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US Military Establishment Study Admits The American Empire Is “Collapsing”

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A new study conducted by members of the U.S. military establishment has concluded that the U.S.-led international global order established after World War II is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing” as the U.S. continues to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs.

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“In brief, the sta­tus quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for DoD is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing,” the report states.

The report, published in June by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, evaluated the Department of Defense’s (DOD) approach to risk assessment at all levels of Pentagon policy planning. The study was supported and sponsored by the U.S. Army’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate; the Joint Staff, J5 (Strategy and Policy Branch); the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Develop­ment; and the Army Study Program Management Office.

Imperial hubris

As explained by Nathan Freier, the project director and principal author of the report, the U.S. and its defense establishment “are stumbling through a period of hypercompetition.” From Freier’s point of view, the current era is marred with furious battles for positional advantage at a number of levels, whether national, transnational, or extra-national. Freier explains that America’s failure to cope is the result of “hubris,” which is reminiscent of Imperial Hubris, a book by Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA’s bin Laden unit. Imperial Hubris also warned the U.S. about the very controversial and hubristic reasons it was losing the war on terror (hubris means “exaggerated pride or self-confidence,” according to Merriam-Webster).

Technically, the report does not officially represent the Pentagon, though it does represent the “collective wisdom” of those consulted – including a number of Pentagon officials and prominent think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the RAND Corporation, and the Institute for the Study of War.

Nevertheless, the report involved consultation with key agencies across the DoD and the Armed Forces and encouraged the U.S. government to invest more heavily in surveillance, better propaganda through “strategic manipulation” of public opinion, and a “wider and more flexible” U.S. military. The report states:

“While as a rule, U.S. leaders of both political parties have consistently committed to the maintenance of U.S. military superiority over all potential state rivals, the post-primacy reality demands a wider and more flexible military force that can generate ad­vantage and options across the broadest possible range of military demands. To U.S. political leadership, maintenance of military advantage preserves maximum freedom of action… Finally, it allows U.S. decision-makers the opportunity to dictate or hold significant sway over outcomes in international disputes in the shadow of significant U.S. military capability and the implied promise of unac­ceptable consequences in the event that capability is unleashed.”

The year-long study concluded that the DoD should discard its outdated risk conventions and change how it describes, identifies, assesses, and communicates strategic-level and risk-based choices. As investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed observed, these are the very strategies that have led to the U.S.’ declining power in the first place. Further enacting these failed strategies will only exacerbate the problem and demonstrates America’s refusal to go down without a fight.

The blame lies with resistant states

According to Freier and his team, the dangers currently challenging the U.S. don’t just come from countries like Russia and China (and even North Korea and Iran), but also from the increasing risk of “Arab Spring”-style events that could potentially erupt all over the world. One might wonder, then, why the U.S. decided to support a number of these events, even to the great benefit of known jihadist movements that already existed within them.

Ahmed also astutely points out that the report doesn’t actually substantiate its claims that countries like Russia are a genuine threat to America’s national security, aside from the fact that these countries seek to pursue their own core interests – as most countries should be free to do (within reason).

According to the report, Iran and North Korea are “… neither the products of, nor are they satisfied with, the contemporary order… At a minimum, they intend to destroy the reach of the U.S.-led order into what they perceive to be their legitimate sphere of influence. They are also resolved to replace that order locally with a new rule set dictated by them.”

It is notable that the report does not list Iran and North Korea as nuclear threats — as traditional neoconservative propaganda often asserts — but simply as perceived threats to the American-led world order.

The report also found that the international framework has been restructured in ways that are “inhospitable” and often “hostile” to U.S. leadership. For example, “proliferation, diversification, and atomization of effective counter-U.S. resistance,” as well as “resurgent but transformed great power competition” are seen to be at the heart of this new international restructuring. According to the report, the U.S. is not prepared for these circumstances, and the report seeks to provide the U.S. with guidance to deal with these emerging scenarios.

In all seriousness, hostility to the U.S. military did not develop in a vacuum – it is quite clearly the sheer arrogance of America’s leadership and its incessant meddling in foreign affairs that have created a number of adversaries who are no longer willing to bow to American interests.

