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Old 05-01-2014, 05:05 PM   #26
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Same old shyte.
A succinct summary of your entire posting history here.

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Old 05-21-2014, 06:55 PM   #27
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MAY 21, 2014

Putin vs. Comrade Wolf
Showdown in Ukraine


by MIKE WHITNEY

“Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, and he eats without listening to anyone.”
- Russian President Vladimir Putin referring to the United States

The Ukraine crisis has its roots in a policy that dates back nearly 20 years. The origins of the policy can be traced to a 1997 article in Foreign Policy magazine by Zbigniew Brzezinski, titled “A Geostrategy for Eurasia.” The article makes the case that the United States needs to forcefully establish itself in Central Asia in order to maintain its position as the world’s only superpower. While many readers may be familiar with Brzezinski’s thinking on these matters, they might not know what he has to say about Russia, which is particularly illuminating given that the recent uptick in violence has less to do with Ukraine than it does with Washington’s proxy-war on Russia. Here’s what Brzezinski says:

“Russia’s longer-term role in Eurasia will depend largely on its self-definition…Russia’s first priority should be to modernize itself rather than to engage in a futile effort to regain its status as a global power. Given the country’s size and diversity, a decentralized political system and free-market economics would be most likely to unleash the creative potential of the Russian people and Russia’s vast natural resources. A loosely confederated Russia — composed of a European Russia, a Siberian Republic, and a Far Eastern Republic — would also find it easier to cultivate closer economic relations with its neighbors. Each of the confederated entitles would be able to tap its local creative potential, stifled for centuries by Moscow’s heavy bureaucratic hand. In turn, a decentralized Russia would be less susceptible to imperial mobilization.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, A Geostrategy for Eurasia, Foreign Affairs, 76:5, September/October 1997.

So is this the goal of US policy, to create “A loosely confederated Russia” whose economy can be subsumed into America’s market-based system?

Notice how easily Brzezinski chops Russia into smaller, bite-size statelets that pose no threat to US imperial expansion. Brzezinski undoubtedly envisions a Russia that will sell its vast resources in petrodollars and recycle them into US Treasuries further enriching the corrupt rent-skimmers in Washington and Wall Street. He foresees a Russia that will abdicate its historic role in the world and have no say-so in shaping global policy. He imagines a compliant Russia that will help facilitate US imperial ambitions in Asia, even to the point where it will pay to police its own people on behalf of US oligarchs, weapons manufacturers, oil magnates, and 1 percenters. Here’s the paragraph in Brzezinski’s piece that sums up Washington’s objectives in Ukraine, Russia and beyond. It is fittingly headlined with the following words in bold print:

“TRANSCONTINENTAL SECURITY

“Defining the substance and institutionalizing the form of a trans-Eurasian security system could become the major architectural initiative of the next century. The core of the new transcontinental security framework could be a standing committee composed of the major Eurasian powers, with America, Europe, China, Japan, a confederated Russia, and India collectively addressing critical issues for Eurasia’s stability. The emergence of such a transcontinental system could gradually relieve America of some of its burdens, while perpetuating beyond a generation its decisive role as Eurasia’s arbitrator. Geostrategic success in that venture would be a fitting legacy to America’s role as the first and only global superpower.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, “A Geostrategy for Eurasia,” Foreign Affairs

Translation: The United States will police the world, dispatch troublemakers, and eliminate potential threats wherever it finds them. It will impose its neoliberal dogma (Austerity, privatization, structural adjustment, anti labor reforms, etc) across-the-board and on all participants. Also, minor partners–”Europe, China, Japan, a confederated Russia, and India”–will be expected to provide security for their own people at their own expense in order to “relieve America of some of its burdens.”

Nice, eh? So you even have to pay for your own jailers.

And what is “Transcontinental Security” anyway? Isn’t it just a fancy way of saying “one world government”?

Indeed, it is. It’s the very same thing. Here’s more from Brzezinski:

“Failure to widen NATO…would shatter the concept of an expanding Europe… Worse, it could reignite dormant Russian political aspirations in Central Europe.”

