US Social Collapse is Complete

Vladimir Putin in January 2017:

You know, there is a category of people who leave without saying goodbye, out of respect for the situation that has evolved, so as not to upset anything. And then there are people who keep saying goodbye but don’t leave. I believe the outgoing administration belongs to the second category.

What are we seeing in the United States? We are seeing the continuation of an acute internal political struggle despite the fact that the presidential election is over and it ended in Mr Trump’s convincing victory. Nevertheless, in my opinion, several goals are being set in this struggle. Maybe there are more, but some of them are perfectly obvious.”

The first is to undermine the legitimacy of the US president-elect. By the way, in this regard, I would like to point out that whether deliberately or not, these people are causing enormous damage to US interests. Simply enormous. The impression is that, after a practice run in Kiev, they are now ready to organise a Maidan in Washington to prevent Trump from taking office.

The reason Russian statements make so much sense is they are the product of a supercomputer playing RISK.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_(game)

Products include close proximity de-confliction zones, the Minsk and Astana agreements.

Kaliningrad is a masterpiece of high density zero conflict battlefield.

The algorithm seeks to avoid conflict.

Deconfliction zones offer the opp for the opposition to degrade themselves with violations of agreements and international law.

The aim is for citizens to lose confidence in their foreign policy and military.

This is part of what happened to France and will happen to Germany, Great Britain and the USA.

Read the Scientific American article the government deemed too dangerous to publish

The banned magazine contained an article, titled “The Hydrogen Bomb: II” written by Professor Hans Bethe, the “wartime chief of theoretical physics at Los Alamos.” His article had an imperative purpose: To clarify technical misconceptions in the daily press and to “take up the moral … meaning of the bomb in the general framework of foreign relations”…

“After such a [nuclear] war, nothing that resembled present civilization would remain … The fight for mere survival would dominate everything … Indeed it is likely that technology and science, having brought such utter misery upon man, would be suspected as works of the devil, and a new Dark Age would begin on earth. Can we who have always insisted on morality and human decency … introduce this weapon of total annihilation into the world?”..

“If we have learned any lesson from the aftermath of World War II, it is that physical destruction brings moral destruction.”

“In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.” – Thomas Jefferson.

From Julian Borger at The Guardian:

In setting out the Trump administration’s Middle East policy, one of the first things Mike Pompeo made clear to his audience in Cairo is that he had come to the region as “as an evangelical Christian”.

In his speech at the American University in Cairo, Pompeo said that in his state department office: “I keep a Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and his word, and the truth…”

Vice President Mike Pence and Pompeo both cite evangelical theology as a powerful motivating force…

“We will continue to fight these battles,” the then congressman said at theSummit church in Wichita. “It is a never-ending struggle … until the rapture. Be part of it. Be in the fight…”

For many US evangelical Christians, one of the key preconditions for such a moment is the gathering of the world’s Jews in a greater Israel between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. It is a belief, known as premillenial dispensationalism or Christian Zionism – and it has very real potential consequences for US foreign policy

Pompeo is an evangelical Presbyterian, who says he was “brought to Jesus” by other cadets at the West Point military academy in the 1980s…

Christian Zionism has become the “majority theology” among white US Evangelicals, who represent about a quarter of the adult population. In a 2015 poll, 73% of evangelical Christians said events in Israel are prophesied in the Book of Revelation…

Eighty per cent of white evangelicals voted for him in 2016, and his popularity among them is remains in the 70s…

Trump’s order to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv – over the objections of his foreign policy and national security team – is a striking example of evangelical clout…

Evangelicals, Chesnut said, “now see the United States locked into a holy war against the forces of evil who they see as embodied by Iran”…

Trump has reportedly insisted he has no intention of going to war with Iran. His desire to extricate US troops from Syria marks a break with hawks, religious and secular, who want to contain Iranian influence there.


Intel: Bolton’s Iran strike plans leaked after he elevated longtime associate

Why it matters: The leaks to US media outlets came shortly after Bolton doubled down on his hard-line Iran strategy by elevating Charles Kupperman, a longtime associate, to deputy national security adviser on Friday. Kupperman, a former Boeing and Lockheed Martin executive, previously served on the board for the Center for Security Policy, a far-right think tank advocating for a hawkish Iran policy founded by Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney.

