Peace is over

The world around us - it's only gonna get worse.

The world around us - it's only gonna get worse. 

2015/04/03 • Military analysis

Over the last 15 years Sweden has cut its defense budget by 40%, going from 15 combat brigades to none, and the combat readiness of its troops dropped from 1 day to weeks. In short, Sweden fully enjoyed the peace dividend. But Sweden isn’t alone: almost all European nations more than halved their defense budgets and cut their armed forces by two thirds. The money saved by this was then spent on welfare, which isn’t a bad idea, as long as there is peace. However, peace is over.

And it is not just the implosion of (so far) four Arab countries, the looming war between Sunni regimes and Iran, and the Russian attack on Ukraine that should finally wake up even the last complacent peacenik in Europe. The last proof that peace is over is Russia’s announcement to double its airborne forces by 2017 and increase its army by 50%. Russia prepares for war. Since Putin came to power, Russian defense expenditures have increased by 989% and in 2015 they grew by another 15%. Today Russia spends over a quarter of all government spending on defense; that is over 6% of GDP. Russia spends for war.

Therefore, it is high time European nations began to reverse the decline of their armed forces. But Europe does not need more troops. The European Union already fields the second largest military in the world: 122 combat brigades, over 2,000 fighter jets, over 60 submarines, more than 110 frigates and destroyers, and that is not even counting major NATO allies like Turkey, the US or Canada. The problem isn’t the amount of troops, but the low readiness of those troops, their wrong dislocation of troops, the lack of key technologies, the lack of standardization of units, and the absence of will in European leaders.

The readiness of troops is low as there is no money to equip, train, and maintain European forces. Brigades, ships and fighter wings aren’t based where they are needed. I.e. there are no heavy mechanized brigades in the Baltic States, even though EU members field 53. Thus, just the three active brigades of the Baltic States stand against 5 divisions, 12 independent combat brigades, and 19 support brigades of Russia’s Western military district. And there are no reserves and none will come, as explained in my article “Harsh realities and Western betrayals to come“.

Europe’s armies lack key technologies e.g. cruise missile submarines, modern Electronic Warfare equipment, etc. as these are expensive and there is no money, because European politicians prefer to pamper their electorate with costly gifts rather than invest in defense, and also because each European military keeps funding similar programs and capabilities to indulge its own defense industry and national ego. Standardization of units and equipment would rectify some of these problems, as I explained earlier, but with the current crop of politicians there is little hope we will see such standardization or an increase in defense expenditures before war breaks out.

Common steps to take

But the frontline states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden cannot wait any longer, they must prepare for war. First and foremost, these five nations must immediately begin to arm Ukraine, because the longer Russia’s campaign in Ukraine lasts and the bloodier it is, the later and weaker Putin’s strike against the Baltics will be. Lithuania realized this months ago and has been delivering weapons to Ukraine since. Furthermore, Sweden, Poland, and the Baltic States need to cooperate with Ukraine and Romania on weapons procurement. This would bring huge cost benefits to the all nations involved and massively strengthen their defense capabilities, as I showed last September in the article “Sweden has the tech“.

First Sweden, Poland and the Baltic States  must begin to aggressively weed out Russian spies, infiltrators and quislings. By now thousands of Russian spies and agents have penetrated Europe, yet only Sweden’s Saepo intelligence agency admitted publicly that at least a third of Russian embassy employees in Stockholm are spies engaged in “preparations for military operations against Sweden.” Besides the spies acting under diplomatic cover, dozens of illegal Russian operatives are active in Sweden too and the same applies to every nation along the Baltic shore. Those spies and their contacts must be eliminated.

All five nations, actually all European nations, must wean themselves from Russian gas, as buying Russian gas fuels the Russian war machine. The less gas Europe buys from Russia, the less leverage Putin has over European nations and the fewer funds to wage his wars. Russia’s has built up its capabilities for cyberattacks and as a recent question by a Russian state representative to NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg showed, Russia is planning to use it as a first strike weapon. Luckily, Stoltenberg answered that a cyberattack can be considered an Article 5 issue and that he is not going to indulge Russia by publicly disclosing how NATO will respond. Nevertheless, spending on cyber defense needs to double in each nation under threat.

