Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Americans must fear a new threat now. Putin and Russia.

Neither one trusts the other. That's diplomacy.
Richard Mellor

While I can't say I agree with the author of the piece below when he writes, "Russia is  a force for world peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.", in general I agree with him.  Putin is, after all, a former KGB boss, no friend of the working class there, and Russia, as a dominant capitalist nation has imperialist aspirations as they all do.  But it's nauseating listening to Obama using Putin to undermine his friends in the Republican Party as the two parties of the US 1% compete for which section of the capitalist class will be in the driver's seat in their plundering of the US and world economy for the next four years.  Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser last Thursday Obama mocked his rivals on the Republican slate, “They say when I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out, and then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators.”

Putin has now become the next threat to our way of life as Iran breathes a sigh of relief.  This is the ongoing theme in the US and one would think no one believes them anymore. From African Bees, to Somali Warlords, to Al Qaeda, ISIS and hordes of immigrants seeking work and ending up robbing us in our homes and destroying our social services. We are on a war footing every minute of every day.  We are to be honest, but the main enemy is internal and at the moment their chief spokesperson is Barack Obama.  That will change soon as Hillary Clinton will most likely get the job.  Our public education, our living standards, our communities and social infrastructure, this is all collapsing under the weight of their precious market.

As I said in an earlier commentary, I am not a fan of Putin but it is hard not to support him given the disastrous warmongering US foreign policy. He is not wrong all the time.

Europeans are fed up with the US constantly provoking Russia as it is them that will bear the brunt of the consequences of a conflict with that nation.  US policy in Iraq and throughout the Middle East has been a disaster and is heading for disaster in Europe; it has not made us as Americans safer either. Supporting fascists in the Ukraine, Islamo-fascists in Afghanistan, Syria and beyond, creating havoc and instability is the hallmark of US foreign policy.  And why not? As the world's most prolific manufacturer and dealer of weapons of mass destruction, war is good for US investors. Putin gives a very measured rebuttal to a pompous British journalist whose question mirrors the US state dept line on Russia. We have it here on this blog.

The article below we reprint from Global Research.

The Pentagon’s Military Doctrine: Russia and Vladimir Putin, America’s Greatest Threat

How many times have we heard US officials and go-along media accuse Putin of “Russian aggression,” “hybrid” or non-traditional warfare, “cyberwar,” invading Ukraine using (nonexistent)
“little green men,” and engaging in other destabilizing, hostile acts.

Obama earlier called ebola, Russia and ISIS America’s greatest threats, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter saying Moscow is a “very, very significant threat,” and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph (“Fighting Joe”) Dunford calling Russia’s “behavior…alarming…an existential threat.”
Big Lies repeated ad nauseam get most people to believe them. Propaganda wars rage because they work. America is the greatest threat to world peace and stability,

Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley is another top US official to bash Russia. Last July, he told Senate Armed Services Committee members its activities are “very, very stressful.”

It’s “the only country on earth that retains a nuclear capability to destroy the United States, so it’s an existential threat.”

On Monday, addressing the Defense One summit in Washington, he repeated the baseless accusation – citing nonexistent Russian “aggressi(on), adversarial to the interests of the United States (as well as) aggressive” ground, air and naval exercises.

He failed to mention they’re all within its own territory, unlike US-led NATO ones provocatively near its borders.

“Russia bears close watching,” Milley warned. He urged contesting nonexistent “Russian aggression” with sanctions and NATO exercises – at the same working with Moscow on matters of mutual interest.

Former US Assistant Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs/Deputy NATO Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow runs things, Jens Stoltenberg a Pentagon-controlled front man.

Vershbow is extremely hawkish, calling Russia “more an enemy than partner.” On October 28, he addressed a NATO conference in Madrid, updating participants on the Alliance’s show of strength – including ongoing Trident Juncture exercises.

They’re NATO’s largest since 2002, involving around 35,000 troops, over 140 aircraft and 60 naval vessels from 30 participating countries – a major anti-Russian provocation, unrelated to protecting European security as claimed.

Vershbow repeated the long ago discredited Big Lie, claiming NATO and allied nations “face a newly assertive Russia.” Ignoring Washington’s coup, replacing democrats with fascists in Kiev, he called Ukraine a “wake-up call.”

“The world woke up to Russia’s actions when it took Crimea by force early last year, denying the actions of its ‘little green men’ every step of the way until the peninsula was firmly under its control,” he blustered like he’s done before.

“Since then, it has supported separatist fighters in the east of Ukraine with men and with arms – including heavy weaponry – and now effectively controls those forces on the battlefield while implausibly denying that Russian forces are there, hiding in plain sight.”

Fact: The whole world knows Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on their own by referendum to rejoin Russia, correcting a long overdue historic mistake.

Fact: No forceful seizure occurred. No “little green men” invaded Ukraine. No Russian troops are there now.

Fact: No evidence suggests Moscow supplied Donbass freedom fighters with heavy or other weapons. Hard facts show it continues supplying generous amounts of humanitarian aid – defying Washington and Kiev wanting it blocked.

Vershbow: “Moscow seems to think that Russia can only be secure if its neighbors are unstable, or even dismembered.”

Fact: America prioritizes endless wars of aggression, instability, and chaos globally. Russia is  a force for world peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.

Vershbow: “Now Russia has turned its attention to Syria.  But rather than fighting ISIL alongside the US-led coalition of regional countries and NATO Allies, Russia is focussing its firepower on shoring up the position of its client, the regime of President Assad.”

“In theory, Russia has an opportunity to help destroy ISIL and to end the war in Syria, bringing much needed stability to the region.  But in reality, its actions are only prolonging the war and exacerbating the suffering of its people.”

Fact: Syria is Obama’s war, US aggression against a nation threatening no others, using imported proxy terrorist foot soldiers.

Fact: America’s air campaigns in Syria and Iraq support ISIS and other takfiris, targeting infrastructure and other government targets in both countries, supplying heavy weapons to terrorists on the ground.

Fact: Russia is waging real war on ISIS and other terrorist groups. It supports Syria’s sovereign independence and right of its people to decide who’ll lead them.

Fact: Washington’s agenda is polar opposite, raping and destroying another country it wants dominion over, responsible for millions of deaths and vast destruction post-9/11 alone.

Vershbow lied saying US-dominated NATO’s “primary aim (is) collective defense.” Naked aggression is Washington’s main strategy to achieve unchallenged global dominance, ravaging one country after another, recklessly confronting Russia and China, risking nuclear war if not stopped.

Clearly, America is Russia’s greatest threat. To his credit, Putin doesn’t stoop to fear-mongering.

Stephen Lendman
lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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