This is an oddly convoluted statement. In the first sentence, Brzezinski supports the idea of an “expanding Europe”, and then in the next breath, he worries that Russia might want to do the same thing. It’s another case of the pot calling the kettle black.

What’s clear, is that –in Brzezinski’s mind– EU and NATO expansion will help Washington achieve its hegemonic aspirations. That’s all that matters. Here’s what he says:

“Europe is America’s essential geopolitical bridgehead in Eurasia…A wider Europe and an enlarged NATO will serve the short-term and longer-term interests of U.S. policy… A politically defined Europe is also essential to Russia’s assimilation into a system of global cooperation.”

“Bridgehead”? In other words, Europe is just a means to an end. But what would that “end” be?

Global domination. Isn’t that what he’s talking about?

Of course, it is.

What makes the Ukrainian crisis so hard to understand, is that the media conceals the policy behind the impenetrable fog of daily events. Once the fog lifts though, it’s easy to see who’s causing all the trouble. It’s the party that’s calling the shots from abroad, the good old US of A.

Putin doesn’t want this war and neither do most Ukrainians. The whole thing was conjured up by Uncle Sam and his minions to stop the flow of Russian gas to Europe, to push NATO further eastward, and to break the Russian Federation into little pieces. That’s what it’s really all about. And these madmen are willing to raze Ukraine to the ground and kill every living organism within a 3,000 mile radius of Kiev to get their way. After all, isn’t that what they did in Iraq? They sure did. And did I mention that, according to this week’s Wall Street Journal, “Iraq’s Oil Output Surged to Highest Level in Over 30 Years” with all the usual suspects raking in hefty profits.

The point is, if they’d did it in Iraq, they’ll do it in Ukraine too. Because what Washington cares about is constituents not carnage. Carnage they can handle.

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The US attacked Iraq after Saddam began accepting Euros for oil. The US attacked Ghaddafi after he began accepting any currency for oil.

Iran launched its oil bourse in 2008 -- the US wanted to attack Iran for this reason -- because the bourse threatens the petro dollar -- The US launched cyber attacks, someone cut the fiber optic line to Iran, the US also funded terrorism inside Iran and imposed heavy sanctions...presumably against Iran's nuclear program. But it's really about the petro dollar.

Then Putin announced that an attack on Iran would be viewed as an attack on Moscow. Big game change.

The US pulled back...

Now the US goes after Moscow via covert ops in Ukraine -- stirring up trouble -- en route to Tehran. But the policy has already backfired. Now Russia too is accepting other currencies for its oil.

The petro dollar grows weaker by the day. MHG

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In an odd way, it would be nice if the U.S. was so capable. Unfortunately, we're not. Hell, we populated Iraq with our military forces for years, completely controlling that country, and it's turned into a complete mess. We've been in Afghanistan for over ten years. Have we succeeded? So please, use a little common sense. America is not the great mythological beast you fantasize about. At best, we are a blundering empire that gets it wrong as often as we get it right.
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Not a mythological beast. The US is an out of control superpower armed to the teeth with the most advanced weapons the world has ever known -- including weapons capable of extinguishing higher (that is, human) life on the planet.

Maybe higher is a poor choice of words. MHG
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Not a mythological beast. The US is an out of control superpower armed to the teeth with the most advanced weapons the world has ever known -- including weapons capable of extinguishing higher (that is, human) life on the planet.

Maybe higher is a poor choice of words. MHG
WTF do you think Russia has? Spitballs?
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The US is an out of control superpower armed to the teeth with the most advanced weapons the world has ever known -- including weapons capable of extinguishing higher (that is, human) life on the planet.
As always, your utter hatred of the US makes you say silly stupid things...
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:48 PM   #33
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In an odd way, it would be nice if the U.S. was so capable. Unfortunately, we're not. Hell, we populated Iraq with our military forces for years, completely controlling that country, and it's turned into a complete mess. We've been in Afghanistan for over ten years. Have we succeeded? So please, use a little common sense. America is not the great mythological beast you fantasize about. At best, we are a blundering empire that gets it wrong as often as we get it right.
Yeah, sure. But we are very very good at destroying things. It's a lot easier to cause mayhem than to build something positive that can endure.
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5/22/2014

$400 Billion Gas Deal Shows Russia Looking To China To Replace Western Money

The news that China and Russia have signed a $400 billion deal through which Gazprom will supply China National Petroleum Corp with 30 years of natural gas is the clearest illustration yet that Russia will be looking east, not west, for international funding.

