BIDEN WENT BEGGING FOR SAUDI OIL

Biden Hoped The Saudis Would Rescue His Presidency By Pumping More Oil In Order To Lower American Gasoline Prices And Prevent The Demolition Of The Democratic Party In The Mid-Term Elections.

Why don’t you talk about something that matters?” President Biden replied to a journalist asking about why he fist-bumped Saudi dictator Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) during his “begging for barrels” trip to the Middle East in July.

On the eve of Biden’s “begging for barrels” tour, federal data confirmed the wreckage of his economic policies. The inflation rate soared to 9.1%, much worse than forecast. Biden has decimated the purchasing power of the dollar as real wages for Americans declined for the 15th straight month. Biden traveled as a desperate man whose own political party is facing a horrendous pummeling in November.

Prior to Biden’s Saudi trip, a top White House official justified forcing Americans to continue paying high gas prices to prop up Biden’s plan for “the liberal World Order.” This was part of the “Putin’s Price Hike” refrain and an attempt to make people feel patriotic when they get skewered at the gas pump. But the PR gesture failed miserably—except perhaps for the coastal elites, who are unaware what their chauffeurs pay to fill the tank.

Biden assured Americans before leaving that “fundamental freedoms are always on the agenda when I travel abroad.” Unfortunately, “fundamental freedoms” have never been on Biden’s domestic agenda. The Saudi regime preserved decorum by refraining from mass public beheadings of dissidents and scofflaws during Biden’s visit.

Last year, the Biden administration concluded that MBS personally approved the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Khashoggi’s corpse was dismembered with a bonesaw after he was lured to the Saudi embassy in Turkey. That atrocity helped spur Biden to label Saudi Arabia a “pariah” during the 2020 presidential campaign. But such rhetoric was a relic of the era of low gasoline prices.

BIDEN’S KOW-TOW TO THE SAUDIS

Prior to Biden’s visit, the biggest fear for many pundits and human rights activists was that Biden would pose in a “grip and grin” photo with the Saudi dictator. Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan worried that such a picture would signal “to autocrats everywhere that you can quite literally get away with murdering a journalist.” Ryan also fretted that Biden was squandering “our moral authority.” Dude, that train left the station long ago.

After Biden fist-bumped MBS, the Washington Post publisher howled even louder: “The fist bump between President Biden and Mohammed bin Salman was worse than a handshake—it was shameful. It projected a level of intimacy and comfort that delivers to MBS the unwarranted redemption he has been desperately seeking.”

The story spiraled downwards amidst mutual accusations of lying. In talking to the American media, Biden claimed he accused MBS of murdering the Post columnist. The Saudi foreign minister went on Fox News and said that didn’t happen. Biden responded by saying that the Saudi minister wasn’t telling the truth, but the Saudi minister did say that Biden “mentioned that the United States is committed to human rights.” So all’s well that ends well.

Biden was correct that journalists should focus on “something that matters” more. Except that the other issues were even more damning for Biden.

Since 2015, the American government has sent $50+ billion in weaponry to the Saudis, which was then used in brutal bombing campaigns that killed and injured 18,000 Yemeni civilians, according to the United Nations. Responding to widespread outrage at atrocities, Biden announced in February 2021 that he was ending American government support for Saudi “offensive operations” in Yemen, including “relevant arms sales.”

But Biden’s definition of “relevant” had more loopholes than a congressional ethics reform bill. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report exposed the farcical nature of Biden’s arms halt. The United States continues to approve “defensive” weapons for the Saudis—but federal officials “have no specific definitions of ‘offensive’ and ‘defensive.’” It gets worse. Biden’s Pentagon policies prohibit the “the misuse” of American weapons transfers. But GAO noted, “DOD and State officials both said that use that causes civilian harm would not necessarily constitute ‘misuse.’”

GAO reported that the State Department’s “assessment is based on the INTENDED use of the weapons, which may or may not match the actual use. State and DOD lack a comprehensive picture of how American assistance has actually been used in the war in Yemen.” The American government spends scores of billions of dollars a year on intelligence agencies but cannot be bothered to even compile a list of the carnage the Saudis inflict on Yemeni women and children with American weapons. The American government has not even bothered to investigate high-profile incidents of Yemeni carnage. The United Nations concluded “that U.S.-origin defense articles may have been used in strikes that caused substantial civilian harm in a manner that violated international humanitarian law,” GAO reported.

THE SAUDIS AND 9/11

The American media completely ignored what should be the biggest barrier to American-Saudi relations. When you look at the New York skyline and no longer see the World Trade Center twin towers, thank the Saudi regime. Saudi government officials directly aided and protected some of the 9/11 hijackers (15 of the 19 were Saudis) after they entered the United States. Biden is the fourth American president in a row to continue covering up key information on the Saudi government role on 9/11.

Anyone who wonders why the vast majority of Americans distrust Washington should consider the government’s continuing systematic deceit over the 9/11 attacks. As the Bush administration rushed to exploit 9/11 to justify invading Iraq, a joint House-Senate congressional investigation in 2002–2003 found extensive evidence of Saudi government officials’ assistance to the hijackers. The Bush administration succeeded in suppressing the key 28 pages of that congressional report on the Saudi role on 9/11.

The coverup was propelled by the 9/11 Commission, which kowtowed shamelessly to the Bush White House. 9/11 Commission member John Lehman “was struck by the determination of the Bush White House to try to hide any evidence of the relationship between the Saudis and al-Qaeda,” noted Philip Shenon, author of The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. If the 9/11 Commission had quoted the 2002 FBI memo stating that there was “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these [9/11 hijacker] terrorists within the Saudi Government,” Bush might have been seriously damaged. But the commissioners didn’t go looking under any rocks they were told to ignore.

Former FBI Special Agent Stephen Moore, who led one of the key FBI teams investigating 9/11, stated in a 2017 affidavit: “Based on evidence we gathered during the course of our investigation, I concluded that diplomatic and intelligence personnel of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia knowingly provided material support to the two 9/11 hijackers and facilitated the 9/11 plot. My colleagues in our investigation shared that conclusion.” Former Senate intelligence committee chairman Bob Graham said in 2018 that the FBI has “just thrown the biggest blanket they can find over everything that has to do with the Saudi role in 9/11,” as Brian McGlinchey reported. Former FBI agent Danny Gonzalez told CBS News that disclosing FBI documents on the case would reveal more links between Saudi government officials and the hijackers.

