Truth vs. The United States of America

 

Those of us who are Awakened from The Matrix are concerned that there are no checks on Washington’s use of nuclear weapons in the interest of US hegemony over the world.

 

Washington and Israel are the threats to peace. Washington demands world hegemony, and Israel demands hegemony in the Middle East.

 

There are two countries that stand in the way of Washington’s world hegemony—Russia and China. Consequently, Washington has plans for preemptive nuclear strikes against both countries. It is difficult to imagine a more serious threat to mankind, and there is no awareness or acknowledgment of this threat among those in Congress, the presstitute media, and the general public in the United States and Washington’s European vassal populations. Instead these fools chase Russian phantoms and imaginary conspiracy theories.

 

Two countries and a part of a third stand in the way of Greater Israel. Israel wants the water resources of southern Lebanon, but cannot get them, despite twice sending in the Israeli Army, because of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, which is supplied by Syria and Iran. This is why Syria and Iran are on Washington’s hit list. Washington serves the military/security complex, Wall Street and the over-sized US banks, and Israel.

 

It is unclear if the Russians and Chinese understand that Washington’s hostility toward them is not just some sort of misunderstanding that diplomacy can work out.

 

Clearly, Russia hasn’t interfered in the US presidential election, even in the minor and meaningless way they are accused of. Nor has Russia invaded Ukraine, and does not intend to invade Poland or the Baltics. Russia let go the Soviet empire and is glad to see it gone, as the empire was expensive and of little benefit. The Soviet Eastern European empire comprised Stalin’s buffer against another Western invasion. The Warsaw Pact had no offensive meaning. It was not the beginning, as misrepresented in Washington, of Soviet world domination.

 

I see a lack of clarity about the threat that Russia faces in Russian media reports and articles posted on Russian English language websites. I see a lack of clarity in Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s continued efforts to work out an accommodation with Washington. How can Lavrov work out an accommodation with Washington when Washington intends to dominate or isolate Russia?

 

Lavrov and Russian media organizations do not always show awareness that it is not Washington’s intention to accommodate other national interests.

 

It cannot be otherwise for these three reasons:

  1. The budget for the US military/security complex is the largest in the world. It is larger than the Gross Domestic Product of many countries. It includes not only the Pentagon’s budget but also the budgets of 16 US intelligence agencies and the Department of Energy, which is the location of the Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plant and 16 other national laboratories. When all the elements are added together, the military/security complex has annually the power and profit from $1,000 billion. An empire of this sort just doesn’t give up and go away because some president or some part of the electorate want peace. The “Russian Threat” is essential to the power and profit of the military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned Americans 56 years ago. Just imagine how entrenched this power is now.
  2. The neoconservatives, who control both US foreign policy and the Western media’s explanation of it, are mainly Jews of Zionist persuasion. Some are dual Israeli-US citizens. The neoconservatives believe that the collapse of Soviet communism means that History has chosen the United States as the socio-politico-economic system, and that the US government has the responsibility to assert the hegemony of America over the earth. Just read the neocon documents. They assert this over and over. This is what it means that America is the exceptional and indispensable nation. If you are the indispensable nation, every other nation is dispensable. If you are exceptional, everyone else is unexceptional. The claim that the neoconservatives make for the US is similar to the claim that Hitler made for Germany.
  3. As Israel controls US Middle East policy, Israel uses its control to have Washington eliminate obstacles to Israel’s expansion. So far Israel has achieved the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s government and chaos in Iraq, Washington’s war on Syria, and Washington’s demonization of Iran in the hope that sufficient demonization will justify war.

For the Russian Foreign Minister to believe that it is possible to reach an accommodation with Washington, other than a Russian surrender, is nonsense. Perhaps this is Lavrov’s use of diplomacy to delay the US attack while Russia prepares. Or perhaps Lavrov is just a diplomat who sticks to his last, despite the facts.

 

Much of the Russian media, both in Russian and foreign language broadcasts and websites, thinks that the Western misrepresentation of Russia is just a mistake and that that facts, once they are established, can rectify the mistake. These Russian journalists don’t understand that Washington could not care less about facts. Washington desperately needs an enemy, and Russia is the enemy of choice.

 

The Chinese government seems to think that Wall Street and US corporations are too dependent on the cheap Chinese manufacturing labor, which keeps the US system fueled with profits, to jeopardize these profits by going to war.

 

By underplaying the risk of war, Russia and China fail to mobilize world opposition to Washington’s recklessness and, thereby, enable Washington’s move toward war.

 

The presstitutes serving the National Security State continue to drive toward conflict. Consider Newsweek’s May 26, 2017, cover story with Putin on the cover and the caption: “The Plot Against America: Inside Putin’s Campaign to Destroy Democracy in the U.S.”

 

 

It is difficult to imagine such ignorant nonsense from a mainstream news magazine. Democracy in America has been destroyed by special interest groups, by a US Supreme Court decision that gave the reins of power to special interest groups, and by a hoax war on terror that has destroyed the US Constitution. And here we have the presstitutes saying that Putin is destroying American democracy. Clearly, there is no extant intelligence anywhere in the Western media. The Western presstitutes are either corrupt beyond belief or ignorant beyond belief. Nothing else can be said for them.

