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Clinton to Biden: Provoking the Russian Bear

by Oui Sun Aug 7th, 2022 at 06:39:40 PM EST

A serie of essays written and published in the decades after 9/11 ...

NATO Russia Founding Act - A Dead Letter

German Reunification and Economic Ties Russia

[Update-1] Big Oil Competition for Shale and Fracking in Ukraine 2012 to present


"A New Battlefield for the United States": Russia Sanctions and the New Cold War

By Jeremy Kuzmarov

In late August 2020, the Trump administration extended its Russia sanctions policy into the small East German town of Sassnitz. The town was supporting an $11 billion Russian pipeline, Nord Stream 2, which would double the capacity for natural gas to flow directly from Russia to Germany. Sassnitz's port supplied a Russian pipe-laying ship involved in Nord Stream 2. Residents feared that the sanctions, which the Biden  administration  waived, would cut their town off from the US commercially and exclude it from the global financial system, causing a new recession. The Trump administration, with backing from Poland and the Baltic nations, had long opposed the pipeline, seeing it as an instrument for Russian leverage over Germany, Ukraine and Central Europe. Defenders of the project said that Washington was really angling to sell Europe its more expensive liquified natural gas. Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister stated that "the  U.S.  administration  was  disrespecting  Europe's  right  and  sovereignty  to  decide itself where and how we source our energy" (Eddy and Erlanger 2020).

Maas' remarks underscore how economic sanctions are part of a global "great game" for control over energy resources, which results in the trampling of nations' sovereignty. In the midst of the covid-19  pandemic, the Trump administration announced new punitive measures on a nearly daily  basis, with one-fourth of people on Earth now living in countries suffering from US sanctions (Norton 2020; Tétrault-  Farber 2020). The sanctions targeting Russia have extended to the Russian Defense Ministry's 48th Central Research Institute, which worked with other non-military medical centers to develop and test the world's first covid-19 vaccine, called Sputnik 5. The research institute was targeted because of its alleged role in Russia's chemical and biological warfare program, though the institute successfully developed and tested vaccines against Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (mers), and a universal flu vaccine.

Russia to keep its dominance in European gas market | Atradius - July 2018 |

From the diaries ...

Kerry Preaching Policy Contra Russia @Atlantic Council

Kerry should experience a warm bath here as I have referred to the right-wing Atlantic Council and its harsh statements of containment for Putin's Russia in a New Cold War. The US wants to reduce its military presence in Europe and has set policy for NATO members to increase investments in its military: Navy, Air Force and Army. The Ukraine is an ideal nation to illustrate the "Imperial Danger" of the Russian bear.

A dangerous path to create division between new and old Europe, when did we take this path before? Rumsfeld in the lead-up to the Iraq War ...

War Powers Act and the Imperial Presidency | Aug. 2, 2007 |

Even so ardent a Cold Warrior as NR's James Burnham recognized that "by the intent of the Founding Fathers and the letter and tradition of the Constitution, the bulk of the sovereign war power was assigned to Congress."  Burnham doubted that congressional control of the war power could be maintained, given the demands of modern war.  But he wrote a book defending Congress's centrality to the American constitutional system and warning that erosion of congressional power and the rise of activist presidents risked bringing about "plebiscitary despotism for the United States in place of constitutional government, and thus the end of political liberty."

NATO Summit of Bucharest - A Declaration of War (2008)

The development of extremism and hatred in The Netherlands

Iraq War Blowback ¶ Islam Terror in Europe | July 14, 2007 |

Chalmers Johnson: Imperial Collapse - 2007

Excellent comment to diary by DeAnander ...

The ever-reliable Chalmers Johnson -- how trying it must be to be an intelligent political analyst in an age of such aggressive idiocy:

Betting Pool: Imperial Collapse | May 17, 2007 |

The reckoning will be economic and the account will be reckoned in dollars and oil.

The US will simply be unable to afford to fuel their colossally far-flung outposts.

Those who think the US economy is a house of cards are correct in financial terms.

But the sheer scale of US human resources in terms of ingenuity, knowledge and sheer entrepreneurial spirit are phenomenal. So too, the massive agricultural and other resources currently given over to monoculture and cash crops.

If the US could turn their phenomenal capacity to constructive use, instead of using it to drain the lifeblood of so many regions through conflict and debt, then anything is possible.

