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Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war. This is the real meaning of the “Russia hacking” story which, as yet, has not produced any hard evidence of Russian complicity.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”. Just as the CIA generated false information related to Weapons of Mass Destruction to soften public resistance to war with Iraq, so too, the spurious allegations in the DNI’s politically-motivated report are designed to depict Russia as a growing threat to US national security. The timing of the report has less to do with the election of Donald Trump as President than it does with critical developments in Syria where the Russian military has defeated US-proxies in Syria’s industrial hub, Aleppo, rolling back Washington’s 15-year War of Terror and derailing the imperialist plan to control vital resources and pipeline corridors across the Middle East and Central Asia. Russia has become the main obstacle to Washington achieving its strategic vision of pivoting to Asia and maintaining its dominant role into the next century. The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

The “Russia hacking” flap shows how far the Intel agencies have veered from their original mandate, which is to impartially gather and analyze information that may be vital to US national security. As we have seen in the last two weeks, the leaders of these organizations feel free to offer opinions on issues that clearly conflict with those of the new President-elect. Trump has stated repeatedly that he wants to reduce tensions and reset relations with Russia, but that policy is being sabotaged by members of the intelligence community, particularly CIA Director John Brennan who appeared just last week on PBS Newshour with Judy Woodruff. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“We see that there are still a lot of actions that Russia is undertaking that undermine the principles of democracy in so many countries. What has happened in our recent election is not new. The Russians have engaged in trying to manipulate elections in Europe for a number of years…

the Russians tried to interfere in our electoral process recently, and were actively involved in that. And that is something that we can’t countenance.” (“Interview with CIA Director John Brennan”, PBS Newshour)

Brennan, of course, provided no evidence for his claims nor did he mention the hundreds of CIA interventions around the world. But Brennan’s accusations are less important than the fact that his appearance on a nationwide broadcast identifies him as a political advocate for policies that conflict with those of the new president. Do we really want unelected intelligence officials — whose job it is to provide the president with sensitive information related to national security– to assume a partisan role in shaping policy? And why would Brennan –whose is supposed to “serve at the pleasure of the president”– accept an invitation to offer his views on Russia when he knew they would be damaging to the new administration?

Powerful people behind the scenes are obviously pushing the heads of these intelligence agencies to stick to their ‘anti-Moscow’ narrative to force Trump to abandon his plan for peaceful relations with Moscow. Brennan isn’t calling the shots and neither are Clapper or Comey. They’re all merely agents serving the interests of establishment plutocrats whose geopolitical agenda doesn’t jibe with that of the incoming administration. If that wasn’t the case, then why would the Intelligence Community stake its reputation on such thin gruel as this Russian hacking gibberish? It doesn’t make any sense. The people who launched this campaign are either supremely arrogant or extremely desperate. Which is it? Here’s an excerpt from an article by veteran journalist Robert Parry sums it up like this in an article at Consortium News:

“The DNI report amounted to a compendium of reasons to suspect that Russia was the source of the information – built largely on the argument that Russia had a motive for doing so because of its disdain for Democratic nominee Clinton and the potential for friendlier relations with Republican nominee Trump.

But the case, as presented, is one-sided and lacks any actual proof. Further, the continued use of the word “assesses” – as in the U.S. intelligence community “assesses” that Russia is guilty – suggests that the underlying classified information also may be less than conclusive because, in intelligence-world-speak, “assesses” often means “guesses.” (“US Report Still Lacks Proof on Russia ‘Hack’”, Robert Parry, Consortium News)

Bottom line: Brennan and his fellow spooks have nothing. The report is little more than a catalogue of unfounded assumptions, baseless speculation and uncorroborated conjecture. In colloquial parlance, it’s bullshit, 100 percent, unalloyed Russophobic horse-manure. In fact, the authors admit as much in the transcript itself when they say:

“Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.”

What kind of kooky admission is that? So the entire report could be BS but we’re supposed to believe that Putin flipped the election? Is that it???

What’s really going on here? Why have the Intelligence agencies savaged their credibility just to convince people that Russia is up to no good?

The Russia hacking story has more to do with recent developments in Syria than it does with delegitimizing Donald Trump. Aleppo was a real wake up call for the US foreign policy establishment which is beginning to realize that their plans for the next century have been gravely undermined by Russia’s military involvement in Syria. Aleppo represents the first time that an armed coalition of allied states (Russia, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah) have actively engaged US jihadist-proxies and soundly beat them to a pulp. The stunning triumph in Aleppo has spurred hope among the vassal states that Washington’s bloody military juggernaut can be repelled, rolled back and defeated. And if Washington’s CIA-armed, trained and funded jihadists can be repelled, then the elitist plan to project US power into Central Asia to dominate the world’s most populous and prosperous region, will probably fail. In other words, the outcome in Aleppo has cast doubts on Uncle Sam’s ability to successfully execute its pivot to Asia.

