Spring is in the air. An exciting time for military strategists since with the thawing of snow and the budding of flowers, fighting can pick up. We’re going to win this war in Ukraine. Can’t you feel it?
Yesterday, at a press conference at Ramstein air base in Germany, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, informed us that Russia has suffered “significantly well over” 100,000 casualties in Ukraine.
“Putin could end this war today,” Milley said. “It’s turning into an absolute catastrophe for Russia.”
What a spin, huh?
What a load of rubbish.
How can we trust our military leaders after all the lies they’ve told us? Why would we think they have suddenly stopped when it comes to the war in Ukraine?
How are these buffoons still spouting off their mouths after what happened in Afghanistan. And has everyone forgotten that? Any military leader with an ounce of honor would have resigned after the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco.
As Ben Domenech, co-founder and publisher of The Federalist, pointed out in August 2021:
“Whoever Biden doesn’t fire, their performance Biden believes is acceptable. If this is acceptable, how can the American people possibly trust the NSA, CIA, or the Pentagon? Even their most recent predictions were completely off. Once again, the intel community and expert class totally failed us, predicting this would take months and the Afghan army would fight.”
It was all a bunch of lies—as per usual. Why is anyone surprised by this?
The timeline below shows Milley “publicly acknowledging increasing Taliban control of Afghanistan as the military he leads prepared to leave”:
And then, the botched withdrawal. Every so often I like to bring this up. As a writer with some sort of following, I feel I have a moral obligation to remind people of the 13 US service members killed outside Kabul’s airport:
- Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, from Salt Lake City, Utah
- Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, from Lawrence, Massachusetts
- Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, from Sacramento, California
- Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, from Indio, California
- Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, from Omaha, Nebraska
- Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, from Logansport, Indiana
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, from Rio Bravo, Texas
- Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, from St. Charles, Missouri
- Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, from Jackson, Wyoming
- Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, from Rancho Cucamonga, California
- Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, from Norco, California
What was the response from the military leaders who were actually to blame for their deaths? They had to prove they were the tough guys by blowing something up.
The Pentagon had called the drone strike a “righteous” strike that took out at least “one ISIS-K terrorist.” When asked if others were killed, Milley answered, “Yes. Who are they? We don’t know.”
New York Times investigative reporter Azmat Khan analyzed a 66-page redacted U.S. Central Command report on the August 29, 2021, drone strike, determining that instead of terrorists, it killed 10 members of the Ahmadi family, including seven children.
When the truth became impossible to deny, CENTCOM spokesman Captain Bill Urban gave the convoluted explanation that the casualties were caused not by the US drone, but by the “explosion of the vehicle itself.” But…the vehicle wouldn’t have exploded if a drone hadn’t hit it, right?
Nobody resigned. Nobody went to jail. I don’t think any of the top brass even apologized. They are all still there.
And now, they are telling us lies about Ukraine.
Standing alongside Milley was his good buddy, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Lloyd Austin retired from the Army in 2016 whereupon he went on to sit on the boards of Raytheon Technologies, Nucor, and Tenet Healthcare. No conflict of interest there, when Raytheon was the defense industry’s top spender in 2021 with a $15.3 million investment in lobbying Congress.
Oh, the deals, the deals!
Forbes reports more than half of the Pentagon’s yearly budget goes to “private contractors, many of whom are making hefty profits at taxpayer expense while producing flawed products at exorbitant prices”.
In 2021, the top five weapons makers – Lockheed MartinLMT +0.9%, BoeingBA -0.2%, Raytheon, General DynamicsGD +0.5%, and Northrop GrummanNOC +1.9% – received over $116 billion in Pentagon contracts while paying their top two dozen executives a total of $287 million.
To put that in perspective, average arms industry CEO pay of $21 million is 95 times the $221,000 that an active-duty general makes, and 463 times the $45,000 in pay and allowances made by a beginning enlistee in the armed forces.
The United States didn’t get to be #1 in the world by being Mr. Nice Guy, despite media propaganda claims that it is saving the world from Putin and Covid. On the other hand, it sure knows how to reward those who do its dirty work for it.
About 43 percent of U.S. arms exports go to the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are top customers. Both countries are leading a coalition fighting in a civil war in Yemen that is entering its eighth year. An estimated 377,000 people have died in Yemen due to fighting, displacement, hunger and disease in what is considered by the United Nations to be the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. ( TruthOut)
And who led the command in the Middle East?
