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The Fetid Fruits Of Empire: Too Many Wars, Too Many Enemies

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If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week’s end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history.

Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded.

Erdogan’s foreign minister demanded concrete steps by the U.S. to end its support of the Kurds, who control the Syrian border with Turkey east of the Euphrates, all the way to Iraq.

If the Turks attack Manbij, the U.S. will face a choice: Stand by our Kurdish allies and resist the Turks, or abandon the Kurds.

Should the U.S. let the Turks drive the Kurds out of Manbij and the entire Syrian border area with Turkey, as Erdogan threatens, U.S. credibility would suffer a blow from which it would not soon recover.

But to stand with the Kurds and oppose Erdogan’s forces could mean a crackup of NATO and loss of U.S. bases inside Turkey, including the air base at Incirlik.

Turkey also sits astride the Dardanelles entrance to the Black Sea. NATO’s loss of Turkey would thus be a triumph for Vladimir Putin, who gave Ankara the green light to cleanse the Kurds from Afrin.

Yet Syria is but one of many challenges to U.S. foreign policy.

The Winter Olympics in South Korea may have taken the threat of a North Korean ICBM that could hit the U.S. out of the news. But no one believes that threat is behind us.

Last week, China charged that the USS Hopper, a guided missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, a reef in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing, though it is far closer to Luzon in the Philippines. The destroyer, says China, was chased off by one of her frigates. If we continue to contest China’s territorial claims with U.S. warships, a clash is inevitable.

In a similar incident Monday, a Russian military jet came within five feet of a U.S. Navy EP-3 Orion surveillance plane in international airspace over the Black Sea, forcing the Navy plane to end its mission.

U.S. relations with Cold War ally Pakistan are at rock bottom. In his first tweet of 2018, President Trump charged Pakistan with being a duplicitous and false friend.

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

As for America’s longest war, in Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, the end is nowhere on the horizon.

A week ago, the International Hotel in Kabul was attacked and held for 13 hours by Taliban gunmen who killed 40. Midweek, a Save the Children facility in Jalalabad was attacked by ISIS, creating panic among aid workers across the country.

Saturday, an ambulance exploded in Kabul, killing 103 people and wounding 235. Monday, Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in Kabul. With the fighting season two months off, U.S. troops will not soon be departing.

If Pakistan is indeed providing sanctuary for the terrorists of the Haqqani network, how does this war end successfully for the United States?

Last week, in a friendly fire incident, the U.S.-led coalition killed 10 Iraqi soldiers. The Iraq war began 15 years ago.

Yet another war, where the humanitarian crisis rivals Syria, continues on the Arabian Peninsula. There, a Saudi air, sea and land blockade that threatens the Yemeni people with starvation has failed to dislodge Houthi rebels who seized the capital Sanaa three years ago.

This weekend brought news that secessionist rebels, backed by the United Arab Emirates, have seized power in Yemen’s southern port of Aden, from the Saudi-backed Hadi regime fighting the Houthis.

These rebels seek to split the country, as it was before 1990.

Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE appear to be backing different horses in this tribal-civil-sectarian war into which America has been drawn.

There are other wars — Somalia, Libya, Ukraine — where the U.S. is taking sides, sending arms, training troops, flying missions.

Like the Romans, we have become an empire, committed to fight for scores of nations, with troops on every continent, and forces in combat operations of which the American people are only vaguely aware.

“I didn’t know there were 1,000 troops in Niger,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham when four Green Berets were killed there.

“We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing.”

No, we don’t, Senator.

As in all empires, power is passing to the generals.

And what causes the greatest angst today in the imperial city?

Fear that a four-page memo worked up in the House Judiciary Committee may discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia-gate.

Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org



84 Comments on "The Fetid Fruits Of Empire: Too Many Wars, Too Many Enemies"

  1. Mad Kat on Wed, 31st Jan 2018 10:01 pm 

    Juan, I have decided that MM, Davy and I AM THE BOOB are ‘ghosts’, to be ignored. He/they cannot see their own insanity so it is useless to debate with him/them. So be it.

