Anaconda2016 — The NATO Show in Europe Must Go On SITREP

If Saturday’s SITREP on the complex military situation in Syria was still a bit lengthy, this one will aim for more brevity — and features some bullet points-style or less than a paragraph presentation of links at the end.

The True Purpose of NATO was Summed Up by Its Founding Secretary General:
U.S. Geo-economic Domination of the European Continent

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949. Officially, its stated purpose was to defend member states from the threat of Soviet aggression. Unofficially, General Hastings Lionel Ismay, the first Secretary General of the organization, summed up its purpose as: “To keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down.” This weekend NATO is conducting its largest exercises in Central and Eastern Europe since the end of the first Cold War.

The exercise dubbed Anaconda2016 involves at least 31,000 personnel from 24 countries (there are 28 member nations in NATO). This includes soldiers from non-NATO but associated agreement countries such as Finland, Sweden, Georgia and Ukraine. It also includes a large number of fighter aircraft and B-52 bombers built during the Kennedy or Johnson Administrations (old enough to be their crews’ grandfathers) dropping concrete practice bombs and mines into the Baltic Sea. There was no word on whether the BUFFs pilots also practiced dodging incoming Russian hypersonic SAMs or SU-30s like they’d see while flying close to or over Russia in a real war…

Forget a 21st Century Barbarossa by the U.S. Military That Couldn’t Hold Baghdad:
Here Are the Scenarios for NATO/Russia Conflict That Worry the Russia Analyst

Our first task in this SITREP is to answer the most pressing question on the minds of RogueMoney readers around the world: does this mean a war between NATO and Russia is imminent? The answer we’re confident is no, but that doesn’t mean that the U.S. sabre rattling against Moscow isn’t going to get worse before it gets better. Nor can we exclude the possibility, with the entire U.S./Atlanticist media and cultural Establishment throwing its weight behind Hillary Rodham Clinton or at least against her opponent Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States, that another President Clinton will cross Russia’s red line via a proxy or hybrid warfare attack.

Such scenarios would include a Clinton or Biden White House green-lighting a joint U.S.-Romanian occupation of nominally neutral Moldova to pressure or blockade the pro-Russian exclave of Transnistria, or NATO ‘vacationers’ and advisers joining in an all out Ukrainian attack on the Moscow-backed breakaway city-statelets of Donetsk and Lugansk.

The war psychosis of a President Hillary Clinton, manipulated by her military industrial and bankster complex handlers desperate to prop up the failing U.S. dollar by any means short of nuclear holocaust, are what we fear may come to pass in 2017-18. After that period of maximum danger, as we’ve told the Guerrilla, Bankster Slayer and W the Intelligence Insider, the window for U.S. military action and power projection financed by unlimited fiat dollar printing begins to close fast. Or at least that’s assuming the baseline dollar collapse scenario upon which the Guerrilla has been operating for many months now…

But James, we hear some RogueMoney readers asking us from around the world, how can you be so confident that Russia will never launch an unprovoked attack on a NATO member state — or that the U.S. itself won’t directly attack the Russian Federation? The short answer is: tactical and strategic nuclear weapons have not been de-invented on either side.

The lengthier answer is summed up in a few statistics which underscore President Vladimir Putin’s recent declaration that any Russian leader would need to be a madman to attack NATO and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s affirmation this week of the same.

A Lengthy Explanation of Why the U.S. Military’s Apparently Huge Advantages Over the Russians on Paper Really Don’t Matter in a Defensive Conflict at Moscow’s Doorstep

The United States alone — which is the single largest and dominant component of NATO — outspends more than the next eleven nations COMBINED. The U.S. outspends China’s nominal defense budget nearly 5 to 1 and Russia’s (around $80 billion dollar equivalent figure) 8 or 9 to 1 every single year.

Even adjusting for Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) and the lower salaries of Russian military personnel compared to their American counterparts, that ratio barely budges. Combining Russia and China together in one alliance as they are forming via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and CSTO nations of former Soviet Union plus Iran still brings the overall military/intelligence spending ratio to conservatively 5 to 1. As for the overall military balance, despite Russia being able to muster far more men in exercises it conducts on its own soil near the Baltic States or Ukraine than the U.S. can field an ocean away from home, the fact remains that even NATO without the U.S. (led by Turkish, French, British and now rising again German defense outlays) outspends and outnumbers the Russian Federation’s armed forces.

