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09 May 2015

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Tyler

Mr. Habakkuk,

When you put it like that, I see what you mean. In any case, the comment certainly illuminates the gap between the idiocracy that currently runs America and the leadership in other countries.

I'll keep an eye out for what you recommended. I'd be interested in reading a Putin autobiography.

zanzibar

TTG

I am in agreement with you that this a shameful act. Many Russians and Americans sacrificed to defeat the Axis. At least for one moment there should be an acceptance of that common shared experience. My father returned from the Pacific physically mangled.

None of the recent crop of political leaders from the Clintons to the Bushes chose to serve when the draft was on and they were eligble. But now they are the biggest warmongers wrapping themselves in the American flag with all their jingoist rhetoric. In fact Shillary's statement on Putin, similar to her vote on the AUMF, is in my opinion, a reflection of her lack of any conviction. She like the other politicians in both parties will say or do anything that their consultants say will enhance their position with this or that voter block or inoculate against perceived political attacks. In reality their corruption knows no bounds. They all want to use the power of the state to benefit their friends under the guise of protecting the "common man" and erode the liberties that our fathers fought for.

An article on the deep connection between the Clintons and speculative finance.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175993/tomgram%3A_nomi_prins%2C_hillary%2C_bill%2C_and_the_big_six_banks/

Ishmael Zechariah

David Habakkuk, Brig. Ali and TTG,

Many thanks for the enlightening responses. My homework is, at a minimum, a week's worth of reading.

Ishmael Zechariah

Ishmael Zechariah

WRC,

Irrespective of its origins,"climate change" may present Russia a significant strategic advantage in a century if the climate models are correct. This might explain the urgent drive by the West to eliminate Russia as an independent power ASAP.

Ishmael Zechariah

georgeg

Shameful that our mainstream media did not provide any meaningful coverage.

VietnamVet

TTG

The pettiness of not sharing in the victory of the Russian people over the Third Reich is one of the many symptoms of the illness in the western democracies. From Little England to Greece, the power of the state and its citizens are being diminished to the benefit of multi-national corporations and the rich. The world is splintering into warring tribes. The Masters of the Universe think they control the world but in reality they are delusional. They have just forced Russia and China together in an Eurasian embrace.

FB Ali

David,

I would tend to agree with you. I, too, am of the opinion that political leaders generally just deal with each problem or issue as it arises, and as seems expedient at that time. However, as Ingolf remarked, "There's enough that rings true to make it impossible to dismiss it out of hand".

There is this relentless German drive to mould Europe to fit its vision. That could be due just to economic imperatives, but it could also be part of a larger design.

In various comments posted here you have written about many lower-rung functionaries who have thought long-term and have come up with such policies. If one such happened to get the ear of Merkel, she might be following something akin to Todd's thesis.

I, too, look forward to comments by some of the knowledgeable persons you have mentioned.

Tyler

A little bit of levity. The Japanese have almost as big a man crush as I do on Putin.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9pd67HIcAEjDfw.jpg:large

http://static.zerochan.net/Vladimir.Putin.full.1353389.jpg

Yeah I think he's decapitating a tiger in that first image with a karate chop.

FB Ali

As you may have noticed, my earlier comment was written in some haste - I missed out including Todd's name.

By all means, take your time. In case you reply this evening, I'll be out, and will reply tomorrow.

The Beaver

Thanks TTG .

Didn't notice the period.

