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    Pentagon War College Study for Saving Collapsing Empire

    Sometimes fact certainly beats the imaginations of fictions. Reading almost like an academic’s scholarly version of a sinister work of fiction manufactured out of the most macabre recesses of the imaginations Orwell, Huxley, and other visionaries of dystopian totalitarian society,
    A just released eerily disturbing Pentagon study foretells collapse of Washington’s world empire, and advocates the authors' very own version of a “Mein Kampf” to restore Washington World dominance through increase and expanded use of military might, furthered total surveillance, and control and manipulation of opinion and perception through information control and disinformation. Without further ado ...



    Pentagon War College Study for Saving Collapsing Empire

    An extraordinary new Pentagon study has concluded that the U.S.-backed international order established after World War 2 is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing”, leading the United States to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs. The solution proposed … is, however, more of the same: more surveillance, more propaganda (“strategic manipulation of perceptions”) and more military expansionism.

    The document concludes that the world has entered a fundamentally new phase of transformation in which U.S. power is in decline, international order is unravelling, and the authority of governments everywhere is crumbling. Having lost its past status of “pre-eminence”, the U.S. now inhabits a dangerous, unpredictable “post-primacy” world, whose defining feature is “resistance to authority”. … The report, based on a year-long intensive research process involving consultation with key agencies across the Department of Defense and U.S. Army, calls for the U.S. government to invest in more surveillance, better propaganda through “strategic manipulation” of public opinion, and a “wider and more flexible” U.S. military.

    The report was published in June by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute … The study was supported and sponsored by the U.S. Army’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate; the Joint Staff, J5 (Strategy and Policy Branch); the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Develop*ment; and the Army Study Program Management Office.


    Collapse
    While the United States remains a global political, economic, and military giant, it no longer enjoys an unassailable position versus state competitors,” the report laments.
    “In brief, the status quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for DoD is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing.” …

    Warning that “global events will happen faster than DoD is currently equipped to handle”, the study concludes that the U.S. “can no longer count on the unassailable position of dominance, supremacy, or pre-eminence it enjoyed for the 20-plus years after the fall of the Soviet Union.” …
    [U.S.] can no longer even “automatically generate consistent and sustained local military superiority at range.” …


    Defending the “status quo”
    The document is particularly candid in setting out why the U.S. sees these countries as threats — not so much because of tangible military or security issues, but mainly because their pursuit of their own legitimate national interests is, in itself, seen as undermining American dominance. Russia and China are described as “revisionist forces” … The premise of this conclusion is that the U.S.-backed “status quo” international order is fundamentally “favorable” … Most conspicuous of all, there is little substantiation in the document of how Russia and China pose a meaningful threat to American national security. … Far from insisting, as the U.S. government does officially, that Iran and North Korea pose as nuclear threats, the document instead insists they are considered problematic for the expansion of the “U.S.-led order.”


    Losing the propaganda war
    Amidst the challenge posed by these competing powers, the Pentagon study emphasizes the threat from non-state forces undermining the “U.S.-led order” in different ways, primarily through information. … The “hyper-connectivity” … is leading to the uncontrolled spread of information. …
    Wide uncontrolled access to technology that most now take for granted is rapidly undermining prior advantages of discrete, secret, or covert intentions, actions, or operations….”

    This information revolution, in turn, is leading to the “generalized disintegration of traditional authority structures … fueled, and/or accelerated by hyperconnectivity and the obvious decay and potential failure of the post-Cold War status quo.”


    Civil unrest
    The document hints that such populist civil unrest is likely to become prominent in Western homelands, including inside the United States. …
    “the same forces at work there are similarly eroding the reach and authority of governments worldwide…”
    The U.S. homeland is flagged-up as being especially vulnerable to the breakdown of “traditional authority structures” … There is little reflection, however, on the role of the US government itself in fomenting such endemic distrust, through its own policies.


    Bad facts

    “Fact-inconvenient” information consists of the exposure of “details that, by implication, undermine legitimate authority and erode the relationships between governments and the governed” — facts, for instance, that reveal how government policy is corrupt, incompetent or undemocratic.

    “Fact-perilous” information refers basically to national security leaks from whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning, “exposing highly classified, sensitive, or proprietary information that can be used to accelerate a real loss of tactical, operational, or strategic advantage.