The “wake up call”  

Though the report throws the word “adapt” around often, the U.S. is clearly not willing to adapt at all if the only way it can deal with its issues is to strengthen the very sources of said issues in the first place. If the only tool the U.S. has is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail. The more problems the U.S. faces, the more nails it sees in need of quashing.

While some may laud a report in which advisors to the U.S. have acknowledged America’s status as a dying power, the truth, as demonstrated in this recent analysis, is that the U.S. will not give up its place in global affairs without a fight.

As the report states, the reality of this looming collapse should not be seen as defeatism, but rather, should be a “wake up call.”

Take the Syrian conflict, for example. The more places Assad’s military liberates, the more refugees are returning home and the more concerts are being held. Syria, Russia, and Iran have achieved these mounting successes even in the face of direct American intervention – and yet the U.S. still refuses to leave the country. Irrespective of crimes committed by the pro-Assad axis, if the ultimate objective has been to reduce the suffering in Syria and end the war, the U.S. should admit defeat and move on — especially once ISIS’ caliphate collapses entirely. But the U.S. won’t – and is reportedly considering greater involvement in the war-torn country.

The U.S. knows it is on the brink of collapse but refuses to go down peacefully. From the point of view of the powers-that-be, as long as every nail of resistance can be broken, the American hammer will continue to lead the world in international affairs. But even as this report indicates, it is precisely because of America’s hubris that it has found itself in this position in the first place. In this context, the report is somewhat contradictory and only further encourages the United States to provoke further hostility from aggrieved players on the world stage.

Carrying on these practices and exacerbating them is totally nonsensical, but doing so continues to be the go-to mantra of the U.S. war machine.

83 Comments on "US Military Establishment Study Admits The American Empire Is “Collapsing”"

  1. Hello on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 1:56 pm 

    >>> Why not start a movement like those men did instead of sitting around complaining

    I know, I know. I’m just not the charismatic leader for that kind of job. Maybe that’s why I spend my time on the internet instead of doing speeches at the town plaza?

    And again, you’re right. The stupidity lies 100% by the natives letting the brown sludge in. I can hardly blame the brown sludge to take advantage of the situation.

  2. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 2:56 pm 

    Hello, charisma is certainly part of the job description. The other thing with ‘great men’ (old definition) is they are all driven and obsessed. Don’t matter what it is – science, music, money, body building, warlords, etc. How one gets to be like that is still being debated, but like most things with humans it appears to be a combination or nature and nurture. You can tweak yourself if you put in the time and energy, but that only goes so far.

    The other thing the men I referred to did was change the minds of people who were in the silent majority. You will never do that by labeling other humans as “brown sludge”.

    If I was so inclined to take on such an endeavor, I would be basing halting immigration on economics and climate change and terrorism.

    Of course it’s a very tough battle because it’s not ‘100%’ by the natives letting the brown sludge in’ you are way off on that. Nope, some of the natives actively support the policies, some, like you don’t and the rest, which I bet are the majority are apathetic-distracted-not interested-don’t care.

    Did they have a plebiscite on letting immigrants into your country? No and neither has any country. It’s your elected officials who make the laws – not the natives. And who do the elected officials really work for? The owners of your country and mine and the US. The 1%. Simply look at where the money comes from to run their millions to a billion dollar election campaigns if you want to know why the immigrants keep coming. Why your elected law makers do nothing – all of them do nothing but pay lip service. Oh and Trump is putting on a little (very expensive) show that will change nothing – a circle jerk. Look where he got his campaign money from and who he refilled the swamp with.

    It’s not ‘the people’ it’s some people. An oligarchy who profit mightily from it and so do their puppet managerial class.

    I think most of you right leaning people know this, but choose not to acknowledge it because y’all are authoritarians by nature and cannot confront the very authorities you bow down to who are really responsible. It’s much easier to dump ALL-100% of it on people with no real power. People like yourself, the other natives.

    If the authorities really wanted to they could halt almost all immigration tomorrow. Sure there would be some protests and bitching by the families and do gooder liberals, but so what? There is tons of bitching and screaming and protesting when the government goes to war and the protests don’t stop that. It’s the same people profiting from constant war as are profiting from constant cheap labour from constant immigration – The Big Club.

  3. Hubert on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 3:04 pm 

    American Empire died long time ago. These millitary loons are living in a dreamworld.

