Is This The Beginning Of The End For U.S. Empire?

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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.

Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to revisit something I wrote back in January.

From the post, Very Powerful People in the U.S. Government Want War – This is Their Sales Pitch:

We need to understand that those who want this war will be absolutely relentless. The sales pitch will not end until they get exactly what they want. This is where all of us critical thinkers need to play a key role. We must be prepared to diligently analyze all unsubstantiated official claims, and push back against the war-mongers, because we know for certain the oligarch-owned corporate media won’t. We must be prepared to inform our fellow citizens about what’s happening so that we don’t fall victim to a cheap sales pitch with devastating consequences. Unfortunately, we must also be prepared for a possible deep state false flag if the current sales tactic falls on deaf ears.

 

America cannot win a global war of such a scale if it is based on false pretenses and in the absence of exceedingly strong public support. This support does not exist. Will this serve as a necessary restraint against the masters of war and their devious plans? It’s too early to tell, but I do know that if we are unnecessarily pushed into a global conflagration, it will not end well for us. If this is the road our twisted status quo insists on taking us down, let us never forget who they are and the self-serving motivations behind their actions.

Four months later, the deep state got exactly what it wanted. Trump’s weaknesses have been identified and exploited, and he’s successfully been manipulated into neocon foreign policy like George W. Bush and Barack Obama before him. I’ve spent much of the past several months warning about exactly what happened last night, but the die is now cast. There’s no turning back from the path we’re on.

And don’t give me this garbage about Trump playing “4D chess.” Trump’s a brilliant salesman, and that’s about it. There’s nothing special or superior about Donald Trump intellectually, and he’s one of the most unwise people to ever become President. There was a hope he meant what he said about non-interventionism during the campaign, but that hope should be entirely extinguished at this point. Trump is a very weak man desperately looking for praise from those he claims to hate.

The purpose of today’s post is not to discuss what happened last night. All of you have read the news by now. My intent today is to explain what I think this means for the years ahead. I believe last night’s strike represents the beginning of the end for U.S. empire. Although the U.S. has been declining domestically for this entire century, America has still been calling all the shots on the international front. This makes sense in late-stage empire, as the focus of the fat and happy “elite” becomes singularly obsessed with domination and power, while the situation back home festers and rots.

Trump won on an “America first” platform that promised to emphasize the well-being of American citizens over geopolitical adventurism. We now know for certain he’s been manipulated into the imperial mindset, and his recklessness will merely accelerate U.S. decline on the world stage, and in turn, back home.

If anyone’s playing 4D chess it’s Russia. Russia is anti-fragile at this point, as has been proved by Putin’s survival in the face of economic sanctions, a collapsing ruble and a plunge in oil prices. Putin is still standing and arguably as powerful as ever. Not to mention the fact that the USSR completely disintegrated and collapsed within the past 30 years. They’ve been through a lot as a people. Meanwhile, the U.S. is extraordinarily fragile and weak by comparison, a distinction that will become quite obvious to us all in the years ahead. I don’t say this with any hint of glee or schadenfreude, I’m just stating the facts as I see them.

None of this implies that Russia’s leadership are a bunch of good people by any means. What I am saying is that they are a thousand times more strategic and intelligent compared to U.S. leadership.

To prove the point, this would be a good time to review a post I published back in 2014, Tensions Between the U.S. and Russia Are Worse Than You Realize – Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Here’s some of what I noted:

There are two reasons I think the following remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are so important.

 

First, as someone who spends much of his time analyzing and critiquing the many destructive policy decisions made by American “leaders,” I was shocked to find how accurate his description of the U.S. power structure’s mindset seems to be. He gets it, and he is more or less trying to warn the world that America’s leaders are basically power-drunk children. I concur.

 

Second, Lavrov also describes the negative impact that this behavior has had on the Russian psyche generally. He expresses dismay that the U.S. status quo sees the world as unipolar, and attempts to tackle every problem from the perspective that might is right. In no uncertain terms, Lavrov makes it clear that Russia will not stand for this. I don’t think the Russians are bluffing, so this is a very dangerous situation.

 

If there was actually someone in the U.S. State Department capable of such introspective and clear thinking, we might actually defuse this situation. Don’t hold your breath.

You should really read the entire post to see Lavrov’s comments for yourself in order to truly understand why I came to the above conclusions.

U.S. leadership is an absolute joke and will drive this entire country into a brick wall in the years ahead. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Chucky Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, are you kidding me? They remind me of George Armstrong Custer, and we all know how that turned out.

