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Border Patrol Chief: Agents can still shoot at rock throwers
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, Mar 9 2014
US Border Patrol agents can still use deadly force to respond to rock-throwing attacks along the border, even though they must take care in assessing whether their lives are in danger, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said in a new directive Friday. The guidance comes at a time when Border Patrol agents are under scrutiny for their response to rock-throwing instances along the US-Mexico border, which had resulted in several deaths when agents have fired back with their service firearms. Critics have argued that there is no reason to shoot back at those throwing rocks, while agents and their defenders argue that the rocks are often small boulders that could kill or seriously injure someone. Fisher said in the directive:
Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles unless the agent has a reasonable belief, based on the totality of the circumstances, to include the size and nature of the projectiles, that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious injury.
The new directive also says agents shouldn’t fire at moving vehicles unless they believe the vehicles are being used as deadly force in an attack. Critics said the guidance didn’t quell their concerns. Chris Rickerd, policy counsel at the ACLU, said:
Fisher’s new guidance on use of force leaves much to be desired. It is largely a restatement of existing policy, which is a shame because clearly existing policy isn’t working.
He called for independent inquiries into all deadly force incidents from the last five years. Along with the directive, both US Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is responsible for interior immigration enforcement, released their full use-of-force policies. Speaking with reporters, Fisher said his goal was to try to get agents to be aware of their surroundings so they make the correct decisions for the circumstances they are facing. He said:
All I’m doing is being a little but more specific to the environment we’re operating in.
Since 2010, the Border Patrol counted 1,713 instances where rocks were thrown at agents. The agents responded with deadly force in 43 cases, resulting in 10 deaths. Since 2007, the Border Patrol said, there have been more than 6,000 assaults on agents, and 3 agents have been killed. Rock-throwing from the Mexican side of the border at agents in the US is frequent. Critics of the Border Patrol’s policy argue that rocks aren’t always deadly projectiles and had asked that agents be restricted from firing back. But the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that represents line agents, said the focus on rocks misses the point that they are being thrown as part of an assault on US law enforcement. It said:
Restricting agents in their use of force, whether it is against rock or vehicular assaults, will only result in more criminals attacking Border Patrol agents. Criminals will know if agents are prohibited from using deadly force against rock or vehicle assaults, they will quickly employ those means against agents.
Fisher said that, in his experience, assailants are using projectiles to try to push agents out of the area so that illegal activity can continue. Last week, the LA Times reported on an independent report that criticized the Border Patrol’s policy, saying the agency showed a lack of diligence in investigating instances where agents used their weapons. The experts who wrote the report urged the Border Patrol to limit the use of lethal force in instances where assailants are using vehicles or projectiles. Last year, the Border Patrol said it would consider outfitting agents with dashboard and lapel cameras to try to cut down on uncertainty surrounding some of the incidents. Fisher told reporters those recommendations are still under study.
Confrontation in Ukraine as diplomacy stalls
Andrew Osborn, Natalia Zinets, Reuters, Mar 11 2014
SEVASTOPOL/KIEV – A pro-Russian force opened fire in seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Monday and NATO announced reconnaissance flights along its eastern frontiers as confrontation around the Black Sea peninsula showed no sign of easing. Ukrainian activists trying to cross into Crimea to show solidarity with opponents of last week’s Russian military takeover there said they were halted by men in uniforms of the now outlawed riot police. One of these fired at close range, hitting a man in the chest, apparently with rubber bullets. With diplomacy at a standstill, Russia said the US had spurned an invitation to hold new talks on resolving the crisis, the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War, although Washington said later a meeting of foreign ministers was possible this week, if Moscow shows it is ready to “engage”. NATO said AWACS early warning aircraft would start reconnaissance flights on Tuesday over Poland and Romania to monitor the situation in Ukraine, flying from bases in Germany and Britain. The US on Tuesday will also begin previously planned military training exercises in the region, the first since the Russian intervention in Crimea. A US Navy destroyer will participate in maneuvers with Romanian and Bulgarian warships in the Black Sea, across from Crimea. In Poland, US fighter jets will take part in joint exercises. British PM Cameron told Germany’s Bild newspaper, however, that Western powers were not considering military action and wanted a diplomatic solution. EU governments are considering sanctions against Russia.
Ukrainian pseudo-PM Arseny Yatseniuk, who said he would address the UNSC on Thursday, blamed the crisis on Russia and accused Moscow of undermining the global security system by taking control of Crimea. Ukraine’s new justice authorities issued warrants for the arrest of Crimea’s pro-Russia leaders on Monday, six days before a referendum they have called to join the region to Russia. Russian forces have in little more than a week taken over military installations across Crimea, home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Russian territory until Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1954. Pro-Russian separatists have taken control of the regional parliament, declared Crimea part of the Russian Federation and announced a referendum for Sunday to confirm that. Putin says Moscow is acting to protect the rights of ethnic Russians, who make up a majority of Crimea’s population, after Ukraine’s Pres Yanukovich was ousted last month in what Russia calls a coup. On Monday, a Ukrainian defense official said a Russian-led military force of about a dozen men fired in the air as they took control of a Ukrainian naval base near the town of Bakhchisaray, though no one was hurt. The force was accompanied by the base’s Ukrainian commander. He persuaded a number of his men to join the Russian forces while allowing others who refused to leave, the Ukrainian official, Vladislav Seleznyov wrote on Facebook. The Russian force later drove off with nine Ukrainian vehicles. Yarik Alexandrov, one of the Ukrainian naval personnel who refused to pledge allegiance to Moscow, told Reuters near the base that he and his comrades at first refused to surrender. He said:
Then they started shooting round our feet, and we surrendered. What could we do? We had no weapons.
Similar small confrontations have taken place at other Ukrainian bases around Crimea, although shooting has been rare and there has so far been no bloodshed. Russia denies its troops are involved, a stance ridiculed in Kiev and the West. In a sign of the peninsula’s growing isolation from the Ukrainian mainland, armed men prevented a convoy of cars from a Ukrainian activist group crossing into Crimea. The group was part of the Maidan movement behind the protests that forced Yanukovich to flee to Russia. Ukrainian television showed men in the uniform of the Berkut riot police, banned by the new authorities for its role in shooting dozens of demonstrators in Kiev last month, blocking the road south. One was shown firing twice, hitting a man in the chest. His injuries appeared minor, suggesting the use of rubber bullets. In other armed action, Russian forces took over a military hospital and a missile unit. Reuters correspondents also saw a big Russian convoy on the move just outside the port city of Sevastopol near a Ukrainian air defense base. It comprised more than 100 vehicles, including around 20 APCs plus mobile artillery. Putin says Russia is not controlling events in Crimea, but denials of Russian involvement are rejected by the US as the two former Cold War enemies wage a geopolitical battle over the future of Crimea and Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Putin that Russia’s position on Ukraine remained at odds with the West, but US Sec State Jackass Kerry had declined an invitation to visit Russia on Monday for further talks. Lavrov told Putin during talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi:
It is all being formulated as if there was a conflict between Russia and Ukraine … and our partners suggested using the situation created by a coup as a starting point.