Hybrid War: ISIS terrorists and Russian government employees in Paris and Sloviansk

Hybrid War: ISIS terrorists and Russian government employees in Paris and Sloviansk

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania need to build up their police forces to have a large numbers of riot-control units ready to squash Kremlin-engineered unrest on their territories. Police Special Forces need to expand to be able to terminate armed Russian insurgents within minutes after appearing on the streets. The Charlie Hebdo terrorists were armed with the same guns and masked in the same style as the Russian intelligence operatives, who occupied Sloviansk a year ago. Nations do not negotiate with terrorists and the masked, armed Russian intelligence operatives and insurgents who occupy government buildings are terrorists and we must deal with them exclusively with bullets, grenades and bayonets. No talking.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Poland, must begin organizing, equipping and training volunteers to form guerilla units in areas overrun by Russian forces and, last but not least, all nations bordering Russia and under threat of Russian aggression must consider each Russian military exercise as a prelude to war. Just as during the Cold War Warsaw Pact forces went on higher alert every time NATO held an exercise, from now on the Baltic States, Sweden, Poland, as well as Finland, Norway and Ukraine must bring their forces to a higher state of readiness when Russia begins a new military exercise.

In-depth analysis of the current military capabilities and the required changes to defend Sweden, Poland and the Baltic States can be found in the following articles:

  1. Sweden
  2. Poland
  3. The Baltic States

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  • Charles J. Kollman

    Obama is to give Iran 11.9 billion dollars. This is what it has come to and it is sickening.

    • DejaVu

      Israel will go at it alone with Saudi Arabia’s help in attacking Iran. Obama’s policy of appeasement will bring a major regional war in the middle east (if it hasn’t already started yet in Yemen).

      • Charles J. Kollman

        I and people i am close with stand and support Israel. Israel has always been a friend and supporter of The US. Israel is a listening post for the US. in this Territory. It is all to clear to Patriot Americans that Obama is a Radical Muslim and a Terrorist threat to the people of America and it is what it is. What goes around comes around. But if the Trolls in Congress had balls they hold the bag with the money and do not need Obama. Many people on this site and a few from Canada don’t like my words for this parasite.

        • Doug Retter

          If they had, you wouldn’t be here; if you were, you would be smarter.

        • Charles J. Kollman

          I have herd 9/11 was an action of the Saudi’s. In any case they were Muslims and that says it, all. The fact these barbarians can not support defend or preserve The Constitution of The USA. makes them an enemy. They need to all deported from the ground of The USA. If they don’t like it to bad they come to my Country i do not go to their cesspools to live. Case closed..

          • Doug Retter

            Charles are we bobming the Middle east this week. Was that your job or mine!? I thought YOU were bombing this week!???

      • Doug Retter

        Obama is not simply an inept leader. He is intenitionally aggressive toward Israel. Neyanyahu does not need Obama’s permission to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear device.

        • DejaVu

          No but Israel requires certain military hardware for such a mission which they have already obtained around 2011/2012 for post-poning such a pre-emptive strike.

          Obama is a puppet and that’s painfully obvious just look at this fact sheet:

          http://stpeteforpeace.org/factsheets/obama.html

          • Doug Retter

            Well, something on which we can all agree. No link needed. Obama is proof that one cannot polish a turd. You are welcome to have him.

          • Doug Retter

            No one really knows what Israel’s full capabilities are. Not much question that they have over 80 nuclear devices.

  • Calibra

    “Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania need to build up their police forces to have a large numbers of riot-control units ready to squash Kremlin-engineered unrest on their territories. Police Special Forces need to expand to be able to terminate armed Russian insurgents within minutes after appearing on the streets.”

    You sir have absolute lost it, i suggest you go see a doctor before they lock you away.