The media is even worse. In what Glenn Greenwald accurately called “one of the sickest things ever to appear on US television,” MSNBC’s Brian Williams gushed about the “beauty” of U.S. cruise missiles.

Here’s another sign of imperial collapse, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in a war zone calling the shots.

This is not the sort of thing you see in a confident, brave, and civilized nation, it’s the sort of stuff you’d expect to see toward the end. It’s the stuff of craven war-mongers, of dishonest cowards, of a totally deranged and very dangerous media. The signs are everywhere; imperial decline is set to accelerate rapidly in the coming years.

Fine, but how is all this going to play out? Obviously nobody really knows, but I do think we’ve entered a new period in American history. I think it’s basically a crossing of the Rubicon moment for the American empire. Personally, I don’t expect a strong and visible military response from Russia in the near-term. I don’t think Putin wants to give the U.S. media and newly minted neocon Donald Trump an excuse to do anything truly crazy, which they can blame on Russia in the court of public opinion. I think Putin is too smart for that. Rather, what I think he’ll do is make all sorts of moves behind the scenes to weaken America’s economic power, while at the same time engaging in minor provocations to tempt the imbeciles in charge of U.S. foreign policy to make further mistakes abroad, to which they’ll emphatically oblige.

In other words, Russia will attempt to make the U.S. extend itself further in a region where no real success is possible, at the same time that the American economy deteriorates further. Recall that the current very weak economic “recovery” has been going on for nearly a decade. This cycle is very long in the tooth, and all Russia really needs to do is sit back, make some moves behind the scenes and allow the U.S. to collapse upon itself in its hubris and stupidity. This is precisely what I think is going to happen.

Finally, let’s not forget the following.

Expect more of all the above as the U.S. empire enters its most devastating phase of collapse. Think about what it might mean for you and your family and prepare accordingly.

 

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Manthong's picture

Well, I guess the only good thing about Trump 2.0’s missile attack is that it demonstrated to the Russians and the world how piss-poor Raytheon cruise missiles perform.

FireBrander's picture

Bush trotted out "Fake Evidence" to justify destroying Iraq.

Obama created ISIS to justify destroying Syria.

Trump watched a video on CNN of some dead children to justify and ILLEGAL attack on a Sovereign Nation.

Not a good trend...

winged's picture

It's all for Israel. To destroy their supposed enemies. It will lead America to ruin.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/israel-the-scourge-of...

sincerely_yours's picture

I couldn't believe Trump was that stupid with this attack on Syria.

Russia is parked right there, for pete sake.

Latina Lover's picture

We cannot reform a broken  health care system, with some pundits saying it will take years. 

But it takes only 48 hours to bomb the shit out of Brown people.

We cannot provide affordable care to the average american, but we are fucking great at killing foreigers. 

Gee, I wonder if the Syrians now hate us for our freedoms. Could it be that they hate us for our foreign policy?

 

FireBrander's picture

We can't reform the health care system because Trump is unwilling to take on the "Health Lobby". As long as the Health Lobby writes the legislation concering its "Industry", prices will increase until the Federal Governmnet fails to pay for everyone's care. Then we will have a catastrophic collapse and what comes out the other side is to be determined.

Leading up to Trumps win, I had the fuck downvoted out of me everytime I claimed there was NO FUCKING WAY Trump was going to "repeal ObamaCare"....no fucking way..."ObamaCare" was specifically written so that you couldn't "Repeal it" without commiting political suicide.

stizazz's picture

Agree.

To help those who can't afford healthcare, Obama could have just extended Medicaid.

Instead, he offered a Rube Goldberg machine that causes cost to skyrocket and thereby ensuring that the insurers get rich.

Pinto Currency's picture

Krieger misses the entire strategic view.

The Western world is being whipped into war hysteria against Russia. Facts do not matter.

The Deep State oligarchy has a desire for war between US & Russia. End of story.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/russia-us-syria-trump-c...

Pinto Currency's picture

TASS: Syrian aviation airstrike in Idlib targeted chemical arms lab — Russian Defense Ministry

http://tass.com/world/939417

The Juggernaut's picture

Yes, its near the end with Insane McCain!

beemasters's picture

"Four months later, the deep state got exactly what it wanted. Trump’s weaknesses have been identified and exploited, and he’s successfully been manipulated into neocon foreign policy like George W. Bush and Barack Obama before him. "

Trump is probably the quickest in history to hold the title of a "War Criminal". They will probably award him with the Nobel Peace Prize too.

