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hello and welcome to cross stock. were all things are considered. i'm peter lavelle . one would think the humiliating withdrawal from afghanistan would be the start of a washington wine down of the forever wars. is this really the case? also? you tubes war on creators, and it's not only about so called cobit misinformation. ah, there's got these issues and more, i'm joined by my guess, my drink hennington in plymouth. he's the editor and boundary 21st century wire dot com. and in budapest we have george annually. he is a podcast, or at the gaggle which can be found on youtube and locals. are a gentleman, cross stock rules in effect, that means you can jump in anytime you want. and i always, i mean let's start off with patrick. one of the interesting things as the dust settles with the humiliating evacuation of the campbell, our airport by us forces after 20 years. there, there's been an assessment. i mean,
is the beginning of something. is this an aberration is in some kind of hiatus because it's very unclear even to some there are those that are saying that the u. s. a could possibly even have a deal already with the taliban and leaving all of that equipment behind. i'm not going to make any judgment at this point whatsoever, but it's very interesting to me. is this one off thing or is that something a part of a trend? what are your thoughts? go ahead patrick. i think this is, this is just the beginning. this is the beginning, but in reality, the started all this trajectory is or of eventual waning us influence in the middle east and central asia. i think this trajectory began a long time ago because america's greatest advantage throughout history is also its greatest liability. it's shown more than any other world power that it's willing to sacrifice blood and treasure for its national interest or what is perceived to be
national interest. but that is also become its biggest liability. and i think the clock started running a really with the bombing of afghanistan, post $911.00, the iraq or the clock began running then. but the clock was really running from the vietnam war. so there's a limited amount of patients that the american people, appetite for war. so pardon me. so, so you have iraq, syria, yemen. these 3 wars are in the balance right now. and so there are things that have happened, watershed points in each of these that i think are now coming to the for biden. is it a week week point? the white house is incredibly weak. america's at its weakest point. critically, they have a foreign policy team matter or young jake solven's 43 years old. you've got, you know, been roads and these are the people obama,
hold overs and insurance that her for are advising those present. so i don't really think they really have a clue. they're really trying to just piece together what's really a broken jigsaw puzzle from the obama administration and the trump administration was very dysfunctional. trump wanted to pull out of some of these, but was thwarted by the lindsay ground by the deep state and so forth. so i think that afghan was really the beginning with it right now it's, it's a mixed bag. ok, and that's why we're doing this topic here. what are your thoughts going to because i think we have a parson, words here. i mean, having an influence, having the gemini, all of these can be defined in a different way. i mean, you can continue to have influenced by selling a lot of arms which they continue to do. all right. you know they give me the abraham affords. ok for me it's it's, it's just a when you offer the arms producers ok. i don't,
i don't really see the political mix except for some kind of hodge podge anti iran policy, which is really got know where the last 2 administration included by 3. yeah, i can just say that the afghanistan thing was a wow. i don't believe that the united states for the future as any intentional withdrawing from the middle east. i think there is area to stay and then they just keep coming up with a new rationale. what's like, the ice is preventing that consolidation of the machine and make sure that russia around increase their influence. and then even when you think about iraq, trump, you know, we, we get talking about and the writer was and ending interventions. and he never, never america to withdraw from iraq. so i think that america has, in, this is a huge amount of the decades in saudi arabia, the gulf states,
and the middle east, and go straight to who they are, 5 points in the world. and so, if there is indeed a rivalry and you know, some sort of a cold war coming with china, then control all the go will be as important as strategic goal of the united states as it was during the cold war. an interesting case because of the american to say, you know, yes, they gave up on vietnam, cambodia and laos, but you know, they still go indonesia, malaysia, japan, which at that time at least as far as american perceptions. and so we're in danger of going to the communist. so say, you know, our intervention achieve goals that we prevented a whole say, big trip of communism in asia. so it wasn't probably just
a matter of giving up on the american influence. let me to do both to be a 1st to patrick here. i can agree with both of you with the same time for different reasons. i think, i mean, i think, you know, what point is it negative returns? i mean these are not cost free. ok? number one, number one, they're very, very expensive, you know, 3 trillions plus for understand that. so and then i mean, and then there's the blood issue here and we had over the last 3 election cycles. these were sort of very, very unpopular. how is it sustainable? the cost in the unpopularity is $1.00 would think, maybe maybe one would think it has to come to some kind of tipping point, patrick 1st. sure. in terms of popularity, i think, to the establishment in the united states is willing to take that on the chin that some of these intervention might be on popular. because the whole point of u. s. foreign policy is to open up markets for certain trends. national trade
