Listening to the Donald at the UN

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Listening to the Donald at the UN

Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in.  My correspondents reported “getting sick” and having their “heart ache”.  The cause of all that?  They had just watched Trump’s speech at the UN.  I sighed and decided to watch the full speech for myself.  Yeah, it was painful.

You can read the full (rush,not official) text here or watch the video here.  Most of it is so vapid that I won’t even bother posting the full thing.  But there are a few interesting moments including those:

We will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been

This short sentence contains the key to unlock the reason behind the fact that while the US military is extremely good at killing people in large numbers, it is also extremely bad at winning wars.  Like most Americans, Trump is under the illusion that spending a lot of money “buys” you a better military.  This is completely false, of course.  If spending money was the key to a competent military force, the US armed forces would have already conquered the entire planet many times over.  In reality, they have not won anything meaningful since the war in the Pacific.

Having surrounded himself with “Mad Dog” kind of “experts” on warfare, Trump is now reusing that old mantra about how money buys you victory and this is something extremely important.  This kind of magical thinking signals to the countries most threatened by the USA that the Americans are unable to engage in a basic “lessons learned” kind of exercise, that history teaches them nothing and that, just like all this predecessors, Trump conflates handing out money to the Military Industrial Complex with preparing for war.  Frankly, this is good news: let the Americans spend themselves into bankruptcy, let them further neglect their military and let them continue to believe that this kind of magical thinking will bring them to victory.

[Sidebar: for the record, I have met and studied with plenty of excellent, well-educated, honorable, courageous and patriotic American officers and the kind of money-centered hubris I describe above is in no way directed at them, if only because they know even much better than I how bad the situation really is.  There are plenty of highly-educated officers in the US armed forces who understand history and who know that money brings corruption, not victory.  But they are mostly kept at ranks no higher than Colonel and you will often find them in military teaching institutions and academies.  Having studied with them and become good friends with many of them, I feel sorry for them and I know that if they had the means to stop this insanity they would]

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies. From the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia, it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerge victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.

The only question here is whom exactly Trump’s speech-writers are aiming that nonsense at?  Do they really think that there is anybody out there who sincerely believes this?  If the target audience are US middle schools then, yes, okay.  But does anybody believe that US middle school students listen to UN speeches?!  Okay, maybe senile folks also believe that, I sure know a few who will swallow it up and ask for more, but why speak to that audience from a UN podium?  Is it not embarrassing when such nonsense is greeted in total silence instead of a standing ovation from all the putatively grateful countries out there who are so deeply grateful for all these altruistic and heroic sacrifices.  My only explanation for why this kind of nonsensical drivel was included in this speech is that it has become part of the ritual of typical American “patriotic liturgy”: big hyperbolic sentences which mean nothing, which nobody takes seriously or even listens to, but who have to be included “because they have to”.  This reminds me of the obligatory Lenin quote in any and all Soviet speeches and statements, they also were basically filtered out by any thinking person, everybody knew that, but that’s how things went on then.  It is really sad, and scary, to see how much the USA of the 2017 looks like the Soviet Union of the 1980s.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Wow!  Now that is a sentence which could only be written by a person utterly unaware of the impact it will have on the intended audience (in theory, all of mankind, this is the UN, after all).  Totally destroy North Korea.  I wonder how this will be received in South Korea and Japan.  No, I don’t mean by the puppet regimes in Seoul and Tokyo, but by the people.  Will they simply dismiss it as hot air or will they be horrified.  I bet for the former reaction.  It is much more psychologically comfortable to dismiss it all under the heading “nah, that’s crazy shit, they don’t mean it and they sure as hell ain’t gonna do it” rather than think for just a few minutes about the implications and consequences of such a threat.  And let me be clear here: the United States most definitely do have the means to totally destroy North Korea.  For one thing, they already did so during the Korean war, and they can easily repeat that today.  That does not mean that they can win a war against the DPRK.  There is a huge difference between laying waste to a country and winning a war against it (see Israel vs Hezbollah).  The only way to meaningfully win a war against the DPRK is to invade it, and that the Americans cannot do, not even close.  In contrast, the DPRK probably has the means to invade at least the northern part of South Korea, including Seoul.  At the very least, they can totally destroy it.  Along with much of Japan.  I wonder if the USA decided to one day “protect” South Korean and Japan by “totally destroying North Korea”, will they be totally shocked when they realize that the South Koreans and the Japanese will turn out not to be grateful for such a “protection”?

