The Dumbing Down Of America?

12 12 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

History must be accurate, or it provides no perspective or foundation or frame of reference for future generations.  The Democrats gave us slavery, and perpetuated it after our Civil War with the Ku Klux Klan (or KKK), segregation and later, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs that destroyed black families and consigned them to economic servitude.

Abraham Lincoln and his Republicans brought slavery to an end, at a terrible price.  That story is never told as the Democrats and their thugs are defacing our monuments and the like.  Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman won the war militarily, but Lincoln was assassinated.  After his successor Andrew Johnson’s presidency, Grant was elected and served two terms.[2]

Once again, the Democrats sought to roll back the freedoms afforded to black Americans, as if they never existed.  Military units were segregated for almost a century after the war ended.  Indeed, Edward W. Brooke—for and with whom I worked, and who was the first black U.S. Senator following Reconstruction—served in a segregated American army unit in Italy during World War II.[3]

While many of America’s blacks were and are deeply and genuinely religious, and trust in God, others have turned their backs and scoffed at religious beliefs.  The thugs, slugs, hoods and mongrels of “Black Lives Matter,” Antifa and other far-Left groups have burned our cities, killed or hurt innocent Americans including our police, and destroyed black and other businesses.[4]

In the process, they have remained at the bottom of the economic totem pole, while Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans and other minority groups have risen above them and passed them by.  Yet, incredulously, the Democrats have pandered to them by proposing reparations for slavery, preferences in college admissions and other governmental benefits.

Today, African-Americans constitute less than 14 percent of our population, but turn on the TV and one might think that they are in the majority.  Barack Obama and Meghan Markle project their hatred of white America in essentially everything that they do.  And thugs like George Floyd are deified, exacerbating racial tensions.[5]

America has been “dumbed down” because uneducated blacks have often ridiculed their educated counterparts.  Years ago when I took taxis in Washington, D.C., they were often driven by well-educated and very articulate blacks from Africa, who spoke perfect English and were attending Howard University and other schools, and looked down on their American counterparts.

The bright side to all of this: there is a God that will lead each of us through this.  Slavery should not have existed—nor should human trafficking and slavery exist anywhere in the world today.  All of us are equal, and yes loved, in the eyes of God.[6]  And racial hatreds and stereotyping should cease to exist.  Every American should be given an equal chance to excel, and to do his or her very best.[7]

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/ulysses-s-grant-an-american-hero/ (“Ulysses S. Grant: An American Hero”)

[3]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/edward-w-brooke-is-dead/ (“Edward W. Brooke Is Dead”)

During the time that the author worked for and with Brooke, he was a conservative Republican.  Indeed, the only black professional staff member who worked for him quit because he was not outspoken enough on racial issues.  Later, his staff was coopted by Democrats, and Brooke lost his reelection.

[4]  See, e.g.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11524825/Moment-group-teenagers-Queens-ruthlessly-beat-helpless-boy-daylight-brawl.html (“Teenager, 14, has miraculous escape after he is ruthlessly set upon by pack of bloodthirsty teens who attack him with a KNIFE and mercilessly beat him – as crime spirals in NYC”)

[5]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/is-barack-obama-a-racist/ (“Is Barack Obama A Racist?”); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/10/07/thousands-of-prisoners-are-set-to-be-released-from-illinois-jails/ (“Thousands Of Prisoners Are Set To Be Released From Illinois Jails”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/the-war-on-cops/ (“The War On Cops”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/the-death-of-new-york-city/ (“The Death Of New York City?”)

[6]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/ (“What And Where Is God?”)

[7]  A listing for a PBS TV show entitled “Love & Respect With Killer Mike – Fab 5 Freddy” said the following:

“Mike sits down with hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy for a conversation about his groundbreaking life and career in music and pop culture.”

First, hip hop is not mainstream American music, or so the author believes.  Second, who on Earth has ever heard of “Fab 5 Freddy”?  Third, perhaps “Freddy” is giving his very best; and stereotyping or prejudices underlie lots of non-black Americans’ beliefs.





Americans Have These Enemies: Vladimir Putin And Russia, Xi Jinping And China, And Joe Biden And His Fellow Traitors

6 12 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Vladimir Putin has been America’s enemy ever since he rose to power alongside Boris Yeltsin after the Soviet Union collapsed.  Before that, he was a KGB agent in the DDR, or East Germany, where he was trained as a killer, which is his only skill.[2]

Xi Jinping rose up through the Communist power structure in China, to the point where some argue that he is the successor to Mao Tse-tung, who killed more than 30-40 million Chinese and others.[3]

Joe Biden is a criminal and an imbecile, who should be imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay with other members of the Biden Family Crime Syndicate, at the very least.[4]  He and other members of his failed presidency are impeding Ukraine’s victory over Putin and his butchers, which is a crime unto itself.[5]