But Biden and the media ignored the Saudi role in terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans. Pundits may have preferred to gas-bag about the fist bump because it did not require any reading or thinking. The AFP News Agency swooned: “It took less than 24 hours in Saudi Arabia for US President Joe Biden to tarnish an image he has long cultivated: that of a fierce defender of human rights.”

BIDEN’S LONG HISTORY OF GROVELING TO DICTATORS

Such rhetoric set the media baseline for coverage—even though the premise was absurd, if not disgraceful. Biden has a long record of groveling to foreign regimes with sordid human rights records. Biden’s boasting of string pulling to get an anticorruption prosecutor fired in Ukraine should have permanently obliterated any pretenses of his decency beyond the American territorial limits. But the media expunged Biden’s sordid past in the rush to get him elected in 2020.

The media completely ignored the other atrocities that the American government is helping spawn in the Middle East. The Obama administration commenced arming Muslim terrorist groups in 2013 to try to topple the Assad regime. The program was a catastrophe from the start: CIA-backed Syrian rebels ended up fighting Pentagon-backed rebels. Much of American aid ended up in the hands of terrorist groups, some of whom were allied with Al Qaeda. Providing material support to terrorist organizations is a federal crime except when the weapons are sent by American government agencies. Federal appeals courts used absurd rationales to prohibit disclosures on the CIA’s weapons-for-Syrian-terrorists program. The American military effectively invaded Syria and is now occupying a huge swath of that nation. But it is a nonissue for Biden and the American media.

The media also ignored the underlying absurdity of Biden begging the Saudis for more oil. Biden kowtowed abroad at the same time he scorns our nation’s heartland. As Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) asked, “Why is Joe Biden going to Saudi Arabia for oil while suppressing the American energy industry?” Sixty-eight members of Congress co-signed her letter to Biden demanding an answer to that question. Herrell complained that “Biden and the radicals in his administration seem hellbent on destroying American oil and gas.” Perhaps Biden prefers pleading for favors from foreign tyrants to unleashing his fellow citizens to deliver bounties in the marketplace. After Biden in June accused American oil companies of making excessive profits, the American Petroleum Institute issued a list of 10 steps Biden could take to reduce supply disruptions, including ending obstruction of permitting on natural-gas projects, lifting development restrictions on federal lands and waters, and ending Trump-era steel tariffs.

Biden’s Saudi trip should have driven the final wooden stake into his pious pirouetting on the world stage. But the scorekeepers—the media elite and their establishment allies—thrive on the illusion that the American government is the world’s savior and policeman. This is the dogma that is spurring the Biden administration to seek to prolong the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Biden is letting the bloodshed continue as long as he can profit by portraying himself as a savior of democracy for supporting the corrupt regime in Kiev.

BIDEN KEEPS PUSHING DIRECT WAR WITH CHINA OVER TAIWAN

This Taiwan Situation Is Getting Uglier Much Faster Than Many Expected, And The Leader Of The World’s Mightiest War Machine Is Either Too Stupid, Bloodthirsty, Careless And/Or Demented To Back Off.

The president of the United States has once again committed the American military to direct hot war with China in the event of an attack on Taiwan, a commitment that was once again walked back by his White House handlers.

In a recent 60 Minutes interview, Biden was asked point-blank by CBS News’ Scott Pelley if American forces would defend Taiwan from an attack by the mainland.

Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack,” Biden said.

After our interview a White House official told us US policy has not changed,” Pelly narrates after the comment. “Officially, the U.S. will not say whether American forces would defend Taiwan. But the commander-in-chief had a view of his own.”

So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, US Forces, US men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” Pelley asked.

Yes,” Biden replied.

This is seemingly the fourth time the president has made such remarks in transgression of his government’s standing policy of “strategic ambiguity” on this issue only to have them walked back by administration staff.

This past May Biden said “yes” when asked by the press if America would defend Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese invasion, adding, “That’s the commitment we made.” A White House official later stated that the president’s comments did not reflect a change in American policy.

At a CNN forum in October of last year Biden responded in the affirmative when asked by an audience member if America would intervene to defend Taiwan, and said “Yes, we have a commitment” when asked to clarify if he meant intervening against an attack from China. Again, the White House quickly clarified that “there is no change in our policy.”

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in August of last year Biden implied that America would defend Taiwan as it would a NATO ally, saying that America has “kept every commitment… same with Taiwan” when asked if China might be emboldened to attack the island by the American military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Again a senior administration official told the press, “Our policy with regard to Taiwan has not changed.”

(It is worth noting at this time that Biden’s repeated assertion that America has a “commitment” to defend Taiwan militarily is objectively false; that hasn’t been the case for over 40 years.)

We have listed these statements in reverse chronological order, and you can see they get more vague the earlier they are. Now you’ve got the president clearly and explicitly saying that he will send America troops to kill and be killed in a direct hot war with China to defend Taiwan.

We don’t know why the president keeps verbally committing his armed forces to a third world war against a nuclear-armed nation only to have it walked back over and over again by the administration he’s supposed to be in charge of. Is this just some neurological glitch in an aging brain which promoted war and militarism throughout its entire time in office? Is it some weird new tactic in “strategic ambiguity” to have different parts of the administration saying completely different things in totally unambiguous ways? Is Biden just a crazy warmonger? We don’t know. But what we do know is that all this chaos and confusion is happening at the worst possible time.

As Brett Wilkins explains for Common Dreams, a new bill from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee threatens to bring the world much closer to a horrific war due to the way it would upend existing policy on China with its recognition of Taiwan as a major “non-NATO ally” as part of a commitment to send billions of dollars worth of weapons to the island. Fears of what this could unleash upon our world have caused even fairly reliable empire facilitators like Ed Markey to vote against the bill, which Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning says would “greatly shake the political foundation of China-US relations and cause extremely serious consequences to China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

This is just one of the ways that tensions with China are being ramped up with astonishing speed over Taiwan, among them also the normalization of sending an increasingly high number of American officials to Taipei in steadily rising contempt for Washington’s One China policy which has kept the peace along this flashpoint for decades.

This Taiwan situation is getting uglier and uglier, much faster than many expected, and the president of the world’s mightiest war machine is either two stupid, too bloodthirsty, too careless or too demented to navigate this situation with the sensitivity it deserves. Things never should have been allowed to get this far, and the American empire is showing us every indication that it intends to take things much, much further. So, you should be prepared to “rest in peace” shortly or (if you support the American regime) “roast in hell”.

THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REFUSES TO CONDEMN ISRAELI RAIDS ON PALESTINIAN NGO’s

The Biden Regime Says It “Doesn’t Share Israel’s Position” On Criminalizing 6 Palestinian NGOs, But Won’t Criticize Israel Following A Military Raid On The Organizations.

On August 18th Israeli forces carried out an overnight raid on the offices of seven Palestinian civil society organizations in the occupied West Bank. Armed soldiers stole documents, damaged property, and welded the office doors shut.

Six of the seven targeted groups (Al-Haq, Addameer, Defense for Children International – Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, The Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees) had been designated as terrorist organizations by the Israeli government in October 2021. Israel has never provided any public evidence to back up these allegations and classified documents obtained by +972, Local Call, and The Intercept show that the accusations are dubious.

Shortly after Israel designated the groups as terrorists, they presented the Biden administration with what they claimed to be “unequivocal” intelligence against the Palestinian NGOs. “We receive detailed information from the Israeli government,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at the time. “We appreciated the consultation. We’re reviewing the information that they provided us.”

That was ten months ago, but the Biden administration has still not made a public conclusion about the evidence. At an April 2022 State Department briefing Price reiterated the same sentiments from October and did not indicate that they were any closer to reaching a verdict. “We have received detailed information on that very question from our Israeli partners, and it’s something that we’re continuing to review,” he said. “We received detailed information from our Israeli partners on the basis for their designation. We’re taking a very close look at that ourselves.”

At yesterday’s briefing Price was hit with a barrage of questions from the AP’s Matt Lee and Al Quds’ Said Arikat about the raid. Price expressed “concern” about the raids and said the administration was awaiting information about situation from its Israeli partners, the reporters asked why it hadn’t released a statement about the evidence from October and why people should expect them to assess any new evidence in a timely manner. Lee told Price that the administration seemed to be in a “perpetual state of limbo.”

We have not seen anything that has caused us to change our position,” Price eventually admitted, which marks the first time that the administration has acknowledged that it doesn’t share Israel’s position on the issue. However, Price refused to disagree with the Israeli government directly, much less accuse them of lying.

So you don’t believe the Israelis’ information?,” asked Lee at one point.

Intelligence information is always information that is the subject of analysis and different parties can read information differently,” responded Price. “They can perceive of threats differently. Our own analysis heretofore of the information that was provided last year has not caused us to change our approach to these organizations.”

When Price was asked why the administration is simply voicing concern, instead of condemning the raids, he curiously referenced October evidence. “I think the fact is that our Israeli partners..took an action..to designate these organizations as so-called ‘terrorist organizations’, said Price. “What we’ve seen publicly, what they’ve conveyed privately in recent hours, is that there’s an appropriate basis for the actions that they have taken. It will be a matter of urgency for us to review the basis for that information.”

AMERICAN COMPLICITY

On Twitter some pointed out that the Biden administration helped facilitate the raids via their inaction in regards to the original intelligence. “To be clear, while this is the furthest the U.S. government has come, it still falls very short of where it needs to be,” wrote the Palestinian-American political analyst Yousef Munayyer. “Their equivocation for months emboldened Israel to raid these offices today. When will the US finally condemn these actions, how much further does Israel have to go?”

The Biden Admin has had Israel’s ‘evidence’ for almost a year,” wrote Foundation for Middle East Peace president Lara Friedman. “It clearly knows this ‘evidence’ is BS — otherwise there is zero doubt they would have validated Israel’s designations/designated the groups themself. But knowing the evidence was BS, they appear to have taken the politically & morally cowardly approach of staying silent — an approach that amounts to foreign policy gross negligence/complicity.”

Make no mistake: This is a Chekov’s gun situation,” she continued. “Israel put the gun on the table last October. The Biden Admin saw that gun and decided to do nothing to pressure Israel to remove it. Now, the Biden Admin cannot claim surprise when Israel aims/fires that gun at Palestinian human rights defenders.”

A few Democratic House members also called Biden to act. “I am upset by the latest attacks by the Israeli army on Palestinian human rights groups,” tweeted Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). “Silencing human rights defenders is an attempt to avoid accountability. I reiterate calls from myself and my colleagues that the Biden administration immediately condemn this repression.”

Once again the IDF has launched a chilling attack on Defense for Children International-Palestine, a human rights organization supporting Palestinian children,” wrote Rep. Betty McCollum. “The Biden administration must condemn these efforts to silence groups advocating for Palestinian human rights and civil society.”

Last year McCollum introduced a resolution calling on the administration to condemn Israel’s “authoritarian and antidemocratic” repression of the human rights groups.

PRESIDENT BIDEN MUST WORK TO END THE WAR IN YEMEN

The United Nations Has Called The Saudi Arabia-Led War In Yemen That The American Regime Has Supported, The “World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis.”

Yet even that designation hardly captures the full extent of misery endured by its people over seven years of violence and unrelenting war.

It is also a crisis that the United States has not only enabled, but has been instrumental in fueling through military aid to the Saudi coalition. A bipartisan resolution now before Congress offers an opportunity to achieve a permanent ceasefire in Yemen and provide sorely needed oversight of unauthorized American military involvement there.

If the conflict in Yemen is to end, America must engage in enhanced diplomacy and cut off the flow of weapons and other military support to the Saudi coalition. Congress must also address the constitutional issues raised by American involvement in Yemen. If passed, House Joint Resolution (HJR) 87, introduced on May 31, would accomplish these goals by invoking the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

The resolution, sponsored by Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and over 100 members of Congress, has the support of organizations from across the political spectrum. Its introduction comes in the midst of a fragile, temporary truce between the Saudi-led forces and Houthi-led forces backed by Iran.

Specifically, the resolution would end American intelligence sharing and logistical support for “offensive” Saudi-led coalition strikes, including the maintenance and repair of coalition aircraft engaged in anti-Houthi bombings. It would also prohibit American personnel from assisting Saudi-led coalition forces engaged in hostilities unless they have prior congressional authorization.

Despite the absence of congressional approval, America has continuously backed the coalition against the Houthis since 2015 by providing nearly $60 billion of military support and weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. President Biden’s previous pledge to withdraw American support from “offensive operations” in Yemen has so far proven empty. His administration still sells arms to Riyadh and provides critical American maintenance of Saudi warplanes conducting deadly airstrikes in Yemen, thus making this already unclear distinction of “offensive” versus “defensive” weapons essentially meaningless.

All told, the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. has conducted over 25,000 air raids since 2015, killing nearly 9,000 civilians, according to data compiled by the Yemen Data Project. Serious human rights abuses have also been documented, including likely war crimes from these airstrikes that have targeted civilians in their homes, markets, and hospitals.

