Is the US and its NATO "allies" planning to attack Russia and start World War III?

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Official US military doctrine:

 

US Department of Defence wrote:

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2000 – "Full-spectrum dominance" is the key term in "Joint Vision 2020," the blueprint DoD will follow in the future.

Joint Vision 2020, released May 30 and signed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Henry Shelton, extends the concept laid out in Joint Vision 2010. Some things will not change. The mission of the U.S. military today and tomorrow is to fight and win the nation's wars. How DoD goes about doing this is 2020's focus.

Not why but how. Why is never questioned. War, war, and more war. Endless war against an abstract noun - a concept so idiotic that even arch-neo-con Z. Brzezinski could not help but ridicule its obvious and intense stupidity ... - and endless war, generally.

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Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations ...

 

Winston Smith: "Imagine the future. It is a boot in your face, forever. That boot belongs to the US military. " ooh rah.

A boot in the face of humanity. Forever.

 

NDPP

US Army Europe's Commander Calls Russia Real Threat

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/06/384982/us-commander-calls-russi...

"US Army Europe's commander Lt Gen Frederick 'Ben' Hodges has described Russia as a real threat, saying his country is ready to defend its allies in Europe..."

6079_Smith_W

???

As opposed to most armies that have a plan to lose to all adversaries, I guess. So how does this translate into a plot to attack Russia next Wednesday afternoon?

 

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"Get used to ENDLESS War," is how the Atlantic, that obvious Russian mouthpiece, explains US foreign policy going forward.

Pentagon's New Military Doctrine: Endless War

Then again, we can't trust those Roooooooooooosky stories? So let's have a direct link.

from the Horse's Mouth: The Atlantic Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Get Used to Endless War

No wonder even neo con Z Brzezinski openly laughed at the US policy of the War on Terror (ie, war on an abstract noun) and noted that such a war ... has no end.

A boot. In the face of humanity. FOREVER.

literally.

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1. Paul Craig Roberts - The Prospect of Nuclear War

Paul Craig Roberts wrote:
In several columns this year I have pointed out that Washington’s consistent and aggressive lies about Russia and Putin’s intentions, Washington’s coup in overthrowing the elected Ukrainian government and installing Washington’s puppets, and Washington’s whipping up NATO into a military frenzy against Russia are reckless and dangerous actions that could lead to nuclear war.

Trolls portrayed this concern as the ravings of an unbalanced person who had fallen victim to forebodings of doom and distrust of his government. Nuclear war, they said, is irrational and therefore could not happen, and doomsayers should be ignored. This despite the facts that neoconservatives are advocates for nuclear weapons and their use, a majority of Americans have been convinced by propaganda that Putin is a “thug” and “worse than Hitler,” and the New York Times reports that “US Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/us-ramping-up-major-renewal-in-nuclear-arms.html?_r=1

I am pleased that Noam Chomsky, an intelligent and perceptive person who long has served as America’s moral conscience, has joined me in the ranks of doomsayers who perceive that Washington is driving the world toward nuclear war.

2. Noam Chomsky - US and its NATO intervention force may trigger nuclear war

 

3. NY Times - US ramping up major renewal in nuclear arms


 

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ikosmos you need to start preping now for nuclear armagedon. Do you own a gun? You’re going to need it. Nuclear winter could be just around the corner along with an invasion of hords of radioactive zombies from down south. They will kill you and take all your stuff if you can't defend yourself.

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Academic James Petras has an interesting piece about Russia's future in the face of US and NATO plans to destroy that country's independence.

James Petras wrote:
Once Russia began to assert its own interests, the West turned hostile and confrontational. Ever since Russia opposed the coup regime in Kiev, the West’s goal has been the overthrow of Putin’s Russia. The ongoing Western offensive against Russia is not a passing phase: it is the beginning of a prolonged, intensified economic and political confrontation.

Though Russia is vulnerable, it is not without resources and capacity to resist, defend its national security and advance its economy.

To borrow a famous expression from Russian literature and history, What is to be done?

Petras wrote:
Russia needs a new economic and political revolution - in which the government recognizes the West as an imperial threat and in which it counts on the organized Russian working class and not on dubious oligarchs.

