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The latest US sanctions and the Russian retaliatory response have resulted in a torrent of speculations in the official media and the blogosphere – everybody is trying to make sense of a situation which appears to make no sense at all. Why in the world would the US Senate adopt new sanctions against Russia when Russia has done absolutely nothing to provoke such a vote? Except for Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, every single US Senator voted in favor of these sanctions. Why?! This is even more baffling when you consider that the single biggest effect of these sanctions will be to trigger a rift, and possibly even counter-sanctions, between the US and the EU. What is absolutely clear is that these sanctions will have exactly zero effect on Russia and I don’t think anybody is seriously expecting the Russians to change anything at all in their policies. And yet, every Senator except Paul and Sanders voted for this. Does that make any sense to you?

Let’s try to figure out what is going on here.

First, a simple reminder: like all US politicians, from the county level to the US Congress, Senators have only one consideration when then vote – “what’s in it for me?”. The very last thing which any US Senator really cares about are the real life consequences of his/her vote. This means that to achieve the kind of quasi unanimity (98%) for a totally stupid vote there was some kind of very influential lobby which used some very forceful “arguments” to achieve such a vote. Keep in mind that the Republicans in the Senate knew that they were voting against the wishes of their President. And yet every single one except for Rand Paul voted for these sanctions, that should tell you something about the power of the lobby which pushed for them. So who would have such power?

The website “Business Pundit: Expert Driven” has helpfully posted an article which lists the 10 top most powerful lobbies in Washington, DC. They are (in the same order as in the original article)

  • Tech Lobby
  • Mining Industry
  • Defense Industry
  • Agribusiness Industry
  • Big Oil
  • Financial Lobby
  • Big Pharma
  • AARP
  • Pro-Israel Lobby
  • NRA

Okay, why not? We could probably rearrange them, give them different labels, add a couple (like the “Prison Industrial Complex” or the “Intelligence Community”) but all in all this is an okay list. Any name on it jump at you yet?

One could make the case that most of these lobbies need an enemy to prosper, this is certainly true of the Military-Industrial Complex and the associated high tech industry, and one could also reasonably claim that Big Oil, Mining and Agribusiness see Russia has a potential competitor. But a closer look at the interests these lobbies represent will tell you that they are mostly involved in domestic politics and that faraway Russia, with her relatively small economy, is just not that important to them. This is also clearly true for Big Pharma, the AARP and the NRA. Which leaves the Israel Lobby as the only potential candidate.

“Israel Lobby” is, of course, a misnomer. The Israel Lobby has very little interest in Israel as a country or, for that matter, for the Israeli people. If anything, the Israel Lobby ought to be called the “Neocon Lobby”. Furthermore, we also have to keep in mind that the Neocon Lobby is unlike any other lobby in the list above. For one thing, it does not represent US interests. Neither does it represent the interests of Israel. Rather, it represents the interests of a specific subset of the US ruling elites, in reality much smaller than 1% of the population, which all share in the one common ideology of worldwide domination typical of the Neocons.

These are the folks who in spite of their 100% ironclad control of the media and Congress lost the Presidential election to Donald Trump and who are now dead set to impeach him. These are the folks who simply use “Russia” as a propagandistic fulcrum to peddle the notion that Trump and his entourage are basically Russian agents and Trump himself as a kind of “Presidential Manchurian Candidate”.

Keep in mind that the historical record shows that while the Neocons are fantastically driven, they are not particularly smart. Yes, they do have the kind of rabid ideological determination which allows them to achieve a totally disproportionate influence over US policies, but when you actually read what they write and listen to what they say you immediately realize that these are rather mediocre individuals with a rather parochial mindset which makes them both very predictable and very irritating to the people around them. They always overplay their hand and then end up stunned and horrified when all their conspiracies and plans come tumbling down on them.

I submit that this is exactly what is happening right now.

First, the Neocons lost the elections. For them, it was a shock and a nightmare. The “deplorables” voted against the unambiguously clear “propaganda instructions” given to them by the media. Next, the Neocons turned their rabid hatred against Trump and they succeeded at basically neutering him, but only at the cost of terribly weakening the USA themselves! Think of it: 6 months plus into the Trump administration the USA has already managed to directly threaten Iran, Syria, the DPRK and in all cases with exactly zero results. Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo!

So while Kim Jong-un fires missiles on the 4th of July, the Syrian Army is closing in on Deir ez-Zor, the Ukraine is turning into Somalia, the Russian economy is back to growth and Putin’s popularity is as high as ever, the Neocons are totally freaking out and, as is typical of a person losing control, they don’t do things which would make sense but do what they are used to doing: slapping sanctions (even if they are totally ineffective) and sending messages (even if they are totally ignored). In other words, the Neocons are now engaging in magical thinking, the deliberately chose to delude themselves about their power and influence and they are coping with their full-spectrum failure at everything by pretending that their votes in Congress matter. They truth is – they don’t.

Here is where we need to turn to the other misconception in this matter, that the Russian reaction to these latest sanctions is really about these sanctions. It is not.

ORDER IT NOW

First, let’s tackle the myth that these sanctions are hurting Russia. They really don’t. Even the 100% russophobic Bloomberg is beginning to realize that, if anything, all these sanctions have made both Putin and Russia stronger. Second, there is the issue of timing: instead of slapping on some counter-sanctions the Russians suddenly decided to dramatically reduce the US diplomatic personnel in Russia and confiscate a two US diplomatic facilities in a clear retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats and seizure of Russian diplomatic facilities by Obama last year. Why now?

Many observers say that the Russians are “naive” about the West and the USA, that Putin was “hoping” for better relations and that this hope was paralyzing him. Others say that Putin is “weak” or even “in cahoots” with the West. This is all total nonsense.

People tend to forget that Putin was an officer in the foreign intelligence branch of the KGB, the so-called “First Main Directorate” (PGU). Furthermore, Putin has recently revealed that he worked in the highly secretive “Directorate S” of the PGU and he was in charge of contacts with a network of illegal Soviet spies in East-Germany (were Putin was under the official cover of Director of the USSR-GDR Friendship House). If the PGU was the “elite of the elite” of the KGB, and its most secretive part, then the “Directorate S” was the “elite of the elite” of the PGU and its most secretive part. This is most definitely not a career for “naive” or “weak” people, to put it mildly! First and foremost, PGU officers were “specialists of the West” in general, and of the United States especially because the USA was always officially considered as the “main enemy” (even if most PGU officers personally considered the British as their most capable, dangerous and devious adversary). Considering the superb level of education and training given to these officers, I would argue that the PGU officers were amongst the best experts of the West anywhere in the world. Their survival and the survival of their colleagues depended on their correct understanding of the western world. As for Putin personally, he has always taken action in a very deliberate and measured way and there is no reason to assume that this time around the latest US sanctions have suddenly resulted in some kind of emotional outburst in the Kremlin. You can be darn sure that this latest Russian reaction is the result of very carefully arrived to conclusion and the formulation of a very precise and long-term objective.

I submit that the key to the correct understanding of the Russian response is in the fact that the latest US sanctions contain an absolutely unprecedented and, frankly, shocking feature: the new measures strip the President from the authority to revoke the sanctions. In practical terms, if Trump wanted to lift any of these sanctions, he would have to send an official letter to Congress which would then have 30 days to approve or reject the proposed action. In other words, the Congress has now hijacked the power of the Presidency to conduct foreign policy and taken upon itself to micromanage the US foreign policy.

That, my friends, is clearly a constitutional coup d’état and a gross violation of the principles of separation of powers which is at the very core of the US political system.

It also is a telling testimony to the utter depravity of the US Congress which took no such measures when Presidents bypass Congress and started wars without the needed congressional authority, but which is now overtly taking over the US foreign policy to prevent the risk of “peace breaking out” between Russia and the USA.

And Trump’s reaction?

He declared that he would sign the bill.

Yes, the main is willing to put his signature on the text which represents an illegal coup d’état against this own authority and against the Constitution which he swore to uphold.

With this in mind, the Russian reaction is quite simple and understandable: they have given up on Trump.

Not that they ever had much hope in him, but they always strongly felt that the election of Trump might maybe provide the world with a truly historical opportunity to change the disastrous dynamic initiated by the Neocons under Obama and maybe return the international relations to a semblance of sanity. Alas, this did not happen, Trump turned out to be an overcooked noodle whose only real achievement was to express his thoughts in 140 characters or less. But the one crucial, vital, thing which Trump absolutely needed to succeed in – mercilessly crushing the Neocons – he totally failed to achieve. Worse, his only reaction to their multi-dimensional attempts at overthrowing him were each time met with clumsy attempts at appeasing them.

For Russia is means that President Trump has now been replaced by “President Congress”.

Since it is absolutely impossible to get anything done with this Congress anyway, the Russians will now engage in unilaterally beneficial measures such as dramatically reducing the number of US diplomats in Russia. For the Kremlin, these sanctions are no so much an unacceptable provocation has an ideal pretext to move on a number of Russian internal policies. Getting rid of US employees in Russia is just a first step.

Next, Russia will use the frankly erratic behavior of the Americans to proclaim urbi et orbi that the Americans are irresponsible, incapable of adult decision-making and basically “gone fishing”. The Russians already did that much when they declared that the Obama-Kerry team was недоговороспособны (nedogovorosposobny: “non agreement capable”, more about this concept here). Now with Trump signing his own constitutional demise, Tillerson unable to get UN Nikki to shut the hell up and Mattis and McMaster fighting over delusional plans to stop “not winning” in Afghanistan, the Obama-Kerry teams starts to look almost adult.

Frankly, for the Russians now is the time to move on.

I predict that the Neocon-crazies will not stop until they impeach Trump. I furthermore predict that the USA will not launch any major military interventions (if only because the USA has run out of countries it can safely and easily attack). Some “pretend interventions” (like the ill-fated missile strike on Syria) remain, of course, quite possible and even likely. This internal slow-mo coup against Trump will absorb the vast majority of the energy to get anything done, and leave foreign policy as simply another byproduct of internal US politics.

The East-Europeans are now totally stuck. They will continue to haplessly observe the unfolding Ukrainian disaster while playing at silly games pretending to be tough on Russia (the latest example of that kind of “barking from behind a fence” can be seen in the rather pathetic closure of the Romanian air space to a civilian aircraft with Russian Vice-Premier Dmitri Rogozin amongst the passengers). The real (West) Europeans will gradually come back to their senses and begin making deals with Russia. Even France’s Emmanuel Macron de Rothschild will probably prove a more adult partner than The Donald.

But the real action will be elsewhere – in the South, the East and the Far-East. The simple truth is that the world cannot simply wait for the Americans to come back to their senses. There are a lot of crucial issues which need to be urgently tackled, a lot of immense projects which need to be worked on, and a fundamentally new and profoundly different multi-polar world which needs to be strengthened. If the Americans want to basically recuse themselves from it all, if they want to bring down the constitutional order which their Founding Fathers created and if they want to solely operate in the delusional realm which has no bearing on reality – that is both their right and their problem.

Washington DC is starting to look like a kindergarten on LSD – something both funny and disgusting. Predictably, the kids don’t look too bright: a mix of bullies and spineless idiots. Some of them have their fingers on a nuclear button, and that is outright scary. What the adults need to do now is to figure out a way of keeping the kids busy and distracted so they don’t press the damn button by mistake. And wait. Wait for the inevitable reaction of a country which is so much more and better than its rulers and which now desperately needs a real patriot to stop Witches’ Sabbath in Washington DC.

I will end this column on a personal note. I just crossed the USA, literally, from the Rogue River in Oregon to East Central Florida. During that long trip I did not only see breathtakingly beautiful sights, but also plenty of beautiful people who oppose the satanic ball in DC with every fiber of their being and who want their country to be free from the degenerate demonic powers which have taken over the federal government. I have now lived a total of 20 years in the USA and I have learned to love and deeply appreciate the many kind, decent, honorable and simply beautiful people who live here. Far from seeing the American people as enemies of Russia, I see them has natural allies, if only because we have the same enemy (the Neocons in DC) and absolutely no objective reasons for conflict, none whatsoever. Moreover, in many ways Americans and Russians are very much alike, sometimes in comical ways. Just as during the Cold War I never lost hope in the Russian people, I now refuse to lose hope in the American people. Yes, the US federal government is disgusting, evil, ugly, stupid, degenerate and outright satanic, but the people of the USA are not. Far from it. I don’t know if this country can survive the current regime as one unitary USA or whether it will break up in several quite different entities (something I see as very possible), but I do believe that the people of the USA will survive and overcome just as the Russian people survived the horrors of the 1980s and 1990s.

[Sidebar: after being accused of being a “paid Putin agent” (Vladimir, please send me money!!), a “Jew-lover” or even a “crypto-Jew” myself, a Nazi and Anti-Semite (which decent and good person has not been called an Anti-Semite” at least once in his/her life), a Communist and a Muslim (or, at least, a “Muslim propagandist”), I will now be called an “USA lover”. Fine. Guilty as charged! I do love this country very much, as I do love its people. In fact, my heart often breaks for them and for the immense sufferings the Anglo-Zionist Empire also inflicts upon them. In the fight between the people of the USA and the Empire I unapologetically side with the people whom I see as friends, allies and even brothers.]

Right now the USA appears to be plunging into a precipice very similar to the one the Ukraine has plunged into (which is unsurprising, really, the same people inflicting the same disasters on whatever country they infect with their presence). The big difference is that immense and untapped potential of the USA to bounce back. There might not even be a Ukraine in 10 years, but there will most definitely be a USA, albeit maybe a very different one or even maybe several successor states.

But for the time being, I can only repeat what Floridians say when a hurricane comes barreling down on them: “hunker down” and brace for some very difficult and dangerous times to come.

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo

    So I guess the Americans are stupid for antagonizing Russia, they’re stupid for antagonizing Russia’s enemies in the EU–they’re just plain stupid, according to this Dutch-Russian emigre. I don’t know why America’s stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don’t. And if this upsets Western Europe, so much the better. Also, someone should explain to “The Saker” that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq? And what is the “semblance of sanity” he thinks we should return to?

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    • Replies: @Sharrukin
    Americans and the US government are two different things.

    That is no small part of why Trump got elected.

    Antagonize Russia to what purpose?

    Now we have Haley at the UN, Tillerton, and McMaster making statements at odds with Trumps and they still have a job. Can Trump even remove them?

    Who is actually in charge of the American government? Is it Trump or the Neocons?

    The entire Russia hacking story is a joke and probably a setup by the Democrats if their links to Fusion GPS is true.

    Regardless, foreign nations have to deal with the world outside of Washington DC and its looks like the lunatics have taken control of the DC asylum...which may well be the case.

    The problem is the lack of coherence from Washington.

    We may be looking at a slow motion coup, or simple incompetence, but Trump never struck me as incompetent in his other business dealings.

    A power struggle seems to make the most sense.
    , @Ned
    Your trolling comment is offensive
    , @utu
    Did I miss it or Saker does not even explain what kind of sanctions were imposed but nevertheless he assures his readers that they won't hurt Russia and possibly make it even stronger and basically everything will be hunky-dory because PGU has extremely well qualified individuals on its staff: "superb level of education and training." And obviously Putin is a superman who was in charge of spies in East Germany which required as much sophistication and risk taking as spying in Wales for James Bond.
    , @Randal

    I don’t know why America’s stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don’t.
     
    Saker didn't refer to any of those things in his criticism of the Trump regime's foreign policy stupidity. The only aspect of "Trump’s behaviour towards Europe" that he (absolutely correctly) singles out for criticism is the literally stupid sanctions resolution. Though he could equally well have criticised the delusional stupidity of Trump's seeming wholesale swallowing of neocon propaganda about Iran and the nuclear agreement.

    Also, someone should explain to “The Saker” that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq?
     
    He's clearly well aware of that. As he has rightly pointed out previously (and Buchanan also points out again today), Trump was elected in part precisely because he seemed to offer an escape from the neocon-driven invade the world/invite the world lunacy. But his actual foreign policy seems to have been little more than continuity with minor trimming only when forced by reality, especially with the likes of Nikki Haley in such a prominent position.

    And what is the “semblance of sanity” he thinks we should return to?
     
    Not trying to right all the world's suppose wrongs by force (military or economic) would be a good start. That and ceasing to regard the interests of Israel and of Saudi Arabia as of primary importance for US foreign and military policy.
    , @Pandos
    "rights on climate change and refugee admissions" Seriously? Oh please.
    , @Joe Wong
    Russian returned to sanity by breaking up the USSR, perhaps the Saker thinks breaking up the USA is the way to return the Americans to sanity.
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  2. Sharrukin says:
    @Bragadocious
    Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo

    So I guess the Americans are stupid for antagonizing Russia, they're stupid for antagonizing Russia's enemies in the EU--they're just plain stupid, according to this Dutch-Russian emigre. I don't know why America's stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don't. And if this upsets Western Europe, so much the better. Also, someone should explain to "The Saker" that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq? And what is the "semblance of sanity" he thinks we should return to?

    Americans and the US government are two different things.

    That is no small part of why Trump got elected.

    Antagonize Russia to what purpose?

    Now we have Haley at the UN, Tillerton, and McMaster making statements at odds with Trumps and they still have a job. Can Trump even remove them?

    Who is actually in charge of the American government? Is it Trump or the Neocons?

    The entire Russia hacking story is a joke and probably a setup by the Democrats if their links to Fusion GPS is true.

    Regardless, foreign nations have to deal with the world outside of Washington DC and its looks like the lunatics have taken control of the DC asylum…which may well be the case.

    The problem is the lack of coherence from Washington.

    We may be looking at a slow motion coup, or simple incompetence, but Trump never struck me as incompetent in his other business dealings.

    A power struggle seems to make the most sense.

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  3. Ned says:
    @Bragadocious
    Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo

    So I guess the Americans are stupid for antagonizing Russia, they're stupid for antagonizing Russia's enemies in the EU--they're just plain stupid, according to this Dutch-Russian emigre. I don't know why America's stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don't. And if this upsets Western Europe, so much the better. Also, someone should explain to "The Saker" that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq? And what is the "semblance of sanity" he thinks we should return to?

    Your trolling comment is offensive

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    • Replies: @Bragadocious
    You returned from a 3-year posting absence to write that?
  4. Excal says:

    “During that long trip I did not only see breathtakingly beautiful sights, but also plenty of beautiful people who oppose the satanic ball in DC with every fiber of their being and who want their country to be free from the degenerate demonic powers which have taken over the federal government.”

    I am anything but beautiful, but everything else about that sentence describes me.

    I have never been to Russia, but I have known many Russians, and I am a bit of a Russophile. I voted for Trump partly because I was certain that Clinton would immediately plunge us into war with Russia. It sickens me that the senate are now rattling sabres against them. I am praying for them, and that this country is stopped from doing any real damage to them.

    I can’t help but wonder whether the all-but-signed alliance with the Saudis has something to do with this. There must be something diabolical there too.

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  5. @Ned
    Your trolling comment is offensive

    You returned from a 3-year posting absence to write that?

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    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    So Ned took a break for whatever reason, what of it? He wrote that your comment was offensive, I would have called it simply stupid. It smacks of knee-jerk chest-thumping of the sort that the US has already had more than enough of.

    Yes, the neocons took over before Trump. Good observation, Sherlock. Trump was elected because he promised to do something about it but so far he's been a wimp. Many people still hope that Trump is merely playing rope-a-dope but Saker makes it clear in the article that this time is different in that it undermines the president's authority and it neuters his ability to effect change. Chew on that please, or better still, re-read the article.

    Saker was hoping for peace just like so many Americans were when they voted for DT but it is increasingly looking like it's not going to happen.
  6. Great picture and great description. Hopefully, things will degenerate to the point where they can’t gin up a nuclear war.

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    • Replies: @Alan Donelson
    Great picture -- just not congruent with the title of the post. With a moniker like that, EoM, one might think you'd notice the size of that girl's pupils. Not on LSD. Ill bet she had already graduated from kindergarten, too. But then, why be critical of what one sees and reads. I take SAKER's input with a salt shaker on hand.
  7. @Bragadocious
    You returned from a 3-year posting absence to write that?

    So Ned took a break for whatever reason, what of it? He wrote that your comment was offensive, I would have called it simply stupid. It smacks of knee-jerk chest-thumping of the sort that the US has already had more than enough of.

    Yes, the neocons took over before Trump. Good observation, Sherlock. Trump was elected because he promised to do something about it but so far he’s been a wimp. Many people still hope that Trump is merely playing rope-a-dope but Saker makes it clear in the article that this time is different in that it undermines the president’s authority and it neuters his ability to effect change. Chew on that please, or better still, re-read the article.

    Saker was hoping for peace just like so many Americans were when they voted for DT but it is increasingly looking like it’s not going to happen.

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    • Replies: @Bragadocious
    Yes, the neocons took over before Trump. Good observation, Sherlock

    Thanks. The reason I wrote that was because Saker wrote this:

    Not that they ever had much hope in him, but they always strongly felt that the election of Trump might maybe provide the world with a truly historical opportunity to change the disastrous dynamic initiated by the Neocons under Obama

    See, the key word there Sherlock, is initiated. That means to start, in case you didn't know. I know, I'm Captain Obvious again. Maybe Saker should write more carefully, and not sound like a kindergartner on LSD.

    "I would have called it stupid"

    Yes, that's the operative word for Saker and his minions. Everyone's stupid. Except you. You're smart. Especially when you're peddling 9/11 truther stuff. Then you're a special kind of smart.
  8. I see USA as analogous to the Chinese Empire during its “decline and fall” 1850-1950 (very last part of the Manchu dynasty). Of course, it’s a rough analogy, but it’s there all the same. Like China back then, the “Court” of the USA like the imperial court of China was willing to sell off anything and everything. It’s all been for sale for at least the last 50 years. (If you want an example, take the Panama Canal.)