    • canuke

      And why? Any sovereign nation needs to deal with terrorists immediately. What would you suggest, instead?

      • canuke

        “Fake NGO’s” like Amnesty International, Doctors (and Reporters) Without Borders, Red Cross, etc. You still have not replied to the question I posed above. I would suggest that your ” society at large” would have the same response: crush the bastards!

        • canuke

          Quit obfuscating. Seems to be a typical Russian troll tactic. Not an iota to do with my original question. Simple and direct: To you (or to “Calibra”, who seems very uncalibrated, indeed): If your country was invaded by terrorists, what would you do? No more finger pointing at the US or UK, as if the Russians haven’t conveniently invaded their near abroad countless times over the centuries before Ukraine, including Czechoslovakia is 1968, Hungary in 1956, the Baltics in 1939: unwanted and certainly unsolicited.

          • Guest

            This City State of London? (Picture I found happen to have descriptive text I do not know if true or now but believe to be).

      • Murf

        Be brother again; get the fuck out!

        • Doug Retter

          I thought Chef Boyardee was buying Russia…

      • Doug Retter

        It is Ukraine’s land; what they do with it is not your concern. I see you didn’t put the lids back on the trash cans again last night, and the dog is pregnant. Go bother someone else!

        • Doug Retter

          You don’t have to visit; you live there.

        • Doug Retter

          You don’t have to visit; you live in a third world country.

          • Doug Retter

            Most of us don’t even think you’re a woman, Su! Yes, you live a lavish lifestyle, which is why you troll for $600 a month!

          • Doug Retter

            Well you sure don’t speak English! Hahahaha! None of your aliases speak English. Don’t they have spell-check in Russia?

          • MB

            Better a healthy brain then a lavish life. In the end all you have is owned by your master, including what you call a brain.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    It’s not only Russian gas but also Russian oil that the EU needs to stop buying. Boycotting Russian oil is much easier than boycotting Russian gas- and with Iran about to be able to legally export again due to the reaxation of sanctions the oil price will drop, further undemining the dwarf’s finances.

  • Doug Retter

    Michael! You write bad fanasties, my friend!!! Are you like Edgar Allen Poe? Do you take drugs before you show up on the Internet for your 12-hour shift in St. Petersburg?

    • Doug Retter

      Then go away. No one is making you come here and make an ass of yourself!

      • Doug Retter

        Take the dog crap out of your ears so you can hear.

        • Doug Retter

          No. I was simply noticing the dog crap in your ears. Poodle, I think! Tell the dog to stop crapping on the couch and you won’t get it in your ears when you fall asleep from drinking too much vodka!!!

          • Doug Retter

            That’s every Russian alcoholic says; “I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t have a problem with it!” That goes right along with, “Hey! Look at me! I’m not Russian! No, really! I’m not Russian! I’m Canadian or something else!”

        • Murf

          Doug don’t need no stinking manual.
          Sincerely Su this is your weakest line yet. You aren’t running out of lines so soon?
          You need to tap into your creativity or the boss find someone who can.

          • Murf

            As per the BBC:

            But according to estimates, based on studies in a few selected regions conducted by the Russian interior ministry, a shocking 600,000 women in Russia are facing physical and verbal abuse at home every year.
            Out of those, 14,000 die from injuries inflicted by husbands or partners. That is almost 40 a day.
            Google it.
            Then there is the world famous Russian sex trafficking.
            Yeah Russian men a perfect gentlemen.

          • Murf

            In a country with the highest alcoholism, devolve rate, ranking 122 on the corruption index. The worst reputation in the sex trafficking trade, yea, you keep dreaming. Even Putin casts off women like last years fashions.

          • Doug Retter

            Actually, Russia supplies more women to the sex trade than any other nation in the world. Come to Americas and many of the strippers and sex workers are Russian…or so I am told…

          • Doug Retter

            You don’t have any legitimate sources, other than the head troll. ALE for an American male is 78. The Average Life Expectancy in Russia is 56. To what do you attribute that, Murf? Clearly, it is not the healthcare.

