Picturing US Influence (In One Cartoon)

Tyler Durden's picture

"and as if by magic..."



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rtalcott's picture

And it's about time this finally happened...

Skateboarder's picture

Okay, and what about the 1500 military bases and a killing machine that does not rest? Surely that doesn't just "POOF!" away.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Easy like in Crimea military installation, just kick out previous inhabiting force and changing of flag. "Under New Management"

Two-bits's picture

As long as there is a live feed.



I have not been here long enough to omit this-  /sarc

My apologies

SafelyGraze's picture

just a reminder of what an excellent secretary hilray was

never send a ponyshow to do a woman's work

two-bits: *always* include the /sarc when you post here

zerozulu's picture

Are you talking about Secretary of state Ms Hilarious Clinton?

disabledvet's picture

"ain't no luck. I learned to duck."
very good reflexes...something a lot of humanity might be needing to emulate soon.

We can only hope otherwise of course.

Manthong's picture

need to stick a 12 inch wide jengis conn rod of victory into the horse face.

jeff montanye's picture

and to think he was the alternative to four more years of george w. bush.  he was a contender(!).


instead of a (multimillionaire) bum which is what he is.

what may have been his stupidest looking moment was "riding" the motorcycle onto the leno show combined with the salute and "reporting for duty".  what a buffoon. 

how shabby and mendacious the owners' front people seem, as the years go by


Element's picture

All neocons plants to high orifice now have to attend a half-day shoe-ducking induction session.

Maybe try a horse shoe next time ... better kinetic effect with flatter trajectory.

Algosaurus Rex's picture

POTUS & company have become impotent and irrelevant...

disabledvet's picture

life was much simpler when Russia and the USA simply agreed to run the world "and did the best they could."

This "we won, you lost" world is very confusing. Have "we lost and they won"?

Leaping Lizard's picture

Actually, Boris, the major military bases in Crimea always flew the Russian flag.  Funny you should forget that.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

History is sadly for Ukraine, is fly flag of Poland, Hapsberg (Austro-Hungary), German, Soviet SSR, Rumania, and now is Russia (Federation). Galician Ukraine is long time fight valiant for independence, but is now mostly dead and displace. Soviet Pogram of displacement is much for heralding of success like ancient Babylon and Assyria.

Libertarian777's picture

it wasn't a 'crimea military installation'... it always was a RUSSIAN naval port.

But since you're taking that angle... is Guantanamo flying the Cuban flag? hmm...

graneros's picture

Putting a Boris/Knuckles 2016 bumper sticker on my pickup.

The man with pointy horns's picture

Boris may be eligible as I suspect he's an American posting as an linguistically challenged Russian. I have had my suspicions you know.


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is more America than is Barry Soetoro!

(* only because cousin Andrei is make better quality Certificate of Living Birth)

PT's picture

He remembered to "Save As" jpg instead of psd?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

PSD is not problematic, is use of microfiche page scan on flat fishbone template for background and bad bad job for altercation of date and signature. Evidence is of using Acrobat or Illustrator for placement of forgery article.

... but what is Boris know?

PT's picture

At the very least, it was still a blatant sign to take a closer look

Mad Muppet's picture

Hey Boris, if you have any relatives in the Russian military, can you give me a heads-up on when uncle Vladimir going to kick off the invasion? I need to change some of my positions. I'd be happy to share the windfall. yrs, the Mad Muppet.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris' ancestor is mostly for living in West Ukraine in Bokevina. Family are uncouth peasantry, now disperse by Russian during soviet period. Sorry, is not for insight on military movement, but Boris is give good information on location of low depth buried copper deposit near urban proximity!

Winston Churchill's picture

787 bases I  believe.

I think many will be invited to leave over the next year.When they don't ,it will get interesting.

Skateboarder's picture

Thanks for the real figure. 1500 was some number I saw on ZH comments at some point - kinda stuck in my head. I was only off by half an order of magnitude. ;-)

Winston Churchill's picture

Its still a helluva lot thats for sure.

I wonder if the remains of them will last like the Roman fort in a town I used to live in

in the UK.

disabledvet's picture

the only alliance that matters as far as Americans are concerned is the Russian one.

"That one has lasted forever" actually.

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

Actually, you were only off by a factor of 2. Half an order of magnitude above 787 would have been (7870/2)=3935. You were much closer than that.

nevadan's picture

Actually not.

An order of magnitude is a scale of numbers with a fixed ratio, often rounded to the nearest ten.

The orders of magnitude are written in powers of 10. For example, the order of magnitude of 1500 is 3, since 1500 may be written as 1.5 × 103.


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

You are make fancy reference, but Boris is relate order of magnitude for Walmart shopper basing on chassis sag of store scooter.

813kml's picture

Ron Paul has claimed that there are about 900 overseas bases (click link), and that's probably underestimating.  Not to mention the number of warlords, mercenaries, and corrupt officials on the US gov payroll.

Winston Churchill's picture

I think that figure was before the last round of closings.

A base could have only 3 people as its muster, so the whole thing is a little subjective

as to what is meant by a base.That varies by branch of course as well eg

a minimum infantry division(10k) for the army, after allowing for rotation ,and self defence

is a minimum to count as a forward base.

787 is supposedly the official number,but they lie about everything, so who truly knows,I doubt even

the Pentagon does.

agNau's picture

The "POOF!" is a bookmark in time.
A chapters end taking place before our eyes......and not yet written in a real, "non orwellian" history book.


"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all
        Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

The urn holds the false promise......both inside and outside the land of the free.

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breath free."

Eeyores Enigma's picture

I predict that the next big catalyzing event that brings the world to war will be done openly by the US and it will be the American public that demands that it be done.

aardvarkk's picture

Maybe...but I don't think so.  Or at least, it won't be a MAJORITY of the American public.  The majority here right now is kind of shellshocked by the combination of stupidity and hubris in Washington right now.  A lot of us are in the process of actively withdrawing our consent to be governed by those assholes.  I know that the one person I'll be voting for in a national race in 2014 (for representative) is neither a Dem or a Repub.  There is a senate race in my state, but I see no reason to vote for either of the major-party jagoffs.  Nor do I see anybody in either party, with the possible exception of Rand (and I haven't examined him all that closely and he'll probably be off the table once I do) that I could vote for for president in 2016.

Maybe I just run in strange circles (a distinct possibility) but I see a lot of cynicism in many people...something I saw a lot less of in 2012 and earlier elections.  The interesting thing is that I see a lot of it in people that are or were both Dem-leaning and Repub-leaning.

I guess we'll see.  But I suspect if the US does something stupid, it won't be at the overwhelming demand of the American Public.  And in that case I suspect there will be a SIGNIFICANT movement here to politically force whoever made it happen to "take it back", if such can be done.  And if THAT was ignored then I think we'd see something approximating Civil War version 2.0.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Cartoon is reminding Boris of dead horse.

KickIce's picture

Except Kerry has yet to realize trophy has disappeared and refuses to STFU.

djcando's picture

I thought the horse was holding the trophy!

old naughty's picture

When most seen only the lamp with/without genie.

midtowng's picture

When you torture, start illegal wars, and ship your industrial base to other countries, that sort of thing happens.

disabledvet's picture

well..."we are the greatest power in world history."

sometimes a setback or two (trillion) is to be expected.

Al Capowned's picture

Annnnnd Its gone ..

buzzsaw99's picture

emerging market eCONoMEs should be glad the maggots are exploiting their labor and their resources. Actually, we're doing them a favor. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

You are smart funny! Boris is laugh, but this is "beating dead horse", no?