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Warmongers 101 - Who is the Institute for the Study of War?

General Jack Keane
Attention Students! Before we begin, that's not a typographical error in the title.

Whenever one investigates a "think tank," "study group," "not-for-profit," "non-governmental organization," or other such meddlesome troublemakers it needs to start with who rather than what.

The people involved make the difference betwixt a mere charity and a nefarious character.

As will be seen below, the folks at The "Institute" For The Study Of War are about as sinister as they get.

Why Does the Establishment Sound Familiar...

If you have any interest in the Ukraine Conflict at all - or even if you are actively trying to avoid news on the topic - your senses have no doubt been assailed by a report, recommendation or review of matters breathlessly covered by the local news...brought helpfully to you courtesy of The Institute For The Study Of War.

Attention

Disarming Europe and Disintegrating NATO

Disarming NATO
© StalkerZone Org
It is generally believed that Russia was lured into this war and is now trying with all its might to end this war.

But what if you look at it from the other side? What if Russia is luring NATO countries into war and forcing the United States and allies to get more and more stuck in this conflict, the result of which has long been known, but for some reason does not come in any way?

I have written more than once that Russia's goal is much higher than victory over Ukraine. Such a victory will not give anything special. We will defeat them, in 5 years the US will train Poland. If we defeat Poland, they will set Germany against us.

The only reasonable goal is the destruction and disarmament of the NATO bloc. The weakening of its military potential to the level of Ethiopia. At least - the European part of NATO.

The United States cannot fight us directly without having a land base. Just like we can't fight them at their borders. We will send, for example, 100,000 troops on ships and planes to their shores. They'll flip pop them all off on the approaches.

And we will pop their ships when they only try to approach the Black, Baltic or any other Sea (we are talking about a conventional non-nuclear war).

Question

Are Pfizer REALLY 'directing the evolution' of Covid?

Pfizer
© Off-Guardian
Yesterday independent investigative journalists Project Veritas released their latest undercover report: A recording of a research director from Pfizer allegedly admitting the pharma giant is deliberately mutating the Sars-Cov-2 virus.

The process, which the researcher - Dr Jordan Walker - refers to as "directed evolution", would apparently help Pfizer pre-emptively develop new vaccines:

So, what can we trust about the story?

Dollars

A dollar collapse is now in motion - Saudi Arabia signals the end of petro status

MBS Lagarde
The decline of a currency's world reserve status is often a long process rife with denials. There are numerous economic "experts" out there that have been dismissing any and all warnings of dollar collapse for years. They just don't get it, or they don't want to get it. The idea that the US currency could ever be dethroned as the defacto global trade mechanism is impossible in their minds.

One of the key pillars keeping the dollar in place as the world reserve is its petro-status, and this factor is often held up as the reason why the Greenback cannot fail. The other argument is that the dollar is backed by the full force of the US military, and the US military is backed by the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve - In other words, the dollar is backed by...the dollar; it's a very circular and naive position.

These sentiments are not only pervasive among mainstream economists, they are also all over the place within the alternative media. I suspect the main hang-up for liberty movement analysts is the notion that the globalist establishment would ever allow the dollar or the US economy to fail. Isn't the dollar system their "golden goose"?

Arrow Up

Turkey dismisses NATO membership bids with Sweden, Finland, as "meaningless"

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2023. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool/File Photo
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday it was "meaningless" to hold a trilateral meeting with Sweden and Finland to discuss their NATO bids after protests this month in Stockholm.

Speaking at a news conference, Cavusoglu also said there is no offer to evaluate Sweden's and Finland's NATO membership seperately.


Comment: Is Turkey slyly playing both sides, as always, by leaving the door open for separate bids?


Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has said his country wanted to restore NATO dialogue with Turkey after Ankara indefinitely postponed trilateral talks with Sweden and Finland over their membership.

Comment: NATO will struggle to further its plans to surround Russia, and Turkey is revealing how fragile the organisation is, amidst its pathological attempts to wage war on Russia: Erdogan tells Sweden it won't back NATO bid after Quran burning outside its embassy in Stockholm


Attention

Biden was a national security threat long before his classified docs fiasco

Biden
© White House/FLICKR
US President Joe Biden • Security Risk-in-Chief
Don't be fooled into thinking this is the first time Biden has sacrificed U.S. national security to protect his personal interests!

