The Coming Crisis

Every war is a part of a larger story of relations between the nations that fought in the war and the war in Ukraine is not an exception. This war started a year ago, but it is part of the story that started in 2014. of course, that chapter was preceded by the aftermath of the Cold War. In the case of the neocons driving American policy, their portion of this story begins during the Trial of the 193. Like all stories, the war will end and what will follow are more chapters to close out this story arc.

Within the war itself there are chapters. In the case of Ukraine, the first chapters could be called the pre-awakening. Both the Russians and Ukrainians, assumed this would be a short affair ending in rounds of talks. The Europeans, in contrast, thought it would be a short affair as well, but instead ending in a Russian collapse. They had been assured by their American handlers that Russia was a hollow country. Once the sanctions hit them, the peasants would revolt.

Interestingly, all parties kept on believing their version of the plot even after it should have been clear they were wrong. The Russians kept pressing for negotiations, even after Ukraine told them Washington would not allow it. The Europeans kept pushing new sanctions packages, even after it was clear the Russian economy was not going to collapse and there would be no peasant revolt. For a few months last spring and summer, everyone stuck with the old script.

It appears that it was the Russians who were the first to realize that the script was wrong and that they needed to rethink things. The mobilization of reserves along with a reorganization of their military structure in Ukraine followed. The Russians figured out that this is a long war of attrition between Moscow and its allies versus the American Empire and its allies. What we have seen for the last six months is a slow, deliberate grind of the Ukrainians by the Russians.

We are about to see the final closing of one chapter of this war and the opening of a new chapter due to developments on the battlefield. The first and most important bit of news is the encirclement of a town called Bakhmut. If you look at this pro-Ukrainian deployment map, you see the line of contact in Ukraine. In this case, pro-Ukrainian does not mean pure propaganda. It simply relies primarily on Ukrainian sources to assemble the map and unit positions.

If you zoom into the area dead center of the line of contact, you will find the town called Bakhmut and see a large grouping of Ukrainian forces. They have been throwing everything they can into this town in order to hold it. The Russians now have the town surrounded, with tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops inside it. It appears that Zelensky has instructed the forces inside this cauldron to fight to the last man, much as he did last year with the Mariupol garrison.

There are two primary reason Zelensky and the general staff are sacrificing tens of thousands of men for this town. One reason is strategic. It is the keystone to this defense line in the Donbas. If it falls, the Ukrainians will have to fall back to their last line of defense east of the Dnieper River. That last defensive line is not as built up as the current defensive positions. The Ukrainians are buying as much time as they can in order to build up that new defense line.

The other reason for this massive sacrifice of men and machines is the general psychology of the war on the Ukrainian side. They have been told since the start that they just needed to hang on until the Russians crumbled. Then they were told to hang on until the West could provide wonder weapons. Now they are hanging on because they have no other option. For Zelensky, this war is about buying time while hoping for some change that will save him from his fate.

Another reason for the great turning of the page that is coming in this war relates to that waiting strategy of the Ukrainians. They are running out of supplies. Reports keep coming in from Ukrainian sources that they are out of ammunition. The reason they are out of ammunition is the West cannot get ammunition to them fast enough. The reason for that is the West is running out of ammunition as well. After a year of ground war, the Western warehouses are now empty.

The issue has become so critical that the people running foreign policy had Biden sign “a presidential waiver of some statutory requirements (Waiver) authorizing the use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to more aggressively build the resiliency of America’s defense industrial base and secure its supply chains.” This is the first step in transitioning the economy to wartime, which means prioritizing defense over civilian items.

Something similar is afoot in Europe. What the West has come to realize is they were all wrong about the Russian economy. It has performed better over the last year than the European economies. They were also wrong about Russia’s standing in the world, particularly with other major powers like China and India. They have not been willing to go along with Washington’s war on Moscow. Eighty percent of the world’s population now supports the Russian side in this conflict.

Another piece of this is a bit of reality Western leaders have ignored for so long they stopped thinking about it. That is, the industrial base of the West no longer exists as a practical matter. Generations of offshoring and global supply chain management have left Western countries with a tiny manufacturing base. China now has more manufacturing capacity than the U.S. and Europe combined. Throw in Russia, Brazil and India and you see the problem.

The shape of the next chapter in this new global war is still unclear, but one storyline will be the looming political crisis in the West. The sanctions regime is simply unsustainable for Europe so it must come to an end. It cannot come to end until the war in the Ukraine has come to an end. The trouble is European political leaders have ruled out any end other than Ukrainian tanks rolling through Moscow. Europe has created an unsolvable problem for itself.

Another part of the story could be a change in China. For a long time the Chinese have viewed their relationship with Washington as purely economic. If they did good business with Washington, everything else solved itself. Beijing now sees that things have changed and so they are changing. All of the war talk over Taiwan has finally convinced the Chinese to adjust their position. Sino-American relations will no longer be about business, but about great power conflict.

Of course, all of this will be happening against the backdrop of a political class in Washington that looks like the shuffleboard courts in Boca. Everyone who wants to be Pericles in this war is too old to say the name clearly. Of course, Washington is full of potential Cleons among the younger generations of politicians, but none of them are bright enough to understand it. As this war enters the crisis chapters, the West is desperately short of men who are good in a crisis.


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Kratoklastes
Kratoklastes
1 year ago

The only ‘quibble’ with this excellent piece, is that it sets too late a date for the birth of the neocon’s boner about Russia. It wasn’t the Trial of the 193 (late 1870s) that birthed these cretins and their obsession with the modern Amalek; it was the discovery and denunciation of the Judaizing Heresy (Жидовству-ющая ересь) in the Orthodox Church almost 400 years earlier. This was an attempt at an archetypal “Long March Through the Institutions” of which we are now so familiar, there having been successful implementations in all elements of the manageial State. Post-1480 by still WAY pre-1875,… Read more »

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1 year ago

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ray
ray
1 year ago

Insightful post.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
1 year ago

Well, Chimeral, China was but one topic under discussion here today, and not the sole topic. Good ‘ol Rebel apparently set you off somehow. I daresay, he does know the difference, but he was making a wider point. He was focusing on our hostile immigrant “masters”, who think they own this place and us, as well. They don’t have to come from outside, unfortunately these barbarians already had the gates thrown open to them by, surprise, surprise, the hostile aliens lording it over us now who previously were immigrants. Get it? He is not a “retard”, never having given anyone… Read more »

miforest
Member
1 year ago

This is completely off topic here and against my normaly blackpiled nature .
If any of you are sending kids to college you may want to think about ave maria univ. in florida. this group of stuedents on a pilgramage looks and acts a lot diffrent than what you see almost any other school. pay special attn. to the girls.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEgJ6IPp7Po

NateG
NateG
1 year ago

Neocons are like a virus. They were contained in the Pale of Settlement until some leaked out and spread west before infecting Russia prior to WW1.

