nominally supports a GOP issue, but doesn't. Rethuglicans don't take the bait, now it's their fault that Ukraine goes under, that the Jew-haters get a ceasefire in Gaza, and it proves the GOP isn't serious about immigration, all in time for the next election.

The only delusion here is that the Dems can hold on to power without triggering some kind of revolt. As with so many things, though, they don't have any better options. And, what the hell, it's not like the Trumpistas are going to overthrow the capitalist system and/or drain the swamp. The real ruling class and the permanent state don't care what color jerseys win the Super Bowl.

Posted by: Honzo | Dec 9 2023 18:21 utc | 46

I suspect GOP won’t accept any change to open migration bc they want to use it in 2024.

I suspect those and more want the blob to look bad about Ukraine and will stall $$ for corrupt Kiev to also attack in 2024.

While US bombs killing non combatants to destroy Palestine may not come up in 2024

Posted by: paddy | Dec 9 2023 18:25 utc | 47

Just like b, I am astonished at the US making this ridiculous pause in their war on Russia. Why? Maybe this is a spin doctor play to ratchet up public support that has been dropping? Maybe they are genuinely incompetent like b says? Maybe it is a way to get out of dodge but why?

The expense is too large? I can imagine that all their money buys an artificial stalemate at this point. But there are more ways to escalate, ways to enforce sanctions more forcefully (although the price cap seems to be working) etc.

Also, the US seems to have some success in frustrating OPEC+.

Why this ridiculous pause I ask? Is it maybe they are preparing for something else, buying time? Or are things in the background really that bad? Militarily and financially? Because we dont really see any of that as normal people.

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 9 2023 18:32 utc | 48

Just like b, I am astonished at the US making this ridiculous pause in their war on Russia. Why? Maybe this is a spin doctor play to ratchet up public support that has been dropping? Maybe they are genuinely incompetent like b says? Maybe it is a way to get out of dodge but why?

The expense is too large? I can imagine that all their money buys an artificial stalemate at this point. But there are more ways to escalate, ways to enforce sanctions more forcefully (although the price cap seems to be working) etc.

Also, the US seems to have some success in frustrating OPEC+.

Why this ridiculous pause I ask? Is it maybe they are preparing for something else, buying time? Or are things in the background really that bad? Militarily and financially? Because we dont really see any of that as normal people.

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 9 2023 18:32 utc | 49

I think this analysis is slightly off as well.

The first factor that changed everything was when former speaker McCarthy got turfed out. McCarthy was the sort of comprador who Biden and his crooks thought they had a deal with. Ukraine aid got left out of the current CR but Biden bragged that he had a side deal, which was dumb and shows he has no ability to filter anymore due to advanced cognitive decay.

Then the freedom caucus shut down the House taking weeks to elect a new speaker.

Any dirty deal was now “null and void.”

By the time they got a new speaker the dynamic had changed. And the Hamas Israel war erupted. Events overcame the situation and now there is no way to get money thru the House without major concessions that will piss off the democrats and his base.

The question now is can Johnson be rolled. He might want to hire a food taster.

Posted by: Ghost of Zanon | Dec 9 2023 19:51 utc | 50

It would be eminently useful if the Democratic and Republican parties merged and renamed themselves "The Wealth." It would explain much of what happens politically. It has always been and will forever be about class war and the ability of the rich to manipulate, control, and enslave the poor.

Posted by: Matthew | Dec 9 2023 20:13 utc | 51

It is pretty disgusting that the United States is going bankrupt

Posted by: TG | Dec 9 2023 14:46 utc | 3

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Raise taxes then.

Posted by: too scents | Dec 9 2023 15:04 utc | 8


LOL! PMSL...

Frame that conversation and give it a name in a modern art gallery. The ideologue and the idiot.

Still refuse to believe their own eyes. After a front row seat, 1 yard from the stage since 2019.

Posted by: Echo Chamber | Dec 9 2023 21:27 utc | 52

SecState Blinken, our chief 'diplomat,' he of the "unprovoked" Russian invasion and the "ironclad" support of Ukraine, has apparently been told to stay out of it, and he's doing it. . . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 9 2023 22:21 utc | 53

Posted by: TG | Dec 6 2023 12:22 utc | 13

Posted by: TG | Dec 9 2023 14:46 utc | 3

TG purports to worry about the working class while lauding the Republican Party. And this time, surely I master HTML.