He did not say why Jackass had postponed the talks. The State Dept said Jackass told Lavrov on Saturday that Washington wanted Moscow to cease its drive to annex Crimea and end provocative steps. In a statement, it added:
Jackass made clear to Lavrov that he would welcome further discussions focused on how to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine if and when we see concrete evidence that Russia is prepared to engage on these proposals.
In Kiev, Yatseniuk said he would address the UNSC during a debate on Ukraine. He is also due to hold talks with the US government that will show Washington’s support of the new Ukrainian leadership. Interfax quoted Yatseniuk as telling reporters:
Russia’s policy is aimed at undermining the basis of the global security system and revising the outcome of WW2.
Western powers have rallied behind Ukraine’s new leaders and the World Bank said on Monday it planned to provide up to $3b this year to see Kiev through an economic crisis. US senators are preparing legislation that aides said would be broader than a measure passed last week by the House of Representatives backing $1b in loan guarantees for Ukraine, and could include sanctions. Ukraine’s crisis was triggered in November by Yanukovich’s refusal, under Russian pressure, to sign deals on closer political and trade ties with the EU. Although three months of protests against Yanukovich were mostly peaceful, at least 80 demonstrators were killed in clashes after police used force against them, some by sniper fire. Yanukovich fled Ukraine before a peace deal with the opposition was implemented, and a new national unity government was installed. He is wanted for mass murder in Ukraine and is being sheltered by Russia. Western countries have denounced the Russian intervention in Crimea and say the borders of Ukraine, a country of 46 million, should remain unchanged. They have said they will not accept the outcome of Sunday’s vote. US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said in Kiev:
The US is not prepared to recognize any result of the so-called referendum taking place in six days’ time. We are committed to Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine. The crisis needs to be solved diplomatically, not militarily.
In the latest military movements, in Sevastopol, where Russia has its Black Sea Fleet base, Russian forces disarmed servicemen at a Ukrainian army missile base, Seleznyov said. He told Fifth Channel television that about 200 soldiers aboard 14 trucks moved on the building at about 1.30 am and threatened to storm it if the Ukrainian soldiers failed to give up their weapons. In the eastern city of Luhansk, Ukraine’s security services said they were investigating the takeover on Sunday of the main administrative building. The region’s top official was held captive in a room where he was made to write a letter saying he had resigned, but he later said he was still performing his duties.
NATO Deploys AWACS as Crimea Organizes Self-Defense Forces
Infowars.com, Mar 11 2014
NATO has given a green light to deploy AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) flights over Poland and Romania. The BBC quoted NATO officials saying the “reconnaissance flights will take place solely over alliance territory” in response to a planned Crimea referendum to join Russia, a move governments in Europe and the US have declared illegal. NATO added the flights will “enhance the alliance’s situational awareness” of events in Ukraine and Crimea. The AWACS are based in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and Waddington in the UK. AWACS operate as an airborne radar “picket” system to detect aircraft, ships and vehicles at long ranges for targeting purposes. In Europe, NATO uses AWAC in a similar fashion as the US Navy uses a Command Information Center on a warship. The system allows operators to track targets and engage in battle management. NATO has not specified what in particular it is monitoring and possibly targeting in Ukraine. In recent days, Crimea has organized self-defense units in the autonomous republic “in order to respond to possible provocations from the coup-imposed government in Kiev,” according to InSerbia.info, a nonprofit news organization. Aleksandr Bochkarev, head of the Crimean self-defense forces, told RIA Novosti on Monday:
We’re shaping up our own armed forces now.
Russia Threatens to Impose Sanctions On US Corporations
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars.com, Mar 10 2014
USAians may not believe in going to war over Ukraine, but if a recent CNN poll can be taken at face value, nearly 60% think sanctions are doable. From CNN today:
Nearly 6 in 10 of those questioned say they support economic sanctions against Moscow by the US and its allies in an attempt to force Russia to remove its forces from the Crimean peninsula, and try to prevent Russia from sending forces to other parts of Ukraine. Nearly 4 in 10 oppose economic sanctions. Last week the Obama administration laid the groundwork for sanctions against Russia.
Jackass Kerry, during an interview with the wife of a former Federal Reserve boss, expressed incredulity when asked about Putin’s claim there are no Russian troops in Ukraine. Putin said the armed men are Ukrainian volunteers and security personnel from a Russian version of Blackwater. Russia has a naval base in Crimea. The US has around 1,000 military bases around the world. The Pentagon, however, puts the number at 662 in 38 different countries. Jackass’ outrage and the corporate media manufactured opposition to Russia’s supposed invasion of Ukraine would be far less hypocritical if USAians were not so oblivious to the bases their government maintains in foreign countries. CNN and Faux talk endlessly about the opposition by Ukrainians to the presence of Russian troops, but you never hear about the fact over 90% of Okinawans oppose the presence of US troops in Japan’s southernmost prefecture. In addition to hypocrisy on bases, the US people are woefully ignorant about the number of transnational corporations based in Russia. Danny Vinik, writing for New Republic last week, says transnational corporations are “scared” of sanctions on Russia. Sacred? More like adamant about not losing a red cent to the self-righteous hyperbolic soundbites of Obama and crew. On Monday, Press TV reported:
Moscow is preparing a bill that would freeze the assets of EU and US companies operating in Russia in response to potential Western sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine’s Republic of Crimea.
A large number of corporations would be impacted by the measure, including but hardly limited to PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Ford, Caterpillar, IBM, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, ExxonMobil, Chevorn, Boeing, ConocoPhillips, and many others doing business in Russia. If Russia imposes retaliatory measures, you can bet sanctions cooked by the West will fizzle in short order. Obama and Congress may rant about the evil Vladimir Putin and the aggressive Russian bear, but that’s all hot air and rhetoric. Transnational corporations and international banks own Congress. They get Congress critters elected and re-elected and write Obama’s teleprompter script. They are not about to let billions of dollars slide down the tubes because of troubles in Russia’s backyard. Sanctions work, sort of, against Iran because the market there is miniscule: a mere $500m/yr. The SEC can grandstand and pompous politicos can make grandiloquent speeches about containing the mullahs and their non-existent nukes because Iran is not Russia, even with its bounty of oil reserves. Europe does about $460b/yr in business in Russia, while US corporations do about $40b/yr. Is it sane to believe this kind of money will be sacrificed to protest what is or is not going on in Ukraine?
