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April 12, 2022

How The U.S. Does 'Diplomacy'

The U.S. doesn't do diplomacy. Every country has its own interests. But the U.S. and its pricks in the State Department insist that its interests must have priority over all others. Any country that disagrees with that will be called out on this or that issue or will even get sanctioned.

March 19 2022: President Xi Jinping Has a Video Call with US President Joe Biden

The two sides exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine.

President Biden expounded on the US position, and expressed readiness for communication with China to prevent the situation from exacerbating.

President Xi pointed out that China does not want to see the situation in Ukraine to come to this. China stands for peace and opposes war. This is embedded in China’s history and culture. China makes a conclusion independently based on the merits of each matter. China advocates upholding international law and universally recognized norms governing international relations. China adheres to the UN Charter and promotes the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. These are the major principles that underpin China’s approach to the Ukraine crisis.

March 21 2022: US announces new sanctions on Chinese officials over ‘repressive acts’

The State Department said it would impose visa restrictions on Chinese officials it said are believed to be responsible for “policies or actions aimed at repressing religious and spiritual practitioners, members of ethnic minority groups, dissidents, human rights defenders, journalists, labor organizers, civil society organizers, and peaceful protestors in China and beyond.”

April 11 2022: Ukraine dominates Modi-Biden talks

Mr. Modi, who spoke via videolink to Mr Biden, described the situation in Ukraine as “very worrying” and said he had spoken, several times, with both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin and had not just urged peace, but also direct talks between them. India’s unwillingness to call out Russia by name for its attack on Ukraine has not gone down well in Washington, but U.S. officials have also said that they hoped countries that have relationships with Moscow might leverage them to bring about a resolution to the situation.

April 12 2022: US Monitoring "Rise In Human Rights Abuses" In India: Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States was monitoring what he described as a rise in "human rights abuses" in India by some officials, in a rare direct rebuke by Washington of New Delhi.

"We regularly engage with our Indian partners on these shared values (of human rights) and to that end, we are monitoring some recent concerning developments in India including a rise in human rights abuses by some government, police and prison officials," Mr Blinken said on Monday in a joint press briefing with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

January 10 2022: Chas Freeman - Diplomacy as an Instrument of Statecraft: A Practicum

What distinguishes diplomats from courtiers, securocrats, and other bureaucrats in a national capital is a reliance on empathy: the ability to see the world through other eyes and to use this insight to induce others to see their interests the way the diplomat wants them to see them. It takes more than a diplomatic passport, position, or title to make someone a “diplomat.” Diplomacy, like other skilled work, requires knowhow gained through training, mentoring, on-the-job experience, and awareness of historical precedents. It is a calling and a role, not a job title.

Yet diplomacy remains at best a proto-profession in the United States, thanks to the uniquely American reliance on the political spoils system to staff even key national security functions. This makes diplomatic appointments to benefit appointees and their political parties rather than the country. It thereby enshrines amateurism and incompetence. As the New York Herald-Tribune put it in 1857, in the United States “diplomacy is the sewer through which flows the scum and refuse of the political puddle. A man not fit to stay at home is just the man to send abroad.” Only one thing has changed about this in the last 165 years. Female campaign donors and celebrities now compete with men for appointments to what they imagine are ambassadorial sinecures in plummy places abroad, leaving seedy and dangerous places to lifers.

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Crone 390

In my country of Russia, from the middle of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century, the Cabal apparently made history with a short break from 1929 to 1953. Since 2000, I cautiously hope, we are trying to throw off this power. I support.

Posted by: Nebo Sinee | Apr 14 2022 4:39 utc | 401

"Europe was an insignificant population of nut and berry eaters on the Eurasian peninsula until about 1600." - Rob Urie

Posted by: waynorinorway | Apr 13 2022 10:30 utc | 337

So much for the Roman empire.

Posted by: John Kennard | Apr 14 2022 5:54 utc | 402

The US indeed is not a democracy because the elected representatives don’t enact laws that represent opinions and interests of the electorate as established by the scientists from Princeton (the reference escapes me now).

Posted by: RJB | Apr 13 2022 18:36 utc | 392

Gilens and Page?

https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

Posted by: John Kennard | Apr 14 2022 6:43 utc | 403

Germany is a Parteistaat. If Lenin posited the Bolshevik Party as the Vanguard of The Proletariat which had to create a Party-State Fusion - Germany is simply the same postwar with several parties fused into The State at every level ....

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 13 2022 14:10 utc | 367

Political parties as such seem necessary to present choices to the people. The problem is the leverage takeover of parties by a narrow group that wants to participate in "ruling the world". The history of Green Party is a pure case study: take over a faction, the faction takes over the party, and now the choice the party offer becomes the same brew with a different package, with words like "Organic". European parties have bureaucracies that make it relatively easy, because I do not know German, I could see it on the examples of Labour and SNP in UK. In USA party bureaucracies are relatively weak, so the most notable method of leverage takeover is "money primary". Methods different, result tend to be the same, with hiccups that are steadily eliminated.

When most people perceive established parties as phony, the time comes for new, fresh parties to emerge, and then the elite creates its own new fresh parties, like "En marche" of Emmanuel Macron or "Servants of the people" of Zelensky.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 14 2022 11:21 utc | 404

Posted by: crone | Apr 13 2022 17:59 utc | 390

The first highly visible signal that US Democracy is a myth was the 2000 presidential election voting scam in Florida. Anyone that believed the explanations for that one is/was a fool. Isn't it interesting how badly they "needed" to put Junior into the drivers seat ???? All stops were pulled on that one. All the way to the Supreme Court. How impressive.

From there things just got progressively better, in terms of how to manipulate the elections. Yes, the technology to make Better Democracy got better. The Presidential election of 2020 approached near bottom. Complete bottom would be where one candidate gets 100% of the votes, which I'm sure DOMINION Voting Systems could arrange if asked. Sure, paper ballots are not fraud proof but going electronic is for a truly dumbed down population. Attempts were made to show where the problems were and how to deal with them. So what happened ? In essence NOTHING.

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 14 2022 13:46 utc | 405

@ John Kennard | 401

As I understand it, it is an ISIS practice to commandeer an apartment-building, place spotters and snipers on the top floor, heavier weapons on the ground-floor, and hold the residents in the floors between, so that any heavy return-fire will cause civilian casualties, which practice the Ukrainian Army's NATO instructors and advisers have apparently adopted and trained them in.

Thank you for that! That totally explains so many of the descriptions of Ukrop tactics coming out in civilian interviews from Mariupol! It also dovetails quite nicely with that "adviser" to Elensky--can't remember his name--who has gone on record multiple times saying that ISIS tactics were "advanced", "effective", and "groundbreaking" and could be used by Ukraine to fight a Russian invasion.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 15 2022 9:24 utc | 406

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