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Monday, November 05, 2018

The war they will lose

Fred Reed is alarmed by the recent preparations for war on the part of the USA, China, and Russia:
The United States seems to be contemplating war with Russia, Iran, China, or all three. Washington pushes NATO ever closer to Russia, leaves the nuclear-missile treaty and tries to destroy both countries and China economically. Why the push for war?

Simple. Asia is awakening. China grows economically at a scorching pace–and all power rests on economic power. China is a large country, America a medium-sized one. America’s roughly two hundred million whites do virtually all of the scientific work on which national power depends. China has a billion increasingly educated Han Chinese, a five-to-one advantage. China’s stated aim is to united Eurasia among other places in one vast commercial union. Washington’s pugnacity has pushed China, Iran, and Russia together. The chain of nations, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey all totter between looking east and looking west. If Washington doesn’t stop this growth, the American Empire will be marginalized within decades.

This doesn’t threaten the American public. It threatens the Empire and Israel.
The USA has to give up its empire and its Israel First foreign policy or it is going to be militarily defeated within the next 15 years. In fact, it is now possible that the breakup in the 2030s that I have predicted for nearly two decades will be triggered by that military defeat rather than by the economic collapse that I assumed.

In addition to the misuse and abuse of the US military for the last 17 years, China has systematically weakened the US military infrastructure under the aegis of US trade policy. The Red Army has clearly learned the lesson of WWII, which is that industrial infrastructure will defeat training, esprit de corps and tactics. The Pentagon has belatedly realized that this is a serious problem, but the dumbing down and demoralization of the US population due to immigration renders it largely unable to even begin addressing it.
In the declassified part of the research of the American Department of Defence it is mentioned that in the US there are difficulties with future deliveries of the power switches that nearly all American missiles are equipped with. As officials of the Pentagon report, the producer of these switches was closed down, but the highest military ranks learned about it only after it became clear that the power switches ended. And there is nowhere to take new ones from, because the producer disappeared into thin air a whole 2 years ago. One more striking example: the country’s only producer of solid rocket motors for “air-to-air” missiles, as the American officials write, “encountered technical production issues”, the reasons for which couldn’t be found even after government and military experts were involved. Attempts to restart production failed, and the Pentagon was obliged to employ a Norwegian company to ensure uninterrupted deliveries. Obviously, this indicates a certain technical degradation of the entire American system, because only the loss of some key competencies can explain a situation in which production cannot be restored and the problem cannot even be determined.

Whilst becoming acquainted with the complaints of the leadership of the American army it is difficult to rid oneself of the impression that it isn’t a document of the US Department of Defence dated September, 2018 that is in front of your eyes, but a description of the problems of the Russian army from the era of the dashing 90’s. Literally there is no direction in which there would be no serious or very serious problems, and often they even can’t be solved at the expense of the bottomless military budget.

In the section on nuclear weapon problems the Pentagon complains that in the US there isn’t the necessary number of engineers and technicians who would have the corresponding education, training, and US citizenship that are necessary for working with army nuclear objects. The mention of nationality is of importance, because American higher education institutions produce enough engineers, physicists, and representatives of other technical specialties and exact sciences, however a disproportionately large number of these graduates are foreigners, most often from the People’s Republic of China.
The neo-liberal world order has failed. The US reign as the only global superpower is already over. The world is changing, so be prepared for new developments in foreign affairs that were beyond imagining only ten years ago. The core problem, as far as I can see it, is that the financial elite has become addicted to the profits of low-cost war without end; for the price of a few hundred American lives every year, they make vast sums of money.

But after all these years, after all these wars, they can't imagine the US actually losing a war and the whole system coming to a crashing end without a safe retreat for them and their endless war profits, so they will keep pushing and pushing until they trigger the inevitable reaction from either a regional or a continental power.

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Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 5:23 AM  

Strategic disengagement and careful retrenchment is the only path forward that could...could...possibly stave off the very real specter of total collapse.

America needs to retreat behind its border, deport the foreigners, and get busy rebuilding what should never have been allowed to degrade in the first place.

But we can't do that while democratic idiocy prevents the hard decisions from being made which means that we are doomed, in all likelihood, to collapse followed by war, famine, pestilence, and death.

Those who survive that may have the necessary ruthlessness to try to rebuild some of what looks to be inevitably lost.

Blogger Matt November 05, 2018 5:32 AM  

But they're natural conservatives

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 05, 2018 5:37 AM  

This is fascinating - and horrifying.

Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 5:37 AM  

Natural conservatives who wish to preserve the elements of the systems, social and political, in the countries from whence they sprang. Let them do so at home.

Blogger The Observer November 05, 2018 5:41 AM  

"One more striking example: the country’s only producer of solid rocket motors for “air-to-air” missiles, as the American officials write, “encountered technical production issues”, the reasons for which couldn’t be found even after government and military experts were involved."

In other words, diversity happened.

Blogger Brett baker November 05, 2018 5:51 AM  

Like a lot of problems, some money will be needed, but the real issue is will. Defense industrial infrastructure, like transport infrastructure, gets support, as long as it doesn't inconvenience me, of I have to pay for it.
As for dumping the Empire, that might be harder than we think, SDL. Not just financial elites benefit from the Empire. A lot of the members of the middle, working, and under classes benefit too, if not as much.

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Blogger DJT November 05, 2018 5:59 AM  

Cut off from the constant flow of investment from the US, China would implode. They only are a power because they manufacture our stuff. If we stopped doing business with them, they go back to dirt status. With all those jobs gone, they'd probably have a revolution on their hands too.

That said, it's a terrible idea. No more stupid wars, especially costly ones. We can't even defend our own borders properly, and we have troops all over the world. It's time to accept this is a multi-polar world and there is no value in the neocon project.

Blogger JACIII November 05, 2018 6:02 AM  

The most unfortunate thing about this scenario is the boomers who destroyed American security, American wealth, and American culture will be long gone when the consequences hit. Perhaps we shall dig them up and burn their bones for firewood.

Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 6:08 AM  

The neocons deserve to be staked over anthills. The number of dead Americans whose blood is on their hands, to say nothing of the Afghans/Iraqis is sick. The death of Brent Taylor, father of 7, who was killed by a trainee in Afghanistan is the most recent waste of a human life that I can lay at their charge.

Blogger Stilicho November 05, 2018 6:10 AM  

China has been at war with the US since WWII. The war is just entering a different phase and we are starting to recognize it for what it is. Further, it is the height of (((folly))) to continue to push Russia into the Chinese corner. Russia should be one of our stongest allies against Chinese imperialism and expansion.

The "Russia Russia Russia!" chants from the left will continue if only to make an anti-chinese alliance more difficult. Can't have communism's last, best hope as well as the landing zone for the Elders of Wye being seriously opposed after all...

I'm waiting for the "serious" proposal that the Fed bail out the Chinks directly at some point. The Banksters see China as their future and will actively aid the expansion of Chinese hegemony whenever they can.

Blogger Stilicho November 05, 2018 6:14 AM  

Whatever the amount of aid to Israel ($3 billion direct plus much more indirect), it is dwarfed by the $300 billion plus in annual aid to China known as "free trade".

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 05, 2018 6:15 AM  

"One more striking example: the country’s only producer of solid rocket motors for “air-to-air” missiles, as the American officials write, “encountered technical production issues”, the reasons for which couldn’t be found even after government and military experts were involved."

This should be absolutely terrifying to anyone paying attention. It necessarily indicates that we have irreparably lost to corruption capacities that we used to have. If that's happening, forget trying to develop new ones.