That’s why the Intel agencies have been employed to shape public perceptions on Russia. Their job is to prepare the American people for an escalation of hostilities between the two nuclear-armed superpowers. US powerbrokers are determined to intensify the conflict and reverse facts on the ground. (Recent articles by elites at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institute reveal that they are as committed to partitioning Syria as ever.) Washington wants to reassert its exceptional role as the uncontested steward of global security and the lone ‘unipolar’ world power.

That’s what this whole “hacking” fiasco is about. The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue and Central Asia can be transformed into a gigantic Washington-dominated corporate free trade zone where the Big Money calls the shots and Capital reigns supreme. That’s their dreamstate, Capitalist Valhalla.

They just need Trump to get-with-the-program so the bloodletting can continue apace.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at [email protected].

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    How does the US (or rather the supranational globalist empire, if we can call it that way) benefit from instability and wars? I understand the part about the weapons sales and securing access to pipelines, but in general the globalist empire benefits from peace and countries that prosper AND allow access to their resources. War makes more countries poor.

  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    And in particular, how would the US benefit from a war with Russia? Do you mean in the same way that Napoleon and the Nazis were hoping to go into Russia, kill or enslave the population and establish some kind of a neoliberal Ostland? Does that really seem like a realistic scenario to anyone?

    Or – what would be gained by a proxy war? Control over Syria? How?

  3. Diogenes says:

    “….Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility …”

    I should think by now any rational and informed person would have concluded that the American ‘intelligence community’ has no credibility ,if they ever had it!

    “…why would the Intelligence Community stake its reputation on such thin gruel…”

    Mike, why would you think they are still ‘reputable’ after countless falsehoods, they simply don’t have a reputation to lose anymore, it has been squandered away long ago, if they ever had it.

    “Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.”

    Mike, that’s not “kooky” but it is astonishing that they use a standard advertising disclaimer to cover their false propaganda. Perhaps they are afraid of being sued for claiming falsehoods for truths .

    “… the elitist plan to project US power into Central Asia to dominate the world’s most populous and prosperous region…”

    If that’s really the plan and I suspect it is, then the American elites are so greedy, ambitious ,arrogant and self confident that they can succeed at such an enormous undertaking.

    Surely they will ruin themselves trying. The residents of the Asian “world island” have an insurmountable advantage.

    Besides, the American political class are clearly incompetent and corrupt and lack the support of American citizens in spite of the constant lies and demonizing of Russia and China.

    Trump needs to ‘clean house’. Let’s hope he realizes that.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    , @Eileen Kuch
  4. The Russia hacking story has more to do with recent developments in Syria than it does with delegitimizing Donald Trump


    A couple of significant pieces of information hardly ever touched on by MSM or anybody else. Russia has had a warm water naval base in Syria for over 50 years. A significant oil discovery was made in Syria, alas, in the Golan Heights adjoining Israel. The major American players for the drilling rights are Cheney, Murdoch, Richardson and Summers.

  5. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website

    In other words, the outcome in Aleppo has cast doubts on Uncle Sam’s ability to successfully execute its pivot to Asia.

    D.C. in general is completely oblivious to other people’s real capabilities and intentions. US political class is simply not conditioned to learn the lessons of military force’s application. It is not surprising for the environment which thinks that US defeated Nazism. It doesn’t mean that there are no people who understand that, there are–but it is not them who formulate policies. As per Russia specifically, about three-quarters of what have been and is being produced about Soviet/Russian military is rubbish, sometimes utter trash. As I stated already about a million times: US “Russian studies” field is dead and no number of new Russian “speakers” will change this situation, the problem is systemic and it is in how US “elites” view (wrongly) the world.

    • Replies: @Mikhailovich
  6. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website

    Does that really seem like a realistic scenario to anyone?

    Neocon-neoliberal cabal thinks itself to be first order military strategists, they really do and that is a clear and present danger both to the US and the world. Most of those “strategists” never served a day in military uniform and completely bought their own military propaganda. They still can not grasp the reality that US (NATO) forces in case of attacking Russia will be defeated conventionally (I underscore–conventionally), but that is precisely one of the pillars of Pax Americana, a supposed conventional superiority over near-peer, let alone peer. Well, it is not really there, once one seriously considers the realty of US not being able to win conventionally around Russia or China, what’s left? Much of the foundation of this proverbial Pax Americana flies out out of the window. US “defeating” fourth rate Arab militaries shtick does not impress anyone with, as Colonel Macgregor succinctly pointed out, “modicum of military capability”.