Last month I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operation, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

What we see here is undeniable evidence that far from being “real warriors” or “strategists” the military gang around Trump (Mattis, McMaster, Kelly, etc.) are either primitive grunts or folks who owe their rank to political protection.  Why do I say that?  Because none of what Trump describes as a “strategy for victory” is, in fact, a strategy.  In fact, the US has not had anything remotely resembling a strategy in Afghanistan for years already.  If it wasn’t so sad, it would be laughable, really.  What we really see here is the total absence of any strategy and, again, a total reliance on magical thinking.  Ask yourself a basic question: have you ever heard from any Trump administration or any US General anything which would suggest to you that these guys have i) a clear goal in mind ii) an understanding of what it would take to achieve this goal and iii) a timeframe to achieve this goal and iv) an exit strategy once this goal is achieved?  No?  Well, that is not your fault, you did not miss anything.  They really don’t have it.  The amazing reality is that they don’t have a goal even defined.  How one achieves “victory” when no goal is even defined is anybody’s guess.

[Sidebar: without going into a lengthy discussion of Afghanistan, I would say that the only chance to get anything done, any viable result at all, is to negotiate a deal with all the parties that matter: the various Afghan factions, of course, but also with the Taliban, Pakistan, Iran and even Russia.  Pakistan and Iran have a de-facto veto power over any outcome for Afghanistan.  This may not be what the USA would want, but this is the reality.  Denying reality is just not a smart approach to these issues, especially if “victory” is the goal]

In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens, even innocent children, shock the conscience of every decent person. No society could be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack.

When I heard these words I felt embarrassed for Trump.  First, it is absolutely pathetic that Trump has to claim as his success the victories with the Syrians, the Russians, the Iranians and Hezbollah have achieved against the Wahabi-crazies of Daesh/al-Qaeda/al-Nusra/etc, especially since the latter are a pure creation of the US CIA!  The truth is that it was the Americans who created this Wahabi monster and that they aided, protected, financed, trained and armed it through all these years.  The USA also viciously opposed all the countries which were serious about fighting this Wahabi abomination.  And now that a tiny Russian contingent has achieved infinitely better results that all the power of the mighty CENTCOM backed by the Israeli and Saudi allies of the USA in the region, The Donald comes out and declares victory?!  Pathetic is not strong enough a word to describe this mind-bogglingly counter-factual statement.  And then, just to make things worse, The Donald *proudly* mentions the failed attack against a Syrian air force base which had nothing to do with a false flag fake chemical attack.  Wow!  For any other political leader recalling such an event would be a burning embarrassment, but for The Donald it is something he proudly mentions.  The hubris, ignorance and stupidity of it all leaves me in total awe…

Next The Donald went on a long rant about how bad Maduro and Venezuela were, which was terrible, but at least predictable, but then he suddenly decided to share this outright bizarre insight of his:

The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.  From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

Since when did Trump become an expert on political science and world history anyway?  Who does he think he is lecturing?  Yet another US middle school classroom?!  Does he not realize that a good number of the countries represented at the UN consider themselves Socialist?!  Furthermore, while I don’t necessarily disagree with the notion that Socialist and Communist ideas have often been a disaster in the 20th century, Socialism in the 21st century is an entirely different beast and the jury is still very much out on this issue, especially when considering the social, political, economic, ecological, psychological and even spiritual disaster Capitalism is now proving to be for much of the planet.  Being the President of a country as dysfunctional as the USA, Trump would be well-advised to tone down his arrogant pontifications about Socialism and maybe even open a book and read about it.

I won’t even bother discussing the comprehensively counter-factual nonsense Trump has spewed about Iran and Hezbollah, we all know who Trump’s puppet-masters are nowadays so we know what to expect.  Instead, I will conclude with this pearl from The Donald:

In remembering the great victory that led to this body’s founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil, also fought for the nations that they love. Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain.

