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The US Government Truly Believes The Entire Planet Is Its Property

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The Wall Street Journal has an article out titled “U.S. Aims to Thwart China’s Plan for Atlantic Base in Africa“, subtitled “An American delegation wants to convince Equatorial Guinea against giving Beijing a launchpad in waters the U.S. considers its backyard.”

The article quotes the former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy saying “We’d really, really not like to see a Chinese facility” on the Atlantic, and discusses “American concern about China’s global expansionism and its pursuit of a permanent military presence on waters the U.S. considers home turf.”

The Quincy Institute’s Trita Parsi has discussed the irony of WSJ yelling about China’s “global expansionism” over a potential military base in Equatorial Guinea without applying that label to the US, when the US has hundreds of times the number of foreign military bases as China. Antiwar’s Daniel Larison wrote an article back in December eviscerating the ridiculous claim that a military base some six thousand nautical miles from the US coastline could be reasonably framed as any kind of threat to the American people.

But what really jumps out is the insane way the US political/media class routinely talks about virtually every location on this planet as though it is a territory of the United States.

The Wall Street Journal referring to the entire Atlantic Ocean as “America’s backyard” and “waters the U.S. considers home turf” follows a recent controversy over the US president proclaiming that “Everything south of the Mexican border is America’s front yard.” This provoked many references to the so-called “Monroe Doctrine”, a nineteenth-century imperialist assertion that Latin America is off limits to any power apart from the United States, effectively declaring the entire Western Hemisphere the property of Washington, DC.

It also follows another incident in which Press Secretary Jen Psaki remarked on the ongoing tensions around Ukraine that it is in America’s interest to support “our eastern flank countries”, which might come as a surprise to those who were taught in school that America’s eastern flank was not Eastern Europe but the eastern coastline of the United States.

The casual way these people say such things reflects a collectively held worldview that you won’t find on any official document or in any schoolchild’s textbook, but which is nonetheless a firmly held perspective among all the drivers of the modern empire: that the entire world is the property of the US government. That the US is not just the most powerful government in the world but also its rightful ruler, in the same way Rome ruled the Christian world.

It’s not something they can come out and directly say, because admitting they see themselves as the rulers of the world would make them look tyrannical and megalomaniacal. But it’s certainly something they believe.

They’re about as obvious about it as could be. They make almost no effort to conceal it. And yet you’ll still get empire apologists like Michael McFaul saying nonsense like this:

McFaul knows very well that the US is an imperial power and that it demands a very large “sphere of influence”.

Would you like to see a picture of America’s sphere of influence? Here you go:


To be a westerner is to be constantly inundated with made-up stories about tyrants who want to terrorize the world while living under a globe-spanning power structure that is actually terrorizing the world. It’s just so bizarre watching these imperial spinmeisters try to frame nations like China and Russia as freakish and backwards while working to literally rule the world like a comic book supervillain.

The US-centralized empire is quantifiably the single most destructive and evil power structure in today’s world. We shouldn’t want anyone to rule over the entire planet with an iron fist, but these monsters are the very least qualified among us to do so.


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  • ……nothing of significance will ever motivate the amerikkkant people because they are the planets premier consumers……decades of brainwashing bullshit about abundant resources, technological superiority, pseudo spirituality and white supremacy leading the charge have brought it all to this point in time……consumption of EVERYTHING is what really motivates them….reminding the amerikkkants of human rights means the “boss” puts on a big show …and don’t forget that poopcast with the first half-black president…..oprah gets “woke”…..yep,i can smell it coming…..wafting over the consumate masses…..my “choices” my “voices”….heard loud and clear, as we stumble through the illusion of who we think we are…..the planet is the amerikkkants farm, sweatshop, shopping mall, fantasy island playground…..but the real deal will be available soon….they will use all those guns on each other to take advantage of that final offer…..the final mandate….the end….

  • “Would you like to see a picture of America’s sphere of influence? Here you go:”:

    I *knew* it!

    Those damn Commies are EVERYWHERE!!!

