by Joel Skousen
World Affairs Brief
I am amazed and saddened at the amount of bad analysis coming out of political commentators on the Right defending Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as if it were all the globalist’s fault for taking advantage of Ukraine’s historic levels of corruption to interfere with Putin’s claimed interest in protecting the Russian people in Eastern Ukraine. When globalist George Soros and the mainstream media came out this week in support of Ukraine, many called this “proof” that Ukraine must be a globalist operation and that Putin must be helping the anti-globalist cause by invading. Conservative Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers even claimed in a recent speech that Zelensky was a “globalist puppet” for George Soros and the Clintons, and calling for “communist” legislators supporting these traitorous policies to be publicly hanged, which got her censured by her Senate colleagues. She, along with many other patriotic conservatives who see communists within BLM and Antifa supported by Soros and the mainstream media, make the mistake of thinking they are all a bunch of communists. They fail to realize that most of the worst politicians are not communists but globalists who are using communists to break down America so they can come in with their more deceptive form of socialism as a “solution.” Their false solution will be to still talk up freedom and rights, but push for overwhelming regulations in what is called Fabian socialism—“You own it, but we control it.”
Most of the mainstream legislators who are compromising and going along with bad policies are not knowing conspirators either with communists or globalists, but simply weak politicians seeking to staying within the mainstream, as set by the drumbeat of the media which they know can destroy them if they stray. They see how the media is demonizing AZ Sen Rogers for speaking to a politically incorrect group and making unwise claims, and they all shrink back from any association with this and other hardline conservatives.
It is true that the globalists have given false promises to Russia that they will not try to expand NATO. And they promised to protect Ukraine if it gave up its nuclear weapons—a promise we now see they had no intention of keeping. It’s true that the West has given billions to influence the former Soviet states and their politicians, but it’s a pittance compared to the sophistication of Russian influence and corruption in those same states. These misguided conservatives don’t have a clue about how sophisticated both the Russians and the Anglo-American globalists are in their hidden intentions and provocations, playing both sides of every issue, controlling opposition parties, creating Neo-Nazi politicians to blacken the opposition and even creating false flag attacks. To only see the evil in our own globalist Deep State is very naive.
Sadly, many on the Right are so intense about attacking neocons and globalists that they mistakenly think Putin is their friend. They don’t realize that Putin is fighting Western globalism because he’s intending on replacing them with his own Russian form of NWO control—not liberty. And don’t be deceived by Putin’s playing up to Orthodox Christians in Russia, building new Churches and feigning Christian devotion in order to gain favor with religious Russians. He’s no more a Christian than Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. No one gets to be a KGB colonel who’s a sincere Christian. Both Putin and globalist leaders are masters of deceit.
Sadly, my good libertarian friend Dr. Ron Paul may have unwittingly started this line of thinking years ago. So intense was he in fighting against the false wars of neocon intervention in the Middle East that he came to believe that anyone the globalists are against must be good. To this day, he still doesn’t see that Russia and China are our mortal enemies. They are. You have to look past the complexities of this Ukraine intervention and watch the bigger picture—the building of massive armaments and weapons of mass destruction—especially nuclear. These are not defensive weapons nor are they for defensive purposes. They are both intending to strike the West when they are strong enough.
This week, I will detail the mistakes in assumptions and judgment these conservative commentators make in defending Russia and blaming it all on the globalists.
Their first big mistake, and the key I use to tell if they really know what they are talking about, is whether or not they see that the fall of the Soviet Union was a carefully crafted deception. The Communists gave orders to let the protests in Eastern Europe go forward unmolested by the Stazi. They gave orders to Erik Honeker to allow the Berlin wall to be torn down. They gave orders to the various dictators in the Soviet states to flee or resign. They faked the failed KGB coup to capture Gorbachev in his undefended villa, which supposedly caused the heads of the Defense Department, KGB, and GRU to flee for their lives? If they truly were the heads of all police and military forces, who were they fleeing from? Why didn’t others ask this key question?
Any second rate commentator should have been able to see through these holes in the establishment narrative. The student protestors in Moscow and Germany certainly were asking themselves, “Where are the KGB and the Stazi who are usually shadowing our every move? And why aren’t they arresting us?”
But the globalist players in politics and the mainstream media went along with it for their own reasons—knowing that the Soviets were faking their collapse so they could get aid and trade from the West, to rebuild their sagging economies and military industrial complex. Only myself and the late Christopher Storey in the UK blew the whistle on this phony fall at the time.
The second major sign of gross ignorance in virtually all these conservative pro-Putin defenders is their citing the 2014 Maidan “color revolution” or coup against a “duly elected Ukrainian president” as a CIA coup, justifying Russian intervention.
People send me articles and videos they think are truthful, such as this Pete Santilli video. So I’ll begin my critique here of our side’s bad analysis. Santilli begins by reciting all the video clips showing snippets of Western aid, political influence and training in Ukraine to create a false claim that this was a CIA coup in 2014. If you read my World Affairs Brief at the time, I have no doubt that some Western money made it into the Maidan protestors, but there is no proof to his statement that the CIA provided the tires to burn, and I covered the role of the snipers in exacerbating tensions.
There are Russian and Ukrainian Deep State sniper forces in Ukraine, and for Westerners, it’s almost impossible to tell who is who, because in Ukraine you have a huge amount of leftover Deep State corruption by Russia and corrupt Ukrainians formerly associated with the Soviet communists.
You will note that Santilli left out two very crucial pieces of information that blows apart his narrative of this being a CIA coup. One, the role that Putin and Russia have had in controlling all political candidates pretending to be pro-Ukraine, like Timoshenko and Poroshenko, as well as creating false right-wing political parties with Neo Nazis. As I said in former briefings, all Neo Nazis are creations of government nowadays, both in the East and the West. Russia does it too, so the presence of Neo-Nazis is not proof of Western influence. It’s their favorite tactic to demonize real conservatives.