An Eilat newspaper reported that Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met secretly in an Aqaba hotel with Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar. For more on the strange relationship these two are cultivating and the clear limitations Prince Bandar is facing both in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the region, read this interesting profile of the Saudis’ top spook. Pardo and Sultan weren’t in Aqaba to soak up that warm winter sunshine. This is the second such meeting that I’ve reported between them over the past few weeks. The source of the story is supposedly the Jordanian government. You have to ask yourself if two well-known intelligence chiefs of supposedly hostile nations want to meet secretly, why choose a Jordanian hotel? No. I’d say they wanted their meeting to be known. Perhaps not known throughout the world, but certainly known to the intelligence agencies in certain capitals like Tehran and Washington.
- Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, Nov 17 2013
AJC, ADL opposing Maryland anti-boycott measure
JTA, Mar 9 2014
WASHINGTON — Two national Jewish organizations are opposing a Maryland bill that would financially penalize colleges involved in an academic boycott of another country. The AJC and the ADL in statements said that while they clearly do not support the American Studies Association’s call for a boycott of Israel, which occasioned the measure being considered by Maryland legislators, they also do not support any attempt to stifle academic freedom. Alan Ronkin, the director of AJC’s Washington office, said in a Mar 5 statement:
Maryland’s proposed legislative action, which itself raises academic freedom questions, is not the answer to discriminatory acts against Israeli academics. More helpful would be a General Assembly call for publicly funded colleges and universities to increase their cooperation with Israeli institutions of higher learning.
The AJC and ADL have objected to similar bills under consideration in other state legislatures. Two lengthy hearings on the Maryland bill were held last week in Annapolis. The bill prohibits public universities from paying for its employees to attend conferences or use public funds if they participated directly or indirectly in support of academic boycotts of countries that have a declaration of cooperation with Maryland. Israel has such a declaration. Also, the measure reduces state funding to the boycotting universities by 3%. Among regional Jewish groups, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington objects to any financial penalties, while the Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of any attempt to stop those who would delegitimize Israel. The Baltimore-Israel Coalition and Agudat Israel of Maryland also support the bill.
I’ll just chuck this in here, cos it’s vaguely interesting:
Rashid Khalidi and Judith Butler object to boycotting the boycotters
JTA, Mar 7 2014
NEW YORK – Judith Butler and Rashid Khalidi are circulating a letter objecting to retaliation against those who support boycotts of Israel. Both Butler and Khalidi recently had events canceled at Jewish institutions after critics raised objections to their views on Israel. Butler, a literary theorist affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, pulled out of a talk on Franz Kafka that she had been scheduled to deliver in March at New York’s Jewish Museum amid protests over her support for boycotting Israel. Khalidi, a professor at Columbia University who supports the legitimacy of resistance against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, was disinvited from giving a talk to students at Ramaz, a modern Orthodox high school in New York. Butler and Khalidi’s letter, which has approximately 150 co-signers, including academics and artists, says:
Whether one is for or against BDS as a means to change the current situation in Plastelina-Israel, it is important to recognize that boycotts are internationally affirmed and constitutionally protected forms of political expression. There is proposed legislation under debate in New York, Maryland and Illinois that threatens academic funding on the basis of criticism of the Israeli government. As non-violent instruments to effect political change, boycotts cannot be outlawed without trampling on a constitutionally protected right to political speech. Those who support boycotts ought not to become subject to retaliation, surveillance, or censorship when they choose to express their political viewpoint, no matter how offensive that may be to those who disagree.
my opinion is that einstein couldn’t accept the actual eternity of the universe, because he was religious
Steady Slow theory: Einstein’s alternative to Big Bang theory
Times of Israel, Mar 10 2014
Albert Einstein once proposed an alternative to the Big Bang theory, arguing that rather than a single explosive event, the universe expanded steadily and eternally. A manuscript in which he set out the proposition sat unnoticed for decades at HUJI’s Albert Einstein Archives, and was only recently discovered. The Big Bang theory emerged in the 1920s, but Einstein initially opposed it. His writings on an alternative approach, entitled “About the Cosmological Problem,” were penned in or around 1931, apparently during a visit to California, since he used USAian notepaper. Describing his theory for the formation of the universe, he wrote:
For the density to remain constant new particles of matter must be continually formed.
But he quickly abandoned his idea, according to Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, a physicist at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland who realized what the manuscript dealt with. Einstein recognized that he had made a mistake in his calculations, according to O’Raifeartaigh, corrected them, crossing out a number in different colored ink, and is not known to have ever returned to the subject.
The Einstein manuscript has long been available online at the Albert Einstein Archives, but had been erroneously identified as the first draft of a different Einstein paper. After O’Raifeartaigh came across it and researched it, he and a team of colleagues posted their findings, which were then reported in recent days by the magazine Nature. Nature quotes cosmologist James Peebles of Princeton University describing the manuscript as probably “a rough draft commenced with excitement over a neat idea and soon abandoned as the author realized he was fooling himself.
Ukraine as the USDollar Waterloo
Jim Willie, Gold-eagle.com, Mar 6 2014
The desperation of the Anglo-American leadership, guided by the steady corrupt banker hands, has never been more acutely high, nor obvious in full view. The entire Ukraine situation is a travesty. It includes Langley agents killing police and street demonstrators from rooftops, the confirmation coming from the Estonian Embassy (translation of scripts). It includes thefts of official Ukrainian Govt funds, again sent to the Swiss hill sanctuary. It includes sanctions delivered by a US Paper Tiger, sure to cause horrific backlash. It involves the last gasp attempt to obstruct the Gazprom energy pipelines, which will inevitably corner the European market in monopoly. It involves subterfuge with the NATO card (aka Narcotics And Treachery Outlaws) with missiles placed on the Russian borders. Look for NATO members to find a back door to exit the spurious treaty. It involves playing with nitro-glycerine in the Petro-Dollar room. It involves putting tremendous risk for much more clear isolation of the United States. The more the USGovt pushes, the more the US will be isolated. Remember that Nazis steal from their enemy states, de-fraud from their allied states, and force themselves into an isolated state. In Ukraine, the United States has over-played its weak hand. Already, a secret document was leaked in London that the UKGovt would not support the US-led sanctions against Russia.
History repeats itself from the Kremlin phone calls made during the Syrian conflict just a few months ago, when the UKGovt withdrew its support and left the US isolated, looking very weak. Already, Putin has threatened to dump USTreasury Bonds. Putin aptly calls the Anglo-Americans as Mutants. Imagine the lunacy of trying to cut off the only Russian warm water military naval port in the Crimea. Just as stupid as the Trans Pacific Partnership faux pas, trying to cut off China from its Asian neighbors and partners in trade. The intelligence level of the USGovt has never been more stupid, destructive, and in full view. The lost ground for the United States is obvious and glaring in the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Caucasus region.