  4. Hello on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 3:50 pm 

    Thanks for your answer, Ape.

  5. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 4:59 pm 

    Hello, I live in Canada where until recently there has always been strict immigration policy and enforcement of illegal immigration. If it was up to me, I would make it stricter and not allow any more with a few exceptions.

    It’s not a race thing with me. It’s a survival thing and preemptive. Not so much for me as the handful of nephews and nieces I have.

    The people in charge are clueless fucking morons – blind. The shit is coming and they are still preaching growth and a fantasy future. It’s all they know and even the ones who know the shit is coming are pretending because they don’t know what else to do. Same everywhere to varying degrees.

    What will happen is what is happening – governments are reacting to refugees and AGW jacked disasters and propping up the fake economy. They are acting as if these are the old style temporary problems that will eventually be righted when in fact this is just the trickle before the flood.

    The migrants are doing what all species who can do when their environments can no longer support them. They flee to greener pastures and that’s what you and me would do to. The problem is we don’t want them eating up our shrinking pastures.

    You watch, in a decade or so even the most warm N fuzzy bleeding heart liberals will be backing measures to build fences to keep AGW and war and economic migrants out.

    The migration that is coming will be bigger than anything the humans have ever seen or can imagine. It’s evolutionary. Migration is one of the corner stones of evolution. A force more powerful than humans. It cannot be stopped, but it could be managed if there was some forward thinking – there is not. Not unless there are secret plans we are not privy too, but I doubt it. The overlords are on atomic pilot and completely preoccupied with protecting their wealth and power and getting more. Short-termisim is wired into humans.

    When the Euro illegal immigrants first came to the Americas the diseases they carried did most of the killing. Estimates range from 75% to 90% of the people were killed by diseases they had not evolved any immunity to.

    What comes around goes around?

    Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In

    -“A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government’s central institution for monitoring and preventing diseases, confirms an across-the-board increase in disease since 2015, when Germany took in an unprecedented number of migrants.

    -Some doctors say the actual number of cases of tuberculosis is far higher than the official figures suggest and have accused the RKI of downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.

    -“Around 700,000 to 800,000 applications for asylum were submitted and 300,000 refugees have disappeared. Have they been checked? Do they come from the high-risk countries?” — Carsten Boos, orthopedic surgeon, interview with Focus magazine.”

    Given that many microorganisms have evolved to breach the humans antibiotic defenses the possibility of a plague looms large. The people who study such matters claim it’s a when not if. Looks like the humans are setting themselves up for a worse case scenario.

    The way I see it is it’s all evolutionary – migration, disease spread and even xenophobia.

    As for the sheeple, they are blinded by their politics and denial. For the right, if AGW and the other overshoot problems are real and have been fast tracked by capitalism then their entire identities will crumble, so they deny and blame everything on the left tribe.

    For the left, if utopian multiculturalism, unlimited migration and “green technologies” are not working at all then their entire identities will crumble, so they deny and blame everything on the right tribe.

  6. Youbati on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 5:13 pm 


    “As for the sheeple, they are blinded by their politics and denial. For the right, if AGW and the other overshoot problems are real and have been fast tracked by capitalism then their entire identities will crumble, so they deny and blame everything on the left tribe.

    For the left, if utopian multiculturalism, unlimited migration and “green technologies” are not working at all then their entire identities will crumble, so they deny and blame everything on the right tribe”

    So true… the unquenchable crave for a church is the most despicable trait of human nature and the root of our coming demise…

    By nature, I used to lean towards the left of the political spectrum. Still do, if choice was a matter of life or death. But now, “liberals” (I’m in France) increasingly and relentlessly piss me off.

    Walking on a thin line. Opening one’s eyes is a weird waltz.

  7. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 6:22 pm 

    hi Youbati, it’s rare to here someone who can admit that some of their worldview is, in part, not a choice. Most humans do not want to go there even though the evidence is overwhelming that ones biology combined with the culture they were raised in has shaped them and how they think. I guess clinging to the illusion of control and the other fictions is hard wired too. Strangely, it’s what keeps most humans from going insane and checking out early. When I was a younger man, I clung to a number of fictions – sports, colonizing space, science fixing problems. Was never very political, never voted and very early thought it was silly that in a super complex fast changing world that one tribe had all the right solutions and the other was almost always wrong. In evolutionary terms humans are (for now) considered a success. There is no way that could have happened if left thinking and right thinking people did not each contribute to the success of the human tribes.