Echoing the nonsense he spoke while in Poland, Trump is now clearly fully endorsing that fairytale that “The West” (in which Trump now hilariously includes Poland!) has defeated Hitler and saved the world.  The truth is that the Nazis were defeated by the Soviets and that all the efforts of the Poles, French, Brits and even Americans were but a minor (20% max) sideshow to the “real event” (Those who still might believe in this nonsense can simply read this).  Yet again, that the Americans would feel the need to appropriate for themselves somebody else’s victory is, yet again, a clear sign of weakness.  Do they expect the rest of the planet to buy into this nonsense?  Probably not.  My guess is that all they want is to send a clear messages to the Comprador elites running most countries that this is the “official ideology of the AngloZionist Empire” and if they want to remain in power they better toe the line even if nobody takes this stuff seriously.  Yup, back to a 1980s Soviet kind of attitude towards propaganda: nobody cares what everybody else really thinks as long as everybody continues to pretend to believe the official propaganda.

[Sidebar: When my wife and I watched this pathetic speech we starting laughing about the fact that Trump was so obscenely bad that we (almost) begin to miss Obama.  This is a standing joke in our family because when Obama came to power we (almost) began to miss Dubya.  The reason why this is a joke is that when Duya came to power we decided that there is no way anybody could possibly be worse than him.  Oh boy were we wrong!  Right now I am still not at the point were I would be missing Obama (that is asking for a lot from me!), but I will unapologetically admit that I am missing Dubya.  I do.  I really do.  Maybe not the people around Dubya, he is the one who truly let the Neocon “crazies in the basement” creep out and occupy the Situation Room, but at least Dubya seemed to realize how utterly incompetent he was.  Furthermore, Dubya was a heck of a lot dumber than Obama (in this context being stupid is a mitigating factor) and he sure did not have the truly galactic arrogance of Trump (intelligence-wise they are probably on par)].

In conclusion, what I take away from this speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the USA.  Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.  Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing.  That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet because it allows everybody else to get things done.  Because, and make no mistake here, if the USA cannot get anything constructive done any more, they retain a huge capability to disrupt, subvert, create chaos and the like.  But for as long as the USA remains paralyzed this destructive potential remains mostly unused (and no matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!).  However, the USA themselves are now the prime victim of a decapitated Presidency and a vindicative and generally out of control Neocon effort to prevent true American patriots to “get their country back” (as they say) and finally overthrow the regime in Washington DC.  Step by step the USA is getting closer to a civil war and there is no hope in sight, at least for the time being.  It appears that for the foreseeable future Trump will continue to focus his energy on beating Obama for the status of “worst President in US history” while the Neocons will continue to focus their energy on trying to impeach Trump, and maybe even trigger a civil war.  The rest of us living here are in for some very tough times ahead.  As they say in Florida when a hurricane comes barreling down on you “hunker down!”.

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  • MD Ranix

    it is a total waste of time, listening to trump, the dumb

    • matt

      AGREED! full of lies and bullshit

  • YuiYui

    “Socialism in the 21st century is an entirely different beast and the jury is still very much out on this issue”
    No, it really isn’t. It’s the same shit as before, only with progressivism mixed in, making it even worse. Just listen sometimes to what the left in the West says, what they fight for. It’s one of the reasons why the West is now spiritually and culturally dead.

    • Jean de Peyrelongue

      The only socialism that I did approve was the one trying to reconcile the boss and the workers making them understand that the boss needs the workers and the workers need the boss. That socialism was a positive approach to getting rid of the “dominant and dominated” structure which is still running the world today. The socialism of the 21st century in which the elites are buying the vote, are creating mind confusion is just driving the world to Armageddon.

      • Mikronos

        How is the elite buying the vote like socialism? It’s as ‘socialistic’ as a Russian electing Trump President. Socialism eliminates the elite – or at least the ‘natural’ elite.

        • Jean de Peyrelongue

          Today we are living in a world where the leaders are buying the vote with public money. They are all running huge deficit and as such are selling the future generation to those owning the debt.
          Adding to this, they are trying to implement a new religion with the gender theory, the mariage for everybody. They are putting upside down all the moral principle in which I believe.
          They are acting like the Pharisees with a twisted tongue. They have zero consideration for the people, they are slaves drivers. They are not working to reconcile people with the understanding that the hands are as important as the head. The want to bring back the hands to the animal status. Those are the today socialists in the western world: a bunch of liars.

          • Mikronos

            How are ‘the elite’ buying votes with public money? Public werlfare schemes don’t have much acarry-over efect in elections unless somebody is trying to remove them. The Elite seem to be busily orienting government to their ‘needs’ – for keeping more of their hard earned money (not socialist at all) and expanding the security forces to project force into areas they need for ‘new enterprises’, markets or resource pools. That isn’t very socialist either – after all the socialist part of public money is about getting more from those who have more – and ‘giving’ it to those who don’t .