Russia survived the horrible virus, lost many people, but recovered. Neocons, who hate looking bad, are losing to Russia again! They’ll never admit they are wrong, so expect more bloodshed until someone finds an anti-virus for them in the west.

pyrrhus
pyrrhus
Reply to  NateG
1 year ago

Maybe Ivermectin could deal with them, LOL…it works against most viruses, that’s why the neocons banned it….

rockandrolltomato
rockandrolltomato
1 year ago

OT, it is reported that the CIA’s pet rodent Ron Desantis is a #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon!!!

What an insipid, er, INSPIRING title, “The Courage to Be Free” says it all.

Free to walk into a big box store and endure the taunts of a 24 year old woman for letting your mask slide under your nose.

Free!

Hun
Hun
Reply to  rockandrolltomato
1 year ago

I once met a guy who read Obama’s Audacity of Hope. He was a depressed liberal midwit, convinced that it was the most profound book ever.

I wonder what kind of a person buys a book “written” by DeSantis.

Joe Blow Snow
Joe Blow Snow
Reply to  Hun
1 year ago

“”I wonder what kind of a person buys a book “written” by DeSantis.””

They are thinly veiled end-runs around campaign finance laws.

Hardly anyone reads them, but DeSantis will be getting a nice chunk of change.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Joe Blow Snow
1 year ago

Ah, another means (if one were even needed…) of “fortifying Democracy”.

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  rockandrolltomato
1 year ago

DeSantis did write a book something like, “Dreams of Our Founding Fathers.” He published it when he was in Congress and confronting the Obama anti-American revolution. He was as forthright as he could be calling out Obama’s anti-Americanism and how nefarious the Obama regime was.

He may not be the ultimate champion, but he isn’t one of the Obama syndicate’s stooges.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  RealityRules
1 year ago

Well, he is one of GOPe’s stooges, so curb whatever enthusiasm you might have for him.

Governor, just stay in FL, fight off the left, and prepare for the dissolution, if it comes to that. This is your best and highest use.

miforest
Member
Reply to  RealityRules
1 year ago

Of course he’s no Obama stooge, He’s a BUSH stooge. Its jeb’s hand animating this puppet !

Tired Citizen
Tired Citizen
1 year ago

Full disclaimer – I have gone from a flag-waving, patriotic conservative to a full on Anti-“America” zealot at this point. It was a long time in the making, but unfortunately, I have grown to absolutely despise this country. It hates me and people like me, so I hate it back. That being said, just to show how deranged and rotten our ruling class really is, they are now going to expect all of the young white men, whom they have declared as domestic terrorists, to go fight and die for their corrupt money laundering operation. I can’t think of ANYTHING… Read more »

frosty
frosty
Reply to  Tired Citizen
1 year ago

I subscribe to a newsletter for for parents trying to deal with kids who have been completely brainwashed in school and on line into being “trans. ” . I try to offer consolation and encourage them to turn to catholic faith in to deal with the completed Horror of what has happened to their beloved child. I really don’t know what else to say to them . the striking thing about it is they are very hostile towards their parents. that hate had to come from somewhere , and I think it’s the genderqueer councilors that they are exposed to… Read more »

Xman
Xman
Reply to  Tired Citizen
1 year ago

You ain’t the only one who made that metamorphosis…

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Tired Citizen
1 year ago

Much like Sheriff Will Teasle, the USG just won’t stop pushing…

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  Tired Citizen
1 year ago

You are not alone.

ArthurinCali
1 year ago

https://dailyreckoning.com/the-horrifying-endgame-in-ukraine/

Most on here have probably read this analysis from Daily Reckoning, but if not it is a sobering overview of how the Ukie-Rus conflict is so much bigger than what the regime and its sycophant media are telling us.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  ArthurinCali
1 year ago

Thanks for posting this. I haven’t read Daily Reckoning since at least 2009. Is Bill Bonner still alive?

ArthurinCali
Reply to  Hun
1 year ago

He’s alive, but getting up there. He is in his 70’s now.

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1 year ago

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Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Another benefit is many Ukie women to breed with. They’ll go with the winner every time.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

Posted in the worng place, sorry.

Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

I’m in the market for a Uke bride for Sandmich Jr. He’s a bit of a layabout but he does have the advantage of being alive.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  Evil Sandmich
1 year ago

Is junior Pureblooded?

And what is the v@xx rate amongst Ukie front holes?

Every fantasy we have about young fertile White front holes must begin and end with the question: Is it v@xxed?

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

Most Ukie women have already left the country. They are now all over the EU.

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  Hun
1 year ago

Probably on Nigerian casting couches as we speak.

miforest
Member
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

unfortunately the UKE women have all been shipped to Europe and placed in refugee camps . there they cannot escape and are culturally enriched . the average European guy won’t meet them till they have a couple of children in the center .

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

Uke women have a well-deserved reputation as some of the most stonehearted, epic mercs of all-time.

miforest
Member
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

with the history of that place , I cannot blame them .

TripleV
TripleV
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

They will eat you alive.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
1 year ago

Grinding down is also the ruling class’s signature. Covid wasn’t a fast kill, but a slow kill that will expand the coming NHS administrative State economy for years of debility and sterility. The Ohio sabotage has poisoned the water supply of the entire eastern half of the US, a Camp LeJeune that will feed the government-corporate medical Cartel for decades. (Camp LeJeune had only a few thousand gallons as the same toxin as East Palestine.) Sabotage of food, fuel, energy, policing: we are being broken. Admin State is the vision of the echo chamber of the admin state. They see… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

(The NHS, National Health Service, is the largest employer not only in the UK but in the world. I believe it is the largest segment of their economy as well: the Dole is a post-services economy.)

KGB
KGB
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

I thought it was the Indian railway service.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  KGB
1 year ago

Ah, I thought #2, but there are a lot of Indians. You may be right. Likely the chopstick PLA has superceded both.

Pozymandias
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

That does seem to be the The Plan doesn’t it. It’s also consistent with the feminized style of the new ruling class. A century ago a ruling class with as much hate for the native populations of the West would have just gone all “Final Solution to the White Problem”. The crazy ladies and ladyboys of today seem to have this passive-aggressive idea that they’ll just sorta-kinda mismanage the country into oblivion over say, 30 years and thus get to their idiocratic paradise. That plan does seem to presuppose a certain inaction and lack of initiative on the part of… Read more »

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

Catherine Austin Fitts nailed it when she called this, “The Great Poisoning.”

Cymry Dragon
Cymry Dragon
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

“What may save us is piracy”.
Where are you Ragnar Danneskjöld?!

miforest
Member
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

remember the Georgia Guidestones said only 500 million people . they have started toward that goal.

theRussians
theRussians
Member
1 year ago

There’s things you file away that fall into place or gusset an argument that can lie dormant for quite some time. late last summer, I’d heard that US forces were emptying armories in the middle of the night, using night vision. More cucked countries did it in broad daylight. I sure would like to see an honest assessment of the reserves that the military west has. In canada, a roundtable of recent military retirees estimated that the armed forces could only field a fully armed and supported force of 4000. It’s always worse than I think.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  theRussians
1 year ago

Canada does indeed have virtually nothing

People like to point at the geographically sublime position of the USA, but the real geographical lottery winner was Canada. All the benefits of empire, none of the responsiblities.