    Or – what would be gained by a proxy war?

    A return of some of the perception of self, and others, “respect”. Factor of egos and ambition for some reason is somehow omitted in the US, but as even latest events show explicitly, those factors are in huge play, even when it damages US crucial political institutions, such as the institute of US Presidency. Obama’s and his cabal’s behavior is surreal and disgusting.

    • Agree: Cyrano
    • Replies: @Mikhailovich
  7. dearieme says:

    “US “defeating” fourth rate Arab militaries”: defeating in battle but losing any war that lasts longer than a single battle.

  8. Gazoo says:

    Follow the money. Continued global tensions are a bonanza for defense contractors.

  9. @Anonymous

    Don’t you mean Neoliberal Nuland !

  10. This is a systematic issue. I was astonished at the anti Russian attitudes of senior UK civil servants in 2002, a period when Putin was working with a very Liberal political team and showed no signs of extreme nationalism. At best, he was clearing out the most delinquent oligarchs. Who moved to London and started anti-Putin smear campaigns that still operate. This does not explain the US retention of Cold War attitudes.

    NATO’s stance is blindingly obvious job protection for the administrators, Brussels based generals and US arms manufacturers who get to sell in Europe. But NATO is not the security community.

    Another issue is the nature of Presidential security briefings. It sounds as though The President doesn’t receive Intelligence at all. He is bombarded with every conceivable piece of tittle tattle designed, not to alert him to real issues but to show him how indispensable and budget poor the briefer’s department is. A typical US intelligence agency appears to chase the mood of the day to curry favour rather than to assess actual threats. A downsizing that removed 80-90% of the agencies or at least their staff would give those remaining the assurance that they were essential and able to speak the truth. Also, a few hundred bright people with passion for their individual specialities will always out think 100,000 clerks going through the motions. Leave the task of reading every Russian trade magazine and reporting the contents to the President or at least the political class to the Universities.

  11. anon • Disclaimer says:

    I’d say it’s almost certain that some segment of the CIA supplied Stinger or Stinger-equivalent missiles to jihadist forces in Syria to shoot down Russian/Syrian helicopters in a variation of Iran-Contra.

    They are panicking in case one or more of those missiles get used to shoot down US airliners on take-off / landing.

  12. anon • Disclaimer says:

    The US doesn’t benefit
    – the neocons want the Golan heights for Israel
    – the Turks want to get Kurds
    – the Saudis want to get Iran

    US politicians are bought / blackmailed by one or other faction to follow that faction’s interests.

    • Replies: @Mikhailovich
  13. anon • Disclaimer says:

    And in particular, how would the US benefit from a war with Russia?

    It wouldn’t.

    There are three cases imo.

    1) The neocons want regime change in Syria and Russia is blocking that so the neocons are playing a game of chicken – trying to increase tension right up to the edge of war in the hope Russia backs down.

    2) US policy and media is for sale and the billionaire oligarchs Putin chased out of Russia are privately funding the anti-Russian campaign.

    3) Worst case scenario which only makes sense if you accept gene-culture evolution and the banking mafia as parasites. They are programmed for horizontal transmission with virulence i.e. once they have almost destroyed a host (USA) they betray it to the next host as a kind of gift to get themselves embedded in the new host. In that case destroying both Russia and the West as a gift to the new host (China) would make sense – not literally as now we have nukes but if they were programmed for this behavior in the past it would make sense.

    or a bit of all three



    zero benefit to the US as a country, only possible benefit
    – neocons
    – exiled Russian oligarchs
    – banking mafia

  14. Miro23 says:

    I see the root of all this in Jewish paranoia. They’re only 2% of the US population but through racial action (Jewish patronage) have built up political and economic power that corresponds to the 98%.

    This has to be a very unstable situation in a Democracy since there’s always the risk that the majority population will reject the Client Candidates (as in fact happened with the election of Trump) and start legislating against the Plutocracy.

    The simple answer is to get rid of Democracy, and the traditional way to do this is through a “temporary” Emergency Regime (i.e. The nation is at war and needs efficient central control and dictatorial powers of government) with a temporary Emergency Regime becomes a permanent Emergency Regime.

    In my opinion, real Democracy is not tenable for them. It ‘s too difficult to control (the election of Trump just proves it), and 9/11 was their first (failed) attempt at a National Emergency dictatorship.

