In Vietnam, the wind doesn’t blow… it sucks.
— Tag Line for Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”
When I wrote a few weeks ago that I thought the Neocons were making the full-court press for war I thought President Trump was a reluctant player in the game.
Part of me still believes that.
Part of me also believes that Trump, like everyone else, is a slave to his passions and is easily manipulated into terrible decisions. Case in point was last year’s bombing of the Al Shairat airbase in Syria after a similar false flag chemical weapons attack at Khan Sheikoun.
Will he fall victim to them again this year? According to him, we’ll know soon. Meanwhile a carrier group has been dispatched to the Eastern Mediterranean. Chinese missile frigates are there supporting Russian vessels and the destroyer U.S.S. Donald Cook is now just off the coats of the Russian base at Tartus.
The circumstances are exactly the same as last year. The pro-Assad coalition is winning, having made short work of the ‘rebels’ in Eastern Ghouta. And now we are to believe they are so stupid as to gas women and children after Trump’s big light show last year?
New Russian sanctions were unveiled on Friday. A new alleged chlorine attack on Saturday. The Israelis lobbing missiles on Sunday. Russian markets melt down on Monday before Special Counsel Robert Mueller orders an FBI raid of Trump’s lawyer, Steven Cohen.
This isn’t just a full-court press for war. It is the push for a Faustian bargain with the most evil people on the planet.
The political establishment across the West is reminding us all the price of opposition to perpetual war for perpetual serfdom. The people of Russia spoke loudly three weeks ago.
Defy the West however you have to Mr. Putin. It’s obvious Mr. Trump isn’t up to the job.
These Neoconservative power-mongers are asking you to accept universal serfdom at their hands or World War III with Russia. You can live as slaves in a pan-global oligarchy of overlapping corporate and bureaucratic interests or you can be nuked.
It’s your choice. You have 24 to 48 hours to decide.
War of the Narratives
They knew where this was leading the entire time. Last month I told you French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. Embarrassment at the U.N. Nikki Haley were prepping the world for the events of this weekend. They warned Syria and Russia not to use a chemical weapon.
It’s all part of the script.
It doesn’t matter that we’ve seen behind the fourth wall. We see what they are doing and even anticipate it. When Tucker Carlson is devoting thirteen minutes to the idiocy of the current situation you know this technique has jumped the shark.
We live in an age where the speed of communication is too much for these people to maintain their lies for very long, if at all. They are fighting the collective intelligence of millions of people debunking the lies in real time.
They have been pushed by the existential threat posed to them to become better.
To devote their lives to unmasking the truth before the bodies have been hosed off and photographed.
Now, the question on everyone’s mind is, “Will it be enough?”
What is obvious is that the people creating these narratives, may be the smartest people in the room, but they aren’t smarter than the room itself. That’s their problem.
Remember the Bush Adminstration jackass who said, (thanks to the great Justin Raimondo for this, which I’ve never forgotten):
“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’”
They still think they have that level of control over information. They create reality and everyone runs around thinking it’s real because they said it.
But, the problem is that people have reached that, “AH! BOLLOCKS!” moment. And it doesn’t even work long enough to achieve the initial goal.
Since these reality-creating techniques don’t work anymore the social media networks are brought in to stifle the debate.
But, these are the same people who think they can take down The Pirate Bay, which they haven’t.
Now that the latest cat is out of the bag let’s review our current status.
Every time Donald Trump notches a win in his war against, for lack of a better term, The Bad Guys, there is a follow-up event of such monumental stupidity that it defies description.
The plan? Blame the Russians and the Syrians because most Americans are too stupid to see through the fog of war.
Accuse Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his international coalition of what we aren’t doing and have the media to tell us that we’re the ones fighting ISIS. A blatant lie. When another pocket of U.S./ISrael/Saudi enabling ISIS/Al-qaeda resistance crumbles gin up a chemical weapons attack.
Call Assad an ‘animal.’ The sheer number of accusations of Assad at this point is enough for a large swath of Americans to believe he’s capable of this.
Big meet Lie.
The west has gone insane. Israel used the chaos to take advantage of the situation to bomb Iranian targets in Syria… again.
The U.S. thumps its chest for a broader war because as the world’s indispensable bully no one can stand up to us and win.
But, amazingly, everyone stays very clear of Russian assets knowing full well what the consequences will be. The U.S. military commanders have been very clear in three years in Syria, when the Russians stop talking and threaten shooting down U.S. planes, the U.S. listens and planes don’t fly.
