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Daily Tech News 14 July 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
July 14, 2023

The Morning Report — 7/14/23

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Good morning, kids. Happy Bastille Day. Too bad the Islamo-Marxists in France couldn't have waited a week to set fire to the country. What timing that would've been, eh? And speaking of 714, somewhere through our fistful of quaaludes-induced nightmare, the specter of mushroom clouds in the east suddenly looms quite large:

[So-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden issued an executive order late Thursday that orders ready 3,000 U.S. army reservists in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which “provides rotational deployments of combat-credible forces to Europe” especially related to the 2014 Russia invasion of Crimea. The operation has been designated a “contingency operation”, according to Army Lt. Gen. Douglas A. Sims II, Joint Staff director of operations. “This new designation benefits troops and families with increases in authorities, entitlements and access to the reserve component forces and personnel,” Sims said. “This [executive order] reaffirms the unwavering support and commitment to defend NATO‘s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war on Ukraine,” Sims said.

Wait, what? "NATO's eastern flank?" Forgetting the geography for a moment, does any sane person believe Russia is going to imminently launch an unprovoked attack on the member nations that border Ukraine? Because, for those not in the know, Ukraine is NOT in NATO. Seriously, this is absolute madness. It should be noted that we would not be in this situation had we a) not insisted Ukraine hand over its leftover Soviet nukes in exchange for Chamberlain-esque guarantees and more crucially b) shredding our promise in the Russians' face that we would not expand NATO to the east.

Do these criminals not realize that this is not Moammar Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milosovic? This is Vladimir Putin and Russia. You know, the former Soviet Union that still possesses an arsenal of nuclear weapons up to and including intercontinental ballistic missiles equipped with multiple warheads.

Of course, instead of looking at Vladimir Putin, let's instead take a look at our now Bladder-Leak Puddin, the pervert criminal who was installed into the White House and ostensibly the figurehead of this monstrous shit-show. If we're sending troops to Ukraine, then when did this happen?

[So-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden claims Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has “already lost Ukraine,” though Russian forces continue to occupy around a fifth of its territory, and a much-anticipated counter-offensive has produced minimal gains at the cost of many Western weapons systems which were supposed to be “game-changing”. . .

. . .The backwards declaration of victory may end up being somewhat of a Bush-style “Mission Accomplished” moment for Biden, as the U.S. and NATO continue to be drawn into the conflict with very little to show for it. Biden’s bar for success in war may be fairly low, however. The President previously hailed his Saigon-style withdrawal from Afghanistan, which saw dozens of American soldiers killed or injured by a suicide bomber – and an Afghan aid worker and seven children murdered when he authorized a retaliatory drone strike on the wrong target – as an “extraordinary success.”

We can alternately laugh and gasp at the abject incompetence of this junta but, as was fully demonstrated by the testimony of Christopher Wray the other day, they don't care. They're in control and they know it. And there isn't a damned thing we can do about it. In political terms this criminal blundering will have zero consequences because the game which installed Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants in the first place is rigged. From where I sit I don't see how anyone is going to beat either him or whoever replaces him if that eventuality occurs in the next 16 months.

3,000 reservists to Europe. That alone is going to not fill the Russians with girlish glee, to say the least. Does anyone really think that not a one of them is going to step over the border into Ukraine? Does anyone think that there is a better than even chance that we already have military and/or intel assets on the ground there? Seriously, what are they playing at here? It can't really be wagging the dog since as I stated, the election is in the bag. Is it just about the money?

On June 5th, the neo-liberal POLITICO news website published an open letter entitled ‘Ukraine Needs a Roadmap to NATO Membership ASAP‘, calling for Western leaders at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania this week to commit to supplying Ukraine with weapons, fighter jets, and tanks in “sufficient quantities to prevail on the battlefield."

The letter argued that Western leaders should help facilitate a “comprehensive transition” of the weapons systems being used in the war against Russia up to “NATO standards."

. . . Although POLITICO listed the names of the 46 ‘foreign policy experts’ and claimed to have outlined their “affiliations”, the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft — which argues for a less interventionist U.S. foreign policy — claimed that at least 21 of the signatories currently have connections to the military-industrial complex that were left unmentioned by the news outlet.

Another to have their defence industry affiliations overlooked was Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark, who led the President Clinton-ordered NATO bombing campaign of Yugoslavia in the Kosovo War dubbed Operation Allied Force. The article describes Clark as a “U.S. Army, 12th Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; senior fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center” while failing to mention his role as a senior board and company adviser at Vaya Space, which stated that Clark was hired to “support investment in and expansion of Vaya Space’s new technologies to the highly attractive Space (launch) and Defense (strategic and tactical missile) landscape.”

The investigation from the think tank also noted that numerous signatories have roles at the Atlantic Council think tank, which is funded in part by some of the top American arms manufacturers, including Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

One such example noted by the publication was ex-George W. Bush diplomat Paula Dobriansky, who was merely described by POLITICO as “Former under-secretary of state for global affairs”, despite her now serving as the Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Remember now that this is Ukraine, arguably among the most if not the most corrupt government on the planet (with us coming up fast). It's current regime was installed via an Orange Revolution organized by Foggy Bottom bottom dweller Victoria Nuland among others, in which Joe Biden as well as other notable politicians and their kin have wet their beaks via Burisma in particular to the tune of multi-millions. And hundreds of millions of dollars in aid sent to Zelensky remains unaccounted for, including weapons sent to bolster his army that instead were supposedly sold on the black market.

You can bet your ass the Big Guy got his 10 per cent, big time. But did these geniuses pause for even a second to ponder how they're going to spend all that lucre when half the world goes up in flames if Putin, or even one of his hothead Strategic Rocket Force officers, Gen. Georgi D. Ripper-ov gives the go code?

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