Institute for a Secure America: Bolton brought Kupperman and Matthew Freedman, another longtime associate, onto the National Security Council last year to vet new hires. As Al-Monitor first reported in April, Bolton, Kupperman and Freedman started a nonprofit — the Institute for a Secure America — the same day that Trump tapped him to head the National Security Council in March 2018. The three men also founded another nonprofit in 2015 — the Foundation for American Security and Freedom — to air ads against the Iran nuclear deal.

The Memo That Helped Kill a Half Million People in Syria

The memo shows the advice Hillary Clinton was getting to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war. As Trump seeks to extricate the U.S. the memo has again become relevant, writes Daniel Lazare…

“Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted…”

Putin said that Ben Rhodes and his fellow Obama officials were “trying to climb a spruce tree naked without scratching our ass.”

Placing the USA on a Collapse Continuum with Dmitry Orlov

Plans to repatriate industrial production from low-cost countries remain vaporous because the three key elements which China had as it industrialized (cheap energy, cheap labor and low cost of doing business) are altogether missing…

Now that Syria has been armed with Russia’s up-to-date air defense weapons the US no longer maintains air superiority there, and without air superiority the US military is unable to do anything…

If the dollar is no longer needed to conduct international trade, other nations no longer have hold large quantities of it in reserve…

US social collapse has largely run its course, although whether people actually believe that is an entire matter entirely. Defining “your people” is rather difficult…

Those proud, conquering, virile Yanks who met and fraternized with the Red Army at the River Elbe on April 25, 1945—where are they? Haven’t they devolved into a sad little subethnos of effeminate, porn-addicted overgrown boys who shave their pubic hair and need written permission to have sex without fear of being charged with rape?..

Your own eyes and other senses can provide all the evidence you need to make that determination for yourself and to decide how much faith to put in “the goodness of humanity” that is evident in the people around you.

War Essay- The consequences of nuclear war on US society

Nuclear power plants rely on electrically powered pumps to circulate water around the reactor cores to keep them from overheating…

Fallout from a nuclear war will be greatly exacerbated by the destruction of nuclear power plants and their spent fuel pools…’

There is often more radioactive cesium in a single spent fuel pool than was released by all the atmospheric nuclear weapon tests combined.

There are 23 GE Mark I “Fukushima” boiling water reactors in the US.

The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers

Walmart, for example, which employs nearly 1 percent of the U.S. labor force (1.4 million workers), prohibits casual conversation, which it describes as “time theft…”

The food industry giant Tyson prevents its workers from taking toilet breaks, causing many to urinate on themselves; as a result, some workers must wear diapers…

These corporations have the legal authority, she writes, “to regulate workers’ off-hour lives as well—their political activities, speech, choice of sexual partner, use of recreational drugs, alcohol, smoking, and exercise…

These corporations, by law, can “impose a far more minute, exacting, and sweeping regulation of employees than democratic states do in any domain outside of prisons and the military…”

The self-employed baker and those who buy the bread appeal to mutual self-interest in the exchange…

The labor contract, instead of leaving the seller free as before, puts the seller under the authority of their boss…

Neoliberalism argues that the essence of freedom is free enterprise, while never addressing workers’ surrender of basic freedoms…

Among the population, only a tiny percentage—most of whom come from inherited wealth and have been groomed in elitist, plutocratic universities and institutions—dominate the corporate hierarchy…

Half of all U.S. workers make less than $29,000 a year, effectively putting their families in poverty.

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Privatizing Honduras

From Danielle Marie Mackey at TNR in 2014:

In 2013, the Honduran government passed a law based on many aspects of Romer’s idea, which is to create autonomous free-trade zones that are governed by corporations, instead of the countries in which they exist…

According to Romer’s vision, the charter city should be established in abandoned territory because it is far more complicated to change an existing town—like Amapala—than to create a new one…

“This is nothing more than a plan to get rid of the national debt by auctioning off the country,” ex-president Manuel Zelaya, overthrown in a 2009 coup, told me at a rally on the coup’s fifth anniversary…

The investing company must write the laws that govern the territory, establish the local government, hire a private police force, and even has the right to set the educational system and collect taxes…

A central ZEDE government, called the Committee for the Application of Best Practices, oversees all of this. These people are responsible for deciding the bottom-line environmental, legal, and labor standards investors must follow. They also appoint one Honduran per ZEDE as on-site local administrators…

“There has been strong U.S. intervention in Honduras from the time of the bananeras until now…”

“We need international investment, yes,” Cruz says. “But why at the cost of our national sovereignty?”