  • Before this could happen, US taxpayers had to be silenced and enslaved, forced to finance genocide by parasites. As someone said, war is the Deep State’s only business. It has no other good reason to enslave US taxpayers for life to the War Industry and Davos. Before being forced into WWI and WWII, Americans logically made clear they wished to remain neutral. FDR half promised to let us be neutral but of course, wanted war and to please the UK monarchy which desperately needed US boots on the ground to save them. Not allowed to be neutral, Americans became de facto slaves of the UK monarchy and Wall St. Neutral is not the same as “isolationist.” The US should simply become neutral and close down all weapons making. Who would scream the most? The UK monarchy which is just as cruel as its US pals if nor more so. Are Americans allowed to vote to be neutral? No, because the US isn’t a democracy. The Pentagon needs to be separated from US taxpayers.

  • 1000 ZIO/US military bases around the world are about to become a major liability !

  • Once again…nail on head!

  • This is what bloated and corrupt empires do.
    In their delusions of supremacy and entitlement, they see everything in terms of how it might affect their ambitions for total control of everything.
    It is also a sign of immaturity, paranoia and insecurity. The tyrant ruler can never rest for fear of challenge or attack. He see’s ‘Reds under the bed’ everywhere, he interprets everything that he doesn’t control as a potential threat.
    He even hijacks religion to claim the God is on his side.

  • Related to this, is the curious way amerikans tend to count available resources in North and South America. For example, the uS considers the energy, mainly oil of course, but all energy resources as well, of ALL of North, Central AND South America, as belonging to, or by implication, are at the disposal of the uS. IoW, despite being sovereign nations, (on paper), Canadian, or Mexican Oil and NG is not truly the property of the peoples that live there. Not really anyhow. Nor in Ecuador or anywhere else. This attitude of course, extends well into South America too, which helps explain in no small part, the uS regimes intense hatred and harassment of Venezuela. Canada, of course, does not have any (real) sovereign rights to its own energy, nor does Mexico, despite PEMEX. Put another way, the uS sees the entire world as its gas station and open-pit mine and garbage dump, as well as FOBs for its drug trafficking and money laundering centers, also known as uS military bases by some. The idea that (other) nations might consider the resources within their borders as actually belonging to the people who you know, live there, and are NOT at the disposal and easy acquisition of by uS backed dollars and capital, (or possibly favored puppet states), is considered a de-facto declaration of war against the uS and its “Interests”.

  • While not disagreeing with the sentiments expressed and especially the observations made by many about the ubiquitous imperialist action of the US military that supports, some say enforces, US political and economic dominance and influence, there is another way to see it all.
    Undoubtedly the US military is the largest on this planet and outsizes almost all the rest combined. Just take aircraft carrier fleets. Each Us carrier is the center of a veritable navy each capable of dwarfing almost all other navies. The US has at least 5, note Five complete Carrier centered flotillas, four at sea and active and one in port refitting any single one of which could potentially overwhelm all opposition. Its called force projection.
    A global political alliance, controlling a global economic system might just find a global military force to its benefit. Just maybe the US military, drawing on the industrial and technological dominance and capacity of the US of A and its population, is simply that – the military arm of a global force with the US population and resources as the means.
    So perhaps we should call the nominally US or American military, the globalists military and not that of one nation of people who are as much ruled by that military as the rest of us on earth. Just my 0.10c worth.

    • I suspect you are right. It’s certainly looking that way under Biden, and definitely so under Obama and Bush. Not sure about Trump … possibly not. Which is why he had to go.

  • I am a definite ‘sphere of influence’ in my own home, even if I cohabit with an active dissenter. My wife is against freedom and democracy. If I want a beer with my breakfast – that is my right. I have weighed up the sanctions involved and came to the conclusion that, in the short term, imminent beer action was unwarranted.
    However, I have gathered a force of home brew quite close to the fridge – but out of sight in an area well within my ‘sphere of influence’ borders. I shall put half a dozen bottles into the fridge area whenever I choose – even if I have to displace food that was just taking up space anyway.
    For the moment we have an uneasy alliance. Battlespace at the moment is for control over the tv. Just a few skirmishes. I lost a major strategic round early on, surrendered too easily for the sake of peace. My wife’s hobby, weaving, is quite expansionist. She took over the garage in a sudden and provocative invasion and now my 4WD sits out in the carport.
    Enough is enough.