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/russias-putin-is-a-killer/ (“Russia’s Putin Is A Killer”) and  https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/the-death-of-putin-and-russia-the-final-chapter-of-the-cold-war/ (“The Death Of Putin And Russia: The Final Chapter Of The Cold War”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/the-real-russian-conspiracy-barack-obama-the-clintons-and-the-sale-of-americas-uranium-to-russias-killer-putin/ (“The Real Russian Conspiracy: Barack Obama, The Clintons, And The Sale Of America’s Uranium To Russia’s Killer Putin”) and  https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/24/russias-kgb-trained-killer-putin-may-be-more-dangerous-than-hitler-or-stalin/ (“Russia’s KGB-Trained Killer Putin May Be More Dangerous Than Hitler Or Stalin”)

[3]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%E2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%E2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/china-is-americas-enemy-make-no-mistake-about-that/ (“China Is America’s Enemy: Make No Mistake About That”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/the-coronavirus-must-become-chinas-chernobyl-hastening-the-collapse-of-its-evil-regime/ (“The Coronavirus Must Become China’s Chernobyl, Hastening The Collapse Of Its Evil Regime”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/chinas-goal-is-global-domination-and-it-must-suffer-the-soviet-unions-fate/ (“China’s Goal Is Global Domination, And It Must Suffer The Soviet Union’s Fate”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/12/20/have-woke-anti-americanism-and-china-risen-to-take-the-place-of-the-soviet-union-which-replaced-the-nazis-third-reich/ (“Have Woke Anti-Americanism And China Risen To Take The Place Of The Soviet Union, Which Replaced The Nazis’ Third Reich?”)

[4]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/brain-dead-joe-biden-has-picked-willie-browns-ho-as-our-next-president/  (“Brain Dead Joe Biden Has Picked Willie Brown’s Ho As Our Next President”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/01/11/will-americans-have-a-country-when-biden-and-his-democrats-are-finished-with-it/ (“Will Americans Have A Country When Biden And His Democrats Are Finished With It?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/10/13/clearly-joe-biden-is-brain-dead-and-he-is-pushing-us-toward-world-war-iii/  (“Clearly Joe Biden Is Brain Dead, And He Is Pushing Us Toward World War III”)

[5]  See, e.g., https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-altered-himars-rocket-launchers-to-keep-ukraine-from-firing-missiles-into-russia-11670214338 (“U.S. Altered Himars Rocket Launchers to Keep Ukraine From Firing Missiles Into Russia”)





Are We Heading Toward The Great Depression II And World War III?

16 06 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Is a maelstrom headed our way, the likes of which most Americans have never experienced in their lifetimes—or even close to it—unless they are or have been homeless?[2]  Are the United States and other countries heading toward far worse than the “Great Recession” of 2007-2009[3], and something approaching the Great Depression of the 1930s, coupled with World War III?[4]

Are these the “gifts” that Joe Biden, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping are bequeathing to the world?  Like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung, will this be their legacy[5], especially after China launched the deadly Coronavirus pandemic that has hurt so many, physically, economically and psychologically, and weakened the West?  Again, Americans may not have any earthly idea what is heading their way, much less how to cope with it.

The Middle East, much of Africa and other parts of the world have lived with wars, abject poverty and hopelessness far more than most Americans have, even recent immigrants to our great nation.  But nothing can prepare anyone for a convergence of the Great Depression II and World War III.  It is unfathomable, as it should be.  Where is God in the midst of so much suffering and chaos, which is a fair and reasonable question to ask?[6]

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/09/homelessness-in-america/ (“Homelessness In America”)

[3]  See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Recession (“Great Recession”)

[4]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/06/12/world-war-iii/ (“World War III”)

[5]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%e2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%e2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”)

[6]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/ (“What And Where Is God?”)





World War III

12 06 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Some of us have lived through World War II, the Korean War, our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and “minor skirmishes” such as John F. Kennedy’s “Bay of Pigs” fiasco in Cuba.[2]  In the tony area of Los Angeles called Brentwood, just up the street from where O.J. Simpson killed his wife Nicole and Ron Goldman, my elementary school classmates and I went through mock nuclear attack drills.  We had to hide under our school desks and cover our heads, to protect ourselves against “falling debris” from Soviet attacks that thankfully never came.

Growing up a mile or so west of the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, my first and only childhood memories of World War II were of giant searchlights—like those used at Hollywood movie premieres—scanning the skies for Japanese aircraft.  Was this an overreaction?  The fact is that a Japanese submarine shelled the Santa Barbara oilfields at Ellwood, just north of today’s UCSB college campus.[3]

Now, in a country that few Americans knew anything about, Russia’s KGB-trained killer Vladimir Putin’s thugs have destroyed much of Ukraine, and have raped and tortured Ukrainian women, and subjected Ukrainians to barbarism not seen in Europe since World War II.  Many forget that when his Soviet antecedents entered Berlin at the end of that war, they raped an estimated 2 million German women.  A former secretary of mine was a young girl there; and what she witnessed was unspeakable.  No human being should ever go through that, she told me, yet it is happening again, as Putin’s barbarians defy all civilized norms.