Abelard Lindsey
Abelard Lindsey
1 year ago

This suggests we are entering a WW1 style cluster-fuck.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Abelard Lindsey
1 year ago

We do have vast numbers of black and brown young men to send to the trenches. You’d think they of all people would be motivated to fight for this regime, yes?

sneakn
sneakn
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

at least the black and brown young men can claim they are fighting for a regime that fights for them. the traditional American fighting man, not so much. I’m pessimistic on our ability to muster a serious force. This isn’t 20 years ago, so much good will has been burned.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

Heh. Them meeting the Muslims, South Asians, and Africans, that would be a sight. Let’s send them to Western Europe. That’s what NATO is for, eh?

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

The regime only wants their votes and to place them as sinecures so Fink, Dimon, Schwab, the Bureaucracy and company can send them instructions they will dutifully sign off on and carry out.

They want to express their hatred of whitey and take his place – so long as it is a place of celebrity, easy money and status.

Sadly, that means the only enlistment they’ll serve their masters for is on American soil.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

No, the Brown Sludge will be reserved for the home front while, predictably, the white boys who actually are the “war fighters” would be put in harm’s way elsewhere. Can’t wait.

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  JerseyJeffersonian
1 year ago

let ’em die for biden, keeps them from fighting here.

Cymry Dragon
Cymry Dragon
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

As a legacy American (settler, not immigrant) my family has served in the US military in every war since the Revolution. Some died, some lived to tell stories. My wife’s uncles and mine were on opposite sides in the War between the States. My uncle Cecil died at Normandy. My Dad landed Marines on Iwo Jima. Two dead relatives in Korea. Four in Vietnam. My wife and I served in the 70’s. My son did three tours in Afghanistan. All that to show my history and I WOULD NEVER SUGGEST ANYONE JOIN THE CURRENT US MILITARY! It’s simply not the… Read more »

Miforest
Member
Reply to  Abelard Lindsey
1 year ago

If we are lucky. the difference this time is that the real targets are civilians

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

I’ve read that Russia basically mothballed their arms production when they no longer needed to add to inventory. That is, they sprayed oil all over the machines and sealed the factories up leaving just a skeleton crew of maintenance workers. When more ammunition was required, they cleaned the oil off the machines and got everything up and running again. All they had to do was find workers and train them. America used to (and may still) do this with naval ships. The American and European systems simply don’t work this way. They buy their weapons and ammunition from the private… Read more »

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

Heard the same.

US completely dismantled and destroyed the F-22 production machinery decades ago.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

Quite so, I’ve delivered loads of scrapped production machinery to second-hand sellers who refurbish it and sell it, usually to the third world.

The largest annual convention in Vegas is the secondary market; dang, that is another hidden potential for the parallel economy.

So are brokers for farms, grain, livestock, fuels, metal; the backbone of the parallel economy is enormous, robust, distributed, and well hidden.

So many potential contacts, so little time. Let us resurrect the Grange.

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 year ago

This is amazing. If you could get this up and running that would be great.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  RealityRules
1 year ago

Why, thank you. You are most kind.

B125
B125
1 year ago

Most of the world, outside of the West, has a lot of respect for Russians. I’ve seen it while travelling to Latin America, and heard it from Arabs. People will do things for the Russian guys. It’s not forced or transactional, they just like them and are happy to help. At worst, most people are neutral about Russia and don’t really care, and definitely don’t care enough to want to see them nuked off of the map. I think the destructive social agenda pushed by the West has turned away the 3rd world quite a bit. They’re happy to go… Read more »

B125
B125
Reply to  B125
1 year ago

Me and a Russian guy were about to get mugged by a group of Arabs, late at night, in Europe. This Russian guy told them that we were Russians, and then they kind of grumbled, and backed off. I said nothing hoping they didn’t ask me to speak Russian. I also hoped they didn’t start fighting. He was aggressive, knew MMA, and would have fought them, but I didn’t want to be caught in a 2 v. 7 fight at 3am while drunk. Either way they let us go once they found out he was Russian. Maybe they saw he… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  B125
1 year ago

I think in that case being Russian was supposed to mean you didn’t have any money

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

This guy explains what happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRIsC764Nn4

Apex Predator
Apex Predator
Reply to  B125
1 year ago

Russians have a take no sh-t rep for certain much like Aussies use to have at one time. Aussies were rough & tumble types but everyone has seen Aussies cuck nationally after Covid lockdowns turned them back into a meek prison colony.

Russians still have some of that mythology around them even though obviously not every Russian is a stone cold killer or drunken lunatic. Italians also enjoyed this for a while when the Mafia was still a thing but they are domesticated now for the most part.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 year ago

I heard an apparently true story a couple of years back concerning that “take no shit” Russian attitude. There was a fairly large Russian presence in Germany, and one day, some arabs or other dacoits sexually assaulted a young Russian girl, and when this became known in that community, the men gathered up baseball bats and other weaponry and went en masse to the dwelling place of these dacoits. They proceeded to beat or otherwise seriously injure a lot of those dacoits. I also heard reports of kneegrows who were being bothersome to Russian women in nightspots in Russia getting… Read more »

Cymry Dragon
Cymry Dragon
Reply to  JerseyJeffersonian
1 year ago

Too bad the spirit that led to the Longview, TX racial reconciliation is dead.

KGB
KGB
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 year ago

Earlier today I was watching an Aussie news report on their “Voice To Parliament” referendum, which would give Aboriginies a special advisory role in government. The government is now pressuring sportsball and other normie activities to preach the benefits of this endeavor. The clip I watched showed highlights of Aboriginal violence and dysfunction and included a few interviews.

Oh dear. They make our joggers looks like, well, Wakandans. No one should be taking any advice from their types. But naturally, polls show the referendum will pass easily.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  B125
1 year ago

The West already was in a state of rapid economic and civilizational decline but Woke indeed was the death blow. The damage it has done is irreparable.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

This is the best case scenario for the West according to Nick Land, which I tend to agree with: (1) Modernity 2.0. Global modernization is re-invigorated from a new ethno-geographical core, liberated from the degenerate structures of its Eurocentric predecessor, but no doubt confronting long range trends of an equally mortuary character. This is by far the most encouraging and plausible scenario (from a pro-modernist perspective), and if China remains even approximately on its current track it will be assuredly realized. (India, sadly, seems to be too far gone in its native version of demosclerosis to seriously compete.) … (3)… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  B125
1 year ago

Even in the West it’s not so clear. The only sports league still taking a knee before games is the faggot English.

btp
Member
1 year ago

I’m reminded of the great orrador and champion of Thenian democracy, Feragles, who said, “The whole world is filled with all the dead men and their grave is written on all the, the people and their hearts.” Look, all this stuff, it’s important, ok?

