Biden And His Ventriloquists Keep Out-Hawking Trump

In a series of truly chilling and ominous tweets, Joe Biden shows us he would dispense with Trump’s even minimal non-interventionism and return the U.S. to full-bore aggression, warns Caitlin Johnstone.

Biden eggs Trump on to commit even more violence. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

By Caitlin Johnstone

Joe Biden keeps trying to out-warmonger Donald Trump, and by Joe Biden I of course mean the team of handlers who are animating the dementia-ravaged corpse of the Biden campaign like a ventriloquist operating a wooden dummy.

In response to Trump suggesting an openness to scaling back his administration’s murderous Venezuela policy and meeting with President Nicolás Maduro, whoever runs Biden’s Twitter account for him seized upon the moment to assert that the former vice president will be doing no such thing if elected commander-in-chief.

“Trump talks tough on Venezuela, but admires thugs and dictators like Nicolas Maduro,” tweeted Biden Incorporated. “As President, I will stand with the Venezuelan people and for democracy.”

“Translation: if Trump retreats from his current policy of trying to sanction and suffocate Venezuelan into submission, Biden will make sure to revive it,” journalist Aaron Maté said in response.

“To be clear, Joe Biden is now attacking Donald Trump from the right on Venezuela,” said journalist Walker Bragman.

As’s Alan MacLeod accurately observed last year, this phrase “the Venezuelan people” is only ever invoked by the political/media class of the U.S.-centralized empire for sloganeering purposes in support of U.S.-led regime change interventionism in that nation, despite an overwhelming majority of Venezuelans opposing all U.S. interventionism including sanctions.

This tactic of attacking Donald Trump for being insufficiently warlike is nothing new for Biden Inc, nor is it limited to Venezuela.

During the primary debates Biden attacked Trump for being insufficiently hawkish toward North Korea, claiming the president was wrong to meet with Kim Jong Un because it gives the leader “legitimacy”, whatever that means.

An  accused the president of being too soft on China by failing to force Beijing to allow U.S. government officials into Wuhan to monitor the governing of a sovereign nation during a pandemic outbreak.

“Trump praised the Chinese 15 times in January and February as the coronavirus spread across the world,” says the ad’s narrator in an ominous voice. “Trump never got a CDC team on the ground in China. And the travel ban he brags about? Trump let in 40,000 travelers from China into America after he signed it. Not exactly airtight.”

Biden has attacked Trump’s partial troop withdrawal from Syria, using talking points from the so-called war on terror to absurdly claim during a primary debate that the president is putting America at risk of a terrorist strike from ISIS.

“We have ISIS that’s going to come here,” Biden said. “They are going to damage the United States of America. That’s why we got involved in the first place.”

And of course Biden & Co have been attacking Trump for being too soft on Russia, despite this administration’s many, many dangerously hawkish new cold war escalations against Moscow.

“We need a President who will stand up to the Kremlin, push back against Putin, and take immediate steps to ensure the security of our elections,” Biden’s Twitter account said last year.

This line of attack is so ubiquitous in the Biden campaign that it sometimes just takes the form of a vague, general swipe at Trump’s unwillingness to be more warlike, with an April tweet reading simply “Donald Trump says he’s a wartime president — it’s time for him to act like one.”

Again, this is Donald Trump these people are talking about. The same president who imprisoned Julian Assange for exposing U.S. war crimes, killed tens of thousands of Venezuelans with starvation sanctions, vetoed attempts to save Yemen from U.S.-backed genocide, is working to foment civil war in Iran using starvation sanctions and CIA ops with the stated goal of effecting regime change, nearly started a full-scale war with Iran by assassinating its top general, occupied Syrian oil fields and implemented devastating sanctions with the goal of preventing Syria’s reconstruction, greatly increased the number of troops in the Middle East and elsewhere, greatly increased the number of bombs dropped per day from the previous administration, killing record numbers of civilians, and reduced military accountability for those airstrikes.

The second-to-last thing the world needs is political pressure placed on Donald fucking Trump to be more warlike. The very last thing the world needs is a U.S. president who ends up being even more warlike than Trump.

America is a war machine on top of a police state on top of a mass media psyop. Only people who are willing to keep these psychopathic mechanisms in place are permitted to ascend to presidential candidacy. While all the news cameras focus on the relatively minor differences between presidents and presidential candidates, you can learn a lot more about America and what drives it by looking at their similarities.

Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium.  Her work is entirely reader-supported, so if you enjoyed this piece please consider sharing it around, liking her on Facebook, following her antics on Twitter, checking out her podcast on either YoutubesoundcloudApple podcasts or Spotify, following her on Steemit, throwing some money into her tip jar on Patreon or Paypal, purchasing some of her sweet merchandise, buying her books “Rogue Nation: Psychonautical Adventures With Caitlin Johnstone and “Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers.”