Of course as the former Swiss military analyst The Saker has argued, all of these numerical comparisons are often meaningless in the real world. For starters, Russia now has more strategic and tactical nuclear weapons as well as superior missiles to deliver them than the United States. And these numerical comparisons of ‘NATO vs. Russian combat capabilities’ all assume in an actual shooting war many U.S. NATO allies like Greece, Hungary, or even France and Germany wouldn’t tell Washington to back off and use diplomacy rather than see their own soldiers bleeding and dying. Questions about whether NATO would fight to defend Turkey particularly in a scenario where the Turks provoked the Russians in Syria appear to have been answered firmly in the negative last November.

NATO is Far More Divided and Brittle Than it Appears, Should Push Come to Shooting

We know during the 1999 unprovoked NATO aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia consisting of Orthodox Christian Serbia and Montenegro, many Orthodox Christian Greek officers were disgruntled and the NATO HQs at Aviano AFB in Italy and at Mons in Belgium leaked like a sieve, either directly to the Russians or to other intelligence services (DGSE, Mossad, cough cough) known to trade secrets with Moscow. That story, along with Spanish North African and Med ports currently offering refueling to the Russian Navy for cash, is one of the many examples why we find the idea of Hungarians, Slovaks, Greeks, Spaniards, Italians or even perhaps Germans and Frenchmen dying in a war with Russia over the Baltics much less Ukraine and Moldova ludicrous.

Would most Europeans defend their own territory from an actual Russian attack which will never come? Yes. Would they fight and die for Narva (an ethnically Russian majority town on Estonia’s border with the RF)? Forget it, even NATO’s own commissioned polls reveal majorities of Germans and Italians won’t go for that.

If Russia is a Threat to U.S. Supremacy Despite D.C. Outspending it Many Times Over, Then Washington Isn’t Getting As Much ‘Bang for Its Buck’ as the Russians!

In any conceivable war between Russia and NATO which naturally Washington would be the one to start, we’ve concluded that the U.S. would basically be fighting alongside Brits, Poles, Balts and some token contingents from Scandinavia. The rest of NATO — plus U.S. allies like Japan and South Korea — would stick to defending their borders or purely supportive roles. Unless of course, you want to count the mighty contributions of NATO’s newest likely member Montenegro with an army smaller than a single Russian brigade. Or as The Saker sums up:

Cliché No 1: the US military has a huge conventional advantage over Russia

It all depends by what you mean by “advantage”. The US armed forces are much larger than the Russian ones, that is true. But, unlike the Russians ones, they are spread all over the planet. In warfare what matters is not the size of your military, but how much of it is actually available for combat in the theater of military operations TMO (conflict area).

— http://thesaker.is/debunking-popular-cliches-about-modern-warfare/

The U.S. military doesn’t always get very much bang for its buck (witness the turkeys that are the F-35 or the Littoral Combat Ship), and it has a global empire of bases or at least refueling stops in over a hundred nations to maintain. The U.S. has also spent since 9/11 1.5 (and some estimates run as high as 2) TRILLION dollars on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria. Russia has bases in just nine countries, and China perhaps three or four.

That adds up to an ‘edge’ for Russia and China when it comes to the efficiency but not total of their defense outlays in defensive anti-tank weaponry, ASAT, area denial and R&D terms. It does not mean Russia and China combined are going to be taking over the world anytime soon, nor have the Russians demonstrated any inclination in an imperial direction given the very small size (compared to their overall military forces) and limited aims of their intervention in Syria.

Mind the New Conventional ‘Missile Gap’: Even Further Afield than the Baltics, the U.S. is Not Ready to Fight a Conventional War with a Technological Peer Competitor Like Russia

When looking at other numbers such as combat aircraft, fighting ships or submarines, we find the balance on paper remains lopsided in favor of NATO. However, Moscow does have the edge in a few critical areas such that any NATO aggression would be met with devastating counter-strikes. For one thing, the Russians have more tactical nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them in Europe than the U.S. does. But the main issue even before any conflict would go nuclear is the one we’ve stated more than a few times on the RogueMoney radio show with V or W, and in our articles for this site; the Russians are simply superior to the U.S./NATO in terms of long range anti-air and anti-ship missiles, with BRICS enthusiast Pepe Escobar perhaps going overboard by saying Moscow is two or three generations ahead of the Pentagon in those key areas.

What this means in practical terms is that U.S. aircraft carriers and even powerful SM-3 equipped AEGIS warships (to say nothing of the supply convoys across the North Atlantic or Pacific they’d be guarding) are basically sitting ducks or at least highly vulnerable in any shooting war with Russia and China — and the Pentagon knows this. The U.S. currently has nothing that can match the S400/500 series or the high explosive or EM pulse Iskander and forthcoming Zirkon hypersonic missiles in terms of speed or accuracy.