And all of this is occurring as the world slowly recovers from China’s deadly Coronavirus pandemic and its lockdowns, which have killed or injured millions, physically, economically and mentally.  Not satisfied, the Chinese huns in Beijing are threatening war unless the United States and the West acquiesce to their demands regarding Taiwan and the Pacific.[4]  As if this was not enough, Putin even threatens the Arctic[5], in addition to unleashing a nuclear war.

None of the catastrophes overshadow the possibility of nation-ending EMP attacks, which might kill millions.[6]  Is this pure and unadulterated madness?  Of course it is.[7]  And it is occurring at a time in history when the United States is leaderless, and perhaps more divided than at anytime since the Vietnam War.  We have a President who can barely utter a complete thought, and who may have been mentally impaired after at least two brain operations.[8]  And we have a Vice President standing in the wings and waiting for him to “croak,” who was a former ho.[9]

Also, illegal aliens (including human traffickers and members of drug cartels) have been flooding across our borders, unobstructed.  Crime has been spiraling out of control because our police have been targeted by the thugs, slugs, hoods and mongrels of “Black Lives Matter,” Antifa and other far-Left groups, which have burned our cities and destroyed black and other businesses.  Prices for gasoline and other commodities have reached stratospheric levels, and are expected to climb even higher, because America’s eco-Nazis have sought to curtail or destroy our oil production and independence.  And shortages of vital goods exist.

The United States has been weakened at a critical time in history when we as Americans—of all colors, ethnicities, religious beliefs and economic levels—can ill afford it.  Needless to say, this whets the appetites of our enemies, and is what they have been planning carefully for years.  Our automobile sales lots are empty because of the shortage of chips and other essential parts.  Our laptops and many cellphones are made in China; and if Chinese products were removed from the shelves of Walmart stores, they would be decimated.

The game of chess is won by those who plan ahead, and advance methodically from move to move, and from “check” to “checkmate.”  Right now it can be argued that China and Russia are moving ever so close to having us in “check,” by crippling our great nation.  Their next move would be “checkmate,” which would destroy our lives as we have known them.  Only by waking up now, and realizing fully the perils we face, can we avoid a catastrophic end that none of us ever thought would be possible.

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_of_Pigs_Invasion (“Bay of Pigs Invasion”)

[3]  See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardment_of_Ellwood (“Bombardment of Ellwood”)

[4]  See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10906289/China-threatens-war-saying-smash-smithereens-independence-plot-Taiwan.html (“China threatens war when it comes to ‘independence plot’ over Taiwan”)

[5]  See https://news.yahoo.com/russian-military-moves-in-the-arctic-worry-the-us-and-nato-090027224.html (“Russian military moves in the Arctic worry the U.S. and NATO”)

[6]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/emp-attack-only-30-million-americans-survive/ (“EMP Attack: Only 30 Million Americans Survive”) (see also the comments beneath the article)

[7]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/03/01/world-war-iii-has-begun/ (“World War III Has Begun”)

[8]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10906963/Top-Democrats-say-Biden-NOT-run-election-2024.html (“Top Democrats say Biden should NOT run for re-election in 2024”)

[9]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/brain-dead-joe-biden-has-picked-willie-browns-ho-as-our-next-president/ (“Brain Dead Joe Biden Has Picked Willie Brown’s Ho As Our Next President”)





The Government That Governs Least Governs Best

9 06 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Government at all levels of America is a vast wasteland of tragic inefficiency and incompetence. People are paid relatively large sums of money to do nothing—or even worse, to screw things up. The Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns have underscored that fact. Many government workers stayed home and did essentially nothing for long periods of time; and some are still doing that.

When I worked in the Pentagon during the height of the Vietnam War, it was affectionately referred to as “Fort Fumble” by many who worked there. The feeling was that the only reason we had survived as a nation was that our enemies were more incompetent than we were. The fact is that JFK-Robert McNamara-Lyndon Johnson’s War never should have been fought in the first place.

Approximately 55,000 Americans died for nothing, and some were my friends. Many more were maimed for life, physically and mentally. Fast forward to George W. Bush’s Afghan and Iraq Wars, and the pattern was repeated. But incompetence spreads across all levels of government, from the highest federal departments in Washington, D.C., to the local offices of the Social Security Administration and other federal agencies, to the offices of the lowest levels of state and local governments.

Government does not work, period. The FBI and Department of Justice are corrupt, and routinely manipulated for political purposes.[2] Indeed, the coin of the realm in Washington and elsewhere for lawyers and lobbyists is their ability to influence and obtain results. In the process, they provide prostitutes or simply young girls who are trying to climb the social ladder of Washington and other power centers—including the lowest levels.[3]

None of this would constitute the tragedy that it is if Russia’s KGB-trained killer Vladimir Putin was not threatening nuclear war if he does not get his way in Ukraine and beyond; and if China was not poised to invade Taiwan, and move elsewhere in the world.  Americans cannot afford to have a leadership vacuum, with its layers of government performing at less than is possible—and World War III possibly staring us in the face.