But, somehow I’m to believe that S-400’s don’t work or that Israeli pilots could break a No-Fly Zone over Lebanon if the Russians implemented one if some of my most recent conversations with people are to be believed.
The MAGA crowd will be used here to support Trump if he goes along with this insanity, the same way he went along with ousting Russian diplomats over nothing, raided Russian embassies, signed the omnibus spending bill, signed a sanctions bill being used now to destabilize Russian financial markets and signed off on the Skripal inanity promoted by Theresa May.
It will be their job to stand by their man the same way liberals stood by Obama for the previous eight years. And guess what? The Bad Guys know this. Hell, they count on it. And that’s why Trump has to at some point stand up and say, “No.” Even if they over-ride him. Even if they impeach him.
You have to signal that you are in charge and not the paper-hangers and criminals you were elected to fight against. You want our continued support earn it. Because this is not Making America Great Again.
This is simply another day in the reality-based empire of perpetual war.
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It does seem push has come to shove: What do the Russians have in their pocketses?
Re: ¨The U.S. military commanders have been very clear in three years in Syria, when the Russians stop talking and threaten shooting down U.S. planes, the U.S. listens and planes don’t fly.¨ The Russians stated US platforms that launch attacks on Syria are subject to Russian attack.
Now that the Israelis have put Russian personnel in Syria at risk, those Israeli forays over Lebanon tarketing Iranians in Syria have put the Israelis in the Russian anti-aircraft missile crosshairs.
Re: ¨U.S. Embarrassment at the U.N. Nikki Haley¨
I like this. Better might be U.S. Ambarrassment at the U.N. Nikki Haley
On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:44 AM, Gold Goats ‘n Guns wrote:
> Tom Luongo posted: “In Vietnam, the wind doesn’t blow… it sucks. — Tag > Line for Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” When I wrote a few weeks ago > that I thought the Neocons were making the full-court press for war I > thought President Trump was a reluctant player in the ” >
I think the quote was attributed to Karl Rove:
Tom: FYI: Helmer on PutinÂ´s war council and successor(s):
several weeks ago:
WHEN VLADIMIR PUTIN COUGHS, THE GRIPPE IS INFECTIOUS â KREMLIN SUCCESSION SHOWDOWN STARTS
In his Federal Assembly speech on March 1, Putin also made sure that for his succession, he intends the Russian military-industrial complex to prevail over the oligarchs on whom Kremlin rule has depended since 1996. Politically, this means the rise of Dmitry Rogozin, currently deputy prime minister in charge of the defence sector, and Sergei Shoigu, the defence minister. Putin has signalled he intends the defeat of the pro-American business faction in Moscow, which US sanctions have been attempting to promote since 2014.
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A year later, in Putinâs Assembly *address *on December 1, 2016, he spoke for roughly the same hour. The military industrial complex was mentioned in passing; war not at all. âWe have carried out far-reaching modernisation at our defence industry enterprises,â Putin said, following Rogozinâs script but cutting it to a fraction. âThis has resulted in increased production and, particularly important, in a significant increase in labour productivity. The defence industry has posted very good results and gives a good example. In 2016, we expect growth in the defence industry to reach 10.1 percent, and a labour productivity increase of 9.8 percent.â
Left to right: Rogozin, Shoigu, and General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff.
Putinâs analysis of the new weapons, and their targeting on US territory, is succinct. For further analysis, read Alexander Mercourisâs *report *. The usually careful Bulletin of the [American] Atomic Scientists *claimed *Putin âprovided no proof that the new nuclear platforms actually existâ and attempted to dismiss the âvideo animations of the alleged weaponsâ. Putin anticipated the reaction. âBe sure that everything I have said today is not a bluff â and it is not a bluff, believe me.â
Rogozin, Shoigu and Gerasimov wrote the text; for the first time Putin said it with enthusiasm, and without qualifying himself. âTo those who in the past 15 years have tried to accelerate an arms race and seek unilateral advantage against Russia, have introduced restrictions and sanctions that are illegal from the standpoint of international law aiming to restrain our nationâs development, including in the military area, I will say this: everything you have tried to prevent through such a policy has already happened. No one has managed to restrain Russia.â
As a statement of Russian strategy, Putin is turning the US theory of Russian regime change on its head, reinforcing the president instead of isolating and toppling him. In practice, Russian sources in a position to know believe his performance reveals the new power of the military-industrial complex and the General Staff to fight the business oligarchs for influence over Putin, and for winning the succession. They predict Putinâs successor will be more military-minded, more anti-American than Putin thought safe for himself until now.