We need a cleansing fire to clean out the rot before we could even potentially begin to rebuild. We need that fire in the military/industrial complex, which means we are for all intents and purposes completely unsuited and vulnerable for any conflict whatsoever in the next two decades, at the very least. Forget maintaining strategic presence outside our own borders, because we're going to have a bad time even trying to hold a lot of things inside of them.

"Like a lot of problems, some money will be needed, but the real issue is will."

When the response to the investigation of "why" is "we can't find out", and absolutely everyone from here to hell wasn't immediately fired and replaced, not only do we lack the will, but we aren't ever going to recover it.

What eventually recovers it will be an entity utterly devoid of qualities recognizable as what we currently are. It won't be "us" by any standard.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 6:23 AM  

The consequences of diversity and the long march through the institutions are coming to light. If the hardware does not work no software will work.

Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 6:25 AM  

Azure is right. The only way to solve the problem is to gut the institutions responsible and put actual heads on actual pikes for awhile. We have to be a hermit kingdom of our own for awhile if we are going to accomplish this.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 6:28 AM  

I suggest uploading all the nukes into the Amazon cloud until they are needed, that way they will not get rusty on the ground.

Blogger VD November 05, 2018 6:31 AM  

Cut off from the constant flow of investment from the US, China would implode. They only are a power because they manufacture our stuff. If we stopped doing business with them, they go back to dirt status. With all those jobs gone, they'd probably have a revolution on their hands too.

That's not true. Do the math. And that is why China is moving aggressively into Africa. They are settling 100 million colonists there, and that's just the start.

Blogger Skyler the Weird November 05, 2018 6:34 AM  

The first time a Carrier sinks the Economy will sink with it.

Blogger Lazarus November 05, 2018 6:38 AM  

The dog ate my technical production capacity

Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 6:38 AM  

China owning and operating Africa would be the best of all possible worlds. It was first suggested by Victorian scientist Sir Francis Galton. If the Chinese make a mess in Africa then they will be mired in it and not meddling elsewhere. If they are successful, then it improves things for everyone. The Chinese have no qualms about keeping the African population under control. If they will kill Han to maintain stability they are not going to blink when it comes to Africans.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 6:41 AM  

Lazarus wrote:The dog ate my technical production capacity
In my case it was a brain-eating hookworm

Blogger Skyler the Weird November 05, 2018 6:42 AM  

If there are starving Somalis and Darfurians amongst the Chinese Colonies they'll control the Images and there will be no Live Aid nor Christmas Albums for them.

Blogger LES November 05, 2018 6:43 AM  

Russia and Iran are impediments to Israel's territorial expansion to create Greater Israel. Yes! The US must quit its Israel First foreign policy. Somebody please tell Trump.

Blogger Horn of the Mark November 05, 2018 6:46 AM  

Sounds like foreign materiel is to the American empire what foreign conscripts were to the Roman.

Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 6:46 AM  

You got it. The Chinese will let nature take its course and then pick up the pieces when it is over. The only thing to worry about is massive numbers setting sail for Europe or elsewhere to find support. If Europe and the U.S. can be induced to stay out of it and let the Chinese handle the continent then the problem will solve itself.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 05, 2018 6:47 AM  

When currency is fiat, "investment" will just move to the labor it exists to parasitize. That labor is industrial capacity/efficiency and military capacity. US lending and investment is funded by parasitism via multi-leveraged inflation (and some taxes too) upon the people of the USA. As soon as we lose the ability to be sucked for blood, that lending and investment is just going to vaporize in a hurricane of dollar divestment.

The only bar to movement of the fiat "investment" class is control over the fiat currency of the new labor source.

If the Learned Elders of Wye can't get a foothold in Chinese money? Doesn't matter. The Chinese have sufficiently similar (((characteristics))) themselves, and US money is amazingly worthless without the military or productive capacities upon which it is a parasite.

Blogger Stilicho November 05, 2018 6:48 AM  

How do we sucker the Chinks into occupying Afghanistan?

Blogger The Observer November 05, 2018 6:50 AM  

Can't have communism's last, best hope as well as the landing zone for the Elders of Wye being seriously opposed after all...

Some Chinese know who the opium merchants were.

Some Chinese also know who mentored Mao, or who were behind his insane policies that eventually led to the destruction of so much of our heritage.

We can also see their hand today not just in China, but in the Far East in general.

And we are very, very angry about it.

Blogger JACIII November 05, 2018 6:52 AM  

VD wrote: They are settling 100 million colonists there, and that's just the start.

What a great time to be Chinese! Unlike the Western powers they will not side with the natives over their own. Pawns will still be sacrificed of course, but Africa is still a vast frontier for their adventurous willing with serious mainland backing.
They will flush Africans out toward Europe at an ever increasing rate - those they don't mercilessly starve or slaughter. Prepare for a flood of fly covered afro-baby video begging fests.

Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 6:58 AM  

No, we don't take them. We shame the Chinese as Oriental barbarians incapable of the rigors of higher culture for not doing their part to help the suffering. Either way, we make it their problem, not ours. Of course, that is the rational response. So we probably won't do that.

Blogger dvdivx November 05, 2018 7:05 AM  

The Chinese don't have a birth rate to colonize. It's more of a looting operation than long term colony.

Blogger JACIII November 05, 2018 7:08 AM  

dvdivx wrote:The Chinese don't have a birth rate to colonize. It's more of a looting operation than long term colony.

Their birthrate is artificial. Let them get to Africa and spread out a bit. They didn't get to having billions of population by accident. They'll breed like rats.

Blogger dvdivx November 05, 2018 7:09 AM  

You only have 2 races that showed up. Indians to goldbrick and the Chinese to spy. I'd blame the management for thinking they could save money with h1b visa hires.

Blogger LES November 05, 2018 7:11 AM  

The Kingdom of Israel ended in 722 BC leaving the Kingdom of Judah. If modern Jews (Judeans) who are not actually descendents of Abraham are entitled to a country of their own then it should be no larger than ancient Judea.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 05, 2018 7:15 AM  

This is the kind of thing you don't let the womenfolk read, it's that bad.

Blogger Sherwood family November 05, 2018 7:15 AM  

Who cares what the Israelis do. The only reason we are involved with them is because of Christian Zionists and because of the 5 million or so Jews living in the U.S. If the latter group made aliyah the former group would have far fewer reasons and reminders to get the U.S. involved in another country's business. Stop funding them, stop supplying them, stop giving them cover and let them manage their own affairs. We should manage ours.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 7:20 AM  

The USA have the following choices:
Continue affirmative action and Common Core, and be ruled by Dumb and Dumber. Or returning to a meritocracy and be ruled by the Chinese. Or introduce affirmative action for intelligent white people.

Blogger Salt November 05, 2018 7:22 AM  

VD wrote:They are settling 100 million colonists there, and that's just the start.

Under what authority and law shall these no small number of colonists operate? How loyal shall they be to mother China?

Blogger Gloriam Deo November 05, 2018 7:25 AM  

@38. Tribalism. They will be loyal to their people. Even if the government in China changes, the Chinese-Africans will still aid the mother country.

Blogger JACIII November 05, 2018 7:26 AM  

Salt wrote:VD wrote:They are settling 100 million colonists there, and that's just the start.

Under what authority and law shall these no small number of colonists operate? How loyal shall they be to mother China?


They will be dependent on the mainland lest they fall to the usual African barbarism for quite some time.

Blogger basementhomebrewer November 05, 2018 7:39 AM  

Sherwood family wrote:You got it. The Chinese will let nature take its course and then pick up the pieces when it is over. The only thing to worry about is massive numbers setting sail for Europe or elsewhere to find support. If Europe and the U.S. can be induced to stay out of it and let the Chinese handle the continent then the problem will solve itself.