    • My Grandmother was a weaver. My Grandfather build her a add on room to the garage for her “Loom Room”.

    • LOL. An uneasy truce . You could sabotage the loom …a false flag event.

    • hilarious! it’s true isn’t it? all of these world events can be compared to the behavior of individuals. that’s frightening. i remember when george dubya was about to go to war with iraq and the whole “preemptive strike” thing. i thought: so what if i’m sitting in a restaurant and i suspect that another patron has a gun, and he’s going to shoot me; under this logic, i should shoot first even though i haven’t seen the gun.

      that’s insanity.

  • If you look at the size of the U.S. War Budget (ironically referred to as the defense budget), you can see that the money spent on that (not counting all the dark money) is killing people here at home as well, because it is not being spent to provide nutritious food, safe housing and universal medical care for those who need it, many of whom cannot afford it themselves due to prevailing social, political and financial systems.

  • I think there’s some racism involved too. Americans usually avoid the subject, but when Britain wants to set up an overseas base America’s bosses generally say it’s good. When China does the same thing they automatically say it’s bad. Maybe that’s why our high flying rhetoric about justice and freedom isn’t working outside of Europe, Australia and North America. The Chinese know about George Floyd and Ahmed Arbery, and have no reason to ignore America’s history of paranoia, violence and racism.

  • In reality the US sees itself as a type of world police, out to push or protect US interests no matter how far those interests (assets desired) are from its shores, and if countries do not align with US interests they are sanctioned (war by other means) or proxy wars are fought in those countries as the US backs and funds groups that oppose the governments, and if that doesn’t work coups are planned.

    It doesn’t matter if a country is razed to the ground and millions of it people are killed or left homeless and hungry as long as US goals are achieved.

    Meanwhile Nancy Pelosi gives the game away.


  • When another country attempts to establish and maintain boundaries with the United Sates, the US Government experiences the attempt as loss of control.

    Disobedience and noncompliance with the American dominance by other counties,is perceived as a rejection of American manifest destiny, extended to the global empire. Challenge of American dominance is seen as terrorism of the American homeland no matter how far away a threat is.

    Pundits in bow ties on national news experience intense anxiety and blind rage. American propaganda attempts to discredit and bury whatever action, real or perceived, dares challenge American hegemony.

    The State Department tries to re-establish white WASP suit control over other countries no matter how far away. American exceptionalism will not be challenged. Only truth will be challenged.

  • The maxim has always been, if you have something I want I am going to take it unless you can stop me. No wonder Iran, North Korea, India, Pakistan, etc want nuclear weapons. The only thing anyone seems to understand is force.

    • The difference between crime and community action among the institutionalized in America is how many people are involved in making it happen.

      It’s also the difference in accountability and authoritarianism.

    • A world with a single Nuclear power would be under a one world empire already, no question at all.

  • Did you ever hear of historian William Blum, one of my personal heroes, who died in late 2018? https://williamblum.org/about
    After reading his “Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II”, I hoped I would one day meet Mr. Blum, but that’ll never happen. He always spoke the cold, hard, ugly truth about what we now call the US’s Deep State that remains in power regardless of what actors are reading their scripts in the three branches of the US government. Of course, he paid a price for doing that. In the last days of his life he or someone he knew on his behalf, set up a go-fund-me (or something similar) page on which people could make contributions to defray at least some of the cost of his medical treatment. So Bill died far from being a rich man.
    Anyway, in April of 2015, significantly for today’s discussion, not long after the US-engineered coup in Ukraine and not very long before the end of his life, Blum was interviewed by Sophie Shevardnadze on “Sophie & Co”, where he described in detail the never-changing “mindset” of those who control US foreign policy. In it, he mentions the then-recent events in “Ukraine”, including the then-unexplained post-coup US military build-up there; describes the actions of the US in Syria, where Mr. Kerry made the huge mistake of saying that if Assad were to give up his chemical weapons, “which he will never do” (or something to that effect), that the US wouldn’t attack Syria……..at which point Mr Lavrov stepped in and said that Assad would indeed give up all of his chemical weapons; then goes on to mention the ridiculous notion of the US supporting women’s rights in Afghanistan and a variety of other relevant topics to today’s situation of the world. What Blum asserts is precisely why Mr. Potato Head issued “his” executive order recently. NONE of this should be a surprise to anyone who has even one functioning brain cell (which eliminates MPH right off the bat). I believe that RT and Sputnik News are living on borrowed time in “the West”, so see what follows while it’s still available.