And what gives me hope was the fact that within 18 months a 19 year old single-handedly destroyed the (US-dominated) business model of the global music industry.

This process of peer to peer connection and disintermediation is beyond the point of no return, and I believe that a "tipping point" is approaching.

China, Japan, Russia and the rest will soon be holding their dollar bills up to the light and seeing them for what they are: worthless pieces of paper.

Then it will not matter how powerful the US is in military terms: their government will not be able to save their economy - but I believe their people can.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

By. By Chris Cook on May 16th, 2007

Added comment:

"military Keynesianism" - the determination to maintain a permanent war economy |  by Mattes - Jan. 23, 2008 |

much US militarism these days is (implicitly) promoted as Keynesian economic stimulus. If we cut back on useless or destructive military projects we would toss many people out of work. There is no room in the political spectrum to discuss whether this stimulus could be applied to other sectors instead.

American foreign policy hasn't changed through the years, the "1984" totalitarian state is performing so much better through the Internet of Things, disinformation, Big Tech, censorship and very effective propaganda, or in Cold War terms brainwashing.

Consumerism, Conformity, and Uncritical Thinking in America | Harvard Library - 2000 |

A Rant over @BooMan

Welcome to One Party Rule | by NN - May 25, 2007 |

Our Democratic Party is a fraud. Our two-party system doesn't exist anymore. Oh, they'll try to tell you it does. Kerry will e-mail you a request to help end the war which links to his "donations" page. So will the others.  They still want our money. It's all part of the smoke and mirrors.

After all, nothing makes us feel like we're active and doing something quite like shelling out a few of our hard-earned dollars!  By God, if I paid for something, I expect to have something to show for it!

But can anyone tell me how this country is any different now than the old Soviet Union?  We've got total political control by one corrupt party, which is funded by an empire the size of which the world has ever seen -- the U.S. Pentagon and the War Toys and War Support Industry.

Imperial Pathologies - Comparing America to Rome and Britain | by populist - March 14, 2007 |

...The US Republic has yet to collapse, but an imperial presidency now places great strain on it with a dominant Pentagon and culture of militarism undermining Congress, the courts and our civil liberties...

Chalmers Johnson, in his new book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, makes his case citing ancient Rome to show how imperialism and militarism destroyed the Republic. He notes after its worst defeat at the hands of Carthaginian general Hannibal in 216 BC, Romans vowed never again to tolerate the rise of a Mediterranean power capable of threatening their survival and felt justified waging preemptive war against any opponent it thought might try.

That was Paul Wolfowitz's notion as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the GHW Bush administration in 1992 that he began implementing as Deputy Secretary of Defense in 2001 and made part of the National Security Strategy in 2002. It was an ancient Roman megalomanic vision called Pax Romana that post-WW II became Pax Americana with illusions of wanting unchallengeable dominance to deter any potential rival, and, like ancient Rome, wage preemptive or preventive war to assure it.

A culture of corruption and militarism eroded the Roman Republic that effectively ended in 49 BC when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River in Northern Italy plunging the country in civil war that left Caesar victorious when all his leading opponents were dead. The Republic died with them as Caesar became the state exercising dictatorship over it from 48 to 44 BC when his reign ended on the Ides of March that year after his fateful meeting in the Roman Senate with Brutus, Cassius and six other conspirators whose long knives did what enemy legions on battlefields couldn't. It led to the rise of Caesar's grandnephew Octavian. In 27 BC, the Roman Senate gave him his new title, Augustus Caesar, making him Rome's first emperor after earlier ceding most of its powers to him. He then emasculated Rome's system of republican rule turning the Senate into an aristocratic family club performing ceremonial duties only.

Key words | Neocons | Bush era | Pax Romana | Imperialism | Pax Americana | Democrats | war hawks | Ukraine |

Big Oil Competition for Shale and Fracking in Ukraine

Agreement Shell Exploration in Yuzivska area of Dnipro-Donetsk

Yuzivska licensed area covers the territory of 7 886 square kilometers within Dnipro-Donetsk basin. Tight sand gas extraction is planned at the Yuzivska area.

Shell was granted the priority right to sign product sharing agreement for Yuzivska area based on the results of the first tender for the priority rights to conclude PSAs for unconventional gas extraction projects in Ukraine, which was held in 2012.

