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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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Show must go on…

Нашел на Craiglist в Portland…

Congratulations, rednecks! You’ve just elected a Russian mole.

The pollsters should stop apologizing. They actually got it right. Hillary won. But Putin’s hackers manufactured the “hidden Trump vote” while the FBI (Fascists Behaving Indecently) looked the other way. The media, already giving Trump a royal honeymoon, refuses to investigate the greatest HEIST in American history. UNITY IS TREASON!

The perverse message the sham election of 2016 sent to our little girls is that if a woman dare aspires to be POTUS, America will attack her with the feral sociopathic bloodlust of a Christkiller. Best to follow in Melania’s footsteps & aspire to be the trophy wife of an overprivileged fratboy.

The USA is now Under Satanic Authority. Perhaps it always has been. Perhaps the election has revealed the true face of America unmasked from its Norman Rockwell disguise. Liberals made & continue to make the mistake of trying to appeal to America’s intellect & moral conscious. America has neither. Trump sees clearly what really lurks in the American soul: Greed, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, paranoia, belicosity, blasphemy, megalomania. The Founding Fathers fed us a bunch of poetic propaganda. Don’t believe the hype.

The question that needs to be asked: If Donald Philby Trump doesn’t pay taxes, why the hell should we?

do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

Здесь.

Там много еще забавного…

Путин в небе Нью-Йорка…

Конечно же не сам Путин, а всего лишь его лицо, но где?

В стае птиц.

Как думаете, почему вдруг некоторым везде Путин мерещиться начал?

Ненавидим Путина…

..А, что? Креативненько!..

Попытка понять Путина…

…И Россию…

Ukraine and the Bid to Reverse Russia’s Decline

Ukraine is, of course, the place to start. The country is vital to Russia as a buffer against the West and as a route for delivering energy to Europe, which is the foundation of the Russian economy. On Jan. 1, Ukraine’s president was Viktor Yanukovich, generally regarded as favorably inclined to Russia. Given the complexity of Ukrainian society and politics, it would be unreasonable to say Ukraine under him was merely a Russian puppet. But it is fair to say that under Yanukovich and his supporters, fundamental Russian interests in Ukraine were secure.

This was extremely important to Putin. Part of the reason Putin had replaced Boris Yeltsin in 2000 was Yeltsin’s performance during the Kosovo war. Russia was allied with the Serbs and had not wanted NATO to launch a war against Serbia. Russian wishes were disregarded. The Russian views simply didn’t matter to the West. Still, when the air war failed to force Belgrade’s capitulation, the Russians negotiated a settlement that allowed U.S. and other NATO troops to enter and administer Kosovo. As part of that settlement, Russian troops were promised a significant part in peacekeeping in Kosovo. But the Russians were never allowed to take up that role, and Yeltsin proved unable to respond to the insult.

Putin also replaced Yeltsin because of the disastrous state of the Russian economy. Though Russia had always been poor, there was a pervasive sense that it been a force to be reckoned with in international affairs. Under Yeltsin, however, Russia had become even poorer and was now held in contempt in international affairs. Putin had to deal with both issues. He took a long time before moving to recreate Russian power, though he said early on that the fall of the Soviet Union had been the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century. This did not mean he wanted to resurrect the Soviet Union in its failed form, but rather that he wanted Russian power to be taken seriously again, and he wanted to protect and enhance Russian national interests.
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“Аналитика” от Глена…

По поводу “исчезновения” Путина все очень странно. Вот только странность эта не со стороны Путина и власти, как мне представляется.

Путин “не появлялся” какое-то время. А что, Путин обязывался докладывать о каждой минуте и постоянно сидеть в “ящике”.

В общем, после того, как “исчезновение” Путина сопровождалось “аналитикой” со стороны и Западных СМИ, тоже, при этом, обговаривались самые невероятные версии и варианты, очень сложно тем самым “аналитикам” признаться в том, что вся их “аналитика” ушла в свисток.

Вот еще один пример аналитика со свистком.

Where has Vladimir Putin been for the past 11 days? Was he attending the birth of a secret love child? Was he sick? Was there a coup? No one in Russia is talking – but Putin’s now gearing Russia up for war. Most Americans haven’t heard about ‘Operation: Atlantic Resolve’, which has put troops in a line between Russia and Europe. Now Russia is bringing up nuclear weapons and organizing a massive military exercise. What is going on?

