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18 August 2016

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steve g

Re: #2
The UK Sun has an article that says the Russians
are massing 40,000 troops including armor and
air on the border of Ukraine with the usual suspects
declaring the Russian "strong man" is getting ready
for another incursion.

Tyler

Its a crusade. A secular humanist crusade for "universal human rights" and no borders where we all are the same (except for our Davos overlords).

Virtue signaling at its highest level.

Divadab

Only two things unite men: interest, and fear. How is it that our empire has created such strong mutual interest among historic enemies (Persians, Arabs, Russians) that they ally against us? What parasite infects and stupefies the imperial brain?

Lemur

"Borgasm" is rare turn of phrase.

The sort of 'nationalism' in which the talking heads indulge, believing as they do America is entirely a propositional nation, has the form but not the substance of its foreign equivalents. There's is the nationalism of a transnational tribe, whose incarnation and instrument is Rome on the Potomac. Once again this exposes the absence of vertical integration between the governed and the governors. The phenomenon is akin to continental drift, where an 'elite' upper crust moves upon the liquid 'proletarian' core. We can stretch this analogy further by noting the prerequisite for such a drift is the formlessness of the underlying material. Hence the the main project of globalism is standardization - the imperative of the revolution of quantity and mass - over their domains.

I came across this essay a few days ago that touches upon this Washingtonian nationalism, specifically the way in which the Democrats are now consolidating the worst aspects of it from both sides of the uniparty. Should the Donald lose, we can expect unprecedented levels of US unilateral militarism.

https://renderuntoc.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/americanism-a-universal-creed/#more-26

Kooshy

Colonel "Borgasm"? Isn't that somewhat suggestive, if so, one could only hope at least is not reproductive.

Edward Amame

Dreams of what? Referring to # 1: They want regime change in Russia.

turcopolier

EA

You must find the answer for yourself. pl

The Beaver

Colonel,

Having been away I am catching up on my reading and was wondering if you saw this:
https://theintercept.com/2016/07/25/robert-kagan-and-other-neocons-back-hillary-clinton/

Despite the catastrophic effects of that war, Kagan insisted at last week’s fundraiser that U.S. foreign policy over the last 25 years has been “an extraordinary success.”
.....
Kagan has advocated for muscular American intervention in Syria; Clinton’s likely pick for Pentagon chief, Michelle Flournoy, has similarly agitated for redirecting U.S. airstrikes in Syria toward ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Smith told the audience that unlike Trump, Clinton “understands the importance of deterring Russian aggression,” which is why “I’ll sleep better with her in the chair.” She is a former deputy national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.

Yep, you are 100% right: the US need to revive military draft

Babak Makkinejad

Reposting:

News from South Sudan - their poster child - it speaks for itself:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-helped-birth-south-sudan-012701145.html?nhp=1

Babak Makkinejad

Technically it is not Nationalism since it is a (NATO) Alliance-wide sentiment & phenomenon.

It is, per Samuel Huntington Theses, a Civilizational Confrontation.

The poor President Khatami tried to forestall this when he proposed the idea of "Dialogue of Civilizations"; I suppose many in the West and Western-Wanna-be countries (e.g. Brazil, Romania) dismissed it as the un-needed and un-supportable and un-couth emanations from a benighted mullah from a culture and civilization that was too be assimilated in due course.

All of this would have been funny if the ramifications of prolonged inter-civilizational confrontation and war were not so grim; with the Western Diocletian, the Orthodox, the Sinic, the Seljuk etc. slugging it out for decades and perhaps centuries on this planet.

And for what exactly; squat toilet versus flush toilets?

Dubhaltach

In reply to Kooshy 18 August 2016 at 02:12 PM

Prime candidate for a new thesaurus entry:

Borg: a parasitical, destructive, and useless w*nker.

SmoothieX12

A defining characteristic of neocons is their utter incompetence in military, not that in other fields they exhibit any prowess, but it is namely in military field where they fail miserably. Most of them (neocons, interventionists, BORG, whatever) are people who never served a day in any armed forces, let alone have serious professional background to understand real physical principles on which weapon systems (some of them extremely complex) operate and how this affects tactical, operational, strategic and doctrinal issues. They simply don't have it. Plus, they lack any awareness of what impact warfare has on people. I would love to see Nuland and her hubby to experience being shot at even by small arms, let alone by something which is 30-mm and higher. So, from Biden, to Kagan to Power to HRC we have people who simply have no idea what it is to experience all "wonderful" things when somebody wants to kill you or your people. In general, we have people who have no idea about application of military force and what it entails--they simply lack these synapses and it is incurable unless Kagan or Biden can be thrown on the front line in Donbass during next conflagration and spent half an hour under Grad or Msta's fire impact, if they survive, of course. Plus, there is a much larger, existential, issue here which serves as a background of this complete mad house. I am aware that this post of mine resonates with Colonel's essay on restoration of draft, but I, in my very humble opinion, don't think that even that will address the problem. We are dealing currently with a completely corrupt political culture, which, in the end, produced people such as McCain or Cotton. The problem is cultural.

