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Not In My Back Yard, But In Yours

Posted by M. C. on May 6, 2022

The Biden administration has shifted from seeking to help Kiev defend itself to using Kiev to defeat Moscow.

Doug Bandow

Russia and Ukraine are at war. So is the U.S., effectively. The Biden administration has shifted from seeking to help Kiev defend itself to using Kiev to defeat Moscow.

Having attacked its neighbor without justification, Russia ought to lose. However, the sanctimonious tirades spewed by U.S. officials ignore Washington’s role in triggering Moscow’s invasion. By violating post-Cold War assurances and expanding NATO, as well as turning the alliance into an aggressive organization that attacked Serbia and Libya, the West encouraged Russia to respond violently. The current conflict almost certainly would not have occurred but for U.S. policy. Indeed, American officials’ arrogant recklessness may have made the conflict inevitable.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, recently made that point when questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Paul emphasized that Washington’s culpability did not excuse Vladimir Putin’s murderous decision, which already has killed thousands and displaced millions. But, as Paul noted, “while there is no justification for Putin’s war on Ukraine, it does not follow that there’s no explanation for the invasion.”

Of course, Blinken disclaimed any responsibility for the disastrous consequences of his policies. After all, U.S. officials routinely deflect blame for any and all foreign policy disasters occurring on their watch. Nothing is ever their fault. Over the last two decades, the Washington war party’s policies have killed hundreds of thousands of people and turned millions into refugees. Understandably, this has made America’s warrior wannabes touchy when anyone seeks to hold them accountable.

For instance, Rolling Stone’s Jack Crosbie penned an article entitled “Rand Paul Brings Putin’s Core Argument Against Ukraine to Congress.” Crosbie contended that, in making the unassailable factual point that Putin warned allied governments that Moscow perceived U.S. policy to be hostile, “Paul denies the self-determination of a country of people who did not ask for war.”

But, of course, that is not what Paul did. Rather, he suggested that in the real world sovereign nations sometimes must exercise restraint or risk losing their independence. In the case of Ukraine, war might have been avoided if Kiev had acknowledged that being next to a great power inevitably imposed some limits on Ukraine’s policies. War might also have been avoided if NATO had admitted that it did not intend to fight for Kiev. Of course, we will never know what would have happened, since Blinken and the rest of the Biden crew preferred to fight the Russians to the last Ukrainian.

Accepting some limits might not have been Ukraine’s preferred outcome, but as President Jimmy Carter noted long ago, life is unfair. The Cold War highlighted the case of Finland, which fought the Soviet Union bravely and then submitted to avoid occupation. There also was Austria, which accepted neutrality to end its division. Americans were not willing to ignite World War III to liberate either one—or Poland, East Germany, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, when the people of those countries rose against their communist overlords.

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Dark Origins Of Biden’s New ‘Ministry Of Truth’

Posted by M. C. on May 6, 2022

Yesterday Sen. Rand Paul hammered Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkis over the Agency’s creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board” – i.e. a government-run ministry of truth. A new article in Politico reminds us of a dark era in US history when a very similar government entity was created…to disastrous results. Also today…US official admits Washington is helping kill Russian generals. What could go wrong?

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Biden’s Brzezinski Plan for Russia

Posted by M. C. on May 2, 2022

Whatever your views of Russia and Russian policy in Europe, ask yourself one question: is all of this worth a nuclear war? Is it that important to average Americans – who themselves are being fed through the metaphorical meat grinder of economic collapse – who governs Russia and where Ukraine’s ever-changing borders might wind up? Does any American really believe that if we fail to fight Putin to the death we’ll be speaking Russian in Peoria next year?

Dear Friends:

Happy May Day! That may sound a bit odd coming from me, but I do have some fond memories of the “Workers’ Day.”

When I lived in Hungary I would go out to the Városliget (City Park) to where the Munkáspárt – the renamed Hungarian Socialist Workers’  (Communist) Party – would hold a big picnic for its remnant, serving up the traditional sör és virsli (beer and hot dogs). And all of it free or nearly free. The irony of enjoying a free lunch and a few brews from communists was just too tempting. But by and large, they weren’t bad people. Just misguided. The real criminals from the Communist era had already long ago joined the “pro-West” political parties and enjoyed cozy relations with the US Embassy in Budapest!