Bernhard’s statement are factually correct and he correctly identifiy the cynical political game playing of Biden’s nauseating administration.

“The Democrats" (i.e., the ruling class) wants extra money to accelerate the rate at which third-world refugees are imported into the country!”

The term ‘third world’ hasn’t been used by most thinking people since the 1970’s, as it implies that you believe that you are superior to these people, which is based on the racist exceptionalism that underpins imperialism. A refugee is a refugee…someone seeking refuge in a safer country…there are currently more than ever, over 20 million displaced people worldwide. Many displaced as a result of wars due to US (democrat and republican) foreign policy in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine. All countries have an obligation to offer sanctuary to a share of some of these people, especially the US who are most responsible for the displacement.

“The Republicans - at least some of them, still - seem to care about the nation a a whole, and they want the foreign invasion repelled, NOT accelerated.”

The “foreign invasion” started in the 15th century and many American’s are descendants of Europeans apart from those descendants of the millions of imported African slaves and the indigenous tribes who were genocided by the European settler colonialists. All Americans are descendants of foreigners. You are the “foreign invasion” that you fret about and upon whose ignorance opportunist politicians seek to thrive through fear-mongering.

“It's not about money, it's about policy. Do we turn third-world refugees away, or do we spend money helping them come here, in order to drive wages and living standards down for the many, and rents and profits up for the few?”

Refugees and asylum seekers are not the cause of lower wages and living conditions..lower wages and living conditions are caused by pressure from Wall Street for companies to raise profits by continually cutting labour costs and by both political parties imposing austerity policies as part of the neoliberal dogma to cut public services and reduce spending on infrastructure.

“And of course to play divide-and-conquer, to turn the nation into a squabbling mass of competing ethnic groups with no single national identity. That's a feature, too.”

You’re willingly participating in the divisive rhetoric of the ruling elite, like the idiotic august pi who talks here about taking up arms at the behest of billionaires - a would be U.S. domestic version of the Ukraine debacle.

“Russia may well be winning against Ukraine, but those on this post who are American working class, you are losing.”

Yes that’s how it goes under neoliberal capitalism. Democrat or Republican makes little difference.

Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Dec 9 2023 22:38 utc | 54

It's possible that further US aid to Ukraine will only increase the likelihood that central portions of Ukraine will become de-facto depopulated. Because it will only seal the deal on what needs to be done.

Russia can maintain current situation for years, waiting them to plow more meat into the grinder. If they manage to destroy all the artillery and MLRS Nato sends, then it will be precisely nothing but a lopsided grinder, with more and more surrendering. More people surrendering is also good, because they will be needed to rebuild Ukraine.

Sooner or later, eventually more lands (depopulated) will simply fall onto their lap and Russia will achieve the goals on the top-end of the spectrum (full Novorrossiya). There will be an autonomous government and police force for cleaning out the western indoctrinated nazis back to Lwow. China will invest in parts of Ukraine and help rebuild it for various mining and production operations, and agriculture.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 9 2023 22:49 utc | 55

Posted by: Matthew | Dec 9 2023 20:13 utc | 51

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Democracy is all theater. If we were smart as a species, we would find the best people (character, vision, energy, integrity) in our countries and give them power. We wouldn't need to solicit the opinion of every citizen, including the ones who choose to live overseas.

I don't claim to be an expert on China, but I believe that is sort of what making Xi President for life is about. They believe they have "the guy" and don't need to spend the time and energy engaging in a performance of civil participation. They can channel those finite resources (energy, attention, time) into making life better in their country.

Imagine what America would look like if all of that energy and attention devoted to elections were channeled into raising children, cleaning up the environment, or building infrastructure. "Democracy" comes at a steep cost.

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Dec 9 2023 22:50 utc | 56

It is pretty disgusting that the United States is going bankrupt

Posted by: TG | Dec 9 2023 14:46 utc | 3

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Raise taxes then.

Posted by: too scents | Dec 9 2023 15:04 utc | 8

Not so simple. After you raise taxes people stop buying and the economy slows down. Tax receipts go down. So you raise taxes again…

The government has to stop spending. Department of War budget is over $trillion. Cut the number of bases to 500.

