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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Bad Moon Rising Part 94 - Sitting Ducks

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The people that run the U.S. are posturing for something really big on the world stage.

IF IT WEREN’T FOR US, the Russian/Ukraine war would probably be over.  We’re messing with CHINA over Taiwan and computer chips. And now, we’re backing up Israel in their show show of horrible brutality of genocide against the Palestinian people.  And since we’re talking about the Holy Land - God.

I read Tom Clancy’s book RED STORM RISING in the 80s.

One of the best parts was pages detailing bombing US aircraft carriers like sitting ducks.

Red Storm, an audacious, four-month master plan of elaborate diplomatic trickery and crash military buildup designed to keep the West off-balance—and ready it for the knockout blow.

Soviet Navy achieves a decisive early victory against a combined U.S. Navy carrier battle group consisting of USS Nimitz, USS Saratoga, the French carrier Foch, USS Saipan, and their escorts resulting in Foch and Saipan being sunk, while Nimitz is forced to spend weeks in drydock undergoing repairs.

How/where does he get his INFORMATION?

Tom Clancy’s expertise was contagious. He knew how sonar could be defeated, how rubber bullets could kill, how the Secret Service could respond to a passenger jet nose-diving into the Capitol building, and myriad other ways the United States government could and likely would respond to threats at home and abroad. He knew all of this with a chilling degree of accuracy. And if you read Clancy’s novels, you knew it, too.

Why does it matter that Clancy workshopped best-selling novels by sitting around a table with friends, pushing fake fleets and squadrons across make-believe warzones in the military dork’s equivalent of Dungeons and Dragons? Because Harpoon, which was developed by civilians, is still used to this day by Navy instructors to train officer cadets. Its numerical models of both American and then-Soviet vehicles and weapon systems were so detailed that, as legend has it, the Department of Defense paid a none-too-friendly visit to Harpoon’s creator, Larry Bond (who co-wrote Red Storm Rising with Clancy), demanding to see his classified materials, only to find that Bond had culled all the information from non-classified sources. Apocryphal or not, that is Harpoon’s legacy - a naval simulation so good, it borders on illegal

There’s a new war going on in the Middle East - Hamas vs Israel.

AlJazeera REPORTS:

A surprise attack by Palestinian group Hamas on Israel combining gunmen breaching security barriers and a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza - was launched at dawn during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah.

Saturday’s attack came 50 years and a day after Egyptian and Syrian forces launched an assault during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in an effort to retrieve territory Israel had taken during a brief conflict in 1967.

Check out the Real New Network show with Chris Hedges and Norman Finkelstein on OCTOBER 18:

On October 7, Hamas fighters broke through the security barrier separating Gaza from Israel. They attacked army outposts, villages, and outdoor concert venues, and kibbutz. Some 1300 Israelis, many of them civilians, were killed. Almost 200 Israelis, including women, children, and the elderly, were taken as hostages and transported back to Gaza. Israel says 1,500 Hamas militants, most young men who most likely had never been out of Gaza, were killed. Israel has now ordered some 1.1 million Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate. The north includes Gaza City, the most densely populated part of the strip, with 750,000 residents. It also includes Gaza’s main hospital, the Jabalia, and Al-Shati refugee camps. Gaza is one of the most heavily populated spots on the planet.  Its borders are sealed by Egypt and Israel.

There is no sanctuary; With a tiny landmass, 25 miles long, and only about five miles wide. Israel has cut off food, fuel, water, and electricity, provoking an appalling humanitarian crisis.

Israel has unleashed a horrific war of collective punishment against the people of Gaza, the latest in a long history of anti-Palestinian oppression. As corporate media shamelessly provides cover for what is undoubtedly a genocide unfolding in real time, the need to ground our understanding of the conflict in its proper history is more important than ever. Norman Finkelstein joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss Israel’s 17 year blockade of Gaza and its crucial significance to understanding the events of the past two weeks.

It only took the United States a few days to stick it’s nose in:


A US warship that intercepted drones and missiles near the coast of Yemen on Thursday encountered a larger and more sustained barrage than was previously known, shooting down 4 cruise missiles and 15 drones over a period of 9 hours, according to a US official familiar with the situation.

Today, we have two aircraft carriers ready to join in whatever happens next.


The Pentagon has ordered a second carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is sending Air Force fighter jets to the region as Israel prepares to expand its Gaza operations, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement Saturday.