But the crucial part that Santilli missed which condemns his entire narrative of blaming the West for the coup is that the president in 2014 was Victor Yanukovitch, an open ally of Putin and a communist, and that the only reason the Maidan revolution “appeared to win” was that the Berkut, the riot police, which all during the protests had surrounded the Maidan square and kept the demonstrators penned in, were given orders to stay in their barracks on that Friday in February 2014, when protestors burst out to occupy the now unguarded president’s palace.
That’s why the protestors had their run of the governmental buildings on Friday and Saturday. Only Yanukovitch could have given those orders since the Berkut worked for the president, not the CIA or any opposition party. And Saturday’s flight by Yanukovitch, claiming he was fleeing for his life, was faked as well—all to further the false narrative that the protest had been successful, paving the way for Petro Poroshenko to take over, who was yet another phony patriot oligarch, secretly allied with Putin. In short, the Maidan “coup” was as phony as the fall of the Soviet Union.
Greg Reese in his misinformed documentary shown on Alex Jones’ Banned.video channel makes all the same mistakes, blaming everything on the West. Using edited footage from Oliver Stone’s Ukraine documentary, Reese proceeds to weave a distorted view of early US intervention in Western Ukraine, which fought on the side of Germany, so he calls them all Nazis, which is wrong. They fought with the Germans because they hated the Russians for exterminating millions of their relatives. He gives zero evidence that the Nazi-appearing parties he mentions that were created in modern Ukraine were a result of this or were done by the CIA. It’s all inference; no evidence. The Russians also do this in all former Soviet States to demonize the anti-Russian opposition. And, because of people in politics faking their true allegiance, it’s almost impossible to research and prove what side they are really on, even today.
He, as well as Doug Valentine’s commentary on “70 years of CIA infiltration in Ukraine,” makes the mistake of failing to distinguish between the legitimate anti-communist “Operation Gladio” (where the West set up anti-communist cells to operate in Soviet occupied countries after WWII), with modern and evil CIA tactics which are anything but anti-communist. What the OSS/CIA did right after WWII was not with the same intent of CIA interventions today, which are globalist and which foment terror. The CIA purged almost all anti-communist covert operations in the CIA by 1975 after they retired their chief counterspy, James J. Angleton, and the CIA’s military liaison Col Fletcher Prouty (who knows a boatload of information about the CIA’s subversion into drug running, assassinations and Deep State operations like the killing of JFK). His tell-all CD Rom is here at Prouty.org.
Here is the bottom line: Both Russia and the Western Globalists are intervening and trying to control politicians in post-Soviet countries with money, corruption, influence and bribes. But citing how much money the West drops in Ukraine is irrelevant without knowing how much Russia injects (which we will never know), and without looking at the actual mechanism of power used in executing the final hours of the coup. Obviously, the communist-led government in Ukraine giving orders to put the Berkut and police on stand-down was the crucial key to the so-called “coup” succeeding in 2014. In the end, it was the only thing that determined the outcome. So, I can only conclude it was a fake coup to bring to power the appearance of a pro-Ukraine puppet (Poroshenko) who immediately preceded to antagonize the Russian sector of Eastern Ukraine and pave the way for Russian intervention.
So, we must be careful as we watch our own globalist Deep State’s evil moves, that we don’t buy into this ignorant wave of bad analysis from our own side, trying to blame everything on the globalists (who always have a role) and exonerate or partially excuse Putin’s intervention. His intervention has nothing to do with his stated excuses of protecting the Russians he put into Eastern Ukraine. That’s the decades old strategy the Russians did in preparation for the phony fall of the Soviet Union when Russians were forcibly relocated into the Baltic states, for example, giving them the excuse to come back later and retake these countries when conflict is created as they are doing now in Ukraine.
Right wing pundits are also being corralled into stories about financial corruption with the current president, such as this racy story:
More than a billion dollars are held in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s accounts abroad. This was announced by the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the Opposition Platform – Party For Life Ilya Kiva.
According to him, Zelensky has accumulated $1.2 billion in the Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika in Costa Rica during the two and a half years of his presidency. This money was transferred to the president by Ukrainian oligarchs, such as Rinat Akhmetov, Viktor Pinchuk, Igor Kolomoisky. As Kiva noted, replenishment is done regularly, in tranches of $12 million to $35 million. And they go through banks like First Union Bank, Deutsche Bank, Banque Nationale de Paris. According to the deputy, the movement of such funds would be impossible without the control of the authorities of Germany and France.
But just accounts, as Kiva pointed out, the matter was not limited. Zelensky managed to buy a villa in Miami for $34 million, as well as several sets of jewelry for $5.6 million.
This claim is attributed to an “opposition party” to Zelensky, but it’s actually a Russian source. I responded to the person who sent it to me that,
“You are too eager to believe too-good-to-be- true sources. The source of these monetary claims is from Russia, not Ukraine. More importantly, no opposition party or private party for that matter could know this kind of information, especially when money is laundered through oligarchs or for jewelry purchases. Only government intel services have this kind of power to trace these kinds of detailed financial transactions across the world. This is either manufactured out of whole cloth or it comes from government tracking of an oligarch’s transfer of money and attaching it to Zelensky. Sadly, it’s impossible for any of us to verify which, but I find it completely suspect. It claims too much that non-governmental actors can never know.”