    “Within the hierarchy of fabrications that compose our lives—families, countries, gods—the self incontestably ranks highest. Just below the self is the family, which has proven itself more durable than national or ethnic affiliations, with these in turn outranking god-figures for their staying power. So any progress toward the salvation of humankind will probably begin from the bottom—when our gods have been devalued to the status of refrigerator magnets or lawn ornaments. Following the death rattle of deities, it would appear that nations or ethnic communities are next in line for the boneyard. Only after fealty to countries, gods, and families has been shucked off can we even think about coming to grips with the least endangered of fabrications—the self.”

    ― Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race “

  8. Cloggie on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 1:54 am 

    @Hello “BTW last time I was in Amsterdam (20 years ago) brown sludge was already omnipresent. I don’t think it’s gotten any better meanwhile, right?”

    No, it hasn’t. A few weeks ago I was in Switzerland for a week (do so every year), in Lauterbrunnen and Bern. The situation in Switzerland is much better than in Holland:

    8 million people in CH, only 90k Africans or 1%. Few Muslims. In Holland we have 17 million, 81% Dutch, 900k Muslims (5%). A lot of EU folks, making the country about 90% white. Of the remaining 10% a lot are from our former colonies Suriname, Antilles and Indonesia, who are all completely loyal to the Netherlands and have low birth rates.

    Only the Muslims and especially the Moroccans are problematic. High crime rates, extremely high unemployment, parasites. The government, all US c* suckers, like in Germany, does what George Soros says (“Open Society”), not what the population wants: closed borders. The Day of Reckoning is rapidly approaching when finally the US empire will fall flat on its face and some scores are going to be settled in Europe, 1989-style.

    [part 1]

  9. Cloggie on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 1:55 am
    (The hated justice minister Maas chased out of town Zwickau)
    (The German government can’t show itself in public in East-Germany without being booed. Eastern Germany was part of the Soviet empire, so it is not political correct)
    (“Germans chant: “Putin to Berlin, Merkel to Siberia!” at Dresden Rally”)

    [part 2]

  10. Cloggie on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 2:16 am

    Christian TV anchor-man Thijs van den Brink volunteered to visit a normal average Moroccan family for a week. He was received in a very hospitable manner. But even this political correct television beta male had to admit after a week: “I do not want to live in a country where the Muslims are in the majority”.

    Reason: they openly admit that once they will be in the majority, the Netherlands will be a different country. Muslims consider themselves morally superior, even the “liberal ones”. They say that the Dutch do not have to be afraid physically, they will just be taxed a little

    The conclusion can only be, we must decouple ourselves as soon as possible from bastions of suicidal political correctness like the US and UN and turn to Eurasia, where nobody will demand from us that we should commit racial suicide.

    Cloud9 posted an interesting article from a neocon publication:

    Here is a good article that discusses the upcoming American divorce.

    This is how the culturally (not economically) leftist West will come to its end: as a result of decades of suicidal mass migration from the third world. Even Washington loyalists of the National Review can no longer deny the split in the country. The country will stay in one piece as long as Trump will be in power, but a 2020 president Zuckerberg, who announced he wants universal health care and basic income for all (to be paid for by whitey of course) could very well initiate the break up of the country. Like any divorce it could come as quiet as the 1991 Soviet break up, but I do not expect Washington to let go of its tax farm without a fight. It could become extremely messy and bloody. Donbass XXL.

  11. Davy on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 5:22 am 

    Clog, why do you always get back to the US with your discussions like it is your country and you are an expert? You should be worrying about yourself. You have just as many issues in Europe. You want to project your issues on to the US as a typical blame and complain game. You are not American and you do not live here. You do not know our dynamics. It is a big country and there is much more going on than you can understand. You should stick to your part of the world. I get tired of hearing a European play expert on my country like you have a clue about a place you have never been to. Read all you like but that does not make you an expert.

