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Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government.

Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10.

As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so “full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War.”

H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy.

Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem:

“The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia in August 2008.”

Bullhockey. On Aug. 7-8, 2008, Georgia invaded South Ossetia, a tiny province that had won its independence in the 1990s. Georgian artillery killed Russian peacekeepers, and the Georgian army poured in.

Only then did the Russian army enter South Ossetia and chase the Georgians back into their own country.

The aggressor of the Russo-Georgia war was not Vladimir Putin but President Mikheil Saakashvili, brought to power in 2004 in one of those color-coded revolutions we engineered in the Bush II decade.

H.R. 758 condemns the presence of Russian troops in Abkhazia, which also broke from Georgia in the early 1990s, and in Transnistria, which broke from Moldova. But where is the evidence that the peoples of Transnistria, Abkhazia or South Ossetia want to return to Moldova or Georgia?

We seem to support every ethnic group that secedes from Russia, but no ethnic group that secedes from a successor state.

This is rank Russophobia masquerading as democratic principle.

What do the people of Crimea, Transnistria, Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Luhansk or Donetsk want? Do we really know? Do we care?

And what have the Russians done to support secessionist movements to compare with our 78-day bombing of Serbia to rip away her cradle province of Kosovo, which had been Serbian land before we were a nation?

H.R. 758 charges Russia with an “invasion” of Crimea.

But there was no air, land or sea invasion. The Russians were already there by treaty and the reannexation of Crimea, which had belonged to Russia since Catherine the Great, was effected with no loss of life.

Compare how Putin retrieved Crimea, with the way Lincoln retrieved the seceded states of the Confederacy — a four-year war in which 620,000 Americans perished.

Russia is charged with using “trade barriers to apply economic and political pressure” and interfering in Ukraine’s “internal affairs.”

This is almost comical.

The U.S. has imposed trade barriers and sanctions on Russia, Belarus, Iran, Cuba, Burma, Congo, Sudan, and a host of other nations.

Economic sanctions are the first recourse of the American Empire.

And agencies like the National Endowment for Democracy and its subsidiaries, our NGOs and Cold War radios, RFE and Radio Liberty, exist to interfere in the internal affairs of countries whose regimes we dislike, with the end goal of “regime change.”

Was that not the State Department’s Victoria Nuland, along with John McCain, prancing around Kiev, urging insurgents to overthrow the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych?

Was Nuland not caught boasting about how the U.S. had invested $5 billion in the political reorientation of Ukraine, and identifying whom we wanted as prime minister when Yanukovych was overthrown?

H.R. 578 charges Russia with backing Syria’s Assad regime and providing it with weapons to use against “the Syrian people.”

But Assad’s principal enemies are the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate, and ISIS. They are not only his enemies, and Russia’s enemies, but our enemies. And we ourselves have become de facto allies of Assad with our air strikes against ISIS in Syria.

And what is Russia doing for its ally in Damascus, by arming it to resist ISIS secessionists, that we are not doing for our ally in Baghdad, also under attack by the Islamic State?

Have we not supported Kurdistan in its drive for autonomy? Have U.S. leaders not talked of a Kurdistan independent of Iraq?

H.R. 758 calls the President of Russia an “authoritarian” ruler of a corrupt regime that came to power through election fraud and rules by way of repression.

Is this fair, just or wise? After all, Putin has twice the approval rating in Russia as President Obama does here, not to mention the approval rating our Congress.

Damning Russian “aggression,” the House demands that Russia get out of Crimea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria, calls on Obama to end all military cooperation with Russia, impose “visa bans, targeted asset freezes, sectoral sanctions,” and send “lethal … defense articles” to Ukraine.

This is the sort of ultimatum that led to Pearl Harbor.

Why would a moral nation arm Ukraine to fight a longer and larger war with Russia that Kiev could not win, but that could end up costing the lives of ten of thousands more Ukrainians?

Those who produced this provocative resolution do not belong in charge of U.S. foreign policy, nor of America’s nuclear arsenal.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2014

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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "Andrea Ostrov Letania"] says:

    Jewish-controlled America now lies like Nazi Germany and Stalinist North Korea.

    It is an evil country.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Anonymous
  2. Jim says:

    An independent Kurdistan would destabilize Turkey. Is that in our interest? American foreign policy appears to be bat-shit crazy.

  3. Realist says:
    @Priss Factor

    Yes indeed and McCain will do everything he can to make it more evil. With the help of the new majority Republican Senate.

  4. MC says:

    I would be curious if Buchanan thinks that it was wrong to impose sanctions on Russia for the annexation of Crimea. I think it was not. Whether Russian troops were there by treaty or not, that was sovereign territory of another country, and trade restrictions (which PB seems to favor in general, though perhaps not as sanctions) seem like an appropriate punishment for seizing it.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
    , @Riki
  5. rod1963 says:

    The Crimea was always part of Russia since they took if from the Ottoman’s and given it was Russia’s only major naval port in the Black Sea, they weren’t going to hand it over to a bunch of Ukrainians and Neo-Nazis who hated their guts anymore that we’d hand over our Naval bases in Okinawa or Norfolk VA to the Chinese.