The Russians have also demonstrated that in an actual shooting war U.S. stocks of pre-positioned equipment in central Europe would become smoldering wreckage (and many if not most air base runways cratered with their fuel bunkers on fire) after saturation strikes from hundreds of low-flying and hence hard to intercept Kalibr cruise missiles fired from multiple directions in the Barents/Arctic, Baltic and Black Seas. As Putin recently observed in the context of his remarks in Greece about the NATO ABM system in Romania, Moscow demonstrated the accuracy and launch from nearly any floating or bomber platform capabilities of its medium range missiles in Syria.

Although Moscow is prohibited by the 1987 Intermediate Range Forces (IMF) Treaty from installing the Kalibrs on land, there is nothing to prevent it from cranking out hundreds per year and placing them in launch tubes on corvettes in the Black/Caspian Seas or Don/Volga River basins — or even placing hundreds of these potent stand-off weapons on container vessels or icebreakers in the Arctic! [Note we wrote this before the Russians demonstrated that the supersonic Bastion anti-ship missiles based in Crimea and deployed to Syria can also be used for land attack – JWS] is there any technical obstacle that would prevent the Russians from quickly adding an additional stage to their Iskanders boosting their speed and range should a Hillary Clinton Administration maniacally tear up the IMF Treaty and install U.S. hypersonic rockets in Europe.

As Aging F-16s and F/A-18s Fall from U.S. Skies, the American Air Force and Navy Are Not Ready to Face the Russians or Emerging Chinese Air Forces in a Head to Head Dogfight

In the air, Russia has far fewer tactical fighters than the U.S. but its 4th generation ++ fighters like the SU-30/35 and the new MiG-35 variant of the venerable -29 are superior to the USA’s F-15s/16s/18s including the Super Hornets. The forthcoming but often delayed T-50 5th generation jet is nearly a match for the vaunted F-22 Raptor, while even Russia’s 4G++ jets and current generation of S300/400 SAMs would detect and shoot down the flying turkey F-35s from scores to hundreds of miles away in real combat.

Russian Quantity and Geographic Preponderance in Europe Has a Quality All Its Own

To complete this summation of why NATO commanders would be frightened of any Washington-ordered confrontation with Russia, there are two other areas where Russian numerical advantages count besides missile warfare: the VDV paratroopers, of which the Russians will soon have 72,000 (compared to the number of 82nd, 101st or SkySoldier brigade airborne in the U.S. Army, who might add up to less than half that figure) capable of deploying to Syria, Transnistria or the eastern Ukraine at 72 hours notice; and the sheer amount of armor and artillery the Russians have available. This means any U.S./Romanian force for example occupying the Moldovan capitol of Chisinau in the name of defending the country against ‘the threat of Russian aggression’ could quickly find itself outnumbered by the Pskov-based 76th Guards Air Assault division alone being deployed to Tiraspol on the other bank of the Dniestr river.

As We Used to Say to V’s Late Friend Michael Rosecliff: Tanks You

As we’ll argue in an upcoming article at this site, a similar problem of quantity having a quality all its own and the size of the 1st Guards Tank Army Moscow is building as a conventional deterrence against NATO directly intervening in the eastern Ukraine or threatening Crimea would also give U.S. or Polish generals nightmares (yes, even with the majority of the 1stGTA still made up of modernized versions of the venerable T-72 design).

Thus any combined NATO/Ukrainian force of sufficient power to seriously threaten to encircle Donetsk and Lugansk could itself be caught in a gigantic armored pincer move east of the Dnieper river. And it would happen fast: as in 72 or 96 hours fast, before Washington could reinforce the contingent or deny that American or Polish troops or mercenaries were embedded with the hapless Ukrainians caught in the Russian cauldron (and whose blurred faces will be appearing as POWs on Rossiya TV or LifeNews as proof NATO lied about being directly involved in combat).

As one candid but understandably anonymous Ukrainian Army officer admitted to a pro-Russian news source: if the Russian military and not individual ‘vacationers’ or volunteers came across in full force most of the Ukrainian Army in Donbass would surrender in two days. And this is before we even get into Russia’s battlefield ‘off switches’ discussed by Colonel ‘XYZ’ or Moscow’s capability to blind or jam satellites and shut down radar and radio signals, including the mysterious incident involving the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea of April 2014.

