Drums of war


#1144

Putin says so, so it must be true right? /s


#1145

Viet Nam anyone?


#1146

Proxy wars suck, without exception. Gotta wonder when Putin calls his boy to heel.


#1147

“Opinions” from folks over at the Moscow Times:


#1148

Is no soldiers, silly. Is troops vacationing!


#1149

This is technically a Russian PMC, like they looked at Blackwater and thought “we can do worse”. These guys are famous for getting annihilated when they attacked a US position in Syria a few months back. That didn’t inspire much confidence, I don’t rate the company very highly. Having them in Venezuela will probably not end well.


#1150

They had better vacation planning for the Ukraine.


#1151

#1152

not even bothering with a pretense.
fucking worst timeline ever.


#1153


#1155

Some reminders of the recent actions of the Trump administration re: Russia.

And now, Venezuela.

Whatever the relationship between Trump and Putin, it does not appear to be having any restraining effect upon the US military.


#1156

#1157

Once again:

Hook’s memo “tells Tillerson that we should do exactly what Russian and Chinese propaganda says we do—use human rights as a weapon to beat up our adversaries while letting ourselves and our allies off the hook,” said Tom Malinowski, who served as an assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the administration of former President Barack Obama.

The memo:

https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000160-6c37-da3c-a371-ec3f13380001

Key quote:

One useful guideline for a realistic and successful foreign policy is that allies should be treated differently – and better – than adversaries. Otherwise, we end up with more adversaries, and fewer allies. The classic dilemma of balancing ideals and interests is with regard to America’s allies​. In relation to our competitors, there is far less of a dilemma. We do not look to bolster America’s adversaries overseas; we look to pressure, compete with, and outmaneuver them. For this reason, we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to US relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral concern for practices inside those countries. It is also because pressing those regimes on human rights is one way to impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.

Therefore:


#1158

Because what the world needs right now is yet another arms race.


#1159

“Because arms races are good, and very easy to win. WINNING!”


#1160


#1161

Google Translate of the article:

Guaidó has rejected the talks.


#1162

The bit of this starting at 10:33 is worth listening to:


#1163

#1164

“at the direction of Elliott Abrams”