            Personally I think ewe have defined socialiam in the same way we create boogeymen. An American sitting in his own shit still ‘knows’ that socialism may get him clean pants, but he believes it will steal all his freedom.

        • 888mladen .

          It’s wrong. The rich use a low class of society to completely destroy middle class which they rightly perceive as the greatest threat to them. If you carefully study all the revolutions beginning with French one you will see that neither of them could be successful without big money and careful planing. That hasn’t come from the low class of society which has been operating in survival mode.

          • Mikronos

            Last time I looked the rich didn’t want to buy ‘government cheese’ (or any other socialist crap) for anybody. And the middle class – what was left of them couldn’t ‘afford’ it. So what was used to buy all those lower class votes? A free bus ride? Or 700 Billions for the military – something they could all ‘join’ – if they pass muster – to ‘uplift’ themselves.

      • YuiYui

        Pretty much. One of the founding ideas of socialism, that is, to keep capitalist exploitation in check and provide some amount of rights and security to the worker, is perfectly fine. The issue is all the other bullshit bundled together with it.

      • George King

        “We have stricken the (slave) shackles from four million human beings and brought all laborers to a common level, not so much by the elevation of former slaves as by practically reducing the working populace, white and black, to a condition of serfdom. While boasting of our noble deeds, we are careful to conceal the ugly fact that by our iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression which though more refined, is no less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery.” — Horace Greeley

  • Avramijevdan

    Listening to this moron was painful since long. I don’t give a darn whom USAdists vote for nor I think it is relevant for USAdistia policies. However, lot of USAdists were and still are thinking that this moron is either willing or able to change anything and that shows level of derangement USAdists enjoy. Any time some USAdist is commenting anywhere on Internet he will constantly whine anbout his country (USAdistia) being controlled by Jews, Communists and/or aliens. That shows they think the rest of the world is deranged as well. Well,some in the world surely are but hopefully they won’t win.

    • George King

      You show a lack of understanding of the American people as a whole. In both cases what you are referring to is a desperation on the part of the citizens who have given up or frustration in having a say in their goverment and its activities domestically and internationally.

      This is born out of the great numbers who do not turn out to vote having given up on having any input into their country and those so desperate that they voted and some who didn’t vote for Trump that at least throwing the bums out from both parties would bring change. It hasn’t because the nation has been captured by a transnational criminal cabal and you only have a choice in who they let you vote for.

      As for the rest of the world you think they are free from the same? Naive to say the least. Could you point out where you are a citizen and why it is so different there? I doubt it but please make an effort you have tweaked my curiosity.

      • Avramijevdan

        I am Serb. But i lived in US and one thing I noticed then as well as every time I am back is how proudly US citizens wave their flags and how proud and fond they are of their sons, brothers and fathers who contributed to numerous illegal wars around the globe. Not even a glimpse of a guilt and recognition of what their country did to other countries…about them recognizing that their way of life and comfort is direct result of their country destroying millions around the world…I don’t want to waste my time on that. Even when somewhat agreeing with wrongdoings their country does they attribute it to their desire to act as one who solves the problems around the world.

        US nation voted for imperialism and permanent war in 1900 and it never looked back. All of the troubles in US now are simply due to feelings of exceptionals they are not getting their fair share of the spoils. It has nothing with this or that party to do, it has to do with whatever is the main source or reason for US citizens being who they are. US nation being captured by this or that is simply an another excuse in long lines of excuses humans in general are providing when they try to avoid responsibility for their own acts.

        I am not arguing about the rest of the world and potential maniacs who can hardly do any damage but to themselves only. US is however in different league and whatever exceptionals do have impact without their borders. I am also not saying everliving US citizen is such but whatever US does is expression of her citizens and ti simply means most of them are such.

        • George King

          Avramijevdan, It is a mistake to judge citizens on the actions of a criminal cabal and this is where we differ. Please understand that the American people in general supported and idolized John F Kennedy who was assassinated by those I spoke of, not the average US citizen. We believe in an free and open society, not the neocon/neoliberal brainwashing by a media as deep into war and destroying societies, nations and cultures for pillage and plunder.

