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Another CNN fail.

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This Houston woman was not going to let this CNN reporter use her as some sort of prop for her sensationalist reporting on Hurricane Harvey.

When CNN asked how she was coping with the natural disaster, the Houston woman fired back…

People are breaking down and you’re here asking “what the f**k is wrong with us!?”

Texas woman to CNN…

“Yeah, that’s a lot of sh*t. But ya’ll sit here and ya’ll try to interview people during their worst times. Like, that’s not the smartest thing to do! Like people are really breaking down and ya’ll come in here with camera and microphones, trying to ask us what the f*ck is wrong with us!? And you really trying to understand us with the microphone still in my face. With me shivering cold and my kid’s wet and you still putting the microphone in my face.”

CNN then cut to Jim Acosta saying “it sounds like you have a very upset family there.”

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Avramijevdan
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Nice and extremely irrelevant. In the meantime USAdists are sleep walking to a war with Russia. If you consider yourself free press (whatever that means) then you should consider writing pieces that will uncover lies about Russia and US. Not pieces that use Russia in order to achieve this or that internal US political gain. Also alt rightards vs left libtards is as relevant as last year’s snow. It means nothing and writing about it means nothing. It is just smoke & mirrors inc. How about writing some more serious stuff. Something devoted to Oliver Stone documentary on USAdistia for… Read more »

ruca
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ruca

Great comment. I suggest you copy and paste it into all msm comment sections. Most people here are aware of what you have presented. Have great day.

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

Thank you but I doubt it my friend. I really do. Even in my country (Serbia) where people pledge their allegiances to Russia on daily basis telling any of this would cause storm and many would rise with indignation against such words. Consequences are simply too much to bare. I am not accusing people for believing in lies about Soviet Union. It took me years to grow out of that shite and to finally face the truth. And as for MSM, my comments in MSM do not go through for very long time. You see in that link I provided… Read more »

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

One of the reasons why all these US-style historical narrations which make up popular science, and that is exactly what these people here consume, pose a huge problem, is that they lack any methodological reflection in their provision of numbers. The questions which numbers are taken into consideration and how numbers in different political systems can be compared, cannot be answered without close look at methodological proceedings of historians, which are only reliable, if they do not compare apples with pears. As any naive comparison between people that died prematurely in the SU and in western countries, will provide indeed… Read more »

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

I don’t have any numbers near by but numbers of people that suffered during collectivization and were consequently forced to move to cities were huge,. Huge indeed, more than 20 million for sure and possibly double or triple of that number. Famine of 1932/33 was disastrous as well but it all must be taken within given circumstances. There is no modernizing country unless people move to cities. Dring Tsar time famines were almost yearly occurrences and sometimes in half yest tone Russians say that famine of 1932/33 was an echo from Tsarist time. Now, was any of that done with… Read more »

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Anja Boettcher

The proverb “The Revolution eats her own children” goes even back to the time of the Jakobean phase of the French Revolution – but that this was generally accepted as natural ocurrence in the process of vast historical transformations not only by Russians by all larger European nations over centuries, shows that this is a figure of thought which is of epochal significance. You know I am fond of historical archeology, which not only takes into consideration mere events and single persons, but underlying deep deep patterns (- of cultural significant patterns and collective psychology.) We all rely on the… Read more »

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Avramijevdan

No society devoid of God can survive nor it can be just. I am even arguing against Renaissance “man is measure of all things” so I would never accept communist society as a role model. Still I can’t fail to see they wished for good, but road to hell is always paved by good intentions. Ultimately all Communist societies failed under pressure and there is no denying that model was not correct. Still I would argue that some kind of spiritual Communism would probably serve humans the best. Soviet Union as any other historical theme should be finally dealt with… Read more »

