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08 October 2017


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How can ordinary people, like me, be informed and make sound decisions? Common sense with a strong bu****t meter helps. But there's so much going on and cross currents.


Are sure you have the title correct? 'Reset'

- Personally I don't think there has ever been a 'reset'.

It's the same as it ever was - they are still there operating in plain sight & pulling the strings & levers of power in both the US Senate & Congress, of course the influence of the AIPAC 'bloc' cannot be overlooked.

HRC was their candidate, as was BHO, as was Bush the younger, as was WJC et al.

PNAC is alive & well, the plan is still to destroy any nation which can independently produce/supply hydrocarbons outside of the control of the US/Saudi hydrocarbon cartel, or act as a third party transit corridor to China or Europe.

These nations typically fall foul of 'coloured revolutions', or ethinc minorities within them - normally Sunni Muslims suddenly become the victims of 'ethnic cleansing' by State Govt forces, no proof of this (pictures, moving images etc is ever provided by the MSM). The issue is presented to the world as an 'uman rights issue. Often local Sunni extremists (sometime in neighbouring states) then wage 'Jihad' & thus the state in question is totally destroyed & 'Balkanised in the process.

Coupled with this is the ongoing operation to isolate Russian geopolitical & economic influence over Festung Europa whilst drawing an ever more 'Balkanized 'Europa' into more reliance on US influenced sources of hydrocarbons.

Simultaneous to this is the encirclement of Russia on 3 sides with THAAD style weapons & conventional military forces to create a preemptive Nuclear/Conventional Strike Scenario a reality.

In the Asia Pacific region its also a similar plan directed against China.

All of this is directly linked to maintaining the economic hegemony of the US 'Empire' into the 21st Century.

Its not that simple to work out or follow.

Just my vacant ramblings this fine Monday morning 'downunder' feel free to rip it apart as you wish.


And now Possibly Iran in 2017

Tim B.

This is a great read from the left wing Nation magazine. https://www.thenation.com/article/russiagate-is-more-fiction-than-fact/

The Porkchop Express

It is just beyond belief that the majority of these clowns continue to be treated as if they have a shred of credibility left or that their ideas carry ANY weight when it comes to their outrageously incompetent foreign policy decisions/actions. That their ideological ideas have any value at all, particularly when there has been no admission of a mistake or a reorientation of their ideas, is just astounding. To be wrong so repeatedly and so publicly should have engendered a least some, however small, sense of shame or humility.

On the other hand, it says something about our polity, too, that we continue to tolerate this bullshit.

Yeah, Right

Every time I read about William Kristol's latest career move I am reminded of those old Hammer Horror movies with Christopher Lee.

The dude comes to a grisly end in every movie, yet there he is in the next one, back from the grave and - inevitably - none the wiser for the experience.

Ol' Dracula never once stops to think: Ya' know what, these always end badly. Maybe I should sit this one out?

Neither does Kristol, apparently.


Good article by Glenn, he is one of the best.


'On the other hand, it says something about our polity, too, that we continue to tolerate this bullshit.'

absolutely. that these clowns, along with the various members of the pundit class (friedman, krugman) who, after being repeatedly wrong about any number of things, continue to be provided their bully pulpits tells you all you really need to know...


I just finished Simon Montefiore's two books on Stalin (Young Stalin and The Court of the Red Czar).

With every passing day, the Neo-Cons and their fellow travelers are introducing the Soviet method into American politics: Denunciations, Conspiracies, and the Never-Ending Search for Wreckers.


Myanmar - shaping up to become a new hydrocarbon overland transit route from the Gulf for China (avoiding the Malacca Straights maritime chokepoint) in exchange for an invitation into the OBOR Project - Well it was until -

All of a sudden the Royhingas have been murdered en masse & driven into exile into neighbouring Bangladesh (incidentally has anybody actually seen ANY pictorial moving footage evidence of ANY of this?)

Bangladesh ... where the 'jihad' to avenge the Royhinga pogrom will be launched into Myanmar ... has just 'accepted' an offer from the Kingdom of Saudi to construct hundreds of new Mosques & Madrassas ... the perfect breeding ground to hatch a new generation of Jihadis in SE Asia. Bangladesh will be in a perfect geographic position to threaten neighbouring Indian provinces too. India has the largest Muslim population outside of the Muslim world. There several million Bangladeshi migrant workers inside The Gulf states working for a pittance ... who knows what some of them are up too.

Catlonia ... is/was setting itself up as a major LNG entry point into the EU from North Africa ... primarily Algeria, since the predicted US 'Shale Boom' has not actually materialised in sufficient volume to 'wean' the EU away from Russian Gas supplies.

