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April 19, 2021

Why Washington's Anti-Russian Policies Are Likely To Intensify

Thanks to a monoculture of anti-Russia hawks in U.S. policy institutions relations between the U.S. and Russia are likely to further decline. But some hope might be seen at the horizon.

Scott Ritter predicts the end of a generation of anti-Russian influencers in Washington DC who depict Russia and is policies as being run by just one man:

These “Putin whisperers” infiltrated every aspect of American culture and politics, their writings achieving near-scripture-like reception in the pages of American newspapers and political journals, and the authors of this intellectual dreck being offered prime seats at the table of national security policymaking, either on the National Security Council, or as a National Intelligence Officer.
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These “Putin Whisperers” thrived during the administration of President Barack Obama, led by the likes of Michael McFaul, and achieved near-critical mass during the Trump administration, empowered by overly politicized claims of collusion with Russia by people in the Trump circle. They continue to play an important role today, filling the airwaves and pages with anti-Putin propaganda whose cumulative effect is to dumb down the American public by demonizing Russia and its president to the point that any accusation will be accepted at face value, regardless of the lack of corroborating evidence or the improbable veracity of its claim; the recent scandal over allegations that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans in Afghanistan serves as an apt illustration of this phenomenon.

Unfortunately the constant demonization of Russia's president by the 'Putin-whisperers' has already led to some tragic consequences:

A children’s author and parish councillor died after a neighbour with mental health issues shot him in the face and stamped on his head, believing he worked for Vladimir Putin and was to blame for the spread of Covid-19, an inquest heard.

But the danger of seeing everything caused by just one man is much greater. It explains the confused policies of the Biden administration which may lead towards war.

Ritter argues that Biden trapped himself:

Biden is a prisoner of his own anti-Russian rhetoric, influenced in large part by the need to be seen as responding to a domestic political prerogative founded on decades of Russia - and Putin-bashing at the hands of the “Putin whisperers” and their ilk. It is one thing to spout off as a candidate for president; it is an altogether different reality to be serving as president, where words and actions have life-or-death consequences.

As the realities set in the people and their policies will have to change:

These are policies pushed and promoted by the “Putin whisperers.” For the moment, their will continues to prevail. But their days are numbered, as realpolitik pragmatists in the White House, Pentagon and Intelligence Community are recognizing the reality that the days of taking for granted US global hegemony are over, and that for the United States to remain relevant, it must adapt to the reality of a multi-polar world, and Russia’s rightful role therein. This will not happen overnight, but it is in the process of happening. In promoting and supporting Biden’s latest round of sanctions, the “Putin whisperers” have reached their high-water mark. From here on out, their influence will begin to ebb as the national security demand for fact-based assessments outstrips the domestic political need for fact-free propaganda.

I am not that optimistic. The Blob is resistant to change because those who are inside it tend to bite away anyone with even a slightly different view.

Consider the case of Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is known as a middle-of-the-road expert of U.S. and Soviet/Russian relations - not a hawk, but also not an appeaser.

Rojansky was supposed to chair the Russia desk in Biden's National Security Council. As soon as that became know the 'Putin Whisperers' came out in force to fight the nomination. Axios led the charge:

Rojansky has been praised for his scholarship on Russia and is frequently cited in U.S. media for his expert commentary. But his work has drawn criticism — including in a 2018 open letter from Ukrainian alumni of Kennan that blasted the think tank he runs as an "unwitting tool of Russia’s political interference."
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  • In 2017, Rojansky decried America's "Cold War style paranoia about the Russian bogeyman," acknowledging that Putin "is a huge problem for the United States" while arguing that escalation carries "unacceptable risks." He has consistently called for managing competition with Russia in a way that protects U.S. interests and minimizes risks.
  • "Russia is not going to go away," Rojansky wrote in a National Interest op-ed last year criticizing what he characterized as the overuse of sanctions. "Peaceful coexistence remains an imperative, no matter how unsavory Putin’s regime might be."

Bad headlines and heavy lobbying against Rojansky followed. Biden hints at Russia appeasement policy wrote the Washington Examiner pointing to Rojansky nomination.

Today we learn that Rojansky has been canceled because his middle-of-the-road position is now deemed 'controversial':

A Russia expert whose bid to join the Biden National Security Council sparked an outcry among prominent critics of the Kremlin is no longer under consideration for the role, according to three people familiar with the matter.
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Rojansky got far in the hiring process, the people noted, and was being considered for the role for at least six weeks before his name was made public by Axios. That report provoked uproar among well-known Russia hawks, including activists Bill Browder and Garry Kasparov, as well as the largest Ukrainian-American organization in the country. Rojansky’s critics have pointed to the Kennan Institute’s 2015 award to Russian oligarch Petr Aven, and an open letter written by Ukrainian alumni of the Kennan Institute in 2018 that slammed the think tank unit as an “unwitting tool of Russia’s political interference.”

Sane people are aghast about the potential consequences:

Anatol Lieven @LievenAnatol - 12:16 UTC · Apr 19, 2021

This is so depressing. Any open debate on Russia policy within the administration will be eliminated, and huge amounts of inconvenient fact will be suppressed or ignored. Did we not see enough of this sort of thing and its consequences in the run-up to the Vietnam and Iraq wars?

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Dov H. Levin @dov_levin - 12:26 UTC · Apr 19, 2021
No fan of Putin- but this act by the Blob shows how policy failures happen in US FP. Stage 1: Anyone w/even slightly heterodox opinions on contentious state x is excluded from policymaking. Stage 2: Exclusion causes groupthink that leads to dumb policies towards state x & a disaster
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Jon Askonas @JonAskonas - 13:25 UTC · Apr 19, 2021

The fix was in the moment Axios and Politico described Rojansky as "controversial", creating a controversy out of thin air. In the Russianist community, Rojansky is known as being almost painfully middle-of-the-road.

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Mark Ames @MarkAmesExiled - 14:01 UTC · Apr 19, 2021

Biden’s Russia policy hiring subordinate to a vulture capitalist who renounced his US citizenship (Browder), a far-right fellow traveler with Frank Gaffney & Peter Thiel (Kasparov), and a Ukrainian lobby group with deep ties to Nazi collaborators. This is normalcy.

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Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald - 14:20 UTC · Apr 19, 2021

The Biden Administration was considering hiring a very smart, moderate Russia specialist, @MatthewRojansky, for its National Security Council, but the standard Russia hawks who crave conflict with Putin blocked it on the ground that he's too diplomatic.

The Blob does not self-correct its groupthink. It needs very strong forces to turn the course of the huge foreign policy ship. Change is likely to come only after the current crew has run the ship into ground and turned it into a wreck.

Over the weekend several additional conflict items between Russia and the 'west' sprang up.

Russia exposed a plot to assassinate the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko:

Several people, including two in Russia, have been arrested for allegedly plotting an armed insurrection against the Belarusian president. He claims that the US may have sanctioned the assassination attempt.
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The existence of an alleged plot to kill Lukashenko, other top Belarusian officials, and even their family members was revealed on Saturday. In Minsk, the national broadcaster ONT ran a story naming suspected conspirators and exposing their plans. The report offered as evidence several clips of what appears to be Zoom meetings between them.

The Czech Republic unreasonably accuses Russia of an 2014 explosion in an ammunition dump:

The Czech authorities are binning Russia’s bid for a nuclear power contract and expelling 18 embassy officials in connection with a fatal explosion seven years ago.
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The incident in October 2014 at the Vrbětice arms depot was forgotten with great alacrity. A huge explosion of 50 tonnes of munitions killed two workers. Another big blast followed in December. The facility was state-owned, but, in an arrangement of characteristic post-communist Czech opacity, privately managed. Security was sloppy. The clean-up costs were huge, but compensation to nearby residents stingy.

The investigation was lethargic and inconclusive.

After the Czech sent 18 Russia diplomats back to Moscow, Russia ordered 20 Czech diplomats to leave. With that many gone the Czech embassy in Moscow will hardly be able to work. So why did the Czech authorities make such weird claims now and react in such a harsh way?

The most likely explanation is that the Biden administration bumped the Czechs into acting, as part of its efforts to raise international pressure on the Kremlin.

The Czech also used the opportunity to exclude the Russian Rosatom from the tender to expend the Dukovany nuclear power plant. Previously a Chinese company was similarly banned. The only other serious bid is from the U.S. company Westinghouse.

With a monoculture of anti-Russian hardliners in the State Department and National Security Council further U.S. polices towards Russia will likely become even more hostile than they are now. It may indeed need a conflict, and a potentially high number of casualties, before sanity sets in.

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I am surprised that the Russians did not "leak" a few videos from the EU-sponsored refugee camps in Greece. People becoming mad, violence, suicide attempts, it would be enough to close for good the debate on Russian prisons.

Posted by: Mina | Apr 19 2021 16:49 utc | 1

Increasingly, people need to disregard all rhetoric coming from the U$A. We're immersed in a society, at present, that is coming apart at the seams.

Just exactly what our ruling elites want, to "grease the ways" for the new feudalism to thrive.

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 19 2021 16:51 utc | 2

It will continue for these reasons:

1) Conflict is a career opportunity. Peace is a bad way to get the grants, bribe money, and stature that the DC sociopaths want. No one whose career depends on conflict gets promoted without conflict.
2) They believe (possibly correctly) that they can attack Russia indirectly, or directly via proxy, and that Russia will only defend, rather than going on a counteroffensive.
3) Sociopaths have a psychological attachment to doing bad things. If a sociopath were given a choice between scamming a client out of $1000 and earning that amount by selling a good product, the sociopath would choose the former option every time, even if the profit and effort were the same.