Here’s some background:

“I have had a serious feeling and prompting that we need to educate you on the armies of Armageddon, which is ISIS/ISIL. That’s what they believe they are. The army of Armageddon. And they are targeting the armies of Rome. This ties directly in to Russia,” Glenn explained on radio today. “Putin has stated that he is reestablishing the third Roman Empire. [Russia is] becoming the armies of Rome. They’re going into the Crimea, which they have taken, and they’re taking that and reestablishing that as the head of the Roman Empire, the spiritual head of Christianity. Putin has said that Christianity is lost and they are the defenders of the faith. This is why they’re going after the homosexuals in Russia. This is why they’re becoming more fascistic and religious fascistic. They are setting themselves up to be the ones who the world turns who when ISIS…starts to attack,” Glenn said.

So what did America just do in Europe?

The United States has joined NATO in Operation: Atlantic Resolve, something many Americans have never heard of.

CNN explains, “The U.S. Army says it will soon be sending armored Stryker vehicles on a 1,100-mile convoy through six European countries to show solidarity to allies in the wake of recent Russian actions in the Ukraine and Crimea that have Eastern Europe on edge.”

“Most Americans don’t understand that we have done something called Operation Atlantic Resolve. Atlantic Resolve has solidified our treaty with NATO. And we have now dropped all kind of arms and men into the old former Soviet Union, into all those Baltic states, and we have literally drawn a line between Russia and Europe. And we have troops now in align across Europe. And it’s Operation: Atlantic Resolve. And basically it is us saying, Russia, you’re contained. You are not to go any further,” Glenn said.

What was Russia’s response and where was Putin over the past 11 days?

Over the weekend, Russia released an interview with Putin saying they were prepared to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Glenn believes the interview was a response to Operation: Atlantic Resolve, but Putin himself had been out of the picture for 11 days. So who authorized the release of that video and where was Putin?

“This last week was his perceived response, but he was gone,” Glenn said. “So who authorized that? Now, you could say that there’s speculation, and this is what I speculated but I didn’t realize he was gone for 11 days — you could say that he was gone because his girlfriend is having a love child. So maybe he was out having a love child. But he’s not a sentimental guy. There’s no way he went out and disappeared for 11 solid days without any trace of him for a love child.”

“In Russia they were speculating there was a coup and this was the worst possible scenario, because they just killed the guy [America] would like. I don’t think Putin was behind this. They just killed the guy who was said, ‘hey, we can’t do this to the Crimea. We shouldn’t be going into the Ukraine.’ They killed in a guy and sent a very strong message.”

“Then two weeks later, Putin disappears. Before he disappears one of the hard-liners says to the press that Putin better watch himself and better straighten up. This is the guy who’s saying we need to reform the Soviet Union. We need to push back through. He’s a very big fascist. He is in charge of the military. He’s a bad guy. And he said he better watch himself or he’s going to end up like Nicholas the Czar. Well, we all know what happened to Nicholas. Nicholas and his family was killed. Then a week later, Putin disappeared for 11 days? Then somebody says, hey, let’s release this old tape of Putin and couch it in the terms of Operation: Atlantic Resolve, that we’ll use nukes.”

“Then [Putin] comes back a new man, totally refreshed and saying, we are going in and in fact we’re going to do a massive military exercise to show NATO we’re not afraid of you. Something happened in those 11 days. I don’t know what. But something happened in those 11 days.”

What now?

“So I want you to pay attention that Russia is on war footing now,” Glenn said. “Everything that we worried about on ‘The Root: Red Storm Rising’ you can watch it now, just download it or stream it now from TheBlaze.com. But watch that, because we laid some of this stuff out about a month and a half, two months ago. And these were the things we were warning about.”

Полностью вся чушь — здесь.

Честно говоря, столько нагородить всего, это нужно уметь.

Впрочем, Глен — умеет.

Оказывается, этим вопросом озаботились…

..Не только на Украине..

Я об этом.

Мир, читающий CNN, тоже переживает.

(CNN) Vladimir Putin is not a self-effacing man. That’s why when the Russian president suddenly disappeared from view people took notice. When Russian officials tried to trick the public by passing off old photos as new appearances, speculation about Putin’s whereabouts went viral.

Hashtags such as #Whereisputin and #ПутинУмер — Russian for #PutinIsDead — became the tip of a giant social media iceberg, much of it streaked with dark humor.