    On 9/11, the Patriot Act and Homeland Security were ready to go, and Cheney was already running an Emergency Regime on the day, with a totally frustrated Bush in Florida completely unable to contact the Emergency Government through security services blocking “for his own safety”. There was also something that the MSM blanks out completely, that looks like a failed assassination attempt against Bush at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on the morning of 9/11. Daniel Hopsicker did a very thorough investigation of events in Florida and found it by accident. “Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta and the 9/11 Cover-up in Florida” .

    If this was in fact what happened the US almost became a Neocon dictatorship on 9/11.

    • Replies: @Agent76
  15. @Anonymous

    The Military-industrial complex is making most of it’s money straight from the military budget – the money of the tax payers. War mongering is essential for keeping the military budget high. The sale of the military equipment is also much better in a destabilised world.
    New contracts were made after Iraq war: about 85% of the profit from exploitation of Iraq’s oil go now to American and UK corporations. Politicians also have their share – it would be impossible to achieve such a success without them.
    The Cold War with Russia is absolutely important to keep Europe under US (multinational corporations) control.
    When the rest of the World is properly destabilised, the money will go in a quiet place, which is US.

  16. @Anonymous

    You’re thinking in terms of wealth whilst they (supranational globalist empire) are thinking in terms of control, which is real power.

    The esoteric credo states, out of chaos, order. Divide and rule. As they destroy different places they always emerge as the owners of anything remaining worth owning. They control strategic assets and supplies, energy, weapons and food. They very likely would want to cull the less useful, most burdensome and ultimately threatening masses of this overpopulated planet, around 75% or so.

    As to Russia, the rules of the Great Game say that central Asia is vital to global dominance and Russia historically refuses to comply.

  17. @Andrei Martyanov

    Italian fascism and German Nazism were created by World financial elite for protection of their money from rising Socialism. The proclaimed goal of Lenin was the World Revolution and redistribution of the wealth in favour of the proletariat. The new egalitarian ideas were very popular in the whole World – not just Europe.
    “Soviet/Russian military is rubbish” – Russia at the moment is the only country in the World which can obliterate US in couple of hours with 100% guarantee.

  18. @Andrei Martyanov

    Yes, in the last five years the situation in the conventional military forces started to change drastically and not in favour of NATO. Syrian proxy war surprised many experts.

  19. @anon

    There is difference between the national interest of the country and the interest of the financial-political elites. And that is true not only for US.

    • Replies: @anon
  20. Agent76 says:

    Jan 10, 2017 What I Learned From the Intelligence Report on “Russian Hacking”

    The propaganda surrounding the “Russia hacked the election” meme is, quite frankly, beneath the intelligence of The Corbett Report community. But this hodgepodge of evidence-free assertions is still driving the 24/7 fake news cycle, so today James rolls up his sleeve and shows the latest propaganda for what it is.

  21. I feel c0mpelled to state the obvious:neoliberal economic policy is the fundamental driver of tranny-feak-perversion in the US and Globally.

    Evidence:the Economist essay on fluid gender identity. “Small hop and a skip” from “flexible labor markets”….It goes like this:flexible labor markets……fluid labor markets….fluid identity….fluid gender. You know the background music for this music:Rocky Horror Music Show….Tranny Freak Divine is now the norm in the anti-Christian West….

    • Replies: @Art
  22. Agent76 says:

    Good post and this a good read for sharing September 07, 2016 / September 11, 2001: The 15th Anniversary of the Crime and Cover-up of the Century “What Really Happened”?

    WTC Building exploding into fine dust (it is not burning down) by pre-planted explosives in an obvious controlled demolition.

  23. From my blog:

    Jan 14, 2017 – Real News About Chinese Hacking

    The fake news media and congressional hysteria about Russia is the most ridiculous spectacle I’ve seen in years. Congress is holding McCarthyest hearings and demanding that Trump appointees proclaim they hate Russia. They were delighted when Trump appointees agreed, but they need to please these mad warmongers to be approved, so must lie if necessary. No one remembers that on June 25, 2015, ABC News reported:

       China Is ‘Leading Suspect’ in Massive Hack of US Government Networks

    The nation’s top intelligence official said today what other U.S. officials have so far been unwilling to say publicly: China is “the leading suspect” in the massive theft of sensitive U.S. government records. Speaking at a forum in Washington, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned of the danger posed by a capable adversary like the Chinese government.

    “You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did,” Clapper said.

    At least 18 million people — and potentially tens of millions more around the world, including relatives, friends and associates of those who had background checks conducted by the U.S. government — may have had their personal information stolen when hackers broke into the systems of the Office of Personnel Management, authorities have said.”