On October 18, 2011, the constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court agreed with Cruz. Four of the five sitting justices ruled that the charter city law was a violation of sovereignty and the constitutionally established form of governance in the country…

Congress unseated the four justices who ruled against the charter cities…

“Poverty is not only a salary that’s too small. It’s also the lack of basic necessities like health, education, and the social exclusion of youth…”

“Historically, Latin America has been a place for imported economic experiments…”  

From Tim Shorrock at The Nation in 2016:

In 2012, as Honduras descended into social and political chaos in the wake of a US-sanctioned military coup, the civilian aid arm of Hillary Clinton’s State Department spent over $26 million on a propaganda program aimed at encouraging anti-violence “alliances” between Honduran community groups and local police and security forces.

The program, called “Honduras Convive,” was designed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to reduce violent crimes in a country that had simultaneously become the murder capital of the world and a staging ground for one of the largest deployments of US Special Operations forces outside of the Middle East…

“With the coup, Clinton had a real opportunity to do the right thing and shift US policy to respect democratic processes,” added Alex Main, an expert on US policy in Central America at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, after being told of the program. “But she completely messed it up, and we’re seeing the consequences of it now…”

Much of the country’s violence is blamed on gangs and drug cartels and has led thousands of Hondurans to send their children north to flee the region…

In addition, a key part of the project was subcontracted to a company owned by David Kilcullen, who was the senior counterinsurgency adviser to Army General David Petraeus in both Iraq and Afghanistan…

The agency’s claims and statistics stand in stark contrast to the situation in Honduras, where civil society has been reeling from a wave of political violence and assassinations perpetuated by what many believe are state-sponsored death squads…

Thousands of Hondurans have protested what Democracy Now! has described as a “culture of repression and impunity linked to the Honduran government’s support for corporate interests…”

Caerus’s “Team Leader” on the Honduras project, was employed at Caerus from 2012 to 2014, where one of her tasks was training “Department of Defense professionals on using development as a counterinsurgency tool in Afghanistan…”

The AID/OTI program was part of a grand US plan to improve security in Central America by building closer ties with local military forces and using US troops to train their police. Honduras has become a litmus test for the plan.

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Obama Enabled Spying on Trump

From MoA:

Obama made it possible for the FBI to directly access everything NSA had on Trump, et al. Obama supercharged the FBI’s ability to investigate Trump…

The Obama administration enacted the executive order EO 12333 in early January 2017, shortly before Trump took over…

The hasty FBI move after Comey was fired activated this instrument. The Mueller investigation has since used it extensively…

Mike Flynn: pleaded out to a minor charge, rolled over in full and then produced five rounds of documents. Likely: Flynn was confronted with the intel they had on him and knew he was cooked. They knew the crimes. They heard and saw everything. There’d be no escape.

By flipping and pleading out Flynn, all of that secret intel stays secret. Our intelligence efforts are protected. And Flynn goes down. And he cooks a bunch of other gooses. He’s savvy enough to know that once they have the intel, all that’s left to do is make the case.

From the comments:

From: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

“On Thursday November 17th, 2016, NSA Director Mike 
Rogers traveled to New York and met with President- 
Elect Donald Trump.

On Friday November 18th The Washington Post reported 
on a recommendation in “October” that [NSA Director 
Admiral Mike Rogers] Mike Rogers be removed from his 
NSA position:

The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s 
intelligence community have recommended to President 
Obama that the director of the National Security 
Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.

In a move apparently unprecedented for a military 
officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled 
to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump 
Tower.

Occam’s Razor. NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers 
didn’t want to participate in the spying scheme [on 
Trump]

(Clapper, Brennan, Etc.), which was the baseline for 
President Obama’s post presidency efforts to undermine 
Donald Trump and keep Trump from digging into 
[who knows what crimes]”

After the visit by Rogers, Trump vacated Trump Towers.

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Zionism is Dying

From Ollie Richardson at The Saker:

On the night of January 11th Israel hit one depot at Damascus international airport. I.e., material damage. 12 projectiles were fired in total. Syrian air defences worked, and by all accounts they were as effective as they were in the previous Israeli bombing run (80% accuracy approx.)…

The S-400 is much more than an anti-air system. It embodies the future of international relations and a transition away from “Responsibility to protect”…

The only way that Russia could survive amidst this post-Soviet onslaught was if it targeted the projected US’ weakness. And so today we have Kinzhal, Avangard, Kalibr, S-400, Pantsir, etc…

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has a supercomputer, as I have mentioned many times in the past. Today we can say that the algorithm being used allowed Russia (and friends) to encircle the West. Russian media is, frankly speaking, kicking the MSM’s ass.