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61 comments for “Biden And His Ventriloquists Keep Out-Hawking Trump

  1. Richard Burrill
    June 26, 2020 at 07:17

    Biden vs. Trump in November 2020 – This article just shows that the two major parties led by two old white men are both far to the right of center. Once again, we are faced with voting for the lesser of two evils. The imperial empire continues on.

    • Jane Christ
      June 27, 2020 at 14:02

      I agree with Richard Burrill We have 2 parties led by 2 dangerously incompetent white men. Is it worth bothering to vote or should we write in Bernie to show where our heart is.?

  2. Arch Stanton
    June 25, 2020 at 12:30

    Great piece Caitlin.

  3. June 24, 2020 at 13:40

    One puzzle is why Democrats (what passes for leadership in that party) spend precious energy and limited information spectrum for messages that probably have zero resonance with the voter. Allegedly they aim for the archetypical wobbly voter, hesitating between GOP and Dems. How many of them feel that we need to change Trump because he did not give enough weapons to Ukraine, that he was stingy supporting invasion of Venezuela (indeed, rather pitiful imitation of Bay of Pigs), talked to much with North Korea and did not do enough to finish off the government of Syria? Empirically, Hillary had exemplary rhetoric on all of that and the “poll said…” nope.

    Some realistic solutions about jobs, healthcare, security at home (we need to keep the road accidents, property crimes etc. low, but excessive killing and manhandling folks is a problem too, isn’t it?), income security, infrastructure could resonate better. So hired think tankers produce pages upon pages of bland (and not particularly convincing) verbiage, while the head of the ticket valiantly promises to “stand up to dictators who do not love America” (those that love America like Gulfie feudals and the new leaders of Bolivia are OK).

    And now that Trump showed more of his true colors as erratic and mean person who lies about caring about health and jobs (and who does not know what to do about it in any case), we can capitalize by getting a passing chance of winning elections with a demented candidate. If I were a puppet master, I would give better writers to O’Rourke — white from the South that is moderately progressive, heterosexual, speaks without stumbling, last name easy to remember, looks ok) and sail to a safe victory. I mean, those people are suppose to know about marketing and messaging. Obama did not rant about insufficient imperialism when he run, it actually helped!

  4. Dario
    June 24, 2020 at 08:29

    Well said, Caitlin – like usual, I would say.
    The reckoning time will be postponed until we all accept that structural problems have structural causes and consequences and, such, cannot be addressed by such contingent events as a presidential election, especially in the current oligargic, lobbyists-dominated political context.
    I will share two additional reflections.
    First, the MSM has been exceptionally skillful at representing the crusade against Trump as the re-establishment of a tolerant, anti-racist and modern America against a President who was just trying to push it back in a dark past – as though the inherent contradictions of that past had actually been removed and had not been passed on, systemically, to the present.
    More importantly, however, we need to inquire about why the Democratic electorate continues to deny a candidate like Bernie Sanders a chance to the nomination.
    The example of 2016, among so many other things, should have encouraged Democrats to be somewhat bolder in their primary choices.
    And the explanation of media brainwashing and overly aggressive corporate ad campaigns is only partly convincing, a broad popular base existing indicting precisely those factors.

  5. michael888
    June 24, 2020 at 07:43

    Trump is an incompetent who after almost four years does not have any control over government and its actions. Sure he passed the Tax Break for the Rich, obligatory for every Republican President (and for Obama who made such cuts permanent). The stuff the Establishment wants (such as the Jerusalem recognition by the American Embassy, actually legally defined by Congress in 1995, and recently unanimously approved by the Senate) still happens. The stuff Trump wants does not happen. The Republicans had their judicial candidates lined up and ready to go and stacked the courts. The Democrats are more concerned with creating more forever wars, and getting their allies, the CIA and NSA, running and policing and surveilling the country, moving the “war tools” domestically, blocking dissent.
    Once again voters have no real choice. The despised incompetent Trump or more of the same “competency” and warmongering for money which gave us Trump in 2016. Biden could be faking his dementia; his policies, both foreign and domestic for his time in DC since 1973 are horrific.

  6. Cascadian
    June 24, 2020 at 05:21

    Biden, Trump. OK, I get that, but which one is Punch and which Judy?

    Does anyone besides me have the impression that what we are being presented with is a puppet show directed by the puppeteer(s) hidden behind a screen.

    • AnneR
      June 24, 2020 at 10:53

      Indeed Cascadian. And the South Carolina Primary was the first clear indication that the puppeteers were in charge – Bernie (hardly perfecto, especially vis a vis warmongering, sanctioning and Palestine) was NOT going to win. That Biden – demented, manipulated, no different to any other warmongering, cut Medicare/Social Security a***hole Blue or Red Face – came out of nowhere and won….And we are supposed to believe there were no strings being pulled, let alone heavily?