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/the-united-states-department-of-injustice/ (“The United States Department of Injustice”)

[3]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/ (“Washington Is Sick And The American People Know It”)





Let The Celebrations Begin—Putin Will Die Soon

5 05 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Vladimir Putin will die, hopefully a grisly death.  This is an immutable fact—of how the civilized world views him.  He alone is principally responsible for the killing of innocent Ukrainians; the raping and disfigurement of Ukrainian women, men and children; and the suffering of so many.

The more he suffers, the louder and longer will be the exhalations and celebrations.  He and Russians are viewed as global pariahs, and very sick perverts.[2]  Yes, that may seem harsh, cruel and even Godless, but what he has done to destroy Ukraine and its courageous people is sadistic and barbaric at the very least.  He is pure evil, incarnate.

Soon, Russia may implode like the Soviet Union before it, and exist no more.  Putinism will die with Putin.[3]  The rape of approximately 2 million German women by the Soviet military—aka Russian barbarians—when they entered Berlin at the end of World War II, will have been avenged, somewhat.

Now a healing must take place, or at least begin, among Ukrainians.  Those who fled their country must be welcomed back; and its heroes must be honored.  Families must be reconstituted; and rebuilding must take place.  Like the fall of the USSR, and in particular Berlin and Dresden in East Germany (or the DDR), reconstruction will erase the most visible scars of a war that will never be forgotten.

Lastly, America’s despicable Left—aka Democrats or so-called “Progressives”—have rigged our elections since the days of John F. Kennedy.  They have encouraged riots in our streets by the thugs, slugs, hoods and mongrels of “Black Lives Matter,” Antifa and other far-Left groups, which have killed or hurt innocent Americans including our police; and destroyed black and other businesses.  Now, they are rioting again and trying to subvert decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.[4]

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18402141/vladimir-putin-parkinsons-paranoia-traitors-insane/ (“Vladimir Putin is suffering from early stage Dementia & his paranoia is driving him insane, says former KGB agent”) and https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/russian-officers-shocked-putins-wild-26850180 (“Russian officers in dismay at Putin’s orders which leave 400 soldiers dead a day”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10781397/Russian-soldiers-raping-Ukrainian-men-boys-women-says-war-crimes-investigator.html (“Russian soldiers are raping Ukrainian men and boys as well as women, says UN war crimes investigator”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10781737/Putins-Holodomor-Russia-steals-400-000-tonnes-grain-occupied-Ukraine.html (“‘Putin’s Holodomor’: Russia steals 400,000 tonnes of grain from occupied Ukraine sparking fears of a devastating food crisis in the country in chilling echo of Stalin’s famine”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10782185/Ukraine-war-Communications-lost-Mariupol-defenders.html (“Moment Russia uses ‘thermobaric warheads’ to devastate Azovstal plant: Communications are lost with heroic last defenders of Mariupol a day after Russian troops began storming the steel works”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10783207/Ukraine-war-Russian-T-90M-main-battle-tank-destroyed.html (“Moment £4m next-generation Russian super-tank with reinforced steel and special automatic defence system is blown up by Ukrainian army just days after making its battlefield debut”) and https://www.the-sun.com/news/5268666/putin-practises-nuclear-missile-strikes-nato/ (“Putin practises NUCLEAR missile strikes and chemical attack in chilling war games on Nato border”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10786445/Ukraine-war-Russians-kicked-Azovstal-steel-works.html (“Russians ‘KICKED OUT’ of Azovstal – as defenders are ‘dying in agony'”); see also https://www.dickmorris.com/an-endgame-exit-strategy-for-putin/ (“Dick Morris: An Endgame Exit Strategy For Putin?”) and https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/02/world/europe/russia-invasion-ukraine-elections.html (“A U.S. Diplomat says Russia is planning to annex parts of Ukraine with ‘sham’ elections”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10784941/US-intelligence-helped-Ukraine-kill-multiple-Russian-generals-Putins-troops-invaded.html (“US intelligence ‘has helped Ukraine kill multiple Russian generals’ since Putin’s troops invaded”)

[3]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/04/30/russia-must-not-be-crippled-but-destroyed-like-the-soviet-union-before-it/ (“Russia Must Not Be Crippled, But Destroyed Like The Soviet Union Before It”)