Everyone is frightened. Children are traumatized – we tell them don’t worry, it’s all fine, but they wake up to the sound of massive explosions just like we do,” said Abdulwasea Mohammed, a Yemen-based aid worker.

Last month, the Washington Post published an investigation detailing US culpability in Yemen, including evidence of American manufactured weapons used to carry out such attacks. And yet, the American government has somehow failed to determine “the extent to which American military support has contributed to civilian harm in Yemen,” the American Government Accountability Office found in its new report.

Saudi Arabia’s sea, land, and air blockade of Yemen has further worsened the humanitarian crisis there by depriving the country of critical food, fuel, and medicine, which has contributed to the deaths of over 100,000 people.

Over 17 million Yemenis today live on the brink of starvation. Russia’s war in Ukraine has exacerbated the famine, since approximately 30 percent of Yemen’s wheat imports come from Ukraine. With food prices soaring, the World Food Program warns that acute hunger in Yemen is expected to increase five-fold by the end of the year.

Alongside this urgent need to protect Yemeni civilians, it is also long past time for Congress to reclaim its authority to declare war under Article 1 of the American Constitution. Congress passed the War Powers Resolution in 1973 after revelations of President Nixon’s secret bombing campaign in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. It was intended to limit the president’s ability to initiate or escalate military actions abroad without congressional consent, which has clearly not happened in Yemen.

Ultimately, it is within the power of the American to end this war in Yemen through diplomacy and by cutting off arms and military support. Doing so would help bring all sides to the negotiating table and end the prolonged agony of Yemenis. Former President Trump vetoed a previous bipartisan attempt by Congress to do so, but with President Biden’s backing, Congress now has a chance to make it a reality.

Biden recently set out to Saudi Arabia to meet with crown prince Mohammed bin Salman with an eye towards pushing the Saudis to increase oil production. Amidst criticism of the kingdom’s appalling human rights record and brutal conduct in Yemen, the president defended his visit as necessary to “strengthen a strategic partnership” while “also holding true to fundamental American values.”

But after years of war, prioritizing peace in Yemen must not take a back seat to the fossil fuel and arms industries. As Biden himself acknowledged in 2019, whether in Yemen or elsewhere, America should never “check its principles at the door just to buy oil or sell weapons.”

THEY PLAN ON REPEATING IT’S “PUTIN’S PRICE HIKE” UNTIL THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT

Biden Said It’s “Putin’s Price Hike” Reacting To The Report Revealing Continued High Inflation, Showing Once Again That The Government Believes Americans Are Idiots.

Make no mistake about it: I understand inflation is a real challenge to American families. Today’s inflation report confirms what Americans already know: Putin’s Price Hike is hitting America hard,” Biden said in a statement. “My administration is going to continue to do everything it can to lower prices for the American people.”

Which is of course absurd. Prices were already soaring and inflation was already at a 40-year high before Russia invaded Ukraine on the 24th of February, and there was never anything inscribed upon the fabric of reality which said America needed to respond to that invasion with an economic war that has made everything worse. America initiated these unprecedented acts of economic warfare in response to an invasion it could easily have prevented with a little diplomacy, and has managed to do so without even hurting the strength of the ruble at all.

There are many people Americans could blame for their shrinking bank accounts, but Putin isn’t one of them.

And people know this. Nobody who doesn’t work for the American government ever unironically uses the term “Putin’s price hike” except to comment on the Biden administration’s repeated use of that term. We’ve never once seen even the dumbest liberals in our social media notifications use that phrase.

Right now it looks ridiculous to hear even Biden use that term. It sticks out like dog’s balls because of how obviously contrived and out of place it is, like if he’d spontaneously yelled “Cowabunga, dudes!” or something.

But just you wait. If they keep repeating it often enough and frequently enough, sooner or later you’ll start to notice rank-and-file members of the public repeating it themselves.

This is because the empire managers understand something which John Q Public does not, and it’s this: if you repeat something often enough in a confident-sounding tone of voice, a glitch in human cognition known as the illusory truth effect causes them to mistake what you’re saying for the truth.

The illusory truth effect describes the way people are more likely to believe something is true after hearing it said many times. This is due to the fact that the familiar feeling we experience when hearing something we’ve heard before feels very similar to our experience of knowing that something is true. When we hear a familiar idea, its familiarity provides us with something called cognitive ease, which is the relaxed, unlabored state we experience when our minds aren’t working hard at something. We also experience cognitive ease when we are presented with a statement that we know to be true.

We have a tendency to select for cognitive ease, which is why confirmation bias is a thing: believing ideas which don’t cause cognitive strain or dissonance gives us more cognitive ease than doing otherwise. Our evolutionary ancestors adapted to seek out cognitive ease so that they could put their attention into making quick decisions essential for survival, rather than painstakingly mulling over whether everything we believe is as true as we think it is. This was great for not getting eaten by saber-toothed tigers in prehistoric times, but it’s not very helpful when navigating the twists and turns of a cognitively complex modern world. It’s also not helpful when you’re trying to cultivate truthful beliefs while surrounded by screens that are repeating the same bogus talking points over and over again.

This would appear to be the strategy behind the continual repetition of the phrase “Putin’s price hike” in particular and the narrative that rising prices are Russia’s fault in general. Just keep saying it and saying it until the illusory truth effect kicks in and overrides people’s cognitive faculties.

We are being trained. Westerners are paying more because of western policies chosen by western policy makers, and we’re being trained to look at our shrinking bank accounts and yell, “Damn you, Putin!”

No part of this new cold war would be possible without copious amounts of such training. Without massive amounts of propaganda, people would never consent to being made poorer in order to facilitate the dopey grand chessboard maneuverings of a few sociopaths on the east coast of the United States. Without massive amounts of propaganda, people would never consent to having the gun of nuclear war held to their heads every day as American imperialist escalations continually ramp up brinkmanship between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. Without massive amounts of propaganda, people would never consent to agendas which directly hurt them and threaten everyone they know while providing no material benefit to them whatsoever.

But this is also true of our entire society in general. Our entire civilization is marinating in propaganda produced and promulgated by the powerful in order to manipulate our collective psychology into consenting to a status quo which serves them and not us.

Over centuries of dynasties, upheavals and revolutions, powerful people have learned that the best way to dominate a population is to manipulate them into serving your interests while giving them the illusion of freedom and control. The invention of mass media has facilitated this new form of tyranny, as has the emergence of psychology as a field of study. These two factors have combined together to give rise to the steadily advancing science of modern propaganda.