Posted by: RB | Dec 9 2023 23:21 utc | 57

Lev Davidovich i wanted to post to compliment you and your excellent rebuttal, brilliant and concise. Well done!

Posted by: sarcasmenul | Dec 9 2023 23:28 utc | 58

Alexander Mercouris thinks the republicans have become more angry after Austin's comments. They also harden stance against Ukraine funding, because everything is going their way. Biden's ratings are failing, and he is bound to have mistakes and distractions with Hunter situation.

Also Ukraine will have to most likely start printing money to keep their government running, but this time there might not be western support to backstop potential (hyper) inflation.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 9 2023 23:54 utc | 59

The Republicans want aid to Ukraine contingent on audits because it's certain that there's been corruption, and that the Biden administration was aware of it while not making a fuss. If rocket launchers capable of hitting aircraft can be shown as having gone missing, that could cause an uproar, and fear and outrage among the voters.

Posted by: Babel-17 | Dec 10 2023 0:11 utc | 60

WH doesn't actually want the funding, not this month anyway (they'll reassess in jan), it's just the usual theater, they want the pressure on while the Ze vs Za and related drama plays out. ATM they just want someone else to point the finger at for failure, besides themselves.

Posted by: knighthawk | Dec 10 2023 0:18 utc | 61

Immigration is a critical issue facing the US, and the Republicans..the current situation is catastrophic..Biden forced the Republicans to take a stand, which they didn't really want to do cuz lobbyists against it...Big blunder..

Posted by: pyrrhus | Dec 10 2023 0:29 utc | 62

I couldn't care less, as long as funds for the nazis (both the blueyellow Ukrainian and bluewhite zionist species) are blocked.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Dec 10 2023 0:30 utc | 63

Just watched a debate between Vivek and Brian Kilmeade regarding the war in Ukraine.

Were I Vivek I would say: “Brian Kilmeade, once I become President I will sign an executive order conscripting you, your wife and all of your children. You will all be sent to the Infantry Training Center in Fort Benning Georgia. Upon completion of your training you and your entire family will be handed an M-16 A2 and sent to the front lines to fight for Zelensky.”

This same offer should be proffered to every member of Congress and their families.

Posted by: RLTW | Dec 10 2023 0:33 utc | 64

Ukraine government is mostly concerned with getting their share of the laundered money.

They don't really care how many people die, it's all about plundering as much wealth as possible before the country and government collapses. IIRC there have been huge amounts of Ukraine government officials smuggling gold and USD out of the country per Ukraine border control statistics, and officials are abandoning ship per the ukro insider channels.

Biden etc. would probably want it too, but, it's over. The laundromat operation can't be continued against the backdrop of visibly collapsing fronts. Russia won't necessarily rush to take more areas just for the heck of it, but there's very real possibility the economy in Ukraine will turn into hyper-inflation and the government will collapse.

This btw is precisely the reason Russia is not rushing. They want a collapse and they don't want to inherit a mess. They want thing to collapse, and thereafter land falling onto their lap in a controlled manner.

Republicans see the narrative shift against Ukraine and will use it against Dems in the elections, beating them to the punch re. failure.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 0:38 utc | 65

Legitimny channel btw says if funding for Ukraine is cut off, the whole thing collapses like a house of cards and Ukraine will be carved up like Yugoslavia. They have been warning about it for a long time.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 1:06 utc | 66

The term ‘third world’ hasn’t been used by most thinking people since the 1970’s, as it implies that you believe that you are superior to these people, which is based on the racist exceptionalism that underpins imperialism.
Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Dec 9 2023 22:38 utc | 54

You should tell that to the editors of Third World Quarterly and Third World Thematics:

https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/ctwq20 https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rtwt20

I agree the term is antiquated, but to say it hasn't been used by most "thinking people" since the 1970s is not accurate. The term comes from the Cold War to denote those countries who did not align with either the US or the Soviet Union - choosing a third way, hence third world.

With the Cold War done the term has mostly outlived its usefulness, but is still sometimes referenced by academics, as the two journals are evidence to. Global South is more commonly used now. For economic purposes one could also add developing countries and developed countries.


Posted by: James M. | Dec 10 2023 1:20 utc | 67

I think that the Occupied Palestine issue has forced the throwing of the Ukraine proxy war under the bus.