The Putin Administration has pulled Russia from the abyss and has instilled dignity and self-respect among Russians at home and abroad by standing up to Western aggression in the Ukraine.

From this point on, President Putin needs to move forward and dismantle the entire Yeltsin klepto-state and economy and re-industrialize, diversify and develop its own high technology for a diversified economy.

And above all Russia needs to create new democratic, popular forms of democracy to sustain the transition to a secure, anti-imperialist and sovereign state. President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICs; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”.

The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

Worth a read.

link at Russia Insider

link at Petras blog

NDPP

Canada's Prime Minister Spearheads Attack on Russia at G20 Summit

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/19/cana-n19.html

"Harper's provocative gesture illustrates Canadian imperialism's ever more aggressive role in global geopolitical conflicts. In Canada, Harper's calculated insult to Putin was universally hailed by the media and opposition parties..."

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Pepe Escobar coined a brilliant phrase with his "neoliberal Wahhabism" ... characterizing Harper and other NATO and Anglosphere stooges for the Empire (like Harper and Abbott) . See

G20 in Auz = Buffoons versus the Global South

Incidently, Peter Lavelle's Crosstalk is quite brilliant on the G20 in Auz.

See Koala Summit

The show is worth watching in its entirety but for those without the time I think it is important to note the contrast between the mouthpieces of neoliberal Wahhabism - like Harper and other economic fundamentalists - and the countries of the Global South especially as represented by the BRICS members. The economic Wahhabists get apoplectic over a few things:

"Russia-China trade and investments are increasingly in rubles and yuan instead of USD. For the buffoons, this is worse than the Apocalypse."

AND the lack of structural reforms at the IMF is leading China to create its own independent institutions (through BRICS etc)

"The IMF quota and governance reform package was in fact approved by the IMF’s Board of Governors way back in 2010. One of its key resolutions was to increase the voting power of emerging markets, the BRICS at the forefront. For Republicans in Washington, this is worse than communism."

Indeed, the neoliberal fundamentalists and pathological anticommunists have much in common.

 

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All this is by way of contrasting the mixed economy approach of BRICS and the Global South generally - something that babblers should supports over the neoliberal Wahhabist approach of the Empire - to the neoliberal austerity and antipathy towards ameliorating the most disgusting atrocities of capitalism at its present stage. 


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The Next Presidential Election Will Move The World Closer To War

 

 

Paul Craig Roberts wrote:
Glenn Greenwald has revealed that Hillary Clinton is the presidential candidate of the banksters and warmongers.  Pam and Russ Martens note that Elizabeth Warren is the populist alternative. I doubt that a politician who represents the people can acquire the campaign funds needed to run a campaign. If Warren becomes a threat, the Establishment will frame her with bogus charges and move her aside.

Hillary as president would mean war with Russia. With neocon nazis such as Robert Kagan and Max Boot running her war policy and with Hillary’s comparison of Russia’s president Putin to Adolf Hitler, war would be a certainty. As Michel Chossudovsky and Noam Chomsky have written, the war would be nuclear.

What is to be done? Roberts suggests ...

"As the US government now embraces pre-emptive arrest and detention of those who might someday commit a crime, the entire cadre of neocon warmongers should be arrested and indefinitely detained before they destroy humanity."

I'm not a supporter of preventative detention, but perhaps for these warmongers an exception could be made?

NDPP

Washington Plays Russian Roulette   -  by Pepe Escobar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-211114.html

"These are bleak times.

I've been in serious conversations with some deep sources and interlocutors - those who know but don't need to show off, privileging discretion. They are all deeply worried...

'The propaganda attack against Putin equating him with Hitler is so extreme that you have to think that the Russians cannot believe their ears and cannot trust the United States anymore under any circumstances.

I cannot believe how we could have gotten ourselves into this situation to protect the looters in the Ukraine that Putin would have rid the Ukraine of, and even had the gall to place in a leadership role one of the worst of the thieves. But that is history.

