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NATO accounts for most of the planetary military spending
-The stats speak entirely for themselves. For NATO to portray Russia as a threat is the height of absurdity. This narrative only serves one group and that is NATO
The article linked is from February of this year. Cuts to NATO spending will now be reversed, thanks to the Russian ‘threat’ meme pushed on the population for the purpose of management of perception, as peace becomes passe
The combined defense expenditures of all NATO nations in 2013 amounted to $1.02 trillion. This figure includes research and development expenditures related to purchase of major equipment and pensions.
By comparison, the total of military budgets for all countries in the world was $1.745 trillion in 2012, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Sweden.
- In 2012, China’s expenditures amounted to $166 billion
-Russia’s were $90 billion. -Iran trailed with just under $7 billion
By troop numbers, NATO also held a lopsided advantage over any other nation, with a total of 3,370,000 servicemembers in 2013, according to NATO’s statistics. This contrasts with Russia’s 766,000 troops and China’s estimated 2.3 million active-duty personnel,
“NATO still accounts for a clear majority of world military spending, over 60 percent, and a substantial number of other top spenders are American allies like Saudi Arabia and Israel,” Perlo-Freeman said. “In terms of military capabilities, the U.S. and NATO will remain absolutely unmatched for the foreseeable future.”
Now onto Pepe's latest @ RT : NATO set to liberate ‘Jihadistan’?
"When the show seemed set for NATO to save Ukraine and Western civilization – at least rhetorically - from that evil empire remixed (Russia), the Caliph intervened with yet another “off with their heads” special.So I wasn't the only one who noticed how very NATO'ish that proclamation seemed????
And then, out of the blue, the Caliph proclaimed to the whole world his next target is none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. Was he channeling another Western darling, the recently ostracized Bandar Bush"
September 3/14- A very NATO/US sounding ISIS threatens Putin- God Willing- Updated
If it were a thesis, everything could be settled as follows: the Caliph becomes a contractor to NATO; the Caliph beheads Putin; the Caliph quickly liberates Chechnya (not the usual, deeply embarrassing NATO quagmire in Afghanistan); the Caliph, on a roll, attacks the BRICS countries; the Caliph becomes NATO’s shadow secretary-general; and Obama finally stops complaining that his calls to Putin always end up on voicemail.
Ah, if only geopolitics was as simple as a Marvel Comics blockbuster.Excerpt 2
Instead, the Caliph should know – even as he is largely a Made in the West product, with substantial input from GCC petrodollar cash - that NATO never promised him a rose garden.
So, predictably, the ungrateful Obama/Cameron duo – oh yes, because the “special relationship” is all that matters in NATO, the others are mere extras - have vowed to go after him with a broad, well not that broad “coalition of the willing”, with the usual suspects bombing Iraqi Kurdistan, parts of Sunni Iraq and even Syria. After all, “Assad must go,” rather “Assad brutality,” in Cameron’s formulation, is the real culprit for the Caliph’s actions.
Etc., etc., read the rest @ RT
Get me to the Slavic CaliphNATO’s outgoing secretary-general Anders “Fogh of War” Rasmussen was somehow rattled. After all, this was supposed to be the “crucial moment,” at the Wales summit, when NATO would be at its Cold War 2.0 best, rescuing “the allies,” all 28 of them, from the dark gloom of insecurity.
One just had to look at the replica of a glorious eurofighter Typhoon parked in front of the NATO summit hotel in Newport, Wales.
To round it all off, that evil Slavic Caliph, Vlad himself, designed a seven-point peace plan to solve the Ukrainian quagmire – just as Kiev’s appalling army has been reduced to strogonoff by the federalists and/or separatists in the Donbass. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – who until virtually yesterday was screaming “Invasion!” at the top of his lungs - breathed long sighs of relief. And as an aside, he disclosed Kiev was receiving high-precision weapons from an unnamed country that could only be the US, the UK or Poland.
The whole thing posed a problem, though. What is NATO to defend Western Civilization from when all that threat embodied by “Russian aggression” dissolves into a road map to peace?
Don't Miss this from yesterday evening- Waiting for Obama to make it official
And the findings are not necessarily consistent with the official conspiracy. Because other situations could bring about the same conclusion. Like say a Ukrainian military jet?
All of us that have been paying attention already knew this, just from reading multiple resources widely available to us and using our brains
"Its key conclusion is that the plane had no mechanical or other technical problem in the seconds before it broke up in midair likely after being struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft."
Oh and the media is making a big deal about this-
But those are not the 'final communications'
Final communications would be the ones prior to the incident, where there is communications between the plane and Ukie ATC, and I have not seen those. Have You? Has Ukraine released them? If not, why not?