 

Consider Time magazine’s cover. It depicts Trump turning the White House into the foundation for the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, which rise above the White House, symbolizing America’s subservience to Russia under President Trump. This extraordinary propaganda seems to be readily accepted by the bulk of the Western populations, peoples who will die as a result of their insouciance.

 

 

Even writers critical of Washington, such as Paul Street’s recent article on CounterPunch and the English language Russian website, Strategic Culture Foundation, cannot bring themselves to state the truth that the US military/security complex needs a major enemy, has elected Russia for that role, and intends to defend this orchestration to the end of humanity on earth.

 

Street writes about “How Russia Became ‘Our Adversary’ Again.” According to Street, Russia became the enemy of choice because Russia protected part of the world’s population and resources from being exploited by global capital. Russia became the number one enemy of the US also because Putin stopped the American exploitation of Russia economically. Putin is in the way of Washington’s exploitation of the world.

 

Much of what Street says is correct, but he is hesitant to state it in a straightforward manner. He has to dilute his message by repeating the obligatory propaganda. Street calls Trump, who originally wanted normal relations with Russia, an “orange-haired brute . . . [who admires] Putin’s authoritarian manliness.”

 

Trump’s problems originated in his goal of normalizing relations with Russia. Hillary is the brute who intended to worsen the relations, and outright start a nuclear war as soon as possible.

 

Putin is a democrat, not an authoritarian. The authoritarians are in Washington. Surely Paul Street and CounterPunch know this. But Street has to protect himself from speaking some politically incorrect truths about the US and Russia by throwing in some anti-Putin propaganda and denigrating President Trump.

 

That peace with Russia and China would undermine the justification of the $1,000 billion military/security budget, and that the military/security complex is the American government, is too much truth for most writers to state.

 

Truth is the most rare element in the Western world, and we will not be permitted to have much of it much longer. Increasingly, truth is difficult to find. Soak it up while it is still available.

Comments

Jenifer Frost Added May 29, 2017 - 4:15pm
Remember that the Rule of Three is in effect here all. Thanks. 
Christian Peschken Added May 29, 2017 - 4:21pm
If Russia hasn't invaded Ukraine, how do explain its annexation of Crimea?
Jenifer Frost Added May 29, 2017 - 4:46pm
It wasn't an "annexation" the Crimean people voted in a democratic reformemdem to REjoin Russia which they had been a part of for hundreds of years before a Soviet dictator "gifted" Crimea against the will of the people to Ukraine. No one invaded anyone the Russians had a navel base with navy soliders there for decades. Same as the American Navy base in Cuba. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 29, 2017 - 4:50pm
More on Ukraine:
Ukrainian Government: “No Russian Troops Are Fighting Against Us”. Sanctions against Russia based on Falsehoods | Global Research - http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukrainian-government-no-russian-troops-are-fighting-against-us-sanctions-against-russia-based-on-falshoods/5428523
George N Romey Added May 29, 2017 - 4:51pm
Russia, China and Iran are tired of living under US hegemony.  However, they do not want a war with the US.  I have no faith that the Russians hacked the US election.  Not one shred of substantial proof has been presented.  Nothing but a bunch of crybaby Democrats pissed off their corrupt thief didn't get the office.
 
I think Russia had hoped Trump would have shut down the neocon train.  But he has joined the chorus and the question is how far will he go with them.  The neocons want a major war not just the endless skirmishes with countries too poor, disorganized and corrupt to defend themselves. 
 
While Wall Street and the plutocrats have an alliance, if not sometimes rocky with the neocons, war would hurt Trump's business interests (which you're a moron if you think he ever gave them up). War would crush his many real estate ventures.  Still, I see Trump no match for the power of the Deep State.  Trump even assuming good intentions is nothing more than a reality television star that had enough wherewithal (or coaching) to say the right things.
Jenifer Frost Added May 29, 2017 - 4:53pm
Even more detailed history on the illegal American backed 2014 Ukrainian coup that installed Nazis and threatened the Crimean people:
Article: Democrats Promote Lies and War To Attack Trump | OpEdNews - https://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=Democrats-Promote-Lies-and-by-Jim-Kavanagh-Crimea_Democratic_Democrats_Donald-Trump-160803-212.html
Tubularsock Added May 29, 2017 - 5:37pm
George, you are spot on. Orange Tweet is an easy mark for the Deep State but so were Obummer and Shrub. Business as usual is the name of the game. And with the proper placed false-flag-fear the populations of the countries involved will go to their self appointed concentration camps to be "protected"!
 
As for Wall Street and the plutocrats they see the world as profit and self-destruction isn't part of their agenda. And you are correct about the Trump economic portfolio so THAT along with Wall Street and the plutocrats may keep the neocons off balance for a time.
 
But like cockroaches the neocons come out when it's dark. And "Raid" is not good for the environment but we may need to make an exception!
 