Long before classified and potentially compromising documents were discovered in President Joe Biden's "think tank" office and Wilmington home and garage, the Democrat's actions posed a threat to U.S. national security.

The discovery of even more top secret documents dating back to Biden's time as vice president and senator sparked widespread concerns that the current president hid material that put U.S. national security at risk, potentially for decades.

Republicans worried — and even partisan hacks such as Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff conceded — that Biden's harboring of classified documents in high-traffic, unsecured areas could have put Americans or the U.S. government at risk.

ABC's "This Week" co-anchor Jonathan Karl asked:
"Is it possible that national security was jeopardized here as many, including you, raised that possibility with the Mar-a-Lago documents?"
The disgraced former chair of the House Intelligence Committee replied:
"I don't think we can exclude the possibility without knowing more of the facts."
It seems logical to investigate Biden's recent scandal to ensure he didn't compromise any sensitive material. But the truth is, he opened up the U.S. to a myriad of national security crises, abuses, and disasters long before news broke of his document scandal.

Dollars

US government failed to track $8M in grants to Ecohealth Alliance, which gave money to Wuhan lab, IG

EcoHealth
© Soham Sen/ThePrint/KJN
The U.S. government failed to track grants worth at least $8 million to EcoHealth Alliance, a research non-profit that gave money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study coronaviruses, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General.

The National Institutes of Health gave three grants worth $8 million to EcoHealth from 2014 through 2021, which in turn awarded more than $3.7 million to the lab in Wuhan, China, to study the emergence of bat coronaviruses during this time, the report states.

The watchdog identified more than $89,000 in what it called "unallowable costs" resulting from EcoHealth's improper use of grant funds.

"Substantial evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of a research-related incident associated with a laboratory in Wuhan," according to a report by Senate Republicans this past fall.

The inspector general stated that despite the potential risks associated with the research funded by the grants, the government "did not effectively monitor or take timely action to address EcoHealth's compliance with some requirements."

Comment: See also:


Footprints

CA Rep. Swalwell offers cryptic warning after getting booted from House Intel: 'More time on our hands'

group 4
© Unknown
Adam Schiff • Eric Swalwell • Ilhan Omar • Kevin McCarthy
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., vowed that he and two other House Democrats do not plan to go away, despite not being reappointed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to committees they historically served on, adding the speaker's decision was "purely about political vengeance."

During a press conference on Wednesday, Swalwell and Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., responded to McCarthy's decision to not reappoint the three legislators to their committees.

Swalwell said:
"Even though we have said publicly, 'These smears are bringing death threats against us,' he continues to do it, which makes us believe that there's an intent behind it. But we will not be quiet. We're not going away. I think he'll regret giving all three of us more time on our hands. But at the end of the day, our mission now is to restore the credibility and integrity of this institution of which the speaker has so gravely, so gravely smashed and destroyed."

Comment: Schiff vows revenge:
During his time as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Schiff promoted the debunked Trump-Russia collusion theory while serving as the lead impeachment manager. McCarthy told reporters at a press conference earlier this month:
"Schiff famously read out a made-up call between [former president Donald] Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for dramatic effect amid Democrats moving to impeach Trump.
"Adam Schiff openly lied to the American public. He put America for four years through an impeachment that he knew was a lie at the same time we had Ukraine, at the same time we had Afghanistan collapse. Was that the role of the Intel Committee? No."
Swalwell caught flak from McCarthy over his intimate sexual relationship with a Chinese spy named Fang Fang:
"Let me phrase something very direct to you: if you got the briefing I got from the FBI, you wouldn't have Swalwell on any committee. He cannot get a security clearance in the private sector."
When Republicans held the minority in the previous Congress, McCarthy consistently pledged to keep Schiff and Swalwell off the Intel Committee if the GOP regained the majority and he controlled the speakership.

McCarthy told Fox News in June:
"I'll promise you this — when I'm Speaker, [Schiff] will not be on the Intel Committee anymore. And you know what else, Swalwell won't either. I don't know if this is a high bar. But if you have relations with a Chinese spy, you shouldn't be allowed to be on the Intel Committee."