Production sharing agreement between Shell Exploration and Production Ukraine Investments B.V., LLC Nadra Yuzivska and the state of Ukraine was signed on 24 of January 2013. The term of the agreement is 50 years. The text of the agreement was not made public due to confidentiality issues.

People in the embattled Donbass know the shale beneath their feet could be the real reason for conflict in their towns | Al Jazeera - Aug. 10, 2014 |

Canada signs Landmark Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine | July 8, 2016 |

Canada’s PM Trudeau to sign FTA with Ukraine, interested in promoting fracking

An anti-fracking protest in Ukraine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sign a 'free trade' agreement with Ukraine when he visits Kyiv.

Adding to this the Canadian Press now reports, “Canada is deploying what the Liberal government describes as its largest military contingent to Europe in more than a decade, as NATO prepares for a protracted standoff with a resurgent Russia. [At the NATO summit, Trudeau announced] that Canada will send [up to 1,000] troops and [up to six] fighter jets to eastern Europe, where tensions between NATO and Russia have reached levels not seen since the Cold War. A Canadian frigate will also operate in the region.

The commitments are part of an alliance effort to show resolve after Russia annexed Crimea and started supporting separatist forces in eastern Ukraine two years ago.”


Radio Canada International notes, “The deployment goes contrary to the NATO-Russia Founding Act signed in 1997 where the military alliance explicitly agreed not to station troops along the Russian border in former satellite states. …But NATO officials now argue Russia effectively tore up the treaty with the annexation of Crimea and that it has a duty to defend new members, including the Baltic states, Poland and Romania.”

US Ups Tension with Russia

Ukraine is An Open Society

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy | BBC News |

The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite. So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens| Cambridge - Sept. 18, 2014 |

The two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here's how they explain it:

    Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.

NATO War Planning -- In 2021 Ukraine

Pépé Escobar Uncensored, a nice collection of his writings ...

EMPIRE OF CHAOS

The Roving Eye Collection Vol. 1 2009-2010

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Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) talked about the possibility of NATO expansion and what it could mean for the future of foreign diplomacy. He outlined his support for enlargement of NATO and gave his predictions for the Senate's position on the issue. The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland are the United States' choices for membership in NATO. 

Full video of speech via C-Span Presentation before the Atlantic Council in Washington DC

Typical for DC, introduction by James Woolsey, former Director CIA ...

Just about how the foreign policy narrative is set by the CIA agents and American MSM. See Operation Mockingbird.

How Clinton Selected James Woolsey as DCI

As a young army reserve lieutenant Woolsey had campaigned against the Vietnam War. Later, he had drifted to the political right, aligning himself with hard-line anticommunist Democrats such as Henry "Scoop" Jackson.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 05:26:33 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 06:36:03 AM EST
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Many Predicted NATO Expansion Would Lead to War. Those Warnings Were Ignored | CATO - Feb. 28, 2022 |

    It has long been clear that NATO expansion would lead to tragedy. We are now paying the price for the US's arrogance. Ted Galen Carpenter

The west's new cold war with Russia has turned hot. Vladimir Putin bears primary responsibility for this latest development, but Nato's arrogant, tone‐ deaf policy toward Russia over the past quarter‐ century deserves a large share as well. Analysts committed to a US foreign policy of realism and restraint have warned for more than a quarter‐ century that continuing to expand the most powerful military alliance in history toward another major power would not end well. The war in Ukraine provides definitive confirmation that it did not.

Thinking through the Ukraine crisis -- the causes

"It would be extraordinarily difficult to expand Nato eastward without that action's being viewed by Russia as unfriendly. Even the most modest schemes would bring the alliance to the borders of the old Soviet Union. Some of the more ambitious versions would have the alliance virtually surround the Russian Federation itself." I wrote those words in 1994, in my book Beyond Nato: Staying Out of Europe's Wars, at a time when expansion proposals merely constituted occasional speculation in foreign policy seminars in New York and Washington. I added that expansion "would constitute a needless provocation of Russia".

What was not publicly known at the time was that Bill Clinton's administration had already made the fateful decision the previous year to push for including some former Warsaw Pact countries in Nato. The administration would soon propose inviting Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to become members, and the US Senate approved adding those countries to the North Atlantic Treaty in 1998. It would be the first of several waves of membership expansion.