This is why the world is as it is: because the people have been psychologically manipulated at mass scale away from using the power of their numbers to create systems that benefit them instead of a few powerful sociopaths.

This is the source of all our major problems. Understanding it, and finding ways to overcome it, is the solution. The only reason they’ve been able to control us in this way is because they understand all the many ways our minds can be manipulated better than we do.

BIDEN IS TRYING TO PROLONG THE WAR IN UKRAINE

You Should Know That Turkey Continues To Be The Center Of Diplomatic Activity On Resolving The Ukraine War.

It is therefore particularly revealing, and a sign of Western priorities, that we did not come across a single western journalist trying to follow and cover the diplomatic process. There are hundreds of Western journalists in Ukraine, effectively embedded with the Ukrainian authorities, producing war porn. There appear to be none seriously covering attempts to make peace.

There was a sea change two weeks ago when Ukraine shifted to a public stance that it would cede no territory at all in a peace deal. On May 21st, Zelensky’s office stated that “The war must end with the complete restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.” Previously while they had been emphatic that no territory in “the East” would be ceded, there had been studied ambiguity about whether that referred to Donbass alone or also the Crimea.

The new Ukrainian stance, that there will be no peace deal without recovering the Crimea, has ended for now any hopes of an early ceasefire. It appears to be a militarily unachievable objective – there is no scenario in which Russia de facto loses Crimea, without the serious possibility of worldwide nuclear war.

This blow to the peace process was a setback in Ankara, and most believe the Ukrainians were acting on instructions conveyed from Washington to Zelensky by Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, who openly stated he wanted the war to wear down Russian defence capabilities.

A long war in Ukraine is of course massively in the interest of the American military industrial complex, whose dripping roasts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have gone rather off the heat. It also forwards the strategic objective of severely damaging the Russian economy, although much of that damage is mutual. Why we live in a world where the goal of nations is to damage the lives of inhabitants of other nations is a question which continues to puzzle me.

Turkey has for now turned towards the more limited goal of ensuring that grain supplies can be shipped out from the Black Sea through the Bosphorus. This is essential for developing nations and essential for world food supplies, which were already under pressure before this war began. Turkey is offering to clear sea lanes of mines and to police the ships carrying grain from the port of Odessa, which is still under Ukrainian control. Russia has agreed to the deal.

Ukraine is objecting to this plan to export its own wheat, because it objects to the removal of the mines, which should be clear were, put down in the sea lanes by Ukraine to prevent amphibious attack on Odessa. There is monumental hypocrisy by the West on this, blaming Russia for preventing the export of the grain while it is actually blocked in by Ukraine’s own mines, which they currently refuse to allow Turkey to remove.

On May 19th this was the headline of a UN press release:

Lack of Grain Exports Driving Global Hunger to Famine Levels, as War in Ukraine Continues, Speakers Warn Security Council”

As it states, Ukraine and Russia together account for one third of world grain exports and two thirds of world sunflower oil exports. Many of those who die from this war are likely to do so in developing countries, from hunger. The decision of the EU and America to target Russian and Belarusian agricultural exports for sanctions displays an extraordinary callousness towards the very poorest human beings on the globe, who cannot afford rising food prices.

Well, the headline here is that the USA and EU are pushing Ukraine to block any food deal, based on a number of objections including the reduction in the security of Odessa and the claim that Russia will sell looted Ukrainian grain. The view in both Ankara and the developing world is that the big picture, of millions facing starvation, is being lost.

You should be left wondering if the interests of the powerful agricultural lobbies in both the EU and USA are influencing policy. High world food prices benefit some powerful interests.

America blames Putin for starting a war that does nothing to redress Russian long term security concerns. But the truth is that politicians in the West are equally keen on this war. Boris Johnson yesterday was blatantly promoting it for his own survival. Anybody who makes any effort to stop the killing – Presidents Macron and Erdogan in particular – are immediately and universally denounced by the so called “liberal” media.

Yet what is the end result that the liberal warmongers wish to achieve? When we reach the stage that Henry Kissinger is a comparative voice of sanity, the political situation is indeed dire.

BIDEN’S VISIT TO SAUDI ARABIA EXPOSES THE SHAM OF THE UKRAINE NARRATIVE

In A Major Walkback From His Campaign Pledge To Make Saudi Arabia A “Pariah” For Human Rights Abuses, He Now Is Trying To Hook Up With Them.

President Biden will reportedly visit Riyadh with the goal of persuading Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to help the American empire win its economic war against Russia.

The Guardian tells us the trip “suggests Biden has prioritized his need to bring oil prices down and thereby punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, over his stand on human rights.”

So in order to punish Vladimir Putin for his alleged war crimes and his supposed assault on freedom and democracy, Biden will be courting a tyrannical war criminal whose country has no freedom or democracy.

Washington will be ending its brief diplomatic dry spell with a government that has been waging a horrific war against Yemen while suppressing any semblance of human rights at home in order to more effectively punish Putin for waging a horrific war against Ukraine which we’re told threatens freedom and democracy throughout the western world.

Of course, we are not the first to note the risible irony of this development.

The Biden Administration is openly planning to pay homage to one [of] its closest allies — one of the most despotic and murderous tyrants on the planet, the Saudi Crown Prince — at the same time it convinces Americans its motive for fighting wars is to defend freedom and democracy,” tweeted Glenn Greenwald.

The EU literally just banned oil from Russia (mimicking the United States’ actions) because they don’t want to give money to a ‘dictator’. So Biden is travelling soon to Saudi Arabia to try and bring energy prices down– which is a vibrant democracy, as you all know,” tweeted Richard Medhurst.

As part of mobilizing support for the great war for ‘freedom’ in Ukraine, Biden will be visiting the great beacon of ‘democracy,’ Saudi Arabia this month. What’s a little murder and dismemberment between friends?” tweeted Joseph Kishore.

Indeed, one wonders if perhaps Putin could settle this whole conflict by staging a few mass beheadings and dismembering a Washington Post reporter with a bone saw to get on America’s good side.

A lot of people talk about the “hypocrisy” of the American empire, as though being hypocritical is the issue. But the complete lack of moral consistency in America’s imperial behavior is noteworthy not merely because of hypocrisy: it’s noteworthy because it shows the American empire has no morality.

