Comparative Assessment: The Military Option

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Thu, Feb 6, 2014 - 12:31am

Any true analysis of near term predictions must take into account the various military options and capabilities of the world's current powers.

Recently, and I apologize in advance for not taking the time to go back and link to it, a post appeared here discussing the Chinese military reality. There was mention of a submarine that sunk, and that the Chinese troops do not seem to have any real ability to endure field conditions or hardships.

I found that fascinating, because I am a former soldier, and nasty, miserable field conditions are just no big deal. We call that camping, and even pay dearly for the privilege.

Thinking on a macro level, though, I began to wonder about the concept of an actual outbreak of a shooting war somewhere in the world.

Going beyond the concept of currency wars, which are playing out in real time right in front of us, what would happen if shooting really started?

This thought lead to a cascade of simultaneous war game scenarios, all of which lead to a most startling question: why is there NO discussion at all about the role of an increasingly capable Chinese fighting force or the denigration of US fighting forces from logistical and personnel decreases or budgetary concerns?

Is this subject so taboo as to warrant NO MOPE at all? Or, have TPTB realized that any mention of the USA military capabilities via a via the Chinese would lead to polarization beyond that which we have now, or worse, to an honest critique of the true dire situation that the failure of western fiat paper has created?

Or, is it just that the Chinese are truly ass backwards when it comes to military capabilities? It is true that they have no professional military. But, the Soviets had their one party system, yet they fielded a most formidable military, even with conscription and less than perfect weapons systems as compared to the Americans.

Or is it something else entirely, like for example, the Chinese play a longer time frame, easily out maneuvering the hasty Americans who are bound by managers on a quarterly return basis, and by politicians focused on a narrow, two year time cycle? If this is the case, then is it not a compelling conclusion that the Chinese are playing a physical gold accumulating, hegemony altering, world commerce dominating game of thrones?

Is this not obvious who has played the best hand, and that the game is revealing itself?

Think about why Bill O'Reilly had Ms. Bartiroma as a guest tonight? Was she advocating something real, or managed? Why is she on TV, right now, advocating continued buying of the USA stocks?

I am more convinced by the day that 2014 is it. The collapse is afoot. I'm buying more gold.

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AlienEyes
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:33pm

China is a Paper Tiger

None the less, one must be careful to avoid painful paper cuts.

ivars
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:39pm

Update on coronal hole

Update on Sun's current coronal hole :

Quote:
A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on or about Feb. 9th Sunday. Credit: SDO/AIA.

Looks quite impressive ( Coronal hole is the black area) :

Gold Dog
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:45pm

Ancient

The AK mags are going to our friends in Chaostan.

I like the Post Office bid, now we can "shoot" someone a card!

For most of my life it has been both "Fortress USSR" and "Fortress China", it may be time for us to pull back and let the rest of the world police themselves. Just because Chateau Lafitte starts tasting a little like Sake it's no fuzz off my junk!

If we wish to get into a shooting war, short of going nuke, we could whip the snot out of the rest of the joint in a day.

Knock Knock.

Who's there?

Smart Bomb and my buddies Daisy-Cutter and HellFire!

Your friend,

Loose the Dog of War

benque
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:52pm

Another sign of the times

In Olympic competition, these days at least, difficult is not acceptable. It seems that the snowboarding course is too "dangerous" (read difficult) for soft, western, spoiled-rotten athletes. Perhaps being the number one contender is only valid when earned on soft, and pleasantly groomed courses in the USSA. It also seems that the number one contender who dropped out due to the so "dangerous" course is the subject of much ridicule from many other contenders, who are snowboarding just fine, on this oh so dangerous course.

I suppose, if I went to Russia, I could be excused for expecting it to be "just like home", as, well, you know...they aren't commies anymore.

Too bad several US Olympians have had their equipment "misplaced" by the US based airline they flew with. Nice to see other Olympians lending them whatever equipment they need, to keep to their practice schedule, and even in competition (I hope) if their own doesn't get back from it's trip to Tahiti, or wherever, in time.

My guess is that the loaned equipment was flown in on non-US based airlines. Perhaps US airlines should consider cutting more staff, in the face of this embarrassment; you know, to improve their customer's flying "experience".

ancientmoney
Feb 6, 2014 - 1:12pm
cp3 Excalibur
Feb 6, 2014 - 1:12pm

stathis update

thanks for viewing the video ....

stathis, my research shows, has an incredible, documented track record .... even scarier, the metals cheerleaders, shun him and wont have him on their shows to debate .... google him and see .... as for the Jew deal, move past that and see his information .... he says the metals are dead, why havent we heard of this guy, ask yourself that ....

be interesting to see if Turd blows this off or if he would invite Stathis on a podcast, there's one I would pay for .... I believed in the metals when I bought them 5 years ago .... now i wish I wouldve sold them 2 years ago. Is there anyone who agrees with that? KMN, the SGS Tinka push, Turd going pay, Celente, Schiff, Rodgers etc etc, they all worry me now.

YT this.... "Mike Stathis reminds you that successful investors do not follow cheerleaders"

please watch this and get back to me.

cp3
Feb 6, 2014 - 1:15pm

meant King World News, KWN,

meant King World News, KWN, not KMN

ancientmoney
Feb 6, 2014 - 1:19pm

Ron Rosen looks into 2014 and sees . . .

Tripling of gold price in next few months as stocks go kerplooie . . .

https://www.321gold.com/editorials/rosen/rosen020614.pdf

Ron Rosen has been around the block a few times. I think he may be correct.

benque
Feb 6, 2014 - 1:19pm

I never knew...

that toothpaste could reach critical mass. Boy-oh-boy, those TSA folks sure are smart.

ancientmoney
Feb 6, 2014 - 1:19pm

This is really interesting

Everyone should click the ZH link and listen.

There is no doubt that the voices are, in fact, the people claimed. That they'd be stupid enough to have their lines tapped and recorded is a topic for another day.

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