If you remember this very important quote from two weeks ago, what follows will make a lot more sense:
..."Strategic success in the 21st century is not about a physical land grab of territory; that's what Putin has done. In this century, strategic power is increasingly measured and exercised by economic strength, by technological sophistication and your story - who you are, what your values are; can you attract ideas and talent and goodwill? And on each of those measures, this will be a failure for Russia."
~ Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh
White House Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh boiled down geopolitical power to a cultural issue of social likeability. This is genuinely what the people running the Biden administration believe.
Everyone in the Biden administration is, after all, spawned in the petri-dish of community activism. When they successfully installed Barack Obama, the premise of their strategy proved accurate. Within this political and cultural strategy, pop icons are used as influencers and policy ambassadors.
This report today from the Washington Post is directly aligned:
(Washington Post) - On Thursday afternoon, 30 top TikTok stars gathered on a Zoom call to receive key information about the war unfolding in Ukraine. National Security Council staffers and White House press secretary Jen Psaki briefed the influencers about the United States' strategic goals in the region and answered questions on distributing aid to Ukrainians, working with NATO and how the United States would react to a Russian use of nuclear weapons. (read more)
It is very easy to snark or ridicule this approach from the position of being an intelligent adult in a world of childishness. However, we dismiss it at our own peril.
When the COVID mitigation "rules" and compliance mandates were first announced, many of us looked at the absurdity of it all. Examples:
Standing at a bar having a drink was dangerous and could rapidly lead to an airborne coronavirus infection, but if you were seated you were safe. We laughed at the stupidity of the rules, the entire premise was ridiculous. However, a whole lot of people never even grasped the absurdity, because they no longer think in these rational or logical terms.
If you walked into a Walmart superstore in Michigan, you could purchase food safely; but if you picked up a can of paint the coronavirus would suddenly become more dangerous. The hardware, seeds and paint section of the building was roped off to stop those purchases in order to protect people from the coronavirus. Again, the absurdity of the policy was beyond silly, but the policy remained in place didn't it?
Similarly, we might remember a man paddleboarding alone far offshore in the Pacific Ocean of Southern California. However, his isolated recreational activity was dangerous in the era of widespread coronavirus panic. The man was quickly surrounded by police boats and gunships from the U.S. customs and border protection for violating the coronavirus lockdown rules. He was arrested. The absurdity of it was missed by many.
These are just a few examples of context to frame the process of using Tik Tok social media dancers to advance regional geopolitical strategies in the complex NATO war operations around Ukraine.
Does the briefing of Tik Tok dancers, social media ‘influencers', to advance NATO objectives seem bizarre? Sure it does. However, is it any more bizarre than the expressed implications of danger from purchasing paint -vs- fried chicken at Walmart?
We are living in an era of great duality. If the government told everyone on the planet that wearing a red T-Shirt would protect you from the coronavirus, approximately one-third of the global population would immediately purchase the red shirts. They wouldn't even think twice about it, because they carry no baseline reference point, no intellectual or cognitive skillset, to question the basic absurdity of it.
As someone wrote recently in the comments section:
"I can honestly say that a third of the country knows what's coming, a third has an idea that things aren't right, and the other third thinks the elite sh!t rainbows."
It's a rough sketch of our current reality that rings true.
The White House briefing Tik Tok dancers so they can promote strategic NATO war initiatives on their platform? Yup.
Once you see the strings on the marionettes you can never go back to that moment in the performance when you did not see them.
The reason you are noticing the absurdity of things more frequently is not only because there's more absurdity, it's also because those who create the absurdity believe the audience who can see through the constructs is overwhelmed by it.
Ukrainian President and Puppet Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Everything about Ukraine is a Potemkin village created by political leaders in the U.S. It's all propaganda and BS, but it is also a ruse that must be retained. Insert vote, pull lever, get propaganda pellet - move along. Open Tik Tok, select fav, get propaganda pellet - move along.
If you really elevate yourself, what you might find is the larger battle boils down to two teams - Team Windmills -vs- Team Oil. The global yellow vests, including us, are essentially collateral damage.
Posted in Big Government, Big Stupid Government