So in conclusion: is the U.S. ready for war with Russia yet? We don’t think so. Does that mean we shouldn’t be concerned at all about NATO’s aggressive moves towards Russia’s borders? No. Does this mean also that we should trust NATO spokesmen when they insist the Alliance is peaceful and defensive in nature, after two unprovoked NATO attacks on sovereign nations (Serbia and Libya) in the last seventeen years? No way. Would Washington or even some of the American people calmly accept the shoe being on the other foot, and Russia installing S-500 ‘ballistic missile defenses against rogue nation attack’ on Venezuelan soil, or Russian Naval and military exercises off the coast of Miami near Cuba? Hell no!

With those disclaimers and explanations out of the way for the less militarily informed members of the RogueMoney audience (that is the majority who aren’t ‘war nerds’ like us), we turn to the SITREP links and tweets concerning Anakonda2016, NATO moves and Russia’s responses:

What is Anaconda 2016? According to The Washington (Com)Post:

NATO members and partners on Monday launched their biggest joint exercise, carried out in Poland, at a time when central and eastern European nations are seeking strong security guarantees amid concerns about Russia.

The Anaconda-16 exercise will involve about 31,000 troops from Poland, the United States and 17 other NATO member nations, as well as five partner nations, according to Poland’s military operational command, which is organizing the exercise.

Russia views any presence of NATO troops close to its borders as a threat to its security.

“We do not hide that we have a negative attitude toward the NATO line of moving its military infrastructure to our borders,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow.

“This will activate the Russian sovereign right to provide its own safety with methods that are adequate for today’s risks,” he said.

Poland, Lithuania and other nations in the region, as well as NATO leaders, are stressing that any military presence or exercises are purely defensive and deterrent measures focused on threats from the Middle East.

The drill is part of NATO’s exercise program and is being held just weeks before the alliance holds a crucial summit in Warsaw that is expected to decide that significant numbers of NATO troops and equipment will be based in Poland and in the Baltic states. Those countries are particularly concerned about the conflict in Ukraine, where Moscow supports the separatists.

— https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/world-digest-june-6-2016/2016/06/06/a16c4f80-2bf0-11e6-b5db-e9bc84a2c8e4_story.html

NATO Hype, Bravado and Propaganda —
Cranking Up the ‘Russians Are Coming’ Fear Train

Sunset Over NATO” — a piece by RogueMoney’s very own @BanksterSlayer of what’s really going on behind the scenes in Germany that’s made NATO so desperate to demonstrate its continued relevance

Finland not as keen to sacrifice its lucrative trade and tourism ties with Russia for NATO as neighboring Sweden (Ft. Russ)

Ahead of the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw this July, the Undersecretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Michael Carpenter tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he agrees with the RAND Corporation assessment that the Russian military could overrun the Baltic states in 60 hours or less (from the neocon money losing rag The Weekly Standard)

‘Anaconda2016’ Ukrainian soldiers take part in largest war game in E. Europe (Ukraine Today, owned by dual/triple citizen oligarch rat bastard turned warlord Ihor Kholomoisky)

Dragoon Ride: Seeing Medieval Poland as Europe’s Sword and Shield (Foreign Policy, U.S. Army Afghanistan veteran and Ukrainian Nazi Azov/Right Sector battalion enthusiast A.H. Bonenberger)

Are these Polish soldiers readying to deal with mass casualties in combat for the Baltics — or when President Hillary decides the Ukrainian Army needs some unannounced NATO ‘help’ with an attack on Donetsk and Lugansk?

Shorter version of @RussiaWithoutBS guy aka some annoying American expat in Moscow: “Look at all this NATO transparency thousands of miles from the U.S. — unlike your Russian exercises inside Russia. Don’t worry guys it’s not as if any of the Polish snipers or mortar-men present here have any combat experience in Ukraine (wink nod) already. Of course, we were so transparent with Russia before we bombed the hell out of Serbia and Libya too.” 

U.S. Army specialists place incoming round detecting/counterbattery fire directing radars along contact line as Ukrainian Army continues to shell Donetsk outskirts. What happens when the first one gets killed by indirect ‘combined Russian/separatist’ fire? What if that’s already happened and the first U.S. KIA in Donbass was listed as having been killed in Afghanistan or in a training accident instead? (Ft. Russ)

Mission Accomplished: Maintaining Washington’s Death Grip on Europe Via NATO Pressure on the EU to Maintain the Anti-Russia Sanctions at a Growing Cost to Europeans (While Hypocritical Uncle Sam Imports Russian Rocket Engines)

Why the U.S. Needs Russian Rocket Engines to Spy on Russia (actual headline by Bloomberg)