Kratoklastes
Kratoklastes
Reply to  btp
1 year ago

+1000 for the image of de la Rochejacquelain. “Mes amis! Si j’avance: suivez-moi! si je recule, tuez-moi! Si je tombe – vengez-moi” I know the relevant parts of the Vendée like the back of my hand: we lived in the countryside near Cézais for a couple of years in the mid-00s – which is halfway between La Châtaigneraie and Fontenay-le-Comte. Prior to that we spent a year renting a tower in a château in St Paul du Bois that had changed hands several times dring the War for the Vendee. We ate at Le Gavroche in Vihiers – about halfway… Read more »

Guest
Guest
1 year ago

A third reason is that Zelensky is not Ukrainian in any meaningful sense of the term. When the war is lost he will eventually board a US military plane to join his parents at their $7MM villa in Israel, or to his estate in Florida. That the Ukrainian people have not risen up to assassinate him boggles the mind.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Guest
1 year ago

This is the only reason. The first two stated reasons are BS. Zelensky, his tribe and the GAE are mass murdering Slavs, which is the main goal of this war from the GAE point of view.
Russians wanted a quick resolution. Now they don’t have any good options. They do not want a long war of attrition, because they understand that Ukrainians are their own people and killing a lot of Ukrainian men means self-genocide.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

I used to be an armchair student of military history, before I found other things to do. It dawned on me, at some point, that a primary catalyst for virtually every war in history was that one side or both thought it was going to be easy. Far fewer wars would have been fought had the instigators known what they were in for. Add one more to that list. And it appears that mindset is still hanging on in the west, when it should have been dead and buried months ago. But then these are people who thought it would… Read more »

theRussians
theRussians
Member
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

I can’t help thinking that when the west adopted globohomo and put trannies in charge, the Russians, among others, no longer felt intimidated. There are fewer countries interested in debt based economies that are underwritten by democracy/sodomy than GAE guessed, despite the propaganda campaign. (I can hear jimmy fallon in the background “sodomy, so great, so great!”

joseph tully
joseph tully
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 year ago

How many wars were going to be over by Christmas–as in THIS COMING Christmas? Oops!

ray
ray
1 year ago

Gee, after fifty years of Total Feminization, I just cannot grok why the West would be ‘out of men who are good in a crisis’. Last time I saw a photo of the Defense Ministers of Western Europe, looked like a hive of chitterers at a bridal shower. Meanwhile U.S. intel teems with hard-charging, padded-shoulder, empowered women. Single women, mostly. True Believers. The West, and Anglo nations especially, hate and deselect for ‘men who are good in a crisis’. Or just men, period, unless they’re the homo variety. Yes, I’m quite certain the West is well-equipped for protracted global war.… Read more »

Steve
Steve
Reply to  ray
1 year ago

I know, right? Is there some kind of law that says defense ministers have to be women? Weird. And they are all useless.

Pozymandias
Reply to  ray
1 year ago

A lot of the political units of the Western world seem characterized by the same basic array of factors. Take the place I’m trapped in, Oregon. We just endured the disastrous reign of Kate Brown, who has now been replaced by an even worse female donkey whose name I can’t be bothered to look up. But who is “Kate Brown”? It turns out she’s a worn out party girl who was actually born in Spain. Her followers are very proud that she claims to be some sort of non-binary whatsit and has both a cucked house husband and a female… Read more »

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
1 year ago

“Europeans kept pushing new sanctions packages, even after it was clear the Russian economy was not going to collapse and…” To further bolster that, there’s this:…”Seaborne oil exports remained resilient in February, as the nation found new buyers even as the full force of Western restrictions was brought to bear. Oil-market watchers are closely following Russian export data for signs of disruptions after the European Union and the majority of Group of Seven nations banned most seaborne imports of oil and fuel in condemnation of the invasion in Ukraine. Aided by ‘shadow fleet’ of tankers, Russian producers have turned to… Read more »

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Stranger in a Strange Land
1 year ago

I fully subscribe to view held by Andrei Martyanov, a/k/a Smoothiex12, that the number of those in Our Western Elites who are grounded sufficiently to function in reality is functionally ZERO. Maleducated, and forming up into a uniform cohort of those similarly enstupidified, they obliviously will step into the abyss with all the rest of us in their train.

In my heart of hearts I hope that there will be a reckoning upon them; namely, them being sprayed forth as a vast cloud of pink mist from a legion of wood chippers.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  JerseyJeffersonian
1 year ago

Look at these leaders – the Trudeaus, Macrons, Scholzs and all those awful women. They are interchangeable drones. They all belong to the WEF, none of them have ever done a real job, their CVs are padded out with useless NGO internships and bogus educational honours. And they all appear from out of nowhere. Obama was the prototype. They all come freshly minted from the Davos Garden Gnome Factory

Pozymandias
Reply to  Steve
1 year ago

I hadn’t read your comment when I wrote mine above but it seems you, me, and JJ, all had the same basic thoughts here. Death to the Garden Gnomes!

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

The West bet the farm on economic sanctions and blocking Russia from the global financial system. They assumed that this would cripple the Russian economy and Putin would be forced to relent. Not surprisingly, the neocons think in terms of using financial leverage and access to trade to get what they want. Given the state of the military and American’s unwillingness to take many losses, it’s really all that they have anyway. That’s what make this war so incredibly important. Russia is showing that Western trade sanctions and the mighty dollar can be beat. What’s more, other countries getting involved… Read more »

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

Agreed. The sanctions were supposed to be the silver bullet and they misfired. We probably have no idea how big of a shock this was to the Regime. Additionally, Woke with the attendant black and tranny worship had caused massive loss of prestige, and only the economic power, which is still there albeit in a diminished form, kept the West front and center.

The West in general and the United States in particular will exit this madness far weaker than it entered it, and that assumes it doesn’t decide to take the world out with it in a nuclear holocaust.

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

what are the chances the fukktards in charge accidentally nuke their own cities?

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

I honestly don’t think anyone really knows what will happen when the button is pushed. Those missiles have been down there in the siloes for so long, who can say?

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

It would be the kind of thing they do all the time. But the greatest danger today is the same as when the insanity started: a false move, possibly a breach of protocol and understandings dating back more than sixty years, in a pique of feminine anger causes Ivan to let the birds rip. If you are looking at people castrating their sons and removing their daughters’ breasts, you tend to believe they would nuke you.

KHP
KHP
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

What are the chances that it would be accidental?

Mr C
Mr C
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 year ago

Don’t forget the lost national pride. In 15 quick years patriotism has all but died in the US. This is something the regime as not accounted for. The ones who used to “rally” behind this kind of thing simply don’t care. They checked out when we began worshiping the rainbow flag.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Mr C
1 year ago

They really began to check out when the flagpole to which the Holy Rainbow Flag was attached began to be rammed up their asses wielded by the hands of spiteful mutants of all types cheered on by Our Leaders.

I Forgot my Pen
I Forgot my Pen
Reply to  Mr C
1 year ago

Although national pride has no doubt diminished, I would not be so quick to assume it is not still usable to the regime. Case in point: the Ukraine war. The same normies who only months earlier were starting to question the regime on all the lies they had been told about covid, quickly applied Ukrainian bumper stickers to their cars. Just when I thought the tipping point had come and a significant amount of normies would wake up to their potemkin village, nope it was whatever the TV person told them to think. Dust off the old Rocky IV DVD… Read more »

KGB
KGB
Reply to  I Forgot my Pen
1 year ago

Anecdotal, yes, but in my town the Ukrainian flag has been displayed by the same people who were Covidians. Normie doesn’t seem to give a fig. I suspect he’s tired of The Message, tired of it all.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

Exactly. But my question is, if a schlub like me could have predicted all this, why couldn’t they? Are they really that stupid?