Despite the astonishing deluge of propaganda and brazen government disinformation we’re being blasted in the face with painting the war in Ukraine as a fight between good versus evil, freedom versus tyranny, democracy versus autocracy, the truth is much less flattering to the imperial ego. In reality, America is waging a proxy war in Ukraine for the exact same reason it remains close with Saudi Arabia: because it advances its own interests to do so.

That’s it. That’s the whole entire story. The American regime doesn’t care about Ukrainian freedom or Ukrainian lives, it cares about strengthening its Eurasian geostrategic hegemony, and it would cheerfully incinerate every Ukrainian alive in order to accomplish that goal.

A lot of commentators like to say the American government’s intimacy with Saudi Arabia undermines American values, but that’s not true at all. America isn’t undermining its values by cozying up with Saudi Arabia, it is perfectly honoring and representing its values.

One only believes America is undermining its values by partnering with Saudi Arabia if one assumes that American values include freedom, democracy, justice and peace. This is not an acceptable thing for a grown adult to believe in 2022. American values in the real world are domination and global power. That’s it.

Really if you think about it Saudi Arabia is just a more honest version of the United States. Its tyranny is right out in the open instead of being sneakily disguised under inverted totalitarianism. Its oligarchs and its official government are all the same people. It never tries to pretend its wars are “humanitarian” in nature. And when it wants to murder an inconvenient journalist it simply does so instead of dishonestly framing it as an espionage case.

In truth, when you look at its overall behavior on the world stage, America is far more murderous and tyrannical than either Russia or Saudi Arabia. Pretending that Biden is lowering the United States beneath its values by visiting Saudi Arabia is highly flattering to America. If anything, it’s the other way around.

PRESIDENT BIDEN PLANS A VISIT TO SAUDI ARABIA WITH HIS HAT IN HAND

MBS Is Playing Hardball With The United States, And The White House Is Just Letting Him Win. Why?

Thursday night, the New York Times broke the news that President Biden plans to travel this Summer to Saudi Arabia, effectively signaling the administration’s intent to end its paltry efforts to correct the Kingdom’s destabilizing behavior in return for limited promises on oil production.

Traveling to Riyadh now, hat in hand, is akin to slapping a bargain bandaid on the gaping wound that the America-Saudi relationship has become.

Clearly, America should be working to build a healthier relationship with Saudi Arabia, but that simply isn’t possible unless and until the United States confronts the deep dysfunction at the core of that relationship — a dysfunction defined by the blind eye America has turned to Saudi’s support for Jihadi terrorism, the spread of Wahhabism, and other reckless and inexcusable actions, like the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamaal Khashoggi.

Biden’s decision to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) without first having secured an end to this destabilizing behavior significantly weakens the United States’ hand.

Applauding MBS’ “courage” for supporting a ceasefire in a war the Saudi Crown Prince himself started — and to use that as a pretext for the presidential meeting — speaks to Biden’s desperation to lower gas prices, as well as to our need to end this dependency on Saudi Arabia.

Let’s also be clear about one thing: This is not the victory of realism over values. Such an assertion erroneously presumes that realpolitik necessitates Biden prostrating himself in front of MBS to push down oil prices. It does not. If oil prices are really the driving force behind this, then Biden should have just gone back into the Iran nuclear deal through an executive order, instead of — for all practical purposes — continuing Trump’s maximum pressure strategy.

The combination of Iranian oil coming back onto the market as well as the immediate influx of more than 50 million barrels of oil that Tehran has in storage but hasn’t been able to sell because of American sanctions, would cause both a better short-term and long-term reduction of oil prices. All Biden needed to do is to go back to the deal his former boss Barack Obama already negotiated.

Instead, Biden has chosen to play a self-defeating game with Iran which in turn has made him desperate enough to cave into MBS. (This would also have put Europe in a much better position as it is desperately trying to reduce its dependence on Russian gas and oil).

Rather than rebuilding relations with Riyadh, Biden’s approach will likely exacerbate the long-standing problems in America-Saudi relations. It will increase our dependence on the kingdom, which has long given its rulers carte blanche to act against American interests in the Middle East and beyond.

MBS is playing hardball with the United States—and Biden just let him win.

BIDEN LASHES OUT AGAINST “ENEMIES” AS AMERICA DECLINES

Will That Result In Another World War? Remember, The United States Of America Has Been A Country, Like Its Best Friend Israel, That Seems To Be Perpetually At War – Will They Step It Up A Notch?

One should recall that when war fever surged demanding intervention by Imperial Britain in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877, a song became popular in the music halls which included “We don’t want to fight, But by Jingo if we do, We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, we’ve got the money too.” If the refrain sounds familiar, it should as the United States has been experiencing extreme “jingoism” since 2001. Any rejection of the “rules based international order” established and policed by “leader of the free world” Washington, has resulted in immediate punishment by sanctions followed by threats of military intervention. In some cases, as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, the actual armed intervention seeking regime change has been the end result. And it is all done to spread “freedom” and “democracy,” a claim that might be disputed by the millions of dead mostly Muslims who have had to suffer the consequences.

So the United States of America has been a country, like its best friend Israel, that seems to be perpetually at war…so what else is new? What’s new is that under President Joe Biden there has been zero diplomacy and almost reflexive reliance on wielding the “big stick.” To quote another bon mot from one of our favorite authors Raymond Chandler, creator of private eye Philip Marlowe, “…when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.”

Don’t worry, Chandler’s two guys and many more like them are now in Ukraine under cover and in mufti training Ukrainians to use all the nifty Raytheon and Lockheed toys Uncle Joe has sent them. They are working together with the largely neocon advisers coaching Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is guarded by British and American special forces, on what to say and do during his increasingly strident international calls to widen the war. If they are successful and manage to sink another Russian ship or two using harpoon missiles, which Zelensky is threatening to do, America’s proxy war with Russia could quickly become for real. Zelensky’s family meanwhile is reportedly safely ensconced in an $8 million villa in Israel. He also has a multi-million dollar villa property near Miami and another in Tuscany. Who would have thought that being president of the poorest country in Europe could bring such material rewards?

Australian journalist Caitlin Johnstone, who has a huge worldwide audience, opines that Biden is possibly the worst American president ever, worse even that his consistently denigrated predecessor and media punching bag Donald Trump. Her recent article succinctly addresses what makes Biden’s egregious failure both different and incredibly dangerous. She writes:

Preventing nuclear war is a US president’s single most important job. It’s so important you shouldn’t even really have to talk about it, because it’s so self-evidently the number one priority. And this administration is just rolling the dice on nuclear conflict with increasing frequency every day. Even if humanity survives this standoff (and the one with China that’s next in line), Biden will still have been an unforgivably depraved president for allowing it to get this close. There’s no excuse whatsoever for just casually rolling the dice on all terrestrial life like this.”