The Political Message Behind NATO’s Wargame in Poland by Col. Austin Bay (USA ret.) (NY Observer)

EU member states foreign ministers (cattle prodded by the U.S.) agree to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months (Sputnik Intl)

NATO Bloopers, Follies and Tragedies

A Polish citizen has been struck and killed by a NATO supply convoy for the exercise (Ft. Russ)

The British press and NATO hyped the successful intercept and tracking of a Russian submarine –that was operating on the surface with a tugboat through the English Channel! (NextNewsNetwork/Gary Frianchi)

Anaconda 2016 Drills Aim to Justify (Bloated) U.S. Military Spending (Sputnik Intl)

The National Interest (published by the Nixon Center): U.S. Overextended, Cannot Defend All of its Allies Adequately 

While NATO focuses (post)Western media on its military exercises and upcoming annual meeting in Poland, Washington quietly announces over the weekend that U.S. troop deployments in Afghanistan will be extended (@MicahZenko)

Miscellaneous Rumors of War with Russia Articles

Belarussian President for Life/strongman Alexandr Lukashenko says Belarus’ military will fight shoulder to shoulder with Russia if NATO attacks (The Saker blog)

A Russian Warning” about the dangers of nuclear war with Moscow by The Saker, Dmitry Orlov and Eugenia V. Gurevich

The Saker’s latest interviews with TheDuran’s Peter Lavelle and Catherine Austin Fitts

The Saker blog contributor ‘Scott’ warns of a staged Gleiwitz-style incident in the Baltic states, involving Ukrainian Russian-speaking provocateurs dressed up as ‘little green men’ invaders (see related: Failed NATO Invasion of Moldova update by ‘Scott’)

Silencing America as It Prepares for War (John Pilger, The Unz Review)

Rehearsing for WW3 (The Ron Paul Institute)

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.com: Frustrations of Telling the Truth

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: What Pushes Us Towards War with Russia (Katehon)

Germany Preparing for War with Russia (Eric Zuisse, The Duran)

5 Reasons Washington Has Already Decided to Go to War with Russia (Eric Zuisse, The Duran)

Katehon (Alexander Dugin’s think tank funded by ‘God’s oligarch’ Russian Orthodox Christian philanthropist Konstantin Malofeev) warnings about a potential NATO blitzkrieg against Russia here, here, and here

Russian pilots are not only practicing carrier landings on land in Crimea but also how to take out NATO’s ABM system in Poland and Romania using air-launched cruise missiles (translation from Izvestia by The Greanville Post)

After withdrawing the type from combat in Syria, the Russian Air Force is upgrading its fleet of SU-25 ground attack jets to make them more survivable against modern MANPADs (Southfront)

U.S.-Russia Info-war — There Will Be No BRICS(A) for Now:
New Wall St/Washington Stooge Argentine Govmt Takes Down RT in Argentina

 

Spy vs. Spy stuff:  Modern Day ‘Swallows’ and ‘Ravens’ Operating in the Bos-Wash Corridor? Regardless of 5Eyes Wizardry, Russia and China Still Have the Edge Over the U.S./NATO in HUMINT

Bill Clinton buddy and convicted pedophile and pimp to the rich and globalist connected Jeffrey Epstein is importing his girls from Russia now (NY Post Page Six). An interesting question for ‘W the Intelligence Insider’ and others: how many of these Russian gals aren’t so dumb after all and are reporting back to the SVR on which U.S. politicians or corporate moguls are using them at Epstein’s behest? How much kompromat does Moscow center (Yasenevo) have on globalist pedo-rings from the UK to the United States and within the EU as well?

Aaaaand, someone stole Jordan Belfort, aka The Wolf of Wall Street‘s luggage during his recent visit to Kiev:

19 comments

    1. http://www.globalresearch.ca/rehearsing-for-world-war-iii

      "From a cold war policy of containment, US/NATO has since moved into regime change mode: the idea is to encircle Russia militarily, while using “soft power” to undermine pro-Russian regimes in Russia’s periphery and eventually achieve regime change in Russia itself. The Ukrainian operation was an example of the “soft power” approach: utilizing Western-funded “civil society” groups, they succeeded in evicting the democratically elected government from office and installing one handpicked in Washington.

      With the imposition of sanctions, and the continued encirclement of Russia, the idea is to squeeze the Russian bear until he either gives up or collapses. Which is why “Anakonda” – an iteration of the giant snake that crushes its victims to death and then devours them – is truly an evocative name."

  1. "The U.S. has also spent since 9/11, 1.5 (and some estimates run as high as 2) TRILLION dollars on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria."

