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Overall Grand Strategy of The US
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I just finished reading this article, and I really find it intriguing.  I've never heard of The 'Voltaire Network' before, and to make thing even more unusual, it is stationed in Syria, of all places.  

The new Grand Strategy of the United States
by Thierry Meyssan

Many people think that the United States is very active, but does not succeed in much. For example, it is said that its wars in the Greater Middle East are a succession of failures. But for Thierry Meyssan, the USA has a coherent military, commercial and diplomatic strategy. According to its own objectives, it advances patiently, and is crowned with success.
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Ho Hum!
The Iraq War was an unprecedented disaster for the US (let alone for Iraq itself).
Grand Strategy? ---> LOL. The US invaded Iraq, occupied Iraq, then lost it.

The US lost Vietnam. But at least in Vietnam, the US had seriously weakened its enemies. Not in Iraq where the enemies got stronger.

Trump's Trade War and other adventures: Just erratic kicks in the air in a desperate attempt to achieve something during his mandate.
Everything he does is being reversed one by one after a few weeks. (At least his/her successor won't have to undo his legacy as Trump does two jobs in one.)

The US has NOT maintained US troops in the East of Syria to prevent anyone from exploiting the oil fields . They just left and the US doesn't control ANY oil field in the region.
Still licks the boots of Turkey and Qatar for their airbases.

The US is very far from stopping European or Turkish pipeline projects. Russia is the second most influencial power in Syria after Iran.

The US has not blocked Iranian oil export significantly. His biggest clients: India and China are exempted.
It hasn't blocked completely Venezuelian oil exports neither, thought here, it's more effective: Maduro is using barter or advance for credits instead of selling for cash.

I bet the next administration will be as inconsistent and incapable as the previous ones.
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(04-10-2019, 06:22 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: ...the US lost Vietnam. But at least in Vietnam, the US had seriously weakened its enemies...

The US media lost Vietnam. General Giap, Commander of NVA forces clearly indicated that NVA troops were without sufficient supplies, and had been continually defeated time and again. By 1968, NVA morale was at it's lowest point ever. The plans for "Tet" '68 was their last desperate attempt to achieve a success, in an effort to boost the NVA morale. When it was over, General Giap and the NVA viewed the Tet '68 offensive as a failure, they were on their knees and had prepared to negotiate a surrender. At that time, there were fewer than 10,000 U.S. casualties, the Vietnam War was about to end, as the NVA was prepared to accept their defeat. Then, they heard Walter Cronkite (former CBS News anchor and correspondent) on TV proclaiming the success of the Tet '68 offensive by the communist NVA. They were completely and totally amazed at hearing that the US Embassy had been overrun. In reality, The NVA had not gained access to the Embassy--there were some VC who had been killed on the grassy lawn, but they hadn't gained access. Further reports indicated the riots and protesting on the streets of America. According to Giap, these distorted reports were inspirational to the NVA. They changed their plans from a negotiated surrender and decided instead, they only needed to persevere for one more hour, day, week, month, eventually the protesters in American would help them to achieve a victory they knew they could not win on the battlefield. The Cronkite paradigm caused all wars since them to be aimed at the media - not at the military.

(04-10-2019, 06:22 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: ...Trump's Trade War and other adventures: Just erratic kicks in the air in a desperate attempt to achieve something during his mandate.
Nope, can't claim that. Trump's legacy to date is exemplary. Success everywhere.

(04-10-2019, 06:22 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: ... Maduro is using barter or advance for credits instead of selling for cash.
No economic pressure? One million percent inflation must be a figment of our imaginations?
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WmL Wrote:Success everywhere.
This depends on your point of view. S1

WmL Wrote:One million percent inflation must be a figment of our imaginations?
No. But the reason is socialism. Not Trump.
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(04-12-2019, 05:22 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: ...
WmL Wrote:One million percent inflation must be a figment of our imaginations?
No. But the reason is socialism. Not Trump.

D'uh!
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