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HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jul 24, 2014 - 07:44pm PT
TGT's cartoon is ironic considering Bush refused to leave his vacation for Katrina and Reagan refused to leave his vacation when Russians killed a sitting congressman (and hundreds of innocent civilians). In this case, TGT believes that the crisis is the fact that Obama is President so there's really no winning there.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 24, 2014 - 08:32pm PT
@Dave Kos -
the Fox News outrage de jour is a "crisis" on the scale of the Civil War

 Thank you... in my brief mention I was thinking of mentioning that little bit...
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Jul 24, 2014 - 09:38pm PT
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/24/washington-escalating-orchestrated-ukrainian-crisis-war-paul-craig-roberts/

Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War

Paul Craig Roberts

Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war.

Twenty-two US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress, Second Session, a bill, S.2277, “To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.” https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/s2277/BILLS-113s2277is.pdf The bill is before the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Note that prior to any evidence of any Russian aggression, there are already 22 senators lined up in behalf of preventing further Russian aggression.

Accompanying this preparatory propaganda move to create a framework for war, hot or cold with Russia, NATO commander General Philip Breedlove announced his plan for a deployment of massive military means in Eastern Europe that would permit lightening responses against Russia in order to protect Europe from Russian aggression.

There we have it again: Russian Aggression. Repeat it enough and it becomes real.

The existence of “Russian aggression” is assumed, not demonstrated. Neither Breedlove nor the senators make any reference to Russian war plans for an attack on Europe or any other countries. There are no references to Russian position papers and documents setting forth a Russian expansionist ideology or a belief declared by Moscow that Russians are “exceptional, indispensable people” with the right to exercise hegemony over the world. No evidence is presented that Russia has infiltrated the communication systems of the entire world for spy purposes. There is no evidence that Putin has Obama’s or Obama’s daughters’ private cell phone conversations or that Russia downloads US corporate secrets for the benefit of Russian businesses.

Nevertheless, the NATO commander and US senators see an urgent need to create blitzkrieg capability for NATO on Russia’s borders.

Senate bill 2277 consists of three titles: “Reinvigorating the Nato Alliance,” “Deterring Further Russian Aggression in Europe,” and “Hardening Ukraine and other European and Eurasian States Against Russian Aggression.” Who do you think wrote this bill? Hint: it wasn’t the senators or their staffs.

Title I deals with strengthening US force posture in Europe and Eurasia and strengthening the NATO alliance, with accelerating the construction of ABM (anti-ballistic missile) bases on Russia’s borders so as to degrade the Russian strategic nuclear deterrent, and to provide more money for Poland and the Baltic states and strengthen US-German cooperation on global security issues, that is, to make certain that the German military is incorporated as part of the US empire military force.

Title II is about confronting “Russian aggression in Europe” with sanctions and with financial and diplomatic “support for Russian democracy and civil society organizations,” which means to pump billions of dollars into NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that can be used to destabilize Russia in the way that Washington used the NGOs it funded in Ukraine to overthrow the elected government. For 20 years Russian government negligence permitted Washington to organize fifth columns inside Russia that pose as human rights organizations, etc.

Title III deals with military and intelligence assistance for Ukraine, putting Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova on a NATO track, expediting US natural gas exports in order to erase European and Eurasian energy dependence on Russia, preventing recognition of Crimea as again a part of Russia, expanding broadcasting (propaganda) into Russian areas, and again “support for democracy and civil society organizations in countries of the former Soviet Union,” which means to use money to subvert the Russian federation.

However you look at this, it comprises a declaration of war. Moreover, these provocative and expensive moves are presented as necessary to counter Russian aggression for which there is no evidence.

How do we characterize a bill that is not merely thoughtless, unnecessary, and dangerous, but also more Orwellian than Orwell? I am open to suggestions.

Ukraine as it currently exists is an ahistorical state with artificial boundaries. Ukraine presently consists of part of what was once a larger entity plus former Russian provinces added to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic by Soviet leaders. When the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia permitted Ukraine’s independence, under US pressure Russia mistakenly permitted Ukraine to take with it the former Russian provinces.

When Washington executed its coup in Kiev last year, the Russophobes who grabbed power began threatening in word and deed the Russian populations in eastern and southern Ukraine. The Crimeans voted to reunite with Russia and were accepted. This reunification was grossly misrepresented by Western propaganda. When other former Russian provinces voted likewise, the Russian government, kowtowing to Western propaganda, did not grant their requests. Instead, Russian president Putin called for Kiev and the former Russian provinces to work out an agreement that would keep the provinces within Ukraine.

Kiev and its Washington master did not listen. Instead, Kiev launched military attacks on the provinces and was conducting bombing attacks on the provinces at the moment the Malaysian airliner was downed.