Look at how Z is going to Argentina to curry favor with the rising star there hoping some geo-political focus rubs off on him.

Z needs a Gaza so he can commit more war crimes than Occupied Palestine.

The shit shows continue until they don't.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 10 2023 1:22 utc | 68

Legitimny channel btw says if funding for Ukraine is cut off, the whole thing collapses like a house of cards and Ukraine will be carved up like Yugoslavia. They have been warning about it for a long time.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 1:06 utc | 66

We'll see. Hopefully this is true, and Russia will take advantage on the ground. This should be wrapped up soon. A nice inauguration present for President Putin: Ukraine's unconditional surrender.

Posted by: James M. | Dec 10 2023 1:24 utc | 69

Gonzalo Sr denounces Biden persecution of Gonzalo Jr.

Posted by: sln2002 | Dec 10 2023 2:11 utc | 70

James M. | Dec 10 2023 1:20 utc | 67

The Third World has become the Second World. Or the Rest of the World. Most of the World. All of the world except the US and its satellites.

Posted by: bevin | Dec 10 2023 2:36 utc | 71

@ RLTW | Dec 10 2023 0:33 utc | 64

Brian Kilmeade, once I become President I will sign an executive order conscripting you, your wife and all of your children. You will all be sent to the Infantry Training Center in Fort Benning Georgia.

memories of Smedley Butler, USMC -- War is a Racket

CHAPTER FOUR

How To Smash This Racket!

WELL, it's a racket, all right.
How To Smash This Racket!
A few profit -- and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.
The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted . . . . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 10 2023 3:55 utc | 72

Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Dec 9 2023 22:38 utc | 54

Ah, the typical progressive leftist arguments in favor of mass immigration: basically taking the moral high ground and blaming evil capitalists for the way our western societies have turned up. All the time probably having a far higher than average income themselves and thus pretty isolated of the horrors of mass immigration at the local level.

Most of these asylum seekers do not qualify - they are economic migrants in fact - but open borders policies and outdated immigration covenants virtually guarantee that they get permanent residence after a while. Once in, never out and also the family gets in (family reunification is the highest contributor to the mass immigration numbers).

Although the West has a lot of blame for wrong choices geopolitically in the past, I am not sure how destroying the way of life via mass immigration benefits anyone except well-off leftist liberals that get their moral itch scratched without much consequences for themselves.

Always turn around the question to the leftist moral argument: why dont you open your house to these “refugess” if you are so concerned about them?

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 10 2023 4:03 utc | 73

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 1:06 utc | 66

Of course that is the case. It keeps the artificial stalmate at the front going.

Western money keeps the Ukraine state functional, the citizens isolated from the real state of things, funds the informational war and occasionally relevant weapons. When that is gone than we shall see the real sitiation of Ukraine.

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 10 2023 4:07 utc | 74

By chance I just happened to cross the US to MX border today, my REQUIRED papers were checked, 4 documents in all. My vehicle and trailer thoroughly searched..nobody freaked out, all was well. Two hours further down the the road I was AGAIN stopped and detained while my papers were checked AGAIN and I was allowed to proceed.

In the United States, this would be an OUTRAGE...INSUFFERABLE [!!!] were Mexicans in the US to be treated as I was by Mexicans. Since I'm not a snowflake, I took no offense. Once it was ascertained that my papers were in order the both encounters became cordial.

Here in Mexico, it's just day the to day shit you have to put up with or, hey..just get the fuck out! Anybody who can not see that urbane "liberals", who decry reasonable border protections, are world-class hypocrites are willfully blind.

Posted by: S Brennan | Dec 10 2023 4:36 utc | 75

ZH has a posting up with the title

Musk Asks Zelensky About Imprisoned American Journalist After Tucker Carlson Sounds Alarm

The quote from an Elon Musk tweet

An American citizen is in prison n Ukraine after we sent over a $100 billion?

Is there more to this story than simply criticizing Zelensky?

If that’s all it is, then we have serious problem here.

This is about Gonzalo Lira for those not paying attention to details of this shit show.