The Chinese are not stupid. They will slaughter exactly as many as it takes to create the flood to Europe. They know that others will take over transporting the natives to Europe. Why would they waste time slaughtering people that could be used to weaken their rivals? Just give a light shove and they kill 2 birds with 1 stone. The West is too full of bleeding hearts to see through the tactic and effectively respond to it.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 05, 2018 7:42 AM  

It's not Castalia House but a guy named Greer wrote this book already, the plot in brief, Chinese discover oil off Tanzania, the American empire tries to bring Tanzania some dumocracy, Chinese foil plot expose the American military as a relic, America basically implodes and breaks up.

Blogger ZhukovG November 05, 2018 7:46 AM  

Let's say all African, Latino and Asian descended persons vanish suddenly from the United States. A White, United States would still be a multi-national empire.

Sure, things would improve in the short term. But eventually it would all slide back down.

Our current predicament was caused because we allowed our country to become a White Multi-National empire in the first place.

The 'good' immigrants set the precedent that opened the door for the 'bad' immigrants.

So, while our beloved GE buys us time, we must prepare for the dissolution of the American Union and then, its reconstitution into whatever arrangements the 'Several States' will choose.

Ad Victoriam, Deo Vindice, Ave Imperator Trump!

Blogger ZhukovG November 05, 2018 7:49 AM  

@Mr.MantraMan: It's a decent book, even if its author is a bit of a whack-a-doodle. It does outline a plausible scenario for the end of the American Union.

Blogger Rocklea Marina November 05, 2018 7:50 AM  

China has the combination of hard times and rising standards, plus a frontier. Good times ahead.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 7:55 AM  

China has shown the world how it intends to deal with invaders through the 2016 movie "The Great Wall". Merkel would have let those monsters in quoting compassion and pressure from animal rights activists.

Blogger S1AL November 05, 2018 7:56 AM  

#EisenhowerWasRight

The more I read about him, the more I realize that he may have been the most foresighted of our Presidents. The country should have listened to his warnings.

Blogger Miguel November 05, 2018 7:57 AM  

And after the USA is gone, we will learn that it always was a Anglo-Saxon Protestant country (originally).

And we will learn that China always was a "judeo-chinese" nation.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 05, 2018 8:00 AM  

It's my assumption that when I hear a neo-con jew or gentile speak that they speak for the Chinese.

Blogger David Ray Milton November 05, 2018 8:13 AM  

Blah blah blah. We all know these matters are peripheral and will take care of themselves. This stuff is like overseas or you know, whatever.

What really matters is that we are inclusive, make sure that we all succeed together, and own up to our privilege. If we do that, then the Chinese (God bless those poor people) would have no reason to hurt us because we would have a warm thought rainbow protecting us.

Blogger Gen. Kong November 05, 2018 8:14 AM  

The Pentagon has failed to account for something like 21 trillion in spending over the last two decades and this is the tip of the iceberg for what we have to show for it all. Where did all that fake money go? Much into the pockets of folks like Soros, I expect. He recently admitted to funding the rapefugee invasion of both EUSSR and Banana Homeland to the tune of 500 million. There's a 'Honduran' invasion force allowed into Mexico - who traditionally was rather ruthless about keeping its own borders closed. Most of the previous wave of colonizers (from this past spring) are apparently awaiting the outcome of their latest appeals in the immigration court system - which is basically set up so that the invader gets to appeal (at taxpayer expense) until he wins.

Interesting that Fred can kind of see the endgame of the Elders of Wye here, but he'd never dare mention them by name. The outcome is not going be prevented or improved by the endless repetition of DR3 by Q boomertards to a demographic where 8 of 10 want Trump impeached. I tend to agree that one of our billion-dollah love-boats filled with golden dindus who can't swim going to the bottom via a Chinese or Russian hypersonic might very well trigger the final breakup of the Banana Empire, which the Chinese leadership might already have plans for. As someone noted above, while there are many adjectives to characterize the Chinese, stupid is not one of them. The chest-beaters for Murika & Israel never seem to get the fact that today's Murika isn't the one of 1940 any more than today's China is of the 1940 mess. Just as an aside, I saw more white faces in ads in Shanghai than I did in any city found in the Banana homeland. Very few darkeys in sight, and even a couple of those turned out to be very dark-skinned Indians up close.

Blogger berb2000 November 05, 2018 8:15 AM  

That article read like it came straight out of zerohedge. All gloom and doom. I would like to think that Trump has reversed alot of this nonsense by working on North Korea the way that he has. I do not recall alot of news out of the middle east in regard to US troops in the last year or so. I am not a Trump nerd or anything, but I will give credit where it is due.

Blogger ZhukovG November 05, 2018 8:19 AM  

If you roll over and expose your throat; do not blame the wolf who tears it out.

Blogger Gen. Kong November 05, 2018 8:20 AM  

And we will learn that China always was a "judeo-chinese" nation.

Thank to the wise teachings of Rabbi Schlomo Confusemberg, better known Confucius. If they watch Murikan TeeVee long enough, even the Chinese might start to believe the bullshit.

Blogger Jackson Peds November 05, 2018 8:21 AM  

berb2000 wrote:That article read like it came straight out of zerohedge. All gloom and doom. I would like to think that Trump has reversed alot of this nonsense by working on North Korea the way that he has. I do not recall alot of news out of the middle east in regard to US troops in the last year or so. I am not a Trump nerd or anything, but I will give credit where it is due.

Trump is not a panacea, a precidency of 8 years, no matter how immacculate it is, and Trump's for better or worse, is not, can't reverse a trend of 60+ years of destruction.

You can only hope that Trump buys you time to prepare for the inevitable.

Blogger ace November 05, 2018 8:21 AM  

An alt right version of longbets would be fun. "What year will the first carrier sink?"

I bet it won't even be a war. One of our diverse sailors will run it into something.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 8:24 AM  

@55. You wrote: "You can only hope that Trump buys you time to prepare for the inevitable." Nothing is inevitable. Martin Luther said: And if I knew the world would end tomorrow I would still plant an apple tree today.

Blogger ace November 05, 2018 8:24 AM  

He was the first perpetrator of bayonet point diversity.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 05, 2018 8:25 AM  

They will cannibalize Africa the same way the globalist elites did American industry:

1. Import a new workforce loyal to foreign interests
2. Drive native workers out of those fields/regions
3. Profit!!!
<<--- you are here
4. Sell out and move to the next host

How loyal shall they be to mother China?

How loyal are Chinese in America to mother China? Or any other nationality that's been imported, for that matter. And Africa doesn't even have the cultural temptations that were supposed to assimilate all those dreamers.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 05, 2018 8:35 AM  

I would like to think that Trump has reversed alot of this nonsense by working on North Korea the way that he has.

He's certainly trying, and he's already done more than I thought he'd be able. If he can pull it off, he will earn that spot on Rushmore. He's like a financial advisor who was called in to do triage for a family that somehow got a million dollars into debt despite only earning $25K/year. And there are people living upstairs who come down after he leaves to pass around new credit cards and then invite homeless people in to raid the fridge.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 8:36 AM  

.. unless a genetically modified flesh-eating parasite that only attacks people with certain genetic traits suddenly appears as a game-changer.

Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 8:37 AM  

> One more striking example: the country’s only producer of solid rocket motors for “air-to-air” missiles, as the American officials write, “encountered technical production issues”, the reasons for which couldn’t be found even after government and military experts were involved. Attempts to restart production failed, and the Pentagon was obliged to employ a Norwegian company to ensure uninterrupted deliveries.