The algorithm is based on RISK. Russia must be allowed to make mistakes and suffer the consequences as a result. During WW2 the USSR turned a black situation into a victory (the ratio of destroyed Red Army tanks to destroyed German tanks looks alarming on paper, but finds understanding with a wide perspective). The victory was possible because of this same RISK. There was no safety net – Russians (Rus) either win or are exterminated…

The main problem now is that Syria has a demographic crisis, much like Ukraine…

The Astana Agreement in many respects is even more genius than the Minsk Agreement. Russia found a way to exploit Turkey’s lack of leverage (after all, the US is ready to unleash a Gulen coup at any moment) and coerce it into reformatting the jihadist matrix (NGO network)…

Nusra’s magic capture of most of Idlib and the decimation of Zinki/Ahrar is not a coincidence, nor is it organic. It is Erdogan’s way of handing over Idlib to Assad and saving face amongst his electorate…

The conversations that happen behind closed doors are not at all like the statements that are disseminated for public consumption…

Netanyahu was forced to call early elections. He is being investigated for fraud. Hamas and Hezbollah are now stronger than ever before. Iran is entrenching itself further and cementing solid ties with powerful countries. The UN demands to give Golan Heights back to Syria. etc.

From Ollie Richardson in 2017:

After Russia liquidated ISIS by cutting its umbilical cord to Ankara & then established de-escalation zones (separating “moderates” from jihadists), the situation became a duplication of the Minsk Agreements. I.e., it was time for all sides to defer to other theatres of military operations.

After Aleppo was liberated the US launched many test balloons in different theatres. One such balloon was “peacekeepers in Donbass”

So the US incited ISIS to kill Russian troops in Syria…

The US also tried the al-Tanf trick in south Syria, and kept activating pockets in East Ghouta (Damascus) and Hama. The aim was to pressure Russia enough to ensnare it in a situation where we would find out for sure whether S-400 was a bluff or not…

Then the US resorted to flying its jets through “deconfliction zones” in the hope to embarrass Russia: “Look, we flew here and you didn’t react. We control the situation in Syria, Putin is a wimp”. This is exactly the same bait that was and still is being used in Donbass via the proxy UAF…

If the US wanted to find out if the SAM system was real or not, it needed to overstep the mark and put too much “skin in the game”

This is a lesson in Gestalt theory. The S-400 itself isn’t important – it is the context in which it is in that is important. Once the deterrent is used, it’s null and void…

Always remember that the US/Israel was deterred by a SAA S-200 launch. This means that the US can be tamed in Syria using old 1967 technology. Its sidewinder missiles (on a F-18) couldn’t even down a SAA Su-22 from 1970.

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Syria War 2.0

From MoA:

Without U.S. air support Erdogan can not attack northeast Syria. The Turkish air force is weak. Many of its experienced pilots were fired for alleged support and involvement in the coup against Erdogan…

Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russian-mediated political deal with President Bashar Assad’s government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region…

None of the new plans and ideas Bolton presents make any sense. They are unlikely to have Trump’s blessing…

Idelb is largely ruled by the al-Qaeda organization Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS), the former Jabhat al-Nusra…

The Turkish soldiers stationed in six observation posts around Idleb governorate are hostages to HTS. As Turkey failed to deliver on its promises Syria and Russia have all rights to ignore the agreement, attack HTS and to liberate Idleb.

From South Front:

Despite the support from the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) and Syrian National Army (SNA), the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement in fact lost almost all of its positions to HTS in merely a few days of limited clashes. According to reports, the remaining members of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement are now fleeing the Idlib de-escalation zone to Afrin…


If the NFL and the SNA fail to undertake real steps to stop this expansion, this will confirm that Turkey also failed to turn the myth of the “moderate armed opposition” into reality and the only capable “opposition force” is al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

From Larchmonter445 at The Saker:

Point One:  Turkey’s proxies are crap on the ground. FSA has crumbled and virtually gone from the battlefield. National Front for Liberation (NFL) and Syrian National Army (SNA), and the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement are all useless.