  • You are quite mistaken.

    It is the RICH PEOPLE that HIDE behind banks, corporations, govt, wars, etc.


    They are ADDICTS for MORE money, power & control

    And they absolutely will NOT stop themsselves

    The rich are trying to keep the U.S. dollar from collapsing at all costs… even war with nuclear powers …

    Because in their minds they have bunkers and can leave the planet should they need to and come back later.

  • Truer words have never been spoken.
    My favorite one about the arrogance of the American Navy is this:
    Pity it’s apparently a hoax because it’s been viewed by 9.4 million people who didn’t doubt one second that it was true. That’s how believable it is! And rightly so because, according to my investigation, a similar conversation, albeit shorter, really took place between Canadians and an American ship off the coast of Newfoundland.

  • In an otherwise excellent article regarding US imperialism/capitalism, I feel obliged to point out an error. Nothing you wrote in the article was questionable, indeed you are one of the few reporters in the world with integrity and honor. Rather I would like to point out the map used in the article was inaccurate. It shows Crimea as still part of the Nazi Republic of Ukraine.

    • Sorry. I just had a good look at the map. I stand corrected. Keep up the good work, Caitlin.

  • I think the American Obsession with American Military and Capitalist Power is a result of Hitler and World War 2.
    My Father, who was a U.S. Navy Medic in WW2, always said “We must prevent another Hitler at any cost”.

    That has now turned into ‘U.S.Capitalist Control at any cost’.
    Even the Environment of our Planet.
    Power Greedy Capitalists have taken over. And they think they are the Good Guys.

    The question is What do We the People do now? How do we stop this?
    Electing Bernie Sanders President would have been a good start.
    But that was not to be allowed.

    Perhaps by other countries, like Australia, refusing U.S Foreign Aid.
    If tiny Cuba can do it, can not big Countries like Australia?

    Another start would be giving the United Nations the power it was created to have.
    We the People need to realize that Capitalism is not the answer and that the Environment must become our Priority.

    • Electing Bernie Sanders would not have changed anything. Sanders is a charlatan and a fake socialist. He betrayed his gullible followers not once, but TWICE, pretending to run for office when he was just a stalking horse for the evil war criminal Hillary Clinton. If you truly want to stop the aggression of the United States, you must support the struggle for socialism and the overthrow of capitalism. Nothing else will work. Nothing.

      • I am a Socialist. So is Bernie.
        That he did not get elected President is not HIS fault. He tried his best.
        When he was Mayor of the town of Burlington Vermont he helped to create Huge Socialist changes.
        What have you done?

