What A Clownshow
The big story out tonight is, well, here’s how it showed up at Zerohedge:
Who ever heard of something like that happening? But it’s coming on top of repeated dissing of the Zhou brain trust.
The most recent, till this, was the way the Poles—obviously totally out of patience, despite their desire to stay on the good side of the US—finally put their foot down without consulting the US. They basically said to the whole world, if the US wants WW3, they can do it themselves.
First, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declined to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Then, India followed suit …
Saudi and UAE leaders are refusing to take Biden's calls as the US president tries to contain surging oil prices, according to the Wall Street Journal, which adds that the Persian Gulf monarchies have signaled "they won’t help ease surging oil prices unless Washington supports them in Yemen, elsewhere."
Yet, both Prince Mohammed and Sheikh Mohammed took phone calls from Russian President Vladimir Putin after declining to speak with Biden, according to the WSJ. They also spoke with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.
China, India, Brazil and the Middle East kingdoms - basically half the world's population and those who control most of the world's commodities aren't on board with punishing Putin or easing the situation to the west's benefit.
The rift between Mr. Biden and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince stretches back to the 2020 presidential election, when the Democratic candidate vowed to treat the kingdom as a “pariah” state after a Saudi hit team killed Mr. Khashoggi in 2018 in Istanbul. -WSJ
In an interview with the Atlantic magazine published last week, Prince Mohammed said when asked if Biden misunderstood him: "Simply, I do not care," adding that the US president shouldn't have alienated Saudi leaders. "It's up to him to think about the interests of America," he said, adding "Go for it."
Tom Luongo made the point this morning that the same thing that gives the US constitutional order its stability—the difficulty of replacing a president—is working against us. The rulers of the US saw fit to install a complete moron in the White House, surrounded by arrogant, incompetent, ideologues who very obviously could care less about the fate of ordinary Americans. And now here we are. Of course this was a long time coming, but still—to descend to farce like this is humiliating, even if We the People didn’t really have a say in it. The worst part is as Tucker Carlson said, speaking with Col. Macgregor:
What a tragedy, to see all the people of good will I know personally, a lotta conservatives who are supporting this stuff, don't understand how malicious the intent is and don't understand how destructive the effect on our country is.
I was listening to a Luongo podcast this evening, recommended by commenter MikeyinFL. One of the participants made an interesting point. What he said was that this crisis in our order was brought about by a moral collapse—which is obvious enough. However, he traced this collapse to the fractional reserve banking system, which in his view empowers speculators and manipulators who have little connection to the real world of people. Unlike, he said, Putin and Xi—who are now about to eat our lunch. The only consolation will be to see the same thing happen to the Davos crowd.