    • June 24, 2020 at 13:13

      Another school of thought is “there is no there there”, we can add “puppets in charge of the theatre” to “insane in charge of asylum”.

    • Zhu
      June 25, 2020 at 02:26

      Yes, I do. I call them Godzilla and Mechagodzilla.

  7. Cascadian
    June 24, 2020 at 05:13

    Someone please tell me what the word “Democracy” means. I’ve looked it up in a dictionary and it seems to have a completely different meaning to the way it is used by the American war hawks.

    • AnneR
      June 24, 2020 at 10:56

      So right on. Actually, I’d expand that to include the whole construct in DC and its “Constitutional” background. Never intended to be “democratic” ‘cos the “bewildered herd,” the hoi polloi – us – would determine how our government would work (in our favor, for us rather than for the plutocrats alone). Couldn’t and Can’t have that.

  8. Donald Duck
    June 24, 2020 at 05:03

    Oh dear, have the Americans gone stark, staring mad! Or is it just the Deep State which is calling the shots. The absurd notion that the Venezuelan people want to be liberated by the US – a country which is engaged in starving them to death – defies logic and sanity. The most appropriate words I can imagine in the current State of the Union? ”Give up hope all ye who enter here.” Dante.

  9. zendeviant
    June 24, 2020 at 04:48

    Am I the only one naive enough to think that the time is ripe for the emergence of a third party?

    Seems like a blitzkrieg campaign–merely addressing a few actual issues would bring a lot of the disenchanted out of the woods to give it another try.

    We could call it a “third party”? Or maybe bring back the Wobblies? Time is ripe for revolution. Where is Henry Wallace when we need him?

    Or we could choose one of the offered old dudes who will keep up a toxic status quo…

  10. CNfan
    June 23, 2020 at 22:06

    If we “follow the money”, Hillary’s campaign was financed by the Israelis. An honest post mortem on her loss would have focused attention on the huge influence of Israeli money on American elections. The faked focus on Russian “meddling” could have been to divert any talk of election “meddling” away from Israel’s truly vast “meddling”. (The Israelis routinely distract by accusing others of their own crimes.) The Israelis control both the DNC and the corporate media, so “Russiagate” could roll on virtually evidence-free. Fox was allowed to criticize the “Russiagate” attack on Trump, but only to keep the kabuki conflict boiling. Neither side ever mentioned Israel’s “meddling”, or in any way criticized Israel. To the contrary, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity even agreed that Netanyahu would be a great American president. So why did Israeli asset John Bolton just attack Trump, after Trump has given Israel so much, including assassinating Soleimani? Maybe it’s Trump’s refusal to launch Israel’s next war? Maybe they don’t really trust Trump? Could Trump be in a deadly dance with the Israelis, riding a tiger?

    • Zhu
      June 25, 2020 at 02:35

      Maybe you should look at Albumsar’ THE GREAT Conjunction, explaining it Ll with astrology. The planets are even better scapegoats than Israel or Russia.

  11. Patrick
    June 23, 2020 at 21:12

    True, US has gottten itself in many wars, often through a total, incredible lack of knowledge of history and of regional/tribal history. eg the treatment of the Kurds, Afgans, Cubans, socialist tendencies in the South Americas. The US is in decline, because of the extraordinary mis-allocation of wealth and a lack of a social conscience. A social democrat is needed. But lazy attitudes and willful ignorance of the general populace will never allow that to happen. I see no solution. Joe won’t be running the country anyway, for gosh sakes when do you think there ever was a POTUS who did? You would have to go back 55 years. Possibly JFK (despite his personal failings) but then he got knocked off for wanting to pull the fangs of the CIA. RFK for similar reasons, he wanted to de-fang the mafia. ciVil war? unlikely – but there is a likelyhood of ongoing civil, violent unrest. right now, you’re heading close to a dictatorship.

  12. Jeff Harrison
    June 23, 2020 at 20:43

    Joe Biden is a corrupt, war mongering, sock puppet for the DNC/deep state who has the onset of dementia. He’s only marginally worse then Donnie Murdo. A vote for either of them is a vote illegal and unjustified war, increasing the police state, increased US meddling in other country’s affairs, increased profligate military spending, and an increase in fascism in the US. Chose wisely.

    • VallejoD
      June 24, 2020 at 09:20

      Choosing between Biden and Trump is like trying to decide if you’d prefer to have small pox or cholera.

      330,000,000 people in the Americans moral sewer and these turds float to the top. What a farce of an election.