          Due to the failure of building John F Kennedy’s free and open society and a free press we find our selves at the cross roads with a military junta who has completed its coup detat of the United States.

          John F Kennedy’s speech, “The President and the Press.”
          https://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/American-Newspaper-Publishers-Association_19610427.aspx

          Or, you can listen to it here.
          https://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKWHA-025-001.aspx

          ” War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength ”
          George Orwell, 1984 .

          There is a very good article that sheds light on how this criminal cabal operates world wide. “NATO’s Anarchist Brigades”
          http://www.voltairenet.org/article197821.html

          As a note here we have seen these same European anarchists employed here by George Soros organizations in street riots dressed in black mostly much like we saw in Ukraine.

          “As the Syrian Arab Army, the Russian Air Force and Hezbollah are preparing to put an end to Daesh, the Pentagon is planning a new war against Syria, this time with Kurdish troops. Just as the mission of the Caliphate was to create a Sunnistan straddling Iraq and Syria, so too the mission of the “Rojava” is to create a Kurdistan straddling the two states, as the Pentagon has publicly foreseen for four years.”

          “The Pentagon has added to its “Kurds”, not only some Arab and Assyrian mercenaries, but also activists of the European extreme left. Just as the CIA has recruited tens of thousands of young Western Muslims to become Islamists, it is also beginning to recruit European anarchists to form international brigades.”

          “There are the YPG / NATO supplementary troops, the Internationalist Antifascist Battalion (Central Europe), the Bob Crow Brigade (English and Irish), the Henri Krasucki Brigade (French), the International People’s Revolutionary Guerrilla Forces (Americas) the Revolutionary Union for International Solidarity (Greeks), the Marxist-Leninist Party (Spaniards), and all the pro-US Turkish groups (DK, DKP, MLSPB-DC, PDK, SI, TDP, TKEP / , TKPML) to name only the most visible”.

          • Avramijevdan

            Talk is cheap. Before he became a POTUS Mr. Dubya spoke about US not playing a policeman around the world. Mr. Dumb to this day continues to speak about peace with Russia and I am sure he also mentions press and deep state and what a not. JFK did nothing in his reign and whatever that he talked about is irrelevant unless it was followed by acts. Saying he would deliver whatever is also irrelevant, since he did not. In my view JFK is two things for US citizens. Firstly he is a hero although neither his character nor his work and results give a reason for it. But nation needs a hero to gather around and to have something to strive for. Secondly he is excuse for US citizens as in we could and almost did but then evil (feel free to put whoever) cabal killed him and we are like motherless children ever since. That is even more flawed than thinking JFK is a hero.

            I do not accuse US citizens of having evil intentions. I accuse them of being complicit in numerous crimes their country committed ever since 1900. Pointing finger at “cabal that rules us all” while at the same time happily enjoying the spoils of the wars done in their name means they are being complicit. That is where second view about JFK fits in. Excusing themselves and pointing a finger of blame to someone else is one of the humans gifts which is today brought to a perfection in political life by the virtue of elections. Vote first and then later excuse yourself since it has nothing to do with you. Go to war and blame orders for all the atrocities done. Kill millions without any remorse. I know Nazis did that. But in modern Germany only deranged celebrate murderous Nazis from WW2. In US almost everybody celebrates murderous US Army. How comes? if what US citizens wish for is a freedom why are they celebrating one of the most horrendous killing machines of 20th century that is continuing its business in 21st century as well? Almost every US family gave someone to US Army to be used in some of the numerous illegal wars US was and is still waging to this day.

            US citizens voted for Mr. Dumb after he promised them to “make America great again”. What kind of people can vote for such obvious nonsense? It is only four words but amount of sheer stupidity, lies and contempt present in that four words could easily fill pages. “Drain the swamp”? It is a sham that US citizens are voluntarily taking part in. Either that or the whole country is filled with morons who can’t think about anything else except how to fill their stomachs. How can a sane person believe that one man can drain the swamp and at the same time believe that he and his country are ruled by all powerful cabal consisting of banks, political parties, Army, FBI, CIA, Jews, Communists, NIggers and aliens to name just a few. All of that against him and Mr. Dumb will drain the swamp all alone? Only morons can believe that or people who decided to continue as always but saw perfect chance to excuse themselves with, hey look, we tried. But Mr. Dumb did not deliver. He was stopped, or he cheated us or whatever else. Not to mention that Mr. Dumb advocated war with Russia in his campaign as well and that he surrounded himself with blood thirsty creatures and nobody seemed to notice.