Posted by: Donbass Lives Matter | Apr 19 2021 16:58 utc | 3

Thanks b.
A lot to read tonight at work :-))

When rats in the same group start fighting each other because neither domination nor escape is possible, it is a good sign of collapse.

Willingness is not ability
https://youtu.be/xBWmkwaTQ0k

And, by the way, Washington (even american people) isn't the unique policy maker.

As James wrote


@ james | Apr 19 2021 4:19 utc | 62
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russia leadership under putin and company have played their hand exceedingly well and have not got sucked into playing the game the way the west has wanted them to[...]

I posted it in the morning

Putin, as a leader of a country with 180 millions citizens and a huge history (and the wounds of USSR collapsus) must consider "Overton window". He done it very well.

As a "Commander in Chief", he must consider first, not to be defeated.


Sun Tzu said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. #
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

We must stay focuse have at some facts (not fake) news.
As b. focused, Russia weaponized...a lot
Russian new weapons/military doctrine since 2010, even not Russian propaganda.

https://spacenews.com/new-reports-highlight-russian-chinese-advances-in-space-weapons/


https://news.usni.org/2021/04/08/russian-and-chinese-nuclear-threats-pose-problem-for-u-s-deterrence-experts-say

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/11/18/russian_strategic_and_hypersonic_naval_nuclear_weapons_650130.amp.html

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 19 2021 17:09 utc | 4

Cui bono - China all the time.

Czech story.
Sanctions were for the years past its sell by date Afghan bounty story and amazingly the Solar Winds guess work. So the Czech story, as b suggests, must be to flood the press and keep out the Lukashenko story.
But it is a dangerous game. This is the story of a Bulgarian arms dealer. Acting in Czech. Another reminder of how former Soviet arms have been used to serve Nato/US interests. Delivering arms to the US/Nato backed Nazis in Kiev to attack civilians. Surely anyone who blows up such a dump is the hero, and the Czech night guards the villains.
Watch this story disappear very quickly before anyone asks questions.

Posted by: Michael Droy | Apr 19 2021 17:14 utc | 5

They gonna permanently change the meaning of "intelligence", till the word indicates stupidity

Posted by: Carl D | Apr 19 2021 17:16 utc | 6

Sanity will never set in without a massive defeat for Amerikastani interests. The most obvious two, which are not mutually exclusive, are Occupied Syria (including the Muhaysinic Emirate of Idlibistan and the Kyrd zionistan) and Ukranazistan. Russia needs to move on both immediately and Brook no further delay. What has Putinist regime "restraint " achieved so far except brazen falsehood and enmity?

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 19 2021 17:17 utc | 7

@Mina No 1

It would do no good. Using facts and evidence is an Evil Russian tactic.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 19 2021 17:18 utc | 8

It is possible that Biden is acting tough with symbolic sanctions to divert the attention from the reality that the Nord Stream 2 is well and soon alive. He also gets praise from the anti-russia
elements in his government.
Yet Ritter is right in a way. The tit-for-tat that Russia has decided to start will escalate to the point of a serious accident that may shake the USA. That Biden qualify Russia's response to the sanctions as "escalatory" shows that he took note that Russia will not stop retaliating. He is starting to worry that this path will lead to a paralysis of the diplomatic exchange on several important issues and to violent consequences detrimental to the USA and its allies.
Is Biden still mentally capable of an independent opinion?

Posted by: Virgile | Apr 19 2021 17:23 utc | 9

Let me consult the oracles...

Here's the answer they gave me:

US, allies besieging Russia offers lesson for China: Global Times editorial

There are complex historical reasons for Central and Eastern European countries to tilt toward the US and become "anti-Russia," which is difficult for outsiders to comment on. It is a pity that internal disintegration rather than coercion from the US had directly led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Russian Federation was one of the main promoters of the disintegration, and the original agreement to replace the Soviet Union with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was signed by Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Russian leaders who had destroyed the Soviet Union had no idea what would happen to their country afterward.

The collapse of the Soviet Union has brought about geopolitical changes globally, and the evaluation of the event is destined to vary from country to country and from time to time. But it has become increasingly clear that Russia has been the biggest loser from that collapse.

Many Russians once believed that when the Communist Party stepped down and the Soviet Union collapsed, the US and the West would embrace Russia and respect them who had taken the initiative to end the Cold War. The reality, however, is harsh. Moscow has received no gratitude or kindness from the West. From the moment the Soviet Union collapsed, the US has arrogantly treated Russia as a defeated country in the Cold War, engaging in all possible moves to suppress Russia at will.

The collapse of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical disaster for Russia. As the dominant power in the Soviet Union, if it chose to support reforms to solve problems at the beginning, Russia could pay a much smaller price than the geopolitical price it would pay in the following 30 years. Back then, Moscow had a broad sphere of influence and powerful control capability that it could act independently and defiantly against Washington. But it has ceded those geopolitical resources, giving up its advantages.

The US' vicious attitude toward Russia offers a glimpse into the brutality of great power competition and helps people see through Washington's geopolitical manipulation measures. The US portrayed its Cold War with the Soviet Union as an ideological confrontation to conceal its intention to dominate the world alone. Many people, including Russians, believed that a political change of course would fundamentally change their relationship with the US, and that Russia could thus integrate into the West and become a dignified member of the Group of Eight.

Posted by: vk | Apr 19 2021 17:36 utc | 10

Were to God that Ritter is correct.

However, if the foreign policy establishment learned nothing and suffered neither personal nor professional consequences from the War on Iraq, what makes Ritter so sure that anything will be different this time?

Posted by: Feral Finster | Apr 19 2021 17:37 utc | 11

This is a good illustration of why things are so dangerous. The CIA/Establishment/Neocon/liberal doctrine of a unitary imperial superpower that must assimilate all of creation into its usurious, profit making empire, or else, is challenged seriously by few. The simple difference between Russia/China/Iran and Empire is a simple matter of Law. The United States Empire breaks International Law every second of every minute of every day. So Empire throws law out of the window and replaces it with rules that Empire has made up to bolster its goals of global domination.

Russia is very obviously part of a new axis of evil versus the Shining City on the Hill. We can't underestimate insanity in high places.

War is here, desolation is coming.

Posted by: gottlieb | Apr 19 2021 17:44 utc | 12

On why a white supremacist global alliance, based on purely Christian values, against the mongoloids (the Trumpist dream) is not viable:

(from the same source as @ 9)

The US is extremely untrustworthy. Its way of great power competition fully mobilizes the ideological resources of its own and in the West, and it is very good at infiltrating into other countries, which makes it very deceptive. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world has witnessed other "color revolutions" supported by the US. The destinies of countries that had experienced subversion of state power are tragic, as the US has neither the intention nor the ability to provide substantial assistance to those countries.

Posted by: vk | Apr 19 2021 17:56 utc | 13

@4 Bernard F.

RT are running The Kalashnikova Show, showing off all their new goodies.

Posted by: TJ | Apr 19 2021 18:01 utc | 14

The first cold war lasted 44 years. I wonder how long this one will last?

Posted by: Ian2 | Apr 19 2021 18:02 utc | 15

Mr. vk

This attitude was not uncommon among others, such as the Eastern Europeans.

Before 1991, they were vassals of USSR, now they are vassals of vassals - a notch down the pecking order.

In Iran, there have been several million people - largely inhabiting the Greater Tehran area and rather influential - who shared an analogous attitude as the Russians did before 1991.

Fortunately for Iran, Judeo-Christians tried to destroy her by trying to destroy her economy.

Now, that population, has no leg to stand on - they are discredited domestically as their programme of productive engagement with the West turned out to be a fool's errand.

Russians, in 1991, did not expect USSR to break-up, they did not understand that USSR was unified in the corpus of the Red Tsar - just like the Russian Empire was unified (like the United Kingdom) in the person of the Emperor of Russia.

In an analogous manner, the "Secularist Liberals" in Iran, denizens of Tehran - should they get to power, will preside over the disintegration of Iran, since she is unified in the Shia Religion.

There are fools everywhere.

Posted by: fyi | Apr 19 2021 18:04 utc | 16

It is indeed necessary for the US to recognize the reality of a multi-polar world. However, let us be accurate, the West is one and only one empire of the Five Eyes alliance and not just the US.
Ultimately the question is this: Will the Western empire accept it has failed and will never control the entire world or will it use the nuclear weapons it used twice to become a global empire to ruin the world for anyone else?

Posted by: Babyl-on | Apr 19 2021 18:09 utc | 17

I can tell you why those two USN ships were not ordered into the Black Sea, because they would have to either be used or be an idle threat.

Biden's state department orders Zelenskii to attack Donbass. (Zelenskii won't be given a choice.) Either Ukraine succeeds this time and the US takes a victory lap (and Ukraine makes plans to assault Crimea), or Russia is forced to intervene. Either way, the Biden Administration will use this as an excuse to put further pressure on Germany to cancel Nordstream 2.0.

Now, if those ships are in the Black Sea at the time of the assault, there will be calls to use those ships. Something something muh American credibility!

If Biden does nothing, he will be pilloried by Team R as weak and ineffective. If the ships join in and they are unable to change the outcome on the battlefield, Biden will be urged to further escalate.

Finally, there is a very real possibility that one or both ships will be sunk, in which case, the calls to escalate further will be overwhelming, and we all know where that will lead.