Even that first stage provoked Russian opposition and anger. In her memoir, Madeleine Albright, Clinton's secretary of state, concedes that "[Russian president Boris] Yeltsin and his countrymen were strongly opposed to enlargement, seeing it as a strategy for exploiting their vulnerability and moving Europe's dividing line to the east, leaving them isolated."

Moscow's patience with Nato's ever more intrusive behavior was wearing thin. The last reasonably friendly warning from Russia that the alliance needed to back off came in March 2007, when Putin addressed the annual Munich security conference. "Nato has put its frontline forces on our borders," Putin complained. Nato expansion "represents a serious provocation that reduces the level of mutual trust. And we have the right to ask: against whom is this expansion intended? And what happened to the assurances our western partners made after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact?"

In his memoir, Duty, Robert M Gates, who served as secretary of defense in the administrations of both George W Bush and Barack Obama, stated his belief that "the relationship with Russia had been badly mismanaged after [George HW] Bush left office in 1993".



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 06:25:19 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 06:35:02 AM EST
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NATO Expansion: 'A Policy Error of Historic Importance' | by Michael McCgwire - 1998 |

Extraordinary concise presentation how the Clinton administration pushed through the expansion of NATO with former Warsaw Pact countries undermining the future security of all of Europe ... the Kosovo incident with confrontation was emblematic for the White House and U.S. NATO Command ‼️

House of Commons: Memorandum submitted by Michael MccGwire on the Future of NATO

In April 1999 Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will become full members of NATO.

Notwithstanding the sharply polarised US debate that surfaced in 1995-97, future membership for these three states had effectively been decided in the White House by October 1993.[5] After that (as Clinton remarked in Prague in January 1994), the question was no longer whether, but how and when?

Washington makes no pretence that NATO enlargement is other than a US-led policy,[6] and within the Clinton administration, it is recognised that the drive came from the White House. The policy was initially opposed by the Pentagon and by the relevant specialists in State, until enlargement was made a test of loyalty to the President. So, too, did NATO members' support for enlargement become a test of loyalty to the alliance and (since it was a US-led policy) to America.

In sum, NATO was presented with a fait accompli regarding the three new members, with little opportunity for substantive discussion or dissent. In one sense, that is water under the bridge. In another, it is a precursor of what lies ahead. The Clinton administration sees enlargement as the unfolding of a policy formulated in 1993-94;[7] a continuous process, rather than an exploratory step with a pause for reassessment.

It is most unlikely that the British Government will call for such a pause. But as the Defence Committee urged caution over the question of further enlargement, its members may wish to take this opportunity to review the question of European security and the future of NATO from a new base line, one that is more favourable to long term decisions on European security than existed five years ago.

THE POLICY ENVIRONMENT

Some of the improvements in the decision-making environment reflect the passage of time and/or the reduction of uncertainty. Others are the result of inviting Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to join NATO.

    ▪    --  In terms of American electoral politics, the Polish vote is probably the most important single ethnic group, while the other two have some significance. Their satisfaction increases Clinton's freedom of action regarding enlargement.[8]

    ▪    --  Germany wished to escape the role of frontier zone. It also favoured some kind of Western institutional structure, rather than the spread of German hegemony. Those preferences have been met, allowing a less subjective assessment.

    ▪    --  The Founding Act is in place. We are now in a better position to foresee how Moscow will respond to different NATO initiatives and how this will affect Western policy objectives in the longer term and/or in other areas.

    ▪    --  We have a clearer idea about the political, economic and ethnic situations in the newly independent states, and the relations between those states.

    ▪    --  London and Paris are no longer at odds with Washington over Bosnia, allowing European members of NATO more latitude to challenge the US-led policy on enlargement, should that be desirable.

In addressing those questions, we need to be sensitive to a critical flaw in current policy, a flaw that originates in the American domestic policy process. Under the rubric of "enlargement", NATO is pursuing two competing and contradictory objectives.

The original rationale for NATO enlargement was that the spread of liberal democracy would bring stability and peace in Europe.[9] It was seen as an evolutionary process and would possibly include a democratic Russia, who would in all circumstances participate as partner in a larger security regime embracing greater Europe.[10] The White House had an Inclusive objective--co-operative security in a Europe reaching from the Atlantic to the Urals.