    • AnneR
      June 24, 2020 at 10:59

      So true. But then, we the hoi polloi are NEVER going to get a genuine choice – which would mean that we not only have to have many more political parties than the Janus one we have now, but also REALLY get to choose who the candidates will be for any given (genuinely different political) party. All we have is a charade.

  13. Moi
    June 23, 2020 at 17:06

    It strikes me that people who enlist in the US military must either be incredibly naive or know full well that their service has nothing at all to do with “defence” of their nation. They serve the 1% who’s goals are nothing short of world domination.

    At least Trump has the indecency to make it clear that protecting American interests has little to do with “defence” and more to do with projecting US force around the planet. IMHO, the main difference between Trump and Biden is that Trump wants world domination on the cheap.

    The US people have a choice between “moderates” like Trump and “extremists” like the Democrats. The rest of the world, aka “the victims”, have no choice at all.

    • VallejoD
      June 24, 2020 at 09:16

      50 years ago my Brit friends said: “The US Presidency is too important to be left to Americans – the whole world should have a vote!”

      Ah. If only. If only.

    • VallejoD
      June 24, 2020 at 09:23

      I’d bet at least half do so because the Democrats and Republicans sent their jobs overseas.

      We are being ruled by traitors.

    • Zhu
      June 25, 2020 at 02:41

      Most are naive teens. For many, it’s the best job they can get. Also, one can get a college scholarship afterwards.

  14. Jeff Harrison
    June 23, 2020 at 17:05

    When will the political class break the code that the American people are tired of forever wars? When are we going to get a choice of someone who isn’t a corrupt, murderous, thug?

    • Rob Roy
      June 24, 2020 at 19:23

      Jeff Harrison,
      We have that choice every time. The voting majority won’t elect the few moral, non-corrupted candidates who run for president…Jill Stein could have been our president. Tulsi Gabbard could be our next president. Why doesn’t that happen? I know how the GOP functions and how the DNC functions and it’s baffling that everyone doesn’t know.

  15. rosemerry
    June 23, 2020 at 16:46

    It is certainly hard to find a worse POTUS than Trump, but Joe Biden, helped by the DNC and the weakness of the voters taken in by the “free media” or refusing to vote at all out of despair, could be the one to outdo him in evil.

    • June 23, 2020 at 23:26

      Hard to tell. Trump has hazy knowledge about the world and very short attention span, and some think that this is what spared us from invasions on Venezuela and Iran — countries that seem to irritate him most. Biden seems to be an empty shell, his capacity to supervise the empire with vigor one can feel in the tapes of his conversations with the president of Ukraine is seriously in doubt.

      Somewhat ironically, today I was watching U-Tube on Biden’s tapes, as there is a new batch uncovered and commented (it helps to understand Russian and Ukrainian), interrupted by ads “Biden is slipping” and on Biden who as a young public defender was at the forefront of the fight for civil rights blah blah.

      On balance, Biden may be more dangerous, because the apparatus of the empire can starve, loot, foment wars and send expeditions without any clear guidance from the top — as it was already shown, a demented president can be perfect for the deep state (Iran Contra revelation, with a tape of Ronald Reagan repeating “I do not remember” with perfectly helpless expression).

    • Eduardo Cohen
      June 24, 2020 at 03:45

      Rosemerry, You don’t have to look too far. Obama is still around. He led the destruction of a very successful nation called Libya (based on reports of government massacres that didn’t happen) which enjoyed one of the best quality of life assessments in the world and served as a refuge for those fleeing violence and starvation in other parts of Africa. The destruction of Libya was one of the two main causes of the “refugee crisis” in Europe. The other main cause was the near destruction of Syria which had already absorbed a million or more refugees from the US/NATO war on Iraq.

      Here in the US Obama sabotaged the hopes of millions of Americans for a single payer national health care system by putting healthcare in the hands of Senator Max Baucus who was OWNED by big pharma and the ‘healthcare’ industry and prohibited single payer advocates from even speaking at the Senate ‘healthcare’ hearings. We do remember these criminal activities, don’t we. They shouldn’t be forgotten. But he was so charming and had such a beautiful smile…

      And please don’t ignore or forget that Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Podesta carried out economic warfare against President Nelson Mandela and his government to stop them from using a clause (Article 31) in the WTO’s TRIPS agreement (re intellectual property) that would have allowed South Africa to produce cheap generic copies of otherwise unaffordable US and UK patented HIV drugs for the estimated THREE MILLION South Africans infected with HIV: Perhaps one of the greatest and most racist crimes of the 20th century – but barely reported in the US.

      PS And John Podesta who as Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff and a prior lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry was a linchpin of that criminal conspiracy became the director of Hillary’s presidential campaign.

      See The Guardian: ‘How drug giants let millions die of AIDS’ (London – December 19, 1999)

  16. Anonymot
    June 23, 2020 at 16:24

    Oh, please! Biden is the choice of the DNC that is still controlled by Hillary who is and always has been a mere bullhorn for the CIA/MIC.