I find it also interesting that Musk is not an American citizen, is he?...so whats with the "we" in his statements?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 10 2023 5:04 utc | 76

@ ln2002 | Dec 10 2023 2:11 utc | 70

thanks.. i wondered what happened to him... i still do.. the usa seems very complicit in his arrest and all the rest of it..

Posted by: james | Dec 10 2023 5:06 utc | 77

@ psychohistorian | Dec 10 2023 5:04 utc | 76

there appears to be some speculation on how many citizenships he has...

Why does Elon Musk have 3 citizenships?

my 2 c on elon musk... he is a bit of an enigma... is he an intel agent, or what? hard to get a clear read on this guy.. funny enough he is born 5 days before julian assange - same year... julian garnered a lot of attention.. so has elon... some parallels in the astro charts for them... i can't get a proper read on elon.. he remains a complete mystery to me.. something is up, but i am not sure what it is..

Posted by: james | Dec 10 2023 5:13 utc | 78

About the Third World:

"I agree the term is antiquated, but to say it hasn't been used by most "thinking people" since the 1970s is not accurate."

Posted by: James M. | Dec 10 2023 1:20 utc | 67

Don't worry, this term has a great future, with a bunch of European countries taking the lead (slowly to the cemetery of past glories).

Posted by: jean levant | Dec 10 2023 6:05 utc | 79

Arrogance, most likely.

The White House and what passes for an administration have shown themselves arrogant as all can be, starting with Blinken. The proxy war in Ukraine has been a prime example.

Occam's Razor would suggest that as the most likely reason. Acco's razor is made from recycled US nuclear submarines (Gillette). HY-80 and HY-100 are phenomenal alloys, just ask any Russian sub commander.

Posted by: Acco Hengst | Dec 10 2023 6:13 utc | 80

Ka-52M helicopters attacked the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donetsk direction
The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the use of Ka-52M helicopters in Ukraine for the first time

The Russian military on Ka-52M helicopters attacked the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk direction, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reported. The agency reported on the use of the Ka-52M in the zone of military operation for the first time.
"The crews of army aviation on Ka-52M helicopters, as a part of the strike group, carried out an attack with unguided aviation missiles on enemy strongholds and manpower in the Donetsk direction," the message says.
During the raid, the military destroyed the Ukrainian command post and armored vehicles, the ministry said. The strikes were carried out by pilots with the support of ground forces.
One of the pilots reported that there was no resistance from the AFU.

Link to RBC.ru

Posted by: Poslan1 | Dec 10 2023 6:25 utc | 81

@ james | Dec 10 2023 5:13 utc | 78

Regarding Elon Musk's background

americans4innovation says he is a DARPA cardboard cutout
https://americans4innovation.blogspot.com/2023/01/elon-musk-hides-his-4000-year-old_24.html

Posted by: petergrfstrm | Dec 10 2023 8:25 utc | 82

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 10 2023 4:03 utc | 73

Think of leftists as children, it helps understand their propensity for: illogicality, belief in ‘magical thinking’, never accepting responsibility for their actions and tantrums when dealing with their consequences.

Posted by: Milites | Dec 10 2023 9:26 utc | 83

Did you expect a different result?

We are, after all, talking about the Biden Administration.

People who think they’re smart, but are really quite dumb.

Posted by: OldFart | Dec 10 2023 9:37 utc | 84

Posted by: Milites | Dec 10 2023 9:26 utc | 82

The problem with leftist progressives, as opposed to the old-school leftists that frequent this board, is that they identify the problems rather well. There is institutional racism, there is a patriarchical system, we do overconsume. But their solutions are not thought out since their motivations are for internal emotional remedy and grievance purposes, not actually for the good of all. There is a word for that: gutmenschen. Things like reparations, mass migration, wars for “democracy”, protecting market fundamentalism while having basic problems with it on the other side…

Old school leftists on the other hand talk about outdated concepts of labour and classes but their solutions are in fact more realistic.

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 10 2023 9:57 utc | 85

@ Posted by: james | Dec 10 2023 5:13 utc | 78
“i can't get a proper read on elon.. he remains a complete mystery to me.. something is up, but i am not sure what it is.”

You are not alone.
Some clues - maybe red herrings - time will tell.