[4]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/john-f-kennedy-the-most-despicable-president-in-american-history/ (“John F. Kennedy: The Most Despicable President In American History”) (see also the extensive footnotes beneath the article) and https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-law-enforcement-prepares-for-potential-violence-unrest-after-roe-decision-204137717.html (“Law enforcement prepares for potential post-Roe unrest”) and https://www.westernjournal.com/justice-roberts-goes-nuclear-activates-police-force-answerable-court/ (“Chief Justice Roberts Goes Nuclear, Activates Police Force Answerable Only to the Court Itself”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10785709/Fence-SCOTUS-Justices-cancels-events-police-brace-violence-Roe-leak.html (“Huge fence around SCOTUS and Justices cancels events over Roe leak”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10787407/Roberts-calls-leak-absolutely-appalling-slams-one-bad-apple-tried-sway-Roe-decision.html (“Roberts calls Supreme Court Roe leak ‘absolutely appalling'”)





Russia Must Not Be Crippled, But Destroyed Like The Soviet Union Before It

30 04 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

The Soviet Union is dead and buried. I was in Berlin when it happened; and I cheered it on.[2]  Soviet soldiers were selling their uniforms and plumbing fixtures from their barracks, and going back to “tent cities” in the once-mighty USSR.

It was a humiliating experience for them.  Having been a KGB killer in East Germany (or the DDR), surely Vladimir Putin remembers this well.  The “Iron Curtain” that separated East from West crumbled overnight; and the ominous guard towers were gone.

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has asked “Will Putin Submit To US-Imposed ‘Weakening’?”[3]  The answer is that he will not have a choice if he is dead and buried, like Adolf Hitler before him. As I have written previously:

Russia is weaker today than the former USSR before it collapsed.  It spans nine time zones and includes 160 ethnic groups that speak an estimated 100 languages.  It is by no means monolithic, and may crumble “overnight.”  Once Putin is gone, Russia may be dismembered—never to rise again—with China taking part (e.g., Siberia, which it covets) and the rest becoming independent states like the former Yugoslavia.

Each of the new states will act in its own best interests, just as has been true in the former Yugoslavia, and among the countries that were spun off from the USSR—which have thrived as part of the West. Putinism will not survive Putin.  It will suffer an ignominious death, like its namesake; and constitute a tragic watershed in history, like Adolf Hitler’s “Thousand Year Reich” and Nazism.[4]

If this does not happen, China will likely move on Taiwan; and World War III may have begun in earnest.[5]  Having given us the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan would be the next logical step for Xi Jinping and China’s other despotic rulers.

After all, they have snuffed out Hong Kong’s fledgling democracy; enslaved approximately 1 million ethnic minorities including the Uyghurs; used EMP weapons to “fry” Indian soldiers in their border war with that country; and implemented draconian Covid restrictions in Shanghai and elsewhere.[6]

All of this hinges on the death of Putin.[7]  He must be butchered; symbolically torn from limb to limb; and it must happen now, not weeks or months from now.  His death may partially atone for the sins of Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung—each a mass killer who will welcome Putin at the Gates of Hell.

When the first Ukrainian died, Putin should have died.[8]

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  As stated previously:

When [Joseph Stalin’s] military forces entered Berlin at the end of World War II, they raped an estimated 2 million German women, the largest mass raping and degradation of women in human history.  A former secretary of mine was a young girl there; and she told me that she had seen things which were unspeakable, and no human being should ever see.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/04/16/putin-must-die-now/ (“Putin Must Die Now”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/04/23/russians-are-the-walking-dead/ (“Russians Are The Walking Dead”)

[3]  See https://buchanan.org/blog/will-putin-submit-to-us-imposed-weakening-159337 (“Will Putin Submit to US-Imposed ‘Weakening’?”) (“[T]he new, or newly revealed, goal of U.S. policy in Ukraine is not just the defeat and retreat of the invading Russian army but the crippling of Russia as a world power.  . . .  Putin’s Russia is not to recover soon or ever from the beating we intend to administer, using Ukrainians to deliver the beating, over an extended period of time.”)

[4]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/the-death-of-putin-and-russia-the-final-chapter-of-the-cold-war/ (“The Death Of Putin And Russia: The Final Chapter Of The Cold War”)

[5]  See, e.g., https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-29/china-calls-russia-relationship-a-new-model-for-the-world (“China Calls Russia Relationship a ‘New Model’ for the World”)

[6]  See, e.g. https://www.economist.com/1843/2022/04/26/locked-down-in-shanghai-ive-caught-a-glimpse-of-our-techno-dystopian-future (“Locked down in Shanghai, I’ve caught a glimpse of our techno-dystopian future”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10765027/Even-Chinas-standards-new-Covid-crackdown-brutal-life-West-normal.html (“China is not sneering at us any more: Blockading families in their homes, forcing children to wear hazmat suits, robot dogs patrolling the streets… the new Chinese Covid crackdown is brutal – as life in the despised West is back to normal”)

[7]  See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10769277/Vladimir-Putin-set-declare-war-Ukraine-DAYS.html (“Vladimir Putin is set to declare ‘all-out war’ on Ukraine ‘within DAYS’ and will launch a general mobilisation of the population, as ex-Nato chief warns the West must ‘gear itself up’ for ‘worst case scenario’ conflict with Russia”)

[8]  See https://www.the-sun.com/news/5236303/putin-undergo-cancer-operation/ (“Putin ‘to undergo cancer operation and hand power to hardline ex-spy chief’, says ‘Kremlin insider’ in shock claim”); see also supra n.3.