    The reality is that all of those armed far rightists, many of the police and perhaps the military should be included as being on Trump’s side.

    They have all the guns and accouterments. They have masses of money support. And they don’t give a damn about murdering as many as it takes.

    And when the bad joke, Joe Biden, is elected you will see the first armed coup d’etat in American history.

    The Nazis were relatively few, also. All of those men in the adjacent article will be the Gestapo.

    • Rev Dr Trinlae
      June 24, 2020 at 07:56

      “The reality is that all of those armed far rightists, many of the police and perhaps the military should be included as being on Trump’s side.

      They have all the guns and accouterments. They have masses of money support. And they don’t give a damn about murdering as many as it takes.”

      This sounds like the comment of an ex pat or urbanite that has not set foot in rural and rural suburban USA for any meaningful span of time in the past 20 years.

      The **majority** of armed residents are veterans of one or more struggles ignored and neglected by most of the rest:

      * of the Forever Wars that bankrupted and continue to bankrupt the USA morally, socially, and financially,
      * the Great Financial Crash economic war (to money launder for the wars) that drove millions out of their homes and social fabrics into the hinterlands as subsistence workers,
      * the Opiod Wars on what remained of the middle class (more money laundering thanks Sachs & co)
      * the War on Drugs and related Gulag industrial complex with majority people of color inmates (thanks Biden crime bills!)
      * the Glyphosate Dicamba Eco wars that have poisoned lands of midwestern “flyover” USA

      With their voices muzzled by same classist censorship of oligarchy owned media that fund the thought police of social media and keep Juilian Assange locked away without charges by the West’s most famous Kangaroo Court, it is not surprising upper classes do not know that most of the armed folks among these veterans are not conservative right extremists (Cheney endorsed Clinton, Paul Ryan was booed on the campaign trail, and Tulsi was popular with libertarians).

      Try reading some Chris Hedges, listening to some Scott Horton (and Scott Ritter), Baraka Ajuma, and Benjamin Dixon, who have been chronicaling voices of these veterans for decades!

      Its these veterans (conservative, liberal, left & right leaning libertarians, and independents) who are refusing to continue to support the War Profiteering World Order, and politicians know it.

      The sooner everyone else wakes up to this, the better the prospects for everybody. Just stop supporting the war boondoggle companies through investments, 401ks, etc.

      You all remaining among the middle and upper middle classes are the last ones to the party. Its not too late to turn things around (although it will take generatiins to repair the damages!)

  17. William H Warrick III MD
    June 23, 2020 at 13:00

    Democrats want War, that is obvious. Are the people who plan to vote stupid enough to vote for War? Probably since they are clueless and plan to vote for a “Demented Death Rattle”, to quote Jimmy Dore. My recommendation is the same as 2016, “Vote for anyone except the Democrat”.

    • Zhu
      June 25, 2020 at 04:07

      Why do you think half never vote?

  18. Rev. Darrel Meyers
    June 23, 2020 at 13:00

    And why not add Herr Trump’s OK’ing our Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, “celebrated” the same day the brave Israeli snipers mowed down scores of unarmed Palestinians — including women, children, and meds — and wounded some 2600 other humans in Gaza?? Please! Why are we silent re: the daily, daily oppression (and worse) suffered by the indigenous Palestinian people?

    — Rev. Darrel Meyers, Burbank, CA

    • Don
      June 23, 2020 at 21:19

      agreed – and now the Israeli’s illegal land grab, which will ensure permanent instability in the middle east, all governed by the evil crook that is named Benjamin Netanyahu. somebodys gonna nuke Israel one of these days and they will get the ”end of days” that they are waiting for.

    • Gregory Herr
      June 23, 2020 at 23:22

      Let’s not be silent. And while we’re at it, we could speak up for the Syrians. Obama/Biden/Clinton saw to it their country was terrorized, decimated, and sanctioned to unspeakable degrees of horror. The “policy” of destroying Syrian sovereignty continues unabated under Trump, of course…just like many other heinous “policies” that have threaded their way with unabated consistency through the years.
      Same old crimes…same old looking the other way. President-elect Obama was silent during a particularly egregious “mowing” by the Israelis in ‘08-‘09.
      Trump has been working his way up the “despicable” ladder, but plenty of company awaits on higher rungs. The critique must be thorough…and thoroughly honest.

  19. Michael McNulty
    June 23, 2020 at 12:09

    The difference between the Republicans and Democrats is the difference between being dragged under by a crocodile or an alligator.

    • Nathan Mulcahy
      June 23, 2020 at 20:18

      An election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is like being asked to choose between “cholera or gonorrhea,” Julian Assange in 2016.