 
Dino Manalis Added May 29, 2017 - 5:42pm
The U.S. doesn't want nuclear war, we want peace and stability worldwide and the Trump Administration seeks to improve relations with Moscow and Beijing.  Israel wants peace also, Arab recognition of Israel would hasten Palestinian independence.
Tubularsock Added May 29, 2017 - 5:42pm
Jenifer, great post. Keep them coming as you do. Tubularsock enjoys your posts. And the more this information is out there the more some people will awaken a bit and it's the cracks that let the light in. Ok, sometime it may take a grenade!
Tubularsock Added May 29, 2017 - 5:46pm
Dino, would you stop drinking that lemonade. Tubularsock fears it is having negative effects on your thinking. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 29, 2017 - 8:58pm
Further proof of attempts to manipulate Russia through American "exceptionalism" : Russia Calls House Bill an “Act of War.” - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47145.htm
As one prominent Russian official stated "Why on Earth did America assume the responsibilities? Who gave it such powers to control the seaports of our country? Neither Russia nor international organizations asked Washington to do so. One can only answer that any unfriendly step by the US administration against Russia and our allies will receive a symmetrical adequate response. In any case, no American ship will enter our waters. Our armed forces and our fleet have every means to severely punish those who will dare to enter our territorial waters.”
Russian and Chinese officials also voice concerns over a potential preemptive nuclear strike by Americans on them in the article... NOT GOOD! 
Patrick Writes Added May 29, 2017 - 9:17pm
My understanding was Saudi Arabia wanted Saddam Hussein gone. Gulf War II was partly for the Saudi's, not Israel. 
 
We had a military base in Saudi Arabia to "protect" the Saudi's from Saddam after the first Gulf War. This was seen as a foreign occupying army by many of the locals. They even bombed a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia in 1996 (Khobar Towers). 
 
The presence of the U.S. military in Saudi Arabia was one of the reasons for Al Queda's continuing attacks of America during the 90's leading up to 9/11. As if somehow the U.S.A. had "taken over" Islam. 
 
And once Saddam was gone, the U.S. quietly removed its military base(s) from Saudi Arabia. 
 
My understanding is Israel had little do with the invasion of Iraq. It was all oil politics (grabbing Iraq's oil, ridding Saudi Arabia of their biggest fear, continuing the Petrodollar system which funds the U.S. itself, etc...). 
 
Also, Putin is no boy scout. The guy is a killer. Google: Alexander Litvinenko.
 
Or Mikhail Khodorkovsky--the Bill Gates of Russia in 2003, head of a number of energy companies...to make an example out of him and get the other oligarchs in line, Putin arrested him, froze his assets, sentenced him to 9 years in prison. At the end of the 9 years, ruled that his sentence be extended for unknown reasons until it became an embarrassment and Putin had to backtrack and pardon him (and unfreeze his assets). 
 
I think that Putin means the U.S. no harm at present. He had energy dealings in Syria with Assad and was nearly desperate to keep Assad in power. Fine. There was no reason for the CIA and Saudi Arabia to topple Assad--even if he is a brutal dictator, that means he's just like every other Middle East dictator. 
Patrick Writes Added May 29, 2017 - 9:23pm
My understanding, at this point, the Saudi's and Israel are effectively allied against the Iran-Syria-Russia block. There is a wider civil war of sorts going on in the Middle East between the Saudi's and Iran. 

The U.S. is already beholden to the Saudi's and their interests. And we already hate Iran. I'd argue Israel is driving little of U.S. policy in the Middle East directly (and even abandoned settlements in Gaza in 2005 when Bush asked them to). 
 
And Israel's hatred of Iran makes sense to me too. Iran put Israel on notice about its intentions. And Israel is very interested in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons. 


I suppose if North Korea said they'd wipe the U.S. off the map, we'd be friendly with them? 
Jenifer Frost Added May 29, 2017 - 9:31pm
North Korea is an enemy of the United States regardless of who they say they are out to get. Who is the United States to say that Israel (or whoever) can have nukes but not North Korea? Who is the United States to say what ports of sovereign non American nations can be inspected in China, Syria, Iran or Russia? This is treading on very thin ice. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 29, 2017 - 9:44pm
Putin may not be a Boy Scout but he's not the Bond villain the corporate mainstream media outlets and idiots in Washington portray him as either. As I said in the article democracy was destroyed in the United States by the Police State we allowed to take over and take our freedoms after 9/11 to justify the hoax war on terror, not Russia or Putin as per the ridiculous "news" magazine headline.
 
Daily I hear this nonsense about so and so may have Russian connections, WHO CARES?! Without proof that someone hacked the DNC Russian connections is just McCarthyism over freedom of association and not a crime. Without proof of both someone hacked the DNC and that someone was definitely Russia, Russian connections is still meaningless nonsense. Proof of neither has been presented, we are supposed to be too stupid to ask for it and to instead blindly accept assumptions and accusations as "proof". No sale here.
 
I will continue to demand answers and proof. And I will continue to expose McCarthyism and reject Russophobia. 
 