    In that milieu, consider the neocons. What are they unless (like the DNC and the GOP’s National Central Committee) but a money-laundering and influence-peddling center. So apply that to the “known known” that the main ‘position’ of the neocons (their excuse for some kind of principle) is “Russia is dangerous and must be destroyed.” As seen in the Saker’s article, that is a destructive proposition – destructive of the interests of the USA and its people. So then WHY – why do the neocons pursue that agenda? Well, if you think about the nature of the neocons, of Congress, etc., you realize that the neocons must be making money off of this. They are pushing the anti-Russia agenda because they are paid to do so. Then, ask yourself, as with any money-following effort, CUI BONO? Well. what is accomplished by keeping the heat turned up on Russia? Isn’t it that the anti-Russia agenda provides a distraction from what China is doing? And who, almost certainly, has been paying off the neocons for almost 50 years now – ever since Kissinger (godfather of the neocons) took his secret trip to Beijing in 1973. Put it this way: the old China lobby had been providing huge amounts of $US to the entire USA establishment – in particular to political parties and to the media – since way back in WW II. Now there would be a huge hole where the old China lobby had been. Who would fill that? Kissinger, for all his many faults, was smart enough to know, and Chou En-Lai was smart enough to know, what had to be done. And the old China Lobby had long seen the writing on the wall. So the old China Lobby was taken over by the New China Lobby. Lo-and-behold, Kissinger created the neocons where the paleocons had been. (If you want, you can also find evidence of an effective conspiracy extending back into WW II and the 1930′s, but that might mean identifying with the old JBS, and I want to stay focused on issues more current.)

    That’s the basic reality about the neocons. The PRC (or its rulers in the Standing Committee) are the neocons’ bread-and-butter. Oh, sure they appreciate the Israel lobby and they need it to keep Congress dumb and afraid … but their bread-and-butter is the PRC. Or more precisely, the Standing Committee. Americans like to think that we have all the billionaires (or the billionaires have us), but the reality is that USA’s politicians, bureaucrats and bankers deal with many billionaires, including the billionaires (active and retired) of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and the billionaires of the Kim dynasty of the DPRK. These billionaires use their money much more in concert with one another than do most billionaires. So they get what they want. And what they want includes the ability not to be bothered by, e.g., the US Navy when they decide to extend their empire over the SCS and do not want USA’s people even to know that Hanoi asks pleadingly to become a port and outpost of the US Navy. Etc. etc.

    If you find this hard to believe, google on “Clinton china bribery.” Or, here at the Unz Review, check out Peter Lee’s ‘China Matters’ blog story “Four Corners/Fairfax”. Just think it over. If your mind has been closed, let it open.

    “Yet none dare call it treason.”

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    • Replies: @Chuck
    Kingmaker Sheldon Adelson also has a China connection.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/259853-training-tactical-officers-critical-for-national
    , @Joe Wong
    Manchu Qing dynasty ended in 1912 not 1950, you are off the mark by nearly half a century, you are so confused with facts, it is hard to take any of your words seriously.

    ROC still keeps its Old China Lobby intact in Washington, it is most well funded after the Japanese Lobby. Perhaps both the Japanese and ROC Lobbies are behind this pushing the anti-Russia agenda effort with their over flooding lobbying funds so that the Japanese can build their nuclear weapon arsenal under the nose of the American and push the American off their shores and gain their independence when they are ready. Mind you ROC is under the control of the mentally colonized Japanese wannabes DPP who regard themselves as forced abandoned Japanese by the American after the WWII.

    I really think General McArthur made a dire strategic error on the part of the US for not abolishing the Japanese emperor system that still represents this evil thing Japanese imperialism that may come back to haunt America in some sneaky way a la Pearl Harbor, once they are about able to.

    It's my understanding that it's the deep rooted built-in characteristics of Japanese imperialism to play being pitifully submissive and bide their time for the chance of "revenge". That’s why I am all for the US to keep a tight leash on Japan these days and be on the constant lookout of such behind the back stabs.

  9. Parbes says:

    The neocons and their media in the U.S. and the rest of the West simply HAVE to be taken out, one way or another. This is the only acceptable route – a knot tying the whole world up in insanity, which must be broken.

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    Well, amateurs think "tactics" and professionals think "logistics".

    Start a personal consumer boycott of the Jew Machine. It's a target-rich environment, just aim at media and mass entertainment wherever you find it.
  10. utu says:
    @Bragadocious
    Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo

    So I guess the Americans are stupid for antagonizing Russia, they're stupid for antagonizing Russia's enemies in the EU--they're just plain stupid, according to this Dutch-Russian emigre. I don't know why America's stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don't. And if this upsets Western Europe, so much the better. Also, someone should explain to "The Saker" that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq? And what is the "semblance of sanity" he thinks we should return to?

    Did I miss it or Saker does not even explain what kind of sanctions were imposed but nevertheless he assures his readers that they won’t hurt Russia and possibly make it even stronger and basically everything will be hunky-dory because PGU has extremely well qualified individuals on its staff: “superb level of education and training.” And obviously Putin is a superman who was in charge of spies in East Germany which required as much sophistication and risk taking as spying in Wales for James Bond.

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    And obviously Putin is a superman
     
    Have you notice that the same folks you say Trump is a superman say the same of Putin? Everything is a stroke of genius.

    These folks might study up a bit on the nature of intelligence. It would help them recognize these mediocrities for what they are. ;)
    , @Aedib
    Russia had quite satisfactorily surfed sanctions.

    https://www.awaragroup.com/blog/russian-economy-2014-2016-the-years-of-sanctions-warfare/
    , @Trump Supporter Still
    The sanctions bill was authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (one of the leaders of the anti-Trump deep state) and reinstituted the original four Obama executive orders sanctioning Russia in 2014. So this bill is reviving Obamas legacy and unconstitutionally impinging on the power of the President. The real problem was the veto-proof majority who voted for it. Hard to beat that.
  11. Randal says:

    But the one crucial, vital, thing which Trump absolutely needed to succeed in – mercilessly crushing the Neocons – he totally failed to achieve.

    Indeed. The next step, as with Buchanan’s piece today which is similarly discouraged as far as US foreign policy under Trump is concerned, is to name the neocons. Identify the people burrowing into the institutions of the US administration and subverting any hope of any substantive change in foreign policy from the Clinton/Bush/Obama years. Name the people who act as the tools of the Neocon Lobby within the administration, because those Trump can at least deal with, if he ever comes to understand what is going on (which admittedly seems unlikely so long as he tolerates Nikki Haley’s open warmongering).

    The subservience of Congress can only be dealt with by the American people defeating these sitting members and replacing them with ones who fear, and are loyal to, their constituents more than the lobbyists – which of course requires Americans to recognise when they are being manipulated by lobbyists via the media.

    See the piece yesterday by Ron Maxwell, naming some of the neocons:

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    The subservience of Congress can only be dealt with by the American people defeating these sitting members and replacing them with ones who fear, and are loyal to, their constituents more than the lobbyists – which of course requires Americans to recognise when they are being manipulated by lobbyists via the media.
     
    Yet, that has never happened, and will never happen. People elect leaders quite like themselves.

    It is the people, stupid (I don't necessarily mean you).
    , @Joe Wong
    Americans cannot get out of the current moron mode jam without the following changes.
    1. USA must ban all private funding in all public elections and campaigns, make breaking such ban a criminal offense. Public funded public elections and campaigns only.
    2. American must limit maximum terms for the senators and House representatives to two terms only, no staggered election in Congress, the whole Congress must be elected at the same time.
  12. Randal says:
    @Bragadocious
    Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo

    So I guess the Americans are stupid for antagonizing Russia, they're stupid for antagonizing Russia's enemies in the EU--they're just plain stupid, according to this Dutch-Russian emigre. I don't know why America's stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don't. And if this upsets Western Europe, so much the better. Also, someone should explain to "The Saker" that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq? And what is the "semblance of sanity" he thinks we should return to?

    I don’t know why America’s stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don’t.

    Saker didn’t refer to any of those things in his criticism of the Trump regime’s foreign policy stupidity. The only aspect of “Trump’s behaviour towards Europe” that he (absolutely correctly) singles out for criticism is the literally stupid sanctions resolution. Though he could equally well have criticised the delusional stupidity of Trump’s seeming wholesale swallowing of neocon propaganda about Iran and the nuclear agreement.

    Also, someone should explain to “The Saker” that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq?

    He’s clearly well aware of that. As he has rightly pointed out previously (and Buchanan also points out again today), Trump was elected in part precisely because he seemed to offer an escape from the neocon-driven invade the world/invite the world lunacy. But his actual foreign policy seems to have been little more than continuity with minor trimming only when forced by reality, especially with the likes of Nikki Haley in such a prominent position.

    And what is the “semblance of sanity” he thinks we should return to?

    Not trying to right all the world’s suppose wrongs by force (military or economic) would be a good start. That and ceasing to regard the interests of Israel and of Saudi Arabia as of primary importance for US foreign and military policy.

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    Saker didn’t refer to any of those things

    I agree, he didn't, but then again, it seems Saker doesn't do nuance very well. He specializes in grandiose insults (stupid, LSD, kindergartners, overcooked noodle, gone fishing) without mentioning some pretty important stuff, like Trump cutting off funding to the Syrian rebels. That move infuriated the neocons. Why doesn't Saker mention that? I guess it doesn't jibe with his overall "incompetence" theme and anti-Trump snark.

    As for the sanctions, they seem to upset Saker. But then he says it's water off a duck's back for Putin. Hey, they probably even strengthen his hand! So really, who gives a shit? He contradicts himself.

    Finally, he says Trump has turned over foreign policy responsibility to Congress. I'm no constitutional expert, but Congress is in charge of declaring war. Sanctions can be interpreted as an act of war. In any case, forcing the congresscritters to go on record for something like this can be seen as very useful, just as the Iraq war vote was in blocking Hillary from higher office.
  13. JL says:

    This article is something of a mixed bag. The idea that there is going to be some rift between the EU and US is, at best, wishful thinking, but probably closer to downright delusion. No, European countries ceased to be subjects of history, and became objects, when they ceded their sovereignty to the implicitly Atlanticist and supranational structure that is the EU. So they may growl and gnash their teeth a bit, but will eventually roll over and hope that their bellies are scratched and not slashed.

    As for Trump signing the sanctions legislation as it is written, Saker’s point is valid. No president should abrogate power without a fight. He should, at the very least, insist that the restrictions on his ability to unilaterally cancel sanctions be removed from the legislation or he will veto the bill and fight it all the way to the Supreme Court. And, he should make clear that this isn’t about sanctioning or not sanctioning Russia, but the fact that the law is unconstitutional.

    Saker is also correct that the US is simply too dysfunctional now to pursue any kind of coherent foreign policy. If I were Putin, I would ask Trump who in Congress he should be negotiating with, since neither Trump himself, nor anyone in his cabinet, possesses the authority to follow through with any possible agreements. The smarter commentators are actually all coming around to the same view. Dmitry Trenin:

    “I think the Kremlin views the U.S. as a dysfunctional polity, with its political class at war with itself and its society deeply divided along cultural fault lines. Under these circumstances one hardly expects a consistent policy… Bad as they are now, U.S.-Russian relations continue to get worse, edging ever closer to a kinetic collision between their armed forces somewhere: in Syria, over the Baltic and Black Seas, or Ukraine.”

    It does indeed seem like something dramatic needs to happen, at which point the US will either come to its senses or it’s mushroom cloud time for all of us.

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  14. Although I think there is some hypobole involved, I would like to thank the Saker for raising this very interesting and very … pregnant issue:

    “In other words, the Congress has now hijacked the power of the Presidency to conduct foreign policy and taken upon itself to micromanage the US foreign policy.
    That, my friends, is clearly a constitutional coup d’état and a gross violation of the principles of separation of powers which is at the very core of the US political system.”

    This is a very disturbing development, to say the least.

    However, I do disagree with the Saker on this point:
    “If the Americans want to basically recuse themselves from it all, if they want to bring down the constitutional order which their Founding Fathers created and if they want to solely operate in the delusional realm which has no bearing on reality – that is both their right and their problem.”

    The “Americans” — that is US citizens — do NOT want to bring down the constitution, nor have a government operate in a delusional realm. Nor does the US “government have the “right” to operate in the way they do: that amounts to saying they have the right to commit treason ( a meaningless concept for the Elites). Finally, it is NOT just an American “problem”: unfortunately, it’s a world problem. We are all liable to suffer for the insane shenanigans of the US Ruling class.

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  15. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I predict that the Neocon-crazies will not stop until they impeach Trump.

    And that’s probably behind this clusterfuck. The globalist cabal is working hard to make Trump look bad and he’s falling for it (him asking Comey – a certified swamp creature – to be loyal is proof of his naivete). This same cabal is running Western Europe so any “positive” developments between Macron de Rothchild and Putin will be temporary and designed to further ostracise Trump. With Jews you loose and Russia will forever be their ultimate target. Russian nukes are the only thing standing in the way of One World Government.

    I furthermore predict that the USA will not launch any major military interventions

    Don’t be so sure. They want him to make mistakes. A new war would disappoint a lot of Trump’s core supporters and destroy his capability to expand the base.

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    "Russian nukes are the only thing standing in the way of One World Government."

    Indeed. Vladimir Putin has big balls, and the elites hate him. But he's not afraid of a murder attempt. The elites know that if something happens to him, Europe, Israel and North America would be reduced to radioactive debris in about one hour...
    , @Prusmc
    I agree there will be no further intervention. That is why the current non-sense about theDPRK is such a farse. Young Kim wants a pay off. He has always got it in the past and he will again. Is Madelyn Albright waiting in the wings? Or does T. Rex control the big bucks? Although Ms Albright said "what is the purpose of a great military, if you are not going to use it," the issue has always been move to the edge but don't go over. The key to the MIC is spend and spend on the really serious stuff but never contemplate using it. If this charade with the Norks would turn grim, the streets of South Korea would fill with protestors demanding the US get out and we would start pulling out in less than a month.
  16. @NoseytheDuke
    So Ned took a break for whatever reason, what of it? He wrote that your comment was offensive, I would have called it simply stupid. It smacks of knee-jerk chest-thumping of the sort that the US has already had more than enough of.

    Yes, the neocons took over before Trump. Good observation, Sherlock. Trump was elected because he promised to do something about it but so far he's been a wimp. Many people still hope that Trump is merely playing rope-a-dope but Saker makes it clear in the article that this time is different in that it undermines the president's authority and it neuters his ability to effect change. Chew on that please, or better still, re-read the article.

    Saker was hoping for peace just like so many Americans were when they voted for DT but it is increasingly looking like it's not going to happen.

    Yes, the neocons took over before Trump. Good observation, Sherlock

    Thanks. The reason I wrote that was because Saker wrote this:

    Not that they ever had much hope in him, but they always strongly felt that the election of Trump might maybe provide the world with a truly historical opportunity to change the disastrous dynamic initiated by the Neocons under Obama

    See, the key word there Sherlock, is initiated. That means to start, in case you didn’t know. I know, I’m Captain Obvious again. Maybe Saker should write more carefully, and not sound like a kindergartner on LSD.

    “I would have called it stupid”

    Yes, that’s the operative word for Saker and his minions. Everyone’s stupid. Except you. You’re smart. Especially when you’re peddling 9/11 truther stuff. Then you’re a special kind of smart.

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    I see that you've outed yourself as a Coincidence Theorist there so you may console yourself as at least being "useful", even if it is only as being a useful idiot.

    Start with ae911truth.org, grap a book on high-school physics and go on from there. There's plenty of reading and learning ahead for you, but you'll be much better for it. Oh, and stop the chest-thumping, it only results in bruises.
  17. @Randal

    I don’t know why America’s stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don’t.
     
    Saker didn't refer to any of those things in his criticism of the Trump regime's foreign policy stupidity. The only aspect of "Trump’s behaviour towards Europe" that he (absolutely correctly) singles out for criticism is the literally stupid sanctions resolution. Though he could equally well have criticised the delusional stupidity of Trump's seeming wholesale swallowing of neocon propaganda about Iran and the nuclear agreement.

    Also, someone should explain to “The Saker” that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq?
     
    He's clearly well aware of that. As he has rightly pointed out previously (and Buchanan also points out again today), Trump was elected in part precisely because he seemed to offer an escape from the neocon-driven invade the world/invite the world lunacy. But his actual foreign policy seems to have been little more than continuity with minor trimming only when forced by reality, especially with the likes of Nikki Haley in such a prominent position.

    And what is the “semblance of sanity” he thinks we should return to?
     
    Not trying to right all the world's suppose wrongs by force (military or economic) would be a good start. That and ceasing to regard the interests of Israel and of Saudi Arabia as of primary importance for US foreign and military policy.

    Saker didn’t refer to any of those things

    I agree, he didn’t, but then again, it seems Saker doesn’t do nuance very well. He specializes in grandiose insults (stupid, LSD, kindergartners, overcooked noodle, gone fishing) without mentioning some pretty important stuff, like Trump cutting off funding to the Syrian rebels. That move infuriated the neocons. Why doesn’t Saker mention that? I guess it doesn’t jibe with his overall “incompetence” theme and anti-Trump snark.

    As for the sanctions, they seem to upset Saker. But then he says it’s water off a duck’s back for Putin. Hey, they probably even strengthen his hand! So really, who gives a shit? He contradicts himself.

    Finally, he says Trump has turned over foreign policy responsibility to Congress. I’m no constitutional expert, but Congress is in charge of declaring war. Sanctions can be interpreted as an act of war. In any case, forcing the congresscritters to go on record for something like this can be seen as very useful, just as the Iraq war vote was in blocking Hillary from higher office.

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  18. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Thanks for the compliments regarding the American people. They all want peace just like all others and have always voted for what they thought was the peace candidate only to be betrayed later. I’ve lived here longer than just twenty years, however, but my whole life and am not so sanguine about the nature of most Americans. I’d say the vast majority, perhaps 70%, are ignorant dolts and easily bamboozled. Elections are just festivals of lies and deceit with few being able to learn from the previous experience. The population is composed mostly of dodo birds. The ruling class are predators looking for the next dollar to be extorted or stolen. This is a bad formula and can only go so far. The fault is not in our stars but in us.

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  19. ” The ruling class are predators looking for the next dollar to be extorted or stolen.”

    And who exactly is this “ruling class” if not the neocons? Are they not exactly like Milovan Djilas’ “new class” – a class of apparatchiks in positions to profit enormously (while living very comfortably) from the decline and fall of an empire. How could this be, if their treasonous profiteering could only leave them as having no place to turn but the China-dominated new world order? Well, perhaps they actually know that the very millionaires who controlled key industries in China prior to 1950, were also millionaires who lived, have lived even during the Cultural Revolution, and for their families, continue to live, very comfortably and securely in Shanghai from 1950 onward – assuming that they were astute enough to have been doing business with the Communists all along. Perhaps they realize that the Communists are about as communistic as the National Socialists were socialistic … so that course which is most profitable in the short-run is also most profitable in the long run.

    “Yet none dare call it treason.”

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    [...astute enough to have been doing business with the Communists all along. Perhaps they realize that the Communists are about as communistic as the National Socialists were socialistic … so that course which is most profitable in the short-run is also most profitable in the long run.
    “Yet none dare call it treason.”




    […doing business with the Communists all along.]

    That is Stormer's book isn't it? I read that before, and If so it made real good sense to me. I remember the idea that it was all done to put Russia on hold, and keep it from expanding and using up the vast resource holdings there, so that far in the future, western interests would be able to go in post 'Communist'' and develop it, like is now to be seen worked for, as in Breshinski's thesis of ''Grand Chessboard. '' Or a sort of Dominoes action through mideast to Eurasia, then on East.
    So communism no longer needed, now it's time to collect on the investment, Russia maybe isn't moving out of the way fast enough, but we'll see.
    INOW's the Communists were put in by the MOTU's to put Russia in the ice box for a hundred years. It's similar to USA's national parks enveloping millions of valuable acres for use as collateral against a scheme of loans that will undermine USA eventually. In order to assure agreement, there needed to be some hard asset held in trust, something that free of complications or wtf.
    Nobody dares to talk about it, but thanks Gramps..

    Messed up blockquotes somekind of way there
  20. I submit that the key to the correct understanding of the Russian response is in the fact that the latest US sanctions contain an absolutely unprecedented and, frankly, shocking feature: the new measures strip the President from the authority to revoke the sanctions.

    This is part of the plan to sideline Russia, render it untouchable on the Executive’s part and move on to China. The plan is to stun everyone with the announcement (probably on Labor Day) of 50k new, well paying, mostly private sector jobs, with benefits. China will feature prominently. Chinese built factories in Wisconsin, Chicago etc. just teasers. Bigly deal to follow: much, much bigly. All will be well !

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

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    The production facilities of the future will be automated and the elimination of workers will mean there is no particular reason to continue offshoring production. The factories will come back to the West, but the jobs won't exist .
  21. Sean says:

    Largely due to Obama’s timidity in Syria on top of his denial of defensive weapons to Kiev, Russia humiliated America in Syria. Putin will rue the day, because America is going to hit back at Russia (it has to). Trump is going to take asymmetric vengeance and bleed Russia white. A fraction of what has been spent in Syria will go a very long way in you-know-where.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/world/europe/pentagon-and-state-department-are-said-to-propose-arming-ukraine.html

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    Regarding Syria and your comments thereon: Excuse me, but is it all about Russia versus America or can the Syrian people and their Government have any say? The world has people and Governments other than American ones, you know, and they don't like freedom, democracy, or whatever delivered by bombs, not even by smart bombs. The Syrian Government did not ask Washington to intervene, so under international law American intervention and bombings there are as legitimate as "Saving Vietnam from the commies", "Bringing democracy to Iraq", or .... the list is long. No adventure on that list turned out well for America or anyone else, with the exception of the merchants of death.

    Now your fond hope is "Trump is going to bleed Russia white" and no doubt you would welcome "Getting tough on Russia". Maybe you prefer your news to be exciting - with trade wars, sanctions-wars, hot wars, cold wars, shooting wars, full blown mushroom-cloud-wars - but you will have to spare us such merry excitement.
    , @Anonymous

    Russia humiliated America in Syria
     
    They humiliated Tel Aviv. American people never wanted to spill their blood and treasure on the other side of the Globe for the Grater Israel project.
  22. Sean says:
    @Robert Magill

    I submit that the key to the correct understanding of the Russian response is in the fact that the latest US sanctions contain an absolutely unprecedented and, frankly, shocking feature: the new measures strip the President from the authority to revoke the sanctions.
     