      I’ll stick with Assange’s assessment also for the upcoming Duell between Dotard and Retard.


    • AnneR
      June 24, 2020 at 11:01

      Love it! And oh so bloody true.

  20. Dao Gen
    June 23, 2020 at 11:57

    Thank you, Caitlin, for an accurate overview of the Biden Group’s dangerous full-bore neocon approach to foreign policy. Since the US is the center of a global empire, foreign policy is extremely important and has a strong influence on domestic policy, as the massive Russiagate/Intelgate fraud and probable coup attempt shows. Dem collusion with the intel community and the security state in order to make an end-run around domestic democratic institutions during the Ukrainegate proceedings also showed the great importance of foreign policy and foreign affairs on US society and politics. And yet, in this crucial area, which is at the heart of any president’s job as commander-in-chief, Task Force Biden declares that Trump, who has been pushed farther and farther to the right by pressure from the Dems and from the neocon DC “Blob” or foreign policy establishment, is not “warlike” enough. Even Hillary did not go that far, and yet she was obviously calling for policies that would probably have caused a shooting war with Russia in Syria. One of Biden’s foreign policy advisors recently said that he would advise Biden to increase the number of US troops in Syria, but his comment hardly raised any concerns in the MSM, which consistently coddle Biden and bash Trump. Add to this the fact that Biden would refuse to negotiate an end to the Korean War with north and south Korea and probably refuse to negotiate an end to the Afghanistan War and the result would be a disaster for world peace and for peace and social harmony at home. The fact that Bernie bowed down to the security state and supported the Russiagate hoax and that Tulsi Gabbard, the only candidate to make significant, informed comments about US foreign policy, was smeared and silenced means that the Biden Gang faces little opposition when they make grotesquely bellicose statements. The neocon MSM make sure a cone of silence surrounds all dissenters. Our glorious MSM would probably even cheer Biden on if he hired John Bolton to be his Special Advisor. Joe and John apparently agree on many foreign policy matters.

    The situation in 2020 is more dangerous than it was in 2016. Four years of Russiagate and Ukrainegate seem to have loosened the synapses and eaten away at the critical thinking tools of many Dems, who now rush to follow and support the Biden Gang even though they have little respect or enthusiasm for Biden himself. Biden is the perfect empty-suit yes man to efficiently do the bidding of the Dem elite and their mentors and donors, the American power elite. Many people are now even claiming that Biden represents a new color revolution — a revolution from above rather than from below (as in Ukraine, though many mass games were held there as spectacles), a revolution that is to be used to consolidate the power of Wall Street, the military-industrial-MSM-complex, and the security state that would increase military intervention abroad and increase exploitation of the middle classes and working people at home. At the same time, political activism is increasing, so the possibility of a new civil war in the US can’t be completely ruled out, while, if Biden is elected, a new world war starting in north Korea or the Middle East can’t be ruled out, either. Given the lack of truly democratic alternatives in the US, perhaps the best result of the November elections would be greater gridlock and stronger checking and balancing, with, for example, Trump remaining president and the Dems taking both chambers of Congress. As far as foreign policy goes, the Dem elite and the neocon, superhawk Biden Group are definitely more dangerous. It was Obama, after all, who destroyed the US anti-war movement and signed a bill legalizing US government propaganda aimed at the American people. And it was Biden who acted as Obama’s point man, riding herd over the fascist-led and neonazi-enforced coup against the democratically elected president of Ukraine in 2014. Biden’s crucial role in supporting and legitimizing the illegal pro-Nato, anti-Russian Ukrainian coup is much more serious than anything connected to Hunter Biden. Joe Biden’s central role in the anti-democratic Ukrainian coup and the ethnic cleansing it unleashed is precisely what Adam Schiff, if he were an honest man, would be investigating.

    As for how incompetent the economically illiterate Biden and his Group led by Larry Summers would be in getting us out of our current big recession (remember Obama’s small, slow recovery plan in 2009), that is another story.

  21. Vera Gottlieb
    June 23, 2020 at 11:42

    How much longer of this “same, old same”??? It couldn’t get more boring except for the “fire works” that are sure to come up as November election approaches.

    • Olu
      June 24, 2020 at 01:26

      Spot on!

  22. SRH
    June 23, 2020 at 11:37

    Is this the same Joe Biden that some on the Left are starting to sound disturbingly enthusiastic about?

    “This might be the year when voters decide that experience actually matters. Not only are people ready for a president who is capable of empathy and the ability to put the country over his personal interests, Donald Trump’s successor is going to have to rebuild the entire federal government from the ground up. No one in politics is better prepared to do that than Joe Biden. That’s why being ready on day one is perhaps his most powerful campaign theme.