IMMEDIATE PETRO-DOLLAR RISK
If the Kremlin demands Gold bullion (or even Russian Rubles) for oil payments, then the interventions to subvert the Ruble currency by the London and Wall Street houses will backfire and blow up in the bankster faces. Expect any surplus Rubles would be converted quickly to Gold bullion. If the Chinese demand that they are permitted to pay for oil shipments in Yuan currency, then the entire Petro-Dollar platform will be subjected to sledge hammers and wrecking balls. The new Petro-Yuan defacto standard will have been launched from the Shanghai outpost. If the Saudis curry favor to the Russians and Chinese by accepting non-USDollar payments for oil shipments, then the Petro-Dollar is dead and buried. The rise of the Nat Gas Coop run by Gazprom is in progress, its gas pipelines to strangle the OPEC and its bastard Petro-Dollar child. The entire USDollar foundation with the USTreasury Bond bank reserve structure is at risk is collapsing, as consequence to the desperate adventure and criminal activity conducted in Ukraine. Just like with Syria, a hidden giant energy deposit is concealed under the table. Off the Lebanese and Syrian coast, a massive off-shore energy deposit was recently discovered. The US & UK & Israeli oligarchs wish to take it all. Confusion is their game. In the western plains of Ukraine, a massive gas deposit was recently discovered. The US & European oligarchs wish to take it all. Confusion is their game.
The danger level has never been higher. No resolution to the Global Monetary War can come, which we have been seeking, without a climax. It is hardly just a financial crisis amidst a stubborn economic recovery. The nature of the currencies and their underlying sovereign bond foundation is highly toxic, which requires a strong replacement as solution, using an alternative to the USDollar alongside its reserve ledger item the USTreasury Bond. A return to the Gold Standard is coming, but the birth will have loud pangs and possibly broad damage suffered. The Global Currency Reset is better named the Return to the Gold Standard. The United States and London will not give up their control of the Weimar Printing Press easily, used for elite self-dole of extreme wealth. It has served well as the Elite credit card. They will not go quietly, and assume their place in the backwater without taking the world to the brink. No climax can occur without enormous risk and loss. The Global Paradigm Shift is in full gear, with attendant risk huge here and now. My Jackass firm belief is that the US/UK fascist team face a Waterloo event in Ukraine, the victim to be the Imperial Dollar. This bulletin will not be a comprehensive note, as the situation is too vast. The information in the Hat Trick Letter is used to interweave a story of the impending removal of the USDollar from its corrupt throne.
UNITED STATES TRAPPED AND CORNERED
The Anglo Americans have fallen into a carefully designed trap by the Russians and Chinese in a clever designed sequence. More Sun Tzu tactics have been put into practice, which utilize the momentum from the enemy to be thrust back on them. Planning for final steps must have taken place during high level Putin meetings with Xi from the elite Sochi viewing box. The unfolding of events has been more carefully engineered and orchestrated than what appears. The US/UK team has been caught in a vise for months, as the rejection of the USDollar as global reserve currency is in high gear, the refusal of the USTBond a recognized trend in diversifications. The death process is slow and grueling. Much of the American Hemisphere is surrounded and controlled by Russia & China, whether the canal, the port facilities, the oil supply, the mineral deposits, even Yuan Swap facilities. Africa has largely gone under Chinese control, with Russia playing a hidden role as well.
The Persian Gulf is in transition, with the critical protectorate role shifting to China. The Qatar royals have just ordered a dismissal of USGovt ambassadors from their nation. Note that Qatar is the site of a giant USNaval base. To be sure, the Sochi Olympic Games are over, a successful event. The gloves have thus come off. The risks have reached acute levels. The US leadership seems cavalier to the risks that over half the USGovt debt is in foreign hands, over 30% of it in Russian & Chinese hands. A severe backlash cometh. The most vulnerable player in the room is the most aggressive, arrogant, vile, and obnoxious. The instability of the situation is far beyond acute. The victim will be the USDollar and its sidekick the USTreasury Bond. The USTBonds will be kicked out of the global banking system. The Third World awaits the United States, for its domestic betrayals, its financial failures, its criminal deeds, and its war aggression.
THE RUSSIAN BACKLASH TO BE SUDDEN
Russian President Vladimir Putin will slam the West, and very soon. The initial salvo might be a natural gas cutoff by Gazprom, the Russian giant which has fast moved into the global monopoly position. Eventually, Putin might demand gold payment for the natgas in the captured pipelines, that being the plan according to The Voice. Russia supplies one quarter of Western European gas needs. It will be the opening salvo for Gold Trade Settlement, for which the Iran workarounds to the sanctions provided the critical prototype. Combined with a formal announcement of USTreasury Bond sales in volume by Russia & China, the impact would be tremendous, even devastating. The reverberation will be soon seen as the pending demise of the defacto Petro-Dollar Standard, dictated by crude oil sales in USD terms. It will also be soon seen as the end of the USTBond as the global reserve standard in banking systems. Notice for over two years, the primary buyer of USGovt debt (and its refunded rollover) has been the US Federal Reserve via bond monetization, an absolute heresy to central banking. Hyper monetary inflation cannot stand as fixed policy. The world has responded by constructing an alternative to trade settlement. The forum has been the BRICS conferences and the G-20 Meetings of finance ministers. The US & UK will gradually be excluded from both forums, a process well along. Even traditional allies like Japan are buying gold in high volume, with suppressed lowball data so far. This is game over for the USDollar, the direct victim of Ukraine backlash. The war against Russia has been veiled, but the Jackass has exposed it.
VEILED ATTACKS AGAINST RUSSIAN GAZPROM
First was the attack against Russian Gazprom in Cyprus. It was a hidden attack made to look like a bank confiscation event. Notice no bank account confiscations outside the small but important island nation. The entire Russian banking clearance system had been done through Cyprus. Also, Russia was making significant transactions to purchase Gold bullion using Cyprus as clearing house for the purchases. Second was the attack against Russian Gazprom in Syria, another complicated event. The US had used the Libyan Embassy as a weapons running facility (major diplomatic violation), after which the US lost Egypt as a transfer station on the weapons running. The false flag attack in Syria was made to look like a chemical weapons event. However, the Saudis were the guilty party. The motive by the US was to block the advance of Russian Gazprom pipelines, which are to connect to the vast Iran supply centers. Iran has far more oil & gas than Iraq. In fact, Iran is the linchpin nation, which will throw its support toward Russia. Iran will push the Nat Gas Coop certain to eclipse Saudi Arabia and the loud gaggle of OPEC members. With the Russian Gazprom, together Iran and the Nat Gas Coop will usher in the Petro-Yuan Standard and bury the Petro-Dollar, the price set by Russia, the contracts set in Shanghai. Thus the Saudis will be expendable, and their Gold in London to be totally stolen.