  12. Cloggie on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 5:40 am 

    I worry about “myself” since 17 years. I know we have many issues in Europe, being a meek member of the US empire being an important one, which is not very good for our survival as a recognizable European civilization. Just like it wasn’t very good for for Eastern Europe (and its “economy”) to be part of the Soviet empire.

    The point is that you do need to have been overrun by a truck to know that it is better to avoid such a confrontation. I have spent a lot of time on US forums since 2002 to know the country a little better and my judgment is shared by many European-Americans.

    On a lighter note, here is why “we” (the US) still hasn’t gone to Mars yet:

  13. Davy on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 5:47 am 

    The first step for you to understand the US is to understand empire. We are no longer an empire. The new force is above empire and it is now globalism. It is your own insecurities and weaknesses that keep Europeans and others pointing to the US as your problem. You can’t know a people unless you live with them. You can know about them and relate that to yourself but you must live there to know. I suggest instead of traveling to Switzerland travel across the US since the US is your obsession. The US of what is excessively talked about on internet forums is no longer. It is the stealth hijacking of the world by global powers that is now in charge. These forces are beyond human management which points to the end of US hegemony. The US no longer controls its own fate so how can it control the world in empire? We are a significant power but no longer empire status.

  14. joe on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 6:16 am 

    I thought cloggie was busy making billions in a tech company that he wouldn’t be posting much. This guy.
    He’s like the only poster here all you see down the list is Cloggie Cloggie Cloggie Cloggie Cloggie Davy Cloggie Cloggie.
    That guy makes money fast.

  15. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 6:19 am 

    “You can’t know a people unless you live with them. You can know about them and relate that to yourself but you must live there to know.”

    Well, then explain how you know so much about China, the Ps and Asia in general, Davy? When have you been here? Did you live here? Or do you rely on U$ M$M propaganda for your viewpoint? Just askin’.

    Again, you are in denial of the fact that The U$ is STILL an empire. It may be dying, but it is still destroying the world. I would not be surprised if it takes the world down with it in the form of nukes. I hope its own suicide is the worse that happens. We shall see.

    Globalism is dying also as it is destroying the antique/obsolete financial system it is built on. When the SHTF, it too will die. Debt is all that is keeping it alive. As the available energy per capita continues to shrink, so shrinks the world economy and the ability to have globalism. The end of the party, so to speak.

  16. Davy on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 7:41 am 

    Makati, there is a difference between you and clog and me. You are both extremist who talk up your places and down mine. You are both obsessed with the US in total focus talking about little else. I talk about China in relation to the global collapse process and in relation to the US and its collapse process. I talk connectivity of problems and relationships. You talk specifically about the US as the collapse variable without global context. There is no need to live in Asia or know the people to know this. You are a bigot of the west and the US with extreme views that are narrowly focused on the US. I take those extreme comments and temper with facts that relate to all of us like for example overpopulation and financial dysfunction. There is a difference makati and you are too narrow to see it. I never come out and say the P’s or China is collapsing in a vacuum it is always in relation to a global function. How’s that makati with the weird $pellings and vocabulary that emotionally display your agenda, just tellin’

  17. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 8:12 am 

    Davy, you opened your mouth and stuck your foot in it and it is in print above. Try to talk your way out of it, but you cannot. The only difference between you and me is that I see reality, and you do not, you are in denial, even though you deny it.

    Might I remind you: “You can’t know a people unless you live with them. You can know about them and relate that to yourself but you must live there to know.”

    Yes, you bloviate about a lot of shit, but it proves nothing except your single mindedness about how great the U$ is and how bad the rest of the world is. Maybe you have your family and some here fooled, but a few of us see you for what you are, a supporter of BAU as most worthless 1%ers are and, as are they, to blame for what is coming to America.

    Perhaps you better go back and read ALL of your comments from the last few years and then look in the mirror. You claim you never said something, but you did, often. Trying to be a psychologist (relationships) does not work. You do not use ‘facts’, just propaganda and a very narrow mind.

    It must be frightening for you to know that you live in a Police State that is tightening the noose more and more every day as the country it controls fails, and you cannot get away. I saw the future and moved to a less dangerous place where freedom is still practiced and where privacy is still the rule.

