Geo-Politics

War with Russia

Mike Whitney | April 7, 2017 | CounterPunch

President Donald Trump’s missile attack on the Shayrat Airfield in Western Syria was a poorly planned display of imperial muscle-flexing that had the exact opposite effect of what was intended. While the attack undoubtedly lifted the morale of the jihadists who have been rampaging across the country for the last six years, it had no military or strategic value at all. The damage to the airfield was very slight and there is no reason to believe it will impact the Syrian Army’s progress on the ground.

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Editor's Note:  This brief piece provides relevant history not found in other articles.
 

Right off the bat, you may have realized that The Gulf of Tonkin is nowhere near Syria.  But if you’re familiar with The Gulf of Tonkin Incident from 1964, in which the American public was duped by its government into believing that its Navy was fired upon by North Vietnam forces; a lie which resulted in the deaths of 58,000+ U.S. Military Boys, and several untold, uncounted, superfluous millions of Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians, you too may be doubting the official U.S. Government/MSM story about a recent sarin gas war crime, which allegedly took place in Syria.

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Tyler Durden | Apr 7, 2017 | Zero Hedge

Editor's Note: Re-read the title. That should say it all.  If you've had any doubts whether striking a Syrian government air base with 59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles was a "good idea" or was in any way "warranted",  just look at who is saying, "Thank you!"  (More editor comments follow brief article.)


Having perhaps lost the support of much of his anti-war base, President Trump appears to have won praise from two new groups...

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Aldin 🇧🇦 @CT_operative

Ahrar Al-Sham, Tahrir Al-Sham (#AlQaeda) and #ISIS private Telegram channels praising #UnitedStates attack tonight.

6:59 PM - 6 Apr 2017

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Whitney Webb | April 6, 2017 | Mint Press News

MOSCOW– In the aftermath of yesterday’s chemical gas attack in Syria’s Idlib Province, numerous governments – including those that have funded and armed rebels in an attempt to overthrow the Syrian government – have accused the Syrian army of being primarily responsible for the attack, despite no independent confirmation of their claim and no investigation into who was truly responsible for the tragedy.

As MintPress recently reported, the only information available regarding the attack so far has come from only two sources: the White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Both groups have strong ties to pro-interventionist governments that have armed and funded rebel groups and even have ties to al-Qaeda.

Syria Map

...And Why It Might Succeed

Andrew Korybko | April 6, 2017 | Greanville Post

Editor's Note:  This is an excellent, insightful, though not comforting analysis of how the current situation came about, what it's meant to obfuscate, what it's meant to achieve, and how Russia may react.


Trump’s latest press conference on Syria was a public repudiation of everything which he previously said that he stood for, representing a shocking volte face which has surprised many observers, not least of which are those who had previously supported him because of those said policies that he promised towards the Arab Republic. It looks like a single false flag chemical weapons attack was all that it took to get Trump to surrender to the neoconservative foreign policy advocated by the previous administration’s “deep state” holdovers.

Imperial America

James Petras | March 11, 2017 | Petras.Lahaine.org

US militarism expanded exponentially through the first two decades of the Twenty-First Century, and was embraced by both Democratic and Republican Presidents. The mass media’s hysteria towards President Trump’s increase in military spending deliberately ignores the vast expansion of militarism, in all its facets, under President Obama and his two predecessors, Presidents ‘Bill’ Clinton and George Bush, Jr.

We will proceed in this essay to compare and discuss the unbroken rise of militarism over the past seventeen years. We will then demonstrate that militarism is an essential structural feature of US imperialism’s insertion in the international system.

Editor's Note: Once again the White Helmets, those megaphones for the West's propaganda mill, are at it again, just in advance of a major meeting regarding Syria.  Dutifully, Democracy Now! bought it, quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' not knowing "whether the attack was carried out by the Syrian government or its ally, Russia."  And those are, of course, the only two choices. Faithful Rachel Maddow bought it - hook line and sinker.  All the mainstream mouthpieces for the Wall Street Corporate puppeteers are once again singing in chorus from the same hymnal.

Syria, you may remember, was rid of all its chemical weapons in 2013. Remember?? "But," you object, "how could we trust Syria?"  We didn't. We had someone do it for them, to make certain that it was done correctly and that all the weapons were gone.  Who?  The United States Navy.

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Blame Russia

Joseph Kishore | April 1, 2017 | Greanville Post

The hearings of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday into alleged interference by Moscow in the US elections marked a significant new stage in the anti-Russia hysteria that has dominated the US media and large sections of the political establishment for the past year.

Since the inauguration of Trump over two months ago, the unsubstantiated allegations that Russia “hacked” the US elections—promoted in particular by the Democratic Party—have served two interrelated purposes. On the one hand, the Democrats have worked to contain and redirect mass opposition to the Trump administration and prevent it from developing into an independent political movement of the working class. On the other hand, they have sought to force a “correction” in the foreign policy of the Trump administration to bring it into line with the campaign against Russia supported by the CIA and dominant sections of the military.

Strangelove bomb

By Robert Parry | March 13, 2017 | Consortium News

Democrats and liberals have climbed into bed with the neocons to push the “Russia-did-it” conspiracy theory as a way to “get Trump,” but this New McCarthyism has grave dangers.

The anti-Russian McCarthyism that has spread out from the United States to encompass the European Union, Canada and Australia has at its core an implicit recognition that neoliberal economics and neoconservative foreign policy have failed.

When I recently asked a European journalist why this anti-Russian hysteria had taken root among mainstream European political parties, he answered with a question: “Do you think they can run on their success in handling the recession and the refugees?”