The first carrier strike group, led by the USS Gerald R. Ford, arrived off the coast of Israel last week.

Now the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower strike group, which deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday, is headed to the eastern Mediterranean.

Over on Substack, Gilbert Doctorow writes:

My unfinished sentence about the Russian aircraft now on permanent patrol of the Black Sea and carrying Russias hypersonic Kinzhal missiles would have ended in the following: the Russian missiles can strike the U.S. aircraft carrier task force off Israeli shores and two of them are sufficient to send the Gerald Ford to the bottom of the sea.

That last point is not my own interpretation: it was stated clearly on a live broadcast of Russia’s premier talk show hosted by Vladimir Solovyov two days ago.  To that I add here a very important additional note that highlights how close we are coming to the war to end all wars:  Putin made his statement about the Kinzhals not from his Kremlin offices but from the guest house in Beijing where he spent two days this week and met for several hours with Chinese president Xi Jinping.  As a veteran Kremlinologist, I can say with confidence that Putin’s readiness to finish off the American aircraft carrier task force in the Mediterranean if necessary had been discussed with and approved by Xi, who surely has his own concerns about the U.S. navy operating most provocatively in the South China Sea.  It also aligns with the threat by North Korean leader Kim one week ago that he is ready to sink the U.S. aircraft carrier that loiters in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula.  What we have before us is the prospect of Pearl Harbor all over again, but in three seas.

These separate facts are in the public domain.  I remain surprised that no one is drawing the dots to the obvious conclusion: that we are on the cusp of a very great war for which the Mideast crisis is just the detonator.

Nonetheless, it does not have to end this way. Unless attacked, it is unlikely that Iran will enter the conflict directly. Hezbollah can do a good enough job of bloodying the Israelis nose without the intervention of their friends in Teheran.  And the Russians are certain to hold their fire unless Iran and/or Syria are attacked by the U.S. warplanes based on the fleet.

This is not the Grand Chessboard that Zbigniew Brzezinski had in mind when he published his book on the global power outlook in 1997. Nor did he reckon that the U.S. team of strategists in office would not have progressed beyond Chinese checkers.

I watched MEET THE PRESS and FACE THE NATION this morning.

Nobody from the U.S. is talking peace.  After President BIDEN’S SPEECH the other day that sounded more like NAZI PROPAGANDA to me THAN ANYTHING ELSE - Blinken, Biden, and the rest of the warmongers may be getting ready to lead the world into the heart of the Holy Land in war.

Presidents Putin of Russia and Xi JinPing of China held their own meetings.

The Guardian REPORTS

Although Beijing has tried to position itself as a PEACEMAKER in Ukraine, China’s continuing economic and political SUPPORT for Russia has made its commitment to Moscow clear.

Xi cast China as a leader in fostering international cooperation through its BRI PROJECTS, which has involved more than 150 countries and 30 international businesses since its launch a decade ago.

Although China is not thought to have provided Russia with lethal weapons, it has provided key technology and hardware that have been a lifeline for the Russian economy - and military efforts.

Last month the US Commerce Department imposed trade restrictions on 11 Chinese companies, accusing some of them of supplying drone-making equipment to Russia.

Will the first U.S. aircraft carrier get sunk off the China coast, the Mediterranean, or maybe the Persion gulf??

Then what?

Seventeen years ago I though President Bush was going to NUKE IRAN.

His successors may be so crazy and so power hungry, that they may believe a nuclear exchange is survivable, and may do anything to protect their own self interests, rationalize it by talking themselves into believing they’re doing God’s work - like the PROSPERITY GOSPEL loving crowd of our own REPUBLICAN PARTY.


According to a Pentagon PRESS RELEASE, the military working toward a modern variant of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb, called the B61-13, but the initiative is awaiting congressional authorization and appropriation.


The B61-13 would be deliverable by modern aircraft, strengthening deterrence of adversaries and assurance of allies and partners by providing the President with additional options against certain harder and large-area military targets. It would replace some of the B61-7s in the current nuclear stockpile and have a yield similar to the B61-7, which is higher than that of the B61-12.

We’re now involved in two important wars - Russia vs Ukraine, and Israel vs Hamas. 

We’re looking down Iran’s and China’s throats off their boarders, while the GEOPOLITICAL arena makes tectonic shifts.

We’re sitting ducks.

Posted by Elvis on 10/22/23 •
Section Bad Moon Rising • Section Dying America • Section Fascism
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