    I have no allegiance to the U$. It abandoned me long before I abandoned it by taking away my freedoms and privacy. And yes, I use $$$ to emphasis the only thing American$ care about. So what. It obviously irritates you so it is doing its job. And, yes, I point out the U$ failures and its terrorist activities because I think it will be the best thing to happen in 425 years (Columbus), when it can no longer declare war and kill innocents all over the world without paying the price at home.

    As I said before, you can just ignore my comments. They all begin with “Makati1”. LMAO.

  18. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 8:25 am 

    In today’s news:
    “5 Charts That Prove That the US Economy Is Weakening Fast”
    “Debt Ceiling Concerns Start to Surface in Treasury Bills”
    “Harley-Davidson Spirals Down, Announces US Layoffs, Builds Factory in Thailand” LMAO
    “Rare Earth Mania And China/US Trade Spat 2.0?” (China has the market cornered.)
    “The U.S. Drought Is Turning Wheat Into Hay”
    “This Isn’t the First U.S. Opiate-Addiction Crisis”
    “CDC: More than 100 million Americans have diabetes, prediabetes”
    “Decaying infrastructure taking a toll on America”
    “The Imperial City’s Fiscal Waterloo” (DC)
    “America sees alarming spike in middle school suicide rate”
    “A 21st-Century Form of Indentured Servitude Has Already Penetrated Deep into the American Heartland”
    “Jeff Sessions Moves to Make it Easier for Government to Steal Property of Innocent American Citizens”
    “What’s Worse Than Thieves? Thieving Police”
    “S&P 500’s Biggest Pension Plans Face $382 Billion Funding Gap”
    “Entitlements Are Out of Control”
    “3 California Counties File Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuits Against “Big Oil” Over Rising Sea Levels” LMAO

  19. Cloggie on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 8:41 am 

    I thought cloggie was busy making billions in a tech company that he wouldn’t be posting much. This guy.

    I do not need to work to keep the bailiff away. The only reason I am, slowly, looking for work is to “sex up” my pension. Had several conversations already, something will come out of it. Doesn’t care if it lasts another week or 2 months.

    My hourly rate is 80 euro (a standard IT rate really for experienced people in contracts of several months), not “billions”.

  20. Davy on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 9:24 am 

    makati, you are an extremist and extremist make up reality using facts. I don’t need to have been in Asia to shoot down your stories. You are just a pissed off old man living with a boyfriend in an apartment in Manila and you act like you know the heartbeat of Asia, LOL. Where have you been, Honk Kong and Tokyo in the airport. Wow that makes you one big expert. If you really knew Asia you would be someone because you would have a following. You have an imaginary following as extreme narcissist do. Everything is in relation to you and what benefits you. There are basic tenets of reality common to all places get a grip and get out of your narrow mindedness and extremism then maybe people would pay more attention to you.

  21. Davy on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 9:28 am 

    In today’s news:
    ## Japan ##
    Scaffolding at No.3 Fukushima reactor missing
    Tepco chairman’s remark on water release goes radioactive
    BOJ pushes back 2% inflation target to FY2019
    Chinese ships continue probing deeper into Japan waters
    New anti-ship missile tipped for Japanese fighters
    India-Japan Nuclear Energy Pact Comes Into Effect Today

    ## China ##
    China’s WhatsApp users find ‘blocked’ messaging functions partially restored
    Debt problems are sinking three major Chinese companies
    China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall
    Bad Loans in China Set to Climb
    Big Coal Burning Less Money, but Remains Buried in Debt
    Amid VPN crackdown, China eyes upgrades to Great Firewall

  22. Bloomer on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 6:51 pm 

    Entitlements you mean like paying taxes for 50 years and no healthcare or pension when you get to the end of the road. Those are entitlements? I look to the elite tax dodgers who have never paid taxes yet profited from a stable economy and protected by the largest military in the world as entitled. Western society is messed up as those with the gold have made the rules and control the message.

  23. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 7:16 pm 

    Bloomer, you understand the U$ setup very well it seems. Yes, I too paid taxes for 50 years and now they are trying to say that Social Security is an “entitlement”? I guess it is, and I intend to take all of I can get until it, or I, end.

    Merriam-Webster’s definition of entitlement”

    1 the state or condition of being entitled : a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract

    2 a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also funds supporting or distributed by such a program

    3 belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges. (YEP!)