The Biden Administration is happy to use Ukraine as a sacrificial lamb, actually more like sending a cocker spaniel to pick a fight with a pit bull, but it isn't necessary to risk further escalation for the Administration to get what it wants, namely, cancellation of Nordstream 2.0.

Posted by: Feral Finster | Apr 19 2021 18:26 utc | 18

To paraphrase John McCain, the Ukraine is a suicide bomber masquerading as a country.

Posted by: Donbass Lives Matter | Apr 19 2021 18:30 utc | 19

Bill Browder is mentioned in b’s top post.

Browder’s grandfather is Earl Browder, General Secretary of the Communist Party USA. Now freely admitted that he held that post on the payroll of FBI and Office of Naval Intelligence. Bill merely continues the family business of damaging Russia by any means possible.

Yes, Russophobia is a very durable policy.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 19 2021 18:42 utc | 20

Don't make simple things complicated …the irony of starting this way for this post lol :D (of course everything is complicated as well as simple, language betrays us all).

· The people of the Warsaw pact and then the Russians did what they did for themselves and not for others, and they did it by themselves. It went well as long as the people were in charge (ie. the initial actions) but the politicians then soon messed it up as politicians anywhere are bound to do.

Gorbachev and Yeltsin didn't want or wish for disasters due to the results they got (and maybe their tasks were impossible in their context). Clear mistakes were made and crimes "allowed", far too much was rushed and ill thought out. The politicians had no way of being prepared any more than they would be in the US right now.

· The US is out-competed, dysfunctional, and trapped in a cycle of excuses in order to shoehorn their labyrinth of lies into their current reality. All people lie despite this clear lesson as to why no one should, it is the lies one tells without realizing they are lies that are the worst. This is much like the USSR was but easily even worse.

Will people in Europe and the US manage to duplicate the fall of the Warsaw pact and the USSR? Right now it looks unlikely but remember or be aware that no one predicted the fall of the Iron Curtain or the Politburo and most if not all outsiders in "the west" had trouble believing it and understanding it when it happened or even now (and especially people on both/all sides that are running on ideological biases as fuel).

(Our systems and models do not capture reality and can not, not even theoretically, a different bigger discussion which boils down to the Shannon limit in the end (but I notice thermodynamics is contentious among some so why would I invite that much work?)).

A repeat of history is not necessary nor automatic; the US isn't doing anything to stop its own ongoing fall, at least not anything that I have noticed.

Because b is right.

(I really hope the CPC has a better grasp on this than that article vk posted hints at because I want a stable prosperous China and that includes/demands the continuation of the CPC and the way they have shaped and structured the Chinese system which is noticeable for not taking the USSR approach that worked itself into a blind alley despite decades of repeated attempts at reform (hell even Stalin tried)).

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 19 2021 18:47 utc | 21

The assassination plot is so incredibly important here. Think about the implications. Not only did the FSB and the Belarus KGB sniff out the entire thing, but they publicly released the video evidence. They all but confirmed US involvement. Lukashenka, in his typical verbal grandiosity, claims that Putin had confronted Biden about the plot during their phone call and Biden's response, allegedly, was “Gurgling - and not a single answer." And, the Kremlin confirmed it:

The presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, discussed the attempted coup d'état in Belarus by phone, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian leader.

Russia is not playing around. The US just tried to assassinate the president of an ally on the eve of possible unification. And when it gets exposed, this nonsense from Czechia was released almost immediately, clearly as a response. And it's a total joke of a response. This is what maximum pressure looks like in 2021. The US is lashing out and have few other avenues to engage. The Kremlin is winning, and if the Biden admin doesn't accept that...then we're all doomed because it means the US will do more crazy things like these.

Posted by: Kapusta | Apr 19 2021 19:01 utc | 22

Is there any planning going on to use bitcoin instead of SWIFT? If there is a conflict in Ukraine, there is a significant risk of the US cutting off Russia from SWIFT. Is Russia doing anything with bitcoin to plan for it?

Posted by: ftexd | Apr 19 2021 19:07 utc | 23

'Putin-whisperers'?

Nonsense … for two decades a coordinated anti-Russia propaganda originating from the U.K. [MI-6 – its former spies – Khodorkovsky - The Interpreter - Henry Jackson Society] and Washington DC a nest of anti-Russia lobbyists [Atlantic Council – BellingCat, etc]. In fact it’s the vast majority with groundless and poor reasoning, these folks despise everything left, Socialist and Communist. Too many years and too much wealth have pushed the anti-Russia agenda. The new generation with social media lack comprehension what information is published and with what political agenda.

Due to the 9/11 attacks on America. the US and UK gave new life and purpose to NATO. From Afghanistan the expeditionary force was sent to Libya and Syria. The colour revolutions gave blood to anti-Putin rhetoric. US politics of both parties tried to divide the EU into Old and New Europe. The criminal acts of CIA torture, rendition and black sites made a number of states accomplishes in war crimes. No issue a decade later with drone assassinations. Calling out “Putin” as killer is ridiculous looking in the mirror how many tens and hundreds of thousands have died on the battlefield at the hands of the UK/US and allies. And the sales of arms, munitions and lethal weapons reach new heights in the Middle East and warring parties.

OCCRP Report: The Pentagon Is Spending Up To $2.2 Billion on Soviet-Style Arms for Syrian Rebels

The Czech Republic is responsible for arms and munitions delivery to Bulgarian arms dealers working with Pentagon contracts. These ended up in the Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Yemen. The bomb blast in Vrbetice most likely saved many (innocent) lives.

Some repentants …

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Op-Ed of Dec. 2017 - 'NATO should not have committed to membership of Ukraine and Georgia'

In the recent past I have written about Legatum at a time Anne Applebaum found her employ at the think tank. The red alert signs and alarm bells were up at the time and I gave some background information. The first lady of Poland (almost) and her hubby former UK citizen and CIA agent Radek Sikorski of Afghan and Angola fame.

Anne Applebaum’s Confession …

Anne Applebaum: how my old friends paved the way for Trump and Brexit | The Guardian – July 2020 |

Posted by: Oui | Apr 19 2021 19:11 utc | 24

Our real enemy is the unelected, unaccountable government.
Controls our central bank and policy formation.

Posted by: jared | Apr 19 2021 19:12 utc | 25

No one fact check’s the claims made by the intelligent agencies. Bernie was told the Russians wanted him to win the election and he jump right in the laps of the liars. Trump knew more before he was president than he did once he was elected. That is why General Flynn was removed under false charges. He knew what was what. I remember the head of the CIA told Trump that the Russian has killed ducks and poison children. Trump fell for the lie hook line and casino…
Now we have a president that has mental issues and already believes the Russian are dirty…What could go wrong?

Posted by: Dennis18 | Apr 19 2021 19:13 utc | 26

g @ 11 said;

" The CIA/Establishment/Neocon/liberal doctrine of a unitary imperial superpower that must assimilate all of creation into its usurious, profit making empire, or else, is challenged seriously by few."

There is NOTHING "liberal" in how our latest empire persues it's prerogatives of global corporate hegemony.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liberal

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 19 2021 19:18 utc | 27

Unfortunately the constant demonization of Russia's president by the 'Putin-whisperers' has already led to some tragic consequences

In one of the recent MoA topics about the murder of a group of Asian citizens in the United States, I already commented on this, saying that we will see more of such tragic cases when certain inadequate individuals will do terrible things as a result of the total brainwashing by Western anti-Russian propaganda (as well as anti-Chinese, anti-Iranian, etc.).

What happened (like the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, as well as the murder of Asians in the United States, etc.) is the direct fault of Western MSM, who deliberately spread propaganda of lies and slander, denigrating and demonizing both individuals and entire countries. People are pumped up with hatred, and one day someone's brain explodes. The result is murder, assault, sabotage, etc.

The blood of the victims is on the hands of all these "journalists" and "experts" from CNN, BBC, Guardian, NYT and other propaganda machines.

Russia exposed a plot to assassinate the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko

The incident clearly indicates that the United States is in a critical situation. The transition to open terrorist methods is caused by the inability of the United States to continue to use traditional, standard, civilized methods of competition and political struggle. The United States is no longer able to compete with Russia and China in the legal, civilized field. Falsifications, slander, choreographed staging of incidents, false flag operations are used. An attempt to eliminate the head(!) of a foreign state is already the next, even more radical stage of terror.

On the one hand, this is unprecedented, on the other hand, it is not new at all. One has only to recall dozens of attempts by the American leadership to kill Fidel Castro, a successful attempt to assassinate Gaddafi, an assassination attempt on Maduro, an attempt to liquidate Yanukovych in 2014, an intention to overthrow Assad (the prospect of his physical elimination is beyond doubt). Lukashenko is just another on the list.

The United States (and a number of its allies in Europe) act by the methods of a terrorist state, in fact it is. The situation is aggravated by the complete inadequacy of the US leadership, their presence in a distant alternative reality, which has little in common with the existing reality.

I am not sure that an ordinary western inhabitant understands the seriousness of what is happening. The attempt to liquidate Lukashenko is essentially another casus belli, which the United States and its allies have already accumulated so much that it is time to talk about an overdose.