      • You are right, Carolyn. Sanders is no socialist. Chris Hedges would not support BS because “you can’t be an imperialist and a socialist at the same time”.
        Because I believe the transmission of the following information to be extremely important, I am going to reprint an article that appeared in the “Information Clearing House” in the spring of 2019.
        What follows is the article.
        Bernie Sanders and the Nuclear-capable F35s
        By Renee Parsons
        April 19, 2019
        Fresh off what the MSM is celebrating as a surprise victory for a Bernie Town Hall on Fox News, lurking in the background is his inexplicable support over the years for basing the highly controversial F35 at the Burlington International Airport. We now know, thanks to a conscientious citizen who bothered to read the fine print, that those F35’s will be nuclear-capable and of immense explosive power.
        In September, as the fall colors begin to change in Vermont, City of Burlington residents may not be in the streets waving American flags as eighteen F35 Lightening II radar-evading stealth fighter jets land at the Burlington Airport. As part of a Pentagon plan to deploy 2,500 jets nationwide, the F35’s will join the 158th Fighter Wing, a unit of the Vermont Air National Guard, affectionately known as the Green Mountain Boys as its aging F-16 jets are replaced.
        Not just known for its foliage, cheese and maple syrup, Vermont is also host to an active aerospace industry which already supplies 2,000 jobs. The jet’s bay door and GAU-22 gun system will both be produced in Vermont. With the Air Force spending $84 million per jet from Lockheed Martin, the DOD will spend $100 Million for infrastructure improvement and a new training center at Burlington where they will share one runway with commercial air traffic.
        Basing more than a dozen F35’s in Burlington will bring a totally new generation of aircraft to Vermont as new high tech jets, not yet fully mature with all of its kinks and safety issues worked out, normally experience more accidents and ‘incidents’ in a shake down – and the F35 has had more than its share.
        The F35 was commissioned by the Pentagon in 1995 at a cost of $1.5 Trillion, becoming the most expensive weapon system in US history as well as providing significant technical challenges including a “catastrophic engine failure” with total damage estimated at $50 million, a “life threatening ejection seat malfunction” and a crash in South Carolina due to a faulty fuel tube. The new controversial bomber jet fighter planes will be located in a dense area surrounded by public schools, a college and residential neighborhoods.
        While the seven year debate over the F35 has been an intense round of public hearings and debates and public meetings, at least one lawsuit, and three of the most affected communities all formally opposing the F35 and even a successful anti F35 voter referendum which was adopted by the public, the state’s elected political leadership chose to ignore the outcome.
        But it wasn’t until retired Air Force Col. Rosanne Greco was reading through a 68,000 heavily redacted Air Force document related to the lawsuit that she discovered vague references about the F35 carrying nuclear bombs.
        Researching further, Greco who has thirty years of intelligence experience with the highest security clearances, is a specialized expert in nuclear weapons and arms control and a member of the US START delegation, confirmed the stunning news that the F35 was designed from the outset and had always been intended to carry a nuclear payload as it was to become an integral part of the US nuclear strategy.
        Throughout all the furor, the Air Force never informed Vermont residents that the F35 was designed as a dual-capable plane; that is, able to deliver either a conventional weapon or a nuclear weapon or that its new guided nuclear bomb, the B61-12 was being specially designed to fit into the F35’s bay.
        As if that belated information were not reason enough for the entire State of Vermont to be explosively irate at being lied to by the Pentagon, the state’s elected political leadership has yet to feel the full wrath of a citizenry that has only just begun to realize the consequences of being consistently lied to by its favorite sons. During the entire seven year campaign, both Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy refused to meet with citizens who opposed the F35. In a short, pithy joint statement in 2016, the state’s entire Congressional delegation echoed their support for the F35 being based in Vermont.
        And the B61 is one hell of a bomb – its range can be adjusted from .03 kilotons up to 50 kilotons. The bomb that killed 150,000 people in Hiroshima was a 15 kiloton bomb. Greco makes the point that the Green Mountain Boys could now directly initiate on their own ala Dr. Strangelove or participate in a nuclear war as ordered by the President. In addition, Vermont now becomes a central target in any potential conflagration since it is the delivery system that is the target. With no aircraft to carry them, bombs per se are not the target. The Burlington International Airport will now become Ground Zero.
        When Greco’s revelations regarding the jets nuclear capability became public, Sanders and Leahy were unwavering in their denials and refutations which have been in direct contradiction with Air Force and DOD statements in the public record.
        “Consequently the United States will maintain and enhance as necessary, the capability to forward-deploy nuclear bombers…around the world. We are committed to upgrading the DCA with the nuclear-capable F35 aircraft.”
        Department of Defense, 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, Chapter VII, “Current and Future US Nuclear Capabilities, page 54
        Further, the MIC boasts of a nuclear loaded F35 for its “..combination of accuracy and low-yield make the B61-12 the most usable nuclear bomb in America’s arsenal. This makes using nuclear weapons thinkable for the first time since the 1940s” as if that is a good thing! Further military assessments suggest “Yet the most dangerous nuclear bomb in American’s arsenal may be the new B61-12.” And that “What makes the B61-12 bomb the most dangerous nuclear weapon in American’s arsenal is it usability. “
        State political leaders have been so supportive that former Governor Peter Shumlin traveled to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida came away declaring that “Listening has been a real eye opener. It is surprising how quiet the F35 is.” Noise abatement is a major issue since the F35 is four times louder than the F16’s being replaced and required the destruction of 200 homes identified
        as being within the zone that exceeded acceptable decibel level. How nearby public school students or at the nearby college will be expected to learn and concentrate in an environment unfit for residential habitation remains to be seen.
        During a 2016 campaign debate in which F35 supporters cited the local Air Guard’s efforts after the 911 attack, Burlington Mayor Milo Weinberger, another politically elite F35 supporter responded that “They flew over an area already devastated by a terrorist action. I don’t believe they stopped a single thing from happening.” Without meaning to, his comments raise a valid question about why the Pentagon funds local Air National Guard unit other than as a glorified jobs program.
        In justifying his support in 2016, Sanders said it was not the plane but the jobs and economic advantage of the F35 that he supports. “In the real world, if the plane is built … and if the choice is if that goes to Vermont … South Carolina or Florida. What is your choice as a United States Senator?” he asked. “And that’s what the Vermont National Guard wants, and that means hundreds of jobs in my city. That’s it.”
        Sanders claim that the project will add 1,100 new jobs to the Airport is fraudulent, according to Greco who says that with departure of the F16s’, there will be a one for one swap with the previous F16 employees being trained on the F35s.
        The question is when did Bernie and the doddering Sen. Leahy, who apparently was the prime mover and shaker to bring the F35 to Vermont, discover that the F35 would be nuclear capable? Greco says that public records shows that after Vermont was initially explored and dismissed by the Air Force as being an unsuitable location with South Carolina being the preferred location, Leahy personally intervened to bring the F35 to Vermont.
        It is inconceivable that the Air Force would keep that level of pertinent information secret from two US Senators who had become its reliably pro- F35 allies while they opposed and deceived the best interests of their own constituents .

