The bureaucrats in charge after WWII, fearing a return to the banker/government-caused Great Depression, made a fatal decision. Since it had apparently finally gotten the U.S. out of that disaster, enshrined in National Security Council Report 68 (NSC-68), signed by president Harry S Truman on September 30, 1950, they decided to continue using the manufacture of military materials to pump the economy.
Ten years later, President and Five-star General Dwight Eisenhower caught a glimpse of the result and warned us like this – – –
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial-congressional complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040
Called “Military Keynesianism,” political scientist and ex-CIA consultant Chalmers Johnson was among those who solidly nailed the long-term dangers and consequences of using war production to stimulate the economy.
It was clear that the MilitaryIndustrial Complex (MIC) required an enemy, a dastardly villain, as an excuse. They managed to create North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and a few lesser excuses into that needed commodity but these all eventually fell short and fizzled out.
You can find a list of seven potential replacements HERE.
And how about that old stand-by, the Soviet Union? But it had broken up. On the other hand, public opinion polls showed that most Americans hadn’t separated modern Russia from that intimidating image of the old Soviet Union as our evil enemy. All those decades of propaganda were still in place, especially in the minds of us Baby Boomers. Especially Hollywood propaganda. You know, James Bond and all.
So, a ready-made villain on the cheap!
The Main-Stream Media (MSM) had completely failed to notice that the Russians had learned the hard way that socialism/communism “promised workers paradise but delivered the other place instead.” They’d also learned — the hard way — that voluntary market exchange kicks booty.
So, under the guidance of Vladmir Putin and his cronies, they’d been promoting trade with other folks in other countries, including selling massive amounts of natural gas to Europe through their twin billion-dollar under-sea pipelines, Nord Stream I and soon, II. They’d been promoting Sochi as a resort town and host to major international events. Etc.
The Russians were making money hand over fist and loving it. And Putin was regularly referring to “Our friends and partners in the West.” Meaning us.
The C.I.A. has a lot of experience assassinating folks, overturning governments, fomenting violence and revolution, that sort of thing. President Harry S. Truman, who created the C.I.A., described things this way – – –
“Now, as nearly as I can make out, those fellows in the CIA don’t just report on wars and the like, they go out and make their own, and there’s nobody to keep track of what they’re up to. They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they’ll have something to report on. They’ve become … it’s become a government all of its own and all secret. They don’t have to account to anybody.” –Pres. Harry S. Truman
And so they got to work, first by refurbishing the narrative.
Exactly what you’d expect since, exposed by the Sen. Frank Church Committee, most savvy folks know that Western Main Stream Media (MSM) is a fully owned and integrated subsidiary of the C.I.A.
By this time I was finally beginning to get it. SOMEBODY was setting up Putin and the Russians for SOMETHING.
“SOMEBODY” was likely the CIA and I started looking for signs.
A big one was the 2014 CIA-engineered Ukrainian Maidan coup, spearheaded by U.S. operative Victoria Nuland and abetted by Hilary Clinton. It ousted Russia-friendly Viktor Yanukovych in favor of several U.S. puppets, ending up with former comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The CIA also planned to get Ukraine into NATO.
I started listening to Putin’s speechs whenever I could. I heard things like this (notice the date) – – –
– “We must get back to the international law instead of might makes right. … U.S. approach, one step forward, one step back gets nowhere. …There has to be a dialog, I don’t think there is any other way.” –Vladimir Putin Thursday, April 25, 2019 5:25 AM, media event during Kim Jon Un/Putin summit in Vladivistok
It gradually became clear that Putin and the Russians were as paranoid of NATO as we Baby Boomers had been of the old Soviet Union.
I was a teen during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That was when U.S. President J.F. Kennedy prepared to invade Cuba if the Soviet Union didn’t remove its missiles.
We were planning to hang out in neighboring quarry tunnels to outlast the nuclear fallout. That wouldn’t work, but it was better than the school instructions, “Hide under your desk, and put your head between your knees.” We added the realistic part: “… and kiss your butt goodby.”
Even though those missiles were only 90 miles from our shores, Cuba was a soverign nation and so Kennedy did not have the right to make that demand. Regardless, the Soviets listened, and luckily for the human race, removed their missiles.
Whether Russian or American, you can’t argue with that kind of deep-seated fear and that goes for the Russians today. And this isn’t just Putin — he has plenty of company.
But even worse than the Cuban Crisis, Ukraine in NATO would put NATO missiles directly on Russia’s border — and only 5 minutes travel time to Moscow.
That would automatically put Russian nuclear forces in “ launch on warn” mode, meaning no time to straighten out any mistakes or glitches. That means no brakes on Russia’s retaliation nukes and any mistake or glitch pretty much the end of the world.
That made Ukraine joining NATO a national security red-line for the Russians. And, if the rest of the world had any sense at all, a red-line for all of us.
Of course, Putin had no more right to demand Ukraine pledge not to join NATO than J.F.Kennedy had for demanding Soviet missiles be removed from Cuba.