On to the main topic: a few reflections about the current status of the US/Russia war. Yes, I wrote it: US/Russia war. Let’s call things what they really are. In fact, this is no conspiracy theory at all. The true goal of US policy in the region was revealed this past week by none other than US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, when he clarified that the aim wasn’t really to help plucky upstart Ukraine recover its “democracy,” but rather to weaken – and hopefully disintegrate – Russia itself. 

He said: “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.”

That’s a much different set of objectives, and in fact it comes closer to what Dr. Paul asked in mid-March, “Is Washington Fighting Russia Down to the Last Ukrainian?

That explains why the US is pouring billions of dollars in military equipment into notoriously-corrupt Ukraine – with another $33 billion on the way!

Suddenly the narrative of brave Ukraine fighting for its freedom and the sanctity of its borders has dropped, as the real goals are being revealed by those in charge. Just like the 2003 US attack on Iraq was initially sold to us as gifting democracy as a “favor” to a grateful Iraqi people. We all know how that turned out. Odd that people resent having their infrastructure decimated and a million killed. Ingrates.

Likewise Ukrainians are waking up and seeing that all’s not as meets the eye. Wives and mothers in the western Transcarpathia region of Ukraine took their antiwar sentiment to the local Recruitment Office, demanding that their sons and husbands stop being sent to the meat-grinder at the front lines in eastern Ukraine. Turns out the people in the middle aren’t all that crazy about being victims in a proxy war between two great powers. People on the ground know very well that the “Ukraine’s winning” narrative is just propaganda for gullible Western consumption.

Giving Russia it’s own Vietnam? Hmmm…it seems like we’ve seen this movie before. Oh yes…we have!

It all reeks of the grand scheme of the late, not-so-great, global chessboard player Zbigniew Brzezinski, who fondly and famously recalled his master plan for the Soviets in Afghanistan during an interview in Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, p. 76:Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic [integrisme], having given arms and advice to future terrorists?Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?Yes, just some “stirred up Moslems.” Including a guy called “Osama bin Laden.” That makes it all the more disturbing that the Pentagon admitted it has “no idea” what happens to the billions of dollars in advanced weaponry it’s pumping into Ukraine. CNN quotes one US intelligence official on the weapons Washington is sending to Ukraine:We have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero… It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time.That’s reassuring. Especially as the Pentagon revealed last week that it “gifted” the Taliban (who Washington had fought for 20 years) with seven billion dollars in weapons when Biden’s horribly-botched evacuation took place last year.

And just as in Afghanistan, Ukraine has its own little extremist problem…Remember: the same people who botched Afghanistan for 20 years and then botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan are in the process of botching our involvement in Ukraine.

Going full Brzezinski on Russia – using Ukraine as a battering ram – may sound good to Brzezinski’s “intellectual” heirs like Victoria Nuland and Tony Blinken, but the big wild card in their grand scheme is that Russia this time sees through it and (correctly) views the Biden Bros scheming as an existential threat to the country (as we would were the shoe on the other foot). So it has openly admitted that it is willing to use its vast nuclear arsenal to fend off any such Beltway efforts.

Whatever your views of Russia and Russian policy in Europe, ask yourself one question: is all of this worth a nuclear war? Is it that important to average Americans – who themselves are being fed through the metaphorical meat grinder of economic collapse – who governs Russia and where Ukraine’s ever-changing borders might wind up? Does any American really believe that if we fail to fight Putin to the death we’ll be speaking Russian in Peoria next year?

Time to fight back against the Beltway war machine!

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Here’s Everything the Media Won’t Tell You About Nina Jankowicz, Biden’s New Minister of Truth

Posted by M. C. on May 2, 2022

So, who exactly is Nina Jankowicz? Certainly, not a person with any concerns about preserving freedom of speech or expression. A quick look at her Twitter history is enough to dispel that. When Facebook permanently banned Donald Trump from its service, Nina was in the wings complaining that this punishment was not harsh enough. Through a metaphor, Nina explained that only mass bans on hundreds or thousands of accounts would be enough to “fix” the disinformation “problem.”

