Well, if that is their plan, they seem to be failing. They've not only failed to weaken Russia and China but have pushed them closer together - and pushed a lot of other nations into alliance with them too. As for Europe, maybe we really are gone, or maybe there will be some kind of revolt.

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Its all really kind of sad, when you think about it…

Our forebears having sacrificed enormously over the centuries to build this country…the wars with the Indians, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War…

Having given birth to a great nation and its enduring foundational documents and system of government, offering freedoms and opportunities unheard of elsewhere around the world,

Having suffered through devastating panics, recessions and depressions…and having repeatedly recovered and prospered,

Having developed the most powerful military and industrial and economic engine in the history of the world,

Having prevailed over the Kaiser in the Great War, and Hitler and Hirohito in the Second World War,

And having prevailed over the inheritors of Lenin and Stalin in the Soviet Union to win the Cold War, leaving the United States of America the first great global superpower;

This generation of American leadership seems prepared to risk it all,

By dividing Americans at home with indefensible radical policies, by usurping extra-legal authorities, and by entering into a hot war abroad with a powerful opponent with enormous spiritual and natural resources who will not retreat, and

Which opponent is finding increasing friendship and support among the governments of more than half the people on earth,

And who may well prevail, resulting in a devastating loss not only of American hegemony,

But also of the legacy of American wealth, power, prestige and goodwill...and goodness... built up over four centuries.

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Big. Big.

Türkiye aims to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Erdoğan

Hurriyet ^

Posted on 9/18/2022, 6:19:46 PM by FarCenter

Türkiye aims to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, noting that the group’s next meeting in India will be a venue to further discuss this issue.

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My only exposure to the great game was the Daes Daimar of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time novels. Until I began researching Mackinder's heartland theory earlier this year.

It puts everything into context to understand that this competition between UK and Russia goes back a couple hundred years.

Suddenly the rumors of the West first funding the rise of the Bolsheviks and then funding Hitler to fix that mess (LOL) start to make sense. And then passing the baton to America who creates Al Qaeda to oppose USSR, allies with Isis in Syria and now Nazis in Ukraine, all to press, undermine, and plunder Russia.


It's almost like, maybe we're not actually the good guys.

Maybe we should have obtained that objective before deindustrializing and off-shoring most of our industrial base.

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Our 'elites' are driving the policy-making car (Congress need not apply), but we sure as hell could piss in the gas tank and put sand in the transmission. All by doing literally nothing we could shut this country down--from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam.

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The typical American cannot name all fifty states or find them on a map. Imagine the blank looks you'd get trying to talk about this.

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This is very true. They will be very unhappy if we get into WW3 over countries they never heard of. This is a constraint on US adventurism--support is inches deep. As long as nothing goes terribly wrong we wave the flag and go about our daily routine without bothering about the people at the other end.

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Thanks very much for this primer, Mark. I happened to just view a The Duran video from yesterday addressing the SCO Summit and some of these same issues:


All indications are that your presentation and warning are very important and prescient.

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As always the question is "to whose benefit" is this game; it is certainly not to mine or those whom I know. Unfortunately we bear costs from the inflation and shortages that result from the sanctions and other actions of our installed president and other "leaders."

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Out of sight, out of mind. Until ...

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