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BREAKING: North Korea will not stop nuclear program until achieving parity with US

Similar bellicose statements from the US and South Korea, indicate that we are in the preliminary states of an arms race.

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North Korean media is reporting a statement from the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un which states that Pyongyang will never cease building its nuclear programme until its capabilities and arsenal are equal to that of the United States.

This comes hours after Donald Trump announced plans to end the so-called Defense Spending Sequester which caps the amount of money the US armed forces can be given during any given financial year.

In this sense, both the US and North Korea appear to be in an open arms race. While the US is vastly ahead of North Korea in terms of nuclear firepower, the duel announcements go against the spirit of the Sino-Russian peace plan for Korea which calls for a ‘double-freeze’ on weapons build-ups among both Korean States. This includes a request that the US ceases its deliveries of THAAD missile systems to South Korea.

Earlier, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated that if necessary his country is ready to completely destroy North Korea.

None of these statements bode well in respect of de-escalating the conflict.

 

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More nonsense. North Korea will never have “parity” with the US’ 5-6,000 nuclear warheads. Just more bombast from NK. Kim is an idiot. He doesn’t realize that nukes are only a deterrent if you have enough of them in a deliverable form – to be a credible existential threat. NK doesn’t have that and the more he threatens, the more his REAL conventional deterrent erodes its deterrent value. Countries that think that giving up nukes means they’ll get invaded like Saddam and Gaddafi don’t realize that even with nukes those two countries would have been invaded BEFORE they actually got… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

It’s people without nukes that get invaded and pulverized by the paid thugs of the Washington imperialists.

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Didn’t read a word I said…

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I re-read what you said. It was just as poorly thought out as the first time I read it.

seby
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seby

When DPRK has confirmed the ability to do serious damage to the lickspittles of the south, Japan and US empire bases in the region, a state of MAD and peace will sadly be in place.

Anyway this is all about geopolitical games against China and Russia. This specific subject is moot.

TecumsehUnfaced
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Hey, not that is an example of excellent reasoning. I hope richardstevenhack can profit from it.

I bet Japan got totally turned off on any more aggression against the DPRK, with the first missile flying over them.

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seby

Apparently both North and South missile tests fly over Japan into the Pacific. It’s a worry, what will happen, if an “accident”/false flag occurs! Like I said before, MAD is a sad state to engage in international relations with.

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Kim Jong-un is not an idiot. He is one of the leaders of a nuclear armed state.

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Who will probably shortly be the dead leader of a disarmed nuclear armed state – like Saddam.

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Dream on – US has had its bluff called & can’t do shit !

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

The main reason he is building them is because he saw what happened to Iraq and Libya. Two states that didn’t even threaten the US, which starts phony wars for phony reasons.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

HI ONLY NEED 1..2..3. OR SO TO DO ENOUGH DAMAGE EXPLODED IN THAT MANY CITIES TO KILL MILLIONS IN USA. MOST LIKELY HE HAS THAT MANY HIDDEN ON THE USA SOIL

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Do you realize that remarks like that label you as someone who can’t ever be taken seriously?

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Yeah – we see your avatar 馃檪

BobValdez
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BobValdez

With an avatar like that, you are obviously 12 years old and have no idea what’s really happening in the world. Why do you think we should take YOU seriously?

Tony
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Tony

Actually it’s you who are straying into delusion teritorry….if an invasion was reasonably feasible, they would’ve done it already years ago….the destrauction would be immense and it would likely involve the PLA

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING – although I have to get Putin out from under my bed 馃槈

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Terry Ross

You have TOTALLY misunderstood the point of his comment. He is well aware that DPRK will never have parity with the US in terms of nuclear arsenal. However that means that DPRK will continue down its nuclear path as is its right ….as much right as the US has to maintain such an arsenal considering that its the only country in the world irresponsible enough to have deployed such weapons against civilian targets. There is NO chance of DPRK getting invaded. Both China AND Russia will ensure that does not happen and the US has already been warned . Don’t… Read more »

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Jim Mooney

Even General MacArthur said the destruction and death of the Korean war made him sick, and he fought the Japanese for years. This is Not a war we want or need.

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K-dub

U.S tucked tail in Syria after Russia entered the fray…and the rank and file of the US military was giving push back about being in Syria (very small invasion) BEFORE Russia
U.S is going to bark, threaten, whine, complain about NK a lot more than they already have and just like in Syria..the outcome has already been decideed.