That's not supposed to be possible. One of the reasons for the the morass of rules involving military procurement is to ensure that everything is documented in such detail that someone else can always pick up the production. It's not just this one supplier that failed, but the entire procurement system.

> they can't imagine the US actually losing a war

Everyone always wants to believe they're special and the averages and history don't apply to them. They're always shocked to find out they're wrong.

> In other words, diversity happened.

That does seem likely yes. Another possibility is some type of sabotage.

> As for dumping the Empire, that might be harder than we think, SDL.

It's going to happen. We're no longer capable of maintaining it.

> If we stopped doing business with them, they go back to dirt status.

They've diversified their markets quite a bit. While we're still their largest market, they wouldn't collapse completely without us. See https://www.thebalance.com/china-economy-facts-effect-on-us-economy-3306345

> China owning and operating Africa would be the best of all possible worlds.

That may very well be true. The Chinese have never dealt with anything like Africa before. It will strain their capabilities no matter how it goes.



Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 8:40 AM  

> One of our diverse sailors will run it into something.

I only wish that were as improbable as it will sound to many folks.

Blogger Johnny November 05, 2018 8:41 AM  

>>The Pentagon has failed to account for something like 21 trillion in spending over the last two decades...

Well, if you have managed to miss-allocate or steal that much money it is a major incentive to keep the current power structure in place and as is.

Blogger Johnny November 05, 2018 8:43 AM  

#EisenhowerWasRight

Eisenhower was the last president we have had that was old school, didn't buy into any of the new age culture stuff.

Blogger Avalanche November 05, 2018 8:45 AM  

One of the (surprisingly excellent) care aides at the memory care home my mom is in is a 52-yr-old Kenyan woman from Africa. Her last name was such that I wondered if she was married to a Chinese. Recently, we got chatting about medical insurance, and she said her medical insurance is amazing: her daughter had $54k surgery and she paid not one penny! She herself had $3k eye surgery and not a penny!

"Wow! What insurance co. is that, let me get in!"

Turns out, it's some version of a Chinese Benevolent Society. (!!!) As long as her income is below $30k; she gets truly astonishing insurance for cheap (or free; that wasn't clear). But, she says, her brothers (still in Africa) all look somewhat/rather Chinese too; although she doesn't, noticeably.

At age 52 -- that 'family woodpile' must be very old!

Blogger Johnny November 05, 2018 8:45 AM  

Us Europeans have been winning so long that we take winning for granted. The way it shows up is us thinking that our cultural assumptions will hold up because they always have. That is why they disparage Hitler so much. He was part of Europe but did not embrace the cultural norms of that region.

At least with regard to current culture, the Chinese, the Africans, and the Middle East folk are more ruthless then we are. They repress that tendency because it would interfere with dealing with the culturally European countries. If we weaken enough that reluctance will go away.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 05, 2018 8:51 AM  

"That's not supposed to be possible."

I thought the same thing first. Then I realized.

"It's not just this one supplier that failed, but the entire procurement system."

It's not that it's failed, it's that it's corrupted from top to bottom, back to front, facade to soul. You can fail around a failure, or even around ten failures. The only way you can fail to fail around is if absolutely the entire significant thing is rotted out. Metaphorically, this entire hydraulic system is one gigantic hole through which no pressure can be routed to do work.

If it can't be fixed it's because it doesn't want to be fixed.

Failed means the chain broke somewhere. This is way beyond failed. This is every single link in the chain being rusted all the way through, and whoever you paid to maintain the chain is spending the money on booze and is the child of your boss. Your boss who makes 90% of his income on bribes to look the other way on QA violations. Your boss whose boss has a 90m$ contractual severance package that cannot be denied him even if he's found guilty of multiple felonies and contractual breaches.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 05, 2018 8:55 AM  

The system is working, it's just working toward entirely different goals than what it says on the tin. That's what I meant when I made the remark about "everyone from here to hell" not being immediately fired.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 05, 2018 8:59 AM  

"Well, if you have managed to miss-allocate or steal that much money it is a major incentive to keep the current power structure in place and as is."

This exactly. This is not the sort of thing you can chalk up to incompetence. This is undeniable malice. This is the inmates running the asylum.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 9:17 AM  

@70 You wrote: This is not the sort of thing you can chalk up to incompetence. This is undeniable malice.

... like so many other things in this world that are plain evil, but sugarcoated as "oh, some people have been a bit negligent or stupid here. We are currently enacting a comprehensive check to see if they come from a disadvantaged group of society in which case their behaviour would be understandable"

Blogger pyrrhus November 05, 2018 9:28 AM  

Kill the white man, embolden the Chinese dragon...The preference for Asian students and American minorities has crippled American universities from Harvard to Purdue....Whenever I have visited schools like Purdue or Northwestern, which are critical producers of American engineers and scientists, I have seen hordes of young Asians. And they aren't majoring in gender studies....

Blogger pyrrhus November 05, 2018 9:29 AM  

As a certain Obama friend once said, "the chickens are coming home to roost."

Blogger Johnny November 05, 2018 9:31 AM  

Part of it I think is the female touch. Women more than men want to do equity and men more than women want to win. Thus we try harder to be fair and less hard to win.

Blogger pnq8787 November 05, 2018 9:32 AM  

There is no such thing as winning a foreign war. There is only the success or failure of an attempt to colonize. The United States is an example of a successful colony. If you are not willing to stay, breed, and multiply then your mission is a sure failure.

This is why the Chinese will fail in Africa. They aborted too many of their own women. Chinese women are in high demand in China. What Chinese woman would endure the hardships of a colony?

No, it will be the reverse. Chinese men will go to Africa and take African wives. The children of those marriages will then move back to China. Then China will have real problems. Sad.

Blogger Harry Spitz November 05, 2018 9:34 AM  

We're bankrupt and over-committed. Our logistics and infrastructre are not secure. Our secrets are being stolen at an alarming rate.
It is time to pull back and retrench. Let someone else take the thankless task of 'policing' the world. Let them spend blood and treasure, while we conserve ours.

Blogger Other Josh November 05, 2018 9:38 AM  

These are the symptoms that prove America is in decline and her empire is beginning to crumble: missiles held up for a simple switch, lost ability to produce solid-fuel rockets.

When you travel back in time and look at the engineering marvels that were created in the 40's, 50's, and 60's by engineers with crew cuts, white shirts, and black ties using nothing but a slide rule - it is awe inspiring. Now we have massive computing & digital resources at our fingertips, and we can't even procure a simple switch? We can no longer successfully build the solid-fuel rocket engines we've made since the 1950's? We've lost our intelligence. I work in the aerospace industry, and I'm beginning to see issues similar to this with greater frequency. It's a nation losing its knowledge base, losing its ability to create, losing its ability to solve problems.

Blogger Iron Spartan November 05, 2018 9:50 AM  

Fred reads like any generic NeverTrumper you care to name. Trump is so easy to goad into doing what ever you want. That's why he sent 200K new troops to Syria, right? That's why we've been bombing the Norks non stop for since he came into office, right? That's why there are another 300K troops that were air dropped into Siberia, right?

The Demonrats and the globohomo worshipers are pushing for war with Russia for purging the outside corruption. The global left never forgave Putin for not being one of them like they believed he should be. Russia has plenty of inside corruption, but that is cultural, expected, and understood.