    One estimate from SouthFront associate Global Research in 2013 was US$6 Trillion.
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-wars-in-afghanistan-iraq-to-cost-6-trillion/5350789

    "The report has attributed the largest share of the trillions of dollars in continuing costs to care and compensation for hundreds of thousands of troops left physically and psychologically damaged by the two wars being discussed here.

    The report states: “The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, taken together, will be the most expensive wars in US history—totaling somewhere between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. This includes long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment and social and economic costs. The largest portion of that bill is yet to be paid.”

    It asserts: “Another major share of the long-term costs of the wars comes from paying off trillions of dollars in debt incurred as the US government failed to include their cost in annual budgets and simultaneously implemented sweeping tax cuts for the rich. In addition, huge expenditures are being made to replace military equipment used in the two wars. The report also cites improvements in military pay and benefits made in 2004 to counter declining recruitment rates as casualties rose in the Iraq war."

    The authors of this report have warned that the legacy of decisions taken during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would dominate future federal budgets for decades to come."

    1. SOF — you’re correct it’s going to be a lot more than the 2 trillion already spent. I’m only talking about year to date/fifteen years. Over decades the costs will (or would) definitely reach into the tens of trillions to care for the wounded/crippled vets and survivor’s benefits for their widows.

  2. Off Topic

    It seems someone is REALLY trying to hard sell the "Lone Gunman" Islamic Terrorist Meme in the Orlando night club shooting. My False Flag stench meter is on high. Other well-known False Flags: 9/11, Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon. Is this a Monica Missile 2.0? I wonder if "they" will find a Koran and a Passport.

    Here are some Captain Obvious questions:

    1) Where are the night club security videos?
    2) Do the local PD/Swat/Sheriff wear "Cop Cam" video recorders?
    3) What type of firearm(s) was/were used and where is the forensic evidence for said munitions?
    4) How many of the "victims" were shot by the cops?
    5) Will the videos go into the MH17 netherworld?
    6) Should this be shown as a False Flag, then "Cui Bono"?

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2016/06/orlando-mass-shooting-this-is-who-and-why-they-did-it/

    Golden Rule No. 1 : Never believe ANYTHING the Govt/MSM says.

    Beware the FEAR Meme.

    1. Mark – I plan a post on this topic in a Germany/Immivasion of EU SITREP in a few days. I don’t necessarily think this is about control of the German government via manipulation of the intel stream so much as Washington, Langley and Ft. Meade becoming very concerned that the BND and Bundeswehr are leaking like sieves to the Russians. As I’ll explain in my coming post, I think just as Barack Obama has been the greatest U.S. gun salesman of all time ‘Wir Schaffen Das’ Open Borders ‘Stasi’ Mutti Merkel may prove to be the best recruiter for the SVR and GRU inside the German military and intelligence establishment ever. Certainly if one is a mid-level German intelligence operative or military officer, then they have two options to fight back against the destruction of your country:

      1) the honorable one of resigning and joining PEGIDA or AfD to fight in the realm of politics and ideas, or the dishonorable and underhanded method of

      2) deciding the best way to fight back against the CIA/NSA controlled-traitors to the German people at the top is to turn traitor yourself and start working for the Russians, sending them every piece of NATO/EU classified data you as a German officer can get your hands on.

      I strongly suspect a growing number of Germans have decided the only way to act like Von Stauffenberg is to join the modern day ‘Red Orchestra’.

  3. I’ve become somewhat skeptical that a collapse of the dollar, would stop American imperial designs, at best I think it might just slow it down a little. Fascist states are often already at collapse points as far as civilian populations are concerned quite a ways before they lose the ability to wage war. The authoritarian government, with resources declining, just allocates less life support to it’s population, only rewarding those most involved in supporting the desired level of external conflict with those remaining resources and perks.

    Far more debilitating is internal unrest, which might tie up men and material that would otherwise be used externally.