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Spiritual communism would require the opposite of materialism, and society relying on it would need to give up on any material manifestation of power. This could only happen by single people beginning to go ahead in transcending materialised base of our lives, exchanging experiences, setting examples visible enough that others could follow them. To a certain degree this would mean monesterial life outside of the seclusion of monasteries. The most basic condition for that was what I described in an earlier post as giving up on the fear at the core of all our societies. “Therefore I tell you: Don’t… Read more »

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Avramijevdan

It is up to each and everyone to decide what to do with his own life. You can’t tell them what to do. But people would follow whatever principles society is built upon, be it Communist, Nazi, or whatever. People are like that, they follow autorites. With technology available it should be possible to avoid any economic fears in society. We are one step away from making machines do all the hard work. New world needs cooperation (as you often wrote.) The world is just too complex to be “conquered” by lone man, time of Alexander the Great is long… Read more »

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Anja Boettcher

Societal turning away from the social-Darwinistic logic of permanent accumulation of capital is indespensable for mere human survival. Unfortunately even realising it does not mean that people automatically change practise. They only do so when they sense that an alternative is likely to nourish them, even if it is apparent that clinging to the established mode turns into desaster. Insight that something does not work, changes nothing, but only makes two third of populations apathetic, the rest even more aggressive in their competitiveness (in legal or illegal business.) Therefore cooperative and solidarity-based forms of life need to expand from many… Read more »

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

It looks to me that Christianity is only seriously tried in monasteries (as you wrote) and that is what one can refer to as inner Church. Outer Church, to which the rest of us usually refers to when thinking of Church is something else and I come to believe its purpose is something else too. It probably can not be different since very few are interested in subject anyway. There are testimonies coming from people who visited Athos about monks who possess understanding and are able to lead those who search. But as always their methods involve direct verbal instruction… Read more »

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Living in a country whose cultural history was shaped by the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism, I cannot say that there was little debating about understanding of scriptures. Only the mindsets in which understanding was collectively shaped shifted increasingly in the course of time along with industrial-technological developments in a direction which was no longer determined by creed. Basically the nations which pressed scientific progress forward since the 18th centuries, were in their majority Protestant and the most secular Catholic society, France. This is small wonder. Lutherian theology, which had rejected mediation in relation of man and God, lay the… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

What .. No white helmets …. Where is that Little Girl

Oh forgot, not Aleppo, Not Mediterranean coastline … Russian federation cannot be blamed !

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Vtran: “Where is that Little Girl”

You mean Bana. Oh she’s fine. She is living in London now and has a job with a P.R. company assisting with media placement services. She performed well; very well. And so they promoted her. Her next jobs are in Eastern Europe and Ukraine. There is a crisis scheduled there in a couple of months and her services have been hired for ‘communication and public perception tasks.’

So, sorry… She’s too busy preparing for the other crises to help out with the Houston crises.

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Vtran
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Vtran

Well Jonson is also busy with Banderistan … looks like the English are going to take on RF for Banderists ….

As we already know Mae said happy to use Nukes in a Pre Empt attack on RF even if War had not been declrared

Putin's baby
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Putin's baby

Clinton News Channel was destroyed a long time ago now… just wait for it to vanish completely..

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Definitively Destroyed or just Destroyed?

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7.62x54r

CNN and de-moralized US media members do not even lend a hand. The well-paid psychopaths running propaganda for the inhumane US system are shown for what they are.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

need to keep pressure on MSM. i believe this wave of censorship is good old fashioned protectionism, people on a shoestring on youtube smashing it. collectively MSM has lost over a billion easy in the last year, i think the guardian in UK lost 160m ish…

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

You know what… 20 or 30 thousand U.$. troops in there, swap their guns for medic’s and food… problem solved! Seriously! If the MIC would just worry about it’s own house many of the people there could be taken care of, helped out; give shelter, food, long term accomodation and even schooling and three quarters of the homeless problem would be fixed.

… But they don’t. They won’t fix it will they… No.

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nshah

AWESOME..! Lol..!

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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 more fake news.