Note the other ridiculous "news" magazine cover with the White House turning Red, more to symbolize communism than Red Square I think. This is how stupid they believe we are. So stupid as to think that the Russians are still the communist Soviet Union. This is the kind of dupes they take us for the mainstream media propaganda outlet presstitutes. 
John G Added May 30, 2017 - 3:14am
The Russian and Chinese leadership perhaps are at a loss because they don't don't really understand how pervasive Anglo-US propaganda is and the hold that it has on the American and British populations.
I've lived in it all my life and I still don't get how people are fooled by it.
John G Added May 30, 2017 - 3:27am
And Israel's hatred of Iran makes sense to me too. Iran put Israel on notice about its intentions.
Only misinformed retarded Americans believe that shit about 'wiping Israel off the map'.
John G Added May 30, 2017 - 4:05am
When I read the shit that Patrick Writes and Dino Minalis post here I always feel that this is a (failed) spook site.
Ari Silverstein Added May 30, 2017 - 5:41am
Not that you I think you care what I think, but I don’t agree with anything you’ve written here.  However, I consider this post educational as it proves that no matter what you believe someone else believes the exact opposite.  It makes me wonder if facts or evidence matters in the grand scheme of things, as someone could look as all the same facts and come to the wrong conclusion.  After all, there is no matrix, it’s a fictional concept reserved for crazy people or people looking to be entertained at the movies. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 30, 2017 - 9:18am
Ari tries to argue " After all, there is no matrix, it’s a fictional concept reserved for crazy people or people looking to be entertained at the movies."
Of course this illustrates the dimwitted view of those still asleep in the Matrix who are deluded into believing that the movie allegory is all there is. Those of us who are Awakened know the difference in movies and the higher allegorical meanings behind them. People like Ari are so two-dimensional in what passes for "thinking" to ever grasp a higher concept. 
 
I do agree though that I couldn't care less what someone like Ari "thinks."
Mike Haluska Added May 30, 2017 - 11:33am
The "phony outrage" of "Progressives" about Russia cracks me up.  When the USSR collapsed the Left was in shock and open mourning.  The Mainstream Media trashed Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev - tear down this wall" speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. 
 
The Mainstream Media was utterly silent when Obama thought the microphone was cut off and he told the Russian diplomat "Tell Mr Putin that after the election to "give me space to negotiate about missile defense".  Truth be told, the Mainstream Media and the "Progressives" would jump for joy if we woke up one morning under Russian control.
William Stockton Added May 30, 2017 - 12:12pm
Jenifer, "People like Ari are so two-dimensional in what passes for "thinking" to ever grasp a higher concept. "
 
Is your "higher thinking" along the lines of killing someone in a dark alley because you disagree with their political views?  Because that is what you said recently in post here.
I used to appreciate your points, although more different than mine, up until I read your threats.  Then I just realized you are freaking insane.  This, I am sure, will get deleted.
Cheers!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 1:47pm
Jenifer
 
No comment. That's exactly my POV too. When anyone studies geopolitics of the last at least 50 years he can't get to another conclusion. Brzezinksi doctrine. Thank nature he's dead. But there's clones everywhere...
Jenifer Frost Added May 30, 2017 - 2:46pm
Mike, I think you missed the last point. Russia today is NOT the Soviet Union or anything like them. Thanks for the comment though. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 30, 2017 - 2:49pm
William had you read the entire exchange you would have seen I was just telling that nutjob what I would LIKE to do given the fact he was rude and unable to avoid butting into anothers exchange. But if you feel that kind of behavior is OK please feel free to take your useless comments elsewhere, it's not like you actually contribute anything ever. Like a bunch of white noise. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 30, 2017 - 2:50pm
Stone-Eater :-) 
Nice to see we are on the same page. 
Bill Kamps Added May 30, 2017 - 3:07pm
I continue to be amazed why Europe is so worried about Russia, and why they feel they  "need" for the US to re-affirm Article 5 in the NATO agreement.  Europe outspends the Russians in defense 4:1.  Russia has a much larger foot print to defend, include both in Europe and in Asia.  So why is it that Europe cant properly defend itself against Russia?  What are they spending that money on, fancy meals and hotel rooms, instead of tanks and troops? 
 
The US outspends Russia almost 10:1, so why is the media and the military paints them as such a formidable foe?  It is because it furthers the MIC agenda.
 
Also, I agree, why is it a bad thing that various people in government talked to the Russians before the election?  I have customers in Russia, I talk  to them all the time, it's legal. 
 
There is a difference between the Russians trying to influence an election with propaganda, and interfering with the vote count.  We do the former all the time, in fact the US has INSTALLED leaders in various countries, not just influenced the election.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 3:12pm
Bill
 
I continue to be amazed why Europe is so worried about Russia
 
The correctly informed part of the population is not afraid of Russia, they're afraid of the US. Our main press is in the hands or connected to the same people who own the mainstream press in the US, and they work on order of the MIC. THEY are responsable for the anti-Russian propaganda which only serves as a means to keep us aligned to the US and once serve as a battlefield against the Russians.
 
Because the US never fights its wars at home.
 
Easy as that....
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 3:15pm
So why is it that Europe cant properly defend itself against Russia
 
We could. But the policy of the US is to keep us weak, because they lead NATO. Europe is just a "continental" puppet of the US, so to say.
 
I hope that even our leaders here get enough sick of Trump that they say NATO is dead, let's look for other allies, since the US only want to follow THEIR interests. As seen in Brussels now.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 3:18pm
BTW2: Europe is not a friend of the US anymore (except the UK, the old mother, see special relations). Europe is afraid of the US weaponry and bullying. That's all.
 