So the logic of escalation is on. The economically devastated EU is a joke; the only thing that counts for the US is NATO - and the overwhelming majority of its members are in the bag, sharing the prevailing mood in Washington of treating Putin as if he were Milosevic, Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi..."

 

Living With Insanity: Harper, Abbott and Cameron at the Brisbane G20  -  by John Chuckman

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40268.htm

"A graceless bit of diplomatic crudity from a truly graceless man, Stephen Harper...

It is quite clear that the US is responsible for destabilizing Ukraine. Its CIA funds have been injected into  many unsavory projects, perhaps most disturbing is its paying support to a collection of neo-Nazi groups ranging from extremist parties to violent militia forces, some of the very groups who have committed atrocities such as murdering many hundreds of civilians and some of whom actually march under Swastika-like flags.

It does seem more than a bit strange that men like Harper, Abbott, and Cameron implicity support that kind of filthy work while charging Putin with dark acts, dark acts which are stated ambiguously and certainly never proved..."

milo204

nevermind a planned nuclear attack, the real threat (as outlined by chomsky) is from an accidental launch, the probability of of which would go up under a cold war style standoff.  Apparently it happens quite often, regardless of the political situation.  

But it is plausible to see where the US/NATO/ actions are taking us.  They've broken all the major security agreements with russia and are showing no sign of letting up on that front.  Now they're levelling sanctions etc.  next it will be missles on the borders.  russia will respond.  more proxy wars, etc.  

Take into account climate change, military proliferation, technological advances, a couple more economic "corrections" and the right spark/series of events and it's not implausible that major powers will wage conventional war again.  If history is any guide, it's a given.  

NDPP

Yes milo204  -  and since most people are unaware and unmotivated to learn about these issues, it will all be left to the same politicians that are digging us all into these very dangerous and dark holes on behalf of the small elite that are aware of their interests and manage the information upon which most of the population relies to make any political decisions they do make. It's about as bad as it can be with little light upon the horizon...

NDPP

Russia Top 'Threat' To NATO: US Troops in Eastern Europe Indefinitely

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/russia-top-threat-to-nato-u-s...

"US Army News Service - ...That NATO agreed to sanctions against Russia and declared its resolve against its aggression is all the more impressive, he said, because not all of the 28 NATO allies agree that Russia is the No. 1 threat the alliance faces.

The other part of the strategy is to pre-position equipment in Eastern Europe, Hodges said. While there are logistical assets already in Germany, the idea is eventually to move a heavy combat team with its tanks and Bradley vehicles to an area further east, such as Poland. Romania or one of the Baltic countries, he added. The Defense and State Departments as well as NATO countries are now discussing the location, he said.

He noted that a few months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. 'We can be in Vilnius in two days.' 'Well I got here in three hours, coming from Wiesbaden Germany,' Hodges said."

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Just when global financial markets had shrugged off Ukraine as yet another 'storm in a teacup', it appears events are escalating rapidly once again. This morning saw European Parliament's Vice President Saryusz-Wolski warn "Russia's pressure on Ukraine is mounting high, further war imminent," to which Ukraine's President Poroshenko rapidly responded (via Twitter) rather ominously that a "third world war does not scare us," having noted earlier than Ukraine needs to achieve NATO membership. This then prompted NATO's top military commander to warn, he is "very concerned" that Russia's military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region; leaving the alliance confirming that NATO plans to deploy tanks in Eastern Europe.

"Ukrainian President Poroshenko replied, "Третьою світовою війною нас лякати не треба. Насправді, розпочинати її ніхто не збирається."Roughly translated meaning "A 3rd World War does not scare us...in fact, nobody is going to start it ..."

Nope. Nothing to see here. Nothing to worry about. And why do the Rooskies have all these military and Naval facilities in the Black Sea? I mean, doesn't that body of water belong to NATO? etc.

EU Official Says War Imminent as NATO Deploys Tanks in Eastern Europe

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

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Just when global financial markets had shrugged off Ukraine as yet another 'storm in a teacup', it appears events are escalating rapidly once again. This morning saw European Parliament's Vice President Saryusz-Wolski warn "Russia's pressure on Ukraine is mounting high, further war imminent," to which Ukraine's President Poroshenko rapidly responded (via Twitter) rather ominously that a "third world war does not scare us," having noted earlier than Ukraine needs to achieve NATO membership. This then prompted NATO's top military commander to warn, he is "very concerned" that Russia's military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region; leaving the alliance confirming that NATO plans to deploy tanks in Eastern Europe.