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Wesa F.

The US can have 20,000 nukes all it takes is 1 modern weapon well placed and the US is all over.Nukes are becoming a media weapon to bolster bravado and bank accounts the weapons of today are truly the end,the countries that have them don’t want to have them but have no choice because of the rogue state of America.

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, where Ok, I’ll weigh in on this, just in case it makes sense to keep a bit more of the full landscape in view. First, and not only for entertainment purposes, http://stevepieczenik.com/warning-to-kim-jong-un/ where Pieczenik, old psy-ops regime-changer, US IC and Trumpist says i.a. “Warning to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un: While You Send Nuclear Bombs Overseas your Loyal Military/Intelligence is Preparing for Your Neutralization!” and “The fact remains that North Korean leadership had been infiltrated by both South Korean and Chinese operatives who could have assassinated your family members at a moment鈥檚 notice. Kim Jong-un: nothing has changed since… Read more »

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Excellent stuff, George. Re: “. . . if the US in the final days and hours decides to pull the plug on its political agreement on that issue with Russia, Russia is making no offers to let that [the US is operating illegally in Syria, but this will be tolerated as long as they are — at least to some extent — fighting ISIS.] happen.” I suggest you have already answered this: “Events there just in the past week have demonstrated that ISIS and US proxy forces melt into each other freely [west of the Euphrates, moving SDF forces south… Read more »

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RUSSIAN MILITARY OBSERVED NO FIGHTING BETWEEN ISIS AND SDF NORTH OF DEIR EZZOR IN LAST DAYS 9-17-17 The Russian military have not observed any fighting between ISIS and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor city over the past few days, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said commenting on the US-led coalition鈥檚 allegations that Russian forces struck SDF units fighting against ISIS on September 16. 鈥淥ver the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists… Read more »

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It seems like this country is run by a bunch of pricks. The congress and senate and the president are frigging pricks. They can’t get anything done, the congress goes on one month vacations while health benefits and tax reduction talks are supposed to be discussed and voted on. These pricks don’t give a dam what 300,000,000 people want. What a lumatic government.

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President Putin signs law blocking fake news, but the West makes more

Western media slams President Putin and his fake news law, accusing him of censorship, but an actual look at the law reveals some wisdom.

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The TASS Russian News Agency reported on March 18th that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new law intended to block distorted or untrue information being reported as news. Promptly after he did so, Western news organizations began their attempt to “spin” this event as some sort of proof of “state censorship” in the oppressive sense of the old Soviet Union. In other words, a law designed to prevent fake news was used to create聽more fake news.

One of the lead publications is a news site that is itself ostensibly a “fake news” site.聽The Moscow Times聽tries to portray itself as a Russian publication that is conducted from within Russian borders. However, this site and paper is really a聽Western publication, run by a Dutch foundation located in the Netherlands. As such, the paper and the website associated have a distinctly pro-West slant in their reporting. Even Wikipedia noted this with this comment from their entry about the publication:

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis, The Moscow Times was criticized by a number of journalists including Izvestia columnist Israel Shamir, who in December 2014 called it a “militant anti-Putin paper, a digest of the Western press with extreme bias in covering events in Russia”.[3] In October 2014 The Moscow Times made the decision to suspend online comments after an increase in offensive comments. The paper said it disabled comments for two reasons鈥攊t was an inconvenience for its readers as well as being a legal liability, because under Russian law websites are liable for all content, including user-generated content like comments.[14]

This bias is still notably present in what is left of the publication, which is now an online-only news source. This is some of what The Moscow Times had to say about the new fake news legislation:

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that 鈥渆xhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.鈥

Insulting state symbols and the authorities, including Putin, will carry a fine of up to 300,000 rubles and 15 days in jail for repeat offenses.

As is the case with other Russian laws, the fines are calculated based on whether the offender is a citizen, an official or a legal entity.

More than 100 journalists and public figures, including human rights activist Zoya Svetova and popular writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya,聽signed a petition opposing the laws, which they labeled “direct censorship.鈥

This piece does give a bit of explanation from Dmitry Peskov, showing that European countries also have strict laws governing fake news distribution. However, the Times聽made the point of pointing out the idea of “insulting governmental bodies of Russia… including Putin” to bolster their claim that this law amounts to real censorship of the press. It developed its point of view based on a very short article from Reuters which says even less聽about the legislation and how it works.