Residents of American and European cities wake up, go to work, or to the store, or take their children to kindergarten, do not even suspect that at any second a real war can start, and missiles will fall on them from above. For a number of reasons, Russia considered that the Nazi coup d'etat in Ukraine in 2014 was not worth the start of the world war, although what happened was a casus belli. In 2018, Russia considered that the unprecedented expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States and Europe due to the "Skripal poisoning" was not worth the start of the war, although it was a casus belli. Not so long ago, Putin chose not to start a war and portrayed Biden as a crazy idiot, wishing him good health when he called the Russian president a "killer", which was a casus belli. An attempt to assassinate the President of Belarus has now been prevented, in which the United States (and a number of its European allies) are undoubtedly involved. Belarus is part of a union state with the Russian Federation, and the liquidation of Lukashenko is without a doubt a casus belli. Russia’s patience and understanding of responsibility is great, but not unlimited.

As a cornered beast, the United States (and its closest allies) pose a particular danger, being ready to use any (I emphasize, any) means to alleviate its situation. These people can commit a series of terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe, they can kill one (or several) high-ranking European politicians, they can carry out a large-scale cyberattack against European nuclear power plants, they can commit sabotage and poison drinking water in one of the cities of Europe, then blaming Russia for everything. By the way, recently China made an unexpected statement regarding the danger of American biological laboratories in Ukraine. Russia has been talking about this for a long time. The use of biological weapons by the US authorities is very likely. Using deep fake technology, they can stage a terrible crime committed by "Russian special services." They can falsify the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine by placing poison in ampoules, causing hundreds, possibly thousands of people to die. They can arrange a terrorist attack and blow up a gas pipeline - in Europe, or in Ukraine, or on some section of the Nord Stream-2 - recently we have already seen an attempt by the Poles to carry out a trial sabotage. Next time it may not be "accidentally lost fishermen", but a boat with explosives.

I have listed just a few options, and do not let them seem ridiculous fantasy to you. The events of a number of recent years show that Russia's "Western partners" are capable of anything. Anything, i mean it. Remember the downed Boeing MH-17, or the wiretapping of European leaders, or the attempt to poison the Skripals (theatrical show, but who said that it cannot be turned into a real chemical attack?).

I repeat, it is unlikely that an ordinary Western citizen understands the seriousness of what is going on. Power in the United States has been seized and held by an insane totalitarian sect that lives and thinks purely in its distant alternative reality. Rest assured that these fanatics will be ready to start a war to satisfy their obsessive hatred of Russia, as well as try to fix their ever-worsening situation in the world.

The first priority of civil society in American and European cities is to force their own governments to be prudent. At least out of a sense of self-preservation.

Posted by: alaff | Apr 19 2021 19:37 utc | 28

After 50 years of hate creation(cold war 1)

After 15 years of chaos creation

After 15 years of slander andback-stabbing

We are to believe this cabal of humanity hating zealots will fade into the background??

Because facts will matter???

Facts have never mattered. In this post-modern illusion our leaders call a reset, facts actually have negative value...sorta like negative interest rates.

Expect insanity to multiply at the same rate as the money supply expands

Posted by: Les7 | Apr 19 2021 19:53 utc | 29

Adam Curtis' new documentary series ("I Just Can't Get You out of my Head") deals (in part) with the way the West's entire worldview sees everything in simplistic Manichean terms, like Star Wars. The West is always good (even when they act immorally) and the baddies are always lone rogues, like a spaghetti Western. WW2 shaped the West's entire thinking about its role in the world: the Allies are on the side of decency and freedom while the enemy is simply evil through and through, beyond redemption. A parade of baddies from Hitler to Castro, Uncle Ho, Khomeini, Gaddafi, Hussein, Assad, Putin and Xi. Bond movies and Hollywood write the scripts, the MSM pumps out the pulp. No one wants to hear that history is a tad more complicated than bogeymen vs. Marvel superheroes, but then history does have a lovely way of biting people on the ass...

Posted by: Patroklos | Apr 19 2021 20:02 utc | 30

"Is there any planning going on to use bitcoin instead of SWIFT? If there is a conflict in Ukraine, there is a significant risk of the US cutting off Russia from SWIFT. Is Russia doing anything with bitcoin to plan for it?"

Posted by: ftexd | Apr 19 2021 19:07 utc | 22

"the Cross-border Interbank Payment System"
"the System for Transfer of Financial Messages"
🧐

Posted by: Per/Norway | Apr 19 2021 20:04 utc | 31

@ftexd #22

Bitcoin is the worst possible currency that human intelligence can devise, in every possible way. It was created primarily to take the pressure off gold, and found a secondary use as a currency for international criminal gangs - child slavery, sex trafficking, drugs, arms dealing... it is the very very worst form of currency there is. If Russia wants to use a scarce commodity as a currency, it has the real thing (gold).

Posted by: Tim Glover | Apr 19 2021 20:05 utc | 32

The Czechs are already walking back accusations against Russia (see RT). Russia will meet with Lukashenko on Thursday. Look for more of a union between Belarus and Russia as a result.

This week isn't off to a good start for the Putin Whisperers.

Posted by: Woogs | Apr 19 2021 20:11 utc | 33

"But the danger of seeing everything caused by just one man [Putin] is much greater." --our host

Not yet mentioned by anyone is the logical conclusion (as logical a conclusion as once can expect from delusional fools) of this warped belief that it is all about Putin: If Putin were taken out of the picture then the empire's problems would also go away.

America just tried to assassinate Lukashenko. America has assassinated a number of national leaders, and attempted to assassinate many others. Anyone who interjects "But America would never stoop to trying to kill Putin!" is not using reason or working from America's established history.

It is a safe bet that the CIA is maintaining multiple active plots to assassinate Putin. Fortunately the CIA is incompetent.

Posted by: William Gruff | Apr 19 2021 20:14 utc | 34

@William Gruff | Apr 19 2021 20:14 utc | 32

America just tried to assassinate Lukashenko. America has assassinated a number of national leaders, and attempted to assassinate many others. Anyone who interjects "But America would never stoop to trying to kill Putin!" is not using reason or working from America's established history.

It is a safe bet that the CIA is maintaining multiple active plots to assassinate Putin. Fortunately the CIA is incompetent.


They obviously assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme in Sweden in 1986.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 19 2021 20:17 utc | 35

alaff @27; Great post. The scenario laid out is all too probable, historical past practices considered....

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 19 2021 20:25 utc | 36

@16 Babyl-on

Look up RT int. for some interesting news from NZ in this context

I'm currently not able to understand the posting guide

Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 19 2021 20:29 utc | 37

Perhaps the Biden presidency is the first woke/cancel culture one in history. Not (necessarily) for the sexual part, but because wokism is emotional not rational. What is happening in the deep recesses of the Blinken or Biden mind is based on absolute certainty and emotionally ingested tripe.

The original Deep State and democratic manipulation was to give the population a binary "choice" between Trump-bad and Putin-Bad. Any third possibility, that neither were as "bad as all that" was not spoken of in the MSM. For four years, both "choices" were hammered by the Democrats into the supine brains of the US masses. which has given rise to "automatic" and forceful unthinking attitudes. (All bad because I say so and I am right, and I know I am right because I say so). It is the basis of our censorship culture. Over four years they have brainwashed themselves as much as the "plebs".

Then the Democrats "won" the election with a bit of help from the deep state, and found themselves in power.

When Blinken was anchoraged, he expected to tell the Chinese what to do, think and he possibly even expected the Chinese to take a knee to honour the "self-evidence" of his wisdom. He probably got into a hussy fit when they didn't agree with he knew emotionallly or had been told by the CIA, Bowder or Bidens favourite sweet-smellin' lobbyist. What Politicians now do is ; when in a stresssful position they revert to emotional dominated reactions and do not follow orders from the deep state, oligarchs or lobbies.

Now we come to Ukraine and Taiwan. For the center of the democratic party, Biden Pelosi, Blinken, what they "know" is all there is to know. So they don't listen to anyone.

The lobbies, military profit-makers and the Deep State are equally sure they know but they cannot change the brainwashing that they helped install in others.
Washington is emotional and the Intelligence/Military are the cold-killers. Whatever one says the other will contradict it. So we have a forked tongue "Adminstration".

What has happened and one of the aims of both Putin and Xi, is to move a "woke" adminstration out of it's comfort zone. Outside it's usual certitudes. The pressure will now be coming from East Eurasia. In many fields -
ie. Even the Czechs are already walking back their expulsion of Russian Diplomats as they hadn't expected a strong "retaliation". Tough for the five Czechs left in Moscow. All part of the plan to drive home that actions will have repercussions.

******
Donbas? More shelling than ever before but the Russian red line is known. No Children or other civilians to be killed. There is a tweet available, with sounds of shelling in the background and children playing in the street ........ The Ukes have woken up to the fact that a sea "invasion" is possible and now are sending (fast !) tank loaded trains back towards Odessa.

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 19 2021 20:33 utc | 38

@Stonebird | Apr 19 2021 20:33 utc | 36

The Ukes have woken up to the fact that a sea "invasion" is possible and now are sending (fast !) tank loaded trains back towards Odessa

Can this be confirmed? That would be important news!

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 19 2021 20:39 utc | 39

"They gonna permanently change the meaning of "intelligence", till the word indicates stupidity - Posted by: Carl D | Apr 19 2021 17:16 utc | 5" My buddy, a nice guy, would laugh at the compliment. He explained the etymology of 'nice' included being stupid. The times are a changin.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Apr 19 2021 20:40 utc | 40

Speaking at a meeting of the government-funded New Zealand China Council on Monday, Mahuta said, We have raised with Five Eyes partners that we are uncomfortable with expanding the remit of the Five Eyes relationship. We would much rather prefer looking for multilateral opportunities to express our interests on a number of issues.

Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 19 2021 20:47 utc | 41

I think Scott Ritter is engaging in an imaginative future if he thinks the 'hate russia' team has no successors. The academy will be full of them just itching for an interns job with a congresscritter.

Speaking of warmongers, where is Tony Blair these days? Could he be the USA useful idiot egging Boris on to sail a warship or two to the Black Sea? He never met a war he didn't like, did the 'hard man' act for Bush the fool, and has been traipsing about any warzone pontificating for a fat fee and would be right at home being the bumper-upper for Boris. It would all be hush hush as he is hated in UK.

In 2018 Boris appointed the previous UK ambassador to Turkey, Richard Moore, to the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He was formerly the Director General, Political, at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Moore attended St George's College, Weybridge. Batchelor's degree at Worcester College, Oxford. He then won a Kennedy Scholarship to study at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. In 2007, he attended the Stanford Executive Programme.

The ducks have been in alignment for some time.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 19 2021 20:48 utc | 42

Excellent article, B highlights that change won't come from the new administration BECAUSE money flows to the congressional-industrial-military cabal only if the existing regime is in power AND USA remains a 2 party system - one 'better' than China.

This principal was echoed in November 2020 by ex US Army Danny Sjursen

"...it’s obvious that the Biden bunch has no desire to slow down, no less halt, the “revolving door” that connects national security work in the government and jobs or security consulting positions in the defense industry. The same goes for the think tanks that the arms producers amply fund to justify the whole circus...

Or consider retired Marine Corps major general turned defense consultant Arnold Punaro who recently said of Biden’s coming tenure, “I think the industry will have, when it comes to national security, a very positive view.”

Given the evidence that business-as-usual will continue in the Biden years, perhaps it’s time to take that advice from Cornel West, absorb the truth about Biden’s future national security squad, and act accordingly. There’s no top-down salvation on the agenda — not from Joe or his crew of consummate insiders. Pressure and change will flow from the grassroots or it won’t come at all."

Salvation can only the good people of America.

But the very voting system prevents other voices being heard. There is no proportional representation, therefore no other views than the highly paid military-industrial consultants, the merchants of violence.

The Tweedledum and Tweedledee American political system is ossified, inflexible, suppressive.

A giant echo chamber.

Hello! Hello! anyone with a brain in there?

The echos bounce and fade. No reply.

American foreign policy is brain dead.

Until compulsory military service is Brought back to USA, all children of the highest earning bracket straight to the front line, no soft touch deployments, no bone-spur deferment.

Then, and only then, will foreign policy change under the US 2 party self-enrichment system.


Posted by: powerandpeople | Apr 19 2021 20:49 utc | 43

"Salvation can only the good people of America."

should be "Salvation can only COME FROM the good people of America"

(It may not be likely, but it remains possible)

Posted by: powerandpeople | Apr 19 2021 20:52 utc | 44

Stonebird @ 36 writes:

"...For four years, both "choices" were hammered by the Democrats into the supine brains of the US masses. which has given rise to "automatic" and forceful unthinking attitudes..."

This is not true, and pardon me for saying so because indeed there are elements of truth in what you are saying. It is NOT the US masses that are grabbing guns and ammunition and commiting mayhem on their fellow citizens. It is the gullible and the weak and the mentally disturbed, who are present in any large and stressed society. They probably match the one percenters at the top and cohorts in the ten percent - (just a guess on my part) but they are NOT the 'masses'.

The masses have bucked the mainstream mantras of the past O-T and now B years. We don't have power - power is as you say with the rich, with the party demagogues, with the leeches, and as b points out, their rule is coming to an end but they still hold the reins of power. Whether or not Biden saw, or Trump saw, or even Obama saw, that this is not the way it ought to be - they have each been powerless to do anything about it in a meaningful way so far.

Don't give up. It's a long haul but here's where I agree with the TINA principle. There is no alternative. We just have to keep on keeping on. The Dems will lose power in Congress come next elections. There will be inroads made, and if Republicans get elected, so be it. A few more will have better souls, and inch by inch the oldies will have to yield. It's gonna happen. And, in answer to a post above:

What has Putinist regime "restraint " achieved so far except brazen falsehood and enmity?

[Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 19 2021 17:17 ]

Putin and his cohorts have achieved the reinstatement of the Russian Federation with alignment with China and the tipping of the balance of world understanding in their favor. This is a force mightier than the US and western allies neoliberal, oligarchic agenda, and with patience and firm commitment it will prevail.

Thank God.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 19 2021 21:04 utc | 45

re: Kartoschka | Apr 19 2021 20:29 utc | 35
https://www.rt.com/news/521455-new-zealand-uncomfortble-spy-network/

No photo of Nanaia!
I look forward to her or PM Jacinda adapting the Albanian president's words -
"Together New Zealand and China are 1.5 billion of the world's people!"

Posted by: tucenz | Apr 19 2021 21:06 utc | 46

@ 41 powerandpeople

Forced conscription will not result in higher income bracket kids going to the frontlines. There have always been deferral tactics no matter what the manner of being called up takes.

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Apr 19 2021 21:13 utc | 47

This week isn't off to a good start for the Putin Whisperers.

Posted by: Woogs | Apr 19 2021 20:11 utc | 31

Well they did take the Saker's scalp this week...

Posted by: A.L. | Apr 19 2021 21:17 utc | 48

alaff #27

++

Thank you for that incisive statement. One only has to watch those 5 minute utoob by Steve Pieczenic I posted to get a sense of the totality of USA dominance and imagined dominance and the malign drivers of its reach. I know he is a blowhard but he was at the apex of the dirty game. He is a rigid anticommunist, he talks as if Putin is one of their successes, he hates Xi so he must be alarmed that they have been brought into anti empire unity.

The USA has striven to obtain full spectrum dominance and they appear to have gotten close in terms of public political imagination, western political elites almost entirely in the 'hate russia' camp, useful idiots snapping at the Russian and Chinese heels, permanent state of conflict awareness and uncertainty in the public mind, perfection of colour revolution technique and its social infrastructure development mechanism.

Conventional weaponry has slipped their grasp. But that is matched by an alternative that they won't hesitate to use.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 19 2021 21:25 utc | 49

A.L. @ 46

Curious to see how long he'll continue to comment on foreign policy. I think he may be a little naive to presume he can continue without being compromised or shut down completely.

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Apr 19 2021 21:34 utc | 50

Thanks for the link, tucenz @ 44! That is indeed a timely statement from the New Zealand government. (Thanks also to Kartoschka @ 35)

From rt:

...Despite expressing a desire for a more comfortable working relationship with China, Mahuta also said New Zealand was looking to diversify its trade and reduce reliance on any one country.

She also touched on concerns around the long-term recovery of the Pacific region, urging China to invest more in multilateral development programs instead of financing loans to build infrastructure.

China has spent at least $1.6 billion in aid and loans to the region since 2011, according to the Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank.

“It’s no secret there’s a significant level of economic vulnerability across the Pacific,” Mahuta said. “New Zealand certainty invests in the Pacific… by way of grants, not loans...”

Posted by: juliania | Apr 19 2021 21:34 utc | 51

juliania #43

Putin and his cohorts have achieved the reinstatement of the Russian Federation with alignment with China and the tipping of the balance of world understanding in their favor. This is a force mightier than the US and western allies neoliberal, oligarchic agenda, and with patience and firm commitment it will prevail.

Thank you, that is the essence of diplomacy and the avoidance of conflict and even war.

War must end. It is an ignorant reversal of human progress, it poisons minds and the earth itself. Its legacy is one of tears and material loss. It give no one person of good will any benefit. It slaughters the innocent!! children, women and men and our environment. It is the game of ignorance asserting superiority over thought and imagination.

It is the daring imagination of betterment that motivates the development of OBOR and the east to west transit corridor in Russia. It is imagination of betterment to build trade and access to economy and elevation from poverty that is of the utmost benefit to us humans sharing and caring for this beautiful planet.

If the west cast off its parasitic mentality toward the other and embraced the same daring imagination for its people's betterment they might come close to the achievements we have seen in Russia and China and elsewhere that the philosophy is paramount. There is always hope and the chance that might come about.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 19 2021 21:42 utc | 52

A lot of comments philosophizing here, but the root of the problem is only one: the American Empire doesn't have the resources to coopt the rest of the world anymore, as it had in 1946. The carrot is gone, only the big stick is left.

There will be no Second Marshall Plan; there will be no American/Western version of the BRI; there will be no second wave of "Asian Tigers"; there will be no Second New Deal (Green or otherwise). The American Empire is now literally resorting to the printing press to finance what it already has, it won't build anything anymore, the era of the "USA the Builder" is over.

Posted by: vk | Apr 19 2021 21:51 utc | 53

The brutal truth:

China and the U.S. Are Long-term Enemies

Posted by: vk | Apr 19 2021 22:03 utc | 54

Intensifying anti Russian policies will result in the same outcomes the USA achieved in their anti Iranian policies.
EJ Magnier reports on the recent JCPOA members meeting:

"The Islamic Republic proved to be a shark with sharp teeth during its negotiation with the signatories (Russia, China, France, Great Britain and Germany) of the nuclear deal in Vienna, leaving few choices to the negotiators. Iran showed how complex and inflexible its position is with the most powerful county in the world, forbidding the US envoy to join the mediators in the same room because Donald Trump revoked its 2015 nuclear deal agreement. Moreover, Iran used the Israeli sabotage actions against the Natanz nuclear facility as an excuse to hit Israel, the US and all European negotiators who side with the Americans...