corporations and so forth. this is allowed the us to have, it's had your money. america's greatest preponderance isn't it isn't military. in fact, although it might seem like that it's the u. s. dollar. and it's, it's economic preponderance is financial preponderance more than military, military is just a tool to open up, to allow it to dominate globally financially. but i think george pointed out something that's interesting, you know, the middle east will become in a new cold war with china, the middle east will become a sort of contested zone, ala george or wells geopolitical map in 1094. this endless war with east asia, but the middle east is changed and changed because of us action. so there is now an arc of resistance that very well network to very well equipped and fortified, which stretches from iran all the way to lebanon. that's a direct result of us and its allies,
various operations and escapades in places like syria and iraq. and i think there was a tipping point came in january 2020 when iran fired missiles, a dozen missiles at 22 us bases. and the u. s. did not strike back. so i mean that that was a really, to me, one of the biggest, besides couldn't entrance into the steering war in october 2015. this moved by iran as a retaliation of the assassination of general cost, some sort of money and iraqi gentleman and us that was triggered. i think it's slow, a major realignment in terms of west asian geo politics. i think it's irreversible because the u. s. is power is also based on it's the opponents ability to fear them or to respect them. and iran basically called their bluff and look what's happened . nothing has happened to ron. there's been a lot of sabre routing. israel is assassinating nuclear scientists,
etc. that's going on the fringes, but geopolitically, iraq is also changing their orientation. again, you know, antique more anti u. s. and the clock is ticking. the us will eventually have to leave iraq. i don't know how long they'll be able to keep going. and now iraqi kurdistan is now basically under threat as well by some of the same forces. but it's interesting, i think they're the kind of where the circle conversation here, i mean, is a words from both of you. i mean, in the we're going from had gemini george gemini, to contest it. i mean, well, that's an interesting strategy right there. ok. because then you lower the cost, what it will cost economic costs. but you may still have the, the financial leverage, as patrick was talking about this, there is a calibration going on. i don't know how it is, and you don't know how conscious it is a grand strategy, or is it a country to country things like iraq, which is kind of a outlier when we come to look at these other things here. what do you think george?
go ahead. well, i think the financial aspect is, is a fortune. no one has to bear in mind that what the united states did in iraq and afghanistan was quite extreme by us standards. i mean, this will full scale invasion. and that is a very problematic because that's where you get casualties. as long as you can wage was sort of dishes li, using for as long as you can uh, your influence on sales for through, you know, trade by as a dollar and minimize casualties. then, you know, the united states can still continue with this policy. actually, it becomes very problematic when you go into the whole war and you have 500000 troops that and then a and iraq. and so it is,
calculation was made by the united states as by the soviet union in the late 198 is this, you know, whatever the strategic value of that. and maybe it isn't, was the normal blood and treasure involved in, in continuous talk you. but that doesn't mean that you give up on all the other ways, and i don't mean i don't think americans just going to give up in the middle east just like that. yeah. well that let me think it's, it's still problematic. let me go to you for we end up part of the program here. but, you know, we, we have, we can't discount the players on the ground. and there's a lot of chatter, a lot of the re reassessing on bed bellows talking to each other. recalibrating what ram is in the mix and all this, and i think we can talk all about what the u. s. and its allies want, but there's a lot of murmurings going on on the ground. and again, this is
a psychological issue. they lost ok. they can be debated. ok, so i, that's one kind of boeing in between both of you here. go ahead, finish that up and it is part of, you know, there's also just a technical aspect of waging war or having military dominance is that you need to be able to take territory whole territory in the real modern war in terms of what i think is the new u. s. policy, which is to use local enforcers to pull its assets offshore, use local enforcers, so they pulled out of cats or largely and used to saudi arabia as the front person for the yemen war from from march of 2015 forward the u. s is really backing that logistically, satellites air force pilots in some cases, air refueling, munitions, everything. so it was a great cash cow for the us. it made the money from the war. saudi paid them as well for the services they were billed. on the same with the iraqi government was billed for our stroke. here we're running out of time for those programs. my last
long no one else seem wrong. when all 3 just a to safe out. because the advocate an engagement equals the trail. when so many find themselves world support, we choose to look so common ground. ah, welcome back to crossed up. were all things are considered? i'm peter labelle. this is the home edition. to remind you were discussing some real news. ah.