However, TASS goes into rather exhaustive detail about this law, and it also gives rather precise wording on the reason for the law’s passage, as well as how it is to be enforced. We include most of this text here, with emphases added:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking untrue and distorting information (fake news). The document was posted on the government鈥檚 legal information web portal.

The document supplements the list of information, the access to which may be restricted on the demand by Russia鈥檚 Prosecutor General or his deputies. In particular, it imposes a ban on “untrue publicly significant information disseminated in the media and in the Internet under the guise of true reports, which creates a threat to the life and (or) the health of citizens, property, a threat of the mass violation of public order and (or) public security, or the threat of impeding or halting the functioning of vital infrastructural facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit institutions, energy, industrial or communications facilities.”

Pursuant to the document, in case of finding such materials in Internet resources registered in accordance with the Russian law on the mass media as an online media resource, Russia鈥檚 Prosecutor General or his deputies will request the media watchdog Roskomnadzor to restrict access to the corresponding websites.

Based on this request, Roskomnadzor will immediately notify the editorial board of the online media resource, which is in violation of the legislation, about the need to remove untrue information and the media resource will be required to delete such materials immediately. If the editorial board fails to take the necessary measures, Roskomnadzor will send communications operators “a demand to take measures to restrict access to the online resource.”

In case of deleting such untrue information, the website owner will notify Roskomnadzor thereof, following which the media watchdog will “hold a check into the authenticity of this notice” and immediately inform the communications operator about the resumption of the access to the information resource.
The conditions for the law are very specific, as are the penalties for breaking it. TASS continued:

Liability for breaching the law

Simultaneously, the Federation Council approved the associated law with amendments to Russia鈥檚 Code of Administrative Offences, which stipulates liability in the form of penalties of up to 1.5 million rubles (around $23,000) for the spread of untrue and distorting information.

The Code鈥檚 new article, “The Abuse of the Freedom of Mass Information,” stipulates liability for disseminating “deliberately untrue publicly significant information” in the media or in the Internet. The penalty will range from 30,000 rubles ($450) to 100,000 rubles ($1,520) for citizens, from 60,000 rubles ($915) to 200,000 rubles ($3,040) for officials and from 200,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles ($7,620) for corporate entities with the possible confiscation of the subject of the administrative offence.

Another element of offence imposes tighter liability for the cases when the publication of false publicly significant information has resulted in the deaths of people, has caused damage to the health or property, prompted the mass violation of public order and security or has caused disruption to the functioning of transport or social infrastructure facilities, communications, energy and industrial facilities and banks. In such instances, the fines will range from 300,000 rubles to 400,000 rubles ($6,090) for citizens, from 600,000 rubles to 900,000 rubles ($13,720) for officials, and from 1 million rubles to 1.5 million rubles for corporate entities.

While this legislation can be spun (and is) in the West as anti-free speech, one may also consider the damage that has taken place in the American government through a relentless attack of fake news from most US news outlets against President Trump. One of the most notable effects of this barrage has been to further degrade and destroy the US’ relationship with the Russian Federation, because even the Helsinki Summit was attacked so badly that the two leaders have not been able to get a second summit together.

While it is certainly a valued right of the American press to be unfettered by Congress, and while it is also certainly vital to criticize improper practices by government officials, the American news agencies have gone far past that, to deliberately dishonest attacks, based in innuendo and everything possible that was formerly only the province of gossip tabloid publications. The effort has been to defame the President, not to give proper or due criticism to his policies, nor credit. It can be properly stated that the American press has abused its freedom of late.

This level of abuse drew a very unusual comment from the US president, who wondered on Twitter about the possibility of creating a state-run media center in the US to counter fake news:

Politically correct for US audiences? No. But an astute point?

Definitely.

Freedom in anything also presumes that those with that freedom respect it, and further, that they respect and apply the principle that slandering people and institutions for one’s own personal, business or political gain is wrong. Implied in the US Constitution’s protection of the press is the notion that the press itself, as the rest of the country, is accountable to a much Higher Authority than the State. But when that Authority is rejected, as so much present evidence suggests, then freedom becomes the freedom to misbehave and to agitate. It appears largely within this context that the Russian law exists, based on the text given.

Further, by hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook, rather than prison sentences, the law appears to be very smart in its message: “Do not lie. If you do, you will suffer where it counts most.”

Considering that news media’s purpose is to make money, this may actually be a very smart piece of legislation.