Syria & now the likely formation of this quasi Kurdish state straddling the Shia Crescent ... it really IS all about the Gas ... how can the Syrian state access its hydrocarbons & move them abroad to the foreign market if somebody else has been encouraged to create a quasi state right on top of them?

The Phillipines ... the southern half of the Island chain is predominantly Muslim & since Duterte began making friendly overtures to regional players i.e. China they now have a full blown 'insurgency' in the south despite plenty of US Military hardware in the very local region (or is id direcly BECAUSE of the proximity of US Military forces?).

The Ukraine ... I could go on ....


Jacob Heilbrunn, via, I know, I know, the NYT. But, Heilbrunn, JULY 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — AFTER nearly a decade in the political wilderness, the neoconservative movement is back, using the turmoil in Iraq and Ukraine to claim that it is President Obama, not the movement’s interventionist foreign policy that dominated early George W. Bush-era Washington, that bears responsibility for the current round of global crises.

Does anyone remember the curious renaissance of the neocons? Quite a time before the election officially started or heated up?

Iraq, looked at in hindsight with the appropriate and needed distance in time, may not have been that wrong after all? At least once there was someone else to blame? The appropriate public period of repentance seemed to be over. New servants available, that might escape the probling public eye?

Now the Americans may not have chosen the right "cherry blossom king" (Tyler) in their opinion, or backed the right horse in the race. But does that matter? Strictly, hadn't the winner delivered the new meme variant quite dutifully?

One has to keep open to twists of fate, seize the day, I would assume Trump knows that too. Let's see. ...


Yes, now I remember a tale in Boccaccio's The Decameron, Sixth Day, Tenth Tale, Friar Cipolla and a Feather of the Angel Gabriel. Which might fit. One of my favorites really.


Pacifica Advocate

>>>The Ukraine ... I could go on ....

Nah. You couldn't've, because you were running on empty why you started your screed.

>>>The Phillipines ... the southern half of the Island chain is predominantly Muslim & since Duterte began making friendly overtures to regional players i.e. China they now have a full blown 'insurgency' in the south ...

A) Mindanao is the locus of the insurgency, and it has been that way ever since Spain annexed it into its "The Philippines" administrative region.

B) The Muslim population of Mindanao is hardly the "southern half" of the Philippines; at best, they are the "Southern sixteenth."

C) The Muslim portion of the "Southern Half of the Island Chain" makes up a total of about 6% of the total population of the Philippines. How you jump from there to "the southern half of the Island chain is predominantly Muslim" is beyond me. That's simply factually false.

D) Duterte's overtures towards China have been overwhelmingly supported by the local population, a vast number of whom have relatives who are overseas laborers working in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canton/Guangdong, etc. In fact, the local Muslims in Mindanao were trained by the US, and those currently financed by the Saudis (and, in the 70s, trained by the U.S.) are staunchly opposed to Duterte's campaign to open up the Philippines to Chinese investment.

Long-story-short: you're wrong on pretty much everything I am in a position to criticize you on, and I suspect the rest of your screed can be similarly debunked.


I just finished Simon Montefiore's two books on Stalin (Young Stalin and The Court of the Red Czar).

Judging by the "level" of Western historic narrative (granted with some notable exceptions) on Russian/Soviet history of the 20th Century, I would be very cautious when reading anything from Great Britain, especially from people with Montefiore's background. Not to mention people who praise him--from WSJ, NYT etc. Western awareness of actual, real Russian history is extremely low.

Joseph Moroco

This is the first I've heard of the German Marshall Fund other than on The Ministry of Information, I mean NPR, they are occasionally mentioned as providing money for some of the propaganda uh, programming. I thought it was a fund to thank us for lending Les Boches a helping hand after we were done bombing them to smithereens.

Here is a link to Der Spiegel that is a tribute to the founder, but is also a history of the GMF. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/founder-of-german-marshall-fund-guido-goldman-retires-a-834696.html

It appears to be Neocon safe space. Can there be too many.


I agree with 1664RM, he's a little off with his Philippine geography but he's spot on with his political thrust. Duterte is half-way there to being the next and newest Hitler and the formerly angelic Aung San Suu Ky is 1/3 of the way there. We're rapidly losing influence in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma due to Chinese investment and construction projects. The Chinese are doing what we could and should be doing. Jihad ain't gonna work there, sorry.


Well please ... be my guest debunk & criticize away.

Mr Duterte need not worry how his overtures towards Asian partners are received at home.