            I hear so often that US citizens had genuine desire for a change. I say no, they might thought they have serious desire to change things but that is just another lie, difference being that that lie is for lying to oneself. It can easily be understood by looking at desire for freedom. Ask people around and ask yourself what is freedom. How do you define it? Free speech? Or freedom to do whatever I like? Or to do so unless someone is disturbed by what is done? Where do you draw a line? What is disturbance, what is offensive, what is not? Freedom is not freedom to do whatever I see fit. That is sign of obnoxiousness not the freedom. Whole of the US is talking of freedom as if they understand what it means. You talk of freedom and some “open society”. What if I don’t care (and I don’t) about your notion of freedom and open society? Would you keep it in your country only? Would you stop projecting that freedom of yours by using military might? Would you pull your Army and keep it within your borders only and by doing so risk losing your muscle and US$ supremacy as well. And will you be OK that by doing so US$ will come back home and create a huge impact on your way of life by impoverishing you beyond what you can imagine? How do you think Mr. Dumb wished to make America great again and at the same time to keep the troops within US borders?

            All of mentioned and much more not mentioned is not only US citizens speciality. But being a citizens of powerful country their (non) doings stand out.

      • matt

        you show a lack of understanding of the rest of the world, hahahah

        • George King

          Really matt? Your declaration shows a lack of intelligence, to say the least. The conversation was in regards to a perception of US citizens not the rest of the world. Please do not do your cut paste from wikipedia…………….

          • matt

            Wikipedia is a very usefull source of information in my point of view, but i always check a couple of others sources if i want to know about a certain subject.

  • SnowCatzor

    A little bit of an overreaction from you to say the least… I don’t agree with Trump on Iran, but frankly he’s right about NK & Venezuela. Whilst I don’t support starting a war with NK, I realize it’s just bluster and saber-rattling; hence neither side is going to do anything militarily. Meanwhile Venezuela’s hardcore economic Socialism has undeniably destroyed their economy.

    People who oppose US foreign policy need to stop just blindly backing every anti-American force out there. Just because they’re anti-US it certainly doesn’t make them noble.

    • Turbofan

      “Socialism has undeniably destroyed their economy “…repeating that garbage again..What exactly do you know about socialism? Test your knowledge..

    • Turbofan

      “he’s right about NK & Venezuela”…So its ok to kill 20 million people? So NK is just threatening the region for no reason?..The US doesn’t simulate the destruction of NK every year? Economic sabotage has nothing to do with the situation in Venezuela? Deliberate manipulation of oil prices has nothing to do with the situation in Venezuela?The US hasnt wanted to overthrow the government in Venezuela since Chavez?

      Amazing what idiots will tell themselves and others when they think the rest of the world is as brainwashed as they are..

    • slobodan_cekic

      Venezuela is not in US and it is none of the Trump’s business to choose and enforce a social or economic order there. Or have you seen so much of the opposite from your country that you cant copy this simple fact?
      Regarding North Korea, after killing them 20% of the population in the ruthless bombing once already, refusing to sign a peace treaty and saber rattling tor 6 decades , and then murdering foreign Chiefs of State like Quaddafi and Husein, what would you think of, in their place, to keep you safe from the US?
      After destroying a state after another for decades, the chicken are home to roost, my dear. No one trusts you anymore, and NK has the least reasons for it.

    • SnowCatzor

      Ok in response to the 3 other commenters: Get real – playing nice with NK doesn’t work, they’ve tried that since Clinton. ‘Rocket Man’ merely wants to kick-up a fuss (as he always does) and then sue for calm in exchange for aid (money, food, sanction relief). Trump is just giving him a taste of his own medicine by ramping-up the saber-rattling.

      Venezuela is a Socialist basket-case, if you deny that then their is no helping you – you’re a moron. You sound like the Soviet commissars in the 1980’s trying to explain why their ‘master-plans’ to improve the economy haven’t worked. No one is going to invade them, Trump merely stated that Socialism had failed them disastrously and that it’s government is crooked (both true).

      Also I’m not American either, so I don’t say this out of blind patriotism.