No need to look further.
John Minehan Added May 30, 2017 - 3:20pm
All of this is interesting.
 
Part of the problem with the Intelligence Business is illustrated by these posts: it is not enough to know the facts, you also have to understand what various actors think these facts mean, how they weigh them and what they have the capability (and what they may have the desire) to do about them. 
Mike Haluska Added May 30, 2017 - 3:32pm
Stone - your statement:
 
"We could. But the policy of the US is to keep us weak, because they lead NATO. Europe is just a "continental" puppet of the US, so to say."
 
sounds like the little spoiled brat who brags he didn't ask for all the toys he is given but refuses to tell Mommy to stop and he will get a Paper Route and earn his own money for toys.  The major nations of Europe have nuclear weapons that have rendered traditional land war obsolete.  If Putin knew that any aggression against a neighboring nation would result in a nuclear strike, he wouldn't do it for reasons of self preservation.
 
Trump is 100% - as it was originally constructed, NATO is obsolete.  There may be room for the US, but certainly not as the 73% defense spending as a whole by NATO.  Even our 22% of direct spending is obscene since we are not even on the European continent! 
 
Bill Kamps Added May 30, 2017 - 3:43pm
But the policy of the US is to keep us weak, because they lead NATO.
 
How can you be weak, you outspend Russia 4:1 and Russia is spread much more thinly than the European countries.  Why isnt 4:1 good enough?  
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 4:06pm
Mike / Bill
 
You seem not to understand that the US is like the teacher who tells the kids: "If you don't behave, I will punish you". OR the political deciders are well-paid to follow suit. The media underlines the "need to prepare against the bad bad Russians" so the people will vote for these politicians to stay in power....
 
Europe is NOT independent. Germany is still occupied land. How many US bases are there ? Think !
 
70 years after WWII the US is still here ? What for if not for its OWN interest ? Do you defend or use something that has no importance for yourself ?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 4:10pm
BTW:
 
I say it clearly again: The US has to get out of Europe and let us decide with whom we ally. We see how the US starts wars all over the place for its own interests. Russia is our neighbor and has never aggressed us, quite the contrary. We don't want to become the next Iraq or Libya or Syria here. Keep YOUR continent clean, not ours.
 
Period. :-)
Bill Kamps Added May 30, 2017 - 4:12pm
Stone, I understand the politics of it, I understand the  US leads NATO around, and has bases there.  What I dont understand is the economics of it.  Europe still outspends Russia tremendously on defense and has much less territory to defend.  So why does the US have to send tanks there as a show of force? why doesnt Europe have tanks? and what do they spend the $250B on every year?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 4:18pm
Bill
 
and what do they spend the $250B on every year?
 
You got a source ?
 
So why does the US have to send tanks there as a show of force
 
They don't have to. They decide to do it. They started the Maidan in order to get Ukraine into NATO (remember the ring around Russia - wait for NK), and the Russian defense invasion paved the ground for NATO to paint the bad Russian again.
 
Never think that WE the Europeans asked for that. We have nothing to say. UN/NATO/IMF/World Bank - who has the say ? Well...
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 4:20pm
BTW:
 
When you look at it CLOSELY - in Ukraine a Russian-oriented oligarch (Yanukovich) was ousted and replaced by a Western-oriented oligarch (Porochenko).
 
That tells it all !
Bill Kamps Added May 30, 2017 - 4:44pm
Stone, there are a number of sources of defense spending, and they vary a little, whether it is Wikepedia, or others.  Russia spends around $63B a year.  France + UK + Germany + Italy get to about $185B, and everyone else is another $50-60B.  Whatever the number is exactly, it is a LOT more than Russia spends, and you dont have near the length of border to cover.   That doesnt even count what the  US spends in NATO.
 
As I said, I understand all the politics. I know all about the Ukraine, and I know how the US is a bully in NATO.
 
What I dont understand is all the crying an moaning about how if the US doesnt spend more in NATO, Europe will not be defended.  Seems to me that  Europe spends plenty.  Maybe they just spend it on expensive wine for the US troops, I dont know, I have never seen an accounting on how it is spent.  Im sure $200B can be spent on things other than troops, and tanks, and still call it defense spending.
 
We hear a lot about how the Balkins are not properly defended, how can that be?  How could Russia put more troops into the  Balkins than NATO? given that Europe has much larger defense budget?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 4:53pm
What I dont understand is all the crying an moaning about how if the US doesnt spend more in NATO, Europe will not be defended
 
Defended against whom ? I've never heard of a threat of Russia against us here. Never. And if - it would be a reaction to the hegemonic plans of NATO. Remember the Genscher/Kohl - Gorbachev pact of 1992 where NATO promised NOT to expand in Europe ?
 
Is it any wonder that the Russians react when they see what has been happening since ?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 4:57pm
BTW: It's simple: The US lives on wars. It's their existence since it was founded. So what can we expect ?
 
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/america-war-93-time-222-239-years-since-1776.html
 
So - can such a country be your friend ???
 
If yes, humanity is doomed.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 4:58pm
BTW: A "friend" like this will sooner or later attack YOU.
Bill Kamps Added May 30, 2017 - 4:58pm
I dont wonder why Russia reacts.  I wonder why Merkel is so upset because Trump didnt explicitly endorse Article 5? 
 