    Why isn’t Clapper now saluting the Russians? Is it because they are only accused of hacking a private server and providing non-classified information to Wikileaks, which has openly stated they did not get this information from Russia? Wikileaks said their information was not the result of hacking, but by tricking the imbecile in charge of the Clinton campaign to send them his google password.

  24. Great article.

    Mike Whitney and Robert Parry are two of my favorite real journalists, together with many of the other journalists published by Unz.

    Keep up the good work Unz.

  25. Cyrano says:

    Based on historical evidence, I came to the conclusion that US is capable of winning only two kinds of wars:
    1. Wars that are actually won by someone else (WW1, WW2) =-in which US shows up fashionably late, but still timely enough to claim full credit for the victory.
    2. Wars that don’t involve any actual fighting (Cold war).

    Any other wars that fall outside of these parameters, the US is bound to most likely lose. Since the collapse of USSR, the US has been on a search to find an enemy to replace them with. They haven’t been successful so far, so they decided to resurrect the old enemy.

    Russia is the perfect enemy for them, because they believe that thanks to the nuclear weapons they wouldn’t have to fight them ever. That’s why I don’t buy the hysteria about anti-Russianism and that might lead to another war. Just last week it was announced that US moved 87 tanks to Germany and that this is considered a message and a threat to Russia.

    Let me tell you something. 87 thanks are barely good enough to take one Russian village, let alone to threaten the whole Russia with it. If you really want to threaten Russia, you need to show up on their border with 3 million troops and about 5 thousand tanks. That would be a treat. Irrational one, but a treat. Irrational, because to that kind of threat, Russia will most likely respond with nuclear weapons, so that’s why it won’t happen, and for some other reasons, but we won’t get into them now.

    These kinds of activities on the Russian border are nothing but empty posturing in front of the world, designed to show “Look we are not afraid of the Russians, we are standing up to them”. Yeah, right, never mind that Russia didn’t make any moves that require “standing up to them”. The other reason why US wants the cold war back is because the “victory” in the cold war was just about as real as any victories in WWE matches are. That’s why they want the cold war back. Because it’s good for business, and doesn’t require any real fighting, just some empty posturing.

    • Replies: @Alden
  26. Art says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    I feel c0mpelled to state the obvious:neoliberal economic policy is the fundamental driver of tranny-feak-perversion in the US and Globally.

    Neoliberalism is a posture – a selling point to the masses – nothing more – it falsely says that “we the elite are looking out for you little people” – when in reality they are enslaving peoples and their governments in endless debt and taxes.

    The Rothschild central banking cartels control the world – not liberals. They are the Deep State around the world.

    Money and all its inherent evils control the world – not any ideology.

    Peace — Art

    p.s. Trump wants to work out a positive arrangement with Russia – but NO – Jew money wants confrontation and war.

  27. pyrrhus says:

    The notion of a war with Russia/China is incredible, given the fact that Russia would win any war with conventional weapons, fought on Russia’s borders–as Russia always does. Currently the US conventional military, stuffed with slackers and females, lacks any semblance of readiness, and the USNavy would be useless in such an encounter. Furthermore, the Russians have more and better weapons and radar…No contest. But if the US forces did somehow make serious penetration of Russian territory, they would be met by tactical nukes, which is standard Russian doctrine. Then the Globalists would either need to start WW3, which would be the end of the USA and most things, or retreat in ignominy.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  28. Alden says:

    As of 1/12 2,500 tanks and a couple thousand American soldiers were in Poland. More soldiers coming, 4,000 planned.

    • Replies: @Cyrano
  29. Agent76 says:

    Nov 29, 2016 The Map That Shows Why Russia Fears War With USA

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  30. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    But if the US forces did somehow make serious penetration of Russian territory,

    Then why are you even making such a crazy assumption unless you want to be provocative? Do you have any tangible evidence or analysis that this is the intention? Or do you think NATO is simply dumb?

    Yea, 4000 troops divided by six… for each country. The point is not to “penetrate” Russian territory.

    There are 300 000 Russian troops on their Western border and missiles everywhere. The Kaliningrad missiles can now reach Germany, Sweden, Denmark…

    Btw, the troops are international – not just American. Polish, Canadian, Croat, Italian.. plus local troops.

    • Replies: @Art
  31. Laguerre says:

    Good article, I always like Whitney’s writing. However I wouldn’t oppose an anti-Trump move to the pursuit of Russophobia. It’s all part of the same game. They go together. It’s the tactic du jour to delegitimise the opponent, and describe him as unfit. It’s not very wise, as we are no doubt about to see, but has a recent history. The Brits have treated the Labour party leader, Corbyn, that way, with some success. Must be tempting.