    As for my posts on the collapsing US, consider them as musket shots at the British red coats in 1776. My small part to spread the facts about the murderous, immoral, corrupt country I was once proud of, but no longer.

  2. MASTERMIND on Wed, 31st Jan 2018 10:24 pm 

    Madkat

    You ignore me because you can not defeat me. And spreading fake news is not spreading the facts! I post peer reviewed scholarly references and mainstream trust worthy sources! You are clown and you are outnumbered by a million to one! You will be robbed/beaten/eaten when the global economy collapses.

  3. Mad Kat on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 5:28 am 

    The perfect game for Americans!

    “Hasbro introduces new version of Monopoly for cheaters”

    https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/02/01/Hasbro-introduces-new-version-of-Monopoly-for-cheaters/1351517510565/

    “Monopoly: Cheaters Edition, which is set for release this fall, offers 15 cheat cards with five placed in the middle of the board that ask players to carry out nefarious tasks including removing hotels, moving another player’s token, and stealing extra money from the bank that is without an assigned banker.”

    Should be a sellout! LOL

  4. Davy on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 6:22 am 

    I check on my cows and goats twice a day.
    “Cargill Invests In Facial Recognition…For Cows”
    https://tinyurl.com/y869foxp

    “Cainthus, an Irish startup focused on using computer vision and predictive imaging analysis to monitor the health and well-being of livestock has received an undisclosed investment from protein giant Cargill. Cainthus uses various types of imaging equipment to monitor livestock operations while artificial intelligence and custom algorithms detect behavior in individual animals to monitor their health and alert the user when an action is required. The Cainthus system is able to detect food and water intake in individual animals as well as when the animals are in heat and more, says founder David Hunt. Imagery can come from drones, satellites, CCTV, and smart devices, but the most common set-up in Cainthus trials is an installation of a few dozen CCTV cameras on dairy farms. Within seconds Cainthus imaging technology can identify individual cows by their features, memorize their unique identity and record individual patterns and movements. “If you boil down on a granular level we’re looking at rate of change of pixels. We train our AI to understand that a particular pixel pattern is a cow and when that pixel pattern exhibits a rate of change of movement that determines what the gesture is,” explained Hunt.”

  5. Theedrich on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 6:46 am 

    Spoiled brats today make up most of White America.  They demand a cushy lifestyle paid for by future generations, whine at every booboo, ache or pain, and are moved by infantile feelings.  Even though Yankeeland is not officially guided by Yid-Cretinity — that mish-mash of Hebrew, Babylonian, Zoroastrian myths plus Hellenistic vegetation cults, Græco-Roman adventure stories and the ravings of desert madmen —, the value system distilled from that tutti-frutti still hangs as a suffocating pall over even the most atheistic of the imperial elites.  And due to the U.S. destruction of true civilization in World Wars I and II, the elites of Western Europe are now outdoing themselves in exhibiting how extreme they can be in implementing the genosuicidal masochism of that system in the White populations dominated by them.

    Thus there are now two main prongs of the American pitchfork stabbing the nation to death:  Republicans and Democrats.  Both seek to drive the White race into extinction.  The only difference is that the Republicans want to do so by overwhelming the country with non-White serfs, slaves, prostitutes and criminals to somehow bring “prosperity” to the U.S., while the Democrats want to overwhelm it similarly but for a different purpose:  so that they can thereby gain more votes and power.

    Meanwhile, the threat of utter extinction now grows by the day.  It is unrecognized or even purposely ignored that nowadays the fantasy of “saving the world” with American heroism, blah, blah, blah, as when we carpet-bombed civilians in World War II to extort “unconditional surrender” from their leaders, is now an increasingly dangerous pipe dream.  (Pipe dreams, of course, are part and parcel of an impudent scofflaw population which seeks solace from its boredom in marijuana or fentanyl-laced narcotics.)