Let me further comment about financial corruption in the former Soviet States. Even after the phony fall, there was no purge of communists from bureaucracies similar to the allies purging the NAZIs from all participation in the German bureaucracies. Even after the “fall” of the iron curtain, almost all Communists in these countries retained their positions, and continued to exact bribes to get things done. Top leaders enriched themselves by getting “loans” from the former communist state banks so they could buy up on the cheap whole industries and become this new breed of “oligarchs.”
As I said previously, the Soviets even prepared phony pro-Western leaders to assume leadership positions after the Communist dictators were told to step down, like Lech Walenski in Poland and Vaclav Havel in Czechoslovakia (both secret Soviet agents). Over time, when people in these nations elect someone who isn’t a controlled puppet of Moscow, he or she still has to deal with the embedded Deep State of communists still working behind the scenes.
This, I believe, is what Zelensky is having to deal with. No president is able to ferret out and remove all the former and still-secret communists lurking behind the walls of bureaucracy. So the Biden’s were able to make lucrative deals with Burisma, but that doesn’t mean Zelensky was a part of it. In fact, there is every indication that he and some of his administration tried to expose those who did deal with Biden, but the US covered for Biden and blocked Zelensky’s release of incriminating evidence. So, once again, readers have to be very wary of right-wing pundits painting Zelensky with the same broad brush of corruption. Zelensky himself can’t control it in Ukraine.
It’s is also true that the US has run bio-weapons labs in Ukraine, as well as other post-Soviet states such as Romania. Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, the courageous Romanian woman journalist details all the Pentagon bio-weapons sites in Eastern Europe here. The US does this to hide its illegal bio-weapons programs. But Putin didn’t use this as one of his excuses to invade. Russia has its illegal bio-weapon labs too, deep within Siberia, which the US knows about. So, Putin doesn’t blow the whistle on the US and we don’t blow the whistle on him.
Now, let me cover a few other pieces of bad analysis, some from suspicious commentators on mainstream news like Fox. Former Rep Trey Gowdy interviewed Col. Doug McGregor (Ret.) who is particularly obnoxious in his call for Ukraine to give in to Russia. Gowdy is really out of his league as an interviewer, and admits as much at one point. Remember, that it was Gowdy during the volatile Benghazi investigation that extracted a statement from a military witness that they had been given a “stand-down” order, to not rescue the men fighting at the embassy annex. Unforgivably, Gowdy failed to follow up with the obvious question of “who gave you the stand down order?” That speaks volumes about the pressure in Congress to coverup for those at the top.
McGregor’s aim was to tell the Fox audience to “Give up and let Ukraine fall.” That’s what’s going to happen, but he exposes himself as a globalist hack for promoting it as the right thing to do on Fox.
GOWDY: Why do you think Putin is doing this? What is his end game?
MACGREGOR: Well, Vladimir Putin is carrying through on something that he has been warning us about at least for the last 15 years, which is he will not tolerate U.S. forces or missiles on his borders. Much as we would not tolerate Russian missiles or troops in Cuba.
This is a bad analogy. It would be correct if the Cuban people had ever legitimately elected Castro, but they haven’t. It was a communist invasion and coup (aided and abetted by our own State Department and the NY Times), with fraudulent elections ever since. The US had a right to say no to Russian missiles—though Kennedy gave it all away in secret negotiations agreeing to make sure Castro was never overthrown. In Europe however, Russia has no right to say that a legitimately elected government on his border can’t arm themselves against Russia’s standing armies.
And we ignored him and he finally acted. He was not going to allow Ukraine, under any circumstances, to join NATO.
That is also bogus reasoning. He’s already got the Baltic States on his border, who are members of NATO. And the globalists allow Russia to keep Kaliningrad on the border with Poland with all their Iskander missiles pointed at Europe.
What is happening now is the battle in Eastern Ukraine is really almost over, all the Ukrainian troops there have been largely surrounded and cut off, you have a concentration down in the Southeast of 30 to 40,000 of them, and if they don’t surrender in next 24 hours, I suspect the Russians will ultimately annihilate them. That’s why Zelensy is meeting with Putin’s representatives right now. The game is over.
That was last week, and it’s clearly not over. Ukraine is not giving up without a costly fight for Russia, and Russia may yet be faced with guerrilla warfare even if it wins.
“Putin is happy to live with Western Ukraine as a neutral state.” “He’s not interested in going to war with us, and has an army that’s too small for that purpose, and a weak economy. It’s smaller than S. Korea’s. We are imputing to him things that he does not want to do” “
Nonsense. This is a a denial of Russia’s World War III objectives, which is clearly what his massive rearmament with weapons of mass destruction is all about. Putin is an existential threat to the US, and his statement about Russia’s army being too small is pure disinformation. But apparently, even Gen. Mike Flynn (who thinks the same thing) was subject to this same kind of garbage intel the Pentagon has been spreading in National War college courses for years.
Russia’s nuclear forces, especially modern ICBM’s with 15 warheads are far more numerous and technologically superior to our puny 400+ Minuteman missiles from the 1950s that have had their warheads reduced from 3 to 1. Russia has thousands of warheads, now being upgraded to the hypersonic, maneuvering variety that can’t be stopped by our limited ABM forces.
Even if Russia’s conventional forces were smaller or less capable, which is highly disputed, throwing a pre-emptive nuclear strike on US military forces would certainly offset whatever conventional disadvantage Russia has, and quickly give Russia the advantage. McGregor ends with this lie:
It’s over, Ukraine has to negotiate—they should accept Putin’s terms. He only wants Ukraine to be neutral.