J

TTG,

Russia Today had an interesting article


http://rt.com/news/257329-nsa-germany-siemens-spy/

different clue

Ishmael Zechariah,

If global warming becomes a self-feeding runaway process, the effects may become bad for Russia too, some time after they become bad for most of the rest of us. I have not researched this any, but I think that a million square miles or so of Siberian "land" next to the Arctic Ocean is actually a several hundred feet deep area of permafrost which is anywhere up to 50% water in parts of itself. A global warming permathaw would let that "land" melt and subside even closer to sea level than it already is, while the sea level itself rises from more ice-melt input. Then too, Russia will have ( is beginning to have) problems with pipelines, buildings, etc. cracking, breaking, sinking, falling over sideways as the permafrost they were built on is beginning to thaw and soften.
By that point, the process man started will be out of man's hands as all the bio-carbon sequestered in the permafrost decays and oxidizes and enters the air. Any trapped methane entering the air AS methane will make the process run away even more so. By that point Russia may indeed be a tropical paradise. They may have to share it with a few couple-billion people who can't live in India, China, Bangladesh, etc. anymore.

John Jackson

Anna-Marina I posted your comment on Facebook. I hope you don't mind as it is very well said and I think not truly appreciated.

robt willmann

TTG,

Was Mr.Thomas from FMSO working on recognizing, identifying, and cataloging Soviet/Russian and Chinese "information warfare" (propaganda / disinformation) from them directed at the U.S. (and elsewhere)? Or was he involved in creating U.S. propaganda / disinformation that was directed at the Soviets and Chinese? Or maybe both?

The Twisted Genius

robt willmann,

No, he studied Soviet/Russian and Chinese IW doctrine using original Russian and Chinese language sources. AFAIK he was never directly involved in ongoing operations. The FMSO is an open source research organization.

DeeCapeTown

Here is the 15 yrs Presidency with English subtitles :
Episodes 1&2 : http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c7f_1430284031
Episode 3 : http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=07b_1430592154
Episode 4 : http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f20_1430662214
Episode 5: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e8c_1430759524
Episode 6: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=93e_1430924790
Episode 7: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5e3_1430934131
Episode 8: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=bee_1431009868

I see a man who was raised in times of hardship; not of the elite .. His ethics and humanity strike me as totally genuine.
As testified to by those who have met him.
An American program developer in Russia met him long before he became President. Her experience of the man may be of interest :
http://tinyurl.com/l82ut8w

Nightsticker

TTG,

Good post. I too like the idea of the
march of The Immortal Regiment. It has
dignity,reverence, and sincerity. Hard
to get all that right.

Related. Last winter I was in Philadelphia
one snowy afternoon around dusk. I visited
the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War
Soldier in Washington Square in the Historical
District. I had the square to myself.
The inscription reads " Beneath this
stone rests a soldier of Washington's Army who
died to give you Liberty". I have visited such
tombs all over the world and I was surprised to
think that this was one of the best. I think they
got it right here. I stayed for a long time.

Nightsticker
USMC 65-72
FBI 72-96

Babak Makkinejad

nah, the leaders lack something that the English at one time called "Judgment".

Perhaps a man or woman with that quality is no longer electable - as the French might say:

"Cherchez les electorats."

Babak Makkinejad

That is an alarmist opinion spread by the eco-NAZIs, no doubt.

Global Warming has astronomical causes and is not man-made, nothing can be done about it, has beneficial consequences such as a warmer moister Earth which reduces human deaths due to cold weather and increases agricultural and plant output.

Wine is not being made in Vancouver; for example, all thank to Global Warming and the Arctic Ocean will become more navigable.

Gas and heating oil will not be required as much and all these Gulfie Arabs and others will have to learn to maintain their 300-pound weight by some other means.

What is there not to like?

robt willmann

Tyler,

Although not a biography of Putin, here is some information about Russia, past and present, from Anne Williamson, a writer who published in recognized print media and who presented testimony to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee in 1999; I have not found the original, but it probably did occur and this would be a correct copy, since Catherine Austin Fitts is reliable--

https://solari.com/blog/anne-williamson-testimony/

Here is a talk she gave about Russia in 2005 that can be listened to through a web browser or downloaded as audio--

https://mises.org/library/russia-dont-cry-yukos

She wrote a book about the debacle in Russia in the 1990's, but it was spiked and no publisher would touch it.

