A month after the horrific Hamas attacks, the primary beneficiary has been the Russian strongman.
Thank you, Greg. There is no question that America is at war RIGHT NOW.
The obscene GOP, the obscene Putin-Trump, the Transnational Organised Crime oligarchs which includes Murdoch and many of the super-rich corporate owners, etc. are desperate to break America and install an inept dictator.
NO ONE HATES DEMOCRACY LIKE THE RICH.
Like industries under Mussolini and Hitler, they figure to make lots more money if that pesky democracy is crushed.
Do an essay of Putins birthday gifts from TFG starting in 2017? A recap?
Like minds my friend!
Netanyahu, Biden, Zelenskyy, and the helpless people in Gaza come out losers of life and position. The only one to achieve huge gain is Putin!!
That last line is chilling. Putin has a long-standing tradition of murdering journalists on his birthday.
The web of international intrigues is constantly thickened through the use of digital misinformation and actions funded by malicious actors. I don’t think there is any doubt that Putin is doing all he can to undermine support for Ukraine. Using the Middle East as a foil for that war gives him a lot of power to affect the US support—and divide our country further! Where he lacks actual power he uses every opportunity to manipulate—and he has proven to be quite able in that regard.
What to do about "Americans" who are aiding and abetting this Putrid Chaos agent ? Rand Paul is particularly despicable. Every 5-1/2 years he transforms into an angel and actually does a few things that might help ordinary Americans - right before he's up for election. Short-sightedness is such an easy way to open oneself up to manipulation. And yes, I agree, all roads lead to the Putrid One.
Those who control the information, control the world. We're getting our asses kicked.
From day 1 after October 7, I suspected Putin’s hand in this. Putin, Iran are linked. Putin benefits from this catastrophe as does Trump. And the Republicans in Congress are complying with his wishes to stop aid in Ukraine.
I am properly chastened by this essay, and now realize that I too, intelligent as I like to think of myself to be, was taken in by Hamas propaganda. HAMAS PROPAGANDA!! WTF? I have been leaping into the breach of conversations about this war without the true information I needed to do so. Deep down, I may have realized that when I almost stopped talking about it at all online. The only problem with that being that I was avoiding discussions because they were usually with MAGAts who also have a twisted view of this war, its causes, and most importantly, its effects. I hate being so wrong, but I am always glad to be educated.
OF COURSE! When Nancy Pelosi said, "all roads lead to Putin," she was, as usual, absolutely correct. She was only speaking to Trump at the time, but we all know now that whatever Trump thinks, his Borg-like followers and minions think too. And Trump and Co. do love them a dictator like Putin, who seems to get ALL the "prizes," without seemingly, much effort. I guess you can do anything when you're a dictator over a democracy -- things to keep in mind. In an honest MAGA world, Putin would have been elected Speaker of the House, in absentia. Still waiting to hear that Russian State TV is playing "Swan Lake."
Today's version of the Axis of Evil, 45, Putin and Netanyahu. The common threads, self preservation and revenge. Trump and Netanyahu desperately are trying to escape legal jeopardy, not an issue for Vlad as he has completely emasculated Russia's legal system, a goal of the other two. Of course Putin's legal jeopardy could be for war crimes but I suspect his out will be death from some unknown illness currently afflicting him.
What separates 45 and Bibi from Vlad is that they currently reside in a Democracy, as fragile as it may be. Their common bond, sycophants supporting them, in 45's case Maggot nation and a big segment of the Republican Party headed now by Michael Johnson. Bibi's pact is with, among others the devil, Religious Zionists headed by Bezalel Smotrich. One big difference between 45 and Bibi, the latter governs and has in place conspiracy operatives while 45 is out of office but manipulating conspiracy supporters.
The big question, will the Axis succeed in bringing down Biden? Can it be possible that one man stands between freedom and anarchy? Feels that way! Joe is doing his best to manage disasters on multiple fronts. If he had staunch support from his own party, something Dems historically have been unable to do I might believe he has a chance. However as media fixates on meaningless polls, 45's rants and Joe's age, ignoring his record of achievement they are aiding and abetting the Axis. Media's biggest crime, disheartening those of us who should know better, possibly causing abject despair and giving up, not voting when it counts.
My point, the battle of good versus evil appears to be a losing one. Forget about Ukraine at our peril. Allow Isreal unencumbered trampling of Gaza to continue at our peril. I fully support their need to exterminate Hamas but much prefer the Munich approach, a long term hunt for evildoers, eradicating them one by one rather than having a way too big collateral damage number.
A year to decision day 2024. The decision to be made, will good triumph over evil?