    This is part of the plan to sideline Russia, render it untouchable on the Executive's part and move on to China. The plan is to stun everyone with the announcement (probably on Labor Day) of 50k new, well paying, mostly private sector jobs, with benefits. China will feature prominently. Chinese built factories in Wisconsin, Chicago etc. just teasers. Bigly deal to follow: much, much bigly. All will be well !

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

    The production facilities of the future will be automated and the elimination of workers will mean there is no particular reason to continue offshoring production. The factories will come back to the West, but the jobs won’t exist .

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  23. @exiled off mainstreet
    Great picture and great description. Hopefully, things will degenerate to the point where they can't gin up a nuclear war.

    Great picture — just not congruent with the title of the post. With a moniker like that, EoM, one might think you’d notice the size of that girl’s pupils. Not on LSD. Ill bet she had already graduated from kindergarten, too. But then, why be critical of what one sees and reads. I take SAKER’s input with a salt shaker on hand.

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  24. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    And yet, every Senator except Paul and Sanders voted for this.

    2 men out of “100″ men looks like the regular average.

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  25. Chuck says:
    @Grandpa Charlie
    I see USA as analogous to the Chinese Empire during its "decline and fall" 1850-1950 (very last part of the Manchu dynasty). Of course, it's a rough analogy, but it's there all the same. Like China back then, the "Court" of the USA like the imperial court of China was willing to sell off anything and everything. It's all been for sale for at least the last 50 years. (If you want an example, take the Panama Canal.)

    In that milieu, consider the neocons. What are they unless (like the DNC and the GOP's National Central Committee) but a money-laundering and influence-peddling center. So apply that to the "known known" that the main 'position' of the neocons (their excuse for some kind of principle) is "Russia is dangerous and must be destroyed." As seen in the Saker's article, that is a destructive proposition - destructive of the interests of the USA and its people. So then WHY - why do the neocons pursue that agenda? Well, if you think about the nature of the neocons, of Congress, etc., you realize that the neocons must be making money off of this. They are pushing the anti-Russia agenda because they are paid to do so. Then, ask yourself, as with any money-following effort, CUI BONO? Well. what is accomplished by keeping the heat turned up on Russia? Isn't it that the anti-Russia agenda provides a distraction from what China is doing? And who, almost certainly, has been paying off the neocons for almost 50 years now - ever since Kissinger (godfather of the neocons) took his secret trip to Beijing in 1973. Put it this way: the old China lobby had been providing huge amounts of $US to the entire USA establishment - in particular to political parties and to the media - since way back in WW II. Now there would be a huge hole where the old China lobby had been. Who would fill that? Kissinger, for all his many faults, was smart enough to know, and Chou En-Lai was smart enough to know, what had to be done. And the old China Lobby had long seen the writing on the wall. So the old China Lobby was taken over by the New China Lobby. Lo-and-behold, Kissinger created the neocons where the paleocons had been. (If you want, you can also find evidence of an effective conspiracy extending back into WW II and the 1930's, but that might mean identifying with the old JBS, and I want to stay focused on issues more current.)

    That's the basic reality about the neocons. The PRC (or its rulers in the Standing Committee) are the neocons' bread-and-butter. Oh, sure they appreciate the Israel lobby and they need it to keep Congress dumb and afraid ... but their bread-and-butter is the PRC. Or more precisely, the Standing Committee. Americans like to think that we have all the billionaires (or the billionaires have us), but the reality is that USA's politicians, bureaucrats and bankers deal with many billionaires, including the billionaires (active and retired) of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and the billionaires of the Kim dynasty of the DPRK. These billionaires use their money much more in concert with one another than do most billionaires. So they get what they want. And what they want includes the ability not to be bothered by, e.g., the US Navy when they decide to extend their empire over the SCS and do not want USA's people even to know that Hanoi asks pleadingly to become a port and outpost of the US Navy. Etc. etc.

    If you find this hard to believe, google on "Clinton china bribery." Or, here at the Unz Review, check out Peter Lee's 'China Matters' blog story "Four Corners/Fairfax". Just think it over. If your mind has been closed, let it open.

    "Yet none dare call it treason."
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    "Kingmaker Sheldon Adelson also has a China connection." - Chuck, citing to The Hill

    Thanks, Chuck. That's a great catch.
  26. Let the US reveal itself to be totally owned by Zionist globalists.

    And if EU goes along, it will only show itself as cuck vassals of the US.

    Russia needs to fix its problems and build a super-economy of its own.

    With China and Iran as partners, Russia can do much if they put their mind to it.

    But do Russians have the National Character?

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  27. @utu
    Did I miss it or Saker does not even explain what kind of sanctions were imposed but nevertheless he assures his readers that they won't hurt Russia and possibly make it even stronger and basically everything will be hunky-dory because PGU has extremely well qualified individuals on its staff: "superb level of education and training." And obviously Putin is a superman who was in charge of spies in East Germany which required as much sophistication and risk taking as spying in Wales for James Bond.

    And obviously Putin is a superman

    Have you notice that the same folks you say Trump is a superman say the same of Putin? Everything is a stroke of genius.

    These folks might study up a bit on the nature of intelligence. It would help them recognize these mediocrities for what they are. ;)

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    Everything is a stroke of genius.

    Like playing 3D or nD (n-->inf) chess, right?

    I think it come from desperation and hope, I think. And as they say, hope does not want to die in spite of the evidence that it should long time ago.
  28. @Bragadocious
    Yes, the neocons took over before Trump. Good observation, Sherlock

    Thanks. The reason I wrote that was because Saker wrote this:

    Not that they ever had much hope in him, but they always strongly felt that the election of Trump might maybe provide the world with a truly historical opportunity to change the disastrous dynamic initiated by the Neocons under Obama

    See, the key word there Sherlock, is initiated. That means to start, in case you didn't know. I know, I'm Captain Obvious again. Maybe Saker should write more carefully, and not sound like a kindergartner on LSD.

    "I would have called it stupid"

    Yes, that's the operative word for Saker and his minions. Everyone's stupid. Except you. You're smart. Especially when you're peddling 9/11 truther stuff. Then you're a special kind of smart.

    I see that you’ve outed yourself as a Coincidence Theorist there so you may console yourself as at least being “useful”, even if it is only as being a useful idiot.

    Start with ae911truth.org, grap a book on high-school physics and go on from there. There’s plenty of reading and learning ahead for you, but you’ll be much better for it. Oh, and stop the chest-thumping, it only results in bruises.

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  29. @Chuck
    Kingmaker Sheldon Adelson also has a China connection.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/259853-training-tactical-officers-critical-for-national

    “Kingmaker Sheldon Adelson also has a China connection.” – Chuck, citing to The Hill

    Thanks, Chuck. That’s a great catch.

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  30. As always, a good read from the Saker.
    I think his assessment is spot on; Trump and his movement have been disabled. Now Congress members seem to be jockeying for future power-gains, while Trump might be starting to check out. He’ll keep tweeting or whatever, but Nikki Haley, Pence and the generals might end up grabbing more decision-making power… or perhaps not.. who knows.

    There’s always the 25th amendment scenario, the Russian collusion angle, or maybe some other damning revelation to pop up in the future to sink Trump, but I think many in Washington may be under warning that his removal could have a devastating impact.

    I am not as optimistic about a lack of militarism in response to the crisis. That has been the go-to option for all modern American presidents in times of crisis.

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  31. nsa says:

    The worms in the House and Senate have been totally terrorized by the vile jooies. Give the loathsome jooies whatever they want, no matter how foul, and keep their jobs……or cross the abominable jooies and lose their jobs when a well funded opponent supported by the repulsive KM (kosher media) just happens to appear in the next primary. The Jooie Lobby runs the Knesset on the Potomac, not the US citizenry who are held in the utmost contempt by the bloodthirsty jooie elites. Government of the jooies, by the jooies, for the jooies……….

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  32. KA says:

    Many events are sprouting up all over the map
    India China, Taliban in Afghanistan ,Venezuela , Iran Syria Lebanon , Israel Palestine — all are moving rapidly into unknown territory . America is no longer is in a position to influence these events. . despite not wanting American policy makers will be forced to look inwards . Those counytriesmay nt bother to inform America .

    Health Care, Student loans, next inevitable housing bubble, millennial not saving and being forced to spend the income on health care and rents along , nation as a whole see increasing social fragmentation on ethnic lines — these forces will make America much weaker economically and socially . Foreign countries like China and Gulf monarchies will influence American foreign and domestic policies .

    America democracy itself may not survive the changes . Neocons with eager media may settle down on dictatorship.

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  33. “The latest US sanctions and the Russian retaliatory response”

    There has not been any response so far. Response was to US expelling 35 Russian diplomats 6+ months ago. This is why I am not a fan of delayed responses. As saying goes, spoon is for dinner, not afterwards. Russia so far failed to respond to USA aggression which is what sanctions are.
    Putin has been doing this whole patience expectations of US coming to her senses for some 10 years with poor results as US belligerence seems to grow in lack of appropriate responses from Russia.
    Putin being liberal he is, seems cannot abandon hope to be part of the club so far hence this treatment in white gloves when it is stick across US face and kick into US groin what’s necessary.
    USA is like a dog that understands only stick. And stick has been missing despite Russia having enough options to start really hurting USA where it hurts and stop cooperation everywhere even in Syria.
    I am not holding my breath with Putin though. He still insists on not letting up and talking to madman despite that doing everything to hurt him.
    Slow learner he is both in regards to USA and Russian economy.

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    Sergey, I could not agree with you more regarding delayed responses and that US only understands the stick, because it uses it on small countries so profusely. Most of all I agree with you on Putin's desperate attempts to join The Club of Crooks, The Coalition of the Lovers of Terrorism and so on. But, on the upside, when he does respond, he responds with quality. When US forced EU to impose country-on-country sanctions on Russia by shooting down MH17 using its Ukrainian proxies, Putin responded by imposing sanctions on the EU agricultural products, the most protected species in the EU Zoo (ouch). This helped develop the Russian agri business, to now compete with EU agri-business (ouch, ouch). When US expelled the Russian diplomats and nationalized/stole Russian property in US, he defecated an army of 755 US regime changers from the Russia bowel (ouch, ouch, ouch). This expulsion will immunize Russia from the regime change virus during the forthcoming elections.

    One could say that Putin obviously does not play the game with the West by the Western Rules. This does risk that the West, especially US, would underestimate his responses. But there is one whole global audience which watches the game and admires an economically medium sized player who is successfully resisting and punching up way above his weight. The fact that Putin does not stop Russian cooperation with US in Syria probably means that Russia is getting something useful out of it. I do not like that Putin waits so long to respond, but I have to admit that he, the ultimate pragmatist, always responds in a way which maximizes the Russian gain.
  34. “What is absolutely clear is that these sanctions will have exactly zero effect on Russia and I don’t think anybody is seriously expecting the Russians to change anything at all in their policies.”

    Zero effects? Speaking of changing policy is true but not that it won’t create troubles for Russia. Anyway, any aggression requires swift and ruthless repsonse otherwise it invites more of agression. Putin is wrong to behave the way he behaves. There must be zero patience and head for an eye response. Than aggression stops.

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    • Replies: @jacques sheete

    Anyway, any aggression requires swift and ruthless repsonse ...
     
    Not always, and not necessarily now.

    Sometimes no response is the most powerful. Aggressive and ruthless responses are often best reserved for the times they're likely to succeed decisively.

    Responding to petulant pissants is more often than not a waste of time, energy and concentration.

    Putin appears to know all that, and good for him. I 'd love to see him knock the bastards on their collective asses permanently. Sometime. ;)

    , @Seamus Padraig

    Putin is wrong to behave the way he behaves. There must be zero patience and head for an eye response. Than aggression stops.
     
    I second what 'jaques sheete' said. I just want to add that we could be on the verge of a major break between Washington and the EU -- something Putin has been working towards for years. We have an old saying: when you're enemy's committing suicide, stand back and let him. That's what Washington is doing now: committing suicide.
  35. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Randal

    But the one crucial, vital, thing which Trump absolutely needed to succeed in – mercilessly crushing the Neocons – he totally failed to achieve.
     
    Indeed. The next step, as with Buchanan's piece today which is similarly discouraged as far as US foreign policy under Trump is concerned, is to name the neocons. Identify the people burrowing into the institutions of the US administration and subverting any hope of any substantive change in foreign policy from the Clinton/Bush/Obama years. Name the people who act as the tools of the Neocon Lobby within the administration, because those Trump can at least deal with, if he ever comes to understand what is going on (which admittedly seems unlikely so long as he tolerates Nikki Haley's open warmongering).

    The subservience of Congress can only be dealt with by the American people defeating these sitting members and replacing them with ones who fear, and are loyal to, their constituents more than the lobbyists - which of course requires Americans to recognise when they are being manipulated by lobbyists via the media.

    See the piece yesterday by Ron Maxwell, naming some of the neocons:

    How Romney Loyalists Hijacked Trump’s Foreign Policy

    The subservience of Congress can only be dealt with by the American people defeating these sitting members and replacing them with ones who fear, and are loyal to, their constituents more than the lobbyists – which of course requires Americans to recognise when they are being manipulated by lobbyists via the media.

    Yet, that has never happened, and will never happen. People elect leaders quite like themselves.

    It is the people, stupid (I don’t necessarily mean you).

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  36. The neoconservative are like junkies. Does a junkie ever really appreciate the risk whilst in the middle of pursuing his next fix? Each successive fix is never quite enough, so they go on to bigger fixes at the risk of overdose. Neocons seem to think kicking Russia’s ass will be a manageable high, a cakewalk nonetheless, same for China thereafter, because the wars and dying will be done over there … in their estimation.

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    • Replies: @white noise
    " Neocons seem to think kicking Russia’s ass will be a manageable high"

    That's what they think. Given that Russia currently has more nuclear power than USA and Israel combined, to think that they can handle Russia is sheer stupidity.
  37. TheJester says:

    Furthermore, we also have to keep in mind that the Neocon Lobby is unlike any other lobby in the list above. For one thing, it does not represent US interests. Neither does it represent the interests of Israel. Rather, it represents the interests of a specific subset of the US ruling elites, in reality much smaller than 1% of the population, which all share in the one common ideology of worldwide domination typical of the Neocons.

    These are the folks who in spite of their 100% ironclad control of the media and Congress lost the Presidential election to Donald Trump and who are now dead set to impeach him.

    Many people who notice believe that “Neocon” is a euphemism for “Jew”. Yes, there are non-Jewish outliers among the Neocons like John McCain and Lindsey Graham … but this need be no more complex than assuming that they, like so many others in government such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, have cut their deals with the Jewish lobby. Indeed, when I read an article on Neocons, the list of culprits does read like a list of Ashkenazi Jews.

    The import is that if the Neocons are religiously committed to world domination and “Neocon” is a euphemism for “Jew”, then it follows that the age-old stereotype that there are cabals of Jews seeking world domination at the expense of the goyim they live among is true.

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  38. Does that make any sense to you?

    No.

    And one of the things I’ve learned is to NOT seek a reasonable answer to situations provoked by utter crackpots.

    It’s simple; many of those in positions of power and responsibility are not only nuts in the head, but no human is built to shoulder much power at all.

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  39. mp says:

    Of the lobby groups listed, probably only Big Oil and Big Jew (and not in that order) have much of an interest in going to war with Russia. The Military-Industrials are happy just to get contracts to build stuff. They don’t really care, or particularly want, their stuff to be used. Most of it is too expensive to use, and probably doesn’t work as advertised, anyhow.

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    • Replies: @Kiza
    I like your humor, but you are not quite correct about the MIC. Like every business, they sell capital items and they sell consumables. Bombs are, for example, always consumables, whilst planes which drop them are frequently replaced capital items. Different sections of the MIC would have different business models, but it is blatantly obvious that without high political tensions and cakewalk wars on small countries, there are no orders of consumables and no "modernizations", such as the trillion dollar one of the US nuclear stockpile.

    Therefore, the most desirable situation for US, UK and other NATO MIC is the current situation: high tensions with Iran, Russia and China to get "modernizations" going, combined with bashing up of small countries such as Grenada, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Syria and so on, which cannot show that the wizbang, superduper, rip-your-shirt-off weaponry does not work as advertised. The danger is, of course, that the rhetoric and the tensions run out of control. The MIC does not only take much of our hard earned income for their substandard product, they also hold us by the buttons of our shirts over the edge of the global nuclear war.
  40. I’m afraid you’re right.

    But I remain puzzled at how 98 Senators could have been lined up for that stupidity.

    Can you enlarge on the details of neo-con ideas, personnel and means of influence to explain the neo-con part? I mean 98 out of 100 Senators!!!

    And, given especially your assertion that Israeli lobbyists aren’t acting in Israel’s real interests, can you give a fuller explanation of what they are up to and why, with particular reference to that Senate vote?

    Following on from that, or, if you insist, as an aside would you care to give your view of what rational Israeli lobbying might seek Americann help for. Here’s my attempt at starting your explanation….. Israel knows it can no longer defeat the battle hardened Hezbollah forces, from which they have already received a bloidy nose, without using nuclear weapons or losing a high proportion of young Israelis. So it fears that Hezbollah, still connected to Iran and protected in that by Syria, will launch intolerable rocket attacks to provoke Israeli attack against its dug in positions.

    The need to remove Assad’s regime has to be seen in that light??? Could it be as simple as that?

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    • Replies: @Moi
    That kind of overwhelming support in the Senate is usually reserved for Israel.
    , @Kiza
    Playing Dumbo again, asking stupid questions and shilling for the Zionists again? Poor Israel with mean Hezbollah at its door. The old propaganda technique - the reversal of cause and consequence. According to your kind, the problem started when Iran came to Israeli border, not when Israel stole a large part of Syria (Golan) and then wanted to regime change it and steal even more earlier.

    BTW, that recent operation when you were in hospital, did they transplant a brain of another, more proficient Hasbara troll into you?

  41. @Anonymous

    I predict that the Neocon-crazies will not stop until they impeach Trump.
     
    And that's probably behind this clusterfuck. The globalist cabal is working hard to make Trump look bad and he's falling for it (him asking Comey - a certified swamp creature - to be loyal is proof of his naivete). This same cabal is running Western Europe so any "positive" developments between Macron de Rothchild and Putin will be temporary and designed to further ostracise Trump. With Jews you loose and Russia will forever be their ultimate target. Russian nukes are the only thing standing in the way of One World Government.

    I furthermore predict that the USA will not launch any major military interventions
     
    Don't be so sure. They want him to make mistakes. A new war would disappoint a lot of Trump's core supporters and destroy his capability to expand the base.

    “Russian nukes are the only thing standing in the way of One World Government.”

    Indeed. Vladimir Putin has big balls, and the elites hate him. But he’s not afraid of a murder attempt. The elites know that if something happens to him, Europe, Israel and North America would be reduced to radioactive debris in about one hour…

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  42. KA says:

    A new alignment is likely to emerge .t will be much less adversarial and much less enthused with polemic. America China Israel Saudi Arab – pitted against – India Russia Iran Japan, . China will embrace US because of Neocon and myriad financial connections with US .India will be forced to return to Russia . China joining America or America deciding to join China is the game changer and disrupt very other relationship. China will try to occupy American position after WW2 while US will find itself occupying post WW2 British position. Neoconservatives and financial system of the world will force this merger .

    Pakistan Germany Turkey will try to juggle and hedge theirs bets . Central Asian Stan will be politically connected to Russia but economically to China .China and Russia will quarrel here and these countries will face a period of turmoil. Balkans will move back to Russia . NATO will be largely irrelevant with no ability to have consensus and a mission .
    The world will become more rambunctious and hyper verbal but it won’t fight .
    Polyglot countries like India and America will try to talk along ethnic lines more but the fundamental underlying realities will not change . Despite the divisiveness promoted by parties, the citizen will move to closer relationship and understanding and common ground partly because the divisiveness will fail to accrue any benefit to the groups most interested in harvesting it .But the divisiveness will not disappear from daily discourse .

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  43. ffff says:

    Anyone else find their comments censored on thesaker? Seems like a “pro”-russian version of CNN

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  44. utu says:
    @Stephen R. Diamond

    And obviously Putin is a superman
     
    Have you notice that the same folks you say Trump is a superman say the same of Putin? Everything is a stroke of genius.

    These folks might study up a bit on the nature of intelligence. It would help them recognize these mediocrities for what they are. ;)

    Everything is a stroke of genius.

    Like playing 3D or nD (n–>inf) chess, right?

    I think it come from desperation and hope, I think. And as they say, hope does not want to die in spite of the evidence that it should long time ago.

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  45. n230099 says:

    ” 10 top most powerful lobbies in Washington, DC. They are (in the same order as in the original article)

    Tech Lobby
    Mining Industry
    Defense Industry
    Agribusiness Industry
    Big Oil
    Financial Lobby
    Big Pharma
    AARP
    Pro-Israel Lobby
    NRA”

    Well, some are ‘lobbies’ but some are just bogeymen.

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  46. @The Alarmist
    The neoconservative are like junkies. Does a junkie ever really appreciate the risk whilst in the middle of pursuing his next fix? Each successive fix is never quite enough, so they go on to bigger fixes at the risk of overdose. Neocons seem to think kicking Russia's ass will be a manageable high, a cakewalk nonetheless, same for China thereafter, because the wars and dying will be done over there ... in their estimation.

    ” Neocons seem to think kicking Russia’s ass will be a manageable high”

    That’s what they think. Given that Russia currently has more nuclear power than USA and Israel combined, to think that they can handle Russia is sheer stupidity.

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  47. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Much is made of this so-called “neocon” business. They appear to be a current highly aggressive strain of American expansionism. However, there were no “neocons” in 1898 when the US saw it’s opportunity to attack Spain and grab away it’s holdings. The US has been aggressively expanding ever since, inserting itself into both world wars at the very last minute in order to gain as much for itself as possible. It got a couple bloody rebuffs in Korea and Vietnam but learned how to refine it’s technique from those experiences. The US has been on the march ever since 1898, sometimes slowly sometimes quickly. It’s not something new but is an inherent dynamic. Like a balloon things expand until they reach some sort of internal or external limiting factor. For the US one can imagine what those might be.

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    • Replies: @peterAUS
    Agree.

    The only difference, at this stage of expansion, is that the lower classes do not get the spoils of the expansion.
    If they did..........well....it would be interesting to see how much they'd be against The Empire.

    And, yes, that another THING; this time the opponent can retaliate hard.
    Nukes do make all that difficult to execute.

