FWIW, I certainly don't lie awake at night worrying that "The Russians are coming". Although, I thought it was a good film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEWWRbn4zG0
Robin Hood wrote:
Maybe, just maybe, Putin has come to a very obvious conclusion that, as US spending on ‘defense
’ is more than the rest of the Planet put together and the costs of maintaining and supporting 800 – 1000 military bases in over 100 different countries just to defend US interests against threats from whoever .............. all this ‘defense
’ could end up bankrupting the country and the whole hegemonic New American Century plan, will implode.
You're probably right. Already spending about $600 billion a year Trump has of course decided that isn't enough and is increasing it by not much less than Russia's defence budget.
I'm not sure whether that will break the bank. It didn't for Reagan though and having control of the World's reserve currency probably helps. But - you will know a lot more about that than me.
It's just as well that Don and Vlad are good friends I should think.
Robin Hood wrote:
Or maybe Putin is covertly planning a ‘colour revolution’
of his own in the USA? There is the same discontent with the system in the US as there was in the old USSR and many smaller examples since, where the US has covertly (CIA) capitalised on this and initiated their own colour revolutions?
Well, if you're placing your hopes in a popular revolution in the USA, I think you've missed it. It's called Trump
Robin Hood wrote:One thing is for sure Putin never does anything without reason, does not boast or threaten others and has an pretty impressive record in achieving results. :wink
I'm sure you know why the Russian defence budget is being cut though - really. It's to do with the drop in the price of oil, a collapse of the Rouble against the $ (with horrendous inflation) the cost of their Ukraine activities and the associated Western sanctions biting, rather than some sort of magnanimous peace gesture.
Robin Hood wrote:But all the time the Western populace respond just like our little dog to the message......................
Speaking of Pavlovian responses to messages:
Robin Hood wrote: miltiades wrote:
I bet Paphitis will be thoroughly ....overjoyed the war ...m9nger Pooootin is getting ready to conquer the world evidenced by the massive cut in military spending
Nah ..... he wouldn't even read it, wrong source (InformationClearingHouse
) so it has to be Russian propaganda!
If he read it in the NYT or WP he would just put it down to Russian hacking ......... to create fake news to put the West off their guard!
I can't speak for Paphitis. However, had he taken the trouble to look into it he would have found that:
The author of the article, Mr Riley Waggama, is the Deputy Editor of "Russian Insider". A Moscow based media outlet of which Wicki says "The website was criticized for its pro-Russian stance, considered to be alongside several highly visible partisan outlets such as RT, Ruptly and Sputnik."
Funny ole fing.
Just to give a flavour to riveted readers for Mr Waggama. Some of his other articles are:"Cambodia Receives $500 Million Bill From US For Genocide Services Rendered"
"West Shrugs as Ukraine Commits ISIS-Style War Crime"
"75 Percent of Americans Mistakenly Believe Russia, Not Diabetes, Will Probably Kill Them"
"Separatists Seize Assets of Two-Faced Oligarch. Donetsk Is Now a True People's Republic"
"Russia's Athletes Need to Lawyer up and Sue the Xenophobic Pants off WADA and the IOC"
Basically, the usual anti-West line to be found on such sites. Whether people regard it as "Russian propaganda"
or - let's get trendy - "Fake news"
is a personal judgement. What it clearly isn't though is an objective POV (albeit cloaked in satire).
Here's a picture of Riley. The one on the left. He looks about 18.