Outside the Clinton administration, the most important political support for NATO enlargement came from the "unilateralists".[11] This hard line viewpoint was strongly represented in the Republican-dominated Congress elected in November 1994.[12] It was against partnership with Russia and stressed rivalry, even enemity.[13] The long-term objective was Exclusionary, its variants ranged from containing Russia, to establishing US preponderance, if not hegemony in Central and Eastern Europe.



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 07:48:48 AM EST
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NATO and Russia: A Defensive Expansion?

The Indivisible Continent: Russia, NATO and European Security

In May 1995, the US Secretary of State Warren Christopher  received a letter from a group of retired senior State Department officials, expressing concern about 'the potential consequences of the administration's policy of promising to extend NATO membership to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland'.

Keywords | European Union | Nuclear Arms | Former Soviet Union | Cooperative Security |

My diaries ...

  • United States An Existential Threat to Russia
  • NATO's Battleground Ukraine v. Russia | Nov 8th, 2021 |
  • Russia Is Connected to Western Europe | Nov 4th, 2021 |


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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 8th, 2022 at 07:50:17 AM EST
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    The truth about corporations taking over Ukrainian agricultural lands | Ill Manifesto - June 3, 2022 |

    The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture | July 28, 2014 |

    In Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict, a report released in July 2014, the Oakland Institute exposed how international financial institutions swooped in on the heels of the political upheaval in Ukraine to deregulate and throw open the nation's vast agricultural sector to foreign corporations.

    This fact sheet provides details on the transnational agribusinesses that are increasingly investing in Ukraine, including Monsanto, Cargill, and DuPont, and how corporations are taking over all aspects of Ukraine's agricultural system. This includes circumventing land moratoriums, investing in seed and input production facilities, and acquiring commodity production, processing, and transportation facilities.

    ACQUISITION OF AGRICULTURAL LAND

    Ukraine is a country with rich agricultural potential. It is home to over 32 million hectares (ha) of fertile, arable land.5 This is equivalent to one-third of the entire arable land in the European Union.6 Agriculture is also a significant player in Ukraine's economy. It accounts for eight percent of the country's GDP and 17 percent of its employment. In addition, Ukraine is the third-largest exporter of corn and fifth- largest exporter of wheat in the world.

    Ukraine's agricultural land is currently under a moratorium that bans its sale until January 1, 2016. Despite this moratorium, at least 1.6 million ha of Ukrainian agricultural land is currently in foreign hands. According to several reports, just 10 large agribusinesses control as much as 2.8 million ha.

    What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do with the Ukraine Conflict?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 10:29:11 PM EST

    Weaponizing disinformation pays off for Trumpists and all Americans.

    Cotton, Tuberville Introduce Bill to Prohibit the Chinese Communist Party from Purchasing American Land

    Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) today introduced the Securing America's Land from Foreign Interference Act to prohibit members of the Chinese Communist Party from purchasing any land in the United States. Text of the bill may be found here.

    "Chinese investments in American farmland put our food security at risk and provide opportunities for Chinese espionage against our military bases and critical infrastructure. Instead of allowing these purchases, the U.S. government must bar the Communist Party from purchasing our land," said Cotton.

    "We cannot continue giving our top adversary a foot in the door to purchase land in the United States and undermine our national security," said Tuberville. "I hope my colleagues will recognize the importance of our bill and join the effort to prohibit Chinese Communist Party involvement in America's agriculture industry."



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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 08:32:31 AM EST
    Reminds me of Tony Blair defending the Iraq War up to the count of a million deaths ...



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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 07:23:18 PM EST
    World In Turmoil: Role of Brzezinski and Albright, Our Democrats | Aug 2, 2014 |

    Cold War policy from Zbigniew Brzezinski and later Madeleine Albright that led to the Clinton years of antagonizing the former Soviet Union. Democrats and the setting the stage of lies and bull shitting Yeltsin and the Russians until?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 07:35:18 PM EST
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    I Tried to Put Russia on Another Path | The Atlantic by Bill Clinton |

    "My policy was to work for the best, while expanding NATO to prepare for the worst."

    Lately, NATO expansion has been criticized in some quarters for provoking Russia and even laying the groundwork for Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The expansion certainly was a consequential decision, one that I continue to believe was correct.