        • I guess you are right. Hillary was the better candidate!
          (obviously Not)

          Leahy and Bernie supported the Air Force because it would bring jobs to Vermont and the majority of people there wanted it for that reason.

          Bernie has made compromises when he thought it was necessary.
          I think he would have made a Great President.
          I wish he had led a 3rd party, but that was his decision. Maybe he was just that afraid of Trump winning.
          Perhaps he just did not want to get shot….

          • Perhaps the DNC told him that if he did not shut down his campaign that that MIC facility and those jobs would be moved somewhere else. And that’s what he did.

            • Possible. No soubt Bernie was threatened many times in may ways.

  • And there you have it. The real battle is and has always been Property Value vs Human Value. Honduras can tell you that life in a privatized world is pure hell.

    “In a libertarian society, there is no commons or public space. There are property lines, not borders. When it comes to real property and physical movement across such real property, there are owners, guests, licensees, business invitees, and trespassers — not legal and illegal immigrants.”
    ~ Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute

    With borders come constitutional laws, environmental protection laws, all cutting into corporate profits. So best to either suspend and bypass these laws with made up “emergency authorizations” like a pandemic, a war on terror, a cyber attack, an electric grid blackout war, a climate crisis, etc., always some newfounded reason that requires the exemption from normal human protections and rights. But truth empowers us.

    Here’s a Queen of the Mic Drop speech from an educator and lawyer, Tricia Lindsay:

    • Either suspend constitutional law or dissolve the sovereign nation-state altogether, which is what they’ve been planning to do for a long time.

      “The nation-state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.”

      ~ Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, 1970

    • You don’t have to look as far as Honduras. The United States itself is a privatized hell on earth.