So Putin sent very short and clear warnings to the U.S., NATO, the UN, UK, etc. They ignored him entirely so he tried again. And again.
Apparently he thought putting 100,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s border and leaving them there would finally “send a message” they couldn’t ignore.
As Anatol Lieven wrote in the January 25, 2022 TIME, Russia Has Been Warning the West About Ukraine for Decades. The West Should Have Listened.
The Russian troops were there for three months — December 2021 until Feb. 24, 2022 — before what Putin called the “special military operation” (SMO) began.
The Russians claimed during that three months on the border that they did not intend to invade. Indeed, what military in its right mind would telegraph an invasion, giving the enemy three months to prepare?
It seems Putin was just attempting to emulate U.S. officials who are always sending (often rude) messages to everyone, lately using so-called “sanctions” which, incidentally, are endangering the U.S. dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency.
But now it’s Feb. 25, 2022 and what’s done is done. Putin had to call his own bluff. So the “Special Military Operation” has begun. Now what?
Here’s what the Russians had in mind according to Olexii Arestovich, Zelensky’s former ‘spin doctor’ and adviser. He described the circumstance of the Russian SMO first entry into Ukraine like this:
It was conceived as a bloodless mission and should have passed without casualties, he says. “They tried to wage a smart war… Such an elegant, beautiful, lightning-fast special operation, where polite people, without causing any damage to either a kitten or a child, eliminated the few who resisted. They didn’t want to kill anyone: Just sign the renunciation”…. Alastair Crooke, Strategic Culture, February 14, 2023
That from the top of, not Russian, but Ukraine, public relations. It also perfectly jibes with the presentation Putin gave just before he triggered the “SMO.”
Clearly Mr. Putin miscalculated. Or perhaps the C.I.A. threw sand in the gears again.
It’s clear this whole MIC/C.I.A. concocted mess could have been quite easily avoided in the first place. And, while not nearly as easily, probably still wound-down even now.
Respected weapons inspector Scott Ritter put it something like this: “To avoid the whole Ukraine Fiasco, all Ukraine had to do was to agree not to join NATO.”
Once you know the facts, it’s hard not to reach that same rational, logical, conclusion. These folks did – – – Ron Paul, and Prof. John Mearsheimer, and Jimmy Dore with Matt Tiabbi. And Elon Musk joined the rational crowd.
You may not be aware because others who reached the same conclusion were disappeared, censored and otherwise dissed and cancelled for undermining the C.I.A. narrative. Remember, the MSM , now including GOOGLE, facebook, before-Musk-twitter, etc. are fully owned C.I.A. subsidiaries.
For example, GOOGLE SEARCH disappeared all direct links to “Tips on How to Start the Final World War,” the original publication of this piece, and took the added precaution of heading any search for it with the mis-direction below – – –
n fact, the logical, rational, solution was so obvious that Turkey’s president Erdogan and Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, both offered to negotiate peace, and initially Putin and Zelenskyy both agreed to talk. Until SOMEBODY got word to The Comedian that peace wasn’t the goal and he backed out.
And SOMEBODY blew up the Russian’s Nord Stream pipelines.
The Thing Living In D.C. is warning China not to supply Russia with “lethal weapons” because it will “prolong the war and cause more misery and death.” But, of course, the “lethal weapons” supplied by the U.S. will have no such effect. Right?
In an interview (Feb 19, 2023), General Mille, echoing the back-room consensus, observed that the Ukrainians aren’t likely to make anymore battlefield gains and it was time for them to move to the negotiating table. The MIC pulled strings somewhere and the negotiating table suggestion disappeared.
The MIC needs its essential villain. So, as the quip goes, “it’s determined to fight the Russians down to the last Ukranian.”
Putin and company have repeatedly warned that if Russia believes it faces an “existential threat,” they will use nukes.
Keeping in mind that when push came to shove, when nailed to the wall, Putin called his own Ukraine border bluff, what do you make of the 8 Russian fighter jets on Alaska’s border two days in a row?
And prequels like this – – –
On Feb. 27, 2022, just three days after he pulled the Ukraine invasion trigger (Feb. 24) Russia’s Putin puts nuclear forces on high alert | Reuters
And more recently, directly out of “Games Theory” basic strategy, a Moscow foreign policy magazine suggested limited tactical nuclear strikes on Europe to convince “The West” Russia was nuclear serious.
In addition to recently placing tactical nukes on Belarusian territory – – –
It was NATO that christened it with the apt nic, “Satan II.”
Via a huge Wikileaks dump, we know the U.S. and NATO both knew Ukraine in NATO was Russia’s Bright Red Line. Even Biden specifically recognized that, just as in the Cuban Missile Crisis, this was Armageddon time – – –
Clearly they don’t need my tips, they’ve already aced How to Start the Final World War.
So the burning question: “Is That Thing Living in Washington D.C. suicidal?”
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