    Today the number of “superpowers” with mega-weapons is more than one.  These new tools of war have not been actually tested in combat, and our divine elites have no idea of what they will actually do.  In June, the U.S. tested another anti-missile system and it failed.  So far, about a third to a half of such tests (of the SM-3 Block IIA guided missile) have gone awry.  This is evidence of the unpredictability of the incredibly complex issues involved in using weapons of mass destruction to threaten other WMD-capable nations, as the menacing missionaries of godliness in the American Deep State are wont to do.

    The fact is, if the Yankee elites had any real interest in national (or even global) survival, they would understand:  that (a) serious accommodations regarding mutual non-intrusion would have to be agreed to with other competitive powers;  (b) that such accommodations would have to be RECIPROCAL (which means, inter alia, no interference by moneyed deviants such as George Sörös, and that the “democracy”-pushing Council of Foreign Relations would have to be repulsed);  and (c) that said policy of accommodation would not change every four or eight years in response to ever-vacillating popular whims.

    Currently, the Demonic Party is (predictably) demonizing Russia for allegedly costing its queen the 2016 presidential election.  The Dems have sucked the Republicans into this lethal game, so that the entire Congress has now assumed an aggressive stance toward the nation they have chosen to make into an adversary.  As if that were not enough, they are also making militaristic noises about China.  Only President Trump is standing in their way, for which he, too, is demonized.  The consequences of such belligerent words and actions are worrisome indeed.

    These uncompromising, unreciprocating fanatic escapees from mental asyla are now threatening to blow up the world.  They cannot understand that this is no longer 1941, when they could ensnare and exasperate a naïve target nation into knocking a chip off our our shoulder, as in the case of Pearl Harbor.  The fact is, the days of America the unipolar superpower are over.

  6. Davy on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 6:57 am 

    Billy T, Have you seen this Police state news? You love to rant on about police states so I found this one for you:

    “Security in Xinjiang VIDEO Inside Xinjiang – China’s police state”
    https://tinyurl.com/yaonqbpw

    “China Xinjiang police state: Fear and resentment As Theresa May visits China, the UK government has raised concerns over religious freedom in the country’s mainly Muslim province of Xinjiang. One man, who fled the country for Turkey, has told the BBC he’ll “pay for the bullet” to kill his family to save them from a detention camp. John Sudworth reports from Xinjiang, where all filming and reporting by foreign media is tightly controlled.”

  7. Hello on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 8:56 am 

    Wherever there’s mohammed dick lickers there’s problems. Maybe the chinese could buy proofen german gas chamber technology and get rid of the investation. Kind of a one time expense, instead of having to pay for continous high level security needed when you have mohamed dick lickers living in a civilized society.

    Kind of like every european train station, festival, gathering, celebration etc. now needs security because of imported mohamed dick lickers.

  8. MASTERMIND on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 9:04 am 

    I bet Theedrich is the life of every party and family get together! LOL

  9. peakyeast on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 9:18 am 

    It doenst matter if i agree or not, but Theedrichs writings are always fun to read…

    Thanks Theedrich

  10. fmr-paultard on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 10:23 am 

    ((mm)) master race TheEdrich is working with islamists and may convert like that AfD guy in Germany. This is the state of atheistic satans. Islam put them first in line for chop chop. I was an atheist after paultarding for a while. But I’m now a constantinean catholic. I made up that. Meanings i basically identify as a catholic.

    man can not live on bread alone. In reality i can most of the time but it matters a lot if other men can’t live on bread alone.

  11. JuanP on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 10:28 am 

    Thee “… Republicans want to do so by overwhelming the country with non-White serfs, slaves, prostitutes and criminals to somehow bring “prosperity” to the U.S.”
    I don’t think the Republicans are concerned with the US in general; I think their main concern, where immigration is involved, is providing low cost labor for the corporations that grease their pockets. The same goes for Democrats. All the claims they both make are nothing but BS for the sheeple. There is no difference between; they are both bought and paid for. The whole US political system is irredeemably corrupt.

  12. Boat on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 10:32 am 

    Hello,

    Are you German? I ask because Germans think of gassing as a first line of action. Their car companies are gassing civilians to test the effects of diesel emissions.