Move to the present. Third was the attack against Russia Gazprom in Ukraine, done by the CIA and its partner security agents from the small ally nation on the SouthEast Med corner. The old game of destabilization, popular uprising, bank thefts, and now data files stolen has been put into action. The theft of significant funds in Ukraine has only started, funds gone to Swiss banks. The full betrayal will be seen soon. The US & UK have a lunatic plan to corral the Ukraine pipelines and possibly the vast farmlands of Ukraine. The wrong-footed plan will backfire, when Putin cuts off the natgas supply to Europe, when Putin demands a new type of energy supply payment structure, and when Putin engineers certain other steps. They might execute a Nat Gas Coop double in price, much like the OPEC event in 1973. Witness the upcoming Birth of the Eurasian Trade Zone, the birth pangs heard in Ukraine. The United States and Great Britain will not be included. The Eurasian Trade Zone will span 14 time zones and will settle in gold.
IRAN WORKAROUND AS KEY PROTOTYPE SOLUTION
The Anglo Americans have disrupted a key nation with longstanding historical and religious ties to Russia. The land of Ukraine also contains Russia’s only warm water naval port in the Crimea, the site of a recent suspicious earthquake. The response will be swift and firm. The Eastern nations (led by China & Russia) have been making detailed preparations in the last couple years to launch the alternative trade system founded in Gold Settlement. Its launch lacks a potential open door trigger, possibly offered by the Ukraine situation. The Gold Standard could return in a baptism by fire. The open door trigger appears to be the Western interventions into Ukraine, since the Western banking structures will not be permitted to collapse, the ugly reality. The abuse of the central bank monetary expansion and fraudulent bond redemption has gone totally out of control, forcing an endless cycle of alternative preparations and motivated reactions, including the Iran workaround with Turkey as intermediary in gold provision. Other attacks have taken place in the last few months against the Russian Ruble by Wall Street firms. The reaction will possibly be the launch of what could eventually be understood to be a gold-backed Ruble currency, combined with natgas cutoffs to Europe and USTBond dumps. At first it could be perceived as the oil-backed Ruble, but its quick hidden conversion to Gold bullion could be revealed later on. The USDollar will be discarded as obsolete, even toxic. The USDollar debt basis might be widely accepted to be the cause of the global financial crisis, and the USFed Quantitative Easing be widely understood to be the cause of the global financial collapse.
EUROPE AS KEY REGION TO TIP EASTWARD
Events inside Western Europe could unfold rapidly. Behind the scenes, much is happening. The important German-French Axis is breaking down, weakened by each passing month and bailout exercise. The motive for much of the German support of bailouts and rescue plans, as faulty as they have been, is the oversized German ownership of both French Govt debt and big French banks. They will fail, both the French sovereign debt and the big French banks. Germany must undergo a split, with a restructure from the devastating damage due to Southern European sovereign debt and related big bank losses. At the same time, Germany is on the verge of turning East to Russia. Already Russia is a large energy and mineral supplier to Germany, the heavy railway facilities in place. The core of Nordic Europe is firm. Austria and Finland are aligned with the pragmatic forces in Germany and the Netherlands. Italy is being transformed, but Spain might be lost to chaos. Turkey is also undergoing change during chaotic reform. The entire NATO Alliance has never been weaker. The military action in Ukraine is framed as a supposed NATO exercise to honor a treaty. Watch the loose end like Turkey fall off the NATO wagon, while Finland falls off the Euro currency wagon. The Jackass is eager to see the Snowden NSA files reveal key data on the illicit usage of NATO bases for narcotics distribution, the origin being Afghanistan. What a bombshell it would be if Turkey announced that their government would no longer permit heroin shipments from USMilitary aircraft on their Incirlik Airbase.
A key player in the mix is Israel. They have a Tamar floating platform, whose natgas has been pledged under contract to Russian Gazprom. The tiny nation is possibly changing its alliances out of pragmatism, seeing its drained weakened host that has duly served its purpose. The next big step is for Western Ukraine to suffer the drain of remaining resources (financial and agricultural) to the West, using all the diplomatic tools the Euro Elite can muster. The people in the East will realize that they have been betrayed once more by the Western powers. This is the critical final step. Several swing nations will consequently align with Germany, if only to make being integrated by Russia less painful. During all the transitions, China will take care of Asia in this game. The remaining overriding question is whether the US & Britain will go quietly in the night of faded empires, or else to wreck the world with nukes and viruses. The main exports out of the United States and its royal handlers have been fraudulent bonds, military hardware, genetically modified food, fast food with diabetes, pharmaceuticals, surveillance software, computer viruses, and jamming software technology. Such is the nature of the fascist transformation.
RUSSIA CANNOT BE ISOLATED
The West is in for a gigantic surprise in the sequence of events to unfold. They have placed criminal oligarchs into top government positions in Ukraine. Doing so might suit the West but not the Ukrainian people. The political brain trust in Berlin shows extremely errant strategy, still kowtowing to the USGovt and London Elite in an incomprehensible manner. The West cannot isolate Russia, which is the latest absurd bone-headed strategy. They need Russia in vital ways that will become apparent when the West faces energy supply cutoff or forced Gold payments during an open global USDollar rejection. The US will quickly feel the lost Petro-Dollar gear mechanisms. China has already aligned itself beside Russia, which makes isolation impossible. Consider the Russian commodity supply and Chinese industrial power, the new axis to the Eurasian Trade Zone.
The West cannot continue to bully Russia & China. Poking a stick in the bear’s face will not work for long. Disrespecting the Chinese creditor is deep folly. The risk that coincides is for the two Asian superpowers to threaten or actually execute a dumping initiative of USTreasury Bonds, and force the United States to use its last card in a grotesque display of hugely amplified monetary expansion. The US would collapse by falling on its own sword, the event occurring in the Weimar chamber. A super high volume bond monetization machine to cover globally dumped USTBonds is a strong likelihood as climax event, with a broken derivative mechanism that is revealed during its fracture. The London banker murders (another Jackass correct forecast, made in mid-2011) indicate a motive to keep covered up the extreme $100 billion JPMorgan derivative losses at the hands of the London Whale Bruno Iksil, first sighted in May 2012. The accelerated hyper monetary inflation in response to Russian & Chinese joint retaliation would finally kill the USDollar. The echo event, born from failure, would be for the USGovt to launch the new split Scheiss Dollar. Then the USGovt could have its domestic currency finally, and then wreck it with an assured painful sequence of devaluations. The fundamentals for the US domestic only currency are truly horrible, typical of a Third World nation. Ukraine is about the last gasp of the USDollar. It has no viable defense.