Russians Are The Walking Dead

23 04 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

There are reasons to believe that the end is approaching for Russia’s KGB-trained killer and butcher, Vladimir Putin.  Visible signs are present that his health is failing, perhaps even faster than that of his nemesis Joe Biden.[2]  When Putin dies, there will be global sighs of relief that pure evil has been eradicated from the Earth.  At the very least, both American women and men will rejoice and celebrate that he is gone.

However, that will not end this tragic period in world history.  Approximately 80 percent of Russians have supported him.  They will be the lepers or “untouchables” of the world, who are shunned globally—each and every one of them.  When World War II ended, Americans refused to buy German and Japanese cars.  On my first trip to Europe 20 years later, I bought and drove a Volkswagen Beetle; and I will never forget being in Holland where a Dutch farmer asked why an American was driving a German car.

This may be the legacy of Putin’s killing machine, long after it has been laid to rest, like Hitler’s before it.  Women will remember their counterparts in Ukraine who had to be buried in closed caskets, without their loved ones viewing them, because what had been done to them was so atrocious and inhuman.  Babies, young kids, Ukrainian men, and the elderly bespeak tales of torture, starvation and the like.

Russians are savages.  They have been that way for generations.  It seems to be bred into them.  Yes, to generalize or paint with a broad brush is often unfair and even irresponsible.  But one example will suffice.  As stated previously:

When [Joseph Stalin’s] military forces entered Berlin at the end of World War II, they raped an estimated 2 million German women, the largest mass raping and degradation of women in human history.  A former secretary of mine was a young girl there; and she told me that she had seen things which were unspeakable, and no human being should ever see.”[3]

These were the ancestors or progenitors of today’s Russians, who are the walking dead of the world.  While the Russian military has been proving itself to be inept, and comprised of butchers[4]—which will not be forgotten by the world for at least a generation—Putin does have nukes that he may use in Ukraine and elsewhere, out of desperation.

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  Compare https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10742521/Putin-seen-gripping-table-amid-cancer-battle-rumours-meets-slurring-defence-minister.html (“Russia’s ailing command: ‘Bloated and slouching’ Putin is seen gripping a table amid cancer battle rumours as he meets ‘slurring’ defence minister Shoigu – who needs to read from notes ‘following heart attack'”) with https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”)

[3]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/04/16/putin-must-die-now/ (“Putin Must Die Now”)

[4]  See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10745747/Ukraine-war-Putin-races-salvage-military-secrets-board-sunken-Moskva.html (“Putin races to salvage military secrets on board sunken Moskva: Russian president ‘scrambles eight-ship flotilla to wreck of Black Sea Fleet flagship to secure coding devices and unexploded missiles’ as dead crew families blast Kremlin ‘lies’ over sinking”) and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_generals_killed_during_the_2022_invasion_of_Ukraine (“List of Russian generals killed during the 2022 invasion of Ukraine”) and https://kyivindependent.com/national/explainer-what-to-expect-from-the-battle-of-donbas-russias-new-offensive/ (“What to expect from the Battle of Donbas, Russia’s new offensive”)





Putin Must Die Now

16 04 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

The title of this article may seem absurd or even repugnant to some.  But the atrocities and destruction in Ukraine may only stop when Russia’s KGB-trained killer Vladimir Putin is dead, like Adolf Hitler before him.  Otherwise, such madness may continue and broaden into a much-wider war, possibly international in scope.

The savagery and brutality that Putin has unleashed is unspeakable, obscene and inhuman, with potentially much worse yet to come.  Ukrainian women have been raped and tortured.  Their babies have been killed or orphaned.  Their husbands or significant others have died or been wounded, or taken prisoner by Putin’s animals, perhaps never to be seen alive again.

All of this is what Joseph Stalin did.  When his military forces entered Berlin at the end of World War II, they raped an estimated 2 million German women, the largest mass raping and degradation of women in human history.  A former secretary of mine was a young girl there; and she told me that she had seen things which were unspeakable, and no human being should ever see.

What Putin has done and continues doing defies all notions of a civilized world, and is barbaric.  But this is all he knows, and it is consistent with the rest of his life.[2]  None of this will end until he is dead.  There is no other way, and he knows it.  A tragic commentary on Russians today is that most of them support him.  Thus, they too have the blood of innocents on their hands.  Even if they are treated as lepers, and ostracized by much of the world for a generation, many or most will not change.

Years ago I was in Germany; and a German woman told me that the only thing wrong with Adolf Hitler was that he had not killed all of the Jews.[3]  Her family had supported his rise to power in Munich; and I listened because I wanted to understand the history of the past, as well as existing German sentiments.