One of the lead publications is a news site that is itself ostensibly a “fake news” site. The Moscow Times tries to portray itself as a Russian publication that is conducted from within Russian borders. However, this site and paper is really a 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—it 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 “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

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, signed a petition opposing the laws, which they labeled “direct censorship.”

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 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 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’s legal information web portal.

The document supplements the list of information, the access to which may be restricted on the demand by Russia’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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 The New York Times and 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 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 Louder with Crowder both 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. This represents a nearly diametric reversal in trust from the 72% trust rating 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’s military threats, bellicose speechifying, brutal sanctions, and Cold War-style conflict-framing, the incumbent Maduro seems firmly in control. 

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Authored by Major Danny Sjursen (ret.) via AntiWar.com:


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

As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

But this distinction, at root, is rather superficial. Conquest, colonization, and annexation are so 19th century – Washington has moved beyond the overt and engages in the (not-so) subtle modern form of imperialism. America’s empire over the last two decades – under Democrats and Republicans – has used a range of tools: economic, military, political, to topple regimes, instigate coups, and starve “enemy” civilians. Heck, it didn’t even start with 9/11 – 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. The emperor has no clothes, folks. Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world’s dominant economy, sure its dotted the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it’s military still outspends the next seven competitors combined. Nonetheless, what’s remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can’t seem to accomplish anything anymore, can’t seem to bend anybody to its will. It’s 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’t done trying; it’s happy to keep throwing good money (and blood) at bad: to the tune of a cool $6 trillion, 7,000 troop deaths, and 500,000 foreign deaths – including maybe 240,000 civilians. But what’s it all been for? The world is no safer, global terror attacks have only increased, and Uncle Sam just can’t seem to achieve any of its preferred policy goals.

Think on it for a second: 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’t quit in Yemen; Moscow is keeping Crimea; Libya remains unstable; North Korea ain’t giving up its nukes; and China’s power continues to grow in its version of the Caribbean – the South China Sea. No amount of American cash, no volume of our soldiers’ 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’d argue – 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’t use enough force, didn’t spend enough 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 – or any wannabe hegemon – simply doesn’t possess the capability to shape the world in its own image. See those pesky locals – Arabs, Asians, Muslims, Slavs – don’t know what’s good for them, don’t 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 low-tech, cheap insurgent tactics, when combined with impassioned nationalism, can bog down the “world’s best military” indefinitely. It seems, too, that other regional heavyweights – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – stand ready to call America’s nuclear bluff. That they know the US all-volunteer military and consumerist economy can’t 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’s reached the level of absurdity under the unhinged regime of Mr. Trump. Proverbially blasting Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” as its foreign policy soundtrack, the Donald and company have doubled down. Heck, if Washington can’t get its way in Africa, Europe, Asia, or the Mideast, well why not clamp down in our own hemisphere, our traditional sphere of influence – South and Central America.

Enter the lunacy of the current Venezuela controversy. Trump’s 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’s early 20th century Yankee imperialism reborn. Everything seemed perfect. Trump could recall the specter of America’s tried and true enemy – “evil” socialism – cynically (and absurdly) equating 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’s 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) claimed Cuba, tiny island Cuba, was the real “imperialist” in Venezuela.

Next, in a move reminiscent of some sort of macabre 1980’s theme party, Trump resuscitated Elliot Abrams – you know, the convicted felon of Iran-Contra infamy, to serve as Washington’s special envoy to embattled Venezuela. 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’s military threats, bellicose speechifying, brutal sanctions, and Cold War-style conflict-framing, the incumbent Maduro seems firmly in control. This isn’t to say that Venezuelans don’t 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 Venezuelan solution.

America’s impotence would almost be sad to watch, if, and only if, it wasn’t 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 – a reflexive habit at this point.

Only now it’ll seem sad. Because no one is paying attention anymore.

The opposite of love is isn’t hate – it’s indifference.

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Danny Sjursen is a retired US Army officer and regular contributor to 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, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet.

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