    Biden is the antithesis of Trump in ways that matter most. This isn’t likely to be an election dominated by anger or grievance. I suspect that voters are tired of the chaos and are looking for a president who simply knows how to get the job done.”

    (Nancy LeTourneau)

    • rosemerry
      June 23, 2020 at 16:52

      Experience certainly helps to benefit the USA political scene. Think how lucky Dubya Bush was to have Daddy’s help in choosing Rumsfeld, Cheney,John Bolton(!), Madeleine Albright, and such experienced peacemakers on his team.

    • Patrick
      June 23, 2020 at 21:22

      agree 100% – despite its flaws, Canada is a considerable improvement – but then again, citizens of the US have been spoon fed the lie that it is acommy country, just becuase it does have a social conscience. for translarency – I am a dual citizen – Irish-Canadian.

    • June 24, 2020 at 00:55

      rosemerry: M. Albright was never the part of Bush team. When I checked Wikipedia to make sure, I found something interesting: “Albright’s involvement in the NATO bombing of Serbia was the main cause of the demonstration [where she was filmed shouting ‘disgusting Serbs, get out’] – a sensitive topic which became even more controversial when it was revealed that her investment firm, Albright Capital Management, was preparing to bid in the proposed privatization of Kosovo’s state-owned telecom and postal company, Post and Telecom of Kosovo.”

      In the past I was not alert of the profiteering aspect of “supporting democracies by all means necessary” which is now increasingly publicized in Ukraine — featuring one and only Joe Biden.

    • VallejoD
      June 24, 2020 at 09:30

      Biden supports the treasonous TPP and endless war. He WILL cut Social Security and Medicare by increasing copays, not keeping up with inflation etc. Biden will do it in the name of “fiscal responsibility “ — while he’ll push for more billions for our mafia strike team aka the US military.

      We are so screwed.

    • AnneR
      June 24, 2020 at 11:04

      Clearly for this “alternet” persona the “difference” that really matters is the return to a smooth patina, a more soothing charade covering the same or worse barbarism that has been the hall mark of US foreign policy (let alone domestic) since at the very least, 1945.

    • June 24, 2020 at 14:10

      Re: Joe Biden secret weapon. Good link, SRH, read and weep.

      It reminds me geniuses who designed the campaign of a certain Teresa May who actually won, but barely, being greatly assisted by party hacks in the “opposition”. Since her message sucked, they focused on “personality”, something that poor Teresa never had.

      Now “This might be the year when voters decide that experience actually matters. Not only are people ready for a president who is capable of empathy and the ability to put the country over his personal interests,…” Experience is valuable only if the person remembers what he experienced apart from events like little children in the swimming pool admired his leg hair. Empathy of Mr. Biden shows best in prepared video ads, but in person, addressing a snide young lady as ‘lying, dog-faced pony soldier’ falls a bit short of “empathy”. In other words, “secret weapons” of Biden are like secret lipstick found in the closet of his sadly departed mother that was not opened for 40 years or a remarkably rusted kitchen knife.

    • Eduardo Cohen
      June 24, 2020 at 15:47

      Biden is a racist, sexist, totally corrupt warmonger whose experience included adding thousands of Black Americans to our prison populations and attempting to reduce our most critical social safety nets. He has NOTHING to offer this nation that is good, needed or helpful. Stay away from that kool-ade Nancy. And see what I wrote above about the Obama Administration. Both parties and their candidates are infused with evil intentions and need to be replaced. We need better choices and a new and better path.

  23. dfnslblty
    June 23, 2020 at 11:04

    Excellent reportage and look at the dem/rep identity of responses.
    Keep writing.

  24. Linda Furr
    June 23, 2020 at 10:53

    Never has there been a clearer description of the war-loving, big talk guy, Joe Biden!! And the psy-op, major media part of the police-state war machine called USA will keep characterizing him “as good ol’ Joe.” The most exceptional thing about us Americans is how consistently we’ve accepted being dumbed down.

  25. VallejoD
    June 23, 2020 at 10:04

    Biden and Trump. Just two stinking turds in the American moral sewer.

  26. June 23, 2020 at 09:52

    Yes, of course. The Democrats are a war party, and Joe Biden has a long career of never opposing or criticizing America’s wars and coups and incursions. He was a strong advocate for Obama’s industrial-scale system of extra-judicial killing. And he took a direct part as Obama’s proconsul in America’s coup in Ukraine

    He stood shoulder-to-shoulder with that truly bloody pair, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, in killing at least a million people, in reducing millions more to refugee status, and in destroying several well-run countries.

    Elections in America are not permitted to affect the dark work of the Pentagon and CIA.

    Clearly, some of the elections Washington disparages – as those in Bolivia or Venezuela – were far more democratic in nature than America’s own are. If you cannot change the course of huge and destructive policies, what’s the point of bothering about an election? Political theater, and nothing more.