    What a conundrum.....

  48. We need a better term than “neo-con.” People like Brennan, Clapper and McMaster were never Trotskyites and they never wrote for Commentary. Their view is really a liberal internationalism update for the post-Cold War, post-9/11 situation. And this view is ubiquitous inside the Beltway.

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  49. Joe Hide says:

    Saker,
    I especially liked your use of the term “demonic” which is an appropriate term both figuratively and possibly literally to describe many neocon adherents.
    The internet is providing “Light coming into the world”, that is, Truth or information coming into mass consciousness. Mass consciousness must shape which possible futures become reality, or the controlled media wouldn’t be spending billions to try to influence it. Some would say that this is solely because of the physical changes that people then force to happen, but evidence also supports consciousness simply altering possible outcomes “The prayers of a righteous man availeth much”.
    Saker, thanks much for Your articles!

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  50. Lesson unlearned.

    Abstinence from all injustice to other first-rate powers is a greater tower of strength than anything that can be gained by the sacrifice of permanent tranquillity for an apparent temporary advantage.

    Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Book I, 1.42-[3]

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  51. Aedib says:

    Great article. Quite accurate description of the hubris infected American establishment.

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  52. @Sergey Krieger
    "What is absolutely clear is that these sanctions will have exactly zero effect on Russia and I don’t think anybody is seriously expecting the Russians to change anything at all in their policies."

    Zero effects? Speaking of changing policy is true but not that it won't create troubles for Russia. Anyway, any aggression requires swift and ruthless repsonse otherwise it invites more of agression. Putin is wrong to behave the way he behaves. There must be zero patience and head for an eye response. Than aggression stops.

    Anyway, any aggression requires swift and ruthless repsonse …

    Not always, and not necessarily now.

    Sometimes no response is the most powerful. Aggressive and ruthless responses are often best reserved for the times they’re likely to succeed decisively.

    Responding to petulant pissants is more often than not a waste of time, energy and concentration.

    Putin appears to know all that, and good for him. I ‘d love to see him knock the bastards on their collective asses permanently. Sometime. ;)

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  53. Aedib says:
    @utu
    Did I miss it or Saker does not even explain what kind of sanctions were imposed but nevertheless he assures his readers that they won't hurt Russia and possibly make it even stronger and basically everything will be hunky-dory because PGU has extremely well qualified individuals on its staff: "superb level of education and training." And obviously Putin is a superman who was in charge of spies in East Germany which required as much sophistication and risk taking as spying in Wales for James Bond.
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  54. Pandos says:
    @Bragadocious
    Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo

    So I guess the Americans are stupid for antagonizing Russia, they're stupid for antagonizing Russia's enemies in the EU--they're just plain stupid, according to this Dutch-Russian emigre. I don't know why America's stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don't. And if this upsets Western Europe, so much the better. Also, someone should explain to "The Saker" that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq? And what is the "semblance of sanity" he thinks we should return to?

    “rights on climate change and refugee admissions” Seriously? Oh please.

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  55. yeah says:
    @Sean
    Largely due to Obama's timidity in Syria on top of his denial of defensive weapons to Kiev, Russia humiliated America in Syria. Putin will rue the day, because America is going to hit back at Russia (it has to). Trump is going to take asymmetric vengeance and bleed Russia white. A fraction of what has been spent in Syria will go a very long way in you-know-where.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/world/europe/pentagon-and-state-department-are-said-to-propose-arming-ukraine.html

    Regarding Syria and your comments thereon: Excuse me, but is it all about Russia versus America or can the Syrian people and their Government have any say? The world has people and Governments other than American ones, you know, and they don’t like freedom, democracy, or whatever delivered by bombs, not even by smart bombs. The Syrian Government did not ask Washington to intervene, so under international law American intervention and bombings there are as legitimate as “Saving Vietnam from the commies”, “Bringing democracy to Iraq”, or …. the list is long. No adventure on that list turned out well for America or anyone else, with the exception of the merchants of death.

    Now your fond hope is “Trump is going to bleed Russia white” and no doubt you would welcome “Getting tough on Russia”. Maybe you prefer your news to be exciting – with trade wars, sanctions-wars, hot wars, cold wars, shooting wars, full blown mushroom-cloud-wars – but you will have to spare us such merry excitement.

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    https://defenceindepth.co/2017/02/17/the-russian-militarys-view-on-the-utility-of-force-the-adoption-of-a-strategy-of-non-violent-asymmetric-warfare/

    Russian military thinking seems to have reached the point now where the idea of using force intentionally in conflicts with peer-state adversaries has been almost completely ruled out. This seems a radical move. But there has been a clear recognition within this military that better strategic outcomes for Russia will result from the use of non-violent ‘asymmetric warfare’ activities rather than those which will or can involve the use of force – such as conventional war or hybrid warfare. [...] The principal aim of Russian asymmetric warfare is to create degrees of destabilisation (destabilizatsiya) within targeted states and within collectives of targeted states (e.g. NATO, EU). [...] And all this plays to the Russian military’s own strengths – its ‘own relative advantages’. While it might lack ‘quantitative indicators’ – the tanks, aircraft and ships – it does have a massive capacity to gather information, to disseminate (mis)information and to employ considerable cyber abilities

     

    The most painful sanctions for Putin are old news, it was the cancellation of the Exxon deal by the Obama administration. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-exxon-treasury-fight-and-the-roots-of-russiagate_us_597de928e4b0c69ef70528ff). Too backward to frack, Russia tried to bribe the tech from Exxon with massive access to Russia untapped resources to show them how. I would really like someone to tell me why Russia should be rewarded by transfer of crucial US technology for what it did in Ukraine. Were they expecting a pat on the back? Russia will it not start a conventional or nuclear war unless it thinks there is a chance of it winning, and there isn't.
  56. You are making too big a deal about the 30 day repeal. I bet you Trump will include a signing statement that he reserves the right to ignore the parts of the law that are unconstitutional.

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  57. schmenz says:

    I’m afraid I had to stop reading when our beloved Saker stated that the Israel Lobby has nothing to do with Israel. I’m really not sure what planet Saker lives on but he might ask the destroyed nations around Israel if they think the Lobby has nothing to do with Israel.

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    • Replies: @jacques sheete

    I’m afraid I had to stop reading when our beloved Saker stated that the Israel Lobby has nothing to do with Israel.
     
    This could no doubt be more accurately stated as, the Israel Lobby has nothing to do with the interests of the Israeli people. It seems to exist for the benefit of the ultra moneybag crowd and its deranged puppets such as Netanyahooooo!
  58. @schmenz
    I'm afraid I had to stop reading when our beloved Saker stated that the Israel Lobby has nothing to do with Israel. I'm really not sure what planet Saker lives on but he might ask the destroyed nations around Israel if they think the Lobby has nothing to do with Israel.

    I’m afraid I had to stop reading when our beloved Saker stated that the Israel Lobby has nothing to do with Israel.

    This could no doubt be more accurately stated as, the Israel Lobby has nothing to do with the interests of the Israeli people. It seems to exist for the benefit of the ultra moneybag crowd and its deranged puppets such as Netanyahooooo!

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  59. Mulegino1 says:

    Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. Thus, the “American” (please note the quotation marks) oligarchy is imploding. Hopefully, they will not exercise a Samson Option of their own, but anything is possible with this gang of criminal sociopaths. Their poster boy is now an insatiable warmonger who is suffering from brain cancer! How could things get any worse?

    After the impressive military victories the US has achieved against such formidable foes as Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, mighty Grenada, Serbia and Libya, taking on Russia should be a “cakewalk”, right? And to think there is a sizable demographic in this country which still believes this! Unbelievable. The last time that the US took on a military opponent at rough conventional parity with it (the Chinese in Korea) the result was a stalemate. To paraphrase Cardinal Newman, “To be deep in history is to cease to be a neocon.”

    Trump should have just let the veto proof sanctions become law without his signature.

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    • Replies: @Jake
    "To paraphrase Cardinal Newman, “To be deep in history is to cease to be a neocon.”

    Now that's funny.
  60. Moi says:

    “The big difference is that immense and untapped potential of the USA to bounce back.”

    This tells me the writer is delusional. The “American Century” is over, and it did not last one hundred years. Too bad.

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  61. Moi says:
    @TheJester

    Furthermore, we also have to keep in mind that the Neocon Lobby is unlike any other lobby in the list above. For one thing, it does not represent US interests. Neither does it represent the interests of Israel. Rather, it represents the interests of a specific subset of the US ruling elites, in reality much smaller than 1% of the population, which all share in the one common ideology of worldwide domination typical of the Neocons.

    These are the folks who in spite of their 100% ironclad control of the media and Congress lost the Presidential election to Donald Trump and who are now dead set to impeach him.
     
    Many people who notice believe that "Neocon" is a euphemism for "Jew". Yes, there are non-Jewish outliers among the Neocons like John McCain and Lindsey Graham ... but this need be no more complex than assuming that they, like so many others in government such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, have cut their deals with the Jewish lobby. Indeed, when I read an article on Neocons, the list of culprits does read like a list of Ashkenazi Jews.

    The import is that if the Neocons are religiously committed to world domination and "Neocon" is a euphemism for "Jew", then it follows that the age-old stereotype that there are cabals of Jews seeking world domination at the expense of the goyim they live among is true.

    Agree!

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  62. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Sean
    Largely due to Obama's timidity in Syria on top of his denial of defensive weapons to Kiev, Russia humiliated America in Syria. Putin will rue the day, because America is going to hit back at Russia (it has to). Trump is going to take asymmetric vengeance and bleed Russia white. A fraction of what has been spent in Syria will go a very long way in you-know-where.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/world/europe/pentagon-and-state-department-are-said-to-propose-arming-ukraine.html

    Russia humiliated America in Syria

    They humiliated Tel Aviv. American people never wanted to spill their blood and treasure on the other side of the Globe for the Grater Israel project.

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    • Replies: @Sean
    No because Jordan not Syria is just across the river from the occupied territories' Palestinian population. Syria has little or no bearing on the West Bank Arab problem, which is the main one for Israel
  63. Suman says:

    Rand Paul and Mike Lee voted against the sanctions. Bernie Sanders is getting undue credit.

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  64. Moi says:
    @Wizard of Oz
    I'm afraid you're right.

    But I remain puzzled at how 98 Senators could have been lined up for that stupidity.

    Can you enlarge on the details of neo-con ideas, personnel and means of influence to explain the neo-con part? I mean 98 out of 100 Senators!!!

    And, given especially your assertion that Israeli lobbyists aren't acting in Israel's real interests, can you give a fuller explanation of what they are up to and why, with particular reference to that Senate vote?

    Following on from that, or, if you insist, as an aside would you care to give your view of what rational Israeli lobbying might seek Americann help for. Here's my attempt at starting your explanation..... Israel knows it can no longer defeat the battle hardened Hezbollah forces, from which they have already received a bloidy nose, without using nuclear weapons or losing a high proportion of young Israelis. So it fears that Hezbollah, still connected to Iran and protected in that by Syria, will launch intolerable rocket attacks to provoke Israeli attack against its dug in positions.

    The need to remove Assad's regime has to be seen in that light??? Could it be as simple as that?

    That kind of overwhelming support in the Senate is usually reserved for Israel.

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  65. The current crisis between the largely special interest owned American executive branch and the largely failing reformer Donald Trump can be a historic opportunity for Europe to mend the artificial divide between the European Union and Russia. The crisis can also be a golden opportunity to shake the corrupt system of government in the USA. These opportunities are subject to having strong and free leaders who can capitalize on the hubris of the ignorant senators and representatives on Capitol Hill.
    Germany, absent Merkel, can resurrect the reinsurance treaty with Russia which Kaiser Wilhelm II abrogated much to the frustration and disapproval of Bismarck the pilot of German unification. What followed was a precarious geopolitical divide in Europe which led to the WWI with its disastrous consequences for Germany, followed by the ordeal of the Versailles Treaty and ultimately the breakout of WWII. By putting the energy gun to the head of the Europeans, the American legislature will force the Europeans to rethink and revamp their self defeating policies towards Russia that are done at the behest of the USA. Any rapprochement with Russia will seal the fate of Eurasia as an integrated economic bloc with the New Silk Road at its backbone.
    As for the United States internal politics, it is obvious that the neocons are pushing matters to a head with Trump whose only resort is to knit a special relationship with those leaders of the military establishment who do not fancy the dominance of the deep state under the leadership of the CIA. The neocons move to impeach the president should create the kind of unrest that should spur the military to take action against the corruption of the legislative branch and its extension in the neocons media complex.
    Yet this very much desired scenario that could a boon for world peace hinges on the emergence of a new leadership in the western world that is willing to defy the powers that be. Currently Europe is woefully lacking in the quality of leadership that can seize the moment to break free from the dominance of the neocons.

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  66. Zogby says:

    This sanctions bill is a domestic US matter. The Republicans are trying to pacify the Democrats’ rage and bitterness over losing the election. It is most convenient for them to adopt the canard blaming Russia for the result of the election. The voters knew exactly where Trump stands on Russia, so even if Russia leaked the DNC and Podesta emails, there was no theft of the election. Voters were not mislead about positions, and knew very well the Democrats accuse the Russian of the leaks.
    Trump did not veto the the bill because of the veto proof majority, but will effectively veto the bill by ignoring it. I don’t see any Federal Court issuing orders to enforce this bill, and can ignore that too. It’s like Congress declaring a war the President doesn’t want to fight. Who is gonna make him?

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  67. “Why in the world would the US Senate adopt new sanctions against Russia when Russia has done absolutely nothing to provoke such a vote? Except for Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, every single US Senator voted in favor of these sanctions. Why?!”

    There is no satisfactory “worldly” explanation for what’s happening here, but there is an explanation.

    The Jew-controlled “U.S. government” apparently hates Russia for the same reason that Cain hated (and eventually murdered) Abel.

    To put it another way, “bad” (evil) hates “good” because if there were no such thing as “good”, then there would be no such thing as “bad” by comparison.

    The Russian government demonstrates respect for international law, mutual cooperation, diplomacy, stability, restraint, etc., while the U.S. government simply trashes everything, including America.

    Russia is having a spiritual/moral revival:

    https://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/Russian-Revival-Gives-Hope-for-America.html

    While America turns away from God:

    http://thetruthwins.com/archives/19-numbers-which-prove-that-america-is-turning-away-from-christianity

    And Russia’s life expectancy has accordingly hit a record high:

    https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-life-expectancy-hits-record-high-58274

    While in America, life-expectancy decreases, accordingly:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/22/us-life-expectancy-is-low-and-is-now-projected-to-be-on-par-with-mexico-by-2030.html

    The Jews HATE a good example, and Russian re-emergence onto the world scene as an example of relative goodness, in stark contrast to U.S. evil, is simply too much for them to bear.

    “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked” (Proverbs 29:27).

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  68. @Sergey Krieger
    "What is absolutely clear is that these sanctions will have exactly zero effect on Russia and I don’t think anybody is seriously expecting the Russians to change anything at all in their policies."

    Zero effects? Speaking of changing policy is true but not that it won't create troubles for Russia. Anyway, any aggression requires swift and ruthless repsonse otherwise it invites more of agression. Putin is wrong to behave the way he behaves. There must be zero patience and head for an eye response. Than aggression stops.

    Putin is wrong to behave the way he behaves. There must be zero patience and head for an eye response. Than aggression stops.

    I second what ‘jaques sheete’ said. I just want to add that we could be on the verge of a major break between Washington and the EU — something Putin has been working towards for years. We have an old saying: when you’re enemy’s committing suicide, stand back and let him. That’s what Washington is doing now: committing suicide.

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  69. Miro23 says:

    During that long trip I did not only see breathtakingly beautiful sights, but also plenty of beautiful people who oppose the satanic ball in DC with every fiber of their being and who want their country to be free from the degenerate demonic powers which have taken over the federal government.

    I don’t believe the “with every fiber of their being” part. This is just wishful thinking on the part of Saker. If this were so, they wouldn’t just be grumbling or trusting their corrupt representatives. Average Americans still elect people like McCain, Graham and Schumer and I haven’t seen any mass anti-war demonstrations in Washington or New York or anywhere else.

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  70. Even more depressing than the bill is Trump’s craven capitulation:

    In a signing statement released by the White House, Trump said the legislation “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions” in lawmakers’ “haste” to pass it.

    “While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” he said …

    Trump, however, said in another statement accompanying the bill that he would not allow the U.S. to “tolerate interference in our democratic process and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-signs-russia-sanctions-bill/story?id=48985465

    So Trump now officially regards his own election as illegitimate? As the result of Russian “subversion and destabilization”? Incredible!

    I realize he can’t stop the bill; but that doesn’t mean he has to officially sign it.

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    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    "Even more depressing than the bill is Trump’s craven capitulation..."

    I think "capitulation" is the wrong word, because it implies that Trump was at least trying to resist, but all the evidence suggests otherwise; i.e., it seems Trump is a liar whose presidential campaign was a fraud from the beginning. So he went along with the scam which is apparently intended to give some political cover to his calculated betrayals.

    "I realize he can’t stop the bill; but that doesn’t mean he has to officially sign it."

    Indeed. He could've sent it back unsigned and made a public announcement that he would not implement or execute the legislation because it is both bad policy and an unconstitutional infringement of his presidential authority to conduct foreign relations.

    But he is a willing participant in a scam directed against every decent person in the world.
  71. Sean says:
    @yeah
    Regarding Syria and your comments thereon: Excuse me, but is it all about Russia versus America or can the Syrian people and their Government have any say? The world has people and Governments other than American ones, you know, and they don't like freedom, democracy, or whatever delivered by bombs, not even by smart bombs. The Syrian Government did not ask Washington to intervene, so under international law American intervention and bombings there are as legitimate as "Saving Vietnam from the commies", "Bringing democracy to Iraq", or .... the list is long. No adventure on that list turned out well for America or anyone else, with the exception of the merchants of death.

    Now your fond hope is "Trump is going to bleed Russia white" and no doubt you would welcome "Getting tough on Russia". Maybe you prefer your news to be exciting - with trade wars, sanctions-wars, hot wars, cold wars, shooting wars, full blown mushroom-cloud-wars - but you will have to spare us such merry excitement.

    https://defenceindepth.co/2017/02/17/the-russian-militarys-view-on-the-utility-of-force-the-adoption-of-a-strategy-of-non-violent-asymmetric-warfare/

    Russian military thinking seems to have reached the point now where the idea of using force intentionally in conflicts with peer-state adversaries has been almost completely ruled out. This seems a radical move. But there has been a clear recognition within this military that better strategic outcomes for Russia will result from the use of non-violent ‘asymmetric warfare’ activities rather than those which will or can involve the use of force – such as conventional war or hybrid warfare. [...] The principal aim of Russian asymmetric warfare is to create degrees of destabilisation (destabilizatsiya) within targeted states and within collectives of targeted states (e.g. NATO, EU). [...] And all this plays to the Russian military’s own strengths – its ‘own relative advantages’. While it might lack ‘quantitative indicators’ – the tanks, aircraft and ships – it does have a massive capacity to gather information, to disseminate (mis)information and to employ considerable cyber abilities

    The most painful sanctions for Putin are old news, it was the cancellation of the Exxon deal by the Obama administration. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-exxon-treasury-fight-and-the-roots-of-russiagate_us_597de928e4b0c69ef70528ff). Too backward to frack, Russia tried to bribe the tech from Exxon with massive access to Russia untapped resources to show them how. I would really like someone to tell me why Russia should be rewarded by transfer of crucial US technology for what it did in Ukraine. Were they expecting a pat on the back? Russia will it not start a conventional or nuclear war unless it thinks there is a chance of it winning, and there isn’t.

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    • Replies: @EugeneGur

    for what it did in Ukraine.
     
    And what exactly is Russia supposed to have done in Ukraine other than respond to a coup instigated by the West? The West barges into Ukraine, engineers a violent coup that ousts a legitimate President and installs a rabidly nationalistic government with distinctly Nazi overtones - and expects Russia to sit back smelling the roses? Of course, Russia did everything in its power to resist and protect its own interests as well as those of the Russian population in Ukraine. Why should it do otherwise?

    Furthermore, Russia will continue doing the same, and no stupid sanctions could possibly change that. There are more important issues at stake here than immediate economic prosperity - Russians understand that and the Americans don't. In the end, Russia will win - it always does.

    Too backward to frack
     
    Or too smart, perhaps?
  72. Sean says:
    @Anonymous

    Russia humiliated America in Syria
     
    They humiliated Tel Aviv. American people never wanted to spill their blood and treasure on the other side of the Globe for the Grater Israel project.

    No because Jordan not Syria is just across the river from the occupied territories’ Palestinian population. Syria has little or no bearing on the West Bank Arab problem, which is the main one for Israel

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  73. Johnny Rico says: • Website

    It is all about the oil.

    Oil is the only reason the global population has quadrupled in only the last 100 years. The Industrial Revolution was not enough. Oil is necessary to maintain this population and keep it fed.

    The remaining relatively-cheap oil is all in Russia, Saudia Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and The UAE. Everybody understands this. The Russians, the Chinese, the Neocons, Donald Trump. They all get this.

    The United States is for all intents-and-purposes energy independent when you include supplies from Canada and rapidly-dwindling supplies from Mexico. But the United States relies on “control” of the oil coming from the Persian Gulf to maintain control of its Empire and as tenuous control over its real one and only rival – China.

    South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan are completely dependent for survival economically on energy that comes from the Middle-East and is protected by the U.S. Navy.

    The constant tension between Israel and Saudi Arabia (The two worst regimes in the world) on the one side and Iran on the other is necessary to give the American Deep State and Empire purpose.

    While it ‘appears’ that all the American military equipment and bases and meddling in the Middle East are aimed at surrounding and blunting Iran’s power – it should be obvious from 75-plus years of history that the real purpose is to surround Saudi Arabia.

    Whether it is Roosevelt meeting with the King in 1945 on the way back from Yalta or Trump meeting with the King a month ago – the message is clear – The heads belonging to the House of Sand are only attached to their necks at the discretion of the United States.

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    • Replies: @Sean
    The US controls bleeding edge technology (what Russia can't produce). And if CO2 fracking becomes viable Saudi will be back on top providing they play the US's game.
    , @Harold Smith
    "It is all about the oil."