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ABC’s Ted Koppel admits mainstream media bias against Trump [Video]

The mainstream news media has traded informing the public for indoctrinating them, but the change got called out by an “old-school” journo.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Fox News reported on March 19th that one of America’s most well-known TV news anchors, Ted Koppel, noted that the once-great media outlets like聽The New York Times聽and聽The Washington Post, have indeed traded journalistic excellence for hit pieces for political purposes. While political opinions in the mainstream press are certainly within the purview of any publication, this sort of writing can hardly be classified as “news” but as “Opinion” or more widely known, “Op-Ed.”

We have two videos on this. The first is the original clip showing the full statement that Mr. Koppel gave. It is illuminating, to say the least:

Tucker Carlson and Brit Hume, a former colleague of Mr. Koppel, added their comments on this admission in this second short video piece, shown here.

There are probably a number of people who have watched this two-year onslaught of slander and wondered why there cannot be a law preventing this sort of misleading reporting. Well, Russia passed a law to stop it, hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook. It is a smart law because it does聽not advocate imprisonment for bad actors in the media, but it does fine them.

Going to prison for reporting “the truth” looks very noble. Having to pay out of pocket for it is not so exciting.

Newsmax and聽Louder with Crowderboth reported on this as well.

This situation of dishonest media has led to an astonishing 77% distrust rating among Americans of their news media, this statistic being reported by Politico in 2018.聽This represents a nearly diametric reversal in trust from the 72%聽trustrating the country’s news viewers gave their news outlets in 1972. These statistics come from Gallup polls taken through the years.

 

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Empire Of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

Despite America鈥檚 military threats, bellicose speechifying, brutal sanctions, and Cold War-style conflict-framing, the incumbent Maduro seems firmly in control.聽

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There are times when I wish that the United States would just聽drop the charade and declare itself a global empire.

As a聽veteran聽of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America鈥檚 empire-denial, I鈥檝e grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers.聽The U.S.聽can鈥檛聽be an empire, we鈥檙e told, because 鈥 unlike the Brits and Romans 鈥 America doesn鈥檛 annex territories outright, and our school children don鈥檛 color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

But this distinction, at root, is rather superficial.聽Conquest, colonization, and annexation are so 19th century 鈥 Washington has moved beyond the overt and engages in the (not-so) subtle modern form of imperialism. America鈥檚 empire over the last two decades 鈥 under Democrats and Republicans 鈥 has used a range of tools: economic, military, political, to topple regimes, instigate coups, and starve “enemy” civilians. Heck, it didn鈥檛 even聽start聽with 9/11 鈥 bullying foreigners and overturning uncooperative regimes is as American as apple pie.

Still, observing post-9/11, post-Iraq/Afghanistan defeat, Washington play imperialism these days is tragicomically absurd.聽The emperor has no clothes, folks. Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world鈥檚 dominant economy, sure its聽dotted聽the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it鈥檚 military still聽outspends聽the next seven competitors聽combined. Nonetheless, what鈥檚 remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can鈥檛 seem to accomplish anything anymore, can鈥檛 seem to bend聽anybody聽to its will. It鈥檚 almost sad to watch. America, the big-hulking has-been on the block, still struts its stuff, but most of the world simply ignores it.

Make no mistake, Washington isn鈥檛 done trying; it鈥檚 happy to keep throwing good money (and blood) at bad: to the聽tune of聽a cool $6 trillion, 7,000 troop deaths, and 500,000 foreign deaths 鈥 including maybe 240,000 civilians.聽But what鈥檚 it all been for? The world is no safer, global terror attacks have only increased, and Uncle Sam just can鈥檛 seem to achieve any of its preferred policy goals.

Think on it for a second:聽Russia and Iran “won” in Syria; the Taliban and Pakistan are about ready to “win” in Afghanistan; Iran is more influential than ever in Iraq; the Houthis won鈥檛 quit in Yemen; Moscow is keeping Crimea; Libya remains unstable; North Korea ain鈥檛 giving up its nukes; and China鈥檚 power continues to grow in聽its聽version of the Caribbean 鈥 the South China Sea.聽No amount of American cash, no volume of our soldiers鈥 blood, no escalation in drone strikes or the conventional bombing of brown folks, has favorably changed the calculus in any of these regional conflicts.

