Thursday, June 29, 2023

PBD Podcast Ep. 283 6/29/2023

with Colonel Douglas Macgregor 

In this Episode, Colonel Douglas Macgregor joins PBD and Tom. They will discuss Russia, Ukraine, the woke military, the Trump Tape, Milley, War at the border, and Taiwan independence. Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, the author of five books, a PhD, and a Defense and Foreign Policy consultant.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Natalie Brunell 6/26/2023

Record Global Debt Will Trigger Collapse and Bitcoin is Inevitable with Col. Douglas Macgregor

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Redacted with Clayton Morris 6/26/2023

This is Ukraine's last gasp and Putin has a BIG decision to make

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

The American Conservative 6/13/2023


Democratic Backsliding

The Biden administration is subjugating its opponents at home and overseas.

Presidents lie when it suits their purpose. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson all promised Americans that they would not send American boys to die in foreign wars. President Joe Biden, however, is arguably the first to make public predictions that invariably came true in reverse.

Instead of deterring China, the Taiwanese electorate is likely to elect a new government that favors reunification with Beijing. Rather than collapsing the Russian economy, Biden’s proxy war is destroying the economically fragile European Union. Instead of realizing Francis Fukuyama’s “Rebirth of the West,” Washington’s policies are accelerating its decline. And instead of preventing the emergence of a new coalition or axis of illiberal powers—including Russia, China, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and others—Washington has cemented these relationships to the detriment of Western interests.

Ukraine’s “spring” and now summer offensive operation is stalled, if not defeated. Exact numbers of Ukrainian dead and wounded are not yet available, but the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed in action in the latest onslaught reportedly number in the thousands, along with many more wounded. Tank and armored-fighting-vehicle losses have also been significant. Meanwhile, Russian losses in response to the offensive are reported to be relatively negligible, with Russian soldiers killed and wounded in action only in the hundreds.

Americans must understand that that there is no more difficult and complex military operation than a deliberate attack to penetrate prepared enemy defenses. Remember, the German army, arguably the best trained and most competently led army in the last 100 years, opted in 1940 to avoid frontally assaulting the Maginot Line. 

Cracking deliberate defenses is so difficult, so time- and resource-consuming, that U.S. ground forces rarely practice it in peacetime, nor do U.S. Army officers study it in detail as Russian officers do. U.S. and British advisors were no doubt limited in their ability to lend much assistance in launching this offensive to Ukrainian forces that already lacked sufficient artillery, engineers, and air defense systems. In addition, Russian integrated air defenses have neutralized opposing airpower.

Predictably, Ukrainian forces were compelled to attack under persistent Russian surveillance through the 15 to 25 kilometer security zone in front of Russia’s main defensive belts. Again and again, Russian forces in the security zone withdrew from forward outposts to prepared defensive positions just ahead of the main defensive belt. Ukrainians moved forward only to be crushed by artillery supported by Russian attack helicopters firing precision rockets from behind Russian lies that have a longer range than U.S. Hellfire missiles.

During the attacks, Ukrainian columns stumbled into minefields that canalized their movement into areas where a combination of massive drone and artillery strikes broke up the attacking formations. Meanwhile, Russian forces reportedly employed aerially delivered mines behind advancing Ukrainian forces. As a result, when attacking Ukrainian forces sought to disengage from the death traps and withdraw to their own lines, Russian forces employed loitering munitions to destroy the remaining Ukrainian troops stuck in minefields on all sides.

The question in Moscow: What happens next? Ukraine may still possess roughly twelve brigades in reserve that could be committed to more attacks in the days or weeks ahead, but committing these reserves may strain the Ukrainian manpower pool to the breaking point. Thus, the probability is quite high that Russian forces will move aggressively against Ukraine. Moscow has options.

First, Moscow can attack to seize and secure either Odessa or Kharkov. Along with Kharkov, Odessa is one of the two historically Russian cities Moscow promised will be returned to Russian control. Aside from Odessa’s enormous strategic value in terms of cutting off Ukraine from the Black Sea, Odessa was also the scene of horrific atrocities committed against Russians during the Maidan Revolution. These events are still vivid in the Russian memory. 

