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America Will Always Lose Russia’s Tit-for-Tat Spy Games

Еще немного “шпионских” страстей.

A recent BuzzFeed article outlined behind-the-scenes efforts by Russian and American diplomats to end the tit-for-tat expulsion of embassy personnel between the two sides. Reports say American officials are reacting positively to Moscow’s signals to end the feud and are looking to “turn the page” and improve relations.

While nobody should be against efforts to improve relations, let’s not fool ourselves as to who came out ahead in this contest. “Ending the feud” is exactly what the Russians want — because they won. The United States lost far more from the expulsions than Russia, and, worse, it acceded to a long-sought-after and long-rejected Russian demand that all interactions conform to the practice of parity. In fact, there’s a pattern that I observed during my years in the CIA: In 2016 — as in 2001, 1994, and 1986 — the United States tried to punish Russia but mishandled the effort, eventually cried uncle, and left Russia in a better position than when it started.

Let’s recap the most recent effort to “punish” Russia.

As we now know, Russia utilized a multipronged attack to destabilize our democratic system and damage our leadership abroad during the 2016 presidential election. We are learning more every day about the scale and audaciousness of the trespass, and it continues to disrupt our political process. Denis McDonough, former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, characterized the effort as an attack on the “heart of our system.” Some observers have even called it the “crime of the century,” and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner described his efforts to uncover the attack as “very well … the most important thing I do in my public life.”

What consequences did the Kremlin face for its brazen assault on our system?

Following a flurry of expulsions, both sides have settled on a position as outlined in an Aug. 31 State Department statement, titled “Achieving Parity in Diplomatic Missions,” that seeks to lock in the status quo and focus on efforts to improve relations.

Our mission in Moscow housed almost 1,800 people in 2006 but now has only 455. President Barack Obama cut Russia’s missions in the United States from 490 to 455. Since Russia refuses to hire Americans to work in its diplomatic facilities, the most powerful country in the world has fewer Americans in Russia than Russia has diplomats in the United States. Russia also maintains more diplomatic missions in the United States. Further, Russia finally achieved a long-sought demand that the two sides treat all interactions through the prism of reciprocity. All previous U.S. administrations have rejected this effort as part of Russia’s effort to force the United States and other interlocutors to accept a world of coequal spheres of influence.

That is, we lost.
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The C.I.A.’s Fake News Campaign

Статья из газеты, которая сама вложила огромный вклад в распространение “фейковых” новостей.

Russia’s crafty campaign to hack the 2016 election may seem unprecedented, but in a way it’s not. Sure, secret agents and front groups have hacked email systems, dumped documents on WikiLeaks, paid an army of internet trolls and spent thousands buying political ads on social media. It all seems new because the technologies are new. But it’s not the first time a government tried to mess with our heads by manipulating our media.

In fact, for more than two decades during the Cold War, the public was bombarded by an enormous publicity campaign to shape American views of Russia and its foreign policy. Advertisements appeared on every TV network, on radio stations across the country and in hundreds of newspapers. The campaign may have been the largest and most consistent source of political advertising in American history. And it was orchestrated by a big, powerful intelligence service: the Central Intelligence Agency.

It all began as a cover story. As the Cold War was getting underway, the C.I.A. wanted to take the fight into Russia’s backyard. So, in 1950, it created Radio Free Europe, a government-sponsored broadcasting station. Ostensibly, it provided unbiased news for Eastern Europeans, but in fact the agency used it to wage a subversive campaign to weaken Communist governments behind the Iron Curtain.

But how to hide the agency’s hand? How to account for the millions of C.I.A. dollars pouring into the broadcasting station? Simple: pretend that ordinary Americans are paying the bills.

The C.I.A.’s freewheeling spymaster, Frank Wisner, created a well-heeled and well-connected front group, the National Committee for a Free Europe. Each year it ran an enormous fund-raising campaign called the Crusade for Freedom (later renamed the Radio Free Europe Fund) that implored Americans to donate “freedom dollars” to combat Kremlin lies, complete with annual appeals resembling a hybrid of World War II war bond campaigns and contemporary NPR pledge drives.

Every president from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon endorsed the campaign. So did hundreds of governors, mayors, celebrities, editors and executives. Entertainers like Ronald Reagan, Rock Hudson, Jerry Lewis and the Kingston Trio pleaded for donations on radio and television. The Hollywood producers Darryl Zanuck and Cecil B. DeMille amplified those messages, as did powerful media figures like Bill Paley, the president of CBS; C. D. Jackson, the publisher of Fortune; and the media mogul Henry Luce. Even newspaper delivery boys played a part, soliciting donations from subscribers on their paper routes.