Pinto Currency's picture

Can the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on 'intelligence' possibly confirm the following. Is it possible that this was unkown to the Western forces in the area? :

TASS: Syrian aviation airstrike in Idlib targeted chemical arms lab — Russian Defense Ministry

http://tass.com/world/939417

"... According to Russian airspace monitoring systems, yesterday between 11.30 and 12.30 local time the Syrian aviation carried out an airstrike on the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhun, targeting a major ammunition storage facility of terrorists and a cluster of military hardware. The territory of this storage facility housed workshops to produce projectiles stuffed with toxic agents," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

"From this major arsenal, chemical-laden weapons were delivered by militants to Iraq. Their use by terrorists was confirmed on numerous occasions by international organizations and official authorities of the country," he said.

The spokesman added that these projectiles were similar to those used by militants in Syria’s Aleppo, where their use was recorded by Russian military specialists.

"Video footage from social networks shows that those affected in Khan Sheikhun demonstrate the same symptoms of poisoning as the victims of the Aleppo attack had last fall," he added.

The official said that Russia has handed over all information about the incident to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which "still studies them." ..."

IF the above is true, then Assad did a huge favor for the US forces in Iraq and the Iraqii gov. So they pounded him.

Pairadimes's picture

"There is no nation on earth so dangerous as a nation fully armed, and bankrupt at home." - Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge (1916)

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SixIsNinE's picture

what happened to Philipat?

 

Victory_Garden's picture

From a future aspect they call it, The Empire Of Dust.

Enuff time had passed and that was all that was left of the ziosatanic/luciferic rothchillialian ziomoney-god empire of losers.

Dust.

 

 

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Don't feed the troll's dementia.

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Franklin Mint Chip (not verified) bob_bichen Apr 9, 2017 1:52 AM

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Krungle's picture

Except when it isn't. Like the entire US history prior to elevating the Ashekenazi to be middle management of the empire. If there were no Jews the empire would find some other way to spread mayhem to the world. You guys continue to do the typical Western thinking, treating symptoms as if they were causes. If you cannot see your way to the causes then even if you succeed where Hitler failed, you'll wind up at this same place again. None of this is to absolve Zionist/Neocon madness. But all the disasterous wars that preceeded 9/11-era madness where not Zionist interventions. Vietnam should have been proof enough that goyim are perfectly capable of insane, evil foreign interventions against the interest of their own people without some evil Zionist whispering in their ears. Just look at the history of Europe, pretty much a series of insane, stupid wars over trivial bullshit, none of which had anything to do with Zionists. In fact, I am pretty sure that the Judeo-Roman religion that the goyim claim to follow preaches about how the very nature of man is sinful--independent of ethnic/religious origin. 

But, sure, it's all the Jews. People don't just suck in general. 

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John Law Livez (not verified) Krungle Apr 8, 2017 3:32 PM
Victory_Garden's picture

Is it any surprise to find out a fake jew is a zionist is a mosad agent of the rothschild ziosatanic/luciferic stooge industry of dust long set up to be in the place he is in and then to eventually become...an anti-Christ?

Hummmmm.....

 

ThuleNord's picture

Middle management? Don't kid yourself they're the ceo and they have to go. They wrote the plans for this, they print the money. It's them, cognitive dissonance is a bitch. Look for yourself and F off with the faux moral guilt trip.

http://thezog.info/list-summaries/

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Nonsense. (((These 'people'))) had infiltrated and controlled US 'intelligence' long before Vietnam, and benefitted from wars previous.

Lumberjack's picture

With all the Vault7 releases to date I just recalled this gem and will post it here:

https://www.thenation.com/article/biggest-corporation-youve-never-heard-...

HowdyDoody's picture

The banality of evil comes out in the mission statements and minutes of team meetings trying to design 'intelligence' systems to impress their 'clients'.

 

Internet-is-Beast's picture

The article was good because it stayed away from politics, although I expect to forget Scitor by the end of the week.

But if you continue on and read the next Nation article, you will see that they are dishing out the usual cheap Marxist propaganda against both Assad and the evil Putin, dismissing the likelihood that the gassing was done by the white helmets (their helmets are white because they are little angels).

seataka's picture

They had to destroy the evidence

Unfortunately, Global Thermonuclear War may be the only means left to destroy the evidence of their crimes.

 

natxlaw's picture

Bush did not have to be manipulated.

Socratic Dog's picture

I'm starting to see the "Deep State" explained to the sheeple in the state-run media.  Apparently it's the unelected government bureaucrats who, some allege, sometimes over-ride government policy, in the interests of the Mercan People.