At the end of that tragic war, Germany was divided, with the Soviet Union taking East Berlin and East Germany, or the DDR, which became the most repressive regime in the Soviet Union’s orbit, and where Putin perfected his art of killing.  He is truly a monster now, but many residents of the former DDR support him.  Also, he is spreading disinformation in the United States and the West.  But the truth gets through.[4]

The Godless Putin must die.  How it happens and by whose hand is unknown.  However, the civilized world owes it to future generations to end the atrocities that Putin has inflicted on Ukraine and elsewhere, just as Americans of what has been described as “The Greatest Generation”—and their allies in other nations—sacrificed for us.

We cannot allow World War III to begin in earnest in distant Ukraine.  Putin must be put down now, like a rabid animal.  And the courageous Ukrainians have shown us the way.  They must not die or suffer in vain.  Indeed, the resurrection of those who have died will begin with Putin’s death.

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/25/sever-the-head-of-a-snake-and-it-dies/ (“Sever The Head Of A Snake, And It Dies”) and https://www.mediaite.com/news/ukrainian-ambassador-to-un-calls-for-putin-to-kill-himself-like-hitler-did-in-a-bunker/ (“Sergiy Kyslytsya Calls for Putin to Kill Himself Like Hitler”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/the-death-of-putin-and-russia-the-final-chapter-of-the-cold-war/ (“The Death Of Putin And Russia: The Final Chapter Of The Cold War”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/24/russias-kgb-trained-killer-putin-may-be-more-dangerous-than-hitler-or-stalin/ (“Russia’s KGB-Trained Killer Putin May Be More Dangerous Than Hitler Or Stalin”)

[3]  Many Christians have viewed Jews as “Christ killers” for centuries.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/is-israel-doomed/ (“Is Israel Doomed?”) (see also the extensive comments beneath the article)

[4]  See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10722619/To-sailors-Relatives-doomed-Moskva-crew-defy-Russian-censors-unofficial-memorial.html (“‘To the sailors’: Relatives of doomed Moskva crew defy Russian censors with unofficial memorial – as Ukraine claims ALL 510 aboard died and US confirms missile DID hit Putin flagship which was ‘carrying nuclear weapons'”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10723973/Ukraine-war-Doomed-Moskva-Russia-warship-seen-burning-satellite-image.html (“Doomed Moskva Russia warship is ‘seen burning in satellite image’ after Ukraine missile strike ‘killed ALL 510 aboard’ Putin’s Black Sea flagship”) and https://news.yahoo.com/russian-war-disinformation-from-the-bucha-massacre-to-the-sinking-of-the-moskva-battleship-keeps-growing-211004602.html (“Russian war disinformation — from the Bucha massacre to the sinking of the Moskva battleship — keeps growing”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10724395/Putin-coordinated-pro-Moscow-demonstrations-Europe-experts-suggest.html (“Putin is behind coordinated pro-Moscow demonstrations across Europe, experts suggest, as hundreds take to the streets of Belgrade with Russian flags and ‘Z’ symbol t-shirts”)





America Is Led By A Visibly Incompetent Blunderer, Whose Incautious Public Blusterings Can Be Taken No More Seriously Than The Rantings Of A Child

8 04 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

The title of this article are the words of Wilfred McClay, a professor of history at Hillsdale College, which are worth reading and reflecting on:

Forty-four days into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, evidence continues to accumulate of Russian brutalities and hideous atrocities inflicted upon the people of that long-suffering land.

The mass graves and corpses littering the streets in the town of Bucha tell a horrifying tale of wanton and indiscriminate murder, and many world leaders — including President Joe Biden — are labeling the Russian actions war crimes.

There have been thousands of innocent victims—5,000 alone in the city of Mariupol—and their blood cries out from the ground.

Yet it is far from clear what we in the United States can or should do.

We can join other countries in imposing economic sanctions on Russia.

We can increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine, including high-tech arms, amid concerns that Russia is about to launch a large offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

We can continue to dial up the volume of our moral indignation, our condemnation of Vladimir Putin, our treatment of the Russian nation as an international pariah, most recently by suspending Russia from the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.

But it seems unlikely that such actions will accomplish much, even as our national leaders repeat their empty vow to do ‘everything we can’ for the Ukraine.

‘We want to see this come to an end as quickly as possible,’ Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell on April 6. ‘And that’s exactly why we’re making sure we’re doing everything we can to support Ukraine…’

Of course, America is not doing ‘everything we can’.

We have all but ruled out the type of assistance requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, such as a no-fly zone over his desperate country.

President Joe Biden has pledged that American troops will not directly engage with Russian forces.

So, what explains this glaring self-delusion?

And don’t our traditions demand more of us?

Americans are a compassionate people, we say, and surely we cannot stand idly by while such barbarity is unleashed and allowed free reign.

