Micropotus

03.21.2017

Prepare, Pursue, Prevail!
Onward and Upward with U.S. Central Command
By Andrew J. Bacevich

By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked, “I am an incurable optimist.” In reality, Artie was an incurable narcissist. Utterly devoid of self-awareness, he never looked back, only forward.

[…]

Ludendorff Would Have Approved

“Punch a hole and let the rest follow.”

During the First World War, that aphorism, attributed to General Erich Ludendorff, captured the essence of the German army’s understanding of strategy, rooted in the conviction that violence perpetrated on a sufficient scale over a sufficient period of time will ultimately render a politically purposeless war purposeful. The formula didn’t work for Germany in Ludendorff’s day and yielded even more disastrous results when Hitler revived it two decades later.

Neocons as a Figment of Imagination
Criticizing their thuggery is anti-Semitism?
PHILIP GIRALDI • MARCH 21, 2017 • 2,100 WORDS

The third reason, linked to number two, is that having a plausible and dangerous enemy like Russia on tap keeps the cash flowing from defense industries to the foundations and think tanks that the neocons nest in when they are not running the Pentagon and National Security Council. Follow the money. So it is all about self-interest combined with tribal memory: money, status and a visceral hatred of Russia.

Israel Continues to Attack Syria, Warns Syria Against Resisting Planes
Israeli DM Threatens to Destroy Syria’s Air Defense System
by Jason Ditz, March 19, 2017

Russia summoned Israel’s Ambassador on Friday to seek an explanation, which is similarly unprecedented during the war, as Israel has previously been said to keep Russia appraised of its operations along the border, aiming to prevent the deployment of Russia’s air defense against them.

Fat Leonard and the Decline of Military Values
The officer corps was once assumed to be above larger cultural rot. No more.
By ANDREW J. BACEVICH • March 20, 2017

We confront evidence of an officer corps that has lost its moral bearings, abandoning the “military standard” for something quite different. To assume that the rot is confined exclusively to one particular service would be a grave mistake.

Stronger Economic Growth? Over My Dead Body, Says Janet Yellen
MIKE WHITNEY • MARCH 10, 2017 • 1,200 WORDS

As de facto representative of the ruling Bank cabal, the Fed would rather prick the massive asset-price bubble it has created and risk sending the financial system into a headlong plunge off a cliff, than allow perennially-strapped workers to garner even a farthing more for their daily drudgery. Class hatred remains the animating force that fuels all Central Bank policy decisions.

 

Full Speed Ahead for Murphy’s Law

With industry expiring, or moving elsewhere (also temporarily), we inflated finance to nearly 40 percent of the economy. The new financialization was, in effect, setting a matrix of rackets in motion. What had worked as capital management before was allowed to mutate into various forms of swindling and fraud — such as the bundling of dishonestly acquired mortgages into giant bonds and then selling them to pension funds desperate for “yield,” or the orgy of merger and acquisition in health care that turned hospitals into cash registers, or the revenue streams on derivative “plays” that amounted to bets with no possibility of ever being paid off, or the three-card-monte games of interest rate arbitrage played by central banks and their “primary dealer” concubines.

The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow
March 15, 2017

There’s been a lot of handwringing in Official Washington and across the Mainstream Media about the “post-truth” era, but these supposed avatars for truth are as guilty as anyone, acting as if constantly repeating a fact-free claim is the same as proving it.

But it’s clear what Kagan and other neocons have in mind, an escalation of hostilities with Russia and a substantial increase in spending on U.S. military hardware and on Western propaganda to “counter” what is deemed “Russian propaganda.”

This entry was posted by JR.

16 thoughts on “Micropotus

  1. the decline of military values? i hate to tell these rubes, but the military was founded on the values of rape and pillage. which are as good values as any, i’d say…

  2. so now I only read orlov’s free teaser and just guess the content of the rest of his essays.

  3. JR, please don’t charge us to post here.

    I’m still enjoying the irony of you protecting JHK from further criticism from dave and myself. I think we were just about finished with him, anyway. Believe it or no, we actually like the guy, just like we know you do, Johnny Rico.

  4. Oh man, wtf was John Wayne so angry about? Tell us how you really feel haha. I like that though. He should have been a sociologist.

  5. I have never charged anybody for anything. That might be my problem. It’s also probably the only reason why anybody tolerates me.

  6. agree with JHK’s post today that there is a war going on with Trump versus the Deep State. amazing that “the Russians meddled in the election and caused HRC to lose” meme is still being tossed about. never mind that HRC was and is a loser, and all the king’s horses and his men could not get poor head-cracked Hillary to win, ever.

    so, they plan to play for keeps with Trump, even after he awards the military-industrial-complex (MIC) types with a “modest” $52 billion budget increase and pays for it by cutting almost everything else in government.

    let’s say for the moment that it’s true. after all the sword rattling, Russia baiting by HRC and Obama (both Deep State operators), if you were Russia, wouldn’t you work hard to see that HRC is not elected? they may have averted WWIII in the process, a good thing, no?

    they like to characterize Trump as crazy. no, the Deep State is the crazy bunch. recall Wolfowitze, Bresinski, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Dubya, Bill and Hill Clinton, with dead bodies all over the place, the planned “accident” that was 911, Boston marathon Blackwater-CIA false flag, etc. making movies and documentaries about them doesn’t make them an truer. public indoctrination.

  7. forward to all your pollock friends:

    Subject: Fwd: Polish sausage

    A customer asked, “In what aisle can I find the Polish sausage?”

    The clerk asks, “Are you Polish?”

    The guy, clearly offended, says, “Yes I am. But let me ask you
    something.

    If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian?

    Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German?

    Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish?

    Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican?

    Or if I asked for some Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?”

    The clerk says, “No, I probably wouldn’t.”

    The guy says, “Well then, because I asked for Polish sausage, why did you ask me if I’m Polish?”

    The clerk replied, “Because you’re in Ace Hardware.”

  8. A Jewish Cab Driver

    cid:part1.B1F713FE.8291C771@twcny.rr.com
    [photo of naked lady climbing into back of taxi]

    A clearly inebriated woman, stark naked, jumped into a taxi in New York City and laid down on the back seat.

    The cab driver, an old Jewish gentleman, opened his eyes wide and stared at the woman. He made no attempt to start the cab. The woman glared back at him and said, “What’s wrong with you, honey? – Haven’t you ever seen a naked woman before?”

    The old Jewish driver answered, “Let me tell you sumsing, lady. I vasn’t staring at you like you tink; det vould not be proper vair I come from.”

    The drunk woman giggled and responded, “Well, if you’re not staring at my boobs or ass, sweetie, what are you doing then?”

    He paused a moment, then told her…”Vell, M’am, I am looking and I am looking, and I am tinking to myself, ‘Vair in da hell is dis lady keeping de money to pay for dis ride?’

  9. Small world dept.: I just bought a 1″ Craftsman open wrench from Ace Hardware. I did not ask for the location of any polish sausage, but then, I’m not polish, either.

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