    Russophobia has become the big issue quite recently, together with the prospect of US loss in Syria. US dominance, as Whitney says, is the point. The loss of it is absolutely unacceptable, and anything will be done to re-attain this ideal. It’s willy-waving.

    Two details:

    1) Syria is not about pipelines. If, as the US wishes, a jihadi government is put in power in Damascus, there won’t be the stability necessary. It’s more about Israeli desire for chaos in Syria, and the Saudi paranoia about the Shi’a.

    2) Syria is not related to Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, but rather an obstacle which has delayed putting the policy into execution. The US is retained in the Middle East, rather than concentrating on its interests in the Far East. Central Asia is fluff, only useful for encircling Russia. Whatever confrontation is supposed to take place will be in the South China Sea.

  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    This guy is openly lying. The Soviet Union did not “implode” in 1999, but in 1991. That’s when the formerly incorporated countries became independent. The Baltic countries had been independent since 1918 and they did not “change sides” – that is a simplification. They were never on Russia’s side to begin with.

    Also, is there really a NATO base in Kazakhstan?

    The biggest mistake this guy makes is that he assumes that the first map – the USSR and its buffers – was something normal. That it was normal that Russia had half of Europe and half of Germany. That is the most Russia has ever had in its history and there was no way it was bound to last. Russia can’t control half of Europe. When in history did Russia ever control Germany? An anomaly for sure. Terrorizing countries to stay within your empire doesn’t mean it can last forever.

    Where the NATO bases should be in Europe is a different question, but if this dude doesn’t see what’s wrong with the initial map – a Russian empire devouring Hanseatic countries – then it’s his problem.

    • Replies: @Agent76
  33. KarlMarx says:

    Who are those “powerful people” pulling the strings of the US foreign and domestic policies? Can the author of this piece name at least one person or is he too much of a coward to loose sleep over it?

    • Replies: @Art
  34. @Art

    The Cold War was the Eastern WASPS Elite War. I don’t buy the Rothchilds MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE Stuff. Deep South Evangelical Christians volunteered to be the Canon Fodder.

    • Replies: @Art
  35. Cyrano says:

    It looks like the attack is really imminent (wink, wink). Good luck with that.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  36. Art says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    I don’t buy the Rothchilds MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE Stuff.

    Gee – you say you do not like globalism – who are the masters of globalism other then the Rothschild central banker cartels?

    Are they the only ones – NO. But without question they are the leaders.

    Maybe you should look a little deeper.

    Peace — Art

  37. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The odds are good there will be no attack from either side. When / if the situation in Ukraine calms down, then things might improve and de-escalate. It might take a long time. Like, 10 years or so.

  38. Art says:

    Who are those “powerful people” pulling the strings of the US foreign and domestic policies?

    Well for starters – the management and directors of NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, NYT, WPost.

    Peace — Art

  39. @Anonymous

    It doesn’t. Instability is a Zionist, and to lesser extent, Jewish geopolitical objective. Traditional leftist, anti-imperialist articles like this have their uses, but without mentioning the 800-lb gorilla in the room they undercut their own credibility.

  40. Art says:

    Yea, 4000 troops divided by six… for each country. The point is not to “penetrate” Russian territory.

    Sorry – but this is absurd – 4,000 troops against Russia is a hurry up false flag operation – this is manufactured “fake war” – this is Jew led Deep State manipulation. This is State, DOD, and CIA et al promoting chaos for Zionist interests.

    A week before a turnover of power from one president to another and this happens – this is about exerting pure power inside America. It has nothing to do with Russia.

    All this is to tie Trump’s hands, so he cannot have a rapprochement with Putin. The Deep State does not want peace – PERIOD. There is no MONEY in it for them.

    Peace — Art

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  41. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Well, this was kind of planned a while back. Since 2014 really. And they were assuming that Hillary would win not Trump.

  42. headrick says:

    The neocon American Zionist types hate Iran, Syria, and Russia, as the axis of evil in their world. Thus their American stooges are obliged to take up the cudgel and strike in their behest. That’s how I always thought about it .

  43. I don’t believe that the CIA intends to initiate a war with Russia for Donald Trump. But rather the CIA wanted to send a strong message to DP telling him “don’t fuck with the CIA”. If you do we know where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing and can put your 2 feet and small hands in eggshells and immobilize you!
    Of course the CIA is getting its orders from the MIC which only needs a well defined enemy without wars in order to justify their own existence! I’d like to remind MW that the Cold War maintains the MIC BUDGET!

  44. This is what the arrogant, degenerate SOB’s who run USA Inc. have wrought:

    Better have cash and cache of food and weaponry.NOW.

