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Kunstler: Three-Bagger

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And so the Golden Golem of Greatness re-enters the hall of mirrors that Syria has become. The US intelligence “community” has informed the US Media that Syrian President Assad is planning a new gas attack on Idlib Province, where a ragtag army of US-backed “rebels” (ISIS, etc) remain holed up against Assad’s forces backed by Russian air support. Have we seen this movie before?

Is Mr. Assad truly that dumb? — since the last time a gas attack was alleged (and actually never proven), Mr. Trump averred that he would attack Syria. And what did he even mean by that? Send a barrel bomb down the Assad family chimney, or just blow up more stuff on the ground? And for what? To birth another failed state in the Middle East (just what the world needs), or perhaps start World War Three with Russia? (Ditto, with a cherry on top.)

Excuse me if I am skeptical about anything the US intel “community” dredges up these days in the way of breaking news. Branches of that sprawling vine are already infected with creeping rot. I speak, of course, of the upper echelons of the FBI especially and their counterparts in the CIA orbit (ex-Directors John Brennan, Michael Hayden, ex DNI James Clapper and their cronies still on-the-job). Just as there is loose talk about an Assad gas attack, there’s also a lot of loose talk around the Internet that a large number of US intel communitarians are about to be busted for their political misconduct around the 2016 election. I’ll believe that when I see it on Glenn Greenwald’s Twitter feed.

Anyway, the Assad gas attack story does raise the question whether the intel community is ginning up a gigantic and ugly distraction from its own inconvenient legal exposure. Mounting evidence shows an orchestrated campaign by them to meddle in the 2016 elections, and continue meddling afterward to thwart, discredit, delegitimize, and defame Mr. Trump, for the purpose of leaving him little room to act. To a considerable extent, the Golden Golem of Greatness has managed to act anyway. For instance, transforming the Supreme Court.

The likely confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh may be a last straw for the “Resistance.” It would certainly affect the adjudication of any new disputes that arise over relations between Mr. Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the weeks ahead. The Mueller investigation into 2016 election “collusion” between Russia and Trump looks more and more like a case of displacement-projection syndrome, since dumpster-loads of evidence now point to collusion between the Hillary campaign, the DNC, a cast of rogue spooks from the CIA, various FBI officers, and British Intelligence in a scheme that is now going to grand juries.

All that nasty business, starting with the news that a grand jury has been secretly grilling former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for weeks, suggests that events are about to unspool dramatically. The story has been coiling for months as fresh documents emerge and officials, such as the DOJ Inspector General, confirm what they mean. It remains to be seen whether the Web chatter about dozens of “sealed indictments” coming down is horse-shit. The baffling part is the role of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. I’m inclined to doubt that Mr. Trump’s regular vilifications of Sessions are a ruse, meant to mislead the media about the AG’s activities in these matters. But the DC Swamp is unnerved by Sessions’ extraordinary absence of presence on the scene. Has he actually been involved in any of this, or is he playing animal lotto on his desk?

There is a certain balance between the new hostilities in Syria — possible existential threat — and the anxious disquiet about a so-called “soft coup” against the chief executive. What really might turn over the whole groaning table of national tribulations will be the discovery that the Trump economic boom is fake. The current “boom” story rests on more than a trillion dollars of money-pumping enabled by tax cuts and racking up evermore debt. Mr. Trump was foolish to take “ownership” of it, and when reality re-enters the scene, the Resistance will finally have something real to hang him with.

Most unsettling about these trending events is that they appear on a path to converge this fall, along with the midterm elections. The public is already confused and angry enough. I’m worried that we can’t handle what’s coming.


13 Comments on "Kunstler: Three-Bagger"

  1. makati1 on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 7:15 pm 

    Pass the popcorn…America is about to explode, or is it implode? We shall see.

  2. makati1 on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 7:37 pm 

    “Extremes of financialization lead to extremes of wealth which lead to extremes of class disparity which lead to extremes of political polarization which lead to destabilization and collapse.”

    Coming to America.

  3. makati1 on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 7:50 pm 

    “As a culture, Americans tend to live above their means, have a lot of debt, and assume the government will always be there to bail them out. They simply lack the drive to prepare themselves for a disaster and many don’t even know when or where to start”

    Slip slidin’…

  4. DerHundistLos on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 9:51 pm 

    Kunt, how far you have fallen and where is the bottom? Pathetic beyond words Kunt now relies upon conspiratorial web chatter as evidence for a litany of nuttier than a fruitcake theories, although he’s smart enough to include disclaimers.

  5. makati1 on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 10:55 pm 

    Der is in denial as usual. JHK is only pointing out the reality of the situation, nor ‘conspiracy’. The Us is full of conspiracy and the truth may never be known about some of it.

    Truth in America is like a bowl of spaghetti, all twisted and convoluted. This may not be obvious to the younger crowd, but it is blatant to us older folks with 60 -70 years of perspective. It has never been so bad in America. Not even during the Great Depression. But it is only going to get worse. Be patient serfs, the end is near.

  6. deadly on Mon, 10th Sep 2018 11:18 pm 

    Kunstler is getting old and his material is getting old, times change, out with the old, in with the new. lol

    The Republicans should dissolve the party and quit everything, all of the skullduggery and general garden variety bullshit.

    The Democrats should dissolve the party and continue to bark at the moon, the dirty dogs that they’ve become.

    All they ever do anyway, so it is no big deal at all.

    Lying and deceiving as a career path is no way to win the hearts and minds of the Great Unwashed.

    No more Republicans, no more Democrats. Just a better world.

    Anyhow, here is a new propaganda meme, the millennials are striking back.

    Millennials Walk Away

  7. Cloggie on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 12:33 am 

    When was the last time mr Kunstler mentioned “peak oil”?

    Was it in this millenium?

    Has the event been called off? Surely looks like it.

  8. Cloggie on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 1:45 am 

    In the news today, 9/11:

    Empire latest: Dutch government funded jihadists in Syria. They meanwhile stopped doing that, now that Assad has won.


    Bad news for millimind and his “Europe is collapsing” meme/wishful thinking:

    In 2016 the number of millionair households in Holland increased with 6%. No signs growth is receding.

    Weather forecast: sunny, dry,, beware of low-flying planes.

  9. makati1 on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 4:12 am 

    “Millionaires” are a dime a dozen in the West, but how much is real wealth and how much is paper wealth that will go Poof! when the SHTF? My guess, most, if not all, of it.

    BTW: I am a “millionaire” here in the Ps, if you think in Pesos. But my real net worth is many times that in assets that are NOT paper or numbers in some computer. I live in the real world.

  10. MASTERMIND on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 7:11 am 


    The former White House adviser was “astounded” by the depths of the president’s stupidity, according to Bob Woodward’s new book.

  11. MASTERMIND on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 7:12 am 

    North Sea oil and gas drilling falls to lowest level since 1965

  12. Boat on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 7:24 am 


    Paper that says you own land is no different than paper that says you own money. Faith in gold is no different than faith in assets or paper. The human brain assigns value to different because our systems needed a way to buy sell and trade. Your brainwashed because of your faith in systems. Lol

  13. GregT on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 11:30 am 

    “Faith in gold is no different than faith in assets or paper.”

    “Your brainwashed because of your faith in systems.”

    Gold has been considered a store of wealth for over 5000 years Boat, and if not for ‘faith in systems’, paper ‘assets’ would be worth no more than the ink, and the paper that the ink is printed on.

    It would be you who is brainwashed Boat, because of your faith in systems.

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