In addition, any Ukrainian attempts to reinforce Odessa in the event of a Russian attack will endure a storm of precision rocket/missile/artillery/drone strikes. And a Ukrainian move south toward Odessa would also risk Russian attack from Belarus. Finally, Odessa lies close to the largest concentration of Russian forces and, hundreds of miles from Ukrainian forces in the north. If Odessa becomes the operational objective, expect the heavily reinforced Wagner Group to play a major role in clearing Odessa of Ukrainian troops including Ukrainians who stay behind to fight on as guerillas.

Two, once Odessa is seized, Moscow may well pause to see if Berlin or Paris will negotiate an end to the conflict. If there is no willingness to negotiate, Kharkov along with more of Eastern Ukraine will likely rapidly fall into Russian hands. This incremental approach is consistent with Moscow’s desire to avoid sudden, large-scale, sweeping offensive action that might precipitate U.S.-led intervention. 

In Europe, the economic picture is grim, and European populations, especially the German people, are turning against Washington’s proxy war. The newest polls now place the Alternative for Germany (AFD) Party as the second-largest political force in German politics. Given P.M. Olaf Scholz’s suicidal policies of de-industrializing Germany and opening Germany’s borders to still more unwanted and unaffordable refugees and migrants, perhaps the AFD can put together a “coalition of the rational” to remove Scholz and negotiate with Moscow?

A short time ago, Poland’s leadership advocated for NATO intervention to fight shoulder to shoulder with Ukrainians against Russia. Now, Polish President Andrzej Duda says that the Russian steamroller is crushing Ukraine, with hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers dying on the front lines every day. Popular Polish support for Ukrainian refugees is also drying up. 

Inside the United States, Americans are discovering that for President Biden and his administration, “democracy” really translates into Blue State Overlordship. This regime is buttressed by the destruction of U.S. election integrity and the transformation of the U.S. Justice Department into a Leninist instrument of social hygiene, aimed at suppressing or eliminating legitimate American political opposition. In an ingenious stroke only a Bolshevik could admire, the Biden administration transformed national strategy into a globalist struggle to subjugate opponents at home and overseas.  

Now is a good time to negotiate, because it is Washington, not Moscow, that needs an off-ramp from multiple disasters. The failed war in Ukraine, America’s weakening economy, rising nationwide criminality, and open borders crisis beg for decisive action. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Serbian Radio Chicago 6/6/2023

Dr. Olga Ravassi interviews Colonel Douglas Macgregor


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The Dallas Express 6/7/2023

Ukraine Counteroffensive May Have Begun
By Andrew Afifian - Staff Writer

Ukraine may have begun its much-anticipated counteroffensive just in time, as cracks are beginning to show in the Republican and Democrat united front backing Ukraine in its war with Russia.

In a foreshadowing of the counterattack and what its proponents hope it will accomplish, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told Fareed Zakaria on CNN this weekend, “We do believe that this counteroffensive will allow Ukraine to take strategically significant territory back from Russia.”

Heavy Ukrainian artillery strikes and military maneuvers have been taking place across the Russian front in an effort to make advances where the battle lines have been static for months, reported The New York Times.

The Dallas Express spoke with Douglas Macgregor, retired Army colonel and former senior advisor to the secretary of defense under former President Trump, about his impressions of this latest Ukranian military activity. Macgregor said that if this is the heralded counteroffensive, it is “a very weak counteroffensive.”

Macgregor speculated that these maneuvers could instead be “probing operations” intended to reveal weak points within the Russian defenses in preparation for a larger offensive. He warned that Russian defensive units have been known to pull back from advancing Ukrainian forces to lure them into “mass precision fire” traps.

In a sign that conservative support for the U.S.’s continued involvement in the conflict may be waning, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy unveiled a plan last week to end the war to prevent Russia and China from forming an alliance that the tech-entrepreneur-turned-politician believes would “outmatch the U.S. in every area of great power competition.”