  13. Boat on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 10:54 am 

    The US Supreme Court ruled companies are run by people and have rights. Those companies have right to lobby for cheap labor/immigration and stick the costs on the backs of workers. Dem’s and Rep’s represent American companies. In this system you need stocks from those companies to be financially sound.

  14. MASTERMIND on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 11:15 am 

    US democracy is at risk until we beat the fascists back to 1945 where they belong

    https://imgur.com/a/FYsPl

  15. fmr-paultard on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 12:56 pm 

    ((mm)) i’m a former paultard and a current libtard not a thug. you keep trying to grab “IT” is making me suspicious. I am a libtard so I was against President Trump but I loved him because he can grab everything his balls desire but not the bumpski and he delivered. Please the jerusalem thing.

    no complaint. he can go for 2nd term for all i care.

  16. fmr-paultard on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 12:57 pm 

    ((mm)) leave Luke 22:36 alone bro.

  17. fmr-paultard on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 1:45 pm 

    aight bro. please enjoy
    http://lallouslab.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/jesus-with-weapon.jpg

  18. Mad Kat on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 6:04 pm 

    “Safe Spaces” in America…

    “Children know that their parents had more freedom to roam than they do, and more unscheduled time to read or tinker or explore. They also realize that older generations were trusted to roll with some punches, at school and beyond. We hope kids today will start demanding that same independence and respect for themselves. It’s their freedom that has been chiseled away, after all. … This magnification of danger and hurt is prevalent on campus today. It no longer matters what a person intended to say, or how a reasonable listener would interpret a statement—what matters is whether any individual feels offended by it. If so, the speaker has committed a “microaggression,” and the offended party’s purely subjective reaction is a sufficient basis for emailing a dean or filing a complaint with the university’s “bias response team.” The net effect is that both professors and students today report that they are walking on eggshells. This interferes with the process of free inquiry and open debate—the active ingredients in a college education.”

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/02/02/the-fragile-generation/#more-169186

    Slip slidin’…

  19. MASTERMIND on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 6:16 pm 

    Madkat

    Sorry Colleges only get upset with some far right winger start spewing hatred and ignorance! The burningplatform is about as fringe and anti intellectual as it gets! You will never be educated Madkat and you will never be respected for your mind! You are just a fringe conspiracy loon! Once I brought up the fact that you and greg were outnumbered by a million to one! You stop arguing! LOL That is very telling!

  20. fmr-paultard on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 6:58 pm 

    hey you know bro. If breeding is your life’s highest aspiration then moar power to you bro. just because i can’t score doesn’t mean i stand in your way. But without Luke 22:36 you ain’t breeding anything. i imagine you’d be doing the type of breeding like a preying mantis would haha but hey that’s how insects do it when the going get tough.

    https://imgur.com/a/rcMPK

  21. JuanP on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 8:21 pm 

    Micromind “You will never be educated Madkat and you will never be respected for your mind!”
    And you will be? LOL! Even the board’s retards think you are a joke! You made nine writing mistakes in that comment, illiterate fool! Talk about lack of education! Every sentence you fail to write correctly proves that you are an illiterate retard. I do want to reward your achievements so I will give you a tin star because you managed to write one sentence without making mistakes and I know that that is an extraordinary achievement for you! Go show it to momma and make her proud! “Look, mommy, Juan gave me a tin star! I always knew I was a genius!”

  22. Mad Kat on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 10:27 pm 

    Juan, the duo I called Tweedledee and Tweedledum are lost causes. Text book psychopaths. Skitzo.

    Hopefully, the collapse will take them out early and save the resources for more worthy examples of humanity. They still have not caught on to the fact that I no longer read their diarrhea of the mouth. It’s easy to do. I just ignore any that start with Davy, MM, or I am….

  23. MASTERMIND on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 10:34 pm 

    Madkat

    You admit you are willfully ignorant! LOL You know I destroyed your prepper fantasy! Now you are forever triggered! LOL Mission accomplished!