"Ukrainian President Poroshenko replied, "Третьою світовою війною нас лякати не треба. Насправді, розпочинати її ніхто не збирається."Roughly translated meaning "A 3rd World War does not scare us...in fact, nobody is going to start it ..."

Nope. Nothing to see here. Nothing to worry about. And why do the Rooskies have all these military and Naval facilities in the Black Sea? I mean, doesn't that body of water belong to NATO? etc.

EU Official Says War Imminent as NATO Deploys Tanks in Eastern Europe

First off, Saryusz-Wolski was VP 7 years ago:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacek_Saryusz-Wolski

He was also one of 14 VPs at the time:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice_President_of_the_European_Parliament

And how do you interpret the phrase "in fact nobody is going to start it"?

NDPP

Defending Dollar Imperialism  -  by Mike Whitney

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/01/defending-dollar-imperialism/

"If there was a way the United States could achieve its long-term strategic objectives and, at the same time, avoid a war with Russia, it would do so. Unfortunately, that is not an option, which is why there's going to be a clash between the two nuclear-armed adversaries some time in the near future..."

 

Is It Up to Germany to Save Europe From War?  -  by Pepe Escobar

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/01/is-it-up-to-germany-to-save-europ...

"Are the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russia on a mad spiral leading to yet another war in Europe? Is it inevitable?

Washington/Wall Street elites are now deep into nuclear war paranoia..."

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Well I for one hope WW3 holds off till after the holiday season. After that well its all... Wink

DaveW

Dumbest. Thread. Ever.

but then, even the paranoid have enemies sometimes ...

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In fact, as the Russian FM pointed out, the US [and its NATO satellites] don't even try to hide that their aim is regime change in Russia. They're trying to overthrow an elected government and they don't much care who knows. That is, in fact a kind of un-declared war and, as we all know, the demonization of political leaders [like the current Western demonization of Russian President V V Putin] invariably PRECEDES invasions, bombings, colour revolutions, and regime change. 

This is all so boringly predictable that it surprises me that anyone not on the political right would even bother to challenge it. Then again, we had babblers who sided with the lidless eye in Washington trying to overthrow the wildly popular socialist leader of Venezuela, so perhaps it is no surprise that other babblers side with other targets of the lidless eye ...

 

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US Congress: Green Light to War on Russia?

former Congressman Dennis Kucinich wrote:
Tomorrow the US House will debate and vote on H. Res. 758 which is tantamount to a "Declaration of Cold War" against Russia, reciting a host of grievances, old and new, against Russia which represent complaints that Russia could well make against the US, given our nation's most recent military actions: Violating territorial integrity, violations of international law, violations of nuclear arms agreements.

Congress' solution? Restart the Cold War!

The resolution demands Russia to be isolated and for "the President, in consultation with Congress, to conduct a review of the force posture, readiness and responsibilities of United States Armed Forces and the forces of other members of NATO to determine if the contributions and actions of each are sufficient to meet the obligations of collective self-defense [my emphasis] under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, and to specify the measures needed to remedy any deficiencies..." In other words, "let's get ready for war with Russia."

In other words, "Let's get ready for war with Russia."

Nothing to see here. Move along.

NDPP

'Facts Don't Matter' - Paul Craig Roberts on US anti-Russian resolution and march to war (audio)

https://soundcloud.com/rttv/propaganda-reps

bekayne

The non-binding resolution passed.

NDPP

Putin: Talking to Russia From Position of Strength is Meaningless (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/211383-putin-russia-deterrence-policy/

"Talking to Russia from a position of strength is meaningless,' said Putin in his annual state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly, stressing that the 'deterrence policy' towards Russia is nothing new.

'The deterrence policy was not invented yesterday, it has always been conducted towards our country, for decades, if not centuries,' Putin noted.

