Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley): The real symbol of the United States is not the stars and stripes, nor the bald eagle, nor the Statue of Liberty, nor even the mighty McDonald’s logo. The real symbol of the United States is the Pentagon.
I would say that the United States biggest power is its soft power. It's narrative control.
It's the power to get people around the world tonbelieve and to want to believe that the institutions in the West in general and the US in particular are basically competent. It's the ability to get Europeans to slit their own throats and gut civil liberties rather than admit to themselves that the US might not be the good guy. It's ability to get Australia to offend their biggest trading partner at your say-so, with less self-respect than a whipped dog. And unlike the dog, not a single blow need be struck.
This was the real secret of why so many Ukrainians who ought to know better went in so wholeheartedly for Maidan - after years of corruption, brutality and incompetence, they would finally get to join the club, and if hating their brothers was the price of membership, then that was a price that they would pay. It is also why they continue to soldier on, even though it is obvious that they were played for fools. Whether these institutions really are competent or not is beside the point - the perception is the thing. And that is how they are perceived.
This is also my theory as to why Russia has dithered so far in this war. It's not some master plan. Everything indicates that the war didn't start as expected, and Russia has been reactive and not proactive since then. Rather, they don't want to make war on Ukrainian people that they still see as their kinsmen. They don't want to destroy the West, even though the West openly seeks to destroy them. This is what they want to be, the club that they want to be in, even if that club will never let them be members and treats them as subhumans. That's why the western awards matter so much, why the approval of western institutions counts for far more in Russia than Russian approval counts pretty much anywhere. It's why Putin seemed genuinely hurt and shocked to learn that Minsk-2 was a sham, entered into in bad faith, not just by Ukraine, but its western guarantors, from the outset. Should have been obvious.
Russia has tried at every stage to avoid escalation, in spite of red line after red line being ignored, while the West and its Ukrainian sockpuppets are absolutely spoiling for a fight. And no, they don't fight fair.
Now, the West is destroying a lot of that good will it built up by its arbitrary and power-hungry actions, but whether that will be enough remains to be seen. Enough to say that elite circles in the West remain highly optimistic, and any dissent from the narrative is ruthlessly punished.
Eisenhower warned in 1960 the Pentagon was the new capitol building and nobody paid attention. Washington's capitol building is a mausoleum for a one time democracy; still nobody is paying attention.
We could just start calling it The Pentagram, but that would be unjust to the infinitely more peaceful Satanists.
If I nad a platform, I would disseminate Caitlin's newsletter.
"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." ~Oscar Wilde
After reading this, I feel like any time I use the polygon tool in Photoshop, I should never enter 5 when it asks for number of sides, at the risk of being revealed as an American, something I normally have diverse approaches for disguising. Meeting someone new, I tend to open the conversation in Italian, for example. Anything to disguise my nationality. Thanks, America, I barely recall a minuscule glimmer of childhood patriotism, but that candle got extinguished by the sheer volume of your violence toward the entire planet.
And to consider that criminals-in-command of our government struck their own Pentagon, attacked it killing more than a hundred congressional accountants and investigators trying to find $2.3 trillion missing from Pentagon records. Thanks 911, you accomplished so many things.
Every word Caitlin.
The propaganda on all news bulletin in Australia currently is about Talisman Sabre.
The US has garrisoned the world & Australia has allowed itself to be turned into a bulls eye.
The obscene amount Australia is spending on defence is horrifying.
There is so much that needs to be fixed here.
The Labor government did not take AUKUS to the election.
Most people just wanted to get rid of Scott Morrison & his corrupt government. & didn't think beyond that.
Labor could take us into war.
What a betrayal.
Yes, the Pentagon ,because never in the history of the world has a country contributed as much to death and destruction - and always on the unarmed. The eagle is a pretty good representation of US values as well, if you concentrate on the talons.
"The True Symbol Of The United States Is The Pentagon"
... with a Star on the inside, a circle around it, and a depiction of Molech in the middle.
In reality, the symbol of the United States is the Hexagram, blue on white background.
Same thing really.
In accordance with Caitlin's recent post, I give you this nugget that just dropped from Alex Rubenstein of Gray Zone:
The nation of Mozambique has an AK-47 assault rifle on their flag. They owe their freedom to it.
The U$ofA has brought pentagons into disrepute which is quite unforgivable given that pentagons are a vital part of many geodesic domes. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTpo-nYNN0wvuEI5NuH94-cqtAgViElIdGNtw&usqp=CAU
Caitlin should offer to be interviewed by Anderson Cooper.
We really should update the US flag. And this could be the main symbol in the middle of a a black background--a vulture/eagle perched on top of the Pentagon, dripping with blood. Sort of reminiscent of the Mexican flag.
I whole heartedly agree!
Here is link to my art encountering into the Pentagon USA: