President Vladimir Putin | “Empire of Lies” Speech – February 24, 2022

Vladimir Putin [Editor’s note: My colleague, Michael Ivey, has just written to me as follows: Before this morning, I had not heard/read this speech from Putin given on Feb. 24.  I had seen another one that was given to the Russian people on Feb. 21 and I thought that THAT was the one people were talking about — but I was wrong — THIS is the one that people were saying contained so many “truth bombs”. Transcript: Vladimir Putin’s Televised Address on Ukraine. Read more at BloombergQuint.]   A week…

Chris Hedges: The Unraveling Of The American Empire

Chris Hedges America’s defeat in Afghanistan is one in a string of catastrophic military blunders that herald the death of the American empire. With the exception of the first Gulf War, fought largely by mechanized units in the open desert that did not — wisely — attempt to occupy Iraq, the United States political and military leadership has stumbled from one military debacle to another. Korea. Vietnam. Lebanon. Afghanistan. Iraq. Syria. Libya. The trajectory of military fiascos mirrors the sad finales of the Chinese, Ottoman, Hapsburg, Russian, French, British, Dutch, Portuguese and…