Airplane Paper

Scholtz decided to send Leopard 2A6 tanks to Kiev, German media reports

Tanks
© Christof Stache/AFP
Leopard 2A6 tanks
The German government has decided to send a company of Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine, German media reported on Tuesday, citing sources. According to the publication, these tanks are now in service with the Bundeswehr. The development came on the heels of US media reports that the Biden administration is considering delivering a "significant number" of Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine.

Earlier, German media suggested that Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a conversation with US President Joe Biden on Tuesday, made it clear that Germany would supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks, but on the condition that Washington also send its Abrams tanks.

On January 18, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said that the Abrams tank is a very complicated piece of equipment, which is "expensive, hard to train on" and has a jet engine, so it will be difficult for Ukraine to maintain.

Addressing the WEF on the same day, Scholz highlighted that Germany was among the leading countries in terms of support for Ukraine and reaffirmed that his country would continue to provide assistance. At the same time, he rejected any unilateral steps on the issue, stressing that all decisions should be made in coordination with allies, especially the United States.

Comment: A change of mind: US agrees to sending Abrams tanks to Ukraine.
The United States announced on Wednesday it will supply Ukraine with 31 advanced M1 Abrams tanks worth $400 million in a matter of months, a decision that helped break a diplomatic logjam with Germany over how best to help Kyiv in its war against Russia.

President Joe Biden announced the decision at the White House, saying the tanks are needed to help the Ukrainians "improve their ability to maneuver in open terrain."
"Germany has really stepped up. The expectation on the part of Russia is we're going to break up. But we are fully, totally and thoroughly united."
The decisions by Washington and Berlin come as the Western allies help Ukraine prepare for a possible spring counter-offensive to try to drive Russia out of territory it has seized.

"There is no offensive threat to Russia" from the tanks, Biden said. "Germany didn't force me to change my mind, we wanted to make sure we were all together."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said any Abrams shipments would be a waste of money as they "burn" like other tanks in Ukraine.

MONTHS FOR DELIVERY

The Abrams -- among the most powerful U.S. tanks -- will not be heading to Ukraine anytime soon.

Senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the decision said it will take months, not weeks, for the Abrams to be delivered and described the move in terms of providing for Ukraine's long-term defense.

While a highly sophisticated and expensive weapon, the Abrams is difficult to maintain and provides a logistical resupply challenge because it runs on jet fuel.

The total cost of a single Abrams tanks can vary, and can be over $10 million per tanks when including training and sustainment.

Kremlin's Peskov said about the Abrams tanks:
"I am certain that many experts understand the absurdity of this idea. The plan is disastrous in terms of technology. But above all, it overestimates the potential it will add to the Ukrainian army. These tanks burn just like all the others."
The United States will provide the tanks through a fund known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which allows Biden's administration to buy weapons from industry rather than taking them from existing U.S. weapons stocks. Buying them is a slower process.
See also: US finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials say


Eye 1

Censored: Who really killed RT France?

rt france closed down
© Sputnik / Vitaly Belousov
The French establishment media took on the role of political commissars, making sure the outlet was not allowed to operate

After a year of censorship, RT has now had to officially stop its activities in France. But would the French authorities have made this move without the influence of some prominent French journalists who put aside their ethics for the occasion?

From the very beginning, RT France had been a target of the French authorities and the mainstream media. In a notorious 2017 press conference, Emmanuel Macron, standing next to Vladimir Putin, said RT and Sputnik were "organs of influence and false propaganda." At the time, RT France had already been working as an online media outlet for some years, and was merely criticized by other media for being financed by Moscow. But the accusations became more and more frequent and harsh as Macron took the lead of the country and RT France was about to launch its channel from studios in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris. In 2018, the work of RT journalists during the Yellow Vest protests was the most exhaustive coverage by any media. This has been widely acknowledged, and the audience of the channel received a considerable boost. The Russian outsider annoyed the establishment media more and more when star television host Frédéric Taddeï started collaborating with RT and stated that it was the only channel that gave him carte blanche in an informational landscape where real debate had totally disappeared.