    Pure nonsense.
  74. peterAUS says:
    @anonymous
    Much is made of this so-called "neocon" business. They appear to be a current highly aggressive strain of American expansionism. However, there were no "neocons" in 1898 when the US saw it's opportunity to attack Spain and grab away it's holdings. The US has been aggressively expanding ever since, inserting itself into both world wars at the very last minute in order to gain as much for itself as possible. It got a couple bloody rebuffs in Korea and Vietnam but learned how to refine it's technique from those experiences. The US has been on the march ever since 1898, sometimes slowly sometimes quickly. It's not something new but is an inherent dynamic. Like a balloon things expand until they reach some sort of internal or external limiting factor. For the US one can imagine what those might be.

    Agree.

    The only difference, at this stage of expansion, is that the lower classes do not get the spoils of the expansion.
    If they did……….well….it would be interesting to see how much they’d be against The Empire.

    And, yes, that another THING; this time the opponent can retaliate hard.
    Nukes do make all that difficult to execute.

    What a conundrum…..

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  75. Sean says:
    @Johnny Rico
    It is all about the oil.

    Oil is the only reason the global population has quadrupled in only the last 100 years. The Industrial Revolution was not enough. Oil is necessary to maintain this population and keep it fed.

    The remaining relatively-cheap oil is all in Russia, Saudia Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and The UAE. Everybody understands this. The Russians, the Chinese, the Neocons, Donald Trump. They all get this.

    The United States is for all intents-and-purposes energy independent when you include supplies from Canada and rapidly-dwindling supplies from Mexico. But the United States relies on "control" of the oil coming from the Persian Gulf to maintain control of its Empire and as tenuous control over its real one and only rival - China.

    South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan are completely dependent for survival economically on energy that comes from the Middle-East and is protected by the U.S. Navy.

    The constant tension between Israel and Saudi Arabia (The two worst regimes in the world) on the one side and Iran on the other is necessary to give the American Deep State and Empire purpose.

    While it 'appears' that all the American military equipment and bases and meddling in the Middle East are aimed at surrounding and blunting Iran's power - it should be obvious from 75-plus years of history that the real purpose is to surround Saudi Arabia.

    Whether it is Roosevelt meeting with the King in 1945 on the way back from Yalta or Trump meeting with the King a month ago - the message is clear - The heads belonging to the House of Sand are only attached to their necks at the discretion of the United States.

    The US controls bleeding edge technology (what Russia can’t produce). And if CO2 fracking becomes viable Saudi will be back on top providing they play the US’s game.

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  76. A few minor bones to pick with the usual Saker excellence.

    No, it’s not neocons, or any ideological tendency pushing these wars. It’s NCS, doing all they ever do. The National Clandestine Service, that is (formerly known as Operations, once known as Plans and Programs – they change the name after each new historic crime against humanity.) Covert war is how the knuckle-draggers earn their little medals to fondle in the vault – by playing tricks on designated enemies, which proliferate in the interest of NCS career advancement until NCS is wrecking everything everywhere. NCS is all there is of CIA. CIA of course includes a vestigial analysis function, but that only comes into play when NCS efforts collapse in sanguinary catastrophe. When that happens, CIA publishes the analysis NCS ignored so they can blame their devastation on the Pentagon, or on State, or neocons, or someone else (c.f the Pentagon Papers.) CIA pretends to be an intelligence agency as a cover for its criminal clandestine raison d’être.

    NCS latches onto any chance to destabilize anything. Have people noticed that the existential threat justifying our ICCPR-illegal US state of emergency is no longer terrorist attack but ‘transnational organized crime?’ Even terror isn’t vague enough anymore. NCS is impelled by Israeli national interests not out of loyalty or ideology but because Israel makes itself exceptionally useful to the kind of ‘safari club’ arrangement that CIA uses to commit serious crimes. Nowadays the safari club is less an organization than a standard operating procedure: intelligence agencies trade agents and abet their crimes with eyes-only bilateral liaison agreements, protecting them as sources and methods till they’ve done their dirty work. Mossad is always up for that.

    When you see what look like neocons elsewhere in the government, those are Prouty-type focal points, driven by NCS’ metastatic imperative. As Prouty said, CIA’s deepest cover agents are the ones in our own government.

    Therefore the sanctions bill is not a Congressional coup, it’s a minor adjustment to CIA’s managerial controls. Executive-branch focal points have failed as a means of controlling the presidential figurehead, so CIA merely transferred the locus of control to the legislature. (CIA has Congress all buttoned down too. Remember that their third-in-line for presidential succession under COG was a securely-blackmailed pedophile. Remember what CIA did to Jane Harman and Paul Wellstone and Hale Boggs.)

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  77. @Seamus Padraig
    Even more depressing than the bill is Trump's craven capitulation:

    In a signing statement released by the White House, Trump said the legislation "included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions" in lawmakers' "haste" to pass it.

    "While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed," he said ...

    Trump, however, said in another statement accompanying the bill that he would not allow the U.S. to "tolerate interference in our democratic process and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization."
     
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-signs-russia-sanctions-bill/story?id=48985465

    So Trump now officially regards his own election as illegitimate? As the result of Russian "subversion and destabilization"? Incredible!

    I realize he can't stop the bill; but that doesn't mean he has to officially sign it.

    “Even more depressing than the bill is Trump’s craven capitulation…”

    I think “capitulation” is the wrong word, because it implies that Trump was at least trying to resist, but all the evidence suggests otherwise; i.e., it seems Trump is a liar whose presidential campaign was a fraud from the beginning. So he went along with the scam which is apparently intended to give some political cover to his calculated betrayals.

    “I realize he can’t stop the bill; but that doesn’t mean he has to officially sign it.”

    Indeed. He could’ve sent it back unsigned and made a public announcement that he would not implement or execute the legislation because it is both bad policy and an unconstitutional infringement of his presidential authority to conduct foreign relations.

    But he is a willing participant in a scam directed against every decent person in the world.

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  78. @Johnny Rico
    It is all about the oil.

    Oil is the only reason the global population has quadrupled in only the last 100 years. The Industrial Revolution was not enough. Oil is necessary to maintain this population and keep it fed.

    The remaining relatively-cheap oil is all in Russia, Saudia Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and The UAE. Everybody understands this. The Russians, the Chinese, the Neocons, Donald Trump. They all get this.

    The United States is for all intents-and-purposes energy independent when you include supplies from Canada and rapidly-dwindling supplies from Mexico. But the United States relies on "control" of the oil coming from the Persian Gulf to maintain control of its Empire and as tenuous control over its real one and only rival - China.

    South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan are completely dependent for survival economically on energy that comes from the Middle-East and is protected by the U.S. Navy.

    The constant tension between Israel and Saudi Arabia (The two worst regimes in the world) on the one side and Iran on the other is necessary to give the American Deep State and Empire purpose.

    While it 'appears' that all the American military equipment and bases and meddling in the Middle East are aimed at surrounding and blunting Iran's power - it should be obvious from 75-plus years of history that the real purpose is to surround Saudi Arabia.

    Whether it is Roosevelt meeting with the King in 1945 on the way back from Yalta or Trump meeting with the King a month ago - the message is clear - The heads belonging to the House of Sand are only attached to their necks at the discretion of the United States.

    “It is all about the oil.”

    Pure nonsense.

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  79. EugeneGur says:
    @Sean

    https://defenceindepth.co/2017/02/17/the-russian-militarys-view-on-the-utility-of-force-the-adoption-of-a-strategy-of-non-violent-asymmetric-warfare/

    Russian military thinking seems to have reached the point now where the idea of using force intentionally in conflicts with peer-state adversaries has been almost completely ruled out. This seems a radical move. But there has been a clear recognition within this military that better strategic outcomes for Russia will result from the use of non-violent ‘asymmetric warfare’ activities rather than those which will or can involve the use of force – such as conventional war or hybrid warfare. [...] The principal aim of Russian asymmetric warfare is to create degrees of destabilisation (destabilizatsiya) within targeted states and within collectives of targeted states (e.g. NATO, EU). [...] And all this plays to the Russian military’s own strengths – its ‘own relative advantages’. While it might lack ‘quantitative indicators’ – the tanks, aircraft and ships – it does have a massive capacity to gather information, to disseminate (mis)information and to employ considerable cyber abilities

     

    The most painful sanctions for Putin are old news, it was the cancellation of the Exxon deal by the Obama administration. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-exxon-treasury-fight-and-the-roots-of-russiagate_us_597de928e4b0c69ef70528ff). Too backward to frack, Russia tried to bribe the tech from Exxon with massive access to Russia untapped resources to show them how. I would really like someone to tell me why Russia should be rewarded by transfer of crucial US technology for what it did in Ukraine. Were they expecting a pat on the back? Russia will it not start a conventional or nuclear war unless it thinks there is a chance of it winning, and there isn't.

    for what it did in Ukraine.

    And what exactly is Russia supposed to have done in Ukraine other than respond to a coup instigated by the West? The West barges into Ukraine, engineers a violent coup that ousts a legitimate President and installs a rabidly nationalistic government with distinctly Nazi overtones – and expects Russia to sit back smelling the roses? Of course, Russia did everything in its power to resist and protect its own interests as well as those of the Russian population in Ukraine. Why should it do otherwise?

    Furthermore, Russia will continue doing the same, and no stupid sanctions could possibly change that. There are more important issues at stake here than immediate economic prosperity – Russians understand that and the Americans don’t. In the end, Russia will win – it always does.

    Too backward to frack

    Or too smart, perhaps?

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Sean is an obvious Hasbara volunteer (not on the payroll - negative value ultimately).
    , @Aedib
    The complexity of fracking technology is over-hyped. Even Argentina is developing its own frack tech. If Russia would need it, it will develop it. Just Russia doesn’t need it now because it still has conventional oil in abundance.
  80. Corvinus says:

    While lawmakers TRADITIONALLY have offered the president the ability to waive sanctions when he determines it is in the national security interest of the United States, Congress and past administrations have jostled over their nature and viability. Moreover, consider the unique circumstances. The sanctions law had unprecedented bipartisan support. More importantly, there are several investigations of the Trump presidency, and Congress is conducting its due diligence to ensure the American people are other than compromised should there be evidence of collusion, money laundering, and sex trafficking involving Trump. If Trump is hell bent on lifting or easing these sanctions because he believes the law is a violation of his duties as chief executive, he ought to take the matter to court and settle it. Thus, future legislation would be null and void, and this issue would be cleared once and for all.

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    • Replies: @Kiza
    In Japan, they call writing such as yours: bullchitto.
  81. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @EugeneGur

    for what it did in Ukraine.
     
    And what exactly is Russia supposed to have done in Ukraine other than respond to a coup instigated by the West? The West barges into Ukraine, engineers a violent coup that ousts a legitimate President and installs a rabidly nationalistic government with distinctly Nazi overtones - and expects Russia to sit back smelling the roses? Of course, Russia did everything in its power to resist and protect its own interests as well as those of the Russian population in Ukraine. Why should it do otherwise?

    Furthermore, Russia will continue doing the same, and no stupid sanctions could possibly change that. There are more important issues at stake here than immediate economic prosperity - Russians understand that and the Americans don't. In the end, Russia will win - it always does.

    Too backward to frack
     
    Or too smart, perhaps?

    Sean is an obvious Hasbara volunteer (not on the payroll – negative value ultimately).

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    It's true that on some subjects (like this one) Sean is way off base. But I doubt he's a hasba-rat, paid or otherwise. You see, he has an obsession with John Mearsheimer, who's not at all popular with Zionists.
  82. Aedib says:
    @EugeneGur

    for what it did in Ukraine.
     
    And what exactly is Russia supposed to have done in Ukraine other than respond to a coup instigated by the West? The West barges into Ukraine, engineers a violent coup that ousts a legitimate President and installs a rabidly nationalistic government with distinctly Nazi overtones - and expects Russia to sit back smelling the roses? Of course, Russia did everything in its power to resist and protect its own interests as well as those of the Russian population in Ukraine. Why should it do otherwise?

    Furthermore, Russia will continue doing the same, and no stupid sanctions could possibly change that. There are more important issues at stake here than immediate economic prosperity - Russians understand that and the Americans don't. In the end, Russia will win - it always does.

    Too backward to frack
     
    Or too smart, perhaps?

    The complexity of fracking technology is over-hyped. Even Argentina is developing its own frack tech. If Russia would need it, it will develop it. Just Russia doesn’t need it now because it still has conventional oil in abundance.

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    • Replies: @Sean
    Russia is going nowhere without US help. Exxon was granted massive oil exploitation concessions in Russia without giving something of greater value in return? I think not. Russia wants to be China's energy supplier but the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked. So Russia had to give something big to Exxon, but the US state was quite right to veto the deal. Why should a venal US corporation be alllowed give Russia the means to supply China with the cheap energy to deindustrialise the West?

    Unfortunately Trump does not seem to understand that nation states are not business partners.
    After granting them the right to continue and intensify their economic rape of America, Trump is begining to realise that Chinese promises to help with North Korea were lies. He has been made a fool of despite Eamonn Fingleton's hope that Trump might see throughthe mercantile Dragons.

    There is essentially no such thing as Russian technology. Muscovy has been backward for half a millennium, but with fracking they would be backward with nuclear weapons and bulging coffers. The Chinese rolled Trump and are getting everything, being apparently conceded the right to be sold US fracked energy and invest in US like anyone else, so the big winner in all this is China, which is the real enemy of America .
  83. Prusmc says:
    @Anonymous

    I predict that the Neocon-crazies will not stop until they impeach Trump.
     
    And that's probably behind this clusterfuck. The globalist cabal is working hard to make Trump look bad and he's falling for it (him asking Comey - a certified swamp creature - to be loyal is proof of his naivete). This same cabal is running Western Europe so any "positive" developments between Macron de Rothchild and Putin will be temporary and designed to further ostracise Trump. With Jews you loose and Russia will forever be their ultimate target. Russian nukes are the only thing standing in the way of One World Government.

    I furthermore predict that the USA will not launch any major military interventions
     
    Don't be so sure. They want him to make mistakes. A new war would disappoint a lot of Trump's core supporters and destroy his capability to expand the base.

    I agree there will be no further intervention. That is why the current non-sense about theDPRK is such a farse. Young Kim wants a pay off. He has always got it in the past and he will again. Is Madelyn Albright waiting in the wings? Or does T. Rex control the big bucks? Although Ms Albright said “what is the purpose of a great military, if you are not going to use it,” the issue has always been move to the edge but don’t go over. The key to the MIC is spend and spend on the really serious stuff but never contemplate using it. If this charade with the Norks would turn grim, the streets of South Korea would fill with protestors demanding the US get out and we would start pulling out in less than a month.

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  84. Joe Wong says:
    @Bragadocious
    Worse, Trump’s behavior towards Europe and the anti-Trump propaganda inside Europe has now put the EU and the US on a collision course. This is absolutely amazing: for the Russians the current tensions between the EU and the USA are a dream come true and yet they had absolutely nothing to do with it – it was all done by the self-defeating stupidity of the Americans who created this situation completely ex nihilo

    So I guess the Americans are stupid for antagonizing Russia, they're stupid for antagonizing Russia's enemies in the EU--they're just plain stupid, according to this Dutch-Russian emigre. I don't know why America's stupid for standing up for its rights on climate change and refugee admissions and calling out NATO freeloaders, I really don't. And if this upsets Western Europe, so much the better. Also, someone should explain to "The Saker" that the neocons were well in control before Obama. How do you think we got into Iraq? And what is the "semblance of sanity" he thinks we should return to?

    Russian returned to sanity by breaking up the USSR, perhaps the Saker thinks breaking up the USA is the way to return the Americans to sanity.

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    If so, he is probably correct.
    , @Miro23

    Russia returned to sanity by breaking up the USSR, perhaps the Saker thinks breaking up the USA is the way to return the Americans to sanity.
     
    There would be some advantages here: 1) Red states (or counties ) could get back to the Constitution and the traditional Anglo basis of America without being dictated to by Washington 2) Blue states (or counties) could proceed with PC, LGBT, feminism, BLM , ME wars, Zionism and mass immigration and have the Washington cesspool all to themselves. 3) The Rest of the World could have some peace and quiet for a time while the US sorts out its domestic affairs.

    In his book "Restoring America", Michael Hart explains how to do it. https://www.amazon.com/Restoring-America-Dr-Michael-Hart/dp/1312875704/ref=cm_cr-mr-title
  85. Johnny Rico says: • Website

    “There is no satisfactory “worldly” explanation for what’s happening here, but there is an explanation.”

    Yeah, it’s oil. Duh.

    Dick Cheney can explain it to you if you won’t take my word for it.

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    "Yeah, it’s oil. Duh.


    They attacked Yugoslavia for "oil"? They attacked Afghanistan for "oil"? They attacked Iraq for "oil"?
    They attacked Libya for "oil"? They overthrew the Ukrainian government for "oil"? They attacked Yemen for "oil"? They attacked Syria for "oil"?

    That's quite a bit of oil. Where is all this "oil" booty, Junior? Maybe somebody drank all the "oil"?

    Yeah it's OBVIOUSLY NOT about oil. Duh.

    "Dick Cheney can explain it to you if you won’t take my word for it."

    Sorry I don't take advice from known pathological liars.
  86. Joe Wong says:
    @Grandpa Charlie
    I see USA as analogous to the Chinese Empire during its "decline and fall" 1850-1950 (very last part of the Manchu dynasty). Of course, it's a rough analogy, but it's there all the same. Like China back then, the "Court" of the USA like the imperial court of China was willing to sell off anything and everything. It's all been for sale for at least the last 50 years. (If you want an example, take the Panama Canal.)

    In that milieu, consider the neocons. What are they unless (like the DNC and the GOP's National Central Committee) but a money-laundering and influence-peddling center. So apply that to the "known known" that the main 'position' of the neocons (their excuse for some kind of principle) is "Russia is dangerous and must be destroyed." As seen in the Saker's article, that is a destructive proposition - destructive of the interests of the USA and its people. So then WHY - why do the neocons pursue that agenda? Well, if you think about the nature of the neocons, of Congress, etc., you realize that the neocons must be making money off of this. They are pushing the anti-Russia agenda because they are paid to do so. Then, ask yourself, as with any money-following effort, CUI BONO? Well. what is accomplished by keeping the heat turned up on Russia? Isn't it that the anti-Russia agenda provides a distraction from what China is doing? And who, almost certainly, has been paying off the neocons for almost 50 years now - ever since Kissinger (godfather of the neocons) took his secret trip to Beijing in 1973. Put it this way: the old China lobby had been providing huge amounts of $US to the entire USA establishment - in particular to political parties and to the media - since way back in WW II. Now there would be a huge hole where the old China lobby had been. Who would fill that? Kissinger, for all his many faults, was smart enough to know, and Chou En-Lai was smart enough to know, what had to be done. And the old China Lobby had long seen the writing on the wall. So the old China Lobby was taken over by the New China Lobby. Lo-and-behold, Kissinger created the neocons where the paleocons had been. (If you want, you can also find evidence of an effective conspiracy extending back into WW II and the 1930's, but that might mean identifying with the old JBS, and I want to stay focused on issues more current.)

    That's the basic reality about the neocons. The PRC (or its rulers in the Standing Committee) are the neocons' bread-and-butter. Oh, sure they appreciate the Israel lobby and they need it to keep Congress dumb and afraid ... but their bread-and-butter is the PRC. Or more precisely, the Standing Committee. Americans like to think that we have all the billionaires (or the billionaires have us), but the reality is that USA's politicians, bureaucrats and bankers deal with many billionaires, including the billionaires (active and retired) of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and the billionaires of the Kim dynasty of the DPRK. These billionaires use their money much more in concert with one another than do most billionaires. So they get what they want. And what they want includes the ability not to be bothered by, e.g., the US Navy when they decide to extend their empire over the SCS and do not want USA's people even to know that Hanoi asks pleadingly to become a port and outpost of the US Navy. Etc. etc.

    If you find this hard to believe, google on "Clinton china bribery." Or, here at the Unz Review, check out Peter Lee's 'China Matters' blog story "Four Corners/Fairfax". Just think it over. If your mind has been closed, let it open.

    "Yet none dare call it treason."

    Manchu Qing dynasty ended in 1912 not 1950, you are off the mark by nearly half a century, you are so confused with facts, it is hard to take any of your words seriously.

    ROC still keeps its Old China Lobby intact in Washington, it is most well funded after the Japanese Lobby. Perhaps both the Japanese and ROC Lobbies are behind this pushing the anti-Russia agenda effort with their over flooding lobbying funds so that the Japanese can build their nuclear weapon arsenal under the nose of the American and push the American off their shores and gain their independence when they are ready. Mind you ROC is under the control of the mentally colonized Japanese wannabes DPP who regard themselves as forced abandoned Japanese by the American after the WWII.

    I really think General McArthur made a dire strategic error on the part of the US for not abolishing the Japanese emperor system that still represents this evil thing Japanese imperialism that may come back to haunt America in some sneaky way a la Pearl Harbor, once they are about able to.

    It’s my understanding that it’s the deep rooted built-in characteristics of Japanese imperialism to play being pitifully submissive and bide their time for the chance of “revenge”. That’s why I am all for the US to keep a tight leash on Japan these days and be on the constant lookout of such behind the back stabs.

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    Wong writes 小王說:

    Mind you ROC is under the control of the mentally colonized Japanese wannabes DPP who regard themselves as forced abandoned Japanese by the American after the WWII.
     
    Taiwan became a part of Japan in 1895 and as part of Japan successfully advanced into the industrial age while the vast majority of Mainland Chinese were serfs or subsistence peasants.

    I really think General McArthur made a dire strategic error on the part of the US for not abolishing the Japanese emperor system that still represents this evil thing Japanese imperialism ...
     
    Japan has been quite well-behaved since 1945, all things considered. Of course, there is one ASIAN country that sees Japan as an impediment in its drive to control the entire Western Pacific. Can't think of that country's name right now, but it had a huge population last time I checked. Perhaps our friend Mr. Wong can enlighten us?

    ... That’s why I am all for the US to keep a tight leash on Japan these days and be on the constant lookout of such behind the back stabs.
     