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Steve
1 year ago

Not stupid, just incredibly cocky.

Also, the neocons have never lived in the real world, so they have huge blind spots.

Getreal
Getreal
1 year ago

The reasoning used on the MPAI population, the ones flying their faded Ukrainian flags next to their rainbow and BLM banners is that this ‘totally unprovoked aggression’ blah-blah is the reason we need to ‘stand with Ukraine…’ It reminds me of the logic of the demented figurehead shouting in his glassy-eyed fashion, ‘this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated…!’ No follow-up, accountability when this MPAI-aimed narrative was debunked. That brings us to 1944. One group of Ukrainians were fighting FOR the Germans, another, against. They would still share intel as needed. At war’s end the Ukrainians had a standing army.… Read more »

Getreal
Getreal
Reply to  Getreal
1 year ago

Didn’t want to lose even our intelligent audience with a tl;dr.
It was not until the early 1950’s that Stalin finally subdued the Ukrainians, and that after losing thousands of Red Army soldiers in open warfare, as well as guerilla warfare.

In the end, MPAI holds as John Q. Normie does not know shit, does not want to know shit. So his mind is a blank page for the implanting of messages.

Messages that lead John’s wife to be eligible for ‘Gold Star Mother’.

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
Reply to  Getreal
1 year ago

“In the end, MPAI holds as John Q. Normie does not know shit, does not want to know shit. ” This would be good if it were true. John Q. Normie should be involved in normie stuff. Ideally, John Q Normie keeps the machinery of the society running smoothly. He is well suited to his task and does his task well. The idea that Normie should keep abreast of all this stuff is embedded in democracy. ‘Normie needs to know all this stuff in order to make an informed decision on who to vote for, what policies should be supported… Read more »

Cruciform
Cruciform
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 year ago

“This would be good if it were true. John Q. Normie should be involved in normie stuff.”

I am fine with that UNTIL TPTB want to audition my sons for a body bag, and a free flight in steerage. And my wife for the role of “Gold Star Mother.”

But in my experience, theJohn Q. Normie I think of cannot open the hood on his own car, has an IT job, is beta-tized, and raizing an effeminate son. The wheels he is keeping spinning include those that fleece and oppress us.

John Q. voted for Biden.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Cruciform
1 year ago

I think “raizing” is a slight mispelling. You probably intended “razing”, as in destroying a young man potentially of value to his people, and leaving pretty much nothing but a smoking hole in his place. This is Best Practices in Contemporary Fathering, don’t you know.

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
Reply to  Cruciform
1 year ago

They are going to do that whether he is politically aware or not. Without democracy, it would probably happen less often.

Vajynabush
Vajynabush
Reply to  Getreal
1 year ago

MPAI? Not everyone knows these acronyms.

Dry End of the Titanic
Dry End of the Titanic
Reply to  Vajynabush
1 year ago

Most People Are Idiots, coined by Vox Day

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Dry End of the Titanic
1 year ago

I’ve met Vox Day very brielfy. He isn’t as clever as he thinks he is.

Getreal
Getreal
Reply to  Dry End of the Titanic
1 year ago

I don’t think he is the source – although he may use the term.

Using my fingers, I searched and came up with a number of different sources for “Most People are Idiots.” Perhaps the mention was to the acronym, not the phrase.

Videos such as “Why are there so many stupid people” came up on the search “MPAI author Most People are Idiots.”

In any case, my anecdotal evidence trends towards, MPAI.

Idjit
Idjit
Reply to  Vajynabush
1 year ago

MPAI – Most People Are Idiots

Getreal
Getreal
Reply to  Vajynabush
1 year ago

Most people have fingers. Thus, most people can use a search engine.

Do you have fingers? Asking for a friend.

Also, common as fuck acronyms are like a shit test. Oops, there I go again.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Getreal
1 year ago

I would remark that meeting polite requests for clarifications with smart assery also is a shit test. We are of differing ages, backgrounds, and exposures to current memes here. Bear that in mind if you would, please. Thanks. P.S.: I didn’t know the meaning behind that acronym either, so I was grateful for the courteous replies to Vajynabush’s question that dispelled my apparently unforgiveable ignorance. Here around Philly, we distinguish between two levels of disrespect: 1) “Tone”, being supercilious; 2) “Attytood”, being actively insulting. Neither is good. You probably don’t intend to suggest that other posters are to be grouped… Read more »

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
1 year ago

Anyone with real talent and a skill set worth something would not hold a high position of power in a system that seeks and promotes Kamalas and has for years. If you’re a woman of mixed race ready and willing to wear the knee pads, the world is your oyster in this decayed system, like a rat finding a dumpster behind a restaurant. That’s what our “elite” is choosing for “leadership.” And men who steal ladies’ luggage. All we can do is prepare for the bitter aftermath and cross our fingers won’t involve anything nuclear. One thing these people will… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  JR Wirth
1 year ago

Blue helmets standing guard in Washington will be the best thing for recruiting DR converts.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Compsci
1 year ago

It will be the PLA under some flimsy UN/globalist legal pretext the progs will eat right up.

Good ol' Rebel
Good ol' Rebel
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

Here’s the problem with abbreviations online. Do you mean the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), or the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA)? Or probably some other marxist groups from the 70’s have the same initials. Frankly, if the towel-PLA took over the Imperial Capital, they might end up doing a lot of good; they have a certain perspective on our Greatest Ally. Even the chopsticks-PLA would be better than what’s in power now. You can convince an occupying-army of foreign origin to go home; you can’t similarly convince the entrenched “I am captain now!” invaders to go home, as they think… Read more »

Chimeral
Chimeral
Reply to  Good ol' Rebel
1 year ago

Seriously? IDGAF and if you are trending “Palestine Lib Army” for the Chinese Army, when China is the topic of the day … I don’t know that online discourse here has to cater to your lowest common denominator.

Like fucking special ed.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Good ol' Rebel
1 year ago

I was thinking Pudendum-Licking Albanians.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Good ol' Rebel
1 year ago

Well, Chimeral, China was but one topic under discussion here today, and not the sole topic. Good ‘ol Rebel apparently set you off somehow. I daresay, he does know the difference, but he was making a wider point. He was focusing on our hostile immigrant “masters”, who think they own this place and us, as well. They don’t have to come from outside, unfortunately these barbarians already had the gates thrown open to them by, surprise, surprise, the hostile aliens lording it over us now who previously were immigrants. Get it? He is not a “retard”, never having given anyone… Read more »

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
Reply to  JR Wirth
1 year ago

Is it just me, or does the Luggage Stealer look an awful lot like Pennywise?

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  Bartleby the Scrivner
1 year ago

pennywise’s love child

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

And she is lazy too! There has been a steady stream of resignations from her office and one of the frequent complaints is that she won’t review the research that has been prepared for her and so she continually goes into meetings and presentations unprepared.