The military is in trouble. The Warmaster knows this and is working in the system as best he can to fix it. It didn't get broken overnight and it will not be fixed overnight. The Cabal needs a long term, low risk, war to help keep destabilizing things. The problem is that a war with Russia or China will get very expensive very quickly. The Navy will lose ships, the Air Force will lose Wings to enemy fire. The Army will lose battalions in a single battle. And then the purges of the officer corps will start, one way or the other.

Right now the biggest threat of a global conflict does not center on the US, but on China and India. Both want to control the Indian ocean and SE Asia. China has a head start, but India has better cultural footing for a war of invasion. China's boarders haven't changed much in a millennia. China's historical expeditionary forces can not be considered more than mildly successful at best and disastrous at worst. China also has no air or sea lift capacity of note. So anybody the Chinese can march on would be in trouble, but they have little to no ability to support an expeditionary force. India has at least on paper a better Navy and Air Force, but it remains to be seen if they can be put to efficient use.

Russia and China also have a lot of bad blood from the days of Soviet Union. If they got into bed together, it would be a race to see who would betray the other first.

Blogger Iron Spartan November 05, 2018 9:56 AM  

The biggest problem the USA faces is that we have never had the credible threat of invasion. Even during the Cold War, the Red Dawn style invasions were more worst case scenarios than credible threats. About the only thing that i can think of that might slow down or prevent the break up of the United States is someone actually invading with an organized military.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 05, 2018 10:00 AM  

Chinese men will go to Africa and take African wives.

I realize the sex drive is a powerful thing, but Asian-man/black-woman pairings are about the least prevalent in the world. They're not even on each other's radar when they have any other choices at all.

Blogger J Van Stry November 05, 2018 10:03 AM  

The USA has been doing everything it could to push men out of the sciences and engineering and replacing them with people who just can't do the work.

Now they're starting to see the problems that is causes: No one has the ability to build anything anymore.

As for the Han Chinese? I wouldn't worry about them yet. They're still the worse engineers in the world.

Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 10:04 AM  

> It's not that it's failed, it's that it's corrupted from top to bottom, back to front, facade to soul.

I can't disagree.

> Then China will have real problems. Sad.

For the Chinese, perhaps. Not for us.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 05, 2018 10:06 AM  

Iron Spartan, the organized military has been, and will continue to arrive, at our southern ports of entry in a few days.

Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 10:07 AM  

> Russia and China also have a lot of bad blood from the days of Soviet Union. If they got into bed together, it would be a race to see who would betray the other first.

More case of which betrayal is more effective. :)

> As for the Han Chinese? I wouldn't worry about them yet. They're still the worse engineers in the world.

I wouldn't count on that. They've got a lot of people. They'll find a few good ones.

Blogger Станислав Бартошевич November 05, 2018 10:20 AM  

I think articles like these undersell the American army quite a bit. Iraq Army in 1991 was no pushover, and equipped better, compared to the standards of that time, than what Iran has now. Certainly, outcome of a battle between betters elements of an army that was gearing for a fight against USSR, and a regional power relying on imported equipment was never in doubt, but the ease of victory and disparity of losses were shocking. Even Iraq-2003 was not quite a walk in the park, victory only seeming effortless thanks to superiority in armament combined with solid tactics.

However, there is little doubt that US armed forces are led by people not dissimilar from German generals from the first half of the previous century: people who are competent in winning battles on tactical and operational level, but at best incompetent in setting viable strategic goals and achieving them, and at worst want to subordinate strategy and politics to lower-level military considerations, with disastrous results for their nation.

There is also no doubt that despite enormous military expenditure, actual fighting power of every branch of the military but the air force had substantially degraded not only compared to 1991, but even to 2003. And even regarding the air force there are substantial questions.

Blogger English Tom November 05, 2018 10:23 AM  

@Stilicho

Pushing Russia into the Chinese corner.

This is by design. Russia would make a,natural partner to US as they fear (eventual) Chinese annexation of Russian far East. Obviously the banksteins don't want this so it won't happen.
Look for a strategic partnership between Germany and Russia which will be inevitable once NATO folds.

Blogger English Tom November 05, 2018 10:26 AM  

@Azure

That was a very sobering analysis, and sadly all too true.

Blogger English Tom November 05, 2018 10:29 AM  

The Chinese are shunting off all their unmarried (and never likely to be married) young men to Africa. Otherwise they know it's only a,matter of time before there is another revolution there, based solely on a profound demographic imbalance.


Blogger testtesttest November 05, 2018 10:43 AM  

nukes?

Blogger English Tom November 05, 2018 10:50 AM  

@Stilicho

Re: China into Afghanistan

This is already happening. China and Afghanistan share a border. Also, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as India and Pakistan geopolitical dynamics, will necessitate a Chinese presence in Afghanistan. If they consolidate power there via economic means and not military, they may be more welcome than the West. China doesn't have the baggage of colonialist oppressor there.

Blogger justaguy November 05, 2018 10:50 AM  

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Blogger justaguy November 05, 2018 10:52 AM  

The issues over China, who will likely never be an ally, but might join where interests align, are with Japan, South Korea, and Australia. We think that we need to protect them and keep them in our hegemony instead of letting them flow to China's.

With the traditional hatreds between Japan, China and Korea, it may take awhile before they are ready to play nice together but... There may be markets/trade and other types of arguments for supporting our allies, but the world where we built these alliances has changed.

It is no longer two ideas fighting to the death (and it was a death match btw but we won with Reagan). Baby Bush's idea of world didn't work any better than his elite father's new world order. Maybe the US will be able to embrace the world realistically and develop a strategy of engagement that actually is pro-American? In our interests---naah-- too much $ to be made on the military-industry and globalists who want to rule.

Blogger Iron Spartan November 05, 2018 11:01 AM  

English Tom wrote:@Stilicho

Re: China into Afghanistan

This is already happening. China and Afghanistan share a border. Also, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as India and Pakistan geopolitical dynamics, will necessitate a Chinese presence in Afghanistan. If they consolidate power there via economic means and not military, they may be more welcome than the West. China doesn't have the baggage of colonialist oppressor there.


The other side of that coin is that, from the Chinese perspective, there are the Han and then there are animals that walk on two legs. The Chinese feel no more remorse about wiping out a village of non-Han, down to the livestock, than we would about burning out a rats nest.

Blogger cheddarman November 05, 2018 11:23 AM  

magic negro scientists as seen on television and in movies will surely save America

Blogger Unknown November 05, 2018 12:06 PM  

Fred Reed is a Mexi Cuck.

Blogger DonReynolds November 05, 2018 12:22 PM  

I suppose it would be quite a shock and disappointment for much of the USA to experience military defeat. For many Americans, it would be the first time but for 100 million Southerners, we already know what defeat looks like....even 150 year later. WE know what is like to be invaded by a vastly superior military/industrial machine. WE know what it is like to live under military occupation and hostile government for decades at a time. WE know what it means to lose everything and live for generations in poverty and want and to be the object of national scorn and discrimination. WE live it every friggin day.

Blogger Hammerli280 November 05, 2018 12:28 PM  

Three points:

First, the American Unipolar Moment was NEVER going to last. Certainly I never thought it would. Although I was having arguments 25 years ago with people who were that deluded.

Second, any discussion of how much money went to the Pentagon needs to accept that most of it went to operations. And for fifteen years, most of those operations have been counterinsurgency campaigns. We're in a situation similar to the end of the Vietnam War, with the old hardware used up and the money to replace it squandered on COIN.

