Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 10:47:38 AM EST
.... and China in the short term.
Excellent article in the Guardian where I'll add my own writing over two decades. The author apologizes beforehand for taking a neutral stand which by no means leaves Vladimir Putin off the hook for invading a sovereign state.
Previous administrations after the Allied Forces defeated the German-Japan Axis in 1945, put in a policy of containment versus the Soviet Union and the CCCP. Later it moved to a policy of coexistence until the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1989-90. Unfortunately the top dogs in the West and East are elderly men rusted in old ways and thinking. US Congress plays a aggressive legislative role in setting foreign policy which eats away at Executive Power of the President. To mob up any dissent, powerful lobby groups pour money into the campaigns of senators and representatives. In fact, not new ideas but narrow capital interests determine the course of history of the United States.
From the Banana republics of Central America, Kissinger doctrine in South America, to the Pacific Islands and the Philippines. Perceived threats are build upon to increase military spending beyond the scope necessary for human kind to survive. The planet is in mortal danger, yet the coal and fossil fuel lobby managed another, perhaps final, war on the European continent.
Media to explain thirty years of failed foreign policy for dummies.
America and NATO military command knew the national security red lines of Russia, got Putin into a corner, knew it was unacceptable yet failed in honest diplomacy for many years.
US disinformation is all about framing the explosive war in Ukraine. The Washington political bubble and American fantasy.
[Excerpt from article: Energy Policy No Green Party BS]
A prepper: War and Nation Building in Latin America -- Crash Course World History
The Tehran Conference, 1943
At Tehran, Roosevelt outlined for Stalin his vision of the proposed organization in which the future United Nations would be dominated by "four policemen" (the United States, Britain, China, and Soviet Union) who "would have the power to deal immediately with any threat to the peace and any sudden emergency which requires action."
Finally, the three leaders issued a "Declaration of the Three Powers Regarding Iran." Within it, they thanked the Iranian Government for its assistance in the war against Germany and promised to provide it with economic assistance both during and after the war. Most importantly, the U.S., British, and Soviet Governments stated that they all shared a "desire for the maintenance of the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Iran."
The UK/US Coup d'état of 1953 - PM Mohammed Mossadegh overthrown
Churchill's secret papers released
Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plans to invade the Soviet Union in 1945
If you thought the Cold War between East and West reached its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, then think again. 1945 was the year when Europe was the crucible for a Third World War.
So concerned was the Prime Minister Winston Churchill, that in the spring of that year he ordered his Chiefs of Staff to prepare a plan, `Operation Unthinkable' to attack the Soviet Empire. The top secret plan was so sensitive that only Churchill's immediate circle of military advisors were privy to the blueprint. The detailed proposal, which may seem fanciful today, sought to claw back East Germany and Poland, which had fallen under Soviet domination. Churchill felt particularly guilty over the fate of the Poles, who had fought valiantly for the Allies during the war but whose future was now dictated by Stalin.
If Churchill wanted to act, he knew that time was running out. The United States were about to move vast numbers of their troops and ordnance out to the Far East for the assault on mainland Japan, leaving Western Europe at the mercy of Stalin. Furthermore, demobilisation would start after VE Day and would rapidly reduce the size of the British Army and their capacity for offensive action.
The plan called for a massive Allied assault on 1 July 1945 by British, American, Polish and German - yes German - forces against the Red Army. They aimed to push them back out of Soviet-occupied East Germany and Poland, give Stalin and bloody nose, and force him to re-consider his domination of East Europe.
Winston Churchill Explains Enigma Russia
Excellent article in The Guardian today ...
The Red menace ...
Senator Joe Biden In 1997 - NATO Expansion
We are encouraging the Ukrainians to fight our war against Russia by supplying unlimited lethal weapons for a ground war … only the horror and devastation will increase.
A Russian regime in exile is readied in the City of London ... plenty of wealth and corruption.
Mearsheimer and McGovern agree
This was true when FDR connived to enter WWII and "discovered" kamikazi fighters. It was true for the host of ignorant "statesmen" who inherited his state department and antagonized communist Korea, communist Han, Viet Cong, "raghead" sheiks and "islamist" suicide bombers, and independent states of Africa and India. So it shall be for Russia's heirs.
The idea of personal omnipotence is a fallacy. No one realizes leadership alone. No leader acts alone.
| by Cat on Wed Mar 9th, 2022 |
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Russia’s campaigns in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Libya and Syria
[Update-1 A Damning Statement by the EU Today]
West made mistake in promising Ukraine NATO membership: Borrell
The West has made a number of mistakes in relations with Russia, including a promise to Ukraine to join NATO, the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Friday.
“I am ready to admit that we made a number of mistakes and that we lost the possibility of Russia’s rapprochement with the West," he said in an interview aired on the TF1 television channel. "There are moments that we could do better, there are things that we proposed and then could not implement, such as, for example, the promise that Ukraine and Georgia will become part of NATO."
"I think it's a mistake to make promises that you can't keep,” Borrell added.
Hey people of Ukraine … it’s all for nothing. Step down you idiot!
The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO: How, When, Why, and What Next? | Brookings Institution – June 1, 1999 |
On March 12, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stood with the foreign ministers of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic in the auditorium of the Truman presidential library in Independence, Missouri, and formally welcomed these three countries into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Czech-born Albright, herself a refugee from the Europe of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, said quite simply on this day: “Hallelujah.”
Not everyone in the United States felt the same way. The dean of America’s Russia experts, George F. Kennan, had called the expansion of NATO into Central Europe “the most fateful error of American policy in the entire post-Cold War era.” Kennan, the architect of America’s post-World War II strategy of containment of the Soviet Union, believed, as did most other Russia experts in the United States, that expanding NATO would damage beyond repair U.S. efforts to transform Russia from enemy to partner.
Work in progress ... more to follow.