Kunstler Warns "'Russiatosis'... Will Blow Up In America's Face"

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Russia hysteria has become a full-blown national psychosis at a moment in history when a separate array of troubles poses the real threat to America’s well-being. Most of these have to do with the country’s swan dive into bankruptcy, but meeting them honestly would force uncomfortable choices on the grifters and caitiffs in congress. Meanwhile, the Treasury Dept is burning through its dwindling cash reserves, and all government activities will face a shutdown at the end of the summer unless congress votes to raise the debt ceiling — which may be way harder than passing the stupid Russia sanctions bill.

That bill, vaingloriously called The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act will only blow up in America’s face. This country’s actual trade with Russia is negligible, but the bill aims to interrupt and punish Europe’s trade, centering on oil and natural gas, which they need desperately. Mainly, the US bill seeks to interrupt a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would bypass several of the Baltic Nations currently being used by America — under the NATO banner — as staging areas for unnecessary and provocative war games on Russia’s borders.

Germany is certain to not stand for it, and like it or not, they are the straw that stirs the European drink. The sanctions pretend to seek to isolate Russia, but the effect will only be to isolate the United States. Europe will laugh at the measure as impinging on their sovereign prerogatives to trade as they please. And Russia can turn around and sell all the natural gas it wants to customers in Asia. Left undiscussed in the moronic American media is the American gas industry’s hidden role in pushing the sanctions so it can sell liquefied gas overseas — which would only end up raising the price for American gas customers to heat their homes.

The stupid bill pretends to be a lever for improving relations between the US and Russia, but is actually designed to make relations much worse. In the meantime, the US Deep State military and intelligence matrix is engineering new crises and confrontations for absolutely no good reason. For instance, shoveling arms to Ukraine so it can step up conflict in the eastern Donbass region bordering Russia. The sanctions bill will also make it impossible for the US and Russia to coordinate an end to the conflict in Syria. Anyway, Deep State strategists in the State, Defense, and Intel departments are tacitly determined to create another failed state by insuring continuing chaos there.

Another interesting unanticipated consequence of the sanctions bill is that it will only intensify Russia’s effort, already well underway, to provide for itself many of the products it currently imports. Import replacement, as the process is called, is actually the same dynamic that led to the rise of the USA as a great industrial power in the 19th century, so the bill only prompts Russia to diversify and strengthen its economy.

So what exactly was Mr. Trump thinking when he signed the “deeply flawed” (his words) Russian Sanctions bill coughed up like a hairball by congress? It’s a ridiculous piece of legislation from any angle. It limits the president’s own established prerogatives for negotiating with foreign nations (probably unconstitutionally), and will only provoke economic warfare (at least) against the US that can easily lead to shattering global trade relations entirely. Some observers say he had to sign it because the vote for it in congress was so overwhelming (419 to 3) that they would only override a Trump veto. But the veto would have had, at least, symbolic value in the Jacksonian spirit that Trump pretended to want to emulate at the outset of his term. Perhaps he sees the Deep State endgame and is tired of resisting.

On the home front, Russia paranoia is at the center of Robert Mueller’s intensifying probe of Trump and his political associates as he calls a federal grand jury to hear testimony — which implies that he some lined up. This opens up all kinds of opportunities for prosecutorial mischief, for instance going after every business transaction Trump made as a private citizen before he ran for president, and coercing Trump intimates into immunization deals in exchange for testimony, real or cooked-up, to enable the establishment’s ultimate goal of shoving Trump out.

The “Russian meddling in our election” story hasn’t produced any credible evidence after a full year - and speaking to foreign diplomats is not a crime - but the Russian meddling juggernaut rolls on perfectly well, and might accomplish its ends, without it. Just repeating “Russian meddling” five thousand times on CNN has surely induced many poorly-informed citizens to believe that Russia changed the numbers in American voting machines though, in fact, voting machines are not connected to the Internet.

All of this psychotic political behavior screams for the rise of a new party, or more than one new party, composed of men and women who have not lost their minds. I’m sure they’re out there. Plenty of traces on the Internet attest to the existence of a higher and better political consciousness in this country. It just hasn’t found a way to congeal. Yet.


Herd Redirecti… froze25 (not verified) Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:27 Permalink

???Commies, commies everywhere! Or are the Russians our enemies?  Are the Russkies commies?  I can't keep up.   I thought China was a bunch of commies, but apparently they are capitalist commies.  Maybe we should start checking these Russians for Israeli passports.  I heard that was a very sneaky way for them to hide their Russian identity...

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lurker since 2012 barysenter Fri, 08/04/2017 - 18:28 Permalink

I have been doing some academic research in this area. The communist Government of East Germany  ran a women's post doctorate masturbation class. Fully funded by the government. I am reviewing the documents now with split screen  (while typing this ). Lots of hairy umpit women in a circle, some now......reducing their clothing...... Oh i have to go my pants fell off!

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GUS100CORRINA TheDude1224 Fri, 08/04/2017 - 20:38 Permalink

Kunstler Warns "'Russiatosis'... Will Blow Up In America's Face"My response: I AGREE COMPLETELY!!!!Below is a nugget of wisdom that applies to both the US Senate and US Congress."PROFESSING TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS!!!!!!!!"and"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."We are now on a path to destruction thanks to "CLUELESS" legislators!!

