Why Putin Want’s Trump to Win

October 9, 2016

Dear Trumpkins, picture this: Trump has won. The Mexican wall is under construction, trade deals are being dismantled, the debate on immigration runs long on what quota and screening measures are appropriate.

The house and likely the senate are in democratic hands, so despite campaign promises very little gets done except the ratings at C-SPAN surge.

Twitter and the NYT are are bought by a consortium led by the Trump kids as an anchor for the Trump media empire they will build while dad is in office as a gift for his service.

We read dozens of platitudes in the media exchanged between Trump and Putin, their shared admiration, and the peace they have brought to the world working together.

The White House gets a face lift in Trump style at taxpayer expense using long standing contractors in the Trump network.

Do you think along side this type of change anyone is really paying attention to Putin?

Meanwhile, Syria falls into Putin’s fold – along with his spoils in the Ukraine and Crimea – and he is emboldened. (Look at a map for a moment: http://bit.ly/2dWVC2L.) From Syria he makes covert inroads (InfoOps and special forces) into Iraq, building a front along Saudi Arabia. Iran is literally and figuratively behind him. Upon completion of securing the Saudi border, or possibly sometime before He then takes a stake in Lybia.

All along the way his info operations allow him to win enough local popular support that democratic processes fail to slow or stop him.

In a few years, he controls the Middle East, African Peninsula, and threatens or already has waged war on the west.

Maybe I’m crazy, or maybe there is a master plan. Doesn’t need to be exactly as I’ve laid it out, but the gist of it is the mass wave of protectionism will create a huge window for Russia to jump through as we are all occupied with our own unrest.  Their expansionist policy, can only come if no one is looking.  Much like our own bombing in Yemen went unnoticed today.

This is the US playbook, but now it’s being used against us. If we don’t wake up to it soon, we will lose a great deal more than what was once a noble election process.

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Weaponized Information

October 1, 2016

This is a fascinating read: link below. Here is an excerpt:

“… in the aftermath of the annexation of Crimea and the current destabilisation of Ukraine – that information can be used to disorganise governance, organise anti-government protests, delude adversaries, in uence public opinion, and reduce an opponent’s will to resist. Furthermore, it is critical that such activities begin prior to the onset of traditional military operations.”

Russian Information Warfare: Lessons from Ukraine


Was the Cold War Won by Reaganomics?

March 16, 2009

Here’s a novel idea giving credit to a regime I have very mixed feelings about, and as far as I know this is for better or worse all of my own dogma.

Was Reaganomics about economic progress, or was it really about geopolitical strategy?.  Hindsight being 20/20, one could research the idea that 28 years of deregulation and leverage helped us win the cold war.  Trickle down economics was possibly the single most force that allowed us to defeat the Russians and the prevailing global socialist regime.  It both afforded us a growing tax base created through economic stimulus to redeploy into defense spending, but simultaneously represented to the world that capitalism had succeeded, and that American Democratic Capitalism would lead to the best prosperity the world had ever seen.

Although if one subscribes to this, then it only took about nine years until the Berlin Wall came down. The following 20 or so were a holdover from a policy that few understood but that everyone enjoyed.  I give the thought credit on the basis that it would be awfully poetic to think that the same policy that helped us disarm the Russians will inadvertently force us to concede geopolitical leadership to the Chinese.

Anyone else seen work on this idea?


Nothing to Fear Except a Lack of Intervention

October 8, 2008

While the current flank of government intervention is having little immediate effect on asset values, one must wonder what would be happening if governments around the world really believed in invisible hands. 

U.K. to Buy Into Large Banks in Bold Move
Paul Hannon, Dana Cimilluca, Sara Schaeffer Muñoz and Carrick Mollenkamp, Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2008
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122344104878314533.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

West Ham deny crisis after Icelandic bank folds
Mikey Stafford, The Guardian, October 8, 2008
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/oct/08/premierleague.westhamunited

Greece to raise bank guarantee to €100,000
The Associated, October 8, 2008
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/10/08/business/EU-Greece-Deposit-Guarantee.php

UPDATE: Irish PM: Bank Guarantee Can’t Be Finalized Without EU
Dow Jones, October 08, 2008
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djhighlights/200810080919DOWJONESDJONLINE000469.htm

Kremlin set to pump £20billion into Russian banking system
Mail Online, October 7, 2008
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/money/article-1071638/Kremlin-set-pump-20billion-Russian-banking-system.html

Sarkozy leads calls for more joint EU action
Crispian Balmer and James Mackenzie, Reuters, October 8, 2008
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4977CF20081008

Central banks, governments try to contain crisis
Pan Pylas, Associated Press, October 8, 2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jow3VAPRg_rNF9bT2XtUar0d9PeAD93MCQ200