In the aftermath of our reporting, Nina joined a veritable army of “disinformation” journalists doing damage control, though Nina was a little too dim to properly understand what was going on. Here is the disinformation expert Nina reassuring her followers that national security professionals would never dare turn their tools inward against the American people—and, still more important, that color revolutions have nothing to do with race!

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Just when you thought the Globalist American Empire couldn’t get more Owellian, the Department of Homeland Security is here to make it all worse.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security is creating a “Disinformation Governance Board” to combat misinformation ahead of the 2022 midterms. [Fox News]

The timing of the announcement is symbolically fitting, given recent warnings from journalists, NGOs, and prominent Democrat Senators that the prospect of Elon Musk restoring free-speech to twitter constitutes a “danger our democracy.”  It is only right then that one of our nation’s largest national security bureaucracies should set up a special “governance board” to address the threat of so-called disinformation that emerges when speech isn’t entirely controlled by the Regime and its proxies.

The DHS has not said much about what the “Disinformation Governance Board” will actually do, but Politico’s brief write-up on the announcement offers some clues:

DHS is standing up a new Disinformation Governance Board to coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia. Nina Jankowicz will head the board as executive director. She previously was a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as part of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship and oversaw Russia and Belarus programs at the National Democratic Institute. [Politico]

In case you’re not up-to-date on Government approved euphemisms, “irregular migration” is the new politically correct term for what used to be called “illegal immigration.” We dare the reader to google “irregular migration” and consult what images pop up. Given that the DHS has become a de-facto full service travel agency for illegal aliens pouring over the border, it makes sense that the same agency would want to label any criticism of its policies as dangerous “disinformation.” That “Russia” also falls under the DHS’ new Ministry of Disinformation’s portfolio is arguably even more ridiculous. Didn’t we just learn that the Hunter Biden laptop story, which dozens of media outlets and former intelligence officials demanded to censor as “Russian disinformation,” turned out to be totally true and legitimate?

The specific choice of the Department of Homeland Security to host this new governance board is telling. In 2020, the Trump DHS released a report claiming that “white supremacy” was the single greatest security threat facing America. Mere months ago, the DHS raised the national threat level on the grounds that “misinformation” about Covid-19 or the 2020 election would drive extremist violence.

Key factors contributing to the current heightened threat environment include:

  1. The proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions:
    • For example, there is widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021.
    • Malign foreign powers have and continue to amplify these false or misleading narratives in efforts to damage the United States.


In 2002, Congress created the DHS to, among other things, secure America’s border from foreign threats. Now, twenty years on, the DHS has repurposed itself to target as domestic terrorists the Americans who complain about what is crossing America’s border. No development could better illustrate how, over the past two decades, the American security state apparatus has evolved from a shield that guards the American people into a weapon that targets them.

But the establishment of the DHS’s Ministry of Disinformation wouldn’t be a proper intelligence community project unless it was absurd as well as dystopian. For the absurdity, we need to look no further than Nina Jankowicz, the disinformation wizard appointed to protect the American people from dangerous speech about illegal immigration and Russia.

So, who exactly is Nina Jankowicz?

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Why Biden pursues politically suicidal policies

Posted by M. C. on May 2, 2022

By Lauri B. Regan

The politically insane plan to divert resources away from the Veterans’ Administration to care for illegal aliens is only the latest example of the unpopular policies that have driven Biden’s approval ratings into the toilet.

But it’s not insane if the endgame is to “fundamentally transform” the country in such a way that it can’t be reversed, and politics will no longer play the same role.

  • Once geopolitical alliances and relationships have been altered as they’re being since Obama’s first term and now on steroids;
  • Once four years of an open border with possible 6–10 million illegal aliens flood in and alter demographics and domestic policy, including drugs, crime, welfare, education, housing, and of course voting;
  • Once you destroy every major institution from academia and the media to the Democrat party and Executive Branch departments like State, DHS, IRS, DOJ, etc., not to mention the military…

You can’t just reverse it.