  24. Davy on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 7:37 pm 

    makati, you don’t deserve anything. You are accepting an entitlement from a country you hate. It is your generation that bankrupt the country. Now that social security is almost insolvent it is my opinion people like you should be cut off. Forget that you paid money. Your generation squandered it in frivolous lifestyles. It is now the young who are supporting you. What matters is reality and the reality today is old people like you should be working not playing around the pool drinking beer and eating peanuts.

  25. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 7:39 pm 

    Davy, go fuck your goats. That is all you are good for. LMAO

  26. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 8:10 pm 

    “Too many nasty forces are vectoring in on the scene to overthrow the dream state America has been languishing in. Most of them involve money (or “money”) and the questions of how can we possibly keep paying for the way we live in this country, and who exactly has been fobbing off with the former wealth of every rusted and busted community in the land?

    It’s going to start in the stock and bond markets and it will be soon.

    And then the US Treasury will destroy the dollar trying (again) to save the banks.

    And the bank accounts will be frozen. And the loans will stop being paid.

    And the SNAP cards are going to stop working, and pretty soon the just-in-time deliveries to the supermarkets, and the resupply to the gas stations,”

    The U$ deserves ALL of the bad publicity it can get. Blow-back is a bitch!

  27. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 8:23 pm 

    “If truth has a chance it is in a different country than America.”

    “For the typical American, who doesn’t know anything, the confidence of the former Secretary of State and “rightful President of the USA” and the confidence of President Donald Trump’s own Ambassador to the United Nations are sufficient to convince them that the lie that Russia stole the US presidency for Trump is true. We all know it. Why? Because we have all heard it endlessly repeated for many months. As one acquaintance said: “If it were false, surely the media would have exposed it.” This insouciant naivete is characteristic of Western populations.”


  28. Makati1 on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 8:41 pm 

    ” Everywhere in the United States the disease of subjectivism is present. The evidence abounds: The polarization of the political system; the dismissal of history because of discomfort with historical facts; “trigger” warnings for literary texts that offend sensibility; the vicious censure befalling authors for developing literary characters of a different race or ethnic experience, applying the rules of law for some and not others; or disavowing a higher spiritual power of some sort.

    Be forewarned that going forward, every individual and in-group in the United States is cautioned to stay in their own lane with their own histories. In this new American society you run the danger of being pilloried if you express an opinion outside your own individual/in-group reality.”

    “This calls into question the very notion of what it means to be an American. Is there such a thing as the United States? What does anyone have in common any longer?”

    Be patient. Debt is s common trait most Americans enjoy today. Soon Poverty and need will be a common trait also.

  29. Cloggie on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 2:51 am 

    The American Empire maybe collapsing, thank God there is a plan B:

    British Empire 2.0

    I’m not making this up. The majority of the UK elite got itself wrong-footed and was surprised by its own population with Brexit, which should basically be seen as the British population giving the finger against its own elite in general. The consequence will be that the UK will put itself out of a common market of which it can sell 40% of its exports.

    Some radical Tory politicians want to sell Brexit as an opportunity to resurrect the British Empire. The problem: there are no countries volunteering to become a member. Not even Canada, Australia or New Zealand (all three seem to prefer China as the new colonial overlord).

    Meanwhile the real discussion in Britain is about if there should be a hard of a soft Brexit.

    Meanwhile major banks are wrestling with the question whether they should stay in London or move to the EU. The Bank of America has chosen Dublin. Other candidates: Paris, Frankfurt or Amsterdam.

    One of the hardcore Brexiteers is Liam Fox who had the nerve to tweet:

    “The United Kingdom, is one of the few countries in the European Union that does not need to bury its 20th century history”

    That’s quite a statement from a country that initiated two world wars, but was able to hide that fact thanks to Versailles and Nuremberg. The history is written by the victors and soon Britain will no longer be a winner.

    I too believe in Empire 2.0, if you consider that the British have their capital, which is now majority Muslim, certainly after all these cheap Eastern European labor will be forced to leave.

    Britain as a part of the global Caliphate. That’s empire 2.0 for you.


  30. Cloggie on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 4:59 pm 

    Kunstler has dropped “peak oil” (demand/supply/otherwise) or “world made by hand” and has identified social disturbance and political paralysis and meltdown as the real cause of a possible collapse.