    “Fact-toxic” information pertains to actual truths which, the document complains, are “exposed in the absence of context”, and therefore poison “important political discourse.” Such information is seen as being most potent in triggering outbreaks of civil unrest …

    In short, the U.S. Army War College study team believe that the spread of ‘facts’ challenging the legitimacy of American empire is a major driver of its decline: not the actual behavior of the empire which such facts point to.


    Mass surveillance and psychological warfare
    The Pentagon study therefore comes up with two solutions to the information threat.
    The first is to make better use of U.S. mass surveillance capabilities, which are described as “the largest and most sophisticated and integrated intelligence complex in world.” …
    Pentagon officials need to simply accept, therefore, that: “… the U.S. homeland, individual American citizens, and U.S. public opinion and perceptions will increasingly become battlefields.”


    Military supremacy
    The Pentagon report sees expanding the U.S. military as the only option. … The document demands a military force so powerful it can preserve “maximum freedom of action”, and allow the U.S. to “dictate or hold significant sway over outcomes in international disputes.”

    One would be hard-pressed to find a clearer statement of imperial intent in any U.S. Army document:
    “the post-primacy reality demands a wider and more flexible military force that can generate advantage and options across the broadest possible range of military demands. … maintenance of military advantage preserves maximum freedom of action… Finally, it allows U.S. decision-makers the opportunity to dictate or hold significant sway over outcomes in international disputes in the shadow of significant U.S. military capability and the implied promise of unacceptable consequences in the event that capability is unleashed.”

    Once again, military power is essentially depicted as a tool for the U.S. to force, threaten and cajole other countries into submission to U.S. demands. The very concept of ‘defense’ is thus re-framed as the capacity to use overwhelming military might to get one’s way — anything which undermines this capacity ends up automatically appearing as a threat that deserves to be attacked.


    Narcissism
    The document … represents “the collective wisdom” of the numerous officials consulted. In that sense, the document is a uniquely insightful window into the mind of the Pentagon, and how embarrassingly limited its cognitive scope really is. And this in turn reveals not only why the Pentagon’s approach is bound to make things worse, but also what an alternative more productive approach might look like. Launched in June 2016 and completed in April 2017, the U.S. Army War College research project involved extensive consultation with officials across the Pentagon, including representatives of the joint and service staffs, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM); U.S. Forces, Japan (USFJ), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Intelligence Council, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and U.S. Army Pacific [US*ARPAC] and Pacific Fleet [PACFLT]). The study team also consulted with a handful of American think-tanks of a somewhat neoconservative persuasion: the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the RAND Corporation, and the Institute for the Study of War. No wonder, then, that its findings are so myopic. … it involves little more than talking to yourself? Is it any wonder that the solutions offered represent an echo chamber calling to amplify precisely the same policies that have contributed to the destabilization of U.S. power?

    A large body of data demonstrates that the escalating risks to U.S. power have come not from outside U.S. power, but from the very manner in which U.S. power has operated. The breakdown of the U.S.-led international order, from this perspective, is happening as a direct consequence of deep-seated flaws in the structure, values and vision of that order. In this context, the study’s conclusions are less a reflection of the actual state of the world, than of the way the Pentagon sees itself and the world. … most telling of all is the document’s utter inability to recognize the role of the Pentagon itself in systematically pursuing a wide range of policies over the last several decades which have contributed directly to the very “instability” it now wants to defend against. … the document is a powerful illustration of the self-limiting failure of conventional risk-assessment approaches. …

    The Pentagon study’s recommendations call for an intensification of the very imperial policies that futurist Professor Johan Galtung, who accurately forecasted the demise of the USSR, predicts will accelerate the “collapse of the U.S. empire” by around 2020. … as the empire falls, lashing out in its death throes, what comes after?
    Last edited by AZJoe; 07-18-2017 at 09:10 AM.
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    "The solution proposed … is, however, more of the same: more surveillance, more propaganda (“strategic manipulation of perceptions”) and more military expansionism."


    "More of the same" is what every small mind tries at the end of empire, a few truly great minds throughout history have grasped the idea that something new would be needed.
    Even if we wanted to keep our empire we apparently don't have the leadership to succeed.
    The end is near for the empire, and we will all be better off for it.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    nero fiddled.
    That remark captures the insanity/demonics that occupied the leadership at the Roman collapse.
    I think we will have a modern equivalent.
    Last edited by goldenequity; 07-18-2017 at 02:27 AM.

