The Road To 2025 (Part 2) – Russia And China Have Had Enough

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Part 1 of this series focused on how the U.S. empire no longer provides any real benefit to the average American citizen. Rather, the spoils of overseas wars, the domestic surveillance state and an overall corrupt economy are being systematically funneled to a smaller and smaller group of generally unsavory characters. The public’s starting to recognize this reality, which is why we saw major populist movements emerge on both the traditional right and left of the political spectrum in 2016.

As millions of Americans emerge from their long slumber, much of the world’s been aware of this reality for a long time. They don’t see the U.S. as a magnanimous humanitarian empire, that’s a fairytale more suited for children’s books and the mass media. In fact, it seems clear that the billions of humans who live in various sovereign nations around the world would certainly prefer to be in control of their own destinies as opposed to mere vassal states of the U.S., they simply haven’t possessed the military or economic power to stand up and chart their own course. But things are changing.

The most significant geopolitical change of the 21st century is the emergence of China, and the reemergence of Russia, as globally significant military powers. This is the core driver behind the establishment’s panic about Russia. It has nothing to do with Putin’s authoritarianism or human rights abuses, that’s just marketing directed at a heretofore extremely gullible public.

In reality, those determined to perpetuate a unipolar world run by the U.S. are appalled and concerned about the fact Russia was able to become involved in Syria and prevent another regime change operation. Russia very publicly, and very successfully, stood up and said “no” to U.S. imperial ambitions in Syria. This isn’t just historically significant, it’s seen as blasphemous and recalcitrant by the U.S. status quo.

With that out of the way, let’s revisit a few things I wrote over the weekend in my first thoughts on the latest Syria strike:

Russian leadership are not a bunch of fools, nor will they back down. After last night, they know for certain the U.S. empire is determined to castrate them globally at all costs in order to impede an inevitable emergence of a multi-polar world.

I don’t think Russia or Iran will respond with a shock and awe attack any time soon, nor will this likely spiral out of control in the near-term. It’s more likely we’ll see this all play out over the course of the next 5 years or so.

I also don’t expect this to go nuclear, but I think the chances the U.S. experiences an imperial collapse similar to that of the USSR (or like any historically unmanageable and corrupt empire) has become increasingly likely. My view at this point is the U.S. and its global power position will be so dramatically altered in the years ahead, it’ll be almost unrecognizable by 2025, as a result of both economic decline and major geopolitical mistakes. This will cause the public to justifiably lose faith in all leadership and institutions.

The more I reflect on what’s going on, the more I’m convinced the U.S. is trying to goad Russia into a response with these provocations. I think the Russians know this, which is precisely why they’re responding with cool heads to a blatantly illegal and unconstitutional strike likely based on a fake narrative. In fact, we still don’t have any reliable or rock solid evidence of what happened. Naturally, this didn’t stop Donald Trump from bombing without consulting Congress, nor did it stop Theresa May from doing the same without consulting Parliament. Please tell me again about our illustrious Western democracies. I suppose that’s just another fairytale for public consumption.

Moreover, Russia’s lack of a military response shouldn’t be seen as a sign of weakness, but as an intentional and well thought out strategy. The Russians seem to think the U.S. (and UK) are acting like desperate feral lunatics and the best thing they can do is sit back, play defense, and let the short-sighted fools running the American empire ruin themselves. The erratic and demonstrably thuggish and shady manner in which the U.S., UK and France behaved in this latest criminal act has not been lost upon the populations of the world, including considerable portions of the American and British populace who are disgusted at what these governments are doing in our names. Russia’s strategy is to look reasonable on the global stage compared to a U.S. which seems increasingly crazy and unhinged. It seems to be working.

That being said, Russia by itself isn’t capable of successfully standing up to the U.S. empire in the long-run. This is where China comes into play. Chinese leadership have also had enough but are, like the Russians, holding back and acting like the reasonable adults in the room. We saw this most recently with the Chinese cooling down the trade wars. U.S. pundits cheered this as a sign of weakness, but I think the opposite. China’s playing the same game as Russia. Allow U.S. leadership to continue to look like insufferable bullies on the world stage until everyone gets completely sick of U.S. dominance.

A reader who lives in Europe wrote the following comment on my last post, which seems like a fair representation of global public opinion at this point:

The Soviet empire fell because the cost of the arms race depleted the rest of the society to such a degree that a collapse was inevitable. I believe the US are in a similar state now. The current wars are carried out by technology at distance, or by proxy warriors, and not by actual americans on ground. How long can the citizens carry that burden? At the same time the US is losing the moral support within the public among their allies, as I know first hand, by being from a european allied country. Although our domestic politic leadership and mainstream press are supporting the US, especially when they launch some rockets, opposition and disbelief is large and growing among normal people. The US has lost its posiotion as our leading star, not just among the leftist, but all over the spectrum. The insanity and lies are becoming so evident that it is impossible to deny it.

