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By Mark Ames
Baldfellas: How Belarus's Failed Regime-Change Movement Shaped Putin's War Plan

What’s lost in these stories is how strange and impossible it would’ve been just a couple years ago to imagine Russia being able to use Belarus as a staging ground for its military offensives. We’ve already forgotten that as recently as 2020, Lukashenko was flirting with NATO partnership, hosting anti-Russia hawks Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, and denying Russia the right to set up an airbase in Belarus (let alone hosting an entire invasion force).

Then came the big western-backed regime-change movement to overthrow Lukashenko and replace him with the West’s favorite, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya — and the next thing you know, Belarus is the Russian military’s doormat, to do with as it pleased.

Jan 23, 2023 | Comments (2)

By Gary Brecher
The War Nerd: NATO, A Memoir

The US was the bulwark of The Alleged West. And even in Europe, everyone who mattered supported NATO, as far as we knew.

Looking back now, it’s our acceptance of the whole farce that seems odd. You’d think people would catch on after a few decades, but we never did.

May 26, 2022 | Leave Comment

By Gary Brecher
The War Nerd: Was There A Plan In Afghanistan?

This was first published as a Radio War Nerd subscriber newsletter on May 21, 2021. But with the total collapse of the US-backed Kabul regime, it’s even more relevant now to ask: What was the strategy? Was there ever a plan there?…

Aug 16, 2021 | Leave Comment

By Gary Brecher
The War Nerd: Taiwan — The Thucydides Trapper Who Cried Woof

Republished from the Radio War Nerd subscriber newsletter. Subscribe to the Radio War Nerd podcast hosted by Gary Brecher & Mark Ames for podcasts, newsletters and more! It’s a full-time job, keeping track of the US/NATO campaign to start a fire somewhere on China’s borders. It’s…

Apr 12, 2021 | Leave Comment


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By Gary Brecher
The War Nerd: Gray Wolves — The Fascists Nobody Wants To Talk About

Republished from the Radio War Nerd subscriber newsletter. Subscribe to Radio War Nerd co-hosted with Mark Ames for podcasts, newsletters and more! There’s a gigantic, well-organized, extremely violent fascist group with tens of thousands of active members in Germany right now. And nobody notices. You’d think all the…

Nov 14, 2020 | Leave Comment

By Gary Brecher
War Nerd Newsletter #100 — Amateurs Talk Cancel, Pros Talk Silence

There’s a very naïve theory of language at work here, roughly: “if people speak nicely, they’ll act nicely” — with the fatuous corollary, “If people mention bad things, they must like bad things.”

The simplest refutation of that is two words: Victorian Britain.

Victorian Britain carried out several of the biggest genocides in human history. It was also a high point of virtuous literature…

Jul 25, 2020 | Leave Comment

By Gary Brecher
The War Nerd: How Many Dead Yemeni Nobodies Does It Take To Equal 1 WaPo Contributor?

Republished from the Radio War Nerd subscriber newsletter. Subscribe to Radio War Nerd for podcasts, newsletters and more! The headline here is not a joke, unfortunately. It’s a question you can’t help asking if you’ve followed the war in Yemen. You probably…

May 24, 2020 | Leave Comment