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It seems the title of the video game above which none other than Bono invested greatly in
( in whose plot, the "evil dictator" of Venezuela is targetted for regime change!)
May turn out to be strangely prophetic!

Most of us here have heard of Thierry Meyssan, renegade reporter
and thorn in the side of imperialism.

Thierry in his new book is putting forward a new explanatory hypothesis
as to what exactly is going on regarding much of the insanity we see in the world today.

The shift in strategy is the bastard lovechild of Thomas P.M.Barnett and others.
He's just one of the many Strangeloves working with the pentagon.

You can get a good idea of Thierry's hypothesis here:

The US military project for the world, by Thierry Meyssan

Barnett declared that in order to maintain their hegemony over the world, the United States would have to « settle for less », in other words, to divide the world in two. On one side, the stable states (the members of the G8 and their allies), on the other, the rest of the world, considered only as a simple reservoir of natural resources. Contrary to his predecessors, Barnett no longer considered access to these resources as vital for Washington, but claimed that they would only be accessible to the stable states by transit via the services of the US army. From now on, it was necessary to systematically destroy all state structures in the reservoir of resources, so that one day, no-one would be able to oppose the will of Washington, nor deal directly with the stable states.

The basic idea is that the world is being divided into two zones.
A zone of chaos and a zone of stability, the G8

The rest are for the chop. Not for their resources directly, but to destroy them, put them out of the game, so they cannot pose any future challenge to US hegemony or their global economic system in the future and to put in place an occupying force or garrison so that these destroyed states cannot directly deal with the G8 without strong US influence and control

It's loosely based on the notion of "controlled chaos" which has been
a buzz term with US think tanks for quite a while now, but which has been fleshed out
by Thierry in his book.

Anyway, read the article and we can discuss here whether events fit the hypothesis or not. Personally I think he's onto something here, and it looks like a really ugly future we have in store.
 
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Trump does not know what he wants,

It was all Anti China in the election, as soon as he was elected he took military action on Syria, these days it seems he wants to go after North Korea.

Its as if he has watched too many Holywood movies where the president becomes popular by destroying a smaller nation.
 
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Dear Mr. President -

Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.


This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.

First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard.

Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties -- that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

Good luck and Godspeed,

Barak Obama
 

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The US is undergoing a major opiate epidemic in which loads of people are dying. There are growing regions of really nasty poverty and also spreading areas of utter lawlessness. On top of that you have growing racial tensions. The United States may well crumble from within and sooner than you think.
 

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The world crisis is the attempt to gain control of the World Island (Eurasia) for global hegemony and the West has (generally) pursued a destabilisation strategy with a couple of hard power occupations flipped into being war profiteering cash cows.

It's a contest between the rootless maritime powers of the Anglosphere who lay siege to the landed powers dominated by Russia and China.

I think if there's a shift from the Americans, it's a shift into abject senility. American policy-makers are increasingly dazed and confused and they really have no grasp of politics at home so they've no hope at decrypting the ever labyrinthine politics abroad.
 
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Trump does not know what he wants,

It was all Anti China in the election, as soon as he was elected he took military action on Syria, these days it seems he wants to go after North Korea.

Its as if he has watched too many Holywood movies where the president becomes popular by destroying a smaller nation.
The President is consistent and unwavering. It is exactly opposite to what it was before the election.

PS.
I will not be adding to this other than making the observation
 
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Trump is a partial reaction to American senility. Trump is muddled and turbo-narcissistic and has exceptionalist, jingoistic blindspots but he's not quite as galloping insane as the thorough-bred globalists. You do have to read his actions rather than his words to perceive this.
 
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Trump is a partial reaction to American senility. Trump is muddled and turbo-narcissistic and has exceptionalist, jingoistic blindspots but he's not quite as galloping insane as the thorough-bred globalists. You do have to read his actions rather than his words to perceive this.


Yes indeed, for all his senile guff about the DPRK, he was smart enough to keep away from the DMZ not to mind do anything silly like actually attack the DPRK.
 

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Yes indeed, for all his senile guff about the DPRK, he was smart enough to keep away from the DMZ not to mind do anything silly like actually attack the DPRK.
It's his jingoism that completely undermines any deal-making skill he might have had because I do think the pragmatism of the businessman has some merit. But the prideful jingoism undermines his pragmatic instincts. If only Trump swapped his knee-jerk jingoism for a more holistic patriotism, the guy would get somewhere in his diplomacy. As it is his spasmatic paralysis is still far better than runaway Clintonite pyromania.
 
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It's his jingoism that completely undermines any deal-making skill he might have had because I do think the pragmatism of the businessman has some merit. But the prideful jingoism undermines his pragmatic instincts. If only Trump swapped his knee-jerk jingoism for a more holistic patriotism, the guy would get somewhere in his diplomacy. As it is his spasmatic paralysis is still far better than runaway Clintonite pyromania.


The basic problem is that business for profit and politics are vastly different spheres. The huge misconception that nearly all businessmen harbour is the idea that states can be run like corner shops.
 
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