NO, that’s not all he wants. He is also demanding that Ukraine become completely disarmed so it becomes a Russian puppet state. Shame on Gowdy and even Tucker Carlson for letting this globalist defeatist have the microphone on Ukraine. Then there is Lee Smith’s bad analysis in “Ukraine’s Deadly Gamble”
Yes, Putin wants to prevent NATO from expanding to Russia’s border. But the larger answer is that he finds the U.S. government’s relationship with Ukraine genuinely threatening. That’s because for nearly two decades, the U.S. national security establishment under both Democratic and Republican administrations has used Ukraine as an instrument to destabilize Russia, and specifically to target Putin.
How so? He cites “American responsibility openly would mean exposing the national security establishment’s role in two separate, destructive coups.” He only mentions one—the Maidan “2013-14 Obama administration-backed coup that toppled a Russia-friendly government in Kyiv.” He calls in a CIA coup.
The Obama administration helped organize street demonstrations for what became history’s most tech-savvy and PR-driven regime change operation, marketed to the global public variously as Maidan. In February 2014, the protests forced Yanukovych into exile in Moscow. Consequently, Obama administration officials worked to assemble a new Ukrainian government friendly to the United States and therefore hostile to Russia.
Wrong: Poroshenka was only pretending to be pro-Western. As I pointed out earlier, only the first part is true about monetary influence, but that doesn’t threaten any government any more than China’s monetary corruption of Biden threatens US security (because the globalist allow their puppets to take money from China and delight in allowing China to think they are buying influence, when they aren’t. The Biden’s are total puppets within the globalist’s control.)
The protestors didn’t win at all until Yanukovitch ordered the Berkut and palace guards to stand down. None of the protestors were armed, so why was the president “fleeing for his life.” It was a phony coup.
In late February, the Russians responded to the American soft coup in Ukraine by invading Crimea and eventually annexing it and creating chaos in Eastern Ukraine.
Wrong again. Putin didn’t use the phony Maidan coup as his excuse for invading Crimea. He just did since it was “historically Russian territory.”
In 2016, the Hillary Clinton campaign came calling on Ukrainian officials and activists to lend some Slavic authenticity to its Russia collusion narrative targeting Donald Trump. With the CIA’s Brennan and a host of senior FBI and DOJ officials pushing Russiagate into the press—and running an illegal espionage campaign against the Trump team—Ukrainian political figures gladly joined in. [Only those who had no loyalty to Zelenski]
In July 2019, U.S. national security officials injected yet another Ukraine-related narrative into the public sphere to target the American president. This one appears to have been initiated by Ukrainian American White House official Alexander Vindman and his colleague Eric Ciaramella, a CIA analyst who had served as Vice President Biden’s point man on Ukraine.
The end result was that the Ukrainians had helped weaken an American president who, unlike Obama, gave them arms to defend themselves against the Russians.
Smith’s big mistake is painting all Ukrainians with the same broad brush. Those that colluded with the Bidens were Ukrainian Deep State actors aligned with Russia or part of the historic communist corruption left over from Soviet days—not the minority of honest people seeking to stop corruption in Ukraine. Smith fails to realize that there are both good and bad actors in Ukraine just as in the US. Zelensky when he came into office, exposed many of these bad actors. Smith gives him no credit for this.
Conservative Wayne Allen Root falls headlong for the same deception and bad thinking in his piece, “Here’s the Shocking Reason Why Putin is Invading Ukraine.”
He says it’s all about the money, which it isn’t, and taking over Ukraine’s abundant natural resources. Only the last statement forms a portion of Putin’s reason for invasion. Putin is following through with the purposes of the phony fall of the Soviet Union and beginning to recapture, over time, the former Soviet States, like Georgia (invaded in 2008) and Ukraine (2022). That’s the big picture reason they are all missing because they have all bought into the phony fall narrative.
But Root also naively thinks Putin’s invasion is because he wants to expose corruption in Ukraine and embarrass the Biden’s for their role in it—which we already know about. Sorry, Mr. Root, but Putin has never fully exposed the US Deep State involvement in creating and arming ISIS in Syria, even though he knows about it, let alone political corruption since Putin deals in major corruption all the time himself, both in Russia and Ukraine. There’s kind of a mutual unwritten pact, that “you don’t expose my corruption and I won’t expose yours.”
But Root is right about one important thing, which I’m also predicting:
Lastly, one more bad thing that will almost certainly come out of this. Just like my high school days, when bullies sense weakness, they immediately attack. China is watching closely. If Putin takes Ukraine, outplays and humiliates Biden, China will absolutely invade Taiwan.
David Stockman has been wrong about a lot of things since exiting in the Reagan administration and turning Left, and he continues with this piece on Ukraine:
Today’s hot war eruption in Ukraine would absolutely not be happening save for the violent coup of February 2014 that overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected pro-Russian President; and which coup was funded, organized and choreographed by Washington-based neocons, busy-bodies and arms merchants who otherwise had no reason for even existing in the post-Soviet world.
How is it that every one of these smart guys missed the same story I picked up on openly in 2014 about the Berkut not showing up at the protests on that Friday so that it would appear that the protestors had “won.” One might be able to excuse that somehow, but leave the presidential palace and all the government buildings unguarded too? I guess no one reads original sources anymore.
It sounds like herd thinking—everyone copying everyone else’s bad analysis because it’s popular in conservative circles to bash the globalists and defend Russia after Trump got improperly linked with “Russian Collusion” in the election, which was a lie. Putin must be chuckling about being portrayed as the villain in such bogus election claims when the world continues to hide his really deadly nuclear agenda to come.
Finally, the last piece of terrible analysis comes from Martin Armstrong of Armstrong Economics, who is usually pretty good when he sticks to economics. But he is way off base here, where he claims we are in the beginning stages of WWIII. That may be true, but he doesn’t have a clue about the complexity of how that will come about.