Presumably, none of this work has been necessary so far, so why start now?

It’s probably too much to hope for, but I wonder if the people who must support her start to have bad thoughts about the system that would elevate her.

Eloi
Eloi
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

She is the perfect example of Dunning-Kruger. She is clearly a moron. But, she is completely enamored with her knowledge. Thus, the results are clear: every time she is on camera, she speaks like a retarded 1st grade teacher.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Surely being beautiful is enough…oh, wait…

Owlman
Owlman
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Or not a slag. A slut. An enemy of the state.

just some guy
just some guy
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I have to be discreet, however by sheer chance I happen to know of someone who advises Willie Brown’s Girlfriend and her staff. There are of course many such people, a whole army of sycophants who “advise” her. Nevertheless, as an index of how degenerate these DC people are, this one particular man is married with kids… and recently sent around a widely circulated *work* e-mail declaring that he is bisexual and “coming out.” I leave it to you to judge the character of such a person, one who has the responsibility of advising the Vice President. This of course… Read more »

TomA
TomA
1 year ago

Now tackle the elephant in the room. The USA/EU is now in the vortex of the toilet bowl flush and accelerating into the void; which means that we are transitioning from slow collapse to fast collapse. This is happening because we have actual idiots running the show in DC. Biden is a corrupt dementia patient managed by evilmongers and the entire Congressional leadership is tangibly worse because they know that they are evil and incompetent. How else can you explain continuing to pour tens of $billions into the black hole of Ukraine while US infrastructure is crumbling before our eyes… Read more »

PrimiPilus
PrimiPilus
Reply to  TomA
1 year ago

TomA — I see the downvote on your comment. You might take some consolation in your regular savaging by referring to the old saw that:

…. a prophet is never honored by his own people in his own time.

Perhaps some time in the not too distant future, a small group of former Zeophytes will pull a bottle of good whiskey from the rubble of a liquor store and raise a toast to your dogged focus on your task.

TomA
TomA
Reply to  PrimiPilus
1 year ago

Not to worry. Those two are shills for the Stasi that have been assigned to keep watch over me. Every vote they cast is knee-jerk. And you know you’re over the target when the flack is the heaviest.

Xman
Xman
1 year ago

“…the industrial base of the West no longer exists as a practical matter. Generations of offshoring and global supply chain management have left Western countries with a tiny manufacturing base.”

Back towards the end of the Cold War, they used to say “The Soviet Union is a Third World country with nuclear weapons.”

Have any of these people been to Detroit lately?

LoriLostHaHaHa
LoriLostHaHaHa
Reply to  Xman
1 year ago

Michigan still manufactures a wide variety of goods. Volume is small. It could ramp up quickly, there are many just barely scraping by and they would be eager for well-paid factory jobs.

The problem is the C-levels and their financiers cannot fathom paying mere laborers actual living wages.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  LoriLostHaHaHa
1 year ago

Dow Chemical with HQ in Midland has an enormous complex and, as a company, is nearly as large as BASF.

The real problem with Michigan manufacturing is all the farting around with EVs happening in Detroit. What an incredible waste of time and effort.

Tired Citizen
Tired Citizen
Reply to  Xman
1 year ago

Detroit is a third world city loaded with negros. Far more powerful and destructive than nuclear weapons. All Ukraine need to do is ask Washington to send all of their blax and drop them on Russia. Russia would collapse within ten years.

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
Reply to  Tired Citizen
1 year ago

Citizen

Magic 8 ball says said luggage testers would be dealt with much more effectively than they are here.
But that’s my opinion, I could be wrong.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
1 year ago

Just a quick “back of the envelope” observation about economy: China exports roughly $500 billion worth of junk to us annually. In contrast, U.S. manufacturing appears to be in about 2.3 trillion. Let’s assume it’s all goods (no services) for now. I haven’t access to finer level data but we can make some assumptions. In the first place, a lot of that “US” manufacturing relies on foreign sourced parts. Secondly most foreign nations (including China) have far lower wage and other input costs than does the USA. Effectively, that makes their $500 billion a bigger share, compared to our $2.2… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 year ago

Was thinking about that myself lately. There is perhaps little aside from food that I use that is *not* made in China. I do not see how it can be replaced in less than a decade, and that’s assuming we don’t divert resources to producing war goods.

On the positive side, the essentials—food, energy are in abundance and we won’t starve in the dark as most other countries would.

Mr C
Mr C
Reply to  Compsci
1 year ago

I disagree. We are stupid enough to force alternative energy during wartime. We will use wind power to send our children to the slaughter.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Mr C
1 year ago

Doubtful. In an emergency, an existential emergency, all bets are off. We will revert to fossil fuel. War is that type of emergency—especially if the Fed’s fear an uprising behind them from the paroles.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 year ago

It’s just as big of a problem for China as it is for the USA. They need to sell us their cheap junk just as much as we need to buy it. Maybe more.

I read somewhere that during the Crimean War trade between the UK and Russia went on as normal.

mmack
mmack
1 year ago

Z, Thanks for this straightforward analysis. I keep thinking of the saying attributed to Marx: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” To wit: “The Europeans, in contrast, thought it would be a short affair as well, but instead ending in a Russian collapse. They had been assured by their American handlers that Russia was a hollow country. Once the sanctions hit them, the peasants would revolt.” Yeah, there was another guy who once said about Russia: “You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down!” I wonder whatever happened… Read more »

Mysterious Orca
Mysterious Orca
1 year ago

“It appears that Zelensky has instructed the forces inside this cauldron to fight to the last man, much as he did last year with the Mariupol garrison .. There are two primary reason Zelensky and the general staff are sacrificing tens of thousands of men for this town.” I doubt that Zelensky himself makes many actual decisions about any of this. The people who actually are directing this war on all levels – strategic, operations, and tactics – are the US DoD, in concert with and some reptiles from CIA, State, etc and some of the more belligerent guys from… Read more »

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Mysterious Orca
1 year ago

His job is to be sexually appealing to women. To their discredit, he is. When he’s on TV looks like a guy *from* TV. His corruption is public knowledge—so women will know it’s unpunished and desire him. It’s the first ever war where Americans’ support for it *doesn’t* differ by sex. He makes women want to see *their* men die. Brilliant casting. Hunter Biden has been made the locus of regime corruption for the same reason. His lifelong crime spree is pornography for women. Wanting to see him punished for anything means you’re an “incel,” envious that “he fucks,” etc.… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Hemid
1 year ago

Can confirm. Woke colleague described this ridiculous Keebler elf as “attractive”. Really shocked me.

ray
ray
Reply to  Hemid
1 year ago

Yes. Women have run the show for decades now — e.g., Tater Joe’s cabinet is overwhelmingly fem and feminist — and so the intel-managed agit-prop, almost without exception, is targeted at the female collective. When that sadistic midget Fauci was at his populist height, women were gushing about how attractive and charismatic he was. Nupe not kidding. Whoever the chickadees imagine holds power — however momentary — suddenly is the hot property. Zelenski, the Pope, you name it. Offstage managing a collective or hive-mind is far, far easier than herding cats, which is what managing men is. Or used to… Read more »

Pratt
Pratt
1 year ago

You consider two reasons for why Zelensky (et al.) might be willing to sacrifice tens of thousands of Ukrainian men in the battle over Bakhmut. But what about a third, and more sinister motive?