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    pitchforks/torches bump.

    ‘So many threats’: GOP lawmaker refuses to hold town hall meeting over safety concerns

    Texas congressman threatened with lynching after calling for Trump’s impeachment

    Capitol Police in Washington DC had already investigated around 950 threats to members of Congress in the first six months of the year, compared to 902 in the whole of 2016.

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    gawd, that's some serious corporate-speak right there lol
    1. Don't lie.
    2. Don't cheat.
    3. Don't steal.
    4. Don't kill.
    5. Don't commit adultery.
    6. Don't covet what your neighbor has, especially his wife.
    7. Honor your father and mother.
    8. Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.
    9. Don’t use your Higher Power's name in vain, or anyone else's.
    10. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

    "For the love of money is the root of all evil..." -- I Timothy 6:10, KJV

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    History of empires apparently mean nothing to these hegemonists. They're gonna go down hard.

    Don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

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    Wide uncontrolled access to technology that most now take for granted is rapidly undermining prior advantages of discrete, secret, or covert intentions, actions, or operations….”

    Translation: It's getting harder to lie to these stupid tax slaves.
    I do not consent.

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    War college studies all kinds of possible scenarios. It is a wise way to conduct business. All countries do this. (Or should).
    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    The quality seems to have dropped significantly since I came here, I guess you get what you pay for.
    "There is always a tweet. That has become accepted fact in the Trump presidency: For every pronouncement the President makes, there is at least one tweet from his past that directly contradicts his current view." -CNN

    I am Zippy and I approve of this post. But you don't have to.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    War college studies all kinds of possible scenarios. It is a wise way to conduct business. All countries do this. (Or should).
    lol

    We are the ONLY country since WWII that has tried to rule the world. You really think Spain has (or should have) a "How to Keep World Dominance" plans?

    lol
    I do not consent.

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    "We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
    - Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Government of George W. Bush.
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
    "War is the health of the State." - Randolph Bourne "Freedom is the answer. ... Now, what's the question?" - Ernie Hancock.

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    US Homeland Security Secretary on the State of the Empire this week:

    "We are witnessing historic changes across the entire threat landscape ... The balance of power that has characterized the international system for decades has been corroding. America's unipolar moment is at risk."


    Explains why the deep state/neocon/empire actions are increasingly frantic, desperate, corrupt and neurotic.
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
    "War is the health of the State." - Randolph Bourne "Freedom is the answer. ... Now, what's the question?" - Ernie Hancock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    nero fiddled.
    That remark captures the insanity/demonics that occupied the leadership at the Roman collapse.
    I think we will have a modern equivalent.
    Quote Originally Posted by shakey1 View Post
    History of empires apparently mean nothing to these hegemonists. They're gonna go down hard.
    Quote Originally Posted by Slave Mentality View Post
    Wide uncontrolled access to technology that most now take for granted is rapidly undermining prior advantages of discrete, secret, or covert intentions, actions, or operations….”

    Translation: It's getting harder to lie to these stupid tax slaves.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    War college studies all kinds of possible scenarios. It is a wise way to conduct business. All countries do this. (Or should).
    Quote Originally Posted by AZJoe View Post
    "We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
    - Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Government of George W. Bush.
    Quote Originally Posted by AZJoe View Post
    US Homeland Security Secretary on the State of the Empire this week:

    "We are witnessing historic changes across the entire threat landscape ... The balance of power that has characterized the international system for decades has been corroding. America's unipolar moment is at risk."


    Explains why the deep state/neocon/empire actions are increasingly frantic, desperate, corrupt and neurotic.
    Is "LODESTAR" aware of these FIVE-SIDED-BUILDING scenario/studies? Didst LODESTAR buy into them?

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    I'm scurred...

    Maybe if a demagogue told me that he's fighting imaginary enemies I'd feel better?