Then there was the Ad Council, the same industry organization that turned Smokey Bear into a cultural icon. The council sponsored the crusade as a public service, arranging for broadcasters to run ads without charge. The Ad Council’s sponsorship translated into as much as $2 billion worth of free advertising over the campaign’s history, in 2017 dollars.

The message was simple: Russia was aggressive; Communism was awful. The enemy couldn’t be trusted. Typical ads conveyed a brutalized vision of life behind the Iron Curtain: “a strip of Communist-controlled hell-on-earth,” one read. Donating a few bucks would save Czechs, Poles, Hungarians and others from this tyranny. Many thousands of Americans took the bait. They dutifully wrote checks to Radio Free Europe, and their contributions were magnified by gifts from many of the country’s biggest corporations, yielding, on average, about $1 million annually.

It wasn’t enough: The donations barely covered the cost of running the “fund-raising drives,” to say nothing of Radio Free Europe’s $30 million annual budgets. But that wasn’t the point.

Declassified documents reveal that almost from the start, the C.I.A. saw that it could exploit the fund-raising campaign as a conduit for domestic propaganda. It was a way to rally public support for the Cold War by dramatizing Communist repression and stoking fears of a worldwide menace. The plight of Eastern Europe brought moral clarity to the Cold War, and it cemented the region as a vital national interest in American domestic politics.

Its impact outlived the campaign itself. Even though the pleas for donations ended in 1971, when the C.I.A. was exposed and stopped funding the station, they cemented anti-Communist hostility that animated conservative opposition to détente in the 1970s. It provided the leitmotif for Reagan’s denunciations of the “evil empire” in the 1980s. One can even hear echoes in Donald Trump’s recent speech to the United Nations: His long digression on the evils of socialism seems drawn from the heated rhetoric of ads gone by.

So, too, does our post-truth media environment carry voices from this past. The crusade blasted all information from enemy sources as lies and deceit — fake news, we could say. This counter-propaganda sought to inoculate the public from being receptive to anything said by the other side. It’s a tactic we’ve seen play out in real time on the president’s Twitter feed.

And almost certainly, Radio Free Europe itself — which continues to operate out of its headquarters in Prague — has shaped Vladimir Putin’s worldview. Russia has long tried to claim Eastern Europe as its sphere of influence. Moscow hated the station for its meddling. As a K.G.B. officer, Mr. Putin no doubt spent many hours fretting over its activities in the Soviet bloc. It was a major irritant. He may even see the 2016 election hack as a way to even the score. If so, it’s payback indeed.

Отсюда.

Здесь, перевод на русский.

Статья о неоконсерваторах. И не только о них…

В общем…

Neocons Leverage Trump-Hate for More Wars

Exclusive: The enactment of new sanctions against Russia and Iran – with the support of nearly all Democrats and Republicans in Congress – shows how the warmongering neocons again have come out on top, reports Robert Parry.

A savvy Washington observer once told me that the political reality about the neoconservatives is that they alone couldn’t win you a single precinct in the United States. But both Republicans and Democrats still line up to gain neocon support or at least neocon acceptance.
Part of the reason for this paradox is the degree of dominance that the neoconservatives have established in the national news media – as op-ed writers and TV commentators – and the neocon ties to the Israel Lobby that is famous for showering contributions on favored politicians and on the opponents of those not favored.

Since the neocons’ emergence as big-time foreign policy players in the Reagan administration, they also have demonstrated extraordinary resilience, receiving a steady flow of money often through U.S. government-funded grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy and through donations from military contractors to hawkish neocon think tanks.

But neocons’ most astonishing success over the past year may have been how they have pulled liberals and even some progressives into the neocon strategies for war and more war, largely by exploiting the Left’s disgust with President Trump.

People who would normally favor international cooperation toward peaceful resolution of conflicts have joined the neocons in ratcheting up global tensions and making progress toward peace far more difficult.

The provocative “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which imposes sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea while tying President Trump’s hands in removing those penalties, passed the Congress without a single Democrat voting no.

The only dissenting votes came from three Republican House members – Justin Amash of Michigan, Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky – and from Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Senate.