4-10-18 Now comes this–the party’s over for Medvedev and the allied Atlanticist oligarchs:
GOOD FRIDAY, RESURRECTION SUNDAY â RUSSIAâS NEW WAR CABINET TO BE HEADED BY SERGEI SOBYANIN
*By John Helmer, Moscow *
Father Politics, like Mother Nature, abhors a vacuum.
And so it was, even before the US Treasury announced its newest sanctions against Russian individuals and their companies for âmalign activity around the globeâ, that President-elect Vladimir Putin was preparing a successor cabinet of ministers on the principle that they would be organized as a headquarters staff for fighting a war on all fronts, without the option of negotiating terms with the enemy.
The impact of the US sanctions, along with the campaign of the British Government in the Skripal affair, and the Syrian front action escalating since the weekend, have reinforced what had already been decided in the Kremlin. The new government is to be a war cabinet. In Russian parlance, a Stavka.
To foreigners, Putinâs new war cabinet will look like the Stavka created by Joseph Stalin following the German invasion on June 21, 1941.
. . .
The pictures issued by the Kremlin since last Friday reveal that Putin has decided, along with the Defense Ministry , the General Staff, the heads of the security services, and the Russian military-industrial complex, that he must change prime ministers. This means the revival of the candidacy of the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin.
Putin will announce the new government after his official inauguration, which is legally appointed for May 7.
Sobyanin, who turns 60 in June, was Putinâs choice to be his chief of staff in the Kremlin between 2005 and 2008. When Putin moved to the prime ministry in May 2008, Sobyanin moved with him to become the head of the government staff. He became Mayor of Moscow, replacing presidential contender Yury Luzhkov, on October 21, 2010.
Sobyanin is Putinâs compromise with Russiaâs military and security commanders who regard Medvedev as a capitulationist; and who have been losing confidence in the Kremlinâs capacity to withstand the escalating Anglo-American attacks. Instead of Medvedev, they may have preferred Sergei Shoigu, the Defense Minister, or Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy prime minister in charge of the military-industrial complex. Both of them Putin regards as presidential candidates with independent voices of their own, and thus threatening to his own supremacy. Sobyanin is a staff man, Putin calculates â not more.
Left to right: Sergei Shoigu; Vladimir Putin; Dmitry Rogozin. For more on what they now stand for, read *this *. The uniforms Shoigu and Rogozin are wearing come with their Defense Ministry posts; by professional training they are civilians. Rogozin was *proscribed *in the first round of US sanctions in March 2014; Shoigu has not yet been *sanctioned *; nor has Sobyanin.
. . .
âYes to a war economyâ, says a veteran of Russiaâs Finance Ministry. âIt is the regime where the country can reveal its true potential and become creative. Here, peace time has meant stagnation. In a war economy, individuals no longer matter so long as they perform their functions right. Also, there should be no factions within the government, so it has to be a group of people who are not trying to undermine their neighbours.â
The source warned that in Russiaâs present situation, Putinâs preferred approach is impossible: âcherry-picking [between factions] would not yield the result thatâs required.â
âMore specifically, there should be no prime minister. It is clearly a presidential team, so a prime minister is surplus to requirements. All those games of keeping a âtechnicalâ PM in order to blame him for inefficient work are now unnecessary. Either we win the war or we lose it. When the leader has high support, he is in charge of everything.â
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The Stavka approach is endorsed by several sources, although they arenât telling their non-Russian friends, and Sobyaninâs name is not being mentioned. Medvedevâs reappointment, which appeared two months ago to be the likely result of Putinâs cabinet reshuffle, is unmentionable now.
The Stavka approach also means the removal from active staff and line command roles of those individuals who have depended on Medvedevâs patronage; contributed to his presidential campaigns; and preserved the option of a Kremlin succession on terms to be negotiated with Washington, London, Brussels, and Berlin. These include Igor Shuvalov, deputy prime minister; Arkady Dvorkovich, deputy prime minister; and Alexei Kudrin, ex-finance minister and aspiring prime minister. For Dvorkovichâs story, *click *.
Disqualified from reappointment in a senior official capacity are ministers who own very large residences in London.
. . .
âIn the war the Americans and NATO are imposing on Russia now,â says a non-Russian international banker, âentrepreneursâ rights are obsolete. The Americans have succeeded in reversing twenty-five years of Russian privatization they thought they had made irreversible.â
Good God! Wicker can’t even provide the flimsiest of excuses for the US to invade Syria. And he doesn’t seem to be able to answer any of Tucker’s questions. Yet, it sounds like he’d vote for an invasion. If this isn’t terrifying, I don’t know what is.
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