okay, let's go back to george in budapest. well, youtube is on the warpath again, against against creators. obviously in the station that we're all on right now, our team has been thrown into the fray. and for the most part, at least at this point in time, it's about cobit misinformation. but when i find terrifying, actually, and sort of lead disappointing, as i see, this is just the cudgel to control control the narrative and to return of gemini in the media sphere back to the guild media. the new york times washington bo cnn. all the other rest of them. and this is, and it's all layered with medical emergency and that's quite compelling. fear mongering by definition is compelling. that's why they do it. it's not about coven george. maybe this in this moment in time. but it's really much more. busy at stake
here than cobra misinformation. yeah. so you're spot because the whole sense to ship the black for me moving people all started long before it started immediately in the aftermath of the 2016 election with the hysteria about the russian boss and the misinformation over that the russians and the iranians were providing and he was indeed the mainstream media for the internet giant to the platform, people who are apparently providing no wrong information about the japanese. so this is seized on this issue, but it so much, much bigger seem which was about this in the, in internet, which really democratize the availability of information. she does, i don't want to see in the information we want to control information, you know,
you have to listen to us. and they, well, the pressure on the internet. so they just were literally a little wary of the black will make the pressure and then a bowl from the democrats. if you follow our big, unless you get rid of all of these pro russian boss, we're going to comment you and we're going to fossil legislation. you know, going to like, and, you know, the internet giants are on the list. so it is a matter of, you know, the politicians and the media, for example, this. wow, it's quite problematic as to what to do about this. yeah, i think i'm glad i brought up russia gate because that was kind of in my mind, it was a drive to see how much damage they rot. we'll listen to them who it follow, who remain silent and then who would challenge them. and then we had under,
by the laptop, which is, you know, that somebody special project, you know, they, they're really proud of that. you know, we just got a huge hole through the internet, you know, on this one issue here. and they were very effective. and now it's co business information that they've learned from russia game they've learned from the under buying laptop. they know what to do now. they actually have a plate. that's my opinion. that's how i see it now from an extension from the hunter biden laptop. suppression of that story was after the election, any talk of election fraud, and he thought of it not being a free election. they came out formally and said they're going to take out, take down any videos or in the other social media because they were sanitizing their platforms. the same way. that's just not that much to any society that claims to be democratic that you can even have discussion or discourse, whether it be partisan or not. but the irony is that is completely partisan what they're doing on that side. but this extends geopolitically. and so back to the
taking down of our tea deutsche very dangerous that this platform will take state media and not only state media, a member of the un security council major channel had 600000 subscribers, hundreds of millions of views out competing. some of the german english language channels as well, and that's just down to what people are. they prefer to watch in terms of content. but this is dangerous. they did this depress t, v. a rainy and state media, they did it to syria, t v. not many people cared because syria t, v. what, what's the point? the point is, if you're at war, if you're a perpetual war, if, if the west sees itself as being in perpetual warfare all the time, which is in there, if you look at their integrated operating concepts, the things that are being released to white papers coming out of the u. k, for instance, they're viewing this as a spectrum that is constantly moving domestically and internationally. no
difference between home in a way pitch. so this is, this is what's being done. so i think this media war, the tit for tat to dangerous, because russia could been you tube within russian territory, then you're into a whole, another range of problems. but i think you have this merger. people have to remember when censorship is done by a company like google or youtube. it's not just, it's an american company, but the censorship is global. they have dominion over the entire planet, information space, and they can even have different policies for different countries, which facebook does, which google and youtube have done. and it doesn't matter what the regime is, that the policy is totally customized to whatever the political situation and their business relationship is in that country as far as medical misinformation, which is what they used to get the strike that took down the r t channel. they're doing that to millions of views of millions of pieces of content which their ceo admitted. and it's very vague. u. k column,
the channel that i'm on as well. we had our channel deleted for medical misinformation. no specific was even 10 year old channels, thousands of videos. they don't tell you what the offending article is. it's left intentionally vague. as you said in, as george said it's, it's a convenient cultural. and the medical misinformation tactic could be used in the geo political sense. to take down because these governments are very close contact with these firms. we know this from the senate hearings. we know this from recent news report. so to think that they're not in touch with the state department or there's not influence that's being pushed. and silicon valley from the political side would be very naive. you know, judging, we should never be surprised. in this case, it's the internet, but we go back with newspapers and things like that. we should never be surprised that there, there are people that are ideologically predisposed to certain ideas, other marketplace issues here. but there's, what's new in the mix for me is that it's the people that claim to be journalist.