In Ukraine, the neighboring state besieged by Putin’s forces, someone reportedly left a large funeral wreath at the gate of the Russian embassy. A handwritten message addressed Putin with an expletive, telling him, “Thank you for croaking.”

The fast-moving iceberg of speculation may melt as fast as it emerged. The Kremlin has now started pushing harder against the rumors, trying to prove that Russia’s foremost — nay, only — major political leader, is alive and well. Early on Friday, officials released what they said was a picture of Putin taken the day of. But on social media, onlookers accused officials of dusting off old images. Those keeping track insist Putin has not been seen since March 5.

Regardless of how or when this speculation ends, it tells us much about the political realities of Russia.

This whole thing started after Putin’s trip to Kazakhstan was canceled on Wednesday and a Kazakh official told a reporter that the Russian President had fallen ill. Then the Kremlin released a picture of Putin speaking with the leader of the Republic of Karelia. But it turns out that happened on March 4.

On Thursday, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the President would miss his regular meeting with the Federal Security Service (FSB). When asked about his boss’s health, Peskov said he is “absolutely healthy,” his handshake so strong he could “break your hand.” To illustrate the point, the Kremlin’s Russia Today posted a picture of the mighty President slamming a judo opponent hard against the ground. Peskov says Russia is in the grips of a “spring fever” that is causing people to dream up harebrained scenarios.

Amateur sleuths and creative minds have speculated wildly about Putin’s health problems. The Swiss magazine Blick said Putin is in Lugano, where his girlfriend just gave birth to their baby. Some have said he has cancer; others report a heart attack or a stroke. There are even suggestions that he went off to join ISIS, or is playing hide-and-seek a la Where’s Waldo.

Does Putin ever catch a cold? Does he ever get sick? The Kremlin doesn’t want to allow Putin’s image of virility and strength to become tarnished by the weaknesses of mere humans.

That’s hardly surprising. Putin is not your average president. On paper, Russia is a democracy. But no objective observer believes that. Putin is the state. Every important decision is made by him.

Putin rules in the old-fashioned style of a personality cult. His approval ratings are stratospheric, even if his brazen policies would warrant more significant levels of disagreement. Approval ratings nearing 90% are the product of suppression of dissent and media maneuvers demonizing, ridiculing, and ultimately silencing critics. The system requires propaganda and image control. It needs Putin to be larger than life.

The recent murder of Boris Nemtsov, Putin’s foremost critic, has spawned fears that there is a hit list, a roster of Putin critics whose days are numbered. There are rampant rumors of intrigue inside the Kremlin.

The level of fear is said to be higher than it has been in years. The term “Kremlinology” became the study of intrigue and power machinations in inscrutably dark systems.

Russia has a long history of concealing the illnesses of its leaders. In the Soviet era, some mysterious disappearances were followed by funerals. In those days, there was usually a succession plan. And in the post-Stalin days, the passing of one leader meant that the party chose the next strongman.

In 1991, the last USSR leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, went to his summer home in Crimea. He was visited by a group of high-ranking Soviet officials. The next day, the Russian people were told that Gorbachev was ill, and could not perform his duties. Gorbachev was held against his will. There was a coup in progress. Putin’s mentor, President Boris Yeltsin, also had a history of “disappearing” from view. He was really ill and/or drunk.

Even if Putin is in perfect health and the social media whirlwind turns out to have just been an outlet for creativity, talk of Putin’s disappearance raises important questions.

What would Russia become if he suddenly left power? Is there a successor in place? Is there anyone who would continue Putin’s policies? If there is a power vacuum, a conceivable scenario given just how thoroughly Putin dominates, what would the consequences be?

Whatever Putin is doing at this exact moment — whether he is hunting tigers, visiting with friends, or convalescing from an illness — and no matter what he does in the days ahead, the Internet tempest of the past few days is a reminder that the man who embodies today’s Russian state, who dismantled the country’s once-fledgling democracy, won’t be around forever. Which raises the question, what then?

Отсюда.

Вопрос, касающийся острейшей темы современности…

Что случится с этими людьми, когда Путин появится в телевизоре?

Исчезновение с поля зрениям говорит о том, что в Российской Федерации, вполне вероятно, происходит передача власти, воз можно даже с сохранением «фасада».

Так считает политический аналитик и обозреватель Павел Нусс.