    As United Nations ambassador and later secretary of state, my friend Madeleine Albright, who recently passed away, was an outspoken supporter of NATO expansion. So were Secretary of State Warren Christopher; National Security Adviser Tony Lake; his successor, Sandy Berger; and two others with firsthand experience in the area.

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    I understood that renewed conflict was a possibility. But in my view, whether it happened depended less on NATO and more on whether Russia remained a democracy and how it defined its greatness in the 21st century. Would it build a modern economy based on its human talent in science, technology, and the arts, or seek to re-create a version of its 18th-century empire fueled by natural resources and characterized by a strong authoritarian government with a powerful military?

    Madeleine Albright excelled at every step. Indeed, few diplomats have ever been so perfectly suited for the times they served as Madeleine. As a child in war-torn Europe, Madeleine and her family were twice forced to flee their home--first by Hitler, then by Stalin. She understood that the end of the Cold War provided the chance to build a Europe free, united, prosperous, and secure for the first time since nation-states arose on the continent. As UN ambassador and secretary of state, she worked to realize that vision and to beat back the religious, ethnic, and other tribal divisions that threatened it.

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    And it is the strength of the NATO alliance, and its credible threat of defensive force, that has prevented Putin from menacing members from the Baltics to Eastern Europe. As The Atlantic's Anne Applebaum said recently,

      "The expansion of NATO was the most successful, if not the only truly successful, piece of American foreign policy of the last 30 years ... We would be having this fight in East Germany right now if we hadn't done it."

    Just stop bullshitting us Bill ... quoting one of the most ferocious Russophobes is not convincing in any way. Big Liar 🤥🤥🤥

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 07:39:57 PM EST
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    A few days before the Malaysia MH17 incident above Eastern Ukraine.

    EU Split Deepens Over Ukraine/Russia Tactics

    By partners in the Atlantic Council and NATO, an aggressive anti-Russia policy (July 2014)

    The U.S. wants to pivot its forces to Asia and Europe should take care of its own defenses. What was lacking after the Soviet Union dissolved, the boogey man. It took a while, Putin fits the picture just fine. Great opportunity to keep selling those U.S. military goods to the fools in Europe. What no more war? It's 100 years ago since the outbreak of the slaughter in the trenches of Europe. I am an optimist pur slang, these days with the turmoil in the Middle East and the impending confrontation with Putin's Russia gives me great worry.



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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 07:41:02 PM EST
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    Topics continuously covered by me ...

    Bandar Bush the Black Ops Bagman | by LondonYank on Jun 13th, 2007 |

    Old CIA hands like Bush 41 and Robert Gates had a problem in the early 1980s. Congress had outlawed CIA funded deathsquads, assassinations, false flag operations and other methods beloved of black ops specialists.

    What to do? Go to your closest ally, Britain, whose like-minded leader, Thatcher, will help you set up an arrangement for plausible deniability. Go to your favorite like-minded Saudi intelligence thug Prince Bandar to act as procurement agent and bagman for the terrorist cells, assassinations, deathsquads, false flag operations and coups you want engineered.

    Wrap the project up as the Al-Yamamah contract to sell jet fighters from near-bankrupt UK defense company BAe (formerly British Aerospace) to Saudi Arabia with kickbacks to accounts of Bandar for spending on black ops worldwide. Then give BAe lots of Pentagon contracts to fund the process.

    Voila! You can start funding Saddam, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, the Nicaraguan Contras and other pet projects with no fingerprints!

    Choosing our partners

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 07:52:29 PM EST
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    From the diaries @BooMan ...

    US Will Be Ousted by Saudi King Abdullah in Middle-East | Feb 27, 2013 |

    Brzezinski Promises the Mujahideen they will retrieve their Lands from the Soviet Union ... we'll make them bleed!

    Speech at border start of the CIA and Pentagon funding Islamic terrorists which would cause a lot of blowback through leader Osama bin Laden. It took four decades until the land promise was fulfilled when the Taliban ousted America and its NATO allies from Afghanistan.

    "Excellent Propaganda" Zbigniew Brzezinski's Narrative for the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan | CUNY Academics - 2019 |

    Look who bragged he was present by the first delivery of CIA Stinger missiles to the Saudi led and funded Mujahideen, British citizen and roving reporter Radek Sikorski. Later reinstated Polish citizenship he played a key role in Anti-Russian policy in Poland and nearly became Prime Minister. In that case his partner Anne Applebaum would have become First Lady ...

