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Posted: Jul 12, 2024 - 9:35am

Can NATO Really Cut Off China?
It’s unlikely that the alliance can fully prevent Chinese companies from fueling Russia’s war machine.
We need a rational discussion about the Russian threat
Is Moscow about to 'move on to Poland' after Ukraine like Biden says? Not exactly
Understanding the intentions of a potential adversary is one of the most important yet most difficult challenges that any statesman faces. Underestimating a state’s aggressive intent can discourage the prudent defensive preparations necessary to deter a war, as happened in the prelude to World War II. Overestimating it can produce a cycle of increasingly threatening military measures that spirals into a conflict neither side has sought, as happened in the run up to World War I.

Finding the sweet spot between these poles is critical in dealing with Russian intentions toward NATO, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this week at a summit meeting in Washington. Getting the balance between deterrence and diplomacy right is particularly important given Russia’s massive arsenal of nuclear weapons, which makes the stakes of any descent into direct conflict between Russia and NATO potentially existential.

But to judge from NATO rhetoric, no such delicate balance is required: the Russia challenge is regarded as a modern reprise of Nazi Germany’s aggression, and the chief danger facing the alliance is thought to be the temptation to appease and thereby invite further Russian conquest. Hence President Biden’s recent assertion that if the Russian military is not stopped decisively in Ukraine, it will “move on to Poland and other places.” (...)

To imagine that Russia would initiate a war with NATO when it has shown little ability to conquer, let alone occupy and govern, the vast bulk of Ukrainian territory is to impute a degree of irrationality to the Kremlin well beyond what it has demonstrated to date.

Will stock trade ban curtail DOD budget corruption? 
Lawmakers own stocks from firms that benefit from Pentagon contracts
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Posted: Jul 11, 2024 - 8:45am

Declassified docs: US knew Russia felt 'snookered' by NATO
Clinton officials understood Moscow's objection to eastward expansion
US Announces It Will Deploy Previously Banned Nuclear-Capable Missiles To Germany

Russian Officials Vow Response to US Missile Deployment to Germany
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Posted: Jul 9, 2024 - 3:04pm

Dairy farming in the US as it is could well be the next step in gain-of-function produce of lethal viruses (H5N1++) from the US on a world-wide industrial scale after Covid - which Umricans were so busy attributing to China - knowingly keeping seir customers in se dark, as usual.
Peace, Sherlock.


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Posted: Jul 9, 2024 - 2:10pm

NATO’s 75th birthday party: All balloons, no brass tacks
Which is unfortunate, given Biden's travails and the high stakes in Ukraine right now

Biden Opens NATO Celebration, Turning the Page on His Troubles and Warning Putin
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Posted: Jul 9, 2024 - 1:34am

"War Is Making Us Poor"



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Posted: Jul 6, 2024 - 11:11pm

Biden: Like the nation, I am indispensable too
The idea that he has been running the world betrays a dangerous arrogance about his importance — and current reality

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Posted: Jul 4, 2024 - 9:53am

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As the introduction already showed. It's a form of cultural imperialism.


OMG did I repeat any "substantial" parts from your article-link? If so, it wasn't intended, just a spontaneous "ai jerk-off" from my machine I guess. Remember, I can't be sentient.

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Posted: Jul 4, 2024 - 9:50am

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That's not really new. (...)

As the introduction already showed. It's a form of cultural imperialism.

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Posted: Jul 4, 2024 - 9:14am

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That's militainment! Big Hollywood succumbs to the Pentagon Borg
Experts explain how 2,500 films and shows have been weaponized to promote war...

That's not really new. It only is, if you don't know (and never met world-) cinema of various sources, most oftenly labelled as "foreign", and sometimes "independent film". The Umrican English language even goes so far, as to import a French word, "auteur" which (of course) means 'author' ...in turn reminds us, there are no / haven't been any true 'authors' in Hollywood from the get-go. Only copy-cats and marketing coke-heads, drunk of dollars.