In other words, every Democrat present for the vote adopted the neocon position of escalating tensions with Russia and Iran. The new sanctions appear to close off hopes for a détente with Russia and may torpedo the nuclear agreement with Iran, which would put the bomb-bomb-bomb option back on the table just where the neocons want it.
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Ничего не изменилось… К сожалению…

В России сейчас подняли шум, по поводу интервью отставного большого начальника ЦРУ каналу CBS.

Вот об этом…

МОСКВА, 9 авг – РИА Новости. Бывший заместитель главы ЦРУ Майкл Морелл в эфире телеканала CBS News заявил, что для урегулирования конфликта в Сирии следует “скрытно” убивать россиян и иранцев.
По мнению Морелла, Вашингтон должен более активно поддерживать боевиков в Сирии.

“Когда мы были в Ираке, иранцы снабжали оружием шиитских боевиков, убивавших американских солдат. Иранцы заставили нас расплачиваться. Мы должны сделать так, чтобы в Сирии поплатились иранцы, мы должны заставить платить русских”, — сказал он.

“Мы заставим русских и иранцев расплачиваться, убивая их?” – переспросил Морелла ведущий CBS Чарли Роуз.
“Да. Скрытно”, — подтвердил экс-замглавы ЦРУ

Морелл добавил, что об этом не обязательно отчитываться в Пентагоне, но следует “убедиться, что об этом знают в Москве и Тегеране”. Затем, по его мнению, США должны “напугать” президента Сирии Башара Асада, уничтожая его гвардию и “взрывая его ведомства посреди ночи”.
Все это, убежден Морелл, позволит “надавить” на Дамаск, Москву и Тегеран и добиться “дипломатического урегулирования”.
Представитель госдепартамента отказался комментировать слова экс-разведчика, посоветовав “обратиться к нашим брифингам и политике относительно Сирии”.
Ранее Майкл Морелл в статье в газете New York Times поддержал Хиллари Клинтон в ее борьбе за президентский пост. Республиканца Дональда Трампа экс-сотрудник ЦРУ назвал “невольным агентом” России. Миллиардер в ответ заявил, что Морелл действует по указке Белого дома.

Отсюда.

И я вот чего не пойму, чему возмущаются?

Это уже было. Совсем недавно я об этом писал.

Боюсь, что оно и не заканчивалось.

“Let’s kill some Russians?…”

Это цитата из фильма “Война Чарли Вилсона” “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007)

Фильм основан на реальных событиях. Это фильм о том, как сенатор Чарли Вилсон Charlie Wilson настоял на том, чтобы США через ЦРУ поставляли в Афганистан современное вооружение, в том чмсле системы “Stinger”.

В фильме утверждается простая мысль: “Эти поставки изменили ход войны и русские ушли из Афганистана”.

И кого волнует то, что потом те же военные выкупали у Афганцев то же самое вооружение?

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Любопытная статья о происходящем на Украине…

В общем-то, статья с иным мнением и совершенно выбивающаяся из общего хора статей на эту тему с данного сайта.

Нужно сказать, что сайт этот никак нельзя назвать пророссийским.

На английском.

Краткий пересказ статьи на русском можно найти здесь.

Ukraine is considered by geostrategists (both Republican and Democratic) to be militarily the most important adjoining nation to Russia, serving as the chief buffer to attacks against Russia from the west. Since 1783, Russia has had its key Black Sea naval base located in Crimea, which used to be part of Russia 1783-1954; the Soviet Union’s Nikita Khrushchev blithely donated Crimea from Russia to Ukraine in 1954, though the residents in Crimea didn’t want that — and no referendum was taken on it. After the Soviet Union broke up in 1992, this naval base continued but instead on a long-term lease from Ukraine.

For Ukraine to become anti-Russian would be like for Mexico to become anti-American: even worse than when Cuba became anti-American in 1959. Mexico, of course, isn’t anti-American, but, during Barack Obama’s second term, Ukraine did, indeed, become anti-Russian. It happened not via any democratic revolution (such as American propaganda pretended), but via a bloody coup. Here is how it transpired:

After Mr. Obama (who had been raised surrounded by CIA operatives) finally became elected to a second term, he switched his key official controlling Ukrainian policy from the benign internationalist Philip Gordon, who considered America’s chief enemy to be global jihadism, to the hard-right America-supremacist Victoria Nuland, who considers America’s chief enemy to be instead the nation of Russia.