First this :
‘In 1953, a scientist said the title of the leader of a Martian government would be ‘Elon’
Wernher Von Braun says this in his book ‘Project Mars: A Technical Tale‘’ ‘
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/elon-musk-mars-scientist-braun-b1879535.html

Yes that’s the Werner Von Braun who was Paperclipped out with all the other Nazsties to the 5 +1 Eyes postwar Cold War having failed to take Russia. The Nazios were wholly financed and supported by the US financiers involving GrandPappy Bush and Ford and even Disney as well as the well known oligarchs of the time - in their never ending quest to colonialise the whole of Earth and run it for just the chosen few. The Dulles bros were always the praetorians who managed for the Caesars , who in turn worked at the behest of the forever Owners.

A plan that has been around a long long time then and been developed through pseudo science and science fiction and fantasy and culture wars against the Western masses psyche for nearly a century and half now. Verne , Wells , Huxley especially spelled it out in Brave New World. All the way to fantasy hero SCO fi and police procedurals by way of every successful ‘entertainer’ allowed to carry on succeeding.

Second then, extrapolate that out - the grand narratives, fairy tale of American Exceptionalism , the self made man, the individualism against socialism Ayn Randian Facism. That whole C20th of building the American Century the myth of TINA - There Is No Alternative’ across the Anglosphere and the world through the globalisation forces of neoliberalism if you hand over your loot , a child having their candy dispossessed; or neocolonialism if you don’t , in which case you get bombed to shit, invaded and get a dagger up your jacksy in recorded video so that it can be played forever to any one else who might want to buck the system! As we have all heard the rumours of the Zeebruger film not being he only one of JFK having his brains blown out …from the front!

The Hollywood hero from Lone Ranger cowboy lawman to super scientist action men who is the richest and therefore the most righteous from Batman to IronMan ….

Third move that from myth to reality , into the realm of politics and power:
The Mr Smith Goes to Washington , ‘Everyman’ myth of the honest politician - currently playing out its very successful run with the foreign language extravaganza ‘servant of the People ‘ sitcom turned into best selling Real Life Movie of the plucky little comedian who becomes Leader of Nazis fighting Evil Russians !

The complete rewriting of the actual real history of WW2!
Myth and Reality manipulated. As Orwell documented.

So It Goes - as the great Vonnegut wrote.
He also knew what was what and tried to tell us through his parables.

So Real James , look just a little further than the soft focus 2D projection of the heroic,super intelligent, rocket man, modern industrialist , starship maker and giver of satellite web, saviour of free speech , Twatter owner and look for the treasure where X marks the spot.

Add on the mesmerists that grab and hold the masses attention, the natural born preachers who will be the popes of the new religion of Elon. A supercharged Zelensky, a turbo charged populist Trump , rocket man to the final emancipation of Humanity - who needs pesky Multipolarity and their strange commie ‘socialism’ for the benefit of all.
Not when you can revel in the Rich Man in his Castle happy to have the poor in the shacks at the bottom - grateful for a bit of mind numbing soma, they call it fentonyl now.

So yes I too am wary of such so called ‘self made boy/men’ especially since we are all aware of how Gates became such a genius - it was his mum who purloined MS from PaloAlto/IBM. Zuckerberg got handed his gig directly from Defra etc.

So don’t be surprised to see a Musk/Carlson ticket !

Elon & Tucker - whooeeh , come on man ! As by that the sweetest, honestest , bestest ever future for the World ? Two great creatures of the Collective Waste to save it from total demise? Better Hopium and Change since the - last one.

Hope that adds grist to your mill to find the truth you seek RealJames.

Posted by: DunGroanin | Dec 10 2023 9:58 utc | 86

Miscellaneous:

https://t.me/milinfolive/112290

The enemy is posting footage of our trenches, which are equipped with frames and ceilings to protect against FPV drones and drops.

Of course, such simple structures will not protect against a direct hit from a warhead, but they perform a very simple function - they visually hide the movement of fighters along the trenches from the view from above, thereby preventing targeted strikes.

https://t.me/milinfolive/112265

A Ukrainian FPV drone hits a Russian remote-controlled cargo truck used to deliver ammunition and food in the Avdiivka direction.

Due to the colossal dominance of drones over Avdeevka and large losses in vehicles, ground-based drones began to actively adapt to the current tasks of short-distance deliveries.

Previously, a ground-based tracked drone with an electronic warfare system, capable of even evacuating the wounded, was demonstrated.