they're the ones that are spearheading this. they are the ones that are most keen on censorship, banning sadder banding and all of this because, you know, you can have people and you to google that have certain ideas. but i still wonder if they think, well, you know what just makes them money. ok. and then you have the, there's the pressure out there to conform because, you know, being the people that are sending this information, i mean, in the scheme of things, it's minuscule compared to what these platforms hold here. and that's why we believe it is political here. but then if anything is it's journalist, so news outlets, the ones that are sharing the loudest for the worst possible thing ever happened to the internet and that is censorship. go ahead. yes. and there's a real irony there because a, c, n, n, a new york times that do this drumbeat on particular, patrick said it's directed very much the rest of the rochester, you know, we have
a roster. these is the malevolent factor because they engineer from selection battery, they provide the information about rick lynch again. now, roches, the back is providing bad information back scenes and, you know, misinforming the public. so there's the geopolitical aspect. but what's really important is that these journals, these outlets like cnn, which i'll talk about this information and you know, conservancy here is pedal by russia. i mean there are few outlets in the world that are responsible for more bad news. news with c n, n. and then, you know, i mean the home to buy and i mean, you know, they, you know, they have a pedal, the nonsense i'm to buy a laptop was, i was a russian intelligence operation. they federal nonsense about the old of the game conspiracy. the, you know, the traffic illusion, they had all the nonsense about the russian bounties on us soldiers in afghanistan
. so, you know, we don't even have to go back to the iraq weapons of mass destruction. so they are responsible for long was this information then anything to me to talk to you actually get something wrong id usually because a record of some mainstream media outlets are wrong, but they never got so many big things wrong as these are basically media outlets that are calling for censorship by this standard, me the, the 10s of thousands of hours at c and n, m s m, b, c. they should be deleted by the standard that they are claiming about dis, information. and, and what, what, what add insult to injury is that when you go to you, no matter what you watch, they propose and you watch mainstream media. so, you know, they don't, you know, they don't have a dog in this, in the spite of course, they do, they're losing their market share. and market share is money. it's a, this is
a business proposition for them. they want it for money. they're willing to see freedom of speech completely oblivious. they could there last there, bottom line in their shareholders. it's very pernicious. go ahead and below every video that you tube flagging that, they haven't taken down. there's a little coven, 19 information bar, or, or it'll be about russian state media. they put a russian state media under every r t video, but the, the cov, it link goes to wikipedia, and wikipedia is completely games in terms of information. this has been proven beyond a doubt, so this is the, or wells ministry of truth in action. but geopolitical, you have to realize that now you know, the, all the fake news uproar during trump and after trump and this misinformation dis, information. the military are using these terms in nato countries, in their defense reviews, in their defense documents. and they're viewing this as a threat to the consensus and they're calling this space democratically protected.
so this is become a national security. and so the g 7 launch something that lot of people missed, which is the rapid response mechanism in 2018 when theresa may was prime minister. and what it meant that all g 7 countries had to have streamline messaging on anything national security related. and this is almost like a treaty. ok. so if you think about, if you criticize the german government policy or the u. k. government policy, whether it's me, you or some alternative media outlets that goes into a national security column. and it's to be dealt with or seen as a threat. and they're going to legislate against this in the u. k with the online arms legislation in to, to elevate trusted sources and to basically delete or remove what they call misinformation or dangerous to democracy in anything that damages confidence, in government, or the consensus and government is the worst offender for destroying confidence in
itself. as is the mainstream media in confidence in media, it's their fake news, as you pointed, that is caused the public to just abandon them in drugs. so this is just a strange epoch we find ourselves. well it's, it's a tragic one because it's a sunset of civilization and fox if you're gonna rely upon the week of media, you know, just pan out the lights. it's over. okay, that's all the time. i want to thank my guests and we to president limits want to thank our viewers for watching us here. or do you see an ex family member? ah, these are the 4 people who pulled the trigger or 5 something and survival. one of the hardest things that i had to face was not having a face at
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