Third, if you want more engineers (or the old engineers to stay on the job), send money. No Bucks, No Buck Rogers. Supply and demand.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 05, 2018 12:30 PM  

The "$21 trillion" is an artifact of utterly incompatible accounting systems between services and agencies, and even within a service branch. It includes everything from a woobie get miscounted when a unit changed names to a "41 for Freedom" boat deactivating and the Gold Crew forgetting to send disestablishment traffic to DFAS for the Gold Crew and Off Crew payroll, all the way to the time the Air Force transferred a squadron's worth of Minuteman II warheads to DOE and DOE didn't MIPR the funds back before COB on 30 September and the DOE's new computer system lost the transaction.

Multiply these f-ups by a billion or so.

Blogger Frank Brady November 05, 2018 12:42 PM  

Surrendering U.S. policy toward Iran and Russia to the neocons was a self-destructive act of unnecessary stupidity that threatens to destroy Trump's legacy and undo all the good he has done. He should immediately fire Bolton, Pompeo and Haspel and tell Israel to fight its own wars,

Blogger Dos Voltz November 05, 2018 1:18 PM  

I know a guy who is a high ranking officer in the US Navy. We both like Trump and agree on 99% of things political.

But when the conversation shifts to topics such as covered in these absolutely horrifying articles, (both Fred Reed's and the one at Unz) he has heavy, double-insulated, black steel blinders on.

He smirks when asked to consider the stronger sense of nation emerging in Russia and that has long existed in China, as well as the increasing power of their emerging economies. All bunk he says.

He actually believes in an easy "nuke 'em first" (yeah, both Russia and China) scenario that will turn out just rosy for us. He thinks he is putting me at ease with such bravado. I try to hide my disgust.

Also he compliments the professionalism of his female officers on submarines. No trouble there. Men follow women's orders eagerly. I haven't asked him about the gay and transgendered marines who wear high heels on their off time (while still in uniform). I shudder to even think of his answer.

On rules and procedure and knowledge of gear and systems within the military, I am sure he scores high. On things outside of his military bubble of supreme confidence he is woefully uninformed. Worse, thinks lifting the tent flap to peek at the outside world once in a while is a show of weakness. At least he hasn't worn a vest with fake tits yet (that I know of).

I guess there's a reason they don't teach HBD stuff to our modern military personnel. The culture/religion of Diversity keeps the gears of the globohomo machine well lubed and our "leaders" left sufficiently in the dark to miss every opportunity for a sane way out of whatever mess they might currently find themselves in.

Blogger One Deplorable DT November 05, 2018 1:23 PM  

@62 - That's not supposed to be possible. One of the reasons for the the morass of rules involving military procurement is to ensure that everything is documented in such detail that someone else can always pick up the production.

You have to have people who can understand those documents first. Instead we have immigration, diversity, and strong independent women.

Blogger One Deplorable DT November 05, 2018 1:31 PM  

@94 - magic negro scientists as seen on television and in movies will surely save America

You see a caravan of wanna be immigrants threatening to use violence to enter the US illegally for gibs and crimes.

But I see an electrical switch engineer, a solid rocket fuel chemist, a nuclear weapons technician...

Blogger Frank Brady November 05, 2018 1:36 PM  

One Deplorable DT wrote:@94 - magic negro scientists as seen on television and in movies will surely save America

You see a caravan of wanna be immigrants threatening to use violence to enter the US illegally for gibs and crimes.

But I see an electrical switch engineer, a solid rocket fuel chemist, a nuclear weapons technician...

======================================================

Where did you find those mushrooms? :-)

Blogger One Deplorable DT November 05, 2018 1:44 PM  

@103 - Where did you find those mushrooms? :-)

Same dealer that Nancy Pelosi uses.

Blogger justaguy November 05, 2018 2:00 PM  

#100: to get to be a high ranking officer in the Navy (I am assuming O-7 or higher), you have to drink the kool-aid on many topics, especially on that meritocracy has to be ignored for social justice. If he really thinks that nuking anything is the answer-- then he is an idiot-- and hopefully only an O-7. Nukes, once on both sides, do not help anyone if used--- too much destruction. As much as I might hate silicon valley, would I trade nukes with China, Beijing for Silicon Valley? Especially all over some issue over there to help China, or over some island?

Blogger Dos Voltz November 05, 2018 2:33 PM  

@105.
Thank you, agree on all points.

Most depressing. "Relying on a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence" at this point.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 05, 2018 3:47 PM  

J Van Stry wrote:As for the Han Chinese? I wouldn't worry about them yet. They're still the worse engineers in the world.
Never worked with Hindoos, then?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 05, 2018 3:58 PM  

"I know a guy who is a high ranking officer in the US Navy."

To get promoted past captain or light colonel takes political approval. Any high ranking officer is going to be a Leftist.

Blogger Duh-ave November 05, 2018 4:57 PM  

@98 Do you suppose the massive incompetence in accounting is an intentional smoke screen to hide the real theft? 20 trillion boo-boos is a lot of cover for a trillion of theft.

Blogger Azimus November 05, 2018 5:36 PM  

VD:
The Red Army has clearly learned the lesson of WWII, which is that industrial infrastructure will defeat training, esprit de corps and tactics.


This might not apply to asymmetrical campaigns. The Israelis in Lebanon 2006, US in Afghanistan, Iraq would certainly show that an industrial infrastructure is useless in an insurgency. Possibly also Vietnam. This lesson only applies for full mobilization - which, we haven't had any instances of since 1945.

Blogger Dire Badger November 05, 2018 5:52 PM  

A wise man once said, "Amateurs rely on tactics, Masters plan logistics."

Blogger Dire Badger November 05, 2018 5:53 PM  

My Dad is a high-ranking officer in the air force, and he's smoked more poles than Hitler.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 05, 2018 5:53 PM  

Possible, but it would require the active assistance of practically every GS-9 and above financial management weenie in DoD. The problem is that GAAP is a set of principles and not an actual set of rules--you can pick and choose how you count a dollar, and every agency counts the money a bit differently. In the Air Force, a particular task may be operations and maintenance, in the Navy, it's some kind of procurement, mostly because the Navy required the task manager to be DAWIA certified.

Blogger Dire Badger November 05, 2018 5:57 PM  

One Deplorable DT wrote:@94 - magic negro scientists as seen on television and in movies will surely save America

You see a caravan of wanna be immigrants threatening to use violence to enter the US illegally for gibs and crimes.

But I see an electrical switch engineer, a solid rocket fuel chemist, a nuclear weapons technician...


I see an awful lot of reactor shielding.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 05, 2018 6:36 PM  

Dire Badger, why is your dad bombing Poland?

Blogger Dire Badger November 05, 2018 7:09 PM  

"Smoking poles"
Let's just say watching the way he, as an AF General, licked ass is what made me decide to enlist in the navy so long ago.

AND to change my name back to what it was before he adopted me when I hit 21.

Let's just say that if the facts of his Air Force Career, AND the fraud he used to start it, were ever whispered in the wrong ear, He'd not only lose his pension, but would probably spend the rest of his life in Leavenworth.

I have no reason to suspect that most 'politically adept' officers are any better. My Brother is also an AF officer, but he spent his career Flying F-16's, Later F-117's, and then eventually closed out his career flying AC-130's.

So while I have all the respect in the Universe for my brothers in Uniforms, the REMF's can burn in hell...and probably will.