          • Murf

            Coming from the country that has the highest murder rate in the developed world and one of the worst corruption ratings in the world that means almost nothing.

          • Doug Retter

            Honey, we have the best health care in the world. Hahahahaha!

          • Doug Retter

            Are you a doctor? We still have the best healthcare system in the world, which is why people fly here from all over the world for specialized procedures. I don’t know if we care help you, Su; we no longer do lobotomies!

          • Doug Retter

            Vladimir Putin blows dogs for a ruble and gives change. -Time
            Magazine

          • Doug Retter

            Women love me for my heart…

          • Doug Retter

            Who said anything about American women, dip weed?

          • Doug Retter

            Your brain is a “troubled society!” Hahahaha!

          • Borys Potytorsky

            and introducing your typical ruSSian “gentlemen”

          • Doug Retter

            Murf, it’s funny how she cuts and pastes the exact same crap as her other two aliases. (Make that three; she also posts as “Guest”.) Do you think she get’s confused?

          • Murf

            Sometimes I think there are about three for each alias. one time she doesn’t no shit about military matters the next post she spouts acronyms like she is retired from their military.
            Plus they reply at all kinds of cockamamey hours. day or night 24/7.

          • Doug Retter

            Not true; Murf makes you look like a total idiot, while having most of his brain tied behind his back to fact it fair!!!

          • Doug Retter

            You named me, “Mad Dog”, dumbass.

          • Guest

            You’ve been called “Mad Dog” already when I made a first post. Somebody evidently did not like your “aggression”. I understand that you Anglos who conquered North America are very mean and evil. I understand you committed (without any remorse) greatest genocide in the history of human race against American Indians and never apologize to this good people. But to come here to insult people who’ve done nothing to you, this is sick. This is travesty. You know what travesty mean, right… Mad Dog?

          • Guest

            Yes, he was called “Med Dog” when i made the first post also!
            They are also very sick and savagely people. I hope they’ll reform sometime in the future and apologize to Indians:

          • Borys Potytorsky

            Why you ruSSians like to kill people so much is beyond me

          • MB

            That is simple, it makes them forget the miserable situation they are in themselves. If you make a country of alcoholics believe there is some enemy doing the worst things you can imagine (only requires a couple of lowlife trolls to establish that) they will all look into that direction while the one who is making up the story is just making sure their lives will become even more miserable once they wake up, if ever.

          • Borys Potytorsky

            the problem is the ruSSians will never wake up—you cannot fix stupid

          • MB

            Well they didn’t wake up in the past 25 years so you are probably right.

          • Borys Potytorsky

            No Problem, Ukraine had an experience with Russo Argo business and 10,000,000 people died of starvation, so we have no issues in this regard, you have shown that the ruSSia has no experience in agriculture. Just think of all the angus prime Texas steak that will be served in Ukraine—-yum yum yum.

          • Borys Potytorsky

            can you explain this motorola guy-he killed 15 Ukrainian POW’s and freely admitted that over the internet-I know he is ruSSian and so do you. so explain and report back to me asap.

          • Borys Potytorsky

            okay, Motorola, aka Arseniy Pavlov, was born in russia, lived in russia, served in the ruSSian army, speaks ruSSian—-is not ruSSian according to you. if you say, so but I would get YOUR facts straight ivan!

          • Borys Potytorsky

            Anything you say Mr. KGB, aka NKVD. Mr. SS means Super Smart – thanks Ivan

          • Borys Potytorsky

            what ever turns your crank Frank

          • Borys Potytorsky

            you are losing it-too much vodka? or your shifts getting too long at comedy troll center? If you really feel sorry for the families of the dead-protest to your ruSSian junta to stop this war because it will be long and very deadly-do not be afraid.

          • Doug Retter

            Murf, now we have 3 of her Aliases yacking at one time! Hahahahahaha!

      • Doug Retter

        Oh yeah! I’ve got a million of them for you!

        • Guest

          You are an idiot.

        • Doug Retter

          At least I know who I am, you stupid twit!!!