Combined with the weakness of Turkey’s military and weak Air Force, Turkey is done in Syria…

Point Two: US coalition is crap from the air. 129 airstrikes, 71 ISIS killed. If the Russians flew 129 sorties there would be 400-500 dead ISIS. Clearly, the US is tactically weak from the air. Or, they are flying phony strikes, not really intending to decimate the headchoppers on the ground…

Syria War 2.0 is under way…

The lesson to be studied is Vietnam. 1968, Tet Offensive. The American People and the MSM turned against the war. It lasted until 1975…

Israel wants the war. CENTCOM wants the war. Neocons want the war. Turkey wants the war. Qatar wants the war. the Muslim Brotherhood wants the war. NATO wants the war. EU leadership wants the war. UK wants the war. France wants the war.

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Liberty, North Carolina

Elderly couple assaulted in Guilford County home invasion

I have a plan for living where people are starving:

– Open your blinds

– Don’t own anything

– Be there as little as possible.

Old people on fixed incomes are easy targets.

We should at least provide the indigent with money for cigs and lottery tickets.

This is especially needed for white people, as blacks have been starving for centuries and are accustomed to the lifestyle.

Besides, if you give money to lazy white people, blacks will end up with most of it.

In my experience, the most theft averse item you can own is a push mower.

I left a rake in the yard and the next morning found two rakes.

I keep an old stove on the porch to signal that I’m also poor white trash.

Even the most pathetic soul in Liberty has cigs and an iPhone.

Most of the Yankee carpetbaggers have moved to Forest Oaks in search of a better class of people to mock.

The middle class in Liberty consists of hardworking Mexicans.

Class distinction is determined by whether you drink Natural Light or Natural Ice.

The Liberty Police Dept. is so regressive that it is located beside the ABC store.

The local Klan chapter folded because being married to a Black or Mexican is so desirable.

All the deviants belong to the LPD and the VFD.

Liberty is so poor a Walmart Express folded in six months.

The ignorant White men who run Liberty perpetuate the squalor by prohibition of fast food franchises.

The best restaurant in Liberty is in Staley.

Seriously, the biggest industry in Liberty, by far, is the sale of illicit drugs.

I saw a black guy working in the Food Lion and asked him if he was lost.

The life expectancy in Liberty is higher in Bangladesh.

A child born in Liberty is consigned to abject stupidity.

With standards of living declining since the seventies, Liberty is populated with two generations of poverty, shared by those too stupid to leave.

Normally, you’d need to go down east to find a town so pathetic as Liberty, comfortably situated near four cities within 20 miles.

The nation’s best megasite lies nearby, undeveloped and utterly useless.

Greensboro and Liberty both suffer from leaders without money or power.

As a bedroom community, Liberty is a nightmare.

While baby killers on their way to and from Fort Bragg bypass Liberty on 421, there has never been any signage directing them into town.

The Ford dealership moved to the interstate in order to survive.

In 2008, Liberty held a parade when most of the Mexicans went home.

Historically, Liberty, known far and wide as having the biggest rubes west of Raleigh, has been the victim of grifters.

One of Liberty’s recent long time mayors is indistinguishable from a dull chimpanzee.

Liberty stands in the shadow of Ramseur in every endeavor. Hell, there’s even a guy selling used appliances.

I pulled time from K-9 in Liberty. Our football coach had a perpetual booger in his nose.

We were the Fighting Toothless Rednecks.

I hear they’ve changed it to Crackheads.

The besieged citizens of Liberty visit court and jail the way most of us go to work.

People don’t stand on the corner and beg in Liberty. There’s no point.

I’ve read about #Fascism all my life and was appalled when it come to #Raleigh, but I never expected to live there.

The notion of elites in Liberty is madness, for no one with any money or power would allow this situation to persist.

There is no corruption in Liberty, save for that which you can smoke or snort.

All the organized crime is exercised by the Liberty Police Dept.

I’d stand less chance of arrest buying crack in the foyer of the GPD Eastern Division than driving slowly by the LPD on my way home.

Barney Fife was overqualified to wield a truncheon in Liberty.

The LPD should be renamed “Shooting Fish in a Barrel.”

The idiotic history books say Liberty is where some slaves were freed, but it’s actually where a bunch of mustered out rebels stopped to take a dump.

The only thing preventing more self-inflicted gunshot wounds in Liberty are: Bud Ice; and the fact that the nearest Walmart is thirteen miles away.