    1. Mark — you may have a point there that not even dollar/economic collapse can stop the policy of confrontation with Russia. However it is hard to square the coming internal chaos inside CONUS with the ability of the U.S. to maintain huge garrisons thousands of miles from home in Eastern Europe or Japan and South Korea close to Russia’s borders. And it should also be said here that installing nuclear tipped ballistic and intermediate range cruise missiles in Central Europe that would reduce the Russian response/aka launch on warning time to seconds not minutes would be much cheaper than maintaining whole divisions or even brigades. Then there’s the POV of ‘W the Intelligence Insider’ who thinks even Jose from East LA and LeMichael from Detroit can be persuaded to fight the Russians if that’s the only way to feed his family. But the nuclear issue hangs over all of it, which is why I remain skeptical of any way the U.S. can fight conventional wars with Russia and China without things going tactically nuclear as soon as either side begins to lose. My chief difference of opinion with the Atlanticists and NATO triumphalists is that I think Russia’s combat prowess and above all the superior morale of the Russians fighting closer to their home soil would come as a nasty shock to the Pentagon, as would the propensity of many poorly motivated European conscripts if not American GIs to surrender in the opening hours of a Russian armored/combined arms assault. I am also not too certain whether or not the Greeks and Hungarians would be the only NATO units to actually mutiny rather than face a high likelihood of death on the front lines of any conflict with Russia in eastern Ukraine, Moldova or even the Baltics.

  4. Listen you don’t have to apologize by declaring you’re not a communist in remarks after the video from the Soviet Union. Whether it’s Russia from the Czarist times, from the Soviet times or from now Russia will defend its country viciously and will make mincemeat out of any invaders of their nation or their neighboring allies. If they don’t want to end up as Napoleon and Hitler did in invading Russia here is my warning to Nato:
    DON’T FUCK WITH RUSSIA!!

    1. LOL Gary the text is in the original video caption not edited by me at YouTube. But I appreciate the sentiment. My grandfather in law went MIA as a soldier in the Red Army fighting the Nazis at the Kerch peninsula in 1942.

  5. James, I do see that Russia has used the time we spent turning several countries to rubble wisely, and have advanced their technology on many fronts dramatically. I don’t think our Government has a direct idea of a pure open attack on Russia, although my belief is this has more to do with domestic ‘public opinion management’ than accurate appraisal of military outcomes. There are a lot of loose screws in NATO, I don’t memorize names but in the last year I can think of two or three. This is like an iceberg, with many more beneath the surface.

    It seems more like they want to just harass the hell out of the Russians until they lose their cool and do something the West can then claim necessitates a more dramatic response. I really don’t see theses people as rational, they still think they’re dealing with a backward Russia. It really is Putin’s self control that has kept us out of war, not the rationality of the West, IMHO.

    My concern is not that Putin looses his cool, he’s a tough character. It’s more the concern some gung ho somebody in the lower ranks of NATO goes overzealous in his directives and produces a ‘local’ provocation that a lower ranking Russian officer may with less competence than hoped for also, also overreact to. Stranger things have happened.

    Law of unintended consequences…

    We need a President Trump in there real quick, and a total rethinking of NATO’s purpose and mission. And a big pullback from all of the saber rattling, though that’s stating the obvious..

    1. Mark — I agree with your analysis. One of the scenarios I HOPE the Russian contingent in Latakia has considered and briefed the SAM crews on is a false flag games involving switching the IFF (identification friend foe) on the British, French, German or American jets now flying over Syria to a Turkish code to bait the Russian S400 battery commander into shooting it down (especially if they come in fast and there isn’t time to send up a SU-35 CAP to eyeball the intruder as either Turkish or American).

      Of course that would only work if the non-Turkish NATO pilots were sent on a mission that took them way too close to the airbase to be consistent with the deconfliction protocols established last October. But the neocons are getting desperate, they’re promoting the hell out of this soccer hooligans story and portraying the Russian fans as evil aggressors when I doubt we have the full story and that there weren’t provocateurs in both crowds trying to create an incident to benefit you know who.

      The DEBKA report Monday that the Russians have agreed to war game with the Israelis using their planes in Syria is interesting, but probably disinfo targeting Russia’s alliances on the ground with Hezbollah and Iran considering the Mossad-linked source — at least that’s what I’ll assume until proven otherwise. 🙂

      1. Provoking the Russians without directly attacking them just yet and hoping a hotheaded pilot or commander makes a mistake is the name of the game right now.

        Can you imagine Sens. McInsane, Cotton-mouth and Mrs. McCain Graham if a Russian Tupolev Bear bomber were dropping concrete practice bombs/simulated naval mines right off the coast of Cuba in the Straits of Florida? That’s about how close the BUFFs got to Russian soil aka Kaliningrad.

        I am not sure how much more of it the Russians will take before they push back harder on the ground — they’ve already done it in the air with the barrel rolls over our spyplanes fifty miles off their coast in the Far East and over the Baltic. The U.S. Army drive into Moldova didn’t turn out to have such great optics with the ‘NATO go home’ demonstrators greeting them which is why other than RFE/RL everyone in the (post)Western media ignored the story and video. Next time Dragoon Ride rolls into Narva I expect a noisier and uglier reception from local ethnic Russians and the Estonian authorities will likely close the border crossings for 48 hours when our boys get a lot of birds flipped at them and ‘Yankee go home’ shouted through bullhorns from the Russian side of the border town.