Everytime somebody considers Russia is becoming too powerful and independent, such instruments are turned on immediately,' said Putin.

Vladimir Putin spelled out Russia's special bond with Ukraine as being like a 'brother nation' and despite the recent tensions between the two countries, this relationship will not change..."

eng transcript: http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/23341

NDPP

First Since Cold War: NATO Holds Article 5 War Games

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/first-since-cold-war-nato-hol...

'Allied Land Command takes part in Exercise Trident Lance 2014'

"The exercise which involves close to 4,000 personnel, will test NATO's ability to coordinate and execute a NATO-led Article 5 Collective Defense operation in a multinational environment. It also serves to certify land-based command and control elements for potential NATO operational deployments based on high intensity, war fighting conditions."

 

NATO, EU Effecting Complete Merger To Confront Russia

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/nato-eu-effecting-complete-me...

'Secretary-General: NATO and the European Union are 'stronger together'

 

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Ron Paul: ‘US provoking war with Russia, could result in total destruction’

RT wrote:
Former congressman Ron Paul has lashed out at the resolution the House passed against Russia, branding it “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever.” It could even pave the way for a potential war with Russia, as it was with Iraq, he warns.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

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bekayne wrote:
The non-binding resolution passed.

Pepe Escobar: "If it becomes law, the resolution allows the President of the United States to declare war on Russia bypassing the formal permission of Capitol Hill.

The lame duck wouldn’t have the balls. But the Hillarator will."

Read an apologist for the lidless eye of Washington and you get trivialization. Here's to alternative media and speaking the whole truth.

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

bekayne wrote:
The non-binding resolution passed.

Pepe Escobar: "If it becomes law, the resolution allows the President of the United States to declare war on Russia bypassing the formal permission of Capitol Hill.

The lame duck wouldn’t have the balls. But the Hillarator will."

Read an apologist for the lidless eye of Washington and you get trivialization. Here's to alternative media and speaking the whole truth.

Who calls it a "non-binding resolution"? How about a website owned by the Russian government. Is that good enough for you?

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20141204/1015516951.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-binding_resolution

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

Ron Paul: ‘US provoking war with Russia, could result in total destruction’

RT wrote:
Former congressman Ron Paul has lashed out at the resolution the House passed against Russia, branding it “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever.” It could even pave the way for a potential war with Russia, as it was with Iraq, he warns.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

You'd never know from the article that his son is a powerful U.S. Senator

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bekayne wrote:

ikosmos wrote:

Ron Paul: ‘US provoking war with Russia, could result in total destruction’

You'd never know from the article that his son is a powerful U.S. Senator

lol. You'd never know from your quote that the vote took place in the Congress, after which the Bill goes to the Senate.

Wanna go for double jeapardy where the scores can really add up?

NDPP

US Declares War on Russia (Step One)

http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/12/04/us-declares-war-on-russia-step-one/

"Behind the White House's political smokescreen in Ferguson and New York, US lawmakers were busy sliding through a pre-declaration of war against Russia..."

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

US Declares War on Russia (Step One)

http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/12/04/us-declares-war-on-russia-step-one/

"Behind the White House's political smokescreen in Ferguson and New York, US lawmakers were busy sliding through a pre-declaration of war against Russia..."

Right wing racist websites are fine-as long as they're pro-Putin

http://21stcenturywire.com/tag/ferguson/

NDPP

bekayne wrote:

Right wing racist websites are fine-as long as they're pro-Putin

http://21stcenturywire.com/tag/ferguson/

your link not mine.

NDPP

Petition: No To War, Hot or Cold, With Russia - Campaign Created by Dennis Kucinich

http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/no-to-war-hot-or-cold-with-russia

To US Congress

Reverse the steps taken in the recently passed resolution H Res 758, which distorts facts and hypocritically condemns actions the United States is itself guilty of in order to antagonize Russia, effectively declaring a new Cold War.

The resolution demands that Russia be isolated and that the US and NATO be prepared for war. This approach should be unacceptable in a new head of the Pentagon, and Congress should replace militarism with diplomacy toward Moscow.

