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    The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

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    The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

    NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

    Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

    Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as "eye-watering."

    For their part, caught in the crossfire as sitting ducks or headless chickens, that mighty ideological aircraft carrier known as the USS Think Tankland was left dabbling with the four options left for Washington to "achieve its goals" in Syria.

    The first option is containment — which is exactly what the Obama administration has been doing. The recipe was proposed in full by the Brookings Institution; "containing their activities within failed or near-failing states is the best option for the foreseeable future."

    But that, Think Tankland argues, would "crush the popular opposition" in Syria. There is no "popular opposition" in Syria; it's either the government in Damascus or a future under the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh Salafi-jihadi goons.

    The second option is the favorite among US neocons and neoliberalcons; to weaponize the already weaponized opposition. This opposition ranges from the YPG Kurds — who actually fight on the ground against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh — to Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria and its Salafi-jihadi cohorts. Al-Nusra of course has been rebranded in the Beltway as "moderate rebels"; so this option means in practice the House of Saud weaponizing al-Qaeda while they fight under the cover of US air strikes.

    Pure Ionesco-style theatre of the absurd. Compounded by the fact those apocalyptic nut jobs who pass as "clerics" in Saudi Arabia, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, have duly declared jihad against Russia.

    The third option will go nowhere; Washington allying with "Assad just go" and Iran — not to mention Russia — in a real fight-to-the-finish  against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. Obama boxed himself in a long time ago  with "Assad must go", so he remains immobilized by a self-inflicted ippon.

    The fourth option is the neocon wet dream; regime change, achieved, in theory, by what I call the Coalition of the Dodgy Opportunists (CDO), as in the NATO-GCC embrace, with a Turkish starring role and attached US air strikes, plus all those thousands of CIA-trained "moderate rebels" slouching all the way to Damascus. As if the Russian campaign did not exist.

    In fact, for US corporate media, it's as if the overwhelming Russian massacre — and not "containment" — of "Caliphate" assets these past three weeks is not happening at all. Hubris has metamorphosed into huge embarrassment and finally into total omission.

    The Obama administration's "Assad must go" diktat has also metamorphosed into a wacky version of a non-denial denial. It's plain obvious now that the Russia air campaign, way beyond ISIS/ISIL/Daesh, has destroyed the whole imperial game across "Syraq"; that same old mix of regime change, Balkanization, creating and keeping failed states, "isolating" Russia.

    Moreover, and contrary to all the current rehash of Afghan mythology — where, incidentally, the Taliban continue to win in America's Longest War — Syria won't be a revisited USSR quagmire. On the contrary; while in Afghanistan in the 1980s the proverbial imperial game of using Salafi-jihadis against a secular government worked, as it worked in NATO turning Libya into a failed state, now Moscow reverse-engineered the process, smashing the Salafi-jihadis on the ground in conjunction with secular governments.

    It's our (bombing) way or the highway

    Which bring us to Iraq.

    Next week, Iraq's parliament will vote on whether to request Russian air strikes against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, former national security adviser to former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, is convinced the vote will pass — even facing Sunni and somewhat Kurdish opposition.

    A measure of Washington's alarm is that the new chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford was forced to fly to  Baghdad to make sure this won't happen. In his own words, the Pentagon was consumed by "angst" when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi evoked the vote.

    "Angst" is bound to persist. This is all about imperial spheres of influence. A "yes" vote, on the ground, means the Russian Air Force working in tandem with ground intel collected by Shi'ite militias such as the Badr Corps and Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq to smash all fake "Caliphate" positions. And geopolitically, a "yes" vote signifies the ultimate humiliation — after all those elaborate multi-trillion dollar plans for the "Greater Middle East" which Shock and Awe in 2003 should have set in motion.

    The USS Think Tankland's prescription for all the trouble in Syria is to beef up NATO, as in "send aid of all kinds" to "protect" poor Turkey.

    Sultan Erdogan is possibly about to profit from a Chancellor Merkel-engineered 3 billion euro plan to "encourage" Ankara to keep on Turkish soil potential Syrian migrants bent on a peaceful invasion of the European Union. Thus the Sultan will have paved the way for being finally "accepted", in the long run, as a EU member.

    The problem is Sultan Erdogan not only supports ISIS/ISIL/Daesh as a regime change tool, but he also has renewed his war against PKK Kurds, which are allied with YPG Kurds, which are objectively allied with Washington.

    Even that configuration does not prevent the USS Think Tankland from advising the creation of a NATO-enforced no-fly zone along the Turkish-Syria border, supported by American, Turkish, British and French troops.