The battlefield is changing right before our eyes beyond recognition.

https://t.me/milinfolive/112289

Another innovation on the battlefield in the form of mining drones.

Russian fighters use drones to secretly remotely lay minefields in places unexpected for the enemy, along the routes of his advance and rotation.

Drones are capable of carrying a wide range of mines, including anti-personnel OZM, PMN and POM, and anti-tank PTM-3 and PTM-4.

Posted by: anon2020 | Dec 10 2023 10:14 utc | 87

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 10 2023 4:03 utc | 73

Always turn around the question to the leftist moral argument: why dont you open your house to these “refugess” if you are so concerned about them?

I once asked an American leftist this very same question. He answered: "Opening the door of my house is way more involved than opening the door of my country. I am a leftist not a saint". So there you have it. To them it's a matter of degree.

The economic argument is more challenging: how do you reconcile (1) opening the door of your country to 3rd world economic refugees with (2) keeping decent salaries for working class people in America? It's a law of nature that having something in abundance reduces its value to those seeking to have that something.

Posted by: Johan Kaspar | Dec 10 2023 10:29 utc | 88

Tucker Carlson on X /Twitter

Ep. 47 Gonzalo Lira is an American citizen who’s been tortured in a Ukrainian prison since July, for the crime of criticizing Zelensky. Biden officials approve of this, because they’d like to apply the same standard here. The media agree. Here’s a statement from Gonzalo Lira’s father.

https://x.com/tuckercarlson/status/1733581286256607619?s=52

Posted by: TJ | Dec 10 2023 10:36 utc | 89

b is picking out another geopolitical milestone: the moment the US regime officially takes the Ukraine project off the front pages in the imperial homeland. Acted out on the D.C. stage by the usual actors who are dressed in red vs blue to make the script easier to follow. The lead-up was changing the script for the Zelensky persona from unimpeachable hero leader to awkward beggar cousin.

In hindsight, the newly installed trifecta script starts to make more sense: Zelensky on whom the sun is setting, Zalushny written up to challenger and soon to be disposed of, and Arestovich - the sane and rational observer from the distance attracting hopes to save Ukraine.

A very interesting detail is that now multiple reports state that well trained and even elite Ukraine units are fed into the Krynki and other wood chippers. Running out of lesser cannon fodder? Perhaps. In any case this will achieve that (1) a potential military coup against the Kiev junta will be defanged (Zalushny faction take note), and (2) a professional defense of Ukrainian lands against new invaders will be equally defanged. Be that a Polish "peacekeeper" force absorbing territory, or some other tribe in need of available space. DunGroanin at 17 sums it up eloquently.

Meanwhile, the vassal puppets in Germany are reading out their new script with urgency: that the economy needs to prepare for a war with Russia. Moved out of sight of U.S. voters and taxpayers, the Ukraine project moves on to the next escalation stage.

Posted by: Leser | Dec 10 2023 10:43 utc | 90

Ukrainians have had enough of Zelensky's recruiters. They're now being hunted down nationwide.
https://twitter.com/cirnosad/status/1733667889134399863


https://twitter.com/simpatico771/status/1733545593127960690
⚡️🇺🇦Ukrainian commissars flooding through the sanatoriums seeking meat


Hilarious video, if the subject wouldn't be so tragic.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 10:56 utc | 91

Zelensky in Argentina... he looks so happy every time he gets out of Ukraine.

https://twitter.com/djuric_zlatko/status/1733808064736772533

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 11:23 utc | 92

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 10 2023 9:57 utc | 84

The problem with leftists in general is that they believe these social ills are uniquely Western , whereas they are simply reflections of humanity. The patriarchy is simply a construct that tries to explain the difference in the sexes that both sides exploit and that has its groundings in men’s frequent historical duty to protect their civilisations from threats. Racism is a universal trait unfortunately and goes back to the tribal societies that leftists seem to love and wish to emulate. Over-consumption is again a natural human reaction to cheap, available food, thanks to improvements in all stages of the farm to fork cycle.

Where I do agree with you is the solutions proposed by modern leftists are ‘childish’ appeals to emotions, not realistic or practical and now requiring a considerable expenditure of the banked institutional power to maintain, which in itself exposes those institutions to detection and harm. One only has to witness the rise of Trump’s opportunistic embracement of America First to see the threat that being ‘pinged’ has caused the entrenched interests.