NATO encirclement, the US-backed coup in Ukraine, and an attempt to use an agreement with the European Union to bring NATO into Ukraine at the Russian border, a US nuclear-strike policy, are all policies which attempt to substitute force for diplomacy..."

 

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Ha ha ha, NDPP your link is to the same website "21st Century Wire" which posted those Furguson storys via a tag called "Furguson" in the top menu so please stop acting like it's from a different website which is what he was refering to.

It didn't bother me. I understand how you post to articals and not really intend to indorse the websites, I just hope you had on your rubber boots while you were over thereWink.

 

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Legendary documentary film maker John Pilger has the USA preparing for war against China. Maybe I've picked the wrong country for Yanqui victimization?

You decide.

John Pilger - The Coming War documentary

The Coming War between America and China - the new documentary project from John Pilger

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Now it's China? Just proves how silly all this really is.

Why don't you start another thread on it. LOL

NDPP

The New Cold War Policy Has Backfired - by Michael Hudson

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/11/the-new-cold-war-policy-has-backf...

"The world's geopolitics, major trade patterns and military alliances have changed radically in the past month. Russia has reoriented its gas and oil trade, and also its trade in military technology, away from Europe toward Eurasia.

The result is the opposite of America's hope for the past half-century of dividing and conquering Eurasia: setting Russia against China, isolating Iran, and preventing India, the Near East and other Asian countries from joining together to create an alternative to the US dollar area.

Last February, US diplomats engineered a Pinochet-style coup d'etat in Ukraine and used this as a lever to reverse Europe's buildup of trade with Russia.

Europe's economic realignment against Russia threatens to bring military conflict directly into the continent as a result of the proxy war in Ukraine..."

NDPP

US Threatens Russia With Deploying Nuclear Missiles in Europe

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/12/12/389870/us-threatens-russia-with...

"The Pentagon has threatened Russia with redeploying nuclear cruise missiles to Europe...'

 

Putin on NATO 'anti-Iran' ABM Network in E Europe (and vid)

http://youtu.be/ZjmiyOgO66g

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1. United States is Creating Three Military Bases in Ukraine

from domestic Russian media wrote:
... the document which the Senate has adopted is certainly very very telling. Look, everything is done in synchronicity, the new fascist Rada received a bill to cancel the neutral status of Ukraine, and immediately this document, which we are talking about, was adopted by the Americans. What does this mean? It means that the territory of Ukraine becomes a military platform. It means that in the nearest future Ukraine will be pumped with American weapons. It means that, as planned, Americans will first open three military bases in Ukraine. They will not be called military bases, they will be called "Centers for Preparation of Military Specialists for the National Army of Ukraine", but they will be de facto military bases.

and so on.

 

2. NATO tactical aircraft double flight intensity near Russia, Belarus borders

TASS wrote:

Tactical aircraft of North Atlantic Alliance states more than doubled flight intensity near borders of Russia and Belarus this year, Chief Commander of Russian Air Force Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told reporters on Tuesday.

“Overall number of flights by NATO tactical aircraft in regions bordering Russia and Belarus has more than doubled to exceed three thousand in 2014 against 2013,” Bondarev said.

And so on.

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Bec.De.Corbin wrote:
Now it's China? Just proves how silly all this really is.

Pilger is an award-winning documentary film-maker of global stature. You are what? An unpaid cheerleader for the lidless eye in Washington?

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Why don't you start another thread on it. LOL

Why don't you start a thread on all the "good things" the USA is doing these days? Endless torture? Spying on the citizenry? Racist and violent police forces? Unpunished atrocities? The largest prison population in the world? Yawning chasm of social inequality? Aggressive military bases around the world? Bomb Yugoslavia. Bomb Afghanistan. Bomb Iraq. Bomb Libya. Bomb Syria. Bomb Iraq some more. From "I have a dream" to "I have a drone". Drone strike Pakistan. Drone Strike Yemen. Torture Bradley Manning. Threaten Julian Assange. Exile Edward Snowden.  ooh rah.

Yup. Lots to be proud of. Hilarious.

NDPP

Forget 'Evil' Putin - We Are the Bloodthirsty Warmongers  -  by Peter Hitchens

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2882208/PETER-HITCHENS-Forget-...