We have a proud heritage, it will be said, of coming to the aid of the suffering people of the world, the homeless and the tempest-tossed.

Moreover, the Ukrainian effort to resist the Russians is a just and valiant one, consonant with the longstanding American commitment to self-rule and national self-determination.

Can our consciences permit us to look away?

Our traditions and our history do not speak with one clear voice, though.

There has always been a tension in the American mind, between assuming a posture of restraint and aloofness from the world, and one of zealous engagement and intervention.

In 1831 John Quincy Adams, reacting to calls for American intervention in Greece, declared that ‘America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.’

That memorable statement, so reflective of the country’s heritage of republican government, supplied much of the basis for American foreign policy during the nineteenth century.

But with the Spanish-American War of 1898, which was (not coincidentally) sparked by Spanish atrocities committed against the people of Cuba, this changed.

By the twentieth century Adams’s restraint had been replaced by the crusading zeal of leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, who sought to cover the earth with American influence, and go in search of monsters to destroy.

It would be a terrible injustice to deny the beneficence of American influence over the course of the twentieth century.

Neither of the two great world wars could have been brought to a close with an Allied victory without the strength and sacrifice supplied by the United States.

The world has good reason to be grateful.

But we have not been consistent in dealing with cases of atrocity.

A few examples.

There will always be a pall hanging over Franklin Roosevelt’s administration for its failure to do more to forestall the murder of European Jews in Germany’s death camps.

True, we took part NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999, which was prompted by Yugoslavia’s ethnic cleansing of Albanians.

But in the Biafran genocide of the late 1960s in which some 2 million were killed; there was little response from the US government, though much response from non-governmental organizations.

And there was a similar lack of response to the Rwandan massacres of 1994, in which nearly 700,000 died.

But that is not all.

If we are to soberly contemplate the limits on our actions in Ukraine, a terrible reality must be faced.

We have in recent years accumulated a dismal record of failing to honor the pledges we have made to the people we propose to aid, and as a result, we have contributed to the immense suffering of those who had relied upon us.

That was one of the indelible legacies of the war in Vietnam.

And more recently, with the nation’s colossally damaging bug-out from Afghanistan last year, and now with the situation in Ukraine, that record has become even more toxic.

As satisfying as it is for us to moralize about Putin’s being an evil and demonic man, we seem to have forgotten that in the early 1990s, Ukraine’s leadership was induced to disarm the country and abandon its stockpile of nuclear weapons, in exchange for signed guarantees from the international community ensuring its future security.

What are those guarantees worth now?

Would any of today’s carnage be happening if Ukraine had kept those weapons?

What lesson will other nations draw from this betrayal?

What is our moral responsibility for having created this state of affairs?

No, the unfortunate truth is that the credibility of our country and governing class stands at a low point.

The biggest obstacle to our taking effective action in the world is ourselves—our largely self-imposed economic, military, and moral weakness.

In today’s political climate, with America’s international leadership ebbing fast, and its presidential office occupied by a visibly incompetent blunderer, whose incautious public blusterings can be taken no more seriously than the rantings of a child, the United States is simply in no shape to take on the long and complex work of international diplomacy.

Based on our recent track record, there is no reason to believe we have the capacity, as a nation, to sustain a serious effort in that direction.

Instead, since at least the 2000 election, we have saved most of our energies for vicious and unproductive domestic politics, including an astonishingly deceitful effort, undertaken with the support of high-ranking officials in our intelligence agencies, to convince the American people that their president had been elected by means of ‘collusion’ with the Russians.

Now that this effort has collapsed, though with no one being punished for it, the American people are confused and distrustful of their own rulers.

They are properly horrified by Putin’s actions in Ukraine. But they are not willing to take serious and sacrificial actions on the orders of a ruling elite that they do not trust.

Who can blame them?

We have been living in a dream world, thinking that our conspicuous internal divisions, exposed to all the world, would never be used against us, someday and somehow, to maximum effect.

We are paying the price for having been, for too long, an unserious nation governed by unserious people.

We can come back from this, as we have come back from folly and decadence before. But there is not much more time to waste.

And of course, Putin is far from being the most formidable of our adversaries.

Let us hope that the current crisis in Ukraine will begin to wake us up.[2]

Professor McClay’s words are sobering, and may prove to be prophetic.  We have adversaries globally who want to destroy us and our allies, and reinstitute the “dark ages.”  Two of them are Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping who launched the Coronavirus pandemic that has killed so many globally.

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10700633/Americas-pledge-Ukraine-delusional-historian-WILFRED-MCCLAY.html (“Americans are torn between the desire to save Ukraine and the sad reality that we won’t. Years of division and a visibly incompetent blunderer as president have made our nation weak, writes historian WILFRED MCCLAY”); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/03/27/the-search-for-sanity-amidst-so-much-insanity/ (“The Search For Sanity Amidst So Much Insanity”)








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