    I am very glad Ms. Johnstone is featuring this dark interventionist side of Joe Biden.

    He is otherwise busy trying to portray himself as a humane and decent politician. Following the traditional path of modern Democrats, he toys with friendly-sounding domestic programs while fully supporting mass murder abroad.

    In almost all cases, the social programs never see the light of day while the slaughter continues unabated.

    Biden’s recent promise to send a bill to Congress on his first day in office to legitimize millions of illegal American residents and to create a path for them to citizenship is a good one, but if America continues its bloody activity abroad, and even increases it, Biden’s proposal can be seen as just a way of creating a new pool of grateful recruits for a Pentagon which cannot now keep its ranks full.

    Willing bodies for the 800 or so bases abroad and the dozen or so countries under American siege.

    • AnneR
      June 24, 2020 at 11:07

      Desperately, Sadly True – all that you have written. Would so much it were otherwise for the sake of all those countries and peoples we slaughter, destroy via bombs or siege warfare. And for our own poor, homeless and beleaguered.

  27. Antiwar7
    June 23, 2020 at 08:48

    Why can’t everyone see it this way? It’s so obviously true.

  28. Skip Scott
    June 23, 2020 at 08:14

    And the Democrats are going to save us from Trump? There is no LEV for 2020.

  29. DW Bartoo
    June 23, 2020 at 08:07

    Well, Caitlin, Biden has promised those eager to vote for him that, “Nothing will fundamentally change.”

    Apparently, Biden’s supporters desperately wish a return to “normalcy”(a term coined by U$ President Harding), where “splendid little wars” of choice, media-driven and profitable, all around, in the most mercenary sense, become background music themes of “humanitarian intervention” which permit U$ians to view themselves as noble and pure, while the rich and the “meritorious” are spared the costs of such wars, which is always a “price worth paying.”

    Venezuela has oil and mineral resources which, as the Monroe Doctrine makes perfectly clear, belong to the U$, so Biden is simply honoring U$ history and precedent and, probably, revered statues, somewhere.

    Trump obviously hired Bolton so that Trump would look “tough”.

    And Dem$ are always afraid that they will be accused of not being “tough enough”, in comparison, so this is “strategic” traditional cleverness, in the old horse race calculations so beloved by traditional political pundits.

    Ain’t it exciting?

    Actually, it is all entirely (and drearily) predictable.

    Has the public noticed?

    Do they care?

    It is all kabuki theater.

    Just part of the pretense of democracy.

    And too many, obviously, still buy into the foolish belief that their vote, their few minutes in a voting booth, constitutes a genuine experience of true democracy.

    Biden is just a puppet, dancing on oligarchic strings.

    Yes, it is pathetic.

    And it is appalling that the Dem “leadership”, having resurrected the noxious old Cold War, blatantly through Russiagate and, in frenzied bipartisan tango with the Rethugs, is pushing for war with China, started by the sainted Obama.

    So, yes, of course Biden and his handlers are strutting their nasty stuff.

    Is anyone really surprised?

    Or shocked?

    Statues may be toppled, but who would pass up Apple pie?

    The assumption is that “the folks” will eat it up.

    And never get their “fill”.

    However, I appreciate your mentioning it, as well as Aaron Mate and a host of others not enamored of the Killing Machine and of Profit Uber Alles.

    Frankly, my dear, many U$ians don’t give a damn.

    They want their Biden and they want him now.

    Will there by joy in Muddledville?

    Or will Grab ’em! prevail?

    To the right!!! Just might . . .

  30. peter mcloughlin
    June 23, 2020 at 07:49

    As long as the aim is power the result will ultimately be war. Power (manifested as interest) has been present in every conflict of the past – no exception. It is the underlying motivation for war. Other cultural factors might change, but not power. It cuts across all apparently unifying principles: family, kin, nation, religion, ideology, politics – everything. We unite with the enemies of our principles, because that is what serves our interest. It is power, not any of the above concepts, that is the cause of war. And it has eventually brought every empire/civilization to its own destruction. That is why – regardless of who wins November’s election – humanity still faces the prospect of another world war. For more information on this search: ghosts of history wordpress.

  31. June 23, 2020 at 07:42

    Terrifying…and just like after Bush finished and Obama was sworn in, the “resistance” will melt away. Planet Earth is screwed. Time for UN supervised US POTUS candidate selection and elections. No more psychos.

    • Anonymot
      June 23, 2020 at 16:33

      Obama was merely a CIA plant. That is why we had so much war in his and Hillary’s occupation of the White House. Trump was the crazy bull in the China shop renegade. Bernie was a renegade but Hillary’s DNC knew how to take care of him. No one, then or now, knows how to control Trump.

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