"Now I seem surrounded by people who actively want a war with Russia, a war we might all lose.

Stupid, ill-informed people nowadays like to compare Mr Putin to Hitler. I warn them and you that, if we succeed in overthrowing Mr Putin by unleashing hyper-inflation in Russia, we may find out what a Russian Hitler is really like. And that a war in Europe is anything but fun..."

NDPP

Is US-NATO Preparing to Wage War on Russia? -  by Prof Michel Chossudovsky

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/us-nato-preparing-wage-war-russia...

"Several military initiatives directed against the Russian Federation have been launched in the last few months including the conduct  of wargames in Eastern Europe, military training and the deployment of Special Forces in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the US Congress just passed enabling legislation which provides a de facto green light to president Obama to declare war on Russia..."

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English-speaking mercenaries spotted 83 clicks from Donetsk.


Blackwater successors in Ukraine?

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According to a resident of Granitnoe Roman S., mercenaries often appear in the shops and markets, moving in small groups, they have new NATO uniforms, communicate with each other in English, bringing a translator along with them, not allowing to take photos of themselves under a threat of use of weapons.

USA! USA!

Winning hearts and minds!

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They are on XMAS vacation just like their Russian counter parts you think is no big deal... so sit down and STFU. 

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"Mom!"

"He started it!"

 

NDPP

Is Russia the Ideal Enemy For Western Capitalism? -  by Dagmar Henn

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2014/12/is-russia-ideal-enemy-for-weste...

"As long as there is a single card left inside the sleeve the gamble continues. And this last card is called war. On a large scale.

So what would be the criteria for the ideal enemy...?"

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From Energy War to Currency War: America’s Attack on the Russian Ruble

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya wrote:
A multi-spectrum war is being waged against Moscow by Washington. If there are any doubts about this, they should be put to rest. Geopolitics, science and technology, speculation, financial markets [including currency warfare], information streams, large business conglomerates, intelligentsia, mass communication, social media, the internet, popular culture, news networks, international institutions, sanctions, audiences, public opinion, nationalism, different governmental bodies and agencies, identity politics, proxy wars, diplomacy, countervailing international alliances, major business agreements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights, prestige, military personnel, capital, and psychological tactics are all involved in this multi-spectrum war. On a daily basis this struggle can be seen playing out on the airwaves, in the war theaters in Ukraine and the Middle East, through the statements and accusations of diplomats, and in the economic sphere.

The article is a good, short summary of this multi-spectrum US-sponsored war against Russia. It's important, I think to note: "If the crisis in Ukraine did not happen, another pretext would have been found for assaulting Russia." Nazemroaya notes importantly ...

1. Rather than a second Cold War, or a post-Cold War cold war, this war is simply a continuation of a war that never really came to an end. "The mentality of the Cold War never died in the Washington Beltway." After the fall of the Soviet Union, the aim changed to a dismembered Russia and a aggressive NATO expansion right to Russian borders;

1b. The aim is not simply for Russia to change foreign policy but at regime change. Maps of a divided Russia are already being distributed by Radio "Free" Europe. Let us also remember that even US functionary Madeline Albright made reference to the "unfair" territory and resources that Russia was endowed with. Literally, the thinking is, "Give us Siberia or we will nuke you."

2. "Petro-politics have been a major feature of this multi-spectrum war too. Not only have energy prices been a factor in this struggle, but so are financial markets and national currencies." In so doing, the aime was to create a "double whammy" of market manipulation combined with massive price drops in key energy commodities.

3. Key neo-conservatives made clear their aims here, for example, with public statements last May 2014 [from US Assistant-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland — the wife of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) co-founder and neo-conservative advocate for empire Robert Kagan — and US Assistant-Secretary of the Treasury Daniel Glaser] "that the objectives of the US economic sanctions strategy against the Russian Federation was not only to damage the trade ties and business between Russia and the EU, but to also bring about economic instability in Russia and to create currency instability and inflation."