      • matt

        NK is used by China and Russia to make things harder for the USA, wich is a good thing. It is not good for the planet when one country can bully all the others.
        Unfortunatly, the common people suffer from this game of thrones

  • chris chuba

    Good point about money not buying a good military, the $80B a yr doesn’t help the Saudis a bit in their fighting skills. I wonder if my country will ever wake up.

    I just worry that one day we’ll throw the switch and say, ‘eh, we can live with devastation, as long as it’s the other guy’, and stop the pretense that we care about collateral damage. That we’ll whip ourselves into a frenzy over Iran and do something evil, like blatantly bomb civilian infrastructure and convince ourselves that it is justified because ‘they are evildoers’. Maybe the Neocons know this and this is why they concentrate so much on the Information War.

  • Jean de Peyrelongue

    Where I disagree with the Saker is when he thinks that the internal chaos in the US is helping the world. With the TV and the US series, people all over the world are dreaming of the US life. The US are still corrupting people’s mind as much. They are as dangerous as the Wahhabis. They are not selling the same lies but both are destructive. Furthermore, those driving the US are managing the West since 1815. They are patient, they have a goal, they have been succesful with the WW I and WW II in destroying most of their ennemies. They have not given-up, they want the whole world and unless the system goes bankrupt, they will succeed and they have just won the local elections in Moscow

  • Sadde

    Right on spot The Saker!
    Well written!

  • slobodan_cekic

    Regardless of the comparative benefits of socialism, or lack of them – it is none of Trump’s business to choose (and enforce!) a social or political system of a foreign country!
    The primitivism of the upstarts who took over the US and the west, and who are always called funny names like ‘deep state’, ‘neocons’, ‘neoliberals’, etc. is simply stomach turning. Now, this noveau-riche vulgarian, so called ‘enterpreneur’ and ‘real-estate investor’ comes to the UN and delivers such a speech there. And we have to feel lucky, at that, it is not the utterly power-crazed woman from the same social group who lost the election!
    Someone said power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Fat on dollar, the US Robbing Hood is now so full of parasites, that they start mushrooming into spectacles like this one, even.
    Dear God, help us all.

  • Mikronos

    With the ‘Great Bloviator’ at the controls the World has only small worries. The killing of the little people will, no doubt, continue unabated. For when America is in doubt, it lashes out. Until then, the kills will all be ‘clean’.

  • RichardD

    The biggest problem facing the US, middle east and humanity are Jews. The Trump administration more than any before it has illustrated this. They need to be eradicated from our planet by outlawing their cult and replacing Israel with Palestine.

    There needs to be UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNHRC and ICC mass rape investigations opened into the over 5,000 Jew cult children raped every month by this evil cult that has done so much harm to humanity.

    • RichardD
    • RichardD

      From Wikipedia:

      “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. The Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen, unless the age of majority is attained earlier under national legislation.[4]

      Nations that ratify this convention are bound to it by international law. Compliance is monitored by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is composed of members from countries around the world. Once a year, the Committee submits a report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, which also hears a statement from the CRC Chair, and the Assembly adopts a Resolution on the Rights of the Child.”

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    More wars to advance global-Jewry. They were doing this almost a hundred years ago and they are still doing it today.
    It is time to usher in a new era. One in which Zionism is treated as an enemy to every ethnic group, Zionism is even an arch enemy of the real ethnic-Hebrews. A bunch of Ashkenazi-Jews (Khazars) from Northern Turkey have stolen their identity, just as they stole European identity. They are pretending to be related to a bunch of ethnic-Hebrews or a bunch of Japethites, whichever fits their agenda at each moment.
    And as DNA test show, they are not related. I post the proof below from DNA testing site 23andMe.
    http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/381367/why-did-23andme-tell-ashkenazi-jews-they-could-be-descended-from-khazars/

    • matt

      anti racist?

    • DirSebő

      About jews, I see you are w o k e.
      Good to see that you to know that jewry behind the american politics.
      Heil!

  • George King

    The London Times printed the following during the US Civil War: “If that mischievous financial policy, which had it’s origins in the North American Republic, should become indurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish it’s own money without cost. It will pay off debts without a debt. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy the whole of Christendom into wars and chaos in order that the earth should become their inheritance.” — Bismarck

    Various descriptions and reasoning can be found compiled here;
    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/moneyquotations.php

  • matt

    the worst sentence was: If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few then evil will triumph””

    ESPECIALY HE BELONGS TO THE WICKED FEW