Blogger justaguy November 05, 2018 8:19 PM  

Although YMMV, there is a good portion of meritocracy to get to O-6 and command in the actual fighting forces (for Navy, command ships of war, for Army troop on ground in combat, for AF, command squadrons that fight). After O-6, well... I will also say based on my humble opinion, there is a great deal of other factors to get to O-6 and a huge amount of nepotism/mentor advancements. They were pretty obvious differences in performance that lead to the command ranks and huge competition for these. The results normally speak for the source. However, someone who is in the fighting forces who held a warfighting command is generally a pretty competent O-5/O-6.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 05, 2018 9:14 PM  

@11

"Further, it is the height of (((folly))) to continue to push Russia into the Chinese corner. Russia should be one of our stongest allies against Chinese imperialism and expansion. "

Other than the (((Soviets)))), the entire prior history of the US and Russia was of friendship. Their oceangoing navy was founded by John Paul Jones, for Christ's sake. During the Civil War, their Pacific Fleet spent every winter anchored in San Fransisco (because Vladivostok ices over every winter, they couldn't stay there). They could have stayed in any number of other places... but crossed the entire Pacific to stay in our port.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 05, 2018 9:16 PM  

And to give you an idea of how well the Russians thought of the U.S., Siberia was nicknamed "The New America" because of all the timber and natural resources (of which only a small fraction have even been discovered, let alone exploited).

Blogger Dirk Manly November 05, 2018 9:19 PM  

@11

"I'm waiting for the "serious" proposal that the Fed bail out the Chinks directly at some point. The Banksters see China as their future and will actively aid the expansion of Chinese hegemony whenever they can. "

Some Federal Law should be passed NOW... so that it is firmly accepted... to prevent any such attempt (for China or anybody else they might be trying to run to).

Blogger Ceerilan November 05, 2018 9:38 PM  

Haven't the Chinese been busy screwing the Russians over in trade even more than they've been screwing us? Given the likelihood of the second US civil war going hot, I would have thought the Russians and Chinese would focus on backing their favorite US belligerents as proxies. Russia, who's been screwed by the US Military Industrial Complex would want to support the US Nationalists, while China who's been getting great trade deals, including technology secrets under the US Military Industrial Complex would support them against the US Nationalists.

To put this in perspective, Russia and China have been rivals for the past 80 years or so, even during the time when they were both Communist. China probably thinks Mongolia and Siberia have rightfully been part of China since ancient times.

I think both sides will agree to keep the fighting going in the US as long as possible, but ultimately, they differ in which side they would ultimately prefer to win.

Blogger Will November 05, 2018 10:42 PM  

@ #5, #13:

" "One more striking example: the country’s only producer of solid rocket motors for “air-to-air” missiles, as the American officials write, “encountered technical production issues”, the reasons for which couldn’t be found even after government and military experts were involved."

In other words, diversity happened."

Bingo!
I've seen similar. Silicon Valley, '98. Company with a product built around a proprietary item made in their in-house Semi-Con Fab. They lost control of the process. Units were failing before they could even get out the door.

IIRC, the dept head was a Pakistani Eng/PhD. Supervisor was a female. I was asked to move from engineering to help them. I demurred, as I knew that neither one of them would allow me to be effective in investigating the problem. I had no interest in beating my head against a wall trying to fight against their attitudes. Did that in previous companies. "No good deed goes unpunished" had been my experience.

They never got a handle on it, and I turned off the lights in Engineering as a result. Company assets got auctioned off in bankruptcy proceedings.

Blogger Gettimothy November 05, 2018 11:01 PM  

"The "$21 trillion" is an artifact of utterly incompatible accounting systems between services and agencies, and..."


21x10^12 / 1 x10^9 is 21 thousand billion dollar f ups.

None of them tracked

those 21 x10^3 f ups are distributed through how many hands?

Blogger Dirk Manly November 05, 2018 11:19 PM  

@33

"You only have 2 races that showed up. Indians to goldbrick and the Chinese to spy. I'd blame the management for thinking they could save money with h1b visa hires. "

And such management should be hung.

Will help whittle away at the Bommer problem, too.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 05, 2018 11:33 PM  

@47

"The more I read about him, the more I realize that he may have been the most foresighted of our Presidents. The country should have listened to his warnings."

Eisenhower was promoted not only ahead of his peers, but ahead of his superiors throughout WW2. The only one who was more impressive in his rise to 5-star was Bradley, who spent more years as a 5-star than the entire rest of his military career combined.


In the flag-officer ranks, politics is important. Flag officers, while political creatures, generally enjoy immunity from both major parties. They get to observe the high level politics on the civilian side of government without necessarily exposing themselves to any political backlash. Eisenhower seems to be the only one who actually paid attention with a view to doing something about it.

Bradley was probably too young to really understand what he was seeing when he first hit 4- and 5-star rank, and by the time he reached an age when he could understand it, it was no longer new, and probably forgotten.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 05, 2018 11:42 PM  

@61
". unless a genetically modified flesh-eating parasite that only attacks people with certain genetic traits suddenly appears as a game-changer."

That's easier to do with a virus or a prion than a bacteria or paramecium, let alone multi-cellular organisms.

Design a virus that NEEDS those particular genetic sequences (or proteins expressed by them) to reproduce, and you've got a winner.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 05, 2018 11:44 PM  

@62

"> China owning and operating Africa would be the best of all possible worlds.

That may very well be true. The Chinese have never dealt with anything like Africa before. It will strain their capabilities no matter how it goes."

I, for one, do NOT savor the concept of China building the knowledge and skills of a blue-water seafaring nation.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:00 AM  

@75

"No, it will be the reverse. Chinese men will go to Africa and take African wives. The children of those marriages will then move back to China. Then China will have real problems. Sad."

You're assuming that the Han will let what they consider to be "half-apes" even debark an aircraft or ship at a Chinese air or sea port.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:09 AM  

@79

"About the only thing that i can think of that might slow down or prevent the break up of the United States is someone actually invading with an organized military."

That was a HUGE concern to many regarding the secession talk in the 1850's. As it was, the Civil War forced the entire armed forces of the states to modernize to rifled muskets (while Europeans were still carrying smoothbores). European countries sent officers as observers to both the Union and Confederate armies. While they reported back that the war was nothing more than "two armed mobs", it is interesting to note that there is not a hint that any of them suggested to their home governments that the war was providing a good opportunity to grab a chunk of North America.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:18 AM  

The only people who paid attention to what was actually happning in our civil war were the German officers.
The German states' victory Franco-Prussian War was due entirely to them sending officers who actually went to observe and learn, and when those officers returned, to take their reports seriously. The Germans took to heart the importance of 3 revolutions in warfare:

1) Electric Telegraphs
2) Railroads
3) Repeating Rifles

Add into that the Krupp family coming up with a breech loaded, rifled cannon made of steel; the German army was so much more effective than the French that the Germans were able to dictate that Napolean III attend the treaty negotiations -- and when he showed up, the Germans promptly took him into custody. The German's primary complaint was that French forces had violated the borders of the German states more than 200 times in the previous 150 years, and they demanded that a stop be put to it immediately.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:21 AM  

@81

"
As for the Han Chinese? I wouldn't worry about them yet. They're still the worse engineers in the world."

Nobody can memorize an entire engineering book, complete with hundreds of algebraic, trigonometric, calculus, and differential equations, and not comprehend anything in it like the Chinese.

But the Indians are a close second.

The Japs... they're good.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:28 AM  

@88

"The Chinese are shunting off all their unmarried (and never likely to be married) young men to Africa. Otherwise they know it's only a,matter of time before there is another revolution there, based solely on a profound demographic imbalance."

Decades ago, when I first heard of the sex imbalance resulting from the 1-child-per family law, my very first thought was, "They are creating an expeditionary army to conquer foreign lands. Capture this land, and you can find wives!"