Washington and its European vassals have consistently misrepresented the situation in Ukraine and denied their responsibility for the violence, instead placing all blame on Russia. But it is not Russia that is conducting bombing raids and attacking provinces with troops, tanks, and artillery. Just as Israel’s current military assault against Palestinian civilians fails to evoke criticism from Washington, European governments, and the Western media, Kiev’s assault on the former Russian provinces goes unreported and uncriticized. Indeed, it appears that few Americans are even aware that Kiev is attacking civilian areas of the provinces that wish to return to their mother country.

Sanctions should be imposed on Kiev, from which the military violence originates. Instead, Kiev is receiving financial and military support, and sanctions are placed on Russia which is not militarily involved in the situation.

When the outbreak of violence against the former Russian provinces began, the Russian Duma voted Putin the power to intervene militarily. Instead of using this power, Putin requested that the Duma rescind the power, which the Duma did. Putin preferred to deal with the problem diplomatically in a reasonable and unprovocative manner.

Putin has received neither respect nor appreciation for encouraging a non-violent resolution of the unfortunate Ukrainian situation created by Washington’s coup against a democratically elected government that was only months away from a chance to elect a different government.

The sanctions that Washington has applied and that Washington is pressuring its European puppets to join send the wrong information to Kiev. It tells Kiev that the West approves and encourages Kiev’s determination to resolve its differences with the former Russian provinces with violence rather than with negotiation.

This means war will continue, and that is clearly Washington’s intent. The latest reports are that US military advisors will soon be in Ukraine to aid the conquest of the former Russian provinces that are in revolt.

The presstitute nature of the Western media ensures that the bulk of the American and European populations will remain in the grip of Washington’s anti-Russian propaganda.

At some point the Russian government will have to face the fact that it doesn’t have “Western partners.” Russia has Western enemies who are being organized to isolate Russia, to injure Russia economically and diplomatically, to surround Russia militarily, to destabilize Russia by calling the American-funded NGOs into the streets, and in the absence of a coup that installs an American puppet in Moscow to attack Russia with nuclear weapons.

I respect Putin’s reliance on diplomacy and good will in the place of force. The problem with Putin’s approach is that Washington has no good will, so there is no reciprocity.

Washington has an agenda. Europe consists of captive nations, and these nations are without leaders capable of breaking free of Washington’s agenda.

I hope that I am wrong, but I think Putin has miscalculated. If Putin had accepted the
former Russian provinces requests to reunite with Russia, the conflict in Ukraine would be over. I am certain that Europe would not have joined Washington in any invasion with the purpose of recovering for Ukraine former provinces of Russia herself. When Washington says that Putin is responsible for downing the Malaysian airliner, Washington is correct in a way that Washington doesn’t suspect. Had Putin completed the task begun with Crimea and reunited the Russian provinces with Russia, there would have been no war during which an airliner could have been downed, whether by accident or as a plot to demonize Russia. Ukraine has no capability of confronting Russia militarily and had no alternative to accepting the reunification of the Russian territories.

Europe would have witnessed a decisive Russian decision and would have put a great distance between itself and Washington’s provocative agenda. This European response would have precluded Washington’s ability to gradually escalate the crisis by gradually turning the temperature higher without the European frog jumping out of the pot.

In its dealings with Washington Europe has grown accustomed to the efficacy of bribes, threats, and coercion. Captive nations are inured to diplomacy’s impotence. Europeans see diplomacy as the weak card played by the weak party. And, of course, all the Europeans want money, which Washington prints with abandon.

Russia and China are disadvantaged in their conflict with Washington. Russia and China have emerged from tyranny. People in both countries were influenced by American cold war propaganda. Both countries have educated people who think that America has freedom, democracy, justice, civil liberty, economic wellbeing and is a welcoming friend of other countries that want the same thing.

This is a dangerous delusion. Washington has an agenda. Washington has put in place a police state to suppress its own population, and Washington believes that history has conveyed the right to Washington to exercise hegemony over the world. Last year President Obama declared to the world that he sincerely believes that America is the exceptional nation on whose leadership the world depends.

In other words, all other countries and peoples are unexceptional. Their voices are unimportant. Their aspirations are best served by Washington’s leadership. Those who disagree–Russia, China, Iran, and the new entity ISIL–are regarded by Washington as obstacles to history’s purpose. Anything, whether an idea or a country, that is in the way of Washington is in the way of History’s Purpose and must be run over.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Europe faced the determination of the French Revolution to impose Liberty, Equality, Fraternity upon Europe. Today Washington’s ambition is larger. The ambition is to impose Washington’s hegemony on the entire world.

Unless Russia and China submit, this means war.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 25, 2014 - 01:29am PT
Unless Russia and China submit, this means war.

 Large text summed in few words right there at the end..... how convenient.
But really though, finally a post with the truth packed inside an Alex Jones diatribe... right?


P.S. About that quoted passage: If you use the right voice it really is like World World Wrestling Federation rood-rage lingo.... doesn't it?
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jul 25, 2014 - 05:11am PT
Anyone want to slap a tl;dr on that giant wall of text?
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Jul 25, 2014 - 05:28am PT
P.S. About that quoted passage: If you use the right voice it really is like World World Wrestling Federation rood-rage lingo.... doesn't it?

