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In 2020, the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin won the contract to build the first ship in a new class of guided-missile frigate for the US Navy. The yard laid the keel in 2022. Two years later, the Navy admitted the first frigate, Constellation, was four years late – owing to labour shortages, mostly – and wouldn’t deliver to the fleet until 2029.

Now compare this with the lightning-fast construction of the first in a potential new class of guided-missile corvette for the Chinese navy. 

Foreign analysts first noticed the sleek, approximately 300-foot corvette under construction at Liaoning Shipyard in northeastern China in November. Six months later, the vessel was underway for trials. It’s possible the ship was built, launched and delivered in roughly a year – seven times faster than Fincantieri is completing that first US Navy frigate.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Buckle up. This is going to be a long one, but I think the topic deserves a deep dive.

What a mess. Are there any grownups in the house?  This is what happens in a world in which no one trusts anyone anymore, integrity is treated as an obsolete concept, both information and legacy media have become weaponized to such an extent that what passes for official reality becomes just a funhouse hall of mirrors, and the experience, intellect and maturity of those entrusted to manage these matters is just not up to the task.

Yesterday I published a substack article titled “All Along the Watchtower”, which posed the question “Would the Russian invasion of Ukraine be justified if it were for biodefense?”. 

Since then, we have had a flood of new information drop:

1)    Testimony of Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to Senator Marco Rubio, in which she admits that Ukraine has biological research facilities.

2)    Epoch times’ report “US State Department Denies Russian Allegations of Biological Weapons in Ukraine”.

3)    “US Is Protecting ‘Biological Research Facilities’ in Ukraine From Russia: Official”.  Another excellent article by Epoch times, which has seemingly become one of the last remaining bastions of “old school” journalism in a major print news format.

4)    And an insightful interpretation by journalist Glenn Greenwald via his often brilliant and occasionally sarcastic substack, entitled “Victoria Nuland: Ukraine Has "Biological Research Facilities," Worried Russia May Seize Them” with the subheading “The neocon's confession sheds critical light on the U.S. role in Ukraine, and raises vital questions about these labs that deserve answers.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WMD
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