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Recommendo: 19 Minutes Going Walkabout in Athens with Alex Christoforou of The Duran

I to you proposing am this truncated slab of selfie wandering about the cradle of democracy commenting on the craters of democracy. Of the dynamic duo of The Duran I tilt towards Chistoforou over Mercouris simply because Mercouris’ accent and inflection irritate the hell out of me. And then there’s The Duran’s rollicking sidekick, Gonzalo Lira, who drops in from house arrest every day or so in the same damn hat and t-shirt.

All of which is to say that I do try to play “Both Sides Now” but all I really think is that I hate this war more than life itself.

(And don’t even ask me about my Telegram subscriptions; so brutal and sad and visceral I can’t open them without fear and trembling.)

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  • George Christiansen May 27, 2022, 12:33 PM

    Define “good idea”.

    Zelenskyy and his money laundering buddies in the West may very well be getting exactly what they want out of this war.

    Just look at Biden and Co tanking the US at every level.

    People think this is all just poor governing?

    • Sid V May 28, 2022, 3:17 AM

      “People think this is all just poor governing?”

      Exactly. People are under the illusion that Biden just is a hapless incompetent boob screw-up, when in reality he is just a figurehead for a malicious evil regime of communist ideologues deeply embedded within the federal government. This is Obama’s third term and this time he and Democrat leadership in general across the country really mean business in doing everything possible to finish what they started from 2009-2017. That is, the intentional destruction of the USA.

  • KCK May 27, 2022, 1:04 PM

    He acts as if infantrymen, tanks and missiles have no effect on the war. “It’s a script”. Yes, the entire war in Ukraine is a false flag…to which I reply, “go straight to hell.”

    He may have a valid opinion, as any human may have, and yet his frustration is muchly about: Putin is not winning.

    I appreciate the whole news approach, Gerard. I’m still plowing through the Stalin biographer.

    • jiminalaska May 27, 2022, 1:21 PM

      Hum, my impression, without saying if it’s a good or bad thing, listening to the propaganda including the Azov “withdrawal” but paying more attention to the maps, is that Putin is in winning.

      • Casey Klahn May 27, 2022, 5:50 PM

        Russia is, putting it nicely, “off plan.” Putin’s influence is an open question going forward, and Kissinger is positing the the absence of Russia on the world stage.

        • jiminalaska May 27, 2022, 10:16 PM

          Yep, Russia, putting it nicely or not, is off plan but, putting it nicely or not, Russia appears to be winning.

  • Bunny May 27, 2022, 1:09 PM

    If Kissinger and the NYT say it’s over, isn’t it over?

    • Mike Austin May 27, 2022, 2:05 PM

      Yes. NATO lost. The US lost. The media lost. Lies lost.

      The truth won.

  • Anonymous May 27, 2022, 2:28 PM

    The ZMan looks at what the war has uncovered. It’s well worth the read.
    This snippet made me smile.
    ” The EU is a mommy economy where Mother Russia makes sure her babies are warm and fed. Shortages and spirally prices are bringing this reality home to Europeans.”


    • KCK May 27, 2022, 6:35 PM

      Z man sez the Javelin is a huge bust, and Russia has made them obsolete. Is that why they are pulling T-62s out of mothballs?

  • ThisIsNotNutella May 27, 2022, 3:30 PM

    I’ve also been watching Telegram channels. Definitely a case of Both Sides Now there. And doing it between well-spaced apart meals not involving hamburger preparation.

    I saw close-in drone footage yesterday of Russians clearing a trench system. It ought to have been set to What a Wonderful World per the sequence in Good Morning Vietnam. Was like watching ballet. More on this below.

    Taking the 10,000 ft view and dropping all the Slavophile/Slavophobe nonsense, this is the first time White Men have fought each other at scale with everything short of nuke/chem/bio since Yugoslavia and then a huge nothing burger stretching back to 45. I’m not going to go off on a Greg Johnson rant about the sheer waste of it all. What interests me about this is if you read your VDH he has a thing about the Saxon being slow to anger but particularly viciously good and inventive at it once he gets going.