That's a typical feature of US-American "understanding" of human culture:
There's nothing beyond, so stay on the sofa, or varied as, nothing to see here folks move on as we already keep being the greatest nation on earth anyway.

We're really open for foreign cultures to go extinct while we thrive (we're built on principles).
Make my day & Happy Independence Day all in one, America, I love you.
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Posted: Jul 3, 2024 - 9:37pm

That's militainment! Big Hollywood succumbs to the Pentagon Borg
Experts explain how 2,500 films and shows have been weaponized to promote war
“The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most people’s minds is to let it go through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realize that they are being propagandized,” explained Elmer Davis, a renowned CBS broadcaster, who had just been named director of the Office of War Information (OWI), a Pentagon program created on June 13, 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.

Later in 1953, as the Cold War was in full swing, President Dwight D. Eisenhower commented on the burgeoning partnership between Hollywood and the Pentagon by stating that, "the hand of government must be carefully concealed and (…) wholly eliminated," adding that the engagement should "be done through arrangements with all sorts of privately operated enterprises in the field of entertainment, dramatics, music and so on."

Thus, the president who coined the term “military industrial complex,” was, in fact, one of the first major proponents of what would later be called the military entertainment complex or the militainment industry.

Today, this militainment industry is thriving. From Top Gun to the Marvel franchise and even shows like Extreme Makeover, the Pentagon has been able to shape the narratives of more than 2,500 movies and TV shows. No one knows this better than Roger Stahl, the University of Georgia’s Communications Studies Department Head, and author of Militainment Inc. With University of Bath lecturer and Workers Party Candidate Matthew Alford, investigative journalist Tom Secker, and others, Stahl created “Theaters of War,” a concise 87-minute documentary in which he methodically dissects our modern militainment industry, showing the behemoth it has become.

Responsible Statecraft talked to Stahl, Alford, and Secker about the ways our TV screens are weaponized through the Military Entertainment Complex’s oversight over and control of Hollywood scripts and production agreements. (...)

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Posted: Jul 2, 2024 - 12:17pm

Why you can't have anything nice

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Posted: Jul 1, 2024 - 9:46am

Cut 397 of 1000.


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Posted: Jun 30, 2024 - 10:50am

Lock them up! Lock them up! Lock them up!

Denver gave people experiencing homelessness $1,000 a month. A year later, nearly half of participants had housing.
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Posted: Jun 29, 2024 - 1:00pm

Malarkey: "The only thing I've denied Israel was 2000 pound bombs. They don't work very well in populated areas. They kill a lot of innocent people. We're providing Israel with all the weapons they need and when they need them."

That looks like 14000 of them.
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Posted: Jun 25, 2024 - 9:45am

Stop Listening to David Petraeus
The self-promoting ex-general continues to rewrite history, suggesting that Israel deploy an Iraq-style 'surge' in Gaza
In reality, what Petraeus and his co-authors penned was an example of why a lessons-based approach to history is wrongheaded at best and dangerous at worst. It also highlights how, nearly 15 years after U.S. troops departed Iraq, the retired general still aspires to both control and revise the narrative over America’s disastrous intervention in Middle Eastern affairs. (...)

So how can Netanyahu learn from American “successes” in Iraq? Of course, by examining the 2007 “surge” under Petraeus’s command. What follows in the Foreign Affairs article are three broad “lessons” that, not surprisingly, form the central pillars of the surge myth that the general and his acolytes have advanced for more than a decade now.

Rogue based disorder

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Posted: Jun 24, 2024 - 2:10pm

Trump cabinet hopeful wants the 'Israel model' for US China policy
Former Trump national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien’s monumental and much discussed new essay in Foreign Affairs may be the closest thing we are likely to get to an intellectual foreign policy blueprint for a second Trump term.