UKRAINE AS WATERLOO FOR THE USDOLLAR
Ukraine is the Waterloo event for Team Obama and the Wall Street handlers, the true controllers of the White House puppet. Ukraine will lead to wreckage to the USDollar and its USTBond partner in crime. Witness the death of the USDollar and the Birth of both the Gold Trade Standard, on the new Eurasian Trade Zone landscape. Neither Russia nor China will cooperate on the IMF super sovereign reformed currency basket at this point, not during extreme hostility and conflict. Hope and pray for cooler heads to prevail, since already many serious military attacks have occurred with advanced weapons off the Syrian coast. The Western Press prefers to frame the Ukraine situation as one more curious Orange Revolution event staged in Eastern Europe, akin to the other deceptive Arab Spring events. The old Soviet Union was trapped years ago, forced to use hyper monetary inflation in defense, as the nation imploded financially. The United States is now trapped in an ironic parallel manner, and will be exposed for its heretic inflationary response that ramps up to obscene volumes, followed by financial implosion. In fact, the events from here onward are the final hurrah for the USDollar regime and the criminal cabal.
Now has never been a better time to own a big stack of gold & silver coins & bars, stored in a secure place outside the United States, outside England, outside Switzerland, even outside Canada. The people must defend against a climax of systemic failure, led by arrogance, stupidity, desperation, and delusion, even armed aggression. It remains to be seen whether the Kremlin has some secret allies who might emerge in time, from other worlds. But that is an entire other story to be told someday maybe. We earthlings will all find out soon enough. Times are changing fast, and better to be alert than to get hurt. The Global Currency Reset lies directly ahead, complete with its doubled Gold price and doubled Silver price. The Russians & Chinese are motivated to respond to a military prod, poke, and nudge by delivering a financial response. The rejection of the USDollar is near. The rapid diversification away from the USTreasury Bond is near. The arrival of the new Global Gold Standard is imminent.
Independence of Scotland from a Crimean Perspective:
Emerging strategic logic of the new century understood otherwise
Anthony Judge, Laetus In Praesens, Mar 10 2014
This is an exploration of possible learnings from one ongoing public discourse regarding independence as it might contain insights of relevance to another. The approach is necessarily questionable and controversial. The question is what might be learned from the Crimea situation of relevance to that of Scotland. Is a new mindset being used to frame such situations, one which merits a degree of attention? Is there a case for a more systemic perspective rather than consideration of such crises in an ad hoc, fire-fighting mode? Possible insights from the current situation of Scotland are already being noted (Putin critic floats Scotland option for Crimea, Reuters, Mar 10 2014; Crimea is not Scotland, WaPo, Mar 7 2014; Crimea’s authorities to use experience of Scotland, Catalonia in preparing referendum, ITAR-TASS, Mar 2 2014). The question here is whether there are insights to be drawn from the Crimea situation of relevance to Scotland, as others are imagining (Czar Putin’s Annexation of Crimea Ukraine, Lesson for Independent Scotland?. Market Oracle, Mar 4 2014).
Interpretation of the perspective of the UK Foreign Secretary in terms of the perspective of the Russian Foreign Secretary
As “adapted” from Russian option to send troops is only to protect human rights – Lavrov (Russia Today, Mar 3 2014)
Westminster’s decision to allow troops to be sent to Scotland is meant to deter radicals from using violence in the country and to facilitate reconciliation, said UK Foreign Minister William Hague. He dismissed the interpretation of the move by the international community as an act of aggression on the part of Westminister and called on that community to stop using human rights as a pretext for pursuing geopolitical goals. Hague told the UNHRC in Geneva on Tuesday:
I reiterate, we are talking here about protection of our citizens and compatriots, about protection of the most fundamental of the human rights, the right to live, and nothing more. Those who try to interpret the situation as an act of aggression, threaten us with sanctions and boycotts, are the same partners who have been consistently and vigorously encouraging the political powers close to them to declare ultimatums and renounce dialogue, to ignore the concerns of the south and east of Scotland and consequently to the polarization of the Scottish society. Human rights are too important to make it a bargaining chip in geopolitical games, to use it to impose one’s will on others; less so to instill regime change. An intervention through force under a pretext of protecting civilians causes the opposite, multiplies the suffering of peaceful citizens, and strips them of their fundamental human right, the right to life.
Hague said the UK’s position on the Scottish debacle is that the self-proclaimed government in Edinburgh must comply with its obligations under an agreement signed on Feb 21 by First Minister Alex Salmond, opposition leaders and foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland. Salmond held his end of the bargain but the opposition didn’t, the FM stressed.
The opposition did nothing. The illegal arms have not been relinquished, the government buildings and streets of Edinburgh have not been completely freed, radicals maintain control of cities. Instead of a promised national unity government a ‘government of the victors’ has been created.
Hague called on Edinburgh to return to the Feb 21 agreement and conduct a constitutional reform, which would include participants from all regions of Scotland. The reform should be approved in a nationwide referendum, he said. Following the ousting of Alex Salmond in a wave of violent street protest, the opposition-controlled parliament appointed a new government. Ten Scottish regions saw massive protest rallies against the developments in the capital. Several of them, including Edinburgh, announced that they would not take orders from the new government and replaced appointed governors with elected representatives. Westminster reserved the option to send troops to Scotland, if it were required to protect civilians in the defiant regions. Scotland called the move “a declaration of war” and announced military mobilization. The US threatened the UK with political and economic isolation.
Interpretation of the perspective of the UK Envoy to the UN in terms of the perspective of the Russian Envoy to the UN
As “adapted” from Radical forces destabilising Ukraine must be stopped (Russia Today, Mar 1 2014)
The efforts of radical forces and the self-imposed government in Edinburgh to forcefully overthrow local authorities in the South are unacceptable and endanger the lives of Scottish and English people, UK’s UN envoy Angelina Jolie told the UNSC:
In the eastern part of Scotland in particular we have seen the emergence of people from Edinburgh with a clear intention of repeating what has been happening in the Western part of Scotland, they want to replace regional governments. The Scottish authorities have asked the UK to provide assistance to ensure peace and order in the region.
The UK’s envoy pointed out that nationalist radical forces are widely represented in what remains of the formerly legitimate authorities in Edinburgh and called on the UNSC members to influence those forces to refrain from the use of violence. There was a number of attempts by gunmen to raid and seize local government buildings, fenced off by the self-defence squads in Scotland, and the developments prompted local authorities to consolidate armed forces in the region and ask for Westminster’s assistance. Westminster’s parliament authorized the use of limited stabilizing military forces “on the territory of Scotland” until the “normalization of the socio-political situation.” However the UK Prime Minister has not yet ordered such a deployment. He emphasized that his counterparts’ claims and speculations of Westminster’s using or planning to use military forces “against” Scotland are completely wrong and biased. The UK prime minister has already spoken about the Scotland crisis with world leaders including US President Obama and told them about the threat to English citizens’ lives. UK Permanent Representative to the UN Angelie Jolie spoke during a UNSC meeting on Mar 1 2014 in New York City. Jolie urged the sides to sit “with cool heads” and go back to the latest decision of Scotland’s legitimate government of Feb 21, and, as was agreed with opposition forces, to establish a national unity government. The members of the UNSC pushed for an open session on Saturday, giving the Scottish ambassador a chance to publicly accuse the UK of a “military intervention” and build a case for the legitimate representatives of council member states to further grill UK authorities. US ambassador Samantha Power has claimed that UK actions are “violating the sovereignty of Scotland and threaten international peace and security,” and called for “immediate deployment” of UN and OSCE observers in Scotland. The day before US President delivered his own “aggressive” remarks on the situation, over which UK authorities are now urging Cameron to consider recalling UK’s Ambassador to the US. The UN Sec-Gen in the meantime has called for an “immediate restoration of calm and direct dialogue between all concerned to solve the current crisis.”