    Aren't there any other countries in the region that need more attention from the U.S.?
  87. Joe Wong says:
    @Randal

    But the one crucial, vital, thing which Trump absolutely needed to succeed in – mercilessly crushing the Neocons – he totally failed to achieve.
     
    Indeed. The next step, as with Buchanan's piece today which is similarly discouraged as far as US foreign policy under Trump is concerned, is to name the neocons. Identify the people burrowing into the institutions of the US administration and subverting any hope of any substantive change in foreign policy from the Clinton/Bush/Obama years. Name the people who act as the tools of the Neocon Lobby within the administration, because those Trump can at least deal with, if he ever comes to understand what is going on (which admittedly seems unlikely so long as he tolerates Nikki Haley's open warmongering).

    The subservience of Congress can only be dealt with by the American people defeating these sitting members and replacing them with ones who fear, and are loyal to, their constituents more than the lobbyists - which of course requires Americans to recognise when they are being manipulated by lobbyists via the media.

    See the piece yesterday by Ron Maxwell, naming some of the neocons:

    How Romney Loyalists Hijacked Trump’s Foreign Policy

    Americans cannot get out of the current moron mode jam without the following changes.
    1. USA must ban all private funding in all public elections and campaigns, make breaking such ban a criminal offense. Public funded public elections and campaigns only.
    2. American must limit maximum terms for the senators and House representatives to two terms only, no staggered election in Congress, the whole Congress must be elected at the same time.

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    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    Constitutional changes would be needed so.... no hope even if your proposed remedy would work (I tend to agree it might help).
  88. Kiza says:
    @Sergey Krieger
    "The latest US sanctions and the Russian retaliatory response"

    There has not been any response so far. Response was to US expelling 35 Russian diplomats 6+ months ago. This is why I am not a fan of delayed responses. As saying goes, spoon is for dinner, not afterwards. Russia so far failed to respond to USA aggression which is what sanctions are.
    Putin has been doing this whole patience expectations of US coming to her senses for some 10 years with poor results as US belligerence seems to grow in lack of appropriate responses from Russia.
    Putin being liberal he is, seems cannot abandon hope to be part of the club so far hence this treatment in white gloves when it is stick across US face and kick into US groin what's necessary.
    USA is like a dog that understands only stick. And stick has been missing despite Russia having enough options to start really hurting USA where it hurts and stop cooperation everywhere even in Syria.
    I am not holding my breath with Putin though. He still insists on not letting up and talking to madman despite that doing everything to hurt him.
    Slow learner he is both in regards to USA and Russian economy.

    Sergey, I could not agree with you more regarding delayed responses and that US only understands the stick, because it uses it on small countries so profusely. Most of all I agree with you on Putin’s desperate attempts to join The Club of Crooks, The Coalition of the Lovers of Terrorism and so on. But, on the upside, when he does respond, he responds with quality. When US forced EU to impose country-on-country sanctions on Russia by shooting down MH17 using its Ukrainian proxies, Putin responded by imposing sanctions on the EU agricultural products, the most protected species in the EU Zoo (ouch). This helped develop the Russian agri business, to now compete with EU agri-business (ouch, ouch). When US expelled the Russian diplomats and nationalized/stole Russian property in US, he defecated an army of 755 US regime changers from the Russia bowel (ouch, ouch, ouch). This expulsion will immunize Russia from the regime change virus during the forthcoming elections.

    One could say that Putin obviously does not play the game with the West by the Western Rules. This does risk that the West, especially US, would underestimate his responses. But there is one whole global audience which watches the game and admires an economically medium sized player who is successfully resisting and punching up way above his weight. The fact that Putin does not stop Russian cooperation with US in Syria probably means that Russia is getting something useful out of it. I do not like that Putin waits so long to respond, but I have to admit that he, the ultimate pragmatist, always responds in a way which maximizes the Russian gain.

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    Putin is pure judo! He knows how to use his enemy's strength against him.
  89. Kiza says:
    @mp
    Of the lobby groups listed, probably only Big Oil and Big Jew (and not in that order) have much of an interest in going to war with Russia. The Military-Industrials are happy just to get contracts to build stuff. They don't really care, or particularly want, their stuff to be used. Most of it is too expensive to use, and probably doesn't work as advertised, anyhow.

    I like your humor, but you are not quite correct about the MIC. Like every business, they sell capital items and they sell consumables. Bombs are, for example, always consumables, whilst planes which drop them are frequently replaced capital items. Different sections of the MIC would have different business models, but it is blatantly obvious that without high political tensions and cakewalk wars on small countries, there are no orders of consumables and no “modernizations”, such as the trillion dollar one of the US nuclear stockpile.

    Therefore, the most desirable situation for US, UK and other NATO MIC is the current situation: high tensions with Iran, Russia and China to get “modernizations” going, combined with bashing up of small countries such as Grenada, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Syria and so on, which cannot show that the wizbang, superduper, rip-your-shirt-off weaponry does not work as advertised. The danger is, of course, that the rhetoric and the tensions run out of control. The MIC does not only take much of our hard earned income for their substandard product, they also hold us by the buttons of our shirts over the edge of the global nuclear war.

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  90. Jake says:
    @Mulegino1
    Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. Thus, the "American" (please note the quotation marks) oligarchy is imploding. Hopefully, they will not exercise a Samson Option of their own, but anything is possible with this gang of criminal sociopaths. Their poster boy is now an insatiable warmonger who is suffering from brain cancer! How could things get any worse?

    After the impressive military victories the US has achieved against such formidable foes as Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, mighty Grenada, Serbia and Libya, taking on Russia should be a "cakewalk", right? And to think there is a sizable demographic in this country which still believes this! Unbelievable. The last time that the US took on a military opponent at rough conventional parity with it (the Chinese in Korea) the result was a stalemate. To paraphrase Cardinal Newman, "To be deep in history is to cease to be a neocon."

    Trump should have just let the veto proof sanctions become law without his signature.

    “To paraphrase Cardinal Newman, “To be deep in history is to cease to be a neocon.”

    Now that’s funny.

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  91. Jake says:
    @Joe Wong
    Russian returned to sanity by breaking up the USSR, perhaps the Saker thinks breaking up the USA is the way to return the Americans to sanity.

    If so, he is probably correct.

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  92. I’m a blood and soil American. I identify with and have an affection for the land and the people. The government is an abomination. The people are in the belly of this beast. Some of us are calling for artillery on our own position.

    I appreciate your musings about what post imperial America will look like. Barring a nuclear exchange, the people and the land will remain when the coming storm is over. I expect the lower forty eight to balkanize. We don’t want to be ruled by Washington any more than the Russians do.

    Greetings from Texas
    Keep up the good work Saker.

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  93. Kiza says:
    @Wizard of Oz
    I'm afraid you're right.

    But I remain puzzled at how 98 Senators could have been lined up for that stupidity.

    Can you enlarge on the details of neo-con ideas, personnel and means of influence to explain the neo-con part? I mean 98 out of 100 Senators!!!

    And, given especially your assertion that Israeli lobbyists aren't acting in Israel's real interests, can you give a fuller explanation of what they are up to and why, with particular reference to that Senate vote?

    Following on from that, or, if you insist, as an aside would you care to give your view of what rational Israeli lobbying might seek Americann help for. Here's my attempt at starting your explanation..... Israel knows it can no longer defeat the battle hardened Hezbollah forces, from which they have already received a bloidy nose, without using nuclear weapons or losing a high proportion of young Israelis. So it fears that Hezbollah, still connected to Iran and protected in that by Syria, will launch intolerable rocket attacks to provoke Israeli attack against its dug in positions.

    The need to remove Assad's regime has to be seen in that light??? Could it be as simple as that?

    Playing Dumbo again, asking stupid questions and shilling for the Zionists again? Poor Israel with mean Hezbollah at its door. The old propaganda technique – the reversal of cause and consequence. According to your kind, the problem started when Iran came to Israeli border, not when Israel stole a large part of Syria (Golan) and then wanted to regime change it and steal even more earlier.

    BTW, that recent operation when you were in hospital, did they transplant a brain of another, more proficient Hasbara troll into you?

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    You have been let out again I see. And still so egotistic (?autistic too) that you consistently misconcieve whst others are talking about and why.

    Has it never occurred to you to try snd find a rational explanation (npthing abput reasonableness) for the Israeli obsession with Iran other than a distant prospect of its acquiring nuclear weapons? Don't you agree that Hezbollah gave the IDF a good pasting last time round? Enough for Israel to fear them if confident enough and motivated and supported to attack Israel with rockets?

    What better explains the particular emphasis of Israel's balkanisation of the ME ptoject on getting rid of Hezbollah's Syrian connection to Iran?

    Hadn't thought of it? Better reduce the dose or change the prescription.
  94. Kiza says:
    @Corvinus
    While lawmakers TRADITIONALLY have offered the president the ability to waive sanctions when he determines it is in the national security interest of the United States, Congress and past administrations have jostled over their nature and viability. Moreover, consider the unique circumstances. The sanctions law had unprecedented bipartisan support. More importantly, there are several investigations of the Trump presidency, and Congress is conducting its due diligence to ensure the American people are other than compromised should there be evidence of collusion, money laundering, and sex trafficking involving Trump. If Trump is hell bent on lifting or easing these sanctions because he believes the law is a violation of his duties as chief executive, he ought to take the matter to court and settle it. Thus, future legislation would be null and void, and this issue would be cleared once and for all.

    In Japan, they call writing such as yours: bullchitto.

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    "In Japan, they call writing such as yours: bullchitto."

    You meant to say bullshido. Listen, if you are going to chide me, you should use the proper term.
  95. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    This blog seems quite popular with the Neocons. They came out of the woodwork for the opportunity to snipe at a real live Russian. Their telltale signs of arrogance give them away every time.

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  96. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Ah, Kiza, you are a candle in the dark. Keep lighting the way to sanity, as long as they allow you.

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  97. Miro23 says:
    @Joe Wong
    Russian returned to sanity by breaking up the USSR, perhaps the Saker thinks breaking up the USA is the way to return the Americans to sanity.

    Russia returned to sanity by breaking up the USSR, perhaps the Saker thinks breaking up the USA is the way to return the Americans to sanity.

    There would be some advantages here: 1) Red states (or counties ) could get back to the Constitution and the traditional Anglo basis of America without being dictated to by Washington 2) Blue states (or counties) could proceed with PC, LGBT, feminism, BLM , ME wars, Zionism and mass immigration and have the Washington cesspool all to themselves. 3) The Rest of the World could have some peace and quiet for a time while the US sorts out its domestic affairs.

    In his book “Restoring America”, Michael Hart explains how to do it. https://www.amazon.com/Restoring-America-Dr-Michael-Hart/dp/1312875704/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

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  98. @Kiza
    Playing Dumbo again, asking stupid questions and shilling for the Zionists again? Poor Israel with mean Hezbollah at its door. The old propaganda technique - the reversal of cause and consequence. According to your kind, the problem started when Iran came to Israeli border, not when Israel stole a large part of Syria (Golan) and then wanted to regime change it and steal even more earlier.

    BTW, that recent operation when you were in hospital, did they transplant a brain of another, more proficient Hasbara troll into you?

    You have been let out again I see. And still so egotistic (?autistic too) that you consistently misconcieve whst others are talking about and why.

    Has it never occurred to you to try snd find a rational explanation (npthing abput reasonableness) for the Israeli obsession with Iran other than a distant prospect of its acquiring nuclear weapons? Don’t you agree that Hezbollah gave the IDF a good pasting last time round? Enough for Israel to fear them if confident enough and motivated and supported to attack Israel with rockets?

    What better explains the particular emphasis of Israel’s balkanisation of the ME ptoject on getting rid of Hezbollah’s Syrian connection to Iran?

    Hadn’t thought of it? Better reduce the dose or change the prescription.

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  99. @Joe Wong
    Americans cannot get out of the current moron mode jam without the following changes.
    1. USA must ban all private funding in all public elections and campaigns, make breaking such ban a criminal offense. Public funded public elections and campaigns only.
    2. American must limit maximum terms for the senators and House representatives to two terms only, no staggered election in Congress, the whole Congress must be elected at the same time.

    Constitutional changes would be needed so…. no hope even if your proposed remedy would work (I tend to agree it might help).

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  100. Erebus says:

    Too many missing dots here.
    Russia has largely immunized itself against US sanctions and the US knows it. The US also knows that Russia can hit back, so…
    The primary target of these sanctions seems to be EU companies and countries involved in the construction of Nord Stream. That means any company involved in, or supplying to, everything from engineering to construction to finance to gas distribution is now subject to the US’ inscrutably complex legal labyrinth where one can expect to be subjected to a Mafia style shakedown whenever some party in the US can benefit from it.

    The sanctions seem to be structured to…
    - keep Germany from becoming the energy gatekeeper for N. Europe,
    - and from getting too cozy with Russia, and by extension OBOR,
    - appease the Poles & Baltics,
    - keep Ukraine afloat,
    … but historically, almost all of Congress’ super lopsided votes are a result of intense AIPAC pressure, so one can bet they were involved and that Israel benefits. The fact that these latest sanctions make gas from the Leviathan field in the Eastern Med Europe’s only viable new supply option in the near/mid term is surely not just a lucky coincidence.

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    AIPAC?

    America has a full-blown Jewish shadow government. Who do you think is running things while Trump goes golfing for 17 days?
  101. Sean says:
    @Aedib
    The complexity of fracking technology is over-hyped. Even Argentina is developing its own frack tech. If Russia would need it, it will develop it. Just Russia doesn’t need it now because it still has conventional oil in abundance.

    Russia is going nowhere without US help. Exxon was granted massive oil exploitation concessions in Russia without giving something of greater value in return? I think not. Russia wants to be China’s energy supplier but the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked. So Russia had to give something big to Exxon, but the US state was quite right to veto the deal. Why should a venal US corporation be alllowed give Russia the means to supply China with the cheap energy to deindustrialise the West?

    Unfortunately Trump does not seem to understand that nation states are not business partners.
    After granting them the right to continue and intensify their economic rape of America, Trump is begining to realise that Chinese promises to help with North Korea were lies. He has been made a fool of despite Eamonn Fingleton’s hope that Trump might see throughthe mercantile Dragons.

    There is essentially no such thing as Russian technology. Muscovy has been backward for half a millennium, but with fracking they would be backward with nuclear weapons and bulging coffers. The Chinese rolled Trump and are getting everything, being apparently conceded the right to be sold US fracked energy and invest in US like anyone else, so the big winner in all this is China, which is the real enemy of America .

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    As someone else pointed out, fracking is actually a good bit more expensive than traditional drilling. Plus: the US doesn't have a pipeline to Europe, so all that oil/gas would have to be shipped ... also rather pricey.
    , @JL

    the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked
     
    It's a big problem when you begin with an opinion and then try to find facts that fit with your opinion. You need to stop spewing your cereal box, HuffPost/NYT inspired understanding of the oil and gas industry because you are just embarrassing yourself and making it difficult to take anything you say seriously. As a point of fact, fracked energy is among the most expensive energy in the world to produce, not even taking into account the environmental and other externalities, and Russian oil and gas among the cheapest. I know those facts don't fit into your world view, but they are facts nonetheless.

    http://graphics.wsj.com/oil-barrel-breakdown/

    Russia

    Russian oil is among the cheapest in the world to pump thanks to plentiful onshore resources, cheap labor and a well-developed network of pipelines, processing plants and other infrastructure.

     

    As per this idiocy that Russia wants fracking technology, perhaps you could enlighten us as to where in Russia these shales formations exist and what their EROEI is? The Exxon joint venture was all about drilling in the Arctic shelf, where Russia really is lacking in the technology and in need of what the West possesses. It's still expensive, though, and really will only make sense once oil prices rise considerably. When that happens, the geopolitical situation will likely have changed and the oil majors will once again be falling all over themselves to sell the tech to Russia, like they were when oil was north of $100/barrel and the Exxon JV was formed.
  102. Corvinus says:
    @Kiza
    In Japan, they call writing such as yours: bullchitto.

    “In Japan, they call writing such as yours: bullchitto.”

    You meant to say bullshido. Listen, if you are going to chide me, you should use the proper term.

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  103. Aedib says:

    but the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked

    That’s just wishful thinking. Even Star Trek technology can’t change the geologic nature of an oil-field. It is obvious for anyone more or less informed about oil extraction that pumping a mix of sand with water and chemical to fracture oiled stones, pump out the whole liquid mix and separating components of the mix is more expensive than just pumping out oil from an underground sea of oil. Please, get the real world.

    There is essentially no such thing as Russian technology. Muscovy has been backward for half a millennium, but with fracking they would be backward with nuclear weapons and bulging coffers.

    So, Muscovy is a backward country, but is able to produce nuclear weapons? It can’t develop fracking technology that Argentina can develop? You can’t have it in opposite ways.Please, save us from those kind of funny rants. In fact this whole sanction mess is caused by the desire of the American energy lobby to force Europe to buy scarce and expensive American gas in place of cheap and abundant Russian gas.

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    Thank you for injecting the much needed facts and reality into this discussion.
  104. Johnny Rico says: • Website
    @Aedib
    @Sean

    but the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked
     
    That’s just wishful thinking. Even Star Trek technology can’t change the geologic nature of an oil-field. It is obvious for anyone more or less informed about oil extraction that pumping a mix of sand with water and chemical to fracture oiled stones, pump out the whole liquid mix and separating components of the mix is more expensive than just pumping out oil from an underground sea of oil. Please, get the real world.

    There is essentially no such thing as Russian technology. Muscovy has been backward for half a millennium, but with fracking they would be backward with nuclear weapons and bulging coffers.
     
    So, Muscovy is a backward country, but is able to produce nuclear weapons? It can’t develop fracking technology that Argentina can develop? You can’t have it in opposite ways.Please, save us from those kind of funny rants. In fact this whole sanction mess is caused by the desire of the American energy lobby to force Europe to buy scarce and expensive American gas in place of cheap and abundant Russian gas.

    Thank you for injecting the much needed facts and reality into this discussion.

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  105. doodahman says:

    I am for peace and cooperation with Russia, I like Russia, I like Russians and I even like Putin. But this is clearly a pro Russia agenda here, so whatever.

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  106. Smiddy says:

    “Not that they ever had much hope in him, but they always strongly felt that the election of Trump might maybe provide the world with a truly historical opportunity to change the disastrous dynamic initiated by the Neocons under Obama and maybe return the international relations to a semblance of sanity.”

    As if the bankster’s centuries-long cabal only extends to the Neocons under Obama lol

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  107. @Johnny Rico
    @Harold Smith

    "There is no satisfactory “worldly” explanation for what’s happening here, but there is an explanation."

    Yeah, it's oil. Duh.

    Dick Cheney can explain it to you if you won't take my word for it.

    “Yeah, it’s oil. Duh.

    They attacked Yugoslavia for “oil”? They attacked Afghanistan for “oil”? They attacked Iraq for “oil”?
    They attacked Libya for “oil”? They overthrew the Ukrainian government for “oil”? They attacked Yemen for “oil”? They attacked Syria for “oil”?

    That’s quite a bit of oil. Where is all this “oil” booty, Junior? Maybe somebody drank all the “oil”?

    Yeah it’s OBVIOUSLY NOT about oil. Duh.

    “Dick Cheney can explain it to you if you won’t take my word for it.”

    Sorry I don’t take advice from known pathological liars.

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    I can see it will be near impossible to have a rational, productive dialogue with you.

    I never said any of those things or even implied them. Who is "they"? Why do you put quotations around oil every time you use the word?

    I didn't say "for" oil, I said "about" oil.

    Your curt use of the term "pure nonsense" should have been the tip-off earlier. This is what is called contempt prior to investigation.

    You are using a bunch of straw man arguments.
    , @utu
    The oil is a favorite rationale for the entry level conspiracy theorists and those who pretend to have insight information like for example Mike Whitney. Basically it works this way: You are right it was not about bringing the democracy or weapons of mass destruction but I will tell you, it was all about the oil. You know all those huge corporations like Exxon-Mobil and so on. Then the recipient of this great insight shut up for a while and stops asking further questions. Granted this rationale also floats on higher levels of government and is used to secure support for war from less sharp politicians and political operatives who are not bright enough that there are deeper and more evil reasons behind some of the intervention and wars that you have listed above. When there are interventions that indeed are about the oil it is not about the profits from the oil per se but the control of production and who will have the profits and more importantly who will not have the profits and who can be the recipient of the product.
  108. edNels says:
    @Grandpa Charlie
    " The ruling class are predators looking for the next dollar to be extorted or stolen."

    And who exactly is this "ruling class" if not the neocons? Are they not exactly like Milovan Djilas' "new class" - a class of apparatchiks in positions to profit enormously (while living very comfortably) from the decline and fall of an empire. How could this be, if their treasonous profiteering could only leave them as having no place to turn but the China-dominated new world order? Well, perhaps they actually know that the very millionaires who controlled key industries in China prior to 1950, were also millionaires who lived, have lived even during the Cultural Revolution, and for their families, continue to live, very comfortably and securely in Shanghai from 1950 onward - assuming that they were astute enough to have been doing business with the Communists all along. Perhaps they realize that the Communists are about as communistic as the National Socialists were socialistic ... so that course which is most profitable in the short-run is also most profitable in the long run.

    "Yet none dare call it treason."

    [...astute enough to have been doing business with the Communists all along. Perhaps they realize that the Communists are about as communistic as the National Socialists were socialistic … so that course which is most profitable in the short-run is also most profitable in the long run.
    “Yet none dare call it treason.”

    [MORE]

    […doing business with the Communists all along.]

    That is Stormer’s book isn’t it? I read that before, and If so it made real good sense to me. I remember the idea that it was all done to put Russia on hold, and keep it from expanding and using up the vast resource holdings there, so that far in the future, western interests would be able to go in post ‘Communist” and develop it, like is now to be seen worked for, as in Breshinski’s thesis of ”Grand Chessboard. ” Or a sort of Dominoes action through mideast to Eurasia, then on East.
    So communism no longer needed, now it’s time to collect on the investment, Russia maybe isn’t moving out of the way fast enough, but we’ll see.
    INOW’s the Communists were put in by the MOTU’s to put Russia in the ice box for a hundred years. It’s similar to USA’s national parks enveloping millions of valuable acres for use as collateral against a scheme of loans that will undermine USA eventually. In order to assure agreement, there needed to be some hard asset held in trust, something that free of complications or wtf.
    Nobody dares to talk about it, but thanks Gramps..