    Radek Sikorski Returns to Ukraine's Headlines: Putin's Coup | Oct 21, 2014 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 07:55:00 PM EST
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    Seeking belligerent allies for Enduring War with its neighbour Russia.

    My country, Ukraine, has a proposal for the west - and it could make the whole world safer | The Guardian Opinion - Andriy Yermak |

    If the west truly believes in such principles, then it must surely support the democratically elected government of Ukraine [you refer to Yanukovych in 2012, surely - Oui] with comprehensive security guarantees that replace the failed Budapest memorandum.

    We are focused on fighting and winning the war, but we have already started the process of securing guarantees from our allies. We have established a high-level working group co-chaired by myself and former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Members include some of our closest friends, including William Hague, the former UK foreign secretary, Kevin Rudd, the former prime minister of Australia, and Carl Bildt, the former prime minister of Sweden.

    Although Ukraine's long-term goal remains NATO membership, we recognise that Russia's current belligerence makes that difficult. In the meantime, however, we need legally binding guarantees by our allies for the provision of weapons, exchange of intelligence, the support of our defence and the protection of our economy.



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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 11th, 2022 at 06:56:37 PM EST
    NATO Expansion - The Budapest Blow Up 1994

    Washington, D.C., November 24, 2021 - The biggest train wreck on the track to NATO expansion in the 1990s - Boris Yeltsin's "cold peace" blow up at Bill Clinton in Budapest in December 1994 - was the result of "combustible" domestic politics in both the U.S. and Russia, and contradictions in the Clinton attempt to have his cake both ways, expanding NATO and partnering with Russia at the same time, according to newly declassified U.S. documents published today by the National Security Archive.

    The Yeltsin eruption on December 5, 1994, made the top of the front page of The New York Times the next day, with the Russian president's accusation (in front of Clinton and other heads of state gathered for a summit of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, CSCE) that the "domineering" U.S. was "trying to split [the] continent again" through NATO expansion.

    The angry tone of Yeltsin's speech echoed years later in his successor Vladimir Putin's famous 2007 speech at the Munich security conference, though by then the list of Russian grievances went well beyond NATO expansion to such unilateral U.S. actions as withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and the invasion of Iraq.



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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 11th, 2022 at 07:02:00 PM EST
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    h/t Cat Slava Ukraini!

    CBS censors it's OWN documentary: Here is the ORIGINAL

    Soviet, Communist, Russia hysteria is present in foreign policy since the last time 😂 CIA intervened successfully by delivering Stinger missiles to Saudi Mujahideen in 1979-80 on Afghan border in the presence of a young Polish-British reporter Radek Sikorski.

    ....
    Poland's FM Radek Sikorski will be on CNN's GPS Fareed Zakaria for an interview about rigorous sanctions on Putin's Russia in accordance with neocon policy.

    Radek Sikorski in BBC Hard Talk part III said: "I was a political refugee once, escaping the gulag."  Wasn't Sikorski part of British mercenaries fighting in Angola, in a job as roving reporter carrying arms? Seems more likely the argument he got British protection and later citizenship. Just doing a friend a favor ...

    Later in life Radek would be a successful Polish politician, defense minister, foreign minister and marry Russia hater and American rightwing journalist Anne Applebaum.

    She is not biased Hubert explained ...

    Scandulous, especially as the Dutch expert Hubert Smeets claims all her arguments are plausible. He does mention she is married to Radoslaw Sikorski, foreign minister of Poland. He further adds: "She is not known for anti-Russian bias." What an extreme dose of neocon propaganda. We have seen the original media bias on Dutch television become more aggressive. So far I expect the independent and professional community of forensic experts not to be influenced by any political pressure.

    Soon I discovered Dutch "expert" Hubert Smeets himself was part of the Russiaphobia community in the West ...

    Writes on the blog Window on Russia

    America's Forever War and operation CHAOS. Supported by good 'ole British disinformation campaign.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 05:49:30 PM EST
    In the 50s I was intrigued by newspaper reports of the Mau Mau in Kenya ... a rebel group as I recall. I wasn't a tiener yet.

    From Mau Mau to Harambee -- Memoirs and Memoranda of colonial Kenya
    By Tom Askwith

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 05:51:59 PM EST
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