The American Empire Has Reached Its Expiration Date

FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell says emergency funds could be depleted within weeks

FEMA's disaster fund could dry up within weeks and delay the federal response to natural disasters, the agency's administrator warned Sunday.

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell told "Face the Nation" that the agency is watching its disaster relief fund "very closely" ahead of hurricane season and that some recovery projects that are not life-saving measures could be delayed into the next fiscal year if funding falls short.

"Our estimates do still say that we may have a depletion of our fund — now it's pushed into the middle of September," Criswell said. "And as we get closer to that, I mean, this is a day-by-day monitoring of the situation."

Minuteman III Launch: US Losing Expertise on Nuclear Triad Upgrades

The past several years have seen Washington partially losing its ability to develop nuclear warheads, Dmitry Stefanovich of the Moscow-based Institute of World Economy and International Relations with the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Sputnik.

The US has test-launched the unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Vanderberg Space Force Base in California, its press office said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the US Air Force Global Strike Command, the goal of the test launch was to validate and verify the safety, effectiveness and readiness of the country’s nuclear weapons system.

"The Minuteman III is a rather antiquated ICBM and it certainly yields to the Russian-made Yars ballistic missile in terms of characteristics," Dmitry Stefanovich said.

When asked why Washington had decided to test-launch the moth-balled ICBM, the Russian expert noted that the US has repeatedly dragged its feet on the process of fully-fledged modernization and renewal of its nuclear triad, which includes land-launched nuclear missiles, nuclear-armed submarines, and strategic aircraft with nuclear bombs.

“Namely, the US was not particularly interested in developing nuclear weapons after the end of the last Cold War, and before the start of a new one. Now, of course, this is again an extremely urgent issue [for Washington], who recently rolled out a new heavy bomber. Work is also underway to build a new submarine fitted with ballistic missiles and the Sentinel, [the Minuteman III’s successor],” Stefanovich said.

He added that one can also notice that the US had lost "some part of so-called expertise both in the field of creating nuclear warheads and technologies for the production of components for them."

Initially deployed back in 1970, the Minuteman III was fitted with several smaller warheads intended to destroy Soviet Union military facilities in the event of a nuclear exchange between the two countries.

It was the first missile to carry multiple independent reentry vehicles (MIRV), able to lift three nuclear warheads, each with an explosive yield of 170 kilotons, or roughly 10 times the power of the bombs the US used to destroy the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, "Retiring" End of Month . . . Ukraine?

General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is "retiring" at the end of this month. Quite a number of Pentagon staff seem to think this has to do with the utter failure of the Ukraine situation. One Pentagon Officer said "rats are fleeing the sinking ship."

In a signal as to how unscheduled this "retirement" actually seems to be, Milley told reporters he "doesn't even know yet where he is going to live, quipping that he has told his wife "we can go to Dicks and get a tent. I'm good with that. We lived a tent before."

On their face, such words do not give the impression this was a long-planned retirement and gives credence to the notion that something unexpected is forcing the General out. In many people's minds, Ukraine losing to Russia is the obvious catalyst for Milley's rather sudden departure.

Hal Turner Editorial Opinion

I am not a fan of General Milley in any way. After the November, 2020 Presidential election, when Milley penned a letter - also signed by the rest of the Joint Chiefs - telling members of the armed forces they would serve Joe Biden, despite what I saw as clear and obvious election fraud which put Biden illegitimately into office, I thought Milley should have been gone right then and there. Instead of defending the actual vote which re-elected Trump, Milley embraced the illegitimate Biden "victory." It made me sick to my stomach.

Once Biden was in, the whole Ukraine thing flared back up. It had quieted down to nothing during the Administration of President Donald Trump, yet within weeks of Trump's departure, war was back on the agenda in Ukraine.

That agenda reached its peak in February, 2022, when Russia, having tried every Diplomatic effort imaginable, had to send troops across the Ukraine Border to protect Russia from continued NATO expansion, and from the placing of American missiles on Ukraine soil.

So here we are, 19 months into the Russia Special Military Operation (SMO) to "de-militarize and de-Nazify" Ukraine, and Russia is winning big.

Even staunch NATO allies like Poland, see the writing on the wall. Just yesterday, the Poland President said "Ukraine entering NATO is out of the question now."

The Ukraine fiasco is falling apart day-by-day and there is no saving it.

I suspect - but cannot prove - that Milley was among the Hawks pushing this Ukraine-Russia fiasco. Perhaps deluded by his own propaganda, Milley never seemed to realize that Ukraine never stood a chance against Russia.

Now that the Ukraine thing is falling apart, Milley is high-tailing it into retirement.

Good riddance.



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