    Messed up blockquotes somekind of way there

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  109. Johnny Rico says: • Website
    @Harold Smith
    "Yeah, it’s oil. Duh.


    They attacked Yugoslavia for "oil"? They attacked Afghanistan for "oil"? They attacked Iraq for "oil"?
    They attacked Libya for "oil"? They overthrew the Ukrainian government for "oil"? They attacked Yemen for "oil"? They attacked Syria for "oil"?

    That's quite a bit of oil. Where is all this "oil" booty, Junior? Maybe somebody drank all the "oil"?

    Yeah it's OBVIOUSLY NOT about oil. Duh.

    "Dick Cheney can explain it to you if you won’t take my word for it."

    Sorry I don't take advice from known pathological liars.

    I can see it will be near impossible to have a rational, productive dialogue with you.

    I never said any of those things or even implied them. Who is “they”? Why do you put quotations around oil every time you use the word?

    I didn’t say “for” oil, I said “about” oil.

    Your curt use of the term “pure nonsense” should have been the tip-off earlier. This is what is called contempt prior to investigation.

    You are using a bunch of straw man arguments.

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    @ Johnny Rico

    As if you should have some expectation to be taken seriously. LOL!
  110. The latest version of the long-running “EU – US split”. Germany has an election on 24 September, Austria on 15 October. All this is normal European campaign rhetoric. The rest of the article is just speculation.

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  111. utu says:
    @Harold Smith
    "Yeah, it’s oil. Duh.


    They attacked Yugoslavia for "oil"? They attacked Afghanistan for "oil"? They attacked Iraq for "oil"?
    They attacked Libya for "oil"? They overthrew the Ukrainian government for "oil"? They attacked Yemen for "oil"? They attacked Syria for "oil"?

    That's quite a bit of oil. Where is all this "oil" booty, Junior? Maybe somebody drank all the "oil"?

    Yeah it's OBVIOUSLY NOT about oil. Duh.

    "Dick Cheney can explain it to you if you won’t take my word for it."

    Sorry I don't take advice from known pathological liars.

    The oil is a favorite rationale for the entry level conspiracy theorists and those who pretend to have insight information like for example Mike Whitney. Basically it works this way: You are right it was not about bringing the democracy or weapons of mass destruction but I will tell you, it was all about the oil. You know all those huge corporations like Exxon-Mobil and so on. Then the recipient of this great insight shut up for a while and stops asking further questions. Granted this rationale also floats on higher levels of government and is used to secure support for war from less sharp politicians and political operatives who are not bright enough that there are deeper and more evil reasons behind some of the intervention and wars that you have listed above. When there are interventions that indeed are about the oil it is not about the profits from the oil per se but the control of production and who will have the profits and more importantly who will not have the profits and who can be the recipient of the product.

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  112. Sam J. says:

    The neocons make perfect sense if you understand that the Jews are a tribe of psychopaths. You may think this idea silly but the long term actions of the Jews are indistinguishable from a tribe of psychopaths. The psychopaths are the ones that came up with the idea to attack the Americans on 9-11. The military and many others have kept their mouths shut but behind the scenes there must be some push back as the whole Middle East exercise in stupidity has ruined the US even worse than the Jews other stupidities that they’ve foisted on the US.

    I’ve heard the Jews strategy described as not like chess but like a high stakes poker player that throws all his chips on the table every round. So they’ve done 9-11 what now. They’re trapped.

    Plan “B” is to start a nuclear war between China/Russia vs. the USA and wipe the whole slate clean. While this happens they attack Europe and the Middle East with nukes and biological weapons and hunker down in the mean time while the great die off happens. You make think this unlikely but if you’re a psychopath this is the surest way to continue their path to kill everyone off but the Jews. Eventually the strain the Jews have caused in the US over outsourcing jobs, mass immigration, looting the banking system and destroying the common culture will come back to bite them. In the past when they have done these things primitive communication networks meant they could pick up and move somewhere else all the time decrying the evilness or those people who kicked them out and they’ve been kicked out of every single country they’ve ever been too. This time “The Goyim Know” and it won’t be so easy. The Chinese and most Asians are on to them. Ditto India and South America(whose countries they looted continuously). Their only option is to wipe the slate clean.

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    So they’ve done 9-11 what now. They’re trapped.
     
    In a way they are trapped. There was a lot of work behind 9/11 to get Cheney and other Neo-cons into key positions (Homeland Security etc) for the big day and take power in a National Emergency Regime.

    Some key parts of the plan failed, and since 9/11 was never designed to be checked too closely (who would be doing the checking when the Neo-cons had absolute power?) it's not been too difficult for the public to acquaint themselves with the realities of 9/11 and who did what. They also don't trust the MSM any more, so it's a fact that the Neo-con defensive shields are starting to peel away.

    Conclusion that I agree that they have no alternative than to manufacture chaos in the US as cover for a last grab at absolute power. At a minimum, they need the power to arrest/imprison anyone who questions them and they really need to enslave the US in the same way that they did Russia in 1917 and Hungary in 1919.

    , @Harold Smith
    The Jewish tribe is apparently the first beast of Rev 13 (aka the fourth beast of Daniel 7).

    As I see it, the tribe made the deal with Satan that Jesus rejected (Luke 4:5-7); that is, they knowingly, willingly and calculatingly "give worth to evil" (i.e. worship Satan) as a means of achieving unprecedented worldly power.

    The description features of Rev 13 seem to fit the tribe perfectly; e.g., like unto a leopard" = "spots" = "rosettes" = diaspora; "feet...as the feet of a bear" = Jewish Bolshevik revolution in Russia; "mouth, as the mouth of a lion" = monopolistic Jewish control of modern mass communications; deadly head wound = Germany's WW2 effort to defend itself from Jewish aggression which was at first successful, but then the tide turned, Germany lost the war and the wound was "healed". (And there is more beyond this).

    , @Johnny Rico
    "The oil is a favorite rationale for the entry level conspiracy theorists..."

    It is also the rationale of all the major geo-strategic policy-makers of the last 120 years starting with Churchill before World War I.

    Kind of an awkward oversight on your part, wouldn't you say?
  113. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Examples of not seeing the forest for the trees:

    1) “The DNC/CDU is importing brown/black immigrants to boost their voter ranks” – No, it’s a White Genocide program. They have nothing to offer to the existing brown voters besides further invasion and misery.

    2) “Brown/black Immigrants are imported for the “cheap labour” effect” – No, it’s a White Genocide program. 100 IQ imports would have been more competitive, productive and capable of integration.

    3) “This war ‘X’ is waged for oil, pipelines or the MIC enrichment” – No, the wars are waged for the NWO project and the Greater Israel project. The oil is mostly secured and the pipeline options are not “land”-locked. The MIC was built for this.

    4) “The US is acting in its own selfish interest” – No, the globalist, NWO parasites have taken over. Trump will be an unwilling participant if he doesn’t get his shit together.

    5) “The EU is acting in its own selfish interest” – No, the globalist, NWO parasites have taken over. The EU members will be fucked unless they wake up.

    6) “The supranational ‘elites’ do not have a global, synchronised, conspirational strategy” – Lol no.

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  114. Miro23 says:
    @Sam J.
    The neocons make perfect sense if you understand that the Jews are a tribe of psychopaths. You may think this idea silly but the long term actions of the Jews are indistinguishable from a tribe of psychopaths. The psychopaths are the ones that came up with the idea to attack the Americans on 9-11. The military and many others have kept their mouths shut but behind the scenes there must be some push back as the whole Middle East exercise in stupidity has ruined the US even worse than the Jews other stupidities that they've foisted on the US.

    I've heard the Jews strategy described as not like chess but like a high stakes poker player that throws all his chips on the table every round. So they've done 9-11 what now. They're trapped.

    Plan "B" is to start a nuclear war between China/Russia vs. the USA and wipe the whole slate clean. While this happens they attack Europe and the Middle East with nukes and biological weapons and hunker down in the mean time while the great die off happens. You make think this unlikely but if you're a psychopath this is the surest way to continue their path to kill everyone off but the Jews. Eventually the strain the Jews have caused in the US over outsourcing jobs, mass immigration, looting the banking system and destroying the common culture will come back to bite them. In the past when they have done these things primitive communication networks meant they could pick up and move somewhere else all the time decrying the evilness or those people who kicked them out and they've been kicked out of every single country they've ever been too. This time "The Goyim Know" and it won't be so easy. The Chinese and most Asians are on to them. Ditto India and South America(whose countries they looted continuously). Their only option is to wipe the slate clean.

    So they’ve done 9-11 what now. They’re trapped.

    In a way they are trapped. There was a lot of work behind 9/11 to get Cheney and other Neo-cons into key positions (Homeland Security etc) for the big day and take power in a National Emergency Regime.

    Some key parts of the plan failed, and since 9/11 was never designed to be checked too closely (who would be doing the checking when the Neo-cons had absolute power?) it’s not been too difficult for the public to acquaint themselves with the realities of 9/11 and who did what. They also don’t trust the MSM any more, so it’s a fact that the Neo-con defensive shields are starting to peel away.

    Conclusion that I agree that they have no alternative than to manufacture chaos in the US as cover for a last grab at absolute power. At a minimum, they need the power to arrest/imprison anyone who questions them and they really need to enslave the US in the same way that they did Russia in 1917 and Hungary in 1919.

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  115. @Johnny Rico
    I can see it will be near impossible to have a rational, productive dialogue with you.

    I never said any of those things or even implied them. Who is "they"? Why do you put quotations around oil every time you use the word?

    I didn't say "for" oil, I said "about" oil.

    Your curt use of the term "pure nonsense" should have been the tip-off earlier. This is what is called contempt prior to investigation.

    You are using a bunch of straw man arguments.

    @ Johnny Rico

    As if you should have some expectation to be taken seriously. LOL!

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  116. @Sam J.
    The neocons make perfect sense if you understand that the Jews are a tribe of psychopaths. You may think this idea silly but the long term actions of the Jews are indistinguishable from a tribe of psychopaths. The psychopaths are the ones that came up with the idea to attack the Americans on 9-11. The military and many others have kept their mouths shut but behind the scenes there must be some push back as the whole Middle East exercise in stupidity has ruined the US even worse than the Jews other stupidities that they've foisted on the US.

    I've heard the Jews strategy described as not like chess but like a high stakes poker player that throws all his chips on the table every round. So they've done 9-11 what now. They're trapped.

    Plan "B" is to start a nuclear war between China/Russia vs. the USA and wipe the whole slate clean. While this happens they attack Europe and the Middle East with nukes and biological weapons and hunker down in the mean time while the great die off happens. You make think this unlikely but if you're a psychopath this is the surest way to continue their path to kill everyone off but the Jews. Eventually the strain the Jews have caused in the US over outsourcing jobs, mass immigration, looting the banking system and destroying the common culture will come back to bite them. In the past when they have done these things primitive communication networks meant they could pick up and move somewhere else all the time decrying the evilness or those people who kicked them out and they've been kicked out of every single country they've ever been too. This time "The Goyim Know" and it won't be so easy. The Chinese and most Asians are on to them. Ditto India and South America(whose countries they looted continuously). Their only option is to wipe the slate clean.

    The Jewish tribe is apparently the first beast of Rev 13 (aka the fourth beast of Daniel 7).

    As I see it, the tribe made the deal with Satan that Jesus rejected (Luke 4:5-7); that is, they knowingly, willingly and calculatingly “give worth to evil” (i.e. worship Satan) as a means of achieving unprecedented worldly power.

    The description features of Rev 13 seem to fit the tribe perfectly; e.g., like unto a leopard” = “spots” = “rosettes” = diaspora; “feet…as the feet of a bear” = Jewish Bolshevik revolution in Russia; “mouth, as the mouth of a lion” = monopolistic Jewish control of modern mass communications; deadly head wound = Germany’s WW2 effort to defend itself from Jewish aggression which was at first successful, but then the tide turned, Germany lost the war and the wound was “healed”. (And there is more beyond this).

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    As I see it, the tribe made the deal with Satan that Jesus rejected (Luke 4:5-7); that is, they knowingly, willingly and calculatingly “give worth to evil” (i.e. worship Satan) as a means of achieving unprecedented worldly power.
     
    This fits the top layer of most "secret" societies nowadays. Are they aware?
  117. You don’t know what a straw man is, do you? You should probably look it up before continuing to comment on a thread about geo-strategic policy.

    It is okay. It is nothing to be ashamed of. I know graduates of The Kennedy School of Government who don’t understand these concepts.

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    You still don't understand that I don't take you seriously, do you?

    None of the comments you've made here deserve a substantive reply.
  118. Johnny Rico says: • Website
    @Sam J.
    The neocons make perfect sense if you understand that the Jews are a tribe of psychopaths. You may think this idea silly but the long term actions of the Jews are indistinguishable from a tribe of psychopaths. The psychopaths are the ones that came up with the idea to attack the Americans on 9-11. The military and many others have kept their mouths shut but behind the scenes there must be some push back as the whole Middle East exercise in stupidity has ruined the US even worse than the Jews other stupidities that they've foisted on the US.

    I've heard the Jews strategy described as not like chess but like a high stakes poker player that throws all his chips on the table every round. So they've done 9-11 what now. They're trapped.

    Plan "B" is to start a nuclear war between China/Russia vs. the USA and wipe the whole slate clean. While this happens they attack Europe and the Middle East with nukes and biological weapons and hunker down in the mean time while the great die off happens. You make think this unlikely but if you're a psychopath this is the surest way to continue their path to kill everyone off but the Jews. Eventually the strain the Jews have caused in the US over outsourcing jobs, mass immigration, looting the banking system and destroying the common culture will come back to bite them. In the past when they have done these things primitive communication networks meant they could pick up and move somewhere else all the time decrying the evilness or those people who kicked them out and they've been kicked out of every single country they've ever been too. This time "The Goyim Know" and it won't be so easy. The Chinese and most Asians are on to them. Ditto India and South America(whose countries they looted continuously). Their only option is to wipe the slate clean.

    “The oil is a favorite rationale for the entry level conspiracy theorists…”

    It is also the rationale of all the major geo-strategic policy-makers of the last 120 years starting with Churchill before World War I.

    Kind of an awkward oversight on your part, wouldn’t you say?

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  119. @Anonymous
    Sean is an obvious Hasbara volunteer (not on the payroll - negative value ultimately).

    It’s true that on some subjects (like this one) Sean is way off base. But I doubt he’s a hasba-rat, paid or otherwise. You see, he has an obsession with John Mearsheimer, who’s not at all popular with Zionists.

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  120. @Kiza
    Sergey, I could not agree with you more regarding delayed responses and that US only understands the stick, because it uses it on small countries so profusely. Most of all I agree with you on Putin's desperate attempts to join The Club of Crooks, The Coalition of the Lovers of Terrorism and so on. But, on the upside, when he does respond, he responds with quality. When US forced EU to impose country-on-country sanctions on Russia by shooting down MH17 using its Ukrainian proxies, Putin responded by imposing sanctions on the EU agricultural products, the most protected species in the EU Zoo (ouch). This helped develop the Russian agri business, to now compete with EU agri-business (ouch, ouch). When US expelled the Russian diplomats and nationalized/stole Russian property in US, he defecated an army of 755 US regime changers from the Russia bowel (ouch, ouch, ouch). This expulsion will immunize Russia from the regime change virus during the forthcoming elections.

    One could say that Putin obviously does not play the game with the West by the Western Rules. This does risk that the West, especially US, would underestimate his responses. But there is one whole global audience which watches the game and admires an economically medium sized player who is successfully resisting and punching up way above his weight. The fact that Putin does not stop Russian cooperation with US in Syria probably means that Russia is getting something useful out of it. I do not like that Putin waits so long to respond, but I have to admit that he, the ultimate pragmatist, always responds in a way which maximizes the Russian gain.

    Putin is pure judo! He knows how to use his enemy’s strength against him.

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  121. @Sean
    Russia is going nowhere without US help. Exxon was granted massive oil exploitation concessions in Russia without giving something of greater value in return? I think not. Russia wants to be China's energy supplier but the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked. So Russia had to give something big to Exxon, but the US state was quite right to veto the deal. Why should a venal US corporation be alllowed give Russia the means to supply China with the cheap energy to deindustrialise the West?

    Unfortunately Trump does not seem to understand that nation states are not business partners.
    After granting them the right to continue and intensify their economic rape of America, Trump is begining to realise that Chinese promises to help with North Korea were lies. He has been made a fool of despite Eamonn Fingleton's hope that Trump might see throughthe mercantile Dragons.

    There is essentially no such thing as Russian technology. Muscovy has been backward for half a millennium, but with fracking they would be backward with nuclear weapons and bulging coffers. The Chinese rolled Trump and are getting everything, being apparently conceded the right to be sold US fracked energy and invest in US like anyone else, so the big winner in all this is China, which is the real enemy of America .

    As someone else pointed out, fracking is actually a good bit more expensive than traditional drilling. Plus: the US doesn’t have a pipeline to Europe, so all that oil/gas would have to be shipped … also rather pricey.

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    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/19/trump-just-gave-china-a-sledgehammer-to-smash-the-lng-monopoly.html

    Beijing last week agreed to make it easier for Chinese companies to buy liquid natural gas from U.S. suppliers The mere prospect of China buying more of the fuel from the United States stands to upend the global LNG market. It would give the world's biggest buyers — Japan, South Korea and China — leverage in negotiations with top supplier Qatar and other major players. That could in turn shift prices paid for LNG across the world. The deal threatens to break up Qatar's grip on LNG pricing in the critical Asian market.
    It's uncertain whether U.S. LNG exports to China will actually increase, but the prospect gives buyers leverage in negotiations.
     
  122. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Harold Smith
    The Jewish tribe is apparently the first beast of Rev 13 (aka the fourth beast of Daniel 7).

    As I see it, the tribe made the deal with Satan that Jesus rejected (Luke 4:5-7); that is, they knowingly, willingly and calculatingly "give worth to evil" (i.e. worship Satan) as a means of achieving unprecedented worldly power.

    The description features of Rev 13 seem to fit the tribe perfectly; e.g., like unto a leopard" = "spots" = "rosettes" = diaspora; "feet...as the feet of a bear" = Jewish Bolshevik revolution in Russia; "mouth, as the mouth of a lion" = monopolistic Jewish control of modern mass communications; deadly head wound = Germany's WW2 effort to defend itself from Jewish aggression which was at first successful, but then the tide turned, Germany lost the war and the wound was "healed". (And there is more beyond this).

    As I see it, the tribe made the deal with Satan that Jesus rejected (Luke 4:5-7); that is, they knowingly, willingly and calculatingly “give worth to evil” (i.e. worship Satan) as a means of achieving unprecedented worldly power.

    This fits the top layer of most “secret” societies nowadays. Are they aware?

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    "This fits the top layer of most “secret” societies nowadays. Are they aware?"

    Exactly. Any "secret society" that "gives worth to evil" in pursuit of some illegal/immoral end is engaging in a "conspiracy".

    And a large part of Biblical prophecy seems to deal with such a conspiracy of unprecedented scope: a group of uniquely evil people who seek world rule; that is, the first beast of Rev 13 (aka the "beast from the sea").
  123. @Anonymous

    As I see it, the tribe made the deal with Satan that Jesus rejected (Luke 4:5-7); that is, they knowingly, willingly and calculatingly “give worth to evil” (i.e. worship Satan) as a means of achieving unprecedented worldly power.
     
    This fits the top layer of most "secret" societies nowadays. Are they aware?

    “This fits the top layer of most “secret” societies nowadays. Are they aware?”

    Exactly. Any “secret society” that “gives worth to evil” in pursuit of some illegal/immoral end is engaging in a “conspiracy”.

    And a large part of Biblical prophecy seems to deal with such a conspiracy of unprecedented scope: a group of uniquely evil people who seek world rule; that is, the first beast of Rev 13 (aka the “beast from the sea”).

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    Alas, they were seduced by the siren song of "being special". I was there when it happened.
  124. @Johnny Rico
    You don't know what a straw man is, do you? You should probably look it up before continuing to comment on a thread about geo-strategic policy.

    It is okay. It is nothing to be ashamed of. I know graduates of The Kennedy School of Government who don't understand these concepts.

    You still don’t understand that I don’t take you seriously, do you?

    None of the comments you’ve made here deserve a substantive reply.

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    No. I DO understand.

    I was never seeking a reply. You are completely crazy.

    Any questions were more rhetorical. You are deluded. And also, you are clearly smarter than everybody.
  125. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Harold Smith
    "This fits the top layer of most “secret” societies nowadays. Are they aware?"

    Exactly. Any "secret society" that "gives worth to evil" in pursuit of some illegal/immoral end is engaging in a "conspiracy".

    And a large part of Biblical prophecy seems to deal with such a conspiracy of unprecedented scope: a group of uniquely evil people who seek world rule; that is, the first beast of Rev 13 (aka the "beast from the sea").

    Alas, they were seduced by the siren song of “being special”. I was there when it happened.

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  126. @utu
    Did I miss it or Saker does not even explain what kind of sanctions were imposed but nevertheless he assures his readers that they won't hurt Russia and possibly make it even stronger and basically everything will be hunky-dory because PGU has extremely well qualified individuals on its staff: "superb level of education and training." And obviously Putin is a superman who was in charge of spies in East Germany which required as much sophistication and risk taking as spying in Wales for James Bond.

    The sanctions bill was authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (one of the leaders of the anti-Trump deep state) and reinstituted the original four Obama executive orders sanctioning Russia in 2014. So this bill is reviving Obamas legacy and unconstitutionally impinging on the power of the President. The real problem was the veto-proof majority who voted for it. Hard to beat that.

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    "The real problem was the veto-proof majority who voted for it. Hard to beat that."

    It's even harder to beat when you don't even try (like Trump).

    Trump took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. He swore to something along the lines of:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    His lawyers told him that the sanctions legislation is most likely unconstitutional, so he signed it anyway? He’s supposed to PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND the constitution, but he willingly went along with an effort to trash it?

    He could’ve and should’ve vetoed it, making it publicly known that even if congress overrides the veto, he will not implement or "execute" legislation that is not only bad policy but openly defiant of the constitution he has sworn to uphold.