Indeed, Joe Biden’s latest tricks include declaring that America will go to war with China to protect Taiwan if Beijing should prove so bold as to want to take control of its wayward province. But America’s established policy is to maintain “strategic ambiguity” about China/Taiwan, a diplomatic solution crafted in 1979 to help prevent any provocations by either party that would lead to the situation developing into a shooting war. Joe seems to have missed that point, if he ever understood it in the first place, and certainly his advisers appear to be no more savvy than he is, though the White House quickly issued a correction on the apparent gaffe in the form of a statement that automatic defense of Taiwan is not official policy. Yet.

But the most outragious move by the Biden Administration, if one might be so bold as to suggest that it is actually capable of administering anything more kinetic than a hot dog stand, is the latest pander to Israel. The recent murder by military sharpshooter of Palestinian/American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh followed by a humiliating spectacle of police violence at the funeral as well as subsequently at a second Palestinian funeral, actually found some administration flunkies and congress critters calling for a full investigation by Israel. The Israeli government and army refused to do so and the White House has pretended that there is no longer anything to see or consider. Israeli Defense (sic) Minister Benny Gantz recently visited Washington but the issue of a murdered American was not even raised as top official tried to outdo each other in expressing both their love for and fealty to the Jewish state, which Biden will soon be visiting. The American president will ignore the fact that Israel is celebrating his visit with its greatest eviction of Palestinian residents in twenty years.

That the United States has been a major source of money, weapons and political cover for Israel since 1967 if not before is indisputable, the result of corruption of America’s government at all levels by the groups and billionaires euphemistically described as the “Israel Lobby.” War criminal Israeli leaders like Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu have boasted about their control over Congress and the White House as well as the media and every time Israel does something atrocious the only American response has been to give it more money. Israel would sorely love to have the United States fights its wars, most prominently by attacking Iran, but somehow that military intervention and regime change, apart from a number of assassinations, has not yet taken place.

But now all of that might be changing due to a combination of the Biden regime’s recklessness and Israel’s genuine contempt for the American people, who they have been parasitically feeding off of since their settler state was founded. America has, for the first time, participated in a large-scale military exercise with Israel on May 18th which was designed to simulate an attack on Iran using American Air Force refueling planes to enhance the ability of Israel to keep its jets flying to maintain air superiority over the Persians. It was a war game in the most literal sense even though the tanker aircraft did not actually refuel any Israeli planes and it basically commits the United States to be a dedicated participant if the Israelis should throw the dice and chance on a military attack on Iran’s presumed nuclear and air defense sites.

You should also smell a possible false flag if the exercise is repeated, as it surely will be. What if one of the American planes taking part in a future exercise were to be shot down in an incident staged by Israel that might plausibly be attributed to Iran? As the exercises will presumably take place over the Mediterranean Sea in the coastal waters part of which Israel has inter alia stolen from Gaza and controls, bringing Iran into the equation would be difficult but possible to manage with enough cleverness combined with hubris, which the Israelis have in plentiful supply. That Israel would without hesitation shed American blood if it were to advance its own perceived interests should not be doubted by anyone. Look only at the two Israel false flag attacks against America, the Lavon bombing incident in 1954 and the bloody assault on the USS Liberty in 1967, which killed 34 American sailors and injured more than a hundred others in an attempt to sink the ship and kill all its crew. That is the Israel that America has grown to love and nourish, a viper in one’s bosom, always willing to strike the body that feeds it.

But to return to Caitlin Johnstone’s observation, America is in deep trouble. Its economy is visibly sinking while standards of living are dropping and will decline further as military spending grows while both the increasingly “woke” educational system and industrial base are no longer competitive. America has a plausibly psychopathic government that is bringing it to the brink of war with several nuclear powers. What Americans need is not another war, but rather an end to war, particular those wars that can somehow kill most or even all of us. Instead, help build pressure to wind down the Ukraine war through negotiations, stop feeding Zelensky with weapons and money. Leave China alone and stop being Israel’s patsy against Iran and inside Syria. Try to get along with competitors. It would indeed be a Brave New World, wouldn’t it? A country at peace with itself and working to benefit the American people – something that we have rarely seen since 1945.

A RECIPE FOR NUCLEAR WAR – “THERE IS NO OFF-RAMP”

As If He Were Holding A Gun At Our Back, President Joe Biden Is Pushing Americans Ever Higher On The Escalation Ladder With Moscow.

Recently, former Russian President and current Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned that Washington and NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine risks becoming a “full-fledged nuclear war.”

In a message that should be heard loud and clear by the American people, Medvedev cautioned “the pumping of Ukraine by NATO countries with weapons, the training of its troops to use Western equipment, the dispatch of mercenaries and the conduct of exercises by the countries of the Alliance near our borders increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia instead of their ‘war by proxy.’”

Leading up to the war, the State Department blatantly eschewed diplomacy which could have prevented Putin’s invasion. While at the same time, hawks in the Biden administration, the Senate, NATO, the CIA, and the Pentagon could be heard salivating, in public statements and major news outlets, with dreams of killing Russians in a long-coveted, protracted proxy war.

Senior American officials now openly boast about helping Kiev murder Russians.

In The New York Times, there were incendiary claims of a dozen Russian Generals killed by Ukrainian forces largely with the aid of American battlefield intelligence. Before that, there was another story about a Russian military transport plane downed with Washington’s intelligence assistance, hundreds of Russian soldiers were reportedly killed.

As if to remove any lingering confusion, Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, has proclaimed definitively that “we’re at war.” Of course, there was never a constitutional declaration of war, which means Hoyer is admitting to illegally dragging his constituents and the rest of America into a brutal war with Russia, a nation armed with roughly 6,000 nukes.

Though on April 5, The Washington Post infamously reported that “for some in NATO, it’s better for the Ukrainians to keep fighting, and dying, than to achieve a peace that comes too early.”

Their sadistic preferences are luxuries humanity cannot afford.

Having launched this war, Putin has painted himself into a corner, and to end the war he needs an off ramp, a negotiated settlement. His primary terms have been clear; they include Kiev’s recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Crimean Peninsula, autonomy or independence for the breakaway republics in the Donbas region, and Ukrainian neutrality.