Dubhaltach

Borgist dream? They want to re-write Ismay's formulation of NATO's purpose "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down" to something along the following lines: "Keep Russia down keep Israel up and China out".


* or Poland if your surname is Brzezinski.

Edward Amame

Col Lang

Sorry, I didn't put it well. Regime change in Russia is my suggested answer to your point #1 as to what the neocons want.

Peter C

As for Turkey and their continued participation in the multinational F35 program. Why are the powers to be letting a big bad aircraft out to a marginally supportive NATO member.

The Turkish helping hand in supporting IS is a bit like feeding a game animal. The big game hunters (U.S, UK) go and take trophy's and check off the combat boxes for advancement.

The Beaver

Colonel,
FYI:

Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/us-moves-nuclear-weapons-from-turkey-to-romania/

eakens

Those in Washington seem to have a desire to react violently to any government which has a higher approval rating.

JamesT

Both RT and Debka are reporting this as well.

There is a report on RT's youtube channel that makes me think this Erdogan pivot to Russia is real - in part because the Turks are asking for military tech sharing (ie Turkey wants to participate in the R&D not just purchase weapons).

David

Colonel Lang,

I was wondering if you have ever read the Alexiad by Anna Comnena? I suspect that your have. It has been many years since I last read it. The first time was in 1968 and I am sure that I have read it at least three or four more times since then.

It is a wonderful eye-opener to the to the kind of maneuvers that Anna's father (the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I (who reigned in Constantinople from 1081 - 1113).

For those who have not read the Alexiad, I strongly recommend it.

Regards,

David

SmoothieX12

Regime change in Russia is my suggested answer

It is much more than that--there is a huge cultural and racial element to all that. It becomes abundantly clear (for Westerner) when one gets acquainted with those in Russia whom neocons consider their "allies" for "regime change". In general, it is a universal consensus in Russia that the scores are being settled with Russians as a nation, not just "regime". Late 1980s-early 1990s Russians bought this meme that "We are against communism, not Russian people". Today, saying this to any Russian will be met with laughter. For Russians it is very personal now after blood of Russian civilians was shed. West, in general, as I already stated not for once here, had committed a cultural suicide in Russia. Even during Cold War there was a degree of admiration for Western "culture", today--among overwhelming majority of Russians revulsion is a dominant attitude. Because of that the probability of the "regime change" in Russia is approaching zero. This also explains part of the Borg hysteria. Here is the latest (see "credentials" of this "scholar")

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/08/18/there-will-be-no-reset-with-russia/?utm_term=.8f63544f1b27

Kooshy

I hope that is the case, and not a reproductive transgender action like the new restrooms. One never knows if you still can piss standing up, or you will be acused of gender discrimination.

Jack

Sir

There's no doubt that the Borg propaganda is being ramped up with Putin and Russia in the evil box. Reminiscent of the Dubya media campaign on painting Saddam and Iraq as an imminent existential threat with Condi's mushroom cloud. Now, the Democrats in general along with the ziocons are propagandizing the American people to elect the Borg Queen.

Peggy Noonan has it right. The Borgistas do this because they pay no price. For them death and destruction of others and in some one else's neighborhood in pursuit of their delusions of grandeur are all par forthe course. But...one of these days the "unprotected" as Noonan calls them will get back and then payback will be a bitch.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-global-elites-forsake-their-countrymen-1470959258


georgeg

Not what I would consider a "factual" publication. Trashy tabloid owned by Murdock.....

turcopolier

georgeG

One more time - consider the information and the source separate;y. pl

Dubhaltach

In reply to turcopolier 18 August 2016 at 05:11 PM

Sir,

The information in this particular report in The Sun appears to be at least a week old and the original source seems to be the Ukranian ambasador to the UN.

See for example this report from the BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37049313

or this one from the Daily Star which regularly manages to be an even trashier UK tabloid than the Sun

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/537209/Russia-Crimea-Ukraine-War-Vladimir-Putin-40-000-troops-UN-Kremlin-NATO-Invasion-Threat.

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