There are so many errors in his piece, I don’t have time to go through them all, but it’s clear that he too has bought into the wave of right wing analysis that is still trying to blame everything on our own globalists and exonerate Putin for this invasion.
For example, he says we are “messing with Putin” inferring that he’s some sort of victim. We Are NOT messing with Putin in any serious way. We are not intervening at all to stop him, especially at first when NATO put forth only a few token thousand troops and some aircraft on NATO’s eastern border, which gave Putin a subtle green light.
Only after the invasion started, has the West done some serious damage to Russia’s economy and Putin’s personal oligarchs (who give him a cut of their ill-gotten gains), but that’s not meant to stop the war, only to antagonize and created hatred of the West among Russians. This will eventually assist Putin in his rationale of striking the West with nukes in the future. His current move to put his “defensive nukes” (if there is such a thing) on alert is merely saber rattling to give the West one more excuse to not intervene directly.
Next Armstrong accuses the West of forcing Russia and China into implementing Climate Change. We may have tried to persuade both to sign on to the globalist’s suicidal bidding on energy, but there’s certainly been no FORCE. We have no power to force either to do anything.
He further claims that this is the “perfect time for WWIII,” without realizing that Russia and China are not ready yet. I believe it will still be a few more years, and will take a different trigger.
He hears the faint beat of war drums by saying that China has just entered into an ominous agreement with NK. That might be if this were something new, but it isn’t. China has NOT “just” entered into a friendly agreement with NK. The announcement is a diversion from the real truth—that China has always controlled NK and still does. This is more saber rattling as a prelude to China’s invasion of Taiwan, because NK has already threatened to attack S. Korea if the US intervenes and defends Taiwan—which I think is unlikely. If the Koreas did erupt into war, that would be a real trigger event that would likely lead to WWIII—since the US has to intervene in Korea to protect our 47K troops there.
He says that, “NK could start its aggression by 2023 at the latest” Actually, they could do so anytime, but won’t until China is fully ready to back them up and give the go-ahead signal.
“Putin has put his defensive nuclear forces on alert” There are NO Russian defensive nukes. They are all offensive. Nobody in the military expects he’s really going to launch as long as the US does not directly intervene in Ukraine—and even then, only if he’s ready for a full world war.
Armstrong is dead wrong that Putin doesn’t want to destroy Ukraine’s military. Putin has openly claimed he wants Ukraine neutralized with zero military—completely demilitarized. That’s why Ukraine refused Putin’s terms in a negotiated settlement on Monday.
He stupidly compares the US wars in the Middle East that destroyed infrastructure to Putin’s invasion, but they were for two different purposes. The US long-range purpose in attacking civilians unnecessarily was to promote an image of the US as the bully of the world—to help Russia/China justify attacking us someday. Putin doesn’t want that reputation in Ukraine, only a vassal, compliant state. But with civilian deaths rising fast, he’s not going to be able to avoid the hit to his claim and image.
It’s true Putin is sending in first his least lethal military assets, but it’s not because he expects NATO to intervene with their puny deterrent, but because he doesn’t want the US to see his best assets in action. Russia has been eavesdropping on all recent US wars in the Middle East, mapping all our tactics and electronic countermeasures, and doesn’t want the US to do the same.
All his assumptions about Russia entering Syria are wrong, and so is his analysis of Obama’s motives.
Lastly, conservatives make too much out of Putin “kicking the Rothchilds out” of Russia with his banking cartels. That had to happen eventually, after accepting Western financial help for so long. And early in the 1990s, some in the Western elite were also allowed to cash in on the bargains to be bought up in the phony fall of the Soviet Union.
But in all this deception, a lot of naive conservatives have long believed that there is only one conspiracy of power in the world, which controls even the Russians and Chinese. The Birch society used to believe this, and that is why they rejected my warnings about WWIII with Russia and China. When they see the Rothchilds and other globalists aiding Russia and China it reinforces this flawed thinking—mistaking aiding communists with controlling communists.
Of course, the Russians and Chinese are going to accept globalist financial help, aid and trade, but anyone who knows the workings inside Russia and China knows that no one controls them but their own internal conspiracies of power. It’s always puzzled the Russians and the Chinese, in explaining why the Anglo-American globalists appear to be such “useful idiots” (as Lenin called them) in giving them aid and trade without much in return for concessions—or how easy it was to make big money deals with people like the Bidens. The globalists don’t mind if their puppets take Chinese money or even if the Chinese think they control the Bidens. They don’t.
In the end game, all this commerce and aid is mostly a one way street—the globalists gradually building future enemies and the communists needing all the help they can get since they can’t innovate fully or rapidly without Western technology.
Despite superior numbers and equipment the Russian 3 pronged advance into Ukraine has slowed to a crawl. This is in large part due to the stiff resistance put up by Ukrainian troops and the effectiveness of the US-supplied Javelin anti-tank missile which is disabling a lot of Russian armor. This is one of the reasons Russia sent in the older tanks first to absorb this onslaught. But it may not end if NATO is able to continue the resupply of weapons to Ukraine.
Over the weekend, the U.S. announced a new military aid package for Ukraine that will contain “lethal defensive assistance” to help the country “address the armored, airborne, and other threats.” (The War Zone (the drive.com))
The EU has already made available surplus Russian fighter jets from Eastern Europe to Ukrainian pilots who have traveled to Romania to ferry them back to Ukrainian airfields.
After being repulsed on multiple fronts by the Ukrainian Army, the Russian military appears to now be attacking urban areas with artillery barrages and other strikes. Russia has reportedly taken control of the strategic port city of Kherson in southern Ukraine and the area surrounding the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Ukraine, Europe’s largest nuclear facility.