Lovely War

Fleeing to Canada is no longer an option

| February 21, 2017 | The Unz Review

Liberals are supposed to be antiwar, right? I went to college in the 1960s, when students nationwide were rising up in opposition to the Vietnam War. I was a Young Republican back then and supported the war through sheer ignorance and dislike of the sanctimoniousness of the protesters, some of whom were surely making their way to Canada to live in exile on daddy’s money while I was on a bus going to Fort Leonard Wood for basic combat training. I can’t even claim that I had some grudging respect for the antiwar crowd because I didn’t, but I did believe that at least some of them who were not being motivated by being personally afraid of getting hurt were actually sincere in their opposition to the awful things that were happening in Southeast Asia.

Russia Wants War-map

 by Justin Raimondo | February 28, 2017  | ANTIWAR.COM

I once had an online conversation with a journalist whose name you would instantly recognize that started with a question for me: “Why Russia?” Why, this person wanted to know, are we witnessing a hate campaign aimed at Moscow, decades after the implosion of international communism and the breakup of the USSR?
 

I tried to give him a coherent and comprehensive answer, but Twitter is not conducive to in-depth discussions of that sort, and so I filed it away as a question to be answered at a later date. And certainly now is the time to answer it: the Democratic party and its media minions are demanding an “investigation” (i.e. a fishing expedition) into the burning question of whether the President of the United States is the Manchurian Candidate: “Putin’s puppet,” as Hillary Clinton infamously averred. Our out-of-control intelligence agencies are furiously pushing the same line.

Village People

Two In-Depth Exposées Catch Their 'Act' On Camera

Editor's Note: 2 Parts -  Analysis by Swedish Doctors for Human Rights of the "emergency medical" techniques video'd by the White Helments is followed by Patrick Henningson's thoroughly documented piece (Forget Oscar) on their ISIS connection, funded by USAID (CIA front for intelligence gathering) and the British Foreign Office.


PART 1: Swedish Doctors for Human Rights: White Helmets Video, Macabre Manipulation of Dead Children and Staged Chemical Weapons Attack to Justify a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria

Prof. Marcello Ferrada de Noli | March 08, 2017 | Global Research 

An examination of a White Helmets video, conducted by Swedish medical doctors, specialists in various fields, including paediatrics, have revealed that the life-saving procedures seen in the film are incorrect – in fact life-threatening – or simply fake, including simulated emergency resuscitation techniques being used on already lifeless children.

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| March 12, 2017 | The Unz Review

In all the political drama taking place in the US as a result of the attempted color revolution against Trump, the bigger picture sometimes gets forgotten. And yet, this bigger picture is quite amazing, because if we look at it we will see irrefutable signs that the Empire in engaged in some bizarre slow motion version of seppuku and the only mystery left is who, or what, will serve as the Empire’s kaishakunin (assuming there will be one).

Empire Files

MUST WATCH!

Leading scholar on US-Russia relations addresses the claim being trumpeted by politicians and media on both sides of the political spectrum that Russia is now the "number one" threat to the United States. Given the proxy wars in Syria and Ukraine, Dr. Cohen tells host Abby Martin that the real alarming danger today is "a new, multi-front Cuban missile crisis."

Dr. Stephen Cohen is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and New York University where he taught Russian Studies. He has been a noted author and commentator on US-Russia policy for decades.

Rachel Corrie Portrait

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[Ed. Note: Rachel Corrie was from Olympia, WA. She was killed one month before her 24th birthday.  For an in-depth analysis of what is happening in Palestine and why, read War Against The People by Jeff Halper. To be reviewed on this site, early summer.]

Rachel Corrie: In her own words,  is followed by Glenn Greenwald's Guardian UK commentary on the Israel court 2012 ruling in the civil suit brought by Rachel's parents.

Cyber Spying

By Norman Solomon | Global Research   | March 8, 2017 shorty

For months now, our country has endured the tacit denigration of American ingenuity. Countless statements — from elected officials, activist groups, journalists and many others — have ignored our nation’s superb blend of dazzling high-tech capacities and statecraft mendacities. 

Fortunately, this week the news about release of illuminating CIA documents by WikiLeaks has begun to give adequate credit where due. And not a moment too soon. For way too long, Russia has been credited with prodigious hacking and undermining of democracy in the United States.

It's the Russians!

By Dave Lindorff  | March 4, 2017 | Greanville Post shorty

Paving the way for a new progressive party?

The Democratic Party leadership, both in the Democratic National Committee and in Congress, is full of bad ideas these days, and they’re risking disaster because of it.

After the November election fiasco, you’d think a party that is left controlling the governments of just 13 of the 50 states, compared to 32 for Republicans, and that has just lost every lever of power in Washington — the White House, the Senate, the House and the Supreme Court — would be rethinking its whole approach to reaching American voters and trying to figure out where it went wrong over the last several decades.

Portrait of Lenin

By Paul Craig Roberts | March 3, 2017 | PaulCraigRoberts.org

The question in the title is V.I. Lenin’s question. His answer was to create a revolutionary “vanguard” to spread revolutionary ideas among the workers, the economic class that Karl Marx had declared to be the class rising to the ascendency of political power. Finally, democracy, frustrated by upper class interests in its earlier manifestations, would become reality. The workers would rule.

Given the presence of evil and human failing, it did not work out in that way. But Lenin’s question remains a valid one. Americans whose economic life and prospects for their children have been destroyed by the offshoring of American manufacturing and tradable professional skills jobs, such as software engineering, answered the question by electing Donald Trump.