A huge hog farm was planned for downtown Liberty, but they couldn’t determine when one got loose.

Being from Liberty, I am intimately acquainted with the diff between lose and loose.

The churches in Liberty long ago threw their doors open 24-7 to the addicts, except for the Quakers, whence most of them come.

The notion of pacifism in Liberty is madness, where the two sane people rage at the injustice.

The most recent Liberty failure made footstools for ottomans and could not complain of being wiped out by the Chinese.

The richest guy in Liberty owns the only Chinese restaurant.

He’s also the hardest working guy in Liberty.

We’re good friends.

He’d be a lot richer if he sold french fries.

I told him long ago that the GSO restaurant business would collapse without french fries.

The only thing which keeps GSO from being utter cretins is Liberty.

There are lots of places where you can get fries in Ramseur.

Sadly, Liberty labors under a french fry deficit. Oh, the humanity.

Man does not live by hot dogs alone. As you might expect, the Pizza Hut is bested only by the Chinese restaurant next door.

Impossible as it is to imagine, there is no Mexican restaurant in Liberty.

Frankly, I can think of no more damning indictment.

Liberty’s most prominent citizen, other than the guy on death row, was fired from Food Lion for feeling up women in the parking lot. His only reply was that sometimes they said yes.

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Mattis Resigns

From Patrick Lawrence at Consortium News:

The U.S. is not closing down its military presence in Syria. It is digging in for an indefinite period, making Raqqa the equivalent of the Green Zone in Baghdad…

As Trump finishes his second year in office, the pattern is plain: This president can have all the foreign policy ideas he wants, but the Pentagon, State, the intelligence apparatus, and the rest of what some call “the deep state” will either reverse, delay, or never implement any policy not to its liking.

From Zero Hedge:

From the WSJ:

“More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said. The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war that officials say could take at least many months. There now are more than 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan…”

The United States has spent well over $840 billion fighting the Taliban insurgency while also paying for relief and reconstruction in an “endless war” that has become more expensive, in current dollars, than the Marshall Plan, which was the reconstruction effort to rebuild Europe after World War II.

From MoA:

Trump did not “capitulate”. He always wanted to pull the U.S. troops out of Syria. He said so many times. When he was finally given a chance to do so, he grabbed the opportunity…

Erdogan had planned to only occupy a 10 miles deep strip along the Syrian-Turkish border. Some 15,000 Turkish controlled ‘Syrian rebels’ stand ready for that. He would need some 50-100,000 troops to occupy all of east Syria northward of the Euphrates…

Kurdish population in Syria is only 5% whereas the land they now control is 30% of the country.

From Ray McGovern:

Mattis was simply incapable of acknowledging the self-destructive, mindless nature of U.S. “endless war” in the Middle East, which candidate-Trump had correctly called “stupid.” In his resignation letter, Mattis also peddled the usual cant about the indispensable nation’s aggression being good for the world…

Trump ought to unleash Mattis now, and make sure Mattis keeps his distance from the Pentagon and the Military-Industrial Complex, before he is asked to lead an insurrection against a highly vulnerable president — as Gen. Smedley Butler was asked to do back in the day. Butler said no.

From Finian Cunningham:

Just as President Donald Trump announces this week that he is pulling out American troops from Syria (illegally present there for the past four years), the same administration is stepping up its military involvement in Ukraine…

On Dec 18, Russian State Television announced that Poroshenko’s attack on the Donbas of eastern Ukraine is expected on Dec 24/25 as Poro’s marshal-law-period approaches end and after large military buildup of 150 tanks and associated artillery pieces and call for “volunteers”.

From Elijah Magnier:

Trump is intentionally leaving behind a very chaotic situation in the Levant, and is setting a deadly trap for Russia in the first place, but also for Iran and Turkey…

Moscow has already warned Turkey against moving into the northeast Syria…

If Erdogan doesn’t coordinate with Russia and Iran, the Idlib front will be opened…

Last February, Damascus ordered its forces to cross the Euphrates in an attempt to attack ISIS and control the oil and gas fields. These were attacked by the US coalition, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Syrian and Russian Wagner contractors.  