    (How about if congress passed a veto-proof bill demanding that Trump launch a nuclear first strike against Russia, should he go along with it)?

    Anyway, he could’ve said something like: “I’ll be happy to work with congress in matters involving sanctions blah blah blah, but I can’t go along with such seriously flawed legislation that sets a dangerous precedent by seriously undermining the critically important feature of “separation of powers” built into our constitution, etc.”

    How is he going to correct any problems, “drain the swamp”, save America, etc., without angering anybody anywhere along the line? He thinks he can accomplish anything without being guided by any kind of principles? Without taking any kind of stand on anything of importance? Without taking any kind of political “risks” whatsoever? Seriously?

    Let’s face it, the bill was so constitutionally questionable that the issue had to be addressed, so he was basically forced to admit that the flaws were recognized, but he obviously did the wrong thing. And that’s because Trump is a complete fraud, IMO.

    , @Sean
    The 2014 sanctions were on US shale tech transfers. It would have been deeply misguided to let Exxon give Russia what Tillerson (then the chief of Exxon) agreed to.
  127. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    So this bill is reviving Obamas legacy and unconstitutionally impinging on the power of the President.

    So what is Trump doing to counter this swamp creature – six+ months into his presidency? Is he a “strong” leader? Did the voters expect him to be strong?

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  128. @Trump Supporter Still
    The sanctions bill was authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (one of the leaders of the anti-Trump deep state) and reinstituted the original four Obama executive orders sanctioning Russia in 2014. So this bill is reviving Obamas legacy and unconstitutionally impinging on the power of the President. The real problem was the veto-proof majority who voted for it. Hard to beat that.

    “The real problem was the veto-proof majority who voted for it. Hard to beat that.”

    It’s even harder to beat when you don’t even try (like Trump).

    Trump took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. He swore to something along the lines of:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    His lawyers told him that the sanctions legislation is most likely unconstitutional, so he signed it anyway? He’s supposed to PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND the constitution, but he willingly went along with an effort to trash it?

    He could’ve and should’ve vetoed it, making it publicly known that even if congress overrides the veto, he will not implement or “execute” legislation that is not only bad policy but openly defiant of the constitution he has sworn to uphold.

    (How about if congress passed a veto-proof bill demanding that Trump launch a nuclear first strike against Russia, should he go along with it)?

    Anyway, he could’ve said something like: “I’ll be happy to work with congress in matters involving sanctions blah blah blah, but I can’t go along with such seriously flawed legislation that sets a dangerous precedent by seriously undermining the critically important feature of “separation of powers” built into our constitution, etc.”

    How is he going to correct any problems, “drain the swamp”, save America, etc., without angering anybody anywhere along the line? He thinks he can accomplish anything without being guided by any kind of principles? Without taking any kind of stand on anything of importance? Without taking any kind of political “risks” whatsoever? Seriously?

    Let’s face it, the bill was so constitutionally questionable that the issue had to be addressed, so he was basically forced to admit that the flaws were recognized, but he obviously did the wrong thing. And that’s because Trump is a complete fraud, IMO.

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  129. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    He could’ve and should’ve vetoed it, making it publicly known that even if congress overrides the veto, he will not implement or “execute” legislation that is not only bad policy but openly defiant of the constitution he has sworn to uphold.

    This.

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    • Replies: @edNels
    That's what I think too. He should not have capitulated with a signature, if like somebody said, there is an issue of getting to put in some lame ''signing statement'' by doing so. What kind of shit is that? Especially, as so called signing statements aren't really much legitimate, are a cynical roundabout way to weasle around things.

    Should have stood his/some ground, for principles sake, saw the same weakness shown at the failure to stand up for his general, (who was accused of not telling all the details ) about meeting with the Russian ambassador. That showed a lack of some backbone right there, pissed me off.

    Now one thing to consider, is he isn't afraid to go on TV and tell his version if he wants, so what's up with that? 98 goons and only two supports the Constitution with him, (David and Goliath odds.)
  130. The motive for these sanctions is to push Russia out of the World economy.
    Feasible or not, the Deep state believes it can be done.

    Hopefully not, but then, if it was possible, these geniuses should ask themselves if things would end up so peachy as they imagine, should that plan succeed…

    Because like so many US plans, the consequences might end up slightly different than naively fantasized.

    And what if it fails, what is the most probable consequence in terms of the World’s geopolitical transformation through time…

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  131. JL says:
    @Sean
    Russia is going nowhere without US help. Exxon was granted massive oil exploitation concessions in Russia without giving something of greater value in return? I think not. Russia wants to be China's energy supplier but the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked. So Russia had to give something big to Exxon, but the US state was quite right to veto the deal. Why should a venal US corporation be alllowed give Russia the means to supply China with the cheap energy to deindustrialise the West?

    Unfortunately Trump does not seem to understand that nation states are not business partners.
    After granting them the right to continue and intensify their economic rape of America, Trump is begining to realise that Chinese promises to help with North Korea were lies. He has been made a fool of despite Eamonn Fingleton's hope that Trump might see throughthe mercantile Dragons.

    There is essentially no such thing as Russian technology. Muscovy has been backward for half a millennium, but with fracking they would be backward with nuclear weapons and bulging coffers. The Chinese rolled Trump and are getting everything, being apparently conceded the right to be sold US fracked energy and invest in US like anyone else, so the big winner in all this is China, which is the real enemy of America .

    the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked

    It’s a big problem when you begin with an opinion and then try to find facts that fit with your opinion. You need to stop spewing your cereal box, HuffPost/NYT inspired understanding of the oil and gas industry because you are just embarrassing yourself and making it difficult to take anything you say seriously. As a point of fact, fracked energy is among the most expensive energy in the world to produce, not even taking into account the environmental and other externalities, and Russian oil and gas among the cheapest. I know those facts don’t fit into your world view, but they are facts nonetheless.

    http://graphics.wsj.com/oil-barrel-breakdown/

    Russia

    Russian oil is among the cheapest in the world to pump thanks to plentiful onshore resources, cheap labor and a well-developed network of pipelines, processing plants and other infrastructure.

    As per this idiocy that Russia wants fracking technology, perhaps you could enlighten us as to where in Russia these shales formations exist and what their EROEI is? The Exxon joint venture was all about drilling in the Arctic shelf, where Russia really is lacking in the technology and in need of what the West possesses. It’s still expensive, though, and really will only make sense once oil prices rise considerably. When that happens, the geopolitical situation will likely have changed and the oil majors will once again be falling all over themselves to sell the tech to Russia, like they were when oil was north of $100/barrel and the Exxon JV was formed.

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    • Replies: @Kemerd
    Indeed, as an additional contribution: apparently the Russians went ahead alone in that project and developed drilling technology in deep seas on the way. It would be stupid to think otherwise. Just remember that Russians have spacecraft and nuclear subs: two of the most complicated technologies to master
    , @Sean

    https://news.vice.com/story/china-has-suddenly-become-one-of-the-biggest-markets-for-us-oil


    Oil prices are now hovering around $50 per barrel — they were twice that just a few years ago — and last year the OPEC oil cartel, along with non-member Russia, agreed to reduce output by about 1.8 million barrels a day in an attempt to boost prices. That worked for a little while, but it also encouraged American oil producers to produce more.

    “Other countries have tried to put the genie back in the bottle by reducing output to force prices back up, but American oil producers have just kept pumping,” Godby said. “The only way OPEC could keep their prices up was to reduce production and cede more market share to U.S. oil.”
     
  132. Johnny Rico says: • Website
    @Harold Smith
    You still don't understand that I don't take you seriously, do you?

    None of the comments you've made here deserve a substantive reply.

    No. I DO understand.

    I was never seeking a reply. You are completely crazy.

    Any questions were more rhetorical. You are deluded. And also, you are clearly smarter than everybody.

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    I think it's time for you to run along now, Junior, and get back to your Talmudic studies, before your Mommy finds out you're at the computer again.
  133. @Johnny Rico
    No. I DO understand.

    I was never seeking a reply. You are completely crazy.

    Any questions were more rhetorical. You are deluded. And also, you are clearly smarter than everybody.

    I think it’s time for you to run along now, Junior, and get back to your Talmudic studies, before your Mommy finds out you’re at the computer again.

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    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
    Hahahaaaaaa! Wow. So you are new to the internet.

    Don't worry, I'll leave you alone. Keep up the good work with those Revelations.

  134. Johnny Rico says: • Website
    @Harold Smith
    I think it's time for you to run along now, Junior, and get back to your Talmudic studies, before your Mommy finds out you're at the computer again.

    Hahahaaaaaa! Wow. So you are new to the internet.

    Don’t worry, I’ll leave you alone. Keep up the good work with those Revelations.

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  135. edNels says:
    @Anonymous

    He could’ve and should’ve vetoed it, making it publicly known that even if congress overrides the veto, he will not implement or “execute” legislation that is not only bad policy but openly defiant of the constitution he has sworn to uphold.
     
    This.

    That’s what I think too. He should not have capitulated with a signature, if like somebody said, there is an issue of getting to put in some lame ”signing statement” by doing so. What kind of shit is that? Especially, as so called signing statements aren’t really much legitimate, are a cynical roundabout way to weasle around things.

    Should have stood his/some ground, for principles sake, saw the same weakness shown at the failure to stand up for his general, (who was accused of not telling all the details ) about meeting with the Russian ambassador. That showed a lack of some backbone right there, pissed me off.

    Now one thing to consider, is he isn’t afraid to go on TV and tell his version if he wants, so what’s up with that? 98 goons and only two supports the Constitution with him, (David and Goliath odds.)

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    A smarter man would have gone first after the CIA, FBI, DOJ etc. Cleansing those would have given him all the dirt and the tools to drain the swamp. The MSM and the politicians, which Trump wrongly considers his main enemies, would have been powerless to survive.

    A smarter man would have made select amnesty deals to accelerate the process.

    A smarter man would have announced most that to the public in order to get overwhelming support and secure survival.
  136. Eagle Eye says:
    @Joe Wong
    Manchu Qing dynasty ended in 1912 not 1950, you are off the mark by nearly half a century, you are so confused with facts, it is hard to take any of your words seriously.

    ROC still keeps its Old China Lobby intact in Washington, it is most well funded after the Japanese Lobby. Perhaps both the Japanese and ROC Lobbies are behind this pushing the anti-Russia agenda effort with their over flooding lobbying funds so that the Japanese can build their nuclear weapon arsenal under the nose of the American and push the American off their shores and gain their independence when they are ready. Mind you ROC is under the control of the mentally colonized Japanese wannabes DPP who regard themselves as forced abandoned Japanese by the American after the WWII.

    I really think General McArthur made a dire strategic error on the part of the US for not abolishing the Japanese emperor system that still represents this evil thing Japanese imperialism that may come back to haunt America in some sneaky way a la Pearl Harbor, once they are about able to.

    It's my understanding that it's the deep rooted built-in characteristics of Japanese imperialism to play being pitifully submissive and bide their time for the chance of "revenge". That’s why I am all for the US to keep a tight leash on Japan these days and be on the constant lookout of such behind the back stabs.

    Wong writes 小王說:

    Mind you ROC is under the control of the mentally colonized Japanese wannabes DPP who regard themselves as forced abandoned Japanese by the American after the WWII.

    Taiwan became a part of Japan in 1895 and as part of Japan successfully advanced into the industrial age while the vast majority of Mainland Chinese were serfs or subsistence peasants.

    I really think General McArthur made a dire strategic error on the part of the US for not abolishing the Japanese emperor system that still represents this evil thing Japanese imperialism …

    Japan has been quite well-behaved since 1945, all things considered. Of course, there is one ASIAN country that sees Japan as an impediment in its drive to control the entire Western Pacific. Can’t think of that country’s name right now, but it had a huge population last time I checked. Perhaps our friend Mr. Wong can enlighten us?

    … That’s why I am all for the US to keep a tight leash on Japan these days and be on the constant lookout of such behind the back stabs.

    Aren’t there any other countries in the region that need more attention from the U.S.?

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  137. @Parbes
    The neocons and their media in the U.S. and the rest of the West simply HAVE to be taken out, one way or another. This is the only acceptable route - a knot tying the whole world up in insanity, which must be broken.

    Well, amateurs think “tactics” and professionals think “logistics”.

    Start a personal consumer boycott of the Jew Machine. It’s a target-rich environment, just aim at media and mass entertainment wherever you find it.

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  138. Larry says:
    @Erebus
    Too many missing dots here.
    Russia has largely immunized itself against US sanctions and the US knows it. The US also knows that Russia can hit back, so...
    The primary target of these sanctions seems to be EU companies and countries involved in the construction of Nord Stream. That means any company involved in, or supplying to, everything from engineering to construction to finance to gas distribution is now subject to the US' inscrutably complex legal labyrinth where one can expect to be subjected to a Mafia style shakedown whenever some party in the US can benefit from it.

    The sanctions seem to be structured to...
    - keep Germany from becoming the energy gatekeeper for N. Europe,
    - and from getting too cozy with Russia, and by extension OBOR,
    - appease the Poles & Baltics,
    - keep Ukraine afloat,
    ... but historically, almost all of Congress' super lopsided votes are a result of intense AIPAC pressure, so one can bet they were involved and that Israel benefits. The fact that these latest sanctions make gas from the Leviathan field in the Eastern Med Europe's only viable new supply option in the near/mid term is surely not just a lucky coincidence.

    AIPAC?

    America has a full-blown Jewish shadow government. Who do you think is running things while Trump goes golfing for 17 days?

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  139. Kemerd says:
    @JL

    the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked
     
    It's a big problem when you begin with an opinion and then try to find facts that fit with your opinion. You need to stop spewing your cereal box, HuffPost/NYT inspired understanding of the oil and gas industry because you are just embarrassing yourself and making it difficult to take anything you say seriously. As a point of fact, fracked energy is among the most expensive energy in the world to produce, not even taking into account the environmental and other externalities, and Russian oil and gas among the cheapest. I know those facts don't fit into your world view, but they are facts nonetheless.

    http://graphics.wsj.com/oil-barrel-breakdown/

    Russia

    Russian oil is among the cheapest in the world to pump thanks to plentiful onshore resources, cheap labor and a well-developed network of pipelines, processing plants and other infrastructure.

     

    As per this idiocy that Russia wants fracking technology, perhaps you could enlighten us as to where in Russia these shales formations exist and what their EROEI is? The Exxon joint venture was all about drilling in the Arctic shelf, where Russia really is lacking in the technology and in need of what the West possesses. It's still expensive, though, and really will only make sense once oil prices rise considerably. When that happens, the geopolitical situation will likely have changed and the oil majors will once again be falling all over themselves to sell the tech to Russia, like they were when oil was north of $100/barrel and the Exxon JV was formed.

    Indeed, as an additional contribution: apparently the Russians went ahead alone in that project and developed drilling technology in deep seas on the way. It would be stupid to think otherwise. Just remember that Russians have spacecraft and nuclear subs: two of the most complicated technologies to master

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  140. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @edNels
    That's what I think too. He should not have capitulated with a signature, if like somebody said, there is an issue of getting to put in some lame ''signing statement'' by doing so. What kind of shit is that? Especially, as so called signing statements aren't really much legitimate, are a cynical roundabout way to weasle around things.

    Should have stood his/some ground, for principles sake, saw the same weakness shown at the failure to stand up for his general, (who was accused of not telling all the details ) about meeting with the Russian ambassador. That showed a lack of some backbone right there, pissed me off.

    Now one thing to consider, is he isn't afraid to go on TV and tell his version if he wants, so what's up with that? 98 goons and only two supports the Constitution with him, (David and Goliath odds.)

    A smarter man would have gone first after the CIA, FBI, DOJ etc. Cleansing those would have given him all the dirt and the tools to drain the swamp. The MSM and the politicians, which Trump wrongly considers his main enemies, would have been powerless to survive.

    A smarter man would have made select amnesty deals to accelerate the process.

    A smarter man would have announced most that to the public in order to get overwhelming support and secure survival.

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  141. Ben Frank says:

    Who wants USA and Russia to fight?
    Economically Russia is a pipsqueak. The only two huge economies are USA and China, each ten times bigger than Russia.
    Have the Chinese bought key Washington insiders? Obviously. They’re smart people. Why would they not?

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  142. Sean says:
    @JL

    the cheapest energy in the world comes from the US and is fracked
     
    It's a big problem when you begin with an opinion and then try to find facts that fit with your opinion. You need to stop spewing your cereal box, HuffPost/NYT inspired understanding of the oil and gas industry because you are just embarrassing yourself and making it difficult to take anything you say seriously. As a point of fact, fracked energy is among the most expensive energy in the world to produce, not even taking into account the environmental and other externalities, and Russian oil and gas among the cheapest. I know those facts don't fit into your world view, but they are facts nonetheless.

    http://graphics.wsj.com/oil-barrel-breakdown/

    Russia

    Russian oil is among the cheapest in the world to pump thanks to plentiful onshore resources, cheap labor and a well-developed network of pipelines, processing plants and other infrastructure.

     

    As per this idiocy that Russia wants fracking technology, perhaps you could enlighten us as to where in Russia these shales formations exist and what their EROEI is? The Exxon joint venture was all about drilling in the Arctic shelf, where Russia really is lacking in the technology and in need of what the West possesses. It's still expensive, though, and really will only make sense once oil prices rise considerably. When that happens, the geopolitical situation will likely have changed and the oil majors will once again be falling all over themselves to sell the tech to Russia, like they were when oil was north of $100/barrel and the Exxon JV was formed.

    https://news.vice.com/story/china-has-suddenly-become-one-of-the-biggest-markets-for-us-oil

    Oil prices are now hovering around $50 per barrel — they were twice that just a few years ago — and last year the OPEC oil cartel, along with non-member Russia, agreed to reduce output by about 1.8 million barrels a day in an attempt to boost prices. That worked for a little while, but it also encouraged American oil producers to produce more.

    “Other countries have tried to put the genie back in the bottle by reducing output to force prices back up, but American oil producers have just kept pumping,” Godby said. “The only way OPEC could keep their prices up was to reduce production and cede more market share to U.S. oil.”

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    • Replies: @JL
    Did you mean to respond to someone else? Your post isn't in the least bit relevant to mine. You took some throwaway line in a HuffPost article and contrived it into some ridiculous conspiracy theory. So, I ask again: Where are Russia's shale deposits, what's their size, and EROEI? Why does Russia need fracking tech? I'll explain to you once more that relying on MSM outlets for information about the global oil and gas industry, and, well, just about anything else, will lead you to draw conclusions that are the exact opposite of reality.

    One more thing:

    Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College.
     
    LOL
  143. JL says:
    @Sean

    https://news.vice.com/story/china-has-suddenly-become-one-of-the-biggest-markets-for-us-oil


    Oil prices are now hovering around $50 per barrel — they were twice that just a few years ago — and last year the OPEC oil cartel, along with non-member Russia, agreed to reduce output by about 1.8 million barrels a day in an attempt to boost prices. That worked for a little while, but it also encouraged American oil producers to produce more.

    “Other countries have tried to put the genie back in the bottle by reducing output to force prices back up, but American oil producers have just kept pumping,” Godby said. “The only way OPEC could keep their prices up was to reduce production and cede more market share to U.S. oil.”
     

    Did you mean to respond to someone else? Your post isn’t in the least bit relevant to mine. You took some throwaway line in a HuffPost article and contrived it into some ridiculous conspiracy theory. So, I ask again: Where are Russia’s shale deposits, what’s their size, and EROEI? Why does Russia need fracking tech? I’ll explain to you once more that relying on MSM outlets for information about the global oil and gas industry, and, well, just about anything else, will lead you to draw conclusions that are the exact opposite of reality.

    One more thing:

    Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College.

    LOL

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    Gazprom Neft strives to go it alone in Russian shale oil - Financial Times
    https://www.ft.com/content/993512c6-c609-11e6-9043-7e34c07b46ef
    3 Jan 2017 - “The main limiting factor [on Russia's shale oil production] now is of course the technology restrictions,” he says, listing the main equipment ...
     
  144. Sean says:
    @JL
    Did you mean to respond to someone else? Your post isn't in the least bit relevant to mine. You took some throwaway line in a HuffPost article and contrived it into some ridiculous conspiracy theory. So, I ask again: Where are Russia's shale deposits, what's their size, and EROEI? Why does Russia need fracking tech? I'll explain to you once more that relying on MSM outlets for information about the global oil and gas industry, and, well, just about anything else, will lead you to draw conclusions that are the exact opposite of reality.

    One more thing:

    Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College.
     
    LOL

    About 484,000 results (0.68 seconds)
    Search Results
    Gazprom Neft strives to go it alone in Russian shale oil – Financial Times

    https://www.ft.com/content/993512c6-c609-11e6-9043-7e34c07b46ef

    3 Jan 2017 – “The main limiting factor [on Russia's shale oil production] now is of course the technology restrictions,” he says, listing the main equipment …

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  145. Sean says:
    @Trump Supporter Still
    The sanctions bill was authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (one of the leaders of the anti-Trump deep state) and reinstituted the original four Obama executive orders sanctioning Russia in 2014. So this bill is reviving Obamas legacy and unconstitutionally impinging on the power of the President. The real problem was the veto-proof majority who voted for it. Hard to beat that.

    The 2014 sanctions were on US shale tech transfers. It would have been deeply misguided to let Exxon give Russia what Tillerson (then the chief of Exxon) agreed to.

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  146. Sean says:
    @Seamus Padraig
    As someone else pointed out, fracking is actually a good bit more expensive than traditional drilling. Plus: the US doesn't have a pipeline to Europe, so all that oil/gas would have to be shipped ... also rather pricey.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/19/trump-just-gave-china-a-sledgehammer-to-smash-the-lng-monopoly.html

    Beijing last week agreed to make it easier for Chinese companies to buy liquid natural gas from U.S. suppliers The mere prospect of China buying more of the fuel from the United States stands to upend the global LNG market. It would give the world’s biggest buyers — Japan, South Korea and China — leverage in negotiations with top supplier Qatar and other major players. That could in turn shift prices paid for LNG across the world. The deal threatens to break up Qatar’s grip on LNG pricing in the critical Asian market.
    It’s uncertain whether U.S. LNG exports to China will actually increase, but the prospect gives buyers leverage in negotiations.

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