And here are some of her articles--

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2007/05/anne-williamson/dont-cry-for-boris-yeltsin/

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/03/anne-williamson/americans-are-the-new-bolsheviki/

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/anne-williamson/the-real-danger-to-eastern-europeans/

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/04/anne-williamson/evil-empire-2/

MRW

"In stark contrast, our boycotting of the Victory Day celebration in Moscow was shameful and petty. To force others to join us in this boycott is beyond shameful. And all this to support Nuland's Nazi adoring, atrocity committing junta in Kiev. It fills me with disgust."

Agree.

VietnamVet

FB Ali, TTG, CP, b & Leader;

The interview on "Germany’s Fast Hold on the European Continent" could only been given by a Frenchman:
http://en.youscribe.com/catalogue/tous/germany-s-fast-hold-on-the-european-continent-2518158

Being human, since this is so far out of the realm of American beliefs and propaganda, I instinctively tried to dismiss it. But, he kept bringing up observations that I agree with.

Since 2013, the Ukraine Crisis and the Greek Exit from the Euro have been inexplicable. Every decision made has been contrary to the best interests of the United States. The restart of the Cold War with Russia and the pillaging of a NATO member state could only be made by the delusional; unless, the reemergence of a German European Empire is the actual end game.

optimax

Obama wasn't even part of the VE ceremonies in DC. The first half of the day he was blocking traffic in Portland and promoting the TPP at Nike headquarters. He's a politician and not a statesman.

The Twisted Genius

Vietnam Vet & Brigadier Ali,

The interview provided by Vietnam Vet is with Emmanuel Todd, the French anthropologist whose thesis formed the basis of Pepe Escobar's article. Todd contends that a German political/economic empire encompassing all of Europe will eventually rival and be in conflict with the United States. He is not arguing that Merkel is consciously pursuing a strategy of "full spectrum dominance." He suggests this is coming about because of the nature of Germans. Reading the full interview, I can see that Todd is first an anthropologist. He is attempting to divine the true nature of "national societies" that may be quite different from those societies' views of their own nature. He is not trying to discern the plans and intentions of political leaders. He offers this theory of a rising German hegemon as a possible future. This is clear at the end of the interview.

OB: When you are prophesizing a conflict between the American nation and the new German empire,are you sure of yourself?

ET: Of course not.I am only broadening the prospective field.I am describing one possible future among other possible futures.Another would be a solidifying of the group Russia-China-India in a continental block opposing the Western Euro-American block.

Since the beginning of the current crisis in Ukraine, I was always puzzled by the seemingly schizophrenic actions of Germany. Was Merkel trying to calm the situation or turn up the heat at the behest of Obama? I'm sure Germany has its own interests and agenda. That's natural. I'm not convinced it is either consciously or unconsciously heading towards becoming a continental hegemon extending from the Atlantic to the Russian border. But perhaps it could bumble toward such an outcome because of its national character. It is an intriguing theory worthy of consideration. I remember a saying from years ago about Germany either being at your feet or at your throat. Like Brigadier Ali, I'd like to hear the thoughts of the Germans of this committee of correspondence about Todd's thesis.

mbrenner

The best analytical biography of Putin that I know of is: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin Mar 5, 2013 by Masha Gessen
Yes, that is the same Gessen who has become controversial as an anti-Putin propagandist. But this book is superb. When written, she was a very earnest, well recognized truly pro-democracy activist in Moscow. Russian, she had some schooling in the US where her parents emigrated. Her depiction of Putin's background, upbringing and character sketches a fine-grain portrait of the man and how he rose to power.

I am constantly surprised by references to Putin as some sort of mystery man. He is very easy to understand if you know what a Russian nationalist is and have a sense of how a post-Soviet man might react to a national humiliation whether called Soviet or Russian. This is not to say that he is easy to deal with, since he does not accept the American/Western conception of how the world should be structured and managed. But he probably has been more explicit about his views and conception of his country's relations with other powers than any other leader I can think of. See also Stephen Cohen's commentaries and interviews.

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