The U.S. is rapidly losing support and confidence at the grassroots level, both at home and abroad. We see the lies and we see the disregard for the Constitution. The U.S. and its pet allies like the UK and France will all be increasingly seen as rogue states by much of the world if they keep this up.

Finally, for those of you who doubt which side China is on in this global drama, let me point out the following excerpts from a recent editorial published in the state-sponsored Global Times earlier this week:

The facts cannot be distorted. This military strike was not authorized by the UN, and the strikes targeted a legal government of a UN member state. The US and its European allies launched strikes to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack in Duma last weekend. However, it has not been confirmed if the chemical weapons attack happened or if it did, whether government forces or opposition forces launched it. International organizations have not carried out any authoritative investigation.

The Syrian government has repeatedly stressed that there is no need for it to use chemical weapons to capture the opposition-controlled Duma city and the use of chemical weapons has provided an excuse for Western intervention. The Syrian government’s argument or Trump’s accusations against the “evil” Assad regime, which one is in line with basic logic? The answer is quite obvious.

The US has a record of launching wars on deceptive grounds. The Bush government asserted the Saddam regime held chemical weapons before the US-British coalition troops invaded Iraq in 2003. However, the coalition forces didn’t find what they called weapons of mass destruction after overthrowing the Saddam regime. Both Washington and London admitted later that their intelligence was false.

Washington’s attack on Syria where Russian troops are stationed constitute serious contempt for Russia’s military capabilities and political dignity. Trump, like scolding a pupil, called on Moscow, one of the world’s leading nuclear powers, to abandon its “dark path.” Disturbingly, Washington seems to have become addicted to mocking Russia in this way. Russia is capable of launching a destructive retaliatory attack on the West. Russia’s weak economy is plagued by Western sanctions and squeezing of its strategic space. That the West provokes Russia in such a manner is irresponsible for world peace.

The situation is still fomenting. The Trump administration said it will sustain the strikes. But how long will the military action continue and whether Russia will fight back as it claimed previously remain uncertain. Western countries continue bullying Russia but are seemingly not afraid of its possible counterattack. Their arrogance breeds risk and danger.

China and Russia will work together, often behind the scenes, to convince the rest of the world that the U.S. has become a rogue state, and will use this argument to build international support for a multi-polar world. The only thing that could slow this process down is if the U.S. stops acting like a rogue state, something that appears increasingly unlikely with Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State and John Bolton as National Security Advisor.

Part 3 will focus on the weak link in U.S. imperial dominance, the USD.

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Comments

Déjà view Quantify Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:00 Permalink

Brash² Chicom international tourists...blissful ignorance²!

VERY LONG ROAD TO MARCH...

China has world's 136th most powerful passport, 69 spots behind Taiwan

BY ALEX LINDER IN NEWS ON OCT 26, 2017 3:00 AM

Passport Index has updated its Global Passport Power Rank for 2017, showing once again that while China may be the world's second most powerful economy, its passport remains pretty weak.

With a visa-free score of 60, the Chinese passport is as powerful as passports from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Cuba, ranking 136th out of 199 countries and territories. Chinese passport-holders can now get into 22 countries without a visa and can receive a visa upon arrival in 38 additional countries, most of which are located in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. To visit anywhere in Europe or North America, Chinese citizens need visas.

http://shanghaiist.com/2017/10/26/passport-power.php

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Quantify Déjà view Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:14 Permalink

Passports are your answer to a communist regime that rules over it people with an iron fist, claiming international waters as its own? Pretty funny. 300 million Chinese live in poverty. A disparity in success such as is occurring in China breeds revolution. And they also have a aging population. Personal average GDP is ranked #106 in the world at average of 16k a year. Average in the U.S. is 59k a year. I wouldn't want to be Chinese for all the tea in China.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2…

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gdpetti hector zeroni Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:53 Permalink

True in many ways, as it wasn't finance that took down the USSR, at least IMO.. it was the old guard passing and allowing the newbie Gorbachev to take the helm... totally the wrong man for the job.. he was what we know call a libtard... in many ways.. and Putin and others have admitted that they too didn't see the 'evil' ways of the West... same problem the Native 'Americans' had... they simply didn't/couldn't understand the psychopathic nature of the Western empires... democracy is a front for us... conquistadors simply utilized the facts on the ground to unseat the local kingdoms and empires... 'divide and conquer'... Most Americans are born into this lie of the AMerican Dream.... as long as you play along... to get along... on the left or right... like TRumpy... do what your advisors from the usual clubs tell you is the 'best' option... Carter fell into this trap... because he simply didn't 'get it'... didn't realize he was being played... they got him to join one of their clubs.. the Trilaterals... wasn't that the one?... then bring in many of its 'advisors'... handlers is a more apt term... Trumpy has done the same... working with the 'Jews' early in his career, as his father did.... learning to pay off the political puppets in DC, work the MSM... etc.