4. The Kremlin has not, however, been goaded into senseless burning their enormous currency reserves but instead chose other methods, including increasing interest rates while providing financial assistance in the form of lending resources, using reserve funds instead for diversification of the national economy and strengthening of the social and public sectors, strategic investments in so-called human capital in Russia (all sorts of wages have been raised rather than the neo-conservative austerity of reducing wages), etc.. There are also other ways to respond to what is called "economic terrorism" by what Argentina has provided an example of: default and refusal of payment to sidestep vulture funds in NYC.

5. The abandonment of South Stream and closer economic ties with Turkey -  announced by Russian President Putin while in Ankara in a master stroke - in the form of the new "Turk Stream" has effectively detonated tendencies to blow apart the fragile EU front. A final shot to the head of the EU was Putin's public statement about compensation for the Bulgarians for the lost South Stream. Turk Stream will also likely see improved Turkish-Iranian relations and the possibility of joint political efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict.

6. Russia's long term plans of pivoting to the Asia-Pacific region is now bearing considerable fruit, for example with the Sino-Russian mega gas deal and other Russian projects in east Asia.

7.  Key Kremlin advisor Sergei Glaziev has spoken of a  "«systemic and comprehensive» response «aimed at exposing and ending US political domination, and, most importantly, at undermining US military-political power based on the printing of dollars as a global currency». His solution includes the creation of «a coalition of sound forces advocating stability — in essence, a global anti-war coalition with a positive plan for rearranging the international financial and economic architecture on the principles of mutual benefit, fairness, and respect for national sovereignty». " 

The Eurasian century is at hand. The American century is over.

NDPP

Ukraine's War: A Prelude To WWIII, Says Former Ukraine Ambassador to US

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraines-war-a-prelude-to-world-war-ii-says...

"This [US-Russian conflict that's being carried out in Ukraine] is a prelude to World War III. A lot of people know this,' So says Yuri Shcherbak, who was Ukraine's Ambassador in Washington during 1994-1998..."

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Market Watch: Perhaps you missed it: We’re at war with Russia

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The U.S. has been waging economic, financial, trade, and political war against Russia and even kinetic war-by-proxy in Ukraine. Worryingly, nobody in power in the U.S. or Europe really seems willing to tell us exactly why....

The U.S. (via John Kerry) and NATO have steadily accused Russia of having funneled hundreds of tanks, armored personnel carriers and other heavy equipment to the separatists in eastern Ukraine....

The sorts of weaponry that NATO and the U.S. have charged Russia with providing are virtually impossible to conceal from the air. Snapping high-resolution photos of such war machinery is child’s play for today’s military satellites, and even civilian ones too. If the assertions were true, we should have seen a flood of photographs of Russian heavy equipment every step of the way as it passed into Ukraine.

But none have been offered, not even one so far. And the simplest explanation for this is that none exist. If they did, you can be 100% certain they’d have been released and replayed over and over again on CNN until everybody and their uncle could distinguish a T-72 tank outline from that of a T-64.

Lies, damn lies, and Yanqui propaganda.

In addition to the above, the author makes reference to 2 ill-conceived and confrontational pieces of legislation: House-Resolution 758 which accuses Russia of "invading" Ukraine without a scrap of evidence to back it up, and the Ukraine Freedom Support Act that allows aircraft loads of military armaments, weapons, stinger missiles, anti-tank missiles, supplies, etc. to be funneled to Ukraine.

Just imagine if Russia made a fraudulent claim that the US had invaded Mexico and started supplying the land of Mariachi with surface to surface missiles and the like. Think the USA might be annoyed?

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In response, Russia is rapidly withdrawing from additional dialog with the U.S. and Europe, while drawing ever closer to China, Turkey and India. Russians feel that they are already under siege from the U.S., and that acts of war have already been committed.

Despite being almost completely out of the U.S. news cycle, events are in and around the Ukraine situation are actually picking up pace. On Jan. 15, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree mobilizing 50,000 new servicemen to the front lines, and Russia just announced that Europe will have to accept gas via Turkey as the Ukraine route is being shut down.

"If it looks like a war, acts like a war and smells like a war, it may just be a war. Everyone should be very concerned by these events, but especially European readers."

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