Why are the Balkins worried about Russia? and dont say they arent because I know people there. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 30, 2017 - 5:14pm
Why are the Balkins worried about Russia? and dont say they arent because I know people there. 
 
They are victims of history. I don't want to talk about US support of Hitler pre-war WWII and stuff. They simply wanted a security zone between them and the West.
 
I mean, simply said: What has the US to do in parts of the world which are thousands of miles away ? Nothing ! Cuba 1962 was also a reaction to
 
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/the-real-cuban-missile-crisis/309190/
 
For us here, it all adds up. From Mossadegh 1963 to Cuba 1962 to Syria today.
 
The only difference is that the Russians could have overrun us in 2 weeks, and NATO wouldn't do shit (but they didn't do it, what for ? We dealt with them no problem until the US master said NO ! Embargo them...you know...)
 
It's all a power game and the regular Joe here is fed up by it. And I'm fed up by our gutless EU slaves who don't have the guts to stand up and say:
 
Forget it. Attack Russia but choose another route !
Mike Haluska Added May 31, 2017 - 9:38am
And all the while the Swiss stay "neutral" and act as bankers for the world's tyrants, dictators, despots, drug dealers - no questions asked.  There is a very good reason psychopathic dictators NEVER screw with Switzerland.  It's the one safe place they can hide their ill-gotten wealth from prying eyes and live anonymously in luxury surroundings.
Mike Haluska Added May 31, 2017 - 9:55am
There is NO NEED for troops, planes, tanks, cannons, etc. to be positioned in defensive positions throughout Europe.  Nuclear weapons have made traditional ground and air warfare obsolete - although the Military-Industrial Complex thinks otherwise.
 
Here's how Europe can remain secure - point hundreds of nuclear missiles at Russia and let them know that ANY aggression against their neighbors will be met with a nuclear attack on Moscow . . .  and MEAN IT!!!  If Ike would have listened to Patton and went into the USSR to take out Stalin we wouldn't have been in this mess.  Documents from Soviet WWII officers show that they hated Stalin and wouldn't have lifted a finger to save him.
Bill Kamps Added May 31, 2017 - 10:18am
Mike, regardless, of whether Europe uses nukes as a deterrence, or tanks, they spend enough to provide sufficient defense.  Europe out spends Russia 3-4:1 without the US contribution for NATO.  The US and Europe combined outspend Russia 15:1, why do we concern ourselves with them?  If we cant figure out how to keep them in their box outspending them 15:1, we are clearly incompetent.
 
Russia is spread much more thinly than Europe.  Europe should be about to put three tanks on the border for every one the Russians can put there, if that was the strategy.
 
Yes a lot of it is political, but it is unnecessary.  Europe spends plenty on defense, maybe not in the right way, but its not about the money.  It is about the strategy to spend the money wisely, and the political will to put assets in place to act as a real deterrent.
 
Yes of course it is unlikely that Russia  will attack Europe.  However, Europe for some reason feels vulnerable to this possibility.  There is no reason for that.  They should be able to put defenses in place so that when Russia says things that are threatening, everyone just  yawns. 
Mike Haluska Added May 31, 2017 - 12:54pm
Bill - the only "defense" Putin actually sees as a threat is one that threatens himself.  Tanks are vulnerable to aircraft.  Spy satellites prevent Russia from "sneaking across" the border and attacking by surprise.
 
Russia still has no Frakkin' idea how to create wealth, so they will inevitably go back to the old method of conquest.  The best method to get rid of Putin and his ilk is to keep the nuclear weapons pointed at them while surreptitiously engaging Russia in trade.  China will become a Free Market Capitalist nation NOT because of any "war" we win - but because it is in the self interest of all nations to create wealth - not steal it via conquest.  
Bill Kamps Added May 31, 2017 - 1:07pm
The tanks stop the impulsive invasion, that is not worth a nuclear war to stop.  If Russian tanks went into Estonia, and got situated before NATO arrived, they would stay.  No one is going nuclear to save Estonia.  However, Putin isnt going to send in the tanks, if they are met with force equal or greater than his.
 
Most of this is perception.  The people in the Balkins fear the Russians, they wouldnt if there were a couple of divisions of NATO tanks there.  That is completely possible with the  defense budget Europe has.  Germany, France, the UK and Italy alone spend 3x what Russia spends world wide. What do they spend it on?  A few nukes and a few tank divisions, and they can laugh at the Russians.
 
While Russian wealth pales compared to Europe or the US, it is far better than it was 25 years ago.  For now that is enough.  Oil revenues compensate to a degree.  When I first went to Russia, there were no cars on the street, now it is grid lock in Moscow.  They have designer stores in the Gum.  People have much  more than they used to.
 
Yes their per capita income is half of the US, but that is far better than it was 25 years ago.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 31, 2017 - 1:24pm
Question:
 
What IS "wealth" ? Is that measured by cars and houses which are bought on credit and in case of unemployment or other problems it gets back to the banks ?
 