That's the least of his worries.

Its how they are being received by those who occupy the seat of power inside the beltway that matters ... hence the rise of another Islamic insurgency in another country that the US 'Empire' like to use as a static aircraft carrier & troop base ... If the host nation becomes hostile to the US 'way of doing things' or all of a sudden it begins to draw away from the US sphere of influence then its simple ... it gets destroyed, normally by a colour revolution or an Islamic Jihad.

Please debunk my tinfoil hat crackpot theories since you already occupy the factual 'key terrain' as you have so self-righteously claimed.

Kindest Regards


Pacifica Advocate,

Yep, the usual economic determinism mumbo jumbo from this guy, an epidemic in amateur and professional poli sci circles conducting analysis on US geopolitical actions since 2003. Cast aside the wide scope of history into the dustbin and focus on the US as some omnipotent robot machine that runs on plundered oil. If the Colonel is reading this, what got me hooked on SST was a comment of his back in 2014 in which he shot down that economic determinism crap as it related to Iraq


Our friend - the Sergeant Major - may not be an expert on the Phillipines, but he has valid points on said darkies.



#1 export from saudi arabia to all corners of the Terran, esp. south-east asia.




'Myanmar - shaping up to become a new hydrocarbon overland transit route from the Gulf for China (avoiding the Malacca Straights maritime chokepoint) in exchange for an invitation into the OBOR Project'

The main game in Myanmar is the US - PRC rivalry. The Kyaukphyu OBOR Port project in Rakhine is a PRC attempt to weaken Singapore's trade volume and economy.

The Rohingya ARSA insurgency is funded from Saudi, grown more confident after Trump's visit. Some have suggested that the ARSA attacks serve US interests by denying the PRC the stability it needs, others believe that the port development is too far from the three northern Rohingya districts to have any effect. Nevertheless secular and material factors, not superstition [religion] drive conflict and Myanmar has economic plans for Rohingya villages in Maungdaw that seemingly don't include Rohingyas. 'Galaxy Infrastructure Development Group was registered on September 5'


Prior to the most recent ARSA attack China had offered to mediate. There are suspicions part of the plan included the resettlement of Rakhine Buddhist insurgents [Arakan Army] who fight alongside the ethnic Chinese Kachin, to new settlements to be built where Rohingya villages once stood. They would be ideally suited to benefit from the Galaxy's Maungdaw development.

There doesn't seem to be a lot of daylight between the stated public ARSA, US and UN positions. All want citizenship for Rohingya and economic development.



'In fact, the local Muslims in Mindanao were trained by the US'

The insurgency in Mindanao dates from 1968 and the Jabidah massacre. The year before Marcos had recruited Muslims from Minda to infiltrate Sabah, provoke an uprising and give the AFP a pretext to annex Sabah, long claimed by the Philippines and the Sultanate of Sulu. It went pearshaped before they set foot in Sabah and Marcos had them killed to cover up. Malaysia, in retaliation, then trained and armed the first cadre of MNLF in Sabah and sent them back to Mindanao to fight the AFP. Brit and US allies were fighting a secret war against eachother, a little mentioned part of the Cold War in SE Asia. Blowback.


Virginia Slim

Forgive me, but "Alliance for Securing Democracy" sounds like a Münzenberg-era front organization.


Right, 1664RM. Not really a "reset," just a new brandname. Neo-cons are masters at pushing through their agenda, no matter how many acronyms, 501(C)3 organizations, or think tanks they and their money backers have to create. When one doesn't fly, they morph into another. I will bet this "Alliance" will last only as long as the money flows to them, which might not be for long. If "Russian interference into the US elections" doesn't fly for them, watch for the group to become lobbyists for military action against Iran. D.


In November, 2016, Der Spiegel half-heir (disputes among parents) Jakob Augstein railed that Trump's election and the Brexit vote presaged fascism for the world. A later Spiegel piece of November, 2016, says:

"So is he a fascist? "Yes, a Trump presidency would bring fascism to America," conservative Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan wrote in May. "Trump is a fascist," SPIEGEL ONLINE columnist Jakob Augstein recently offered. "Trump is a media figure and a fascist of our times," Fred Turner, a communications researcher at Stanford University recently wrote for the German weekly Die Zeit. "This is surely the way fascism can begin," New Yorker Editor in Chief David Remnick wrote the day after Trump's election."

Neo-cons are wonderful Orwellians. Glib in Newspeak, Doublethink (from 1984) and of course, Doublespeak. Wonderful at branding others for what they practice.