  24. GregT on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 10:57 pm 

    “Text book psychopaths. Skitzo.”

    Anyone care to take a stab at explaining why these whack jobs are both Americans? I don’t normally stereotype, but they aren’t exactly projecting a positive image.

  25. MASTERMIND on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 11:10 pm 

    With an eye on Russia, U.S. to increase nuclear capabilities

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-russia-military/with-an-eye-on-russia-u-s-to-increase-nuclear-capabilities-idUSKBN1FM2J0

    Vlad the bad must go! Regime change in Russia! Take the oil and gas!

  26. Cloggie on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 11:26 pm 

    “Vlad the bad must go! Regime change in Russia! Take the oil and gas!”

    First Germany and now Russia.

    Fortunately China is around and the US on the verge of becoming an incompetent third world country. And then there is Europe:

    https://www.rt.com/news/387313-us-losing-leadership-eu-mogherini/

    There is only one last regime change required and that is the one in the US… by breaking it up in three or more parts.

    https://youtu.be/954I4Fl0EiA

  27. GregT on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 11:28 pm 

    The longer you keep fucking with other people, the bigger your come-uppance will be dude. But don’t take anybody else’s word for it, it’s always much harder to learn life’s lessons on your own.

  28. Cloggie on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 11:42 pm 

    Finally some Americans sticking their necks out:

    http://www.unz.com/article/its-time-to-drop-the-jew-taboo/

    This author is moving back to Vietnam for good:

    “Postcard from the End of America: Palmyra, NJ”

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/postcard-from-the-end-of-america-palmyra-nj/

    Pelosi dementing:

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/26670/watch-nancy-pelosi-confuses-trump-and-bush-again-ryan-saavedra

    American political reality or why they got thrown out of 109 places over the last 2000 years. Meet the people who ruined Europe and America:

    “How I Got Fired
    Exposing Jewish power in America has real consequences”

    http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/how-i-got-fired/

  29. Davy on Sat, 3rd Feb 2018 4:48 am 

    “Hopefully, the collapse will take them out early and save the resources for more worthy examples of humanity.”
    Being old in a 3rd world country will likely get you before collapse ever gets around to getting me. You may have just a few years without healthcare at your age in a 3rd world jungle. BTW, when are you going to the fantasy farm? I always hear big plans then nothing happens.

    “It’s easy to do. I just ignore any that start with Davy, MM, or I am….”
    I thought you were ignoring me? LMFAO, you can’t can you? Whenever your support system comes out you decide to come out. That is the definition of a coward.

  30. Davy on Sat, 3rd Feb 2018 4:49 am 

    Anyone care to take a stab at explaining why these whack jobs are both Canadian? I don’t normally stereotype, but they aren’t exactly projecting a positive image.

    I ask the same thing of you and mouse1. You give Canadians a bad name.

  31. JuanP on Sat, 3rd Feb 2018 6:20 am 

    Micromind, A person like you can’t trigger anything. You are too obviously sick, stupid, and ignorant. If you had a virtue your opinions might be worth something but you are just a delusional, ignorant fool so your opinions are worthless. I am still trying to give you a gold star, but you made three mistakes in your single sentence comment above. You should focus on writing one sentence at a time. You obviously have a wandering mind. I think it is time for you to post your old links; I believe you haven’t posted them in more than five minutes. I am going to Sun Tzu you! LOL!

  32. Mad Kat on Sat, 3rd Feb 2018 7:30 am 

    Juan, you can try. but you will not succeed in stopping the diarrhea mouth. Insanity is insanity. He is beyond help. Blow-back will take care of him in the near future. Be patient.

    I get echos of his continuing bullshit in the comments you and JuanP make. I do read all of yours and Juan’s but not any of his. A waste of time. He is a lost cause and a loser in general.

  33. Davy on Sat, 3rd Feb 2018 7:36 am 

    Billy, when are you going to the old folks home in the jungle? You said your posting would be minimal becuase of the move. More delays or…..

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