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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by SteveFoerster » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:46 pm

Sertorio wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:51 am
neverfail wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:42 pm
Sertorio wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:05 am
The only reason why there aren't yet common European armed forces is that France and the UK still think that they need their own armed forces to back their foreign policies.
Well, have not this proven to be true in practice? :)
No. The Malvinas incident and playing second fiddle to the US can hardly be seen as "policies" at all. The UK still dreams of an empire long gone, with the military tasks such empire imposed on them.
It's a bit odd that you'd select an example of the UK successfully repelling an invasion of its territory as a reason that they don't need armed forces.
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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Milo » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:50 pm

SteveFoerster wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:46 pm
Sertorio wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:51 am
neverfail wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:42 pm
Sertorio wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:05 am
The only reason why there aren't yet common European armed forces is that France and the UK still think that they need their own armed forces to back their foreign policies.
Well, have not this proven to be true in practice? :)
No. The Malvinas incident and playing second fiddle to the US can hardly be seen as "policies" at all. The UK still dreams of an empire long gone, with the military tasks such empire imposed on them.
It's a bit odd that you'd select an example of the UK successfully repelling an invasion of its territory as a reason that they don't need armed forces.
And what does the 'Crimea incident' prove about Russia?

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Sertorio » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:19 am

SteveFoerster wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:46 pm
Sertorio wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:51 am
neverfail wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:42 pm
Sertorio wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:05 am
The only reason why there aren't yet common European armed forces is that France and the UK still think that they need their own armed forces to back their foreign policies.
Well, have not this proven to be true in practice? :)
No. The Malvinas incident and playing second fiddle to the US can hardly be seen as "policies" at all. The UK still dreams of an empire long gone, with the military tasks such empire imposed on them.
It's a bit odd that you'd select an example of the UK successfully repelling an invasion of its territory as a reason that they don't need armed forces.
They do. On an pan-European context. But rescuing the Malvinas would hardly justify having large armed forces. Of course, if you happen to have a large force in order to protect the global European interests, you might as well use it in a situation like the Malvinas. My criticism of British military policies has to do with the fact that the British military is being used in places like the ME - in support of American, not British, interests - and in quasi-colonial adventures like the Malvinas and Northern Ireland. Which prevents the UK joining European armed forces dedicated to defending European (and thus British) interests.

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Sertorio » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:39 am

The Good News About the Trump Presidency: Stupid Can be Good!

by The Saker

http://www.unz.com/tsaker/the-good-news ... n-be-good/

(...)

Just as we can sincerely thank President Obama for pushing Russia and China into each other’s arms, we can now all thank Nikki Haley and Trump for uniting the resistance to the state of Israel and the entire AngloZionist Empire. I can just about imagine the jubilation in Tehran when the Iranians heard the good news!

But the good stupid does not stop there. The fact that the US elites are all involved in a giant shootout against each other by means of investigations, scandals, accusations, talk of impeachment, etc. is also a blessing because while they are busy fighting each other they are much less capable of focusing on their real opponents and enemies. For months now President Trump has mostly ruled the US by means of “tweets” which, of course, and by definition, amount to exactly nothing and there is nothing which could be seriously called a “US foreign policy” (with the exception of the never-ending stream of accusations, threats and grandstanding, which don’t qualify). There are real risks and opportunities resulting from this situation

Risks: when nobody is really in charge, each agency does pretty much what it wants. We saw that during the 2nd half of the Obama Presidency when State did one thing, the Pentagon another, and the CIA yet another. This resulted in outright goofy situation with US allies attacking each other in Syria and Iraq because they all reported to different agencies. The risk here is obvious: for example, when US diplomats made an agreement with Russia in Syria, the Pentagon torpedoed it the very next day by attacking Syrian forces. The recent attacks on the Russian Aerospace Forces base in Khmeimim (and the latest drone attack on that same base) would exactly fit that pattern. The Russians have been complaining for months now that the US are “non-agreement capable” and this can clearly be a problem and a risk.

Opportunities: when nobody is in charge then the AngloZionist Empire cannot really bring its full force against one specific target. Think of a car or bus in which all the passengers are fighting each other for the control of the steering wheel. This is bad for them, but good for everybody else as the only place this car or bus is headed for is the ditch. Furthermore, since currently the US is, at various degrees, threatening no less than 9 countries (Afghanistan, Syria, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Turkey, Pakistan, China) these threats sound rather hollow. Not only that, but should the US get seriously involved in any type of conflict with any one of these countries, this would open great opportunities for the others to take action. Considering how the US elites are busy fighting each other there and threatening everybody else there is very little change that the US could focus enough to seriously threaten any of its opponents. But this goes much further than the countries I mentioned here. There is a French expression which goes “when the cat’s away, the mice will play” and this is what we might see next: more countries following the example of the Philippines, which used to be a subservient US colony and which now is ruled by a man who has no problems publicly insulting the US President, at least when Obama was President (Duterte seems to like Trump more than Obama). There have already been signs that the South Koreans are taking their first timid steps towards telling “no” to Uncle Sam.

I am not trying to paint a rosy picture of the situation, which is bad, no doubt about that. Having ignorant fools in charge of nuclear weapons is not good, by definition. But I do want to suggest two things: first, that no matter stupid Trump is, Hillary would have been infinitely worse and, second, that there are also some good aspects to the current vacuum of power in Washington, DC.

If we can agree that anything that weakens the AngloZionist Empire is a good thing (including for the American people!), as is anything which brings its eventual demise closer, then there is a lot to be grateful for the past year. The Empire really began to crumble under George W. Bush (thanks Neocons!), and that process most definitely continued under Obama. However, Donald Trump is the one who truly given this process a tremendous acceleration which has, I think, brought it to a qualitatively new level. The risks ahead are still tremendous, but so far the Empire is losing and the Resistance to it is still winning. And that is a very good thing.
Most of you will disagree with this analysis, but I find it quite interesting, from a Russia's point of view.

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Doc » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:39 am

Breaking: Kim Jong Un has less than four months to live

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nort ... ile-launch

Japan issues false alarm over missile launch, days after Hawaii alert gaffe
The classes and the races to weak to master the new conditions of life must give way {..} They must perish in the revolutionary holocaust --Karl Marx

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