So perhaps the endgame, after Obama (and his handlers) realized that eight years of slow change was the wrong method, is four years on steroids while gutting every constitutional protection that’s kept us the greatest civilization in the history of the world.

This could be accomplished only with the past several decades of the left’s infiltration, indoctrination, and money directed at all of this.

I’m not generally a conspiracy theorist and hate them, but there’s no logical explanation for what we’re seeing from a political standpoint.  It seems far more nefarious.

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Diplomacy…Or Madness? US Considers Sending Biden Or VP Harris To Ukraine

Posted by M. C. on April 14, 2022

According to Politico, the Biden Administration is considering sending a cabinet-level official – and possibly even Biden or Harris – to Ukraine as a show of solidarity with Kiev. As such a move would include a sizable US military guard, there is incredible risk with near-zero gain in such a symbolic move. Also today: Enjoying that inflation? Biden’s sending ANOTHER near-billion dollars to Ukraine! Finally, US increasing targeting intel sharing with Ukraine – including in Crimea! Escalation on top of escalation.

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Biden’s Disastrous European Tour

Posted by M. C. on March 29, 2022

A White House spokesman had to clarify that, “the president has been clear we are not sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”

Clear? Well, not really. He had just said the opposite to our own troops!

Mar 28 – Previewing President Biden’s trip to Europe last week, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that, “the president is traveling to Europe to make sure we stay united.”

That sure didn’t go as planned. This may have been the most disastrous – and dangerous – Presidential overseas trip ever.

The US and its NATO allies have repeatedly proclaimed that “protecting Ukraine’s democracy” has never been about threatening Russia. Holding out NATO membership and sending billions of dollars in military equipment to Ukraine, starting under Trump, was not threatening Russia. CIA training camps in eastern Ukraine, where paramilitaries were trained on US weapons systems, was not about threatening Russia.

But at every stop, President Biden seemed to undermine the narrative his own Administration had carefully crafted. First up, warning that Russia might use chemical weapons in Ukraine, Biden promised it would “trigger a response in kind,” meaning the US would use chemical weapons as well. That would be a serious war crime.

National Security Advisor Sullivan had to be brought to explain that the US has “no intention” of using chemical weapons.

Later, speaking to the 82nd Airborne in Poland, President Biden told them that US troops would soon be in Ukraine. He said to the troops, “you’re going to see — you’re going to see women, young people standing — standing the middle of — in front of a … tank, just saying, ‘I’m not leaving. I’m holding my ground.’”

A White House spokesman had to clarify that, “the president has been clear we are not sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”

Clear? Well, not really. He had just said the opposite to our own troops!

Then, at the end of Biden’s final speech in Poland, the President inadvertently told the truth: the US involvement in Ukraine is all about “regime change” for Russia. Speaking of Russian President Putin, he told the audience, near the border of Ukraine, “for God‘s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

The President’s disaster control team immediately mobilized in the person of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who offered this pained interpretation of Biden’s clear statement, “I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else.”

No, that’s not what he said. The president has a leading Constitutional role in the formation of US foreign policy, and he said in a public speech that “regime change” in Russia is US policy. Any attempt by his staffers to try to explain it away looks terrible: either the President has no idea what he’s saying so we should not take seriously what is essentially a declaration of war on Russia, or the President took the opportunity on the border with Ukraine to essentially declare war on Russia.

Presidents Reagan, Ford, and Bush Jr. were all known for their gaffes. Some were funny and some were serious. But none of them declared war on a nuclear-armed adversary in that adversary’s own backyard and then afterward had to send out staff to explain that the president didn’t mean what he just said.

Interestingly, Biden saved his most hawkish and bombastic statements for this final speech in Poland, at which none of the more cautious NATO partners like Germany and France were present. So much for “unity” being the prime purpose of the trip.

There is a real problem in the Biden Administration and the sooner we face it the better.

