Thursday, January 20, 2022

Hanks

"Can We Trust Russophobes with Our Foreign Policy?" (Roberts):

"Note that no member of the presstitute media asked Biden why he has chosen NOT to defuse the situation by accommodating Russia’s security need. Why has Washington decided NOT to give peace a chance? This is the question of our time, and it is not asked."

As if the (((media))) can be expected to ask the single most obvious question in the universe!  They are crazy.

"Ending one 40-year war, starting another? Joe Biden’s Jimmy Carter moment." (Rozoff).

"We need to talk about the vaccines" (Prasad).

The French know what's important, and it is not WWIII, a thread:

Ah, the Americans, who only seek peace and diplomacy:  "A Dam in Syria Was on a ‘No- Strike’ List. The U.S. Bombed It Anyway." (Philipps/Khan/Schmitt):

"The Islamic State, the Syrian government and Russia blamed the United States, but the dam was on the U.S. military’s “no-strike list” of protected civilian sites and the commander of the U.S. offensive at the time, then-Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, said allegations of U.S. involvement were based on “crazy reporting.”

“The Tabqa Dam is not a coalition target,” he declared emphatically two days after the blasts.

In fact, members of a top secret U.S. Special Operations unit called Task Force 9 had struck the dam using some of the largest conventional bombs in the U.S. arsenal, including at least one BLU-109 bunker-buster bomb designed to destroy thick concrete structures, according to two former senior officials. And they had done it despite a military report warning not to bomb the dam, because the damage could cause a flood that might kill tens of thousands of civilians."

and:

"Critical equipment lay in ruins and the dam stopped functioning entirely. The reservoir quickly rose 50 feet and nearly spilled over the dam, which engineers said would have been catastrophic. The situation grew so desperate that authorities at dams upstream in Turkey cut water flow into Syria to buy time, and sworn enemies in the yearslong conflict — the Islamic State, the Syrian government, Syrian Defense Forces and the United States — called a rare emergency cease-fire so civilian engineers could race to avert a disaster.

Engineers who worked at the dam, who did not want to be identified because they feared reprisal, said it was only through quick work, much of it made at gunpoint as opposing forces looked on, that the dam and the people living downstream of it were saved.

“The destruction would have been unimaginable,” a former director at the dam said. “The number of casualties would have exceeded the number of Syrians who have died throughout the war.”" 

If you had told me ahead of time that the Americans would pick some random very unpopular Venezuelan politician, and start treating him as the President of Venezuela, allowing him to fund his 'government' by corruptly leeching off Venezuelan assets stolen by the Americans, even I would not have believed you, but here we are:  "Former President Describes Colombia’s Support for Guaidó as ‘Greatest Diplomatic Stupidity’". 

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