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Russia will have no problem now with capital investment. It will come from China.

Russia can thusly dictate terms to Europe for its gas/oil.

The US will have to scare up a new crisis....
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Last week, three former German chancellors, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder, strongly criticized German PM Merkel for her subservience to Washington over Ukraine.

Recently Merkel was heckled by protestors who chanted "No support for Nazis in Ukraine!"

Did the US press cover this? Of course not.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article183966.html
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gaffe, what was the Holocaust and how many Jews were killed as part of it?
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Curious that our resident born against atheist Zionist shill has been mum about the Ukrainian Nazis who overthrew the Yanukovich government in Kiev last Feb.

But not really so surprising.

W*gs would support the devil himself if it aided US imperialism and Israeli Apartheid. MHG

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Last week, three former German chancellors, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder, strongly criticized German PM Merkel for her subservience to Washington over Ukraine.

Recently Merkel was heckled by protestors who chanted "No support for Nazis in Ukraine!"

Did the US press cover this? Of course not.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article183966.html
Voltairnet? We can always trust the troofers, right?
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Please define "troofer." No, allow me.

Troofer is anyone who does not share your constipated and reactionary world view, including those silly Germans who heckled their PM Merkel for fawning all over Obama via a vis Ukraine.

Those Germans. How stupid of them. MHG
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No problem.

The founder and main contributor of Volairnet is that well known, left wing, activist troofer, Thierry Meyssan.

One of the..... 'no plane hit the Pentagon, it was a missile'...troofer idiots.

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gaffe, what was the Holocaust and how many Jews were killed as part of it?
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gaffe supports anyone and everyone no matter how evil if they hate the US as gaffe does and hate Israel as gaffe does.

That's why gaffe sucks off Putin, for starters.
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An outstanding article by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, whose speciality while at CIA was Russia.

McGovern refers to Russia's "pivot East." Last week Russia sponsored an economic conference attended by 62 nations -- all of them ready to abandon the US dollar.

At the conference Russia and China announced a $400 billion energy deal. That's a very significant fraction of the total world energy use -- that will be paid for in rubles/yuans -- not petro dollars. MHG

Premature US Victory-Dancing on Ukraine
May 28, 2014

http://consortiumnews.com/2014/05/28...ng-on-ukraine/

By Ray McGovern


Washington’s role in the coup d’etat in Kiev on Feb. 22 has brought the U.S. a Pyrrhic victory, with the West claiming control of Ukraine albeit with a shaky grip that still requires the crushing of anti-coup rebels in the east. But the high-fiving may be short-lived once the full consequences of the putsch become clear.

What has made the “victory” so hollow is that the U.S.-backed ouster of elected President Viktor Yanukovych presented Russia’s leaders with what they saw as a last-straw-type deceit by the U.S. and its craven satellites in the European Union. Moscow has responded by making a major pivot East to enhance its informal alliance with China and thus strengthen the economic and strategic positions of both countries as a counterweight to Washington and Brussels.

In my view, this is the most important result of this year’s events in Ukraine, that they have served as a catalyst to more meaningful Russia-China rapprochement which has inched forward over the past several decades but now has solidified. The signing on May 21 of a 30-year, $400 billion natural gas deal between Russia and China is not only a “watershed event” – as Russian President Vladimir Putin said – but carries rich symbolic significance.

The agreement, along with closer geopolitical cooperation between Beijing and Moscow, is of immense significance and reflects a judgment on the part of Russian leaders that the West’s behavior over the past two decades has forced the unavoidable conclusion that – for whatever reason – U.S. and European leaders cannot be trusted. Rather, they can be expected to press for strategic advantage through “regime change” and other “dark-side” tactics even in areas where Russia holds the high cards.