  • Let us consider that it is not illiteracy that is driving the bulk of normal people to believe in insane government stories of worldwide supremacy, but fear.
    You all know Germans are quite reasonable people, why did they follow Hitler? Because of the fear for their own lives.
    And this is why our US government has been terrorizing us with their incessant stories of terrorists everywhere (“Why do the hate us?”), and also! tyrants planning to invade our Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern flanks.
    The latest from DHS is that you may be a terrorist yourself if you doubt the government stories.
    As to WSJ, I did not renew my subscription because I am not willing to pay for Opinions like “Let’s kick them because we are such great people.”

    • Germans followed Hitler because he gave them an alternative to the squalid hell they were living under the boot of the banksters. And he delivered. He turned Germany from a broken country to an industrial powerhouse that all Europe envied. He had to be destroyed before they all followed suit. Propaganda will tell you otherwise, but those are the facts.
      Do you think there’s a parallel to today? I wonder …

  • Well I got up this morning and guess what?
    Russia didn’t invade Ukraine!
    What is it with these Russians?
    Every day they threaten to invade!
    And then they don’t!
    How can you talk to nut cases like that?

  • “Hey there, You The People, what is it you want?”
    “We want decent affordable healthcare and housing. We want good roads and public transport and clean air and water and space for our kids to play. We want jobs that pay fair wages under reasonable conditions of employment. We want security in old age. We want–”
    “Yeah, yeah, we get all that, and you shall have it, You The People. Just as soon as we start a few more wars to pay for it all, yeah? Sound reasonable? Great! See you around!”

    • We want our property back, and a reclamation of the means to transfer our property in a civil, respectful manner. We do not need freebies. We need the money we honestly acquire. We have the intelligence, common sense, and humility to use this [sic] money to our personal/familial benefit.
      We wish to congregate in an effort to abolish all bullshit that has been “instituted” in the last one hundred years, including, but not limited to:
      1) Abolition of the 16th amendment to the US Constitution.
      2) Abolition of the 17th amendment.
      3) Abolition of the 14th amendment. (Creating fictional individuals, subject to corporate “law”.
      I could fill his page with insidious transgressions, but I will assume you get the point.
      Continually turning left leaves on in a ditch.

      • We need socialism, pure and simple.

        • Walter isn’t talking about “socialism”, he is talking about dignity and self-reliance, and the return of our rightful ownership of the fruits of our labour.
          I tend to agree.
          Unless you understand that socialism is about control, you will be sucked in to the Great Reset or the Build Back Better BS.

  • JakeSullied @1:40–‘the build up of Russian forces, both in Russia itself and in Belarus’


    I doubt most CNN viewers would have noticed it-a dramatic narrative without inflection is easily internalized. I hope it’s not a sign of things to come, eg, ‘the Iranian military continues to amass troops in Tehran, forcing us to address this global danger to all humanity’. GWOT ends, neoliberal order continues…meet the new boss.

    • Most Americans could not locate Ukraine on a world map if their life depended on it.


      • I’m not sure I could find Ukraine on a map, but my worldview isn’t dictated by bullies, subjective & absolute, or devoid of empathy.

        • It’s not hard, it’s on the Black Sea right on Russia’s western border. It was part of the USSR and before that Imperial Russia for a long time, which is why Crimea hosted a Russian naval base, and why the Crimeans voted by a vast majority to be reinstated as a part of Russia. A large proportion of the Ukraine is ethnic Russian, and speak Russian. Kiev is trying to ban the use of the Russian language. It’s messy. The US is taking advantage of this mess, promising lots, delivering nothing, plundering its assets. Ukraine should have been the richest of the ex-USSR countries; instead it’s a cot case. A modern tragedy, which has every indication of becoming even more so. Sad.

    • The Russians and Belarussians are involved in joint exercises.
      When they are over, they will disperse.
      As you so rightly say, it’s just another beat-up by despicable liars to the uneducated masses … uneducated because the school system has been taken over by people with an agenda, and kids are not taught to think and analyse and form their own opinions.
      All of this was warned by J Edgar Hoover who was then trashed to history.

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