A poll taken in May indicates that popular support for U.S. sanctions against Russia fell from 71% a year ago to 58%, which may be caused by the public increasingly associating the economic war with Russia with inflation on the homefront, reported PBS News Hour. The poll, conducted by the NORC at the University of Chicago, found Democrats are much more supportive of the U.S. taking a major role in the war than Republicans (38% vs 19%).

According to Ramaswamy’s plan, the U.S. would stop supporting Ukraine with military assistance and would cease efforts to bring the country into NATO. In exchange for the cease-fire and normalized relations, Russia would be expected to withdraw all forces from Ukraine, stop military cooperation with China, and withdraw its nuclear weapons away from areas where they would be a “threat to the U.S. and Europe.”

During a CNN-moderated town hall in May, Republican front-runner former President Donald Trump refused to pledge his steadfast allegiance to a Ukraine victory, unlike other Republican leaders including Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Instead, he made bringing the conflict to an end his focus.

“I don’t think in terms of winning and losing. I think in terms of getting it settled so we stop killing all these people,” Trump told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Steak for Breakfast Podcast 6/6/2023 Audio Only

Ukraine-Russia Update with Colonel Macgregor

Monday, June 5, 2023

The Dallas Express 6/4/2023

Kosovo Flashpoint Portends Expanded Wars
By Andrew Afifian - Staff Writer
Jun 4, 2023

The smoldering embers of the all-out war that spelled the end of Yugoslavia in the 1990s are threatening to erupt once again as the Kosovo government makes dangerous moves to consolidate power in areas where ethnic Serbs predominate.

The U.S. State Department released a statement that appeared to lay initial blame on Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti for using force to place ethnic Albanian mayors in Serb majority areas after ethnic Serbs boycotted elections. International observers also questioned the legitimacy of those elections, per The Wall Street Journal.

As a result of the move by Kurti, there have been violent clashes between Serb protesters and local police in northern Kosovo. Serbs have borne the brunt of the casualties, with more than 50 reported injured and several arrests.

The clashes have pulled NATO-led peacekeepers into the fray, resulting in injuries to some NATO troops and prompting the State Department to warn President Vucic of Serbia to lower tensions by standing down his own armed forces.

French President Emmanuel Macron also laid the blame for the clashes on Kosovo, stating on Wednesday, “It is very clear that Kosovar authorities bear responsibility for the current situation, and there is noncompliance with an agreement that was nevertheless important, and which was secured just a couple of weeks ago,” per the WSJ.

Retired Army Colonel and former senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Trump, Douglas Macgregor, spoke with The Dallas Express and provided his insight into the situation. Col. Macgregor believes that the part of Kosovo that is populated by ethnic Serbs and is the current flashpoint should have been partitioned and united with Serbia years ago, but this outcome was prevented by U.S. intervention. Macgregor noted that the U.S. flew bombers over Bosnia Tuesday, which he believes was a “signal to the Serbs, ‘get on board or we will bomb you again,’ effectively.”

The breakup of Yugoslavia culminated with a 1999 war for the territory making up modern Kosovo between ethnic Serbs, most of whom identify as Christian, and ethnic Albanians who are Muslim. NATO backed Kosovo in the war and bombed Serbia into capitulation. However, Serbia, Russia, China, and some other nations still do not recognize Kosovo’s independence.

Though Colonel Macgregor was critical of U.S. policy towards Serbia, he had a positive response to the State Department’s statement for “frankly telling the truth” and called it an “intelligent statement.”

The clash comes at a time when the United States and Europe have concerns that tensions from the Ukraine war could spill over into neighboring countries and possibly the rest of Europe. The crisis in Kosovo is validating such fears.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Glenn Diesen 6/2/2023

Colonel Douglas Macgregor: Russia is going on the offensive

The Charlie Kirk Show 6/1/2023

Douglas Macgregor describes the many, many parts of the defense budgets Americans could cut to help achieve fiscal sanity.