What does this tell us? Quite a lot, I鈥檇 argue 鈥 but not what the neoliberal/neoconservative alliance of pundits and policymakers are selling. See for these unrepentant militarists the problem is always the same: Washington didn鈥檛 use聽enough聽force, didn鈥檛 spend聽enough聽blood and treasure. So is the solution: more defense spending, more CIA operations, more saber-rattling, and more global military interventions.

No, the inconvenient truth is as simple as it is disturbing to red-blooded patriots. To wit, the United States 鈥 or any wannabe hegemon 鈥 simply doesn鈥檛 possess the聽capability聽to shape the world in its own image.聽See those pesky locals 鈥 Arabs, Asians, Muslims, Slavs 鈥 don鈥檛 know what鈥檚 good for them, don鈥檛 understand that (obviously) there is a secret American zipped inside each of their very bodies, ready to burst out if given a little push!

It turns out that聽low-tech, cheap insurgent tactics, when combined with impassioned nationalism, can bog down the “world鈥檚 best military” indefinitely.聽It seems, too, that other regional heavyweights 鈥 Russia, China, Iran, North Korea 鈥 stand ready to call America鈥檚 nuclear bluff. That they know the US all-volunteer military and consumerist economy can鈥檛 ultimately absorb the potential losses a conventional war would demand. Even scarier for the military-industrial-congressional-media establishment is the logical extension of all this accumulated failure: the questionable efficacy of military force in the 21st century.

Rather than recognize the limits of American military, economic, and political power, Bush II, Obama, and now Trump, have simply dusted off the old playbook. It鈥檚 reached the level of absurdity under the unhinged regime of Mr. Trump. Proverbially blasting Springsteen鈥檚 “Glory Days,” as its foreign policy soundtrack, the Donald and company have doubled down. Heck, if Washington can鈥檛 get its way in Africa, Europe, Asia, or the Mideast, well why not clamp down in our own hemisphere, our traditional sphere of influence 鈥 South and Central America.

Enter the lunacy of the current Venezuela controversy.聽Trump鈥檚 team saw a golden opportunity in this socialist, backwater petrostate. Surely here, in nearby Monroe Doctrine country, Uncle Sam could get his way, topple the Maduro regime, and coronate the insurgent (though questionably legitimate) Juan Guaido. It鈥檚 early 20th century Yankee imperialism reborn. Everything seemed perfect. Trump could recall the specter of America鈥檚 tried and true enemy 鈥 “evil” socialism 鈥 cynically (and absurdly)聽equating聽Venezuelan populism with some absurd Cold-War-era existential threat to the nation. The idea that Venezuela presents a challenge on the scale of Soviet Russia is actually farcical. What鈥檚 more, and this is my favorite bit of irrationality, we were all recently treated to a game of “I know you are but what am I?” from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who (with a straight face)聽claimed聽Cuba, tiny island Cuba, was the聽real聽“imperialist” in Venezuela.

Next, in a move reminiscent of some sort of macabre 1980鈥檚 theme party, Trump resuscitated Elliot Abrams 鈥 you know, the convicted felon of聽Iran-Contra聽infamy, to serve as Washington鈥檚 special envoy to embattled Venezuela.聽Who better to act as “fair arbiter” in that country than a war-criminal with the blood of a few hundred thousand Central Americans (remember the Contras?!?) on his hands back in the the good old (Reagan) days.

Despite all this: America鈥檚 military threats, bellicose speechifying, brutal sanctions, and Cold War-style conflict-framing, the incumbent Maduro seems firmly in control.聽This isn鈥檛 to say that Venezuelans don鈥檛 have genuine grievances with the Maduro government (they do), but for now at least, it appears the military is staying loyal to the president, Russia/China are filling in the humanitarian aid gaps, and Uncle Sam is about to chalk up another loss on the world scene. Ultimately, whatever the outcome, the crisis will only end with a聽Venezuelan聽solution.

America鈥檚 impotence would almost be sad to watch, if, and only if, it wasn鈥檛 all so tragic for the Venezuelan people.

So Trump and his recycled neocons will continue to rant and rave and threaten Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and so on and so forth. America will still flex its aging, sagging muscles 鈥 a reflexive habit at this point.

Only now it鈥檒l seem sad. Because no one is paying attention anymore.

The opposite of love is isn鈥檛 hate 鈥 it鈥檚 indifference.

*聽 *聽 *

Danny Sjursen is a retired US Army officer and regular contributor to聽Antiwar.comHe served combat tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at his alma mater, West Point. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War,聽Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. Follow him on Twitter at聽@SkepticalVet.

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