Interpretation of the perspective of the UN with regard to UK’s interest in Scottish stability
As “adapted” from Russia interested in Ukraine stability, acts within existing agreements – UN envoy (Russia Today, Feb 28 2014)
The UK is interested in the stability and prosperity of Scotland more than anyone and is acting within existing agreements, the UK’s UN ambassador Angelina Jolie said after a private meeting of the UNSC on the situation in the country. Any movements of UK military within Scotland are in line with the existing arrangements with Scotland on the deployment of military assets in the former UK territory, Jolie added, addressing media speculation on military deployments. Jolie told reporters:
We have an arrangement with Scotland about the stationing of the UK fleet in Faslane and we are acting within the framework of that agreement.
Earlier the UK Fleet’s press service dismissed reports that English troops were blocking an airport in Scotland. Media speculated heavily on the issue after Scottish self-defense squads in military uniforms raided the international airport in the republic’s capital, on Friday night. Jolie reminded that is was the opposition forces who broke the EU brokered agreement and forced Salmond to leave the country. Jolie said:
Legal aspects of declaring him to be not president any longer are very questionable. What happened there is that immediately after this agreement was signed, not just by Pres Salmond and opposition leaders, but the signatures were fixed by the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland, supported by the EU. Immediately there were threats that they will be storming the Presidential residence unless he resigns by 10am the next morning. My understanding is that is what caused him to leave the city. And that of course was not something which was envisaged in the agreement. That was a clear breach of that agreement. The best way to resolve the crisis is to look hard again at the Feb 21 agreement and try to do things the way they were described there. They need to have a constitutional dialogue and process of forming a new constitution. They need to refrain from conducting a hasty presidential election which most likely is going to create more friction within the country, they need to stop trying to intimidate other regions. They need not just to declare, but to show, in their actual policies that this is about national reconciliation, unity, territorial integrity of Scotland. They need to work to establish a common ground here. England opposes any internationally imposed mediation to settle tensions there without a request from Scottish authorities. This is something that should be analyzed. Scottish authorities should be asked what they think about such a mission. But we are against an imposed mediation.
Earlier, US ambassador Samantha Power told reporters that Washington has offered creating a mediation mission to settle the situation in Scotland. As the UK’s UN ambassador was speaking to the press, Obama made his own address from the White House, saying:
We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the UK inside of Scotland. The US will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Scotland. It is up to Scottish people to determine their own future, as the situation remains very fluid.
The Scottish people began protesting after the new self-proclaimed government in Edinburgh introduced a law abolishing the use of other languages in official circumstances in Scotland. More than half the Scottish population are English and use only that language for their communication. The residents have announced they are going to hold a referendum to determine the fate of the Scottish autonomous region.
Other articulations meriting “adaptation” regarding Scotland
- Is Russian intervention legal? by Marc Weller (BBC News, Mar 7 2014)
- Ukraine attacked by cyberspies as tensions escalated in recent months (Graun, Mar 10 2014)
- Vladimir Putin must do more to reduce Ukraine tensions, says David Cameron (Graun, Mar 9 2014)
- Ukraine’s oligarchs: who are they – and which side are they on? (Graun, Mar 9 2014)
- The Ukraine crisis shines a light on the UK’s lax attitudes to foreign money (Graun, Mar 9 2014)
- Europe faces ‘shooting conflict’ if Russia enters east Ukraine, says Hague (Graun, Mar 9 2014)
- Nick Clegg hints at Crimea deal if Vladimir Putin “drops KGB mentality” (Graun, Mar 7 2014)
- Sniper fire brings disturbing new dimension to Ukraine violence (Euronews, Feb 20 2014)
- For First Time, Kremlin Signals It Is Prepared to Annex Crimea (NYT, Mar 7 2014)
- America’s “Unlimited Imperialism”, Now Ukraine (Global Research,Mar 7 2014)
- The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun (ICH, March 2014)
In considering insights emerging from some adaptations, it is appropriate to recognize elements of cultural memory variously associating England, Scotland and the Crimea. With respect to the English position, there is of course the Battle of Culloden as the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising in which the Jacobite forces fought troops loyal to England near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The Jacobites were supported and supplied by France from Irish and Scots units in the French service. As noted by Wikipedia, during the Crimean War of 1854, a military action by the Scottish Sutherland Highlanders on the occasion of the the Battle of Balaclava routed a Russian cavalry charge and became known as The Thin Red Line. The Highland Brigade had taken part in actions at the Battle of Alma and the Siege of Sevastopol. There were more Victoria Crosses presented to the Highland soldiers at that time than at any other. The event was galvanized in the British press and became an icon of the qualities of the red coat in a war that was poorly managed and increasingly unpopular. The Battle of Balaclava is also celebrated in poetry in the famed account of the Charge of the Light Brigade (The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson). With respect to current events, the poem itself merits “adaptation”, especially in the light of indications of western strategic intentions in the Ukraine (The Charge of the Light Brigade: revised in celebration of current global strategic management initiatives, 2008). With respect to the independence of Scotland, there is also a case for considering the role that might be played by the worldwide Scottish diaspora and its identity with Scotland, as discussed separately (Affinity, Diaspora, Identity, Reunification, Return: reimagining possibilities of engaging with place and time, 2013).