But the 80000lb gorilla in the room is Mother Nature.... something rarely seen on this or any site.... only on the 'fringe' sites... 'something wicked this way comes'... isn't a joke... China and Russia isn't the problem for the USA.. it's the psychopaths... tools of the 'Chosen People... of Satan'... they are the sheepdogs to the real puppet masters here in Oz/ Purgatory... the maze, matrix we call life.... an obstacle course... a school in waking up... and realizing WTF is going on... and then choosing sides.. as the "Chosen" have done... you can choose the darkness here in Plato's Cave... or the Light... but to find the light, you have to leave.. which means you first have to find the exit... in your own mind... all the programs running in it that literally control your thinking, which controls most of your actions... it's all about choice... and the PTB runs this school for their own benefit... so they 'dumb down' the herd.... and dope them up... on pharma, vaccines, GMO or the light and airy kind called 'hope'... which works on the libs or the conserves.... everyone likes that dope called hope...

Putin has at least stepped RUssia back into the field of action... Xi hasn't done that yet... still playing the avoidance tactic from The Art of War... but I wonder if both really realize the nature of this reality? The NWO Satanists running this 'school' have no more need for their OWO... so they are  taking it down... all of it... look at the quality of our schools... our medicine... our military and intel is purely disfunctional or covertly crazy bastards of Satan... same in Hollywood... with so much acceptance to 'get along'... salute their One Eyed Beast Baphomet/Devil/Lucifer/Satan... Of course, the pedophiles run rampant in this crowd as well... predator/prey relationship...

It all makes sense once you understand what's going on and why... until you do, you are under their spell... as Gorbachev, PUtin and so many others through the last many eons of time... one civilization after the next... about to end... just check the charts on Mother Nature.... why is it that the DOD stopped issuing their NEO count lists? Isn't that explained when our planet gets buzzed by them more each year?

Something 'wicked' this way comes... just part of the closing of the Grand Cycle.... the geologic records are full of their extinctions... ours is labelled the 6th.

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Boonster Quantify Fri, 04/20/2018 - 02:58 Permalink

Outside of Beijing and Shanghai, you can live like a king on $16 K a year. I made about $15 K a year in Chongqing and had a nice 2br apt and a maid. Only spent about $500 a month and saved the rest. Ate out every day. A haircut was $1.50. So cheap to live there especially medical care. Never saw a homeless person unlike every city in America where you must be rich to survive. Iron fist my ass. The police don't bother you unless you really fuck up. The Chinese seem much happier than Americans and have a sense of unity like when the USA was 90% white. Diversity kills. They have no provision for foreigners becoming Chinese and that is their strength.

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Yellow_Snow Déjà view Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:08 Permalink

Amerika is in a state of collapse...  Federal government is defunct...  in current state it is fragmented and hijacked by corrupt individuals for personal gains...  Military hijacked by Ziocons...  The Clinton and Bush Crime Families...  IS THAT GOVERNMENT OR MOB BOSSES ???  look at all the chaos in Washington DC.  We have a shady reality TV star as President, Different government agencies and Law enforcement working directly with 'Crime Families'...  Intelligence agencies involved in drug and arms trafficking...  AND OPENLY SUPPORTING TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ISIS !!!  Call a spade a spade...  The USSA HAS COLLAPSED.  We pay taxes for nothing... once people wake up and realize that paying for nothing is nonproductive, the house of cards will go down quickly.  THIS IS THE ENDING CHAPTER !!!  Prepare accordingly  !!!

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07564111 bananas Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:50 Permalink

Yes, really.

What will the exceptional JUSA do exactly ? start shooting ? Good luck with that shit, that only happens to those countries that lack the means to not only shoot back you, but also the means to fuck you over real good.

:D :D

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NiggaPleeze Quantify Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:30 Permalink

Fact is US rarely gets challenged.  But if nuclear-armed Chinese warships were constantly patrolling through the Gulf of Mexico and along the East and West coasts 30 miles offshore I would imagine a lot of claiming.

Remember in 1962, when US not only claimed the Gulf of Mexico but Cuba as its property?  (Still has Guantanamo.)

US is an utter criminal, through and through, on every level.  A thief, destroyer, mass murderer, war criminal, hypocrite, liar.  There is no crime to great or to small for the US.

You want to argue US follows law?  How fucking stupid can you be?  LMFAO.  They just freakin' bombed Syria a week ago, illegally, are still bombing Afghanistan and Iraq, have God knows how many covert operations (each of which is an illegal invasion of another country), the Ukraine coup, oh forget it.