  45. Art says:

    Looks Like Trump is going to do it his way!

    Trump wants Putin summit in Reykjavik

    Donald Trump is planning to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin within weeks of becoming president — emulating Ronald Reagan’s Cold War deal-making in Reykjavik with Mikhail Gorbachev.

    Trump and his team have told British officials that their first foreign trip will be a meeting with the Russian leader, with the Icelandic capital in pole position to host the superpower talks as it did three decades ago. … -summit-in-reykjavik-rc909n9t0
    Published: Jan 14, 2017

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  46. @Diogenes

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Diogenes. The so-called “Intelligence Community” hasn’t had any credibility for decades. Their recent assessment is really way off base, horse manure to be exact.
    Didn’t CIA Director John Brennan convert to Islam within the past year or so? And, if so, has that conversion clouded his judgement when it comes to Russia? At first, it was only the CIA that brought up the issue of Russian hacking of the DNC and the election. None of the other agencies believed it; but, when Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper repeated Brennan’s lies and brought the other agencies in (except DHS), the claims of Russian “hacking” escalated. I doubt very much that these agencies will ever regain even a shred of credibility after this fiasco.
    The Intelligence Community came into being during the Cold War era of the 1950’s and did a fine job, but all that changed after John F. Kennedy became POTUS and the Dulles Brothers turned the Intelligence Community into what it is today. The CIA initiated the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles in an effort to depose (and kill) Fidel Castro w/o the knowledge/consent of JFK. So, an agency (CIA) went rogue and participated in the plot to kill JFK, and the rest is history.

  47. KarlMarx says:

    There is a tribe that has been holding grudges against its host nations. This should be every politician’s alpha & omega : fills up lots of historical black holes

  48. Agent76 says:

    I would remain Anonymous it suits you well. 25.12. 2015 NATO: Seeking Russia’s Destruction Since 1949

    In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. president George H. W. Bush through his secretary of state James Baker promised Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev that in exchange for Soviet cooperation on German reunification, the Cold War era NATO alliance would not expand “one inch” eastwards towards Russia. Baker told Gorbachev: “Look, if you remove your [300,000] troops [from east Germany] and allow unification of Germany in NATO, NATO will not expand one inch to the east.”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  49. Corvinus says:

    This notion that the U.S. and Russia is on the verge of war, or that the CIA desires the ultimate showdown, is Chicken Little at his finest.

    Assume there is WWW3. Then those on the Alt Right who desire a global meltdown will have their wish and can begin to rebuild the world in their image…against competing ideologies who desire the same thing.

  50. Sam194275 says:

    The intelligence ‘community’ does what it gets paid to do and that is the bidding of the King. We do live in a polished up but still, old England, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Debtors prisons, are just around the corner, in some places and some ways, already here. Private prisons, run by the chosen of the King, yeah, that’s the idea. Anyway, nothing done in the world today is done except first it is approved by the King. Some people will say King, what do you mean, are you crazy? King, and his Landowners, his Chosen, we, are just sheep; hey, we don’t own the water that runs down our gutters or the wood that falls in the forest, anymore. The world has gone backwards as greed has taken over and now dominates every thought of every people on Earth. Greed, as if there is not enough to go around and there is not when one person or family demands it all. Get it in your head, before it is too late, the King decides everything and he gets a big cut of everything, no matter what it is or where it comes from. While humanity slept he designed a system for us and now we live in it. He, the eldest son of the family, if I have to tell you more then you are on a page far too sophisticated for your intelligence bracket. The Intelligence community, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Trump, these are nothing but suits with a -hand out, worse than serfs, worse, actually, than sheep, that are tended by a Shepard, loved and cared for, we are beggars, all over again, just like we were in the 1920’s and 1930’s. One fit of rage by the King and we go over the cliff into oblivion.

  51. Miro23 says:

    Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war. This is the real meaning of the “Russia hacking” story which, as yet, has not produced any hard evidence of Russian complicity.

    In fact rather like the build up to 9/11 and the Iraq war with everyone primed with information about Al Qaeda and WMD’s with no hard evidence.

    Taken at face value this looks exactly like what Whitney is saying, the country is being prepared for war which means that the new False Flag is coming soon with a faked Russian attack on the US accompanied by blanket MSM outrage and calls on Trump to respond or resign.

    Genuine nut cases – since Russia suspects what is happening and will respond if it is attacked, regardless of the reason.

  52. Art says:

    Here is an update on possible meeting between Trump and Putin.