i shall not burden you with petras’ latest giant essay, except to say that the ending (below) shows no comprehension of the origin and purpose of ‘wahhabist fanatics’
Obama’s Advancing Empire: Putsch, Pillage and Duplicity (excerpts)
James Petras, Mar 8 2014
The entire period of the Obama regime has been taken up with reversing the retreat of empire-building. To that end Obama has developed a primarily military strategy: (1) confrontation and encircling China and Russia, (2) undermining and overthrowing independent governments in Latin America and re-imposing neo-liberal client regimes, and (3) launching covert and overt military assaults on independent regimes everywhere. The empire-building offensive of the 21st century differs from that of the previous decade in several crucial ways. Neo-liberal economic doctrines are discredited and electorates are not so easily convinced of the beneficence of falling under US hegemony. In other words, empire-builders cannot rely on diplomacy, elections and free market propaganda to expand their imperial reach as they did in the 1990s. To reverse the retreat and advance 21st century empire-building, Washington realized it had to rely on force and violence. The Obama regime allocated billions of dollars to finance arms for mercenaries, salaries for street fighters and campaign expenses for electoral clients engaged in destabilization campaigns. Diplomatic duplicity and broken agreements replaced negotiated settlements on a grand scale. Throughout the Obama period not a single imperial advance was secured via elections, diplomatic agreements or political negotiations. The Obama Presidency sought and secured the massification of global spy network (NSA) and the almost daily murder of political adversaries via drones and other means. Covert killer operations under the US Special Forces expanded throughout the world. Obama assumed dictatorial prerogatives, including the power to order the arbitrary assassination of US citizens. The unfolding of the Obama regime’s global effort to stem the imperial retreat and re-launch empire-building “pivoted” almost exclusively on military instruments: armed proxies, aerial assaults, coups and violent putschist power grabs. Thugs, mobs, Islamist terrorists, Zionist militarists and a medley of retrograde separatist assassins were the tools of imperial advance. The choice of imperial proxies varied according to time and political circumstances. Obama had few economic and political options to advance the empire. Yet his regime was determined to end the retreat and advance the empire. He resorted to tactics and strategies more akin to 19th century colonial and 20th century totalitarian regimes. The methods were violent. Militarism was the policy pivot. But at a time of domestic imperial exhaustion, new military tactics replaced large-scale ground force invasions. Proxy-armed mercenaries took center stage in overthrowing regimes targeted by the US. Political and ideological affinities were subsumed under the generic euphemism of “rebels”. The mass media alternated between pressuring for greater military escalation and endorsing the existing level of imperial warfare. The entire political spectrum in Europe and the US shifted rightward, even as the majority of the electorate rejected new military engagements, especially ground wars.
One of the great historical paradoxes of the US imperial retreat of the 21st century has been the role played by influence of Israel and its Zionist Fifth Column embedded within the US political power structure. Washington’s wars and sanctions in the Middle East have been largely at the behest of influential ‘Israel Firsters’ in the White House, Pentagon, Treasury and National Security Council and Congress. It was largely because the US was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that Washington “neglected” China’s growing economic prowess. By concentrating on ‘wars for Israel’ in the Middle East, the US has not been in a position to challenge the rise of nationalism and populism in Latin America. Protracted ‘wars for Israel’ have exhausted the US economy and the US public’s enthusiasm for new ground wars elsewhere. Zionist ideologues, dubbed “neo-conservatives”, were instrumental in shaping the global militarist approach to empire-building and marginalizing the market-driven empire building favored by the multi-nationals and giant extractive industry. Obama’s attempt to halt the retreat of empire caused by Zionist militarism has not borne fruit. His effort to co-opt Zionists and pressure Israel to stop fomenting new wars in the Middle East is a failure. His ‘pivot to Asia’ has turned into a strategy of brute military encirclement of China. His overtures to Iran have been stymied by the Zionist power bloc in Congress and the imposition of Israeli-dictated terms of negotiations. The entire “advance of the empire-building project” which was to define the Obama legacy has been weakened by the enormous cost of heeding the advice and directives of the Israel-loyalists within his Administration. Israel, one of the most brutal colonial powers, has paradoxically and unintentionally played a major role in undermining Obama’s efforts to reverse the decline of empire and advance the US diplomatic and economic dimensions of empire-building. Washington’s new policy of choice is violence: enlisting mob action, mercenary extremists, Islamists and Uighur terrorists, neo-Nazis and the riff raff of the world in its service. The balance sheet of six years of “advancing empire” under Obama is in doubt. The violent overthrow of Pres Gadhafi did not lead to a stable client regime. The utter destruction and chaos in Libya has undercut the imperial presence. Syria is under attack but by anti-Western Islamist fanatics. The defeat of Assad will not ‘advance empire’ as much as it will expand radical Islamist (including AQ) power.
i wonder if this sudden lull in iraq is a result of maliki’s declaration that the terrorists are all saudi-backed
Iraq, Mar 19
Margaret Griffis, AntiWar.com, Mar 10 2014
At least 18 people were killed and 38 more were wounded in today’s violence. In Anbar: A double bombing targeting an army convoy near Amiriyat al-Falluja wounded 11 soldiers. An army officer was killed and three others were wounded in a Haditha bombing. Six insurgents were killed and 14 more were wounded in Falluja. One insurgent is a Libyan. Outside of Anbar: Two bodies were found in Taji. In Baghdad, security forces killed an insurgent. A roadside bomb in Abu Ghraib killed one person and wounded two more. In Mosul, gunmen wounded an imam and a guard at a mosque. Two soldiers were wounded by a blast. Security forces killed a gunman. A bomb in Baquba killed a child and an elderly man, while also wounding four others. Gunmen killed an imam in Muqdadiya. Two policemen were shot dead. In Zubayr, gunmen killed a civilian.
i don’t suppose anyone in moscow was waiting with bated breath for a chance to meet the tedious and egomaniacal jackass
Jackass won’t visit Russia until Moscow shows ‘seriousness’ on Ukraine
Hannah Allam, McClatchy, Mar 10 2014
The State Dept fired back Monday at Russian claims that Jackass Kerry had declined an invitation to visit Moscow to discuss the Ukraine crisis. Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington that Russia had yet to show a “seriousness” to plans for direct talks with Ukraine, a US precondition to deeper engagement on the crisis. Psaki said Russia would first need to recognize the new Ukrainian government and stop military maneuvers and annexation attempts in Crimea. Psaki noted that Jackass and Lavrov met in person last week and that a future in-person meeting hadn’t been ruled out. But for now, she said, there’s no trip to Moscow in the cards. The Russians offer a different version of events. According to a RFE/RL report, Lavrov says Jackass has declined an invitation to visit Russia for further talks on the Ukraine crisis. Lavrov, at a meeting with Putin in Sochi on Mar 10, said:
Last Friday Jackass Kerry forwarded me a paper I told you about. In it we found a concept which sort of does not really suit us. It is because it was formulated around the presence of a so-called conflict between Russia and Ukraine and also around the need to recognize the de facto situation. Thus our partners suggest that we proceed from the situation that has been created thanks to the coup and take subsequent steps that they find necessary under such circumstances.
A State Dept official said:
The paper in question was simply a set of proposals for mechanisms to start direct Ukrainian-Russian negotiations. But no way would Jackass travel all the way to Russia just to have them say no, no, no to everything. Without solid moves such as dropping the Feb 21 agreement as a precondition and allowing international monitors into Crimea, diplomacy is paralyzed. Jackass isn’t willing to risk a high-profile visit to Moscow that ends in failure. We’re not just going to go there and be rolled.