We should redefine "wealth". If not, this race will never end.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 31, 2017 - 1:27pm
BTW:
 
We don't defend our "standard and wealth". We defend the banks and the economy which hold us in a lifelong grip. Clever stuff. The slave fights for the master because he doesn't realize he's the slave LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 31, 2017 - 1:30pm
BTW2: This whole game is about flatten and rebuild. The best working industry is the arms industry. And that has to be kept alive with "enemies". As it is with the never-ending Russia-US conflict. In the meantime, the corps on both sides make good business in the shade. How dumb are we ?
Jenifer Frost Added May 31, 2017 - 4:20pm
I still can't believe that there are otherwise rational people here that think Russia is interested in an expansionist empire! And said belief is based entirely on zero evidence whatsoever just blind faith. BTW for the record Russia is already encircled with troops and missiles, what has that achieved? Russian nukes on high alert status so a single mistake and we all get nuked! Real brilliant strategy that one. 
Michael B. Added May 31, 2017 - 11:42pm
NATO should have been dissolved the very same day that the Warsaw Pact was, both of their missions being accomplished.
Jenifer Frost Added May 31, 2017 - 11:46pm
I couldn’t agree more with you Michael. 
Michael B. Added Jun 1, 2017 - 12:06am
As a former foot soldier literally on the front lines of Europe during the Cold War, I was present when the whole Communist system literally came crumbling down, being very happy the whole banal system finally came to an end...but thinking all the while that a lot of different people and things made tons of money by maintaining that particular status quo...if that makes any sense.
John G Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:32am
NATO has just officially joined the war against ISIS, which is just a US government psy-op.
There's way more death and destruction to come at the hands of the USA, folks.
OH but LIBBERDDEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Joanna Nutile Added Jun 1, 2017 - 5:40am
In other words, every politician in America is lying about the purpose for having nuclear weapons and intervening in international affairs?  That’s essentially what you’re asking us to believe on the matter of American hegemony.  Speaking of hegemony, you used the word four times in the first three sentences. 
Jenifer Frost Added Jun 1, 2017 - 1:51pm
Joanna writes "In other words, every politician in America is lying about the purpose for having nuclear weapons and intervening in international affairs?" 
That's just about the case. America has exited being a world leader for good and is now the bad guy who's sole purpose is empire and self-interest. Only a handful of politicians give a damn about anyone other than themselves. Nuclear weapons are only a way to bully others into submission. But overall America is just a villain at this point. Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate deal was the final indicator of this. His illegal attacks on Syria were the first such sign during his regime. All American military intervention since WWII has been for America hegemony interests and nothing more, most such military actions have been in violation of international law and the Geneva Convention. In short America is a rogue-state fuled by lies and Deceit ran by the Deep State mechanism. Democracy is just a illusion. 
Jenifer Frost Added Jun 1, 2017 - 2:30pm
BTW sock puppets like Jeff Mucky Muck who deny reality are not welcome to preach their separation from reality religious dogma here. Take it elsewhere Jeff and seek serious medical care immediately. 
MJ Added Jun 1, 2017 - 2:45pm
Jenifer, I enjoyed your article and even though I agree on your conclusion, I just want to add that I do not think Trump knows all the conniving that went on before he became President. 
I was disappointed when he attacked Syria but knows that he still tries to make sense of all the chaotic decisions that was made by his predecessors and that the war machine will not be easily tempered.
I agree truth is difficult to find and even more so in the future.
Donna Added Jun 1, 2017 - 2:55pm
Jenifer,
I make no claim to be in any way smart on this topic, however i had to comment. I am a firm believer in protecting the planet, as you know. I agree with you on all of what you have stated. I have a friend who has been sending me news from Russia, they do not regard us, as we do them. I do not fear another Country, i fear the one i live in, and with good reason. Unlike some i believe Trump knew exactly what he was getting into, and he has kept us, as well as the Dem's from looking at bigger things, by keeping the Russia did this to us, in play for longer than necessary. See France has already stated NO interference into election from Russia, why does it take us so long, we don't really want the truth..Well we the people might, but the Big Wigs in DC do not..As long as they can make us Think they are correct, they will have a reason to have a battle.And most will fall into place like good little minions.. Thank you for an honest and interesting article. )0(
MJ Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:14pm
I think in the near future we will see Israel becoming more and more aggressive and the final showdown will be between China (and their allies) and Israel (and the US). No water versus no oil.
Donna Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:25pm
MJ,
that is an unusual way of thinking, may i ask why you think that way? Only one other person has ever said that , that i have heard, it was my dad, about 3 years ago, he  passed last year, it was shocking to hear those words again.. But in a way, so nice  )0(
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:37pm
I posted an excerpt of what Putin said days ago. Couldn't find that one in English.....In German:
 
"Putin beklagte ein hohes Niveau an Russlandfeindlichkeit in der westlichen Welt. "Das hängt damit zusammen, dass eine multipolare Welt entsteht, und das gefällt den Monopolisten nicht", sagte er an die Adresse unter anderem der USA. Putin spricht seit Langem von seiner Vision einer Weltordnung, in der es viele kooperierende Machtzentren gibt anstelle von einer globalen Führungsmacht."
 