Does Zelensky, and do his handlers, actually care about the lives of their “fellow Ukrainians”? If those Slavs die in fair numbers while actually holding Bakhmut, good on the existential as well as the military-political front. If they die in still larger numbers while being defeated — well, that’s even more Slavs that won’t ever be able again to pogrom, right?

Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

It is truly horrendous that this aspect is invisible to the American public at large.

William Corliss
Member
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I attended a summer school program with Ms. Nuland’s younger half-brother, Will, many years ago. That was the first time I’d ever heard the phrase “shiksas are for practice.” I don’t believe his mother (his father’s 2nd wife) was Jewish, however.

They are an odd group. Their father, Sherwin Nuland, was a Yale psychiatrist who became obsessed with death and dying after decades of depression and wrote several books about it.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

She may have said, “worst,” but she meant, “best.”

Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Pratt
1 year ago

Another rumor (and this is very optimistic) is that NATO is training a fresh division or two of Uke troops in the U.K. and they need more training time before they’re deployed to the field and (as the rumor goes) the longer the Russians are fumbling around in Bakhmut the better trained and equipped these troops will be.

Even granting all that though the best thing such troops could accomplish is the defense of what remains of Ukraine. Used offensively they could make good headlines for a week before being ground into nothing.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I agree that the West/Ukrainians should have fallen back across the river and regrouped. But, as you say, it wouldn’t be too surprising if Russia was more than happy with that. Just as it’s very difficult for Russia to fight on the western side of the river, it’s equally hard for the Ukrainians to fight on the eastern half after they pulled their troops to the west. Russia would be content to have eastern Ukraine as a natural barrier to NATO. Indeed, a good peace settlement would be 1) Russia gets the Donbas and land bridge to Crimea (basically) what… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

I suspect that the Russians are wondering themselves how this whole thing ends. They’ve clearly found their footing militarily and their economy weathered the storm, so they have the luxury of thinking long-term. As you’ve mentioned, the Russians likely don’t want to take over all of Ukraine. It’d be a mess of a country and they’d likely face constant US-financed insurgency. I also can’t imagine that Russia will accept any deal that requires them to take the word of the US, which leaves territory. But, again, if you listen to what the neocons are saying, the seem to truly believe… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

That’s the thing-Russia is pretty much in the driver’s seat right now and can dictate the pace. As long as they keep grinding the Ukes down and no support gamechanger manifests, then what advantage is gained by changing course?

Steve
Steve
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

It also explains why the long-awaited Russian big arrow offensive(s) isn’t happening. Why bother attacking when your enemy is re-enacting the first day on the Somme for your benefit? They can just sit tight and pound away.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Steve
1 year ago

Brian Berletic from the New Atlas explains the situation very well. Russia is letting Ukraine throw troops away in Bahkmut. They’re also setting up the frontline for a possible spring/summer push, but even that push might be just more of the same but on a wider front.

Finally, the Russians are preparing (and hoping) for a possible Ukrainian offensive, which would be their last gasp. Honestly, if Ukraine launches a spring offensive, their leaders should be tried as war criminals. That’s just sending people to their death for no reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OId8MmGgAlg

kerdasi amaq
kerdasi amaq
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

If the Ukrainians were to retreat west far enough, the Russians could be happy to establish a de facto ceasefire.

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
Reply to  Evil Sandmich
1 year ago

if they are training in the uk, they are using broomsticks for rifles.

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

Or narwhal tusks.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

But they do get the extra diversity training and PFF (Pronoun Friend or Foe) course.

Member
Reply to  Evil Sandmich
1 year ago

No amount of training can make green troops anything but green troops. Nothing is the same as having someone actually determined to kill you.

C matt
C matt
Reply to  Vizzini
1 year ago

Well, you are still green. But becoming familiar with your weapon and basic tactics through drills significantly increases your chances. Better than being handed an AK 47 as you exit Starbucks and whisked off to the front

usNthem
usNthem
1 year ago

For some time, I wondered why the EU didn’t just tell the US government to FO. Then it became obvious that those countries (ex Hungary) are run by the same cadre of moronic imbeciles and tough wamynz that rule over this dump. The west being desperately short of men who are good in a crisis is a gross understatement. There is no one in the west in a position of power who one could hang their hat on to do the extreme hard work of ending all this insanity.

(((They))) Live
(((They))) Live
1 year ago

About a week ago, Ben Wallace told the media that the Russians already had 97% of their army fighting in the Ukraine. The UK media then used this figure as a fact. I assume Wallace got the number from the British MOD. Do they believe it, I’m beginning to think they might

All across the west, the people at the top are fools, or at least the leaders we see in public are

They may not actually know that the Russians are slowly winning

mmack
mmack
Reply to  (((They))) Live
1 year ago

“About a week ago, Ben Wallace told the media that the Russians already had 97% of their army fighting in the Ukraine. The UK media then used this figure as a fact. I assume Wallace got the number from the British MOD. Do they believe it, I’m beginning to think they might.” Read this and let me know: https://news.yahoo.com/putin-issues-alert-drone-strikes-155235732.html “Putin issues alert after drone strikes 60 miles from Moscow; Russian death toll surpasses all wars since WWII: Ukraine updates” “Russian death toll surpasses all its wars since WWII More than 60,000 Russian troops have died in the first year of… Read more »

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  mmack
1 year ago

Consider the source(s).

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  mmack
1 year ago

A pro-Ukrainian website that tracks the number of Russian military deaths using funeral announcements, local media announcement, family posts, etc., puts the number of Russian military dead at a bit under 20,000. That group, by it’s own admission, probably missing some deaths, so let’s say that the real total is between 25k and 30k with a similar number of wounded. The Donbas militias aren’t counted in that number but are probably between 5k and 10k. All in, Russian and Donbas militia have probably lost ~35k to 40k with similar wounded. Ukrainian, by the West’s own admission has lost at least… Read more »

Mr. House
Mr. House
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I fail to understand the strategic importance of the Ukraine in the first place, unless you were planning on invading Russia. Or something is being hidden in the Ukraine.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

This is a reply to Mr. House, the Ukraine is very important strategically if you have designs on Russia like the neocons do. They want a world without Russia and Russians. It’s a sword pointed at the heart of Russia (Moscow) and a great jumping off point for the industrial and agricultural heartland.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Mr House: “I fail to understand the strategic importance of the Ukraine in the first place”

Setting aside the fertile soil & the mineral rights [to include petroleum], there is no strategic importance whatsoever which can be attached to the Ukraine.

This war is entirely about the SENTIMENTAL importance of the Ukraine.

https://tinyurl.com/mprtps36

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200 Years Together

Chapter 1

Before the 19th Century

From the Beginnings..