...Iran did not ask for a guarantee against another Trump-like decision – which revoked the nuclear deal – in the future because its nuclear capability is the guarantee. Iran is not asking for a guarantee from China and Russia, which are under US sanctions. Iran exhausted its patience in 2018 when it waited for an entire year without using its right to gradually withdraw from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). Iran then believed Europe might come forward and hold to its commitments even if the US pulled back. That was not the case, and Tehran is now aware that Europe and the US have the same objectives hidden behind different behaviours.

Today it is known that Iran is enriching uranium up to 60% and can reach 90% in several months. This does not mean Iran is necessarily producing nuclear weapons, but it is enough to cross the West’s red lines. If the US sanctions are not lifted or partially lifted, if the deal is revoked or other sanctions are imposed in the future, Iran will fall back into its complete nuclear cycle without any warning."

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 19 2021 22:27 utc | 55

ooops a link to EJ Magnier piece.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 19 2021 22:28 utc | 56

War it is. Big war. The Ukraines have been shelling Donbas fairly heavily causing extensive damage and lost lives. Yes it is attempting to goad Russia to counter attack. But Putin has no choice. He cannot let the Donbas be used for constant, heavy, and indiscriminate shelling by the Ukrainians. Russia without invading has the ability for long range missile counter attacks. When this happens, forget Nord Stream 2 and expect a military build up on Russia's borders. Expect an attack on some Russian naval vessel or fighter jet to test Putin. Putin will pass the test. Get your affairs in order although after all of this, nobody will be around to put your wishes in order.

Posted by: Erelis | Apr 19 2021 23:53 utc | 58

"The Czech authorities are binning Russia’s bid for a nuclear power contract".

Think about the deeper intention to this. Binning a major energy contract? Doesnt this action have the effect of shaming Germany?

NS2 is the main target for the U.S. with all the recent anti russian chicanery. Of that there is no doubt in my mind.

Posted by: Hermius | Apr 19 2021 23:57 utc | 59

Juliania @ 49:

From the RT article that Tucenz @ 44 linked to and which you quote:

... Despite expressing a desire for a more comfortable working relationship with China, Mahuta also said New Zealand was looking to diversify its trade and reduce reliance on any one country.

She also touched on concerns around the long-term recovery of the Pacific region, urging China to invest more in multilateral development programs instead of financing loans to build infrastructure.

China has spent at least $1.6 billion in aid and loans to the region since 2011, according to the Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank.

“It’s no secret there’s a significant level of economic vulnerability across the Pacific,” Mahuta said. “New Zealand certainty invests in the Pacific … by way of grants, not loans.”

“If we’re really focused on regional stability and opportunity, we need to tackle this particular challenge. I hope that conversation can take place with those who seek to invest in the region,” she added ...

Does Nanaia Mahuta understand the difference between making grants and investments through loans? Does a country in its right mind grant money to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars or yuan to projects that might need years, perhaps even a decade or more, before it starts paying back on the initial layout?

The billions that China has spent on aid and loans to the Pacific have been spent or are being spent on infrastructure development. Even Australia now realises that it needs to offer loans as well as give grants to Pacific Island nations for their economic development.

Grant money is usually given to small or medium-sized businesses or enterprises. Two examples of how the NZ government issues grant money and to whom it issues the money are given here and here. Grant money is not investment on a much larger scale that would be covered by joint ventures between governments or between governments and large corporations or by loans from governments to other governments and/or corporations.

Also most organisations applying for grants need to show what the grant money is to be spent on, the period in which the project that needs the money is to be completed and how the money has been spent. This is not possible with large-scale projects with very long lead construction times and where the financial, economic and other benefits are not immediately apparent or can be foreseen when the project is in its early planning stages.

Nanaia Mahuta demonstrates her ignorance of what Pacific Island nations need if she thinks they only need small development projects that require grants and not larger development projects that may require loans.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 20 2021 0:07 utc | 60

Posted by: Hermius | Apr 19 2021 23:57 utc | 57

The US can rely on the Czechs to lie to support the agenda. Let us remember that Czech intelligence claimed that Mohamed Atta met Iraqi officials in Prague. Total fabrication. This was used to claim that Iraq was involved with 9-11. Czech intelligence claimed that Michael Cohen was in Prague meeting Russians. Total fabrication again.

Posted by: Erelis | Apr 20 2021 0:25 utc | 61

I have no problem believing that Bidet's response to Putin was inarticulate gurgling. Maybe a "Come on man!"

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 20 2021 0:28 utc | 62

@ Norwegian | Apr 19 2021 20:17 utc | 33


They obviously assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme in Sweden in 1986.

They obviously assassinated their own President John F. Kennedy nov. 11th 1963

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 20 2021 0:43 utc | 63

I agree with b, it will be more of the same, sadly.

In reality there isn't anything game-changing the US can do any longer - the moves it has work on small countries, not big ones. Mainly sanctions and proxy wars along the lines of Armenia/Azerbaijan.

Aside from a few pipeline plays, the proxy wars are largely theater. Moving NATO troops around the map doesn't change the fact of nuclear weapons in large numbers. There is no possibility of resolving the imperial conflicts with military action.

The economic warfare is the main play for the next 10 years IMO. Sanctions can rise to a noticably more serious level, and perhaps soon. The objective is simple and it is constant -- to separate Russia and China from EU. Neither Russia nor China need dollar financing at all, nor does the EU need dollar financing at all. But they all do need trade with each other. It remains to be seen how this plays out.

Posted by: ptb | Apr 20 2021 0:46 utc | 64

America's anti-Russian policies are not "made in Washington". It's almost entirely British in origin. McFaul, Suliivan, Talbott, Susan Rice, even head of CFR Richard Haass, as well as countless other infiltrators - including those in the media where Russophobic outrages are first manufactured - are all Rhodes scholars and therefore British imperial agents. And since there is a deep and abiding disdain if not outright hatred of breakaway former province in the halls of the Foreign Office ("they have the money, but we have the brains", is how Brits view Americans), main British imperative consists of intrigue and manipulation aimed at destroying both of London's most formidable enemies - USA and Russia - by making them fight each other to the bitter end. Americans may not be aware of it, but in Europe nothing is ever forgotten and/or forgiven.
With regard to the USA, Brits do succeed more often than not by capitalizing on American corruption, geographical and historical ignorance, vanity, and US intelligentsia's worship of all things (western)European.
Never forget that no Russian President is even allowed to meet his American counterpart unless vetted by British Prime -Minister initially. Margaret Thatcher was first western leader to meet with Gorbachev, and Tony Blair had a similar role in evaluating Putin.
If Americans allow Brits to lead them by the nose, then they shouldn't be surprised when they inevitably arrive to their unintended final destination - complete and utter demolition of their country.
They have no time left for dithering.

Posted by: Venom | Apr 20 2021 0:50 utc | 65

@ Norwegian | Apr 19 2021 20:39 utc | 37

That was the assumtion of thesaker.is
https://thesaker.is/russian-amphibious-options-and-how-to-debunk-a-ukie-lie-open-thread-13/

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 20 2021 0:59 utc | 66

@ uncle tungsten


The academy will be full of them just itching for an interns job with a congresscritter.

Right and...
Perhaps the ground/reason Ritters analysis is right.
I work Nachtschicht, need time, back in 3 hours

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 20 2021 1:06 utc | 67

In WW2, children of the US elite did serve on the front lines: JFK, Poppy Bush, FDR's sons, Henry Cabot Lodge, many of the professors I had as an undergraduate at Princeton in the 1960s.
The list goes on and on.

Posted by: lysias | Apr 20 2021 2:01 utc | 68

@Norweigan 37

Both The Saker and Martyanov have reflected on Russian amphibious force movements along the coastline to force the inevitable counter moves of Ukie forces to defend against them (at least in theory). Strengthening Ukie forces in one combat zone (the coast) invariably weakens their force capability from where they came (LDPR front line).

Russia has the legal ability, power and brains to do this indefinitely.

TEP

Posted by: TEP | Apr 20 2021 2:04 utc | 69

The Czech also used the opportunity to exclude the Russian Rosatom from the tender to expend the Dukovany nuclear power plant. Previously a Chinese company was similarly banned. The only other serious bid is from the U.S. company Westinghouse.

There's nothing like a competitive tender process of one.

Posted by: Dim sim | Apr 20 2021 2:56 utc | 70

thanks b... incisive and on target...... @ 27 alaff hits even closer to the bone.. this can't go on indefinitely... the west is in trouble.. thanks...

Posted by: james | Apr 20 2021 2:58 utc | 71

@TEP | Apr 20 2021 2:04 utc | 67

Yes, I know about the Russian amphibious force movements. But what was surprising to me was the part highlighted in bold:

The Ukes have woken up to the fact that a sea "invasion" is possible and now are sending (fast !) tank loaded trains back towards Odessa

This is what I wanted to get confirmation of.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 20 2021 6:21 utc | 72

Scott Ritter is incredibly deluded - does he not understand the relationship between the Military-Industrial Complex and the "Deep State"?

The so-called "Putin Whisperers" are not going anywhere. Besides - they are NOT "Putin Whisperers" - they are "Russian Whisperers" - as soon as Putin is replaced the next guy will be deomonized as well.

It's got NOUGHT to do with Putin the man. NOUGHT.

Posted by: Julian | Apr 20 2021 6:27 utc | 73

Are there any developments on Russia's relationship with the other two Visegrad states?