Nuland had originally been brought into Bill Clinton’s Administration when the nationalistic Russia-hater Strobe Talbott in Clinton’s State Department made her his Chief of Staff; she then became Vice President Dick Cheney’s foreign-affairs advisor, and was brought back again into the State Department by Hillary Clinton in 2011. In September 2013, Nuland was promoted to become Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, working under John Kerry, and she promptly set herself to the task of overthrowing the democratically elected pro-Russian Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych — to turn Ukraine from pro-Russian to anti-Russian.
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СМИ на Западе и в России. И не только о СМИ…

Статья про это…

In other words, the “free speech” that Washington and its EU, Canadian, and Australian puppet states tout means: free speech for Washington’s propaganda and lies, but not for any truth. Truth is terrorism, because truth is the major threat to Washington.

Washington would prefer to avoid the embarrassment of actually shutting down RT as its UK vassal did to Press TV. Washington simply wants to shut up RT. Lark’s message to RT is: self-censure.

In my opinion, RT already understates in its coverage and reporting as does Al Jazeera. Both news organizations understand that they cannot be too forthright, at least not too often or on too many occasions.

I have often wondered why the Russian government allows 20 percent of the Russian media to function as Washington’s fifth column inside Russia. I suspect the reason is that by tolerating Washington’s blatant propaganda inside Russia, the Russian government hopes that some factual news can be reported in the US via RT and other Russian news organizations.

These hopes, like other Russian hopes about the West, are likely to be disappointed in the end. If RT is closed down or assimilated into the Western presstitute media, nothing will be said about it, but if the Russian government closes down Washington’s agents, blatant liars all, in the Russian media, we will hear forever about the evil Russians suppressing “free speech.” Remember, the only allowable “free speech” is Washington’s propaganda.

Only time will tell whether RT decides to be closed down for telling the truth or whether it adds its voice to Washington’s propaganda.

The other item in the interview was the downgrading of Russian credit to junk status.

Standard and Poor’s downgrade is, without any doubt, a political act. It proves what we already know, and that is that the American rating firms are corrupt political operations. Remember the Investment Grade rating the American rating agencies gave to obvious subprime junk? These rating agencies are paid by Wall Street, and like Wall Street they serve the US government.

Полностью статья здесь.

Обама и экономика России…

Статья в “Politico”.

Speaking at a Moscow event in early October, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded cocky about the sanctions imposed on his country by Washington and its European allies. The penalties, Putin said, were “utter silliness” that would only hurt Western businesses.
But now that Russia’s economy is rapidly imploding, with oil prices plunging and the ruble collapsing, Putin is the one feeling the pain. And the question already being debated in Washington is whether President Barack Obama’s strategy of economically sanctioning and isolating Russia deserves any credit.
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“It’s hard to disaggregate out the independent effects of the sanctions from the bigger story. Obviously the driver is oil prices,” said Obama’s former ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul.
“That said, there is no doubt that sanctions raise uncertainty about the Russian economy. Their own minister of economic development said today that the ruble is falling faster than the macroeconomic indicators would suggest it should be,” McFaul added.
Republicans, who have long maligned Obama’s policy as too timid, were more skeptical. “I think it’s a pretty hard sell to say that the sanctions strategy on Russia is what is tanking the ruble right now,” said a senior congressional GOP aide.
“The impact of sanctions is absolutely marginal in this story,” added the aide.
Though the cause is disputed, no one disagrees that Putin’s economy is in crisis. On Tuesday, the Russian ruble fell nearly 6 percent in value — and is down by nearly half since Putin’s Oct. 2 comments. The price of oil, on which Putin’s economy relies, has plunged by about a third. Trying to stem the damage, Russia’s central bank has cranked up interest rates to a whopping 17 percent. Still, analysts see little relief ahead for a Russian economy in a spiral that recalls a 1998 crash that required massive international aid — and which rocked Moscow’s political leadership.
“We couldn’t imagine what’s happening in our worst nightmare even a year ago,” Sergey Shvetsov, a senior Russian central banking official, said in Moscow on Tuesday.
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В Большой Политике нет места для морали…

Многие политики в России, говоря о нынешней ситуации и приводя примеры двойных стандартов, пытаются аппелировать к моральным ценностям и к категориям Добра и Зла.

Думаю, это лишнее, особенно там, где играют в “Большую Политику”.

Как-то, один американский журналист на российском политическом шоу ответил очень просто на вопрос, “почему Америка это делает?”

— Потому что она может.