Nothing like a roid ragin' THIS MEANS WAR! to rally the masses.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jul 25, 2014 - 05:41am PT


Open carry rally, complete with "Where is the birth certificate?" business cards and direct-to-camera diatribes about foreigners taking our guns (minute 3:20). Who needs parody when you have reality?
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Jul 25, 2014 - 06:09am PT
The stars at night,

are big and bright...
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 25, 2014 - 06:47am PT
Anyone want to slap a tl;dr on that giant wall of text?

- Agreed.

Anybody take the time to read the important parts? Because what is written is most definitely very important sh#t that needs to be disseminated to everyone....

This stuff needs to get out...



Did anyone notice...in that 2nd amendment video... just after wacko-dudes diatribe... at about 6:19 a Spanish women (I assume) backs into the 2nd amendment wacko and starts apologizing in haste... The 2nd amendment wacko keeps saying "you're ok, you're ok, you're ok..."

Does anyone else notice the contrived nature of this totally unnecessary "demonstration"?
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Jul 25, 2014 - 06:50am PT
There are reasons to go to Texas, right? Does Hueco Tanks redeem the whole state, or is it all Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2nd amendment lunatics, and Bush family?
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 25, 2014 - 07:45am PT
There are reasons to go to Texas, right?

 Drought, Fire, Fracked-futures, no drinking water, Rick Perry, Gasoline Alley, the environment: http://www.texasobserver.org/texas-congressional-republicans-environmental-records/, this sign:
Texas style backhanded good-feeling on display
Texas style backhanded good-feeling on display
Credit: Jingy
... this list will be too long....

Maybe I can send my research over to TomCochran for the official write up?
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jul 25, 2014 - 08:16am PT
Hueco, Austin and all the TexMex food in the state couldn't redeem Texas. Riley might though.
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Jul 25, 2014 - 08:46am PT
Big Bend is a gem.
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Jul 25, 2014 - 08:47am PT
seems like it was better when the comanche, kiowa and buffalo ruled it.
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 25, 2014 - 09:23am PT


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Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jul 25, 2014 - 09:39am PT
Only Ted Cruz is "pure" enough to make it through the Republican Primaries.

Ted will be the Repub Presidential nominee in 2016.

He is their perfect candidate.

He is very white and male, he has the Right Stuff, they will love him, especially TGT,

And then Hillary will beat him by 7 million votes and over 100 electoral votes.

But like McCain and Romney he can say he tried.
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 25, 2014 - 09:52am PT


^^^

I for one HOPE that turns out to be true...
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Jul 25, 2014 - 10:44am PT
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands

Jul 25, 2014 - 09:39am PT
Only Ted Cruz is "pure" enough to make it through the Republican Primaries.

Ted will be the Repub Presidential nominee in 2016.

He is their perfect candidate.

He is very white and male, he has the Right Stuff, they will love him, especially TGT,

And then Hillary will beat him by 7 million votes and over 100 electoral votes.

Why are you guys so obsessed with elections over two years away? Why are you so obsessed with the GOP candidate, so early?

In the Summer of '06, Obama wasn't on the radar. Hillary was a shoe-in. John Edwards was her only real threat.

In the Summer of '98, Bush wasn't on the radar. He didn't announce his candidacy until June '99.

Pondering front-runners before the mid-term is silly.

None of you seem to care about the upcoming national election. Why it that?

Instead trying to generate interest in a non-issue, maybe you should be asking why the GOP controls the House and may regain control of the Senate in November.

Considering the GOP's behavior during Obama's presidency, it's hard to believe they're favored to pick up 6 Senate seats. Maybe it's not all about mud slinging and fake scandals. Maybe there are valid reasons why moderates are leaning to the right. Maybe.

Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 25, 2014 - 12:01pm PT
Only Ted Cruz is "pure" enough to make it through the Republican Primaries.

 
Pure Republicans always come from Canada.
Pure Republicans always come from Canada.
Credit: Ted Cruz was born in Canada, which is not USA... Can a person born on foreign soil be president?
Ted Cruz
United States Senator
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is the junior United States Senator from Texas. Elected in 2013, he is the first Cuban-American or Latino (Who were the republicans saying about at the border again? How many republicans would kill to be "in touch" with the hispanic voters today?) to hold the office. Cruz is a member of the Republican Party. Wikipedia
Born: December 22, 1970 (age 43), Calgary, Canada
Nationality: American
Spouse: Heidi Nelson Cruz (m. 2001)
Office: Senator (R-TX) since 2013
Parents: Rafael Cruz, Eleanor Darragh
Education: Harvard University, Princeton University, Harvard Law School


Just an observation Edit: Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz....... When I get a chance to talk to him I'll be sure to ask which one of his personalities I'll be chatting with? Rafael? Edward? or Ted? We all know these three gentlemen are very different people.
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
Jul 25, 2014 - 01:31pm PT


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