    Kunstler has made fun of the obsession of Washington with all things Russian and has decided to work for them himself:

    The Grand American Collapse Approacheth

    I’m sorry to dredge up old Adolf, but really, Hitler himself seemed to have a much firmer idea about what he was doing than Trump does… The major parties are disintegrating before our eyes… before too long there may be a general in the White House… The whole nauseating spectacle will be attended by violent popular revolt of region against region and tribe against tribe in a great civil explosion of long-suppressed angst.

  31. Davy on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 5:09 pm 

    “The Grand European Collapse Approacheth:”
    Europe will likely be the first to go under but some here could never admit it. I agree the US is coming apart but its glue is tighter than the current European variety. Just wait until real sacrifice is needed and European nations are called on to give to others when there is nothing to give. Then the real fun will begin. Europe is the spawn of collapse. It has happened many times there and Europe is prone to it.

  32. Cloggie on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 6:09 am 

    “The Grand European Collapse Approacheth:”

    Original and eloquent, perhaps you can get it published at

    Europe will likely be the first to go under but some here could never admit it. I agree the US is coming apart but its glue is tighter than the current European variety.

    What do you mean with “Europe”? EU? You might have a point here about the glue. But what does mean “going under?” Our demographics are still far better than the American ones and our economic data is more balanced. And underneath the EU there are still the old nations, with a stronger social fabric than in the US. Furthermore, we are protected by the Mediterranean (easy to defend) and have a major ally in waiting (Russia) and China isn’t hostile to us either. Both China and Russia are ready for major cooperation in the coming Eurasian century. The US deep state has leaned too far out of the window and made itself impossible on a global level.

    This is how China itself is promoting its giant “New Silk Road project”:

    As you can see on their map the Chinese have already factored in Paris-Berlin-Moscow (worrisome though is that they leave Siberia neutral).

    What we will be seeing next is the coming implosion of the West, in exact symmetry with the implosion of the Soviet empire of 1989-1991.

    Communism doesn’t work, neither economic (USSR), nor racial (US led West). That’s why.

    Trump is the American Gorbachev. Glasnost/Perestroika, that’s the Soviet version of “draining the swamp/Fourth Turning”. After Gorbachev the old communist guard tried a comeback; there was a brief standoff and then it was over and the USSR fell apart in 15 peaces, without bloodshed.

    Playbook downfall of the West:

    As long as Trump remains in power the system will remain more or less stable. The “fun” will begin when Trump will leave office, somewhere between next month and 2025. In 2020 Mark Zuckerberg (now too young) could become the first open kosher president.

    Whatever, after Trump the deep state will return to power, with a vengeance. The Heartland will not be amused.

    There are several scenarios how the status quo of the American republic could come to an end.

    Russia and China could decide that war is inevitable and an ultimatum regarding the South China Sea could be issued (no-go area for US navy or else).

    The US will defy that ultimatum (as is usually the case with ultimatums) and war will be a fact, exactly as the Australian senior leadership fear will happen (because Australia is a tasty prey for China that nobody is going to defend, not even Britain).

    If the war is a fact, Washington will find out that it is difficult to get the US population enthusiastic for a war in East-Asia. This time not against North-Korea or North-Vietnam or Eyeraq or Afghanistan, but against China (and Russia?). This could be the supreme moment to attempt secession by (parts of) the Heartland.

    Europe will remain neutral as long as China or Russia will not initiate a war against US soil, which they won’t.

    Meanwhile secret talks between Europe and Russia will begin about an alliance. Europe and Russia, smelling the end of the American empire will begin to take sides in the standoff on US soil between essentially Reps and Dems voters.

    Etc., etc.

  33. Davy on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 6:35 am 

    Opinions etc., etc., we read them every day from those who are emotional with their agendas. I could spiel a long list of Euro negatives and American positive. I am not that kind of person. I give balanced negatives and positives. Both entities have serious issues and both are powers. Both are interconnected and not likely to split as you say without a catastrophic collapse together. Decoupling is so 20th century and that is what you are clog lost in the 20th century of blitzkrieg and Mien Kamp. I think my global connected view is more realistic. You are clearly bias and emotionally driven for a Euro revolution and a resulting Paris, Berlin, Moscow Empire that isn’t.

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