Like the stock market crashes that periodically wipe out so many fortunes, military crises are hard to predict. Washington’s track record as a seer of future threats is remarkably poor. From the bombing of Pearl Harbor in the 1940s to North Korea’s invasion of the South in the 1950s to the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s to the collapse of South Vietnam in the 1970s to the breakup of the Soviet empire in the 1980s to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in the 1990s to the 9-11 attacks and rise of ISIS in the new millennium, America’s policy elite never seems to see looming danger until it is too late.

So don’t be surprised if the economic sanctions Washington has led the West in imposing on Russia look like a bad idea a year from now. At the moment, a combination of sanctions and plummeting oil prices seems to be dealing the government of President Vladimir Putin a heavy blow — just retribution, many say, for its invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea last year. But as Alan Cullison observed in the Wall Street Journal this week, sanctions sometimes provoke precisely the opposite response from what policymakers hope. In Russia’s case, that could mean a threat to America’s survival. Let’s briefly consider how Russia’s current circumstances could lead to dangers that dwarf the challenges posed by ISIS and cyber attacks.
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СОЛИДАРНОСТЬ С РОССИЕЙ
в час украинской трагедии

Уже почти год украинские события глубоко волнуют каждого из нас, потомков белой эмиграции, тем более что, в отличие от окружающих нас людей, мы в силу нашего происхождения имеем доступ к разносторонней информации. Знание близкого прошлого, а именно, прошлого дореволюционной России, предоставляет нам возможность, а с ней и обязанность, разоблачать явные исторические фальсификации, приведшие к нынешней драме на Украине.
Перед лицом обострения напряженности, как в Донбассе, так и в международных отношениях, напрашивается вывод: агрессивная враждебность, разворачивающаяся ныне против России, лишена всякой рациональности. Политика двойных стандартов зашкаливает. Россия обвиняется во всех преступлениях, без доказательств она априорно объявляется виновной, в то время как к другим странам проявляется поразительная снисходительность, в частности, в отношении соблюдения прав человека.
Мы ни в коей мере не отказываемся от защиты тех ценностей, на которых нас воспитывали наши предки, обреченные на изгнание после революции 1917 года. Мы не отказываемся ни от осуждения преступных деяний большевиков и их преемников, ни от восстанавления исторической правды о том страшном времени. Но это не значит, что мы можем смириться с ежедневно обрушивающейся на нас клеветой в адрес современной России, ее руководства и ее президента, которых подвергают санкциям и смешивают с грязью вопреки элементарному здравому смыслу. Эта саморазрушительная для европейских стран нелепая затея заставляет серьезно задуматься всех тех, кто усматривает в ней стремление Запада скорее воспрепятствовать развитию России, чем уладить кризис на Украине. Особенно смехотворны систематические нападки на всё, что, так или иначе, соотносится с «русским миром»: ведь речь идет об исторических, географических, лингвистических, культурных и духовных реалиях, о великой цивилизации, которая обогатила мир и которой мы по праву гордимся.
Нас также возмущает позорное замалчивание европейскими официальными инстанциями и СМИ, тех жестоких бомбардировок, которые украинская армия, поддерживаемая военными группировками под нацистской символикой, обрушивает в Донбассе на мирное население и объекты гражданской инфраструктуры. Такое замалчивание воспринимается киевскими властями как предоставление им полного права на продолжение убийств и разрушений. Многие месяцы дети и старики гибнут или получают тяжелые увечья, а пленные подвергаются пыткам. А теперь киевское правительство ввело еще и полную блокаду (на газ, электричество, железнодорожное сообщение, пенсии, зарплаты, лекарства, деятельность учреждений, больниц и т.д.), чтобы окончательно уничтожить регион, объявляемый при этом составной частью своей территории. И как не осудить насилие, чинимое сторонниками Киева в отношении Русской Православной Церкви на Украине?! Священников преследуют, принуждают к бегству и даже убивают; разбомблены полсотни храмов, из которых двадцать разрушены полностью; верующие подвергаются гонениям. Где тут европейские ценности?
Несмотря на полное неприятие Советского Союза, наши отцы и деды тяжело переживали страдания, выпавшие на долю русского народа во Второй мировой войне. В свою очередь и мы не останемся равнодушными и молчаливыми свидетелями перед лицом планомерного уничтожения населения Донбасса, вопиющей русофобии и лицемерных подходов, полностью противоречащих интересам любимой нами Европы. Очень хотим надеяться, что страны, приютившие в свое время наши семьи, вновь встанут на путь благоразумия и беспристрастности.

Париж, 26 ноября 2014 г.

Кн. Дмитрий М. и кг. Тамара Г. Шаховские

Отсюда.