    As someone alluded to above, go read the Z Man for some insight into The New Russian Way of War. Why anyone would expect them to use WWII human waves or Cold War Fulda Gab busting massed armor and whole motorized rifle divisions thrown in in a world where a $500 drone and ubiquitous GPS/Glonass/EuroThing/Beidou allows you to walk legacy Arty onto anything that’s not moving and plenty of things if they can’t move at a high velocity.

    So… this drone footage. Whoever was leading that Russian squad had the live drone footage and knew exactly when any Ukrainian was making a move. There was a lot of shooting, and a *lot* of grenades being thrown. In a perfect world, they’d have have cleared that trench with armed drones, but we’re not quite there yet. I get the feeling that the footage from Azerbaijan / Armenia with drones slaughtering Armenians in trenches seemingly at will was the Turks giving them a very good deal or freebies in order to get some sales promotional footage. It might not be economical at scale yet. But it soon will be.

    I don’t pretend to know where this is going, but anybody who is interested in the Next Big or Small One had best be putting aside prejudices and preconceptions and surveying this new old world with clear eyes. There has to be much to learn. War is the great leaf blower that blows away all bullshit and suppositions.

    • ghostsniper May 27, 2022, 5:20 PM

      Gap. Fulda Gap. I lived there for 3+ years.

      Nutella sed: “…anybody who is interested in the Next Big or Small One had best be putting aside prejudices and preconceptions and surveying this new old world with clear eyes. There has to be much to learn.”
      Agreed. This ain’t your dad’s war and new things are being tried everyday. If you wade into it old skool you’ll probably not back out of it. Distance, cunning, and millions of eyes and ears, are your troops.

  • ThisIsNotNutella May 27, 2022, 3:46 PM

    Re Alex’s walkabout still shot: I’m pleased to see that Stoas have made a comeback in Athens.

    Also have a very low tolerance threshold for Mercouris, but one must take the rough with the smooth. Stoicism FTW.

  • Steve (retired/recovering lawyer) May 27, 2022, 3:48 PM

    I like Joanie, at least the pre-Morgellons (yeah, is that a real thing?), singer version, not the current edition, which has the faint smell of decay about it. She was not my muse, and I don’t wax rhapsodic about her. Maybe it’s because, to quote her Wiki entry, “Mitchell’s approach to music struck a chord with many female listeners. In an era dominated by the stereotypical male rock star, she presented herself as “multidimensional and conflicted … allow[ing] her to build such a powerful identification among her female fans.” On the other hand, she said that the parents of baby-boomers were unhappy, and “out of it came this liberated, spoiled, selfish generation into the costume ball of free love, free sex, free music, free, free, free, free we’re so free. And Woodstock was the culmination of it.” But “I was not a part of that,” she explained in an interview. “I was not a part of the anti-war movement, either. I played in Fort Bragg. I went the Bob Hope route [i.e., touring to entertain military personnel] because I had uncles who died in the war, and I thought it was a shame to blame the boys who were drafted.” (Same source.) You might like her more than I, or less, de gustibus non disputandum and whatnot. But in these times, I feel like a little Edwin Starr is more apropos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztZI2aLQ9Sw

    • Vanderleun May 27, 2022, 5:25 PM

      I especially relish the phrase “the current edition, which has the faint smell of decay about it.” Yes, dissolving detritus of mothballs and lace.

  • Snakepit Kansas May 28, 2022, 5:34 AM

    Henceforth, eventually this war will be over, but not before some folks take advantage of all the money, weapons and materiel, blindly sent to Ukraine, to make themselves rich. When that much money is thrown around, corruption is drawn to it or fertilized. For many future years, Americans and allies will be facing the bad end of hundreds of thousands of full auto M4, M16 and belt fed machine guns left behind in Afghanistan. We are sending historically corrupt Ukraine much more lethal hardware currently.

  • Speller May 28, 2022, 1:22 PM

    It amazes me how many idiots like to pretend that Ukraine somehow suckered Putin into attacking them and how many idiots buy into that absurd premise.