Listen to a reading of this article: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued to pour gasoline on the foreign policy dumpster fire that is her planned visit to Taiwan next month, now reportedly encouraging other members of congress to come along for the ride.
I fear that the only relevant Joe Biden red lines are the ones no longer extant in his brain -- those small arterioles delivering blood to nourishing brain capillaries that appear to be drying up within that wooden skull (testa di legno). But no matter. He's not Trump -- as one of my former colleagues, brilliant in his field, suggested to me recently. Fellow Boomers, will ye ever wake TF up? The Doomsday clock is relentlessly ticking, and Trump derangement is the bomb inside your very own brains.
"with even progressive Democrats supporting Pelosi's move" Even? This suggests that such behavior is out of the normal for these hacks. They fully support the DemocRAT's war mongering and foreign policy crimes. Not an anti-war human being in the bunch. Time to stop giving them even the slightest shred of credibility when it comes to war and peace. They support the worst terrorists and war criminals on the planet. Case closed. Don't want to quibble too much with someone I wholeheartedly agree with... but you also under capitalized DemocRATS.
This is highly reminiscent of John McCain's visits to Ukraine in 2013, 2014 and 2017 in which he praised an actual neo-Nazi, rallied the opposition to overthrow the democratically elected government, and gave the Ukrainian army a pep-talk about going to war with Russia. I wonder what the late senator would think now of the war that he wanted so badly and which he predicted Ukraine would win against the country that he described as "a gas station with an army."
No doubt McCain would also have been a huge advocate of the most stringent possible economic sanctions against Russia. Those, too, have turned into a disaster, and all of it--the war and the economic blowback--lies at the feet of the neocon cult that runs US foreign policy. McCain was one of their brethren. Pelosi is not generally considered a neocon, but we must ask: When was the last time that she stood in opposition to a US war? (scratches head).
“Officials told The Associated Press that if Pelosi goes to Taiwan — still an uncertainty — the military would increase its movement of forces and assets in the Indo-Pacific region.”
The Pacific is big. Sure burn oil and gas , blow tens of millions for a completely unnecessary trip. I think they’re deliberately trying to provoke a war. Put it to a vote, for once, like they didn’t for Nam, Iraq, or Afghanistan. You wouldn’t want the Pelosis risking their hundreds of millions just for show, would you?
Dumpster fire of foreign policy indeed, but a dumpster filled with nuclear weaponry.
I am reminded how Japan's militarism and warhawks in the 1940s, whom also took over their government, the same as we see now in the US with the influence and power the Military Industrial Complex over our own corrupted US government - Biden at the top of the heap of corrupt public officials - I am reminded how disastrous the militarism ended up for Japan, ending with millions dead and obliteration of many of their cities including their capital Tokyo.
One wonders how the unrestrained militarism in the US will eventually play out, and if there can be any possible good ending to all this diplomacy of death.
This morning I read that Biden is sending an air craft carrier to Taiwan. The first thing I did was called my Rep to ask, "Please tell me how much money it costs to send an air craft carrier to Taiwan?" I said in addition to escalating war rumbles with yet another nuclear power, we taxpayers are spending money to protect the vanity of a senile SOTH. Ridiculous when the population is reeling from high gas and food prices. I said we will DUMP the senile President for this absurd decision! Let's make certain Biden does not get a second term!
Stupidity can anesthetize you to pain, but it doesn't last forever; pretty soon the West will wake up and find it has blown both its feet right off. And for no good reason but to make a stupid point, to maintain a myth no one believes in anymore.
The problem with the zero-sum winner takes all mentality that the United States Empire fosters and promotes is that there is no way to deescalate and still save face.
This is entirely intentional.
The US has long bragged that it can fight two world war events on different fronts at the same time.
It would appear they are planning to do so. Though little manpower committed to proxy war in Ukraine.
Why can’t people realise that most countries, including Russia, are on a defence footing whilst American forces are on a constant attack footing to invade foreign Sovereign states? Plus the military complex is the ‘cash cow’ that is attempting to hold the American economy afloat.
Yes but the situations are not equivalent. Over the last decade UA rebuilt it's forces from practically nothing to hundreds of thousands of NATO-equipped and trained troops integrated with NATO intelligence. It was a huge, expensive, US-funded project. It's purpose was to deliver the final solution on the restive Russian-speaking parts of the Ukrainian population who have militias, most of the nation's productive industry and ports, and security support from RF.
In other words, both sides had been preparing for the current war for many years, their armies were poised, and the final rounds of public diplomacy began in December, during which the Biden admin issued only insults and in late Feb Putin said, in effect: Alright, let's see what you got.
Sending Pelosi to Taiwan is also obviously intended as a diplomatic insult. That's clear. But Taiwan is not actually ready to fight China. This situation is more like Hungary 1956 with the US and Radio Free Europe trying to get nationalists all riled up. This eye-poking of China is stupid and deplorable because it cannot serve the material interests of the people of Taiwan. It's purposes are 100% in the domestic political market. They say there's no such thing as foreign policy, it's all just domestic politics. That's not really true but only because there does exist important foreign policy that's not in the news.
Did they forget climate emergency and carbon. Funny how that stuff never gets mentioned today, but tomorrow when I want to fly somewhere, climate emergency or COViD thrown in my face. A ring of jets is not carbon nwutral.
Yesterday I wrote virtually this same comment somewhere else: The empire is hedging its bets on Ukraine. The way things are going, it is not unlikely that Ukraine will collapse militarily in the next months. So the US MIC needs to ramp up tensions with China right now, so that the US empire can seamlessly transition from war and weapons sales to Ukraine to war and weapons sales to Taiwan.
Because nothing reduces tensions like sending a carrier battle group to the area.
In other words, the Pelosi visit is official US policy.
If Pelosi and her fellow octogenarians really want to commit suicide, could they at least stay home and not provoke a nuclear holocaust? Come on, Nancy! Who will watch over your drunk-driving hubby if you go to Taiwan? What about your ice cream going to waste? How can we entice you to stay put and do nothing like you normally do in Congress?
stop bashing Pelosi...just buy all the "defense industry" stocks you can afford right now...we can all get rich... its a proven money maker... it worked for Pelosi didn't it?
Oddly, at the same time the empire is hell bent on poking the bear, whether Chinese or Russian, our military services are being decimated by poor leadership, lackluster recruiting, dismal retention and dismal morale. The only weapons we will have left, if we entice these superpowers to take the bait, will be special forces units (too small to do anything strategically) and nuclear weapons.
Kakistocracy - leadership by the least qualified, morons and idiots.