Well, that's reassuring.  I was afraid it might be an obscure conglomeration of massive commercial interests, the uber-wealthy, Zionists, intelligence agencies with a proclivity towards assassination of presidents, the Pentagon, the funders of the political process, the five jews who own the US media, and an entrenched government program called Continuity of Government.  Guess I was just being silly.

Tristan Ludlow's picture

There must always be a reason.  Cui Bono?

FireBrander's picture

"Obama" really didn't do shit...he just signed the bill put on his desk..."ObamaCare" was written by the health lobby. Corporate America created that "Rube Goldburg Machine" and paid for the politicians to inflict it upon us.

If I remember right, the "Health Lobby" spent ~$50 million to get the ACA passed...so, for a mere $50M, they forced the Federal Government to pump $100 BILLION annually into thier "industry"...a mind-blowing return on investment...

Lumberjack's picture

Update:

Billionaire Clinton Foundation Donor Now Partnering With Barack Obama

http://www.westernjournalism.com/billionaire-clinton-foundation-donor-no...

GUS100CORRINA's picture

You forgot the BILLIONS of GSE funds that OBAMA STOLE to offset costs of OBAMACARE.

No one is talking about that little GEM of news.

That is one of the thorns in America's side that is SET TO BLOW May'17 unless Congress approves to extend the theft. In which case, they are no better than OBAMA.

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Are you suggesting a leopard CAN change his spots?

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Internet-is-Beast's picture

You are doing great work here. Thanks from one who has lost countless hours of redirections and malware menu bars!

logicalman's picture

As per fucking usual, FOLLOW THE FUCKING MONEY!

So-called health care policiy in US is written by those who profit from the ill health of Americans, aided and abetted by those who profit form feeding deadly crap to Americans, produced using lethal long-term poisons from which the likes of Monsanto, Dupont and Dow make billions of dollars to buy politicians to keep all this shit in place.

HowdyDoody's picture

The US has just struck Raqqa, killing 20 civilians in a cafe. None of them were subsequently posed as dead in a White Helmet photo-opportunity, so they don't count as real people as far as the US is concerned. Way to go, Trump-monster.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-us-airstrike-kills-20-civi...

GUS100CORRINA's picture

FAKE NEWS ... LOOK AT THE SOURCE!

corsair's picture

Actually, Al-Masdar News is one of the most reliable and timely sources on Syria.

SoDamnMad's picture

ObamaCare will work wonders after a nuclear war.  The hospitals will be wiped out, the medical supply firms will be wiped out, the logistics chains will be wiped out, the insurance companies will be wiped out, the insured will be wiped out, the stae governments will be wiped out.  

Champus/ Tricare will be wiped. Military bases will be wiped out.  Areas around large military bases will be wiped out.

Whose left.   Preppers, Patriot Nurse, South America.  Nobody that uses ObamaCare certainly.

QuantumEasing's picture

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<< Voter has above room temp IQ

<< Voter is a Kool-ade drinker

I wouldn't hold my breath:

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/on-this-atom-bomb-anniversary-...

Nukes. Are. Fake.

Just like everything else "created" by the US in the past hundred years.

If you want to believe in Santa Claus and Unicorns, that's up to you.

Newks are right up there with the Flat Earther bullshit and "Climate Change" as far as scientific validity.

The laws of physics are what they are, and no amount of wishing or sophistry will alter that.

ETA: The downvotes from the Flat-Earthers, Global Warmists, and Hasbara Trolls begins! Heaviest flak is always directly over the target.

Can't stop the signal.

The Newk Lie has less than two years until it's common knowledge.

Rubicon727's picture

Oh, THAT "Health Lobby?" You mean, the tremendous powers of Big Pharmaceuticals, the filthy rich Insurance Companies, and the powerful medical assoaciation?

Yup. We're screwed, between the overwhelming US Financial World, the Neo-Cons imbedded in the military/intel system, and the "Health Lobby."

It would take heruclean public actions to destroy even ONE of these bohemoths.

We're slaves of these powers. But at this point in time, what is left to be done?

BullyBearish's picture

What would Michael Corleone do?

unsafe-space-time's picture

You want cheap healthcare? Ban all insurance/healhtcare. Let doctors come here from other countries and open up clinics.

Future Jim's picture

This article is pretty consistent with the controlled opposition narrative. Apparently we are supposed to believe the bad guys are just some neocons that are good at co-opting Presidents. It ignores the larger conspiracy, and paints Russia as independent of that conspiracy.

A neocon cabal could not have pulled off 9/11 and covered it up, and it wouldn't be able to stop Putin from exposing it.