Posted by: m | Apr 20 2021 6:31 utc | 74

Unfortunately for the world these people no longer exist. "But their days are numbered, as realpolitik pragmatists in the White House, Pentagon and Intelligence Community are recognizing the reality that the days of taking for granted US global hegemony are over, and that for the United States to remain relevant, it must adapt to the reality of a multi-polar world, and Russia’s rightful role therein."

Posted by: Katerina Zaitseva | Apr 20 2021 7:12 utc | 75

@ b.and all of you, barflies
I worked a night shift. I’ve had time to look at all the links. Thank you to our host for guiding us where reflection can flourish. And thank you all for your feedback, your links, your informations. For the first time in 40 years, the night team was 8 hours of happiness.
I promised I’d come back on my way out and give my answers to some of you. Here I am!
My first post will come back to what is fundamental for me to understand behaviors. Cognitive dissonance will also have to be added, but it is more known (and it is enough to consider it as a stress because it is one)
There’s a film that makes it easy to understand this, My American Uncle.
I found you on the internet this free version with English subtitles. This is my summary. I know there will already be disagreements. No worries

Mon oncle d’Amérique is a 1979 French film directed by Alain Resnais and released in 1980. Professor Henri Laborit speaks in three cross narratives to explain what we know today about human behavior. It is not just psychology, but neuroscience ( Neurosciences are the scientific studies of the nervous system, both from the point of view of its structure and its functioning, from the molecular scale up to the level of organs, such as the brain, or even the whole body). According to Laborit, who is a medical surgeon and neurobiologist, conduct (behavior/action) is regulated by four elements: consumption (drinking, eating and copulating), gratification, punishment (which results in fighting or fleeing) and finally inhibition of action.
Gratification and pleasure, punishment and pain (and their repetition in similar situations) are the young person’s main educational stimuli. For the little Human, the child, these stimuli are quickly “social” transmitted by communication (word, writing and today the Internet in all its forms).

The experimental studies detailed in the film and put into perspective on human behavior in society show that under stress, the individual who has the opportunity to do so will choose to escape (or avoid) and retain their abilities intact.

The same individual, if stress is unavoidable and he is deprived of the possibility of escape, will fall into aggression, first of all against his own body (physical degradation, lack of resistance to diseases, development of psychosomatic diseases...).

If he has the opportunity, which is particularly visible and shown in the film, he will be aggressive towards a third party in order to safeguard his own organism.

Collaboration is not innate and requires self-control, an educational contribution that is not so widespread, especially in Western society, imperialist, colonialist, which accumulates thousands of years of experience of aggression.

It is absolutely necessary to see this film, quite old and not really Hollywood, which requires an hour of concentration before receiving in small touch the illuminating explanations of Henri Laborit.

I apologize for being a little long and also for my English perhaps a little rough. Even more so this morning, I have to get some sleep!

Posted by: Bernard F | Apr 20 2021 7:48 utc | 76

re: that explosion in Czechia in 2014

first read about it from Lubos Motl ( Czech blogger,
he calls himself a Conservative; however i just think of him as apolitical, but then what do words such as Conservative or Liberal mean nowadays? answer: nothing)
https://motls.blogspot.com/2021/04/decline-of-education-specialized.html

"In fact, they were the very two same agents Petrov and Bashirov who have allegedly poisoned Skripal using Novičok and yesterday, the Czech Police promoted its photographs of the two men who are "wanted"! Well, it is possible that these "molodtsy" do this much work. After all, the tensions were high in 2014 and the Russian agents' working days should be similarly full as those of James Bond 007. But even if it is true that they contributed to the explosion, I find it obvious that the timing of the revival of this scandal (or a conspiracy theory?) is explained by the takeover of the power over the U.S. by the New Loony Left, their being mental cripples, and their fanatical desire to cripple the relationships with Russia (and others).

BTW, Czech people, such as Motl tend to have a certain degree of honesty to them

ps have totally lost faith in UK/US news sources over past 20 years
(Tucker Carlson excepted)

Posted by: chris | Apr 20 2021 7:59 utc | 77

A bit off-topic:

I have followed Fortuna (Russian pipe laying ship in the Baltic) on marinetraffic.com. For the last 2 weeks no movement whatsoever. Has anyone any news on this?

Posted by: Das Kommentariat | Apr 20 2021 8:30 utc | 78

Norwegian | Apr 20 2021 6:21 utc | 70

Best I can do this morning. (I closed down immediately after the post 36. The earlier vid was of a train going a lot faster!) I notice that they mention Transnistria which is interesting, rather than just the Kherson/canal. Do they expect Russia to take Odessa and thus deprive the US of a potential naval base in Ukraine? Makes a lot of sense strategically.

https://twitter.com/I30mki/status/1384094809044914176

*****

juliania | Apr 19 2021 21:04 utc | 43

Masses.
They used to be referred to as the "unwashed and unloved". OK, A bit careless of me, but I was thinking of the urbanised riffraff that gets pleasure from looting and collective arson. Rather than the many isolated communities, that are separated by distance and attempt to remain "normal" in a changing world. (Some places in the US have been described as in "deep depression", "doing well, over or under-policed, countryside, Amish, unchanged etc. etc.) The Status Quo is not necessarily the best situation at the moment as the evolution of any collective "answer" must reasonably come through an individual awakening first.


Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 20 2021 8:33 utc | 79

Norwegian @ 33: CIA killed Palme? No. The job was to sloppy to have been either of the big actors. Look for a smaller one, start looking at the one that had the most obvious reason: South Africa.

And b, you are blacking out the biggest stroy of the week: the GRU hacked the Swedish Sports Confederation. I'm deeply hurt!

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Apr 20 2021 8:38 utc | 80

as a complement of my post #74
As b. wrote

The Blob is resistant to change because those who are inside it tend to bite away anyone with even a slightly different view.

Yes,
If you accept the explanations of Pr. Laborit on behavior, the Blob is made up of individuals who will try to avoid the consequences of stress. From an early age, the pinnacle of their happiness is money and top rank recognition. They are trained more than educated, in the Hollywood version of “social success.” This is also why they can’t get out of their obsession with individuals (e.g. targeted assassination) when in front of them there are only cohesive collectives (VK will probably see the force of an ideology?? ? ). Did Suleimani’s assassination weaken the threat or reduce their stress?

Their stress is simply to be expelled from the cocoon where they are richly paid and recognized, they accumulate “rewards”, without ever being “punished” for their aggressiveness towards a third party. The one -this is chosen collectively ”Putin’s Russia“ for that’s where the stress comes from. As Ritter explains very well, “they” did not see it coming, “they” underestimated the reconstruction being silently carried out by “Putin’s Russia.”
Ritter explains very well how the co-optation system, the gateways to the arms lobby, leads to mimicry and self-satisfaction. What the Iranians call “The Arrogance.”

So, why is this going to fall apart?
1/ They will of course begin to settle scores within their own group, accusing themselves of incompetence or weakness. But it doesn’t change the external data. On the other hand, more and more deviant behavior and shady business will be revealed, initially by mr. X to get rid of Mr. Y

2/ This cannot slow down (nor avoid the stress of) the rise of Eurasia (and not just Putin’s Russia). Disconnect NS2, EU from Eurasia? Putin has already explained that this is above all a problem for Europeans. This must be starting to get really stressful. . . in Berlin.

3/ They will not have the technical means (the American level at this level has reached a low point), human (a country so divided....no comment) to eliminate the source of stress

4/ It remains the Nuclear option? Believe they in it
themselves? As far as I am concerned, I am convinced that Russia has now done everything necessary to first protect itself from an attack and, secondly, to exert a horrific and targeted response. (If I read correctly, Russia, for example, has 10 times as many tactical nuclear weapons deployed in all its units and in all forms of delivery).

I conclude by highlighting something else that fits perfectly into the explanation of the behaviour of Pr. Laborit.
Didn’t Putin say that he learned on the street, as a child, that when a fight is inevitable, it’s better to hit the first one?

It’s almost a demonstration of the “neuroscience” thesis
For his part, Lavrov also said something about his experience as a child. That is to say that the little ones who are attacked by the big one, find themselves a few years later at the same size.

For the Blob, it will be necessary to quickly find another narrative, since it will only be a cover to their inhibition. Trump’s was not that stupid. I think the US will unfortunately have its domestic violence episode. There’s not a lot of shitty little country left to go wild on.

Posted by: Bernard F | Apr 20 2021 9:03 utc | 81

Czechia's expelling of 18 Russian Diplomats following US sanctions against Russia are both
agressive expressions of armed competitors seeking economic gain.

How did a powerful Ukraine-American Org lobbying organization get into the USA?
Thanks B, for that information.

vk @ 9 says The vicious attitude toward Russia offers a glimpse into the brutality of armed economic competition.
<= The Oligarchs use the nation state and international law to accomplish their economic goals.
<= nation states sell protection to those they govern, but nation states do not serve those who they govern,

gottlieb @ 11 says The US breaks International Law and replaces it with made up rules that bolster its goals.
<= judicial interpretation has a long history of rewriting the plain test meaning of the constitution of 1788.
<= The only way to enforce the human-right of self-determination is to empower the governed (citizens)
<= the governed legislate rules that dictate regulate behaviors allowed to those who are the governors, and
<= each individual governed citizen s\serve as policemen[with arrest power] & prosecutor[w/indite power], and
<= citizens should be obligated to arrest and prosecute behaviors of the governors, when
<= such governor infringes a behavior not allowed to those who govern, and
<= the citizen prosecution should take place in courts independent of the nation state, and
<= and such independent court should hear the case and punish governor guilty of infringement.

The governors should govern the governed, and the governed should govern the governors.