Now google translates like this:
 
"Putin has complained of a high level of anti-Russian sentiment in the Western world." This is because a multipolar world is created and the monopolist does not like it, he said "A world order in which there are many cooperating power centers instead of a global leadership. "
 
But it should read:
 
"Putin has complained of a high level of anti-Russian sentiment in the Western world." This is because a multipolar world is created and the monopolist does not like it, addressing the USA as well. "he said A world order in which there are many cooperating power centers instead of a global leadership. "
 
Be careful using Google translate....;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:49pm
MJ
 
Without the Russians no deal is possible. And hopefully Europe turns towards Russia and does not let itself be sandwiched into the conflict US - Russia.
 
No country which was mixed into US interests was ever able to stay independent and not being drawn into a war.
 
The US has allies as long as they serve their interests. When that's gone, they can be quickly turned into enemies.
MJ Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:50pm
Donna, it has always been about resources!
Michael B. Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:51pm
I'd say one must always be mindful of translations or anything else stated for that matter. One time we had an exercise where someone whispered something into someone's ear, and then that person was to do the same to the person next to them, and so on. After 30-plus people, the final statement bore very little resemblance to the original one. It began as something like "Mary had a little lamb" and wound up being something like "Lambs don't get married when they're little."
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:52pm
BTW: As town drunk reborn Dubya said: Who is not for us, is against us. Or like Nuland, who simply meant: Fuck the EU.
 
We should say therefore: Fuck you too.
MJ Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:56pm
Stone, could not agree more but would like to qualify it as the warmongers in the US ---it never was the man on the street, they are really like lambs being let to the slaughter.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 1, 2017 - 3:58pm
MJ
 
Of course. The regular Joe is the same everywhere !
Donna Added Jun 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
Stone, MJ, i agree, and yes we ( most of us on this side of the water,) do NOT agree with the All war machine, that has become the USA  )0(
MJ, thank you, that was exactly what my dad said it is all about resources, nothing more..Sad way to live and to have them in control )0(
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 1, 2017 - 6:38pm
Thanks Donna. I know that the majority of US citizens are not assholes LOL
Jenifer Frost Added Jun 1, 2017 - 6:40pm
I think as time goes on resources are going to be more and more a driving cause of wars. Rarely can such justify legal wars but the military/security complex is now hard-wired to work for corporate profit. 
Michael B. Added Jun 1, 2017 - 7:31pm
A line from the 1980 movie The Dogs of War:
 
"The world is running short of commodities, Mr. Shannon. Soon, we'll go to war over rice."
Jenifer Frost Added Jun 1, 2017 - 8:29pm
Incidentally my apologies all for the ridiculous inturuptions by the virus/sock puppet Jeff. He's just butt-hurt that I proved that the Deep State is real (which is quite obvious, like providing that the moon is real, but I digress) yet like a flat-earther he denys reality, which proves he is insane, but, that's OK, he can deny reality. Likewise I can and do deny his existence as is equally my right to dissociate myself from crazy people. Jeff finds this objectionable being a complete hypocrite. So he has been trying to cause disruption here like a petulant child. This of course will not be tolerated. Anyone with anything of substance can post here, but a no one (who I don't believe exists anymore than Bigfoot) with nothing to offer but disruption will not be recognized or tolerated. Anyhow good discussion everyone else. 
George N Romey Added Jun 1, 2017 - 9:03pm
Jennifer well said.  Remember war is how the rich do their fighting.  Send the young men and women to fight the battles while their defense related stocks go soaring. The rich have people to scrub their toilets, clean their kids, cut their grass, etc.  Why shouldn't they want someone to fight their skirmishes?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 2, 2017 - 3:45pm
I think as time goes on resources are going to be more and more a driving cause of wars.
 
...and the last one will be water. It has already begun. We don't need all that other crap - but water is essential. And it's getting scarce.
Jenifer Frost Added Jun 2, 2017 - 5:10pm
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John G Added Jun 2, 2017 - 6:36pm
...and the last one will be water. It has already begun.
Yes. 'Israel' attacked Syria in 1967 largely for the water resources of the Golan. They still occupy it. 
Ditto for their constant transgressions into Lebanon where they covet the Litani River. They've made the Southern side a virtual no man's land and the northern a minefield by dropping faulty cluster bomblets in the millions in 2006 after the ceasefire had been signed.
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 3, 2017 - 4:38am
John
 
http://www.globalresearch.ca/war-crimes-suit-filed-in-switzerland-against-former-israeli-minister/5593115
 
Coincidence that I've just found this ;-) Otherwise we're always accused of being money launderers and nothing else (.....people forget that we're not the only ones in fact....) LOL
 
 
Donald Swenson Added Jun 6, 2017 - 2:06pm
Jenifer: I think your perception on what is happening within foreign policy is mostly valid. America is projecting its Empire status on the entire planet and many are recognizing that our hegemony is dangerous and counterproductive. 
Russia is certainly recognizing this danger and I don't blame them. The mindset of American leaders is to promote one version of democracy for the planet. If other countries do not accept our vision, then we bomb them or sanction them. Is any of this creating a better world for our 7.4 billion citizens?
America has some 800 military bases on the planet. We control the sea lanes (mostly). Our dollar is the reserve currency of the world (mostly). What are we trying to create for this planet? I sense that our Empire status is now waning and other players want more participation. This, to me, is good but will America actually dial down their Might makes Right military machine? D

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