    Besides it’s a internal affair, look what gives us the right to police the world outside of a massive military machine? Nothing. Look at how arbitrary we are, Pakistan has a large nuclear arsenal, is the primary base for the Taliban and Islamic radicalism in Central Asia, yet we give them billions a year.

    Syria, we armed and trained what became ISIS and Al-Nusra. That’s okay because we did it the name of trying to topple the Assad regime. When our proxies butcher people, that’s okay.

    Prior to that we bankrolled and supported Islamic radicals to topple Gaddafi in Libya and then aided The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to help replace Mubarack with a bunch of Salafist radicals.

    Really, we have no moral or geopolitical justification to stand on in our embargo against Russia.

  6. Kiza says:

    H. R. 758 is purely a reflection of the US, there is very little about Russia in it. It is the best proof just how stuffed up the US is. No normal country would look for trouble, but US is not a normal country, it is an asylum for the criminally insane. Almost every Congressman is your friendly asylum’s Napoleon, 411 of them under one roof. Pure collective madness and stupidity. No wonder the country is going down, down, down when such madmen “lead”.

  7. While I have no love for Russia, I know Buchanan is correct about our insane foreign policy and embarrassing congress. It is good to see Pat’s column placed front and center in the Unz Review. This will garner more attention and comments, like this one.

    John McCain is a loud, dangerous moron with a lifetime record of mishaps and attitude problems. He gets a pass because he endured a terrible time as a POW, but little is ever said about how he got himself shot down — by not bothering to learn proper procedures and follow directives. He has always been a loose cannon with a tendency to get in trouble. It is a damn good thing he was not elected president, not that he had a chance.

    McCain recently offended all of Hungary — a NATO and European Union member — by calling its popular prime minister Viktor Orban a “neo-fascist dictator.” Considering all that the Hungarian people have had to endure, and their positive regard for the United States, this insult of their democratically elected leader falls to the lowest level of public discourse imaginable.

    How long will it take to come to our senses and elect leaders who do not embarrass us on the world stage?

    And what the hell are the current ones trying to do, anyway?

  8. Mark Green says: • Website

    Hyper-power America has no burning interest in any of these distant, regional conflicts involving small states near Russia. If we Americans choose to involve ourselves at all, it should be with the objective of advancing negotiated settlements that are reasonably fair to all parties, including Russia. Compromise is essential. A peaceful resolution would surely benefit US security and improve the global economy, too. War on the other hand is unnecessary, dangerous, costly and cruel. So why go there as a first option?

    Nevertheless, Official Washington is punishing Russia and demonizing Russia (as well as Syria and Iran) and subsidizing mayhem; even if it benefits some of our recent ‘enemies’ such as Al Queda. And wouldn’t you know it: our ‘mainstream’ news and entertainment media are doing a war dance, too. Surprised?

    At the same time, Beltway think tanks are issuing papers on Putin’s threat to Western ‘interests’. This reminds me of the multi-tiered buildup to the Iraq war. It took strategic lies from countless sources before Bush II finally sent in the troops. Streaming disinformation of the magnitude needed to orchestrate a full-blown war doesn’t come easy. And it certainly doesn’t happen by accident.

    This latest fog of malarkey also qualifies as a conspiracy. It is yet another muti-layered fear campaign. It’s purpose?– to foment Western insecurity, strategically increase diplomatic tensions, and, if necessary, ignite a calamitous US/NATO war against Russia and its allies (Iran and Syria). Neocons never sleep.

    In fact, America’s ongoing ‘shoot-first’ policy is in no small way a manufactured product of the usual suspects who, this time, are focused on breaking the alliance between Russia, Iran and Syria. This pivotal sub-plot goes a long way towards explaining why US policies are so inconsistent and so often inimical to the interests of everyday Americans who simply want good-paying jobs, affordable education, and health care that doesn’t force them into bankruptcy.

    But Washington has more urgent business. Thus, its reckless, its aggressive, and its thoroughly unprincipled behavior, as described by Mr. Buchanan. And sure enough, the entrenched punditocracy is cheering for war, too. That of course should come as no surprise. (Do I smell the influence of a small and distant ‘democratic ally’ in all this? It’s certainly possible.)

    Yes, for those who dare to look, the Israeli cat is once again out of Washington’s duplicitous bag. Indeed, the unstated objective in all these lethal shenanigans is to weaken Israel’s foes by any means necessary. This also means that, for Washington, there remains a lot of unfinished business. Political forecast: rising tensions. More war.

    ‘Iran is a threat’ (to Israel). ‘Syria is a threat’ (to Israel). Defiant, independent, Christian ‘Russia is a threat’ (to Israel). All anti-Zionist alliances must be destroyed, just as Iraq and Libya were destroyed before them. G-d ave the Children of Israel!