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

The, “Ukraine has 40 million people, it has plenty of manpower for war!!!” crowd are really starting to annoy me.

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
Reply to  mmack
1 year ago

Center for Strategic International Studies.

That’s like using the Onion as a source.

(And tiny hats everywhere one looks in the organization).

Every. Single. Time.

😜

Mike
Mike
Reply to  mmack
1 year ago

Are you passing this off as a serious article? It’s not, it’s the usual bilge passed off as news by the Brit tabloids and the ISW. They’ve had high casulaties I’m sure but the 404 brags are just junk with no relation to the truth.

I saw but didn’t click on it, an article about one Ukie guy destroying 5 Russian tanks in one firefight, a reborn ghost of keeeev. If you’re the AFU and treat destroying one T-90 and one Terminator, you’re not accomplishing much on the battlefield.

mmack
mmack
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

No, just posting a link I saw on another site that breathlessly announced the largest death toll since WW2, just to show folks what’s out there.

miforest
Member
Reply to  mmack
1 year ago

it’s rank foolishness from yahoo news quoting a neocon think tank. you should know better .

karl von hungus
karl von hungus
1 year ago

just think of the agreement ukraine and europe could have had at the start of the war, compared to now!! there is no way the russians can allow ukraine to exist in any shape or form; and expelling the current cockroaches to europe provides three benefits:
1. gets rid of troublemakers on your doorstep
2. punishes europe
3. creates land to reward the troops with

Mike
Mike
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

Another benefit is many Ukie women to breed with. They’ll go with the winner every time.

Anon
Anon
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

Ukie women breeding with most retarded of the Russians will still increase the average IQ of the Ukrainians by several dozen points.

The long term benefits to the Ukraine are incalculable.

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  karl von hungus
1 year ago

Getting rid of the Galicians by fobbing them off onto Western Europe would be awesome. That bunch is Ground Zero for the Neonazis. Failing that, having some of the southern tier revert to the Hungarians and, to a lesser degree, to the Romanians, would be a good start. The Russians really need to seal iff whatever rump Ukraine that might remain from direct access to the Black Sea through taking all of the strip along the Black Sea all the way through to Odessa, the Romanian border, and to link up to Transnistria to head off the Moldovans from getting… Read more »

Jack Boniface
Jack Boniface
Member
1 year ago

Not that LBJ and McNamara were any good, either, as the Nam War showed, but they at least were highly intelligent. Biden, Austen and the other equivalents to LBJ’s cabinet all are dunces. It’s shocking how much the ruling elite has declined.

Tired Citizen
Tired Citizen
Reply to  Jack Boniface
1 year ago

Just look at the electorate. If you ever are foolish enough to vote again, glance at the people beside you in line. Blue haired, non-binary monsters who have zero value to society have the same amount of political power you do. More even, because the government gives them preferences and spoils, including rigging their vote. Is it any wonder we have what we have?

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Tired Citizen
1 year ago

Go to the nearest supermarket and spend 10 or 15 minutes watching the zombies try to navigate the checkouts.

I rest my case.

Nick Nolte's Mugshot
Nick Nolte's Mugshot
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 year ago

When I am at the checkout of a big box retailer I like to look around at the men there and try to figure out which ones could be counted on if a SHTF scenario suddenly occurred in store. Generally speaking, only about 1 out of 20 inspire any confidence in me. Most are just too out of shape and soft looking.

Tired Citizen
Tired Citizen
Reply to  Nick Nolte's Mugshot
1 year ago

Most of them are fat and effeminate. They’ve never even used a screw driver, never mind even owning one. They are slobs.

RealityRules
RealityRules
1 year ago

Nice article. On top of all of this, the ruling regime in The West is replacing its population that identifies as members of the nations and the lineage of causes and patriotism they hold in their hearts. In some sense it is if they have dug in to their own socio-political Bakhmuts in the capital buildings of The West and the emerging capitals of the Anti-West globalist centers. It looks like Germany is preparing to partner with Ghana for the next leg of The Great Replacement. Own goal after own goal after own goal. Too bad population replacement isn’t something… Read more »

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
1 year ago

Excellent summary. Saw a question posed to a panel the other day asking “If Russia is doing so well, how come they’re not taking territory?” Michael Vlahos responded with something like “It’s not just about territory. If your enemy is going to make it easy to kill every last man in your army, take advantage of it then walk over all the territory you want unopposed.” The true casualties of this on both sides are anyone’s guess, but Ukraine has self-depopulated (fled, mostly) and all that’s left are pressgangs for young and old men. This is not an issue in… Read more »

ponder Ray
ponder Ray
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

“The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other poor bastard die for his”. (Patton)

“When in doubt, kill. Win by attrition” (First Blood)

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  ponder Ray
1 year ago

Anecdotally, many Russian vets of Afghanistan quite enjoyed First Blood and sympathized with the Rambo character.

C matt
C matt
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

As Patton put it “the object is not to die for your country, but to make the other poor bastard die for his.” Or something to that effect.

C matt
C matt
Reply to  C matt
1 year ago

See Ray beat me too it.

David Wright
Member
1 year ago

Every position our rulers and enemies in the West enforce is always the worst possible and most damaging to the populace. The most corrupt and ideologically possessed ever to exist.

Now we see the next phase in this war where the diminutive tyrant in Ukraine is calling for American bodies be sacrificed. Maybe soon we will have the Mussolini moment with this clown and maybe slowly crawl back to some sense of sanity. Then I pray for the great reckoning that I pray will come.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  David Wright
1 year ago

David Wright: “Every position our rulers and enemies in the West enforce is always the worst possible and most damaging to the populace…”

Z: “There are two primary reasons Zelensky and the general staff are sacrificing tens of thousands of men for this town…”

The two primary reasons are:

A) Zelensky and the general staff are khazarians, while

B) The tens of thousands of men are goyim.

old coyote
old coyote
Reply to  Bourbon
1 year ago

The ancient khazarian emblem on a flag right behind a puppet homo comedian. A perfect theatrical presentation for those sent ‘beyond the Pale’: a set piece of hate and revenge for a tribe who know nothing beyond either.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  old coyote
1 year ago

Zelensky… U.S. will have to send their sons and daughters to die…

https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/4134862/posts

twitter video
https://tinyurl.com/22j82mu2

Fwi
Fwi
1 year ago

Every single politician and bureaucrat in DC needs to read “Who Moved My Cheese” and get their thinking rewired, unstuck- whatever. These unimpressive bureaucrats and politicians haven’t had a lateral- or new- thought in years. The old maze/ patterns don’t work anymore and they refuse to see it.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Fwi
1 year ago

The follow up book, “Who Outsourced my Cheese?” was quite prescient.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 year ago

Good joke. Apparently that title doesn’t exist. “Who Stole My Cheese?” DOES exist, as a parody book.

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
1 year ago

“For Zelensky, this war is about buying time while hoping for some change that will save him from his fate.”

Someone give the man a cyanide pill and a revolver. Though I think he has a haven in Israel and maybe in Miami as well.

Beautiful penned piece by the Z man. The neocons are getting their comeuppance but unfortunately dragging down much of the hapless West with them.