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After Biden Sparks “Global Uproar” With Regime Change Comment, Blinken Awkwardly Tries To Walk It Back

Posted by M. C. on March 27, 2022

The question remains, was this a mere “gaffe”? Anti-war journalist Michael Tracey and others say no: “Biden’s call for regime change in Russia wasn’t some off-the-cuff “gaffe.” It was declared as the climax of a carefully choreographed, “legacy-defining” speech, in a deliberately chosen venue (Poland) where the call would be well-received.

After Biden Sparks “Global Uproar” With Regime Change Comment, Blinken Awkwardly Tries To Walk It Back

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday while on a visit to Jerusalem to meet with Israeli PM Naftali Bennett continued the White House’s efforts to try and clean up the mess unleashed by Joe Biden’s words from Warsaw the day prior where he issued statements tantamount to calling for regime change in Russia. 

“I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else,” Blinken said, clearly trying to greatly alter the plain meaning of the words Biden spoke.

Biden had concluded the televised Warsaw speech by bluntly saying of Putin (who he also had called a “butcher” in a separate statement to a reporter)… “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” Within the very hour as headlines spread around the world that the US president called for regime change in Moscow, and none other than the deep state’s preferred mouthpie, the Washington Post, said Biden “sparked a global uproar“, the White House desperately scrambled to walk it back.

A White House official tried to clarify to Bloomberg, “The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.” But Biden appeared to be reading a carefully prepared written speech from the teleprompter. 

Blinken’s Sunday explanation of Biden’s words continued

“As you know, and as you have heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia — or anywhere else, for that matter,” the US’ top diplomat said.

“As in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question. It’s up to the Russians,” Blinken said.

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Will Biden Sanction Half the World to Isolate Russia? | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on March 24, 2022

Moreover, the US’s recent seizure of Russia’s central bank reserves should make any regime think twice about holding large amounts of dollars. If Washington can do it to Russia, Washington can do it to anyone, and other regimes are likely to see this and slowly flee the dollar.

Ryan McMaken

It is becoming increasingly apparent that isolating Russia and totally cutting it off from the global economy is not going to be easy. 

As I discussed last week, from Mexico to Brazil to China to India and much of Africa, the world is resisting Washington’s call to treat Russia as a pariah nation. In the words of James Pindell, “Most of three huge continents—Asia, Africa, and South America—are either still working with Russia or trying to project the image of neutrality.”

Yes, the US will certainly inflict a lot of damage on the Russian economy with its sanctions, but it’s unlikely to be enough damage to incapacitate the Moscow regime. This is because much of the world has shown it plans to continue having relations with the Russians, albeit while taking some efforts to avoid any direct policy confrontation with Washington. 

But this all also means that if Washington wants to press the issue of global cooperation and assistance with US sanctions, the US is going to have to threaten many other regimes with secondary sanctions—sanctions designed to force compliance with the initial sanctions on Russia. This will be diplomatically and economically costly for the US. After all, if the US is trying to build up alliances and economic partnerships against a potential Russia-China bloc, trying to impoverish dozens of countries as punishment for noncompliance with Russia sanctions will only encourage other regimes to insulate themselves from both the US economy and the US dollar. Whether or not this happens will largely depend on how hard the US is willing to bully third-party countries in order to win compliance with its Russia sanctions. 

What Are Secondary Sanctions?

Before we proceed, let’s look at what exactly secondary sanctions—and the closely related “extraterritorial” sanctions—are. 

At their most basic, secondary sanctions are sanctions imposed on a third party that is not the target of the initial, primary sanctions. For example, if the United States wants to force a change of policy in Iran, the US will impose sanctions directly on Iran but might also decide that this isn’t enough. The US might also seek to prevent other countries from doing business with Iran as well. In order to do this, the US will then impose secondary sanctions on firms and entities in other countries that do business with Iran. 

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Biden’s Crypto Executive Order: What You Need to Know

Posted by M. C. on March 12, 2022

It’s for your protection!!! See 3:10.

Biden as crypto currency expert. Just when you think you have heard everything.

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