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 06, 2018 12:35 AM  

Dirk Manly wrote:. European countries sent officers as observers to both the Union and Confederate armies. While they reported back that the war was nothing more than "two armed mobs", it is interesting to note that there is not a hint that any of them suggested to their home governments that the war was providing a good opportunity to grab a chunk of North America.

I recall reading that the observers found both mobs motivated, and effective, and scary. That's probably why none of the European nations decided to join the festivities.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:35 AM  

@96

"WE know what it means to lose everything and live for generations in poverty and want and to be the object of national scorn and discrimination. WE live it every friggin day."

The south needs to start a new TV & entertainment network which is completely independent of the New York bigotry (both gentile and Jewish). But it needs to be done by someone who is NOT a leftist tool like Ted Turner.

Texas would be a good place to start it -- then you've got ample Texas Instruments and Motorola facilities for good electronics industrial support.

The old South is vilified because the entertainment center of the U.S. is New York.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:41 AM  

@97

"for fifteen years, most of those operations have been counterinsurgency campaigns. We're in a situation similar to the end of the Vietnam War, with the old hardware used up and the money to replace it squandered on COIN."

And insurgency wars are ridiculously expensive. Every gallon of diesel fuel delivered to Baghdad cost around $50. Insurgency wars end up requiring nearly every unit in theater sending out patrols into Indian country. Everybody, even finance clerks, are likely to find themselves as combatants. That means even your finance units have to have heavy weaponry. And even their vehicles need heavy armor. And heavy armor means 3 MPG or worse fuel expenditure rates. And LOTS AND LOTS of vehicle powertrain work, including frequent overhauls.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 12:56 AM  

@100
"I know a guy who is a high ranking officer in the US Navy. We both like Trump and agree on 99% of things political.

But when the conversation shifts to topics such as covered in these absolutely horrifying articles, (both Fred Reed's and the one at Unz) he has heavy, double-insulated, black steel blinders on.

Also he compliments the professionalism of his female officers on submarines. No trouble there. Men follow women's orders eagerly. I haven't asked him about the gay and transgendered marines who wear high heels on their off time (while still in uniform). I shudder to even think of his answer.

On rules and procedure and knowledge of gear and systems within the military, I am sure he scores high. On things outside of his military bubble of supreme confidence he is woefully uninformed. Worse, thinks lifting the tent flap to peek at the outside world once in a while is a show of weakness. At least he hasn't worn a vest with fake tits yet (that I know of)."

Traditionally, Naval Officers are the most out-of-touch with reality when it comes to their own society. Nuclear submarine officers, being cutoff even from one-way communications (such as news) except for extremely brief, pre-arranged times for messages of absolute military necessity, are the absolute worst in this respect. Even when they bring their boat into dock, they have barely a day or two to participate in their own culture before the Navy piles a bunch of tasks on them which run right up to the day they take control of the boat again. And that last part is true even about officers during WW2, when the boats were turned over to shore-based relief-crews "strikers", who were responsible for repairing all damage, installing/upgrading equipment, etc. The "permanent" crew officers were responsible for managing the paperwork of all those installations/upgrades (oftentimes chasing down the equipment itself to give to the striker crew so they could install it. Same for food stores, ammunition.


This alone should have been a disqualifying factor with regards to Jimmy Carter ... state governor or not.

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Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 1:08 AM  

@105

"As much as I might hate silicon valley, would I trade nukes with China, Beijing for Silicon Valley? Especially all over some issue over there to help China, or over some island?"

Silly-Con Valley ain't all it's cracked up to be. I can't think of ANYTHING useful that's been done there in over a decade.

Ooooooooooooooh, facebook and twitter would disappear. And some other "start-ups" fleecing money out of the San Fransisco bank branches, producing nothing, generating no income, while the CEO, Treasurer, VP, Secretary and C*O's all live high on the hog as if they've already created something of value.

Look at Facebook... other than for the CIA, has it really produced ANYTHING of value to justify even 1/100,000 of it's Market Cap?

Businesses that buy into the "We have to have a facebook page" then find that they have to have someone who spends significant amounts of time throughout the week doing nothing but coming up with stuff to put on the facebook page. How is this a BETTER deal than the previous advertiser's directories, such as the Yellow Pages, even if updated to modern tech -- all you need is a link in your ad pointing to your company website.
Companies having Twitter ID's find themselves chasing the dragon with even more energy to achieve the same results.

"No recent activity" = "Oh, they must have gone out of business!" It's an endless treadmill, which sucks productive time out of every single company that uses Facebook and Twitter for company publicity. And that doesn't even count the EXTRA hours on FB/T that their personnel waste on those two sites when they're on the clock...having been given official permission to be on those sites in the first place.

If Silicon Valley were blown of the map, we would all be a LOT better off.

And I say this as someone who's in the IT field.

The only loss would be Advanced Micro Devices, and maybe Sun Microsystems. And even Sun hasn't done anything really special in years.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 1:17 AM  

@107

>> As for the Han Chinese? I wouldn't worry about them yet. They're still the worse engineers in the world.

> Never worked with Hindoos, then?

If an exact analogue is not available in a book (written by a European), Chinese engineers will come up with the wrong solution, and industriously attempt to build it, and then attempt to move the goalposts.

In contrast, Hindoos will blow sunshine up your ass months after month, telling you that everything is fine, and they are hitting all of the checkpoints on time, and making validation, while actually doing zero.

Which is worse:

A) Chinese Engineers who you paid, and who wasted your resources to create a pile of non-working or barely functioning junk which has to be trashed; or

B) Hindooo Engineers, who you paid, and who then lied about having even obtained and used up the resources in the first place, while in fact, they spent all day, every day, sending each other text messages, instant messages, twitter messages, and reports that are missing 50% of the required vowels.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 1:24 AM  

@121

"Haven't the Chinese been busy screwing the Russians over in trade even more than they've been screwing us? Given the likelihood of the second US civil war going hot, I would have thought the Russians and Chinese would focus on backing their favorite US belligerents as proxies. Russia, who's been screwed by the US Military Industrial Complex would want to support the US Nationalists, while China who's been getting great trade deals, including technology secrets under the US Military Industrial Complex would support them against the US Nationalists. "

Why do you think Putin has come around on Trump? He's a nationalist, and fighting the International swamp, which Russia is fighting.

And China is being propped up and fed by the International swamp.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 1:27 AM  

@133

"I recall reading that the observers found both mobs motivated, and effective, and scary. That's probably why none of the European nations decided to join the festivities."

But the considered all of the mobs to be completely undisciplined compared to the professional armies of Europe.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 06, 2018 7:12 AM  

@133

"
"I recall reading that the observers found both mobs motivated, and effective, and scary. That's probably why none of the European nations decided to join the festivities.""

I find the reports of the European observers interesting, just for the sake of getting a view into their mindset at the time. Can you remember what book(s) you read that in?

Blogger Paul M November 07, 2018 8:09 AM  

A surprisingly large number of those billion Han Chinese are superstitious peasants who believe in ghosts. China's scientific supremacy is a mile wide and an inch deep.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 09, 2018 10:32 AM  

Dirk Manly wrote:

I find the reports of the European observers interesting, just for the sake of getting a view into their mindset at the time. Can you remember what book(s) you read that in?


Probably not. I did most of my American military history reading between 40 and 50 years ago, much of it from Penguin Classics. I'll think on it, because I'm curious myself.

My vague recollection is that Euro observers saw that their tactics had to change because of firepower. I recall that the ``undisciplined'' business boiled down to surprise that soldiers and officers were of the same class.

One title I remember is: A Short History of the Army and Navy. Not at all sure that had the Euro reports of Lincoln's War we are wondering about.

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