«Агрессивная внешняя и внутренняя политика Владимира Путина, которая спровоцировала политическую и экономическую изоляцию ряда очень влиятельных групп, да и самой страны, не может подпадать в зону интереса российского олигархата, спецслужб», — говорит эксперт.

«Последнее неконтролируемое действия экс-президента Путина дестабилизировало ситуацию в середину его окружения, и вполне вероятно, армия, спецслужбы и разработали сценарий «тихого переворота». Убийство лидера русской оппозиции Бориса Немцова внесло свои коррективы в историю этой страны, и, по моему убеждению, подлинными руководителями России (нефтемагнаты) было принято решение делегировать во власть вместо Путина и всей его вертикали, более прагматичных, контролируемых, либеральных лоббистов их интереса, возможно связанных с ФСБ РФ и МО РФ. Цель понятна – предотвратить экономический крах РФ, связанный с действиями Кремля в украинском вопросе», — отмечает аналитик

«У стен Кремля монтируется сцена, и, скорей всего, она послужит главной трибуне России, с которой будет объявлено об уходе Путина с должности по ряду непредсказуемых причин», — акцентирует Нусс.

«Рассмотрим вариант другой – скорой кончины экс-президента Путина. В этом случае не решаюсь описывать возможный сценарий развития событий, но знаю точно, в администрации украинского президента разрабатывают сценарии первой реакции и действий Украины в случае всех возможных вариантов. Тактично», — отмечает аналитик.

Отсюда.

Путину следовало бы пожалеть подобных “аналитиков”. Уже все сценарии расписаны. Со всеми возможными вариантами.

А, кстати, почему эта тема так взволновала общественность?

И почему так взолнована общественность Украины? Путин — Президент Украины?

И никто таким как Путин, не может быть…

Веселая песенка…

Вот интересно, кто сейчас больше всего “расручивает” культ?

Putin…

Большая статья о Путине. Не новая, но — любопытная.

With no warning, at the turn of the year, President Boris Yeltsin made the announcement to the world that from the next day forward he was vacating his office and leaving Russia in the hands of an unknown Vladimir Putin. On hearing the news, I thought surely not the Putin I remembered––he could never lead Russia. The next day a NYT article included a photo. Yes, it was the same Putin I’d met years ago! I was shocked and dismayed, telling friends, “This is a disaster for Russia, I’ve spent time with this guy, he is too introverted and too intelligent––he will never be able to relate to Russia’s masses.” Further, I lamented: “For Russia to get up off of its knees, two things must happen: 1) The arrogant young oligarchs have to be removed by force from the Kremlin, and 2) A way must be found to remove the regional bosses (governors) from their fiefdoms across Russia’s 89 regions”. It was clear to me that the man in the brown suit would never have the instincts or guts to tackle Russia’s overriding twin challenges.

February 2000: Almost immediately Putin began putting Russia’s oligarchs on edge. In February a question about the oligarchs came up; he clarified with a question and his answer: “What should be the relationship with the so-called oligarchs? The same as anyone else. The same as the owner of a small bakery or a shoe repair shop.” This was the first signal that the tycoons would no longer be able to flaunt government regulations or count on special access in the Kremlin. It also made the West’s capitalists nervous. After all, these oligarchs were wealthy untouchable businessmen––good capitalists, never mind that they got their enterprises illegally and were putting their profits in offshore banks.

Four months later Putin called a meeting with the oligarchs and gave them his deal: They could keep their illegally-gained wealth-producing Soviet enterprises and they would not be nationalized …. IF taxes were paid on their revenues and if they personally stayed out of politics. This was the first of Putin’s “elegant solutions” to the near impossible challenges facing the new Russia. But the deal also put Putin in crosshairs with US media and officials who then began to champion the oligarchs, particularly Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The latter became highly political, didn’t pay taxes, and prior to being apprehended and jailed was in the process of selling a major portion of Russia’s largest private oil company, Yukos Oil, to Exxon Mobil. Unfortunately, to U.S. media and governing structures, Khodorkovsky became a martyr (and remains so up to today).