    Beltway, now we do have a problem. This no-fly zone is already in effect. And it's run by Russia. And you won't be able to jam it.

    A quick final recap: the Empire of Chaos destroys Iraq; creates the conditions for the emergence of a Salafi-jihadi constellation, from al-Qaeda in Iraq to its Frankenstein, ISIS/ISIL/Daesh; does not get the oil (remember Wolfowitz's "We're the new OPEC"?); tries to destroy Syria for four years, unsuccessfully; and in the end Russia reinstates its Middle East sphere of influence as the real power fighting Salafi-jihadism across "Syraq".

    If this is what passes for imperial planning, the Empire of Chaos certainly does not need enemies.

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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    • Arius Armenian
      It is amazing to watch the US aiding the Islamization of Europe via Turkey and the US directed disintegration of Libya.

      There is an analogous historical example: during the late Byzantine period the Emperor invited Turkish forces from Asia Minor to cross to northern Greece to suppress anti-Byzantine forces. This led directly to the Ottoman presence in the Balkans which spread from there.

      The greatest danger to Europe is the US. Until they realize it and turn East they will continue to be the victims of US policy. Worse is coming for Europe.
    • Arius Armenian
      It is amazing to watch the US aiding the Islamization of Europe via Turkey and the US directed disintegration of Libya.

      There is an analogous historical example: during the late Byzantine period the Emperor invited Turkish forces from Asia Minor to cross to northern Greece to suppress anti-Byzantine forces. This led directly to the Ottoman presence in the Balkans which spread from there.

      The greatest danger to Europe is the US. Until they realize it and turn East they will continue to be the victims of US policy. Worse is coming for Europe.
    • karlof1
      Combining Pepe's essay with President Putin's remarks at the Valdai Club meeting and the sure-to-pass Iraq vote to enlist Russia in its fight for liberation, and you get total defeat for the Outlaw Empire including massive loss of face as its propaganda will never have the force it once had and will now decay into mere bits and bytes. But as Arius notes, Europe's people must awaken and liberate themselves from their enslavement to EU/NATO/Outlaw Empire by pushing the entire edifice into the Atlantic Ocean for it to drown.
    • choticastile
      Pepe as always saying it exactly like it is -- anyone not on the right side of Pepe Power, would not only cringe with humiliation, but wish themselves anywhere else, but on planet earth!
    • lobrn09
      Regardless of where Truth lies, when it comes to The Blind-Blinded, those for whom vision is to constantly see with The Ears, for example, it is all about “splitting”/dividing Reality into Relativity, Division/”Relativity” being the state where Under tussels with Over to ascertain which is Reality, an insanity if there ever is one.

      When The Energy Creator exists, what, then, is Fame, Fortune & Immortality? You know, when Reality/Truth is Energy Construction. Realise it or not, by not being spiritually empowered, The Spiritually Benevolent is not only invisible, He is forever a myth - until absolute-finality/Finality arrives by which Time, Regret will be the constant companion of those who are unable to Evolve. If The Energy Creator exists instead of Fame, Fortune & Immortality, aka Might is Right, being the be-all, end-all, of course.

      In Truth, when Humanity’s Inhumanity is merely the underlying Greed-Fear of Energy Transformers, there WILL NOT be an end to Humanity’s Inhumanity, regardless of how The World Economy/Politics shift and change. In the end, left to Selfishness/Hypocrisy/Posturing, Humanity’s Inhumanity will be instituted - the moment when Energy Construction becomes Energy Destruction to implement “Real Armageddon”, Relative Armageddon being when Energy Destruction indiscriminately destroys ALL due to Cockroaches & Cockroaching being on the verge of becoming institutionalised. If true, is it any wonder that the malevolents are upping their ante “Across The Board”? You know, when the covertness of Malevolence no longer needs to hide by being overtly malevolent.

      If the above is untrue, that is merely some idiotic-lunatic on the loose but should it be true, those who are able to realise their reality need to become real at every opportunity presented. Being Selfish/Greedy-Fearful might be The Energy Transformer’s perogative, but not when The Energy Creator exists albeit ONLY realisable when the indiviudal’s Selfishness changes to Selflessness, be that permanently so or opportunistcally so.