During the previous rounds of bilateral talks held in Turkey, the Ukrainians indicated to the Russians that they would be willing to negotiate neutrality in exchange for certain security guarantees. This set off alarm bells in London and Washington. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson raced to Kiev for a meeting with Zelensky. His mission was to halt any peace overtures at once.

As Antiwar.com columnist Ted Snider has written,

Whose war is the war in Ukraine? [The U.S. and its NATO partners] have hijacked the war by ordering Ukraine to subordinate its goals to the larger Western goals. “Even if Ukraine is ready to sign some agreements on guarantees with Putin,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Zelensky, “[we] are not. . . . We can sign with you, but not with him.”

Ukrainian media reports that “as soon as” Ukraine and Russia, “following the outcome of Istanbul, had agreed on the structure of a future possible agreement in general terms, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared in Kyiv almost without warning.” Johnson rushed in with the demand that Putin “should be pressured, not negotiated with.” Don’t negotiate Ukraine’s goals, fight for the West’s goals. Johnson told Zelensky that the war presents a chance to “press” Putin and that the West wanted to use that opportunity, according to one of Zelensky’s “close associates.”

Johnson wasn’t a rogue Western voice. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin even more clearly gave the new directions. Speaking in Kiev after meeting with Zelensky, Austin said the U.S. wants to see “Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine”. The State Department discouraged Ukraine from negotiating the key issue of the Russia-Ukraine war, that Ukraine not join NATO, because the Western war “is a war that is in many ways bigger than Russia, it’s bigger than Ukraine.”

Peace talks have now completely stalled and NATO has committed “open-ended military support” for the war in Ukraine.

At this pace, this year’s enormous spending on military aid and other assistance to Ukraine is set to surpass the State Department’s yearly budget. Antony Blinken, putatively America’s top diplomat, is dutifully promoting the long war as well as regime change in Moscow.

Since February 15, Blinken has not spoken to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Blinken is more focused on peddling baseless stories about Tehran’s alleged attempts to assassinate Mike Pompeo. You can also catch him playing guitar on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. It is the ultimate insult that the American people are still forced to pay Blinken’s salary.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Kiev, leading a delegation of Democratic Party representatives, and insisted America will keep the war going “until victory is won.”

Colorado’s Jason Crow made the trip as well and said “the United States of America is in this to win it.” He added that the focus of the delegation’s meeting with Zelensky was “weapons, weapons, weapons.” Practically acting as a lobbyist for a foreign power or alternately an arms salesman, Crow said Zelensky wants “more sophisticated intelligence and surveillance drones as well as attack drones that can be reused multiple times instead of the Kamikaze drones we’ve given them.”

On Fox News, another Democrat, Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton said “at the end of the day, we’ve got to realize we’re at war. And we’re not just at war to support the Ukrainians. We’re fundamentally at war, although, it’s somewhat through proxy with Russia and it’s important that we win.”

Biden recently requested another massive aid package for Ukraine originally totaling a shocking $33 billion, with more than $20 billion in weapons. Not a single House Democrat voted against this spending, instead they added still more billions in taxpayer money for the military industrial complex, swelling the package to a whopping $40 billion.

The Senate has since overwhelmingly passed legislation for the aid package, which includes mostly weapons, the opposition included only 11 Republicans and predictably not one Democrat. Biden has now signed the bill.

Not to be out done by the liberals, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of Republican Senators to meet with Zelensky and promised to “sustain our support until Ukraine wins this war.”

Neoconservative spokesman and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham puts it more clearly, declaring emphatically “there is no off-ramp,” we must “take out Putin.”

Vilnius makes loud calls for regime change not just of Putin but his entire government. London along with Stockholm, poised to join NATO shortly, says relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin can never be normalized.

Biden told workers at an Alabama Lockheed Martin plant that manufactures Javelin anti-tank missiles, “you’re making it possible for the Ukrainian people to defend themselves without us having to risk getting in a third world war by sending in American soldiers fighting Russian soldiers.”

In addition to London’s SAS troops reportedly on the ground in Kiev training Ukrainian forces on British anti-tank weapons, America may have already deployed some deniable paramilitary forces. As James Carden, former adviser to the America-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission at the State Department, has reported,

While Biden remains steadfast in assuring the public that there will be no “boots on the ground,” in point of fact, current and former officials have suggested that American paramilitaries are indeed on the ground, with military assistance being coordinated by the new appointee to the Biden National Security Council, retired Army Lieutenant General Terry Wolff.

According to retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as secretary of state Colin Powell’s chief of staff, the administration is planning for a protracted conflict in Ukraine.

Wilkerson says “they are extremely desirous of a protracted conflict because they want to effect regime change in Moscow, destabilize Russia and then take on China. That is their long-term geopolitical strategy.”

The more the hawks ratchet tensions and the longer Putin doesn’t retaliate by using nukes, the same reckless Western policymakers become exponentially more confident that the Russians are bluffing. They will then escalate further, potentially making the unthinkable inevitable.

Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko tweeted that America is developing plans aimed at destroying the Russian Black Sea fleet. This comes amid reports that America is actively considering how to provide advanced anti-ship missiles to Ukraine.

Moscow warned for years that bringing Ukraine into the alliance was the “brightest of all redlines,” but NATO went ahead and, in all but name, made Kiev a member.

In January, Qin Gang, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, strongly admonished Washington stating “if the Taiwanese authorities, emboldened by the United States, keep going down the road for independence, it most likely will involve China and the United States, the two big countries, in the military conflict.”

Two weeks ago, the American Navy’s Seventh Fleet sailed yet another warship, a guided missile cruiser, through the sensitive Taiwan Strait and the State Department removed from its website references to Washington’s One China policy.

As Dave DeCamp, Antiwar.com news editor, has detailed,

The State Department removed a line that said the U.S. “does not support Taiwan independence.” It also removed a line that said the U.S. recognizes “the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, acknowledging the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is a part of China.”

Zhao Lijian, Beijing’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman described these provocative edits as “an act of political manipulation and an attempt to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, which will backfire and the US itself will get burned.”

Taiwan is armed to the teeth with American F-16s and other military equipment. Taipei now openly hosts American troops training its forces. Implicitly, the training is for an eventual war with the mainland.

These moves take place in the context of the “Asia Pivot,” launched more than a decade ago by Barack Obama, the largest military buildup since World War II, aimed directly at China.

Americans should realize now that, regardless of the incalculable consequences, their blood soaked rulers will likely never hit the brakes on these wars with Russia and China. That is our responsibility and we must act accordingly.