    Trump’s First Foreign Visit to Meet Putin?
    Published: Jan 15, 2017

    Author: Stephen Lendman

    Citing a London Sunday Times report, The Hill and Bloomberg said Trump’s first foreign trip as president is expected to be a summit with Vladimir Putin within weeks of his inauguration.

    If the report is accurate, both leaders will meet in Reykjavik, Iceland. Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied it, tweeting “not true – report is 100% false.” A second tweet said “Nope, not true.”


    Peace — Art

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  53. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    What does that have to do with the fact that the guy is blatantly lying (mixing up years on purpose just to enforce his point)? And then you send stuff like this around the net? How was it ok that Russia had half of Germany? Just because the US and other Stalin’s allies supported it doesn’t mean it wasn’t an illegal occupation. A historic anomaly based on widespread tyranny.

    And, yes, in the light of the recent events it would’ve been better for Europe if the US had left in 1991 and NATO had either been disbanded or stayed only in North America. The Europeans could’ve built their own defense alliance while Russia was still weak through out all those years and Germany and others would be in a much better shape now to deal with current global threats. Also, they would’ve saved money and lives that they lost fighting wars for the US.

  54. @Anonymous

    Weakening and eventually dismembering Russia is the name of the game.
    The same scenario would also do nicely for China.

  55. annamaria says:

    A story about two murdered Finnish journalists that were involved in investigating the EU-US pedophile ring:

    “After informing Finnish journalists Katri Ikävalko and Anne Vihavainen about all of these “matters/concerns” relating to this Stubb-Clinton linked sex smuggling ring, they left Svetogorsk (Russia) to return to Imatra (Finland) at 13:00hr on 3 December. Less than 12 hours later Katri Ikävalko and Anne Vihavainen were assassinated in front of the Vuoksenvahti Restaurant in Imatra where they went to “confront/question” council leader Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen (who was also killed) about this international smuggling sex… This report concludes by speculating that it is “reasonable/possible” to assume that this Stubb-Clinton international smuggling sex ring could have provided underage girl and boy children to the “so-called” “Pizzagate” network in America—but with FSB analysts noting that as of now, no evidence exits to prove this.
    … Why were transport conveyances (boats/buses/planes/cars, etc.) owned by a “shell corporation” linked to former Finnish Prime Minister (and current Finance Minister) Alexander Stubb and Imatra council leader Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen used by these human smugglers?”

    The murder is very unusual for the peaceful Finland. Seems that the perpetrators were desperate to stop the investigation.

  56. annamaria says:

    perhaps both the “golden shower” drivel and the sudden deployment of the US military in Eastern Europe are related to the assassination of two journalists that were investigating the pedophile ring. There are should be a lot of scoundrels involved:
    “…there is one reason that I think this may be somewhat connected to UK/USA elite circles: this article from The Guardian. Let’s look at this masterpiece…
    The three women were shot in the head and chest by a sniper who opened fire on a pedestrian area in the nightlife district just before midnight on Saturday.
    Investigators said the suspect arrived outside the restaurant in his car and shot the three women as they stepped out of the restaurant. He then waited in the car until police arrived, and accompanied officers silently and peacefully.
    So we have a politician and two journalists meeting in a restaurant. Usually, that means that the journalists are interviewing the politician, or asking questions for a case they are working on, possibly critical information. Meanwhile, a sniper (not my word, that’s stated literally in the article) arrives by car, parks in front of the restaurant and waits patiently. As soon as the politician and the journalists step out of the restaurant he shoots them methodically in the head and chest before anyone has the time to run away. Then he seats back in the car, and waits patiently for the police to come pick him up. Job done.
    To anyone with half a brain, this is obviously a political assassination. You just don’t dispatch a hitman to kill random people, and the fact the politician was meeting journalists should be a dead giveaway of the motive.
    Yet, here is what The Guardian has to say about the alleged motive: “Tiina Wilen-Jappinen, and the two reporters were killed outside a restaurant in what appears to be a random shooting. Police said that the victims, two in their 50s and one in her mid-30s, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds from a hunting rifle and that no motive had been established for the attack. “There is no indication of a political motive. It seems the gunman and victims didn’t know each other,” said Tielinen. “All indications are that he chose his victims randomly.”
    No motive. The hitman chose his victims randomly.
    And just in case it wasn’t clear enough the first time, they repeat it 4 (FOUR) times in the article. Move along, nothing to see here..”

  57. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    the sudden deployment of the US military in Eastern Europe

    Sudden? Those kinds of things don’t happen suddenly. The decision was made in July 2016, seven months ago. Talks about it were circulating a long time before that (starting in 2014 when the Ukrainian conflict began). No conspiracy there.

    The death of Finnish journalists is strange indeed, though.

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