The result of the onslaught against cities is increasing numbers of civilians dead or wounded, destroying Putin’s claim that he will not be targeting civilians. The Russian Tass News agency claims that Russia has air superiority over all of Ukraine, but that clearly isn’t true yet. Although Ukraine has lost most of their aircraft when missile strikes hit airfields and others shot down in the air, they continue to rearm and fight using older Russian aircraft. Here are some excerpts from a Reuters report:
Russia said it had captured Kherson, a southern provincial capital of around 250,000 people strategically placed where the Dnipro River flows into the Black Sea, while air strikes and bombardment caused further devastation in other cities, especially Kharkiv in the east… , a city of 1.5 million people, has left its centre a wasteland of ruined buildings and debris.
“Most people hid in the basements for most of the day today and last night … The Russians cannot enter the town so they’re just attacking us from afar, they just want to destroy what they can,” he said.
In Washington’s assessment, a U.S. official said, there has been no significant change on the ground in Ukraine since Tuesday despite the launch of more than 450 Russian missiles against Ukrainian targets.
Also in the south, Russia was bombarding the port of Mariupol, which it says it has surrounded in a ring around the Sea of Azov. The besieged city’s mayor said Mariupol had suffered mass casualties after a night of intense strikes. He gave no full casualty figure, but said it was impossible to evacuate the wounded and that water supplies were cut.
Russia’s main advance on the capital – a huge armoured column, stretching for miles along the road to Kyiv – has been largely frozen in place for days, Western governments say.
Both sides of the battle are prone to gross exaggerations of combat successes and heroic stories that don’t stand up to scrutiny. Kelen McBreen of Infowars.com walks you through all the last boasts and counterclaims, and how to tell what’s real or not.
Sanctions are Real Now:
What started out as token sanctions have quickly been strengthened until Russia’s economy and markets have been almost completely cut off from the Western world. The Rubel has fallen to about a penny compared to the dollar. Most imports have been halted to Russia leading to panic buying and hoarding. All airline access to Western destinations from Russia has been banned.
Countries are even starting to refuse the import of Russian oil. Even the Biden administration is still refusing to do so—Biden being so worried about his unpopularity in part due to high gas prices. The price of oil futures are rising fast due to the instability of the markets now.
Russia has only been partially cutoff from the SWIFT international banking communications system, and banks are refusing to honor credit card purchases from Russian clients. Russia does have an alternative banking system in shares with other sanctioned nations like Iran, but it has definitely hampered financial transactions. Grid News explains:
The U.S. has ways of unilaterally forcing SWIFT, a Belgium-based company, to remove Russia without the EU’s consent. It did this with Iran in 2012. Ultimately though, knocking Russia off SWIFT may be less consequential than the banking sanctions already being applied. Anders Aslund, an economist and former adviser to the Russian government, told Grid, “SWIFT is an information messaging system. If you’re off SWIFT, you’re still allowed to have dealings with financial institutions. With [these sanctions], everyone is prevented from dealing with you.”
So, while the West is refusing to directly intervene to stop the Russian invasion, this time the sanctions have teeth and the Russian people will pay a heavy price.
Presidents routinely exaggerate and fudge the truth in their annual State of the Union address (SOTU) but everyone expected some whoppers from Joe Biden and he didn’t disappoint. It was full of abject fibs and contradictions, as summarized by Miranda Devine of the NY Post:
It’s hilarious that Joe Biden is embarking on a “Unity Agenda” tour. After he spent the past year stigmatizing the unvaccinated, demonizing Trump voters as domestic terrorists and siccing the FBI on parents at school board meetings, now he wants unity? Even his own party isn’t unified. His own speech was chock full of contradictions and delusions.
1, FEIGNING to stand up for Ukraine when he publicly told Vladimir Putin last month that a “minor incursion” was tolerable, and when his son Hunter treated Ukraine like a private piggybank during Biden’s vice-presidency. There is rich irony in Biden’s threat to go after the “ill-begotten gains” of Russian oligarchs, “your yachts, your luxury apartments, your private jets,” when Hunter partied in Monte Carlo, Lake Como, Acapulco and Shanghai with foreign oligarchs, visited their ill-gotten mansions in Moscow, and partied on their yachts. For instance, Hunter flew to Moscow on Feb. 16, 2012, to have breakfast at the $80 million mansion of Russian oligarch Ara Abramyan, a close Putin ally, who would be his link two years later to a lucrative board seat on the corrupt Ukrainian energy company -Burisma.
In an even worse example of gross hypocrisy, Biden lauded the Ukrainian government for handing out assault rifles to help their people defend against Russian tyranny while calling on an assault weapon ban on his own people. Gun Owners of America excoriated the president for it, for not recognizing the need to use and practice with these weapons before fighting an invasion.
2. CALLING for unity to a room full of Republicans while falsely claiming that the Trump administration’s 2017 tax cut only helped “the top 1%.” Even the Washington Post has declared this a “3 Pinocchio” lie, pointing out that the share of federal income taxes by the top 1% increased while the share paid by people in the middle quintile of the income spectrum fell.
3. POSING amusingly as an America First nationalist — complete with Trumpian “USA! USA!” chants from his colleagues on the floor. All power to Biden if he follows through on his promised “revitalization of American manufacturing,” but he will be going against his own record. Imports from China rose almost 20 percent in his first year of office and, when he was the powerful chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2001, he pushed reluctant Senate colleagues to bring China into the World Trade Organization, a landmark decision that would deal a body blow to America’s working class as millions of manufacturing jobs were lost to cheap Chinese labor.