    • Murf

      Your profiling skills are as bad as your political ideas.
      Doug is a retiree from Oklahoma living in Pennsylvania who invests in the oil industry. His son is a sharp looking Marine.
      Unlike Putin trolls Doug doesn’t hide his profile.
      I think you are confusing the CIA with the FSB troll army.

      • Murf

        So what has been Russia’s contribution to the fight against ISIS? When the Philippines were hit by the cyclone what aid did Russia send? The US sent a Supper Carrier.
        Maybe Russia doesn’t care about any one. Which is painful;y obvious every nation on the planet. Some just need you because they are unsavory or ostracized by any respectable government.

        • Doug Retter

          What is a looser?

        • Borys Potytorsky

          pretty funny post-pure fantasy

        • Murf

          You will remember that he was jailed by the US during the Iraq occupation. Ha may have been at one time a “Rat” but i doubt it. all it would take is a Snowden like leak and he would be viral on You Tube with is head rolling long.
          Ok a “former Al Qaeda commander says..” and you trust that guy right. Well you support Putin so I guess any thing possible.
          But I do find the “hornets nest ” thing interesting. Puting all the rotten eggs into one basket so they can be squashed more easily. Sounds like you have got the start of a Tom Clancy novel. You should write a manuscript. Your confidence in the CIA is inspiring but their track record doesn’t warrant it. Obama just had to appoligse for an intell failure. A drone strike killed two hostages in January. That’s not the first time either.
          The US hasn’t bombed them? Tell that to the Kurds out side irbil or Kobane. Or the Iraqis at Tikrit last week. Don’t know why you think that.

      • Doug Retter

        Not retired, yet, Murf. Tonight I’m in a hotel in North Carolina on a business trip. You guys are doing a great job.

        • art poirot

          First your a Private in the Marines Corp, now your a elderly businessman, what next troll? Pick a cover and stick with it already.

          • Doug Retter

            You trolls got together and tried to figure out what I was; I never said I was any of that stuff. You are wrong on about everything, art patooot. Why should you be any different now?

          • art poirot

            What you are??? So your not a person, a CIA software that uploads word vomit automatically perhaps??

          • Doug Retter

            If you had half a brain, you wouldn’t be asking that stupid question.

          • art poirot

            Or have basic English knowledge. But I guess proper speaking is a sin in the south.

          • Doug Retter

            Southerners call me a Yankee, Dumbass.

          • art poirot

            They’re not the only ones;)

          • Doug Retter

            I think you meant properly speaking, dirtball.

          • Doug Retter

            You like Putin’s vomit?

          • art poirot

            You crazy old man, what are angry about now??

          • Doug Retter

            Angry? I’m just observing your and your gay partner make asses of yourself.

          • art poirot

            You don’t like the gays no? Does that mean you agree with Putin’s Anti-Gay law?

          • Doug Retter

            You said that. I said you and your gay partner make asses of yourselves. Do you not read well?

          • art poirot

            I asked you a question, and as usuall you don’t answer. Crazy old kook:)

          • Doug Retter

            You did not answer my question…crazy old coot!

          • art poirot

            Your question is immature, homophobic and stupid. No worthy adult would answer such a question. The fact that I even talk to you is an embarrassment.

          • Doug Retter

            Well, then. This is a good opportunity for you top shut up!

          • art poirot

            Your just mad because you got caught being an idiot…

          • Doug Retter

            Did you mean “you’re?”

          • art poirot

            sure

          • Doug Retter

            First, I think you meant “you’re” not your. “Your” is incorrect.

          • art poirot

            Yes I did businessman grandpa private troll!

          • Doug Retter

            Where did you do your “business?” In the back yard?

          • art poirot
          • Doug Retter

            Shut up, SuVolk.

          • Guest

            The Ukrainians in Russia make up the largest single Ukrainian diaspora of the Ukrainian people. The official census in 2010 reported that 1.9 million Ukrainians were living inRussia, representing over 1.4% of the total population and the third largest ethnic group after ethnic Russians and Tatars.