Over the coming years, it may well serve as the foreign policy template for future Republican administrations. In the same way George F. Kennan’s ‘X’ article (published in Foreign Affairsin 1947) and Paul Wolfowitz’s Defense Planning Guidance of 1992, otherwise known as the Wolfowitz Doctrine, served (for better, or, in the latter’s case, most certainly worse) as templates in past eras, O’Brien’s essay will likely define the terms of the foreign policy debate for at least the reminder of the decade — if not beyond. (...)

Our China policy is a disaster for US security & prosperity (Rand Paul)
Nevertheless, if Washington truly wanted to halt Beijing’s commercial relationship with Russia, do we really think our sanctimony, including scolding Chinese officials in their own capital, is going to prompt them to alter their behavior in any manner favorable to U.S. interests? Effective diplomacy requires give and take, yet the Biden administration simply demands China comply with our directives and threatens to impose sanctions and tariffs if they don’t. (...)

Just look to his reversal on the issue of tariffs. In June 2019, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted, “Trump doesn’t get the basics. He thinks his tariffs are being paid by China. Any freshman econ student could tell you that the American people are paying his tariffs.”

This statement was true in 2019, and it remains true in 2024. Tariffs are simply a tax on the American consumer, and their imposition is estimated to increase costs for the average American household by over $830 per year.

President Biden not only kept Trump’s tariffs in place, but recently raised tariffs on an additional $18 billion worth of Chinese imports. So much for not knowing the basics.

On the issue of Taiwan, the most sensitive matter in the U.S.-China relationship, President Biden falsely stated on four separate occasions that the United States is obligated to defend the island. For over four decades, the official policy of the United States, codified into law by the Taiwan Relations Act, has been one of “strategic ambiguity” in which the United States is not committed to the defense of Taiwan but maintains the capacity to do so. (...)

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Posted: Jun 20, 2024 - 2:10pm

Don't be fooled, push for normalization is about US dominance
If it wasn't, Washington would be promoting a 2-state solution, not side deals to make Saudi Arabia and Israel happy

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Posted: Jun 18, 2024 - 5:04pm


The FP: Niall Ferguson: We’re All Soviets Now
A government with a permanent deficit and a bloated military. A bogus ideology pushed by elites.
Poor health among ordinary people. Senescent leaders. Sound familiar?
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Illuminating. Affirming. Thought provoking.

Everyone will find a mix of each in this terrific opinion piece.  Well worth the read, IMO.

An excerpt:
Asked if they would favor “rationing of gas, meat, and electricity” to fight climate change, 89 percent of Ivy Leaguers said yes, as against 28 percent of regular people. Asked if they would personally pay $500 more in taxes and higher costs to fight climate change, 75 percent of the Ivy Leaguers said yes, versus 25 percent of everyone else. “Teachers should decide what students are taught, as opposed to parents” was a statement with which 71 percent of the Ivy Leaguers agreed, nearly double the share of average citizens. “Does the U.S. provide too much individual freedom?” More than half of Ivy Leaguers said yes; just 15 percent of ordinary mortals did. The elite were roughly twice as fond as everyone else of members of Congress, journalists, union leaders, and lawyers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 88 percent of the Ivy Leaguers said their personal finances were improving, as opposed to one in five of the general population.
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The question that haunts me is: What if China has learned the lessons of Cold War I better than we have? I fear that Xi Jinping has not only understood that, at all costs, he must avoid the fate of his Soviet counterparts. He has also, more profoundly, understood that we can be maneuvered into being the Soviets ourselves. And what better way to achieve that than to “quarantine” an island not too far from his coastline and then defy us to send a naval expedition to run the blockade, with the obvious risk of starting World War III? The worst thing about the approaching Taiwan Semiconductor Crisis is that, compared with the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the roles will be reversed. Biden or Trump gets to be Khrushchev; XJP gets to be JFK. (Just watch him prepping the narrative, telling European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that Washington is trying to goad Beijing into attacking Taiwan.)

Thots?


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