  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Priss Factor

    Indeed, the US Govt. is evil and must be brought down.

    “Jewish-controlled America now lies like Nazi Germany and Stalinist North Korea.”

    The same old tired and inaccurate accusation against ‘Nazi’ Germany.

    There are the ‘Nazis’ with the mythological ‘6M & gas chambers’ and there are the ‘Nazis’ without the mythological ‘6M & gas chambers’.
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:

  10. Jason says:


    Thanks for the great article. Those who supported this crazy bill are a disgrace.

    This bill was written by the Jewish lobby that hates Russia, because Russia is in the way of the Jewish religious myth and delusion as the “people who will rule all nations.” With USA and EU/AUS/Canada totally under Jewish dominion and control, the politicians and their Judiciary bribed and subjugated, the next step in global Jewish dominion was Russia, but Putin was in the way, so they have to use their puppet USA to fight Russia.

    The Jewish lobby wrote this bill, and had Congressmen support it. Those who do not sign it will see their campaign contributions cut off. The Jewish media will call them racist, neo-Nazi anti-Semite and spread phoney scandals about them. A friend from college will be paid money to tell a story they saw the Congressman smoke pot in College or attack girls–just days before his re-elction. They will be taken to Israel and bad things will be done to them in hotel rooms. They can even be framed and imprisoned for bogus reasons. See how easily Rick Perry, Steven, DeLay, Meacham, etc. were framed by our criminal “justice system” for doing no wrong?

    So the poor suckers have no choice but abide by the orders of the Jewish lobby.

  11. Renoman says:

    Israel and the USA, the World’s most embarrassing Nations. What a disgrace they have become. I was hoping things would improve when Bush left but alas they have slipped backward again.

  12. geokat62 says:

    Before you can defeat your enemy, you must properly identify it!

    Why is it that an otherwise gridlocked Congress that cannot agree on anything is able to near unanimously pass resolutions that target Israel’s enemies, including:

    The Iraq Liberation Act
    The Nuclear Free Iran Act
    The Authorization of the Use of Military Force against the Government of Syria to Respond to Use of Chemical Weapons
    The Iron Dome Defense System Funding Resolution

    It is no different with Russia. The neocons regard Russia as an adversary because they are allies with Iran and Syria, both of which sponsor Hezbollah, an arch enemy of Israel. Russia also is a permanent member of the UN Security Council that has repeatedly vetoed UN Resolutions meant to act as a fig leaf that provides cover for their illegal interventions.

    Rather than urging the American people to call their congressman to oppose this or that resolution, the people need to demand their representatives to force AIPAC to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act – I.e., as a lobby of a foreign country.

    They also need to understand that their government has been infiltrated by a fifth column of Israel Firsters who place the security of Israel above the interests of their own country.

    I’ll leave you with this quote by a famous Roman statesman:

    A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseless that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A muderer is less to fear.

    ” A lobby is like a night flower: it thrives in the dark” – STEVEN ROSEN

  13. FWIW says:

    I have nothing to say about pro Israeli influence in these events.

    But, The US seems to be quite capable of pursuing an idiotic foreign policy without it. Georgia? Really. And the realignment of the Middle East has made strange bedfellows. We have given Iran what they couldn’t win on the battle field–Iraq. And now we effectively have to ally with them against ISIS.

    America hasn’t won a war since WW II. NATO makes sense in Western Europe. If for no other reason than to keep Germany disarmed. But expansion made no strategic sense to the US. And there is zero chance (I hope to hell) that we would get into an armed conflict to protect the smaller eastern members (Baltics). However weakened the USSR has become, it still has huge numbers of nukes. Plus, it is a natural ally with respect to China.

    The US has lucked into being the safest country in the history of the world. It has the Atlantic and Pacific between it and it’s potential enemies. We have the additional buffer of Western Europe. And Japan, and Korea. But that isn’t enough. We push beyond any sane strategic rationale and pick fights we can’t win. The first rule of a bully is to pick on kids that are easy to beat the shit out of. Like Granada. Or Panama. Instead, we get into wars that are impossible to win. And, since WW II took only 3 years and change, any limited war that longer is effectively a loss.

    Regarding Crimea. A Russian naval base in the Black Sea isn’t a problem for the US. It is an advantage, since it is effective landlocked during serious conflict. We should help Russia expand their Naval presence in the Black Sea.

  14. @MC

    I suppose the will of the majority of the people in Crimea means nothing to you…

    There was a referendum, and the people were given a choice. Or were you not aware of that?

  15. Asher says:

    this is really about trying to bring the entire world under the control of a liberal transnational global elite

  16. Riki says:

    I hope you were kidding. The naval base of Sevastopol, the biggest Russian naval base has been in Crimea for decades. We have in Italy dozens US military basis. According to your pathetic logic, EU should impose sanctions on US for this????????
    Well, considering US has illegal atomic warheads in Italy, maybe that is right what we should do.
    Put sanctions, or cut relationship with a Nazi state governed by warmonger neocons.

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