            They are nicely treated as brothers. Not Like America treat their own Citizens – Ferguson being good example:

          • Doug Retter

            You’re cute when you talk stupid.

          • Doug Retter

            ? Hahahaha.

        • Murf

          NC is a very nice state. Hope you enjoy your self.

          • Murf

            Have you sold your sister as a sex slave yet?

          • Murf

            Neither do I.
            I was referring to Russia’s infamous trade. Since oil has drop so much you guys are need something that the west wants.

          • Doug Retter

            Do they make anything worth exporting, Murf. That was the problem with the Soviet Union. No one would buy anything they made because it was all trash; just like their military equipment. The first 5000 Yugos had 4-door seating in a 2-door sedan…no way to get into the back seat. There was more than just a quality control issue.

          • Doug Retter

            Yes it was. They never told you about it! Sadly the Yugos were much better than the Ladas you clowns built. The only things you export are oil and prostitutes. Russia is the number one supplier of sex workers to the world.

          • Doug Retter

            Zzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz Is SuVolk still around? I think the dog wants oral sex. Zzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz

          • Doug Retter

            Several times, but they keep returning her and demanding their money back.

          • Doug Retter

            I don’t think he has a sister, SuVolk.

          • Doug Retter

            You sold your own sister. No one would buy your mother! Hahahaha!

          • Doug Retter

            Thanks Murf! They put me up in a fabulous hotel and give me an expense account.

        • Doug Retter

          No one “partners” with Russia; Russian has no friends.

          • Doug Retter

            Honey, from now on you can find someone else to loan you money. After all your little potty-mouth rants, we’re done giving you stuff, too, idiotic ingrate. Do you always ramble with someone else’s food in your mouth?

          • Doug Retter

            I heard you just jumped it up to a thousand gallizion, bazillion!

      • Doug Retter

        His opinion is correct.

      • Borys Potytorsky

        where is Pensilvania?

        • Doug Retter

          Near Nu Yoork! Hahahaha!

          • Borys Potytorsky

            ha ha ha ha those trolls are certainly geographically challenged, now is that place you are referring to, is it called novonu york? ha ha ha

          • Doug Retter

            I wish! The socialists have everything nailed down.

          • Doug Retter

            …says the troll who lives in third world Russia. I spend more for breakfast than you make in 4 days.

    • Doug Retter

      Zzzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzzz

      • Doug Retter

        Doesn’t matter what country you are in; you are ignorant in every geographical location.

      • Borys Potytorsky

        being deaf, blind and drunk is nothing new in the ruSSia

    • Doug Retter

      Thank you, MIL. You are correct; I am young at heart!

    • Doug Retter

      SuVolk, you have been identified as a chimpanzee in the Congo; however, none of the other chimps will admit you are with them.

  • Murf

    How about Russia embrace peace and return the land they stole from their so called brothers.
    .

    • Murf

      Self determination is is a noble goal. However the operative word here is SELF.
      Streklov and his Little Green Thugs dragging lawmakers in at the point of a gun to vote on a bill, kinda doesn’t qualify.
      An unobserved and unrecognized referendum, not so much either.
      Slapping ballots in to a box not democracy. It is a sham.
      Didn’t Chechenya have a referemdum? How did tht play our for them>
      You may think Russia has a prefect right to Crimea. Guess what? TO BAD!
      Every body has a something that someone else wants. Thinking you you can take what you want is thuggery.
      Back stabbing a people who thought of you as brothers is despicable.
      You may have gained Crimea for now. But you lost Ukraine.
      They will never trust you. Why would they.
      They will always despise you.
      There may be a reconciliation one day. They may smile and be polite. It is a false face.
      One day Russia will be weak and in turmoil and they will have pay back.
      Don’t kid your self that it will ever be anything different.

      • Murf

        “Nobody likes the US”
        Tell me how many allies does Russia have that would ahead blood for her?
        Well used to have one. Not so much any more.
        Russia only has clients.
        “Gold only buys obedience.”