On a side note illegal migration is supported by both sides in America, for both ‘parties’ it’s a way of achieving their political goals, respectively Power for Democrats and Money for Republicans. The idea of serious border enforcement is another reason for the uni-Party to fear the rise of MAGA, as were the investigations into the Ukrainomat Laundry services.

Posted by: anon2020 | Dec 10 2023 10:14 utc | 86

These technologies all existed a decade before the conflict, interesting why they were not leveraged earlier, truly we seem to be cursed to always fight the last war.

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 9 2023 23:54 utc | 59

I don’t think letting your majority drop to one, by the New Year is all going your own way or does he mean the Rinos think they’ve ‘got Trump this time’, as they thought in 2018?

Posted by: snake | Dec 9 2023 17:34 utc | 37

Not just Europeans, The Atlantic dedicated a whole issue to the horrors of a return of Trumpzilla plus One, whilst the Washington Post indirectly called for his assassination, likening him to a planet killing asteroid. The Canadian government are ‘pissing themselves’ apparently from someone I know, in the know, as they have suddenly woken up to fact he’s going to be the nominee and likely President (they stupidly believed the garbage from the US regime about being able to ‘legally’ stop him) and then its curtains for their woke regime, if he does.

Posted by: Milites | Dec 10 2023 11:47 utc | 93

Posted by: Milites | Dec 10 2023 11:47 utc | 92

I find that a profoundly insightful post. Thanks.

Posted by: alek_a | Dec 10 2023 11:56 utc | 94

Ukraine Weekly Update: May be useful to some: https://robcampbell.substack.com/p/ukraine-weekly-update-aee

Posted by: Robert Hamilton Camp | Dec 10 2023 11:56 utc | 95

Zelensky's visit to Argentina explained:


"Mr. Zelensky, we've knocked on every door in the west. They're all either bankrupt or out of ammunition. I'm sorry but it seems our Zionist campaign in Ukraine is come to a close"
Zelensky: "Hang on there"
"I have one more door I haven't knocked on. Surely they still have money"

https://twitter.com/cirnosad/status/1733820038791258445

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 12:17 utc | 96

Ermak apparently has flown to Washington DC to meet with the management of the BlackRock corporation. Ermak is offering BlackRock all national companies and lands in exchange for BlackRock helping Ukraine to receive another weapon & aid package. Talk about seeing beyond your own nose, lol.

https://twitter.com/GeromanAT/status/1733818113467036089

Posted by: unimperator | Dec 10 2023 12:46 utc | 97

Open borders are a WEF policy meant to undermine the cultural identities of countries captured by WEF governments. We have seen this in Europe and the USA. I wish people would recognize what is behind these measures. And yes,refuges have been weaponized.

Posted by: Larry P. Johnson | Dec 10 2023 12:51 utc | 98

I think the idea is
1. Jettison Zelensky and Ukraine
2. Put the blame on Trump and Republicans.

We know that is b.s. but they don't care because they have MSM.

Posted by: Grey Cloud | Dec 10 2023 13:30 utc | 99

Posted by: Leser | Dec 10 2023 10:43 utc | 89

The term elite, for a force designation, is often misunderstood, it simply means that the average core competencies of the unit enable it to predictably succeed, whereas an average unit is just that, a conglomeration of above and below ability competencies whose deficiencies and deviations mean it cannot be guaranteed to achieve its assigned tasks, in the time allotted. There maybe pockets of competency that rival or even exceed those of an ‘elite’ unit, but it will not be uniform and this gap in effectiveness and predictability will significantly widen if recruits cannot be processed and trained properly, whilst combat veterans rotated (as the US Army found to its cost in WW2, and the reason the Germans tried to retain their training cycles, even in the late-war period, to stop a rapid frontal collapse). For whatever reason, that now qualifies for a strategy in the Ukrainian High Command, it has been decided Krynki must be held, therefore the only troops who can reliably achieve this stated goal are the elites, as the rank and file troopers are now just garrisons for fortifications, incapable of competently achieving anything but the simplest of combat missions.

Posted by: Milites | Dec 10 2023 13:31 utc | 100

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