This Russian-Chinese rapprochement has been a gradual, cautious process – somewhat akin to porcupines mating, given the tense and sometimes hostile relations between the two neighbors dating back centuries and flaring up again when the two were rival communist powers.

Yet, overcoming that very bitter past, Russian President Putin – a decade ago – finalized an important agreement on very delicate border issues. He also signed an agreement on future joint development of Russian energy reserves. In October 2004, during a visit to Beijing, Putin claimed that relations between the two countries had reached “unparalleled heights.”
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At the conference Russia and China announced a $400 billion energy deal. That's a very significant fraction of the total world energy use -- that will be paid for in rubles/yuans -- not petro dollars.
$400 billion over 30 years isn't "a very significant fraction of the total world energy use" - not even close.

You sure are an idiot.
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Voltaire is rolling in his grave. But der Gaffo should definitely read Candide. Maybe this would help him remove the blinders of naivete?
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62 nations attended the Russian sponsored economic conference. That's a very substantial portion of the world community -- and includes the emerging Asian economies, those nations that -- unlike the US -- are experiencing rapid economic growth.

$400 billion is just the start.

We are watching a wedge in action. The dollar is purchasing a gradually diminishing share of the world energy budget.

Thank Obama and the neo libs/neo cons for this global shift away from the US.

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How do you destroy the dollar?
Ask Obama. He's done it. Look what his so called sanctions have caused. MHG

Putin's advisor proposes the creation of a "broad anti-dollar alliance"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...ign-aggression
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Tough choice.
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PCR's latest -- spot on as usual. What Germany does will probably decide whether we escape another world war. MHG

Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion?

By Paul Craig Roberts

June 24, 2014 "ICH"
- June 24, 2014. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is trying to save the world from war. We should all help him.
Today Putin’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported that President Putin has asked the Russian legislature to repeal the authorization to use force that was granted in order to protect residents of former Russian territories that are currently part of Ukraine from the rabid Russophobic violence that characterizes Washington’s stooge government in Kiev.


Washington’s neoconservatives are jubilant. They regard Putin’s diplomacy as a sign of weakness and fear, and urge stronger steps that will force Russia to give back Crimea and the Black Sea naval base.

Inside Russia, Washington is encouraging its NGO fifth columns to undercut Putin’s support with propaganda that Putin is afraid to stand up for Russians and has sold out Ukraine’s Russian population. If this propaganda gains traction, Putin will be distracted by street protests. The appearance of Putin’s domestic weakness would embolden Washington. Many members of Russia’s young professional class are swayed by Washington’s propaganda. Essentially, these Russians, brainwashed by US propaganda, are aligned with Washington, not with the Kremlin.

Putin has placed his future and that of his country on a bet that Russian diplomacy can prevail over Washington’s bribes, threats, blackmail, and coercion. Putin is appealing to Western Europeans. Putin is saying, “I am not the problem. Russia is not the problem. We are reasonable. We are ignoring Washington’s provocations. We want to work things out and to find a peaceful solution.”

Washington is saying: “Russia is a threat. Putin is the new Hitler. Russia is the enemy. NATO and the US must begin a military buildup against the Russian Threat, rush troops and jet fighters to Eastern European NATO bases on Russia’s frontier. G-8 meetings must be held without Russia. Economic sanctions must be put on Russia regardless of the damage the sanctions do to Europe.” And so forth.

Putin says: “I’m here for you. Let’s work this out.”

Washington says: “Russia is the enemy.”


Putin knows that the UK is a complete vassal puppet state, that Cameron is just as bought-and-paid-for as Blair before him. Putin’s hope for diplomacy over force rests on Germany and France. Both countries face Europe’s budget and employment woes, and both countries have significant economic relations with Russia. German business interests are a counterweight to the weak Merkel government’s subservience to Washington. Washington has stupidly angered the French by trying to steal $10 billion from France’s largest bank. This theft, if successful, will destroy France’s largest bank and deliver France to Wall Street.

If desire for national sovereignty still exists in the German or French governments, one or both could give the middle finger to Washington and publicly declare that they are unwilling for their country to be drawn into conflict with Russia for the sake of Washington’s Empire and the financial hegemony of American banks.

Putin is betting on this outcome.


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