        • Murf

          You forgot:
          250 heavy bombers.
          2000+ modern fighter planes.
          12 Amphibious Assault ships each equal to most of the carriers in the world.
          10 well equipped and battle hardened Army divisions.
          2 Hard core Marine Divisions.
          And no less important, 30 odd allies that have fought beside us in battle.
          And in the near future we will be adding a new on to the list. Thanks to Putin’s moronic actions. Who knows Finland may soon join NATO also.
          Let this work on your innate paranoia; with the exception of Belarus the US and NATO are almost at the same point Hitler was 6 months into operation Barbarossa.
          And the coolest part is;
          WE HAVE HARDLY EVEN FIRED A SHOT DOING IT!
          You drove them all into our arms willingly. Enthusiastic even.
          Now that is what I call irony.

          • Murf

            Testy! Testy! Bad form my dear!
            Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)Sweet hart.
            Google it and learn.
            Bottom line, all Russia’s puffed up chest thumping make you look like a baboon in the eyes of the world.
            But hay, who am I to complain. You made NATO an Alliance again instead of a tea party.
            So Americans are cowards?
            And yet we have troops only a few hundred miles from St Pete’s.
            You kinda miss the point about allies. Cooperative or not even if they are not fighting along side us, they are not fighting for YOU.

          • Murf

            Financial Advisers are whores. They will agree with what ever you pay them to.
            Also in the financial world gloom and doom sell.
            If you look hard enough you will find somebody that says what you want to hear.
            Think about this for a moment. The US had a fairly severe economic crisis and the would had a deep recession that it is only now recovering from.
            If the US economy collapses like you want it to, what is going to happen to the global economy?

          • Murf

            Remember the Budapest Memorandum?
            A claim of a desire for the “Rule of Law” from Russia rings hallow and teats of betrayal.

          • Murf

            “there would be no conflicts in the world”
            Riiightt tell that to the Chechenes, Georgians, The Azerbaijanis and the Armenians, The Poles killed in the suppression of Solidarity the Afghans, the Czechs, Hungarians, The South Vietnamese, the South Koreans, the Greeks,
            The multitude of wars of liberation.
            All because of Russia’s and the USSRs need for an Empire.
            millions upon millions dead just to satisfy Russian blood lust.

          • Doug Retter

            Murf, in case you didn’t know, SuVolk and US Militarism Sucks are the same idiot. She has another alias, too, but I haven’t seen Omega Man Motors for awhile.

          • Doug Retter

            You trolls never get anything correct. You’re actually reading features from “The Smiling Chimp?” That is about your speed, dimwit.

          • Doug Retter

            Nothing going to happen to the Canadian “Loonie”, either.

          • Doug Retter

            Don’t forget, Murf. All our stuff works!!! 😀

          • Willem

            Indeed, hihihihi!!!

          • Doug Retter

            Didn’t happen, Suvolk. More Soviet propaganda.

        • Doug Retter

          America’s clout also a result of being 15 times the nation Russia would like to be. We generously help many, many nations…Russia, not so much…

      • Doug Retter

        Then why do you support Russia, dumbshit? Not much “self-determination’ going on there. And they’re trying to take it away from Ukraine. Are you having a little trouble with your alter egos and multiple personalities?

    • Murf

      Wow you can turn a power switch off. Aren’t you just naughty boy.
      Why don’t you ask the Iranians who jacked up their nuclear program?
      Are you sure you really want to go there?

      • Murf

        STUXNEX guy, Google it.
        Up voting your own post?
        No class.

      • Murf

        Self up vote whore.
        They are going to buy 80 billion dollars in fighter planes from us I think they are going to be safe.

    • Murf

      Dysfunctional Russian values. No wonder nobody in the world will ally with you let alone fight beside you.

  • Doug Retter

    Yeah, it went from nothing to little more than nothing. Putin has done such a great job with the Russian economy. Are you finally going to get some food in your food stores.

  • Doug Retter

    Are Muslims now also Jesuits?