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CatInTheHat AGuy Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:06 Permalink

The US has killed 2 38 million people since 2003 War on Iraq began. This does not include the 600,000 we have murdered in Yemen, nor the 8 million more Yemenis that are dying of starvation thanks to the US and Saudi head chopper, butcher MBS. This does not include our silence while Israeli Zionists use chemical weapons and utilze snipers to murder unarmed Gazans.

The US, according to a recently released report from the UN, has the highest poverty rate  in the developed Western world. We have 95 million jobless Americans, and an estimated 4.5 million homeless Americans and rising. One out of every 30 school aged children in the US is homeless 

As far as I know China has killed no one and you're also wrong about China's poverty rate 

Before you come here and start your shit about the 'commie' Chinese and the hotly contested S. China Sea, try taking a look in your own fucking backyard first...

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Quantify truthseeker47 Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

We live in a global economy. Not a Chinese or Russian one.  Ever traveled overseas? Has anyone asked you for Russian rubble's or Chinese Yuan? I have been around the world several times and they always take dollars. Most third world countries want them under the table rather than their own crap currency. While the U.S. has taken a hit, its still the currency to have.

Nobody and I mean nobody ever dreams of living in Russia or China. Everybody wants to go to the land of the big BX.

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NiggaPleeze Quantify Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:36 Permalink

And of course you are utterly full of shit.  But true, as a general matter, people like to move from poor countries to rich countries.  I don't know any foreigner who wants to move to the US.  Becoming an ever greater shitthole.  Few worthless idiots are billionaires - Trump, Buffet, Bloomberg, Zuckerberg, Gates, Soros, Musk - all mediocre people or utter worthless pieces of crap. And those are the ones who supposedly "earned" their money rather than inheriting it.

US sucks, it's run by evil psychopaths.  People take dollars because it's the reserve currency, but just wait, our psychopathic rulers are fucking that up too.

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lew1024 NiggaPleeze Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:15 Permalink

There are a few retired people living in 3rd world countries, I believe. Mexico and Panama and Costa Rica seem popular with US and Canadian citizens, also Philippines and Thailand and ... A social security check goes a lot further in one of those countries than anywhere in a first-world country.

People are people everywhere, good to other people. Lower standards of living don't change that until people are in real poverty, not enough food.  Almost all of the world is above that level and getting better.

We know Americans who live and work in Moscow and parts of China.  Big city life has all of the problems of the US, plus local issues. Smaller cities are easier, friendlier.

Pretty much like here in the US.

 

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ebear Quantify Fri, 04/20/2018 - 02:00 Permalink

"Nobody and I mean nobody ever dreams of living in Russia or China."

Interesting point.  Not like I've dreamed of living in Russia, but I have looked into it.  There are definitely some advantages over life in the declining west, especially if you have an outside source of income.  Housing is much cheaper, so is food.  In fact, just about everything is cheaper from a western standpoint.  Granted the place isn't perfect - nowhere is, especially on a limited budget - but if you're looking to expatriate, there are worse choices.  The major risk you face if you depend on an outside source of income such as USD is a strengthening of the Ruble.  Unlikely as that may seem now, I'd suggest the Ruble has more upside than down over the next 10 to 20 years, especially if the price of oil goes higher, which is also a fairly safe bet.

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Ghost who Walks Quantify Fri, 04/20/2018 - 02:58 Permalink

Your views may have been correct in the past, but there are fake $100 bills circulating throughout Asia and money changers have become more cautious about accepting US Currency. I've been stung twice.

Yes, places like Laos and Myanmar prefer US Dollars, but Thai Baht is as popular, especially Thai coins. I've not tried Yuan in those areas, but since they share a border with China I don't see a problem.

Egypt preferred Euros to Dollars when I was last there (they really like gold coins), and in China I can't say that they had a marked preference for Dollars. My experience was that Yuan worked throughout the country and at all levels.

I agree with the basic premise from Mike Krieger that the demise of the USA is inevitable based on current trends, policies and leadership. I'm looking forward to what he has to say about the US Dollar in the third part of his series.

I'm not invested emotionally in the issue, and I have no skin in this game. The outcomes he predicts are not inevitable if there is a lot of immediate change in how America governs itself. When I read the comments on ZH about how likely Hillary, Bill and their Clinton crew are to avoiding jail, and continued Deep State instability, I cannot see how the US avoids the decline. To paraphrase Bill Clinton "It's trust dummy!"

Once the trust goes, so does the Dollar. Remember the phrase "Full faith and credit" where credit is just another name for trust.

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ChaoKrungThep Quantify Fri, 04/20/2018 - 03:18 Permalink

The Chinese are not claiming the "entire" South china Sea. They are returning to historically occupied islands and fortifying them to protect their trade routes. They know (and only a fool does not) that the Americans will eventually try to blockade the area as the US continues its decline. The same reason the US invaded the Hawaiian Is - to protect its western flank. 

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