NPR called Lloyd Austin a man of the “highest integrity” and noted that he led the U.S. Central Command and oversaw the Middle east Operations.
Here he is in full fighting gear:
Austin was critical in the Iraq drawdown, which he called “the largest logistical operation undertaken by the Army in six decades.” This experience, he said, would prove invaluable in the task of overseeing the military’s role in distributing a COVID-19 vaccine.
But let’s face it, all the Covid hysteria was baloney, too, wasn’t it?
Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed”, a $14 billion effort aimed at accelerating Covid-19 vaccine development and production, was just another big profiteering campaign.
Our government’s claim of Covid-19’s plague status justified the outrageous fear-fed, and more-often-than-not, coerced jabbing of billions of people around the world, with an experimental gene therapy that profits the pharmaceutical companies while repeated jabs weaken people’s immune systems.
But we were assured by our leaders that it would save us. Mike Pence tweeted on November 9, 2020:
Again, why, why, why would anyone believe this after the history of corruption in our government, not to mention corruption within companies like Pfizer and Moderna?
I find this all too reminiscent of the US intelligence claims of Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” justifying President Bush unleashing his “Shock and Awe” attack.
“The regime is starting to lose control of their country,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said at the time. “The confusion of Iraqi officials is growing. Their ability to see what is happening on the battlefield … and the control of their country is slipping away.”
Sounds sort of like Pence’s claims about the jab, which sounds sort of like Milley’s claims about the Ukraine war.
When the dust settled, what did we discover about Bush’s attack on Iraq?
More than 250,000 people died as a result of George W. Bush and Tony Blair’s decision to invade in 2003.
An investigative report from the UK government suggests that intelligence officials knew ahead of time that the war would cause massive instability and societal collapse and make the problem of terrorism worse — and that Blair and Bush went ahead with the effort anyway. (Vox)
The horrors of 9/11 changed our lives forever.
Who doesn’t have questions about that day? I sure do—especially since the Covid masquerade. Of one thing I am certain. We are not getting straight answers about any of these events.
On Sept. 20, 2001, Bush announced the War on Terror, saying, “Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”
Bold claims—as always.
A few days later Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced, “Operation Enduring Freedom,” a battle against terrorism that he said would take “years to fight.”
Don’t you just love the PR slogans they come up with?
By October 2, 2001, the war in Afghanistan had begun. At least they didn’t lie about one thing—it would take “years to fight”.
A report from the Costs of War project at Brown University revealed that “20 years of post-9/11 wars have cost the U.S. an estimated $8 trillion and have killed more than 900,000 people.”
My parents always taught me that one lie leads to another and once you go down that road, you end up in hell. I learned it in Sunday School too. I think every religion teaches this. Atheists agree, too. It’s one of those basic truths, isn’t it?
Where did our leaders learn to be such evil liars? And what makes them think that it’s okay?
An even more disturbing question is:
What makes citizens think it’s okay?
None of these men were hanged as war criminals, or even sent to prison. No wonder our current leaders and their officials don’t feel as if they need to apologize for anything. They lie blatantly, to our faces, on national news, and the bought-off “reporters” back them up.
I can’t get over the surrealness that George Bush is now praised as an artist. Surely, it’s some kind of sick joke that his art show is titled Portraits of Courage, paying tribute to America’s warriors.
In this light, it makes perfect sense why Hunter Biden, the son of surely the biggest presidential liar in history (sometimes about the most mundane things), would think he could redeem his image by becoming an artist.
I have to admit Bush shows talent whereas Hunter….
With many of Ukraine’s allies attending this latest meeting at Ramstein air base, they discussed the next round of military aid to Ukraine in the spring.
As always, who benefits from yet another war? Not citizens of the Western world who are being bled dry with taxes, shivering without heat, and watching prices of every staple going up. Nor the citizens in places like Ukraine and Yemen who are being murdered by these proxy wars.
Milley and Austin are telling us that “Russia’s invasion threatens the whole world.”
Therefore, it stands to reason that we must continue giving billions in aid to a corrupt government led by a conman prostitute who will do and say just about anything for another buck to stash in his offshore account. Meanwhile, Ukraine remains the poorest country in Europe.
Call me crazy, but, maybe, just maybe it’s the U.S.’s War Fever that is the greatest threat.