From Elijah Magnier:

“There will be no other army on the Syrian territory but the national Syrian Arab Army”, were the instructions of President Bashar al-Assad to the Syrian delegation engaged in dialogue with the Kurds, according to this source…

Russia informed President Erdogan that it will not accept any crossing into the province, and that it will be up to the Syrian army to move in if the US withdraws its troops from the occupied area”…

Up to now the Kurds had been prepared to rely on any foreign country, including Israel, to provide them with independence, rather than remaining loyal to Syria, the country that has hosted them for decades.

From Russia Today:

Russia’s Defense Ministry has said Israel carried out airstrikes on Syrian targets as two civilian flights were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting passengers at risk…

The Israeli Air Force used as many as 16 US-made laser-guided GBU-39 bombs, but only two of them reached their targets. Most were intercepted by Syria’s air defenses, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Two precision munitions hit a logistics compound 7km away from Damascus, injuring three personnel there…

In September, a tragic sequence of events led to the downing of a Russian surveillance Il-20 plane, which killed all 15 crew on board. The plane was shot down by Syrian air defense units as Israel’s F-16s effectively used it as cover during the attack on its neighbor.

From South Front:

Since November, the Kiev regime has repeatedly claimed that Russia is about to invade Ukraine and openly prepared for the resumption of hostilities in the region by deploying additional troops and equipment in eastern and southern parts of the country. Top Ukrainian officials also threatened to stage fresh military provocations in the region, like a naval operation to break the nonexistent “Russian siege” on the Sea of Azov.

However, Poroshenko’s plans found little if no support among Western states, in particular in the United States. This became on of the main factors limiting the chances of a new hot conflict in the region.

From Zero Hedge:

“Russia was forced to develop the Avangard (hypersonic glider) after the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002,” Putin explained, adding, “the Trump administration’s plan to scrap a treaty on medium-range missiles could lead to a new arms race…”

Shortly after the test, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told Rossiya 24 TV channel that the new glider could strike a target at 30,000 km/h or 19,000 mph, reported RT.  Borisov said the excellent mobility makes the Avangard one of the hardest targets to hit. He explained: “There’s almost no missile that can shoot it down at such speeds.”

From MoA:

To prevent a Turkish onslaught, the local armed groups, who collaborated with the U.S. military, invited the Syrian army to take over. This pattern will repeat elsewhere…

To cover the withdrawal from Syria the U.S. military established two new bases in Iraq. These are also blocking positions designed to prevent over land traffic between the Levant and Iran. It is unlikely that the U.S. will occupy those bases for long. The Iraqi parliament is already moving to again throw out all U.S. forces from its country.

From Elijah Magnier:

None of the three Iraqi leaders (Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, Speaker Mohammad al-Halbusi, President Barham Salih) came to receive Trump as all three rejected US conditions for such a meeting…

To have met on the US-controlled part of the Iraqi-US base would have made Abdel Mahdi appear as an invited guest in his own country…

They felt insulted and have called for the withdrawal of US forces from the country.

From Zero Hedge:

On Sunday Assad took the controversial step of authorizing Iraqi forcesto attack terror targets inside Syria at will, according to state-run SANA “without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus” while the two allies coordinate action against remaining ISIS pockets in the country’s east.

Quickly on the heels of that decision, Iraqi fighters jets bombed ISIS positions across the Syrian border on Monday.  

From Pat Buchanan:

Seven years and 500,000 dead Syrians later, it is Obama, Sarkozy, and Cameron who are gone. Assad still rules in Damascus…

Muqtada al-Sadr, the [Iraqi] cleric with American blood on his hands from the fighting of a decade ago, is leading the charge to have us booted out.

From Elijah Magnier:

In response to domestic pressure, Trump agreed to extend the deadline for withdrawal of thousands of US troops from the northeaster Syrian province of al-Hasaka from the initial 30 days previously announced until April this year…

Indeed, president Donald Trump did not consult with his European allies and certainly not with the YPG/SDF Kurds of Syria before deciding on withdrawal of his forces…

The sooner US troops pull out the better, if they wish to avoid a vindictive reaction from those who offered themselves as human shield for years and lost thousands of men and women for their dream of Rojava.  

From Russia Insider:

Trump reportedly seeks counsel from [Rand] Paul because Paul is one of the few in Congress who agrees with him…

“These commanders have been singing this tune year after year for 17 years of occupation, and secretaries of Defense have kept agreeing with them,” Andrew Sullivan writes regarding the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. “Trump gave them one last surge of troops—violating his own campaign promise—and we got nowhere one more time. It is getting close to insane.”

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