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    I have been preparing for the collapsing Empire for some time . Enjoy .
    Do something Danke

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    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    Is LODESTAR actually anti-war or did the ENGLISH LIT word get added to the essay so our VEEP
    has a few difficult days under a security microscope before the onrush of events the Democrats
    actually want to instigate results in his elevation to a much nicer salary and place to live? Again,
    I see a whole herd of OXEN being metaphorically gored by the essay that AL GORE would never
    pen in that manner. It is not simply one OX being gored. The snarky undertone triggers my gonzo.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Aratus View Post
    Is LODESTAR actually anti-war or did the ENGLISH LIT word get added to the essay so our VEEP
    has a few difficult days under a security microscope before the onrush of events the Democrats
    actually want to instigate results in his elevation to a much nicer salary and place to live? Again,
    I see a whole herd of OXEN being metaphorically gored by the essay that AL GORE would never
    pen in that manner. It is not simply one OX being gored. The snarky undertone triggers my gonzo.
    Someone's too weird to live, too rare to die..

    ...but Persia's gonna get bombed anyway - $#@!ing monsters (Alexandros disapproves).

    Victory in war without conquest and responsibility for governance is evil.

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    Two New Reports Point to Further US Decline & Higher Risk of War

    Two recent reports from the United States strongly suggest the United States is planning a major war with Russia and China, but are far from certain that they could in fact succeed … The reports also provide insights into how the United States will meet the budgetary demands of such war preparations, but almost zero appreciation of the social and human costs of such policies.

    The first of these reports is entitled “Providing for the Common Defence” (November 2018). It is the report prepared for the purpose of assessing the National Defense Strategy document released in early 2018.

    It acknowledges that changes “at home and abroad are diminishing US military advantages,” and that this diminution of these “advantages” poses a threat to “vital United States interests.”
    Geopolitical shifts in the regional power structures are “undermining deterrence of United States adversaries and confidence of United States allies, thus increasing the likelihood of military conflict”. Should such a conflict eventuate, the United States could “suffer unacceptably high casualties and a loss of major capital assets.”
    The report says that “America is losing its advantage in key war fighting areas such as air and missile defence, cyber and space operations, anti-surface and anti- submarine warfare, long range ground-based fires, and electronic warfare”.
    It further acknowledges that “America’s edge is diminishing or has disappeared in many key technologies that underpin US military superiority”.

    the report has received almost zero coverage in the western mainstream media. Acknowledgements of technological deficiency and strategic disadvantage do not sit comfortably with the image of an all-powerful America willing and able to defeat any threat to its own global interests …

    The Commission’s … proposed “solution” is to spend vastly greater sums of money at a rate of 3-5% above inflation. … a significantly greater share of the federal budget would have to be devoted to military spending. The only way that could be achieved, given … a huge growing debt ($22 trillion and counting) would have to come, the report acknowledges, by cuts to social spending such as pensions, Medicare and social security. …

    a society which already spends more on defense than that spent by the next eight national military budgets combined. United States national infrastructure, in everything from bridges to schools is already crumbling; and these proposals will only accelerate that downward trend.

    It does not seem to occur to the report writers that the entire premise that the United States should maintain its attempt to control the world for the benefit of the United States is neither desirable nor wanted by the vast majority of the world’s nations …

    The second report is issued by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and is entitled: National Security: Long Range Emerging Threats Facing the United States as Identified by Federal Agencies (December 2018.) It has received even less publicity then the ‘Providing for the Common Defense’ document. … The GAO Report now provides an authoritative acknowledgement that Putin was not bluffing. …

    A number of commentators have argued that the technology gap between Russian and Chinese systems and that of United States is now measured in decades. … that the technological gap could widen. …

    there are powerful voices in the United States administration and ‘deep state’ generally sufficiently delusional and frankly crazy enough to believe that the United States could “win” a nuclear war with Russia and/or China, the GAO report should act as a constraint on their wilder ambitions. …

    the more likely scenario will be an intensification of … ‘hybrid warfare.’ A current illustration of this is the campaign being waged against Huawei, … in reality to weaken and undermine China’s 2025 program for leadership in artificial intelligence, quantum information and other sophisticated technologies, and enforce America’s allies to buy their inferior products.

    Proxy wars in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America are also likely to increase exponentially.

    These two reports demonstrate that the United States has lost its previous technological and military superiority,
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
    "War is the health of the State." - Randolph Bourne "Freedom is the answer. ... Now, what's the question?" - Ernie Hancock.



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