  6. James, off topic here, but relevant and very important. It seems that Deeray McKesson, one of the spokesmen for Black Lives Matter has been hacked, I guess yesterday. Most probably, BLM is a Soros backed organization, tied to the belly of the Beast. The hack released shows plans to disrupt both conventions to prevent Trump’s election at all costs. McKesson has apparently been in conversations with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, the hacked emails show, to execute the plan to shut down the democratic process, once and for all.

    Dahboo7 is shouting this out, along with others on the internet. Please evaluate, and if you come to the conclusion that I have, that this is probably real, perhaps you could huddle with the other RM team members and share it for further exposure.

    Here is the link:

    https://youtu.be/8AZcEvE6V2U

    1. Mark,

      I’ll have some thoughts posted on the cracks opening up in the facade of a united U.S. ‘Deep State’ in the coming days. The Huma Abedin/Muslim Brotherhood connection and Trump’s implication that either Obama is a huge fool or ‘something’s going on’ in the context of our half-assed war on ISIS. As Roger Stone and Brother Jones correctly observed, the media tried to deflect it onto Orlando when Trump was talking about the overall phoney war against ISIS that the Pentagon is now winning begrudgingly alongside the Russians and SAA DESPITE not because of the White House and CIA running interference/feet dragging to save their Al-Qaeda if not ISIS assets in Syraq.

      Suffice to say as the Guerrilla did in Tuesday’s podcast the globalists are going to need MORE not fewer bloody spectacles to distract the harried, overwhelmed or apathetic American people from the revelations about high level treason, influence peddling by the Saudis, and DCI Brennan covering for his Saudi royal pals with a sanitized versus actual version of the 28 pages. Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) a U.S. Rep of NSA critic libertarian leanings whose parents are of Mideast Christian origins has stated publically that Brennan must not have been talking about the same classified report he saw in absolving the Saudis of any official responsibility. The involvement of Prince Bandar Bush the lifelong friend of the Bush family and longest serving Saudi Ambassador in D.C. dating to the days of Operation Cyclone/the CIA arming of the anti-Soviet mujaheddin fighters is a known fact. The question is whether Trump is going to refer to it or go after Brennan personally on his lies and obfuscations and start asking hard questions about whether Brennan is pursuing a pro-Saudi policy that downgrades or downplays the fact that American TOW missiles are ‘falling’ from the hands of ‘moderates’ into Jabhat Al-Nusra the UN designated terrorist organization and Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda. Based on how much noise the Establishment is making this week about how Trump’s a lunatic conspiracy theorist, they seem to be getting very worried and it wouldn’t surprise me if they pull an H. Ross Perot and start threatening his family members if he accuses the CIA of being top heavy with Saudi bought and paid for if not Islamic converts like Brennan traitors.

  7. Whew! If Trump publicly goes after Brennan, he’d better be wearing his bullet prof vest 24/7. Something in my soul looks at Brennan and gets the same sense of evil I used to get from Dick Cheney, or also get currently from Wolfgang Schäuble of Germany.

    Trump is such a threat to the establishment, that I see these coming conventions as their red line in the sand, as in "he shall not pass". Stopping him gets immensely more difficult if he becomes President.

    Then there’s The Saker with this piece;

    http://thesaker.is/nato-says-it-might-now-have-grounds-to-attack-russia/

    Since a Trump election also makes their desired war with what they still misperceive as a backwards Russia, impossible, they are trying to find any excuse to proceed, ASAP.

    Next few months should be highly compressed as these deadlines (conventions, elections) approach and the elites attempt to rescue their agenda(s) while they think they still can.

  8. Of course, in their twisted minds, a war solves several issues at once. You can declare a state of emergency, throw what’s left of the Constitution out the window, start your war with a Russia whose capabilities are not yet fully appreciated, keep the dollar afloat a little longer (it is after all, backed by violence or the threat of same).

    They’re aware there will be protests to this, and Trump would be critical at first, leading the criticism, then they’d pull ‘national security’ on him, and convince him to shut up, or be charged with Treason (Hey, there’s a war on!). Also protests will arise over the austerity connected with this, (EBT cards in many locations have already stopped working 2 weeks ago, more of that coming). But that’s what the Continuity of Government thingy is about, no more representatives to speak on your behalf. Suck it up.

    I don’t think this country gets out, except through, and that tunnel is right in front of us.

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