4. Securing our border: This takes some chutzpah when Biden deliberately dismantled Trump’s hard-won border protections and is still in court fighting the remain-in-Mexico policy. Three million people from around the world trying to illegally break into the country is an invasion he is ignoring. He handed control of the border to the ruthless cartels, and even demonized horseback border patrol agents falsely accused of whipping illegal migrants. He boasted about “joint patrols with Mexico and Guatemala to catch more human traffickers,” but his administration is providing an essential link in the trafficking chain when it flies illegal migrants secretly around the country in the dead of night.
5. BEATING the opioid epidemic: The “opioid crisis” he anointed as a bipartisan cause was turbocharged when he flung open the southern border to record quantities of fentanyl, a drug which is now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45.
6. GASLIGHTING us on the pandemic: “Let’s stop looking at COVID as a partisan dividing line,” said the president who has done nothing but manipulate COVID fear for political purposes, and changed tune only after opinion polls on his handling of the pandemic headed south.
7. BLUNTING gas prices: He’s pulling our leg. Biden boasted about tapping into 30 million barrels of our emergency oil reserves — less than two days’ supply — while not mentioning a word about unleashing our plentiful untapped oil and gas supplies. He even pretended that his policies would cut “energy costs for families an average of $500 a year by combating climate change,” citing a dubious study which projected theoretical savings in 2030. But the entire purpose of his climate-alarm agenda is to reduce our consumption of oil and gas by raising the price. Instead of restoring America’s energy independence, Biden blathered about something called “environmental justice” and electric-car charging stations. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns.
8. CHAMPIONING police “The answer is not to defund the police. The answer is to FUND the police,” Biden thundered. Well, yeah. But the party that defunded and demonized the police for the past two years can’t expect us to forget that they are the cause of the crime wave engulfing American cities. Biden himself played footsies with the defunders during his election campaign. Asked in July 2020 if he supported redirecting funding from police to social workers, he said, “Yes, absolutely.” In the same breath as he mentioned fallen NYPD heroes Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera on Tuesday night, Biden raised police reform, a euphemism for disempowering cops or replacing them with social workers.
9. VALORIZING the military Biden paid tribute to soldiers said to have contracted cancer from “burn pits” — an as-yet unproven claim on which he dwells in hope of a combat-related cause of his own son’s death from brain cancer. Improving health care for veterans is a worthy cause, but he said not one word about the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan during his botched withdrawal, a point made by Republican Rep. Lauren Bohbert when she heckled the president: “You put them in [coffins], 13 of them!”
10. MYSTIFYING the world Biden went off script after saying “God bless our troops” at the end of his speech. “Go get him!” he ad-libbed. It doesn’t do to guess what he meant. But it was a vainglorious self-indulgence, much like his presidency.
The world would be outraged if any conservative president set out to choose a white person exclusively for the Supreme Court, but Joe Biden is getting away with his own targeted racial pick: a black woman, for the Supreme Court. He has named Ketanji Jackson, who has marginal real world qualifications. The Heritage Foundation’s president, Kevin Roberts, explains why:
“There are few decisions more important for a president than the selection of a Supreme Court nominee. President Biden has utterly failed, starting with his criteria for making this appointment. “Ketanji Brown Jackson is the most radical judge ever nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court. A review of her record and judicial philosophy reveals a deeply troubling pattern and raises questions about her ability to be a fair and impartial judge.
“Her limited judicial record reveals that Jackson has consistently ignored the Constitution, twisting the law to favor certain outcomes. Judges should play a limited role in our government, yet Jackson’s far-left supporters want her to impose a political agenda that invents new rights or erases rights she doesn’t like. “Based on the information we already know, senators should reject her for this lifetime appointment.”
As Kevin Daley of the Free Beacon points out, she will also face many ethics questions
about her ties to left-wing public relations professionals, and a conflict of interest that could trigger her recusal from a landmark affirmative action case.
World Economic Forum Young Leaders Program: A five-year World Economic Forum training program by Klaus Schwab, hand-picks individuals most likely to succeed in politics, corporate governance and key influential royalty with a globalist mindset. The WEF helps connect these graduates with leaders and capital to ensure that they rise in the ranks of national or world politics and/or corporate governance. The training program agenda is kept secret, but here is a partial list of graduates so you can see how effective they are at rising in world leadership:
Politics and Policy: Jeffrey Zients (White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator since 2021), Jeremy Howard (co-founder of the lobby group “masks for all”), California Governor Gavin Newsom, Peter Buttigieg, (US secretary of transportation since 2021), Chelsea Clinton, Huma Abedin (Hillary Clinton aide), Nikki Haley (US ambassador to the UN, 2017-2018), Samantha Power (US ambassador to the UN, 2013-2017), Bill Browder (US-British financier involved in Russia), Jonathan Soros (son of George Soros), Kenneth Roth (director of Human Rights Watch), Paul Krugman (economist), Lawrence Summers (US Secretary of the Treasury, 1999-2001), Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Ivanka Trump, and Tulsi Gabbard.
Media: CNN medical analyst Leana Wen, CNN Sanjay Gupta, Covid Twitter personality Eric Feigl-Ding, Andrew Ross Sorkin (New York Times financial columnist), Thomas Friedman (New York Times columnist), George Stephanopoulos (ABC News), Lachlan Murdoch (CEO of Fox Corporation, co-chair of News Corp), Justin Fox (Bloomburg), Anderson Cooper (CNN).
Technology and Social-Media: Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer, Jeff Bezos. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Elon Musk, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla (a WEF Agenda Contributor), and Pfizer VP Vasudha Vats. [Dr. Robert Malone]
Klaus Schwab’s Evil Pronouncements: Schwab is now the number one public face of globalism and this video presents a summary of his radical control views surrounding the “Great Reset.”