      To Err might be Human but not when every Human Body has The Divine “refracted” within, EVERY human being merely a tenant to his Body on taking birth-rebirth. Humans need to take birth on Earth because that is the ONLY way a human is able to Evolve [Evolution being when Cosmic Dust gain Consciousness-Conscience and progress onto expressing Divinity] whilst non-thinkers like Animals & Vegetation are able to Evolve ONLY after they have had “died”, a non- thinker being merely The Divine in that form which is why non-thinkers lack the means of “questioning”. Remember this well the next time some semi-cooked meat is “going down the hatch” [with “alcoholic accompaniment” - ‘ow sophisticated eh?] - and all beecuz, “I paid for it, didn’t I !!” Perhaps not the cow who is shedding tears as it heads for the “abattoir” - even though it is The Divine in that form.

      The “Russians”/Slavics/Pituitary/”Front-of-The Cross-of-Jesus-Christ” are/is the twin of “The Chinese”/The-Pineal/”Back-of-The-Cross-of-Jesus-Christ” [The Pineal being Of Visual Acquity, which is perhaps why “The Chinese” are prone to Visual Abberation/”Disturbance”], the seeming “ascendency” of The Chinese being due to The Mantle currently “resting” in “China”, The Mantle’s Ultimate Destination being “The Himalayas”.

      Those who unable to realise The Spiritually Benevolent might perhaps need to relinquish their addiction to Fame, Fortune & Immortality [FF&I], firstly by relinquishing their Egotism/Stupidity-Conditionings/Dumbness. [“The Chinese” had 2 Avatars guiding their culture, namely “Confucius”/Master-Kung and “Lao-Tze”/Old-Master {with the Kommies favouring Confucius because He practices “Humanity”/Materialism whereas Lao-Tze practices Spirituality}, which is why no one needs to fear a Chinese who imbibes Chinese culture {but NOT those “Chinese” whose first duty when “freed” is to enslave themselves with “Christian Names”, devouring “Cowpat Burgers”, in addition to showing-off their “arrival in Nirvanaland” via “golden trinklets”, “cars”, “houses” and “wives”, such is the Freedom which is Abandonment} with The Frivolity & Nonsense of The DNA of Downtown TelAviv-Kiev/Nazis/Number-Oners truly “Talking Cock” {a-doodle-do} when they are merely acting like thieves who are always suspicious of another being a copper out to nab/”cheat” them, cheating being the favourite pastime of Exporters of Turkey Casino Operations.]

      Barefaced Liars/”Propaganda” seemingly have such control over those addicted-to FF&I via their ownership of The Oral Gymnasium that the jokers are able to Devolve many before many are able to fully Evolve. As such, those who have the Desire to Become/Be Pure need to relinquish their Desire for Purity. It does not matter if Another cannot/refuses to change, so long as self changes, The Spiritually Benevolent will then be able to share His Energy Creativity via His-Purest-Desire/Her, Love-The-Almighty, Who is firstly reflected within ALL Human [Bodies] as The Absolute Energy Charging Cord [Who “resides” within The Sacrum Bone] and secondly as Energy Creativity, aka “Heaven”, The Divine being extremely “active” in His gifting/sharing as The Ending approaches. It is benevolent to realise that when jokers come forward to “accept responsiblity”, the real question is, “Why didn’t they become responsible immediately after their transgression?” Really? How quaint, there being no such thing as Truth within UnTruth.

      Be conscious and be aware that blindly accepting or blindly rejecting is not the Point/Reality, Religion & Religiosity being “The Mesmeric Tentacle of The Bookie”. So long as The Desire is “Pure”/Benevolent, the seeker/aspirant will be able to receive Reality, sooner if not later. Without being able to realise the barefaced lying, Barefaced Liars/the-malevolents, will be able to snare those addicted to FF&I/Relativism, Reality being Of-Self whereas Relativity is Of Another. Incidentally, The Divine “packetises”/dispenses Energy via “The Vibrations”, whereby The Energy has supreme-intelligence/Intelligence in the manner of The Real Magic Bullet, something Futurists are trying to do “in order to reduce Kolateral Damage”. Yes, Herr General, you Stupido-Dumbo, The Holder of Regret and wherever you may be, the catalyst for Malevolence.

      Realise too that Divinity/Reality is NOT about Saviourship-Worship but about the ability to absolutely distinguish between Benevolence and Benevolence’s Absence/Myth, Malevolence, there being no such thing as Malevolence/UnTruth within Benevolence/Truth, and vice-versa. More pertinent is the self-realisation that EVERY thinker is Dual-Natured/”Multi-Faceted” due to thinkers being able to project their Thought [via Analysing, Plotting & Planning], The Projection of Thought being “Human Intelligence”, which is why sooner or later, ALL thinkers will be able to, say, develop “Nuclear Weapons”, Real-Intelligence/The-Present/”The-Realisation” having ZERO Thought/Past-vs-Future. Not even an “Elemental Trace”.