"New Hitler" epithet is used, abused and used again. Too cliche'd and too many "new Hitlers" called out to justify neo-con-imperialism, or humanitarian interventions aka R2P. Otherwise, spot on.

Pacifica Advocate

>>>Duterte is half-way there to being the next and newest Hitler...

Only in the American press, which is odd because Duterte's worst and most brutal policy--declaring open season for vigilantes on all drug users and particularly drug dealers--is basically an American Conservative wet dream. FWIW, I am disgusted by it, but since I'm not Filipino I must admit that drug abuse and the associated violence has gotten way out of hand, there (mostly thanks to western-affiliated Filipino, Triad and Yakuza criminal organizations), and that the policy is widely supported by the Filipino majority. If it were me, I would simply legalize use by declaring usage a medical problem, put a certification plan in place for dealers, and *THEN* give the go-ahead to hunt anyone down who either was not certified or was illegally importing and producing them. Unfortunately, I'm not the Filipino president. Equally unfortunately, I think the end result of this current policy will be to consolidate dealership and production into the hands of one or two big players, while the core problem will continue to exist. Only time will tell on that, but that does seem to how policies like this have played out over the last few decades.

>>>...and the formerly angelic Aung San Suu Ky is 1/3 of the way there.

Yeah, this is one I have been scratching my head over. That the junta would have allowed stuff like this to happen was no surprise, but Ms. Aung San? I expected more from her. Clearly, this is a problem that has very deep cultural/ethnic roots, though, if even she can be pulled into it--which I think is your point, no?

>>>We're rapidly losing influence in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma due to Chinese investment and construction projects. The Chinese are doing what we could and should be doing. Jihad ain't gonna work there, sorry.

If that's what you believe, then you *disagree* with 1664RM's point, and agree with mine. 1664 was saying that these long-running ethnic conflicts were created by the U.S. so it could exert strongarm control of the local governments and force them to stop trading with the Chinese, and/or force them to sell their hydrocarbons to the U.S. He also further implied that the slaughter of the Rohingyas was either being exaggerated or had been artificially or clandestinely created by Saudi or American agents. As I have indicated, in both of these instances none of that is true.

China will retain massive influence in Burma/Myanmar, for the simple reason that Burma/Myanmar contains such a vast and varied set of ethnic groups that any government there cannot afford even the slightest bit of antagonistic meddling in its affairs by malicious neighbors without sacrificing a great deal of administrative control to potentially hostile groups within its own borders. This has always been Burma/Myanmar's problem, both under the British and ever since its independence.

Burma/Myanmar is like Afghanistan, in that regard: less a cohesive state, and more like a geographic region shared by a lot of ethnically and ideologically competing independent groups. In fact, it is in one important way even more fractured than Afghanistan: at least Afghanistan is united by Islam. Burma nearly as many competing religions as it does ethnicities, so in that regard the current war of the Buddhists on the Muslims is just the first salvo in what could become a region-wide chaos of internecine conflicts. Aung San's hands-off approach at the moment should be seen in that regard.

Additionally, one should keep in mind that the breakup of Burma and its transformation into the dictatorship of Myanmar was a direct result of U.S. and Taiwanese anti-communist meddling in the region. Briefly, U Nu and Aung San had initially identified as Communist, and yet though both had initially cooperated with the Japanese during WWII, they both switched sides to the British during the war--for promises of independence. Shortly after WWII had ended, the KMT ("Chinese nationalists") parked the 26th army in the northern Shan state of Burma. There, the 26th army bivouacked, started meddling in local politics, and the end result was an entire destabilization of Burma that directly led to the military taking control of the government in a coup.

U Nu, who was one of only two elected leaders of Burma (the other being Ba Swe) personally traveled to the U.S. to petition Eisenhower to force the KMT to evacuate their troops. Nu only got as high as Nixon, who heard him out and then privately--in accordance with his Taiwanese masters' will (Nixon was a protege that was largely financed and promoted by the China Lobby, which was very powerful during 1956)--declared U Nu a Communist and defended the KMT action as a blow against communism. The KMT attempted a couple of more reinvasions of China from the south, famously got their asses handed to them, then settled into become the opium masters of S.E. Asia--a position their now-Shanified descendants still largely hold, despite the market now being considerably more diversified. You may have heard of one of their more famous 2d generation leaders, Khun Sa. During his time, he shared power with a fellow by the name of Lo Xinghan--a clearly Chinese name that indicates he, too, was born of the KMT 26th army.

As usual, everything Wikipedia has to say about this era of S.E. Asian history is essentially meaningless.

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