Glyphosate Widespread in Big Box Store Food: Glyphosate Contamination is reportedly ‘Widespread’ in Foods Sold at Whole Foods, Amazon, Walmart and Target. The Detox Project on Tuesday released a detailed report showing the true levels of weedkiller contamination in essential foods sold by some of the top grocery stores in the country [Children’s Health Defense].
Principled Canadian Mounty Resigns. A member of the RCMP that was even assigned to protect the PM, has resigned because he really knows the limit to laws and the true extent of people’s rights. Good short video, a must watch. Wish there were more like him.
RFK, Jr Lobbies for Release of Sirhan Sirhan. The son of Robert F. Kennedy documents all the evidence of how his father was killed by the Deep State and not Sirhan Sirhan, who was carrying a 22 caliber revolver. There were other calibers involved in the shooting and 13 bullets were dug out of kitchen cabinets and walls of the hotel. See his evidence here.
Thermal water heating is the most efficient way of collecting power from the sun, beating out even the most efficient photo-electric arrays in a per-square-foot comparison. Solar hot water is as easy as a water bottle out in the sun and campers often set out a black water bag in direct sun for a few hours to get a warm shower or heated dishwater. But the systems for whole-house water heating from the sun can be much more complicated, like keeping water from freezing in the winter or overheating in the summer. A little ingenuity has produced solutions for these and other issues. This week I will cover some off-the-shelf options available right now, and in the future I might cover some of the other options including do-it-yourself plans that take substantially less money, but are more work.
The best solar thermal technology right now is evacuated vacuum tubes. These are long double-walled glass tubes that provide excellent insulation against cold ambient temperatures while allowing nearly all the sunlight to penetrate to the center where it is absorbed by a special absorption coating. Running down the middle of the interior glass tube is a copper “heat pipe” supported by longitudinal metal fins that also work to transfer the heat from the inner glass to the copper pipe. These “heat pipes” are sealed on both ends with a special alcohol inside whose phase change temperatures are designed to more efficiently pick up heat (when it evaporates) and release it when it condenses. The top of the copper heat pipes extend into a manifold where they transfer their heat into a tank of water or liquid.
There are two ways of using the heat from evacuated tubes: passive and active systems. In an active system, circulation pumps move heated water from the manifold down to a tank inside the house with a heat exchanger—a coil of pipe inside the tank that contacts and heats the water that goes to your shower. This means the liquid circulated between the rooftop array and the storage tank is kept completely separate. It is called a “closed loop” and it is typically filled with antifreeze (water and propylene glycol) to protect the pipes on the outside of the house and in the manifold. This is the main advantage to active systems, but they also lend themselves to doing more with hot water, like also using it to heat a pool in the summer, or even heating your house in the winter (with a lot more solar array, of course).
The downside to active systems is the increased complexity with the pumps and switches involved. That also makes them harder to install yourself. The best option for active systems currently is the Duda Solar Water Heater System. Duda has several options from 26.4 gallons up to a massive 264 gallon system. A 40 gallon tank system is $2600 and an 80 gallon system is $3,750 (shipping is not included). The Duda tanks can have a second coil inside for pulling heat out of the tank for heating the house (via hydronic floor or radiators) or pool.
The other way to use hot water from evacuated tubes is with a passive system. These arrays look big and bulky because they mount the tank at the top of the evacuated tube array. This makes the system much less complex and fairly easy for non-plumbers to install, but you must take care that the pipes running up to the roof don’t freeze. The leading passive solar collectors are made by Sunbank out of California. Their units have special insulation around the tanks and can handle all but the coldest climates (like Alaska and Minnesota), and they recommend wrapping the water lines to and from the array with insulating foam and aluminum covers. In extremely cold areas they install a recirculation pump to keep the water in the exposed pipes moving and warm, or use heat tape under the insulation. They have a 40 gallon array for $2,400 and an 80 gallon array for $4,000. Don’t be confused by other similar-looking systems that are not insulated well and are only meant for warm climates.
Depending on the size of your array and the number of people in your house, a rooftop solar thermal water heater can produce all the hot water you need. But what if you have guests and run out of hot water after sundown? Most solar water heaters are installed in series with a regular water heater (gas or electric). The solar tank is first, meaning cold water goes into this tank first and gets heated as far as the solar can get it and then this “pre-heated water” flows into the standard hot water tank. If additional heat is needed the second tank will turn on, but stays off as long as the solar gets it up to temperature. Even when the second tank turns on, the water coming from the solar heated tank is at least partially pre-heated.
Another complication with solar thermal collection is getting too hot. You get almost twice as much heat in the summer as you do in the winter. Unlike typical hot water tanks that turn off when the water is up to temperature, you can’t stop the sun from beating down. The same thing happens when you leave on vacation and no one uses hot water. The Sunbank lets the water in the tank get up to boiling and then releases steam and hot water in a pressure relief valve plumbed to a drain off the roof. As it lets off steam cold water enters the system and cools it down. They have a thermostatic mixing valve that ensures the water coming out of your taps and showers is still at acceptable temperatures even if the water in the tank is very hot.
The Duda active system protects itself against overheat by using the circulation pumps until the storage tank(s) get to their maximum temperature (usually 160-180 deg. F.), and then it lets the overpressure valve cool the manifold similar to the Sunbank. Both systems are helped by expansion tanks that relieve the extra pressure in the system as it gets hot. You can also plumb an exterior radiator into the active systems with a pump programmed to circulate to it if the temperature gets too high, but most people don’t run into this situation very often if their storage tank is sized well compared to the solar array. A larger storage tank means it can take longer to raise the temperature of the water when it is cold, but larger tanks also provides a bigger buffer to overheating. [END]