      Supreme intelligence is why “Instinct” enables the thoughtless Human Infant to suckle, etc. You know, being able to express Consciousness without having to Read The Manual on Konsciousness, Thoughtlessness being Of-Innocence, Innocence being The Expression of Wisdom/”Gravity”, Gravity being the means to Nuclear Fusion, Who supports all life on Earth, something the Underly-Conscienced of ”Human Intelligence” are unable to realise whenever they look at some faraway [as in “Light Years” away, such is the realm of Stupidity-Dumbness] “Solar Systems” - and then deciding to “save” Humanity before The Sun becomes a “Red Dwarf”. [Beecuz you see, mankind would have the means to travel at “The Speed of Light” then for the “fully-subscribed membars of Da Kollider Klub”, such is Stupidity, aka Futuristic Thought, “The Father of Egotism”, being Stupidity.]

      Be conscious and be aware too that when a Barefaced Liar is lying barefaced, the kreature is not trying to convince/preach/convert other than keeping count on its “flock”, many at The Helm of The Affairs of Men merely looking human - but not when one is blindly believing or blindly rejecting so. One reason why those who have the ability to become Selfless need to become Spiritually-Aware before The Ending arrives. As such, the biggest damage Religion & Religiosity had done to Humanity is to consign Reality into the pages of its “Scriptures”, thereby morphing Reality into Relativity. Don’t/Can’t believe it? Witness how many are merely yakity-yakking about, “G_d Bless”, “Fear Not”, “Allah Hu Akbar”, [as if God is in their pockets awaiting instructions to perform tricks], and the myriad of blind beliefs that is driving Humanity’s Inhumanity without The Vast Majority of humans realising so. Especially The Truly Imperfect posturing as The Already Perfect, The Proof of Divinity being when the Imperfect are able to become Perfect - and NOT the other way around. The Number Oners, be conscious and be aware - that The Facades/Cultures of Malevolence are Fame, Fortune & Immortality, aka Materialism - when The Already Perfect become Imperfect because they have a g_d-given right to unleash their “Perfection”. NOT when The Energy Creator exists and ONLY He is able to become The Energy Destroyer.
    • in reply toArius Armenian(Show commentHide comment)
      Arius Armenian, Europe better wake up. The aim is to destroy the nation states of Europe by flooding them with refugees. Refugees created by the western sponsored terrorists, ISIS. We know they are western sponsored because of the west's incompetence at supposedly fighting them (the USAF couldn't find their own *sses with both hands with their eyes closed -- bwah, ha, ha).
    • Oopsy, the west's failed state imperial game all go boom! Awwwww. Evil, evil, evil.
    • 'If you're not with us, you're, er, er, er, winning.' Praise the Lord Putin.

      Doesn't all this give lie to the claim of Russian involvement in Ukraine? President Putin could have resolved that crisis overnight - militarily - if desired.
    • Matthewbleu2
      Bravo. Another great analysis by Pepe Escobar. He exposes the new Axis of Evil led by the US. It's all about oil and gas. The Axis of Evil wants to ruin the gas business of Russia and replaces it with gas from Qatar, with an Exxon pipeline through Syria to Turkey and Europe. But Assad and Putin stand in the way.

      If Russia can shut down the electronics of US and Nato aircraft and ships with 600 km, the game is over.
    • plainguy53200
      I always enjoy reading Pepe's work, he's one of the best in the business. (if not the best) You don't always get to hear what you want to, but you know he's giving you the best information he can, and you will have an honest, and real view... I respect that, and wish for more...
    • mzungu Thomas Buschmann
      US is desperately working on a new narrative. You can read and see it on russia today. They want to admit that, yes, we made some faults but 1. Russians and Chinese are pursuing the same policies 2. It was never our intention to promote terrorism 3. Syria "may" remain a sovereign state but territorially diminished, 4. Assad can be given some more months in power 5. We will look to it that Syria will have a democratic system represented by our cronies 6. we don't loose a word about the Golan heights where Israel is going to drill from a huge oil reservoir
    • mzungu Thomas Buschmannin reply tolobrn09(Show commentHide comment)
      lobrn09, in my view such comments are useless and should be posted in different forums like esoteric thought or buddhism whatever. We are discussing political facts.
    • tonyreganartin reply tolobrn09(Show commentHide comment)
      lobrn09, There are some deep thoughts in this interesting post. Reference Marlene Dietrich 'People don't understand me, I'm always on the winning side' line from a 30s movie also David Bowie's Blackstar video an Apollo/Archangel Gabriel duality within himself.
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