Two separate political systems are needed in the international environment and in every
nation state, otherwise the Oligarchs will always own and dictate what ever government exist
and the Oligarch will always use these armed entities to accomplish economic goals.

Thank you Bernard F. @ 74 for
My American Uncle"
but I could not get it to play on my browser. any chance its script is available in english?

Posted by: snake | Apr 20 2021 9:23 utc | 82

The Rojanksy affair shows insanity of Atlantic Empire, "centrist" posed media define frame of debate by leading with "controversial" (not even trying to back up hard stance against him, but setting the tone) which leads 95% of clueless apparatchiks to go with the flow and reject him. I don't even think it's a far leap within US/NATO elite to recognize there is ultra-hawk extremists particularly within Ukrainian nationalist circles who may push for too extreme policy, but crucially that train of thought isn't allowed any room to play out, the alliance of these fascists with national security state is too strong to challenge (just read the Integrity Initiative leaks and you see Banderists would fit in just fine). I think it does show the farce of democratic politics in the West, i.e. the figureheads who deal with "public politics" have little sway over fascist deep state who doesn't tolerate even accidentally crossing it's "red lines" (which it shifts as needed), with foreign policy in particular noticeable for "just" not being subject to democratic debate (other than efficacy in pursuing goals, ala "Trump was bad because his coups failed"). I mean, who can believe there is a sovereign democratic foreign policy in US/UK? It's not even permitted to enter into debate, because they have no interest in even publically "making the case" for their empire.

The Czech story is bizarre stagecraft with obvious political goals, unsurprisingly being (publically) led by Bellingcat and CEPA typical cut-outs of Anglo-US intelligence. Although amazing that the NATO media climate is such that they can trivially get away the "tragic victim" of their drama being a shady arms dealer shipping weapons to Syrian jihadis. Also typical in that the core parts of allegations are just glossed over and not confronted by evidence, i.e. assuming presence of Russian intelligence in country alone doesn't establish they caused the explosion of by an account what was very old poorly maintained munitions who are naturally at risk of self-exploding. I see "pro-Russian" (or merely "not-sufficiently-anti-Russian?")

Czech PM Babis has now gone with "it wasn't attack on Czech nation, but on arms dealer assets" response, although I feel that probably still goes along with too many of the narrative's unsupported claims, but clearly he had to have some response. With cases like this the "prosecution" (NATO intelligence) has advantage because they can produce semi-plausible public story, but doubters can't produce single concrete alternative narrative (which shouldn't be necessary to realize the public story is wrong, but most people don't think to deeply about details of things which don't really pertain to them personally). As usual, cohabitation with the beast doesn't end well, keeping obvious US-UK assets in positions of power in national security apparatus is just losing move in medium-term. (which has relevance to the NZ (non) "break with 5 Eyes", keeping all those collaborators around and in power means they are just biding their time to fully assert themselves)

Anyhow, as to the possible decline of "Putin whisperers" (this is only time I will use that phrase), I would say that's certainly a fairly safe bet because it's clear Putin is on his way to retirement, so he can't be figurehead for demonize Russia propaganda forever. Although I guess Fidel Castro seems to have retainend that position re: Cuba in mind of Anglo-American imperialists (really, I have found bizarre the need to explain to such people that Fidel and his brother Raul are no longer leaders of Cuba, which is now led by a Miguel Diaz-Canel). So perhaps Putin will be immortal inside the heads of Atlantic Empire.

But realistically, a transition is already being planned in Russia, with a host of Constitutional/institutional changes which even seem inclined towards multi party plurality. Of course Atlantic Empire drones would say "but that is only systemic parties!" while happily living in bubble of their own imperial systemic parties who never question foreign policy orientation, most classically obviously in overt "bipartisan" duopoly of US (or Australia, etc) even if similarly applicable in most other EU countries mainstream parties.

Posted by: No Thanks | Apr 20 2021 10:38 utc | 83

@ Stonebird | Apr 20 2021 8:33 utc | 77

Thanks. That's interesting.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 20 2021 11:07 utc | 84

@snake | Apr 20 2021 9:23 utc | 80

Try the Brave browser, it plays that movie fine under Win10 and also Kubuntu Linux

@Bernard F | Apr 20 2021 9:03 utc | 79

Thanks for those posts. Food for thought!

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 20 2021 11:26 utc | 85

U.S. AMBASSADOR LEAVES RUSSIA TO “VISIT FAMILY”
https://southfront.org/u-s-ambassador-leaves-russia-to-visit-family/

Not likely to return soon I presume....

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 20 2021 11:44 utc | 86

The headline is entirely correct. Washington’s anti-Russian policies will intensify.

There is no further scope for intensification except war.

Spend twenty minutes linking about to Ukraine topics on Twitter. They speak with one voice. They all want war. They all think war against the gas station masquerading as a country will be a cakewalk.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 20 2021 12:48 utc | 87

- Tesnions are rising in the Black Sea ? Russia is blocking the Strait of Kertsj ? The UK is sending 2 warships to the Black Sea ? The US is warning Russia to not block the Strait of Kertsj ?

All this sabre rattling would perfect fit the agenda of the Russia Hawks (e.g. in the US) :
1) Block the appointment of Matthew Rojansky.
2) Raise the tensions with Russia or - at least - keep them high.

Posted by: Willy2 | Apr 20 2021 13:04 utc | 88

@Norwegian No 84.

I literally laughed aloud. Every time an Amerikastani politician gets caught soliciting sex from underage females or something like that he resigns to spend more time with his family :D

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 20 2021 13:07 utc | 89

While they have us focused on our mortal enemy, they are robbing our home.

I am struck by similarity of the movie V for Vendetta to the current situation - tyranny of the bureaucracy. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434409/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Posted by: jared | Apr 20 2021 13:21 utc | 90

The EU`s agreements with Pfizer and Moderna have been leaked.

Posted by: m | Apr 20 2021 13:36 utc | 91

Tweet from US Strategic Command My best guess is that they plan on preemptively nuking Russia the moment things start to go south.

However I think Russia might just pull something out of left field. At least that's what I'd prefer.

Posted by: JustAnotherAussie | Apr 20 2021 13:41 utc | 92

About bullying Rojansky out of the picture (i.e. the coterie that may advise President etc. on things related to Russia), it is only to be expected, as he violated basic principles of statecraft. Some of you may wonder: where is the list of those principles? I can give you a link to the full version
https://gawker.com/5994974/the-most-deranged-sorority-girl-email-you-will-ever-read
and the pertinent quote

... I've gotten texts about people actually cheering for the opposing team. The opposing. Fucking. Team. ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID?!! I don't give a SHIT about sportsmanship, YOU CHEER FOR OUR GODDAMN TEAM AND NOT THE OTHER ONE, HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN TO A SPORTS GAME? ARE YOU FUCKING BLIND? [..] Well it's time someone told you, NO ONE FUCKING LIKES THAT ...

The author wrote it in her own words to explain the principle to the most dense or her sisters, so it deviates a bit from a more formal language used in written and taped messages, but the alarming "texts" about Rojansky refer to the same kind of infraction -- having something said kind, or insufficiently pejorative, about the opposing team. This is what you absorb in the finest institutions of learning in USA, so generation after generation learns about impassion ate and objective approaches to problems like dealing with other countries. First and only question: are they in THE SAME TEAM?

For other aspects of statecraft you have to go to high school level. What you do with schmucks? Bully them out of their lunch money! Like the hapless Czechs who will now pay double for the next nuclear power station which is the net outcome of the latest brouhaha. High five!

Of course, there are other, less basics rules, but these are implementational details rather than principles.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 20 2021 13:43 utc | 93

Here's another reason: when Hunter Biden was on the Burisma board of directors, he went to "parties" after work. He also went during, and before. Obviously, the Ukrainian government has lots of very compromising blackmail images of this disgusting person who happens to be the president's son.

Posted by: Donbass Lives Matter | Apr 20 2021 13:58 utc | 94

@90

WTF

Is this real?

Posture Statement Preview: The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option.

Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 20 2021 14:05 utc | 95

Nuland-Kagan clan is back at State.

Posted by: Hbm | Apr 20 2021 14:06 utc | 96

@ vk | Apr 19 2021 23:09 utc | 55

Summer 1960...Amerika was Training for "D Day" in Cuba. They probably décide to focuse, at the time, for the "big one".

It's today 60th birth Day of a big slap in      Playa Girón
I Posted something SUNDAY.

La verdad de la historia: la derrota yankee en Girón (Bahia de cochino)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr6QCcsRd1U

http://www.granma.cu/cuba/2020-04-17/giron-lo-que-no-ocurrio-17-04-2020-22-04-34

§§§

And for the pleasure of connoisseurs: "un peu de douceur dans un monde de brutes." [a little sweetness in a thug's world.]
Hit the road Jack [Sullivan or another] and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more

(Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more)

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 20 2021 14:19 utc | 97

JustAnotherAussie @90, Kartoschka @93

Damn...

Well, I live less than ten miles from a "secret" CIA training/transshipment airbase. I wonder if that is close enough for the death from atomic armageddon to be painless?

Posted by: William Gruff | Apr 20 2021 14:22 utc | 98

@ Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 20 2021 14:05 utc | 93

Might be characterised as getting one's panties in a twist.

Posted by: jared | Apr 20 2021 14:32 utc | 99

List of prominent neo-cons:

https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Neo-conservatives/list

u r doomed

RU is not.


Posted by: robert | Apr 20 2021 14:44 utc | 100

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