March 2000: I arrived in St.Petersburg. A Russian friend (a psychologist) since 1983 came for our usual visit. My first question was, “Lena what do you think about your new president?” She laughed and retorted, “Volodya! I went to school with him!” She began to describe Putin as a quiet youngster, poor, fond of martial arts, who stood up for kids being bullied on the playgrounds. She remembered him as a patriotic youth who applied for the KGB prematurely after graduating secondary school (they sent him away and told him to get an education). He went to law school, later reapplied and was accepted. I must have grimaced at this, because Lena said, “Sharon in those days we all admired the KGB and believed that those who worked there were patriots and were keeping the country safe. We thought it was natural for Volodya to choose this career. My next question was, “What do you think he will do with Yeltsin’s criminals in the Kremlin?” Putting on her psychologist hat, she pondered and replied, “If left to his normal behaviors, he will watch them for a while to be sure what is going on, then he will throw up some flares to let them know that he is watching. If they don’t respond, he will address them personally, then if the behaviors don’t change–– some will be in prison in a couple of years.” I congratulated her via email when her predictions began to show up in real time.

Throughout the 2000’s: St.Petersburg’s many CCI alumni were being interviewed to determine how the PEP business training program was working and how we could make the U.S. experience more valuable for their new small businesses. Most believed that the program had been enormously important, even life changing. Last, each was asked, “So what do you think of your new president?” None responded negatively, even though at that time entrepreneurs hated Russia’s bureaucrats. Most answered similarly, “Putin registered my business a few years ago”. Next question, “So, how much did it cost you?” To a person they replied, “Putin didn’t charge anything”. One said, “We went to Putin’s desk because the others providing registrations at the Marienskii were getting ‘rich on their seats.'”

Late 2000: Into Putin’s first year as Russia’s president, US officials seemed to me to be suspect that he would be antithetical to America’s interests––his every move was called into question in American media. I couldn’t understand why and was chronicling these happenings in my computer and newsletters.

Year 2001: Jack Gosnell (former USCG mentioned earlier) explained his relationship with Putin when the latter was deputy mayor of St.Petersburg. The two of them worked closely to create joint ventures and other ways to promote relations between the two countries. Jack related that Putin was always straight up, courteous and helpful. When Putin’s wife, Ludmila, was in a severe auto accident, Jack took the liberty (before informing Putin) to arrange hospitalization and airline travel for her to get medical care in Finland. When Jack told Putin, he reported that the latter was overcome by the generous offer, but ended saying that he couldn’t accept this favor, that Ludmila would have to recover in a Russian hospital. She did––although medical care in Russia was abominably bad in the 1990s.

A senior CSIS officer I was friends with in the 2000s worked closely with Putin on a number of joint ventures during the 1990s. He reported that he had no dealings with Putin that were questionable, that he respected him and believed he was getting an undeserved dour reputation from U.S. media. Matter of fact, he closed the door at CSIS when we started talking about Putin. I guessed his comments wouldn’t be acceptable if others were listening.

Another former U.S. official who will go unidentified, also reported working closely with Putin, saying there was never any hint of bribery, pressuring, nothing but respectable behaviors and helpfulness.

I had two encounters in 2013 with State Department officials regarding Putin:

At the first one, I felt free to ask the question I had previously yearned to get answered: “When did Putin become unacceptable to Washington officials and why? Without hesitating the answer came back: “‘The knives were drawn’ when it was announced that Putin would be the next president.” I questioned WHY? The answer: “I could never find out why––maybe because he was KGB.” I offered that Bush #I, was head of the CIA. The reply was, “That would have made no difference, he was our guy.”

The second was a former State Department official with whom I recently shared a radio interview on Russia. Afterward when we were chatting, I remarked, “You might be interested to know that I’ve collected experiences of Putin from numerous people, some over a period of years, and they all say they had no negative experiences with Putin and there was no evidence of taking bribes”. He firmly replied, “No one has ever been able to come up with a bribery charge against Putin.”

From 2001 up to today, I’ve watched the negative U.S. media mounting against Putin …. even accusations of assassinations, poisonings, and comparing him to Hitler. No one yet has come up with any concrete evidence for these allegations. During this time, I’ve traveled throughout Russia several times every year, and have watched the country slowly change under Putin’s watch. Taxes were lowered, inflation lessened, and laws slowly put in place. Schools and hospitals began improving. Small businesses were growing, agriculture was showing improvement, and stores were becoming stocked with food. Alcohol challenges were less obvious, smoking was banned from buildings, and life expectancy began increasing. Highways were being laid across the country, new rails and modern trains appeared even in far out places, and the banking industry was becoming dependable. Russia was beginning to look like a decent country –– certainly not where Russians hoped it to be long term, but improving incrementally for the first time in their memories.

Полностью — здесь.

И очень любопытный сайт.