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chubbar doctor10 Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:21 Permalink

I used to think that, and I still reserve the right to go back to that theory. But, the new theory I'm operating under is that these actions are done purposely to isolate the US so that when the collapse occurs, it is complete and irreversable. There just isn't anyway that congress really feels that this bill would do anything other than alienate the EU. The congress knows that the EU has to work with Russia, et al, in order to secure energy supplies and that Germany was leaning towards overturning the sanctions BEFORE this dumbass law was ever passed. This can't be just ignorance at work. It's willful and with malice aforethought against the best interests of the american people.

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walküre small towel Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:12 Permalink

Germans need to clean house and reestablish relations with Putin's Russia like yesterdayWe can only hope that Germans are finally finding a backbone to call out the bullshit that is going on at home in Germany and abroadfirst order, don't reelect that treacherous cunt who is bought an paid for by US Deep State and 100% single handedly responsible for flooding Germany and the EU with low IQ creatures from the shitholes of the world- refugees are costing billions, add absolutely no value to the economy and increase crime- leftist idiot youth funded by Merkel to escort Afreakns to Italy is criminal- Dieselgate is an example of nonsensical bullshit. Courts banning the best Diesel vehicles on the planet from driving in Germany is another crimeRight now, Germans need to shift 100% of the focus on elections. Forget everything else.AFD is the only viable opposition alternative to the one-party system which seeks to destroy Germany.No other party can kick Merkel's butt and tell her to shove it. AFD needs 20%+ to wake up liberal shit for brains idiot Germans that there is a real problem with the Deep State in Germany.One can only hope that AFD has support from outside, just as Merkel had foreign support for all these years. They all do. It's bullshit to believe that foreign intelligence or governments have not influenced elections in any Western democracy in the past. Complete bullshit. Either they all did it or it never happened.End of story. 

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NoDebt Fri, 08/04/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

"the US Deep State military and intelligence matrix is engineering new crises and confrontations for absolutely no good reason"As per the usual, I ask "no good for whom?"  This shit never happens for no reason.  It just may not be for a reason you are aware of or agree with. 

HRH Feant2 (not verified) Fri, 08/04/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

I agree. I am sick to death of the MSM screaming bloody murder about the Russians. This is so much fucking bullshit and hysteria. Do any of those assholes ever leave DC or NYC? Fuck them. I say EMP both cities and turn out the lights for six months. The best thing that could happen to the US would be to shut down those crapholes and the media perps that think the pablum they try and shovel down the throat of everyday Amercians matters. It doesn't.

edotabin HRH Feant2 (not verified) Fri, 08/04/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

I just went to an MSM newspaper website and read half an article. It was depressing." Now these numbers may be hard to understand, so let's help you figure out what they mean."  What is this? Sesame Street? That air of superiority. People paying money and wasting their time to read that stuff. Then I scrolled down and read some of the comments. That was a true Prozac moment.The only reason these papers can even break a story is because their henchmen are so entrenched in the crooked Washington mechanism.Growing up I remember only the distinguished read the political and financial newspapers. How far they have fallen........Again, sorry for the kinda OT but I had to quickly come to ZH and other alternate news sources and get this off my chest

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HRH Feant2 (not verified) edotabin Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:10 Permalink

Hey I understand! The condescension of the MSM reeks. I can't stand it. They are so smart. They understand how to communicate to us, the little people. Give me a fucking break. I can't stand that attitude and, I am guessing, neither can a lot of my fellow Americans. Thank god!

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land_of_the_few HRH Feant2 (not verified) Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:50 Permalink

Agree totally, they are living in their own echo-chamber bubble where they are blissfully unaware of many major countries where English is perhaps only a 3rd or 4th language, and where their local squabbles and obsessions mean absolutely nothing, and never have done.I can give you an example, in an Eastern European country I once observed a bunch of US students, presumably highly educated, trying their best to be nice to the locals and shouting "excusez-moi" and "pardon" when rushing through central underpasses to get to transport, only trouble was, Napoleon's forces had never made it that far ...Other older tourists had been observed asking which side of the city the "Black Sea" was... presumably they had heard a lot about the naughty Russkies on the news... well, only 1000 miles wrong, perhaps? The locals gave up explaining and eventually just said yes, yes, and nodded their heads politely...  

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insanelysane Fri, 08/04/2017 - 15:47 Permalink

" I’m sure they’re out there."  Umm, no they are not.A buddy at work was telling me that some libs post a picture of Coporal Klinger on guard duty from MASH as a fuck you to Trump's transgender stance.  The character Klinger put on a dress to get out of the Army.  Somehow the country has gone full retard to believe that a guy wearing a dress to get out of the Army is somehow the same as transgenders trying to stay in the Army.  Completely baffled when the guy told me this story.  I had him show me the post and there it was with a bunch of likes and complimentary replies.  There aren't enough sane people to revolt.  We need to buy some land from a Central American country or an island in the Carribean and start over.  Maybe with Puerto Rico in bad shape we can finance a take over and secession?

land_of_the_few insanelysane Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:45 Permalink

You should ask them what they think fragging was about in Vietnam and Afghanistan, and ask them how this might relate to trans folks realising they had been sold a pig in a poke as regards the possibility of any actual worthwhile kind of mission that doesn't involve them and their rainbow friends slaughtering brown people most likely for control of oil and gas resources just to "fit in" and prove they are just as suitable as their straight friends for that task. You should ask them.if they think Abu Ghraib was worth it and if they want to end up damaged just like those troops.

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