As for Cui Bono, you're spot on. It's Putin, most of all. Former President Obama spoke for me when he said no one has clean hands in this Palestinian Question
Great article. Of Course Putin is the Orchestra Director.
The timing was obviously set by Putin to his benefit.
And to Iranians by blowing up the "Saudi Trade agreement."
And a gift to Donald Trump, to scream that if he was president there would be no Russia/Ukraine war.
Trump is a professional screamer of BS.
I feel sad for his mother. I wonder how he was at two..
I think that it may be the goal of the many foreign autocracies including: Russia, N Korea, China, Iran pushing Hamas to attack Israel,
First: Autocratic group draws America into a war, possibly a WW; with help of classified documents and policy plans that Trump stole from the WH and disseminated to various foreign leaders that helped him win in 2016
Second: with Republican support and co-operation, by stalling their job of vetting appointees for military and other leadership positions, then stalling again in the vote antics for speaker in the house, these delays in funding government or support for Ukraine and Israel may force Biden to split any money’s he had for Ukraine to help Israel.
Third: Republicans alone may not do these stalling acts on their own initiative- I believe that Trump is directing their activities, contrary to what many think that Trump is exhibiting dementia/senility, I don’t trust him that it isn’t a ruse on his part, because Trump is still giving orders to his faithful Maghats in congress
Finally: if Putin had his way, USA would stop supporting Ukraine altogether, allowing him to swoop in, claim Ukraine and continue his annexation of all former USSR countries and pushing European borders...no matter how he gets there he is determined...
Oct. 7 is Putin’s birthday so there’s that.
Biden says a Palestinian state should be established and Hamas eliminated entirely. ☮️
We’ll Greg. I hope this comment isn’t too,too long. The world is suffering from wars. The global conflicts of the twentieth century did not teach us, humankind, the futility of killing opponents to solve problems. Too many good people die, and the damage to good-life infrastructure is intolerable. Weapons are getting more destructive.
There is so much to lose when bombs start flying. I weep for those in harm's way.
Yet I am an optimist. I believe that innovation will solve the problems of water and food scarcity, lack of educational opportunity, disease, bad government, poverty, and perhaps, one fine day, even war. There are over a billion fewer people enduring in poverty today than there were 30 years ago according to the World Bank. Cell phones, GPS systems, artificial intelligence and the removal of language barriers are just beginning to put their shoulders to the wheel of human progress. Abundant clean and renewable energy, massive desalinization of seawater, and effective efforts to regulate climate change, are on the near horizon.
How can we know these things? Easy peasy. Keep up with the news Dude. Read. *
In my lifetime, intercontinental, almost free, communications via cell phone have been achieved. Transportation across oceans and continents has become common. We measure these journeys in hours and not weeks. Moving pictures inside the home on big screens, big flat screens, has become the norm in the United States and all other developed and developing countries.
I personally feel totally in control of my banking, investments, bill paying, transferring of funds, and communications, in ways that were just not possible 25 years ago. I don’t endorse checks ‘for deposit only’ and get them to my bank. I never even go to the bank. I’ve never even seen the bank where we keep our savings account – don’t even know what city or state it’s in.
We no longer need to write checks, address envelopes, buy and lick postage stamps, and travel to a post office or drop-box to pay a bill. Giving a grandchild or a friend $25, or even $2,500. is done with a couple of keystrokes on a phone. Instantly – account to account. I carry my phone everywhere.
We no longer need pockets full of cash to navigate around town or even across the country. Virtually all my needs can be satisfied without the use of cash or even checks.
Nowadays we seldom see cars broken down by the side of the road. Tires last 75,000 miles and not 7,500. Our cars with 100,000 or even 200,000 miles on them still work like new when properly maintained. Death and injury in traffic accidents has been reduced with the use of seatbelts and airbags and accidents are becoming rarer with improvements in automobile safety.
Looking back a little further, in this and many other countries, we have freed 50% of our population. I'm talking about women, now free to use their brains legally. They now vote, are heads of state, lead fortune 500 companies, participate in the military and even, in that most rare of human activity, become astronauts. One day this will be true in every country. I'm thinking Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and other benighted countries.
When I was a child, I hated Germans and Japs. They were the enemy. Cruel and vicious people. Now I believe that citizens of those two countries are our best friends in the world. How did this happen? Good thinking and good actions on the part of victorious nations. Forgiveness and understanding. What a turnaround!
How the world has improved. Two exclamation points. That's my testimony. What's yours?
*Abundance. The Future Is Better Than You Think. Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
So. We ain’t poifect, but we’d gettin betta.